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Last month, Facebook announced that users would need to download a separate Messenger app if they wanted to continue exchanging messages on their phone. (Our story: http://engt.co/1mWcRv8)
The social media juggernaut says the goal is to make Messenger "the best mobile messaging experience possible," but for the most part, this shift has angered users who don't want to be forced into using yet... Read more →
Back in May Foursquare announced that they were splitting their app into two, keeping place recommendations with the Foursquare while shunting check-ins over to a new app called Swarm. Now that the summer's almost over and we'd all had a few months to adjust to this new way of doing things, how's it going for you? Did you even install the new app, or are you holding out as long as... Read more →
When it comes to backing up my data, I consider myself to be pretty savvy. I have a CrashPlan subscription to store data in the cloud, there's a number of portable USB drives that I use to keep duplicates of important data. We even have a Synology NAS unit that I've offloaded a lot of data to that provides additional storage, duplication of important data, and remote access as well.
That's why I was really surprised when my entire data management strategy came... Read more →
A few months ago, the MTA here in New York finally rolled out "Bus Time" city-wide. Bus Time is a program wherein every single MTA bus has a GPS transmitter, and all of that data is collected and made available on a mobile website so you can find out where all the buses are. Just plug in a bus route on the website, and it will give you a list of stops on that line and where all its buses are in relation to those stops. Plug in a stop... Read more →
It's been awhile since we've done this sort of thing, but I wanted to see what podcasts everyone is currently listening to (are you still listening to podcasts, even) and where you're listening to them.
Here are some of my favorite podcasts at the moment:
- 1914: Day by Day: World War 1 started 100 years ago this summer. The BBC is doing a day by day podcast that explains what was happening in Europe 100 years ago to the day. It's awesome! They're about 5 - 8 minutes in...
If you use Facebook on a regular basis, you've likely come across a comment on someone's post that looked suspicious. Assuming you're not gullible, you probably didn't click on that link. But what if you are gullible and clicked on it?
Last week I noticed some comments like the above, littered over every single post on Engadget's Facebook page. The goal was to seduce users into thinking they could... Read more →
When Google killed off "iGoogle" a few years ago, I was pretty disappointed. It was the default homepage that loaded up every time I opened my browser. The fact that you could customize it with all sorts of information that was relevant to you was probably my favorite thing about it: Gmail, calendar, important news, weather, etc. The overall looks were a bit spartan, but you could choose from various themes as well.
I thought it was a great alternative to the web... Read more →