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Facebook experiment proves that social networks can alter your mood

Before you begin stalking a frenemy’s tragic life on Facebook to feel a sense of schadenfraude, know this: that depression could rub off on you. At least that’s the conclusion Facebook’s researches came up with when they turned 689,000 users into guinea pigs for seven days, gaming what they could see on their News Feeds to see if it influences their moods. According to a paper recently published in PNAS, the social network used software to identify positive and negative words in status updates and to segregate posts into the two categories. Facebook then massaged the subjects’ News Feeds to show mostly positive or negative posts. In the end, the company’s researchers proved that emotions can be contagious even without direct contact on social networks, and even if you’re only reading words on a screen.

By the end of the experiment, those who’d been subjected to positive status updates posted happy ones of their own, and vice versa. Those mostly exposed to posts that were neither positive nor negative in nature, though, were also less emotional (on the social network, anyway) in the following days. If you’re wondering, this experiment took place way back in January 2012 — and yes, it’s perfectly legal, even if it sounds like a huge invasion of privacy. Facebook claims it used machines for the whole process, and none of the researchers actually saw people’s posts themselves. Also, you apparently all agreed to be the social network’s lab rat the moment you accepted the website’s terms of service.

Filed under: Internet, Facebook


Via: AVClub, Animal New York, New Scientist

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Need a new messaging app with plenty of features? Path Talk might be your thing [App of the Day]

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Most of you know or have probably heard of, tried or are using a social network called Path. Well, Path Inc. came up with yet another messaging app in a seriously crowded messaging apps space… and guess what, it’s rather good.

Chances are you probably use one of many messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, Whats App, etc. Well, Path Talk is rather similar to those, in concept at least. It of course has its own set of features, but the principal is the same. After you download the app you need to enter your phone number after which you’ll get a verification SMS code and the fun can begin.

The design of the app itself is rather beautiful, it pops. The app can tell your contacts when you’re nearby or even when your battery is low. If you’ve tried Path you’re familiar with this concept, considering Path Messaging from Path app has turned into a separate app we’re talking about right now. Group chat, voice messaging, handmade stickers and lots more is included in Path Talk and is at your disposal should you choose to try/use this app.

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Don’t just take our word for it, try the app yourself and let us know how you like it!



Source: Google Play

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A new Trapper Keeper is coming this September, and it’s built for tablets

For some, each new school year brought a about a specific kind of dilemma. No, we aren’t talking about picking out what to wear on the first day, we mean choosing a new Trapper Keeper. To stoke those flames of indecision and nostalgia, the folks at Kensington have teamed up with Mead, the team behind the original Trapper, and Pee Chee to bring you a line of cases that likely fit whatever 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch tablet you may have. The cases come in a handful of designs straight from the ’80s, and they’re sure induce flashbacks of scratching the name of last week’s crush off the front of your catch-all binder. Perhaps even better, they’re priced between $25 and $30 and start shipping this September. Fingers are crossed that these take off and we get a sweet Lisa Frank collection next — with Velcro flaps!

Filed under: Tablets, Mobile


Via: Gizmodo

Source: Kensington


Recommended Reading: An Android future and Microsoft’s quantum computing think tank

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Google’s Grand Plans: A Conversation With Larry Page and Sundar Pichai
by Farhad Manjoo,
New York Times

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In case you’ve been snoozin’ all week, Google’s annual dev conference took place in San Francisco whilst you were napping. During the 2014 installment of I/O, the folks from Mountain View detailed plans to take Android beyond phones and tablets to places like smartwatches, TVs (again) and even inside your next automobile. Shortly after the keynote, New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo sat down with Android lead Sundar Pichai and CEO Larry Page to discuss Google’s immediate future, spanning multi-device experiences, health data, the connected home and more.

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough
by John Markoff, New York Times

A group composed of physicists and computer scientists is researching what could be one of the next big leaps in tech: quantum computing. Oh yeah, and those doing the legwork are being funded by Microsoft. This New York Times piece details how the folks are exploring a method that “braids” particles together in what’s being labeled as “topological quantum computing.” It’s mind-blowing stuff, really.

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Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Will Keep Your Secrets
Russell Brandom, The Verge

Ever wonder how the legal representation for whistleblowers manages to keep its clients’ secrets safe? Well, it includes an office with no WiFi, using burner phones, cash payments and meeting in person. These are a few of the methods that Jesselyn Radack uses hoping to insure the safety of Edward Snowden and others who expose top secret info. The Verge’s Russell Brandom details this and more from the attorney’s time representing those who have drawn the ire of the government.

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Lost in Translation
by Andy Greenwald, Grantland

Lost’s infamous co-creator Damon Lindelof returns this weekend with his latest effort, The Leftovers on HBO. Of course, he, along with Carlton Cuse, managed to keep us hooked for what seemed like an eternity with complex storytelling, subtle details, interwoven narratives and minimal closure. This time around, 140 million people disappear in a rapture-esque fashion minutes after the first episode starts. Here, Andy Greenwald offers a preview of what lies ahead for Grantland.

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The Beautiful, Invisible Game
by Miguel Sicart, The Atlantic

Once every four years, folks that don’t ordinarily tune in to action on the pitch become greatly patriotic. This time around though, FIFA’s new goal-line tech made its debut at the World Cup, which has been heralded as a key improvement. The manner in which matches are broadcast may in fact hinder the casual spectator’s understanding of the game though, and The Atlantic’s Miguel Sicart details the whole lot, and how those watching at home tend to miss out on the game’s most captivating moments.

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Filed under: Misc



Aereo ‘pauses’ streaming TV service in wake of Supreme Court loss

Aereo CEO and antennas

That didn’t take long. Now that the US Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo’s antenna-to-cloud TV service is violating copyright, the company is telling customers that it will “pause” service as of 11:30AM Eastern; after that, it’s lights-out for both live and recorded streaming. As compensation, Aereo is refunding subscribers’ last paid month of service. The startup is adamant that the shutdown is temporary, and is talking to the lower court that previously ruled in its favor (and which has to deal with Aereo’s case again) about the “next steps.”

We wouldn’t count on Aereo resuming service, at least not with its original business model. The Supreme Court ruled that Aereo is putting on a performance like a cable provider, and that’s at the very heart of broadcasters’ allegations — they believe it’s retransmitting TV without the appropriate permissions and fees. If the company’s offering returns at all, it may carry significantly different pricing or usage rights.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD


Source: Aereo


Windows 8.1’s Sleep Study tool tells you which activities drain your battery

If you absolutely have to make your Windows tablet battery last as long as you can, then knowing what drains its power will be very helpful. That’s what Microsoft’s new Sleep Study tool can do: generate a report of which apps and activities consume the most energy. Unfortunately, there’s a catch — it only works if your device is in InstantGo sleep mode. InstantGo, a feature for Windows 8.1, was previously called Connected Standby for Windows 8 and RT. Unlike other similar modes, it allows your system to sleep while updating apps in the background and keeps the device in a state that’s quickly ready to resume.

Take note that it’s not available on all Windows 8.1 devices, so to know if you have it, launch the command prompt and type in “powercfg /a.” If you see that “Standby <Connected>’s” available, then you can follow Microsoft’s instructions on the Windows Experience Blog to run Sleep Study. The tool will generate the report as an HTML file, where you can see the top five reasons why your tablet’s always out of battery when you need it the most.

Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, Microsoft


Via: Supersite for Windows

Source: Windows Experience Blog


GE Announces Line of ‘Link’ Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [iOS Blog]

General Electric has unveiled its new line “Link” smart LED light bulbs, which can be controlled by an iOS device and start at $15. The product is being developed in collaboration with design company Quirky, which will make the smart LED bulb accessible in a future update to its Wink [Direct Link] app.

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The GE Link will be available in three variations:

– 60-watt replacement soft white (2700K) LED bulb, or A19 shape, commonly used for general lighting in table and floor lamps.
– Indoor soft white (2700K) floodlight LED, or BR30 shape, installed as downlighting found in dining room, living room or other entertainment spaces.
– Indoor/outdoor-rated bright white (3000K) spotlight LED, or PAR 38, used for outdoor security or spotlight.

The Wink app will allow users to adjust brightness settings and create settings for specific environments and situations. Users will also be able to turn specific lights remotely at any given time, useful for vacations or extended periods away from home.

GE’s Link enters a growing market of smart LED lightbulbs that is led by the Philips Hue, which was introduced two years ago and has expanded to a wide variety of products. The Philips Hue Starter Pack retails for $199 and comes with three bulbs in addition to a connection bridge, while the GE Link will be sold starting at $15.

A number of companies are also creating home appliances that can be controlled by iOS devices under Apple’s new HomeKit initiative, which allows products and their apps to work with iOS services using a unified protocol. Apple itself is also rumored to be developing smart home products for HomeKit.

Customers will be able to pre-order the GE Link line of smart LED lightbulbs starting Monday on Home Depot’s official website.


Android One devices are likely to be powered by MediaTek after a partnership with Google is Struck

There was much announced at the Google I/O 2014 keynote, and one of the perhaps less glamorous announcements was for Android One, a program where even emerging markets, like India, will have access to phones with Android on them for around $100. While this isn’t going to tickle everyone’s fancy, it’s an undeniable fact that despite […]


Android L Wallpaper, Keyboard, and More! Nexus isn’t Dead! – The ManDroid Show

Happy Friday Android friends. TIme to talk more about all the fantastic goodies we were blessed with this week. Android L is storming through the Android Community, and hopefully you Nexus 5 or 7 users out there are trying it out. Factory images are being sift through, and some wallpaper, and the new Android L […]


Razer announces Android TV console for fall


Razer are creating a micro-console that will be powered by Android TV, allowing users to stream movies, music, and other apps for entertainment on the large-screen, the company announced today.

Android TV was announced at Google I/O and Razer have jumped straight on the ship with their Razer console. You’ll be able to navigate around the UI with a special companion app on the phone and tablet, together with the native voice control built into Android TV.

“This is a console of the future,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Built on Google’s incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system.”

The Razer console is scheduled to be released in fall 2014.

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