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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many times have you heard that Lean means minimizing waste? Lean is more than
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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
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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…

iPhone 6 availability may be limited by display manufacturing snag

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is widely expected to be announced early next month, however its initial availability may be constrained, according to a new report from Reuters today. The news agency’s sources reveal that the backlight for the new phone had to be revised after the original, aggressively thin, design was found to not be bright enough. This is said to have put production on hold for parts of June and July and the display manufacturers are now “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for launch.

Reuters reiterates the common expectation that there’ll be two sizes for the iPhone 6, with the smaller 4.7-inch displays having entered mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version. Both are significantly larger than the current 4-inch screen…

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Voice-Based Social Media Platform Bubbly Acquired By Altruist Group

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Bubbly's older interface (left), revamped 3.0 interface (right) Bubbly, the voice-based social media network, has been acquired by India-based Altruist, which provides telecom services in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Bubbly, which was known as Bubble Motion before rebranding last year, raised a total of $39 million, and investors, including Sequoia Capital, Comcast Ventures, Palomar Ventures, JAFCO Asia, NGP,… Read More

Good.co Wants To Put Employees In Good Company

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photo (5) Whether or not we like to admit it, our relationships with our colleagues are among the most significant in our lives. Dealing with their quirks (endearing or otherwise) can take up as much time as actually working. A startup called Good.co wants to make it easier for co-workers to get along by taking research from organizational psychology and distilling it into a series of… Read More

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