Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Facebook Cover Photo Suddenly Repositions to the Wrong Position; Won't Crop or Position Properly

On Wednesday, July 30 2014 a Facebook cover photo for a Fan Page suddenly moved without any notice or editing of the page. The photo was "pushed down" so the cropping was in the improper position. Instead of showing police cars on the street, the cover photo showed the tree canopy above the police cars.

Using the repositioning command did not work. Even though in editing mode the directional cursor would allow re-positioning of the photo in a manner that appeared as though the positioning was fixed.

Re-uploading the photo did not correct the problem.

The only correction was to re-size and/or crop the photo in Photoshop, and upload the new version.

The bug was only occurring on one Facebook Page (http://www.Facebook.com/ArlingtonHeightsCrime)

The bug was not occurring on any other pages.

Twitter Stock Surge Sparked by Earnings; Uptick in Growth Rate of Users



Twitter’s user base is growing at a steady pace as its second-quarter revenue topped analysts’ estimates, sending its shares soaring more than 20 percent. Estimize CEO Leigh Drogan and Bloomberg's Cory Johnson take a look at the numbers on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

Sequentially, Twitter's users continue to grow (124% increase). There are about 211 million users on mobile -- the app-installed mobile market.

The effect of media is happening in Twitter, according to Bloomberg's Cory Johnson.

Comparing Methods of OKCupid and Facebook Profile Manipulation


OKCupid, the dating site owned by billionaire Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, is the latest Internet company to say it conducts psychological experiments on users. Cory Johnson reports on “Bloomberg West.” 

Cory John explains that OKCupid manipulated profiles to attempt to get more business and interaction. Edits included removing photos or removing certain text. OKCupid's messing with the profile, such as removing a photo caused a 44 percent higher initial response, caused conversations to go deeper, and caused contact details to be exchanged faster.

OkCupid is a free friendship, dating and social networking website that features member-created quizzes and multiple-choice questions. OKCupid supports multiple modes of communication, including instant messages and emails. In 2007 OkCupid was listed in Time magazine's "Top 10" dating websites

Monday, July 28, 2014

Remote Doesn't Work on Comcast MOTOROLA DCT6416? Check These Tips Before Returning Your cable Box

Your Comcast Motorola DCT6416 needs to be connected to a television that is powered on if there is an HDMI cable connecting your TV to the DVR/cable box.

If you are using component video connection for one TV and an HDMI output for another TV, you might have trouble if you only have the component video connection powered on. The remote will not work when the composite cable-connected TV is on and the HDMI-connected TV is off.

Also, the remote will not work properly when both televisions are power off.

Occasionally the TV will need to be powered on before the remote will work. Some users have reported a time delay of about 10 minutes before the remote works for the TV.

Other users have reported the opposite problem. The cable box (without DVR) changes channels when the TV is off, but does not work when the TV is on. This situation might be caused by the backlight in the TV display, which dilutes or 'washes out' the IR signals. Some people have reported success by placing clear or transparent Scotch tape piece over the IR sensor on the cable box to "filter" out the TV light. You might also try placing the front face of the box in forward relative to front face of the TV.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bank of America July 4, 2014 Outage

Bank of America  website was unavailable Friday, July 4, 2014 just before 6:30 a.m.  The website front page was accessible again at about 6:30 a.m. CDT.

Facebook 4th of July Outage: There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes

Some Facebook users met the following message on Friday morning, July 4, 2014 at about 6:00 a.m. CDT ...

"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes."

System outages are rare, but social media companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter experience disruptions from time to time, often because some servers, routers or other service are knocked offline, or an upgrade or scheduled maintenance has run into a snag.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Apple Want to Be Comcast's X1 Replacement Box for TV, Huawei


Dan Costa and Sascha Segan chat about the day's top tech news, including reports that Apple is in talks with Comcast about a streaming TV service, the NSA hacking into Huawei servers and spying on execs, and the Microsoft/Nokia acquisition being pushed to April. PCMAG.COM also takes a look at the Roccat Ryos MK Pro keyboard.


Dan Costa and Sascha Segan talk about backroom deals so Apple and Netflix, for example, can have priority "pipes" to deliver movies to consumers. Apple wants to develop a set top box that would replace Comcast's latest X1 box.

In the US, Huawei has been challenged due to concerns of United States security officials that Huawei-made telecommunications equipment is designed to allow unauthorized access by the Chinese government and the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Huawei, served as an engineer in the army in the early 1980s.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Twitter Delay in Resolving Host -- Embedded TImelines Delayed

Embedded timelines from Twitter are delayed on Sunday morning June 1, 2014 from about 8:00 a.m. to at least 9:30 a.m.  The message in browser status bars reports "Resolving host ..."

During the delay, no tweets are displayed. The delays are lasting about 10 to 20 seconds.

Embedded individual tweets are also experiencing a delay -- showing the "resolving host" message.

Internet Service Provider: Comcast

No mention of any trouble reported at status.twitter.com.