The phenomenon of solar flares, as seen above, might be better understood thanks to the discovery of giant cells. Nearly half a century ago, scientists started to unravel the structure of the sun and determine how solar material flowed on its surface. But these giant cells, despite their size, have remained elusive. This transportation, in turn, creates pockets of solar currents that are constantly evolving (much like currents in the Earth's atmosphere).
When BGR published the famous open letter from an anonymous BlackBerry executive back in 2011, it was easy for some of the company’s defenders to brush it off as the bitter ramblings of one disgruntled employee. But now Bloomberg Businessweek has gotten a lot of former BlackBerry executives and partners to go on the record about their time with the company and it turns out that realization of the company’s impending collapse was widespread by the time BGR’s letter posted more than two years ago. The first thing that these interviews confirm is something that was painfully obvious to outside observers for years: Namely, that BlackBerry’s senior management didn’t take the threat of the iPhone at all seriously. “I remember
Smartphones are a great tool that simplify life, but taking a few precautions and securing the info you put on your phone may result in a more important contribution to keeping your life simple. Identity theft will likely cost you lots of time and lots of money.
Telecom gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will rejoin France's blue-chip CAC 40 index, replacing STMicroelectronics, market operator NYSE Euronext said on Thursday. Alcatel, a founding member of the CAC 40 when the benchmark was created a quarter century ago, was kicked out of the index in December 2012 after its market valuation shriveled because of years of losses and tough Chinese competition. Since then, Alcatel-Lucent has gotten a new chief executive who has undertaken major cost cuts to try to get the company back to profitability. As a result, Alcatel's stock has more than tripled since April as investors place hopes in a recovery for the long-struggling company.
A bipartisan bill that cracks down on potentially frivolous suits from "patent trolls" has passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) Innovation Act passed committee in November and reached the House floor today, where it was approved in a vote of 325 to 91. The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, a companion bill from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was introduced in November.
Designer Martin Hajek imagined what Apple’s rumored iTV might look like when Apple is finally ready to launch it, and came up with two TV designs based on Apple’s current iMac desktops. However, Hajek bumped the screen size to 55 inches and gave one of the models a gold paint job similar to the gold iPhone 5s. Furthermore, the designer imagined a curved iTV model as well, also generally based on the latest iMac model but featuring a curved display. Apple has been rumored for a couple of years to be developing its own TV set, although the launch of its new TV has supposedly seen various delays. Recent reports say that the iTV is still at least two years away from
In another setback for the Canadian government's plan to introduce more competition in the wireless sector, private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group has withdrawn from a government auction of prized wireless airwaves. The government's rules for the upcoming auction, as well as for one held in 2008, are aimed at lowering consumer prices by breaking the stronghold that Canada's three dominant players -Rogers Communications Inc, BCE Inc and Telus Corp - have on the country's mobile phone business. Ottawa says the upcoming auction is designed to ensure there is a fourth competitor in every wireless market in Canada. But new entrants have found it hard to survive in the Canadian market, and some analysts and company executives have complained that government policies have confused and spooked investors eyeing a move into the country's telecoms industry.
Google has introduced some genuinely useful tools that make Google+ a great place to store your photos. When you upload a photo containing "something that sparkles" (Google uses a Christmas tree or chandelier as examples), Google+ will now automatically make those light sources sparkle by converting the image into an animated GIF. Google is adding a falling snow effect to photos that prominently feature the white stuff.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the bearers of the bad news — it's blocking websites people use to track exchange rates on the black market.
Denizens of San Francisco may soon be able to add fresh produce to their Amazon orders as part of an expansion to the company's AmazonFresh program. That $299-a-year service delivers grocery items overnight to customers, though it's currently limited to Seattle and Los Angeles. San Francisco is the next city on that list, says All Things D, which adds that some of the company's signature green trucks have already been spotted around the city. Amazon quietly launched AmazonFresh in late 2007 in very limited distribution near its headquarters in Seattle.
The FTC's advertising rules strictly prohibit deceptive advertisements: ads that readers or viewers probably won't recognize as ads. Even if something is labeled "native advertising" or "sponsored content," its placement or writing style can lead people to believe it's part of the rest of the site. Participants in the workshop (called, naturally, "Blurred Lines") touched on the practices of several sites known for their sponsored content or native advertising, including Mashable, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. "By presenting ads that resemble editorial content, an advertiser risks implying, deceptively, that the information comes from a nonbiased source," said FTC chair Edith Ramirez.
Krokodil is a terrifying street drug: it's cooked with gasoline and other nasty chemicals and then injected into the skin, causing blood vessels to pop and tissue to die and fall off. Images of the scaly, holed arms and legs of krokodil addicts started recirculating after scattered reports of the drug surfacing in the US. But if you still want to see more, an Italian photographer has been following a group of krokodil addicts in Russia for a year. His photos and video, published by Time, are heartbreaking.
Look at how far BlackBerry has fallen. That is what happens when you don't take Justin Bieber seriously. Bloomberg Businessweek's cover story this week features an oral history of the struggling smartphone maker. In it, BlackBerry's senior business development manager from 2001 to 2011, Vincent Washington, describes an incredible incident with pop star Justin Bieber. Read the entire story at Bloomberg. One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said, “Give me $200,000 and 20 devices, and I’m your brand ambassador,” basically. ...
Foursquare is receiving a big design overhaul today on the iPhone. In Foursquare 7.0, the app dives much deeper into iOS 7 style, taking advantage of thin fonts and broad swaths of solid colors. Foursquare says the updated app is a lot faster, and it's trying to make exploring locations quicker too by displaying details on nearby places as soon as you open it. Longtime users are likely familiar with Foursquare's tendency to continually iterate its look and feel, and though today's update doesn't create a big shift, it makes the app both better looking and easier to use.
The shine is already wearing off of Apple’s new Touch ID technology for some iPhone 5s owners. Apple unveiled its latest flagship iPhone this past September and along with it, a new embedded fingerprint scanner brought about by the company’s 2012 acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec for $356 million. Dubbed Touch ID, the new technology places a sapphire glass-covered fingerprint scanner in the home button of Apple’s iPhone 5s and allows users to unlock the device or authenticate App Store purchases with just the touch of a finger. The new tech is among a few main selling points for the iPhone 5s, but a new report suggests some users are already having trouble with it after less than three
Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for ecommerce" as well as a "serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers." Assuming Bitcoin becomes mainstream, Bank of America currency strategists estimate it is worth $1,300 apiece. The report also notes that the rapid jump in Bitcoin's value — which was just $100 in August — correlates with interest in the currency coming from China. Bank of America estimates Bitcoin could be worth $1,300 apiece