Phorm iPad mini case has physical 'key guides' that appear and disappear when you need them
Back in the spring of 2012, I got a chance to see the first demo from a company called Tactus Technology. The pitch was simple: the company recognized the fact that we're all typing on glass...
I'm Brianna Wu, and I'm Risking My Life Standing Up to Gamergate
My name is Brianna Wu. I develop video games for your phone. I lead one of thelargest professional game-development teams of women in the field. Sometimes I speak out on women in tech issues. I'm doing everything I can to save my life except be silen...
The new Ford Police Interceptor is a cop-approved workhorse
Ford unveiled the 2016 Police Interceptor -- the successor to the U.S.'s " top-selling law enforcement vehicle" -- at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.
When did baby formula become such a dirty word?
Formula-feeding babies was once recommended and routine. How did it become so controversial?
Watch the first behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film
James Bond has returned. Daniel Craig's 007 makes his first appearance in Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie, in behind-the-scenes footage from the set released tonight. The clip shows Craig...
Uncool dad purposefully ruins 'Frozen' lyrics for his angry toddler [VIDEO]
If there is one thing toddlers hold deeply sacred, it is the soundtrack to 'Frozen.'
'Star Wars' robotic arm lets amputee veteran go rock climbing - CNET
The DEKA robotic arm -- funded by DARPA and nicknamed "Luke" -- helped this army vet climb again.
LinkedIn Shuts Out Developers By Locking Down Its APIs
LinkedIn has called time on a lot of third-party developers after becoming irritated by how many of them were using its open APIs. It’s announced plans to shut down all but four of them and restrict wider integration to official partnerships.
How The New York Times Works
Natasha Smith and Michael Gordon park on a cobblestone street on the Brooklyn waterfront as they do every morning. Theirs is one of dozens of cars lining both sides of the street. They stand with a group of thirty or forty other deliverymen and women inside a loading dock waiting for one of Ernie Booth's eighty trucks to arrive. The Sunset Park Depot, as this cement room the size of a high school gym is known, is one of forty Times delivery centers throughout the New York area, and on this night it is responsible for the safe deposit of 12,559 copies across 215 different paper routes around the borough. Two hundred and thirty-three of those papers are the responsibility of Smith and Gordon, a husband-and-wife team that has driven a pair of routes together for the past three years. When the truck arrives at 3 a.m., the couple load five bundles of fifty papers each into a shopping cart and dump them onto one of the many wooden tables in the room, where they combine the front and inside sections. Smith tosses one copy aside after spotting a rip, and watches out for missing sections—"I can tell just from the weight"—which could result in a complaint on the report card every carrier receives each morning.
Most of Zynga's Money Is Now Coming From Mobile
Zynga said that in 2015, it would continue its push into mobile, which represented 60 percent of total sales in 2014, up from 27 percent in mid-2013, when Don Mattrick replaced Mark Pincus as CEO. The company hopes to push that percentage to 75 percent this year, and said that all of the six to 10 new games it plans to launch will be “mobile-first.”
Sling TV Comes To Amazon Fire TV With A Steep Hardware Discount
The discount also gives buyers access to Fire TV’s other services, of course, which include Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN and others. Sling TV includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, Cartoon Network and a slew of others, as well as add-on options for even more selection. It’s a smart move by both companies offering up the hardware basically free (in the case of the Fire TV Stick), because for Amazon it has the potential to make them the de facto choice for cord cutters looking to unbundle, and for Sling TV it’s a way to ensure users can get over the single technical barrier to accessing their service in an easy, affordable way.
Boston, already buried in snow, faces potentially crippling blizzard this weekend
The National Weather Service is warning of a life-threatening blizzard in eastern Massachusetts, with hurricane-force winds and what could be more than a foot of snow from Saturday to Sunday. This month has already been the snowiest February ever there. The NWS issued a blizzard watch from Cape Cod to the northeastern tip of Maine on Thursday afternoon, effective from Saturday evening through Sunday evening. A blizzard watch means that blizzard conditions, which are characterized by strong winds, falling and/or blowing snow and low visibility, are possible in this region within 36 hours. In issuing the watch, the NWS forecast up to 14 inches of snow for the Boston area, with heavier snows in Maine.
Fitbit Advises Rash Sufferers to Take a Break from Wearing the Wearable
“According to our consulting dermatologists, they are likely from wearing the band too tight; sweat, water, or soap being held against the skin under the device; or from pressure or friction against the skin.” The irritation “should resolve quickly when users take a break from the device, usually within hours or days.”
Icahn values Apple at more than $1 trillion
Apple shares closed 2.3 percent higher at $124.88 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. Up to Tuesday's close, the stock had gained more than 22 percent since Oct. 9.
Why You Shouldn’t Overshare On Dating Apps
Now imagine the kind of data you share on a dating app. Barlow points out that people tend to share personal details with prospective romantic partners very quickly after meeting them. You might discuss your family members, your previous dating or sexual history, private details about your job, or just sweet nothings that you would be horrified for other people to see. IBM did not want to disclose which apps were particularly vulnerable, but Barlow says it does not really matter, because users should adopt some best practices regardless of the dating app they're using. "It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use these apps," he says. "By all means you should go out and have some fun, but you have got to be very cautious about the kind of information you share."
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How one man could have deleted every photo on Facebook
We received a report about an issue with our Graph API and quickly fixed it within two hours of verifying the claims. To be clear, triggering this issue would have required knowledge of the ID of the target photo album, as well as permission to view the album based on the album's privacy settings. We’d like to thank the researcher who reported the issue to us through our bug bounty program.
Qualcomm's regulatory woes may be adding up - CNET
The company -- the maker of Snapdragon chips and the world's biggest maker of mobile chips -- has been facing more scrutiny from antitrust regulators, who are looking into whether the firm is unfairly using its dominant position in mobile. The company for years has been the leader in providing mobile processors or radio chips, or both, to most major smartphones, including Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy phones, and Sony and LG phones. Along with the potential South Korea investigation, Qualcomm already is facing reviews from the US Federal Trade Commission and European Union.
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Dozens of Blizzard's biggest game characters are getting figurines http://engt.co/1CjdA1z pic.twitter.com/rlwXYXmphF
Microsoft delivers first public preview of Windows 10 for phones | ZDNet
Microsoft officials promised at the end of January that the company would deliver the Windows 10 mobile preview in the month of February, but wouldn't provide an exact target date. Those officials showed off a glimpse of some of the capabilities that would be part of Windows 10 mobile -- beyond what would be in the first public preview -- during Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on January 21.
Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool
It’s cool to see Google launch an open-source benchmarking tool like this. The company has long said that it isn’t afraid to pit its cloud performance against its competitors’. It’ll be interesting to see the first cross-cloud benchmarks from this tool, though, to see where it really stands.
The 100: "Rubicon" Review - IGN
It’s hard to see an episode where a bunch of people die of horrific radiation poisoning – not to mention where a freaking missile is fired and kills a ton of people -- as “taking a breather”, but “Rubicon” did hold off on the Mount Weather vs. Everyone battle truly coming to fruition for now. But a lot of pieces were moved around the board in big ways, as The 47 broke free, Dante made his boldest move yet against his son (though he also now has been injected and can likely walk on the surface, just as Cage now can) and Clarke and Lexa’s partnership took a very dark turn.
On Its First Birthday, Slack Declares Itself The "Fastest Growing Business App" Ever
The corporate chat tool — or “essential team communication platform” — is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. Founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield , the company said that it has more than 500,000 people using it every day and that its user count grew by 35% (at least 130,000) just in the first six weeks of the year. That count, the company said, has doubled twice in just the last six months. And all those incessant corporate chatterers sent 1.7 billion messages.
5 Quotes By America’s Ambassador to Germany on Data Privacy
John Emerson, US ambassador to Germany, took to the stage at the Startup Europe Summit in Berlin on Thursday to talk about the big divide between the US and Europe on data protection, government surveillance, and privacy. He also had a message for German entrepreneurs: learn to tolerate failure.
You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile
And when you grow old, your family will ask their friends to keep you in their prayers. But when you pass, you won’t disappear. Your profile will become a memorial page, a shrine to the moments of your life that you converted from atoms to bits. And once again, you will have a Facebook presence without a physical one.”
Teen gets fired on Twitter after cursing about her new job
Definitely a surefire way to alienate your future co-workers and employers, a Texas teenage girl was fired over Twitter after complaining about having to start working the following day. Known as Cella on Twitter, the teenager tweeted “ Ew I start this f*** a** job tomorrow ” prior to the day that she was supposed to start working at a franchise pizza restaurant called Jet’s Pizza in Mansfield, Texas. She also included a line of thumbs down emoji icons to express her dislike of having to work.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Talks Layoffs And Future Growth
On the ad side, I was curious about the custom content team that Armstrong mentioned during the call. He told me that these teams already exist in “pockets” throughout AOL, but this will allow the company to pursue more unified sponsored content initiatives. As for whether this team is at odds with AOL’s push toward programmatic, Armstrong said, “They’re basically 100 percent complementary. Advertisers have two needs — the first is that they need to make sure brands don’t get commoditized around content, while the second piece is that brands have to use automation for the scale that the industry has changed to.”
White House summit could create tension with Apple - Telegraph
But government officials will also take the opportunity to ask tech firms to
“share more information with the government in an effort to combat future
cyber-attacks” according to reports– something likely to cause tension with
those such as Apple which have promised never to reveal user’s data.
Facebook lets users appoint an heir for their accounts
With the new feature, legacy contacts will be allowed to write a post to be displayed at the top of the deceased person’s timeline and respond to new friend requests. They will also be able to update profile and cover photos, and can be given permission to download an archive of photos, posts and profile information.
Dyson cuts prices and shakes up its vacuum lineup - CNET
If you're a Dyson fan, rest assured that they didn't just release an entirely new lineup of vacuums. The Absolute is the only newbie of the bunch -- the rest just got a shakeup and a new coat of paint. Even the Absolute uses the same stick vac formula as the rest, it just introduces a soft vacuum head.
This is how App Store rankings are manipulated
In past years Apple has said it's cracking down on the manipulation of App Store rankings through bot programs , but a recent image from Chinese social media site Weibo suggests the trade is alive and well using actual iPhones. The photo is captioned "hardworking App Store ranking manipulation employee," and shows a young woman sat in front of a bank of around 50 iPhone 5Cs, all hooked up with a nest of cables. There's an identical bank of iPhones on her right and what looks like two more smartphone-laden desks facing away from her on the other side of the room.
Facebook Heir? Time to Choose Who Manages Your Account When You Die
In addition, it would serve to inform everyone the user knows about his/her death; this is particularly troublesome to some people whom have learned about the death of a friend or even a relative months or years after it has occurred. Leaving a fb page (users get to create and design while they are alive) will notify everyone that is important and have a "need to know" which may include creditors, ex spouses, distant family members and friends. Also, when someone searches your name, fb or Google, will provide the correct information about the user and listed him/her as death. It can also provide relatives with a death certificate; in sum, you the living person, could leave this world with a well-planned, designed and well-coordinated journey--avoiding a lot of headaches, financial burden and confusion at the end.
IGN on Twitter
Mass Effect 4 will have some form of online component, a job listing reveals: http://go.ign.com/a9unfky pic.twitter.com/I8WNBz3Gsa
Hyperloop Technologies is trying to make Elon Musk's dream a reality
The Hyperloop , an idea first discussed by Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk back in 2013, is one of the most ambitious technological projects around and would provide the ability to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco in half an hour via low-friction aluminum pods traveling up to 800mph encased in a tube. It sounds completely insane, but when Musk announced it, he said that a prototype was possible and, "If it was my top priority, I could probably get it done in one or two years." But when you're running two of the most progressive companies in the world, side projects like reinventing the way humans travel get left in the dust. That's where Hyperloop Technologies comes in.
Everyone has something to say about revived Wi-Fi Innovation Act
" ITS America -- The High Tech Transportation Association countered the above: "We are on the cusp of a revolution in vehicle safety that will save thousands of lives each year and dramatically reduce the nearly $1 trillion cost of traffic crashes and congestion to families, communities and the nation's economy. Experts from the automotive, Wi-Fi and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) industries are working together to explore whether a spectrum sharing technology can be developed to allow Wi-Fi devices to operate in the same 5.9 GHz band set aside by the FCC for ITS safety systems without delaying time-critical communications needed to prevent crashes. This collaborative process should continue without Congressionally-imposed deadlines, restrictive parameters or political pressure that creates regulatory uncertainty and could delay bringing these life-saving crash prevention technologies to consumers."
GrabTaxi, Uber’s Rival In Southeast Asia, Prepares To Introduce Cashless Payments
GrabTaxi is an automated location based smartphone booking and dispatch platform for the taxi industry in South East Asia. GrabTaxi aims to revamp these local taxi markets by introducing simple, cost effective mobile-based technology to both the supply (dispatch companies) and demand (passenger) sides of the distribution chain. With this technology, GrabTaxi hopes to optimize the matching process between …
Codecast Makes it Easy to Create Code Tutorial Videos
We recently talked about how watching people code could be the next big thing in online video. Developer Karim Amrani believes in the trend and has built a simple tool to make it easy for coders to create tutorials in a single browser window.
U.S. carriers meet voluntary deadline for unlocking mobile phones
Unlocking a mobile phone from a single U.S. carrier has caused consumers headaches in recent years, but seven major carriers on Wednesday met a voluntary, industry-created deadline to set conditions for unlocking to occur.
More than 1B records breached in 2014
In IT security, worst case scenarios became commonplace in 2014, and there’s no end in sight. Headline-making data breaches will likely continue into this year, as businesses, governments and regulators play catch-up to this threat.
Apple promotes 'Great Games with No In-App Purchases' in the App Store
As noted by MacStories on February 12, Apple’s latest refresh of the iOS App Store shows that the company is putting a focus on applications that don’t have any in-app purchases within them. Traditionally, an app with an in-app purchase means that some kind of extra content can be unlocked by spending some amount of money from within the app. Sometimes this means spending money for the initial app, and then spending even more for extra content.
BI: Tech 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.
Apple confirms departure of Aperture once Photos for OS X launches this Spring
Now, Apple has indeed confirmed that Aperture, a suite of tools meant to tweak and edit photographs on a Mac, will be getting the boot once “Photos for OS X” launches “this Spring.” Once the new Photos app launches, which has already seen a beta release alongside the launch of OS X 10.10.3 for developers , Aperture will no longer be able to be purchased from the Mac App Store.
Starbucks for iOS updated with Apple Pay support and more
However, there is still a bit of a limitation with the usage of Apple Pay within the app. Starbucks does not support Apple Pay as a checkout method inside its brick-and-mortar locations just yet, so Apple Pay can only be used to refill a Starbucks gift card within the app on an iPhone. That gift card can then have its digital barcode scanned by a Starbucks barista once a purchase has been made.
How to assign a 'legacy contact' in Facebook - CNET
Better safe than sorry: give someone you trust the keys to your profile page in case the worst happens.
will.i.am - home
Technology is infused into the world of will.i.am as an essential element. It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, will.i.am conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator. Earlier this year, will.i.am debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover. His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, will.i.am also created the i.am+ foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.
Every child deserves opportunity
Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science
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5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
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.
The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Student reprimanded for saying “God Bless America”
“Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I want to point out that the statement "God Bless America, keep us safe" that was made last week on the morning announcements was not approved by school Administration nor was it in the scripted announcements. The student on his own accord made the statement. I have called the student in this morning and directed him that at no time is he to add or take away from announcements that have been pre-approved and that if he did it again, he would no longer have the privilege of making the morning announcements. I am disappointed that the students who filed the complaint did not do so with me first, as I would have addressed it immediately. Once again, thank you for bringing this concern to my attention. It is our desire and intention to respect the beliefs and constitutional freedoms of all our students at Yulee High School.”
Australia's oldest man likes to knit mini sweaters for injured penguins
The 109-year-old, who lives in a retirement home on the New South Wales Central Coast, was asked by two nurses to help make the sweaters, as they had heard he was an experienced knitter. It was a request he could not refuse. Using heavy wool provided by the nurses, Alfie put his 80 years of knitting skills to good use and got to work.
The art of stillness
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
Why domestic violence victims don't leave
Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
BI: Tech 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.