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The Sony Entertainment Network, which is already live in the US and Brazil among other countries, will launch in Japan on May 29th. As you may recall, the service is a browser-based marketplace with games, movies and other media available for download. SEN is especially targeted at PlayStation users; games and videos purchased will automatically show up in the PlayStation store. Given that Sony calls the Land of the Rising Sun home, it’s high time its Entertainment Network opened its doors to Japan. And with E3 less than a month away, the world may get a taste of Sony’s next-gen hardware for enjoying this service — stay tuned.
Via: The Next Web
The ones that trap you, and the ones that set you free. But neither one is the future.
Via: Robert Galbraith / Reuters
There are more social networks than ever, and more people using them. The sheer variety in social networking, though, has left us with an increasingly narrow definition of what a social network is. Perhaps the only one that applies to all of them, from Twitter to Facebook to Snapchat, is this: a social network is a communications service based on your identity.
It follows, then, that a social network’s ability to affect your identity should be considered its most important trait — and that therefore there are two types of social network:
1) Those that simulate social mobility
2) Those that don't
Mobility provides a handy lens through which to judge the networks we use every day — and to understand why we like, or don't like, using them. It also brings them into one of the internet's longest running and most important conversations, from which they've been oddly absent: is the internet a place for opportunity, or a place for reproduction of existing social orders?
Another way to describe this distinction might be to say that some social networks are aspirational, while some replicate what already exists in your life. Some give you a way to become something your aren't, or, more accurately, to alter how people see you, while others, over time, insist on creating a more accurate portrait of who you are.
Twitter is one of the largest, and purest, aspirational social networks. This is built into the site's “Follow”-centric vocabulary. Twitter is a place where you have followers, not friends; a place where following fewer people than follow you is a sign of status; a place where the verification of your real identity is really an acknowledgment that you've become something other than yourself — something better, in Twitter's abstracted terms. Fleeting interaction with celebrities and the powerful fuels users' hopes, giving them the sense, at least, of a level playing field. And while social mobility on Twitter may be overemphasized (it's telling that it's usually defined in terms of celebrity), its algorithms — the closest thing it has to a societal framework — aren't much of a mystery. Famous people in real life are famous on Twitter. You see tweets from people you follow, and people they want to introduce you to. Regular people who post and share tweets people like accrue Twitter fame.
Facebook, the first major social network to require real identities, sits at the other end of the spectrum. If Twitter is the place you go to remake yourself (albeit in a way that very likely will be contained entirely within Twitter), Facebook is the place that won't stop reminding you of who you really are (or were). In a post this week, Cliff Watson wrote of his experience on Facebook:
What is Facebook to most people over the age of 25? It's a never-ending class reunion mixed with an eternal late-night dorm room gossip session mixed with a nightly check-in on what coworkers are doing after leaving the office. In other words, it's a place where you go to keep tabs on your friends and acquaintances.
You know what kids call that? School.
Facebook, to users who joined years ago, can even feel like an engine of downward mobility — at best, visiting is a metaphorical trip home to “the block,” where you try to find ways of explaining what your life is like, how it's changed, and how it's gotten better, or how it's gotten worse, without sounding like a jerk, or pathetic, or like you're talking too much about yourself. It's appropriate that, in the year since going public, Facebook has been reminded repeatedly by its new context — the public market — of its own inescapable identity as an ad platform. Its recent experiments in self-expression have been fraught.
Facebook's lack of mobility is sewn into the fabric of the site. Connections for users are symmetrical — a crude digital equivalent to establishing a relationship or an acquaintanceship in real life. If it feels like a popularity contest, it's only in an antiquated sense; it encourages none of the self-as-a-minor-celebrity illusions that Twitter does.
But the overall effect, despite (or because of) its realism, can be grim. Facebook is a place where posts, not people, find mobility. If something you do gets noticed, you get little in the way of lasting benefit — it's a place where users share content, and content doesn't share back. Facebook is a place where brands, not users, can become famous. On Facebook, “followers” are for people who have them in real life.
The other large social networks fall into these categories, too. Tumblr, a space that values performance over all else, and which lets people be both successful and unrecognizable, is an aspirational network, a place where you're encouraged to be who you want to be rather than who you are. Google Plus's ultimate goal, like Facebook's, is to progressively recreate your real-world identity online — it's just starting with a different (private, and arguably therefore more relevant) set of data. LinkedIn is an aspirational service wrapped in realist mechanics. In a much more significant way than Twitter, it's a place that promises to make you into someone else. When that doesn't pan out, the mechanics overwhelm the experience. An impotent LinkedIn profile is the most depressing real estate on social media.
In the context of near-constant Facebook doomsaying, the future may seem to favor upwardly mobile networks. But in reality, it may favor neither. As Watson claims in his piece, the next generation of social networks — message-heavy services like Snapchat, Kik and Whatsapp — are more “social” and less “network” than what came before. They have no outwardly visible social structures and little in the way of profiles. Twitter brought texting to the public internet; these services are taking it back off.
While they don’t fit most pundits' ideas of what a social network is, they fit our stripped-down, broad one: they are services based, in a simple way, on identity. Instead, though, they manifest users' identities not as public profiles, but as private handles — a refreshing throwback that also happens to preclude most discussion of discrete mobililty (these services join in on real life more than they mirror it; they create hidden parallel channels rather than online simulacra).
They have less in common with Facebook and Twitter than they do with the social network I've used longer than any other: AIM.
The CW Network is bringing its shows to the Apple TV with a new app, reports Deadline. That makes it the first TV network to make its content directly available to viewers on the set-top box rather than through an intermediary like Netflix or Hulu. The network behind shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, and the Vampire Diaries will be launching the app sometime in the coming weeks, but no exact release date has been given.
The network announced its plans at its annual upfront ad sales event. Later, confirming the details to MacRumors, CW stated that the app would be similar to what it offers on Xbox and mobile platforms — programming would be ad-supported (i.e., no cable authentication required), and available a day after airing on TV. The…
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Amazon Reportedly Building Kindle TV to take on Apple TV, Roku – GottaBeMobile
Amazon is reportedly working on a set-top box under the Kindle brand to compete with the Apple TV and Roku. A Bloomberg report claims that Amazon will release a set-top box, which the publication dubs the “Kindle TV” sometime this fall. The device …
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Apple TV with Wi-Fi problems? You could get a free replacement
Owners of the third-generation Apple TV who have experienced Wi-Fi connectivity problems may be able to obtain a replacement from Apple, even if the device was purchased more than a year ago. According to 9to5Mac, which obtained documents sent to …
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If you resemble a bunch of individuals, you use Facebook to keep in touch with buddies who live hundreds of miles away. The next-door neighbors you can wave to from your front lawn? Not so much.
Though it seems counterintuitive, you may being familiar with your next-door neighbors much better by joining a free of cost social network called Nextdoor from a business of the exact same name.
This hyper-local site verifies users by address, utilizes each person’s real name and does not allow individuals access to a network if they do not in fact reside in the area. It isn’t concentrated on making brand-new buddies; rather, it’s created to link next-door neighbors. On Nextdoor, people can discuss the brand-new building on the block, ask if anyone wishes to take part in a nanny share or sell an old dining-room table.
Nextdoor introduced in 2011 and is now running in every state, in over 11,500 areas. It includes about 40 approximately neighborhoods each day, according to its co-founder and CEO, Nirav Tolia. The business prepares to release an app for Apple’s iOS gadgets within the following month and an Android app sometime this summer season. Nextdoor currently works as a site just, which can be accessed on mobile web browsers.
I have actually been testing this site for the previous week in my Washington, D.C., neighborhood, which currently had a Nextdoor network, while a coworker got someone to begin a brand-new network in his suburban Maryland area. Though I’m skeptical of joining yet another social network, Nextdoor’s neighborhood-based approach made it a standout network with real worth. Its design is similar to Facebook with posts and remarks by users. Most importantly, it’s a large renovation on old listservs that begin to feel like spam.
If you register for the website and find a neighborhood network does not yet exist for your address, you can begin one, but this suggests you’ll be the lead, or head host of the network. The task consists of setting area borders, getting rid of inappropriate messages and describing your community in the About section. You can appoint another person to be the lead. Neighbors can be invited by the lead or other neighbors through e-mail or by a postcard from Nextdoor.
Nextdoor has collapses, however. Over 50 townhouses and apartment units in my condo complex appeared on Nextdoor as if they were a single household, which made it difficult to welcome my next-door neighbors to join. Sites like Zillow.com that utilize their own location information have no problem recognizing the specific units in my complex, which has been around considering that the 1980s. But Nextdoor is depending on third-party data that isn’t really as precise.
I likewise differed with my community boundaries, which were drawn up by my network’s lead. I’ve lived in my area because 2002 and informed the lead that his boundaries weren’t accurately drawn. Community limits can be talked about with any lead or with the company and redrawn.
I was thrilled to discover 89 “next-door neighbors” already utilizing my Nextdoor community, together with 242 “nearby next-door neighbors,” who live in 4 neighboring neighborhoods. Each post can be restricted to only your own community or broadened to the neighboring ones. I was interested to search various other users’ profiles, where they published short biographies and other individual information.
But the private nature of Nextdoor guarantees random individuals will not be searching the network. Individuals can only see comprehensive details about individuals in their own community, and can decide whether to display an exact address or just the name of the road where they live.
I included a little details to my profile, including a picture, a list of my pastimes and how long I have actually been a homeowner in the neighborhood. Nextdoor verifies everyone’s address using one of 4 methods: credit- or debit-card number, landline contact number, mobile-phone number or by mailing a postcard that includes an invite code.
A neighborhood lead can send out, complimentary of fee, up to 200 postcards each month inviting neighbors to sign up with the site. After 10 next-door neighbors are confirmed, leads can send up to 100 free of cost postcards a month, and members can send up to 20 free postcards a month. People can print out fliers in a range of designs to post in their community.
Unlike listservs, Nextdoor lets individuals tweak how numerous people email updates they get and how often they receive them. Someone might pull out of e-mail, choosing only to read the website posts. A helpful feature is an urgent alert system that sends out SMS text messages to individuals in the case of emergencies.
Posts in my community consisted of dining establishment suggestions, local gardening pointers, nanny-share offers and a post requesting for landscaping suggestions. In one post, I asked neighbors if they had tried a new Persian bistro and I got seven handy feedbacks in just two hours.
My associate in suburban Maryland discovered his new Nextdoor network had 46 people in just 10 days or so. Neighbors published about suggested garage-door business and how the advancement got its name.
Though Nextdoor is currently without ads, the website prepares a directory site of regional companies that could associated with user referrals, like a Yellow Pages-Yelp mashup. These advertisements would be in a special area. Communities are natural social networks, and Nextdoor brings their regional appeal to the online world.
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The anatomy of a tragic data trail.
Betaworks' Gilad Lotan and Justin Van Slembrouck mapped out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's social footprint for a pretty amazing look at how the suspect's Twitter network responded to the news. Check out the entire feature over at Digg.
Provo, Utah’s plan to sell its cost-plagued fiber network to Google has been approved by the municipal council, meaning it’ll soon become the third Google Fiber city. However, while still not receiving any money upfront as earlier reported, it’ll now have to advance $ 1.7 million in equipment and engineering costs not part of the deal before, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. In exchange, each Provo resident will get a free 5-megabit internet connection for seven years and Google will have to upgrade the network to connect all the city’s homes. It’s not quite free, however, as the city’s 120,000 residents must still pay a $ 39 million bond for building the network — meaning they’ll shell out $ 3.3 million for each of the next 12 years.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Following last October’s Congressional report stating that Huawei’s networking equipment poses a national security risk, the business group in charge is announcing plans to back out of the US market, reports IDG. On Tuesday, carrier business group CTO Li Sanqi announced that “apparently, due to whatever the geopolitical reasons, we are not focusing on the US market.” Huawei’s critics in government and elsewhere have voiced concerns that the equipment could enable some in its home country of China to listen in on network traffic, although a probe into the issue ordered by the White House didn’t turn up any evidence of spying.
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Online relief efforts such as #BostonHelps are inspiring, but haphazard and confusing. How San Francisco is building a social network — for disasters.
When a disaster strikes, the first thing people want to know is what happened. The second? How can I help?
Efforts to offer help online are often scattered and confusing. Within minutes after news of the explosions in Boston spread, people began tweeting offers of help with the hashtag #BostonHelp. Not long after, Google created a people finder doc. The Boston Globe created another Google doc where people could offer up housing to those in need. Both circulated the internet, largely through Twitter. Lots of people signed up to help, but few were connected with people in need.
“I got at least 20 emails, DMs, [and] calls, but in the end no one needed our extra beds,” says Benjamin Maron, who repeatedly tweeted about his home and other services available. However well-intentioned, it was an admittedly odd fit — a Sandy-style relief effort for a human act of violence.
What’s become clear over the last year is that there's is a need for disaster and crisis coordination online, beyond hashtags. And San Francisco, the earthquake capital of the country, might have the solution.
In collaboration with the design firm IDEO, the city is creating a social networking website and app to connect people who want to help with those who need it. Through the SF72 platform, you will be able to preregister your home, supplies you have — say, an emergency generator — and relevant skills, such as emergency first aid. Instead of scanning hashtags, people will be able to simply log in to a preexisting community, knowing there will be specific offers for help organized by neighborhood.
“We looked at everything from CB radio protocols to earthquake apps, as well as emerging and established social platforms,” says Kate Lydon, who led the project for IDEO. “The central insight that SF72 is built upon is this: in the event of an emergency, human relationships and a community network are more important than a backpack filled with supplies— that people might not know how to use and are often out of date.”
Most government emergency response departments, including FEMA, use social media to communicate with the public. But they aren’t enabling conversations between other people looking to coordinate. As we saw during hurricane Katrina (and to a lesser extent Sandy), FEMA's immediately ability to help can pale in comparison to what regular people offer each other on the ground, almost immediately. Coordinating that help is essential.
“We want to make it simple and take fear out of it,” says Francis Zamora, spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM). “It appeals to people's values. We live here for a reason and this is our home and we want to be a part of it and make simple connections with our neighbors.”
The city did a soft launch in January, collecting user feedback, but the service is still in beta. “We are dreaming big right now,” says Zamora. “As we go into the second phase of the build out, we want to see what will work for people. SF72 can be anything.” The next build-out phase occurs in mid-May.
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In the fight for Sprint’s heart, Dish Network constantly seemed to be stuck in the “friend area”. That’s not the case any longer, however, now that Recipe has actually gently lobbed an informal $ 25.5 billion offer to buy the carrier. The Exchange Diary is stating that after Dish was knocked-back in its efforts to purchase Clearwire, the satellite TELEVISION business scrounged together the cash to beat Softbank’s multi billion dollar deal. If the proposal is made formal, then Sprint’s board will need to choose if Softbank’s enormous size and buckets of money can be exceeded by Recipe’s spectrum reserves, pay-TV company and capability to skip commercials in a breeze.
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