Alpine Ships A New 7? CarPlay-Capable Deck, But It’ll Cost You $800

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.11.44 PM Alpine has a new way to get Apple’s CarPlay in your vehicle of choice: The iLX-007. The new aftermarket entertainment deck supports Apple’s in-car software solution, which translates some of the functions of your iPhone into a format more palatable for use on the road, including Maps, Phone, Message, Music and CarPlay-enabled apps like the recently-updated Rdio. CarPlay is… Read More

William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’: looking back at the future

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Every decade, a few pieces of hot technology — augmented reality, drones — make their way into the imaginary future. Whether or not they’re common in real life, they take hold of our imagination so well that we barely question whether they belong in science fiction; they’re sort of always already there, alongside more powerful computers and weirder fashion. Sometimes, we get it right. Often, we get it wrong, or at least right in a way that’s majorly off-base, like the internet that so many people imagined as a virtual copy of the physical world.

It’s tempting to feel embarrassed about this, to worry about looking like naifs, but it’s usually more interesting that way. We’d rather see something that feels right — that feels like some…

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This device tracks every shot fired from a cop’s gun in real-time

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Police shootings have come under heightened scrutiny in the United States lately in the wake of several recent fatal events, including the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. Now a startup company is hoping to track police shootings more closely for both the sake of the officers and the wider public. The company, Yardarm, has developed a sensor that fits in the base of a police officer’s Glock sidearm, which records not only every time the gun is fired, but other potentially revealing information including location, the direction the weapon was pointed when fired, and when exactly it was unholstered. The encrypted data is then sent wirelessly to a mobile app in realtime, where other officers and…

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Microsoft targets Dropbox and Google with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers

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Microsoft is removing its OneDrive storage limits for Office 365 subscribers. If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber then OneDrive storage will be unlimited in the coming months as Microsoft rolls out its changes to every account. OneDrive for Business customers will also get unlimited storage as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 roadmap. While Microsoft’s unlimited OneDrive storage is rolling out to all Office 365 accounts in the coming months, you can opt-in to be upgraded early over at Microsoft’s OneDrive preview site.

The surprise move comes just months after Microsoft gifted 1TB of OneDrive space to Office 365 subscribers. At the time Microsoft also doubled its free space and aimed to beat competition from…

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Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.20.36 PM Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors. In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will… Read More

Microsoft Adds Unlimited OneDrive Storage To All Office 365 Accounts

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 9.56.17 AM This morning, Microsoft announced that all Office 365 accounts will come with unlimited OneDrive storage. Gone are the 1 terabyte caps that were recently introduced. If you pay for Office, your storage is free. It’s a good, if not surprising, move from Microsoft: The company has worked to improve the value profile of its Office 365, productivity-as-a-service offering for some time.… Read More

Windows 93 is your new favorite operating system

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What’s your favorite version of Windows? Windows 8? Vista? 3.1? No. Your new favorite is obviously Windows 93, which never existed but has somehow arisen out of the deepest, darkest pit of the Internet. After the inexplicable PS1 bootup audio lets you know you’ve logged in, you’ll find yourself in a twisted parallel version of Windows 95 that’s seen our future and now hates it — and us. Some of what you’ll click is fun, like the fully functional Cat Explorer. Others, like Poney Jockey, claim to open the gates of hell. Which mostly seems like an idle threat, but you never know. To quote a colleague, “This is like the operating system for the Ninth Gate.” This is almost clearly an art project, but it’s so much more. Dive in if you dare….

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Microsoft’s next version of Outlook for Mac appears in leaked screenshots

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It’s been a long time since Microsoft made a real productivity push on the Mac. OneNote has kept up with the times, but every other app in Microsoft’s Office suite still has “2011” in its name. Thankfully, a new leak suggests that the next big version of Office for OS X could be nearing release. Chinese site CnBeta has published a number of screenshots that reveal Microsoft’s latest Outlook app.

The email client (and its dock icon) are now fully optimized for Retina displays, according to the report, and Outlook also supports Apple’s native pop-up alerts and Notification Center. Microsoft will make cloud syncing and Office 365 an even bigger focus this time around, judging by the screenshots. In terms of design, everything’s a bit…

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“Ethanifier” Lets You Build Your Own Single-Purpose Messaging App Like The Viral Hit “Ethan”

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.35.19 AM Earlier this month, a ridiculous but clever app called Ethan began blowing up on the startup discovery site Product Hunt. The app is a simple creation built by iOS developer Ethan Gliechtenstein, who had previously launched a photo and video app RubCam and a navigation app called Wheretext. The Ethan app, his latest, only does one thing: it lets you text the app’s maker Ethan.… Read More

SwiftStack Raises $16M For Its Enterprise Object Storage Service

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6498610179_f73f9a8dd3_o The open source OpenStack platform is seeing increased adoption in the enterprise and with that, the ecosystem of vendors around the platform is also growing, On the storage side, SwiftStack offers enterprises an OpenStack-based object storage service based on the Swift object storage platform. Today, SwiftStack announced that it has raised a $16 million Series B round led by OpenView… Read More

Removing Uncited References in a Tex File (with R)

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Last week, with @3wen, we were working a the revised version of our work on smoothing densities of spatial processes (with edge correction). Usually, once you have revised the paper, some references were added, others were dropped. But you need to spend some time to check that all references are actually mentioned in the paper. For instance, consider the following compiled tex file:
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OK Go’s video for ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ is a wild ride on robot scooters

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I don’t really like OK Go, honestly. I don’t think I could name four of their songs, but I do remember The Treadmill Video, and The Rube Goldberg Machine Video, and The Video With All The Paint. That’s because OK Go is the true master of the viral music video, the song meant to be watched on YouTube rather than listened to on Spotify. (Is OK Go even on Spotify? I’ve never actually checked. It doesn’t really matter.)

Eventually, it seems likely the band will run out of wild ideas, but its latest video – for “I Won’t Let You Down” — is as ingenious as ever. In classic OK Go style, it’s tightly choreographed and seems to take place in a strange warehouse. This time it’s all set on self-balancing scooters, which the four bandmates ride…

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Following iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Launches, App Marketing Costs Hit An All-Time High

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appstore The successful launches of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the release of Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 8 have impacted the marketing costs associated with gathering downloads for mobile applications, and retaining regular users. According to a new report out this morning from app marketing technology provider Fiksu, the costs associated with retaining a… Read More

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