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YouTube showing messages on slow videos blaming ISPs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:00 am

YouTube is one of the most popular sites on the internet for streaming video and as such, it consumes a lot of bandwidth on many IPS networks. Some ISPs are allegedly slowing the streaming of YouTube videos down and YouTube is calling the ISPs out on the practice. YouTube has begun putting little messages on videos that are having streaming issues.

 

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The message pops up over the title of the video and reads "Experiencing Interruptions?" and on the right side of the message, a button for users to click reads, "Find out Why." When the user clicks on that button, they are taken to a Video Quality Report that is localized for the person streaming the video. That report allows the user to compare video consumption times in their area and compare their ISP with the performance of other local ISPs in the area.

 

The best providers in the area receive a YouTube HD Verified tag with other carriers possibly having badges putting them in Standard Definition or lower tiers. The idea is to give the viewer an idea of why a video is slow rather than just assuming YouTube is having issues and to give the viewer options to change to other carriers that aren't putting limits on video streaming.

Apple Calendar app bug confirmed, lists wrong holidays for some users

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:24 am

Reports are circulating that Apple has confirmed a bug in the calendar app that runs on the iPhone and iPad. According to these reports, the bug shows the wrong list of holidays for users in some countries. The bug was first spied when Apple released the iOS 7.1.2 update for its devices.

 

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One iPad user reports that after the update was applied, his iPad showed a list of holidays for Mexico and Hong Kong rather than the holidays for his home country of Lithuania. This same user claims that the holidays listed changes occasionally.

 

The holidays reportedly show wrong if the home country on the iPad or iPhone is listed as Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. If the country is set as the US, UK, or Russia the holidays are reportedly listed correctly. Apple has acknowledged the issue with the user via email and says that the problem will be fixed with a new update. However, the time frame for the update to be issued is unknown.

Microsoft rumored to launch 'Nokia by Microsoft' branding soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 7:41 am

Where is Microsoft going with its venture into Nokia? According to the latest leaked renders on a mystery Lumia smartphone, we could see new Lumia smartphones with the "Nokia by Microsoft" branding.

 

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The new smartphone is said to be the Lumia 830, which sports the "Nokia by Microsoft" branding on its rear. We don't know what to expect from the new Lumia 830, apart from its 13-megapixel PureView camera, and a similar design to what we've seen on the Lumia 1020.

Foxconn to use robots in future assembly, starting with the new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 5:36 am

Foxconn should be one of the first companies to deploy robots to build consumer devices, with Apple reportedly being the first company to make use of these new "Foxbots" as they're referred to.

 

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These new Foxbots will be capable of assembling an average of 30,000 devices, costing somewhere between $20,000 to $25,000 per robot to make. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has already said that these robots are in their final testing phase, with the company ready to unleash 10,000 robots into its factories. With Foxconn being the biggest partner for Apple in assembling its iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod, this could be big news for the Foxconn.

 

We already knew that Foxconn laid out plans to replace some of its human workers with some 1 million robots, but the time frame of this may shift. Apple is even chipping in, investing a hefty $10.5 billion on the advanced supply chain technology, with some of this investment sliding over to advanced machinery, something that includes assembly robots. Foxconn has hired an additional 100,000 new workers to help assemble the upcoming iPhone 6 for Apple, with production expected to ramp up next month for a launch in September.

Microsoft to release Kinect 2.0 on PC next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 4:30 am

For something that Microsoft teased back in March, Kinect 2.0 is finally headed to the PC. The 3D camera will be made available for PC on July 15, without the Xbox logo being printed on it.

 

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The PC-compatible 3D camera is priced at $100 more than its Xbox One counterpart, at $200. Considering Microsoft knocked $100 from the price of the Kinect-less Xbox One, one has to wonder what the 100% increase in price represents. It should be the same hardware inside, but I'm sure we'll find out what the PC-compatible Kinect 2.0 sensor is capable of in a just a few days time.

Google is working on VR support for Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 3:38 am

Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers on the planet, with over 300 million active daily users, but Google wants to see its web browser working in VR. First, with its own Google Cardboard, and the Oculus Rift.

 

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The search giant has said that its working on adding VR support for both the Rift and Cardboard, with 360-degree product shots and interactive exhibits being the drawcard for a VR browser. Google still believes that surfing the Internet in VR is still not ready for most consumers, but with some killer apps, or websites, it could be an interesting start to browsing the web in virtual reality.

Want to charge your smartphone on the go? Wear a solar-powered dress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 3:11 am

You know the problems we face today, with iPhone users being wall huggers, and not having all-day battery life on our smartphones. The solution? According to fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, a solar-powered dress.

 

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The designer is developing the next-gen dress with her startup, Wearable Solar. When van Dongen took a prototype dress with her to the Brooklyn Northside Festival last month, people got to see the dress in action. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha was there, with van Dongen telling him that she had two main inspirations for the solar-powered dress.

 

She said: "One of them is the fact that we highly depend on connectivity. We're all addicted to our smartphones and we want them constantly powered, and the better our batteries get, the more we'll use them. And at the same time, working as a werable tech designer, I know the difficulties when integrating these kind of bulky batteries that don't allow for any comfort or wearability. So that's why I thought, why not power your phone through your clothes? And eventually power other interactive qualities that our garments are becoming a platform for".

Soccer fans in the United States most active online, FIFA noted

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 2:17 am

The 2014 World Cup has proven to be a major success for Facebook and Twitter, with record number of users discussing the international soccer tournament. The drastic rise in Team USA's performance - and a newly found temporary love for soccer - has led to U.S. fans to be the most active on FIFA's website and mobile apps.

 

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NFL football and professional baseball are the most popular sports in the United States, while soccer previously struggled to grow a major following - so FIFA was surprised to find U.S. users are the most active. As of Wednesday, July 2, 36.7 million (11.2 percent) of the U.S. population accounted for 23 percent of total World Cup-related interactions.

 

The top 10 most active states in the United States during the World Cup: California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts and Virginia.

TSA may request passengers flying to United States to turn on devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 12:53 am

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) might ask passengers flying into the United States to power on their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices, in fear of improvised exploding devices (IEDs) masked as common electronics. It seems this will be focused on passengers flying from airports in Europe and the Middle East, according to a homeland security official.

 

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"As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers," the TSA noted in a statement. "During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft."

 

If travelers are found with devices that don't power on, they could face additional screening. Furthermore, the TSA has been in communication with airlines that will have to be better prepared for these types of problems, with a specific interest in United, American and Delta. The Department of Homeland Security has asked airports to add additional security scrutiny for passengers entering the United States, including more random screenings and checking passengers' shoes and clothing.

Stanford Federal Credit Union accidentally leaks data on 18,000

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 11:19 pm

The Stanford Federal Credit Union contacted around 18,000 of its customers, informing them their personal information was accidentally included in an email to another bank customer. The personal information sent includes customer names, mailing addresses, member numbers, credit information, loan offers, and tax identification numbers.

 

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The incident took place on April 30 and the bank began informing customers in early June. The employees quickly discovered the mistake and data was reportedly destroyed before the customer opened the email.

 

"While we are confident this information was never seen by unauthorized individuals and you are not at risk, we feel it is important to communicate with our members in any situation involving their information or accounts," said Joan Opp, Stanford Federal Credit Union CEO, in a statement. "I also want to emphasize that our electronic systems were in no way compromised and your accounts remain secure."

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