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Technology Daily News | Casey Johnston


Ask Ars: The best way to use a lithium-ion battery, redux

iFixit A little over three years ago, you, the readers, asked us, the Ars staff, about the best way to prolong the life of a lithium-ion battery. Now that time has passed, the gadget landscape has changed, and it's time for an update. There are a few new things to look out for, but mostly the principles we stated then, stand today: "Use your battery. Not too much. Mostly for small apps." Our initial guide clarified a great many … [Read more...]

Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds

niznoz There are now 29 kinds of plant varieties that are available under an open source license, reports NPR. On Thursday, a group of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison debuted the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), a set of seeds that can be used by anyone so long as they don't restrict use by others through patents or IP protection. The initiative is one answer to the heated battle between farmers and companies … [Read more...]

Nespresso “open-sources” coffee pod business under government pressure

andreaslindmark France's antitrust authority has persuaded Nespresso to change its anti-competitive practices in the coffee-pod market and open its espresso machine to third parties, reports the Wall Street Journal. The deal comes after Nespresso's long, losing battle to shut out competitors with patents and customer warnings. In France, Nespresso controls 78 percent of the coffee pod market, according to the Journal. Two … [Read more...]

All sent and and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google

Google added a paragraph to its terms of service as of Monday to tell customers that, yes, it does scan e-mail content for advertising and customized search results, among other reasons. The change comes as Google undergoes a lawsuit over its e-mail scanning, with the plaintiffs complaining that Google violated their privacy. E-mail users brought the lawsuit against Google in 2013, alleging that the company was violating wiretapping laws by … [Read more...]

When the restaurant you Googled Googles you back

A tabletop at Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant that goes above and beyond online for its customers. Yelp A restaurant with three Michelin stars is now trying to up its customer service game by Googling its customers before they arrive. According to a report from Grub Street, an Eleven Madison Park maitre d' performs Internet recon on every guest in the interest of customizing their experiences. The maitre d' in … [Read more...]

Amazon offers workers $2,000 to quit, but the incentive is nothing like Zappos’

An Amazon warehouse under construction. bloodymonday Amazon has instituted a new program where it offers its own employees thousands of dollars to leave the company. But it doesn't want them to take the money. According to CEO Jeff Bezos, the offer is a tactic to ensure the company's employees want to work there, but his program differs significantly from the Zappos one it's compared to. In a letter to … [Read more...]