Archive | August 2013

Google Confirms It Has Acquired Android Smartwatch Maker WIMM Labs

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Google has confirmed it acquired WIMM Labs last year, a company that previously made an Android-powered smartwatch before shuttering operations in 2012. At the time a message on its website said it had entered into an exclusive partnership without releasing further details, but it’s now clear that partner was Google, rather than Apple as some had initially speculated. Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition was reported earlier by Gigaom.

Google is rumoured to be developing a smartwatch of its own, with patents turning up earlier this year (filed in 2011), and a report by the FT that claimed Google’s Android team was in the process of developing such a device. Google has also hinted at Android powering a range of wearable devices in the past, when CEO Larry Page let slip during a quarterly earnings call this year that Glass runs on its smartphone and tablet OS, and that Android is…

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Android this week: $99 Moto X coming; Google bought WIMM; Nexus 4 price cut

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The wooden backs for Motorola’s(s goog) Moto X shown off at the handset’s launch event may be here soon. Noted tipster Evleaks tweeted out images and information on the price and availability. He expects them to add $50 to the cost of a Moto X handset when they arrive in the fourth quarter, which actually starts tomorrow. Also noteworthy is an expected price cut he reports:

Neither bit is terribly surprising although some who have already purchased a Moto X could be unhappy by the news. However, it’s common for most Android handsets to see a price cut within a few months of launch. And it’s likely most new Moto X owners are still within their return policy so if they really wanted to wait for…

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Groklaw Shuts Down As The Post-Snowden Chilling Effect Continues

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Groklaw, a decade-old law blog run by Pamela Jones, has shut down citing the danger of increased email scrutiny. “The owner of Lavabit tells us that he’s stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we’d stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum,” Jones wrote in a final post.

Equating NSA’s efforts at listening in to world communications to being robbed, Jones writes that she can no longer maintain the site – dependent on emails from readers – without compromising her ability to report on legal information related to the open source movement. The site was seen as a place for “lawyers and geeks” to meet to discuss issues pertinent to programming, networks, and FOSS software.

She writes:

What to do? I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I’ve reached is that…

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Smashed Hard Drives, Shuttered Email Services, And The Slow Leak Of Free Speech

Super job lads. Not. Hole, keep diggin’.

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It can’t be easy defending the NSA’s surveillance efforts. The task continues to be made increasingly difficult by the myriad revelations that continue to spill from the treasure trove of information that Edward Snowden released to the world.

It’s just metadata. It’s just metadata on all phone calls. No they can’t call up your emails. Well, yes, XKeyscore is real, and you should be happy we have it. No, there have been zero privacy abuses. Well, fine, in one 12-month period ending in 2012 there were 2,776, but that’s just proof of oversight and none were willful! Wrong.

And no, there has been no harm to individuals. We should worry more about terrorism.

That last one is the most recent line of arguing I’ve run into, and I find it hard to fully understand. It presumes that a supposed immediate or short-term risk — say…

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Thiel Fellow Launches A Topical Energy Spray For Absorbing Caffeine Through Your Skin

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Between Rockstars and Red Bulls, Thiel fellow Ben Yu and Deven Soni believe there is a $45 billion market up for grabs.

They’re looking to attack it with not another consumable drink, but rather a sprayable form of caffeine that you absorb through your skin.

Called Sprayable Energy, it’s an unscented mix of caffeine, water and a derivative of tyrosine, which is one of 22 naturally occurring amino acids that cells in the body use to synthesize proteins. They’re raising at least $15,000 on Indiegogo so they can order an initial batch of bottles to retail for $15 each.

Each bottle has about 160 sprays and each spray is the equivalent of about one-fourth a cup of coffee. So you’re looking at about 40 coffee-sized doses of caffeine for about $15.

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Yu, who is one of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20” fellows, says he started working on the product…

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US Attorney Appointed By Obama Accused Of Secretly Monitoring Employees

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CBS DC

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When she was the top federal prosecutor in northern Iowa, U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose secretly monitored the whereabouts of employees who she felt didn’t work enough, removed the office’s civil chief because she believed he was a poor manager and fired an attorney whom she called “flighty,” records show.

Rose, based in Des Moines and the nation’s youngest federal judge at 40, made those statements during a May deposition in a lawsuit brought by former assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Fagg, a civil prosecutor who was fired by Rose in 2011.

Fagg, 56, contends Rose and Rose’s then-top aide, Teresa Baumann, retaliated against her after Fagg raised concerns about age discrimination, destroying her 12-year career with the department. She was fired shortly after selling her house to complete an unusual, forced transfer from Sioux City to Cedar Rapids, 265 miles away. Fagg claims she faced intense…

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Obama makes 2015 Ford Mustang 400 lbs. less safe

OOPs…

JunkScience.com

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every 100-pound reduction in the weight of small cars increases annual traffic fatalities by as much as 715.

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