Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live | TechCrunch

It’s unclear how events will be chosen to be a part of Snapchat’s new Live “Our Story” section, or whether or not this will one day act as a revenue stream for Snapchat. It’s not hard to imagine music festivals, sporting events, concert tours, colleges, or other ‘location-based communities’ paying for access to a marketing channel like Snapchat’s main feed page.

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Xenoblade's Shulk confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

Xenoblade Chronicles hero Shulk was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. this morning in Japan's Nintendo Direct, giving more credence to the alleged leaked images and videos showing Bowser Jr and the Duck Hunt dog as part of the fighter's roster. Check out Shulk's reveal trailer below the break Super Smash Bros. (8/13/2014) [Image: Nintendo]

'New 3DS' Comes 'Amiibo' Ready

Nintendo today announced the next iteration for its 3DS line of consoles – the New 3DS . As when the 2DS was announced, this isn’t what many gamers will have been expecting. However the new unit says a lot about Nintendo’s strategy around 3DS and amiibo figures going forward.

Chartbeat’s Campaign IQ Dashboard Offers A Less Wonky Way To Measure Ads | TechCrunch

Real-time analytics service Chartbeat has been banging the drum for the past few months about the need to focus less on clicks and more on attention, when it comes to measuring the success of content and especially ads. Now the company is moving further in that direction with the launch of a new tool called Campaign IQ.

MSN Messenger is shutting down after 15 years of memories

Microsoft has typically celebrated its MSN Messenger milestones with big green mascot outfits , but the 15-year mark and the end of the Messenger era is departing quietly. Here’s a look back at how MSN Messenger used to look, during a time when everyone put emoticons in their name or status message, and your mom picking up the phone and killing your modem connection to MSN Messenger was just as annoying as someone using the same font and color as you during a conversation. Farewell, MSN Messenger.

How to clear absolutely everything off your desktop in Windows 8.1

Now we should be left with the Recycle Bin, and any system icons such as your user folder, Network, This PC, and so on. There are two ways to do get rid of these, but I'm going to show you the easiest one. If you want to see the slightly more complex version check out Microsoft's help pages .

Tablet shipments forecast slashed by half as Western markets slow | ZDNet

Summary: IDC's latest estimates show mature markets are leveling off, but emerging markets could still power some significant growth.

Xenoblade's Shulk confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

Xenoblade Chronicles hero Shulk was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. this morning in Japan's Nintendo Direct, giving more credence to the alleged leaked images and videos showing Bowser Jr and the Duck Hunt dog as part of the fighter's roster. Check out Shulk's reveal trailer below the break Super Smash Bros. (8/13/2014) [Image: Nintendo]

Netflix Nabs The Blacklist for $2 Million Per Episode - IGN

As Deadline reports, Netflix just entered into what is believed to be the "biggest subscription video-on-demand deal" in history with Sony Pictures TV. This $2 million per episode price stands for Season 1 and all future seasons of the James Spader series.

Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch technology in new iPhone: FT

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications (NFC) technology into the next iPhone, which would enable smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans.

11 CrunchWeek: Twitch’s $1B Sale, Snapchat’s $10B Valuation, Uber’s Operation SLOG | TechCrunch

Facebook LinkedIn Twitch’s Sale To Amazon, Snapchat Valuation And Uber Operation SLOG You can tell when summer is coming to an end: The weather turns cooler, the days run shorter, and tech news starts to pick up the pace. This week was a great example of the news cycle perking up as we head into fall, giving us a few big stories to talk about for our weekly CrunchWeek show.

Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City | TechCrunch

When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a Colony.” And now, thanks to Niall , you think of luxury watches.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection revitalizes Halo 2's Lockout

Lockout Unveiled as Fifth Re-Imagined Multiplayer Map for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" Lockout is the fifth of six classic "Halo 2" multiplayer maps being re-imagined for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," joining the previously announced Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary. Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents. The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most seasoned "Halo 2" veterans. "Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in 'Halo 2,'" said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers on "Halo 2." "We're thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements.

Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For iPhone | TechCrunch

Tripcast has been built in a way where the map is more central to the experience, so users can share their location as they post other trip notes, photos and videos. They can either create these travel journals by themselves or with their travel buddies by inviting them to join. And when users return home, they can download all the photos that were shared.

Data Point: Who Will Pay the Most for Your Old iPhone?

To compare the different resale options, the chart below includes the highest offered price for 16GB iPhones in good condition, with the chargers included when applicable. In general, the resale prices vary by the model, condition and reseller. Prices also vary depending on the carrier people purchase them through, so iPhone resales are sorted by carrier. Phones that are unlocked are more valuable than ones that aren’t, especially on sites like Amazon.

Madden NFL 15 review: Getting defensive

For years, EA has presented its flag-bearing sports series as an attempt at a pixel-for-pixel simulation of professional football. It has consistently billed the latest game in the annual series as "the most authentic Madden," leaving the door open a crack for anyone outside its PR department to point out all the ways Madden is not a mirror image of the sport that dominates America's Sundays. As the NFL continues its slide towards a future where defenders that side-eye a star receiver may very well be tagged with an illegal contact penalty (it's okay folks, it's just the preseason ), Madden stopped at the fork in the road this year to do a little soul-searching. The man on Madden 15 's cover, Richard Sherman, made headlines for calling out the league's mandates after his team's defense shut down a league-best offense in the Super Bowl, and he's emblematic of the game's renewed focus on defense. Madden 15 is a big step in carving out the series' identity as a video game first and a football simulator second, driving a much-needed wedge between the game and the sport, while retaining what fans crave from both sides.

Gillmor Gang: Summertime Blues | TechCrunch

The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. This one seems more like an AA meeting for Apple addiction, as the Gang stumbles around pretending to be interested in Twitter tinkering with the Favorites model while just killing time until September 9.

Philippe Starck's latest bike design puts fur between your legs

Industrial designers love to be provocative almost as much as they enjoy being original. Fulfilling both briefs with a furious disregard for common sense, leading French designer Philippe Starck has this week unveiled a new range of electric bikes. Dubbed Starckbike and built by e-bike specialists Moustache , the new collection features four distinct styles, each with "specific ergonomics adapted to its terrain and field of exploration."

The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding | TechCrunch

Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only five Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure.

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week | TechCrunch

Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29).

Awesome online map shows off ISS astronauts’ amazing Earth photos

Lovingly compiled by Dave MacLean of the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia, this fabulous collection pulls together images tweeted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), showing off what must surely be the crème de la crème of aerial photography .

Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order

"Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters. "Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen."

Instagram's Hyperlapse app aims for smooth time-lapse video - CNET

Instagram's implementation, announced Tuesday, focuses on ease of use. There is no login required to use the Hyperlapse app. When it launches, you are presented with the video camera. Use the start/stop button to record and the green check mark to save direct to the Camera Roll.

State Fairgoers eat up data, along with hot dogs and cheese curds

T-Mobile said it saw a 172 percent increase in data use on the first Saturday of the Fair, compared with the first Saturday of the 2013 Fair. And for the first four days of the Fair, it saw a 184 percent increase in data usage compared to the same 2013 period.

Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome | TechCrunch

What’s next? A “full-scale” house. The castle is large enough to walk around in, but it seems that the builder has bigger plans. Also the next building will likely be built someplace warmer. Why warmer? Concrete sets at only so quick a pace — if you can help it cure, you can probably build more quickly.

ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8 | TechCrunch

To that end, it’s making it as easy as possible for designers to get their work into ThemeBoard. While the data for each custom design is saved in a .plist file, designers don’t have to mess with that at all — ThemeBoard provides them a template, they put their design on top of it in whatever illustration program they like, and Taphive does all of the conversion on their end. Eventually, the startup plans to release a native keyboard designer for the Mac that will cut out other software from the process and maybe even let designers have an impact on the functionality of the keyboard as well.

Here’s An Affordable Mid-Range Electric Bike Conversion Kit To Speed Up Your Commute | TechCrunch

The Barak Electric Bicycle Kit is a conversion kit to convert any bicycle to an electric bicycle. The kit consists of only four parts which are easily bolted onto any bicycle to convert it into an electric bicycle. The kit consists of a hub motor wheel, battery, controller and throttle. The hub motor wheel contains the motor in the center of the wheel. The whole wheel simply replaces the front …

Super Mario 3D World, Walmart Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles by mid-September

Along with a new 3DS for Japan, which is not planned for the US or Europe this year, Nintendo also revealed new Wii U bundles. Available sometime in mid-September, Nintendo of America plans on launching a Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 bundle. The Super Mario 3D World deluxe set bundle will feature a physical copy of the game and Nintendo Land for $299.99. The Mario Kart 8 bundle is a "Walmart exclusive," with a physical copy of the game along with Nintendo Land , and it will also retail for $299.99 "while supplies last." Super Mario 3D World (10/15/13) [Image: Nintendo]

White House Reboots Its Tech Staff | TechCrunch

A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory Board.

Matthew Dear And GE Drop Science, And Cats Take Over Pizza Hut: The Top Five Ads Of The Week

Ricky Gervais is a Netflix superfan, Matthew Dear makes machine music with GE, a Bissell brand manager eats off the subway floor, anti-litter ads made from garbage, and cats running a Pizza Hut.

When does giving the reader what they want turn into clickbait? It's complicated

The outrage over clickbait is really just a symptom of the change from a one-way, broadcast model of journalism to one in which we actually know what readers want to read — and it’s not always what we think they should

Cloud Cover 151: Azure Machine Learning with Parmita Mehta (Channel 9)

In this episode  Chris Risner  and Haishi Bai  are joined by Parmita Mehta, Program Manger on the Azure Machine Learning team.  Parmita gives an overview of the new Azure Cloud Machine Learning Service.  Using the Cloud ML service, Parmita demonstrates how you can create experiments to detect patterns in data.  In the example shown, Parmita uses Cloud ML to predict family income level based off of census data.  This is tested using modules pre-built by MS Research, Xbox, and Bing!  After building and testing out an experiment, Parmita shows how easy it is to push the experiment to production as a web service which can be used to run individual tests or batches.

How to convert AVI to DVD

So you’ve got a movie in AVI format, but you want to put it on a disc so you can watch it through your DVD player. Sounds easy, right? The only problem is that you can’t just burn an AVI file to a disc. Well, technically you can, but your DVD player wouldn’t be able to read it. So, in order to get your AVI movie to play in your DVD player, you need to convert the file into a format that your machine can understand. Below, we’ll cover an extremely simple, cross-platform method that will get the job done in just a few minutes.

SoftBank's first Sony smartphone deal takes aim at U.S. market

"I can't see this making much of a difference," said Deutsche Bank analyst Yasuo Nakane of the Sprint deal, stressing the importance of a deal with a major carrier such as Verizon Communications Inc - along with AT&T Inc one of the top two U.S. carriers - to get critical mass in that market. Sony offers an Xperia tablet through Verizon.

The Verge on Twitter: Nintendo has new 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds with dual analog controls

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Why You Should Worry About The Cyber Attack On JPMorgan Chase

Security experts said the attack could have serious consequences depending on what information was taken. While banks typically reimburse customers for fraud, the hackers could use access to banks' computer systems to take out loans in customers’ names, commit other kinds of identity theft, or worse, manipulate financial data inside the banks’ computers, said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro, a computer security firm.

The Top 9 Things I Want To See In Windows 9

I am the longtime Managing Editor at . I am also a freelance writer whose work has been published worldwide, in a number of PC and tech-related print publications. I have been a computing and technology buff since my early childhood. Even before being exposed to the Commodore P.E.T. and later the C64 some 30 years ago, I was interested in electricity and electronics, and still have the modified AFX cars and shop-worn soldering irons to prove it. Once I got my hands on my first Commodore 64, however, computing became my passion. Throughout my academic and professional lives, I have explored virtually every major platform from the TRS-80 and Amiga, to today's high-end, multi-core servers. Over the years, I have worked in many fields related to technology and computing, including system design, assembly and sales, quality assurance testing, and technical writing.

The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse. I know, I was a victim

It was only after a decade away from Skipton that I was finally able to garner the courage to return and testify against my abuser. When I first told my mother about the abuse I’d suffered, she was absolutely devastated. The root of her anger was clear: I was heaping unbound shame on to my family by trying to bring the perpetrator to justice. In trying to stop him from exploiting more children, I was ensuring my parents and my siblings would be ostracised. She begged me not to go to the police station.

Tesla teams up with China's wireless carrier Unicom for charging network

Tesla finally announced its strategy for building out an electric car charging network in China: a domestic partner in the second largest wireless carrier.

Report: Apple Won't Ship Its iWatch Until 2015

That's not great news in that Apple would be leaving a ton of holiday sales on the table, and it gives room for people to doubt the readiness of such a device. Yet, it's not exactly terrible—as Re/Code also points out, the original iPhone didn't ship until six months after its announcement. And last year, the Mac Pro didn't even ship until several months after the original announcement. So it's not all bad. In the meantime, we're left with a long weekend to speculate wildly about a possible iWatch . [ Re/Code ]

Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year | TechCrunch

I think that if we had all sat around a table in mid-2013, and asked ourselves if PC sales would stabilize as quickly as they have, and tablet sales growth would slow as quickly as they have, we would have laughed at the idea. That’s not to say that tablet sales aren’t a large part of the consumer hardware market, just that they appear to one of more minor import than we might have anticipated.

The Alienware Area-51 gaming rig just got one hell of a redesign

After a few years finding itself/getting a heavy-duty industrial makeover, Alienware's well-respected (and, importantly, customizable) desktop gaming PC has returned. The Area-51 isn't small, but it now has a new triangular... hexagonal... something-between-the-two design, intentionally hewn that way to maintain airflow and keep it cool, even when positioned against a wall. It's certainly come a long way since the tower desktop days of 2011 . Given its size, two of the corners have handles to lug it around with -- we hope you can bicep-curl 45 pounds though, because that's how much it weights. It also looks nothing like Alienware's incoming Steam Machine . (Ironically, the new Area-51 chassis looks far more "Valve," in a lot of ways .) Gallery | 9 Photos Alienware Area-51 + See all 9

Relive your childhood with streaming site Nick Reboot - CNET

Nick Reboot streams classic Nickelodeon shows 24 hours a day. The live stream is free to watch. Shows are shown in random order; upcoming shows are listed along the bottom of the page. You can also see what's currently playing and the next two shows on tap at @nr_schedule . Click here for the full list of shows the site streams from the 1990s and early 2000s.

Sprint rings up the HTC One E8 for $100 on contract - CNET

As for color options, you can buy the HTC One E8 in either Polar White or Misty Gray with silver accents for $99 with a two-year service agreement. Alternatively, qualified Easy Pay customers can scoop up the phone for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 payments of $20.84 per month, for a grand total of $500. It's initially a Web exclusive, but Sprint said it will offer the phone in retail stores in a few weeks.

Predictive First: How A New Era Of Apps Will Change The Game | TechCrunch

Over the past several decades, enterprise technology has consistently followed a trail that’s been blazed by top consumer tech brands. This has certainly been true of delivery models – first there were software CDs, then the cloud, and now all kinds of mobile apps. In tandem with this shift, the way we build applications has changed and we’re increasingly learning the benefits of taking a mobile-first approach to software development.

The Gadgets and Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of This Month | Gadget Lab | WIRED

One of the best parts of our jobs here at WIRED is that we get to test all the new things as soon as they come out. But we often only get a few days to play with something before having to write about it. That can be difficult—getting a clear assessment of an object’s worth when you have to crank out a written review in less than a week. Some products only show their true colors after several weeks, months, or years to experience them, live with them, play with them, and wear them. That’s what we’ve gathered here—things we’ve been testing and love, or the stuff from our lives that we own and never want to let go. This is the gear we want to take everywhere. This is the stuff we want to cook breakfast for. These are the things we love.

With New 3DS Model, Nintendo Continues to Woo Hardcore Gamers | Game|Life | WIRED

Losing the “expanded audience” that it once courted to great effect with simplified gaming platforms—whether to mobile phone games or Disneyland—Nintendo is now, at least in the short term, pursuing the high-end consumer with products more geared to their needs. That’s more buttons, more joystick, more RPGs and more oomph.

Vice Media sells a 10-percent stake to Disney and Hearst, valuing the company at $2.5B

Vice Media has broken off talks with Time Warner about selling a stake in the company to the cable giant, and now it has cut a deal with A&E Networks that values the new-media upstart at $2.4 billion

This Driveable Deck Chair Has A Stereo And A Sandpit

The two-seater is rigged up with an umbrella, a GPS tracker that follows the sun's movements to ensure maximum shade levels, wind breaks for privacy and to keep down the wind, retractable towels, sunscreen holders, books and drinks, a stereo system, a sandpit--and just to take it completely over the top, a refrigerated slushy machine.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The 100-Foot Sea Critter That Deploys a Net of Death | Science | WIRED

The logistics of that seem, well, a bit complicated, if not entirely awkward. There are conjoined twins in our oceans, though, that pull off something far more remarkable. These are the siphonophores, some 180 known species of gelatinous strings that can grow to 100 feet long, making them some of the longest critters on the planet. But instead of growing as a single body like virtually every other animal, siphonophores clone themselves thousands of times over into half a dozen different types of specialized cloned bodies, all strung together to work as a team—a very deadly team at that.

51 Twitter Redesigns Signup Process to Entice New Users
52 Uber’s Biggest Danger Is Its Business Model, Not Bad PR | Business | WIRED
53 With the Huracán, Lamborghini Finally Learns to Refine Itself | Autopia | WIRED
54 Game Show Night at PAX Prime: 3 hours of hilarious filth (and prizes!)
55 Alibaba Beefs Up Cloud Business
56 Here's How Anatomically Impossible That Spider-Woman #1 Cover Is (NSFW?)
57 Every Parent Will Relate to Beyoncé's Poem About Daughter Blue Ivy
58 The Best To-Do List Apps for iPhone
59 MSN Messenger is Finally Closing Down
60 New Nintendo eShop releases: Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Mega Man X3
61 Gone Home going to Wii U, says Nintendo manager
62 PAX10 Humble Flash Bundle discounts the showstoppers
63 How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead
64 Google tests drone delivery service in Australian outback - Telegraph
65 Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class | TechCrunch
66 This Man Is on a Mission to Turn NYC Into a Tech Magnet | Enterprise | WIRED
67 Ultimate NES Remix slides onto 3DS later this year [update]
68 IDC: Tablets sales growth to slow this year
69 Hamline professor's post on student loan debt goes viral
70 The Legend of Korra: Game Release Date and New Mode, Plus What to Expect in Book 4 - IGN
71 Meet The Guy Who Makes $1,000 An Hour Tutoring Kids Of Fortune 500 CEOs Over Skype
72 How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company
73 Pokemon Meets Tekken as Pokken is Officially Announced - IGN
74 Apple's Biggest Design Crime
75 Don't Be Afraid To Cancel Cable — Here's How To Get All The Programs You Love
76 8TB hard drives have arrived
77 Can Elephants Survive a Legal Ivory Trade? Debate Is Shifting Against It
78 10 Crazy Vacation Ideas for Thrillseekers
79 Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
80 Why 30 is not the new 20
81 Amazon Buying Twitch for Nearly $1 Billion - IGN
82 Jobs Of The Future: Where They Are, How To Get Them
83 7 Social Media Psychology Studies For Smarter Marketing
84 Mario Kart 8 DLC Includes Link, F-Zero, and More - IGN
85 THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System
86 What are you revealing online? Much more than you think
87 Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing
88 Full House Could be Returning to TV - IGN
89 GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!
90 US cable giants call on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet
91 Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales
92 11 Gaming Innovations We Owe to Nintendo - IGN
93 I Went From Grad School to Prison
94 Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town
95 Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity
96 'Thigh bone' on Mars? NASA explains an unusual find - CNET
97 iPhone 6 Release Date slated for September 16th to 19th
98 The Wii U is actually worth buying now
99 How This Man Built A $3M Business A Year After Four Years In Prison
100 5 Can't-Miss Apps: 'Cookie Monster's Challenge' and More