Friday, November 21, 2014

Barbie's Computer Troubles


If you want to encourage young girls to study Science and Math and become Computer Engineers, You may not want a Barbie book for inspiration. The Internet is buzz right now and over a 2010 Barbie children's book titled "I can be a Computer Engineer".


The problem with the story is that in the book, Barbie doesn't know how to program and instead has two guys program for her. In the story, she also infects her computer and her sister skipper's computer with a virus and she goes to her computer programmer friends to recover the files.

This blew up online after screen writer Pamela Ribon wrote a hilarious take down of the book. And now the Internet is doing when the Internet does best, taking matters into their own hands and rewriting the dialogue.

In light of all this, Lori Pantel has a huge statement about the book. The Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for Barbie said,

The Portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn't reflect the Brand's vision for what Barbie stands for. We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits... 
We apologize that this book didn't reflect that belief. All Barbie titles moving forward will be written to inspire girls imagination and portray an empowered Barbie character.
 If you have your own ideas on how this book should've been written, there's a site where you can insert your own text into the book to give girls the inspiration to protect our cyber world of tomorrow.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Snapchat Photos Have Been Leaked Online By Hackers



If you're one of the 30 million who use Snapchat, you know the main purpose of the app is to send photos or files to friends or recipients. And the key feature of Snapchat is that you have control over who on your list and how long they see the photos you've sent before it disappears forever. But it looks like that feature wasn't actually an option or the option it thought it was. As it turns out, a database of over a 100,000 Snapchat photos have been leaked by hackers who reportedly been collecting them for years.

Business Insider reports that: "A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted."

The collection of leaked photos posted online at viralpop.com until the site was quickly taken down. Thousands of people have already downloaded the database of Snapchat. Beside the fact that your personal photos may have been leaked for the entire world to see, a much larger issue arises from scandal or nude photos. Half of all Snapchat users are between the aged of 13 and 17, meaning that whoever leaks these photos could be charged with Child Pornography.

Snapchat hasn't had the best luck with privacy in the past. In early 2014, 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were leaked online and the company was forced to acknowledge the leak and issued an apology.


Friday, October 10, 2014

AT&T will pay $105 million fine for mobile cramming



AT&T will have to pay the U.S. government a fine of $105 million to settle charges over the practice of mobile cramming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) went after AT&T for collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from customers who subscribed to services that gave you daily text messages with jokes, horoscopes or ringtones. The problem is, those services cost $10 month but consumers may not have been aware of the fees because the charges were not always clear on the bill. AT&T and other carriers were taking a cut of that money at least 35%.

The carriers have stop charging for those services but if you feel like you've been charged on fairly, you can go to ftc.gov to ask for refund.


Sony SmartWatch 3 Available To Pre-Order in U.K., Coming Soon To U.S.



Android Wear has another smart watch. The Sony SmartWatch 3, it's available for pre-order now in the U.K. for £189.99 and headed to the U.S. for $249 but no particular release date yet but it is expected soon. How is the different from other android smart watches? Well, this is a square screen and Sony's gonna put additional features on this including standalone GPS for runners and the ability Lifelogging software for fitness tracking.

The rest of it, if you know Android Wear then you know the routine, so expected to have similar features and functions but the interesting is that Sony is going from its own software to getting on board with Google and Android Wear for their latest smart watch.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 features the following details below from Expansys online store in the U.K.


  • Display: 1.6” Transflective Display / 320 x 320 pixel
  • Performance: Quad ARM A7, 1.2 Ghz / 512 MB RAM, 4 GB eMMC
  • Controls: Voice, touch and gesture input - Microphone - On/off/wake up key
  • Connectors: Bluetooth® 4.0 / NFC / Micro USB
  • Requirements: Android 4.3 / SmartWatch 3 app
  • Waterproof: IP68 rated
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensors, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, GPS
  • Battery: 420mA (up to 2 days normal use)
  • Optional accessories: Wrist straps in various colours (sold separately)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Sends Out Invites To Press for October 16 Event



Today Apple sends out invites to their new October 16 event where those supposedly be announcing the new iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini third-generation as well as a new iMac lineup with Retina displays and their new 12-inch MacBook Air.

First and foremost, probably the most important product that Apple will be unveiling at this event is the iPad Air second-generation otherwise know as the iPad 6. Apple chose to rename the iPad fifth-generation to Air and now we're stuck with the Air second-generation. The rumoured new feature is gonna be Touch ID sensor, an 8-megapixel camera, the new Apple A8 chip, possibly 2GB of RAM. There's gonna be a thinner design with rounded edges like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we could possibly be seen a bump up in resolution. The actual design has been leaked online by Vietnamese blog. But supposedly, Apple is gonna claiming that it is the thinnest tablet on the market as it's gonna shrink from 7.9mm thickness to 7.0mm which is just a hair thinner than a regular iPhone 6. Alongside with the iPad Air 2 and Mac computers, there will be a iPad Mini as well.

On the invite was a teased "It's been way too long." because perhaps it's been way too long since you bought a new iPad. Most people don't upgrade every year so perhaps Apple will show off new colors, finger print scanners to entice you to upgrade for the holidays. At the event, there's a chance we could also learn about the launch date for Apple Pay sometime this month and Apple just released a beta 2 version of iOS 8.1 to developers and it reveals what Apple Pay setup screens will look like and it was published on Macrumors and this beta software hints that iPads may also have the power of Apple Pay.


HTC Just Launched the Ultimate Selfie Smartphone


HTC Desire Eye Smatphone with 13-megapixel front-facing camera the RE Camera
(Photo Credit: Joanna Stern/The Wall Street Journal)

HTC is going camera crazy not only did it just announced a new smartphone with the 13-megapixel front-facing camera as the ultimate selfie smartphone but it also came out with the new handheld camera called The RE and it cost $200. This periscope handheld camera is for recording live without being slave to your smarthpone. The Re Camera has no power button, it has a touch sensor so it turns on as you as you pick it up. No launching apps, no waiting for it to power on, just instant photos and videos.

If you want to view to see what you're shooting, you can wirelessly connected to your smartphone to see a preview. There's also standard tripod mount on the bottom, there's a shutter button on the bent for capturing photo with its 16-megapixel camera but hold it for a few seconds and it records HD video. There's also a button under the lens that switches the recordings to slow motion video.

And for the HTC smartphone, it's called the HTC Desire Eye. It's a 5.2-inched screen android smartphone and with its 13-megapixel camera also has a dual LED flash. It's the first phone to have serious camera in the front and it has a same 13-megapixel camera on the back. It's water-proof so you can take under water photos and it will go on sale later this month.