Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say
A little over half of the respondents said no to that question and a smaller number said yes — but even those who said yes were skeptical about how prevalent such an infrastructure would be, and how strongly individual users or citizens would adhere to it even if it did exist. As one respondent described it, “privacy is still a fluid concept,” with different users defining it in different ways — and that’s unlikely to change in the next decade. Here are some of the responses that stood out from the Pew Center’s report:
Why media companies should pay attention to Medium’s native ads
In fact, many newspapers use freelancer copy for their travel section so that they can get around their paper’s rules on conflicts of interest — running pieces by writers who had all their expenses covered, etc. But this is rarely mentioned, or disclosed in a tiny footnote at the bottom. Is what Medium is doing really that much worse? At least they are disclosing who sponsored the piece up front, and letting readers come to their own conclusions.
The Art and Science of Scaling in the 2-Sided Marketplace
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14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed
The Browse tool will filter out a randomly selected type of content through Facebook's Graph Search, whether it's videos that you've liked or people in your networks you haven't friended yet. For those using Facebook to kill time (and aren't we all using Facebook to kill time?), it's an excellent method of procrastination.
BBC Launches Redesigned iPlayer Radio App For iPad
The developers are careful to note that the BBC iPlayer Radio app for iPad is a ‘work-in-progress,’ perhaps still feeling the bruises from those reviews of the earlier version. They promise they ability to save things to listen later in Favourites and add tracks to BBC Playlister will be added soon.
AT&TVoice: Mobile Marketing: 4 Ways To Keep It Relevant
Timing is key. Text messages and alerts are extremely personal and the most intrusive forms of digital marketing. It’s crucial to be certain you are sending messages and alerts at relevant times, or consumers will quickly cut you off. If your business is ecommerce or another industry with customers around the country, it’s important to be aware of customers’ time zones. You don’t want to wake someone with an ill-timed message.
SpaceX will try to land a 14-story-tall rocket on this floating barge
SpaceX has announced its next major challenge: landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean. The barge in question (as everyone but Elon Musk is calling it) measures just 300 feet by 100 feet across, and the company claims the odds of successfully landing on it are no better than 50 percent, comparing the feat to "[balancing] a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a wind storm."
Sony’s smart glass uses regular glasses, aims for sports and work
The module includes a 0.23-inch OLED display with a 640×400-pixel resolution, which is slightly higher than Google Glass’s 640×360 pixels. The company said the experience will be like looking at a 16-inch display from two meters away, which means it wouldn’t impede the user’s field of vision a bit less than Google’s unit. Sony claimed its display covers 100 percent of the sRGB color space and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and has at most a 0.01 millisecond response time.
You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space | WIRED
Román’s team used an algorithm to filter out all the lights except for lights in 70 U.S. cities for the past two years. They found that major cities such as Dallas, Washington D.C. and Phoenix were between 20 and 50 percent brighter during the holiday season. They limited their study to cities that don’t typically see snow, which is so reflective that it throws measurements off.
Google is Bringing its Songza-Powered Playlists to the UK
Like all songs and playlists in the service, they can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline listening. It’s a fun feature and users in the UK will be pleasantly surprised the next time they launch the service.
IBM’s Watson is now studying PTSD in veterans
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working with IBM to analyze hundreds of thousands of VA hospital medical records using the Watson cognitive computing system. Improving the diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is among the areas on which the partnership will focus. More broadly, though, the VA system might be the ideal place to explore what Watson and other artificial intelligence technologies can do. They have the potential to improve patient care without blowing up tight budgets, by improving speed and efficiency rather than increasing staff count.
Sony concept eyewear tech turns your existing specs into smartglasses - CNET
The attachable system, which Sony dubs the Single-Lens Display Module, looks a little chunky, but packs some intriguing tech. Attaching to eyewear, the compartment on the wearer's right features a control board including a processor and Bluetooth tech, which is attached to an OLED microdisplay that beams a picture onto your glasses via an optical unit.
Ultrakam Debuts 4K Video Shooting for iPhone 6
“For me, Ultrakam 4K is how I really wanted to do the original Ultrakam, but previous hardware and software limitations didn’t allow it to be,” Hassan Uriostegui, Ultrakam’s developer told TNW. “We believe that with the newest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hardware and iOS 8, iPhoneography is receiving an amazing push forward to be a serious deal, given the advances both in image quality and disk storage.”
IGN Crew Challenge - The Crew Wiki Guide - IGN
The IGN Crew Challenge is a four-part video series that pits four IGN teams against one another in Ubisoft's huge open-world racing game. Catch up on all the action right here:
Fast Company | Business + Innovation
The company wants to see a new kind of sustainable agriculture—seagriculture—to take off. "It tastes like chicken."
Snapselect Pinpoints Similar Images in your Photo Library
Here’s the scenario: You take a lot of pictures and some are remarkably similar because you don’t take any chances of missing the precise shot you want.
How to quickly set multiple alarms on your iPhone with CloneAlarm
After installing the tweak, open the Clock app, tap and hold on an already created alarm and a new interface opens. From there, you can choose how many copies of the original alarm you want to make, choose the time difference between the new alarms that will be created as well as the time unit which can be either in minutes or hours, but I don’t think anyone would ever use the latter option.
Michael Wolff on digital media in 2015: 'A deluge of crap'
We’ve been seeing a lot of journalists become entrepreneurs and launch their own outlets. What do you make of that trend?
Who wouldn’t do it if someone was offering you the opportunity to do it? But there are no success models here. What could the success be? There is no other model but traffic. All of these somewhat-focused vertical high-end journalists going into a business where they have to produce a mass-market product? I’m a little befuddled by that. I suppose it’s because BuzzFeed does it, and they have some actual journalists. But BuzzFeed is a tech company. One which is wholly focused on aggregrating a mass audience. It has no other value beyond that.
Here’s why email newsletters can be so powerful — and valuable
In a world of virtual-reality headsets and Google Glass and responsive mobile websites, an email newsletter seems like the most antiquated technology since the buggy whip. It’s just words on a page! And don’t people hate email and want to kill it? They sure do — except when that email contains a list of the most important or interesting or relevant things they need to know, at which point it becomes more valuable than gold. And that alchemy is something worth thinking about.
Sony's Clip-On Unit Turns Any Eyewear Into Smart Glasses
Being able to easily remove the device and add it to any eyewear you fancy could give Sony’s set up an advantage over Google Glass, but it’ll still have to overcome the creepy factor and other people’s wariness about folks in smart glasses.
Texas plumber's truck somehow ends up in Syrian civil war
A picture posted on Twitter by the Supporters of the Religion Front — a faction engaged in the ongoing Syrian civil war — shows an enormous gun mounted to the back of a Ford F-250 decorated with the name and number of Mark-1, a plumbing operation in Texas City, Texas. Mark-1 is known better for unclogging toilets than fighting brutal, drawn-out conflicts in the Middle East.
Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger
With this new round of funding, the company plans to accelerate the growth of FireChat and build partnerships with mobile app developers in key growth markets like India, Latin America and Asia. While Open Garden hasn’t officially launched an API for its networking technology yet, the company previously told me that it hopes other apps will use its technology in the long run — and the more apps use it, the better its offline coverage will get.
Privacy in 2025: Experts’ Predictions
We canvassed thousands of experts to ask them to predict the future of privacy in America and found they were divided on whether or not a secure, trusted privacy-rights infrastructure would be in place by 2025. Highlights from their responses are featured below. Read the full quotes and responses from many more experts in the complete report .
Final Fantasy 15 English-language trailer hits the road
It's time to take another look at Final Fantasy 15 's TGS trailer -- this time, with translated dialog. The trailer above gives a brief sample of Final Fantasy 15 's English-language voice cast as our heroes embark on a fantastical road trip and square off against mammoth creatures. A demo version of Final Fantasy 15 will launch as an exclusive pre-order bonus bundled with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March.
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Uber CEO Says Company Wants to Make Rides Safer
BEIJING--Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive and founder Travis Kalanick says his company wants to make rides safer as it pushes into China through a tie-up with search giant Baidu Inc.
Apple raised more than $20 million from (Product) Red Holiday campaign
“I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million,” Cook wrote. “The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support.”
Todoist Arrives on Android Wear
Although the basic functionality here doesn’t necessarily exceed what you can already do with Todoist on your phone, the Android Wear support is convenient for a simple reason: you don’t have to pull out your phone when you’re busy. And when it comes to productivity, anything that makes getting things done easier with fewer distractions is a welcome change.
Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution | WIRED
It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. But some folks, particularly highly religious types, weren’t too happy with the idea that nature can run perfectly fine on its own, without the guiding hand of a higher power. Not happy in the least bit .
What's Up With That: The Science Behind Why Dark Winter Days Bum People Out | WIRED
Another possible explanation has to do with circadian rhythms. Your body’s clock is set by bright light striking photoreceptive cells in your eyes. Sunlight is most effective, but in the winter a lot of us don’t see the sun for hours after we get out of bed (if at all). Because we first see the light hours after we start moving around, your internal clock gets out of synch with the time of day that you’re actually active. Studies have shown that people who work odd hours—like nurses, custodians, and security guards—have disproportionate rates of many diseases, including depression .
WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more
Update : This feature has technically existed since the release of WordPress 3.2, but the old version required hitting a button to enter the mode, which lasts only for a single writing session. This new version has a persistent button, and the mode doesn’t mean you enter a new screen, but it instead fades away the left admin, the metaboxes to the right and below, while the editor itself remains as opposed to offering a modified editor like before.
Science-Backed Tactics For Motivating Other People
The key to getting your employees to give high performance is to understand what motivates them, he tells Fast Company . People’s motivation can be anything from "I want to be the chief executive" to "I want to climb Mount Everest" and the secret is building trust and asking questions to uncover the truth. This may seem easy enough, but the problem is, "leaders don’t ask those questions," he says. Furthermore, if someone tells you their needs, you should always be thinking about how you can help them achieve their goals. If they aren’t able to do it themselves, how can you—or the organization—help them get there?
The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital
The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital
How did Al Franken learn to draw the 50 states?
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has received a bit of attention for a
parlor trick: Hand-drawing the 50 U.S. states from memory.
Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED
When Nguyen showed up, one of the first things she did was target Pinterest. She focused on how BuzzFeed could improve Pinterest users’ experience, by adding Pinterest share buttons to BuzzFeed stories on mobile and optimizing the site for Pinterest sharing. Then BuzzFeed launched sections like Food, Parents, and Style and eventually incorporated them into a Life category to collect the kinds of stories—largely about home and hearth—that work well on Pinterest. If you think of BuzzFeed as a newspaper, this is its Lifestyle section. And BuzzFeed realized that readers who come to the site from Pinterest aren’t looking to share on other social sites. So they quit showing Twitter share buttons to people who came to its stories from Pinterest. And as BuzzFeed began to understand how people on Pinterest behaved, it started to plan its publishing schedule accordingly. For example, because stories have a slow burn time on Pinterest, BuzzFeed began publishing Halloween-themed content in September so people had plenty of time to organize it into a holiday ideas folder. Pinterest is now the site’s second-largest social referrer (after Facebook and ahead of Twitter).
Breaking news, sports, video | Boston.com
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in federal court in Boston this morning for a brief pretrial hearing, which was punctuated by a woman’s outburst in Russian and English.
Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service
Since NYC's mayor wants to legalize marijuana, maybe he should ask Amazon to set up 1-hour delivery of grass. They'd do a lot of volume in the financial district alone. Think of the taxes to be raked in, Mr. Mayor! How about prostitution? 1 hour delivery! Forget morals and what it does to families -- it's a great revenue stream.
The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet | WIRED
Breathing is so universal and continuous that it can be easy to forget about—until we can’t do it anymore. Then it becomes symbolic of life itself. We take special note of words that are carried on final breaths, and sometimes we even cherish the physical substance of the breaths themselves. Henry Ford kept a glass test tube of air in his home for many years, and inside the tube was said to be a sample from the last breath of his late friend and fellow inventor Thomas Edison. According to sources at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, several such tubes are believed to have been left open to the air of the room near Edison’s deathbed. “Though he is mainly remembered for his work in electrical fields,” Edison’s son Charles reportedly said, “his real love was chemistry. It is not strange, but symbolic, that those test tubes were close to him at the end.” After Edison’s death, Charles had the tubes sealed and later passed one of them on to Ford as a memento.
Should Football Be Killed?
Every week, millions of people watch football. At the same time, millions of dollars are being poured into concussion research and tech to make the game safer. In fact, the NFL, GE, and Under Armour, as part its $60 million "head health challenge," just gave $500,000 to a University of Miami doctor who’s developing goggles to detect concussions. And yet, a recent survey found that about 50% of of parents won't let their sons play . So is the sport facing an uncertain future, and perhaps even the end?
Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later
At launch, Plex for PlayStation is limited to Plex Pass subscribers only, meaning you’ll have to have one of the company’s paid memberships to participate. If you do, however, you’ll be able to connect to your Plex Media Server, and stream video content from that source in either 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution. Metadata, casting information, release dates and summaries are also automatically appended to all your stored shows and movies.
10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning
Good morning! It's going to be an average sunny December day in New York. Here's what you need to know right now:
White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama's National Security Council was considering a proportionate response.
Gene Munster Promises The Apple Television Is STILL Coming
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has for the past four years predicted that Apple will release a television in the next year. And he has been wrong each year. This year at Business Insider's Ignition 2014 conference, Munster once again promised that the Apple television was on its way. This time he is giving himself a little more time.
Incredible Photos Make Nighttime Look Like Day
While taking his photographs, Almond keeps the shutter open for a quarter of an hour, letting his camera soak up the moonlight and reveal details of darkened scenes the human eye cannot usually see. "With long exposures, you can never see what you are shooting," Almond, who was nominated for the 2005 Turner Prize, says in the book. "But you are giving the landscape longer to express itself." This long exposure time means the mountains, rivers, meadows, and canyons are illuminated almost as in daybreak, but the silvery lunar light is cooler than the sun's, and lends the images a wistful, mystical air. Star lines are visible across the sky in his shot of El Capitan, a vertical rock formation at Yosemite National Park; ghostly mist shrouds tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean; a nocturnal rainbow appears in a fairytale-like shot of a waterfall in Brazil.
A guide to the Sony Pictures hack
The fallout from the hack escalated after the "Guardians of Peace" claimed they would attack cinemas showing the Sony film. They alluded to 9/11 in their message and said it was a response to the "greed of Sony Pictures".
Winning 3D-printed ornaments deck White House tree - CNET
A few talented artists get to have their 3D-printed ornaments hung on the White House Christmas tree, and they'll be on display at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Jawbone’s nicest fitness tracker won’t be in homes for Christmas
It’s time to find an alternative Christmas present if you had your heart set on the UP3, the latest and greatest fitness tracker from Jawbone. The startup had implied holiday availability when it announced the $179.99 wristband tracker in November, but now it’s now slated for an early 2015 release, according to Wareable and Bloomberg . Although Jawbone still has its moneymaking Jambox speakers– as well as the new entry-level UP Move — on shelves this month, missing the holiday season is never a good sign for a consumer product.
Meet the unofficial U.S. Ambassador to Cuba: The internet
President Obama has instructed U.S. Secretary of State of John Kerry to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba after more than 50 years, but Obama will be sending something else to Cuba that could have a far greater impact on relieving the tensions between the two countries . He’s sending communications infrastructure.
Confirmed: Snapchat Turned Down More Than $3 Billion Last Year
The rumor that Snapchat had in fact, somehow, rejected a bid of more than $3 billion (as much as $4 billion) was first reported by Valleywag, and corroborated by a tweet from investor and tech media bigshot Om Malik. It was repeated (and debated) by outlets including The Verge and the New Yorker. Today, some closure: in an exchange between Sony Entertainment CEO and Snapchat investor Michael Lynton and Malcolm Gladwell (rich people inboxes are not like ours!), Gladwell asks Lynton about the widely rumored number: "Turned down 3 bil??? Are they insane?" Lynton won't tell Gladwell the exact figure—but he lets Gladwell know that they turned down even more: "if you knew the real number you would book us all a suite at Bellvue. [sic]" "Good lord," Gladwell responds.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Sent This Inspiring Memo To Employees For The Holidays
It’s been a year of amazing announcements across the board. Just this fall we had the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unveiled the thinner and more powerful iPad Air 2, introduced the new 27-inch iMac with its stunning Retina 5K display, and launched an entirely new category of service — Apple Pay — which is winning over banks, merchants and customers even faster than we had hoped. The App Store had a record-setting year and our software products, led by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, have never been stronger. During this busy holiday season, our store teams are doing a fantastic job introducing and answering questions about all of our products, and they’re doing it with the energy and enthusiasm that has always endeared them to our customers.
T-Mobile's Uncarrier 8.0 is 'Data Stash', rolls over unused data usage
As the event winds down, T-Mobile’s latest move as the “Un-carrier” has been officially unveiled as “Data Stash.” As the name might suggest, this is a move that will see subscribers banking an amount of data every month, much like the “rollover minutes” of AT&T way back when. As part of the initiative, customers under the Magenta banner can roll over any unused high-speed data into the next month, and can do so for up to one year.