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.

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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.

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February 9, 2014

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

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.

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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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