Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Instant Hotspot

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Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can use your iPhone as a Instant Hotspot for your Mac (running Yosemite) and for your iPad or iPod Touch (also running iOS 8.1). This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS Relay, and AirDrop.

When you are in an area with your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch that does not have Wi-Fi, they can connect to your phone’s personal hotspot when your iPhone is nearby. Now you do not even have to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone and enter in the Wi-Fi Password for your personal hotspot. When you join the Wi-Fi network on your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch, the name of your phone will be listed automatically. All you…

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Bono Apologizes For Putting Free Music On Your iPhone

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Were you one of those people who was super angry that U2 would ever dare give you free stuff that you didn’t ask for?

Bono is sorry.

Blaming it all on a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, and a dash of self-promotion,” Bono admitted in a Facebook fan interview today that they probably crossed some previously undrawn line when they teamed up with Apple to push their new album “Songs Of Innocence” onto just about every iPhone around.

“[There was] a deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard,” he says. “There’s a lot of noise out there — I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

You can see the full interview here; the relevant bit begins at 2:19.

If you’re still bummed about the presence of a U2 album…

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iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone

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5.5-inch smartphone from Apple with 20-band LTE support and A8 processor

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago. With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal, it’s well into the territory labeled “phablet” on the ancient sea charts of mariners who’ve braved the Android waters. However, Apple’s version of a smartphone that strains the inclusion of “phone” in any word describing it might surprise even those dead set against the trend toward ever-bigger mobile screens.

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Basics

  • 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, 401 ppi with 1300:1 contrast
  • 16, 64 or 128GB storage
  • A8 processor (64-bit)
  • 8MP iSight camera (rear) with 1.5 micron pixels and optical image stabilization, 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera (front)
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 20-band LTE support
  • MSRP: 16GB for $299 on contract/$749 contract free; 64GB for $399 on contract/$849 contract free; 128GB…

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Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

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After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product.

The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team. Then it started recruiting other commerce specialists, and Recode got its hands on mock-ups of a Buy Now button. Over the summer, people started spotting those buttons in the wild.

So Twitter is officially announcing that Buy button today — in a blog post, the company says it will be visible to “a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time).” As a result, users will actually be able to make purchases directly within tweets. If you see something you want, you hit “buy”, bring up a little information, enter your payment and shipping information while still Twitter (it’s encrypted and stored for future purchases), and complete…

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Meedoc, The Video Conferencing App For You And Your Doctor, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

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Why can’t you Skype your doctor? That was the question Mikko Kiiskilä asked before co-founding Meedoc, an app and service that lets patients connect with their doctor online via the medium of video. Telephone consultations are already widely used by the medical industry — especially for pre-screening and follow up consultations — but doctors have been slow to upgrade the ‘technology’ in the age of near-ubiquitous broadband, mobile devices and apps.

Today the Finnish startup is disclosing a $1.5 million seed round from unnamed investors from the healthcare industry — spanning the fields of pharma, care providers, pharmacists, doctors and medical regulation.

Whilst no well-known Silicon Valley or European angels are included in this list, Kiiskilä is keen to point out that a startup hoping to knock down walls in the extremely regulated healthcare industry in Europe, requires a different kind of investor profile and one that has the…

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Put Your Customers First Or Perish, Seriously

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Business today has entered a twilight zone of sorts where what you used to know doesn’t really apply any more. From the firewall mentality in IT to traditional marketing and advertising approaches in marketing to the way you run your customer service desk — it’s all changing because of the digital transformation happening all around us. And you have to change too by putting your customer at the center of everything you do, or you could be risking the very survival of your business.

A big part of the problem is you simply don’t control the message anymore. It used to be about crafting marketing materials and publishing glossy brochures and website copy and the customers came to you. Today, with social media, that process has been flipped. Customers do their own research before they buy and they listen to their followers and friends. If you aren’t totally customer-centric, people hear about it pretty fast.

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Y Combinator Takes Public Stance Against Sexual Harassment

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Ahead of its Demo Day next week, Y Combinator reminded investors in a blog post on Tuesday that it has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment toward founders.

“Don’t even think about doing it,” Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston wrote. “I will find out. Y Combinator will not continue to work with you.”

The post follows increasing publicity surrounding the sexual advances and discrimination that female founders often find when seeking investors for their startups. Wired published stories from female founders who experienced bias, reminding readers with the title “This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like.” Following that, Forbes published the anonymous account of a female founder who said if women want to lean in, they better “armor up.”

Some even took to Secret to discuss the problem, where a post asked specifically which male venture capitalists make inappropriate sexual advances on female founders and “trick them into dates.” The Secret post has garnered multiple accusations of libel…

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