Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next year
Apple will add gold to the iPad's monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg . "People familiar with the plans" reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new versions of Apple's tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction. With the help of this aesthetic update and next year's rumored introduction of iPads with a 12.9-inch screen , Apple may be able to appeal to a wider range of customers, including the business-oriented demographic.
Over 30 Hikers Die During Ontake Eruption in Japan: What Happened? | WIRED
Many people are quick to blame the hikers or the volcanologists for not “predicting” what might happen. That isn’t the game of volcano monitoring — there is no way to predict all eruptions (or, in fact, most of them). It is a tragedy how many people died on Ontake in what might have been moderate eruption, but as with much in nature, random events happen that are unpredictable. For the millions of people who hike on volcanoes every day, there will be the few who don’t return because volcanoes are dynamic, active features on our planet. Don’t let that scare you, but also treat volcanoes with the respect they clearly deserve.
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.
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.
Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Heads Straight to Windows 10
Windows 10 makes no sense to me. It seems to prove that Microsoft, not only doesn't understand ordinal numbers (Mobile first, cloud first), but also basic counting. And with this "the last major release of windows" does that mean that we are going to get yearly versions of Windows 10? Isn't there already a major tech company has versions of a OS X? At least Apple had 10 follow 9. I am very excited for for what comes next for Windows, and if it is good no one will care what the name is. But I admit, this name makes me think the people in charge aren't thinking very clearly.
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.
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.
Virginian Reactor Will Test an Output-Boosting Fuel Design | MIT Technology Review
A new fuel rod design will be tested in a full-size reactor, but some worry it could bring fresh safety problems.
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.
Waze now lets you add and edit places - CNET
Updated on Monday for both Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems, Waze version 3.9 unveils a feature called Waze Places. In short, the feature lets you add your own places to the maps. You can add or edit business and residential spots that you find along your travels, noting details such as whether a place offers parking. You can even add photos of the place to help fellow Waze users more easily track it down.
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.
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.
Payment Network Dwolla Picks Up A Strategic $9.7M Led By CME Group | TechCrunch
“There are a variety of applications for Dwolla’s real-time payment infrastructure, many of which stretch beyond consumers, mobile payments, and government relationships; the true value of what we’ve built is just beginning to be realized. CME Group’s timely involvement investment in Dwolla recognizes the exponential impact that a modernized payment system can have on an economy and its participants. With 150 years of industry leadership, CME Group brings institutional knowledge and a rare perspective on innovation that will help Dwolla accelerate the arrival of these opportunities and solutions to the marketplace.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
Welcome the Woozy: Because cats deserve hammocks too - CNET
If you don't have a radiator, the legs can be attached to hold the Woozy up as a standalone cat hammock. The recycled polyester fabric can be tossed in the washer to get all the cat hair off. Just to be fair, the Kickstarter video also shows the Woozy being enjoyed by a small dog, though it is primarily designed with cats in mind. Your Great Dane won't fit.
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.
iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17 | TechCrunch
Apple has announced the official launch date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. On October 10, customers will be able to pre-order the devices from Apple’s site. On October 14, they’ll be able to put earlier orders in at Apple’s retail locations, and devices will become available for pickup on October 17.
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.
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."
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.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse casts you as a super saiyan savior
Anime icon Goku may be the hero of the Dragon Ball universe , but in Dragon Ball Xenoverse , that responsibility falls to you. Developer Dimps and publisher Bandai Namco are crafting a new storyline that allows players to insert themselves into Dragon Ball Z history by creating a custom character that travels through time to help the many spiky-haired warriors.
Goku and crew won't just be cowering in a corner and waiting for you to save them, though. By becoming an apprentice to one of the Z Warriors, you'll be able to learn their moves, as well as unlock their costumes. Of course, if you want the authentic experience, you'll also be able to take control of the original characters in other modes.
Our scouters have revealed a trailer showcasing the title's features, which you can check out after the break:
[Image: Bandai Namco Games]
General Catalyst Commits $10M To Startups In Stripe’s Payments Ecosystem | TechCrunch
This is different in that it is a GC managed initiative, with GC investing in the companies. “That said, Stripe may offer unique technical access or mentoring to recipients of investments,” he added. “We think that some of the most innovative companies of the future will be built on Stripe. Their open platform strategy will lead to an entirely new ecosystem of software companies that are focused on helping customers scale online.” It will consider investing more in the startups over time, he says.
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.
Reddit CEO Proposes Cryptocurrency to Let Redditors Own Shares in Company
"Led by Sam [Altman], the investors in this round have proposed to give 10% of their shares back to the community, in recognition of the central role the community plays in reddit's ongoing success," Wong wrote. "We're going to need to figure out a bunch of details to make it work, but we're hopeful. We'll have more specifics to share about it soon, but in the meantime we wanted to mention it here."
One Vision of a Non-Neutral Internet
Net-neutrality advocates have pushed for a flat ban on allowing the service providers to prioritize any kind of content. Their argument is that these limited plans privilege some apps at the expense of the rest, and give wireless carriers the ability to decide what parts of the Internet low-income users can access. If the Facebooks of the world have an in with the carriers, there is no way the future Facebooks of the world could gain a foothold in the market. Innovation, they say, would be stifled.
Belief in Free Will Not Threatened by Neuroscience | WIRED
Most of the students (80 per cent) agreed that this future technology was plausible, but they didn’t think it undermined Jill’s free will. Most of them only felt her free will was threatened if they were told that the neuroscientists manipulated Jill’s brain activity to alter her decisions. Similar results were found in a follow-up study in which the scenario descriptions made clear that “all human mental activity just is brain activity”, and in another that swapped the power of brain imaging technology for the mind reading skills of a psychic. In each case, students only felt that free will was threatened if Jill’s decisions were manipulated, not if they were merely predicted via her brain activity or via her mind and soul (by the psychic).
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.
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.
Reddit Raises $50 Million, Promises To Share Stock With Community
Online community and link-sharing site Reddit said Tuesday it has raised a $50 million Series B round — and in classic Reddit spirit, will be sharing 10 percent of investors’ equity with the community via a custom cryptocurrency.
Report: Smash Bros. glitch is MASSIVE
A glitch in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS , which is currently available in Japan, sees Yoshi go through quite the growth spurt. If you've ever had fantasies of Godzilla in a Yoshi suit, prepare for them to potentially come true in the game's survival mode.
Our review of the game called it "the most feature-complete, compelling Super Smash Bros. entry to date." SSBfN3DS is available this Friday, October 3, in North America and Europe. Smash Smash Bros. (3DS, 4/17/14)
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on October 17
The devices will be available from Apple retail stores and in-store at all three major Chinese networks (China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom), as well as authorized third-party resellers. Pre-orders will only be available from the Apple Online Store on October 10, but from October 14 you can reserve a device for in-store pick-up on October 17.
FireChat Prepares Encryption Feature As It Drives Hong Kong Protests
FireChat’s Daligault says the surge of users in Hong Kong is 20 times bigger than the downloads in Taiwan. It’s currently the No. 1 app in Hong Kong, with 97,000 local chat rooms on Monday. OpenGarden can’t get a read on the content or proportions of messages that are being sent “off the grid,” the critical feature that any user can enable in the app.
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.
SoftBank, DreamWorks Animation Talks Cool
SoftBank Corp.'s discussions to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. have cooled, according to people familiar with the matter, less than two days after word first emerged of the talks.
Improved patch tackles new Shellshock Bash bug attack vectors
Shellshock was publicly disclosed Wednesday, and a patch was released at the same time to address it. It’s being tracked as CVE-2014-6271 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database. But researchers quickly found ways to bypass it with a new attack method that was assigned a separate CVE-2014-7169 identifier.
5 reasons why Ello isn’t the second coming of Facebook
There’s not a lot going on when you look at Ello, but I can’t decide if its black-and-white minimalism is purposeful or just a placeholder for a
fully-fledged website. Finding friends is impossible: The site’s discover tool just takes you to a list of Ello users the network thinks you should add.
I’ve been slowly friending people I know by asking them what their Ello names are. That’s no good for growth. The main feed, which is separated by
“friends” and “noise” (people you don’t really know), also seems overly simple, though Ello’s upcoming feature list promises a “repost with attribution”
tool. That sounds like Tumblr territory.
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.
After security review, China approves Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for sale
Although Apple sold a record number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones during the opening weekend, the number surely would have been higher with China sales. That country will get the phones on October 17 after Apple addressed security concerns from regulators.
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.
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.
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.
This is What's in the Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor Season Pass - IGN
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is due out on September 30th in the US for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The European release is a few days later, on the 3rd of October. If you're holding out for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, then it's a little later on November 18th in the US, and November 21st in the EU.