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  • We talked to the guy who made a painting of Google's Eric Schmidt out of poop to find out why

    Eric Schmidt shit

    A portrait of Eric Schmidt smiled back at me. Except Schmidt was made of feces, and was one of three done in a series of "shitheads" by the artist Katsu. 

    The other two? Mark Zuckerberg and Katsu's pet cocker spaniel, which qualified because it always barked, he said.

    "They are the titans of the cloud. They may be worse than the worst oil tycoons," Katsu said. 

    It was Mark Zuckerberg (not made out of feces) that drew me into this exhibit. I was walking on Mission St. in the eponymous neighborhood of San Francisco when I noticed the poster marquees in front of the Gray Area Grand Theater had Mark Zuckerberg's face surrounded by doves with a giant R.I.P. 1984-2015. 

    As much as the Mission neighborhood has made a stink over its new techie neighbors, portraits made of feces and Zuckerberg marquees are not its normal mode of protest.

    Mark Zuckerberg marquees

    These were not the neighborhood's usual activists, as I realized when I entered the theater to find techies and artists taking photos in front of a giant backdrop of the National Security Agency's PRISM slides. 

    The theater is putting on the last show of an artist collective known as Free Art and Technology Lab, or FAT Lab, which once boasted Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti as a member. The New York-based group came to San Francisco to lament how technology has changed.

    NSA Prism slide

    "When I see cat videos, I don't see cats anymore," said Evan Roth, who co-founded the lab in 2007 just as the viral internet and sites such as KnowYourMeme.com were taking off. The open, viral culture of the internet changed, and now he views cat videos as Google tracking him with cookies and selling him to advertisers rather than the pure source of entertainment it once was.

    Even Kim Kardashian is in on the act, as an art piece. 

    In a back room, she cried clouds and the FAT Lab logo over the audience.

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    Below her was a performance art piece from Katsu.

    He had gone to the Tenderloin neighborhood, a low-income part of San Francisco that's now home to Twitter, and purchased $250 of crack cocaine. A 3D printer spent the night replicating his score at a much larger scale for a message about gentrification.

    Tenderloin crack printer

    A Sepia-toned Eric Schmidt was flashing with neon lights nearby.

    As Katsu explained the art to me, someone went to up to his other work and tried to take a hit from it.

    It was a hacked Star Wars toy that measures your brain waves. He'd set it up so that it heats up a bong. And in true San Francisco fashion, people were ignoring the signs and trying to smoke from it. 

    At least they were leaving their own weed behind.

    The headset at right is hacked so that it sends a signal to the bong to heat up.

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  • Here's everything analysts think will be in the next iPhone (AAPL)

    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have seen record-breaking sales and profits, but Apple isn't resting on its laurels. The Cupertino company's 12-month refresh cycle means the smartphone's next iteration is expected to drop this fall.

    Apple remains as tight-lipped as ever about the device's specs and features, but this hasn't stopped people from guessing. A new research note from Citi lays out what its analysts think will be in the iPhone 6s (as they are calling it).

    This includes:

    • Two phones — again. Apple's tactic of selling the iPhone in two sizes has been wildly successful, and there's almost no chance the company will stop now.
    • A better screen. Apple is already lagging behind Samsung when it comes to screen toughness, with the South Korean smartphone company using the latest Gorilla Glass 4 for its Galaxy S6. The iPhone 6, meanwhile, is still using Gorilla 3.
    • Force Touch. One of the key features of the Apple Watch, Force Touch can detect how hard the user is pressing the screen and react accordingly. Light presses can select an item, while a harder one will bring up a menu, for example. The tech has since been integrated into the trackpad on the newest MacBook, and it makes sense it will be used elsewhere, too.
    • Higher system specs. A no-brainer — every generation on the iPhone has come with higher specs than the one before it. Citi predicts a doubling of RAM, to 2 gigabytes, and a better processor, probably the A9 chip built by Samsung. This may boost speeds by more than 25%.
    • A redesigned camera. The rear camera, like other system specs, will see a bump — probably to around 12 megapixels (the iPhone 6 is 8MP).
    • Better casing. The iPhone 6s is expected to be an incremental upgrade, without a major redesign to its casing. But Apple may still improve the materials used, Citi argues, pointing to the Apple Watch's 7000 series aluminium, which is "60% stronger vs standard aluminium alloys." This could also avoid a rerun of "bendgate" — when some iPhone 6 owners' devices accidentally bent under pressure.

    Citi expects that the iPhone 6s will provide another extremely strong year for Apple. The iPhone 6 saw unit growth of 40% to 50% year-on-year; the incremental upgrade of the iPhone 6s should see growth of 34% in the 2015 financial year.

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  • The 7 heavy-hitters defending the web from cyberattacks

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    Browsing the web may be easy, but ensuring your digital safety is not.

    That's why there are hundreds of companies around providing numerous products to safeguard consumers and companies from malicious actors. While many of these companies offer seemingly identical products, some of the best are not only protecting users but researching what hackers are doing and exposing them.

    Here are a few of the most influential companies on the market today, the people behind these firms, and some of the important vulnerabilities they've brought to light.

     

    Kaspersky Lab: Eugene Kaspersky

    Kaspersky Lab was founded in 1997 by the storied Russian security specialist Eugene Kaspersky. From the beginning it has provided anti-virus software to large companies. But in the 2000s it expanded to offer more wide-reaching products including consumer and mobile security products.

    Its researchers have been known to expose some of the most famous hacking groups and their malware. These include Flame — which was discovered in 2012 as a highly advanced cyber espionage program — as well as the Equation group, which was just announced this year as a clandestine computer spying ring. Kaspersky Labs’ headquarters are in Moscow, although it has over 30 offices globally. 



    FireEye: Dave DeWalt

    FireEye is a California-based network security firm. It offers services meant to manage networks for potential threats as well as offer its customers detailed threat intelligence. The company has joined forces with federal authorities, universities, and other security groups to discover and combat various malware. Most recently, FireEye discovered a group of hackers known as FIN4, which was targeting Wall Street to steal insider information.

    Its CEO, Dave DeWalt, is a well-known heavyhitter in the cybersecurity scene. He worked as CEO of the security company McAfee, and then reportedly turned down 40 other positions until he settled on taking the helm at FireEye.



    Palo Alto Networks: Nir Zuk

    Founded in 2005, Palo Alto Networks is a network security company known for building advanced firewalls directed toward enterprise customers. Its founder, Nir Zuk, worked as an engineer at Check Point and NetScreen Technologies.

    Most of Palo Alto Networks’ products revolve around network traffic. The company has also made some important malware discoveries, most recently a family of malware known as “WireLurker” that took direct aim at Apple products. 



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  • From a college dropout to a $54 billion fortune — the incredible rags-to-riches story of Oracle founder Larry Ellison

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    As a child, Larry Ellison's adoptive father repeatedly told him he was good for nothing, according to Fortune.

    Today, Forbes estimates Ellison's net worth at $54 billion, making him the third-richest person in the US.

    Before he founded Oracle, the database software firm that made his fortune, Ellison grew up in a working-class Chicago family of Jewish immigrants.

    "I was raised on the South Side of Chicago," he said in an oral history for the Smithsonian Institution. "I remember Look Magazine called it the oldest and worst black ghetto in the United States."

    When Ellison was born in 1944, his mother was unmarried, according to a profile in Fortune. She gave him to relatives to raise, and Ellison never met his biological father.

    He dropped out of college twice — first from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then the University of Chicago — before moving to California and working odd jobs.

    In his oral history, he recalled, "I never took a computer science class in my life. I got a job working as a programmer; I was largely self-taught. I just picked up a book and started programming."

    When Ellison landed a programming job at Ampex Corporation, one of his responsibilities at the company was building a database for the CIA, Business Insider's Madeline Stone notes. In 1977, he and two coworkers left Ampex to start a database management company of their own.

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    Knowing that no one would want to take a risk on a brand new product, Ellison and his cofounders chose not to label their first release "Version 1.0." 

    "The very first version was Oracle Version 2," he admitted at a customer conference last year.

    Their ploy worked. Oracle's first customer was a big one: the CIA. Their product later became the most popular database ever sold. That success paid off for Ellison — according to the Wall Street Journal, he was the highest-paid executive in the US before he stepped down as CEO in 2014.

    Larry Ellison from ReutersBut becoming a billionaire was never his goal, he told the Smithsonian Institution. "When I started Oracle, what I wanted to do was to create an environment where I would enjoy working. That was my primary goal. Sure, I wanted to make a living. I certainly never expected to become rich, certainly not this rich."

    Now 70, Ellison has a lifestyle that he could only have dreamed of during his working-class Chicago childhood.

    "This is all kind of surreal," he told Mike Wilson, the author of "The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison." "I don't even believe it now. Not only did I not believe it when I was 14, but when I look around, I say, this must be something out of a dream."

    Ellison collects cars and private jets, and has his own America's Cup sailing team. His incredible real-estate portfolio includes a private golf club in Rancho Mirage, California; a $70 million house in Silicon Valley; the former summer home of the Astor family in Newport, Rhode Island; a historic garden villa in Kyoto, Japan; and the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai. And because he loves basketball, he's installed courts on at least two of his yachts.

    He has also given hundreds of millions of dollars to charity, particularly medical research and education. He also says that he plans to give billions more.

    Clearly, he's proven his adoptive father wrong.

    SEE ALSO: The 9 Youngest Billionaires In The World

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  • Charter Communications is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable for $195 a share

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    Charter Communications is close to a $55 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $195 a share in cash and stock, Bloomberg News reports. 

    According to those familiar with the agreement, Charter could announce the acquisition as soon as Tuesday. 

    The deal would combine Time Warner, the second largest cable provider, with Charter, the third largest cable operator in the US. 

    Bright House Networks, another cable company, will also take part in the deal. Bright House, TWC, and Charter will merge into one giant entitiy on par with Comcast.   

    Charter Chief Executive Tom Rutledge is expected to be CEO of the new combined company.

    The resulting company would make it the second largest cable company in the US. It would control cable and internet for about 20 million subscribers. 

    Charter made a $37.4 billion offer to purchase Time Warner Cable last year, but it was turned down.

    Time Warner Cable is currently valued at $48.4 billion. 

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  • Here's why pro gaming is exploding in popularity

    league of legends sk telecom 1 championshipsLast year, 27 million people watched the League of Legends world championships on the live-streaming site Twitch and ESPN3.

    That’s more viewers than the 23.5 million who watched Game 7 of the World Series and the 18 million who tuned into the NBA Finals.

    To anyone paying attention, pro gaming is exploding in America.

    One of the chief beneficiaries of that growth has been Team SoloMid, a top team that plays "League of Legends" — one of the world's most popular competitive video games. 

    We spoke with Dan Dinh, the vice president of Team SoloMid, to find out why pro gaming has exploded in popularity.

    1. Barrier to entry

    One explanation for the growth in pro gaming is the fact that people spend more time playing video games these days than they used to. People who like playing video games create a natural audience for pro gamers.

    And, according to Dinh, people are playing video games more because there's a low barrier to entry.

    “All you need is a computer, the game, the internet. With a sport, you need gear, equipment, a field or court to play on, and transportation. Video games — you sit in your room,” Dinh says.

    Former pro gamer Sean Plott expressed a similar point to us back in March

    "If you want to play soccer, you need a huge field. If you want to play football, you need armor! If you want to play squash, you need a court. If you want to play a video game, all you need is a computer and an internet connection," Plott said. 

    2. Games are staying popular for longer

    Video games used to follow the same business model. A developer poured millions into a game, sold it for $60 to paying customers, and that was it. Popular games like "Call of Duty," "StarCraft II," and "Grand Theft Auto V" all followed this model and went out of style relatively quickly.

    Today, e-sports like "League of Legends," "Defense of the Ancients," and "Hearthstone" are developed on the free-to-play model.

    Gamers can download the game for free but pay for premium content like new characters or customizations. For example, "League of Legends" routinely releases new characters like Bard the Wandering Caretaker (available for $7.50) or new outfits for those characters like a recent set of "pool party" outfits (also available for $7.50).

    “Now, you are a lifetime customer as opposed to a single payment. This makes the game more dynamic and keeps you engaged. It incentivizes developers to keep the game fun and updated,” Dinh says.

    The longer a game stays fresh, the longer it stays popular, which gives teams and leagues more time to build a fanbase and stars.

    3. A new kind of star power

    The democratization of the internet has allowed for the creation of accessible "micro-celebrities," Dinh points out. In the same way that YouTube stars like Jenna Marbles have replaced movie stars for many millennials, pro gamers replace traditional sports stars for many in the same age group. Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez, Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, and Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok are just a few of the stars made famous by pro gaming.

    These new stars still have the influence of superstars with their fan base but are more humble and connected — something millennials crave in their idols.

    “Players are not up in the sky. They’re down on the ground. They’re more relatable,” Dinh says. “That’s why the fan base is growing so fast. It’s really easy to connect to the players. These players are big-time celebrities in the game, but they don’t feel that way.”

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  • What's on tap for Google's big conference this week: expect watches, virtual reality, and a mystery Bluetooth device (GOOG)

    larry page googleIt’s Google I/O time again, the time of year when the Internet giant holds its annual developers' conference in San Francisco, showing off the cool stuff its army of engineers have been working on for the past 12 months.

    The event, which will take place on Thursday and Friday, draws thousands of attendees, all eager to hear from Google’s top brass — CEO Larry Page gave an impassioned and much-discussed talk about the state of the tech industry in 2013 — learn about the latest products, and get their hands on the free swag that Google typically doles out (last year, attendees got two free Android Wear smartwatches).

    Google hasn’t said who will be speaking at this year’s event, though it’s a safe bet that Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, recently promoted to be Google’s head of products, will be leading the show. And while Google hasn’t discussed which products will get the spotlight, we’ve put together a likely list.

    Android M

    The star of the show is likely to be Google’s Android operating system, especially if Google unveils the next version of the software, dubbed Android M.

    (Android versions are named in alphabetical order, with the current L version more commonly known as Android Lollipop. M could stand for any dessert — our bet is on Marshmallow, Milk Shake, or Mentos.)

    Buzzfeed reported it could include a fingerprint unlocking feature, which could allow Android smartphones to match the iPhone capability that allows users to unlock the phone just by putting a finger on a special sensor.

    Sundar Pichai The new Android could also provide users with more control over the personal information that individual apps access, enhanced support for voice commands, and built-in support for one-tap mobile payments through a new Android Pay feature, according to press reports. 

    Google could fold some of the new features into an update to the existing Lollipop version of Android rather than launching the brand new M version. A reference to Android M was spotted in the description of a session on the Google I/O calendar, but was promptly removed after news reports spread. 

    Hello Brillo

    The Internet of Things is a goofy name, but as a technology trend it’s hot right now. The idea is that PCs and smartphones are not the only things that should connect to the Internet. Your fridge, washing machine, car, and even the lights in your bathroom could all be so much better if they were hooked up to a network so they could exchange data and be controlled remotely.

    Google wants to help define this new interconnected world. Google purchased Nest, the maker of smart home appliances for $3.2 billion last year.

    But according to The Information, Google has another Internet of Things play up its sleeve called Brillo. Basically Brillo would provide a common platform for electronic devices to interconnect. The technology will be especially well-suited for low-powered electronic devices that don’t have a screen, according to The Information. 

    Competition to control the emerging Internet of Things is going to be tough: Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung are all working on technology too. 

    Mystery bluetooth device — Glass 2.0 or something else? 

    Google likes to take the wraps off new gadgets at I/O. Some turn out to be big hits, such as the $200 Nexus 7 tablet launched in 2012.

    Others, not so much. Witness the orb-shaped Q streaming media player, unveiled with great fanfare at the same 2012 conference, and then killed before ever landing on store shelves. 

    google glass skydivers mosconeGlass is another interesting example: Google unveiled the device with an over-the-top skydiver/BMX bike sequence at I/O in 2012. But Glass never caught on with the general public and in January, Google halted sales of the consumer version of Glass, noting that it was time for a “strategy reset.”

    So what’s this year’s surprise gadget?

    One tantalizing clue can be found in an April filing that Google made with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The filing is for a product identified only as “A4R-CAP1” and refers to a “Smart BLE device,” which means a smart bluetooth low-energy device. Most of the information in the filing is redacted.

    But one detail that bloggers have homed in on is the description of the device’s e-label. Some noted that the description for accessing the table — users swipe left-to-right and bottom-to-top to access certain information — sounded a lot like the way Glass is used, theorizing that this could be the first sighting of Glass 2.0.

    Business Insider recently reported that the Glass team now appears to be working on traditional eyewear as well as “other related devices.” So the mystery Bluetooth device could be one of various potential new products created by the Glass team.

    Or, given that Google also has initiatives in TV, virtual reality and other gadgets, A4R-CAP1 could be something else entirely. 

    Virtual Reality

    Google Cardboard

    Google made waves last year with its Cardboard virtual reality headset. As the name suggests, the product is actually a just cardboard shell that houses a user’s smartphone. With special software on the phone, the cardboard-smartphone combo becomes a makeshift VR headset. It’s a simple trick that gave Google a foot in the emerging VR market, which could become increasingly important for gaming, entertainment and even shopping.

    But with Facebook’s Oculus now set to release its Oculus VR headset in 2016 and Microsoft pushing forward with HoloLens, Google may decide it needs to make a bigger push into virtual reality. A Wall Street Journal report in March said Google is working on a special version of Android for virtual reality. 

    Cars

    Google and Apple both have their sights set on the ultimate mobile device: the automobile.

    Google’s Android Auto had its coming out party at last year’s I/O, with partnership announcements with carmakers and demos showcasing its capabilities. Android Auto currently requires that a driver plug their Android smartphone into the car to access all the features, but Google also wants to embed Android directly into the car. The Google I/O calendar has a couple of developer sessions focused on the car, such as “Designing for Driving” and “Getting your app on the road with Android Auto.” 

    Android Wear

    android wearThe battle for the wrist is now underway, with Apple’s recently released Watch challenging the first crop of smartwatches based on Google’s Android Wear.

    The Android Wear watches, which began shipping last summer, have not made a huge splash in the market and Apple’s entry into the business means the pressure will be on Google to jumpstart its wearables effort. New hardware partners, better battery life and enhancements to the Google Fit health-tracking software are among the expected improvements, according to some reports.

    Another interesting theory is that Google could make a version of Google Now, its personal assistant technology, for Apple’s Watch. 

    Photo sharing, minus the Plus

    A new online photo sharing and storage service may be in the offing, according to a recent report in Bloomberg. The new service would apparently be separate from Google+, the struggling social network that has until now served as the hub for many of Google’s photo sharing and storage features.

    In fact, Google+ has been something of a question mark since the group’s boss Vic Gundotra left the company in 2014. In March, Google’s Bradley Horowitz announced that he was leading Google’s “photos and streams products.” The launch of a standalone photo service will raise more questions about the future of Google+.

    We'll be at the show on Thursday — the first keynote kicks off at 9:30 am local time (PT) — and Friday, so check back then to see all the news. 

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  • Here's what happens when billionaire investor Mark Cuban returns to his college town

    Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is a proud member of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business class of 1981.

    He often returns to the school's Bloomington campus to offer his business advice and conduct Q&A's with students. 

    He also comes back to party at the local bars. 

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    In 2012, video surfaced of Cuban dancing to "Gangnam Style" at Kilroy's, a sports bar in Bloomington. 

    Cuban has been spotted at a number of local Bloomington bars over the last few years. Whenever he shows up, students and other locals flood the scene. 

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    Her Campus, a lifestyle web site with branches at many colleges across the country, described the scene when Cuban showed up in Bloomington in February 2012: 

    "'Hey Mark Cuban! The party is up here! Come crash my house!' shouted a man hanging halfway out the window from an apartment a few floors above the busy street.  He pointed across the road where lo and behold, Mark Cuban was walking with a group scuffling behind begging for pictures.

    We pulled him aside from the drunken crowd and asked what brought him to our little town of Bloomington.
    'I’m here to see two old friends of mine that live here,' he explained."


     Cuban's partying antics have been well documented. 

    After the Mavericks won their first championship in 2011, Cuban famously racked up a $110,000 bar tab while parting at Miami's Club Liv with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason TerryBrian Cardinal and Shawn Marion

    Cuban used to play for IU's rugby team, notorious for their wild parties.

    When he was still in college, he even bought his own bar, Motley's, in Bloomington. It was his first real business venture, and he had just turned 21. 

    "I took the proposition to [former IU rugby teammate] Evan Williams, and he got into the idea. We were both big proponents of beer and so, you know, I learned early you stick to the things you know," Cuban told local magazine Bloom Magazine. "Partying and drinking were things I was excelling at, for better or worse."

    This commercial for IU shows a noticeably cleaner version of Cuban's time in college.

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  • Man says he's found a way to hack a Starbucks gift card so extra money magically appears out of thin air

    People Drinking Coffee Starbucks

    For the second time in as many weeks Starbucks is facing allegations that its payments system is hackable.

    This latest claim comes from security researcher Egor Homakov. The computer expert performed an experiment on three Starbucks gift cards, reports the Daily Dot. He bought them to see if he could find any holes in the Starbucks gift card and mobile-payments system.

    Focusing on a common bug in payments software systems known as 'race conditions,' Homakov tried to see if he could figure out a way to hack his gift cards. The researcher calls these race conditions "very common bugs for websites with balances, vouchers or other limited resources (mostly money)" on his blog.

    While capitalizing on this problem is difficult to explain (it's writing a bunch of code and launching it at a very specific time), Homakov was essentially able to fudge the gift card recharging system and add money to his cards from ostensibly nowhere. It looked as if he was transferring money from one card to another, but because of this vulnerability he figured out how to increase this amount. This bug, if executed correctly, gives people the power to add funds from nothing based on a flaw in the system architecture.

    It took him six tries to figure out how to exploit the problem, but after all was said and done he had $20 on his gift cards.

    To make sure it wasn’t some technical error, he went to the closest Starbucks and bought himself a $15 meal. Afterward, to avoid any legal problems, he added $10 to his Starbucks accounts to make up for the money he had hacked.

    This comes less than two weeks after Bob Sullivan wrote on his blog about an alleged other Starbucks hack that made it possible for hackers to transfer funds from one account to another. For this issue, it seems hackers were able to crack user passwords using a technique known as brute force, and then transfer funds from the hacked accounts into their own card.

    If autoreload is programmed onto the app, the hackers can automatically withdraw funds from a person's bank account. A woman whose account was hacked reportedly saw more than $100 withdrawn from her account into a ghost Starbucks gift card in less than seven minutes.

    Both of these alleged hacker attacks take aim at Starbucks’ gift-card program and app. The coffee giant’s mobile-payments system is the biggest payments app on the market currently, and these two issues highlight potential vulnerabilities with its underlying technology. Or, at the very least, with the way it safeguards user accounts from hijackers.

    Starbucks responded to Bob Sullivan’s earlier allegations via a blog post, denying any formal hacks had happened to its systems. The company explained that it has "safeguards in place to constantly monitor for fraudulent activity and works closely with financial institutions." It added that customers' accounts are likely being hacked because criminals have obtained "reused names and passwords from other sites."

    This latest issue discovered by Homakov, however, seems to be an actual problem with Starbucks' technology.

    Business Insider contacted Starbucks about this most recent allegation, which alludes to an actual vulnerability in their gift-card framework. A spokesperson responded: "Like all major retailers, Starbucks has safeguards in place to constantly monitor for fraudulent activity. After this individual reported he was able to commit fraudulent activity against Starbucks, we put safeguards in place to prevent replication."

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  • Incredible before-and-after photos show how much New York City has changed since the 1800s

    new york before and after west villageThere's a new map that will help you chart exactly how much Manhattan has changed over the years. 

    This week, the New York Public Library released an interactive website that allows users to travel back in time using the Library's historical photography database. 

    The site, called OldNYC, features a digital map where users can view photos of the island dating as far back as the early 19th century.

    There are photos for almost every intersection in the city, so you can see the evolution of historical landmarks and even your own address.

    Here's a look at the lights of Times Square in 1920.



    And here is Times Square today.



    This is an intersection on 8th Avenue in 1925, 25 years before it would become home to one of the city's major transportation hubs.



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  • This 23-year-old gave up a corporate job to make $5,000 a month reselling thrift store clothes through an app

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    Back in 2012, when she was a student at the University of Arkansas, Alexandra Marquez downloaded the Poshmark app on a whim.

    She'd seen it mentioned on social media and was immediately intrigued by the concept.

    While it looks similar to Instagram, Poshmark allows you to sell clothing just like you would on eBay.

    "I was super addicted from the start," the 23-year-old says. "It was a great way to make money."

    Although many of Poshmark's 700,000 sellers use the app as a way to clean out their closets, Marquez had always been interested in running her own business.

    She began searching thrift stores for gently used items from department store brands and buying them to resell on the app.

    "I'm not going to lie, it was pretty challenging at first," she says. On average, she made $500 a month when she started out — not an insignificant amount, but not enough to live on, either. 

    Initially, she didn't know which brands and styles would sell on the app, and which wouldn't, so she spent time studying what was popular. Then, she'd go out and buy those items. 

    To get her listings noticed, she also focused on perfecting her photography skills. 

    After a year and half, she became a suggested user on the app, meaning that all new users were invited to follow her. That exposure led to more sales, and she began making around $5,000 a month. 

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    By then, she'd graduated from the University of Arkansas and taken a full-time job at a marketing company earning a $50,000 salary. But after a year, she left to focus on her clothing sales full time. "It was a great job, but I decided the corporate world wasn't for me," she explains.

    Now, she devotes three or four days of her week to shopping, with the goal of posting several new items every day. Local boutiques in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she lives, often sell their overstock to her at a discount. In addition to making regular visits to thrift stores, she also buys gently used clothing and accessories directly from women in her area. 

    Most of the clothing and accessories she sells are priced from $40 to $250, and she determines her prices by seeing what similar items have sold for on the app.

    Besides buying clothing that she'll later resell at a profit, Marquez doesn't have many costs that go into her business.

    She doesn't have the overhead of a bricks and mortar store, and doesn't even need to have her own website.

    Poshmark covers the shipping costs and credit card fees for each transaction, so she just pays a commission on each sale: $2.95 for anything under $15, and 20% on anything over $15. After that, she's left with a take-home pay of around $5,000 per month.

    Though being self-employed gives her the flexibility to work from anywhere and choose her hours, she admits that she's constantly on the app, no matter where she goes or what time of day it is. "I look at my phone from the time that I wake up until the time that I go to bed … and sometimes also when I get up in the middle of the night." Typically, she lists around 75 new items each month, and ships out anywhere from 15 to 40 sold items each week. 

    After her bills are paid, Marquez puts most of her extra money back into her business by buying more inventory to sell on the app.

    She doesn't live extravagantly, since her income isn't as predictable as it was in her corporate job, and she can't count on making the same amount of money each month. "The only downside is the unpredictability of sales," she says. Like any retail business, hers has seasonal fluctuations, and a slow month could mean she takes home $3,000 instead of $5,000.

    But for now, she's happy to trade some stability for the chance to be her own boss.

    SEE ALSO: 11 tips to start earning money doing what you love, from people who have done it

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  • Teenage hacker admits to stalking and 'swatting' female gamers who turned him down

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    A 17-year-old hacker from British Columbia, Canada, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to 23 charges of extortion, public mischief, false police reports, and criminal harassment.

    The teen had been targeting "mostly young female gamers" who had resisted his advances and denied his friend requests on the popular video game "League of Legends."

    The hacker, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, had been shutting down the internet access of those who rejected him, as well as posting their personal information online and calling them repeatedly.

    According to The Tri-City News, the teen would tell the police he was holding a family hostage, had napalm bombs, or had killed someone in the house, sometimes demanding ransoms. The teen would do this to force the police to send SWAT teams and police helicopters to his victims' homes.

    The practice, known as "swatting," has become prevalent in the gaming community, and it often targets those who are live-streaming their game-playing sessions, allowing an audience to see the SWAT team arrive.

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    The hacker would brag about the pranks on social media, streaming himself carrying out many of them.

    The most egregious case involved an Arizona woman who withdrew from the University of Arizona after the hacker threatened her and her parents. The hacker called the Tucson police, claiming he had shot his parents with an AR15 rifle, had bombs, and would kill police officers on sight.

    This prompted a SWAT team to raid the woman's home. He pulled the same prank five days later while the woman's mother was visiting and then again on her parents' house, where her father and brother were dragged out at gunpoint.

    His harassment didn't end there. He posted the woman's parents' credit-card information online, sent his victim 218 simultaneous text messages, and hacked into her email and Twitter accounts.

    His reign of terror peaked when he posted an eight-hour live stream on YouTube under the usernames "obnoxious" and "internetjesusob" of his swatting and harassing a victim in Ohio. People watching the stream notified the police.

    He was caught after numerous swatting incidents from September through December were identified as being from the same source, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

    The hacker was well known to Canadian law enforcement and was already on probation for similar crimes in Canada. The hacker was reportedly a member of the hacker group Lizard Squad, known for knocking both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline in 2014.

    After the hacker was arrested, the police uncovered numerous other false reports sent out by the hacker, including a 2013 bomb threat to Disneyland.

    SEE ALSO: 'Swatting' is a dangerous new trend, as pranksters call a SWAT team on an unsuspecting victim while the internet watches

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  • Apple has a crazy idea for the iPhone's home button that could make it much more powerful and useful (AAPL)

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    The iPhone's home button is already a crucial part of the experience — in addition to using it when you want to exit an app, the fingerprint sensor in newer iPhones lets you unlock your phone and verify your identity.

    Now, a recently published Apple patent application provides more evidence that the home button probably isn't going away anytime soon.

    The patent application, published on Thursday, describes a system in which you could use the iPhone's fingerprint sensor to actually navigate your phone. 

    Apple highlights a few specific-use cases in the images included with the document. The idea is to expand the functionality of the home button by incorporating Touch ID into other use cases beyond verification and unlocking your phone.

    For example, pressing down or holding the home button could launch the search function from the home screen. And, at the same time, the fingerprint sensor in the home button could be incorporated into games.

    Imagine you're playing a game that requires you to aim. Instead of pressing and dragging on the screen, you could rotate your thumb on the home button to adjust your aim, in turn preventing your fingers from obscuring what you're looking at on your screen.

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    Apple also mentions the idea of locking your iPhone into either portrait or landscape mode depending on which way your fingerprint is facing.

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    On the iPhone, you can currently hold down the home button to activate Siri, double press it to see which apps are open on your phone, press the home button to return to the home screen, or hold your finger over it to authenticate iTunes purchases. Apple has clearly already expanded the home button's functionality beyond its basic purpose, but the new patent application describes technology that would be able to read the intricate movements of your finger — not just how hard you're pressing.

    It's just a patent application, which means it's not guaranteed to ever become part of Apple's products. Still, it comes at a time when Apple has been experimenting with new ways to interact with gadgets. The Apple Watch and new MacBook both come with a technology Apple calls Force Touch that can tell how hard you're pressing rather than just where you're pressing. On the Apple Watch, this tech is integrated into the screen and on the new MacBook it lives in the trackpad. 

    That being said, Apple has patented all kinds of eccentric ideas pertaining to the iPhone's home button that probably won't become a reality. Earlier this year, an Apple patent described a home button that could pop out like a joystick to be used with mobile games. 

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  • Elon Musk is terrified that Google CEO Larry Page will accidentally create 'evil' robots that take over the world

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    One of the biggest things that keeps Elon Musk up at night doesn't have anything to do with Tesla or SpaceX — in fact, it's a fear that sounds like something from a science fiction film.

    In his new book, "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance writes about what Musk is truly afraid of.

    Here's Vance's account of a conversation he had over dinner with Musk, as it appears in the book:

    He opened up about the major fear keeping him up at night: namely that Google's cofounder and CEO Larry Page might well have been building a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind. "I'm really worried about this," Musk said. It didn't make Musk feel any better that he and Page were very close friends and that he felt Page was fundamentally a well-intentioned person and not Dr. Evil. In fact, that was sort of the problem. Page's nice-guy nature left him assuming that the machines would forever do our bidding. "I'm not as optimistic, Musk said. "He could produce something evil by accident." 

    This is not the first time Musk has spoken on the topic of artificial intelligence. He even said it could be the "biggest existential threat to humans" if it's not regulated properly when speaking at MIT's annual AeroAstra Centennial Symposium in October. 

    "With artificial intelligence we're summoning the demon," he said at the conference.

    According to Vance, Musk has always kept tabs on the development of artificial intelligence.

    "He's always had an eye on artificial intelligence because he's totally into sci-fi and he reads all of these books," Vance said in an interview with Business Insider. "And I think he's been investing in a lot of AI startups to keep an eye on them."

    But Larry Page, a longtime friend of Musk's, views artificial intelligence differently. He thinks there's an inevitable shift coming in which computers will be much more well-equipped to take on most jobs, and we should embrace it, as he said in an interview with The Financial Times last year. 

    "Their relationship is getting more complex, because Elon thinks Larry's a good guy in his heart, but he's worried he's making an artificial intelligence that can take over mankind and destroy it," Vance said in an interview with Business Insider. "And I think he feels on some level that Larry is naive in the sense that he thinks this will go right."

    Musk isn't the only figure in science and technology that feels strongly about the idea that artificial intelligence should be approached with caution. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking have both voiced similar opinions. 

    SEE ALSO: 11 fascinating things Tesla billionaire Elon Musk said in the new book about his life

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  • An artist is selling other people's Instagram photos for $100,000 each

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    The latest exhibition by New York artist Richard Prince is raising ethical questions in the art world. The reason? He's selling canvases that feature other people's Instagram photos.

    "New Portraits," first exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery in New York last year, features portraits of subjects that were not shot by Prince himself. Rather, they are screenshots of images other people have uploaded to Instagram. Prince has added his own comment below those already there, and printed the entire work on large canvasses. 

    The artworks are now selling in New York this weekend for around $100,000 (£64,000) each, Gothamist reports.

    One subject of the photos, DoeDeere, confirmed on Instagram that Prince did not seek permission before re-purposing one of her images. She posted on Instagram: "yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it's just a screenshot (not a painting). No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway."

    She said the canvass featuring her portrait sold for $90,000 (£57,500).

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    This isn't the first time Prince has flirted with copyright laws. According to Petapixel, Prince is: "notorious in the art world for taking other people’s work, 'appropriating' them as his own with various changes, and then selling them for large amounts of dough."

    So is Prince actually breaking the law? It's a gray area. If he were to make perfect replicas, it would be a clear infringement of the original artists' rights. However, fair use may apply if the work is "transformative."

    According to Stanford University Library: "At issue is whether the material has been used to help create something new or merely copied verbatim into another work."

    The minor changes Prince adds to each original Instagram photo help each work to meet the requiements of fair use. (To take a different example, when an author quotes another author in their book, they don't have to ask for permission because the excerpts are essentially source material). Similarly, parody is generally protected from claims of copyright infringement under US law. 

    The scenario is a good example of the new legal issues that "remix culture" have created. The internet is awash with altered, reposted, and aggregated content taken from other sources, frequently without permission. It has produced a huge wave of creativity — but also raises thorny questions about attribution and ownership. Sometimes the transformative fair use is clear, while at other times the "remixing" seems little more than theft.

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    One of the photos already included in Prince's show, for example, originally came from artist Donald Graham, who subsequently sent a cease-and-desist letter. But Prince sourced it from a different Instagram account, @rastajay92, which had sourced it from another Instagram account, @indigoochild. And yet Prince was hit with the cease-and-desist while the two Instagram accounts weren't, despite being the the only one of the 3 appropriators to have made any changes to the photo.

    We won't know for sure about the legality of Prince's "New Portraits" unless he's formally challenged in court. (And even a ruling could later be appealed.) DoeDeere said she's "not gonna go after him." But he has run into legal trouble before — and won.

    In 2013, a US court ruled that his "Canal Zone" artworks, which were based on earlier photos from photographer Patrick Cariou, constituted fair use.

    Here's an example of the alterations Prince had made, from Art in America magazine:

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    For now, Prince has both fans and enemies. 

    When "New Portraits" first exhibited last September, Jerry Saltz gushed in Vulture that "it's what [Prince] does in the comments field that is truly brilliant, and which adds layers on top of the disconcerting images. Here he is delving as deep as he ever has into privacy, copyright, and appropriation, twisting images so that they actually seem to undergo some sort of sick psychic-artistic transubstantiation where they no longer belong to the original makers."

    Art Net's Paddy Johnson took a different view with an article titled: "Richard Prince Sucks."

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  • The people who control the internet got together in a room and this is what they're worried about

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    On Thursday, in a large Romanesque ballroom on Manhattan’s Amsterdam Avenue, the people who make the big decisions relating to the underlying technology of what we call the "internet" sat discussing the future.

    There's a huge power shift happening in this world, away from US control and toward a more international approach. Most of the world-leading experts in this field were OK with this.

    But at least one internet pioneer, Vint Cerf, who now works for Google, worried that this could break the internet into warring fiefdoms that won't work well together.

    This conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security, held at at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, invited some of the best-known internet scholars and policymakers to discuss the technical and meaty topic known as "Internet Governance."

    Looming in the background was last year's announcement that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a US government agency, would relinquish its oversight of the global internet naming authority — the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

    While this issue isn’t making the front pages, it is a huge shift in power for the bureaucracies keeping the internet afloat. ICANN is the private nonprofit organization that oversees how domains are named and assigned. Up until now, the US has had formal oversight.

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    Despite this shakeup, Fadi Chehadé — the president and CEO of ICANN — assured the room that everything was okay. "The logical infrastructure of the internet is safe, resilient, and well governed," he said. "Most of the world now agrees on that."

    Sitting in the same row with Chehadé was former ICANN chair Paul Twomey, along with the president and CEO of the Internet Society, Kathryn Brown, and Beth Noveck, who runs New York University’s GovLab. 

    With the upcoming NTIA transition, they said, officials are scrambling to figure out how every country with a stake in the internet will get its voice heard. The term "multistakeholder internet governance" was the key buzzword, referring to a process of policymaking that attempts to include all involved parties using a consensus-based model.  

    While this sounds like a logical way for governing technology used by the whole world, not everyone is thrilled.

    Google’s chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, said during his opening remarks that a multistakeholder model could lead to some tension, and perhaps fragmentation of the internet.

    For example, one country's laws may not coincide with other perceptions of how online content should be disseminated. This could lead to localized data storage and perhaps even halt cross-border data flow. Germany is a great example of a country taking measures to keep its data within its borders. To Cerf, this is a frightening prospect. 

    Brown, on the other hand, believes that the multistakeholder model is just what is needed. "We’re not looking for global agreement," the Internet Society president said. "We’re looking for agreements; we’re looking for consensus where it needs to happen." This model is a way to reach decisions "that are sustainable, that are trusted, that are transparent," she added. 

    Next goal: Improving the integrity of information online

    Chehadé believes the next hurdle for the global internet community doesn’t relate the underlying infrastructure of the internet. Instead, he thinks it's time to focus on "what happens on the internet."

    He called this "internet integrity."

    He went on, "When I see something on the internet written about me ... How do you know it is a high integrity item? How do you know this is the truth?" Chehadé believes that the next issue to be tackled is not how the internet works (which is the infrastructure that ICANN has been overseeing for decades), but how to create a better way to ensure and protect the content disseminated on the internet.

    Even with this seemingly gargantuan project, the attendees seemed pleased with future prospects. In years past there were questions about how associations like ICANN could make proper internet decisions that relate to the global user base. That’s no longer the case.   

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  • Everything we know about Google's next massive Android update (GOOG)

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    It's been almost one year since Google officially unveiled its current version of Android, called Lollipop, which means it's just about time to see what the next major update will bring.

    Google is holding its annual developer conference next week, which is where it usually spills some details on the next version of Android. We probably won't see the final product — usually Google just gives developers a taste of what's to come — but we'll likely get a good idea of what the most important new features coming to Android will be. 

    Last year, Google gave Android a huge makeover with its new Material Design interface, which makes the software look more colorful and a bit smoother to use.

    Here's what we think may be coming in the next version of Android, based on various rumors, reports, and leaks. 

    It will probably be called Android M ... for now.

    Google usually picks a treat-themed name for its new versions of Android, and there's an alphabetical trend to each name. For example, Android 4.0 was called Ice Cream Sandwich, while Android 4.2-4.3 was called Jellybean, Android 4.4 was named KitKat, and the current version, 5.0, is called Lollipop.

    This means the next version will start with an M, although we don't know exactly what type of dessert Google will choose. They will probably just refer to it as M for the time being.

    Google accidentally confirmed this in a description for an "Android for Work Update" event at Google I/O, writing: "Android M is bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces." Google has since removed the listing.

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    It may let you login to apps without typing in a password.

    The next version of Android, which we'll call Android M for now, will reportedly come with a feature that lets you login to certain apps with your fingerprint without typing in a password, according to BuzzFeed News' Joseph Bernstein. Google is expected to announce the new feature at its event next week. 

    This feature probably wouldn't work on all Android phones though — it's worth noting that only a few devices actually have fingerprint sensors. These include the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, and HTC One Max among others. If this feature does come to the next version of Android, it seems like a clear indication that many more Android phones, including Google's own Nexus phones, will come with fingerprint sensors too.

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     The next version of Android will likely focus on smart home features, too.

    Google is reportedly working on new software that could power the next wave of "smart" refrigerators and light bulbs, according to a recent report from The Information. It will probably be part of the Android brand, the report says, which makes it sound like Google is developing a new type of Android specifically for the connected home, kind of like how Android Wear is a version of Android optimized just for wearables. 

    If this turns out to be true, there's a chance we'll see some new features that tie your phone closer to the appliances in your home within the next version of Android. For example, Google showed off a new feature in Android Lollipop that automatically unlocks your phone if you're wearing an Android Wear smartwatch. It wouldn't be surprising to see some small features such as these related to the smart home appear in Android M.

    There will probably be more integration with Android Auto.

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    Google is reportedly planning to make some big announcements around its connected car platform that will coincide with Android M's unveil, as Reuters reported in December. This hints that we'll see more functionality in the operating system that's optimized to work with Android Auto, which Google announced last year. Currently, Android Auto runs on your phone and then communicates with your car's infotainment system. That could change if Google decides to build an entire platform for cars.

    Notifications will become more intelligent.

    Google may be working on a new notification system that would unify alerts across all platforms, blog Android Pit reports. If you see a notification on your desktop or laptop, for example, it will automatically disappear from your phone so that you're not looking at old information. It's a small change, but one that could be really useful.

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  • 8 charts reveal everything you need to know about the monster rocket NASA is building to shuttle astronauts to Mars

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    Right now, NASA is constructing a monster rocket, called the Space Launch System, that will be the most powerful rocket ever built.

    This rocket is designed for NASA's future deep-space missions to an asteroid, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

    Taller than the Statue of Liberty and capable of carrying more than twice the payload weight of any of NASA'S former space shuttles, the Space Launch System will transport four astronauts at a time on board the agency's Orion spacecraft farther into space than any human has ever ventured before. The first unmanned test flight of this rocket is scheduled for September 2018.

    NASA's Marhsall Space Flight Center has created a series of charts and infographics that show just how revolutionary this rocket will be for the future of spaceflight.

    NASA will have to step it up to get a human into deep space — something they haven't done for more than 40 years. Here's where they're starting from:



    Check out past achievements for how far humans have ventured into space and where the SLS will take us next:



    And here's how the SLS compares to its predecessors:



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  • Apple has an ambitious plan to take over your entire home — but it's been a challenge for some developers (AAPL)

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    Almost one year ago, Apple announced HomeKit — a framework that allows people to develop home appliances that they could control using the iPhone.

    These can include smart door locks, light bulbs, garage doors, and other otherwise ordinary home products that can perform tasks based on commands issued from your iPhone.

    Apple and Samsung are both buying into this concept that we should be able to manipulate the objects around us using the tiny computers in our pockets and on our wrists.

    But, while they're all betting big on the so-called "Internet of Things" trend, none of these devices have really taken off yet. They're often more expensive than ordinary household products, and most people don't really feel like they need them yet.

    Apple could change that, but devices powered by HomeKit haven't even hit the market yet.

    We caught up with some developers and companies working on HomeKit products to learn about the types of challenges they've been facing so far and why they think a technology like this could be revolutionary.

    • The selection of components companies can use to make these products is limited. Since HomeKit is still relatively new, there aren't many Apple-certified components yet, according to Marcus Tempte, CEO of Friday Labs, which is currently developing a smart lock that works with HomeKit. "The process is a long one," he said to Business Insider when referring to certification. Companies making HomeKit products should also make sure they're careful about the component manufacturers they decide to work with. "What if you've bet on the wrong component? That is a gamble you're taking," he said. "Can you get components that are readily available that will make it through the certification?"
    • Because the selection is limited, it can be difficult to create a device that performs the way you want it to. Products compatible with HomeKit communicate with your phone either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The component options available for each product depend on which of these methods the product uses to talk to your phone, which can be limiting. "What we quickly discovered was that with the chipsets that were readily available, it was going to be a stretch," said one person currently working for a company developing a product compatible with HomeKit that requested to remain anonymous. In this company's case, the challenge came in working with component suppliers to find the right chips that would enable its products to perform smoothly while also offering long battery life since the selection is so slim. "It was a challenge to find a part that met all of those requirements," this person said. "[There's] a narrow field of chips that were a viable option for us."WWDC
    • HomeKit is really secure, which is good for users but can mean more work for developers. "There's a tremendous amount of encryption technology that's going into these accessories," this person said. "And that's honestly what's driven some of the concerns with chipsets." This high level of encryption — a security tactic that masks your data by translating it into an unintelligible code while it's being transferred between devices — is different than what this company has seen in connected locks that don't work with HomeKit, according to this person. If you don't have the right components to support the level of encryption Apple requires, you could end up with a device with poor battery life or laggy performance. "This is a situation where there's all this encryption that has to happen," this person said. "We can certainly do it, but at the expense of battery life or latency. That was something we definitely had to work through." None of these challenges have been significant enough to affect the timeline of the product this company is working on, but HomeKit certainly presented new obstacles. 
    • Apple controls everything developers can create on its HomeKit platform, so developers may not have the freedom to make whatever they want. Apple isn't open-source like Android — the company has pretty tight restrictions over the apps that can run on the iPhone and what you can do with it. So it's not surprising to hear that HomeKit will likely operate the same way. "The biggest challenges that a developer would probably face is that since Apple is really controlling, they're controlling what the devices do," said David McGraw, an iOS developer that created a test app with the HomeKit framework. "How flexible Apple becomes to the hardware vendors is probably the most challenging thing when interfacing with HomeKit.FridaySmartLock

    Despite these obstacles, it sounds like Apple created a system that saves developers a ton of work.

    The HomeKit framework handles all of the communication between devices, which means developers don't have to worry about doing it. Before HomeKit was released, developers had to create their own protocols to determine how something like a smart light bulb would communicate with your iPhone.

    "[It] gives developers a common language to work with," McGraw said. "To develop a means [of communication] between the device you're building and your iPhone, that's what takes a serious amount of time and investment." 

    We also reached out to Apple to learn about the type of feedback they've received from developers regarding HomeKit; we will update this post accordingly if we hear back. 

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  • 11 fascinating things Tesla billionaire Elon Musk said in the new book about his life

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    Like most high-profile CEOs, Elon Musk closes himself off from the outside world for the most part.

    While the public is familiar with the serial entrepreneur's professional life, we rarely get to see what he's really like.

    That's why Ashlee Vance's new biography about Musk is so captivating — it dives into some of the most personal moments of his life. 

    We often hear that entrepreneurs dedicate every waking moment to their business, and Musk takes that concept to an entirely new level, as Vance's book illustrates.

    Here are some of the most impactful quotes that provide some insight into the mind of the man that created Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal.

    On colonizing Mars: “I would like to die thinking that humanity has a bright future. If we can solve sustainable energy and be well on our way to becoming a multiplanetary species with a self-sustaining civilization on another planet — to cope with a worst-case scenario happening and extinguishing human consciousness — then, I think that would be really good.”



    On innovation: “I think there are probably too many smart people pursuing internet stuff, finance, and law. That is part of the reason why we haven’t seen as much innovation.”



    On competition within the space industry: “The list of people that would not mind if I was gone is growing. My family fears that the Russians will assassinate me.”



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider






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