Normally a startup like San Francisco-based Sincerely, which makes an app that lets you create and send postcards from your phone, would be in big trouble when a company like Apple enters its market. But Sincerely isn't ready to cede its fledgling business to the Cupertino giant, and today is announcing a new product line for the holidays, a new board member and a $3 million funding round. (Notice I didn't write that the funding is "new"--more on that in a moment).
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--If there's one thing that late night TV hosts like David Letterman and Jay Leno are said to hate, it's when a star books both their shows back to back.
So it was a bit strange to go to both shows this week and see the same high-profile kick-off speaker at each, LinkedIn founder and Graylock Partners principal Reid Hoffman. And both presentations … Read more
Blogger is rolling out a site-wide refresh today.
It's the first major overhaul of the Web-blogging service in several years. Details on the new look and feel, along with key feature updates, can be found on Blogger Buzz, the official voice of Blogger. Apparently, after taking into consideration a plethora of user feedback, "the entire editing and management experience" has been "rewritten from scratch" making the overall user experience "faster and more efficient."
Among the most significant changes: The post editor now gives users "a larger canvas for drafting and previewing" … Read more
The world's longest-running sci-fi series, "Doctor Who," will return this weekend with the youngest actor yet continuing his portrayal of one of the oldest characters in modern fiction.
The BBC series will turn 48 this fall, while Matt Smith will soon celebrate 29. The Doctor himself is more than 900 years old
"A lot was made of me being the youngest actor in the part," said Smith, who started portraying The Doctor last year. "Actually, I think that's worked to my favor because I think there's a sort of interesting contradiction of having a young face and old soul."
During a recent event previewing the return of "Doctor Who" this Saturday on the BBC in the U.K. and BBC America in the U.S., Smith discussed how starring in one of the world's biggest nerd-centric cult shows affects his existence in time and space. … Read more
Much like birds building nests, people seem to like shiny objects. The truism holds, apparently, for laptop and LCD TV screens as well. Samsung was among the first TV makers to popularize the shiny, glossy screen with its LNA650 series, and we complained about it, albeit to no avail. The company expanded its gloss-coated reach to encompass most of its LCD screens, and many other makers followed suit.
The sole picture-quality advantage of glossy screens we've observed, at least when done correctly, is that they can in some cases preserve black-level performance--dark areas stay darker--in bright rooms with overhead … Read more
Google may see its Chrome operating system as more secure than traditional alternatives, but one security researcher believes the cloud-based OS is vulnerable, according to a Reuters story published yesterday.WhiteHat Security researcher Matt Johansen said he found a flaw in a Chrome OS application that he was able to exploit to gain control of a Google e-mail account. Though Google fixed the flaw after it was reported, Johansen claims to have discovered other applications with the same flaw, Reuters said.
In citing the security holes in Chrome OS, Johansen specifically pointed to the ability of hackers who can steal … Read more
When the news broke late last week that Digg founder Kevin Rose had "resigned" from his post at the company to go after something new, things did not seem well for the start-up. But fear not, current CEO Matt Williams says--all the good changes coming from the company over the past six months were done by a group of people, not just the Digg founder.
In a blog entry on Digg's blog posted this afternoon entitled "the Digg goes on," Williams once again addresses Rose's departure, while sharing some insights about the company's … Read more
Comics, graphics, and quizzes from The Oatmeal are all over the Web, so we're lucky to catch its creator Matt Inman during his countrywide tour to support his new book, "5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth."
The book is a collection of Matt's favorite comics and includes 25 previously unseen works plus a pull-out poster included with every copy. We also have three signed copies of the book to give away on a future show, so check back for your chance to win.
Matt tells us about his history with the Internet with stories about how he came up with the name, his former obsession with Gillian Anderson from "The X-Files," and offers tips on what to do when you meet your idol--in this case, cartoon legend Gary Larson.
After the break, Matt pulls out his laptop and shows us how he creates characters using Adobe Fireworks, software usually designed for graphics editing that Matt appropriates for The Oatmeal.
Using just this software and an Apple Magic Mouse, he quickly takes us through the processing of designing one of his recurring characters--the angry fat man!
We'll end today's show with the Kodak Deal of the Day: a Lenovo Z560 Core i5 Dual 2.66GHz 16-inch LED laptop with free shipping for $599.99.Episode 778 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
With the latest changes to its search algorithm, Google is aiming to reward Web sites that offer original, in-depth content at the same time that it penalizes those that simply borrow content from others.
Rolled out this week, the changes will help ensure that sites considered to be of "high quality" will rank higher in Google's search results, while those deemed of "low quality" will get dumped lower in the ranks, according to a blog posted yesterday by Google fellow Amit Singhal and principal engineer Matt Cutts.
Google is clearly looking to crack down on &… Read more
Google has launched one of its first experiments aimed at fighting back against content farms, asking the public to help identify the worst offenders.
Chrome users can now download an extension from Google called Personal Blocklist that will allow users to block certain domains from appearing in a personalized list of search results. Google will also track the domains that users flag "and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results," wrote Matt Cutts, principal engineer at Google and a prominent anti-spam spokesman for the company, in a blog post.
For several weeks Cutts and Google have been acknowledging frustration … Read more