How To Unplug For New Year’s Weekend


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shutterstock_211945831 New Year’s is a time where we turn off work for a little while. We meet friends and family, reflect on the prior year, and begin to imagine possibilities for the coming year. For many of us involved with startups, however, taking time to unplug can be difficult. Unplugging is challenging because startups are often very busy. Read More

The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise


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shutterstock_135236030 In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t from a friend or work, it’s from the watch itself: “You’re pregnant.” Loretta is surprised; conception was merely days before. But pregnancy is one of the many tests constantly checked by her wearable and household technology. Read More

Apple said to pay Italy $348 million, sign tax deal


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(By Emilio Parodi and Agnieszka Flak for Reuters) — Apple Inc will pay Italy’s tax office 318 million euros ($348 million) to settle a dispute over allegations it failed to pay taxes for six years, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

The maker of iPhones and iPads will also sign an accord next year on how to manage its tax liabilities from 2015 onward, the source said.

The deal comes as the European Union and national governments take a tougher stand against profit-shielding arrangements used by multinational companies.

Italian prosecutors have been investigating allegations that Apple failed to pay corporate taxes to the tune of 879 million euros in 2008-2013 by reducing its taxable income when it booked profits generated in Italy through its Irish subsidiary, sources told Reuters earlier this year.

“Apple will pay the tax agency 318 million euros and will sign a new

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Where Are All The Women In White Hats?


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white-hat America needs cyber talent — especially among women. Without a capable workforce to secure the smartphone in your hand or the highly classified networks our government operates within, our economy and national security will be at risk. We need to nurture a pool of interested young men and women to go into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The troubling news is… Read More

The headset cometh: A virtual reality content primer


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When we talk about VR, we tend to talk in broad strokes. “Experiences,” we call them, as if that term is somehow covers and conveys the depth and disparity that exists between gaming, watching, and interacting with VR content. The reality of virtual reality, however, is not so easily categorized or described.

VR content is the big blanket term that clumsily and imprecisely covers large and vastly divergent portions of the content market as it stands. VR games, immersive video, and virtual cinema all fall under “VR content”, but they’re fundamentally different experiences, possibly appealing to very different portions of a potential mainstream VR market.

Let me get this out of the way: the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony Playstation VR systems that are coming en masse in Q1 2016 are wildly dissimilar creatures. From hardware to headware, these headsets have commonalities (gyroscopes, accelerometers, lenses) but

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The Most Talked-About Tech Stories Of 2015


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TechCrunch Newsletter photoshop magic As we relentlessly press forward in time, into a world full of self-driving cars and virtual reality headsets, it’s important to reflect back on the path we took to get to this moment.
What happened in 2015 that got us talking, and more importantly thinking, about what we want our future to look like?
The following is a list of the biggest stories from last year. Read More

Netflix vs. Amazon in 2015: A tale of two video-streaming giants


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As we near the end of another year, VentureBeat takes a look back at some of the highlights from two companies at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement: Netflix and Amazon.

From awards and big-name content acquisitions to new international markets and strategic partnerships, this is a tale of two global video-streaming giants in 2015.

Original content comes of age

Jeffrey Tambor & the rest of the Transparent cast: Emmy's, 2015

Above: Jeffrey Tambor & the cast Transparent at the 2015 Emmys

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If we learned anything in 2015, it’s that original content has well and truly come of age.

Both Amazon and Netflix started the year with a bang by securing gongs at the Golden Globes. Amazon walked away with the top TV comedy award for Transparent — the first online series ever to win a Golden Globe. Jeffrey Tambor also scooped up the award for best comedy actor for the show. Not to be outdone, Kevin Spacey emerged triumphant after seven

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Top 10 Gear Live Videos of 2015


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The sun will set on 2015 in just a few hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/apple" rel="tag">Apple</a> gear that made the list, with the release of the 4th generation Apple TV and Apple Watch. The launch of the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox was big with our viewers as well, appearing in our top 10 twice! Other items, like the New Nintendo 3DS XL, Alienware Steam Machine, and Toyota Entune platform also proved popular as well.


Oh, and if you wanna be sure to get our new video episodes as they come out in 2015, be sure to subscribe to us (free!) on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=gearlive">YouTube</a>, or in <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=250542580">iTunes</a>.


Also, you can check out the top ten videos from <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/article/top-10-gear-live-videos-2014-q414/">2014</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/article/top-10-gear-live-videos-2013-q413/">2013</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/article/top-10-gear-live-videos-2012-q412/">2012</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/article/top-10-gear-live-videos-2011-q411/"><div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss_2?i=YZs3jd8p9q4:g2T4HH2BI7o:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></div>

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How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists


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missing-people Data scientist might be considered the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” with many companies eager to hire data science talent. But 20 years ago the term was barely used, save for a few academic articles. Even a decade ago, explaining data science to employers was challenging. Few people understood the value of a skill set that combines computer science, statistics, operations… Read More

To combat app overload, Apple and Google should look to Amazon


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It’s hard to believe that when the iPhone launched in 2007, Apple planned to eschew third-party native apps altogether. From that nearly missed opportunity, iOS went on to not only change course and offer the App Store, but to create a blueprint for mobile software distribution that has been adopted by every smartphone platform since.

Currently home to a staggering million-plus apps (1.4 million at last count), and still trailing Android’s massive catalog, the App Store is a shining paragon of market-building, having enabled an economy worth billions of dollars annually to both Apple and its developer community.

But Apple’s and Google’s mobile software shops have become victims of their own successes; both stores are bursting at the seams, with noise far outweighing signal.

Although significant change is unlikely to come to either of these stores, there are targeted ways in which the glut of apps could

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Top 10 Gear Live tech stories of 2015


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We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2013, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2013!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

<strong><a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/article/os-x-10.11-el-capitan-release-september-30-q315/">OS X El Capitan will be released on September 30</a></strong>:<br />
Anticipation for Apple&#39;s newest desktop operating system, OS X 10.11 <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/el+capitan">El Capitan</a>, trumped all other news here on Gear Live in 2015!






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Oculus Pushes Back Touch Controller Launch To Second Half Of 2016


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oculus-rift-pre-e30078 Sometimes timing creeps up on you and you have to move things back. It’s an ugly reality for hardware creators, but it happens. Today, Oculus announced that its Touch controllers will be shipping in the second half of 2016 instead of immediately with the Rift, which is still coming in Q1 2016 with preorders coming “soon.” Oculus founder Palmer Luckey tweeted a link to a blog… Read More

WhatsApp goes down for some on New Year’s Eve


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WhatsApp isn’t working today for some users. We first spotted the problems at 9:58 a.m. Pacific — we couldn’t send messages for a good few minutes, and then they went through eventually. That said, the outage seems to be impacting certain regions more than others, and while some users have regained access, it’s clear that for others this is more than just a blip.

Complaints about the outage have been ongoing for a few hours now, according to searches on Facebook and Twitter. Sites like Down Detector confirm the problem, while others aren’t registering anything as again, not all users are affected.

In fact, Down Detector shows just how the outage is hitting certain regions harder than others:

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Indeed, our reporters in Europe are having more problems than our staff in North America, for example.

We have reached out to Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, for more information. We will

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We’re Close


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15751836930_315ffa1902_k All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types.
For example, before anyone ever sat to watch a movie we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably there… Read More