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.
In streaming media landmark, Netflix will show 'Crouching Tiger' sequel same day as theaters
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said it’s time for Hollywood to realize that consumers want the option of viewing new movies at home or at a theater on release day. Sarandos said those two experiences are very different and should not compete. He compared it to the difference between watching a football game at home or going to watch the game in a stadium.
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.
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.
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.
Dustin Moskovitz - In Photos: Youngest Richest Americans 2014
Age: 30 Net worth: $8.1 billion
Mark Zuckerberg's roommate at Harvard and Facebook's third employee, Dustin Moskovitz left the social network in 2008 to start software firm Asana. He and his wife, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, devote some time to their Good Ventures, which has given millions to such causes as malaria eradication and marriage equality. Moskovitz bikes to work and flies commercial. He is also a regular attendee at Burning Man.
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.
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.
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."
SAM: A DIY internet of things - CNET
"SAM's Bluetooth-connected modules can be used to build anything from fridges that create grocery lists, to skateboards that record and post tricks to the web, to bicycle signalling jackets; all easily programmed with the SAM app," SAM Labs CEO Joachim Horn said. "We want to level the playing field in innovation development, away from corporations with millions of dollars to spend on development and empower kids, young designers, and SMEs."
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.
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.
FireChat Messaging App Gains Users During Hong Kong Protests
A new mobile messaging app that enables users to communicate in the absence of cellular or Internet connections is seeing a surge in downloads among Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.
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.
5 Ways Protesters Organized #OccupyCentral
But just as these media are convenient for broadcasting pro-democracy messages quickly, they also speed the spread of misinformation. On Golden, a handful of pro-government commenters have repeatedly sought to hijack the forum with pointless posts--a practice known in colloquial Cantonese as “washing the boards.” For instance, one person kept posting: “Let’s have hot pot!!!” Also, “quite a lot of false messages circulated on Facebook and Whatsapp last night,” one protester says. “Mainly about the next actions the police were going to take, saying they might fire after a certain deadline and asking protesters to leave ASAP.” Many of the online rumors have cited highly placed “friends of friends,” say, a “senior officer” in law enforcement who heard “tanks would be sent out tonight. For your safety, please leave immediately.” This sparked mocking posts in reply, including one from FireChat that read: “My father’s son is a senior police officer. He received information that Iron Man and Captain America are coming to Admiralty. There is a chance that Spider-Man will also go to government headquarters on October 1.
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
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
Mathematician tries to predict the next two 'Game of Thrones' books
Tired of waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series ? So is the University of Canterbury's Richard Vale: he's created a statistical model based on the series' previous tomes to predict what might be in the next book. Don't worry though, it's mostly spoiler free. Vale's analysis of Game of Thrones doesn't account for plot or foreshadowing -- it's strictly a numbers game.
WunWun, The Service For On-Demand Anything, Revamps Logo In Time For San Francisco Launch | TechCrunch
While automatic may be better than on-demand , there’s something truly special about being able to type in exactly what you want, press a button, and have it delivered to your door for the exact same price as going to the store yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wisdom Of Woz
6. Be forgiving. Wozniak has written that early in his partnership with Steve Jobs, while they were working on a video game for Atari, Jobs misled him about how much Atari was paying for the work. “I found out he got paid a bit more for it than he said at the time, but we were kids, you know,” he writes. “He wasn’t honest with me, and I was hurt. But I didn’t make a big deal about it or anything.” (Not to say Woz isn’t sometimes critical of his former partner: During our interview he pointed out that Jobs refused his request to donate the first Apple computer to a woman who worked with elementary schools. “He made me buy it and I gave it to her.”)
Wozniak said that Jobs refused his request to donate the first Apple computer to a woman who worked with elementary schools.
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.
Pebble Drops Smartwatch Prices, Improves Fitness Tracking
Pebble is dropping the price of its e-paper display smartwatches and rolling out an update that improves their health and fitness tracking capabilities.
The Downtown Project Suicides: Can the Pursuit of Happiness Kill You?
Talking about building happiness in a community is noble and worthy of pursuit and I think a lot of the people who are trying to deliver on it have good intentions. But sometimes people only hear, "you *should* be happy." Alone, behind closed doors, we start to feel bad or shameful and wonder why everyone "out there" is so happy...."what is wrong with me?" All the while many of those same people whom we perceive as "truly happy" are going home and feeling drained from having to "be on" and feel depleted themselves. It is a vicious cycle.
Pebble Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Plus Background Sleep And Activity Tracking | TechCrunch
While the price drop today definitely indicates that Pebble is interested in exploring a more entry-level position relative to Apple’s and other wearables, it isn’t necessarily the beginning of a race to the bottom. Migicovsky says his original inspiration for building the inPulse , his first foray into smartwatches, was seeing one of the original Sony versions and wishing he could have something more affordable, so that partly informed his goals in building Pebble, too. He demurred when asked if we might ever see a $50 Pebble, however, but the price and feature changes today might give the startup a way to ride the awareness wave for smartwatches begun by Apple, with an option that won’t break the bank for newly curious customers.
I like the iPhone 6 so much that I may not buy a new Android: Review
I usually avoid commenting but since I usually like reading your posts and i am a android fan I must comment on this.
First I agree IPhone is a great phone and android copied apples features and should copy a few more. Hangouts copy Imessage.
What I don’t like reading is how no one is saying how apple is now copying android features it once laughed at. To make things worse apple die hards are saying apple waited for the best moment and improved the feature and is better than android. Come now Kevin. Let’s at least be fair to both sides. Android enjoyed intents and Swype keyboard for years before Apple released it. Huge phone was made a thing by Samsung. Give credit where it’s due and call out apple like you would call out Samsung for copying. Apple is copying features and tooting it’s own horn. Let’s elaborate more on that without just saying it in passing. Moving the power button to side is not novel. Android phones have had this again for years. I wish you would point out apple is not innovative anymore. It’s playing catch up. Unrelated but The iwatch is a horribly ugly piece of tech.
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.
Show Focus Points for Lightroom is a handy imaging plug-in
It may not have occurred to you to double-check which focus points were used when you shot a photo with your DSLR, but the recent Show Focus Points plug-in for Lightroom makes such an inquiry somewhat fascinating.
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.
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.
China Appears to Attack Yahoo in Latest Censorship of Hong Kong Protests
In this case, it appears that the connection between Chinese Internet users and Yahoo.com is being manipulated along the way between the user and the website, experts said. This could happen in many ways, but in this case, it seems like whoever is messing with Yahoo is using a fake certificate to break the encryption. Certificates are used to ensure that an encrypted connection really goes to the intended target (in this case Yahoo.com). By using a fake certificate, an attacker can virtually put himself in the middle and intercept or mess with the connection.
The Allure of Secret, Whisper, and Other Anonymous Apps | MIT Technology Review
But while anonymity can make people unreliable, it can offer some good surprises. My eventual companion told me her real name was Taleen Alexander. After a rough day, she just felt like having a conversation with someone she didn’t know. It turned out we had a lot in common: we both grew up in the Bay Area and went to the same college (UC Berkeley), where we majored in the same subject (English). Because it wasn’t the kind of thing either of us normally do, and because we’ll probably never see each other again, it felt exhilarating to talk about what was really going on in our lives.