By: life

Apple’s TV boss isn’t a ‘big fan’ of internet-TV packages (AAPL)
July 14, 2016

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is Apple's most “Hollywood” executive.

He spends five to six days in Los Angeles a month, checking in on Apple's music office there and taking meetings with Hollywood dealmakers.

In a Hollywood Reporter interview published on Thursday, Cue talks about what former CEO Steve Jobs taught him about Hollywood, how Apple Music is fighting against Spotify, and why the tech giant would never buy a studio.

But perhaps his most interesting answer was about the Apple TV.

Cue spearheaded the set-top box's development, and it was widely rumored that he was looking to put together a live-TV-streaming service to coincide with the device's launch, but the deals reportedly didn't come together in time.

When asked if Apple would put together its own streaming-TV service, Cue told the Hollywood Reporter (emphasis added):

“Whether we're providing it or somebody else is, it really doesn't matter to us. What we're trying ..

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Facebook is giving a boost to Apple’s secret smash hit (AAPL, FB)
July 14, 2016

Back in 2014, Apple introduced Swift — a new programming language for iPhone and Mac apps that it billed as faster, more elegant, and easier to learn than anything else out there.

Since then, Swift has grown into a behind-the-scenes phenomenon in the world of software development. Lyft rewrote its entire iPhone app to run in Swift, and companies like LinkedIn and Facebook are exploring using it for new apps.

Now, Facebook is joining the party with the beta introduction of the Facebook SDK for Swift, a new set of tools for adding stuff like Facebook Login and the Share to Facebook button into apps written in the Swift programming language.

And, because Facebook loves giving software away for free, the source code to the Facebook SDK for Swift is available as open source, for anybody anywhere to download and tinker with to their liking.

Apple has been pitching Swift as the language of choice for people, especially kids, learning to code. And by releasing the language freely as open s..

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The 9 biggest reasons people get fired by companies they founded
July 14, 2016

Being a founder doesn't prevent you from potentially getting fired.

Guys like Apple's Steve Jobs and Twitter's Jack Dorsey are some of the high-profile founders that once got pushed out by the board, one way or another.

How does it happen?

This Quora thread offers a few good answers to why people often get fired by the companies they founded. We narrowed the responses down to 9 of the most compelling reasons.

Here they are:
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They stopped being useful to the company.

“Founding a company doesn't entitle you to lifetime tenure. Like every employee, you have to earn and re-earn your standing – and companies are pretty unsentimental about that stuff. If you stop being useful, you get quickly shuttled to the side.” — Tim Westergren, Founder/CEO of Pandora

They got too greedy.

“If you push the investors too hard in particular in valuation, out of their comfort zone … sometimes they will still do ..

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In the belly of the beast: Inside one of the world’s largest cargo jets
July 14, 2016

Not all jet engines work hard when they’re in the air. Like off-duty pilots flying jump seat, GE sometimes moves its engines in the belly of the massive Antonov An-124 Ruslan freighters operated by the Volga-Dnepr Group. Among the GE businesses that take advantage of the planes’ 150-ton cargo capacity is GE Power, which uses them to ship entire power plants to far corners of the world.

One Ruslan arrived at Farnborough International Airshow on Saturday. But the cargo jet isn’t Volga-Dnepr’s only connection to GE. The airline showed off a brand-new Boeing 747-8 freighter powered by four GEnx-2B jet engines — akin to the engines GE developed for the Dreamliner — this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. GE also just signed a $1.4 billion deal to service Volga-Dnepr’s GEnx engines.

Pilot and photographer Adam Senatori spent one afternoon exploring both planes. Here’s what he brought back. (The jets left on Thursday morning. We were there and you can replay the take-..

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The UK’s air safety watchdog is refusing to reveal where Amazon is flying its delivery drones (AMZN)
July 14, 2016

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has refused to reveal where Amazon is testing drones in the UK.

The cofounder of Amazon's Prime Air business, Daniel Buchmueller, revealed in a talk earlier this month that Amazon's largest outdoor drone testing site is somewhere in the UK, without specifying exactly where it is.

Following the talk, Amazon's media team declined to say where in the UK the drones are being tested so Business Insider decided to ask the CAA.

But in a Freedom of Information response received on Thursday, the CAA also refused to say where Amazon is flying its drones. The regulator knows the address but it said it can't disclose it for legal reasons.

Here is a copy of the relevant part of the FoI response:

Several Business Insider sources have suggested that the site is somewhere in Cambridgeshire, which would make sense as Amazon has an R&D facility in the city.

Trade publication TechWeekEurope discovered a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was established ..

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Are you ready for the 18-hour flight?
July 14, 2016

Make sure to check out our playlist at the end of the article, inspired by Qatar Airways’ 18-hour flight.

The oil embargo of 1973 was a miserable period when American towns banned Christmas lights to save electricity, billboards urged citizens to “turn off the damn lights” and filling stations dispensed gasoline by appointment only. The crisis got everyone thinking seriously about innovation and energy efficiency. One result: the massive and efficient jet engines that power the world’s longest commercial flights today.

Starting on Feb. 1, Emirates launched the world’s longest passenger flight between Dubai and Panama City. A westbound Boeing 777-200LR powered by a pair of GE90 engines covers the 8,950 miles that separates them on a single tank of gas in 17 hours and 35 minutes. But that record may soon topple. In January, Qatar Airways announced plans to launch a 9,034-mile flight lasting 18 hours and 30 minutes between Doha and Auckland in New Zealand. That route would use an Airbus..

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Nintendo just introduced a mini $60 version of its first major game console, NES
July 14, 2016

Remember the 1980s? Everyone had big hair and cassette players and a bunch of stuff I can't properly reference because I wasn't born yet. Anyway, that was when video games were video games, man. You blew on your “Castlevania” cartridge, plopped it into your Nintendo and that was your weekend!

Thanks to Nintendo, you can now relive the part of your life when you didn't have a job or children or social obligations with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

This miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES) comes packed with 30 mostly-beloved games from that console's lifespan, and will retail for $59.99 starting this holiday season. It comes with an HDMI cable so it will work with modern televisions, and one controller that's an exact replica of the rectangular one you remember. Additional controllers are $9.99 each.

Here are the games that come with the NES Classic Edition:

“Balloon Fight”
“Bubble Bobble”

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THE CONNECTED DEVICE PAYMENTS REPORT: Market opportunities, top stakeholders, and new use cases for the next frontier in payments
July 14, 2016

The rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) offers payments companies an opportunity to expand beyond mobile phones, cards, and point-of-sale devices, to a broad and diverse ecosystem of internet-connected devices.

We forecast that there will be 24 billion connected devices installed globally by 2020, up from nearly 7 billion today. And over 5 billion will be consumer connected devices by 2020, representing a massive expansion of touchpoints that could eventually offer payments functionality.

A recent report from BI Intelligence dives into the budding industry of connected device payments, providing a rundown of the stakeholders driving innovation in wearables, connected cars, and connected home devices. It also gauges the impact of new payment devices on different payments companies, along with how these devices could shift consumer purchasing behavior.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

The Internet of Things is ushering in a new era for payments companies and manufactur..

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Here’s what you need to earn to buy a home and live comfortably in 27 US cities
July 14, 2016

For those hoping to own a home, there's some good news: the salary required to buy a house and live comfortably is dropping throughout the U.S.

That's according to new data out from The personal finance website calculated salary requirements throughout the nation and found that while home values are on the rise, the average home loan interest rates are decreasing — which means it's getting more affordable for the average American to live comfortably and buy a house.

While living “comfortably” may have different definitions for different people, Finder defines it as being able to buy a home (after saving up a 20% deposit), cover typical expenditures, and pay off annual household debt.

Since Finder last analyzed the cost of living nationwide in January, a few things have changed. For those hoping to buy a home in Colorado Springs, Denver or Harrisburg, it's become more expensive in the last six months, and New York City jumped up one spot in the rankin..

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Amazon has the perfect comeback to end a silly debate about apps (AMZN, AAPL)
July 14, 2016

Most people don't read the change notes when their iPhone or Android apps update — nobody's got time for that.

That's why many companies have started to post short and simple app release notes for their apps, such as “bug fixes,” instead of detailing every little change. Facebook is particularly well-known for doing this.

Some people have a problem with this! For example, TechCrunch published an article last November titled: “App release notes are getting stupid.”

Sarah Perez writes:

It seems that once you’re a certified “big company,” having to actually detail which bugs just got squashed is no longer your job.

More importantly, the lack of detail in release notes makes a statement about what a company thinks of its user base …

It's a valid point. But in the most recent changelog for its Amazon iPhone app, Amazon fired back, saying that “in reality, most of the work app developers do are 'bug fixes.'”

Here's the entire note:

Have you eve..

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