Social Collaboration Tools Can Make Your Business More Efficient
We’ve seen a significant increase in contingent workers since the Great Recession; technology is one of the reasons this growth is possible. Employees no longer have to be in the same location to feel connected. Technology can help us feel a part of a team even if we’re thousands of miles away.
FedEx Planning for ‘Surge Volume’ Event September 21-24, Coinciding with Rumored iPhone 5 Launch Date
MacRumors has received word that FedEx is making preparations for a “surge volume” event during the period of September 21-24, coinciding with rumors of an iPhone launch in the United States and several other countries on Friday, September 21. While neither Apple nor the iPhone 5 has been specifically mentioned as the source of the surge for FedEx, the iPhone 5 is expected to be introduced at next Wednesday’s media event, and a launch nine days later would be in line with several past product debuts.
Taxi & Limousine Commission Tells Uber It Can’t Legally Operate a Taxi App In NYC, Uber CEO Disagrees
“We got a love letter from the TLC,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just told Betabeat over the phone. He was referring, sarcastically, to a statement issued today by the Taxi and Limousine Commission to “remind” medallion yellow cab drivers and owners that the TLC “has NOT authorized any electronic hailing or payment applications (‘apps’) for use in New York City taxicabs.”
An Ad Agency Crowdsources Its Own Employees’ Morale
AN advertising agency that has been crowdsourcing ideas from its employees is at it again, adopting additional suggestions from staff members on how to improve operations and, by extension, morale.
Amazon’s gadget as a service theme: Hardware becomes irrelevant soon
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks the line between talking Kindle Fire specs and telling you services trump gadgets. The entire tech food chain—prosumer to enterprise—will see hardware as a mere vessel for delivering broader services.
Dot-Com Bubble’s Equity Swaps Are Back
Raaj Nemani and a pal were making plans to start their own business, an online retailer of limited-edition sneakers. But they couldn’t afford the $100,000 for high-end website design.
Then, they learned of an alternative.
Airlines begin integrating Passbook for mobile boarding passes ahead of iOS 6 launch
While we expect a ton of businesses to soonstart integrating iOS 6′s Passbook feature for storing boarding passes, loyalty cards, coupons, etc., it appears one airline has already done so. Australian Business Traveler reported that a reader was recently able to load a boarding pass into Passbook while checking in to a Virgin Australia flight by simply using his iPhone running iOS 6:
Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder and Web advocate
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian has accomplished what virtually no one else in Washington is doing these days: bringing the political parties together on a controversial issue.
Democrats and Republicans have stepped up their support this year of Ohanian’s cause of keeping the Web free of government intervention. During their conventions, both sides touted a platform plank affirming Internet freedom.
Apple Lifts Ban on BitTorrent Apps, Or So It Seems
Ever since the inception of the App Store, Apple has notoriously banned all apps related to BitTorrent. However, those who conduct a search for BitTorrent in the App Store today will be surprised to see that Apple returns two search results. One app allows users to control the mufti-platform BitTorrent client Transmission and the other one does the same for uTorrent. This begs the question, did Apple lift its BitTorrent ban?
How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything
Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that’s the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you’re drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B — and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built. It’s the first time the company has let anyone watch how the project it calls GT, or “Ground Truth,” actually works.
Hackers Reveal How They Accessed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Email Using World’s Worst Password
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s private email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. His password was 1234.
This absurd factoid about the now-floundering president came to light on Thursday, in an interview opposition hacker Abdullah al-Shamri gave to the Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat.