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We Don’t Plan to Build Apps for WinPho8

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5968080/google-we-dont-plan-to-build-apps-for-winpho8

Google: We Don't Plan to Build Apps for WinPho8If you’ve been holding out for a Gmail or Drive app on WinPho8, you’re all outta luck. Google has announced that it has no plans to roll out Windows Phone 8 software for the major Google apps.

Speaking to V3, Clay Bavor, product management director at Google Apps, explained:

“We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. If that changes, we would invest there, of course.”

Instead, Google plans to concentrate its efforts in iOS and Android apps:

“In 2012 we’ve laid some of the ground work and really improved the experience of our core apps on mobile devices, such as adding native editing of spreadsheets for both iOS and Android apps.”

Like Google Maps, which is now back on iOS. So, if you have an intimate love affair with the big G, look like WinPho8 still isn’t for you. [V3]

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Trent Reznor teases Beats-backed streaming music service, wants a personal touch

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/10/trent-reznor-teases-his-beats-backed-streaming-music-service/

Trent Reznor gives clues to his Beatsbacked streaming music service, wants a personal touch

Dr. Dre isn’t the only musician to collaborate with Beats on projects deeper than one-off headphone models. Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels creator Trent Reznor tells The New Yorker that he and Beats are developing a streaming music service, codenamed Daisy, that should go beyond just automatically suggesting related songs like with Pandora. Alongside algorithm-based picks, Daisy should introduce “intelligent curation” from humans to make musical connections that wouldn’t otherwise take place. We’ll know more when the service goes live early next year; we’re presuming the recommendations will involve more than just another spin of The Downward Spiral.

[Image credit: Nine Inch Nails and Rob Sheridan, Flickr]

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 news No Comments

You Must See This Chart Of Foursquare Check-Ins After Hurricane Sandy

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/foursquare-checkins-after-hurricane-sandy-2012-11

Foursquare just tweeted this image, a dramatic illustration of how seriously the lower chunk of Manhattan was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5947614/the-canadian-government-accidentally-ran-a-bunch-of-ads-on-the-pirate-bay

The Canadian Government Accidentally Ran a Bunch of Ads on the Pirate Bay The Pirate Bay tends to be a website that national governments aren’t particularly fond of. That being the case, it’d be surprising if a national government ran ads on the site, advertising an Economic Action Plan, right? Canada did that, but not on purpose.

Banner ads for Canada’s Department of Finance’s Economic Action Plan started showing up on the site a few days ago, right next to ads for finding a Chinese bride, as shown by an image from the Ottawa Citizen. The ads were removed quickly, and the Department of Finance is blaming ad networks that were included in their media buy, specifically Yahoo!.

Yahoo! is in turn pointing a finger at Sympatico:

We have confirmed that Yahoo! was not responsible for the EAP ad showing up on The Pirate Bay. We have been able to trace the ad to Sympatico who were responsible for this ad’s appearance on the site, and they have been notified of the issue so they can take the appropriate actions.

Regardless of whose fault it actually was, the fact remains that for a while, the Pirate Bay had the pleasure of running a few government-purchased ads, and is enjoying the irony. According to TorrentFreak they’re even considering covering the site with unsolicited ads for the plan, for kicks. Though only the first run paid in real money, a second one would probably pay pretty well in smirks. [TorrentFreak via CNET]

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The Canadian Government Accidentally Ran a Bunch of Ads on the Pirate Bay

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Sunday, September 30th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

This Awesome Image Shows Every Hurricane And Tropical Storm Since 1851

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/kIQl9efBox4/this-awesome-image-shows-every-hurricane-and-tropical-storm-since-1851-2012-8

Hurricanes since 1851

Data-master John Neslon created this bottoms-up view (looking at the Earth from Antarctica) of every single tropical storm and hurricane we know about, dating back to 1851. It’s based on data from NOAA’s archives, which include wind speed, storm name, date, and other information. The color of the path is tied to intensity. See the highest resolution on Flickr.

From Nelson’s blog, called IDV User Experience:

A couple of things stood out to me about this data…

1) Structure.
Hurricanes clearly abhor the equator and fling themselves away from the warm waters of their birth as quickly as they can.  Paging Dr. Freud.
The void circling the image is the equator.  Hurricanes can never ever cross it.

2) Detection.
Detection has skyrocketed since satellite technology but mostly since we started logging storms in the eastern hemisphere.  Also the proportionality of storm severity looks to be getting more consistent year to year with the benefit of more data.

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See some more of John’s work: Maps Show Every Major Fire In America Since 2001 >

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Office and School Supplies

Source: http://blog.compete.com/2012/07/29/sunday-series-office-and-school-supplies/

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I love office supplies. No one should ever leave me alone in a supply closet of office supplies unless they want to return to the sight of me hoarding fresh notebooks and pens. This Sunday Series I decided to take a look at June’s data for the industry profile of Shopping>Office and School Supplies, and I noticed that a few of the biggest movers were related to ink supplies.  It looks like offices aren’t feeling the drowsiness of summer and are keeping their ink supplies stocked and ready. Next month I’ll check back in to see if the impending school year has shifted the top 10, or if ink is still reigning supreme.

10 Gains in Monthly Unique Visitors for Office Supplies

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Microsoft sets ‘do not track’ as default on IE10, ruffles feathers

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/01/do-not-track-is-default-on-ie10/

Microsoft sets 'do not track' as default on IE10, ruffles feathers

Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 won’t be the first major browser to pack a “do not track” component, but it’ll be the first to have it switched on by default. Though Microsoft doesn’t yet support the feature on its own websites, it plans to help hammer out the protocols by cooperating with industry, government and standards organizations in the months ahead. With Twitter’s support for the measure, the crew in Redmond isn’t the only one kicking the privacy ball forward. The Digital Advertising Alliance, however, isn’t pleased with the development, in no small part because it struck a deal with the White House to honor “do not track” so long as it’s not a default setting. Despite the move, Microsoft said it hopes users will choose to share their data with advertisers to receive more relevant advertising. Hit the more coverage links for added details on Microsoft’s feather ruffling.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 news No Comments

It Would Cost 37 Billion Dollars a Year To Screen YouTube Videos

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5914188/it-would-cost-37-billion-per-year-to-pre+screen-youtube-videos

It Would Cost $37 Billion Per Year to Pre-Screen YouTube VideosLast week, we reported that a staggering 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Now, engineer Craig Mansfield has worked out how much it would cost per year to pre-screen all that video for copyright infringements—and the answer is close to that of Google’s annual revenue.

Mansfield calculated that a team of 199,584 judges—or equally qualified individuals—would be required to watch and rule over the video, which in turn would cost $36,829,468,840. For comparison, Google’s revenue for 2011 was $37,905,000,000.

Even if it were possible to find a cheaper labor source, the costs would still be astronomical. If you’re interested, you can read his working in detail. [Craig Mansfield via TechDirt]

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 digital No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5906317/we-waste-a-billion-gallons-of-gas-a-year-because-were-so-fat

We Waste a Billion Gallons of Gas a Year Because We're So FatHeavier cars use more fuel. Now some bright spark has calculated that the US uses one billion gallons more gas every year than if the entire population had remained at the average weight of the 1960s. For every extra pound added to the average weight, the country uses another 39 million gallons of fuel each year.

So complain about gas prices if you must, but the rapid increase you should really be worried about is your waistline. [The Atlantic]

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Monday, April 30th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Pixelated Crayons are Retroriffic

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5900371/pixelated-crayons-are-retroriffic-in-every-way

Pixelated Crayons Are Retroriffic In Every WayToday’s high-resolution displays mean we don’t see pixelated images that often anymore. And let’s face it, once the colored pencil enters your life, you rarely pick up a crayon ever again. Except for nostalgia’s sake, which these pixelated crayons have in spades.

For $15 you get a set of six multi-colored crayons which can be used for drawing technicolor rainbows when dragged across a page. Or, if you happen to have a shred of artistic talent, these colored cacophonies can also be used to quickly add shading and depth to an image bound for the fridge door. Just move that important grocery list out of the way, your spose won’t mind.

Pixelated Crayons Are Retroriffic In Every Way

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