Erica Ho

Erica Ho was previously a reporter for TIME in Hong Kong where she wrote about tech, pop culture and Asian international affairs. Before that, she was at Gizmodo, Lifehacker and AOL. She now currently runs Map Happy, a travel blog.

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Gamers Get Riled Over Angry Birds HD’s Newest Feature, Ads

A little angry when you booted up your Angry Birds? Well, if you have the HD version, you’ll be able to see why if you updated the iPad app last night. In addition to 15 new levels, and a new golden egg, advertisements have snuck their way in. And they’re not the nice kind.

Sometimes its fine if they’re tucked away in a place …

Say Happy 40th Birthday to the Computer Virus

In 1971, a message popped up on a screen: “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” A nod to Scooby Doo, the first virus was called the Creeper.

Also, thanks to time flying like the wind, it’s been four decades, meaning the computer virus is now well into its middle age. Also, it’s now older than me.

How has it fared since then? …

U.S. Military Blocks Websites to Focus on Japan Efforts

The U.S. military personnel will be getting a dose on what it feels like to be in China, but not for entirely the same reasons. They’ve blocked 13 websites, including YouTube, to free up bandwidth for the Japan recovery effort.

The sites most proven to suck up bandwidth have been excluded from staff, and not because of their …

Birthday Party Gets Canceled After 200,000 People RSVP on Facebook

A 16-year old girl canceled her birthday party after more than 200,000 people accepted the invitation to attend. She’s popular.

Well, not quite. An Australian girl by the name of Jess sent out a Facebook invitation to the party located at her house. A 17-year old teenager hijacked the invite, making the whole invitation …

Google Mobile for iPhone Gets Revamped as Google Search

Say goodbye to Google Mobile, and say hello to Google Search. Google’s revamped its app, giving it a whole new look and feel. It just wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t change the name too.

The revamped iPhone app is a nice update, making ithe previous version seem clunky and old. Along with voice search, the search feature …

In One Month, Verizon Captures 12% of iPhone Usage

What a difference a month makes. Just a day after the Verizon iPhone was available to customers, three percent of iPhone users made the switch. One month later, Verizon has managed to grab 12.7 percent of that market. So, one in 8 iPhone users can probably hear each other now.

Apple wasn’t at all surprised when people began making …

Netflix Said to Be in Talks to Buy Original Television Show

Netflix isn’t just a video-streaming service where you can watch all of your shows on-demand: the company is looking to possibly acquire an original television show. According to web reports, Kevin Spacey might now appear on your screen under a Netflix-owned production.

It’s rumored that Netflix is looking to buy “House of …

T-Mobile’s 4G Sidekick Is Poised for a Spring Comeback

Last year, T-Mobile axed the Sidekick. But never fear, the phone is coming back, in better and badder shape than ever.

It seems like our report in January was spot on: we mentioned the Sidekick was coming back, that it would be 4G, and that it would also launch in the first half of the year. By golly, it’s all of those things and …

80% of Toddlers Use The Internet Regularly, Study Says

By the time I have children, they’ll be born with an internet chip in the head, constantly surfing the web. Looks like that future isn’t too far off: according to a report released, 80 percent of kids under the age of five use the internet weekly.

Non-profit organizations Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Sesame Workshop conducted …

Hong Kong Pays Double for the iPad 2 (And It’s Still Sold Out)

If you’re tempted to complain about the latest iPad’s price tag, consider this: in Hong Kong, iPad 2s are easily selling for twice the price, and in some cases up to $1,500. (And that’s not in Hong Kong dollars, either.)

Even though the iPad 2 has yet to make it way to Hong Kong, the device is already sold out. It’s been …

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