Microsoft Delays Xbox One China Launch to September 29
Microsoft had pencilled in September 23 for the Xbox One’s launch in China, but now it has been delayed by almost a week.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse casts you as a super saiyan savior
Anime icon Goku may be the hero of the Dragon Ball universe , but in Dragon Ball Xenoverse , that responsibility falls to you. Developer Dimps and publisher Bandai Namco are crafting a new storyline that allows players to insert themselves into Dragon Ball Z history by creating a custom character that travels through time to help the many spiky-haired warriors.
Goku and crew won't just be cowering in a corner and waiting for you to save them, though. By becoming an apprentice to one of the Z Warriors, you'll be able to learn their moves, as well as unlock their costumes. Of course, if you want the authentic experience, you'll also be able to take control of the original characters in other modes.
Our scouters have revealed a trailer showcasing the title's features, which you can check out after the break:
[Image: Bandai Namco Games]
One Vision of a Non-Neutral Internet
Net-neutrality advocates have pushed for a flat ban on allowing the service providers to prioritize any kind of content. Their argument is that these limited plans privilege some apps at the expense of the rest, and give wireless carriers the ability to decide what parts of the Internet low-income users can access. If the Facebooks of the world have an in with the carriers, there is no way the future Facebooks of the world could gain a foothold in the market. Innovation, they say, would be stifled.
Belief in Free Will Not Threatened by Neuroscience | WIRED
Most of the students (80 per cent) agreed that this future technology was plausible, but they didn’t think it undermined Jill’s free will. Most of them only felt her free will was threatened if they were told that the neuroscientists manipulated Jill’s brain activity to alter her decisions. Similar results were found in a follow-up study in which the scenario descriptions made clear that “all human mental activity just is brain activity”, and in another that swapped the power of brain imaging technology for the mind reading skills of a psychic. In each case, students only felt that free will was threatened if Jill’s decisions were manipulated, not if they were merely predicted via her brain activity or via her mind and soul (by the psychic).
Zalando Worth $6.8 Billion After Pricing IPO At More Than $27 A Share
Last year the company, which was the fastest-ever on the European continent to hit $1 billion in annual revenue, posted net sales of about $2.3 billion. In August, Zalando announced revenues of $1.4 billion in the first half of 2014 with net income of $16.6 million, an improvement from the more than $90 million net loss during the same period in 2013. On its current track, the retailer, which operates in 15 different European countries, may have the first profitable year in its history. Today, the company is overseen by a management board consisting of Gentz, Schneider and their former classmate, Rubin Ritter.
Report: Smash Bros. glitch is MASSIVE
A glitch in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS , which is currently available in Japan, sees Yoshi go through quite the growth spurt. If you've ever had fantasies of Godzilla in a Yoshi suit, prepare for them to potentially come true in the game's survival mode.
Our review of the game called it "the most feature-complete, compelling Super Smash Bros. entry to date." SSBfN3DS is available this Friday, October 3, in North America and Europe. Smash Smash Bros. (3DS, 4/17/14)
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on October 17
The devices will be available from Apple retail stores and in-store at all three major Chinese networks (China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom), as well as authorized third-party resellers. Pre-orders will only be available from the Apple Online Store on October 10, but from October 14 you can reserve a device for in-store pick-up on October 17.
America's 10 Richest In Tech 2014: Zuckerberg Passes Page, Brin, Bezos
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FireChat Prepares Encryption Feature As It Drives Hong Kong Protests
FireChat’s Daligault says the surge of users in Hong Kong is 20 times bigger than the downloads in Taiwan. It’s currently the No. 1 app in Hong Kong, with 97,000 local chat rooms on Monday. OpenGarden can’t get a read on the content or proportions of messages that are being sent “off the grid,” the critical feature that any user can enable in the app.
Microsoft Launches Xbox One In China Today
The Xbox One marks the first of the major consoles to enter the Chinese market. That could translate to a much-needed win for Microsoft which continues to trail in the new-gen console wars behind Sony’s PlayStation 4. No hard launch date has been set for the PS4 in China yet.
Chartbeat gets certified to measure attention, tries to move advertising away from clicks and pageviews
Web analytics firm Chartbeat says it is the first to be certified by the Media Ratings Council for a new way of measuring the actual attention of readers, as part of a move to get publishers and advertisers to stop focusing only on clicks and pageviews
SoftBank, DreamWorks Animation Talks Cool
SoftBank Corp.'s discussions to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. have cooled, according to people familiar with the matter, less than two days after word first emerged of the talks.
5 reasons why Ello isn’t the second coming of Facebook
There’s not a lot going on when you look at Ello, but I can’t decide if its black-and-white minimalism is purposeful or just a placeholder for a
fully-fledged website. Finding friends is impossible: The site’s discover tool just takes you to a list of Ello users the network thinks you should add.
I’ve been slowly friending people I know by asking them what their Ello names are. That’s no good for growth. The main feed, which is separated by
“friends” and “noise” (people you don’t really know), also seems overly simple, though Ello’s upcoming feature list promises a “repost with attribution”
tool. That sounds like Tumblr territory.
Show Focus Points for Lightroom is a handy imaging plug-in
It may not have occurred to you to double-check which focus points were used when you shot a photo with your DSLR, but the recent Show Focus Points plug-in for Lightroom makes such an inquiry somewhat fascinating.
It's official: Microsoft finally launches Xbox One in China
The launch with Chinese partner BesTV was supposed to happen last week, but Microsoft delayed the official sales until today. The delay was no surprise, given how many things can go wrong with a console launch. Microsoft said it has launched the Xbox One, which debuted in the U.S. in the fall of last year, is now on sale in 4,000 retail locations across 37 cities in China.
This Is The App People In Hong Kong Are Using To Organize Protests
But once you get past the suggested groups, the app's main menu shows that the English-language Occupy Central chat room, one of the groups used to communicate with protesters in Hong Kong, is one of the most popular parts of the app. Inside the room, people trade information on government censorship and where the protests are happening.
The iPhone 6 Review
Overall, while I was undecided at the launch of the iPhone 6 I definitely think the look of the new iPhone has grown on me. The camera hump’s accent serves as an interesting design touch, and the feel of the design is definitely much more comfortable and ergonomic than before. I’m not really sure that the extra reduction in thickness was necessary, but it does make for a better first impression. In the launch article I was a bit surprised that Apple chose to have a camera hump but given the fact that the iPod Touch has the same design it seems that there is precedent for such a move. I personally feel that the design wouldn’t be worse by increasing thickness to eliminate the hump and improve battery life as a result.
Fonts based on handwriting of the homeless (pictures) - CNET
Barcelona-based Homeless Fonts turns homeless people's handwriting into fonts that can be sold to businesses for use in branding and advertising. The primary aim of the project: to bring dignity to homeless participants' lives and shine a spotlight on issues related to homelessness.
I like the iPhone 6 so much that I may not buy a new Android: Review
I usually avoid commenting but since I usually like reading your posts and i am a android fan I must comment on this.
First I agree IPhone is a great phone and android copied apples features and should copy a few more. Hangouts copy Imessage.
What I don’t like reading is how no one is saying how apple is now copying android features it once laughed at. To make things worse apple die hards are saying apple waited for the best moment and improved the feature and is better than android. Come now Kevin. Let’s at least be fair to both sides. Android enjoyed intents and Swype keyboard for years before Apple released it. Huge phone was made a thing by Samsung. Give credit where it’s due and call out apple like you would call out Samsung for copying. Apple is copying features and tooting it’s own horn. Let’s elaborate more on that without just saying it in passing. Moving the power button to side is not novel. Android phones have had this again for years. I wish you would point out apple is not innovative anymore. It’s playing catch up. Unrelated but The iwatch is a horribly ugly piece of tech.
Does it matter that some New York Times editors and writers don't tweet? Yes and no
One thing I haven’t seen mentioned regarding this discussion: Dormant social media accounts are just unsightly. Dormant social media accounts suggest you are old and crusty and/or suggest that you created the profile out of peer pressure. A dormant Twitter account goes far to highlight the obligation many people/organizations feel to be on EVERY social media outlet. If you’re not using it, get rid of it. Practice some digital dustbusting. For a media outlet — online or otherwise — the devil is in the details. That’s great if your home page looks great, but if the consistency, usefulness and quality degrades as I get into deeper pages of your website/online presence, part of me will be turned off.
Triple-A: Android, Anchoring And Apple
After about half a day back with the 5s, I picked up an iPhone 6 and it felt pretty close to perfect: The design makes it feel smaller than it is, yet the extra screen real estate provides much of what I found wanting in the iPhone 5s. The 6 is slightly smaller in size to the current Galaxy S5, but far more comfortable to hold thanks to the contoured edges. (Apple gives up .4 inches in screen size to get there, a tradeoff many Android users could likely live with as the diagonal is nearly identical to the Galaxy S3, Moto X and others.) There’s a lot more to say about that comparison, which I’ll leave for an upcoming post. But for now, it’s important to understand that with Apple, little happens by accident. The company saw the weakness in its product mix as demand shifted toward larger models, especially in the high-end segment where it plays. Arguably, it took longer to respond than it should have but in coming to market with a complete lineup, it closed nearly all of its vulnerabilities at once. The one hole still to fill appears to be in the $300-$350 range. But that, too, is a much longer conversation.
Jeremy Allaire Opens His Long-Awaited Bitcoin Product Circle Up To The Public | TechCrunch
“We created this frictionless ability to on-board and link a bank card for spending,” Allaire said. It’s really easy and fast to add credit cards to Circle. Coinbase, one of Circle’s biggest rivals with backing from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, has the ability to connect banking and checking accounts. But its credit card function has a one to two day lag because you have to verify a couple small test charges from the platform.
Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You No Matter What Device You're Using | WIRED
In an apparent dig at Google, Johnson writes that the method advertisers have traditionally used to track consumers—cookies—is flawed, because consumers are no longer using one device at all times. “Cookies don’t work on mobile, are becoming less accurate in demographic targeting and can’t easily or accurately measure the customer purchase funnel across browsers and devices or into the offline world,” Johnson writes. He offers “people-based marketing,” that is, marketing based on Facebook’s data, as the solution. It can not only track users between devices, but it can also connect online campaigns to offline sales to determine how effective a given campaign really was.
Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Lead Role at Las Vegas Downtown Project
Hsieh’s move comes as the project has laid off about 30 percent of its staff, or 30 people, which does not include the community of entrepreneurs funded by the project, these people said. Representatives of the project declined to comment. Hsieh did not comment on the details of his role, but said in an email that he never considered himself the “CEO” of the Downtown Project.
Attention enthusiasts: Windows 10 Technical Preview landing Wednesday
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With ‘Fabric,’ Twitter Aims to Win Back Developers - The Information
If successful, the previously undisclosed project could help Twitter boost its nascent ad-network revenue stream, gain a new source of revenue, and hook more users into its own app. It also reflects Twitter’s desire to be at the center of online “identity.” Twitter and its competitors are in an arms race to collect more data about people’s activities and interests across different mobile applications, which could let them broker more expensive ads or build better products.
Could Skinny Jeans Bend Your iPhone 6 Plus? | WIRED
Let’s consider the worst case scenario. Suppose you have skinny jeans on a super skinny leg. The leg is so skinny that when you put the iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket, the fabric pulls straight down at a 90 degree angle to the phone. In this case, you would need 125 N tension in the fabric to be equivalent to the iPhone test in the lab. That’s only 28 pounds of tension, so you would think that would be ok. But wait! There are two problems. First, some jeans can only take about 28 pounds of tension before ripping (not everything is Levi tough). Second, the test at the Apple lab seemed to indicate that the iPhone could take an equivalent bending moment of 25 kg (250 N) at the center and that wouldn’t make it bend. How much does it take to bend? Who knows.
It's Time To Look Beyond The Smartwatch
Of course, every revolutionary innovation has had its universality and usefulness questioned in its infancy, and it's possible that the smartwatch as it exists now could evolve into the next piece of tech that people can’t function without. Maybe sending personalized vibrations to another person becomes the next communication craze. But for the most part, a smartwatch is just another screen that’s a conduit for information, and we’re starting to reach the outer limits of what can be done with that. To make wearables truly inventive and essential, designers are going to need to look beyond the smartwatch.
Report: Destiny bug leaks expansion mission names, descriptions early
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
A New iOS 8 Bug Can Delete All Of Your iCloud Documents
Because iOS 8 was so sluggish on my iPad 3 I reset all settings (No data or media will be deleted) and sped it up BUT deleted my iWork data! Then promptly synced and deleted it in iCloud. I have public beta of Yosemite so can't roll back via time machine. I have no pre iOS 8 backups in iTunes or iCloud to revert to (well iCloud device backups don't contain cloud documents and I should have iOS 7 backups in iTunes but can't find any. iCloud has no trash like dropbox. They seem gone forever.
What Apple's Steve Jobs Could Teach Aristotle
What fascinates me is how the heads of the world's biggest businesses lead their companies and deal with the personal and business pressures of being at the top. I have been a business journalist for 23 years, including working in London and New York as Associate City Editor of The Daily Telegraph. Freelance for nine years, I specialise in interviews with chief executives and other major business figures. Chairmen and CEOs interviewed include Larry Ellison of Oracle, John Chambers of Cisco Systems, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Lakshmi Mittal of Arcelor Mittal, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Sir Andrew Witty of GlaxoSmithkline and Oleg Deripaska of Rusal. I also interviewed 200 CEOs for a bestselling book called The Secrets of CEOs and have a second book out in November 2014. You can read my interviews at Andrewcave.biz
Tardis stroller for the young 'Doctor Who' fan - CNET
This fan-made Tardis pram makes us all wish we were tiny Time Lords. Crafter Vanja Vinter gives Crave the (bigger on the inside) scoop.
The Most Logical Yet Underrated Employee Engagement Strategy
You see, it’s not for lack of trying. From Ping-Pong tables, free food, and open concept office space to experimental management practices like Results-Only Work Environment and Holacracy, organizations have almost completely evolved from their Industrial Revolution ancestors. Yet, the harsh reality is, despite our efforts to track how we’re doing and make work more engaging, we have not found a way to materially move the needle. The same percent of the workforce was disengaged in 2000 as it is today, and that trend has been consistent throughout the last decade. Leading human capital analyst from Deloitte Consulting Josh Bersin says it’s time to rethink our strategies . We agree.
Destiny at the drive-thru: Taco Bell gives away white PS4 packs
September 29, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Taco Bell® today announced a co-branded, six week promotion that will give fans the chance to win a Limited Edition PlayStation®4(PS4™) Destiny Bundle every 15 minutes*.
The prize bundle will include a white PS4 system, one DualShock®4 wireless controller, one Destiny PS4 game disc, one voucher for a 30-day PlayStation®Plus Membership (available to new PS Plus members only), and one voucher for the Destiny Engram "Gear Pack." Winners will also receive two vouchers to gift to two of their friends to create the ultimate Fireteam. Each voucher is redeemable for a digital copy of the Destiny PS4 game, and a Destiny Engram "Gear Pack" to prep and arm their Fireteam to save the last safe city on Earth.
The Taco Bell Big Box – includes a beef Quesarito, a Doritos® Locos Taco, classic crunchy taco, and a medium fountain drink. The Taco Bell Big Box will be PS4 branded and provide a unique code for consumers to text in for a chance to win a Limited Edition PS4 Destiny Bundle.
Security Concerns Arise With Phone-Database Contract
Americans can easily take their phone number along when switching carriers. But try to move the entire database of those numbers, and things can get complicated. Law-enforcement and national-security officials are closely watching the fate of the database, which tracks the vast majority—about 680 million—of the U.S. cellphone and land-line phone...
Tablet demand slows in wake of larger phones, cheaper notebooks - CNET
"Leading brands are changing their business plans, because the rapid growth that tablet PC demand has experienced over the past several years is ending," Hisakazu Torii, vice president of smart application research at NPD DisplaySearch, said in a statement, "We can expect to see more competitive overlap among display sizes for tablet PCs, notebook PCs, and smartphones, as Apple has announced its new iPhone 6 Plus , with an increased screen size of 5.5 inches."
CloudFlare reveals 'Universal SSL': Free, headache-free encryption for websites
Having encryption may not seem important to a small blog, but it’s critical to advancing the “encrypted-by-default future” of the Internet, according to CloudFlare. Every byte that’s protected makes life more difficult for those who wish to intercept, throttle, or censor the web, the company said in a blog post on Monday.
Apple is showing off its watch to the public in Paris for just one day
When Apple debuted its watch earlier this month, it was keen to invite fashion bloggers and the press. Now it's letting anyone see it, as long as they're in Paris today and don't mind staring at it through glass. The company is showing off its watch at fashion store Colette in Paris, marking the first time it's being shown off to the public since an invite-only event Apple held in Cupertino a few weeks ago. The watches are behind window displays that went up overnight, though people can get a closer look at them on the inside of the store from 11 AM to 7 PM local time.
The Top 10 Best Places To Work Remotely
I do work remotely, from home. Happily, my home is in the Cayman Islands. I've been here a long time, but with technology in recent years, we are finding more and more successful entrepreneurs and executives choosing to relocate to Cayman. Once they find they are in a position where they could work from anywhere, they choose Cayman. We have great weather, a favourable tax regime, excellent internet connectivity, great quality of life, excellent air connections. Of course the cost of living can be high, so this is for those who have already hit a certain level of assets and income, but when you have, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for the remote / nomadic working life.
iOS 8 Security Flaw Makes It Possible to Bypass Touch ID and Password
The process detailed in the video seems pretty simple but has a low success rate. Essentially, you ask Siri a question on the lock screen. For example, we used "What's the weather like tomorrow." As Siri's thinking up the answer, press the home button and swipe right and it appears slip past Apple's iOS 8 security defenses.
John Oliver breaks down the United States' troubling drone program
The US government has been continually criticized for how it operates its drone program, which is being used to kill militants in the Middle East using standards that are unclear and loose at best. The government's unwillingness (or inability) to clarify all of this can make the entire situation fairly muddled, so this weekend John Oliver tried to trudge through it all. In the latest of his long and pointed segments, Oliver sorts out just how troubling the US drone program is. "When children from other countries are telling us that we made them fear the sky," he says, "it may be time to ask some hard questions."
CDC Director: 'We Will Control' First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S.
"A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result," the Texas Department of State Health Services said in the statement :
Dan Schulman To Lead Newly Independent PayPal, Devin Wenig Will Be CEO Of eBay Inc. | TechCrunch
“eBay and PayPal are two great businesses with leading global positions in commerce and payments,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe in a statement. “For more than a decade eBay and PayPal have mutually benefited from being part of one company, creating substantial shareholder value. However, a thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively. The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges.”
Data Breach Bulletin: Supervalu, Jimmy John's, Shellshock, American Family Care
Supervalu Supervalu – Remember the huge grocery store breach in mid-August that hit 180 Supervalu grocery stores and 836 grocery stores owned by AB Acquisitions? Now, more than a month after that breach was announced, Supervalu has announced that four of its stores were impacted in a separate breach that began in late August. So far, the investigation has revealed that this second breach affected four Cub Food stores in Minnesota. These four stores had not finished installing the “enhanced protective technology,” which Supervalu credits with protecting the rest of their stores and limiting the scope of the attack. The investigation is still ongoing, and investigators have not yet determined if credit card information was stolen.
The Gold Spike: Welcome to Your Las Vegas Entrepreneur Dorm
But how much has it really changed? Are these entrepreneurs so different from the troops of gamblers who used to come here, hoping to strike it rich?
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate to Developers
Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system.
The latest update for developers, which arrives as Build 14A379a, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.1 GM seed and a new version of OS X Server 4.0 developer preview.
OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.
Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release, which is expected in late October.
Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe | TechCrunch
In 2013, Matthew made the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 under 40 list and CloudFlare was named the most innovative internet and network company by the Wall Street Journal. He is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. Along with being a regular contributor to TechCrunch and PandoDaily, Matthew has spoken at the RSA conference, Black Hat Summit, Web Summit, and is a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.
How Trying The New GoPro Cameras Made Me A Believer
The biggest issue I had to deal with was that wrangling high-resolution video taxed my poor little MacBook Air in ways that most jobs do not. The GoPro Studio software sometimes felt painfully sluggish, and the conversion process required to prep raw footage for editing took so long that I went off and did something else while my Mac chugged away. I also needed to prune away some unneeded files to make room for my raw footage and the final video. (If you buy a GoPro and don't have hundreds of gigabytes of spare disk space, pick up a USB hard drive--you'll need it.)