Exclusive: Facebook Engineering Director Is Headed to the White House
This afternoon, President Barack Obama will announce a newly created position for David Recordon, who has worked as one of Facebook’s engineering directors since 2009. Recordon will join the White House as the director of information technology, perhaps the most glorified IT position in history.
ASPCA: Geographical Mapping Tech Can Save Animal Lives
The researchers had multiple ways of gathering and analyzing the data: They looked at shelter intake by ZIP code and census block group, broke out animals by species to see where most cats or dogs were coming from, measured animal intake as compared with human population density and many other metrics.
UK Chancellor Says “Google Tax” On Diverted Profits Will Come Into Effect Next Month
UK Chancellor George Osborne today confirmed that a new tax dubbed the “Google tax” — because of its aim at tech companies that divert profits made in the UK — will come into effect next month, from April 1. He also pledged £600 million ($880 million) to improving broadband in the country.
Shuddle Raises $9.6M For Its Uber-Style Service For Kids And Seniors
Shuddle sets itself apart from services like Uber in a couple of different ways: In addition to specialised insurance specifically designed for minor and elderly passengers and drivers that need to drive and accompany them outside of the car (more on that below), Shuddle makes people go through extra training and two different sets of background and reference checks before they can become drivers on the platform.
Facebook Sued By Former Staffer Alleging Sex Discrimination, Harassment, Other Charges
The defendants in the suit are Facebook, a Facebook staffer named Anil Wilson, and 50 unnamed Facebook employees referred to anonymously as “defendant Doe.” The suit says that Wilson and Hong’s other coworkers regularly ignored or belittled her opinions at group meetings, asked her “why she did not just stay home and take care of her child instead of having a career,” and ordered her to organize parties and serve drinks to male colleagues, among other alleged actions. The suit also alleges that Hong was told that she was not integrated into her team at work “because she looks different and talks
differently than other team members” and was subsequently replaced “by a less qualified, less experienced Indian male.”
Super Mario Goes Mobile: Nintendo Leaps Into Android, iOS
While hardcore gamers still stick to souped-up gaming PCs or console systems, smartphones and tablets have come to dominate the market. According to consulting firm Newzoo, mobile games are expected to produce more revenue than console titles for the first time in 2015 , with $30.3 billion in sales. The popularity of the "freemium" gaming model (where games are free to download and players pay for virtual online currency or extra lives) and low-cost downloadable games have severely eroded into the profits of industry heavyweights like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Much of this growth is due to soaring smartphone ownership rates in China and India, which has put games in the hands of hundreds of millions of new users.
Flickr Tab is simple but does bring a little extra pizzazz to new tabs, and you can also click on a photo to view it directly on Flickr and look at more images from that uploader. The Yahoo-owned company is emulating a recent launch from Google itself, when the Internet giant introduced the Google Art Project extension , which serves up a classic piece of art every time you open a new tab.
The Complete Guide to Making Your Product International
Choose proxy, if you are in the “t8n or l10n camp”, and want to operate a hub-and-spoke content model, with all sites synced to your native language site at all times. On the other hand, opt for standalone sites if you are in the “t11n camp”, want different regional sites to operate somewhat independently, and have the resources needed to maintain content across multiple sites.
A $6 commute with Wi-Fi, USB ports, and coconut water
Leap is betting that riders are willing to pay nearly three times what a ride on a local Muni bus costs, and a fair bit less than what a taxi (or its newer cousins, Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar) would charge for a similar journey. What makes it worth that price? Free Wi-Fi, comfortable seats (limited to just 27, no standing passengers), USB ports, plus food and drinks.
HTC's Cher Wang replaces Peter Chou as CEO - CNET
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer on Friday said that its co-founder and chairwoman, Cher Wang, would replace long-time leader Peter Chou as CEO, effective immediately. Chou will remain with the company in a new role helping with the development of new products.
The Future of IT A Strategic Guide | ZDNet
ZDNet and TechRepublic draw on their community of C-level executives and business thinkers to prognosticate where business technology is headed over the next 36 months. This includes advice, perspectives, and opinions on both creating and reacting to the future.
Google Docs for Android updated with full-screen reading feature
There are times when you just want to be able to read a document without all the editing features of an app getting in the way.
Magic Leap and HoloLens Demos Show Augmented Reality Challenges | MIT Technology Review
But I was not blown away by what I saw in Redmond. The holograms looked great in a couple of instances, such as when I peered at the underside of a rock on a reconstruction of the surface of Mars, created with data from the Curiosity rover. More often, though, images appeared distractingly transparent and not nearly as crisp as the creatures Magic Leap showed me some months before. What’s more, the relatively narrow viewing area in front of my face meant the 3-D imagery seen through HoloLens was often interrupted by glimpses of the unenhanced world on the periphery. The headset also wasn’t closed off to the world around me, so I still had my natural peripheral vision of the unenhanced room. This was okay when looking at smaller or farther-away 3-D images, like an underwater scene I was shown during my first demo, or while moving around to inspect images close-up from different angles. The illusion got screwed up, though, when it came to looking at something larger than my field of view.
Apple Researching Taptic Feedback For Keyboards With No Physical Keys
Virtual input for things like standalone or MacBook keyboards has a lot in the way of potential benefits – imagine a keyboard that never needs dusting, or even thinner MacBooks thanks to the elimination of the need to build-in key travel. It’s also just less mechanically complex, which should make for longer life without failure. Apple’s recent advances with taptics could finally mean that this kind of keyboard is possible without the drawbacks of eliminating the physical typing sensation, which would differentiate it from other efforts to do the same.
Indian Music And Movie Streaming Firm Hungama Is Raising $100 Million
Those numbers are impressive, and Hungama relationship with India’s telecom operators is a key part of its mainstream reach. Not only do those alliances provide a platform to distribute services across the country, but they allow Hungama to offer song downloads unlike other rivals. In a country where the speed of mobile data connections varies wildly and the overwhelming major of consumers are on pre-paid mobile tariffs, that’s a crucial feature. (The demand for off-network media is such that YouTube recently introduced offline playback in India and two other markets.)
Everything You Need to Consider Before Having Another Child
If you're considering having more children, a Today.com survey suggests three children is the tipping point for the most stressful number of kids to have. Going from one to two is more manageable than going from two to three. This makes sense, considering we only have two hands and now you and your partner are outnumbered by the kids. Now there's a middle child and fun fights to break up like "two against one." (I'm not sure of the math for adding additional children. There must be a peak children-to-parental energy formula out there, but I couldn't find it via Google. It seems like once you get to four or five kids, the older kids start watching the younger ones—or you've become a multi-tasking parenting pro by then that it's just like having a couple of kids.)
What if 3D printing was 100x faster?
What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over ... slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that's 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing?
YC -Backed Akido Labs Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers
Many hospitals in America have made the switch to electronic health records (EHR) systems to manage patient medical information in the last couple of decades. This is supposed to make record-keeping easier and more efficient, but the systems are different for each hospital and often can’t communicate with each other. This makes it hard for health app developers to design apps that run on each unique system.
Amazon Gets OK to Test Drones Outdoors
Amazon.com Inc. received clearance to test drones outdoors, a small victory in its effort to develop unmanned vehicles for 30-minute package delivery. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said Amazon could test its drones in open spaces, though only during the day, no more than 400 feet up and within the pilot’s sight. The “experimental airworthiness certificate” will help Amazon test the drones in more real-world...
Music's New Top Format, and Everything Else You Missed Yesterday
Music streaming finally surpasses CDs, life on Earth may not be that uncommon, and Aussie's take bets on IE's new name. This is all the news and rumors you missed on BitStream.
Watch Magic Leap’s Video Of Seamless Augmented Reality Office Game Play
Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future, with a new demo of what the team is apparently “playing in the office” right now. The interface, which includes non-game interaction and then a short demo of an in-office virtual shooter experience, was created in tandem with Weta Workshop , a concept art studio responsible for work on projects like Lord of the Rings.
Reuters' News Sites are Currently Blocked in China
Reuters reports that its English and Chinese news sites have become inaccessible in China today. It’s not the first time: its Chinese-language site was blocked temporarily in 2013, too.
Apple in talks to bring Discovery and Viacom aboard its web TV venture
I dumped cable nearly two years ago. Never regretted saving nearly $100 a month [duh]. But, what if this Apple deal is something of a hybrid thing? I’ll call it a ‘5 x 5 service’, as in: a package of any five channels will cost you ‘x’, a package of 10 channels cost you ‘y’… and so on.
Orange Wednesday-style free cinema tickets are back, when you switch your bills - CNET
Changing your utility company or credit card feels like a bigger psychological hurdle than signing up to a particular phone network, but at least you only have to make one purchase to earn a year's free tickets rather than making a long-term commitment to Orange. And it's open to anyone, regardless of what phone network you're on. But complicating things is the fact that switching utilities or changing credit card can actually induce substantial cashback or perks from other providers and comparison sites. This means you need to think about how often you'll actually use those free cinema tickets, and compare that value to the potential cashback you could earn from making the same switcheroo elsewhere.
China Unicom & China Telecom will sell iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 cellular models for first time
C hina Unicom and China Telecom announced today that they will start selling the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to customers starting March 27. This is the first time the carriers, two of the top three largest in the country, will offer customers in China the Wi-Fi + Cellular models of Apple’s latest generation tablets.
Around 40 Percent Of iPhone Owners Interested In Apple Watch, Poll Says
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - About 40 percent of adult Apple iPhone owners in the United States are interested in buying the company's new Apple Watch, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Some Teslas Will Be Able To Drive Themselves In Just 3 Months
The new auto-steering function would be limited to cars sold after last October, when the company began installing rear- and front-facing cameras and ultrasonic sensors on every vehicle. In addition, every forthcoming Model X sports utility vehicle, which Musk said would be released later this year, will be equipped to drive itself.
Post Modern Skateboard has no board, just two wheels - CNET
This may lead to some deep philosophical questions. Is it really a skateboard if it has no board? Why isn't it available in glowing "Tron" colors? Will it ever be accepted at the X-Games? The Post Modern Skateboard may never become the phenomenon rollerblades were in the late '80s, but it could become the perfect vehicle for expressing your postmodern personal-transportation angst.
The computers that will help scientists step closer to the Big Bang | ZDNet
Summary: IBM has shown off some of the novel computer systems that could help the world's largest radio telescope to peer 13 billion years back in time.
CEO Tim Cook talks Apple Watch, Apple corporate culture in new interview
I think the ?Watch will do well too. But it's not like the iPod, or the iPhone, nor the iPad in my mind.
Everybody had a cell phone before the iPhone. Not everyone has a watch, or even wants one. The iPad likewise replaces the computer for many people -- it's a simpler, more convenient, and cheaper interface for what they're already using.
People were buying MP3 players before the iPod came along, but they weren't easy to use. It wasn't the iPod itself that really changed Apple's destiny, it was iTunes and the ease of organizing all that music onto the iPod.
Now I suppose one could liken the superior software and ease of use of the ?Watch to the iPod/iTunes phenomenon and the current smartwatch industry. But everybody listens to music, and slowly but surely they were going to replace their Walkmans with MP3 players. In a world where watches are not worn by a large demographic, and those who do for many different reasons, the prospect of a smart watch does not seem initially compelling. It's not necessarily improving the lives of someone already using a watch, or a smart watch/device.
Conan O'Brien launches the Apple Pocketwatch - CNET
Technically Incorrect: All the functions of the Apple Watch, all the traditional Apple quality for much less. This is just what the traditional Apple fanperson needs.
12 March Madness facts to make your bracket suck less
Seeds are one of the most important factors in determining who is most likely to win. The lower the seed, the better the team (a No. 1 seed is better than a No. 2 seed). This leads to some easy, predictable games in the early rounds — especially if you keep a few trends in mind. However, once the original 64 teams are whittled down to the Sweet 16, it's anyone's game.
Telltale’s third Game of Thrones episode is coming soon
Episode 3, “ The Sword in the Darkness”, picks up where February’s “The Lost Lords” left off. The Forresters are down, but not out, and mourning the recent passing of a few too many lords. Exiled brother Asher is on his way home, but it’s a long way from Essos to Ironrath, and the teased image implies he may have to deal with the Mother of Dragons in some way before he makes it back home to Westeros.
The new price in the so-called eurozone markets, which amounts to 19 countries that use the euro as their currency, will be €299 ($318) for the 16GB white version, and €349 ($371) for the 64GB black incarnation. The previous prices were €269 ($286) and €299 ($318) respectively, which basically means that OnePlus has raised the price of its most expensive version by almost 20 percent.
This Week in the Nintendo eShop - IGN
Mario's latest shindig is finally here after a three-year wait (for home consoles at least). Mario Party 10 follows up on the same partying featured in Mario Party 9 while also adding two new modes. Bowser Party features a four-on-one challenge, as four players play a regular round of Mario Party while the fifth player uses the GamePad to control Bowser and catch the others. The other new mode, Amiibo Party, is locked behind owning Amiibo figurines. That mode is more like a simplified version of old-school Mario Party. Check out IGN's review for more details.
You can try on an Apple Watch in-store, but only for 15 minutes - CNET
The Apple Watch is the company's first foray into the smartwatch arena, so there's a lot riding on how much consumer demand it can generate. Apple has been touting the watch as a smartwatch and fitness monitor as well as a fashion item that emphasizes design and style more than technology. A watch is also a very personal device, one that you would likely wear most of the time and show off as a fashion statement. As such, the experience and impression that potential buyers have in the store will be important factors in convincing them to buy the product.
In other words, Microsoft is looking to enhance its cloud offering with real-time communications; Skype for Business will be available via Office 365 data centers in 37 countries. Cloud plus on-premises hybrid options will let enterprises rely on Microsoft’s cloud when they need it without having to give up what they already manage on-premises.
Startup Raises $40M to Keep Small Businesses' Cash Flowing | WIRED
But unlike these competitors, Fundbox aims to address a more narrow and immediate need, says co-founder and CEO Eyal Shinar, and that is, paying business owners for the work they’ve already done. It was inspired, in large part, by Shinar’s mother, who ran her own staffing company in Israel and would sometimes struggle with the lag time between doing the work and getting paid. “It’s your money,” Shinar says. “It’s just about getting paid now versus in 60 or 90 days.”
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Meerkat is silently fixing a flaw that lets anyone hijack livestreams
It's a problem for Meerkat, but it also opens up a wider conversation about taking rapid prototypes to market. Also that it's insanely hard to get in touch with a company that has no direct form of contact other than Twitter. Though we've not heard from Meerkat directly, in the five hours since the issue was disclosed, we've already seen server-side changes that go someway towards fixing it. Right now, the Meerkat app hasn't been updated to remedy the issue, but it's likely to be patched sometime in the very near future.
How To Find Your Calling When You're Stuck In A Job You Hate
The only thing I would add to these good suggestions is to maintain a positive attitude when pursuing a new career direction or approaching people about scheduling informational interviews. I'm talking about making a conscious decision to avoid the trap of negative self talk (self sabotage). By being aware of how you're communicating with yourself and others, you're in a stronger position to shift your thinking when you hear yourself saying things like "He probably doesn't have time to talk to me about his company," or "I don't want to waste her time," or "Changing careers is too difficult or risky." Why talk yourself out of it before you've even reached the starting gate? It's more motivating and productive to focus on your passion for a new career possibility, rather than your fear of rejection or failure. People will also be more receptive to meeting with you when you come across as being focused, confident and genuinely enthusiastic. https://motivationalsalesquotes.wordpress.com
You can pre-order a Nintendo NX right now, but please don't
You can pre-order a Nintendo NX right now, but please don't
Canada's startup scene makes a polite pop, but still awaits its big bang | ZDNet
Summary: Canada is underperforming in tech VC funding relative to the US. Can the government help it to bulk up a little where it counts?
10 facts about technology use in the emerging world
The Pew Research Center surveyed thousands of people across 32 emerging and developing nations about their technology use and how the rising influence of the internet affects their daily lives. But beyond the larger findings, we found some notable data points about specific countries that might have been lost in the fray.
Internet TV's Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED
In recent years, however, even live sports have pushed onto the net, because that’s where so many people want to watch them. Typically, this comes with strings attached. You can’t watch the Olympics online, for instance, unless you key in credentials for a home cable TV subscription. But now, a wide range of forces—from changes in the way people view stuff on cable to the new internet TV habits engendered by services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video—are pushing broadcasters towards unfettered sports-laden services from likes of Sony. These services are on verge of reality.
Liquid 3D printing looks like 'Terminator 2' to us (Tomorrow Daily 146) - CNET
On today's show, Ashley and Gil ("The Mutant Season") discuss Carbon3D's new 3D printing method, a makeup robot that's not quite what it seems, and how to use your face and fingerprint to log in to Microsoft Hello.
Hack Your March Madness Pool—With Science! | WIRED
Every March, millions of Americans who pay little or no attention to college basketball throughout the year test their knowledge of the sport with their friends, co-workers, and families in March Madness pools. I’ve got friends who couldn’t tell you the difference between a three-point shot and a three second violation who start to opine on the ability of SEC teams to win close games, or the injustice of Arizona’s seeding in the brackets.
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Can we create new senses for humans?
As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.