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Video Is the Future of Social
Is it simply the combination of sight, sound and motion?
12/11/2013 5:17:56 PM
Steam Machine betas to start shipping December 13th
This Friday, Valve will begin shipping its official Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to the 300 lucky people who made it into the beta. The Linux-based game console was first announced in September along with SteamOS, an operating system tailor-made for the device, and the Steam Controller, a brand new input method that could close the divide between a console controller and a keyboard. By completing a series of tasks, Steam users were thrown into the mix for a shot to receive a Steam Machine before anyone else. As per the Steam Universe announcement, Valve plans to release more information about the commercial release of Steam Machines at CES next month. Photos from the production line can be seen below.
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12/11/2013 5:15:07 PM
UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
New submitter Retron writes "The BBC brings news that British retailer Zavvi mistakenly sent out PlayStation Vitas to people who had preordered a game called Tearaway. The company is now threatening legal action against those who have kept theirs despite a request to return them. It's unclear whether the Distance Selling Act protects consumers who have mistakenly been sent an expensive item, and forums such as Eurogamer seem divided on the issue." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/11/2013 5:11:00 PM
Apple's iPad Air, iPad mini take 6 of Japan's top 10 tablet sales spots
During its first month on the market, Apple's iPad Air has taken four of Japan's top ten tablet slots while iPad mini has taken two additional spots, giving Apple 60 percent of the sales charts.
12/11/2013 5:10:45 PM
Space Station Crew Safe as Cooling System Fails
The 15-year-old International Space Station suffered a cooling system failure on Wednesday evening, but NASA officials insist, for now, the crew is safe, and "there are no major concerns." The cooling system pump shut down in response to low temperatures. A NASA spokesperson told
that crews are currently investigating the cause of the low temperature, however they think it's likely the result of the radiator, which was at -75 degrees. Our source said a spacewalk may be needed to determine the problem, and there is a contingency plan in place. "The teams want to understand the system performance before activating the system. A flow control valve is not operating as anticipated. The teams are trying to understand what they are seeing," the spokesperson said. "The team may power off selected components to avoid over hea
12/11/2013 5:09:15 PM
Americans Oppose Cellphone Calls During Flights, Poll Finds
As U.S. government agencies consider more aviation rule changes, the American public appears to have made up its mind when it comes to gadget use during flights. More Americans oppose allowing voice calls during flights than are in favor of it, according to a newly released poll. The poll, conducted jointly by The Associated Press and market research firm GfK Group, found that 48% of respondents oppose allowing calls, 19% are in favor and 30% are neutral. See also: 11 Travel Startups You Need to Know The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month announced it would consider ending its decades-long ban on cellphone calls during flights. In a Nov. 22 blog post, an FCC official wrote that the ban is "outdated rule," but said ultimately airlines will decide whether or not to allow calls during flights Read more...More about Travel,
12/11/2013 5:04:07 PM
Engadget HD Podcast 378 - 12.11.13
While Ben digs into his holiday movie archive and Richard warms himself by a virtual yuletide fire, HD news continues to pour forth. The Xbox One received some post-launch updates, Dolby demoed some tech you might not have thought you needed, ...
12/11/2013 5:02:00 PM
Hackaday Twitter hits 40,000 Followers!
I’m not sure exactly how many readers keep an eye on our Twitter account: @hackaday. We hit a new milestone today at 40,000 followers. For those of you who have been watching the Twitter feed recently, you’ve probably noticed it’s no longer limited to simply announcing each new post as it hits the front page. Madness, right? A little over a week ago [Mike] promoted me to the role of Community Editor; a new position here aimed at directly engaging readers. For now, that means helping to guide conversations in the comments toward a degree of helpfulness and productivity. … Read the rest
12/11/2013 5:01:10 PM
Why Palantir nearly doubled its new funding round with $107M raise
New money for Palantir should come in handy as the company keeps moving away from government agencies for its revenue and relies more on private-sector companies.
12/11/2013 4:58:21 PM
Facebook to join the S&P 100 and S&P 500 indices on December 20
Facebook’s stock will be added to the S&P 100 and S&P 500 indices at the end of the day on December 20, as noted by the BBC. The firm will replace... Keep reading →
12/11/2013 4:57:05 PM
Facebook to join S&P 500
(Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Wednesday said Facebook Inc will join its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on December 20, cementing the social media network's rise into one of the biggest, most powerful U.S. companies.
12/11/2013 4:56:59 PM
Today’s Scuttlebot: Snapchat Raises $50 Million, and Encountering an All-Too Convincing Robot
Wednesday's highlights from around the web include a report of Snapchat receiving funding from an undisclosed source. Plus, meet the robot telemarketer who denies she’s a robot.
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12/11/2013 4:51:06 PM
Facebook to Join S&P 500 and 100 Indices
The news jolts Facebook shares after hours.
12/11/2013 4:48:48 PM
SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13
sfcrazy writes "Valve Software, creator of Half-Life and Left 4 Dead, has announced that SteamOS will be available for public download on December 13. That's the day when the company will start shipping Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to the 300 selected beta participants. The company said, 'SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you're an intrepid Linux hacker already, we're going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.)" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/11/2013 4:45:00 PM
New Video Shows Asiana Plane Flipping in the Air Before Crash
On July 6, a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing in San Francisco. The reasons for the crash are still unclear, which is why the National Transportation Safety Board called an 11-hour marathon hearing Wednesday. During the hearing, the NTSB released a previously unpublished video of the crash that shows the failed landing of Asiana's Flight 214, which resulted in three deaths and 180 injuries. See also: Watch the Colossal Dreamlifter Take Off From the Wrong Airport The footage, taken from an airport security camera, shows the plane as it hits the runway, and dramatically flips in the air. Watch it, below: Read more...More about Aviation, Plane Crash, Us World, and Us
12/11/2013 4:43:57 PM
Warner Bros. iPad App Streams 500 Classic Films
Warner Bros. has brought its Netflix-style streaming movie app to the iPad, giving users access to its 80-year archive of classic movies. Lovers of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall can now stream the Warner Archive Instant collection of more than 500 movies and television programming on iPads running iOS 6 and 7 as well as Roku. The service, which costs $9.99 per month and provides a free two-week trial, also includes closed captioning, a feature the company says was highly requested. See also: The 25 Best Free iPad Apps The movies in the collection tend to be esoteric — titles including
starring Paul Newman and
The Long, Long Trailer
featuring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of
I Love Lucy
fame — a niche that Warner Brothers says appeals to a dedicated audience that seek out this type of cont
12/11/2013 4:42:23 PM
You Can Download SteamOS, The Indie Game Platform, On December 13
Valve, the online software distribution company, is shipping 300 prototype Steam Machines to beta testers on Friday. The lucky few hundred will receive both Steam's hardware and SteamOS, its Linux-based software for video games, for testing, as the company pushes to establish an open-source gaming platform. SteamOS will be publicly available to individuals and hardware manufacturers when the prototype hardware ships, but the company suggests that unless you’re a game developer aiming to learn how it works, you should hold off on trying it out until later in 2014.
12/11/2013 4:40:58 PM
HP's Whitman says desktop PCs aren't dead. Did she miss the memo?
Actually, Meg, despite your optimism, they may well be.
12/11/2013 4:39:05 PM
MIT's 3D motion tracking tech can see you through walls, no camera needed
Even if you hide behind a wall, M.I.T's 3D motion tracking tech can still see you. It can even tell if you've "fallen and can't get up." Sure the tech sounds invasive, but the team's WiTrack (as it's been dubbed) device is actually less intrusive ...
12/11/2013 4:36:00 PM
Accused revenge porn site owner arrested and charged with 31 felony counts
27-year old Kevin Bollaert is currently being held in a San Diego County jail, following a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General's eCrime unit into revenge porn websites. Bollaert is the suspected ringleader of revenge porn sites ugotposted.com and changemyreputation.com.
12/11/2013 4:36:00 PM
Voxeljet: No Love for Smaller 3-D Name Amidst Raft of Glowing Reports
Shares of 3-D printing technology vendor Voxeljet (VJET) today closed down $2.16, or 5.5%, at $36.95, down in a generally down market, but also coming up repeatedly as the less-favored of the group in multiple research reports this week. Jefferies & Co.’s Peter Misek, for example, initiating coverage of 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS) [...]
12/11/2013 4:31:39 PM
The one feature Snapchat needs to add — and it won’t take $50 million
I’ve been getting into Snapchat lately and have been finding that using Snapchat actually drives my usage of competitive products like Twitter (which recently added the ability to send photos privately, albeit ones that don’t disappear), Facebook Messenger, Google Talk …
12/11/2013 4:31:20 PM
This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: So Many Google Play Editions, So Little Time
After a brief hiatus, we're back with a very special episode of the TechCrunch Droidcast. Recorded with both myself and Chris Velazco present in the flesh in our studio offices in sunny, warm (actually freezing, dark) Toronto, Canada, this week is a pleasantly brief sojourn into the world of Android.
12/11/2013 4:30:52 PM
Is Big Tobacco on the Verge of an E-Cigarette Takeover?
E-cigarettes are tobacco products, just like their light-and-puff counterpart. At least that's what a French court determined in a recent ruling that requires anyone who sells e-cigarettes must also have a license to sell tobacco products, such as regular cigarettes and cigars. However, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco. They emit a vapor that comes from a tube of steamed, nicotine-infused "juice," providing the user with the feeling of smoking. Nevertheless, the French ruling comes at a time when the United States is considering similar legislation that would equate the two Read more...More about Court, French, U.S., Gadgets, and Us World
12/11/2013 4:30:44 PM
NASA Captures Unprecedented Views of Sun's Mystery Layer
During its first six months in space, NASA's IRIS telescope has snapped stunning images of an obscure layer of the sun, revealing previously unseen violence and complexity in the lowest slivers of our star's atmosphere, scientists say. The IRIS Observatory launched in June and its name is short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. The small spacecraft is designed to collect data on the interface region, a little-understood area spanning the 3,000 to 6,000 miles between the solar surface and outer atmosphere, or corona. Scientists have hoped IRIS could shed light on some of the sun's secrets, such as why temperatures shoot from 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit at the sun's surface to about 1.8 million degrees F at the corona. Researchers working on the mission presented some of the probe's observations thus far Monday at the Ameri
12/11/2013 4:30:31 PM
Sports! YouTube! 2013's 10 Hottest Videos
Sports and YouTube are a match made in heaven. Here above are the 10 most popular sports videos of 2013, according to — you guessed it — YouTube See also: When Swag Goes Wrong: Nick Young's Hilarious Layup Fail From a young cancer patient's inspiring touchdown run, to some incredible trick shots and multiple Harlem Shakes, relive the year that was with the Internet's most viral sports videos And, if that's not enough, YouTube's funniest sports fails are always worth a repeat viewing:
Homepage image: Miami Heat, YouTube
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12/11/2013 4:30:15 PM
A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?
netbuzz writes "It's been a year since the FCC implemented the CALM Act, a law that prohibits broadcasters from blasting TV commercials at volumes louder than the programming. Whether the ban has worked or not depends on who you ask. The FCC notes that formal complaints about overly loud commercials are on the decline in recent months, but those complaints have totaled more than 20,000 over the past year." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/11/2013 4:30:00 PM
Will Instagram’s Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?
Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources. This isn’t too shocking, as Om Malik reported that the service would be coming very soon in a piece last month. What we’ve also heard, however, from a few sources, is a very interesting rumor: Instagram’s messaging feature will feature messages that will disappear over time. We haven’t been able to get a solid confirmation of this one so let’s call a spade a spade — this is conjecture. Hence the headline with a question mark up there. But, since we’re here, let’s talk it out. From what we understand of the messaging feature, it will be a part of the main app but may not be dedicated to a separate section on the t
12/11/2013 4:27:41 PM
Million-dollar homes: Down on Main Street
Seven $1 million homes will be featured, all with Main Street addresses. Which have the biggest bang for the buck?
12/11/2013 4:27:00 PM
Google Ventures helps pour $1.2M into smart kitchen company The Orange Chef
Google Ventures, along with Sparklabs Global Ventures, has helped drop $1.2 million into The Orange Chef, a San Francisco-based smart kitchen company that wants to connect basic kitchen devices to the Internet. Orange Chef’s latest invention is the Prep Pad, …
12/11/2013 4:25:51 PM
Infamous brogrammer Pax Dickinson changes his tune, apologizes, agrees to work for ‘Ladyboss’
Elissa Shevinsky is returning to Glimpse Labs as chief executive. The surprise: Controversially outspoken co-founder Pax Dickinson will be staying on as her chief technology officer. Dickinson became infamous earlier this year after Valleywag published a long string of tweets …
12/11/2013 4:22:34 PM
Special K Ad Tells Women to Stop the 'Fat Talk'
Ladies, Special K wants you to stop with the fat talk According to the cereal company's new 2-minute spot, 93% of women engage in some form of social media self-shaming. To help put an end to the negativity, online and in real life, Special K created a nondescript clothing store and posted real, fat-talking tweets around the store and on price tags See also: Pantene Ad Exposes How Men and Women Are Labeled Differently At first the women were outraged to see comments like "I have a muffin top" and "#cow" scattered around, but eventually, they come to realization that they are their own worst enemy Read more...More about Viral Videos, Ads, Women, Weight Loss, and Brands
12/11/2013 4:21:12 PM
Yahoo Mail's IT woes: You can always walk away
Yahoo is betting users won't leave no matter what it does with its service. It could lose that bet.
12/11/2013 4:21:05 PM
Sony could give Wii-style motion controllers fresh life on PS4
Of all the attempts to capitalize on motion controllers after the success of the Wii, Sony’s PlayStation Move might have been the most underwhelming. Where Microsoft doubled down on the Kinect this generation, Sony all but gave up on the PlayStation Move…at least, that’s how it looked until a patent for a “Flat Joystick Controller” was published on the USPTO website last week. The patent describes “[a] controller device to interface with a computer gaming system [that] includes a body having a handle and an object disposed at one end of the handle.” This description sounds virtually identical to the PlayStation Move, but the next few lines mention a “touch surface” on the handle that responds to a player’s finger, much
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12/11/2013 4:20:09 PM
ET deals: $999 for Toshiba Qosmio laptop with Nvidia GTX 770M
This Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 (the model names could use a little work) has the requisite 1080p 17.3-inch screen and 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics for gaming rig credentials. As most of know, the processor has far less influence on game performance than the graphics card, so this base configuration uses a plenty powerful Core i5-4200M dual-core Haswell chip.
12/11/2013 4:16:16 PM
Newly Public Company Violin Memory Is In Turmoil And The Lawsuits Are Flying (VMEM)
Things are getting ugly at Violin Memory, a company that makes on-site, enterprise storage hardware that just went public two months ago. CTO Jonathan Goldrick has left the company, Violin confirmed to Business Insider, and shareholder lawsuits are flying. The rumor is that CEO Don Basile could leave soon, too. A Violin spokesperson told us: I can confirm that Jonathan has left on good terms. His responsibilities are being shared by Violin’s Founder and CTO Jon Bennett and CTO Som Sikdar (co-founder of GridIron). As far as Don being out of the company --- that is a rumor, and we cannot comment on rumors. Violin's IPO in September wasn't a hit. It raised $162 million by selling shares for $9, but on opening day, the stock tanked, diving to about $7. As we reported at the time, investors were likely scared off by how quickly Violin wa
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12/11/2013 4:16:00 PM
Hilton Worldwide prices IPO at $20
Hilton raised roughly $2.34 billion in its IPO on Wednesday after pricing shares toward the high end of its range.
12/11/2013 4:14:00 PM
Photo-sharing service Snapchat raises $50 million
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapchat, the mobile photo-sharing service beloved by teenagers and twenty-somethings, has raised another $50 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made Wednesday.
12/11/2013 4:10:53 PM
Meow, Humbug! Christmas With the Internet's Beloved Cats
Deck the halls with boughs of holly...
Image: YouTube, PurinaFriskies
OK, Grumpy Cat may still be a Grinch, but she is joining in on some of the holiday festivities with her fellow feline pals See also: The Internet's 10 Favorite Cats Grumpy, Colonel Meow, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Nala Cat and Oskar the Blind teamed up to create a cheerful music video for Purina Friskies called "Hard to be a Cat at Christmas." Who can deny the difficulties of being four-legged this time of the year? The viral video was created in hopes of raising awareness about shelter cats. For every view the video receives, Friskies will donate one can of food to cats in need. At the time of writing, the video had accrued more than 100,000 views. (The song is also available for download on iTunes.) Read more...More about Viral Videos, C
12/11/2013 4:10:38 PM
From the Icy Streets of Kiev, Ukraine Spring Goes Global
KIEV, UKRAINE — “This is how storm has started,” Kateryna Kruk, a former parliament press secretary who quit her job on Nov. 21 to join pro-European protests in Kiev, wrote on Twitter. Her tweet included a video of special Interior Ministry troops assembling en masse in the government district of the Ukrainian capital just before 1 a.m. local time on Dec. 11. Under the cover of night, those troops, along with thousands of Berkut officers — Ukraine’s feared riot police — dressed in their typical blue camouflage and black helmets, with shields, truncheons, smoke grenades and water cannons in tow, moved toward Independence Square and thousands of peaceful demonstrators. Read more...More about Russia, Arab Spring, Us World, Politics, and World
12/11/2013 4:09:15 PM
Yahoo! Mail Disaster Pondered on CNBC
The disaster that has been Yahoo!’s (YHOO) email renovation has generally gone unremarked by the Street, though it has been lighting up the twitter verse and made its way to CNBC’s “Closing Bell” this afternoon. As AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher eloquently relates today, amidst persistent complaints about service interruptions in Yahoo! Mail, and other issues, the company [...]
12/11/2013 4:08:31 PM
Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery
Lev13than writes "Canada Post is phasing out urban home delivery, raising the price of a letter to $1 and cutting 8,000 jobs to cope with dwindling volume and a projected loss of $1B/year by 2020. About 1/3 of Canadian homes currently get mail delivered to their door. Deliveries will remain weekdays-only and business will be unaffected (at least for now). Much like the USPS, Canada Post is mandated to be self-funded, but 5% annual volume declines and rising costs are taking their toll." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/11/2013 4:05:00 PM
Twitter and Comcast expand their tweet-based TV viewing to nine more providers
Comcast and Twitter made it easy to watch TV online when they launched their SeeIt social platform, but the service has only been truly useful for Comcast customers watching NBCUniversal shows. It's about to become much more relevant, though, as ...
12/11/2013 4:03:00 PM
The Presidential Selfie Is A Much Bigger Deal Than People Realize
Yesterday when the media became fixated on the fact that President Obama, David Cameron, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, took a selfie, I jokingly asked in the office whether this was going to be a two-day story or three-day story. Well, it wasn't a joke. The Presidential selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial event dominated much of the media, and realistically there will probably be more tomorrow. The AFP photographer who took the photo, Roberto Schmidt, wrote a great blog post about how silly the controversy is, noting among other things that this wasn't a funeral, and that it fit very much into the festive mood of the event. Schmidt is right that the controversy is dumb.
But Presidential selfies are actually a much bigger deal than people realize for two r
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12/11/2013 4:02:00 PM
Cisco loses court challenge to Microsoft's takeover of Skype
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Microsoft fended off a challenge to its $8.5 billion takeover of messaging service Skype as Europe's second-highest court ruled against claims by rival Cisco that the 2011 deal would harm competition.
12/11/2013 4:01:08 PM
Dell enters mobile device management fray
The company says that the "reconsideration rate for mobile device management is extraordinarily high" and that it can be a player in one crowded market.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Centerbridge Reaches Tentative Deal for LightSquared Takeover
Private-equity firm Centerbridge Partners LP reached a tentative deal to buy LightSquared Inc. out of bankruptcy proceedings, said people familiar with the matter, potentially upstaging a bid by Dish Network Corp. to take over the wireless telecommunications firm.
12/11/2013 3:58:09 PM
GTA: San Andreas rolls out on iOS App Store as Pinterest, Steam see updates
Creative social networking site Pinterest unveiled a redesigned version of their iPad app Wednesday, while Valve Software gave Steam Mobile a new look-and-feel and Rockstar Games' iOS port of GTA: San Andreas hit the App Store.
12/11/2013 3:55:59 PM
'Teen Wolf' GIF Puzzle Lets Fans Unlock 2-Minute Trailer
MTV is challenging fans of supernatural drama
to unlock a trailer for part two of season three by completing a GIF puzzle. The network, which is aware that
has an active, engaging fan base on Tumblr, launched the challenge Wednesday. Fans must go to TeenWolfTrailer.com and log in using Facebook to complete the puzzle, which consists of a series of GIFs that they must piece together in chronological order to view the trailer. GIFs will be released every hour within a four-hour span, starting at 3 p.m. ET See also: Vote for Your Favorite TV Show of 2013
took a mid-season hiatus after episode 12 aired on Aug. 19. Season three returns Jan. 6. The trailer will also show up on TV and online Wednesday night, but this challenge allows fans to access it in advance. This is the first time
12/11/2013 3:55:27 PM
Snapchat confirms $50M funding, but leaves the investor a mystery
Snapchat has officially raised $50 million in its third round of funding, according to chief executive Evan Spiegel who confirmed the money with TechCrunch. The funding was provided by only one investor, according to Speigel, who explained that the money …
12/11/2013 3:53:05 PM
Verizon takes hard line on surveillance vote: activists
BOSTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc told activists it may skip a vote on a shareholder proposal that seeks details on the company's cooperation with government surveillance efforts.
12/11/2013 3:53:02 PM
House Committee Passes Spectrum Incentive and FCC Reform Acts
The House Energy & Commerce Committee today passed through H.R. 3674, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2013 and H.R. 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act. Both bills were introduced on Monday. Resolution 3675, authored by Chairman Greg Walden and Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), passed with an amendment representing “a bipartisan compromise that presents the commission with a framework to bring additional transparency and predictability to the FCC.”Read more
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12/11/2013 3:52:41 PM
Google+ Sign-In Changes Could Appeal To More Developers
It appears Google is making some concessions for developers who are not keen on forcing their users to have a Google+ account to use their apps. Google+ Sign-In now supports all Google account types, including Google Apps users and those without a Google+ profile. This seems incongruent with recent updates to Google services that force users to have a Google+ profile on the company’s so-called social network in order to interact with the service. When YouTube restricted video comments to only those with Google+ accounts, the community was not happy. Though it appears Google is making some effort to appease developers, especially those building enterprise applications that would not previously support Google+ login. According to the company, it will b
12/11/2013 3:52:00 PM
Bits Blog: In the Spirit of the Valley, It’s Silicon This and Silicon That
In the world of start-ups and technology companies, there’s Silicon Valley, then there’s Silicon everything else.
New York Times
12/11/2013 3:49:34 PM
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition hands-on
If you've been eyeing the LG G Pad 8.3, your decision just became more difficult. Yesterday Google announced -- and began shipping -- a Google Play edition of the tablet for $350 in the US, which makes it the very first slate to receive the stock ...
12/11/2013 3:48:00 PM
CHART OF THE DAY: The Number Of Smartphones In Use Is About To Pass The Number Of PCs
The technology analyst Benedict Evans recently tweeted the chart below, which is based on data from Enders Analysis. Evans notes that the estimated number of smartphones in use is about to pass the number of PCs in use — probably in the first half of 2014. The number of smartphones
per year blew past PCs sold per year a couple of years ago. But the installed base of PCs is more than 1.5 billion, and they generally last a lot longer than smartphones. Tablets, meanwhile, which will probably start outselling PCs next year, are still a distant third in terms of installed base. In a follow-up tweet, Evans notes that the PC installed base is estimated using 5-year trailing PC sales, while the smartphone and tablet installed base uses 2-year trailing sales. Based on a still-functioning home-office PC from 2005 that I st
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12/11/2013 3:47:50 PM
Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It
doom writes "Charles Stross has announced that there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy because reality (in a manner of speaking) has caught up to him too fast The last straw was apparently the news that the NSA planted spies in networked games like WoW. Stross comments: 'At this point, I'm clutching my head. Halting State wasn't intended to be predictive when I started writing it in 2006. Trouble is, about the only parts that haven't happened yet are Scottish Independence and the use of actual quantum computers for cracking public key encryption (and there's a big fat question mark over the latter-- what else are the NSA up to?).'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/11/2013 3:47:00 PM
MasterCard and Samsung Team Up for NFC Payments in Australia
MasterCard is partnering with Samsung to bring tap-to-pay functionality to Australian shoppers who own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and have the Commonwealth Bank of Australia app loaded on their phone. The payment method can be used by tapping the phone against NFC terminals that support MasterCard's PayPass technology, with no need to open an app.
12/11/2013 3:46:37 PM
Gift Card Marketplace Raise.com Gives Itself A Raise With $18.1 Million In New Funding
Chicago-based Raise.com, a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell gift cards for cash, has raised $18.1 million in funding, according to a new SEC filing. The company declined to comment on who invested in the latest round, but has raised $4.5 million in earlier seed and angel rounds, we're told.
12/11/2013 3:46:19 PM
Over half of the top 10 tablets in Japan are iPads
There are certain markets around the world where Apple has to compete fiercely with other vendors to retain its position near the top of the heap but Japan does not appear to be one of them. According to Japanese consumer electronics tracking company BCN, iPads currently account for 6 of the top 10 best-selling tablets in Japan. Assorted versions of the iPad Air have reached the No. 1, 5, 9 and 10 sports, while different versions of the iPad mini occupy No. 2 and 8. The ASUS Nexus 7 holds the other four slots. These results aren’t quite as overwhelmingly dominant as Japan’s iPhone sales figures, which puts Apple’s smartphone in 9 of the top 10 slots, but the iPad is unquestionably the
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12/11/2013 3:45:54 PM
A lump of coal for long-term jobless
A congressional budget proposal fails to provide federal funds for those who have run out of state benefits.
12/11/2013 3:45:00 PM
Why the Canada Post Wants to Eliminate Up to 8,000 Mailmen
Canada's primary mail delivery service plans to end its door-to-door deliveries in cities, but do not expect the U.S. Postal Service to adopt those changes anytime soon. The Canada Post's new system will embrace "community mailboxes" for Canadians living in urban areas and raise the prices on stamps, resulting in the elimination of 6,000 to 8,000 jobs, according to the company. Mounting financial losses, which are projected to hit $1 billion by 2020 according to a recent study, spurred the move, the Canada Post wrote in a statement. The change will not impact service in rural areas. See also: 7 Ways Companies Are Using the Government's Open Data Read more...More about Usps, Canada, Business, Media, and Politics
12/11/2013 3:44:22 PM
Keyboarding your iPad: Best keyboard cases
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
You don't need a keyboard for your iPad. But, if you're planning on an iPad being a laptop-replacing device, having one can come in very handy if you're planning on getting writing done. I've played with a lot of keyboard accessories on the iPad, but these are my favorites. Before the iPad Air, most cases would fit the iPad 2, 3 and 4th-gen models equally. That's no longer the case. So, having used several new solutions and written on each, I've broken my recommendations down into category of iPad: Air, 2/3/4th-gen, and iPad Mini. You could also, of course, go with a keyboard that's not a case at all. The advantage: it works across models. I have a few older recommendations at the bottom, but I'm sure there are others, too. Keep in mind that none of these support trackpads, bec
12/11/2013 3:44:00 PM
Micron: 3-D NAND Coming, But Will Take Time, Says Piper; Applied, Lam to Benefit
Piper Jaffray’s Jagadish Iyer today reiterates Overweight ratings on shares of chip maker Micron Technology (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK), along with Overweight ratings as well on share of equipment makers Applied Materials (AMAT), KLA Tencor (KLAC), and Lam Research (LRCX), after attending discussions yesterday at the International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington, D.C. The part [...]
12/11/2013 3:41:38 PM
Forget drones, Groupon has a catapult
Groupon released a video detailing the company's medieval response to Amazon's delivery Octocopter drone.
12/11/2013 3:37:00 PM
Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition hands-on
Sony's gargantuan phone, the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra, is finally getting some quality time in the United States, but not exactly the same way we had envisioned at first. For $650, you can now grab a Google Play edition of the device (in the US, ...
12/11/2013 3:30:00 PM
Geminids meteor shower set for Friday night
The annual Geminids meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night.
12/11/2013 3:27:29 PM
Google updates its Keep Web app with new design, option to rearrange lists, better search, and a navigation drawer
Google today updated its Keep note-taking Web app with a slew of new features. You can check them out now immediately at keep.google.com. The new features are as follows: Sleek... Keep reading →
12/11/2013 3:26:05 PM
Damon Albarn Will Release His First Solo Album Next Year
Damon Albarn offered a tiny taste of his first-ever solo album today through a twenty-second teaser [...]
12/11/2013 3:25:12 PM
This Website Advertises A Bunch Of Jobs That Pay In Bitcoin
Despite violent price fluctuations in Bitcoin, it's becoming increasingly common for individuals to take their salary in the digital currency.
More than 1,000 people have now registered for
, a site launched in September that advertises jobs that pay in digital currencies. At least
700 people have submitted applications for 350 positions, which can
range from Chief Compliance Officer at a bitcoin trading platform, to programmers familiar with the customizable part of the Blockchain, the master ledger for all Bitcoin transactions.
More than 200 people have looked at
a marketing position for an independent filmmaker that pays 3 Bitcoin for three months' work
Although digital currency-related job posti
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12/11/2013 3:25:00 PM
JDS Uniphase: Stifel Ups Estimates on Positive 40-Gig, 100-Gig Trends; Oclaro Estimates Rising
Stifel Nicolaus’s Patrick Newton today reiterates Buy rating on shares of fiber optic component supplier JDS Uniphase (JDSU), and a Hold on shares of Oclaro (OCLR), after raising his estimates based on channel checks that suggests positive trends for the industry. Newton’s note comes just ahead of fiber-optic equipment supplier Ciena’s (CIEN) earnings report tomorrow morning, [...]
12/11/2013 3:24:45 PM
Apple iPhone 5s, 5c drive sales leap from 6th to 3rd place in China during October
A monthly report tracking the market share of top smartphone vendors in China indicates a massive surge for Apple occurring at the launch of new iPhone 5s and 5c models.
12/11/2013 3:24:00 PM
Jerry, Hello! Now You Can Watch Seinfeld on Apple TV
Remember when Netflix and YouTube were the only sources of streaming video on Apple TV? Those days are long gone, as new apps continue to arrive on Apple’s set-top box in a steady drip. One of the big new additions is Crackle, a source for ad-supported movies and TV shows. Crackle’s lineup isn’t huge, but it does have full episodes of classic TV shows such as Seinfeld and The Shield, along with Jerry Seinfeld’s amusing web TV series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. WatchABC is also climbing aboard, with on-demand TV episodes and live TV for cable subscribers. A new Bloomberg app provides business and finance news, and if you’re into Korean television, KORTV provides free and premium channels with DVR-like functionality. Apple TV’s streaming video collection isn’t nearly as abundant as competitor
12/11/2013 3:22:39 PM
9 Big Ideas That Will Define 2014
As 2014 gets closer, LinkedIn asked its group of top influencers to pick the "one big idea" that they believe will shape 2014. Before stepping back from work to celebrate the holidays, here are a few of the most fascinating ideas, from how investing could change to the leadership skills that are going to be most important in the future.
It will be "the year of the entrepreneur."
"Technology is helping every business, large and small, to move forwards, which will only increase in the coming year," Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson writes. "Now, entrepreneurs can build companies at a fraction of the cost in the past. All of the little things that used to add up to big headaches for new businesses, from accounting to website development, are now available to small businesses
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12/11/2013 3:14:14 PM
This is the white Nexus 7 (hands-on)
The Nexus 7 has been out in a black hue since this summer, so it was only a matter of time before Google launched it in white. And this may not come as any sort of shock, but the white version of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 doesn't pack any unexpected ...
12/11/2013 3:14:00 PM