Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Google+: The Official Guide.

  • June 30, 2011 7:32 am

Google+ is by far the freshest and “newest” thing to hit the social networking scene in many months. And while it takes obvious cues from Facebook (and several other social media services), the end result is nothing short of awesome. But Google+ will be even better — provided the masses adopt Google’s new social service. Though given the quick take down of the invite button, it appears Google finally has a social hit on their hands.

Step inside as Gadgetsteria takes you through the halls of Google+ and details every nook and cranny along the way…

[Update 2] Google+ Floodgates Open. Get Your Invites!

  • June 29, 2011 11:10 pm

If you’re sitting by anxiously awaiting for someone — anyone — to add you into one of their Google+ Circles and float a handy invite your way, tonight’s your lucky night. It appears that Google has opened the floodgates for Google+ invites. (We just sent out a solid 47 invites to friends and family.)

Initial impressions after 20 minutes: We love it. It’s what Facebook used to be — no ads and stupid game notifications — and everything it could be too — simple, clean, and actually good looking. On top of that, there’s a handy Android app (iOS coming soon) that brings all of Google+ to the mobile space.

Excuse us, but we’ve got to get back to playing with the hottest new thing in the tech realm. If you need an invite don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll happily oblige…


And just like that the invites are once again removed. Apparently their still a cap in play. To the people that already contacted us, we’ve got your names queued invites once invites go alive again.

To everyone else — feel free to continue to email us your Gmail addresses and we’ll add them to our list for the next round.

Update 2

Send Google+ invite requests to invites[at]gadgetsteria[dot]com.

HTC, AT&T Make ChaCha/Facebook Phone/Status Official!

  • June 29, 2011 1:14 pm

The continuously leaked HTC Facebook Phone/ChaCha/Status has gotten the official treatment from AT&T and HTC. The real beauty of the HTC Status is the tight, easy integration with Facebook via a dedicated Facebook button located at the bottom right of the device’s front side.

While the dedicated Facebook button may seem almost gimmicky, the hardware behind said button is actually pretty decent — 2.6″ 480 x 320 display, 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear w/ LED flash + auto-focus/VGA front-facing cameras and Android 2.3 w/ Sense UI. Storage can be upped to 32 GB via microSD.

Pricing and availability have not been announced. Official announcement and supported features after the jump…

iOS Jailbreaker Geohot Now Working At Facebook.

  • June 25, 2011 10:19 pm

Since the whole thing with Sony, Geohot has remained pretty low. In fact, we have heard anything from the once prolific hacker for several weeks. But that changed in mid-May when he began working for Facebook. Yes — Facebook.

While Geohot started at Facebook in May, he only announced it this past Wednesday, June 17th (which interestingly enough doesn’t feature a “Friend” button anywhere on the page). With that said, it’s not exactly clear what he’s doing there. The “coming out” post on his Facebook profile page simple says:

is Facebook is really an amazing place to work…first hackathon over.

Cyber security perhaps? If only Sony would have hired him (or other hackers) instead of suing them…

Ready, Aim, Fire: LulzSec Releases Facebook, PayPal Login Information For 62,000 Accounts.

  • June 24, 2011 8:25 am

Following yesterday’s more government focused hack against the Arizona police department, hacker group LulzSec made things a bit more personal today by allegedly releasing login information for some 62,000 accounts pertaining to Facebook, PayPal, Twitter, Xbox Live and several dating websites. Accompanying the release was a new tweet which read ““Envelope yourself in the sickening realization that you secretly love f–king someone’s Facebook life beyond repair.”

PayPal Canada in particular has already responded saying that “they have in no way been hacked” and that the user data gleaned by LulzSec was done so on a less secure third party site.

The hacker acquired usernames and passwords via another, less secure site, and is encouraging criminals to try the username/password combinations on

“These usernames and passwords are not necessarily associated with PayPal, but if people have used the same usernames/passwords for multiple sites, including PayPal, then their accounts could be accessed by another person.”

The list of Facebook login information in particular contains mostly American accounts, though other countries are affected to a smaller degree: Australia, Brazil, Canada, , New Zealand and United Kingdom.

It goes without saying that if you use Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Live, PayPal, or any online dating service, now would be a good time to change your password.

HTC Facebook Phone (ChaCha) Debuting As AT&T HTC Status.

  • June 23, 2011 10:22 am

The HTC ChaCha we’ve all come to know as the “Facebook Phone” now has an official AT&T branded name. Introducing: The HTC Status — see what they did there?

For those interested in not only Facebook sharing but actual hardware specs too — 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3.3, 2.6″ 480 x 320 display, quad-band GSM/EDGE tri-band HSPA (AT&T), Bluetooth 3.0 | WiFi b/g/n | GPS, and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera w/ LED flash.

Twitter: Fix Your Data Sucking iPhone App.

  • June 23, 2011 7:24 am

3 MB of data overages in one month may not sound like much to those fortunate enough to have either (1) ample data allotment or (2) access to unlimited data plans. But for those people who must count (and pay) for every byte, data efficiency is of the upmost importance.

When it comes to mobile apps, one wouldn’t think 140 character messages on Twitter could add up to anything substantial. In actuality, however, that statement couldn’t be farther from the truth as a new data study shows. Truth be told, Twitter has a leaky app…

Foursquare For iOS Update To Version 3.2. Faster Checkins Now A Go.

  • June 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Well lookie there, a new update for the iOS Foursquare app. Besides the usual bug fixes, the new 3.2 update features a slightly revamped UI and greatly improved performance for check-ins. You’ll notice above that the “Places” icon has been removed and replaced with a “Check In” button now located front and center. On top of that, checking in is a lot faster — finding our location in the latest update didn’t take nearly as long and results were more accurate.

Other slight touches can be seen on the check-in page itself where you’ll find tweaked Facebook and Twitter share buttons as well as the “Explore” tab which now allows easier navigation between similar venues and locations. Overall the more streamlined UI looks good to us.

According to Foursquare, Android and BlackBerry app updates are scheduled for release in the near future.

Find any bugs issues with the latest update? Let us know!

Foursquare Announces 10 Million User Milestone Achieved.

  • June 21, 2011 12:52 pm

Some may criticize Foursquare (and their users) for destroying privacy in the modern world, but if you’re like us you can’t get enough of it. With that said, Foursquare has come a long way in just 2 short years. From mid-2009 until today, the company has just announced hitting a new milestone — 10,000,000 registered users. Even though Foursquare doesn’t release active user numbers, having so many registered accounts is at least a sign of some sort of success.

What better way to celebrate such an occasion than with a handy infograph that breaks down some nifty stats such as: 50/50 male/female user split, over 78,000 mayors ousted every day, and over 169 countries visited by U.S. Foursquare users. But there’s plenty more where that came from. Hop on past the break for the brain food…