Don’t Buy Knockoff Prescription Drugs on Cyber Monday

Don't Buy Knockoff Prescription Drugs on Cyber Monday

Items directly related to life and death should not go on sale. Sure, the price of any product can be affected by market conditions, but you just don’t want to be buying bungee jumping cords half off. You just don’t.

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SkyDrive gets camera backups on iOS, Facebook previews on the web (video)

SkyDrive camera backup on iOS

Windows Phone owners have long had the option of backing up their photos to SkyDrive, but Microsoft hasn’t extended that courtesy to other platforms so far. The company must be feeling a little more generous today, as it just introduced automatic camera backups to SkyDrive for iOS. The update lets snap-happy users preserve both pictures and video, while the bandwidth-conscious can limit connection types and image sizes. There are a few welcome improvements to the app whether or not you plan to safeguard your gallery, including an iOS 7-themed makeover and the choice of opening documents in either Office Mobile or OneNote.

SkyDrive’s web client is getting a smaller, Facebook-oriented tune-up at the same time. Sharers can now get a preview of what their photos will look like on the social network, upload to existing albums and set permissions before the transfer begins. While the web upgrade isn’t quite as helpful as the new iOS app, it should minimize the chances of any SkyDrive-related social mishaps.

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Sling–the streaming box that lets you use your cable subscription from anywhere–has completely red

Sling—the streaming box that lets you use your cable subscription from anywhere—has completely redesigned its SlingPlayer app for Android and iOS to favor better discovery, with added social integration and new split-screen navigation. Sling will also be releasing an app for Windows 8.1 in December. And finally, you can now use your Slingbox with your Roku.

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Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console finally hits stores

Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation 4 gaming console is finally here.

The $400 PS4 started shipping Friday in the U.S. and Canada and will be released in various other countries through December and in Japan in February. This is Sony’s first new gaming console since 2006, when it started shipping the PlayStation 3.

The console’s launch comes just a week ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One, which will ship on Nov. 22 for $500. Microsoft and Sony have been in a see-saw battle for dominance in the game-console market, with Nintendo being the third major competitor. The consoles also face indirect competition from mobile devices and gaming handhelds such as Nvidia’s Shield.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is faster than its predecessor, and also is able to render more realistic graphics for a better gaming experience, according to Sony. It also provides a better streaming experience for online gaming and is better equipped for social networking. Users will be able to post game images and stream live gameplay video on social networking sites through the console and the “Share” button on the new DualShock 4 wireless controller.

Waiting for PlayStation 4 outside New York's Standard High Line hotelAgam ShahPeople stood in line outside the Standard High Line hotel in NY to buy a PS4.

The hardware has eight powerful x86 CPU coress, code-named Jaguar, and graphics cores that deliver 1.84 teraflops of performance. Other features in the console include a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Sony has said that the PS4 has been “future-proofed” for up to a decade with the aim to give the console a longer shelf life.

The PS4 also has specialized hardware to speed up the delivery of online games. A remote play feature allows games to be transferred to the PlayStation Vita console, and Sony wants to make every PS4 game compatible with Vita in the future. Remote play features will also be available so games can be streamed from the PS4 to Android and iOS devices.

The game console is closely tied to the PlayStation Network (PSN), and users will be able to try games before they download them. Social networking sites including Facebook and Ustream have been integrated with the network. Users will be able to use an avatar or a real name to describe themselves.

There are about 180 games in development for the PlayStation, Sony said.

Waiting in PlayStation 4 line outside Sony's flagship store in New YorkAgam Shah

Steven Roberts, a resident of Queens, New York, can’t wait to replace his PS3 with the PS4. He is a self-admitted PlayStation fanboy and Xbox hater.

Hardware improvements aside, he can’t wait to play the new games that will be released with the new console. He was lined outside the Standard High Line hotel in New York City, where Sony sold a limited number of PS4 units.

“Watchdogs is definitely one for me,” Roberts said.

Roberts also likes the improvements in online gaming, as he will be able to compete with more players simultaneously in shooters and other multiplayer games.

“I have PS3 right now, and there are like only 24 people online. With the PlayStation 4, it’s 64 people online. That’s insane,” Roberts said.

The PS4 has improvements across-the-board on hardware and software, but the wireless features in PS4 are a disappointment for Miguel Estrada, who also lined up outside the Standard High Line hotel.

The PS4 has only 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and not the latest 802.11ac wireless technology. Also, he said the PS4 doesn’t work on the 5GHz Wi-Fi channel, which has caused to him to modify his home networking equipment.

As a pure gamer Estrada just wants the hardware, and the social networking features don’t make a difference to him. He also lined up to buy the PS3.

“I just want to play games. I don’t want to share videos or upload to Facebook,” Estrada said. “I’m sure people don’t want to know what trophy you got.”

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Debug year one: History of Apple and computing, amazing indies, game-makers, round tables, and more!

Debug podcast: One year later

One year ago today Guy English and I started the Debug podcast. We were lucky enough to score Loren Brichter as our first guest. It was humbling and enlightening to say the least, and show after show, guest after guest, that feeling never changed. Over the last twelve months we’re been fortunate to talk to supremely talented developers, and engineers and pioneers who’ve shaped our collective history. The highest compliment we’ve gotten, and one we both take very much to heart, is that Debug has become something like technological archeology, helping to document, at least in some small way, the origins and evolution of the software we love.

26 bi-weekly episodes later – including a few cross-overs, panels, and not including a couple of shows that, for various reasons, have yet to be released – and the experience has beyond anything I could have imagined. Guy and I intended the show to be the conversations we wished we’d had time for after conferences. The talk at the bars, casual, enjoyable, and interesting. Thanks to Guy’s knowledge, research, and skills in precisely those areas, and the generosity and brilliance of our guests, I think we’ve succeeded in that, or at least started to.

We really appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to listen to Debug, to send us feedback, and to share stories of their own. Now, as we close the book on season one, if you haven’t heard of the show before, if you joined us in-progress, or if you simply want to go back and re-listen to any of the episodes, here they are, organized by category.

If you’re curious about the history of Apple, the technical details of coding apps and games, the importance of quality assurance and the extremes gone to for customer support, or you simply want to hear Jordan Mechner expound on the creation of the cut scene, or Don Melton tell the tech world to calm the f–k down, here’s your chance. I recommend them all.

History of Apple

History of computing

Amazing indies


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P.S.: Season two of Debug kicks off later this week with Jonathan Deutsch. We’d love for you to join us!


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Google+ gains new controls to give business users more privacy

Google has added some new privacy controls to Google+ to give business users a more secure way to share sensitive information on the social network.

On Tuesday the company added “restricted communities” to Google+, as a way to have conversations on the social network but with privacy-aware controls. Users can decide whether to open the community to everyone at their company, or open only on an invite basis.

Communities in Google+ were designed to let people start conversations around any number of topics. But Google hopes the new feature will attract business users without them worrying about spilling company secrets on the site.

“At most organizations, it’s important to make sure that private conversations remain private,” Google+ Product Manager Michael Cai said in a blog post.

Whether it’s designs for a product in beta testing, or notes from an off-site meeting, “anything you post will remain restricted to the organization,” Cai said.

Administrators will be able to make restricted communities the default for their organization, Google said. After creating the restricted community, users can share files from Google’s Drive file storage service as well as videos, events and photos. Administrators can later invite other team members to join the conversation, Google said.

Users can also create communities open to others outside the company, so clients, agencies and other business partners can join in, Google said.

Other social networking applications for business users include Yammer, Socialtext and’s Chatter service.

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Cisco puts its unified computing servers into OpenStack clouds

November 04, 2013

The top executives leading Cisco’s OpenStack efforts today said customers can run the open source cloud computing platform with its UCS (Unified Computing System) and Nexus hardware devices and that the company will provide advanced support to help customers deploy OpenStack clouds.

UCS already has support for running on a variety of cloud platforms, including VMware’s vCloud Director and Automation Center, Microsoft Systems Center and Citrix’s CloudStack. Now, Cisco has expanded support for a variety of OpenStack distributions from Linux companies to run on UCS as well. Red Hat, Canonical, and SUSE versions of the OpenStack code are all now certified to run on top of UCS gear. UCS’s combination of compute, networking and storage functions in a unified system provides customers with the underlying infrastructure building blocks to base their OpenStack clouds on, says Lew Tucker, who leads Cisco’s OpenStack strategy and serves as vice chair of the project’s board of directors.

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In addition to certifying OpenStack on UCS and Nexus gear, Cisco also rolled out advanced support for OpenStack clouds and accelerator Paks, which are pre-configured OpenStack architectures. Members of Cisco’s Advanced Services team can now help customers plan a strategy and assessment for OpenStack clouds, and Cisco will add support for design and deployment services and optimization of OpenStack clouds by the end of the year.

The accelerator Paks come in three flavors: A compute intensive version with six UCS c220 M3 Servers, each wither 128GB of memory and two 900GB 10K SAS HDDs; a storage intensive option with eight UCS C240 M3 servers with 258GB of memory and 12 900GB 10K SAS HDDs; and finally a mixed compute and storage option.

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Which iPad Air did you get today? [Poll]

iPad Air day is drawing towards its conclusion, and hopefully by now everyone who was planning to pick one up on launch day – wherever you might be in the world – has had chance to. But now, we want to hear from you and find out which model you picked up in the end? We’ve been talking about how to decide which is the best model for you since the iPad Air first launched, but for many today was the time to put the talking to an end.

The iPad Air launch for pretty much everyone has been much smoother and less stressful than last months iPhone 5s launch. Stock seems to have been plentiful pretty much everywhere, and with in-store pickups and availability stretching to a number of third-party retailers as well, perhaps more of you actually found yourselves grabbing one today instead of waiting a while? Planned, off the cuff, whichever it may have been, which iPad Air did you get today?

Myself, I picked up a 16GB wifi in black, going against all my own advice. There is a story behind it, which I talked about with Rene Ritchie and Derek Kessler on the special iPad Air launch day edition of the iMore Show – so check it out for the full skinny – and aside from having second thoughts now about which iPad is for me and potentially swapping up to a larger size, I’m pretty happy with the choice I made. The Space Gray color on the rear of the black iPad Air is really nice, and I don’t have any regrets over not going for the white one.

So if you grabbed an iPad Air today, pick out your selection from the list up top and let us know why you went with it in the comments below!

iPad Air

iPad Air
Apple’s full-sized iPad gets slimmed down. Features include:

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