Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn't mean you should buy it

Another area that seems to be improved in version two is notifications. For many, this is what a smartwatch is all about, allowing you to glance at tweets, calls and messages from your wrist. The original Gear was a bit hit-and-miss in this regard. For example, if you used Samsung's own email client, it would send a fairly useful notification to the watch. But with Gmail notifications, all you got was a mostly useless alert letting you know that email had arrived. Thanks! The Gear 2's Gmail notifications are much better, with a decent snippet of the message included in the alert. It's usually enough for you to determine whether it's a message you want to deal with now or later. The list of apps for which you can get notifications is also surprisingly extensive, and includes pretty much every app on your phone. Never want to miss a Candy Crush message again? Not a problem; have them sent right to your wrist (for your own sanity, please don't).

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NetAppVoice: CIOs: Transform Tomorrow's Business With Flash Storage

My experience of flash in desktop PCs and laptops is far more dramatic than you imply. Boot time is just one measure, but more important is overall productivity. In an analysis I did a while ago, I estimated that the investment for a business in retrofitting SSDs pays a positive ROI if end-users gain just one minute per day in productivity. That’s a really easy decision.

30 Star Wars Facts You Didn't Know | #5facts

Think you know The Force front to back? These 30 'Star Wars' facts will give even hardcore fans a run for their money. THANK YOU to these talented musicians for letting us use their amazing Star Wars covers. Check out their music! "Cantina Band" performed by the Beantown Swing Orchestra: "Star Wars Theme" performed by Estraadiraadio: "Binary Suns" by Coyote Kisses: ----------------- THE FACTS ------------------ Read up on all the facts in this episode here: ------------------------ CLIPS & MUSIC ------------------------ "Star Wars" film clips and music courtesy of 20th Century Fox. David Lynch Interview courtesy The Hudson Union Society: Star Wars Uncut: "Cheers" theme performed by Collage Artworks/Sheldon Williams: https://soundcloud.

Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

Ultimately, Atlassian succeeds not because it's the best tool among a bad bunch, but because it respects developers' time and concerns. Tools like JIRA are intentionally not flashy. They're utilitarian, not because Atlassian lacks creativity, but because the company cares more about what developers want than what marketing or sales or other groups within a company may want. This shows not only in the software itself, but also in how it's sold: Atlassian is salesperson-free, over-the-web, and costs a reasonable amount of money.

WATCH: 10 Crazy Discoveries That Science Can't Explain

But there are still many scientific mysteries yet to be solved. And you'll learn about 10 of them in a new video (above) from the YouTube series Alltime10s .

How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

How to Disable Autoplay Videos on Facebook

You’d think that would take care of it, but you’d be wrong. As the fine print above tells us, Facebook just so happened to make your web settings for this feature completely separate from those of your mobile app. Just in case you like to see ads that automatically play in your phone but not on your PC. Its consideration is touching.

After Heartbleed, "Forward Secrecy" Is More Important Than Ever

Perfect forward secrecy is an encryption technique that prevents people from “unlocking” your private information history, even if they get their hands on the server’s private key. With forward secrecy, a new temporary session key is created each time you access a secure website, instead of relying on one master key. Essentially, it creates ephemeral encryption—where the keys disappear—so hackers can't decrypt your data like they would with HTTPS. 

Amazon Fire TV teardown reveals pop-open case, integrated GPU - CNET

​On the outside, Amazon's Fire TV looks a lot like the streaming players from Apple and Roku. But it's what's on the inside that really counts. And the Fire TV definitely packs a few surprises.

The plot to kill the password

It seems like good luck, all the companies arriving at the same moment at the same time, but it’s just the opposite. This moment was carefully planned, built on top of a delicate standard that’s taken two years to construct. Since 2012, a group called the FIDO Alliance has been working on that standard, building a bridge between hardware projects like Samsung’s fingerprint reader and the online services they’re connecting to. The work has been helped along by some of the most powerful names in the tech and finance, Google and Microsoft together with Valley outsiders like Bank of America and MasterCard. The nature of the spec makes it easy to plug into, so if Samsung strikes out with its fingerprint scanner, it can try again next year with  an iris scanner or an NFC token.

How to Retain Mental and Creative Focus

Repetition allows each priority to become increasingly relevant. You probably experienced the phenomenon the last time that you purchased a new car. You researched it, looked at images of it over a long period of time and see it every day after purchase. Suddenly you starting seeing that car everywhere. Did people follow your idea to buy a silver Toyota Camry, or did that particular object become more relevant to you through repeated exposure?

Amazon to expand Fire TV's voice search with support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime

The Fire TV's voice search functionality is very impressive — we found it to be faster and more accurate than any other voice recognition service we've used. But being limited to just Amazon and Vevo content really held it back from being all that it could be. The new sources will help make Fire TV's voice search more practical, but it is still missing support for key services such as Netflix. The Fire TV also doesn't have access to HBO Go at all.

Hackpad is teaming up with Dropbox!

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Zynga bets the Farm(Ville) on mobile

Zynga is ready to bet the farm on mobile. On Thursday, the video game maker launches its next title starring its biggest franchise, FarmVille.

A Lucky Drug Made Pharmacyclics' Robert Duggan A Billionaire. Will Long-Term Success Follow?

But internally Miller’s attention was already turning to Imbruvica, which he had bought from Celera Genomics, the company known as one of the first to sequence the human genome, for only $6.6 million in 2006 as part of a three-compound deal. He hired Celera scientists who understood the drug and says he was designing the first clinical trial to test the drug himself. When Duggan recommended a new slate of directors, Miller says, his board, fearing a proxy fight they couldn’t win, made the call to Duggan and resigned. One board member tried to broach a reconciliation, but Miller says he wouldn’t have returned, and Duggan says he wouldn’t take him. Both men are bitter, but Miller is still an Imbruvica fan. “I actually think it could be the biggest-selling oncology drug,” Miller says.

What's the Best Text Editor?

Whether you need to edit code, take or make quick notes, or you prefer a bare-bones, distraction-free writing tool, a good text editor can be your best friend. This week we want to know which text editors you think are the best of the bunch—and there are plenty to go around.

Iron Man superhero mashups look supercool - CNET

The Iron Mash digital-art series gives Iron Man gear to superheroes like Batman, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Imagine the possibilities.

Watch What Happens When An Amateur Photographer Drops His Camera In A Lake

Josh Reeves just took a camera, a two liter water bottle and a little ingenuity to create one National Geographic-esque video.

Check out this astronaut's-eye view of the Grand Canyon - CNET

There are at least a couple of ways to think about this image. You might pondre how taking the photo from so far above the Earth reduces the Grand Canyon to a rivulet in the dirt, reminding us how small our little place in the universe is. On the other hand, it's such a massive natural wonder that it can be seen from space and photographed so clearly in all its glory. Perhaps the image encompasses a bit of both perspectives.

This phone might be faster than a Galaxy S5 at nearly half the price

The smartphone to which you should be paying the most attention to right now isn’t made by Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, or even Apple . It’s called the OnePlus One , and it will be announced next week . If you’ve never heard of OnePlus, then we’re not surprised. It’s a brand new company and the One will be its first ever smartphone release, but this isn’t going to be a half-hearted, test-the-waters launch. No, OnePlus intends to make a splash, and so far it has made all the right moves. We’re very excited about the OnePlus One, and think you should be, too. Here’s why.

Vice President Biden joins Instagram - CNET

The official account appears to be managed by staffers, but one can still wish for an image slip-up or two.

New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer

Whether these new Volvos will be among the emerging number of 4G cars in the U.S. remains to be seen. In its announcement, AT&T only said it would provide “high-speed wireless connectivity,” which likely means that Volvo is going with a cheaper EDGE/HSPA+ module, in some models at least. Basic telematics features such as remote unlock or monitoring don’t require a lot of bandwidth, but the more advanced features of Volvo’s evolving Sensus infotainment system will require a bit more juice.

Google Fiber picks KC to test business service - Kansas City Business Journal

The program is available to any small business in Kansas City, the email states, and isn't restricted to Google Fiber customers. Interested parties must fill out a questionnaire by April 25. The survey contains such questions as a company's industry, its staff size, network needs, customer interaction, IT services and its current Internet provider.

Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Tablet Sales In Europe Amid Faulty Charger Product Recall | TechCrunch

A fresh setback for Nokia in the early days of its tablet strategy: it’s announced today that it has had to “temporarily delay” sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe amid a recall of the charger that is sold with the device, which it has found to be faulty. In the U.S., Nokia says sales of the travel charger accessory have been halted. Some 30,000 chargers are affected by the warning, including 600 travel accessories in the U.S.

Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they're an important source of news and commentary

An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law — another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists

Startup Confidential: The Founders Guide To Pitching Sequoia (Part Two)

2. Meet the Sequoia angels.  Many Sequoia founders like Meraki’s Sanjit Biswas end up as Scouts, its semi-secret network of affiliated angel investors who help bring the company deals as well as getting involved with the next successful entrepreneurs. But Sequoia’s also got some angel investors who have brought it major wins. It was Pejman Nozad who introduced Sequoia to Dropbox cofounder Arash Ferdowsi; the email to Moritz about Houzz came through its angel investor Don Katz, after a push for funding from fellow angel Oren Zeev. Nozad still helps local Iranian-Americans meet and greet with the Sequoia partners and calls the firm the “FC Barcelona” of venture: “A superstar is always there, but that star comes and goes and the quality stays the same. Barcelona is more than a football club, and Sequoia is unique in the culture it’s created.”

Tesla Might Find Success in China, but the Results Could Be Bad for the Environment | MIT Technology Review

Recent research led by Christopher Cherry , a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, has shown that in much of the country, an electric vehicle the size of a Nissan Leaf accounts for roughly the same amount of carbon dioxide per mile driven as a comparable gasoline-powered car. On top of that, EVs in China account for a larger amount of dangerous particulate emissions than conventional cars.

IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: Three Ways To Fight Fraud In A World Of Big Data

Consider direct denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which are typically large groups of individuals that access a website at the same time in order to shut down its servers. Let’s say a bank is being hit with a DDoS and has deployed its entire security team to combat the issue and bring their servers back online. At the same time, the bank starts seeing suspicious account behavior in a separate part of the organization. By deploying a true, enterprise-wide counter fraud initiative — or one that combines advanced technology and cultural vigilance — organizations can quickly realize the DNS attack was classic sleight of hand to mask the second, more-invasive attack to steal funds from a customer account.

Heartbleed Roundup: Hacking Made Easy, First Victims Come To Light And Heartbleed Hacker Arrested

A wide variety of tools have been released to enable people to check their systems for Heartbleed but actually extracting useful sensitive information as an attacker is more of an ‘art’. There is now code in the ‘Metasploit pull’ (a queue for inclusion if you will) which simplifies extraction of private keys (the secret that is used to encrypt information when people securely connect to a service). Metasploit is a readily available (and very powerful) tool that allows penetration testers to emulate the behaviours and tactics of attackers to educate businesses on their vulnerabilities so that they can proactively deal with the issues. Of course, given the tool is easy to obtain (and there is a free open source version) there is nothing to stop more nefarious characters using it too.

6 LEGO Games That We Want - IGN Conversations - IGN Video

Ninja Turtles! Ghostbusters! Can you imagine how awesome they would be?!

Optimizely launches platform for testing and tweaking your native iOS apps - The Next Web

The update comes some four years after Optimizely first introduced its Web testing platform, which has garnered more than 6,000 customers including CNN, Starbucks and Disney. By expanding its reach to encompass mobile app testing too, Optimizely places itself in a better position as a viable platform for testing and optimizing apps and sites across multiple device categories.

The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law

“There’s a reason we have a timeline now,” said Thilo Koslowski, a Gartner analyst for vehicle information and communication technology. “Most manufacturers are planning to put displays and screens in the cars anyway. The cost of doing this is less than one-percent of purchase price of your average new vehicle.”

Mozilla Names Former Exec Chris Beard As Interim CEO

Mozilla is building these kinds of alternatives for the world. It’s why we’re here. It’s why we gather together to focus on our shared mission and goals. We intend to use recent events as a catalyst to develop and expand Mozilla’s leadership. Appointing Chris as our interim CEO is a first step in this process. Next steps include a long-term plan for the CEO role, adding board members who can help Mozilla succeed and continuing our efforts to actively support each Mozillian to reach his or her full potential as a leader.

How to Lie With Data Visualization

Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at 3 of the most common ways in which visualizations can be misleading.

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit Review

Its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have a lot of potential, but the tricky bit is making sure all the features are relevant enough for general consumers to want to pick them up. Perhaps it could be positioned more as a device highlighting important notifications for those who have to keep their phones away (at meetings or while driving), and less of a fitness-tracker, since the Gear Fit already caters to fitness bunnies. I’m also hoping to see future iterations of the Gear smartwatches feature apps that have been modified for better usage and not just being adapted to a smaller screen.

Microsoft’s Xbox One Passes 5M Units Sold to Retailers

that it has sold over 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers around the globe, but sales of the system have still lagged behind rival Sony’s PlayStation 4. By comparison, Sony revealed on Wednesday that PS4 sales

Amazon workers in Germany strike

Union representative Jörg Lauenroth-Mago said that the online retailer was displaying "a lack of respect for the excellent work that Amazon employees deliver every day". He said he expected around 40% of the Leipzig workforce to take part in industrial action today, and that further centres in the rest of Germany would follow Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld's lead over the course of the year.

Can a little-known blogger turn his site into a business by selling memberships? Ben Thompson is sure going to try

By giving readers a series of rewards targeted to specific use cases — whether they are content-based or more community or interaction-based — Thompson said he hopes to get around some of the problems of paywalls. “The thing thing that bothers me about paywalls is that they punish your best readers, your biggest fans. I think freemium is a much better way to think about it…. the vast majority of people can consume it and never pay, but for those who really like what I have to say, they can pay and they get access to more.”

Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years | PCWorld

Microsoft's Office may be the go-to productivity suite in the business world, but there's apparently plenty of room out there for challengers to thrive: On Thursday, the Apache Software Foundation announced that the Apache OpenOffice suite has been downloaded a whopping 100 million times.

How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

What's certain is that you don't just magically land in "Big-C" land one day. It takes the cumulative effect of thinking creatively every day, so much so that you don't even realize you're doing it. In short, creativity becomes a default mode. "Creative people are creative … not as a result of any particular inborn trait, but, rather, through an attitude toward life," says Sternberg. "They habitually respond to problems in fresh and novel ways, rather than allowing themselves to respond mindlessly and automatically."

NASA Has Discovered The First Potentially Habitable Earth-sized Planet

In the hunt for exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system), one of the things that astronomers have been desperately searching for is another planet like Earth that’s capable of supporting life. It’s been a close thing, so far. Astronomers have found Earth-sized planets in other solar systems. They have found planets in the “habitable zone” (an orbit where temperatures would be potentially conducive to life) of other solar systems. But they haven’t found an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star.

Flickr 3.0 update brings revamped UI, HD video capture, Intelligent Search engine and more

Flickr 3.0 sports an all-new design with new features such as the ability to record HD videos, improved auto sync feature and new way to rediscover and explore your photos.

Marissa Mayer Wants Yahoo To Be Safari's Default Search Engine | Cult of Mac

Having seen its shares jump recently , Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has another plan she hopes will continue her company’s turnaround: convincing Apple to adopt Yahoo as the default search engine for Safari on iOS.

Apple said to partner with Shazam on song-ID tool for iOS - CNET

The Cupertino, Calif., electronics maker plans to release a feature in iOS 8 that identifies a song and its artist via an iPhone or iPad, Bloomberg reports.

Healthcare Marketing Report Card

With over 70% of Internet users using online resources to discover health information, now is the time to invest in creating a website that delivers on the patient needs end-to-end.

iOS 8 to include song identification feature powered by Shazam

The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.

MLB.TV is now streaming on Google's Chromecast

Starting today, you'll be able to watch America's pastime on Chromecast. MLB.TV now supports Google's $35 streaming stick, and fans can start casting games to the TV once the required updates for At Bat 2014 arrive on Android and iOS this afternoon. A premium subscription to MLB.TV is required if you want to stream with Chromecast. The  cost of entry isn't cheap at $24.99 monthly or $129.99 for the entire season, but at least that includes your At Bat subscription for watching games (or listening to radio broadcasts) on the go.

Mark Zuckerberg on the shift to mobile and the Great Unbundling of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg says his approach to mobile consists of breaking the monolithic Facebook app down into smaller, more discrete experiences — ones that may look and feel nothing like the big blue app or main website, and may even allow for different identities

Man makes fun of Heartbleed, posts passwords online, gets ‘hacked’

Someone took the man up on his offer, and before long, his Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress accounts were accessed and used by people other than him. Though it has been reported that the man’s accounts were “hacked,” we don’t think the term applies here considering that it doesn’t take a cyber criminal to use accounts that are tied to publicly posted passwords.

Dropbox aquires iOS photo app Loom, will fold into Carousel next month - CNET

Carousel, Dropbox's answer to its growing photo storage problem, works very much the same way Loom did. By storing photos in the cloud and charging users a subscription fee for storage, both apps allow people to snap photos and not worry about how much room those photos were taking up on the smartphone. But Loom didn't decide to join Dropbox simple because of its larger consumer base.

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