Barista's edition for Tue 29 October 2013
Obama's Facebook and Twitter updates hijacked in URL exploit
The president's social media accounts temporarily directed people who clicked on compromised links to a video entitled "Syria facing terrorism." (Credit: Screenshot/Jennifer Van Grove/CNET) President Barack Obama's social media updates were temporarily hijacked Monday due to an apparent exploit in the URL shortener his team uses to promote Organizing for Action (OFA), an organization that promotes Obamacare.
Starbucks Lets You Buy Coffee for a Friend via Twitter
In the '70s, a Coke ad envisioned a day in which you could buy the world Coke to promote harmony. Now, Starbucks is letting you do something similar, with the help of Twitter. The coffee giant is launching a beta program called Tweet-a-Coffee that lets you buy a $5 gift card for a friend through the social network.
full article at Mashable →
A Key Question For Apple: What Was The iPad ASP Decline?
Apple is in uncharted territory regarding its average sales price (ASP) declines of both iPhones and iPads. Over the past two quarters, the iPhone ASP has dropped by $61 - the biggest decline in the history of the device. The June quarter level of $581 is still something just about any [...]
full article at Forbes →
Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: "Big" Movies at Your House, the Same Day They're in Theaters
Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it's toying with the same idea for movies. This summer, the company announced that it in addition to TV shows like "Orange Is the New Black," it would start spending money on modest movies - documentaries and stand-up comedy specials - which would debut on the service.
full article at Allthingsd →
Cheapest 150Mbps broadband in big US cities costs 100% more than overseas
A new study confirms what you might have expected: US customers are getting hosed when it comes to broadband speeds and prices. The annoying trend holds true in both wired and wireless service. In the Cost of Connectivity 2013 report being released today by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, researchers note that "in larger US cities, we continue to observe higher prices for slower speeds...
full article at Arstechnica →
Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers
Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference in California last week, Google director of self-driving cars Chris Urmson said that the data collected from Google's self-driving Lexus and Prius cars reveals that the cars are better drivers than humans, MIT Technology Review reports.
full article at Cnet →
Bicycles are outselling cars in Europe and that might not be just a blip
Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in all of the 27 member countries of the European Union, except Belgium and Luxembourg, NPR reported on Oct. 24. One reason is that car sales have slumped in the midst of the euro-zone crisis, NPR points out. But there are signs that this slump isn't temporary.
full article at Quartz →
5 upcoming Android phones that are worth waiting for | Android | Geek.com
Summer 2013 over, which that means companies are getting ready to announce the smartphones they'll be pushing this holiday season. What this means for smartphones buyers is that the post-Galaxy S4, post-Moto X, post-iPhone 5S lull in the smartphone market is about to be ended, and we'll soon be greeted by a fresh crop of excellent Android phones.
full article at Geek →
Rare 'Star Wars' blooper reel emerges on YouTube
Entertaining "Star Wars" outtake footage that few have seen (until now) makes its way onto the Web. (Credit: Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET) What you see on the big screen is only a small part of the story of making a movie.
full article at Cnet →
Diving Dogs Are Good Catch for Photographer
On a recent trip to a watch store in Seth Casteel's hometown of Los Angeles, a salesperson started making small talk by asking him what he did for a living. "I'm a photographer," Casteel said. "Oh, have you seen those underwater dog photos that are going around?" she responded immediately.
full article at Wired →