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21 October

Extremetech

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  • 23:56
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the cost has averaged about $7.6 million a day since the bombing began in Iraq on Aug. 8. President Barack Obama expanded the campaign by authorizing airstrikes in Syria in late September. See also: Crazy Ebola and ISIS Quotes From Politicians Up for Election in 2014 The U.S. military also is flying large numbers of aerial refueling and surveillance and reconnaissance (...) -- Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Isis, Us World
  • 23:54
    Three teenage girls from the Denver, Colorado, area were stopped in Europe while possibly en route to join the Islamic State, the FBI said on Tuesday. An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back home after agents stopped them in Germany. "The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families," said spokeswoman Suzie Payne. She didn't reveal the identity of the girls or any other details. Relatives told VOA News' Somali Service that the three girls left the Denver area late last week and flew to Frankfurt According to VOA, two of the girls, ages 15 and 16, are sisters (...) -- Syria, Isis, Us World, Us, World
  • 23:51
    Joe Weisenthal, the executive editor of Business Insider, is leaving the publication for Bloomberg. Weisenthal will join Bloomberg on Nov. 10, where he will launch a new business site and host a TV show. He had been with Business Insider for six years. Weisenthal commented on the move on his Twitter account. After 5 amazing years, tomorrow will be my last day at Business Insider — Joseph Weisenthal (ⓐTheStalwart) October 21, 2014 Anyway, I remain incredibly bullish on BI (a lot of my net worth is in BI stock) and I have no doubt it will thrive. — Joseph Weisenthal (ⓐTheStalwart) (...) -- Bloomberg, Business, Media, Business Insider
  • 23:49
    And now a moment for the "Facepalm Hall of Fame." ESPN talking head Skip Bayless is no stranger to outlandish statements and extreme bloviation. But he appears to have exceeded even his own lofty standards on an episode of ESPN's First Take, by saying that a sexual assault charge against NBA star Kobe Bryant essentially made him a more effective sneaker pitchman See also: Sports Media Misogyny: What Is Fans' Problem With Female Commentators? The clip above references Bryant's 2003 sexual assault charge stemming from an encounter with a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado. Charges were (...) -- Media, Espn, Entertainment, Sports
  • 23:35
    The Kansas City Royals face off against the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 Major League Baseball World Series on Tuesday — finally. The last time the Royals made it to the World Series was 1985, a simpler time before Taylor Swift existed, before everyone carried the Internet in their pocket and when people watched music videos on their television. See also: 'Royals' Banned by San Francisco Radio Stations During the World Series To celebrate the Royals finally reclaiming their former glory, we looked back at what the world looked like the last time the Royals made it to the World (...) -- Lists, Baseball, World Series, Kansas City, Nostalgia
  • 23:24
    I don't wanna wait for every single '90s guilty-pleasure TV show to be recast with dogs So luckily, filmmaker Michael Immerman has reimagined Dawson's Creek as "Dachshund's Creek," using short-legged, furry versions of James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. They kiss, giggle about sex and stare longingly into each other's eyes, just like in the original series — and the romantic tension remains surprisingly in tact Sorry, James Van Der Beek. You've been replaced. Image: Tumblr http://hanzeyze.tumblr.com/ If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA Modern Horror Villains (...) -- Television, Dogs, Viral Video, Nostalgia, Tv
  • 23:24
    Obama was the punchline of a bystander's joke while casting an early ballot Monday in Chicago. But the president managed to smoothly turn the tables on the jokester A young woman, Aia Cooper, was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." See also: Michelle Obama Dances to 'Turn Down for What' While Holding a Turnip Obama, laughing, replied: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason." Cooper apologized. But Obama imagined how she would retell the encounter: "I can't believe Mike, (...) -- Barack Obama, Chicago, White House, Us World, Politics
  • 23:15
    VANCOUVER, CANADA — It's true what they say: Everything is bigger on TV. That is, unless you're on the set of CW's The Flash. If it looks massive on the small screen, that's because it is. See also: 'The Flash' Premiere: Why Barry Allen Is the Ultimate Millennial Superhero In the police station, a 40-foot mural-adorned wall towers over the two-story set. The coffee shop, also two stories, has metal columns along the bar as giant lighting fixtures hang above in the room that could host a party of 50. The set of S.T.A.R. Labs is so cavernous, that your footsteps echo slightly upon (...) -- Flash, Television, Entertainment, Tv
  • 23:02
    Uber, Lyft and Sidecar drivers will now be legally allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at San Francisco International Airport, thanks to deals the airport just signed with the three companies. The airport announced that it had entered into a permit agreement with Sidecar on Tuesday, and Uber and Lyft revealed similar deals on Monday. The authorization deals make the airport the first in the country to permit both Uber and Lyft. “We are committed to be an industry leader, creating a roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX to operate legally in an airport,” (...) -- San Francisco San Jose, Airport, Uber, Business, Sidecar
  • 23:01
    Apple reported its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results on Monday, and in a surprise to absolutely no one, iPad sales are down again. For the third consecutive quarter, iPad sales have declined year-over-year. On a call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook positioned the decline in sales as "a speed bump, not a huge issue." Still, Cook conceded that this isn't where Apple wants to be. "We want to grow. We don't like negative numbers on these things." See also: The iPad Mini Is the New iPod Touch That need for future growth is probably one of the reasons Apple realigned its iPad offerings (...) -- Apple, Ipad, Tablets, Tech, Gadgets
  • 22:49
    Michael Sam is a Cowboy no more. The defensive end, who made headlines for being the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, was released from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on Tuesday. His short-lived career with the Cowboys began on Sept. 3 after he was cut from the St. Louis Rams Sam immediately reacted on Twitter, thanking fans for the support. Sam also spoke of his determination to play in the NFL, thanking Dallas for lessons learned and vowing to "continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that [he] can play every Sunday." I want to thank the Jones family and the (...) -- Football, Nfl, Us World, Us, World
  • 22:18
    Putting your daily tasks on autopilot isn't just an efficient way to conduct your life: It's the smart way We're all triple-taskers nowadays, and it's sometimes impossible to take a moment to catch your bearings and recall the laundry list of things you have to get done. That's where technology comes in — and it's time to embrace it. Welcome to the age of automation See also: Tech That's Revolutionizing Your Daily Chores Here are some tools and technologies to help put your daily tasks on autopilot, so you'll never have to worry about them again 1. Setting reminders While you're (...) -- Automation, Tech, Apps Software, Gadgets, Mobile
  • 22:17
    A group of climate scientists has brought satellite imagery from the 1960s back from the dead, not only extending the record of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice by at least another decade compared to what researchers had previously known, but also providing new opportunities for studying the planet to a wide range of researchers. The restoration of imagery from the Nimbus satellite program, which ended in the 1970s, is an example of an experiment in obtaining access to so-called “dark data,” which refers to data that exists in some form, such as a ship's logbook or old satellite data tapes, (...) -- Global Warming, Us World, Us, World, Climate
  • 22:13
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent a message to activist investors and analysts on Tuesday, stressing the company's growth in mobile and native advertising as evidence that the company's fortunes are improving. Yahoo announced a big beat on third-quarter profit, with $0.52 per share coming in well above estimates of around $0.30. The company also beat revenue projections with $1.09 billion against predictions of $1.04 billion. It is a slight increase over the third quarter of 2013, when Yahoo brought in 1.081 billion. The positive financial news sent Yahoo shares up 2% in after-hours trading, (...) -- Yahoo, Earnings, Business, Media
  • 22:04
    A 73-year-old drama teacher fired by a private school for appearing in erotic French films some 40 years ago says she doesn't regret the performances — but she's furious she lost her job after male students discovered them Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail reported that Jacqueline Laurent-Auger was fired after male students discovered she'd acted in films like Le Journal Intime d'une Nymphomane (The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac) in the '60s and '70s See also: Why Are We So Obsessed With Nude Photos of Women? When the administration at the elite Jesuit school Collège Brébeuf found (...) -- Entertainment, Film, Social Good, World, Slut Shaming
  • 21:59
    Islamic State (ISIS) militants claim to have captured a supply bundle dropped by U.S. forces near the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Video posted to a YouTube channel associated with ISIS shows them rifling through packages containing dozens of grenades. The supply package was apparently one of many intended for Kurdish fighters who have been battling ISIS militants for control of the strategically important town for weeks. The footage has not been independently verified. See also: My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist According to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, the (...) -- Syria, Us World, Us, World, Islamic State
  • 21:54
    The future of media may belong to digital startups, but a study published Tuesday highlights that it's still a legacy world. Digital media outlets trailed far behind their older brethren in overall recognition and trust, according to the Pew Research Center's "Political Polarization & Media Habits." See also: Why Every Media Website Redesign Looks the Same Established news outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all logged total awareness near 90%, with overall trust levels hovering around 50% Digital media ran quite the gamut in terms of recognition. News (...) -- Cbs, Abc, Nbc, Digital Media, Cnn
  • 21:46
    By day, IKEA is the cheery backdrop for two lovebirds in 500 Days of Summer. By night, it's a desolate maze for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Just in time for Halloween, IKEA Singapore has released its very own homage to the classic horror film. The ad serves as part of Ikea's holiday "Spot & Win" contest "Come and pay with us, Danny... Come pay with us." Modern Horror Villains Crash the Party in Updated 'Monster Mash' No One Can Serve Up an Insult Like Ice Cube Can A Useless Guide to Using Apple Pay 'Star Wars' Music, Performed by the Goats You're Looking For Read more... More (...) -- Viral Videos, Ads, Ikea, Halloween, Business
  • 21:16
    Aziz Ansari and Grover make quite a dynamic duo. Ansari doesn't mess around when it comes to vocabulary lessons, which is something of a problem when Sesame Street's word of the day is "ridiculous." See also: Kid President and Grover Give the Pep Talk You Need to Hear Luckily, his fuzzy pal Grove, who is an expert in silliness, was on hand to demonstrate the meaning of the word. Colorful stove pipe hats, handstands and chicken suits help to drive the goofy point home. BONUS: W-ORD Channel 7 News With John Oliver & Cookie Monster Read more...More about Television, Comedian, Viral (...) -- Television, Comedian, Viral Video, Sesame Street, Grover
  • 21:12
    Kelly Clarkson just put her spin on the ballad of the year a.k.aSam Smith's "Stay With Me" at Symphony Park in Charlotte during her first solo concert since giving birth in June. "I love this song. I know you've probably heard it bunch so just bear with me," Clarkson, who earned the first American Idol title in 2002, told the audience Saturday. "I just like the word 'stay' in songs. I'm going to sing every song with 'stay.'" See also: Vin Diesel Singing Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Is Too 'Surreal' to Ignore The 32-year-old was referencing her "Don't You Wanna Stay" duet with Jason (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Celebrities, Covers, Kelly Clarkson
  • 21:11
    Without saying much, Apple appears to have sent a clear message to hackers: stop messing around with iCloud users in China. On Monday, a group that monitors online censorship in China accused the People's Republic of intercepting traffic between local users and iCloud.com in an attempt to steal their passwords. In a so-called "man-in-the-middle" attack, the Chinese government allegedly hijacked virtually all connections to iCloud.com from inside the country using a fake certificate See also: Can an Android App Defeat China's Internet Censors? A day later, Apple appears to have thwarted (...) -- China, Apple, Privacy, Surveillance, Internet Freedom
  • 21:05
    Floyd Mayweather has gained quite a reputation for posting winning gambling receipts online, like that time he took home $200,000 after betting on Johnny Manziel (remember him?) and Texas A&M last year Finally, we have proof that Mayweather loses bets once in a while, too See also: Giants vs. Royals: A World Series That Defies All Logic The undefeated boxer posted this ticket to Instagram on Monday night. It shows that he lost $20,000 betting on the Texans-Steelers Monday Night Football game I lost $20k today. A photo posted by Floyd Mayweather (ⓐfloydmayweather) on Oct 10, 2014 (...) -- Entertainment, Sports, Floyd Mayweather
  • 20:45
    The imposing mosaic unearthed in the burial mound complex at Amphipolis in northern Greece might contain the best-ever portrait of Alexander the Great as a young man, according to a new interpretation of the stunning artwork, which depicts the abduction of Persephone. It might also confirm previous speculation that the tomb belongs to Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great. The mosaic portrays the soul-escorting Hermes, Hades (or Pluto, in Latin) and Persephone. In reality, the mosaic most likely has human counterparts represented in the guise of the three mythological characters, (...) -- Us World, World, Archaeology, History
  • 20:44
    In our latest Ask a Dev video, web developer Brady Higginbotham breaks down the basics of different JavaScript frameworks. EmberJS, for example, optimizes application speed, while the lightweight BackboneJS powers notable projects like Facebook's Parse. Then there's AngularJS, sponsored by Google, and Ionic, which is specifically geared toward building mobile apps. See also: 20 Exceptional CSS Boilerplates and Frameworks Subscribe to our Ask a Dev YouTube channel to catch more videos like this. BONUS: How Can I Inspire My Kids To Become Engineers? Have something to add to this (...) -- Videos, Tech, Javascript, Coding, Dev Design
  • 20:38
    Warner Bros.'s new short-form digital production unit has a name and its first development slate, which includes live-action versions of Mortal Kombat and Static Shock and a series based on 1986's Critters. Additionally, the newly dubbed Blue Ribbon Content is coming out of the gate with a bang, announcing Tuesday three series orders. See also: The Superhero Movie Diversity Race Is Over — WB/DC Wins By a Mile Former Bernie Mac Show executive producer Reginald Hudlin, who also wrote and directed House Party, is heading up the development of Static Shock, which centers on super hero Static (...) -- Television, Animated Television, Entertainment, Tv, Digital Television
  • 20:01
    American citizen Jeffrey Fowle was released from North Korea on Tuesday, after being held in the country since May, according to the State Department. See also: Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Video Is a Window Into North Korea Fowle, a 56-year-old father of three from Ohio was awaiting trial after being charged with leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin nearly six months ago. His family maintains that he was in the country as a tourist. WH confirms that North Korea has released American Jeffrey Edward Fowle. He is on the way home to the US. 2 other Americans (...) -- North Korea, Us World, World
  • 20:00
    Finally, the NBA is back. As hoops fans prepare to watch all of the basketball, many questions hang over the 2014-15 NBA season: Do LeBron James and Kevin Love make the Cleveland Cavaliers instant title contenders? How badly does Kevin Durant's injury hurt the Thunder's season? Can Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose finally stay healthy? Can anyone stop the San Antonio Spurs from a repeat? See also: 10 NBA Rookies You Need to Follow on Instagram To answer all these questions and more, Mashable's Senior Sports Reporter Sam Laird will host a live Hangout on Air on October 21 at 3 p.m. ET (...) -- Entertainment, Nba, Lebron James, Google, Sports
  • 19:45
    If you step outside before dawn this week, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky. The Orionid meteor shower is peaking now, and it will likely be a very good show this year, weather permitting. The moon slimmed down to a narrow crescent before sunrise on Oct. 21 during the peak of the shower. The skinny lunar sliver didn't rise until around 5 a.m. local time. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama hosted a webcast Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 Oct. 20 GMT) featuring live views of the meteor shower The Orionids can best be described as a junior version (...) -- Nasa, Meteor Shower, Us World, Comet, Space
  • 19:38
    A runaway Australian teen, believed to be fighting with Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq or Syria, threatened western leaders in a new video released by the group The fresh-faced teen, believed to be 17 year-old Abdullah Elmir, is seen brandishing a rifle and standing among dozens of ISIS members. See also: The Woman Who Escaped the Islamic State According to local reports, Elmir, who now goes by the nom de guerre "Abu Khaled from Australia", ran away from his Sydney home in June. In the video, the Australian directs his message at countries taking part in coalition airstrikes (...) -- Australia, Isis, Us World, World
  • 19:27
    Streams and tweets will count as votes when VH1 pits 11 artists from "You Oughta Know," its franchise that promotes fresh voices, against each other to determine the fan favorite from this year's crop of newcomers. To determine the winner, VH1 is using Spotify and Twitter as the voting platforms. Starting Tuesday and lasting until Nov. 13, each time someone listens to a track from the 11 artists it will count as a vote. Fans can also vote using hashtags on Twitter (see below). See also: Gwen Stefani Drops 'Baby Don't Lie' From First New Album Since 2006 Here are the 11 artists competing (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Celebrities, Vh1, Spotify

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 22:00
    This week’s presentation is a well-cast piece of anti-Communist propaganda perpetrated by a division of the DoD that you’ve probably never heard of: the Directorate for Armed Forces Information and Education. It’s narrated by Jack Webb of Dragnet and Adam-12 fame. He tells us of a fake American town located somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. It’s full of young comrades who sock hop and bebop while studying and playacting the bourgeoisie activities of the American economy and way of life. After introducing this, Webb pulls back the cushy, velvet curtain to profile a typical American household (...) --
  • 18:00
    Press embargoes lifted today, heralding the announcement of the world’s first hoverboard. Yes, the hovering skateboard from Back to the Future. It’s called the Hendo hoverboard, it’s apparently real, and you can buy one for $10,000. If that’s too rich for your blood, you can spend $900 for a ‘technology demonstrator’ – a remote-controlled hovering box powered by the same technology. Of course the world’s first hoverboard is announced to the world as a crowd funding campaign, so before we get to how this thing is supposed to work, we’ll have to do our due diligence. The company behind this campaign, (...) --
  • 16:00
    Over the past few years, [Bart Dring] has contributed immensely to the homebrew CNC machine scene, with the creation of MakerSlide linear rail, the buildlog.net open source laser cutters and CNC machines, and a host of other builds that have brought the power of digital fabrication to garages and workshops the world over. After a year of work, he, along with Inventables, is releasing Carvey, the CNC machine for everyone else. Carvey is heavily inspired by Inventables other CNC machine, the Shapeoko, but built to be the Makerbot to the Shapeoko’s RepRap, without all the baggage that goes (...) --

Boing Boing

Read/WriteWeb

  • 20:25
    Everything is better when it’s handcrafted—apparently even music. Google is unleashing digital DJs and playlists based on moods and circumstances on its Google Play Music app as part of its integration of Songza, which Google acquired earlier this year. See also: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-Off On Tuesday, the company announced that Google Play Music subscribers can now choose music playlists keyed to a particular time of day, certain feelings, or a specific activity. These "radio stations" are put together individually by Google’s “team of music experts”—a group that apparently (...) -- MTI1NDIwODU4OTMwOTM5OTE0.jpg, Play
  • 19:32
    In the past 50 years, no fictional time-traveling humanoid alien has done more to secure humanity's past and present than the Gallifreyan Time Lord known as The Doctor. Now in his 12th incarnation (or 13th, if you count the War Doctor), he teams with his most fearsome foe to secure humanity's future ... teaching children how to code. See also: How To Raise The Next Zuckerberg: 6 Coding Apps For Kids Well, children who live in the UK, anyway. Voiced by the magnificent 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi, The Doctor and the Dalek is a free-to-play online game from the BBC's "Make It Digital" kids (...) -- MTI1NDE5NzUxMzY2MjQ4NDU4.jpg, Hack
  • 16:16
    Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. Move over Scarlet Johansson, because Blast Theory's coming out with a new virtual life coach/stalker/overly attached girlfriend to put in your pocket. Her name is Karen, and while she may not possess the Scarjo raspy sex-voice as heard in the A.I. love story Her, she will psychologically profile you. Blast Theory, a group of artists in Brighton, UK, who focus on interactive projects, were interested in how they might use big data to develop an app that responded to you. So they came up with Karen, who gets (...) -- MTI1Mjg0NzA2MDUxNjk3Mjgz.jpg, Play

A List Apart

  • 16:00
    The time had come for The Big Departmental Website Redesign, and my content strategist heart was all aflutter. Since I work at a research university, the scope wasn’t just the department’s site—there were also 20 microsites focusing on specific faculty projects. Each one got an audit, an inventory, and a new strategy proposal. I met one-on-one with each faculty member to go over the plans, and they loved them. Specific strategy related to their users and their work! Streamlined and clarified content to help people do what needed doing! “Somebody pinch me,” I enthused after another successful (...) -- {category_name}, {/categories}
  • 16:00
    At CSS Day last June I introduced, with some trepidation, a peculiar three-character CSS selector. Called the “lobotomized owl selector” for its resemblance to an owl’s vacant stare, it proved to be the most popular section of my talk. I couldn’t tell you whether the attendees were applauding the thinking behind the invention or were, instead, nervously laughing at my audacity for including such an odd and seemingly useless construct. Perhaps I was unwittingly speaking to a room full of paid-up owl sanctuary supporters. I don’t know. The lobotomized owl selector looks like this: * + * (...) -- {category_name}, {/categories}

Flickr

  • 20:16
    We asked you to share your silhouette photography in our gallery last week, and many of you had plenty of shots to share. In appreciation of those who participated, here’s a photography selection from them. “A couple of gulls on the breakwater at the entrance to Sharpness Docks on the River Severn. Sony a6000 with a Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm mirror lens.” – Matt Bigwood A peacock on the walls at Gwydir Castle near to Llanrwst, County Conwy, in North Wales. “Littlest F will be four this month.. sitting on the windowsill playing with Tilly.” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gardna Wielka, Pomeranian, (...) --
  • 19:49
    Here on Flickr, we have a whole lot of foodies — heck, who doesn’t like food. We’d like to celebrate all the wonderful photos of what we all eat on our blog, starting with a little something inspired by Your First Loaf of Bread on Yahoo Food. Enjoy this photo selection of delectable breads and the bakers that make them. “This is my most favourite bread in the whole world. It’s beetroot bread, made by a local bakery school… It really does taste of beetroot, and it really is gorgeous. Add a bit of soup or cheese and you are in heaven…” – Caroline “A traditional bread of Armenian origin.” – Dr. (...) -- Your First Loaf of Bread, Yahoo Food, Learn how to make challah bread on Yahoo Food.,

Daring Fireball

  • 21:52
    Wonderful story by Judith Newman, on her 13-year-old autistic son’s relationship with Siri: It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said. Don’t miss this one. (...)
  • 20:21
    Kevin Hamm: Many people have had problems updating their iOS device to iOS 8 because they don’t have enough space. The weird thing is that many of us have plenty of space, except there’s a mysterious padding of yellow marked “Other” that is, well, unknown. This has been going on for quite a while, and after some prodding from Wave and Gruber, I figured it was time to do some research. So, in pictures, here’s what I found. Update: Fireballed; cached at fireballed.org. (...)
  • 19:41
    It’s a cool feature if you want it, but I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be turning it off. ★
  • 18:42
    Russell Brandom, writing for The Verge, responding to a mostly-wrong piece in The Washington Post on Yosemite Spotlight and privacy: But on closer inspection, many of the claims are less damning than they seem. There’s already a public privacy policy for the new feature, as well as a more technical look at the protections in the most recent iOS security report. That document breaks down five different kinds of information transmitted in a search: the approximate location, the device type, the client app (either Spotlight or Safari), the device’s language settings and the previous three (...)
  • 17:52
    Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for The Wall Street Journal: A year ago, the story line around Apple Inc. was that its formidable growth had petered out and Samsung Electronics Co. was eating its lunch. What a difference a year makes. Driven by booming sales of its new bigger-screen iPhones, Apple on Monday said its quarterly profit rose 13%, and it predicted record holiday sales in the current three-month period. Meanwhile, Samsung’s approach of offering smartphones at all sizes and prices in every market is struggling amid a wave of Chinese manufacturers with low-cost offerings. I like (...)
  • 17:24
    Mikey Campbell, writing for AppleInsider: With today’s release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac. Yosemite came out four days earlier. Four days. ★

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