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Apple's iOS 8.3 update brings wireless CarPlay to your iPhone

Engadget - 37 min 54 sec ago
Apple's busy today -- on top of finally releasing Photos, it's rolling out the long-expected iOS 8.3 update. It's not as huge as 8.2 was, but you'll likely appreciate it if you're a tech-savvy driver. The upgrade brings wireless CarPlay in supporting...

Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

TechCrunch - 38 min 18 sec ago
 Apple’s newest iOS update is out, bringing support for over 300 new emoji, in line with the update that went out for OS X today, too. That means the new, more diverse and potentially more expressive emoticons will work across both platforms. iOS 8.3 also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements, addressing features ranging from Wi-Fi, to app launching, to Bluetooth, to… Read More

Ask Slashdot: What Would a Constructed Language Have To Be To Replace English?

Slashdot - 47 min 54 sec ago
Loren Chorley writes: The idea of constructing a language capable of replacing English has fascinated me for a long time. I'd like to start a project with some of my own ideas and anyone who's interested, but I'd really like to hear what the Slashdot community thinks on the topic first. Taking for granted that actually replacing English is highly unlikely, what characteristics would the new language need? More specifically: How could the language be made as easy as possible to learn coming from any linguistic background? How could interest in the language be fostered in as many people as possible? What sort of grammar would you choose and why? How would you build words and how would you select meanings for them, and why? What sounds and letters (and script(s)) would you choose? How important is simplicity and brevity? How important are aesthetics (and what makes a language aesthetic)? What other factors could be important to consider, and what other things would you like to see in such a language?

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Google highlights even more Android Wear watch faces, straps

Engadget - 48 min 54 sec ago
Itching to make your shiny new Android Wear watch really yours? You're in luck -- Google's curating not only the best watchfaces to throw on your teensy wrist-display, but some of the handsome watchbands you should lash onto it too. Android Wear prod...

California can't catch a break: State sets another heat-related milestone

Mashable - 53 min 55 sec ago

California is in one heck of a meteorological rut

New data released on Wednesday shows the state continues to have its warmest year on record so far, with statewide average temperatures coming in nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit above the previous record set just last year

See also: What this NASA scientist meant about California having a year of water left

The heat is a key contributor — as well as a symptom of — the state's historic drought, which has become so severe that Governor Jerry Brown issued the first-ever mandatory statewide water restrictions last week.

According to data from NOAA, California's statewide average temperature for the January through March period has been 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Last year was the state's warmest on record, and the same period last year saw a statewide average temperature of 5.7 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Read more...

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Carousel Ads Debut on Instagram

Social Times - 58 min 57 sec ago

Instagram announced the launch of carousel ads last month, and launch partners Showtime, Banana Republic, Old Navy, L’Oréal Paris and Samsung showed off their uses of the advertising feature in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.

The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said the first carousel ads launched this past weekend, and more brands will join the fray \"in the coming weeks.\"

Details on the launch partners’ use of carousel ads follow:

Showtime: Showtime chose Instagram to raise awareness of the season-two premiere of Penny Dreadful. Each carousel ad features a key character, providing the audience with the opportunity to connect with the show in a deeper way. Showtime Networks executive vice president of program marketing, media, promotions and digital services Donald Buckley said, \"The Instagram carousel expands our ability to showcase the richness and complexities of Penny Dreadful and the series’ multi-dimensional characters. As the series delves deeper into the psyches of the family, this new feature will allow us to further engage with fans.\"

Banana Republic: To showcase the diversity of its spring collection and reach new customers, the clothing retailer is focusing on one girl, Song of Style blogger Aimee Song, sharing four different looks through carousel ads. Senior VP and general manager of customer experience Aimee Lapic said, \"With a carousel, our customers can discover more if they want as we spotlight some of our favorite products and share styling ideas across multiple images. Creating relevant content for our customers, while also making it easier for them to shop, is a win-win.\"

Old Navy: The clothing retailer illustrates through carousel ads the multiple ways the brand offers on-trend, affordable fashions to its younger target customer. Director of digital and social strategy Taylor Bux said, \"Instagram is a distinctly visual medium, and the carousel function enables us to deliver richer, more cohesive storytelling. Additionally, the direct linking to OldNavy.com creates a seamless experience for fans to purchase the items that they love without having to hunt.\"

L’Oréal Paris: To showcase the longevity of L’Oréal’s Infallible makeup line, the brand is using the carousel format to detail the day in the life of an influential community member. Senior VP of marketing Malena Higuera said, \"We are committed to empowering women to be their own makeup artist through superior products, tools, education and inspirational content. Instagram allows us to bring this mission to life in a visually compelling and beautiful way.\"

Samsung: Samsung is leveraging the carousel ad to tell the story of the enhanced camera capabilities of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Each ad is a mini photography tutorial and highlights a different camera feature. Samsung Electronics head of digital Kelly Solomon said, \"Instagram is a perfect platform for us to show the full potential and power of our new smartphone cameras, and with the carousel media placement, we can share the stunning camera quality of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with millions of Instagram users.\"

Readers: Have you encountered any carousel ads on Instagram yet? What did you think?

Carousel Ads Debut on Instagram

All Facebook - 58 min 57 sec ago

Instagram announced the launch of carousel ads last month, and launch partners Showtime, Banana Republic, Old Navy, L’Oréal Paris and Samsung showed off their uses of the advertising feature in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.

The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said the first carousel ads launched this past weekend, and more brands will join the fray \"in the coming weeks.\"

Details on the launch partners’ use of carousel ads follow:

Showtime: Showtime chose Instagram to raise awareness of the season-two premiere of Penny Dreadful. Each carousel ad features a key character, providing the audience with the opportunity to connect with the show in a deeper way. Showtime Networks executive vice president of program marketing, media, promotions and digital services Donald Buckley said, \"The Instagram carousel expands our ability to showcase the richness and complexities of Penny Dreadful and the series’ multi-dimensional characters. As the series delves deeper into the psyches of the family, this new feature will allow us to further engage with fans.\"

Banana Republic: To showcase the diversity of its spring collection and reach new customers, the clothing retailer is focusing on one girl, Song of Style blogger Aimee Song, sharing four different looks through carousel ads. Senior VP and general manager of customer experience Aimee Lapic said, \"With a carousel, our customers can discover more if they want as we spotlight some of our favorite products and share styling ideas across multiple images. Creating relevant content for our customers, while also making it easier for them to shop, is a win-win.\"

Old Navy: The clothing retailer illustrates through carousel ads the multiple ways the brand offers on-trend, affordable fashions to its younger target customer. Director of digital and social strategy Taylor Bux said, \"Instagram is a distinctly visual medium, and the carousel function enables us to deliver richer, more cohesive storytelling. Additionally, the direct linking to OldNavy.com creates a seamless experience for fans to purchase the items that they love without having to hunt.\"

L’Oréal Paris: To showcase the longevity of L’Oréal’s Infallible makeup line, the brand is using the carousel format to detail the day in the life of an influential community member. Senior VP of marketing Malena Higuera said, \"We are committed to empowering women to be their own makeup artist through superior products, tools, education and inspirational content. Instagram allows us to bring this mission to life in a visually compelling and beautiful way.\"

Samsung: Samsung is leveraging the carousel ad to tell the story of the enhanced camera capabilities of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Each ad is a mini photography tutorial and highlights a different camera feature. Samsung Electronics head of digital Kelly Solomon said, \"Instagram is a perfect platform for us to show the full potential and power of our new smartphone cameras, and with the carousel media placement, we can share the stunning camera quality of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with millions of Instagram users.\"

Readers: Have you encountered any carousel ads on Instagram yet? What did you think?

Blood transfusion recipient temporarily receives donor's food allergies

Mashable - 59 min 18 sec ago

A boy in Canada mysteriously became allergic to fish and nuts after he received a blood transfusion, according to a new case report.

The 8-year-old boy had no history of being allergic to any foods, and was undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. A few weeks after receiving a blood transfusion, he experienced a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis within 10 minutes of eating salmon, according to the report, published online on April 7 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

His doctors suspected that the blood transfusion had triggered the reaction, they wrote in the report. After treating the patient with a drug containing antihistamines, the doctors advised him to avoid fish and to carry an epinephrine injector in case he had another reaction Read more...

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Microsoft Expands Its Container Support With Hyper-V Containers And Stripped-Down Server OS

TechCrunch - 59 min 47 sec ago
 Microsoft doesn’t want to get left behind as containers quickly change how developers write and deploy applications. Last October, the company announced that it would support Docker containers with the next release of Windows Server. Today, it announced a new hypervisor for running containers safely on Windows Server and a new stripped-down, minimal-footprint install option for… Read More

Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

TechCrunch - 59 min 51 sec ago
 Thanks to its recent acquisition of San Francisco-based food delivery startup Fastbite, Square is adding a whole new option to Caviar that will reduce the cost of meals and time customers spend waiting for them to be delivered. By doing so, it will compete more directly with local food delivery services like Sprig and Spoonrocket. Read More

Steal This Episode

Copyblogger - 59 min 54 sec ago

As a writer, you should be swiping ideas nonstop. Stealing ideas nonstop.

William S. Burroughs said, “All writing is in fact cut-ups. A collage of words read, heard, overheard.”

Your content is going to be made up of all the resources you absorb. So it’s essential you research wide, and effortlessly capture those ideas.

But you don’t stop there.

In this roughly 8-minute episode of Rough Draft with Demian Farnworth, you’ll discover:

  • A long list of resources you should pillage
  • Three disruptive ways to boost creativity by author Daniel Pink
  • Where Demian swiped the idea for his best opening ever
  • Four free and simple ways to capture ideas
  • The one thing you must do when you borrow ideas (otherwise you look like a thief)
  • The perfect metaphor for the essential mindset of exceptionally creative people

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This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

TechCrunch - 1 hour 1 min ago
 We are back for another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, a show that John Biggs and I put on because, well, cryptocurrencies are cool and we are not. This week we dug into Senator Rand Paul’s news, while also exploring some commercial applications of blockchains, and whining about the current Bitcoin v. Blockchain debate. Just another week in bitcoin. I don’t… Read More

NBA player stabbed in the abdomen outside New York nightclub

Mashable - 1 hour 7 min ago

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Chelsea club that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.

See also: Twitter built a fascinating interactive data map for NBA fans

The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebs like Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers

Police say the couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped, and started to interfere. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said. Read more...

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Say goodbye to US Airways' call sign as operations combine with American

Mashable - 1 hour 20 min ago

The American Airlines merger that began in December 2013 became one step closer to completion on Wednesday, as US Airways goes the way of TWA and PanAm before it.

The Federal Aviation Administration now recognizes a single call sign for the American Airlines Group Inc., and US Airways' "Cactus" sign — adopted by the airline in 2005 after merging with America West — has been retired, replaced instead by "American."

See also: Thrilling airport beach lets tourists sip cocktails while planes blast sand

“There are no light-switch type transitions for virtually anything but the call sign,” American's chief operating officer Robert Isom told Bloomberg. “The [single operating certificate] date is really a recognition that everything has come together.” Read more...

More about Travel, American, Air Travel, Lifestyle, and Travel Leisure

Brontosaurus resurrection reminds us that scientific truths are fluid

Mashable - 1 hour 29 min ago

In 1989, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of 25-cent commemorative postage stamps celebrating a series of dinosaurs. The stamps featured the tyrannosaurus, and the stegosaurus, and the pteranodon. They also featured, however, the brontosaurus, or the "thunder lizard" — which had been reclassified under the genus apatosaurus ("deceptive lizard") in 1903.

This was an egregious mistake, but an understandable one. The brontosaurus — the gentle giant that ate plants and sneezed on children — has spent the past century as, if not an actual species, then a cultural one. Tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops...and brontosaurus. The sauropod was like the fourth Beatle, only more beloved. Sure, the long-necked giant might not have technically existed; in another sense, though, the brontosaurus was more real in the human imagination than the apatosaurus ever was. Read more...

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'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' pre-orders live now

Engadget - 1 hour 29 min ago
Pre-orders for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are live today via the game's official site, open to pure humans and transhumans alike. (The site is down at the moment, but it should be "back soon"). Mankind Divided is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC...

Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

Slashdot - 1 hour 30 min ago
HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Post reports on new comments from President Obama, who says global warming isn't just affecting the weather — it's harming Americans' health. He has announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem. Obama said hazards of the changing climate include wildfires sending more pollution into the air, allergy seasons growing longer, and rising cases of insect-borne diseases. "We've got to do better in protecting our vulnerable families," said Obama. "You can't cordon yourself off from air." Speaking at Howard University Medical School, Obama announced commitments from Google, Microsoft and others to help the nation's health system prepare for a warmer, more erratic climate. Google has promised to donate 10 million hours of advanced computing time on new tools, including risk maps and early warnings for things like wildfires and oil flares using the Google Earth Engine platform, the White House said. Google's camera cars that gather photos for its "Street View" function will start measuring methane emissions and natural gas leaks in some cities this year. Microsoft's research arm will develop a prototype for drones that can collect large quantities of mosquitoes, then digitally analyze their genes and pathogens. The goal is to create a system that could provide early warnings about infectious diseases that could break out if climate change worsens.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple's Photos app is now available to all OS X Yosemite users

Engadget - 1 hour 42 min ago
You no longer have to be a beta tester (or work at Apple) to give the new Photos app a spin. The Cupertino crew has released the finished version of its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update, which centers around the more powerful and iOS-friendly picture man...

Photos For OS X Review

TechCrunch - 1 hour 48 min ago
 Apple’s Photos app is now available to anyone via the free 10.10.3 Yosemite update that went out today, and after spending significant time with the app in beta, we can tell you that it’s a smart upgrade for Apple’s local picture management software. The app is a perfect reflection of the true future of photo storage: All your pictures, when you need them, wherever you… Read More

Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

TechCrunch - 1 hour 49 min ago
 Apple has released OS X 10.10.3, a big update for its desktop OS that brings the new Photos app to the general user population. The update is available now via the App Store’s ‘Updates’ tab, and is a free download for all users of OS X. The update also introduces new emoji, with over 300 new characters available, as well as new Spotlight suggestions, better stability and… Read More