Port Authority Bus Terminal Is the Worst Place on Earth [VIDEO]
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey send a cease and desist letter to home goods purveyor Fishs Eddy for use of assets and John Oliver is pissed.
How Comedians Would Fix Myspace
Marc Maron and other funny people talk about Myspace -- which, ultimately, leads to porn. Just. Just watch the video.
5-Year-Old Becomes Unexpected Superstar of a Local News Broadcast
Noah Ritter from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, stole the show at the Wayne County Fair after being interviewed on live TV for the first time.
Samsung Electronics to pass fewer orders to China supplier in child labour response
The earlier suspension in business was prompted by a report released earlier in July by China Labor Watch, which said children were working on the assembly lines at Dongguan Shinyang. In June, an independent audit by Samsung Electronics had found no child labour at the supplier.
NBA Hires Second Female Assistant Coach: Becky Hammon Joins Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs made a historic hire Tuesday, tapping WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — the team's first woman to assume that role, only the second female ever on an NBA coaching staff, and the first woman to be hired full-time.
Big data startup Metanautix comes out of stealth and takes in $7M
For many organizations that try to analyze customer data, it can be a difficult task to do accurate calculations when some data may be stored in legacy in-house applications or in different systems like Hadoop. With Metanautix, all those data silos can theoretically be linked and treated as one larger system through the use of SQL, which Vassilakis described as being the “lingua franca” that can convert all disparate forms of data into easy to understand tables.
Google Removes 'Bomb Gaza' Game From Play Store
But the game’s removal raises older questions that we need to keep asking: Should companies like Google remove politically charged games because passerby find them offensive? Are we overreacting to some of these games instead of taking the time to consider whether they’re intended as satirical (be it nuanced or crude, successful or misguided)? Are games that depict violence related to a current event fundamentally so different from caustic political cartoons or scathing op-eds? And should companies like Apple and Google and Amazon — and thereby the swiftly narrowing channels through which we’re acquiring more and more of our content — also be the arbiters of what’s morally tasteful?
BlackBerry closes chapter on restructuring process : internal memo
"We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us," said the memo from BlackBerry's Chief Executive John Chen that was sent out on Friday.
The CIO and CMO Perspective on Big Data
It’s a sign of the times that CMOs now spend more on technology than any corporate officer outside the CIO’s office. And the biggest driver of that tech spending is big data, which accounts for 37 percent of the marketing technology budget, according to member-based advisory group CEB. Yet, as with many technology projects, CIOs and CMOs may not always see eye to eye on big data strategy and tactics. According to a recent survey of more than 1,100 senior marketing and IT executives by Accenture, 40 percent of CMOs believe their company’s IT team doesn’t understand the urgency of integrating new data sources into campaigns to address market conditions, while 43 percent of CIOs say that marketing requirements and priorities change too often for them to keep up.
Mimosa Networks Launches Its First Gigabit Wireless Products | TechCrunch
Mimosa Networks is finally ready to help make gigabit wireless technology a reality. The company, which recently came out of stealth, is launching a series of products that it hopes to sell to a new generation of wireless ISPs.
Microsoft Denies Windows 8.1 Update 2 Rumors
Microsoft today denied all the rumors and speculation surrounding a supposed Windows 8.1 Update 2 release. Instead, the company says it will stick with its existing monthly update process “to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates” that it normally provides on Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of every month when the company releases software updates).
Metanautix Emerges From Stealth With Sequoia Backing | TechCrunch
In 2012 a team of two top data scientists from Google and Facebook left their perches at the internet giants to begin working on a technology to make it easier for data scientists and analysts to collect, aggregate, deliver and analyze the massive sets of data that map, display, and define our digital lives. Two years later the team has unveiled the fruits of their labor with the launch of Metanautix from stealth.
iOS 8 beta 5 Download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
The update is available as an Over-the-Air (OTA) download for devices already running iOS 8 beta. Update: Here are the direct download links for iOS 8 beta 5 (Note that you need to be a registered developer to download these files):
Groupon disappoints on weak Q2 revenue of $751.6M, investors quickly send it packing
Analysts expected Groupon to post earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of 761.80 million this quarter, up year over year from a loss per share of $0.01 and revenue of $608.7 million.
The Sprint And T-Mobile Mega Merger Is Dead And T-Mobile's Stock Is Tanking
T-Mobile is an interesting turnaround story. The carrier was bleeding subscribers at the end of 2012 when CEO John Legere took over. In 2013, Legere began making several moves to scoop up new subscribers. Since then, T-Mobile started carrying the iPhone, eliminated contracts, and started an offer to pay early termination fees for customers switching over from other carriers. T-Mobile is now the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S.
5 reasons I won’t buy Amazon’s Fire Phone
That makes the Fire Phone, over two years, an incredible $1,849.16, which is £1084.34 at the time of writing. That’s a whopping £435.74 more than the Nexus 5/Three combo across the life of the contract, and with only 2GB of data per month instead of unlimited use. It is also the “best case scenario” — you don’t want to even look at AT&T’s overage charges, early cancellation fees, or “extras,” trust me. Sure, you get a free year of Amazon Prime (a $100 value) and the equivalent of $10 to spend in the Appstore, but that’s not going to make a dent in the overall bill.
Washington Post has record traffic month after adding digital staff -- is it the Bezos effect?
As one of the sod busters of digital journalism, Barron’s comments are irritating. We told them fifteen years ago that it was a different medium and that storytelling had to change because content adapts to format (wire stories are designed to be cut to fit print, headlines for rip and read on air…), but the journalists of Marty’s generation told us what we were doing wasn’t “journalism.” And, having taught our skills and perspectives to the “digital natives” for several years, we all have found that they are native _consumers_, but not native _makers_. What they’re doing successfully is bringing a younger voice that clicks with a younger reader, which is not really new. It’s what MSNBC started out to do many, many iterations ago in the original strategy of putting 20-somethings like Soledad O’Brien with laptops on their desks on air when the world was full of old white men reading from paper.
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U.S. moves closer to formal rules barring in-flight cellphone calls; carriers protest
The Department of Transportation said it is developing a notice of proposed rulemaking on in-flight voice calls, but has yet to make a determination on what the notice or any final rule will say. An earlier version of this article cited a DOT spokeswoman as saying that the notice of proposed rulemaking would lay out the department's objections to passengers making and receiving calls. On Monday, the department said that spokeswoman was incorrect. Also, Kathryn Thomson is general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her title was omitted from in an earlier version of this article.
Verizon defends policy of throttling for unlimited plan subscribers in response to FCC
Verizon Communications Inc. defended its policy of slowing data speeds for some customers during periods of heavy traffic, telling regulators the step is needed to maintain the quality of its wireless networks.
The 5 Annoying Emails Everyone Gets And How To Respond To Them
There's nothing like a short and sweet email that gets right to the point, but sometimes you get a short email that's ignored what you asked altogether. "A lot of times people are on their smartphone, hitting 'reply' under the table during a meeting," says Duncan. When you write back, be clear in your subject line that you need more info. Bullet-point your questions and give a specific timeframe for when you need a response. "You're going to have to go back until you get what you need," she says.
Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys | TechCrunch
This means that Xiaomi now holds a 14% share of China’s smartphone market. Canalys says that in Q2 2014, China, the world’s largest smartphone market, accounted for 37% of global shipments, or 108.5 million units. Eight out of the ten top smartphone vendors in China were domestic companies, including Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, Huawei, BBK, ZTE, OPPO, and K-Touch, which together shipped 70.7 million units and took a 65% market share. Samsung and Apple, the only international players on the list, accounted for 20 million units, or 18% of the smartphone market in China.
Death in the digital age
While "smart funeral software" from the likes of Cemneo is on the increase, the NAFD, which represents 80% of all funeral homes in the UK, says it has yet to see the swathes of new funeral and death-care-focused start-ups that Your Last Will's Mr Gabler believes are on the horizon.
Touch+ transforms any surface into a multitouch gesture controller for your PC
While Touch+ certainly won't be for everyone, Reactiv is positioning the multitouch PC controller as more than a mere tool for games and art projects. The video above shows the device being used in an office meeting, acting as a cursor control for a businessman's laptop before being repositioned on the fly to point at a projected display, instantly allowing the man to reach up with his hands to circle objects on the image.
It's Time for Open, Shared Home Wi-Fi
Yet, just because it never took off doesn’t mean that tech companies shouldn’t try harder. There’s got to be a way to make it happen, so people needn’t rely on expensive cellular-data plans all the time, so cellular networks can be less congested, and so people can remain connected when there just isn’t decent cellular reception — even good enough for portable Wi-Fi hotspots. Why should you have to wait to get to your home, or your office, or to the nearest Starbucks, to get a usable Wi-Fi signal?
CrunchBase Unleashes The Business Graph | TechCrunch
When CrunchBase 2.0 was released in April, we not only launched an entirely new design and technology stack, we also declared our ambition to build the business world’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg’s “social graph” — The Business Graph . From architecting around a graph database to embracing a card-based user interface, we designed CrunchBase 2.0 to expose the web of connections between businesses and the employees and executives who manage them.
Russian Hackers Are Hoarding More Than a Billion Stolen Passwords
A Russian crime gang is in possession the largest known collection of stolen passwords, user names, email addresses, and other online credentials. That's one of the worst collections a Russian crime gang can have other than, I don't know, rocket launchers and dirty bombs.
Mini versions of flagship smartphones are too expensive, sales reportedly suffering
Mini versions of our favorite high-end phones are an attractive proposition. However, while we always hope for a similarly specced device, just with a smaller screen and more manageable chassis; the result is usually a slightly disappointing, mid-range phone which shares the full-size model’s design, and little else. This has become the established formula for mini phones, but perhaps next year, if sales don’t improve any time soon, we’ll see true mini phones we actually want to buy … Or a lot that we don’t.
Pebble Fresh, Hot and Fly limited edition smartwatches land
Pebble is getting its Swatch on, with a new trio of limited edition smartwatches - dubbed Fresh, Hot, and Fly - for those who want something more vibrant on their wrist. The lime green (Fresh), bright pink (Hot), and baby blue (Fly) versions have exactly the same functionality as the original Pebble, but get new face colors and matching straps.
Audience Is Dead, Long Live Active Content Consumers
Today's hyperactive users present brands with exponentially more opportunity than the passive audiences of years passed. On YouTube, users are seeking out and finding the content they want with no direction. To tell your brand's story there, focus on what happens to that story after it’s told.
NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games | TechCrunch
In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft .
Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials
The data, believed to be the single biggest horde of stolen Internet identity information ever collected, was garnered from attacks that reached into every corner of the Web and hit around 420,000 sites, said Hold Security.
This Game Will Make You Feel Insane. Try It!
Video games make us feel like gods, but we’re all just trained pets. A game will hand us a rocket launcher with unlimited ammo (I’m a god!). Then it will literally draw a trail leading us to our next target to shoot. And when we shoot that target, the game gives us a treat to tell us that we're a good boy. Stupidly, we think that treat makes us more godlike. In reality, it's just proof that we're well-behaved.
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
CenturyLink announces super-fast fiber Internet speed
Who gets CenturyLink's new gigabit-per-second service, and when, depends on a number of factors, the company cautioned. Fiber to homes requires the existence of nearby fiber infrastructure, and for now this is present only in parts of the Twin Cities. A major effort to install more fiber will unfold over the next few years, CenturyLink said.
How to turn small talk into smart conversation
Go ahead, be bold. Upend the dinner table conversation! Turn small talk into big ideas at the next summer wedding reception you’re forced to attend! You never know which ideas will be worth spreading next.
How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online | Threat Level | WIRED
But it’s also possible to go a step closer toward true privacy online. Mere encryption hides the content of messages, but not who’s communicating. Use cryptographic anonymity tools to hide your identity, on the other hand, and network eavesdroppers may not even know where to find your communications, let alone snoop on them. “Hide in the network,” security guru Bruce Schneier made his first tip for evading the NSA . “The less obvious you are, the safer you are.”
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'
"My life's an open book," people might say. "I've got nothing to hide." But now the government has large dossiers of everyone's activities, interests, reading habits, finances, and health. What if the government leaks the information to the public? What if the government mistakenly determines that based on your pattern of activities, you're likely to engage in a criminal act? What if it denies you the right to fly? What if the government thinks your financial transactions look odd—even if you've done nothing wrong—and freezes your accounts? What if the government doesn't protect your information with adequate security, and an identity thief obtains it and uses it to defraud you? Even if you have nothing to hide, the government can cause you a lot of harm.
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OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
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Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane
But such gas hydrates normally occur at depths of at least 100 metres, says Carolyn Ruppel, a geophysicist in charge of the gas hydrates project at the US Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The depth of the Siberian crater is not known. When Plekhanov and his team tried to measure its depth with a video camera tied to a 50-metre rope, the camera did not reach the bottom. But the video footage suggests that the depth to a pool of water at the bottom of the crater is around 70 metres, Plekhanov says. The water could add considerably to that dry depth, he adds.
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The Intercept
True leadership is shown by not flying into a panic when “shtf,” instead keeping cool, assessing the threat and responding to it rationally. Of course people will demand answers when they are not protected, that’s natural; and it’s also natural to want revenge on the perpetrators and defense against it happening again. Those demands can be addressed without going to the outrageous lengths the response to 9/11 has gone, however. Most of the response has been theater designed to provide the illusion of security and to serve as CYA for government agencies so they can point their fingers elsewhere if there is another incident. Little apparent thought has been given as to how the information collected might be misused in the future; but we know from history that it’s only a matter of time. Already there are calls to use the information collected to keep us safe from terrorists for more mundane purposes such as catching drug traffickers and other common criminals. Once that is commonplace, we’ll be off to the races and 10 or 20 years from now we’ll be wondering how we wound up with a surveillance and ideological monitoring apparatus that 20th-century autocrats could not have dreamed of having.
Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients
Two American missionary workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug that seems to have saved their lives. As there is no proven treatment and no vaccine for Ebola, this experimental drug is raising lots of questions.
Overcome Jet Lag By Skipping a Couple of Meals
Jet lag can be completely debilitating and it may take you days to recover. Rather than struggling with fatigue, you might find you can reset your body clock just by missing out on a meal or two.
Disable Fullscreen Keyboard Reduces Keyboard Size In Landscape Mode
): Flip your phone on its side and you'll find that when you tap in a text input field, the keyboard and text entry area occupy the entire screen. Disable Fullscreen Keyboard is an Xposed module that prevents this from happening.
The Social Laboratory
The protests shook the "nation's mood" at the highest level, and the government was prepared to take drastic measures to quell the unrest, starting with cutting immigrant labor. The National Population and Talent Division -- a kind of immigration-cum-human-resources department -- intends to slow the growth of the workforce to about 1 to 2 percent per year over the rest of the decade, which is a dramatic departure from the more than 3 percent annual growth over the past 30 years. With that, GDP growth is likely to retract to an average of 3 to 4 percent per year. It is impossible to know whether wealthy Singaporeans -- and the country's foreign investors -- will tolerate an economic slowdown. (Or whether a country with an abysmal fertility rate of 1.2 children can even sustain its economy without foreign labor.) But the government has concluded that a slowdown is the right price to pay for keeping a harmonious society. The data tells it so.
Comcast Confessions: why the cable guy is always late
The recording of the “ Comcast Rep from Hell ” has now been listened to more than 5 million times, sparking a conversation about the largest player in the nation’s cable industry. That debate is a timely one: Comcast is in the process of acquiring the second-largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, and both companies are plagued by notoriously low customer-satisfaction ratings .
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The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated | TechCrunch
Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug , now on Kickstarter , comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle to track your H 2 O consumption, and an accompanying mobile app that reminds you to drink when your hydration levels are low.
Which brings us to Google Preferred, another key piece of Wojcicki's strategy that she introduced during her April unveiling to advertisers. Preferred lets brands target the top 1% or 5% of YouTube content in 14 categories, such as beauty, food, and automotive, spotlighting more distinctive programming than the lower-brow comedy and video-gaming content that dominates the site's overall leaderboard. Advertisers who opt in are also guaranteed a minimum number of viewers in the same way that they are on TV, as well as data on effectiveness. "Brands want more control over where their ads appear," Wojcicki says. "We also have a 100% audience guarantee." Advertisers and content creators have largely applauded the program, which they feel is long overdue. "[YouTube has] made it an environment that is really suitable for premium brands," says Weisman. Adds Keith Richman, president of Defy Media, a digital media company that owns the highly ranked channels Smosh and Clevver, "When we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on programming, it's great that there's a pathway for that to be noted differently to advertisers and brands.
Creepy Photos of Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture | Design | WIRED
Her work took her to schools, hospitals, factories, and accidentally, a top secret radar installation. “Many of the abandoned buildings are pretty unknown to the public, they are hidden behind tall fences and gates, I think it is easy to just pass without knowing what is inside,” says Litchfield. “A lot of people may imagine the abandoned buildings are depressing, but by showing these photos which are so full of historical objects, I think people will feel some of the amazement I experience from seeing them in person.”
Amazon Is Facing A Cloud Crisis, As Microsoft Muscles In
While there is the side of this price war that is to be felt by the investors, companies, etc. the consumer side is what really counts. Amazon is involved in a lot of different aspects of business and if Bezos does not do something really stupid, Amazon is liked by a lot of people because it is the department store of the internet. No matter what you may need you can find it at Amazon, one stop shopping with great prices and service. Microsoft or Google may carry the day with the cloud service and that is primarily for business but Amazon won’t be hurt that bad because of it. Bezos is a very forward thinking individual who will win out with the average consumer. Remember, without consumers you have no businesses.