You log into Facebook and you have a birthday reminder for one of your "friends". The name doesn't ring a bell and the profile picture isn't helpful. Someone you knew in high school who got married, maybe? You have no idea.
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Within the hour, a good chunk of you will be finishing work for the rest of the year, relaxing to enjoy a nice Christmas with the family. And given Christmas is a time of giving, it's likely a few of you will be all set to receive some pretty awesome gadgets and gizmos this weekend as well. We want to know what you're hoping to get.
I hate when people call me. Hate it. And I take it as a personal affront when they leave a voicemail. But apparently more than half of mobile phone-using Americans still prefer dealing with calls and voicemails over texts.
When we first saw Fujitsu's Arrows Tab F-01D, we were nonplussed. The guts are completely standard, but it's waterproof! You know we're totally wet for waterproof phones (for good reason!), but tablets? Hmm. Does the world need this? Do you?
Steve Jobs has abruptly quit as Apple's chief. It's hard to imagine a man more synonymous with the company he created and ran, and his savvy and futuristic genius are undeniable. So what happens to Apple now?
High resolution icons and the pull down to refresh feature are finally coming to the Gmail web app on the iPhone. Awesome! But, uh, will anyone notice? I mean, does anyone even use the Gmail web app?
Outside of my immediate family, I have no idea when anyone's birthday is without the aid of Facebook. And you probably don't either. David Plotz at Slate wanted to see what would happen if he celebrated three birthdays in July.
I'm not an especially depraved individual, but there are definitely things on my hard drive that I wouldn't want my girlfriend catching wind of. Most of us are like that, I assume. So I was kind of amazed listening to Slate discuss an emerging standard of password sharing among couples.
Your criminal record gets wiped clean the moment you turn 18, but every idiotic screenname and angst-ridden Xanga remains in perpetuity. GOOD had a few online journalists (including our own Mat "emptyage" Honan) share their first handles, to amusing but mostly harmless results.
One of the most exciting things about Microsoft's Kinect gaming peripheral (aside form Dance Central) is the awesome ways that hackers took it and used it to create really interesting and new user interfaces for engaging with technology. And now that Microsoft has officially launched an SDK that lets users create their own apps using the Kinect camera, we're wondering if any of you have downloaded it yet.
This week is a huge one for upcoming gadget and gaming news. Both Apple and the games industry are holding massive, news breaking events where dreams can be made or shattered in a matter of seconds. We've already told you what we think you can expect to see this week, but now we want you to tell us what you actually want to hear?
Patents are supposed to encourage invention and protect inventors from being ripped off. At least, this was the reasoning when patents applied to things like steam engines and drillbits. But software? That might be a whole other question.
In a survey of 7000 16-to-30-year-olds, a not-entirely-surprising 53 per cent chose tech over their sense of smell. Most of us here at Giz picked tech, since we'd obviously be massively unemployed without it. When we put the question to you on Twitter, most of you agreed with us, though our readers might not be the most impartial audience.
It was interesting to see that not only was the long form feature article on Portal 2 released as an iPad app, but that it was also well received by fans of the game. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that it wasn't simply part of a high quality digital magazine.
Photographer Foster Huntington has been asking a question we all hope never to have to answer: if your house were burning down, what objects would you reach for first to take with you?
The New York Times has a dandy writeup of seven tech perks that you should eschew in favour of saved cash: oversized megapixelage, pointlessly fast CPUs, and as our dear Matt Buchanan hits, unneeded TV screen size. But how do you skimp?