How Net Neutrality and the FCC Affects You
Net Neutrality is the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Today, The Federal Communications Commission is expected to publicly relea...
Heroic Cat Saves Child From Vicious Dog Attack
This brave cat rescues a child from a vicious dog attack.
From Dodgeball to Swarm, Foursquare seeks to move beyond the check-in
Foursquare became an app with two seemingly divergent purposes, social and discovery, thus the move to divorce the two. In a lot of ways, it makes sense -- having such different features in a single app can bog it down -- but it's also a little disconcerting. Foursquare has become so synonymous with checking in and mayorships that existing users might find it a surprise that the check-in feature is no longer there. Additionally, a location check-in app only has value if most of your friends use it, a problem that Swarm might have down the road. If you're an existing Foursquare user, Swarm will have all your contacts there already, so it's easy for you to get acclimated. But if you're not, there's little incentive for you to get on board, especially since Swarm doesn't have all the discovery features and recommendations of the larger Foursquare app.
HTC's One Mini 2 is an awkwardly named, cut-down version of the excellent One M8
There's a lot riding on today's announcement. A smaller, cheaper, perhaps more mainstream version of the lovely (but long) HTC One M8 could be a good thing not only for phone buyers, but also for HTC itself, which urgently needs to capitalize on the M8's momentum. Well, the HTC One Mini 2 is here, and yes, its 4.5-inch display makes it significantly easier to hold in one hand, and it's certainly going to be more affordable (although we don't have exact pricing just yet). But this size-reduced handset is fundamentally different to the M8 in other ways too, especially on the inside. That's why HTC has deliberately avoided calling it the "M8 Mini," for fear of over-hyping it -- a decision that probably deserves some praise for its honesty, but which has resulted in some pretty clumsy branding. We've just been hands-on with the European LTE version of the phone (the only variant that has so far been announced), so go ahead and read on for our initial impressions and the key specs.
HTC One Mini 2 hands-on
Assassin's Creed 4 Ships 11 Million Copies - IGN
Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said during the earnings call today that along with the big numbers from Assassin's Creed IV, Far Cry 3 has now shipped over 9 million units. Ubisoft has pointed to the Far Cry brand as being a strong contender for becoming one of the best-selling IPs in gaming in the upcoming years ahead. Far Cry 4 was announced as presumably a first step in this process, which is coming out later this year.
Photos Of The NSA's Secret Workshop Where It Intercepts Packages And Plants Bugs In Electronics
Here’s how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc,) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where Tailored Access Operations/Access Operations (AO-S326) employees, with the support of the Remote Operations Center (S321), enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets’ electronic devices. These devices are then re-packaged and placed back into transit to the original destination. All of this happens with the support of Intelligence Community partners and the technical wizards in TAO.
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Google 'a Million Miles Away' From What Larry Page Dreams of
Beyond responding to what users want, Google is increasingly focusing on providing information when you need, via Google Now. Page says the search engine of his dreams — “one that gets you just the right information at the exact moment you need it with almost no effort” — is still “a million miles away.”
New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things
Plenty of researchers are looking at organogels and ultra-strong polymers, but the recyclability of the polymer class discovered by IBM could lead to all sorts of new applications. Typically, if an electronics manufacturer makes a chip and there are defects, they have to scrap everything. But if they used IBM's super-strong polymer, for example, they could take the chip, dissolve it in acid, and rebuild it (or use the components for something else). The organogel could, perhaps, be used in a nail polish that washes off with water instead of acetone. Or maybe it could be used in a wound gel that can simply be washed away once a therapeutic chemical has been released.
The zombie apocalypse: How the Pentagon is ready - CNET
Documents show how our forces are prepared to deal with outer space zombies, engineered zombies and many other forms. These preparations are for training purposes only. Well, officially.
Ubisoft Hopes to Sell Over 6 Million Copies of Watch Dogs - IGN
CEO Yves Guillemot shared the number today during a company financial call. The sales goal was set with the success of the first Assassin's Creed game in mind.
Venture Capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya Sees ‘Blood in the Water’ - Digits - WSJ
Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of venture-capital firm Social+Capital Partnership, sees blood in the water and he says that’s a good thing for the tech industry.
Crafting the perfect tweet is one-third talent, two-thirds science
Random and fickle as social networks may seem, the success of an individual Tweet or Facebook post can be hugely dependent on the way it's worded. Some sentences will work well, while others will quietly implode in a puff of indifference. However, researchers from Google and Cornell University now claim that they can predict this outcome using straightforward linguistic rules. The rules may not be especially practical when it comes to actually crafting a Tweet (the main tips are: make it sound like a news headline, follow "community norms," and add more detail where possible), but there does seem to be decent statistical evidence to back them up.
Google Glass handed out to all medical students at UC Irvine - CNET
Irvine will be the first medical school to fully incorporate Glass into its four-year curriculum. Its first- and second-year students will use the device in their anatomy and clinical skills courses, while third- and fourth-year students will wear Glass during their hospital rotations.
What’s Amazon Hiding Inside This Giant Orange Locker? - Digits - WSJ
Amazon.com has constructed a larger version of its delivery lockers in a downtown San Francisco plaza. What it’s storing inside is a mystery.
FCC Votes to Move Ahead on Net Neutrality Rules
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Scientists Discover First New Polymers in 20 Years
"[It's] hard to tell real significance until one sees actual commercial development," Professor Edwin L. Thomas, the dean of engineering at Rice University, added. Thomas is slightly more cautious in his assessment of the new polymers, but he added that the recycling angle holds real promise. "Thermosets have always been thought of as irreversible reactions. Once you cast the materials, you get a hard, tough and permanent (non-recyclable) material."
The Apple-Beats Deal May Not Be Done Until Next Week
Apple also gets the Beats headphone business which seems like it's a high margin business supported by a strong brand. And it gets access to Jimmy Iovine, Ian Rogers, and Dr. Dre, three talented, influential people in the music business.
Wearables: Moving beyond fitness - CNET
CNET's Brian Cooley explains why the fitness bands that measure our stairs, steps, and sleep will soon be joined by devices that measure blood sugar, gait, and muscle tone.
How Satya Nadella Has Completely Changed Microsoft In Just 3 Months
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A Year After Snowden, Tech Companies Are More Transparent - Digits - WSJ
A report released Thursday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation , a San Francisco digital-privacy group, shows that many communications companies have taken new steps in the past year to shed light on government requests and lobby Washington to say more.
How a water bottle gave birth to a whole new world of self-healing products
The Wolverine-like liquid polymer, on the other hand, lends itself well to far more outside-the-box applications. This organo-gel, which Garcia describes as a "flexible rubber band type of material," is made up of 90 percent liquid and will reform after being cut into pieces without external stimuli, so long as they're placed in close proximity. I joked that this would be great for self-healing paint, since any nicks and scrapes would essentially be erased from sight, and expected the team to balk at my amateur idea. But instead Garcia and Hedrick seemed to ponder the suggestion seriously. In fact, the two explained that they'd already been discussing its use in fingernail polish, so my concept wasn't too far off the mark. Of course, there are other, less obvious applications for it, like skincare, for example, or as a slow release mechanism for perfumes.
OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2 arrive with bug fixes, feature enhancements
iTunes 11.2, meanwhile, makes a number of changes to its podcast support, an area that’s been a bit of a sore spot for many users. The Unplayed tab has been revamped, making it easier to find episodes you haven’t listened to, while a new Feed tab makes it easier to browse episodes available to download or stream. The update also touts the ability to save favorite episodes on your computer, as well as automatic deletion of episodes after playback. Like 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2 includes assorted security updates.
FCC and Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Before Today's Big Meeting
Net neutrality advocates argue that the Internet is a success because it is an equal-opportunity medium for innovators and startups. But if big companies like Amazon and Netflix pay for a quick connection, there would be little incentive for the ISPs to provide good connections to everyone else. A startup might not have much of a chance if most of the Internet has slowed to a crawl while Netflix streams smoothly.
Bentley's 'short documentary' shot on iPhone 5s, edited on iPad Air
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Bentley's 'short documentary' shot on iPhone 5s, edited on iPad Air
By Mikey Campbell
In what amounts to a lengthy ad, luxury motoring brand Bentley on Wednesday posted to the Web a "short documentary" covering the design theory and history of its cars, with the video shot and cut entirely on Apple iOS devices. Screenshot from Bentley's "Intelligent Details" documentary. | Source: Bentley via YouTube
Titled "Intelligent Details," the four-and-a-half minute clip highlights Bentley's Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design SangYup Lee waxing philosophical on the marque's latest model year Mulsanne. The YouTube video was first spotted by The Loop .
According to a short making-of section at the trailing end of the video, the commissioned mini documentary was "shot on iPhone 5s," "assembled on iPad Air" and "edited in the Bentley Mulsanne." A clever scene shows the film's editors using Apple's devices in bespoke rear seat tables integrated with the starting-at-$300,000 automobile's seats.
Eric Schmidt: EU Struck Wrong Balance on 'Right to Be Forgotten'
“A simple way of understanding what happened here is that you have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know. From Google’s perspective, that’s a balance,” Schmidt said during Google's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday. “Google believes, having looked at the decision which is binding, that the balance that was struck was wrong.”
An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 -- with caveats
Computerworld - A massive survey by the Pew Research Center about the Internet of Things in 2025 is very optimistic about the future of the technology. But even though the report seemingly tramples on IoT skeptics, its responses are filled with questions, doubts and caveats.
Google Play adds PayPal support in United States
Unfortunately, the PayPal payment method — which must be in addition to a credit card — can’t be used on devices or accessories; it will only work for digital content. Google’s decision to add this feature draws a contrast between Google’s and Apple’s payment approaches. In order to purchase apps or digital content from either iTunes or the Apple App Store, a credit card is required, although it is possible to create an account that only uses iTunes gift card s. Apple has accumulated over 500 million credit card accounts , which is seen as a huge strength for the company. Google appears to be taking a more laissez-faire attitude to acquiring customer billing information based on its carrier billing efforts and now PayPal integration.
Coming to Grips With Mark Zuckerberg at 30 - Digits - WSJ
Indeed, stories about Zuckerberg this week have read like obituaries , taking a nostalgic stroll through the young Harvard dropout’s storied rise to fame and fortune. “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon wished Zuckerberg a “Happy Birthday” and congratulations for being, at 30, “the youngest person on Facebook.”
The Amazing Story Of How Good Technology Got Itself To A $100 Million IPO
Today, Good Technology is known for its enterprise mobile security products, which helps enterprise track and protect fleets of smartphones and tablets. It's a hot field and many of Good's competitors have been swallowed up in acquisitions, including VMware's purchase of Airwatch in January for $1.54 billion.
With iTunes Connect 3.0, Apple is one step closer to bringing an iOS 7 look to all its apps
Apple on Thursday unveiled a new revision to its developer-focused iTunes Connect app for iOS, sporting an all-new design and the ability to manage multimedia content in the iTunes Store and iBooks Store alongside apps on the App Store.
Cellphone ‘Kill Switch’ Mandates Advance in Statehouses - Digits - WSJ
What is the point of creating this law? There has to be more reasoning and explanation behind why this law was created beyond “To protect users devices and data from theft”. Between applications already available on the market that allow users to track their devices; user implemented security procedures available to all mobile device users to safeguard their device from use after theft, including: pass codes, biometrics, and maintaining positive control over devices; and equipment replacement programs provided to users for all their mobile devices in case of theft or damage by their mobile device company, why is the real reason this law created? Is it because there isn’t enough recourse available on behalf of the consumer and their personal data, to find a replacement or keep lost or stolen phones from being used by a thief?
Target, The Gap and others form group to share cyberthreat data
Target, The Gap, Walgreens and J.C. Penney are among the members of the group, which will share real-time threat information with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, FBI and other “public and private stakeholders,” they said Wednesday.
Steve Ballmer on Life, Golf, Basketball — and Microsoft - Digits - WSJ
Ballmer: Maybe starting with the ValueAct investment, there was an appreciation for the strength of the business we have in the enterprise. I think number two, people always can get optimistic about change. I’m very proud of what I accomplished, but most importantly I’m very proud we have a replacement that the world is very optimistic about — certainly I am — in Satya [Nadella]. Optimism is a great thing. And I think we’ve made some very powerful announcements. The combination of those three things has people feeling bullish and optimistic, and that’s a great thing.
Kim Jong Un to Star in a Video Game - IGN
Moneyhorse describes the game as "an epic tale about the triumph of Kim Jong Un over the entire American army," and that it's a "retro run ‘n’ gun style game," for mobile and PC platforms. The game looks decidedly tongue-in-cheek, with Moneyhorse telling The Daily Dot that the developers didn't choose to make the game, but rather they "were chosen."
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs and ride through red lights
cyclists are generally able to assess whether there's oncoming traffic and make the right decision. Even law-abiding urban bikers already do this all the time: because of the worry that cars might not see a bike, cyclists habitually scan for oncoming traffic even at intersections where they don't have a stop sign so they can brake at the last second just in case.
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'Firenado' Captured in Wild Instagram Photo
The atmosphere has ambient rotations in it that occur in a horizontal plane. As you go above the ground, the air and wind increases with height, which sets up horizontal air tubes that you can’t see — the air is rolling horizontally. But when you introduce a fire into the environment, things change. The fire is transferring mass and pulling air in around it. The heated air is rising vertically so the fire is both removing air where it’s burning and pulling air in. It entrains ambient horizontal tubes of the atmosphere into it.
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Learn to halt hackers in their tracks. This session demonstrates the best tools and techniques to harden your devices—from your laptop, to your cell phone, to your servers and your services. Gain key insights that, for years, have been reserved only for the top IT staff of the NSA and others in the…
Full Trailer for The Flash - IGN
Even as the CW's lineup has become primarily genre shows (seriously, look how many aliens, demons, superheroes and such there are now across this network), they continue to throw in a couple of Hart of Dixie-type more down to Earth dramas... Well, sort of, as this show has a high concept set-up in which a young, religious, virginal woman is accidentally artificially inseminated. While this show is not in my wheelhouse (nor I suspect many here at IGN...), the footage looked charming enough, with a likable cast.
The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age
The Times’ dialect quiz was the most popular piece of content in the paper’s history with more than 21 million pageviews — but projects like that and Snow Fall are not easily replicable. “We have a tendency to pour resources into big one-time projects and work through the one-time fixes needed to create them and overlook the less glamorous work of creating tools, templates and permanent fixes that cumulatively can have a bigger impact by saving our digital journalists time and elevating the whole report. We greatly undervalue replicability.” They point out that competitors like Vox and BuzzFeed view innovating with their platforms as a key function and allow them to create products like BuzzFeed’s quizzes — incredibly popular, but also easy to create over and over again. “We are focused on building tools to create Snow Falls everyday, and getting them as close to reporters as possible,” said Quartz editor Kevin Delaney . “I’d rather have a Snow Fall builder than a Snow Fall.” (p. 36)
Future Army helmets make for cooler soldiers, terrified enemies
It's hard to look at the US Army's latest helmet and not think of Halo , but the design does serve a purpose beyond gaming chic. Its latest " soldier of the future " concept would not only protect grunts in high heat and humidity, but also shield them from chemical and biological agents. While much bulkier tech already exists for that, such a model would use a fan embedded directly into the filtration system to suck air from the side of the mask and blast it across the nose. Tests done on an M50 gas mask modified with the tech proved it to be just as effective as with bigger units, but more comfortable for GI's during intense drills. The design is just a render for now, but if the army is going to look to video games for design inspiration, we think they should go bigger .
Mark Zuckerberg vs. an Average 30-Year-Old Man
The Facebook CEO turns 30 on Wednesday, with enough milestones (and a bank account) that could easily put an average bachelor into a plush retirement. While most 30-year-old guys are just landing on their feet in the workforce or perhaps finally leaving their parents' basements, Zuck is entering his third decade with a pretty stacked resume — including the company he founded turning 10 , a pseudo-biopic focused on his career and enough hoodies to last a lifetime.
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Xiaomi's first tablet offers powerful gaming on the cheap (video)
Xiaomi's Android 4.4 tablet comes with a 7.9-inch display (made by LG or AUO) with a high resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, which works out to be a sharp 326 ppi density with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Underneath that you'll find the Tegra K1 SoC, which includes a 2.2GHz "4+1" core CPU plus a 192-core PC-class Kepler GPU. There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of built-in storage, microSD expansion of up to 128GB, a 6,700mAh battery and stereo speakers. Unsurprisingly, you can also take photos with this slate's two cameras: 8 megapixels on the back and 5 megapixels on the front. These are all tucked into a 8.5mm-thick glossy plastic body (which does look and feel a bit like a scaled up iPhone 5c), weighing a total of just 360g. By the way, there's no 3G or 4G version announced just yet, but you'll find the usual 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios.
How Much Do You Trust the FCC? The Internet Might Depend on It
The first option is a compromise following a January court decision that struck down stronger net neutrality rules. The FCC would have to let companies cut deals in which the broadband companies could charge more for faster speeds. For net neutrality advocates, it would open the door to a tiered Internet of fast and slow lanes as well as a system that could double-charge customers.
How the World Cup Works, for the Soccer Newbie
Groups are determined by a semi-random draw that aims to evenly spread the qualified teams in terms of quality and geography. This means that, say, the first-place teams from Europe, Africa, South American and Asia don't all end up in the same group, or that a group consists mostly of European teams, for example. But a truly even spread of talent is, of course, impossible — so the draw ends up playing an important role in determining teams' World Cup chances.
'Flappy Bird' to Return as 'Less Addictive' Multiplayer Game
Flappy Bird will make its long-awaited return to the App Store in August. The game's creator, Dong Nguyen, has reportedly revealed a few more details about what the game will look like.