10 must-read articles for 3 April (Wired UK)


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1. The secret history of the Apple Watch

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch open on 10 April, with the much-hyped wearable finally going on sale on 24 April. The device was the first developed without the guidance of Steve Jobs and expectations are higher than ever. This is the story of how the Apple Watch came to be (WIRED.com).

2. EU regulators probe Apple music streaming plans

Apple’s dealings with record labels and digital music firms will be scrutinised by the European Commission (Financial Times via Reuters). The EU wants to find out if Apple will unfairly limit free, ad-supported rivals with its planned service, according to people familiar with the matter speaking to the Financial Times.

3. Dubai is becoming the Middle East’s startup hub

The lack of Arabic content online is a massive opportunity — and Dubai could be ideally placed to exploit the gap (The Next Web). With one of the world’s biggest airports and cash-rich investors, the tiny Middle Eastern state is slowly embracing startup culture and business is growing fast.

4. US can now impose sanctions on foreign hackers

President Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the US government to sanction foreign cyber threats (BBC News). The move means the US Treasury will now be able to freeze assets and block transactions of people attempting cyber attacks on US assets and infrastructure.

5. London exhibition shows destroyed Snowden laptop

The remains of a computer destroyed by GCHQ have gone on show at the V&A Museum in London (The Register). The Macbook, which was owned by The Guardian, contained a trove of top-secret documents handed to the newspaper by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

6. Apple Pay’s struggles with retailers

In the US, Apple Pay has problems. A recent survey found that 47 percent of all Apple Pay users shopping in a particular store were not able to use Apple Pay to complete a transaction at least once (Ars Technica). The problems? Terminals aren’t working, transactions are taking too long and cashiers don’t know how to fix errors.

7. Periscope update tackles boring feeds

Twitter’s live-streaming app is making some small changes to banish boring feeds and stop notification overload. (The Verge) The update moves broadcasts from people you know to the top of the Watch tab and turns off notifications for new followers. 

8. The right headphones can train your brain to be calm

Rhythmic frequencies played over headphones called binaural beats can stimulate brainwaves that are thought to correspond with different states of consciousness (Quartz). It’s possible, though not completely proven, that these could frequencies could ultimately reduce anxiety.

9. Ello raises another $5m in funding

Remember Ello? The social network that was touted as a potential Facebook killer in September 2014 has just raised another $5m, bringing its total fundraising efforts to $11m (Mashable). Ello may have lost momentum in our minds recently, but a mobile app launch is planned for this spring.

10. The perfect birth control for men is here. Why can’t we use it?

The male birth control injection has been studied in humans and animals for 30 years with no documented complications (Motherboard). Here is the story of why it is yet to be widely used in society.

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3 April 2015 | 6:45 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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