Over a period of years, investigators pored over more than 6.2 million classified records furnished by the CIA, using a search tool that agency technical experts agreed to install. But U.S. officials said the committee gained access to a set of documents that the agency never intended to share, files that were generated at the direction of former director Leon E. Panetta as part of an effort to take an inventory of the records being turned over to Feinstein’s panel.;
Behind the closed doors of restaurants and hotels, there is another monetary ecosystem that keeps companies coming back and spending on events, restaurant buyouts and hotel suites.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the most popular sporting event in Alaska, and has long been a test of human and animal endurance. Traveling a 1,000-mile path across Arctic tundra from Willow to Nome (with a ceremonial start in Anchorage), mushers and their teams of 16 specially-trained dogs must withstand some of the most extreme winter weather on Earth: blizzards and whiteout conditions, along with freezing temperatures, are commonplace.
I'm serving as Product Marketing Manager for Plex Systems, a leading provider of Cloud-based ERP systems for manufacturers where my responsibilities include new product introductions, messaging, marketing strategy, business development, and competitive strategy. Previous positions include senior analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at Cincom Systems, Ingram Micro, a SaaS start-up and at hardware companies. I am also a member of the Enterprise Irregulars. My background includes marketing, product management, sales and industry analyst roles in the enterprise software and IT industries. My academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and completion of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. I teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research. I've taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University. You can reach me on Twitter at @LouisColumbus.
During a planned deploy in one of our core services, we experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am. We rolled back the change as soon as we identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service. The site was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Our first report tied to the anniversary looked at the present and the past of the Internet, marking its strikingly fast adoption and assessing its impact on American users’ lives. This report is part of an effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project in association with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to look at the future of the Internet, the Web, and other digital activities. This is the first of eight reports based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality. In this case we asked experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. We will also explore some of the economic change driven by the spectacular progress that made digital tools faster and cheaper. And we will report on whether Americans feel the explosion of digital information coursing through their lives has helped them be better informed and make better decisions.
Yes, Boll apparently came out on top in the match, which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, but there's no way to know if it was one continuous match or a series of scripted shots. It's also unclear how the robot is tracking the Ping-Pong ball. Kuka's website does not list visual sensors as part of Agilus's feature set, which may mean the robot used external sensors to track the tiny orange ball. Based on the video (and the not-very-informative "making of" clip the company released later), it looks like the 114-pound, six-axis robot has the speed, mobility and reach (nearly 3 feet) to hold its own against Boll. In the video, it goes six-up before Boll comes roaring back to beat Agilus by one point. Kuka created the video to promote the opening of its new robot-building facility in Shanghai, China. Mashable contacted Kuka for more information about the "match" and Agilus, but has yet to receive a response. In the meantime, let's score one for humankind, or at least one very athletically gifted man.
A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employee in a protective suit and a mask visits the suppression chamber area at the basement of the No. 5 reactor building of the TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, March 10, 2014.
As the report notes, the performance improvements in iOS 7.1 likely represent the last set of changes that will bring any meaningful enhancement for iPhone 4 users. The phone is almost four years old, and Apple typically ends support for the most recent version of iOS after a multi-year period; it's expected the iPhone 4 won't be supported by iOS 8.
But Apple 's new starlet is a little more selective than you might think about who gets to configure her startup disk. So, who is good enough for Mac Pro? Is she looking for a classic egghead type, or someone who has the apps that can challenge her?
Try your hand at duct taping someone to a wall in less than 41 seconds, or spend three minutes putting more than 202 grapes in your mouth. Who knows? With a little luck, maybe you'll be a world mini-record holder before you finish your salad.
Google is facing a class action lawsuit filed by parents in the US whose children downloaded a free or modestly-priced game on Google Play, and then chalked up charges for in-app game currency without the parents’ knowledge or authorization, according to a press release issued by law firm Berger & Montague.
The AI center developed Charlie for space missions, said Project Leader Daniel Kühn. The robot is particularly well equipped for moving on uneven, shifting ground, so that it can, for example, walk into craters on the moon to search for water. Its feet are equipped with 60 sensors each so that they can feel the surface, so Charlie can adjust its steps on uneven, or even moving, surfaces. It can also pick itself up if it falls over, thanks to a “smart spine.” It also has collision and distance sensors.
Liberally dress chicken thighs with salt and pepper. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on high. When oil begins to smoke, place thighs skin down. Cook for 3 minutes, and flip chicken, cook for 3 more minutes. Remove chicken from pot and lower heat to low, cook one sliced onion for about 4 or 5 minutes or until translucent. Return heat to high, and add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar to onions, scraping the bottom of the pan for any bits stuck to the bottom. Add chicken, 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 bay leaves. Bring to a boil. After 2 minutes, add 1 cup of rice and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked through.
What’s next? Beleaguered chief executive Anne Wojcicki delivered a keynote at SXSW to address the company’s plan of action, and I caught up with her for a one-on-one immediately after her session. Wojcicki made it clear that her number-one priority is to resolve any issues with the FDA and resume to business as usual. “We’re not going to switch gears and become another an ancestry company,” she said. [ Editors' Note: We'll be publishing an excerpt of that interview in due course. ]
Prizes include an original sketch from Final Fantasy character designer Tetsuya Nomura, a custom Xbox 360 console & controller, $1,000 cash, among others. Each winner is also featured at the top of deviantArt’s homepage for a full day. Check out the complete submission gallery .
This isn't the first time we've seen changes like this to ads in search results. Google first rolled out this same new look for ads to mobile users in September when the company announced it was changing the look and feel of ads and search results on mobile.
NASA is calling on coders to help in the hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids. Over the next six months, the agency will be offering a total of $35,000 in prizes in a contest series that aims to improve the way telescopes detect, track, and analyze incoming space rocks.
Artist Heather Rooney gave the famed selfie one of her excellent drawn renditions, as she's known for on YouTube . In this time-lapse video, watch Rooney reproduce the picture in astonishing detail using colored pencils.
Whether it's served in a demitasse mug or a venti mochachino bucket, coffee is an essential, eye-opening morning ritual for many of us. But at what point does throwing back another vente doing you more harm than good?
Three-year-old Mateo Beltran is a kid with pretty simple needs, one of which includes eating cupcakes for dinner. Most of his argument is unintelligible, but he is pretty persuasive (unless you're his mom). Mateo pulls out all the stops trying to win his glorious, sugary prize — including using his mom's first name, calling her "honey" and adorably mimicking her.
"We pushed boldly in Windows 8, and yet what we found was that we got feedback from users of those millions of desktop applications that said—if I were to put it in coffee terms—‘Why don’t you go refine the blend here?’"
We return to Stoll for this last one. He managed to get a staggering amount wrong in just a few hundred words. He also scoffed at the idea of "virtual communities", doubted the Web could have practical applications for government, and wondered how anyone could get any research done in the maze of online information.
HTC experiments with cameras to set its One phones apart and The All New One will have two cameras but we didn�t know why until now. We have a photo of a Telstra (a big Australian carrier) brochure detailing the phone's feature and confirming the "all new" name. The so-called Duo Camera will allow the user to choose the focus point and create bokeh effects. The camera will also enable 3D effects. Presumably "effects" means more than just 3D photos and videos. The adjustable focus has become very popular since Nokia released the Refocus app and all flagships have it � the Galaxy S5, the Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2 have it. However with two cameras on board the 2014 One won't have to do multiple shots with one camera and should yield better results. HTC had a dual-camera, 3D-shooting phone previously, the HTC Evo 3D, but that didn�t work out great. It remains to be seen if HTC's gamble will pay off, plus we still don't have many details � camera resolution, optical stabilization, video resolution and so on. The dual-LED, dual color flash is a lock though. A spy shot of a Telstra brochure for the All New HTC One Other feature of the All New HTC One that the Telstra brochure details are the 5" 1080p screen, BoomSound speakers on the front and double tap to wake. The phone will cost AUD 840 (RRP) off-contract, which is $760 / �550. A big thanks to our anonymous tipster!
Up to now, Instagram followed default Android behaviors for scaling to different screen sizes, but for its latest update, the company actually tested its apps on a variety of devices that aren't sold in the US. "More than 60 percent of our users are outside the US, and Android covers roughly half of total Instagram users," McAllister says. Instagram's new app boots up 20 percent faster on many devices, but hardware is still only half of the equation. Instagram cut the size of its app in half by removing stock assets for buttons and graphics and replacing them with "programmatically" defined images (which change when you tap on them). Now, Instagram can be downloaded cheaper and faster in places with limited access or expensive data plans.
The BIG issue I and an increasing number of others have with new NPP’s is the ongoing creation of ever more radioactive waste (☢W). The generation of large amounts of radioactive waste (☢W) is just another form of pollution which is just one of the reasons that prevents NPP from being GREEN, despite what many of those that support building NPP claim. This topic, which is glossed over in most NPP discussions is referred to, if radioactive waste (☢W) is mentioned at all, as a separate issue because it will be “someone else’s problem way down the road”. Because voters realize that they (and their children, their grandchildren, and all of their future descendants) will have to be the ones paying for it. In reality, it is such a BIG PROBLEM that it’s name is like the Dark Lord in the Harry Potter Series) never even mentioned aloud during public discussions of different types of generation, which is why radioactive waste (☢W) will continue to haunt the entire nuclear industry. To be clear, all the problems associated with long term ☢W storage includes the many CENTURIES of storage that ☢W requires, the cost of which is even now increasing used to point out that new NNP’s just do not not pencil out in todays Energy generation market place. Left completely unsaid, until almost exactly 3 years ago, is the fact that nuclear generation’s cost is also based upon the HOPE that nothing goes BAD, because if that happens for any reason, as Fukushima has proven, then “all bets are off” at which time the cost of one or more NPP could easily result in a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster or far worse!
But that push outside IT circles means that many non-technical professionals must now produce and comprehend insights from Big Data. Visualization can help, and a raft of new tools makes that possible. “IBM, Cognos, SAS, and other enterprise BI (business intelligence) stalwarts are still around, but they are no longer the only game in town,” he says. “Today, an organization need not spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to get going with dataviz. These new tools have become progressively more powerful and democratic over the last decade. Long gone are the days in which IT needed to generate reports for non-technical employees. They have made it easier than ever to for employees to quickly discover new things in increasingly large datasets. Examples include Visual.ly, Tableau, Vizify, D3.js, R , and myriad others.”
You might not have heard of Onyx, a Chinese e-reader company that has a big presence in Poland -- so much so, that it's the second most popular brand after Amazon's Kindle . For this hardware, since there's no need to provide content for a high-res display, the company can cut some corners on the internals front and reduce the asking price. It's using a low-end Rockchip CPU, an unspecified (low) amount of RAM and only 4GB of on-board storage. There's also no camera, but maybe the microSD card slot that can add up to 32GB more space will salve that wound a little. When we used it, we found that some of the elements worked really well, with the e-reader app behaving as smoothly and responsive as the Kindle app on a traditional smartphone, although we couldn't say the same about using the device in other modes. In fact, when we tried to swipe between pages on the home screen, there was a wait of up to 20 seconds before it would respond to our commands. There's also the small matter that you won't be able to use Google Play or Amazon's Kindle app (or any other Android app, for that matter) without installing the APK yourself, since the company believes that it can't guarantee the minimum levels of usability and quality that its customers might expect -- especially since a number of e-book apps have animations that won't run well on the display's low refresh rate. Still, if you're up for giving it a go, production is expected to begin toward the end of this month and should arrive on store shelves in Germany and Poland at some point in April. It'll be priced at around €140 ($195) and will also be available via Amazon if you're based elsewhere in the world.
There was a lot of "crazy" for comedian Jon Stewart to review after last weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference, or as he calls it , "Burning Man for people who don’t do drugs and are afraid of fire.”
There were two times in my life when I was literally brought to my knees by the beauty of the night sky. Once was on a camping trip in the Nevada desert in my late 20s, when I looked up, caught the Milky Way shining brighter and clearer than ever I'd seen, like a river of a billion diamonds. My legs started to buckle, apparently realizing their insignificance in the scheme of things. I sat down rather rapidly on the desert floor.
As startup ecosystems mature in emerging markets like Africa , travel startups are receiving a lot of attention. Different cultures travel differently, and investors have recognized a potential for success in companies that are tailoring successful models of travel to fit a specific market. The Chinese company Tuniu and Brazilian business Hotel Urbano both derive a significant portion of their business from packaged tours, a segment of the market that’s not as big in the U.S.
Two students were fatally shot in Venezuela on Monday night while protesting the government of President Nicolas Maduro, bringing the total killed there to 22 since protests began in early February.
Google today announced new tools and services for publishing and monetizing items in the Chrome Web Store. The company says it wants to make both processes as easy as possible for developers so they can focus on creation rather than managing overhead.
Tesla Motors Inc. will stop selling its luxury electric cars in New Jersey on April 1, after the state said Tuesday it wouldn't license the company to sell vehicles directly to consumers, bypassing franchised dealers. The defeat for Tesla, which owns its own stores, came despite a furious 11th-hour lobbying effort. A senior Tesla executive had accused New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of breaking a deal to hold off on a rule change...
"It was no different than any other video we do," Farah says. He declined to say how much of the dialogue was scripted in advance and how much was done off the cuff. "I would say everyone is comfortable with what's going to happen. No one wants to offend anyone, or be disrespectful to the president or any other guest... People are on the same page and there is time to play around."
iOS 7 has many snazzy effects and cool new animations, but it’s not for everyone: Some users have reported feeling dizzy from the operating system’s motion effects, while others (my father included) are having issues reading the system’s default text. But you don’t have to deal with feeling ill every time you look at your iPhone—there’s another way. Here’s how to de-animate and re-boldify iOS 7.
The videos weren’t an immediate revelation to the seasoned birder. But Heppner did see potential in Hlynsky’s extruded time effect. The current approaches for gleaning three dimensional flock data are hugely labor intensive. If Hlynsky’s technique could be applied to 3D footage, Heppner thought, it could dramatically simplify the process. “Most of the time I’m blasé about new video stuff,” he says, “but this really was amazing.” After decades in the field, with experts from all sorts of other disciplines having brought their theories and high-powered tools into the mix, the biologist’s latest and perhaps last lead for figuring out how and why birds fly the way they do could come from a specialist of the most unlikely sort: a video artist.
“A user device such as a smart phone, digital camera, or personal media player may be docked to a docking device, which may allow for charging and data transmittal. Some docking devices may provide induction charging to charge a user device, when the user device is placed on a charging surface.” Apple writes. “The user device may include circuitry which may respond to a magnetic field provided by the charging surface. Data may be transmitted between a user device and a docking device, or a host device, when the user device is docked.”
For business owners and managers, feedback comes from many places--balance sheets, customers, online reviews, and employee retention rates, to name a few. Ignoring this feedback can have detrimental effects on your company’s success, yet many of us are still averse to criticism. Sheila Heen , author of the new book Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well says there's a powerful reason this. "Feedback sits at the juncture of two core human needs," argues Heen. While on the one hand, we have a desire to improve and grow, we also have an innate need to be accepted and loved the way we are. "Feedback suggests that how you are now isn't quite A-okay," says Heen. High-achievers, in particular, struggle with this. "We think we should be doing it all and handling it all, if not perfectly, at least perfectly enough that other people don't notice."
Eight CEOs are new to the list this year. Burger King Worldwide head Daniel Schwartz, 33, is one of the youngest on this year’s list. Since taking the position in June of last year, Schwartz has focused on expanding the brand internationally, forming partnerships in India and France and opening the fast food chain’s first location in Brunei. In March the company announced it would make Satisfries, its lower fat, lower calorie French fry, standard in BK Kids Meals.
As pointed out by Ars Technica, this version is likely to be the last version of iOS pushed out the iPhone 4. Apple rarely moves beyond the x.1 version of the operating system and it likely won’t change that pattern with WWDC and iOS 8 right around the corner. This release is probably the end of the line for iPhone 4, with performance at a level that is bearable. If customers want the additional features that’ll land in iOS 8, then will have to update this handsets to the iPhone 4S or even better the iPhone 5s.
The add-on board fits right onto the Pi's P5 pins and carries a Wolfson audio processor that supports high-res audio up to 24-bit / 192KHz, which can be played via a direct connection to an amp over 3.5mm line-out or alternatively via a digital S/PDIF output. Audio recording, meanwhile, comes courtesy of two onboard MEMS mics (useful for things like voice control), a 3.5mm mic jack and a digital S/PDIF input. It's true that some of these audio capabilities have already been possible on the Pi through USB peripherals such as DACs, but the Wolfson Audio Card gets into the DIY spirit of things with a $33 price tag and an emphasis on experimentation and community support. Speaking of which, some Pi owners have already gotten their hands on the board prior to today's global release, and you can follow their exploits at the source link below.
Sonos today announced plans to “forward-publish” its patent applications well before they are available to the public, with the hope they will help other individuals and companies looking to invent technologies that improve the overall music experience. The electronics company says it is making one exception for its new rule: applications that cover inventions not yet in publicly available Sonos products.
So, how can organization make this move to continuous delivery? The answer: one step at a time. A company can move incrementally. Any step you make to steer your internal process toward greater collaboration is an improvement. As a first step, consider aligning the dev and ops teams with common metrics. Developers “move fast, break, then fix things,” and strive to be quick and agile. Meanwhile, the ops view is more measured and change-averse. By creating a dev and ops alignment plan with shared visibility and metrics to measure success, you will ensure everyone shares the same mindset, which is integral to collaboration.
Apple will reboot its maps app for iOS 8 when it reportedly launches later this year, a move that would be a part of an effort to better compete against Google and become a superior mapping platform.
Li Shufu chairs Geely Automobile Holdings, one of China’s 10 largest automakers and one of few to find success outside of China. Geely’s EC7–its best selling model– is also one of the top selling car models in the Ukraine, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Geely exported 50,438 vehicles in the first six months of 2013, up 26% from the same period last year. Last year, the company signed a strategic cooperation framework with Detroit Electric, a U.S. electric carmaker, to co-develop electric vehicles for the China market. His private holding company acquired Volvo in Aug 2010.
Les Moonves ratchets up the rhetoric around Aereo's Supreme Court case, building on past comments about moving programming to cable. CBS, he says now, could go "over the top."
For all the popularity of fingerprint scanners, Fujitsu believes that it can go one better. The Japanese company has been working on palm-based systems for the last few years , and we've already seen turnstiles , wallets and tablets that are accessed from your hand. Fujitsu believes that palm vein sensing is around a thousand times more secure than conventional biometric methods and it's implementing the technology in its next range of business-focused laptops due out this week. We've been shown around some of these models, which have the new sensor fitted into an area that is roughly the same size and position as the company's existing fingerprint scanners, just below the bottom right corner of the keyboard. Using it is simple: Hold your hand a few inches above the sensor and the hardware will quickly scan the unique arrangement of your veins. If it judges you to be the real deal, it'll open up its secrets for your enjoyment. Fujitsu palm scanner hands-on See all photos 8 Photos
Sagan’s Cosmos first aired on PBS in 1980, a moment when Cold War tensions were heating back up. This is critical, because so much of postwar funding for American scientific research depended on an implicit bargain with the military-industrial complex. The federal government supported research in science and technology, and, in exchange, scientists offered their expertise should it be needed in times of war. Public support for science was an easy sell, in part, because so much of the Cold War rivalry depended on high-tech weaponry built on cutting-edge science.
I'm a pharmacologist and public science communications evangelist currently serving as Adjunct Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). I teach science and health writing and reporting courses to undergraduates and graduate students in both the sciences and humanities. I earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology and therapeutics from the University of Florida and a B.S. in toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Disclaimer: The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent any official position of my employer or affiliated agencies. Please note that I am not a medical doctor nor am I licensed to practice medicine in any jurisdiction. As such, all medical information I present here is for educational purposes; you should discuss any medical issues with your own physician.