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  • 20 of Apple’s Favorite Photos Shot with the iPhone 6

    03/01/2015 9:11:42 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Petapixel ^ | March 1, 2015 | by Michael Zhang
    Apple tells us that it’s launching a new global advertising campaign called “Shot on iPhone 6.” Starting this week, billboards in 70 cities in 24 countries around the world will feature photos captured by iPhone 6 owners. 77 iPhone photographers will be featured in the campaign after Apple selected their images as its favorites. The worldwide nature of this effort makes this possibly the largest mobile photo gallery ever put together, featuring the work of a group that spans a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities, ages, professions, cultures and photography experience. The photographs in the campaign were not commissioned...
  • The computer of the future

    03/01/2015 8:28:02 PM PST · by leopardseal · 19 replies
    It might actually be that something like this would be possible with today's technology or it may be more like five or ten years out, but this is the computer I'd like to have. The thing would look like two Iphones held together face to face with magnets or snaps of some sort and fit in a shirt pocket. You'd take it out of your pocket, take the two halves of the thing apart, and set the one half on any flat surface to be the mouse. The other half would sit on the same surface and somehow generate a...
  • How Photoshop’s Sharpening Tools Work and How to Best Use Them (tutorial video)

    03/01/2015 7:16:28 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 03/01/15 | Michael Zhang
    Want a better understanding of how Photoshop’s sharpening filters work and how to best use them? Here’s a tutorial in which Photoshop expert Deke McClelland discusses using Photoshop’s features to bring out clearer details in your digital photographs. McClelland discusses all the sharpening filters found in the Sharpen menu in Photoshop (e.g. the one-click sharpening filters, Unsharp Mask, and Smart Sharpen), as well as the Sharpening panel found in Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Matt DeHart's quest for asylum is over: Canada delivers alleged hacker to U.S. agents

    03/01/2015 5:03:58 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | March 1, 2015 | Adrian Humphreys
    Matt DeHart, a former American soldier who sought asylum in Canada claiming torture by U.S. agents probing Anonymous hackers and WikiLeaks, was taken from his Ontario prison cell Sunday morning and delivered to U.S. agents at the border. Mr. DeHart, 30, was allowed to make a quick phone call en route to his parents, who are living in Toronto facing their own removal order, said his father, Paul. “He was peaceful and in good health,” Paul DeHart said in an interview but the family remains deeply worried. “We are concerned about Matt’s safety as he transits,” he said. “We said...
  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 3:58:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2015 | Rob Price
    Just a few weeks ago, the idea that Apple might make a car seemed like an outlandish rumour. Today, it's accepted by many as gospel. Numerous reports have filtered through in recent days, providing more detail on Apple's automotive ambitions. Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet. The Apple Car would be a massive, multi-year undertaking. But here's what we've heard so far: It's called Project Titan. The detail comes via a report from the Wall Street Journal. It's an electric car. This puts the company in competition with Tesla, which develops cutting edge electric-powered vehicles. VC and entrepreneur Jason...
  • Those Google mapping chaps at it again

    03/01/2015 9:19:11 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 18 replies
    Scooter100
    Silly me. I thought the Google street-view mapping chaps used bullet-proof vans. Maybe I'm thinking of Texas. No second-guessing the Brits, of course. If he's only at Stonehenge, no need to rush that Faraday cage project just yet. BTW, with the right tracking gear and attachments, you could make this guy's life pretty miserable with a few drones and some water balloons. Nice pants.
  • VLC gets first major release across Windows, Mac, Linux... (shortened)

    02/28/2015 5:12:17 PM PST · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | February 27, 2015 6:00 AM | Emil Protalinski
    (Full Title) VLC gets first major release across Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Android TV VideoLAN today launched what is arguably the biggest release of VLC to date: an update for the desktop coordinated with new versions across all major mobile platforms. The world’s most used media player just got massive a cross-platform push. The company told VentureBeat that the releases are the result of more than a year of volunteer work on the VLC engine and the libVLC library. As a result, VLC has gained numerous new features, has seen more than 1,000 bugs...
  • Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now

    02/28/2015 3:06:06 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 17 replies
    Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now Once upon a time, Amazon had a product called Unbox that let its customers download rented and purchased movies to their desktop and play them, even when offline. It was a convenient way for travelers to consume content when on the go since you usually can't stream video on a plane or train. Then last month, Amazon seemed to start shifting away from Unbox and over to it's Instant Video platform. Links to download Unbox vanished from the website, and CSRs provided conflicting information on whether it was available or...
  • Star Trek Online Announces In-Game Memorial For Leonard Nimoy

    02/28/2015 9:38:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    ComicBook.com ^ | 2-28-2015 | Russ Burlingame
    Following in the footsteps of World of Warcraft's magical tribute to the late Robin Williams, Star Trek Online will feature an in-game tribute to veteran Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away yesterday at age 83. "I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy," said executive producer Steve Ricossa in a statement. "Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star...
  • How Apple lost $533 million to an 8th-grade dropout patent troll

    02/28/2015 12:56:07 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2015, 12:22 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    One of its mistakes was to make a fuss about Patrick Racz’ education in front of a Texas jury. Tyler Texas Federal District Court House—The Rocket Docket Apple rarely comments on legal matters, and when it does it chooses its words carefully. So I read with interest the statement it issued after it was ordered to pay $532.9 million to Smartflash LLC for willful infringement of three U.S. patents. It’s a classic of the genre: Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology...
  • Apple faces second suit from victorious patent firm

    02/28/2015 12:38:54 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:01am EST | BY ANDREW CHUNG
    (Reuters) - Fresh off a $532.9 million jury win against Apple Inc (AAPL.O), a Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway. Smartflash LLC aims to make Apple pay for using the patent licensing firm's technology without permission in devices not be included in the previous case, such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2. The trial covered older Apple devices. On Tuesday, a jury in federal court in Tyler, Texas found that Apple willfully violated three Smartflash patents...
  • Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook

    02/27/2015 9:03:54 PM PST · by fireman15 · 65 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/27/2015 | Allister Heath
    Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook Exclusive interview: The Apple chief executive reveals to Allister Heath how the revolutionary features in the company's smartwatch could forever alter our daily lives. Like millions of people, Tim Cook stopped wearing a watch a while back. The Apple boss no longer needed one: his iPhone told the time just fine. There was just one problem, as he readily acknowledges in his interview with The Telegraph: glancing at one's wrist can be a very useful way to find out information. It is less rude and less intrusive. So Apple now...
  • Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

    02/27/2015 7:59:00 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/27/15 | Michael Zhang
    Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
  • I hate texting !!

    02/27/2015 6:10:40 PM PST · by Zeneta · 204 replies
    Me | Today | Vanity
    I hate texting. I hate the way it restricts me. It's great that I can stay in touch while on the road, but it's a pain in the butt. I can't reference my thoughts with links that would generally be a few "copy and paste" clicks away. I can't stand the screen size of my "Smart Phone" and I have one of the largest available. I hate using the pop up key board that tries to "Help" me. Ever try to search for and paste a link to something that wasn't already planned for? Good luck. I love my PC....
  • Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement; seeks to ban iPhone sales in U.S.

    02/27/2015 4:32:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, February 27, 2015 · 8:50 am
    “Ericsson AB said Friday it is suing Apple Inc. for infringing technology patents it says are critical to many aspects of the U.S. tech giant’s popular mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads,” Dominic Chopping and Juhana Rossi report for The Wall Street Journal. “The Swedish telecom equipment supplier said Apple had declined a licensing deal and refused an offer to have a court determine fair licensing terms by which both companies would be bound. ‘Our last offer was to have this determination either in [a federal court in] Texas or in a court selected by Apple in California. They...
  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    02/27/2015 9:49:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 02/27/2015 | Darrell Etherington
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special even on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the Apple Watch now, and why it’ll only get more attractive as time goes on. Cook told the Telegraph that he suspects an initial driver for...
  • Samsung Kicks Off 14nm FinFET Fabrication With New Exynos 7 Octa

    02/27/2015 9:32:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    gadgets.ndtv.com ^ | 16 February 2015 | by NDTV Correspondent
    Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of mobile application processors on its 14nm FinFET process technology, which the company states is an industry first. Compared to the company's existing 20nm process technology, 14nm FinFET is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption. As the industry moves towards smaller manufacturing processes, the physical limitations of transistor design have become more apparent. 3D FinFETs allow the electronic Field-Effect Transistor "gate" to wrap around three sides of a raised "fin" in order to provide adequate insulation against current leakage, which has...
  • Samsung shows off 10nm FinFET

    02/27/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 25 February 2015 | Nick Farrell
    Beating the worldSamsung has shocked the tech press by showing off the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage and provided a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology.Samsung wants its 10nm chips to power more than smartphones, there are plans to put them in data centers and power the Internet of Things. The new chips will be more power efficient and produce less heat, vital for phones and other battery-powered devices.Kim said that he expects that...
  • Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online

    02/27/2015 12:13:57 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PC Mag | FEBRUARY 26, 2015 12:40PM | BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO
    Due to copyright restrictions, Link only to article: Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/26/2015 7:58:27 PM PST · by Yardstick · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

    02/26/2015 7:23:30 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/26/15 | Michael Zhang
    As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene. Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.
  • FCC Shreds Authority of States in New Decision

    02/26/2015 1:34:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-26-15 | Bartlett Cleland
    Overtly political acts are often breathtaking, usually for the arrogance, ignorance and desperation they bring to light. They are made even more so when appointed officials of a so-called independent agency who should be concerned with public policy and technical standards act politically. Today, one’s breath is taken away by the actions of the FCC and its chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to seizing control of the Internet, in a purely partisan vote and flying in the face of a Supreme Court ruling (In 2004, the Supreme Court in Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League rejected federal pre-emption of a state...
  • FireEye: Breach detection time is dropping, averages 205 days

    02/26/2015 11:34:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 3 hours, 11 mins ago | By: Michael Hatamoto
    FireEye's Mandiant found that the average data breach was discovered in 205 days, dropping from 229 days (2013) and 243 days (2012). Enterprises were only able to self-detect 31 percent of breaches, with third-parties and the government helping identify cybersecurity incidents.    Companies are becoming more vigilant in detecting cybercrime-related activity, such as credit card companies noticing fraudulent behavior.  "Over the last several years, organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gotten increasingly involved in notifying US businesses that they have been identified as being compromised," said Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, in a statement to eWEEK....
  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    02/26/2015 7:06:24 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 46 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2/26/15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with Android taking only 11%, or $2.4 billion. The blow for Android is softened only slightly less so only by the fact that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox seemingly made no profit at all.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with President Reuven Rivlin

    02/25/2015 10:50:52 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2015, | By Katie Marsal
    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country. There was much speculation for weeks about an impending visit from Cook to Israel, and that was confirmed on Wednesday when the Apple CEO sat down with Israel's president. Photos of a discussion between Cook and Rivlin were shared by Inbal Orpaz. Cook's appearance coincides with the opening of a new research and development office in Herzliya Pituach, about 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv. The building will house 800...
  • Lenovo website breached, hacker group Lizard Squad claims responsibility

    02/25/2015 9:28:45 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    fortune.com / Reuters ^ | 2-25-2015 | Bobby Yip
    Chinese computer and smartphone firm Lenovo Group said its website was hacked on Wednesday, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting internal company emails. Lizard Squad posted an email exchange between Lenovo employees discussing Superfish. The software was at the centre of public uproar in the United States last week when security...
  • How to handle an employee's offensive social media post

    02/25/2015 1:02:10 PM PST · by tbw2 · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 2/18/25 | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
    This article has an employment lawyer as saying you have to fire people who post inappropriate things - including non-PC opinions.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott Proposes $470 Million in Communications Services Tax Relief

    02/25/2015 12:38:51 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-25-15 | Kati Siconolfi
    Great news for consumers in Florida: Governor Rick Scott has proposed $470 million in communications services tax relief. Governor Scott’s proposed budget would reduce the communications services tax for mobile, cable services and non-residential landlines by 39 percent. Furthermore, his proposed budget would also reduce the communications services tax for satellite services by 27 percent. Under the governor’s budget proposal, a family spending an average of $100 a month on cell phone, cable and satellite television services could save about $43 a year. Currently, Florida’s state and local communications services tax is one of the highest in the nation, with...
  • Apple Is Now More Than Double the Size of Exxon—And Everyone Else

    02/23/2015 11:55:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 245 replies
    Wall Street Journal Moneybeat ^ | By KEVIN KINGSBURY | By KEVIN KINGSBURY
    Just how ginormous is Apple Inc. now? As the iPhone-maker’s shares continue to set fresh record highs, its market cap is now above $765 billion. Combined with Exxon Mobil Corp.'s pullback over the past six months, Apple has pulled off the rare occurrence of being worth at least double any other publicly traded U.S. company. No. 2 Exxon’s market cap has eased to $374 billion.
  • Apple to invest €1.7 billion to build two new european data centers

    02/23/2015 10:20:09 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 23, 2015 · 8:25 am
    Apple today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating...
  • Language Quiz: Are You on Fleek?

    02/23/2015 2:39:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 22, 2015 | WILSON ANDREWS and JOSH KATZ
    Yolo. Rekt. Bae. Xans. Lordt. Every era has its own version of emerging language, and the new words and phrases of our time tend to spring from the Internet – from emails, texts, tweets and other rapid-fire, written communication. They’re often acronyms or abbreviations. Some become enduring parts of communication – as O.K., P.S. and R.S.V.P. did, from earlier times – while others flare briefly and then fade. To get a sense for which of today’s emerging terms are on the rise, which are fading and which may have longevity, Jack Grieve, a linguist at Aston University in England, analyzed...
  • How having more stuff is eating up all the gains from being more efficient (Energy useage)

    02/22/2015 11:53:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 2-13-2015 | Lloyd Alter
    It’s really quite remarkable, how much more energy-efficient everything is these days. Our houses are built to higher standards; our fridges use a fraction of the power they used to, our cars get better mileage — yet we are using more energy per capita than we ever have. I am loath to bring up good old Stanley Jevons here. His theory, also known as the rebound effect, was that if things become more efficient, we use more of them. Even as our houses get more efficient, they get bigger and we fill them with more stuff, pretty much negating the...
  • Anyone know how to do a factory reset on a Keedox A10?

    02/22/2015 8:25:25 AM PST · by mylife · 59 replies
    My Keedox A10 quadcore TV box is launching directly into XBMC upon powerup and bypassing the factory OS and launchers. How can I reset this device to factory settings? I no longer have access to a file manager or android settings.
  • Does Free Republic have an app?

    02/21/2015 11:40:25 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 42 replies
    EEE | 22 February 2015 | EEE
    Checked Google Play for my Samsung S4 to see if FR has an app but don't see it. Please advise when one will be created.
  • The Apple Watch isn't losing any health features

    02/22/2015 1:05:40 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    AppleWorld Today ^ | February 20, 2015 | Steven Sande
    I love it when one of the tech press -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber in this case -- slaps down the mainstream media for their idiocy. In this case, the "topic" the media was tossing around was that the upcoming Apple Watch was going to be shipping without some of the health-tracking features that had allegedly been promised at the reveal last fall. Nothing could be further from the truth. The story that started it all was on the CBS News website, featuring a quote from CNET's Jeff Bakalar that said: ““They were going for some super groundbreaking and innovative...
  • Mysterious Apple minivans are mapping vehicles, experts say

    02/21/2015 11:59:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | 11:27 am PDT, Feb 20, 2015 | Leander Kahney
    What are the LIDAR units doing on this Apple van? Photo: AppleInsider The mysterious Apple minivans roaming the roads in California, Florida and elsewhere are generally assumed to be self-driving cars, but they are not. They are almost undoubtedly collecting data for maps.They are “almost certainly a mapping vehicle,” said Paul Godsmark, chief technology officer with the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence, who examined photos of the mystery vehicles at Cult of Mac’s request. Spotted around the country in recent weeks, the mysterious minivans jump-started the rumor mill with regard to a possible Apple car rolling out in the...
  • What Happens If Apple Starts Making Cars

    02/21/2015 9:50:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | Michael Schrage
    Apple fanboys and Samsung’s “Next Big Thing”ers would hoot with derisive laughter if The Wall Street Journal or Financial Times reported that GM or Ford planned to rewrite the rules of smartphone innovation. But when media coverage suggests Apple may redesign the automobile, even the most cynical car-lovers quiver with righteous curiosity. They should. Could Sir Jonny Ive be the next Battista Pininfarina, Harley Earl, or Akihiro Nagaya? Don’t bet against him. Steve Jobs’ successors are at least an order of magnitude more credible as disruptive innovators than the heirs of Ford and Sloan. The computer, software, telecoms, music,...
  • AT&T Yahoo Home Page

    02/21/2015 3:44:20 PM PST · by donaldo · 10 replies
    Preponderance of left-wing drivel on AT&T Yahoo home page, specifically leading with loony Huffington Post stories.
  • The Apple Store Guide to Insanely Great Customer Service

    02/21/2015 1:17:41 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 154 replies
    Shopify ^ | Thursday, September 25, 2014 | Humayun Khan
    Apple is the fastest growing retailer in history and has dominated the holy covet of retail metrics, sales per square foot, almost since its inception, which currently sits at $4,551. Pair that with rampant expansion plans that puts the technology giant at 420+ stores around the world, and we're talking some serious revenue numbers, approximately $170 billion worth (2013). Keeping all that in mind, more and more retailers are trying to figure out Apple's "secret sauce" when it comes to its retail experience, specifically when it comes to customer service, hoping to inspire the same degree of customer loyalty or...
  • Why Is A123 Systems Suing Apple? What Else Does It Have To Do

    02/20/2015 11:41:41 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 20, 2015 | By Michael Kanellos
    In Silicon Valley, people like to say failure is a badge of honor in the technology business. If that’s the case, A123 Systems is one of the most accomplished companies in clean technology history. The battery maker—which has filed a lawsuit against Apple and five former employees over nondisclosure agreements—has a singular history of being on the wrong side of history. They were the Solyndra of clean technology before the real Solyndra swept them off the headlines. (Disclosure: I have always been skeptical about the company, even during the feverish build up to their IPO, but events have shown that...
  • Samsung’s Move to Payments Creates Friction With Google

    02/20/2015 10:19:22 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Blogs.WSJ.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | By ALISTAIR BARR and JONATHAN CHENG
    Making smartphones that run Google’s Android mobile operating system is less profitable than it once was, so Samsung is increasingly looking to software and services for new sources of income. The shift can put Samsung at odds with Google, its long-time Android partner. Nowhere is this tension clearer than in mobile payments, where both companies are working on their own services. “We’re thinking more about software and how to integrate it well with hardware,” said David Eun, head of Samsung’s Global Innovation Center. “One area that’s really ripe to create compelling experiences is payments and commerce.” Samsung acquired LoopPay this...
  • Looking for recommendations - hosting sites (Vanity)

    02/20/2015 7:08:50 PM PST · by tang-soo · 21 replies
    Self ^ | 2/20/2015 | Self
    I value the technical advise found on FreeRepublic concerning technical matters, so looking for a bit of assistance. I have a web site I've built and I'm ready to host it. Much of it will be links to videos that are all housed via Google Drive. I found out youtube no longer supports private (ie login required) links. These videos are mostly family recordings so we wish to provide them only for family members. Google Drive does allow restrictions via specific gmail login accounts. There will also be many other pages supporting Christian literature and links. I've written several articles...
  • Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the App Store

    02/20/2015 4:27:56 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | AppleInsider Staff
    iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud. To differentiate itself from similar social networks, High There gives users the ability to define their marijuana preferences in detail. When creating a profile, users can specify their preferred method of THC ingestion, their energy level while baked, and various pastimes that hold their interest. Typical features needed to reach parity with competitors — such as person-to-person text chat — are of course included....
  • Emoticon Masks

    02/20/2015 10:57:23 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 9 replies
    Thegrommet.com ^ | 1-20-15 | me
    Emojis have become a cultural phenomenon, and now you can bring the fun to a face near you.
  • Virgin, Qualcomm Invest in OneWeb Satellite Internet Venture

    02/20/2015 6:35:14 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Space News ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Peter B. de Selding
    WorldVu Satellites Ltd., which has a license to operate a global network of low-orbiting Ku-band satellites to provide Internet access to fixed and mobile terminals, on Jan. 15 said it has secured chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who had been in discussions with WorldVu founder Greg Wyler, is absent from the investor list, at least for now, Wyler said. But with Musk set to announce Jan. 16 that he is building a satellite production facility in Seattle, Musk may be in a position to win at least part of the...
  • Apple starts free repair program for glitchy MacBook Pros

    02/19/2015 6:36:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 81 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | 3:28 pm PDT, Feb 19th 2015 | Alex Heath
    If you're MacBook looks like this, you may be in luck. Photo: Change.org Does your MacBook Pro freak out with distorted graphics or randomly restart? Then you’ll want to take advantage of Apple’s new repair program. After deeming that a “small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts,” Apple will start fixing parts for free on select MacBook Pro models. image: https://stackcommerce-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/ad/image/151/singleproduct_web_the-6-ft-mfi-certified-ios-android-charging-cable_1423083568.png A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple last October over graphics issues with 2011 MacBooks. A petition on Change.org for Apple to offer free repairs currently has over 38,000...
  • Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Here’s a Look Back on 25 Years of Digital Photo Editing

    02/19/2015 6:33:43 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/19/15 | Michael Zhang
    Today marks the 25 year anniversary of Adobe Photoshop being launched and changing the way we see the world. Here’s a look at how Photoshop started and how far it has come in the past two-and-a-half decades. The birth of the software can be traced back to 1987, when developer Thomas Knoll created a simple pixel imaging program called Display. It was able to display grayscale photos on a black-and-white monitor.
  • Apple tops list of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 8th consecutive year

    02/19/2015 12:47:15 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2015
    Today, Fortune is out with its 32nd annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Apple tops the list for the eighth consecutive year and is followed by Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon.com and Starbucks. Of this year’s list, Fortune Senior Editor Christopher Tkaczyk writes: “What becomes a reputation most? Healthy financials and stock performance, for starters. This year four companies have landed on the 50 All-Stars for the first time — Chipotle, CVS Health, Salesforce.com, and the financial services giant USAA, which at No. 28 is this year’s strongest ­debut. But not all companies fared as well. Consumer criticism and...
  • TERRAGEN FREEWARE TERRAIN GENERATOR

    02/18/2015 11:59:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    I started a thread on this years ago, been too busy and forgot about it.TERRAGEN generates landscapes. Depending on your effort they can be amazing.
  • Scientists propose 'cortical modem' implant to give you Terminator vision

    02/18/2015 4:09:53 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    CNET ^ | 2/17/15 | Rich Trenholm
    Forget HoloLens, forget smart glasses and forget augmented reality -- scientists have proposed a "cortical modem" that plugs into your DNA and your visual cortex to cure sight loss and show a heads-up display in front of your very eyes. The cortical modem concept is the brainchild of DARPA, the US Defense Research Projects Agency. Originally founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, DARPA is the US military's research and development agency. It's perhaps best known outside of military circles for the development of ARPANET, an early packet switching network that formed a precursor to the Internet....