Spymaster is a Controversial New Twitter Game [#spymaster]

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Did any of you tweeps notice a flurry of tweets about “#spymaster” the other day?  Whether you did or didn’t, here’s the scoop on that phenomenon. An online Twitter game called Spymaster opened up to the public on Friday and it took the network by storm.  Essentially, every follower […]

Wikipedia Bans Scientologists

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] The longest-running arbitration in Wikpedia history has come to a close, and it’s bad news for the Church of Scientology. Based on a 10-0 vote (with one abstaining) from the Arbitration committee, there is now a ban on Wikipedia contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the […]

Google Wave: Reinventing online communication

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] It seemed impossible to me that I could be the only one having these kinds of ideas – and I was correct.  Who else would you expect to be pondering the future of online communication but the folks at Google? Lars and Jens Rasmussen came to Google in […]

iPhone App Vetting Still a Lottery

Apple’s iPhone app vetting has taken another knock with one product removed to avoid a lawsuit and another accepted after initially being banned for spurious reasons. The changes come as bloggers note that iPhone app developers have the chance to outperform Google – but at the same time stand little chance of making much cash. […]

Google Chrome 2.0 Released

Even though the jump from version 1.0 to 2.0 sounds dramatic, Google Chrome 2.0 doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor at first glance. However, the browser now renders pages 25% to 35% faster and is apparently a lot more stable than before. Unfortunately, Mac and Linux users will still have to wait a […]

Threadless Initiates Twitter Tees! [#twittertees]

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Today, Threadless announced a nifty new project to involve the Twitter community directly in their t-shirt design process.  For those who don’t know, Threadless is a fun website that puts up artist designs so that visitors can vote on them.  The highest voted pieces get to be featured on […]

Wolfram|Alpha: truly amazing, but no Google slayer yet

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] Today marks the official launch date of Wolfram|Alpha, a “computational knowledge engine” from Wolfram Research.  The stated goal of Wolfram|Alpha is “to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.”  Simplistically, you ask it a question and it gives you the answer – along with a […]

Google Street View takes wrong turn in Japan and Greece

Google has continued to experience international incidents as it attempts to take its Street View feature worldwide. It’s been forced to start again from scratch in Japan, while Greece has put a freeze on the firm shooting any more images. Staff collecting images in Japan will ditch the work they’ve already done after complaints that […]

Five Minutes of Googlefail

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] 00:30 Refresh gmail. 00:40 Refresh gmail again. 00:45 Refresh gmail again. 01:00 Twitter about how gmail is down. 01:30 Go to Google search bar on Firefox and type “gmail basic html.” 01:40 Go to google.com. 02:00 (Like an idiot) type in Google search bar “google is down.” 02:10 Cry […]

CapCal: Web Performance Testing From the Lab to the Cloud

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] The term “cloud computing” has entered that phase of the buzzword life-cycle in which everyone is talking about it, few people are doing anything with it, and most people’s understanding of what it means is, at best, cloudy (sorry). Those who do understand cloud computing usually think of […]

Craigslist hooker services getting less erotic

Craigslist has reportedly agreed to close its controversial ‘erotic services’ category, seen by many as a front for solicitation by prostitutes. It will be replaced by an adult services category where ads will be reviewed by site staff. It’s the latest step in a long-running saga in which state attorneys general have pressured the site […]

Blogs & the Life of Journalism: Welcome to the Jungle

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Query: What separates man from ape? Perhaps the same thing that separates journalist from blogger. In his 2007 book The Cult of the Amateur, Andrew Keen analogized T.H. Huxley’s “infinite monkey theorem” to the rise of Web 2.0. If you provide infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters, one of them […]