Nice use of iBeacon tech. Walk into the Bar Kick pub in Shoreditch, London and the soccer magazine When Saturday Comes and the fashion and culture magazine Dazed & Confused will be available automatically, for free via Newsstand, as long as you are within range of the pub’s iBeacon.
Spotify prefers to break down payouts in terms of monthly activity. In July, a “niche indie album” garnered $3,300, whereas a “global hit album” awarded the unnamed artist $425,000. Based on the company’s projections, these numbers will increase exponentially as the subscriber base grows.
I have to admit, this is pretty good. I’ve been vocal about subscription services and making sure artists get paid, so these numbers are interesting. One question I do have—for Spotify or the artists—why is there such a difference between these numbers and the reported “$10 for a million plays” type of stories that were making the rounds.
Icelandic police shot dead a man who refused to stop firing at them with a shotgun in the capital of Reykjavik earlier today — and then they apologized. It was the first time that anyone in the country was killed by police gunfire.
“The police regret this incident and wishes to extend its condolences to the man’s family,” said national police chief Haraldur Johannessen.
Details of the event have yet to emerge, but this much is clear: Iceland is a weird place.
Sad that you have to describe such a peaceful country as “weird”.
Not only that, according to the original report, the customer noticed that it was a demo unit after inspecting the sticker on the bottom, but instead of simply returning it to Target, she decided to call a local news agency. You know, for justice.
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When Planet Money embarked on a massive reporting project tracking the making of a simple T-shirt — from the cotton fields of Mississippi to Bangladeshi garment factories to shipping containers crossing oceans — an interactive, documentary-style presentation seemed like the obvious end result.
The NPR story is interesting in its “interactive documentary” style but this “story behind the story” is just as interesting.
Almost exactly six years ago, I survived a serious heart attack thanks to the team at UCSF Medical Center – specifically the cardiology division.
These past six years have added up to what could be the best years of my life – for now. And I will forever be grateful to the UCSF cardiology team. They saved me from near disaster and gave me a chance to rewrite my life story.
One week following its release on September 18, 2013, iOS 7 users were generating more than 51% of all iOS-based Web traffic within North America. Growth has continued through the following two months, with iOS 7 usage rates surpassing the 70% mark within the continent. This makes it very likely that iOS 7 will continue to substantially outpace iOS 6 adoption, which reached 83% close to six months following its release in September 2012.
Google’s latest OS dashboard reveals that 1.1 percent of active Android devices are running the new platform roughly a month after it became available. Not that its arrival is slowing down Jelly Bean’s growth, mind you. The older software now represents 54.5 percent of all Android use.
When you release a new version of your OS, the older version should drop, not gain in popularity.
As many of you know, my wife has been involved in volunteering for a local dog rescue for a couple of years. Monique and a number of her friends, who also have many years experience rescuing dogs, decided to start their own dog rescue called Home To Stay.
Home To Stay focuses on dogs that are slated to be euthanized, although they help dogs in all types of situations. The rescue is not breed specific, rather choosing to help as many dogs as they possibly can.
The role of Home To Stay, and the volunteers that work there, is to identify a dog in need and get it out of the dog pound as quickly as possible. Transportation is arranged, through rail or trucking volunteers, to bring the dog to the rescue. Once here, the dog is taken to the vet and brought up-to-date on all its shots, neutered or spayed, and all care is given to ensure it receives a clean bill of health.
The dogs are fostered with caring volunteers, in their homes, until a permanent home can be found for the dog. The search for a permanent home isn’t just to take the first application that comes in, but rather to find the right fit for each dog and owner.
The adoption process consists of a meeting with the potential adopters, a home visit, and then a sleep over for the dog. If all goes well, the dog will have found a new home and the rescue will have saved another life.
Home To Stay is a non-profit organization that relies solely on the contributions of others. Everyone at the rescue works for free, allowing all donation money to go directly to the care, feeding and placement of the dogs.
Thoughtful analysis from MIT Technology Review that slices through the hype and paints a realistic picture of the limitations Amazon will face in bringing drones into service. In a nutshell, the article finds that the technology is feasible, assuming the FAA gets on board. But it will come at a pretty price, perhaps as high as $200 per package. For vitally important deliveries, such as a donor organ to save a life, the cost will certainly not be a deal-breaker.