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13 February

Yahoo! News: Technology News

BetaNews.Com

  • 00:07
    Day 10, and it's difficult to wonder where nearly two weeks went. Yet here I am with iPad Pro, and more settled than last weekend, when griping about how the tablet frustrates me. I want to start by discussing Apple's Smart Keyboard, which is a $169 accessory that I recommend for everyone who doesn't plan on using fingers and Pencil as primary, ah, utensils. Typing is amazingly smooth and accurate. The keys present terrific travel, without requiring too much force while still giving plenty of tactile response. Shocked best describes my reaction to the experience. Sometimes what's missing (...) -- [Continue Reading]

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

MacRumors

  • 00:29
    Apple today launched a worldwide replacement program for the USB-C charge cables that were shipped with the 12-inch Retina MacBook through June of 2015, as these cables can fail "due to a design issue." According to Apple, affected cables may cause the MacBook to not charge or to charge intermittently when it is connected to a power adapter. Cables with the issue can be identified by their labeling, which reads "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China." Redesigned cables have the same text, but also include a serial number. Apple is providing new, redesigned USB-C charge (...) -- 12-Inch MacBook

Daring Fireball

  • 00:37
    Jack Forster, who has covered the mechanical watch industry professionally for two decades, writing for Hodinkee: I think the Apple Watch is winning the smartwatch wars right now for several reasons: better UI is one (I struggle to find Android Wear compelling, in any form, at least so far) and its ability to keep your phone in your pocket, and your head up, is another. One of its biggest secrets, though, is this: it shows every indication of having been made by people who love and understand watches, and who know that for any kind of wearable to succeed, it has to be love at first (...)

Lifehacker

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 01:05
    (Engadget)
  • 01:00
    USB-C cables have run into yet another stumbling block. Apple has announced a worldwide replacement program for the USB-C cable that it shipped between April and June 8th of last year. The cable was released alongside the 12-inch Retina Macbook and also sold separately at the Apple Store. (The Verge)
  • 00:46
    (Engadget)
  • 00:45
    Congress is nowhere near ready to regulate seating on passenger jets, and a recent vote in House committee proves it. In other words, airlines can keep shrinking airplane seats and make air travel as uncomfortable as they want without worrying about breaking any laws. DON’T MISS:  All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft What’s clear from recent proposals for airplane seating is that airlines are considering reducing the available space per passenger even further, in an effort to increase maximum load without actually buying bigger planes. "I am disappointed," Rep. (...) (BGR News)
  • 00:40
    As part of the reauthorization for the FAA, Congressional Republicans are proposing a big change to the way America's air traffic control system works. Currently, a federal agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, oversees the air traffic control (ATC) of the nation — but HR 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act of 2016 has a provision that would spin off the air traffic control system into a separate, private, non-profit entity. The benefits, say House members who sponsored it, include removing ATC from the governmental budget process — instead, the (...) (The Verge)
  • 00:37
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey has agreed to continue to forego any form of direct compensation, a regulatory filing by the company showed on Friday. Dorsey in June agreed to no salary until the company's compensation committee agreed upon a package for him. The committee decided on Wednesday to introduce a performance-based equity compensation program for Twitter's top executives to tie their performance more closely with that of the company, according to the (...) (Reuters)
  • 00:34
    My favorite part of every book is the inevitable passage where a group of people sit down for a meal and, for whatever reason, tear at bread, throw back wine, and slurp down inordinate amounts of food in the space of a couple sentences. It is gloriously indulgent, often in the middle of a Hemingway novel or else trying to be one, and somehow makes me connect with the text more than any other slice of humanity that it's trying to convey. Afterward, all I want is to live that (...) (The Verge)
  • 00:09
    (Engadget)
  • 00:00
    Smartphones have become a very big part of our lives over the last decade, but when are they too much of a good thing? All the constant interruptions and notifications drove Jenna Woginrich to distraction, which is why she completely gave up her phone 18 months ago. Writing in The Guardian , Woginrich tells us what it's been like to go smartphone-free for the past year and a half and it sounds like there are some definite upsides to it. MUST READ:  This smart little iPhone trick will help you find any app instantly At the start of her piece, she reveals that she no longer has any cell phone (...) (BGR News)

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Mashable!

  • 00:45
    If you were struck with a feeling of déjà vu by the Syria ceasefire deal, you weren't the only one. News that Western and Russian leaders had agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria in the days to come reminded a lot of people familiar with President Vladimir Putin's modus operandi of another peace deal Russia proposed in a country where it's also a major belligerent: Ukraine. See also: Left to die: The people trapped in eastern Ukraine's war Ukrainians, especially, were quick to pick up on the similarities between the two ceasefire deals. "Uh-oh. Be worried," tweeted (...) -- Europe, Middle East, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Syria
  • 00:08
    HAVANA — The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties after a half-century of Cold War opposition. (...) -- Airlines, Air Travel, Cuba, Travel, Us World

Techmeme

Boing Boing

12 February

Daring Fireball

  • 23:55
    George Slefo, reporting for Advertising Age: In short, AMP is like a diet version of HTML. It is extremely fast and incredibly quick when it comes to loading. JavaScript is essentially non-existent, for now at least, and images won’t load until they’re in the user’s view. AMP will also deliver content much faster because it will be cached via the cloud, meaning Google won’t have to fetch it from a publisher’s site each time a request is made. The end result is a near instantaneous content delivery system. Sounds great. Come launch, publishers will be able to track analytics and sell ads. (...)

BetaNews.Com

  • 22:13
    Privacy International has lost a court case that questioned the legality of GCHQ's hacking operations. The UK-based privacy and human rights charity launched a legal campaign after Edward Snowden revealed the spying and surveillance that was being carried out by the NSA and GCHQ. In the course of the case, GCHQ admitted for the first time that it was involved in hacking devices and computers not only in the UK, but around the world. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled that activities such as the installation of keyloggers, the remote activation of microphones and cameras, and (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 21:38
    In today’s mobile-centric world, using mobile phones for Internet banking is standard practice for most people, but do customers know they could be at risk of a new type of scam? SIM swap fraud, where scammers cancel and re-activate new SIM cards to hack into bank accounts, is reportedly on the rise. What Exactly Is SIM Swap? SIM swap is a type of phishing fraud that poses a serious threat to customer and bank security. The fraudster obtains an individual’s banking details through phishing techniques or by purchasing these from organized crime networks. They then use this information, (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 21:37
    It has been a long time coming, but when 15 March rolls around Google will no longer support the desktop Picasa app -- and this is just the start of the shutdown. Picasa is being gradually shuttered in favor of Google Photos as the search giant focuses its energy on a single photo service. So what does this mean for Picasa fans? Well, the good news is that there's nothing to do in terms of migrating content from one service to another. Picasa Web Album content can be viewed, edited and shared through Google Photos, but if you don't want to migrate then it will be archived from 1 May. (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 20:41
    I arrived onsite to suite 102 -- the bank’s corporate headquarters -- around 9:40 am. I was impersonating a local utility worker -- with all the garments like a hardhat, clipboard, obnoxious yellow vest, and some old Timberland work boots. I played the part well. When I approached the suite I saw a giant glass entrance into the main office of the bank with a secretary minding the entrance and questioning visitors. I also noticed employees were entering and exiting an unmarked door at the end of the hallway -- no cameras to be seen. I proceeded slowly past the main entrance and then ran to (...) -- [Continue Reading], Coalfire
  • 20:05
    An investigation by the BBC has found that secret groups on Facebook are being used by pedophiles to share images -- and Facebook doesn't seem to be doing much to control such activity. The BBC reportedly unearthed numerous private groups which were both run by and for men with a sexual interest in children. One group was found to have a convicted pedophile as its administrator. Despite many of the groups and images being reported to Facebook, not all of them were removed, raising the question as to whether Facebook is doing enough to combat pedophilia. In addition to pornographic (...) -- [Continue Reading]

MacRumors

  • 22:27
    Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi spoke with John Gruber in this week's episode of "The Talk Show," where they commented on recent opinions that Apple's software isn't up to snuff and offered some details on a new version of iTunes coming in OS X 10.11.4. Last week, Re/code's Walt Mossberg wrote a piece entitled "Apple's Apps Need Work," pointing towards a "gradual degradation" in quality in several Apple apps and services like iCloud, Mail, and Photos. iTunes for the desktop was one of the most heavily criticized apps, with Mossberg saying he "dreads" opening it because it's "bloated, (...) -- iTunes, Apple Music
  • 20:40
    Apple is planning to begin selling the upcoming iPad Air 3 and the 4-inch iPhone 5se starting on March 18, reports 9to5Mac. The two devices will be offered in stores and online starting on Friday nofollowing their introduction at an event to be held on Tuesday, March 15. Apple is not expected to accept pre-orders for the two devices, and the short period between announcement and launch suggests Apple expects supplies of the iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se to be plentiful. It is unusual for Apple to offer an iPhone directly after an announcement, but this is the first time the company has launched (...) -- iPad, iPhone 6c
  • 20:02
    Apple supplier Japan Display revealed some details on its second-generation "Pixel Eyes" LCD modules over the holidays, providing us with a look at some of the ways the display industry is advancing. Japan Display's "Pixel Eyes" modules incorporate touch functionality into the display, and in the second-generation model, there are some exciting improvements. Using a new sensor structure and new materials, Japan Display has managed to decrease the thickness of the bezel, going from 0.8mm to 0.5mm. A deeper black level is available, and the display can accept input with a stylus as narrow (...) -- iPhone 7, Japan Display Inc
  • 19:22
    Following rumors Apple is planning to create original television content like Netflix and Amazon, news has leaked about the company's first prospective TV show courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The series, called Vital Signs, is described as a dark semi-autobiographical drama that stars Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre. Sources who have seen scripts and descriptions of the show have described it as being very dark, reflecting at least in part on the life of Dr. Dre. Each episode is said to focus on a "different emotion" and the way Dre's character handles it. While (...) -- Apple TV, Apple Music, Dr. Dre

Daring Fireball

  • 23:15
    Michael O’Connell and Lesley Goldberg, reporting for The Hollywood Reporter: Apple is making its first original television show. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the technology giant is backing a top-secret scripted series starring one of its own executives, Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre. Multiple sources say the 50-year-old mogul is starring in and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company’s subscription streaming site, but it’s (...)
  • 19:16
    Drop what you’re doing and find a pair of headphones: my guests on this special episode of my podcast are Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. It’s a wide-ranging discussion, and includes a bunch of interesting scoops: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, the number of iCloud account holders, and more. If you’re new to the show, you can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. This special episode was sponsored exclusively by Meh.com. (...)

Lifehacker

  • 23:30
    It might seem like Girl Scout cookies are all the same, but it turns out the Girl Scouts use two bakers, and which cookies you get depends on where you live. The LA Times has a map to help you figure out which you’ll get. Read more... -- , ,
  • 22:30
    The Raspberry Pi Zero was released over two months ago , but it’s still incredibly hard to find. Where Is My Pi Zero? is a simple site that’ll check stock for you at a number of retailers. Read more... -- , ,
  • 22:00
    The Low Power Mode introduced in iOS 9 is a great way to save some battery life when your power drops below 20% . MacStories also points out that it’s perfect for vacations because it not only ups battery life, it also cuts out needless distractions. Read more... -- , ,
  • 21:30
    Hope you like Google Photos. Starting May 1st, Google is going to start phasing out Picasa from its product lineup entirely. Fortunately, you still have some time. Read more... -- , ,
  • 21:00
    Beet Juice Might Actually Make You Stronger - Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    Everybody has their pre-competition rituals, but I swear everybody in the locker room thought I was a weirdo for wolfing down beets before games. You’ve gotta eat something, right? And beets might actually help you in sports that require bursts of strength. Read more... -- , ,
  • 20:51
    Jezebel Inside the Abrasive, Prank-Filled World of FM Morning Radio | Gizmodo Physicists Are Freaking Out About Gravitational Waves and You Should Too | Gawker Study: Building Luxury Housing for Gentrifiers Helps The Poor | Jalopnik Cool Animation Shows The Evolution Of The Porsche 911 | Read more... -- , ,
  • 20:00
    If you’re trying to lose weight, it might help to know what successful dieters are eating. MyFitnessPal analyzed data from 4.2 million of its users to compare those who were closer to their weight-loss goals and those who weren’t. Read more... -- , ,
  • 19:30
    Your Favorite Coffee Maker Is The Bonavita BV1800 - Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    It was a bitter fight, but the Bonavita BV1800 managed to grind out a win in our Kinja Co-Op for best coffee maker. Read more... -- , ,
  • 19:30
    If you’re on your final month of pregnancy, most airlines are cool with you traveling as long as you have permission from your doctor. However, some airlines are stricter than others, and Travel + Leisure breaks down the many airline rules for pregnant travelers. Read more... -- , ,
  • 19:12
    Concrete countertops are strong and durable. You can make your own without needing to create or haul giant blocks of concrete. This video shows an outdoor project, but you can also upgrade your kitchen countertops with the same technique. Read more... -- , ,
  • 19:00
    The big game came and went (go team you did it!) and we learned a few party tricks along the way. In addition to football fundamentals and party food, this week we also discussed the red flags to look out for when you start dating someone, why plain text is still appealing, corralled Twitter’s new features, and more. Read more... -- , ,
  • 18:30
    How Much Rent Prices Will Change in 35 Different Metro Areas This Year - Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    On average, rent prices are only expected to increase by about one percent this year, according to Zillow. That number varies quite a bit depending on the city, though. While some areas can expect rent hikes well above one percent, rent will actually be cheaper in other areas. Read more... -- , ,
  • 16:31
    Mount Your Phone In The Car Magnetically, Without Blocking a Vent - Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    If you love the idea of a magnetic smartphone dash mount, but don’t want to block a vent or fill your CD slot, this one sticks to your dash via a standard suction cup. [TechMatte MagGrip Dashboard and Windshield Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder, $6 with code 54SG7RBH] Read more... -- , ,
  • 15:53
    Today's Best Deals: Super-Thin MacBooks, Half Price Google Play Music, and More - Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    A Vizio Sound Stand, Dyson DC65 vacuum, and Apple’s newest MacBook kick off Friday’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and nofollow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. Read more... -- , ,

Mashable!

  • 21:07
    “Friends” are cheap in politics. It's often necessary to call a fellow your friend in public, or even to his face, knowing full well he'd cut your throat, lay your wife, and send your kids to Siberia if given the chance. But Mrs. Clinton calls Kissinger her friend so damn much that I worry she believes it. If so, she's in bigger trouble than I thought. Because Henry doesn't have friends. He doesn't even have associates. He's far too sensitive to operate that way. At the first question or cross word he collapses and takes to his bed. People think he's strong, but Henry panics if he isn't the (...) -- Hillary Clinton, Us World, Politics, Richard Nixon, History
  • 20:40
    Pope Francis was given a sombrero on Friday while he flew from Rome to México City. The pope, who is making his 12th trip abroad, delighted journalists traveling aboard the papal plane when he placed it atop his head and smiled for the cameras. See also: 6 questions about why Pope Francis is meeting with Google chairman Eric Schmidt Journalists on board were quick with their smartphones to take photos of the pontiff who shall henceforth be known as #SombreroPope. The traditional hat was given to the pope by Mexican TV correspondent Valentina Alazraki, who the Catholic News Service (...) -- Fashion, Style, Mexico, Us World, Pope Francis
  • 20:25
    After her exceptional performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, everyone wants some more Lady Gaga in their lives. Postmodern Jukebox is here to help with their second cover of Gaga's hit song, "Bad Romance." The swingin' 1920s-inspired video is the first in Postmodern Jukebox's Reboxed series, which remakes covers of previous PMJ covers This latest arrangement of "Bad Romance" features Sara Niemietz & The Sole Sisters will have you breaking out your old dancin' shoes for sure. Bill Cosby, erased from 'The Cosby Show' The Westhamster Hamster Show is our favorite new (...) -- Youtube, Viral Videos, Music, Videos, Lady Gaga
  • 20:21
    A high school class turned their teacher's birthday into a special day. Kyle Simpler, an English teacher at Burleson High School in Texas told his student earlier this week that he couldn't remember the last time that he had a birthday cake, so in celebration of his special day on Thursday, the class gave him a cake he will never forget. SEE ALSO: The 17 best gifts for the stressed-out teacher in your life One of his students, Sae, shared a video of his cake reveal on Twitter, which has since racked up over 39,000 retweets. "Oh my god," Simpler says as he walks into his classroom (...) -- Feel Good, Inspiring, Birthday, Teachers, Viral Videos

kottke.org

  • 20:43
    General Tetris - Jason Kottke kottke.org
    This is a recent favorite of mine by Christoph Niemann, part of a series of six animations done for MoMA. Tags: Christoph Niemann MoMA Tetris video games
  • 17:52
    Adam Westbrook talks about Vincent van Gogh and the benefit of doing creative work without the audience in mind. Having never read Csikszentmihalyi's Flow (I know, I know), I was unfamiliar with the word "autotelic". From Wikipedia: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes people who are internally driven, and as such may exhibit a sense of purpose and curiosity, as autotelic. This determination is an exclusive difference from being externally driven, where things such as comfort, money, power, or fame are the motivating force. Doug Belshaw has a bit more on autotelism and how it relates to (...)

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