Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 8.21.14 PM Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1.
Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

Life with the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

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Earlier this year I upgraded to the new Yoga 2 Pro, an Ultrabook with pretty typical specifications. The screen is one of the key differentiators with a QHD+ 3200×1800 resolution, four times the pixels of the original Yoga. After using the laptop for many months now, it’s a very interesting experience, as the flexible chassis works as both a traditional laptop or a touch input tablet. Read on to find out what it’s like living with the Yoga 2 Pro, and how it measure up in our suite of benchmarks.

Coffee and Productivity

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On Twitter, I was asked if there were serious research papers published on coffee consumption and labour productivity.
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I was asked if there were serious research papers published on coffee consumption and labour productivity. There are some papers on coffee breaks and productivity, e.g. Productivity Through Coffee Breaks, but I could…

Hollywood joins forces with Kodak to keep movie film alive

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After lobbying by directors including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and JJ Abrams, movie studios are negotiating a deal with Kodak that would secure the company’s ability to keep producing motion picture film. The Wall Street Journal reports that the agreement is likely to see studios commit to buying from Kodak in set quantities for upcoming years regardless of their plans to actually shoot movies in the format. Kodak is now the sole major provider of movie film following Fujifilm’s exit from the market in 2013.

The rise of professional digital cinema cameras from the likes of Arri and RED have hastened Kodak’s predicament; the WSJ says sales have fallen 96 percent over the past eight years. But many in the industry hold strong…

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Here is the memo Comcast sent to employees after the ‘rep from hell’ call went viral

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It’s now been two weeks since AOL executive and former Comcast subscriber Ryan Block published a recording of his insane dialogue with an overly persistent customer service representative, and we finally have the memo that the company sent out immediately afterward.

“Recently, an unfavorable phone call into Comcast has been circulating on the Internet,” the memo says. “If you receive a call from the media regarding this incident, please refer to the Media Inquiry Policy to transfer them to your local media contact.”

SPECIAL BULLETIN: Customer Interaction Policy Reminder

Comcast is committed to delivering outstanding service to each and every customer. It is our goal to ensure that each customer with whom we interact has a quality…

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Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.10.42 PM Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with how content moves across the network of an ISP, but instead focus on how it gets onto the network. In short, Netflix customers… Read More

Facebook to close up shop on its digital gift card service

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If you want to buy your friend a gift card to go stuff themselves at Chilis, you’re going to have to do it somewhere else than Facebook soon. The social network today said it’s shuttering its gifts service, which let people buy gift cards in the form of digital codes. That was instead of simply leaving the equivalent of the high school yearbook “have a great summer” message scrawled out on people’s walls on their special day of birth, and on other special occasions.

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform

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fb-gifts-rip Facebook wants to help other businesses sell things, so it’s done selling its own. Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes. Facebook tells me no layoffs will occur, and most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives it’s concentrating on. Those include the Buy button for making… Read More

Martha Stewart writes a love letter to drones in ‘Time’ magazine

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We have been dutifully chronicling the particular technological habits of Martha Stewart — yes, that Martha Stewart, lifestyle magazine magnate and convicted obstructor of justice —  for some time now, including her self-described “beautiful” personal drone. But even we could not have imagined the true, poetic depths of Martha Stewart’s appreciation for unmanned aerial vehicles, at least until today. In an 800-plus-word ode published in Time magazine, Stewart reveals the backstory of her introduction to drones (a “meet cute” on a beach in Maine on her birthday, naturally), and expresses her admiration of how great architects of the past were able to build things without drone aerial photography.

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Amazon finally explains what it wants from Hachette: lower ebook prices

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Amazon is finally providing some explanation for its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette, explaining that it’s taken issue over Hachette’s insistence on pricing ebooks above $9.99. In a note today, Amazon explains that it’s not actually looking for a particularly large share of the revenue on ebook sales: it’s only interested in taking 30 percent, a fairly standard figure for digital store sales and the same figure that it says Hachette proposed in 2010. Instead, the change Amazon wants to see is for most ebooks to sell for $9.99 or less, with only a “small number of specialized titles” being offered at prices above that.

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Netflix is now also paying AT&T to improve streaming quality

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Netflix has signed another interconnection deal with another ISP: AT&T. The two sides have reached an agreement that should over time result in better streaming performance for Netflix subscribers. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, so we don’t know how much Netflix paid for direct access to AT&T’s network. But it’s likely modeled after similar deals Netflix reached with Comcast and Verizon earlier in the year. Mashable first reported the new agreement between Netflix and AT&T.

Unbeknownst to customers, Netflix and AT&T actually came to an interconnection agreement back in May. But the company is only now “beginning to turn up the connections,” a spokesperson told The Washington Post. That process will be completed within a…

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Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

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eventbrite We’re thrilled to announce that Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2014 — the tickets for which are sold by Eventbrite, natch. Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t when they paired up with Renaud Visage to start the incredibly popular self-service ticketing company that lets users… Read More

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