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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Uber 'disciplines' exec accused of tracking journalist, but offers little detail

The car-hailing service says it has "taken disciplinary actions" against an executive who purportedly used an internal tool to track a reporter's whereabouts. But what those actions are isn't clear.

from CNET


These Dollar Bill Concepts Are Better Than The Real Thing

These Dollar Bill Concepts Are Better Than The Real Thing

While U.S. currency does change a little on occasional, the basic design of the notes has stayed fairly constant: green/black background, a portrait on one side, and a pretty picture on the other. These concepts take that classic design, and turn it on its head.


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Sony Pictures is worried that North Korea hacked its computers

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Steve Jobs awarded 141 new patents since his death

After the late Apple co-founder's death several years ago, Steve Jobs didn't just leave a lasting legacy behind, but he continues to build this legacy posthumously. Since his passing, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Jobs an additional 141 patents, taking the total number to 458. Essentially, Jobs has collected a third of his patents after his passing.

As documented by the MIT Technology Review:

Altogether, a third of the 458 patented inventions and designs credited to Jobs have been approved since he died.

The first patent Jobs won was in 1983 for the Personal Computer. Among his newest patents awarded since his death is the glass cube design for Apple's Manhattan store.

Citing Florian Mueller, the publication noted that many of the patents that were awarded to Jobs are rooted in design:

He notes that many of Jobs's patents are on designs—like the look and feel of the iPhone—not on more substantial technical advances.

Source: MIT Technology Review

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These smart earplugs block noise, but keep your smartphone alerts

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What’s inside a fitness tracker, anyway?

From accelerometers to UV light sensors and GPS systems, today’s fitness bracelets are like miniature laboratories on your wrist. Here’s how they gather data about your body – and translate it into real-world advice.

The post What’s inside a fitness tracker, anyway? appeared first on Digital Trends.

from Digital Trends


iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

Sometimes I'm having a conversation on iMessage and the person — or one of the people in a group — I'm conversing with says something so funny, so profound, so touching, or so important I just want to favorite it so they'll know, and so that I'll be able to find it again in the future when I want or need to see it again. Right now, I can't. But maybe iOS 9 could change that?

It's become something of a joke in my regular conversations — we'll resign ourselves to sending a star emoji. It conveys the symbolism of a favorite, if very loudly, and the frustration that the feature doesn't yet exist, but it doesn't help us find the messages later. (Search in Messages isn't quite what it should be yet either...)

By adding a "favorite" feature to iOS 9, we could send those subtle, social signals Twitter favs and Facebook likes send, we could tell the people we're conversing with that we've not only "read" what they've sent us, but enjoyed or appreciated it. And we could go back and find their messages again.

Apple already has mechanisms for interacting with messages. A long tap brings up a contextual menu. Adding "Favorite" or "Like" to that menu could work. iOS 8 also added in-line controls. Tapping the small text below an image can override the 2 minute auto-delete. Perhaps a star or thumbs-up glyph could live there.

Either way, a list of favorited messages for each conversation could then live in that conversation's Details view, like location and attachments do now. A full list of all favorited messages could also live beside the compose button in the main Messages list view, likewise with a star or thumbs-up glyph.

Best of all, they could sync across devices, so you could quickly find them again, whether you're on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Just like Apple's done with favorites in the Photos app.

It may seem like a small thing. Even a silly thing. But messaging is important. Messages are important. And it's sometimes the small things, even the silly things, that make them all the more so.

Apple knows that. They just improved the group, instant, and ephemeral components of Messages in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The Apple Watch will even let us send taps and sketches and heartbeats.

Here's hoping iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 let us favorite in Messages as well.


from iMore - The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog


What's The Best Easter Egg On The Internet?

What's The Best Easter Egg On The Internet?

The Easter egg as a concept can be dated back to rich aristocrats hiding things inside priceless jewellry. But in the modern age, you're far more likely to encounter one when you Konami-code a website, or made some odd menu choices in a game.


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2001: un remix

Reconozcamos que este curioso remix de 2001 del videoremixer Eclectic Method (Jonny Wilson) tiene su aquel. En sus propias palabras:

He necesitado que llegara el año 2014 para hacer un remix de 2001, pero con su relanzamiento en los cines británicos he pensado que sería lo apropiado. La remezcla contiene prácticamente todas las predicciones científicas de la película junto con sonidos de sintetizadores en plan futurista. Muchas de las cosas que Stanley Kubrick y Arthur C. Clarke predijeron han pasado a la historia: portátiles con pantallas táctiles, videoteléfonos, estaciones espaciales, sistemas de entretenimiento abordo o los ordenadores ganando a los humanos al ajedrez. Aunque hasta ahora Siri no ha llegado a apagar los sistemas de soporte vital de nadie.

Se puede incluso descargar la canción en la web de Eclectic Methor en Tumblr: 2001: A Remix.

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