Link roundup February 4, 2013

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Link roundup
Link roundup February 4, 2013
  1. Your own camera drone

    A camera that hovers and follows you, filming video or shooting photos. I’ve been waiting for this product since the Swivl was first introduced. Coming in 2014, read more at Always Innovating’s website.
  2. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook say they require warrants to give over private content

    Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook all say that they require full warrants in order to provide the contents of emails and messages to government entities, The Hill reports.

    There are still uncertainties about this, as it hasn’t got the full support of the law, but this is good news for all users and for our privacy. However, we will see if this is just lip service or if they’re prepared to fight for it when it gets tried under law, which could cos a lot of money.

  3. Internet Explorer Must Get With The Program – Doktor Spinn

    2. I smell a rat. Why wouldn’t they want to hear what people say? Sure, Internet Explorer isn’t exactly the most popular browser around, but if the browser is truly better, than why not let those who would sing its praise do so?

    Jerry Silfwer points out exactly how Microsoft fails again with Internet Explorer. I have to give credit to the advertising agency for coming up with the nostalgia commercial, or “Internet Explorer Sucks Less” but in the end this points out the problem for all agencies: if the client’s product is a turd, you can come up with all kinds of clever ways of selling it. But in the end, it’s still a turd and people will point that out. If you find yourself stuck fearing “social” campaigns for a client, it’s most likely because the products suck. You and the client either have to be fine with non-social campaigns, or the client has to change the product.

  4. Dear Tim: Open Letter from an iDAD, Apple iOS Parental Controls Needed

    Also, while the ratings on games, apps, movies and TV shows are great, could you amp up your music ratings controls? I want to lock his device down to age-appropriate lyrics.

    I’m sure that the dad who wrote this plea to Apple to “give him more control of his 11 year old son’s iPod” means well, but the results will be less fortunate for his kid. What will this dad do about Safari on said iPod? It can be used to reach any part of the Internet. I can give you URLs that you can surf to that would make even the most horrific “song lyric” look like a Sunday sermon. Remote spying and control don’t inspire trust from the kids. This is just another version of the horrible, horrible “contract” that a well-meaning but totally clueless mom made her son sign to get him an iPhone.

  5. HowStuffWorks “Caterpillar Metamorphosis: The Magic Within the Chrysalis”

    Think of it as recycling — if you drop a plastic bottle off in the recycling bin, it can be melted down into an entirely different shape. This is what happens inside the chrysalis.

    When caterpillars become butterflies, they melt into a pool that’s used to build up the butterfly. If this single fact wasn’t awesome by itself, then get this: they retain memories acquired as caterpillars.

  6. Facebook Brings Back Tag Suggest Facial Recognition For Photos In U.S.

    Facebook’s controversial tag suggest feature for photos, which was temporarily suspended last year amid concerns over the use of facial-recognition technology, is being re-enabled in the U.S.

    This feature was turned off when the EU started probing into it and it was found to be very hard to implement and comply with EU’s privacy regulations. Facebook turned it off completely, for the US too, but now they’re re-enabling it in the US.

  7. Errata Security: Risk analysis v. Downtime

    Thus, when there is a downtime for an hour, you can measure the next few hours to see if customers are coming back to try again later. Even if the effect is only slight, like 5% additional traffic, you’ll tease the signal out of the noise.

    If you make a revenue of $5 million per hour, like Amazon, and you’re down for an hour – will you make it back in the following hours? Obviously not. Thus downtime is extremely expensive.

  8. The Good Night Lamp won’t be KickstartedGood Night LampI was very happy when I found the Good Night Lamp on Kickstarter. This is a product I’ve been waiting for someone to create ever since I saw a prototype to a similar product at The Interactive Institute in Stockholm. However, the sad thing is that this project will most likely not succeed in raising the funds. £360,000 (~567,000 USD) is a very high amount, and it’s always better to start small and then add stretch goals if you reach your first. If people see that the project isn’t likely to succeed, I think they’re less likely to pledge, too.I like the thought behind requesting such a large sum: creating a sustainable company that will survive the first initial boom, making sure that all the backers can buy additional small houses in the future. And maybe it can be done, but you need a different strategy than this.I has a sad, but the team behind the Good Night lamp let me know that Kickstarter was just the first attempt and that they’re set to make this happen. I’m really rooting for them!
  9. Pew Internet Research: 21% Self-Track with Technology
    • 69% of adults track a health indicator for themselves or others.
    • 34% of individuals who track use non-technological methods such as notebooks or journals.
    • 21% of individuals who track use at least one form of technology such as apps or devices.

    This means that 14.5% of American adults use some kind of “new” technology (apps or devices) to track their health. This is a higher number than I’d have guessed. Quantified self is really about to explode.

  10. Why Not Windows?

    Realizing Java represents the wave of the future, Microsoft tried to corrupt it – to lure developers into programming in a “Windows only” version.

    It’s always interesting to read future predictions from the past. This is from 1998, someone who predicted that Microsoft wouldn’t succeed. He was right, but at the same time he bet on the wrong horse. Java died faster than Microsoft.

  11. Do A Bit Of Research On Kickstarter Projects Before You Hand Over $100 For A $15 Watch – The Consumerist

    Fifteen people paid at least $175 for higher levels of sponsorship and additional watches. But as folks on Reddit noticed, the images on this project page look an awful lot like the ones for this watch that you can buy for $29.60 — for two of them. That’s right, these stunningly beautiful watches are going for $15/each.

    You can’t hide from the collective conscience embedded in the hive mind that is the Internet. This scammer var especially stupid, as you don’t get money until the campaign is over – and you’re bound to get busted in a few days if not hours if you try this on big sites like Kickstarter.

  12. E-commerce will make the shopping mall a retail wasteland

    Recent figures indicate that retail space in over 200 shopping malls across the United States are suffering 35 percent vacancy rates or higher.

    Very interesting about how e-commerce is changing, and killing, brick-and-mortar stores and malls. I realized that I’m guilty of this too: the other day I was about to buy a TV. I went to two physical stores, but ended up buying a TV online after researching prices on Swedish price comparison site Prisjakt because it a) was cheaper and b) got delivered to my home for $10 more than a cab ride from the store would have cost me.

  13. Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results – Facebook
    • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.06 billion as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25% year-over-year
    • Daily active users (DAUs) were 618 million on average for December 2012, an increase of 28% year-over-year
    • Mobile MAUs were 680 million as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 57% year-over-year
    • Mobile DAUs exceeded web DAUs for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012

    Facebook’s report for the 4th quarter 2012 shows a very interesting break: more mobile daily active users, than web daily active users.

  14. YouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring

    As of now it appears that the first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month, two of these people said.

    Youtube is about to launch paid subscriptions, at least for a select amount of channels. Interesting!

  15. Samsung’s future?

    Arthur C Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” There’s long been talk about flexible screens, and we’ve seen lots of different concept videos – but here is something real being showcased. It’s also interesting to see that the first flexible screens will not be flexible as in “you can bend it anytime” but flexible as in “it has round corners”. This could be Samsung’s salvation in the smartphone battle.


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