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Google tries to win EU friends with €150 million Digital News Initiative fund – Ars Technica

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Google has announced the Digital News Initiative, “a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism through technology and innovation,” which sees it working with eight European news organizations to help with product development and putting €150 million into a three-year “innovation fund.” This evident attempt by Google to mend its bridges with the European news publishing industry comes in the wake of years of…

Delusional Man Turning Off Laptop Like He’s Done With It For Night – The Onion (satire)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS—Demonstrating how fully he had lost touch with reality, delusional man Jamie Farragut reportedly began turning off his laptop computer Tuesday at approximately 9:45 p.m. as if he were actually finished with it for the night. Sources said that despite not planning to go to bed for another hour, the 31-year-old legitimately believed he was done using the device, shutting open windows and quitting applications under the mentally unsound assumption…

Asus Zenbook UX305: It’s no MacBook, but it’s a good midrange laptop – Ars Technica

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Further Reading The 2015 MacBook previews a future that’s not quite here Review: This laptop is defined by the features it doesn’t have. When we reviewed Apple’s new MacBook earlier this month, we compared it primarily to the MacBook Air (which it kind-of-sort-of supplants) and Dell’s most recent XPS 13 (which is one of our favorite PC laptops right now). One other laptop came up multiple times in my inbox…

Asus takes on the MacBook Pro with its new high end laptop – The Verge

Monday, April 27, 2015

While just about every laptop manufacturer has gone after Apple’s MacBook Air, Asus’ latest is aiming for the MacBook Pro. The ZenBook Pro UX501 is Asus’ newest high-powered laptop, featuring an aluminum chassis coming in at just 0.81-inches thick. While it comes in slightly thicker than the MacBook Pro a 0.71-inches, Asus has tried to hit every other benchmark that Apple’s powerhouse laptop is known for. The ZenBook Pro comes…

Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It – The Intercept – First Look Media

Monday, April 27, 2015

Time and again, people are told there is one obvious way to mitigate privacy threats of all sorts, from mass government surveillance to pervasive online tracking to cybercriminals: Encryption. As President Obama put it earlier this year, speaking in between his administration’s attacks on encryption, “There’s no scenario in which we don’t want really strong encryption.” Even after helping expose all the ways the government can get its hands on…

Packed Field Stokes Competition for Digital Ad Dollars – New York Times

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Slick new laptop is great for gamers on the go – USA TODAY

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Razer Blade doesn’t make you choose between power and portability.(Photo: Reviewed.com) If you’re a gamer, the Razer Blade QHD+ (2015) (MSRP $ 2,199.99, $2,399.99 as tested) might be the laptop with the power and portability to suit your needs. With an Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with an Intel integrated GPU, the Razer Blade is a top contender…

Register combines print, digital subscriptions – Napa Valley Register

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Napa Valley Register has combined its print and digital subscriptions, offering subscribers to the daily newspaper 24-hour full access to all of its web and mobile content. “We’ve had a number of requests to combine subscriptions into one convenient platform,” said Brenda Speth, publisher of Napa Valley Publishing, which produces The Register and NapaValleyRegister.com. “This change eliminates the need for multiple accounts for online access, e-edition access and online…

Will The Apple Watch Push The Boundaries Of Good Manners? – Forbes

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Apple Watch is set sell millions in its first year on shelves. Already the new, quite possibly redundant, gadget has moved over 2 million in preorders alone, and analysts are betting on anywhere from 9 to 30 million sold in the first year. That’s out of myriad different models ranging from just a few hundred dollars for the iPeasant version, to as much as $17,000 for the Apple Watch Edition, with the…

12 Reasons Photographers Still Choose to Shoot Film over Digital – PetaPixel (blog)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This year will mark forty years since the invention of the first functioning digital camera, and despite it being a measly 0.01 megapixels, it heralded a new age of digital photography and with it came a death cry for film. Prompted by this incredibly dull article published recently by the BBC, I decided to ask some fellow photographers what reasons they had for still shooting the so-called “outdated” technology….

The cell phone data scam – CNNMoney

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If it didn’t already feel like your cell phone service is a ripoff, Google made that abundantly clear this week with Project Fi. Project Fi charges the standard $10 per gigabyte, but Google (GOOGL, Tech30) is offering to repay customers for the smartphone data they don’t use. For example, if you have a 3-GB-a-month plan, and you only use 2.2 GB, Google will provide an $8 credit on your next…

The Digital Future: How Museums Measure Up – New York Times (blog)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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The Gigabyte P35X v3 Review: Slim GTX980M Gaming Laptop – AnandTech

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gigabyte has refreshed its P35 series to include the latest NVIDIA GPUs, and the P35X is the top model in their 15.6 inch lineup. Gigabyte has the lightest GTX980M gaming laptop available, with the P35X v3 coming in at just 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs) thanks to the all-aluminum chassis. At just 20.9 mm (0.82”) thick, it is a fairly portable laptop considering the components inside. Buyers should…

How to use Digital Touch on Apple Watch – Macworld UK

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Apple Watch is almost here, despite a stressful couple of weeks for both Apple and prospective buyers with pre-order delivery dates stretching out to the Summer. Apple’s new smartwatch boasts many new features, from tracking your fitness to making calls straight from your wrist. One interesting feature that the Apple Watch boasts is ‘Digital Touch’, a unique way to communicate with your friends and family using your Apple Watch. …

China’s digital games market growth is 5 times bigger than the rest of Asia’s … – VentureBeat

Thursday, April 23, 2015

China continues to take a larger piece of Asia’s gaming market. According to a report research firm SuperData released today, China’s digital game market hit $7.5 billion in revenues already. The country ranks No. 2 in terms of digital sales in Asia, counting for 38 percent of the region’s revenues. Led by MMOs and free-to-play games, the forecast for Asia’s digital games market is to hit nearly $19.6 billion by the end…

Bitcoin Core Developers Join MIT Digital Currency Initiative – CoinDesk

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Deluxe and Technicolor Launch Joint Venture In Digital Cinema – PR Newswire (press release)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Deluxe and Technicolor announced today that they have entered into a binding agreement to create a new digital cinema joint venture, Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, which will specialize in theatrical digital cinema mastering, distribution and key management services. This joint venture in digital cinema will bring together best-in-class technologies, personnel, work processes and facilities to provide…

Smoking gun: South Korea uncovers northern rival’s hacking codes – CNN

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)On March 20, 2013, a cyberattack brought chaos to several banks and media outlets in South Korea. Then more ominously on December 23 last year, computers at the country’s nuclear operator were breached. Again cybercrime was suspected. The source of these attacks? North Korea. And South Korean investigators say they have proof — the actual malicious codes used in the attacks. They shared this data with CNN….

A Blueprint for Your Digital Afterlife – Re/code

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We all know that we’re going to die someday. But what happens to our digital life after we’re gone? A few months ago, a friend’s mother suddenly passed away. Her iPhone 5s was password protected, but no one knew the code. She had recently visited my friend and his family and used the iPhone to take several pictures with family members. Sadly, these are some of the last photos my friend has…

Gannett Profit Soars as Broadcast, Digital Revenue Offset Print Decline – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gannett Co. said its first-quarter earnings soared as growth in the media company’s broadcast and digital businesses offset declines at its publishing division. Separately, Gannett said that after the planned separation of its print operations, it plans to name the remaining broadcasting and digital company TEGNA, which will trade on the New…