LockInfo7: Popular Lock screen tweak now available for iOS 7
LockInfo7, a newly-released tweak that brings the famed LockInfo to be compatible with iOS 7, is now available for download in Cydia thanks to developer David Ashman. The tweak brings a wide variety of different information, including calendar events, quick … Continue reading →
Cute Calf Gets a Shiny New Set of Prosthetic Hooves to Help Him Walk
This Texas calf has a shiny new set of hooves to break in, thanks to a team of hard-working prosthetic limb makers.
Moving Trailer for Roger Ebert Documentary Deserves 2 Thumbs Up
The first trailer for the documentary film 'Life Itself', which highlights Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: What You Should Know
Mashable hosts a Hangout on Air to discuss the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
5 Minecraft Facts You Didn't Know
Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon, but how much do you really know about this blockbuster hit game?
ReadWriteMix: Mapping the App Economy Join the Conversation with Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley
Join ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas for an evening discussion with Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley as they talk about why location databases could become a key way that wearable devices link us with nearby businesses and people, future platforms - and why 2014 is the year that location-based services will really pay off.
Simon & Schuster adds its books to ebook subscription sites Scribd and Oyster
On Wednesday that changed: Simon & Schuster announced that it’s making its entire ebook backlist — over 10,000 titles — available through both Scribd and Oyster. Carolyn Reidy, Simon & Schuster’s CEO, told me that while the publisher originally had “a lot of concerns” about ebook subscription services — including how authors would be paid — “we actually have come to the conclusion that this is an exciting new way to help consumers find and purchase books.” (This may differentiate ebook subscription sites from other types of book-related startups.)
DoorDash Raises $17.3 Million From Sequoia To Expand Its On-Demand Delivery Service | TechCrunch
DoorDash is one of many on-demand food-delivery startups to crop up over the past few years, but the company has big ambitions to move beyond food. Thanks to new investor Sequoia Capital, it has a sizable war chest to go after the competition.
Apple Pulls Weed-Growing App After It Dominates Download Charts
The game, which is intended for adults, puts you in the shoes of botany student Ted Growing, who manages a weed-growing operation. Users are responsible for finding ways for it to grow faster over time, overcoming obstacles with police and gangsters and customizing the home to make it inviting to guests.
Lenovo’s first Windows Phone, and a wearable device, coming this year
In an interview with the German website mobilegeeks.de , the President of Lenovo’s Mobile Division, Lui Jun, has said the firm will definitely launch a smartphone running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 software before the end of the year. Additionally, he also promises the first Lenovo-branded wearable smart device.
Amazon invites customers to try Fire TV free for a month
Amazon is emailing some of its customers with an offer to try out the $99 Fire TV box free-of-charge for 30 days. If they don't get along with the little Android-powered streamer and gaming console, they can return it without obligation and without being left out of pocket -- so long as they follow the conditions of Amazon's returns policy , which includes keeping the hardware in new condition. Of course, a regular customer could get a similar end result without the invite, by dabbling with the Fire TV for a month and then using the normal returns procedure to get a full refund, but they'd have to pay upfront and possibly also pay for return shipping costs.
The New York Times has shuffled the executive deck chairs, but it's still on a collision course
The departure of executive editor Jill Abramson has drawn a lot of attention, but the New York Times has a much larger challenge ahead of it, as the paper’s own internal report details — its culture is out of sync with reality
Microsoft Beats Secret FBI Data Request
It's unclear why the FBI decided to withdraw its request. But one of the unsealed documents reveals that even though the FBI withdrew the letter it sent to Microsoft, the feds were able to acquire the data they were looking for "through lawful means from a third party, the Customer, in a way that maintains the confidentiality of the underlying investigation." No other details were provided.
Apple's iMessage Issue Goes From Bad to Worse With Server Glitch
The benefits of iMessage include bypassing a wireless carrier’s text messaging charges, enabling the ability to tell when a message is read or delivered and to send a message simultaneously to all of one’s iOS and Mac devices. However, Apple’s system has proved problematic in that in order to work properly, it needs to have an accurate knowledge of which phone numbers are actually associated with iPhones.
Watch Morpheus take off and land itself (Update: success!)
The brains behind the Morpheus lander have made significant progress since its ill-fated, but spectacularly fiery first voyage . But then, that's what makes rocket launches fun to watch: like a NASCAR race, anything can happen. This time, Morpheus is doing a completely autonomous free flight, with the entire series of planned maneuvers under computer control. If the weather holds, you'll be able to watch it via the UStream link below in half an hour or so, and hopefully it'll run as smoothly as the SpaceX Dragon launch did a few weeks ago.
Facebook tightens the privacy of your updates - CNET
As of Thursday, Facebook has changed the default audience for updates for new members. Instead of being shared with the entire public by default, updates will be shared only with friends. And just how does that work?
Ex-Apple Designer Raises $7 Million to Create Visual Stories on the iPad
The cofounders released Storehouse at the beginning of this year. The free iPad app makes it easy for users to combine text, photos and videos into a story that can be shared with friends or the Storehouse community. The experience is specifically designed for the iPad 's touch gestures and scrolling.
Improve First Impressions With Optimized Landing Pages
Quite often a visitor’s initial interaction with your business is a landing page, which is why it’s so important to make an impactful first impression.
Study: Google leapfrogs Apple as world's most valuable brand
At least that's the assessment of an annual study by Millward Brown , a communications company that ranks Google as the world's most popular brand, topping Apple, which had held the top spot for the past three years.
Stan Lee Responds to David Goyer's She-Hulk Comments - IGN
In addition, Lee pointed out that She-Hulk was never intended as a love interest for the Hulk. "Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk,” Lee said. “Only a nut would even think of that.” Lee finished by saying that She-Hulk is curvy because every super heroine is like that.
Storehouse Raises $7M From Sherpa And Others To Spread Its Story Creation Tool Beyond The iPad | TechCrunch
My personal experiences with the app have been very positive, and the types of stories that are getting shared are incredibly varied. There are a ton of apps out there that are allowing you to share content in atomic units of ‘one’. That is to say, one picture, one video, one whatever. Storehouse is one of the few that is attempting to make the collection and presentation of these smaller units beyond easy and intuitive. And the end product is so polished that it feels like the result of a lot more work than it really takes.
Fab Lays Off One-Third Of Global Headcount, Slashing New York City Staff | TechCrunch
The day of reckoning has come for Fab’s New York City office, where it is expected to have widespread layoffs due to yet another change in the company’s business model. The layoffs will affect about a third of the company’s global staff, but will be limited to New York staff.
The Hidden Beauty of Airport Runways, and How to Decipher Them | Autopia | WIRED
A runway, like most roads, has a center line. But there are plenty of markings unfamiliar to drivers. Eight white bars that resemble piano keys mark the threshold and give pilots an indication of where it would be safe to touch down. Two large white rectangles are the aiming points—the areas pilots should, well, aim for, followed by touchdown markers represented by four white bars. Chevrons at the end of the runway mark the direction of a given strip, but if your plane hits one during takeoff or landing know that a disaster was narrowly averted.
B-52 Bomber Gets Its First New Communications System Since the 1960s | Autopia | WIRED
The Boeing B-52 has been the United States’ preeminent strategic bomber since it entered service in 1955. The B-2 Spirit, introduced in 1997, may have stealth on its side, but it can’t match the B-52’s 8,800-mile range or 70,000-pound payload capacity. In the earliest years of the Cold War, there usually was at least one B-52 airborne at all times. Later, the plane flew missions over Vietnam and during the Gulf War. They bombed Yugoslavia in 1999 and, more recently, flew sorties over Afghanistan and Iraq. And as old as it is, the Air Force expects the venerable plane to remain in service for at least another 35 years.
Facebook bows to pressure on privacy settings for new users
Facebook is facing stiff competition from a wave of social apps such as Snapchat, Secret and WhatsApp – which it recently acquired for $19bn (£11bn) – that have made discretion a selling point. The company's privacy product manager, Mike Nowak, said the decision to reduce the risk of new users over-sharing was taken in response to feedback from its subscribers.
Forget State Birds: South Carolina Makes Woolly Mammoth its State Fossil
Olivia McConnell, an 8-year-old history and science enthusiast, wrote a letter in January to Sen. Kevin Johnson , when she found out that South Carolina had no official state fossil, according to CBS News. McConnell knew that one of the first fossils found in North America was an ancient woolly mammoth in South Carolina, so she thought it would be a good candidate for the state's official fossil.
Sideband Networks aims to help companies monitor messy IT networks
Structure LaunchPad finalist Sideband Networks hopes companies will catch on to its new hardware and software networking appliances that provide real-time data visualizations.
Try Your Hand at Quantum Computing With Google's Quantum Playground
Ever wondered what all the fuss surrounding quantum computing was about? Well, now you can find out for yourself using Google's Quantum Computing Playground , which allows you to write the kind of software you'd run on a quantum computer.
An Open Letter on Feminism In Tech
We are tired of our male peers pretending that because they do not participate in bad behavior, that it is not their problem to solve. If you see someone engage in bad behavior and you do nothing, you’ve chosen to let that person think that what they did is okay. This leaves us feeling like we’re fighting this alone. We can’t work on what we can’t see, but if you’re there when it happens, you can help. It is absolutely imperative that men work with other men to combat bad attitudes and behavior.
Steam In-Home Stream: Get your game on anywhere?
If you have to be on the same network to play, how is this the ability to game anywhere? Unless they mean, game anywhere when you're at home. Which I guess is nice if you don't want to sit at your gaming rig and play but, then what is the point of having the gaming rig? I guess, if you had a Steambox then you could play your games from the gaming rig on your TV instead of having a PS4 or Xbox One. I think this is 6 of one half a dozen of another. Now, if you could play your games on the go, from another city, that would be gaming anywhere and would be amazing.
Facebook's product guy is right, the media sucks -- but journalists are also right: Facebook has to share the blame
The root cause of this problem is not Facebook (which I would love to blame), but the fact that the collection and distribution of news and opinions is financed by advertisements. Worse, the virtually infinite number of ad slots available on the web has driven the price of ads so low that news sites and even TV news shows and print publications, which have been dragged into the price war like a nation whose neighbor’s civil war spills over its borders, have no choice but to focus on maximizing viewers. The result is that nobody is in business to report the news, but rather to attract viewers and sell access to them.
NASA OKs Citizen Science Attempt to Rescue a Vintage Spacecraft | Science | WIRED
A hardy little spacecraft is about to come home after an incredibly long journey and an unexpected mission it had not been built for. As it flies by Earth next month, scientists will have a brief window to attempt to communicate with the vintage NASA craft and put it back to work on its original mission.
Godzilla Guy to Direct Star Wars Spinoff Movie
Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff movie, Lucasfilm announced Thursday — without revealing the first detail on what the movie is about.
Chelyabinsk Meteorite Collided With Asteroid Before Hitting Earth - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
Researchers analyzing several fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite — named for the Russian city over which it exploded — found evidence of a significant impact event prior to the rock’s entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Based on the fragments’ composition and, in particular, the specific shape and distribution of jadeite crystals, the team determined that the parent body of the Chelyabinsk meteorite collided with another asteroid that was at least 500 feet (150 meters) in diameter.
Experts Slam 'Watered-Down' Surveillance Bill That Congress Just Passed
But the bill was so weakened in behind-the-scenes negotiations over the last week that the government still can order—without probable cause—a telephone company to turn over all call records for "area code 616" or for "phone calls made east of the Mississippi." The bill green-lights the government's massive data collection activities that sweep up Americans' records in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Google Adds “Okay Google” Voice Search For All Chrome Users | TechCrunch
Maybe you already talk to your computer but now there’s even more reason to – Google has just released the latest version of Chrome , which includes “Okay Google” triggered voice searches that work automatically, without requiring any clicks or other input prompting first. Users will need to enable it once and provide Chrome permission to user their computer’s mic if they haven’t already, but after that, it’s as simple as opening a new tab, navigating to Google.com and speaking the magic words followed by your search request.
LittleBigPlanet Vita Dev Announces Hunger For PS4 - IGN
"A nine-year old girl named Six is kidnapped from her home and taken to work in The Maw – a surreal underwater resort catering to the whims of the powerful elite," a synopsis explains. "When an unexpected twist of fate offers her a chance at freedom, Six takes a journey through the bizarre and unpredictable world of The Maw, and catches a glimpse at the corrupt heart of modern happiness."
Revolution: "Declaration of Independence" Review - IGN
Revolution had a messy start, but the much-improved Season 2 proved it could deliver a consistently fun, enjoyable series with an admirably quirky sensibility. The Nano storyline was one that was perhaps the trickiest and often most disconnected this year though, so maybe that’s why I’m not so bothered by the unresolved cliffhanger – as it dealt with something I was far less engaged with. I’d prefer to focus on the fact that the rest of the finale gave a nice wrap-up to the Patriots storyline and left us with the idea that, narcissistic and power-obsessed as he is, Monroe would ultimately do right by Miles. So let’s just assume Miles, Rachel, Charlie, Aaron and Monroe found a way to beat those damn Nano and everything worked out, shall we?
House of Representatives passes 'gutted' NSA surveillance reform
The USA Freedom Act, a bill meant to end NSA surveillance of phone records, has passed the House of Representatives. After several rounds of amendment and debate over the past weeks, the House passed it by a margin of 303 to 121, putting the ball in the Senate's court. The first anti-NSA surveillance bill to be passed since the first classified documents leaked last year, the USA Freedom Act requires the NSA to leave phone records in the hands of telephone companies for 18 months, making searches for specific terms only after getting court approval, instead of collecting them in bulk and storing them for years. It's also meant to limit how the agency collects online communications and make it easier for companies to report the orders they receive. Many former supporters, however, now see it as more of a paper tiger than a real solution.
Report: Apple Is Taking Over a Seven-Building Campus in Sunnyvale
The San Jose Mercury News claims that Apple has agreed to lease a seven-building campus in Sunnyvale which can house 1,450 workers. The buildings, which provide 290,000-square-feet of office space, are decades old but have recently been renovated "into a state-of-the-art office center."
10,000 Toddlers on Drugs for Non-disorder A.D.H.D.
NEW YORK TIMES — More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication such as Ritalin and Adderall, is among the first efforts to gauge the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. in children below age 4. Doctors at the Georgia Mental Health Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where the data was presented, as well as several outside experts strongly criticized the use of medication in so many children that young. The American Academy of Pediatrics standard practice guidelines for A.D.H.D. do not even address the diagnosis in children 3 and younger — let alone the use of such stimulant medications, because their safety and effectiveness have barely been explored in that age group. “It’s absolutely shocking, and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Anita Zervigon-Hakes, a children’s mental health consultant to the Carter Center.
Diablo 3 retains Legendary birthday buff, crowd goes wild
Two decades have passed since the demonic lords, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, set out across the world of Sanctuary on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils, the memory fades slowly. When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram Cathedral seeking clues to defeat new stirrings of evil, a fiery harbinger of doom falls from the heavens, striking the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. This fire from the sky reawakens ancient evils and calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells once again.
VCs eye big cloud software returns despite dwindling valuations
Not everyone shares their enthusiasm. Wall Street investors are voting with their wallets when it comes to the hottest sector, known as "software as a service" or SaaS. Internet-delivered, subscription-based software has slumped this year, with big companies like Workday Inc and Salesforce.com Inc each shedding around 9 percent of their market value.
How to protect your personal data from the next hack attack like eBay
The advantage of this method is that if the sites are doing the right thing, and encrypting your answers (and then encrypting future responses, and comparing the saved and latest responses to see if the results match), then even if hackers do grab the information and decrypt it, it will make little sense. Most hackers try the results they get from any password or other hack on multiple sites - that's why it's dangerous to use the same email/password combination on multiple sites.
LG's new phone UI is rounder than its smartwatch
The G3 is going to feature a large 5.5-inch display, the same size as on the company's earlier G Pro . That device was universally recognized as a phablet rather than a smartphone, but now LG believes it has come up with a solution that will give users the same screen size without the same usability issues. Part of that formula will be the ultra-thin bezels on the G3, which like the G2 before it will likely feel significantly smaller than its actual size. The other approach is to shrink the screen down to a roughly 2-inch window for the most basic and common tasks. We'll learn more about how that combination fares at LG's official launch event in London this coming Tuesday.
New standalone 'Star Wars' film coming December 16th, 2016 from the director of 'Godzilla'
When we spoke with Edwards at SXSW , he struck us as a thoughtful filmmaker who was interested in more than just the empty spectacle that so many blockbusters thrive upon. Disney has seemed to demonstrate a keen awareness of the Star Wars fatigue many fans felt in the wake of the prequel films, and while the notion of annual standalone films is itself a reason for some concern, putting directors like Edwards behind the camera will go a long way towards ensuring the films are more than just a series of empty cash grabs.
Legacy IT makers IBM, EMC and others deal with, um, interesting times
Earlier this week, Cisco CEO John Chambers fed the fire , predicting “brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry where out of the top five players, only two or three of us will be meaningful in as quick as five years.” As reported by Business Insider, Chambers predicted (naturally) that Cisco will come out fine but networking rivals like Juniper Networks, CheckPoint, Palo Alto Networks, Avaya, Brocade and others will be gone by 2018. Per Chambers’ vision, Dell, HP, IBM, Oracle and “white label” hardware makers will survive. But neither HP nor IBM has seen revenue growth for the last two to three years.
Now all Chrome users can say "OK Google" for a voice search on their computer
More people might start speaking to their computers now that Google has enabled hands-free voice search for all Chrome users. Just say “OK Google” on a blank tab in Chrome and you can search the web, set reminders or even timers.
Uber Launches in Saudi Arabia - Digits - WSJ
The on-demand ride services usually work like this: After users download the free app on their smartphones, they can register for the service entering their personal information and credit card number. Once it is set up, users can see their location on a map that also shows available cars nearby with an estimated time of arrival.
When will it end? HP to cut up to 16K more jobs
“The job cuts are brutal, but a requirement,” said Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy via email. “Most of the [affected] employees are in services, an area they’ve had challenges in. There were two bright spots, one in servers as IBM’s business is declining precipitously and, surprisingly, in PCs. For HP to get back to big growth, they’ll need to win in the hybrid cloud, plain and simple.”
George R. R. Martin’s 14 Greatest LiveJournal Entries | Underwire | WIRED
If you don’t know who won until some judge holds up a card or enters a number on a computer, it’s not a sport. Now listen. I am not saying it doesn’t require incredible skill, grace, strength, what have you. I am not saying the participants are not athletes, even. I am certainly not saying this stuff should not exist. But it’s not a sport. I mean, really. Ice dancing? Dancing is an art. Has been an art for thousands of years… All these judged “sports” are too subjective. A real sport may require umps or refs, but you know who won when the contest is over… I propose a new sport for the next Winter Olympics. A REAL sport. Ice football. Played exactly the same way as real (American) football, except everyone is on ice skates. I mean, we have field hockey and ice hockey, why not field football and ice football? Just think of the excitement as Peyton Manning skates backward to get off the pass and those speed skaters on the D-line come flashing after him while his wideouts do spins and triple axels trying to lose the CBs… most exci
California Will Start Granting Licenses For Driverless Cars In September | TechCrunch
Come September, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will begin granting licenses to select driverless cars and their human co-pilots, which will make it a bit less legally iffy as to whether or not they’re actually allowed to be on a public road.
Platform Economics Will Rule the Internet of Things | MIT Technology Review
Product companies compete by building ever bigger factories to turn out ever cheaper widgets. But a very different sort of economics comes into play when those widgets start to communicate. It’s called the network effect—when each new user of a product makes its value higher. Think of the telephone a century ago. The greater the number of people who used Bell’s invention, the more valuable it became to all of them. The telephone became a platform for countless new businesses its inventor never imagined.
Why is Vodafone flogging a Netflix package to its UK customers? - Digits - WSJ
It needs to. Vodafone’s service revenue in the U.K.–which strips out handsets sales and excludes mergers and acquisitions—fell 4.4% in the year to March 31, part of a 9.3% decline across Europe. While not its worst-performing European market, Vodafone is keen to see numbers grow. U.K. mobile in-bundle revenue was up 0.6%, with 2.7 million customers now on the “Red” plan—which offers unlimited U.K. mobile internet allowance for the first three months.
Internet 'Do Not Track' system is in shatters
IDG News Service - Chalk up another victory for corporate surveillance: Five years after advocates came up with an easy way to let you browse the Web with just a little privacy, the Do Not Track system is in tatters and that pair of boots you looked at online last month is still stalking you from website to website.