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Apple’s plan to dominate apps is wildly successful even though it still has a major flaw (AAPL)
May 28, 2016

The latest version of Apple's young programming language, Swift, will be one of the stars of the show at Apple's World Wide Developers conference (WWDC) which begins June 13.

The programming world has never seen anything like Swift. Apple launched the new programming language a mere two years ago. And its name was a premonition — it caught on like wildfire.

As of this week, some 59% of people building iOS apps are using Swift, compared to 39% who are still building apps with the former programming language, ObjectiveC, among the 100,000 developers using the young and up-and-coming mobile database called Realm, says Realm VP Tim Anglade.

But Swift still has a major problem
Even more interesting, many of Realms users are enterprise app developers, people building custom mobile apps for a company's customers, employees, or partners.

That's traditionally a group that's slower to adopt new stuff. They prefer to wait until the new stuff is stable.

“Swift has cro..

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How a woman who went from $12 in her bank account to millionaire status learned to stop sabotaging her success
May 28, 2016

Lisa Nichols didn't grow up with money.

After a humble childhood, she found herself a single parent with a mere $12 in her bank account at age 27. She needed government assistance to survive.

Today, her net worth exceeds $1 million, thanks largely to the success of her company, Motivating the Masses, which offers business coaching and professional development to small business owners.

The journey to millionaire status was not always a positive thing for Nichols, she explained during an interview with Essence:

Years ago, when my company had gotten to about $975,000, I slowed down my pace. It was October and I said, “I'm ready to stop for the year.” But the next year, when my company got to about $985,000 by August, I still wanted to stop — and I thought, “Why is it that I want to stop? I know I don't want to stop for six months. I love what I do!”

What it was, was that I wasn't comfortable making $1 million … You actually can feel uncomfortable — that was me, ..

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Finally, a Silicon Valley billionaire is standing up to Peter Thiel in the Gawker case
May 28, 2016

Silicon Valley billionaire and eBay cofounder Pierre Omidyar is lining up support for Gawker's appeal to overturn the $140 million judgment in the Hulk Hogan lawsuit, reports the New York Post.

While the report doesn't say if Omidyar is providing financial support to Gawker, First Look Media is filing a “friend of the court” brief and is trying to rally other media organizations around Gawker's cause — turning any appeal into a free-speech issue.

This news comes just days after fellow Silicon Valley billionaire and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel confirmed that he was a financial backer of Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker.

With the $140 million judgment hanging over its head, Gawker founder Nick Denton is said to be exploring a sale of the company.

Omidyar and Thiel have a history. Omidyar was the founder of eBay, and Thiel was a cofounder of PayPal, which first took off as a way for eBay traders to pay for auction items. eBay eventually bought PayPal, and a lot of f..

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Yoga pants contain the only known substance that ‘probably’ does not cause cancer
May 28, 2016

A big new study just linked cell phones to cancer — though really, there's nothing to freak out about for now.

The study talks about rats and didn't actually show that cell phones are making cancer more likely in people.

But sometimes it seems like everything might cause cancer, doesn't it? Bacon, alcohol, the sun, red meat, sugar… the list goes on.

By some definitions, that's true. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) began categorizing substances based on their likelihood of causing cancer in 1970.

Since then, they've categorized 989 different substances — and only one has made it into Group 4, the “probably not carcinogenic to humans” category.

That one that is probably not a carcinogenic substance? Caprolactam. The chemical is a precursor to nylon and “used in stretchy yoga pants and toothbrush bristles,” notes Reuters.

That's not to say caprolactam is harmless. Short-term exposure “may result ..

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Three US companies are hoarding the most cash
May 28, 2016

Apple was reportedly considering buying media giant Time-Warner late last year, which would've given it a huge content business including media brands like CNN and HBO. It also would've cost at least $60 billion, which is Time-Warner's current market capitalization.

But Apple could easily have afforded it with plenty of money left over. As this chart from Statista shows, Apple had more than $200 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of 2015, more than any other U.S. company. A lot of other tech companies also have billions stashed away, including Microsoft, Google, Cisco, and Oracle.

Most of this cash is stored overseas, and buying a US company like Time-Warner could have meant a pretty big tax bill, but there's no question that Apple could make huge splashy acquisitions like this if it wants to.

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The upcoming Echo-like Apple TV might include a camera (AAPL)
May 28, 2016

Apple is building an intelligent home assistant device to compete with Amazon's Echo.

On Thursday we learned that it will likely come embedded in the next Apple TV, rather than as a standalone speaker.

And now, on Friday, CNET reports that it will likely have a camera that watches whatever room it's plopped down in.

With major tech companies betting on a computing future that involves a lot more talking to boxes and orbs strewn about your home — Google is launching an Echo competitor as well — it actually makes a lot of sense that these devices would gain the power of sight.

That's because, as is already the case with your laptop and smartphone, it's increasingly important that your home device know exactly who is talking to it before it does anything. The Amazon Echo can already learn to bank for you. In the future, it looks likely that more and more personal data will pass through these devices.

A camera would give Apple's Definitely-Not-An-Echo an added..

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Jawbone has stopped making its UP fitness trackers and sold remaining inventory to a third party
May 28, 2016

Jawbone has stopped making its UP fitness trackers and sold its remaining inventory to a third-party reseller, sources familiar with the matter told Tech Insider.

Jawbone has three major fitness trackers: The UP2, UP3, and UP4. The company has struggled to sell the devices and was forced to offload them at a discount to a reseller in order to get the revenue it needed to keep the business going, according to the source.

It's unclear if Jawbone will start making the UP trackers again. Representatives for Jawbone did not return a request for comment.

It's been over a year since Jawbone has released a new flagship fitness tracker. Despite entering the wearables market almost five years ago, Jawbone has failed to gain any significant market share in the space. FitBit and Apple currently dominate.

Jawbone raised a new $165 million round of funding in January. The company's CEO Hosain Rahman told Tech Insider a few months ago that the company plans to use that money to dev..

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This is how Taco Bell, Starbucks, and other fast-food chains are using mobile to boost order values
May 28, 2016

Mobile has gained legitimacy as a commerce channel. Millions of retail locations in the US now accept mobile in-store payments and are also developing e-commerce businesses that support mobile payment options in apps and on mobile websites.

However, quick-service restaurants (QSRs) — also known as fast-casual restaurants — have been turning to mobile order-ahead apps to extract higher sales, intensify customer loyalty, and heighten foot traffic.

Mobile order-ahead refers to a consumer-facing mobile payment platform that allows customers to order food remotely, pay for the items on their phone, and pick up their order at a specific restaurant location.

Leading QSRs in the US are beginning to adopt these platforms at an accelerated pace and are benefiting from them. Taco Bell sees 30% higher average order values on mobile compared to in-store, and Starbucks' Mobile Order & Pay already represents 10% of total transactions at high-volume stores, directly contributing to increased c..

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SpaceX is attempting its extremely difficult landing for the second time tonight — here’s how to watch live
May 28, 2016

SpaceX is about to launch its fifth rocket of the year on Friday at 5:40 p.m. EST. The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday.

See the video feed at the end of this post to watch it live.

Out of an abundance of caution, launch postponed until no earlier than tomorrow for addtl data review – Falcon 9 & spacecraft remain healthy
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 26, 2016

Although the issues didn't seem to be serious, when it comes to launching massive satellites into space aboard 230-foot-tall rockets, it's better to be safe than sorry.

@SpaceX There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator. Probably not a flight risk, but still worth investigating.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2016

The Falcon 9 rocket will be launching out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite called Thaicom 8 that weighs nearly 7,000 pounds.

Once up, the satellite, built by aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK for Thailand's first satellite ..

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Samsung’s latest phone looks a lot like the iPhone 6
May 28, 2016

Samsung’s latest smartphones, which launched in China on Thursday, look a lot like Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S.

The Galaxy C5 and more expensive C7 model specs include a fingerprint sensor, colors similar to Apple’s popular gold and rose gold finishes, and most importantly, a metal shell with antenna bands that clearly mimics the design found on the iPhone 6 and 6S lineup.

As far as pricing goes, the Galaxy C5 is retailing at $366 for 64 GB storage — compared to $649 for Apple’s iPhone 6 with equivalent storage — while the Galaxy C7 is running $427 for 64 GB, compared to $849 for the same storage in the iPhone 6S.

Imitating Apple’s high-ticketed devices but selling them at a lower price tag through this new line of smartphones could help Samsung regain market share in China, where companies like Xiaomi, Huawei and Apple have eaten into its profits.

For now, Samsung’s C5 and C7 models are only available in China, but they have been certified by the FCC, indicating that the Korean compan..

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