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Rap Genius Gets Rapped By Google For SEO Spam – Forbes

There’re two lessons to be learned from this little episode of Rap Genius getting rapped over the knuckles by Google Google concerning SEO spam practices. The first is that it’s terribly dangerous to base an entire business on someone else’s platform. The second is that if you do go ahead and do that you’ve got to make very sure that you are playing by that platform’s rules. Rap Genius certainly ignored that second stricture. For those who don’t know Rap Genius is a site hosting song lyrics. It started out with Rap, obviously, and has expanded into other genres. There’s a large enough market in people searching for such lyrics that it’s a viable business. On the assumption that you Read More

A British anthropologist says teens are shunning Facebook. That’s fascinating … – Wired

Photo: Jon Snyder/WIRED Anthropologist Daniel Miller has been studying British teens, and he has a dire message for Facebook: The social network is “dead and buried” to Britain’s 16-to-18-year-olds because they’re “embarrassed even to be associated with it.” In a recent article for academic clearinghouse The Conversation, Miller shares preliminary findings from a 15-month ethnographic study of social media in eight countries, and explains that Facebook is “so uncool” to teens because their parents and other family members are using it to keep tabs on them. “You just can’t be young and free if you know your parents can access your every indiscretion,” Miller writes. “Young people care about style and status in relation to their peers, and Facebook is Read More

Moving from iOS to Android: Everything you need to know – Geek

After some time in Apple’s carefully curated iOS ecosystem, you’ve decided to make the jump to Android. Quite an exciting decision you’ve made there! Don’t worry, it’s not one you’ll regret. Both platforms are mature these days, but there are a few things you’ll be missing after moving from iOS to Android. Of course, there are also some new features in Android that should help you cope with that. [Got the wrong article? Here's our guide on switching from Android to iOS!] Settling into Android If you’ve been using iOS for any length of time, you probably have content (photos, videos, music, etc.) in Apple’s iCloud service. There isn’t a single banner service on Android that takes iCloud’s place. Instead, Read More

Rethinking Retina: Apple’s 13-inch iPad Pro Is Rumored To Have A 4K Display – Forbes

iPad Pro mockup from iMore The other shoe to drop on Tim Cook’s “big plans” for Apple in 2014 is resolution. Specifically, rumors from the Chinese site Pad News and Foxxcon indicate that the forthcoming “iPad Pro” will ditch retina in favor of 4K (as in 4,000 pixels on the longer side.) A report from Hamza Kahn at the News Tribe based on the Chinese supply-chain information says that Foxxcon already has a 12.9-inch 2K iPad Pro prototype and that a 4K with a possible resolution of 4096 by 3072 is in the works. The iPad Air’s retina display is already at 2K resolution (2048 by 1536), so the difference between 2K and retina is just a matter of terminology. Read More

Young users see Facebook as ‘dead and buried’ – Telegraph.co.uk

“What appears to be the most seminal moment in a young person’s decision to leave Facebook was surely that dreaded day your mum sends you a friend request.” The Global Social Media Impact Study, which was funded by the European Union, observed 16- to 18-year-olds in eight countries for 15 months and found that Facebook use was in freefall. Instead, young people are turning to simpler services like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp which Professor Miller conceded were “no match” for Facebook in terms of functionality. “Most of the school children in our survey recognised that in many ways, Facebook is technically better than Twitter or Instagram. It is more integrated, better for photo albums, organising parties and more effective Read More

HP Chromebook 11 available again, only at Amazon in blue – ZDNet

(Image: HP) I purchased and then returned the HP Chromebook 11 in October and then when I went to buy it again HP had recalled the device. While searching both the Google and Amazon website a couple days ago, I do this a few times a week, I found that the blue model is back and placed my order. I tested the HP Chromebook 14 and still think the HP Chromebook 11 is the best value Chromebook available today. One of the reasons I prefer the HP Chromebook 11 is the microUSB charging port. This allows me to travel with one charger for my phones and the Chromebook. This is also the reason that HP Read More

How To Jailbreak Your IOS 7 iPhone Or iPad – Forbes

Cydia is an app store full of tweaks and apps only available if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone or iPad If you’ve never tried to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, then there’s a whole world of tweaks and add-ons that await you. Despite misinformed accounts, jailbreaking will not void your warranty and it’s simple to uninstall a jailbreak too – you just restore your device in iTunes. You can also access iTunes, the App Store and all your apps and backups like normal. So what exactly is jailbreaking? In short, it’s not far short of hacking into your Apple Apple product’s software and opening it up for customization. You can change the way it looks and feels, choose from a host Read More

Microsoft’s Nokia Deal Said to Face China Limits on Patent Fees – Bloomberg

Chinese mobile phone makers asked regulators to make sure Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s 5.44 billion euro ($7.5 billion) bid to take over Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology, said two government officials with knowledge of the matter. Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. (000063) asked China’s Ministry of Commerce to set conditions on the deal making sure Microsoft doesn’t raise patent licensing fees afterward, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The ministry is conducting an anti-monopoly review of the deal. Microsoft and Nokia announced the planned transaction in September as the two seek to join forces in the smart-phone market Read More

Could these three trademarks suggest Samsung is bringing new devices to CES? – Phandroid.com

It’s been recently discovered that Samsung has trademarked three new names in relation to, well, all things personal electronics. Filed on December 17th, the three trademark filings don’t give us any solid information as to what they could be, but it’s fun to imagine what we might be seeing at some point in the near or distant future. Here are the three names if you’re curious: Showplace Infinitude Panagon Believe me when I say you’re not alone in thinking that these sound nothing like names Samsung would use for devices. They could be code names for all we know, but it’s a bit odd for a company to trademark three throwaway names. Could these be new tablets? Phones? AIO desktop Read More

Apple Renews Request for Sales Ban on Samsung Products – Bloomberg

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is again seeking to ban sales in the U.S. of Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) products that were at issue in the companies’ first patent trial in California and are now no longer on the market. The iPhone-maker yesterday asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to bar sales of more than 20 smartphones and tablets, such as the Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1, that a jury last year found to infringe Apple’s patents. While Koh rejected Apple’s bid for a sales ban on the infringing Samsung devices after the 2012 verdict, a federal appeals court on Nov. 18 cleared the way for the iPhone maker to pursue an injunction targeting some of Read More