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- Twitter plans stock market listing
Twitter says it plans to join the stock market flotation in the most hotly anticipated flotation since Facebook’s last year.
- Official High Resolution Images of The iPhone 5c
Apple has released the official high resolution images of the new iPhone 5c and we have them right here at AlliOSNews. The images are of the newest phone from different angles, the line up of available colours and the back of the iPhone 5c with their new colourful cases on them.
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- Dave Carney Jumps On 'Wendy Davis Is Too Stupid To Be Governor' Bandwagon
Dave Carney, a top adviser to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) tweeted out a blog on Thursday calling Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) “too stupid to be governor.”
— Dave Carney (@granitewinger) September 12, 2013
The link leads to an Urban Grounds post in which a blogger celebrates the recall of two Democratic senators in Colorado, and explains why he thinks “Texas state Senator Wendy ‘Abortion Barbie’ Davis is even dumber than her fake blonde hair would imply.”
The tweet came only weeks after Abbott thanked a supporter for a tweet that referred to Wendy Davis as “Retard Barbie.”
The Texas Democratic party responded to Carney’s tweet in a statement available on the Burnt Orange Report, saying that offending women appears to be a campaign strategy:
It’s clear that Abbott’s advisers are following a strategy of offending every woman voter in the state of Texas. A woman who worked her way from a trailer park to graduate from Harvard Law School with honors is anything but stupid. Women throughout the state know what it’s like to have their intelligence ignored and made a joke. It’s never been a good idea to mess with Texas women. And come November 2014, the women of Texas will make clear that the joke’s actually on Republicans who find it okay to reference such a hard working and smart woman as stupid.
- Ray Dolby Dead: Founder Of Dolby Laboratories Dies At 80
PORTLAND, Ore. — Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.
The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer. Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader in audio technology. His work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the creation of a number of technologies that are still used in music, movies and entertainment today. The innovations also turned Dolby into a rich man with an estimated fortune of $2.3 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
“Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Kevin Yeaman, president and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement.
Yeaman said that Dolby invented an entire industry around delivering an experience in sound. His work ranged from helping to reduce the hiss in cassette recordings to bringing “Star Wars” to life on the big screen in Dolby Stereo.
Dolby held 50 U.S. patents and won a number of notable awards for his life’s work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.
He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S. and the Royal Academy of Engineers in the U.K., among other honors. In 2012, the theater that serves as home to the Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby Theatre and the Ray Dolby Ballroom was named in his honor.
“Ray really managed to have a dream job,” said Dagmar Dolby, his wife of 47 years. “Because he could do exactly what he wanted to do, whichever way he wanted to do it, and in the process, did a lot of good for many music and film lovers. And in the end, built a very successful company.”
Dolby was born in Portland, Ore., and his family eventually moved to the San Francisco peninsula. It was there that he started his professional work at Ampex Corp. working on videotape recording systems while he was still a student.
After graduating from Stanford University, he left Ampex to study at Cambridge University. Following his time as a United Nations adviser in India, he returned to England and founded Dolby in London. In 1976, he moved to San Francisco where the company established its headquarters.
Dolby’s co-workers described him as inspiring and thoughtful man, who cared passionately about engineering.
“To be an inventor, you have to be willing to live with a sense of uncertainty, to work in the darkness and grope toward an answer, to put up with the anxiety about whether there is an answer,” Dolby once said.
He is survived by his wife, Dagmar, his sons, Tom and David, their spouses, Andrew and Natasha, and four grandchildren.
Dolby and his wife were active in philanthropy and supported numerous causes and organizations. The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California, San Francisco’s Stem Cell Center and the Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center were opened with their support.
His family described Dolby as generous, patient, curious and fair.
“Though he was an engineer at heart, my father’s achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts,” said Tom Dolby, son, filmmaker and novelist. “He brought his appreciation of the artistic process to all of his work in film and audio recording.”
- Fashion house Burberry to use iPhone 5s cameras for fashion show
Luxury outerwear designer and historic fashion house Burberry will be using the new iPhone 5s exclusively to document in HD video and still images its Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in London next week, according to an announcement from both Apple and the clothier. The designer will get early access to the iPhone 5s, which is not expected to formally debut until September 20, for its September 16 women’s wear show — which will be streamed live from London’s Hyde Park on the Burberry website. The entire show will be captured using the iPhone 5s’ advanced camera.
- Here's The Answer To The Question Everyone's Asking About Twitter's IPO
With a tweet, Twitter did what it was long expected to do. On Thursday, the social network announced that it filed the necessary paperwork to go public in the next year or two. This means that in the coming months, investors, pundits and your mother will all be asking the same question ad nauseam about the micro-blogging service: How does it make any money?
You should be prepared to have an answer when asked about Twitter at get-togethers, especially with the holidays coming. The short answer — ads — ignores some wrinkles in the way Twitter could become an online behemoth. After Facebook’s tumultuous IPO, when investors started to doubt Facebook’s advertising business, expect Twitter to take pains over the coming months to justify its own business.
Essentially, Twitter lets advertisers place tweets that they have written into people’s Twitter feeds, even if those individuals aren’t following that advertiser’s Twitter account. Twitter has been using “Promoted Tweets” to make money since 2011, though how well it has worked for the company is unclear since Twitter’s financial information is still private. Here’s an illustrative example from the software company Hubspot, bound between tweets from accounts I actually follow:
A related gimmick is “Promoted Trends,” which inserts a corporate-crafted hashtag into the trending topics list shown to Twitter members. Here’s one from Motorola.
Over time, Twitter will apply three forces to milk as much revenue as possible from these promotional tools. The first one is drawing in more tweeters. As of February, Twitter had 200 million active accounts. Unlike Facebook, where a person is permitted only one account, Twitter lets individuals set up as many handles as they want, making it unclear how many actual human eyeballs go to the site every month. But Twitter will likely continue to grow at a healthy clip unless it finds a way of irking members with too many ads — a Catch-22 for the company.
The second strategy will be getting people already signed up for Twitter to spend as much time as possible on the site. For most of its history, tweets were used as a way to send followers to other parts of the Internet to watch a video clip or see a picture. Now, a tweeter can edit his or her own photos on the site or post their own videos with Vine, a 6-second video network launched in January. Other apps like Twitter’s #music keep people committed to the Twitter ecosystem instead of going to Spotify or Rdio to find new music.
Third and finally, Twitter wants to have Promoted Tweets and Promoted Trends in front of the right sets of eyeballs on the network. To that end, Twitter has recently gone on a spending spree to purchase startups. The most notable is MoPub, bought for reported $350 million earlier this month, which will let Twitter offer real-time bidding on Promoted Tweets. Such a market for ads, similar to Google’s lucrative DoubleClick Ad Exchange, could help an advertiser blast Promoted Tweets at the right moment to a specific demographic or to people in a specific location.
This may not be the entire answer to the question, but it’s a start. Before its IPO, Twitter could reveal or create new revenue streams — it’s certain that the company is looking for them.
- And the winner of TC Disrupt SF 2013 is: Layer
After three days and some truly incredible pitches from each of our 30 Battlefield competitors, the time has finally come to crown a Disrupt Battlefield champion. Competition among this year’s pack of six finalists — Dryft, Fates Forever, Layer, Soil IQ, Regalii, and Cota by Ossia — was as stiff as ever, but even with a batch as strong as this, only one startup can take home the Disrupt Cup.
- Parts Of Secret Yahoo Court Order Will Be Declassified, Justice Department Says
WASHINGTON — The federal government says it will declassify parts of a 2008 secret court order that required Yahoo to turn over customer data under the National Security Agency’s PRISM data-gathering program.
In a filing Thursday with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Justice Department said that the declassification would make possible the publication of “much of the court’s opinion and order.” But the department said that some of the information in the opinion must remain classified and would be redacted. Thursday’s ruling came after the presiding judge on the court ordered the government to conduct a “declassification review” of the 2008 order and legal briefs in the case.
Yahoo was among several U.S. Internet businesses identified as giving the National Security Agency access to customer data under the PRISM program. In a filing with the FISA Court in June, Yahoo asked that the 2008 opinion be released, along with legal briefs in the case. In a subsequent filing the next month, Yahoo said that the disclosure of the opinion and briefs would allow the company to “demonstrate that it objected strenuously to the directives that are now the subject of debate, and objected at every stage of the proceeding,” but that its objections were overruled.
Revelations about the PRISM program by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden have prompted a broader debate about government monitoring and the privacy of Americans’ communications.
The case is separate from another one Yahoo has pending that urges the FISA Court to allow the company to disclose data on national security orders it received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Facebook, Google and Microsoft have similar motions pending with the court.
Neither Yahoo nor the Justice Department had any comment on Thursday’s filing.
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- RadioShack also taking preorders for iPhone 5c, offering trade-ins
A day after announcing that it would accept iPhone trade-ins towards the cost of the new iPhone models (or other brands of contract phones), RadioShack has announced that it will join with carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in offering pre-orders on the iPhone 5c, which commence on Friday. According to reader reports, RadioShack stores will begin accepting preorders at each store’s usual opening time, and plans to have stock of all color options for all three of its affiliated carriers. Buyers can trade in smartphones to get up to $250 in credit.
- Audio pioneer Ray Dolby dies aged 80
Ray Dolby, the US engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise reduction in audio recordings, dies in California aged 80.
- Chrome for iOS learns pronouns
Google updates Chrome for iOS with better voice-activated searches, faster returns to search results, and bandwidth savings tracker.
- The maps transforming how we interact with the world
Transforming the way we interact with the world
- New icebreaker opens Arctic waters
Could a ship that moves sideways change life in the Arctic?
- Nicholas Savino Charged With Obama Death Threat
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania grand jury has charged a Clarks Summit man with threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
Prosecutors say in a Thursday news release that 42-year-old Nicholas Savino allegedly sent a threatening email to the White House on Aug. 16. The email allegedly said that Obama is the Antichrist and that he must stand down or be shot dead. The charges stem from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Clarks Summit police.
Clarks Summit is about 10 miles outside Scranton. Obama visited Scranton and the region Aug. 23, a week after the alleged threatening email. That same day, local police seized ammunition and weapons at a Clarks Summit home on behalf of the Secret Service.
Savino couldn’t be reached for comment.
- Why Don't Girls Grok Physics?
I am from India and went to a high school where 60 percent of the girls wanted to go into medicine and the rest wanted to go into engineering (computer science/electrical engineering being the top choice). I did a B.Sc in Physics and my class had 60 percent females.
When I came to the U.S. for my Masters in Aerospace Engineering, I was completely stunned to find a university environment where most of the students in the engineering classes were male and a cultural environment where it was OK for women to say that shopping was a legitimate hobby, girls mostly wore pink, played with dolls, and worst of all, a complete lack of female role models.
Only one in five Physics degrees are awarded to girls. Why?
In fact, we’re all classical physicists. We feel force, velocity, and acceleration at a gut level. In the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Robert Heinlein invented a word to express this kind of deeply intuitive, almost visceral understanding of a phenomenon: grok. 3 I grok force, velocity, and acceleration. I grok three-dimensional space. I grok time and the number 5 . The trajectories of a stone or a spear are grokable. But my built-in, standard-issue groker breaks down when I try to apply it to ten-dimensional space-time, or to the number 101,000, or even worse to the world of electrons and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
-Leonard Susskind 
Leonard Susskind (one of the fathers of string theory) may have a hard time “grokking” the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, but the majority of girls have a hard time “grokking” classical physics.
I think there are three main reasons: toys, experiences and role models.
Have you ever noticed how girls’ toys are mostly static? Dolls, kitchen sets and stuffed animals don’t demonstrate concepts of forces, momentum, cause and effect, control, friction, balance and inertia. Boys’ toys on the other hand constitute trucks, balls, bats, gears, motors, remote controlled vehicles and sensors — things that jump, roll, bounce, run, can be controlled etc. Lego sets, k’nex kits etc are more popular amongst boys, not girls. You just need to read customer reviews on Amazon to see how many more times grandparents will give lego sets to grandsons and not granddaughters.
To compound the above drawback in girls’ toys, their play also serves as practice for the child care, kitchen work and home decoration they will likely take charge of as adults.
But adults prepare boys differently. Fathers in particular, encourage play that rarely involves taking care of someone else and is hardly ever direct practice for adult work. For instance, boys do not play at taking out the garbage or washing the car. If their play does involve someone’s welfare like pretending to be a firefighter, the role is one for which adults are paid. However, most of boys’ play remains play.
Although play is inherently enjoyable, adults shape children’s preferences and proclivities for enjoyment. Adults encourage little girls to play at “pretend” housework and child care — and most girls seem to find it fun. Boys would most likely feel the same, if encouraged in the same way. And, if boys were to spend as much time playing with dolls, they would probably develop the same nurturing skills; but boys spend very little time playing with dolls .
Most girls are usually entered into “girl-oriented” after school programs and summer camps such as ballet, theater, music, arts, dance or sports. Science, engineering, computer science experiences tend to be predominated by boys. And so the differences that first started as innocent and little, begin to widen each year.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers covers a similar point. It is all about practice. For example, it takes roughly 15,000 hours (or 7.5 years) to become a master programmer, 13,000 hours to become a master chef, 40,000 hours to become a neurosurgeon).
We all understand how music and sports require years of commitment. What we do not realize that it also takes years of practice to get familiar with “groking how the world works,” solving problems, inventing solutions. The basic skills of asking the right questions, trying an idea, persisting through failure — eventually lead to finding out how the world works. But, it takes years of practice and it starts with the toys you give a girl and the afterschool programs you sign her up for.
There are many amazing female role models, its just that the media doesn’t give them much attention.
This is again one point at which the Indian culture gets it right when it comes to treating girls as intellectually equal to boys. There is a nationwide drive to encourage girls to take an interest in technical disciplines and role models such as Kalpana Chawla — the first Indian woman in space — exemplify these efforts. They are accorded much national attention and respect.
I believe mainstream media and popular Hollywood figures can accomplish much in this regard. That is why I was so thrilled to learn about Warner Bros’ upcoming movie Gravity in which Sandra Bullock plays the role of a courageous and persistent engineer, problem solving her way through a malfunctioning space station. We created a Gravity Design Challenge to help teenagers get a taste of the problems Sandra Bullock was solving and to view science and engineering as something that is accessible to all — even girls.
 Susskind, Leonard (2008-07-07). The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics (p. 5). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
 Valian, V. (1998). Why so slow? The advancement of women. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press.
- Samsung backs 64-bit smartphones
Samsung announces it will follow Apple’s move to use 64-bit processors in its handsets. However, experts warn there may little immediate benefit to users.
- Goldman Named Twitter IPO's Lead Underwriter Despite Involvement In Facebook Mess
Goldman Sachs will be the lead underwriter of Twitter’s initial public offering, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.
The investment bank was one of a number of underwriters sued for allegedly deceiving investors in the wake of Facebook’s initial public offering.
The social network has only recently recovered from its disastrous IPO. After the company debuted on the NASDAQ selling shares at $38, the company’s stock price dropped by more than half over the next three months. Investors initially lost billions.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged that both Facebook and the underwriters failed to publicly provide revenue estimates that would have made the company look worse before its initial trading.
Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter of the Facebook IPO, eventually reached a $5 million deal in order to settle allegations that one of its employees attempted to “improperly influence” analysts in the lead up.
Other investment banks will likely join Goldman in shepherding Twitter to market and it’s entirely possible that Morgan Stanley would be one of them.
Twitter announced its plants to go public in a Thursday tweet (and you can read more about that here):
We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
— Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013
- Festival to embrace cat video craze
The phenomenon of internet cat videos gets its own festival in the UK City of Culture
- Here's Why Twitter Filed For A Secret IPO
You might want to buy Twitter’s stock when it finally goes public, but you’re going to have to wait a while before you can figure out how much it’s worth.
That’s because the micro-blogging site filed secret paperwork for its initial public offering, taking advantage of a new law called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which lets companies with less than $1 billion in revenue keep their finances hidden from the public until not long before they start pitching their IPO.
This means we won’t know anything about Twitter’s finances (aside from the fact that it makes less than $1 billion in revenue, which we pretty much already knew) until three weeks before the company starts its “road show” to pitch the stock to investors.
As Quartz’s Zachary Seward points out in explaining the JOBS Act’s rationale in greater detail, this could make life easier on Twitter in a lot of ways, including keeping its finances hidden from competitors a little while longer. It will also make life harder for investors, however, who will have less time to dig through Twitter’s details — which is one reason I and other people who care about financial reform bemoaned the act’s passage last year.
Seward also suggests that a secret IPO “could help Twitter avoid the overheated anticipation that Facebook had to deal with ahead of its disastrous IPO.”
I’m willing to take the other side of that bet. Ungodly legions of tech analysts and reporters have been unleashed this evening to speculate endlessly about Twitter’s worth, and that will not stop until the day Twitter rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (assuming Twitter lists there instead of the Nasdaq, which botched the Facebook IPO).
The secret IPO might only add to the frenzy of speculation and interest (think Salinger, J.D.; and Pynchon, Thomas), while also giving a rubber-stamp of legitimacy to the dangerous JOBS Act.