Friday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Giant ‘Siats’ dinosaur discovered, second only to the T.rex: Utah is making a name for itself as the place to unearth dinosaurs. Earlier this year a big-nosed dinosaur was discovered in the state, and just recently a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex was also unearthed. Today, yet another dinosaur has been discovered: Siats meekerorum. – by Tom Warren –

ESPN relaunches ScoreCenter iOS and Android app, now calls it SportsCenter — Tech News and Analysis: ScoreCenter is dead, long live SportsCenter: ESPN  relaunched one of its most popular mobile apps under the SportsCenter brand Thursday, adding video highlights, social media and personalization to take the mobile sports experience beyond just scores. – by Janko Roettgers –

Should Vodka Be Marketed as Gluten-Free?: Here’s a new twist on an old drink: gluten-free distilled spirits. After a 2012 Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) interim ruling, gluten-free labeled vodkas hit the market this year, including National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O’Neal’s gluten-free “Luv Shaq.” – by Fred Minnick –

Say Goodbye to the Car Salesman: A car salesman used to spend long days on his feet. Now he’s becoming like everyone else—stuck most days in a chair in front of a computer screen. The Internet has been upending car sales for more than 15 years. – by Christina Rogers –

Intel Media sale looks increasingly inevitable, TV contracts on hold — Tech News and Analysis: Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich has made up his mind and decided that he doesn’t want to disrupt the TV business, according to a report from Reuters. – by Janko Roettgers –

Nest Gets Sued Again For Patent Infringement For Daring To Make A Better Product: A year and a half ago, we wrote about the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Honeywell against Nest. – by Mike Masnick –

Will U.S. consumers and retailers ever be ready for NFC?: Last year, experts thought that NFC was going to really take off in 2013, but recent moves from Google Wallet and Isis point to a significant question: Will NFC ever really take off? On Wednesday, Google Wallet launched a physical card, suggesting that its NFC application is not doing the job. – by Rebecca Borison –

One social network you’ve never heard of drives 20% of all social commerce: It’s called Polyvore. Polyvore is essentially a Pinterest that is explicitly focused on products you might want to buy. – by John Koetsier –

Google invites devs over for a Chromecast hackathon plus SDK show-and-tell, updates official app: Google has slowly trickled out more authorized commercial apps that can stream to its Chromecast dongle since launch (Hulu, Pandora, and most recently HBO Go) but what about homebrew? So far developers have been able to work with a preview Cast SDK (creating a few impressive demonstrations) but re – by Richard Lawler – crawls out from Twitter’s shadow with Broadcast: notifications for anything: CEO Dalton Caldwell once promised a better Twitter — “a real time social feed without the ads” that wouldn’t crush the dreams of its developer community. A little over a year later, App. – by Ellis Hamburger –

Intel Chairman: “We Seemed to Have Lost Our Way”: Long a beneficiary of the falling cost of computing power, chipmaker Intel acknowledged Thursday that it was beaten at its own game. – by Ina Fried – Tags: general, mobile, news, andy bryant, brian krzanich, chips, featured post, intel, nvidia, pcs, phones, qualcomm, tablets –

What the acquisition of MapMyFitness by Under Armour really means for the industry: Despite most Internet apps running small operations, MapMyFitness is hardly small from an employee standpoint.  As of Tuesday it counted 101 employees, with 31 employees in Denver, and another 70 employees at its headquarters in Austin, Texas. – by Rainmaker – Tags: mapmyfitness,under armour –

When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too: This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation — the only place I’ve ever been where you get x-rayed on the way into the country as well as leaving it — has experienced its first case, and first death, from  a strain of totally drug – by Maryn McKenna –

The NFL’s Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football playerAre you guys the Dirty Projectors?” The question comes from one of the few stragglers still hanging at a nearly cleared-ou – by Robert Mays – Tags: bill simmons, sports guy, grantland, grantland stories, grantland features, sports, pop culture –

Thursday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

The First Apple Store App For iPad Nails Tablet Shopping With Clever Gesture And Image Focused Interface: Today, Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a gorgeous shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move. The new app arrives just in time for the holidays and utilizes the display and capabilities of the iPad to present a best-in-class shopping experience. – by Matthew Panzarino –

Coin, Kicking Credit Cards To The Curb, Answers A Few Questions: YC-backed Coin, the electronic credit card that stores multiple cards on one Bluetooth device, made a big splash last week blowing past its $50,000 pre-order in less than 40 minutes. Turns out, people not only want to buy more Coins but they want to know more about Coin, too. – by Jordan Crook –

Audio Giant Harman Makes Name For Itself With New York Store: The grand-opening party on Madison Avenue last week featured a red carpet, an exclusive guest list and performances from DJ Cassidy and singer Miguel in a pre-celebration of the public opening Nov. 21. – by Beth Snyder Bulik – Tags: harman, ralph santana –

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects: The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white as a piece of paper, a glass of milk, a blind albino lizard skittering in a lightless cave a mile below the ground. White, white, white. –

Ribbon Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Payments For Consumers, No App Or Account Required: Payments startup Ribbon, which launched last year with a focus on making it easier to accept payments online across websites, blogs and social media services like Facebook and Twitter, is expanding in a new direction. – by Sarah Perez –

Google’s latest Chrome Experiment shows off an eagle’s eye view of Middle-earth: Google has long used its Chrome Experiments as a way to show off the power of browser-based apps, and the latest one should appeal to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s set of Middle-earth films. – by Nathan Ingraham –

LG Smart TV Caught Collecting Data On Files Stored On Connected USB Drives: The growing presence of “smart” devices, each one requiring a connection to the outside world, is a bit alarming (Samsung TV zero day exploit, anyone?). – by Tim Cushing –

EBay plans big expansion of ‘connected glass’ shopping: SAN FRANCISCO — EBay is planning a big expansion of its “connected glass” shopping technology as the company tries to make more money in the physical retail world, not just from online transactions. – by Alistair Barr, USA TODAY –

This Real Life Version Of X-Ray Glasses Can See Through Your Skin: Google Glass has received endless press coverage for its futuristic form factor and novel, consumer-friendly applications. The wearable computer, for example, allows users to see email and maps right from its heads-up display. –

Why You’ll Get Google Glass: Lots of people say: “I would never wear Google Glass. They look ridiculous.” But the appearance — love it or hate it — is going to be considered by buyers along with what you can do with it. And the public hasn’t really thought about what’s coming for Google Glass functionality. – by Mike Elgan – Tags: Google Glass, google+, social media –

Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Behold Internets! Memrise Launches CatAcademy App That Deploys Cute Cats To Teach You Spanish: The day after I meet Memrise‘s COO Ben Whately, to get a preview of the language learning startup’s new app, I’m out for a Saturday morning run when the image of a brilliant ginger cat with its head stuck down the toilet sails into my head. Quiero vomitar, says a voice in my head. – by Natasha Lomas –

Liquid Metal Printer Lays Electronic Circuits on Paper, Plastic and Even Cotton: One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able to print electronic circuits on more or less any surface using a desktop printer. –

Gaming Company Fined $1M for Turning Customers Into Secret Bitcoin Army: A gaming software company has been slapped with a $1 million fine after secretly adding bitcoin mining software to a product update earlier this year. – by Robert McMillan –

Exclusive: Tim Draper is leaving DFJ: Venture capitalist Tim Draper is stepping back from the Silicon Valley firm he created 28 years ago. FORTUNE — Tim Draper will no longer be an investment partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm he founded in 1985. – by Dan Primack – Tags: term sheet, venture capital deals, dfj, draper fisher jurvetson, john fisher, tim draper, venture capital –

Grouper, the social club that sets up drinks between 2 groups of friends, launches in London: Two years after it first launched in New York, way back in September 2011, Grouper is finally arriving out of North America with its first European launch, in the UK capital London. In terms of how it works, Grouper takes members and matches them up with someone from the opposite sex. – by Paul Sawers –

Crowdfunded nanosatellites unleashed in orbit: Two tiny satellites supported by Kickstarter campaigns were kicked out into orbit from the International Space Station on Tuesday, beginning what’s expected to be a months-long citizen science mission. –

Xbox One Review | Polygon: The Xbox 360 that exists in 2013 bears little resemblance to the console that Microsoft launched in 2005. It’s so different, in fact, that it helps to think of the company’s new Xbox One as an evolution, not of the original Xbox 360 but of the one that exists today. –

If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I’d Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford: Close –

Retailers Are Tech Platforms Now: Under Armour’s recent acquisition of online fitness community MapMyFitness is just the latest instance of offline brands trying to redefine themselves, at least in part, as tech platforms. And it should make its competitors sweat. – by John McDermott –

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Costs $381 to Build — Only $18 Under Retail Price — In Teardown: When PlayStation 3 was first released by electronics giant Sony in 2006, it was sold at a loss with the hope of making money back on individual games. That’s pretty close to what Sony is doing again with the PS4, although it’s not as extreme. – by Arik Hesseldahl – Tags: general, media, news, product news, andrew rassweiler, atd facebook, chips, gaming, gaming console, ihs, manufacturing, memory, playstation, playstion 4, semiconductors, sony, teardown –

Tuesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

NFL, Major League Baseball Warn That Aereo Could Trigger End of Free TV Game Broadcasts: The National Football League and Major League Baseball are urging the Supreme Court to grant broadcasters’ petition to hear their challenge to the legality of Aereo, the startup that features unauthorized streams of local broadcast signals. –

Samsung Elec says Gear smartwatch sales hit 800,000 in two months: SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday its Galaxy Gear has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000 since its debut two months ago, defying some market concerns the accessory would fail due to a lack of compelling features. – by Miyoung Kim – Tags: United Kingdom, United States, David Pogue –

‘Selfie’ is the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year: Last year Oxford University Press split its word of the year honors between the US and the UK, but for 2013 there’s one word to rule them all — and it is “selfie.” The term beat out contenders like twerk, bitcoin, and binge-watch, due largely to its remarkable uptick in usage. – by Bryan Bishop –

Silver Spring seeks new profits from smart-city infrastructure: Wish your home town had network-enabled streetlights? A company called Silver Spring Networks does, and Tuesday it unveiled a service designed to make the technology and other networked infrastructure more affordable. – by Stephen Shankland –

Ex-Google-Wallet Creators Raise $7M To Rethink In-Store Retail Data: Can a team of ex-Googlers reinvent the antiquated physical retail space in the mold of Amazon? Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has a huge advantage over its brick-and-mortar counterparts: data. –

Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Shows Off The Future Of Displays – ReadWrite: Qualcomm may not seem like a company that would make a big splash in the smartwatch Arm Race. After all, Qualcomm has long been known to make the pieces that go inside people’s gadgets, not the gadgets themselves. –

The Rise of Twitter Bots: Last Tuesday, Google decided that I was a spammer, and I lost access to my e-mail for twelve hours. It was my fault. One of my Twitter accounts, RealHumanPraise, was mentioned on “The Colbert Report,” where I work as a writer, at 11:46 P.M. – by Rob Dubbin – Tags: elements, technology, techpages, twitter –

The : The dusty landscape of the American West is dotted with enormous concrete arrows. They look like cryptic messages from a primitive civilization — a civilization that was obsessed with westward expansion. And that assessment wouldn’t be altogether wrong. – by Matt Novak –

Hitlist lets you know when its cheap to fly to your dream destinations: Timing is everything when it comes to snagging deals, and the travel and flight booking domain is no different. Hitlist is an app that aims to help travelers find the best deals to their favorite destinations, taking the hassle (and some of the expense) out of booking air travel. – by Jon Russell –

Monday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Bitcoin Mining Chips, a High-Tech Arms Race: The easiest way to get a Bitcoin is to buy one. You can join drug dealers, speculators, and the curious by hopping onto an online exchange and purchasing one unit of the digital currency for, as of Nov. 11, about $340. – by Ashlee Vance – Tags: –

Why Google Play Music All Access beats Spotify hands down: Ever since Spotify was launched I’ve been a subscriber and huge fan of the service. I’ve sworn by it for years and have built extremely large playlists on the service and synchronized them with all of my devices. – by Owen Williams –

Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity: In part one of our two-part series, Fast Company senior editor Jason Feifer makes a case for giving all workers a little alone time–behind an office door. I had an office. Now I don’t. –

Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive): Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Genius statement says the deal was finalized “earlier this year.” – by Glenn Peoples –

How Amazon is building substations, laying fiber and generally doing everything to keep cloud costs down — Tech News and Analysis: If there’s anyone still left wondering how it is that large cloud providers can keep on rolling out new features and lowering their prices even when no one is complaining about them, Amazon Web Services Vice President and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton spelled out the answer in one word d – by Derrick Harris – Tags: AWS: Reinvent,Cloud Computing,Data Centers,energy efficiency,iaas,Web Infrastructure –

Facebook, Still Dominant, Strives to Keep Cachet: When Evan Spiegel peered into a crystal ball to divine a future for his company, Snapchat, he did not see Facebook. He saw something else, something much bigger — a social network that could exist on its own, outside Facebook. – by JENNA WORTHAM, NICOLE PERLROTH, VINDU GOEL –

Snap Out of It: Kids Aren’t Reliable Tech Predictors: I believe the children aren’t our future. Teach them well, but when it comes to determining the next big thing in tech, let’s not fall victim to the ridiculous idea that they lead the way. Yes, I’m talking about Snapchat. – by Farhad Manjoo –

Xbox One Vs. PS4: The Console Wars Are Just Getting Started: It’s quite possible that all that momentum Sony’s Sony’s had leading up to the launch of the PS4 will dry up now that the machine is in the wild. System issues, faulty HDMI ports, and a real lack of compelling first-party games all work against the next-gen console. – by Erik Kain –

The Giphoscope turns your favorite GIF into a hand-cranked work of art: If you were to accuse us of being fans of GIFs we wouldn’t disagree, but what happens when you want to share that perfect, singular moment away from the confines of a computer screens? One particularly beautiful solution is called The Giphoscope. – by Bryan Bishop –

Sunday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

The Lean Hardware Startup: From Prototype To Production: Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder of the pioneering hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (which is now looking for applicants) and Partner at SOSVentures. Benjamin Joffe is an expert on startup ecosystems, angel investor and Advisor at HAXLR8R. – by Benjamin Joffe, Cyril Ebersweiler –

Chris Hadfield Space Oddity : Interview with author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.: Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, where he spent five months earlier this year. His book is An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. – by Jacob Aron –

Robot Cowboys, Apple’s Starship Campus, and Slimy Starfish: This Week’s Must-Reads: It’s been a long week. You haven’t had much time to devote to keeping current on the news. We get it. But now it’s the weekend and complaining about your significant other to your friends is not a fruitful topic of conversation. – by Daniela Hernandez –

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense: Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion-tracking company responsible for the technology in the original Xbox 360 Kinect, in a deal said to be worth around $345m. – by Chris Davies –

Ubiquitous cameras: ABOUT halfway through Dave Eggers’s bestselling dystopian satire on Silicon Valley, “The Circle”, the reader meets Stewart, a bald, silent, stooped 60-year-old who has “been filming, recording, every moment of his life now for five years”. – by From the print –

Apple Stores to implement iBeacon location technology to improve service, boost sales: An iBeacon system could allow a store to install transmitters that would wirelessly connect to an iPhone and tell the phone its location with respect to items on shelves. This iPhone could then perform additional functionality if it is equipped with a specialized application. – by Mark Gurman –

Pinterest Launches Its First API, And It’s All About Big Brands: Zappos, Walmart, Disney In First User Group: Pinterest is today, at long last, releasing its first API for developers, which will let third-party sites embed Pinterest pins, and make it easier to post content into Pinterest itself. – by Ingrid Lunden –

Here comes the age of ambient everything: Wait, what the heck is ambient news? Pew uses that phrase to characterize the experience of getting news in social streams, especially on the social sites Reddit, Twitter and Facebook. – by Mike Elgan –

Lessons the American Girl store can teach Silicon Valley: PALO ALTO — Starting about 7 a.m. Saturday in a corner of the Stanford Shopping Center, hundreds of girls under the age of 11 will begin lining up for an event that many of them have been dreaming about for years now: the grand opening of an American Girl store. – by Chris O’Brien –,0,2323348.story

If this doesn’t terrify you… Google’s computers OUTWIT their humans: Analysis Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos. – by Jack Clark –

This Bulletproof Suit Lets You Escape the Line of Fire in Style: Despite the classy appearance, there’s something about an exorbitantly pricey bulletproof men’s suit that screams publicity stunt. After all, besides fictional movie characters that go by 007, who in the world would ever need something like this? – by Tuan C. Nguyen – Tags: bulletproof,business,design,fashion,garrison bespoke,menswear,safety,suit –

Saturday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Sun expected to ‘flip upside down’ as magnetic field reverses its polarity: The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip upside down as it reverses its polarity. In August Nasa said the reversal would happen in three to four months time, although that it would be impossible to pinpoint a more specific date. – by Lucy Kinder – Tags: Space,Science –

From touch screen to touch world – welcome to mobile 2.0: Companies that make it possible for consumers to touch the real world will win as mobile becomes the platform. The world is going mobile (we know, we know) and everyone should be building for this world. – by Phineas –

Despite Financial Concerns, Cities Are Doubling Down on Bike-Share: Ongoing financial problems at PBSC (also known as Bixi), the Montréal-based bike-share equipment company, continue to ripple across North America. But even so, the continuing popularity of bike-share with the public is leading cities with PBSC contracts to call for expansion of their systems. –

Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend: Skywatchers, rejoice! The Leonid meteor shower, an annual mid-November treat, will be coming to a sky near you this weekend. The peak of the shower will be visible both Saturday and Sunday nights, according to EarthSky magazine. – by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY –

Gmail is boiling the frog – and we are the frog: Summary: Google’s steady push to become an intermediary for all of our communications comes at a cost – but do we care anymore about paying it? Judging by the results of the latest ZDNet Great Debate, the answer is… ribbit. – by David Braue –

Awesome List Of Google Now Voice Commands: In the new Android 4.4 update, Google has highly integrated its personal assistant Google Now into the KitKat home screen. It has now a dedicated panel, which can be accessed with a swipe to the left. – by Marc Knoll –

Samsung Mobile-made infographic boasts its achievements in 2013: x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here. – by Chris P. –

Impressions: Our first day with the PlayStation 4 is full of surprises: We’ve had our very own PlayStation 4 here in the Ars Orbiting HQ for a little under 24 hours—not quite enough time to dig into things for a comprehensive review of a new game console. At the time of this writing, Sony has yet to enable the firmware version 1. – by Kyle Orland –

Friday’s Recommended Reads

(sorry I missed yesterday … too many flights and the red-eye and meetings killed me)

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

How PBS Is Reviving Carmen Sandiego: Attention gumshoes: The mystery of PBS’s Carmen Sandiego revival is solved. The network is reviving the character with a new online social game. Yep, no new shows, no old show, but a new game. Fans can help PBS solve “The Case of the Pilfered Paintbrushes” every Thursday. – by Chris Harnick –

A Wonderfully Simplified Map of San Francisco’s Bicycle Infrastructure: Drivers who stop to ask Mat Kladney for directions are in for a frustrating day. Because Kladney bicycles all over San Francisco, the route he instinctively gives weaves through town like a madman’s marathon – great for cyclists, unnatural and awful for motorists. – by John Metcalfe –

Is the Internet of Things Creating Data Hoarders?: By now, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is something you’ve heard before. In fact, a recent Morgan Stanley report predicts that the number of devices connected to the IoT will reach 75 billion by the year 2020. – by Greg White –

New Glass Input Methods: Eye-Tracking, Web Control, Touch-Sensitive Clothing, and Bananas: YouTube video accompanying the post (click image to view) How we interact with a device largely determines the context that it can be used in (e.g., while driving, during a meeting) and potentially who can use it (e.g., users with disabilities). Glass supports touch gestures (e.g. –

What’s Wrong with Tech Writing?: Confession: I am a tech writer. So this week we learned Android was dominating the smartphone market to an extent it never has before. IDC’s figures were quoted everywhere, accompanied with many a catchy headline or turn of phrase. It’s terrible news for Apple. It’s great news for Google. – by Kit Eaton –

The Inside Story of How the iPad Got Its Iconic Design: While Jony Ive’s group was secretly working on the iPad, Steve Jobs was telling the public and press that Apple had no intention of releasing a tablet. “Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and de- vices already,” he said publicly. But Jobs was dissembling. – by Leander Kahney –

Do We Live in the Matrix?: In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. – by Zeeya Merali –

Instagram Is Spoiling Your Dinner: It turns out that those self-appointed ‘foodies’ clogging up your Instagram feed with photos of their latest gastronomic feat are more than just annoying – they’re literally ruining your appetite. – Tags: food, food culture, foodie, instagram, internet culture, brigham young university, university of minnesota, why do we post photos of food, ,featured,foodie culture,instagram,internet culture,psychology,social media –

AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos’ Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination: Amazon upended retail, but CEO Jeff Bezos — who just bought The Washington Post for $250 million — insists it’s still “Day One.” What comes next? A relentless pursuit of cheaper goods and faster shipping. The competition is already gasping for breath. – by Pari Dukovic –

Apple Store Point Of Sale Systems Go Down Again Today, Outage Continues: Some Apple Stores have had their point-of-sale systems go down repeatedly today, TechCrunch has learned. There was an extensive outage early Thursday morning and there has been an ongoing outage this evening in some stores. – by Matthew Panzarino –

The Best Of Fritz Kahn, The Grandfather Of Data Visualization: We’re in the golden age of infographics. Everything from the death toll in Breaking Bad to the sinking of the Titanic to trends in men’s jewelry has been rendered in fancy little charts, graphs, and maps. –

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It: The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks. – by Nicholas Weaver –

Pew Social Media Study: 30% Of The U.S. Gets News Via Facebook; Reddit Has The Most News-Hungry Regular Users: The Pew Research Center is today releasing comparative numbers looking at how U.S. adults use social networking sites to read news (a follow-on from earlier research focusing on two specific sites, Facebook and Twitter). This is significant for a couple of reasons. – by Ingrid Lunden –

Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Motorola Announces The Moto G: What The iPhone 5C Should Have Been: Motorola today announced the Moto G, a mid-market smartphone designed to give consumers a high quality experience for the fraction of the price. – by Dan Rowinski –

Playstation 4: In the seven years since the introduction of the PlayStation 3, we’ve seen our gaming consoles transform into living-room hubs through constant evolution and software updates. –

This could get messy: Giphy brings animated GIFs to your Twitter timeline: Animated GIF support is now available on Twitter. Giphy, seemingly the online database of GIFs, announced today that it is now integrated with Twitter’s Media Cards. All you need to do is simply share a GIFs URL and when it’s displayed in your Twitter timeline, it will automatically animate. – by Ken Yeung –

Newly launched Smithsonian X 3D Collection offers historical models you can print at home: We’ve already seen first-hand that the Smithsonian has a keen interest in 3D printing and modelling, and it’s now turned that interest into something of a public service with a new online collection that’s just launched today. – by Donald Melanson –

What if Our Hair Dryers and Blenders Worked Like Open Source Code?: Open E-Components is a collection of appliances that combines consumer electronics functionality with Lego-like construction mechanisms. Photo: Ming-Han TsaiThe system is comprised of five basic modules: a light socket, rotating motor, air heater, immersion heater, and a heated surface. – by Joseph Flaherty –

Facebook Says Its New Data Center Will Run Entirely on Wind: Facebook passed another milestone in the green data center arms race today with the announcement that its Altoona, Iowa data center will be 100 percent powered by wind power when it goes online in 2015. – by Klint Finley –

PS4 declassified: How Sony used its PS3 mistakes to build the ultimate developer’s console: It’s the fall of 2006 and Sony has a problem. PlayStation 3, the company’s eagerly awaited and hyperbolically marketed successor to the best-selling video game console of all time, has not been well-received. The major issue is cost. – by Tim Stevens –

How Twitter’s new expanded images increase clicks, retweets and favorites [New data]: I recently covered some big changes that Twitter has made, and here is another one. Twitter just added inline images to tweets so that you don’t need to click a link to see an attached image, but rather the Tweet itself expands. – by Belle Beth Cooper –

Samsung smartphone with flexible wraparound display, that actually has a good reason to be. Launch next year: The first smartphones with flexible displays – Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, are pretty pointless devices. Samsung and LG did them for bragging rights, and simply because they could. Not because there’s something those phones can do better than handsets with traditional, flat screens. – by Stasys Bielinis –

Under Armour Buys MapMyFitness for $150 Million: Athletic clothing brand Under Armour is buying workout app MapMyFitness for $150 million. The company plans to use the purchase to “broaden its existing digital offerings,” according to The Wall Street Journal. – by TODD WASSERMAN –

Intel Opening Retail “Experience” Stores Starting November 23rd: Intel wants to give you a chance to get up close and personal with its PCs. – by Avram Piltch –

The Dual-Screen YotaPhone Will Launch Internationally In December: Russia-based Yota Devices has been working on a curious beast called the YotaPhone for years now, and it’s gained quite a reputation for itself because of its split personality. – by Chris Velazco –

Made by ex-Nokians, the first Jolla phone will go on sale this month: November 2013 is definitely the month for new technology launches, with Microsoft, Sony, and Apple all releasing some of their most anticipated products of the year within weeks of each other. – by Aaron Souppouris –

Everyday Carry

Damn I carry a lot of gear and it’s only really hitting me because I’ve had to pack and unpack 4 times since monday while traveling.  Thank goodness just about everything runs on mini-USB and I can just plug whatever into the nearest connector. I need to take a better inventory of my cables and make sure they carry the higher voltage for faster charging.

My current carry:

  • Nexus 5 (primary – work line)
  • Nexus 4 (secondary – personal calls forward to the other)
  • Nexus 7
  • Google Glass (on loan)
  • Pebble SmartWatch (proprietary connector)
  • Withings Pulse
  • Nike+ Fuelband
  • AT&T 4G LTE Mifi
  • Beats Pro Headphones
  • Jawbone Jambox (picked up in SF)
  • Mophie Powerstation Duo (recent addition for 6000 mAh charging!)

Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

UPP is a fuel cell charger for smartphones and other devices, but it’s also destined for integration: If you own a smartphone or a tablet there’s a pretty good chance that you aren’t very impressed by the battery life; while processing power and storage advances continue apace, battery technology has made only modest gains. – by Ben Woods –

Cliiiimb gives real-time Strava segment feedback: Legions of riders use the social fitness product Strava now, but the company 4iiii is hoping that the promise of real-time audio and visual feedback on Strava segments will entice Strava users to buy Cliiiimb, which attaches to a pair of sunglasses. –

Netflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all: Watch Netflix instant streaming on your television and you know what content you’ll get — but you likely won’t know how you’ll find it. – by Bryan Bishop –

SmartThings Raises $12.5 Million From Greylock And Highland To Power The Internet Of Things: Internet-of-Things startup SmartThings has spent the last year or so building a platform that people can use to connect to an increasingly wide range of devices in their homes. Now it’s getting ready to bet even bigger on those products and its platform, thanks to a $12. – by Ryan Lawler –

Apple will launch 1.7” iWatch for men and 1.3” iWatch for women next year: Several weeks ago we’ve heard that Apple is experimenting with several iWatch display sizes. Now it seems that this may be more than experiment. Apple may have already decided to launch two wearable devices next year – 1.7” iWatch for men and 1.3” iWatch for women. – by Stasys Bielinis –

The Absurd Beauty of Creating Musical Turnstiles in NYC’s Subway: There are so many good subway sounds: the whoosh and clatter of a train approaching, the click of a turnstile, armies of boots on cement echoing through strange, low-ceilinged corridors, people playing love songs that the rats know by heart. – by Alexis C. Madrigal – Tags: The Atlantic, The Atlantic Magazine,, Atlantic, news, opinion, breaking news, analysis, commentary, business, politics, culture, international, science, technology, national and life –

Google Is Bigger Than Magazines And Newspapers: Google has become so big that sometimes it’s difficult to understand just how big it is. It’s on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising. But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars? – by Jim Edwards – Tags: Google, Ignition 2013, Chart Of The Day, Jim Edwards –

Tuesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts — Or the Data?: For many tech companies, design is no longer subjective. Instead, it’s all about the data. Analytics click and hum behind the scenes, measuring the effectiveness of even the tiniest design decisions. – by Braden Kowitz –

Facebook likes wearable technology, but the tech’s not quite ready to like back: We’ve become accustomed to posts flooding our news feeds proclaiming that a friend has just completed a 5-mile run or taken their 3,000th step of the day, but that’s not enough for Facebook. At a recent hackathon held at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. – by Michael Gorman –

Motiif “M” smart trench coat offers integrated 4G LTE and smartphone charger: Wearable technology is mostly limited to smartwatches and smart glasses, though other types have been — and actively are — being developed. A particularly unique type is clothing, of which we’ve seen samples in the past. – by Brittany Hillen –

Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan: Apple Inc. AAPL -0.29% is striking gold in an unlikely place: Japan. In the past two years, Japan has emerged as Apple’s fastest-growing region, far outpacing its home market and the booming economies of Greater China and the rest of Asia. – by Daisuke Wakabayashi –

Google Relents on YouTube Ad Measurement: For about two years, Google Inc. GOOG -0.54% refused to let Nielsen Holdings NLSN -0.28% place measurement tags on ads running on YouTube, a stance that media buyers say stopped some advertisers buying time on the online video site. – by Suzanne Vranica –

Same Time, Same Channel? TV Woos Kids Who Can’t Wait: When Eric Nelson’s 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and 10-year-old son, Asa, discover that they cannot rewind or fast-forward a TV show, they are perplexed — and their father is, too. It is hard to explain the limitations of live television to children who have grown up in an on-demand world. – by BRIAN STELTER –

Shafted Again.: Can we ever get a break? Apparently not. – by BikeSnobNYC –

New invention ‘harvests’ electricity from background radiation and could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly: Engineers at Duke University have designed a breakthrough gadget that ‘harvests’ background microwave radiation and converts it into electricity, with the same efficiency as solar panels. – by Daily Mail Reporter – Tags: engineers,duke university,allen hawkes,alexander katko,steven cummer, –

Shopify now allows stores to accept Bitcoin: E-commerce platform Shopify is already tackling the world’s newest form of currency. Today, the company announced that it now supports Bitcoin payment through Bitpay on checkout for stores using the platform. – by Owen Williams –

More iPhone buyers switching from Android this year than in 2012: New research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, based on interviews of 400 new iPhone 5s and 5c buyers, indicates that an increasing proportion of Apple’s customers are coming from Android compared to last year. – by Daniel Eran Dilger – Tags: Apple, Apple Inc, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, Apple, iPod shuffle, iTunes, i mac, mac os x, mac osx, Apple Computer, Apple Computer Inc., Mac OS X, iMac, iBook, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Magic Pad, Magic Mouse, iPod classic, App Store, iTunes Store, iBook Store, mac book, Microsoft, Adobe, Research in Motion, RIM, Nokia, Samsung, Google, Nvidia, Intel –

Google Account Access Restored!

Thanks to the power of Google and friends who care, my Google Account lock-out is now resolved.  Thanks to Varun, who found an amazingly helpful thread on XDA.  “Simply” remove Android Login Service from your Google Account Security settings. I had 9 in there and clearing them all followed by a restart on my phone has me back in business!

Be careful out there … and if you know Varun personally buy that man a beer if you see him before I do!



Monday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office’s Help: Inc. will begin delivering packages on Sundays in the nation’s two largest cities later this month with an unlikely partner—the United States Postal Service. – by Greg Bensinger –

Instagram and Youtube — Benedict Evans: Instagram is looking like a great acquisition. It had 30m users when Facebook bought it in April 2012, and has now passed 150m, just 18m later. – by Benedict Evans –

Five reasons why smartwatches are here to stay: Whether they love or hate them, everyone has an opinion on the viability of smartwatches. The disparate range of opinions is a clear sign that we are on the brink of the next wave of computing. – by Tom Emrich – Tags: smartwatches, mobile, cell, canada, wearbles –

A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic?: WILL the cure for allergies come from the cowshed? Allergies are often seen as an accident. Your immune system misinterprets a harmless protein like dust or peanuts as a threat, and when you encounter it, you pay the price with sneezing, wheezing, and in the worst cases, death. – by MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF –

: Here comes wearable computing, and Android and the Googleverse have a huge head start. But will the Android devices lose the lead because they fail to targ – Tags: Cult of Android, android, nexus, samsung, etc –

Google’s Timothy Jordan: Glass is a complete break from the past: Many wonder whether Google Glass has legs as a technology. Will we still be using it (and talking about it) years from now? If you ask Google’s Senior Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan, absolutely. – by Jon Fingas –

New iWork: Another Missed Opportunity To Set Expectations: With the 5.0 iWork suite we revisit Apple’s propensity to make lofty claims that fall short of reality. The repetition of such easily avoidable mistakes is puzzling and leads us to question what causes Apple executives to squander the company’s well-deserved goodwill. – by Jean-Louis Gassée –

Former director of Siri now working with Samsung on ‘internet of things’ initiative: Former Apple software engineer Luc Julia, who was in charge of developing the company’s Siri virtual assistant, is now working at Samsung on SAMI, a platform that looks to aggregate and distribute data from Internet connected devices. Samsung’s Open Innovation strategy. – by AppleInsider Staff – Tags: Apple, Apple Inc, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, Apple, iPod shuffle, iTunes, i mac, mac os x, mac osx, Apple Computer, Apple Computer Inc., Mac OS X, iMac, iBook, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Magic Pad, Magic Mouse, iPod classic, App Store, iTunes Store, iBook Store, mac book, Microsoft, Adobe, Research in Motion, RIM, Nokia, Samsung, Google, Nvidia, Intel –

Sunday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

The Next BYOD: Glass In The Enterprise: While the Google Google Glass wearable computing device is still in its early stages of development, it’s only a matter of time until this next iteration of consumer-centric computing systems becomes available at reasonable prices and starts to filter into the workplace. – by EMC?Voice –

How Twitter’s largest outside investor tricked me: Twitter’s largest outside investor used a brilliantly simple way to avoid detection. – by Dan Primack – Tags: term sheet, twitter ipo, venture capital deals, chris sacca, j.p. morgan chase, rizvi traverse, twitter, twitter ipo, venture capital –

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.: At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. – by NATASHA SINGER –

Early Xbox One delivery reveals 500MB initial update, 17 second startup — then banned (update 3): Now that there are Xbox Ones in the wild — thanks to Target’s apparently leaky pre-order system — we’re finding out more and more about the system. – by Richard Lawler –

“Because Marissa Said So” — Yahoos Bristle at Mayer’s QPR Ranking System and “Silent Layoffs”: According to a multitude of top-ranking posts on an anonymous internal message board used by Yahoo to vent their frustrations to top staff, employees there are becoming increasingly upset by an evaluation system instituted by CEO Marissa Mayer that has apparently resulted in the firings of mor – by Kara Swisher – Tags: general, media, news, featured post, marissa mayer, qpr, quarterly performance review, stack ranking, yahoo –

Why is the first medical tricorder coming from a startup, Scanadu, and not a med-tech giant?: At the Dublin Web Summit last week, I met Sam de Brouwer, co-founder of one of the most interesting startups of the past couple of years, Scanadu. Following its successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Scanadu’s Scout tricorder is set to go to market in March 2014. – by Martin Bryant –

A Founder of Twitter Goes Long: Between downtown San Francisco and the new Twitter offices six city blocks to the west, things get sketchy. – by MATT RICHTEL –

Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother: Over a few weeks’ worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the pervasive malevolence and the futility of the struggle was not. – Tags: Technology,NSA,Privacy,Google,Yahoo,Internet,Facebook,Media,Social networking,US national security,UK news,United States,World news,Technology –

An iPhone Tester Caught in Apple’s Supply Chain: Beneath the spotlight in a San Francisco performing arts theater, Apple (AAPL) marketing chief Phil Schiller was about to stage-manage one of the most anticipated product unveilings of the year. It was the first post-Steve Jobs reveal of a new iPhone. – by Cam Simpson –

The Rise Of The Mobile-Born: Editor’s note: Paul Holland is a general partner at Foundation Capital, helping early-stage startups go from zero to $100 million in revenue. He was previously a senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications. – by Paul Holland –

‘Ferrari Of Space’ Crashing Back To Earth — Maybe Tomorrow: Sometime Sunday or early Monday, a 2,425-pound satellite that ran out of fuel last month and began falling from its already low orbit will plunge back to Earth. – by Greg Henderson –

Doug Rauch Wants to Sell Outdated Food at Junk-Food Prices: You’re opening a store called Daily Table early next year. It’s going to sell food that’s past its sell-by date. Can you elaborate? Yes, and food that’s cosmetically blemished or food that is excess — like fish that is perfectly wholesome, but not the fish they were going out to catch. – by HOPE REEVES –

A HEALING TOUCH / OPINION: This article is the third in a series of inquiries about the future of brands and haptic technologies. Read Christian Haas’ take on rewarding touchscreen interactions and Jesús Gorriti’s article about The Humble Sense. The notion of brand has evolved considerably in the last decade. –


Saturday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

The Mobile Content Explosion: In October of 2013, Softbank Capital made a $1.5B USD investment in Supercell, the maker of two successful mobile games, giving Softbank a 51% ownership of the game maker. This investment caught the world’s attention. – by Simon Khalaf – Tags: Mobile, content, explosion, Flurry, Softbank, Supercell, app, app development, growth –

How I Built a Performant and Measurable Content Marketing Engine: In almost every industry, startups and venture capital included, content marketing has become an essential tool for growth. –

A New Way to Look at Competitors: Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets. –

How Tesla Protects The Romance Of Driving While Disrupting The Industry: It’s one thing to design a car. It’s another to create the first vehicle for a brand founded on the goal of making electric cars sexy, mainstream, and a threat to the rest of the automobile industry. “No pressure,” said Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer of Tesla Motors. –

Mobile Browser Share: Android may have 80% of the smartphone market, but Android phone owners don’t seem to be doing much on them. Specifically, when it comes to mobile Web browsing, Apple’s Safari browser for the iPhone has the largest mobile browser market share by a longshot. – by Steve Kovach – Tags: Chart Of The Day, Apple, iOS, Google, Android, Safari, Steve Kovach –

Why do people hate Henry Blodget?: When Sarah Lacy announced at one of our live events that Business Insider founder Henry Blodget would be a guest at PandoMonthly NYC, she heard actual hisses from the audience. Like the kind reserved for silent movie villains with twirled mustaches. – by David Holmes –

Having a huge tech fail day

My day started last night actually after midnight as the Nexus 5 (active only for a few hours) decided to freak out. I was suddenly unable to login to Google+ or Hangouts. Google sync started to freak as well with inconsistent sync to Calendar and a bunch of other things.

This morning I fought the phone a bit before finally conceding to a full hard reset at lunch wiping the phone for a fresh start. Sadly as soon as it started back up hangouts prompted with its error and G+ continued to block me. Sigh. No resolution. I spent a bit actually speaking to Google tech support (yes, it exists!) But they were fully stumped as well. I’ll have to wait 24-48 hours apparently for a response and a potentially new device.

Thinking about other options to try and triage the problem I decided to change my account password which sent Chrome on my Mac, Google Glass (more to come) and my other devices into a tizzy. Glass only sorta connected back to my phone, required a reset as well (my guess) and then my other phone (N4) and tablet (N7) got all outta whack due to the account change. Now none want to connect appropriately and I seem to have lost app-based access to hangouts and Google+ on everything. Before I left work for the week the web worked and I’ll try again at home but on the train each device has seemingly lost it’s desire to stay connected. Oh and Google Now seems dead on the Nexus 5.

I’m at a loss. I thought this was some sort of device issue bit now it’s propagated across a few others making me think my Google account has partially corrupted. WTF.

Help …

Friday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

It’s a Man’s Phone: The above photo is one of the many —pathetic— photos I took while struggling to document misuse of tear gas with a phone too big for my hands. All my photos from that event are obviously unusable for one simple reason: good smartphones are designed for male hands. – by Zeynep Tufekci –

Top Hacks from a PM Behind Two of Tech’s Hottest Products: Todd Jackson was in a small conference room with a handful of designers, engineers and Mark Zuckerberg. The topic at hand: the Facebook News Feed redesign, intended to declutter the Facebook experience and make it even more engaging. –

WATCH: Scientists Unveil ‘Invisibility Cloak’ and Make Teddy Bear Disappear: It’s not exactly the cloak from Harry Potter, but scientists in Singapore recently unveiled a chamber of light-bending glass that promises to bring us muggles one step closer to Hogwarts territory. – by Dan Kedmey – Tags: technology, disappear, harry potter, hogwarts, invisibility cloak, light, magic, prisms, vanish –

Revolights City v2.0 Review: Revolights was kind enough to provide me with a sample of their first full production run of the Revolights City v2.0 wheel mounted LED bike lighting system, and I have been running them through the ringer over the last few months. – by Dan Saunders –

Verizon Uses Phone Data to Connect Consumer Dots for NBA, Sponsors: Verizon has a location-data tracker and sponsorship-measurement tool in the pockets of millions of consumers: Verizon Wireless-enabled phones. So far it has used them to help measure the impact of its own marketing efforts, such as its sponsorship of IndyCar. –

Hands-on with the Xbox One: Kinect, interface, and OS impressions: Further ReadingXbox One game extravaganza: Hands-on with 10 launch exclusivesFrom Ryse to Peggle 2, Microsoft’s launch lineup is a very mixed bag. – by Kyle Orland –

Zynga’s darkest moments: It is with some relief that once ubiquitous “games” created by social gaming giant Zynga – such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars – have faded somewhat from our national discourse. –

Exclusive: Disney Reimagines Classic Star Wars Scenes in 8-Bit: Who shot first, Han or Greedo? It would probably be easier to tell for certain if everything were 8-bit. Then you’d see whose pixel bullet appeared first. – by Chris Kohler –

Google barge revealed: Artistic structure with ‘fish fins’: The barge portion of the Google barge mystery is only half the story — when completed, the full package is envisioned to be an “unprecedented artistic structure,” sporting a dozen or so gigantic sails, to be moored for a month at a time at sites around the bay. – by matierandross –

A Like Is Not Enough: Facebook Tests Star Ratings Displayed On Pages: Facebook is apparently testing displaying star ratings, out of a possible five in total, on Pages on the desktop version of its site, according to a reliable tip received by TechCrunch this morning. – by Darrell Etherington –

Why Facebook’s New Like Button Ditches The Thumbs Up: Facebook is known for just a couple of prominent interactions that define the service. There’s the infamous poke–the strangely pseudo-sexual gesture that gives Facebook a sense of humor–and of course, its bigger, way more popular brother, the thumbs-up Like. –

Motorola Patent Points To Electronic Neck “Tattoos” That Double As Microphones: You’ve got to give Motorola credit these days: it’s certainly not your average smartphone player any more. – by Chris Velazco –

Apple’s iWatch Will Need Killer Apps: The wrist is the next frontier for technology companies. I believe this because I wear a FitBit activity tracker on my wrist; when I tap it, I am rewarded by tiny lights that blink for about two seconds, telling me how many steps I’ve walked today. – by biometrics – Tags: –

Video Games Make Your Brain Bigger, Study Says: Those addictive video games that keep players glued to the screen may actually do the brain some good — or one of them does, anyway. –

Meet ART, Part 1: The New Super-Fast Android Runtime Google Has Been Working On In Secret For Over 2 Years Debuts In KitKat: It’s fair to say that Android went through some chaotic years in the beginning. The pace of development was frantic as the operating system grew at an unprecedented rate. – by Cody Toombs –