New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer

Whether these new Volvos will be among the emerging number of 4G cars in the U.S. remains to be seen. In its announcement, AT&T only said it would provide “high-speed wireless connectivity,” which likely means that Volvo is going with a cheaper EDGE/HSPA+ module, in some models at least. Basic telematics features such as remote unlock or monitoring don’t require a lot of bandwidth, but the more advanced features of Volvo’s evolving Sensus infotainment system will require a bit more juice.

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Technology Isn’t The Only Answer to Digital Disruption

One of the most interesting things I found in this research is that you and I get the fact that technology is affecting us in varying ways. Yet, when we actually go to work, we become part of the machine that conducts business as usual, still seeing people the way they’ve always been. It’s almost as if we plug into a code of doing things a certain way because that’s just the way it is or the way it’s always been done.

Windows Phone 8.1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly [Review]

Microsoft is confident that its Windows Phone devices can make gains on both iOS and Android. To do that, it's finally brought WP 8 largely up to par with its rival OSes while maintaining its own unique aspects. Now, just like everything else that the company has done to align itself with the mobile world Microsoft joined so late, Windows Phone just needs to catch on with the buying audience.

Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too | TechCrunch

Android’s position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. Google’s app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apple’s iOS App Store in Q1, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead” in terms of worldwide revenue, the report found, generating a whopping 85% more revenue than Google Play.

Halo, Destiny music composer Martin O'Donnell fired by Bungie

After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni , Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without cause" by Bungie's board of directors. It's not entirely common for a game soundtrack to get the album release treatment, but that's just what happened for the Halo games and many gamers have been looking forward to O'Donnell's work on the upcoming game Destiny . There's still no word on why the separation happened, although if he's still interested in working on Halo , one would think it's time for 343 Industries to make a phone call . A statement on confirms the move, although it claims "Today, as friends, we say goodbye." The timing and feeling reported by the two sides appear to be at odds, and while we wait for more details we'll remember better days with Marty's recent work on the Destiny trailer as well as theme songs for Halo 1, 2 and 3.

Developers, Check Your Amazon Bills For Bitcoin Miners

Never hardcode your cloud computing credentials. Even if you're using a private source-code repository, that may change in the future. You may decide to contribute code to an open-source project, for example. "After looking through my code, I see that I had hardcoded my credentials and then commented out that code, later, when I moved the credentials to a preferences file," Moreno said. But, even that isn't good enough since preferences files are usually checked into repositories with code.

What High Design Can Do For Neglected Black Consumers

I'm sorry, I feel that while it's great that this young man has developed a high-quality product, I think that he's creating two different negatives by going the route that this article describes. I understand that African Americans still, to this day experience prejudice and racism, and I don't think that is right. However, I think that marketing this as an "African American Shaving kit", first of all, this only furthers the "Us and Them" attitude, which can only be a negative. But also, by doing this, you have immediately cut your market significantly. As I read the article, it would make a lot more sense to me, to market this as a kit for people with sensitive skin. Sure, put a picture of an African American man using it on the package, proudly show Tristan Walker, and laud his accomplishments on the company website; but don't purposely limit your potential clients. people of all races have sensitive skin, and experience the irritation that this article describes.

LinkedIn's New App Is Here: SlideShare for Android

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Early Stage Startups: The Biggest Killers

Fascinated by what drives start ups to succeed, I look at the entire process from inception to fundraising and everything in between. I was previously an editor at Global Security Finance, a London-based newsletter covering security and defense for the finance community which meant uncovering start ups with exciting technologies as well as interviewing VCs, government officials and defense giants on their financing, funding and M&A strategy. As a Columbia Journalism School student I delved into an eclectic mix of city politics, struggling Harlem businesses and the interactive theatre scene. Although I’m British, a childhood spent in Malaysia has meant a lifelong addiction to Asian food. I continue to hunt down the perfect bowl of noodles in NYC, Sriracha sauce bottle in hand.

We Hope This Is A 366-Year-Old Emoticon And Not A Typo

So it’s possible, I’d say likely, that the parenthesis in the poem was inserted by a modern editor. Not that parentheses weren’t used in verse in Herrick’s time — they were — but not as widely as we use them today and not in the same situations. Punctuation in general was unsettled in the seventeenth century.

Candy Crush is A-Coming to China

There’s no definitive launch date for the Chinese version of Candy Crush — both companies only say it will arrive “soon” — but when it does land, it will be a major coup for Tencent which has secured a country exclusive. Chinese gamers on iOS or Android devices will need to visit Tencent’s Mobile QQ or its Weixin Game Center to get hold of the title.

How Flesh-Eating Strep Bacteria Evolved Into an Epidemic | Science | WIRED

You’ve probably caught a strain of group A Streptococcus before, manifesting itself as strep throat. But depending on your immune system and the strain of Strep , you can be affected in many different ways, some of them fatal. “So you can get infections of muscles, you can get infections of cardiac valves, it can go to bone,” said physician Paul Sullam of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, who wasn’t involved in the study. “It can also get into your bloodstream. And when it does, it can produce this generalized disturbance of your cardiac function and lung function, something we call septic shock.” It can also lead to something called necrotizing fasciitis, the horrific destruction of soft tissue .

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens (Wired UK)

While the project might seem a bit "out there", the technology isn't all that far off -- smart contact lenses with displays have already been tested in labs, although they've been a little clunky up until now. One of the key benefits of having a camera embedded in a contact lens rather than attached to the side of the head like Google Glass is that the camera frame would follow a person's precise gaze without obstructing their view (by being placed along the edge of the lens, away from the pupil).

Anti-Glassholes: Understanding the growing movement against Google Glass

It’s easy to shrug off these issues as barriers to the advancement of technology, but no one really wants to be recorded without their permission. If you imagine someone sitting in a bar holding their smartphone up and pointing it at you, it’s not hard to see how it might make you feel uncomfortable or even angry. Right or wrong this is how some people feel about Google Glass right now.

Sony Says 7 Million PlayStation 4s Have Been Sold Worldwide | TIME

Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House doles out the usual kudos in the press release , but adds that the company is “still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide.” In recent months, analysts and pundits alike have speculated that Sony’s sales might be higher still were the company able to provide retailers sufficient inventory to keep the system on shelves, though in fairness to the Xbox One, the PS4 is presently available in at least three or four times as many countries (Sony says 72 total countries and regions at this point).

Ride a 'Tron'-style light cycle via Oculus Rift - CNET

The old-school video game is getting a next-generation update in the RiftCycles Project, thanks to Facebook-owned virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift and a particularly dedicated fan with a DIY streak.

The design decisions behind the tech industry's beloved anonymous Secret app

The Secret app might be fueled by gossip, scandal, and salacious secrets, but it’s soared to popularity (at least in the Valley) because it’s used a no-UI concept and utter simplicity to just get out of the user’s way.

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit Review

Its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have a lot of potential, but the tricky bit is making sure all the features are relevant enough for general consumers to want to pick them up. Perhaps it could be positioned more as a device highlighting important notifications for those who have to keep their phones away (at meetings or while driving), and less of a fitness-tracker, since the Gear Fit already caters to fitness bunnies. I’m also hoping to see future iterations of the Gear smartwatches feature apps that have been modified for better usage and not just being adapted to a smaller screen.

With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter ... And with the help of Gnip’s Boulder-based team, we will be extending our data platform — through Gnip and our existing public APIs — even further.

LIVE: Yahoo Soars On Earnings

The rest of Yahoo continues to move sideways, however. This was, notably, yet another call on which Mayer trumpeted her editorial and mobile app moves while moving swiftly past the elephants in the room: The fact that topline GAAP revenues actually declined 1%, and the fact that the company still can't announce any revenue from Tumblr, the social media platform it bought for $1 billion a year ago. In the earnings release there is — again — no mention of revenue from Tumblr . At some point it would be nice to see a financial logic for that deal to appear in Yahoo's numbers.

Forensic linguistics study names Nick Szabo as author of original bitcoin paper

“Our study adds to the weight of evidence pointing towards Nick Szabo. The case looks pretty clear-cut. Szabo is an expert in law, finance, cryptography and computer science. He created ‘bit gold,’ a precursor to Bitcoin, and was looking for collaborators in 2008. Did Nick Szabo create Bitcoin? We’re not sure, but we think he probably wrote the paper so it’s certainly worth a closer look,” said Grieve in the release.

Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs | TechCrunch

Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).

How To Edit And Delete Emails Even After You Send Them

The free program syncs with your inbox and lets you accomplish four specific tasks: set expiration timers on messages, unsend emails, add read receipts and edit sent messages before someone else opens them.

Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL | TechCrunch

This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press. The two new tools worth noting are Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Analytics Platform System.

Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

Ultimately, Atlassian succeeds not because it's the best tool among a bad bunch, but because it respects developers' time and concerns. Tools like JIRA are intentionally not flashy. They're utilitarian, not because Atlassian lacks creativity, but because the company cares more about what developers want than what marketing or sales or other groups within a company may want. This shows not only in the software itself, but also in how it's sold: Atlassian is salesperson-free, over-the-web, and costs a reasonable amount of money.

Healthcare Marketing Report Card

With over 70% of Internet users using online resources to discover health information, now is the time to invest in creating a website that delivers on the patient needs end-to-end.

AT&T Threatens Boycott if TV Airwaves Auction Rules Aren’t Changed

It’s not a bad argument to make with the FCC, which needs AT&T and Verizon Wireless to bid if it wants to raise the billions of dollars Congress told it to make from the auction. But it’s also hard to imagine AT&T sitting out an auction this important, which would allow its competitors to scoop up airwaves that would help make their LTE networks a stronger competitive threat.

10 Tips for Optimizing Facebook Ads with Incredible Images

Images have never been more important in the world of social media, and even more so when talking about social advertising. When you’re investing in social media advertising and looking for a return on that investment, it’s vital to use the best images to engage your audience.

Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone fingerprint sensor hacked

But the researchers pointed to what they said are "additional concerns" about Samsung's security system compared with the iPhone's, because a would-be hacker can make an unlimited number of attempts at spoofing the fingerprint, and because it can be linked to payment systems such as PayPal - which could then be used to wire money to the attacker's account.

This anarchist collective is demanding $3 billion from Google

Around 7AM on January 21st, 2014, a small group of protesters gathered in the driveway of an understated $1 million four bedroom family home in Berkeley and unfurled a hand-painted banner that read "GOOGLE’S FUTURE STOPS HERE."

LIVE: Google Misses And The Stock Is Falling

Analysts kept asking about costs and expenses, and Pichetti said Google was very comfortable with its cost structure. Its total costs and expenses totaled $11.3 billion, up from $9.2 billion the year earlier. The reason Google's costs are all over the place is that the buying and divestiture of Motorola Mobility, acquisitions, and "moonshot" projects such as Wi-Fi balloons and driverless cars. 

Google's stock Android KitKat camera app arrives on Google Play with new Lens Blur mode - The Next Web

You’ll need Android 4.4 KitKat or later to install the app, but the good news is that you can now get camera updates directly from Google Play now instead of having to wait for your phone maker and carrier to send over an update.


Long before we get to fully autonomous devices, there are many “halfway house” applications that are really Internet of Things applications in waiting, which use humans for one or more parts of the entire system. When you understand that the general pattern of #IoTH applications is not just sensor + network + actuator but various combinations of human + network + actuator or sensor + network, you will broaden the possibilities for interfaces and business models.

Crossed up! Anki Drive unveils new cars and first new tracks - CNET

The first of the new tracks, both of which will be available May 6 and cost $100, are the same size as the original, is known as Crossroads. For the first time, this offers Anki players a track with an intersection, meaning that players will have to learn how to navigate their cars through the crossing while avoiding others cars, yet without losing position against opponents. But, said Anki president and co-founder Hanns Tappeiner, cars will collide, and success will come from learning how to navigate the new challenge.

After Heartbleed, "Forward Secrecy" Is More Important Than Ever

Perfect forward secrecy is an encryption technique that prevents people from “unlocking” your private information history, even if they get their hands on the server’s private key. With forward secrecy, a new temporary session key is created each time you access a secure website, instead of relying on one master key. Essentially, it creates ephemeral encryption—where the keys disappear—so hackers can't decrypt your data like they would with HTTPS. 

Apple said to partner with Shazam on song-ID tool for iOS - CNET

The Cupertino, Calif., electronics maker plans to release a feature in iOS 8 that identifies a song and its artist via an iPhone or iPad, Bloomberg reports.

Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it's legal

Aereo’s side of the story, set out in a 100-page Supreme Court brief filed last month, is a double-barreled appeal to both the past and the future. The brief (embedded below) casts its technology as a natural evolution of the VCR, which the court declared legal three decades ago, while also claiming kinship with the emerging cloud computing industry — an industry Aereo says will suffer if the broadcasters prevail. While making those appeals to policy principles, Aereo also makes a third argument about the letter of the law and companies’ right to rely on it when building their business.

BlackBerry Just Had Its First Good Idea in Years | Business | WIRED

But when BlackBerry announced Tuesday that it had acquired a minority stake in health tech startup NantHealth, it seemed that one of this century’s biggest corporate disasters might finally be turning itself around. After years of lousy calls and stubborn attempts to stay relevant with consumers, the NantHealth investment is a promising sign that BlackBerry is doubling down on niche markets — the one place where demand for its technology still exists.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Preview - CNET

One of the oddest tech convenience features is the available Smart trunk. Like the system offered on the Ford Escape , this trunk lid will automatically open without the driver having to reach for their keys. However, where previous systems required a foot to be wiggled beneath the rear bumper to pop the boot, Hyundai owners will simply need to need to approach the rear with the key fob in a purse or pocket and wait three seconds. On one hand, this sounds incredibly convenient. On the other, I can see the potential for annoyance due to accidental activation. We'll have to wait to test the 2015 model to decide.

‘Glow in the dark’ road lights the way to energy savings in the Netherlands

Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan). As far as electronics are concerned, he's in the right place, with the East Asian country continuing to produce a plethora of gadgets and gizmos for tech addicts around the world. When not writing for Digital Trends, Trevor can be found out and about taking far too many photos, or in front of his computer trying to sort them all out.

Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font [Updated]

Levison reluctantly turned over his encryption keys to the government, although not in a manner that the government deemed useful—he provided a lengthy printout in tiny type, a move the authorities said was objectionable. “The company had treated the court orders like contract negotiations rather than a legal requirement,” US Attorney Andrew Peterson, who represented the government, told  PC World .

Hacker From China Wastes Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed

For those who don't feel the urgency to install the latest security fixes for their computers, take note: Just a day after Heartbleed was revealed, attacks from a computer in China were launched.

Automattic raising more than $100 million - Fortune Tech

FORTUNE -- Automattic , the company that runs blogging platforms and WordPress VIP, is out raising between $100 million and $150 million in new venture capital funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

Twitter Acquires Longtime Partner And Social Data Provider Gnip | TechCrunch

Twitter has acquired Gnip , the social data provider that has long provided access to public Twitter data, and that has deepened its relationship with the social network over the years through a series of product and partnership announcements. The acquisition will lead to Twitter offering even more of its data to Gnip’s customer base, and existing customer relationships with Gnip will continue unchanged.

Apple joins other smartphone manufacturers in adopting anti-theft measures

Apple along with HTC, Motorola, Huawei and other have committed to curbing smartphone theft by entering into the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, reports CNET . This anti-theft measure proposed by the CTIA trade group requires a handset maker to pre-install or make available a tool for disabling a phone that has been lost or stolen.

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The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size | Science | WIRED

More Space History: WIRED Science Blog: Beyond Apollo The drawings are the work of one man: space enthusiast Richard Kruse. His interest in space history began when he was a volunteer at Michigan Space and Science Center in the mid-’90s. The museum (now closed) was home to an Apollo 9 spacecraft, a simulator used during the Gemini program, and a collection of spacesuits. Kruse, who has a degree in graphic communication, volunteered in educational outreach with local elementary schools, creating illustrations of science experiments and old rockets.

Lab grows blood for human trials - CNET

Human volunteers in the near future will test out blood created from engineered stem cells. Someday facilities could make type O on demand, like real-life Tru Blood factories.

They may be filled with trolls, but comments still have value -- and they could have even more

Guys like Siegler fancy themselves as Yodas, spewing wisdom down on their readers (at least he used to when he was blogging and not investing other people’s money) without the need for any feedback or alternative viewpoint. Saying people can post comments on their FB or twitter accounts or their own blogs is patronizing and insulting – I comment a lot on various websites, and yet I don’t know (or care) if any of my friends ever read the same blogs/sites. If I post a comment (like here), it’s not because I want to tell my friends what I’m reading, but rather that I don’t accept what is written, and feel the urge to challenge some statements (like “The number of people who use a comments section but don’t use Twitter/FB/blogs can’t be very significant” – that would be insignificant me). Commenting on a private platform suggests that the only reason for commenting is to read one’s thoughts.

Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy

It was also a repudiation of Scroogled, the name Microsoft slapped on its attack ad-based campaigns that took shots at Google and its practices. Last November, Microsoft targeted Chromebooks in an advertisement starring reality show "Pawn Stars" personalities who argued that the devices were not legitimate laptops.

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52 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer Reveals Mystery Mutant Enemy
53 Watch How Google X Employees Deal With Failure
54 Reminder: Nobody Has a Clue How Many Wearable Devices Will Sell in 2018 | TIME
55 Mike Judge And The Stars Of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Will Join Us At Disrupt NY | TechCrunch
56 First Heartbleed hacker arrested
57 Frontback brings two-sided selfies to Android - CNET
58 Banish Game of Thrones Spoilers With This Chrome Extension | Gadget Lab | WIRED
59 Transform furniture with a wave of the hand - CNET
60 This is Amazon's smartphone
61 Welcome Kif Leswing, Gigaom's newest mobile writer
62 Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives
63 Quantenna promises to deliver 10-gigabit Wi-Fi in 2015
64 Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9% | TechCrunch
65 LaCie Warns Hackers May Have Customer Info, Credit Cards After Year-Long Breach
66 Report claims Sony’s Xperia Z2 smartphone may face months of delays
67 NYTimes Exec Editor Jill Abramson on Tattoos, Anita Hill & Nate Silver
68 Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz | TechCrunch
69 Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model | TechCrunch
70 Mayer aims to persuade Apple to choose Yahoo over Google: Re/code
71 Exclusive: Turmoil at Symantec luring activists, buyers - sources
72 Why 'Bandwidth As a Commodity' Could Be a Huge New Market
73 Fired Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro’s Severance Totaled $58M | TechCrunch
74 Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts | TechCrunch
75 Website-Building Platform Squarespace Raises Another $40M | TechCrunch
76 Teardown Shows Samsung's Galaxy S5 Costs About $256 to Build
77 Dodge Floats One-Year Car Lease For Short-Attention-Span Consumers
79 Gramofon: A Spotify-streaming Jukebox and WiFi Router
80 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Joining Someone Else’s Startup
81 A Breathtakingly Simple Computer Stand That Helps Organize Your Desk | Gadget Lab | WIRED
82 Microsoft Rolls Out Personalized Cards on
83 The Americans Renewed for Season 3 - IGN
84 Twelve South's BookArc Möd Is A Gorgeous Mid-Century MacBook Stand [Review] | Cult of Mac
85 Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans
86 Amazon’s Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects | TechCrunch
87 Piggybacking: Marketing for The Age of The Network Effect
88 Google misses revenue target, ad prices slide
89 Titanfall Updates to Increase in Frequency - IGN
90 Beyond bread: This amazing glass toaster can cook steak too
91 Amazon makes Kindle documents available via Cloud Drive
92 Silicon Valley CEOs Support The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
93 Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notifications
94 The Best iPhone 5s & iPhone 5 Cases
95 Top News Headlines for April 16, 2014 - IGN
96 Did Construction Workers Just Unearth L.A.'s Original Aqueduct?
97 Gmail Now Lets You Quickly Insert Auto Backup Photos
98 Google says 'all Glass spots claimed' after one day sale, as KitKat rolls out | ZDNet
99 Neil Young on PonoMusic, the Third Biggest Kickstarter Project of All Time | TIME
100 "The New IRS" Lets You Allocate Your Own Federal Tax Dollars