Walk This Way: Smart Shoes Lead the Way for the Blind
An Indian startup created smart shoes that can give the wearer directions without needing to look at a smartphone.
Here's How You Can Make Beer-Flavored Ice Cream
It's summer, so do us all a favor and treat yo' self to some beer-flavored ice cream. Kthanx.
5 Common Evolution Myths, Debunked
Lots of talk leads to lots of false information. We're clearing up the five most common misconceptions about and surrounding evolution.
Amazon Is Experimenting With A New Homepage Design
Personally, I like the design. It gives the homepage some much needed contrast, and makes it easier for users already heavily invested in the Amazon digital ecosystem to locate and navigate the site's Prime and Kindle offerings, which can be hard to find in the existing iteration. It's also a way for Amazon to put these brands front and center on each Amazon page--presumably to lock new customers into the Amazon digital ecosystem, as well. As Apple has shown, the more users invest in your app and media library, the less likely they are to defect.
Hilton will soon turn your smartphone into your hotel room key
Encouraging guests to enroll in the Hilton Honors program, the mobile app will also allow enrolled guests the ability to look through the hotel’s available inventory and select a specific room. Similar to picking out an assigned seat in a movie theater, guests could specifically choose a room that’s positioned away from other guests to ensure a restful night of sleep. Guests will also be able to check out photos of the different styles of rooms prior to making a selection.
Uber Partners With Concur To Streamline Business Expenses
Concur, a platform used by 25,000 companies and 25 million travelers, came to embrace these peer-to-peer services after analyzing employee expenses. The company noticed business spending on Airbnb--the fastest growing segment of lodging expenses--quadrupling every year since 2010, and a fivefold growth year over year in Uber ridership.
What might the U.S. Army use 3D printing for? Everything
While the technology to print weapons, prototypes and parts already exists, it will take longer to develop printed food and clothing. It’s possible today to print a basic meal or outfit, but the textures have yet to be perfected. Food tends to be too pasty and clothing too dependent on plastic. But printing skin is already a surprisingly mature technology; the Army is preparing to put it through clinical trials.
How faces drive first impressions
By measuring the physical attributes of all 1,000 faces and putting them together with those scores, Dr Hartley and his team built a mathematical model of how the dimensions of a face produce those three impressions.
I Want My Internet TV | TechCrunch
It’s not necessarily cheaper to watch TV on the internet instead of cable. Getting out my calculator here… That’s $7.99/month for Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime for 99.99/year or $8.33/month, Netflix for $7.99, throw in some HBO GO for $49, some bundled seasons you may have missed on iTunes with a moderate $20 allowance, and of course internet access for all that plus any ESPN sports online for a possible $39.99 Xfinity/Comcast deal (note, I live in San Francisco, you may have better, cheaper local options where you live) for a rounded total of $134/month sans cable. That’s pretty close to what I pay now, actually, but without all the useless home shopping and reality TV channels.
Police Are Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Torrent Sites
Sunblock will detect websites on the police’s “infringing websites list” that are displaying adverts, and serve the police notice instead, which simply explains that the website is under investigation and encourages the user to close their browser. The website will not be paid from the police or Sunblock to display the warning.
Spotify Just Added a Surprisingly Exciting Equalizer to Its iOS App
Remember equalizers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they're making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify's iOS app, and I'm unduly excited about it.
Ford Plans To Replace BlackBerries With iPhones Beginning This Year | TechCrunch
If Apple can continue to win over enterprise customers thanks to its new commitment to enterprise apps, mobile device management, fleet distribution and others through IBM, times could get much rougher than they already are for Waterloo-based BlackBerry, and this Ford news is definitely going to have the one-time ruler of enterprise mobility hurting.
Netflix agrees to pay AT&T to speed up its video streams
Peering has become an increasingly contentious issue between ISPs and Netflix, with companies like AT&T and Comcast insisting that Netflix pay them to handle all of its inbound traffic. Netflix has been arguing that those ISPs’ customers already pay for that traffic and has asked ISPs to either peer for free or use Netflix’s own OpenConnect caching infrastructure. But in light of dramatically deteriorating streaming speeds, Netflix has agreed to enter commercial agreements with not only AT&T, but also Comcast and Verizon.
Lawsuit: "Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collected royalties
The full lawsuit, embedded below, goes through a detailed history of the song and any possible copyright claims around it. It covers the basic history of "Good Morning to You," but also notes that the "happy birthday" lyrics appeared by 1901 at the latest, citing a January 1901 edition of Inland Educator and Indiana School Journal which describes children singing a song called "happy birthday to you." They also point to a 1907 book that uses a similar structure for a song called "good-bye to you" which also notes that you can sing "happy birthday to you" using the same music. In 1911, the full "lyrics" to Happy Birthday to You were published, with a notation that it's "sung to the same tune as 'Good Morning.'" There's much more in the history basically showing that the eventual copyright that Warner/Chappell holds is almost entirely unrelated to the song Happy Birthday to You.
The detail in the filing is impressive, and I can't wait to see how Warner/Chappell replies. As the filing notes, there are a variety of copyright claims around the song, but all are invalid or expired, and the very, very narrow copyright that Warner/Chappell might hold is not on the song itself.
“The sharing economy was born here in the Innovation Capital of the World, and its growth is leveraging technology and innovation to connect people and help our City become more prepared and resilient against disaster,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “This new partnership with Airbnb ensures greater access to important emergency preparedness information and facilitates temporary housing needs for our City’s residents, should the need arise during an emergency or disaster.”
An Ingenious Plane Design That Makes Room for Your Carry-Ons | Design | WIRED
How did they achieve this mid-air miracle? It turns out the problem has been the personal service units, or PSU’s in airplane parlance. These are the modules that houses the fasten seatbelt sign, call button, reading light, air nozzle, and oxygen mask. Most planes have a monolithic unit that spans all the seats in a cluster, which makes installation easier, but also limits the amount of space in the stowage area above it. Priestmangoode developed a patent-pending single seat PSU that allows for more flexibility in how they can be arranged, resulting in 40% more bin space. The outer face of the PSU also received a makeover that transformed a utilitarian hodgepodge into an object that looks a bit like an iPhone.
As design becomes the fabric of our connected experiences, it becomes invisible
It’s what holds the product together and makes it work, yet it’s invisible. Most designers will tell you simplicity is at the core of the experience. You can see that trend growing even stronger with today’s leading tech experiences, from Apple’s new iOS 7 to Nest’s thermostat UI. As computing becomes even more immersed in our lives, embedded in our homes, and worn on our bodies, these user interfaces will become even more invisible, operating through gestures, voices, and even expressions.
India's Flipkart Raises $1 Billion in Fresh Funding
BANGALORE, India—India's largest e-commerce company, Flipkart Internet Pvt., said on Tuesday that it has raised $1 billion in fresh funding as it girds for competition with Amazon.com and an eBay Inc.-backed rival for dominance in the world's second-most-populous nation.
Report: Apple to Buy News Radio App Swell for $30M
For the uninitiated, Swell is kind of like Pandora for news radio — you listen to what it plays, and if you don't like it you can swipe to move on. The app learns your preferences over time, offering a personalized listening experience with unlimited streaming audio from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, CBC, TED, and more.
Apple drops cross-appeal from judgment in Samsung trial, no longer seeking permanent injunction
On July 28, 2014, Apple filed a motion with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop the cross-appeal of the final judgment. That means Apple is no longer looking for that permanent injunction on Samsung products. The motion was originally caught by FOSS Patents .
Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share | TechCrunch
Twitter is an online social network and a microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets," which are messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users of Twitter are able to read and post tweets via the web, SMS or mobile applications.
Created in March 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com and more than …
UK police start replacing ads on copyright-infringement sites with warnings
The new “Operation Creative” tactic is designed to tackle the funding of copyright-infringement websites without making users vulnerable to malware, as an earlier pilot accidentally did. However, it’s a bit worrying to see police censoring elements of webpages.
A 'Fake ID' Flaw in Android Leaves Millions of Phones Vulnerable
A team of security researchers has discovered a security flaw in Google's mobile OS which affects handsets running versions up to and including 4.4—leaving a potential 82 percent of Android users at risk.
Ford ditches BlackBerry for Apple, will deploy 9,300 iPhones among employees
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:55 am PT (02:55 pm ET)
Ford ditches BlackBerry for Apple, will deploy 9,300 iPhones among employees
By Neil Hughes
Apple can now count the Ford Motor Co. among those who are embracing its iOS platform, as the automaker has revealed it will equip more than 9,000 workers with iPhones over the next two years.
A spokeswoman for the company told Bloomberg that Ford will replace 3,300 workers' BlackBerry phones with iPhones by the end of this year . And over the next two years, 6,000 employees will see their "feature" flip phones upgraded to Apple's best selling handset as well.
Ford representative Sara Tatchio said the company plans to get "everyone on iPhones," citing advantages in security and simplicity.
"It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs and a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device," she said.
Ford's announcement comes on the heels of a new partnership between Apple and IBM, in which Big Blue will provide customized services, support and applications for Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Protect, power, and style your new iPhone 5S with these 45 cases
We can all use a bit of extra power when we’re on the go and this battery case provides up to nine hours of additional talk time for your iPhone 5 or 5S. Considering it’s packing a 2500mAh battery, it manages to add minimal bulk, and it has a surprisingly slim design. There’s an interior protective case which you can slide in and out of the main battery case with ease. You’ll get a black one and a contrasting color option, so you can take your pick. The battery case also has an LED light to indicate charge and it comes with a power cable that also allows you to sync without removing the case. This is a well-designed bit of kit.
Scrap anonymity at web service sign-up, UK Lords advise
In a report about tackling online issues like bullying and revenge porn, the Lords tentatively advised that web services should demand real names at sign-up, even if they then allow usage to be anonymous or pseudonymous.
Airbnb and Uber are sprucing up their services to appeal to the buttoned-up business traveler
Airbnb Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. popularized the concept of a "sharing economy," where regular consumers share things like car rides and apartments. Now they are sprucing up their services to appeal to the buttoned-up business traveler.
David Lynch’s New Ad for Nail Polish Is as Weird as You’d Expect | Design | WIRED
Twin Peaks , the 1990s David Lynch television show that garnered a rabid cult following, recently turned 25. The anniversary came and went, and the barrage of retrospective essays and trivia nights went with it. To stave off any Lynch-ian withdrawals, we suggest you direct your attention to the avant-garde director’s latest work: a commercial for $50-a-bottle Christian Louboutin nail polish.
Apple TV adds CNBC, Fox Now - CNET
With Tuesday's additions, Apple's set-top box now carries offerings from more major networks. The CNBC channel will provide real-time streaming of daily programs and on-demand video clips. To view live CNBC content and full episodes, Apple TV users will need to authenticate through their cable or satellite providers. Fox Now will offer full episodes of shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow, New Girl and Glee. The Fox service, as well, requires authentication of a Fox subscription.
It's complicated: Why we need a new etiquette for handling what's private and what's public
In many ways, what we’re talking about are things that are difficult (perhaps even impossible) to enshrine in law properly, in the same way we don’t look for the law to codify whether we should be allowed to use our cellphones at the dinner table. Some kinds of behavior may benefit from being defined as illegal — posting revealing photos of people without their knowledge, for example, or audio/video recordings they haven’t agreed to — but the rest of it is mostly a quicksand of etiquette and judgment where laws won’t help, and can actually make things worse. We are going to have to figure out the boundaries of behavior ourselves.
Swell Shuts Down Following Apple Acquisition
Thank you for using Swell over the past year. We wanted to let you know that the Swell service is no longer available. We've been inspired by the opportunity to create quality products that positively impact users' lives, and we are grateful to all our listeners. Thank you everyone for your support!
U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance
The Information Technology Industry Council, with such members as Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and IBM Inc, said passing the bill would mean saving U.S. jobs dependent on an open Internet by "effectively putting an end to bulk collection."
What’s Up With That: Why Does Your Dog Seem to Know What Time It Is? | Science | WIRED
It’s five o’clock, and your dog is excitedly wagging her tail and nuzzling against you. Your furry friend is hungry and seems to know that this is the hour you usually feed her. But was this performance a simple reaction to a rumbling in Ginger’s tummy or are canines actually able to somehow read the clock?
Instagram's Answer to Snapchat, Bolt, Is Here — But There's a Catch
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This sleek electric bike features smart lights and a built-in lock
A team of designers in Seattle are building a bike that could be your new best option for navigating busy city streets. Called the Denny, the bike concept includes a number of clever features that make it a bit more useful than your average two-wheeler. Not only does it have a removable electric motor to give you a bit of a boost, as well as automatic gear shifting, but its detachable handlebar doubles as a lock, so you never have to worry about bringing one along.
Asana Launches an All-New Native iOS App
It’s safe to say that “rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up” isn’t an overstatement, with both under-the-hood and the aesthetics given a lot of attention here. It’s certainly a lot cleaner, with all your task details and task lists far more easy on the eyes.
Sony's PlayStation 4 Gets 3D Blu-ray Film Support
If you’re a movie buff with a PlayStation 4, listen up. Sony is rolling out a system update for the console that adds a long-awaited feature: 3D Blu-ray support .
New Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer Introduces Elise - IGN
We're told Elise is "a character central to Assassin’s Creed Unity’s story. As an independent young noblewoman, Elise is determined to secure her place in the Templar dynasty amidst the chaos of the French Revolution. Her quest leads her to cross paths with Arno and establish an unlikely bond with him."
Rhapsody hits 2 million paying subscribers, thanks to Europe, LatAm… and Pandora?
Rhapsody is now bringing the same service to France, where it will be marketed as Napster Découverte in partnership with local mobile operator SFR. Which begs the question: Is Rhapsody’s future about being more like Pandora, or is the company still seeing the personalized radio service as a stepping stone, designed to eventually get people hooked on the full-rpiced all-you-can-eat subscription? “I’m perfectly happy with lots of unRadio customers in perpetuity,” Springer told me. But the company isn’t giving up on full-priced subscriptions either. “We offer a portfolio of products,” he said, adding that Rhapsody may even add additional services in the future.
WordPress.com gets a Fixed Toolbar in the Post Editor
If you run a blog directly through WordPress.com, rather than a self-hosted site using the free software from WordPress.org, you’ll soon have access to an upgraded dashboard and set of editing tools.
Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly detonated in North Carolina
It's also worth noting that North Carolina's 1961 total population was 47% of what it is today, so if you apply that percentage to the numbers, the death toll is 28,000 with 26,000 people injured -- a far cry from those killed by smaller bombs on the more densely populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
IAC's Tutor.com buys The Princeton Review: Can these models, platforms merge? | ZDNet
What's interesting to watch is how these two companies ultimately blend together. The Princeton Review's culture isn't likely to match Tutor.com's. Technology platforms will have to merge. And the business model integration and pricing schemes may also be a challenge to simplify for students and parents.
The paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
Lawrenceburg, Indiana (not to be confused with bourbon-locale Lawrenceburg, Kentucky) is home to a massive brick complex that cranks out mega-industrial quantities of beverage-grade alcohol. The factory, once a Seagram distillery, has changed hands over the decades and was most recently acquired by food-ingredient corporation MGP. It is now a one-stop shop for marketers who want to bottle their own brands of spirits without having to distill the product themselves. MGP sells them bulk vodka and gin, as well as a large selection of whiskies, including bourbons of varying recipes, wheat whiskey, corn whiskey, and rye. (They also make “food grade industrial alcohol” used in everything from solvents and antiseptics to fungicides.) Their products are well-made, but hardly what one thinks of as artisanal. And yet, much of the whiskey now being sold as the hand-crafted product of micro-distilleries actually comes from this one Indiana factory.
The NRA's top lawyer was convicted of murder, then freed over bad police work. What really happened?
The state supreme court's decision left virtually no admissible evidence, and the attempt to retry Dowlut for Yocum's murder was eventually dropped. A week after the high court ruling, he was released into the custody of St. Joseph County, where he faced new charges for wounding Berkowitz. After two more years of venue changes and delays, the remaining charges against Dowlut were dismissed due to the state's failure to provide a speedy trial. On April 3, 1970, Dowlut received another chance to start over. Sam Mirkin, a now-retired public defender who represented Dowlut at the end of these proceedings, recalls the day his client was released: "Mr. Dowlut said, 'What do I do now?' I said, 'You call your father and have him pick you up.'"
'Star Trek' Borg cube mini-fridge: Refrigeration isn't futile - CNET
Owning a Borg Cube Fridge will cost considerably less than the over $1 million budget for each episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." It will set you back $149.99. The device appears to have neutralized the Borg threat pretty effectively. It won't turn your snacks into cyborgs or try to open fire on your microwave when it resists joining the Collective. Still, you might not want to turn your back on it. You just never know with the Borg.
Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is
C. Zehfus says: the irony is the non-thermal radiofrequency radiation is degrading health, yet this is the prime tool used to look at people's health. See Dr. Martin Pall's recent assessment of the science, showing the volted-gated calcium activation of very low RF and microwaves causes numerous ill effects, as well as explains the beneficial CONTROLLED uses of RF/MW in medicine. Harm is well documented by independent science, but denied by people in powerful places. Wonder why. Sure can't think of why people were told to step away from their microwave oven quickly and keep a distance in the past, but NO precautions are being advised for the same type and amount (even more) radiation. See Baby Safe Project to consider the impact of this blind spot.
3 rules to spark learning
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
Listen, learn ... then lead
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.
The neon knight: Batman goes high fashion
Floral prints are the new black? For Batman's 75th anniversary, DC Comics had a team of artists and celebrities paint over the classic black mask and cape at the Cape/Cowl/Create exhibition. The likes of Zack Snyder, Will Arnett, and Lego artist Nathan Sawaya used everything from melted neon plastic to black fur to make over the outfit, which was modeled on the one from the upcoming Arkham Knight game.
Gimme (Offshore Tax) Shelter - Valued Investing Blog
With a little web scraping and parsing for each company, we put together a database of subsidiaries for large-cap, publicly traded US companies. This database is then cross-referenced against a list of the most notorious tax havens. While many of these tax-sheltering countries are small, tropical islands (Cayman, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Barbados), some bigger players like Hong Kong and Singapore are used by corporations as well. The location of a company’s subsidiaries is good indicator of their purpose–does Nike really need 39 subsidiaries in the Netherlands and six in Bermuda? But, there are more ambiguous cases; such as a pharmaceutical company requiring a subsidiary in the countries where it sells medicines. In these cases, the 10-K typically discloses if cash is actually be held in those offshore accounts or if it is repatriated to the parent company.
U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food
The carbon dioxide released from recently dead plants—whether you burn those plants, or stick 'em in a digester—isn't always considered as contributing to global warming. That's because in the natural cycle of things, the next generation of plants should take up the carbon dioxide released by the previous generation of dead plants, so long as there's a new plant grown for every dead plant digested or burned. That's the case for crops, which are plentifully regrown. On the other hand, fossil fuel-produced carbon dioxide is considered different because that CO 2 would have stayed in the ground, had a human not dug it up and burned it.
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