DarkFolders7 brings a dark background to your folders [Jailbreak Tweak]
Sometimes when you're theming your device, one thing you don't always think about is the color of your folders on your springboard. Some tweaks, like Eclipse, have brought "night mode" to your device and made a lot of UI changes to make them a little more easy on the eyes during night time. I've always been a fan of darker colors on my device, so DarkFolders7 is a nice idea.
Google I/O 2014 - Security at scale at Google
Speaker(s): Stephan Somogyi Description: For most developers, the security team at Google is a black box. Yet Safe Browsing and its API have been around for ...
Apple airs new iPhone 5s ad 'Parenthood'
Apple has just uploaded a new iPhone ad on YouTube titled “Parenthood”. As the title suggests, the ad showcases how parents use their iPhone 5s. The song “Life of Dreams” by Julie Doiron is playing in the background, and features some of … Continue reading →
Sorry, daters, NY bill endangers your 'tiger selfies' - CNET
The sponsor of a bill related to public safety and big cats didn't draft it with dating profile pictures in mind, but all those snaps of guys cuddling with tigers will be affected.
Obama blasts 'least productive Congress in modern history'
Though the president’s remarks were not recorded, the pool report quoted him as saying, “This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory. And that’s by objective measures – just basic activity.”
Boehner Says He’s ‘Not Qualified’ To Talk About Climate Science. Here’s How Scientists Responded.
“What if we asked ‘Senator: do you advocate drinking toxic sludge?’ or ‘Senator: is jumping off the north rim of the Grand Canyon safe?’ or ‘Senator: should I place my head in the jaws of this lion?’,” Mann said. “Would the response still be be ‘I don’t know, I’m not a scientist’?”
2014 FIFA World Cup Predictions - IGN
I've spent the afternoon simulating today's fixtures using a copy of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil from the luxury of my motorised tank, and here's how I expect the upcoming fixtures will unfold.
Driverless Cars For $10,000? This Startup Is Challenging Google With A Simple Sensor
Google Google ’s driverless car project has been getting plenty of attention for the kinds of changes it could bring to transportation, but buying an entirely new, self-driving car is out of most people’s budgets and many years away. Cruise Automation is a San Francisco-based startup that thinks it can get the technology to market sooner with something far more simple: a $10,000 accessory you can strap to the roof of your car and plug into your footwell.
This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D | Science | WIRED
To build the model, even to figure out what it should look like, workers in Klein’s laboratory painstakingly drew the horizontal sections solving a planar version of the equation. Each cross-section was cast separately, in a plaster made from powdered chalk, bone glue, double varnish, essence of lavender and essence of clove. Then the layers were carefully stacked, glued together, and sanded smooth. To check for correctness, the mathematicians traced the vertical cross-sections on cardboard, cut out the inside, and fit the remainder over the model. And lo! The surface has three swooping branches that join in a thin central column and again in a flaring base. The 27 lines, etched in black, dash through three gaping holes and extend toward infinity.
9 Stunning Panoramas of Starry Skies, Captured With a Homemade Camera Rig | Design | WIRED
To make the rig, Brady took four refurbished Canon T2Is, stuck fisheye lenses on them, and attached the cameras to a wooden bracket. He starts setting up just as the sun goes down, and waits a couple hours until it’s dark as possible to begin shooting. “I put the rig on a tripod, clean the lenses, get the cameras synced up, and then I go take a nap,” he says. The cameras take photos every 1 or 2 minutes for 2 to 3 hours, or until his camera battery runs out. Brady usually walks away with 150 pictures from each camera during a session, which he then stitches together and layers using a custom script for the panoramic time lapse effect.
Are Canadians worth $20K a year, guaranteed?
MONTREAL -- A group of academics and activists is trying to drum up interest in an ambitious plan to provide every Canadian with a guaranteed minimum level of income -- whether or not they have a job.
For Google Fit, Your Health Data Could Be Lucrative
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Pacific Rim 2 Release Date Revealed; Animated Series Coming - IGN
BuzzFeed reports that an animated series set in the Pacific Rim universe is also incoming, dropping at an undetermined time before the sequel and released in the USA by Universal Pictures.
$4,300 gold-plated iPhone 5S sports Putin's face - CNET
A luxury phone company doubles up on questionable taste by gold-plating an iPhone 5S and emblazoning it with Vladimir Putin's face.
The Man Making Silicon Valley Go Crazy for Hardware | Design | WIRED
In the web world, incubators like Y Combinator have eliminated some of the guesswork from entrepreneurship, creating a system that sucks in smart founders and reliably spits out them out with fledgling companies and viable products. Now PCH, through its burgeoning mini-empire in Potrero Hill, is trying to do the same for hardware, offering everything a founder needs to move from idea to finished product, all of it orchestrated by people who have done it for years. Unlike a traditional incubator, PCH isn’t in it just for the equity (although it does take a small stake in each company). It’s betting that when these small companies blow up, they’ll keep using its services rather than laboring to find factories on their own. Making hardware will never be easy, but PCH hopes to make it just easy enough to nurture a new generation of multibillion-dollar businesses.
The Weekender: revamping Android and remembering Bobby Womack
Welcome back to The Weekender. Every Saturday morning, The Verge will give you something to do. This is where you'll get the best of what we’ve written this week, but also a reason to get up and actually do something with your life — even if that something is dreaming of the far off places you might go.
Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated] | TechCrunch
OK so. A lot of people have asked me about my and Jamie and Jeff’s recent study published in PNAS, and I wanted to give a brief public explanation. The reason we did this research is because we care about the emotional impact of Facebook and the people that use our product. We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out. At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. We didn’t clearly state our motivations in the paper.
Better economic data could help persuade voters in November to look past President Barack Obama’s weak approval ratings and his unpopular healthcare law and give Democrats enough lift to hold onto the Senate and limit their losses in the House, political strategists said. Yet a debate about the actual state of the economy, which Americans consistently rate in polls as among their top concerns, may be missing in the run-up to Congressional elections.
The Morality Of A/B Testing | TechCrunch
We don’t use the “real” Facebook. Or Twitter. Or Google, Yahoo, or LinkedIn. We are almost all part of experiments they quietly run to see if different versions with little changes make us use more, visit more, click more, or buy more. By signing up for these services, we technically give consent to be treated like guinea pigs.
Why the Supreme Court May Finally Protect Your Privacy in the Cloud | Opinion | WIRED
When the Supreme Court ruled yesterday in the case of Riley v. California , it definitively told the government to keep its warrantless fingers off your cell phone. But as the full impact of that opinion has rippled through the privacy community, some SCOTUS-watchers say it could also signal a shift in how the Court sees the privacy of data in general—not just when it’s stored on your physical handset, but also when it’s kept somewhere far more vulnerable: in the servers of faraway Internet and phone companies.
These are not the wearables we’ve been waiting for
While it’s impressive how small today’s computers can get, Google and its partners have still failed to demonstrate truly compelling use cases—let alone “rich user experiences”—that will create a mass market for $200+ smartwatches. In almost every example during Singleton’s presentation, simply accessing a smartphone—an activity Google says its one billion Android users already do an average of 125 times a day—seems like it would be a more capable and comfortable solution. (And there’s no either/or option here—today’s smartwatches must be paired to a phone in the vicinity to access the internet.)
Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid
As far as its functionality as a consumer device goes, Blackphone still has a few rough edges. We were working with “release candidate” versions of the phone’s operating system and applications, so it would be unfair to judge their stability too harshly. But since the Google ecosystem of applications (Chrome, Google Play, and other Google-branded features) was carved from PrivatOS, a privacy-focused fork of KitKat, it may feel like a step backward for some Android users—and a breath of fresh air for others.
Akamai: Global Average Web Speed Up 24% to 3.9 Mbps
Akamai said that globally, a total of 98 regions it covered saw average internet speeds increase in the first quarter, with a total of 39 countries recording quarter-over-quarter increases of 10 percent and more, ranging from the Netherlands’ 0.3 percent gain to Sudan’s 77 percent growth rate (to 3.2 Mbps). Yet, another 39 countries saw their average connection speeds dip in the quarter instead, with losses ranging from 0.1 percent in France (to 6 Mbps) to 28 percent in Nepal (to 1.1 Mbps).
The Man Who Makes the Coolest Clocks You’ll Ever See | Design | WIRED
Weil began his career back in the late ‘70s when he moved from Argentina to London to study at the Royal College of Arts. Since then he’s designed innumerable pieces on behalf of Alessi, Swatch and Pentagram, where he joined in 1992 and has been ever since. The exhibition showcases his breadth of work—baby bottles, a chess set for the World Championship the cover of a Pet Shop Boys’ album, a radio in a bag from the early 1980s—and touches on how important it is to venture outside of your comfort zone as a designer. “Being a generalist and having the ability to put your mind to anything that you’re asked to do is a wonderful activity,” he says. “It gets you to learn about things you don’t know and you start to see things you haven’t seen before.”
2 Million Copies of Mario Kart 8 Have Reportedly Been Sold - IGN
At Nintendo's 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders today, it was reported that Mario Kart 8 has sold 2 million copies worldwide in the month since its release.
Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once
"The advanced stuff is only there if you want it, and Fly presents itself as this one really quick way to make videos," says Novikoff. "The more you play around with it the more you realize it goes very deep." Indeed, buried inside Fly's less noticeable menus are a more traditional clip editor, which lets you lay out clips chronologically, and the app's aforementioned multi-cam shooting mode, which is a pricey (by App Store standards) $9.99 in-app purchase. In my tests, however, multi-cam worked perfectly and successfully synced up the footage shot by multiple phones and let you cut between them. The feature works over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even cellular, and might alone might be enough to convince many iPhone shooters to give the app a try. Other features you can buy include "gesture editing," which lets you swipe across your clips to add a dissolve, or tap on two clips to do split-screen video (like in PicPlayPost). There's also a two-finger tap gesture to add picture-in-picture. Fly offers these tools for $2.99 each. My favorite feature, however, comes free — if you import music into Fly, you can tap on your clips to the beat of the music to make cuts that are right in rhythm with the track you've added.
Here's How Many Of The Fastest-Growing Messaging Apps Are Already Earning Significant Revenues
A new report from BI Intelligence takes a deep dive into the messaging wars, exploring how fast each of the mobile messaging apps are growing, and how many of them are already monetizing their enormous user bases. The report contains our exclusive estimates for monthly active users for all the top global messaging platforms — including some like Snapchat and LINE, which do not release MAU numbers . We describe the similarities and differences between 15 messaging apps, including a case study of Japan-based LINE as an example of how this category can monetize and drive hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. LINE draws revenue from stickers, in-app game purchases, marketing and ad products, and even retail sales of toys based on its popular characters.
�A decade ago, it was just a small number of elite investors,� says Andrea Fiocchi, a lawyer at Reinhardt LLP, which caters to an international clientele. But now the market is broad and diversified: Fiocchi’s firm handled not only two of the ten most expensive residential sales in the city last year, but also a large volume of transactions at more mainstream prices. Buildings around Times Square and the Financial District are being marketed heavily overseas. One development project on John Street is �crowdfunding� $50,000 financing shares via the Prodigy Network, a marketing firm with offices in New York and Bogota. The Related Companies is using a federal program that promises green cards to foreign investors to raise cheap capital for its Hudson Yards project. (A website features a rendering and the slogan �Your Gateway to the U.S.A.�) Shortly before departing on a road show to Monte Carlo and other redoubts of European wealth a couple of months ago, one broker told me about his most adventurous strategy: buying, emptying, and renovating brownstones in Crown Heights. An Australian investment fund has done something similar in Bushwick.
8 Hot Startups That Want to Hire You
Hiring process: We’re a mission-driven company with clearly defined core values. Our onsite interviews include an interview by someone on another team who evaluates the candidate and their cultural fit for Pinterest by looking for ways they’ve demonstrated these values. The candidates who always leave a good impression give great examples of coming up with a new idea and taking ownership to put it to action. We hire people who are approachable, and really enjoy solving tough problems.
How Aaron Swartz went from internet activist to martyr
In 2000 Aaron Swartz was just a terrifyingly smart 14 year-old. He was a faceless name on a mailing list, quietly contributing code and copy to RSS 1.0. Roughly twelve years later, in January of 2013, he became an unfortunate casualty in an ongoing battle that pits the government and its business allies against a growing army of online activists.
Facebook learning the costs of consumer hardware with Oculus - CNET
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in March he was buying a virtual reality company that, on the face of it, has nothing to do with social networking, company watchers were surprised. Oculus makes a headset, called the Rift, that plugs into a computer and displays images designed to transport users into virtual worlds. Put on the goggles and you could suddenly be exploring a sandy beach halfway across the world or battling an enemy from the cockpit of a starship -- without leaving your chair. The Rift has become a darling of video game industry veterans who extoll its virtue as an entirely new way of engaging in virtual experiences.
Round vs. square: Smartwatch design divide steals Google I/O spotlight - CNET
Take, for example, other devices that have taken the smartwatch space by storm recently. Earlier this week, Withings' unveiled its Activite timepiece is not quite a smartwatch -- it's more of watch blended with a Fitbit or Jawbone activity tracker -- but it's design is breathtaking. It looks like a Swiss-made piece of fine craftsmanship, and in fact it is Swiss made. Its battery lasts a year, despite the device connecting to your smartphone to count steps, track sleep, and automatically correct time. It's essentially a more watch-like Moto 360 that Withings is calling a new generation of timepiece.
On A Big Anniversary, Four Ways Obamacare Has -- And Hasn't -- Changed
The Court’s June 28, 2012, decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act—by the slender margin of a single vote—did more than allow the law’s ambitious agenda to proceed. It famously altered the law itself, by allowing states to choose whether or not to opt into Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
Why Facebook isn't getting into the lucrative chat app gaming space - The Next Web
Facebook practically created the casual gaming boom that began with hyper-addictive games like FarmVille. However, the world’s largest social network increasingly seems to be happy to avoid a second-coming for casual gaming on mobile in favor of being a platform for others.
The Need For Speed. Public Clouds Deliver.
In the early days of cloud computing, cost was the number one driver of adoption. Startups and SMBs flocked to the cloud for the ability to build their mission critical applications without having to sink huge amounts of capital into data centers and physical infrastructure. Over the last couple of years, enterprises have started getting over their fears of security and control with public clouds and are moving more workloads outside of their firewalls. The impetus for the move is not to reduce costs, but to get products to market faster. For some, this is about gaining competitive advantages over their peers. For others, it is a matter of survival.
Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/29/14: What is this? - CNET
Given the constraints of the work I'll be doing on Road Trip, I have to minimize the complexity of the Picture of the Day challenge, so if you want to accumulate right answers and compete for the grand prize, you must use the same email address and name each time. If you use a different name or email address, your answers won't be counted together.
What Would It Take To Decarbonize The Energy System?
We can look at the problem from the other side: Imagine we restored a healthy climate by 2070: how would we have done that? Here’s a roadmap: 1. Achieve 50% emissions reduction using current technology. Germany is almost there already. Costs for utility scale solar PV is dropping quickly, and is already less than new natural gas plants in much of the country. China is building wind and solar capacity at about 5x the rate we are–so they’ll catch up to the curve quickly, and India is switching almost all new capacity construction to solar and some wind. This year, most of the US new capacity will be wind and solar for the first time. Switching all US energy (2.5 TW) to renewables over 20 years requires building ~100 GW new capacity per year. New capacity has been doubling every 2 years for about 6 years. Expanding at that rate another 6 years will bring us to the required 100 GW / year. Now that prices (without subsidy) are dropping below gas, demand and technical advances should continue expanding. By 2025 we could be at 50% renewables. Storage is required when renewable capacity exceeds 60-85% (wind peaks at night and solar during the day).
Google Is Finally Poised To Bring PC-Class Gaming To Your Living Room -- Will The Content Follow?
According to Michael Quiroz, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Nyko Technologies, the missing link is Android TV. “From a Nyko perspective, one of our greatest difficulties was letting the user know about all the great content that could use controllers,” Quiroz tells me. (The PlayPad is augmented by software which helps users find gamepad-supported titles.) “We had our app and our website, etc. but for a user to be able to go on Android TV, see the games that are controller enabled, many of which they might already own, or have played already, really helps bring down the barrier of entry.”
Nintendo Re-Elects Iwata As 'Mario Kart 8' Moves 2M Units
“I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting,” Iwata wrote via email prior to the meeting, according to GamesIndustry.biz .
Time for Android Wear: Google shows off Samsung, LG, Motorola smartwatches - CNET
Google's Android Wear software is being used to power the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, available for order today, and the Moto 360 due later in the summer.
World Cup Weekend Recap: Knockout Stage Delivers Drama Overdose
Greece and Costa Rica met in Sunday's afternoon match to cap the weekend. Pitting two heavy underdogs few expected to reach the knockout stage, this game didn't equal the quality of the weekend's three preceding matches, to put things mildly. Costa Rica finished the game down a man after Oscar Duarte was sent off for his second booking of the game, yet Greece still couldn't finish Los Ticos off in extra time — a failing that would come back to haunt them.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router Preview - CNET
First and foremost, the new Nighthawk R8000 is the first tri-band router on the market. Very similar to the R7000, the new R8000 is a dual-band router that support the top Wi-Fi speeds, which are 600Mbps and 13000Mbps for the 2.4Ghz band and 5Ghz band, respectively. However, it's the first that comes with two 5Ghz bands instead of one to offer a combined bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps at a given time, as opposed to the 1900Mbps of any other top 802.11ac router on the market.
Top Mathemeticians Win $15m In Prizes
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Meet The British Online Retailer Ready To Take On Amazon
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The Fight For Your Smartphone's Home Screen Is Ready To Explode Onto Your Wrist
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4G in cars is coming fast (The Next Big Thing, Episode 7) - CNET
The rush is on to make cars be Internet devices. Game consoles expand beyond gaming, and connected home tech is finally coming together with tighter integration.
Experiments That Showed It’s Possible to Install False Memories | MIT Technology Review
Can you install a false memory in the brain? Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown it’s possible in lab animals. First they locate where in the brain the memory is formed; then they use optogenetics to manipulate the memory neurons. One day such techniques could be used to help people with debilitating traumatic memories.
Self-propagating SMS worm Selfmite targets Android devices
"The impact on the user is not only have they been fooled into installing a worm and other software they may not want; the worm can use up their billing plan by automatically sending messages that they would not be aware of, costing them money," the AdaptiveMobile researchers said. "In addition, by sending spam the worm puts the infected device at danger of being blocked by the mobile operator. More seriously, the URL that the worm points to [in the browser] could be redirected to point to other .apks which may not be as legitimate as the Mobogenie app."
Aaron Swartz Movie Charts Rise And Demise Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'
Director Brian Knappenberger, who also directed We Are Legion , a film about the hacker collective known as Anonymous, said that while some signs point to Swartz’s suicide as a political statement about his prosecution, he concluded otherwise. “He and his girlfriend had an argument just before he died about what the Internet would do if he died,” Knappenberger said. “He said no one would notice. My sense was that he just couldn’t take it anymore.” The director said he decided to expand his initial notion of a short documentary to a feature-length one once he realized how much more there was to say about Swartz and the uniqueness of the early footage. Because Swartz came of age in the camcorder and then digital era, he was photographed and videotaped for his entire life, creating an array of prescient moments used to powerful effect in the film. “There was so much done on Aaron so early on — some great pieces of writing,” Knappenberger said. “They offered small glimpses of the whole. But I saw a chance for a broad-scope approach. My guess is that most people who see the film have never really known the full Aaron Swartz story before.
The Future Of Healthcare Is Less Privacy
Even within the clearly legal areas I think many people will find this monitoring creepy, as the Bloomberg story points out. But my guess is that aversion to being monitored is a norm that is currently changing and will continue to change in the future. I think the constant background assumption that the government can easily read your emails and and texts and listen to your calls will slowly reduce the dislike of invasiveness monitoring due to status quo bias alone. What’s more the financial incentives for the monitoring with the highest economic net benefit and least invasiveness will be large and hard to resist. Once we succumb to this monitoring it will make us more used to being watched, which will make us less resistant to more invasive monitoring and less financial incentives. People who grow up with this will find past generations’ aversion to being monitored strange to understand.
Three Family Gadget Essentials
I’m always on the look out for gadgets that help us be more productive or make the most of leisure time. Over the past few months my family has been testing a variety of new tech and gadgets. While some products don’t seem to click, others have become part of our everyday life.
Android Wear brings Google to life
How many times have you checked your phone today? If Google's data is correct, your answer is somewhere between zero and 125. This proclivity to check our phone is the foundation upon which Android Wear, the company's wearables platform, is built. Wear isn't about replacing your smartphone though; it's about extending Android beyond your pocket and into the world around you. Yesterday's I/O keynote revealed a lot about Google's vision for the future -- and Wear is the thread that could tie it all together.