Google isn't exactly in the European Union's good-books at the moment, as the Internet giant continues to negotiate a settlement with the 28 member state bloc amid allegations of anticompetitive business practices. After a series of back and forth's between the two, Google's latest settlement package may be just enough to appease regulators, who are eyeing a $5 billion fine or a partial block of its business in the region as a backup last resort. First published by London's Financial Times (paywalled), leaked images show what Google may look like in Europe after a antitrust settlement is hammered out. The new competition links, which appear under the paid-for "sponsored" search results, are a subtle but important change. With larger text and icons, it allows users to check results from rival search engines and services. This was one of the biggest reported gripes by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia with the search giant, noted in a four-pointed … [Read more...] about Here’s what Google will look like in a post-antitrust Europe
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He's not the only one with high expectations but Apple - which has been pretty clear about how iPad and iPhone sales contribute to its revenues - has already said it doesn't plan to break out sales for Apple Watch, at least initially. That's going to make it harder to work out how well it's doing (and frustrate rivals who will want to work out whether Apple has found a pricing sweet spot for its wrist computer). Analysts are guessing somewhere between 10 million and 30 million Apple Watches will sell this year depending on who you talk to. In some respects it doesn't matter how the device sells at first: unless something goes horribly wrong, or incredibly well, it's unlikely that anyone will know if the Apple Watch is really a success for a while yet. There's a few reasons for that. First, that initial wave of buyers will inevitably include the Apple obsessed who would buy pretty much anything if it had an Apple logo on it. Those without a burning desire to be applauded by Apple … [Read more...] about Apple Watch: What does success look like?
Missing the days of yore? Or, more specifically, the Internet days of yore? Miss no more, thanks to oldweb.today, which will satisfy your strange desire to revisit the early days of the Internet, when everything was uglier, slower, and generally worse. But hey, to each her own.The brain child of developer Ilya Kreymer and media arts foundation Rhizome, the Web browser emulator takes you back to the Stone Age of the Web — otherwise known as the 1990s — evoking feelings of nostalgia, angst, and most importantly, pride at how far we’ve come in so little time. Simply enter the URL you’d like to visit, a past date, and you’ll be brought to the archived version closest to your request. Not only will you see what the page looked like, but you’ll also experience the page as it was meant to be experienced … several years ago.Of course, while the aesthetics of pages past may seem a bit antiquated today, Rhizome points out that many of the … [Read more...] about Use oldweb.today to see what the Internet looked like in the ’90s
By now, many of us are familiar with what the Google Glass looks like. It’s sleek, straps around the front of your forehead, and has that rectangle with a glass screen set for the right eye. Even though Google is rumored to be working with Warby Parker to create a cool look for the Glass, today’s test Explorer edition came a long way from beginning stages. In Google I/O’s “7 Techmakers and a Microphone” panel last night, Google Project Glass Staff Hardware Engineer Jean Wang unveiled some photos of what the Glass looked like during prototype. And man, they were ugly.Yes, the Glass is basically a computer and projector shrunk down to the size of a finger then attached to a thin frame. But early prototypes showed that the process of miniaturizing the Glass’s hardware was no easy task. The first few versions looked like Google straight up stuck a smartphone on a pair of goggles. Then it looked like Google stripped down the smartphone to … [Read more...] about If you thought Google Glass is dorky, check out what early prototypes looked like
Those of you with an iPhone 4S will by now be well accustomed to chatting with Siri, the device’s virtual personal assistant happy to offer help and advice morning, noon and night — and even in the small hours when you really should be sleeping.So familiar have some of you become with Apple’s voice-activated app that you may on occasion have found yourself asking the type of questions you’d never dream of asking someone in the real world for fear of receiving a slap in the face or a stare icier than a penguin’s bottom.The thing is, after all of those long-into-the-night conversations covering a multitude of disparate topics, the likelihood is that by now you have an image in your mind of exactly how Siri looks.Shapeways, a New York-based start-up specializing in customized 3D printing, was so curious about this idea that it recently decided to put the call out to members of its online community asking everyone to send in an image, video, sketch, or 3D … [Read more...] about What does Siri look like? A competition endeavored to find out…
One of the biggest disappointments of WWDC 2016 was the lack of a dark mode in iOS 10. Many people had expected Apple to announce it but, alas, the company didn’t do so.That has led many to expect that it might still happen in a later iOS 10 beta, and sure enough a dark mode was found hidden in the first iOS 10 beta.Zach Epstein reports for BGR:Several developers have begun digging through the iOS 10 beta code to see what goodies they can find, and one goody in particular had Apple fans buzzing Thursday morning. That’s right, the much-desired dark mode was found hiding inside iOS 10. For those unfamiliar with the feature, it does exactly what the name implies.Enabling dark mode sets iOS’s background to black and it darkens all of the colors of the interface. As nice a Night Shift is, dark mode will be much better on the eyes once it hits iPhone and iPads this fall.It’s unclear exactly when Apple plans to make dark mode available in iOS 10’s settings, but … [Read more...] about What dark mode looks like in iOS 10
Last month, we celebrated our 29th annual CIO 100 Awards program, which culminated at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where we honored the award winners and our seven Hall of Fame inductees. The ocean-side venue was impressive, but we were more dazzled by the honorees and their winning projects. (See "Transforming development in the race to innovate" video at the end of this article.)The theme for the CIO event was "Customers in control: The race to innovate." It's not just a catchy line. The race to innovate is being run everyday in every industry, and IT leaders are driving transformations where winning is the only option. This installment of CIO Quick Takes continues with that theme. We asked three CIOs this question: What has been your biggest innovation in the past six months?While the answers varied in the specifics of the projects, of course, there's no mistaking the common denominator. Below you'll read about how a wine-maker is improving … [Read more...] about CIO Quick Takes: What does innovation look like?
Women tech bloggers get comments their male counterparts don't — ones concerning their appearance. What exactly is up with that?——————————————————————————————————————————-I had an e-mail exchange recently with a former IT consultant who now writes about tech. Or at least she did. She has pretty much made up her mind to leave the field altogether due to some derogatory feedback she's received in the comment sections of her blogs. When I asked if she felt that being a woman was a detriment to a career in tech, she said there are too many factors involved to categorically say yes — one's age, geographic location, and depth of knowledge also have something to do with how one is perceived.But she did make one statement … [Read more...] about Sure she’s a good tech blogger, but what does she look like?
In September 2009 my FD forwarded me an email from SecurityMetrics, Inc., an approved security scanning vendor (ASV) appointed by our payment processor (Barclaycard). The email told me we were now obliged to comply with PCI DSS and gave us a deadline about a month hence to sort it out."We have to what...?! But we only process a few card payments a year! Surely that security standard stuff is for the big players?"Apparently not. And as this article shows, criminals are aware that smaller organizations may not be as careful with card data as they ought to be.Once we started to investigate the implications, we seriously considered whether it was worth the trouble of taking card payments. On balance, though, we decided that although only a few customers pay us this way we should press ahead and see if we could achieve the standard. Merchants of our size aren't subject to on-site assessments, so for us there were two elements to compliance: External vulnerability scans Self-assessment … [Read more...] about PCI DSS compliance — what does it look like for a small business?
If you're building your Big Data strategy based on what people are talking about today, you need to start over. Most of what's being talked about today is relevant to today's conditions: today's issues and the technology that's suitable to meet today's challenges. Unfortunately, that's not where your Big Data strategy unfolds. The reason it's important to clearly define Big Data in competitive terms is to ensure your strategic implementation continually fits within the correct context. You must constantly evaluate whether or not your strategic pursuits align with your competitive definition of Big Data.For example, we've already established that competitive Big Data is extremely expensive and difficult to mine by traditional means. As you well know, what's difficult to mine today won't be difficult to mine tomorrow. To formulate a Big Data strategy, you must start with a frame of the future and progressively fill in the details; then constantly monitor your strategy to ensure it stays … [Read more...] about Build your Big Data strategy on what tomorrow will look like