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It's no secret that we are all living longer nowadays! Most people have access to healthcare facilities and the best medicines. We are also more aware of likely medical issues, and can get them treated earlier. It's also a well-known fact that technology plays a huge part in helping us live longer lives.
Ever since we've had the option to "like" a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg has been asked thousands of times if a "dislike" aka a thumbs down button will ever emerge.
Well Tuesday, Zuck announced Facebook is indeed working on a "Dislike" button, Business Insider reports.
The cyberhack of AshleyMadison.com, a website that connects those who want to cheat on their spouses has exposed the secret affairs and personal information of the more than 37 million users.
Now that the sames have been released police in Canada say there has been an uptick in extortion crimes. The hack even led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday.
Now that the data's' been leaked, and the numbers have been crunched, can you guess which U.S. state had the most registered users? Find out the answer below.
Sources: White House hacked by Russia
Hackers were able to penetrate the White House's computer system giving them access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule, CNN reports.
"We do not believe that our classified systems were compromised," Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday in an interview on "The Situation Room."
To get to the White House, the hackers first broke into the State Department, investigators believe.
Full story via CNN.
It's been a sour day for Apple.
First, reports are now circulating online claiming that the new, larger iPhone bends when it is in your pocket.
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays! I have fond childhood memories of getting a day off from camp, have a cookout in the backyard, family coming to visit from all over the place and of course watching the fireworks at The Sands in Port Royal, South Carolina where I grew up.
This will be my first 4th living in California and i'm excited to see what treats the day bring. Tweet me some of your most patriotic photos or pix of your favorite summer traditions using the hashtag #TeamSouthernBelles and I'll share some of them here and on the TeamSouthernBelles Facebook page.
Enjoy your long weekend!
Straight out of the you can't make this stuff up files....an app that literally only allows you to say, "Yo" to your friends has reportedly raised $1 million dollars from investors and has more than 50,000 users according to reports.
Yo describes itself as a, "single-tap zero character communication tool."
Yep, that's pretty much what it is.
Word has it the founder quit his job in Tel Aviv and moved to San Francisco to work full time.
I download Yo, but alas, none of my friends are on there.... want to send me a Yo? Find out how below.
Despite security breaches and other questions of privacy, Snapchat remains a wildly popular app.
In late 2012, Facebook launched a stand alone app called Poke, hoping it would become a Snapchat killer.
Did anyone ever even use the Poke app (screenshot below)?
I downloaded it, but since none of my friends were on it, I deleted it.
Poke was such an #EpicFail for Facebook, the news on how bad the app was took over the headlines. Click here to read the March 2013 article I wrote about Poke.
Facebook quietly got rid of the app and apparently went back to the drawing board. Enter Slingshot!
All good things must come to an end and after three full action packed days at #E32014 we bring you this highlight video of our favorite moments, new releases, gameplay,after parties and more!
Special thanks to @GabesGallery for covering the event for #SashaTalksTech
My name is Sasha, and I'm addicted to my smartphone. There, I said it! And according to a recent study, I'm not alone.
"More than nine in 10 Americans own a cell phone, and of those, nearly seven in 10 compulsively check for messages ... even when there's nothing there" ~ The Washington Post reported from the study conducted by the analytics firm Flurry
How do they know this? According to the report, the data comes from the over 1.3 billion devices it tracks for customers like Pintrest and Snapchat.
Who is more likely to check their phone men or women?
The story of an Ohio couple who were married for 70 years and died 15 hours apart has taken the web by storm and has been deemed by some as the ultimate love story.
Helen Felumlee, 92, died on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the very next morning.
According to reports, the couple held hands at breakfast every morning even after seven decades of marriage. Could Mr. Felumlee have died of a broken heart? It's possible.
The couples daughter said about 12 hours after Helen died, Kenneth looked at his children and said, "Mom's dead." He quickly began to fade and was surrounded by family and friends when he died the next morning, ABC news reports.
Earlier this year on my Blogtalkradio show we talked about takotsubo cardiomyopathy which is also known as broken heart syndrome. Experts say broken heart syndrome may be caused by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
I still remember my first school dance.
It was called the "8th Grade Social" and I was super excited to try on gowns, get a fancy up-do at the salon and gather in my school's cafeteria to dance with my friends to the latest Michael Jackson hits.
I didn't have to worry about selfies and video of my not-so-great dancing skills winding up on Facebook because it didn't exist. My older brother had a cell phone, but it resembled something you'd see on a Fresh Prince re-run...there were no photo capabilities on those flip phones that were popular in the 90s.
According to the article, dances have lost their allure thanks to social media for example Facebook and Snapchat. Technology has made it so easy for kids and teens to connect with thier peers school dances have essentially become irrelevant.
"My High School No Longer Holds Dances Because Students Would Rather Stay Home And Text Each Other" is the title of a Business Insider article by Caroline Moss (@SoCarolineSays) that has been republished and shared like crazy since its release earlier this month.
The World Wide Web aka the Internet as the masses know it turns 25 today!
Check out the first-ever webpage, which is still available at its original URL (h/t Fast Company)
We've come a long way from 90s haven't we? Check out the video below for proof.
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If you happen to be in the market for a firearm and you are turning to the Internet for your purchase, the ATF (the department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) wants you to be aware of an online scam.
Here's an excerpt from the ATF's warning released Monday:
"A typical online scam starts with an online firearm advertisement. Purchasers who
respond to the advertisement by telephone or email receive an invalid, counterfeit copy of
a license that appears to be valid. After sending payment, the purchaser never receives
the advertised firearm(s) and the fraudulent seller removes the original online
advertisement and contact information."
To avoid being duped the ATF advises consumers visit the below website to check the validity of the sellers license number. If the number is invalid or doesn't show up in the system, buyer beware, it could be a scam.
Check for valid license number here: http://www.atf.gov/content/firearms/firearms-industry/applications-FFL-eZ-check.
Tags: guns, firearms, atf, online scam, gun scam,buyer beware
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A List Celebs + The meme of the year= the most retweeted photo of all time.....Now that's what I call an Academy Award winning performance.
What photo did Ellen "out-tweet"?
#NowTrending: Al Roker called out both Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal.
Roker said poor planning on the part of state leadership was the reason thousands were left stranded after two inches of snow hit the region on Tuesday. Conditions were so poor, hundreds slept in their cars or left vehicles abandoned on interstates and thousands of students were forced to sleep in schools. (via @NBC)
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What tech trends can you expect to see soar in 2014? We searched the web and came up with this list!
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced late last year his company plans to start offering 30-minute deliveries via drone-like devices through a service called Amazon Prime Air.
Worried about drones invading your privacy? The FAA has until September 2015 to implement a plan for safely opening the national air space to private, unmanned aircraft.
But in the meantime, according to reports several drone businesses are already thriving doing everything from shooting movies to giving virtual tours of luxurious homes.
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