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  • New Zealand makes cyberbullying a crime

    07/06/2015 8:03:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Engadget ^ | 07/04/15 | Daniel Cooper
    New Zealand has passed a law that criminalizes one of the least desirable facets of the internet: cyberbullying. The legislation effectively prohibits sending messages to people that are racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability. The rest for determining harm will be if these communications were designed to cause "serious emotional distress," and if a person is found guilty, could face up to two years in jail. In addition, the bill creates a separate crime of incitement to suicide, which will see a person jailed for up to three years if they are found to be encouraging such...
  • Apple Music has an iCloud problem (possible library corruption in certain circumstances)

    07/06/2015 6:57:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 1, 2015 | Chris Welch
    I really like Apple Music. Everything from the setup process (I kept hitting "more artists" until I couldn't anymore) through the entire user interface left me impressed yesterday. Apple has managed to reinvent its Music app by stuffing a subscription music service inside it — without making it all hopelessly confusing... Still, there's one fundamental problem with Apple Music that's crippling its potential for me and keeping it from becoming my one and only music destination — exactly the thing Apple wants it to be. It's the way the service heavily leans on iCloud. Or more specifically, "iCloud Music Library."...
  • Hacking Team, Which Sells Surveillance Tech To Governments, Exposed By Major Hack

    07/06/2015 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jon Russell
    One of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software has found itself on the wrong end of an embarrassing hack. A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists. The hackers, who remain unidentified at this time, also took over the group’s Twitter account, using it to post screenshots of emails and other details, as CSO first reported. Hacking Team is a mysterious organization which has long been thought to sell tracking and hacking...
  • Fortran: 7 Reasons Why It’s Not Dead

    07/06/2015 3:51:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Information Week ^ | 7/6/15 | Curtis Franklin Jr.
    Fortran: Where general-purpose programming began.The list of high-tech tools in continuous use since the early 1950s isn't very long: the Fender Telecaster, the B-52, and Fortran.Fortran (which started life as FORTRAN, or FORmula TRANslator) was first created by IBM programmer John Backus in 1950. By the time John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, FORTRAN III had been released and FORTRAN had the features with which it would become the predominant programming language for scientific and engineering applications. To a nontrivial extent, it still is.Whereas COBOL was created to be a general purpose language that worked well for creating applications for business...
  • Apple Is Forcing Ubiquity And Conformity On Consumers

    07/05/2015 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 4, 2015 | by Theo Priestley
    Being locked into a single ecosystem isn’t necessarily a good thing I stepped off a train in London one morning and it struck me how many genuine and knock-off Barbour quilted jackets were among the commuter throng. And it made me think about just how commonplace they’ve become to the point that they’ve diluted their own brand image. “By Appointment to Her Majesty” has now become “By Appointment to Everyone”. It’s the same with the Hipster trend. Humans naturally struggle with their own identity so seek to adopt one from a group to feel included. Individuality is lost to conformity....
  • Apple iPhone seizes (US) share from rivals

    07/05/2015 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015
    comScore has released data from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 43.5 percent OEM market share. Smartphone OEM Market Share189.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (76.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in May.* Apple ranked as the top OEM with 43.5 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.8 percentage points from February). Samsung ranked second with 28.7 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by LG with 8.2 percent, Motorola with 4.9 percent and HTC...
  • When Irreplaceable History Lives on Obsolete Tech

    07/04/2015 7:11:01 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 2 July 2015 | John Wenz
    Cory Arcangel, a Brooklyn, New York–based artist, was watching a video from 1985 on YouTube (below) in which artist Andy Warhol generates a "painting" of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry on an early Amiga computer, when he wondered, what became of these files? After a quick message to the Andrew Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, he found out: Sitting in the archives, yet to be catalogued, was a series of 3.5-inch floppy disks. The Computer Club at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh set about retrieving and saving Warhol's mid-'80s digital experiments. When they succeeded this spring, headlines heralded the achievement for...
  • On this day in 1996 our armed forces successfully repelled an alien invasion. Never Forget.

    07/04/2015 2:33:45 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 53 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/4/2015 | Youtube
    On this day in 1996, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, along with our armed forces, successfully repelled an alien invasion that could have wiped our very existence off this Earth. It's amazing to believe it's been 19 years already, but not a day goes by that I don't think about it.
  • These places have the slowest Internet in the country

    h2>Do you think your Internet is slow? That's nothing compared to what these folks are going through. If you live in Chicago, and try to connect via AT&T (T, Tech30) from 4 p.m to 11 p.m., speeds for certain websites and Internet services are basically like dial-up in the 1990s. There are a handful of other examples from researchers at M-Lab, which provides tools to assess Internet performance. In some cases, Internet speeds can be as slow as 0.5 Megabits per second. Take Seattle, where CenturyLink (CTL) customers trying to access particular sites from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. will...
  • Windows 7 Reaches 60 Percent Market Share for the First Time in History

    07/04/2015 8:04:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    SoftPedia ^ | July 1, 2015 | (none)
    Windows 10 is almost here and since Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be allowed to upgrade to the new OS without paying a single cent, usage of these two versions increases on a daily basis. Statistics provided by Net Applications show that Window 7 has reached a market share of 60.98 percent in June 2015, obviously remaining the number one desktop operating system in the whole world. Windows 8.1 is second in this list with 13.12 percent, while Windows XP is still being used by 13.12 percent of the PC owners across the world. Windows 8 has dropped even...
  • Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that... (MS rollout plan)

    07/04/2015 7:24:30 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | July 2, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Microsoft has shared more details about how it plans to roll out Windows 10 beginning later this month. We already knew the OS will start shipping to members of the Windows Insider program on July 29. On Thursday, however, Microsoft OS boss Terry Myerson explained in a blog post that not everyone should expect to receive their updates on that date. "From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th," Myerson wrote. "Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users." What's more, he...
  • Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders (10162 w/ISO)

    07/04/2015 7:13:03 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | July 3, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft's "Windows Insider" fast track is living up to its name, with build 10162 released yesterday, making it three builds in four days since 10158 appeared on 29 June. One difference this time round is that you can download the ISO image in one of 22 languages. The download page is headed "April update" at the time of writing, but expand the downloads and you find build 10162. The ISO image enables testing of clean installs, and suggests that this may qualify as a "slow" preview; the more stable builds which are made available to all testers. This is also...
  • Help with iTunes/Windows issue?

    07/02/2015 12:33:44 PM PDT · by Politicalkiddo · 23 replies
    Hi, guys. I've been trying to solve my issue for hours without any luck. So any suggestions are appreciated. I plugged my iPhone into my laptop, hoping to put some music onto it, but iTunes says that it (iTunes) is not connected to the internet and that it cannot detect my iPhone. My laptop can, however, detect my iPhone. Both my phone and my laptop are connected to the internet. I've tried updating my phone, Windows, and associated drivers with no luck. I have restarted my phone, my laptop, and iTunes several times. I have uninstalled all Apple programs and...
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is shaping up to be Apple’s worst nightmare

    07/02/2015 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Venture Beats ^ | July 2, 2015 | by Chris O'Brien
    Above: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Image Credit: Universal After mounting a campaign earlier this year to burnish the legend of Steve Jobs, Apple insiders will likely be tearing out what’s left of their hair when a new biopic is released in October.The first official trailer released yesterday for Steve Jobs depicts the legend in full jerk mode. Humiliating employees, alienating cofounder Steve Wozniak, and denying paternity of his daughter, Lisa.Starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Wozniak, every frame of the two-minute trailer shows us an arrogant, smug Jobs.The portrayal shouldn’t be surprising given that the script was written by Aaron Sorkin and...
  • Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

    07/02/2015 2:08:41 AM PDT · by W. · 29 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 7/1/2015 | BBC Technology
    Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas". Its product automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. The error was brought to its attention by a New York-based software developer who was one of the people pictured in the photos involved. Google was later criticised on social media because of the label's racist connotations. "This is 100% not OK," acknowledged Google executive Yonatan Zunger after being contacted by Jacky Alcine via Twitter. "[It was] high on my list of bugs you 'never' want to see happen."
  • You can now use any Android app on your Mac w/ BlueStacks App Player

    07/01/2015 11:34:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 1, 2015
    Crossy Road on Mac with BlueStacks BlueStacks, a free desktop Android emulator that lets users play any mobile game or app on the big screen with a mouse and keyboard, has mostly been limited to PC users until today. But Mac users are about to get access to the software that the company says already has around 90 million users on Windows. While the app arrived briefly as an alpha release of Mac users back in 2012, this morning the company is launching an official release of the popular BlueStacks App Player software for Mac for the first time, allowing...
  • Apple issues large patch set to shore up OS X, iOS security

    07/01/2015 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 1, 2015 6:02 P (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple has quietly included a large amount of security fixes in its latest set of patches for its OS X and iOS operating systems, plugging some serious, high-profile vulnerabilities in its code. A tally of the common vulnerability and exposures (CVE) tags in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Security Update 2015-005 and Safari 8.0.7 update packages showed 80 vulnerabilities have been patched by Apple. These range from a flaw that allowed attackers to write to the low-level extensible firmware interface (EFI) - which manages the hardware in Mac computers - when the systems resume from sleep. The EFI zero-day was...
  • Stephen Hawking Pops In For Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Q&A, Asks About 'Gravity And Other Forces'

    07/01/2015 4:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    When Mark Zuckerberg does Townhall Q&As on Facebook to hear from users, he gets thousands of questions. Sometimes famous people ask questions. On Tuesday, Stephen Hawking asked him a question. "I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces. Which of the big questions in science would you like to know the answer to and why?" the world-famous physicist posted on Facebook through a verified account. His question received over 6,000 likes. "I don't think Mark would wanna answer this," one Facebook user joked. "Mr. Hawking wins the best question Q&A award," another quipped. "Epic,...
  • What Happens When a Millennial Goes Fascist? He Starts up a Neo-Nazi Site

    07/01/2015 4:33:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Matt Pearce
    Andrew Anglin, 30, the publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, wouldn’t say where he was. He wouldn’t even say if he was in America. Anglin has gotten a lot of media requests after the Southern Poverty Law Center said Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine black parishioners in Charleston, S.C., last week, was possibly a commenter on the Daily Stormer, Anglin said in a Skype audio interview Tuesday. Anglin decided to respond to a Los Angeles Times interview request because -- it’s a small world -- he saw the reporter tweet Monday night about reading “The Forever...
  • WATCH: Dramatic New Trailer for "Steve Jobs" Biopic

    07/01/2015 3:57:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/1 | Tamara Palmer
    A new trailer for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic reveals dramatic family and business conflicts. Jobs, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, is seen throughout the trailer dealing with recognizing and building a relationship with his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Writer Aaron Sorkin told The Verge that Jobs' daughter, who consulted with him on the script, is the heroine of the film. The Danny Boyle-directed flim – called simply “Steve Jobs” – is scheduled to debut in theaters on October 9.
  • Need some geek help! (Vanity)

    06/30/2015 9:04:31 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 19 replies
    I recently took my desktop to the geek store for repair. Everything was fixed except that I think they changed a setting on it that I depend on quite often -- my browsing history. Can someone please explain to me how to turn on my browsing history? I would like for it to go back for at least 4 weeks. I use Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. I'd really appreciate the help.
  • Survey: 75% of businesses plan to adopt Windows 10 within first two years

    06/30/2015 7:12:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    First Post ^ | 06/29/2015
    An overwhelming 96 percent IT professionals said they’re interested in Windows 10, with 60 percent stating that their IT department has already evaluated a preview version, according to a survey conducted by Spiceworks. The survey of over 500 IT professionals said that nearly all respondents expressed at least some interest in Windows 10 – (96 percent), to be exact. "But based on their patterns of adoption for OSes in general, it’s fair to say that being interested doesn’t necessarily mean they’re booking flights, at least not right away. When we asked IT pros why they typically start using a new...
  • Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends (and FB friends, and...)

    06/30/2015 7:07:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | June 30, 2015 | Simon Rockman
    A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts. So giving a wireless password to one person grants access to everyone who knows them. That includes their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends. There is method in the Microsoft madness – it saves having to shout across the office or house “what’s the Wi-Fi password?” – but ease of use has to be tamed with security. If you wander close to a wireless network, and your friend knows the password,...
  • Apple today release OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update which is recommended Yosemite users

    06/30/2015 6:06:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | June 30, 2015
    Apple today release OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update which is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users. The OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.This update: • Improves networking reliability • Improves Migration Assistant reliability • Addresses an issue that prevented some external displays from functioning properly • Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos • Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library • Addresses an issue that could cause Photos to unexpectedly quit after importing some Lecia DNG files • Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail...
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. “Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence,” the grant noted. “This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

    06/30/2015 12:35:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015 | MIKE SEGAR
    A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins....
  • Samsung develops lithium-ion battery with nearly double the life

    06/30/2015 12:08:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researches affiliated with Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology, along with colleagues from other institutions in Korea has found a way to greatly extend lithium-ion battery life. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes their new technique and the results they achieved using it. Consumers want their phone batteries to last longer—that is no secret, and battery life has been extended, but mostly due to improved efficiency of the electronics that depend on it. Researchers at phone companies and elsewhere have been working hard to find a way to get more power out...
  • Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

    06/30/2015 10:47:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joan Lowy
    The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads. Build more public transit. Rely on new technology. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. A few ways to ease the nation's gridlock: ——— PUBLIC TRANSIT RENAISSANCE Ridership on public buses, trains and subways has reached its highest level nationally since the 1950s, and transit boosters cite this as evidence that expanded service and routes is a good investment. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment...
  • U.S. Supreme Court lets Oracle press case that Google copied Java in rush to make Android

    06/29/2015 3:36:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mac Daily Newsws ^ | Jun 29, 2015 6:32 AM PDT
  • iOS 8.4 to be released 8 AM PT on Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit will increase to 100,000 in iOS 9

    06/29/2015 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Benjamin Mayo
    Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that seeing Apple Music on stage at WWDC ‘it was hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day’.Interestingly, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10...
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants

    06/29/2015 9:14:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 58 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/29/15 | By Dr. Paul L. Williams
    First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants By Dr. Paul L. Williams "In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”— Michelle Obama. We were wrong. Michelle Obama, as we reported on July 7, is not served by twenty-two attendants who stand by to cater to her every whim. She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a hair dresser and make-up artist. The annual cost to...
  • Computer problem

    06/29/2015 7:34:03 AM PDT · by ontap · 108 replies
    06/29/2015 | Ontap
    I am trying to restore my computer to a previous date but it does not give me a restore date option...help anyone!!!
  • Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

    06/28/2015 7:35:41 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Business Insideer ^ | 06/27/15 | Nathan McAlone
    This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence. Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue. And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new questions. This means Google's researchers could get a little creative with it, and they certainly did — they asked the bot everything from boring IT questions to inquiries about the meaning of life. The responses...
  • Why Time Will Stop For a Leap Second

    06/28/2015 11:19:44 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 16 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2015 UTC | Jane J. Lee
    Just as leap years keep our calendars lined up with Earth's revolution around the sun, leap seconds adjust for Earth's rotation. This kind of fine-tuning wasn't much of an issue before the invention of atomic clocks, whose ticks are defined by the cycling of atoms. Cesium-based clocks, one kind of atomic clock, measure the passage of time much more precisely than those based on the rotation of our planet, so adding a leap second allows astronomical time to catch up to atomic time. Most of us won't notice the addition, which happens at 23:59:59 coordinated universal time (UTC), or 7:59...
  • SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure

    06/28/2015 9:31:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/28/15
    SpaceX just failed at its third attempt..
  • Apple backpedals on Confederate flag censorship —

    06/27/2015 10:41:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    CIO Magazine ^ | June 27, 2015 | by Jim Lynch
    Apple reinstates some banned games, but tries to hide the Confederate flag from screenshots and app iconsA couple of days ago I commented on Apple's ham-handed attempt at censoring the Confederate flag from the app store. The company had blithely removed all apps and games that had the Confederate flag from the app store.But now Apple is backpedaling furiously and has reinstated some games: as long as the Confederate flag doesn't appear in the app icon or screenshots.Carter Dotson reports for Touch Arcade: There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled...
  • As (gay) pride soars, Apple adds LGBT featured section to the App Store

    06/27/2015 8:02:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    CNet ^ | June 26, 2015 | Anthony Domanico
    Apple has added an LGBT section to its App Store that showcases apps, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. It's Gay Pride in cities worldwide this month, an event sure to get a big boost of excitement following the US Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. And in what some digerati may consider added cause for celebration, Apple has added an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) section on the App Store that showcases tons of content for the LGBT community. The section, which went live on the App Store...
  • 11 popular programming languages that can help you land a job

    06/27/2015 7:57:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/27/2015 | Matt Weinberger
    "Software is eating the world," venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — and they don't always want to experiment with newcomers like Google Go or Apple Swift. Here are the programming languages you should learn if you always want to have a job, as suggested by the popular TIOBE Index and Redmonk Programming Language...
  • Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops (disabled Windows security updates)

    06/27/2015 6:40:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 26 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Samsung will release a patch for its computers so that they no longer kill off automatic Windows updates. On Wednesday, reverse-engineering specialist Patrick Barker blogged about a program suspiciously called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that is bundled on Sammy machines and shuts down automatic Windows Updates – including security updates. Users have to remember to install updates from Microsoft manually, and if they opt for automatic installation, Samsung's software disables it. The firm's support staff told him that was to make sure Samsung's hardware drivers were not removed or overridden by Microsoft's upgrades. While not as serious as Lenovo's Superfish debacle – where...
  • Microsoft won't fix Internet Explorer zero-day

    06/26/2015 7:36:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 47 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 24, 2015 9:27 AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne, Juha Saarinen
    HP researchers have published details and proof-of-concept exploit code for a number of zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser which allow attackers to bypass a key exploit mitigation. The researchers - part of HP's zero-day initiative team - have a policy to only disclose details of bugs reported to vendors after patches are issued. But the team decided to go public after being informed by Microsoft that it did not intend to fix the bugs as the company feels the vulnerabilities don't affect enough users. The flaws were serious enough, however, for Microsoft to earlier award the HP...
  • Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

    06/26/2015 4:48:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Jun 26th, 2015 2:28 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple pulled all apps from the App Store with Confederate symbols such as the Battle Flag of the Confederacy Friday morning. Almost immediately, though, the company began backtracking by working with developers to reinstate apps that use such symbols for "educational or historical uses." Ultimate General: Gettysburg There has been a massive wave against those symbols throughout the U.S. in the aftermath of a racist terrorist attack in South Carolina that left nine people shot by a white supremacist. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged Americans to remove symbols of racism in a tweet many interpreted to be aimed at the...
  • Tim Cook takes Apple down the dark road of censorship

    06/25/2015 11:16:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    CiO Magazine ^ | Jun 25, 2015 10:47 AM PT | By Jim Lynch
    A couple of days ago, I wrote about the difficulties Apple would face if it tried to censor the Confederate flag in its online stores. Unfortunately, the company - under Tim Cook's leadership - wasted no time in engaging in reactionary censorship of the Confederate flag in its app store. Touch Arcade and other sites are reporting that Apple has begun a ham-handed purge of the app store. The company has removed games and apps that include the Confederate flag: It's looking like Apple has pulled everything from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, regardless of context. The...
  • What your smartphone says about your waistline Nicholas Wells

    06/25/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nicholas Wells
    If you're sipping your lunch, you probably have an iPhone. If you're enjoying pizza from Little Caesars, you're probably on Android. Consumer choices have always been about picking this or that, and the current either/or decision is between smartphone operating systems. Your choice when it comes to operating systems says a lot about you, including what you like to eat, according to data provided to CNBC by NPD Group's Checkout Tracking. IPhone users were much more likely to go for a liquid lunch, with soup and smoothies taking the top spots for iOS choices. Soup had an iPhone-to-Android index of...
  • Wi-Fi router's 'pregnant women' setting sparks vendor rivalry in China

    06/25/2015 4:54:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Network World ^ | 6/25/15 | Colin Neagle
    When one Chinese technology vendor, Qihoo, launched a new Wi-Fi router with a safety setting for "pregnant women," a rival vendor took offense to the implication that their routers might be dangerous.The Guardian reports that Xiamo took to its page on Chinese social media site Weibo to denounce Qihoo's pregnant women mode as a "marketing tactic," and clarify that "Wi-Fi usage is safe.""We firmly oppose, and feel ashamed of, those who create rumors and arouse instability for business purposes," Qihoo wrote in its post, according to the Guardian.The World Health Organization says that exposure to electromagnetic fields from consumer technology...
  • Earl—the Rugged, Revolutionary Tablet

    06/25/2015 5:19:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    outside magazine ^ | 2-13-14 | Berne Broudy
    Your iPad doesn’t mix well with the outdoors. Even if you keep it away from water and grit, you still have to contend with the lack of internet and electricity in the backcountry. That’s where Earl comes in. This new backcountry survival Android tablet works where your smartphone or iPad would fail. The rugged tablet can forecast the weather, determine your location, elevation, and let you communicate with folks back home. About the size of an iPad mini, Earl is one tough gadget. It’s waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and it will work in temperatures from 32 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit....
  • Swipe Right Or Swipe Left? Tindog Is Tinder For Dog Lovers

    06/24/2015 9:08:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Tech Times ^ | June 20 | Alexandra Burlacu,
    A Tinder-like app for Android and iOS is now targeting dog owners, as the new "Tindog" app aims to match dogs and dog-lovers. The Tinder dating app has grown immensely popular among the singles community, boasting an efficient "swipe right - swipe left" selection manner that allows users to look around and find what they're looking for in a fast, simple and efficient way. The new app called Tindog borrows the same selection function, allowing users to swipe right or left, but revolves around dogs. Whether you're looking for a playdate for your best friend, looking for a suitable mate...
  • Apple just solved the single most annoying thing about upgrading iOS (Video)

    06/24/2015 8:07:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 24, 2015 | By David Goldman
    The most annoying part of updating your iPhone is figuring out which apps, songs and photos to delete so you have enough free space for the upgrade. But the latest version of the iOS 9 preview features a clever solution for that notorious problem. IOS 9 will automatically delete apps on your iPhone before installing the new operating system. Then it will reinstall the deleted apps after the installation is complete. A pop-up notification will warn iPhone and iPad users that they have insufficient space for the download, giving them the option of automatically deleting and reinstalling their apps. The...
  • Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources

    06/24/2015 7:48:11 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 23, 2015 11:27 PM EDT | By Shirley Halperin and Lars Brandle
    Beggars comprises the labels 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others; Merlin represents 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide. Apple Music, the hardware giant's soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard. Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on. In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to...
  • Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch (Video)

    06/24/2015 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | June 24, 2015 | by John Biggs
    Nick Lee, a dedicated programmer with access to WatchOS 2.0, has ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to his wrist. That’s right: the OS you used in the 1990s to make your ‘zine can now boot – albeit slowly – on your Apple Watch. He used Mini VMac, an “early Mac emulator,” and recompiled it for the Watch. Can the Watch actually run these sorts of programs well? Sure. The Watch’s S1 chip is roughly equivalent to the iPhone 4S’s A5 chip which, as we well know, is plenty fast. “MacOS System 7.5.x shipped on ~100MHz PowerPC chips with ~24MB of RAM,...