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Samsung and Barnes & Noble have officially taken the wraps off their new co-created tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.  

The tablet looks just like the standard 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4, but comes with Barnes & Noble's Nook software.

It'll still run on Android, but the software will be modified to included both Samsung's and Barnes & Noble's features.

For example, this means it will come with Barnes & Noble's Nook Shop, but will also include features that Samsung has built into Android such as the ability to open apps in multiple windows on the home screen.

Barnes & Noble says that the tablet is available today in Barnes & Noble stores. It'll cost $179, and Barnes & Noble is throwing in $200 worth of free books and apps. 

The announcement comes months after the book retailer said it would no longer manufacture its own Nook tablets in February 2014. Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced that they would be working together to create the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook back in June, but this is the first time we're actually seeing the tablet.  

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Instagram has a bunch of cool-looking filters that everyone loves to experiment with. 

But the photo-sharing platform has even more tricks that go beyond the filters. 

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A Brazilian prosecutor is urging Apple and Google to ban the anonymous gossip app Secret from mobile phones over concerns about the spread of cyber-bullying in the country.

Such a move would require Apple to activate its iPhone "kill switch" for the first time ever.

The kill switch is an officially unnamed mechanism that allows Apple to remotely delete things from your phone even after you have downloaded them from the App Store. Most people don't even know that it exists. Google also has a kill switch, but that has been used once before. Microsoft also has a kill switch on the small slice of the phone market it controls.

Despite some reports claiming that Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho of the Fifth Civil Court of Victoria has already signed an order forcing the tech giants to remotely wipe users' phones, 9to5Mac reports that the ruling has not yet passed. Public prosecutor Marcelo Zenkner is reportedly pushing for the removal of Secret (as well as Cryptic, the app's Windows Phone client) due to a proliferation of bullying cases taking place in Brazil using anonymous gossip platforms.

Apple Insider reports that the prosecution's case emerged after a marketing consultant discovered naked photographs of himself published on Secret, with text overlaid alleging that he is HIV positive. (We have no reason to believe the claims are true.)

If the ruling passes, Apple, Google and Microsoft will be fined R$20,000 (around $8,888) for every day that the apps remain available to download in Brazil. (Apple has about $159 billion in cash on its balance sheet, so the legal costs won't faze it.) 9to5Mac reports that Secret has sent legal representatives to Brazil to investigate the situation, although the company itself is not the target of the civic action suit.

This isn't the first time that Brazil has grappled with the legality of gossip apps. Lulu, a private social network for women that allows them to rate men as potential boyfriends, was taken offline in Brazil after facing a "massive backlash." After viewing his 7.7 out of 10 rating on the app, law student Felippo de Almeida Scolari took legal action against the company. Under the Brazilian Federal Constitution, anonymous reviews are illegal, and Scolari sued Lulu for R$27,000 (around $12,000).

The existence of Apple's remote "kill switch" for apps was first discovered by an app development company in 2008. Since then, there has been no reported incident of Apple triggering the system in order to remotely delete an app. The system works by forcing iPhones to regularly contact a secure Apple website and check for a list of unauthorized apps. If the device has a blacklisted app installed, it's deleted and removed from the phone.

Google also possesses a remote "kill switch" for Android apps, but unlike Apple, it has made use of the feature before. In 2010 the Android security team deleted two apps created by a security researcher after they "misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads." Its kill switch is referred to by the company as the "Remote Application Removal Feature."

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At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin. However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1% of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates.

But shopping habits are changing, and niche online grocery services that compete on convenience and selection are gaining traction. Meanwhile tech giants like Amazon are fronting the cost of expensive delivery infrastructure that has so far held back grocery e-commerce. 

In a new in-depth report, BI Intelligence looks at why the grocery business has proved so challenging to e-commerce companies — from consumer reluctance to complicated and expensive logistics — and what new strategies e-commerce startups and big-name tech companies are pursuing to push more grocery sales online. Between 2013 and 2018, online grocery sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1%, reaching nearly $18 billion by the end of the forecast period. For comparison, offline grocery sales will rise by 3.1% annually during the same period. 

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Fans have been clamoring for another Resident Evil game, and it appears that they’ll be getting their wish. Many expected that the next console title would be Resident Evil 7, but it seems Capcom is going in a different direction. French site Gamer in a Box spotted box art  (using the series' Japanese Biohazard name), and a single image hosted on Xbox.com (since removed). Given the appearance on ... Read the rest of this entry »

Dick CostoloTwitter has opened up the possibility of changing how its core function works. 

Dan Frommer at Quartz says Twitter updated the page that defines its timeline to include the following

Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timelineThis means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t followWe select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with itOur goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.

Until now, your timeline was filled only with tweets from the people you follow, or retweets from those same people. In other words, you got only the content for which you opted in. 

This new disclosure opens up the possibility for Twitter to start putting tweets from people you don't follow in your feed. 

Over the weekend, Twitter started testing this possibility. It was putting things that other people favorited in people's feeds. So, if you follow Henry Blodget, and he favorites a tweet from Joe Weisenthal, that tweet might end up in your feed, even if you don't follow Weisenthal. 

Twitter's hardcore users are upset. The favorite has been a private action with undefined meaning. Sometimes, it's a way to say hi, sometimes it's a bookmark, sometimes it's a virtual thumbs up. Now, Twitter is taking those favorites and saying they are the same as retweets, which is an explicit action to pass along a tweet to your followers.

Here's what it looks like in action (via TNW):

 

Twitter filling my feed with stuff I didn't ask for - stuff other people follow and fav. pic.twitter.com/IVOViGF1QW

— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) August 17, 2014

 

Another example:

 

Ooh now twitter inserting selected "[person you follow] faved" tweets into main timeline pic.twitter.com/zDhrNseNGs

— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) August 16, 2014

 

Personally, I don't have a problem with this. Twitter should not treat the timeline as some sacred thing that can't be messed with.

Twitter's number one problem is "onboarding" new users. Onboarding is a jargony phrase that means getting people to use the product. Twitter is a great, valuable tool once you get the hang of it. But too many people sign in, follow a few accounts, and don't really understand Twitter. Twitter wants to be able to take the wheel for these people and show them some tweets to fill up their feed and make it more valuable. 

By doing this, Twitter makes its timeline more like Facebook's News Feed, which populates based on algorithms that measure likes and interests.

Almost every time Twitter reports user metrics, they are below expectations. And then a brain trust of people on Twitter start tweeting out how Twitter can "fix" itself. Of course, when Twitter decides to experiment with a new feature that it believes can help with engagement, the brain trust goes into a tizzy. 

Whatever. This is how it goes with social networks. Facebook has made a bunch of changes that upset users, but it has all worked out in the long run. Twitter is going to upset some users, but if the product ends up better, with more users in the long run, then all is forgiven.

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Curda HaasOne woman has decided to speak out against a VC who she says sent her a sexually aggressive email after a sit-down networking meeting in Berlin.

Valleywag reports Pavel Curda, a European angel investor in companies like Birdi and Apiary, emailed the following to Conjure.io employee Gesche Haas. Haas said over one drink she and Curda discussed business, and then she received this email on returning to her hotel room:

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Haas says Curda sent similar emails to two other women at the conference, Amy Vernon and Allyson Kapin, but Haas was reluctant to share her story because she did not want people to think she was trying to get attention for it. 

Valleywag's Sam Biddle argued that instances like these demand attention, as sexism and power-wielding has become more than just an underground trend in the tech world.

Biddle writes,

'I was so flustered,' Haas told me via telephone. 'I couldn't sleep for an hour or two. What did I indicate to him?' She was less reluctant the next day, when another woman at the conference said she'd received the exact same email: 'that eliminated the factor that I'd brought this on myself.' When Haas next saw Curda — who did not reply to any request for comment — she told him his email was 'inappropriate' and never spoke to him again.

We emailed Curda and Haas for comment and will let you know if they respond.

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Right now Google Glass doesn't really look anything like a regular pair of eyeglasses, but that could all change in the future.

The company was recently granted a patent for a new design that's much sleeker than the current model and resembles a standard pair of glasses.

Google has been trying to push Glass as a fashion accessory since it unveiled the device in 2012, but a more natural design like this could make it easier for consumers to adopt the product.

The drawings included in the patent (via 9to5Google) show a pair of smart glasses with a smaller glass prism that's closer to your eyes than the one in today's version of Google Glass.

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This glass prism serves as a miniature projector that displays images and text in the top corner of your right eye. In the patent's sketches, this prism appears to be a bit smaller and more discrete. 

The wearable display shown in Google's patent is a noticeable improvement that could make wearable computing more natural, but it's still slightly bulkier than regular glasses. If you take a closer look at the side of the device, you'll notice that they're much thicker than normal glasses. That's likely because Google would need to pack all the computing components, such as the processor and memory, in this area.

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While Google may be working on new solutions and designs of its own, other tech companies are developing technology that could make augmented reality fit even more seamlessly into your glasses. Vuzix and Nokia's Waveguide lens, for example, looks almost exactly like a regular lens you'd see in today's eyeglasses, but it's capable of displaying full color 720p images in the corner of your eye.

We haven't seen them in any consumer products yet, but Vuzix is already using Waveguide for V2000AR glasses for industrial workers.

In the near future, wearable displays could seem as normal as wearing a pair of sunglasses. In a previous interview with Business Insider, Soulaiman Itani, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Atheer Labs, said these types of devices may only be three or four years away. 

There's no telling if we'll ever see a version of Google Glass that looks like this since it's just a patent, but it's still interesting to see what Google is experimenting with. 

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Buried in Apple's latest version of its Xcode development software (an app creation program) is a line of code that seemingly reveals just how impressive the iPhone screen will be. While we've heard a lot about how large the iPhone 6 screen will be, we haven't yet learned what resolution it will be.

On August 4, a file that controls where apps are placed on the iPhone's home screen was added to the beta build of development software Xcode. 9to5Mac has spotted that the new file indicates that the iOS 8 home screen will be optimized for devices with a resolution of 736 x 414. The actual iPhone Retina screen resolution is usually double the hardware resolution, which means that the new iPhones could have a resolution of 1472 x 828.

The current Retina screen resolution on iPhone 5S is 1136 x 640.

Apple has been striving to improve the resolution and sharpness of its screens since introducing the Retina display with the iPhone 4 in 2010. Any display with a pixels per square inch (PPI) value over 300 is classed as "Retina." So just how sharp is the iPhone 6 screen going to be? 

A screenshot of iPhone 6 resolution file from Xcode

9to5Mac has done the math on the new resolution, and it looks like the new iPhone is going to have an incredibly sharp display. If the rumors are true and the iPhone 6 will come in two models: one with a 4.7 inch screen and another with a 5.5 inch screen, then both will be well over the 300 PPI figure touted by Apple as its Retina benchmark. The 4.7 inch screen would come in at 359.34 PPI, while the larger screen would be 307.07 PPI.

While the rumored new resolution is impressive, it doesn't beat the iPhone's competitors. As Forbes reports, the Samsung Galaxy S features a 1920 x 1080 screen, which gives the phone an impressive 423 ppi.

If the new resolution figure found in the Xcode file is real, then it confirms that Apple is sticking with a 16:9 screen resolution for the new iPhone. Retaining the industry-standard widescreen resolution will mean that developers find it easier to create or modify apps for the iPhone 6. 

A 414 x 736 resolution for the new iPhone will mean that Apple can pack more apps onto each screen. 9to5Mac reports that the new Xcode file indicates Apple is planning to pack in 20 apps for each home screen page, not including apps in the dock. The new resolution provides enough room for Apple to add two rows and one column to each home screen.

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