Topic / Social Networking

CALM DOWN! Facebook is not going to start charging you for access

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Have you heard that Facebook is going to start charging you to access their site? It was even on the news, and the only way to prevent it is by copying and pasting this message to people and you’ll get some blue icon to save your profile from being deleted. Guess what, it is not true. It’s just a simple hoax. So, if your friend has managed […]

Facebook announces “Timeline” – new profile design even if you don’t like it

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Facebook has announced its brand new profile redesign, and it isn’t that bad. Dubbed “Timeline“, the new profile design aims to merge applications, photos, life events, status updates and your activities in a much better visual display. As a “Facebook Developer” (I use that term loosely because I got access to it because of the Facebook integration on the posts beforehand), I have early access to the design. Facebook, however, […]

Facebook makes some cosmetic changes, get ready for some uproar

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Facebook has turned on the switch for its brand new homepage design, and get ready for the exorbitant amount of rage from Facebook users who just don’t really get why Facebook needs to change. I’ll give you a hint – it has a + and comes with Google. Here’s a rundown of the new changes you can expect to see. The new design is still a tad annoying, but it […]

Study: Facebook use may lead to psychological problems

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au A new presentation to the American Psychological Association has said that social media’s effect on children, especially in human interaction, may lead to them developing a narcissistic personality, antisocial behaviour and aggressive tendencies. The presentation, Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids by Larry D. Rosen from the California State University, was based on a number of surveys distributed to 1000 adolescents […]

Facebook announces Skype-powered video calling, chat improvements

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Facebook has announced today that it will be bringing video chatting to its users, powered by Skype, and will bring several improvements to its chat features – including starting a group chat. Video calling is only limited to Facebook-to-Facebook users and you will not be able to contact Skype users. Facebook has also made it simple to use, just click the “Call” button or will pop up when someone is […]

Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 comes with Facebook Chat, new UI

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BlackBerry users rejoice! The guys over at RIM, the creators of the smartphone, are at work at bringing a new version of the Facebook application, and while it hasn’t been officially released, a beta of the application has been released – giving us a glimpse of what’s new like, I don’t know, Facebook Chat support. The new version will now allow BlackBerry users to now communicate to their friends on […]

Nokia E7 targets corporate users, heading to Optus and Vodafone

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Nokia has announced the Australian availability for its all-in-one business smartphone designed for the BlackBerry’s target market – the corporate worker. Featuring a 4-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard, it allows the use of both a touchscreen interface or using the keyboard. The phone will also have an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and geotagging, Ovi integration with its maps and app store, 16GB of internal memory, HDMI […]

Why the Internet can be useful and cruel at the same time

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Image by: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au OPINION: The Internet is a marvellous place where we can all communicate instantly without waiting several weeks to communicate internationally, or when we need something instant. But the true power of the internet is always in a major breaking story – such as a natural disaster. This year, we have seen three: the Floods in Queensland, the Earthquake in New Zealand and the powerful tsunami-and-earthquake combo […]

New ad reveals the next generation is f**ked

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PHD, a marketing company, has copped some flack over its new video campaign titled “We are the Future”. Why? Because it reveals the extent of how PHD or other advertising companies will help its clients interact with “the next generation”. The video, however, has gotten some flack across the internet. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/aliceroberts/statuses/40919827140984832″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/stephenfry/status/41371009651183616″] Why is it bad? Despite the fact it is a very bad ad, it reveals some […]

Egypt Protests: The scramble to get online begins

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Image: Al Jazeera English/Creative Commons The internet may be blocked in Egypt, and what we can tell on Twitter, many of the other communication services are also down; but that hasn’t stopped many people trying to bypass the blocks, with many finding alternative services to disseminate information to the entire world.

Egypt Protests: Internet is cut off, more to come soon?

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The Egyptian Government have now shut off all Internet connections coming to and from the country, just hours before a protest planned on Facebook. This comes after reports of the SMS network and the BlackBerry Messaging service had also been taken down by the Government.

Egypt Protests: Social networking sites blocked, journalist beaten, Anonymous threatens govt

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Egypt authorities have blocked many social networking sites – including Twitter, Facebook – in an effort to contain any news coming out of the country, as riots escalate. Meanwhile, the group Anonymous have threatened denial-of-service attacks on the Egyptian government over its censorship. While Twitter has confirmed that its site has been blocked, other sites have been periodically blocked as Australia slept. The Next Web is claiming that YouTube, Facebook […]

Tip: Sharing links easily with F1

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Sharing links to your friends, such as a funny auto-correct fail or a news article that happens to claim that Apple is merging iTunes and Safari together, can be a bit tedious as you have to copy the link, open up your email client or a new tab for the social networking profile, and then post it out to your friends. Now, Mozilla has made it a bit simple. Called […]

Murdoch’s The Daily iPad newspaper images leaked

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The supposed The Daily iPad newspaper is getting closer to reality after images of the app (albeit small) were discovered on the app’s new website after a bit of digging. Damon Kiesow, from Poynter, went inside the CSS files of the paper’s site – thedaily.com – to find the image. And we can tell it will be in the traditional, Murdoch style with headlines such as “A Bridge to Farve” […]


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