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Digg goes minimal with a new redesign

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by Vince No Comments

Image credit: TheVerge

Digg has been a long time curator of the web’s many enlightening stories.  From the large, upfront articles, to down-low articles, the site has done it all.  It’s recent accusation by LinkedIn, The Washington Post, and Betaworks have left the company to make the site a better or worse site.  The site’s redesign, although minimal, is quite an improvement.  It has shown easier to move around with a sleek new interface, and nice buttons for this web 2.0 era.  They built the whole site from the ground up since they acquired it, and further features soon to arise include:

Digg:

  • introduce network-based personalization features (like we do in News.me) to make Digg a more relevant and social experience
  • experiment with new commenting features
  • continue to iterate Digg for mobile web
  • move the website forward with features like the Reading List, different views into the top stories on Digg, and more data to help users better understand why a particular story is trending
  • launch an API so that members of the development community can build all the products that we haven’t even thought of yet

Though the site has seen an exponential amount of users in the past, will this redesign cut it? Will this be their final haven, along with other features, to save the lone social network? Tell us in the comments below what you think.

Source: TheVerge

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Apple’s unaffective and boring advertising during The Olympics

Posted on: July 28th, 2012 by Vince No Comments

Apple has always used effective advertising.  Especially for special events, such as the superbowl.  The Ipod models kicked off commercials well.  And so did the Mac commercials. At least, back then they did.  Now the ad shown is really pathetic and show’s no confidence in the product.  If they’re going to do an ad, at least have the product their, at least. I mean, without the product, you’re pretty much talking to a wall.  Nothing to show off to the consumer is a bad way to strategize, and especially for Apple.  This is a first-time the Apple fan crowd, and others, have seen the dramatic downfall on the advertising of the company.  The company bailed on us with talking ads and not showing ads.  You can’t even see the screen in the second video.  This is a sad turnout for the Apple company.  They could have done better.  Much better.

Apple – Mac – TV Ad – Mayday

Apple – Mac – TV Ad – Labor Day

Apple – Mac – TV Ad – Basically

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A SOPA For The Wicked

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Vince 1 Comment

 

I come from a position that once used to be a web for all to share. Copyright content was non talked about, until a resent tragedy that left us all nervous and wallowing in fear. This was the start of an evil opponent to the internet. Many of us take it in some views, and others in another perspective, but I believe this bill should be put to rest. The uprising of many protesters has not been pretty, and more may come if this demon of a bill breaks through this coming Tuesday.

What Is SOPA?

SOPA is a bill that stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act”. Now, you must be thinking, “This will be amazing!”. Though, let it’s somewhat ironic name not be to deceive you. This bill does more than stop censorship, and from what I’m seeing, it promotes it. The bill also does the following:

  • Cuts off ads from foreign sites, losing site money
  • All copyrighted infringing sites may be down, including:
  1. Youtube.
  2. Reddit.
  3. Wikipedia.
  4. And many others.

More Discussion and Reasoning

This bill, proposed to pass, may, in fact, not be all that it says. It holds truth, also, to cutting off sites IMMEDIATELY. So, say you have a song, maybe on your site. It could be anything infringing. You may not know it, but Comcast could immediately take your site off their IPS. That is incredibly bad in a way that they can actually take you to court. This is an immediate threat that many of us on here have never come to. Having to pay to use pictures, video, or music? That’s insane. Many of you, i’m sure, have heard of Blogger. They’re huge Google company, but SOPA could force them out of business. Blogs currently hosted on there have copyrighted content. So, Google and ISPs would block that. But, I know what you’re thinking. What about my site? If it’s on a domain name, you may be lucky to get the IP address in the box and head to the site while in affect.

The Global Catastrophe

Global perspective could bring down the internet usage worldwide. And you may be wondering why? This is because foreign targets are suspected as copyright violators. While you may be able to view your site from that country, if you live there, and it contains copyrighted material, you won’t see it here in the U.S. The bill also puts pressure on ads. Many companies rely on ads, Google being one of them. When ads are taken away, so is that company. And the fact that SOPA is doing this is not going to help anyone in this situation. The ads from the infringing site, global sites included, are found on Google now, they will no longer be found later. This is a big regime to keep the money coming to the media companies. Hey, my blog is awesome, let’s put up an ad. Oh, wait. You have a photo, maybe from Engadget or Huffington Post, on your site. Now, your site is shut down, and no ad for you. This may infuriate users, but I see a globally hacking spree coming. Anonymous, the world-famous group, hacked a few sites recently in opposition of MegaUpload shutting down. FBI arrests of MegaUpload’s founders were made, and not much good will come out. And censored search results will come into play. Money is lost and money is gained, and this will not be an easy task to tackle through.

Startups With SOPA

SOPA will also make building a startup harder. New regulations put into place will most likely bring less innovation. And less innovation almost falls to a monopoly, or oligarchy of the internet. These rules will weaken the internet indescribably. Say goodbye to Grooveshark and many other free services you use, as building another one will be made even more complicated than the first. Going through domain names is another subject. You may want to go foreign on domains, if SOPA passes, seeing as you may not have copyright issues there.

Conclusion, But Still To Worry

Much has gone through the past 4 months now. Fear and nervousness wretch through your bodies as you anxiously await the gruesome fate of the internet as it lies towards it’s bed of disease. This never-ending virus will push you off from where you started. Anger and rage will soon flourish after this passes (hopefully not). Anonymous has helped by taking sites down today, and many others may be able to bypass SOPA. Other’s will find it difficult and may give up. Vote No at AmericanCensorShip.org, and write to him today. Before the fate of the internet’s hands is left beside the devil himself.

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Facebook Updates, But Will It Top The Top Or Drop The Drop?

Posted on: September 21st, 2011 by Vince No Comments

   PHOTO THANKS TO TECHCRUNCH

    Facebook has recently introduced major layout changes. Lists have been added to this ambiguous social network. But what hits me hard is the nav bar. A drop down box to navigate. Really? When I dream up a useful site, it’s navigation must be usable in a way to which the user can easily navigate with ease and push forth incredibly likable comments. But, so far, I have yet to succumb to this new, uneven design. A profile update is set to release tomorrow at f8 where the major updates hit. We can only hope for the best, if this social network tops the top, or drops the drop at the f8 tomorrow. My best wishes in this huge social network to push forward. We’ll see tomorrow.

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Zioty, an ambiguous blog, but where to head next?

Posted on: September 4th, 2011 by Vince 5 Comments

PHOTO CREDIT TO ENGADGET

    Since I started this ambiguous blog, it’s been earning it’s views daily. A great blog with much potential. I’ve had so many ideas for this blog running through my brain, it’s ridiculous. But I shall continue forth as a key tech blog. I have asked you all today, if you may, to comment on what you think of my option for this blog. My option is to get a new theme and logo for this blog, and, to write longer articles on the biggest of news of the weeks/months. What do you think? Comment below, please. Thank you for your time and heartfelt charity to this here blog.

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