How Uber Came Back to Delhi
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You Can Now View Samba Video Previews On a Smartwatch
Samba, which specializes in reaction-based video chat, now offers glanceable preview videos immediately on receipt for any Android smart watch. With the Samba app, friends and family can send video messages to each other with the recipient’s reaction automatically recorded and sent back. The resulting video plays fully synchronized with the original.
Box's IPO Could Rain All Over Microsoft's Comeback | WIRED
The startups chipping away at Microsoft paradigm include Evernote, Dropbox, Slack, and Box. Today, Box becomes the first to go public. This high-profile IPO is a referendum on “consumer-enterprise” model, and a way of gauging whether the Microsoft can survive in the face of these challenges, whether it can make software that people really want to use.
Google Joins Apple, Others Cutting Off Crimea, Blocks AdWords, AdSense, Google Play
While Google has yet to specify to us which services are impacted, Russian press reports that Google is initially cutting off paid services, specifically B2B products like AdSense and AdWords. And even if Google did decide to circumvent U.S. laws (which it is not) it wouldn’t be able to collect money for services, since most international banks have now stopped payments into and out of the country. “Google’s prohibited from providing paid services in the Crimea,” a source at Google told Lenta.ru . “ In addition, Google cannot make payments to anyone in the Crimea. It is now technically impossible, as almost all international banks have ceased to make payments,.”
TC AppleCast 2: Apple Watch Battery Bingo And iPad Stylus
Regarding Apple Watch battery life, the question is whether, if the details are as reported, the wearable will offer enough to satisfy consumers, or whether it might turn some away as argued by some including Business Insider’s Steve Kovach . We also look at some early third-party estimates for iPhone shipments leading into next week’s official financial report, most of which predict a huge quarter.
Pinterest Goes After The Male Demographic With Debut Of New Search Filters
Pinterest this afternoon announced a change to its site’s search settings, which will now introduce search results that are personalized to your interests, based on whether you’re interested in products for men or for women. This setting is based on the gender you previously selected for your account when signing up for the service, the company tells us.
Uber Returns to New Delhi Following Month-long Ban
The company is also implementing a range of new safety features, including physical GPS devices on board and in-app buttons for passengers to share their trip details with their contacts and signal an emergency situation.
Any.do For Mac Brings The To-Do List App To The Desktop
The latest version of the to-do list app syncs your tasks from the other platforms and brings them to a native desktop client. Reminders for upcoming tasks, new updates from team members and recurring alerts appear in Notification Center.
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In AWS cloud contracts (as in life), read before signing
Lawyers say never to sign (or click on) anything without reading it first, but that rule typically goes out the window when it comes to complex-yet-boring end user licensing agreements (EULAs) and other software licenses.
Lyft one-ups the hell out of Uber with $2.25 rides
Yesterday, Uber sent its San Francisco users some good news: Effective immediately, Uber’s carpooling service (UberPool) now costs a flat rate of $5 in the city. Yep, just five bucks. Not bad, right?
Chrome 41 beta arrives with new developer features and tools
Even though Chrome 41 beta may not seem like it adds new features for most users, that doesn’t mean its stable counterpart won’t offer something for nondevelopers. Other features that arrived in the beta channel previously, such as the capability to “child lock” signed-in profiles and new tab page suggestions based on the time and day as well as a revamped bookmark manager, are all in the pipeline.
Live updates: Box shares up strongly on its IPO day
CNBC asked Levie about why the company set the price as it did and Levie replied “Our job is to try and get a fair valuation of our company in this process and I think that was the strategy we employed and let the market kind of figure out what the pricing is from there, and I think given the growth of the business I think you’ll see kind of what we’re up to.”
4 Core Question Types to Include In Your Interview Process
If you have more than one competing personality in any given situation, there will be conflict. It’s a natural part of day-to-day life – but the real test is: how you handle conflict in these situations? As an employer, you want to ask questions such as: “Does the candidate become aggressive when challenged, or does he or she remain avoidant?” “Is the applicant open to compromising, or does he or she follow orders?” “Does he or she insist things be done his or her own way?” Keep in mind – there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. It all depends on the type of person you are looking to fill a particular role. The main goal is to consider which qualities you need in a new hire that will compliment your existing team.
Popular Task Management App 'Any.do' Comes to Mac
With Any.do for Mac, life is as productive as you want it to be. No need to pick up your phone or start your web browser. With one click from your desktop you get clear visibility into your daily tasks and all the same powerful planning features you’ve come to expect from the Any.do app. We’ve learned that it’s the little differences that can make a big impact on your productivity, and that’s why Any.do for Mac matters. Now, when you have an immediate access to your Any.do, being the best version of yourself is that much simpler.
Remote-Controlled Hyper-Speed Stunt Flier + Free Global Shipping
It’s a bird! It’s a plane…it’s a flippin’ quadrocopter with an aerial camera! The Micro Drone 2.0 is equipped with an aerial camera so you can capture photos and video while flipping through the skies. This crazy maneuvering remote-controlled Micro Drone 2.0 can do it all!
Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking, but not with bitcoin
And then there’s the whole problem of if it’s not bitcoin, then what is the solution? Gates didn’t pinpoint a company or a technology to take this forward — M-Pesa and bKash are just the start. But he has hinted at what he expects the future to look like before. Check out his speech at the SIBOS financial conference in October 2014 and at the 33-minute mark, Gates debuts a video example of how he sees mobile payments working a few years down the road:
With PlayStation Now, Sony proves that game streaming works
Things have changed quite a bit in the intervening time. For one, we tested PlayStation Now on a relatively beefy (but still residential-level) 75 Mbps FiOS connection in the Washington, DC suburbs. At that speed, the streaming experience was practically indistinguishable from loading a disc on a local PS3. After about 30 to 60 seconds of start up (including a required connection test to confirm bandwidth), PlayStation Now games ran at a solid HD resolution. We saw a smooth, rock-steady frame rate and seemingly instantaneous responses to our controller inputs.
'We Were Arrogant': Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Baquet: It depends on the news, where it seems like every two or three weeks, and then it will drop off, and you won't have any conversations with the government for six months. We recently ran through a period where it was pretty frequent. I almost always say no. But there are instances like the Gadhafi case in which it's very clear that a very specific person would be at risk if we published something. Many people have this image in their heads that the press is sort of somehow cowering, and the government calls up and says, "Don't run that," and we don't run it. That's not the reality. The reality is that the government makes the case 70 percent or 80 percent of the time to hold something for reasons of national security if it protects somebody's life. We weigh it and we discuss it. Most of the time, we run it anyway.
Citizens of Earth Review - IGN
Much of Citizens’ charm lies in the fact that it’s a giant spoof on Earthbound. Everything, from the world design to the battle animation to the fact that you can dumpster-dive for items, is lifted straight from the ‘90s cult classic. Naturally, this appealed to my sense of 8- and 16-bit nostalgia, but Citizens didn’t just rely on fuzzy memory of days gone by in order to charm me. It also introduced a litany of hilarious characters who represent the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. A plethora of quirky archetypes was available to recruit into my party: the crazy conspiracy nut, the laid-back Jamaican musician, the cheerful German pastry chef, the spiritual yoga instructor, and of course the narcissistic Vice President of the World.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata on Twitter
From my tech blog: Two new world-gone-to-hell TV shows have my full attention. http://bitly.com/fmC32U pic.twitter.com/xb6ogCHEql
Twitter launches 'While you were away' recaps for its iOS app
It's not clear which metrics Twitter uses to determine which tweets get slotted into the "While you were away" recaps, but the microblogging service says the feature uses "engagement and other factors" to display "a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise." The new feature, similar in concept to Facebook's "top stories," breaks up Twitter's otherwise chronological timelines. Its introduction comes as Twitter plans a raft of new features, including better direct messages, designed to entice the 500 million people who visit Twitter every month to actually sign in to the service.
Keep ads away from the Apple Watch
There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding ads on the Apple Watch. A lot of companies, ad agencies, and even some developers have stated that they’ve come up with ways to make sure that ads, while connected directly to apps, get served up accordingly on the Watch. The main idea seems to be ads that function with, say, an electronics store’s application. When you walk into that store, the Watch, the app, and everything in between will work together to populate an advertisement that’s relevant to the wearer and to the store.
Is A Promotion More Stressful Than Divorce? 5 Tips To Help Your Employees Succeed
"Your identity changes," says Rich Wellins, senior vice president at Development Dimensions International (DDI). "You have to identify more with the company than with the employees, and you are now responsible for the success of others rather than the success of yourself." Consequently, one DDI study found that "Transitions into leadership positions are actually more stressful than divorce or raising teenagers." And another DDI survey found that the success rate for internal first-line promotions is just a bit above 60 percent, which is not much better than for external hires, despite employees’ familiarity with the company and culture.
8 Ways To Make Working From Home More Efficient
Without a commute to wake up for or a dress code to keep, working from your pajamas seems luxurious—until the lack of structure and distance from colleagues gets in the way of real focus. And that's not even counting the kids and pets.
Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers - CNET
An executive confirms Google has no plans to fix a security hole in the default browser for older versions of Android, which are relied on by around 60 percent of all Android users.
Don't kill your language
More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxBeirut.)
Amazon And Netflix Get Serious About Making Movies. Are Studios Screwed?
Could the digital players actually earn Oscar nominations by this time next year? Our own judges are split! Watch the video to see why.
Hutchison Whampoa hopes to buy O2 UK for $15 billion
The merry dance began last November, when fixed-line player BT (the company that once spun out what became O2) said it wanted to get back into the mobile game , and was considering buying either EE (joint-owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange) or O2. Hutch waded in days later, indicating that it was also mulling a purchase of EE or O2.
edX: Programming language Scratch isn’t just for kids anymore
Scratch is a programming language built to help children learn basic programming skills. But now edX , the MOOC (for Massive Open Online Course) backed by top colleges including MIT, Harvard and Caltech, will offer a free Scratch course for anyone “regardless of age or digital skill.”
Opinion: Why Cross-Platform Online Gaming Should Be a Reality - IGN
Pobst’s long answer is depressing to hear, because it reveals that in addition to the expected technical concerns, policy stands in the way. “It is common that the game can’t mention the name or acknowledge the existence of any other service or platform. It wouldn’t be allowed to be on the service if it did,” he says. Think about that: it’s not just that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo haven’t lifted a finger to allow cross-platform play, but they’ve taken active steps to make the mere mention of their competitors’ platforms in their domain a thought crime. It’s understandable that branding is important, and they don’t want their rivals advertised in their own back yards, but this is ridiculous. It’s denial of reality.
At Sundance, a Virtual-Reality Movement Stirs
This year’s exhibition is evidence of how far virtual reality has evolved since 2012, when it first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with journalist Nonny de la Peña’s work, “Hunger in Los Angeles.” Using real audio and crude, computer-generated animation, she told the story of a man falling down in a food bank line because of a diabetic seizure. The work used a clunky, virtual-reality contraption created by Palmer Luckey, who would go on to found Oculus Rift and later, in 2014, sell the company to Facebook for roughly $2 billion.
Microsoft runs out of Surface 2 tablets online: Is Windows RT dead?
Microsoft on Thursday said it would continue providing software upgrades to Surface tablets running on RT, but not to Windows 10. So if you are looking to buy a tablet or laptop with Windows 8.1 that can be upgraded for free to Windows 10 later this year, make sure it has an x86 chip from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices.
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Sprint entices T-Mobile switchers with up to $550 in credit
In December, Sprint rolled out a promotion called “ Cut Your Bill In Half ” meant to attract AT&T and Verizon customers by offering them bill credits. Sprint extended the program to T-Mobile subscribers on Friday. Here’s how it works: Any T-Mobile subscriber can receive credit — at least $200 — for trading in a working and activated T-Mobile smartphone, in addition to a contract buy-out credit worth up to $350 per line. The credit comes in the form of a prepaid Visa card and the deal runs through April 9. These kind of promotions are one big reason that Sprint is once again adding postpaid subcribers .
There's going to be a Batkid movie starring Julia Roberts
The story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old battling leukemia who took over part of San Francisco as "Batkid" in 2013, is set to become a feature film thanks to a documentary about him and his family that's premiering tomorrow. Variety reports that Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World, the film about Scott, who became Batkid in November 2013 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That film originated from an Indiegogo campaign from filmmaker Dana Nachman, and successfully raised more than $100,000. It's premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah tomorrow.
Walmart starts selling its Vudu Spark streaming stick for $25
Here are a few more details about the Spark, straight from Vudu.com: It’s a HDMI streaming stick that is controlled with a dedicated remote control and powered via USB. It looks like Walmart is only putting a USB cable but no power adapter in the box, so Spark owners will either have to use their TV’s USB port to power the device, or supply their own adapter. Connectivity is provided via 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and it supports video resolutions of up to 1080p, and 7.1 surround sound.
Ford's new Silicon Valley outpost seeks tech talent
Ford's new Silicon Valley outpost seeks tech talent
Ford has opened new offices in Silicon Valley to focus on auto-tech, and hopes to lure talented engineers who want to work on the company's mission to improve mobility in the coming decades
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1JoZ9g9
Future iPads could have PS Vita-style touch controls on the back
Apple’s patent application suggests that sensors would be placed in a grid pattern on the back of the iPad, so as to make them easy to access without the user having to look at what he or she is doing (think touch-typing on a keyboard!)
MagicColors lets you customize the Lock screen and Home screen on your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]
The tweak provides tons of customization options that it claims will set your device apart from others in terms of look. It allows you to colorize both the Lock screen and the Home screen as well as hide various UI elements.
TC GameCast Episode 4: Bargains, Free-To-Play, and Trends in AAA
We discuss Batman: Arkham Origins and Deadpool and our perception of them as their prices have fallen. We debate the state of iOS gaming, and look at what 2013 and 2014 meant for big-budget console games.
Most of the top selling vinyl albums from 2014 were not released in 2014
Still, vinyl has surged to increasingly become a bigger part of the conversation in the overall music industry as of late, it’s hard to draw any hard conclusions on which albums are driving the trend. Out of 2013’s 6.1 million vinyl albums sold, none of the Top 10 were released before 2007. As newer artists like Jack White have helped to encourage more and more bands to release albums on the ancient medium, two very different musical eras — the analog age and the digital one — have seemed to come together in solidarity.
Google pushes Firefox users to dump Yahoo search
Possibly alarmed at recent data suggesting the company is losing search share to rival Yahoo following Firefox’s move to start offering it as the default setting, Google has started taking action to try to lure users into switching to its own offering.
Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy
“Creative professionals want to be able to control the quality of the work they are presenting. The iPad is the perfect technology to do just that. A portfolio review is an important step in landing a great job, and with the iPad app, creatives can be assured that the image will look identical on another current iPad. Plus, it’s mobile – you can take and edit your portfolio anywhere, even without an internet connection,” said Dryja.
I just traveled to Mars with Microsoft’s HoloLens, and it was mind bending
Microsoft calls it HoloLens and Holograms, but let’s be frank, we’re not talking about Princess Leia popping out of R2D2 and appearing to Obi Wan. Instead, HoloLens is presented to you and you alone, through a display beamed onto eyeglasses contained in a headset you wear. It what we normally call Augmented Reality, and more like Oculus Rift or Google Glass than anything else, but Microsoft’s vision is to do far more than just overlay information on the real world. Take my trip to Mars, for example.
Apple reportedly opens its biggest Asian store in Hangzhou, China
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Will TurboTax’s Misstep Be a Windfall for Competitors?
I've been using TT since the mid 90-'s, and even before this fiasco have been put off by their yearly price increases (it was ~$15 including state filing back then, I used to think it was very cheap compared to hiring a pro). Anyway those days are long gone and this was the last straw, I'm sick of Intuit's ever increasing prices, stripped down product, and dire warnings of audit protection (really lame and annoying). So long TT, it was nice knowing you. BTW The more 'user friendly' you try to make it, the more dumbed-down it seems and is insulting. I think your typical user is savvy enough to know what forms they need to fill out.
The Silicon Valley lab is officially a defensive strategy
“Is Ford cool?” asked a curt tech reporter during the auto company’s grand opening of its new computing-focused Silicon Valley center in Palo Alto, California on Thursday. The reporter likely meant: Will Ford be able to attract the best Valley talent when it’s competing with the hottest companies and startups from Twitter to Uber to Tesla to staff its new center with up to 125 employees by year’s end?
How To Protect Your Android Phone If It's Ever Lost Or Stolen
Checking this box will let you remotely locate your phone via GPS, force it to ring for five minutes (particularly helpful if it's just lost in your room, or if you left it in the back of a cab and want to get the cabbie's attention), and allow you to remotely lock the phone or erase all your data:
BMW and VW Team Up to Make EV Charger Networks Anyone Can Use | WIRED
But not for long. BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up to build a network of fast chargers that will span the east and west coasts and be open to any electric vehicle that uses the standard SAE J1772 or CHAdeMO plug. Granted, the i3 and e-Golf, which both have a range of roughly 80 miles, are marketed as commuters, not road-trippers. But “we want to now take that next step” and extend into the mid-range to long-range market, says Robert Healey, head of EV infrastructure for BMW of North America.