Galoo Daily Trends 08.03.2013
Major Facebook makeover
Hoping to tame the blizzard of information that has turned off many users and discouraged some advertisers, Facebook on Thursday unveiled a major makeover of the home page that greets users when they log into the site.
The new design of the Facebook News Feed presents bigger photos and links, including for advertisements, and lets users see specialized streams focused on topics like music and posts by close friends. (more at: nytimes.com)
Amazon suspends sales of SimCity
Ongoing problems with the latest version of SimCity led Amazon to briefly stop selling the game.
The web retailer stopped sales late on 7 March as players reported continued problems with the city building title.
The latest version of SimCity was launched on 5 March and, like many current games, demand players stay online as they play.
EA has also taken steps to fix login delays by turning off some features to lighten the load on game servers. (more at: bbc.co.uk)
Game over for spam SMS scam
The Federal Trade Commission said today it has filed complaints against 29 people accused of sending more than 180 million spam text messages falsely promising free gift cards.
The FTC alleged in eight separate complaints that the accused tricked consumers into divulging sensitive personal information by promising free gifts or prizes, including $1,000 gift cards at major retailers. Consumers who clicked on the links were taken through a maze of Web sites that required victims to sign up for subscription services or credit cards before they could receive the “free” gifts. (more at: cnet.com)
Top safety cars are…
Two versions of Honda Motor Co. (7267)’s Civic are among five vehicles added today to an insurance group’s list of top safety picks, for performing well on a new crash test simulating a severe front-end collision.
The two- and four-door Civics, Honda’s second-best selling car in the U.S., earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” award for performance both in previous tests and a new evaluation of a crash in which a vehicle’s front corner collides with a car, tree or pole.
Volvo Cars’s Volvo XC60, Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Lincoln MKZ and Mazda Motor Corp. (7261)’s 2014 Mazda 6 also got the top picks-plus designation today. Thirteen other models were named in December. (more at: bloomberg.com)
Malwere likes Android, a lot!
Shakespeare nailed Android’s current dilemma in “Henry IV”: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”
Since 2011, Android’s share of the worldwide smartphone market has skyrocketed from 49.2 percent to 68.8 percent. That success has not been unqualified, though: a staggering 79 percent of all malware on mobile devices targets Android machines.
This information comes by way of a report from Finland-based F-Secure Response Labs, which monitors digital threats around the world and keeps wary consumers informed and protected.
The report states that while threat levels on BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Apple’s iOS are relatively stable, Android’s potential hazards have been multiplying at an alarming rate. (more at:nbcnews.com)