The Samsung Galaxy S6's Blurred Lines
The Galaxy S6 is certainly inspired by some of Apple's design elements. But that doesn't make it a copy.
Go-go nostalgia! Netflix releases 'Inspector Gadget' trailer and date
Netflix released the trailer and date for their all-new animated remake of 'Inspector Gadget.'
'Fierce struggle for internet's future is like Wild West'
The floodgates have opened for billions of new domain names to rival the iconic dot-coms, prompting a 'Wild West' land grab. One successful speculator, Daniel Negari, talks to the Telegraph about the profit - and lawsuits - it's brought him
Dragon boat tug of war is Poland's newest sports craze
Like an aquatic version of tug of war for adults, all you need to play is 12 burly people and one dragon boat.
Spandau Ballet on '80s glory and today's music industry
We caught up with the British '80s chart toppers on reuniting after 20 years and touring North America for the first time in three decades.
Harry Styles cries on stage during One Direction's first official gig without Zayn
Harry Styles had to take a break from the spotlight to shed some tears during One Direction's first official gig as a four-piece group in Jakarta.
Hiker's incredible transformation captured in selfies over 2,600 mile journey
The change in the landscape, scenery and Davidhazy's weight and facial hair are incredible to watch.
Ed Sheeran showed up at a wedding and sang for the couple's first dance
This couple wanted an Ed Sheeran song for their wedding dance. They didn't expect that he would actually come and sing it live.
Sweet 16 preview: March Madness levels up as the Final Boss awaits
Here's what to watch for as March Madness enters its greatest round, the Sweet 16.
MashFlix presents tech thriller 'Ex Machina' with director Alex Garland
'Ex Machina' is a tale of technology and the complications of artificial intelligence.
Uber homes in on safety initiatives amid concerns - CNET
Uber is a ride-hailing service that pairs passengers with drivers via a smartphone app. Since its launch six years ago, the company has gone from a San Francisco-based startup to a multinational service in 295 cities and 55 countries. But with that rapid growth has come criticism about how the company handles safety. Over the last year, Uber has been dogged by allegations of drivers assaulting, raping and kidnapping passengers. The company has acknowledged it needs to improve its approach to security.
The challenges of using Facebook for research
However, the nature of Facebook as a mostly private network limits what can be learned from it. We were able to learn how news organizations and newsmakers use Facebook to get their message out and how users interacted with those messages. But this is a small sliver of the overall activity on Facebook and represents only a facet of the use of Facebook for local news. The majority of Facebook activity is still private and available only to Facebook itself. Even with just publicly available data, researchers face ethical and privacy concerns when deciding what to publish.
The plans focus on two specific scenarios. For those who have loads of photos, there is the Unlimited Photos plan that costs $11.99 per year. Then there’s the Unlimited Everything plan that, well, does what its name suggests, and costs $59.99 per year. There’s also a free three-month trial available to see how much “unlimited” space you actually need and for what. At any rate, with a monthly cost of $5, it’s almost worthwhile paying for the service irrespective of how much cloud-based storage you actually need.
New 3D NAND flash will triple capacity of SSDs, Intel and Micron say
Executives at the two companies said that by stacking the NAND they can greatly increase the capacity. The new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers to achieve a 256Gbit multilevel cell (MLC) and 384Gbit triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit within a standard package. Both say this approach will yield greater efficiency and lower the cost too.
Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics' free 'DroneKit' software
3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs. Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit , software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones! DroneKit works with any craft that uses 3DR's " APM " autopilot (a small device you add to your 'copter), and apps can be created for Android, web and standalone "companion" devices (that you then connect to your quadcopter). What can you do with these apps? So far, mostly the same things you can do with existing flight planning software (like 3DR's own Tower app ). That means controlling fly paths with waypoints, following GPS targets and access to all the telemetry of the drone. But, of course, now you can do it in new and creative ways . That's a good start, but its 3DRs promise to support the tool and keep adding new features that will change what we can do with these increasingly popular aerial craft.
Facebook wants to blur lines between reality and virtual reality
Facebook doesn't want to simply build a virtual reality game where users put on a headset and pretend they're flying a jet or commanding a tank.
4 Ways To Tell If You're Really Leading By Example
One of the best ways to cultivate influence among others is to focus on meeting the needs of others. This can be difficult. Instinctually, we can all be self-focused. Many of us arrive to work thinking about all the things we have to do in any given day to be effective. But if we make it a habit to spend 10-15 minutes a day doing something on behalf of someone else—such as listening, having an agenda-free conversation, thinking of what you can do to remove an obstacle for someone else—we are able to build a service-based leadership habit.
PayPal cited for 'reckless disregard' of U.S. sanctions
PayPal has reached a $7.7 million settlement with the U.S. Treasury for ignoring U.S. sanctions and allowing money transfers to accounts linked to Iran, Cuba, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review - CNET
Samsung's striking, high-end and convenient Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition. We're still testing -- but get ready to burn your cash.
Launching initially for iOS with Android to follow “soon,” the new and optional profile feature lets you complete your hometown, favorite music, and an open-ended mini bio that can include anything from your job details and star sign to your favorite football team and allergies. Driver profiles also include star ratings and ride count.
Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live-streaming, is now available
For everything it got right, Meerkat still looks like an app built in eight weeks — which it was. Periscope has been in development for more than a year, and the app arrives showing nice attention to detail. You sign in with Twitter, and the first thing you see is a list of streams that are currently live. Below it, you’ll see a list of recent streams. Not all can be played back — when you record yourself, you can stop your stream from being replayed with a single tap. But they save by default, and the result is an app that can actually be browsed.
Supernatural: "Paint It Black" Review - IGN
However, something about Rowena is off. Her flair sort of dilutes whatever her master plot is. At first the plan seemed to be making Crowley a better King of Hell but then there was getting revenge on the coven and that turned into manipulating Crowley's opinion of Sam and Dean. After she tortured Olivette tonight and learned about the Men of Letters, it seems she's going back to pushing the Sam and Dean topic. Let her figure out her evil plan, let her show off her skills -- just give her something else to do other than pouting at and nagging Crowley.
Arrow: "Suicidal Tendencies" Review - IGN
Despite the fact that I’ve tended to rate new episodes of Arrow higher than those of Flash in the past few weeks, I’m more concerned about the state of the former as we move closer to the season finale. Season 3 has struggled to develop a clear sense of purpose and direction. As I’ve said in the past, when you compare the state of this season to how the show was faring with the Deathstroke conflict last year, the overarching conflict hasn’t come together as neatly or elegantly. With that in mind, it was disappointing to have an episode like “Suicidal Tendencies” come along. This episode tried to split its focus between two completely different storylines, and in the end did neither enough justice.
It’s inescapable. Marketing is increasingly a technical discipline. Data and algorithms allow us to scale up the reach while refining targeting and personalization. But most brands are selling products that can’t be instrumented as easily as a digital product, especially after purchase. Ashu Garg of Foundation Capital will talk with Doug Miliken, VP, Global Brand Development, Clorox, Jeremy Wacksman, VP, Marketing & Product, Zillow about the challenges facing both traditional and digital brands. How can CPG brands monitor digital attribution the way mobile-first businesses do? And should they? Can a strictly digital brand like Zillow learn a few new tricks from an old dog like Clorox?
The things end users do that drive security teams crazy
I overheard a call that came into the help desk and was amazed how angry and abusive this guy (internal staffer) was to the help desk. I stepped in and tried to remedy the situation. I walked through all of the issues with his desktop that would not start up. He was convinced that he had been hacked. Then he mentioned that the power light on his monitor was yellow. I paused, took a deep breath and asked him what color the light on his computer was. He responded "there are no f*** lights". I asked him to turn his computer on and he paused...cleared his throat...thanked us and hung up. He had a long chat with HR after.
NASA's Plan to Give the Moon a Moon | WIRED
NASA chose this mission concept over one that would’ve bagged an entire asteroid. In that plan, the spacecraft would’ve captured the space rock by enclosing it in a giant, flexible container. The claw concept won out because its rendezvous and soft-landing on the asteroid will allow NASA to test and practice more capabilities in preparation for a Mars mission, Lightfoot says. The claw would’ve also given more chances at grabbing a space rock, whereas it was all or nothing with the bag idea. “It’s a one-shot deal,” he says. “It is what it is when we get there.” But the claw concept offers some choices. “I’ve got three to five opportunities to pull one of the boulders off,” he says. Not bad odds. Better than winning that Pikachu.
Google's new CFO Ruth Porat negotiates sweet pay package
Ruth Porat will receive an annual salary of $650,000. Google has also agreed to pay her a one-time sign-on bonus of $5 million. Google has also agreed to make equity grants to Porat in the form of restricted stock units: a $25 million new hire grant with the first $5 million vesting in December 2015 and the remaining $20 million vesting on a pro-rata quarterly basis in 2016 and 2017 and a $40 million biennial grant in 2016.
Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu
"Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases."
Uber Unveils a New Global Code of Conduct for Increased Safety
A new advisory board will be established to review Uber’s safety practices and guide the company on adding safety features to its platform. And as part of its new Quality Assurance program, off-duty law enforcement and security professionals will routinely audit and report drivers’ behavior and their compliance with the code of conduct.
The Americans: "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?" Review - IGN
And wow on Betty’s reply to Elizabeth saying that yes, her death would make the world a better place in the long run: “That’s what evil people tell themselves when they do evil things.” No, I don’t think Betty is meant to give an absolute declaration on Elizabeth as an “evil person”, but we’ve already seen her do terrible things for what she believes is a truly just cause, and it was unsettling (both for her and us) to see her actually be told that what she was doing was evil. All of which is to say, this entire tragic, tear-inducing storyline underlined what a terrific character Elizabeth is and how awesome Keri Russell is playing her.
All 650 Members of Parliament in the UK will receive an iPad Air 2 after the May election
Getting elected to British Parliament has an added bonus this year. According to The Telegraph , all 650 Members of Parliament (MP) in Great Britain will be given an iPad Air 2 and a laptop after the May election. The House of Commons Commission says the new hardware will cost around £200,000 ($300,000) over the next five years. Each MP will be given a 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2, which costs £499 ($744). Apple's tablet was chosen by the commission in part because it's already popular among MPs — 209 members in the House of Commons possess an iPad, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
St. Paul considers CenturyLink's cable alternative
With CenturyLink eager to offer cable-like television service in the Twin Cities, the city of St. Paul is forming a cable franchise application committee to negotiate the particulars, and there are a lot of them.
CenturyLink already provides landline phone, "normal speed" Internet and DirecTV satellite television services in St. Paul. The franchise agreement would allow the company to offer Prism TV -- an Internet-based pay-television option -- throughout the Twin Cities.
"It's a pretty high-tech product, so we deliver it over fiber-optics, versus a cable cord," said Joanna Hjelmeland, a CenturyLink spokeswoman. "We would be a competitive alternative to cable."
Prism's features include up to four or five split screens at once and a wireless box.
"You can move your TV inside, or outside, or watch a cooking show in your kitchen, without being connected to the box," Hjelmeland said.
The company submitted a letter to the St. Paul city clerk Jan. 9 indicating that it hopes to enter into a competitive cable franchise agreement with the city, similar to the agreement that St. Paul recently negotiated with Comcast.
Pilot Was Locked Out of Germanwings Cockpit Before Crash | WIRED
Investigators do have other data to work with. The radar flight path can provide clues as to how the aircraft was behaving, and if the pilots were trying to correct for a problem with the aircraft. The pattern and state of debris can reveal some of the story. Calculating the trajectory and impact angle of various parts can indicate the position of the jet in its final moments, for example. Close examination of wreckage can provide clues. Scorching or soot suggest a fire. Looking at whatever’s left of the cabin and cockpit will yield more information—if, for example, the oxygen masks were deployed.
Apple doubles down on emojis in latest iOS 8.3 beta | Cult of Mac
Selecting just the right skin tone is now even easier. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac Apple continues to tweak its emoji keyboard in the latest iOS 8.3 beta, the fourth iOS beta so far to make its way to developers to test and try out new features.
The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves.
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Amazon Expands ‘Prime Now’ One-Hour Delivery Service To Dallas, Now Covers 4 Metros
Prime Now is designed as another perk for members of Prime, its $99/year loyalty program that gives users free two-day shipping, access to certain services like Amazon’s streamed video and music services and fresh food delivery, discounts on certain items and other features — basically things that Amazon has determined will ensure that customers continue to visit and buy from Amazon. The company has never disclosed how many people actually take Prime, only giving a generic number of “tens of millions.”
RadioShack puts customer personal data up for sale in bankruptcy auction
Facebook's Like button can still easily be gamed
Also, average Facebook users may not be aware of exactly what kind of actions generate a Like. It’s generally assumed that a single user can only generate one Like, but that’s not actually the case. Sharing a link on Facebook from a source with an embedded Like button increases the count by one.
Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays
When you read the details about how animations become flip books at that resolution, it really can't (and Apple is justified in not claiming it can). �Even though the Intel GPU used in the Air can output a signal at 60Hz 4K, it's clear that it simply doesn't have enough power to do anything more than display static images.
Google Joins Tech Giants to Call for Mass Surveillance Reform
The group has addressed a letter [PDF] to President Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers and others, calling for reform ahead of the expiration date of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act in May. It sanctions the bulk collection of communications metadata.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Is Totally Beautiful—And Pointless | WIRED
On Wednesday morning, Samsung’s two new phones arrived at my desk. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the most anticipated, most important devices of the year. They represent an entirely new design direction from Samsung, with glass and carefully machined aluminum where there was once dimpled plastic that looked a lot like a Band-Aid. They’re Samsung’s attempt to keep up with the iPhone, which has entered the big-phone market with no subtlety and lots of success. They’re almost certainly going to be enormously popular.
When and where to buy: HTC One M9
HTC announced its latest flagship Android experience, the One M9 , at Mobile World Congress on March 1. According to HTC, the handset will begin trickling out to a number of carriers starting as soon as this month.
Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation
Almost all on-demand delivery services already charge a delivery fee, and that includes some of the biggest players like Postmates, WunWun, GrubHub, and Seamless. That puts Magic in the position of having to add its own markup to every order, meaning Magic users are paying two premiums (the first is for the convenience of using an on-demand service, and the second is for the convenience of doing that via text).
Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference
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Spherical video - Anyone seen any of these ?
Sounds like wobblecam on steroids.
Trots out old mantra - Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
There are a few old videos on the following site:
If you switch the dropdown, you get different videos. It should be quite immersive for a mainstream movie shot in 360 3D and viewed in VR. On Facebook, they'll want to connect people at events so they could have someone on one side of the world wearing Oculus and a group at a meal or something and with a certain camera, they'd be able to stream 3D 360 and to the person on the other side of the world, it would be close to being there. Family reunion, funeral etc. William Shatner couldn't make it to Leonard Nimoy's funeral, this kind of tech could have allowed him to beam in.
Google for Work vs. Microsoft Office 365: A comparison of cloud tools
While Google for Work and Microsoft Office 365 offer many similar services, choosing between the two can be a significant challenge for CIOs. This comparison eases that burden.
Apple's Tim Cook to donate his wealth: Fortune
Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth $665 million if it were to be fully vested.
React Native: Bringing modern web techniques to mobile
We introduced React to the world two years ago, and since then it's seen impressive growth, both inside and outside of Facebook. Today, even though no one is forced to use it, new web projects at Facebook are commonly built using React in one form or another, and it's being broadly adopted across the industry. Engineers are choosing to use React every day because it enables them to spend more time focusing on their products and less time fighting with their framework. It wasn't until we'd been building with React for a while, though, that we started to understand what makes it so powerful.
3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps
Using DroneKit, developers can program the vehicle to fly certain paths, follow a GPS target, control camera gimbals and get telemetry from the drone. In addition, developers can also log all of the drone’s movements for later analysis. As 3D Robotics notes, DroneKit will work for quadcopters, but also planes and rovers, which — besides the project’s open nature — sets it apart from similar offerings.
SoftBank leads group in talks to buy up to $1 billion stake in India's Micromax: sources
MUMBAI (Reuters) - A group of investors led by Japanese mobile telecom firm SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a 20 percent stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics for up to $1 billion, two people aware of the discussions said.
Update March 26 at 9:45 a.m. PT: Day two of Facebook’s two-day developer conference is about to begin. Like yesterday, you can watch the livestream here .
Facebook's Video API lets brands push more and more video into your News Feed
The bulk of these API updates have to do with control over viewership. Those who work with Facebook’s Video API can now restrict the audience of the video by age, gender, and location—for example, limited videos to people living on the East Coast to eliminate TV spoilers, or pushing a video out to users who are at least 18 years old. Also new is the ability to publish a video directly to a Page without distributing it in News Feed, and the ability to batch-upload a bunch of videos at once without having them all get pushed to News Feed at once—you can schedule videos, set a video to be featured on a Page, and program a video playlist.
Android Showdown: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9
The new Galaxy S6 takes design critics head on with a bold new direction for Samsung's flagship phone. The chintzy plastics and awful faux-metal are banished in favor of genuine metal and glass. This year's Galaxy finally looks and feels like the premium, high-end smartphone it's supposed to be. One big change Samsung loyalists might take issue with is the now non-removable battery or microSD card slot. HTC has always hung its hat on design, so it should be no surprise that the One M9 is as luxe as its predecessors. In terms of design and feel, the S6 and M9 appear to be on as level a playing field as ever.
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First look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, coming to the U.S. April 10
Instead of one flagship phone, Samsung now has two: the Galaxy S6 (right) and the Galaxy S6 Edge. The main difference is the S6 Edge has a display that curves on both sides, which bestows it with a few extra features, like a Night Clock. Both phones are coming to all major U.S. carriers on April 10. Pre-orders start on March 27.
Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelter is entering production
The crisis has put considerable strain on refugee camps, but the Ikea Foundation, Ikea's philanthropic arm, hopes the Better Shelter could make life a little easier for those staying there. Measuring about 188 square feet, each shelter accommodates five people and includes a rooftop solar panel that powers a built-in lamp and USB outlet. The structure ships just like any other piece of Ikea furniture, with insulated, lightweight polymer panels, pipes, and wires packed into a cardboard box. According to Ikea, it only takes about four hours to assemble.
Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video
You're right, and I strongly suspect Tim Cook knows this based on his comments about watching TV being like going back in time. These "channels" are archaic and actually serve no current purpose other than the source of the content. A "CNN" channel only makes sense when you already know that is a news channel. But who cares if your favorite drama is on ABC, NBC, or whatever? For years content like this is searchable on iTunes. That's what people want, and they will actually pay for it. (Remember the good old days of Napster?)
Getting your money's worth from Cisco
If you've ever tallied your company's spend on Cisco products and compared it against what you spend with other telecom and IT suppliers, in most cases, it's as large or even larger. Yet this fact often sits below the radar in most shops because the vast majority of companies do not have a contractual arrangement directly with Cisco, and instead purchase the vendor's products and services through one or more value added resellers (VARs).
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Nuzzel for Android lets you know what stories your friends are talking about
Nuzzel is basically a free social RSS reader for news stories shared by your friends. The service — which is already available on the web and iOS — launches on Android today . It curates the links being shared by your Facebook or Twitter friends, simply counting which stories have been tweeted or posted the most often in a 24-hour period. This list can then be digested as either a scrollable feed in the app or a daily newsletter sent via email. You can see who shared a link, what they said about it, and read the story without having to jump into a different app. There's also an option to simplify webpages into a text-only format for easier reading.
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