Target Reveals Some Black Friday Deals Through Facebook Memory Match Game
Retailers are still using social networks to share Black Friday deals. Target has shared a Memory Match game here on its Facebook page. Like most apps, the Memory Match requires Facebook users to share some personal data with Target. 16 of the retailer's Black Friday offers are revealed after the game is completed. Here are some of the gadget deals provided in the game:
Beats Solo Headphones - $119 (reg. $179.99)
Samsung 40-inch HDTV - $397.99 (reg. $499.99)
Nintendo 3DS XL - $149.99 (reg. $199.99)
Vizio 47-inch HDTV - $379.99 (reg. $519.99)
PS3 250GB Bundle - $199.99
Nabi Tablet - $129.99 (reg. $179.99)
An image of all the revealed deals has leaked here. Generally when retailers start leaking their own deals on Facebook or other social networks the full ad release is not far off. More of this year's released deals can be found on the Black Friday Ads Chart.
How to Stop Junk Faxes
Junk faxes are the fax version of spam and they can be more irritating than spam messages, which can be blocked and filtered to some extent. L.A. Times Columnist David Lazarus runs an Ask Laz advice column. He recently did a segment on junk faxes. Sadly, there is not a Do Not Call option for faxes. Lazarus advises against calling the "unsubscribe" number provided by the faxer because it lets the spam faxer know they have a live target. He says the best move is to contact your state attorney general.
The Consumerist has a few more ideas here, such as filing a complaint with the FCC and notifying the JunkFax.org advocacy site. JunkFax.org also has a list of ten different steps you can take against junk faxers. They advise saving your junk faxes as evidence if you plan to take any action.
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates Channel Dr. Evil and Austin Powers
Steve Ballmer channels Dr. Evil from Austin Powers in this video from 2009 which is viraling around the Internet this week. Ballmer demolishes a competitor's building as he gives an evil laugh. Bill Gates then says, "Oh, behave," and dances around as Austin Powers. The video is being heavily criticized in the YouTube comments, but it really isn't that bad considering the Microsoft executives are not actors. Gates' dancing is amusing. Take a look:
E Ink Introduces Carta, Latest Version of its Electronic Ink Display
E Ink has announced E Ink Carta, the latest version of its electronic ink display technology. E Ink says Carta sets a new standard as the whitest and highest contrast ratio display in the industry. It provides a 50 percent improvement in contrast ratio and over 20 percent improvement in reflectance over the previous version. Amazon selected the Carta display for its recently unveiled Kindle Paperwhite eReader.
Giovanni Mancini, director of product management for E Ink Holdings, said in a statement, "The Carta display technology is a testament to E Ink's continued innovation and leadership in ePaper and electronic ink displays. E Ink has always enjoyed a close working relation with its customers. The launch of Carta reaffirms our belief in the future of the ePaper market and we believe it will herald a new standard in ePaper displays."
Yahoo has unveiled a new logo. The company had 30 days of different logos leading up to the new one. The new logo is part of a Yahoo makeover under new CEO Marissa Mayer.
Ad Agereports that the new logo was created in-house at Yahoo. It uses a proprietary font. The different letter sizes are meant to represent a yodel's sound waves. The exclamation mark in the logo is briefly animated when a user arrives at yahoo.com.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Plans to Retire Within 12 Months
Microsoft Corp. announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months. He will retire upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. The Board of Directors appointed a special committee to direct the process. This committee is chaired by John Thompson, the board's lead independent director, and includes Chairman of the Board Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo.
Ballmer said in a statement, "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company's transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction."
Ballmer, 57, has been running the company for 13 years. Take a look:
Worst ATM PINs Revealed
The worst series of numbers to use for your ATM PIN number have been revealed. It is not surprising that these PIN numbers are easy to remember. Timereports that study was conducted by DataGenetics. The study found that thieves who steal debit cards can guess 25% of stolen card PINs within just 20 attempts. Here is a list of the top ten most-used PINs:
Four digits does not give you a lot of options, but the best method is to use a number that does not hold any significance to you. For example, do not use something a criminal could guess, such as your birth year, graduation year or partial zip.
The Squito is a throwable camera that records 360 degree panoramic video and high-resolution images. Pop Photo reports that Squito is the invention of Boston based inventor Steve Hollinger. The video footage is a little shaky, but far better than you would expect. The aerial images and panoramas look very good. The Squito has spin stabilization to make the video less shaky than it normally would be. Take a look:
Hollinger was recently granted a second patent for the technology used in Squito.
iRobot has announced that it has been awarded a $30 million Army contract. The four-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract allows for the delivery of iRobot PackBot FasTac robotic systems and associated spares.
The iRobot PackBot allows military and public safety personnel to investigate dangerous objects and environments from a safe distance. The robot is used in a wide variety of operations. Some of the operations include neutralizing roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. It can also screen vehicles and search buildings, bunkers, caves and tunnels. iRobot says it has deliverd over 5,000 robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide to doate.
iRobot is also known for its consumer line, which includes the Roomba.
3M Touch Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M Company, has announced the launch of the 3M Multi-Touch Display C4667PW. The display can track up to 60 simultaneous touches. It has a 10 millisecond touch response rate. The display has 1920x1080 resolution and 178 degree viewing angles.
Diego Romeu, global business unit manager, 3M Electronic Business Solutions, says in a statement, "The 46-inch C4667PW chassis display is our largest multi-touch display to date and helps redefine on-screen collaboration possibilities. This new display is an ideal solution for companies developing multi-user applications that are looking for the reliability, robustness, and touch performance needed for commercial environments."
New York City Launches .nyc Top-Level Domain
New York City has announced the launch of the .nyc Top-Level domain. The .nyc names are expected to become available in late 2013. Fees for the domains will be determined then. A website for .nyc has been set up at mydotnyc.com.
The City of New York says New York City businesses and organizations with a NYC address, individuals with a primary residence in NYC, as well as those offering products or services to New Yorkers can register a .nyc domain name.
Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer for New York City, said in a statement, "Pursuing the .nyc top-level domain has been a goal of Mayor Bloomberg's Digital Roadmap from the start, and this caliber of innovation keeps New York City on track to becoming the world's leading digital city. Our digital strategy is focused on improving the lives of New Yorkers through investments in technology infrastructure, education, data, engagement and industry. The introduction of .nyc will spur unprecedented local civic and economic activity."
iRobot and Cisco Launch Ava 500 Video Collaboration Robot
iRobot and Cisco have partnered to launch the Ava 500 video collaboration robot, a new telepresence robot. iRobot says that Ava 500 can help a remote worker meet with colleagues in an office setting or take part in experiences, like a facility tour, that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar.
The system can be controlled through an iPad interface. The robot will be available starting in early 2014. Take a look:
E Ink Introduces 1.73-inch Flexible Display for Smartwatches
E Ink has announced the launch of a 1.73-inch flexible display designed for use with smartwatch applications. The display is part of E Ink's Mobius line. The Sonostar smartwatch was jointly developed by E Ink's subsidiary Transmart Co. Ltd and Sonostar. The 1.73-inch Mobius display supports a resolution of 320X240 pixels with 16 greyscale levels.
The first commercial product to use the 1.73-inch display is the Sonostar Smartwatch, which was announced this week at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan.
Giovanni Mancini, director of product management for E Ink Holdings, said in a statement, "The joint development between Sonostar and Transmart is the perfect example of the how E Ink can help its customers get their product to market. E Ink displays enable unique products that capture the customer's imagination. Our business development team has the expertise to help our customers design the displays into their products in ways never before thought possible."
Funny Video Reveals the Google Glass Photographer
This funny video from Grovo shows what a Google Glass photographer may be like if these devices become a reality. Our favorite part is when the man is standing super close to a flower in order to photograph it. Google Glass does prevent people constantly holding their cell phones in the air to record footage of an event. However, in this case the Google Glass photographer has to jump up and down at a concert to record the band. Take a look:
Bullitt Mobile, the global licensee of Cat phone for Caterpillar, has announced the launch of a new rugged smartphone, the Cat B15. The smartphone can withstand a 5.9 foot drop and will still work after being submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for 30 minutes. Bullitt says the smartphone can be used with wet fingers and is dustproof and scratch resistant.
The Cat B15 runs on Android 4.1. Jelly Bean and contains a dual core 1GHz processor. Other specs include 4GB storage, Gorilla glass multitouch screen, VGA front camera and 5.0 megapixel rear camera. The Cat B15 costs $349.