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DARPA Developing the Ultimate Auto-Pilot Software

Slashdot - 6 hours 23 min ago
coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."

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How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

TechMeme - 7 hours 19 min ago

Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch  —  How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch  —  About one third of robberies in major cities across the country involve the theft of a mobile phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go (Andrew Cunningham/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - 7 hours 59 min ago

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go  —  We install it so you don't have to.  Seriously, you probably shouldn't.  —  The last time we installed Ubuntu Touch on anything was about a year ago, shortly after the release of Ubuntu 13.04.

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Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose (Les Shu/Digital Trends)

TechMeme - 8 hours 39 min ago

Les Shu / Digital Trends:
Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose  —  MicroSD cards have become so ubiquitous that even some digital cameras are now using it.  That's fine and dandy if speed isn't a concern, but if you're snapping lots of photos and you need your camera to keep up …

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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - 9 hours 14 min ago
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event (Cotton Delo/AdAge)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:55pm

Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event  —  Facebook to Sell Huge Audience of World Cup Fans to Advertisers  —  Test Could Be Extended to Other TV Events Like the Super Bowl  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World

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Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:50pm

Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction  —  This spring is shaping up to be a very contentious season for almost everyone that has a stake in the country's wireless airwaves.  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released …

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Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8 (Carla Marinucci/SFGate)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:36pm

Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8  —  New!  Obama to hit Y Combinator headquarters in Mt. View on May 8  —  President Obama will hit the Mt. View headquarters of Y Combinator, the hot Silicon Valley start-up funder and incubator …

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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:52pm
First time accepted submitter machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!" Or you could, y'know, invest money in at least some of them, and thereby increase their chances of succeeding.

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Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:30pm

Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App  —  Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers.  But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: A Smartphone With a Vaporizer Module

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:11pm
In celebration of 4/20 on Sunday, Mat and Mike spend this week's show getting high — on technology!






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Game|Life Podcast: President Dirtbike

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:11pm
WIRED editors talk Trials Fusion, PAX East and more on this week's Game|Life podcast.






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Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware (Nick Statt/CNET)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:00pm

Nick Statt / CNET:
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware  —  The sportswear company has decided that only software has a future in the company's technology vision.  That means cutting the FuelBand, and those who helped make it.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:32pm
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

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Free iPhone 5s Deal Proves Apple Isn’t So Special

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:24pm
Little more than six months after Apple tried to rev up a more diversified market for its iPhones by releasing a “premium” model (the 5s) and a “cheap” model (the 5c), the supposedly fancier phone is now available for free.






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Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:15pm

Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets  —  If you didn't get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon.  Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference …

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Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:05pm

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future  —  Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads  —  Facebook says it's not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it's tracking …

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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:51pm
New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"

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YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation (Sam Altman)

TechMeme - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Sam Altman:
YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation  —  Employee Equity  —  Startup employees often do not get treated very well when it comes to stock compensation.  New ideas float around occasionally, but lawyers are usually averse to trying new things …

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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:09pm
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

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