Tough Realities Persist In Mobile Payments
In payments, it is very difficult to scale from the consumer side. Companies need technological solutions that are ubiquitous and without barrier. If I can use my Square or LevelUp wallet at one merchant but not another, I am less likely to use it at all. Technological ubiquity across the entire landscape just does not exist for these would-be disruptors of how you pay, and the key holders—Visa, MasterCard, American Express, et al—are not too keen on opening the door too widely for companies that could cut into their bottom line.
What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz? | TechCrunch
“i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.”
Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple -- for now - CNET
Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months.
When it comes to net neutrality, either the FCC thinks we're idiots, or it just doesn't care
And as such we owe it to all participants to have a real debate about how we’re going to deliver the exponential increase in network traffic over our private networks. That’s a debate that the FCC must referee, not after the damage has been done, but in advance. Instead of calling its efforts net neutrality when they clearly aren’t, it should be honest and point out that it thinks neutral networks won’t work given the technical demands we’re placing on the internet. Then we can have a conversation about if that’s the case, and then what we should do about it.
Amazingly Vivid Dino Illustrations Reveal a Brutal Prehistoric World | Science | WIRED
Acrotholus audeti and Neurankylus lithographicus . (Digital photographic compositing. Evans et al, 2013). One of the pleasures of working closely with paleontologists is that I get to be “in the loop” about new discoveries even before they go to print in research journals. This is gratifying because it allows me to still keep a foot firmly in the camp of active science even though I am not currently engaged in the research for which my graduate training in ecology and microbiology prepared me. This piece is an example of artwork that was commissioned by Dr. David Evans to appear in press releases in order to boost public knowledge of his research, helping to spread the word through newspapers, television and digital media much farther than would publication solely in a scientific journal. This scene shows the newly described dome-headed dinosaur, Acrotholus , exiting a stand of giant Gunnera leaves and coming across a Neurankylus turtle soaking in a footprint of a hadrosaur that had passed by earlier.
iTunes by the Numbers: 800M Accounts, $5.2B in Billings, 70B App Downloads
During its financial results call covering the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue source for the company in recent years, mainly due to the popularity of the App Store.
Last quarter, Apple's customers spent a total of $5.2 billion on iTunes purchases, up 24 percent year over year. That's also up from $4.7 during the first quarter of 2014 . Cumulatively, Apple's App Store has seen 70 billion total app downloads, up from 65 billion in January.
Apple has 800 million iTunes accounts, most with credit cards attached, an important fact in light of Apple's potential interest in entering the mobile payments market . Back in June of 2013, Apple announced 575 million customers had iTunes accounts, marking a massive growth increase.
Overall, Apple shared via its financial results report that it posted revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $43.
Heartbleed Bodes Ill for Sensitive Health Data | MIT Technology Review
Has Heartbleed affected any electronic health record systems? It is hard to say. Usually of leaks of protected health information must be reported to the HHS Office of Civil Rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. But it is an open secret in health IT circles that health-care providers frequently fail to report “smaller” problems. Even if hospitals and other providers did report back to the Office of Civil Rights, it might be difficult for us to tell, as an industry, how well health IT vendors performed.
Browser plug-in figuratively kills the word 'literally' - CNET
So, for example, it would be acceptable for me to say that I'm literally crying tears of joy over this plug-in even though I'm not, but because the colloquial use figuratively gives me hives, I won't.
Download iOS 7.1.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 (build number: 11D201) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which includes improvements, bug fixes and security updates.
Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program | TechCrunch
As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June.
Easy Arduino: Two Projects To Help You Get Started
These two Arduino projects are both extremely basic, but by executing them you can already begin to see the potential Arduino has to offer as a device that can communicate with sensors and write results to your computer. And if you combine these two projects—for example, you could connect a thermometer to your Arduino and tell it to write the temperature to your laptop—you'll soon realize the possibilities for Arduino are virtually endless.
Electric-Car Buyers Younger And Richer Than Hybrid Owners
This would more or less reinforce the popular wisdom that hybrids, which typically cost only nominally more than comparable conventionally powered models, appeal more to family minded penny-pinchers than do the pricier EVs, which pack more in the way of high-tech luster and are often purchased as rolling status symbols (they also require a certain infrastructure – i.e. a garage with an updated electrical system for charging – and because of their limited range are usually the second or third car in a family’s fleet). “At first glance, one would imagine that consumers purchasing either a hybrid or electric vehicle would be nearly identical, but our research shows that there are slight differences between the two,” says Melinda Zabritski, senior director for Experian Automotive. “One possible reason for the disparity could be the growing popularity of the higher-end luxury electric models available.”
Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2.5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users | TechCrunch
Facebook’s is getting more and more mobile, now with 1.01 billion users on small screens . It’s Q1 2014 earnings show it beat expectations, earning $2.5 billion in revenue with an $0.34 EPS. It now has 1.28 billion total monthly users, 802 million daily users, and 609 million daily mobile users. Facebook continued its march to become a mobile ad company with 59% of ad revenue coming from portable devices. Wall Street had expected $2.36 billion in revenue and earnings of 24 cents per share.
iPod Touch Does More Web Traffic Than Windows Phone And BlackBerry Combined | Cult of Mac
Apple’s iPod business, for example, is still worth $5 billion. Here’s an interesting metric to show how big the iPod still is in comparison to other companies, though. New mobile ad traffic data from Opera Mediaworks suggests that just a single iPod — the iPod touch — accounts for more web traffic than BlackBerry and Windows Phone combined.
Flappy48 is a work of diabolical genius
How do these two concepts work together, you may ask? Rather well, actually. Instead of a bird, you have a number to guide through the gaps in the pipes by hitting the spacebar or left-clicking with your mouse. In between, you collect more numbers; two adjacent numbers of the same value will merge, and your score is predicated on those merges.
Lifeline, The Early-Stage Finnish VC Firm That Backed Supercell, Closes Another Fund | TechCrunch
“We think the chances of category leadership are pretty slim,” Koponen said. “If we discover the right kinds of games company, we would be super happy to invest. But while game companies can be really attractive and I can understand why the money is flowing there, it’s not our cup of tea.”
With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net | Business | WIRED
While it’s clear that HBO isn’t backing down on cable just yet, it’s not hard to see how this Amazon deal could develop into even more robust distribution in the future. Which brings up another point: this licensing deal is a huge win for Amazon. Though Prime Instant has a massive and impressive catalog of content, it doesn’t have anything close to Netflix’s brand recognition. And as any new Netflix user knows, the first time you realize none of HBO’s most famous shows are on the site, it can be pretty disappointing. HBO’s cache is bound to make Prime a more formidable opponent in the battle against Netflix.
Dish Network Is Partnering With This Startup To Make Cellphone Internet 1,000 Times Faster Than 4G
The 40MHz blocks of spectrum that Artemis is utilizing will give it the capability to offer fiber-like speeds wirelessly across the Bay Area. Along with mobile data, this could represent a major opportunity for Dish's television offerings, depending on how closely the two are working together.
NYPD’s Twitter outreach intiative goes horribly wrong
In a lighthearted effort to connect with the people it serves, the NYPD’s public relations department decided to utilize Twitter and invite users to send in photos of themselves with New York cops.
Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes | TechCrunch
The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in the last 2 1/2 years or so, you’re probably good. Also of note: the new channel will only work in US, UK, Canada, and Ireland.
1Password Redesigned for iOS 7, Adds Multiple Vault Support, and More
The most noticeable new thing in 1Password is the new design, which brings it in line with iOS 7's overall aesthetic. Otherwise, the app now allows you to easily switch between vaults, a new browser that's faster, and improved integration with the desktop version. The multiple vault support is especially handy for when you want to segregate your data a bit so that all your personal information isn't packed into a single area. The app's also on sale for half off for right now.
Apple Acquired 24 Companies Over Last 18 Months, 'We're On The Prowl' for More
During today's second quarter earnings call , Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 24 companies over the last 18 months, some that are known and some that remain unknown.
Just over half of Apple’s acquisitions have come to light, which means the company has purchased a number of additional companies that have not been disclosed. So far in 2014, Apple acquired SnappyLabs , a company that produced a burst-mode photo app, and Burstly , the company behind the Testflight iOS beta testing platform.
2013 saw Apple acquire several different mapping apps, including BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, Locationary, and WiFiSlam, along with other notable additions like 3D company PrimeSense and Novauris, a speech recognition company. Back in October, Tim Cook noted Apple had completed 15 strategic acquisitions in 2013, pointing towards a number of new acquisitions already in 2014.
The technology from Apple’s acquisitions will likely make its way into future products and updates. For example, all of the mapping acquisitions are expected to be put to use in iOS 8, which will see the addition of transit directions and possibly improved indoor mapping techniques.
Meet the teen aiming to breathe life into global IT education - CNET
"It's an embarrassment for the UK government that a team of 16-year-olds had to do this for them," Anderson said. Though his current efforts are not to influence policy, he called UK Education Secretary Michael Gove "naive" for focusing on the "wrong policy areas," notably tougher exams for non-compulsory education, teacher pay and pensions, and a new qualification that was ultimately rejected by the UK Parliament less than a year later. At least three national teaching unions in 2013 passed a vote of no confidence in Gove's policies.
Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet review: One Sony, two devices
The Z2’s angular shape actually works much better on the larger Z2 Tablet, which isn’t meant to nestle into the palm in the same way. I also prefer the tablet’s soft-touch plastic back to the colder feel of the phone’s glass. What’s truly noteworthy about the Z2 Tablet, however, is how astonishingly thin and light it is. At 6.4 millimeters, it’s nearly 15 percent thinner than the iPad Air and it weighs a tiny bit less too. Everything that's good about the Air's ergonomics — the casual ease of use that comes from an aggressively svelte device — is present in Sony's Z2 Tablet. You can pick it up by just one corner, hold it up for long periods of time without fatiguing, and use it in most of the same ways you would a much smaller device. One-handed operation may still be unfeasible, but the Z2 Tablet crosses that intangible threshold where its larger screen size no longer demands a compromise in ergonomics.
Microsoft delivers Remote Desktop app preview for Windows Phone 8.1 | ZDNet
I know it's only a preview currently, but seriously? No RD Gateway support?
Plus, I don't actually like its touch paradigm. On this, the only thing it appears to do is give you 1:1 touch mapping. Whereever you touch, it's as if you were touching on the PC you're remoting to. However, a lot of that interaction is terrible on a small screen. There's a competitor app "ConnectMe" in the Store that uses RDP as well that I feel does it better on a small screen. It treats the entire screen as a touchpad so that you're dragging a cursor around.
Between those two things (mostly the RD Gateway part), the MS-developed app is near useless to me and I'll personally be sticking to ConnectMe.
European Tech Blog Tech.eu Raises €150K, Backers Include Dave McClure’s 500 Startups And Adeo Ressi | TechCrunch
Last November , Robin Wauters, ex-TechCrunch writer and former European editor for The Next Web, launched new tech blog, Tech.eu, with a stated mission to fill the “gap” left for in-depth coverage of Europe’s technology industry (thanks for that, Robin!). But, as anyone in online media knows, content isn’t cheap and for that mission to be little more than hyperbole the new European tech blog on the block was always likely to require investment.
The Right (And Wrong) Way To Think About How Aereo Works
Imagine if you came up with an idea for a start-up — let’s call it Readeo — that would exploit this loophole. For $8 a month, Readeo would give you the right to rent a small, magazine-reading robot. Every time you wanted to read a New York article, you’d tap a button on your iPad, and your personal Readeo robot would be dispatched to the nearest newsstand, where it would pick up a copy of the magazine and read the article to you over the phone using OCR and speech software. Now imagine that, somehow, this process could be sped up to the point where it was nearly instantaneous — desire article, tap app, dispatch robot, read article — and where the robots could replicate pictures as well as words. You’d be getting a perfect, on-demand copy of New York’s editorial content anytime you wanted it, without paying a cent to the magazine.
Google Has New Targeted Ads That Encourage You Dive Into Apps
Today the company announced it will offer ads that display a button that will open up the advertiser's app for more information. If users don't have the app installed, it will prompt them to download it. Known as deep linking, this technique will take you directly to specific information in an app.
Here’s What the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6c could look like
Concept artist Martin Hajek has published concept renderings of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6c, showing Apple’s next-generation iPhone in metal and plastic variants, much like the current-generation iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c .
Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab | TechCrunch
Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram’s Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram’s focus on your own social graph and a subjective vision of beauty, to contrast with Vine, which centers around re-sharing and globally popular expert content creators.
What you need to know about Aereo's battle with broadcast television
The biggest names in broadcast television, from CBS to Disney and the federal government too, have 30 minutes to present their case: that New York City startup Aereo is stealing content and re-broadcasting it without paying a fee. Aereo has the same 30 minutes to defend itself; an attempt to uphold previous rulings in its favor from lower courts. What the Supreme Court decides doesn't just affect Aereo customers, but also the future of television as we know it.
FCC Proposal Would End Net Neutrality as We Know It
There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong. Tomorrow we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court's ruling in January. There is no ‘turnaround in policy.’ The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court's decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.
Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Ubiquitous but Unloved - Digits - WSJ
“The battleground is shifting towards capturing on-device usage market share,” says Bonny Joy, who chairs the AppOptix unit of Strategy Analytics that headed the study. He added that while Samsung devices are “packed with an army of apps,” users were generally ignoring the company’s pre-bundled software offerings. That makes it more difficult for Samsung to assemble the kind of ecosystem of software and services that analysts say keeps Apple’s users loyal.
Meet The New CrunchBase | TechCrunch
The new CrunchBase is being launched after nearly a year of work and a drastic expansion of the team supporting it. While the site had grown to become one of the most comprehensive records of what’s happening in the tech world, over the years it started to show a little rust. Worse, the back end wasn’t always stable and it had a tough time keeping up with a rapidly changing tech ecosystem that required a more flexible architecture and data set.
ReadWrite At 11: Mapping The Future
It is in some ways a triumph merely to have lasted 11 years in the fast-moving world of digital publishing. ReadWrite's ambitions go far beyond that: We aim to be the indispensable resource for those trying to understand a world where technology is accessible to everyone. And we also aim to do our part in creating that world. Thanks for joining us on the journey so far, and for the years to come.
Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St. | TechCrunch
While Etsy may have an electronics community today, it’s fair to say that the company is better known as a haven for artists and crafters, rather than electronics-focused makers. The Grand St. deal could change that, allowing Etsy to expand into this area further while it gains a better understanding of how the maker community ticks.
Fans of Quibb, a content-sharing network, can now buy shares in the company on its website
Quibb, a startup that offers an exclusive content-sharing network for professional users, is experimenting with crowdfunding via an Alphaworks widget that allows users to join in a VC round directly from the company’s website
WhatsApp now has more than 48m active users a month in India - CNET
India appears to be one of the fastest growing market for the messaging app with over 4 million active users joining every month.
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HTC One M8 draws fans of Apple, Samsung, but mostly HTC, survey says - CNET
In the case of HTC's new flagship Android phone , almost 24 percent who upgrade via the site report that they are trading in an iPhone to move up. But the biggest chunk of new One M8 purchasers are staying loyal to HTC -- 46 percent are trading up from an old HTC device. In third place, 21 percent of new One M8 owners are making the switch from a Samsung.
Postbot: Easy WordPress Scheduling for Photos
If you’re a WordPress-using photo-blogger looking to save yourself some spadework, you might like this little tool developed by Automattic .
Man named in Newsweek's bitcoin 'scoop' thanks supporters
"I am not Satoshi Nakamoto," he said in the YouTube video. "My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto and of course if I were the creator I would never use my real name. So from that point of view, I'm sure you guys would know, that Satoshi Nakamoto is not me. But Leah thinks so and Newsweek said so, but it's not true."
My Fish Just Sent Me A Text Message
The problem, until now, was that getting the Raspberry Pi to initiate communication was hard. I experimented with a Node.js receiving application, and contemplated buying a server from which to run it (since my Bluehost server space doesn’t support a Node installation). The other way to get the Raspberry Pi to talk to me was to teach it to text my phone. There are also many ways to achieve SMS support in Python , Pi’s primary language, but they all either involve money or writing programs that are way over my head.
Why Isn't Grid Autosport on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? - IGN
“One of the unique things for us is we’ve got our own internal Ego technology," he says. "We built this one off the the same heritage of all the previous games have been built to this point. That means we’ve already got a ready-made engine that’s highly optimised for the current-gen hardware, but also PC can really benefit from that. If we moved that particular engine onto next-gen, it’s almost a port job and you’re not really doing a next-gen game. We’re building something that’s forced onto those consoles, that’s not naturally built for them."
App Deals: Download Microtrip, Dark Slash, Air Supply for free
We have some great apps for you today that have gone free for a short duration on the App Store, including Microtrip, Simple Transfer, Dark Slash, Air Supply and more.
Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August
Regardless of Microsoft’s future Windows plans, the current Windows 8.1 Update is a stop-gap towards a second update with additional functionality. If Microsoft is able to deliver the Start Menu to Windows 8 users in August it will address a key complaint from those who are more familiar with the traditional Windows desktop. Many have called for Microsoft to focus on desktop users, and the company has clearly accepted the feedback. "We’re going all in with this desktop experience," said Microsoft’s Terry Myerson earlier this month. It’s a sign that Windows is about to become Windows again.
Apple vs. Samsung Patent Case Pulls Google Into The Spotlight To Back Its Android Partner
There are a lot of interesting facts, presentations, and historical detail coming out of the Apple vs. Samsung patent case currently under way. It is also slowly reeling in Google’s flavour of Android into the spotlight.
Apple CEO: We're on the prowl - CNET
"What's important to us is that strategically it makes sense and that it winds up adding value to our shareholders over the long haul," he continued. "We are not in a race to spend the most or acquire the most. We're in a race to make the world's best products, that really enrich people's lives. And so to the tune that acquisitions can help us do that and they've done that and continue to do that, then we will acquire. And so you can bet that you will continue to see acquisitions and some of which we'll try to keep quiet and some of which seems to be impossible to keep quiet."
Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.