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24 July

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 01:00
    This 3D printed scent distributor was put together by eight people from three states during the 2014 NYC NASA Space Apps Challenge. The team went on to take 1st place in the competition. The project is called Senti8 and uses a FLORA Arduino micro-controller and a Neopixel LED strip purchased from Adafruit. A smartphone mobile app then remotely connects to the device allowing the user to choose which scent they would like to send to their friend, who is also wearing one of the wristbands. They came up with the idea by simply asking an American astronaut named [Doug Wheelock] what he (...) --

Mashable!

  • 02:14
    One person's spam email is another person's art. When those pesky emails began piling up in photojournalist Christina De Middel's inbox, she did something that most would consider unthinkable — she read them See also: Photographer Documents Customers Snoozing at Ikea What she found were some incredible stories of open heart surgeries, a young girl asking for her hand in marriage and an African attorney looking to share some of his funds Each story — fabricated or not — demanded her attention and seemed engineered to make her feel somehow special De Middel's photo series, "Poly-Spam," (...) -- Email, Photos, Photojournalism, Watercooler, Pics
  • 02:09
    SYDNEY — The 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off with an opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday morning. And if Rod Stewart's appearance wasn't awkward enough — see, below — it got worse See also: Australia and Scotland Compete for Ugliest Uniform at Commonwealth Games I never thought I'd be able to stand in the Celtic Board Room in front of the trophy case. . . with no pantspic.twitter.com/FClLZZm0ke — Rod Stewart (ⓐrodstewart) July 23, 2014 Commonwealth Games president Prince Imran, from Malaysia, was supposed to retrieve the Queen's message from a baton, and hand it over (...) -- Australia, World, Watercooler, Pics, Conversations
  • 01:40
    Wearable tech has done a lot to foster the rise of the "quantified self" space, but surprisingly few of these devices focus on enhancing our safety Now a new prototype system looks to harness the kind of heartbeat and respiration monitoring features present in some wearables to alert drivers as to when they are dozing off behind the wheel See also: This Powerful Driving-Safety Ad Will Give You Goosebumps Developed by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) in Valencia, Spain, the Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors (Harken) system works by measuring the heart rate (via (...) -- Safety, Cars, European Union, Automobiles, Future Tech
  • 01:26
    When the infant of a South Korean couple addicted to online gaming died of malnutrition in 2010, the trial that nofollowed was unprecedented. It was the first legal case that ever saw Internet addiction used as a defense In HBO's Love Child, which will premiere next Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network's recently established documentary night, director Valerie Veatch uses the couple's troubling story as a backdrop to explore gaming addiction, its pitfalls and causes See also: South Korea Proposes Curfew to Curb Online Gaming Addiction T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also an (...) -- Gaming, Tv, Television, Hbo, Gaming Addiction
  • 01:13
    SYDNEY — Selfies just weren't cutting it in 2014 Once you hit 5,000 Facebook 'Likes' for your phone-in-mirror shot, nothing fulfills you. How does one become more impressive to their friends? You up the ante with a dronie, of course. That's using a drone to take a photo of the subject while it hovers in the sky. If you can master this technique, you are owning social media See also: These 16 Aussie 'Coffices' Make Working From Home Brilliant Up until now drones have been used in war zones, to smuggle phones into prisons and to get a meatlovers pizza delivered. Now in a world first, New (...) -- Gadgets, Us World, Australia, Dronie
  • 01:05
    The Gotham Chronicle is not too happy with the city's police department. That means you, Jim Gordon In this promo for the forthcoming Batman prequel, shared exclusively with Mashable, a newspaper covering the fictional city calls on residents to turn their backs on law enforcement, and instead, look to Gotham Chronicle for true justice. (For the record: journalists ≠ crime fighters.) See also: 'Gotham' Producers Not Sweating Lack of Superheroes The preview will make its official debut this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, airing in the back of Uber cars, which will be modified to look (...) -- Tv, Television, Batman, Entertainment, Gotham
  • 00:53
    As tensions, and the death toll, continue to rise and Israeli forces move further into Gaza, two students at Hunter College in New York have found a way to spread love at a time when it's so easy to hate. Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish created a Twitter hashtag campaign, #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies, and Facebook page after Israeli military forces launched Operation Protective Edge and advanced into Gaza on July 8 — an offensive that has led to the death of more than 680 Palestinians, according to an AP report. The same report put the Israeli death toll since the start of hostilities (...) -- Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Us, World
  • 00:31
    Jack White is the subject of a new meme, thanks to a sour case of resting bitchface. White is currently on tour supporting his latest album Lazaretto, but took a night off Tuesday to catch a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. But while most photos show what looks like a perfectly pleasant night out, White's resting bitchface betrayed him in one particularly damming screenshot. See also: Jack White Breaks Vinyl Sales Record Set by Pearl Jam in '94 As is the norm with unflattering celebrity photos, the Internet turned White into one very pouty meme, slapping him in movie screencaps and (...) -- Pics, Memes, Jack White, Music, Watercooler
  • 00:29
    It took a few weeks, but Twitter has finally released diversity data on its company, joining the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook and Google. The results? Twitter's roughly 3,000 employees are predominately white (59%) and overwhelmingly male (70%). The company's gender gap, in particular, becomes even more pronounced when broken down by expertise. Of Twitter's technology employees, a whopping 90% are men. For non-technical jobs, the split between genders is 50-50. What's more, almost 80% of those in leadership positions are men (and 72% are white). See also: 9 Gay Leaders Making a (...) -- Diversity, Social Media, Twitter, Skydive
  • 00:13
    SYDNEY — Poor Tasmania. It is the island that floats just off the bottom of mainland Australia, and no one can seem to remember it is there. Tasmanians have copped a lot of slack over the years: A politician even had to issue a press release to help Australians remember the "forgotten state," and the state tourism organization ran a campaign drilling home the fact Tasmania is "a world apart, not a world away." See also: Australia and Scotland Compete for Ugliest Uniform at Commonwealth Games Tassie, as it is known locally, is the 26th largest island in the world and is only separated (...) -- Australia, Us World, Travel Leisure, Commonwealth Games, Tasmania
  • 00:05
    Chris LaRosa, the head of YouTube's "upcoming" music subscription service, is leaving the company. This setback marks yet another roadblock for the long-delayed project. Although YouTube music has been touted as a "Spotify killer," this most recent departure makes its future all the more ominous. LaRosa is the second person in charge of the project to leave over the past year The Wall Street Journal reports these departures and delays are the result of internal arguments about how the service should be designed and organized, including what features YouTube users would have to pay for. (...) -- Youtube, Music, Videos, Business, Media
  • 00:00
    Skype updated its Android app Wednesday, and the 5.0 version syncs users' address books from their phones to their Skype accounts. First, users will have to verify their phone numbers in the app to sync contacts. Then, the phone's address book will instantly import information on the Skype contact list. Those who have Microsoft accounts will also be able to automatically import contact lists from other Microsoft programs like Outlook. See also: The Beginner's Guide to Skype Here's how the updated layout looks: Image: Skype Previously, users had to input each contact. The new update (...) -- Skype 5.0, Skype Android, Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design

Boing Boing

TechCrunch

  • 00:28
    Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. (Source: Twitter)… Read More -- TC, Twitter, diversity
  • 00:22
    Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months nofollowing its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On the back of a strong Q2 report, Facebook stock is at an all-time high in after-hours trading. It’s been creeping up for the last… Read More -- Earnings, Social, TC, Facebook

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Wired News: Top Stories

23 July

Extremetech

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 23:30
    And so ends round 2 of Astronaut or Not. We asked you to vote for the projects “most likely to be used in other projects”. Again you didn’t disappoint. We had a mountain of votes, and happily gave away a Bukito portable 3D printer to one of the lucky voters. You must vote at least once in this new round to be eligible for the voter lottery on Friday! Vote for the project with “the most outrageous component”. Can’t figure out what we mean by that? Well, if you come across an entry that has a quarter-million-dollar hard drive in it… vote for that one. Voter Lottery Prize: How long have you been (...) --
  • 22:01
    Let’s be honest. Paying electricity bills sucks. The amount paid is always too much, and the temperatures in the building are rarely set at a comfortable level. But now, with the help of this DIY Climate Control system, power-users can finally rejoice knowing that the heating and cooling process of their home (or commercial space) can be easily controlled through the utilization of an XBee Remote Kit and a process called zoning. The team behind the project is [Doug], [Benjamin] and [Lucas]. They hope to solve the inconsistent temperature problems, which are caused by a moving sun, (...) --

Mashable!

  • 23:42
    Indiana teenager Haris Suleman died on Wednesday when his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The 17-year-old was attempting to fly around the world in 30 days and set a record as the youngest pilot to do so in the shortest amount of time. The plane went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board. Suleman's last tweet: "Pago Pago is without a doubt top 5 places I've been this summer :)" Pago Pago is without a doubt top 5 places I've been this summer :) — BonanzaBoi (ⓐworldrounder) July 22, 2014 Writing (...) -- Us World, World, Haris Suleman
  • 23:39
    Facebook has earned a reputation for delivering the goods on earnings day, and Wednesday was no exception. The social giant reported record totals for revenue, profits and user figures across the board on Wednesday, beating Wall Street estimates on a day when company stock rose nearly 3%. See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire The new numbers show that despite more than 1.3 billion users, Facebook is still growing at a steady rate. The company added more than 40 million monthly active users in Q2, and mobile monthly actives increased more than 30% over the past year. In (...) -- Facebook, Revenue, Social Media, Charts, Monthly Active Users
  • 23:30
    "What I believe is that good things come to those who work their asses off, and that good people who reach the top of the mountain didn't just fall there," Jake Gyllenhaal's character Lou Bloom proclaims in the latest Nightcrawler trailer There's ambitious, and then there's dangerously ambitious. In this trailer from Open Road Films, Lou appears to be trying too hard to succeed in the world of crime journalism. Gyllenhaal, who lost 20 pounds for the role, stars as a aggressive TV reporter See also: Daniel Radcliffe Teaches You How to Flirt Using Bacon Lou and his camera crew are (...) -- Films, Entertainment, Trailers, Film, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • 23:24
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets On the street, wearing your compulsory and heavy body armor, only children play in small bunches. There seem to be no adults about. No fishermen in the sea. No one on the beach. See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War And then the boom and the boom and the boom again from the ships offshore, nofollowed by (...) -- Gaza, Us World, World, Highlights, Shifa Hospital
  • 23:22
    With more than 45 million wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches projected to ship by 2017, tech manufacturers and major brands are already starting to brace themselves for the upcoming wave. While the category is already heralded as a hot trend, adoption isn't quite there yet — many consumers still need to be convinced that they want a smartwatch in their lives. The smartwatch aesthetic isn't quite there, either; most are clunky, unattractive and look too much like computers. See also: Why Are Smartwatches So Ugly? During the 2014 Wearable Tech Expo in New York City (...) -- Wearables, Iwatch, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile
  • 23:11
    Celebrities, they're just like us! Chris Pratt proved he's a god among men by expertly French braiding an intern's hair during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Rec star has previously boasted about his hairstyling skills on Instagram. See also: 13 Hairstyles to Tame Your Mane in Humidity This is actually quite impressive considering no one except Pinterest models and Lauren Conrad can actually do a clean braid. Next up for Pratt? Fishtail braids In other news, that intern has vowed to never wash her hair again BONUS: 11 Secrets We (...) -- Viral Videos, Tv, Watercooler, Videos, Celebs
  • 22:28
    Cancel your dinner plans. CNN has something new on the menu for you A CNN op-ed titled "The Argument for Eating Dog" published Wednesday by columnist John Sutter profiles the illegal dog meat market and suggests that eating dogs could be less cruel than euthanizing them. Sutter goes on to say that while he couldn't bring himself to eat dog meat, it is curious that meat eaters in the United States have no problem with killing and eating other animals. See also: 10 Dogs That Eat Like Humans Unsurprisingly, CNN's tweet about the story sparked harsh criticism on Twitter with many canine (...) -- List, Dogs, Cnn, Puppies, Media
  • 22:14
    The harsh fluorescent lights in the office don't give you that much-needed dose of Vitamin D. Neither does binge-watching Orange Is the New Black or playing Watch Dogs. Head outside and soak up some summer, mole people. See also: Who Cares How Dorky These 10 Summer Accessories Are? It's Frickin' Hot And while you're there, you might want to — yes — take out your phone. Through ad agency TBWA\Toronto, Zealios Skin Care is offering a 50% discount on its Sun Barrier sunscreen for those who use their mobile device's ambient light to download the coupon. (Each order includes sun safety and (...) -- Ads, Mobile Apps, Business, Advertising, Marketing
  • 22:14
    Facebook revenue surged to nearly $3 billion in the June quarter on the strength of its ad sales, handily beating Wall Street estimates. Facebook reported earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $2.91 billion for the June quarter, compared to the consensus estimate among analysts for earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion. See also: 7 Charts With All You Need to Know About Facebook's Blowout Q2 Earnings Revenue for the quarter was up more than 60% from the same quarter a year ago thanks largely to strong growth in ad sales. Total ad revenue for the quarter hit $2.68 (...) -- Facebook, Stocks, Business
  • 22:09
    Portland, Oregon could soon be one of the most permissive cities in the U.S. for Airbnb-style rentals, as the city council prepares to vote on regulations that would legalize short-term one- and two-bedroom rentals in privately owned homes. The council discussed planned rules Wednesday that could have effects outside the northwestern city, as municipal law adapts to the emergence of startups in the growing sharing economy. If adopted, homeowners who have been violating local laws by renting to tourists would have a new ally in a city government trying to keep up with the times. The vote (...) -- Regulation, Airbnb, Portland, Us World, Us
  • 21:57
    Talk about a camera ham. A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man's front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose. Dogs in Wheelchairs Playing Fetch Is All You Need Right Now Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs Read more... More about Viral Videos, Cute Animals, Watercooler, and (...) -- Viral Videos, Cute Animals, Watercooler, Videos
  • 21:51
    Orange may be the new black on Netflix, but not at the Saginaw County Jail in Saginaw, Michigan. Sheriff William Federspiel said he started buying new black-and-white jumpsuits for inmates after the traditional orange jumpsuits — featured in the Netflix dramedy series Orange Is the New Black — became "cool." See also: Keep Frenemies Close With These 10 Tips From 'Orange is the New Black' "It's because as you see shows on television, like Orange Is the New Black, some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall (...) -- Netflix, Tv, Us World, Us, Jail
  • 21:34
    After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes. On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV See also: Are the Hamas Drones Real? Then Lesh, who owns a ski and snowboard outerwear company in Colorado but was in the area on vacation, volunteered to (...) -- Us World, Us, World, Drones, Search And Rescue
  • 21:31
    In a move that could have major implications for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday strengthening regulations on Internet data storage. Starting in 2016, the new law will require Internet operators to store Russian user data in centers within the country. Once data is stored on Russian servers, it will be subjected to Russian laws, putting it at risk for censorship, critics say. Companies that don't comply will be blocked from the web See also: Vladimir Putin's Last Victory The law is part of a plan to improve "the (...) -- Facebook, Twitter, Censorship, Russia, Internet Freedom
  • 21:24
    GENEVA — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Tuesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations by both Israel and Hamas may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special session of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip. See also: 'My Saddest Photo Yet': Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space (...) -- United Nations, Us World, World, Israel Gaza Conflict
  • 21:17
    Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor has reportedly saved over 100 patients from the deadly disease — now he will have to fight it within his own body. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is a virologist whom Sierra Leone's health minister called a "national hero" for his efforts to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. He is now receiving treatment at a center run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), according to a Reuters report. Though he is reportedly alive, his current condition is unknown See also: Understanding the Ebola Virus Khan acknowledged the risk he was taking back in (...) -- Sierra Leone, Doctor, Virus, Us World, World
  • 21:16
    Comic-Con, the 2014 iteration of which kicks off Thursday in San Diego, has seen an increasing amount of outlandish stunts over the years — stadiums full of zombies, entire pop-up houses devoted to movies But Fox is set to kick it up a notch this year by bringing along a bunch of drones to promote the show 24 — and giving attendees instructions on how to pilot them. (What could possibly go wrong?) See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year We're told that the drone promotion, revealed exclusively to Mashable, includes lessons from a FAA-licensed drone (...) -- Comic Con, Entertainment, Tv
  • 21:11
    The Associated Press made news on Wednesday, but not the kind it intended The news organization put out a breaking news update that the plane carrying the bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine had landed in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the way that update was worded led many to mistakenly believe the plane with the remains had crashed as well BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven. — The Associated Press (ⓐAP) July 23, 2014 Some rightly questioned whether a plane landing safely merits the (...) -- Media, Twitter, Business

Read/WriteWeb

  • 19:29
    Foursquare's transition from one app to two completely different services is a slow one. Like a child getting used to a cold pool one foot at a time, Foursquare is gradually rolling out each new app. Today, the company unveiled a new logo and a new design for its flagship Foursquare app, revealing what it will look like once the check-in is ripped out and placed in Swarm, the location-based social app the company released in May. The new app isn't live yet—it will be available in the next few weeks. The new Foursquare will take on Yelp, but will be more than just a directory of businesses. (...) -- MTIyMjkzNTU5MDI1MDM2NTY5.jpg, Social
  • 18:56
    Apple acknowledged that its iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads contains several previously undisclosed "diagnostic capabilities"—services that an iOS forensics expert recently described as "backdoors" that could allow broad access to a user's personal data on those devices under certain circumstances. See also: Those "Backdoors" In Apple's iOS—What You Need To Know The issue involves problematic iOS services identified several months ago by Jonathan Zdziarski, the forensics expert who is also a one-time iOS jailbreaker and the author of several books on iPhone development. Zdziarski (...) -- MTIzMDQ5NjYzNTM2MzM0MzQ4.jpg, Web
  • 18:55
    Windows will soon be one operating system across PCs and mobile devices. Or so read the breathless headlines after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on the company’s quarterly earnings call that Microsoft will merge its different variants of Windows into one platform. “We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Nadella said. The problem is that this isn’t exactly true. Neither is it a new announcement from Microsoft. When Nadella said that Windows would soon be “single converged operating (...) -- MTIyMjkzNTI0Mzk2Nzk3MjA5.jpg, Mobile
  • 18:04
    Duolingo, a popular online language education service, is making it easier for students and job-seekers to receive English language certification with the introduction of its new app, Test Center. Language certification is necessary for some visas, universities and job applications. But the costs can be prohibitive, especially in countries where monthly incomes average at just few hundred dollars. For a flat rate of $20, Test Center allows users to test for and receive accredited English language certification online or through a mobile application. This is a lot less than the average (...) -- MTIxNDI3Mjk0OTgxNjIxMjYx.png, Web
  • 16:01
    In her keynote address at VidCon, YouTube's unofficial, annual convention, Susan Wojcicki, the Google executive who took over the video site this year, looked over a packed audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the people seated there were a special breed of YouTube users—the people YouTube calls "creators," the video artists who long ago graduated from uploading bedroom webcam confessionals to making a real business and drawing their own fan base, sometimes in the millions. Wojcicki said all the right things at VidCon. “You guys are the real stars,” she told the assembled (...) -- MTE4MDAzNDE3MDQzMDc2NjIy.jpg, Play
  • 13:55
    Amazon’s habit for gadget-making now seems like a full-blown addiction—and its latest fix is the all-new Fire Phone. Since the company first got into hardware in 2007, it has debuted a range of gadgets, starting with a varied line of Kindle e-readers, expanding to its Kindle Fire tablets in 2011 and then to its Kindle Fire TV streaming box earlier this year. Now it can scratch “smartphone” off its list. See also: Firefly Hands-On: 7 Ways Amazon's Fire Phone Captures The Real World But the big question facing this $199 handset (with two-year contract) is whether it kept up with what users (...) -- MTIxNDI3Mjk0OTgyOTMxOTgx.jpg, Mobile
  • 12:43
    People in the U.S. now spend 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q2 earnings call on Wednesday. He qualified that statement by saying people spend about nine hours total on digital media, mobile use and television included. But 40 minutes is still four percent of your waking hours. Some of that time spent might eventually turn into sending your friends money via Messenger, Facebook’s mobile messaging app. On the call, Zuckerberg said there will be “some overlap” between messaging and payments, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon. The social network (...) -- MTE5NDg0MDYyMTAxNjM2NjIz.jpg, Social
  • 11:31
    Twitter, the San Francisco-based company which makes a global information-sharing network, released workforce data to illustrate the company’s diversity. Or lack thereof. The numbers don’t look much different from its tech company counterparts, but the biggest disparity lies in the people who work in technical roles at Twitter. Nine out of ten Twitter engineers are male. That's slightly higher than at Facebook and Yahoo, where the technical workforces are 85 percent male. Globally, 70% of Twitter's workforce is male. In the U.S., 59% is white, 29% is Asian, and 2% is African American. 3% (...) -- MTE5NTU2MzIzNTMzMzU4NjAz.jpg, Social
  • 10:46
    Dropbox announced a slew of updates that offer more control over shared work files and new tools for app developers. The changes allow for more fine-tuned access control over who can view or edit documents, and for how long, as well as improved search and new APIs, so app makers can interact with shared Dropbox For Business docs. These are welcome changes for the 80,000 paying companies on Dropbox’s client list. And they may help quell critics who have been complaining about Dropbox's lack of attention to security and administration. Locking Down The Box Last April, Dropbox rattled the (...) -- MTIyMjkzNTQ0Nzk3ODkxODY1.jpg, Work

Boing Boing

Flickr

  • 21:38
    In this week’s photo selection, let’s take a look at an expressive deer, the rabbit-like species resembling guinea pigs,  a chick showing off its webbed feet to mama … Jamie In BytownOne relieved deer. “You’d be smiling too, if you just realized it was a camera being pointed at you and not a hunter with a gun.” “This extra cute Fallow Deer seems to be in fine humour — at Parc Omega in west Quebec’s Outaouais region — not far from Ottawa.” – Jamie McCaffrey Adamk0310My Favorite Animal Location: Mt. Evans, Colorado. “I love these guys [pikas]” – Adam Kaningher KWPashukLook Ma! No Feet!!! Location: (...) --

TechCrunch

  • 23:55
    Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed thatThe payments piece will be a part of what will help drive the overall success and help people share… Read More -- TC
  • 23:42
    Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm rotations and even electrical impulses as you gesture, translating all that… Read More -- Gadgets, Startups, TC, armband, gesture control, myo, thalmic
  • 23:21
    American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q2 earnings call that “people on Facebook in the US spend around 40 minutes each day using our service”, while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 minutes a day but only 20% of people meet that goal. Zuckerberg said that the 40 minutes a day on… Read More -- TC
  • 22:34
    Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whose advice ranged from whether or not you should drop out of school to launch a startup to how to network. Read More -- Startups, TC
  • 22:26
    Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how… Read More -- Earnings, TC, Facebook
  • 22:17
    It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference,  he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the… Read More -- Enterprise, TC, Vishal Sikka, infosys
  • 22:09
    Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More -- Earnings, eCommerce, Mobile, Social, TC, Facebook
  • 21:56
    Uber is pretty much everywhere these days, as its on-demand ride service is available in more than 150 cities in 40 countries around the world. But until today, there was one place you couldn’t find Uber — on Windows Phones. It changed that today with a native Windows Phone app. Read More -- TC
  • 21:42
    Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More -- TC
  • 20:57
    For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone. Read More -- TC, Amazon, Amazon Fire Phone, smartphones








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