RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year

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Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media. Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete. The HTML5 versus Flash debate has been a hot topic among Web developers for years – and even more so since Steve Jobs published his now infamous 2010 letter touting HTML5 as the future and Flash as “no longer necessary.”...

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11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting

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I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny. Sure, Facebook’s chat-head style notifications set a trend for a bobble-headed approach, but that’s not the only way you can modify how you get informed about new events, and for older handsets that haven’t been gifted with features like lock screen widgets...

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The single biggest reason most entrepreneurs fail in 2014

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Ali Mese is the CEO and founder of PIQERS. This post originally appeared on Mese’s Medium blog. Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation’s new sleeping problem. It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was useless to try sleeping any further, so I decided to get up and start working. After checking my emails, I found myself on Twitter. One of the tweets...

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How to grow an awesome community to fuel your social startup

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Nadia Hussain is the Community Director at Polyvore. When you’re starting a social company, building a loyal and engaged community is paramount. But that can also be one of the most nuanced and challenging elements of launching your startup. As employee #6 and community director at Polyvore, I’ve had the opportunity to watch our community grow and build relationships with many of our early users – some of whom have been on our site for more than six years now. Today, our site attracts 20 million unique visitors per month and our awesome community has created more than 100 million...

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7 Windows Desktop Settings Only Available in PC Settings on Windows 8.1

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If you use Windows 8.1 on the desktop, you can’t ignore the new “Windows 8-style” interface entirely. There are some important options you can only access from the PC Settings app, not the desktop Control Panel.

We’ll try to ignore settings that only apply to the “touch-first” interface here and just focus on settings you might want as a desktop user. To be clear, this article is about Microsoft’s oddly-named Windows 8.1 Update.

Lock Screen Settings

Unsurprisingly, almost all the lock screen settings are only available from PC and devices > Lock screen within the PC Settings app. The Lock screen is practically part of the new interface, but it’s something all Windows 8.1 users will see — even if they have “boot to desktop” enabled. To change your lock screen background and tweak which “Lock screen apps” show you information on this screen, you’ll need to head to PC Settings.

One setting that isn’t available here — but is available on the desktop — is the ability to disable the lock screen entirely. If you have a Professional or Enterprise version of Windows 8.1, you can disable it with the Group Policy Editor. If you have a standard version of Windows 8 like most people do, you’ll have to disable the lock screen with a registry tweak.

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Microsoft Account Settings

Microsoft pushes you to sign into Windows with a Microsoft account by default. This has some benefits even for desktop users, including the ability to use the OneDrive cloud storage support in the desktop File Explorer and sync some desktop settings between your Windows 8.1 computers. However, Microsoft accounts can’t be modified from the desktop Control Panel. If you try, you’ll see a “Make changes to my account in PC settings” link in the desktop Control Panel.

You’ll have to visit Accounts > Your account to change your account picture or convert an account from a Microsoft account to a local user account.

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PIN, Picture Password, and Assigned Access

Other account settings can also only be accessed here, too. For example, if you want to set up a PIN or Picture Password to log into Windows more quickly, you’ll need to do it from Accounts > Sign-in options. If you want to set up a limited user account for Assigned Access and create a Windows user account that works in “kiosk mode” — you can basically just limit an account to a web browser or even the Chrome OS desktop — you’ll have to do it from PC Settings.

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OneDrive Settings

While OneDrive is now deeply integrated into the desktop’s File Explorer and even has a system tray icon so you can see what’s going on, most of its settings are unavailable on the desktop. Gone is the old “SkyDrive” desktop settings interface, replaced by the OneDrive category in PC Settings.

To control which desktop personalization and other settings sync, as well as choose whether OneDrive syncs over “metered connections” like tethered smartphone connections, you’ll have to visit PC Settings.

If you’d like to control which folder or hard drive OneDrive downloads files to, you’ll have to do it on the desktop by right-clicking the OneDrive folder in File Explorer, selecting Properties, and using the options on the Location tab. No other OneDrive settings are available here.

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Bing Search Integration

Search is the fastest way to open programs, settings, and files. Just tap the Windows key to bring up the Start screen and start typing the name of your favorite program to launch it.

You may want to tweak the way this search feature works. On Windows 8.1, the system search integrates results from Bing. If you don’t want your local search queries being sent to Bing or you just don’t want to see Bing content when searching your computer, you’ll have to visit Search and apps > Search in the PC Settings app to disable Bing search integration.

Oddly enough, other search settings can only be changed from the desktop. For example, the “Search everywhere instead of just my apps when I search from the Apps view” option can only be enabled by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Properties, and clicking the Navigation tab.

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Wi-Fi (Forget Networks), Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi Toggle

Windows 8 removed the old pop-up dialog for Wi-Fi and other networking options on the desktop, so clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray opens a “Windows 8-style” sidebar with Wi-Fi options. It’s no surprise that many of the Wi-Fi and connectivity options desktop users would care about are only available in the new settings interface. There’s a reason the “View Connection Settings” link in the Wi-Fi sidebar takes you to Network > Connections in PC Settings, not to the desktop Control Panel.

If you’d like to have your computer forget Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to, you have to click “Manage known networks” under Network > Connections to view a list of remembered Wi-Fi networks you can remove. Thankfully, Microsoft returned this option in Windows 8.1 Update after removing the interface entirely in Windows 8.1.

Other options, such as the ability to quickly toggle all wireless communication off, or toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, are only available here and not in the desktop control panel.

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Refresh, Reset, Advanced Startup

The Refresh and Reset Your PC features are very important to all Windows 8.1 users, as they allow you to quickly reinstall Windows without a disc and without going through an obnoxious setup process. It basically brings the convenience of a “factory reset” option to Windows PCs, allowing for much easier and quicker Windows reinstalls. If you’d like to create your own custom refresh image, you’ll have to do that from the Command Prompt.

These options are only available in Update and recovery > Recovery. There’s also a button here that will take you to the Advanced Startup menu, where you can access Safe Mode and other important startup tools. There’s no link to get here from the desktop Control Panel, although you can press and hold Shift as you click the Restart option under the Settings charm bar or on the Start screen to boot directly to the advanced startup menu.

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The mix of settings here is somewhat confusing. In some cases, Microsoft has gone out of their way to add interfaces to both PC Settings and the Control Panel — look at the Windows Update and File History features, which are accessible from both interfaces. In other cases, some tools are only available in the Control Panel, while others are only available on the desktop. Microsoft is adding more and more settings to PC Settings, but we doubt they’ll add much to the desktop Control Panel.

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Nike has reportedly canceled its FuelBand hardware project [Update]

Nike is said to have thrown in the towel on its FuelBand fitness bracelet hardware project, according to a CNET report. Update: Nike response added below. A spokesman told CNET that a “small number of layoffs” had taken place on its Digital Sports team to align with its business priorities. Moving forward, it appears that Nike will focus on fitness software efforts instead of custom hardware. Curiously, Nike just opened a Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco last week that listed the FuelBand as part of its mandate. Nike released a new version of the FuelBand last fall, but changes to the first-generation...

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Hackers use Heartbleed bug to break into ‘major corporation’ less than a day after vulnerability brought to public’s attention – @NBCNews

Hackers use Heartbleed bug to break into 'major corporation' less than a day after vulnerability brought to public's attention - @NBCNews

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Meet Goccia, a penny-sized activity tracker that ditches Bluetooth for LED syncing

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It’s time for us to face the facts. Bluetooth is holding wearables back. The new Bluetooth LE standard is certainly a step up from earlier power-hungry versions, but the need for a wireless radio just isn’t practical for many types of wearable categories. G-Wearables’ Kickstarter campaign for the Goccia activity tracker offers an innovative alternative to Bluetooth: using light to sync via your phone’s camera. The device communicates with your phone by flashing an LED when placed on your front-facing camera. It’s a novel technique that enables G-Wearables to shrink the Goccia down to the size of a penny. The...

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LinkedIn says it now has 300 million members globally 10 years after launch – @WSJ

LinkedIn says it now has 300 million members globally 10 years after launch - @WSJ

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Journey through the colossal ice castles of the American Southwest

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Ashley Hefnawy is an editorial assistant and a content producer for Shutterstock’s blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission. Natural wonders of the world can be truly mind-boggling. Man-made objects are only so powerful, until they meet their eventual maker: nature itself. In parts of Utah, Colorado, and New Hampshire, the perfect juxtaposition of man-made and nature exists in the form of massive ice sculptures. These formations were actually part of a larger project called Ice Castles—made from 20,000,000 pounds of ice, these magnificent creations were built by people and widely explored. The structures are comprised...

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