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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.
I had just explained to Amber that 122 GB of music files were missing from my laptop. I’d already visited the online forum, I said, and they were no help. Although several people had described problems similar to mine, they were all dismissed by condescending “gurus” who simply said that we had mislocated our files (I had the free drive space to prove that wasn’t the case) or that we must have accidentally deleted the files ourselves (we hadn’t). Amber explained that I should blow off these dismissive “solutions” offered online because Apple employees don’t officially use the forums—evidently, that honor is reserved for lost, frustrated people like me, and (at least in this case) know-it-alls who would rather believe we were incompetent, or lying, than face the ugly truth that Apple has vastly overstepped its boundaries.
Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Siri, will give the world’s first demo of a next gen AI called Viv at Disrupt NY
Where Siri was an application that was made a service, Dag and the Viv team want to manufacture an underlying infrastructure that allows AI to be poured into apps, systems and experiences. Viv is counting on this broad application of AI to be as ubiquitous as a search button, and they’ve created some very real apps that utilize the system. If you want to see them in action for the first time, and get a glimpse at the brain that runs Viv behind the scenes (and we don’t mean Dag,) then we’ll see you at Disrupt NY on May 9-11 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. You can buy tickets here .
Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent
Microsoft had been planning to use a number of sensors on the sides of a device to detect how a phone is held by grip, allowing 3D Touch-enabled phones to block an orientation switch when you're lying down in bed. In the Microsoft Research video you can also see features allowing additional gestures to be unearthed as a users' finger gets closer to the screen. Video controls are used as an example, but Microsoft was also using the same concept to allow Windows Phone users to hover over Live Tiles (MixView) and reveal information relevant to a particular app.
LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of 'Shield' actor, documents show
LAPD detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S belonging to April Jace, whom the actor is accused of killing at their South L.A. home in 2014, according to a search warrant filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World
While 123 seconds – or just over two minutes – may not seem long, and a far cry from the idealized vision of citizens settling in with the morning newspaper, two minutes is far longer than most local television news stories today. And that print newspaper over which people linger contains many separate stories, not just one. In addition, our analysis indicates that this metric almost certainly underestimates the real time spent reading or watching a news story. Specifically, the Parse.ly metrics capture screen movements such as scrolling or clicking, within 5.5 second intervals. While more precise counts of actual user engaged time may still be out of reach with existing methods, what is of most value is the relative difference that emerges between long- and short-form stories. And here the conclusion across this dataset is consistent: People are spending more time on longer stories than on shorter ones, suggesting that engagement can expand to meet the demands of a more in-depth piece.
Bitcoin 'creator' backs out of Satoshi coin move 'proof' - BBC News
"A lot more people in the Bitcoin community are going to be unconvinced of Dr Wright's claims than will believe he is Satoshi, based upon what's happened to date," commented Dr Garrick Hileman, an economic historian at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.
Windows 10 is now on over 300 million devices, upgrade will cost $119 after July 29
Microsoft today announced that its Windows 10 operating system has now been installed on more than 300 million devices. That’s up from the “more than 270 million devices” milestone announced on March 30 .
GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis
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and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads within a year, a move central to the companies’ joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the auto industry.
Windows 10 upgrades will cost $119 after July 29
The free upgrade offer was a bold gambit for Microsoft -- previously, nothing could get in the way of that tasty OS revenue. But, after Windows 8 failed to entice developers and consumers, the company needed to do something drastic. And it seems to have paid off: Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on 300 million devices around the world (that's up from 200 million in January ). Among other notable stats, Cortana has answered more than 6 billion questions so far, and people have spent over 63 billion minutes in the Edge browser just in March.
Apple Loses an iPhone Trademark Battle in China
Are you the proud owner of an IPHONE brand pocketbook? Fear not – a Beijing court has ruled that your bag is safely within the bounds of Chinese copyright law.
Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert
After eliminating duplicates, Holden said, the cache contained nearly 57 million Mail.ru accounts - a big chunk of the 64 million monthly active email users Mail.ru said it had at the end of last year. It also included tens of millions of credentials for the world's three big email providers, Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo, plus hundreds of thousands of accounts at German and Chinese email providers.
Netflix now lets you adjust how much data you burn through when streaming on your phone
The default setting will enable you to stream about 3 hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data. In terms of bitrates, that currently amounts to about 600 Kilobits per second. Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees. If you have a mobile data plan with a higher data cap, you can adjust this setting to stream at higher bitrates. Our goal is to give you more control and greater choice in managing your data usage whether you’re on an unlimited mobile plan or one that’s more restrictive.
Russian Hackers Have 270 Million Email Logins, Including Gmail and Yahoo Accounts
Hold Security has apparently alerted all of the affected email providers. It may be that the stash is out of date and doesn’t present too much of a security threat—though, of course, it could be a new pool of data, in which case the accounts included in the tranche could be at risk. It may be a good time to refresh your password either way,
Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now
Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands, like Google, Uber, Tumblr, Vine, Spotify, Candy Crush, YouTube, and several others.
Siri creators set to unveil AI-based voice assistant
At Viv Labs , the co-founders of Siri have been working on an even more advanced bot that can do a whole lot more, thanks to an AI-powered brain and plenty of data to constantly learn from.
Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name - TorrentFreak
Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open.
Microsoft no longer allows administrators to block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro | ZDNet
"Microsoft is focused on helping enterprises manage their environment while giving people choice in the apps and devices they use to be productive across work and life. Windows 10 Enterprise is our offering that provides IT pros with the most granular control over company devices. Windows 10 Pro offers a subset of those capabilities and is recommended for small and mid-size businesses looking for some management controls, but not the full suite necessary for IT pros at larger enterprises.The ability to block access to the Windows Store is typically for organizations who want more control over corporate-owned devices. This fits into the value of Windows 10 Enterprise.
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Would you bank with Facebook or Google?
The world of banking is set for rapid change, with new research revealing just how keen consumers are to use new technology like wearables and cryptocurrencies for payments – and some folks would be prepared to do their online banking with the likes of Facebook or Google.
Amazon is leasing more Boeing cargo planes to expand its shipping network
Amazon has reached an agreement with cargo airline Atlas Air Worldwide to lease 20 Boeing 767s to better help it ferry products around the US. The deal, announced today to coincide with Atlas's first-quarter earnings, also allows Amazon to purchase up to a 30 percent stake in the aircraft company over the next 10 years. The deal is just the latest in a series of strategic moves Amazon has made to reduce its reliance on third-party shipping services like UPS and FedEx. In March, Amazon announced a similar deal to lease as many as 20 Boeing cargo planes from Air Transport Services Group.
Tips On Getting The Coveted Moms of Instagram To Love You, From A Brand That Did It
Freshly Picked's adorable, colorful feed does not happen by accident. Petersen spends a lot of time creating the world of the brand. At an overarching brand level, Petersen wants the feed to be all about capturing the special, fleeting moments of parenthood. But every week, her team also decides on a particular color palette that coincides with a color from the moccasin collection, then ensures that the feed reflects that look. "We want it to look very pleasing if you're just scrolling through our pictures in a quick glance," she says. "It's very deliberate, but we want it to feel organic."
Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays
Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. Previously, broadcasts disappeared after 24 hours.
Cupertino's mayor is furious at Apple: 'They abuse us'
In fact, when Chang last decided to pay an impromptu visit to Apple's campus, while he was a city-council member, before he was mayor, security escorted him off campus. "They said, 'You cannot come in — you're not invited,'" Chang told The Guardian.
Instagram Is Testing Business Profiles
Instagram’s answer to Facebook pages, business profiles, are being tested with a small group of users and have been spotted in the wild.
Nearly 80 percent of Reddit threads with more than a thousand comments mention Hitler
This has been a common enough axiom on the web for a while, but now, we have some concrete figures to support the theory. Pseudonymous statistician Curious Gnu has compiled a database of Reddit threads covering some 4.6 million comments, and scanned them for mentions of the words "Hitler" or "Nazi." After removing history subreddits from the data, Gnu found that once a thread hit 101 comments there's roughly a 15 percent chance of a Hitler mention. But go over 1,000 comments and this probability skyrockets — to above 70 percent. Looking at all the data, Gnu concludes: "78% of Reddit Threads With 1,000+ Comments Mention Nazis."
'Persona 5' gets a new trailer and release date in Japan
Persona , one of the most stylish and contemporary JRPG franchises, is almost ready to make its debut on the PlayStation 4. Developer Atlus held an event today in Japan for the next instalment, Persona 5 , dropping a new trailer and plenty of tantalizing gameplay details. More important, however, is the game's new release date: September 15th, 2016. For now that's strictly a Japan date -- there's no word on when a localized version will launch on the PS3 and PS4 in the West. Still, it's a promising development given the game has been delayed multiple times.
Google's AI has read enough romance novels to write its own
After going through the massive trove of novels, the engine was tasked with writing sentences of its own based on what it had learned. It then compared its own work with text from books it had read, so as to continually improve its ability to generate better sentences.
The Best #ManlyBookClubNames For Your Manly Book Club
Men-only books clubs are a hot new trend, the New York Times reports , citing such groups as "The Man Book Club" and "International Ultra Manly Book Club." You can come up with better names than that!
Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy' | Fox News
Former State Department IT staffer Bryan Pagliano, who installed and maintained the server, has been granted immunity by the Department of Justice and is cooperating with the FBI in its ongoing criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server. An intelligence source told Fox News last month that Lazar also could help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server may have been compromised by a third party.
Instagram Brand Profiles are Coming – Here’s a First Look
Back in March, re/code reported that Instagram was working on a range of new features to promote more advertising and brand activity on the platform, including analytics tools, the ability to buy Instagram ads via mobile and specific profiles for businesses. While there was no set date listed for the release of these new brand tools at the time, re/code’s sources suggested they would all be available within the next few months. And now, the first images of the new brand pages for Instagram have been spotted, with Later.com posting images of the new profile format – or, at least, how the new brand profiles look at this stage of the testing process.
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Siri's creators will debut next-gen AI assistant next week
Siri has been gradually getting better since its debut in 2011, but some of its original creators are set to introduce its successor, Viv, next week — and, by all accounts, Siri better watch her back!
Apple Starts Selling Accessibility Accessories through Its Online Store
Apple has added a new “Accessibility” accessories category to its online store. Currently, the Cupertino company sells 15 different products under its new category that cater to people with various kinds of disabilities including vision, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy.
Twitch user allegedly broadcasts assault on significant other
A Twitch user is under fire for purportedly broadcasting an assault on his partner. The account , belonging to "joedaddy505," has been closed on Twitch due to service violations, but at least one YouTube video of the stream contains audio of what sounds like the broadcaster repeatedly hitting a crying woman and insulting her. Viewers have speculated that since there was no video to go with the audio, "Joedaddy505" may have thought his stream had ended. When reached for comment, a Twitch spokesperson said that the company doesn't comment on service violations. We also asked Twitch if law enforcement had been contacted and were given the following response:
Here's Your First Look at the New Power Rangers Movie Suits
We’ve seen the new teenagers with attitude in their civilian looks already, but finally, we get to see what this new cinematic take on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers looks like post-transformation. They look like Tony Stark designed them.
App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [Updated]
Isn't this standard for the App Store? Search used to be good, but recently (over the last few months at least) an exact name search has not produced the correct app at all, even fairly popular ones. Google always found them easily.
YouTube is reportedly building a streaming cable service called Unplugged
YouTube is entering the online TV landscape. Bloomberg News reports that the company is working on a subscription-based streaming service called "Unplugged" that would let customers stream a bundle of cable channels. YouTube has been working on such a product since 2012, according to the report, but has ramped up efforts recently as other companies including Dish, Sony, and now Hulu have launched or plan to deliver premium internet TV offerings. The current goal is to launch Unplugged in 2017, and YouTube has already made behind-the-scenes infrastructure changes to meet that target.
This App Is The Antidote To This Insane Presidential Campaign
Bounds, Bromberg, and I are chatting in Sidewire's office space in a cool commercial real estate development in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood. It's the day of the New York primary, but it's late afternoon before the polls have closed, so you'd never necessarily know it. The TV is off, and everyone has their face buried in a monitor. For a startup that is still "10 employees and a pizza box," as Bounds self-effacingly puts it, he's hustled his way into some fancy digs. Sidewire is decamped in the office of a local family foundation, with lots of rich wood and exposed brick. Pictures of vintage motorcycle racing dominate the walls. The conference room is decorated images of celebrities and their bikes, and two vintage racing motorcycles, a BMW and a signed MV Agusta that Sidewire employees speculate is worth anywhere from $175,000 to $250,000, command a lot of the open space. Everyone wants me to know that this isn't yet another sign of startup excess, but it's the owner's collection; Sidewire is renting desks month to month.
Beyoncé speaks out on North Carolina's anti-LGBT law
Last month, Cyndi Lauper announced that she would be donating all proceeds from her show in the state to Equality North Carolina, a local LGBT organization that has been lobbying for the repeal of HB2. Similarly, Father John Misty announced that he'll donate all proceeds from his Charlotte concert to Time Out Youth.
Google Slides gets live Q&A feature and laser pointers
Today, Google is introducing a new service for its Slides app called Slides Q&A, which lets people in a crowd ask a moderator questions in real-time without interrupting their talk.
The FDA is banning e-cigarette sales to people under 18
The new ruling will go into affect in 90 days, and makes e-cigs subject to the same rules outlined in the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. That means retailers will need to verify the photo ID of their customers before they buy e-cigarettes. In addition, manufacturers whose products hit the market after February 15th, 2007 (so, essentially all vapes) will need to submit applications to the agency for approval and to determine whether or not their products show any additional health risks. Companies will be able to sell their wares for two years while they submit applications, and then for another year while the applications are reviewed.
Persona 5 Japanese Release Date, Collector's Edition Announced - IGN
A 20th anniversary-themed Collector's Edition was also announced for Persona 5 in Japan, including an art book, a soundtrack with songs from previous Persona games, and series-inspired DLC, including outfits from Persona 3 and 4. The set will be available for 13,800 yen (roughly $128USD).
Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you
But nearly all of the partnerships were dissolved once Apple took over. To build them, Kittlaus had essentially gone door-to-door to various tech companies asking for permission to connect to their stores of proprietary data. Kittlaus and Cheyer, who became close with Apple's Steve Jobs before his death in 2011, will not discuss what happened beyond this from Kittlaus: “Steve had some ideas about the first version, and it wasn’t necessarily aligned with all the things that we were doing.” Kittlaus quietly left Apple the following year. A third of the original Siri engineering team members, including Cheyer, eventually followed him and are now building Viv.
Watch Paul McCartney Cover Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' in Minneapolis
"Here's to the man," McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. "Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy."
Doctor on Demand names former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson as new CEO
Telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has reshuffled its leadership, replacing its founding CEO Adam Jackson with former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson. The company claims this transition was needed to bring in a “leader with a different set of skills to execute an increasingly dual-pronged strategy of nurturing its direct-to-consumer business while rapidly expanding its number of enterprise customers.”