The Effect Social Media is having on Human Value

Facebook reached over a billion members at the end of last year, as did YouTube. Google+ is catching up with 343 million and Twitter has 500 million users. There are many more social network apps out there and most of them have user figures exceeding 5 million. In fact if you add them all together there are probably more users of social networking sites than there are people in the entire population so it's not too much to presume that almost everyone in the western world has at least one such account. That's an awful lot of public, searchable information about us, so should we be worried? Social Media For Business Social media plays an important role in business interactions. Once upon a time you had to forward your CV to potential employers but now all you have to do is link them to your LinkedIn profile which details not only your CV but the profiles of companies you worked for along with recommendations and endorsements. You can use your profile to build up a network of people and companies that you are interested in and they in turn can endorse your skills or add a recommendation to your profile. This gives prospective employers all the information they need about

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Will Alice Soon Be Looking Through a Google Glass?

We've all seen Terminator and envied Arnie's spectacular in eye information station. Well if you've always dreamed of doing the same, Google Glass may be about to make those dreams come true. What Is the Google Glass? Launching in 2013, the Google Glass is worn in place of a standard pair of glasses with a small prismatic screen in the top right corner which provides eye tracking and voice control to access to a wealth of functionality. The basic term 'OK Glass' turns on the product. You can then use 'Take a Photo' or 'Record a Video' to get an instant picture or 10 second film. The 'You Are There' functionality means you can record or photograph exactly what you are seeing. This can then be shared with others or you can 'hang out' with pals so that they can see exactly what you can in real time. However, the Glass is far more than a simple instant recording system. It provides access to a wealth of apps and search facilities directly to your eye. From weather and directions, to the latest market statistics, the Glass has its own WIFI receptor and can be tethered to the iPhone to obtain instant data. The Benefits of the Glass It is said that users today are more f

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Cloud Computing is Cool

What, didn’t you know? Cloud computing has all the industry insiders raving. Only pay for what you use! Automatic data backups! No more investments in hardware! Oh, I’m sorry, did I lose your attention? Not surprised. It’s boooooooooooooooooooriiing. But really, the cloud is cool. Very cool. And here’s why. I now live without ads. None, as in zero. Nada. Zinch. I’ve given up entirely on traditional TV (including cable) and now rely on Netflix alone. All the TV series and movies I want at the touch of a button. Plus, with a VPN, it’s possible to get full access to all the US content, which way exceeds what the crappy UK version has to offer.   It’s cheaper (much, much cheaper) So a decent cloud music service costs you, what, £6 a month? Please tell me you’re not still relying on illegal downloads and playing off of mp3s. Really. So 2009. Netflix is £6 a month and you can get a decent VPN service for £4. Cut out your BBC TV licence and you save yourself £145 a year. Cancel cable and save maybe £250+? Really, beyond live sports, what are you paying lots of money for that you can’t get online now?   No more stupid TV I mean the

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Britain’s Answer to Silicon Valley

Many of the world's largest technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and eBay operate out of the San Francisco Bay area in America (also known as Silicon Valley). But could this all be about to change? There is an unlikely part of London that has recently been causing quite a stir in the world of technology. Insiders have long known about the Silicon Roundabout - the junction of Old Street with City Road in Shoreditch, but until the multi-million dollar sale of TweetDeck by Twitter, London's answer to Silicon Valley has remained largely out of the public eye. So just how has this small part of London built itself up to be coined 'Tech City' by the government and Silicon Roundabout to locals? Well the facelift has been fast as even just four years ago this part of London would barely muster a mention. In 2008 Richard Moross set up Moo.com here, an online printing company. The offices that Moross moved into were too big for just one company so he decided to offer cheap rental rates to other start-up companies. Those companies moved on to larger offices in the same area once they became more established but there were always new businesses ready to move in. The

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