• What does a social-media-meets-virtual-reality world look like?

    Posted April 14, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus has given virtual reality a major boost. By delivering an altered sense of reality with a social experience Facebook could give users a more compelling reason to come back regularly.
  • Facebook open sources Thrift protocol ... again

    Posted February 20, 2014 - 11:53 am

    After more than six years of internal development of its branch of the cross-language framework that powers its internal services, Facebook has released that branch to open source and hopes to work with the Apache Thrift community to incorporate the work.
  • 5 things you'll like about Facebook's recent changes

    Posted March 15, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Facebook has been busy lately, unveiling Graph Search, a new News Feed and now a redesign of Timeline. The good news is that the changes are likely to improve the social network. Here's a look at the best features of Facebooks recent updates.
  • How to use Facebook's open sourced data center design to cut costs

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 9:39 am

    When Facebook open sourced its data center and server specifications it paved the way for enterprises of all sizes to save money by following the social network's radical hardware designs. The Open Compute Project Foundation has formalized Facebook's designs into specs, which are freely available. Here are tips for implementing them.
  • Cellphone vibration syndrome and other signs of tech addiction

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:35 am

    There's a growing body of research on phantom cellphone vibrations and the other problems associated with technology obsession, and leading the way is Larry Rosen, the author of iDisorder. IN this Q&A, Rosen talked about how addicted we've become and what we can do about it.
  • Location-based services: are they there yet?

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Mobile apps that use your location to offer services are no longer new. But are they truly useful to businesses? We look at Facebook, Foursquare, Google Latitude and Yelp to see how they're doing.
  • How secure are your Facebook apps?

    Posted April 28, 2012 - 7:00 am

    How well do Facebook apps protect your privacy? Before you download something new and agree to share information, check out how Privacyscore rates its first.
  • Before the Internet: The golden age of online services

    Posted April 5, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Before there was the World Wide Web, millions of people used online services, like AOL, CompuServe, and GEnie to work with each other, gossip, and share Star War jokes. Join us as we journey back to a time when 2,400 BPS modems were "high-speed"; when you had to worry not about your bandwidth cap, but with paying dollars per hour of connect time; and when Internet porn was rendered in ASCII drawings.
  • Facebook's road to IPO: 10 memorable moments

    Posted February 1, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    As Facebook edges ever closer to its inevitable IPO (initial public offering), it's fascinating and instructive to take a look back at how it got here. For your reading pleasure, here are ten key moments in Facebook's amazing history, including some Zuckerberg & Co. would probably rather forget.
  • Your complete guide to Facebook Timeline

    Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Like it or not, he switch is coming within "the next few weeks." Here's everything you need to know.
  • This week in pictures: Symantec's no good, rotten, very bad week

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    Also: RIM's co-CEOs resign, the MegaUpload maelstrom swirls, Mark Shuttleworth teases HUD, Chris Dodd wags a finger at SOPA's flip flopping politicians, and jailbreakers unite!
  • Tech arguments: then and now

    Posted November 29, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    While standing around the water cooler in the IT department, perhaps you debate with a coworker about whether LinkedIn is better than Facebook. Or you argue with an end user about whether they can use their own device on the corporate network or can only use what is provided by the company.
  • Down and out in EULA-ville

    Posted November 17, 2011 - 11:59 am

    End user license agreements are extremely long, terribly hard to grasp, and written to cover so many aspects of every single way you might use this thing you're just starting to use that it's both humorous and pointless in its incomprehensibility. But they can get you in a mess of trouble. Is there any way out of this foggy morass?
  • Facebook redesigns: A long history of pointless backlash

    Posted September 21, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Facebook users love to rage about redesigns, and new changes to the site’s News Feed have already triggered the predicable response. Users are complaining about the changes, which emphasize algorithmically important status updates instead of recent posts, saying that they don't want Facebook prioritizing status updates, and that they'd rather just see everything in chronological order.
  • Facebook reveals its data center secrets

    Posted August 4, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Facebook is sharing some of the secrets that help make the custom-built servers and power systems in its Prineville, Ore., data center among the most efficient in the world.
  • Keeping up with the Windsors: 10 geeky ways to follow the royal wedding

    Posted April 22, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    If you have even the slightest interest in the royal wedding, there are ways to follow the event and keep your geek pride intact.
  • Big data mining: Who owns your social network data?

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 11:35 am

    An attractive application of Hadoop and other big data technologies is to analyze users' social activities, sometimes without their express knowledge.
  • When the going gets tough, the giving gets creative

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    Imagine buying groceries and, just when you're about to pay, being told that your food bill has been paid already. By Yahoo! That's what happened to hundreds of customers recently at the Mission district Foods Co, a grocery store in San Francisco. Yahoo representatives stood at every cashier station, paying up to $100 for groceries until they had spent a whopping $10,000.
  • Techs for the memories: What did we do before...

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    Take a look back at the pros and cons of life before HDTV, Facebook and Wi-Fi. You do remember life before texting, don't you?
  • The paranoid's guide to facebook

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Over half a billion people use Facebook around the world. It is the single largest phenomenon of human connection in history, not to mention the biggest thing ever to hit the Web, and a source of enjoyment for millions. But it's becoming more and more of a love-hate relationship. We love using Facebook and other online social networks, but we hate the ever-increasing privacy and security concerns.
  • How to tame the social network at work

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:48 am

    What you don't know -- or refuse to learn -- about social networking could undermine your business.
  • The Intimate Social Graph

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 11:02 am

    The privacy of the intimate social graph rests on the vagaries of localized judicial interpretations of a creaky 24-year-old law.
  • Facebook and Foursqure withdrawal: "Checking in" takes back its original meaning

    Posted August 27, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Getting back to nature gives one hyper-connected IT staffer twitchy thumbs.
  • 7 of the Most Bizarre Facebook Apps

    Posted August 11, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Facebook has been branded by many as a notorious waste of time, and welcoming these seven apps to its collection certainly hasn't helped its reputation. From photo-altering apps to random name generators, Facebook's Application Directory is chock full of absurd add-ons.
  • 4 Facebook Productivity Apps -- Yes, Productivity

    Posted July 20, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    Think Facebook and productivity don't go together? Facebook time does not always equal wasted time. These four Facebook apps help you streamline and simplify your browsing, share documents with Facebook contacts and more.

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