Pando

October 2014

  1. Happy Halloween! Here are the five best horror movies about technology

    The best horror movies are reflections of a society's collective anxieties. Sure, they may feature ghosts or zombies or other imaginary creatures. But whether it's "28 Days Later"'s post-apocalyptic military state which draws to mind 9/11, or the timely undertones of political corruption and mistrust in 1976's "The Omen," great scary movies are often as much about what goes bump in the night as they are about real world threats hiding in plain sight.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  2. By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  3. The War Nerd: Crunching numbers on Kobane

    How many Islamic State fighters have died in Kobane? That question isn’t as easy to answer as you might expect. In fact, nothing about Islamic State’s numbers really adds up. How many fighters does IS have in the first place? Even that isn’t easy to answer. Islamic State expands and contracts in the press according to its own propaganda requirements, and the fear-level of Western correspondents.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  4. Facebook's nonsensical decision to support Tor-powered connections

    Facebook has added an "experimental" feature allowing Tor users to connect directly to one of its data servers via an encrypted connection in order to remain anonymous. It's not clear how long Facebook will support the connection, but the engineer who announced it says the mobile website will also be made more compatible with Tor, though he couldn't say when.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Yes, Apple Pay will disrupt in-store purchases — but its impact on in-app commerce may be even greater

    The vast majority of the discussion surrounding Apple Pay has focused on brick-and-mortar commerce. This may be natural given that Apple’s merchant launch partners were Macy’s, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Staples, Disney, and several other major physical retailers. But while this new easy and secure payment method could very well disrupt the offline purchase experience, its biggest impact could ultimately end up being in-app and on the mobile Web.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Here's one more reason not to use your iPhone's fingerprint scanner

    Need another reason not to secure your smartphone with a fingerprint? A Circuit Court judge has ruled that police can require suspects to unlock a device with their fingerprint, but may not with a passcode. When it comes to keeping information away from the police, at least, it may be better to rely on four numerical digits than just one physical one.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Autodesk take aim at the disappointment of 3D printing

    Last September, Autodesk opened a large two-story workshop on Pier 9 on San Francisco's Embarcadero, a luxuriant facility with the indulgent goal of bringing its employees closer to the machines they were making software for.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Uber wisely over-communicates about surge pricing ahead of busy holiday weekend

    Uber’s surge pricing has landed the company in hot water on countless occasions.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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