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Myanmar flooding affects one million

<b>Nearly one million people have now been affected by widespread flooding across Myanmar since June, officials say.</b><p>The government says up to 100 people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed.<p>Though schools in some areas have reopened, fresh warnings have been issued to …

Weather

Google: ‘Most advertisers inherently value mobile less than desktop’

Most advertisers harbour a deep-rooted aversion to buying mobile media on Google because it’s easier to see the value of clicks on desktop but a …

Digital Advertising

StoryCorps’ Oral History App Receives Knight Foundation Grant To Add New Features

StoryCorps, the non-profit oral history project that has collected more than 100,000 interviews since 2003, is planning to improve its app and launch community programs after receiving a $600,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.<p>The new funding means the StoryCorps app, which TechCrunch profiled in …

Genealogy

Google Introduces New Open Format And Developer Tools For Working With BLE Beacons

Google today introduced a number of new products around Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in an effort to challenge Apple’s iBeacon ecosystem.<p>These new products include a new open beacon format, tools and APIs for building apps and services on top of beacons, and a new developer-centric service …

Internet of Things

Windows Server On Google Compute Engine Hits General Availability

It still feels like an odd combination, but Google today announced that Windows Server support on Google’s Compute Engine platform has now hit general availability. With this, Cloud Engine users are now covered by Google’s Compute Engine SLA when they run their applications on Windows Server 2012 …

Windows Server

Google’s Ad System Has Become Too Big to Control

Author: Kevin Montgomery. Kevin Montgomery Gear<p>Date of Publication: 07.08.15.<p>Time of Publication: 2:36 pm. 2:36 pm<p>Google is one of the most advanced …

Uber 'reviews' its own app to justify London surge pricing

Uber often defends its "surge" price increases by explaining capitalism, but it took a new tack after a controversial surge in London. The city was gripped by a tube strike yesterday that brought train service to a standstill, forcing commuters to find other ways to get to work. The sudden demand …

Why the Apple Watch is flopping

<i>By Mark Wilson</i><p>The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.<p>It wasn't a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren't going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new report from third-party analysts Slice …

'Cowboy Adventure' Game Infects Up To 1 Million Android Users With Malware

Innocent souls who wanted nothing more than to enjoy a game called "Cowboy Adventure" may have found their personal information compromised thanks to malware contained within the app.<p>Antivirus service ESET published a post Thursday detailing how an app available on Google Play, the company's app …

Google Play

The dark side of Google's focus on massive world-changing projects

Instead of improving something by 10%, the company strives to work on projects that are 10 <i>times</i> better than anything else out there.<p>"A big part of my job is to get people focused on things that are not just incremental," CEO Larry Page told Wired in 2013.<p>Getting to chase big ideas instead of simply …

Google Glass

Facebook Primps Its Logo With Mobile In Mind

Facebook, on Tuesday, altered its main logo for the first time in a decade. But you might have trouble seeing the difference.<p>Facebook updated the typeface of its wordmark to make it sleeker and thinner, with more white space between each letter. The new logo also uses a singe-story “a,” while the …

Social Media

Don’t Hire A Chief Data Officer Unless You’re Serious About Becoming A Data-Driven Company

There’s a lot of discussion in the business world right now about chief data officers (CDOs). It’s centered primarily around two questions: <i>When should a business hire a CDO?</i> And, <i>What should this person do?</i><p>No organization should seriously consider hiring a new C-level executive without fully …

C-suite Leadership

Facebook Announces Fifth Data Center, Located In Fort Worth, Texas

Facebook just took the wraps off its fifth data center, with this one landing in Fort Worth, Texas. Like most things at Facebook, the center already has its own Facebook Page.<p>The Fort Worth location joins the four existing centers in Oregon, Iowa, North Carolina, and Sweden. Like its immediate …

Fort Worth

Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety

Doktor Gurson Contributor<p>Doktor Gurson is the CEO of Doblet.<p>Jeff Chang Contributor<p>Jeff Chang is the CTO of Doblet.<p>Battery life is one of the most vexing problems in mobile tech. Indeed, Smartphone users consistently rate battery life as their No. 1 gripe. Consumers want better batteries, not …

Wireless Charging

This cockroach-inspired robot will scurry right into your nightmares

Crawling soon to a rescue squad near you<p>Things that scurry are hard to predict. They're nervous and quick — and no one likes a small, nervous, quick thing. But one robot seems to be going against the grain. It's a cockroach-inspired machine, and it might give you nightmares.<p>When I think of robots, …

Robotics

Here's What Facebook Wants Mobile Ads to Look Like

Facebook showed off a new ad mockup to marketers at Cannes Lions on Tuesday.<p>Facebook isn’t rolling out any new ad products at Cannes Lions on Tuesday, the ad industry’s week-long annual festival in the south of France.<p>But it does have an idea for a new ad product — one that will host advertiser …

Digital Advertising

Google Launches A New Home For Journalists With “News Lab”

Google today announced the launch of a new site called News Lab, a destination that aims to connect journalists with programs, data and other resources to aid in their reporting. The site will feature a number of tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and best practices on how to use Google …

Google Trends

Consumers Spend 85% Of Time On Smartphones In Apps, But Only 5 Apps See Heavy Use

New research on mobile behavior released today points to the growing struggle that app businesses face in establishing themselves as a must-have download on users’ smartphones. Today’s consumers are spending over 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native applications, but the …

Apps

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep

Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying<p>What do machines dream of? New images released by Google give us one potential …

Machine Learning

UN concern at Bangladesh plan to move thousands of Rohingya to flooded island

The UN refugee agency, which has been helping the Rohingya for more than 20 years, said such a move would be ‘logistically challenging’<p>The remote Bangladeshi island of Thengar Char disappears completely under several feet of water at high tide, and has no roads or flood defences.<p>But that hasn’t …

Asia

Facebook Now Cares About How Long You Look At Stuff In Your News Feed

You probably don’t always like/share/comment on the stuff that pops up in your Facebook feed, even if it’s something you care to see. Take, for example, a breaking news items about an earthquake on the other side of the world — you’d probably feel weird hitting a button labeled “Like” on that one, …

InterAct

GIFs Is A Mac App For Finding The Best Animated Encapsulation Of Your Current Emotion

In work and personal online communication, I find myself using animated GIFs almost more than words these days. Between Slack and iMessage, there’s little that needs to be said that isn’t best said by an animal clumsily and cutely falling over. But discovery can be a bit tricky, and so can finding …

Apps

Brief raid by India in far-off Myanmar has Pakistan fuming | Reuters

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Myanmar to hunt militants set alarm bells ringing in far-away Pakistan, Delhi’s arch-rival whom it blames for stoking a rebellion in the disputed region of Kashmir.<p>By suggesting the Myanmar incident could set a precedent …

Pakistan

Google's Robot Dog Shows Off Some New Tricks

See Spot jump.<p>Boston Dynamics builds robots so lifelike that demonstrations tend to send viewers deep into the uncanny valley, sputtering clichés about Skynet and saving the human race. In February, the advanced engineering company introduced a nimble four-legged creation called Spot that rebounds …

Goodeed turns 20 seconds of your time into humanitarian aid

Online marketplace Goodeed is officially going global today, kicking off simultaneous campaigns in the UK, US and Germany and launching its website – www.goodeed.com.<p>Goodeed helps NGOs around the world by using revenues generated from its 20 second sponsored adverts to fund their work.<p>The aim of …

Google offering a free movie rental for Chromecast owners

Google has just opened up a pretty compelling offer to Chromecast users today, offering all owners a free movie rental of their choice from a selection of Play Store titles. We’re not just talking a few obscure films here, titles available include popular recent films, such as Kingsman and …

Android News

Google Slides for Android and iOS now lets you stream presentations to your TV via Chromecast and AirPlay

Google today updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.<p>Google has sold over 17 million units of the Chromecast, a small HDMI dongle that lets you stream content from …

Google Hangouts gets improved ‘full-view’ screen sharing

Google announced today that it’s rolling out an improved experience for sharing your screen with others through its Google Hangouts chat app. Now, when you decide to share your screen with someone else in Hangouts, you’ll get a new “full-view” experience that Google says brings the following two …

Google’s New Sidewalk Labs Project Will Use Tech To Improve Life In Urban Areas

Google is best known for internet search and services but the company also runs a host of other projects that use technology to solve other kinds of problems. The latest of these — known as ‘moon shots’ — is Sidewalk Labs, a company dedicated to improving life in cities and urban areas.<p>Led by …

Smart Cities