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April 1, 2014

Rebecca Minkoff Makes Selfies the Focus of Its Marketing

When you think of handbags and fashion, you don’t typically think of technology, but that’s exactly what Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff, thinks about.  Originally the founder of a software company, Uri thinks of ways he can utilize technology to enhance the brand, particularly through social media.  As a result, the company is one of the most forward-thinking when it comes to using the most popular apps and social media outlets to engage consumers.

For example, while most people think of Snapchat as a silly teen [...]

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April 1, 2014

No Fooling: Microsoft to Talk Windows 9 at This Week’s Build Conference?

Despite the fact that today is April 1, to the best of my knowledge, this is not a joke. A post on ZDNet today reports that at this week’s Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft may give us some details regarding the next iteration of its flagship OS. That’s right, it sounds like we might get a glimpse at Windows 9.

The post says that Microsoft’s “Threshold” project is, in fact, the codename for Windows 9. Threshold, you may recall, is Microsoft’s efforts to unify the Windows experience across all platforms, be it a phone, [...]

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March 31, 2014

Target’s Offering Major Video Game Deals April 6-12

Looking to add to your video game collection? From April 6 through April 12, Target will make it pretty cost-effective for you to do so. The retailer plans to offer a Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal on “over a thousand titles across all game systems.”

You can check out the circular ad to the right. Indeed, there are games from many last-gen and next-gen systems; some pretty major titles, too.

For the newer systems, the very recent Titanfall for Xbox One is displayed in the ad, as are several PlayStation 4 titles, such [...]

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March 31, 2014

Google+ Adds View Counts for Profiles, Posts and Images

Think your Google+ page isn’t getting much action? Google is hoping to prove you wrong by adding view counters to its profiles, posts, and pages. Then you can at least see that people are looking at your content on the social network, even if they may not be interacting with it.

The counters, first reported on by The Next Web, are likely being used to show that Google+ holds a lot of weight in search. Even if Google+ isn’t a network you update as much as Facebook or Twitter, if someone is searching for you and [...]

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March 31, 2014

Doom Creator & Oculus CTO John Carmack Seems Okay with Working for Facebook Now

Less than a week ago, Facebook stunned the tech world by spending $2 billion to acquire virtual reality start-up Oculus, and the company’s in-development headset, the Rift. The backlash among former Oculus fans was swift and immediate, pretty perfectly encapsulated by the just-as-sudden announcement of Marcus “Notch” Perrson’s cancelation of the also in-development Rift port of Minecraft. A few days ago, alpha-nerd and Doom creator John Carmack—the Chief Technology Officer of Oculus who left his longtime position at the studio he [...]

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March 31, 2014

CyberSecurity Shortage Threatens Rapid Tech Boom

With the rapid development of technology and the increased connectivity of all things, aka, the Internet of things, one area that is falling drastically behind is cybersecurity.  In fact, there is shortage of nearly one million skilled security professionals worldwide, according to Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report.

The problem is two fold:  cyberattacks have gotten more sophisticated and are outpacing the ability for current security professionals to combat threats, according to the report.  Second, most companies lack the [...]

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March 31, 2014

Gmail Overhauled Today with Shelfie Support

As part of its annual April 1st overhual, Gmail has been updated with some hot new features everyone has been waiting for. Above all, though, Google’s free-to-use email service now allows you to share those oh-so-loved selfies of yours with the masses, in the form of shelfies.

That’s right, all of those lovely self portraits you’ve been making of yourself and setting as the background to your Gmail account can finally be shared with others. You get it, right? Shareable selfies?


“Gmail Shelfie is built on [...]

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March 31, 2014

Xbox ‘Games with Gold’ for April: ‘Hitman: Absolution’ and ‘Deadlight’

With April 1 fast approaching, Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed the next two games in the “Games with Gold” program: Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight.

The two games stay true to the recent Microsoft formula: an Xbox 360 title paired with an Xbox Live Arcade Game.

Hitman: Absolution is a 2012 action title from Square Enix that received somewhat average reviews, hovering between the 7-8 out of 10 range with most game critics. The game wasn’t a AAA blockbuster, but Xbox 360 fans should find [...]

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