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A new update for WordPress is out version 3.5, with this update the main thing is the new Media Manager. While that isn’t the only new thing, they have added a new responsive and clean-looking theme called Twenty Twelve, there is also an update to the dashboard that includes high-resolution icons and other elements for people with Retina displays or high-resolution screens, finally they updated things to work better on touch devices and refined controls to make things easier.
The Media Manager is much easier to use letting you drag and drop images and media around to order them into galleries or add captions. You can also just drag a set of images into the manager to upload them and select the images you want to insert into a gallery or just an image into a post. Also when working with posts the post editor has been update and looks nicer yet no new functionality was added.
If you have a WordPress site there is no reason not to keep it updated, and with the new Media Manger it will help you or your users’ happier when working with images. Check out the video below.
One quick note, I was having problems getting the new Media Manager to open in older posts and even in this posts, seems like there may be something still not working just right to open up the manager. But I like the update just wish there wasn’t the problem with opening the manager.
Google has made a big effort to help people find information about the 2012 Elections in the United States, this includes there YouTube page that has had lots of live video events along with video from major news networks on the Elections. But one of the things that I found interesting is how not only are they providing information on who you can vote for, but helping people find out where they can vote. On Google+ they reported that voter information data has been accessed over 16 million times.
While they do have some problems with the YouTube page today, I was able to load it up but live video and normal YouTube clips did not load in the page they would load on the standard page for that video. It also seems as the comment feed on the election page was stuck at over an hour old.
I was able to use the Google voting location tool to fine where I needed to go vote and also find more info on things I would have to vote on. At the voting location there was a line at 8:45 AM MST, and only took 10 minutes to get in. Then waited to have my address updated and went to the electronic voting systems. They used some kind of combination of paper print outs, a block that had some kind of near field wireless data transfer and a touch screen that was not as good as a phone or tablet touch screen. After you voted on each person it would print a log that showed up next to the screen, and then when you did finish voting it would show it and real that paper into the back of the voting device. I was of course almost more interested in the technology then the voting going on. Then when you were done a person would take that block with what seemed to store the data back to another system to unload the data and clear it for the next use.
Either way you vote its cool to see that you can get more information online than ever, it was surprising when looking at things I would vote on who many of the people didn’t have good websites or any at all. Get out and vote and if you can comment on your experience with electronic voting or if you are one that doesn’t like the idea of it.
CBS has held out on getting there content on Hulu for a while but announced today they will be adding over 2,600 episodes of CBS shows to Hulu Plus starting in January 2013. This will include new and old shows such as CSI: Miami, Star Trek, I love Lucy, Numb3rs, and The Twilight Zone. They will also add clips from Entertainment Tonight on the day-of broadcast and other shows will rotate though the free Hulu.com service.
While I don’t watch much Hulu my wife dose and this should make her happy to have more shows to watch, this deal also won’t affect other deals that are made with Netflix and other streaming services so we won’t lose shows like Star Trek from those services. Now all they need to do is stop thinking that if people watch the shows the next day on Hulu they are losing money on the Cable / Satellite networks, most people who watch content on Hulu / Netflix do it because they don’t have a subscription or want it when they can watch it, it’s one reason people are willing to play for Hulu Plus!
Google today announced they have created Street Views of some of their data centers that let you go through and see parts of the building most would never see. There is also a video showing things off also, but it’s fun to see what you can find that they put in for fun such as an Android guy off in some corner or a screen showing something for fun.
While you can’t go every place in the data centers you can look around a bit and see what it would be like to work in one of these buildings. Including things like showing the crews brake areas and some of the office areas. Right now the only data center you can walk though is Lenoir, NC but it looks like they may add more along with the outside.
Check out the video they made of the data center or the street map of it for you self. You can also get more data center images on the Google Data Center About page.
FreedomPop is a company using Sprint WiMax 4G service to give users 500MB of free data usage a month. They also plan on updating the service later on to use Sprints 4G LTE network for wider coverage. While you get 500MB of data free they also offer reasonable rates for extra data, such as the “Casual 2GB Data Plan” is $17.99 a month. To get the service you also have to put down a security deposit for the MiFi or USB Stick, and depending on the one you get the price.
After looking at their coverage map it shows that the WiMax is the real problem, it’s only in major cities. For me the closest cities are Salt Lake or Denver that have coverage. If this worked on Sprint’s entire network I would be down for spending the $20.98 for the 2GB and the “Speed Plus” that is said to give a 50% boost in speeds whatever that means. The change to LTE is expected to happen sometime in 2013.
They also have an iPhone and iPod sleeve being made that works like a MiFi but also adds 6 hours of battery life to the iPhone case. With one of these you could turn an iPod into a real mobile device without an expansive contract. Both sleeves are only pre-order right now and will cost $99.
Check out the charts below for more details.
|Freedom Sleeve for iPod Touch||$99|
|Freedom Sleeve for iPhone 4/4S||$99|
|Freedom Spot – Photon||$89|
|Freedom Stick – Bolt||$49|
The iPhone and iPod sleeves are said to come in a few weeks if you pre-order them.
|Name||Data per Month||Price per Month|
|Free 500MB||500MB + $0.02 per 1MB after||Free|
|Casual 2GB||2GB + $0.01 per 1MB after||$17.99|
|Premiere 4GB||4GB + $0.01 per 1MB after||$28.99|
All plans can add FreedomPop Speed Plus for $2.99 per month for “50% faster speeds”.
For now if you have service in your area this could be a nice way to add data to a Tablet, Laptop, or other device if you want some free data that you would use from time to time, but otherwise hold off for a while until they change over to LTE. But it is good to see companies taking some risks in the mobile data field trying to come up with new ways to get people data service, also Sprint should be thought of as they seem to be the one network that is open to other companies trying new things using their equipment.
A few months ago Facebook acquired a company that shipped gifts and today has released its functionally today. With Facebook gifts you can chose one of your friend on Facebook and give them a gift for things like Birthdays or just because. Right now they only have around 100 gifts, such as cupcakes, stuffed animals, digital gift cards, and say they are going to add more soon. They also have links for businesses that may want to sell their products on Facebook gifts to contact them.
When I went to https://www.facebook.com/gifts the page still showed that it was “Coming Soon: Gifts” so they may not have it turned on for all of Facebook’s users yet. But when you can give gifts you will chose a gift, fill out a message that shows up in a card, pay for the gift or they have some kind of pay later option, and then it notifies your friend that you have given them a gift. For the recipient they enter there address so the sender doesn’t have to have that information, and other options like size or color. Then the gift is shipped, shipping fees seem to be included in the price of the gift.
This seems like an interesting way to give people gifts and as long as they get there selection large enough that most people will be happy with what they get it will probably be used a lot. As for Facebook it will also get people to add a credit card to their account and will help them sell more things though the site easer. They have a video showing the process that makes it look super simple, will see how good they do on delivering the products to people’s houses in a reasonable time.
Spotify has announced that you can now get Gift Cards at Target stores in the U.S. This is good for people who don’t want to give out credit cards, kids who don’t have a credit card or to give as gifts. Spotify is a cool service that gives you unlimited streaming of music for free, but limits how much a single track can be played, plays ads, and only works on a computer. But if you get there Premium subscription you can play music on your phone and download songs to your phone.
They have three prices, $10, $30 and $60. And the Spotify Premium service costs $9.99 a month so these cards could be though to be worth 1, 3 and 6 months of service. If you haven’t tried the service before you can use the free version on your computer, and if you want to try the premium they push a free 30 day trial all the time on you.
Today Amazon.com announced they are shipping more products using their Prime free two day shipping then they do with the free super saver shipping. They also put out some numbers on how much you get by being part of Prime. These include the following.
- 15 million items ship free with Prime
- 22,000 free Prime unlimited streaming movies and TV shows
- Watch Prime videos on Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iPad
- 180,000 Prime Kindle Owners’ Lending Library books
Some other things they shared yet without any real numbers…
- Top 4 items sold with Prime: 1st Kindle Fire, 2nd $79 Kindle, 3rd Kindle Touch, and 4th Fifty Shades of Gray: Book One
- Most watched TV Show: Downton Abbey Season 1
- Most watched movie: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (English Subtitled)
- All 7 Harry Potter Books can be checked out with no due dates
- Most barrowed book: The Hunger Games
With the Prime membership you get the Free Two Day shipping on most things you are looking for, the movies and TV shows to watch, and the books. It is worth the $79 price per year just for the free shipping if you order items off of Amazon.com often. It has saved me lots of money in shipping and just having easy access to almost everything I could need, I have even seen the free two day shipping on fridges and beds.
If you have played World of Warcraft for any number of years you would be expecting the new explanation Mists of Pandaria that includes a new neutral race of Pandas that adds a new class the Monk. Any way good news check out the video below of the Cinematic Trailer, the game comes out on Tuesday September 25 2012!