Bleeding Edge TV 531: GoPro Hero 4 Silver hands-on


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I open up the <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/gopro">GoPro</a> HERO4 SIlver camera in this episode of Unboxing Live! The GoPro HERO4 Silver gets the unique distinction of being the first GoPro to ever ship with a built-in display. It&#39;s also a touchscreen display, letting you frame shots, adjust settings on the fly, play back videos, etc.


The GoPro HERO4 captures 12MP photos at up to 30fps, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to connect to the camera remotely to control it with a smartphone or remote control.


You can get the <a href="http://gear.lv/1B7UlHn">GoPro HERO4 Silver now for $399.99</a> on Amazon.


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Bleeding Edge TV 530: Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover 3 review


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When you pair Microsoft&#39;s Surface Pro 3 with the Surface Type Cover, you turn it into a tablet that can replace your laptop. In this episode, Andru Edwards gives you a look at how seamlessly the Type Cover keyboard accessory works with the Surface Pro 3. The Type Cover can also hold the Surface Pen, and protects the Surface Pro 3 display when not in use. You can <a href="http://gear.lv/1CxgcPd">pick up the Surface Pro 3 Type Cover now</a>!


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Airbnb Is Helping Make Android Apps More Like The Web


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The ranks of app makers offering deep-linking tools have been joined by an unlikely contender: Airbnb.

Deep linking, a technique for launching directly into a specific function or piece of content, has been an area where mobile apps have lagged behind the Web. Everyone from Apple and Google to startups like Bitly, Button, and URX have been trying to solve the problem.

And now Airbnb’s in the deep-links game, too. On Tuesday, engineers at the lodging marketplace introduced DeepLinkDispatch, a library that makes linking to specific parts of an Android app easier. 

While Android has long had a feature called Intents which allows one app to link to another, Airbnb wasn’t satisfied with it.

“Deep linking is becoming a bigger feature in the mobile ecosystem,” Airbnb engineer Christian Deonier said. “The out-of-the-box solution for Android is a little clunky. This is more elegant and more streamlined.” 

Specifically, DeepLinkDispatch

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Cisco Wants To Buy OpenDNS Because The Intranet Is Dead


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When I dropped in last month on David Ulevitch, the CEO of OpenDNS, he was cheerily bounding around the rapidly expanding home base of his Internet security empire in San Francisco’s SoMa district. He’d taken over the other side of the building where OpenDNS is headquartered.

Now Cisco, an investor in OpenDNS since last year, is acquiring the fast-growing company for $635 million in cash and stock. The reasons are simple and obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention to the Internet lately: Networks are porous. Firewalls are irrelevant. Work happens everywhere. And new devices are getting added to the network all the time. 

See also: Box Matches Dropbox With New Security Partnerships

Ulevitch has been beating this drum for a while—in fact, he quietly taunted Cisco three years ago, before that company literally bought into his vision. What’s different is that the world is waking up to

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Supreme Court Refuses To Decide If APIs Are Copyrightable


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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from Google in its ongoing legal battle with Oracle over software copyright. The move means that the search giant, which argues that its reliance on Oracle’s software development tools falls under fair use, must go back and try to sway the lower courts. 

The outcome of this 5-year-old tussle may have enormous repercussions across the tech industry. Oracle sees itself as a champion of sorts, fighting to protect intellectual property rights. Google, on the other hand, believes it is defending innovation. If the courts rule that application programming interfaces (APIs) are subject to copyright, the decision could severely restrict the ability of coders to build on or modify the work of others. 

See also: Chilling Effect: Oracle Wins Appeal to Copyright APIs

That’s no small matter. Advances in software often come from app makers adapting or furthering someone else’s code to solve problems

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Is Embracing Total Transparency Really A Good Idea?


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Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

There’s a lot of debate around whether or not businesses should be completely transparent about salaries, revenue and other traditionally confidential information. Companies like Buffer bare all, while other startups look for a middle ground.

There are pros and cons to each side. We polled a group of founders from YEC to see what they’re thoughts were about whether total transparency is a good decision, or one that would ultimately hurt the business. Their best answers are below.

1. Pro: It Encourages Accountability and Ownership

If you expect people to act like owners of the business, you need to give them information about how the business is doing, whether good or bad. It’s very difficult for people to feel a sense of ownership if they are siloed and kept in the dark about the fundamental operating metrics

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Respect Your Salespeople: They Earn Your Salary


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by Jean-Louis Gassée Another people-in-tech Monday Note, vs. tech itself, in the spirit of The HR-Less Performance Review and Firing Well, this time about the value of competent, service-oriented salespeople, and the respect we owe them – with our own interest in mind.  We’re at the Board Meeting of a Valley start-up. An investor has(…)

What’s Blocking The $11 Trillion Internet Of Things Opportunity


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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a goldmine waiting to happen, says a new report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.. However, according to its findings, we may be waiting a long time. 

The tech industry seems to have reached full lather over this trend, with companies big and small rushing in to connect all manner of gadgets, home appliances, even cars and other technologies, to the each other and the Internet. 

See also: Why The Internet Of Things Is Still Roadblocked

The reason is obvious: McKinsey points to $4 trillion to $11 trillion of positive economic impact each year by 2025. But its report also highlights roadblocks that stubbornly refuse to go away. Increasingly, the world is going to need to turn to open source to get the standards “unstuck.” 

The Slices In The $11 Trillion Pie

Not all industries are created equal when it comes

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The future of law firms: new structures, virtualization, fluid talent, social media-driven reputation


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A little while ago an article The future for law firms: virtual law firms, legal outsourcing and the battle for talent appeared in Thomson Legal reporting on some of my thoughts on where the legal industry is headed.

The article opens:
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HoloLens Reaches For Outer Space


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As other technology companies try to bring science fiction to tech reality, Microsoft goes the other way, by bringing its HoloLens device to NASA

“Project Sidekick” aims to put the HoloLens augmented reality goggles on board the space program’s Weightless Wonder C9 jet. The face gear, combined with the Microsoft’s Skype chat tool, would act as a sort of two-way communicator allowing crews collaborate and run tests, make repairs and ensure other system integrity. If everything works the way it should, the device could wind up landing at its ultimate destination, on board the space station.

See also: Microsoft Missed Mobile, So Now It Wants To Own VR

Apart from being an incredibly cool scenario for its augmented reality face gear, the move also highlights Microsoft’s deep interest in supporting companies and other organizations. That should surprise no one, considering the so-called enterprise is one of the few,

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Apple’s Fuzzy Vision Of The Smart Home Is Becoming Clearer


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Curious about how exactly Apple’s smart home will work? Wonder no longer: Apple has finally provided some much-needed answers with an updated HomeKit support page, which outlines some specific, practical information about how to use the system. 

Apple has touted its HomeKit smart-home framework since last year, promising that people will soon be able to use their iPhones and iPads to control home appliances—everything from lights and thermostats to coffeemakers. But the promise has remained vague, primarily because Apple has stayed relatively mum about this initiative in the public eye. That has left some folks to wonder if the company underestimated the complexities involved in building its own smart-home system. 

See also: “Virtual Rooms” For The Apple Smart Home Sound Like A Great Idea

While the support page is not exactly a heartfelt or glossy commercial, at least it explains how Apple sees users controlling the action. Accompanying the

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Google Shows How Fast America Rushed To Learn About Gay Marriage


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Just 3 minutes after the Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal nationwide, much of America shifted its attention to learn more. Google set up a series of gay-friendly “easter eggs” (or hidden features) in the search bar and on Youtube, which were ready to meet the flash horde of curious netizens. 

See also: OK, Google: Search Inside My Apps!

Google recently updated its Google Trends tool for tracking worldwide search volume in real time, and today, the company showed off what it can do by illustrating — in fascinating simplicity — just how quickly news can capture the attention of an entire nation. 

Google Trends can be extremely helpful for developers, marketing professionals and anyone else who needs to track the aggregate interests of the Internet,

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Apple Purges Confederate Flags, But Leaves Swastikas And Nazis Alone


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It’s easy to see why Apple—following in the footsteps of retailers and tech companies like Google, Amazon and Etsy—wants to purge its App Store of applications depicting the Confederate flag. What’s less clear is why the company would then leave Nazi Swastikas still standing prominently in some games. 

See also: Google Play Developer Policy Updates In A Nutshell: Don’t Be A Jerk

The choice to ban a symbol of slavery, but not of mass genocide, highlights how tech companies struggle to apply hate speech guidelines — often with strange inconsistency. It’s obviously a gray area, one that could pose a real conundrum for app developers forced to comply with confusing rules. 

Here’s an example: Apple, in its haste to remove apps and games

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The Brave New World Of Virtual-Reality Filmmaking


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While gamers wait patiently for their virtual-reality headsets to go on sale, there’s another industry ripe for the VR picking: movies. That means, as VR technology matures, filmmakers have to work out a new approach to their craft. But if they get it right, audiences are in for a far more immersive and interactive ride. 

Companies like Samsung, Google and Oculus have been evangelizing VR cinema experiences, hoping to bring the sorts of videos that make their virtual-reality platforms a real destination for movie watchers. But to make their campaigns work, they need filmmakers and video producers who know what they’re doing. 

See also: Samsung Is Getting Serious About Producing Its Own Virtual-Reality Videos

That can be tricky. Within the umbrella of VR movies, there are different approaches around the level of physical movement given to an audience, the available viewing angle (perhaps just 180 degrees instead of 360) and whether

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Google Play Developer Policy Updates In A Nutshell: Don’t Be A Jerk


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For a company that has played a key role in fashioning today’s Web—in all its fun, creative and also sometimes depraved glory—Google seems to be oddly horrified lately by the proposition of negative behavior. 

The company just updated its developer program policies Wednesday to include, among other things, a specific provision governing sensitivity to tragic events. 

How does one govern sensitivity? Here’s Google’s take: “We don’t allow content which may be deemed as capitalizing on or lacking reasonable sensitivity towards a natural disaster, atrocity, conflict, death, or other tragic event,” the policy now reads. 

The company also took the opportunity to frown on deceptive behavior with a few bullet points restricting things like mimicking other software, or including features and art that deliberately trick users. The text stops short of telling developers to play nice and say “please” and “thank you.” 

See also: Now Google Wants You

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Even Messenger Wants To Get Away From Facebook


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Facebook, the social network people either love to use or just love to hate, doesn’t want to stand in the way of Messenger’s success—so it’s stepping aside, letting people without Facebook accounts sign up for the messaging service with just a phone number.

See also: Why Facebook Messenger Is A Platform—And WhatsApp Isn’t

Messenger doesn’t lack for users—it already has 700 million signed on—and yet the company apparently thinks that’s not enough. (Messenger trounces rival WeChat and its 500 million monthly active users, and its not far behind Facebook’s other messaging app, WhatsApp, whose ubiquity on even older wireless networks earned it 800 million monthly active users worldwide.)

Why the new user recruitment tactic? Because the more users Messenger has, the more it can entice developers into the fold—and the larger its revenue potential becomes.

About Face

Examples of how apps can tie into Messenger, from Facebook’s F8

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Amazon Echo’s Ready To Chat Up Everyone Now—Except Developers


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Amazon’s attempts at making hardware have been laughably hit-or-miss, with flops like the Amazon Fire phone on one end of the range and the popular Amazon Fire TV stick on the other. Now Amazon aims to bend the curve with the Amazon Echo, its voice-driven smart speaker, which began taking preorders from the public on Tuesday for $180. 

Echo may be ready to greet mainstream shoppers, but there’s still one audience it hasn’t connected with yet: developers. Amazon promised to let developers build apps for the device, but the Alexa AppKit, named after the device’s trigger word, has remained stuck in the beta stage since February. 

See also: Amazon’s Echo Update Gives Alexa The Keys To Your House

In other words, developers can work with the pre-release software tools, but there’s no guarantee when their apps will work with the final product consumers are ordering now. As a result, the

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How To Fit Gmail’s New ‘Undo’ Feature Into A Rapid Messaging Strategy


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Google has officially added the ability to “un-send” emails to its Gmail email service, letting users retrieve messages for a short period after they send them. While not exactly new—it was an experimental Gmail Labs feature long popular with power users—the move now makes it a bona fide capability. 

I use it daily to correct emails riddled with grammar errors or, worse, messages that I should never have sent at all. 

See also: The Fastest Email App To Get To Inbox Zero

The ‘undo’ feature happens to pair delightfully well with the favorite email strategy of Google executive Eric Schmidt: replying to important messages immediately and constantly throughout the day. But replying quickly to every message both increases the likelihood of thoughtlessly sending

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You’re Using PhoneGap For All The Wrong Reasons


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Cross-platform development tools like PhoneGap and Xamarin have never been more popular. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that they may be popular for all the wrong reasons. 

According to a new Visionmobile survey of 8,000 mobile developers, 30 percent of all mobile app developers now turn to such cross-platform tools, but not necessarily to improve their users’ experience. Instead, as the report shows, many developers use such tools to save themselves time and money.

This isn’t a recipe for a top ranking in the App Store.

And Then There Were Three

While the cross-platform tool market has been boiling with competition for some time, today only three platforms remain top-of-mind for most developers. PhoneGap (also known as Apache Cordova, the open-source project that powers it), Xamarin, and Unity now account for 70 percent of all primary development use:

 This is a big shift since 2012.

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How to create an extraordinarily successful future for the news industry


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I recently did the opening keynote on Creating the Future of News at the International News & Media Association World Congress in New York, which brought together over 400 senior news executives from 45 countries.

Below is a video excerpt of the opening minutes of my keynote.

You can see a video of the complete keynote here, and the static presentation slides here (though much of my visual presentation was video).
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