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Mobile Technology News, February 19, 2014

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Las Vegas Sands Corp: Hacking Went Further Than Email, Websites
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday that hacking into their websites and internal systems last week went deeper than the company had previously known.

    All of the Las Vegas-based company’s sites were down for six days after hackers posted images apparently condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. Sands said hackers crashed its email system and stole employees’ Social Security numbers.

    But a video posted online appears to catalog stolen information that goes much further.

    Sands spokesman Ron Reese said the company is reviewing the 11-minute video that appears to show dozens of administrator passwords, including passwords for slot machine systems and player information at Sands’ Bethlehem, Pennsylvania casino. It also shows employee files and a diagram of the company’s internal networks. He said the company did not know about the additional incursions until it started investigating the video.

    “We have now determined that the hackers reached at least some of the company’s internal drives in the US containing some office productivity information made up largely of documents and spreadsheets,” he said in a statement. “We are reviewing the video to determine what, if any, customer or employee data may have been accessed.”

    The FBI, Secret Service and Nevada Gaming Control Board are investigating the hacking. Neither of the federal agencies would comment on the matter, and Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett also declined to comment, saying he had not yet seen the video.

    A person using the name Zhao Anderson sent the video to The Associated Press on Monday by email, and it was also posted on YouTube by a person using the same name. The AP could not verify the person’s identity, or the information contained in the email.

    Reese declined to say whether Sands had changed its administrative passwords in response to the hacking.

    The hacking affected Sands’ corporate website, as well as the sites for casinos in Las Vegas, China, Singapore, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon, though not exactly as they were before the attack.

    Adelson is an outspoken supporter of Israel and a generous donor to U.S. Republican Party campaigns. He spoke in October about dropping a nuclear bomb on Iran, saying strength was the only thing the country understands.

    The hackers at one point referred to themselves as the “Anti WMD Team.” Cybersecurity experts say it could have taken several months for so-called “hacktivists” to complete an attack on Sands’ networks.

    Sands, which is the world’s largest casino company in terms of revenue, also owns the world’s largest casino, in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau. The company’s net income was $2.31 billion last year.

    Sands has not said what effect the hacking attack has had on the company’s bottom line. Sands has said it has been able to continue booking visitors by telephone.

    Since the hacking became public last Tuesday, Sands stock has risen about 3.7 percent to $80.69.


    Hannah Dreier can be reached at http://twitter.com/hannahdreier

  • WSJ: iPhone jumps to seven percent share in China
    Apple is now the fifth-largest cellphone maker in China, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal based on numbers from analyst firm IDC. The iPhone maker leapt a full percentage point in the last quarter of 2013 on the strength of its iPhone 5s and 5c, and the report does not even include sales from China Mobile, with which Apple finally inked a deal in December. The surge in sales moved the iPhone into a seven percent share of the smartphone market.


  • Nude scanner mobile app ad banned
    A TV advert for a mobile phone app, which showed images of a naked woman, is banned after it was broadcast during Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
  • Apple's iPhones sales in Russia doubled in 2013
    While a hair over a million and a half iPhones sold sounds (and is) pretty bad for a company with the influence and presence of Apple, the 1.57 million units sold in Russia in 2013 represent something of a (small) triumph: not only does it double the number of iPhones sold in the country compared to 2012, the iPhone was unavailable on any Russia’s major carriers for the entire first half of the year.


  • VIDEO: LiFi: Internet by the power of light
    Professor Harald Haas shows Rory Cellan-Jones technology that beams an internet connection via a standard light fitting.
  • The internet through a light bulb
    Rory Cellan-Jones imagines internet connection through overhead lights.
  • Humans in Space: Finding a Shared Voice

    Art courtesy of Mark Maxwell

    Within a year or so we will begin to see the first commercial human spaceflight systems come online, and the first steps to opening space to the people of Earth will have been taken.

    After more than 25 years of political trench warfare, reeducation and demonstration by a hardened band of space revolutionaries that we know what we are doing, we are at last beginning to transition the government-run command economy in human spaceflight into one shared with the private sector — to the benefit of all.

    Those on the front lines, on both sides, know just how tough a battle it continues to be. Yet we are seeing it happen, in many small ways and some that are highly visible, such as the berthing of the first U.S. commercial spacecraft from SpaceX and Orbital Sciences to the space station while companies like NanoRacks and Bigelow are using it to develop their own businesses — while helping the agency do its job.

    In fact, I recently walked away from the battle between those pushing for what I call the “Senate Launch System” (Congress’ latest government megarocket) and those fighting to create a NewSpace commercial space transportation industry. After helping birth the baby of commercial spaceflight and then protecting it from those who felt threatened by its promise, the latter are now finding that it is not just beginning to stand on its own two feet but taking flight — literally.

    But this is (to steal a phrase) only one small step. To quote Robert Heinlein, “Once you get to Earth orbit, you are halfway to anywhere in the solar system.” Well, I hereby leave the orbit part to others. I am focused on the anywhere.

    For me the next job begins at that hundred-mile mark and includes banging some heads together in our own space community. As for right now, we are our own worst enemy. Be it those heading to the Moon, Mars or the space between worlds I call “free space,” each of us seems to think ours is the only worthwhile goal. And of course we also each have our own favorite spacecraft, our own perfect solutions and systems and approaches, and everyone else be damned, because my way is the space highway.

    We are like a group of maniacal subdivisions of a church — all true believers, yet each with our own definition of heaven, our own way of getting there, and armed with ammo belts full of facts and PowerPoints that we can unleash on anyone who has the temerity to assume he or she has a viable idea, approach or destination worth considering. It has to stop or we will all face failure.

    I know whereof I speak, as I have been guilty of doing just this (and if I may say so myself, I am pretty good at it). And while I am not suggesting some sort of awkward group geek hug, I am suggesting that right now is the time to find commonalities, areas of agreement, and, at least at the highest level, some sort of unity in what is, to me, clearly and easily the most important undertaking in the history of humanity — if not life itself.

    That may sound grandiose and overstated, but it isn’t. And anyone reading this who “gets it” knows what I mean. Whether you work on or support the government Orion or the private Dragon spacecraft, the international space station or Bigelow’s private space facilities, whether you spend your days in a Loral cleanroom or soldering a cubesat in your garage, whether you are a staffer in Washington or bring doughnuts for the local space society meeting, whether you are an astronaut or just nuts about astronomy, at some level you understand the import and possibility of what is out there — or you wouldn’t be doing what you are doing.

    So let’s for a moment put down our flags, quit stomping on each other’s footprints and work on a unified vision that will support all of our dreams yet allow all of us to do our own thing, do it in our own way and go to those places we each want to go.

    In the next year or two we have a huge opportunity, and we cannot blow it. Here’s why I say this:

    We are exactly between presidential elections, as close to a calm period as there might be in terms of politics.

    The first citizens are about to start flying into space — including many high-wealth, high-profile opinion makers.

    American companies are at last about to bring the flying of astronauts back home to the United States from Russia.

    The first credible humans-to-Mars plans are starting to weave together in public-private partnerships. In fact, I can say with some authority that this will also be the case in terms of the Moon and asteroids as well. As these megamissions and projects collide with budget realities, it is becoming clear that they must work together to achieve their own goals — be it science, profit or building a new society.

    Throw in pressures to respond to Chinese and Indian initiatives on the Moon and Mars and we have what is needed to do something important — that is, if we don’t blow it — as we have done so many times before.

    So what can we do to leverage these (and the many other opportunities I don’t have room to list here) in a way that will enable us all to do this important work and at the same time realize our own dreams?

    First, we must all agree that our goal is to explore and open the frontier of space to expand the domain of humanity and life. This, above all things, is the key to the next stage of opening space.

    Second, we must create a shared core agenda to make this happen as quickly as possible, and not only as cheaply as possible but in a way that best leverages our investments in capital and taxes in terms of the amount of knowledge and wealth we return to Earth, and the chance for participation available to everyone, in this country and the world.

    Then, we need to use the voices and volume once dedicated to pronouncing our own individual solutions to communicate this shared top-level set of goals and the basic agenda we agree upon to the rest of the world. We need to create a new conversation, not about where we go and how but about why it is important that we go at all, and how we all win if we do.

    Look, I may be many things, but I am, by this time, not naive. I am not suggesting that battles between proponents of various destinations and technologies will end by sprinkling magic space dust over everyone. (Could that be a market?) Heck, that’s what makes some of this fun. I am just suggesting that we agree to disagree on the details and destinations, base the winners on the merits, and focus on agreeing why we are doing this, and how we can all do it together so that everyone wins — then selling that to the world.

    So do we rise together or hang out there alone, under a canopy of stars we will never reach?

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  • Hacking Wicked Social Problems With Renaissance Thinkers and Gamers
    You can’t cure advanced cancer of the brain with a knife. Not often anyway. Or at least not without causing major damage. We have learned that simple chop-and-carve techniques doesn’t work when every cut against a tumor causes damage to neural pathways that control vital organs of the body. The brain, our legions of organs and their functions are connected in a system of intricate regulation of the numerous flows of fluids and electrical signals that drive and keep our bodies alive and healthy. Curing advanced cancer of the brain is a wicked problem.

    Likewise, you can’t fix wicked social problems with linear thinking and scalpel approaches. Wicked social problems are tumors in our social fabric, often deeply rooted in the command-and-control systems of our societies. Witness Obamacare. “Shock and awe” all over again: years of negotiation and design, stalemates and lawsuits, renegotiation and redesign, ripple effects as sequester hit our institutions. We felt the tremors into the farthest corners of our society. There’s no end in sight. And why would we expect there to be one in the first place? Does a perfect solution even exist? Wicked social problems are – by definition – protracted and complex. They are multi-dimensional in that they require the consultation of many stakeholder groups and the development of incentive systems that align them toward change. Social innovation, its governance and its impact toward more just, sustainable and healthy communities, is the defining challenge of the 21st century.

    Of course, we can’t afford to throw our hands in the air and walk away from the challenge. That is not the American spirit. We are the people that designed the Marshall Plan, the Bretton Woods system, the New Deal and the Apollo program. We have proven that we can tackle wicked problems with persistence, conviction, ingenuity and lots of diverse innovation talent. We can do it again to achieve impact for wicked social problems.

    For starters, we need to change the way we think: In the post-WWII world, we have honed a western tradition of linear, short-term cause-and-effect thinking into an extreme craft. It is being taught in our business schools, practiced in our institutions and abused by our political officials during election times with promises of rapid resolution of wicked problems. This type of thinking serves one purpose: to reassure our anxious selves in 30-second “blitz-reflections” that we can cut in and cut through, make some progress, accept collateral damage, and move on. So we run in circles, cutting into organ after organ, institution after institution, patching up and growing new ones if we have to. We sleep better telling ourselves that doing something is better than doing nothing. But balance the system we do not. The next tumor grows. The next institution collapses. The next system collapse is around the corner.

    Instead, we need to tackle wicked social problems with multi-dimensional, inclusive solutions. Easier said than done, for sure. Here’s one approach:

    Business people need to create ecosystems in which diverse sets of talents are induced to think like DaVinci: across disciplines and stovepipes so we can gain new insights and synthesize new solutions. Luckily, some of this is already being done in pockets, but it’s still not the mainstream approach. This week, a thousand cross-disciplinary thinkers and doers from all over the world will converge on Silicon Valley to take part in the Global Innovation Summit to learn how to create effective innovation ecosystems.

    Really what we need is a new system of ecosystem entrepreneurs. Business people who orchestrate the Renaissance crowd toward solutions. They need to consult with biologists to borrow from nature’s ways of creating equilibria, anthropologists to gain justice wisdom from communities in far off places, psychologists to chart patterns of irrational behaviors, linguists to understand how language systems regulate emotions, thoughts and traditions, etc. etc. We need to put the best thinkers in those fields into one space with artificial intelligence researchers, design professionals, entrepreneurs, financiers and economic strategists to align interest and build the right teams to create systemic solutions for lasting impact.

    But most of all, we need hackers, gamers and producers. They will help us stitch the content from disparate disciplines together. They will use the collective wisdom and insights to design gaming engines that can optimize social, environmental and economics pay-offs. They understand motivation, achievement, rewards, good and bad addictions, crowds and multi-player interactions. And they know of the unintended consequences of complicated socio-technical systems in which culture, commerce, and community collide! They will make sure the Renaissance content “plays” well.

    Can’t mitigate climate change through a system in which everybody gains, including industry? Can’t design a social security system that is fair to current and future generations? Can’t figure out equitable water supply in the Middle East across political, ethnic and religious fault lines? The social system hackers and gamers will get you there, with a little help from their renaissance thinker friends.

    This post is part of a series produced in partnership by the Global Innovation Summit and The Huffington Post around impact, innovation, and technology. For more information on the Summit, click here.

  • 90,000 People Are Playing Pokemon Together, And It's Beautiful
    Remember that epic Pokémon livestream-turned-game called Twitch Plays Pokémon we told you about Friday? Well, while you were enjoying your “House of Cards” Valentine’s binge, those 10,000 players refused to rest in their quest to become a Pokémon master. And it seems like they invited a few of their friends to help.

    It’s been almost 6 straight days of Pokémon madness on Twitch, and more than 93,000 players are now participating in the game.

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    Twitch Plays Pokemon -  a social experiment
    It looks a little something like this.

    Background (ICYMI): Twitch is a livestream site where viewers can watch another player’s game footage in real time and comment via a chatbox, similar to the chatrooms of yore. In this game of Pokémon, someone has modified the chatbox so that viewers can type commands to control the actual game, basically turning the chat feature into a controller that everyone can use at the same time.

    This was madness with 10,000 players. With 90,000 it’s just impossible.

    So now, the chatbox has been modified again. According to Joystiq, the stream’s creator turned the chat function into a sort of voting system. Players still input the actions they want to see, but instead of the onscreen character doing those actions, the typed commands become votes. These votes are tallied every couple seconds by the computer, and the action that the most viewers selected is the one the game character performs.

    Players can also vote to have an action completed a certain number of times. Let’s say you log into Twitch Plays Pokémon and want the character to go to the right three spaces. You input “right3.” Then 50,000 other viewers do the same. Since your action has received the most votes, the character moves to the right three spaces. If only 40,000 viewers had typed “right3” and 50,000 had typed “right2,” the character would move to the right two spaces. Majority wins.

    Make sense?

    Twitch plays Pokemon: HELP ME!!
    Relax, it’s gonna be OK.

    Well, it gets a teensy bit more complicated. As you may have guessed, not everyone is happy with the new voting system, and some have taken it upon themselves to try and sabotage the game. So, to make things confusing for everyone, a new layer of voting has been added.

    Players can now type in “democracy” to maintain the voting system, or if they just want to watch the world burn, they can type “anarchy” to go back to the old methods of playing, where every inputted action was completed by the character.

    Aaaaaaand anarchy ruins everything.

    Needless to say, that chatbox is complete mayhem.

    Twitch Plays Pokémon, while seemingly trivial, is proof of the power of the Internet. The game has grown exponentially in five days and has adapted and continued to thrive with each passing day. In-game progress continues, despite the best efforts by those trolls screaming “anarchy” in the chatbox.

    Joystiq reports that there are a Twitter account, subreddit and GoogleDoc to track the game’s progress and goals.

    All in all, Twitch Plays Pokémon has become something beautiful, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life
    There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice – mostly to no avail. So I do not entitle this post lightly. And I write it only having become convinced, after several months of experimentation, that one of the simplest pieces of advice I’ve heard is also one of the best.

    It is not from a bestselling book – indeed no publisher would want it: even the most eloquent management thinker would struggle to spin a whole book around it. Nor is it born out of our world of digital excess and discontent. Instead, it was given by a man born in the 19th century, to his teenage grandson, today in his fifth decade.

    The man in question, an eminience grise of the business world, is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He has helped devise brands that are household names. These days, working only when he feels he has something to offer, he is parachuted in to solve stock price threatening corporate crises. Occasionally, when he’s sufficiently interested, he pens speeches for Fortune 500 CEOs and politicians, his words billed out out at six figures. He is exceptionally well read, and also writes prolifically. Novels. But just for fun: on completion, he destroys them. He does not see the point in being published, or of seeking publicity in general. Amongst his friends are some of the most powerful people on the planet – from business leaders, to politicians, actors and other luminaries of the arts. But Google him, and you will find barely a ripple on the cyber seas.

    I met him first over a coffee in his apartment, to discuss the strategy for a highly political non-profit working in Africa. Around his table sat an eclectic mix of very vocal people. Our host, making the coffee, said almost nothing. But on the few occasions he did interject, with a brief question or observation, it invariably clarified exactly what mattered– politely sweeping away the sludge of opinion that clogs such discussions. It was masterful: like watching a conductor of the London Philharmonic coaxing a small town student orchestra into shape.

    So when he shared some of the best advice he’d ever received, I was captivated.

    If you only do one thing, do this

    He was in his early teens, about to start senior school, when his grandfather took him aside and told him the following:

    Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds – no more, no less – to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.

    He did, and he was. In everything he has done since, with such accomplishment, and with enough room still to experience life so richly. He later inducted into the pact both his sons, who have excelled in their young careers.

    I’ve been trying it out for a few months. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

    1. It’s not note taking: Don’t think, just because you write down everything in a meeting, that you’re excused from the 30 second summation. Though brief, this exercise is entirely different from taking notes. It’s an act of interpretation, prioritisation and decision-making.
    2. It’s hard work: Deciding what’s most important is exhausting. It’s amazing how easy it is to tell yourself you’ve captured everything that matters, to find excuses to avoid this brief mental sprint – a kind of 100 metres for your brain.
    3. Detail is a trap: But precisely because we so often, ostensibly, capture everything – and thus avoid the hard work of deciding what something counts – that everything is worth less. So much of excellence is, of course, the art of elimination. And the 30 second review stops you using quantity as an excuse.
    4. You must act quickly: If you wait a few hours, you may recall the facts, but you lose the nuance. And this makes all the difference in deciding what matters. Whether it’s the tone in someone’s voice, or the way one seemingly simple suggestions sparks so many others, or the shadow of an idea in your mind triggered by a passing comment.
    5. You learn to listen better, and ask better questions: Once you get into the habit of the 30 second review, it starts to change the way you pay attention, whether listening to a talk or participating in a discussion. It’s like learning to detect a simple melody amidst a cacophony of sound. And as you listen with more focus, and ask better questions which prompt actionable answers, so your 30 second review becomes more useful.
    6. You’re able to help others more: Much of what makes the 30 second cut are observations about what matters to other people. Even if the purpose is to help better manage different interests in future conversations, it also helps you understand others needs, and so solve their problems. This does not surprise me: in months of interviewing people who make generous connections, I’ve been struck by how many have their own unconscious version of the 30 second review: focused on the question of how best they can help.
    7. It gets easier and more valuable: Each time you practice, it gets a little easier, a little more helpful and little more fun.
  • Here's How Much Tesla Owners LOVE Their Cars
    Move over, Vanilla the Volkswagen Beetle. There’s a new vehicle in town that’s getting all the loving from its owners: the Tesla Model S. According to a new study, the electric sedan scored highest among all vehicles for generating owner “love.”

    Global marketing company Strategic Vision’s study determined owner love toward a vehicle by asking owners to score their car based off ownership and dealership experience related to “commitment, overall satisfaction, total top emotional responses, proposed repurchase loyalty and actual repurchase loyalty.”

    Out of a possible 1,000 points, the Tesla scored 852.

    Strategic Vision’s report also listed the most-loved cars for a number of vehicle classes (small car, SUV, truck and so on), and the only other car that came close to being as loved as the Model S was Hyundai’s $61,250 Equus, which scored 821 points to earn the title of most-loved luxury car — that is, if you don’t consider the overall most-loved car, the Tesla Model S, a luxury car.

    Despite a handful of instances in which the vehicles caught fire, the Model S has also received lots of love from critics. Both Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine named the Model S its Car of the Year and Automobile of the Year in 2013. The car even managed to score a 5.4 in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star safety rating system.

    No word from Edward Smith, the man who claims to have made love to 999 cars, on how good a lover the Tesla Model S makes.

    Be sure to check out the gallery (below) to see all the cars Strategic Vision found to be the most loved in their class.

  • Can Elon Musk Replace Steve Jobs? Tesla and Apple Innovation
    There’s been much talk this week about the secret meeting between Elon Musk and top Apple executives. Some speculate that there may be an Apple-Tesla merger this year, others say collaboration is almost inevitable. Bottom line: Apple needs some serious visionary power to keep its innovative reputation alive. Is Elon Musk the next Steve Jobs and would he want to be?

    Last year, I interviewed Elon Musk in one of his most revealing public appearances, and he exposed a complex character that is both deadly serious yet comedic at times; driven yet rather sensitive; single-minded, and yet eclectic in his desire to change the world in multiple ways.

    Musk told me the story of how he met Steve Jobs at a party in Silicon Valley. It did not go well. Even so, Musk says “Steve Jobs is way cooler than I am.”

    Let’s take a closer look at the two men and see what makes them tick.

    That sensitivity was apparent several times during our dialogue when his eyes welled up in response to my questions about the future of NASA, Neil Armstrong’s testimony, and candlelight vigils for the EV1 (at 28:35, 1:04:00 and 39:50 in the video). Steve Jobs was also known to weep.

    Musk has many traits in common with Jobs and yet in subtle ways their characters are distinct.

    Here are five revealing moments from our conversation that emphasize the common threads.

    1. Ability to Sell Great Ideas

    Jobs used his infamous “reality distortion field” to push his teams hard to achieve much more that they thought was possible. His oft-quoted phrase was “insanely great” and his product launches were passionate and brash.

    Musk is more pragmatic in his approach, he rarely uses buzzwords*, and although his product launches are often equally dazzling, his delivery is less assured, more halting.

    *Granted, he does talk about getting a “money shot” of his Greenhouse on Mars idea (at 30:00 in the video).

    “In the beginning there will be few people who believe in you or in what you’re doing but then over time… the evidence will build and more and more people will believe in what you’re doing. So, I think it’s a good idea when creating a company to … have a demonstration or to be able to sketch something so people can really envision what’s it’s about. Try to get to that point as soon as possible.” — Elon Musk

    This Word Art of our 90-minute conversation reveals no catchy buzzwords, though the word THINK stands out prominently.

    2. Obsessive Attention to Detail:

    Stories abound of Steve Jobs’ intense attention to detail. He notoriously spent months agonizing over the internal layout of the Mac computer’s circuit board.

    “I want it to be as beautiful as possible, even if it’s inside the box. A great carpenter isn’t going to use lousy wood for the back of a cabinet, even though nobody’s going to see it.” — Steve Jobs

    When his team failed to deliver on his vision, Jobs often flew into terrible rages. Case in point: the first fanless computer.

    By contrast, Musk is known for his attention to detail and being a demanding boss, but he focuses his Vulcan rage at the media over issues like damning test drives, media coverage of Tesla car fires; and at foes such as auto dealerships.

    His rage also turns inward. For example, when he discovered the wrong type of screw used in the Model S sun visors. He reportedly said, “they felt like daggers in my eyes.”

    While doing pre-interviews with Musk’s colleagues, I heard a revealing story about his obsession with the Tesla Model S key fob. A colleague described how he agonized for weeks over the shape, the girth, the weight of the fob till it was just right. Take a peek at the end result and see if you think it was all worth it.

    When I visited the Tesla factory (on assignment for KQED), I heard a similar story from the mechanics working on the iconic Model S door handles. Responsive door handles that sit flush with car doors looked like mission impossible, yet Musk and his team eventually prevailed. The result is so highly prized that my tour guide, Gilbert Passin (VP for manufacturing at Tesla) forbade me to take close-up photos of the components.

    3. Ability to Think Differently Stems from Splendid Isolation

    When I asked Musk if he was a lonely kid, he replied:

    “I wasn’t all that much of a loner…at least not willingly. I was very very bookish.” — Elon Musk

    As a kid he was consumed by his own world, reading books like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and playing Dungeons and Dragons for hours. Musk found coding a piece of cake and created his own software at the tender age of 12. Thanks to his bookish childhood, his innovative ideas could flourish without being squashed by friends or family.

    Similarly, Jobs had an isolated childhood, and was bullied at school. He did no competitive school sports and was obsessed by electronics and gadgets.

    4. Deep Thinking

    Although Jobs was less techie, more visionary; and Musk is a geeky engineer who prides himself on innovation using scientific first principles, both are deep thinkers.

    Elon Musk explained how The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy inspired him while he was looking for the meaning of life as a teenager.

    “It highlighted an important point, which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. And if you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. To the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask. Then whatever the question is that most approximates: what’s the meaning of life? That’s the question we can ultimately get closer to understanding. And so I thought to the degree that we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness and knowledge, then that would be a good thing.” — Elon Musk

    Walter Isaacson, the author of Jobs’ biography wrote that Jobs felt throughout his life that he was on a journey — and he often said, ‘The journey was the reward.’ But that journey involved resolving conflicts about his role in this world: why he was here and what it was all about. He had a lifelong interest in Zen Buddhism and they discussed whether or not he believed in an afterlife.

    “Sometimes I’m 50-50 on whether there’s a God. It’s the great mystery we never quite know. But I like to believe there’s an afterlife. I like to believe the accumulated wisdom doesn’t just disappear when you die, but somehow it endures.” — Steve Jobs

    5. Impact

    Although Musk isn’t yet the household name that Jobs has become, those who’re familiar with Musk’s work and genius compare him to Leonardo da Vinci and The Atlantic recently described him as one of the most ambitious innovators of this era. And what about Steve Jobs? He was described in the study as “a star of popular culture.”


    During our interview, Musk shared the story of his brief encounter with the great Steve Jobs. The two were introduced by Google’s Larry Page at a party and Musk describes Jobs as being “super rude” to him. Nevertheless, this didn’t dent his admiration for the Apple guru. Here’s our dialogue:

    Elon Musk: “The guy had a certain magic about him that was really inspiring. I think that’s really great.”

    Alison van Diggelen: “Is it that magic that you try to emulate?”

    Elon Musk: “No, I think Steve Jobs was way cooler than I am.”

    Although Apple fans will agree strongly with that assessment, feedback at YouTube loudly contradicts Musk. Here’s one of the more polite reactions: “Sounds just like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Except Elon Musk will probably end up being much more memorable than Steve Jobs :P”

    Musk is right, today Steve Jobs is still generally perceived as being “way cooler” than him. But that could change.

    What will the history books conclude, in 10 or 20 years from now?

    Steve Jobs certainly has big shoes to fill, and Elon Musk is already beginning to fill them, but on his own terms. Musk’s eyes are firmly focused on the electric car, space travel and solar. I don’t see him ceding control of Tesla to Apple, although collaboration makes sense.

    Musk’s legacy will depend on his ability to see his grand visions come to fruition. First, he must complete his “Secret Master Plan for Tesla,” which includes the creation of a popular mass market electric car; and second, his vision of making space rockets reusable just like modern day jets.

    One day, he may even achieve his life’s mission of dying on Mars, but as he describes it, “Just not on impact.”

    Now that would be insanely cool.

  • Dropbox's Hiring Practices Explain Its Disappointing​ Lack of Female Employees
    “If someone came in right now and announced that the zombie apocalypse had just started outside, what would you do in the next hour? What is something that you’re geeky about? What is a superpower you would give to your best friend?” These are the types of questions that you could be asked if you apply for a job at Dropbox. Business Insider culled these and other quirky interview questions from a career website, Glassdoor.

    Dropbox, which provides online storage, is clearly looking for creative people who can think outside the box and wants to make interviews more fun. It is not alone; many Silicon Valley companies ask such questions. The problem is that such questions are fun only for people who understand the jokes — and who can think like the young men doing the interviews.

    They don’t lead to better hiring outcomes as Google learned. Its senior vice president for people operations, Laszlo Bock, said last June in an interview with New York Times, “…we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

    Such hiring practices also disadvantage women. They hurt the employer by limiting the talent pool. They fortify the male dominated frat-boy culture that Silicon Valley is increasingly being criticized for.

    Telle Whitney, CEO of Anita Borg Institute, which is working on getting more women to study computer science and have more women fully engaged in creating technology, says its research shows questions such as these cause women to get screened out more often than men. As an example, the superhero concept is going to resonate much more with men, as demonstrated by the demographics of the superhero movie attendance. Whitney cites research which shows that a strong and pervasive stereotype of computer professionals as devoid of a social life alienates women. Subtle cues in the physical environment of companies such as Star Trek posters and video games lead to women being less interested in being a part of an organization when compared to a neutral office environment. This causes women to self-select out of technology jobs.

    Indeed, the trend is getting worse. In 1985, 37 percent of computer science undergraduate degree recipients were women. By 2011 this proportion had dropped to 18 percent. Most technology firms refuse to release gender and diversity numbers. Data collected on Github explains why. Dropbox, for example, had only 9 women in its 143 person engineering team as of October 2013. That’s 6.3 percent in an industry in which 18 percent of the hiring pool is women.

    Dropbox recently completed $250 million of funding at a valuation close to $10 billion according to the Wall Street Journal. It is rumored to be heading towards an IPO. The company has been expanding its hiring yet the number of women in management is declining. Kim Malone Scott, who headed operations and sales, left in April 2013; Anna Christina Douglas, who headed product marketing, left in August; and VP of Operations Ruchi Sanghvi left the company last October.

    Two former female employees and one current employee of Dropbox shared their concerns with me. They asked not to be named because they had signed non-disparagement agreements and feared negative consequences for their careers if they spoke critically of Dropbox. One wrote in an email, “When I interviewed for Dropbox, I was interviewed in a room called ‘The Break-up Room,’ by a male. It was right next to a room called the ‘Bromance Chamber.’ It felt weird I would be interviewed in such a strangely named conference room.” She said that “every time the company holds an all hands ‘goals’ meeting, the only people who talk are men. There are no females in leadership. The highest ranking is a team lead on the User Ops team.”

    She spoke up because she believes that “having more females in leadership positions results in more females; when they all leave those positions, it signals poorly to the rest of us.” Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute, was invited in by Dropbox to talk about hidden bias research and how it may apply to startups. Her husband, Mitch Kapor, also came to the talk as someone who has been a successful entrepreneur and feels that the culture set at the outset of a company is critical. (Coincidentally they became shareholders in Dropbox when the company bought a startup in which they had invested.) Klein says that Dropbox executives, like other startup founders, honestly believe they are a meritocracy and are unaware as to how hidden bias operates. Employee referrals play a large role in their hiring as in most start-ups which further introduces bias and makes the culture exclusionary.

    Her advice to Dropbox? “Founders are looking for ‘objective’ measures such as school ranking, GPAs, SAT scores, but fail to recognize that these are biased. Dropbox and other start-ups should pioneer new ways to identify people who can succeed on the core set of job responsibilities. Perhaps a question on how Dropbox might be used to solve income inequality or the unaffordability of housing in San Francisco would reveal as much about someone’s creativity — and more about their character — than questions about superheroes.”


    Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke’s engineering school and distinguished scholar at Singularity and Emory universities. His past appointments include Harvard Law School and University of California Berkeley.

  • Receivers/Amplifiers from Pioneer and Harmon Kardon can Enhance any Surround Sound System
    Discrimination can be good or bad. For example, discriminating against people or things is a BAD thing, but having a so-called “discriminating ear” can be beneficial, especially when choosing a receiver/amplifier for your surround sound system.

    With that in mind, we put our ears to the test as we played with new receivers from Pioneer and Harmon Kardon. The differences between the two — other than price — were subtle, at best, with both performing flawlessly.

    The Pioneer Elite SC-71 ($1,000) is rated at 150 watts per channel for a 7.2 surround sound system (at six ohms) or 120 watts (at eight ohms). Truthfully this blows away my older $1,800 Yamaha receiver, which is rated at 75 watts per channel.

    Weighing in at a hefty 30 pounds (similar to the old Yamaha), the SC-71 boasts connections for every type of component including component and composite audio/video cables, HDMI cables and optical sound cables.

    Its most notable features include:

    • Eight HDMI input and two HDMI output connections.
    • Speaker terminals for eight speakers including two subwoofers plus two networked speakers.
    • An USB port for digital audio or to connect an Apple or Android device.
    • Apple AirPlay compatibility.
    • Internet radio compatibility.
    • Several Dolby enhanced audio presets, ranging from “concert hall” to “rock.”
    • Dolby True HD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus audio for movies and TV.
    • 63 AM/FM presets.
    • Compatible with Windows 8.

    The Harmon Kardon AVR 1710 ($600) lacks the bevy of inputs found on the SC-71, but still boasts five HDMI inputs and one output and one composite and two analog connections.

    This doesn’t mean it sacrifices on pure, beautiful sound. The AV 1710 is a 7.2 channel surround sound amplifier rated at 100 watts per channel, which (again) is better than my older, more expensive receiver. It’s also a lot lighter, weighing less than 10 pounds. It also features:

    • An MHL/HDMI port to handle streaming HD video devices.
    • Speaker terminals for seven speakers including two subwoofers plus two networked speakers.
    • An USB port for digital audio or to connect an Apple or Android device.
    • Dolby True HD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus audio for movies and TV.
    • Several Dolby enhanced audio presets, ranging from “concert hall” to “rock.”
    • Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth compatibility.
    • Speaker terminals for eight speakers including two subwoofers.

    Basically the choice boils down to the types of connections you need and the clarity of the sound (although there’s very little difference between what the “discriminating ear” can hear at 150 watts per channel or 100 watts).

    Attention Facebook users: Check out Michael Berman’s Jocgeek fan page at www.facebook.com/jocgeek. You can also contact him via email at jocgeek@earthlink.net or through his website at www.jocgeek.com.

    The author has no financial ties to either of the companies discussed above.

  • On Zombies and Cyber Attacks
    During the winter of 2013-14, amidst the school delays and extreme weather conditions in much of the United States, the federal Emergency Alert System issued a warning, but perhaps not the one people expected: “Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. . . . Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.” Hackers had reportedly penetrated the system to issue a “bogus zombie alert” in yet another “disturbingly common” episode showcasing the myriad vulnerabilities buried in “critical systems throughout [U.S.] government . . . .” Aside from being fodder for bored hackers, such weaknesses can be exploited by cyber criminals, terrorists, and nation-states, which makes securing “critical infrastructure” a key test of effective cybersecurity policymaking. Thus far, though, it is a test that many nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and India, are failing. However, the release of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework could signal a new chapter in securing critical infrastructure not only in the United States, but also in the European Union and potentially around the world.

    Nations are taking varying approaches to enhancing critical infrastructure cybersecurity. What has emerged is a governance spectrum with the United States, United Kingdom, and India preferring a more voluntary approach, while other cyber powers, including China, are opting for a larger role for the state. The European Union so far seems to fall toward the middle of the spectrum, with calls for establishing “appropriate cybersecurity performance requirements” as well as mandatory reporting for cyber attacks having a “significant impact” on firms operating across a broad array of sectors.

    Time and experience will demonstrate whether a more voluntary or regulatory approach is more effective at securing critical infrastructure. The former, for example, holds the benefit of innovation through experimentation, but the lack of enforcement mechanisms can make the uptake of best practices haphazard. Consider the electric grid. The United States has more than 3,200 independent power utilities, unlike Germany, which has four major providers. Organizing the efforts of a handful of utilities is a far easier undertaking than ensuring the uptake of best practices across thousands of disparate actors.

    To help realize the promise of a largely voluntary approach of securing critical infrastructure, President Obama issued an executive order that tasked NIST with developing the Cybersecurity Framework in February 2013, which promises to be a “prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach” to help “manage cybersecurity-related risk while protecting business confidentiality, individual privacy and civil liberties.” Many commentators have gauged this effort as falling short of what is required, but it could help shape a cybersecurity duty of care.

    Over time, the Framework could shape the cybersecurity reform efforts of other nations and regions, including India and the European Union, where it has already peaked the interest of E.U. policymakers. Evolving cybersecurity best practices could even be made enforceable through industry councils similar to the process by which norms from the nonprofit North American Electric Reliability Council became binding through Congressional action in the wake of the 2003 northeast blackout. One hopes that it will not take a major cyber attack, or a zombie invasion, to galvanize similar action to enhance security for critical infrastructure.


    For further information on this topic, see MANAGING CYBER ATTACKS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, BUSINESS AND RELATIONS: IN SEARCH OF CYBER PEACE (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014); Beyond the New ‘Digital Divide’: Analyzing the Evolving Role of Governments in Internet Governance and Enhancing Cybersecurity, STANFORD JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2014).

  • 25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now
    We’ve all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like “Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces” and “Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead,” never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming service, you haplessly watch another beloved episode of “Twin Peaks” thinking this just can’t last much longer.

    While we won’t deny the overwhelming allure of David Lynch, we will give you a list of 25 documentaries every Arts & Culture lover needs to watch. From Dutch prostitution heroines to the man behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse to indie gaming to vintage gig posters, these are the historical gems you should be adding to your queue right now.

    1. Cutie and the Boxer(2013)

    A candid portrait of a 40-year marriage between Japanese “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Even if you’re not particularly fond of contemporary art, this doc shines a light on the anger, sacrifice and confrontation involved in an aging relationship. And you can’t help but fall in love with Noriko.

    2. Beautiful Darling(2010)

    “Beautiful Darling” tells the story of Andy Warhol muse, Candy Darling. Born James Slattery, Darling became a Factory film star, garnered the attention of Tennessee Williams and aspired to Hollywood, all before her untimely death from Lymphoma at 29.

    3. Paris is Burning (1990)

    This is your introduction to all things 1980s NYC drag, with a heavy emphasis on voguing and balls. “We’re not going to be shady, just fierce.”

    4. Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012)

    Need we explain more? Let the trailer above tell you all you need to know about the subcultural phenomenon.

    5. Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes (2011)

    Have you ever considered glass pipe-making a facet of American folk art? As the conversation around legalized marijuana continues to grow, maybe you should.

    6. Meet The Fokkens (2011)

    Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins who for over fifty years worked as prostitutes. Familiar to many who’ve frequented Amsterdam’s Red Light District, the women freed themselves from the oversight of pimps, ran their own brothel and set up the first informal trade union for prostitutes. This is their story.

    7. First Position (2011)

    Enter one of the world’s largest ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix. There are tiaras and tutus, along with intense global competition and unbelievable adolescent ambition. You do not, we repeat, DO NOT have to love dance to be fascinated by this documentary.

    8. Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

    This documentary outlines the life of Freda Kelly, the secretary and longtime friend of the Beatles. She was there all 10 years of the Fab Four’s career — actually, 11, since she was around before they hit it big and after they cruised to an end.

    9. The Rape of Europa (2006)

    Before George Clooney launched his own version of the “Monuments Men” story, “The Rape of Europa” illustrated the extent of Nazi art plundering and the efforts of Allied forces to minimize the damage.

    10. Inside Pixar (2013)

    From “the little studio that could” to the animated children’s movie behemoth that it has become, Pixar has done so growing up over the last few years. Art and tech nerds alike, this one is for you.

    11. A Band Called Death (2012)

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, you’ve got to watch this rockumentary about the Black punk group that predated Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

    12. Beauty is Embarrassing (2012)

    Wayne White is the man behind “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” He’s an artist who’s done a Smashing Pumpkins video, visuals for Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time,” “Beakman’s World,” and “The Weird Al Show.” “Beauty is Embarrassing” covers all this and more.

    13. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

    These are the “underdogs” of the gaming industry, who’ve created works like “Super Meat Boy,” the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. Yes.

    14. Helvetica (2007)

    Shout out to the typography lovers everywhere and all those individuals who fervently craft Word documents in a font lovingly known as Helvetica. These are its origins.

    15. Fame High (2012)

    “We always want to find that one special student,” says an ominous voice in the “Fame High” trailer. Yup, it’s that high school — the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where future actors, singers, dancers, and musicians are made.

    16. Just Like Being There (2012)

    Thanks to MONDO and Gallery 1988, the world is becoming even more excited about the vintage gig poster, those stunning works of graphic design and illustration that pay homage to music’s greatest acts. Need to brush up on your gig poster history? Here’s your chance.

    17. The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (2011)

    This is a portrait of the Black Power Movement in the United States, as captured by Swedish journalists and filmmakers. Beautiful cinematography and a stunning historical documentary of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

    18. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

    You’ve definitely heard about the Chinese artist and political dissident by now, but you might have procrastinated and not yet viewed Alison Klayman’s biographical doc. Well, it’s on Netflix and you have no excuse.

    19. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)

    Creation Records will go down in history as one of the world’s most successful independent music record labels, or “the ultimate fucked-up family.” Check out “Upside Down,” a definitive history of the label, and make your own assessment.

    20. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011)

    She launched Twiggy, hailed Barbara Streisand’s nose, advised Jackie Onassis, made waves at the Factory and Studio 64. This is an overview of the “Empress of Fashion”s 50-year reign.

    21. The Art of the Steal (2009)

    This is THE scandal of the art world, as the trailer declares. (It involves the Barnes Foundation, $25 billion and a bunch of conspiracy theories. Oh, art.)

    22. Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (2012)

    This is the Greenwich Village documentary you’ve been waiting for. “Greenwich Village is mostly a state of mind, but in the Village everyone is young inside.”

    23. The Antics Roadshow (2011)

    A Banksy-directed documentary that looks at the art pranks, acts of art vandalism and general activist antics that have rocked the world.

    24. Pina (2011)

    Everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary choreographer Pina Bausch. Or, for the unitiated, a beautiful, 3D documentary chock full of knowledge that will impress your cultured friends.

    25. I Think We’re Alone Now (2008)

    “I Think We’re Alone Now” introduced the world to Jeff and Kelly, two people who claim to be in love with the 80’s pop singer Tiffany. Happy viewing!

  • Despite Skepticism, Many People May Embrace Radical Transhumanist Technology in the Future
    As long as they’re earthbound, most people shrug off the idea of being anything other than a biological human. Some people are even repulsed or angered by the concept of scientifically tampering with the human body and brain too much. However, the time is coming when radical technology will allow us to expand and significantly improve the abilities of our minds and the forms of our bodies. A transhumanist age is nearly upon the human race — an age where cyborgs, sentient robots, virtual lives based in computers and dramatically altered human beings may become commonplace.

    Already, there are hundreds of universities, laboratories and companies around the world where transhumanist projects are underway. A transhumanist is a person who aims to move beyond the human being via science and technology. Some of the most eye-opening projects are military-oriented, such as the “Iron Man” armor suit being created for American soldiers. Trials runs of the suit are tentatively scheduled for this summer. Another well-known project is at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden where scientists are connecting robotic limbs to the human nervous system of amputees, essentially creating cyborg-like people. The first arm surgeries are scheduled to occur in less than 12 months. Of course, private companies like Google are also very much involved in the broad field of transhumanism. They are spending many millions of dollars on creating artificial intelligence, which one day may have its own sentience and be thousands of times smarter than humans. Renowned futurist, Ray Kurzweil, is one of Google’s top technologists working on the project.

    Even though some of these technologies seem frightening to the layperson, they should be here in a matter of years, not decades. One of the most exciting and controversial ideas of transhumanism is the complete integration of the human mind with a machine. Similar to the extraordinary technology featured in the movie The Matrix, humans may be able to download themselves into computers and live virtual existences.

    Lately, I have been speaking more frequently about mind uploading in conferences, interviews and in casual conversations with friends. I often get asked in a highly dubious way: Could you really just let yourself disappear into a machine, Zoltan?

    The study of how and why human beings and society accept technology and innovation is fascinating. Generally, people are wired to be wary and afraid of treading new paths and considering unknown ideas; we are engrained with a powerful “flight” mechanism, designed to preserve our safety and well-being. Yet, that has hardly stopped civilization from progress. The first time fire was seen by our homo erectus ancestors, it was likely treated as a great evil or a monster. Later, it became our species’ foundation for warmth, disease-free food and light. The history of anesthesia is similar. At first, some considered it too unnatural before realizing how useful it was for successful surgery and medicine. Even the automobile was considered too loud and problematic when it first came out. Nonetheless, like all great technologies, society did embrace it, even if skeptically at first.

    In time, many humans will also come to view mind uploading and virtual lives as just as important and real as biological human lives. Already on sites like Kickstarter, there are companies looking for funding that will create thought-capturing headsets and haptic feedback suits to bring us that much closer to complete virtual world immersion. Even virtual sex, considered bizarre by most, will likely come to be a popular way to enjoy intimacy with a partner. In an increasingly busy world where many travel for work and are away from loved ones for days at a time, such intimacy may be welcomed. Some may laugh at these concepts now, but the personal computer was laughed at by many too when it first came out.

    A concept I’ve defined in my philosophical writings as the “futurization of values” promotes the idea that people should try to live according to where they believe they are going in life, and not only where they actually are. With science and technology advancing so rapidly, it would be valuable to begin examining the perspective from our projected future selves. In this way, we might not be so skeptical or afraid of new technology that might be beneficial to our species. Rather than mock and shrug off such advances that will soon be a part of our lives, we might consider instead what their value is and how they might improve our lives and those of our loves ones.

  • There Are More People Playing 'Candy Crush' Than There Are People Living In Australia (MAP)
    King Digital Entertainment, the developer behind the immensely popular “Candy Crush Saga” mobile game, has announced plans to go public, and its F-1 form reveals quite a few interesting nuggets of information.

    The form, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, contains facts and figures for potential investors, including the number of Daily Active Users (DAUs) for each of King’s five mobile games: “Candy Crush Saga,” “Pet Rescue Saga,” “Farm Heroes Saga,” “Papa Pear Saga” and “Bubble Witch Saga.” The most impressive of these games is hands down “Candy Crush Saga,” which has more than 93 million active users per day.

    To put that number into perspective, we checked the populations of a few places to see how their number of residents measured up against the “population” of “Candy Crush.” As it turns out, there are more people playing “Candy Crush Saga” every day than there are people living in France (65.7 million), the United Kingdom (63.2 million), Germany (81.9 million), Canada (34.8 million), or the entire continent of Australia (22.6 million). In fact, there are only 12 countries with populations greater than the 93 million players who swipe virtual sweets for points every day.

    That’s a heck of a lot of candy.

    Check out the map below to see which 12 countries still have “Candy Crush Saga” fans beat (orange) and how many countries are dwarfed by the game’s impressive user numbers (red).

    candy crush map

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