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  • Robots About to Take Away 18 Million German Jobs, 59 Percent of Germany's Work Force?

    05/05/2015 9:40:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/05/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I have seen many grim predictions regarding robots taking away human jobs, but one of the most dire predictions comes from a study commissioned by ING-Diba. The study claims that 59 percent of Germany's work force could be replaced by machines and software in the coming decades. The Local asks Robots About to Take Away 18 Million Jobs? The results of the [ING-Diba] study paint an almost doomsday-esque scenario for Germany. Almost two thirds of its workforce will be unemployed. Of the 30.9 million people currently in full or part-time employment in Germany, 18 million will be made redundant...
  • Nikola Labs Launches iPhone 6 Case Which Harvests Electricity From The Air

    05/05/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Mike Butcher
    Pull Battery Power Out of Thin Air with Nikola Labs Nikola Tesla pioneered the transmission of electricity over wires. Heinrich Hertz proved it could be transmitted wirelessly. But we still use 19th centre technology to power 21st century devices. Nikola Labs — which pitched today on stage after being selected by TechCrunch editorial team and the audience as the Wild Card choice from Startup Alley — launched a device that converts radio frequencies into DC power, and, they claim, can therefore power devices. Today they launched their first product using the technology: a case for an iPhone 6. It converts...
  • Apple Watch’s Hidden Diagnostic Ports Opens Floodgates For Battery Straps, Innovative Accessories

    05/04/2015 6:17:35 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | Monday, May 04, 2015 | Rob Williams
    Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some incredible hype (read our review!), and while it almost seemed impossible to not know every single little thing about Cupertino's latest gadget, the company has just one more trick up its sleeve. On one side of the watch face (beneath were you insert the interchangeable straps) is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, company Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This is both huge and...
  • The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

    05/04/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | May 1, 2015 | Not Listed
    Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites. There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apple’s app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. But because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites...
  • Microsoft's Office 2016 Public Preview download is now available

    05/04/2015 5:48:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    Neowin ^ | May 4, 2015 | Max Slater-Robins
    Back in March, Microsoft made Office 2016, the next major update to one of the companies' most important products, available to IT professionals to test and submit feedback on. Just as they have done with Windows 10, Microsoft is welcoming constructive criticism - or praise - that will help shape the product when it launches later this year. The next step is to open Office 2016 up to the public. On stage at Microsoft's Ignite conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the public preview of Office 2016 has been released. In the accompanying blog post, Jared Spataro, general manager for...
  • SurveyMonkey CEO died of head trauma in exercise accident

    05/04/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an accident while exercising at a resort in the Mexican town of Punta Mita, a Mexican state official said Monday. He was found lying next to a treadmill Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, near Puerto Vallarta. ... Goldberg left his room at about 4 p.m. to exercise, and family members went to look for him after he didn't return, the Mexican official said. He was found at about 6:30 p.m. in one of the resort's gymnasiums lying by a treadmill in a pool of blood, with a blow to the...
  • For batteries, one material does it all

    05/04/2015 6:49:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/04/2015 | Provided by University of Maryland
    Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of the Army Research Laboratory, a researcher only peripherally related to the study. "It could lead to revolutionary progress in area of solid state batteries." Envision an Oreo cookie. Most batteries have at either end a layer of material for the electrodes like the chocolate cookies to help move ions though the creamy frosting – the electrolyte. Chunsheng Wang,...
  • Square Enix Witch Chapter Real-Time CG DX 12 Demo Steals Show At Microsoft BUILD

    05/03/2015 9:04:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    HotHardware ^ | Friday, May 01, 2015 | Paul Lilly
    Computer generated graphics have come a long way in the past several years and are starting to blur the line between animation and real actors. One of the more difficult tasks for CG artists is to recreate human emotions, especially crying, though you wouldn't know it after watching a tech demo that Square Enix showed off at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference. The real-time tech demo is called Witch Chapter 0 [cry] and is part of a research project that studies various next generation technologies. For this particular demo, Square Enix put a lot of research into real-time CG technology...
  • Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

    05/03/2015 9:02:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    April desktop OS usage stats show XP's really sinking fast now If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare. It looks like the skids are really under Windows XP now. Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per cent, down from March's 11.21 per cent. We know there are still big corporate XP users out there, such as the operator of the infamous Fukushima nuclear power...
  • Chrome passes 25% market share, IE and Firefox slip

    05/03/2015 7:18:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | May 1, 2015 3:03 PM | Emil Protalinski
    In April 2015, we saw the naming of Microsoft Edge, the release of Chrome 42, and the first full month of Firefox 37 availability. Now we’re learning that Google’s browser has finally passed the 25 percent market share mark. Between March and April, here is how the browser market changed, according to the latest figures from Net Applications: •Internet Explorer: down 0.71 points to 55.83 percent •Chrome: up 0.69 points to 25.68 percent •Firefox: down 0.19 points to 11.70 percent •Safari: up 0.12 points to 5.12 •Opera: up 0.05 points to 0.48 percent Breaking the IE figure down further shows...
  • Unnoticed for years, malware turned Linux and BSD servers into spamming machines

    05/03/2015 4:36:44 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    HELP NET SECURITY ^ | 01.05.2015 (01 MAY 2015) | Zeljka zorz, HNS managing editor
    For over 5 years, and perhaps even longer, servers around the world running Linux and BSD operating systems have been targeted by an individual or group that compromised them via a backdoor Trojan, then made them send out spam, ESET researchers have found. What's more, it seems that the spammers are connected with a software company called Yellsoft, which sells DirectMailer, a "system for automated e-mail distribution" that allows users to send out anonymous email. This operation succeeded in remaining hidden for so long thanks to several factors: the sophistication of the malware used, its stealth and persistence, the fact...
  • Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

    05/03/2015 7:52:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Elaine Pofeldt
    Report: Robots replacing human workers at faster pace Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths -- now even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. The goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at what cost? Take Sam Kraus, a Hungarian immigrant who founded what became Skyline Windows in 1921. In the early days, the tinsmith traveled around with a small cart to do his roofing and waterproofing work by hand. Fast-forward to today, and the fourth-generation business based in New York City's South Bronx has left the pushcart era far behind. Skyline, which has evolved into a custom...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be ‘material’

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commission’s investigation into Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals could have a “material” impact if it was determined that Dublin’s tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EU’s investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years “reflective of the disallowed state aid.” The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. …
  • iOS 8 now on 81 percent of all Apple devices

    05/01/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    ZDNet ^ | May 1, 2015 -- 10:53 GMT | By Liam Tung
    Summary:iOS 8 has breached the 80 percent mark as Apple continues to push out record numbers of new handsets running its latest OS. iOS 8 is now powering 81 percent of all Apple smartphones, its share continuing to climb steadily since its release eight months ago. The latest iOS version distribution figures come from Apple's developer page, which gives a snapshot based on the iPhone and iPad devices that connected to the App Store on April 27. According to the stats, iOS 7 runs 17 percent of iOS devices, while the remaining two percent are on older versions of the...
  • ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART (actual title)

    05/01/2015 2:15:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    The ZuckerBorg has assimilated yet more humans from academia and industry into its Facebook Artificial-Intelligence Research Team (FART). Facebook claims their work will focus on several aspects of machine learning, with applications to image, speech and natural language understanding. The free global ad platform announced that it had "bolstered" the team eam with some of the world's leading researchers from Microsoft and academia. Among those assimilated is the award-winning Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence". Also on board are Laurens van de Maaten and Anitha Kannan, who will continue their research into deep...
  • Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

    05/01/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Build 2015 Engineers from Microsoft's Windows Server team took the stage at the Build developer conference in San Francisco this week to share more details on Nano Server, the upcoming micro-sized version of the OS aimed at cloud deployments. "Nano Server is by far the most important, most significant change we've made in Server since Windows NT," proclaimed Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft distinguished engineer. We first heard about this new iteration of Redmond's server OS earlier this month, although it's not due to hit general availability until the next version of Windows Server ships sometime in 2016. Taking a page...
  • Microsoft HoloLens: Headset Will Float 3D Images in Front of User's Eyes

    05/01/2015 11:31:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    latinpost.com ^ | Robert C. Weich III
    The HoloLens will display 3D images in front of a user's eyes. The 3D images will intermingle with a user's real-world environment to create a unique experience. Microsoft's upcoming headset is not trying to be a virtual reality device. Instead, it is an "augmented reality." Someone wearing the device could see some objects on a table that are not really there, and they will be able to interact with them as if they were real and actually in front of them. When someone who is not wearing a HoloLens sees someone who is wearing one, they will think some of...
  • There's 'lackluster interest' in Apple Watch, says UBS

    05/01/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Interest in the Apple Watch is "tepid," says UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. Milunovich is lowering his estimates for Apple Watch sales in fiscal year 2016 based on "global search activity." He is predicting Apple sells 31 million Apple Watches, down from a previous estimate of 41 million. Apple's fiscal year starts in October. So, calendar Q4 is fiscal Q1 for Apple. Here's Milunovich explaining his thinking: Our latest Apple Watch Monitor continues to find lackluster interest as measured by global search activity. Watch supply has been limited, but our change is based on demand. We look for 11mn Watches to...
  • 12 Biggest surprises after a week with Apple Watch

    04/30/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rob LeFebvre
    The Apple Watch keeps surprising us — Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac" Far from being a superfluous device strictly for hard-core Apple fans, the Apple Watch is a surprisingly delightful and useful device.Now that we’ve spent enough time with the latest gadget from the mothership, we’re noticing quite a few sweet little positives (and a couple negatives) about Apple Watch.Bottom line: The more you use this thing, the better it is.The battery lasts longer than expected Many of us were planning on carrying around an extra charger with us to keep Apple Watch’s gorgeous display working well into the afternoon....
  • Microsoft used this adorable robot to show off new HoloLens features

    04/30/2015 8:11:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Sean O'Kane
    We've learned some amazing things about Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform since it was announced back in January. We know that NASA is using it to virtually explore Mars, and you can play Minecraft on your coffee table, and today we learned that the company will integrate all universal apps running on Windows 10 into the experience. But a short demo near the end of today's Microsoft Build 2015 keynote showed us a little bit more about how HoloLens can help blend virtual reality with the real world to create what the company calls "mixed reality." A small metal robot drove...
  • Soon, new cars in Europe will automatically call police in a crash

    04/30/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 25 replies
    Road & Track ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordan Valinsky
    Beginning March 31, 2018, all new vehicles sold in the European Union will be required to carry an emergency call system that automatically dispatches assistance to the scene of a crash. The "auto SOS" system, dubbed eCall, was approved by European Parliament yesterday after two years of debate over privacy concerns, reports BBC News. In the event of a crash, the device calls the E.U.'s 911 equivalent (112) and transmits to authorities important information including location, time, and number of passengers in the vehicle. An in-car button will also be installed in all vehicles. The eCall requirement will add an...
  • Woman Busted For "Kill White Cops" Facebook Post

    04/29/2015 5:26:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    As rioters rampaged across Baltimore Monday evening, a Georgia woman decided it was the perfect time to go on Facebook and announce that “All Black ppl should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW,” police allege. After being alerted to the online threat--which appeared on the page of “Tiffany Milan”--investigators tracked the post back to Ebony Dickens, a 33-year-old mother from East Point, an Atlanta suburb. Dickens, pictured at right, was arrested yesterday for making terroristic threats. During a search of her apartment, police seized computers and a handgun, cops reported. “I condone black...
  • Windows 10: Build 10074 is still for the brave - but it's looking good

    04/30/2015 8:42:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Build 2015 Microsoft has released preview Build 10074 of Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. It is only a week since the previous preview build (10061) arrived, but this one is a milestone available even to users who prefer to stick with the more stable releases – the “slow” update cycle in Windows Insider terms. This also means you can get an ISO image for a clean install. Windows 10 is set for release this summer, according to Microsoft, with AMD CEO Lisa Su letting slip that it may be done by the end of July....
  • Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for Remote Desktop access (Windows apps on tiny Linux platform)

    04/30/2015 8:33:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | (none)
    Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access Windows virtual applications and Remote Desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi...
  • Tattoo snafu irks inked Apple Watch wearers

    04/30/2015 12:32:28 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-30-2015 | MATT SIEGEL
    SYDNEY - Early adopters of the Apple Watch are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple's renowned design house. One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device's locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin. "My hand isn't tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I...
  • Microsoft announces new tool to effortlessly porting iOS apps to Windows 10

    04/29/2015 5:14:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    9to5 Mac ^ | April 29, 2015 | Mike Beasley
    Microsoft announced today during its Build conference that it will release a tool for developers to port their iOS apps directly to Windows 10 as “universal apps” that run on both phones and desktop computers. Developers will be able to feed their existing Objective-C code into a new software package and have it converted to work on the upcoming PC operating system. At least, that’s how Microsoft is pitching it, though the whole process is a bit more complex. Essentially Windows 10 will ship with APIs that mirror the expected behavior of many iOS APIs, and this new conversion tool...
  • Apple bears need therapy, says market strategist

    04/29/2015 4:16:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    CNBC Business News and Finance ^ | April 29, 2015 | Alex Rosenberg
    Apple shares are up 18 percent this year, with the latest good news coming in the form of Apple's first-quarter earnings report. The estimate-busting numbers may not have boosted the stock on Tuesday, but they at least appeared to show that the bullish consensus on the stock is well-founded. Meanwhile, Apple bears are hurting. And one market strategist says that it's time for them to seek professional help. "We would encourage those professionals who love to hate AAPL to book themselves a series of therapy appointments," said Neil Azous, a market advisor with Rareview Macro. "This story for Apple just...
  • Faulty taptic engine slows Apple Watch roll out

    04/29/2015 3:52:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Apr 29, 2015 4:41 p.m. ET | By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Lorraine Luk
    A key component of the Apple Watch made by one of two suppliers was found to be defective, prompting Apple Inc. to limit the availability of the highly anticipated new product, according to people familiar with the matter. The part involved is the so-called taptic engine, designed by Apple AAPL, -0.61% to produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist. After mass production began in February, reliability testing revealed that some taptic engines supplied by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., of Shenzhen, China, started to break down over time, the people familiar with the matter said. One of those people...
  • We're live at Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote

    04/29/2015 2:40:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Devindra Hardawar
    (Liveblogging as it happens)
  • 5 Awesome Windows 10 Announcements Microsoft Just Made

    04/29/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Paste ^ | 04/29/2015 | By Luke Larsen
    At their long, developer-focused Build conference this morning, Microsoft announced a plethora of new things regarding Windows 10 and its new identity as a service-based company. Windows 10 is the company’s new attempt at recapturing the interest of longtime Windows 7 users, after a fairly limited turnout for Windows 8.In case you haven’t heard, yes—Microsoft skipped “Windows 9” and went straight to Windows 10. The good news is that the OS looks to be a pretty balanced and powerful system that takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and finds a happy medium in between the two....
  • Will It Blend? - Apple Watch

    04/28/2015 9:57:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    YouTube, BlendTec ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | BlendTec
    BlendTec's Tom Dickson and his blender of doom take on the new Apple Watch -- with Siri.
  • Creating the Windows 95 Startup Sound ("The Microsoft Sound" by Brian Eno)

    04/28/2015 7:17:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 30, 2013 | Chris Higgins
    When Windows 95 was being developed, Microsoft executives commissioned music legend Brian Eno to develop a "piece of music" to play when the operating system started up. This music would become known as "The Windows Sound." Eno is probably most renowned* for his ambient music -- long tracks with deep sound beds and drifting melodies. But this track had to be a little shorter. Eno related the story: The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah-blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom...
  • Aussie enterprises targeted in Bartalex spam campaign

    04/28/2015 6:02:45 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | on Apr 29, 2015 6:49 AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Office macro downloads malware used in JP Morgan heist. Australian businesses are currently being hit by cloud storage hosted Microsoft Office macro malware in large numbers in a month-long campaign uncovered by security researchers. Security vendor Trend Micro said its researchers detected an outbreak of spam that used fraudulent messages from the Automated Clearing House electronic funds transfer network that is regularly used by businesses for transactions with each other. The spam messages link to Dropbox sites that contain malicious Microsoft Office macros - named Bartalex - which if enabled by users, proceed to download a variant of the Dyre...
  • No patch for remote code-execution bug in D-Link and Trendnet routers

    04/28/2015 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    arstechnica | Apr 28, 2015 9:01am PDT | Dan Goodin
    Arstechnica has an article up concerning a remote coded execution bug in some routers. Arstechnica does not wish their articles to be posted or excerpted here, so the webpage addy is included for those wishing to read more about it. Affects D-Link and Trendnet routers.
  • WordPress patches critical XSS vulnerability

    04/28/2015 5:44:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | on Apr 28, 2015 7:30 AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Commenters could cross-site script. Wordpress developer Automattic is urging users to urgently update their installations of the company's publishing platform to fix a critical vulnerability that could lead to attackers taking over entire sites. Jouko Pynnönen of security vendor Klikki.fi discovered a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in WordPress that allows commenters to inject Javascript into sites. When admin users check the comments to moderate them and execute the Javascript they contain attackers can gain full control of the target WordPress site through the plugin and theme editors. The vulnerability takes advantage of the TEXT data type in the MySQL database...
  • 23 essential facts from Apple’s Q2 fiscal call

    04/28/2015 7:33:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | Jonny Evans
    As it does so frequently the expression "Apple beat expectations" is becoming meaningless, Apple beat expectations in Q2 2015, with revenues up 27 percent and profit up 33 percent at $13.6 billion. The iPhone company - iPhone sales grew at 40 percent in the quarter; the market grew just 16 percent (IDC). - Apple is the iPhone company – the device accounts for over two thirds of company revenue. - Apple is now selling 8 iPhones each second, up 55 percent year-on-year. - Apple sold 61.2 million in Q2 – that’s the equivalent of one for each man, woman and...
  • The Problem with Apple Watch in a Nutshell

    04/28/2015 1:30:17 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 73 replies
    Thurrott News and Analysis for Tech Enthusiasts ^ | April 27, 2015 | by Paul Thurrott
    I don’t have an Apple Watch yet. I’ve ordered one, and through some combination of demand and short supply, I probably won’t see it until sometime in June. But I’m only getting the Watch because I need to stay up on what Apple is doing—and what Microsoft is doing on Apple’s platforms—and I don’t recommend that readers waste money on this first generation gadget. And that’s because you don’t need to see or own an Apple Watch to understand its many deficiencies. What amazes me most about Apple Watch is the free press Apple gets for creating something with so...
  • Apple Watch weekend: My initial reactions

    04/28/2015 12:13:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    Six Colors ^ | April 27, 2015 1:06 AM PT | Jason Snell
    My Apple Watch came Friday. Well, not my Apple watch. I ordered the space gray Apple Watch Sport with the black sport band, and it was back-ordered until mid-May. Fortunately, a friend of mine ordered a watch he didn’t want, and decided to let Six Colors purchase his Apple Watch Sport with a green sport band. After a quick exchange on a little street a couple of miles from my house, I was in business. I spent two and half days with the Apple Watch without writing a word about it. I was talking to my mother on the...
  • Windows patch KB 3045999 conflicts with McAfee (error c0000018), Romax, VirtualBox

    04/27/2015 10:56:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    An 'important' patch from this month’s Black Tuesday causes odd problems in many applications. It’s taken more than a week for various problem reports to take on a coherent theme, but it now appears as if an “elevation of privilege” patch for Windows, MS 15-038/KB 3045999, causes intermittent problems with a wide array of software.... [For example, on systems with McAfee:] Several applications fail to start after you install Microsoft Patch MS15-038 on systems with DLP [Data Loss Prevention for] Endpoint. Affected applications include, but are not limited to: CMD.EXE Explorer.EXE MMC-based applications Microsoft Office applications PowerShell ... it’s another...
  • The science behind smartwatch scratch resistance (Video)

    04/27/2015 9:05:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Consumers' Reports ^ | April 24, 2015 08:00 PM | Glenn Derene
    Is the sapphire crystal on the Apple Watch worth the extra money? The Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal survived a level-9 Mohs pick in our scratch test. Durability is a greater concern for smartwatches than for any other personal electronics device. Sure, cellular phones can take a beating, but at least you can protect them in a case. Smartwatches, by design, are exposed to the elements and vulnerable to any hazards that your arms encouter. With millions of consumers now taking delivery of the new Apple Watch, that’s going to leave a lot of people wondering just how gingerly...
  • Apple pounds Street with record second quarter iPhone and Mac sales

    04/27/2015 8:00:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | April 27, 2015
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarterÂ’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhone and Mac and all-time record performance of the...
  • iSmash! Video reveals 'impact-resistant' Apple Watch SHATTERS when dropped (video)

    04/27/2015 6:29:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:52 EST | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Apple Watch Sport edition costs $349 and has an Ion-X glass screen. 'Durable' screen shattered when the watch's face hit the ground first Screen damage is not covered for free repairs in the Apple Watch warranty. It has been described as a durable and scratch resistant smartwatch and is a considerable investment, costing from $349. But the Apple Watch Sport model has been to shown to shatter easily after being dropped from a height of just under four feet (1.2 metres). Apple claims its watch, which has an Ion-X glass display, is 'protected by a lightweight aluminosilicate glass that's especially...
  • Microsoft Disaster Response - Nepal Earthquake

    04/27/2015 2:59:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Microsoft Disaster Response Blog ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft is deeply saddened by the devastating events of the Nepal earthquake and we extend our deepest sympathies to all whom have been impacted. We are providing a minimum of $1 million in donations of cash, technology and services to the rescue and recovery effort in Nepal. This includes an immediate monetary donation to NetHope – a consortium of 40+ international non-governmental organizations that specializes in improving IT connectivity among humanitarian organizations in developing countries and areas affected by disaster – to support the nonprofit’s deployment and response operations. In addition, we want to help provide people with alternative methods...
  • All signs point to Apple announcing a monster earnings report

    04/27/2015 7:58:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Apple reports earnings for the quarter that ended in March after the market closes on Monday, April 27. Get ready for another monster report. Analysts are expecting big iPhone sales and think Apple could provide a major update to its cash return program. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, analysts are looking for $56 billion in revenue, which would represent 23% growth. Apple's revenue growth is expected to be driven by strong iPhone sales. Analysts are anticipating that Apple sold 58.1 million units, which would be an impressive 33% increase. If Apple sells 58.1 million iPhones, it will be the...
  • No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again

    04/27/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 23 April 2015 | Serdar Yegulalp
    CoreOS and Joyent's SmartOS/Triton have worked to redefine, in radically different ways, what an OS needs to be to run applications at scale in the cloud.Now another candidate is set to join the ranks of maverick cloud OSes: OSv, open source, hypervisor-optimized, and "designed to run an application stack without getting in the way.">OSv runs existing Linux applications, but is not itself Linux; it's entirely new and written from the ground up in C/C++. It can run on a slew of hypervisors and virtual machine systems, or in cloud environments like Amazon EC2 or Google Compute Engine. The company claims significant...
  • "No Reboot" Kernel Patching - And Why You Should Care

    04/27/2015 5:48:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 25 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 22 April 2015 | James Darvell
    As Linux version 4.0 was released on 15 April, one of the most discussed new features to be included in this release is "no reboot" kernel patching. With the major distros committing to support the 4.0 kernel and its features (including "no reboot" patching) at some point this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this feature actually does and what difference it will make for you. First of all, what does it actually mean? Well, for once, this is a feature with a name that describes what it does pretty well. With versions of Linux...
  • Apple's iOS is an illness, says new HTC ad (Video at link)

    04/27/2015 1:45:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    CNET Tech Culture ^ | April 26, 2015 | by Chris Matyszczyk
    Apple's iOS is an illness, says new HTC ad Technically Incorrect: In an ad that mocks rival phones and disorders in equal measure, HTC offers its latest attempt to outdo its last attempt at strange advertising. Yes, iOS is Irritable Operating System, apparently. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. You may feel like this after watching HTC's new ad. Pharmaceutical advertising is almost as enjoyable as some of the diseases it makes up. It's therefore difficult to mock something that is inherently funny in the first place. However, HTC -- slightly...
  • Why a pro photographer shoots on an iPhone

    04/27/2015 12:29:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | April 24, 2015 10:10 AM PDT | by Andrew Hoyle
    We talk to professional photographer Julian Calverley about making art with a phone -- and the importance of Instagram. See the photo on the linked site: Julian Calverley Taking photos has long been one of the main selling points of the iPhone, but mobile photography has largely remained the realm of enthusiastic amateurs, populating Instagram and other social networks with artful snapshots. With their lower resolution and lack of upgradeable lenses, phones haven't played a big role in professional photography. Commercial photographer Julian Calverley, however, views his iPhone as more than just a casual tool. More accustomed to working with...
  • WE KNOW WHO PUT AN ANDROID PEEING ON AN APPLE IN GOOGLE MAPS

    04/27/2015 12:02:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 24, 2015 | By Malarie Gokey
    It’s not every day you open Google Maps to see a massive Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo, but that’s precisely what happened to Maps users this morning who happened to be browsing around DHA Phase 4 in Pakistan. A Google Map Maker user named Nitricboy placed a giant Android in the area, defacing an Apple logo. Updated on 04-24-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that the person who made the Android has been found, and Google plans to remove his “artwork.” He used the custom map-enhancing tool called Google Map Maker, which lets users submit changes to...
  • How to turn your Apple Watch to Gold

    04/26/2015 11:42:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 26, 2015
    You bought the Apple Watch Sport, but you really wanted the Apple Watch Edition, but just couldn't afford $12,000. So what do you do? Simple: You turn your Apple Watch Sport INTO a Gold Apple Watch! Turn your Apple Watch to Gold! Impress your friends and family with how wealthy (or foolish) you are.