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Businesses Are Turning to Beacons, and It’s Going to Be O.K.

Beacons, tiny low-powered radio transmitters that send signals to phones just feet away, have quickly become a new front in the advertising industry’s chase to find you whenever, and exactly wherever, you are.

Although most consumers are just learning about these devices, tens or even hundreds of thousands of them have been installed across the country: outdoors on buildings, inside stores and even at National Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums.

The point of the devices is to send a specific signal, using low-energy Bluetooth, to phones that come into proximity, as long as those phones are running apps that can respond to the beacon. Those codes then set off an action on the phone, like a coupon, a reminder, a reward or just information. A beacon at the gates of a baseball stadium could open a map to the user’s seat and offer a beer or hot dog coupon.

Full Story: NYT

Posted at 7:51pm.

Businesses Are Turning to Beacons, and It’s Going to Be O.K.


Beacons, tiny low-powered radio transmitters that send signals to phones just feet away, have quickly become a new front in the advertising industry’s chase to find you whenever, and exactly wherever, you are.
Although most consumers are just learning about these devices, tens or even hundreds of thousands of them have been installed across the country: outdoors on buildings, inside stores and even at National Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums.
The point of the devices is to send a specific signal, using low-energy Bluetooth, to phones that come into proximity, as long as those phones are running apps that can respond to the beacon. Those codes then set off an action on the phone, like a coupon, a reminder, a reward or just information. A beacon at the gates of a baseball stadium could open a map to the user’s seat and offer a beer or hot dog coupon.


Full Story: NYT

Chinese telco hires in-store tailor to enlarge pant pockets for iPhone 6 Plus

Full Story: techinasia

Posted at 6:17pm.

Chinese telco hires in-store tailor to enlarge pant pockets for iPhone 6 Plus


Full Story: techinasia

Humans on Mars One mission would start dying in 68 days, study

SPACE enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait to relocate: conditions on the Red Planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within 68 days, a new study says.

Oxygen levels would be unstable after about two months and scientists said new technologies were needed before humans could permanently settle on Mars, according to the study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The students found that the level of oxygen in the atmosphere would become a fire hazard as the colony’s first wheat crop reached maturity, and venting the oxygen would not solve the issue. Death by suffocation would invariably follow.

Full Story: News.com

Posted at 4:43pm.

Humans on Mars One mission would start dying in 68 days, study



SPACE enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait to relocate: conditions on the Red Planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within 68 days, a new study says.

Oxygen levels would be unstable after about two months and scientists said new technologies were needed before humans could permanently settle on Mars, according to the study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The students found that the level of oxygen in the atmosphere would become a fire hazard as the colony’s first wheat crop reached maturity, and venting the oxygen would not solve the issue. Death by suffocation would invariably follow.


Full Story: News.com

Australia’s First 3D Printing Factory Aims to Shape Future of Manufacturing

Opening last Friday, the Advanced Manufacturing Plant, operated by local 3D printer distributor Objective3D, has more than 15 machines on hand ready to build parts and serve clients from a variety of sectors.

Full Story: Mashable

Posted at 3:08pm.

Australia’s First 3D Printing Factory Aims to Shape Future of Manufacturing


Opening last Friday, the Advanced Manufacturing Plant, operated by local 3D printer distributor Objective3D, has more than 15 machines on hand ready to build parts and serve clients from a variety of sectors.

Full Story: Mashable

Posted at 1:34pm.

No one has a platinum album in 2014

The decline in album sales is certainly nothing new, thanks to the smattering of streaming options now available to eager listeners. However, 2014 looks to be particularly awful. Forbesreports that nearly 10 months into the year, no release since January has yet to reach platinum status — a release that sells 1 million copies.

Full Story: endgadget

Posted at 12:00pm.

No one has a platinum album in 2014


The decline in album sales is certainly nothing new, thanks to the smattering of streaming options now available to eager listeners. However, 2014 looks to be particularly awful. Forbesreports that nearly 10 months into the year, no release since January has yet to reach platinum status — a release that sells 1 million copies.


Full Story: endgadget

McDonald’s CIO on Why It’s Supporting Apple Pay on Launch Day

McDonald’s U.S. CIO talks about why the fast-food giant chose to support Apple’s new contactless payment technology out of the gate and how it built on its experience with Google Wallet to help make Apple Pay a customer magnet.

Full Story: CIO

Posted at 10:26am.

McDonald’s CIO on Why It’s Supporting Apple Pay on Launch Day


McDonald’s U.S. CIO talks about why the fast-food giant chose to support Apple’s new contactless payment technology out of the gate and how it built on its experience with Google Wallet to help make Apple Pay a customer magnet.


Full Story: CIO

YouTube is making itself increasingly indispensable to the music industry

If there were any lingering doubt about YouTube’s status as the biggest streaming music service on the planet, then this fact should dispel it: The Google-owned site has now paid out more than $1 billion in royalties to record labels (and other copyright owners, such as film studios and broadcast networks) for videos they didn’t even upload.

Full Story: Quartz

Posted at 8:51am.

YouTube is making itself increasingly indispensable to the music industry


If there were any lingering doubt about YouTube’s status as the biggest streaming music service on the planet, then this fact should dispel it: The Google-owned site has now paid out more than $1 billion in royalties to record labels (and other copyright owners, such as film studios and broadcast networks) for videos they didn’t even upload.


Full Story: Quartz

Posted at 7:17am.

Posted at 5:43am.