Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

5585913570_f319e93ac5_b Disrupt London is fast approaching and I’d love to see you in our amazing Hardware Alley. This even, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to… Read More

Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

2e2e01fc940ea532a99dae255dfd4a2f_large If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where your drone can fly free among the trees and bushes and, more important, you’ve lost your drone in those selfsame trees and bushes, Screamy is for you. It’s a tiny box that connects to your drone via the control module and allows you to signal when the drone is down, a sort of MedicAlert bracelet for your quadcopter. It’s up… Read More

Twitter CEO Responds To Pot-Smoking Accusation In Best Way Possible

PayPal and Palatir cofounder Peter Thiel is a legendary entrepreneur with a nose for investment. But when it comes to Twitter, it seems like all he smells is weed.

“Twitter is hard to evaluate,” Thiel said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “They have a lot of potential. It’s a horribly mismanaged company, probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there.”

But if Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was bothered by the potshot, he didn’t let it show. He responded with the following tweet:

Costolo was responding specifically to former Twitter vice president Jason Goldman, who cracked a joke about the floating libertarian sea colony Thiel hopes to create.

Yo but how high were you when you decided to go live on an ocean platform,” Goldman wrote.

Thiel also took on Uber and Apple. See his full remarks in the clip above.

(h/t SFist)

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot

Tim Cook unveils iOS 8 at WWDC 2014.
Megan Geuss

Apple has updated its privacy policy as part of the rollout of iOS 8, announcing that devices with the latest version of the operating system installed can no longer be accessed by the company itself.

Previously, as we reported in May 2014, if law enforcement came to Apple with a seized device and a valid warrant, it was able to access a substantial portion of the data already on an iPad or iPhone. But under the latest version of iOS, even that will be impossible.

“On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode,” the company wrote on its website Wednesday evening. “Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

iphone-6-plus-corner-macro Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk.
There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents.
Cook’s words:
We believe in telling you up front… Read More