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Twitter ‘onmouseover’ security flaw

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

If you’re a Twitter user, the site has been exposed to a serious JavaScript exploit. The JavaScript onMouseOver exploit happens when you hover your mouse over a tweet. It will then redirect your browser to a website that contains malicious code, or adult websites. Apparently it also creates messages that you didn’t write.

The flaw currently only affects twitter.com, so if you’re tweeting using third party programs, you’re fine. Twitter has been working on a fix and apparently it has just been patched.

Tree talks to the world using Facebook and Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

The Flemish. If anyone can get a tree to talk to the world, it’s them. This talking tree was found in Brussels. This collaboration between EOS Magazine and Happiness Brussels has a 100 year old tree outfitted with a dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weather station, webcam and microphone. They all report back to Twitter, Flickr, Soundlcoud, and Facebook, as well as talking-tree.com.

This is convenient because the last time a tree talked to you it involved psychoactive drugs and purple bunnies. This has got to be better, right? Video below.

Twitter unveils new website

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2010

Twitter fans will love this one. Twitter is trending twitter tonight. Here’s a glimpse at the updated Twitter user interface. It draws heavily from the iPad version of Twitter, giving you a two-column design and making navigation easier. That’s not all. Photo hosting sites like Flickr, TwitPic, Yfrog, and video hosts like Ustream and YouTube will now be able to have their content embedded in a format that’s friendly to both computers and tablets.

An infinite scroll feature will load older updates on the fly instead of having to manually click for them. The updated page is going live tonight as part of a limited preview, so not everyone will see it. Everyone should be able to access the updated site over the next few weeks though.

Free iPad scam hits Facebook and Twitter

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s some sound advice that you can apply to everything in life. Especially when it comes to internet “offers”. And there’s a sucker born every minute. Messages on Facebook or Twitter which offer a free iPad, are bait for these gullible people.

You should avoid these at all cost. since this scam spreads through hacked accounts and will ask you to check out a website that offers to send free iPads to everyone who responds. Twitter and Facebook are aware of the situation. Facebook is sending out password resets to hacked individuals.

Plush Twitter Bird toy

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

If you can’t stop tweeting and retweeting, this Twitter Bird Plush Toy is for you. He’s a cuddly and soft 3D version of the famous Twitter bird. This is one of the most popular versions of the bird and if you know anything at all about old school rock you know that the “bird is the word”.

You can pick up the 8″ high Twitter Bird Plush Toy from Crefun for just $12.99. Squeeze him, hug him, put him on your desk. It’s all good. At least until they make a fail whale toy, which will eat this little guy.

Custom mug from your twitter profile pics

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

If you are really addicted to Twitter, this is the mug for you. It won’t tweet or anything, but it will allow you to show off your inner geek, while showing off all the people you follow on Twitter.

So what if it doesn’t tweet. Neither does your current mug. You can make your own Twitter Mug over at CrowdedInk. Just enter your Twitter username and pay $15 bucks. Not bad right?

Laser Tripwire takes your Photo, uploads it to Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2010

Do you have a bunch of people sneaking around that you want to not only catch, but expose to the world? If so, then this laser tripwire project is worth a try. You have to hook up a laser pointer, a photoresistor, and a webcam all together, and voila, you have a laser tripwire that will capture a photo of the intruder and upload a link to the photo on Twitter.

Think of it as a basic home security system. In fact it would be great if more security systems used this while the home-owner is away. The cops and Twitter would have a picture of any perks who break in.

Samsung sending free Galaxy S handsets to unhappy iPhone 4 users on Twitter?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2010

Samsung has been quietly giving out free Galaxy S handsets (the European version) to a few lucky British Twitter users. Apparently four of them were complaining about their iPhone 4s, while the fifth guy needed help to choose between the Desire, iPhone 4 and Galaxy S.

It looks like they are only picking certain ones though for some cheap publicity. For instance, Tiffany works in Digital Marketing for Condé Nast. The other ones also appear to be involved in marketing or publishing, with the exception of one student.

Yaratta bear reads your tweets, looks cute

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Reading through your Twitter feed is easy enough. You really shouldn’t need any help unless you follow 5000 people. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it more fun.

This colorful little teddy bear is Yaratta and when you use an iPhone app it accesses your Twitter account and reads out the Tweets for you. All while looking cute. Twitter fans can even hook him up in their car where he will tweet for you.

USB Mail Box alerts you to deliveries

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

We’ve seen these mailbox type email alert gadgets before, but this one is tiny enough to be cute and useful. The USB Mail Box Friends Alert is an $18 device that plugs into your USB port, where it will monitor your email, Twitter, and Facebook accounts using its companion software.

The mailbox lights up red or green to notify you of an update. Also, upping the cute factor, the little plastic flag will actually raise. It supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

Sony makes Tweeting device for cats

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

If any animal’s language and lifestyle is suited to Twitter, it’s cats. I don’t know of any animal that speaks short sentences like a cat. And no matter what they say, it usually sounds like the same thing. They don’t do much either. Well, now Sony Computer Science Laboratories has created a device that detects your cats’ activities and Tweets them.

Using just a camera, an acceleration sensor, and GPS, it keeps track of your cats movements and will track basic activities like eating, sleeping, walking, and playing with other cats. Once it determines the activity, it will send one of 11 set text messages via bluetooth to a computer and post it to the cat’s Twitter feed.

Kindle version 2.5 update gets Facebook and Twitter

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Attention all digital bookworms. Amazon just announced a 2.5 software update for the Kindle and Kindle DX. Right now, the update is being rolled out to a “limited group” of Kindle users. A general release is coming at the end of May for the rest of us.

Some of the enhancements include the ability to organize books and documents into “collections,” pan and zoom while within PDFs, Kindle password protection, two more fonts, and even the ability to “share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter.”

Tweet Sleeve lets you wear your “mood”

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2010

Wearable technology and social networking is just getting started. The other day we told you about Ping, the hoodie designed to keep your Facebook profile updated. Today we have the Tweet Sleeve.

It was designed by Vanessa Sorenson and visually displays the moods of your twitter stream on your sweatshirt. The Tweet Sleeve tracks your mood and emotions by scanning your tweets, lighting up LEDs on the sleeve display.

Twitwee Clock combines tweets with a Cuckoo clock

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

We’ve seen quite a few cuckoo clocks over the years, but nothing like this twitter clock. It’s called the Twitwee Clock, built by Haroon Baig. It uses an Arduino and an LCD to display incoming tweets, along with an old fashioned mechanical cuckoo to notify you of the Tweets.

If you get a ton of tweets, that could get annoying very fast. Sadly there are no plans for building your own, but if you are the industrious sort, you can probably find a way.

Lego Mindstorms robot powered by Nokia N900, Twitter

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Is there an area of our lives that Twitter has not taken over? Not anymore. Twitter has many uses and one of those uses is commanding robots like this Lego Mindstorm robot. It’s controlled by a Nokia N900 phone and users can tweet commands to the @N900Niko account and tell Niko the robot what to do. Stuff like, move forward, turn around or take a photo with the N900.

Photos are posted on Twitter using Twitpic. While you aren’t likely to see anything shocking, you’ll see plenty of floor, some chairs, maybe a trashcan. Who knows, it may go all Alfred Hitchcock and let you witness a murder. Probably not though.