Okay everyone, Path is really sorry that they did something really creepy and didn’t think tot ell anyone first. The mobile start up is attempting to talk its way out of the outrage stepping from a discovery recently that user address books were being uploaded to the Path servers without any notification. CEO Dave Morin has posted a lengthy apology on the Path blog explaining what the company has done to smooth things over.
A new service from BitTorrent Inc. is looking to challenge established cloud storage and sharing services like Dropbox. Share is a p2p-based system that uses the BitTorrent protocol to share files of any size with an unlimited number of contacts. Share will leverage Amazon’s EC2 and S3 infrastructure to cache files so users don’t even have to online at the same time to share files
For most of us, the internet is a social experience. No matter what time of day it is, or where you are, the web ensures that there’s something to talk about and people willing to listen. With services like Twitter and Facebook, we’re glut with ways to get our messages and opinions out into the world. That said, with so many others taking the time to give their two bits on a given topic through the same channels, it’s getting harder and harder to filter those opinions in a way that makes them timely or meaningful. Fortunately, our Browser Extension of the Week is here to sort the situation out.
Spotify’s a pretty awesome streaming music service, but the Facebook integration it’s rolled out in the past week has left users with a pretty not-awesome taste in their mouths. Never mind the fact that new users need a Facebook account just to sign up now; even old users woke up the other morning to find their Spotify listening selections blasted on their Facebook feed. That sucks, so here’s how to disable it from either application.
You would have expected when the Google +1 button and Google+ launched, that they would have tight integration. Yeah, not so much. The +1 button was mostly used to improve Google search results, but Google has announced a new version of the button that makes sharing easier.
The changes kicked off by the Google+ launch continue to reverberate through other Google products. Google’s photo sharing and storage service, Picasa is getting a change for the better. For users of Google+, any photos uploaded to the social service are stored on Picasa and there is no storage limit. That’s right, nearly unlimited storage.
Google’s Facebook killer has arrived, and it is called Google+. The limited beta product is currently invite only, so don’t expect it to have the same massive social graph as Facebook does right now (if you can even get in). But Google has included some interesting features to help people share content. Google+ actually seems to be a few different products all rolled into one.
OK, quick show of hands: Who hasn’t hunted down a favorite music video on YouTube or some other streaming video service over the past few months? Right. Now, who of you out there hasn’t discovered new music by stumbling across a band’s video online for the first time? So, we can agree that music videos posted to the web are an inherent good then, right? Right. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business. No matter whether you’re looking to find an old favourite, or have a hankering to discover something new, music video streaming wunderkind HelloDay has something for you.
Last week, we took a peek at Send to my Gmail for Chrome: a great solution for sharing page urls viewed in your Google-made browser using your Google-branded email. For those of us that would rather surf the internet without the All-Seeing Eye of Mountain View upon us, there’s Shareaholic for Firefox. After reading up on what it has to offer, we’re sure you’ll agree that it deserves to be our Browser Extension of the Week.
HP made a point of showing off their tap to share capability at the announcement for the HP TouchPad and Pre3, but Google's newly minted version of Android enables a similar capability. It may have gotten lost in the shuffle, but by employing the new Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth APIs, Android users of the future will be able to enjoy some impressive feats of content sharing. The changes are coming in Android 2.3.3, and will require an NFC chip.