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Mobile Technology News, September 20, 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.

  • Verizon achieves 'holy grail' with voice over LTE support rollout
    Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone and use data for applications. The process will only work on a handful of phones that support VoLTE, but Verizon iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that it is on by default or easily activated in their new purchases.



  • Record crowds outsides stores worldwide for iPhone 6, 6 Plus debut
    In some locations on Friday, it seemed like the whole world took off work Friday to stand in line for an iPhone 6. Mass reports of “thousands” of customers standing in line for hours at flagship Apple stores around the globe have been received since MacNN reported on the queue in Australia, the first country to begin selling the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The latter has proven extremely hard to get, but we have heard from a few readers who were successful.



  • Delivery of the iPhone 6

    Clinton is asleep as I publish this. And I can’t be bothered to wake him – I’m like a cat with catnip unboxing my new shiny toy. Clinton doesn’t have one. THE STAGE IS MINE! I woke up excited. The shiny toy was coming today. And after a number of false starts due to Friday being refuse pickup day in my ‘hood, (the garbage trucks kept giving me false hopes, ok?) I settled into my day. TechDad spent a good portion of the afternoon teasing me. “Did you hear something?! I think I heard something! What was that – is that

    The post Delivery of the iPhone 6 appeared first on AlliOSNews.

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  • Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers promote iPhone 6
    In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers — who died on September 4 — today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. “This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one),” the posts read. “I got this one [an iPhone 4] in 2010 and, after four years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech.” The iPhone 6 was only reveal



  • An iPhone 6 Customer Paid A Charity A Lot Of Money To Cut To Front Of Apple Store Line
    Hundreds of committed customers braved London’s relentless rain on Thursday night in order to get their hands on the iPhone 6 at the very first possible moment.

    But one committed local endured the elements for two days not to get the coveted device, but to remind privileged buyers how much homeless people suffer on a regular basis.

    Joe Howes, director of fundraising and development at Depaul UK — a nonprofit that serves homeless youth — set up shop at the flagship Apple store on Regent Street early Wednesday morning, according to the Independent. He, along with other supporters, secured a spot near the front of the winding line and held up signs indicating that they were auctioning off their station on eBay to support the group.

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    Customers had until 6 a.m. Friday to vie for the prize and the winning bid closed out at 570 British pounds (about $930).

    (cont.) …all money raised will go to help those forced to sleep on the streets @DepaulUKhttp://t.co/baeBB0Q7Mn pic.twitter.com/YsMS58ukaZ

    — Publicis London (@PublicisLondon) September 18, 2014

    All funds raised will go toward Depaul, a 25-year-old nonprofit that supports disadvantaged young people in the U.K. The group specifically caters to struggling communities that have faced cyclical levels of poverty and long-term unemployment that inevitably lead to homelessness, according to the nonprofit’s website.

    The group estimates that every year, 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the U.K.

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    This public campaign is just one of a number of creative initiatives the organization has devised in order to raise awareness for their cause and funds for their efforts.

    The Depaul Box Company, for example, sells recycled cardboard boxes and the proceeds support the nonprofit. They function like any other moving box, but also boast a meaningful message.

    The outside of each box bears the story of a homeless young person that Depaul UK has helped.

    And on Oct. 13, the organization will host its “CEO Sleepout London,” which invites the city’s leading executives to trade their beds for the streets for one night to raise money and get a true sense of the struggles homeless people face.

    The goal is to “get business leaders away from their meetings and spreadsheets and focusing on youth homelessness,” Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said in a statement.

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  • Forums: new iPhone and iOS 8 first impressions
    As the long lines outside of Apple stores world-wide finally start to move, and new iPhones start landing in the hands of Mac fans everywhere, MacNN forum-goers with phones in-hand begin to post their first impressions in the thread titled “Incoming iPhone” which was started late last week. Also today, reports are starting to come in that iOS 8 is a bit sluggish and buggy, with some even stating that it’s the worst release yet. Of course, people always say that.



  • How Video Games Can Instill The Values Your Children Need For Success

    Until recently, educational video games were typically designed to teach specific academic skills. Math Blaster taught math; where in the World is Carmen San Diego taught geography and history. This is changing with the growth of game-based learning. Many classrooms are integrating games that are less overtly instructive, but equally beneficial. Consider Minecraft, an open-ended building game, which is now used in over 2,500 schools. Unlike the aforementioned educational games, Minecraft’s open “sandbox” isn’t necessarily intended to be educational, but it enables teachers to craft fun lessons that teach skills like problem solving, math and language.

    Even beyond that, games can go a step further and build the emotional skills that are proven to be more indicative of a child’s academic — and lifetime — success. Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman’s forty years of research showed that teaching children emotional behaviors will dramatically increase a child’s academic results, health outcomes, and graduation rates. It also reduced their chances of substance abuse. Angela Duckworth and Paul Tough’s added research highlighted skills like grit, conscientiousness, curiosity and teamwork.

    Today, games aren’t just “fun” or “educational.” There are many games that kids and teens will not only love to play, but will also instill the types of behavioral skills Heckman, Tough and Duckworth deem critical to a child’s success.

    Teaching Persistence and Grit

    Grit is “the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.” It is the X factor that keeps kids reviewing flashcards over-and-over or practicing an instrument for hours. But how can you teach grit?

    Video games commonly involve series of levels that increase in difficulty. Players have to follow the rules, acquire and practice skills and apply those skills to achieve specific goals. They will inevitably fail along the way, but most games will encourage players to continue even when they lose. Making mistakes is part of progress.

    There are a number of standout games like Hiversaires, The Stanley Parable, and Portal that require players to cope with the unknown and demand problem solving through iteration. Another notable example is Rymdkapsel, which means “space capsule” in Swedish. The goal of this game is to build a space station, and grow and defend its population. This requires critical thinking, patience and discipline as players discover the pitfalls and revise their strategies.

    Learning Teamwork and Collaboration

    Teamwork, like grit, is also recognized as a key to success. According to the CDC, children who participate in “organized activities” tend to have greater aspirations for the future. Organized activities are often sports teams or Boy/Girl Scout troops, but video games can impart similar lessons and values.

    Sweet Day and Luigi’s Mansion in Nintendo Land both teach teamwork skills. Each game pits one player against four others. In Sweet Day, the four-player team is working to collectively eat a set number of gumball candies that can only be shaken from the trees when multiple characters work together. Further, you win or lose as a team, with only the total number of candies eaten being tracked rather than individual totals. In Luigi’s Mansion, players must work together to watch each other’s backs when the ghost is lurking and only a fellow player can use his or her flashlight to revive a fallen comrade. These games push players to work as a cohesive unit and evolve their strategies quickly, before opponents learn to counter them.

    Building Conscientiousness and Understanding

    As with literature, film, television, music and other forms of media, video games can be a powerful medium for conveying values that build conscientiousness and understanding. Child development experts say the best way to instill empathy is through interactive play and stories. Video games include both. Players grapple with sensitive issues in an environment free from social pressure, which may make them less difficult to handle in reality.

    Two games that facilitate conscientiousness and understanding are Cart Life and Civilization V. Cart Life teaches empathy and understanding as players encounter characters that come into their store, each having their own problems, most of which are more complicated than they seem. Diplomacy is at the center of the latest version of Civilization V, a strategy game where players get involved in the politics of avoiding war, forming alliances, negotiating and learning how friendly and enemy leaders perceive their actions alike. By engaging with these types of activities in the game, kids practice conflict resolution, sensitivity, and compromise.

    Eat more broccoli, play more video games

    Helping kids develop behavioral skills like grit, teamwork, conscientiousness and empathy are a key part of ensuring a child’s future success. Kids already play video games. Reaching them through a channel where they already want to spend their time and where they already feel comfortable is one of the best ways to ensure that the message hits home.

    What games would you suggest to other parents for their children to play? What has been your experience with your child playing video games?

  • The Funniest Someecards Of The Week
    Another week, another round of iPhone mania.

    The Apple gods released the magic that is iOS 8. (We can mute group messages now? Um, YES.) A lucky few got their hands on the new iPhone6 hardware, and one dude promptly dropped his. Ouch.

    Some other stuff probably happened this week. We heard rumblings of NFL players being even more horrible and apparently there was some sort of vote going on in Scotland? Whatever. IPHONE.

    Anyway, if you can manage to divert your eyes from your shiny new screen for one second (or who are we kidding, you’re probably reading this on your new phone right now), here are the funniest Someecards of the past week.

  • (VIDEO) Opera Sees HTML5 As Cure For Video Fragmentation
    AMSTERDAM — Everyone knows how splintered the online video industry is. Opera Software, a veteran web browser maker, reckons TV can learn a thing or two from web standards.

    “The big problem in the TV market is, everything is fragmented,” Opera Software product management VP Frode Hernes tells Beet.TV in this video interview recorded at IBC Show “Using HTML5, you can standardize this. You can use the same engine running on many different devices”.

    Opera has used Google’s Chromium Blink rendering engine to display web content on screens for the last year. The firm used IBC to show off the 4.2 upgrade of its browser SDK, with adaptive bitrate streaming.

    This video is part of Beet.TV’s coverage of the IBC Show presented by Brightcove.  Please find more clips here.

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  • The Spring App: Did the Fashion World just get Uber-ized?
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    By Hayley Pearce

    Instead of hitting New York’s Soho after a crazy day at work, I switch Spring Street for the new Spring app. I simply sit down on the subway and swipe, filling up digital shopping bag full clothes. It’s a calmer, more efficient hit of retail therapy.

    With Spring, I can follow the brands I love (so far, a selection of 150 independent designers and major labels) in the same way I follow things I love by scrolling through my Instagram feed. I can share gems from the thousands of Pinterest-worthy fashion photos with my followers and select what I like with a tap and swipe, just like I do with my dating prospects on Tinder. When I get paid at the end of the month – or when I simply need a quick fix – I can check out the must-have items on my wishlist with the same swift and slick efficiency as ordering an Uber after a night out.

    A clean, clear and optimized user experience has become the norm to which we accustom our everyday activities. And with Spring, it seems fashion just got ‘Uberized’. What Uber is to the taxi, Spring is to that new must-have accessory: it makes it yours, instantly and with graceful ease. It’s your on-the-go and on-demand personal shopper, telling you via push notification when your favorite items go on sale or are running low. But can we foresee Spring taking over fashion in the same way Uber has taken over the ridesharing industry?

    M-Commerce Made Simpler

    Mobile commerce apps are the new ecommerce websites, which were once the new bricks-and-mortar malls. Things in the mobile arena have officially exploded: m-commerce is currently experiencing a 48 percent year-on-year growth and reached approximately $8 billion in the second quarter of 2014 in the US alone. In December of last year, 27 percent of all online sales transactions were made on mobile, with fashion serving as the most popular online shopping category in most of Europe.

    Gone are the days of shop ’til you drop. These days, it’s more shop on the hop.

    Millennials are largely fashion-focused, highly visual and forward-thinking mobile users. This is exactly what makes Techstars managing director David Tisch’s new venture Spring, in all of its minimalistic beauty, so relevant to the smartphone generation.

    “We’re not a lifestyle app, we’re a mobile marketplace of brands to consumers, a direct channel,” Tisch recently told Forbes. With the Spring app, which is currently only available in the US App Store and set to launch internationally soon, his goal is to create the same kind of streamlined process that emulates the real-life shopping experience with mobile as the first screen.

    Smart Shopping For Everyone

    Vogue has said the app will change the way you shop forever. TechCrunch has tagged it as the most advanced effort at fashion-focused mobile shopping yet. Forbes notes that the app might reduce fashion discovery platforms like Wanelos and Nuji to fluff. But beside drumming up this buzz, what will it really take for Spring to compete with the likes of ASOS, Net-a-Porter and Lyst? Will it perhaps need to wage a war, much like Uber has against ridesharing competitor Lyft and even the global traditional taxi industry?

    Perhaps Spring’s business model will be enough to set it apart. Spring are going after designers and labels from the grandiose to the independent, providing wide variation for the user, effortless exposure for independent labels and extra revenue injections for established brands. Tisch is also aiming for the app to be a place where brands push new products and exclusives rather than clearance items, which will be elevated by customizable features and a discovery platform for curated collections. What remains to be seen is whether Tisch and his team can achieve a large market share and victory over its competitors. As it stands, Spring focuses on being quick and easy to use, offering brands extra engagement and sales. Less aggressive, more smart.

    Swipe Left to Reject; Swipe Right to Buy

    Tisch’s app taps into the habit for consumers to adopt mobile browsing and shopping as something to do during their downtime. It may well represent the next wave of shopping on the go, allowing you to swipe left to skip an item and swipe right to buy. It’s chic and effortless, just as you’d expect a fashion app to be.

    “Have you heard about Spring?” I recently overheard a man saying to his friend over lunch in the lobby of an Ace hotel. “It plays on the whole impulse shopping thing. I’m really curious to see how it’s going to impact that.” The man has a point. Spring is insta-shopping which seems ideal for a generation of quick-consumption mobile users.

    Personally, I know I’d rather ditch the sweaty changing rooms, bustling streets and endless queues. I’d rather aggregate my shopping sprees along with my morning commute and try out my clothes in the comfort of my own home. Quick, where’s my phone?

  • Is Your Idea Ready For A Fashion Tech Lab?
    There has been a great deal written about fashion technology, everything from wearables to fit design, customization, manufacturing and social media marketing. The list is endless and incorporates, cloud computing, predictive analytics, 3D printing and much more. There are fashion labs springing up around the country even around the globe, but what are they and what do they offer entrepreneurs?

    In general, these labs are designed to iterate either fashion design or technology used in fashion and retail. There is a distinction and if you are contemplating applying to one of these labs, you should know the difference. There is also a clear divide between those labs that accelerate the growth of a stand-alone company from those that are meant to be integrated into the operations of the retailer.

    Six Fashion Tech Labs Retailers Offer
    In general, retail labs are meant to enhance the consumer experience in the retail store or environment. People who enter these labs generally work hand and hand with the digital, e-commerce, in-store merchandising teams to develop their product or service. If these prove out, they get integrated into the retailers operations. Often the retailer is buying technology talent to integrate into their own operations. It is not likely that they will become separate companies, but rather a part of the retailers own development team. If they don’t mature to a usable product or service for the retailer, they are either abandoned or spun out of the program to go at it on their own.

    A case in point on this is Stylr, a New York based start- up acquired by WalMart. The company was shut down and taken inside WalMart where the founders will continue development for WalMart. In this case and many others, the retailer is buying technology talent and the founders are getting compensated for early stage development.

    Each retailer lab has its unique purpose, and what they have in common is that they are trying to improve the relationship with their customers. Here are the six prominent retail fashion labs run by retailers:

    1. Kohl’s
    Kohl’s Design It! was established through a partnership between Kohl’s Department Stores and Discovery World and is located in Milwaukee, WI. Students and designers can access Design It! in-person or through online classes that provide an educational forum to explore the necessary steps and feedback for a successful design. This is not so much a lab for entrepreneurs as it is for the fundamentals of design.

    2. Macy’s
    Macy’s has initiated fashion design labs in different cities starting with Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The purpose of these labs is to foster the growth of design experts in different cities and to tap into new talent in design. Having design labs in different cities is one way to increase the sourcing for new design talent.

    3. Nordstrom
    Nordstrom has reached out into the design and technology communities of Seattle and Silicon Valley to identify new talent that enhance the customer experience. In addition to providing technical mentors to these innovators, they give them opportunities to try their product or service in store to gather intelligence and iterate the product. If successful, the product or service is launched for Nordstrom’s customers, or if applicable to back-end technology, integrated into their platform.

    4. Target
    To prove that the big box retailers are not only domestic US minded, Target has opened a fashion tech lab in Bangalore, India. The types of innovation projects they undertake relate to all areas of customer engagement as well as back-end technology. Ultimately, they, like other retailers are looking for integration into their store operations and customer engagement.

    5. Walmart
    Walmart was one of the first retailers to establish a fashion tech lab and they choose Silicon Valley to launch their shop in 2011. Since then, they have acquired 14 companies, all of which have been brought into WalMart to work with specific areas of expertise. These are exemplified by companies like Torbit, which is a cloud-based website accelerator that WalMart believes will make their website run faster. Another acquisition was Social Calendar, a Facebook application to remind users of birthdays and other special occasions. All acquisitions are essentially the onboarding of talent for WalMart.

    6. Westfield Lab
    The Westfield shopping centers have established their labs to integrate digital media into the shopping experience for their mall customers. This might range from apps to find out where in the mall a certain item might be found, or how to order your meal in advance of getting to the food court or restaurant. As shopping malls turn more and more into entertainment destinations, advance purchases for movies that has been prevalent for years now will translate into a host of other engagements for shoppers.

    Five Fashion Tech Labs For Entrepreneurs
    If your purpose is to take your idea and your proven prototype for fashion or retail technology and test it in the marketplace, there are at least five fashion tech labs budding in key cities where you might try your luck to get in. Generally these labs are set up to help entrepreneurs iterate their product or service through intensive mentoring by industry experts.

    Generally, you will only be accepted into their competitive entry programs if you already have an operating company, have a prototype that works, and have some customer engagement. A couple programs will take earlier stage entrepreneurs who show promise with their prototype.

    Location may mean a lot to you because these labs are located in four different cities, including New York, London, Paris and San Francisco. So if location means a lot to you, check out the lab near you.

    1. New York Fashion Tech Lab
    The New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTLab) is a joint effort of the Partnership Fund for New York City and Springboard Enterprises, an accelerator for women-led businesses, though this lab is open to all. The twelve week program just completed its first cycle. NYFTLab provides a select group of early stage fashion tech companies with direct access to New York’s leading fashion retailers and brands fostering iteration, validation and acceleration of technologies that advance the industry. Differentiated from the retail labs in the first section of this article, these companies will go on as separate companies to build out their products and services. Common workspace is provided free of charge to lab companies who are invited to regular workshops with fashion and technology industry leaders. Importantly, lab companies get to mount pilot programs with fashion and retail companies to test their prototypes, benefiting both the entrepreneurs and fashion companies.

    2. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Incubator
    The CFDA Fashion Incubator is a two-year program that supports apparel and accessory companies through business development. This lab is open to early and mid-stage American-based brands. This lab provides low-cost studio space, mentorship, educational opportunities, and the support of New York’s fashion community. The goal of the lab is to develop sustainable companies counted by new fashion designers.

    3. Front Row
    The Front Row Lab in London is offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their product or service with the input of experts in the fashion and consumer products worlds. This 12-week program offers creative workspace, mentors, and marketing expertise to get these companies into the competitive space for their product or service. When completed, they also will help them with their pitch to the investor community. Front Row does take consumer products into their lab, and this means it crosses over from technology to consumer products.

    4. Fashion & Technology Lab
    The Fashion Technology Lab in Paris is focused on design and offers to connect young designers with experienced mentors in the fashion industry to help them develop their talents. The lab offers space and a design studio patterned after resources a fashion house might offer. Branding and marketing are also part of the lab offerings. Upon completion of the lab program, the Lab also introduces the designers to sources of funding.

    5. Fashion Technology University
    This lab is offered more as a university where fashion tech innovators can test their prototypes, get access to mentors and learn how to raise capital based on their product or service. The innovation companies rent space from the Fashion Tech University, and pay for each individual seat occupied by the company for the duration of their stay. This lab is focused on fashion technology and connected to the technology companies in the Bay Area.

    So it is today, that fashion tech labs offer a range of design and scope. Some offer entry into big box retailers, some offer fashion design and some offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to iterate their product or service. It is best to know where these different opportunities can be found before setting out to join their ranks. Matching your objective to what they offer will help your chances of achieving success.

  • Clay Aiken Thinks Jennifer Lawrence Deserved To Get Nude Pictures Stolen
    Clay Aiken, the “American Idol” phenomenon who is now running for Congress in North Carolina, had tough words for celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence who have personal nude photos exposed.

    “Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get,” Aiken said during a recent interview with The Washington Post.

    “Of course whoever [stole and released the photos] should be hogtied,” he added. “And it’s unfortunate that we don’t have internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff.”

    Aiken told the Post that he will not discuss certain private details of his life, such as personal relationships or his son Parker, on the campaign trail.

    Aiken, the runner-up in Season 2 of “American Idol” in 2003, won the Democratic nomination in the race for North Carolina’s second congressional district in May. His opponent, Keith Crisco died shortly after the primary election as votes were still being counted.

    Aiken will face Renee Ellmers, a Republican incumbent, in November.

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Keith Crisco died before the Democratic primary election in North Carolina. He died just after the election.

  • The Top 25 Universities To Work For In 2014-15
    “Clean campus, gentle and gracious people…and interesting work,” are all things found by employees at Brigham Young University (in addition to shockingly sober undergrads).

    Employee review website Glassdoor ranked BYU the best college to work for, bringing the Mormon university in Utah up from the number three spot last year. Carnegie Mellon University falls closed behind in second, with employees saying the Pittsburgh-based institution school fosters a “good work-life balance,” and is one where “hard work is rewarded.”

    The Glassdoor rankings, released Friday, were based directly on employee feedback. Employees ranked their satisfaction with their workplace from one to five, with one being the least satisfied and five being the most. BYU scored an average of 4.4 while Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, Princeton and Cornell universities scored 4.3.

    The top ten is a diverse mix of public, private and Ivy League schools. Positive employee feedback tended to focus on the beauty and safety of campuses as well as the support, resources and flexibility provided by the schools and fellow staff.

    Check out the top 25 in the graphic below:

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  • The Internet Is Trying To Trick You Into Microwaving Your iPhone
    There’s a hoax going around the Internet instructing people to put their iPhone in a microwave in order to charge it.

    Let us be very clear here: Do. Not. Put. Your. Phone. In. A. Microwave.

    On Wednesday, anyone with an iPhone purchased in the past three years could download iOS 8, Apple’s shiny new operating system. iOS 8 has many fun new features, including snappier email, smarter autocorrect and a fitness tracker.

    But an image circulating on Twitter describes one fun, “exclusive” feature that’s definitely not included in iOS 8. It claims that you can wirelessly charge an iPhone by putting it in the microwave for 60 to 70 seconds.

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    Despite the sleek Apple-esque design of the explainer for the “feature,” there are a couple telltale signs that this image is fake. One, there’s no “i” in front of “Wave.” Duh. Two, on what Earth would it be a good idea to put a hunk of metal in a microwave?

    Like most awful things on the Internet, it seems like this hoax may have originated on 4chan, according to screengrabs posted on Reddit.

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    As you may recall, 4chan is the anarchistic Internet forum that convinced dozens of people that last year’s new iOS made iPhones waterproof. (It did not.)

    But the idea that a microwave could charge a phone didn’t start on 4chan. It’s actually a longstanding Internet hoax:

    So did some poor, unfortunate souls fall for the prank? It’s hard to tell, because you can’t really trust what anyone says online. One guy tweeting under the handle @Fallenbot initially claimed he microwaved his phone…

    I tried using the new IOS 8 feature WAVE where you can charge your phone with a microwave, does not work @Apple pic.twitter.com/IWsWnVboUl

    — nick (@Fallenbot) September 18, 2014

    …before clarifying that his tweet was, basically, a hoax within a hoax.

    The amount of people that believe this pic.twitter.com/BktAkFobjn

    — nick (@Fallenbot) September 18, 2014

    Let’s hope no one actually tried.

  • 20 Photographs By Young People You'd Have To See To Believe
    Whether you’re posting the occasional selfie to Instagram or mastering the art of dog portraits, it’s a good time to be a young photographer. And now, Flickr’s spotlighting the power of young peoples’ photography with its first annual 20 Under 20 celebration.

    The 20 nominees, hailing everywhere from Australia to Germany, will have their work displayed during a gala event at NYC’s Milk Studios on Oct. 1. You can vote for the three Audience Choice Awards by tweeting “#Flickr20u20” along with the name of the photographers you think should win #mostcreative, #besttechnique and #strongestportfolio.

    Scroll down for a sampling of photographs taken by the 20 talented young artists.

    1. Evan Atwood

    This photo, titled “Battle,” shows Evan’s love of self-portraits and his flair for the cinematic.

    2. Rachel Baran

    Rachel expresses herself through “conceptual self-portraits,” like this one above, which she called “Wild youth.”

    3. Olivia Bee

    This photo, titled “Sunrise Dream” shows Olivia’s ability to transform everyday settings into mystical dreamlands.

    4. Alex Benetel

    Alex’s photographs are filled with beautiful oddities, like the one above, which she called, “Once and for all, they abandoned what they knew.”

    5. Oliver Charles

    Oliver’s photos are surreal, sometimes dark, images of the natural world.

    6. Alex Currie

    Alex’s photos are often confrontational, creating an instant connection with the viewer.

    7. Silvia Grav

    Silvia’s photos are tinted to perfection in ways that Instagram will only ever be dream of.

    8. Zev Hoover

    Fifteen-year-old Zev captures the sometimes-terrifying-vastness of the world with a sense of humor.

    9. Katharina Jung

    Katharina’s “guided by a beatin’ heart” proves that landscape shots are anything but boring.

    10. Lissy Laricchia

    This photo, titled “Seeing Clear,” turns an average hallway into a dreamland.

    11. Brian Oldham

    Brian’s beautifully surreal photographs will make you do a double take.

    12. Laurence Philomene

    Laurence has already won the Curator’s Choice Award for her ethereal pictures.

    13. Greg Ponthus

    Greg’s photographs capture the vulnerability of the people around him.

    14. Berta Vicente Salas

    Berta uses photographs to explore the beauty she encounters, whether she’s above land or underwater.

    15. Nicholas Scarpinato

    This photograph, called “The Helpers,” is artful yet melancholy.

    16. Alex Stoddard

    Alex’s dramatic shots have a dark magic about them.

    17. David Uzochukwu

    Also the EyeEm 2014 Photographer of the Year, David often works in surreal self-portraits.

    18. Chrissie White

    Chrisse loves taking magical shots of the natural world.

    19. Vanessa and Wilson, i.e. Wiissa

    This duo, Vanessa and Wilson, collaborate to create colorful ’70s themed photographs.

    20. Lauren Withrow

    Lauren was first inspired by the landscapes of her native state, Texas.

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  • Not Everyone Tweeting ISIS Threats Is Actually Representing The Group
    Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story’s basic facts? Tweet @TheWorldPost or let us know on our Facebook page.

    According to recent news reports, the Islamic State has not only threatened to kill the pope, the British prime minister, Twitter employees, and every single American, but has also suggested bombing Times Square, Las Vegas, and infiltrating the United States through Mexico.

    Yet these were not official warnings issued by spokespeople for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. They were social media posts by Islamic State members, sympathizers and even some people purporting to be Islamic State militants tweeting from fake accounts. The much-cited recent call to assassinate Twitter employees, for example, was posted by an account claiming to represent a Gaza-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State.

    In June, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) issued a warning about publicizing anonymous posts: “Fake social media profiles by ‘wannabe’ jihadis are not uncommon,” it said.

    The warning came in light of a report by British newspapers that a British militant in Syria had called for the beheading of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The British research group found no evidence that the militant in question actually exists, and said his Twitter posts were nearly identical to another account from someone claiming to be an American fighter for the Islamic State.

    Regardless of whether the accounts are real, the Islamic State has actively encouraged a wide network of sympathizers to repost propaganda on social media. An ICSR study of foreign fighters in Syria in April found that many militants get their information from social media users who are unaffiliated with the Islamic State, rather than from official Islamic State accounts.

    Amplifying militants’ social media posts that threaten Western targets could just add fuel to the propaganda machine. Counterterrorism officials recently warned that online propaganda encourages radicalized Americans to carry out lone-wolf attacks. And the former head of Britain’s intelligence service, Richard Dearlove, warned in July that Islamic State supporters were getting more coverage “than their wildest dreams” and urged the media to ignore extremists’ posts and stop giving them the “oxygen of publicity.”

  • #GenerationHashtag
    #Hashtags are a simple programming language that the Internet and the human brain both can use.
    #HashtagsWork because they are simple and intuitive.
    #HashtagsBreakDownCommunication
    #ToTheLowestCommonDenominator.

    #YouHaveATweet
    #ThatIs140Characters
    #But140CharactersIsNoLongerSimpleEnough
    #SoWeAddaBunchofHashtags to the ends of our Tweets
    #SoOurFollowersDon’tEvenHaveToRead our sentence to interact
    #TheyCanJustReadOurHashtags

    #ReleasingUs from the daunting task of having to use an entire 140 characters #ToExpressWhatWeAreTryingToSay
    #ThusFreeingUs from having to effectively write a coherent thought #NowWeCanJustPutTheGistAtTheEnd
    #InAsManyDifferentForms as we can think of

    #ThisBecomesDehumanizing

    #WhenYouScrollThroughAPageOfTweets
    #AndYourEyes
    #AreJustDrawn
    #ToTheHashtags

    #YouCanProcessSoMuchMoreInformationThisWay
    #BecauseYouCanIngestThousandsOfThoughts
    #WithoutEverReadingACompleteSentence
    #TheWayComputersIngestInformation
    #ByBreakingDownInformation
    #To Its Lowest Common Denominator

    #ByLookingAtThese #HundredsOfHashtagsAtOnce
    #YouAreActuallyBeingProgrammed
    #ByYourSocialMediaFeed

    With Instagram, instead of letting the
    #ImagesYouPostBeAStatementOnTheirOwn
    (which has become too #nuanced for the #people who are #observing hundreds of #images each and every #day),
    #WeMustUseHashtags so we don’t even have to think about what we are #seeing.

    If #SalvadorDaliWasOfThis #SocialMediaGenerationAndUsedInstagram #WhatHashtagsWouldHeUse?

    It wouldn’t be #TheSubconsciousLivesOutsideTime
    #No. No one would #StopToReadThatHashtag or
    #UseThatHashtagInTheirOwnPosts
    Because it is too #nuanced.

    Instead, Dali would use #TrippingBalls! Because that would get #people’s
    #attention. That would be
    #SomethingTheyCouldUnderstandByLookingAtForNoMoreThanA #microsecond.

    And so, we are left with the uneasy probability that Hashtag culture
    is in #danger of
    #TrainingUsNotToUnderstandAnything unless it is
    #BrokenDownIntoThisMinimalWay of
    #Communicating Like The
    #GruntsOfAnApe

  • Express Everything In Emoji With This Free iOS 8 Keyboard
    Why express yourself in words, when emoji are just so much better? The makers of Keymoji, a free, downloadable keyboard that’s compatible with the new iOS 8 for Apple, clearly agree.

    Keymoji replaces Apple’s new autocomplete bar with emoji-only suggestions. For example, typing “Going to bed” brings up *Zzz* or the more complete *person* + *number 2* + *sleeping face.* If you click on either, it’ll convert the entire text to emoji. For that phrase, it also suggests *zzz* + *ant* + *ladybug* + *ant* in case you actually meant “bed bugs.”

    ios8 going to bed

    You can’t rely on autocorrect when you have Keymoji on, so type carefully. But it’s easy to go back and forth between the predictive text and the predictive emoji by just pressing the globe in the lower left corner.

    Beyond the keyboard, the app itself allows people to submit their own emoji phrases and art. Anyone can use the user-generated emojis, and you can find them by clicking on the little artist palette on the keyboard.

    keymoji art select

    The original emojis that get used the most are ranked on the app’s Leaderboards.

    “There’s nothing quite like crowdsourcing,” cofounder Randy Saaf told Re/code.

    It looks like Keymoji users are making the most of the option to express themselves in little pictures. Check out the highest ranked emoji combos below:

    keymoji

    UPDATED: Those current stakes will soon change, however. Cofounder Randy Saaf told The Huffington Post that his team will introduce a profanity filter within the week and plan to add a reporting feature for users similar to what Facebook and YouTube has done.

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