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Apple Teams Up With IBM For Huge, Expansive Enterprise Push | TechCrunch

Industries Apple and IBM look to be tackling first include retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, telecommunications and insurance (among others) per the official press release, with a planned rollout starting this fall and continuing in earnest through 2015. The solution is designed to be end-to-end, covering everything from cloud storage to security and MDM, as well as private app stores and deployments. In many ways, this sounds like what Google is trying to do with Play for Enterprise, but backed by the expertise of a partner that already has extensive expertise identifying and addressing the needs of enterprise customers.

Harnessing Big Data For Social Good, YC-Backed Nonprofit Bayes Impact Launches | TechCrunch

Bayes Impact is a nonprofit that deploys data science teams to work with civic and nonprofit organizations on solving social impact challenges. We're leveraging the power of the one of the biggest revolutions in Silicon Valley - the data revolution - to positively impact our community. Our belief is that true impact comes from combining insight with an absolute focus on execution. We work on a …

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40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40 | TechCrunch

The week after Brian Acton (age 42) sold WhatsApp for $19B, many thought of it as an abnormality. Though the data says otherwise, The Valley still persists in believing you are done if you haven’t “made it” by 30. The actual data shows the average age of peak innovation to be 40. So to offset this idea that you are done if you haven’t “made it” by your 20′s, we give you forty amazing entrepreneurs who “made it” (in the literal sense of started it) after they turned forty years old.

You Could Be Allergic To Your iPad

Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics.

LivingSocial Hires eBay's Gautam Thakar as New CEO

LivingSocial has hired eBay’s Gautam Thaker as its new CEO, replacing co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy as the once fast-growing deals company attempts to create a new plan for growth. Thaker most recently was general manager of eBay advertising and CEO of eBay’s site. Thaker will also replace O’Shaughnessy as a director on LivingSocial’s board.

Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina | TechCrunch

A 42-year-old artist named Megumi Igarashi has been arrested in Tokyo for transmitting 3D models of her vagina which, under Japanese obscenity laws, is considered illegal. She sent the files via email to customers who bought copies on her website. She was raising money to build a vagina-shaped boat.

Google Hires Security Researchers to Protect the Internet

Google today announced Project Zero, a new team inside the company focused on protecting the Internet as a whole. The company argues that anyone should be able to use the Web without fear of criminal or state-sponsored attacks to infect your computer, steal secrets, or monitor your communications.

Jammcard, The Social Network For When You Need A New Drummer, Stat

About midway through Camerata's run, Lovano became something of a broker for bands and musicians. "People started hitting me up every day like, 'Yo, do you know anyone who needs a guitar player,' or 'Yo, I need a guitar player, bass player, drummer, producer, programmer, musical director,' whatever it was," he says. "I was always matching people together because, whenever you had a good match, it was always a really good feeling whenever someone was like, 'Oh, man, the guitar player you gave us ended up changing our entire band and being the best thing ever.' It's almost like hooking up two of your friends and having them go and get married and be happy and you're like, 'Oh, nice.' It's a really good feeling."

Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality | TechCrunch

Even with the FCC’s web form currently not working, it’s possible to still leave a comment voicing your thoughts in the FCC’s dedicated inbox, We would encourage you to tell them exactly how you feel and what correct course of action the FCC should take instead.

Listen To A Comcast Rep Torture Customers Trying To Cancel

We all know that it takes strength to call a utility or telecom. But the patience of two customers was seriously tested recently when they had the audacity to contact Comcast and make a simple request.

MedXT’s Platform Brings Medical Imaging In Line With Today’s Cloud Technology | TechCrunch

Today MedXT launches its cloud platform for medical imaging, which brings the workflows of radiologists and technicians in line with the rest of us by bridging imaging equipment already installed at hospital and clinics with our electronic health records.

Out in the Open: A Tool That Will Make It Easier to Abolish Email Entirely | Enterprise | WIRED

Email is just about as old as networked computing itself. But 40 years later, the same basic technology still very much a part of our online lives—and for good reason: It’s pretty darn useful. But email is also one of the most infuriating technologies we have, and one of these days, we’re going to finally produce something that can make it obsolete.

Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center | TechCrunch

“One of the pillars of the 1:1 initiative is to ensure equal access to digital information for all students,” said Dr. Janet Mason, superintendent of Rutherford County Schools, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have partners like Facebook, PANGAEA Internet, and the Town of Forest City who share this vision and are enabling us to take another step toward delivering on our promise. When you can utilize technology to enhance educational opportunities for our county’s young people, everybody wins.”

The Eric Schmidt email confirming Google’s one-hour window to counter Facebook job offers

More fascinating emails continue to trickle out of the Google/Apple/Intel/Adobe wage-conspiracy case in California. In one exchange revealed last week, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed—in a huff—an extreme measure aimed at preventing Facebook from stealing his company’s employees.

Yahoo Misses In Q2 With Revenue Of $1.04B, EPS Of $0.37 | TechCrunch

Today after the bell, Yahoo reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue (excluding traffic acquisition costs, or TAC) of $1.04 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.37. Revenue including TAC was $1.08. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.38 on revenue of ex-TAC of $1.08 billion.

SwipeExpander brings keyboard shortcuts to iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

Overall, this is a simple but useful tweak that works as advertised on my iPhone. Even though it is still pre-release software, I did not come across any bug fixes to note. Your personal mileage may vary, so let us know how the tweak performs for you in the comments section below.

Brooks Wheelan 'Fired' From 'SNL'

Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!

Apple debuts iTunes Pass in Japan, allows Passbook-based iTunes credit refills at Apple Stores

While the feature is launching in Japan today, Apple has not yet indicated if the function is planned to come to other countries in the future. Apple rarely launches significant initiatives in just a single region outside of the United States, so perhaps a larger rollout with more countries is not far behind. Another possibility is that Apple is using Japan as a test country for this feature as the region is a major market for Apple, but one with only nine Apple retail stores. Apple has approximately 400 other locations outside of Japan.

3 Years Later, Google+ Drops Its Dumb Real Name Rule And Apologizes | TechCrunch

Since Google+ launched, many have complained about the service’s requirement that users use their real names. Complaints grew ever louder once Google started pushing users to use Google+ for YouTube comments.

Google finally gives up on its real-name policy for Google+ -- but will anyone care?

A post on Google+ says that the social network has removed all remaining restrictions on what name a user can sign up with, meaning the platform has done away with its previous real-name policy. But the change is likely too little and too late for Google+

The FCC Is a Symbol for a Corrupt, Broken American Government

The FCC somehow publicly lost public comments on a petition they were mandated to create. It might not matter, anyway. Telecoms are outlobbying net neutrality advocates 3:1. That's all that matters in all of American government. But due to one provision, the FCC was at least forced to talk about it.

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

Luckily most hubs on the market have ZigBee radios and service providers such as Comcast are even embedding ZigBee into their set-top boxes. So while, at first you might need a hub or gateway of some sort to control your thread devices, if it becomes popular, then perhaps Samsung, Apple, Asus or another phone or tablet manufacturer adds a new radio. Boross declined to comment on Samsung’s plans for thread, although it could push adoption with the addition of a thread radio in all of its phones.

Apple and IBM join forces in landmark push for iOS in business

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 01:54 pm PT (04:54 pm ET) Apple and IBM join forces in landmark push for iOS in enterprise Breaking By Mikey Campbell Tech giants Apple and IBM on Tuesday announced a new partnership that looks to revolutionize mobile device use in enterprise with customized apps and services for iPhone and iPad. As part of the new partnership , an extension of IBM's MobileFirst initiative dubbed "IBM MobileFirst for iOS," IBM has developed more than 100 native iOS apps and services tailored to the needs of multiple industries. When the program goes live, Apple will introduce a new AppleCare tier designed specifically for enterprise customers. "iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "For the first time ever we're putting IBM's renowned big data analytics at iOS users' fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple.

Microsoft’s Memo Isn’t News, But Its Plan to Work With Google Certainly Is | Enterprise | WIRED

At first blush, it doesn’t seem like much—one of those tech world announcements filled with arcane references to things like virtual machine clusters and open source contributions. But the announcement shows that, as Microsoft seeks to remake itself in a new world dominated by mobile devices and cloud computing services, the company is striving to ensure that it can work hand-in-hand with competing companies and technologies—at least in some cases. For a corporate giant that for so long insisted on doing things only in its own way—actively shunning popular software and services built outside the company—this is a major change in attitude . And it’s just what Microsoft needs.

Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets | TechCrunch

Cortana is Microsoft’s digital personal assistant that it hopes will become a smarter, more useful Siri. Cortana is designed, according to the company, to process and learn from data that it intakes, meaning that it should rapidly become more intelligent the more that people use it. With Windows Phone 8.1 now rolling out, it should see a boost in usage, and thus usefulness.

Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio integration

Monday, July 14, 2014, 04:39 pm PT (07:39 pm ET) Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio integration By AppleInsider Staff Music and television show discovery app Shazam on Monday rolled out an update that integrates Internet radio service Rdio, offering in-app track streaming to users of both products. img src= alt="" /> As noted by Billboard , the latest version of Shazam now features full playback of "Shazamed" songs through a partnership with Rdio. The new functionality only applies to current subscribers of Rdio's for-pay service, who can listen to full versions of songs by clicking on the Rdio Preview button. Shazam users who are not subscribers and do not yet have the app installed will be prompted to do so upon pressing the "Preview." "It's tedious to leave and come back," said Shazam's chief product officer Daniel Danker. "What we're launching today is supercharged with Rdio — the play button gets an Rdio logo in it, literally every play button in Shazam will have one once it's connected.

Which Ways Did the Supreme Court Lean on Its Most Important Decisions?

But how about the past 68 years? Column Five created an interactive infographic that charts out the most influential Supreme Court decisions between 1946 and 2012. The graphic also breaks down cases by category, and gives an overall view of how liberally or conservatively the court ruled on cases in that year based on analysis by Washington University in St. Louis.

Using Adobe Flash For Your Web Site? Google Mobile Results Will Issue Searchers A Warning.

Google announced that starting today, they will be issuing warnings to searchers when their algorithms detect that the website is not supported on the device they are using. For example, if you are using an Android device or iOS device and the search results show a listing of a site designed fully in Adobe Flash, Google may issue a warning that Flash is not supported with your device and encourage you to not visit the site.

MediaTek announces MT6795 64-bit octa-core processor with 2K display support

The Truth About Tech Company Perks - Digits - WSJ

Kelman’s Seattle-based realty and technology firm employs about 1,000 workers, some of whom are engineers building the code that powers Redfin’s real-estate search website and mobile apps, and some of whom are real-estate agents. Redfin pays its agents an annual salary and benefits—a rarity in a profession whose workers traditionally get paid in commission and do not get company-paid healthcare,  much less the sushi lunches, big computer monitors and fancy chairs that Kelman’s engineers have come to expect.

The Federal Reserve Chief Just Poured Cold Water on Social Media Valuations

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

This Chart Shows How Incredible And Important Apple's iPhone Business Is For Apple

You can see how the iPhone has just taken off as a business for Apple. You can also see why everyone thought the iPad was going to do the same until it suddenly, unexpectedly hit a wall. 


Adobe and Google today announced the launch of a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages that covers 65,535 glyphs, making it one — if not the — largest font to cover these languages. The font, which was optimized for both print and screen, is now available for free through Google Fonts and through Adobe’s Typekit, where it is included in the… Read More

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

“At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years, and often become more fulfilling than before.  Begun in 1938, the Grant Study of Adult Development charted the physical and emotional health of over 200 men, starting with their undergraduate days.  The now-classic ‘Adaptation to Life’ reported on the men’s lives up to age 55 and helped us understand adult maturation.  Now George Vaillant follows the men into their nineties, documenting for the first time what it is like to flourish far beyond conventional retirement.  Reporting on all aspects of male life, including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use (its abuse being by far the greatest disruptor of health and happiness for the study’s subjects), ‘Triumphs of Experience’ shares a number of surprising findings.  For example, the people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa.


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Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina | TechCrunch

A 42-year-old artist named Megumi Igarashi has been arrested in Tokyo for transmitting 3D models of her vagina which, under Japanese obscenity laws, is considered illegal. She sent the files via email to customers who bought copies on her website. She was raising money to build a vagina-shaped boat.

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

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Why bees are disappearing

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours

The Justice Department said global jurisdiction is necessary in an age when "electronic communications are used extensively by criminals of all types in the United States and abroad, from fraudsters to hackers to drug dealers, in furtherance of violations of US law."

Earth's Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected

Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts . Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity - Telegraph

Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found.

The five most impressive innovations of the World Cup in Brazil - OpenMind

This is the case for Brazilian researcher Miguel Nicolelis, working at Duke University, who wanted the Walk Again project to display its work, which had already been tested in monkeys, and the strength of “made in Brazil” science. The exoskeleton, which emulates the human nervous system, is a devise weighing some 70 kilos and standing 1.80 meters, which connects the brain to the mechanisms that serve as joints: at the moment that the user thinks “stand up” the electrodes worn on the head transmit the order to the computer system that identifies the transmitted signal and operates the robot. This provides great hope for those with disabilities.

What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development | MIT Technology Review

An agile team’s goal is to deliver narrow, fully-functional slices of the project at the end of each iteration (usually one to two weeks in length). Perhaps a website’s basic login functionality—from the user interface all the way down to the database—is built during this iteration; next iteration, a “forgot password” feature might be added, and so on. Each slice is demonstrated to end users and stakeholders at the end of the iteration so they can provide feedback on what’s been built so far and guide priorities for future iterations. As you can imagine, this approach makes adapting to the changing marketplace a whole lot easier and makes your software more relevant for customers.

How to Delete Something Permanently From Your Computer

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Beachfront Libraries Are Pretty Much The Best Idea Ever

“Bula” is the Fijian word for “welcome” and islanders are getting ready to greet a new beach retreat on the southwestern corner of Tokoriki Island in the nation’s Mamanuca Islands chain. Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Islands opens on May 3, 2014 on the northernmost island of this archipelago of volcanic atolls off the western coast of Nadi. It’s just a 12-minute helicopter or seaplane ride from the airport in Nadi or a one-hour, high-speed catamaran voyage from Denarau Marina. Tokoriki is known throughout the South Pacific for its palm-fringed beaches of powdery soft sand and its reef that astounds divers and snorkelers who are especially interested in sneaking a peek of a Fijian Giant Clam. The new resort will offer 101 rooms and suites, including Family Suites and Tokoriki Retreats that feature private plunge pools. The 35-acre complex will offer what you’d expect from a luxury resort, including a spa with four treatment rooms, a 38-seat movie theater, boutique, kids club, fitness center, tennis courts, and pool. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Fiji Mamanuca and Yasawa Group

50 The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

Cisa is what Senator Dianne Feinstein, the bill's chief backer and the chair of the committee, calls an "information-sharing" law that's supposed to help the government and tech and telecom companies better hand information back and forth to the government about “cyberthreat” data, such as malware. But in reality, it is written so broadly it would allow companies to hand over huge swaths of your data – including emails and other communications records – to the government with no legal process whatsoever. It would hand intelligence agencies another legal authority to potentially secretly re-interpret and exploit in private to carry out even more surveillance on the American public and citizens around the world.

51 Verizon Is Twitter-Stalking Competitors' Angry Customers
52 The Democratization of Drones
53 Stephen Colbert mocks the ridiculous features of a smart cup
54 Germany's Anti-NSA Tools: Typewriters and Classical Music
55 18 Stolen Dinosaur Skeletons Returned to Mongolia
56 Summer Guide: Seattle
57 42% of Aviary Photos Are Selfies
58 Emails shed new light on UK link to CIA 'torture flights'
59 Israel's Iron Dome Is a 'Total Failure' at Its Most Important Job, Experts Say
60 The Finger Your Phone Can't Live Without (It's Not Your Thumb)
61 Summer Guide: Austin
62 Nosto Bags $5.5M To Help Smaller Online Stores Fight Ecommerce’s Amazons | TechCrunch
63 Oculus Spots People Selling Rift Pre-Orders, Cancels Their Shipments | TechCrunch
64 WSJ writer gives Twitter password to the internet and the obvious happens
65 Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home
66 What’s Up With That: Why You Always Seem to Choose the Slowest Line | Science | WIRED
67 This GPS Program Finds The Prettiest Route, Not The Shortest
68 Oculus Spots People Selling Rift Pre-Orders, Cancels Their Shipments | TechCrunch
69 Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Mac Apps
70 Why Silicon Valley's 'Fail Fast' Mantra Is Just Hype
71 Comcast Acquired PowerCloud Systems, Gears Up For Smart Home Play | TechCrunch
72 Twitter Analytics Could Turn Us Into Engagement Addicts
73 After Passport Incident, TSA Reminds Staff That D.C. Is Not a Foreign Country
74 What Are the Factors That Most Often Lead to Promotion?
75 College Humor: Stop 'old, rich guys' from wrecking the Internet - CNET
76 Ditch your checkbook: Plastiq nabs $10M so that you can pay for anything with a credit card
77 Summer Guide: San Francisco
78 Google signs deal to put sensors directly on your eye
79 Iran Continues Facebook Crackdown, Sentences Users to 127 Years
80 Over the course of a weekend, DashCon 2014 descended into chaos
81 Ikea lawyers stay busy policing the Web as they take on
82 Searchr Enhances Search on iOS with Custom Searches, Actions, and More
83 Lab-grown 'real' cheese made without milk
84 Real Cheese From A Lab, No Cow Necessary | TechCrunch
85 Digg Revives as Digg Deeper
86 Amazon Lures Google Glass Creator Following Phone Launch
87 Meet the inaugural Wired Innovation Fellows (Wired UK)
88 Pentagon says no F-35 at Farnborough
89 The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech
90 Prototype Improves Mobile Typing by Ditching the Keyboard
91 GM working with U.K. firm to develop voice-control systems for cars
92 Kickstart Your Startup Credibility With A Prototype
93 Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods
94 Check out these great games for Windows Phone (pictures) - CNET
95 Typhoon Could Be the Strongest to Ever Hit Manila, Philippines
96 Y Combinator has filed an official comment with the FCC