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100 GREAT Things About America | Happy 4th USA

 

It's time for a breather, America. Fire up the grill, ice down the drinks, and pop open that patio umbrella. Health care, the oil spill, Afghanistan, China, Elena Kagan and financial reform will all be waiting on Tuesday, July 6th. We promise. What won't be, though, is the chance to lean back and remember why we care enough about our country to spar over these things and in the end, remain united.

 

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Superyacht transforms into 'pleasure submarine''

 

From inside it looks like a swanky bachelor pad, kitted out with an abnormally large aquarium. But, this is no fashionable New York apartment, rather the latest in sub-aquatic luxury -- a cruise yacht that doubles up as a submarine.

 

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Technology News | Reuters

 

Cryptoassets Should Be 'outlawed': Allianz Gi Ceo

12 Dec 2018

The head of one of Europe's largest asset managers called for global regulators to ban cryptoassets on Tuesday, scorning them for wiping out people's savings.

 

Super Micro Says Review Found No Malicious Chips In Motherboards

12 Dec 2018

Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards.

 

Huawei Cfo Back In Canada Court As Bail Hearing Set To Wrap

11 Dec 2018

A top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] is set to return to a Vancouver courtroom on Tuesday, as the judge weighs final issues in determining whether she should be freed on bail while awaiting extradition proceedings.

 

 


 

Technology News | CNET

 

The Top Tech Stories Of 2018     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

From Google’s scary Duplex AI to Fortnite mania, this year showed the good, bad and uncomfortable ways that tech is changing our lives.

 

Magic Leap Works Best When It Makes You Question Reality     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

I trained Star Wars porgs, fought robot invaders in a living room and sat across a table with the future of AI.

 

These Walking Robots Could Help Humans Get Back On Their Feet Again     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

Bipedal robots could explore Mars one day. But first they're teaching scientists at Caltech's Amber Lab important lessons about helping humans here on Earth.

 

 


 

Technology News | Wired

 

How Shared, Open Data Can Help Us Better Overcome Disasters

12 Dec 2018

Citizen collection of radiation information after Fukushima and of air quality information after California's wildfires should serve as a model.

 

15 Smart-home Gift Ideas (2018): Ecobee, Dyson, Wemo, And More

12 Dec 2018

Robot vacuums, smart thermostats, and more awesome gift ideas for that person in your life who can activate everything in their home with a sneeze.

 

How To Use Siri Shortcuts To Get Through Your Daily Grind

12 Dec 2018

Siri Shortcuts might be the virtual assistant's most useful feature yet.

 

 


 

Apple Hot News | Apple

 

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

27 Apr 2016

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”

 

Final Cut Pro X Helps Small Company Delight World’s Biggest Clients

21 Apr 2016

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.

 

Apple Introduces 9.7-inch Ipad Pro

22 Mar 2016

Apple today introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which at just under one pound features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode, and new True Tone display technology. The new iPad Pro also has a 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs. “iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

 

 


 

Apple News | CNET News

 

The Top Tech Stories Of 2018     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

From Google’s scary Duplex AI to Fortnite mania, this year showed the good, bad and uncomfortable ways that tech is changing our lives.

 

Magic Leap Works Best When It Makes You Question Reality     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

I trained Star Wars porgs, fought robot invaders in a living room and sat across a table with the future of AI.

 

These Walking Robots Could Help Humans Get Back On Their Feet Again     - Cnet

12 Dec 2018

Bipedal robots could explore Mars one day. But first they're teaching scientists at Caltech's Amber Lab important lessons about helping humans here on Earth.

 

 


 

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Transform Your Phone With A Boring Plastic Stand

11 Dec 2018

When the Pixel 3 was announced a few months ago there was a lot of press about the incredible Camera and the enormous Notch. Lost in this noise is a wireless charging accessory that Google calls the Pixel Stand. The Pixel Stand The Pixel Stand is basically a standard wireless charger. It’s just a piece of plastic with no visual user-interface. Some say it’s overpriced at $79. Like I said, it’s a boring plastic stand. But it completely transforms the Pixel 3. This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into an Assistant… Pixel Stand immediately turns the Pixel 3 into an Assistant This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into a photo frame… Pixel Stand can show you favorite photos while it charges This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into a gradually brightening alarm clock… Pixel Stand gradually brightens a few minutes before your alarm. It has a special display too. Google is onto something by transforming your phone when placed in situations like on your nightstand or on your desk. Perhaps the most interesting part about all this is there is no software on the boring plastic stand. It’s all in the Pixel 3 phone. Pixel Stand Settings When you place the Pixel 3 onto the stand it goes into a special mode. When you take it off it goes back to being a regular phone. It’s pretty magical to see your phone transform into something else just by putting it onto a boring plastic stand. I hope as mobile devices continue to evolve we’ll see more of these thoughtful transformations. Have questions about the Basecamp 3 Android app? Let our awesome support team know by sending us an email . Basecamp 3 works where you do on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows  — anywhere you’ve got a web browser and an internet connection. Your first Basecamp is completely free so try it today, it takes just a minute to  sign-up . Transform your Phone with a Boring Plastic Stand was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

 

Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work

05 Dec 2018

https://medium.com/media/61668ec7d868f50d464aeafdf383cb0e/href Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work In October, Jason Fried and DHH released their new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work . The book featured their writing, as well as cover art and interior illustrations from Basecamp designers Adam Stoddard and Jason Zimdars . The launch initially seemed like a great success — but then things went awry . In this episode of the Rework podcast, we look at the work that went into the book and the problems with the release, and attempt to find some lessons in the aftermath. https://medium.com/media/b0a22b6e8bdc0d3602a5670dd87ac376/href Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

 

The Support Side Of Downtime

05 Dec 2018

There used to be a panicked feeling that would set in when we’d have any sort of outage or issue in Basecamp past — that stomach-dropping, heart-palpitating, sweaty-palmed feeling. But on November 8th when I awoke to a 6am text spelling out Basecamp’s downtime , I wasn’t worried. Before I finished reading the full text, I remember thinking, “Oh, they’ll have it sorted out before I can finish making coffee.” But as I continued reading and began to understand the estimated downtime to be at least two hours, my adrenaline hit. The first thing I wanted to do was check on the support team. Were they in panic-mode? How sweaty were their palms? How many customers had they talked to already today? How close to capacity were they? And by the time I received the alert and logged on (coffee brewing while I said Good Morning , thank glob for remote work), Basecamp had been in read-only for about 30 minutes, three times my prediction. Despite the stress of a lengthy downtime, knowing that we’d have a few hours of this status allowed us to settle in and accept our predicament. We had time to get into a flow and trust ourselves to talk our customers through this. Really, what I realized when I logged on was that everything was absolutely under control on the support team. And of course it was: for the past two years, our team has been conducting crisis drills with each other. Once a month, we rotate responsibility for these drills and each person is responsible for coming up with their own style of drill. They’ve become quite the gif-filled, fun time! We work from a playbook (hosted on GitHub in case Basecamp is down) that acts as a living document we can update as-needed. We’re currently in the process of using our experience from the read-only outage to revamp and reassess the playbook to make it even more accessible, comprehensive, and succinct — no small task, mind you! With my initial concern for the team quelled, I could then address my second concern: our customers. (Yes, team first and customers second: put your own oxygen mask on before you put it on your charge.) As I read through emails and tweets our customers sent us, I expected significantly more upset than we received. My expectation was that we had let down millions of people, prevented them working, created more undue stress in an already stressful life. While there were upset folks, it was only a handful: of the 2000 emails and tweets we responded to during those five hours of downtime, only a handful of people were upset. Everyone else sent us well-wishes, told us to take care of ourselves, thanked us for the decade of consistent uptime. Here are four of those emails we received: I’ve been a Basecamp customer for most of my adult life across various projects and organizations. I just wanted to say that I wasn’t even 1% bothered by the fact that there was an outage. I appreciate your candor and earnestness in responding, and your commitment to total uptime is laudable. But you’ve more than earned some leeway. Chronic downtime is annoying and should cause outrage. But a mistake every year or two, let alone once a decade, should be given a pass. You all do beautiful work, and I’m very grateful to have access to Basecamp the vast majority of life’s hours. If you can, don’t be hard on yourselves! I just want you to know that I appreciated the explanation for the down time. I am so used to having that issue with other software program[s] I use, that it didn’t even phase me. I just did something else for awhile and forgot about it. Thanks for the nice explanation, and you don’t need to worry about rebuilding my trust. Also, I’m really sorry about the fires! Just wanted to let you know as a client I really appreciate the outage report and taking full responsibility. In all of the years I have used BC, it is the only time I can think of that there was ever an issue. So really you can pat yourselves on the back. Keep up the good work! I love BC and support is always amazing. There are many, many digital/cloud companies who could take a page from the Basecamp playbook! And hopefully everyone in the fire areas, are safe. No need to respond. I want to reiterate what I said on Twitter. We’ve been with you guys since classic and while it was definitely a crazy time here, it shows us how much we rely on Basecamp to run our agency. And I know it was a way crazier time there! Thanks for your open, honest communication throughout it all. The more I read from our customers, the more I realized how true it was that we’ve been building real relationships with them over the years. Our team has a refrain for when we’re busy that It’s just email , but we know that’s not the total truth — it’s people who care about us as much as we care about them. It was really wonderful to see that validated, as it made our very stressful day feel, for a lack of a better word, bittersweet . We ended the day feeling pride despite our adrenaline and exhaustion. It was a testament to the fact that we created an empowered support team that responds in a timely and human way, and so when we let our people down they were able to show us grace. For that, we are outrageously grateful. As Basecamp sat in a read-only state, the Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires were spreading throughout California, and several customers took the downtime as an opportunity to write in to spread well-wishes. Please consider donating to help families who survived the fires. The Support Side of Downtime was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

 

 

 

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