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Carphone Warehouse Introduces Its new iD Mobile Network

Carphone Warehouse is launching its own mobile network – iD – in the UK tomorrow.<p>It will be available from all Carphone Warehouse stores, online and through selected Currys and PC World stores.<p>The new service has some of the most competitive 4G plans and roaming rates on the market<p>iD offers free …

The definitive case for paternity leave

Suddenly last year, maternity leave got a makeover, courtesy of a most improbable source: Shinzo Abe.<p>Japan’s prime minister is synonymous with machismo-spiked nationalism (he famously denied that women forced into sexual servitude by Japanese soldiers in World War II were “coerced”). But when he …

Demographics

Bitcoin Is The World's Most Dangerous Idea

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti</i><p>A symbol for ‘nothing’ doesn’t seem to mean very much, but the biography of the number ‘zero’ shows what a dangerous idea it has been since its very first …

Can Content and Blogging Actually Generate Sales?

A blog can definitely bring in sales. You may not see the numbers jump right away, but blogging regularly can foster relationships with customers that help to generate future sales.<p>Does blogging really help bring in sales? Or is it a giant waste of time?<p>I am here to tell you that content can …

Marketing

Pond5 Kicks off its Public Domain Project with 80,000 Photos, Videos and Sound Clips

Finding royalty-free video, photos and sound clips may be getting a little easier following the news that Pond5 is releasing a huge number of items into the public domain.<p>Announced today, the Pond5 Public Domain Project has been conceived with content “specifically for media makers,” Pond5 said. …

Winston Churchill

Microsoft can turn your shaky GoPro videos into smooth, buttery goodness

First-person video, which rose to popularity with GoPro‘s tiny cameras, has opened up entirely new avenues for sharing our experiences. The only problem? Those videos are often incredibly shaky.<p>Microsoft Research unveiled a potential fix over the weekend: Hyperlapse, a timelapsed tweak for shaky …

Britain could legitimize Bitcoin through regulation

It’s been a good week for Bitcoin.<p>In addition to Blocksign’s Bitcoin-based electric signature launch on Tuesday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is signaling that the UK wants to regulate Bitcoin, or virtual currency systems like it, as legal, digital cash, reports the Daily …

PayPal Introduces 24-Hour Cash Transfers

PayPal has announced a new Next-Day-Settlement (NDS) service that allows eligible businesses to transfer money from their PayPal accounts to their bank accounts within 24 hours.<p>The pilot program is only available in the US for now, and PayPal is a little cagey on what it means by “eligible …

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

AdEspresso Raises $500K To Make Facebook Ad Optimization Easy For Small Businesses

AdEspresso, a startup offering Facebook ad tools for small and medium businesses, is announcing that it has raised its first outside funding, a seed round of $500,000.<p>The company focuses on ad optimization, namely finding the most effective combination of text and images for your ads. It says that …

Hour of Code campaign teaches programming in 30,000 US schools (video)

Code.org wants to make computer science a staple of the classroom, and it's taking a big step toward that goal today with the launch of its Hour of Code campaign. More than 30,000 US schools (35,000 worldwide) will devote at least one hour this week to teaching programming, with incentives in store …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

9 Branding Rules to Live By

Some companies never enhance their brand. Here are nine ways to make sure you're not one of them.<p>In an effort to succeed in this challenging economy, small business owners must effectively manage their brands. Remember, for many of them, there is little difference between your personal brand and …

Kano kit offers an easier way to make a low-cost Raspberry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted …

Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data

Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.<p>It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a …

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

Yahoo Acquires Social Marketing Startup Bread, billboard links to expire on November 11

Yahoo has acquired Bread, a startup providing monetization tools for social media publishers. The team will join Yahoo’s advertising division to work on “next-generation solutions for social and mobile publishers and advertisers.”<p>Bread says it will shut down its Bread Social and Bread Oven …