When open gets a little more closed: No skins on Android Wear, Auto or TV

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Not sure which of the first three Android Wear watches to get? If you were holding out to see if there’s going to be a difference in the software, your wait is over: There won’t be one. Speaking to Ars Technica, Google engineering director Dave Burke explained that none of the newer Android platforms for devices will support skins or other customizations from manufacturers. The idea is to bring a consistent user interface to your wrist, car and television.

Sundar Pichai. Photo by Janko Roettgers/Gigaom Sundar Pichai. Photo by Janko Roettgers/Gigaom

Interestingly, my take at Google I/O(s goog) was the same for Google’s new Android One initiative, which will bring low-cost — read: sub-$100 — Android phones to new markets. Those will run stock Android, said Sundar Pichai, head of Android and Chrome for Google. Pichai didn’t specifically mention manufacturer skins and overlays but I’m basing my suspicion on the general I/O 2014 theme of…

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How iOS8 extensions could help college students dump their laptops and rely on their iPads

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Every year around this time I start composing an article about how to get by in college with just an iPad. But in past years, once I get into it I realize that using your iPad as your only computer through college is like strapping a jet engine to your Chevrolet; you can do it, and it’s a fun experiment, but it’s not very practical.

There are some coming features in iOS 8, however, that may help students get more work done on just an iPad.

Current limitations in iOS7

While there are many reasons an iPad probably won’t work well as your main device in college — your major might have specific programs you need to learn, for instance — Apple’s current app sandboxing practice makes it very difficult to share data between apps.

Regardless of your major, you will need to write a research paper, cite your sources…

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The Best Children’s Book Ever!

Interesting to know !

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I guess this picture gives it away. I guess this picture gives it away.

As much as I despise moving, some good things can come from it. I can throw away junk that has accumulated over the years. I can donate stuff that might have value to other people. Sometimes I even find books that I forgot that I had. The best is finding a book that I knew I had but couldn’t find for a long time. And yesterday, I found my old copy of the best children’s book ever, Uncle Shelby’s A, B, Z Book by Shel Silverstein.

It might be arrogant for one person to determine the BEST EVER of anything, including children’s books. After all, nobody has read every children’s book ever, so saying that one book is the best children’s book ever is ridiculous. I haven’t read every children’s book ever. I admit that. But I’m pretty sure I know what the best…

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Etsy Buys French Startup A Little Market In Its Largest Acquisition So Far

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Etsy announced today that it has acquired a French company called A Little Market, a Paris-based online marketplace for handmade items. Though terms of the deal were undisclosed, Etsy says that this is its “sixth and largest acquisition to date.” A Little Market will continue to operate independently.

Previous acquisitions by Etsy, which has received $97.3 million in funding so far from Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures, and other investors, have included Trunkt, which specializes in selling artisanal goods wholesale; digital advertising company Adtuitive; and Etsy Lovers.

One of Etsy’s previous founding rounds, in which it raised $40 million led by Index Ventures in May 2012, was earmarked specifically for international expansion. In its A Little Market announcement, Etsy, which currently claims more than 40 million members, said at least 25% of its orders are shipped internationally.

“As we’ve focused on international growth, capitalizing on the strongest…

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CloudPhysics gets $15M to provide analytics for VMware users

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Data analytics company CloudPhysics raised $15 million in a series C investment round, bringing the company’s total funding to $27.5 million. The company’s predictive analytics platform will supposedly make life easier for users of a VMware environment by providing a way for IT staff to get better insights on how their virtual infrastructure is performing.

The problem facing organizations that invest in a virtualized platform is the fact that loading up multiple services like virtual servers or virtual networks can create a tangled web that “cannot be managed without a new form of systems management,” said CloudPhysics CEO John Blumenthal. The CloudPhysics service manages all these resources and ingests and analyzes data so that IT staff can pinpoint potential problems that may be hindering performance.

Picture detailing CloudPhysics interface Picture detailing CloudPhysics interface

Users install a virtual appliance that collects data and sends it to CloudPhysics’s cloud servers — hosted on Amazon’s EC2 cloud —…

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