Apple goes to war with the BBC - Telegraph
Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by
BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese
Does Instagram Change the Meaning of Memories? | MIT Technology Review
For some time to come there will still be collectors of old shellac and vinyl, and audiophiles who succumb to the lure of those formats will continue to subsidize the production of new limited-edition recordings on vinyl even if the same content is distributed digitally. Some musicians still prefer to record on analog equipment. Similarly, there’s a healthy market for photographic prints made with the standard gelatin-silver and color “wet” or “chemical” methods, and even a thriving revival of the earlier alternative processes: platinum, cyanotype, tintype, ambrotype, daguerreotype, each with its own distinctive look and feel. Not to mention Lomography, whose devotees make negatives with variants of a small, cheap Russian 35-millimeter camera. The photograph, created by a simple machine and (at least nominally) infinitely reproducible, exemplified for Benjamin “the contemporary decay of the aura.” The booming market in “vernacular photography,” with collections of snapshots entering museums for exhibition and preservation, surely gainsays that thesis. So does the flood of apps for the auratization of digital images.
T-Mobile will refund up to $90 million for mistakenly billing customers
"Today’s enforcement action demonstrates the Commission’s continuing commitment to work with our federal and state counterparts to protect consumers,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a press release. “When consumers are harmed by carriers’ unscrupulous business practices, we will marshal our collective resources to seek accountability and obtain positive reforms. We are pleased to have partnered once again with the FTC and the attorneys general for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on a settlement that will bring meaningful relief to millions of consumers."
Rolling solo at a hotel? Marriott wants to hook you up (with platonic pals)
The interactive table and public display takes the social networking out of the virtual space and into the hotel’s lobby. Using RFID and LED lights, the table knows your presence once you put your phone or a special card on top. If another person at the table has similar interest or connections, LED lights will appear around your phones (the ice breaker), and it’s up to you to take it from there. The public display shows active participants in the hotel, as well as a visualization of all the data. “It’ll show you how many lines you’re connected to. [If you have lines connected to 20 people], there’s 20 reasons you have something in common with,” Cahill says. To respect users’ privacy, Six Degrees never shows users’ photos, last name, or any information that users opted to share. Non-participants can also use the display to possibly join in on any planned activities
How Microsoft redesigned the Surface Pro for the NFL
On the outside, Groene and team insisted that the device be easily visible on the sidelines and from the stands -- hence, the bright blue plastic case. As he puts it, "People see colors before they see shapes." A key part of that was also designing the cart where the Surface Pro 2s live on the sidelines, which is used to bring them onto the field and keep them connected to a wired network when they're not being used. "How do we create an experience where the tablets can live? How do we make it to where you can actually move this around? How do we make it good for the branding?" These are all things to consider, Groene said. In total, the NFL's Sideline Viewing System consists of 25 Surface Pro 2s for each team, 13 of which are brought down to the sidelines on the day of a game.
Tim Cook Speaks Out About Horrifying Documentary Showing Apple's Working Conditions In China
Several years ago, the vast majority of workers in our supply chain worked in excess of 60 hours, and 70+ hour workweeks were typical. After years of slow progress and industry excuses, Apple decided to attack the problem by tracking the weekly hours of over one million workers, driving corrective actions with our suppliers and publishing the results on our website monthly — something no other company had ever done. It takes substantial effort, and we have to weed out false reporting, but it's working. This year, our suppliers have achieved an average of 93% compliance with our 60-hour limit. We can still do better. And we will.
Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds
Even though the Flickr Wall Art service only offered images for which the owner had granted a Creative Commons license for commercial use, some complained that they believed the terms of the license only extended to online use — and not to physical prints as well. Some withdrew their works from Flickr altogether.
BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs
"We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said on a conference call held to discuss its quarterly results.
CrunchWeek: Fallout From The Sony Hack
Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI’s confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House: There has been so much coming out of the Sony breach that this week we felt it necessary to devote our entire show to discussing everything that has happened.
The Cloud’s Bright Future
The disruption that cloud computing has had on business is so profound that it's hard to believe the concept came about only eight years ago, when Amazon announced a rudimentary on-demand storage service called S3. It took me another three years to truly understand the size and scope of the cloud, and why everyone from large technology companies to investors routinely underestimate its influence. That's when I asked Werner Vogels , Amazon's chief technology officer and the public face of Amazon Web Services, "What is the cloud?" His answer has always stayed with me. The cloud, Vogels explained, is the freedom to tinker, a license to experiment.
Instagram follower counts plummet after spam account removal
After Instagram made good on its promise to remove scores of spam accounts from its service, many users noticed that they lost large swathes of followers — from a handful to a few million. Saddeningly, many users are having trouble dealing with the loss and are in a row over the issue.
LAST DAY: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too
LAST DAY: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too
By AppleInsider Staff
Monday, December 15, 2014, 09:45 am PT (12:45 pm ET)
5 Days Only: To round out our 2014 run of holiday exclusives, we've again teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare (and also at the lowest prices anywhere).
For the next 5 days, Adorama and AppleInsider are teaming up to offer around 200 specially priced Mac + AppleCare bundles that — in addition to discounts on the Macs themselves — also include steep discounts on the bundled 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan (free with Mac Pros) and a free Apple TV thrown in to boot. Adorama also only collects sales tax on orders that ship to NY and NJ, which sweetens the offer for most domestic shoppers. This deal expires for good on Friday, Dec.
Instagram mass-deletes spam accounts, users freak out
A huge drop in follower count is possibly indicative of users that purchased fake followers. For instance, Jersey Shore’s JWoww lost nearly two and a half million followers pushing her count down to just over 115,000. Another huge drop occurred on rapper Ma$e’s account, shedding about 1.5 million followers. This pushed him to delete his account entirely after rampant mocking on Twitter and other social networks regarding his high percentage of fake followers. Besides fake accounts created to boost a user’s overall follower count, this week’s purge also removed accounts that promoted “nudity, video or photos of illegal actions, or anything that promotes or “glorifies” self-harm.”
FBI to name North Korea as culprit in Sony hack today
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will say later today that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony, according to Reuters and CBS . Reuters reports that investigators will also say there may also be a link to China in the hack, with Chinese servers potentially being involved. It appears to be unknown if this link is because the hack was accomplished in collaboration with China or if Chinese servers were being used to hide the source of the attack. North Korea has been widely seen as the likely culprit in the cyberattack, though it has denied any involvement.
Evernote's intelligent writing assistant, Context, is now available on Android and Windows
Context, which the company first launched on Mac and iOS at the beginning of the month , pulls up relevant information from both your Evernote account and outside news sources as you write or research in the app. The info appears at the bottom of the note as you work. When a piece of information appears, you tap on the note or article to view it or save it for later.
It may not feel like it, but the media has never been so accurate
That assumes that the journalist is a journalist and makes an effort but those are few in %.
Sure for publications that have standards your theory can be true but it’s not just about the big names and you have lots of fields now. Said this before, for a tech site for example usually writers are either journalists that don’t know tech, or tech people that are not journalists or neither. Reuters for example is bad to terrible at tech and even financial matters. Often you can clearly see that the author has no clue what he’s talking about. Or maybe you remember the NYT vs Tesla. Even the fact that NYT reviews products provided by it’s makers and not bought from retail is unethical, ofc the review is terrible too and not an actual review,. When NYT or WSJ review a phone it’s like asking a chicken to review a movie. (sadly that’s not even hyperbolic). Laughed for a month when Yahoo hired someone from NYT to run a tech site.
When writing about a topic understanding it and understanding the context is preferable but too many times even real journalists are out of their depth without even realizing it.
Uber Strikes Deal With Portland to Suspend Service for Three Months
Mayor Hales said he hopes to create rules that would mandate stricter insurance requirements and background checks for drivers who sign up for ridesharing services, and possibly require Uber to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles to passengers in the city. He said the city might consider regulating Uber’s prices, as it already does for other private cab service. A mayor-appointed task force will make policy recommendations to the city council by April 9.
Hands on: BlackBerry Classic
The BlackBerry Classic features a few subtle differences in design and a few more substantial ones when it comes to its specifications. The screen is 60 percent larger on the Classic than on the Bold, as the device sports a 3.5-inch square touchscreen with a 720 × 720 pixel resolution and 294ppi pixel density. Even though it doesn’t look like it, the Classic’s screen is actually the same size diagonally as that of the iPhone 4S. It is square, though, so watching videos on YouTube or checking anything out in landscape view leaves an absurd amount of black space above and below the image.
Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse
In May, River’s startups will get their own Demo Day of sorts, presenting live demos at Rothenberg Ventures’ “Founders Field Day” event at the AT&T Park baseball field in San Francisco. If the program goes well, there’ll be second River class assembled down the line. But Rothenberg may see increased competition too. Big name accelerators like Y Combinator and 500 Startups may try to court the same companies as they warm up to the industry’s potential.
Here's Which Celebrities Lost The Most Followers In The 'Instagram Rapture' — Ranked
Here's Which Celebrities Lost The Most Followers In The 'Instagram Rapture' — Ranked
Teens continue to flee Facebook, study shows - CNET
About 88 percent of teens use the social network, down from 94 percent the year prior, one study finds. But Facebook is also losing popularity in all other age groups.
Indie gems: The 15 best PC games you may have missed in 2014
We review a lot of games over here at PCWorld, and looking back at the end of the year there are always a few that we missed—smaller titles shoved aside by the larger-profile, big-budget releases. Just because they didn't get as much attention as, say, Far Cry 4 doesn't mean they're any less deserving of love!
Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers
Reddit, the world’s favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to the site’s readers using a lottery method.
This Chris Pratt 'Jurassic World' tweet will give you so many feels
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow tweeted out an image Wednesday of Chris Pratt posing next to a velociraptor — both looking like the greatest friends the world have ever seen.
Nintendo currently plotting next console, Miyamoto confirms
In an interview with the Associated Press, Super Mario Bros. creator and leading Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned that the Japanese console giant is already working on a successor to the now two-year-old Wii U.
"For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems," Miyamoto said. "While we're busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be."
Keep in mind, this sort of far-future planning is routine for console manufacturers. It would be surprising if the "production lines" Miyamoto mentioned have moved beyond the early planning stages. Don't worry, it's going to be at least a few more years before you have to work another Nintendo console into your budget.
Bitcoin promoter gets two years prison over illicit money transmissions
The bitcoin evangelist faced up to five years in prison, and the court's probation office had recommended a 57-month term. His lawyer argued for probation, saying the case had already sent a message to the bitcoin community.
Why does everyone hate Surveillance Camera Man? - Verge Update
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Decrypt This: OS security showdown
The sole drawback of this operating system is that if you want your Chromebook to be more secure than it already is there’s no way to install third-party software without digging into the guts of the machine and morphing it into a box running a bastardized version of Ubuntu Linux first. Google maintains its security superiority by restricting users to the confines of the web browser and restricting the installation of third-party software.
FBI officially names North Korea as culprit in Sony hack
We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there. Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart. North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior. The FBI takes seriously any attempt—whether through cyber-enabled means, threats of violence, or otherwise—to undermine the economic and social prosperity of our citizens.
BlackBerry’s Revenue Falls 34%
BlackBerry Ltd. on Friday showed its cost-cutting continues to pay off, but Chief Executive John Chen’s record as a turnaround expert remains on the line as the smartphone maker’s quarterly revenue fell well short of expectations. Mr. Chen assumed the top job at BlackBerry a little more than a year ago, after reviving the fortunes of software maker Sybase Inc. and selling the California company to SAP SE in 2010 for $5.8 billion. Mr. Chen is aiming for similar success at BlackBerry, first by returning the smartphone...
‘What do you got in there?’ Ferrari 550 owner demolished by a Tesla P85D
The battle of old vs. new is a great metaphor the automotive industry’s developments over the last 20 years, as the 18-year old Ferrari never really stood a chance. Still, watching the Tesla effortlessly (and quietly) pull away from a once range-topping 550 is a sight to behold.
Sony reportedly hires the crisis specialist who inspired 'Scandal'
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Duck Hunt flocks to Wii U Virtual Console on Christmas
As the turkey takes the prominent spot at your dinner table this Christmas, Nintendo has another bird in mind for your TV. The Wii U Virtual Console edition of Duck Hunt , announced earlier this year , will hit the eShop on December 25. Once you're stuffed to the gills, why not take aim at a few virtual ducks? Or, if you need to cater to Grandma's delicate sensibilities, you can always blast a few clay pigeons instead.
Here's hoping the Wii Remote makes a decent stand-in for Nintendo's classic Zapper light gun.
How Colorado Keeps 9,000 Miles of Highway Clear of Snow | WIRED
All told, Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) has one of the toughest jobs of any highway department in the country: keeping the roads open even with all that white stuff. They work with state and federal agencies, follow weather a thousand miles and many days away, move employees all over the state, and track a plowload of data points, right down to pavement temperature, to push back against Mother Nature.
Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access
When an app that uses Microsoft’s SDK is in offline mode, users can still create and modify data, which will be saved locally. When the app is back online, it can synchronize local changes with the Mobile Services backend. There are also mechanisms in place to handle conflicts when two devices modify the same record without synching.
Why South Park: The Stick of Truth is a Game of the Year Nominee - IGN Video
The IGN crew breaks down why they chose the South Park's comically epic RPG as one of 2014's Game of The Year Nominee.
Why 'The Interview' isn't like 'The Great Dictator' — or any movie ever
Chaplin gave us Adenoid Hynkel of Tomainia and Benzino Napaloni of Bacteria — not Adolf Hitler of Germany and Benito Mussolini of Italy. The symbol of Hynkel's regime was the double cross (see what he did there?) rather than the swastika. And the distinction was vital. It's not as if either dictator was about to sue (in fact, Chaplin delighted in the fact that he sent a copy of the movie to Hitler) — it's that absurd caricatures were exactly what was needed to cut the terrifying real-life bad guys down to size.
Robot zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
One of the biggest changes in the newest Call of Duty is the shift to the future, which lets you play with all kinds of cool gadgets and weapons — and now that futuristic technology is coming to the undead. As with past games in the series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting downloadable content that adds zombies to the game, but in this case the shambling hordes are being replaced with robotic terrors. And just like the main game, which starred Kevin Spacey as the villain , the DLC will feature the acting talents of several notable actors, including John Malkovich and Bill Paxton. The new content is expected sometime next year.
9 Best Digimon Moments - What to Watch - IGN Video
We know it isn't Pokemon, but check out the most memorable Digimon moments.
Latest in Sony Leak: Zuckerberg Tried To Stop Facebook Movie
The Facebook founder did not want to relive his college years on the big screen, according to the email.
The Legend of Korra: "The Last Stand" Review - IGN
The fight between Korra and Kuvira was also pretty epic, with Book Three's superhero-like fanfare making a reprise. Of course, that fight was just a distraction until the mecha suit was destroyed, at which point the heart of the conflict came to light. It was a nice touch having the rivals' "last stand" take place in the Spirit Wilds, where the cannon was left hanging in the vines. Here, we saw Korra's sense of compassion really come into play, as she stepped in front of the laser to save Kuvira from certain death. It was pretty cool how Korra's Avatar energy combined with Vaatu's laser beams to create a new spirit portal in the middle of Republic City. While not exactly a groundbreaking development (there are two other portals, after all), it did provide a calm and peaceful setting for Korra and Kuvira to hash out their differences.
How To Create A Solid Content Marketing Strategy For Sales And SEO
I have to admit, the feeling of achievement that you get once your content strategy begins to bring in free and organic traffic is beyond words. It’s beautiful to realize that all that hard work is finally starting to pay off, and perhaps even enabling you to celebrate in a few ways.
BlackBerry squeaks out quarterly profit - CNET
Even though the company has all but given up trying to compete aggressively with popular smartphone platforms from competitors like Apple and Samsung, it has two new devices: the Passport, which launched in September and the BlackBerry Classic, which launched this week. The Passport is now available in 48 countries and Chen said just over 60 percent of sales are coming from North America and Europe. But it's the BlackBerry Classic that holds the most promise for boosting BlackBerry sales, since the company hopes the traditional keyboard will appeal to diehard BlackBerry fans and possibly even attract new business-oriented customers.
CES 2015: what to expect from the biggest tech show of the year
Update December 16: LG unveiled a new line of 4K UHD TVs in the pre-CES build up that use quantum dot technology for improved color saturation and wider palette. Nano-sized crystal dots are used to emit various colors, depending on their size, can help improve the picture color reproduction rate by more than 30%. What's more, the quantum dots (the coolest TV tech name ever?) are also said to improve the screen's overall brightness. Look out for the new line at CES.
The Savvy Plan to Combat Malaria With Mobile Phones | WIRED
Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria may one day be the first disease beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that. But no, it’s not a total pipedream.
This Is What a Maxed Out Character in Dying Light Looks Like - IGN First - IGN
On Friday we took a closer look at Dying Light 's skill trees. But above we've unlocked everything and relocated the action to an entirely new area of the game, The Old Town. All abilities are unlocked, including the very cool grappling hook which transforms how Dying Light plays.
Disorienting Photos Turn a Volcanic Glacier Into Alien Terrain | WIRED
Photographer Dan Holdsworth captures a world that always feels a bit alien. His landscapes, real or imagined, transform the familiar into something that confounds and overwhelms. Interested in notions of perception and the sublime, Holdsworth creates an unknown universe for his series Mirrors FTP , released as a photo book earlier this year.
What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling | WIRED
Hence the buttons she made that say “Hi,” which she handed out at the cruise’s start: Creating an in-crowd among the Sea Monkeys would run counter to the spirit that made Chicazul fall in love with the cruise in the first place. “The thing about the Sea Monkeys that makes them special is the welcoming environment, open to new ideas, differences in people, trying new things,” she says. “And welcoming people who aren’t normally welcomed.” That’s what she felt on her first cruise, a feeling of belonging so powerful that on the last night she didn’t go to bed—she didn’t want it to end. “I am an introvert. I assumed when I first met a person that they didn’t want to talk to me and had better things to do,” Chicazul says. “After my first cruise, when we stayed in touch online, everyone told me they liked me. After a year of that I started to believe it. It made it easier for me to do things without worrying about other people’s opinions. Now I will never be alone.” There’s no zealot like a convert.
The Weekender: on Christmas, Krampus, and glass cliffs
Good morning, and welcome back to The Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 51st week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. You might hear a slight buzzing in your ears as we get started.