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Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’s outlandish chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced he’s got his heart set on retirement. The gregarious CEO reckons he’s pensioning himself off within the coming 12 months.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Microsoft under Ballmer’s helmsman-ship has missed many obvious opportunities, leaving the once mighty company languishing in cyber-nomans land.

Ballmer’s retirement might just open a new chapter for Microsoft, while its Windows OS is used in the vast majority of personal computers. Microsoft during Ballmer’s 13 years of control has had little impact in the fast-growing mobile device segment.

The tech-behemoth has faced a slurry of criticism for not keeping pace with this fast-evolving tech-sector. A large part of Microsoft’s problem seems to be a huge lack of self-concept, 15 years ago the company quite willingly accepted that it wasn’t the cool-kid on the block, Mr Gates indeed embraced his uncoolness.

15 years ago the tech-galaxy seemed balanced. Apple had creatives covered, the NASDAQ had a bunch of competitors to fill each niche between Microsoft’s dullness and Apples glistening stardom. This was a plus-place for Microsoft to be, so long as it stayed away from Apples end of the market, so long as it stayed boring.

While Apple has gone from strength to strength, Microsoft’s continuous failure at recognizing what it does super-well, the dull stuff, OS and Office, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. Unless of course you’ve become slightly insecure, forgotten who your buddies are and you’ve grown a need to play with the good-looking kids. Microsoft has sacrificed it’s solid image in a futile attempt at cornering the glamour-end of tech. I realise this sounds like a bit of hot air, but (I need to say this: old people love Microsoft)

Old people love Windows 8, the OS and amazingly the phone. The fastest – and most ignored – group of technology consumers LOVES WINDOWS 8! So who does Microsoft market Windows 8 to… clever little bumpkins, trendites and fashion conscious iPhone owners? :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Timeline: Unearthing Pix You Forgot You Had? or A Stalkers Dream!

Posted: February 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Timeline: Unearthing Pix You Forgot You Had? or A Stalkers Dream!

Facebook Timeline Unearthing Posts You Forgot You Had  A Stalkers DreamLike it or not, Facebook is about to make its new profile format –  Timeline – compulsory.

Over the next few weeks, every Facebook account will be updated with the new-look profile, presenting a scrapbook of all of your past status updates and photographs.

The latest upgrade to Facebook has security experts warning people to clean up their online history or risk having embarrassing photos, comments and status updates resurface.

Facebook will not say exactly when, but sometime in the next month all user profile pages will transition to the new Timeline setting.

The changes mean that every post, photo and action in a Facebook user’s history will be available for friends to easily view in reverse chronological order. Facebook users have had the option to use Timeline since last year.

The problem with Facebook is it keeps changing its default settings, you might not care about the change right now, in 20 years when you’re standing for political office?

Clearly social media sites like Facebook have granted us a much more transparent society. Graham Cluley, a social media security commentator says “Facebook is encouraging users to enter even more personal details about themselves and their life experiences, and making it simpler for others to view the information.” :: Read the full article »»»»

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Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Technoid - Facebook Security UpdateFollowing on from Facebook’s earlier order/agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

Facebook must now overhaul privacy protection for more than half a billion users outside North America after a three-month investigation found that its privacy policies were overly complex and lacked transparency.

The probe by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) at the US company’s international headquarters in Dublin found users risked unknowingly publicising personal details.

Users might not be aware, for example, that uploading their photos made them publicly searchable until they changed the setting on their Facebook page.

Facebook’s Ireland office handles all of its users outside the United States and Canada :: Read the full article »»»»


CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

CHINABeijing city authorities on Friday issued new rules requiring microbloggers to register their real names before posting online, as the Chinese government tightens its grip on the internet.

The city government now requires users of weibos – the Chinese version of Twitter – to give their real names to website administrators, its official news portal said.

The new rules will apply to weibo operators based in Beijing, which include Sina – owner of China’s most popular microblogging service which has more than 200 million users – as well as users living in the Chinese capital.

Weibo users reacted angrily to the new rules, saying this was an attempt to muzzle online criticism and debate.

“It is good to be responsible for one’s own comments but it shouldn’t be used as a tool to suppress people’s rights,” a blogger called Yuyue Yuanfei Ilu said in a posting :: Read the full article »»»»


Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Favorite New Thought, iPhone, News From the web, Smartphone, Social Media, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Flipboard, that übercool social magazine slash Apple iPad App that organizes sectionalized content like #News, #Technology and #Food, as well as social network updates, rolls it all together and spits out a sleek, unified interface, launched its highly anticipated iPhone App this week.

Flipboard cleverly pulls posts from Facebook and Twitter accounts and turns generic updates into sweetly formatted, eye popping posts.

Flipboard Announced the launch via social media. With the roll out, Flipboard announced a new feature called Cover Stories, which learns from a reader’s interactions with the content and helps them quickly catch up with some of the most interesting news, updates, and photos being shared at that moment.

The new iPhone App easily translates the intuitive flick gestures that make the iPad version so enjoyable to the small screen. Instead of horizontally swiping to turn pages, the iPhone version allows vertical swiping, which makes it much easier to navigate on the smaller device :: Read the full article »»»»