Sony, U.S. Agencies Fumbled After Cyberattack

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Corporations and the government must be “true partners” in fighting computer hackers, or breaches like the one at Sony Pictures Entertainment last year will grow more common, President Barack Obama said earlier this month.

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3 Ways 'YouTube Kids' Will Be Better For Your Children

If you’ve hung around kids at all in the last few years, you know they love YouTube, even though the video site is only supposed to be for people 13 and up. Now, Google is planning to roll out a YouTube app specifically aimed at kids.

Anti-GMO Activist Seeks to Expose Scientists' Emails With Big Ag | WIRED

After receiving a FOIA request from US Right to Know—a nonprofit dedicated to exposing “ the failures of the corporate food system “—the University of Florida notified Folta, a food and agricultural science professor at the university, that he would have to turn over all of his e-mails relating to correspondence with 14 different firms involved in agribusiness. His options: Submit all of his emails and allow lawyers to sift through them independently, or spend hours doing it himself alongside legal counsel.

Facebook shuttle drivers ratify new Teamsters contract: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shuttle bus drivers at Facebook Inc voted on Saturday to ratify a new union contract giving them more pay, better benefits and addressing split-shift scheduling, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Big Sean delivers his best album yet with Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean adopts the sing-rap flow (popularized by Ja Rule, not your favorite Canadian actor-turned-rapper) on "Win Some, Lose Some" featuring the uncredited yet excellent Jhené Aiko, but there’s one problem: Big Sean can’t sing. He tries again on "I Know" (once again featuring Aiko), and it just doesn't work. (Apparently Kanye didn’t teach him how to use AutoTune.) Both are good songs that could’ve been great, if not for Big Sean trying to get his Marvin Gaye on. On "Deep," Lil Wayne says "I feel like Sean don’t get enough shine / Is it because he ain’t got the tattoos, he ain’t throwing up signs?" That’s a valid statement (the first part) — when it comes to the next wave of hip-hop icons, Big Sean is rarely included in the conversation, and it sounds like it’s getting to him.

And The Awards For The Most Illegally Downloaded Oscar Movies Go To...

Pirating is free publicity worldwide for the studios, actors, movies, etc. When money is seen as directly correlated with popularity, as it should be, this is a win, and they should just shut up about it, quit paying lawyers, harassing housewifes, and start leveraging it. They could use more product placement (a kind of advertising) in movies, for example. Movies have long been a platform for ads anyways, and now they have a borderless worldwide platform. And as the actors get more recognition this way, they can leverage that by selling books, doing speaking tours, etc.

Artemis is building a 4G network in SF to prove its pCell tech works

It’s a hard concept to wrap your mind around, but it helps if you think of the network like a pond and each transmitter like a pebble. A pebble dropped into the pond creates ripples, or waves, that radiate outward, much like a cell tower transmits today. If you throw a bunch of pebbles into the pond, the crossing ripples create new, more complex patterns. If you were to drop thousands of pebbles at precise intervals and at specific places into that pond, you could shape those patterns into very intricate shapes. That’s what Perlman claims his pCells can do: paint the Mona Lisa in the airwaves with crisscrossing transmissions. Instead of the perfect smile, though, pCells are really crafting three-dimensional cells that can follow any device through the network.

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more

I strongly suspect that Samsung employs a lot of people that Apple would not want to hire, but from the outside it's not always clear who is who. Those not interested in moving to CA are more likely to be the kinds of people Apple doesn't want to hire in the first place (that is, people who are interested in moving to the US are more likely flexible, adventurous people). So this is a nice self-selection mechanism.�

Microsoft and Apple are killing the password: Thumbs up to that | ZDNet

It's a lot easier to forget a password than it is to forget your fingers or your eyes, and you can't write either of them down. That should help with some of the more boneheaded security lapses. Apple's system and the Microsoft-supported FIDO standard also have a different architecture to the old password-based model: rather than one central store of fingerprints or other biometrics, they are stored locally, which makes it much harder for hackers to swoop in and bag millions of credentials as commonly happens now.

Apple - Press Info - Apple to Invest €1.7 Billion in New European Data Centres

Apple to Invest €1.7 Billion in New European Data Centres State-of-the-art facilities in Ireland and Denmark will run on 100 percent renewable energy CORK, Ireland—February 23, 2015—Apple® today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store®, App Store℠, iMessage®, Maps and Siri® for customers across Europe. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.” Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps.

8 Award-Winning Mac Apps ft. ScreenFlow, Things, and DataRescue for 91% Off

Embark on the newest adventure from the award-winning science-fiction-themed Civilization series. In this futuristic world, modern society has been decimated by global events, and space travel is the only hope for the future of mankind.

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Can Social Media Predict the Oscars? Not So Much.

Adobe, for example, found that Cooper was the most talked-about nominee in the best male actor category for his role in “American Sniper.” But Hootsuite found Benedict Cumberbatch got the most buzz for “The Imitation Game.” Both companies would tell you their findings are representative of the general social media universe, yet they don’t line up.

Weekly Roundup: 15 new and noteworthy tweaks (Feb 22)

In case you were busy last week and didn’t get a chance to take a look at Cydia , don’t worry as we have compiled a list of all the new tweaks that were released in the week which are worth to look at. There were some awesome tweaks released this week, ranging from a tweak that allows you to enhance the look of the Lock screen to enabling you to execute commands on your iOS device.

Pro Tip: Ban Tipping

I think it's more a matter of it not being the customers responsibility to pay the staff as it is the owners. It's a loop hole for the owner to get away with having to pay their staff less because they know the rest of the money will come from the tips of paying customers. It's literally a servers job to bring me my food when I go to a restaurant. That, in my mind, doesn't deserve a tip. They did their job, just like everyone else is doing their job. Do you tip a car salesman because they sold you a car? Do you tip the mail person for bringing your mail every day? Do you tip the grocery store check out person because they rang you up and bagged your groceries? No, they get paid by their employers and if they do an excellent job,they get bonuses or commissions which the company pays for, not the customer.

Apple releases second OS X 10.10.3 pre-release w/ latest Photos app version, new Emoji, more

With the new pre-release version of OS X 10.10.3 comes a newer build of the bundled Photos app as well. The first version that shipped to testers carried the build number 203.38.0 while the latest version comes in at 205.34.0 with a more streamlined experience for adding new Faces.

HP reorgs cloud biz as Marten Mickos cedes key responsibilities

Mickos, who carried the title of senior vice president and general manager of HP cloud, will now focus on “customer engagement and advocacy,” according to email he sent to staff on Monday. HP had no comment for this story; the company is slated to announce its first quarter earnings on Tuesday.

Why Listening Might Be The Most Important Skill To Hire For

The boss actively listens and hears the message behind the words. She asks the product manager for specific beta-tester feedback and gathers that the early users dislike the user interface. The two then work together to devise a new product timeline, complete with a new product user interface team. The new product plan also takes into account a number of other variables, including the two partners they are working with, three beta customers, and another smaller company product scheduled for release that month. The revised plan is the result of active listening and agile learning in action.

An Ingenious Projector That Transforms Kitchen Tables Into TVs | WIRED

Small-scale projectors have been on the market for some time, but Beam is unique in that it is designed to screw into light sockets while pulling double duty as an ultrabright LED lightbulb. This is a simple change to the hardware, but fundamentally changes the way the product gets used. It’s not a matter or buying and installing a new gadget, but rather, upgrading an existing one. “Beam is a happy product that wants to help make your life special and more fun,” says Jeroen van Geel, Chief Creative Officer at Beam Labs . “It feels like a modern lamp, but when you look closer you notice there is more to this lamp than you thought.”

Amazon Prime Instant gets Selma, James Bond and Star Trek

Amazon Prime customers will get access to a bunch of big Hollywood movies over the next couple of months via Prime Instant, thanks to an extended agreement between the e-commerce giant and premium cable network Epix .

Lenovo slapped with lawsuit over dangerous Superfish adware

A proposed class-action suit was filed late last week against Lenovo and Superfish, which charges both companies with “fraudulent” business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware.

Overhaul your personal brand in our next #BizChats

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Google teams with carriers on mobile pay system

Google teams with carriers on mobile pay system Google announced a deal with mobile payments service Softcard to incorporate its technology into its Wallet service, and make it available as a pre-installed app on mobile devices from wireless carriers AT&T, Check out this story on

Google Bans Sexually Explicit Content From Websites Hosted On Blogger

Google isn’t actually deleting any salacious websites, however. Blogs that fall foul of the new policy will be made private after March 23, Google said, unless they remove the content in question. That means they will be invisible to anyone but the blog owner and any associated admins. That said, new blogs created from March 23 that include sexually explicit material may be straight up deleted, the company explained.

Lunar XPRIZE teams join forces to reach moon in 2016

The December 2016 deadline for Google Lunar XPRIZE competitors to reach the moon and traverse its surface is approaching, and with $2.25 million in prize money already in their pockets, two teams have decided to pair up. Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic announced Monday that it will carry Japanese team Hakuto ‘s two rovers to the moon, where they can compete for the $20 million grand prize.

Watch the latest trailer for House of Cards season 3

During the Oscars broadcast, a new trailer for the next season of House of Cards aired, giving us a closer look at what might just be the breakdown of Frank and Claire's relationship. Both are in positions of major political power, but, with an election in 2016 on the horizon, the gulf between them has never been more plain. The new season premieres on February 27th.

Idina Menzel and John Travolta make everyone uncomfortable at Oscars

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe

Overall, Facebook’s revised DUP [data use policy] signals the company’s data use practices in a more prominent way. In this regard, Facebook seems to have taken an important step forward. However, the uses of data are still only communicated on a general and abstract level. Much of the DUP consists of hypothetical and vague language rather than clear statements regarding the actual use of data. Moreover, the choices Facebook offers to its users are limited. For many data uses, the only choice for users is to simply “take-it-or-leave-it”. If they do not accept, they can no longer use Facebook and may miss out on content exclusively shared on this platform. In other words, Facebook leverages its dominant position on the OSN market to legitimise the tracking of individuals’ behaviour across services and devices.

We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR. AUAA. • /r/IAmA

Don't you find it kind of depressing how little the world was actually moved by the revelations? I do. For a few days at a time it was the biggest news story ever but barely anything has changed and people are still using Google, Apple et al. in the same ways. The news in general is just so transient, watching the documentary just brought it all back. It felt like it might actually amount to something but as far as I can tell, even with the courts recently ruling that GCHQs actions were illegal for many years and NSAs whole program amounting to nothing, no significant legislation has passed and for all we know they are still rapidly expanding their programs.

This Is Probably HTC’s Next Big Android Phone, The One M9

We’ve still got nearly a week to go before HTC officially unveils their new top-tier Android phone at Mobile World Congress, but it looks like the details have already started dumping out.

Nicolas Cage will play a US intelligence officer in Oliver Stone's Snowden movie

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Google Strikes Deal With Carriers for Payments

Google introduced tap and pay with Google Wallet in 2011, a feature that lets users tap specialized credit card readers in stores that read credit card information off a “near field communications” chip inside the phone. But most wireless carriers refused to preload the Wallet app on their Android phones and blocked the service from accessing smartphones’ NFC chip since they were planning their own payments service.

Star Wars Rebels: "Rebel Resolve" Review - IGN

“Rebel Resolve” set up an interesting showdown within the crew about what to do about Kanan that it resolved a bit too easily. However, the challenges we saw the Rebels go through trying to get Kanan back and the duress he was going through as Tarkin’s prisoner made up for it, underlining the danger and difficulty here. The stage is set for a cool season finale - on Mustafar, no less!

Which GPU(s) to Get for Deep Learning: My Experience and Advice for Using GPUs in Deep Learning

I have been using GPUs for nearly two years now and for me it is again and again amazing to see how much speedup you get. Compared to CPUs 20x speedups are typical, but on larger problems one can achieve 50x speedups. With GPUs you can try out new ideas, algorithms and experiments much faster than usual and get almost immediate feedback as to what works and what does not. This is a very important aspect when one begins to learn deep learning as this rapid gain in practical experience is key to building the expertise with which you will be able to apply deep learning to new problems. Without this rapid feedback it just takes too much time to learn from one’s mistakes and it can be discouraging and frustrating to go on with deep learning.

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 or beta 1 on Windows using TaiG Jailbreak

The other interesting thing about iOS 8.2 beta 2 is that it does not have an expiration date (via iH8sn0w ), which is usually not the case with most beta versions. So if you can get hold of the iOS 8.2 beta 2 firmware file for your device, then it would mean that you will be able to jailbreak your device on iOS 8 forever, and don’t have to worry about losing the jailbreak.

Blind man sees his wife for the first time in 10 years

Zderad was the first ideal patient for the clinical trial, which the Mayo Clinic describes as a "bionic eye implant that sends light wave signals to the optic nerve, bypassing the damaged retina. A tiny wafer-like chip was embedded in his right eye, wires attached in a surgical procedure in January, then two weeks later, the rest of the prosthetic device set in glasses was activated."

The Believers

M agic has entered our world. In the pockets of many Americans today are thin black slabs that, somehow, understand and anticipate our desires. Linked to the digital cloud and satellites beyond, churning through personal data, these machines listen and assist, decoding our language, viewing and labeling reality with their cameras. This summer, as I walked to an appointment at the University of Toronto, stepping out of my downtown hotel into brisk hints of fall, my phone already had directions at hand. I asked where to find coffee on the way. It told me. What did the machine know? How did it learn? A gap broader than any we’ve known has opened between our use of technology and our understanding of it. How did the machine work? As I would discover, no one could say for certain. But as I walked with my coffee, I was on the way to meet the man most qualified to bridge the gap between what the machine knows and what you know.

Here's What New York City Would Look Like After Extreme Sea-Level Rise

A few neighborhoods could be all that's left of New York when all the world's ice sheets melt in 1,000 years. Meet you in the "Wet Village"?

Indian Outsourcers Struggle to Evolve as Growth Slows

BANGALORE, India—As its growth slows, India’s technology services outsourcing industry is struggling to become less dependent on peddling the services of inexpensive programmers and trying to enter new businesses like off-the-shelf software and helping customers with big data and cloud computing.

Here are the 2015 Oscar winners

After many pun-filled hours, the 87th Academy Awards are over, and dozens of golden statues have found new homes.  Eddie Redmayne almost did a jig, John Legend and Common left the room with  nary a dry eye , Patricia Arquette threw a slice of the  political into her speech , and Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu  cleaned up . See the complete list of winners, below.

Marvel Reveals More Comics Spinning Out of Secret Wars - IGN

Bunn told BuzzFeed, "The great thing about writing Deadpool is that he can demolish expectations and typical comic book conventions with monster truck force. There are few other characters who can transition so easily from one type of story to the next. Readers are willing to accept that Deadpool is killing every other Marvel hero… or assassinating the icons of literature… or standing alone against a zombie invasion. In the case of this new series, I think readers are willing to accept that Deadpool was and always has been part of the original SECRET WARS. Because that’s what happened. He was there, and his actions helped shape every major shake-up and revelation from that event!"

Apple adds 300 racially diverse emojis to iOS 8.3 | Cult of Mac

Apple paved the way for racially diverse emoji to come to the Mac two week ago, and now with the release of iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple has added access to 300 new emoji for iPad and iPhone users.

Google's new CAPTCHA security login raises 'legitimate privacy concerns'

But device recognition company AdTruth believes it has found evidence Google’s CAPTCHA killer is collecting far more information than mouse coordinates alone, and that it could use the security tool to inform its advertising services too. The new tool isn't overtly labeled as a Google service, yet anyone clicking through it "consents" to be tracked by Google's cookies, AdTruth found. And while the service is intended to do only one thing — determine whether you are a human or not — it is also able to identify a lot more information about which specific human you are.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Rules for a Successful Collaboration

So if Iñárritu is such a pain in the ass—and it’s easy to imagine he is, what with his very specific and emphatically expressed opinions—how is he also a wildly successful collaborator? You might think that someone who is one thing (say, a perfectionist pain in the ass) cannot also be its seeming opposite (say, a great and generous collaborator), but that would be a trap. Iñárritu himself says that one of the marks of intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas at once. Not only does he use that as a benchmark for writing dynamic characters—as he discusses below—but, evidently, he embodies it.

Google Launches 'YouTube Kids,' a New Family-Friendly App | WIRED

The company says search gives users access to YouTube’s main database of videos, but that YouTube Kids’ results are automatically filtered for safe content. The service also gives adults a range of parental controls, including the ability to disable search completely, limit screen time and cap the volume. Google has disabled comments on the service, but it does show some kid-friendly ads.

Developer gets Android Wear to work with iPhones using official iOS APIs

Additionally, the developer had to create and sideload an APK on his Moto 360 to achieve this feat. The developer states that the initial setup of the Android Wear smartwatch that you want to pair with your iPhone must already be complete, though it can be bypassed if you are willing to root the watch. You will, however, still need an Android device if you need to install any app on your Android Wear watch.

China used more concrete in 3 years than the US in 100 years

Bill Gates has an incredible statistic: According the USGS' cement statistics, China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 (6.6 gigatons) than the United States in the entire 20th century (4.5 gigatons) . It blows my mind but, then again, as Gates point out, look at Shanghai's evolution in just 20 years...

48 Faces of Silicon Beach

Faces of Silicon Beach Part of Jefferson Graham's ongoing series, "Faces of Silicon Beach," showcasing the folks behind websites and apps being built in Los Angeles. First up:Evan Lowenstein, the former pop star ("Crazy For This Girl") who now runs the Los Angeles based music website, Stageit. Check out this story on

Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

Classic cars are great. The look, the feel, the repair bills. But they often lack the modern safety and convenience features found on modern cars. Porsche has a solution with a radio and navigation system that blends today’s technology with the style found in its classic cars. Unless, of course, you’re driving a classic Porsche to escape modern society.

Beam Is An App-Controlled Pico-Projector To Liven Up Your Light Sockets

Their approach is to build an Android-powered pico-projector into a can that screws into an existing light socket. That means there’s a built in fix for the battery life issue, given it pulls power from the mains. Obviously it limits portability but portable pico projection always felt a bit like overkill given you need an uncluttered flat surface to project onto in any case. So focusing this tech on the home makes plenty of sense.

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