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Google’s +Post ads bring full social networking to sales pitches (video)

Social networking in web ads is frequently limited to sharing buttons — it’s hard to get involved with companies short of visiting their news feeds on your own. Google’s new +Post ad format could turn these sales pitches into true conversations. The …

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This is the Modem World: Social networking makes us feel alone

Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology.

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I was listening to someone, somewhere, on something — not really sure where, and it doesn’t matter — but someone said that they’d rather be alone than have friends who make them feel alone. It’s probably been said by many people in many different ways, but for some reason, that saying has attached itself to me as I engage in my twice-daily social networking while comparing it to what I’m actually doing in my downtime that doesn’t qualify as “work.”

Social networks make us feel alone. I’m not claiming to be the first to notice this, but now that there’s a social network for pictures, for videos, for 140-character updates, for business networking, for food, for our pets…

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Myriad Social TV brings social networking to your cable box (hands-on video)

Myriad Social TV brings social networking to your cable box hands on video

The marital relationship of social networking and television is nothing brand-new, and Multitude just recently launched Social TELEVISION, a white tag solution which enables TELEVISION firm to present their own custom social networking platform on your cable box. It suits services like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ by offering a more contextual means for viewers to connect with their friends while watching TELEVISION. Social TV provides an incorporated HTML5 experience that’s constant across both television and friend gadgets (phones and tablets). Audiences can chose in between receiving alerts on their Televisions, mobile gadgets or both and can develop program- or series-specific virtual areas that immediately end when the program ends. The system is even mindful of time areas and time-shifts messages to avoid spoilers. More after the break.

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Cisco Leaves The Customer Networking Market After Offering Linksys Brand To Belkin

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It ’ s been a strange decade for Cisco. After being a dot-com darling in the late 90s (everyone desired a couple of Cisco routers for their door-to-door animal food distribution services), the business attempted its hand at consumer items with the Flip camera series and, a little while later, Linksys routers. It seems, then, that Cisco ’ s marvelous consumer experiment is over.

The regards to the sale are confidential however it must close in March of this year. Belkin has actually been taking a harder consider networking hardware for the past couple of years while still keeping their ties to the computer accessory market that defined the company for years. Their existing crop of routers are aimed in the house individuals so Linksys could possibly provide Belkin a bit of an edge in the home/small workplace market.

Exactly what ’ s more fascinating, however, is where Cisco wishes to go now that the company has actually divested itself of all customer products. Consumer electronics are a horrendous company. The margins are reduced and demand fluctuates relying on what comes out of Cupertino or Redmond. In short, there ’ s extremely little reward to sell hardware to consumers when they ’ re fickle, hungry for Zappos-esque “ You screwed up so provide me complimentary stuff ” support, and rarely, if ever before, update their Computers and peripherals. Exactly what electronic devices producer desires to waste his time with consumers when IT customers sign a nice contract and pay on time?

However the customer market is leading the IT market. The tale in CE nowadays is BYOD – I get e-mails about it nearly every day – and IT managers used to dropping a couple of thousand on fleet laptop computers now have to contend with individuals bringing in iPads, Surfaces, MacBooks, and their very own mini-routers. It ’ s a maddening situation, to be sure.

Big iron isn ’ t the watchword any longer. Purchasing a Cisco router for a small home workplace barely makes good sense and, increasingly, it makes even less sense for a larger workplace. That is not to say that IT infrastructure isn ’ t lucrative – it ’ s just not as profitable.

Belkin must have the ability to do benefits with Linksys. Cisco clearly couldn ’ t.

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Cisco Leaves The Consumer Networking Market After Selling Linksys Brand To Belkin

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It’s been a weird decade for Cisco. After being a dot-com darling in the late 90s (everyone wanted a few Cisco routers for their door-to-door pet food delivery services), the company tried its hand at consumer products with the Flip video camera series and, a little while later, Linksys routers. It seems, then, that Cisco’s grand consumer experiment is over.

The terms of the sale are undisclosed but it should close in March of this year. Belkin has been taking a harder look at networking hardware for the past few years while still maintaining their ties to the computer accessory market that defined the company for years. Their current crop of routers are aimed at home users so Linksys could give Belkin a bit of an edge in the home/small office market.

What’s more interesting, however, is where Cisco hopes to go now that the company has divested itself of all consumer products. Consumer electronics are a horrible business. The margins are low and demand fluctuates depending on what comes out of Cupertino or Redmond. In short, there’s very little incentive to sell hardware to consumers when they’re fickle, hungry for Zappos-esque “You screwed up so give me free stuff” support, and rarely, if ever, upgrade their PCs and peripherals. What electronics manufacturer wants to waste his time with consumers when IT clients sign a nice contract and pay on time?

But the consumer market is leading the IT market. The story in CE these days is BYOD – I get emails about it nearly every day – and IT managers used to dropping a few thousand on fleet laptops now have to contend with people bringing in iPads, Surfaces, MacBooks, and their own mini-routers. It’s a maddening situation, to be sure.

Big iron isn’t the watchword anymore. Buying a Cisco router for a small home office barely makes sense and, increasingly, it makes even less sense for a bigger office. That is not to say that IT infrastructure isn’t lucrative – it’s just not as lucrative.

Belkin should be able to do good things with Linksys. Cisco clearly couldn’t.

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Michigan passes law to protect social networking accounts from employers

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Michigan is the most recent state to pass an expense that avoids companies and schools from asking for login information for social networks. Governor Rick Snyder signed Home Expense 5523 on Friday, saying that “prospective workers and pupils should be evaluated on their abilities and capabilities, not personal on-line activity.” Anybody breaching the new law deals with “up to 93 days in prison” in addition to a $ 1,000 fine.

This isn & rsquo; t the first time a specific state has actually taken actions to safeguard employees from disclosing their personal social network details. Maryland came to be the first state to ban the practice back in April, with a number of other states – consisting of Delaware, Illinois, and California – jumping on the bandwagon right after. It & rsquo; s all in response to a.

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Ask Engadget: WiFi or wired networking?

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We know you have actually got concerns, and if you’re brave enough to ask the globe for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget query is from Jordan, who wants some geeky assistance with an ambitious house project. If you’re wanting to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I have actually just purchased a run-down old house (all I might afford) and I wish to make it into a geek haven. Part of that indicates I wish a world-class residence network, however exactly what should I choose? The electrics will all need to be re-done, so I could effortlessly wire in Gigabit ethernet along the way, or should I settle for a few high-powered WiFi routers at either end of the home? Any support you could provide would be wonderful, thanks!”

Well, we’ve provided it some thought and we’re questioning if you’re not better off doing both. After all, with a beefy ethernet switch, you can wire up your durable gear, but you’ll need a minimum of one WiFi adapter for your mobile phone or tablet. The only concern is if you really require wired networking in 2012 at all, but that’s a concern we’ll leave open to our commenters.

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Amped Wireless adds a dual-band access point to its range of super-strength networking gear

Amped Wireless adds a dualband access point to its range of superstrength networking gear

Amped Wireless has a single-minded purpose of eliminating blackspots in your WiFi coverage with a range of routers, adapters and repeaters to pump out 600mW of internet where you need it most. Now that it’s done adding dual-band technology to its lineup of products, it’s busting out a similarly-equipped access point that promises to add a further 7,500 square feet of coverage to your home. Capable of automatically setting itself up on your home (or office) network, it’s packing the same USB port for storage that its recently revamped brothers have seen. It’ll be available at the end of September for $ 170, and you can find a high-powered collection of words and punctuation arranged in the form of a press release included after the break.

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We’re In ushers Bing into the location-based social networking game

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Are you one of the few out there who thought Latitude was, like, totally awesome, but your heart lies with the boys at Redmond? Well, rejoice Bing fans, because We’re In is the location-based social network you’ve been waiting for. At its most basic, the app lets you share your location with friends, find contacts on a map, and update your status — great for seeing who is around and organizing outings. But, We’re In has one unique feature that’s actually quite ingenious, location sharing is time limited. You choose who to share GPS data with and for how long. Once the invite expires — poof! No more tracking. A few more details and the download link can be found at the source.

We’re In ushers Bing into the location-based social networking game originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NYPD creates social networking unit to pick perps, not poke them

You’ve heard of the Special Victims Unit, but what about the Social Networking Unit? The time has come for criminals dumb enough to boast about their exploits on Facebook and Twitter to pay the proverbial piper. According to NY Daily News, the Big Apple’s newly minted Assistant Commissioner, Kevin O’Connor, will enlist the department’s juvenile justice unit to hunt down ne’er-do-wells on various social networking sites. So remember, even if you’re friends don’t care about the Cookie Puss you just posted to your Facebook page, somewhere out there someone is watching.

NYPD creates social networking unit to pick perps, not poke them originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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