Facebook to launch two smartphones next year

Note: these are not Facebook's smartphones. Courtesy of phonemag.com

Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.

The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.

One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..

Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.

Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!

Auto manufacturers focuses on Internet services

BMW offers unlimited Internet access

BMW offers its customers a choice for a package of Internet connection regardless of the model purchased. The only requirement is to be equipped with multimedia Connected Drive system.

While many manufacturers have praised the introduction of Internet in the car, BMW is the first manufacturer that promises unlimited Internet access throughout the life of the model equipped with this function.

The brand even remember, on this occasion, that it’s the one who first introduced the on-board computer in 1980. The first radar back in 1990 and GPS navigation in 1994.

In 2010, BMW’s system is based on multimedia Connected Drive which already includes a multitude of other services, such as navigation, communication with other devices such telephone or computer, the interaction between the safety devices (night vision, head covered high, parking assistance, emergency call), and adds the ability to surf the Internet from the front seats when the vehicle is stationary.

It is even possible to surf from the vehicle rear seat, but only with the option Multimedia Station on the 5 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series GT. The option costs only 90 EUR and its validity is equal to the lifetime of the car. No subscription to pay later.

General Motors wants to update your Facebook status by voice command

General Motors is testing a software that will allow drivers to update their status on Facebook while driving, through a voice command.

GM will also test a program that reads drivers’ SMS and allow them to respond by choosing one of the preset messages with a button on the steering wheel.

The company hasn’t said when these programs will be available, but spokesman Jocely Allen said they should be evaluated very carefully to ensure it does not distract drivers attention from the road.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is the most influential man in the world

The first place is the famous founder of site Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg, followed by the father of Apple, Steve Jobs.

Moreover, the top ten of Vanity Fair is dominated by people from the new generation of Internet.

In third place were Google founders, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, in fifth place – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the ninth – the founders of Twitter, Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

If actor Johnny Depp and singer Lady Gaga were on 20th place, 23th respectively in the top, other stars included in the rank was actor and producer Tom Hanks, on 25, followed by stand-up comedy actor Jon Stewart, on 29, and famous television star Oprah Winfrey on 34.

Also, U2 frontman Bono came immediately after Oprah, and Canadian director James Cameron, who had record revenue this year with “Avatar”, came in 36th position.

Rapper Jay-Z ranked 58th, followed at short distance by the actor, director and producer George Clooney, on 66, while the couple Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt ranked No. 75.

The best ranked designer in the top was Ralph Lauren on the 16th place, followed by Karl Lagerfeld – the 39, Prada (56) and Burberry owners (61). John Galliano from Dior was ranked 91st.

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Google CEO, Eric Schmidt says Facebook users will be forced to change their names to escape cyber past

To escape their virtually frivolous past, many users of sites such as Facebook will get to change their name because of the potential future employers who will look through their past over the internet.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,’ he told the Wall Street Journal.

“I mean we really have to think about these things as a society.”

An estimated 600million people have personal online profiles, many of which are accessible to total strangers.

But his comments soon drew accusations of hypocrisy. Chris Williams, of the online tech news website The Register said: “Recording everything and making it knowable by everyone all the time is Google’s stated mission.

“It is profiting handsomely from the fact that society doesn’t understand the consequences.”

Barack Obama – himself a keen social network user – warned young people “to be careful about what you post on Facebook” – in case future employers got hold of it.

“In the YouTube age whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” he warned.

Eric Schmidt’s comments were welcomed by internet experts.

“Mr Schmidt is completely right on how much information we are giving away online,” Dylan Sharpe from the privacy website Big Brother Watch told the Independent.

“Right now there are millions of young kids and teenagers who, when they apply for jobs in ten years time, will find that there is so much embarrassing stuff about them online that they cannot take down.”

“Undoubtedly we need to educate children, and many adults, for that matter, on the value of privacy.

“But with social networking growing in scope and popularity, the real question is – can we put Pandora back in her box?”

But Mr Sharpe added that it was “a little ironic” for Mr Schmidt to claim he is concerned about privacy given that his company has made billions storing data on its customers’ internet use so that it can target them with personalized adverts.

“Google is a company that specializes in knowing where you are, what you are doing and who you are talking to,” said Mr Sharpe, whose organization has campaigned against Google Street View.

“That’s a scary prospect.”

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Facebook provided false numbers of its users!

Facebook“As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them. ” says Facebook on their official blog.

“The 500 million users are active members, that were connected and have made at least one transaction in their account within a month,” says Facebook, without being able to specify how many physically correspondents are behind those 500 million members. Basically, there are people who have multiple user accounts and the figures provided by Facebook don’t take this into account. Also Facebook separately record IPs from which a network user login.

For example, in Paris, the number of Facebook users outnumber the entire population of the city. More specifically, the number of users of the French capital, according to Facebook, is 4.5 million, while according to official statistics, the number of people “intra-muros” of Paris is only 2.2 million people.

A similar phenomenon occurs in Ile-de-France. This area includes 10.7 million visitors, ie 92% of the total population of the region, which includes the elderly and very young children.

Facebook said that its data is based on user profile and admit errors in their data.

Facebook is trying to profit from the growing number of their users and is always trying to make surprise announcements on its audience data to attract online advertising, says Les Echos.

Emma Watson’s new look with short hair

The actress’s photo was published on her Facebook account and it seems that her new look was created by the New York’s Cutler Salon.

The star, 20, also admitted spending some quality time with Burberry model George Craig and infirming rumors about dating.

“We’ve been friends since the Burberry shoot,” she said in June. “And when I was in the States, George was taking me through a lot of his music as he was recording it. I couldn’t believe how good the music was. I’m a big fan. Everything he did was amazing.”

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Google to launch Google Games

To prepare for this move, Google has invested in silence, almost 200 million dollars in Zynga, which already sits in an exclusive club together with companies valued over $1 billion.

New rumors about Google only confirm that it wants to dominate the social networks, especially if we take into account the forthcoming launch of Google Me, which is said to be a “Facebook-killer.”

On the other hand, MySpace, Facebook and Yahoo already host Zynga games. So, the question naturally is: what will Google provide in addition to those to be successful and how will it manage to win in front of its competitors? To be honest, it might be too late for Google to be part of this game, but we are just waiting.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the father of a boy

“It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy,” Cristiano said on his Facebook page.

The mother of the baby was not revealed and also Cristiano declared that he will raise the boy on his own.

“As agreed with the baby’s mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship.”

A spokesman for Ronaldo confirms: “It’s all true but we don’t want to say any more.”

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Will Google Me compete Facebook?

Perhaps, the Google staff believed that is more cheaper to make your own social network that buy Facebook.

The so called social network would be called Google Me and follows the Facebook pattern. Rumors say that Google engineers realized that Buzz have no chance to compete Twitter or Facebook.

No one knows if Google’s future social network will be successful or not but rumors say that Google wasn’t lucky on the social networking field.

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Here is the Sony Ericsson Yendo


Sony Ericsson Yendo – Specifications

• Resistive touch screen, 2.6 inch, 240 x 320 pixels
• 2 MP camera without autofocus
• EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
• microSD slot
• Walkman player with Shake Control and Sense Me
• FM Radio
• 3.5mm jack, microUSB port
• SNS (Facebook, Twitter)

Sony Ericsson Yendo opens the road for the Walkman touch phones, and the future models will certainly be richer in features. The phone will be available on market later this year.