Category Archives: Technology

Woman Claims Her Fitbit Exploded, Burned Her

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*Wearable tech is increasingly popular these days.  You’ve seen them: those electronic devices strapped to wrists that allegedly guide users to better health and fitness.  They’re supposed to help you, not hurt you, right?  

Dina Mitchell claims she was wearing her Fitbit Flex 2 device when it spontaneously exploded, leaving her with second-degree burns on her wrist.

“It didn’t heat up at first, there was no warning, it just, it burst into flames.  It exploded,” she said.

Mitchell received treatment at an urgent care facility, where a doctor removed pieces of rubber and plastic from her arm! Continue reading

Uber Engineer Commits Suicide, Widow Says ‘Workplace Culture’ to Blame

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*Joseph Thomas had actually turned down an offer at Apple to come to work for Uber six months ago. Formerly at LinkedIn, his reason wasn’t so much the $170K salary he’d receive, but he thought he would be able to grow at a faster pace, and benefit from the company’s stock options once they went public.

I doubt seriously suicide from the stress of Uber’s workplace culture was even on his radar. Yet that is exactly what happened when one afternoon, his wife Zecole, came home to find her husband sitting in his car in the garage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. She decided to get in on the passenger side to talk, and that’s when she saw the blood. Continue reading

Facebook, Snapchat Set to Dominate Mobile Ad Market

There’s no doubt that we live in a digital world. We love our technology, as is evidenced by the 85% of Americans ages 18 to 29 who own smartphones. Smart marketers have learned to capitalized on this sea change, shifting their focus to digital ads — specifically, those viewed on mobile devices. And while many companies strive to compete in the mobile ad arena, there’s one that continues to overshadow the rest: Facebook.

According to Business Insider, ads that originated from mobile app installations represented 17% of Facebook’s overall ad revenue in 2015. That’s an impressive increase from the company’s stats from 2012, when ad revenue from mobile devices accounted for 11% of its entire ad yields.

In fact, Facebook gets the majority of its revenue from mobile use. Consumers are steadily opting for tablet and phone use over personal computers and laptops, so it’s no surprise that mobile data consumption is at an all-time high.

But now, Snapchat is trying to hit Facebook where it hurts.

Business Insider reports that Snap, the parent company behind popular social sharing platform Snapchat, is allowing its advertisers to target Snapchat users that are likely to download apps put forth by these other companies.

The new tool is said to be a direct attack on Facebook, which has recently come under fire from advertisers who don’t want their ads placed near questionable content. Twitter, Youtube, and Google have recently received backlash over the same concerns.

Snap will use goal-based bidding in its new advertising tool, which allows marketers to target users who have interacted with ads in the past or who are more likely to install certain apps.

And while 70-80% of digital users ignore paid ads in web searches, Snap is confident that these kinds of targeted ads will pay off without alienating current Snap-lovers.

Peter Sellis, director of monetization at Snap Inc., said in a statement to Business Insider:

“We’ve been listening closely to direct-response advertisers and are excited to announce the ability to ‘bid for installs’ in our auction. This is a new, cost-efficient way to drive app installs right from Snapchat.”

On One Side Of Trump’s Proposed Wall: Tequila Rain

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*We all know that April showers bring May flowers…but I wonder what type of blooms would pop up next month if the heavens showered tequila down instead of good ol’ H2O?

Well, The Weather Girls be damned: it’s raining tequila! And I’m here for it.

Mexico’s tourist board is displaying the new tequila rain-making contraption at an art gallery in Berlin, in a bid to attract German visitors. As it turns out the Germans love their tequila almost as much as Americans do, and more than our brothers and sisters in Spain, France, Japan or the UK. Continue reading

LED Lights Installed In Pavement At Crosswalk To Guide People Glued To Their Phones

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*Have you ever caught yourself glued to your smartphone while you’re walking down the street, or into a store?

One of my kids recently told me that I need to learn how to walk and text at the same time.  “You’d get more done,” she advised.

I passed on the lesson, but later learned that pedestrian injuries and deaths are up in recent years, and some have attributed that rise to the increased use of smartphones. Continue reading

Jackson Fans Go Nuts Over FB Live Videos of Author Shana Mangatal and EURweb’s DeBorah B. Pryor

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*Oh boy! We couldn’t let this one go by.

Apparently, EURweb senior editor DeBorah B. Pryor has been steppin’ out on us. As it turns out, she and ‘Michael and Me’ author, Shana Mangatal, have been hosting Facebook Live videos, and from the number of views and active participation, MJ fans have been overjoyed at the teaming — with some even saying they should get a talk show!

In this, the 2nd of their FB Live videos, Shana reveals exclusive never-before-released naughty lyrics dictated to her by Michael Jackson over the phone, when she was a receptionist at the office of his management team, Sandy Gallin and Associates. Continue reading

Man Electrocutes Himself with iPhone in the Bathtub…and Apple’s At Fault?

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*I understand that we’re a litigious society that increasing finds fault with everyone but ourselves, but COME ON!

Apple’s just announced that a new fire engine red iPhone is headed to market, but who knew that these babies are literally on fire!!!

A 32-year-old man hopped into the bathtub with his iPhone in his hand, while it was plugged into the wall via an extension cord.

Need I go on?

Dude fried himself.  

His wife found his body.  His burns were so severe she thought he’d been attacked.   Continue reading

Once You Go Mac, You’ll Never Go Back: A Look At Apple’s Newest Tech Toys

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*Apple unveiled a few new products late last year, possibly to appease Apple fanatics until the new, 10th anniversary iPhones arrive later this year. Even after all of the routine pomp and circumstance of the new products coming to market, neither the MacBook Pro with the new Touch Bar, the wireless EarPods, nor the Series 2 Apple Watch were items I thought I needed.

After all, my 7 year old MacBook works just fine, right? (Not really. It is getting slower and slower by the day, and the battery lasts less than an hour between charges.) My wired ear buds work fine, right? (Not really. The right side is almost completely shorted out, and if I have to untangle those cords one more time, I may jump off of a building.) And I couldn’t have imagined wanting to wear a mini-iPhone on my wrist all day.

Given the imperfections of my aging tech toys, I decided to reach out to Apple and see if they’d be willing to let me demo some of the new stuff for a few days. It was a horrible decision on my part. Now that I’ve tried the new Apple toys, I don’t want to part with any of them!  Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back!   Continue reading