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24 May

Techmeme

MobileCrunch

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Lifehacker

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 05:33
    Apple is preparing a serious overhaul of the MacBook Pro line for later this year, according to a research note from well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo reported on by MacRumors. The new MacBook Pros will also reportedly use Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports. What is not predictable is Kuo's assertion that the MacBook Pros will substitute the keyboard's physical function keys with an "OLED display touch bar," which sounds deeply (...) (The Verge)
  • 05:30
    Nutrition facts labeling will now contain a new category called “Added Sugars” that’s supposed to better portray reality, the government announced. That way, you’ll know exactly how much extra sugar was added to any type of food or beverage. But that's not the only change you can expect from the upcoming new nutrition label requirements. DON’T MISS: Watch the Britney Spears BMA performance that the internet is going crazy over The Added Sugars can be found within the Total Carbohydrates section of a nutrition label, right under Total Sugars. The government also announced that the “Calories From (...) (BGR News)
  • 05:25
    (Engadget)
  • 00:56
    SpaceX's ninth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station will take place no earlier than 1:32AM ET on Saturday, July 16th, NASA announced today. A representative for SpaceX has confirmed to The Verge that the company will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. This will be the first time that SpaceX has attempted a landing on solid ground since the initial attempt last December, which was also the company's first successful (...) (The Verge)
  • 03:49
    (Engadget)
  • 03:00
    The Ocean's 11 movies are spectacular stories about crazy heists that take lots of effort, careful planning and just a touch of skillful improvisation to pull off. But it turns out that jobs like this exist in real life, too. And they’re equally impressive. A few days ago, 100 coordinated thieves stole no less than $12.7 million (1.4bn yen) from ATMs. The entire thing took just three hours, and no suspect was apprehended since then. DON’T MISS: Watch the Britney Spears BMA performance that the internet is going crazy over According to The Guardian , the operation was orchestrated by an (...) (BGR News)
  • 02:58
    Keep your guilty pleasures to yourself. (Download.com)
  • 02:30
    Samsung shipped more than 81 million smartphones in the most recent quarter, according to market research firm Gartner. The company's successful flagship smartphone launch was obviously a big driver for Samsung in the first quarter as it enjoyed its fastest profit growth in three years . Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are clearly the sleekest and most powerful smartphones the company has ever launched, but they also got a helping hand from some serious advertising and marketing campaigns. On top of that, sales were no doubt bolstered by the fact that carriers were offering (...) (BGR News)
  • 02:23
    Facebook Inc will no longer rely on a top-10 list of websites to help choose items for its Trending Topics section, even though an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection process, the company said on Monday. The world's largest social media network said in a blogpost that changes include clearer guidelines for human editors on the Trending Topics team, more training to emphasize avoiding ideological or political basis, and more robust review procedures. The internal investigation was prompted by a letter from Republican Sen. John Thune earlier this month (...) (Reuters)
  • 02:00
    For a short period of time, Adam Sandler seemed destined for greatness. Thanks to his work on Saturday Night Live and iconic roles in films like Happy Gilmore and  Billy Madison , he was on the verge of becoming the biggest name in comedy (hard though that is to believe). But as the early 2000s began, Sandler's films experienced a staggering drop-off in quality. Somehow, the man who gave us gems like The Wedding Singer was soon bringing us abominations like Jack and Jill and That's My Boy . In fact, Sandler for a while almost seemed as if he were trying to amass as many Razzies as he could (...) (BGR News)
  • 01:51
    (Engadget)
  • 01:30
    Last Friday, Oculus released a software update for the Rift that was meant to curb piracy, but it looks like it had exactly the opposite effect. Back in April, a developer known as Libre VR released a program called Revive which allowed HTC Vive owners to play Oculus Rift exclusives on their headsets. Oculus' update killed off Revive, but in the process of developing an updated version of the software, Libre VR stumbled upon a workaround that might have made the entire situation much worse for Oculus. DON'T MISS:  This is the Netflix hack the world has been waiting for As Libre VR explained to (...) (BGR News)
  • 01:14
    (Engadget)
  • 01:09
    By Huw Jones and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt will tell a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. In February thieves hacked into the SWIFT system of the Bangladesh central bank, sending messages to the Federal Reserve Bank (...) (Reuters)
  • 01:07
    By Raju Gopalakrishnan MANILA (Reuters) - More than three months have passed since $81 million was stolen in a brazen cyber-heist from Bangladesh's central bank and sent to Manila – yet authorities in the Philippines appear no closer to nabbing those who laundered most of the money through a bank and casinos here. Nobody has been arrested, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) - the nation’s equivalent of the FBI - has not been allowed to get fully involved in the probe, and a Philippines Senate investigation petered out last week. Several official and private investigators said (...) (Reuters)
  • 01:01
    Recent hacks of international banks through the SWIFT messaging system raise serious questions about cyber-related risks to U.S. firms, Representative Carolyn Maloney wrote on Monday in a letter to the country's top banking regulators that asked about measures to strengthen systems' security. Maloney, a Democrat who represents part of Manhattan - home to many people employed in finance and banking - wrote to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, U.S. Comptroller Thomas Curry and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg that she remains "deeply concerned (...) (Reuters)
  • 00:57
    If you need to control multimedia on your PC from your Android smartphone, Jack Wallen shows you how with VLC and VLC Direct. (TechRepublic)
  • 00:57
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that an investigation into its editorial practices had found no evidence of political bias in the selection or prominence of stories shown on its Trending Topics feature. The company also said the investigation revealed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at "virtually identical rates" and it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically-motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources. (http://bit.ly/1Tvv3Nm) (Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Mary (...) (Reuters)
  • 00:47
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared that today is officially Beyoncé Day. This is a thing that governors do when they want attention, so here is some attention for you, Governor Dayton. Here is a story by the local newspaper I used to read, The Star Tribune, which makes a mediocre pun about making "Lemonade" out of the "lemons" of a legislative session gone sour. Here, the local CBS affiliate WCCO wrote a headline that ends with "As Storms Loom," which is literally true for the local weather where Beyoncé's concert in Minnesota is happening tonight (...) (The Verge)
  • 00:30
    A new report from Taiwan's Economic Daily ( via Barrons )   suggests that the upcoming  iPhone 7 will be the monster hit Apple needs to help worried analysts forget about the current lull in iPhone 6s sales. According to the report, Apple has already asked component suppliers to prepare for a production target in the 72 to 78 million range, making it the "highest production target in about two years." DON'T MISS:  Watch the Britney Spears BMA performance that the internet is going crazy over By way of contrast, Wall Street had been anticipating iPhone 7 production to fall in the 65 million (...) (BGR News)
  • 00:23
    (Engadget)
  • 00:15
    Mobile developers who are looking for ways to monetize their apps should consider checking out analytics technologies that can provide customer insights. (TechRepublic)
  • 00:11
    Literally just this weekend, while procrastinating on a story I was supposed to be writing, I started searching for a way to add a night mode to Google Docs. When Apple finally added an OS X "dark mode," it did so in its update for power users. Twitter is the latest company to consider the ever-exciting night mode. (The Verge)
  • 00:02
    (Engadget)
  • 00:00
    There is nothing in consumer tech right now that's as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they're all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It's not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn't bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump (...) (BGR News)

BetaNews.Com

  • 04:04
    Every summer, many students get excited for some well-deserved time off from studies; well, if their region practices such a vacation, that is. In some cultures, school is year-round. While this is unfortunate from the standpoint of socializing and having fun, it arguably keeps the students on track for great success. For students that are particularly motivated and education-focused, Google hosts its legendary Summer of Code. This program pairs future developers with open source projects. Not only do these young folks learn, but they get to contribute to the projects as well. Today, the (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 00:42
    When you think of the Raspberry Pi and other SoC-style boards, one word likely comes to mind -- Linux. Yeah, Linus Torvalds' adaptable kernel does scale well to these diminutive computers, but don't forget about trusty ol' Microsoft. Its Windows 10 IoT operating system can also work some magic on the Pi and others. While lesser known and used in this space, this special version of Windows certainly has a future. Now, Microsoft is focusing on "makers" with a new app for Windows 10 IoT. You see, the app will run on a board such as the Raspberry Pi, enabling networked 3D printing.… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

Mashable!

  • 04:50
    A quick search online will reveal dozens of videos of drone and bird encounters. While it's always impressive to see a bird of prey take down a pesky quadcopter, the disturbance could impact the animal in ways we don't yet understand. As the commercial drone industry kicks off and drones are increasingly used in conservation efforts, two Australian researchers have developed an animal-drone code of conduct to begin the conversation about how these machines should be ethically used. SEE ALSO: This is what Xiaomi's first drone looks like Clearly, we can't be trusted to do the right thing (...) -- Uavs, Drones, Australia, Tech, Gadgets
  • 04:05
    There were a lot of tears on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars — and no, we're not talking about the tears of laughter we cried every time Tom Bergeron made a snarky off-handed comment. The emotional night of dance saw the three remaining couples deliver two dances each, including freestyle numbers inspired by their own personal stories.  SEE ALSO: 'Dancing with the Stars' lets you hit the dance floor with 360-degree intro While Paige and Ginger's dances both drew lauds — and excellent scores — it was the one from Nyle DiMarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd that left the judges' jaws on the (...) -- Abc, Dancing With The Stars, Television, Entertainment, Tv
  • 01:58
    Obviously, there are major spoilers here for Game of Thrones Season 6 episode 5, "The Door."  Time travel is possible. That premise is a huge leap of faith for any TV show or book series to take, even though — or because — it's becoming an increasingly common trope. (See the CW's Legends of Tomorrow, the new NBC show Timeless, the new ABC show Time after Time and the forthcoming Fox movie Making History.)   SEE ALSO: Geek book of the week: Why time travel and booze don't mix Jack Bender, director of Sunday's heartbreaking Game of Thrones episode "The Door," knows this better than most. He (...) -- A Song Of Ice And Fire, Game Of Thrones, Entertainment, Mashreads, Tv
  • 01:33
    Warning: the post is dark and full of spoilers. When you think about death on Game of Thrones, you probably don't immediately feel warm and fuzzy. Yet, here we are. Fans were shocked when the lovable Hodor met his violent end on the series while protecting Bran from the White Walkers. And while you'll never be able to hug a fictional character, take some comfort in the man who brought Hodor to life, actor and DJ Kristian Nairn, being a big old softie on Twitter.  SEE ALSO: Hodor, you've changed us forever Nairn also gave a shout out to Sam Coleman, the actor behind young Hodor, who (...) -- Pop Culture, Actor, Social Media, Hbo, Telvision
  • 01:03
    Facebook has apologized to an Australian feminist group after blocking an advertisement featuring plus-sized model Tess Holliday in a bikini. The social network had told the group, called Cherchez La Femme, that the image was rejected because Facebook's guidelines do not allow health and fitness ads to depict a particular body weight as being either "perfect or extremely undesirable," according to a screenshot posted to the group's page.  SEE ALSO: Many people don't understand why this Lane Bryant body-positive commercial was rejected by NBC and ABC "Ads like these are not allowed (...) -- Australia, Advertising, Business, Facebook, Social Good
  • 00:43
    Move fast and break stuff can also mean Facebook's own rules, especially in the wake of a torrent of criticism. Facebook announced on Monday afternoon that it would no longer be using other websites and media outlets to determine what belongs in the "Trending Topics" section.  "This means that we will discontinue use of the top-10 list of news outlets, the Media 1K list, and the RSSfeed," wrote Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch in a letter to Senator John Thune. Thune had been the most vocal politician to come out against Facebook after some of the social network's former (...) -- Digital Media, Facebook, Business, Media
  • 00:15
    "This is one thing you should not do." After telling her sister just how terrible of an idea it is to go spinning out of control on a hoverboard, this little girl lets things get a bit out of hand. Now, if you've dared to hop on a hoverboard, you know that it once you start going it can be really hard to stop.  And at first everything is going swell for this kid, but after about 10 seconds of spinning things start to turn dark. "Jamie, I'm serious. I can't stop," the girl pleads.  But Jamie is no help at all. In fact, she makes it worse and the girl's spinning turns into a loop, and (...) -- Funny, Viral Videos, Parenting, Watercooler, Videos
  • 00:13
    Usually when a company reports record losses, that is not a time for celebration. Unless you're Spotify. The streaming music company's 2015 financials were released recently thanks to a filing made by its parent company, which is based in Luxembourg.  The bad news is that Spotify lost $194 million in 2015, the company's biggest loss yet as it tries to make streaming music into an economically viable business. The good news is that this is only a bit more than it lost in 2014, while its overall revenue — how much money the company brings in — rose sharply to $2.18 billion.  That's a far (...) -- Digital Music, Streaming Music, Spotify, Business, Media
  • 00:13
    Just when you thought you had run out of ways to consume marijuana, in comes something newer and weirder. CannaKorp has unveiled a new vaporizer, the CannaCloud, scheduled to hit the market early next year. While the vaporizer isn't an official Keurig, the design is similar. CannaKorp will offer legally grown marijuana, available in adorable single-use pods.  SEE ALSO: Biz Please: There's room to grow in the budding marijuana industry CannaKorp's vaporizer will be sleek and white, and vaporizes the marijuana by heating it without setting it on fire. The company argues that their product (...) -- Marijuana, Marijuana Legalization, Coffee, Coffee Machine, Keurig
  • 00:10
    Strangeways, here T-Pain comes. He's featured on Classix's track "Whatever I Want" and for the video, they created a shot-by-shot remake of The Smiths' 1987 "Stop Me If You Think You Think You've Heard This One Before" down to the makeshift Oscar Wilde memorials.  T-Pain takes on the role of Morrissey, guiding a bicycle gang around the city in search for solutions autotune can't fix.  In an email to The Fader, the video's director, Daniel Pappas, explained that it was inspired by, "the shared sadness of Smiths fans, and how, through all of the depression and sadness, when you look like (...) -- Watercooler, The Smiths, Music Video, Morrissey, T Pain
  • 00:04
    Everyone loves a good love triangle, or even a love polygon. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner. That also goes for best YA series. SEE ALSO: What's the best Shakespeare play ever written? Introducing our 'This Be Madness' bracket We here at MashReads are known lovers of YA, reading the full YA spectrum, from Twilight to Rainbow Rowell and "everything everything" in between. And we're not alone. Everybody has their favorite YA book that they'd drop everything for. That's why we we decided to bring this question to the people: What is the greatest YA series of all (...) -- One True Ya, Ya Books, Ya, Mashablereads, Mashreads
  • 00:03
    As ubiquitous as the Internet is in our lives, working online can still be like the wild west. The pioneers most at risk on this frontier aren't settlers fighting off dysentery, but women writing and in the public spotlight.  Blogs and news sites are full of horror stories like GamerGate where women and minority voices are violently silenced, or even just belittled on the very medium where they live. What's a young woman with a burgeoning career to do? Ask an expert. Lindy West, veteran writer for publications such as The Stranger, Jezebel, GQ and The Guardian, has experienced firsthand (...) -- Feminism, Lindy West, Conversations, Mashablereads, Mashreads
  • 04:33
    Nyle and Peta's moving freestyle dance on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars was a highlight of the season and — some might say — of the entire series. But it's a moment that would not have had the same impact had it not been set to heavy metal band Disturbed's take on Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence." Released in late 2015, the song became a viral hit after the band performed it on Conan, and the official video has now been seen more than 55 million times on YouTube.  SEE ALSO: Nyle DiMarco just performed what could be the best dance in 'DWTS' history When it came time to pick (...) -- Music, Abc, Dancing With The Stars, Television, Entertainment

hack a day

  • 04:00
    This is a super fun hack that’s been around for ages — but now with cheap full 1080P HD camera availability, it’s probably a good time to make your own infrared camera! It’s actually a very easy modification to perform. All cameras are capable of “seeing” infrared light, but for standard photography and video, you don’t want to see the infrared light. So most sensors just have an infrared filter in front of the sensor, to block out any excess infrared light. If you remove it … you have a converted infrared camera. The nofollowing video shows exactly how to modify a camera to do this. It is a bit (...) --

Boing Boing

hack a day

  • 01:00
    It is likely that many of us will at some time have experimented with motion detectors. Our Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, Beaglebones or whatever will have been hooked up to ultrasonic or PIR boards which will have been queried for their view of what is in front of them. [Connornishijima] has stumbled on a different way to detect motion with an Arduino, he’s polling an ADC pin with a simple length of twisted pair hooked up to it and earth, and reliably generating readings indicating when he (or his cat) is in its vicinity. He’s calling the effect “Capacitive turbulence”, and he’s open to (...) --

Read/WriteWeb

  • 01:41
    What if those defibrillators you see on walls everywhere didn’t just help you help someone sick, they could also call 911 and tell you how far away an ambulance is? The winning concept at a recent “IoT for Cities” smart cities hackathon, held earlier this month in Santa Clara, California, could do all of those things for you. The team from Ukraine-based Ciklum brought together engineers in Europe and the U.S. to create a smart automated external defibrillator (AED). As soon as someone would begin charging the AED, the device calls 911 and tracks the closest ambulance to your location. See (...) -- Could this smart defibrillator idea save more lives?, ReadWrite

Boing Boing

MacRumors

  • 00:40
    As Apple gears up to introduce OLED displays in the 2017 iPhone, the impact is already being felt in the company's supply chain. During a recent earnings call, Applied Materials, a company that creates equipment for making displays, reported a fourfold increase in orders. According to Bloomberg, the growing demand for new display manufacturing equipment from Applied Materials serves as evidence that display makers are retooling their processes to produce OLED displays for Apple's line of iPhones in 2017. Edge-to-edge iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhone Applied Materials executives did (...) -- iPhone 8

Daring Fireball

  • 00:30
    A thoughtful piece by Marco Arment over the weekend, which spawned much discussion: Today, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are placing large bets on advanced AI, ubiquitous assistants, and voice interfaces, hoping that these will become the next thing that our devices are for. If they’re right — and that’s a big “if” — I’m worried for Apple. Today, Apple’s being led properly day-to-day and doing very well overall. But if the landscape shifts to prioritize those big-data AI services, Apple will find itself in a similar position as BlackBerry did almost a decade ago: what they’re able to do, (...)

TechCrunch

23 May

Scripting News

  • 14:52
    iPhone is vulnerable to a device that Just Works davewiner In June 2007, my friend Robert Scoble called me from the Apple store in Palo Alto. He was in line with his son Patrick to be among the first to get a new iPhone. He said if I got there with the cash, he would get me one. I had planned on holding out as long as I could. I was pissed that the iPhone didn't run Mac software. I had hoped to put my scripting system on the phone and develop all kinds of mobile apps that ran on the device. I'm a sucker for new Apple hardware, so I took a deep breath, went to the bank, got the money (...)

Techmeme

MobileCrunch

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Lifehacker

Programmable Web

  • 23:44
    As with any deployment, adding WebRTC to your environment requires careful consideration to ensure the execution produces the capabilities and user experience that you expect. In this post on No Jitter, Amir Zmora discusses five considerations before beginning a WebRTC project.

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