Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It's been nearly eight years since the conclave last selected a Pope, there have been a lot of changes in how the world communicates since then: Pope Benedict XVI was the first Pope to tweet -- and now, tracking Vatican City developments is as simple as downloading an app. Logos Bible Software decided to develop the Conclave App after hearing about the Pope's plans to resign -- the company's director of Catholic products says there was a working app prototype within 48 hours -- and the free app was ready for release by last Thursday. Here's some of what it offers: Video from Vatican TV, a Twitter feed following #conclave and #pope, bios of all the cardinals that gauges who's getting the most online buzz, and info about every conclave dating back to 1061. The app is free -- the company, which specializes in religious software, says it's just doing it to be a part of the event. And it has a short shelf-life -- the company says after the conclave ends, it doesn't plan to keep the app updated.
Your Facebook "likes" might be revealing more than you know about your private life. That's according to a new study by the University of Cambridge, which looked at the Facebook profiles of more than 58,000 people. The study found it's possible to predict potentially private traits just by analyzing Facebook “likes.” Those traits include a person's sexual orientation, political leanings, religion, intelligence, emotional stability -- and even if they abuse drugs or alcohol.
It could be the make-or-break release for BlackBerry. The company has set a date for the release of its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. The Z10 will go on sale March 22 -- weeks after it was launched elsewhere. Among those selling the new device is AT&T. It says the Z10 will go for $199.99 with a two year contract. Rival U.S. carrier T-Mobile expects to deliver the new BlackBerry for some corporate customers as soon as the end of this week. However, it didn't say when consumer users will be able to get their hands on them.
SLIDESHOW: The 8 Worst-Dressed At The Papal Conclave http://t.co/2ekhGZ1K8s
Papal conclave has begun! So exciting, like the Oscars all over again- we all want to know:Who will win, and who's dress will he be wearing?
On #Facebook, you are what you 'like,' study finds @latimes http://t.co/7xapbUSDRR
It’s finally here! BlackBerry Z10 Release Date Is March 22 In U.S. http://t.co/pZ0mT3HnKm
Hey @ATT customers – have you pre-ordered YOUR #BlackBerryZ10 device yet? Head here, http://t.co/tsLKV1Y69U
AT&T BlackBerry Z10 available March 22nd for $199 - Pre-sale begins tomorrow http://t.co/XHOpASBASJ