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  • How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

    04/17/2015 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Apr 13th, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple Watch. Seems like Apple has a hit on its corporate hands. Or a preorder hit. The company sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S.—according to one piece of analysis. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? If you're Roger Kay, you stuff a straw man full of nonsensical numbers that will allow you to declare the device a failure no matter what. It's a neat trick so long as no one applies a...
  • Apple cooperation with antitrust monitor down 'sharply' -report

    04/17/2015 7:54:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | BY NATE RAYMOND
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" as he reviews the iPad maker's antitrust compliance policies, the monitor wrote in a report to a judge. Michael Bromwich, who became Apple's monitor after it was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said in a report on Thursday that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities. Bromwich, whose relationship with Apple has been testy since the start, had indicated that relations had improved in a report in October to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan. However, he said in...
  • Selfies Led to Highway 1 Driver's Arrest in Santa Cruz, CHP Says

    04/17/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KSBW ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | Amy Larson
    An overzealous selfie photo snapper was arrested in Santa Cruz, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. A CHP motorcycle officer said he noticed a woman was driving on Highway 1 while taking selfies of herself with a cellphone. Cara Baldwin, 44, of Santa Cruz, was driving in heavy Thursday 5 p.m. rush hour traffic near the Morrissey Boulevard exit. Using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving is illegal in California. When the officer tried to get Baldwin's attention, she did not notice, and almost hit the officer's motorcycle, the CHP said. Baldwin was eventually pulled over, and the...
  • Beyond the lithium iona significant step toward a better performing battery

    04/17/2015 2:27:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by University of Illinois at Chicago
    The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those...
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

    04/17/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Molybdenum disulfide sheets -- which are "sandwiches" of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms -- may improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, according to the latest research from Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Credit: Kansas State University The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on the lithium cycling of molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, sheets, which Singh...
  • San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

    04/17/2015 1:41:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Garvin Thomas
    In 1921, according to the history books, an newly-blind Englishman named James Biggs was feeling threatened by the amount of traffic in his neighborhood. In order to be more visible to motorists, Biggs reportedly painted his cane white. If true, it means the white cane as an aid to the blind is approaching its 100th birthday. Which explains why, in true Silicon Valley fashion, Raghav Ganesh thought the world was overdue for the white cane, 2.0. "There's an old device here that needed an upgrade," Raghav says, "and I thought I could make that better." Raghav Ganesh, a San Jose...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Marines launched a kamikaze drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgents fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were inert, with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • The Apple Watch Launch is a Brand-damaging Botch Job

    04/16/2015 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 97 replies
    BetaNews ^ | April 16, 2015 15:20 UTC | Wayne Williams
    It really is amateur hour at Apple. The tech giants first major product line launch in years has gone badly wrong, with the original in-store sales date scrapped, and no word of when the Apple Watch will actually go on sale for people to, you know, buy. Sales predictions, and online pre-order numbers look great, but thats about the only thing thats good about the launch of the first new product line to come from Apple under Tim Cooks stewardship. Frankly, everything else associated with the launch has been a balls up from start to finish. Heres a product that...
  • The best pop culture tweets of 2015 so far

    04/16/2015 5:47:06 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 11 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4/16/15 | Kat Brown
    How Twitter marks the cultural year's high and low points: from the Oscars, to Jeremy Clarkson's 'fracas'
  • The Apple Watch is Already Wiping the Floor with the Entire Smartwatch Market

    04/16/2015 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 296 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Rob Price
    The Apple Watch is on fire: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch has sold more than 2.3 million units since preorders opened, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't released any sales data on Apple Watch sales, and it most likely won't until the company's quarterly earnings report. But this 2.3 million figure echoes what others have estimated the research company Slice believes there were about 1 million US preorders on launch day, for example. Ming-Chi Kuo has a good track record on Apple: He was spot on with his predictions about the iPhone 5S, for example. If...
  • For Techies: Windows 10 finally gets drag-and-drop support for virtual desktops

    04/16/2015 3:27:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | 04/16/2015 | Mark Hachman, Senior Editor
    Microsofts virtual desktops are one of the of the more unique features of Windows 10a quick way to organize screens of apps that you can switch to back and forth. Rearranging them has always been a pain, but a new drag-and-drop feature, hopefully that problem will go away. Microsoft said it's expedited the ability to drag and drop windows between virtual desktops, eliminating the clunky keyboard shortcuts that Windows 10 currently forces one to use. Why this matters: Virtual desktops are handy tools for those with just a single monitor. If you have more than one monitor, you might have...
  • Alabama man meets online girlfriend in Oregon for first time, she bashes his head in with a bat

    04/16/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:20 AM | Lee Moran
    An Alabama man whod been dating an Oregon woman online for two years was left with a fractured skull after she beat him with a baseball bat in their first face-to-face meet, police said. Samuel Campbell, 26, traveled across the country to live with who he thought was the love of his life, Haley Fox, at her Turner home on Wednesday, April 8, reports The Oregonian. But when he arrived, she allegedly led him to an outside table and told him to close his eyes.
  • Remote Code Execution Via HTTP Request In IIS On Windows

    04/15/2015 7:33:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Mattias website ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | Mattias Geniar
    A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the HTTP protocol stack (HTTP.sys) that is caused when HTTP.sys improperly parses specially crafted HTTP requests. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the context of the System account. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to send a specially crafted HTTP request to the affected system. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the Windows HTTP stack handles requests.
  • iPhone plunges to ground from 40 stories up, survives without a scratch, video all the way

    04/15/2015 5:32:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 62 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Photographer Catalin Marin was taking photos of Dubais sunrise from the top of a building when he accidentally dropped his iPhone from the roofand the device captured its entire 40 story plunge on video, Reem Nasr reports for CNBC. Amazingly the phone was without a scratch and on top of everything it captured the whole fall on video as I was filming at the moment I dropped it, Marin wrote in a blog post, Nasr reports. Read more in the full article here. Catalin Marin writes, Unfortunately the shoot was cut unexpectedly short when I managed to drop my phone...
  • Mom Receives Angry Letter From Friends Fed Up With Constant Facebook Posts About Her Baby

    04/15/2015 12:41:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    An Australian mother claims she received an angry letter from a group of friends who apparently asked her to stop with the constant updates and baby spamming on social media about her 6-month-old baby. Jade Ruthven sent the letter to Australian writer Em Rusciano, who shared it on Facebook on Tuesday.
  • Judge rules woman who recorded ex-Clippers owner Sterling's racist rant owes his wife $2.6M

    04/15/2015 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/15 | AP pool
    LOS ANGELES The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Sterling most of the nearly $3 million she had sought. Sterling had claimed that money used to buy V. Stiviano a house, luxury cars and expensive gifts was her community property. ...]
  • Was Siri programmed to be homophobic in Russian?

    04/15/2015 12:03:59 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    The new Russian-language version of iPhone's personal assistant has been accused of providing homophobic responses to questions about gays and lesbians. One Russian man in London, Alex, posted a video on YouTube in which Siri responds in a woman's voice to his questions about gay marriages and whether they are normal, by saying, Alex, you are so rude! Asked in Russian, How do you register a gay marriage in England? Siri replies on an iPad, I will pretend I didn't hear that.. The Russian LGBT site, www.lesbiru.com, noted that when told Lesbianism is normal, Siri came back saying, Theres no...
  • Lots of Apple Watch Listings on eBay Are Attracting Zero Bids

    04/14/2015 9:01:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 68 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 14th, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    Sellers are asking extremely high "Buy It Now" prices at eBay to take advantage of strong demand for Apple Watches. But in many cases, consumers aren't biting. By most accounts, the Apple Watch did a terrific business on the first day customers could place preorders. Apple reportedly received roughly one million orders last Friday, and demand has been so high that orders placed now wont be delivered until June or even later in the summer. The first customers who preordered Apple Watches, however, will have their shiny gadgets in hand starting on April 24 or soon thereafter. Part of the...
  • Adobe Patches Flash Flaw Targeted by Exploit in the Wild

    04/14/2015 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Intego.com ^ | April 14th, 2015 | by Derek Erwin
    Adobe Systems has released a patch for22 vulnerabilities in Flash Player, one of which is reportedlyunder attack by an exploit that exists in the wild. The most critical vulnerability, CVE-2015-3043, could lead to code execution. Adobe's Flash Player security updates are available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux."Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2015-3043 exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations," saidAdobe. If you reached this page because you're unsure if a popup alert from Adobe is real, take a look at our helpful guide for best practices how to safely install and...
  • Microsoft begins rollout of Skype for Business

    04/14/2015 6:58:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | on Apr 15, 2015 9:26 AM (AUS) | Russell Brown
    Lync to be retired. Microsoft's April update for Office 2013 is more than just a Patch Tuesday: for some users, it includes the new Skype for Business. A relatively low-key announcement from Microsoft today signals the beginning of the end for Lync, the Office collaboration tool that has run in parallel with Skype in the three years since Microsoft bought Skype. Office 365 customers using Lync Online are the first to receive Skype for Business Online in a rollout that will continue through into May. Skype for Business is also now available as a standalone plan.
  • Kaspersky releases tools to decrypt files encrypted with CoinVault Ransomware

    04/14/2015 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 14, 2015 | Abhishek Kumar Jha
    Software security group Kaspesky labs in collaboration with the Dutch police has released a tool which helps to decrypt files locked by Ransomware. Kaspersky Labs has released a decryption tool for files encrypted with CoinVault ransomware. The tool was developed by the Kaspersky lab after the The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police handed over the information obtained from a database of CoinVault command-and-control server containing the decryption keys.
  • Patch Tuesday Windows Updates! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2015

    04/14/2015 10:36:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    Microsoft Technet ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Microsoft
    This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for April 2015. For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information. Executive Summaries The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity....
  • You'll be able to rent an Apple Watch -- but should you?

    04/14/2015 10:27:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 04/14/2015
    <p>Everything from jewelry and watches, to toys and clothing can now be rented.</p> <p>It's a growing service model catered to people who want to keep up with trends, and those who love an automated buy-and-return shopping process.</p> <p>Come June or July, these consumers will be able to add another just-want-it-for-a-little-while product to their lists -- the Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Watch.</p>
  • iPhone, iPad and Mac bug could allow hackers to remotely launch DoS attack

    04/14/2015 12:41:44 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    The inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 13 2015, 11:14 | By Lee Bell
    Kaspersky urges users to update to latest operating systems iPhone, iPad and Mac bug could allow hackers to remotely launch DoS attack, A VULNERABILITY affecting iPhones, iPads and Macs that could allow an attacker to remotely activate a denial of service (DoS) attack has been found by researchers at security firm Kaspersky Lab. The threat was discovered in the kernel of Darwin, an open source component of OS X and iOS, and affects devices with 64-bit processors and iOS 8. These are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and iPad...
  • GOOGLE "PONY EXPRESS" GAME

    04/13/2015 9:12:18 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 16 replies
    Google ^ | 04/13/15 | Staff
    Use your direction keys, bottom right on your keyboard, [right, left, up, down0 to bump off letters strewn along the pony's route.
  • Apple Watch: Understanding Early Sales Data

    04/13/2015 8:05:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | April 13, 2015 | J.M. Manness
    Last Friday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened its online store for preorders of the new Apple Watch. This article will clear up some of the misinformation that has resulted from inaccurate reporting.There have been several articles with conflicting headlines with almost all referring to the same resource data, a posting by Slice.The USA Today headline reads Apple Watch first-day pre-orders estimated near 1M, and illustrates the misleading information presented. I am not sure what country the author comes from, but in the U.S., if we are given a count of preorders of a product, we usually expect the number of units sold...
  • New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10 (shortened)

    04/13/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 13, 2015 | Vijay
    Security researchers at Cylance have discovered a serious vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that can allow a potential hacker who has control of some portion of a victims network traffic to steal users credentials for valuable services. Cylance researchers disclosed the vulnerability today on their website in which they said that their study is an extension to a similar research done by Aaron Spangler in 1997.
  • Apple Watch set to beat iPhone launch with 1 million-order (US) weekend

    04/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET | BARBARA KOLLMEYERMARKETS REPORTER
    <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook eyeballs Apple Watches in Palo Alto, California April 10, 2015.</p> <p>An estimated 957,000 American shoppers ordered Apple Watches on Friday a sign the tech giants newest gadget is already seeing more initial success than its first iPhone or the iPod.</p>
  • Vanity,,I need help setting up an e-mail host

    04/13/2015 12:59:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 18 replies
    04/13/15 | Zeneta
    I have recently secured a Domain address. I'm trying to set up a "Free Email" with Zoho. My domain host has indicated that I have or can create two email addresses, Which I did. When I log into Zoho and go through their "set-up" protocols to "verify" my domain they are asking for stuff that makes no sense to me. I can log into my domain "portal" but can't seem to figure out what ZOHO is looking for. My Domain host is Verio. I would be happy to run a "Join me" session. Please reply with the standard FR jokes....
  • Apple sells nearly 1 million Apple Watches on first day: report

    04/13/2015 9:09:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/13/2015 | BY ALEJANDRO ALBA
    Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. bought an Apple Watch on the first day of preorders, according to data company Slice Intelligence. Slice found that that 957,000 Americans preordered the smartwatch on Friday's launch. Those customers won't be getting the actual smartwatch until April 24 at the earliest when Apple starts shipping them. Compared to the 720,000 Android Wear devices sold in 2014, Apple had a great turnout for just one day. "Customers have been giving us great feedback and orders have been great, as well," CEO Tim Cook told CNBC. Slice gathered its data from a panel of...
  • Ebay Troubleshooting [VANITY]

    04/13/2015 5:43:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    WhiskeyX | 2015-04-13 | WhiskeyX
    There is a problem with being able to access eBay this morning. While using multiple client computers, operating systems, and browsers, the normal eBay webpages are abruptly replaced by a Webpage that appears to be eBay in Chinese characters. After this Chinese language page appears, the next webpages indicate access is forbidden or otherwise denied, depending upon the browser being used. eBay is looking into the problem. I'm wondering whether or not anyone else can see the same problems with being denied access one time, gain access another time, and lose access again with the Chinese language webpage/s showing up...
  • This Time Lapse Of A Nuclear Fast Attack Sub Entering Dry Dock Is Sweet

    04/12/2015 9:33:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    This time lapse, shot at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, of the Los Angeles class nuclear fast attack sub USS San Francisco entering drydock is pretty awesome. Not only do you get to see how they bring in one these amazing machines for repairs, but you also see some pretty cool ship traffic in the background. I can see a cruise ship, a Joint High-Speed vessel, some destroyers, a car carrier, the brand new USS America, and a bunch of civilian boats in the video. Not to mention a gaggle of security vessels and a couple of force...
  • Apple closes critical system backdoor with OS X update

    04/12/2015 6:27:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 54 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | on Apr 13, 2015 6:24 AM (AUS) | Russell Brown
    Older versions left vulnerable. Apple has fixed a major security hole that has been present in its OS X operating system since at least 2011. The 10.10.3 update addresses the so-called "rootpipe" vulnerability, which allowed an attacker to gain the highest level of access to the computer without a password. The vulnerability existed in checking XPC entitlements and meant a process may gain admin privileges without properly authenticating, Apple revealed. The flaw was identified by TruSec security researcher Emil Kvarnhammer, who discovered the flaw last October and notified Apple's product security team the following day. Kvarnhammer said a planned full...
  • LG Split Screen Improves Usability and Reduces Security Drastically

    04/12/2015 6:19:30 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    Developer's Couch ^ | April 8, 2015 | Chris
    Life is good (LG) is what you may say out loud when using LG stuff. Unfortunately, today I have to tell you that life is horrible. I recently upgraded to an ultra wide LG screen which comes with split screen software. While I am happy with the hardware, I am utterly disappointed how LG treats security. The TL;DR version is that instead of writing software properly, they just disable UAC upon installation in order to make their software work. I received my monitor some time around last week and quickly installed the software. Nothing special has happened during the setup...
  • Forget the Apple Watchhere's the Apple II Watch

    04/12/2015 5:27:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/12/15 | Nick Mediati
    The Apple Watch looks to be an impressive piece of gearits sleek and attractive, and offers plenty of interesting and useful features. But if youre looking for something a little more old-school, might we suggest the Apple II Watch? The DIY Apple II Watch comes from the mind of Instructables user Aleator777, and it takes design cues from the classic Apple II computer. A bulky, beige, 3D-printed plastic shell replaces the modern metal-and-glass enclosure of Apples real-life offering, and a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller acts as the Apple II Watchs brains. Aleator777 used a 1.8-inch LCD as the screen, but in...
  • Study: China cybercensors attack outside its borders with 'Great Cannon'

    04/12/2015 4:50:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | Ben Brumfield,
    They've developed a new IT weapon and have attacked servers outside their borders, including in the United States. The study's authors have named it the "Great Cannon," and it operates in plain sight. Going on the attack so visibly and handily within another country's borders will probably draw international ire, the study's authors say, and Beijing may have counted on that. "This is a powerful attack capability, and we are curious about the risk and benefit analysis that led the Chinese government to reveal it with this highly visible denial of service attack," said researcher John Scott-Railton. Enter the Cannon...
  • Dallas FPV to Host Drone Race

    04/12/2015 4:02:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Apr 12, 2015
    Dallas FPV will be hosting a meetup and FPV drone race Saturday April 12th at noon at the McPeterson Motocross. The event, sponsored by Dallas Drone, will feature races, meet and greets, and information. Track entry is $10 and the race is also $10. McPeterson Motocross is located at 2205 E Irving Boulevard in Irving.
  • Is Uber Really Faster than an Ambulance?

    04/12/2015 1:53:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 | Scott Pham
    A blog post on Medium got a lot of attention recently for claiming that Uber drivers are now faster than ambulances in New York City. The numbers seemed pretty damning for the ambulances: the median Uber rider in Manhattan can expect to get a ride in 2.42 minutes. In the outer boroughs, the median wait is still just 3.1 minutes. The median ambulance wait? About twice as long at 6.1 minutes. We wondered, how does the Bay Area stack up? Newsweek obtained some figures from Uber and mapped them. According to Newsweek, the median wait time for an Uber in...
  • Did Computer Guy Delete Email on Hillary's Server at 1:49 Mark of Announcement?

    04/12/2015 1:20:47 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    Self | April 12, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Correct me if I'm wrong but it sure looks like the computer guy was deleting all the e-mail on Hillary's server at the 1:49 mark of her announcement VIDEO.
  • Roku: Good Deal?

    04/12/2015 11:10:39 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 128 replies
    Hello all. I was wondering if I could fellow Freepers about a streaming video product called "Roku." I've heard it talked about on radio programs, and I've seen it advertised on the Internet of course. I just wondered if anyone has Roku or could possibly cue me in on how well it performs and your overall assessment of it. I turned off my Comcast TV because they keep driving the prices up and taking channels away and I got sick and tired of not being able watch TV stations that were once part of a standard cable package. Thanks.
  • Up or Down? Photo of Cat on Stairs Confuses the Internet

    04/12/2015 4:38:31 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | staff reporter
    Just as soon as the Internet got over whether "The Dress" is white and gold or blue and black, another viral debate has been sparked by a photograph of a cat. The photograph shows the cat halfway through climbing a staircase, prompting the question, is the cat going up or going down the stairs?
  • Eighth grader charged with felony after changing teacher's laptop background to two men kissing

    04/11/2015 3:33:38 PM PDT · by dennisw · 63 replies
    dailymail ^ | 10 April 2015 | By Wills Robinson
    Eighth grader charged with a felony after changing 'annoying' teacher's laptop background to picture of two men kissing Domanik Green, 14, altered the background on the laptop at Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he hacked into an encrypted system Youngster had access to tests and could have altered classmates' grades He has been charged with a 3rd degree felony and has been suspended from school for 10 days An eighth grade student has been charged with a felony after he allegedly hacked into the computer of a teacher he didn't like and...
  • China's 'Great Cannon': Taking censorship across country borders

    04/11/2015 11:53:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    China has developed a new censorship weapon to accompany its Great Firewall in order to silence not only its citizens -- but critics around the globe. According to a report released Friday by Citizen Lab, the 'Great Cannon' was first used against GitHub and Greatfire.org servers, both incidents of which were high-profile DDoS attacks designed to deny access to materials criticizing China's regime, censorship tools and copies of websites banned in the country. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Toronto's Citizen LabCitizen Lab, the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Princeton University suggest in the paper that...
  • How to: How much RAM do you really need?

    04/11/2015 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 126 replies
    PC Authority ^ | Friday 21 March 2014 | Darien Graham-Smith
    Typically, todays budget PCs come with 4GB of RAM. A mid-range configuration may offer double that, and high-end gaming systems and workstations go as high as 16GB or more. Theres no doubt which way the winds blowing, either: Windows 8 supports up to 128GB of physical memory (assuming youre running the 64-bit edition), while Windows 8 Pro can go up to 512GB. Does anyone really need this much RAM? Memory isnt as expensive as it used to be, but theres obviously no point paying for gigabytes of RAM from which youll receive no material gain. Does more equal faster? Many...
  • New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'

    04/11/2015 10:29:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/8/15
    New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip' Apr 08, 2015 Enlarge Anechoic chamber. Credit: University of Cambridge A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas - the so-called 'last frontier' of semiconductor design - would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications. In new results published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers have proposed that electromagnetic waves are generated not only from the acceleration of electrons,...
  • Product Reviews are Broken (referring to Apple Watch reviews)

    04/10/2015 10:21:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 90 replies
    Above Avalon ^ | April 09, 2015 | Neil Cybart
    Apple Watch reviews were published yesterday. The majority of reviewers thought the Apple Watch was a great device and has potential to be a game changer in how they use technology. The problem is that unless you read every review, you wouldn't have known that. Instead, the collective conclusion from the web yesterday was that the Apple Watch flopped with early reviews. There were 21 Apple Watch reviews published, but the 4 reviews that were more critical of the device got the most attention, leaving the 14 glowing reviews behind. Meanwhile, most of the important features of the Watch such...
  • Tech question: Best wireless method for sending movies from my laptop to my flat screen TV?

    04/10/2015 8:40:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    Vanity | April 10, 2015
    I have basic cable TV service with few movie choices and would like to send internet movies from my laptop to my fairly new flat screen TV which has various HDMI inputs.FReeper help is appreciated.
  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/10/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    KUOW.org ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jeannie Yandel & Hannah Burn
    When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were Goats.Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery. We bring the goats and unload him, said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. The second they hit the ground, theyre eating. Its incredible to watch. Its kind of like watching marbles scatter when you drop them on the pavement. And the goats start eating everything in sight."And it sounds like ... Dunakin's goats do work for the city you may have seen them munching on hills alongside Interstate...
  • Microsoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

    04/10/2015 6:24:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 3, 2015 | Evan Blass
    At a recent Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed a number of newsworthy tidbits about Windows 10,... At the very end of the news items, almost as an aside, came word of a unprecedented trial that Microsoft is undertaking "in partnership" with popular Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi. According to Myerson, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 owners (power users, he calls them) will be invited to test out a custom Windows 10 ROM on their devices. Devices that ship running not Windows out of the box, but Android. Let me restate that, so...