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14 fascinating facts about Apple's iPhone

In photos: Tour Target's new Internet of Things concept store | Redditors: Can you grow up and not destroy your site?

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14 fascinating facts about Apple's iPhone
Eight years since its debut, Apple's iPhone has changed and conquered the smartphone market. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about the iPhone. Read More

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Shaping the "We Economy"
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In photos: Tour Target's new Internet of Things concept store
Welcome to the Target Open Home storeImage by Fredric PaulLast week Target opened its Open Home concept store right next to the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, home to many high-profile tech conferences. The 3,500-square-foot space sits below a City Target store, in the Metreon shopping and entertainment complex—the same building where Sony and Microsoft once hosted their own technology concept stores (long since closed). One Target exec described the installation as "part retail store, part learning lab, part meeting space," and there are plans to devote Thursday evenings for smart home events in the space, Target says, from tech talks and meet-ups to product demos and product launches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Redditors: Can you grow up and not destroy your site?
Reddit's newly reminted CEO Steve Huffman has laid out a list of new rules designed to hopefully bring some order to the unruly site and quell the rebellion that forced interim CEO Ellen Pao out a few weeks ago.The new changes are designed to deal with the vicious harassment and vitriol from certain groups that have not only spilled over into the rest of the Internet, but offline as well. The new rules move spam, doxxing, hate speech and "sexually suggestive posts featuring minors" off of any public-facing pages.That they are even keeping these pages in any capacity is remarkable.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

For Windows 10 Home users, Windows Update is mandatory
Insiders poking around with what is presumed to be the RTM code of Windows 10 have made an interesting discovery. Windows Update can't be disabled in Windows 10 Home Edition, and in agreeing to the license terms, users agree to allow Microsoft to install updates automatically. This is the direct opposite of Windows 10 Business Edition, where people can delay updates. But whereas the business edition has a reason for allowing the delays – to test patches so they don't break custom software – the reasoning for the mandatory patch installs is not so clear.The EULA text in question reads:      The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

What if the Apple Watch really is a flop?
Last week saw the emergence of reports from Slice Intelligence that sales of the vaunted Apple Watch were down 90% from its launch week, and many commentators rushed to call the device a flop. Like many other people, I don't fully trust the numbers or the analysis behind the stories, but the kerfuffle raises some an interesting question – what if the Apple Watch is a flop?If that's actually true, what would it mean for the future of wearable computing devices? How important would it be for Apple? What effect would it have on makers of other smartwatches and wearable computing devices?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

What to know two weeks ahead of Microsoft's Windows 10 release
If you didn't grab the latest builds of Windows 10 – Build 10162 or Build 10166 – then you will have to wait until launch day because Microsoft is ending beta downloads in advance of launch.Microsoft stopped making builds available as it prepares for the big launch, which will undoubtedly be a bandwidth-crushing event, so it has to test the deployment channels that will be used to deliver the final version. The last thing it wants is for Twitter to be full of reports of slow or no downloads come July 29. Gabe Aul said the following on the Windows Blog:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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So is Internet outrage choosing CEOs now?
For the second time in a year, a CEO has been run out of a company not for poor job performance, being unqualified or failing to execute on a vision, but because the Internet rabble didn't like them.The first case, of course, was Brenden Eich, driven out as CEO of Mozilla not for anything having to do with leadership issues or technical competence, but for daring to have a different political opinion than was acceptable in the Valley.BACKGROUND: Reddit chief Ellen Pao resigns amid vitriol, protests Now it's Ellen Pao, driven out of Reddit by the torch-and-pitchfork crowd for firing a popular employee. Mind you, we don't know why that employee was fired. It could be that she truly deserved it. And her replacement, former CEO Steve Huffman, still hasn't re-hired the terminated person despite Slashdot declaring his "triumphant return."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google becomes an OpenStack sponsor. What is happening in this world?
Google is today announcing that it is signing up to be a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. The OpenStack Foundation is, as the name implies, the governance body for the open-source OpenStack cloud operating system. OpenStack, founded a handful of years ago by Rackspace and NASA, has seen some pretty massive industry support - HP, IBM, and Cisco are three examples of high-profile backers. Add to this mix a massive amount of investment in OpenStack companies and you have a vibrant community. Of course, in recent months some of that vibrancy has abated as significant consolidation has occurred in the OpenStack space - IBM acquired Blue Box, Cisco acquired Piston Cloud and Metacloud, EMC acquired CloudScaling. In the community that once boasted (whether wisely or not is another matter) of its plethora of participants, the number of independents has suddenly dwindled.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

iPhone sales are about to explode
It's a song and dance that's become somewhat of a routine: just as analysts believe iPhone sales are on the verge of peaking, new evidence suggests that the iPhone is about to become more popular than ever.According to a report published on Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, Apple recently asked its suppliers overseas to gear up for a production run of about 85-90 million iPhone units. By way of contrast, Apple during the build-up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release anticipated orders in the 70-75 million unit range. In other words, Apple's iPhone sales during the company's next refresh cycle could skyrocket by upwards of 28%.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Indoor phone positioning might soon be easier, cheaper to deploy
You've probably noticed that a smartphone finds your location significantly better outdoors than in. It's due to the fact that outside the device can take advantage of a constellation of satellites specifically designed to identify positions, with GPS.Inside, it's not so easy.The smartphone has to make do with a patchwork of locating tools, including satellite forecasting, cell towers with databases that know which sector of which base station a phone is using, sensors within the phone to determine direction (such as an accelerometer to tell how fast the phone is moving away from its last fix), and Wi-Fi, among other things.Wi-Fi positioning And it's in positioning via Wi-Fi where some researchers from Spain say that they have made a breakthrough.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple's entry level iPhone 6s will likely be 16GB. Here's why.
For years now, one of the chief complaints about the iPhone, aside from battery issues, was that an entry level 16GB model was simply insufficient in today's market. These days, what with high-res photos and size hungry apps, storage is more of a premium commodity than ever before.The inadequacy of Apple's 16GB iPhone model was made frustratingly clear last year when iOS 8 was released. For many users, iOS 8 was a gargantuan update that was simply too large to download. As a result, many users criticized Apple for valuing a cheaper-to-build device over a more enjoyable user experience.Looking forward to the iPhone 6s, many have been hoping that 2015 is the year Apple will finally drop the 16GB entry level model and replace it with a 32GB model. Unfortunately, a recent leak of photos purporting to be of internal iPhone 6s components point to the fact that 16GB iPhone models aren't going anywhere anytime soon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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High-tech yarn can create energy for wearables
One of the principal flaws with wearable electronics, such as fitness devices, smart wristwatches, and heart-rate monitors, is that they need batteries for power. It makes the tech bulky.That bulk isn't conducive to consumers' acceptance of wearable electronics. People don't like it. But you need power, and quite a lot of it. For wearables to be truly useful, they need to connect in some way to other devices—like smartphones and the Internet—for number-crunching and display.That connectivity, though, is power-hungry. It takes a significant burst of power to broadcast data, particularly over Wi-Fi, and over distance.Designers' choices thus far have been heavy and voluminous batteries, or puny ones that need frequent re-charging or replacement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Is this the Holy Grail? Bitglass gets patent for searchability over encrypted files
The Edward Snowden leaks about widespread governmental surveillance of individuals has led to a huge growth in awareness about encryption. Only a few years ago encryption was a term known only to security staff, conspiracy theorists, and researchers. Today, every man, woman, and their dog has at least some idea about what encryption is and does.But at the same time there have been a few blockers to more widespread adoption of encryption. The rise of cloud-based file sharing has been a boon for collaboration, but in order for that collaboration to be really effective, all parties need to be able to view and search the files they have access to. And in order to search files, they obviously need to be in clear type.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Digital Trust in the IoT Era: 54% of people don't trust security protecting their info
During 2014-2015, an estimated 900 million consumers will have been affected by data breaches. 77% of people surveyed by Accenture are ready to kick passwords and usernames to the curb. Within the next year, 59% of people would like to use a “uniquely encoded chip” in their phone or computer and 58% are ready to give biometrics a try to protect their online security and privacy. Accenture “54% of digital consumers are cautious about the information they share due to lack of confidence in the online security that protects their personal data,” according to the 2015 Accenture digital consumer survey of 24,000 consumers, age “14 to 55+” years, from 24 countries.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Researchers suggest new method to improve Wi-Fi propagation
If you've ever wondered why your Wi-Fi signals are spotty and don't fill buildings adequately, one reason is that the frequencies that are used aren't particularly suited for that purpose. That's despite improving router and antenna design.Wi-Fi generally uses microwave frequencies, at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Those signals don't travel around or penetrate objects very well.UHF Some scientists think that the more substantial, lower-down UHF spectrum, which in this case ranges from 400 MHz to 700 MHz, would be more suitable. Its radio wave is larger so it wraps itself around objects better, for one thing.However, it's not as simple as just switching.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Huddle chases Box, introduces deeper integration with Microsoft Office
It is fascinating watching the various enterprise file-sharing and synchronization (EFSS) vendors dance a complex dance with vendors like Microsoft. While clearly competing with Microsoft's own EFSS solutions, OneDrive, and SharePpint, these solutions also want to support customers who are deeply wedded to Microsoft's office productivity suite, Office. We can see this not-so-subtle dance in action with EFSS vendor Box. The company, which once famously had t-shirts printed with the SharePoint logo changed to "SharePoo," has in recent years gotten far friendlier with Microsoft, with deep integration between its own solution and Microsoft's suite. While competition and criticism might make great press, the reality is that the EFSS vendors' own customers likely use Office and don't look favorably at walled gardens. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Leaked emails show Florida police interested in buying Hacking Team surveillance tech
“Developing the U.S. market. Well done,” reads an email from Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti dated on May 22. That comment was in regards to the Hacking Team meeting with the Florida Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) in Orlando after the police agency expressed an interest in purchasing surveillance malware. MBI is a “a multi-agency task force that covers Orange and Osceola counties” and includes members from DEA, FBI, ICE, Secret Service and other agencies.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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