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Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 [Mac Blog]

Apple will open its newest retail store in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday, July 12 at Freie Strasse, a shopping area famous in Basel. The shopping street has a number of high end stores and restaurants, with Apple opening at building number 47.

The Basel store will join three other Apple retail locations in Switzerland, located in Geneva, Zurich, and Wallisellen. The store, which has been under construction for quite a few months, is said to be approximately 900 square meters and three stories.

Apple’s new Basel Apple Store will open at 10 a.m. local time on Saturday, where employees will likely hand out T-shirts to the first customers. The store has already begun accepting reservations for workshops and Genius Bar appointments.


Facebook and many other tech players looking to high school for interns

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Internships aren’t just for college students and bad movie premises anymore. Top tech companies like Facebook and LinkedIn are seeking interns at a younger age than ever, with the idea of converting high school-age talent into staff. Before you get all wound up — cool it! — know that these interns are being paid generously for their work: in the range of $5K to $8K each month. Some are courted during high school, with internships taking place the summer between high school’s end and freshman year of college. Some are courted even earlier: Bloomberg reports at least one instance where an Oregon startup had pre-high school student as an internet. “I felt like age shouldn’t hold me back, as long as I can code,” intern James Anderson said. He’s now 15.

The worry, of course, is that younger and younger interns making large amounts of money in an adult environment is a recipe for danger. History is littered with examples of this dangerous combination, and Justin Bieber is just the latest, loudest representative.

Thankfully, Bloomberg‘s report rounds up several examples of caution being shown by Silicon Valley’s top recruiters. Facebook head of global recruiting Miranda Kalinowski says that her employer doesn’t have black and white rules about age for interns, “though it typically tries to meet college freshmen and recruit from universities.” Google outright doesn’t have interns who aren’t at least college freshmen, and apparently encourages said interns to finish their degrees before jumping ship for Planet Goog.

All in all, it doesn’t exactly sound like child labor, though it does sound like a concept with the potential for real danger. Here’s hoping we’re wrong.

[AP Photo/Eric Risberg]

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops, Peripherals, Networking, Internet, Software, Google, Facebook


Source: Bloomberg


Dubai’s beating the heat with Mall of the World, a massive climate-controlled city

Dubai is hot. Summer temperatures can easily exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and desert conditions can mean weeks without relief. The city is already home to a slew of all-weather venues, such as Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, but the UAE’s latest project could bring comfort to millions of residents and annual visitors. Mall of the World, as the complex is to be named, will include 20,000 hotel rooms, making up some 100 hotels and apartment complexes, the world’s largest indoor theme park, an 8-million square foot mall and a 3-million square foot “wellness district,” with doctors and inpatient facilities for medical tourists.

With nearly 4.5 miles of temperature-controlled streets with ceilings that can open during the mild winter, complete with trollies, escalators and all the shopping you could hope for, residents will never have to step outside. Underground parking will accommodate some 50,000 cars, and a variety of cultural venues will attract locals and those living outside, alike. It’s an ambitious project, and an opening deadline has yet to be named, but if any city can pull off such a retail mecca, it’s Dubai.

Filed under: Household


Via: Verge

Source: Dubai Holding


How Droid World examines the future of the Android ecosystem


With Android systems tipping the balance at up to 81% in units sold dependent on who you read, it’s never been a more fruitful time to be working in Android. There’s an awful lot of excitement coming out of Google I/O, and with version 4.4.4 hitting the streets, it’s definitely something for users to get their teeth into for now with a vital OpenSSL vuln fix the top priority.

With wearable technology and the Internet of Things gaining in prominence and mindshare, what’s available for developers on these new platforms? The possibilities are endless.

A lot of focus this year is on budget Android devices, with companies such as Huawei, Motorola, Samsung and ZTE releasing their own kit for customers in developing markets. How are these going to influence the ecosystem? Similarly, how is fragmentation going to affect these devices? Given a recent study showed that Android and iOS posed nearly equal security dangers in a corporate environment, are Android devices getting a bad rap?

The Droid World conference at Apps World, now in its fifth year, will answer all these questions and more. Featuring speakers from The Next Web, IDG, as well as Martin Joensson, design manager at Google. This free-to-attend track is essential for those looking to build on Android as well as general enthusiasts.

Find out more about Droid World and register for your free pass please click here.

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Sony Xperia C3 gets announced as “The World’s Best Selfie Smartphone”

Sony did a little teasing for an upcoming smartphone that had a good amount of focus on taking selfies. Let’s face it, that is a pretty big ‘thing’ apparently. Today Sony has officially announced the new device with its name simply being the Xperia C3.

Sony Xperia C3 the selfie phone

The Xperia C3 offers plenty of the traditional specs that we have grown accustomed too in today’s mid-ranged smartphones. It packs in a Qualcomm MSM8926 1.2GHz quad-core snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and a 8MP rear facing camera. The screen is a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720.  Power wise the Sony Xperia C3 offers up a 2500 mAh battery with supposed 11 hours talk time. None of that is the real focus of the device though. The Xperia C3′s wide-angle front facing 5MP camera and flash is the key component to the selfie phone. Along with the real-time editing view and various hats/masks and other goofy things for your face.

I can’t say that I am all that surprised that a device like this has been created. While I am not much of a selfie taker, I do know that you don’t always get the best shots with the usual 2MP or so front facing cameras on most devices and any thought of a low light or night shots is pretty pointless. I bet we start to see other manufacturers start to up their front facing camera game pretty soon, even if they only start out with mid-ranged devices to test the market. It is a bit more useful than a Facebook phone.

Sony didn’t offer up any pricing details just yet though. They do mention that the selfie phone will be going global starting in China. They will have three color options at launch, the traditional black and white versions as well as a mint offering.

Source: Sony Xperia Twitter | GSMArena | 9to5Google

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Third-Party Mac Icons Reimagined in OS X Yosemite Style

With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a significant visual change with an iOS 7-like “flat” look and completely redesigned icons. While Apple’s icons will see a refresh once Yosemite is released, users will have to wait until third-party companies have updated their icons to match Apple’s new design language for OS X icons.

In the meantime, users in this long running MacRumors’ forums thread have been designing their own “flat” versions of both Apple and third-party applications, allowing some users to switch out their icons until the real thing is available. Additionally, some users are redesigning Apple’s own icons for users who are using Mavericks rather than the Yosemite beta.

iWork, Twitter, Skype and 1Password icons by Arn0
While the icons may not be fully representative of the official icons, they do provide a look into Apple’s new icon philosophy enacted upon an icon not designed for it, allowing for a glimpse into various companies’ processes.

Forum member Arn0 had been taking requests from other forum members, recreating various icons to fit more along more nicely with Yosemite’s design aesthetics.

Alongside stand-alone apps like 1Password, Twitter and Skype, Arn0 also redesigned icons for entire suites of software, like Adobe’s Creative Suite.

Adobe icons by Arn0
Other designers include thread starter Humex, who hewed closer to Apple’s style than Arn0:

“dots” icon set by Humex

Alternatively, designers like drflash have taken a different approach to flat design. Rather than mimic Apple’s philosophy and match OS X Yosemite, they created their own design language with Flat OS, which provides a completely different experience for OS X users. The design seems to marry “flat” design alongside some skeumorphic principles, giving icons a more tangible feel.

Flat OS X by drflash
In a blog post on Gizmodo, MartianCraft’s Nick Keppol explains that Yosemite’s new look centers around four basic ideas: visual rhythm in the dock, three basic icon shapes and their design grid, shape hierarchy and lighting effects and materials.

Visual rhythm allows the new dock to look more consistent, although that is helped by the fact that OS X icons are now broken up into three types: circles, squares and titled rectangles. While Apple itself isn’t totally consistent with these three types, Keppol found that – for the most part – circles are used for more consumer-oriented apps, squares are used for System-related utilizes and titled rectangles are used for applications that are most often used for work.

Finally, Apple uses Hollywood-style yellow and orange highlights and blue and teal shadows to give the metal-like materials that the icons are made out of feel warm and tangible. This helps create the illusion that the icons are more physical than previous icons while also looking flatter than before.

If you’d like to switch out your icons until they’re fully upgraded with OS X Yosemite, the icon sets shown are linked above, while all of Arn0′s redesigned icons are available to download via Dropbox. Icon sets from arn0 and other designers are also available to download via the forum thread. Here are easy instructions on how to change app icons on OS X.


Google lawsuit highlights the danger of not managing your online presence

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Hey small-business owner, you’re pretty savvy. I know you’re pretty savvy because you’re reading this website on the internet, like the savvy small-business owner above. But some of your colleagues aren’t quite as connected as you are. And sometimes that disconnected crowd faces serious real-world implications as a result: Take former restaurant owner Rene Bertagna for instance. His long-standing Virginia restaurant, Serbian Crown, closed last year “after nearly 40 years” due to, he believes, an error in Serbian Crown’s Google Maps listing. The error was grievous, he tells Wired, and he’s now suing Google in a Virginia court.

The restaurant’s listing on Google Maps, Bertagna says, indicated that it wasn’t open on weekends. Given the restaurant’s location (nowhere near foot traffic), Bertagna and his lawyer posit, “Unless you know that the place is going to be open, you’re probably not going to drag yourself out.” And given the way Google Maps listings work, anyone can submit information for any place, which Google moderates before publishing. Bertagna’s lawyer believes another restaurant in the area “sabotaged” Serbian Crown’s listing. For its part, Google says in a legal filing, “The Serbian Crown should not be permitted to vex Google or this court with such meritless claims.”

Of course, what’s unclear is how much accountability here rests on the false listing; Bertagna says that neither he nor his employees maintained the Serbian Crown’s online presence, which left it susceptible to tampering and misinformation.

Wired‘s piece highlights several other examples where small-business owners were, like you, savvy enough to maintain their online presence and cut off any issues before they affected the bottom line.

[Image: Shutterstock]

Filed under: Internet, Google


Source: Wired


Yahoo researchers teach GPS to take the scenic route

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Often the shortest route between two places involves some grey, eight-lane expanse of Interstate that’s about as thrilling to drive as it was to pave. Resourceful road-trippers have learned to make use of the avoid highways feature, but that’s always a crapshoot. Sometimes you get a scenic country road, sometimes you get trapped in strip mall hell. But researchers at Yahoo Labs have figured out how to measure the “beauty” of a route using an algorithm. “The goal of this work is to automatically suggest routes that are not only short but also emotionally pleasant,” which might be especially important to pedestrians looking to avoid grim over passes and busy intersections. The work started by crowdsourcing opinions about images harvested from Street View and Geograph for locations throughout London. The locations that were deemed to be more beautiful by users were then plotted on a map and used as waypoints to provide directions. The resulting routes were on average only 12 percent longer than the shortest path to a destination, but 30 test subject all agreed the results were more pleasing, aesthetically.

Obviously the this method won’t work for every location around the globe, so the researchers are now working on an automated method that relies on Flickr. The group started by looking at 5 million photos of the same locations that were deemed most beautiful in their initial experiment. They found out that the number of photos of a location and the amount of positive comments generally correlated with its rated beauty. So the team put its method to the test in Boston. Most of the 54 test subjects agreed that the automatically generated “scenic route” was more beautiful than the shorter alternative.

You can check out sample maps in the research paper at the source link if you happen to be in Boston or London. But the next step for Daniele Quercia who headed the project is to build a mobile app that can get a beta test in the wild. Who know, maybe soon enough you’ll be able to ask your phone to take you on the scenic route and avoid the soulless expanses of I95.

Filed under: GPS, Software


Via: MIT Technology Review

Source: Cornell University Library


Microwaves of the future count calories so you don’t have to

New GE Countertop Microwave Oven with Rotisserie

If you’re into the whole quantified self movement, or you just fancy watching what you eat, GE is working on new microwave tech that could make manual calorie counting obsolete. The company’s R&D department developed a prototype that directly measures the caloric amounts for the foods that it heats. For now, the device only works with blended foods, and requires a uniform mixture to provide accurate values; however, a new gadget is in the works that that will tally stats for a full plate. This means that the essential info for a chicken breast and two vegetables can be sent to a smartphone app while you wait. The folks at GE are using fat and water content to calculate calories as low-energy microwaves pass through weighed portions. It’s too early to tell when (or if) the system will make it to consumers, but you may want to ditch those Hungry-Man dinners before your microwave has achance to provide its own guilt trip.

[Photo credit: Getty Images]

Filed under: Household


Source: MIT Technology Review


Engadget giveaway: win a OnePlus One and custom skins courtesy of dbrand!

We had a chance to test the OnePlus One a couple of months ago and it was one sweet piece of tech. The only downside, really, has been the incredibly limited supply. That’s what makes this week’s giveaway a bit of a standout. The folks at dbrand happened to have one on hand and they’ve passed it along so that one lucky Engadget reader can break away from the everyday smartphone crowd. The company has also included 16 of its custom OnePlus One skins to make it even more unique. You can even use the company’s interactive preview tools to help personalize a variety of smartphones, tablets and game consoles with dbrand’s selection of custom skins. As for the phone, the One boasts a 13-megapixel camera, 64GB of storage and runs CyanogenMod, letting users customize the OS almost as much as the exterior. This is an unlocked global version (supporting LTE, GSM and WCMDA) so users on T-Mobile, AT&T and various other carriers should be good to go. Just head on down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this OnePlus One and dbrand skins.

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  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one (1) OnePlus One smartphone (A0001, Sandstone Black, LTE/GSM/WCDMA) and sixteen (16) dbrand skins.
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