Monday, December 29, 2014
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Employers are rushing to embrace the Internet of Things, with its array of smart gadgets, to keep watch on their workers. Studies contend that these devices help reduce theft, boost productivity and weed out lazy, incompetent or abusive employees. Many managers swear by them, including Eric Weakley, owner of R&A Trucking in Oakland, who has outfitted his vehicle fleet with onboard recorders that alert him if the trucks suddenly brake or do something else unusual.
"If the driver is driving too fast or if someone just cut them off," Weakley said, "we can call the driver and say, 'Hey, is there anything we should know about?' "
But other studies conclude that such monitoring can be so intrusive it undermines an employee's work and well-being, producing anxiety or even depression. The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, a now-defunct advisory branch of Congress, warned that the trend might lead to poor office morale, staff turnover, worker slowdowns and even "employee sabotage."
Jerome McDonough, a University of Illinois expert in human-computer interaction, termed the technology "a new form of panopticon for employees" -- referring to a type of prison where the inmates all can be watched without them knowing it -- adding that it's "very troubling."
Over the years, courts have given employers broad discretion to electronically monitor their employees while they're working. Legislators have been reluctant to change that, despite the growing array of surveillance technologies that bosses are adopting.
"The law is very slow to react," said Corey Ciocchetti, a University of Denver associate professor of business ethics and legal studies. He predicts that "it's only getting worse for employees."
I took more than 10,000 still images with more than 20 phones released in 2014. I used the rear cameras and refrained from using the flash so that I could test the phones' low-light capabilities. That's an area where an otherwise good phone can be great.
Last year, I declared the iPhone 5s to be the best camera phone overall. This year's 6 and 6 Plus models are even better, particularly with faster and more accurate focusing. The iPhone can even make moving toddlers look still and sharp.
For indoor and night shots, the iPhone often manages to avoid the image blur that many other cameras produce when shutters stay open longer to let in more light. The 6 Plus model also has anti-shake technology to help reduce blur. I noticed increased sharpness in some shots of statues inside a museum and the city skyline at night, compared with shots taken with the regular iPhone 6. For most shots, though, the iPhone 6 performs just as well. Go for the Plus only if you want the larger viewing screen -- not for the camera.
That's not to say the iPhone always takes the best shot, particularly with its resolution on the lower end at 8...
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After cutting back on spending for years, people are splurging again. That's evident at Lady M Cake Boutiques.
Revenue is up 40 percent this year at the New York-based company with more customers paying $60 to $85 -- three or four times what a supermarket cake costs -- for confections made of paper-thin pastry dough and flavored with ingredients like green tea and chestnuts. Business is so good that owner Ken Romaniszyn, who has two locations in Manhattan and one in Los Angeles, plans three or four next year in New York, Boston and Charlotte, North Carolina. He'll hire 60 new employees to staff the stores, adding to Lady M's current staff of 145.
His cakes, which once appealed mostly to the wealthy are now attracting a wider range of customers, Romaniszyn says.
"The middle class, they can afford to make a special occasion a little more special," he says.
The U.S. economy is growing at a solid pace. This week, government figures showed that consumers and businesses drove growth to a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter. Fewer Americans are applying for jobless benefits. In the first 11 months of this year, employers have added 2.65 million jobs. That already makes 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999.
A good chunk of the good news can be attributed to improvements at small companies. Reports from payroll company ADP and software maker Intuit show small business hiring has gained momentum since the summer. The trend looks to continue -- surveys by Wells Fargo & Co. and the National Federation of Independent Business show more owners plan to bring in new employees in the coming months.
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The cable industry has used their "TV Everywhere initiative" to try and make existing customers less likely to cut the cord, by ramping up the ways users can consume TV content over PCs, tablets and smartphones. Except a survey earlier this year by video search firm RAMP found that 82% of consumers have no idea what TV Everywhere even is, and just just 4% of cable consumers know their login information -- necessary to authenticate these services and prove you have an existing cable subscription.
To try and change this, Comcast and NBC Universal appear poised to launch a new TV Everywhere "awareness campaign" they hope will open consumer eyes to the wonder of being able to watch cable content -- on your tablet or phone -- if you pay for traditional cable first:
NBCUniversal has some of the most iconic brands in TV, so it is only natural that as TV viewing evolves into digital platforms, we as a company continue to expand our strategy, creating broader TV Everywhere options for our consumers, said Alison Moore, GM and EVP, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal. With the unyielding support of the company s vast portfolio of brands, this groundbreaking marketing campaign will heighten consumer awareness of the variety of ways viewers can watch both their beloved favorite shows and exciting new shows across multiple digital platforms right now and on their own time.
However, competing companies have been making fun of TV Everywhere's fractured implementation and limited appeal. Sling Media, for example, has launched an entire media campaign focused solely on making fun of the concept. Part of NBC Universal's new awareness push involves offering live streams on the company's website, though you'll still need a cable connection to access them -- the same type of walled garden thinking that has caused problems for TV Everywhere in the first place.
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Security buff Brian Krebs thinks he knows the names of two of the people behind last week's massive PSN and Xbox Live outages. Or at least, he thinks he knows the names of two people who went on TV and the radio claiming to be been behind it.
Last week, just as a bunch of excited gamers were unwrapping their new Xboxes and PlayStations, the networks for both consoles went offline, and a group called the Lizard Squad took credit. Shortly thereafter, two young men went on the radio claiming to be behind it.
The two alleged hackers went on the BBC identified only as "Member 1" and "Member 2," and explained the motives behind the hacks. Their supposed beef? Sony and Microsoft left themselves wide open, so the hackers were doing the world a big favor by exposing the vulnerabilities in the huge systems. You want to play your console on Christmas? Too bad!
Krebs reports that both of the guys, Vinnie Omari and Julius Kivimäki, had previously been on TV talking about security. He further links Omari and Kivimäki to other hacker related incidents and forum postings.
There are, of course, plenty of red flags and caveats here. Why would hackers who perpetrated a massive crime want to expose themselves to potential prosecution by revealing themselves in any way? Then again, if you're an asshole hacker who's screwing things up for people, maybe you're arrogant enough to do something like this, too.
To be fair, Krebs also notes that his evidence is inconclusive, and that these could very well be posers. What we do know, though, is that these two are asking for it, whether they're behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks or not. [Brian Krebs via SAI]
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For more than a thousand years, people have worshipped under stained glass windows. Is there any more appropriate setting to celebrate god? According to modern churchgoers, yes, yes there is. And more and more, that involves a giant LED screen in a darkened big box.
Stained glass makers are looking for new ways to market their skills these days, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal looking at the secularization of the industry. Fewer and fewer churches are investing in stained glass windows—or windows at all—and membership in glass trade organizations is dwindling. In a way, it makes sense: Stained glass was originally a way to communicate biblical narratives to worshippers who couldn't read.
But contemporary churches aren't eschewing stained glass because their congregations are literate now. They're eschewing it for more compelling technology, like giant screens and "video and photo slideshows." The way the faithful absorb religion is changing quickly, as the WSJ explains:
"'They want to have it dark, so they can project PowerPoint onto a screen,' says Richard Gross, editor of Stained Glass Quarterly.
This spring, Asbury United Methodist of Tulsa, Okla., installed five projectors to generate images such as mountain scenery, song lyrics or subway trains onto the walls of the church, stretching more than 30 feet high and 230 feet wide."
The rise of the megachurch (roughly, a church with more than 2,000 worshippers) fits in perfectly with this new techno-centric vision of church-going. The only venues large enough to host these large congregations are typically stadiums, gymnasiums, or even big box stores—all structures that tend not to have windows. What's more, many churches can't afford the steep prices of stained glass, anyways—or they don't want to remind worshippers of traditional churches.
So churches are getting more like movie theaters. And what would a great movie be without action sequences? Just ask the Texas pastor who preaches in front of a predator drone. [Wall Street Journal]
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