The Consequences Of An Unfair Workplace
But, when the organization does things that feel unfair, it causes people to question why they are part of this community. If upper management is compensated far more than rank-and-file employees, even in economic downturns, it creates a sense of unfairness. When one person is promoted despite the presence of other people who seem more deserving, it creates a sense of unfairness. When projects that people have worked on for a long time are cut without explanation, it creates a sense of unfairness.
Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014
Game Changer: A Look Inside Ubisoft’s Immersive Game Experiences (1:00 - 2:30PM)- Thanks to compelling narratives, innovative gameplay, and breakthrough technology, video games these days are true entertainment experiences. At the forefront of this charge, Ubisoft has inspired communities around the world to play, connect, rock out, and Just Dance. During this visit to Ubisoft’s San Francisco office, get hands-on with some of its top video-game franchises and learn about the technology that powers its innovation.
Hosted by Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft; Jason Altman,Executive Producer, Just Dance Now; Paul Cross,Creative Director, Rocksmith
Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED
Conspiracy theories abound about the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Some say Earhart was captured by the Japanese or that she found her way back to the US and lived out her life as a New Jersey housewife, Gillespie said. His team’s hypothesis is that Earhart and Noonan were trying to find Howland Island, but after failing to do so, they landed on a reef extending out from Nikumororo, also known as Gardner Island. For days, the pair sent out distress calls from the aircraft’s radio, but the rising tides soon pushed the plane over the edge of the reef and into the ocean. The team thinks Earhart and Noonan survived for a while on the island as castaways.
In The Wake Of Tragedy, Canadians React To Islamophobia With A Satisfying Punch In The Face
Stereotypes exist in our minds and that is not going to change anytime soon unless everybody on the planet is compelled to take a course in social psychology. Many of my friends were Muslims in college as the city I lived in has a significant Muslim population. Both sides -Muslims and non-Muslims know that there are fundamentalists who are highly active and that that number is growing in some parts of the world. In the same city, just yesterday a terrorist group was found to be recruiting online in the name of ISIS - the investigation was detailed in a newspaper article. They are also now recruiting techies and other highly educated individuals who are unfortunately being lured by "religion".
Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions | TechCrunch
My feelings on Sunset Overdrive can be summed up as follows: It’s kind of like a Hummer in that it’s completely impractical, embarrassing to be seen driving, and probably designed by a 13-year old with an authority problem. But for all its failings, it’s still a lot of fun once you get behind the wheel.
The Crew's PS4 and Xbox One beta starts next week
When Ubisoft pushed back the launch of its upcoming racing game The Crew to December, it revealed plans to hold an additional beta phase around the time the game was previously expected to launch. Today, the publisher announced the PS4 and Xbox One closed beta for The Crew will start next Thursday, November 6 and last through Monday, November 10.
The Crew 's PS4 and Xbox One beta will allow players to cruise across the country, completing challenges in two of the game's five regions, the Midwest and the East Coast. It will also feature the game's PvP lobby in the dirt and street classes. The closed beta is open to all players, though Ubisoft said some features will require an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription. Those interested in participating in the beta can register on Ubisoft's official site for the game, and those that pre-order The Crew will be guaranteed access to the beta program. The Crew will launch on December 2 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
[Image: Ubisoft] The Crew (April 2014)
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UBISOFT ANNOUNCES THE CREW™ CLOSED BETA ON XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION 4 FROM NOVEMBER 6TH TO 10TH
SAN FRANCISCO – October 29, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that The Crew™ closed beta will take place from November 6th to November 10th for the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
After talking with several external companies, it became clear to us that maintaining insight into the low-level behavior of operating systems is not a problem which is unique to Facebook. Over the past few months, we have released the osquery code and binaries to a small number of external companies. They have successfully deployed and tested osquery within their environments and they've given us great feedback.
NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe | TechCrunch
Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle , which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Came Out As Gay
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
This Is The Most Advanced Flying Car Prototype Yet
Whether it will ever fulfil the ultimate promise of the flying car of science fiction remains unclear. While Klein insisted the vehicle does not need a full airport with a big runway to get up into the air, takeoff and landing still require a 200-metre grass strip. When you’re stuck in traffic, even AeroMobil’s flying car won’t be able to help you.
Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?
By the time the 20th century rolled around, Victorian architecture had gone out of style. The architecture world had moved onto modernism, eschewing the ornate decoration of Victorian housing for simpler, airier architecture. This was part of a broader cultural shift. "In the early 20th century, the vision of America was all about progress--technological progress, industrial progress, social progress--toward some great powerful utopian future, and that had to involve sweeping the past out the door," Burns says. "You had to trash the Victorian if you were going to carry your own vision of modernity forward." Victorian houses went against the grain of the dominant architectural discourse of the day. "If you think of somebody like Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie houses, they were meant to be clean and open and light and healthy--all of the things that Victorian houses were the opposite of," Burns says. "They were thought of as dust traps."
Read About How Hotels Get You To Reuse Towels. Everyone's Doing It
This is all well and good, however how about the staff following their own instructions? I travel multiple times per year, total maybe 20-25 days. I've hung up my towels signaling reuse per the instructions on the signs each time - however every time the towel was replaced new (and this is at multiple national hotel chains). At what point does psychology tell me to just throw it on the floor because its going to get replaced anyway? What does it say about me that so far I continue to read the signs and follow their explicit instructions even when history tells me the outcome will be different?
Microsoft Band is a new cloud-powered wearable fitness tracker - The Next Web
In addition to tracking fitness stats, Microsoft Band also offers guided workouts based on users’ wellness goals, maps running routes via GPS, displays email and calendar event previews and accepts voice commands for Cortana, the assistant service on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Users can see how they’re doing during their workouts and check their messages on the slim full-color touchscreen, and can expect about 48 hours of battery life on a single charge.
5 facts about online harassment
On the other hand sexual harassment doesn’t bother me, nor do insults about my looks or body. I’ve lived with my body for a long time. It’s doing all sorts of strange things I never expected (or at least wanted) it to do. The person bothering me can look forward to the same sorts of things if it isn’t already happening to him/her. We’re all worm food in the end, and as the book says, everybody poops. I’m pretty normal, I don’t understand others getting bent out of shape over natural bodily functions. Not that I want to hear about them.
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive
Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and data analytics to transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities." It's hard to say what that really means, beyond that the company has an energy focus — but it's interesting to note that they're promising products at next year's CES in January. That suggests that there'll be a consumer angle here of some sort.
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place
The Los Angeles-based company lets customers “name their price” for event tickets and matches them with sellers willing to take their bids. The company is announcing today that it has raised $18.3 million in new funding that it will use to expand its online and mobile products, lock in new partnerships, and grow its user base. Hearst Ventures led the new round, with participation from new and existing investors.
Ezra’s Craft Liquor Marketplace Helps You Understand All The Subtle Notes Of Your Drink | TechCrunch
At some point in most everyone’s life, alcohol consumption goes from a sport wherein players try to get pounded in the most efficient way possible to an activity all in itself, where people actually enjoy the taste, the flavors, and the experience of drinking a fine liqueur.
How An Ex-Inmate’s Startup Is Improving Prisoners' Lives
These ideas come from the real-life struggles Hutson witnessed (and experienced) when he himself was a prisoner. After being sentenced to 51 months for smuggling marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico via overnight delivery services, the then 24-year-old Hutson started serving his sentence in October 2007. During the four years he spent behind bars, he saw how difficult it was for families to stay in touch with their convicted loved ones. He himself was moved to eight different prisons, leaving his family and friends to figure out the logistics of staying in touch every time.
This wasn't an ideal day for photography because the sky was overcast and it was raining, but a black and white conversion works for this image.
How well does George R.R. Martin know 'Game of Thrones' characters? - CNET
That's exactly what happened Tuesday on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" when Martin was promoting his new book, "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones."
YouTube finally arrives on the PlayStation 4
While Sony’s newest console has let users upload videos to Facebook and post screenshots on Twitter, a native YouTube app has been a long time coming. Given that the Xbox One has had a YouTube app since November, we’re pretty sure PS4 fans are happy to finally receive their own from the Google-owned company.
8 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Internet Lovers
If you're like us, you've suddenly realized two things: Halloween is just days away, and you've been too busy wasting your life away on the Internet to figure out a costume.
New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing | TechCrunch
It does this by providing a way for companies to build a model using business rules to define usage and then charging back to those who are using the resources in a fair way. The tool actually walks the user through the model building process starting with the accounts you are tracking, the tags the tool can pull automatically, uncategorized resources and the reserved instances associated with this account. It’s important to note, it can pull costs associated with different resources from the cloud vendor APIs, but customers building a model that includes internal resources in a private cloud have to come up with a cost allocation system for charging back to departments for usage manually.
Mesmerizing Photos Of Bees, From An Instagramming Beekeeper
"I think most people hope to get some kind of education about bees from my photos. Just seeing images of the inside of a beehive is something most people have never seen. The images alone can be eye-opening. I think people like to learn about bees and beekeeping from my account but also they like to just see what I am up to because my experiences are pretty unique," Kearney writes in an email.
Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor | TechCrunch
E-commerce design startup Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as give its artists a platform for creating new storefronts. To realize that goal, the company has raised an additional $38 million in Series D funding led by Norwest Venture Partners.
29-year-old cancer patient will not end her life this weekend
Maynard was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in April; doctors gave her approximately six months to live. So instead of letting her cancer determine her last day, she had chosen to commit suicide on Nov. 1 under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act so she could celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30. She planned to use a prescription from her doctor, but Maynard has since reversed that decision.
Tim Cook publicly comes out as gay in a public letter
In an opinionated editorial published on Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook has proudly revealed that he is gay. Cook has generally been a very private person but this is the first time he has come out and revealed the truth to the public.
LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners | TechCrunch
Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications. To that end, Nokia Growth Partners — a investment firm that has made investments in 50 startups, operating independently of Nokia but also backed exclusively by them — is leading a $23 million investment into Digital Lumens , a specialist in LED lighting, to help the company scale out its business globally.
Oppo N3 launches alongside 'world's thinnest smartphone'
Oppo has revealed pricing for both of the phones, but hasn't given a definitive release date beyond "November". The Oppo N3 can be had for $649 (around £400 / AU$730) SIM-free while the R5 is slated at $499 (around £310 / AU$350). Stay tuned for our full reviews coming soon.
Halloween Horror Streams: Shadow of Condemned: Criminal Origins
Shadow of Mordor isn't a scary game. Building up pressure in high stakes scenarios is something it excels at, but making with the scares? Not these orcs. Developer Monolith Productions probably just needed a break, though. It's coming off a decade of smart, very scary games. Condemned: Criminal Origins looms large among them. One of the very first games out there for Xbox 360, Condemned 's murder mystery still has power, hence why it's a perfect selection for our Halloween Horror Streams.
Starting at 4:00PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch , we'll be streaming the PC version of Condemned for your pleasure. Xav de Matos ( @Xav ), a man who readily admits to being terribly frightened by first-person horror games, will take the helm. Anthony John Agnello ( @ajohnagnello ) will hang in the chat offering moral support.
Joystiq.com/Twitch broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST, but we stream at other times too so make sure to follow us on Twitch to know when we're live.
Condemned 2: Bloodshot (Xbox 360, PS3)
Seth Rogen to Play Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic
It’s significant that Sony is producing this biopic. It’ll be a tribute to the the founders of Sony and Apple, Akio Morita and Steve Jobs, respectively. They were good friends from the time Jobs first visited Sony in Japan in the early 1980s until Akio Morita’s death in 1997.
The two shared a kinship: As biographer Christopher Dixon puts it, “Akio ran Sony based on his intuitions. For example, he ignored focus groups that hated the Walkman, saying: ‘We don’t ask consumers what they want. They don’t know. Instead we apply our brain power to what they need, and will want, and make sure we’re there, ready’ ”
Sounds a bit arrogant–telling customers what they want before they want it–but this sounds a lot like Steve Jobs. And both were very successful with this approach. Akio Morita had a
long run of hits: the transistor radio, transistor TV, Walkman, compact disc player, and camcorder–and Jobs had his own hits–the Mac computer,iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I really hope they cast George Takei in the role of Morita. Easy-going and energetic, Takei would portray a younger Morita pretty well.
Report: PS4 users report myriad issues following 2.0 update
Though today's PlayStation 4 system update brings with it a host of new features - most notably Share Play functionality - the new software has also been causing problems for a number of users.
As Videogamer points out, numerous reports of issues stemming from the 2.0 update have appeared across the spectrum of social media. On NeoGAF , PlayStation 4 owners are reporting problems ranging from odd volume fluctuations to issues connecting to YouTube to an inability to play previously purchased games. Responses to Sony Europe's PlayStation.blog announcement include players unable to sign in to the PlayStation Network following the update.
Despite these reports, these issues seem to affect a relatively small number of PlayStation 4 owners, though our own Alexander Sliwinski is one of them. We've attempted to reach Sony for more information on these update issues and its plans to fix them, but have yet to receive a response. If you're having an issue with your PS4 post-update, let us know in the comments.
GoCardless Launches Enterprise Direct Debits, Secures The Guardian | TechCrunch
GoCardless is a Y Combinator alum which created a simple way for online businesses to set up and accept direct debit payments. Why is this important, I hear you ask? Well, out there in the rest of the world, recurring payments are almost always driven by direct debit transactions from bank accounts, a market which is not well developed in the US, but happens to be highly developed elsewhere, especially in Europe. If you wanted a comparison, closest equivalent in the US might be Dwolla .
Steve Jobs On Android Founder Andy Rubin: 'Big, Arrogant ..."
"It got incredibly personal," says one Apple executive who was briefed by Jobs on the meeting. "Jobs said that Rubin was steamed, telling him his position was anti-innovation. And this is where Steve was demeaning to Andy, saying Andy was trying to be like him, look like him, have the same haircut, the same glasses, the same style."
The Dark Below expands Destiny on December 9
The first expansion to Destiny , The Dark Below, will launch on December 9, Activision revealed today. The Dark Below takes players below the surface of the moon to compete in new missions and blast through story quests that reveal The Hive's sinister plans to summon a god known as Crota. Which sounds a little too similar to "crouton" for us to be too worried about its desire to destroy Earth. The Dark Below will cost $20 on its own or can be obtained by purchasing Destiny 's Expansion Pass, a $35 ticket to both The Dark Below and an upcoming expansion.
The Dark Below raises the game's level cap to 32 and adds five bounty slots as well as new weapons and gear, including legendary and exotic items. It also features three competitive arenas – Pantheon, Skyshock and The Cauldron – as well as the cooperative strike mission The Will of Crota and the six-player raid mission Crota's End. PS4 and PS3 players will have access to The Undying Mind, a strike mission that will be exclusive to PlayStation platforms until "at least fall 2015." The expansion was announced during Sony's Gamescom press conference in August .
Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund | TechCrunch
3D Hubs is a global network of local 3D printers. Their mission is to make 3D printing accessible to everyone and help people create a new kind of products that are personalised, on-demand and locally produced. It is the world's largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers with over 7,000 printers in 140 different countries.
Founded April 2013 in Amsterdam by two former 3D Systems employees, …
Grieving father fulfills his deceased daughter's dream of fame
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IBM and Twitter announce data analytics partnership
"Twitter has created something extraordinary. When you bring this together with other kinds of information and leverage IBM's innovations in analytics, Watson and cloud, business decision-making will never be the same," she told an event announcing the launch.
What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion | WIRED
“Anytime you do something like this, there’s a chance there’s going to be an accident or failure.” But, he added, of all the failures he’s seen in his career, “this is by far the most catastrophic.” While he wasn’t at the launch, his colleagues were. “They were pretty shocked also. Luckily, nobody was hurt and all of the equipment can be replaced.”
Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'
"We have repeatedly made clear - both to our customers and more generally to the public - 'Comcast doesn't prioritize Internet traffic or have paid fast lanes, and we have no plans to do so,'" Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen told Leahy in a letter dated Oct. 24 and viewed by Reuters late on Wednesday.
4 Ways Developers Say Apple Can Improve The Mac App Store
Through traditional distribution channels it’s always been quick and easy to issue bug fixes. Once a bug is discovered and fixed, the developer could quickly upload the new build of the app to their website (or push it out through in-app software update mechanisms). This way a user could oftentimes get the fix for their problem within hours of a major bug being discovered. This isn’t the case for apps distributed through the Mac App Store, however. Any app changes--including small bug fixes--must be approved by Apple, which can take a week or more. According to Dan Counsell, founder of Realmac Software, this was the primary reason the company decided not to release RapidWeaver 6 on the Mac App Store.
American Horror Story: Freak Show - "Edward Mordrake, Pt 2" Review - IGN
The rest of the episode really belonged to Twisty and his sad tale of betrayal and bottoming out. As a simpleton clown who was falsely accused of molestation, Twisty found himself alone and resentful of freaks. And his attempt to kill himself left him deranged and without a jaw. As mentioned, as much as I loved Twisty and his presence on the show, I was fearful we'd grow weary of him. So I was happy to see his backstory unfold here and his soul get claimed by Mordrake. An interesting development and a devilish way of setting Dandy up as the new clown killer.
China's Xiaomi surges to become world's third largest smartphone vendor
As for the leading smartphone vendor Samsung, the Korean company continued to struggle amidst heated competition from Apple and Chinese rivals including Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei Technologies. In the third quarter, Samsung's market share was 24.7 percent, down from the 35 percent share it had a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics.
Breaking kayfabe: How WWE video games are impacted by the 'Reality Era'
Let's start with a concession: there is a large swath of readers who are hesitant to discuss professional wrestling with any sort of seriousness. It's viewed as a low art form by some, and many others would balk at even considering it art. But even those readers can concede that professional wrestling is a popular form of entertainment.
There are very few people, perhaps other than than young children, who believe that professional wrestling is real in the way that a boxing match or MMA fight is real. That's not, however, to say that professional wrestling is 'fake,' as some of its detractors deride. The proper term would be 'scripted,' because when a person falls off a 12-foot ladder, it's going to hurt. That pain is real, regardless of whether or not it was pre-determined.
WWE 2K15 (MyCareer)
Many die-hard fans knew, decades ago, that wrestling was scripted. It was known amongst inside circles as 'kayfabe' – the portrayal of scripted events and rivalries as real. It wasn't until the 1980s, however, that Vince McMahon and the WWE (then known as the WWF) began admitting, on record, that the matches were 'sports entertainment.
Popular to-do app Any.do goes 2.0 with new collaboration and note-taking features -- AppAdvice
Whether you need to share and update a grocery list with a spouse or organize a team project with deliverables, subtasks and deadlines, Any.do 2.0 was made for easy group collaboration. Add “ketchup” to your husband’s grocery list while he’s shopping in the store, or assign tasks to team members working on a major client presentation – Any.do 2.0 let’s you easily work with others, share deliverables and notes, and assign to-dos for any task list.
Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED
In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account. Now hackers have learned the same trick. Only instead of a mistress, they’re sharing their love letters with data-stealing malware buried deep on a victim’s computer.
Alien: Isolation is haunted by more than Xenomorphs
You might think that the scariest part of Alien: Isolation is, you know, the alien , but you would be wrong. There is something darker that lurks within Sevastopol station's cramped corridors, something altogether more sinister. If you don't believe us, see it for yourself in a video we captured this morning. Don't worry, it's spoiler-free, though we can't promise it won't fuel your nightmares for months to come. Alien: Isolation (E3 2014)
Open thread: can BlackBerry Classic wean Kim Kardashian off her Bold?
New smartphone is one of today’s tech talking points, along with Oculus VR, WhatsApp, iPhones in Iran and giant robots