BMW's Super Bowl ad takes us back to a time when nobody 'got' the Internet
A new BMW Super Bowl ad features a clip from 1994 when Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel were trying to figure out what the Internet was.
Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel still know nothing about tech - CNET
Technically Incorrect: In a Super Bowl ad for the BMW i3, the two famous presenters look back to 1994 when they didn't know what the rudiments of the tech world were. They still apparently don't.
A Facebook parody for anyone who likes hearing their own opinion
For anyone who likes hearing their own opinion, repeated forever.
Guy trained pet bunny to bring him beer in a tiny cart
A cute bunny named Wallace fetches beer in a custom made cart for his owner.
Hero dog saves owner, who is not actually drowning
YouTube user kingpic posted this video of a dog jumping into the water to save his owner, who he believed was drowning.
A Weekend on Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review
In only a few places did I encounter obstacles. At a souvenir shop I had to wait a few minutes for the owner to arrive, since he was the only one who knew how to accept Bitcoin. And at another shop I had some momentary Wi-Fi problems. I was turned away only once, at a small restaurant where the young woman working that day hadn’t heard of Bitcoin. The cook, who was sitting at a table waiting for customers, said, “I’ve heard of Bitcoin, but I don’t think we take it. Maybe the previous owners did?” (They were both surprised when I showed them the Bitcoin sticker affixed next to ones from MasterCard and Visa on the restaurant’s window.)
What's closed during the blizzard of 2015
Governors in several states declared states of emergency. Travel bans have been lifted in New York City and New Jersey, but are still in place in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. New York City's transit system is coming back online, while Boston's is still down. Amtrak suspended its service between Boston and New York for Tuesday. The U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx were forced to shut down in some areas.
Why Super Bowl Ads Are $4 Million A Pop
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No ‘Free Parking’ for an App That Tried
I found Eric Meyer’s office on a historic Baltimore street so narrow it might qualify as an alley, which is appropriate since his startup helped people find parking in crowded cities. Or his app Haystack would, if he hadn’t been forced to shut it down after it was banned in several U.S. cities.
Taxi app Uber agrees to cap 'surge pricing' during New York blizzard
Uber’s decision to cap prices comes after the city’s top lawmaker warned Uber and other services against price gouging during the storm. “My office will be vigilant in monitoring potential price gouging before, during and after this potentially historic storm,” said New York attorney general Schneiderman. “I encourage consumers to report any businesses that may be capitalizing on the snowstorm to distort their prices. Emergency weather events are no excuse for dishonest and illegal business practices.”
Surface Booked More Than $1 Billion For Microsoft Last Quarter — Up 24%
But Microsoft's Surface business is still tiny compared to Apple's iPad business. Apple reports earnings Tuesday, so we don't have numbers for last quarter. But for Q3 2014, Apple's iPad business generated $5.3 billion in revenue. (It'll likely be more than that due to holiday sales last quarter.)
How SF-Based Shuttle Startup Chariot Crowdsourced Its New Commuter Route
Passengers can buy pay-as-you-go or multi-ride packs of rides, or opt for a monthly pass for access to its service. Chariot’s most popular option is a 12-ride pack for $47, and also offers a $93 monthly option. For those who commute twice a day, 20 days a month, the monthly pass ends up costing only slightly more than paying for the Muni bus each day. The company also accepts all the same regular employee commuter benefits as other public options.
The Startup That Thinks It Can Dethrone eBay | WIRED
Noah Ready-Campbell. Twice Unlike eBay, Twice doesn’t just provide the platform for sellers to list used clothing and for buyers to purchase it. Instead, Twice does all the heavy lifting, from buying the inventory from sellers, to sprucing it up and photographing it for its e-commerce site, to shipping it off to buyers. That means the Twice team, which includes 240 operations employees and 40 corporate ones, is processing 5,000 one-of-a-kind items a day.
Sling TV Review: A Bargain for Millennial Families
Assuming you are the “millennial” audience Dish speaks of, however, you likely have a Netflix account, one premium cable channel such as HBO or Showtime, and an internet subscription to access them all. Tacking on $20 a month isn’t necessarily cheap if you didn’t have cable before. And while the offerings are decent, it’s missing content from channels like AMC and BBC America (sorry, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Sherlock’ fans), and isn’t available in 4K just yet.
How YouTubers discovered a human condition no one had talked about before
Having felt ASMR since childhood, I remember feeling confused and alone in my experience. At one point when I was young, I wondered if maybe that’s what love felt like. I never spoke about it until maybe a year ago when I realized the online ASMR community existed and that the crowdsourced knowledge, however limited, pointed to an actual condition. That was a relief.
Someone in Japan just bought a 20th Anniversary PS4 for nearly $130,000
Well, Sony decided to find out by holding a bidding war on Yahoo Auctions in Japan, and when all was said and done one lucky user had secured themselves the console for ¥15,135,000 — that's about $129,000. "We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations," a Sony representative told The Wall Street Journal . The money will be donated to Save The Children Japan.
Google’s Modular Project Ara Smartphone to be Released First in Puerto Rico | MIT Technology Review
Just as third party apps were crucial to the popularity of smartphones, getting people interested in modular phones will hinge on companies other than Google offering a diverse selection of modules. Google has already started courting hardware companies to become module developers. On Wednesday, the company showed a preview of the online “Ara Marketplace” that will let developers sell Google-approved modules to consumers. Google is aiming to have a minimum of 20 modules available when it starts selling phones in Puerto Rico. Google has also come up with 11 different reference designs for modules for developers to use.
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@verge I would actually love for this to come to iOS. The current Facebook app is too bloated. I just want the basics.
Microsoft Slips 2% After Reporting $26.5B In FQ2 Revenue, $1.1B In Surface Revenue
The company’s revenue’s were up 8 percent compared to the year ago period, and its earnings per share were down 7 cents, or around 9 percent. For the fiscal period, the company reported operating income of $7.8 billion, and gross margin of $16.3 billion. The company ended the quarter with $90.25 billion in cash and equivalents. By my rough math, that makes Microsoft still frakking rich.
Report: Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the US for the first time
Apple will be reporting its fourth quarter financial results tomorrow, and many analysts expect the company to announce that for the first time it sold more iPhones in China than it did in its home market, the United States.
Data analytics: Are we there yet?
The great thing about GPS is that it lets us get from wherever we are to wherever we want to go. Not only that, but it also has access to data that lets it figure out exactly where we are in the first place! Let’s face it, if we don’t know where we’re starting, it’s very hard to figure out how to get where we want to go. This, of course, is exactly why in the corporate talent management setting any non-trivial organizational change is so difficult: even if we know where we want to go, that is, what the organization should look like, rarely do we actually know where we’re starting. I realize that seems a bit counterintuitive: we can see the business, we can talk to the people. Unfortunately, in the context of our GPS analogy, that’s a little like saying that we can look out the window and see trees or a street: that’s great, but what does that tell us about where we are? Without a larger context, the information we do have is of limited value. So what to do?
Space exploration is back, in a very big way
For the last several years, the space program has been in a bit of a lull. The last time NASA sent humans beyond low-Earth orbit was the Apollo program in the 1970s. Since then, the US space agency has focused on sending people to the International Space Station and probes beyond. Actually, the US hasn’t ferried its own astronauts to the ISS since 2011; we’ve hitched rides with Russian cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz. But last April , NASA announced it would begin launching US astronauts itself starting in 2017, and it awarded contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to do just that.
Uber bows to the blizzard, will cap surge prices on the East Coast
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Cuban Youth Built A Secret Internet Network
The computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers.
On track with the first three hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and the last part of the legend of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED. Open world free-roaming exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster-hunter, a witcher who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world--while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones. The new core mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt immerse the player in the experience completely, with no Quick Time Events, only intuitive RPG gameplay.
James Patterson's New Book Will Self-Destruct In 24 Hours
Another 1,000 people in the U.S. will get early access on January 21 to an alternative, free app version, but have only 24 hours to finish it before it disappears in what Mother calls "a cinematic and spectacular way." If you're not one of the first 1,000 readers, you can still follow their progress in real-time and have the ability to "steal" time from those readers through a new site, SelfDestructingBook.com . Designed to
bring the thrill of Patterson’s book to new heights, the site shows who and where in the world the book's early readers are, how far along through the book they've read and gives you the option to sabotage their efforts by cutting their 24 hours short. "I’ve been in the business of thrilling people for almost 40 years," said Patterson in a statement. "So much has changed and I want to make sure I keep my readers on the edge of their seats. Faced with imminent destruction, the act of reading against a clock allows fans to become a character in their own thriller."
Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Android Wear's First Generation Champion
Otherwise, the Sony SmartWatch 3 feels much like every other Android Wear device out there. The screen resolution is 320×320 pixels, on a 1.6 inch transreflective screen. This is not going to win any awards for clarity, and the resulting images on the display do exhibit some pixelation under normal viewing conditions. Of course a smaller screen with fewer elements means better battery life, so the current technology has found the compromise. It’s a good one to make, if I’m honest because I would rather more information and more battery rather than fancy display, HD graphics, and less battery life on my wrist.
NFL Video Highlights -- And More -- Come to YouTube and Google
The NFL still wants you to watch its games on the TV networks that have paid a lot of money to show those games, so the main idea of the pact is to steer viewers toward the NFL’s TV partners or its own NFL.com site. But the league says it will give Google some “in-game” clips to show, starting with Sunday’s Super Bowl.
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Apple's supersized iPhones seen supersizing its profits - CNET
This quarter's results could be telling. The iPad tends to have strong sales in the December quarter as consumers scoop them up for holiday gifts. Apple posted its biggest period ever in fiscal 2013's holiday quarter, with sales of 26 million iPads. However, iPad demand has fallen every quarter since then, and first quarter 2013 was one of only three quarters out of the past eight that iPad unit sales and revenue rose year over year. In Apple's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended September 27, iPad unit sales dropped 13 percent to 12.3 million units.
Stripe Partners With Intuit To Help On-Demand Workers Keep Track Of Their Finances
Startup Stripe helps to power payments for a large number of new services offering up ways to make cash as part of the growing “on-demand economy.” Meanwhile Intuit, which makes accounting and tax software for small businesses and the self-employed, wants to help those workers keep better track of their finances.
Google, Cablevision Challenge Wireless Industry’s Business Model
Google Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. are preparing new cellphone services that would turn the wireless industry’s business model on its head, increasing pressure on companies already dealing with an intensifying price war.
AT&T to buy NII Holdings' wireless business in Mexico
The Nextel Mexico transaction is subject to a bankruptcy auction and approvals by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, AT&T said in a statement. AT&T's offer is viewed as the "stalking horse" bid, but any other player that tries to buy the asset would have to cover AT&T's breakup fee, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Excellent Open Source Go Projects • Herman Schaaf
Something I often hear new Go developers say is that they are looking for some good projects to study, learn from and contribute to. Normally I suggest reading the Go source: it’s easy to read, you can pick a part you are interested in, and is probably bound to be the best example of idiomatic Go. But this past weekend presented itself with an opportunity to find more open source Go projects that are of the highest quality.
Money Dashboard, The Personal Finance App That Tells You Why You’re Broke, Secures $3.7M Funding
Money Dashboard , the UK personal finance app that helps you understand why you’re broke, has raised some additional capital of its own. It’s secured a further $3.7 million in funding (actually closed last November), meaning that the Scottish startup has raised $8.3 million in the last year.
Google's Waze Is A 'Stalking App,' Claim US Police
Sheriffs have accused Google’s Waze traffic app of being a stalking app and called for alerts that indicate when police are nearby to be switched off, reports The Guardian .
Live video: Blizzard hits New York City
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Reg Saddler on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
$5.25 million awarded to five Google Lunar XPrize teams with the right stuff - CNET
There's still $30 million up for grabs in the Google Lunar XPrize, but five teams have taken home interim prizes totaling $5.25 million to help them on their way.
Apple posts video to celebrate upcoming opening of its retail store in Chongqing, China
Apple has posted a video on its Chinese retail website, which shows the creation of a mural co-authored by award-winning photographer Navid Baraty and artist Yangyang Pan to celebrate the upcoming opening of Jiefangbei Apple Store in Chongqing, China.
Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snow Storm
With a huge blizzard bearing down on the U.S. Northeast, Uber is instituting a cap on its surge pricing during the storm. In an email being sent to New York passengers, the company said prices will not exceed 2.8x its usual fares.
Opening of largest Apple Store in Asia greeted by thousands of customers in Hangzhou, China
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, took to Twitter to post a picture of the opening of the store in China, which is very uncharacertistic of him.
As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead
Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can. At least that’s the hope of Sidecar, a small rival of Uber whose founder obtained a patent related to mobile ride hailing way in 2002, and who claims he thought up today’s version of the industry way back in the 1990s.
Andreessen Horowitz Backs London Currency Startup Transferwise
LONDON—Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has backed currency-transfer startup Transferwise, the London-based company said, in a sign of growing interest in London tech companies among U.S. investors.
Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group 'Cyber Caliphate'
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A group calling itself "Official Cyber Caliphate" said it hacked on Monday the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected.
Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers - CNET
An executive confirms Google has no plans to fix a security hole in the default browser for older versions of Android, which around 60 percent of all Android users rely on.
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Apple's Photos beta gets new image viewing and sharing options on iCloud.com
This is gonna sound a bit incoherent (and it is mostly venting and semi-off-topic), but my head is spinning.... ...and I'll go out on a limb and say I'm not the only long-time user who can sound like a hopeless noob.
As a "re-switcher" mostly away from Mac (tho' still using my Tiger machine for a few dedicated tasks), and with 25 years plus of considering myself a "power user" I'm totally confused by where Apple's going with iCloud services - and what are any users to make of sorting out all the options like having a free DropBox (morphing into something else beneath my feet, but wonderfully simply in initial conception), OneDrive (a terabyte - tho' barely ever used), Google Drive (I dunno - hate the interface), my paid SugarSync account (also with an interface I don't like and feeling overpriced in this new landscape), and iCloud which only saves Apple created files (outside of photos I think - there's just too many options that have grown up in "just works" land since I last happily lived here to be sure yet)....
...and many of Apple's web services have a history of not working out well and constantly turning into other things (plus I never liked iPhoto - managing my photos manually via Photoshop and Tiger's finder, but haven't given in and bought a PS sub on the new Mac yet since I'm mostly snapshooting these days).
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The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators
I’m learning Korean, and I found that just watching Korean drama (with subtitles) and listening to Korean music really helps. I don’t know the letter names to each of the letters of the Korean alphabet, but I do know how to write each letter, and what they sound like. I almost gave up learning the alphabet (hangeul) because it was difficult for me. Then, one day, I printed out the lyrics (from one source who provided all three: Korean, the romanization, and the English translation). I played the song (Crooked, by G-Dragon) on a loop as I copied down the Korean lyrics and trying to sing along to it the best I could. By the time I was done copying down the entire song, I realized that I knew how all of the letters sounded and were written.
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