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  • 12Apr

    Two thirds of all tablet minutes occur while watching TV

    Every time I watch HBO GO or Showtime, they talk about how you can interact with other fans on your tablet during the show. I always wonder, why would I do that? I want to actually watch the show. Turns out they know their audience. According to a study from MultiMedia Mentor and GfK Analysis, among adults 35-49 almost two thirds of their tablet time occur in front of a tv. For adults age 18-34 the percentage is 39%. “Tablets are the new ‘second screen,’ thanks to their size and inherent connectivity,” said Robert DeFelice, Vice President (Media) at GfK Knowledge Networks. “Our research suggests the potential value of ad campaigns and other applications that take advantage of the roles smartphones and tablets play as ‘co-located’ technologies; these might include researching advertised products, texting friends about plot twists, visiting TV program websites, and dozens of similar uses.” When comparing the

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  • 09Apr

    Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

    According to Reuters report, Facebook is going to pay $1 Billion in cash for Instagram. Instagram is gaining in popularity with the company just launching the Android version of the program. We used Instagram to give an inside look at PAX East this past weekend. Facebook says that it will keep Instagram running and will also build features for it within Facebook. “This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post. “We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.” Follow

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  • 04Apr

    Astro Gaming headsets are the official PAX East selection this year

    At PAX East this weekend in Boston, Astro Gaming headsets will be the official choice of the show. This is the fifth consecutive PAX event to use Astros as the official headset. To get your hands on a pair to try out, head over to the PC Free Play area, where computers will be outfitted with 350 Astro A30 headsets. Of course, if you want to buy a pair, that’s also going to be pretty easy at the show. Over at Booth #1018, you’ll even be able to get a discount. Astro will be premiering their brand-new booth for the 2012 convention season, and there, you’ll also be able to try out A40s, A30s, A*STAR in-ear headsets and also wireless MixAmps. To try out more Astro products, you can visit the following booths:   Perfect World Entertainment (Booth #736) Red 5 Studios (Booth #536) Riot Games (Booth 690)  Sega (Booth #448, 548)  Square Enix (Booth

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  • 03Apr

    Sign up for Instagram on Android

    Taking pictures on your phone has become a new artform. Instagram is so popular there are businesses around various ways to print your Instagram pics. Sadly when I walked away from Apple iPhone, I also said goodbye to Instagram. Currently there is no program for Instagram on Android and really there isn’t a fit substitution. It looks like Instagram is looking to change that by offering signup for Instagram on Android. There is no official date on when the program will be released. Also no information on what you are signing up for. It can be an email when Instagram for Android is released or it can be signups for a beta program. Either way…I’ve already signed up. Follow

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  • 21Mar

    Would you give up your Facebook password for a job interview?

    I heard about this on the radio and thought I was going crazy. It seems that some companies are asking job seekers for their Facebook or Twitter passwords. The reason given is so that employers can look over their page before hiring them. While I know the job market has become very competitive because of the amount of people looking for a job, it makes no sense for companies to ask for your password. Companies have so many ways to do background checks and most social media is open to the public. There is an app called BeKnown that can scan Facebook pages to create profiles. To ask for a password to personal space before you are hired is ridiculous and can be dangerous for identity theft. At current time, no one is challenging the legal aspects of asking. Unfortunately some job seekers are handing over their information because they

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  • 09Mar

    DC Entertainment Releases VERTIGO App and a SANDMAN Digital Comics Sale

    If you’re a fan of digital comics, VERTIGO, and good deals, today is a red letter day for you. DC Entertainment’s new app featuring all VERTIGO digital titles is now available for download on the App Store. The app (free to download) will feature popular VERTIGO titles like THE SANDMAN, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE, PREACHER and Y: THE LAST MAN, as well as many others. But wait, there’s more! If that weren’t incentive enough to download the app, those who do will have access to a three-day in-app sale on all THE SANDMAN digital comics for $.99 per issue. THE SANDMAN (written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman) has been described by Norman Mailer as “a comic strip for intellectuals.” A mix of dark fantasy and mythology, THE SANDMAN is a series where historical drama, contemporary fiction and legends come together to tell what is arguably one of

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  • 07Mar

    5 geeky reasons to want the new iPad

    Apple held their conference this morning and while they announced the new Apple TV (only $99), geeks everywhere were waiting for the details on the new iPad. I know I want one. But then again I waited and did not purchase the first iPad or iPad2. But I yearned for it. iPad envy at every convention or event I went to. Which is why I’m sure I’ll be purchasing one of these as soon as I can (the Apple store is having issues right now). But as a geek, why do you want the new iPad? Well here are a few reasons. 1) Retina display is amazing! The new Retina display is 2048 x 1536 pixels. 99 Games made a blog post that shows the difference in their game apps as to what the Retina display provides. Basically this iPad has more pixels than an HDTV. The dots per inch

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  • 14Feb

    Anyone Have a Fitbit Ultra?

    When I reviewed the Fitbit Ultra awhile back, I mentioned the community aspects of the website. You can find friends through Facebook or your email. There is a leaderboard ranking you against your friends in overall steps, Active Points, distance traveled and minutes spent per day being very active. I have some coworkers as friends on the site, and I do find it motivating–if only because I don’t want to drop to the bottom of the list, ;). You can also join or create a group on the site based on your goals, interests, or offline relationships. I didn’t join any groups for a long time, because it seemed a bit artificial to me–I didn’t really know any of the people, and I had no idea what we would talk about. After a while I got to thinking, though, who else do I know that might be interested in some

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  • 06Feb

    Nothing says love like Electronics

    I’ve always enjoyed receiving gadgets over diamonds, but now that concept is a bit more official. According to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Women in CE, electronics are the “desired purchase”. In the study, eight in ten women wanted Consumer Electronics, an increase of 10% from the previous study. Women spend about $667 on CE products in the past 12 months. Which is slightly less than men who spend $728. “This Valentine’s Day, the way to a women’s heart just might be through electronics,” said Jessica Boothe, manager of strategic research, CEA, who oversaw this study. “Women want technology more than ever and they view electronics as very personal devices that can be toted around and customized with private information.” But men, be wary when shopping. Be excited that you should now buy the woman in your life an electronic, but you might want to make

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  • 27Jan

    Google Ad preferences say I’m a male

    Google recently released a statement that they will be using your surfing history to better tailor ads to you as a consumer. The interests are stored per browser which does mean you could get different ads based on which browser you use for certain things. For example, I check email in one browser all day while another opens my links from Twitter. Most of which are video game related. Here’s a video explaining their ad system: The only issue so far is that when you look to see what Google thinks your preferences are, they seem to be defaulting us women as men. So far out of my friends on Twitter, only one woman on one of her browsers is a female. The rest of us show as 25-34 year old male. I get that my interests might seem male (they list comics, video games and technology), but everyone seems

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