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August 04, 2015

TechMeme

Google's Project Tango dev kits now available in South Korea and Canada, coming to 10 more countries Aug. 26 (Kevin Tofel/ZDNet)

Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Google's Project Tango dev kits now available in South Korea and Canada, coming to 10 more countries Aug. 26  —  Google expands Project Tango tablet sales to more countries  —  Now that 3,000 Project Tango development kits have found their way to U.S. buyers, Google is ready to bring …

August 04, 2015 10:35 PM

Microsoft revamps Outlook on the web with new look and features, drops Outlook Web App name (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft revamps Outlook on the web with new look and features, drops Outlook Web App name  —  Microsoft today renamed the web version of Outlook in Office 365: Outlook Web App (OWA) will now be known as “Outlook on the web.”  This useless app renaming exercise, which is sadly a typical occurrence …

August 04, 2015 09:30 PM

Etsy beats Q2 estimates with revenue of $61.4M, but falls 13% after hours on its Q3 guidance (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Etsy beats Q2 estimates with revenue of $61.4M, but falls 13% after hours on its Q3 guidance  —  Etsy Beats In Q2 But Falls 13% After Hours On Troublesome Q3 Guidance  —  Today following the cessation of trading, Etsy reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $61.4 million …

August 04, 2015 08:31 PM

Facebook backs off its proposed, more-restrictive user data policy after game and app publishers objected (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook backs off its proposed, more-restrictive user data policy after game and app publishers objected  —  Facebook kills proposed user data policy after game and app publishers panicked  —  Facebook has reversed itself today on a major change it had planned to make on how it handles mobile user data …

August 04, 2015 08:30 PM

Genius Launches Android App, Redesigns Home Page And iOS App (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Genius Launches Android App, Redesigns Home Page And iOS App  —  Genius, gone from rap song explanation site to annotator of the entire Internet, has today launched a revamped version of the website, the iOS app, and for the first time ever, an Android app.  —  The redesign brings …

August 04, 2015 07:35 PM

Kobalt's AMRA Inks Its First Licensing Deal: A Global Agreement With Apple Music (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kobalt's AMRA Inks Its First Licensing Deal: A Global Agreement With Apple Music  —  Two months ago, Kobalt — a startup whose technology tracks and collects music royalties from streaming music providers — acquired and revamped and royalty collection agency AMRA to ramp up its music licensing collection activities.

August 04, 2015 06:56 PM

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leak reveals no removable battery or microSD slot for the flagship (Kellex/Droid Life)

Kellex / Droid Life:
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leak reveals no removable battery or microSD slot for the flagship  —  Here is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in Hand  —  Samsung will show us the brand new Galaxy Note 5 at a press event in New York City, next week.  As we inch closer to that unveiling …

August 04, 2015 06:35 PM

ICANN reveals plan to end US control of the organization; public has until Sept. 8 to comment (Steve Dent/Engadget)

Steve Dent / Engadget:
ICANN reveals plan to end US control of the organization; public has until Sept. 8 to comment  —  ICANN reveals plan for ending America's control of the internet  —  Though it's called the “world wide web,” the US Commerce Department has held the keys to the internet since its inception in the '90s.

August 04, 2015 05:50 PM

BitTorrent Sync for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Kindle now lets you create, edit, and share files (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BitTorrent Sync for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Kindle now lets you create, edit, and share files  —  BitTorrent has updated its file synchronization service for mobile devices with a focus on productivity.  You can download the new version today for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Kindle from getsync.com.

August 04, 2015 05:30 PM

Netflix sets launch date in Japan for Sept. 2, with Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland to follow in coming months (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Netflix sets launch date in Japan for Sept. 2, with Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland to follow in coming months  —  Netflix to launch in Japan, its first Asian market, on September 2  —  Netflix finally has a launch date for Asia — it will launch in Japan on September 2, 2015.

August 04, 2015 04:40 PM

Tencent offers to buy Chinese online travel company eLong for $622M (Josh Beckerman/Wall Street Journal)

Josh Beckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Tencent offers to buy Chinese online travel company eLong for $622M  —  Tencent Offers to Buy Chinese Online Travel Company eLong  —  Tencent's offer for eLong is the latest in China's booming online travel business  —  NEW YORK— Tencent Holdings Ltd. wants to buy the rest …

August 04, 2015 04:32 PM

Xbox One will get Windows 10 and backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games in November (Eddie Makuch/GameSpot)

Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
Xbox One will get Windows 10 and backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games in November  —  Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Coming November  —  The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature will launch for everyone in November, Microsoft announced today during its Gamescom briefing in Cologne, Germany.

August 04, 2015 04:10 PM

Microsoft unveils Xbox One DVR features, enabling recording and playback of free over-the-air TV (Jacob Demmitt/GeekWire)

Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire:
Microsoft unveils Xbox One DVR features, enabling recording and playback of free over-the-air TV … Xbox One owners will soon be able to use their game console to record and play back live television from free, over-the-air broadcasts, Microsoft announced this morning.

August 04, 2015 03:55 PM

Apple denies that it has discussed or plans to launch an MVNO cellular service (Eric Auchard/Reuters)

Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Apple denies that it has discussed or plans to launch an MVNO cellular service  —  Apple denies it plans to sell mobile services directly to consumers  —  Apple, the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied a media report that it is working on a plan to market communications services directly …

August 04, 2015 03:42 PM

Sprint beats estimates with $20M loss, adds 675K new customers, but now has fewer US subscribers than T-Mobile (Reuters)

Reuters:
Sprint beats estimates with $20M loss, adds 675K new customers, but now has fewer US subscribers than T-Mobile  —  Sprint reports smaller-than-expected loss; SoftBank to keep stake  —  Sprint Corp (S.N) reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Tuesday, and majority owner SoftBank Corp …

August 04, 2015 03:24 PM

The FDA has approved the first drug made by a 3D printer (Mike Murphy/Quartz)

Mike Murphy / Quartz:
The FDA has approved the first drug made by a 3D printer  —  3D printing, a technology still in search of a market, may have just found a home in the world of medicine.  The US Food and Drug Administration approved an epilepsy medicine called Spritam that is made by 3D printers …

August 04, 2015 02:55 PM

EFF, AdBlock and Others Launch New Do Not Track Standard (Dennis Fisher/Threatpost)

Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
EFF, AdBlock and Others Launch New Do Not Track Standard  —  After years of discussions, disagreements, and digressions, the Do Not Track header is supported by all of the major browsers.  But because there's no real requirement for sites or advertisers to respect it, DNT is not as effective as it could be.

August 04, 2015 02:10 PM

RIG Exploit Kit 3.0 Used to Infect Over 1.3 Million Computers Worldwide (Eduard Kovacs/SecurityWeek)

Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
RIG Exploit Kit 3.0 Used to Infect Over 1.3 Million Computers Worldwide  —  Version 3.0 of the notorious RIG exploit kit has been released.  Researchers at Trustwave have determined that the crimeware has already been used to infect more than 1.3 million devices from all over the world.

August 04, 2015 02:00 PM

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook gives you a full Windows laptop for $169 (Jon Fingas/Engadget)

Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook gives you a full Windows laptop for $169  —  Hey, HP: you're far from the only one who can play the ridiculously low-cost Windows laptop game.  Acer has unveiled the Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14, a pair of thin-and-light Windows 10 portables that promise …

August 04, 2015 10:35 AM

UK Government

News story: Prosperity Fund Tokyo - call for bids

Updated: Adding bidding invitation for "UK low carbon technology report for Japan"

The Prosperity Fund is the FCO’s fund supporting prosperity work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to support the conditions for global and UK growth: Openness, Sustainability, Opportunity and Reputation.

We would like to invite bid for the projects for “Delivery of a seminar on Public Private Partnership (PPP)/ Private Finance Initiative (PFI)” and “UK low carbon technology report for Japan”.

Delivery of a PPP/PFI Seminar; Unlocking Private Sector Potential and Promoting UK/Japan Collaboration

To organise and run a one day seminar which will introduce how the UK has privatised its airports, how the UK succeeded in bringing in investment into airport assets, how risks were borne by private sector, and discuss how these lessons may be useful to Japanese airport privatisation in the future. UKTI Japan will help identify suitable speakers from the UK. The organiser will recruit a suitable audience (minimum of 100) consisting of both central and local government officials and private sector entrants (eg trading houses, construction companies, banks, institutional investors) and lead on all logistics for the seminar. Target timing: Oct-Dec 2015.

Deadline

Please complete the full bid form and budget sheet and send to Yuko Fukuda (yuko.fukuda@fco.gov.uk). The deadline for submitting full bids is at 17:30 on Wednesday 19 August 2015.

Further information

Please contact Naomi Takegoshi (Tel: 03-5211-1156, e-mail: naomi.takegoshi@fco.gov.uk)

UK low carbon technology report for Japan

To produce a catalogue of UK expertise/capabilities in innovation and low carbon technology relevant for Japan. The catalogue should include the following elements: 1) an overview of UK government policies on low carbon and key areas of innovation; 2) an assessment of potential market opportunities for UK businesses in Japan with particular focus on energy (electricity and gas) market; and 3) a list of UK companies in these fields and their unique products/services that could be offered to Japan’s newly deregulated markets. The catalogue should be in Japanese and in English and produced in hard copies for distribution in Japan for business meetings, conferences, seminars and expos (about 1000 copies) and in soft copies for distribution via Embassy website and other social media tools. There might also be some work related to soliciting some UK companies to join a trade mission to attend an expo in Tokyo later in the year.

Deadline:

Please complete the full bid form and budget sheet and send to Yuko Fukuda (yuko.fukuda@fco.gov.uk). The deadline for submitting full bids is at 17:30 on Friday, 21st August 2015.

Further information

Please contact Naomi Cowan (Tel: 03-5211-1382 e-mail: naomi.cowan@fco.gov.uk)

Forms

Note for editors

Please note that we have already closed bids for the following two projects advertised on 16 July:

  • Analysis of business opportunities resulting from the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
  • Delivery of a seminar/workshop on investing responsibly (taking into account climate change and low carbon factors when investing)

August 04, 2015 08:59 AM

TechMeme

Apple buys a 43-acre development site in North San Jose for just over $138M (Nathan Donato-Weinstein/bizjournals)

Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple buys a 43-acre development site in North San Jose for just over $138M  —  Exclusive: Apple buys huge San Jose development site  —  Apple Inc. has purchased a roughly 43-acre development site in North San Jose in a blockbuster real estate transaction that comes just weeks …

August 04, 2015 05:50 AM

Samsung to create $85.8M fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers, improve safety (Se Young Lee/Reuters)

Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung to create $85.8M fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers, improve safety  —  Samsung Electronics to create fund for cancer-stricken workers, safety  —  Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers …

August 04, 2015 01:50 AM

PlayStation Now game streaming officially launches on PS TV and PS Vita (Ross Miller/The Verge)

Ross Miller / The Verge:
PlayStation Now game streaming officially launches on PS TV and PS Vita  —  PlayStation Now, the game-streaming service borne of Sony's Gaikai acquisition, is officially trickling down to PS Vita and PlayStation TV.  (An open beta launched last October, but this is the official premiere.)

August 04, 2015 12:10 AM

August 03, 2015

TechMeme

Matchstick to refund Kickstarter pledges for its $25 Firefox-OS streaming stick, says DRM issues too great (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Matchstick to refund Kickstarter pledges for its $25 Firefox-OS streaming stick, says DRM issues too great  —  Matchstick's Firefox OS-Based Chromecast Competitor Is Dead  —  Matchstick is pulling the plug on its Firefox OS-powered Chromecast competitor: The company, which raised …

August 03, 2015 10:30 PM

Appeals court in District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in lawsuits challenging net neutrality on Dec. 4 (David Ingram/Reuters)

David Ingram / Reuters:
Appeals court in District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in lawsuits challenging net neutrality on Dec. 4  —  U.S. court to hear lawsuits over ‘net neutrality’ in December  —  A U.S. appeals court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 4 in lawsuits that challenge the Federal Communications Commission's …

August 03, 2015 09:15 PM

Amazon Prime benefits can only be shared with one other adult now (and four kids) (Brad Linder/Liliputing)

Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Amazon Prime benefits can only be shared with one other adult now (and four kids)  —  Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers free 2-day or faster shipping on millions of items, as well the ability to stream thousands of movies and TV shows over the internet, borrow some Kindle eBooks …

August 03, 2015 08:20 PM

Twitter adds experimental News tab in Android and iOS apps, with tweets from pre-approved publishers (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed)

Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter adds experimental News tab in Android and iOS apps, with tweets from pre-approved publishers  —  Twitter Experiments With A ‘News’ Tab  —  Twitter wants to make its best stuff easier to find.  —  Starting today, some U.S. Twitter users will see a News tab appear in their Twitter apps.

August 03, 2015 07:35 PM

Yahoo Said to Pay $230 Million for Shopping Site Polyvore (Brian Womack/Bloomberg Business)

Brian Womack / Bloomberg Business:
Yahoo Said to Pay $230 Million for Shopping Site Polyvore  —  Yahoo! Inc. is paying about $230 million for shopping service Polyvore Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, as the Internet portal seeks new ways to draw in users and advertisers.  —  The deal, announced last week …

August 03, 2015 07:25 PM

Advance/Newhouse, owner of Conde Nast, Bright House Networks, buys big data analytics firm 1010data for $500M (Deborah Gage/Wall Street Journal)

Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Advance/Newhouse, owner of Conde Nast, Bright House Networks, buys big data analytics firm 1010data for $500M  —  In Big Data Deal, Advance/Newhouse Acquires 1010data for $500M … Advance/Newhouse has acquired 1010data Inc. for $500 million, VentureWire has learned, indicating …

August 03, 2015 06:40 PM

Cloud security provider Zscaler raises $100M at $1B+ valuation, in a Series B round led by TPG (Deborah Gage/Wall Street Journal)

Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Cloud security provider Zscaler raises $100M at $1B+ valuation, in a Series B round led by TPG  —  Aiming for an IPO, Zscaler Raises $100M to Provide Security from the Cloud … Jay Chaudhry, founder of cloud security company Zscaler Inc., figures he has a good shot at an IPO in the wake …

August 03, 2015 06:05 PM

Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs (Kim Zetter/Wired)

Kim Zetter / Wired:
Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs  —  The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure.  Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren't.

August 03, 2015 05:30 PM

Hackers begin exploiting denial-of-service bug in BIND software to attack DNS servers (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers begin exploiting denial-of-service bug in BIND software to attack DNS servers  —  Exploits start against flaw that could hamstring huge swaths of Internet  —  If you haven't installed Bind update, now would be a good time to do so.  —  Hackers have started exploiting …

August 03, 2015 04:55 PM

China to impose export controls on advanced drones and supercomputers from August 15th (Eva Dou/Wall Street Journal)

Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
China to impose export controls on advanced drones and supercomputers from August 15th  —  China Restricts Exports of Drones, Supercomputers  —  China is curbing its exports of advanced drones and supercomputers, in the country's latest move to tighten control over technologies linked to national security.

August 03, 2015 03:20 PM

Chinese Airbnb rival Tujia raises $300M led by All-Stars Investment at over a $1B valuation (Bloomberg Business)

Bloomberg Business:
Chinese Airbnb rival Tujia raises $300M led by All-Stars Investment at over a $1B valuation  —  China's Airbnb Valued at More Than $1 Billion After Funding  —  Residential buildings stand in Beijing, China.  Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg  —  Tujia.com has raised $300 million …

August 03, 2015 02:55 PM

Federal courts start to recognize the possibility of ongoing harm to data breach victims, fueling class-action lawsuits (John Fontana/ZDNet)

John Fontana / ZDNet:
Federal courts start to recognize the possibility of ongoing harm to data breach victims, fueling class-action lawsuits  —  Federal Court's data breach decision shows new tilt toward victims, class-action lawsuits  —  Federal courts beginning to recognize possibility of on-going harm …

August 03, 2015 02:00 PM

Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform to incentivize sales teams (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform to incentivize sales teams  —  Microsoft has acquired Incent Games, the company behind FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform designed to help incentivize sales teams.  —  The computing giant says that it will soon offer …

August 03, 2015 02:00 PM

Sources: Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages (James Cook/Business Insider)

James Cook / Business Insider:
Sources: Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple employees are testing a voicemail service that uses Siri to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.

August 03, 2015 11:30 AM

Sony launches Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra Android smartphones, with focus on perfect selfies (Ben Woods/The Next Web)

Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Sony launches Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra Android smartphones, with focus on perfect selfies  —  Sony has announced two new Android smartphones - the selfie-obesessed Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra - that will go on sale around the world in mid-August.  —  The better-equipped of the two devices …

August 03, 2015 11:05 AM

Google News

A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening - opensource.com


opensource.com

A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening
opensource.com
For example, last year the UK government mandated the adoption of Open Document Format (ODF) in software purchases in all public administrations. Before that, in late 2012, the French government published a guideline urging the country's public ...

August 03, 2015 10:09 AM

UK Government

Corporate information: Working for British High Commission Colombo

Updated: new job vacancy

We thank you for your interest in British High Commission as a potential employer. The British High Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from applicants with diverse backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, age, religion or disability.

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TThe Migration Support Officer will work to the Migration Delivery Officer in Colombo in order to carry out the UK’s Migration Objectives in Sri Lanka. The primary focus of this activity will be on increasing the number of returns from the UK to Sri Lanka and overseeing projects in support of migration objectives.

Applications closing date is 21st August 2015 midnight. For more details, read the complete Job specification for the Post of Migration Support Officer (ODT, 114KB) .

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August 03, 2015 09:06 AM

TechMeme

Nokia sells HERE mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3.07B (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Nokia sells HERE mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3.07B  —  Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B  —  Nokia has announced that it has sold its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for $3.07 billion, ending months of speculation about the future of the unit.

August 03, 2015 05:55 AM

AT&T announces its first wireless phone and DirecTV bundle, available August 10 for $200 (David Lieberman/Deadline)

David Lieberman / Deadline:
AT&T announces its first wireless phone and DirecTV bundle, available August 10 for $200  —  AT&T Unveils Nationwide Combo TV And Wireless Package With DirecTV  —  AT&T watchers have been waiting to see what it will do with DirecTV now that the companies are united, turning the telco into the world's largest pay TV provider.

August 03, 2015 04:15 AM

Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser  —  For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer.  Over the years, Microsoft's home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users.

August 03, 2015 02:35 AM

August 02, 2015

TechMeme

Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone (Aaron Tilley/Forbes)

Aaron Tilley / Forbes:
Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone  —  Our phones have turned everyone into a photographer and laid waste to a huge portion of the camera market.  But even though we use our phones these days to take all of our pictures, the cameras in our phones still …

August 02, 2015 07:50 PM

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook (Seth Fiegerman/Mashable)

Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook  —  Create a social network or risk everything.  —  That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass.

August 02, 2015 02:50 PM

India's Snapdeal, an Amazon Competitor, Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
India's Snapdeal, an Amazon Competitor, Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank  —  Alibaba finally has its ally in India, perhaps the world's hottest e-commerce market.  —  The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested in Snapdeal, an India-based e-commerce startup …

August 02, 2015 01:10 PM

UK Government

Corporate information: Working for British Embassy Baghdad

Updated: Update

Corporate Services Manager - Kurdistan Region position has become available at the British Consulate General, Erbil.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should forward the following to Erbil.recruitment@fco.gov.uk.

• Updated Curriculum Vitae.

• A fully completed Application Form. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the summary section of the application form.

• A covering letter stating why you feel you have the necessary skills and qualifications.

Internal Applicants: Please clearly mark as internal candidate, position title and your name in the subject title of your email. Please send your attachments using either of the following formats .doc, .docx, pdf.

External Applicants: Please clearly mark the position title and your name in the subject title of your email. Please send your attachments using either of the following formats .doc, .docx, pdf.

Application deadline: 15th August 2015

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

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August 02, 2015 11:19 AM

TechMeme

New attack on Tor can deanonymize hidden services with surprising accuracy (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New attack on Tor can deanonymize hidden services with surprising accuracy  —  Deanonymization requires luck but nonetheless shows limits of Tor privacy.  —  Computer scientists have devised an attack on the Tor privacy network that in certain cases allows them to deanonymize hidden service websites with 88 percent accuracy.

August 02, 2015 09:05 AM

Why women are leaving tech, and what tech companies can do to increase hiring and retention of women (Rachel Thomas/Medium)

Rachel Thomas / Medium:
Why women are leaving tech, and what tech companies can do to increase hiring and retention of women  —  If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven't been paying attention  —  According to the Harvard Business Review, 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field …

August 02, 2015 06:00 AM

August 01, 2015

TechMeme

Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution  —  If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe.  Google Earth's Outreach program that equips nonprofits and public-benefit organizations …

August 01, 2015 11:40 PM

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year' (Dante D'Orazio/The Verge)

Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers ‘within the next year’  —  Microsoft will release “V1” of its HoloLens virtual reality headset sooner rather than later.  CEO Satya Nadella said that the first developer version of the hologram-projecting device will come out “within the next year” …

August 01, 2015 08:00 PM

Hackers find vulnerabilities in Industrial Ethernet Switches used in hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants (Patrick Howell O'Neill/The Daily Dot)

Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Hackers find vulnerabilities in Industrial Ethernet Switches used in hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants  —  How hackers can take over nuclear power plants  —  The world's most important facilities—think massive hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants—are vulnerable to devastating cyberattacks.

August 01, 2015 02:25 PM

Xiaoice, Microsoft's Chinese chatbot, has a sense of humor, good listening skills, and 20M registered users (New York Times)

New York Times:
Xiaoice, Microsoft's Chinese chatbot, has a sense of humor, good listening skills, and 20M registered users  —  For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program  —  She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her …

August 01, 2015 10:10 AM

Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination (Heather Somerville/Mercury News)

Heather Somerville / Mercury News:
Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft has walked back years of promises about a global expansion, and instead the car-booking company is doubling down on the U.S. market, hoping to beat its biggest foe here at home.

August 01, 2015 05:55 AM

Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor (Owen Williams/The Next Web)

Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor  —  Kim Dotcom: 'I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore'  —  In a Q&A session with Slashdot users this week, Kim Dotcom, the infamous former millionaire at the center of a US court case against Megaupload …

August 01, 2015 05:05 AM

Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing  —  Another key product exec is leaving Twitter.  —  Trevor O'Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter's iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources.

August 01, 2015 04:15 AM

Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox (Takashi Mochizuki/Wall Street Journal)

Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox  —  Official says police allege he manipulated the company's computer system to inflate its assets  —  TOKYO—Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpelès, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox …

August 01, 2015 03:25 AM

Frontback announces they will not shut down, after signing an agreement with a new partner (Biz Carson/Business Insider)

Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Frontback announces they will not shut down, after signing an agreement with a new partner  —  Frontback, the once-hot startup that rejected a $40 million Twitter acquisition, is back from the dead  —  The selfie app Frontback has found a new partner and narrowly avoided shutting down.

August 01, 2015 01:35 AM

Microsoft Said to Invest About $100 Million in Startup Uber (Dina Bass/Bloomberg Business)

Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:
Microsoft Said to Invest About $100 Million in Startup Uber  —  Microsoft Corp. has agreed to invest about $100 million in Uber Technologies Inc. at a valuation of approximately $50 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The deal was finalized earlier on Friday …

August 01, 2015 01:20 AM

Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies  —  Dropbox has launched on the Roku, with an app that allows you to view the photos and videos you have stored in your account directly on your TV by way of Roku's streaming media player.

August 01, 2015 12:35 AM

88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk (Ian Paul/Greenbot)

Ian Paul / Greenbot:
88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk  —  Put that slate down, Nvidia Shield Tablet users.  No, seriously—put it down.  It's being recalled.  —  Nvidia announced on Friday that Nvidia Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 need to be sent back to the manufacturer.

August 01, 2015 12:30 AM

July 31, 2015

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4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)

Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info  —  A potentially big ruling came out of the courtroom of Judge Lucy Koh yesterday, in which she affirmed a magistrate judge's decision to tell the government to get a warrant if it wants …

July 31, 2015 11:00 PM

Google News

Swansea CC to host USA trainup for injured servicemen vying for golf's Simpson Cup - Wicked Local Fall River


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Swansea CC to host USA trainup for injured servicemen vying for golf's Simpson Cup
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Established in 2012, the Cup commemorates ODF founder John Simpson, a polio survivor who has rebuilt the self-confidence of many handicapped veterans and inspired them to take a closer look at what the field has to offer. The organization originally ...

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July 31, 2015 10:10 PM

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Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore  —  Yahoo just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire style-focused community Polyvore.  —  In a blog post about the deal, Yahoo's senior vice president of publisher products Simon Khalaf highlighted “Polyvore's expertise …

July 31, 2015 09:25 PM

Google News

Swansea CC to host USA trainup for injured servicemen vying for golf's Simpson Cup - Fall River Herald News


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Swansea CC to host USA trainup for injured servicemen vying for golf's Simpson Cup
Fall River Herald News
Established in 2012, the Cup commemorates ODF founder John Simpson, a polio survivor who has rebuilt the self-confidence of many handicapped veterans and inspired them to take a closer look at what the field has to offer. The organization originally ...

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July 31, 2015 09:24 PM

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Japan's Sharp to stop making TVs for the North American market after worse-than-expected quarterly loss of $274m (Kana Inagaki/Financial Times)

Kana Inagaki / Financial Times:
Japan's Sharp to stop making TVs for the North American market after worse-than-expected quarterly loss of $274m  —  Japan's Sharp to quit North America TV market  —  Sharp is to pull out of the North American television market and will consider spinning off its display business as a slowdown …

July 31, 2015 08:50 PM

LinkedIn asks its top 500 "Influencers" for blanket permission to syndicate posts, with no money changing hands (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

Peter Kafka / Re/code:
LinkedIn asks its top 500 “Influencers” for blanket permission to syndicate posts, with no money changing hands  —  LinkedIn Starts Building a Syndicated Content Network  —  LinkedIn has gotten a lot of mileage out of the free content that famous people like Richard Branson write for the social network.

July 31, 2015 07:55 PM

Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest's Creative Team (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)

Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest's Creative Team  —  Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company's early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest.  —  She'll be part of Pinterest's creative team as a product design lead, according to the company.

July 31, 2015 07:20 PM

Google News

ODF 1.2 ponownie wydany. Niepopularny format zyskał niepotrzebny certyfikat - dobreprogramy


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ODF 1.2 ponownie wydany. Niepopularny format zyskał niepotrzebny certyfikat
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OpenDocument lub też w skrócie ODF, to stworzony w duchu współpracy standard zapisu danych, którego celem jest przełamanie wciąż dominującej na rynku pozycji Microsoftu. Wśród nowości dla wydania 1.2 znajdziemy uzupełnienie braków o ...

July 31, 2015 07:07 PM

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Lawsuit forces Samsung to issue software patch allowing users to delete bloatware, but only in China (Chris Chavez/Phandroid)

Chris Chavez / Phandroid:
Lawsuit forces Samsung to issue software patch allowing users to delete bloatware, but only in China  —  Lawsuit forces Samsung to issue software patch allowing users to delete bloatware, but only in China  —  As an Android “power user,” there's probably nothing more frustrating …

July 31, 2015 06:25 PM

HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR  —  HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received virtual reality headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November.  In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem.

July 31, 2015 05:50 PM

Snapchat Revenue Could Hit $50 Million This Year - But It Still Needs a CFO (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat Revenue Could Hit $50 Million This Year — But It Still Needs a CFO  —  Snapchat is finally making some real money, with a lot more coming in 2016.  It's also looking for someone to manage all that cash.  —  Snapchat is targeting around $50 million in revenue this year …

July 31, 2015 05:10 PM

Integral Ad Science Raises $67 Million as It Tackles Ad Viewability, Fraud and Effectiveness (Mike Shields/Wall Street Journal)

Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Integral Ad Science Raises $67 Million as It Tackles Ad Viewability, Fraud and Effectiveness … Integral Ad Science, an advertising technology firm that helps marketers make sure their Web ad campaigns run where and how they are supposed to, has raised $67 million, as the company looks …

July 31, 2015 04:30 PM

YotaPhone cancels US launch of YotaPhone 2 despite successful Indiegogo campaign, citing complications with its manufacturing partners (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Dan Seifert / The Verge:
YotaPhone cancels US launch of YotaPhone 2 despite successful Indiegogo campaign, citing complications with its manufacturing partners  —  YotaPhone 2 won't be coming to the US  —  Yota Devices revealed today that it is canceling its plans to launch the YotaPhone 2 in the US, citing complications with its manufacturing partners.

July 31, 2015 03:55 PM

Game add-ons and other digital goods account for 77% of all Electronic Arts Q1 revenue (Sarah E. Needleman/Wall Street Journal)

Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Game add-ons and other digital goods account for 77% of all Electronic Arts Q1 revenue  —  Electronic Arts Raises Guidance on Strong Quarter  —  Revenue, profit forecasts boosted amid gains in digital sales  —  Electronic Arts rode a wave of momentum through its fiscal first quarter …

July 31, 2015 03:35 PM

UK Government

Detailed guide: Teacher subject specialism training: secondary maths and physics

Updated: Directory updated

Overview

Non-specialist teachers of maths and physics, and former teachers who are returning to the teaching profession can complete subject specialism training in secondary maths and physics.

The training is delivered free of cost to participants and is provided to:

  • improve the maths and physics subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers through school-led teacher subject specialism training opportunities. This includes:
    • non-specialist teachers who could teach maths or physics in addition to their main subject
    • teachers who want to retrain as maths or physics teachers
  • support teachers wishing to return to the profession

If you’re interested in this training you can identify opportunities using the directory below. This will enable you to apply directly to the school group that is offering training in your local area or that best meets your learning needs.

The majority of the courses on offer will involve training during term time. If you’re a serving teacher, you should discuss any opportunities that you’re interested in with your school before making contact with any of the schools listed in the directory.

If you’re a returning teacher, please register with the National College for Teaching and leadership (NCTL). Please visit Get into Teaching for further information and additional support for teachers returning to the profession.

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Please use the teacher subject specialism training directory to identify and apply for courses relevant to you.

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July 31, 2015 03:13 PM

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Appeals court upholds Microsoft's $14.5M jury verdict against Motorola in patent royalty case (Bloomberg Business)

Bloomberg Business:
Appeals court upholds Microsoft's $14.5M jury verdict against Motorola in patent royalty case  —  Microsoft Beats Google as Patent Royalty Case May Aid Consumers  —  Microsoft Corp. won an appeals court ruling that may lower the rates many electronics makers pay to license technology considered standard in smartphones and computers.

July 31, 2015 02:55 PM