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With no remaining carrier partners, UK phone retailer Phones 4U set to close its 720 outlets (Christopher Williams/Telegraph)

TechMeme - 2 hours 23 min ago

Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
With no remaining carrier partners, UK phone retailer Phones 4U set to close its 720 outlets  —  Phones 4U collapses into administration as EE is final operator to hang up  —  Retailer's 720 outlets will not open on Monday, with 5,596 staff to be briefed by management …

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Google launches Android One smartphones for around $105 in India, supports seven local languages (The Economic Times)

TechMeme - 3 hours 28 min ago

The Economic Times:
Google launches Android One smartphones for around $105 in India, supports seven local languages  —  Google launches Android One, smartphones to be priced at around Rs 6,399  —  NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Google on Monday launched the first smartphones powered by its Android One operating system in India …

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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Slashdot - 4 hours 50 min ago
Zanadou writes "Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2's latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it's also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time. Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their phones. But even if iTunes users hadn't chosen automatic downloads, Songs of Innocence will still be displayed as an "iTunes in the Cloud" purchase. That means it will still be shown as part of your music library, even if you delete all the tracks. The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your "iTunes in the Cloud" purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list. Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was like waking up with a STD.

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New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It (The Intercept)

TechMeme - 5 hours 43 min ago

The Intercept:
New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It  —  AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted …

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Wernher von Braun’s Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket

Wired - Top Stories - 5 hours 53 min ago

Some of the most recognizable and iconic conceptual spacecraft designs ever proposed are those of Wernher von Braun’s space popularization campaign of the 1950s. This post will look at just one of them in detail: the three-stage ferry rocket for launching crews and cargoes through Earth’s atmosphere into Earth orbit that appeared in the pages […]

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Data on tech lobbying finds Google and Microsoft spend most; telecommunications, patents, and taxes are the top issues (Derrick Harris/Gigaom)

TechMeme - 6 hours 38 min ago

Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Data on tech lobbying finds Google and Microsoft spend most; telecommunications, patents, and taxes are the top issues  —  How Silicon Valley spends its money on Capitol Hill  —  I visualized a trove of data from MapLight about the issues on which internet companies are lobbying Congress.

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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:02pm
jyosim writes "Oculus Rift isn't just for gaming. Brendan Iribe, CEO of the VR company, says the immersive tech will be "one of the most transformative platforms for education of all time." In an interview with Chronicle of Higher Education, he imagined laser-scanning every object in the Smithsonian for students to explore, and collaborating in shared virtual spaces rather than campuses. "The next step past that is when you have shared space, and not only do you believe that this object is right there in front of me, but I look around and I see other people just like we see each other now, and I really, truly believe that you’re right in front of me. We can look at each others’ eyes. If you look down at something, I can look down at the same time. And it’s every bit as good as this. And if we can make virtual reality every bit as good as real reality in terms of communications and the sense of shared presence with others, you can now educate people in virtual classrooms, you can now educate people with virtual objects, and we can all be in a classroom together [virtually], we can all be present, we can have relationships and communication that are just as good as the real classroom," he says.

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With Apple Pay, Apple could be regulated like a financial institution (The Hill)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:50pm

The Hill:
With Apple Pay, Apple could be regulated like a financial institution  —  Did Apple become a big bank?  —  Apple's move into mobile banking could bring the tech giant under the same federal regulations as financial institutions.  —  At a product launch event this week …

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Katasi building tech to block calls, texts to drivers; currently stalled as Sprint reconsiders (Matt Richtel/New York Times)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:25pm

Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Katasi building tech to block calls, texts to drivers; currently stalled as Sprint reconsiders  —  Trying to Hit the Brake on Texting While Driving  —  People know they shouldn't text and drive.  Overwhelmingly, they tell pollsters that doing so is unacceptable and dangerous, and yet they do it anyway.

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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 8:05pm
wabrandsma) writes with the latest accusations about NSA spying activity in Germany. According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. Such a map doesn't just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them. The breathtaking mission is described in a Treasure Map presentation from the documents of the former intelligence service employee Edward Snowden which SPIEGEL has seen. It instructs analysts to "map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time." Treasure Map allows for the creation of an "interactive map of the global Internet" in "near real-time," the document notes. Employees of the so-called "FiveEyes" intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which cooperate closely with the American agency NSA, can install and use the program on their own computers. One can imagine it as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird's eye view of the planet's digital arteries.

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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:53pm
jones_supa writes Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X.

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T-Mobile CEO says Sprint is "not the enemy", applauds new CEO's efforts to "stop the bleeding" (Roger Cheng/CNET)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:25pm

Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile CEO says Sprint is “not the enemy”, applauds new CEO's efforts to “stop the bleeding”  —  T-Mobile CEO on Sprint: 'Put a fork in it.  They're done'  —  In an interview, outspoken John Legere talks about the suddenly lively Sprint as a competitor …

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3D-Printed Car Takes It's First Test Drive

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:38pm
An anonymous reader points out this advancement in 3D printing. This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print, and assemble an entire automobile, called the "Strati", live in front of spectators. Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motor with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months.

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NSA employees increasingly leave the agency to start security companies like Synack, Virtru, and Morta Security (Kashmir Hill/Forbes)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:50pm

Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
NSA employees increasingly leave the agency to start security companies like Synack, Virtru, and Morta Security  —  The NSA Gives Birth To Start-Ups  —  Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has been sweating it out in the spotlight this summer for converting his spy cred into a lucrative …

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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:24pm
An anonymous reader writes In a 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that Navy investigators regularly run illegally broad online surveillance operations that cross the line of military enforcement and civilian law. The findings overturned the conviction of Michael Dreyer for distributing child pornography. The illegal material was found by NCIS agent Steve Logan searching for "any computers located in Washington state sharing known child pornography on the Gnutella file-sharing network." The ruling reads in part: "Agent Logan's search did not meet the required limitation. He surveyed the entire state of Washington for computers sharing child pornography. His initial search was not limited to United States military or government computers, and, as the government acknowledged, Agent Logan had no idea whether the computers searched belonged to someone with any "affiliation with the military at all." Instead, it was his "standard practice to monitor all computers in a geographic area," here, every computer in the state of Washington. The record here demonstrates that Agent Logan and other NCIS agents routinely carry out broad surveillance activities that violate the restrictions on military enforcement of civilian law. Agent Logan testified that it was his standard practice to "monitor any computer IP address within a specific geographic location," not just those "specific to US military only, or US government computers." He did not try to isolate military service members within a geographic area. He appeared to believe that these overly broad investigations were permissible, because he was a "U.S. federal agent" and so could investigate violations of either the Uniform Code of Military Justice or federal law."

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Vimeo targets YouTube with nationwide TV commercial and updated iOS app for easier mobile uploads (Tanya Dua/Digiday)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:15pm

Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Vimeo targets YouTube with nationwide TV commercial and updated iOS app for easier mobile uploads  —  The YouTube-ification of Vimeo: Now with more baby videos  —  If you've hopped on to the New York City L train recently, chances are that you've come across a sea of blue: shrink-wrapped subway cars, plastered with Vimeo messaging.

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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:11pm
mdsolar writes with this story of a company that uses solar energy to recover crude oil. Royal Dutch Shell has teamed with a sovereign investment fund from Oman to invest $53 million in a company that manufactures solar power equipment designed for increasing oil production. Glasspoint Solar Inc. installs aluminum mirrors near oil fields that concentrate solar radiation on insulated tubes containing water. The steam generated from heating the water is injected into oil fields to recover heavy crude oil. This concept of enhanced oil recovery. involves high pressure injection of hot fluids to recover heavy crude oil. The use of renewable energy like solar power makes great economic sense, as the fuel cost associated with this enhanced oil recovery technology is practically zero. Shell hopes to employ this technology in its oil fields in Oman. The company hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with enhanced oil recovery operations. A large-scale successful implementation of this technology could be a game changer for major consumers like India and the U.S.. Both have substantial oil reserves, but are unable to tap them due to high costs involved in heavy oil recovery.

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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 2:00pm
SternisheFan notes reports about why Apple didn't use sapphire glass screens in the latest iPhones as many expected. Sapphire screens were part of the iPhone 6 design until the glass repeatedly cracked during standard drop tests conducted by Apple suppliers. So Apple abandoned its sapphire plans before the iPhone 6 product launch September 9. VentureBeat has learned that recent supplier channel checks by an IDC analyst yielded several reports of the sapphire failures and Apple's decision against using the glass material. As we heard on Tuesday in Cupertino, both the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus will ship with screens made of "ion-strengthened" glass. This was apparently Apple's second choice. IDC analyst Danielle Levitas says it isn't clear when exactly the drop-test failures took place, or when Apple abandoned plans for sapphire-screened iPhones. She says the poor drop-test results, combined with the relative high cost of sapphire glass, could have made plans to ship sapphire glass phones too risky. One researcher who covers GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was to produce the glass for the iPhone 6, wrote in a research note earlier this week that plans for the sapphire screens were cancelled in August, just weeks before the September 9 launch. The new Apple Watches (except the "Sport" version) do use sapphire for their screens. Levitas believes that the glass for the smaller 1.5-inch and 1.7-inch watch screens was less likely to break in drop tests.

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How Google set some test parameters when it passed Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing license exam in 2012 (Mark Harris/IEEE Spectrum)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 1:55pm

Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
How Google set some test parameters when it passed Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing license exam in 2012  —  How Google's Autonomous Car Passed the First U.S. State Self-Driving Test  —  Regulations governing Google's experimental self-driving cars will come into effect on California's roads starting 16 September.

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