Net Neutrality in the US: Now What?
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The Internet Raised $44,000 So a Homeless Man Could Have a House [VIDEO]
YouTube prankster/do-gooder Magic of Rahat surprises a homeless man with a new home, paid for by the Internet.
Extreme Mountain Biker Takes a Turn at 90 Degrees [VIDEO]
Matt Hunter of Specialized Bicycles attempted to prove just how agile the Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 really is.
Google Glass Short Delivers a Moving Mother's Day Message
A small team of student film makers used Google's wearable technology to create a moving tale of one young man's journey back home to his mother.
Cookie Monster Plays Dorothy in 'Cookie of Oz' [VIDEO]
Cookie Monster, playing the part of Dorothy from the "The Wizard of Oz," sets off to find the mythical "cookie of oz."
'Maleficent' Clip Offers Chilling Preview of Angelina Jolie as 'Mistress of All Evil'
The one-minute clip offers a preview of Jolie's subtle but menacing performance as the Mistress of All Evil.
50 leading tech investors tells the FCC a pay-to-play internet would kill startups
So far these "fast lanes" are just hypothetical. Many companies, like Netflix, Google, and Microsoft, already pay for special interconnection to ISPs . But this is a separate issue than the FCC's ruling on whether companies like Verizon and Comcast can charge to privilege some data in the so-called "last mile" between their networks and consumers' homes. The FCC has promised that all those deals will be regulated to ensure they are "commercially reasonable," a vague term that has net neutrality advocates very worried. More concrete details will emerge next week, on May 15th, when the FCC is set to publish the full draft of its proposal for new rules governing the open internet.
Nintendo's rejection of gay relationships gives fans a lot to be angry about
tons of games that owe no debt to realism. Those that do, like Madden
of Duty, aspire to such
a narrow vision of what realism means that a degree of exclusion is
understandable. I don't expect to see myself cast as a quarterback
for the Giants any more than I feel entitled to be represented as
burly meathead who runs around hunting for terrorists. But if
you make a game that's meant to simulate life – even
a "whimsical and quirky version" of life – and then tell a
portion of your players that they're simply not allowed to make an
authentic simulation of their lives, something isn't adding up.
Control camera playback using a TV remote - CNET
Once the cable is connected, turn on the camera and then select the HDMI input source on the TV that the camera is plugged into. Press the playback button on your camera and you should now be able to see an image from the memory card displayed on the TV. Using the remote's four-way directional pad and OK button, you can cycle back and forth through the images on your camera.
10 Mother's Day Coupons Your Mom Actually Wants
Remember your tween years, when you'd forget it was Mother's Day until Mother's Day and frantically throw together a "coupon book?" Basically gifting your mother — the woman who raised you and nurtured you and birthed you — a collection of IOUs. Things like "One free lawn mowing," or "Will walk the dogs without being asked." They were chores we were going to do anyway, but we were desperate and young, and we could get away with it. Not so much anymore.
RadiumOne’s very strange story just got stranger - CNET
Chahal isn't the first high-level executive to engage in behavior that reflects poorly on a company, and he likely won't be the last. But CNET has learned that there's an even weirder story concerning another employee who worked at 5-year-old RadiumOne until February: Brad Smith, the company's ex-director of engineering. Described by a former employer and hackathon organizers as a kind of geek wunderkind, Smith was allegedly living and working under a fake identity and since 2008 had been on the lam from the US Secret Service for identify theft, among other things.
Miiquality: Nintendo refuses to add same-sex marriage to Tomodachi Life
According to Nintendo, more than 1.83 million copies of Tomodachi Life have been sold in Japan, where same-sex marriage is illegal. The English-language edition of the game — which is scheduled to hit shelves in the U.S. and Europe June 6 — is accompanied by the tagline “Your friends. Your drama. Your life.” and claims to offer players the ability to “give Mii characters items, voices and personalities, then watch as they rap, rock, eat doughnuts, and fall in love.”
Taser equips London's cops with on-body cameras
Perhaps the biggest area of concern with the introduction of this new system is that London's police force will be outsourcing almost the entire task of collecting, storing, processing, and organizing what will rapidly grow into a vast evidence database. Aiming to allay such fears, Taser COO Jeff Kukowski tells me that the company won a rigorous public tender process to earn the right to handle both the hardware and back-end operations of the new scheme. Plus, he says, the hundreds of police authorities already relying on Taser's systems have universally concluded that they "meet or exceed" the level of security that the public bodies can achieve on their own. Kukowski also notes that Taser "provided a significant discount" to London's Metropolitan Police in order to secure the contract. The company's hope is that the storied history of the Met and its reputation for leading the way with best practices for law enforcement will stimulate others to follow.
'Breaking Bad' to get 4K resolution treatment on Netflix in June - CNET
Starting in June, the entire "Breaking Bad" series will be streamed in 4K resolution to those with 4K sets, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The remastering will also include 5.1-channel surround sound.
Snapchat Settles With FTC After Being Dishonest With Users About Privacy | TechCrunch
HTC One M8 Price Slashed to $99, But Only Today
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Scientific computing’s future: Can any coding language top a 1950s behemoth?
A large research project in the physical sciences usually involves experimenters, theorists, and people carrying out calculations with computers. There are computers and terminals everywhere. Some of the people hunched over these screens are writing papers, some are analyzing data, and some are working on simulations. These simulations are also quite often on the cutting edge, pushing the world’s fastest supercomputers, with their thousands of networked processors, to the limit. But almost universally, the language in which these simulation codes are written is Fortran, a relic from the 1950s.
USA Freedom Act Passes Out Of House Judiciary Committee With Some Good And Some Bad | Techdirt
As expected , the USA Freedom Act has been passed out of the House Judiciary Committee today, moving the bill forward in a process that will likely bring some version of it to the House floor in the next few weeks. The markup include a variety of amendments, some dopier than others. One generally good amendment was added, bringing back the transparency provisions for tech companies to reveal some information about government requests they receive. Unfortunately, this wasn't as strong as it should be, keeping very wide "bands" under which the tech companies have to obfuscate how many requests they actually receive and how many users are impacted. There was some push to tighten the bands, and that is likely to continue, but it's unlikely to change. Late yesterday, the manager's amendment also added an important definition for "specific selection term" -- which if left totally undefined would easily lead to abuse. The definition is... not great. It can still be abused, but not as readily as when there was no definition.
The other major problem is that this new version strips out the attempt to close the loophole that allowed backdoor searches on Americans without a warrant.
Nintendo will launch a smartphone service alongside 'Mario Kart 8'
The Wii U appears to be a failure and Nintendo is in the red , but the company is planning to try a few new things to kick the console back in gear. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata just announced that the company will launch its first smartphone service alongside Mario Kart 8 , which arrives at the end of May. Tentatively dubbed "Mario Kart TV," it will let users watch both official and user-generated videos and follow rankings from the game via desktop, phone, and tablet using a cross-platform web interface.
Apple North America sales head leaves, to be replaced by Japan chief - CNET
Speaking to Reuters in an interview published on Thursday, Apple confirmed that Rowe would be leaving Apple and be replaced by Doug Beck. The Apple spokesperson said that Beck "has done a great job helping to grow Apple's business in Japan and Korea," adding that his "role is expanding to include North America sales, as well."
Man Arrested in Japan for Owning 3D-Printed Guns
Yoshitomo Imura allegedly downloaded and printed five plastic guns, two of which could fire real bullets. He was arrested last month, but the news was only revealed on Thursday. It's believed to be the first arrest made for possession of 3D-printed guns in Japan, a country with extremely strict gun laws. A law passed in 1958 forbids a person from possessing a "firearm or firearms or a sword or swords," although it lists list several exceptions. (Guns were used in only seven murders in Japan — a nation of about 130 million people — in all of 2011 .)
Drinking Experimental Hops in the Sixpoint Beer of the Future
We're pretty excited about this limited edition, exclusive, experimental beer, which we've named Hop Tech 431. Over the coming week, we'll share some of the key steps in its creation, including Sixpoint's recipe creation, small-batch brewing, and the process of sensory analysis. Better yet, you'll be able to enjoy your very own futuristic pint in person at many of the Home of the Future's live public events.
Over 100 Internet Companies Call On FCC To Protect The Open Internet | Techdirt
Yes, and I invite you to go out and price out how much the bandwidth that "you bought" actually costs. Hint: $50 doesn't go a long way considering all of the infrastructure they have to pay to maintain, keep lit up, etc. If you actually paid direct to (say) Level3 or he.net for bandwidth, your 10 meg home connection would cost you somewhere between $200 and $1000 a month. Are you ready to pay for what you really use? ISPs can sell you internet access on the cheap because they buy bandwidth for a certain percentile of the load, and manage when it gets out of hand. Most of them have done a pretty good job of it until netflix and a few other services came along and consumers started to demand more bandwidth on average than before, and thus they are peaking out more early and for longer. refusing to augment their interconnections with other ISPs. Answering another post, most IPSs are not directly interconnected with other ISPs, for the most part they interconnect with the major transit providers (level3, he net, above net, and so on) and those companies in turn peer with other providers.
Google Ventures Leads $130M Series B In Cancer Data Startup Flatiron Health | TechCrunch
“Cancer will likely touch all of us at some point in our lifetimes, either as a patient or as the family or friend of a patient. Flatiron has pioneered a way to learn much more about cancer, so that we can improve the way we care for patients and treat the disease. It’s rare to find a team of the caliber assembled by Flatiron Health that combines pragmatic insights from the healthcare industry with the deep technical insight of the IT industry. They are working on one of the biggest problems in healthcare, and their progress has been nothing short of stunning to date.”
Mario Kart 8 Smartphone App Incoming - IGN
At its financial results meeting back in January, Nintendo stressed that although we won't be seeing its games on smart-devices, it wants to have a mobile presence . It's still not entirely clear as to whether this will be a dedicated app or a browser-based service, and there's no news as to when or if it will be implemented outside of Japan. We've reached out to Nintendo for more information and will update this story accordingly.
A new Unreal Tournament is finally coming, mod-friendly and free | PCWorld
But with Unreal Engine 4 coming down the pipeline, Epic has decided to brush off the Unreal Tournament license and build out a modern version of the classic twitch shooter, the studio announced today. The game is slated for PC, Mac, and Linux and will be freeupon release. Not free-to-play, Epic is quick to specify, but no-strings-attached free .
Twitter Adds Language Targeting for Promoted Tweets, Accounts
Twitter today launched language targeting for promoted tweets and promoted accounts. As a result, advertisers can now target both in 20 different languages while users will be able to see “highly relevant ads” in their language.
10 Great Widgets to Try on Your Android Phone
One way Android remains unique from other popular mobile phone operating systems is its embrace of app widgets. Widgets on your home screen and lock screen can provide quick ways of viewing and accessing real-time information. Oh, and they can look pretty elegant, too.
8 CIO moms share tales and tips from the IT trenches
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Nintendo's five ideas to save its future
But we shouldn't be too cynical. Nintendo sees in its health concept a "blue ocean" of market potential, and let's face it, fitness applications and devices are an exploding sector right now. Almost a decade ago, everyone laughed at the concept of the Wii, which was technically far inferior to its rival consoles and came with a ridiculous wand that you had to waft around to make stuff happen on screen. It was totally ridiculous and utterly out of step with where mainstream games industry thought was going.
Apple 'Closing In' On Dr. Dre's Beats For $3.2 Billion
Honestly this article makes me question the journalistic integrity of Forbes. This is a bad idea? Really Forbes? You went GaGa over the Facebook purchase of “WhatsApp,” knowing that it would be a bust, yet an actual profitable company, like Apple, purchases another profitable company, like Beats, and its a terrible idea? I don’t know if this is more hate of Apple by Forbes, and Forbes sure does love to hate Apple. Or if this is worse, if this is Racism. This deal will produce the third black billionaire in this country, and the first to come from the predominately black record industry. Is it such a bad idea because both companies will make money? Or is it a bad idea because Forbes is racist?
Interactive map shows how income inequality has deepened across the globe
Inequality dipped in the mid 1900s Though the interactive is a simple enhancement of Google Maps, it lets viewers get a good impression of how income inequality has changed in certain areas across the globe. The map includes around a century of data on 29 countries, primarily those in Europe and East Asia, as well as the United States and Canada. A significant number of those countries, including the US, follow a similar trend of having high inequality on either end of the 1900s, but significantly narrower income inequality between the mid-1940s and the mid-1980s.
Hackers hit 1.3 million Orange users
Hackers have stolen the personal data of 1.3 million customers from the French branch of mobile network operator and internet service provider Orange.
HealthCare.Gov Looks Like A Bargain Compared With State Exchanges
As rocky as the rollout of HealthCare.gov was, the federal exchange was relatively efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars, an analysis finds. It cost an average of $1,503 – well over twice as much – to sign up each person in the 15 exchanges run by individual states and Washington, D.C.
“Wet Dog” is a series of portraits of dogs photographed during their least favorite activity: bath time. Exposed at a vulnerable and humiliating moment, the soggy doggies wiggle, shake, haul themselves out of the groomer’s soapy grasp. The series celebrates dogs for what they really are: more than just animals. After millennia of close collaboration with humans, dogs have acquired a unique status in our society. Have they also taken some of our expressions? Sophie believes dogs mirror humans and our society. The unique bond we have develop with them says a lot about our own solitude and social challenges.
The science of attraction - Dawn Maslar
Romantic chemistry is all about warm, gooey feelings that gush from the deepest depths of the heart…right? Not quite. Actually, the real boss behind attraction is your brain, which runs through a very quick, very complex series of calculations when assessing a potential partner. Dawn Maslar explores how our five senses contribute to this mating game, citing some pretty wild studies along the way.
The Dumb Way We Board Airplanes Remains Impervious to Good Data
By charging money for checking bags, airlines encourage passengers to bring as much luggage as possible on board. That can only slow down the boarding process while simultaneously making it more stressful: What if there’s no more room for your carry-on? More reason to push to the front of the line or shell out for early boarding privileges. (United Airlines recently said it would crack down on oversized carry-on luggage—a move that could speed up boarding and generate more revenue at the same time.)
PBS Kids Gives Parents an App to Monitor Children's Screen Time
Whenever a child watches a video — say, an episode of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” — the app displays the title of the show and the video’s length, offers a brief synopsis and suggests a related activity the parent could engage in later with the child. The app also provides a summary of activity on the site, indicating how much time was devoted to literacy, math skills or the arts. And it includes an activity timer.
Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California
In elite U.S. universities, Asian-Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the student population. Although they comprise just 5.5 percent of the American population, Asian-Americans account for just under one-fifth of the entering class at schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. At University of California, Berkeley, they make up 43 percent of the student body, but they are just 13 percent of the state’s population. Chinese parents also define success narrowly and invest their resources in their sons and daughters achieving it. (This is also, Lee says, why you don’t see many Chinese-Americans in careers such as writing, acting, fashion, and art.)
Why There’s No Such Thing As A Private Facebook Chat
Private chats online also tell companies like Facebook how you use technology, what kinds of information you share on which platforms and with which audiences. “Some people use it much more for one-to-one communications than they would use the other parts of Facebook,” Augustin Chaintreau, assistant professor of computer science at Columbia University in New York, explains. For example, Facebook may be interested in seeing whether certain users prefer emailing or texting loved ones, and only use its Messenger app to keep up with more tangential relationships. Or the data could be used to tell whether someone was in distress or needed help, he added.
Comcast is destroying the principle that makes a competitive internet possible
This restructuring of the telephone market helped to create a competitive market for long-distance service. But there's still a serious problem, known in telecom jargon as a "terminating access monopoly." Suppose an Ameritech customer in Detroit wants to call her sister, a BellSouth customer in Atlanta. She has several options for long-distance service. AT&T, MCI, and Sprint are all competing for her business. But no matter which long-distance company she chooses, that long-distance provider is ultimately going to need to connect to BellSouth to complete the call. That means BellSouth always gets to collect a fee for the call.
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The new HTC One review: a great phone, even if no longer a game-changer
By the time you read this review, the new HTC One will already be available in select parts of the globe. As expected, the launch window of each market will vary, but it'll be immediately available in the UK and the US after the phone's launch. In the US, always one of the more complicated markets to keep track of, you can pick up a retail unit from Verizon before it's available on any other carrier. You can order it through AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint online today, too, but you'll have to wait until April 11th if you're the type of person who prefers to waltz into a brick-and-mortar venue to get a new handset. The phone will sell for $650 off-contract, whereas the on-contract price ranges from $200 to $250, depending on the carrier. If you're looking to tinker with your device or just prefer the stock Google experience, HTC's got you covered from day one: The Google Play edition will be available in the Play Store today for $700, and the Developer edition will be sold on HTC's website for $650.
The Countries Where Youth Are Doing The Best And The Worst
Australia (score=0.752 out of 1) and then Sweden top the rankings; Nigeria, with a score of 0.375 out of 1, ranked the lowest of the 30. The top seven countries classified as “higher-income” by the World Bank, but income wasn’t always a predictor of rank. Russia (No. 25) and South Africa (No. 23) scored relatively low compared to their economic activity, showing that growth doesn’t always benefit a country’s entire population. Similarly, Vietnam (No. 11)--with strong policies--managed to outperform countries at similar income tiers.
Nominations: Best Game of the Month (April) - IGN's Best of 2014 Wiki Guide - IGN
After March's crush of AAA games like Titanfall, South Park and Infamous, April is the month that smaller, more focused, indie-spirited games struck back. April will be remembered as the month we received excellent retro throwbacks like Mercenary Kings, great takes on old franchises like Hitman Go, and of course the month we finally got our hands on the gorgeous RPG Child of Light.
Facebook Launches Marketing Tool Audience Insights
Facebook today launched a new tool for marketers called Facebook Audience Insights , available within Ads Manager for all US marketers today and rolling out globally “in the coming months.” As its name implies, the tool lets advertisers gather customer insights about their target audiences.
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Meet The Entrepreneurs Behind Nigeria's Startup Revolution
Younger Nigerians like Jonathan Lawoyin prefer to point to more hopeful signs for the future, and the potential of a new tech-savvy generation to fix long-standing economic and social problems. "There's so much room for innovation," he says. "When you have a young population [almost two-thirds of the country is under-25] and everyone has way more access to information, education and technology than they used to, you can see why there's going to be a boom."
Seattle-based Nancy Kress first
started publishing in the 1970s, initially
in the fantasy genre but then
moving into science fiction. She has
won four Nebula Awards (including
the 2008 award for best novella
for “Fountain of Age”) and two Hugo
Awards (including the 2009 award
for best novella for “The Erdman
Nexus”). Her novel Probability Space
won the 2003 John W. Campbell
Award. Her work often focuses on
the impact of technology on the lives
of ordinary people.
Police in Brazil Threaten to Strike During World Cup
Troops were deployed to Salvador to maintain order before the strike ended and police in Bahia accepted a deal that raised their salaries — some by as much as 60%, according to Brazilians news reports at the time. The police who went on strike Wednesday and are threatening to do so again during the World Cup belong to a different, nationwide federal force.
The $500,000 Basketball 'Hunger Games' Is Stacked With Talent
Matt Holland, Michael Lyons and Tim Andersen all played college hoops for Air Force. So did their teammates. But that's not the most interesting thing about this team — that would be the fact that all of its members are now active duty Air Force officers who plan to donate a "significant portion" of their earnings to charity or the Air Force basketball program. Of course, to do so, they'll have to beat some talented teams first.
Here's What the U.S. Team Will Actually Do in Nigeria
The White House is moving swiftly to put in place a team at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja that can provide military, law enforcement and information-sharing assistance in support of Nigeria’s efforts to find and free the missing girls, U.S. officials told Mashable .
Black Taxis in London Plot to Block Uber With Clogged Streets
Private drivers are not legally allowed to have taxi meters in their cars in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC , and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has said that Uber drivers are violating the law by calculating the price of taxi fares. Nevertheless, the government has not intervened because it doesn't believe Uber drivers are breaking the law; passengers use smartphones to pay Uber drivers, and the distance of the route is calculated via smartphone GPS, so there is no connection between the vehicle and the "taxi meter."
Yes, we're in a tech bubble. Here's how I know it - Fortune Tech
I can also gauge the tech bubble by the flow of dinner, drinks, and other social invitations in my inbox. The PTA at my daughter's school is hosting a really neat fundraiser this week in San Francisco, the kind of event that appeals to an audience far beyond our school community. I personally know of no fewer than four other significant functions happening that night elsewhere in San Francisco, and that's not counting straight-ahead business functions. I could easily dine out four nights a week on the dime of some public relations firm that is hosting a dinner in an attempt to drum up publicity for its client. And I'm not invited to nearly the number of swanky gatherings that my younger, more receptive colleagues are.
AT&T Launches 'Second Screen' App for Babies
The BabyFirst app is part of AT&T U-Verse service. The app pairs with a dedicated BabyFirst channel on U-Verse, and allows toddlers and parents to create collages of shapes, characters and animals that can be beamed to their TV.