Apple Said to Add Gold Option to IPad to Goose Sales
New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.
Swallowing this needle-studded pill could be good for you - CNET
Well, swallowing the capsule won't be a problem because it has a special pH-sensitive coating that won't dissolve until it gets where it needs to be in our digestive tracts. And, according to the MIT report: "Previous studies of accidental ingestion of sharp objects in human patients have suggested that it could be safe to swallow a capsule coated with short needles. Because there are no pain receptors in the GI tract, patients would not feel any pain from the drug injection."
Cuddle curious? Free app makes it easy to score hugs - CNET
Download Cuddlr to find people near you who are up for a no-pressure cuddle. Well, hopefully it will be no pressure.
Less Traffic on Your Commute? Thank Big Data
In the years after the first cables were installed underneath the asphalt of Los Angeles, city and state DOTs across the country introduced a variety of methods to better capture vehicle data. For instance, a toll tag, the same device you place onto your windshield to breeze through a toll booth, can also be used to determine the average speed of your vehicle between two points. With that information, traffic engineers are able to analyze travel time reliability and spot incidents.
StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker | TechCrunch
StackEngine , a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances.
Spotify Officially Launches in Canada
As with other markets, Canadian subscribers can access around 20 million songs across mobile, tablet and desktop, with audio-quality of up to 320Kbps . The free ad-supported tier is limited to shuffle only on mobile devices, though you can upgrade to Spotify Premium for $10 (CAD) per month to unlock everything and remove adverts.
Why Employee Equity to Crucial For Your Startup
Sometimes CEOs tell me they feel an increase in productivity immediately after they implemented the employee equity plan: not only will your employees feel much higher opportunity cost for slacking off, they will also have the urge to work in a way that maximizes the wealth of the company, as opposed to picking problems that are easy or interesting to solve but don’t really add value to the startup.
Live from Microsoft's Windows Event
10:57 AM: How much of a threat does Microsoft consider Apple and Google in the Enterprise? Myerson:We’ve listened to the customer on what they need from us. At the core, we’re product people. The other side of that enterprise is a human being. We listen carefully to what they are saying to us. It’s a non-strategic answer. Let’s build the best product we can.
What Apple's Steve Jobs Could Teach Aristotle
What fascinates me is how the heads of the world's biggest businesses lead their companies and deal with the personal and business pressures of being at the top. I have been a business journalist for 23 years, including working in London and New York as Associate City Editor of The Daily Telegraph. Freelance for nine years, I specialise in interviews with chief executives and other major business figures. Chairmen and CEOs interviewed include Larry Ellison of Oracle, John Chambers of Cisco Systems, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Lakshmi Mittal of Arcelor Mittal, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Sir Andrew Witty of GlaxoSmithkline and Oleg Deripaska of Rusal. I also interviewed 200 CEOs for a bestselling book called The Secrets of CEOs and have a second book out in November 2014. You can read my interviews at Andrewcave.biz
Lenka Black & White Camera App is Free for One Week
Come and get it! Lenka , the new black & white camera app for iOS — regularly available for $2.99 on the App Store — is free for the next week to celebrate 100,000 downloads. Free access begins now and ends on October 7.
Zalando Worth $6.8 Billion After Pricing IPO At More Than $27 A Share
Last year the company, which was the fastest-ever on the European continent to hit $1 billion in annual revenue, posted net sales of about $2.3 billion. In August, Zalando announced revenues of $1.4 billion in the first half of 2014 with net income of $16.6 million, an improvement from the more than $90 million net loss during the same period in 2013. On its current track, the retailer, which operates in 15 different European countries, may have the first profitable year in its history. Today, the company is overseen by a management board consisting of Gentz, Schneider and their former classmate, Rubin Ritter.
Apple's iPhone Just Stepped Closer To Shaping Your Health Costs
Wearable devices have been gradually plugging into health insurance plans for some time now, but given Apple’s systemic dominance with consumers this could become one of the first popularized systems for transmitting real-time data about your health back to an insurance company: collected through a wireless device(s) like the Fitbit or Apple Watch, aggregated on the iPhone then sent back to Humana and your employer. The key is Apple’s aggregation, which Humana hopes will make more people accountable for their health through its Vitality program.
The iPhone 6 Review
Overall, while I was undecided at the launch of the iPhone 6 I definitely think the look of the new iPhone has grown on me. The camera hump’s accent serves as an interesting design touch, and the feel of the design is definitely much more comfortable and ergonomic than before. I’m not really sure that the extra reduction in thickness was necessary, but it does make for a better first impression. In the launch article I was a bit surprised that Apple chose to have a camera hump but given the fact that the iPod Touch has the same design it seems that there is precedent for such a move. I personally feel that the design wouldn’t be worse by increasing thickness to eliminate the hump and improve battery life as a result.
Reddit closes $50M financing round, valuing it at $500M -- so will it have to grow up now?
Reddit has closed a new financing round that values the online community at close to half a billion dollars — but will the money clash with the site’s commitment to freedom of speech and its tolerance of offensive behavior?
Person of Interest: "Nautilus" Review - IGN
I usually don't expect all that much from episodes this early in the season so "Nautilus" was a welcome surprise from a mythology standpoint. And all the parts really flowed together well and turned this chapter into both a Finch redemption episode and a sort of "Claire turns to the dark side" episode. All capped off with some great Portishead music there at the end when Claire flipped the final switch and saw her hopes for a more meaningful existence, momentarily, go up in smoke.
iPhone 6 Camera Review
Apple is touting the iPhone 6 as the world’s thinnest smartphone. Excluding the camera bulge, it is indeed thinner than its rivals. But from a handling standpoint, Apple may have gotten too clever by half. The ultrathin 6.8mm profile, severely rounded edges, and smooth aluminum frame don’t offer much in the way of a solid gripping surface. When shooting in landscape orientation my hold on the camera always feels tenuous. Indeed much of the time I’ve spent shooting the last week has been devoted to consciously thinking about not dropping the phone. And the ever-so-slight lens protrusion on the rear of the phone means the lens cover is in direct contact with whatever surface you place the phone on. Yes, Apple is using Sapphire crystal for the cover, but all it takes is one scratch to wreck your photos. I’d strongly recommend buying a slim case that offers a more secure grip and protects the lens cover without making the phone unwieldy. Personally, I’ll be ordering Apple’s grip-friendly leather case.
8 Ways Rail Travel Could Evolve By 2050
With world population growing and moving to cities, we're going to need far better rail design than exists today. From driverless trains to ticketless travel, here's a glimpse of how it could look.
Post-It's New App Blurs The Line Between Real Notes And Virtual Ones
The Post-it Plus app isn't doing anything revolutionary, but it's still a smart app, one that seems tailor-made for designers. If you're using Post-its as a collaboration tool, you can just pull out your iPhone and take a picture of your Post-it board to digitize it and take it on the road, or send it to someone else on your team for input, without having to laboriously type them into a Word document or email.
Why do infectious disease experts think Obama's antibiotic plan fell short?
Not everyone is of this opinion, however. Christine Hoang, assistant director of scientific activities at the American Veterinary Medicine Association, says the goals outlined by the Obama administration are good enough. They reflect the FDA’s stance on antibiotics use in food production and the intention to phase out growth promotion uses, she says. "There aren't really any loopholes," Hoang says. Under Obama’s plan, drugs will be used to treat and prevent disease, she says, and there will be more veterinary oversight. "I don't think we should limit antibiotic use any more. It's a great detriment to us as a profession, as well as to animal welfare, to restrict them further."
Media is also a hugely important part of Occupy Central. All political movements look for coverage, of course, but here, evidence that an event is being documented takes on an additional resonance, since every bit of independent documentation knicks at the government's ability to keep coverage of he event limited to it's side of the story. Though the peer communication app FireChat is getting a workout (and a lot of attention as a result), the real social media story here is about publicity, not privacy. For people who want to be heard, the event has to carry past the streets of downtown Hong Kong, and outside the bounds of legacy Chinese media.
Sesame Street: Twilight Breaking Cookie (Twilight Parody)
Shortbredward is a yumpire with a cookie thirst and Belly is the girl who loved Shortbredward. The problem is that Shortbredward couldn't control himself enough to share his cookies with Belly. Will Shortbredward ever learn to control himself or will Bacob the Wolf convince Belly to be with someone who has better executive functioning skills? Find out in Twilight: Breaking Cookie! Subscribe to the Sesame Street Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... You can catch Sesame Street in the morning and the afternoon, weekdays on PBS. For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit us at http://www.sesamestreet.org Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization. The Workshop produces Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy and numeracy, emotional wellbeing, health and wellness, and respect and understanding.
Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion | TechCrunch
As part of today’s news, the company also announced the beta launch of its newest revenue channel, the Houzz Marketplace, which will allow users to directly buy some of the products they see when they browse the site. The service currently features over one million products from a large variety of sellers. As Tatarko told me, many businesses actually came to the company to participate in this — and some of them didn’t even have an online presence before this.
Twitter to developers: Seriously, this time you can totally trust us not to ambush you!
Twitter is said to be looking at reaching out to third-party developers of apps and services to help it grow its business — but some might remember that the last the company tried to do that, things didn’t turn out so well
Is The Quantified Employee A Healthier Employee?
She points to a recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) against Orion Energy after an employee was terminated when she refused to participate in the company’s wellness program as an example. “The company said it was a voluntary program, but if the employee didn’t participate, she had to pay a $50 penalty plus her entire health insurance premium. If she had participated in the program, the company would have covered that premium completely,” explains McDonough. She advises companies looking to incorporate fitness trackers into their employee wellness programs to ensure participation is 100% voluntary.
Safeguard Your Online Activity & Access Territory-Restricted Websites – Even Works On Your Mobile Devices
Safeguard Your Online Activity & Access Territory-Restricted Websites – Even Works On Your Mobile Devices
Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk and Brian Chesky - In Photos: Near Misses: The Billionaires Too Poor for the 400
The worldwide demand for budget lodging created new billionaires this year as investors put money in AirBNB at a $10 billion valuation, making the founders, with 15 percent share each, extremely rich in the process.
Just Say No to Ello
Ello wants you to believe it's offering an alternative to Facebook that's free of manipulation, but that's exactly what Ello is doing to you by forcing you to accept arguments about Facebook and advertising as if they're black and white. Calling Facebook evil, which is essentially what Ello is doing, is the easiest way to rile up the mobs who somehow feel wronged by Facebook. But the fact is that the users are the ones who create their own fate on social networks like Facebook and the Internet at large. Are you pissed at Facebook because your newsfeed is filled with mundane blatherings from your so-called friends? That's not Facebook's fault. That's your fault for accepting 3,000 friend requests since college. Ello will not be able to help you not be a narcissist.
Those Tasty Sprig Meals, Now With A Side Order Of Dynamic Delivery Fees
Though the Chevys provided much of the bones for Sprig--a functional kitchen, eat-in space for employees during lunch--the startup ripped out all the deep fryers (very little oil is used in meals, says Biyani), got rid of the freezers (what need is there for one when there are fresh produce shipments delivered daily?), and added some heavy-duty industrial machinery of its own. A pair of commercial combi ovens, for example, can be programmed to use steam, convection, and humidity--all variables that can be adjusted independently and over time--to perform precision cooking at scale. The high-tech ovens, which also feature a hidden USB port, are designed so entire racks of food can be carted in and out of them quickly. Next to one of the ovens sit two behemoths: a tilt skillet (used to grill and braise tens of gallons of food) and a steam kettle to prepare sauces at volume.
Big telecom companies band together to form open-source project for network functions virtualization
Big-name telecom providers and networking manufacturers, like Brocade and Cisco, have joined together under the auspices of the Linux Foundation to help develop a standardized open-source framework for network functions virtualization (NFV). The new organization, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to bring a standard way of using NFV technology to the mainstream so that carriers and other companies can build new high-tech networking products faster.
America's 10 Richest In Tech 2014: Zuckerberg Passes Page, Brin, Bezos
I cover the richest people on the planet as part of Forbes’ wealth team. I report on how billionaires make, spend and lose their fortunes and track wealth across the globe for the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list. I’m interested in how the 1% use their money to help others – or peddle influence to engage in wrongdoing. In the past, I’ve reported for the Miami Herald, ProPublica, The Center for Investigative Reporting, GlobalPost, the Village Voice, and other publications. I was also a fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. Follow me on Twitter @katiasav. Send tips or comments to email@example.com.
China iPhone 6 Sales to Start Oct. 17
Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 6 will go on sale in China on Oct. 17 after winning final approval from regulators who scrutinized the device's security features amid rising concerns in the country about privacy.
Grab a Super-Size Punkaboo in Pokemon X/Y for Halloween
An all-new 3D Pokémon adventure packed with never-before-seen Pokémon will launch worldwide in October 2013. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will present a new generation of Pokémon, and introduce players to an exciting new adventure in a breathtaking 3D world.
Will ads powered by Facebook user data be more effective than Google's cookie-based ones?
“I don’t know how much Atlas will let you target onto Google, and likewise I’m not sure how much DoubleClick will get directly on Facebook,” Nelson said. “The reality is one of them owns social and the other owns search and video.” In other words, on Google’s search pages you’ll continue to only see ads served by Google Adwords. On Facebook, you’ll likely only see ads served by Atlas. And for all the in-between offerings — websites and mobile apps — you’ll see a mix of both. Ad agencies focus on developing the most efficient campaigns with the best ROI, which usually means using a broad swath of tools from DoubleClick and Atlas, to television and radio.
Report: Twitter Hopes to Win Back App Developers With New 'Fabric' Platform
After repeatedly angering third-party apps by cutting off access to its API, Twitter will launch a new app development platform called Fabric to bury the hatchet with scorned developers, according to a report.
Bungie closes Destiny's 'Loot Cave,' discusses future fixes
Well that was fun while it lasted. The infamous " Loot Cave " that allowed Destiny players to collectively shoot into the darkness and reap massive rewards has been fixed by Bungie. "The Hive of the holy 'Treasure Cave' have realized the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack," the developer wrote in its latest update notes .
Bungie also issued notes on some of Destiny 's other issues that it plans to address in the future, in which it said that "shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played." Aside from addressing the Loot Cave exploit, Bungie will "increase engram drops from completing activities" and allow players to opt-in to voice chat during online matchmaking sessions. The developer also plans to increase damage dealt by players and reduce the impact from bosses during Strike missions as well as issue a number of balance changes to impact the effectiveness of weapons at different ranges.
[Image: Activision] Destiny (4/28/14)
Apple vs. the Law - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
The director of the F.B.I., James Comey, recently criticized Apple and Google for encrypting new smartphones’ data and rendering it inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law,” Mr. Comey said.
Bungie patches Destiny, Cryptarch now feeling more generous
The 1.0.2 patch has reached Destiny , making the open-world shooter far more likely to reward players with useful loot instead of green trash that will immediately be smashed into glowing bits of Glimmer.
We covered the additions included in 1.0.2 last week, but to reiterate, the Cryptarch is now guaranteed to award players a Legendary item when presented with a Legendary engram. Likewise, Rare engrams will always produce a Rare item, though the likelihood that they might instead produce a Legendary item has been increased. Additionally, Bungie has added the possibility that Rare and Legendary items might be awarded for completing both Daily and Weekly Heroic Missions as well as the Vanguard: Tiger Strike playlist.
As with all Destiny patches, the update is free of charge. For full details on the patch visit Bungie's blog .
Data Breach Bulletin: Supervalu, Jimmy John's, Shellshock, American Family Care
Supervalu Supervalu – Remember the huge grocery store breach in mid-August that hit 180 Supervalu grocery stores and 836 grocery stores owned by AB Acquisitions? Now, more than a month after that breach was announced, Supervalu has announced that four of its stores were impacted in a separate breach that began in late August. So far, the investigation has revealed that this second breach affected four Cub Food stores in Minnesota. These four stores had not finished installing the “enhanced protective technology,” which Supervalu credits with protecting the rest of their stores and limiting the scope of the attack. The investigation is still ongoing, and investigators have not yet determined if credit card information was stolen.
ComputerCOP: The Dubious 'Internet Safety Software' That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families
"Basic" Search Functions: ComputerCOP’s search utility does not require installation and can run right off the CD-ROM. The tool allows the user to review recent images and videos downloaded to the computer, but it will also scan the hard drive looking for documents containing phrases in ComputerCOP’s dictionary of thousand of keywords related to drugs, sex, gangs, and hate groups. While that feature may sound impressive, in practice the software is unreliable. On some computer systems, it produces a giant haystack of false positives, including flagging items as innocuous as raw computer code. On other systems, it will only produce a handful of results while typing keywords such as "drugs" into Finder or File Explorer will turn up a far larger number of hits. While the marketing materials claim that this software will allow you to view what web pages your child visits, that's only true if the child is using Internet Explorer or Safari. The image search will potentially turn up tens of thousands of hits because it can't distinguish between images children have downloaded and the huge collection of icons and images that are typically part of the software on your computer.
Ello vs. Facebook
Budnitz said they started getting 4,000 interested new users per hour. It’s snowballed from there. Budnitz won’t release user numbers, “because I don’t want to play that game,” but has been telling people Ello is now getting “50,000 sign-ups per hour.” But that’s a bit hyped; when I asked him if that meant 50,000 new users per hour, he says the number is actually a combination of people creating new accounts, sending out invites and requesting invitations. At this point, Ello is basically only honoring invitations from existing users to control its growth and “not melt our servers.” If nothing else, it’s a great way to make Ello the hot club with a red velvet rope and a long line out front. I suspect there are more people talking about Ello right now than actually using it.
General Catalyst Dedicates $10M for Startups Built on Stripe Payment Tech
General Catalyst’s Mr. Taneja told Venture Capital Dispatch that his firm is interested in companies that will be “adding value to the Stripe ecosystem” in ways that the company itself does not have time to do given its main focus.
Microsoft Sway Aims to Automate Beautiful, Responsive Web Design
Microsoft Office is gaining a new family member to sit alongside Word, PowerPoint and Excel. It’s called Sway, and it’s an easy-to-use tool that takes your photos, text and Web videos and lays them out automatically on smartly designed Web pages. But while everything you compile in one “sway” is located at a single Web address, the page renders itself based on the device the viewer is using, and responsively scales to the size of its screen.
Join Pandora CTO Chris Martin at Structure Connect 2014
The internet of things would be a lot more quiet without music, which is why we invited Pandora’s new CTO Chris Martin to Structure Connect.
A New iOS 8 Bug Can Delete All Of Your iCloud Documents
Because iOS 8 was so sluggish on my iPad 3 I reset all settings (No data or media will be deleted) and sped it up BUT deleted my iWork data! Then promptly synced and deleted it in iCloud. I have public beta of Yosemite so can't roll back via time machine. I have no pre iOS 8 backups in iTunes or iCloud to revert to (well iCloud device backups don't contain cloud documents and I should have iOS 7 backups in iTunes but can't find any. iCloud has no trash like dropbox. They seem gone forever.
In case of zombie (or wolf, vamp or demon), break glass - CNET
Each cabinet features a variety of monster-fighting gear behind glass imprinted with the words "In Case Of [Insert Monster Type Here] Break Glass." (The demon case says "In Case of Exorcism Break Here," natch.) There's even a small hammer embedded in the side case should that fateful day ever come when you need some silver bullets to waste a wolf or a crucifix for a demon exorcism lickety split.
Pinterest Is About To Start Acting A Lot More Like Facebook
All this goes to show that Pinterest clearly knows the value of its audience, but it now has a job to make sure everyone else in the ecosystem does too. Facebook and Twitter both made names for themselves in the ad industry with extensive agency roadshows and flashy trade events, it is now the time for Pinterest to start sending out invites of its own.
Intel's Basis Announces Its New Wearable To Track Your Health All The Time
Its New Devices Group, run by former Apple Apple and Palm exec Mike Bell, has been busy partnering with the likes of Fossil and Opening Ceremony over the past year to develop an assortment of new wearable tech. But it also made an acquisition of fitness tracker Basis in March 2014 to show the rest of the tech industry just how serious it is. And today Basis is announcing the next generation of its fitness and sleep tracker for your wrist, Peak.
Attention enthusiasts: Windows 10 Technical Preview landing Wednesday
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ARM Announces an OS for the Internet of Things
Partners will have free access to mbed OS later this year, with the first devices featuring the software expected to go on sale in 2015. ARM will also offer an mbed Device Server that developers can license to provide server-side support for IoT devices. The third piece of the initiative is the community-driven mbed.org resource site.