Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED

In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account. Now hackers have learned the same trick. Only instead of a mistress, they’re sharing their love letters with data-stealing malware buried deep on a victim’s computer.

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Value in the media industry is moving to the edges, and publishers are in the middle

So what does the future look like for those media companies in the middle of the “smiling curve?” Thompson doesn’t say, but it probably isn’t going to involve a lot of smiling — instead, it presumably involves trying to squeeze less and less revenue out of a market where they are rapidly losing control, and trying to form relationships with platforms like Facebook without losing even more. How that will ultimately play out is anyone’s guess at this point.

The Case For And Against Freezing Eggs, From Women Who've Made The Choice

We all know we should have our kids young, if we can. But if you’re 30 and think that you’re going to spend the next few years building your career and won’t have a lot of time to date, then you should consider freezing. A lot of women hold off because they don’t have the money, but it’s a no-brainer if your company will pay for it. Seriously, why wouldn’t you give yourself every opportunity for a healthy baby in the future? Hopefully, your life will work out the way you want, and you’ll never have to use them."

OneNote for iOS gets cloud storage attachments and Touch ID, OneNote for Mac gets SharePoint Server support

Next up, the OneNote apps for iPhone and iPad have gained new iOS 8 features: You can now insert file attachments and printouts stored in the cloud without leaving OneNote. In OneNote for iPhone, tap anywhere on a page to bring up the keyboard, then tap the paperclip icon on the command bar above the keyboard. In OneNote for iPad, tap Insert and then choose either File or PDF Printout.

Facebook passes 1.35B monthly active users and 864M daily active users, with a third now mobile-only

The company also shared it now has 864 million daily active users (an increase of 19 percent year-over-year) and 703 million mobile daily active users (up 39 percent year-over-year). While it’s great for Facebook that all these numbers are still growing, albeit slowly on a quarter-over-quarter basis, the real interesting figure is in the company’s earnings slides , on page seven:

The utopian invisibility of design and connectivity

When I asked MacFarlane what he thought about the barrage of connected speakers coming out from all the old school audio brands, he pointed out that the success of these connected speakers is not in how they look or sound, but at the end in how they connect to the network and to the services that define the product’s design. For Sonos, “design” involved building a software platform that connected to thousands of radio stations — Spotify, Pandora and everything else — and yet also creating an experience that felt native and natural. That aspect of design is what is invisible — it is not what you can feel in a tactile fashion. It is also not how the software looks on the screen. But instead it is a lot more.

Google Glass Is Now Banned From Movie Theaters Across the U.S.

Google Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide.

FTC sues AT&T over throttling, claiming it jilted millions of unlimited plan users

WE have two unlimited data plans with AT&T and when they started limiting our download speeds you basically couldn’t use the device towards the end of the month. We have had the unlimited plan after the first Iphones came out and my son’s text bill became outrageous then we went un-limited. Everytime we renew they try to drop our grandfathered plan. They never told us they were going to throttle down and my son kept asking me if I had been paying the bill because most of the time he couldn’t get on-line. When my phone would slow down I would switch to wifi which was a real pain in the ass.

Kindle Voyage Review: Amazon’s Luxury E-reader Offers No-Distraction Reading

The Paperwhite changed. My. Life. I love love love it. I love it especially outdoors but also inside. In the doctor's office.  Anywhere.  And I love it deep into the night when my partner is sleeping.  But I'm getting the Voyage b/c those of us who are over 40 (50?) and wear eyeglasses can use those extra pixels. They result in less eye strain and an even better reading experience - though, until I get my Voyage, it will be hard to imagine.  I have, literally, hundreds of physical books in my home. But I no longer want to read them. Amazon has converted me, totally and completely. The Paperwhite did that, and now I can't wait for my Voyage.

IGN on Twitter: "Battlefield Hardline has a new release date: http://t.co/sffn5Uauwt http://t.co/8Vgi5Za4qC"

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Google launches Google Fit app for Android, capturing all your fitness data in one place - The Next Web

Google Fit was unveiled to the world back in June, promising a platform to help people track their fitness goals. It’s essentially a set of APIs that lets developers dig in to rival apps and combine data for deeper insights, similar to Apple Health .

Wall Street to Facebook: Show me more growth

Wall Street to Facebook: Show me more growth Wall Street expects Facebook to post revenue of $3.12 billion, up more than 50% from the same quarter a year ago. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1u3p233

Three tips for a smoother Apple Pay experience - CNET

The second method allows you to tap your phone to the terminal, without your finger on the Touch ID button, which brings up a list of the cards you've added to your Apple Pay account. You can then select the card you want to use for the transaction, place your finger on the Touch ID button and complete your purchase.

With Apple Pay, Forget Cash, Just Pull Out Your Phone | MIT Technology Review

That is indeed an easier process than the other digital wallets, which require unlocking the phone, opening an app, checking into a store, typing in a code, or other steps that can take much longer than swiping a credit card. Apple’s ability to create elegant, user-friendly products helped it popularize and seize commanding positions in music players and smartphones. If Apple Pay works as promised, it could do something similar for payments, making mobile wallets appeal to the masses, starting with its influential army of iPhone users. “Mobile payment is finally hitting that pivotal moment when all the pieces are coming together,” says Matthew de Ganon, senior vice president of product and commerce for Softcard, a rival mobile wallet joint venture of T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

iPad Air 2 costs Apple $275 to build

The base model of the new iPad Air 2 carries a component cost of $275 while the iPad Air last year had a component cost of $274. On the other hand, the highest end 128GB model with LTE costs Apple $358 to make.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Came Out As Gay

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

This Is The Most Advanced Flying Car Prototype Yet

Whether it will ever fulfil the ultimate promise of the flying car of science fiction remains unclear. While Klein insisted the vehicle does not need a full airport with a big runway to get up into the air, takeoff and landing still require a 200-metre grass strip. When you’re stuck in traffic, even AeroMobil’s flying car won’t be able to help you.

Why the Droid franchise still works as a carrier exclusive - CNET

While exclusivity deals can be a source of annoyance for consumers, who may not necessarily be on the right carrier for the right smartphone, they have traditionally made business sense. A carrier will promise marketing support and prominent position in its chain of thousands of retail stores in exchange for an exclusive window. For many handset vendors who lack the marketing heft or retail savvy, it's a good deal.

Comics History 101: Who Is Ms. Marvel? - IGN Video

Comics History 101: Rumors say she might be getting her own movie eventually, so here's everything you need to know about Ms. Marvel!

Microsoft launches wearable fitness device for $199

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market.

Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google

“Today we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola — and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market,” Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. “By building a strong number three and a credible challenger to the top two in smartphones, we will give the market something it has needed: choice, competition and a new spark of innovation.”

Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board

In a statement, Sam Yagan, a director of Tinder and the CEO of the Match Group, said: “Matt will complement Sean’s proven product leadership and the expertise in the social and dating categories we already have on the board. I’m confident Benchmark’s involvement will help Tinder achieve its huge growth potential and am excited about continuing to build out the Tinder team.”

Never-Before-Seen Sketches That Inspired the Birth of Alien | WIRED

The alien xenomorph may have first appeared onscreen bursting through poor John Hurt's chest, but it originally spawned from the mind of surrealist H. R. Giger, whose work on a failed Dune adaptation (sorry, Jodorowsky) caught the eye of writer Dan O'Bannon. Though Giger's preproduction work on Alien has occasionally surfaced online, fans won't have to hunt through the darkened corridors of the Internet any longer: The new book The Archive , out today, is the first complete collection of concept art and photography from the franchise. Just don't put your face too close to the pages.

Ascension Trailer Shows Off Syfy's New Space Mutiny Series

Ascension , otherwise known as the drama that Syfy is banking big time on bringing back their brand, has a slick new trailer. And what it's showing is a whole lotta spaceship—and we like that.

Keeping it real: When Apple derangement ruins an argument

Aaaaand then selling them later and getting more than the price of the competitor’s product. The Macalope got $200 for his first-generation iPad three years after its release. Please point him to the “competing” device that was a) available in 2010, b) could do what the iPad did (as elegantly and had as many apps) and c) had a net cost of $300 plus tax and the time value of money.

Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive

Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and data analytics to transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities." It's hard to say what that really means, beyond that the company has an energy focus — but it's interesting to note that they're promising products at next year's CES in January. That suggests that there'll be a consumer angle here of some sort.

It Only Took Apple Three Days To Sign Up One Million Credit Cards On Apple Pay

Although Apple seems to have convinced a decent number of users to sign up for Apple Pay relatively quickly, some retailers are refusing to adopt the system. Rite Aid and CVS are among these merchants, and it's unclear exactly why they're blocking customers from using Apple's new payment service. Some have speculated it's because of the Merchant Customer Exchange, a consortium of the largest retailers in the US, which happens to be testing its own mobile payments service.

Apple VP Greg Joswiak On iPhone 6 Plus Sales, iOS 8 Bugs, And Apple’s Watch | TechCrunch

One of the big aspects of that involves factoring how people are buying and using iPhones. Recode’s Mossberg asked how many iPhone 6es the company has sold since its launch last month and referenced the fact that last night, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claimed that the 6 Plus is selling in greater quantities than they expected. Joswiak said that for right now, sales are limited by output, so the ratio of 6 sales to its larger sibling is a function of production.

Daniel Radcliffe rapping 'Alphabet Aerobics' is magically delicious

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UNITE Live: Hashing out the future of cloud privacy (in progress)

How big of a concern is the privacy of the public cloud? And what can we do to make it more privacy-friendly and secure? Join us today at 2:30pm ET for a live discussion on those questions and others regarding the future of cloud computing.

Why This Google Wallet And PayPal Vet Thinks His New Product Will Be A 'No Brainer' For Businesses

Bedier describes Poynt as a "no-risk no-brainer" for merchants because it works with all payment types: Traditional swipe cards; near-field communication services like Apple Pay or Google Wallet; Bluetooth; beacons; QR codes; or EMV chip and pin cards. No extra hardware required.

Captain America: Civil War - How Avengers 2 Will Lead to Civil War - IGN Video

Eric, Joshua, and Roth talk about what may bring Iron Man and Captain America to blows in Civil War.

YouTube finally arrives on the PlayStation 4

While Sony’s newest console has let users upload videos to Facebook and post screenshots on Twitter, a native YouTube app has been a long time coming. Given that the Xbox One has had a YouTube app since November, we’re pretty sure PS4 fans are happy to finally receive their own from the Google-owned company.

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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "A Fractured House" Review - IGN

Certainly, regardless of what Christian may or may not have done, Ward breaking free and killing the innocent men guarding him erases any chance of him being on the path to redemption right now, which I’m glad to see. He’s turned out to be a fun continuing presence on the show, but let’s keep him dark. Oh, and Simmons of all people, telling him if she saw him again, she’d kill him was great – given we’d never seen her confront him since he tried to kill her and Fitz.

Open thread: can BlackBerry Classic wean Kim Kardashian off her Bold?

New smartphone is one of today’s tech talking points, along with Oculus VR, WhatsApp, iPhones in Iran and giant robots

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED

Conspiracy theories abound about the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Some say Earhart was captured by the Japanese or that she found her way back to the US and lived out her life as a New Jersey housewife, Gillespie said. His team’s hypothesis is that Earhart and Noonan were trying to find Howland Island, but after failing to do so, they landed on a reef extending out from Nikumororo, also known as Gardner Island. For days, the pair sent out distress calls from the aircraft’s radio, but the rising tides soon pushed the plane over the edge of the reef and into the ocean. The team thinks Earhart and Noonan survived for a while on the island as castaways.

Oppo N3 launches alongside 'world's thinnest smartphone'

Oppo has revealed pricing for both of the phones, but hasn't given a definitive release date beyond "November". The Oppo N3 can be had for $649 (around £400 / AU$730) SIM-free while the R5 is slated at $499 (around £310 / AU$350). Stay tuned for our full reviews coming soon.

Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells | TechCrunch

This project is in the exploratory phases but Conrad was hopeful that we’d be seeing this technology in the hands of every doctor within the next decade. He also mentioned that his team has explored ways of not just detecting abnormal cells but also delivering medicine at the same time. “That’s certainly been discussed,” he said, but cautioned that this was something that needed to be carefully developed so that the nanoparticles had a chance to show what was happening in the body before destroying the cells.

Matt Taibbi Disappears From Omidyar’s First Look Media

When he was hired, amid much fanfare, Taibbi's website was meant to be the second in an envisioned fleet of titles to be published by First Look, an ambitious digital journalism company funded by Omidyar, the founder of eBay and one of the richest tech moguls in America. Like its counterpart the Intercept, launched earlier this year by Glenn Greenwald and others to pursue investigations of NSA surveillance and the intelligence world, it was a venture centered around a brand-name polemicist without much management experience. Prior to joining First Look, Taibbi made his name by gleefully skewering fat targets for Rolling Stone — most famously, he described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity" — and he said at the time of his departure that he was lured away by the chance to lampoon the financial industry in the "simultaneously funny and satirical voice" associated with the legendary magazine Spy . Over the succeeding months, the mission of the publication broadened to encompass political satire as well, and it brought on a number of high-profile names from the New York digital scene, including deputy editor Alex Pareene , formerly of Salon; Laura Dawn, a digital video producer who formerly worked with Moveon.

Report: PS4 users report myriad issues following 2.0 update

Though today's PlayStation 4 system update brings with it a host of new features - most notably Share Play functionality - the new software has also been causing problems for a number of users. As Videogamer points out, numerous reports of issues stemming from the 2.0 update have appeared across the spectrum of social media. On NeoGAF , PlayStation 4 owners are reporting problems ranging from odd volume fluctuations to issues connecting to YouTube to an inability to play previously purchased games. Responses to Sony Europe's PlayStation.blog announcement include players unable to sign in to the PlayStation Network following the update. Despite these reports, these issues seem to affect a relatively small number of PlayStation 4 owners, though our own Alexander Sliwinski is one of them. We've attempted to reach Sony for more information on these update issues and its plans to fix them, but have yet to receive a response. If you're having an issue with your PS4 post-update, let us know in the comments. [Image: Sony]

Captain America 3 Is Civil War, Announced for 2016 - IGN

The Civil War comic storyline revolved around The Avengers' differing philosophies regarding the Superhuman Registration Act, which fractures The Avengers' and pits Captain America against Iron Man. Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther in Civil War. Boseman, Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America) all took the stage today to tease the film.

Grieving father fulfills his deceased daughter's dream of fame

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 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 19 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.

IBM and Twitter announce data analytics partnership

"Twitter has created something extraordinary. When you bring this together with other kinds of information and leverage IBM's innovations in analytics, Watson and cloud, business decision-making will never be the same," she told an event announcing the launch.

American Horror Story: Freak Show - "Edward Mordrake, Pt 2" Review - IGN

The rest of the episode really belonged to Twisty and his sad tale of betrayal and bottoming out. As a simpleton clown who was falsely accused of molestation, Twisty found himself alone and resentful of freaks. And his attempt to kill himself left him deranged and without a jaw. As mentioned, as much as I loved Twisty and his presence on the show, I was fearful we'd grow weary of him. So I was happy to see his backstory unfold here and his soul get claimed by Mordrake. An interesting development and a devilish way of setting Dandy up as the new clown killer.

It's official: Motorola Mobility now belongs to Lenovo - CNET

The transfer of Motorola to Lenovo from Google marks the end of a short chapter for the storied handset vendor. Credited with the invention of the cellphone, Motorola had suffered over the last several years as Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup rose in prominence. Under Google, Motorola had refined its product portfolio to just a few devices, and developed a focus on the low end and on emerging markets with its affordable Moto G and Moto E smartphones.

We Need More Fat Phones With Killer Battery Life

Your smartphone has a terrible battery life. I can say this with confidence because it is universally true. Phones today have ludicrous screens and processors that rival the supercomputers of days gone by, but they can't last a day. We need more thick-ass phones that make it through the weekend.

How Nara Found The Restaurant Supernodes

In the process of indexing venues for American cities, the team made an unexpected discovery: There are a few "supernode" restaurants that connect every eating establishment in large cities. Specifically, the top 1% of restaurants in large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are connected to between 60-70% of all the restaurants in their city. Although they aren’t necessarily the top-rated restaurants in a market, they do tend to share the most connections to other restaurants both among employees and customers, as well as other external sources.

Mobile Internet investment hits record $19.2B --- up 232% in last 12 months

The good news is that not only are mobile entrepreneurs pulling in serious capital pre-exit, investors in post-IPO mobile internet companies are achieving an average 28 percent return on investment. On the positive side, that means that mobile internet companies that have gone public are generally doing well. On the negative side, only nine of the 16 stock market sectors Digi-Capital tracks generated positive returns for investors in the last twelve months.

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch Pad

Update 9:55 EDT: At this point, it will probably be several weeks before it’s clear when Orbital Sciences will be able to fly another Cygnus to the International Space Station. The full cost of the spacecraft and rocket was over $200 million, at least some of which was insured. The total cost of the damages on the ground is still unknown. That concludes the press conference.

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