IBM Pumps $4 Billion Into Cloud and Mobile Initiatives

International Business Machines Corp. is in the same bind as many of its corporate-tech peers: how to foster fast-growing but unproven initiatives while lucrative older businesses are slowing down. Having identified a set of promising new directions, the company plans to invest more in them. At an annual meeting with analysts Thursday, the company said it will shift $4 billion in 2015 spending to what it calls the “strategic...

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Whatsapp Web Client Now Works on Firefox and Opera Browsers

WhatsApp made waves when it launched a desktop version of its messaging service last month, but it was only compatible with Google Chrome. Today, the company has announced it now works on Firefox and Opera too.

Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk 'inseparable' in conversation at Oscars afterparty

Originally Posted by mjtomlin� It's obvious what happened... Apple offered to buy Tesla, Elon declined.�Instead Elon talked Tim into starting their own EV program - for a lot less money. Was it a coincidence that a few months after the meeting between the two companies, Elon decided to give away all of Tesla's patents and IP? With that research, Apple (and anyone else) will not need to start from the beginning. They get a huge jump forward in developing their own car. Elon is more interested in pushing the EV industry forward, than he is in having the market to himself. Personally, I think he's become frustrated with the (lack) of development from the established players who are all still in bed with the oil companies. And I think he sees a very powerful ally in Apple, due to their size and resources. If Apple decides to enter this market, regardless of the lip service we've recently heard, every car manufacturer knows they're going to need to get off their asses. If more manufacturers jump in, it'll be easier and much quicker to get the sales and charging station infrastructure in place.

Google's AI can learn to play video games

The positive reinforcement technique is noteworthy in that it's a form of human and animal learning, not one that's typically used for computers, write the study authors, led by Demis Hassabis, a co-founder of DeepMind and vice president of engineering at Google. Using biologically inspired techniques may be a new route for those hoping to create artificial intelligence, the study says. "Taken together, our work illustrates the power of harnessing state-of-the-art machine learning techniques with biologically inspired mechanisms to create agents that are capable of learning to master a diverse array of challenging tasks," the authors write. One day, that may mean something more complex than an Atari game.

Bloatware: Why computer makers fill your PC with junk, and how to get rid of it

PC makers don’t really believe that short-lived antivirus trialware is the best security solution for you, or that adding browser toolbars will make your life easier, or that a “visual discovery tool” like Superfish truly adds to the user experience. The developers of bloatware pay hardware makers cold, hard cash to pump your PC full of this crap and get in front of your eyeballs. That extra revenue often makes all the difference for vendors between taking a bath on competitively priced PCs, or eking out a small profit. (There’s a reason pricier premium laptops often contain far less bloatware than budget PCs.)

JxE Streams: Taste the rainbow in 'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse'

What seemed so novel and strange about Kirby: Canvas Curse ​when it came out now seems almost quaint. Only one part of the screen can be touched at a time? There aren't gyroscope controls? What is this, an Android store launch game? Please. Just shy of its tenth birthday, though, Canvas Curse still feels like a pristine lesson in touch-control video game design despite its antiquity. It had the depth and challenge of a classic arcade game as well as a strange but clean, immediately understandable interface. Canvas Curse was a colorful dollop of fun that begged for a follow up. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is finally here, and we're playing it for the very first time today on JXE Streams.

The 25 Best Companies For Interns

Wallis adds that internships are only offered if there is an opportunity for full employment following the internship term. Upon accepting their offer, interns are added to a Facebook group where they can immediately begin interacting with fellow interns, coworkers, and managers before arriving on the first day. As with any Facebook employee, interns are oriented through a weeklong training program before joining a team to work on vital projects, and are asked for regular feedback in order to help improve the internship experience.

Adam Savage's Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Watch our in-depth discussion of this maze build here: Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam's more labor-intensive builds in recent memory! Shot and edited by Joey Fameli Watch the follow-up discussion, with more photos, here: Photo gallery of the build here:

SolarCity Creates $750M Fund For Residential Solar With $300M From Google

SolarCity, the solar power startup whose chairman is the seemingly ever-present Elon Musk, has announced a new $750 million fund created to help fund residential solar projects, including defraying the upfront costs of solar panel installation at homes in 14 different states across the U.S. and in D.C. The new fund includes a contribution of $300 million, or just under half the total value, from Google, which marks its largest clean energy investment to date, and helps make this the biggest fund of its kind in existence.

Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

“For those who are interested in what this means for the Pwnium rewards pool, we crunched the numbers and the results are in: it now goes all the way up to $∞ million.”

Rebecca Minkoff's Store Of The Future Will Blow Your Mind

"You don't need to leave half naked," says Uri Minkoff, CEO of his sister Rebecca's eponymous fashion brand, while demonstrating the high-tech, touchable mirrors in a Manhattan store's dressing room. And the crazy part? He's right! The screens deliver an Uber-like experience, wherein a different size of jacket is magically delivered by one of the shop's employees, whose name you now know. Is this the future of shopping? Based on the number of competitors Rebecca sees coming in to try out the tech, the answer would seem to be yes. Take a look at this week's episode of Innovation Undercover, then tell us about your own experience touching the magic mirrors with hashtag #InnovationUndercover. Happy shopping!

Spotify Desktop Update Adds Full Lyrics from MusixMatch

Along with the other changes to the desktop app, Spotify has introduced new daily viral charts which will show the most shared songs in the world as well as in your specific region. It’s also added indicators to all its charts to show what tracks are new and how they’re performing day by day.

Sony just leaked the 'super screen' Xperia Z4 Tablet

The text that accompanies the image states that the Xperia Z4 Tablet will have a "stunning 2K display", though it doesn't state how large the display will be. As there's no mention of "compact" anywhere, we'd guess that the screen will at least be bigger than the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's 8-inches.

Net Fix: 8 burning questions about Net neutrality - CNET

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. And the new rules will ensure that whether you're checking Facebook, posting pictures to Instagram, shopping on Amazon, or streaming Netflix movies, all the information traveling across the Internet to you and from you should be treated the same. That means your Internet service provider -- whether that's a broadband company like Comcast or a wireless carrier like AT&T or Verizon -- can't block or slow down your access to that content. The new rules also ensure that a broadband provider can't pick winners and losers on the Internet by creating "fast lanes" that allow them to charge certain companies for priority, or faster, access to customers.

Uber and Lyft Force Investors to Play Favorites

Drivers and passengers can freely switch between Uber and Lyft, but investors thinking about backing either car-hailing app must pick a side and stick to it.

Daredevil Teaser Trailer - Rewind Theater - IGN Video

Eric Goldman and Jim Vejvoda go through the Daredevil trailer and analyze everything there is to learn about Netflix's new take on Marvel's Man Without Fear.

Barclays to allow mobile payments based on Twitter handles

Pingit, which has been around for a few years now, has so far used phone numbers as the main identifiers for its users, who do not need to be Barclays customers (though they do need a U.K. bank account and phone number) and don’t need to pay any transaction fees. As of 10 March, iOS and Android users will be able to associate their Twitter handles with their Pingit accounts in the same way.

18 A better Instagram viewer

No comments. No grids. Just enter any public Instagram handle and will clear all the noise out letting you enjoy photos as they were meant to be viewed. We keep it simple so you can focus on what’s important and forget about the distracting stuff.

The man who ran a revenge porn website is asking Google to remove his own private photos

The former operator of a revenge porn website banned by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has  invoked copyright law in an attempt to remove "unauthorized photos" of himself from the internet. Craig Brittain, who previously ran the site, has filed multiple takedown notices to Google under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Brittain is asking that the internet giant remove search results pointing to 23 sites that wrote about the FTC's  decision against him ( including The Verge ), arguing that they include "unauthorized information" about him as well as "photos which are not 'fair use.'"

Here's What Apple's Racially Diverse Emojis Look Like

These are all steps in the right direction when it comes to emojis. Apple's already garnering some negative press about the default 'yellow' emojis, which meant to be racially neutral but which people are already saying look either jaundiced or, strangely, racist. It's true, the default "yellow" emojis look weird—stylistically, they're a freaky cross between realistic and cartoonish. This is how the Unicode standard recommends implementing race neutral emojis, but the yellow skin would look less odd on more abstract "smiley" faces than the way it's done here. Hopefully, Apple will tweak them to look a little less oddball before iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ships out to everyone.

Following Google deal, Softcard is shutting down its Android and Windows Phone apps

Softcard is pointing its users to download Google Wallet, which again only has tap-and-pay on Android. Because there’s no Softcard app for iOS, Apple users aren’t affected by the fact Google Wallet doesn’t support tap-and-go — and they have Apple Pay anyway. Because Google Wallet doesn’t exist for Windows Phone, once Softcard kills its app, Microsoft users will be left out in the cold, again.

How Parks and Recreation Took Aim at Silicon Valley | WIRED

Parks and Recreation has come to an end. After a seventh season that jumped forward in time to the year 2017, setting up innumerable jokes about a potential future where Elton John owns Chick-fil-A and the Cubs finally win the World Series, the NBC comedy wrapped up by looking forward as much as it looked back. Since its final season was essentially a story about the future, it is perhaps fitting so much of it revolved around a critique of tech culture, and how the sheer financial weight of companies like Facebook and Google bend the world around them in damaging ways that often contradict the sleek optimism of their products.

With Android for Work, Google aims to secure 1+ billion BYOD devices

We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their own devices to work, reading corporate mail on the same phone that also is used to run their favorite games, snap their family photos and browse the web at large. Now, Google wants to legitimize BYOD, as the bring your own device is being called within the industry, by making Android more secure for work.

Microsoft launches new OneDrive API with change tracking, resumable uploads, and customizable thumbnail images

The OneDrive API works across what Microsoft refers to as “all major platforms”: Windows, Android, iOS, and the web. The company has offered APIs for its cloud storage service before, even back when it was still called SkyDrive, but this latest version “provides better speed and functionality,” Microsoft said.


Vurb Cards give you everything you need. Going out to dinner? Find a restaurant, read ratings, make a reservation, order a car - and be there before you know it.

Nickelodeon Unveils “Noggin,” A Mobile Subscription Service For Preschoolers Arriving In March

Nickelodeon today unveiled its new mobile streaming subscription service called Noggin, which will be aimed at preschoolers and priced at $5.99 per month when it launches next month. Parent company Viacom had previously announced the forthcoming service’s arrival in January, noting also that it would not require households to have a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to access its content.

Welcome to Los Atlantis: Whimsical maps imagine a post-flood Earth - CNET

"There are people who don't agree with the way I've dealt with the subject of climate change with these maps -- they think the funny names and extreme sea levels are a distraction from what will actually happen in the lifetimes of the current generations," Linn says. "I believe that what happens to future generations is also important, and that leavening a serious issue with humor will put it into the minds of more people. Plus, I really have a good time making up the names -- it's fun."

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Rebecca Minkoff's Store Of The Future Will Blow Your Mind

"You don't need to leave half naked," says Uri Minkoff, CEO of his sister Rebecca's eponymous fashion brand, while demonstrating the high-tech, touchable mirrors in a Manhattan store's dressing room. And the crazy part? He's right! The screens deliver an Uber-like experience, wherein a different size of jacket is magically delivered by one of the shop's employees, whose name you now know. Is this the future of shopping? Based on the number of competitors Rebecca sees coming in to try out the tech, the answer would seem to be yes. Take a look at this week's episode of Innovation Undercover, then tell us about your own experience touching the magic mirrors with hashtag #InnovationUndercover. Happy shopping!

Pao case presents dueling views of opportunity

Pao case presents dueling views of opportunity Dueling views of women's opportunities in Silicon Valley are on display in a San Francisco court. Check out this story on

Spark Electron wants to make cellular connectivity easy as Wi-Fi

Spark Labs is coming back to Kickstarter with a new project and a mission to change how cellular carriers think about the internet of things. The company, which launched a popular Wi-Fi development board for the internet of things almost two years ago on Kickstarter , is back raising money for a cellular development board called the Electron .

FCC votes 3-2 to override state bans of municipal broadband

In a 3-2 vote, the FCC granted petitions from Chattanooga, North Carolina and Wilson, North Carolina that asked the agency to invoke its powers under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to “remove barriers” to infrastructure access.

The Soviet Science System | The Point Magazine

Gather a crowd of historians and philosophers of science into a room and ask them to define “science.” On second thought, don’t try this at home, because you’d likely meet with stony-faced refusal on the part of the first and raucous disagreement from the second. Yet isn’t the task rather straightforward? Isn’t this just another classic instance of academics creating mountains out of molehills? Actually, no. The problem is fiendishly frustrating (and likely intractable) simply because of the kind of activity science actually turns out to be in practice.

Make, tweet, sell: that's the pitch from this start-up

Make, tweet, sell: that's the pitch from this start-up The booming maker movement has an ally in Gumroad, a startup that makes getting paid as easy as a link in a tweet Check out this story on

GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for Apple Maps

Quote: Originally Posted by John.B� If it helps, we feel like second rate citizens using Apple Maps in the US, too. I think that's excessively hyperbolic. That said, what I don't get about Apple and their Maps solution is that the areas they are lacking all solved with money, and most of that is simply by using manpower. They could have setup a call center years ago in some impoverished English speaking area, like Detroit, that houses a 1000 employees that do no nothing but make sure every business address in the US properly labeled and accounted for. You do this on a grid basis with very basic tools, like Yelp, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, physical phone books, public record searches, etc. Most easy, some hard, but the less obvious ones could be mostly addressed by the website they setup very late to have errors and omissions addressed. Overall, I don't see any real issue for someone like Apple to have made Apple Maps the most accurate mapping solution in the world in short time.

Bill Gates, energy execs, once again call for tripling of energy research funding

The U.S. has benefited significantly from investing in fundamental energy research in previous years. The U.S. government’s investments in gas and oil drilling and extraction technologies in the 70’s and 80’s eventually led to the recent boom in the domestic oil and gas industries in the U.S., which have completely changed the energy landscape for the U.S. The costs of this type of R&D are “tiny compared with the benefits,” said the report. Solar cells, energy storage and gas turbines have also benefited from government-supported fundamental research.

Jay Carney to Amazon

The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts.

Delta to install Gogo’s faster in-flight internet in 250 planes

Next year Delta Airlines flyers will start noticing their sluggish inflight internet connections getting a lot faster. Delta announced on Wednesday that it is upgrading more than 250 planes that fly its long-haul domestic, Latin America and Caribbean routes with Gogo’s new 2Ku connectivity , boosting overall broadband capacity on its planes to 70 Mbps.

Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

– A + Breaking Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, February 26, 2015, 09:06 am PT (12:06 pm ET) Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, inviting them to a keynote presentation on Monday, March 9, where it's expected the company will give more details on the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and potentially unveil anticipated new products. Apple's invitation, via The Loop. Among the items Apple left unaddressed when it unveiled the Apple Watch late last year were the the device's battery life — which is expected to be a significant stumbling block — and its price, both of which could be detailed at the March event. Many will be watching for information on the pricing of the gold Apple Watch Edition, which some believe could exceed $10,000. Apple has said that the Apple Watch will hit store shelves and go onto the wrists of early adopters in April. Apple Watch launch details are expected at the March 9 event, but Apple could also use the event to unveil new Macs and more.

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Follow the Money: Did Men Earn Quintuple What Women Made at Kleiner Perkins?

Biglieri said Pao had made a complaint about an “airplane incident” on a plane and told Biglieri about it. Though not directly mentioned today, Exelrod’s opening argument described a New York trip taken by private plane in October 2011 where Kleiner Perkins partners were talking about porn star trips to the Playboy Mansion within earshot of Pao. This may be what Biglieri referred to today as well.

AppleInsider Podcast

I have listened to the first episode. Stephen and Daniel are doing great work. Hope this podcast will continue for long time. If the Web site represents the quality of the podcast, the we all going to benefit from this podcast.

Nanotech Converts Conventional LCDs into Glasses-Free 3-D Displays | MIT Technology Review

Leia essentially replaced the standard light guide with a much more sophisticated one that has nanoscale gratings. The new light guide has much more control over the direction that light travels before it reaches the pixel array. Instead of simply guiding all the light in a uniform way, as in a conventional display, it can direct a single ray of light to a single given pixel on the display. Leia sets up the LCD to send 64 different images, each produced by 1/64th of the available pixels, and blend those images together in a way that makes the viewer’s brain perceive a seamless hologram. The process sacrifices some resolution, which may make it challenging to apply to larger screens, but today’s mobile devices have such high resolution that viewers won’t notice, says Wetzstein.

Pebble Time brings a great wearable into the Apple Watch era

Yes, oddly enough, Pebble's new watch is launching on Kickstarter (again), taking things back to where they started - and it smashed its $500,000 goal in less than half an hour.

Get Early Access to Social Rank's Instagram Follower Analytics

We last wrote about SocialRank when it launched its Tech Startup Index , tracking Twitter data from the world’s most exciting up and coming firms. Now it’s given us a heads up on its next release – SocialRank for Instagram .

Why SSDs are obsolete | ZDNet

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The next season of American Horror Story will star Lady Gaga

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ISIS destroys ancient artifacts in new video

The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues, including one depicting a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 9th century B.C. and another artifact dating back to 7th century B.C.

Google Starts Testing Mobile App Ads In The Google Play Store

Google announced this morning the launch of a pilot program which will allow mobile application developers the ability to advertise their apps directly within the Google Play store. These ads, which will initially be made available to advertisers already running search ads on, will also only be shown against Google Play search results. That is, they won’t just randomly appear in other sections of Google Play, like category pages or stuffed in the middle of Google Play’s Top Charts.

2017 Audi R8 backs up its athletic looks with V10 power, electric e-tron drivetrain

As expected, the second-gen R8 ditches the outgoing model’s entry-level eight-cylinder engine and goes V10-only. The mill in question is a Lamborghini-derived naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that generates 540 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of torque in its initial state of tune. That’s enough power to send the R8 from zero to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 mph.

51 My View From Outside The Anti-Echo Chamber
52 Docker Launches Its Container Orchestration Tools
53 Google Mulling 'Strategic Investment' in Device Maker Jawbone
54 Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America's Air Traffic Control | WIRED
55 Lenovo website hijacked just days after Superfish scandal - CNET
56 Mac OS X is the most vulnerable OS, claims security firm; Debate ensues | ZDNet
57 Scaling Docker with Swarm
58 An Introvert's Guide to Networking
59 Embracing SQL In Postgres - Rob Conery
60 Spider-Gwen #1 Review - IGN
61 Softcard shuts down mobile apps after Google deal, leaving Windows Phone in the cold
62 This smartwatch comes with a separate screen that doubles as a battery
63 While others shut down comments, the NYT wants to expand them
64 In-flight internet provider Gogo's quarterly revenue jumps
65 Adonit Launches Forge Visual Brainstorming App for iPad
66 The Secret Million That Y Combinator Invests In All Its Startups
67 Chase announces over 1M wallets provisioned on Apple Pay
68 YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing
69 Yes, Apple does own the mobile enterprise
70 The Ultravisual Team Acqui-Hired By Flipboard Leave To Found Apple Watch-Focused Messaging Startup
71 Motorola's budget Moto E gets LTE, a quad-core CPU, and more storage
72 Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate
73 Cyberattack Takes Down Lenovo Website
74 Radium: A compact radiation detector for a post-Fukushima world
75 YouTube makes sure you know 4K videos are out there
76 Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming patents
77 New Final Fantasy 15 Trailer Takes You on Safari - IGN
78 WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Star Trek: The Next Generation | WIRED
79 You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music
80 Google Launches Android for Work
81 'Modern Family' co-creator details episode shot entirely with Apple products
82 The official Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is here - CNET
83 Facebook Adds New Feature For Suicide Prevention
84 Sesame could be the first inexpensive smart lock done right
85 Regulator warns of 'Armageddon' cyber attack on banks
86 Turn paper into a speaker!
87 Google Merges Its European Divisions
88 Disqus relaunches to turn your comments into a Reddit-like social network
89 Google's 'Android for Work' Gives Your Phone a Split Personality | WIRED
90 A New Way to Tell Stories That Outlive the Media's Attention Span | WIRED
91 Sesame Smart Lock Preview - CNET
92 Frigid weather causes slush waves to come ashore in Nantucket
93 Vurb Is Mobile Search For Finding Things and People
94 A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight | WIRED
95 Catch up on two seasons of 'House of Cards' in nine minutes - CNET
96 Motorola’s New Moto E: An Ultra Cheap Smartphone Never Felt So Good
97 Lenovo victim of cyber-attack
98 Led Zeppelin's discography is now available on most streaming services
99 The HPV vaccine works. So why aren't more girls getting inoculated?
100 New animated 'DuckTales' waddling to TV screens in 2017 - CNET