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Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online (Molly Wood/New York Times)

(9 minutes ago)
Molly Wood / New York Times:Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online  —  AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun.  —  The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.

Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

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mwagner writes: Skynet is coming. But not like in the movie: The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. The articles predicts this technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. The author predicts a timescale of roughly 20 years — the same amount of time between Arthur C. Clarke predicting geosynchronous satellites and their reality as a commercial business. "Several important technology milestones need to be reached along the way. The drones that will make up Skynet have a lot more in common with satellites than the flippy-flappy helicopter drone thingies that the popular press is fixated on right now. They're really effing BIG, for one thing. And, like satellites, they go up, and stay up, pretty much indefinitely. For that to happen, we need two things: lighter, higher-capacity wireless gear; and reliable, hyper-efficient solar tech." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon home with virtual reality

(9 minutes ago)
Google's Lunar Xprize is still alive and well, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have the $30 million answer to beaming video from the moon: a telepresence robot. Naturally. Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moon's...

Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times (Jonathan Vanian/Gigaom)

(45 minutes ago)
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times  —  Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button.  An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop.  —  Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …

Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder

(51 minutes ago)
The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it's not -- it's a Raspberry Pi-powered Spotify speaker with NFC-based playlists. Its creator, a British builder named Matt Brailsford,...

Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(One hour ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications  —  Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning …

iPad Air 2: great hardware but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features (Nilay Patel/The Verge)

(One hour ago)
Nilay Patel / The Verge:iPad Air 2: great hardware but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …

iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air (Walt Mossberg/Re/code)

(One hour ago)
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …

iPad mini 3 review: with Touch ID the only significant improvement over the iPad mini 2, buy the 2 and save $100 (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

(2 hours ago)
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:iPad mini 3 review: with Touch ID the only significant improvement over the iPad mini 2, buy the 2 and save $100  —  Apple iPad mini 3 review  —  How much is Touch ID worth?  —  For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing.

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

(2 hours ago)
HughPickens.com writes: Arthur Obermayer, a friend of the Isaac Asimov, writes that he recently rediscovered an unpublished essay by Asimov written in 1959 while cleaning out some old files. Obermayer says it is "as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it. It describes not only the creative process and the nature of creative people but also the kind of environment that promotes creativity." Here's an excerpt from Asimov's essay, which is well worth reading in its entirety: "A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Windows 10 brings Windows Phone's notification center to the desktop

(2 hours ago)
If Windows 10 is going to unify your experiences on devices ranging from smartphones to PCs, it only makes sense that key mobile features would reach the desktop, right? Microsoft certainly thinks so. The team in Redmond has released an updated...

iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Needs to Work Harder (Joanna Stern/Wall Street Journal)

(2 hours ago)
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Needs to Work Harder  —  It Has a Quality Screen and Build but It Needs to Go Beyond One-App-at-a-Time Functionality  —  When Steve Jobs plopped down on the couch, minutes after showing off the iPad for the first time, he said, “It's so much more intimate …

The iPad Air 2: Thin, Gorgeous, Powerful - and That's Enough (David Pogue/Yahoo Tech)

(2 hours ago)
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:The iPad Air 2: Thin, Gorgeous, Powerful — and That's Enough  —  Hey, kids!  It's time to play Apple Announcement Mad Libs! … Yes, it's gotten to the point that we tech critics can pretty much recycle our iPad reviews from year to year.  —  This is it: The new iPad Air 2 (Deanne Fitzmaurice/Yahoo Tech)

Yahoo ekes out third quarter revenue gain despite display ad weakness

(2 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported a modest increase in revenue during the third quarter, exceeding lackluster Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's online display advertising business continued to struggle.

FKA twigs calls on Google Glass for dance tips in her latest music video

(2 hours ago)
FKA twigs already has a reputation for using technology to make artistic statements in her music videos, and her latest takes this to its logical extreme. The two-minute #throughglass promo has twigs using Google Glass to seemingly influence a music...

Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards (Kelly Hodgkins/MacRumors)

(3 hours ago)
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards  —  Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication.  —  Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States …

New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity

(3 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review

(3 hours ago)
It's a conflicting time for Apple. On one hand, it's a joyous occasion for the company because its latest iPhones, which come in larger screen sizes than the last, set new sales records worldwide; but on the other hand, its lineup of iPads just...

Concern raised over UK use of drones

(3 hours ago)
The use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising "significant safety, security, and privacy concerns", a report says.

Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY 'Pi Pads' (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

(3 hours ago)
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’  —  Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display.

Keith Alexander terminates deal allowing sitting NSA CTO Patrick Dowd to work part-time at at IronNet Cybersecurity (Reuters)

(4 hours ago)
Reuters:Keith Alexander terminates deal allowing sitting NSA CTO Patrick Dowd to work part-time at at IronNet Cybersecurity  —  Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official  —  (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal …

Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

(4 hours ago)
sciencehabit writes: Earth is rapidly being wired with fiber-optic cables — inexpensive, flexible strands of silicon dioxide that have revolutionized telecommunications. They've already crisscrossed the planet's oceans, linking every continent but one: Antarctica. Now, fiber optics has arrived at the continent, but to measure ice sheet temperatures rather than carry telecommunication signals. A team of scientists using an innovative fiber-optic cable–based technology has measured temperature changes within and below the ice over 14 months. This technology, they say, offers a powerful new tool to observe and quantify melting at the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Launches "Maps Connect," Self-Service Local Listings Portal (Greg Sterling/Search Engine Land)

(4 hours ago)
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …

Engadget Daily: a real-life hoverboard, a TV show for Vine celebrities, and more!

(4 hours ago)
Yes, it's true: Our own Sean Buckley rode a real-life hoverboard. But that's not all we have for you on this fine day -- read on for the rest of our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the Avi-on Bluetooth light switch, an app that...

EMC Said to Absorb VCE Joint Venture as Cisco Reduces Stake (Bloomberg)

(5 hours ago)
Bloomberg:EMC Said to Absorb VCE Joint Venture as Cisco Reduces Stake  —  EMC Corp. (EMC) is buying out much of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO)'s stake in joint venture VCE, which sells high-end data center equipment, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  EMC will meld the joint venture …

Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

(5 hours ago)
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has just released Windows 10 TP build 9860. Along with the new release, Microsoft is introducing an interesting cadence option for how quickly you will receive new builds. The "ring progression" goes from development, to testing, to release. By being in the slow cadence, you will get more stable builds, but they will arrive less often. By choosing the fast option, it allows you to receive the build on the same day that it is released. As a quick stats update, to date Microsoft has received over 250,000 pieces of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, 25,381 community forum posts, and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GT Advanced To Sell Furnaces for Cash to Pay Back Apple, Says Fortune (Tiernan Ray/Tech Trader Daily)

(5 hours ago)
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:GT Advanced To Sell Furnaces for Cash to Pay Back Apple, Says Fortune  —  Fortune columnist Philip Elmer-DeWitt a short while ago tweeted from the courtroom in Springfield, Massachusetts that one-time Apple (AAPL) supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has agreed to pay off its debts to Apple …

Michigan's new law 'clarifies' ban on Tesla's direct sales model

(5 hours ago)
If you're hoping to find a Tesla Motors store in Motor City, you may be waiting a long, long time. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 5606 into law, explicitly banning Tesla's direct sales model in the state. Snyder contends that the...

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

(5 hours ago)
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. "[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain's fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. ... People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

All 'Simpsons' episodes are now available for streaming

(5 hours ago)
The wait is over, people of the interwebs. Right on cue, Fox has launched Simpsons World, the online hub where it will be streaming every Simpsons episode ever broadcasted. Even though the content is free to browse, you do need a cable login to start...

Nexus 9 hands-on: premium feel, impressive screen quality, but unlikely to challenge iPad (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

(6 hours ago)
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:Nexus 9 hands-on: premium feel, impressive screen quality, but unlikely to challenge iPad  —  The Nexus 9: hands-on with Google's latest attempt to take on the iPad  —  Android has never gotten much respect in the big tablet market.  Sure, the Nexus 7 has been surprisingly successful …

iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)

(6 hours ago)
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air  —  A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.  —  While we mentioned that the enhanced specs …

Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

(6 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: After rumors broke last week, Magic Leap has officially closed the deal on a $542 million Series B investment led by Google. The company has been extremely tight-lipped about what they're working on, but some digging reveals it is most likely an augmented reality wearable that uses a lightfield display. "Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world," the company teases. Having closed an investment round, Magic Leap is now soliciting developers to create for their platform and hiring a huge swath of positions. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nexus 6 hands-on: supersized, even by today's standards, with much improved camera (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

(6 hours ago)
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:Nexus 6 hands-on: supersized, even by today's standards, with much improved camera  —  The Nexus 6: hands-on with Google's phablet  —  After watching Apple unapologetically release the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung release the fourth iteration of its massive Galaxy Note …

FTC appoints privacy consultant as its new Chief Technologist

(6 hours ago)
The Federal Trade Commission has just appointed Ashkan Soltani, an independent consultant on privacy and security matters, as its new Chief Technologist. Soltani's most recent accomplishments include contributing to the Washington Post's coverage on...

Yahoo Reveals Mobile Sales for First Time: $200 Million, 17% of Total (Douglas MacMillan/Wall Street Journal)

(7 hours ago)
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:Yahoo Reveals Mobile Sales for First Time: $200 Million, 17% of Total  —  Yahoo is finally turning mobile apps into a moneymaking business.  —  The company revealed for the first time the size of its mobile business, reporting that ads on mobile devices generated more than $200 million …

The Future of Stamps

(7 hours ago)
New submitter Kkloe writes: Wired is running a profile of a gadget called Signet, which is trying to bring postage stamps into the age of high technology. Quoting: "At its core, it is a digital stamp and an app. If you want to send a parcel, you'd simply stamp it with a device that uses a laser to etch it with your name and a unique identifying pattern. After that, the USPS would pick up your package; from there, the app would prompt you to provide the name of the person you're trying to reach." I'm curious whether such a finely-detailed etching can even survive a journey. How far can you expect it to travel before all the handling and sorting make the mark unreadable to the sorting machines in the delivery office? Then you'd have to worry the post office would mark it as a fraudulent stamp (as someone has to pay for the shipping in some way) and either return it or throw it away. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

All that money Yahoo spent on mobile is paying off

(7 hours ago)
There's no doubt about it: the future is mobile, and it looks like Yahoo's finally making the pocket-friendly needle move. The company's quarterly earnings dropped not too long ago, in which CEO Marissa Mayer pointed out that Yahoo's mobile revenue...

VMware profit beats Street, bucks trend of weak software maker results

(7 hours ago)
(Reuters) - VMware Inc, bucking the trend of weak results from other software makers, reported a better-than-expected quarterly adjusted profit, helped by demand for its software that helps store data more efficiently and cut IT costs.

Nokia's HERE maps app hits wide release on Android (Blair Hanley Frank/GeekWire)

(7 hours ago)
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:Nokia's HERE maps app hits wide release on Android  —  Nokia launched a version of its HERE maps app for Android today that can be installed on most Android devices.  The company first launched a version of its Android app on Samsung's app store a couple months ago, and is now making a beta version available to every Android user.

The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

(7 hours ago)
This is a "wet" submarine. It doesn't try to keep water out. You wear SCUBA gear while pedaling it. And yes, it is powered by a person pushing pedals. That motion, through a drive train, makes manta-style wings flap. This explains the name, since rays are Batoids, and this sub is a fake Batoid, not a real one. It's a beautiful piece of work, and Martin Plazyk is obviously proud to show it off. He and his father, Bruce, operate as Faux Fish Technologies. Follow that link and you'll see many photos, along with a nice selection of videos showing their creations not just in static above-water displays, but in their natural (underwater) element. Meanwhile, here on Slashdot, Martin tells how Faux Fish subs are made. (Alternate Video Link) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Yahoo's revenue rises 1 percent

(7 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported a modest increase in revenue during the third quarter, exceeding lackluster Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's online display advertising business continued to struggle.

MLB is bringing Apple Pay to the 2014 World Series

(7 hours ago)
Tonight, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will begin battling it out for Major League Baseball's biggest prize: the World Series. And to make things better for ballpark attendees, MLB and MasterCard have announced that Kauffman Stadium...

Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With "Hot Chick" Drivers (Charlie Warzel/BuzzFeed)

(8 hours ago)
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With “Hot Chick” Drivers  —  “Who said women don't know how to drive?” the Uber blog post asks.  The post was deleted after an inquiry from BuzzFeed News.  —  Yesterday, Uber's Lyon office unveiled a new promotion with an app called “Avions de Chasse.”

Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52X (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

(8 hours ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52X  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.
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