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Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February

Engadget - 20 min 14 sec ago
Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must...

And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

TechCrunch - 26 min 46 sec ago
 Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference. Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of… Read More

NFL Star Taunts Raiders Fans in MVP Troll Performance

Mashable - 28 min 16 sec ago

Arizona Cardinals star defensive end Darnell Dockett was injured for his team's game in Oakland on Sunday, meaning he had to stand in street clothes on the sideline while Raiders fans hurled insults at him and his teammates all afternoon

Dockett, however, got the last laugh — and then some

See also: All of Peyton Manning's NFL-Record 509 TDs in 1 Infographic

The Cardinals won, 24-13, to drop the hilariously pathetic Raiders' record to 0-6. Raiders fans are the only ones whose NFL team hasn't gotten a win yet this season, and Dockett used a whiteboard and marker to remind them of this sorry fact in the game's closing moments Read more...

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Satya Nadella Unveils New Initiative for Ebola Research

Mashable - 29 min 30 sec ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems like an unlikely player in the fight against Ebola

But Microsoft's top executive unveiled a new Azure-powered research initiative aimed at furthering Ebola research along with other updates to its cloud platforms during a press event in San Francisco on Monday.

See also: Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview

During the enterprise-focused event, Nadella again reiterated Microsoft's commitment to being "cloud first and mobile first," which has become the CEO's mantra since taking over Microsoft earlier this year.

"Mobility comes about because of the cloud," Nadella said. "It’s very important to us that we support every business in every industry in every geography.” Read more...

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Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Slump is a 'Speed Bump'

Mashable - 33 min 47 sec ago

Apple's iPad sales have fallen in the past three quarters — but CEO Tim Cook doesn't see that as a sign that the product line is doomed

"To me, I view it as a speed bump, not a huge issue," Cook said during a fiscal 2014 fourth-quarter call with analysts on Monday

Cook pointed out that if you compare fiscal 2014 iPad sales with those from fiscal 2013, sales are only down 4%. "That said, we want to grow," Cook said. "We don't like negative numbers on these things."

See also: The iPad Mini Is the New iPod Touch

Cook also challenged the "popular view" that the market for iPads was saturated. Citing internal Apple data, Cook said in the top six countries in terms of revenues, more than 50% of people who were buying iPads were buying them for the first time. Sometimes, he added, the figure is as high as 70% Read more...

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Bryan Cranston Tweets Perfect Response to Mom Who Wants 'Breaking Bad' Toys Banned

Mashable - 36 min 52 sec ago

Bryan Cranston tweeted the perfect response to a mom in Florida.

Last week, Susan Schrivjer started a petition to get Breaking Bad action figures banned from Toys R Us stores, claiming the toys were a bad influence on children. Imagine that.

“It's about drugs, you're selling it in a children’s toy store,” Schrivjer said to FOX 4 News

See also: 15 Totally Concerning Toys From Your Childhood

The toys, it seems, are only marketed to kids 15 and older — which raises the other important point of why Toys R Us is selling products for teenagers. Regardless, Schrivjer has clearly not thought about how her actions will impact Cranston's career. How will he earn a living without the kickbacks from these action figures? Read more...

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Facebook Files Suit vs. Paul Ceglia’s Lawyers

All Facebook - 37 min 12 sec ago

Anyone following the ill-fated lawsuit filed against Facebook and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, by Paul Ceglia, who claimed to be the co-owner of the social network until the alleged contract his case was based on was deemed a fraud, had to wonder what Ceglia’s lawyers were thinking when they agreed to represent him, especially in light of the fact that several lawyers dropped the case at one time or another. Facebook apparently wondered the same thing, as the company filed suit against several of Ceglia’s lawyers, including those from DLA Piper, claiming that those lawyers and firms knew Ceglia’s claims were bogus but pursued the case in hopes of reaching a large settlement.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

TechCrunch - 42 min 9 sec ago
 During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. “I take a step back on iPad,” he said. “I know… Read More

In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times

TechCrunch - 47 min 2 sec ago
 How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Uh, bad? So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom. So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch. So bad that Doug Shorenstein, part of the storied multi-generational family of San Francisco… Read More

How Nigeria and Senegal Halted Ebola When Other Countries Failed

Mashable - 49 min 5 sec ago

On July 20, the Ebola outbreak that had been simmering in West Africa for months, growing more out of control by the day, arrived in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. It came in the form of a Liberian-American airline passenger named Jonathan Sawyer, who had left a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, against medical advice, and flown through Ghana and Togo to get to Lagos, Nigeria's capital

Lagos is a city of 21 million, yet the nightmare scenario of a fast-moving, out-of-control Ebola outbreak in a city with extensive transportation ties to the industrialized world never came to pass. In fact, Nigeria stopped the outbreak in its tracks, as did Senegal, which had a much smaller imported outbreak around the same time Read more...

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Why Anonabox’s Kickstarter Campaign Shut Down

Social Times - 54 min 50 sec ago

Anonabox seemed like a perfect product: Anonymous browsing, low entry price, and most of all, easy to use. And with October being National Cybersecurity Awareness month, it seemed the timing was also perfect. Indeed, the project far exceeded its funding goal, but has been shut down early amid controversy.

The cracks started to appear mere days into the project, and after the huge deluge of pledges from backers. Reddit users started to snoop after several of them realized some inconsistencies in the marketing material from the Kickstarter campaign. They discovered that the last iteration of the device was off-the-shelf hardware straight from Chinese manufacturers — hardly open source.

Other Reddit users began to pick apart the only code that had been made publicly available, and found that every Anonabox had a default password, that while encrypted, was very easy to break. This information was posted on an AMA hosted by the Anonabox creator and received no official response.

Wired contributor Andy Greenberg noted that “In its current state, [Anonabox] could create more risk than protection for those sensitive users.” Greenberg’s piece also alleged that the project operated on very flawed security principles and would not be able to deliver what it promised.

The bad press continued to roll in, with some calling the whole project was a scam, and Kickstarter suspended the campaign just five days after it started. Since pledges only payout at the end of a campaign, none of the backers have lost any money. It also seems that backers were excited about the Anonabox idea, despite the campaign’s closure.

Official reasons that the campaign was closed included  “offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself,” “presenting someone else’s work as your own” and “misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator,” according to a subsequent article by Greenberg.

The Anonabox project may not have been all that secure, and it certainly wasn’t in line with the aims of Kickstarter. If the security problems are patched, and the Anonabox resurfaces in a different manner, it could be very well received.

It’s also possible the damage has already been done, and users will be wary of any improper crowdfunding campaigns in the future. Or maybe people will just fund anything.

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Apple's 2014: By the (Ridiculously Large) Numbers

Mashable - 56 min 41 sec ago

Apple had quite a fiscal 2014, introducing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay — not to mention its a high-profile acquisition of Beats Electronics.

It also put up some impressive financial numbers on Monday, once again beating expectations for its fourth quarter earnings that ended Sept. 28.

See also: How to Use Apple Pay: What You Need to Know

So what about the whole year of 2014? Here are the big numbers:

iPhones: 169.2 million

Apple sold a total of 169.2 million iPhones in its 2014 fiscal year. Its fourth-quarter sales were up by 13% to a record 39.3 million devices

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having only been out for a few weeks, the strong fourth-quarter could portend a huge few months for Apple. Read more...

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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Slashdot - 58 min 15 sec ago
jones_supa writes Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock. Bah.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Engadget Daily: Kindle Voyage review, Disney's 'Big Hero 6' and more!

Engadget - 1 hour 8 min ago
If you're a germophobe, Kindle user or Disney fan, this issue of the Engadget Daily is for you -- and really, everyone else is invited too. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including Dyson's germ-zapping humidifier,...

Chili's Cook Fired for Posting Shirtless Photos on Facebook

Mashable - 1 hour 13 min ago

We'll have the Triple Dipper with a side of chest hair. (At least we hope that's just chest hair.)

Chili's Grill & Bar fired a cook after he posted topless photos of himself posing inside the restaurant's kitchen, ABC Action News reports

See also: Pro Tip for Online Daters: Don't Sneak Into Your Ex's House by Chimney

The photos were originally publicly posted to Facebook and featured Justin Speekz posing shirtless inside the restaurant in Valrico, Florida (though he was wearing an apron). The pictures have since been removed or made private

Two of the sexy pics show Speekz laying on a table where your delicious Bottomless Tostada Chips are prepared. Read more...

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NCAA Mascots Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake It Off

Mashable - 1 hour 15 min ago

NCAA mascots totally understand that haters are gonna hate, hate, hate.

The friendly — or in the case of “Purdue Pete,” horrifying — mascots of the Big Ten NCAA conference decided to throw aside their team allegiances and band together to make their own “Shake It Off” video. Watch as Sparty, Lil’ Red, Herky the Hawk and other Big Ten royalty pay homage to T-Swizzle herself.

Seriously, though — what’s the deal with Purdue Pete?

Monica Lewinsky: 'I Was Periodically Suicidal'

Are You For or Against the Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Delightful Twerking Turtle Will Wiggle Its Way Into Your Heart

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Facebook Sells Nearly $13.8B in Equity in Conjunction with Merger (WhatsApp?)

All Facebook - 1 hour 23 min ago

Facebook revealed in a Form D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday that it sold nearly $13.8 billion of equity in the company, without registration, as part of a merger, likely its acquisition of cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp, which closed earlier this month.


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Monica Lewinsky: 'I Was Periodically Suicidal'

Mashable - 1 hour 25 min ago

Monica Lewinsky made her first public appearance in over 10 years at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Monday, speaking out against the "reputation-shredding power of the internet."

Now 41, the former White House intern spoke out against cyber bullying, saying that she hoped to help others by sharing her experience.

Lewinsky spoke about Tyler Clementi's death after his college roommate streamed a video of the Rutgers student kissing another man

Lewinsky said Clementi's story inspired her to speak out.

"That tragedy is one of the principal reasons I am standing up here today," Lewinsky said. "While it touched us both, my mother was unusually upset by the story and I wondered why. Eventually it dawned on me — she was back in 1998, back to a time when I was periodically suicidal when she might very easily have lost me, when I too might have been humiliated to death. Read more...

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