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Social Media, Suicide, and Everyone’s Obsession With Clout — Sabriyya

It is all connected. The summer before my sophomore year of high school, a few weeks before I was to begin at a new school, I made my very first Instagram account. I went out to my backyard, found a pretty dandelion, and excitedly snapped a picture. I poured over the filters for an eternity […]

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by | August 12, 2019 · 4:32 am

Wireless@SG = Internetless@SG ?

I was out and about today as usual. Sitting at one of those nice coffee places in Marina Square, I decided to whip out my Powerbook (yes one of those machines that I bought nearly 8 years ago) to do some work. It picked up the Wireless@SG signal and I thought great, I can run through my mails and update my calendar. Alas, it was just a signal without bandwidth.

Maybe I should try switching it to Wireless@SGx as I have already configured the connection at my computer. Again, it was just a signal without bandwidth. So there I was drinking coffee and had not much done for the morning other than reading the stuff that I had borrowed from the library a couple of days ago.

A little after noon, I then decided to head towards Raffles City and test both the SG & SGx connections. Well, what do you know? There was a signal and I parked myself in another coffee joint hoping to get a run through for the day though my mobile office. Again, no bandwidth. Coffee + empty stomach + no bandwidth = Not good. I felt like I have completely wasted a day trying to get some work done while soaking in the city buzz.

So without one of those mobile internet plug-in thingy, what does a mobile warrior do? I tried the connection again on the small screen of my E63 only to get “No gateway reply”. So much for getting “connected” in the city.

So what’s the point of having a strong signal with no bandwidth? Or was it just me? I wonder if anyone else has the same issue.

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Start Any Browser In Private Browsing Mode

If you’re concerned about protecting your internet privacy on your system, launching your browser in a private mode right from launch is a key move. Here’s how to make it a default from any browser, on any OS.

Start Any Browser In Private Browsing Mode

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How To Buy An Internet-Ready TV

TVs that connect to the Web are evolving. Here are tips that can help you figure out what you need.

Getting your TV to double as an all-in-one set-top box or computer sounds like the Holy Grail of living room entertainment. Why pay $75 per month for cable when Hulu streams TV for free, Netflix streams unlimited movies for less than $10 a month, and Amazon offers 50,000 on-demand titles? Why have a Blu-ray player when Vudu streams 1080p video? Why sit with a laptop when news, social media updates and video chat are all available on a big screen, alongside all that video?

Some of the latest Internet-connected TVs can already do all of that, using nothing but an ethernet cord and a broadband modem. Still, TVs have a long way to go before they become the alpha and omega of living room devices. If you buy a new TV this year, there’s a good chance it will be Internet-connected whether you want it or not (the cheapest models cost less than $1,000), but don’t go throwing away all your set-top boxes just yet.

Here’s what we know right now: Consumers want more media to come through their TVs, especially video content. More than 27% of new TVs sold in January 2010 can be connected to the Web, according to research firm iSuppli, whether it’s through the TV itself, game consoles, specialized boxes like Roku or Vudu, a Web-enabled disc player or through a PC.

It’s expected that 25% of HDTVs shipped this year will be Internet-ready. The best of these sets do an admirable job of integrating Web content like news, social media, streaming audio and video and, soon, video chat. That said, these TVs still aren’t as versatile as the common combination of cable, a game console or disc player and a laptop. Web TV complements a full entertainment system, but it doesn’t define it.

TVs will supplant laptops as the preferred method for viewing Web video, no doubt, and other functions like news, social media and video chat will tag along as well. What remains to be seen is whether connected TVs will become the best method for harnessing the Internet, or if a “killer” set-top box will fill that role instead.

Several developers are working on such a box, a device that would serve both streaming and downloaded content, and work as a platform for other Web content or downloadable apps.

D-Link is set to release this year the Boxee Box, which is basically hardware that runs the intuitive Boxee media library software. Google ( GOOG news people ) is hard at work with Sony ( SNE news people ), Intel ( INTC news people ) and Logitech on Google TV. The companies have a working prototype of their own box, but “the technology might be incorporated directly into other TVs or other devices, like Blu-ray players,” the New York Times reported last month. Apple ( AAPL news people ) TV could also see some sort of upgrade or repositioning–never count Apple out of anything it puts its mind to.

Another issue to consider is that connected TVs, at least those currently on the market, are basically “closed” devices with only a few exceptions. The software, or “widgets,” that come built into TVs are pretty much the widgets you’re stuck with until the manufacturer offers a firmware update. For example, all 2010 LG NetCast-enabled model come with video-chat service Skype (functionality begins this summer). Anyone who owns last year’s models can’t get the upgrade without buying a new TV.

Samsung is trying out an app store on its Internet@TV enabled models, the first of its kind on a TV. It’s the same concept as the smartphone app stores like Apple’s App Store or Google’s Android Marketplace, but it’s still a work in progress. In early April there were fewer than two dozen apps available at Samsung’s app store. By comparison, the App Store had more than 185,000 apps and the Android Marketplace had more than 40,000.

Third-party developers have very little incentive to make apps for TV because they have to make at least a half-dozen versions of them, one for each manufacturer. Services like Yahoo! ( YHOO news people ) Widgets, a cross-platform service available on connected LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio sets, could in theory make app creation more developer friendly, but it’s been around for more than a year and there have been few significant developments.

So what should you take away from this? Basically, don’t buy an HDTV just because it’s a connected model–buy it because it has a fantastic picture. It’ll probably be connected anyway, but you’ll probably want to keep your Blu-ray player and cable TV hooked up, and maybe even look into one of those game-changing set-top boxes when they come out. If you do want to go connected, here are a few new HDTVs with great performance and connectivity.

Samsung UN55C8000: Samsung’s latest and greatest LED (at least until the C9000 appears). This 55-inch, 3-D-ready beauty has a 240 Hz refresh rate and is less than an inch thick. The Internet@TV service includes Yahoo! Widgets for news, weather and the like, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Blockbuster ( BBI news people ) on-demand, Netflix ( NFLX news people ), Vudu and Skype is coming this summer. You’ll also get access to Samsung Apps. Price: $3,499.

Vizio VF552XVT: This slick 55-inch LED doesn’t quite match the quality of the Samsung UN55C8000, but it’s pretty close and significantly cheaper at $1,999. You also get access to VIA, Vizio’s robust service featuring Netflix, Vudu, Twitter, Facebook, Twitter and a slew of Yahoo! Widgets. This may be the best Internet TV service out there.

LG 50PK750: Plasma is still the gold standard for picture quality. This mid-range, 50-inch model from LG won’t match the top-tier models, but you’ll still get deep blacks and a smooth picture for $1,399. You’ll also get access to NetCast, one of the most well-rounded connected services available, including Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, Yahoo! Widgets, Facebook, Twitter and Skype, which is coming this summer.

via How To Buy An Internet-Ready TV

TVs that connect to the Web are evolving. Here are tips that can help you figure out what you need.


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Did you know 4.0 – Media Convergence for ALL

Media Convergence due to social media platforms like facebook – twitter & even the smallest to the largest of self created, targetted and inspired communities sprouting up all over the internet – this video has some astonishing facts.

I am not associated with the New MediaCconference this video was created for but the contents we ALL should know about 🙂 – it mentions a singaporean Ang Chuang Yang who created a Guiness World Record

Here is the Description on YouTube for the video – compelling stuff

This is another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit http://mediaconvergence.economist.com and http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com.

Content by XPLANE, The Economist, Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Laura Bestler. Design and development by XPLANE, http://www.xplane.com. You can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/xplane

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FAST Company outpaces its competitors and enters social media but what about twinity ? – itsReal

APLINK is a sometimes frequent reader of FAST Company Magazine, this has been a magazine I recognized long ago for its attention to fast moving startups along with Red Herring, these two magazines helped shape some of my thinking today…but do we need yet another network – with Fast Companies market standing would it have been better to go to bed with LinkedIN or the popular and fun Business Social Network FACEBOOK..
without sounding too optimistic – maybe their impact of this news could have been greater if they developed a community in a virtual world like twinity – now that’s a FAST idea from APLINK….
Read their blog like announcement below….
How FastCompany.com will alter the digital landscape.

Fast Company is about to shake things up again.

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Top 50 Website Rankings Issued for Nov., Toy & Coupon Sites Fastest Gainers – itsReal

The beginning of the holiday shopping season resulted in retail sites dominating the top-gaining site and category rankings in November, while Yahoo Sites maintained its rank as the top web property, according to a monthly analysis by comScore’s Media Metrix service.

Yahoo Sites had 136 million visitors in Nov., while Microsoft Sites inched past the Time Warner Network to capture the third spot with 119.2 million visitors.

Among the November data released by comScore:

Top 50 Properties (Unique Visitors)


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legal adoption? post unborn baby for adoption on inkiti.com Singapore 2

Further to my last post legal adoption? post unborn baby for adoption on inkiti.com Singapore

the classified site owner wrote this in the comments, which is no great help at all….


Yes, I think she needs help. Can you do something for her ?


However, for those seeking advice or help in placing a child with a loving family or couples looking to adopt in Singapore you can visit adoptachild a service from Fox Family Services, Thanks SAM for bringing this to my attention.

A detailed adoption procedure is here

This is not a normal post for my site however, as an adopted child myself…I believe that adoption can change lives for the better.

I hope Jessica is ok.


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Australia’s Telstra ‘selling porn to kids’

  • Telstra-owned site caught selling lewd content
  • No proof of age needed to download porn to mobiles
  • Women’s group says site sends the wrong message..

TELSTRA is selling amateur porn over the internet, charging $1 to download video clips of naked women sunbathing and even wrestling in jelly.

The telco giant, still partly owned by the Federal Government, does not even make visitors to the lewd website prove they are 18 before downloading the smut.

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