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Cairo Hackerspace Gets A $14 Projector
The Cairo hackerspace needed a projector for a few presentations during their Internet of Things build night, and of course Friday movie night. They couldn’t afford a real projector, but these are hackers. Of course they’ll be able to come up with something. They did. They found an old slide projector made in West Germany and turned it into something capable of displaying video. The projector in question was a DIA projector that was at least forty years old. They found it during a trip to the Egyptian second-hand market. Other than the projector, the only other required parts were … Read more
11/24/2014 12:00:36 AM
10 successful magazines you've probably never heard of
You've heard of
, magazines with thousands of readers and subscribers. But you may not know that there are smaller publications out there that are also sustaining themselves
SEE ALSO: Magazine industry bares all to prove it isn't dead yet
Here are some publications that have probably flown under your radar.
Portable Restroom Operator
Yes, there is an entire publication that discusses industry issues related to porta-potties Since 2004, PRO has delivered up-to-date information on news, trends, products and services to everyone who rents or installs portable restrooms and sanitation systems Read more...More about Magazine, Magazines, Business, Media, and Lists
11/24/2014 12:00:23 AM
Seattle police get help publishing body camera videos online
The police aren't often fond of publishing body camera and dashcam footage online, but not necessarily for nefarious reasons -- the volume of privacy-focused video editing they require can prove overwhelming. In Seattle, for example, a flood of...
11/23/2014 11:44:00 PM
Google search on smartphones and tablets now shows product details with 360-degree view and where to buy
Google has updated its search engine on smartphones and tablets to show new product details. The company says it wants to help shoppers make purchase decisions with its new expandable product cards right on Google.com. In addition to more detailed information about products, you can also see a list of stores from which you can […]
11/23/2014 11:30:15 PM
10 travel destinations Australians will flock to in 2015
Australians are obsessed with travel and these days it is rare to meet anyone who has not left the country for a sneaky trip. In the financial year ending June 2014, more than 9 million Australians travelled abroad, with another 383,000 planning on starting a new life elsewhere, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics information. See also: 14 travel apps to download before your next adventure Australians get a bad rap for causing havoc as backpackers across the world with their boozing culture and good-time attitude. From the mid-20s sabbatical to London to a gap year on the slopes at Banff, Aussies swarm the hostels of the world like mosquitoes Read more...More about Travel, Australia, Us World, World, and Travel Leisure
11/23/2014 11:29:07 PM
AMAs winners list: One Direction, Iggy Azalea and Katy Perry dominate
The men of One Direction snagged the biggest honor at Sunday's fan-voted American Music Awards, winning Artist of the Year over Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and Luke Bryan Taylor Swift opened the night with a fiery performance of "Blank Space." Pitbull poked fun at her commercial success: "In four minutes onstage, she sold another 68 million albums." See also: 9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show Iggy Azalea dominated the rap/hip-hop categories and then closed the festivities by joining Jennifer Lopez onstage for their "Booty" remix Here's everything you missed in GIFs, plus the list of winners below the gallery Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Tv, Celebrities, and American Music Awards
11/23/2014 11:16:28 PM
Google to launch Time Square's largest interactive billboard ever
There is only one Times Square, New York, the place where the world rings in the new year, and now Google is set to take over the largest electronic billboard ever installed on the iconic, neon-laced strip The billboard, which covers an entire city block, is powered by a Mitsubishi Electric large-scale display (the Diamond Vision AVL-ODT10) that delivers a pixel density of 2,368 x 10,048, exceeding 4K display resolution by 15 million pixels See also: 10 Brilliant Interactive Billboards [VIDEOS] Located at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th streets, about a mile and a half from Google's New York headquarters, the record-setting billboard measures 77.69 feet by 329.65 feet Read more...More about Google, Advertising, Marketing, Android, and New York
11/23/2014 11:01:15 PM
Hands-on with Pinć, a $99 VR headset for iPhone 6 w/ Minority Report-style user interfaces (Video)
Last week I met up with the people behind Pinć (Pinch), an under development VR headset that utilizes Minority Report-style user interfaces opposed to the mostly gaming experiences we’ve seen thus far from the competition. There are also a few other big differentiators for Pinc: it doubles as an iPhone case, uses hand gestures tracked […]
11/23/2014 10:59:04 PM
Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs
Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung for the promotion. The AMA Our Story intersplices “Sponsored”-tagged Samsung photos and videos from behind the scenes at the… Read More
11/23/2014 10:55:30 PM
Everything you missed at the 2014 American Music Awards
And thus ends another enthralling installment of the American Music Awards Sunday's AMAs was basically a three-hour long showcase of what music has to offer today — lots of butt shaking. Dozens of artists, from Jennifer Lopez to Lorde to Imagine Dragons performed (or should we say they
to perform at
). See also: Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again The #AMAs2014 is a 2hr variety show where performers try to sell records. The awards are like participation medals you got in 1st grade — Enty Turducken (@entylawyer) November 24, 2014 If you can't handle me at my AMAs, then you don't deserve me at my Grammys. — Frank Lowe (@GayAtHomeDad) November 24, 2014 Read more... More about American Music Awards, Music, Tv, Watercooler, and Pics
11/23/2014 10:44:09 PM
Garth Brooks Beams in to American Music Awards With 'People Loving People'
After all the hoopla about Garth Brooks turning in a "rare" live performance on Sunday night's American Music Awards, the resurrected country star sang new single "People Loving People" via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina. (Watch the performance below). While it didn't provide the drama of seeing how pop music's...
11/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Watch Jennifer Lopez Shake 'Booty' With Iggy Azalea for 2014 AMAs
"Prepare audience for maximum impact," Jennifer Lopez commanded as she ended the 2014 American Music Awards with her debut television performance of "Booty." Joined by fellow posterior-shaker Iggy Azalea, Lopez writhed around in a box flanked by more than a dozen dancers. Azalea, who had previously won AMAs for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist...
11/23/2014 10:30:00 PM
4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season
The holidays can be an incredibly busy time for small business owners and those in the retail space. A recent report by Forrester Research predicts that consumers will spend $89 billion shopping online during the holiday season this year, and Deloitte’s 2014 annual holiday survey revealed shoppers plan to spend a little more than half of their holiday budget in-store. See also: 5 tips for landing a seasonal job Because the holidays are a busy time for employees in their personal lives, too, entrepreneurs and business owners need to help these workers get through the hectic holiday season without drudging up feelings of resent. Read more...More about Holidays, Job Search Series, Business, Jobs, and Mashable Careers
11/23/2014 10:28:01 PM
Goldman is overweight China, India for next year
Asia shares are set for a slightly better year after a mediocre 2014, but China and India reform plays offer bigger gains, Goldman said.
11/23/2014 10:15:00 PM
How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles
An anonymous reader writes Every year levels of carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," and climb again as they exhale after the growing season in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the last 50 years has seen the size of this swing has increase by as 50%, for reasons that aren't fully understood. A team of researchers may have the answer. They have shown that agricultural production, corn in particular, may generate up to 25% of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle. "This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide" program director for the National Science Foundation's Macro Systems Biology Program, who supported the research, Liz Blood says. "It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems." Read
11/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Crowdfunding Ain’t The Bank
We in the games trade like the crowdfunding avenue in so far as the money that it brings, but we still struggle to not hold our communities at one remove as we might investors. As a result we are often mistreating fans even when we don’t mean to. We need to get better at the skill of community. Read More
11/23/2014 10:00:04 PM
Drone Beat: 500 strikes in 12 years, an animated history and more
The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week. If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis and updates on drone technology.
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U.S. launches 500th drone strike
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11/23/2014 9:59:48 PM
How would you change Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active?
Samsung's bright idea with the Galaxy S4 Active was simple: Take a Galaxy S4, and shove it in a body that didn't shy away from drops, dust and water. When our Sarah Silbert put the device through its paces, she found that the device was...
11/23/2014 9:55:00 PM
Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids
A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to make it open platform and release new apps… Read More
11/23/2014 9:53:39 PM
9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show
Who will Katy Perry recruit, if anyone, to roar with with her during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona? Guest performers in recent years have included the Red Hot Chili Peppers (for Bruno Mars in 2014); Destiny's Child (for Beyoncé in 2013); Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green (for Madonna in 2012); and Usher and Slash (for The Black Eyed Peas in 2011). See also: NFL finally announces Katy Perry as next Super Bowl halftime performer Here are our predictions for which artists will create fireworks with the 30-year-old singer when she takes the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Read more...More about Music, Tv, Nfl, Super Bowl, and Taylor Swift
11/23/2014 9:35:54 PM
iPhones at Virgin Mobile nowhere to be found this holiday shopping season
If you are planning on purchasing a new iPhone at Virgin Mobile this holiday shopping season, you are all but out of luck. While it somehow still sells the over three-year-old iPhone 4s, the prepaid carrier has not added the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to its smartphone lineup and lists last year’s iPhone 5s […]
11/23/2014 9:32:52 PM
Watch One Direction Softly Croon 'Night Changes' at 2014 AMAs
In contrast to bombastic performances by Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea, One Direction took an understated approach to their gentle romantic ballad "Night Changes" at Sunday night's American Music Awards. The group performed the single from their latest album
in the middle of a simulated field, showcasing each of the five...
11/23/2014 9:26:00 PM
Apple's World AIDS Day campaign brings exclusive app content for charity, retail sales donations
Apple on Sunday announced its 2014 World AIDS Day campaign that will see the company donate a portion of its holiday retail sales, as well as proceeds from a special section of the App Store called "Apps for (RED)," to the (RED) foundation's Global Fund to fight AIDS.
11/23/2014 9:20:00 PM
NFL finally announces Katy Perry as next Super Bowl halftime performer
Katy Perry, as long rumored, will headline the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on Feb. 1, 2015, following in the recent footsteps of Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Madonna The NFL announced the news Sunday night on NBC, confirming that all eyes will be on Perry during the big showdown at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona See also: 9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show Her setlist and guest performers will undoubtedly remain under wraps until closer to game day, but having attended a Perry concert in October, anticipate a wild medley filled with fireworks during empowering hit "Firework," elaborate outfits on her and her dancers (maybe cat onesies), stages that rise up, high-flying stunts, and possibly animals during "Roar." Read more...More about Music, Tv, Nfl, Super Bowl, and Katy Perr
11/23/2014 9:11:59 PM
17 tips for surviving Thanksgiving travel
The airline industry expects 12.3 million roundtrip passengers this Thanksgiving holiday, and AAA predicts 46.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home. That's a 1.5% increase in air travel from last year, and a 4.2% increase in road travel. Together, it could be the busiest travel on a Thanksgiving holiday since 2007. See also: The Internet Goes to War Over Reclining Airline Seats Roughly half of the 538 respondents in a
survey on SurveyMonkey said they would prefer to stay home for the holidays. Considering the stress that can accompany holiday travel, that's no surprise. Read more...More about Travel, Thanksgiving, Us, Lifestyle, and Travel Leisure
11/23/2014 9:10:20 PM
The Incredible Story Of The Women Who Were Meant To Be The First Astronauts — And Were Left On Earth
Space is a hard enough place to get to from a technological stand point without American propaganda working against you. During the early 1960s, both men and women underwent the arduous and, at times, bizarre training program to have the chance to be some of the first NASA astronauts in history. When the training was over, many of the women finalists had higher scores than the men but instead of going to space, they were completely excluded from the final selection pool. American women would remain grounded on US soil for another 30 years until 1983, when Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Here is the heart-breaking story of the women who were meant to be some of the first astronauts in space but were left on Earth. Their outstanding achievements, pioneering efforts,
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11/23/2014 9:08:00 PM
A Simple Runner’s GPS Logger
[Daniel] received a grant from the University of Minnesota’s ECE Envision Fund and was thus responsible for creating
He built a runner’s GPS logger, complete with a screen that will show a runner the current distance travelled, the time taken to travel that distance, and nothing else. No start/stop, no pause, nothing. Think of it as a stripped-down GPS logger, a perfect example of a minimum viable product, and a great introduction to getting maps onto a screen with an ARM micro. The build consists of an LPC1178 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, a display, GPS unit, and a battery … Read more
11/23/2014 9:00:42 PM
Apple to donate portion of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to Global Fund to Fight AIDS
Apple has just announced a significant campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014 as part of its long-running (RED) program. The company will donate to the Global Fund to fight AIDS based on proceeds from its new Apps for (RED) section on the App Store, as well as a portion of online and retail sales made on […]
11/23/2014 8:59:04 PM
Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again
Nothing says BFFs 4 eva n eva more than fangirling over your your besties' American Music Awards' performance, amirite? During Lorde's head-banging AMA performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat," from the
soundtrack, Taylor Swift perfectly played the part of best friend See also: Lorde compares meeting Pitbull to meeting President Obama Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (Live at American...
While Lorde was doing her usual exorcism-meets-dancing thing on stage Sunday — bonus points for smearing her lipstick off her face — Taylor was busy losing her marbles over the 17-year-old's performance. Read more...More about Taylor Swift, American Music Awards, Music, Tv, and Watercooler
11/23/2014 8:53:16 PM
This is the most insane touchdown catch of the season
Odell Beckham Jr. may be an NFL rookie, but the Giants wide receiver has already scored the most impressive touchdown of the season (or maybe beyond) with this one-handed grab Sunday night: See also: St. Louis Rams Trick Play Is Fun for Everyone (Unless You're From Seattle) Not only did Beckham make the acrobatic catch, but Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr was called for pass interference on the play. Let's take a look at that again: Yeah, he was practicing for it. How did Beckham reach back over his head and snag a deep ball WITH JUST HIS FINGERTIPS OF ONE HAND?! — Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 24, 2014 Read more... More about Football, Nfl, Entertainment, Videos, and Sports
11/23/2014 8:48:46 PM
Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama’s Immigration Order
Despite drawbacks, some immigrants working in technology said the president’s actions could make work in the United States easier.
New York Times
11/23/2014 8:47:27 PM
Apple's forecast to sell 71.5M iPhones units in Q4, iPhone 6 sales more than double iPhone 6 Plus
On the back of strong seasonal demand, Apple is forecast to ship over 71.5 million iPhones in quarter four, but will see a drop in demand to below 50 million units during the first quarter of 2015, one analyst says.
11/23/2014 8:32:00 PM
Lorde compares meeting Pitbull to meeting President Obama
Not sure we agree with you on this one, Lorde. While prepping for Sunday night's American Music Awards, teen pop queen Lorde met host Pitbull backstage for the first time, and shared a glowing tweet about their interaction. Lorde was so enamored with the Cuban rapper, in fact, that she compared meeting him to what she imagines meeting U.S. President Barack Obama would be like. See also: Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again also i met pitbull backstage, felt this wave of his charisma and loveliness wash over me, probably not dissimilar to meeting the president — Lorde (@lordemusic) November 23, 2014 Read more... More about Twitter, Music, Entertainment, American Music Awards, and Conversations
11/23/2014 8:09:30 PM
Are you stuck in a political bubble? This site aims to help
While many online publishers live and die by page views and uniques, John McIntyre says he has no idea how many people are visiting his RealClear network of sites each month For co-founder McIntyre, a better metric is "core traffic growth," the people who are going to the sites every day. Another focus is "time spent." He claims the average RealClear reader spends more than 10 minutes on the site. While there's no industry standard, Andrew Lipsman, vice-president of marketing and insights at comScore, said the average is in the two- to four-minute range, so "10 would definitely be on the high end." Read more...More about Media, Politics, Forbes, Business, and Real Clear
11/23/2014 8:05:00 PM
Watch Taylor Swift's Theatrical 'Blank Space' Live Debut at AMAs
Taylor Swift kickstarted the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night with a dazzling live debut performance of
's "Blank Space." Swift gave a live recreation of the video, opening the track seated at an elegant dinner table before poisoning her significant other. The scene shifted to Swift burning a rose while a series of...
11/23/2014 8:03:00 PM
This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Fotograf [iPhone; Now...
11/23/2014 8:00:00 PM
Records reveal net neutrality chats between FCC and telecoms
It's no secret that the FCC has at least a few links to the communications companies it's policing. Chairman Tom Wheeler is a former lobbyist, and commissioners have taken industry jobs mere months after leaving office. However, Vice News has...
11/23/2014 7:57:00 PM
Taylor Swift opens AMAs with fiery 'Blank Space' performance
Taylor Swift's American Music Awards performance just went down in flames ... much like her past 10 relationships The biggest singer of the moment opened Sunday's AMAs with a quite literal fiery performance of her hit single "Blank Space," recreating the glamorous music video, complete with magic tricks, boys in suits and costume changes See also: No one dances to Taylor Swift songs in the car harder than Taylor Swift #BlankSpace performance tonight on the #AMAs!!!!!!! It's gonna be crazy.No like, actually crazy. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 23, 2014 She showed us incredible things — including, but not limited to magic, madness, heaven and sin — and oh my god, did you look at her face? OK, we're done now Read more...More about Music, Taylor Swift, American Music Awards, Entertainment, and Tv
11/23/2014 7:33:26 PM
KGI: Apple to sell over 71M iPhones in holiday quarter, followed by sub-50M to start 2015
KGI Research’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the few analyst/firms with a respectable record on Apple forecasts, updated its iPhone sales expectation numbers this weekend for the holiday quarter and Q1 of 2015. Strong iPhone shipments in 4Q14. We forecast overall iPhone shipments will surge 82% QoQ to 71.5mn units in 4Q14, given robust demand for iPhone […]
11/23/2014 7:29:36 PM
Microsoft’s Black Friday Xbox One Deals Will Blow You Away
The Xbox One is about to get $50 cheaper
11/23/2014 7:03:48 PM
Katy Perry slams 'perverted old men' in Australia
Pop star Katy Perry has been having a pretty rough time since arriving in Australia. It all went downhill when she tried to visit Obelisk Beach in Mosman, Sydney on Saturday. As celebrities of this calibre aren't a regular occurrence in Australia, the paparazzi went super mental about Perry taking a dip at the nudist beach See also: Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long? Perry makes it clear that the way they "harass" her is not OK. On Twitter, she tells the "stalkers" where to go, and it isn't pretty. She says the Australian press that they should be ashamed of themselves, tells the paps they have no respect, no integrity, no character and no humanity. Perry is absolutely disgusted by their behaviour, which she describes as "perverted." Read more...More about Sydney, Katy Perry, Music, Us World, and Australia
11/23/2014 7:00:08 PM
Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba
An anonymous reader writes "Writer and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Alva Noe, isn't worried that we will soon be under the rule of shiny metal overlords. He says that currently we can't produce "...machines that exhibit the agency and awareness of an amoeba." He writes at NPR: "One reason I'm not worried about the possibility that we will soon make machines that are smarter than us, is that we haven't managed to make machines until now that are smart at all. Artificial intelligence isn't synthetic intelligence: It's pseudo-intelligence. This really ought to be obvious. Clocks may keep time, but they don't know what time it is. And strictly speaking, it is we who use them to tell time. But the same is true of Watson, the IBM supercomputer that supposedly played Jeopardy! and dominated the human competi
11/23/2014 7:00:00 PM
The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss
Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News Square to accept...
11/23/2014 7:00:00 PM
HandBrake Open Source video transcoder v0.10 released with hundreds of new features including H.265 and VP8 encoding
The developers of Handbrake just announced the 0.10 update to their extremely popular and useful Open Source video transcoding product. Originally focused on ripping DVDs, the product now can be used for transcribing many different types of files/codecs to almost any other. Today’s headliner updates include H.265 and VP8 encoding. The LibAV AAC encoder is now the […]
11/23/2014 6:24:48 PM
Hackaday Links: November 23, 2014
The 2015 Midwest RepRap Festival, a.k.a. the MRRF (pronounced murf) was just announced a few hours ago. It will be held in beautiful Goshen, Indiana. Yes, that’s in the middle of nowhere and you’ll learn to dodge Amish buggies when driving around Goshen, but surprisingly there were 1000 people when we attended last year. We’ll be there again. A few activists in St. Petersburg flushed GPS trackers down the toilet. These trackers were equipped with radios that would send out their position, and
they ended up in the ocean. [Stacy] has been tinkering around with Unity2D and decided … Read more
11/23/2014 6:00:56 PM
Egyptian Cyber Army: The hacker group attacking ISIS propaganda online
There's a new hacking group in cyberspace, and it's going after the Islamic State's online propaganda. Last week, less than 24 hours after ISIS social media accounts posted a threatening message from the group's leader, the audio recording was replaced with a song and its transcript with a logo resembling that of the Egyptian military, accompanied by a writing in Arabic that read "Egyptian Cyber Army." See also: 5 Biggest Computer Viruses of All Time Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's recording had been hacked, and the operation carried all the hallmarks of a group such as the Syrian Electronic Army
A screenshot of the message that replaced the transcript of the Baghadi's message Read more...
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11/23/2014 6:00:08 PM
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW
Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee XVIDA iPhone/iPad...
11/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Sophisticated malware has been spying on computers since 2008
Highly sophisticated malware isn't limited to relatively high-profile sabotage code like Stuxnet -- sometimes, it's designed to fly well under the radar. Symantec has discovered Regin, a very complex trojan that has been spying on everyone from...
11/23/2014 5:58:00 PM
NASA Remasters 20-Year-Old Galileo Photographs of Jupiter's Moon, Europa
An anonymous reader writes with news that NASA has released remastered pictures of Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft. "Scientists have produced a new version of what is perhaps NASA's best view of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa. The mosaic of color images was obtained in the late 1990s by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. This is the first time that NASA is publishing a version of the scene produced using modern image processing techniques. This view of Europa stands out as the color view that shows the largest portion of the moon's surface at the highest resolution. An earlier, lower-resolution version of the view, published in 2001, featured colors that had been strongly enhanced. The new image more closely approximates what the human eye would see. Space imaging enthusiasts have produced their own versions of the view using the publi
11/23/2014 5:46:00 PM
New details on the sequel to the OnePlus One — one of the hottest Android phones of the year
OnePlus, the Chinese tech startup that created the super hard-to-find OnePlus One, is already planning to launch a new phone next year.
11/23/2014 5:30:54 PM
The 3 fitness trackers to look out for on Black Friday
It was a huge year for fitness trackers: not only did we see sleeker, smarter wristband wearables surface from the major players in the space like Fitbit and Jawbone, big tech manufacturers like Samsung and Microsoft threw products into the ever-saturated ring, too. But there's good reason for its popularity — in addition to tracking steps taken, calories burned and your sleep cycle, fitness trackers promote healthy living. They're for true fitness enthusiasts, who want to stay on track when working out or training for races and marathons, but also the casual user who just wants a nudge to get off the couch. There's also typically a social component, allowing you to compete against friends for virtual trophies and bragging rights. Read more...More about Mobile, Health, Gadgets, Fitness, and Jawbone
11/23/2014 5:08:47 PM
Critic’s Notebook: Dragon Age: Inquisition Evokes Interactive Storytelling
Dragon Age: Inquisition shows that sophisticated storytelling in video games has become commonplace even as it remains the most experimental and contentious aspect of the medium.
New York Times
11/23/2014 5:03:33 PM
Everyone wants to reinvent email, workflow: Here's what we really need
The fatal flaw for the latest round of technology to help us collaborate and communicate: We don't need technology to help us communicate. We need to be taught how to communicate.
11/23/2014 5:00:00 PM
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW
Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
11/23/2014 5:00:00 PM
17 Top Executives Share Their Favorite Interview Question
Interview questions like, "What's your biggest strength?" and, "What's you biggest weakness?" aren't as telling as they seem. That's probably why most savvy CEOs and executives steer clear of these cliché queries and instead ask more meaningful ones. In fact, many top execs have their one favorite go-to question that reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate. Some prefer to ask more serious questions, while others believe that silly queries about costumes and the zombie apocalypse, for instance, best uncover an applicant's creativity.
This is an updated article originally written by Alison Griswold and Vivian Giang.
On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?
One of Zappos' core values is to "create fun and a little weirdness," Tony Hsieh, CEO of the company,
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11/23/2014 5:00:00 PM
It’s time to treat push notifications as sacred
This post was originally published on my Medium blog. Once, many years ago, when you purchased your first smartphone, you joined the always-online revolution. Gone were the days of status... Keep reading →
11/23/2014 4:51:55 PM
These Quirky Charts From Warby Parker Will Tell You What You Should Read Next
Warby Parker has found a great deal of success in the eyewear space,
selling more than one million pairs
of glasses as of June 2014.
The startup has established itself as a recognizable lifestyle brand on its way to making high-quality glasses available at a reasonable price point. On its company blog, Warby Parker shares fashion tips, stylized photographs, and fun illustrations. One of the blog's features is a set of book-recommending flowcharts. Like many of the brand's other materials, the charts have clean graphics and a quirky design.
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11/23/2014 4:50:00 PM
Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble
Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his parter Sarah Mick, to launch a direct competitor to Tinder called Bumble, sources tell TechCrunch. According to the app’s Facebook page, Bumble is a social discovery app that “promotes a… Read More
11/23/2014 4:30:21 PM
2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?
theodp writes "The purpose of product placement/product integration/branded entertainment," explains Disney in a job posting, "is to give a brand exposure outside of their traditional media buy." So, one imagines the folks in Disney Marketing must be thrilled that Disney Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa will be featured in the 'signature tutorial' for CSEdWeek's 2014 Hour of Code, which aims to introduce CS to 100 million schoolkids — including a sizable captive audience — in the weeks before Christmas. "Thanks to Disney Interactive," announced Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, "Code.org's signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney's 'Frozen' heroines Anna and Elsa!." Partovi adds, "The girl-power theme of the tutorial is a continuation of our efforts to expand diversity in computer scienc
11/23/2014 4:29:00 PM
GarageBand, Star Walk, Threes and more apps go (RED) until December 7th, all proceeds going to charity
A range of apps have been updated today with limited-time promotions, in aid of the (RED) charity. Apple has participated in the event with an update to GarageBand, offering a limited-edition In-App Purchase that makes over 300 new drum, guitar, synth and bass loops available as an In-App Purchase. All proceeds from the sale of this expansion pack go directly […]
11/23/2014 4:22:04 PM
Tensions mount as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision
Tensions ran high over the weekend, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri, await word on whether a grand jury will indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Anticipating large-scale demonstrations, authorities set up barricades around the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, where the grand jury has been meeting. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside the Ferguson police station See also: Raw City: Inside Ferguson's War at Home Back in riot gear and a line. The cops seemed like they were actually attempting peace for a min there #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/1Ct4F70BCw — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) November 23, 2014 Read more... More about Us World, Us, Ferguson, and Ferguson Protests
11/23/2014 4:20:00 PM
Apple updates GarageBand for iOS with exclusive RED Loop Pack, available for limited time
Apple on Sunday released an update to its GarageBand music authoring app that activates an option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collections of hundreds of new instrument loops, with all proceeds going to charity.
11/23/2014 4:11:00 PM
Mercedes readies pricey Maybach S600
The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 will be the biggest vehicle in the German maker's luxury line-up--and its priciest.
11/23/2014 4:06:00 PM
Here's why 'Too Many Cooks' is tailor-made for the internet
By now, there's a good chance that you've seen or heard about Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks -- an epic, warped internet video that sends up the overly tidy world of '80s and '90s sitcoms. But just why did this video manage to click with so many people?...
11/23/2014 4:05:00 PM
Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long?
There's a famous Billy Joel song called "The Entertainer." In it, the piano man warbles about the perils of the music industry, and having to limit himself to writing radio-friendly tracks. "It was a beautiful song/But it ran too long/If you're gonna have a hit/You gotta make it fit/So they cut it down to 3:05." It's a deft set of lyrics that perfectly sums up the music world's short attention span. In the pop industry, most radio hits typically can't be longer than three to four minutes. Case in point, the top three songs currently on the
Hot 100. For the week of November 22, the reigning trio was Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (3:39 minutes), Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass" (3:08 minutes) and Maroon 5's "Animal" (3:49 minutes) Read more...More about Music, Radio, Features, Pop, and Billboard
11/23/2014 4:03:58 PM
Spending On Native Advertising Is Soaring As Marketers And Digital Media Publishers Realize The Benefits
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By creating advertisements that are in the same format as the content audiences are there to consume, marketers hope to provide a much less disruptive advertising experience. Native ads have also proven effective, drawing higher click rates than traditional banner ads, particularly on mobile devices.
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finds that spending on native ads will reach $7.9 billion this year and grow to $21 billion in 2018, rising from just $4.7 billion in 2013. We are the only research service that has provided a detailed breakdown of spend projections and growth rates for each of the thre
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11/23/2014 4:01:57 PM
New Malware Infecting Telecom, Energy, Airline Industries
A new piece of malware called Regin is spying on people across industries. Why? Researchers aren’t exactly sure
11/23/2014 3:55:54 PM
7 key things you need to know about an accelerator like Techstars
My startup, Final, was lucky enough to take part in this year’s Techstars Boulder program. Along with learning that a diet consisting only of free coffee and Cosmo’s pizza gives your skin a weird tint, here are some key takeaways from my experience with one of the top tech accelerators. 1. Getting into a highly competitive, […]
11/23/2014 3:45:49 PM
Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”
The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals’ privacy has been described as “the new frontier of human rights” by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving an annual lecture on behalf of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the London School of Economics on Friday. Read More
11/23/2014 3:38:17 PM
First Eruption in Almost 20 Years Started at Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands
It has been almost 20 years since Fogo, a shield volcano on the island of the same name in the Cape Verde Islands, erupted. However, it appears that the volcano’s quiet has ended as a new eruption began this morning (November 24). Officials in the Cape Verde Islands has announced evacuations of Cha das Caldeiras […] The post First Eruption in Almost 20 Years Started at Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands appeared first on WIRED.
11/23/2014 3:29:23 PM
Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years
An anonymous reader points out this story at Ars about a new trojan on the scene. Researchers have unearthed highly advanced malware they believe was developed by a wealthy nation-state to spy on a wide range of international targets in diverse industries, including hospitality, energy, airline, and research. Backdoor Regin, as researchers at security firm Symantec are referring to the trojan, bears some resemblance to previously discovered state-sponsored malware, including the espionage trojans known as Flame and Duqu, as well as Stuxnet, the computer worm and trojan that was programmed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. Regin likely required months or years to be completed and contains dozens of individual modules that allowed its operators to tailor the malware to individual targets. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
11/23/2014 3:15:00 PM
Dislike That Computer Engineer Barbie Book? This Tool Lets You Rewrite It
Unless you unplugged your Internet and shut off your phone this week, you’ve probably heard the tale of Computer Engineer Barbie. I won’t spend too much time recapping it, but we cover it in more depth here. The short version: Mattel publishes a “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Barbie book. Seemingly intended to encourage young girls to pursue a career in computer… Read More
11/23/2014 3:04:51 PM
[Sprite_TM]‘s Keyboard Plays Snake
Hackaday Prize judge, hacker extraordinaire, and generally awesome dude [Sprite_TM] spends a lot of time at his computer, and that means a lot of time typing on his keyboard. He recently picked up a board with the latest fad in the world of keyboards, a board with individually addressable LEDs. He took this board to work and a colleague jokingly said, ‘You’ve had this keyboard for 24 hours now, and it has a bunch of LEDs and some arrow keys. I’m disappointed you haven’t got Snake running on it yet.” Thus began the quest to put the one game found … Read more
11/23/2014 3:00:48 PM
Here comes Santa? The truth about year-end rallies
History suggests that stocks are likely to rise into New Year's. But maybe not for the reason you think.
11/23/2014 3:00:00 PM
The truth about Santa rallies
History suggests that stocks are likely to rise into New Year's. But maybe not for the reason you think.
11/23/2014 3:00:00 PM