Bored Facebook Users, Is Facebook boring? For 34 percent of users of the social network polled by Reuters and Ipsos, the answer is a resounding “yes.” More than a third of respondents in the online poll said they were spending less time on Facebook than they did six months ago. Their chief complaint was that the site was “boring,” “not relevant” or “not useful,” according to Reuters.
The poll, taken of 1,032 Americans between May 31 and June 4, included people both with and without a Facebook account. Only about 20 percent said they did not have an account on the social network.
Two out of five respondents said they still log onto Facebook daily, and half said they spend the same amount of time there now as they did six months ago.
Ray Valdes, an*n*lyst with Gartner, an IT research and advisory firm, said Facebook is showing difficulty keeping users engaged for long periods of time.
“Facebook continuously has the challenge of Facebook fatigue, of the novelty factor wearing off, and therefore they have to introduce new kinds of interaction,” he told Reuters.
Among those new interactions are the controversial new “Timeline” format of displaying profile pages and the deal to acquire Instagram for $1 billion and integrate its features within Facebook.
The poll is troubling news for Facebook a month after the Menlo Park, Calif.-based tech giant filed a $16 billion IPO. The stock is down nearly 30 percent since its May 18 debut on the Nasdaq.
In fact, Facebook’s stock market performance is making 46 percent of the respondents to Reuters’ survey wary of investing in the market in the future.
Facebook’s stock market slide also led 44 percent to say they have a less favorable view of the social networking site. (International Business Times)
NASA New Discovery, NASA scientists investigating the Arctic Ocean have discovered blooms of microscopic plantlike organisms thriving beneath the ice that were previously hidden from scientists and the rest of the world.
These findings will help scientists understand the consequences of the rapidly changing Arctic climate and could provide important clues to understand the changes in the polar ecosystem, said NASA in a press release.
In the ICESCAPE (Impacts of Climate on EcoSystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment) project, researchers explored and sampled the area below the ice on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf north of Siberia. According to the study, they found that “phytoplankton biomass was extremely high, about fourfold greater than in open water,” reported AFP.
Part of NASA’s mission is pioneering scientific discovery, and this is like finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert,” said Paula Bontempi, NASA’s ocean biology and biogeochemistry program manager in Washington, in a statement. “We embarked on ICESCAPE to validate our satellite ocean-observing data in an area of the Earth that is very difficult to get to. We wound up making a discovery that hopefully will help researchers and resource managers better understand the Arctic.”
Scientists had believed that phytoplankton grew underneath the Arctic Ocean only as sea life moved to new areas during the summer months. But now the thinning of the ice, scientists believe, is allowing more sunlight to reach the water, creating new plant blooms. (International Business Times)
Samsung Galaxy’s III Release, American mobile carriers have begun taking pre-orders and setting release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S III’s U.S. arrival.For those wanting to get the phone as soon as possible, Sprint has begun taking pre-orders for the phone and has set a June 21 launch date. The phone will be available in both pebble blue and marble white and will sell in 16GB and 32GB versions, for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.
Also taking pre-orders are Verizon and AT&T, which plan to sell the phone in both colors as well, but have not announced specific dates when they will begin selling them. Some sites report their phones won’t actually arrive until July.
Those two providers will sell the phone at $199.99 for the 16GB version, but only Verizon will carry the 32GB version, which will go for $249.99. AT&T says it will offer a 16GB micro SD card with the phone for another $39.99, and later this summer it will also exclusively sell red versions of the phone.
As for T-Mobile, it has also set a June 21 launch date and plans to carry both colors, but it has not given details on pricing or which versions it will carry.
And finally, U.S. Cellular will beginning taking pre-orders for the phone in all its colors and versions on June 12, but it will not announce pricing until then. U.S. Cellular will also not sell or ship the phone until July. (Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle In Nyc, New Yorkers have lined their city’s waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.The prototype space shuttle rode a barge from Jersey City, New Jersey, to the Intrepid, where it was being hoisted by crane on to the flight deck.
A flotilla of vessels including a police boat, a fire department boat and a yellow taxi boat accompanied the Enterprise as it sailed past the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Centre site and other landmarks en route to the Intrepid in central Manhattan.
Thomas Hoffler, 69, said: “I’ve never seen a space shuttle, and I’m looking at one. I’m just spellbound.”
Multimedia producer Tara Gore also took a break from work to watch the shuttle. “There’s so much going on in New York that you can walk out of your office and see the space shuttle floating by,” she said.
The Enterprise’s original move-in date was Tuesday, but organisers said on Monday that bad weather had delayed preparation work.
The shuttle was towed to New Jersey from Kennedy Airport on Sunday. (UKPA)
Live Venus Transit, Transit of Venus is underway right now and you have still time to watch it. This is one of the most talked about issue among not just sky-watchers and astronomers but for even common men and women. The occasion seems to have been given extensive coverage in international media in almost all part of the world.
NASA, like every-time in the past, has made great arrangements to bring the occasion live to you. Even now you can watch the Venus transit live on your computers and laptops if you login to their website. Besides sending astronauts to space and helping Spacex send its small spaceship into space, NASA has tried to ensure that people around the world and especially in the US are able to experience the occasion with as much ease as possible.
But in many areas of the world you have still time to watch the Venus transit yourself too. Just make it sure that you have good quality solar filter glasses before going out and try to watch it. Please remember that the next Venus transit will not occur before 2117. So instead of waiting for eternity make it sure that you watch it from your own eyes.
Experts warn that you should never ever watch the sun when it is being eclipsed. A report says, “Always be aware of the power of the sun. Yes, it obviously can fry your eyes without your knowing it, for your eyeball has no pain receptors within. But there are other burn hazards. Keith Johnson of the Fleischmann Planetarium shares this story: “Just to underscore the necessity of keeping constant watch on your telescope while it’s pointed at the Sun… I was running a basic astronomy class lab in Tucson while I was in grad school one day, and we were observing the Sun with a white-light filter. I had placed a film container over the finder as usual. But apparently not firmly enough: it fell off at one point, and I didn’t notice it”. (Huffington Post)
Goggles See Food Diet, HIGH-TECH “diet glasses” unveiled in Japan trick the wearer into seeing plain snacks as chocolate biscuits.
They also make biscuits appear larger than they are, offering hope to weak-willed dieters everywhere.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed devices that use computer wizardry and augmented reality to fool the senses and make users feel more satisfied with smaller – or less appealing – treats.
On one device goggle-mounted cameras send images to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the biscuit in the image it displays to the wearer while keeping his hand the same size, making the snack appear larger than it actually is.
In experiments, volunteers consumed nearly 10 per cent less when the biscuits they were eating appeared 50 per cent bigger.
They ate 15 per cent more when biscuits were manipulated to look two-thirds of their real size.
Professor Michitaka Hirose at the university’s graduate school of information science and technology said he was interested in how computers can be used to trick the human mind.
“How to fool various senses or how to build on them using computers is very important in the study of virtual reality,” he said.
Prof Hirose said standard virtual reality equipment that attempts to cater to complex senses like touch often results in bulky equipment. (NEWS.com.au)