There are things fitness trackers are generally pretty good at. You know, like counting your steps, measuring how many calories you burned. And then there are things fitness trackers are generally bad at. Logging your food intake is a particularly…
Apple has donated half a million dollars to a San Francisco anti-poverty initiative. The donation, as reported by Fortune, to the SF Gives charity, joins similar donations from other leading Silicon Valley firms like Google and LinkedIn. Apple, like late co-founder Steve Jobs, has been famously quiet about their charitable donations, though they’ve been opening up under current CEO Tim Cook.
Unlike (Product) Red’s global ambitions, SF Gives is much more focused on the San Francisco region, and is aiming to raise $10 million through contributions from 20 local businesses of just $500,000 each — a drop in the bucket for the likes of Apple.
The arrival of an initiative like SF Gives comes at a precarious time for Silicon Valley. Critics of the thriving tech industry have blamed companies for a meteoric rise in rents and increased evictions. In recent months, protesters have blocked Google’s employee commuter buses, held a rally at the annual Crunchies tech awards gala, and stood outside the San Francisco home of Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose, distributing flyers and holding signs maligning Rose as a “parasite” and “leech.” Many people also complain about the tech industry’s limited track record in philanthropy, despite the huge profits generated by some of its biggest names.
Apple’s charitable givings have been become more public recently, though they still tend to play their cards close to their vest — Fortune had to cite “sources close to the matter”. In 2011, Apple launched a charitable donations matching program for their employees, as well as donating more than $70 million to AID research through (Product) Red.
This is just a clever use of space right here. These bookends keep your softcovers in line and your mail in order. All your favorite paper goods, all in one place, tidy and organized. Nice!
This photo of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter being tested in a wind tunnel comes from the archives of the Deutsches Zentrum fÃ¼r Luft- und Raumfahrt, the national aeronautics and space research centre of Germany. It doesn’t feel like a photo from 1940. This facility actually looks from the future.
When shopping for that special someone who loves the great outdoors, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. There are so many companies and so many items with so many different features that it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we thought we’d kickstart this party with some of our favorite camping gear. We hope H.D. Thoreau would be down.
The duo cover the Christopher Cross classic for ‘Anchorman 2′ soundtrack.
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The NSA / PRISM / MUSCULAR scandal sparked by Edward Snowden’s leaks stained many tech companies, and tonight Microsoft has laid out several plans it hopes will convince customers (particularly non-US businesses and foreign governments) they’re safe using its products and services. In a blog post, general counsel and executive VP Brad Smith lays out a three pronged approach of “immediate and coordinated action” against the threat of government snooping. It’s expanding the use of encryption to cover any content moving between it and its customers, any transmissions between its data centers, and data stored on its servers — all of this is said to be in place by the end of 2014.
In terms of court orders that may push it to reveal data, Microsoft is committing to notify “business and government” customers of any legal orders, and if it is prevented from doing so by a gag order, says it will challenge those in court. Finally, it’s expanding the existing program giving governments access to its source code so they can make sure it doesn’t contain any back doors. According to Reuters, this will put Microsoft on par with other Internet companies like Amazon Web Services, Yahoo and Google for how it treats data. Still, while that may help foreign diplomats feel better about logging into Outlook or Skype, there are probably a few individuals who will keep their tin foil hats on, Kinect cameras covered and cellphones off.
While Microsoft has sold a ton of Xbox Ones, not all of them are functioning as their owners hoped they would. It turns out that some of the consoles are having problems with their optical drives — some eat discs, while others reject them while a series of ominous sounds emanate from within. The good news is, should you be among those unfortunate souls, Microsoft is aware of the problem and is doing its best to make amends, including giving some affected parties a free game. Polygon reports that Xbox customer care has offered a game as recompense for some faulty consoles, and will let folks choose to download Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome or Zoo Tycoon for free. We reached out to Microsoft about its generosity, and here’s what the company has to say on the matter:
While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.
Flat smartphones are so early 2013; concave is the new hotness. At least, that’s what Samsung and LG might have you believe: both companies have brought new curved displays to a limited market for an extremely high price. The Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex probably won’t be on most people’s wish lists, as each one costs well above $900 in Korea. Still, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing plenty more (for a lower price) in the not-too-distant future. If this is indeed a sign of things to come, why shouldn’t we want to spend more time with the phone that started the whole craze? Fortunately for us, our friends at Negri Electronics — an online retailer which sells the Galaxy Round and G Flex — offered us the chance to use an imported Korean version for a few days. Take a look at the galleries below and read on for some detailed impressions.%Gallery-slideshow122862%
NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into “great detail” with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn’t saying for now.
He would say this: He still wants to play in the NFL.
Martin — in town because the league is trying to gather information about the bullying he says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito — arrived at the Manhattan office building of special investigator Ted Wells on Friday morning, and didn’t emerge until shortly after sunset. Mobbed by media, he stood in the camera lights and read a statement.
“Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time,” Martin said. “This is the right way to handle the situation.
“Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League.”
After that, he and attorney David Cornwell went back into the building, later leaving via a side exit.
The crowd outside the building drew attention from office workers and tourists all day. Some even stopped to watch and wait, and most seemed familiar with Martin’s story.
Even Miami-based hip-hop artist Rick Ross came by. His record label is located in the building across the street.
Incognito has acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racial slur, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother. Incognito has said he regrets the racist and profane language, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room “brotherhood,” not bullying.
Incognito is white and Martin is black. Teammates, both black and white, have said Incognito is not a racist, and they’ve been more supportive of the veteran guard than they have of Martin.
Incognito has been suspended by the Dolphins. He filed a grievance Thursday against the team over his suspension, and has said his conduct was part of the normal locker-room environment.
Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin speaks to members of the media outside the office of the NFL …
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also plans to meet with Martin, who said Friday that he will indeed get together with the Dolphins’ front office. On Monday, Ross said two committees would examine the locker-room culture. Players have been virtually unanimous in saying it doesn’t need to be changed.
At Dolphins practice Friday, long snapper John Denney, the team’s players’ union representative, was asked about problems.
“I can’t say I saw it firsthand because I’m not an offensive lineman, and I’m not in their offensive line room. I can tell you from my perspective, and having been in this locker room, I never saw it coming,” he said. “I can say that. It was a surprise to me. There did not seem to be an increase in behavioral problems. It’s been the same here my entire career.”
Coach Joe Philbin also talked to reporters but kept his focus on football.
“I believe in the guys we have in the locker room,” he said. “I believed in them before this all took place, before all this scrutiny came upon us.
Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin speaks to members of the media outside the office of the NFL …
“And I believe in them today.”
While Martin was in New York, and long before he spoke, Incognito’s grievance was a talking point in the locker room some 1,300 miles away.
“He’s got to do what he’s got to do. I’m never going to tell somebody how to run their life,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said. “You got to get your money, man. I don’t really have too much to say about it.”
Martin alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito, and the case has raised questions about job security for Philbin, his assistants and general manager Jeff Ireland.
Philbin won a vote of confidence this week from Ross, but that could change depending on the findings of Wells, who was brought into the situation last week. Wells is expected in Miami next week to talk with Dolphins players, coaches and staff.
Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin, center, prepares to speak to members of the media outside th …
Wells will determine the role of Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case, and his report will be made public. One issue is whether anyone on the coaching staff ordered Incognito to “toughen up” Martin, a second-year tackle from Stanford who became a starter as a rookie but played poorly at times.
Martin left the team two weeks ago and has been with family in California undergoing counseling for emotional issues.
Center Mike Pouncey missed practice Friday because of an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against San Diego, raising the possibility the Dolphins will be without a third starting offensive lineman.
The case inspired a national debate about workplace bullying and attracted a daily throng of 100 media members or more at the Dolphins complex. In Manhattan, both CNN and Fox News Channel were on hand outside the meeting.
The Dolphins (4-5) have slumped after a 3-0 start, and on Sunday they play at home for the first time since the scandal broke.
“All we have to do,” defensive end Cameron Wake said, “is concentrate on playing the game on Sunday.”
AP Sports Writer Steven Wine and freelancer Sandra Harwitt in Miami contributed to this report.
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