As of Thursday, Dec 12, 12:00 PM CST
Duck-billed dinosaur found with rooster-like adornment
The dinosaur's fleshy plumage was unearthed along with fossilized bones.
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-TechTopStories/~3/aKd4N07s7uI/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Is Microsoft 'Scroogling' itself with attacks on Google?
Scroogled.com is fascinating, but unlikely to work.
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-TechTopStories/~3/e-e0plQSi-g/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Next cargo mission to space station up in the air
A valve problem has shut down half the cooling system on the International Space Station.
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-TechTopStories/~3/aYxM9lIN9wg/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
LinkedIn Refreshes Its Inbox With Message Previews And A Simpler Interface To Keep Users ..
LinkedIn, the social network for the professional world, has been going through a overhaul of every aspect of its platform. Today,it's the turn of the inbox, which is refreshing its inbox with better navigation and more instant information. In a way, it's LinkedIn's personal contribution to this week's trend among social platforms like Twitter and Instagram to revisit their messaging services.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/fh0dLqnpPdk/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
IFTTT Launches iOS Location Channel With Integrations For Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram ..
Today, IFTTT announces the addition of an iOS Location channel to its ‘Internet glue’ service. The channel will allow users to specify an ‘area’ that will allow them to trigger actions and recipes based on when they enter or leave that area. Think, for instance, of setting up an IFTTT recipe that allows you to send a DM automatically to your loved one when you arrive at at a travel destination. Or one that allows you to zip a circle around your neighborhood and alert you when one of your friends checks in on Foursquare nearby. I spoke with IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets and Director of Mobile Devin Foley about the updates to the app. Foley mentions that he set up a ‘dance party’ recipe to trigger his Phillips Hue lights to color cycle when he gets close to his house, a fun way to let his son know that dad is home. Tibbets mentions a recent wedding that he attended where he set up an area alert that pulled in all public Instagram photos shot during the event and dropped them into his Dropbox — creating a photographic archive of the event that he could then share with the group. The new location channel can be built on directly, or can be accessed via the Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter channels. These are the initial offerings, but location will be built into more channels as time goes on. Obviously, location is one of the big pillars of iOS signals. Along with the previously announced Photos, Contacts and Reminders channels, you can now trigger and complete recipes based on many core iOS services. IFTTT is essentially an easy to use programming guide that lets you do things with your phone that Apple will likely never enable, or that companies with a vested interest in protecting their graph will never allow. There are a few other updates in this release of IFTTT as well. You can now tap the heart icon on any Recipe page to add it to your favorites. Other users will be able to see this list of favorites to see which recipes you like. You can set up your profile in the app as well as on the web and share recipes on mobile too. These updates are designed, says Tibbets, to foster a sense of community inside IFTTT, and to encourage people to create and share
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/Qg_ZP04OT54/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Highlight Raises $4 Million From DFJ, Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Location-Based Social ..
Location-based social startup Highlight has just released a new version of its app, aimed at being smarter about the connections it shows, while also giving users more context about what those connections have been up to. The company also has raised $4 million in new funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/j-FGLOa8fuU/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Kik Hits 100M Users, Adding New Ones At A Rate Of 200K Per Day
The messaging wars are in full swing, and Waterloo-based Kik is still seeing tremendous positive growth despite trailing its rival WhatsApp in terms of total userbase size. The company revealed today that it has just passed 100 million registered users, having added 70 million of those since this time last year. The startup also launched Cards, its HTML5-based in-app content sharing system this time last year, and engagement on those apps-within-an-app has been promising, too, according to Kik founder and CEO Ted Livingston.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/jXy7TW6jeE0/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Drink Discovery App Elixr Scores Investment From David Karp, Gets Fresh Redesign And ..
The social drink finding and collection app Elixr gets a fresh redesign for iOS 7 today, launches and Android version and adds a bunch of features to an already very fun app. The app and service also score an investment from Tumblr founder David Karp. I’ve been an Elixr user for some time and find it enjoyable and engaging. It’s essentially a mashup of Foursquare and Instagram, with a focus on detailed images and impressions of alcoholic drinks and beers at a given location. You’re encouraged to snap a photo and then rate your drink and give some details about the establishment. When I originally spoke to Jeff Rock and Marc LaFountain of Mobelux about the app earlier this year, they said that the guiding question behind the app’s creation was ‘why can’t I just open an app that tells me where to get a good drink?’ Today’s release marks the first major redesign of the app, with a full on iOS 7 look, and a bunch of new features. The new design is fresh and crisp, with a very nice little image editor blended into the capture process, along with the standard filter set. The overall interface of the app has now been massaged to make Elixr a much more social affair, with interlinking sections like a list of drink ‘to-do’s’ that you can add by simply tapping a button as you scroll through your timeline. You’ve also now got a section to enter the bartender that made your drink, as well as rating the quality and enjoyment of the drink. Elixr now pairs the fun of sharing an image of a drink — and getting the associated ‘likes’ and comments — with a truly useful network for those that like to enjoy a good tipple. Even if you don’t follow anyone, the search feature of the app will now pinpoint great drinks and venues for you based on the checkins of others. This is what I found so interesting about Foursquare’s ‘pivot’ of sorts earlier this year when it refocused on becoming a discovery network instead of a check-in game. With this update, Elixr becomes a goodresource for drink fans, not just a place to tip others off to what you’re enjoying. Other new features include private check-ins — something Foursquare itself is pulling back from, but still allows via its API — member notifications and a better
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/g3Vm-A84TXs/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Yahoos Bad Week Continues: Flickr Crashed Today, Too
Wow, Yahoo just can’t catch a break. Yahoo’s photo-sharing service Flickr went down this morning, in a brief outage that appears to have started around 11 AM ET, lasting for over an hour. The first report of the site’s issues were spotted posted to Twitter around 11 AM ET, but the velocity of tweets kicked in just after noon, which indicates the site may not have been fully down for everyone. It seems that Flickr.com had been failing to load for users. The message that was returned was “inactivity timeout.” The text on the site read: “Description: Too much time has passed without sending any data for document.” (Didn’t Yahoo acqu-hire a bunch of engineers to fix things like this?) The site has come back up, at least for some, but it’s unclear what caused the problem, how widespread it was, or whether it’s been fully resolved for all affected users. This has been a bad week for Yahoo. Yesterday we reported on Yahoo Mail’s ongoing outages, and its overwhelmed customer service staff dealing with the numerous requests to reactivate websites small business owners never wanted shut down. Yahoo’s public response has been minimal. No big mea culpa from Yahoo, and finally after press reports detailing the issues, a few basictweets and posts which acknowledged the issue and that fixes were in the works. A reblogged post on Marissa Mayer’s Tumblr falsely claimed “Yahoo Mail Restored.” That is not the case, as the Yahoo Mail Status page still reads: “Some users may still have trouble accessing their accounts but we are working through the night on this and will post again in the morning Pacific Time with the latest updates.” As for what’s going on with Flickr, we’ve reached out to Yahoo for more information. Though notably, the company declined to respond to our inquires from yesterday, only posting tweets and posts for us to interpret instead. Teaching api handling with Flickr api while Flicker is down is not a lot of fun — ntlk.gif (@ntlk) December 12, 2013
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/a2iLniBHulc/Posted 21 minutes 43 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Estonia Sharing Its Finnish-Made E-Government Solution With Finland
paavo512 writes "For the last decade or so, Estonia has developed a national electronic data exchange layer called X-Road. Is is based on national electronic ID cards and allows creation of common electronic services like founding a company, declaring taxes or e-voting. Every day, over 800,000 enquiries are made via X-Road (the population of Estonia is 1.3M). According to the PM of Estonia, the solution is saving 2% of national GDP annually. The Estonian ID card technology was originally imported from Finland; however, it appears Finns have for 10 years failed to come up with any significant e-services making use of them. So it is now agreed that Estonian X-Road solution will be expanding to Finland as well." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/UuDsNtewE1s/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 44 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building
cartechboy writes "How many Nissan Leafs does it take to power an office building? The answer, it turns out, is six. Nissan is the latest Japanese automaker to explore electric "vehicle-to-building" setups, this time with impressive results. The company started testing its latest system at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan, during the summer. It found that just six Leafs plugged in to the building's power supply allowed it to cut peak-hour electricity use by 2 percent. Annualized, that's a savings of half a million yen (about $4,800 US) in electricity costs. How it works: The building pulls electricity from the plugged-in vehicles during peak-use hours, when power is most expensive, and then sends the power back to recharge the cars when grid prices fall. Nissan says the system is set up to ensure the cars are fully charged by the end of the workday. (Is this a devious secret way to make sure workers stay until a certain time?) Next up: Why not just do this using batteries--never mind the cars?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/Yjy5NG9IpUI/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 44 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
How to Win the IT Infrastructure and Operations Talent War
The future of your organization rests in the hands of your Infrastructure and Operations talent. Gartner lays out a battle plan to win the war for those tech pros.
http://rss.computerworld.com/~r/computerworld/news/feed/~3/9b_vTFKNDso/How_to_Win_the_IT_Infrastructure_and_Operations_Talent_WarPosted 21 minutes 45 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Winter storm pushes back Moto G shipments
Motorola says it will try to get shipments out soon, and will automatically upgrade them to overnight delivery. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/3ccvoDAf5is/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Apple could sell 175M iPhones in fiscal 2014 -- analyst
Analyst Michael Walkley's forecast is up from a prior estimate of 171 million. He cited two reasons for his rosier outlook. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/uPclqMzIQxM/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Instagram treks into well-worn territory with direct messages
commentary The social photo service's just unveiled Instagram Direct hardly breaks new ground, and really, it was a bit of a disappointment. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/obsM_72xTFw/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Kik rides teen interest to 100M users
Kids love Kik because they don't have to give out their phone number, CEO and founder Ted Livingston told CNET. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/p_3dezsQR1w/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Twitter's MoPub launches native mobile ads platform
With the new platform, app developers should be able to automatically place ads in their mobile apps rather than building them piecemeal. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/CecRg7DPZEc/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Blockbuster to call it quits in the UK
The move follows the decision by parent company Dish to shut down all company-owned stores in the United States. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/eSlWjq6Oh8k/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
This is how Earth and moon would look to alien spaceships
NASA's Juno spacecraft records footage showing how our planet and its satellite would look if visiting UFOs had really low-res cameras. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/shLQTFpPR4U/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
PSA: GOG offering Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free
Offer comes as Interplay prepares to transfer rights to Bethesda Softworks.
http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/2lckEppfkx8/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Women face global disparity in scientific publishing
Female scientists account for fewer published papers and get cited less.
http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/dWr7-XM2im4/story01.htmPosted 21 minutes 47 seconds ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Instagram turns itself into a photo messaging app
Take Snapchat, subtract the timer, add likes and comments, divide by teens.
http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/FkbwHm6OLxM/story01.htmPosted 1 hour 21 minutes ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Samsung loses patent lawsuit against Apple on home turf of Korea
Apple says it's glad the Seoul court rejected "Samsung's ridiculous claims."
http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/C5wPDWi-hPY/story01.htmPosted 1 hour 21 minutes ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
Instagram rolls out Direct messaging
New service lets users send messages directly to friends.
http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-TechTopStories/~3/musZ7HPBDgk/Posted 1 hour 22 minutes ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story
On Its 10th Anniversary, LeWeb Names IntelClinic The Winner Of Its Startup CompetitionNext 25 >>
Well, it’s been ten years for LeWeb, one of the key events in the European tech startup calendar. And as usual they had a startup competition. Out of 16 selected semi-finalists in Paris, just three were selected to take the main stage of the conference and pitch to judges. To quality for the competition they had to have raised less than 1.5M (US$2M). The entrants had quite a European flavour this year, with a strong showing from Central and Eastern European countries. The winner of the competition was IntelClinic.Hailing from Poland,IntelClinichelps you gain more time by “lowering the amount of sleep you need to be refreshed and regenerated.” Previously, IntelClinic created NeuroOn, a sleep mask which monitored your brain waves, allowing you to switch from monophasic to polyphasic sleep – in theory meaning you sleep less and more efficiently. This is the way that Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison and other noted inventors often slept. The other finalists were: Flinja, a US company, describes itself as “the Uber for Work“. Flinja (or “freelance ninja”) targets the college demographic which LinkedIn largely ignores. Flinja claims that over 50% of recent college grads are finding themselves under-employed or without work, and yet there are millions of jobs left unfilled. Flinja, which also offers a mobile app, is attempting to address this by providing a platform where students (its initial launch market) can gain skills and build relevant work experience completing paid projects while in school. Employers, in turn, have quick, easy access to local and national talent they can test out before hiring. From the UK,SocialSafe is, well, a ‘social safe’ which locks up all your social accounts and keeps a record of what you do on social networks, independent of those networks. It downloads and keeps a complete record of everything, aggregating it together in one place. It then organises all your social media data, giving you access to libraries displaying your information, providing a full calendar and journal, enabling search across all data and other usage stats too. The data is stored privately in a users’ own local personal data stores, making it fully compliant with the major social networks’ Terms of Service regarding data storage by third-parties.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/Hf2xn8CdpmA/Posted 1 hour 22 minutes ago - 12/12/13 - Full Story