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Facebook, a social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg, wins the hearts of millions of users through their unique and innovative experiments. They have approximately 750 million users using in different countries and in different languages which proves that It has a universal appreciation. Facebook changes their profile design frequently to catch the attention of its customers. On F8 conference, They have announced the release of new profile design called Facebook Timeline which is “a story of your life”, says Mark Zuckerberg.

BENEFITS OF FACEBOOK TIMELINE

 

Now its easy to get invite for facebook timeline feature. To activate it on your profile  Click here and follow the steps in the tutorial

 

What Zuckerberg says..?

“You can say your story of life on a single Facebook page”, says Zuckerberg. With this Timeline feature, Facebook allows the user to have all their needed information on the same spot which reduces…

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NPD monthly reports integrate Walmart data starting next month

Every month, the NPD Group releases a report on the previous month’s US sales in the game industry, both consoles and software. While that monthly report is already “projected to 100% of the market,” according to NPD Group’s David Riley, next month, it’ll get bolstered by the nation’s largest retailer: Walmart. Despite being revealed this past February, the past several months of NPD reports haven’t included Walmart’s numbers.

“Our enhanced retail coverage, including the addition of several new retailers, begins with May data released on Thursday, June 14,” Riley told me in an email yesterday. While he couldn’t supply a list of all of the retailers involved, he told me, “Yes, it does include Walmart.”

With any luck, the addition of Walmart to NPD’s stable of retailers reporting – which already includes America’s largest game retailer, GameStop – will help to thwart claims of NPD being a “very poor indicator of the industry’s performance.” Then again, between the lack of digital sales accounted for in NPD’s monthly report and the urge of publishers to spin poor sales numbers, those complaints likely won’t stop anytime soon.

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Malware Threat Level Hits 4-Year High

Surfing the Internet is becoming more dangerous than ever, according to a report released Wednesday by cyber security software maker McAfee.

In first three months of the year, malware circulating in cyberspace reached a four-year high and is on a pace to reach 100 million samples by year’s end, McAfee says in its quarterly threats report.

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HP still leads: Top 5 makers of personal computers

Hewlett-Packard Co. remains the world’s largest maker of personal computers, but the business is slowing with the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices. HP announced Wednesday that it will cut 8 percent of its work force by October 2014. HP has said it will use savings to invest in growing businesses.

According to research group IDC, here are the five leading manufacturers of personal computers in first quarter of 2012:

Worldwide:

Hewlett-Packard Co., 15.7 million shipped worldwide, 18 percent share

Lenovo Group Ltd., 11.7 million, 13.4 percent

Dell Inc., 10.1 million, 11.6 percent

Acer Group, 8.6 million, 9.9 percent

AsusTek Computer Inc., 5.3 million, 6 percent

Others, 35.7 million, 41 percent

Total: 87.1 million

United States:

Hewlett-Packard Co., 4.6 million shipped in U.S., 28 percent share

Dell Inc., 3.6 million, 21.7 percent

Apple Inc., 1.7 million, 10 percent

Toshiba Corp., 1.35 million, 8.1 percent

Acer Group, 1.3 million, 7.8 percent.

Others, 4 million, 24.4 percent.

Total: 16.6 million

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Intel eyes future with computers that learn

TEL AVIV: Intel Corp is launching research in Israel into technology that mimics the human brain and develops devices that “learn” about their user.

“Machine learning is such a huge opportunity,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, told reporters in Tel Aviv.

“Despite their name, smartphones are rather dumb devices. My smartphone doesn’t know anything more about me than when I got it,” he added.

“All of these devices will come to know us as individuals, will very much tailor themselves to us.”

The research, to be carried out by the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence along with specialists from the Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is aimed at enabling new applications, such as small, wearable computers that can enhance daily life.

For example if a user leaves his car keys in the house, the device will in the first week remember where he left them and by the second week will remind the user to pick up his keys before leaving home, Rattner said.

Such devices, which continually record what the user is doing, will be available by 2014 or 2015, he said.

“Within five years all of the human senses will be in computers and in 10 years we will have more transistors in one chip than neurons in the human brain,” said Moody Eden, president of Intel Israel.

Rattner said Intel is already implementing the new technology in digital signs it created for Adidas. The signs determine whether the shopper is male or female, adult or child and shows shoes suitable to that person.

He said this was part of Intel’s expansion beyond its traditional semiconductor business.

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Yahoo! moves to reclaim Internet search crown

SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! on Wednesday set out to reclaim the Internet search crown from Google with the release of software that transforms the way users explore the Web using Apple’s coveted gadgets.

A Yahoo! Axis application was introduced for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices and also as “plug-in” software for Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and other Web browsers featuring HTML-5 graphics capabilities.

“Yahoo! is still very much in search,” special projects product management director Ethan Batraski said while giving AFP an advance look at Axis. “We continue to flourish.”

Axis does away with the blue links that have defined Internet query results for a decade and replaced them with previews of pages that might provide the information being sought.

The application lets users easily “swipe” from one Web page to another or review a pull-down strip of preview pages instead of making them click on links to see what websites look like.

“We removed the entire search results page from the equation for a game-changing search experience,” Batraski said.

“The entire search experience is in the app,” he continued. “You will never have to use Safari ever again.”

Safari is the Web browsing program Apple builds into its devices.

The Axis search results pane instantly displays information of potential interest, such as the score from a most recent game if the query is a sports team.

Yahoo! also made it simple to email, tweet, “pin,” or bookmark pages with touches of screens.

Axis also gives users the option of synching pages across devices, so that driving directions, movie times or other pages left open on one gadget will automatically display on another, the demonstration showed.

“I could easily start something on my iPad and continue on my iPhone,” Batraski said. “The goal here is to connect all my devices together.”

Clicks of side tabs replace swipes in the plug-in version of Axis for desktop computer browsing software.

For now, Yahoo! is not displaying ads in Axis because the focus is on winning users before weaving in ways to make money without marring the smooth experience.

Yahoo! has been steadily losing ground to Google in the Internet search market. Google’s share inched up to 66.5 percent in April while Yahoo!’s portion slipped a fraction to 13.5 percent, according to comScore.

Microsoft’s Bing was the second most popular search service, handling 15.4 percent of queries, the industry tracker reported.

Yahoo! in 2009 made a deal with Microsoft to have Bing handle the labor-intensive job of finding and indexing content on the Internet, freeing itself to concentrate on interesting or personalized ways to present results.

“We outsourced a backend process that every search engine was trying to do,” Batraski said.

“It is grunt work and we are really focused on innovating.”

Axis became available at Apple’s online App Store late Wednesday.

Axis will be begin rolling out to France, Britain and a few other countries by the end of the year, according to Batraski.

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