Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long
 Unlocking a smart phone to run on a different carrier. It seems completely innocuous, right? Something you’d do with a bit of time on your weekend just
This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple’s iWatch Patent, The MBA Sticker Ad, And The Defender
 As the summer presses onward, so do we. A massive Apple patent surfaced this week, giving us our most detailed look yet at the company’s focus for the much-rumored iWatch. And speaking
Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services
 When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December, the company did so with a plan to move beyond just offering cleaning services to its customers. It’s starting to
Google Docs Makes Collaborative Editing Easier For Word Users
 At its I/O developer conference earlier this month, Google announced a major update to its suite of productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. The main feature there was the integration of
Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Apple’s Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones
 Bose has sued Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground,
Greats Brand Sneakers Are Off To The Races Following $1.5M Funding Round
Greats Brand, aspiring to be the Warby Parker of mens’ footwear, has revealed that the company broke $100,000 in sales in June, with a projected $1.6 million run rate for the year. Following a $1.5 million financing round, the shoe
How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later
 Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device
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Vision-Correcting Display Could Free Users From Their Glasses
Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision
What's the Best Way to Use Apache Cordova?
In our latest Ask a Dev video, web developer Alex Wasner discusses using Apache Cordova to create cross-platform applications via web technologiesApache Cordova puts your HTML,
Reports of the iPad's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
The tablet is dead. At least, thats what an array of breathless news reports would have you believe. Yes, its true that tablet sales are on
Amazon Fire Phone: Your Questions, Answered
In June, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the companys first smartphone, the Amazon Fire phone. Now, its finally on saleThe Fire phone is a truly consumer-first
Ranking Hotels by Whether the Wi-Fi Actually Works
Some business travelers may choose their hotels based on promises of free Internet connections, but thats practically useless when the service is spotty and the bandwidth
Special Case Gives Your iPhone Heat Vision
When Boston police found bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, they didnt actually see him. They found
Rumor: iPhone 6 Will Have Two Release Dates
The still-unconfirmed upcoming iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 6, has been expected to debut in two versions, one large and one small. But sources are now
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What type of sharer are you? Understanding your social media personality
This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Whenever I find myself doing research for new social media tips, the studies and resources I find are
Bose files copyright infringement suit against Beats concerning noise canceling technology
With timing that’s, well odd, Bose has filed suit against the almost-owned by Apple, Beats Electronics alleging the company infringes on four of Bose’s patents pertaining to noise canceling for headphones. The suit is seeking financial damages and an injunction. The headphones in
Google sets up a community site to help improve Google Translate
Google today launched a new community site to help improve Google Translate, its free online language translation service. Aimed at language connoisseurs and professional translators, it can be used to rate and compare existing translations, as well as create new
What developers must do to make in-app purchases morally responsible
Mat Peterson is the founder of Shiny Things, a Sydney based app development company building educational apps aligned with educational curriculums. In-app purchases (IAPs)
Now you can turn any speakers into a wireless Spotify music system using an Android device
Spotify just updated its Android app’s Spotify Connect feature to let the app act as a remote to control
Google Docs now turns Microsoft Word tracked changes into Suggested Edits automatically
Microsoft Word is still the world’s go-to application for writing reports, essays and other documents, but
China’s Baidu follows in Google’s footsteps as it reveals it’s working on partial self-dr(...)
Google took the wraps off its self-driving cars in May, and now Baidu — commonly known as China’s
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Urban Airship Aims to Move on From CEO’s Assault Allegations (Memo)
The push notifications company should use the upheaval as an opportunity to become a leader around diversity issues, interim CEO Mike Temple said in an internal memo on Friday.
Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself
The music video site loses money, but the music labels that own it make money. Are they willing to change that to find a buyer?
Code/red: Amazon Prone
Plus, Feathersaurus Rex, Stephen Colbert on wireless charging and HP’s Chubby Checker suit resolved.
Lyft Works Out Deal to Operate in New York City
Lyft on Friday will begin operations in New York City, after reaching an agreement with the state and the taxi and limousine commission.
Three Big Takeaways From Amazon’s Q2 Financial Results
AWS price cuts, blockbuster video spending and more.
Man & Machine: Why Security Needs a Human Touch
mmsworld.com There’s an old saying in information security: Corporate networks and infrastructure should look a lot like an M&M: A hard, crunchy outside and a soft, chewy center. For some time, large organizations have operated under the premise that if
Founders Fund Forms “FF Science” in Search of Startups Tackling Hard Problems
The firm plans to make seed investments in advanced computing, energy, life sciences and nanotech startups.
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Congress passes cellphone unlocking bill, Obama likely to sign it into law
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday allowing consumers to unlock their phones for the purpose of switching carriers. Congress passes cellphone unlocking bill, Obama likely to sign it into law originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of “memory hole” grow
A Canadian court is forcing Google to remove search listings not just for google.ca, but beyond the countrys borders too. The case could lead to more regional censorship practices becoming global.Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as
Bose sues Beats over patents for noise-canceling headphones
Bose just fired a major shot across the bow of Apple-owned headphone-maker Beats, accusing it of infringing on five patents related to noise-reduction.Bose sues Beats over patents for noise-canceling headphones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing
AWS doesnt have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud. AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google
This week in bitcoin: Barry Silbert bets big on bitcoin, even as price falters
The SecondMarket CEO announced his resignation from the position as he focuses on building out a bitcoin business.This week in bitcoin: Barry Silbert bets big on bitcoin, even as price falters originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
Play a Microsoft-made HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan in your browser right now
Microsofts Internet Explorer team released a preview HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan that works on almost every modern device -- from Windows Phone to iPads and desktop computers. Play a Microsoft-made HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan in your
YouTube’s music subscription service could be called MusicKey
YouTube is launching a music subscription service later this year -- and around a dozen domain name registrations suggest that it could be called MusicKey.YouTube’s music subscription service could be called MusicKey originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue
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Internapalooza: Silicon Valley's Weird World of Interns
I saw the massive line of interns long before I could see the venue. The young crowd waiting outside Broadway Studios in San Francisco on Tuesday chatted with friends and checked their phones, eagerly awaiting to get inside.
Amazon Web Services: It's Big, Getting Bigger And Not Slowing Down
Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isnt nearly
StackOverflow Readers Are Not Your Average Web Developers
We knew StackOverflow was different. Turns out its, well, really different.The technical Q&A site looks like your standard Web developer hangout. But according to new data from IEEE Spectrum, its community has some unusual technical tastes. For instance, its readers evince a serious interest
Quantum Computing And The Value Of Storytelling In Science
The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.In Santa Barbara, Microsoft is working on the future of computing. Station
Yammer Co-Founder Leaving Microsoft
Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced he’s leaving Microsoft on Wednesday, tweeting a thank you and goodbye to his “YamFamily.”Microsoft acquired the enterprise social networking and chat tool two years ago, and when it did, Sacks was seen as a potentially transformative
Why Pinterest's Workforce Is The Future Of Tech
Pinterest’s tech department is twice as female as Twitter’s, and more so than the departments at Facebook and Yahoo, the numbers show.On Thursday, Pinterest released its diversity numbers indicating the company’s gender and ethnicity makeup. The release
Google Wants Chromecast's Allure To Rub Off On Its Music Service
Googles Chromecast is one of its most successful consumer products ever. So its only natural that Google would like to hitch another wagon to that star—and right now, that wagon is its streaming-music service, formally known by the awful name
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Why we don't speak up at work
A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job.He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for
The Distance goes tiki
I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing
Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival
Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of
Talking with a UbiDuo
A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area.Most people come up, same hi, chat a bit, buy a book, shake hands,
Crossing Streams
When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS.Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is
One-hit wonder
It’s incredibly hard to trace the success of any business, product, or project down to the skill of the founders. There’s plenty of correlation, but not much causation.That’s a scary thought to a lot of people: What if my success
What Jamis left behind... for us.
A few weeks ago, Jamis Buck, a programmer who had been with us for nine years, asked to meet with me and David. We grabbed a conference room, and I immediately felt something heavy in the air. Jamis told us
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Four short links: 25 July 2014
What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find.talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures.Signals from OSCON —
New scalable solutions for data analysis with R
The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle
Signals from OSCON 2014
Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable.How tiny satellites and fresh imagery
In search of a model for modeling intelligence
An orrery, a runnable model of the solar system that allows us to make predictions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.Editor’s note: this post is part of our Intelligence Matters investigation.In my last post, we
Four short links: 24 July 2014
Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things.First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — Booker
Podcast: Design for how the world should work
Editor’s note: this podcast episode is the first in our new bi-weekly O’Reilly Radar Podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed.As the Internet is increasingly embedded into our physical world, it’s important
OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator
When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years,
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EmoVu Reads Facial Expressions for Better User Experiences
What if you could know exactly what users were feeling when they viewed your content? No pleasantries, just the cold, hard truth: They love it or they hate it. Imagine the possibilities. No
Google Maps Experimenting With New “Explore Nearby” Features
There are reports of enhanced features on select devices running the new Google Maps update. Though still in test phase, screenshot confirmations show that additions are being made to the “Explore Nearby” function. 
Crisp Graphical Rendering Slated for Chrome 37
Chrome has historically used the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) to power text rendering on their Windows browser, a technology that has been around since the original release of Windows in the mid 80s. Chrome 37 for Windows will now
Today in APIs: Google Offers New Drive Security API
Google launches the Drive Audit API for increased cloud service security. The Koch brothers grow a network of libertarian hackers and coders. Plus: a new API for a Bitcoin index, and Putin signs a law that could block Facebook from
Winklevoss twins launch API for their Bitcoin price index
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, tech investors who rose to prominence through their battle with former Harvard classmate and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, are placing huge bets on the virtual currency Bitcoin and this
IG Opens API with IG Labs Initiative
IG, a world leader in CFD, financial spread betting, and forex, has opened up its web API to the public through the IG Labs initiative. Access to the API will allow developers to integrate
Apps Alliance and Intuit Release App Privacy Tool
This article is a company-provided press release and ProgrammableWeb cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements within. If you have questions regarding the information below, please contact the company that issued the press release.
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