A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
You may have heard that a
My sources tell me instead that
From a differentiation standpoint,
(Thanks @GambaKufu for the link.)
Android L looks set to add new at-use permissions prompts >> XDA Developers
[Here's] a screenshot, which appears to suggest that the Android permissions system will be introducing some "at-time-of-use" prompts, somewhat like iOS.
As shown in the image above, it appears that the Permissions UI is extending to cover a prompt issued at time of use, allowing the user to allow or deny the location information. While these don't, at a glance, appear hugely different to the existing prompts to enable Location Services, we suspect these are different and tie into the new Unified Data Controls discussed in the keynote.
Would be good if this were indeed implemented. (Thanks @GambaKufu for the link.)
The truth about Tinder and women is even worse than you think >> Businessweek
Getting an app to critical mass is not simple or easy. In 2012, when Tinder was still an unknown app, Wolfe thought up and executed a plan to promote the service at a half-dozen key sororities. "We sent her all over the country," Munoz told me this week. "Her pitch was pretty genius. She would go to chapters of her sorority, do her presentation, and have all the girls at the meetings install the app. Then she'd go to the corresponding brother fraternity—they'd open the app and see all these cute girls they knew." Tinder had fewer than 5,000 users before Wolfe made her trip, Munoz says; when she returned, there were some 15,000. "At that point, I thought the avalanche had started," Munoz says.
Mateen was only then hired by his longtime friend Rad, as chief marketing officer—Wolfe's superior. Wolfe had been at the IAC incubator,
"She never got credit for [her contributions]," Munoz told me. "She never got credit for it. It got taken away, and marginalized in favor of the friend."
If you aren't incredulous and outraged by the end of this article...
In a letter to the FTC Tuesday,
…In a proposed complaint, the FTC said
An FTC lawsuit beckons.
The world's worst password requirements list >> Kottke
I tweeted about this but wanted to document it here for posterity. The Attorney General of Texas Child Support website has the worst set of password requirements I've ever seen.
They truly are.. wait, that has too many t's.
Is Samsung's exceptionalism coming to an end? >> Tech.pinions
I've always found it fascinating the two dominant companies in the smartphone market – Samsung and Apple – have such different business models. On the one hand, you have a company that approaches the market in a tightly integrated fashion, combining hardware, software and services in a proprietary way, encapsulating them in a very small number of high end devices sold at premium prices. On the other hand, you have a company which appears willing to try anything and to fill every possible niche in the market, from budget to high end, with its own hardware running third party software and services. The commentariat has always speculated about how sustainable Apple's business model is, but I've always wondered the opposite: how sustainable is Samsung's business model?
The model he uses to analyse businesses is intriguing.
Self-driving cars can free people to do more of the things that earn
"I would imagine that this is probably different than just making more time for people to click on web sites," he said.
Car makers such as GM, Mercedes and
But most favour an incremental approach to self-driving cars, in which features such as lane centering and parking assistance are gradually integrated into vehicles. Car makers are also hesitant to invest in new features until they are certain there is enough demand to pay for them.
Thanks to "right to be forgotten,"
It's very important to understand that the EU's action is not causing content to be removed from publishers themselves, which would no doubt have raised a huge outcry among major news outlets. They usually don't remove content they've published without an exceptionally good reason or a court order.
Rather, the articles are being removed from
That's especially an issue when it comes to "scraper" sites, where someone might simply copy the content off another site without permission and republish it. Copyright owners know what a "whack-a-mole" situation this is, where getting one removed only makes room for another to spring up.
But the EU action is arguably a de facto censorship of the press. News stories are being made to disappear without any court review. Instead,
The first three paragraphs are correct; the start of the fourth is wrong. The press is not being censored - that is, nothing is being removed from news sites, and they aren't being told what or what not to write. However, if you do a search on a particular name, some pages won't show up in the results. But all other searches that would previously lead to that page will still lead to it.
Sullivan is correct, though, that
One other thing: it's not a "right to be forgotten". It's the Data Processing directive.
CCS Insight's latest forecast signals demand for smartphones and tablets in the
The forecast showed sales of mobile phones dropped 20% in the first months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. Meanwhile tablet sales, which broke all records in previous quarters, slumped 17%. This is the first time such a sharp decline has been recorded in the vibrant
However it's not all doom and gloom for the
Marina Koytcheva, director of forecasting at CCS Insight, said, "The slowdown in tablet sales should come as no surprise to the industry. We warned back in December that the spectacular tablet growth we've been seeing in the last two years was unsustainable. With replacement rates for tablets slower than those of smartphones, a temporary lull was inevitable."
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