Archive for June, 2014


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 Firefox OS is a tough project to evaluate. Mozilla’s phone operating system is meant for developing countries and first-time smartphone owners.

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Just days after Apple announced Swift at its WWDC keynote, Facebook’s mobile app development platform Parse on Friday announced support for Apple’s new programming language for building iOS and Mac apps.  “We’re excited about Swift because it…

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It’s taken a while, but the CIA has finally joined Twitter, kicking off with a humorous tweet and gathering more than 260,000 followers in a matter of just a few hours.

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Will Uber succeed in its mission to revolutionize the way local transportation works? The biggest investors in Silicon Valley seem to think so, having pledged another $1.4bn of capital.

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NASA’s latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser.

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The Life, Art, Science, and Technology (LAST) Festival is taking place this weekend in San Francisco, starting today.

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Vilynx has come a long way since we first wrote about them back in May of 2013. In addition to a brand facelift, they’ve also hauled in $1.9 million in funding from the New York VC Ridgewood Capital.

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Cha-Ching…looks like Uber is joining the $17 billion Club.  The San Francisco-based black car service transportation announced today that it has raised $1.2 billion in a new financing led by Fidelity Investments.  Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick…

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It started with WWDC, Apple’s annual conference where it announces all the year’s new software stuff. It ended with Detroit decay and Steve Wozniak telling us about his tenure as the World’s #1 Tetris Player.

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Asteroid 2014 HQ 124, a.k.a. The Beast, is a football stadium-sized behemoth, estimated at nearly a quarter of a mile wide. And on Sunday, it’s gonna come perilously close to our beloved home planet. How close?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook heralded this year’s WWDC event as the biggest ever, thanks to a slew of announcements and features for developers and consumers. One of the most interesting aspects of the event was the increased focus on iMessage.

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Small Talk: Many low- and no-cost marketing strategies available
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Zero-budget marketing is definitely an art form that comes in all shapes and sizes.

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The mystery of the CIA grew a little bit larger Friday when the intelligence agency officially joined the Twitterverse.
The CIA sent out its first tweet Friday afternoon, and it was a thing of beauty.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government wants to give the public less information about its legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.

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If reports are true, Apple may soon change the way you listen to music on your iPhone. According to 9to5Mac (via The Verge), Apple has shared new specifications to manufactures that would turn the phone’s Lightning port …

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CenturyLink funnels $110K to classrooms for technology projects Phoenix Business Journal (blog) CenturyLink Inc., a Monroe, Louisiana-based communications company with a large presence in the state, awarded Arizona schools $110,000 in grants on May…

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CNN Airlines want tracking technology to prevent another MH370 CNN Doha, Qatar (CNN) — Making sure another plane is never “lost” again is the immediate priority for the airline industry, according to Tony Tyler CEO of the International Air…

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The Leap Motion Controller is cool—and it’s about to get cooler —but the neat little dongle is a toy, not a must-have . Now, HP is going to start selling keyboards with Leap built right in, and it’s probably the best way to get in on the fun.

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Are dual-socket motherboards, enormous CPU coolers, and multiple foot-long GPUs regular features of the PCs you build? If so, Silverstone has you in mind with its Temjin TJ12 case, which was shown at Computex this week.

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Facebook today updated Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone with two new features and performance improvements. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Phone Store.

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The first-ever cyber-commencement address given by “Rossum” —a machine intelligence running a $22 billion hedge fund—to the graduating class of a top-tier technical university somewhere in America before the year 2030.

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The median price for an existing home in the United States is $211,000, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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With a wingspan longer than Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet, the Solar Impulse 2 took off from its home base in Switzerland on its maiden flight this week.

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Gawker BaneCat Returns to Teach You The Meaning of Despair| Jalopnik Here’s A Peek Into Dubai’s Insane $6.5 Million Police Fleet | Jezebel A State by State Guide to How You Will Die| Kotaku Why Game Developers Keep Getting Laid Off | Kinja Popular…

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 This one could get messy.Yesterday afternoon, Qz reported on a message that some Netflix/Verizon customers were seeing which pinned potential video quality issues on Verizon’s network being “crowded.” Read More…

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When we think of medicine, we usually think of the treatment: drugs, surgery, therapy. But before all that comes the diagnosis—a tricky proposition when symptoms are confusing and information scant.

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Is your website ready for business? When I ask this question at speaking events I do, often very few hands go up. Most people aren’t really sure, either way, if their website is working or not.

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10 Insider’s Lessons From Facebook’s Marketing Strategy
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The Future of Work. 10 Insider’s Lessons From Facebook’s Marketing Strategy.

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Your unique selling proposition needs to stand out on your landing page if you want to convert visitors. Image by blatera.
Did you know studies have shown that you have less than 10 seconds to convince visitors to stay on your landing page?

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Band Builds Fan Base Through Technology, Live Experience
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LOS ANGELES — Nick Sherwin of California-based Suburban Skies says his band promotes itself and controls its own destiny thanks to 21st Century technology.

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The sensationally styled Volvo XC90 is getting a big advance in infotainment. The new Sensus connect system takes a less is more approach to the interface.

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It’s Computex time, and that means new guts.

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I just can’t have enough of these videos of people watching Game of Thrones’ twisted plot turns.

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NEW YORK — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be…

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Janet Yellen has spoken publicly at length on the economic outlook or monetary policy seven times since becoming the Federal Reserve chief. Her next address, on June 18, might provide as good a reason as any to buy stocks.

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Ecuador, the only South American nation to use the U.S. dollar as its official currency, swapped gold with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for liquid assets in a sign the country is short on cash, according to Loomis Sayles & Co.

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Meeting the world’s energy supply needs by 2035 will require US$40-trillion of investment, as demand grows and production and processing facilities have to be replaced, the International Energy Agency said.

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NASA has unveiled “the most colorful view of the Universe” ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Silicon Valley Season Finale: Trending Up
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“We’re trending up boys, we are trending up,” said Erlich on the season finale.

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Great – add this to your list of growing Instagram problems. Now, instead of taking forever to choose a filter, you’ll have to spend even more time perfecting those photos thanks to new editing features in Instagram 6.0.

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Why Google’s launching nearly 200 satellites – Newser Apple’s ready to own the smart home – ReadWrite Tina Belcher will get you through any bad day – BuzzFeed Geeky Don’t turn to ancient gasoline deposits when the apocalypse comes – Cracked Edward…

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 Here’s a little factoid that has pretty much nothing to do with the broader significance of Swift, Apple’s new programming language for developing iOS and OS X apps.

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 Android Wear is going to be a big part of Google I/O 2014 this year, and Google helps developers acclimate to the idea of wrist-borne apps.

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DVF for Google Glass–Google’s wearable technology—Google Glass—is getting a fashionable revamp thanks to a recent collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg.

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What’s your wall doing right now—holding up your posters? Being leaned against by the bookshelf? What about storing the energy that powers all your kitchen appliances?

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A few weeks ago we looked at the broken promises of Terrafugia — a flying car company with a product that’s always just two years away . Well, we’ve got an important update.

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Back in 2006 we learned about the FBI’s ability to eavesdrop on cellphones, even when they’re turned off. And guess what? Edward Snowden reminds us that government agencies can still do just that.
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There’s a lot to unpack from Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday, and we’ve been doing plenty of that already .

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Here are some things going on this morning in your world of tech:  Shares of AT&T (T) are down 5 cents at $35.39, after the company this morning updated its outlook for the year, saying that it was experiencing a greater mix of revenue from sales …

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How can we use math to answer some of our most basic questions? Mathematician and writer Jordan Ellenberg is here today to take our questions about everyday mathematics, how to teach math literacy, and the hidden math of our world.

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Get ready for a slew of new features! iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is on its way – and Apple’s latest mobile operating system promises to be the best update for avid texters ever.

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BEST NEWS EVER. Today at Apple’s big developer conference, WWDC, iPhone users cheered at the company’s latest announcement: the ability to text and call any number – even Android ones! – from your Mac desktop.

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At last, iCloud is going to play nice with Windows computers. At Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2014, the company announced iCloud Drive, a new online storage system that works like Dropbox and Google Drive.

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Today at WWDC, Apple announced a huge batch of products aimed straight at the heart existing companies and apps. Here are just a few of the things that are feeling a spinning beachball target on their backs.

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You could (and probably should) wait for the wide release this fall before downloading iOS 8. But if you absolutely can’t wait, here’s how to get Apple’s brand new iOS 8 beta on your phone right now.
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Today at WWDC, Apple gave OS X a design overhaul that’s just as huge as its namesake. Yosemite is bright, sharp, and flat as hell . But while OS X now looks more like iOS, iOS and OS X are also more alike than ever.

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Love it or hate it, the concept of taking a picture of oneself and sharing it with the world is a phenomenon that refuses to die . But for the love of all things holy, can’t we find a better name than ‘selfie’?

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As far as necessary tasks go, unclogging toilets is without question one of the most unpleasant. Which is why South Korea’s fully sealed, minimal-contact alternative is a stroke of genius.
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Touch ID is now going to be a lot more usable—Apple announced that in iOS 8, it works alongside third-party apps.

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