Diagnose your kid's ear infection with your iPhone - CNET
Fortunately for those of us dumb enough to try to diagnose ear infections ourselves, doing so might soon be as simple as taking a video on your smartphone. CellScope has come out with a device called the Oto Home, which is a smartphone attachment for the iPhone that shoots a video of your child's inner ear and sends it to a licensed physician who will give a definitive yea or nay, and a prescription, if needed, by phone or email in as little as two hours.
BMW is developing a car that can be parked via smartwatch
The sensor-filled BMW i3 car, which will be on display at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas in January, integrates with smartwatch and can essentially self-park. According to the company, a driver could activate the "Remote Valet Parking Assistant" via an app, which then guides the vehicle to a parking spot all by itself.
The Art and Science of Scaling in the 2-Sided Marketplace
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Work In A Windowless Office? This Gadget Will Give You Natural Light
Spending time in natural light makes us happier, more productive, and less stressed. But if you work in a cubicle, or live in a dimly lit apartment, you don't have to be destined to a lifetime of artificial lighting. A new gadget makes it possible to bring sunlight from a distant window directly to your gloomy desk or sofa.
14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed
The Browse tool will filter out a randomly selected type of content through Facebook's Graph Search, whether it's videos that you've liked or people in your networks you haven't friended yet. For those using Facebook to kill time (and aren't we all using Facebook to kill time?), it's an excellent method of procrastination.
AT&TVoice: Mobile Marketing: 4 Ways To Keep It Relevant
Timing is key. Text messages and alerts are extremely personal and the most intrusive forms of digital marketing. It’s crucial to be certain you are sending messages and alerts at relevant times, or consumers will quickly cut you off. If your business is ecommerce or another industry with customers around the country, it’s important to be aware of customers’ time zones. You don’t want to wake someone with an ill-timed message.
See the biggest stories of 2014 through the eyes of Wikipedia
In December, it is customary for Google , Twitter , Facebook and other web giants to go back and take a look at the biggest events of the year. Now, for the first time in its history, Wikipedia has released a year in review video, showing some of the most important stories its users have read and edited throughout 2014.
Jawbone’s nicest fitness tracker won’t be in homes for Christmas
It’s time to find an alternative Christmas present if you had your heart set on the UP3, the latest and greatest fitness tracker from Jawbone. The startup had implied holiday availability when it announced the $179.99 wristband tracker in November, but now it’s now slated for an early 2015 release, according to Wareable and Bloomberg . Although Jawbone still has its moneymaking Jambox speakers– as well as the new entry-level UP Move — on shelves this month, missing the holiday season is never a good sign for a consumer product.
Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say
A little over half of the respondents said no to that question and a smaller number said yes — but even those who said yes were skeptical about how prevalent such an infrastructure would be, and how strongly individual users or citizens would adhere to it even if it did exist. As one respondent described it, “privacy is still a fluid concept,” with different users defining it in different ways — and that’s unlikely to change in the next decade. Here are some of the responses that stood out from the Pew Center’s report:
Free Game Site Now Open for Assassin's Creed Season Pass Holders - IGN
Everyone who purchased either the season pass or the Assassin's Creed Unity Gold Edition is eligible for the promotion. In order for Ubisoft's system to recognize your eligibility, however, you must first activate the DLC. If you activated previous to November 25, you can grab your free game immediately, but if you're just now activating the game, Ubisoft says it could take up to 10 days for their system to recognize your eligibility.
You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space | WIRED
Román’s team used an algorithm to filter out all the lights except for lights in 70 U.S. cities for the past two years. They found that major cities such as Dallas, Washington D.C. and Phoenix were between 20 and 50 percent brighter during the holiday season. They limited their study to cities that don’t typically see snow, which is so reflective that it throws measurements off.
Sony concept eyewear tech turns your existing specs into smartglasses - CNET
The attachable system, which Sony dubs the Single-Lens Display Module, looks a little chunky, but packs some intriguing tech. Attaching to eyewear, the compartment on the wearer's right features a control board including a processor and Bluetooth tech, which is attached to an OLED microdisplay that beams a picture onto your glasses via an optical unit.
Why Hearthstone is a Game of the Year Nominee - IGN Video
The IGN crew breaks down why they chose the card battler as one of 2014's Game of The Year Nominees.
Fast Company | Business + Innovation
The company wants to see a new kind of sustainable agriculture—seagriculture—to take off. "It tastes like chicken."
Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.
More specifically, Windows Phone carrier billing is launching today in China on China Mobile, in India on Idea, and in Brazil on Claro. Support is also arriving on Verizon in the U.S., meaning Microsoft has finally nailed the last major carrier in its home country (it already supports AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile). For the record, Google beat Microsoft to the punch when it comes to carrier billing on Verizon, but Apple still hasn’t struck a deal.
Snapselect Pinpoints Similar Images in your Photo Library
Here’s the scenario: You take a lot of pictures and some are remarkably similar because you don’t take any chances of missing the precise shot you want.
Michael Wolff on digital media in 2015: 'A deluge of crap'
We’ve been seeing a lot of journalists become entrepreneurs and launch their own outlets. What do you make of that trend?
Who wouldn’t do it if someone was offering you the opportunity to do it? But there are no success models here. What could the success be? There is no other model but traffic. All of these somewhat-focused vertical high-end journalists going into a business where they have to produce a mass-market product? I’m a little befuddled by that. I suppose it’s because BuzzFeed does it, and they have some actual journalists. But BuzzFeed is a tech company. One which is wholly focused on aggregrating a mass audience. It has no other value beyond that.
Here’s why email newsletters can be so powerful — and valuable
In a world of virtual-reality headsets and Google Glass and responsive mobile websites, an email newsletter seems like the most antiquated technology since the buggy whip. It’s just words on a page! And don’t people hate email and want to kill it? They sure do — except when that email contains a list of the most important or interesting or relevant things they need to know, at which point it becomes more valuable than gold. And that alchemy is something worth thinking about.
How North Korea Became A Hacking Superpower
On the Korean battlefield — which remains manned 60 years after the end of the shooting war that divided the Koreas — the North is indisputably outgunned and outmaneuvered. That fact has led Pyongyang to adopt a modified guerrilla warfare strategy. As the Pentagon described it in a May report to Congress: “North Korea uses small-scale attacks to gain psychological advantage in diplomacy and win limited political and economic concessions.”
Texas plumber's truck somehow ends up in Syrian civil war
A picture posted on Twitter by the Supporters of the Religion Front — a faction engaged in the ongoing Syrian civil war — shows an enormous gun mounted to the back of a Ford F-250 decorated with the name and number of Mark-1, a plumbing operation in Texas City, Texas. Mark-1 is known better for unclogging toilets than fighting brutal, drawn-out conflicts in the Middle East.
Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger
With this new round of funding, the company plans to accelerate the growth of FireChat and build partnerships with mobile app developers in key growth markets like India, Latin America and Asia. While Open Garden hasn’t officially launched an API for its networking technology yet, the company previously told me that it hopes other apps will use its technology in the long run — and the more apps use it, the better its offline coverage will get.
Privacy in 2025: Experts’ Predictions
We canvassed thousands of experts to ask them to predict the future of privacy in America and found they were divided on whether or not a secure, trusted privacy-rights infrastructure would be in place by 2025. Highlights from their responses are featured below. Read the full quotes and responses from many more experts in the complete report .
Google goes to court for antitrust claims over Android apps
Google will try to persuade a federal judge in San Jose, California on Thursday that its Android agreements, which requires Samsung and other phone makers to include products like Google Search and Maps as default apps, are not anti-competitive.
Behind the Scenes with Jamie and Adam's PSA - Tested.com
Will and Norm stop by M5 to chat with Jamie and Adam about their ebola awareness PSA video . Adam talks about the message they want to get across while Jamie gears up in the hazmat suit!
CES 2015: Here's everything you need to know - CNET
Here's how it plays out: the world's biggest tech trade show opens to the public on January 6, but journalists and exhibitors arrive much, much earlier. We set up shop as early as January 2, ringing in the new year by reporting on every new product and every new idea from the first major tech meeting of the minds in 2015. We'll broadcast live from the CNET main stage in Las Vegas, bringing you analysis, panels, celebrities -- and all of it in plain English with a heaping side of live blogs. No number of head colds or snowstorms will stop us from delivering everything you need to know from the show.
You're asking the wrong questions about Serial - CNET
Commentary: The super popular Serial podcast has concluded its first season, but was there a conclusion? Crave's Eric Mack draws a few, including some you probably haven't heard. Warning: spoilers.
WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more
Update : This feature has technically existed since the release of WordPress 3.2, but the old version required hitting a button to enter the mode, which lasts only for a single writing session. This new version has a persistent button, and the mode doesn’t mean you enter a new screen, but it instead fades away the left admin, the metaboxes to the right and below, while the editor itself remains as opposed to offering a modified editor like before.
Uber CEO Says Company Wants to Make Rides Safer
BEIJING--Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive and founder Travis Kalanick says his company wants to make rides safer as it pushes into China through a tie-up with search giant Baidu Inc.
Ringly: Bling for ladies who never hear their phones ring
For anyone who has ever missed a phone call because her phone is buried in her bag, or who is sick of checking for texts at the table, Ringly is for you. The connected jewelry combines fashion and technology in a statement ring that costs between $195 and $260 and will let you get your phone calls, notifications or texts while your phone stays in your bag.
VIDEO PRESENTATION: Groceries Are The Biggest Untapped Opportunity For E-Commerce
The grocery industry hasn't innovated much in the past 90 years, but that's finally starting to change. Tech companies are now aggressively pursuing the $600-billion-a-year food and beverage market and trying to bring more grocery sales online.
Todoist Arrives on Android Wear
Although the basic functionality here doesn’t necessarily exceed what you can already do with Todoist on your phone, the Android Wear support is convenient for a simple reason: you don’t have to pull out your phone when you’re busy. And when it comes to productivity, anything that makes getting things done easier with fewer distractions is a welcome change.
Apple Raised Over $20 Million For AIDS Research By Covering The App Store In Red
"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million. The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support."
Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution | WIRED
It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. But some folks, particularly highly religious types, weren’t too happy with the idea that nature can run perfectly fine on its own, without the guiding hand of a higher power. Not happy in the least bit .
White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama's National Security Council was considering a proportionate response.
The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital
The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital
Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED
When Nguyen showed up, one of the first things she did was target Pinterest. She focused on how BuzzFeed could improve Pinterest users’ experience, by adding Pinterest share buttons to BuzzFeed stories on mobile and optimizing the site for Pinterest sharing. Then BuzzFeed launched sections like Food, Parents, and Style and eventually incorporated them into a Life category to collect the kinds of stories—largely about home and hearth—that work well on Pinterest. If you think of BuzzFeed as a newspaper, this is its Lifestyle section. And BuzzFeed realized that readers who come to the site from Pinterest aren’t looking to share on other social sites. So they quit showing Twitter share buttons to people who came to its stories from Pinterest. And as BuzzFeed began to understand how people on Pinterest behaved, it started to plan its publishing schedule accordingly. For example, because stories have a slow burn time on Pinterest, BuzzFeed began publishing Halloween-themed content in September so people had plenty of time to organize it into a holiday ideas folder. Pinterest is now the site’s second-largest social referrer (after Facebook and ahead of Twitter).
Breaking news, sports, video | Boston.com
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in federal court in Boston this morning for a brief pretrial hearing, which was punctuated by a woman’s outburst in Russian and English.
Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service
Since NYC's mayor wants to legalize marijuana, maybe he should ask Amazon to set up 1-hour delivery of grass. They'd do a lot of volume in the financial district alone. Think of the taxes to be raked in, Mr. Mayor! How about prostitution? 1 hour delivery! Forget morals and what it does to families -- it's a great revenue stream.
The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet | WIRED
Breathing is so universal and continuous that it can be easy to forget about—until we can’t do it anymore. Then it becomes symbolic of life itself. We take special note of words that are carried on final breaths, and sometimes we even cherish the physical substance of the breaths themselves. Henry Ford kept a glass test tube of air in his home for many years, and inside the tube was said to be a sample from the last breath of his late friend and fellow inventor Thomas Edison. According to sources at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, several such tubes are believed to have been left open to the air of the room near Edison’s deathbed. “Though he is mainly remembered for his work in electrical fields,” Edison’s son Charles reportedly said, “his real love was chemistry. It is not strange, but symbolic, that those test tubes were close to him at the end.” After Edison’s death, Charles had the tubes sealed and later passed one of them on to Ford as a memento.
LG leaps quantum dot rivals with new TV - CNET
Samsung is widely expected to launch a line of LCD TVs with "quantum dot" technology at CES 2015, but LG has pipped it to the post with the first official announcement.
Samsung BusinessVoice: How Tech Will Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home (Or Better)
Now, Samsung and other providers are currently working with hotels on technology to let guests display their content on the big screen through their mobile devices.
In the wireless Internet age, guests increasingly expect a personalized experience abroad as well as at home. That can be tough on hotels, as rapid changes in technology make it difficult and expensive for them to adapt. A few years ago, hotels equipped themselves to handle two mobile devices per guest. Now, guests may have three or more, and just when they thought they had needs covered, hotels have to build more robust networks. Guests who used to email data files now want to download movies, which puts a heavier burden on hotels’ Internet connections.
Uber driver in Boston area faces rape charges
The defendant drove to a location that the passenger was not familiar with, pulled over in a secluded area and jumped in the back seat where she was sitting, authorities said. He allegedly struck her with his hands, strangled her, locked the car doors so that she could not escape and covered her mouth so she could not scream. During an ensuing physical struggle, the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, authorities said.
Samsung's ChatOn service will shut down next year -- but not in the US (update)
After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away. According to Yonhap News , Samsung's statement said it will close up shop on February 1st. It's not immediately clear whether or not that will hold across all regions, but Samsung went on to state that users would be able to back up their data before the shutdown. The company blamed "changing market conditions" for the change, but seems that despite a claimed 100 million strong user base, people weren't really using the software preloaded on so many smartphones .
10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today
A BBC investigation accused Apple of sourcing tin from illegal mines, Google is developing an in-car version of Android, and George Clooney failed to unite Hollywood against hackers.
U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea
U.S. experts say options for the Obama administration could include cyber retaliation, financial sanctions and even a boost in U.S. military support to South Korea to send a stern message to North Korea. Another could be to return North Korea to a U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism from which it was removed in 2008, but the effect of any response could be limited given North Korea's isolation.
Should Football Be Killed?
Every week, millions of people watch football. At the same time, millions of dollars are being poured into concussion research and tech to make the game safer. In fact, the NFL, GE, and Under Armour, as part its $60 million "head health challenge," just gave $500,000 to a University of Miami doctor who’s developing goggles to detect concussions. And yet, a recent survey found that about 50% of of parents won't let their sons play . So is the sport facing an uncertain future, and perhaps even the end?
Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later
At launch, Plex for PlayStation is limited to Plex Pass subscribers only, meaning you’ll have to have one of the company’s paid memberships to participate. If you do, however, you’ll be able to connect to your Plex Media Server, and stream video content from that source in either 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution. Metadata, casting information, release dates and summaries are also automatically appended to all your stored shows and movies.
NES classic Duck Hunt is coming to the Wii U on Christmas Day
There are few better ways to spend the holidays than by shooting birds — so it's only natural that Nintendo is bringing its classic Duck Hunt to the Wii U on December 25th. The game will be available through the Virtual Console service starting on Christmas Day, and you'll be able to use a Wii remote in place of the iconic orange-and-grey NES Zapper light gun that worked with the original. It should make a great compliment to new Wii U releases like Super Smash Bros. and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker . No word on the price, though NES games typically sell for $4.99 through the Virtual Console, which is a small price to pay for reliving a classic — just remember that this is a straight port of the original, so you still can't shoot the dog.
Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them
Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-the-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead?
How "Serial" Could Bring Big Money To Podcasts (Finally!)
Podcasts are having a moment. Here's how they can attract bigger audiences—and advertisers.