How do you fund an ongoing endeavor to build space technology? You could sell tickets to the moon. Or around the moon – nearish the moon.
SpaceX already sold two such tickets, for a trip around the moon that will take place next year if all goes to schedule. The company announced the news yesterday, out of nowhere, without revealing either the price paid per ticket or who the lucky two individuals will be.
Uber SVP Amit Singhal joined the company after coming "out of retirement" in January, but he's already gone – he resigned after Uber found out about a sexual harassment claim made against him perviously that it deemed "credible," and that also proved the real reason for his departure from Google to begin with. One thing Uber does not need at the moment are more problems with sexual harassment than those apparently embedded into its culture.
After originally leaking via a low-quality video shot by a conference attendee, Boston Dynamics' new Handle robot with wheels and the ability to jump is much more impressive in these official demo videos. It's got a 4-foot vertical, which is more ups than you or I can claim.
Hyperloop One is in talks with the Indian government about whether or not a hyperloop systems makes sense for the country, and would be feasible in terms of infrastructure and economics. It's a big step for Hyperloop One, which is exploring a short list of 35 global project proposals for use of its tech.
The Lightning connector is not that old, but Apple might be doing away with it regardless: A new WSJ report says it's going with USB-C on the next iPhone, and that's ultimately for the best, even if you're going to be mad about having to buy new cables right now. Let's get behind USB-C and make it the actual one cord to rule them all.
I recently received an email from my health club that said, in part: "Dear Chris, We've noticed you haven't been in as regularly in recent weeks. I understand there may be many reasons for not being able to make it in, but I just wanted to send a quick note to check if you're happy with the service we've been providing. Let me know if I can be of any assistance and I hope to see you very soon!" [More...]
Mobile World Congress: Gigabit Wireless and the Anti-iPhone Set One of the biggest disappointments at this year's Mobile World Congress is that the Samsung Galaxy 8 phone won't make it. The Galaxy line has been the ultimate iPhone fighter. Rumors around the anniversary edition of the iPhone suggest that it will do amazing, magical things, like 3D selfies. OK, I'm really missing Steve Jobs at the moment -- who the hell wants 3D selfies?!? [More...]
Snap Sells Itself as Camera Company as IPO Nears As it approaches its IPO, Snap, maker of the popular Snapchat messaging app, is positioning itself as a camera company. "We feel like we're really at the beginning of what cameras can do," said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. "Before, cameras were the best way to perfectly save or record something that you saw. They sort of helped augment memory -- but now, you know, cameras augment the way that we talk." [More...]
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Snap Sells Itself as Camera Company as IPO Nears As it approaches its IPO, Snap, maker of the popular Snapchat messaging app, is positioning itself as a camera company. "We feel like we're really at the beginning of what cameras can do," said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. "Before, cameras were the best way to perfectly save or record something that you saw. They sort of helped augment memory -- but now, you know, cameras augment the way that we talk." http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84334.html
FCC Head Champions FM Radio for Smartphones Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, last week issued a call for activation of the FM chips in smartphones. The vast majority of smartphones sold in the U.S. have FM chips, but they're activated in only about 44 percent of the top brands, Pai said. Although that's nearly twice the 25 percent figure of two years ago, it's not good enough, he suggested. http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84332.html
4 Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid I recently received an email from my health club that said, in part: "Dear Chris, We've noticed you haven't been in as regularly in recent weeks. I understand there may be many reasons for not being able to make it in, but I just wanted to send a quick note to check if you're happy with the service we've been providing. Let me know if I can be of any assistance and I hope to see you very soon!" http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84333.html
Google Cracks Key Security Code, Calls for New Standard Google on Thursday announced that its two years of collaboration with CWI resulted in the launch of a successful attack against the SHA-1 cryptographic algorithm, a widely used standard protocol used to protect sensitive data in millions of computers. The breakthrough research hows that the industry needs to send the SHA-1 standard into retirement, Google said. http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84329.html
Apple's New Space Station Ready for Takeoff Apple on Wednesday announced that its long-awaited new headquarters, anchored by a 2.8 million square foot mothership building, is near completion. Named "Apple Park," the complex will make its official debut in April. The 175-acre campus, which falls somewhere between the Pentagon and an Olympic village in terms of size, is the fulfillment of the dream of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84325.html
Social Marketing Grows Up Before there was experimental data to support various contentions, it made perfect sense to believe that the likes and endorsements posted to friends on social media would drive more business. After all, didn't we all subscribe to the idea that a disgruntled customer would tell many more people about a brand's shortcomings than a happy customer would sing its praises? http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84327.html
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