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Helsinki's future transportation grid will let you order any service from one app
Navigation apps can tell you how to get across town using only public transportation, but they don't make it a seamless experience. Wouldn't it be nice if you could pay for bikes, buses and trains from a single app? If Helsinki has its way, you...
7/13/2014 4:05:00 AM
Pi Musicbox 0.5 Released
Have an extra Raspberry Pi kicking around? Pi MusicBox provides a way to quickly turn it into a standalone streaming device that can fetch music from tons of sources. The latest release of Pi MusicBox adds a bunch of new features. We took a look at this software over a year ago, and noted that it made streaming Spotify easy, and had support for controlling tracks using Music Player Daemon (MPD). The newest release supports AirPlay, DNLA, Google Music, SoundCloud, and several other music sources. Since the analog audio output on the Pi isn’t great, Pi MusicBox includes … Read the rest
7/13/2014 3:00:47 AM
Apple-designed iBeacon hardware hits FCC: for Apple Stores, developers, or consumers?
On July 4th of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made filings public from Apple regarding an Apple-branded piece of iBeacon equipment. The hardware is shown above to be a rounded hub-like device with a USB port and a dedicate on and off switch at the bottom… The documents for the standard FCC testing […]
7/13/2014 1:49:21 AM
The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban
Last year, we mentioned that the French government was unhappy with Amazon for offering better prices than the French competition, and strongly limited the amount by which retailers can discount books. Last month, the French parliament also passed a law banning free delivery of books. Ars Technica reports that Amazon has responded with a one-penny shipping rate on the orders that would previously have shipped free. Says the article: This is by no means the first time France has tried to put a damper on major US tech companies dabbling in books or other reading materials. In 2011, the country updated an old law related to printed books that then allowed publishers to impose set e-book pricing on Apple and others. And in 2012, there was the very public dispute between French lawmakers and Google over the country's desire to see French media
7/13/2014 1:40:00 AM
IBM pushes its big data software at Chinese universities
IBM is pushing big data software to Chinese universities, by way of an agreement with China’s Ministry of Education. Under a program called IBM U-100, IBM is donate a whole mess of big data and analytics software worth $100 million and provide support for 100 Chinese universities, according to a statement IBM issued earlier this […]
7/13/2014 1:00:35 AM
Independent Wheel Drive R/C Car
The picture above looks like a standard four-wheel drive (4WD) touring car. As one looks closer, a few strange things start to pop out. Where’s the motor? 4 electronic speed controls? What’s going on here? [HammerFET] has created this independent drive R/C car (YouTube link) as a research platform for his control system. The car started off life as a standard Schumacher Mi5 1/10th scale Touring Car. [HammerFET] removed the entire drive system. The motor, differentials, belt drive, and ESC all made for quite a pile of discarded hardware. He replaced the drive system with 4 Turnigy brushless outrunner motors, … Read the rest
7/13/2014 12:00:58 AM
Watch these smart bullets home in on targets like tiny missiles
Soldiers have long dreamed of smart bullets that always hit their targets, and it looks like they're now much closer to getting their wish. DARPA has posted the first footage of EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance), a .50-caliber bullet that...
7/12/2014 11:21:00 PM
Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC application
An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."
7/12/2014 11:04:00 PM
Software Entrepreneurs Must Go Mobile-First Or Die
If you’re building an enterprise-software company, mobile must be core to your product strategy; it can’t be an afterthought or add-on. And you must build an elegant, easy-to-use mobile app, because employees and consumers far prefer mobile apps to mobile websites. Read More
7/12/2014 11:00:59 PM
Why retailers need not fear Amazon’s Fire Phone
Articles and blogs have called Fire everything from a “showrooming nightmare” to a “threat to retailers.” But is all this doom and gloom really warranted?
7/12/2014 11:00:42 PM
Chrome Extension Plays Clown Music When You Read About Rob Ford
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have a reputation for bringing "his circus" wherever he goes, but in case you forgot just how ridiculous the city's top official is, there's a tool to help remind Google Chrome users. A new browser extension for Chrome will play clown music when you read an article or news story about Ford. See also: Let's Get Weird: 9 Wacky Chrome Extensions You Need to Try The extension, called "Entrance of the RoFo," will provide appropriate "musical accompaniment for reading articles about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford," according to the extension's creator Specifically, it plays "Entry of the Gladiators." While the song's name may not sound familiar, listen to the following audio clip, and you'll likely recognize it as "the clown song." Read more...More about Us, Google Chrome, Canada, Chrome Extensions, and Tech
7/12/2014 10:55:45 PM
Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The source code for Tinba, known as the smallest banker Trojan in circulation, has been posted on an underground forum. Researchers say that the files turned out to be the source code for version one of Tinba, which was identified in 2012, and is the original, privately sold version of the crimeware kit. Tinba performs many of the same malicious functions as other banker Trojans, injecting itself into running processes on an infected machine, including the browser and explorer.exe. The malware is designed to steal financial information, including banking credentials and credit-card data and also makes each infected computer part of a botnet. Compromised machines communicate with command-and-control servers over encrypted channels. Tinba got its name from an abbreviation of "tiny banker," and researchers say that
7/12/2014 10:43:00 PM
Looking For A Niche, Cheap Hotel? Try The Poshpacker
Ever been intrigued in a hotel after looking at its brochure only to find it not so compelling when you set foot in it? Next time, try taking a look at Instagram posts taken at the hotel from travelers staying there. Read More
7/12/2014 9:47:54 PM
Google Cardboard VR Kit for under $15
Craving some virtual reality goodness? Unsure of Oculus after Facebook purchased them? Well — why not make your own then! At last weeks Google I/O conference, those lucky enough to attend received the Google Cardboard VR kit. It’s basically just a piece of cardboard, two lenses, a few magnets, an NFC tag and some velcro — but when you slide your phone into it and download the Cardboard app – you have virtual reality, on your phone. This inspired [Wolfgang] to make his own variation of this, except instead of a phone, it fits a tablet much nicer. It … Read the rest
7/12/2014 9:01:14 PM
5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance Graphic Design Work
When it comes to finding clients, creative professionals live by the adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Designers face a unique challenge: finding the best way to show employers or clients a comprehensive portfolio without overwhelming them with massive files and years worth of work In the past, designers used a traditional print portfolio, the purpose of which was to showcase projects that defined the designer’s brand. Since no one wanted to haul around a huge, bulky book, this type of portfolio typically focused on quality, not quantity. Today, however, designers have digital options for presenting their creative capabilities that can showcase a more complete scope of their work Read more...More about Job Search Series, Business, and Jobs
7/12/2014 9:00:33 PM
All the news that came out of MobileBeat 2014, in words and pictures
We held our annual MobileBeat conference this past week, and boy, did we have a great time. In case you missed it and all the news that came out of it, catch yourself up by taking a look below at all the new stuff companies announced. And check out our photo gallery of all the […]
7/12/2014 9:00:02 PM
Weekends with Engadget: DARPA's mad science projects, Google's 3D-mapping tablet and more!
This week, we dove into the history of DARPA, explored the hand-drawn world of Cuphead, took an in-depth look at Google's 3D-mapping tablet and interviewed two people who managed to cut ties with technology. Read on for Engadget's news highlights...
7/12/2014 8:30:00 PM
Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed
Is resistance to Amazon futile in the book publishing world? Its battle with Hachette has many on edge.
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7/12/2014 8:01:15 PM
Predicting A Future Free Of Dollar Bills
Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase approved and you leave. Easy. Is this a realistic vision of the future, or are we only ever likely to see such scenes in science… Read More
7/12/2014 8:00:47 PM
Apple Denies China's Accusation The iPhone Is A 'Threat To National Security'
Chinese state media said earlier this week that Apple's iPhones were a threat to national security because of their ability to track and time-stamp user locations, the company released a statement on its Chinese website denying that any user data is at risk. "Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of all our customers," the company writes. "Privacy is built into our products and services from the earliest stages of design. We work tirelessly to deliver the most secure hardware and software in the world." The Chinese report concerned the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" feature — which was introduced with iOS 7 and uses location data for both Maps and Weather — and said that sensitive data could reveal the country's economic situation and "even state secrets." Apple ex
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7/12/2014 7:53:00 PM
CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light
In the wake of two potentially deadly accidents, the CDC yesterday announced the temporary closure of both the anthrax and flu research labs at the agency's Atlanta headquarters. The New York Times reports: In one episode last month, at least 62 C.D.C. employees may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle them. Employees not wearing protective gear worked with bacteria that were supposed to have been killed but may not have been. All were offered a vaccine and antibiotics, and the agency said it believed no one was in danger. “We have a high degree of confidence that no one was exposed,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the C.D.C. director. Credit David Goldman/Associated Press In a second accident, disclosed Friday, a C.D.C. lab accidentally contam
7/12/2014 7:19:00 PM
5 Can't-Miss Apps: Athla Velocity and More
With the last few matches of the World Cup wrapping up, and the final game right around the corner, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps. Luckily,
creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out. See also: These 11 Apps Will Supercharge Your Personal Life This week's list includes a new spin on a classic game, a personalized shopping assistant and a speed radar app for athletes. Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's roundup of can't-miss apps. Read more...More about Android, Tech, Android Apps, Ios, and Ios Apps
7/12/2014 7:00:59 PM
Study: Patents hurt tech and startups, help pharmaceuticals
A new study adds some empirical firepower to the idea that poor patent laws are crushing innovation in the technology industry.
7/12/2014 7:00:22 PM
Hulu gets exclusive rights to stream South Park's full show catalog
If you're determined to catch up on South Park episodes without downloading them, you'd better get used to Hulu -- you'll be using it a lot. The service has just unveiled a deal that gives it exclusive US rights to stream the series' complete catalog...
7/12/2014 6:37:00 PM
Eminem Brings Out Dr. Dre for Groundbreaking Wembley Concert
Eminem played his first show in London since 2001 on Friday night and he made his return to the UK c[...]
7/12/2014 6:32:20 PM
New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Israeli scientists from the Tel Aviv University perfected a method for using cell phone service towers' microwave emitters to measure rain and snow and even (for the first time ) detect fog with great accuracy over vast areas in real time. The research team members have analyzed endless amounts of raw cellular data and developed more accurate ways to measure meteorological information and added more parameters that they can now measure using their growing database. When combined with existing meteorological monitoring technologies such as radars and local ground based weather stations, the results show unprecedented level of accuracy that can give better and further weather forecast as well as special warnings about upcoming floods, fog and hail which can affect both people and crop production." Read more o
7/12/2014 6:26:00 PM
Embedding Wireless Charging into Your Laptop
Looking for a project to do [Jason Clark] thought it might be fun to integrate a spare wireless Qi charger into his HP Chromebook 14. He started by cracking open the Qi charger — it’s held together by adhesive and four phillips screws hiding under the feet pads — all in all, not that difficult to do. Once the plastic is off, the circuit and coil are actually quite small making it an ideal choice for hacking into various things. We’ve seen them stuffed into Nook’s, a heart, salvaged for a phone hack… Anyway, the next step was … Read the rest
7/12/2014 6:01:32 PM
Apple found not guilty in lawsuit over video streaming
The patent infringement lawsuit began in 2010, when a Israel-based company called Emblaze went after Apple. The patent in question related to real-time broadcasting and Emblaze claimed that Apple was using the technology without a license. Friday,...
7/12/2014 6:00:00 PM
Chromebooks can get cheaper thanks to new support for a low-end chip
You can pick up a Chromebook for a dirt-cheap $200, if you know where to shop. However, there are now signs that these Google-powered portables could get even cheaper. MediaTek has contributed code to Chromium OS (the base for Chrome OS) for a test...
7/12/2014 5:45:00 PM
Satya Nadella's Big Bid to Reshape Microsoft
Five months into his new role as CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella is ready to shake things up In a 3,300 word memo sent to employees and the press Thursday, Nadella laid out the most clear vision yet for how he sees the future of Microsoft. There's a lot to unpack in the memo, but dissecting it and reading through the lines, a few central themes come into shape. See also: 5 Things You Should Know About Microsoft's New CEO First, Nadella is very clearly differentiating his vision for Microsoft from the vision put forth by former CEO Steve Ballmer. That starts with a new mission statement. Read more...
A new mission: productivity
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7/12/2014 5:42:26 PM
Apple seeking FCC certification for iBeacon hardware
Apple's iBeacon -- whether it's a future product that will work with HomeKit or just a device for use at the company's own retail outlets -- has an official product number: A1573. The sharp-eyed folks at Securifi, who have just started shipping their...
7/12/2014 5:30:00 PM
A Guy Raised More Than $3 Million On Kickstarter By Reinventing The Cooler
An Oregon man who set out to reinvent the familiar cooler you take to the beach or on camping trips has already raised $3 million for the project, and his fundraising effort is on track to possibly beat the Kickstarter record, The Oregonian reports. Launched just four days ago, Ryan Grepper's "Coolest Cooler" has raised $3.2 million of his $50,000 goal, and he still has 48 days left. Besides the aesthetically-pleasing design and it being able to keep drinks and food cool, it includes just about every possible feature you might want to have for a fun day out: It has a built-in ice crushing blender, storage for plates and a knife, bottle opener, USB charger for your electronics, Bluetooth speaker to listen to some tunes, and even an LED light so you can fish out a drink in the dark. "It solves a lot of needs," Grepper told The Oregonian. Th
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7/12/2014 5:26:00 PM
Apple Refutes China's Security Claims, Says It Does Not Track Users
No, Apple isn't using your iPhone to track your location in China. That's Apple's response to a recent report from China's state-run television station alleging the iPhone could potentially threaten the country's national security. See also: Apple iWatch Launch Date Could Be Pushed Back Apple published the lengthy statement on its China website Saturday, one day after Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported the iPhone posed a threat to the country's national security Specifically, the report called into question Apple's "frequent locations" feature. The feature, which is built in to iOS 7, keeps tabs on places iPhone owners visit as well as how often they go there "in order to learn places that are significant to you." Read more...More about China, Security, Iphone, Apple, and Tech
7/12/2014 5:19:45 PM
Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics
As reported by National Geographic, intelligence in chimpanzees appears to be strongly heritable, according to research led by William Hopkins, a primatologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia, who examined both genetic and environmental factors for a group of related chimpanzees with varying measured intelligence: To find out how much of that variability is due to genetics, Hopkins and his team assessed the cognitive abilities of 99 captive chimpanzees. They used a battery of 13 tests measuring various manifestations of intelligence, such as how the animals dealt with the physical world, reacted to sound, and used tools. The group of chimps tested had an expansive family tree, ranging from full siblings to fourth and fifth cousins. This allowed the researchers to calculate how well scores on cognitive tr
7/12/2014 5:18:00 PM
Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million
Curated food delivery startup Caviar is in talks to be acquired by Square in a deal that could be worth at least $100 million, according to several sources. While we’ve heard the deal is slated to take place over the next couple of weeks, these things could always fall apart. Read More
7/12/2014 5:17:02 PM
Apple shoots down Chinese state media accusations targeting iOS privacy, location tracking
Apple's website in China has published a detailed response to accusations by the country's state owned media, refuting claims that iOS tracks users' locations in a firm but politely worded statement.
7/12/2014 5:16:00 PM
Brazil's World Cup Loss to the Netherlands Reopens Wounds Just Beginning to Heal
Brazil entered the consolation match of the World Cup against the Netherlands looking to salvage some respect after its disastrous loss to Germany. With not much at stake, the match seemed to provide little opportunity for Brazil and a healthy dose of danger. Lose again and the massive defeat from Germany that dashed the country's hopes of celebrating a World Cup victory on its own soil would only be magnified. See also: The Real Reason Brazil Lost to Germany in the World Cup While it was not the 7-1 thrashing that will be talked about for decades, the 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands had the feel of a game that only reopened the wounds of Brazilians that had just begun to heal. Read more...More about Brazil, World Cup, Entertainment, Sports, and 2014 World Cup
7/12/2014 5:10:45 PM
White House says it won’t help Elon Musk battle state regulators
The American people demanded that President Obama help Tesla battle state regulators and sell directly to consumers.
7/12/2014 5:00:33 PM
Humans And Computers Will Come Together For Middle Work
Jon Evans’ post “Welcome To Extremistan! Check Your Career At The Door” on TechCrunch warns of mass penury for this generation and the next as the dual horseman of the techno-apocalypse, robots and software, strip humans of their ability to make a living. Don’t believe this dystopian vision of the future for a second. Read More
7/12/2014 5:00:21 PM
The Art of Dating: Past and Present
Once upon a time, dating meant finding the right person to share a lifetime of romantic meals and intimate conversation Today, dating means finding someone to sit next to while you play Candy Crush on your iPad. See also: Heat Index: Find the Right Dating Site or App for You In these comics, artist Maria Scrivan shares the difference between dating before and after the technological boom .
Image: Maria Scrivan
Image: Maria Scrivan
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7/12/2014 5:00:01 PM
These New Apps Make Profits From Information That's Otherwise Free
Parking can stir intense passions, especially in San Francisco, where demand for public spaces often exceeds supply. Hence the outcry over apps that let occupants of slots on streets make money by alerting other drivers that they are about to drive away.
As we went to press, one of the apps, MonkeyParking, was seeking an understanding with San Francisco's city attorney, Dennis Herrera, who had given it until July 11th to cease operating on the city's streets or face a lawsuit. Another app, ParkModo, which also attracted Mr Herrera's attention, is not currently operating in San Francisco, though it says it intends to roll out nationwide in future.
At the heart of the dispute over these services is whether apps should be able
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7/12/2014 4:29:00 PM
The Problem With Mobile Phone Batteries May Finally Be Solved
We love our phones, but we hate their battery life. It's a tale we've been telling for years now, patiently waiting for scientists to figure out a way for us to not have to constantly worry about our phones dying. Now, a grad student in California may have found a way to do it while sitting on the beach during a day of surfing.
A new study in "Scientific Reports" found that sand found in beaches is a fantastic source of silicon for lithium-ion batteries.
According to Popular Science, Zachary Favors of UC Riverside was enjoying a day of surfing and hanging out on the beach when he had an epiphany. He looked at the sand around him and hatched a theory that could change our cell phones forever.
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7/12/2014 4:20:00 PM
These Are The Hottest New Startups To Watch This Year
A lot of hot new startups have already launched this year. Business Insider has identified some of the most promising startups that got started in 2014, that have potential to make a dent. Some of these startups are tackling things like ecommerce, news reading, and making the internet more mainstream.
10. Yo is trying to change the way we communicate with people.
Yo, at its core, is pretty ridiculous. Sending a "Yo" to someone merely lets that person know you're thinking about them. But a few months after launching quietly on April Fools' Day, Yo rocketed to the top of the app store. It has raised $1.2 million to date, though, investors have reportedly offered to give Yo more than $2.5 million.
9. Glamsquad is an on-demand beauty services startup.
Glamsquad lets you schedule on-demand hair and makeup appoint
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7/12/2014 4:16:26 PM
Google expands along San Francisco’s Embarcadero
The expansions will considerably extend Google's reach in the neighborhood and could result in considerably more corporate output from the city.
7/12/2014 4:00:30 PM
TUAW Giveaway: Logitech Harmony Smart Control
Sometimes it's hard to remember exactly what hardware I've reviewed. The other day, I was plugging in a piece of equipment for a review and noticed a small, shiny black box that was plugged in. Upon looking at it closer, I was able to tell that it...
7/12/2014 4:00:00 PM
Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?
Watches that do more than tell the time have been around for a long time. (And in fiction, James Bond, Dick Tracey, and Michael Knight all had notably high-tech watches.) The new smart watches from Samsung and LG, without a phone connected via Bluetooth as backhaul, can still serve to show the time and to serve as alarms (and Samsung's can measure your pulse, too), but all the magic features (like searching by voice via the watch) do require a connection. They can't play MP3s or take pictures on their own, and they don't have built-in GPS. Even so, compared to the polarizing Google Glass, the new breed of smart watches are wearables that probably are an easier sell, even if this far the trend has been to replace watches with smart phones. (Android Wear has gotten a lot of attention, but Microsoft has their own upcoming, and Apple almost c
7/12/2014 3:52:00 PM
Google chose World Cup search trend stories that spared Brazil from further agony (update: Google responds)
If you love Brazilian futebol, this has been an especially tough week; that devastating loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals was a shock to fans used to victory. Thankfully for you, Google feels your pain. The internet giant has revealed to...
7/12/2014 3:40:00 PM
13 San Francisco Homes That Sold For Much More Than Their Asking Price
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7/12/2014 3:30:00 PM
Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms
Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.
7/12/2014 3:21:51 PM
One Small Step For Magnification, One Giant Leap For Home Lens Manufacturing
There are some types of projects that we see quite often here on Hackaday; 3D Printers, Development Boards and Video Game Hardware to name a few. Once in a while we see an optics-based project but those use pre-made lenses. [Peter] felt it was time to give home lens manufacturing a shot and sent in a tip about his experience. The typical lens manufacturing process starts off by taking a piece of glass and manipulating it into a rough lens shape, either by removing material or heating the glass and forming it in a mold. These lens blanks are then … Read the rest
7/12/2014 3:01:52 PM
Starting in September, you can learn about data science through Kaplan
If things work out the way organizers want them to, Metis could become more effective at actually training people in data science than lessons from massively open online course providers.
7/12/2014 3:00:20 PM
Australian Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay
Australian swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe revealed in an interview that he is gay, confirming years of speculation about his sexuality Thorpe sat down for an interview with British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, which will air Sunday night in Australia on Channel Ten, according to the
Sydney Morning Herald
. Thorpe reportedly discussed a wide range of issues, including his battle with depression. Channel Ten released a 30-second preview of the interview, above, last week. In it, Parkinson asks Thorpe, "You've always said that you're not gay. Is all of that true?" See also: Experience the NYC Pride March in Endless Six-Second Loops Read more...More about Gay, Gay Pride, Us World, World, and Sports
7/12/2014 2:56:42 PM
National Federation of the Blind says ‘Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company’
Last week, inaccurate reporting emerged in regards to Apple’s work on making its products accessible to all consumers. As many Apple customers are aware, and as CEO Tim Cook takes extremely seriously, Apple works hard to ensure that Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads can be used to their full extent by people who are deaf or […]
7/12/2014 2:54:38 PM
FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks
The Washington Post reports that, "In a 3-2 vote along party lines Friday, the FCC greenlit a plan to spend $2 billion over the next two years on subsidies for internal networks. The move also begins a process to phase out some subsidies under the federal program, known as E-Rate, for services and equipment that are on the decline, such as pagers and dial-up Internet service." That sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but as usual in politics it's the result of a messy process: The original plan called for spending $5 billion on WiFi over five years, in line with a push by the Obama administration to bring next-gen broadband and WiFi to 99 percent of students over the same period. Those funds would have partly come from savings as a result of transitioning away from supporting legacy technologies. The proposal would also have eliminated
7/12/2014 2:38:00 PM
Apple Denies Tracking Chinese Location Data
Chinese state media said Apple's iPhones were a threat to national security because of their ability to track and time-stamp user locations, the company released a statement on its Chinese website denying that any user data is at risk. "
Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of all our customers," the company writes. "
Privacy is built into our products and services from the earliest stages of design. We work tirelessly to deliver the most secure hardware and software in the world."
The Chinese report concerned the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" feature — which was introduced with iOS 7 and uses location data for both Maps and Weather — and said that that data could reveal the country's economic situation and "even state secrets." Apple explained
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7/12/2014 2:36:00 PM
Tips for vacationing on a budget this summer
According to a recent American Express study, the demand for travel is high, as three in four Americans are planning a summer getaway.
7/12/2014 2:31:00 PM
Basel Apple Store opens to crowds as Apple promotes upcoming Edinburgh location
In line with last week’s announcement, Apple’s fourth store in Switzerland opened this weekend in Basel. The store, like most Apple Stores, opened to significant crowds and Apple handed out commemorative shirts to celebrate. The interior of the store appears like most Apple Stores, and the location already has been equipped with the new interior […]
7/12/2014 2:30:48 PM
Dog Days of Summer: Zandra, hard at iWork
It's summertime, which means that weekend TUAW readers get a respite from Caturday and get to see what the canine Apple community is up to. Our first woofer is Zandra, a hard-working guide dog who hangs out with Alex Jurgensen up in Vancouver, BC....
7/12/2014 2:30:00 PM
Here's What Steve Jobs Did When An Employee Told Him The Apple Store's Layout Was All Wrong
Apple cofounder and former CEO Steve Jobs was known for his obsessive commitment to quality. Ron Johnson, former JCPenney CEO and Apple's retail chief in the early 2000s, learned the lengths that Jobs would go to get something right just before the company opened its first brick-and-mortar store. Johnson recently spoke at a View From The Top event and Inc. Magazine shares some of his career and life advice, including an anecdote he told about a particularly memorable experience he had with Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011. It was spring 2001 and Apple was prepping to open its first retail store. Johnson and Jobs were on their way to a weekly planning meeting, when Johnson spoke up about something that had been bothering him. Apple had been setting up its store like any other: Organized around the different products
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7/12/2014 2:27:00 PM
Apple China denies location tracking claims: we’re ‘deeply committed to protecting the privacy of all our customers’
This past week, Chinese State TV called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of its location tracking capabilities. The iPhone’s operating system utilizes location for several applications, including Maps and Weather. iOS 7 also introduced a new feature that utilizes a customer’s location in order to provide improved traffic and route information. Now, Apple […]
7/12/2014 2:09:38 PM
Singapore to Destroy Copies of Book About Gay Penguins
Singapore plans to destroy copies of three children's books, including one about two male penguins raising a chick, following complaints that the works' contents violate the country's family values.
And Tango Makes Three
The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
Who's In My Family: All About Our Families
will be removed from Singapore's state-run libraries and pulped, according to multiple reports See also: Relive the 2014 NYC Pride March in Photos "The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is what the books in question are about," said Yaacob Ibrahim, the country's information minister, according to
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7/12/2014 2:00:43 PM
Hardware Is The New Software
Nest. GoPro. Beats. Jawbone. Oculus. All hardware companies and each of them accorded multi-billion dollar valuations either in private investment transactions or acquisitions by some of the largest technology companies on the planet. Read More
7/12/2014 2:00:06 PM
If you're buying an Android Wear watch this weekend, read this first
Android Wear is finally here. Two devices were launched at Google I/O: LG's G Watch, and Samsung's Gear Live. Both became available in the Play store this week, and while we're sure you read our comprehensive review, with much of the spec-sheet...
7/12/2014 1:32:00 PM
Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
Scientific American reports that Wichita Falls, Texas has taken an unusual step, precipitated by the years-long drought that Texas has faced: it's using treated sewage for drinking water. From the article: To launch what it calls its "Direct Potable Reuse Project," the city pipes water 12 miles from its wastewater treatment plant to this treatment facility where it goes through microfiltration. A pump pulls water through a module filled with fibers that removes most of the impurities. Then it is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that can remove dissolved salts and other contaminants. The process, called reverse osmosis, is used by the U.S. military, in ships and in the manufacture of silicon chips. The water then gets blended with lake water before going through the regular water treatment system. ... At 60 cents per 1,000 gallons,
7/12/2014 1:29:00 PM
Vital money tips to take to college
Starting college? Don't forget to take along these tips for managing and saving your money.
7/12/2014 1:20:00 PM
Why Salesforce needed to buy RelateIQ
There's just too much hype, demand and real results to shy away from predictive intelligence.
7/12/2014 1:00:59 PM
Beats Goes After Chinese Counterfeiters With Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit
Just over a month after Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker made its first major post-acquisition move by filing a lawsuit against Chinese counterfeiters The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 9, names as defendants "individuals and business entities who, upon information and belief, reside in the People’s Republic of China or other foreign jurisdictions." See also: Fake Apple Stores in China Ordered To Close "This action has been filed by Beats to combat online counterfeiters who trade upon Beats’ reputation and goodwill by selling and/or offering for sale unlicensed and counterfeit products featuring Beats’ trademarks," according to the lawsuit. "The Defendants create the Defendant Internet Stores by the hundreds or even thousands and des
7/12/2014 12:54:56 PM
National Federation of the Blind says "Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company"
On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.
7/12/2014 12:53:55 PM
Radiohead to Begin Work on New Album in September
It's been three years since Radiohead released The King of Limbs but it looks like the band is on th[...]
7/12/2014 12:51:50 PM
Here's Why Google Stopped Asking Bizarre, Crazy-Hard Interview Questions
When you think about what it takes to get hired by Google, you might remember some of its infamously tough interview questions, like "How many golf balls can fit into a school bus?" or "How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?" While asking these kinds of crazy, bizarre questions certainly earned Google the reputation of having high standards, the company has since ditched that brain-bending approach, deeming it a useless way to actual judge potential employees. "We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time," Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations told The New York Times last year. "How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewe
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7/12/2014 12:44:00 PM
A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
Lasrick (2629253) writes It isn't as if real analysis of Israel's "Iron Dome" isn't available, but invariably, whenever Israel has a skirmish the media is filled with glowing reports of how well the system works, and we always find out months later that the numbers were exaggerated. John Mecklin at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists looks at the coverage of Iron Dome in the recent exchanges between Israel and Hamas and finds the pattern is repeating itself. However, 'Ted Postol, an MIT-based missile defense expert and frequent Bulletin contributor, provided a dose of context to the Iron Dome coverage in a National Public Radio interview Wednesday. "We can tell, for sure, from video images and even photographs that the Iron Dome system is not working very well at all,"' Includes a good explanation of the differences between Iron Dome (a
7/12/2014 12:30:00 PM
Productivity vs. Distraction: Should you block social media at work?
Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex. Social media in the... Keep reading →
7/12/2014 12:00:51 PM
Add a Bluetooth Interface to Your Kitchen Scale
When [Adam] found himself in need of a force meter, he didn’t want to shell out the cash for a high-end model. Instead, he realized he should be able to modify a simple and inexpensive kitchen scale to achieve the results he desired. The kitchen scale [Adam] owned was using all through hole components on a double-sided PCB. He was able to easily identify all of the IC’s and find their datasheets online. After doing some research and probing around with a frequency counter, he realized that one of the IC’s was outputting a frequency who’s pulse width was … Read the rest
7/12/2014 12:00:38 PM
Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream
The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More
7/12/2014 12:00:09 PM
Now (almost) anyone (with cable) can watch CNN the way they want to
Back in April CNNx launched, letting viewers jump through the news of the day and watch what they want, when they want. The only problem? Other than the fact that it's restricted to CNN's iPad app and web site, only subscribers to a few providers...
7/12/2014 11:34:00 AM