TIME Social Media

This Was 2014’s Most Instagrammed Place

Disneyland is this year's most geo-tagged location on Instagram

Disneyland climbed to the number one spot this year to become 2014’s most geo-tagged location, Instagram said Thursday.

The Anaheim, Calif. amusement park, which placed third in last year’s rankings of the top 10 most Instagrammed places, took the crown over a few other iconic spots from around the country.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most Instagrammed places of 2014, as ranked by number of times users selected them as a photo’s location:

10.The Dubai Mall (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

9. Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y.)

LET'S GO #YANKEES !! 🗽⚾️💪 #baseball #yankeestadium

A photo posted by Nathan Nemni (@nathannemni) on

8. Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)

Day 8 #derby #basketball #game @brooklynnets vs @nyknicks @madisonsquaregarden #timesquare #newyork #brooklyn

A photo posted by Jean-Christophe Filippini (@jcfilippini) on

7. Red Square (Moscow, Russia)

At Red square and freezing cold #moscow #russia

A photo posted by PeterR (@peterepic) on

6. Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)

one of my favorite places in Paris #danbrownlife

A photo posted by Janki (@jankipatel_) on

5. Gorky Park (Moscow, Russia)

Всем добра!✨✨✨✨ #lucky #Moscow #night #hot #kot

A photo posted by #Anyakot (@mikhaylova_anne) on

4. Siam Paragon (Bangkok, Thailand)

Siam Paragon

A photo posted by Taahir Moola (@revotai) on

3. Times Square (New York, N.Y.)

The big 🍎 #timessquare #nyc #newyork ❤️🗽🇺🇸 👯

A photo posted by Patri (@patriciaalonsod) on

2. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Te extraño 😥

A photo posted by Jasmin💜 (@jassminnxo) on

1. Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif.)

TIME Security

North Korean Diplomat Denies His Country Hacked Sony

A North Korean diplomat said blame on his country was a "fabrication"

A North Korean diplomat denied his country was responsible for a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, putting him in contrast with another official who elected not to issue such a denial two days ago.

The film and television giant suffered a hack that led to Sony’s corporate email and other key systems crashing. Sensitive data was also released in the hack, including about 6,000 employees’ and executives’ salaries.

Some reports have tied North Korea to the attack, as Sony is about to release a comedy about an attempt to assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has called the film, titled The Interview, an “act of war.”

But an unnamed North Korean diplomat told Voice of America that the idea of a North Korean link to the Sony hack is a “fabrication.”

“Linking the DPRK to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country,” said the official. “My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy.”

Despite the diplomat’s claims, Re/code reports that Sony is preparing to officially name North Korea as the source of the hack, though Sony denied this.

Similar attacks to the one launched against Sony have been linked to North Korea.

[Voice of America]

TIME Media

This New Streaming Service Is Netflix, But Just for Kids

Fuhu Nabi pass features videos, games, e-books and educational content

Children's tablet maker Fuhu is launching a streaming service

The streaming space is growing ever more-crowded as a new competitor is throwing its hat in the ring Thursday.

Fuhu, which makes the very successful nabi children’s tablets, is launching a monthly subscription service that will let kids binge on children’s movies, shows, music, e-books and interactive games for $4.99 per month. The service, called nabi Pass, is exclusive to Fuhu’s tablet line, which includes the nabi 2 and the new jumbo-sized Big Tab.

Fuhu’s up against plenty of competition, as there are already many streaming subscription services aimed squarely at kids. Netflix added a “For Kids” section back in 2011, and Amazon has a robust multimedia service called FreeTime Unlimited that’s pretty similar to what Fuhu is rolling out.

Fuhu founder Robb Fujioka, however, says nabi Pass’s educational offerings and its focus on curating quality content will help it stand out. Subscribers will get access to the Wings learning system, which offers kids lessons in math, reading and writing, as well as edutainment videos from the likes of National Geographic Kids. Fujioka says the focus on education helps Fuhu differentiate its service and keep costs down, since they’re not competing with the likes of Amazon to bid for expensive Nickelodeon content.

“My hunch is that people will buy it for the education and everything else on the video side is a plus,” Fujioka says.

In addition to National Geographic, nabi Pass will offer videos from DreamWorks Animation, games from app developer Cupcake Digital and music streaming from Walt Disney Records. Fuhu will have a sizable audience to whom it can pitch the service — The nabi tablet sold 1.5 million units in 2013 and is currently leading the children’s tablet market, according to research firm NPD.

TIME legal

Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods

Apple iPod Lawsuit Steve Jobs
Paul Sakuma—AP The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an iPod during an event in San Jose, Calif. on Oct. 12, 2005.

The late Steve Jobs is expected to testify in a video filmed before his death

Apple deleted music downloaded from rival services from customers’ iPods several years ago, lawyers representing a group of iPod users suing Apple on antitrust grounds claimed Wednesday.

When users with music from competing services synced their iPods to iTunes between 2007 and 2009, an error message appeared that prompted users to restore their settings. That would then delete the rival music stores’ songs from customers’ devices, attorney Patrick Coughlin said in the case’s opening arguments, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Coughlin is a part of a legal team representing a group of iPod owners who say Apple forced them to pay more to use their devices to play their music. The lawsuit, which began Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., seeks $350 million in damages.

Apple security director Augustin Farrugia said that the actions were legitimate security measures. Apple also contends iTunes deleted rival music services’ songs to prevent piracy.

The suit, filed in 2005, will include a never-before-seen video testimony recorded by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs before his death in 2011. While Jobs will defend Apple, attorneys representing the plaintiffs will cite Jobs’ e-mails to show he was attempting to block competing services.

Statements made by Jobs before his death have been used against Apple in other antitrust lawsuits, including a 2012 e-book price-fixing suit in which a court ruled Apple violated federal antitrust law. Apple is appealing that case.

The iPod trial is expected to last about two weeks.

[Wall Street Journal]

TIME Video Games

There’s a Secret Game Hidden in Nintendo’s New 3DS

The New 3DS isn't due out in the U.S. until next year

Nintendo’s upgraded New 3DS isn’t due out in the United States until next year, but Japanese gamers have already discovered some interesting secrets on the new handheld.

After opening the device’s Internet browser, if a user taps the touch screen to the tune of the Super Mario Bros. theme song, a Breakout-style game will emerge. The blocks that have to be crushed will be in the shape of the URL currently in the browser.

Here’s a video of the game in action, via The Verge:

what happens if you tap out the mario theme in the new 3DS browser?

A video posted by sam byford (@345triangle) on

It may be a while before American gamers can see what other secrets the New 3DS may have — Nintendo hasn’t offered a specific stateside release window for the device.


The 5 Best Boutique Shopping Sites for Finding Holiday Gifts

Retailers Hope For A Good Christmas Despite The Current Economic Gloom
Christopher Furlong—Getty Images In this photo illustration sales assistant Sandra Stewardson wraps gift boxes of chocolates in her shop giftsandchocolates.com in the rural town of Ludlow in Shropshire on December 8, 2011 in Ludlow, England.

There's much more than just Etsy

Looking for unique holidays gifts but don’t have time to tromp all over in search of the perfect whatsit? Online boutiques bring you locally made, handcrafted goods from shops across the world with all the convenience of the Internet. Your purchases support local businesses, yet you never need to step away from your computer.

The best known is Etsy, which offers a huge selection. But there are other wonderful lesser-known options. Check out our favorite niche e-boutiques. All offer something distinctive to satisfy and amuse even the pickiest people on your holiday shopping list.

1. Delicacies from around the nation

Goldbely.com specializes in “all things delicious” from across the United States. Whether you’re curious about the Texas Trash Pie from Round Top, Texas, a handmade latke (potato pancake) from Los Angeles or a St.-Louis-style thin-crust pizza, you can try them all without setting foot on the road. Filter goodies by taste profiles, such as BBQ, chocolate or gluten-free, or by season or even region.

Many of Goldbely’s offerings are free to ship, but the site may charge additional fees for particular items, express delivery or based on the number of merchants you’re ordering from. Currently, Goldbely ships only to U.S. addresses.

2. Recycling never looked so fashionable

Hipcycle.com specializes in upcycled products from dishware to jewelry to apparel to shelving. You can shop by traditional materials, like glass turned into drink pitchers, or the unusual, like tires turned into handbags or fire hoses turned into iPhone sleeves.

Hipcycle’s products come from all over the world, made by small business that make products from reclaimed materials. Since all items are recycled, no piece is identical to another. Most orders ship for $7.95, and most orders over $49 ship for free; the site doesn’t offer international shipping or expedited shipping and only ships to the United States.

3. Support global artisans

TenThousandVillages.com sells handcrafted items from artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. It’s a project of the World Fair Trade Organization, which works to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries, encouraging artisans to craft responsibly with recycled materials or environmentally friendly processes.

Ten Thousand Villages sells items like handmade scarves from Bolivia, gazelle masks from Burkina Faso and shea butter from Ghana. Shop for gifts by interest, such as gifts for foodies, earth lovers or art lovers.

Shipping options range from traditional ground shipping to UPS next-day air. Ten Thousand Villages ships only to U.S. addresses, but shoppers in Canada can shop at TenThousandVillages.ca.

4. Who doesn’t have a geek in the family?

ThinkGeek.com is the perfect e-boutique store for every sci-fi devotee, comic book lover and fantasy fanatic, offering collectibles, home and office items, electronics and even survival gear. Get a Game of Thrones Iron Throne ornament for your George R. R. Martin-lovin’ cousin or an exact replica of the Doctor Who Gallifreyan multipurpose tool (sonic screwdriver) for your Matt Smith-diehard sister.

ThinkGeek’s standard shipping starts at $6.95, and it’s free for orders more than $75. The site also offers expedited and express shipping for $12.95 and $24.95, respectively.

5. Retro/kitschy/unique goodness

ShopPlasticland.com sells the kitschy, retro and unusual goods you never knew you wanted — everything from a unicorn bust to a skull-shaped box painted gold. Add a retro-inspired pencil dress to your shopping cart for your friend who watches a little too much Mad Men, or get the Poe-inspired Nevermore raven bookends for the literature fan in the family.

Plasticland offers standard flat-rate shipping for $7.95 and free standard shipping for qualifying orders more than $75. Items may be shipped to to the United States or more than 250 destinations worldwide.

This article was written by Kaitlyn Wells and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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How to Rescue Your Mac Fom Having Too Many Photos

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Brian Kersey—Getty Images The new 11-inch MacBook Air is displayed at the new Apple Store during a media preview on October 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

Stage an intervention with iPhoto, before it’s too late

With the advent of digital cameras — and especially since the dawn of the smartphone — it’s become ever more difficult to put our past behind us. For instance, Yahoo estimated that 880 billion photos will be taken this year alone, a number no doubt inflated by all the selfies pouring out of the Philippines.

If you open up iPhoto and feel like all those pics have somehow made it onto your Mac, don’t despair. There’s a trick that can liberate your Apple computer from the stranglehold of your snapshots. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Get an external hard drive

In order to give your Mac some breathing room, you’ll need a new place to put all your pictures. Any drive will do, but some are better than others. For this exercise, Thunderbolt-equipped drives, like the one terabyte LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt, work well because they transfer images swiftly through the faster port.

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are also good, because they write data quickly, just like a computer’s RAM does. But on a per-gigabyte basis, these drives are very expensive compared to disc-based hard drives that offer more storage bang for the buck. (For instance, at $285, the 480-gigabyte Oyen Digital Shadow Mini SSD costs more than the LaCie but has less than half the storage space.)

Meanwhile, plain old external hard drives like the Western Digital My Book for Mac are clunky performers, but offer great values, selling two terabytes for less than a Benjamin. I recommend buying as much space as you can afford, as you’ll be filling it through the years. I would not recommend buying a wireless external storage drive — they are unstable and much slower than conventional hard drives.

Step 2: Update iPhoto

If there are updates available for iPhoto, download and install them, and then open the app. Make sure your library is working fine (or as well as can be expected, considering all the foodstagram shots you’ve got jammed in there). While iPhoto slowly grinds its gears to ensure your library is working with the newest version of the software, sit back and enjoy your memories as they zip across on the screen.

Really — you have no choice in this matter, and the app might seem like it’s frozen. But have patience and let iPhoto do its thing — and don’t force quit the program, since everything should keep moving. In fact, go for a walk, and try not to take any more photos while you’re out. When you get back, the app should be working just fine, and if so, quit the program. If not, the Apple Genius Bar is a lovely place to spend a few hours.

Step 3: Find your iPhoto Library

The iPhoto Library is what Mac OS calls a “package.” Essentially, it’s a folder you can’t (easily) open, and it has a unique icon, not a folder image. This particular package contains not just every photo you’ve loaded into iPhoto, but your albums and any projects you’ve made with the program.

Sufficed to say, for most users armed with only a smartphone, it’s a large file. People who like to capture videos will have an even larger library. And photographers with a high quality camera will have an even more bloated library because their images are much bigger files. (I fall into this category, and my iPhoto Library file is more than 50 gigabytes.) Then, throw in iCloud’s “Photo Stream,” a web-connected service that syncs your phone’s pictures with those on your computer, and this seemingly innocent Apple library is actually a data-driven parasite, eating your computer from the inside out.

You will need to extract it and store it on the external drive. So, unless you’ve already moved your iPhoto Library package, you’ll find it on your computer at Macintosh HD/Users/YourUsername/Pictures/iPhoto Library.

Step 4: Copy your iPhoto Library

Moving this library is not something that Apple recommends, but I’ve had mine located on an external drive for two years without incident. But it’s a little panic-inducing the first time you transfer it over, because this plan is essentially the equivalent of packing a moving truck full of priceless family heirlooms and hoping it makes it to your new address, somewhere out there in the dark.

So, I recommend first dragging the iPhoto Library from the Pictures folder onto the desktop. Once it’s been moved to the desktop, hold down the Option key and again drag the iPhoto Library, only this time onto your external drive. A green “plus” badge should appear on the iPhoto Library when it’s hovering over the external drive. That symbol indicates that the package is being copied to your external drive, not just being moved there. (Moving means the original file would be deleted from the desktop, and you don’t want that, yet.)

It may take more than 15 minutes to copy this library to its new home, depending on how large your library is, and what kind of external hard drive you’re using. Then, once it’s done copying, drag the desktop iPhoto Library to the trash (but don’t empty the trash, yet).

Step 5: Point iPhoto to the external iPhoto Library

Now for the magical part. Holding down the Option key, click on iPhoto to open the program. Instead of springboarding into your photos, like the program normally does, the option key launches a dialog box, asking for you to select a library. Navigate to the new library you’ve placed on your external drive. Once that’s selected, iPhoto should open and operate as it always has.

It might take a little extra time to open the first time you connect to the new library, but it’s worth noting that moving forward iPhoto will point to the external drive menu by default — unless you hold down the option key when launching the program again. Also, if you have two Macs but would like to have one library, just swap the external drive to the other computer, hold down Option when launching iPhoto, and select the drive again. Two Macs, one drive.

Step 6: Empty your trash

The last step is to empty your trash and free up your hard drive, but before you do that, you may want to grab another drive and archive the iPhoto Library again. Not only are external drives more vulnerable to corruption, but the larger, less expensive, disc-based hard drives are much more susceptible to breaking, because they have moving parts on the inside. (Think of them like vinyl records with a needle — that’s essentially how they work.)

Also, using this method of externally story your iPhoto Library may mean it no longer backs up using Apple’s Time Machine service (which you are using… right?), unless you change your settings to tell it to archive that drive, too. But whether you make a second backup or not, once you’re happy with the new library, empty the trash and say goodbye to the old one — and hello to a big pile of long, lost gigabytes.

TIME Electronic Arts

Why Electronic Arts Is Suddenly Roaring Back to Life

Visitors Attend The EXG Gaming Conference
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images A visitor passes an advertisement for the Sony Corp. Playstation version of the FIFA 15 soccer game, produced by Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), during the EGX gaming conference at Earls Court in London, U.K., on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

EA is in the game again

It’s been a rough six years for Electronic Arts, as the gaming giant has navigated it way through a rapidly changing world of games while facing a customer backlash, a disenchantment of developers in studios it acquired, and increasingly unhappy investors.

But if the mood of one group – EA shareholders – is any indication, the Redwood City, California company is on its way back. Electronic Arts’ stock rose as high as $46.23 Wednesday, its highest level since September 2008, before closing at $45.99. So far this year, EA has risen 100%, outpacing by a healthy margin rivals like Activision Blizzard (up 20%), Ubisoft (up 22%) and casual gaming company Zynga (down 33%).

That recovery has been a long time coming. EA lost its way nearly a decade ago as its push to wring profits from established franchises led to a stagnation in creativity and, ultimately, financial growth. In 2008, then-CEO John Riccitiello offered a mea culpa to a crowd of gaming developers, acknowledging that a strategy of buying gaming companies and forcing their developers to assimilate to EA’s culture wasn’t working. But despite pledges to change and a restructuring of the company aimed at fostering creativity, EA’s revenue stagnated while its stock price slumped.

Even worse, users began to revolt. For several years after Riccitiello vowed to improve EA’s games, complaints began to mount on the company’s forums. In 2012, Consumerist’s annual reader survey named EA the worst company in America. Complaints centered on high prices, rushed development of games, unreliable technology, and poor customer support. At the time, Electronic Arts brushed off Consumerist’s dubious title.

But when EA was voted the Worst Company in America for an unprecedented second time, its executives were put on notice. Meanwhile, stagnant sales pushed EA’s stock down below $11 a share in 2012 – what was then its lowest point – and in the spring of 2013 the company made another round of layoffs amid more restructuring.

EA seemed to have focused so strongly on running its businesses smoothly that it lost sight of what its gaming customers wanted. Like Hollywood studios, gaming companies are only as good as their most recent hits, and for years EA navigated the industry’s inherent volatility with skill. But gaming enthusiasts are different from film buffs – they are often more passionate, more vocal, and much better at making their complaints heard online.

In September 2013, EA named Andrew Wilson CEO, and quickly made clear it wanted to reform its image with customers. In interviews, Wilson has talked of instilling a “player-first” culture at EA, willing to delay a blockbuster title, for example, if it needs more work. In July, EA said it would push back the release of Battlefield Hardline until next year to ensure a stable launch.

Despite Wilson’s intentions, EA continued to suffer snafus in the new CEO’s first year. In late 2013, the company was hit by a shareholder lawsuit over the release of Battlefield 4, which disappointed in sales after a bug-ridden release (the delay in Hardline’s launch, following focus tests with gamers, is intended to avoid a similar fate) and lingering gripes over its use of in-app purchases in mobile games.

In 2014, things have changed — at least within the ranks of some EA investors, encouraged by the company’s strong performance throughout the year. In the six months leading up to Sept. 30, the company’s revenue rose 34% to $2.2 billion, while net income swung to a profit of $1.05 a share from a loss of 17 cents a share in the year earlier period. Again, video game earnings are notoriously volatile, but the numbers show that Wilson’s efforts are paying off — especially a plan to focus more of EA’s development talent on fewer of its games.

EA expects to release 10 titles for consoles and PCs this fiscal year, a third of the number it pumped out four years ago. Despite having fewer titles, EA’s revenue from Xbox and other console games more than doubled last quarter to $631 million. Mobile revenue, meanwhile, grew 69% to $123 million, or 12% of GAAP revenue. Two years ago, when Zynga was a hot stock, incumbents like EA looked vulnerable as mobile games threatened to sideline consoles. This year, EA is managing to grow console revenue while gaining a foothold in mobile games.

EA’s rally this year has left the stock expensive: It’s trading at 23 times its estimated earnings this year, above the average for S&P 500 shares. And the fickle nature of gaming consumers, along with the possibility of more delays in EA’s reduced lineup, could bring uncertainty to its future.

But for now, Wilson has steered the company on a path of stable growth. Barclays recently initiated coverage of the stock with a price target of $48 a share, 10% above its current price. On Wednesday, Piper Jaffray followed with a $47 target, citing the promise of future growth. As for whether Wilson’s efforts have swayed disgruntled customers, the clearest proof may be how it fares in voting for worst companies next year.

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