Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TouchPico Android Projector

Kyle Russell talks to TouchJet about their new Android based pico projector that allows you to turn any smooth surface into a touch screen interface.

Deloitte: British Smartphone Users Downloading Few Apps

A Deloitte survey shows that 31% of British smartphone users do not download apps. What's next for the app economy?

Deloitte fount that 90 percent of people never spend money on apps in Great Britain.

Nearly one in three people in the U.K. do not download any apps in a typical month, according to a report released by research firm Deloitte. Researchers at Deloitte report that people had found their ideal number of apps, which includes a few social media and music streaming apps.

Deloitte points out that the app market is not shrinking, but the app stats are falling because most smartphone users now are over 50 and have less interest in using apps.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Don't Call Police 9-1-1 for Facebook Outage: Yes it Happened When Facebook Was Down at 11:05 CDT on Friday, August 1, 2014

Facebook experienced an outage about 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 1, 2014. Facebook was sluggish and also put out a message that said ...

Sorry, something went wrong.

We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.

Go Back

Facebook © 2014 · Help

Before the "Sorry" message, the displayed web page said "Service Unavailable"

Sgt. Burton Brink, PIO CV Station (La Crescenta), an officer from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department used Facebook's social media competitor Twitter on Friday to remind people that 9-1-1 is for law enforcement issues. Facebook users called 9-1-1 for help to report that the social media website was down.

A message posted by a Facebook developer said the site "is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We'll update shortly."

Facebook gradually returned to 100 percent by about 12:00 p.m. CDT Friday.

Facebook also recently experienced an outage on Friday, July 4, 2014. People could see the Facebook page, but couldn't update their status.

You can always check the Status of common Internet services here ...

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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 (

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.