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Intuit QuickBooks Connect Hackathon Offers $100,000 in Prizes -
Intuit is holding a hackathon later this month at the QuickBooks Connect 2014 conference in San Jose, Calif., at which $100,000 in prizes will be distributed to developers who create the best QuickBooks Online apps.
Keep Your Hands Warmer, Drive Smarter, Drink Fancier, And More Deals -
If you tend to go through a few packs of those chemical hand warmers every winter, this Zippo alternative will pay for itself while looking really cool, and doing less damage to the environment. It features solid reviews, a sub-$13 price tag, and can run for 12 hours on a single ounce of lighter fluid. [Zippo Hand Warmer, $13] Read more...
MakeUseOf’s Technophilia Podcast Episode 134 – #Knitgate -
MakeUseOf's Technophilia Podcast Episode 134 - #Knitgate
Guess what? It’s time for a new episode of the Technophilia Podcast, and you should be watching! James isn’t here this week, which means Dave and Justin are holding down the fort. We’d love to hear your feedback on the show in the comments section! If you want to make sure you never miss an episode, subscribe to MakeUseOf’s YouTube channel, and subscribe to the video feed for the Technophilia Podcast. If you prefer audio podcasts, head on over, subscribe to Technophilia on iTunes, or just add the RSS feed to your favorite podcast client to listen however you want. Also, we broadcast the show live every... Read the full article: MakeUseOf’s Technophilia Podcast Episode 134 – #Knitgate
Taking Part in Stoptober? Five Places To Go For Help -
Stopping smoking is an incredibly hard thing to do – but it’s worth it. And throughout this month, as part of Stoptober, you can get support from thousands in the same boat. The NHS launched this idea a few years ago, but it’s by no means exclusive to the UK. Wherever you are, if you can quit smoking for 28 days, you’re more likely to give it up for good. No one’s saying it’s not tough. So what should you do when you’re struggling to stay smoke-free? Family and Friends Will Support You To Quit Your first port of call... Read the full article: Taking Part in Stoptober? Five Places To Go For Help
Gadgetwise: Fashion and Functionality Meet in Smart Jewelry -
Manufacturers are teaming up with designers to produce stylish bracelets, rings and cuff links that are also tech devices.
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Live At #Pubcon Day 2: The Future Of Everything, Optimizing For Hummingbird, US Search Awards, and More! by @mattsouthern -
It may have been Vegas, a jam packed day 1, or a combination of both,but the exhaustion everyone was feeling at day 2 of Pubcon was tangible. However, that didn’t in any way affect anyone’s level of excitement, as everyone was just as eager to be there. As they should have been, because day 2 was loaded with quality sessions and world class keynote speakers. Chris Brogan kicked off the morning with the first of two keynotes. Morning Keynote: Chris Brogan Brogan brought his unique and infectious personality to the stage to deliver this morning’s keynote aimed to inspire entrepreneurs […] The post Live At #Pubcon Day 2: The Future Of Everything, Optimizing For Hummingbird, US Search Awards, and More! by @mattsouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
As Lotus 1-2-3 Dies, A New Numbers Wrangler Is Born -
As Lotus 1-2-3 Dies, A New Numbers Wrangler Is Born
When is a spreadsheet not a spreadsheet? The answer, according to Bret Taylor, is when it's a Quip document. Taylor, whose startup is challenging Microsoft, Google, and Apple in the market for mobile productivity tools, has just added features for slinging numbers alongside its existing tools for creating documents made of words. See also: Quip Launches, Promising to Reinvent Word Processing In The Era Of The iPad But Quip—just as it managed to have a very different take on word processing when it launched last summer—has introduced an entirely different way of including numbers in a document. Spreadsheets? More Like Deadsheets Put simply, you don't have to choose between words or numbers in Quip 3.0. You just create a document, and you can add paragraphs, images, checklists, and now fully functional spreadsheets to it as you go. Quip is thereby upending a status quo that has ruled spreadsheet software for three decades, since the rise of Lotus 1-2-3. Last month, IBM killed off the...
It's A First! Apple Hits Top 5 Among Global PC Vendors -
It's A First! Apple Hits Top 5 Among Global PC Vendors
programming coding developers laptop Shutterstock Apple product sales were higher than ever last quarter, ranking the company as one of the top five PC vendors for the first time, the International Data Corporation reported. Chart via IDC The IDC estimates that Apple computer sales were up 8.9% globally during the third quarter of 2014, perhaps its strongest market share yet. Translating to about 5 million total units sold, it was enough of a boost for Apple to knock Asus out of the number five spot. See also: Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of The Mac Computer While Apple has long been one of the top five computer manufacturers in the United States—domestically, it is the third top PC vendor—cheaper prices from competitors have made it a less popular choice on a global scale. Of course, this is all based on IDC’s estimate. Apple will reveal its exact numbers during a Q3 earnings call on October 20. The company sold 4.6 million computers during Q3 in 2013. Photo via Shutterstock.
What You Need To Know About Ear Wax -
What it is, why it's there, and why q-tips are a bad idea. Read more...
Skype announces version 7 for Mac and Windows Preview to look more like the mobile app -
Skype announces version 7 for Mac and Windows Preview to look more like the mobile app
Skype has been quickly iterating its applications for Mac, Windows and mobile and today it announced Skype 7 for OS X and a preview version for Windows. The new version of Skype for the desktop resembles the mobile version of the app with a stronger focus on text chat and improved inline photo support. The Microsoft division also notes that it has improved the spacing in chats and contacts in the Windows version of the app. It’s also improved the process to enable text and picture messaging while on a video chat. It should now be easier to share photos while still talking... This story continues at The Next Web The post Skype announces version 7 for Mac and Windows Preview to look more like the mobile app appeared first on The Next Web.
If You Can’t Have Work-Life Balance, Try Work-Life Integration -
Finding the right balance for work and life is difficult. If you find that your work and home life interfere with one another, you might want to try a "work-life integration" mentality instead. Read more...
Tripping Helps You Search Multiple Vacation Rental Sites at Once -
We've covered great alternatives to hotels , including many vacation rental sites. Tripping is a great place to explore those alternatives in one place Read more...
The past, present and future of UK venture capital is explored in a new report -
The past, present and future of UK venture capital is explored in a new report
How are British VC firms adapting to a shifting funding landscape and the challenges of a constrained talent market? It’s the lifeblood of the UK’s technology industry and yet the country’s venture capital sector doesn’t get anywhere near as much analysis as it perhaps should. A new report by James Clark for the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) attempts to redress this. Sure, it can’t be viewed as entirely impartial, coming as it does from a body representing the country’s VCs. Still, it’s a good read for anyone who follows the money in this most fascinating of industries.... This story continues at The Next Web The post The past, present and future of UK venture capital is explored in a new report appeared first on The Next Web.
Hangouts Comes to the Desktop with a Chat Heads-Style Interface -
Windows/Chrome OS: Google's Hangouts has become a great way to chat with your friends online, but chatting in a browser window is such a downer. Hangouts is finally available as a desktop Chrome app, so you can separate it from your precious tabs. Read more...
Auto-Move Organizes Downloaded Files for Android -
Android: You've probably noticed how easy it is to misplace downloaded files on Android. Auto-Move lets you create download filters so you can automate file organization. Read more...
4 Superb Pinterest Extensions For Chrome, With An Extremely Pinnable Start Page Bonus -
The web is full of Pinnable content. Every day you probably see dozens of blog posts with images you should Pin, but you forget to do it because the site hasn’t installed the right plugin. Why rely on them? Within your own browser, you can have all the best Pinterest tools right at your fingertips. You can have hovering “Pin It” buttons, right-click menu items and more. You can even get inspiration photos delivered to you every time you open a new tab. It doesn’t get easier than this. Install these extensions and you’ll always have new content to pin.... Read the full article: 4 Superb Pinterest Extensions For Chrome, With An Extremely Pinnable Start Page Bonus
White Male "Allies" Have Surprisingly Little To Say About Fixing Sexist Tech Culture -
White Male "Allies" Have Surprisingly Little To Say About Fixing Sexist Tech Culture
I didn’t have high hopes for the “Male Allies Plenary Panel” at the Grace Hopper Celebration on Wednesday night. But at least I figured the assembled male tech leaders would at least know better than to repeat the same tired "encouragement" that women have heard over and over. Especially considering that most of the 8,000 conference attendees are female, and likely know those lines by heart. It was even worse than I expected. See also: What To Expect At The Grace Hopper Conference The panel consisted of Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer; Google's SVP of search Alan Eustace; Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy; and Tayloe Stansbury, CTO of Intuit. The assembled white men set out to tell the audience what their companies are doing to make women more welcome and how men and women (yes, that's right—women, too) can change the boys' club culture in tech. Instead, they ended up reinforcing many of the stereotypes women are already all too familiar with. In essence, their advice to women was: Work...
Apple's Larger iPad May Be Delayed, Sources Say -
Apple's Larger iPad May Be Delayed, Sources Say
We won’t be seeing larger Apple iPads until next year, and the iPhone 6 may be to blame. Unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal that plans to increase production on larger iPad models have been pushed back while the company struggles to meet demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Suppliers in Asia told the Journal that they’d originally been scheduled to up iPad production volumes in December. The news broke last week that Apple would be unveiling new products at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters on October 16. Rumor has it one new product may be a larger iPad. This new device will feature a 12.9-inch liquid-crystal-display screen, according to in-the-know suppliers. See also: Apple Sends iPad Event Invitations For October 16 It’s unclear if Apple’s allegedly delayed iPad production means that the company will not be introducing its new iPad at the event after all. But if sources close to the situation are correct, it will be a while longer until these iPads...
The Fiddle Factor: How to Learn Enough to Fix Anything -
Most people assume that learning is about research, but for many of us, it's about poking things with a stick to see what happens. If you want to learn to make better use of your tech, it's about digging in and moving stuff around until it works. Anybody can do this, geek and luddite alike. Read more...
iCloud Adds App-Specific Passwords for Better Two-Factor Security -
Apple may have two-factor authentication in iCloud , but it's been missing a crucial feature: app-specific passwords. Starting now, if you want to sign into a non-Apple app that uses your Apple ID—like Outlook or Thunderbird—you'll need to generate a password for it in your Apple ID settings. Read more here. Read more...
Droid Protector Locks Apps, Hides Photos All in One App -
Android: We've seen apps that lock other apps with passwords and ones that hide sensitive photos . Droid Protector does both, in a nice-looking package. Read more...
Class Up Your Cocktails with These Cheap Spherical Ice Molds -
If you've ever been to a fancy cocktail bar, you've probably noticed drinks served with giant spheres of ice. If you want to recreate that experience at home, it's surprisingly cheap and easy. Read more...
American Horror Story: Why U.S. Broadband Is Sooo Sloooow -
American Horror Story: Why U.S. Broadband Is Sooo Sloooow
By global standards, U.S. broadband speeds are slow—and getting slower. In Akamai's worldwide ranking of Internet speeds, the U.S. recently dropped from 12th place to 14th, lapped by Denmark, Norway ... and Romania. True, in absolute terms, U.S. speeds are still edging upward. In the second quarter, for instance, average broadband speeds in this country rose to 11.4 megabits per second (Mbps), up from 10.5 Mbps in the previous quarter. That's the good news. Bad news is, the rest of the world is getting even faster. See also: U.S. Broadband Speed Ranking: We're Number 14! We're Number 14! It is, to say the least, an uncomfortable spot for the country that birthed the Internet to begin with. How did we get here? The Korean Miracle Let's start with a look at global heavyweight South Korea, whose broadband clocked in at 24.6 Mbps in the latest Akamai report—more than twice as fast as the U.S. South Korea: That red spot is red-hot, when it comes to broadband speeds.  Faster data for...
Save Money On Your Smartphone Bill: Cut The Mobile Internet -
Once a month, your mobile bill lands. How much are you paying for calls and mobile Internet? Is your iPhone really worth that type of outlay? Do you use your Android tablet enough to justify paying over $50 a month? Mobile networks have had it too easy from consumers over the past few years, but as Wi-Fi coverage increases, there is a decreasing need to bother with mobile Internet and ridiculously ornate call packages. That money is better off in your pocket, not the bank accounts of cell phone carrier shareholders. Smartphone Bills: Healthy vs. Obscene As I write this... Read the full article: Save Money On Your Smartphone Bill: Cut The Mobile Internet
Apple's Oct 16 iPad Launch Could Include New Opportunities For Developers -
As the anticipation builds for Apple's upcoming announcements on Oct 16 2014, the lion's share of the predictions have set expectations for a variety of new iPads.
Make a Tabletop Concrete Fire Pit for Longer-Lasting Flames -
This modern tabletop fire pit adds a chic touch to any outdoor space. Unlike outdoor candles, this fire won't go out so easily, so you can keep the flame burning for much longer. Read more...
Gawker Another Cop Fatally Shoots a Teen in St. -
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How Often Do You Check Your Bills for Irregularities? -
We all know that bills have a nasty tendency to shift or inflate over time. Some changes may be expected, but others can creep in and cost you more. How often do you check to ensure you're paying what you expected to pay? Read more...
A Front-End Developer’s Ode To Specifications -
In the physical world, no one builds anything without detailed blueprints, because people’s lives are on the line. In the digital world, the stakes just aren’t as high. It’s called “software” for a reason: because when it hits you in the face, it doesn’t hurt as much. No one is going to die if your website goes live with the header’s left margin 4 pixels out of alignment with the image below it. But, while the users’ lives might not be on the line, design blueprints (also called design specifications, or specs) could mean the difference between a correctly implemented design that improves the user experience and satisfies customers and a confusing and inconsistent design that corrupts the user experience and displeases customers. The post A Front-End Developer’s Ode To Specifications appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
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