December 28, 2014

2014: Year of the Uber-ing of everything

SAN FRANCISCO — Look back on 2014 and one thing becomes instantly clear. Technology is helping us become the Laziest Generation.

Think about it, people. In the old days, we'd stand bravely in the rain waiting for a cab. Now we just fire up Uber—which despite executives' unsavory reputation on privacy and women just raised $1.2 billion—and our chariot rolls up.

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December 24, 2014

Haven’t sent your holiday cards yet? Here are 5 tech-savvy solutions

With Christmas just one day from now, there's no better time to boost your visibility with clients and vendors. (Actually, there was a better time; it was several weeks ago,

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5 apps every Realtor should be using | Inman News

I'm a big fan of new technologies, and a good app often is a real lifesaver. I am not ashamed to accept any help I can get — especially if the only thing I need to do is tap the "download" button.

I've created a list of the five best work-related apps I use every day. These wonderful inventions can help you organize your schedule, remember passwords or keep your paperwork just a click away.

Read more...  http://www.inman.com/2014/12/23/5-apps-every-realtor-should-be-using/

December 7, 2014

North Korea denies involvement in 'righteous' Sony hack

There's something a little sad about a great conspiracy theory being disproven.

When Sony was hacked over the weekend and saw both Fury and Annie released online, many wondered if North Korea was behind the attack. Why would they do such a thing, you may ask? Sony is also the company behind, The Interview, which parodies North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un and centers its entire plot around James Franco and Seth Rogen plotting to assassinate him.

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This Disk In Your Pants Tells you to Sit Up And Breathe Into Your Belly

reathing and sitting up straight are two elements that engineer duo Andre Persidsky and Alex Ahlund believe are key to getting a handle on stress and wellbeing. The two life-long meditators and serial entrepreneurs came together to create Prana, a patent-pending clip-on disk that monitors how your posture affects your breath throughout the day.

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November 11, 2014

Xbox One Update: Best One Yet?

Yesterday was the last major update for Microsoft's Xbox One gaming system this year. It is the tenth major update this year, and it will be the last one until 2015.

With this new update, you'll be able to watch TV, interact with the Xbox live community and personalize your Xbox in several new ways.

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November 9, 2014

Web firm Weebly to add jobs at new Scottsdale office

Weebly, a global website builder, has opened its new North American customer operations headquarters in downtown Scottsdale Weebly plans to hire more than 200 people over the next three years with the aim of supporting more than 2 million customers from its 25,000-square-foot location at the Galleria Corporate Centre, 4301 N. Scottsdale Road. Those jobs include customer sales and support specialists, team leaders, trainers, quality assurance and other positions. The company held an official opening ceremony Nov. 6. The company has signed a five-year office lease at the building. The San Francisco-based startup company, which hosts 25 million sites, offers bloggers and businesses designs and publishing tools to create websites.

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November 2, 2014

USA TODAY launches Twitter Political Issues Index

USA TODAY and Twitter have partnered to launch the USA TODAY/Twitter Political Issues Index, an interactive visualization of political tweets about a range of key issues.

The index uses issue "frames" built by Twitter to capture the most relevant terms in tweets that appear to be political in nature. For example, if a user tweets, "I went to the doctor today," it would not be counted among the political tweets for the index. But if the user tweeted, "I went to the doctor — Obamacare," it would be counted as a political tweet.

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September 18, 2014

Police radar gun that shows if you're texting? - CNET

He's sitting casually on his macho bike. He's pointing his radar gun down the road toward you.

For all you know, the thing doesn't even work. For all you know, he's just stopped there to sing to himself.

Read more... http://www.cnet.com/news/police-radar-gun-that-shows-if-youre-texting/

September 9, 2014

Just Like Facebook, Twitter Starts Testing Its "Buy" Button ($FB, $TWTR)

In many ways, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR  ) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) are like two peas in a social pod. Both companies have embarked upon feature convergence over the years, and that trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Of course, "feature convergence" is just a nice way of saying that the two companies like to copy each other from time to time.

Read more... http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/09/08/just-like-facebook-twitter-starts-testing-its-buy.aspx

The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: Shower Yourself In High-Quality Sound

This takes singing in the shower to the next level. Get your tunes blasting and make your shower time an even better part of your day. The speaker is water-resistant and features a handy suction cup that allows you to secure it to the shower wall.

Its user-friendly design lets you control it with ease with play/pause and forward and rewind buttons in back. The speaker comes with everything you need to enjoy it right away and it features a built-in rechargeable battery so you don't have to worry about running for new batteries.

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August 5, 2014

REPORT: Russian Hackers Stole 1.2 Billion Internet Credentials

(Reuters) - A cybersecurity firm said it has uncovered about 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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August 4, 2014

Phoenix man finds way to build new hand, new life

This is an amazing story! Howard Kamarata was a pipe fitter by trade, a home handyman by desire. It was the handyman work that got him in trouble.

Kamarata was at home one day last October, working on an outdoor project. He had solar lights, the kind that sit atop 4-by-4 posts, and he needed extra height. He set up his miter saw — a type of saw that moves on a hinge, up and down through wood. The piece he had was short, and he wanted to cut it into 2-inch sections.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/08/04/prosthetic-hand-3d-printing-kamarata/13562279/

July 27, 2014

Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones | TechCrunch

ose has sued soon-to-be-Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, should the Beats acquisition go through as planned, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung and others. The full complaint is listed on Priorsmart, and lists Beat Electronics and Beats Electronics International as defendants.

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Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

A 2012 Copyright Office decision effectively outlawed the practice, which allows consumers to switch carriers without buying a new device, without carriers' approval

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that will make it easier for you to switch mobile carriers without buying a new phone.

The bill, dubbed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," makes it legal for Americans to unlock their cellphones without carriers' permission. Unlocking a phone frees it for use with a wireless carrier other than the one on which it was initially sold. For example, if you bought your cellphone from AT&T, unlocking it could make it usable on T-Mobile.

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Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It” | TechCrunch

Last night Tesla's Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX's recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched on some of Musk's concepts for the future, and also on what Colbert himself wants to see in terms of the advancement of tech.

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July 24, 2014

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in the Clouds of Amazon and Others | Threat Level | WIRED

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there's so much free processing power out there for the taking?

At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next month Ragan and Salazar plan to reveal how they built a botnet using only free trials and freemium accounts on online application-hosting services—the kind coders use for development and testing to avoid having to buy their own servers and storage. The hacker duo used an automated process to generate unique email addresses and sign up for those free accounts en masse, assembling a cloud-based botnet of around a thousand computers.

Read more...  http://www.wired.com/2014/07/how-hackers-hid-a-money-mining-botnet-in-amazons-cloud/

Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don't know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are...

http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/24/googles-1b-purchase-of-twitch-confirmed-joins-youtube-for-new-video-empire/

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July 21, 2014

Facebook tests 'Buy' button

NEW YORK -- €" Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

The move comes as Facebook continues to grow its advertising business. The company will account for 7.8 percent of global digital ad spending this year, up from 5.8 percent in 2013, according to eMarketer. Google, the world's No. 1 recipient of ad dollars, is expected to account for 31.5 percent of ad spending in 2014.

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July 19, 2014

Dell becomes largest retailer to accept bitcoin payments

Gigaom's Derrick Harris said last year that Dell, upon going private, "should let its freak flag fly and take some real risks to distinguish itself from the service-vendor pack." Bitcoin wasn't on Derrick's list of ideas for Dell, but Friday's announcement that the computer giant has partnered wi...

http://gigaom.com/2014/07/18/dell-becomes-largest-retailer-to-accept-bitcoin-payments/

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June 28, 2014

New Video Games Based On NASA Tech Change Gameplay Based On How Stressed You Are

If you're unfocused or stressed, you can forget about winning Mindshift, the NASA-developed astronaut training game that responds to your heart and brain activity. Promising NASA technology rarely stays cooped up at the agency. Over the years, NASA research has spun off into innumerable commercia...

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3032327/new-video-games-based-on-nasa-tech-change-gameplay-based-on-how-stressed-you-are

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June 12, 2014

Tabasco Responds To #notaste Tweets With Witty #addtaste Tweets

In a brilliant leveraging of a very popular hashtag, BBDO Belgium, on behalf of its client Tabasco, launched a Twitter campaign that monitored and responded to tweets which used the hashtag #notaste. For every #notaste tweet Tabasco replied with a creative tweet that included the hashtag #addtast...

http://marketingland.com/tabasco-responds-notaste-tweets-witty-addtaste-tweets-87082

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The Big News at E3 From Video Gaming's 3 Giants

At this week's annual E3 conference, hardware makers and developers gave gaming fans glimpses of the future. To be fair, it wasn't packed with the same kind of fireworks as last year's conference. That isn't a surprise. Last year, we had Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) jockeying for position ahea...

http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/the-big-news-at-e3-from-video-gamings-3-giants/

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Don't Laugh at Amazon's Smartphone - You're Going to Want It

The next phase in Amazon's (AMZN) plan for world domination will be unveiled next week. The leading online retailer has scheduled a media event for June 18 in Seattle. Reports surfaced in May that Amazon was set to introduce a smartphone with holographic features to deliver 3-D viewing, and that ...

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/06/12/amazon-smartphone-3d-holographic-outlook/

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Samsung Has A New Tablet With A Gorgeous Screen And It's Thinner Than The iPad Air

The Galaxy Tab S comes in two sizes: a 10.4-inch model and an 8.4-inch model. Both are essentially the same on the inside as far as specs go, but the big selling point here is the screen. Samsung put its Super AMOLED display on a tablet for the first time. It's the same type of display used on th...

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June 10, 2014

Apple Retina rivals emerge: Asus display goes 4K, Sharp 8K

Apple's Retina is about to get one-upped. Asus has slated a laptop with a 4K display for later this year, while Sharp showed off a prototype 8K display. The Zenbook NX500's 15.6-inch 3,840x2,160 IPS (in-plane switching) display will use a new technology called Quantum Dots, according to Raymond S...

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Amazon Said To Start Selling Babysitting And Other Home Services Later This Year

Amazon wants to be your one-stop shop for everything – including trades and services, according to a new report by Reuters. The company is looking at debuting sales of things like babysitting, handymen services, painters, haircuts, home repair and more. The move would extend Amazon's range of com...

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/10/amazon-said-to-start-selling-babysitting-and-other-home-services-later-this-year/

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May 17, 2014

What Google’s Stock Split Means for You - WSJ.com

No, the halving of Google Inc.'s stock price Thursday and a new ticker symbol aren't mistakes on your screens.
Google's long-awaited two-for-one stock split, announced nearly two years ago, has finally arrived, a development that will help cement founders Larry Page's and Sergey Brin's control over the Internet search giant.
In a stock split, a company increases the number of shares outstanding while lowering the price accordingly. In this instance, Google's "Class "A" shares now trade under the GOOGL ticker symbol, while the newly created "Class C" shares trade under the GOOG symbol.

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May 13, 2014

Europe Orders Google to Let People Sanitize Their Search Results - Businessweek


Ever wish you could make Google delete that embarrassing tidbit of personal information that turns up whenever someone searches your name? Europeans may soon be able to do just that.

The European Union’s top court ruled today that individuals can demand the removal of links and other information in search results that could threaten their privacy. People “have a right to be forgotten,” the court said.

The case involved a Spanish man who wanted Google to delete a 16-year-old newspaper article about his house being auctioned off for failure to pay taxes. But the ruling, by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, is binding on all 28 EU member countries and involves all search engine owners, not just Google. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called it “a clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans.”

Read more...Europe Orders Google to Let People Sanitize Their Search Results - Businessweek

May 10, 2014

Mink 3D Printed Make-Up Grace Choi - Business Insider

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Imagine being able to make your own gorgeous, high-quality makeup at home, using any colors you choose. 

That's the future envisioned by Grace Choi, who made a huge splash this week when she presented a product that can print makeup at TechCrunch Disrupt.

 Choi has created a prototype for a printer called "Mink" that will let users choose any color imaginable and then print out makeup in that exact same hue (at this point, she's only done demonstrations with blush). By allowing people to skip the expensive department store prices to make the perfectly colored products themselves, Mink could completely revolutionize the makeup industry.

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May 7, 2014

Drafting Goes Paperless With a 3-D Printing Pen - Architizer


Was Harold (of Harold and the Purple Crayon fame) the ultimate architect? The fictional whipper-snapper could construct interiors and buildings with a wave of his magic drafting tool without changing out of his pajamas.

Decades later, here in the real world, it looks like Harold's uncanny construction abilities are now in your hands. Literally. The new LIX Pen, although still in its prototype stages, is a handheld 3-D printing device that sketches in mid-air, whether that's renderings, prototypes, or pint-sized craft projects. The hot-end nozzle melts various colors of ABS or plant-based PLA plastics and extrudes them into a fine thread that hardens on contact with the air, thus creating rigid, freestanding lines. The perks are myriad: it's a portable, lightweight drafting tool that requires no paper and creates instant architectural models wherever you are, and it's also USB-rechargable.

London-based LIX is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the LIX Pen's way into production. It's not the first of its kind on the market, but it does demonstrate real progress in 3-D printing technology and better use as a professional tool rather than just a novelty.

Unlike its predecessors, the plastic is extruded through a much finer tip for cleaner, more refined designs. Plus, the form of the product itself resembles a luxury pen, the metal-bodied kind that adults gift each other in velvet-lined boxes. It's about time, after all, that Harold grew up.

March 23, 2014

Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping | TechCrunch


Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments.

As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new missive. According to Google, the expanded protection will ensure that your mail is safe from being snooped on as it travels from your machine to Google’s data centers. This means you are protected regardless of what sort of network you are logged into, either a public connection or whatever else.

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Lightning-fast Internet from Google may come to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe


Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe could be hooked up to an advanced, super-fast fiber-optic Internet network under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Google.

The company has early plans to introduce its Google Fiber service — 100 times faster than basic broadband connections — into more cities over the next few years.

The three Valley cities are among nearly three dozen in nine metro areas Google is looking at to expand its network.

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March 16, 2014

Feds push for tracking devices in all new cars | The Daily Caller

Employees work at an assembly line in AutoAlliance Thailand, a Ford and Mazda joint venture plant, located in Rayong province, east of Bangkok September 17, 2013. An incentive programme for first-time car buyers in Thailand has backfired with more than 100,000 indebted consumers defaulting, leaving the big global manufacturers that dominate Southeast Asia
U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced they want auto manufacturers to include devices for tracking location, heading, speed, and other information in all cars.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants the tech in all cars for the purpose of averting traffic accidents, the AP reports. The devices would allow cars to essentially talk to each other.

Radio transponders would transmit a car’s real-time data to the computers of surrounding cars, with the hope of alerting drivers to an impending collision.



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Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Make Glass Less Dorky

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NEW YORK (AP) — Google Glass is getting glasses.

The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don't actually come with lenses in its frame. Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses.

The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it.

Read more...Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Make Glass Less Dorky

March 9, 2014

Watch for signs of ID theft



The recent big security breaches at Target and the Maricopa Community Colleges system are the latest in a series of examples where hackers or other crooks gained personal information from customers and clients.

Can you spot telltale signs that might indicate your Social Security number, credit cards or other personal information might have been compromised? Here are some indicators:

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Federal ban on drones doesn’t stop photography

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Valley real-estate photographers are using drones to shoot aerial shots of residential properties despite a federal ban on the use of unmanned aircraft.

Using lightweight radio-controlled helicopters to shoot photos and videos that show homes in context to neighbors, golf courses and other nearby landmarks, the photographers are finding ways to work around federal rules.

“Technically, I can’t charge for any of the flying,” said Luke Pierzina of Aerial Raiders. “I charge for editing.”

Commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, is expected to be an emerging line of business worth billions of dollars within a few years.

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Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes - Yahoo News

 Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation.

This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs.

The surprise deal announced earlier this week will provide Google Inc. with more tools to build a valuable hub for homes. It's a world of network-tethered toasters and tea kettles, or a so-called "Internet of Things," that is destined to reshape society, experts say, in the same way that smartphones have done in the seven years since Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone.

Read more...Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes - Yahoo News

Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for kids' purchases - Yahoo News

 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jackie Nussbaum knew her son liked playing DragonVale on the family iPad — a colorful game with soothing music and chirping birds where kids raise adorable baby dragons. What she didn't realize was that he was buying virtual gems — with real money — to build his dragon park as part of the game.

When she opened her credit card statement, she saw a slew of charges from Apple, totaling $600 in one day.

"I thought it was a mistake, that someone had stolen my credit card," said Nussbaum, a mother of two children in Westerville, Ohio. Apple told her the charges were valid purchases from the game DragonVale.

 "I almost choked," she said in an interview. "It was shocking."

Read more...Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for kids' purchases - Yahoo News

March 2, 2014

Tweets and threats: Gangs find new home on the Net

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CHICAGO (AP) — The video is riddled with menace and swagger: Reputed gang members in Chicago point their guns directly at the camera. A bare-chested young man brandishes an assault weapon. They flash hand signals, dance and, led by a rapper, taunt their rivals as he chants:

"Toe tag DOA. That's for being in my way ... Killing til my heart swell ... Guaranteed there's going to be all hell."

Thousands watch on YouTube. Among them: the Chicago police, who quickly identify two of those in the video as felons who are prohibited from being around guns. Both are later taken into custody.

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Gas prices expected to decline in next 2 years

 
Gas prices are going to ease up a bit in the next two years and the amount of renewable energy in the country is going to continue growing at a rapid clip, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest report.

Solar power generation from large-scale power plants is expected to surge, growing about 40 percent between now and the end of 2015, according to the EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook.

The U.S. is expected to get 0.4 percent of its electricity from large-scale solar power plants by 2015, including from the Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend, the only solar-thermal power plant with heat storage that allows electricity to be produced after sunset.

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February 23, 2014

Selling social media clicks becomes big business - Business - The Boston Globe

Fake Facebook activities bring in $200 million a year, according to Italian security researchers and bloggers Andrea Stroppa and Carla De Micheli.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Celebrities, businesses, and even the State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers, or YouTube viewers from offshore ‘‘click farms,’’ where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs-up button, view videos, or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

Since Facebook was launched almost 10 years ago, users have sought to expand their social networks for financial gain, winning friends, bragging rights, and professional clout.

And social media companies cite the levels of engagement to advance their value.

Read more...Selling social media clicks becomes big business - Business - The Boston Globe

Tip: How to bank safely online at home


Approach your online security with the right frame of mind.

Q. What's the safest way to do my online banking: over a wired connection, powerline networking or Wi-Fi?

A. The answer doesn't matter as much as you might think, but asking the question does mean you're approaching your online security in the right state of mind.

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Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

 
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

Even the librarians imitate Apple's dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have — any actual books.

Read more...Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

February 9, 2014

Apple CEO Signals Company Plans to Broaden Alliance with China Mobile - WSJ.com

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BEIJING— Apple Inc.'s deal to offer iPhones through China Mobile Ltd. represents a major coup for its chief executive Tim Cook, who signaled Wednesday the company plans to broaden its alliance with the Chinese carrier to grow in the world's largest smartphone market.

The deal, which took six years of negotiations, is the last piece of the puzzle for Apple in China, officially making iPhones available through all three of the country's state-run telecom carriers. With preorders for the iPhone through China Mobile already exceeding one million, the agreement will likely boost Apple's sales in the coming year at a time when its earnings growth is slowing and its global smartphone market share is slipping.

For Apple, the stakes are high in China: the country is the world's largest smartphone market by shipments and the deal with China Mobile, the biggest carrier, gives it access to an additional 700 million subscribers as well as new sale points. Apple is also currently behind market leader Samsung Electronics Co. in terms of market share in China, ranking fifth in the third quarter, according to research firm Canalys.

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New Mesa police officers to try wearing cameras 24/7

 
A fresh batch of Mesa police recruits will be the first class of rookies to receive a new camera when they start patrolling the city, along with the usual gun, badge and handcuffs.

The latest technological tool in an evolution that began with the police radio decades ago, the department’s Axon camera program started as an experiment, with 50 officers receiving tiny cameras to be attached to their glasses, their hats or the lapel of uniform shirts.

“I think people are politer,” said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, a strong backer of technology in policing. “They know they are accountable for their actions; we are too.”

Although some officers worried the cameras might record some embarrassing moments, the opposite has been true during the trial, he said.

Read more...New Mesa police officers to try wearing cameras 24/7

App-boosted bicycle wheel helps pedal | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

 
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.

The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is packed with a proprietary computer, batteries and sensors that monitor how hard a rider is pedaling and activate an onboard motor whenever support is needed. The device uses wireless connectivity to communicate with the biker’s smartphone to track distance traveled and elevation gained, share with friends the number of calories burned and lock the wheel remotely as soon as the owner walks away from the bike.



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January 22, 2014

Coder defeats Snapchat's anti-bot system in less than an hour

has already written software that circumvents the anti-bot feature. His technique simply finds the best matches between Snapchat's sample pictures and a reference image. It's not flawless, but it's still accurate -- no mean feat for something that took less than an hour to program.

Read more... http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/23/snapchat-anti-bot-verification-already-broken/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000589

January 19, 2014

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated

 
Over the last decade, drones have made headlines as tools for covert bombing campaigns in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Yet remote-controlled warfare is just one of many functions Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can provide as non-lethal models become less expensive and more accessible to countries around the world.

From aerial surveillance to three-dimensional geographic modeling of rugged terrains and even speedy pizza delivery service, manufacturers have begun to promote the infinite capabilities of domestic drones. At the same time, they are specifically targeting developing markets in Latin America for the martial use of drones in law enforcement and military operations.

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January 12, 2014

5 Games You've Been Playing With The NSA And GCHQ Spy Agencies

 
This list comes from the full document leaked by Edward Snowden, but it is also satire.

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Arizona to get $355,000 in Google settlement


Arizona will receive $355,000 out of a $17 million settlement between 37 states and tech giant Google over alleged privacy violations by the company.

“We are very pleased with the outcome in this case,” said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. “Arizona will receive $354,936.58 of the $17 million awarded.” Grisham could not say how the money will be allocated.

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January 11, 2014

Apple Getting a Cool $10 Million From State Fund for Mesa Manufacturing Facility

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The state incentives for Apple to open a manufacturing facility in Mesa could total more than $10 million.

An Arizona Commerce Authority spokeswoman says there's an agreement for a $10 million grant to Apple from the "Arizona Competes Fund," plus possible grants and tax credits for the company that's actually going to do the manufacturing at the facility, GT Advanced Technologies.

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