Friday, March 27, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Facebook App That Knows What You Look Like

There are about one billion pictures uploaded to Facebook each month. With this staggering amount of photos people put on the web, it’s hard to keep up. There might be pictures lingering out in the Facebook world of you that you don’t even know about. But how do you find these pictures?

The answer: Photo Finder by It’s a Facebook application that became available Tuesday (to some) that can find those unknown pictures of you or your friends. Photo Finder uses photo recognition technology that may even be smarter than the technology your favorite TV detective uses. It’s able to recognize faces even if they’re not head on. So even if the picture has bad lighting or is blurry - Photo Finder should be able to figure out who is in the picture.

Once Photo Finder recognizes the faces of your friends it will automatically tag them for you. The app also lets you have face galleries. This is the feature that allows you to find unknown or lost photos of yourself by searching your friend’s galleries.

I’m looking forward to using this app but unfortunately only released it to a few people Tuesday because it’s in Alpha mode. I tried to sign up for it the minute I heard about it, but their limit was already full. :( It should be available to the public later this year, but for now you can register for the waiting list.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm Addicted to Sudoku

Hi my name is Jessica and I am addicted to Sudoku. It’s crazy I know, but it’s true.
I was first introduced to Sudoku in college. It came in the Daily Universe (BYU’s newspaper). I would see my friends and other students rip the Sudoku section out of the paper and play it in class-secretively of course. I never knew what it was until a guy I worked with at BYU’s Lost and Found taught me how to play. I can’t say I was hooked right away…but before long I too was playing secretly in the back of class.
Now while I eat my breakfast (most important meal of the day!) I play Sudoku. I wish I could say that every morning while I eat breakfast I read the Deseret News (local newspaper) all the way through. But I can’t-I glance at the headlines, knowing that I’ll read more news at work. So I go immediately to the section with Sudoku. While I’m eating my bowl of Trail Mix, I search for the right number in the right box.
I seriously play Sudoku every day. On Monday, it’s an easy one, but it progressively gets harder as the week goes on. By Sunday it takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to finish just one Sudoku puzzle. Some may think it’s a waste of time, while others think that it’s a great way to get your brain working. I’m agreeing with the last because I need to tell myself I’m making myself smarter by playing Sudoku every morning.
For those of you who were like me, and don’t know what Sudoku is-you should download the Sudoku app for the iPhone. Then you can become addicted like me! I work at TopTenREVIEWS so of course I have a video on the app-check it out:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TopTenREPORTS March 11th Episode

In this episode of TopTenREPORTS, I discuss how Barnes and Noble have entered the eBook market, watch NBC content on your PS3, and a new teacher in Japan that's creating quite a stir. Watch it and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My New Webcast

At work, we’ve just launched a new webcast called TopTenREPORTS. It’s a tech news show without all the nonsense. It delivers the technology news you need/want. You can find TopTenREPORTS, and thus me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on or as a video podcast in iTunes.

We’re still trying to figure out some of the basics of the show, but here’s this episode for March 4, 2009. It covers everything from friends of a lost snowboarder using Twitter to try and find him, to rumors that Microsoft will stop using its Live Search. TopTenREPORTS Webcast

Give me all the comments and feedback you have. If you don’t know what some things we talk about are (like Twitter), email me and I’ll fill you in the best I can!