Digital credit card replacement Coin is almost ready to swipe

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Since digital card holder Coin was announced last November, the team behind it has done a lot of thinking. To battle fraud, they’ve implemented an optional morse code unlocking system. To help manufacture the more than 20,000 Coins pre-ordered, the company poached Apple’s iPhone supply chain guy. To improve Coin’s two-year battery life, the device’s magnetic strip now only turns on at the millisecond it’s being swiped. Coin even hired two outside security firms to audit their entire operation from the inside out, and built a system that could allow each Coin to send a unique code string to verify every transaction, which would “obliterate” fraud, says founder Kanishk Parashar.

But Coin is far from finished. As of today, the device only…

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Yes, you can definitely find out what your friends are posting on Secret

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Your secret posts may not be as secret as you think. A new report from Wired reveals a new attack on the service, allowing researchers to reveal all the posts written by a given author. The attack is simple: researchers at Rhino Security created a network of dummy accounts and left the target’s email as the only real name in their contact list. From afar, it looked like they had a big group of friends, so Secret let them use the app normally, but really it was one real person surrounded by dummies. Since there was only one real account, they could conclude that any posts that showed up were written by the target. The result is a full list of your favorite friend’s Secret posts, all indelibly tied to his or her name.

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‘The Simpsons’ jumped the shark in one of its best episodes

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The Verge community — that’s you — is currently helping us review every episode of The Simpsons. We’ve also asked several Vox staffers to contribute their thoughts on the show’s legacy.

The Simpsons jumped the shark in one of my favorite episodes.

Jumping the shark, for those who don’t traffic in pop culture shorthand, is the moment in a television show when it begins its decline in quality. The term is named after the notorious episode of Happy Days in which Arthur Fonzarelli literally jumps a shark. The original Happy Days episode lands at the beginning of its fifth season and is followed by a whopping seven more seasons. At this point in the show, Happy Days isn’t crappy, it’s at its peak.

In this episode, Fonzie is the coolest…

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Amazon Reopens Its AWS Loft In San Francisco

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PopupLoft3 Earlier this year, Amazon opened a space for developers in San Francisco to come and talk to AWS engineers, get training, network or simply hang out. This “Pop-up Loft” was open for four weeks in June. Today, the company announced that it is re-opening the space this Fall after tweaking the concept a bit to “make it even more valuable for you.” Back in June, Amazon… Read More

Secret Update Removes Photo Library Access As It Faces Renewed Claims It Isn’t So Anonymous

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secret-poll Secret has a new update out for Android, with an iOS equivalent arriving sometime next week. The app changes include the addition of Flickr image search, which requires the “exchange” of the ability to use pics from your photo library, in a move clearly designed to limit users from sharing potentially damaging pics of people they know. You can still take a pic on the fly and share… Read More

Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers

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image Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both display ads from Amazon as well as other “high-quality” advertisers. The program is currently in a pilot testing period –… Read More

Samsung couldn’t resist turning the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into an ad

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It had to be done. Some unscrupulous marketer was always going to try and capitalize on the global popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge — whose goal is to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — as a cheap ploy to sell you more stuff. In this case, it’s Samsung, whose Galaxy S5 shows off its water-resistant design by taking a cold shower and calling out the iPhone 5S, HTC’s One M8, and the Lumia 930 to try and do the same. Oddly enough, the waterproof Xperia Z2 doesn’t seem to make Samsung’s list.

Samsung has made a “generous” contribution to a UK organization fighting the same disease as the ALS Association, but the video itself is a pure commercial for the phone, leaving out any mention of or encouragement to…

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Microsoft reportedly testing 24-hour game trials on Xbox One

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Xbox One owners may soon be able to try out games for an entire day. A Redditor taking part in Microsoft’s preview program has posted an image revealing the so-far unannounced “Free Play Day with Gold” feature. As with most good things on Microsoft’s console, the name suggests you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access 24-hour demos. It’s hard to imagine that each and every forthcoming Xbox One title will be supported; that’d take an awful lot of generosity on the part of publishers.

But even if only a small crop of titles are offered, the opportunity to sample a game for a full day would be a great differentiator between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In the previous console generation, Sony offered hour-long trials to its…

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Pandora is better than most tech companies at hiring women

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Pandora joined the growing list of tech companies releasing figures on employee diversity this week, and it’s one of the few companies that’s actually looking kind of good in some ways. Overall, the company has a very nearly even split of male and female employees (50.8 percent men to 49.2 percent women), whereas other companies have employed far more men — the ratio at both Apple and Twitter is 70/30. Pandora’s figures are dramatically different when you turn to tech positions, however. There, women only account for 17.9 percent of the roles, which is about as bad as everyone else. Leadership roles are better, but still predominantly male, with women only holding 38.8 percent of the roles.

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Maximize your Customer Value – Think Lean, Go Lean and Stay Lean

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How
many times have you heard that Lean means minimizing waste? Lean is more than
just minimizing waste. Lean is to
maximize the customer value while minimizing waste.A
popular misconception of Lean is that it is suited only for manufacturing. This
is absolutely not true. Lean can be applied to any process and in all kinds of
business.
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Quick HDF5 with Pandas

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HDF5 is a format designed to store large numerical arrays of homogenous type. It cames particularly handy when you need to organize your data models in a hierarchical fashion and you also need a fast way to retrieve the data. Pandas implements a quick and intuitive interface for this format and in this post will shortly introduce how it works.

We can create a HDF5 file using the HDFStore class…

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