Facebook Ditched a Fancy Redesign Because Your Computer Sucks

Facebook Ditched a Fancy Redesign Because Your Computer Sucks

Last year Facebook debuted a nice redesign that featured big, beautiful pictures, seen above. But Facebook never rolled it out. Why? Because most people have crappy old computers.

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Franco, Jonas, others tweet during LAX shooting

FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, actor James Franco arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at The Culver Studios, in Culver City, Calif. LAX is the international hub for stars in and out of Hollywood, and a few celebrities, such as Franco and Nick Jonas, were among the travelers caught up in the chaos following the deadly shooting at the airport Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2013. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, actor James Franco arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at The Culver Studios, in Culver City, Calif. LAX is the international hub for stars in and out of Hollywood, and a few celebrities, such as Franco and Nick Jonas, were among the travelers caught up in the chaos following the deadly shooting at the airport Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2013. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2013 file photo, Nick Jonas arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater, in Los Angeles. LAX is the international hub for stars in and out of Hollywood, and a few celebrities, such as Jonas and James Franco, were among the travelers caught up in the chaos following the deadly shooting at the airport Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(AP) — LAX is the international hub for stars in and out of Hollywood, and a few celebrities were among the travelers caught up in the chaos following the deadly shooting at the airport Friday morning.

With time on their hands, they took to Twitter to update fans.

— “At #lax Some (expletive) shot up the place.” — James Franco, who included a self-portrait in an airplane window seat. His publicist confirmed the actor was a passenger on a flight that landed Friday morning after the shooting occurred.

— “Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting.” — Nick Jonas, who posted moments earlier that the flight he arrived on was set to deplane at the terminal where the shooting occurred.

— “Im thankful to be safe and heading home. My heart goes to the victims. Makes you think about the important people in your life.” — “Dancing With the Stars” pro Lacey Schwimmer, who spent the day at the airport after tweeting earlier that her flight landed just as the shooting happened.

— “Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt. #LAX” — “Mythbusters” host Tory Belleci posted Friday morning, followed by a series of tweets and photos updating the situation at the airport throughout the afternoon.

— “Almost 4 hrs since the shooting. Still here. 2000+ people. They’re handing out waters & snacks. #LAXShooting” — Belleci. Discovery confirmed in a statement that he and Grant Imahara were at terminal 3 on route to Delaware when the shooting occurred.

— “Incredible response by LAPD & airport authority. This place was locked tight w precision quickly. God bless first responders!” — “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, who later tweeted that his flight made it out before the airport was closed.

— “Otw to lax and I hear there was a shooting at the terminal I’m going to. No Dallas for me this weekend, hope everyone is ok. I hate u LAX” — “Glee” star Mark Salling.

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Retina iPad mini supply levels ‘unclear’ for the holidays (i.e. buy early)

During today’s quarterly financial results call, Tim Cook sounded unsure about whether or not they were going to have enough Retina iPad minis to meet demand for the last quarter of the year. Specifically, he noted that “It’s unclear whether we’ll enough for the quarter.” Obviously it’s going to be a good holiday for Apple regardless, and Cook went so far to say that “it’s going to be an iPad Christmas,” but combined with the later release date of the Retina iPad mini sometime later in November, it might be tricky getting your hands on this specific model for the holidays. Even now, there’s apparently a backlog for the iPhone 5s due to supply constraints – one can only imagine how long a lack of components might clog up Retina iPad production during the busiest retail season of the year.

How many of you had your heart set on giving (or getting) a Retina iPad for the holidays? Are you willing to camp out on launch day for one, whenever that might be?


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Town mourns after teen charged in teacher’s death

Candles and teddy bears are placed at Danvers High School prior to a candlelight vigil to mourn the death of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher at Danvers High School on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013, in Danvers, Mass. Ritzer was found slain in woods behind the high school, and Danvers High School student Philip Chism, 14, who was found walking along a state highway overnight was charged with killing her. (AP Photo/ Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — Grief counselors are meeting with students at the Massachusetts high school where authorities say a popular teacher was killed by a 14-year-old student in one of her math classes.

Classes won’t resume until Friday at Danvers High School, where 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer was described as a caring teacher who would stand outside her classroom and say hello to even students she didn’t teach.

Grief counselors will be available for several hours Thursday. Authorities have charged student Philip Chism with the crime that has shaken this middle-class community 20 miles north of Boston. Ritzer’s body was found behind the school Wednesday.

Officials haven’t released a cause of death or discussed a motive in the killing.

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Stop Trying to Make Smart TV Happen

Stop Trying to Make Smart TV Happen

More than 40 percent of U.S. households that have smart TVs actually haven’t even connected them to the internet. Which means that TVs still remain what consumer electronics companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony fear most: a “dumb” screen…

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Obama, Pakistani PM to meet amid easing tensions

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the State Department in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the State Department in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(AP) — In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are sitting down together at the White House is seen as a sign of progress.

Few breakthroughs are expected on the numerous hot-button issues on their agenda Wednesday, including American drone strikes and Pakistan’s alleged support for the Taliban. But officials in both countries are hoping to scale back tensions that escalated after the 2011 U.S. strike within Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden and last year’s accidental killing of two dozen Pakistani troops in an American airstrike along the Afghan border.

“We want to find ways for our countries to cooperate, even as we have differences on some issues, and we want to make sure that the trajectory of this relationship is a positive one,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama and Sharif talked on the phone earlier this year, but they have never met in person. Sharif, who served two earlier stints as Pakistan’s prime minister, has held face-to-face talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and was scheduled to meet with other top U.S. officials while in Washington this week.

The prime minister’s visit to the White House comes one day after Amnesty International released a report providing new details about the alleged victims of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, one of them a 68-year-old grandmother hit while farming with her grandchildren. In Pakistan, there is widespread belief that American drone strikes kill large numbers of civilians and Sharif is expected to raise the issue with Obama.

The White House responded to the Amnesty report by defending the drone program, with Carney saying U.S. counterterrorism operations “are precise, they are lawful and they are effective.”

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting will be Obama’s looming decision on whether to keep any American troops in Afghanistan after the war there formally concludes at the end of next year. Ahead of the U.S. withdrawal, the U.S. is seeking to push through a peace deal with the Taliban and Afghan government.

Pakistan is seen as key to this process because of its historical connection to the Taliban. It helped the group grab power in Afghanistan in 1996 and is widely believed to have maintained ties as a hedge against neighbor and nuclear rival India — an allegation denied by Islamabad.


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Vanderbilt rallies, upsets No. 15 Georgia 31-27

Vanderbilt players celebrate after upsetting No. 15 Georgia 31-27 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt players celebrate after upsetting No. 15 Georgia 31-27 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Georgia head coach Mark Richt argues with head linesman Gary Jayroe, left, in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Georgia head coach Mark Richt, center, leaves the field after losing to Vanderbilt 31-27 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) uses crutches as he watches the action in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Carta-Samuels was injured in the second quarter. Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin congratulates running back Jerron Seymour (3) after Seymour scored the game-winning touchdown on a 13-yard run against Georgia in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(AP) — Vanderbilt finally has its first upset of a Top 25 opponent under coach James Franklin, a win that had the Commodores singing with the band and dancing in the end zone.

They also likely ended No. 15 Georgia’s faint hopes of a trip back to the Southeastern Conference championship game for good measure, too.

Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Saturday for a 31-27 victory.

The Commodores (4-3, 1-3) hadn’t beaten a Top 25 team since Oct. 4, 2008, when they edged then-No. 13 Auburn in Nashville. They also got their first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991, snapping a six-game skid to the Bulldogs.

“When you take over a program like we did … every win has been unbelievably significant to us and every win should be significant to our fan base and to our community and to our alumni because it’s an opportunity,” Franklin said when asked about the meaning of the biggest win since he took over in December 2010.

Vanderbilt rallied despite losing Austyn Carta-Samuels in the second quarter with an injured left leg that had him on the sidelines with crutches for the second half. Franklin did not have an update.

Receiver Jordan Matthews said it was tough to see Carta-Samuels hurt and replaced by Patton Robinette.

“At the same time in the game, you got to stay focused on the mission,” Matthews said. “I knew Patton was going to come in and do his job.”

Georgia (4-3, 3-2) failed to hold a 27-14 lead with 6:24 left in the third quarter following Marshall Morgan’s second field goal of the game. The Bulldogs had chances to rally, but Brendan Douglas fumbled after a catch with 1:59 left, and Aaron Murray was intercepted on the final play.

Coach Mark Richt was being criticized when Georgia lost its season opener to Clemson, and now the Bulldogs have lost two straight in the SEC. Richt said everyone wants to talk about how good things are when winning and everyone has an opinion when a team starts losing. He had a message for his team after this loss.

“I just wanted to make sure everyone understood that at Georgia we stick together,” Richt said.

Torren McGaster started the comeback by recovering a fumbled punt by Damian Swann late in the third quarter. Robinette ran for a 2-yard TD, and Carey Spear kicked a 40-yard field goal. Seymour put Vandy ahead a play after Georgia punter Collin Barber could only fall on a high snap at his own 13.

“We got the ‘W,’ so that’s the most important thing,” Robinette said.

Vanderbilt wound up holding the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Georgia 337-221 in total offense. The Commodores held Murray to just 114 yards passing, the third-lowest passing performance of his career.

Murray became the SEC’s career leader in total offense late in the first quarter with a 7-yard pass to Arthur Lynch. That put him a yard past Tim Tebow. Murray then finished off the drive with a 1-yard keeper, putting Georgia up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The senior making his 48th career start also added a 2-yard TD just before halftime for a 24-14 lead. But with so many offensive players out with injuries, Murray couldn’t keep the Bulldogs’ hopes of an SEC East title alive.

“Definitely very stunning, it’s hard,” Murray said.

Vandy’s comeback was helped by the second targeting penalty against Georgia in the game. Robinette’s TD came on a drive kept alive when officials flagged Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson for hitting Vandy receiver Jonathan Krause with his shoulder on an incompletion on fourth-and-4. Review kept Wilson in the game, but the penalty stood for a first down.

Georgia already lost defensive end Ray Drew with 11:19 left in the second quarter. Officials flagged the defensive end for targeting when Drew hit Carta-Samuels after he threw a pass and pushed the quarterback to the ground. Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins tried to be careful after the game but was not happy with the call or the rule in general.

“I think it ruins the game,” Jenkins said. “I think it’s going to ruin the game of football.”

Georgia played without tailback Todd Gurley for a third straight game because of a sprained ankle, along with the other injured Bulldogs. The list grew longer as Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey-Clemons hurt his right foot in the first half and did not return.

Spear also ran for a 3-yard TD on a fake field goal in the second quarter, giving Vandy a 14-10 lead.

The Commodores had all the momentum as they forced Georgia three-and-out. Then they got too fancy, overloading the line wide left. Shaq Wiggins jumped the screen from Carta-Samuels from the side and returned the interception 39 yards for the TD and a 17-14 lead.

Carta-Samuels was knocked out of the game on the next series when sacked by Jenkins, one of three sacks by Georgia.

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Trade secrets protection set to get tougher

Momentum is building for federal legislation protecting trade secrets, an intellectual property attorney said at a Silicon Valley seminar on Thursday.

Trade secrets, in which a company keeps vital information a secret rather than disclosing it for patent protection, can be vital to companies in fields such as information technology. Intel endured a $1 billion trade secrets case in 2008 that saw a departing employee sent to prison.  

But protection of trade secrets via the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which was passed on a state-by-state basis, has been limited, said attorney L. Scott Oliver, of legal firm Morrison & Foerster. “The core of the problem is that the Uniform Trade Secrets Act is just not that uniform,” Oliver said.

The act was only adopted in 46 states, one state is not bound by another state’s decision, and there is a statute of limitations of two to five years, he explained. Texas and New York never adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and provisions are decided differently from state to state.

“All these issues create problems for multistate companies, for national companies, and global companies,” with companies having to develop separate trade secret plans for every jurisdiction, Oliver said. He also cited an example of multijurisdictional theft via computer, in which a computer in New York is hacked into by someone in Texas who passes secrets on to someone else in California. Questions arise over which state laws apply, Oliver noted. There also is no good remedy for international theft, he added.

But now federalization of trade secrets law appears to be on the horizon. Last year President Obama signed the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, which protects secrets used internally and not sold. The Foreign and Economic Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012 also was passed, which raises penalties. Meanwhile, a federal trade secret act that had failed to get passed in 2012 is expected to be re-introduced this fall, according to Oliver. Senate hearings on a bill to address foreign theft and foreign-sponsored theft also are anticipated.

Intel already has had to deal with the Biswamohan Pani case, which involved theft of $1 billion worth of trade secrets. “This gentleman unfortunately right now is sitting in a federal prison for three years,” said Janet Craycroft, director of legal counseling at Intel.

The company, Craycroft said, strives to build a culture of information security with its employees, leveraging an information security policy and a code of conduct. Intel also pays attention to potentially disgruntled employees and is mindful of rumors.

“At the end of the day, we want our employees to feel personally responsible for protecting the company’s trade secrets, and I think that’s your best defense as an employer or as an attorney representing a client or a company.”

This story, “Trade secrets protection set to get tougher,” was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Get the first word on what the important tech news really means with the InfoWorld Tech Watch blog. For the latest developments in business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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Mysterious elephant wins photo prize

Elephants have a mysterious and “tangible energy” according to South African photographer Greg Du Toit.

Now after a 10 year quest, his portrayal of this “energy” has been captured in an award-winning photo.

Titled “Essence of Elephants”, the work has earned him the overall title in this year’s Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Preparation and passion, he says, were key to achieving the winning shot, taken from just over one metre away.

“There was one particular day when a baby elephant raced past right in front of my camera and I was ready. I had to be prepared for that moment,” said Mr Du Toit.

He took the picture at a waterhole in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve from a hide (a sunken freight container) that provided a ground-level view. He had been going to the area five or six times a year for 10 years.

“I chose elephants because I feel a very special energy and connection when I’m around them,” he told BBC News.

“But although you feel that energy it’s very difficult to translate that into a camera because an elephant is such a big animal and they’re not very charismatic, whereas a predator is far more charismatic.”

Authentic moments

Using a very slow shutter speed on a wide angle lens “allowed all that energy to come into my camera” making him able to depict “these gentle giants in an almost ghostly way”.

To achieve the cool blue hue he attached a polarising filter and set his white balance to a cool temperature.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) “means a lot to me for various reasons”, said Du Toit, especially because photos were submitted anonymously, putting professionals and amateurs on an equal footing.

“In my mind it’s one of the last places in the world you can actually look at a wildlife photo and trust that the moment is authentic.”

Chair of the judging panel Jim Brandenburg said: “Greg’s image immediately catapults us to African plains. This image stood out for both its technical excellence and the unique moment it captures – it is truly a once in a lifetime shot.”

This year’s Young Wildlife Photographer of the year is 14-year-old Udayan Rao Pawar from India.

His photo was of a fresh water crocodile with hatchlings on its head “kind of resembling a crown”, explained Mr Pawar.

He crept up on the nestling colony of gharials on the banks of the Chambal River,

Grunting sounds

“When the dawn broke early in the morning I hid myself behind a rock, and when the morning light came I took those images.

“I could hear them making little grunting sounds. Very soon a large female surfaced near the shore, checking on her charges. Some of the hatchlings swam to her and climbed onto her head. Perhaps it made them feel safe.”

Despite conservation efforts, the gharial fresh water crocodile is on the verge of extinction with an estimated 200 mating pairs remaining.

“The Chambal River is the gharial’s last stronghold but is threatened by illegal sand-mining and fishing”, added Udayan.

Wildlife photographer and Judge Tui De Roy said the composition and timing of the photograph was perfect.

“The mother’s gaze seems directed at you, appealing to you to let her live and thrive in peace. This image is beautiful and thought provoking, but at the same time also wonderfully playful, making it a clear winner,” he said.

WPY is one of the most prestigious competitions in world photography. Organised by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, it is now in its 49th year.

Images are submitted anonymously by professional and amateur photographers alike. They are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity and must be submitted as a raw file with no manipulations.

The winners beat 43,000 entries submitted from 96 countries. You can see more images by clicking here. Some viewers may find the last photo in the gallery distressing.

The WPY exhibition opens on Friday 18 October at the Natural History Museum.

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Offshore wind still years off after 1st auction

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It will be a few years before energy is generated by any offshore wind farm in the United States, but efforts to get more of the nation’s energy from such sources took a major step forward last week when the federal government for the first time auctioned off leases for wind energy on the outer continental shelf.

Providence-based Deepwater Wind was the provisional winner of the two leases for an area that starts around 10 miles off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and stretches between and to the south of Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. The company bid $3.8 million for the two leases combined, beating out two other bidders in the auction held Wednesday by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of Interior.

Tommy Beaudreau, director of the bureau, called it a historic moment in the future of clean energy in the country and said it would help in meeting President Barack Obama‘s goal of increasing the amount of clean energy generated on public lands. The Department of Energy has estimated the area could support enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes.

There are no offshore wind farms in the U.S., though several are being developed, including Cape Wind off Cape Cod and a small 5-turbine project off Block Island, being developed by Deepwater. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management also plans to auction off leases for several other offshore wind development areas, including Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia, where an auction will be held next month.

Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski said after the auction that the work for his company begins now. It will have to look closely at the area it is leasing and win state and federal permits that will allow the company to begin construction. That process is expected to last into 2015.

“We need to study everything from the birds and the whales to the ocean floor. We need to study the wind patterns out there and the waves,” Grybowski said.

Assuming it receives permits, Deepwater will then begin construction onshore of foundations and other components, which will happen at Quonset Point in North Kingstown. Grybowski said an aggressive schedule could mean the company starts putting turbines in the water in 2017. It plans to erect 200 turbines, which would generate 1,000 megawatts, he said.

The project would start generating power in 2018.

The first offshore wind farm operating in the U.S. is expected to be either Deepwater’s smaller project or Cape Wind. Cape Wind officials have said construction could begin later this year, while Grybowski said work is scheduled to start next year on the 5-turbine Deepwater project, with operation expected in 2015.

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