Facebook And Twitter Changes Every Business Owner Needs To Know

Change has been afoot at Facebook and Twitter, but most users won’t have noticed these changes as of yet. In a series of blog posts over the past two weeks, both networks have made some pretty significant announcements that will impact business owners who use their platforms.

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Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow | TechCrunch

This follows an announcement in December that MoPub will be testing native ads (namely, ads that are customized to resemble regular content, often appearing in an app’s content stream) with a limited set of partners. Today’s MoPub blog post quotes executives from a couple of those early partners, including Flipboard CTO Eric Feng. (That’s Flipboard in the images above.)

Withings Pulse O2 Fitness Tracker Monitors Your Blood Oxygen

Along with tracking your heart rate, the Pulse O2 keeps track of your fitness data in real time and makes sure you are getting enough oxygen to keep you from passing out. The device syncs to your Android or iOS smartphone throughout the day via Bluetooth Low Energy technology, and you'll need to check the corresponding app for a deeper dive on the data it collects about your day.

Weekend Project: Start Guarding Yourself Against Heartbleed

A representative from the company, which compiled data from 100,000 of its app users, told me that 5.4% of users running 4.2.2 had the affected version of OpenSSL with Heartbeat—the specific extension that carries the Heartbleed flaw—enabled. These mobile devices could be running custom versions of the Android software, but for peace of mind, you can use Lookout or Bluebox’s mobile apps to check your handset. 

iPad sales won't grow unless device gets more 'Pro' features

Multiple analyst estimates predict that Apple will see a year-over-year fall in iPad sales in Q2 2014, with the decline ranging anywhere from 23% to 0.7%. So what’s the reason for this fall in sales? Former Apple exec Jean-Louis Gassée thinks that the simplicity of the iPad, and its lack of Pro features is restricting the iPad’s growth.

App Config: Configure Settings for Individual Android Apps

Let’s say you prefer Netflix on full-brightness while streaming over WiFi only, but then you’re happy to read BBC News on a dimly-lit screen using mobile data, this is the exact scenario App Config caters for.

Solar Walk for Android Guides You Through Our Solar System

With more than six million downloads already on iOS, Solar Walk looks set to gain a slew of new followers now that it’s on Android too. Meanwhile, you may also wish to check out Vito’s Star Walk app too.

Man Explains Why He Prefers $50 3D-Printed Hand to $42,000 Prosthesis

Everybody's excited about the possibilities of 3D printing, but, for some people, the technology stands to improve their lives on a daily if not hourly basis. Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year-old man born without most of his left hand, is one of them. Thanks to 3D-printing, Jose got a new hand .

Flickr Shows it Could Still Be the Best Photo-Sharing Platform

Since they arrived on the App Store and Google Play, I’ve connected with a bevy of people on Flickr that, until now, I had no idea were even using the platform. Likewise, I’ve picked up new followers; some of which I know from Facebook and others, presumably, have found me through their Twitter following list. It’s a simple but effective way for Yahoo to rebuild and reinvigorate the community on Flickr. With a flood of new people and photos to interact with, users are more likely to open the app on a regular basis and post new photos of their own.

What Games Are: Worrying About Indie Games | TechCrunch

Perhaps it’s a result of the here-comes-everybody effect, but I’m starting to get the same feeling about indie games. Lately I’ve seen a lot of indie games that are easily pegged as being of a certain visual style because “that’s what indie is” and it’s starting to feel a little tired. To be offbeat and edgy in a predictable ways isn’t really that edgy at all. It’s be to lost in relic arguments that the majority no longer connect to. I worry that “indie” is becoming shorthand for “retro quirky games that evoke a style of yesteryear that are increasingly only for those who know” and that that increasingly describes a generic volume of content .

Sexual Healing: Bonobos Use Sex to De-Stress | Science Blogs | WIRED

Clay: More research on the physiology and hormonal profiles of bonobos is needed to answer this question, but it seems that the sexual physiology of bonobos is closely related to their stress alleviation. This may be have to do with the rubbing of sexual organs causing reductions in cortisol levels in the blood or causing increases in ‘bonding’ hormones such as oxytocin or vasopressin. It is still rather a mystery why bonobos have evolved to use this additional tool for stress relief in addition to more common forms such as touching or embracing. Nevertheless, although bonobos use sexual contacts especially frequently and habitually in stressful contexts, the relationship between stress and non-reproductive sexual contacts is actually quite widely observed across numerous animals, including humans of course. For example, male chimpanzees will mount one another during stressful events such as inter-group encounters with stranger chimpanzees.

Sony Sells Off Square Enix Shares

Sony will record a $48 million gain in its fiscal report thanks to the deal. The PlayStation manufacturer did not specify a reason for the sale.

David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War | TechCrunch

Calling today an “echo of the previous tech bubble,” Einhorn notes that there are currently “fewer large capitalization stocks and much less public enthusiasm” this time around. This means that the current bubble, such as it is, is smaller, and when it does deflate — how rapidly we’ll have to see — there will be less carnage — blood, red ink, or otherwise.

Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program | TechCrunch

Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple’s upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population. You didn’t need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake, and technically it was still sort of against the rules. Today, Apple introduced its OS X Beta Seed Program to make pre-release Mac operating system software available to all who want to help try it out.

Nokia expects the sale of substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft to close on April 25, 2014 » Nokia – Press

It should be noted that Nokia and its business are exposed to various risks and uncertainties and certain statements herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those regarding: A) the planned sale by Nokia of substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, including Smart Devices and Mobile Phones (referred to below as "Sale of the D&S Business") pursuant to the Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 2, 2013, between Nokia and Microsoft International Holdings B.V.(referred to below as the "Agreement"); B) the closing of the Sale of the D&S Business; C) expectations, plans or benefits related to or caused by the Sale of the D&S Business; D) expectations, plans or benefits related to Nokia's strategies, including plans for Nokia with respect to its continuing businesses that will not be divested in connection with the Sale of the D&S Business; E) expectations, plans or benefits related to changes in leadership and operational structure; F) expectations and targets regarding our operational priorities, financial performance or position, results of operations and use of proceeds from the Sale of the D&S Business; and G) statements preceded by "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "foresee," "sees," "target," "estimate," "designed," "aim", "plans," "intends," "focus," "will" or similar expressions.

Android finally outshines iOS in mobile ad traffic -- report - CNET

However, iOS was still the top global money maker last quarter, accounting for 52.2 percent of all mobile ad revenue, according to the report. Android took second place with a 33 percent share of revenue, though that was up from 26.7 percent a year ago.

Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification — "Alpine Ridge" — that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.

Travelwide: Large Format Film Camera Offers Image Splendor in a Compact Body

It may be low-tech, but it sure is cool. Photographers seeking the visual opulence of large format images, can now look forward to the Travelwide 4×5 Camera , a point and shoot-style film camera that promises pinpoint detail and huge tonal range. It will be available this summer.

Why Isn't Grid Autosport on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? - IGN

“One of the unique things for us is we’ve got our own internal Ego technology," he says. "We built this one off the the same heritage of all the previous games have been built to this point. That means we’ve already got a ready-made engine that’s highly optimised for the current-gen hardware, but also PC can really benefit from that. If we moved that particular engine onto next-gen, it’s almost a port job and you’re not really doing a next-gen game. We’re building something that’s forced onto those consoles, that’s not naturally built for them."

Google Follows Facebook, Twitter With App-Install Ads

The search giant announced on Tuesday that it will let app developers target Google's mobile customers based on the apps they have already downloaded.

Apple interviewing for executive positions on its mobile payments team

According to the report, Apple has been meeting with applicants for two new positions that would focus on building a mobile payments system using credit cards stored in iTunes. These positions include a head of product and head of business development.

Why Aereo Matters

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of the television networks versus Aereo, an innovative service that lets you stream broadcasts over the internet. How it's decided could define the future of television, and how we watch it.

An Easy Internet of Things Interface | MIT Technology Review

With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online. But doing this today requires at least some degree of programming knowledge. Now Bug Labs, a New York City company, is trying to make it as easy to create an Internet of things application as it is to put a file into Dropbox.

Twitter's New Profiles Are Now Available For Everyone

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

The Nest Thermostat Is Now Available Through Google Play | TechCrunch

Google’s latest toy is available for purchase on Google Play for $249. Starting today, conveniently to coincide with Earth Day, Google started selling Nest Learning Thermostat on its web store.

Aereo at the Supreme Court: a guide to the biggest TV case in 30 years (and where to learn more)

If Aereo wins, and, say, Comcast decides to copy Aereo, then yeah, they could conceivably purchase 23 million dime-sized antennas, one for each user, and make the local channels available for streaming instead of through the cable. But when you talk about Comcast’s user base, I would argue that about 40% aren’t going to be comfortable enough or tech-savvy enough to want to change their habits for watching their local content. They don’t want to switch from watching Discovery via their set-top box, then grab their computer/smartphone/tablet, or switch to the on-demand menu when it’s time for Jeopardy. At least, that’s assuming the currently-deployed Comcast set-top boxes can’t live-stream, which I’ve seen no evidence they can. But I guess Comcast could possibly procure 23 million tiny antennas AND develop and deploy 23 million new set-top boxes to deploy this technology.

Second Day Surge: Weibo Pops Another 15% Post-IPO

Weibo’s current market cap is over $4.5 billion, greater than its parent company Sina Corp. That’s still less than one-fifth the size of Twitter. The Silicon Valley microblogging site is trading at a richer multiple of about 27 times sales, while Weibo sits at about 14 times — closer to what Facebook and LinkedIn LinkedIn trade at.

Here's a startup that wants to be an OpenStack for the internet of things

For example, a city looking to put sensors in parking spaces and sensors on streetlights might have two different vendors contracted for the two different services, and may have different access to the resulting data. Thus, building an app that combined both elements or opening the data up to outside developers might not be possible. But if a city could buy sensors, install them and have a relatively easy way to get that data up in the cloud and then publish it, maybe it wouldn’t need to farm out the work — and control of the data — to a third party.

After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million | TechCrunch

Today, the app has a presence at over 100 universities across the U.S., the company says, and is growing by 100 users per day. Co-founders Droll and Buffington declined to share user numbers, but noted that several of the campuses where Yik Yak is used are big schools with over 10,000 Yik Yak users. (On Google Play, the app is listed as having between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads. Combined with the iOS version, one can assume that the app has several hundred thousand users at least. The app is also generally ranked in the top 20-25 in the iTunes App Store.)

Aereo Is a Ridiculous Company

If you're new to ABC v. Aereo , SCOTUSBlog has a good explainer . Basically: Aereo has a warehouse with thousands of tiny antennas (pictured above) arranged in neat rows inside. When an Aereo subscriber opens the Aereo app, one of those antennas is assigned to her, and the shows it picks up (on ABC, NBC, CBS, et al.) are recorded and stored on a hard drive, where they can be either streamed live to a device of a user's choosing (with a slight delay) or played back at a later time. Each antenna makes only one copy of the shows it receives, and each Aereo user is watching what amounts to a private showing. But since it's being transmitted over the internet, and since thousands of copies of each show are being streamed at any given time, the broadcast networks consider it a public performance that entitles them to millions of dollars in re-transmission fees. The networks won initially, lost on appeal , and their case is now in front of the Supreme Court.

Inflated Tech Valuations Bloat The Entire Economy

I founded Endpoint Technologies Associates, Inc., an independent technology market intelligence company, in 2005. Previously, I was vice president of Client Computing at IDC, covering client PCs (desktop and mobile computers). Before that, I ran my own research and analysis firm, directed operations for a developer of multilingual text processing software, ran a technology analysis and publishing practice for a consulting company, managed international accounts for a data communications equipment manufacturer, and did new product development for a computerized trading network. I have published in a variety of forums and been quoted in a number of publications and other media outlets. I snagged a B.F.A. from Bennington College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. I am multilingual, world-traveled, and have bicycled over the Alps, but am now a family man. Feel free to Circle me on Google+

Google Agreed to Pay Some of Samsung's Costs, Assume Some Liability in Latest Apple Case

While neither Google nor Samsung would get into specifics of what the two parties have ultimately agreed to in terms of liability, defense costs or responsibility for legal strategy, it is fair to say that Google is participating actively in at least some of the defense and that the two sides are collaborating closely. Samsung’s law firm Quinn Emanuel, has defended HTC, Google and Motorola in past cases.

HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' for second season

HBO just announced that Mike Judge's Silicon Valley has been renewed for a second season. The series — which is right now only three episodes into its eight-episode run — has  garnered plenty of critical acclaim since its debut earlier this month, so it seems natural the network would want it to return. The new season will likely premiere next spring, but no firm date has been set.

Why Your Favorite Shows Keep Breaking the Internet

Here’s the point where everything starts to break down. Regardless of the extent to which streaming video providers upgrade and optimize their own infrastructure, they hit a kind of glass ceiling of performance when it comes time to pass the video back off to the ISP’s network. The video will only reach your TV screen as quickly as the ISP’s legacy network infrastructure will allow.

Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax

In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases, researchers at Ohio State University published a paper this month that found sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced. In states that have the tax, households reduced their spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states that don’t have the levy. For online purchases of more than $300, sales fell by 24 percent, according to the report titled “The Amazon Tax.”

5 of The Biggest News Stories for April 22nd - IGN

Get ready for dragons to rule your world when Dragon Age: Inquisition hits retail this October! More release date details, a rental system for PlayStation Now, and new games are just some of the juicy news you'll hear about in today's Fix..

Report: Vice Journalist Captured in Eastern Ukraine

Update April 22, 2:45 p.m. ET : OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović called for the immediate release of the detained journalist. “I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing negative pattern in relation to journalists’ safety in Ukraine” Mijatović said. “I call on all those responsible to stop harassing and attacking journalists and let them do their job. Simon Ostrovsky should be released immediately.” A U.S. State Department spokesperson also reportedly mentioned a "range of reports about journalists that have been kidnapped and detained in Ukraine," and condemned the taking of hostages.

Titanfall is the $37 daily deal in Amazon's Gold Box today

Titanfall delivers fast-paced, near-future warfare that gives you the freedom to fight your way as both elite assault pilots and agile, heavy armored Titans. The Titanfall experience combines heart-pounding multiplayer action with heroic moments from traditional campaign mode

20 Signs Conan O’Brien Is The Technologist We Deserve And Need | TechCrunch

Furthermore, out of all the late night talk shows, “Conan” is the quickest to make fun of the latest tech trends, ranging from 3D printing and GoPro to bitcoin and ride-sharing apps like Lyft .


Microsoft Lync continues to grow in the market as a UC/IM/presence client, and its PBX feature set has now been on the market long enough for users to evaluate Lync as a voice solution as well. Over the last year, Microsoft has announced other Lync enhancements, including: Skype interoperability; clients for the major mobile OSs; and compatibility with room video systems.

See The Hypnotic Winners Of The Saatchi Gallery's Big GIF Contest

But we've seen a growing number of institutions acknowledge their artistic merit. That list now includes The Saatchi Gallery and Google+, which not only proclaimed the medium its own genre--"motion photography"--but launched a six-category competition to recognize artists pushing the genre forward. The contest, which the organizers called the first open entry, global competition drew over 4,000 entries and judges included luminaries Baz Luhrmann and Cindy Sherman. The winner is Brooklyn-based creative director Christina Rinaldi, whose window washer "almost transcends the GIF medium by turning the soapy water into brushstrokes," according to Sherman.

Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm ‘concierge’ service, and more

A new, modern UI for LG’s upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source. The screens show flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons (a new trend).

The Supreme Court Loves the Cloud. It's Not Sure About Aereo.

Unlike cable and satellite TV companies, Aereo doesn’t pay licensing fees for airing local TV shows. The company says that since it is only allowing consumers to remotely record, store and watch free over-the-air TV broadcasts, it doesn’t need to pay licensing fees to broadcasters. TV station owners disagree and argue that Aereo built a convoluted system designed to evade copyright laws. A lower federal court ruled in Aereo’s favor, which prompted broadcasters to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Sparkling Sidewalks That Reduce The Need For Street Lighting

There's little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call "Starpath."

Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen: WSJ

(Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Meet the Rugged Prospectors Still Panning for Gold in California | Raw File | WIRED

“When you’re talking about gold, no one wants to give away their exact location for fear others will come and take it,” she said. “There was a lot of suspicion among the prospectors as to how they would be covered—the news media at the time seemed to portray many gold prospectors as homeless vagabonds. Building up trust with people over time was often more difficult than government clearance would have been, I think.”

Microsoft signs Android patent deal with Motorola Solutions | ZDNet

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Older Macs Must Upgrade To Keep Using iChat Logins For AIM | Cult of Mac

Come July 1, Mac users running various older versions of OS X won’t have the ability to use their mac.com and me.com addresses to log into the AOL Instant Messaging service via iChat.

Microsoft Will Pick Up 93.5% Of The Windows Phone Device Market When Its Nokia Deal Closes On Friday | TechCrunch

According to the latest statistics from AdDuplex covering April of this year, Nokia-made Windows Phone handsets comprise around 93.5 percent of the global market. So, Microsoft, when it gets its mitts onto that company’s hardware assets later this week, will own effectively its entire market.

Runtastic Signs Deal With Universal For BPM-Oriented Compilations | TechCrunch

Seed-funded Runtastic , which has produced a number of apps and services for health and exercise tracking, is going into the music business. Sorta. It’s has signed a new deal with Universal Music Group to create a fitness-focused music compilation featuring recordings from artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Bastille and others. The idea is to offer users the ideal BPM for working out.

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