Foursquare uses location data to predict that Apple will sell 13m-15m iPhones this weekend

Foursquare uses location data to predict that Apple will sell 13m-15m iPhones this weekend


If you’re wondering how many people will buy new iPhones when they launch this weekend, Foursquare has a good guess: Between 13 million and 15 million. The company, which recommends things to do and places to based on your location, analyzed foot traffic at Apple stores leading up to the launch of the iPhone 5, 5S, and 6 and combined it with Apple’s public sales data to come up with its prediction. In the visualization below, you can see what foot traffic to the One Stockton Street Apple store in San Francisco looks like through a normal week. Foursquare predicts…

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Twitter is experimenting with a feature that changes the platform significantly

Twitter is experimenting with a feature that changes the platform significantly


Is there anything Twitter is not experimenting with? Today a new polling feature has hit the feeds of Twitter users on both desktop and mobile, and it looks different from what we’re used to. Twitter normally deploys features through Cards — lines of HTML designed to integrate rich media and other features into the platform. Usually, cards leave behind a URL built into the tweet, signaling the source of the Card. But look at this sample Tweet, from New York Times reporter Mike Isaac: The lack of URL and source material indicates that the poll is native — not based on…

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First look at Chinese OS NeoKylin, a Windows like Linux system installed on 40% of commercial Dells sold in China

First look at Chinese OS NeoKylin, a Windows like Linux system installed on 40% of commercial Dells sold in China


Nikhil Sonnad / Quartz:

First look at Chinese OS NeoKylin, a Windows like Linux system installed on 40% of commercial Dells sold in China  —  A first look at the Chinese operating system the government wants to replace Windows  —  Microsoft Windows is the dominant operating system in China, but the government is trying to encourage homegrown replacements.