A free South By Southwest magazine given out to conference attendees is registering as a bomb at Austin airport security and delaying some flights.
There are several people tweeting about the incident. We’ve reached out to the Austin airport and TSA for comment and left a message.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
Razer is back with the 2014 Razer Blade gaming ultrabook, but the company has taken criticism to heart and is delivering more than an incremental upgrade.
In a sure sign that the world is ending — or that perhaps a boutique PC vendor is actually making use of economies of scale to benefit their customers — Digital Storm’s newly released Vanquish II gaming rig is cheaper to buy off the shelf than it is to build yourself.
Zinc Save is a browser extension for Chrome compatible with major retailers like Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and Amazon that bills itself as a moneysaving utility, but it also turns these companies into into Bitcoin-friendly retailers.
Amazon sells nearly everything the heart could desire, so the prospect of making it accessible to those wishing to spend Bitcoins is pretty exciting.
The extension places a new button underneath Amazon’s usual “Place your order” button that says “Order with Zinc for [slightly reduced price]”. Completing the checkout process this way sources the items in your order “from the retailer or vendor that offers your item(s) at the best price” and applies “discount codes, credit card rewards, and any other available promotions” to the order. Zinc Save essentially functions as your cheapskate-for-hire.
But the real magic happens upon checkout — you don’t actually complete your order with Amazon, but place it through Zinc instead. Zinc clones your order through Amazon on your behalf, and you have the choice of how to pay Zinc. Of course your standard credit card is readily accepted, but Zinc will also gladly accept Bitcoin.
Your Amazon order “will be shipped with the speed you originally selected or faster,” so as long as Zinc can hold true there, this near-seamlessly turns Amazon into a Bitcoin-friendly superstore.
Mobile robots and “smart” computers are threatening to replace up to half the U.S. workforce within the next decade or two, according to a Bloomberg report.
The report cites an Oxford University study that identified more than 700 occupations at risk of computer automation.
Here are the jobs that are most at risk, based on the study.
"Loan officers are among the most susceptible professions," writes Bloomberg’s Aki Ito. "Inroads are already being made by Daric Inc., an online peer-to-peer lender partially funded by former Wells Fargo & Co. Chairman Richard Kovacevich."
Daric Inc. uses an algorithm to identify safe borrowers.
"Begun in November, it doesn’t employ a single loan officer," Ito writes. "It probably never will."
Retail and fast food workers are also at high risk of being replaced by automated systems. Many stores and restaurants are now letting customers order and pay for food and other purchases via mobile devices, which is reducing the need for cashiers, waiters and salespeople.
Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch a Mac version of it’s note-taking app, OneNote and rumor has it that it will be free.
These wouldn’t be the first free versions of OneNote. But it still represents Microsoft’s softening attitude towards free Office apps, and towards Macs and iPads.
For instance, Windows 8 users can already get a free version of OneNote. Plus, a freebie cloud version is available to anyone with a Microsoft OneDrive account. OneDrive offers free versions of all the Office apps, though these aren’t the full-featured apps that you get when you pay for Office.
So if this free version of OneNote for Mac and Windows is the full-fledged deal that currently costs $70 as a stand-alone product, that would be a big shift for Microsoft.
It would show that Microsoft is willing to do battle with Evernote on Evernote’s successful freemium turf. If Microsoft had done this long ago, it could have crushed Evernote from the get-go, instead of watching it grow into a company valued at perhaps $3 billion and marching toward an IPO.
Here’s another indication that Microsoft’s attitude is changing. iPad for Office is also said to be finally about ready to ship and could be out even before Microsoft launches the touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8, reports Foley.
After years of stalling and foot dragging, Office for iPad is expected to be out in the first half of 2014, so sometime in the next couple of months.
There’s no word how Microsoft might try a freemium model with Office for iPad but it’s likely to be quasi-free for those that buy a subscription to Office 365. Office 365 Home Premium costs $99 a year and lets you install Office on up to five machines, Macs or Windows. A student version costs $80 for four years and lets you install it on two devices. With that subscription, you can get a free app called Office Mobile that lets you use Office on your iPhone and Android phones.
Seems likely that Microsoft would simply support iPad as an option when buying Office 365, or update Office Mobile for the iPad.
Microsoft declined comment.
King Digital Entertainment, the company behind the addictive mobile app Candy Crush, has filed an amended prospectus revealing that it seeks a valuation of as much as $7.6 billion in its IPO.
Though it sounds like another frothy tech valuation, the Candy Crush developer booked a remarkable $1.8 billion in sales in 2013.
Screenshots from Respawn’s upcoming Xbox exclusive ‘Titanfall.’
Past all the debate about Titanfall, the carping about the difference between resolution on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4, musings about release schedules, Halo, and all of that, lies a slightly deeper question, one that people have been asking since 2001: what, exactly, is Microsoft doing in the video game business? That debate got some new wind when then CEO candidate and now head of Microsoft’s devices and studios business Stephen Elop suggested that the company just spin off that entire division to focus on enterprise, and I imagine it’s been given some serious conference table time as we move through this broad leadership transition.
Last August the normally stable world of Google was rocked by a salacious scandal involving its co-founder Sergey Brin.
Brin had left his wife and was having an affair with Google employee Amanda Rosenberg, who worked on marketing for Google Glass.
That would be quite enough to turn heads, but there was an extra level of intrigue. It turns out Rosenberg had been dating Hugo Barra, another high-level Google employee while she was having her affair with Brin.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also this: Brin’s wife is Anne Wojcicki, who runs 23andMe, a genetics startup Google invested in. Anne’s sister Susan works at Google and currently runs YouTube. When Google was a startup it ran out of Susan’s garage, which where Sergey met Anne.
The dust had largely settled on the story, but today Vanity Fair has published a fresh look at the whole story with new details and tons of reporting.
According to Vanity Fair, Anne was blindsided by the affair.
She had become friendly with Rosenberg, who was working on Google Glass with Brin. She even bought Rosenberg a present for Christmas since Rosenberg was spending time with the family. Shortly after that, Anne found some messages between Brin and Rosenberg that aroused her suspicions and said something to Rosenberg.
By April, Brin had moved out of his home into his own place.
News didn’t break until August of Brin’s affair. Despite the uproar, Rosenberg continued to work on Google Glass with Brin.
One source told Vanity Fair, “Larry is so ethically strict… . I heard Larry was insanely upset by this whole situation and wasn’t talking to Sergey … At Google, some people were furious internally, especially women, that Sergey and Amanda were not [professionally] separated.”
That is just one source.
The truth is that in Google, there’s no formal ban on co-workers dating and it happens often.
The epilogue to the story isn’t particularly pretty.
Anne’s company has been under attack from the FDA. It doesn’t think that people should be getting genetic information from a startup. She’s dealing with that while trying to raise the children she had with Brin on her own.
Rosenberg still works at Google, and apparently is still with Brin, but she wrote a blog post confessing that she is dealing with depression.
The World Wide Web, birthed in a paper authored by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on March 12th, 1989, turns 25 today. After some gawky adolescent years, filled with technicolor gifs and tasteless design, along with rampant fraud and lawlessness, it’s emerged as the defining force of today’s world. There are least 2.4 billion people connected to the Web, with millions more joining each year. Entire industries—music, publishing, media, and now retail—have been transformed. Many more will be threatened and overturned in the coming years.
These are the really, really simple things you should be doing to keep casual intruders from invading your privacy.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11am–12pm PDT
My highlight from this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference was hosting the inaugural Cojones Awards. After months of gathering nominees from the advisory panel, interviewing 25 outstanding finalists and counting votes from the advisers and Twitter, it was finally time to recognize seven marketing leaders who exemplified the critical attribute of courage.