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You weren’t hallucinating, it is getting historically hot here on planet Earth.
You weren’t hallucinating, it is getting historically hot here on planet Earth.
Hospice used to be charity work run by religious organizations. Now it’s big business, complete with all-too-predictable horrifying corruption unmasked in an expose by Ben Hallman at Huffington Post.
Two years after she brought Google Glass to the New York Fashion week runway, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has teamed with Google Inc. to launch a line of designer frames for the smart glasses to hang on.
How well the Android app marketplace on Google Play is performing is the subject of a new report from recently expanded app analytics firm App Annie, out today ahead of this week’s Google I/O 2014 developer conference. The report indicates that the past year has been significant for Android app publishers, as Google Play apps, downloads, and revenue have all seen what the firm referred to… Read More
Yahoo has today launched a new smartphone UI experience called Aviate, which is available for Android phones (English speaking only). The idea is that the company can dip their toes in the mobile OS waters without going all-in on anything, as Yahoo works to strengthen its mobile portfolio. Read More
According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, it’s not always necessary to prevent a person with a concussion from falling asleep.
The first few moments of this are quite a surprise. Ralph is a different character in German. I didn’t bother to try and translate.
In his latest segment on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver once again proved he’s the longform storyteller to John Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s daily news writers. Last night, Oliver took on Dr. Mehmet Oz, who last week had to address a Senate committee about the often ludicrous claims he makes to describe unregulated nutritional supplements on his popular show. His critique eventually grew into an indictment of the supplement lobby, which has for 20 years fought against regulation from the FDA despite products like Ephedra killing people. Oliver says he understands the issue, though; there’s only so much an Ivy League-educated physician can tell his captive audience every afternoon, so he necessarily has to (irresponsibly) sell concepts…
Google’s acquisition of Nest wasn’t finalized all that long ago, but it seems that CEO Tony Fadell is already making his way into Mountain View’s highest ranks. A new piece from The Information claims that Fadell Nest’s founder and a former Apple executive who oversaw development of the iPod now “owns” Google’s consumer hardware division. Sundar Pichai reportedly “dismantled almost all of the Android teams hardware initiatives” to lend Fadell more creative freedom with Google’s future products and overall hardware roadmap. Still, it’s not exactly clear how much there was for Pichai to “dismantle” in the first place.
Google itself doesn’t produce much consumer hardware. Other manufacturers build its Nexus smartphones and tablets,…
Aviate, the Android app that caters your home screen to the time of day and where you are, is finally opening its doors to the world. After several months in beta and being acquired by Yahoo, the app is formally launching today with a revamped look, several new features, and a new name: Yahoo Aviate.
Yahoo Aviate is a lot like the app we tested last October. It shows music apps when you’re driving, news and weather apps in the morning, productivity apps while you’re at work, and maybe even a Reddit app right before bed. But with the company’s acquisition came a new focus on daily habits, and on showing actual content instead of apps. Where the Aviate Beta showed news apps when you first turned on your phone in the morning, Yahoo Aviate…
Ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference, which kicks off this Wednesday, Mountain View has opened up sales of its augmented reality wearable goggles, Glass, to people outside the US. Read More
As the company pushes forward on ambitious projects like Fiber and the self-driving car, Google has mounted an equally ambitious lobbying campaign in state capitols to make sure the projects aren’t held up by regulation. A new piece in Politico examines the various lobbying campaigns, which range from shepherding new self-driving provisions in Nevada to beating back anti-Glass driving laws in Illinois and Delaware. The company has also mounted campaigns in Kansas, Texas and Utah to clear any regulatory hurdles that might stand in the way of the project. Google spent more than $3.8 million on lobbying at a federal level, but the state-level initiatives often let the company exercise more power with less scrutiny. In the case of locally…
The Supreme Court reined in the Environmental Protection Agency in a ruling on Monday, but the limitations it imposed were slight and largely allow the agency to continue instating regulations on greenhouse gas emitters. In a long and complex ruling, the court found that one of the ways that the EPA had been regulating large bodies like power plants was illegal namely, it had adjusted the specific language of a law addressing pollutants. However, the agency has other means to apply these regulations in most situations.
Amazon may have denied earlier reports that it would launch a free, advertising-supported TV and music video service, as a departure from Prime Instant Video, but it has at least begun dipping its toe in to the waters of ad-supported TV, it seems. In the most recent example, today’s update of the Amazon Instant Video application on iOS now includes free episodes for selected TV… Read More
Amazon today released its first numbers offering some insight into how many people are streaming music over its new Amazon Prime Music service a little over a week after its launch. Before you ask, I’ll say straight out that par for the course with Amazon, there are no specific sales numbers: “Prime members streamed tens of millions of songs—that’s millions of hours… Read More
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Edward Snowden is on the move: headed Moscow -Havana -[Quito|Caracas]: The Guardian and South China Morning Post report that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot jet heading for Moscow, aiming for Havana, and then, eventually, either Quito, Ecuador, or Havana, Cuba.
Long-haul passengers on British Airways will soon be able to pick between Hollywood blockbusters and footage from a seven-hour Norwegian train ride. Bloomberg reports that the airline plans to show the long, scenic passage from Bergen to Oslo, Norway on select flights. In the future, the company may also incorporate knitting, bird feeding, and walks in the park into its repertoire. “Theres a hypnotic, calming and entertaining quality to Slow TV that is perfect for in-flight entertainment,” says on-board entertainment manager Richard DCruze.
The Google I/O conference is ostensibly meant for developers, but the reality is that there are always important products announced there. Every year we expect big things from the company that has become much more than a search giant. Two years ago we witnessed the wild hijinks of co-founder Sergey Brin leaping out of a zeppelin to demonstrate Google Glass, while last year brought us an array of incremental updates to Googles products and CEO Larry Pages whispered dreams of a private,…
Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile may finally be a thing of the past. After months of careful diplomacy, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is reporting that the last hundred tons of Syria’s stockpile has been loaded onto ships to be shipped to a European site for destruction. In a statement to the press, OPCW hailed the successful elimination of the stockpile as a watershed moment in international relations. “The mission to eliminate Syrias chemical weapons programme has been a major undertaking marked by an extraordinary international cooperation,” said Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW. “Never before has an entire arsenal of a category of weapons of mass destruction been removed from a country…
AnyPerk, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that aims to help companies of all sizes deliver employee perks, is announcing that it has raised $3 million in additional seed funding.
The startup said it already works with 2,500 customers, including TaskRabbit and Lyft (which offers perks to its drivers). While there’s a lot of discussion right now about recruiting top-notch employees… Read More