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Google Is Testing Its Internet Balloons in a Huge Freezer – Wired

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mahesh Krishnaswamy looks for leaks in Google balloons. He works on Project Loon, Google’s ambitious plan to deliver Internet service from enormous balloons floating in the stratosphere. When the company revealed the project in the summer of 2013, these polyethylene balloons stayed aloft for about five days. As part of Google’s effort to increase their flight time—and turn them into a viable way of getting underdeveloped regions online—Krishnaswamy runs what he calls The…

Ten things on Amazon that you should always order – Christian Science Monitor

Monday, June 15, 2015

I love Amazon. The prices they charge run from competitive, to “how can they stay in business charging so little!?” And like many of my friends, I now go to Amazon before any other site when it comes to buying nearly anything. Having Amazon Prime pays for itself very quickly, with free two-day shipping on thousands of items. And Prime Pantry is also a great option for many items, with just a $5.99 flat delivery fee…

Google is ripping out Chrome’s awful new bookmark manager – The Next Web

Monday, June 15, 2015

Late last year, Google launched a new bookmark manager for Chrome but the overhaul wasn’t that popular with users. After months of silence, Google has quietly confirmed that it’s ripping out the new bookmark manager and rolling back to the old one. When Google launched the new bookmark manager complaints started quickly flowing in on the Google Product Forums that it was confusing and hard to use. Despite the u-turn, the company…

Sony’s VR Push Hinges on the Game We Thought We’d Never Play – Wired

Monday, June 15, 2015

It’s really my own fault for forgetting about the spiders. I’m calling them spiders because they had what any earthling would recognize as spiderlike qualities, but they weren’t spiders. They couldn’t have been. For one, each was the size of my space boot; for two and three, they were filled with white goo and it often took more than one pulse from my laser rifle to kill them. I’d already…

Here’s What Happens to Your $10 After You Pay for a Month of Apple Music – Re/code

Monday, June 15, 2015

You don’t have to pay anything to try Apple’s new streaming music service, since the company will offer a free three-month trial when it launches at the end of June. But if you stick around after that, you’ll need to pay $10 a month for the on-demand, all-you-can-eat subscription service. And Apple will end up passing along more than $7 of that to music labels, music publishers and other music owners….

Sony’s VR Push Hinges On The Game We Thought We’d Never Play – Wired

Monday, June 15, 2015

It’s really my own fault for forgetting about the spiders. I’m calling them spiders because they had what any earthling would recognize as spiderlike qualities, but they weren’t spiders. They couldn’t have been. For one, each was the size of my space boot; for two and three, they were filled with white goo and it often took more than one pulse from my laser rifle to kill them. I’d already…

iOS 9 code points to Apple TV apps, ‘iPad Pro’ keyboard, new Photos feature – Apple Insider

Monday, June 15, 2015

By Roger Fingas Monday, June 15, 2015, 06:51 am PT (09:51 am ET) The current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the “iPad Pro,” and new options in Photos, according to a noted iOS developer. The Apple TV is mentioned in both UIKit and GameKit, interface and multiplayer gaming frameworks normally oriented towards iPhones and iPads, developer Steve…

New Google Doodle Honors the Magna Carta – TIME

Monday, June 15, 2015

Google has honored the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with one of its elaborate moving doodles. On June 15, 1215, on the banks of the River Thames in Runneymede, England, King John sealed the Magna Carta, Latin for Great Charter, temporarily ending a dispute with a group of rebellious barons. To this day, the Magna Carta is held up as the foundation of the constitutional and legal framework of…

Google on Apple: The end is near – Computerworld

Monday, June 15, 2015

The chat room and social network religious wars between Apple and Google demand that you take sides. But I’ve always felt that the best experience includes a cherry-picking of Apple hardware, Google services and apps from both. For example, on my MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone, my No. 1 application is Google Chrome, where I obsessively use Google Search, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google News, Google…

Google is ripping out Chrome’s awful new bookmark manager – The Next Web

Monday, June 15, 2015

Late last year, Google launched a new bookmark manager for Chrome but the overhaul wasn’t that popular with users. After months of silence, Google has quietly confirmed that it’s ripping out the new bookmark manager and rolling back to the old one. When Google launched the new bookmark manager complaints started quickly flowing in on the Google Product Forums that it was confusing and hard to use. Despite the u-turn, the company…

What Microsoft Needs To Do To Beat Sony At E3 2015 – Forbes

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bethesda kicked off the first of three days of press conferences at E3 last night with a stellar showcase that’s going to be hard to follow. But through the years, the biggest press events of the show have always been from the console manufacturers, not the game publishers, and for the last decade or so, that means Microsoft Microsoft, Sony Sony and Nintendo Nintendo. With Nintendo bowing out of the…

College student wants graphic novels banned: "I expected Batman and Robin … – Boing Boing

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;…

The 100 best novels: No 91 – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981) – The Guardian

Monday, June 15, 2015

Among the many turning points in the constant remaking of the English novel – the dazzle of Sterne (No 6 in this series); the quieter, witty genius of Austen (No 7); the polyvalent brio of Dickens (No 15); the vernacular brilliance of Twain (No 23), and so on – the appearance of Midnight’s Children in 1981 now stands out as a particularly significant milestone. Salman Rushdie’s second novel took the…

Why Read Fiction? – Forbes

Monday, June 15, 2015

We often hear friends ask why they should read fiction. There is so much to learn, they say, from history, from what is going on at the frontiers of science, and from contemporary studies of human behavior. Why should they spend their scarce “free time” reading fiction, the purpose of which, at best, is only entertainment? We bristle at such comments. Yes, we respond, we do find pleasure in reading…

Story of My Life – The New Yorker

Monday, June 15, 2015

Zambra’s examination of Chilean history is driven by a vibrant sense of story. Credit Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo; Reference: Alma Rodríguez Ayala / Agencia EL UNIVERSAL / AP People kept mentioning his name, but I was slow to encounter the Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra. I hadn’t read anything by him before opening his new story collection, “My Documents” (McSweeney’s). The title story is immediately captivating; it bolts straight out…

This Week in Fiction – The New Yorker

Monday, June 15, 2015

Credit Photograph by Gareth McConnell Your story in this week’s issue, “The Grow-Light Blues,” involves a man at a tech R. & D. firm who becomes the guinea pig in an experiment to see whether people can absorb their required nutrients through light. Where did this idea come from? I’m not so sure. I think the idea came from a need to build on the opening scene. A misanthrope named…

Seven who returned their Apple Watch – Fortune

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Is this a trend? After the New York Times published fashion writer Vanessa Friedman’s charming piece about “breaking up” with her Apple Watch, I searched the Web for similar stories. I found a few. Not as many as I expected. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times. I am breaking up with my Apple Watch. The relationship was, despite all expectations, not what I needed. All the focus on San Francisco and…

Watch a $10000 gold Apple Watch get destroyed – Fortune

Sunday, June 14, 2015

When a guy named TechRax, whose specialty is the senseless destruction of Apple’s devices, unboxes a $10,000 Apple Watch Edition on YouTube, you know it’s not going to end well for the watch. But does it end well for TechRax? We do the math below on the trade-off between destroying a ridiculously expensive watch and getting a ridiculous amount of attention for it. But first things first: You’ll probably want…

Apple just showed us the future of the iPhone – here’s what app makers think … – Business Insider

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images See Also Last week, Apple took the wraps off its next big update for the iPhone and iPad: iOS 9. With iOS 9, which will be released to all current iPhones and iPads in September, Apple wants to make your iPhone more stable and easier to use and catch up with Google’s Android in some key areas, rather than adding a bunch of flashy new features….

12-inch MacBook Shocker: Using It With Apple Displays – Forbes

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Apple 12-inch MacBook: its solitary connector has limitations by design. The gorgeous 12-inch MacBook comes with at least one rude surprise. I think of myself as relatively savvy and plugged-in when it comes to laptops.  Maybe not. I just started using the new 12-inch MacBook and have only realized now that its single port doesn’t work with any current Apple Apple displays — including my LED Cinema display. But don’t…