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They give some reasoning behind the new logo in their blog. “We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision.”
The superhero logo is eye-catching. That being said, there are other new changes that I think people will be more interested in than the logo. The biggest one has to do with check-ins. “First, starting tomorrow, we’re moving all check-ins to our new app, Swarm. Don’t worry; all your past check-ins, all your friends, all your photos, they’re all automatically in Swarm.”
It is clear that users of Foursquare are being encouraged to start using Swarm (which in some ways replaces what Foursquare used to be). The blog says: “For everyone still using Foursquare to check-in, you’ll need to download Swarm to keep checking in.”
I think this will irritate many of the people who used to enjoy Foursquare before it changed. It was controversial when Swarm changed how mayorships were done. (Instead of their being one mayor of a particular place, there are now multiple mayors – one for each grouping of friends). That was enough for many to stop using Foursquare and to swear they would never use Swarm.
Now, you have to use Swarm in order to keep doing check-ins through Foursquare. No Swarm – no ability to check-in. Oh, but you can use Swarm without Foursquare and still have the ability to check-in to places.
Foursquare is becoming a “personalized local search”. It can be used to help you find a local place for lunch, dinner, coffee, and more. “Once you teach Foursquare a couple of things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours”, says the blog. Foursquare is transforming into something completely different than what it used to be. It remains to be seen if people will consider this change to be “super”.
AirBaltic has become the world’s first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment for some of its tickets. The company is Latvia’s national airline. It is now possible for people to use Bitcoin to buy an airline ticket to 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Russia, and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).
Those who want to use Bitcoin to pay for their airline tickets must make their purchase through the airBaltic website. The prices on their website are listed in Euros. When a customer uses Bitcoin as payment, the Bitcoins are automatically converted into Euros at whatever the current exchange rate happens to be.
There are some limitations. The Bitcoin payment option is only available when a person purchases the cheapest tickets. Those tickets are called airBaltic Basic Class.
The airBaltic fleet of planes consists of 25 aircraft. It includes 5 Boeing 737-500, 8 Boeing 737-300, and 12 Bombardier Q400Next planes. The Latvian state is the primary shareholder in airBaltic, with 99.8% of stock. I’ve never heard of this airline before. It appears that, if nothing else, being the first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment is resulting in quite a bit of publicity for airBaltic!
In celebration of reaching over 7 million Likes on Facebook, Marvel comics is offering free digital comics throughout the day today.
New York, NY – July 22nd, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce that it now has reached 7 million+ Likes on the Marvel Facebook page. In order to celebrate this massive social achievement, Marvel is offering all visitors to the Marvel Facebook page exclusive and unlocked first-looks at upcoming Marvel projects and FREE digital comics throughout the day.
Starting at 12PM EST, with new content unlocked every other hour, Marvel Facebook fans and visitors will be the first to see exclusive content and be offered FREE digital comics for a very limited time* to read through the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone ®, iPad ®, iPod Touch ® & Android ™ devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.
Marvel has been shoveling out tons of announcements lately, and will no doubt have more once San Diego Comic Con starts later this week.
Stay tuned to Geek News Central for photos and news from SDCC.
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Have you ever taken a photo of your lunch, or dinner, and posted it to your favorite form of social media? Some of your friends might like your photo, but that’s about all that can happen with it. Virgin Mobile is giving people in Australia a way to turn their food pics into real meals. This may influence people to post food photos more frequently than usual – but that isn’t a bad thing!
You can turn a photo of food into a real meal for someone else. It is very easy to do. First, take a photo of delicious food. Next, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #mealforameal. OzHarvest will feed someone who is in need every time a person shares a food photo with that hashtag attached to it. The entire thing is being run by Virgin Mobile. You must be in Australia in order to participate in this interesting and helpful campaign.
OzHarvest is the only food rescue organization in Australia. They collect surplus food from fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, restaurants, delis, cafes, film and TV shoots, and more. They deliver that food directly to 500 charities in Australia (free of charge). The charities can use it to feed people who are in need.
There is some “fine print” to be aware of. First, as I mentioned, you cannot participate if you aren’t in Australia. You cannot submit more than 3 food photos, with the hashtag, per day. (Well, you could, but they won’t accept more than 3 per day). Participating gives Virgin Mobile permission to re-share any content in your submission “including a perpetual, royalty-free and worldwide license to use any works under the Copyright Act”.
The campaign began on July 9, 2014, and will continue through November 3, 2014 (unless they decide to end it sooner). Their goal is to share 400,000 meals. I am looking forward to seeing the food photos that my Australian friends post to Twitter with #mealforameal. I like that this campaign is free to participate in and that it makes it easy for people to help others.
Rob and Todd have a great conversations with Dan Franks about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference in Dallas August 15-17. We also cover some exciting trends we are seeing in the podcasting space.
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One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot.
The first thing that comes to mind in using the Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 is that it is light and the screen is simply stunning with a 1600×2560 resolution @ 359DPI my eyes just eat this thing up. Everything is crisp clean. Battery life is great I got about 10 hours out of it with heavy usage.
Having only used a Nexus 7 prior to this in the Android category the Samsung Tablet is like driving a BMW. The difference is stark and performance is off the chart. My advice is head to the closest retail and check on out your going to fall in love.
I have up to this point been a pretty die hard Apple iPad user, that has officially changed after I have used this device. The price point on this tablet is retail $329.00 but I found them cheaper if you look around a bit.
If the 8.4 inch size is to big for you, the folks at Samsung have smaller sized Galaxy tablets and even larger screen sizes as well..