Here’s why you should be grateful for online advertising

by News on August 22, 2014, no comments

By Brad Reed

Why Is Online Advertising Important

Online advertising is annoying but the Internet wouldn’t be nearly as great without it. Fast Company directs our attention to a study from U.K. video ad platform Ebuzzing that claims it would cost each of us around $232 extra per year to get all of the stuff on the web we now enjoy for free if we eliminated online ads.

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Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role

by News on August 22, 2014, no comments

WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Todd Park, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

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Coin, the one credit card to rule them all, now available for backers, sort of

by News on August 22, 2014, no comments

By Phil Nickinson

Coin — the sort of physical digital that aims to replace all the other cards in your wallet — is now available for backers to claim. (We’re one of them.) There are a few caveats, though. One is that while the iOS app will be ready Aug. 28, the Android app won’t drop until Sept. 25.

Another caveat — and this one’s a biggie — is that backers will need to pick one of two options. The beta route will get you more immediate access to the card and software, but with only 85 percent acceptance guaranteed. That means it might not work 15 percent of the time. You’ll also be missing “Left-Behind Alert,” which would warn you if you leave the Coin card (and thus all your credit cards attached to it) behind. And it won’t be available internationally.

If you opt for the “Gold Standard,” you’ll see 100 percent reliability, Coin says, along with the left-behind alerts. But you’ll have to wait until the Spring of 2015 to get your card.

So if you’re a Coin backer, check your mail. And choose wisely.

More: OnlyCoin.com

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Samsung’s virtual reality plans are finally taking shape

by News on August 22, 2014, no comments

By Jacob Siegal

Samsung Gear VR Leaked Photos

As the wearable market continues to heat up, tech companies around the world are looking to expand into every relevant category of the fledgling industry. We’ve seen smartwatches, smart glasses and even smart shoes, but the sector of the wearable field that has us most excited is virtual reality. Sony and Oculus have taken most of the spotlight up until now, but Samsung is preparing an entry of its own to reveal at IFA 2014. Now, just two weeks from the event, new photos of the Gear VR have leaked.

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