Kim Dotcom’s latest website, Mega, promised to be a replacement of Megaupload, the file-sharing and mostly-pirated video host site the government took down a year ago. But Mega is a cloud-storage service: Users have access to their files, but no one else, not even the site’s administrators, know what’s in them because they’re encrypted before they reach Mega’s servers.
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After an event yesterday at which the long-troubled Canadian mobile- phone maker Research in Motion renamed itself simply BlackBerry, some tech industry watchers are saying the company could make a comeback.
The Navajo with Jake and Rusty by Jonathan Wyler is today’s Free eBook of the Day.
The book is a romantic spy novel that takes place in the 1940s. Check it out: “Rusty is a hot-headed redhead Marine from California whose Quaker parents have disowned him. Although they initially irritate each other, they soon learn to work together for common purposes. They encounter Molly, a youngish Indiana country girl running from something, and Gabrielle, a fashionable New York model on her way to break into Hollywood. But something is wrong; someone wants something they may have. Follow their story in the best Agatha Christie Orient Express style. Follow Jake & Rusty from Chicago to California.”
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Consumer Intelligence Research Panel (CIRP) released new findings on phone bills showing iPhone users paying much more than other smart phone users. The survey shows that on average, 60% of iPhone users had monthly bills of at least $100 compared to only 53% of Android users. 33% of Android and Blackberry users were able to obtain average rates between $25-$50 per month compared to only 6% of iPhone users. Michael Levin of CIRP explains:
“We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits… They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers.”
After two years at Foursquare, product manager Christen Duong has announced that she’ll be leaving the company (and New York City) to work at Flipboard in San Francisco.
The California Public Utilities Commission has made a deal with Uber, that will allow the company’s black car service continue to operate while rules are finalized that specifically address mobile apps that allow users to arrange for rides with black car drivers and private citizens.
TheBump.com, the website dedicated to expecting parents, has released a new app called My Pregnancy Calendar, that helps pregnant women track the progress of their baby’s fetal development and remember how to take care of themselves in the process.
The free app aims to be a guide to pregnancy every step of the way. It includes information like weekly updates on the development of both the mother and the fetus. For example, users will learn that during week 8 of pregnancy, their embryo is the size of a raspberry and in week 10, a prune. The app also has a photo gallery, reminding women to track their progress and snap a photo of their growing belly each week.
It is full of pregnancy safety advice and helps remind a pregnant woman which foods to avoid and which to remember to eat. It also includes check-up and testing information, as well as customizable to-dos and appointments.
Business cards have been used to share contact details and other business-related information for centuries, but today—as more of our business lives have become entangled with the web—using your business cards to link to your business online has become increasingly important. A new infographic, care of Business Card Ideas from UPrinting.com, takes a look at how to use social media and business cards in tandem, to be at the top of your networking game.
Daft Punk is a cultural phenomenon, despite being largely absent from the music scene since 2005 (unless you count their contribution to the TRON soundtrack). The band’s new contract with Columbia records and subsequent new spring album has also brought some much-needed updates to their fabulous soundboard app, iDaft.
The app is a simple soundboard that allows you to remix classic songs like “Technologic” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Just push on the large buttons and iDaft plays the accompanying sample. The app mostly benefits from the artist’s characteristically sparse lyrics, allowing users to easily impress or annoy coworkers with lunchtime DJ sessions.
Many Twitter users experienced trouble accessing the site this morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pacific.