Top tech stories of the day for Monday 11 November 2013

Amazon starts delivering packages on Sundays in new US Postal Service deal –  Amazon has announced a partnership with the US Postal Service that will see the retailer deliver packages on Sundays from now on. The program is rolling out first to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, but the company plans to extend it to cities including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix in 2014.

“As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday,” said USPS CEO Patrick R. Donahue in a press release; it’s unclear whether the service will make similar arrangements with other clients.

Amazon starts delivering packages on Sundays in new US Postal Service deal

 

Apple reportedly working on bigger, curved-glass iPhones with pressure sensitivity – A report from Bloomberg this morning claims that Apple is in development on a pair of larger iPhones at 4.7 and 5.5 inches. That in itself isn’t news — rumors of iPhones larger than the current four inches have been in the mill for years — but the report also says that these devices will incorporate glass that curves at the edge. The company is said to also be experimenting with touchscreens that can detect different levels of pressure, but the technology may not make it into this first batch of devices, which Bloomberg’s source believes will debut in the third quarter of next year.

Apple reportedly working on bigger, curved-glass iPhones with pressure sensitivity

 

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This script shows you how Facebook ranks all your friends – Have you ever wondered how Facebook ranks your friends for you? The company keeps a score for everyone you interact with on the social network.

This affects the order of results when you start typing a name into the search box, the people that appear in your Friends pane when someone visits your profile, whose content shows up in your News Feed, and pretty much any list that displays who you interact with on the site. To put this in layman’s terms, Facebook tracks who you stalk and who stalks you.

This script shows you how Facebook ranks all your friends

 

Senator McCain calls for NSA chief Alexander to ‘resign or be fired’ – Keith Alexander is having a bad few months. The NSA chief is already reportedly leaving the agency early next year, but for some in Congress, that’s apparently not soon enough. In an interview with Der Spiegel on Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Alexander should “resign or be fired” over his role in the leaks, particularly in the practices that allowed leaker Edward Snowden to accumulate so much classified information without raising any alarms. “What are we doing as far as screening people who have access to this information?” McCain said. “It’s outrageous, and someone ought to be held accountable.”

Senator McCain calls for NSA chief Alexander to ‘resign or be fired’

 

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Sony’s official PlayStation 4 unboxing video is mostly eery music and polythene – It’s a commercial imperative for Sony and Microsoft to maintain people’s interest this month, by any means necessary.  But at least the PlayStation marketing team isn’t taking itself too seriously. (At least, we hope it isn’t.) The latest release on its YouTube channel starts with an overplayed build-up, replete with a shadowy sci-fi setting and steady crescendo, and then ends with a detailed (and inevitably mundane) look at exactly what you’ll find in the PlayStation 4’s box when it lands in stores this Friday, right down to the voucher freebies and plastic-wrapped cables.

Sony’s official PlayStation 4 unboxing video is mostly eery music and polythene

 

Flipboard launches shopping catalogs – There’s something curiously addictive about skimming through catalogs of the latest fashions and electronics sales when they arrive at your door each weekend, and Flipboard is now trying to tap into that very experience. In an update today on both iOS and Android, Flipboard will begin to allow users and companies to create shopping catalogs complete with bright red price tags that link directly to where an item can be purchased.

When a product is added to Flipboard, the service will now begin trying to detect what its price is, and it’ll automatically display that information right beside it on the page.

Flipboard launches shopping catalogs

 

The great war photographers of past and present – With Veterans Day in the US tomorrow, The Washington Post has put together Portraits of War, a look at some of the men and women who’ve documented the major conflicts of the past 150 years in photographs.

A number of the photographers in the piece made their names capturing the horrors of the American Civil War — including Mathew Brady, one of the most famous photographers of the 19th century, whose extensive portfolio now resides in the National Archives and the Library of Congress.

The great war photographers of past and present

 

Good Deal: buy two next gen games, get one free at Amazon and Target – The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are nearly upon us, which means it’s time to stock up on games — and both Amazon and Target are offering deals so you can grab next gen titles for cheap. Starting tomorrow at 9:00 am PST, you’ll be able buy two PS4 games on Amazon and get one free. The deal lasts until 1:00PM PST (or until supplies run out), and includes most of the console’s launch lineup, with games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black FlagKillzone: Shadow FallKnack, and more all included. To get the deal you simply need to use the promo code “GR8TNESS” when you checkout.

Good Deal: buy two next gen games, get one free at Amazon and Target

 

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Shopify now allows stores to accept Bitcoin – E-commerce platform Shopify is already tackling the world’s newest form of currency. Today, the company announced that it now supports Bitcoin payment through Bitpay on checkout for stores using the platform.

The feature isn’t quite ready to be rolled out for all yet; it was pulled briefly after launch for further testing but the company says it should be back in “a few days.” Those interested in accepting Bitcoin on their Shopify stores can email brian@shopify.com with their Shopify URL to get the new service added to their account once it’s back.

Shopify now allows stores to accept Bitcoin

 

Beautiful bridge planned for China’s Hunan province evokes knots, Möbius strips – Having won an international design competition, Dutch firm NEXT Architects says that construction will begin next year for its novel take on a pedestrian bridge.

The span will cross over a river in Changsha in China’s Hunan province, but it won’t look anything like your typical bridge: three individual paths interleave, rise, and fall, giving it the appearance of an optical illusion. “The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” project architect Michel Schreinemachers says, adding that it also evokes a knot found in ancient Chinese folk art.

Beautiful bridge planned for China’s Hunan province evokes knots, Möbius strips

 

 

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Author: Tom Peters

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