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  • Keep People From Swiping To Other Photos With This iPhone Trick

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    People can be nosy, especially when it comes to photos on your phone.

    When handed a phone to check out a photo, there's always someone who who takes a quick look and then begins enthusiastically swiping through you library, oblivious to the idea that not all photos are meant to be public.

    Luckily, writer Christopher Phin has discovered a trick for presenting photos on your iPhone while preventing people from nosily swiping away.

    Here's how it works.

    First, head over to Settings General Accessibility and tap Guided Access. After toggling Guided Access on, you'll need tap Passcode Settings and either create a passcode or enable Touch ID, whichever you'd like.

    Next, head on over to your Photos app.

    Triple click the home button on your iPhone to enable Guided Access. At this point, you'll see it's still possible to swipe left or right, and that's because Guided Access still recognizes touch input.

    To turn off touch input in Photos, triple click the Home button again. After being prompted to enter your passcode or scan your fingerprint, you'll notice an option button appear at the lower left-hand corner of your screen.

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    Tap Options and then toggle off Touch.

    Just tap Done and then Resume and you're all set!

    You'll find that when you enable Guided Access in your Photos app (by triple clicking the Home button), no one will be able to swipe through any of your photos.

    To disable Guided Access and restore touchscreen capabilities, simply triple click the Home button, enter your passcode or Touch ID, and then tap End.

    If you'd like to see this in action, you can watch Christopher Phin's video tutorial below.

    SEE ALSO: We Now Know Why Retailers Blocked Apple Pay

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  • Rupert Murdoch's One-Word Answer For Why He's Still Working At 83 (NWS, FOX)

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    We've been at the WSJ's tech conference all week.

    All week, everywhere you looked, there was Rupert Murdoch, the 83-year-old chairman of News Corp, the Journal's parent company.

    He's been walking the halls just like every other attendee. He's been at every panel and interview, sitting in the front row. 

    Today, he went on stage to take questions himself.

    He was his usual quick-witted self. For example, he said that in his business, you can't succeed without making friends and enemies.

    He said: "On the whole, I'm proud of my enemies."

    With flashy socks and thick plastic rimmed glasses, Murdoch these days has the style of a much younger man. He doesn't exactly bound about with energy, but neither is he dragging himself from place to place. He keeps a step ahead of his (small) entourage.

    The other night, we buttonholed a News Corp executive and asked him how long he thinks Murdoch plans to keep working.

    This executive said that during a recent planning meeting, executives were discussing the notion that News Corp could move from its Time Square offices in Manhattan when the lease is up in seven years.

    Murdoch made a point to say that he'd still be coming to the office then, cranking away.

    Finally, as the conference closed today, we cornered Murdoch as he was leaving a the show's final session. 

    We asked him, after all the money he's made, prestige and power he's accumulated: Why is he still working?

    He gave a one word answer: "Curiosity."

    We pressed him.

    He said, "You've got to look to the future. You can't look back."

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  • A Complete Look At Google's Biggest Android Update Yet (GOOG)

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    Google is preparing to unleash its biggest Android update yet — Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    With its newest version of Android, Google has revamped the entire user interface in addition to adding some under the hood improvements.

    As per usual, Google's line of Nexus smartphones and tablets will be the first to get the update.

    Google also says Lollipop is designed to work seamlessly across all types of screen sizes, ranging from smartphones, to tablets, watches, and even televisions.

    Here's a quick tour of what to expect when Android Lollipop rolls out over the next few months. 

    Here's what the home screen in Android L looks like. Notice how the navigational buttons at the bottom now consist of simple shapes.



    Google has also added another folder called "Create" with its productivity apps, in addition to the standard "Google" app folder.



    You can really see the influence of Material Design in the app drawer. Notice how app icons look as if they were drawn on paper.



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  • This Chart Shows How The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The Technology In Your iPhone

    Nearly all of the technology in many of the world's most ubiquitous electronic devices can be traced to a single, taxpayer-funded source: the US Department of Defense.

    In an article promoted by the European Commission today, Italian economist Mariana Mazzucato wrote that sparking the world's economies after a long recession will require greater and riskier investment from government. She used Apple's wildly popular handheld devices as a present-day example.

    The world's biggest company may have more cash on hand than many actual governments. But the technological breakthroughs behind its iconic iPods, iPhones, and iPads were funded almost exclusively by government agencies — and by one particular segment of one particular country's government.

    As the chart below demonstrates, there's little in these devices that doesn't owe its existence to the US Department of Defense in some form or another. 

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    Later devices saw investments from the Navy for their GPS capabilities, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded Siri. In fact, the parent company of Siri's creator, which was acquired by Apple in 2010, still gets over half of its revenue from the Department of Defense, according to a report they published earlier this year.

    Highlighting an idea from her recent book on the relationship between the private and public sectors, Mazzucato explains that achieving missions like putting a man on the moon required "a confident ‘entrepreneurial state’ willing and able to take on the early, capital-intensive high risk areas which the private sector tends to fear."

    The US military was often the one taking "capital-intensive risks" that resulted in Apple's line of products. And the result is a family of devices so widely used that it's difficult to imagine the world without them.

    SEE ALSO: 15 astounding technologies DARPA is creating right now

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  • A Top NYPD Official Just Said A Bunch Of Wild Stuff About Weaponized Drones

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    NYPD Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace appeared on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday and discussed why the police are increasingly concerned drones could pose a terrorist threat.

    "Can a drone be weaponized? Definitely," DiPace said.

    He went on to outline the various scenarios where a drone could cause a "catastrophe."

    Drone Bombs

    DiPace said the NYPD is worried a terrorist could attack the city by arming a drone with explosives.

    "You can get a fixed wing drone, it's a model plane but it could be 10 feet tall, can travel up to 200 miles an hour. So if you flew it into a building, could it cause damage? If you packed it with explosives? Definitely," explained DiPace.

    Mid-Air Collisions

    NYPD officials told "CBS This Morning" there have been incidents where drones flew dangerously close to police aircraft. DiPace said they are very concerned about potential collisions between drones and helicopters or planes in the skies above the city. 

    "Worst case scenario, when it comes to drones, is that a drone collides with an aircraft over the city of New York, and we have a catastrophe," DiPace said.

    Chemical Attacks

    DiPace also discussed the possibility a drone could be used to deliver "a chemical agent into an area," particularly over a large crowd.

    "Special events take place, open venues, open stadiums. We've seen the drone modeled as a crop duster, so that's not to say a drone couldn't go over a crowd and spray a chemical over a crowd or a biological agent over a crowd. Very, very big concern," said DiPace.

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  • Kevin Spacey: Netflix Made A LOT Of Money On 'House Of Cards' (NFLX)

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    On Wednesday, actor Kevin Spacey gave an inspiring, funny, and f-bomb-filled talk about how big data is changing the world at a conference hosted by IBM in Las Vegas.

    Spacey was there thanks to his breakout Netflix hit, "House of Cards," and he offered a number of interesting insights about it.

    For instance, he said that when promoting shows, Netflix tailors its trailers to individual viewers. If you watch a lot of Kevin Spacey movies, your clip will feature a lot of Spacey. If you watch a lot of action flicks, your clip will feature action sequences.

    That's the kind of the thing that can't be done on regular TV or cable.

    He also indicated how much Netflix invested in "House of Cards" and how this ad-free model of internet-streaming TV can be very profitable.

    Spacey said that it was "widely reported" that Netflix spent $100 million to create the first season of "House of Cards," although, in his best Frank Underwood accent, he also insisted he could not "confirm or deny" that figure. (But, we're fairly certain he'd know. He not only starred in the show, but was one of its executive producers.)

    Industry pundits scoffed at the time, Spacey said, "[They said] we'd never make that money back."

    The team calculated Netflix would "have to sign up 565,000 more members to break even," he said. Since the launch of "House of Cards" in February 2013, Netflix has brought in "he believes" about 17 million new members, he said.

    Those numbers basically check out. The first season aired in February 2013. The internet-streaming service has grown to 50.7 million paid internet-streaming members worldwide, it said when it reported earnings earlier this month. That's up from 27.5 million at the end of 2012, when it reported earnings in January.

    Although Netflix didn't grow subscribers last quarter as fast as Wall Street wanted, that success was not lost on others like HBO and CBS, both of whom are going to start offering their own shows through internet-streaming subscriptions.

    More of that kind of competition from internet TV is likely to come, too.

    The FCC said earlier this week that it is spearheading a proposal to create rules for internet streaming that won't allow the cable or satellite companies to interfere with the internet television subscriptions they deliver, even if those subscriptions compete with their own offerings.

    SEE ALSO: IBM's Ginni Rometty Just Confessed To A Huge Failure — And It Might Be The Best Thing For The Company

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  • There Are 48 Billion Reasons Why Retailers Are Going To War With Apple (AAPL, WMT)

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    Apple and major retailers are at war over how people buy stuff in stores.

    But while Apple Pay makes things easier for customers to make purchases, there are potentially billions at stake for the retailers refusing to accept it.

    It comes down to two major things:

    1. The fees retailers have to pay to credit card companies and banks with each swipe.
    2. The personal shopping data retailers don't get when a customer uses a credit card.

    The credit card fees are probably the most important. Most credit card companies take about 2% or 3% of each transaction. Retailers paid approximately $48 billion to credit card companies in 2013, according to Business Insider Intelligence analyst John Heggestuen. That's a lot of potential revenue retailers would like to keep. 

    That's why the Merchant Consumer Exchange (MCX), a group of major retailers, is building its own rival to Apple pay called CurrentC. CurrentC is an app that connects to your checking account and lets you pay for stuff at MCX members like Wal-Mart and Target by scanning a barcode on your phone. As it stands now, credit card companies don't want to partner with CurrentC like they have with Apple Pay, according to sources with familiar with major credit card companies' plans. 

    CurrentC is designed to disrupt the model credit card companies put in place. Instead of paying fees to the credit card companies, MCX retailers will be able to withdraw the money directly from a customer's bank account.

    Even if CurrentC isn't as versatile as Apple Pay, MCX retailers at least have to give it a try.

    Credit card companies can charge those fees because credit cards are easy for customers to use, and customers like using them. They also provide security and other services to customers and merchants.

    Major retailers would probably lose a ton of business if they decided to stop accepting credit cards, so paying that ~3% cut to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc. is worth it for now. And Apple Pay is very tiny. Fewer than 1 million people have it on their phones. Meanwhile, there are about 600 million credit and debit cards in circulation in the US. Plus, only a tiny fraction of retailers accept Apple Pay compared to regular credit cards. If digital wallets like Apple Pay are the future, it's not going to happen any time soon.

    us credit volumeWal-Mart, one of the leaders in MCX, is a good example. It's suing Visa, claiming Visa illegally fixes the fees it charges retailers. Wal-Mart famously sells products at thin margins, so it needs to protect every dollar it can, especially in light of increased competition from Amazon.

    Then there's the data retailers can collect about you when you make purchases using CurrentC. Right now, much of that data is only given to the banks and credit card companies. Apple Pay is even more anonymous and encrypted, meaning the retailers have absolutely no idea who you are and what you're buying.

    Without that data, retailers can't offer you targeted awards, coupons, advertisements, and so on. CurrentC will have all that stuff built into the app, so you can redeem offers through your phone at checkout.

    So yes, MCX retailers are removing a potentially good payment option from customers in an effort to battle credit card companies, but from their perspective, the gamble on CurrentC could save them billions. If not, it'll be relatively easy for them to start accepting Apple Pay and similar digital wallets.

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  • Microsoft Confirms Another Round Of Layoffs Just Happened (MSFT)

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    Another round of layoffs hit Microsoft employees on Wednesday as part of the company's massive 18,000 layoff announced in July.

    About 3,000 employees were let go, reports ZD Net's Mary Jo Foley.

    Microsoft company confirmed the layoffs to us with this statement:

    “We've taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July. The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries."

    Sources told Foley that these cuts are mostly coming from human resources, finance, sales and marketing and IT.

    In July, Microsoft said it was immediately cutting 13,000 employees, nearly all of them, 12,500, from Nokia, which would leave about another 5,000 employees to cut. In September, Microsoft let go about 2,100 employees.

    However, we also heard that not all of the original 13,000 were actually cut immediately and so another round will likely happen. Looks like that will be done in early 2015, Foley is reporting.

    Microsoft had promised that the majority of the layoff would be done by December. However when it announced the layoff, it also said it might make additional cuts throughout its fiscal year, which ends in June.

    In those first round of cuts, test engineers across the company were the hardest hit, sources told Business Insider, because CEO Satya Nadella is changing the organizational structure of how Microsoft builds products.

    The second round occurred across the board in "many different teams, functions and countries," a source told us.

     

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  • Not Even Mike Tyson Himself Can Beat 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'

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    Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was on "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday. So of course Jimmy Fallon got the boxer-turned-actor to play a Nintendo classic: "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" 

    "I always thought it would just be an amazing thing if you played 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!' and tried to fight yourself," Fallon says. 

    The game is notoriously hard as you go up the ranks. Even Tyson knows how hard the game can be; he's played it before

    "I would be killed, man," Tyson says. "He beats everybody ... I've only met one little kid around 10 years old who said he beat me." 

    It doesn't take much persuasion, however, and soon Tyson is standing in front of a giant screen, facing off against himself. 

    Unfortunately, the match doesn't last long, and, like so many before, Little Mac is knocked out in a TKO. 

    Watch the whole fight in the video below:

    SEE ALSO: 7 of the coolest secrets in the game "Destiny," and how to find them

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  • SNL Star Michael Che Offends With Sexist Facebook Status About Catcalling

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    Yesterday, a video about catcalling took over the internet.

    It was taken from the perspective of a woman who walked around Manhattan with a camera, and documented the times when she was catcalled, spoken to, whistled at, or commented on. 

    It happened 112 times. Women on Twitter and Facebook were commiserating with the filmmaker, and many men and women were surprised that this kind of attention is unwanted, or even considered to be harassment.

    The video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times.

    Men including SNL star Michael Che, who took to Facebook to comment the following. He likens the catcalls to times when people come up to him on the street, recognizing him from SNL.

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    The amount of "likes" on the post is concerning, as were some of the comments from women and men below his statement.

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    He then posted to Facebook again, using a somewhat sarcastic approach.

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    You can watch the full video below:

    SEE ALSO: The Director Of The Viral Catcalling Video Explains Why It Was Street Harassment

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  • In One Simple Sentence, Alibaba’s Jack Ma Shows How Easy It Is To Find Happiness At Work

     Alibaba Group Jack MaAlibaba founder Jack Ma is the richest man in China. His rags-to-riches life story serves as a true inspiration to many startup entrepreneurs.

    But what makes him even more special are the inspirational things he occasionally says. In fact, he even runs his own blog where he often shares his thoughts on business and life in general.

    On Tuesday, Ma wrote on his blog how work happiness could be achieved with a simple change in mindset. 

    Ma tells the story of his encounter with a customer service employee working at an airport in Alaska. That employee, who turned out to be a geneticist, had to move to Alaska because of her husband’s work, and find a less lucrative job. Yet she sounded extremely happy with her new position, even while working a night shift. 

    Ma writes that it’s “your own attitude” that makes work happy. He points out that there are two types of people: those who find happiness even in poor working conditions, and those who are always upset regardless of the importance of their jobs.

    “A good job isn’t something you go out and find, it’s something you discover while you’re working,” he writes.

    Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts started coverage of Alibaba on Wednesday and estimated that its shares could go as high as $178. That would make the company worth $500 billion.

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  • Here's How Uber's Tipping Policy Puts Drivers At A Disadvantage

    uber driverUber drivers have told us that they're not making anywhere near the $90,000 Uber says they could be making.

    They're upset. Some say they aren't even making minimum wage.

    One way Uber could easily help solve this problem for its drivers is by allowing them to collect tips.

    Currently, when you use Uber's app, there's no option to add a tip.

    "Being Uber means there is no need to tip drivers with any of our services," Uber says in a blog post. This does not mean your Uber driver is receiving a tip, necessarily.

    Your Uber fare includes a 20% tip when you take UberTAXI, a partnership between Uber and existing taxi services. But if you're riding in an UberX, UberBlack, or UberSUV vehicle, there's no way to include a tip for your driver.

    Lyft, one of Uber's rivals, lets you tip through its app. And for some, it's common courtesy to include a tip when you take a cab.

    This summer, Uber cut the price of an UberX ride by 20%, which drivers have protested because they're not making as much. Uber says that the low fares would increase demand, so drivers could recoup those losses.

    Some drivers feel that having an option to include tips could make up for UberX's low fares.

    "Even with the higher commission and lower fare, if the tips were back on the table, drivers feel they may be able to earn a livable wage," Joseph De Wolf Sandoval, an Uber driver and president of the California App-Based Drivers Association, a nonprofit that was the driving force behind a recent country-wide Uber drivers protest, told us.

    Business Insider has reached out to Uber for comment on its tipping practice, or lack thereof. The company pointed us to a section of its website called "Do I Have To Tip My Driver?," which says: 

    Being Uber means there is no need to tip drivers with any of our services.

    When using uberTAXI (requesting a ride from a cab via the Uber app, available in select cities), drivers will input the metered fare into the Uber driver application. A default 20% of the metered fare will be automatically added and paid to the driver as a gratuity. You can select the percentage amount of the gratuity by signing into your account at uber.com then clicking the ‘Payment’ link at the top.

    Late last year, a federal judge ruled that drivers could sue Uber for deceptive marketing that told its passengers that Uber's fares included a tip, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    "Uber's marketing initially said 'The tip is included in the fare,' and that was absolutely not the case," De Wolf Sandoval told us. "The fare has always been the calculation of the distance and the time and the base fare and any surcharges and any tolls.

    "And never has there been, in UberBLACK, UberSUV or UberX's platforms, a calculation for the tip. And it's impermissible, from a labor standpoint, for management to take a percentage of tips. And surprisingly, Uber tried to get away with it anyway by saying 'The tip is included in the fare' — but that would also mean they're taking a percentage of the tip, if they're taking 20% off the fare."

    Some drivers we spoke to say they've had customers who want to tip, but can't do it through the app.

    "If a rider absolutely insists on providing an additional cash tip, drivers are of course free to accept it," an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider last month.

    SEE ALSO: UBER DRIVERS SPEAK OUT: We're Making A Lot Less Money Than Uber Is Telling People

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  • Here's Why Instagram Demographics Are So Attractive To Brands

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    Instagram has suddenly become the go-to social network for young adults and teens in the United States. 

    In a new report from BI Intelligence, we unpack data from over a dozen sources to understand how social media demographics are still shifting, including the migration of young users to photo-based social networking. 

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    Here are a few of the key takeaways from the BI Intelligence report:

    The report is full of charts (over 20 charts) and data that can be downloaded and put to use.

    In full, the report:

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  • Google Just Put Its Giant New Smartphone Up For Preorder, And It's Already Sold Out (GOOG)

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    Google just put its new Nexus 6 up for preorder, and the giant phone is already sold out. Both the 32GB and 64GB are out of inventory in the Google Play Store.

    This isn't uncommon, however, as Nexus phones have always sold out quickly in years past. The Nexus 4 was out-of-stock constantly when it was released in 2012.

    It's unclear whether or not the phones are just selling extremely fast, or if Google isn't making enough of them at launch.

    Either way, it looks like Android fans are eager to get their hands on the new phone: 

    The Nexus 6 is Google's largest and most powerful Nexus phone yet. It'll be available at full price (starts at $649) in the Google Play Store next month, but this is the first time all five major US carriers will be offering the phone as well. 

    SEE ALSO: Big, Beautiful Photos Of The Nexus 6

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  • HP's Crazy New 'Sprout' Computer Ditches The Keyboard And Mouse (HPQ)

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    HP just announced its newest all-in-one desktop computer, the Sprout, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before.

    Instead of a keyboard and mouse, the Sprout features a touch mat with a capacitive touch screen.

    The most eye-catching feature of the Sprout, however, is the "Sprout Illuminator," which is attached to the top of the Sprout's display and extends out and over the touch mat.

    The Sprout Illuminator contains multiple devices designed to capture and project things onto the touch mat. Inside the Sprout Illuminator resides a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera, and a projector.

    While it all looks a bit wild, the Sprout combines these various technologies to create a fully touch-based system that is supposed to make the creative process easy for the user.

    At its heart, the Sprout is designed to blur the lines between real-world objects and those inside the computer, and the entire apparatus makes it easy to capture, scan, import, and manipulate both physical and virtual objects.

    Here's how it works:

    Say you were designing a poster and wanted to include something that exists physically, like an origami crane.

    By placing it on the touch mat, the Sprout can scan and capture both 2D and 3D objects.

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    Those objects are then free to be altered and manipulated using either the touchscreen display or the touch mat, which acts as both a second screen and an input device.

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    For those times when you need to use a keyboard, the Sprout will project a keyboard onto the touch mat, and the Sprout's 23-inch touchscreen display is designed so you'll never need a mouse.

    HP is also announcing a collection of apps designed to play nicely with the Sprout, but since the Sprout runs Windows 8.1, it will always act like a full-featured PC.

    The Sprout's specs are fairly standard when it comes to desktop PCs. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 745A  graphics card.

    Inside the Sprout Illuminator housing you'll find a DLP projector, a 14.6-megapixel camera, a RealSense 3D camera, and an LCD lamp for illuminating the touch mat.

    The HP Sprout is certainly a unique device with some promising potential for artists and designers; it starts at $1,899.

    To get a better sense of what the Sprout is capable of, you can watch the launch video below.

    SEE ALSO: We Now Know Why Retailers Blocked Apple Pay

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  • Former Google Exec: Here's 'One Thing The Media Gets Wrong About Google'

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    Google gets a lot of media coverage. What do people often get wrong?

    "Easy, the level of importance of all the perks," former SVP of Product Jonathan Rosenberg writes on Google+.

    Between the crazy-good health insurance, shuttle rides, instantaneous tech support, abundance of dogs, and delicious free food, employees have a lot to be grateful for. Rosenberg's argument, though, is that the media over-covers those benefits. Employees take those perks for granted compared to another aspect of working at Google. 

    "When we ask employees, we’ve found that [the perks] aren’t what ultimately keeps people at Google," he writes. "The biggest motivator for Googlers is actually the opportunity to work on audacious projects. Self-driving cars, Google Fiber, Google Loon – these and so many others are the kind of things that spark people’s imaginations and get them excited about coming into work each day."

    Making magnetic nanoparticles that will search through your body looking for cancer and other diseases probably falls under that umbrella, too. 

    "Proximity to crazy ideas and the people who dream them up is probably the single greatest perk we can offer," former CEO Eric Schmidt added.

    Check out more Google advice in Rosenberg and Schmidt's new book "How Google Works." 

    SEE ALSO: Brilliant Management Advice From Google's Former CEO On How To Build A $300 Billion Company

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  • Products Don't Become Interesting Businesses Until They Have 1 Billion Users, Mark Zuckerberg Says

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Most startups strive to obtain a few million users. The really successful ones get tens or hundreds of millions of users.

    But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't think any product is a truly compelling business until it hits 1 billion users. It took Facebook eight years to become that big.

    The number of products that reach 1 billion users can probably be counted on one hand (Google, Facebook ...). But over the next five years, Zuckerberg says he believes multiple Facebook products will reach that kind of mass scale. WhatsApp, which Facebook recently acquired for $22 billion, already has 600 million monthly active users.

    Zuckerberg thinks Search, Newsfeed, Groups, Instagram, and WhatsApp all have the potential to connect 1 billion+ people individually, and it's his near-term mission to make sure that happens.

    "This may sound a little ridiculous to say, but for us, products don't really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about 1 billion people using them," Zuckerberg said Tuesday during Facebook's third-quarter earnings call. He said News Feed already reaches 1 billion people, and that's why Facebook is focused on making content there better, and its ad products stronger. 

    "Over a five-year time frame, we have a number of services, which we think are well on their way to reaching 1 billion people," he said. "Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Search are a number of them. And once we get to that scale, then we think that they will start to become meaningful businesses in their own right. And I think that the right way to think about that, as I've tried to say repeatedly on these calls is, not that we're going to try to monetize them very aggressively in the next year or two, because I really think for each of those categories, the right strategy is to first focus on connecting 1 billion-plus people and reaching the full potential before very aggressively turning them into businesses.

    "But I do think that this is such a big opportunity ahead of us. I can't think of that many other companies or products that have multiple lines of products that are on track to reach and connect 1 billion that have a clear path of how we can turn them into a business. So that will be a very fun and exciting challenge to work on over the next five years."

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  • Google Created A Crazy, Colorful, Candy-Filled Event Space For Its Biggest Software Update Ever (GOOG)

    Google hosted an event in New York City on Wednesday to showcase its new operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and its Nexus tablet and smartphone, TV streaming device, and smartwatches. 

    Google has called Lollipop its "largest, most ambitious" Android release yet. With Lollipop, Google introduced "material design," an overhauled interface aesthetic that's sleek and brightly colored. 

    In honor of the release, Google created a rainbow, candy-filled wonderland to show off the goods.

    Check it out: 

    Attendees were greeted by an Android sign made completely out of real hard candy:

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    And there were plenty of sweet treats for the taking:

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    In Google colors, of course:

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    Downstairs, all the products were arranged around this beautiful lollipop sculpture:Lollipop

    Throughout the space, Google incorporated the bright colors of material design: Lollipop

    Everywhere you looked, there was candy. Here's the Nexus 9 tablet: Lollipop

    Google gave out little baggies so attendees could load up. Even the candy behind the product demo station had scoops:

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    Android robots of all sizes were scattered all over the place, too:

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    Everyone was given plenty of time to try out the devices:

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    Here's a look at the new Nexus smartphone:

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    And some smartwatches running Android Wear:

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     This arrangement reminded us of the candy Dots:

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    Google also had cute (inedible!) displays for all its past Android versions, like cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, and so on:

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    Goodbye, KitKat. Hello, Lollipop!

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    So much sweetness:

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    Even the drinks were meant to match colors from material design:

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    Back upstairs was another cool seating area:

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    It was definitely a sweet event:

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    SEE ALSO: What Some Of Google's Most Elite, Entrepreneurial Employees Are Doing Now

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  • The 20 Most Popular TED Talks Of All Time

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    Nonprofit organization TED launched in 1984 with a mission to present ideas worth sharing.

    It has since become a cultural phenomenon, bringing together thought leaders from around the globe to give short, 18-minute talks about ideas that could change the world.

    Of the more than 1,800 TED Talks, which have been viewed a total of 2.5 billion times across all platforms, a few have risen to the top. The following 20 talks are the most popular ever on Ted.com.

    This is an update of an article written by Samuel Blackstone and Aimee Groth.

    20. Keith Barry hacks the most complex thing in nature, the human brain.

    Views: 8 million

    Keith Barry is well known in Europe for his mind-blowing (literally) stunts. Some call him a magician, others call him a brain hacker. Whatever the name, Barry entertains with "brain magic," composing routines that exploit the human mind's loopholes and bugs. The effect is a revealing look into the complex software between our ears. 

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    19. David Blaine explains how he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes.

    Views: 8.5 million

    Magician David Blaine reveals how he hit this world record and why he chooses to put his life on the line to entertain audiences. When he decided to see how long he could hold his breath, for example, a surgeon told him anything longer than six minutes would risk serious brain damage. "So, I took that as a challenge," Blaine says.

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    18. Cameron Russell describes what it's really like to be a supermodel.

    Views: 8.5 million

    The Victoria Secret underwear model knows that she "won a genetic lottery," but she also admits that she is insecure, since she has to think about what she looks like every day. "If you ever are wondering, 'If I have thinner thighs and shinier hair, will I be happier?' you just need to meet a group of models, because they have the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes, and they're the most physically insecure women probably on the planet."

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  • Big, Beautiful Photos Of Google's Gigantic New Phone, The Nexus 6 (GOOG)

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    Google recently unveiled its newest smartphone, the Nexus 6, and it's the company's largest phone yet. It comes with a massive display that's even larger than the iPhone 6 Plus'.

    But the Nexus 6 isn't just Google's biggest phone; in fact, it marks a few important firsts for the Nexus line. It's the only Nexus phone that will be released widely across all major US carriers rather than just the Google Play Store.

    The Nexus 6 will be available next month, and here's a look at what to expect.

    Here's what the box for the Nexus 6 looks like.



    The box is sealed shut with two red stickers that tell you which configuration you bought.



    And this is the Nexus 6.



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  • New Payments Startups Face An Uphill Battle To Disrupt The Credit Card Processing Industry

    Payment Card Transaction Breakdown

    The credit card industry processes a massive volume of transactions — about $4 trillion this year in the U.S., according to BI Intelligence estimates. With so much money in play, it's no wonder that a host of startups are trying to carve out a niche for themselves and offer services to merchants and consumers that will rewrite the value they get from every credit card payment.

    But the credit card processing industry isn't going to change over night. These startups are entering into an extremely complex and entrenched space. 

    In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we look at the complicated series of interactions among different legacy players that powers each credit card payment, outlining the six essential links in the credit credit payment chain. We explain what each of these players do, and how much value they add, and explain why two parts of this chain — the hardware providers and merchant service providers (MSPs) — are particularly vulnerable to disruption.

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    Here are some of our key findings:

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  • IBM And Twitter Just Announced A Huge New Partnership

    Ginni Rometty

    IBM and Twitter just announced a new partnership, something along the same lines as IBM's partnership with Apple.

    IBM is going to help businesses use Twitter data to help them understand their customers, businesses and other trends.

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty worked "personally" together on the deal, Rometty said in an IBM conference that announced the deal.

    There are three parts to the partnership.

    1. Twitter data will be integrated into IBM's big data analytics tools like Watson Analytics. And it will be added to IBM's BlueMix, its cloud that hosts apps. This will allow developers to write enterprise apps that include Twitter data, and will allow businesses to include Twitter data when analyzing their business.

    2. IBM will be developing new apps for the enterprise that make use of Twitter data. The first one is an app that helps companies better engage their customers over Twitter, Rometty said on Wednesday.

    3. IBM will also be training 10,000 consultants to write custom enterprise apps that use Twitter data.

    This is not just about watching for a company's name mentioned in Twitter, or analyzing sentiment, the companies said. The goal is to help companies make business decisions by mining Twitter.

    A blog posted by Twitter's Chris Moody, vice president of data strategy, explained:

    Something we hear consistently is that companies want guidance on how to incorporate Twitter data into their business operations. Our relationship with IBM will directly address this need by training tens of thousands of IBM Global Business Services consultants on the business applications for Twitter data...

    And to ensure that companies maximize the value of this new data set, IBM and Twitter will work together on a unique collection of enterprise solutions that include Twitter data in IBM’s analytics solutions. ...

    This announcement has been years in the making. Twitter’s data efforts started when we first made our public data available for analysis. Since then, we’ve made great progress in getting social data into the hands of decision makers. Our acquisition of Gnip earlier this year was an important milestone because it gives us an enterprise-grade platform that delivers more than 15 billion social activities per day to a vibrant ecosystem of customers and partners who are innovating using this data. As a result, we have a strong platform for data that makes our relationship with IBM possible.

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  • REVIEW: The iPad Air 2 Is The Best Tablet, But It's Still Missing Something (AAPL)

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    It's a weird time for Apple's iPad.

    iPad sales continue to fall, likely because many realize they don't need to upgrade every other year like they do with an iPhone. Meanwhile, the big-screen iPhones have the potential to cannibalize even more iPad sales.

    For instance, it's been over a month since I've used my iPad.

    Last year, I bought the iPad mini with Retina display. It was the perfect device for me. I was tired of squinting at the tiny 4-inch screen on my iPhone 5, so the larger display on the iPad mini let me get a lot more done. Many days, I used the iPad more than my iPhone, especially during meetings and interviews.

    But when Apple released the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen last month, I found no use for my iPad. It's still gathering dust on my nightstand and lost its charge long ago. Thanks to the Plus, I don't need to lug around three Apple gadgets — a MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. The iPhone and MacBook do the job.

    In this environment, Apple released the newest iPad, the iPad Air 2.

    There's still a case to be made for owning an iPad. And after spending a week with the iPad Air 2, I think it's the best tablet you can buy. The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi model, and goes up from there.

    But the question is whether or not you should buy it.

    What's New

    At first glance, the iPad Air 2 looks nearly identical to last year's iPad Air. It's slightly thinner (6.1 mm versus 7.5 mm) and lighter (0.96 pounds versus 1 pound). Apple removed the physical mute switch on the side to keep the device as thin as possible. The cameras, processor, and most other internal specs are better and faster. The screen is glare-resistant. And it finally has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock the iPad without a passcode and make purchases within certain apps using Apple Pay.

    Other than that, it's the same old iPad you're used to.

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    Using It

    Over the last week, I've forced myself to use the iPad Air 2 instead of the iPhone 6 Plus whenever I can. It was a tough transition. The 6 Plus is big, but still pocketable and portable enough for me to take everywhere, and it does just about everything the iPad can do. 

    But eventually, I found that the iPad is better in certain situations, especially when I'm home or traveling. It's much better for reading, emailing, and scrolling through Twitter when I'm on the couch. On a flight a few weeks ago, I stubbornly refused to use my iPad mini to watch a movie and used the 6 Plus instead. It was great! But on a flight a few days ago, I used the iPad Air 2 to watch a movie, and the experience was much better. I was able to keep it propped up on the seatback table, and the bigger screen made the movie a lot more enjoyable. I could also keep the iPad propped up using the Smart Cover as a stand on the seatback table, something that's impossible with the iPhone. I could've used my MacBook, but the iPad has a sharper screen and much thinner and lighter profile.

    But I think the best case for owning an iPad is (strangely) found in the Mac. The newest operating system for Macs, OS X Yosemite, has a new feature called Continuity that allows your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to talk to each other. For example, you can start browsing a website in Safari on your Mac and automatically pick up where you left off by opening Safari on your iPad. It works with all of Apple's flagship apps for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and email.

    I found Continuity worked best for me with Messages. Before, I rarely used iMessage on my iPad because I missed messages from people who didn't have an iPhone. Now Messages works with standard text messages so you can get them on the Mac and iPad too. It gives me the freedom to leave my iPhone anywhere in the house and not have to worry about missing something if I happen to be reading on my iPad or doing work on my Mac.

    ipad air 2The iPad works best for someone who's willing to live completely in Apple's world. It's a seamless, integrated experience no one else has been able to emulate yet. If you're willing to dive fully into Apple's world of apps and gadgets, you'll be really happy owning all three: A Mac for work, an iPad for casual browsing, gaming, and reading, and an iPhone on the go. 

    When Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, it spent a strangely long amount of time talking about the new and improved cameras. The rear camera now takes 8 MP photos, up from 5 MP in last year's model. Photos were fine in my tests, but I don't see the point in using the iPad as a camera when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have really good cameras that fit in your pocket. There are some great photo editing apps for iPad, but I think your better off syncing you iPhone photos over iCloud and editing on your iPad.

    Photos taken with the Air 2 do look good though:

    ipad air photo testEven though Apple made the iPad Air 2 slimmer, it still fulfills its 10-hour battery life claim. But there's a caveat. Last year's model got well over 10 hours on a charge, closer to 11 hours in some cases. I was only able to get a little 0ver 10 hours. And while that's right in line with Apple's claim, it's disappointing that battery life suffered just so the iPad could be modestly thinner.

    My only other problem with the hardware are the storage options. You should be prepared to spend at least $100 if you buy an iPad Air 2. You have three choices: 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB. But 16GB just doesn't cut it these days. As we learned when people tried to update to iOS 8 a few weeks ago, you need about 5GB of free space, which is pretty tough if you only have a 16GB machine. It's nice that the next level up is 64GB where it used to be 32GB, but Apple really should've made the base model 32GB instead of kicking the can down the road and giving users a subpar experience next year when it's time for another iOS update.

    Do You Need A New iPad?

    This is a tricky question, and the answer will probably vary from person to person. To start, I'll go with the simplest scenario: If you don't already own an iPad and you want one, then the iPad Air 2 is the best tablet in the world. Get one with at least 64GB of storage.

    If you have an iPad 2 or earlier, you should definitely upgrade. You'll be dazzled by the iPad Air 2's sharper screen and blazing-fast speed. It's a major upgrade.

    ipad air 2If you already have a third-generation iPad (the first one with a Retina display that launched in 2012) or newer, I don't think the iPad Air 2 is a big enough upgrade from previous models to justify spending at least $600 on a new tablet. There's very little those older iPads can do that the new iPad Air can't do.

    That's the real problem with the iPad, and likely one of the biggest factors behind the recent decline in iPad sales growth. iPads are still essentially giant versions of the iPhone. They have hundreds of thousands of tablet-optimized apps, something Android tablets don't even come close to, but the core features are still the same as the iPhone. 

    For example, there's no split-screen app multitasking and no good first-party keyboard option. Tablets may still become the dominant form of computing in the future, but the iPad in its current form is only a supplement to the iPhone and Mac. It's a wonderful supplement and you'll love it, but it's not an essential device. And now that iPhones have larger screens, I suspect more people will choose to do what I do and just stick to the iPhone and Mac combination. Something needs to happen on the software side of things to differentiate the iPad more from the iPhone and Mac.

    Conclusion

    The strength of the iPad Air 2 is the same as it always has been with all iPads. It has the most and the best apps designed for the larger screen than any other competing tablet. That alone makes it worth buying if you want a tablet, but it's also beautiful, thin, light, and powerful. It may be a modest improvement over last year's iPad Air, but it's still the best.

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  • This 27-Year-Old Fooled India Into Thinking He Was Going To Be A Rocket Scientist At NASA

    Arun P. Vijayakumar

    An Indian man fooled everyone into thinking he was on his way to be a top scientist at NASA.

    Described as a "news personality" on his Facebook page, 27-year-old Arun P. Vijayakumar said he had been selected to join the US space agency after it relaxed its citizenship conditions, the Indian English-language paper the Deccan Chronicle reports.

    His claims had been excitedly picked up across the country, with the Indian newspaper The Hindu running a full interview.

    In it Vijayakumar, who hails from the southern region of Kerala, said how he was "thrilled at being accepted as a research scientist."

    He even went as far as talking about studying at prestigious MIT — and was off to explore "extraterrestrial elements with the use of remote sensing" with his revered spacial expertise. 

    Vijayakumar told the press he had come into contact with US organizations while studying at local engineering college the Bhopal National Institute of Technology.

    But his fabrications were outed this week, with the Deccan Chronicle saying he had been "proved to be an imposter" and revealing all.

    It said the man untied a "bundle of lies" for the news team, having "fooled everyone for some time by claiming to be closely associated with the US space agency."

    Manorama Online, based in Kerala, reacted to the findings — and said he was discovered, amazingly, only when Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi took interest and his fame really took off. 

    It explains Vijayakumar was then caught by a Facebook Organization known as the "Netizen Police," run by top officials and which investigates online fraud. 

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  • Wal-Mart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Hacked (WMT, AAPL)

    CurrentC Hacked

    Here's a bad sign for CurrentC, the fledgling mobile payment system in development by a consortium of retailers. 

    CurrentC is sending emails to people who signed up for the beta version of the app warning them "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you."

    It doesn't sound as if it's the worst breach in the world, but it's definitely not good for CurrentC, which is just getting started. 

    CurrentC is in the news this week because of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6. 

    CurrentC is backed by MCX, the Merchants Consumer Exchange, which is a group of retailers trying to create a mobile payment system. It is being spearheaded by Wal-Mart. 

    The idea behind CurrentC is for retailers to have lots of data on what their customers are doing. They also want to cut down on the fees of 2% to 3% that retailers are paying to credit-card companies. CurrentC connects directly to your bank account, bypassing the need to use credit cards. 

    The retailers in MCX are not accepting any other mobile payments, including Apple Pay.

    A PR rep for CurrentC confirmed the email saying: 

    Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app. Many of these email addresses are dummy accounts used for testing purposes only. The CurrentC app itself was not affected.

    We have notified our merchant partners about this incident and directly communicated with each of the individuals whose email addresses were involved. We take the security of our users’ information extremely seriously. MCX is continuing to investigate this situation and will provide updates as necessary.

    It's good for CurrentC that its app wasn't compromised, and in reality, identifying one's email address is not that big of a deal.

    However, it's embarrassing because Wal-Mart previously told us it wasn't supporting Apple Pay because, "Ultimately, what matters is that consumers have a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with their best interests in mind."

    Before CurrentC sent out its warning, MCX's CEO Dekkers Davidson responded to the controversy surrounding Apple Pay. He highlighted the privacy of CurrentC:

    Consumers’ privacy and data security are our top priorities. CurrentC will empower consumers and merchants to make informed decisions regarding how information can be shared through our privacy dashboard. Because we have a number of merchants that have pharmacies, MCX may end up interacting with limited information in the course of processing payments such as location and transaction amount. As a result, MCX is bound by law to adhere to strict rules regarding the privacy of consumers’ information. Our compliance with this law is required by HIPAA. CurrentC does not collect any information from any other apps, or health information stored in the mobile device. The CurrentC privacy policy provides extensive details about the application’s information collection, use, sharing and retention practices and we will continue to be transparent about it.

    But in this case, hackers were able get private email addresses of CurrentC users.

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