Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide
TWC has launched the first large-scale implementation of Hotspot 2.0, which will make public Wi-Fi networks behave like cellular networks. You log into the network once and you’ll be instantly connected wherever you go.
Zynga bets the Farm(Ville) on mobile
Zynga is ready to bet the farm on mobile. On Thursday, the video game maker launches its next title starring its biggest franchise, FarmVille.
A Lucky Drug Made Pharmacyclics' Robert Duggan A Billionaire. Will Long-Term Success Follow?
But internally Miller’s attention was already turning to Imbruvica, which he had bought from Celera Genomics, the company known as one of the first to sequence the human genome, for only $6.6 million in 2006 as part of a three-compound deal. He hired Celera scientists who understood the drug and says he was designing the first clinical trial to test the drug himself. When Duggan recommended a new slate of directors, Miller says, his board, fearing a proxy fight they couldn’t win, made the call to Duggan and resigned. One board member tried to broach a reconciliation, but Miller says he wouldn’t have returned, and Duggan says he wouldn’t take him. Both men are bitter, but Miller is still an Imbruvica fan. “I actually think it could be the biggest-selling oncology drug,” Miller says.
What's the Best Text Editor?
Whether you need to edit code, take or make quick notes, or you prefer a bare-bones, distraction-free writing tool, a good text editor can be your best friend. This week we want to know which text editors you think are the best of the bunch—and there are plenty to go around.
Iron Man superhero mashups look supercool - CNET
The Iron Mash digital-art series gives Iron Man gear to superheroes like Batman, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Imagine the possibilities.
Check out this astronaut's-eye view of the Grand Canyon - CNET
There are at least a couple of ways to think about this image. You might pondre how taking the photo from so far above the Earth reduces the Grand Canyon to a rivulet in the dirt, reminding us how small our little place in the universe is. On the other hand, it's such a massive natural wonder that it can be seen from space and photographed so clearly in all its glory. Perhaps the image encompasses a bit of both perspectives.
This phone might be faster than a Galaxy S5 at nearly half the price
The smartphone to which you should be paying the most attention to right now isn’t made by Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, or even Apple . It’s called the OnePlus One , and it will be announced next week . If you’ve never heard of OnePlus, then we’re not surprised. It’s a brand new company and the One will be its first ever smartphone release, but this isn’t going to be a half-hearted, test-the-waters launch. No, OnePlus intends to make a splash, and so far it has made all the right moves. We’re very excited about the OnePlus One, and think you should be, too. Here’s why.
New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer
Whether these new Volvos will be among the emerging number of 4G cars in the U.S. remains to be seen. In its announcement, AT&T only said it would provide “high-speed wireless connectivity,” which likely means that Volvo is going with a cheaper EDGE/HSPA+ module, in some models at least. Basic telematics features such as remote unlock or monitoring don’t require a lot of bandwidth, but the more advanced features of Volvo’s evolving Sensus infotainment system will require a bit more juice.
Google Fiber picks KC to test business service - Kansas City Business Journal
The program is available to any small business in Kansas City, the email states, and isn't restricted to Google Fiber customers. Interested parties must fill out a questionnaire by April 25. The survey contains such questions as a company's industry, its staff size, network needs, customer interaction, IT services and its current Internet provider.
Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Tablet Sales In Europe Amid Faulty Charger Product Recall | TechCrunch
A fresh setback for Nokia in the early days of its tablet strategy: it’s announced today that it has had to “temporarily delay” sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe amid a recall of the charger that is sold with the device, which it has found to be faulty. In the U.S., Nokia says sales of the travel charger accessory have been halted. Some 30,000 chargers are affected by the warning, including 600 travel accessories in the U.S.
Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they're an important source of news and commentary
An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law — another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists
What High Design Can Do For Neglected Black Consumers
I'm sorry, I feel that while it's great that this young man has developed a high-quality product, I think that he's creating two different negatives by going the route that this article describes. I understand that African Americans still, to this day experience prejudice and racism, and I don't think that is right. However, I think that marketing this as an "African American Shaving kit", first of all, this only furthers the "Us and Them" attitude, which can only be a negative. But also, by doing this, you have immediately cut your market significantly. As I read the article, it would make a lot more sense to me, to market this as a kit for people with sensitive skin. Sure, put a picture of an African American man using it on the package, proudly show Tristan Walker, and laud his accomplishments on the company website; but don't purposely limit your potential clients. people of all races have sensitive skin, and experience the irritation that this article describes.
LinkedIn's New App Is Here: SlideShare for Android
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Early Stage Startups: The Biggest Killers
Fascinated by what drives start ups to succeed, I look at the entire process from inception to fundraising and everything in between. I was previously an editor at Global Security Finance, a London-based newsletter covering security and defense for the finance community which meant uncovering start ups with exciting technologies as well as interviewing VCs, government officials and defense giants on their financing, funding and M&A strategy. As a Columbia Journalism School student I delved into an eclectic mix of city politics, struggling Harlem businesses and the interactive theatre scene. Although I’m British, a childhood spent in Malaysia has meant a lifelong addiction to Asian food. I continue to hunt down the perfect bowl of noodles in NYC, Sriracha sauce bottle in hand.
Candy Crush is A-Coming to China
There’s no definitive launch date for the Chinese version of Candy Crush — both companies only say it will arrive “soon” — but when it does land, it will be a major coup for Tencent which has secured a country exclusive. Chinese gamers on iOS or Android devices will need to visit Tencent’s Mobile QQ or its Weixin Game Center to get hold of the title.
10 Amazing Discoveries That Remain Unexplained By Science
Science is our route to understanding the world around us—but sometimes, even the sharpest minds need a while to explain the weirdest discoveries. Here are ten amazing findings that remain unexplained by science.
6 LEGO Games That We Want - IGN Conversations - IGN Video
Ninja Turtles! Ghostbusters! Can you imagine how awesome they would be?!
Apple CarPlay coming to Pioneer's in-dash systems this summer
Apple CarPlay in an aftermarket dash system ? You bet! And you may not even need to spend a dime. Pioneer's NEX line of five in-dash head units, priced from $700 to a whopping $1,400, will score CarPlay compatibility through a firmware update in early summer. NEX owners with an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s will be able to use Apple Maps for navigation, listen to music and other iTunes content, and tap Siri to make phone calls and send text messages. Pioneer's devices already in stores will be able to take advantage, so there's no need to wait for CarPlay integration to go live before picking one up.
Apple confirms CarPlay support for aftermarket systems - CNET
Apple's Web site now lists support for Alpine and Pioneer car audio and video systems as coming soon.
Optimizely launches platform for testing and tweaking your native iOS apps - The Next Web
The update comes some four years after Optimizely first introduced its Web testing platform, which has garnered more than 6,000 customers including CNN, Starbucks and Disney. By expanding its reach to encompass mobile app testing too, Optimizely places itself in a better position as a viable platform for testing and optimizing apps and sites across multiple device categories.
The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law
“There’s a reason we have a timeline now,” said Thilo Koslowski, a Gartner analyst for vehicle information and communication technology. “Most manufacturers are planning to put displays and screens in the cars anyway. The cost of doing this is less than one-percent of purchase price of your average new vehicle.”
Mozilla Names Former Exec Chris Beard As Interim CEO
Mozilla is building these kinds of alternatives for the world. It’s why we’re here. It’s why we gather together to focus on our shared mission and goals. We intend to use recent events as a catalyst to develop and expand Mozilla’s leadership. Appointing Chris as our interim CEO is a first step in this process. Next steps include a long-term plan for the CEO role, adding board members who can help Mozilla succeed and continuing our efforts to actively support each Mozillian to reach his or her full potential as a leader.
How to Lie With Data Visualization
Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at 3 of the most common ways in which visualizations can be misleading.
The design decisions behind the tech industry's beloved anonymous Secret app
The Secret app might be fueled by gossip, scandal, and salacious secrets, but it’s soared to popularity (at least in the Valley) because it’s used a no-UI concept and utter simplicity to just get out of the user’s way.
Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit Review
Its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have a lot of potential, but the tricky bit is making sure all the features are relevant enough for general consumers to want to pick them up. Perhaps it could be positioned more as a device highlighting important notifications for those who have to keep their phones away (at meetings or while driving), and less of a fitness-tracker, since the Gear Fit already caters to fitness bunnies. I’m also hoping to see future iterations of the Gear smartwatches feature apps that have been modified for better usage and not just being adapted to a smaller screen.
Canadians arrest a Heartbleed hacker
Shortly after the Internet bug was revealed to the world last week, the Canada Revenue Agency suffered a data breach that leaked the Social Insurance Numbers of about 900 taxpayers. The agency was forced to shut down its website temporarily to prevent further theft of sensitive personal information.
Privacy fears over FBI database
However, under the new system if a candidate is asked by an employer to submit a photo along with their fingerprints this will now be stored by the FBI, too. The difference is that all photos will be stored on the same database regardless of whether someone has been arrested for a crime.
How Apple’s CarPlay could save the car stereo industry
CarPlay — which is currently only available in new models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo (though it is expected to expand to other manufacturers soon) — will allow drivers to control music and certain phone functions with either Siri or built-in infotainment controls. Phone calls, text messages, and voice mails can all be handled through Siri, which will operate through verbal prompting. Apple maps is also part of CarPlay, so Siri will offer turn-by-turn directions in conjunction with a map displayed on the car’s center-stack screen. The system is expected to be able to anticipate potential destinations and routes, based on prior trips, contacts, and email information. Of course, an iPhone’s music catalog can be navigated using the system, as can iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.
How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit
What's certain is that you don't just magically land in "Big-C" land one day. It takes the cumulative effect of thinking creatively every day, so much so that you don't even realize you're doing it. In short, creativity becomes a default mode. "Creative people are creative … not as a result of any particular inborn trait, but, rather, through an attitude toward life," says Sternberg. "They habitually respond to problems in fresh and novel ways, rather than allowing themselves to respond mindlessly and automatically."
The Best Typefaces From March 2014
Another month means another set of beautiful typefaces for you to check out. Here were our favorites from March.
3D-milled ice cubes get brief, beautiful life - CNET
But you don't need to wait that long to see the mini ice marvels get created. Watch a chunk of formless ice get turned into a striking mini version of the Kinkaku-ji Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto in this video that's just a minute long. Then check out the gallery to see what other designs the agency created, and let me know what kind of ice sculpture you'd float in your drink. I think I'd go with an ice palm tree.
Apple said to partner with Shazam on song-ID tool for iOS - CNET
The Cupertino, Calif., electronics maker plans to release a feature in iOS 8 that identifies a song and its artist via an iPhone or iPad, Bloomberg reports.
Healthcare Marketing Report Card
With over 70% of Internet users using online resources to discover health information, now is the time to invest in creating a website that delivers on the patient needs end-to-end.
iOS 8 to include song identification feature powered by Shazam
The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.
Mark Zuckerberg on the shift to mobile and the Great Unbundling of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg says his approach to mobile consists of breaking the monolithic Facebook app down into smaller, more discrete experiences — ones that may look and feel nothing like the big blue app or main website, and may even allow for different identities
Man makes fun of Heartbleed, posts passwords online, gets ‘hacked’
Someone took the man up on his offer, and before long, his Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress accounts were accessed and used by people other than him. Though it has been reported that the man’s accounts were “hacked,” we don’t think the term applies here considering that it doesn’t take a cyber criminal to use accounts that are tied to publicly posted passwords.
Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015 | TechCrunch
Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more. Consumers will be able to order them as of January 2015, Google revealed at the dev con, using a web-based configuration tool that isn’t unlike Motorola’s Moto Maker, as 9to5Google reports .
Dropbox aquires iOS photo app Loom, will fold into Carousel next month - CNET
Carousel, Dropbox's answer to its growing photo storage problem, works very much the same way Loom did. By storing photos in the cloud and charging users a subscription fee for storage, both apps allow people to snap photos and not worry about how much room those photos were taking up on the smartphone. But Loom didn't decide to join Dropbox simple because of its larger consumer base.
LIVE: Google Misses And The Stock Is Falling
Analysts kept asking about costs and expenses, and Pichetti said Google was very comfortable with its cost structure. Its total costs and expenses totaled $11.3 billion, up from $9.2 billion the year earlier. The reason Google's costs are all over the place is that the buying and divestiture of Motorola Mobility, acquisitions, and "moonshot" projects such as Wi-Fi balloons and driverless cars.
Google's stock Android KitKat camera app arrives on Google Play with new Lens Blur mode - The Next Web
You’ll need Android 4.4 KitKat or later to install the app, but the good news is that you can now get camera updates directly from Google Play now instead of having to wait for your phone maker and carrier to send over an update.
Heartbleed: Security Experts Reality-Check the 3 Most Hysterical Fears
Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.
Crossed up! Anki Drive unveils new cars and first new tracks - CNET
The first of the new tracks, both of which will be available May 6 and cost $100, are the same size as the original, is known as Crossroads. For the first time, this offers Anki players a track with an intersection, meaning that players will have to learn how to navigate their cars through the crossing while avoiding others cars, yet without losing position against opponents. But, said Anki president and co-founder Hanns Tappeiner, cars will collide, and success will come from learning how to navigate the new challenge.
Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs | TechCrunch
Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).
The Super Mario Bros. theme played on 48 wine glasses
The Super Mario Bros. theme song is one of the most recognized songs ever created. Whether you played the original game when it launched in 1985, or just heard it in one of its various incarnations over the years, it’s a criminally catchy tune.
2015 Hyundai Sonata Preview - CNET
One of the oddest tech convenience features is the available Smart trunk. Like the system offered on the Ford Escape , this trunk lid will automatically open without the driver having to reach for their keys. However, where previous systems required a foot to be wiggled beneath the rear bumper to pop the boot, Hyundai owners will simply need to need to approach the rear with the key fob in a purse or pocket and wait three seconds. On one hand, this sounds incredibly convenient. On the other, I can see the potential for annoyance due to accidental activation. We'll have to wait to test the 2015 model to decide.
Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font [Updated]
Levison reluctantly turned over his encryption keys to the government, although not in a manner that the government deemed useful—he provided a lengthy printout in tiny type, a move the authorities said was objectionable. “The company had treated the court orders like contract negotiations rather than a legal requirement,” US Attorney Andrew Peterson, who represented the government, told PC World .
MLB.TV is now streaming on Google's Chromecast
Starting today, you'll be able to watch America's pastime on Chromecast. MLB.TV now supports Google's $35 streaming stick, and fans can start casting games to the TV once the required updates for At Bat 2014 arrive on Android and iOS this afternoon. A premium subscription to MLB.TV is required if you want to stream with Chromecast. The cost of entry isn't cheap at $24.99 monthly or $129.99 for the entire season, but at least that includes your At Bat subscription for watching games (or listening to radio broadcasts) on the go.
Galaxy S5 costs $256 to produce, making it the priciest Samsung phone ever
Its earlier versions, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3, cost $205 and $236 respectively. The most expensive component in the Galaxy S5 is its 5-inch Super AMOLED display, which costs $63 to produce. Its fingerprint scanner, which has been revealed as hackable with the use of a wood glue mold, only costs around $15. One of the phone’s cheapest component is its biofitness sensor, which only costs $1.45 to make.
The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size | Science | WIRED
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WIRED Science Blog: Beyond Apollo
The drawings are the work of one man: space enthusiast Richard Kruse. His interest in space history began when he was a volunteer at Michigan Space and Science Center in the mid-’90s. The museum (now closed) was home to an Apollo 9 spacecraft, a simulator used during the Gemini program, and a collection of spacesuits. Kruse, who has a degree in graphic communication, volunteered in educational outreach with local elementary schools, creating illustrations of science experiments and old rockets.