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It's Time To Revive Hypercard
HughPickens.com writes HyperCard, an application program and programming tool released for the Apple Macintosh in 1987, represented the 'computing for the people' philosophy that enabled users to go past the pre-built software that came on their machines, and to program and build software of their own. "Mac users could use Hypercard to build their own mini-programs to balance their taxes, manage sports statistics, make music – all kinds of individualized software that would be useful (or fun) for individual users." Now Jer Thorp writes that the end of HyperCard left a huge gap that desperately needs to be filled – a space for an easy to use, intuitive tool that will once again let average computer users make their own tools. According to Throp, this type of plain-language programming makes sense, particularly in an application
11/1/2014 7:31:00 AM
Note Wars is a fun, easy combat game. Almost too easy
Note Wars is an action game based on the premise that "gameplay is more important than graphics," according to the app's description. That's because the game's design is meant to mimic a piece of notebook paper and pencil. There's not much of a...
11/1/2014 7:30:00 AM
RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World (VZ, T, DT, S)
Holiday shopping starts this month, and if you want to buy someone a smartphone, there are a ton of great devices to choose from. Here's our monthly list of the best smartphones you can buy. We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are available in the U.S. at the time of publication. We list approximate prices for what phones cost without a contract. Prices vary from carrier to carrier and retailer to retailer. You can see October's smartphone rankings here.
#15 BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry's newest smartphone is the square-shaped BlackBerry Passport. It's fat and wide compared to all other smartphones, a design BlackBerry hopes will help i
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11/1/2014 7:06:34 AM
15 New York City attractions for people who hate people
Misanthropes beware (or despair, if you're already here): New York City probably isn't the best place for people who hate people Sometimes it isn't even a great place for people who, every now and then, wouldn't mind some peace and quiet. You open a book in a cafe and sirens start blaring from the street. You go for a walk and unexpectedly run into a bustling, frenzied tourist hub. And don't even get us started on the subway at rush hour. See also: 12 New York City Easter Eggs You'd Otherwise Blink and Miss Contrary to popular belief, however, there
places in New York where your head won't collapse under the existential weight of the more than eight million people living within just 305 square miles of you (by the way, that's more than 27,000 people per square mile). New York City is, after all, the city with everything, a
11/1/2014 6:02:21 AM
Finding Meteors, Satellites, and Star Trails with a Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly popular, cheap, and low power computer that also has a nifty camera add-on that is completely programmable. This opens up a log of possibilities for long-exposure photography, and [Jippo] has found the best use so far: long exposure astrophotography for capturing meteors, satellites, and star trails. [Jippo] is using a stock Raspi and camera module with a little bit of custom software that grabs image data from the camera and saves it either as a time-lapse, or only when something significantly changes. This would include meteors and Iridium flares, as well as passing … Read the rest
11/1/2014 6:00:33 AM
Everything you need to know about building a mailing list
This post originally appeared on the Mention blog. In both his election campaigns, President Obama’s team relied heavily on email marketing to raise funds. In 2012 for instance, email fundraising... Keep reading →
11/1/2014 6:00:22 AM
10 franchises that faced financial ruin
Franchises are lucrative for entrepreneurs, but default rates are high. Here are 10 famous franchises that struggled.
11/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Crowdfunded Magazines Take Aim at Sexism in Fantasy and Horror
In the new episode of
Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
podcast, author Cat Rambo, fiction editor Ellen Datlow, and
magazine owner John Joseph Adams discuss women's contributions to horror and science-fiction writing. The post Crowdfunded Magazines Take Aim at Sexism in Fantasy and Horror appeared first on WIRED.
11/1/2014 5:30:38 AM
Charting the World’s Easiest—And Most Punishing—Marathon Routes
November’s New York City Marathon is a little bit Jekyll-and-Hyde, combining benevolent descents with sinister climbs; the equally prestigious Boston course gifts a runner with merciful downhills. And if the there-and-back Whiskey Row race in Arizona looks too hellish, head to Berlin. The post Charting the World’s Easiest—And Most Punishing—Marathon Routes appeared first on WIRED.
11/1/2014 5:30:29 AM
KPN's America Movil board member sells part of KPN stake
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Chief Financial Officer of Mexico's America Movil has reduced his personal stake in Dutch telecoms group KPN , of which he is a supervisory board member, by more than a quarter, regulatory filings showed on Saturday.
11/1/2014 4:42:58 AM
Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations
descubes (35093) writes "Tao3D is a new open-source programming language designed for real-time 3D animations. With it, you can quickly create interactive, data-rich presentations, small applications, proofs of concept, user interface prototypes, and more. The interactivity of the language, combined with its simplicity and graphical aspects, make it ideal to teach programming. Tao3D also demonstrates a lot of innovation in programming language design. It makes it very easy to create new control structures. Defining if-then-else is literally a couple of lines of code. The syntax to pass pass blocks of code to functions is completely transparent. And it is fully reactive, meaning that it automatically reacts as necessary to external events such as mouse movements or the passage of time. The source code was just made available under the GNU
11/1/2014 4:26:00 AM
Proof that teens were painfully awkward even in the 1960s
Revelle Jackson, 96, worked as a commercial photographer in Upper Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand, after emigrating from England in 1952. Here Jackson has photographed the Upper Hutt Youth Club dances, held three times per week on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. This set of pictures captures the awkward hesitancy not foreign to young people. Unlike typical representations of the "Swinging '60s," these young people appear uncertain — unsure whether they look attractive, whether they are dancing right, skeptical of the futures on which they are embarking. Have they made themselves attractive? Have they got it right? Are they going to be laughed at? Read more...More about Kids, Photography, Features, Teens, and History
11/1/2014 4:07:35 AM
Gearshift Display for a Rally Car
[Andrea] was helping out a local rally racing team with their car and was asked to create a device that would display the current gear on a big, bright display. Of course, a device like this already exists, but the team didn’t want to invest the significant resources into a ready-made product. Instead, [Andrea] was tasked with creating one. The device is basically a pot attached to the gear shifter, but in testing, [Andrea] ran into a problem; between reverse and 5th gear, the shifter would turn 360 degrees, meaning these gears were indistinguishable. The solution to this problem … Read the rest
11/1/2014 3:00:24 AM
Researchers find a way to listen in on vehicular vibrations
The steady flow of vehicles is noisy enough as it is, but it also gives off a type of noise the human ear can't hear: seismic noise, or the vibration of the ground. Thus, vibrations given off by cars, trucks, trains, and airplanes on the runway among...
11/1/2014 2:40:00 AM
You'll really hear it here first in music app for unsigned bands
It takes a special kind of optimist to bet their own money on whether there's a big enough audience out there to support a discovery app for music videos by unsigned and emerging bands Turns out Amman Ahmed, founder of Rormix, is exactly that kind of believer. "The majority of people, especially in the venture-capital and investor scene, get kind of put off by the music industry," said Ahmed, speaking by phone earlier this month regarding the run-up to the Manchester, UK-based startup's launch, back in April See also: 33 Musical Earworms You Can't Escape "The only reason I was able to take Rormix to where I needed it to get to," he said, "is that I invested around £60,000 of my own money to prove the concept." Read more...More about Indie Music, Music App, Entertainment, Music, and Apps Software
11/1/2014 2:15:56 AM
Khrushchev's 1959 Visit To IBM
harrymcc (1641347) writes In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union, spent 12 days touring the U.S. One of his stops was IBM's facilities in San Jose, which helped to create the area later known as Silicon Valley. The premier got to see the first computer which came with a hard disk, which IBM programmed to answer history questions. But what he was most impressed by was IBM's modern cafeteria. Over at Fast Company, I've chronicled this fascinating and little-known moment in tech history, which will be covered in an upcoming PBS program on Khrushchev's U.S. trip. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
11/1/2014 1:33:00 AM
Halloween Hack Night at Pololu
Have some servos and an Arduino lying around? It isn’t too late to get your freaky on! Last night, tech enthusiasts of Las Vegas gathered at Pololu Robotics to show off their hacks for a Halloween flavored edition of their bi-monthly robot club. These projects created by those in the community as well as the Pololu engineers themselves are fun and have a relatively short list of materials. So, if the examples below give you some inspiration, this is permission to Macgyver something together before your big Halloween party tonight…
Impatient Severed Fingers
– [Amanda] came up with a cute … Read the rest
11/1/2014 12:00:02 AM
National Parks work on delicate task of removing graffiti
SALT LAKE CITY — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage. It won't be easy to get rid of the paintings, which were posted on Instagram and Tumblr and then picked up by hiking blogs. Sandblasting and some chemical strippers can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural features, especially if graffiti is near ancient rock art. Read more...More about United States, Graffiti, National Parks, Us World, and Us
10/31/2014 11:30:25 PM
Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s
The UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 solves one of the chief concerns smartphone users have always battled: battery anxiety. UNU ingeniously combines a smartphone battery case with wireless charging technology, and there's a lot to like.
10/31/2014 11:15:00 PM
16 frightening GIFs that will creep you out of your skin
It just isn't Halloween without creeping yourself out and sleeping with the lights on for the next week The beloved spooky holiday kicks off a weekend of chills all weekend long. Among traditions like trick-or-treating, getting dressed up as whatever you'd like and eating far too much candy, scaring yourself with spooky stories, horror movies and haunted houses are a favorite Halloween pastime. See also: 9 scary YA books for Halloween fans too old to trick-or-treat If you're looking for one last creepy thrill before holiday mode takes over, you can still creep yourself out with some of these GIFs instead Read more...More about Lists, Halloween, Gifs, Watercooler, and Pics
10/31/2014 11:00:22 PM
DealBook: Discovery of JPMorgan Cyberattack Aided by Company That Runs Race Website
A small Michigan company that runs the website for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge played a role in helping the bank find the breach of its computer system this summer.
New York Times
10/31/2014 10:56:57 PM
Egyptian DJ transforms rough neighborhood through lively 'mahraganat' music
By day, Salam City is a tough, poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo. By night, it is the breeding ground for an emerging music scene that is now making its way across the country
, which means "festivals" in Arabic, is Egypt's newest musical genre. It appeared on YouTube in late 2009, and really took hold following the 2011 revolution See also: Revolution in Egypt Captured Through the Eye of a Camera Radio and television stations did not give the new music airtime, however, so musicians built their reputations beyond their own neighborhoods by circulating amateur home recordings via the Internet. Soon the phenomenon spread across the entire city, transforming its barren streets into wild nighttime street parties called
. Read more...More about Music, Party, Photos, Pictures, and Festival
10/31/2014 10:48:52 PM
China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission
China's Chang'e 5-T1 mission to the moon has not only taken some beautiful pictures of the Earth from the craft's perspective (hat tip to reader Taco Cowboy) but as of Friday evening (continental U.S. time) returned a capsule to Earth. (The capsule landed in Inner Mongolia.) From the linked article: Prior to re-entering the Earths atmosphere, the unnamed probe was travelling at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 miles per hour), a speed that can generate temperatures of more than 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,700 degrees Fahrenheit), the news agency reported. To slow it down, scientists let the craft "bounce" off Earths atmosphere before re-entering again and landing. ... The module would have been 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the mission, SASTIND said at the time. The mission was launched to test technology to be use
10/31/2014 10:13:00 PM
Two guys in Illinois have taken Halloween lights to the next level
What's that? You carved a pumpkin? That’s cute. Nick Thomas and Steve Jandick are the Shaq and Kobe of synchronized Halloween lights— admittedly, there isn’t much competition out there to be the Shaq and Kobe of this very niche thing, but it’s still pretty cool. According to the
, the Naperville, Illinois duo spent a full month programming and setting up the lights for the show. The monthlong halloween display features songs from Queen, Eric Church (featured above), Eminem and others. “With the lights and music, [Steve Jandick's] taken it to a new level,” Thomas told the
. “Just one song takes him almost 40 hours to program the lights on the computer, and by now there are 32 songs." Read more...More about Halloween, Viral Video, Watercooler, and Videos
10/31/2014 10:10:06 PM
AT&T and Verizon are upping bandwidth on select data plans
These days we could all use a little more mobile bandwidth, and the folks at AT&T and Verizon are giving us some. Let's break it down, shall we? If you're on an AT&T single-line plan or have two to three devices, the company is now offering 3GB of...
10/31/2014 10:10:00 PM
Heidi Klum unveils her transformation into a fly for Halloween
Model Heidi Klum, who's known for extravagant Halloween costumes and throwing an over-the-top party, has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at how she transformed into a big-eyed insect She posted a timelapse of her before, during and after the costume was complete on Twitter Friday night after her New York Halloween party had kicked off This is how it happens #hkhalloween #behindthecostume @cce_inc @bcorso — Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) Oct 31 2014 The
host covered her entire body in blue and green for the costume. Tiny holes poked in her mask, fit with bulging green eyes, acted as her nose for the evening Read more...More about Halloween, Tv, Watercooler, Pics, and Heidi Klum
10/31/2014 9:59:46 PM
J.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: media
(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
10/31/2014 9:56:21 PM
Foreign access to China's card clearing market next August: report
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will allow foreign firms access to the yuan-denominated credit card clearing business from August next year, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Saturday.
10/31/2014 9:52:53 PM
Trent Reznor working with Apple on secret music project
Trent Reznor is working with Apple on a new project related to music delivery, the Nine Inch Nails frontman revealed in an interview with
. Reznor, also the chief creative officer of Beats Music, said that following Apple's acquisition of Beats the company "expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them." See also: Apple Buying Beats? It Isn't About the Headphones While he declined to go into detail about what he was working on, Reznor said it's "very creative work" and hinted that it's "in the world" of music delivery
"I am on the side of streaming music, and I think the right streaming ser
10/31/2014 9:40:52 PM
How Zappos CEO’s obsession with raving helped him create a billion-dollar company
Here's a lesson in company culture.
10/31/2014 9:28:00 PM
Whoopi Goldberg and thousands of costumed revelers flock to New York's Halloween parade
Thousands of costumed revelers paraded up Sixth Avenue during the annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City It was elbow-to-elbow at times as onlookers and participants in the parade—which was started in the 1970s—swarmed the packed route through Greenwich Village. See also: 'Costume Quest 2' is a wild goose chase to save Halloween The grand marshal of the night, Whoopi Goldberg, was decked out in shades of pink and purple from head to toe, with a ring of roses around her neck—perhaps a nod to the parade’s theme, Garden of Earthly Delights. Goldberg’s granddaughter accompanied her dressed as a bumblebee, she said on Facebook. Read more...More about New York, Halloween, Us World, Us, and Pics
10/31/2014 9:10:06 PM
The R2D2-‘O-Lantern Reddit Doesn’t Want You To See
The people here at Hackaday aren’t dedicating their entire lives to moderating comments and sending press releases to the circular file; some of us actually have jobs and hobbies. [James Hobson] works at a projector company that was having a pumpkin carving contest today. He came up with the best possible use of a pumpkin projector – a R2D2-‘o-lantern that plays the message from [Leia] to [Obi-Wan Kenobi]. [James] submitted this to reddit, but one of the mods deleted it. We’re much cooler than a few mods and their little empire, so we’re putting it up here. Instead of … Read the rest
10/31/2014 9:00:42 PM
Stitcher Radio podcast app updated with CarPlay support and bug fixes
Stitcher Radio, one of Apple’s first CarPlay partners, has released an update that enables the dashboard interface in its popular podcast app. The update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. The release comes just days after Stitcher was acquired by a music streaming company called Deezer. Stitcher joins Rdio, Spotify, and iHeartRadio in supporting the […]
10/31/2014 8:51:24 PM
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10/31/2014 8:45:29 PM
Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 phones try to capture young people's attention
Smartphones are ever-slimming, and Samsung's just-announced Galaxy A5 and A3 models are another indication of the trend. And it couldn't be a better time, as the company is trying to stay afloat amid fierce competition The A5 and A3 clock in at just 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively. Of course, that's nowhere near where some smartphone designers are going, but for a mainstream audience that's pretty slender See also: Samsung Galaxy Phones Have a Hidden Test Menu According to
, Samsung is struggling in the smartphone business as of late. The company has even pledged to "reform" its products at a fundamental level Read more...More about Samsung, Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy, Tech, and Dev Design
10/31/2014 8:45:20 PM
Engadget Expand is all about you. And us. But really, you.
Engadget Expand is our annual event that's all about you -- our fans. It's not your typical tech conference that's priced for people fortunate to have an expense account. We make the event completely FREE thanks to our generous sponsors, giving you...
10/31/2014 8:35:00 PM
Space travel is dangerous. There will be no tourists.
On September 17, 1908, Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge made the fateful decision to get into an airplane with Orville Wright. It made sense for him to go: The Army had a deal to buy one of the Wright Brothers' planes, and Selfridge had designed and piloted a plane of his own a few months earlier. Wright had already taken two other officers for a spin without incident, and the first four circuits he took with Selfridge of Fort Myer, Virginia, went fine But on the fifth loop around, the right propeller cracked, hit one of the plane's guy wires, and shattered. Despite Wright's best efforts to glide down, the plane smashed into the ground. He suffered serious injuries. Selfridge suffered a skull fracture and died that night — the first ever fatality in the history of powered aviation. He was 26 Read more...More about Virgin Galactic, Us Worl
10/31/2014 8:27:05 PM
No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo
Friday morning, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. It’s a serious setback for the space tourism effort, but is unlikely to kill the enterprise altogether. The program is quite advanced, and Richard Branson’s employees have put a ton of effort into finding a reliable way to get people into space. Here's how they plan to do it once they're back on track. The post No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo appeared first on WIRED.
10/31/2014 8:19:54 PM
Apple involved in another infringement suit over iPhone name, this time in India
Back in June Apple faced off against a Mexican telecom over the trademarked word “iFone.” In that case, the iFone telecommunications company argued that Apple had infringed its trademark with the iPhone. A court ruled that because telecom services and telephone hardware aren’t the same product, there should be no confusion among consumers about which […]
10/31/2014 8:07:14 PM
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suffers catastrophic failure during flight test
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was destroyed at launch this morning -- details on the event still to come.
10/31/2014 8:04:12 PM
Marine who crossed border with loaded guns ordered to be released from Mexican jail
SAN DIEGO — A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns. Family spokesman Jonathan Franks told The Associated Press on Friday that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (Tah-mor-EE-si). See also: You've Never Seen a Thunderstorm Move Like This JUST IN: Mexican judge orders immediate release of jailed US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi http://t.co/XPgjjiIwPs pic.twitter.com/mimqiHDBd1 — NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 1, 2014 Franks said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him. Read more...More about Us World and Us
10/31/2014 8:03:40 PM
Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce
In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More
10/31/2014 8:00:37 PM
Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple
Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple...
10/31/2014 8:00:00 PM
Current, a Facebook app for Mac, highlights the network’s core: pictures & chat
Funny to think that, while Facebook is a native app on mobile, it’s still trapped in the browser on desktop. Scott Kyle, a Capitola, Calif.-based developer, decided to build his own: Current for Facebook. Current, which hit the top of tech product leaderboard Product Hunt today, is a $1.99 Mac app that brings the entire […]
10/31/2014 7:47:08 PM
Lumera lets you post high-res snapshots on Instagram with one click
You are done (DONE!) taking selfies with a phone like some plebeian -- you only take DSLR selfies now, even though it's a pain transferring photos using a camera without built-in WiFi. A camera attachment called Lumera wants to solve that problem by...
10/31/2014 7:43:00 PM
Pumpkins, acrobats and the Obamas: trick-or-treating at the White House
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed trick-or-treaters to a traditional White House Halloween — complete with First Dog Bo and Sunny topiaries dressed as circus clowns Schoolchildren and military families from across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area streamed onto the White House grounds, dressed as Piglets, princesses and Dr. Seuss characters The kids goggled at the 200 pumpkins, acrobats and dramatic spider decorations, and passed Glinda the Good Witch waving from inside a giant bubble See also: Baby's Halloween costume does Ruth Bader Ginsburg justice The President and First Lady grinned and chatted with the kids as they handed out bags of goodies. Included in the haul: White House Hershey Kisses and a White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie, along with black licorice and orange tangerine jelly beans, ke
10/31/2014 7:38:45 PM
See how Halo 2: Anniversary was made in this fascinating, free documentary
There is plenty to look forward to in the upcoming Master Chief Collection, but the highlight of the package is Halo 2: Anniversary, an HD remake of the FPS classic released 10 years ago on the original Xbox. On Friday, Microsoft released a free documentary detailing the process of remaking Halo 2 for the current generation. If you’re anxious for the release of the game, this should help tide you over. In Halo 2: Anniversary, not only have the visuals received a significant upgrade, but the sounds, the multiplayer maps and even the cutscenes have been given a facelift as well. It’s an extremely impressive treatment, made all the more real by the ability to switch back and forth between the original
Boy Genius Report
10/31/2014 7:30:40 PM
The 50 Best Internships For 2015
Internship season just ended — but savvy students are already thinking about their plans for next summer. That's why career website Vault has already released its ranking of the top internships for 2015. To compile the list, Vault gathered data from more than 500 organizations that sponsor internships, as well as their interns. The companies were asked to provide descriptions of their programs and details on the number of interns hired, duration of the program, locations and departments in which interns are placed, and application requirements. Vault also asked current and former interns to comment on and rate their experiences on a variety of factors, including the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects, on a scale of 1 to 10. These rati
Silicon Alley Insider
10/31/2014 7:24:21 PM
Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You
An anonymous reader writes I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a "voter report card" postcard telling me my voting record was "excellent" (I'm a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they "plan to update this report card after the election to see whether you voted". OK, so one of the Democratic Party's super PACs want me to vote, but it seems to be something of an attempt at intimidation. Today, I received a letter in which they really put the pressure on. Here are some excerpts: "Who you vote for is secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Our organization monitors turnout in your neighborhood, and we are disappointed that many of your neighbors do not always exercise their right to vote." So why contact me instead of them? Voting is a civic duty, but it isn't illegal to abs
10/31/2014 7:24:00 PM
This One Feature Might Be The Best Reason To Use BlackBerry's Messaging App (BBRY)
BBM, BlackBerry's messaging app, updated on Friday and brought along with it a bevy of new features. Among them, though, is something everyone probably wishes they had: the ability to unsend a message. BlackBerry calls it "Message Retraction," which lets you remove a message from the chat both before the other person can see it, and even after the message has been read.
BlackBerry does note, however, that this doesn't mean people can't take a screenshot of the conversation. So sender beware.
That's not the only cool update. BBM now also has a Snapchat-esque feature, called "Timed Messages," which lets you set a time limit for your messages. There's also a new sticker picker, which lets you quickly send stickers to your friends; high-quality picture transfer; and "Discover Music," which lets you
Silicon Alley Insider
10/31/2014 7:04:57 PM
F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality
A “split the baby” proposal would regulate “wholesale” Internet transactions similar to utilities, and lightly regulate “retail” transactions.
New York Times
10/31/2014 7:00:00 PM
iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app category
iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments. Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...
10/31/2014 7:00:00 PM
Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band
Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More
10/31/2014 6:57:47 PM
Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as local firm asserts 'iFon' mark
Apple is once again facing "iPhone" naming writes woes, this time in a challenge coming from Indian firm iVoice Enterprises, which claims the phonetic similarity between iPhone and its own "iFon" destroyed the project before it got off the ground.
10/31/2014 6:53:00 PM
Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku
By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon. The post Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku appeared first on WIRED.
10/31/2014 6:52:56 PM
More than 700 Virgin Galactic ticket holders are left wondering what's next
Following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo's crash landing Friday that killed one person and left another injured, hundreds who have already booked a flight on one of the first space tourism vehicles are left wondering about the future of their own trips to the stars. In April, Virgin boasted that they had already sold more than 700 tickets, some to Hollywood celebrities, others to simple space enthusiasts who wanted to be part of an historic first wave of pioneers But now, the accident raises concerns about the future of space tourism. See also: Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo: What Your $250K Flight Will Feel Like Read more...More about Virgin Galactic, Us World, Us, World, and Space
10/31/2014 6:40:10 PM
Starbucks announces delivery service to boost mobile app usage
During Starbucks' recent Q3 2014 earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company's plan to offer a delivery service starting next year, reports USA Today. Schultz failed to provide details about the service, but the initiative...
10/31/2014 6:30:00 PM
NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe
An anonymous reader writes In April, NASA ended the mission of its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission by de-orbiting (read: crashing) it on the far side of the moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now directly imaged the crash site, showing a small crater and the spray of rocks and dust caused by the crash. "LADEE's grave lies about 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) from the eastern rim of the larger Sundman V crater, just 0.2 miles (0.3 km) north of the spot where mission team members predicted the spacecraft would go down based on tracking data, NASA officials said. ... The new crater is less than 10 feet (3 meters) wide. It's so small because LADEE was just the size of a washing machine, and the probe was traveling relatively slowly (3,800 mph, or 6,116 km/h) when it impacted the surface. The LROC team was ab
10/31/2014 6:29:00 PM
Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap
Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors. The post Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap appeared first on WIRED.
10/31/2014 6:27:10 PM
Jealous you can’t get iOS 8’s awesome Handoff feature on your Android phone? Give this new app a try
One of this year’s coolest new iOS 8 additions is Handoff, a new feature that lets you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. While Android users can’t get this feature on their devices, they can get some of its functionalities by downloading the PPLNotify Notifications on PC & Mac app onto their Android phone. RELATED: Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8 Essentially, the app lets you get all of your smartphone notifications right on your PC or Mac by delivering a small popup window on the upper-right hand side of your web browser, similar to the way that chat apps like Slack deliver notifications that someone is
Boy Genius Report
10/31/2014 6:15:13 PM
Kudlow: What's next after the GOP wins big
Here's what should happen after the GOP wins big on Tuesday, says Larry Kudlow.
10/31/2014 6:12:00 PM
Slack CEO Explains Why He Thinks His 8-Month-Old App Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion
There’s been so many billion-dollar startups these days that it’s almost starting to feel routine in tech.
Slack, an enterprise work collaboration app, is the latest one to join the club. It announced on Friday that it’s raising $120 million at a $1.1 billion valuation.
It’s hard to imagine a company as young as Slack — it launched publicly in February — to be worth more than a billion dollars. But when you’re growing as fast as it is, especially in the enterprise space, anything is possible.
When we asked Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield about it, he agreed his company’s numbers are still small in absolute terms. But the $1.1 billion valuation has more to do with the rapid growth
Silicon Alley Insider
10/31/2014 6:11:56 PM
Bits Blog: F.C.C. Weighs Backup System for 911
The proposal comes after the commission has noticed an increase in the number of 911 system outages in recent months.
New York Times
10/31/2014 6:06:35 PM
‘What to Think’ Episode 27: Aneesh Chopra on HealthCare.gov and the future of health
The former White House CTO talks about new digital health approaches to personalizing health care for consumers, and about new federal initiatives that will pay health providers to begin sharing health care data with each other.
10/31/2014 6:00:42 PM
Scare off Squirrels and Tweet about It with the Jack-O’-Lantern Warning System
[Stephpalm] had carved a pumpkin for the first time in two decades. Unfortunately, the neighborhood squirrels were all too pleased with her work and devoured it. Her original goal for the jack-o’-lantern was to have its lights controlled over the internet. These hungry critters inspired another project instead – The Jack-’o’-Lantern Squirrel Early Warning System. There have been hacks that have dealt with pesky squirrels before, such as a trap and an automatic water turret, but they didn’t have the ability to post to social media like this system does. The system consists of a Spark Core, … Read the rest
10/31/2014 6:00:13 PM
Cramer Remix: The secret to getting rich
Your paycheck won’t get you there, but "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer tells you what will.
10/31/2014 6:00:00 PM
Dark Dock, light menus -- it's possible with this Yosemite hack
A few weeks ago our very own Mel Martin pointed out that you can enable the new "dark mode" in OS X Yosemite simply by going to System Preferences > General and checking the "Use Dark Menu and Dock" box. But what if you're Mr. Fussypants, love the...
10/31/2014 6:00:00 PM
Engadget Daily: Samsung's all-metal phone, a Wii U eulogy and more!
A lot can happen between the time and the sun rises and sets -- especially in the future we live in. So, what's new 'round these parts? Well, Samsung debuted super thin, all-metal smartphones; our Joseph Volpe penned a eulogy for Nintendo's Wii U and...
10/31/2014 5:58:00 PM
Focus turns to ECB's move; world economy
Stocks launch into November at record highs, but that doesn't mean the volatility that punctuated October's trading will end.
10/31/2014 5:55:00 PM
LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world's narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It's even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it 'overflows.' The company calls the construction Neo Edge technology; it uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the panel's circuit board and backlight unit. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
10/31/2014 5:48:00 PM
Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too
With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More
10/31/2014 5:47:24 PM
Bits Blog: The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation
The Internet Archive has 12 million items in its digital collection. Under expansion plans announced this week, that is merely the beginning.
New York Times
10/31/2014 5:45:09 PM
Grumpy Cat's Christmas movie: Watch the first clip
Paws everything — you're about to hear Grumpy Cat's voice for the first time ever
Parks and Recreation
star Aubrey Plaza provides the voice of the Internet's grinchiest feline in Lifetime's
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
, and we have the first clip from the film See also: Crappy Holidays From Grumpy Cat! Plaza's deadpan delivery of Grumpy Cat gives sharp-witted life to the fuzzy star, who has, in two years of web fame, only communicated through meme-like font. Now that Grumpy has a way to speak, we should soon expect to hear her curmudgeonly thoughts on politics, the weather and Taylor Swift Read more...More about Viral Videos, Movies, Memes, Film, and Watercooler
10/31/2014 5:44:19 PM
Google CEO Larry Page invokes Steve Jobs in interview, defends ambitious Google X projects
In an wide-ranging interview published Friday, Google CEO Larry Page briefly touched on late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs to highlight the differences between the two companies, one being hyper-focused on a small set of products and another with fingers in seemingly everything.
10/31/2014 5:40:19 PM
Apple shares reach new peak as company gears up to pay investors $2.8 billion in dividends
Apple shares reached a new all time high of $108 for the end of October, less than two weeks prior prior to the company's quarterly dividend distribution date.
10/31/2014 5:35:00 PM