Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn's death was a preventable tragedy. Acknowledging that truth is the first step in fixing the problem.
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for what it called a "communicating stylus." Invented by then-Apple-employee Aleksandar Pance, the stylus can be used to write on any type of surface, with the written images either stored for later use or immediately sent to a computer, tablet or other device for digital display.
As the Patent Office notes in its background comments, most styli used for sending data to an electronic device require the user to "write on a specialized surface." By contrast, Apple's stylus -- which has already been widely described as, of course, an iPen -- uses accelerometers to "track the position and relative motion" of the tip, enabling it to be used on any kind of surface or even in the air.
Beyond the unique design of the stylus itself, Apple's latest patent is noteworthy for two other reasons: one, the application for the patent was filed almost five years ago, on Jan. 6, 2010; and two, late Apple founder Steve Jobs despised styli.
Upon unveiling the first-ever iPhone at Macworld 2007, Jobs led into his introduction of Apple's multi-touch screen technology with a pointed jab at the concept of a stylus.
"Who wants a stylus?" Jobs asked the audience. "You have to get 'em and put 'em away and you lose 'em...yuck! Nobody wants a stylus."
As described by the Patent Office, the newly patented Apple stylus can either store the output of physical writing or drawing motions as position data for later output,...
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The hack that�EU�s still on everyone�EU�s mind remains somewhat of a mystery. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pointing the finger of blame for the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyberattack directly at North Korea, but security experts don't agree.
The hackers compromised Sony Pictures' computer systems, stole data and intellectual property, and initially caused the movie giant to can its new comic film, "The Interview." The Sony-produced comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, was thought to be the likely cause of the cyberattack. The movie depicts a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Ultimately, Sony released the film online on December 24 and in some U.S. theaters on Christmas day.
First JP Morgan was hacked in September. Then, in October, 13 financial institutions, including Fidelity Investments, were hit by cybercriminals believed to be associated with the same crew. JP Morgan revealed the accounts of 76 million households were compromised in the attack. On top of that, another 7 million small businesses were compromised. In a Securities & Exchange Commission filing, the firm said that user contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses were compromised.
In September, Home Depot warned customers about a potential data breach. By November, the home improvement retailing giant reported the breach was worse than it first thought. Beyond the payment-card data Home Depot initially said was leaked in the attack, separate files containing about 53 million e-mail...
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We're just hours away from 2015. What will the mysterious future hold? Fortunately there are a number of films set in this far-flung future year to tell us what's coming. These are their visions of (literally) tomorrow, ranked in order of desirability.
1. Back to the Future Part II
It's 2015, cars are flying, food comes in pill form, and people are still buying and reading paper sports almanacs.
Pros: Self-lacing sneakers. Hoverboards. Jaws 19.
Cons: So. Fucking. Cliched.
2. The 6th Day
It's 2015 and we have perfected human cloning. A secret corporation is building a clone army to try and take over the world. A woman with blue hair has a remarkably bad haircut.
Pros: Conquered death. Infinite Schwarzeneggers. Ability to pawn off family obligations on a clone.
Cons: Infinite Schwarzeneggers.
3. Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
It's 2015 and the world is under constant attack from monstrous creatures known as "angels." Humanity bands together to fight back with the most sophisticated mech system known to man.
Pros: Mechs are friggin sweet. Real life is basically just Power Rangers.
Cons: One of those monster things has a spidery rib cage that really freaks me out. Real life is basically just Power Rangers.
4. The Signal
It's 2015 and the future is pretty much normal except for the part where you find some sort of abandoned complex and go to check it out and then wake up and everything is different probably because aliens.
Pros: Aliens exist and they will give you awesome robot legs and arms and stuff.
Cons: Aliens exist and they will capture you and put you in a space zoo.
5. Memory Run
It's 2015 and the Life Corporation controls all government while revolutionaries struggle for the ideals of freedom.
Pros: Normal guns that sound like laser guns and maybe are laser guns? Body-swapping. Laser fences.
Cons: If you get arrested for a crime, people will stick a needle in your brain. Big Brother has a terrible name.
It's 2015 and the gangs have taken over. One gang sets out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own. This sort of thing probably happens alllllll the time.
Pros: Dope-ass bandanas. Motorcycles. Parkour.
Cons: Gangs have taken over. Literal backstabbing. Everyone lives in a parking garage or storage unit.
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A dozen people checked into the sleep lab at Boston's Brigham and Women�EU�s Hospital and stayed for two weeks. During that time, each spent five consecutive evenings reading a book for four hours under reflected light, and five evenings viewing an iPad for the same duration (the order of the five-day blocks was randomly assigned). All had a mandatory bedtime of 10 p.m. and a 6 a.m. wake-up.
Blood tests showed those who read from the computer tablet had suppressed evening levels of melatonin, and on the next day, the increase in that hormone occurred 90 minutes later, an indication of a shift in their body�EU�s circadian cycle, according to the study. Long-term suppression of melatonin by nighttime light exposure has been linked to increased risk of certain cancers, the study noted.
The study subjects using e-readers also took 10 minutes longer to fall asleep and had nearly 12 minutes less rapid-eye-movement sleep, a stage that has been linked to memory consolidation, the study found.
Tablet reading participants also rated themselves as less sleepy in the evenings, a subjective measure that also correlated with weaker electroencephalogram (EEG) readings that are associated with transition to sleep, the study found.
Those who used the e-readers also described themselves as more sleepy the morning after, and needed more time to feel fully alert.
The ride-hailing app expects this New Year's Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to high demand -- and because it can -- Uber is bringing back its surge pricing, a boon to its drivers but a bane to passengers. Fares can increase sevenfold or more during the busiest time of the night, which Uber says will be between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
To avoid spiking fares, Uber suggests booking a ride right after the ball drops at midnight, or wait until after 2:30. The app will notify users in advance if surge pricing is in effect, and full-price estimates are given before requesting a ride.
In addition to partying at home, taking public transportation or a cab, however, there are other options for revelers who, for whatever reason, think better of driving on New Year's Eve.
Riders who use rival Lyft will also see a version of Uber's price surge, called "Prime Time." The feature is turned on when ride requests "greatly outnumber available drivers." How much extra you'll pay, Lyft says, depends on demand. To check the rates, tap the Prime Time icon on the bottom right side of the app's home screen.
Flywheel, a much smaller competitor, is counting on sticker shock from surge pricing to win ever customers this year. From 8 p.m. on Wednesday until 3 a.m. on Thursday, the company is offering $10 rides in San Francisco, Seattle, Sacramento and San Diego, as long as the metered fare does not exceed $50. Rides that go over $50 will be charged the metered balance, the company says.
But TV news is still overwhelmingly watched on televisions. Although the landscape has become more challenging, TV news can still be a lucrative endeavor. The morning shows each generate hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue for their networks.
The evening newscasts remain vital to each network's image, and after years of fighting off irrelevancy, are now seeing a ratings renaissance. Cable news outlets are big profit centers for their corporate parents, and while their audience levels appear to have plateaued, they can still set the agenda for what the country will be talking about.
Every day and night, these programs and networks battle for viewers' attention. Here is how they fared, according to Nielsen, in 2014:
Unlike any other news program, the nation's morning shows have always hinged entirely on personalities.
So the pressure was on ABC News when the contracts for the entire team of its No. 1 morning show "Good Morning America" were all up within a year of each other. By April, ABC secured new deals for lead anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer.
But the network did not come to terms with newsreader Josh Elliott and longtime weather forecaster Sam Champion, leading to their departures and a potential disruption in the alchemy that helped "Good Morning America" topple NBC's "Today" in the ratings after 16 years of also-ran status.
Champion was replaced in December 2013 by his backup, Ginger Zee, and Amy Robach, a frequent substitute for Elliott, was promoted to his spot in...
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Bombardier and GE Capital Aviation Services Sign Firm Purchase Agreement with Options for up to 15 Q400 NextGen Aircraft
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (“GECAS”) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen aircraft and has also taken options on an additional 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft . Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $160 million US. The value could increase to $448 million US should GECAS exercise all its options. "As we continue to grow our leasing fleet, we are pl...
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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) celebrated the recent opening of its first hotel under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Shunde, a district of Foshan in Guangdong Province, the impressive 258-room Shunde Marriott Hotel . Under a long-term management agreement with the owner, Shunde Midea Group, the property joins the fast-growing portfolio of 19 hotels in Greater China under the Marriott Hotels' brand. Download images . Located in the Midea Plaza that makes it become the ...
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Three-year outcomes from an ongoing clinical trial suggest that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells may induce sustained remission in some people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). RRMS is the most common form of MS, a progressive autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part...
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NetSuite Demonstrates How Its Unified Cloud Platform Drives Omnichannel Commerce Success For Retailers At NRF 2015
NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud -based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced its participation at the NRF BIG Show 2015, expected to attract approximately 30,000 retail professionals to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 11-14. NetSuite will be at booth #4209 where retail industry experts will share details around retail customer deployments and offer personalized demos of SuiteComme...
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Infosys today announced that it would expand its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the Americas through its philanthropic arm, the Infosys foundation, USA. It would focus on making quality computer science education widely and easily accessible across communities in the Americas. The company also announced the appointment of Mrs. Sudha Murty, Mrs. Vandana Sikka and Mr. Sandeep Dadlani as the trustees of Infosys Foundation, USA. The initial outlay for Infosys Foundation, US...
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