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It's time to ditch the big four carriers and go with Google's Project Fi (review)
I had been on Project Fi, and my phone before Fi was a Nexus 5. I am also a serious Google Voice user. There were a few problems I have encountered with real world use. First, is the limited phones. Yes, you can (as of Jan 12, 2016) can get a reasonable priced Nexus 6, but for the most part, most people will have to pay a small chunk for a new phone. This is a deterrent if you are happy with your current phone that may not be one of the 3 only options. Second was call control. Everyone had my Google Voice number, and when I was with Project Fi, everyone called my cellular which is fine except when I didn’t want it. I used call groups to direct less important calls to my SIP client which only rang when I wasn’t home. Also, no SPAM controls. I had to create a “contact” and set that contact to ring to voicemail. However, this still rang a Hangouts device. Couldn’t do that with Fi. It was all or nothing. Google controls both Fi, and Voice – you would figure that they would have given the best of both, but they missed the mark a great deal. I do like the value (although data cost is a little high), and customer service was great (when they could have helped). I am not saying Fi is bad, just bad if you relied on Google Voice.
Fiery steel wool looks celestial in slow motion
Youtubers 'The Slow Mo Guys' point their slow mo lens at spinning, fiery steel wool.
How to ruin your coworker's day: Bear suit edition
Career satisfaction relies on three components: Promotions, raises and the ability execute a killer office prank.
Artist uses her boobs to paint a delightful portrait of Donald Trump
Artist Aimee Davison has painted a portrait of Donald Trump using her breasts.
Teach girls bravery, not perfection
We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
The Risk I Will Not Take
In a three-way race, it’s unlikely any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes, and then the power to choose the president would be taken out of the hands of the American people and thrown to Congress. The fact is, even if I were to receive the most popular votes and the most electoral votes, victory would be highly unlikely, because most members of Congress would vote for their party’s nominee. Party loyalists in Congress -- not the American people or the Electoral College -- would determine the next president.
Our refugee system is failing. Here's how we can fix it
A million refugees arrived in Europe this year, says Alexander Betts, and "our response, frankly, has been pathetic." Betts studies forced migration, the impossible choice for families between the camps, urban poverty and dangerous illegal journeys to safety. In this insightful talk, he offers four ways to change the way we treat refugees, so they can make an immediate contribution to their new homes. "There's nothing inevitable about refugees being a cost," Betts says. "They're human beings with skills, talents, aspirations, with the ability to make contributions — if we let them."
First known OS X ransomware spotted in Mac torrenting app
Apple moved swiftly to control the ransomware after it was first informed about the issue on March 4th, revoking the certificate it uses, and making it so the infected app will no longer install. The Transmission Project, which makes the open-source app, has also released a new, clean version of its software, and has recommended users upgrade as soon as possible. In the meantime, for those unlucky enough to be hit by a world-first, security experts suggest restoring a Mac system backup from before you were infected.
Ray Tomlinson, father of email, dead at 74
Ray Tomlinson, inventor of the contemporary email system, has died of an apparent heart attack at the age 74. His passing was confirmed by Mike Doble, director of corporate PR at Tomlinson's employer Raytheon. In a statement to CNET Doble described Tomlinson as a "true technology pioneer".
4chan founder Chris Poole now works for Google
When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others. I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems.
For Netflix, Discontent Over Blocked VPNs Is Boiling
But the reasons for VPN use aren’t always so noble. One Canadian Netflix user tells WIRED he uses a VPN to watch Netflix when he isn’t at home. “I am unable to watch Netflix at work on my break because my company Wi-Fi will not allow it,” he said in a Twitter message. The same goes for watching at a coffee shop. “I used to use a VPN to get around this, and now I can’t.”
Man saves phone-distracted kid from flying baseball bat
The bat made its way right into the face of a young boy who was more concerned with his phone than the game. Luckily, the man sitting next to him saved the day, deflecting the bat from the boy.
Watch Us Epically Fail NASA’s Astronaut Test
Always dreamed of going to space? Yeah, me too. With NASA now mid-hunt for their next class of astronauts, WIRED decided to take a trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to get a sneak peak of what these future space explorers would go through if they’re lucky enough to make the cut.
Millennials are allegedly ruining hotels for every other generation
Wright has spent up to 200 nights a year in hotels and understands that many make changes to cater to younger travelers. But he can't imagine any millennial deciding not to stay in a hotel because the room has a desk. But for older road warriors, a lack of a desk is a deal breaker.
Meet the People of Transnistria, a Stuck-in-Time Soviet Country That Doesn’t Exist
He spent a little more than two weeks there over the course of two trips. Many of the people Barton photographed were intensely patriotic, though he couldn’t always parse their political views. In Tiraspol, he found Natalia Yefremova and her small trinket shop. It sells busts of Stalin and busts of Putin, and it wasn’t clear whether she favored communist or capitalist Russia. Barton also photographed Igor Nebeygolova, a colonel in the KGB and commander of the Cossack regiment in Tiraspol. A huge flag from Russia’s imperial era adorned the wall of his office, along with Soviet and Transnistrian flags. “His loyalties seemed deeply split,” Barton says. “Everything he had was a symbol of one thing or another.”
Introducing a WordPress Plugin for Instant Articles
We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for publishers to share their content on Facebook, so we’ve partnered with Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com VIP, to build a free plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles from WordPress. The open-source WordPress publishing platform now powers more than 25% of sites on the web, so we are excited to help millions of publishers all over the world bring the Instant Articles experience to their readers.
Sorry, Apple: Supreme Court Won't Hear Ebook Appeal
The move finalizes the lower court decision that "Apple orchestrated a price-fixing conspiracy with five major ebook publishers and substantially raised ebook prices," the Justice Department said in a statement. Apple will now have to pay $450 million to settle the antitrust suit. The vast majority of that—$400 million—will go to ebook consumers. Apple will also need to pay $20 million to settle state cases, along with $30 million in legal fees.
Google Photos now supports Live Photos on iOS
Google Photos will now allow users to back up and view Live Photos taken with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the company announced in a tweet. The latest version of the iOS app has finally received support for the format, nearly six months after Apple introduced Live Photos in the latest iPhone.
Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux
Today, the company is previewing a SQL Server for Linux that features the core relational database features of SQL Server 2016. The aim is to allow companies to run databases on Linux as well as Windows Server.
Facebook Messenger now lets you hail a Lyft car
So what does this mean for customers? Someone who wants to make a reservation with OpenTable, find directions with Google Maps, or order a coffee from Starbucks is now able to hail a car from within those respective apps, thanks to API integration. Some, like Facebook Messenger, allow users to summon a car from with the app itself, while others will send users to the respective ride-hail app to connect with a driver. The latter action is the source of some fear from app developers — Uber calls it "FOLO," or the fear of linking out — but often the desire to create a soup-to-nuts app experience wins out over concerns of sending customers away to another app.
Ahead of Apple v FBI, US government files appeal in NY iPhone unlocking case
The move is part of a legal and public relations campaign by the Department of Justice to show that Apple has willingly assisted law enforcement in dozens of similar previous cases, and is therefore technically able to help gather evidence. Apple , claims the DoJ, has only recently begun arguing that it isn’t legally required to do so.
Anyone in the U.S. can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi
Project Fi is a pretty innovative service when you compare it with standard wireless service — for one thing, the cost can be very appealing, but there’s also a useful app for monitoring usage and excellent support. The service starts at $20 per month for unlimited calling and texting and $10 for every gigabyte of data you want to use each month. In December, Google bolstered Project Fi by introducing data-only SIM cards that you can put into secondary devices, including some iPads.
Facebook Messenger gets a Material Design makeover on Android
Head of Messenger David Marcus took to social media today to announce the new look, which uses a variety of Material Design elements, including a floating action button for starting new chats.
Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks
Chat apps boast a number of distinct characteristics that make their audiences particularly appealing to businesses and marketers, including their size, retention and usage rates, and user demographics. The combined user base of the top four chat apps is larger than the combined user base of the top four social networks. Chat apps also have higher retention and usage rates than most mobile apps. Finally, the majority of their users are young, an extremely important demographic for brands, advertisers and publishers.
This writing app will delete your work if you stop typing
That’s where The Most Dangerous Writing App comes in. The idea behind this free Web-based tool is simple: choose how long you’d like to write for — say, five minutes or a half hour — and then write non-stop until the clock runs out. If you pause for even five seconds, it’ll wipe everything you just typed.
Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports
While the law appears to appease the industry's largest players, it does not differentiate between daily fantasy sports and the more traditional season-long version of the game. Daily fantasy sports is a hyper-accelerated form of sports wagering that compresses seasons into a single day and lets players wager thousands of dollars on those outcomes, which is precisely why it's compared with outlawed gambling contests like online poker. Season-long fantasy sports, however, is the kind of game friends may play over the course of many months using a service like Yahoo Sports. Smaller season-long companies, which still allow players to win large sums of money, say the new law's $50,000 fee is prohibitive, according to The Virginia Pilot , and may push them out of the state entirely.
Microsoft Ceases Development on Fable Legends, Project Knoxville - IGN
“After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK,” says Lemke. “Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.”
You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite
Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products. The company’s product portfolio includes Google Search, which provides users with access to information online; Knowledge Graph that allows to search for things, people, or places as well as builds systems recognizing speech and understanding natural language; Google Now, which provides information …
Google to test Project Loon in India in partnership with telcos
Google will have to figure out ways to educate millions of Indians who have never been online about its new service and also offer it at an affordable price. Local partnerships could help in those respects, but it will no doubt face a challenge in communicating the value of internet access to people who haven’t tried it before.
SoftBank to Separate Domestic, Overseas Businesses
TOKYO—SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan said Monday that it would separate its profitable but slow-growing domestic mobile business from its fast-paced but riskier overseas operations, which include a majority stake in U.S. mobile operator Sprint Corp.
Investments in VR/AR have already hit $1.1 billion in 2016
Magic Leap’s is an obvious outlier here with its $1.39 billion in funds raised so far eclipsing the totals of AR/VR investment seen in the entirety of 2015 and 2016 thus far. Though it can’t be expected that investments will keep the pace sent in the past two months, Magic Leap’s monster round shouldn’t be discounted as a fluke that just skews the graph, it’s more representative of the excitement directed towards the future adoption rates of augmented reality tech in general. It’s worth noting that Magic Leap hasn’t even released a product or dev kit yet, all of this investment is coming from investors under NDAs who like what they see behind closed doors.
Blizzard's 'Overwatch' hits consoles and PC on May 24
The wait is almost over for Overwatch , Blizzard's first original game in some time. The shooter will hit PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on May 24, the company announced today . Additionally, you'll be able to get your feet wet during an open beta from May 5 through May 9. Those who preorder the game will also be able to get an early start on the beta on May 3.
ACLU Urges Feds To Adopt Privacy Rules For Broadband And Cable
The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups are urging the FCC to adopt privacy rules for broadband and cable.
Alaska Airlines is adjusting a plane's flight plan so passengers can see tomorrow's solar eclipse
Lucky passengers on tomorrow's Alaska Airlines Flight 870 will get a special sight when they look out the window: a total solar eclipse. The flight from Anchorage to Honolulu purposefully adjusted its departure time so that the plane's passengers could see the eclipse's totality — the period when the entire solar disc is covered and only the outer edges are visible.
Google's Project Fi Cell Phone Service Is Now Available Without an Invite
All you need to do to sign up for Project Fi is head to the sign up page and log in with your Google account. From there, you’re on your way to getting cell phone service started. The point of Project Fi is to keep the pricing plan simple. For $20/month you get unlimited talk and text. Then, you pay $10/month per GB of data and any unused data is credited back to your account. As far as coverage is concerned, Project Fi piggybacks off of T-Mobile and Sprint, so anywhere you can get coverage with those services , you’ll get with Project Fi. Project Fi only works with Google’s current line of Nexus phones, but as far as off-contract phone plans go , while it’s not the cheapest, the coverage is pretty strong.
Google gets 113,668 copyright takedown requests an hour in game of cat and pirate
Google’s playing a cat and mouse game with link-sharers on the Web and the search giant is increasingly swamped with takedown requests from rights holders, or those acting on behalf of them, mainly in the music and film industries.
Software Is Disrupting Venture-Capital Sector
Ten years ago, bored by the repetitive nature of his work as a private-equity analyst, Ryan Caldbeck began to think that the job could be done as well by software. Today, he’s the co-founder and chief executive of CircleUp, an online crowdfunding platform specializing in consumer-goods companies—think food, cosmetics and chain restaurants. Mr. Caldbeck’s firm has built software that he says does more or less what he once found so stultifying.
3D-printed (nearly) nude selfies are a thing
One thing that you sometimes see advertised is an erotic photoshoot for couples who want to remember their sexy days in their dotage. Now, thanks to the confluence of digital photography and 3D-printing, you can now go one better and immortalize yourself in three dimensions. British retailer Firebox is launching Nudee, a service that adds your head onto a 7.8-inch figurine that's wearing nothing but underwear. All you have to do is take two selfies: one face on and one in profile, as well as choosing a body type between slim, curvy or muscular. Then all you have to do is wait the 3-4 weeks it'll take for delivery.
The Defense Department Got Mad at Darpa For Creating Email
Tomlinson’s death gives us a chance to look at how various innovations come to pass. They are rarely, if ever, the work of one person. And in the case of email, Tomlinson contributed greatly, along with people like Bob Clements of BBN, Dick Watson of SRI International, and Stephen Lukasik of ARPA (now known as Darpa). And they all managed to anger the Department of Defense for quite literally being too ahead of their time.
Google's Project Fi mobile network is now open to everyone in the US
For the next month, Google is discounting the Nexus 5X down to $199 as an inexpensive way to get started with Fi, which only works with Nexus smartphones. Project Fi connects to the cellular networks of both T-Mobile and Sprint, switching between the two to offer customers the best possible coverage. Google is also pushing Wi-Fi and public hotspots in a big way with Fi; over 50 percent of current customers connect to public hotspots using Fi's "Wi-Fi Assistant" on a weekly basis. As for cellular data, Google's Project Fi subscribers are impressively lean in their usage, averaging 1.6GB of data each month.
Verizon to Pay $1.35 Million to Settle FCC Probe of ‘Supercookies’
Verizon Communications Inc. will pay $1.35 million to settle an investigation with federal regulators over the wireless carrier’s use of so-called supercookies, pieces of software that tracked its customers’ Web usage.
The bright future of virtual reality
While I do not think that the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift is going to go mainstream, and that it is unlikely that people will be walking around wearing VR/AR headsets any time soon, I agree with Mr. Zuckerberg in that virtual and augmented reality presents a massive opportunity, especially for the companies that are leading the pack when it comes to VR development.
Lyft launches its open API for developers with Facebook Messenger integration
By finally opening its API, Lyft hopes developers can integrate its car-hailing service to help a variety of apps, from travel to messaging. According to the Lyft Developer Program page, launch partners (in addition to Facebook) include Starbucks, Shell, and Slack . Earlier this year, Lyft announced it was working with Google Waze’s SDK to improve ride routing.
Google hires the creator of 4chan
Either way, it's definitely a big change of pace. Poole established 4chan as the message board where almost anything goes, and indirectly helped launch Anonymous , legendary pranks and countless internet memes -- he's jumping from the internet's counterculture to the mainstream in less than a year. While it's not surprising given the incentives (Poole didn't make a lot of money from 4chan before the sale), the Google hire is bound to catch some of his admirers off-guard.
Medicare Scammers Steal $60 Billion a Year. This Man Is Hunting Them
A month later Mininno got a data file from Oscar. The numbers showed systematic gaming of Medicare reimbursement rules. One part of the scheme allegedly worked like this: Medicare pays a provider based on the number of visits to a patient’s house in a 60-day period. If the provider makes up to nine visits, it gets reimbursed $2,200. For 10 visits or more, the provider gets an additional $2,200, because the case is assumed to be more severe and complex. A chart of visits per patient in 2007 showed that five times as many patients were getting 10 visits than were getting nine visits. When Medicare changed its rules in 2008 to set payment thresholds at six, 14, and 20 visits, the frequency distribution shifted dramatically to maximize revenue at the new thresholds. Jacking up the number of visits just to get over those thresholds is fraud, because the only legal basis for Medicare reimbursement is medical necessity—not profit maximization.
Origami Darth Vader Is Too Cute to Rule the Galaxy
His take on Darth Vader includes the Sith lord’s signature cape and helmet, but be warned, it’s not for origami Padawans. For starters, the expert takes at least 45 minutes to finish the sinister creation. Using a large sheet of paper and following along with his detailed instructions, however, might be enough to get you by if you’re already comfortable with the standard folds. Lightsaber not included.
This Flaming Palm Tree Is the New Official Mascot of El Niño
But trucks weren’t the only things burning in LA. The tail-end of the system whipped through the city early this morning, rousing Angelenos with end-times thunder that set off car alarms and lightning that ignited local foliage. As for the fiery tree (which is actually kind of a common thing during LA’s rare thunderstorms ), perhaps it is still burning even now, an eternal flame over the city that will serve as a reminder of all that El Niño hath wrought.
UpLabs thinks designers and developers should hang out more
Turning the product into a marketplace was a logical next step. Now, the site showcases 20-25 designs a day and sees more than a million search requests per month, mainly to solve specific UI challenges like login boxes, payment forms or navigation tabs. UpLabs has around 60,000 users. Aussaguel estimates that UpLabs is split between 60 percent designers and 40 percent developers.
50 million iOS users still lack the encryption Apple is fighting the FBI about
They [the FBI] have suggested that the safeguards of iOS 7 were good enough and that we should simply go back to the security standards of 2013. But the security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers. What’s worse, some of their methods have been productized and are now available for sale to attackers who are less skilled but often more malicious.
Instagram beta for Windows 10 mobile is here
Like on every other versions of Instagram, Windows 10 users can use Facebook to sign into their account, edit photos on the app, and share their posts to other social networks. You can also press and hold a picture to peek at it from the feed, 3D Touch-style.
Apple’s Mac Operating System Targeted by ‘Ransomware’ for Certain Users
A small number of Mac users could be getting ransom notes to unlock their computers in what is believed to be the first such attack on Apple Inc. products, typically seen as less likely to be hit by hackers and virus creators.
Dodocase’s SmartVR is an ultra-portable Cardboard viewer that’s actually durable
Within the next month, a pair of the most highly hyped VR headsets are getting ready to launch. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both expensive, powerful pieces of hardware that will likely see adoption among gamers and evangelists of the platform but are not necessarily systems that will be overtly accessible to the average consumer.
16 Twitter Tools for Social Media Marketers : Social Media Examiner
To find relevant people to follow, Ian suggests using Power Mode to find all of the people somebody else in your industry or area of expertise follows. For instance, Ian can look at all of the people Social Media Examiner follows, and then filter that list to see only people in a particular location, who have a certain number of followers, and have had an account for more than six months. He can then use that filtered list to find people he wants to follow.