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5 Takeaways For Content Marketers From Mary Meeker‘s Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker has seen it all. The famous VC, who is a partner at Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has been releasing big-time reports on the state of the Internet since 1995, when she was the lead manager for Netscape’s infamous IPO. That’s a long time ago in the tech world—in 1995 Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who now has a net worth of $1.5 billion, was gearing up to disrupt his kindergarten class.

  1. You need to get your mobile video strategy in place right now
  2. Particularly, your vertical video strategy
  3. Chat apps are taking over
  4. User-generated/curated content is booming
  5. 12–24-year-olds are addicted to visual content

http://contently.com/strategist/2015/05/29/5-takeaways-for-content-marketers-from-mary-meekers-internet-trends-report/

Google Will Now Tell Everyone When its Driverless Cars are in a Crash

Google has issued its first public report listing traffic accidents involving its self-driving cars.

The decision by the tech giant comes after years of silence about any crashes involving its test vehicles on public roads. Now, the company will publish the details online.

In a monthly report for May published Friday, Google acknowledged that its self-driving cars had been involved in 12 minor accidents over six years of testing.

http://time.com/3911152/google-driverless-cars-crash/

Google Chrome Is About to Make the Internet Way Better

Noisy, distracting ads get an automated gag order. Google’s Chrome browser is adding a new feature that will detect the primary video on a webpage and automatically freeze other noisy, distracting Flash-based advertisements that rattle and shake for users’ attention.

http://time.com/3910592/google-chrome-flash-video/

This Calculator Shows How Much You Should Pay Your Babysitter

Besides how to find a good babysitter, one of the top questions for hiring a babysitter is how much you should offer to pay the sitter. Care.com has the answer for what’s normal in your area.

Babysitters make more in cities with a high cost of living. According to Care.com’s study, the average hourly babysitting rate in San Francisco, for example, is $16.65, compared to the national average of $13.44 an hour. Babysitters in all of the 75 cities examined all made over $11 an hour.

http://lifehacker.com/this-calculator-shows-how-much-you-should-pay-your-baby-1711689076

Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

This is the power of an informed public.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/opinion/edward-snowden-the-world-says-no-to-surveillance.html

DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered. In fact, around five per cent of our genetic code carries traces of past events, meaning that trauma, poor diet or poor lifestyle choices may by leaving a devastating legacy for children and grandchildren.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11652003/DNA-carries-traces-of-past-events-meaning-poor-lifestyle-can-affect-future-generations.html

Apple patents tracking technology so accurate it lets you track friends inside

Apple’s Find My Friends app (pictured) lets users easily share and monitor the location of family and loved ones but the firm’s latest patent reveal plans to extend this to include customizable notifications that alert friends when you leave or arrive at a certain location, and the option to track a route more accurately.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3140187/Never-lose-mates-Apple-patents-technology-s-accurate-lets-people-track-friends-inside-BUILDINGS-follow-route.html

iPad Pro: Apple’s Rumored 12-13 Inch Tablet

The “iPad Pro” is said to be an even larger version of the iPad Air, with a display measuring in at 12.9 inches. Perhaps aimed at the enterprise market, it may feature an ultra high-resolution display and an A9 processor.

http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ipad-pro/

 

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Texting bans for drivers not putting a dent in accident rates

A study of accident rates indicates that the bans may not be having the desired effect, as accident rates may actually be increasing in some states that have enacted them.

The study was done by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a nonprofit that is supported by auto insurers and has access to their data on accident claims.

But accident rates are also influenced by a variety of factors beyond the texting ban, and the HLDI data included information on things like the drivers’ age, the age of the car, and total number of miles driven, so the report takes these into account when performing a regression analysis on the data. It’s only when all these factors are controlled for that accident rates appear to go up once bans are enacted.

Nevertheless, the majority of the post-ban trends are positive, and many are statistically significant, so the data clearly indicates that the bans are not having their desired effect. The authors even try to suggest a mechanism by which a ban might increase accident rates: texters might now be concealing their phones, and have their attention focused further from the road ahead while driving.

http://bit.ly/1H1CniU

Traveling this summer? Finding Last-Minute Deals on Upscale Hotels

Balance cost savings with research time by comparing just three tools: Hotel Tonight or Booking.com Tonight (because these apps are intuitive and have some high-end hotels), your favorite third-party site (such as Expedia) or Kayak.com (to check prices across multiple sites) and the hotel’s own website. If you have an extra minute, try using Stayful to bid lower than the best price you find.

http://nyti.ms/1H1wnXe

Passord Manager LastPass Hacked

Password Managers are supposed to make our online lives safer. This week, LastPass was hacked. The LastPass security breach: What you need to know, do, and watch out for.

The good news is it appears hackers didn’t get away with anyone’s encrypted password vaults. Still, it certainly sounds like a bad breach, but the consensus among security experts is that it could’ve been a lot worse.

First of all, LastPass is currently defending against potential account theft by requiring email verification—or multi-factor authentication if enabled—whenever a new login comes from an unknown device or new IP address. An attacker would need access to your email account or authenticator app on top of cracking your LastPass master password to get in.

What should we do? Enable multi-factor authentication.

This is the most important step you can take if you haven’t already. Even if the worst happens and hackers get your master password, they’ll still need the authentication code to access your account if you have two-factor authentication enabled. Multi-factor authentication isn’t important just for LastPass—you should be using it on any site that offers it, including social networks, email accounts, and so on.

http://bit.ly/1H1zrmj

Serious OS X and iOS flaws let hackers steal keychain, 1Password contents

Researchers have uncovered huge holes in the application sandboxes protecting Apple’s OS X and iOS operating systems, a discovery that allows them to create apps that pilfer iCloud, Gmail, and banking passwords and can also siphon data from 1Password, Evernote, and other apps.

The malicious proof-of-concept apps were approved by the Apple Store, which requires all qualifying submissions to treat every other app as untrusted. Despite the supposed vetting by Apple engineers, the researchers’ apps were able to bypass sandboxing protections that are supposed to prevent one app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other resources belonging to another app.

For the time being, the researchers told Ars, there isn’t much end users can do except wait for Apple to fix the vulnerabilities. At the request of Apple, the researchers delayed disclosing their findings for six months to give developers a head start in hardening OS X and iOS against the attacks.

http://bit.ly/1IRyevx

Three Million Apple Watches Have Been Sold So Far

Slice Intelligence provided data to Reuters showing that about 2.8 million Apple Watches have been sold in the U.S. through mid-June. Unsurprisingly, the entry-level $349-$399 model of the watch has been the most popular. However, nearly 20% of purchasers are also springing for an extra watch band, which costs $49 or more.

With hardware version 2.0 getting ready to be released (which includes a camera, WiFi and more), I’d say it’s time to wait before buying an Apple Watch. Unless, you’ve just gotta have one. After all, they are pretty cool.

http://ti.me/1H1C33D

US wonders: Why stolen data on federal workers not for sale?

The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China’s government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned. One sign: None of the data has been credibly offered for sale on underground markets popular among professional identity thieves.

Investigators inside U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, using secret “beacons” employed across the Internet, have been monitoring data transmissions across overseas networks for the file properties associated with the American personnel records, and scouring communications among targeted foreign hackers for credible references to the theft, two people directly involved in the investigation said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because parts of the case and techniques being used are classified.

http://bit.ly/1Gv1S8P

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Millennial Employees Security – iPhone 6s Will Be Biggest Success Ever – Apple Pay Not Popular

Report: Millennial Employees the Biggest Threat to Network Security

Millennials are tremendously comfortable with, and active users of, great amounts of social media—but unfortunately, do not often do so with the proper security precautions, which can lead to data breaches.

Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers do pose a higher risk in one category: accessing work information from their own devices. Nearly 50 percent of these groups access work information from their own devices ‘very often’ and nearly 30 percent access it ‘sometimes.’

Millennials represent the most likely group to ‘never’ access work info from their own devices. However, Millennials are most likely to search for workarounds for their company’s security systems.

http://bit.ly/1e9Db8H

Study: Millennials Get Political News from Facebook; Baby Boomers Stick with Local TV

61 percent of millennials get political news from Facebook during a given week, while 60 percent of baby boomers do so from local TV. Just 37 percent of millennials get political news from local TV, and only 39 percent of baby boomers do so from Facebook. Gen X fell in the middle, with 51 percent getting political news from Facebook and 46 percent from local TV.

http://bit.ly/1e9FdFV

Why the iPhone 6s is poised to blow away all previous iPhone sales records

During the company’s most recent April quarter, Apple sold 61 million iPhones, representing an astounding year-over-year increase of 40%. During the previous quarter — the always lucrative holiday quarter — Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, representing a year-over-year increase of 46%.

So in just six months time, Apple managed to sell over 135 million iPhones. To put that figure into context, that’s about one iPhone sold for every 2.3 people in the United States.

The upcoming iPhone upgrade cycle — set to be anchored by the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus — will represent the biggest upgrade cycle Apple has ever seen yet. Suffice it to say, expect Apple to completely shatter all existing iPhone sales records over the next 12 months.

http://bit.ly/1C3Cl2q

Why Is Almost No One Using Apple Pay?

My family, friends and work colleagues all own iPhones or Android smartphones. We’re not afraid to download Apple Pay or Google Wallet or another mobile payment service and get it configured. And yet, we are still overwhelmingly using credit cards like we’ve always been doing.

Why? Small merchants aren’t getting on board. Why?

http://onforb.es/1e9HWPJ

U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head

Some Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global multi-stakeholder body, worried that it may allow other countries to capture control.

The White House on Tuesday issued a veto threat to a bill proposed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that would restrict the Commerce Department’s ability to use its funding to relinquish ICANN oversight.

http://reut.rs/1B8PFaR

DEA eavesdropping tripled, bypassed federal courts

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration more than tripled its use of wiretaps and other types of electronic eavesdropping over the past decade, largely bypassing federal courts and Justice Department lawyers in the process, newly obtained records show.

The DEA conducted 11,681 electronic intercepts in the fiscal year that ended in September. Most of that ramped-up surveillance was never reviewed by federal judges or Justice Department lawyers, who typically are responsible for examining federal agents’ eavesdropping requests.

Drug investigations account for the vast majority of U.S. wiretaps, and much of that surveillance is carried out by the DEA. Privacy advocates expressed concern that the drug agency had expanded its surveillance without going through internal Justice Department reviews, which often are more demanding than federal law requires.

http://usat.ly/1FQ7hVv

Federal officials voiced growing alarm over Clinton’s compliance with records laws

Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents shared with Fox News.

During Clinton’s final days in office, Paul Wester, the director of Modern Records Programs at NARA – essentially the agency’s chief records custodian – privately emailed five NARA colleagues to confide his fear that Clinton would take her official records with her when she left office, in violation of federal statutes.

http://fxn.ws/1C3HkAk

New gadget zaps your brain to make you feel excited or sad

A newly-released headset hopes to wake people up or calm them down by manipulating the electricity in their brain.

Thync costs $299 and has just been released to the public. It provides “calm or energy on demand”, the company says, by using “neurosignalling” to activate nerves and change people’s state of mind.

http://ind.pn/1f7xNTI

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Playing Certain Video Games Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, according to new research.

Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus.

The researchers said people across the world now spend three billion hours a week playing video games, and it is estimated the average young person will now have clocked up almost 10,000 hours by the time they are 21. But the effect of intense gaming on the brain are just beginning to emerge.

http://bit.ly/1BVf2I3

FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn’t crack any major terrorism cases

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.

“The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded — though he said agents did view the material they gathered as “valuable” in developing other leads or corroborating information.

http://bit.ly/1QjWhdd

Bionic Lens Could Give Everybody Better-than-Perfect Vision

A optometrist has invented an artificial lens that he says not only corrects a patient’s sight, but offers a level of clarity three times greater than natural 20/20 vision.

Webb said arrangements for clinical trials on animals and blind patients were already underway. He expects the product to become commercially available within two years.

http://ti.me/1drOica

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.

The newly published document shows how the agencies wanted to “exploit” app store servers — using them to launch so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to infect phones with the implants. In this instance, the method would have allowed the surveillance agencies to modify the content of data packets passing between targeted smartphones and the app servers while an app was being downloaded or updated, inserting spyware that would be covertly sent to the phones.

http://bit.ly/1QjZ4D7

The new iOS 9 is more intelligent

Here are 5 other improvements coming to iPhones with iOS 9:

  • Siri will be 40% more accurate and 40% quicker, Apple says.
  • The Calendar app will estimate travel time to your next appointment
    based on traffic data and give you a nudge when it thinks it’s time
    to leave.
  • While reading an article that you want to come back to later, you
    can ask Siri to remind you to finish the piece later.
  • If you get a call from an unknown number, your iPhone can scan your
    email for the number to try guessing who’s looking to reach you.
  • When connecting a pair of headphones, your iPhone will
    automatically suggest some music to play.

http://ti.me/1QjZNUV

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IRS believes Russians are behind tax return data breach

The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN.

Between February and May, criminals tried to access the tax accounts of 200,000 people, succeeding in about half the attempts, the IRS said. The agency said it plans to notify all 200,000 people to tell them that third parties appear to have access to their Social Security numbers and other personal information.

The roughly 100,000 taxpayers whose tax information was accessed will be offered free credit monitoring, the agency said.

http://cnn.it/1SEf1mt

Not science fiction: Miami wants to predict when and where crime will occur

Armed with high-tech software and years of crime data, Miami police believe they will soon be able to stop crimes by predicting when and where they will occur. In Miami’s case, the department is funding the implementation of HunchLab and other software programs with a $600,000 federal grant doled out by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to encourage smart policing tactics.

It sounds a little like something out of a science fiction novel, but the department is in the process of adopting a system called HunchLab that produces maps showing small areas where specific crimes are likely to be committed during shifts. The probability program is a geographical version of “predictive policing” software, which more departments are using — even if, in the words of one supportive cop, it’s “kind of scary.”

http://hrld.us/1POlLPD

These are the Highest Paying Jobs for Engineering Majors

  • VP, Business Development: $151,000 with a basic Engineering degree.
  • Chief Architect, IT: Tie – $151,000 with an Electrical Engineering degree.
  • VP, Construction Management Operations: $134,000 with a Civil Engineering degree.
  • Sales Director: $125,000 with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
  • Network Architect: $119,000 with an Electrical Engineering degree.
  • Principal Electrical Engineer: $117,000 with an Electrical Engineering degree.

http://bit.ly/1RoLFH5

Is the internet on the brink of collapse?

In just 20 years, if usage rates continue, all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet use.

The cables and fibre optics that send information to our laptops, smartphones and tablets will have reached their limit to send data within eight years, experts warn.

So far, engineers have managed to keep ahead of demand, increasing internet speeds 50-fold in the last decade alone. Until now, internet firms have simply sent more and more data down the single fibre as demand rises. But optical fibres have reached their physical capacity, they cannot transfer any more light.

http://dailym.ai/1POpjS7

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

The Tesla Powerwall charges using solar power, but it also integrates with the grid “to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve.” The batteries recharge in a ‘smart’ way, saving money by picking low-rate periods when electricity is cheapest. They store solar
energy for later, for example overnight, and can act as a back-up in the event of a power outage.

Removing dirty energy is an ambitious plan — much like space travel — but Musk believes it can be done. He explained that 160 million battery packs could “transition” power usage in the U.S. to renewable energy, while 900 million units could shift the entire world’s energy needs. Then there is the potential to make the world’s cars run on clean energy.

http://tcrn.ch/1QaXoqj

This Tech Keeps You Safe From Hackers

But consumers can protect their own computers very easily by encrypting their data too. Windows users can use the BitLocker application to encrypt their drives, while Apple offers a program called FileVault2 to do the same thing on Macs. Still, with the Internet of Things promising to bring us lots more web-connected devices, this is only the beginning for encryption technologies. With millions if not billions more computing devices coming online — only some of which are encrypting their communications — a lot more data is in danger of being exposed.

http://ti.me/1QaXQEY

Five Best Streaming Music Services

Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Rdio.

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Remember that study that showed that eating chocolate every day helped with weight loss?

It was all an elaborate hoax — an attempt to show how “Junk Science” really can perpetrate incredible myths that just aren’t true.

One premise? Testing bitter chocolate as a dietary supplement. Why? It is a favorite of the “whole food” fanatics. “Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you,” he said. “It’s like a religion.”

http://bit.ly/1d1EfdG

How Bad Bots Are Destroying The Internet

A quarter of the cars on the “Information Superhighway” with you are being driven by mindless bandits looking to steal anything they can.

Last year was the first time in history that bots outnumbered people on the web. According to research from Distil Networks, almost 60% of 2014’s web traffic consisted of automated bits of code, 23% of which exist to do dirty work for fraudsters and hackers. “It’s getting worse,” says Rami Essaid, Distil’s CEO. “Over the past ten years, they went from just kind of being out there and easy to detect to being really, really sophisticated.”

Meanwhile, T-Mobile, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom are being overrun by bad bots on the mobile web. This is a huge problem because there isn’t yet a lot of virus protection for mobile Internet devices, and last year there were more mobile than desktop web users for the first time in history. As a result, hackers are racing to exploit smartphones and tablets. In 2013, less than a percentage point of mobile traffic was bad bots. In 2014, that figure skyrocketed to between 6-8%. That’s a scary number because there are many more mobile devices than there are computers, so a vast majority of handhelds haven’t encountered a bot — yet.

http://ti.me/1SEevok

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