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Netropolitan-The Social Media Site For The Rich Only

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Netropolitan is sort of an online country club social media site for affluent folks.  To join just a mere 9,000.00 and 3,000.00 yearly fee.

Has Wearable Technology Gone Tooooooo Far?

 

 

How Are They going To Type & Text?

First spotted by Co.Design, the new nail technology uses sensors embedded in gel polish to track our behavior by the touch. It’s the work of Kristina Ortega and Jenny Rodenhouse of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. They believe wearable, purposeful nails could soon be all over the place as standard salons themselves.

 

 

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Companies Fined For Online Fake Reviews

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Reading online reviews of a business, can be difficult  trying to determine which reviews are legitimate and which aren’t much more than a paid advertisement placed by either the company itself, or someone who got some type of kickback for writing a positive review, such as a gift certificates or free merchandise.

Some companies are being proactive and deleting or marking reviews they suspect to be fake, such as Yelp with their Consumer Alerts. The FTC already considers fake reviews illegal.

New York regulators  announced their crackdown on illegal reviews, and have reached agreements with 19 different companies who will stop posting and soliciting fake reviews as well as pay $350,000 in penalties.

The crackdown, dubbed “Operation Clean Turf”, targeted both companies who purchased the fake reviews, as well as the companies who are creating the fake reviews. A total of seven companies offering “reputation enhancement” services were caught in the year-long investigation, along with their clients they post reviews for.The types of businesses caught include a laser hair removal chain, and adult entertainment club, the charter bus service U.S. Coachways, and a teeth whitening service. 

In a 2011 Harvard Business School study, a researcher discovered that restaurants that increased their ranking on Yelp by one star raised their revenues by 5 to 9 percent. A 2012 Gartner study estimated that one in seven recommendations or ratings on social media sites like Facebook would soon be fake. And there have been instances where all the reviews of a product have been secretly bought and paid for by the seller of the product. 

According to the press release, these were the 19 companies penalized:

  • A&E Wig Fashions, Inc. d/b/a A&E and NYS Surgery Center
  • A.H. Dental P.C. d/b/a Platinum Dental
  • Body Laser Spa Inc.
  • The Block Group, LLC, d/b/a Laser Cosmetica and LC MedSpa, LLC
  • Bread and Butter NY, LLC d/b/a La Pomme Nightclub and Events Space
  • Envision MT Corp.
  • iSEOiSEO
  • Medical Message Clinic and HerballYours.com
  • Metamorphosis Day Spa, Inc.
  • Outer Beauty, P.C., Lite Touch Plastic Surgery, P.C., Staten Island Special Surgery, P.C., Sans Pareil Surgical, PLLC
  • Stillwater Media Group
  • Swan Media Group, Inc. and Scores Media Group, LLC
  • US Coachways Limousine, Inc. and US Coachways, Inc.
  • Utilities International, Inc. d/b/a Main Street Host
  • The Web Empire, LLC
  • Webtools, LLC and Webtools Internet Solutions Ltd.
  • West Village Teeth Whitening Service, LLC; Magic Smile, Inc., aka Magic Smile
  • XVIO, Inc.
  • Zamdel, Inc. d/b/a eBoxed

 

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Japanese Perfume Co Working On Smell Phone

 

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Japanese company Chaku Perfume Co. Ltd.  smell-o-vision has failed to take off on the big or small screens. Japanese Ltd. is hoping to have better luck on the even smaller screen with its Chat Perfume attachment for iPhone that allows messages or email notifications to be accompanied by a signature smell.

The device connects to an iPhone and packs an atomizer to disperse scents from the swappable scent tanks contained within. As such, the recipient will need the appropriate scent tank installed to receive the desired whiff.

As well as sending a scent along with a text message or emitting a particular smell when an email lands in your inbox, the makers tell DigInfo the Chat Perf attachment could also be used with games – releasing the smell on gunpowder when firing a weapon, for example. The company has an SDK available to developers so they can create apps that make use of the device.

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