Big Brother Internet Will Watch Your Home For You

Dropcam is a startup that offers a whole new take on video surveillance.  If you decide to pay for the provided package, you are getting a webcam and access to an application that shows you what the camera is recording at any given time.  You can actually view the live video feed anywhere you have an Internet connection.  It is also available on the iPhone and iPad.

You can choose to receive email or mobile alerts based on criteria such as motion capture and time of day.  By paying the monthly fee, not only do you get access to the live feed, but you can also record and archive video whenever you want.  You can record and download several full days of footage per month.   Read more of this post

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Facebook To Disable Boxes, Shrink Custom Tabs

Facebook has announced that they will be disabling boxes for profiles and pages, which includes the boxes tab.  They will also be changing the width of custom tabs (such as Static FBML tabs) to 520 pixels.  These changes will take effect publicly on August 23, but page admins see the changes already so they can reformat as necessary.

According to Fran Larkin of Facebook, the changes “are designed to simplify navigation for users, reduce complexity for developers, and enable us to build the next generation of tools for growing your business with Facebook.”   Read more of this post

Ustream Goes Hollywood

Today, video streaming network Ustream is taking a big step forward.  They have opened a new office in Hollywood, and hired Jason Kirk, formerly MySpace’s VP of Video & Entertainment.  Also new to the company is Wayne Sieve, now Ustream’s VP of Sports, who was formerly head of business development at Yahoo Sports.  They’ve also hired Jeff Varnell, another former MySpacer, as executive director of business development.   Read more of this post

Twitter Is Now More Torrent Friendly

Twitter just got a little more torrent-friendly with the release of BitTorrent’s Torrent Tweet, an app you can add to torrent client uTorrent to organize Twitter discussions about individual torrents.  With this app, individual torrent files are given hashtags that can be searched on Twitter, like this one.   Read more of this post

United Tech Guys: After 6 Months

Today, August 8, is the 6-month anniversary of United Tech Guys.  I wrote my first article (about Howcast) on February 8, 2010.  I been blogging online for a very long time, but this is the first time I’ve attempted to write for an audience larger than my immediate family and friends, and I’ve been very happy with the outcome.  I have managed to meet so many new people over the course of the past six months (other bloggers, readers, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.).   Read more of this post

Bill Cosby On His Most Recent Death: Please Stop, It Isn’t Funny [Video]

One bad thing about Twitter is that it is a huge medium for misinformation.  So many people see an interesting tweet, instantly believe it, and retweet it, without fact-checking anything.  That’s exactly what happened recently when Bill Cosby was reported dead for the fourth time.

He’s not dead, of course, but thanks to the guy who tweeted it, everyone thought he was.  Cosby’s family and friends called his house in tears to find out if he was okay.  The person behind this clearly does not understand how upsetting this is.  “I just wanna say to friends of that person,” Cosby said in a CNN interview, “just tell him to stop because it isn’t funny.”   Read more of this post

I Live The Google Lifestyle Too

Back in May, Devon wrote an article entitled “I Live The Google Lifestyle.”  I can relate to some of the things he said, and I’ve been meaning to write my own version of that article.  So a whole 3 months later, here it is.

Google is going to take over the world, starting with the Internet.  Seriously, Google is everywhere.  It started back in the late ’90s as a simple search engine, but it now monopolizes the Internet industry.   Read more of this post

Facebook Is On ‘Lockdown’ As It Prepares For Its War With Google

Google isn’t the only one gearing up for a social network battle.

Rumors recently surfaced that Google is working on developing a Facebook competitor called Google Me (which, I might point out, is a God-awful name), and it only became more obvious with their recent acquisition of social app maker Slide.

We are now hearing from a reliable source that Facebook is working on fending off Google’s plans.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg has officially declared that the company is on “lockdown” for the next 60 days.  Within this lockdown period, the office is open on weekends as the company works to revamp all of the major Facebook features in preparation for the rise of Google Me.  Apparently Zuckerberg even has a neon “Lockdown” sign on his office door.   Read more of this post

Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Will Be Dead In 5 Years

Today at the Techonomy in Lake Tahoe, Maria Bartiromo sat down with a few panelists including Bill Joy, Kevin Kelly, Nicholas Negroponte, and 
Willie Smits.  The topic was the future of technology, and Negroponte had something very interesting to say.

He said that the physical book is dead.  According to him, people are going to have a hard time accepting it, but it is happening.  Think about film and music.  Back in the ’80s, people like him were predicting that physical film was about to die, and companies like Kodak were denying it.  Back then, everything was physical, but things are changing now.   Read more of this post

An Interview About My Thoughts On Blogging

I was interviewed a couple of days ago by Drew from ImNotAFamousBlogger.com, who interviews upcoming bloggers who aren’t necessarily in the mainstream yet.  Falling into that category, I thought hey, why not?  It was fun sharing some of my goals and perspectives on the subject of blogging, and I’d like to thank Drew (a.k.a. BenSpark)  for publishing the interview.

If you’d like to take a look, you can click here to read it.