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Flappy Birds finds New Nest

flappybirds 1“Flappy Bird” fans, have no fear — your favorite app has found a new nest.



Gamers cried fowl when the creator of the highly addictive mobile app “Flappy Bird” plucked the game from the App Store and Google Play, saying his creation “ruin[ed] [my] simple life.”

But toucan play at this game — there are alternatives scattered like bird seed all over the Internet.

flappybirds 2A variety of websites now host the popular game online (most likely without permission from the original designer). “Flappy Bird” still flies at sites like,,…… the list goes on and on.

“Don’t worry we are not going anywhere,” reads. “Play Flappy Bird online for free! No longer available in the app store.”

But if you’re looking for a mobile gaming experience, you’re out of luck unless you’re willing to lay out more than $100,000.

An iPhone 4s loaded with “Flappy Bird” is listed on eBay for$134,295. That makes the iPhone 5s with the game for $99,999 look cheap.

The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on App Store alone. In an interview with The Verge website, creator Nguyen Ha Dong said “Flappy Bird” was making $50,000 a day in advertising revenue.

flappybirds 3On Twitter he didn’t address allegations that the number of downloads had been inflated, but denied suggestions he was withdrawing the game because it breached another game maker’s (Nintendo’s Mario Brothers) copyright.

“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he wrote.


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social mediaFor those who take photos with their smartphone, and posts them online……..THIS IS FOR YOU!

Do you take photos using your smartfone? Do you post these photos online? If you do……… this video so you take extra precaution……..yes, you may still take and post your photos……………with this safe feature you will need to set.


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Doctors With Facebook Accounts


By Neil Graham, medical student, University College London and
Philippa Moore, freelance journalist, London
BMJ. 2008;8(10):354-355.


Increasing numbers of doctors and medical students are turning to websites such as Facebook to make friends, chat, and organise social events. These innovations have made some aspects of life easier and are a powerful tool for communication, but they also blur the line between our personal and professional personas. With the veneer of friendship that’s offered on these sites, it’s all too easy to reveal more information than is appropriate. If this information falls into the wrong hands, problems can arise about your integrity, employment, and fitness to practise medicine.


In a recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Facebook profiles of a group of medical students in Florida were scrutinised with the aim of establishing how dangerous Facebook could be in the intersection of personal and professional identities. The study found some profiles publicly displaying photographs of trainee medics drinking to excess, engaging in sexual behaviour, and, in one instance, posing with a dead racoon. Three of the 10 students in the sample had also joined groups on Facebook that could be interpreted as sexist or racist.

Whether the private activities of a medical professional have an impact on their ability to practise is debatable, but it cannot be denied that putting private material in such a public arena has the potential to undermine trust in the profession.

Who Uses it?

Online social networking in the medical community is a worldwide phenomenon and one that is no longer the sole domain of medical students (Box 1). With 90 million active users around the world, it’s a fairly safe bet that your colleagues and boss are on there, not to mention many of your patients. You don’t need a degree in computer science to go online and see who is using this technology.

Box 1. What is Online Social Networking?
These websites offer a virtual space where people can share information and communicate with other people. This is usually in the form of a personal “profile,” elements of which other people, “friends,” can see.
  • A social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and activities.
  • Popular websites include Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Orkut, Hi5, and Friendster.
  • Revenue is typically gained via advertisements.

Many students now rely on this technology for organising social activities and keeping up with their friends. “Without it you wouldn’t know what was going on,” said a student at St George’s Medical School, London. Students are using these networking tools to show their support for causes, exchange answers to exam questions, and disseminate course notes, in addition to sharing the mandatory photos of alcohol fuelled antics. In a remarkably diligent act of altruism, a group of medical students (“podmedics”) have even taken to recording and sharing their notes as audio files for others to download and enjoy on the road.

Junior doctors are making time for the technology too, with most UK schools boasting groups with a few hundred members. In a quick survey, 36 regional groups of trainee general practitioners were found, and these are often open to all to observe, interact with, and market to. “Protect general practice” groups had 5,000 members from diverse clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, including some of the few specialist registrars making use of the technology. In addition, a small but active group of tech savvy senior professionals use Facebook to upload videos of endoscopy cases and discuss them with small groups of colleagues.

Medicopolitics thrives in this environment. More than 10,000 individuals took action through Facebook to show opposition to recent changes in the provision of hospital accommodation for young doctors in the United Kingdom, while others weighed in to the debate about medical education. More diverse groups such as “The NHS is sucking my soul dry” and “I am a doctor and I hope my patients don’t see me on Facebook” are also popular, though much to the disappointment of its 5,700 members the latter was recently closed down. Perhaps a patient found it.

What Are the Dangers?

The General Medical Council guidance from Good Medical Practicehasn’t changed—”You must make sure that your conduct at all times justifies your patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in the profession” —but it’s undeniable that the advent of online social networking has increased the chances of being caught acting disreputably.

One of the problems arising is how we choose to define a friend online. If one’s personal profile—detailing hobbies, groups, interests, photos, and videos—were available only to true friends, there would be little cause for concern. But the online environment breeds a false sense of security, where online friendships are often formed with little thought for the possible consequences. Michael Anderson, one of the growing ranks of junior doctors in the United Kingdom keeping a blog, was recently added by a patient, and though he was touched by the sentiment, he decided that his privacy would be compromised if he accepted.

Notably, the profiles of two thirds of the medical students in the Florida study were available to Facebook users not listed as friends. This may have been a conscious decision in some cases, but more likely it reflects a widespread ignorance of the enhanced privacy settings that are available. This is hardly surprising, given that website providers, in their efforts to reassure nervous users, have produced a multitude of confusing options. There are no prizes for guessing that the default situation is to share information with users and advertisers alike.

Aside from the risk of identity theft (two in five Facebook profiles reveal information that can be used to set up bank accounts and so on), it is the professional implications that are of greatest concern to the medical community. Recently the Highland Deanery suspended a trainee in general surgery for “scatological” comments made about a senior medical colleague in an online discussion, which was seen by a concerned friend who felt duty bound to take action.

A senior tutor at the University of Cambridge admitted to viewing applicants’ Facebook profiles out of curiosity during the admission process. Although he maintained that this had no bearing on his decisions, one wonders what he may have thought had Amy Polumbo applied to Emmanuel College that year. Ms Polumbo, Miss New Jersey 2007, was thrust into the public eye last year when her title dangled perilously in the balance after lewd images from her Facebook profile surfaced in the national press.

“The cost to a person’s future can be high if something undesirable is found by the increasing number of education institutions and employers using the internet as a tool to vet potential students or employees,” says David Smith, for the Information Commissioner’s Office, in relation to recent UK governmental guidance on online social networking.

To some extent the medical regulators are playing catch-up with the advances in social networking, but guidance is available and it’s well worth observing in your online activities.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The American Medical Association advises doctors to “recognise that your personal conduct may affect your reputation and that of your profession,” and a spokesperson for the General Medical Council made it clear that regulators appreciate the need for balance. “Medical students and doctors are entitled to a private life, and to use their time away from studying and work as they wish [they] should consider whether the images of what was fun at the time could cause embarrassment if they were accessed by patients, or the public, later. In extreme cases such images could lead to a complaint being made.”

The fact is that doctors and would be doctors are held to higher standards of personal conduct than other groups in society. Saintly behaviour is neither demanded nor expected, but with the job there comes an expectation of a reasonable level of common sense and decency. It is possible to protect one’s personal and professional reputation while enjoying positive interactions with patients and colleagues outside the professional arena.

With the potential for such difficulties you might wonder about the rightful place in our lives for this technology. It is no doubt here to stay, but it doesn’t have to be a minefield of ethics or mistrust. With a little care and attention (Box 2), online social networking has the potential to make life a good deal easier for medics: to connect us with our friends and colleagues, facilitate learning and communication, arrange events, and share our knowledge with the wider world. You could even join the General Medical Council’s Facebook group and continue the discussion there,  but bear in mind that when you’re online, you’re anything but off duty.

Box 2. How to Have a Hassle-free Facebook Experience
Short of severing your electronic umbilical cord and suspending yourself in a box over the Thames, is there any way of using services without jeopardising your privacy or integrity?
  • Make your profile private, so only your friends can view it.
  • As in life, choose your friends carefully.
  • Use common sense and discretion when choosing your profile photo. A happy snap of you at a party—lovely; a photo of you doing shots blindfolded at the same party—perhaps not.
  • “De-tagging” is a fair way to deal with a photo which portrays you in a poor light, but persuading your friends not to publish it in the first place is even better.
  • If you must act in a questionable way, be smart and don’t get caught.

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Social Networks (Series 4 of 5)

Professional Associations Respond

Recognizing the need for clinicians to debrief/vent in appropriate contexts, the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses recommends discussion of appropriate methods with trainees with the recognition of the absolute permanence of electronic communications. The organization also recommends that institutions develop and publish clear institutional criteria for dismissible offenses.

The 2011 summer issue of the Journal of Clinical Ethics focused its attention on the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) recent report on social media and the medical profession. The CEJA report was prepared in response to Policy D-478.985, Physicians and Electronic Social Networking, which was a request from the Medical Students Section that asked the AMA to address the issue of online professionalism. The report recognizes that use of social media can provide benefits, such as an online professional presence, and allows collegial support, fostering of positive relationships, and sharing of views in the public health interest. However, the report also urges physicians to honor the social contract expected of them. The underpinning of the recommendations for physician use of social media is derived from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, which emphasizes that physicians in positions that do not directly involve patient care should not suspend their ethical obligations.

The 2011 AMA guidelines for the use of social media provide a compass for physicians’ online presence. They urge physicians to:

  1. Maintain patient confidentiality and privacy in all environments and refrain from posting identifiable patient information online;
  2. Use the highest privacy settings in social networking sites to protect personal information;
  3. Monitor their own Internet presence to ensure that information posted is accurate and up to date;
  4. Maintain appropriate boundaries with patients online;
  5. Separate personal and professional content online;
  6. Approach colleagues who post inappropriate content and report colleagues who persist in violations to the appropriate authorities if the content is not removed; and
  7. Recognize that online content and actions can impact careers and undermine public trust.

Similar recommendations have been previously endorsed or suggested by others from disciplines that include surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Some Practical Strategies to Maintain a Safe Online Presence

A number of practical suggestions for the social networking savvy professional can be found in the multitude of articles on this topic available in the literature. Some include:

  1. Conduct periodic Internet searches, akin to credit checking, to correct any online misinformation.
  2. Maintain a healthy skepticism about privacy settings and assume that settings may be changed without notification or that privacy technology may be compromised or breached by hackers.
  3. Recognize that the unintended audience for online postings is exponentially large and online content is permanent.
  4. Avoid engaging in dual relationships with patients (such as “friending” patients on Facebook), which threaten the therapeutic dynamic of the patient-doctor relationship.
  5. Obtain consent for use of all online patient images regardless of whether they are identifiable. Include disclaimer language with all posts such as:
    All patient/s names and identifiable information have been changed to protect their privacy. Additionally, this content was viewed and approved for online use by the patient/s described or depicted.
  6. Involve regulatory agencies such as state boards as needed.

The majority of current expert opinion advises caution in the use of social media, emphasizing that the risks of interacting with patients in online social forums may outweigh potential benefits. In fact, some contend that absolute separation of personal and professional life is virtually impossible and recommend only a professional presence online.

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Social Networks (Series 3 of 5)

The Downside to Social Media

Among key concerns about medical professionals’ use of online social forums is the lack of guaranteed security, with the possibility of unwitting transmission of sensitive materials despite the use of privacy settings. For example, Facebook users may “tag” or label another Facebook user (pictures or text) by name without the knowledge or consent of the individual involved. A blog leaves a permanent imprint on the Internet because most blogs are searchable by date, name, or keywords, and a blog entry from long ago can quickly be accessed.

There is a considerable bioethical literature base concerning sexual, financial, and gift-giving boundaries within the patient-doctor relationship. Engaging in friendships with patients has not been a customary part of the relationship. Online friendships are particularly problematic because they do not prioritize the therapeutic interest of the patient and are associated with potentially inappropriate clinician self-disclosure, problems that can be magnified to the detriment of the therapeutic relationship in a mental health encounter. Therapists also note that the healthcare provider may become privy to patient information not intended for them through social media sites, such as patient smoking, alcohol ingestion, or dating behaviors. This information has the potential to change the framework of the therapeutic relationship.

Searching for information online without the patient’s knowledge may itself violate patient autonomy and dignity, infringing on the trust integral to the relationship. On the other hand, patients are now able to Google their providers and gather data that may well include inaccurate or false information. Healthcare professionals have to rethink the presumption of anonymity now that their private lives are within the reach of their patients, subject to intensification through images and other highly personal content. The traditional information asymmetry between provider and patient is likely to be increasingly equalized, with escalating information access by patients.

Some examples of unintended consequences of online participation in networking sites could include:

  1. A patient loses his life insurance because his primary care provider documents information in the medical record about his lifestyle behaviors obtained through his Facebook account.
  2. A nurse practitioner is approached for a date by a male patient on a dating site on which she has a profile.
  3. A well-known psychiatrist’s online venting about “drug-seeking patients” is widely disseminated through a “friend” who shares it with his friends.
  4. A surgeon shares concerns about technical errors he made in a case on a physician blog and becomes the subject of a lawsuit from the patient.

Venting or debriefing are strategies informally adopted by health professionals to relieve stress. While conversations in closed hospital settings and in-person, face-to-face remarks are short-lived and lend some protection to practitioners, the content of blogs and social networks do not afford privacy and are presumed to be a permanent record. Examples of online violations of patient privacy leading to unintended consequences are widely available in the lay press. A recent particularly shocking example, as reported by The Boston Globe,occurred in April 2011 when an emergency room physician was fired for posting photos of a patient on her Facebook page.

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Computing & Technology, Education, People


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Free Mobile Internet Browsing from Smart and Globe

 N.B: We take no responsibility for program damage, charges or the like that may occur from use of this suggestions from Smart and Globe. This is only for Smart and Globe users in the Philippines.

Free Mobile Internet Browsing

Smart Users:

1. Open Opera Mini mod v2.06 then go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Network
2. Put a check on the box that is labeled “Shadow connect”
3. Enter “” on the textbox labeled “The address to connect”
4. Put a check on the box labeled “Check time-out for connections”
5. Enter “120″ on the textbox labeled “Time[s]”
6. Leave the checkbox labeled “Additional” unchecked
7. Leave the textboxes labeled “Server”, “Port”, “Username” and “Password” blank
8. Enter “″ on the Opera Mini server textbox
9. Uncheck the box labeled “Reset of a server at an error”

Globe Users:

1. Open Opera Mini then go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Network
2. Put a check on the box that is labeled “Shadow connect”
3. Enter “” on the textbox labeled “The address to connect”
4. Put a check on the box labeled “Check time-out for connections”
5. Enter “120″ on the textbox labeled “Time[s]”
6. Leave the checkbox labeled “Additional” unchecked
7. Leave the textboxes labeled “Server”, “Port”, “Username” and “Password” blank
8. Enter “″ on the Opera Mini server textbox
9. Uncheck the box labeled “Reset of a server at an error”
10. Leave the other settings without changing it then save the changes

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‘Best torrent sites’ as requested by our subscribers

Where Users Find Music and Movie Files

What is a torrent? A torrent is a file sent via the Torrent protocol. It can be just about any type of file, such as a movie, song, game, or application. During the transmission, the file is incomplete and therefore is referred to as a torrent. Torrent downloads that have been paused or stopped cannot be opened as regular files, since they do not contain all the necessary data. However, they can often be resumed using a Torrent client, as long as the file is available from another server.

Torrents are different from regular downloads in that they are usually downloaded from more than one server at a time. The Torrent protocol uses multiple computers to transfer a single file, thereby reducing the bandwidth required by each server. When a torrent download is started, the Torrent system locates multiple computers with the file and downloads different parts of the file from each computer. Likewise, when sending a torrent, the server may send the file to multiple computers before it reaches the recipient. The result is a lower average bandwidth usage, which speeds up file transfers.

Top Torrent sites (in random order after our most favorite)


This is our personal favorite. You will only find Scene (and reputable ‘Non-Scene’ Groups) releases here. – Crystal Clean files – Fast Speed – FAST PRE RELEASE TIMING – Clean & No Virus !

Torrent Funk   

Torrent Funk is a crowd pleaser. TF employs ‘verified torrent’ tagging to help reduce the number of fakes you will experience. Additionally, the cross-movie recommendations are very helpful, and multiple readers have strongly recommended Torrent Funk.  Give this site a try and let us know if you like it.


Isohunt is offered at three different servers:  ‘Isohunt Lite’,  ‘’. and the original The Canadian Recording Industry Association forcibly compelled Isohunt in April of 2010 to change its torrent indexing, or else be prosecuted for secondary copyright infringement.  Accordingly, Isohunt Lite is formatted to be a form of ‘Web-wide torrent Google’, but with the sorting, ranking, and user rating features of continues to operate under an umbrella of threat of being shut down, so don’t wait to use this service while you can. Details of the CRIA lawsuit are available at the Isohunt Lite web page above.

2011: has been fueled by adult advertising.  It’s not quite pornographic, but Russian dating service ads abound.  This will be a turnoff for some users, but the service is still one of the very best torrent indices you will find online.


NEW: BitSnoop was recommended by reader Ricardo, who speaks very highly about its navigability, reliability, and clean design. Using a growing community of users to help police the content, BitSnoop offers minimal advertising and reassuring tagging of good torrents. Look for the green ‘verified’ tags, and you’re bound to find good downloads here. Definitely try, and let us know what you think of this newer site.


Demonoid is the benchmark private torrent site. All other private P2P communities compare themselves to Demonoid, and even with the massive competition, Demonoid still remains a top site in the eyes of downloaders everywhere. If you successfully get a registered membership at Demonoid, do not abuse it. Thousands of people are happy to take your spot if you do not share files and maintain your requisite ratio.

The Pirate Bay  

Back in April 18, 2009: the Stockholm district court sentenced the four Pirate Bay founders to a year in prison, and over $USD 3.5 million in fines. This is as punishment for violating their country’s copyright laws. Since then, TPB has come back with a revised format hosted in a different country.  TPB is a resilient fixture in the P2P world, and loyal users continue to support this excellent site.

Torrent Pond has been recommended by several users.  As a meta-searcher, Torrentpond will scour other sites for you, atempt to filter out old and fake torrents, and then offer you an easy-to-browse list.  It also showcases recent torrents, which is a good feature for regular downloaders. The advertising is plentiful, and you will need to tune it out and go around some popups, but the thorough searches are often worth it. offers something really unique: IMDB ratings and vote information right on the search page. You can see public opinions on the movie itself before you download.


Special thanks to reader, RJ, for this recommendation. The “verified” filtering feature of this site makes it a good choice for downloaders.


ShareReactor is a search engine for both bit torrents and eDonkey 2000 (“ed2k”) file formats. While eDonkey is not nearly as popular today as it was in 2002, some people still use ed2k networking.

GPirate claims to be the largest torrent search engine today. It does have an amateurish look and feel to its interface, but it does yield large result sets. Give GPirate a try, and let us know if you like the service.

Blues Brothers is a private site with a strong community and file-sharing ethic. As a private site, you can expect the leeching (selfish) users to be reduced. The BB community also strives to police itself by carefully watching each member’s upload ratio… if you abuse your ratio, you are blocked from downloading until you donate. This policy may seem a bit harsh, but members seem to really appreciate it.


Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and radio, so it has some friendly methods for browsing and discovering movies and music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home page, and the fake finderfeature is also very useful for avoiding bad files. Definitely give Fenopy a try.


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