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Microsoft has announced that it will open its first Microsoft Innovation Center in the US in Miami Florida. The announcement came on Friday during the start of Techweek Miami 2014. The facility will be state of the art and have all sorts of technology, tools, and services aimed at startups, governments, students, faculty, and the greater Miami community.
Microsoft's goal with the facility is to foster innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. Microsoft is working with Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, Venture Hive, and other groups in the development and design of the facility. Once complete the Innovation Center will be used to host technology training sessions and workshops to help citizens in the area learn more about technology.
Netflix is the most popular video streaming subscription service out there and as such, people tend to get upset when the company makes changes. A price increase is going into effect in the US, Europe, and UK for new subscribers to the service. In the UK the price, increase will be £1 per month.
In Europe, the price for a monthly subscription will go up by €1. The cost of a month of service for new users in the UK will be £6.99. New subscribers in Europe will pay €8.99.
One of the big benefits of ordering items from Amazon is that in some areas they will actually deliver your purchases on a Sunday, greatly shortening the time you have to wait to get your stuff. Amazon and the USPS have announced that they have expanded that Sunday delivery service to more cities.
There are 15 new cities that now have Sunday deliveries. The new cities include Austin, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Lexington, Ky; New Orleans, La; Oklahoma City, Okla; Philadelphia, Pa; San Antonio, Texas; Shreveport, La; and Waco, Texas.
One of the big reasons that many users stuck with Sprint for their mobile phones was that the company was the only carrier that still offered unlimited data. That is set to change with Sprint announcing to customers recently that it would begin "prioritization management" better known as throttling to prevent network congestion.
This throttling will be used on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile customers. The top 5% of data users will be throttled in congested areas to ensure service for all users according to Sprint. Those pre-paid customers will see data speeds cut to 128 kbps after using 2.5GB of data at normal speed. The throttled speed was previously 256 kbps.
Parents who are traveling with kids in a city that leaves them without a car can find it challenging to get a ride that has a child seat. Uber is one of the more popular car services out there that use an app to get a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has a new service called uberFAMILY that makes it easy for parents to hail a car that has a child seat inside.
UberFAMILY is a subset of uberX that is available in New York only right now and caters to people with kids. The uberFAMILY service carries a $10 surcharge for the car seat. Drivers participating in the car seat program have all been trained and certified in car seat installation.
It has been about a month now since the Heartbleed vulnerability was first discovered. That is plenty of time for most admins to patch the flaw in their servers and ensure that the flaw doesn't affect users. Despite the time passing to patch the flaw there is still a huge number of servers out there that are vulnerable.
A security researcher named Robert Graham has published a report that says his investigation has found that at least 300,000 servers are still vulnerable to Heartbleed. He comes by that statistic after rescanning for port 443 to check for vulnerable systems.
Advertisers are always out to glean as much data from web users as possible. Facebook is one of those advertisers that targets ads at its users using information from profiles. The social networking giant has announced that it has expanded those targeting capabilities with the roll out of Audience insights.
Audience Insights gives Facebook the ability to target users based on metrics like demographic traits, geography, and their purchase history. Facebook says that before the roll out of Audience Insights it only offered advertisers an audience estimator tool.
It looks like Snapchat and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to an agreement stemming from a case in which the FTC accused Snapchat consumers about collected personal information. The company promised a private and secure service, though that isn't what users were ultimately receiving. Snapchat is now no longer allowed to misrepresent its business practices related to user privacy, security or confidentiality.
"While we were focused on building, some things didn't get the attention they could have," Snapchat said in an official blog post. "One of those was being more precise with how we communicated with the Snapchat community. This morning we entered into a consent decree with the FTC that addresses concerns raised by the commission."
Meanwhile, the FTC had this to say:
"If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keeps those promises," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a statement. "Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action."
The Obama administration has made a change to the country's immigration laws, allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the United States. Before the change, only the H-1B visa holder could work, hamstringing spouses to keep them from the workplace. Republicans immediately criticized the decision, saying there are still up to fifty million working-age citizens in the United States out of work - and this only increases competition.
"Once enacted, this proposed rule would empower these spouses to put their own education and skills to work for the country that they and their families now call home," according to the Obama administration.
In just five days, all 85,000 H-1B visas for 2015 have been claimed, as critics continue to plead with the administration to stop turning away skilled labor. An immigration bill that would raise the cap to 115,000 - and up to 300,000 - was blocked by the House, and will continue to be a lively debate.
Apple re-launched the iPhone 4 in India four months ago as a way to target people in the country that have very limited budgets. The phone sold for under Rs 20,000. It would appear that the phone hasn't sold well in the country with Apple pulling it from the market after only a few months.
Apple has reported a significant decline in average selling price of its smartphones around the country. The ASP for Apple iPhones had declined by $41 and most of that was blamed on the lower price of the relaunched iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S price cuts in emerging markets.