Apple Channels the Pixies in New iPhone 5S Ad
Apple has launched a new tagline, "You're more powerful than you think," along with an ad featuring a Pixies tune.
Dodge Charger | Defiance
The sky may fall, but the fast will survive.
European Tech Blog Tech.eu Raises €150K, Backers Include Dave McClure’s 500 Startups And Adeo Ressi | TechCrunch
Last November , Robin Wauters, ex-TechCrunch writer and former European editor for The Next Web, launched new tech blog, Tech.eu, with a stated mission to fill the “gap” left for in-depth coverage of Europe’s technology industry (thanks for that, Robin!). But, as anyone in online media knows, content isn’t cheap and for that mission to be little more than hyperbole the new European tech blog on the block was always likely to require investment.
Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm ‘concierge’ service, and more
A new, modern UI for LG’s upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source. The screens show flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons (a new trend).
Netflix Launches First Spanish-Language Original Series
Netflix is making good on its promises to focus on international growth with the announcement of its first Spanish-language original series.
Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe | TechCrunch
Taxify is currently operating in Estonia and Latvia, and said it plans to use the new funding to expand in Eastern Europe in the near term. It offers existing cab companies an all-in-one solution – including a web-based dispatcher and fleet management systems to manage their back-end. These different cab companies are then presented to the consumer within the unified Taxify app, allowing multiple taxi businesses to sit on its platform and compete (in technology terms) with tech-fueled industry upstarts like Uber.
FCC Proposal Would End Net Neutrality as We Know It
There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong. Tomorrow we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court's ruling in January. There is no ‘turnaround in policy.’ The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court's decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.
Neato robot vacuum does a neat job at cleaning
Show of hands, who likes to vacuum your house? I wouldn't raise my hands either. That's why robotic vacuum cleaners have been the stuff of slacker's dreams ever since iRobot unleashed the first Roomba more
Startup Qnovo emerges with algorithms & silicon to make batteries better
Maluf called the original idea to extract more performance out of a standard lithium ion battery with software and silicon “a little wacky” — particularly back in 2009, while he was at USVP. At the time, venture capitalists were starting to realize that energy manufacturing and materials startups were really hard (and difficult to make money), and they were just starting to move away from funding energy companies. Maluf wanted to do something in batteries, but using computing, not materials or manufacturing, and with a much smaller amount of money raised than some of the very capital-intensive battery companies at the time like A123 Systems.
Apple Sold 20 Million Apple TVs And Is Now Far From A A Hobby | TechCrunch
The Apple TV continues to gain traction despite little effort from Apple. On today’s financial earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV boxes. By the end of 2013, the company had sold approximately 10 million Apple TV units. The product is clearly on-pace for a killer year even with new offerings from Amazon and Roku.
HBO Content Is Coming To Amazon Prime Instant Video Including ‘Sopranos’ And ‘The Wire’ | TechCrunch
This move is likely a way to monetize older HBO content long forgotten and advertise its stellar pedigree. Before Game Of Thrones, The Wire and The Sopranos were the darlings of television. They’re fantastic shows. By making the whole series available for binge watching, HBO is effectively advertising its current content in the hopes of snagging more subscribers.
Talixo, Yet Another European Taxi App Startup, Gets Backed | TechCrunch
Now that TechCrunch has launched slideshows galleries I’m thinking of lining one up to illustrate the proliferation of on-demand car services/taxi apps in Europe. Earlier today there was Estonia’s Taxify taking in a $100,000 seed.
Watch This Terrifying BASE Jump From World's Tallest Building
The video above shows a BASE jump from the pinnacle of the 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, which was carried out on Monday by veteran jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet.
Q&A: David Leonhardt says The Upshot won’t replace Nate Silver at The New York Times
Leonhardt : I think it would depend. The Times has a great database reporting team. They’re the ones who did all the stuff with the Medicare doctor data a few weeks ago. I think if you asked me to try to think about what would have happened if that had come out after The Upshot launched, I think the answer is they take the lead, they work with the reporter writing the main story, and we think about: Can we play a supporting role, given the expertise the people on our team have? And can we do something that no one else at the paper is doing? Is there a way to break off other pieces? Is there a way to take some of the knowledge that people at The New York Times already have that ends up on the cutting room floor and put it in front of readers?
This is something we think about with polling. Our polling team here is fabulous. They often are asked by members of our staff to look at polls and analyze them, and they’ll write these emails or memos that make you so much smarter about polling. We should be publishing some of those. In fact, we’re just about to — we’re going to publish something about the polling behind affirmative action.
Storehouse Storytelling App Gets Embeds And Improved Community Building Tools | TechCrunch
Kawano attributes it to the longevity of the stories — quite a few of which take forms other than ‘here’s my vacation’ collections. Recipes, stories about specific locations that act as guide books and other ‘evergreen’ content form an interesting trend that could cause many of the items published on Storehouse to be referenced back far more than any ‘ephemerally’ shared image on a social service. That’s an interesting trend that flies in opposition to the accepted wisdom, which is that people want ‘new’ stuff all the time and don’t want to look at old content much, if at all.
FCC Proposal Would Allow Broadband Providers to Charge Content Companies for Special Access To Consumers
The Federal Communications Commission plans to put forth its rules on Thursday. The proposal marks the FCC's third attempt at enforcing "net neutrality"—the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
FCC to Release Draft Net Neutrality Rules in May
“There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong. Tomorrow we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court’s ruling in January. There is no ‘turnaround in policy.’ The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court’s decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”
Apple takes a dig at Samsung in new environmental print ad
Apple takes a dig at Samsung in new environmental print ad; tells them ‘There are some ideas we want every company to copy’
Facebook CFO Ebersman to Depart Social Networking Giant -- Will Likely Focus on Health Care Space
Facebook made the announcement as part of its first-quarter earnings statement today. Sources said Ebersman would likely be focusing on moving back into the health care space, where he worked before coming to the Silicon Valley social networking giant.
Apple Issues Security Fixes for iOS, Mac and AirPort Extreme
Apple has just pushed out software updates that fix security vulnerabilities on the iPhone and iPad and certain versions of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks. It has also circulated a second update that patches a vulnerability that exposes the most recent model of AirPort Extreme to the Heartbleed bug.
HBO's Amazon Haul Is Big -- But Not as Big as You Might Think
This is a great deal for Amazon. If their cost is $100M per year, that could've produced ten or fifteen original shows. Who knows how many of those shows would've been hits? For that same $100M, they're getting The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers, and earlier seasons of more current shows...all proven hits. Possibly more importantly, they're distinguishing themselves from Netflix.
Inside the Algorithms Facebook and Twitter Use to Build the Perfect Feed | Business | WIRED
Ever since Twitter and Facebook debuted their feeds in 2006, the model of continually streaming updates has come to define how we consume information. We’ve grown accustomed to a world in which data flows by us, letting us dip into the stream whenever, wherever, and however we want. But feeds have really taken off in the mobile era, with hundreds of apps overcoming the limitations of the small screen by presenting information as a swipeable stream. To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it’s obvious: “Every new product that wants to build engagement bases its design on feeds.” And no one has mastered the art of feed design like Twitter and Facebook. Both companies have endlessly experimented, devising techniques to deliver the stories and updates users care about—and avoid overwhelming them with noise. The result is a series of computations that are as crucial to the information industry as Google’s search algorithm. Here’s a peek under the hood at what went into building Twitter’s and Facebook’s feeds—and how they keep you glued to the screen.
When We Talk About Technology, It's Time to Stop Using the Word 'Mobile'
Lumping phones and tablets into one category makes no sense. I acknowledge that there’s a great deal of technological overlap between them. But phones are designed for fast-paced, on-the-go usage scenarios, while a tablet is often something you relax with when you’ve got plenty of time on your hands, like a good book. We think of them as one category in part because neither is a PC, a mindset we should have moved past by now. It’s like declaring burger joints and steakhouses to be one category of restaurant based on their shared usage of beef.
The Case Against "Busy" And The Art Of Sitting Still
Jane Porter writes about creativity, business, technology, health, education and literature. She's a 2013 Emerging Writing Fellow with the Center For Fiction. Jane has written and edited for publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Fortune and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. When she isn't busy freelance writing or editing, she's at a desk somewhere in Brooklyn, NY, toiling away at her own fiction writing.
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5 Ways To Improvise Your Way To Success
Great advice. I have worked since I was 13 - McDonalds, Park Bureau, Publisher, Bank, and at a state and private University. Left a dream job at 28 and moved to Bermuda. Later, I left a great job in Bermuda to attend graduate school in Massachusetts, then on to NYC and later Georgia, in between I lived and worked in Holland. What experiences! I now run my own marketing firm and have such an appreciation for the world and culture. At each turn, someone cautioned - don't do that! My only regret - I didn't go to China when suggested by an undergraduate professor. Otherwise, I wouldn't change any of it! I tell people all the time. Live. Get some experience. Travel. Before you have the weight of life holding you down.
Why Netflix Stands Alone Against The Comcast-Time Warner Merger
If the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, the combined company’s footprint will pass over 60 percent of U.S. broadband households, after the proposed divestiture, with most of those homes having Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband (>10Mbps). As DSL fades in favor of cable Internet, Comcast could control high-speed broadband to the majority of American homes. Comcast is already dominant enough to be able to capture unprecedented fees from transit providers and services such as Netflix. The combined company would possess even more anti-competitive leverage to charge arbitrary interconnection tolls for access to their customers. For this reason, Netflix opposes this merger.
5 problems with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, and how to solve them
A casual scan of forums and article comments reveals that lag is the subject of much debate when it comes to the Galaxy S5. A significant number of owners feel that the Galaxy S5 lags when compared to the competition and the blame is generally leveled at Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and bloatware. What we’re talking about here is perceived delays when you load up or exit an app, when you unlock the phone, when you tap the Home button, or perhaps when you’re typing.
Apple earnings: $46B in revenue, 43 million iPhones sold
Apple on Wednesday reported second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion and net income of $10.2 billion, which works out to $11.62 per share. The revenue figure is higher than Apple’s results from the second quarter in 2013, and profits continued to rise year over year. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of $10.19 on sales of $43.5 billion.
Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde - IGN
According to The Wrap , multiple individuals are reporting that Chastain, a two-time Oscar nominee and the star of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Interstellar, is “nearing a deal” to play Monroe.
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to Join Apple Next Week
During today's second quarter earnings call , Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company's new retail and online leader, Angela Ahrendts, will be joining Apple next week.
Ahrendts first resigned from British luxury fashion house Burberry in October of 2013, but was contractually obligated to stay on with the company for another six months as it transitioned to new CEO Christopher Bailey. As of April, Ahrendts fulfilled her obligations and became free to leave Burberry to join Apple.
Earlier this month, rumors suggested Ahrendts might stay on with Burberry until June in order to pick up a two million pound performance bonus, but it appears that she will not be staying with the company in order to collect the payment.
Ahrendts will join Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, a position that has seen significant turnover over the past several years. In 2011, Ron Johnson left Apple for J.C. Penney , after building up Apple's retail presence during his 11-year tenure. Johnson was then replaced by Dixons CEO John Browett, who served less than a year at Apple.
How to be a great software developer
Disclaimer : This is a very long piece, much longer than I would normally write on any subject. I have edited it back but on sending it to friends to read they agreed that there was no one bit that should be cut. I hope that you feel the same.
These 11 Genius Business Cards Put Everyone Else's To Shame
The fact is, the vast majority of Americans still exchange cards when they first meet, according to a recent survey by DesignCrowd, a crowdsourcing site that sells business card designs. You just need make sure your card stands out among the rest.
You can now control your PC from a Windows Phone
Microsoft originally allowed Android and iOS users to control desktop PCs from their smartphones last year, but Windows Phone support was missing. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of its Remote Desktop app to let Windows Phone users control their PCs on the go. The app is available for free from the Windows Phone Store, but the only catch is you’ll need to be running Windows Phone 8.1 to access and install it. Windows Phone 8.1 is due to start rolling out to existing devices in the coming weeks and months, but you can gain access to the update early using a developer preview option .
An Eavesdropping Lamp That Livetweets Private Conversations | Threat Level | WIRED
But a video they’ve posted online (embedded below) shows two people with obscured faces planting Conversnitch in a light fixture in a New York McDonald’s, disguised as a desk lamp in a bedroom and a bank lobby, in a library, and inside a lamp post in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. A glance at the Conversnitch Twitter feed shows fragments of conversations about topics as private as a failed course , a job interview rejection , someone’s frayed relationship with his or her boss and criticisms of a politician .
NIST Finally Removes NSA-Compromised Crypto Algorithm From Random Number Generator Recommendations | Techdirt
Back in December, it was revealed that the NSA had given RSA $10 million to push weakened crypto. Specifically, RSA took $10 million to make Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, better known as Dual_EC_DRBG, as the default random number generator in its BSAFE offering. The random number generator is a key part of crypto, because true randomness is nearly impossible, so you need to be as random as possible. If it's not truly random, you've basically made incredibly weak crypto that is easy to break. And that's clearly what happened here. There were other stories, released earlier, about how the NSA spent hundreds of millions of dollars to effectively take over security standards surreptitiously, including at least one standard from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). People quickly realized they were talking about Dual_EC_DRBG, meaning that the algorithm was suspect from at least September of last year (though there were indications many suspected it much earlier ).
In response to all this, NIST quickly issued an announcement recommending against using Dual_EC_DRBG, but it didn't finally remove it from its random number generator recommendations until this week -- following through on an open comment process on changing its recommendations.
The internet is going private. It's also grown to 138 Tbps of capacity
Traffic on private networks owned by Facebook, Amazon, Google and other web giants is driving the majority of that growth — about 55 percent of it averaged over that five-year period between 2009 and 2013. The remainder comes from public network traffic operated by carriers like AT&T, Comcast, Level 3 and others. Those public carriers still make up most of the traffic, however. From the report :
Unbabel's mission is to eliminate language barriers.
We are a fast growing, fast paced startup who is trying to change the world by
making comunication seamless in any language. Our headquarters are in San Francisco
but engineering is in the beautiful city of Lisbon. We are backed by top investors.
Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation
Dietzen estimates that Pure has a two-year lead in the technology race to replace enterprise storage arrays based on conventional hard drives with arrays based entirely on flash memory chips. The fundamental problem with enterprise storage is that conventional hard drives can’t keep up with everything else that’s gotten faster in the data center. Flash memory, like the type used in smartphones and some laptops, is fundamentally faster. It uses less energy and it takes up less space. Pure has delivered flash storage that is faster than disk-based storage, but also price-competitive.
The return of 'bedroom' programming
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Zuckerberg: More Than 200 Million People Use Facebook Messenger
More than 200 million people are regularly using Facebook Messenger, the company’s mobile texting application for Android and iPhone, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the company’s quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday.
Amazon Bringing HBO Programming Like 'The Sopranos' Exclusively To Amazon Prime Members
“HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history, with more than 115 Emmys amongst the assortment of shows coming to Prime members next month,” Brad Beale, Amazon’s director of content acquisition, said in a statement Wednesday morning. “HBO original content is some of the most-popular across Amazon Instant Video—our customers love watching these shows. Now Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.”
Google Turns Street View Into a Time Machine, Adding Back Its History of Imagery
And actually, even with all the archival pictures added back in, there’s still tons of Street View footage left on the cutting room floor, which Google’s algorithms discarded as they pared down and snapped together the panoramas that make up the product. Before new Street View pics are posted, a process selects images that show the middle of intersections and head-on views of landmarks, Vincent said. It also scrubs out faces and car license plates.
Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling | Gadget Lab | WIRED
For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn’t lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.
How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other | Business | WIRED
That skepticism reflects a widely held, deeply ingrained attitude reinforced by decades of warnings about poisoned Halloween candy and drink-spiking pickup artists. No wonder some of the loftier sharing-economy executives see their mission as not just building a business but fundamentally rewiring our relationships with one another. Much as the traditional Internet helped strangers meet and communicate online, they say, the modern Internet can link individuals and communities in the physical world. “The extent to which people are connected to each other is lower than what humans need,” NYU professor Arun Sundararajan says. “Part of the appeal of the sharing economy is helping to bridge that gap.” Lyft cofounder John Zimmer goes so far as to liken it to time he spent on the Oglala Sioux reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. “Their sense of community, of connection to each other and to their land, made me feel more happy and alive than I’ve ever felt before,” he says. “I think people are craving real human interaction—it’s like an instinct.
AT&T Falls as Phone Installment Plans Weigh on Profit Outlook
Customers who signed up for Next were rejecting AT&T’s
older model of offering discounts on smartphones in exchange for
a two-year contract with higher fees. While the Next subscribers
are padding AT&T’s profits for now, the company won’t be able to
spread the revenue from those device sales over time, putting
pressure on profits down the road.
Upworthy's Headlines Are Insufferable. Here's Why You Click Anyway
After decades of research, behavioral scientists remain quite curious themselves about curiosity. A big reason the feeling is difficult to understand is because it runs counter to classical ideas about rational decision-making--we're invested in the belief that people choose to do something in order to fulfill a goal. This is why scientists are, well, a bit stumped. There's no clear extrinsic benefit or tangible utility to learning what the amazing kid who died left behind. But you clicked anyway.
The Cubicle You Call Hell Was Designed to Set You Free | Design | WIRED
In 1964, the iconic furniture design company Herman Miller unveiled an office plan unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Called Action Office, it was the brainchild of Robert Propst, who was among the first designers to argue that office work was mental work and that mental effort was tied to environmental enhancement of one’s physical capabilities. Rather than a furniture item or a collection of them, Action Office was a proposition for an altogether new kind of space.
OnePlus One Smartphone Is a Customizable Beast
On the software side, the One runs CyanogenMod 11S, a custom Android ROM based on Android 4.4. The CyanogenMod software is highly customizable, but there's another reason why it's been chosen for the One. The phone's maker OnePlus is headed by Peter Lau, previously vice president of electronics manufacturer Oppo, which used CyanogenMod as the basis for its N1 phone . Oppo actually built the OnePlus One as well, and the two devices are pretty similar when it comes to specifications.
Most Innovative Companies In Crowdfunding: A Q&A with Robert Wolfe, Cofounder of Crowdrise
Join Fast Company's Rebecca Greenfield for a live conversation with Robert Wolfe, cofounder of the Edward Norton-backed crowdfunding-for-good platform Crowdrise. The event will start at 12:30pm E.T. on Thursday, April 24th.
Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream | Enterprise | WIRED
The added issue that PGP is has own limitations. Even if you encrypt your e-mail, someone who intercepts the message will be able to tell who it was sent by and who it was sent to. On one hand, the fact that senders are exposed even in encrypted messages could help Google search mail that’s stored on a server. But it could be a real security issue for some people. “If you’re actually concerned that someone will know who you’re communicating with, that’s not something that PGP can help,” Rainey Reitman, the director of the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told us last year.
The state of the internet is under attack (but it's also faster)
The report also gave an update on IPv6 adoption (it’s getting better, but is still not the majority of traffic on any network except Google’s Fiber network). But as usual I paid close attention to the broadband speed data. Overall the global average connection speed reached 3.8 Mbps in the fourth quarter with 5.5 percent quarterly growth and 27 percent growth for the year. This is good news.