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Google: Project Glass Now Ready To Ship

redletterdave Punctuation's a bitch (1 comments)

I see Slashdot's mobile app doesn't take punctuation too well.

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Apple Execs Discuss A $400 iWatch

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  2 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple’s various executives have reportedly discussed a $400 price point for its wearable device, possibly called 'iWatch' or 'iBand,' which is expected to debut at the company's Sept. 9 event — although the price may not be announced at that time. A $400 price point would certainly fall into the high-end range for current wearable devices, but sources close to the company say 'consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions.'"
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  4 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Microsoft announced on its Windows blog Wednesday that it’s removed more than 1,500 apps from its Windows Store in a bid to clean up the store and restore trust with Windows 8 and Windows Phone users. Microsoft’s new certification process, in particular, asks for clear and accurate names that 'reflect the functionality of the app,' more accurate categories, and differentiated icons to ensure apps aren’t confused with one another. Microsoft reached out to developers with apps that violated its policies; some agreed to make changes to their software, while those who were 'less receptive' saw their apps removed from the Windows Store."
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This Company Just Raised $6 Million To Build A Beeper

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a week ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Remember beepers? Those little clip-on electronics that allowed you to communicate with others without using a telephone? Well OnBeep, a San Francisco startup, just raised $6.25 million to make a dedicated piece of hardware so groups can talk to one another with the press of a button without having to fiddle with a smartphone. In other words, they're making a beeper."
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would 'be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season.' It turns out Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford’s Business School, told Business Insider that Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called 'TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.' As for the spring semester, Ballmer will head to Los Angeles — closer to where his Clippers will be playing — and teach a course at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. We reached out to the Marshall School, which declined to offer more details about Ballmer’s class."
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Fans Petition Nintendo For A Chinese Language Pokemon Game

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Nintendo has never released a Pokémon game in Chinese. This is a bit of a surprise because Pokémon is Nintendo's second-most lucrative franchise after Mario, has been around for almost 20 years now. It's even more surprising since Nintendo doesn't ignore the Chinese market. Nintendo has released China-specific DS and 3DS handheld consoles in the country, under the company’s 'iQue' brand, but the Kyoto, Japan-based company has never offered Chinese language support in any of its Pokémon games. Fans are looking to change that: According to SCMP, nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition (English version here) calling for Nintendo to translate its latest series, Pokemon X and Y, into Chinese."
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Robin Williams Will Be Honored In 'World Of Warcraft,' One Of His Favorite Games

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Thousands of fans quickly responded to a petition asking game developer Activision-Blizzard to insert Robin Williams into one of his favorite video games, 'World of Warcraft.' In less than 16 hours, organizer Jacob Holgate found 10,000+ fans to sign his petition, and the company responded in kind: “World of Warcraft” technical game designer Chadd Nervig responded to Holgate on Twitter: 'Yes. We're taking care of it.' Many have expressed a Robin Williams NPC to perform some of the late comedian's best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, 'so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing.'"
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'The Best Technology Reviewer On The Planet' Is Only 20 Years Old

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Marques Brownlee is just 20 years old, but there’s arguably no one better on the internet when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer. Even former Google VP Vic Gundotra called him 'the best technology reviewer on the planet right now.' YouTubers have taken notice of the young man: Brownlee's YouTube channel 'MKBHD' has more than 1.5 million subscribers and nearly 130 million total views on his 640+ videos. Still, he’s no overnight success: Brownlee has been working tirelessly for over five years, honing his craft by constantly producing and self-critiquing his videos to make the next ones easier to both make and watch."
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Nintendo posted its third loss in four quarters on Wednesday. Even though Mario Kart 8, its big first-party game released in May, shipped more than 2.82 million copies by the end of June, the Mario-themed racing game was not enough to help Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console perform in this particular quarter. The company said it lost $97 million between March and June. Nintendo shipped 510,000 units of the Wii U in the June quarter, bringing the total to 6.68 million consoles sold — it’s a big jump from the 160,000 units it sold in the same quarter a year ago and a small improvement over the 310,000 units it sold in the March quarter. Still, the Wii U is still lagging behind the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo must also contend with mobile games available on Apple and Google’s app stores, which cost but a fraction of a Nintendo game."
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An Apple Support Page Hinted At A New Macs — Then The Listings Were Remove

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "An Apple support page for installing Microsoft Windows using Boot Camp was discovered to have two listings for a 'mid 2014 Mac mini' and a 'mid 2014 27-inch iMac,' even though neither computer has been announced by Apple. The Apple support page has since been changed to remove those listings. According to the webpage, the site was last modified Tuesday, when the first reports of this listing were publicized by several prominent Apple blogs. The Mac mini is long overdue for a refresh, as it was last updated in October 2012. The 27-inch iMac was only released 16 months ago, which means Apple may upgrade the computer’s internals without redesigning the externals."
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr., 24, allegedly scammed Apple not once, but 42 times, cheating the company out of more than $300,000 — and his scam was breathtakingly simple. According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn’t really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits, which is normally provided by credit card issuers to create a record of the credit or debit override. But that’s the problem with this system: as long as the number of digits is correct, the override code itself doesn’t matter."
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This Math Explains Why The Next iPhone Will Launch September 12

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "In 2012, Apple introduced iOS 6 on June 11, and released the mobile operating system on Wednesday, Sept. 19 — exactly 100 days after its unveiling. The iPhone 5 launched two days later on Friday, Sept. 21. Last year, Apple unveiled iOS 7 on June 10, and released it on Sept. 18 — again, a Wednesday, and again, exactly 100 days after the unveiling. The iPhone 5S and 5C launched two days later on Friday, Sept. 20. This year, Apple unveiled iOS 8 on June 2. If the company wants to go 3-for-3 on its 100-day window between the public unveiling and launch dates, we may see iOS 8 launch on Wednesday, Sept. 10, which is, you guessed it, 100 days after it was unveiled at WWDC. And if Apple releases the new iPhone two days after iOS 8, as it’s done in the past, we may see the iPhone 6 release that Friday, Sept. 12."
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This Gadget Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast, And It's A Serious Issue

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month and a half ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Dan Petro, a security analyst for the Bishop Fox IT consulting firm, built a proof of concept device that’s able to hack into any Google Chromecasts nearby to project Rick Astley’s 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' or any other video a prankster might choose. The 'Rickmote,' which is built on top of the $35 Raspberry Pi single board computer, finds a local Chromecast device, boots it off the network, and then takes over the screen with multimedia of one’s choosing. But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there’s no way to regain control of the Chromecast. Unfortunately for Google, this is a rather serious issue with the Chromecast device that’s not too easy to fix, as the configuration process is an essential part of the Chromecast experience."
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Microsoft's CEO Blasted Google X, And He's Right On The Money

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month and a half ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella offered an interesting answer when asked if his company could learn a thing or two from Google and its experimental X Labs that build the company’s 'moonshot' projects like Glass and the self-driving car: 'Always a lot to learn from people who market themselves well,' he said. Nadella’s comment may come across as subtle gamesmanship, but he’s also right. So far, Google’s Sergey Brin has done an excellent job drumming up hype for his company's semi-secret lab since 2010, but all of its current projects are in their infancy stages — in other words, nothing from Google X is ready for the public just yet."
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Apple Gets Its First Batch Of iPhone Chips From TSMC

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s biggest chip maker by revenue, has shipped its first batch of microprocessors to Apple as the iPhone maker looks to diversify its overseas suppliers. Apple will continue to rely on Samsung for its microprocessors, but as the rivalry between Apple and Samsung heats up in the mobile and soon wearable arenas, the deal with TSMC allows Apple to be less reliant on Samsung and therefore have more leverage with respect to price negotiations for future chips, as TSMC has supplanted Samsung Electronics as Apple’s chief chipmaker for iPhones and iPads. Since 2011, Apple has been striking deals with other display and chip makers around Asia to reduce its dependence on Samsung. As a result of this slowdown in sales, Samsung on Monday announced operating income for its fiscal second quarter had sunk to a two-year low, blaming “weak” sales of low- and medium-end smartphones, strong competition and subpar demand."
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Tor Gets Sued Over A Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Tor has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free encrypted communications service. The plaintiff in the case — Shelby Conklin, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas — alleges a revenge porn site called Pinkmeth 'gained unauthorized access to nude photographs' she owned and posted them to the internet. She also said Tor, which The Economist once called 'a dark corner of the web,' was involved in an active 'civil conspiracy' with Pinkmeth because the revenge porn website used the anonymous communications service to prevent others from tracking its location."
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Foxconn To Begin Replacing Workers With Robots

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "The largest private employer in all of China and one of the biggest supply chain manufacturers in the world, Foxconn announced it will soon start using robots to help assemble devices at its several sprawling factories across China. Apple, one of Foxconn’s biggest partners to help assemble its iPhones, iPads, will be the first company to use the new service. Foxconn said its new 'Foxbots' will cost roughly $20,000 to $25,000 to make, but individually be able to build an average of 30,000 devices. According to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, the company will deploy 10,000 robots to its factories before expanding the rollout any further. He said the robots are currently in their 'final testing phase.'"
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than A New York City Taxi

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Uber announced in a blog post on Monday it would cut the prices of its UberX service in New York City by 20% — but it’s only for a limited time. Uber says this makes it cheaper to use UberX than taking a taxi. Consumers like Uber’s aggressive pricing strategy but competitors — and some of its own drivers — are not as happy."
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Perfectly-Cooked Toast Is The Best Invention Since Sliced Bread

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "121 years after the first bread toaster arrived, one company has finally figured out how to make a smarter toaster that will never burn your bread. UK-based Dualit worked with Imperial College to create an algorithm that “calculates each variable in the toaster, from room and toaster temperature to how many slices it has toasted or how long it has to cool” to create perfectly light-brown toast without needing adjust dials every time you use the device. That said, the Dualit toasters still offer a setting for how you like your bread toasted, but if you set it to a certain setting, regardless of how many times you use the toaster, the bread will come out toasted the exact same way every time."
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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'We Never Meant To Upset You'

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company’s massive secret experiment designed to purposefully manipulate the emotions of its users was communicated 'poorly.' Sandberg's public comments, which were the first from any Facebook executive following the discovery of the one-week psychological study, were made while attending a meeting with small businesses in India that advertise on Facebook. 'This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was,” Sandberg said. 'It was poorly communicated. And for that communication we apologize. We never meant to upset you.'"
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To The Next Level

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple is one of the biggest headphones makers in the world thanks to those signature white earbuds that have shipped with every iPod, iPhone, and iPad since 2001. But even two years after earbuds became 'EarPods,' the design could still be improved — and competitors are taking notice. Amazon recently unveiled a new pair of in-ear headphones that are magnetic, tangle-free and $5 cheaper than Apple’s $30 EarPods, while smaller startups are promoting their own wireless and customizable 3D-printed earbuds. But Apple has an ace up its sleeve, in the form of patents for a set of headphones with 'one or more integrated physiological sensors' designed to help users keep track of their body stats."
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