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Could this battery-powered, Wi-Fi camera show chip startups how to find a market?

The second thing any wireless, Wi-Fi camera has to deal with is the radio. Wi-Fi is a power-intensive protocol, able to send huge data files quickly because it has a lot of capacity. Immedia’s has integrated its image processing chip with the lowest power Wi-Fi chips around and has also tweaked its software so the Wi-Fi radio only sends the video files when the video is done recording. This doesn’t stream data — instead it sends it in a quick, powerful burst and shuts back down to save power.

J.J. Abrams gives first look at 'Star Wars' X-wing fighter - CNET

It's the last week for the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, which gives "Star Wars" fans the chance to appear as an extra in "Star Wars Episode VII" and meet some of the cast and crew on set. To mark the occasion and plea for additional donations, J.J. Abrams released a special video message from the set, where he appeared next to an X-wing fighter that will appear in the movie.

Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm | TechCrunch

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology,” Anthony said in a statement. “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers. I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices. These will be huge areas for the future.”

The Hackable Office Furniture Of The Future Lets You Create Any Office You Want

The company's Metaform Portfolio, a system of stackable blocks, boundaries, work surfaces, and tools designed largely with a strong, lightweight plastic, is intended to allow employees to easily mix, match, and configure their work spaces based on the needs of their current projects. Once those needs change, the workspace can be easily rearranged. That could mean project teams setting up large tables of team meeting spaces that adjoin a whiteboard and later re-arranging the same furniture grouped into small clusters or even in an arc or circle. Later, the space can be put back into cubicles, with sitting or standing desk, when people need to plug away at their individual work.

Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes

So why is this relevant today? Because Netflix announced its first price increase since the 2011 debacle with its last earnings in April . This time around, the company grandfathered existing subscribers into the old price, reducing the risk of mass cancellations. However, the fact that the company also saw 1.69 million new subscribers across its domestic and international markets also shows that the moderate price increase — new members pay $9 instead of $8 per month for the company’s most popular plan — didn’t really discourage many to sign up. Or as CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells put it in their earnings letter to shareholders :

Activist investor pushes EMC to spin off VMware

Elliott Management Corp. has taken a stake of more than $1 billion in EMC Corp. and plans to push the data-storage giant to break itself apart, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple's eighth annual UK iTunes Festival to kick off in September

Among this year’s featured artists are Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Blondie, and many more. Tickets are, as ever, free, but are available only via contests, either those run by the company’s partners like Global Radio and the London Evening Standard , or by entering ballots on iTunes.

Q2 2014 Referral Traffic: Facebook Up, Pinterest/Twitter Down

Facebook’s referral traffic share grew from 21.25 percent to 23.39 percent, Pinterest fell from 7.10 percent to 5.72 percent, while Twitter slipped from 1.14 percent to 1.03 percent. In the last two quarters, Facebook and Pinterest showed phenomenal growth given their positions, while Twitter remained essentially flat. This time, Facebook continued to plow forward, leaving its competitors behind.

In China, Mobile Becomes Number One Way of Going Online

As mobile becomes the number one way for internet users in China to go online, dissecting what they use the platform for is definitely going to be key for companies to figure out how to retain users, and it seems like we can expect the rivalry between Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to heat up going forward.

Benedict Cumberbatch is outsider, genius and enigma in 'The Imitation Game' trailer - CNET

Helmed by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" also stars Keira Knightley as Turing's confidante and fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke, to whom Turing was once briefly engaged. The top-notch British cast is rounded out by Matthew Goode from "A Single Man", "Watchmen", and TV's "The Good Wife"; Mark Strong from "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; James Bond's back-up Rory Kinnear; and Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance.

J Dilla's beat-making gear will be shown at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian is still in the midst of building the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but it just got a very high-profile boost, securing two central pieces of gear from the late and beloved producer J Dilla. According to  a Smithsoanian announcement , the new museum's collection will include both Dilla's Moog synthesizer and the Akai MPC 3000 sampler that became crucial to Dilla's offbeat production style. The instruments will be part of the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit, alongside similar items from Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, and George Clinton.

Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says

Facebook changed their privacy settings so that sharing information with everyone became the default setting and removed the news feed privacy controls put in place after their "big mistake" in 2006. They implemented a new process for choosing privacy settings but groups like the American Civil Liberties Union launched petitions and campaigns. Facebook quickly created a guide to privacy settings for their users. Unsatisfied, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over Facebook's "unfair and deceptive business practices." Canada's privacy commissioner also launched an investigation. The FTC complaint was settled in 2012, with Facebook agreeing to give users "clear and prominent notice" when their information is shared; obtain their express consent before doing so, when it isn't covered by the privacy settings; maintain a privacy program; and have privacy audits every two years. FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, a magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook page in Munich. Facebook is letting its nearly 1 billion users vote on changes to its privacy policy beginning on Friday, June 1, 2012.

New official Star Wars VII video teases full sized X-wing on set

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark II!

Meeting Mobile’s Growing Demands and Challenges

We will be discussing these issues and more on Tuesday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Please join us to discuss your thoughts, experiences, successes, and mistakes with BYOD strategy. Use and follow the hashtag #BYOD4Biz to join the discussion.

Music data startup Senzari unveils new engine for better music analysis

For example, using the, customers can perform complex types of analysis like triangle counting, in which the system can look at all artists that a user wants analyzed and from there determine how artist A is connected to artist B who is connected to artist C, and so on. From this type of analysis, Bellumio said, a user can learn who is the most connected musical artist of all time (it’s apparently Frank Sinatra, by the way, according to a demonstration of the engine by Senzari).

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

From romance to mystery to drama, this website is a good source for all sorts of e-books. When you're making a selection, you can go through reviews and ratings for each book. If you're looking for a wide variety of books in various categories, check out this site.

17 Gets A Fresh New Look

It's the the New Yorker --publisher of 13,000-word book reviews and five-part stories on wheat --so don't expect a radical upheaval of the visual identity. However, has gained a responsive design that makes it easier to read in the mobile age, while maintaining its iconic look. Unlike the old , the new design features a lot of white space, deemphasizes on navigation elements like sidebars and menus, and has a portal-like homepage that encourages browsing.

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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The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

T his isn’t an innocent you-say-tomato moment; this is a very problematic development. The result of all this Russian coverage is that Russians’ understanding of what happened is as follows. At best, the crash is an unfortunate accident on the part of the Ukrainian military that the West is trying to pin on Russia, which had nothing to do with it; at worst, it is all part of a nefarious conspiracy to drag Russia into an apocalyptic war with the West. So whereas the West sees the crash as a game-changer, the Russians do not see why a black swan event has to change anything or they want to resist what they see is a provocation. To them, after a few days of watching Russian television, it’s not at all clear what happened nor that their government is somehow responsible for this tragedy. And the more we insist on it, the less likely the Russians are to agree.

The rise of data and the death of politics

With his belief that algorithmic regulation is based on "a deep understanding of the desired outcome", O'Reilly cunningly disconnects the means of doing politics from its ends. But the how of politics is as important as the what of politics – in fact, the former often shapes the latter. Everybody agrees that education, health, and security are all "desired outcomes", but how do we achieve them? In the past, when we faced the stark political choice of delivering them through the market or the state, the lines of the ideological debate were clear. Today, when the presumed choice is between the digital and the analog or between the dynamic feedback and the static law, that ideological clarity is gone – as if the very choice of how to achieve those "desired outcomes" was apolitical and didn't force us to choose between different and often incompatible visions of communal living.

The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC Markets Combined

Intelligent traffic management systems. Machina research, in a paper prepared for the GSM Association, sees $100 billion in revenue by 2020 for applications such as toll-taking and congestion penalties. A related revenue source will be smart parking-space management, expected to drive $30 billion in revenue.

Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet

The result is a system that now provides the nation’s fastest broadband speeds at prices often cheaper than the private competition. As the Chattanooga Times Free Press noted a few years back, “EPB offers faster Internet speeds for the money, and shows equal pep in both uploading and downloading content, with Comcast and AT&T trailing on quickness.” Meanwhile, EPB officials tell the Washington Post that the utility’s telecom services have become “a great profit center” — an assertion confirmed by a Standard & Poor credit upgrade notice pointing out that the utility “is now covering all costs from telephone, video and Internet revenue, as well as providing significant financial benefit to the electric system.”

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.

FXX will marathon the entire 'Simpsons' series next month before releasing it online

This means that all 552 episodes of the series will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a full week and a half. In addition,  Variety reports that FXX will launch the "Simpsons World" digital hub in October, which will allow cable subscribers to watch every episode on demand on their desktops at, mobile devices via the FXNow app, and on compatible smart TVs and set-top boxes. All the more reason for cable cutters to consider subscribing to cable sometime.

Ask an expert News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker

Making your first investment is an intimidating prospect for anyone. It's especially intimidating for young adults like myself who barely understand the different between a piggy bank and a savings account, let alone the stock market. But it doesn't have to be confusing—today we're talking with Jarrett Lilien, CEO of… » 4/21/14 12:00pm 4/21/14 12:00pm

The 7 Counterintuitive Social Media Mistakes You May be Making

The funny thing about some of the mistakes I looked at for this post is that the advice to avoid them is counterintuitive—sometimes even controversial. As we’ve seen before, though,  counterintuitive advice  is sometimes the best kind.

What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Mike Stilkey's paintings on salvaged books - in pictures

Since 2006, Los Angeles-based artist Mike Stilkey has been painting dreamlike figures of people and animals on discarded library books. "Most libraries have thousands and thousands of books that they can throw away at any time," Stilkey said. Books can't be recycled due to binding glue, so he gives them "a second life". His book-sculptures, the highest of which is 24ft tall and comprises 3,000 books, have been exhibited around the world. Painting on books adds an extra layer of meaning because of the objects' history, he says: "I'm putting my story on someone else's story, and the book itself has a story – where it's been, who's read it. It's basically narrative on narrative"

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.

Microsoft warns support ending for popular Windows products - CNET

Complete end of support for Windows Server 2003 is approaching next year, as well. On July 14, Microsoft's extended support period for that product cuts off, which means the company won't be issuing patches, updates or fixes of any kind for that operating system (unless users have pricey Custom Support Agreements in place). A number of small businesses are still running Windows Server 2003. Microsoft officials are hoping to convince them to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and/or Azure.

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Pro-Russian Rebel Leader Gives Malaysians MH17's Black Boxes

"In recent days, we have been working behind the scenes to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site," Razak said Monday night as a team of Malaysian investigators arrived in the area. "That contact has now been made," he said. "Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives."

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

From romance to mystery to drama, this website is a good source for all sorts of e-books. When you're making a selection, you can go through reviews and ratings for each book. If you're looking for a wide variety of books in various categories, check out this site.

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

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.

Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router

We are offering this hacker alpha release to engage enthusiastic technical users who would like to help us test, develop, improve, and harden the Open Wireless Router. Currently the software runs on one specific model of hardware (the Netgear WNDR3800) and is based on the CeroWRT project. If you have a WNDR3800 router, you can get the developer preview image here and learn how to flash it here . If you'd like to hack on the code base, you can find code and instructions on building it at Github .

Steam from the sun

The new material is able to convert 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam — a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. What’s more, the setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. This would mean that, if scaled up, the setup would likely not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

A New

The print version of The New Yorker is still a fine technology (try rolling up your iPad; and don’t drop it too often!), but more advanced technology has some distinct advantages. Publishing beyond the printed page allows us to present the gift of greater immediacy, the ability to respond to events when we have something to say; the site offers podcasts, video, interactive graphics, and slide shows of photographs and cartoons. The new design also allows us to reach back and highlight work from our archives more easily. Beginning this week, every story we’ve published since 2007 will be available on, in the same easy-to-read format as the new work we’re publishing. Over the summer, we’ll also provide a sampling of many of the older pieces that our readers keep asking for—including short stories by Alice Munro and Junot Díaz, Janet Flanner on Isadora Duncan, Calvin Trillin on the crime reporter Edna Buchanan, and Mark Singer on the magician Ricky Jay. We’ve also asked our writers to recommend favorite stories from the past, and those selections will be featured on the site and on social media throughout the summer.

Haroopad - The Next Document processor based on Markdown

Haroopad gives you the same editing experience regardless of the platform you are working on. It runs on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Why I love a country that once betrayed me

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.

This Two-Handed Controller Complements the Oculus Rift

Volyn said the team's goal was to create an immersive experience that "helped people suspend their disbelief in virtual reality," but also was affordable, especially after the potential cost of a virtual reality headset. While neither Oculus VR or Sony has announced pricing plans for their respective headsets, the developer version of the Oculus Rift headset costs $350 to order. Volyn said his goal was to have a controller people could still budget in after that larger purchase.

The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Written by Studio Canal

Twitter executive Shailesh Rao discusses revenue plan in emerging markets

Shailesh Rao has one of the most important jobs at Twitter Inc.: overseeing the company's revenue in emerging markets.

5 Strategies Behind Awesome Social Media Customer Service

It’s not a stretch to say that KLM’s investment in social customer service is driving the airline industry to grow in this competency as a whole. KLM leads the industry which, in turn, is pushing the development of social customer service for all brands.

Rebels Load MH17 Victims' Bodies Onto Train Cars, Destination Unknown

TOREZ, Ukraine — Pro-Russian rebels on Sunday loaded an unknown number of decaying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 onto three train cars in Torez, Ukraine, a mining town 10 miles south of where the jetliner is believed to have been shot down on Thursday.

How Nestle Rolls With Facebook's Algorithm Changes

Blauvelt has done none of those things. Instead, she has focused on making all of Nestle's social media communications as story-like as possible. It's a cliche in marketing circles that the work is about telling stories rather than writing ad copy, but Blauvelt's definition of storytelling is synonymous with cohesion: Posts shouldn't be one-offs but instead tie into a narrative." I think it’s an evolving philosophy — it’s taking the previous idea of a big promotional push and translating that to the 'always on' nature of social media," she says.

In 20 Years, Most New Cars Won’t Have Steering Wheels or Pedals | Autopia | WIRED

By 2030, most new cars will be made without rearview mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes. By 2035, they won’t have steering wheels or acceleration and brake pedals. They won’t need any of these things because they will be driving themselves.

49 Alibaba's I.P.O. Could Be a Bonanza for the Scions of Chinese Leaders

iOS 8 beta 4 includes new Tips app with quick feature tutorials (Gallery)   —  iOS 8 beta 4 brings a new app to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch called Tips.  The application, as the name implies, provides quick tips and tutorials about iOS features.  The app will be updated on a regular basis with new ways to use iOS device features.

Vladimir Putin's Last Victory

A few months ago, the Russian leader projected an image of cold-blooded strength to the world. Now he is weakened by his own decision to back out-of-control separatists in eastern Ukraine. He has been excoriated by world leaders and is now widely considered a pariah. In addition to sanctions, there is a growing chorus that Russia be stripped of its right to host the 2018 World Cup, a potentially lucrative event that also carries much goodwill.

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61 Don’t Worry, Time Traveler: You Can Now Play Flappy Bird On The Apple II | TechCrunch
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63 Airbnb Host: A Guest Is Squatting In My Condo And I Can't Get Him To Leave
64 Pranksters can hijack your Chromecast to show whatever they want
65 The most advanced police sketch ever might solve cold cases
66 Count to ten when a plane goes down...
67 Google Search On Mobile Now Warns When A Site Won’t Work On Your Device | TechCrunch
68 This Elegant Shelf Hides Your Mess of Charging Cables | Gadget Lab | WIRED
69 Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different
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76 Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take Down | Enterprise | WIRED
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