The Mission District’s Gray Area Incubates Fugue Machine, A Multi-Playhead Sequencer
 Amid all of the angst over whether San Francisco is losing its artists or culture is a small non-profit in the heart of Mission District that bridges the worlds of technology, art
Twitter Opens Up Its Amplify Video Ad Program
 Twitter just announced an expansion of its Amplify ad program that should make it accessible to more publishers and advertisers. Amplify is the company’s two-year-old program for video ads. Initially, it involved
The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market
 After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot”
INNOVATE2016: FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel On Key Issues In 2016
 Data privacy, technological unemployment and the Internet of Things will play an increasingly central role in the upcoming election. Read More
Apple Says Battery Performance Of New iPhone’s A9 Chips Vary Only 2-3%
 Apple has addressed the spate of chatter about differences in performance between A9 chips used in its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. We’ve known for a while that some A9 chips
Wi-Fi Calling Finally Comes To The iPhone For AT&T Customers
 After being promised Wi-Fi calling for over a year by Apple and AT&T…it’s finally here.It’s available for iPhone 6, 6+ and 6S and 6S+ AT&T customers with iOS 9. You’ll have to
Kitten Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printed Wheels
 Cassidy the Kitten was born without hind legs and was left for dead in a forest until he was found and sent to a shelter in Vancouver.
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Semi truck smashes world record with astonishing 166-foot jump
When you go to make a world-record jump in a semi truck, you hope not to underestimate the speed required to make the jump, which sometimes
3 Toyota concept cars that prove the future is now
The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off later this month, bringing with it the debut of some simply staggering motor vehicles. I dare say few will be
Meet your match, drones: This device will stop 'em in their tracks
Drones are filling the skies before our eyes — and not everyone is happy about it.Three British technology firms — Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and
Get your smartphone delivered in 60 minutes in India — or it's free
Many pizza chains offer to delivery within 60 minutes or the pie is free. But in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, a tech company is
Stephen Hawking talks technology, AI and women in his first Reddit AMA
Stephen Hawking, genius that he is, is just like us. He finds The Big Bang Theory hilarious, and his favorite song ever written is Rod Stewarts
Don't call it a 'dislike' button: Facebook Reactions let you respond with emoji
Remember the rumors about Facebook planning a dislike button? Its actually much more than that: Facebook Reactions (the official name of the feature) incorporates a multi-faceted
Volkswagen U.S. CEO: "This company has to bloody learn."
Volkswagens U.S. CEO would like you to know that hes not an engineer. Also, hes very sorry.Testifying in front of the House Energy & Commerce committee
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Here’s what the guys from HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ think about Google Brotli
Three weeks ago, Google announced a new compression algorithm that promises a 26 percent performance upgrade over its previous
You can now change the avatar for your group DMs on Twitter
Further iterating on its Direct Messaging feature, Twitter now lets you change the image associated with a group DM. Rather than
Netflix increases HD subscription to $10 for new users
Netflix’s HD streaming subscription is getting a small price hike: it will now cost $9.99 instead of $8.99. Bloomberg reported on the price
Facebook now has a website dedicated to app design
Designers and developers who want the apps they’re working on to look more like Facebook’s own are in luck. The company now has a
Lyft amps up partnerships to keep drivers happy
Lyft is angling to be the most flexible, benefit-focused ride-sharing platform out there. Their ‘kill them with kindness’ tactic to woo drivers away from competitors
How to do a social media audit
A common challenge for many companies is understanding how their social media efforts are driving results for their business. Often times it’s unclear exactly which social
Mozilla promises to drop NPAPI plugins for Firefox by the end of 2016
By the end of 2016, Mozilla will cut off support for Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plugins. Mozilla says
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Report: Uber Thinks Lyft Might Have Hacked It
Take it with a grain of salt.
Netflix Raises Prices Again — But You May Not Pay More For a While
Your bill monthly bill may jump by $2 a month this spring, or by $1 a month next fall.
We Have Not Yet Reached Peak Wearable
The wearables we’ve seen over the past five years or so are still in the early stages of where wearables can go.
Pinterest Is Localizing Search Because Half of Its Users Live Abroad
To live up to its valuation, Pinterest needs to win big outside the U.S.
MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Staff for the Second Time This Year
The 3-D printing company is also making changes to its leadership team.
Sony Acquires SoftKinetic, Which Can Track Hands For Virtual Reality
Its sort of like having a baby-sized Kinect mounted on your face.
Twitter’s Product Chief Talks Jack Dorsey and 140-Character Limits (Full Video)
Kevin Weil discussed that and a whole lot more during an interview with Kara Swisher at the Code/Mobile conference.
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Phil Libin steps down as Evernote CEO, taps Googler Chris O’Neill
Phil Libin -- the founder and long-time CEO of productivity company Evernote -- has stepped down as CEO, and former Google exec Chris Neill will be taking on the CEO job…
Welcome to the zero-cost operating system era
Microsoft has reversed earlier policies regarding the cost of upgrading to Windows 10, and will make it free to upgrade. Back in March I wrote Microsoft accepts the inevitable, takes first steps…
Homejoy calls it quits, Google scoops tech team
Deep pockets may be an essential element for competing effectively in the exploding on-demand economy. Today, the on-demand cleaning services company Homejoy announced it was closing shop on 31 July, after…
Handicapping On-Demand Market Sectors
The legality of the business model of certain on-demand service companies, like Uber and Homejoy, has led to a cultural debate about the relationship between on-demand workers and the services that…
BitTorrent partners with Onehub to scale up to enterprise file sync-and-share, building on new (...)
BitTorrent has been pushing hard to bring its Sync technology into the very competitive file sync-and-share marketplace (see BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0, and BitTorrent Sync 1.4 is released). The company has announced, today,…
Google takes first steps toward finer-grained access in Google Drive
Google Drive has provided a simple but powerful model for file sharing. The creator of a file can invite others to share it, as readers (read-only access), commenters (read and comment access)…
Microsoft is right: we need new ways to work, but is Gigjam the answer?
Microsoft has demoed a new technology, called Gigjam, an effort to change the way we think about getting work done in an increasingly mobile and connected world. At the Microsoft Worldwide…
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Amazon's Kinesis Firehose Aims To Prevent IoT Overload
Once our homes are kitted out with all manner of smart devices and sensors, where does the growing mass of collected data go to? Enter Kinesis Firehose, one of several services announced by Amazon at its AWS Re:Invent conference in
Amazon To Everyone: You're Toast
To every big-business tech vendor of pretty much any kind, Amazon Web Services has a message for you: Goodbye.At its annual Re:Invent conference, AWS dismantled pretty much every comfortable fallacy that legacy vendors have used to battle the public cloud
Google Introduces Accelerated Mobile Pages To Keep Content On The Web
Both Facebook and Apple believe theyve built a better home for news content on mobile devices—self-contained apps where load times are fast and ads are discreet—but Google isnt going to lie down without a fight.The result is the
The Voice Of The Customer: Are You Listening?
This article is sponsored by Jabil, a US-based, global manufacturing services company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. It reflects the views of the author, not ReadWrites editors.John Van Akkeren is president of Radius Product Development, a Jabil subsidiary. Jabil is a proud
E.U. Strikes Back Over Snowden Leaks, But Blow Hits U.S. Startups
This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein. The technology industry is scrambling to understand how it will continue business in Europe, after
Why (And How) Startups Are Tying Into Amazon's DRS System
Having launched last spring, Amazons Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) may be young, but its growing up fast. In fact, it just took another big step recently: Last week, the company announced a new batch of DRS partners and devices, making for a move that could
Slack Aims To Help Other Apps, Not Compete With Them
At an event in San Francisco Monday evening, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said that his company was going to stay focused on its namesake app, a tool for team collaboration, rather than spinning off a bunch of new apps.Butterfield was
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Why Basecamp?
I’m working on some copy for the new Basecamp 3 marketing site, and I figured I’d share some work in progress here. This needs editing, and it should probably be half as long, but I wanted to share it in
Don’t base your business on a paid app
The App and Play stores have turned out to be exceptionally poor places to run a software product business for most developers. They’re great distribution channels for service makers, like Facebook or Lyft or Basecamp, but they’re terrible places to
A preview of what's new in Basecamp 3
Basecamp 3 is right around the corner. Make sure you get on the list for an early invite.I’m working on a page for the new site called “What’s new in Basecamp 3” and I figured I’d post a draft of
“Sometimes you just have to see it”
“Sometimes you just have to see it to get a feel for it”^ That’s what Jason said to me yesterday right after he pushed some tweaks to a design we’ve been ping ponging on this week.When I read that I
Ancient history, modern family
We have a new episode of The Distance about a family of numismatists and antiquities dealers (listen to the episode to find out what a numismatist does!). As students of history, Harlan Berk and his three children know that circumstances
What’s more important: An extra gig of RAM or 3D Touch?
The hardware engineering and software coordination behind 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S is impressive. It’s such an Apple feature. Executed with exquisite diligence because they control the whole stack. Marvelous.But you know what, it’s not my favorite feature of
QUOTE: The fact that employees are now always reachable…
The fact that employees are now always reachable eliminates what was once a natural barrier of sorts, the idea that work was something that happened during office hours or at the physical office. With no limits, work becomes like a
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Specialized and hybrid data management and processing engines
The 2004 holiday shopping season marked the start of Amazon’s investigation into alternative database technologies that led to the creation of DynamoDB — a key-value storage system that went onto inspire
This is why so many people have an opinion about design
Register now for OSCON EU, October 26 to 28, 2015, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where Tom Greever will present the session Articulating design decisions.The more that I talk to people about
Movement data is going to transform everything
Subscribe to the OReilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come.In this weeks Radar Podcast episode, OReillys Mac Slocum chats
Resolving transactional access and analytic performance trade-offs
Subscribe to the OReilly Data Show Podcast to explore the opportunities and techniques driving big data and data science.In recent months, Ive been hearing about hybrid systems designed to handle different
Four short links: 8 October 2015
The Mystery Machine (A Paper a Day) -- rundown of Facebooks Mystery Machine, which can measure end-to-end performance from the initiation of a page load in a web browser, all the way through the server-side infrastructure, and back out to
Boost your career with new levels of automation
As sysadmins we have been responsible for running applications for decades. We have done everything to meet demanding SLAs including automating all the things and even trading sleep cycles to recuse
Understanding the rules of critique
This excerpt was co-authored by Aaron Irizarry.Register now for the OReilly Design Conference, which will be held January 19-22, 2016, in San Francisco. Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry will present the session, Discuss design without losing your mind. Editors note:
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How to Take Advantage of Existing Linked Data Networks
There’s perhaps no hotter buzzword in our industry—and therefore no hotter hashtag—than big data. Not just big data, there’s open data versus proprietary data and then there’s Linked Data which makes up the Semantic Web or Web 3.0 which is
​Cisco to Use API to Distribute Detailed Security Vulnerability Advisories
Going forward, the companys Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), which is responsible for responding to security threats affecting Cisco products, will include more detailed information about vulnerabilities in its advisories.
How to Profit From Free and Open APIs
Open data is free. So you’re just wasting your time building something on top of something free, right? Why would someone pay for it? Wrong! There are a lot of flaws found within a lot of the free data scattered
Daily API RoundUp: Google Search Analytics, Gnip Search, Pandexio, MapFruition
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
Facebook Introduces New Broadcast APIs to Boost Second Screen Engagement
Facebook announced a number of new tools that broadcasters can utilize to engage with their audience via Facebook. The tools are largely API-driven and focus on interacting with an audience that watches a particular
Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Billing, Periscope.io, ClearBlade
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
RAML 1.0 Candidate Specification Announced
The RAML Workgroup has announced plans for RAML 1.0 Final Candidate to be published at the end of this month. RAML stands for RESTful API Modeling Language and is one of several API description specifications than can be used to
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