No One Cares About Your Social Media Posts [VIDEO]
New app from State.com encourages users to share quick opinions, without the hassles of social media, through a funny viral ad.
And You Thought Your Day Was Terrible? Check Out the 'Alexander' Trailer
The first trailer for Disney's family comedy is here, and if you're sensitive to things going horribly wrong for good people, normally I'd advise you to sit this one out.
Kevin Durant's Mom, the Real MVP, Stars in Sweet Mother's Day Ad
The NBA used Kevin Durant's emotional words about his mom for a powerful Mother's Day ad.
A $100 smartphone running Firefox OS pops up on Ebay
While Firefox OS is targeted at price-sensitive international buyers, it is nice to have the ability to try out the open platform here in the United States. And since it’s being sold directly from ZTE through Ebay, ZTE doesn’t have to worry about retail partnerships or wide distribution–anyone inclined to try this phone out can simply buy one. With no carrier partnerships planned at this time, this handset likely won’t be a huge seller in the United States.
Google faces fresh trial over Android copyright after 2012 ruling struck down
If the new trial goes against Google, it could be liable to pay damages to Oracle for infringing copyright in its past use of Android, and potentially for its continued use of copyrighted APIs. Android is the most widely used mobile operating system, with more than a billion devices using it in the developed world, and about 500m in China. About 80% of the 1bn smartphones sold in 2013 ran Android, according to data from the research company IDC.
Will Dr. Dre really be hip hop's first billionaire?
Still, even if Dr. Dre doesn't become hip hop's first billionaire following the deal, he'll be awfully close. His closest competition, producer and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs, was worth $700 million as of last month, according to Forbes. Jay-Z's net worth was estimated at $520 million.
The Magic Numbers: How Apple Beats The Demise of Music Downloads
There are two numbers that you need to pay attention to in order to make sense of Apple’s breathtaking acquisition of Beats Electronics. Neither of them is the rumored $3.2 billion price. They are 13.3 and 800 million.
Netflix begins raising prices, but current users get a two-year freeze (update)
Remember that Netflix price hike we were warned about? Well, it's finally happening, and it's affecting potential streamers across Europe. We say potential because although the cost is rising by £1 and €1 in the UK and across Europe, to £6.99 and €8.99 respectively, it'll only affect those signing up for the first time. The good news is that if you're already a Netflix subscriber, you'll pay the same amount you always have for at least another two years. At this time, Netflix remains quiet over its US plans (it's not had the greatest of times when it's adapted packages and switched pricing in the past) but has said previously that it will raise subscriptions by $1 or $2. Chances are US customers will see prices rise by a dollar, giving Netflix the opportunity to sink more cash into future seasons of House of Cards .
Oracle wins, Google loses in copyright ruling on Java APIs
The jury agreed with Oracle that Google used its APIs in Android, but they were deadlocked on whether it was protected by "fair use" law, which allows copying in some limited circumstances.
Apple to launch 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in August, 5.5-inch model in September [Report]
If Apple launches the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in August, it would be a month earlier than previous reports had indicated. Industry watchers have also been expecting Apple to launch the new iPhone models in September, as it has launched the last three versions of the iPhone i.e. iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s/iPhone 5c in September.
Design Legend Massimo Vignelli Is Very Sick—Send Him a Letter
The man who gave us everything from the NYC subway's signage and map to the American Airlines logo, Massimo Vignelli, is currently spending his last days at home—and his son has an unusual request: Would you send him a note?
Sprint plans on throttling heavy data users on unlimited plans
Sprint still sells “unlimited” data plans, but its definition of unlimited does not mean no limits. The company has revealed that it will throttle back customers that it considers heavy users of data, even if they are signed up for unlimited data plans. The move mimics that of rival T-Mobile, which also slows down data speeds for customers once they exceed a cap.
My First 7 Questions About This Apple-Beats Deal (Which, By the Way, I'm Not Assuming Is Happening)
I’m not assuming that the acquisition is as real and close to being done as Garrahan and Bradshaw say it is–and even they stress that it could fall apart at the last minute. But even if you just mull it over as a theoretical business transaction which may or may not happen, it raises some obvious questions.
A Car Smashed Through The Window Of An Apple Store In Berkeley
"There were signs of prowl inside the business," Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told Berkelyside . "Officers conducted a check of the business and did not find any suspects. The subsequent investigation revealed several Apple products were stolen. Based on the information at this point, it appears the suspect deliberately drove the vehicle into the store in order to burglarize the business. The investigation is ongoing."
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New photos compare 4.7" 'iPhone 6' mockup to current-gen iPod touch
By AppleInsider Staff
An aluminum mockup of Apple's next generation iPhone, likely based off of widely-circulated "leaked" specifications, has cropped up and is shown next to a fifth generation iPod touch in a new photo set.
The mockup appears slightly thicker, wider, and longer than its phone-less counterpart. The photos were taken by Italian blog macitynet.it .
According to the publication, the slot for the 4.7-inch display is nearly the same width as the entire body of the iPod touch. The model sports many of the same features seen in previous mockups, including a curious rounded flash that would seem to indicate a departure from the dual-LED True Tone flash setup found in the iPhone 5s.
Apple is widely believed to be planning the release of two new iPhone models with larger displays this fall. A 4.7-inch variant is rumored to debut as soon as August, while a larger 5.
Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet
But there’s one thing Bezos hasn’t been talking about: AmazonSupply, an e-commerce site targeting the unsexy but hugely lucrative wholesale and distribution market. His silence is especially surprising as the site has the potential to turn into the most important development in the company’s history since it started selling books. Yet Bezos has uttered only 28 words in public–ever–about AmazonSupply, describing it in passing as “an incredible category” during the company’s 2012 annual meeting.
Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander to Launch Private Cybersecurity Firm
Alexander is the latest in a long line of prominent government security and intelligence officials to go on to work in the private sector after a long public career. Other examples include Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, who now heads his own firm, Ridge Global; and Michael Chertoff, the second U.S. secretary of homeland security, who founded the Chertoff Group in 2009. The previous NSA director, Michael Hayden, didn't start his own firm, he joined the Chertoff Group.
The Future Is a Real-Life Tron Bike
Maybe you know Mott Street Customs bikes. Maybe you know Revolights . But you have never seen this bike before—it's the love child of the two, a custom bike with light-wrapped wheels that looks straight out of the future. The bike's integrated LEDs wrap around the wheels and light up as they turn, blazing 360 degree visibility for drivers and pedestrians. That means fewer accidents, but it looks cool as hell, too. "It's like Tron in the streets," were the exact words Mott Street Customs co-owner Cory Ng told us when he dropped it off to Gizmodo HQ earlier this week.
Best Buy Ups Stakes With Latest iPhone Trade-In Offer and Sprint, Verizon Deals on 5s
The deals, combined with a $100 price drop on the iPhone 5s for Sprint and Verizon, mean that those signing up for a new contract on those carriers could actually get more for their old device than they need to pay for the new one. The AT&T iPhone 5s remains at the standard $199 price.
You can now donate untraceable Bitcoin to political candidates
On Wednesday, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) accepted a request by a political action committee (PAC) to accept Bitcoin donations up to $100 — just as it might accept, say, other non-cash donations as stocks. As with stocks, the FEC said the donated Bitcoins must be converted into dollars and deposited into campaign accounts before they can be spent.
The Warby Parker Book Club
Books clubs within companies really do work. I’ve seen it happen! At Meredith Corporation developed a series of them starting in late 2008 for our consumer marketing group. With several teams of 5-6 members each took on a specific title to read, discuss and develop APPLICABLE ideas which they then presented to the total consumer marketing group of 30+ people. Three books, Wikinomics by Dan Tapscott, ZAG by Marty Neumeier and Join the Conversation by Joseph Jaffe lead to the development of a creative services “wiki” and early experiments in digital marketing. Best part was that the books were our "consultants" (several authors actually did conference calls with us!) but WE did the actual discovery, development and application with an eye on improving OUR expertise and how we did business. These clubs were far less expensive than many consultants we had used and far more effective. I still believe Tom Peters' dictate: "Outread the competition!"
Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Open Files with Chrome Apps
Google is testing a new feature in Chrome for Mac that will let Chrome apps register in OS X’s file associations to let you open files directly, as spotted by Engadget .
The DeanBeat: If you blinked, you don't know how big the mobile gaming industry has become
Michael Pachter, analyst with Wedbush Securities, also observed the velocity of change. He said the U.S. retail games sector generated $22.6 billion in revenues in 2008, with digital games selling about $3 billion in that year. By 2013, retail games shrank to $12.5 billion and digital games grew 350 percent to $14 billion, with $12 billion of that driven by free-to-play games on mobile and online. He thinks that the core game business has peaked and that the current generation of consoles will not outsell the last generation. In fact, over the next decade, he said, “consoles will go away.” The installed base of consoles will likely peak around 240 million, as gains by Sony and Microsoft will soak up losses by Nintendo, he said.
Winklevoss Twins to List Bitcoin Fund on Nasdaq
Winklevoss Twins to List Bitcoin Fund on Nasdaq — Despite cautions and hesitations among regulators about investing in virtual currency, the Winklevoss twins are inching closer to creating the first publicly traded Bitcoin fund. — On Thursday, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss …
Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected: report
The biggest simple improvement Apple could make is to increase battery life. My iPhone 5 often dies after 4 or 5 hours — and this even with the screen brightness turned down, turning off background apps and turning off WiFi. My old Blackberry was able to go 3 or 4 days betweenc charges. With the lousy iPhone had to buy several criminally-overpriced charger cables – one for the house, one for the office, one for the car and one for my briefcase.
Experts to Debate 'Killer Robots' at the UN in Geneva
Prof Sharkey said it can’t be guaranteed that autonomous weapon systems will consistently comply with international law. “Nations aren’t talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity,” he told the BBC. Prof Arkin, meanwhile, believes armed robots could reduce the number of casualties in times of war. “I support a moratorium until that end is achieved, but I do not support a ban at this time,” he added.
Apple May Drop $3.2 Billion For Beats
That said, any Apple executive would be quick to assert that music is, and will always be, a major part of the company's DNA. So iTunes and Apple's various music services—headphones, streaming software and otherwise—will always be a big focus, and in recent years, Beats has proven highly successful at selling its headphones and software services, particularly to the younger crowd. Apple would certainly find the company's sway with music lovers desirable, and likely worth the $3.2 billion or so it is offering—which would be just a drop in the bucket compared to Apple's $100 billion war chest .
The "fast lane" to internet civil war
This isn't about attempting to profit from the FCC ( Neocities is about helping people express themselves by bringing back the free web site and creative expression on the web, we have never been about profit). It is highly likely that I will never extract my $1000 ransom from the FCC to remove the block, Neocities simply isn't useful enough to the FCC to force them to do it. But it highlights a concern of the Net Neutrality argument that really scares the hell out of me, and that nobody is really talking about yet.
Amazon delays Hachette book shipments as companies negotiate contract
This is happening with other major publishers, too, and with bestselling, new titles. It’s not just Hachette; It’s a more common practice. The “negotiations” have to do with kickbacks and payments that all publishers now pay to get their books to appear prominently in Amazon searches and display properly. (See Packer’s Amazon story in New Yorker for this.) They will claim copies of new bestsellers have been misplaced or sent to the wrong shipping center, and declare them “out of stock”, or blame it on the weather, then extort higher givebacks or forced discounts on Kindle editions to get the books moving again. In all cases it seems motivated, in part, by a desire to punish publishers, cut into their profits, and boost Kindle sales.
Here Comes the Netflix Price Hike
Here’s the PR explanation of the hike: “To continue adding more movies and TV shows and delivering a great streaming experience, we previously announced that we planned to increase our price slightly for new members. That increase is happening today. We are increasing the price of our service by US$1 a month for new members. Existing Netflix members get to keep their current (US$7.99) price for two years, enjoying HD-quality movies and TV shows on any two screens at the same time.”
Bitcoin wins US election panel's approval for political donations - CNET
The US Federal Election Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal for political action committees to accept donations in the form of Bitcoin, finding that the cryptocurrency qualified as "money or anything of value" as defined by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. However, with its 6-0 vote, the commission that enforces US campaign finance laws imposed several conditions on its acceptance.
The usual problem people have with corporate personhood is more of a campaign finance issue than anything, and it's obvious that's the problem here, but there were arguments against it before anyone made a big deal of that. I think some of the arguments were based more around the idea of corporations being equal to people and less with the legal ramifications, but there have always been legitimate concerns. Corporate personhood is used to shift blame around, and as we've seen recently in GM's case, it can help people avoid jail time for murder. It's helped con men get away with ruining lives, charging for goods and services then closing up shop and disappearing. The only reason we need it now is that the laws aren't written to apply to corporations, they're written to apply to people. Without corporate personhood, contract law can't be enforced when it involves one or more corporations, because the laws just aren't worded that way. Basically, corporate personhood let us avoid rewriting other laws specifically so they can be applied correctly to corporations, it was the easy way to do things but that doesn't make it the right way.
Oracle wins on appeal vs. Google Android re Java API copyright | Hacker News
Am I reading this wrong or what's missing?
"Because we conclude that the declaring code and the
structure, sequence, and organization of the API packages
are entitled to copyright protection, we reverse the district
court’s copyrightability determination with instructions to
reinstate the jury’s infringement finding as to the 37 Java
packages. Because the jury deadlocked on fair use, we
remand for further consideration of Google’s fair use
defense in light of this decision. With respect to Google’s
cross-appeal, we affirm the district court’s decisions:
(1) granting Oracle’s motion for JMOL as to the eight
decompiled Java files that Google copied into Android;
and (2) denying Google’s motion for JMOL with respect to
the rangeCheck function. Accordingly, we affirm-in-part,
reverse-in-part, and remand for further proceedings."
5 Twitter clients for Linux
Linux users who prefer local clients have a number of applications to choose from -- including a few that are new. In this article, I examine five free Twitter applications for Linux: Birdie, Choqok, Polly, Turpial and TTYtter.
Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts
Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key staff are undoubtedly considering their options. Senior Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, who Nokia calls "(our) own camera expert" has just made his choice , and it's not Microsoft. He tweeted that he'll be "starting a new chapter in Cupertino," then confirmed that his new boss is indeed Tim Cook. Though Apple's iPhone 5s camera is already considered good, it could be looking for more, judging by this hire. Of course, Nokia has plenty of folks who worked on the PureView line, and Partinen is just one part of that team. But whatever you think of its Windows Phone handsets, cameras like the 41-megapixel monster in the Lumia 1020 are universally considered some of the best in the industry.
Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans
Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans FCB's touching work for a language school
By Tim Nudd
Recipe: How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof®…And Your Morning Too | The Bulletproof Executive
PEOPLE, PLEASE!! I don’t get it. This guy has come up with something that works for him, published it for all to share and either use, investigate or dismiss. It is healthy to have a discussion but let’s not lose sight of one very simple fact; THE WORLDS POPULATION IS GETTING FATTER! Why? Because it’s cheap to eat that way and expensive to eath healthy, plus, a complete lack of education about how to eat healthy. So, before you decide to pick this guy’s work to pieces, take a minute and be a little grateful that he has taken the bloody time and effort to create this, in the hope that it might help a few. If you don’t belive that this works, fine, but don’t spew your bilious energy in a forum where people have come to improve their lives. Go to the McDonalds or KFC or Wendys forums and talk with all the others about the quality of their lives. To those people who are struggling with their weight; get rid of gluten, stop drinking your carbs; eat them, and most importatnly, don’t think you have to be in the gym 5 days a week…. it is all about the quality or lack their of, of the food you are eating and how your body reacts to it.
The Future of Unreal Tournament Begins Today
A lot of this is brand new for Epic, and we don’t yet have everything figured out. Things will probably definitely go wrong from time to time, and when they do, we’ll have to work through them together. There will be a lot of tough decisions to make, and not every feature will make it into the game. But if you’re a fan of Unreal Tournament, a UE4 developer, or a future modder – or if you just want to learn how we make games – we hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be fun.
The Inside Track on Driveclub's Delay - IGN
Rustchynsky cites the dynamic menu as one of the reasons for the delay, saying the system the team had created previously was too slow and cumbersome. "Dynamic menu doesn't mean a lot to most people, but it means a lot to us because it connects them on so many different levels. Every menu you look at inside the game, there's a list of activities. It's a window to what goes on inside of Drive Club, and that's present all the time." Rustchynsky also says that the activities are specific to whatever section of the game a user is in and that part of the extra development time was spent on creating the companion app that gives users access to the information on a second screen.
T. Boone Pickens Sent Dr. Dre The Most Amazing Tweet, Welcoming Him To The 1%
T. Boone Pickens Sent Dr. Dre The Most Amazing Tweet, Welcoming Him To The 1%
The Forgotten Photos of Mothers
Stashed inside dozens of old boxes were hundreds of vintage prints and thousands of slides from assignments and books Heyman had done throughout his career. In one box was a folder marked “Mothers.” Many of these photographs were done for a book Heyman created with anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1965 called Family , which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize the same year.
Beats by Apple Is Making Monster's Big Mistake Even Bigger
Love fest or no, this was never going to be a Steve and Woz moment of geek kinship. This was business from the start—and while Noel knows it now (Jimmy wanted to "own both ends," he says), Monster didn't show much acumen when it mattered. Monster wanted to jumpstart its headphone business. Badly. In the turmoil of the mid-00s, Dre and Jimmy needed to find something other than records to monetize. Badly. But the money arrangement was destined to be dominated by Iovine, a man who'd gone head to head with Steve Jobs, and ran a music empire—not some small deluxe cable firm. The Monsters knew that if they could harness Dre's "entertainment and sports" contacts they could launch their company into the mainstream. They were right, but they were also woefully underprepared for the path to success; in the process, they blew almost every business decision possible.
Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World
There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn't just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making overpriced
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.
The Smart Way to Shrink Your Retail Footprint
Retail space isn’t what it used to be. More people are browsing and buying online. Stores can get products faster from manufacturers, so they don’t need as much space to warehouse inventory. Small businesses are thus moving to smaller storefronts to lower costs.
The Best Foods And Drinks For Your Productivity
<a href="http://www.5hourenergy.com/ingredients.asp#Caffeine" target="_hplink">"Comparable to a cup of premium coffee,"</a> according to 5hourenergy.com, which would be <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm" target="_hplink">about 160mg</a>, according to CSPI.
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Stop Tweeting That 'Bring Back Our Girls' Photo — She's Not Nigerian
The young girl featured in the image, however, is not Nigerian. She hasn't been kidnapped. And she never gave permission to have her face plastered across social media. She's actually from Guinea-Bissau, a country in West Africa more than 2,000 miles away from Nigeria, and her photo was initially taken for a project unrelated to the Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram . In the photo, Balde, 13, waits for her teacher to arrive at school in the village of Dembel Jumpora in Guinea-Bissau in May 2011.
Is This How We'll Cure Cancer?
Jim, I’m glad you bring this up. I’m working with a colleague in library sciences at my institution to investigate how we teach (or fail to teach) scientific writing and, by extension, scientific literacy. One thing I’ve noticed is that concerns such as yours often get labeled as “semantic”, with the implication that they are too trivial to warrant consideration by serious scientists and science writers. The problem seems greatest in areas where substantial societal and/or financial values are at stake. Examples include conflating “cure” and “remission”; or “proof of a hypothesis” and “evidence supporting a hypothesis”; or “lack of evidence” and “evidence of lack”. I can only think of explanations for the prevalence of this problem: 1, ignorance of the authors, which can be addressed through better education; and 2, deliberate intent to mislead to gain more funding or publicity or prizes for one’s work, which embodies ethical and moral issues. In either case, an in part for reasons you articulated, it’s important to stress that semantic integrity is inseparable from scientific integrity.
A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
Revolution Cancelled by NBC - IGN
Update: Per TVLine , NBC have also cancelled Crisis, Believe and Growing Up Fisher. Believe was another J.J. Abrams-produced series. The cancellation of Revolution, Believe and FOX's Almost Human suddenly takes the number of Abrams/Bad Robot shows from four to one, with only CBS' Person of Interest renewed.
7 Mother's Day Alternatives to Your Fallback Gifts
Yes, the holiday celebrating all things mom is on May 11 this year, which means you should start preparing now. Sure, you could go with the expected gift trio of a card, flowers and chocolates, but why not try something new? Everyone knows those gifts are standard fallbacks, but if it's really the thought that counts, your mom might appreciate something unique and off the cuff.
If 'House of Cards' Characters Used LinkedIn
At this point, everyone in the show is intensely jousting for information and power. But it's just as engrossing to watch schemers Frank and his wife, Claire, cunningly attempt to hide the truth by all means — like destroying the lives of the pesky journalists.
Upcoming, The Social Events Database, Is Planning Its Rise From The Dead
Facebook is currently the most popular way for people to create events and invite friends, but its system is flawed. Not everyone has a Facebook account, and as social networking becomes more fragmented, friends don’t just live in one place—for instance, there are a handful of Twitter friends I’d want to invite for drinks, but they’re not my friends on Facebook. Facebook events are limited to your Facebook friends, and it’s not a great way to find and meet new people.