Alibaba's Billion-Dollar Winners: Who's Selling In The Biggest IPO Ever
Alibaba founder and Chairman Ma and Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai are the only two executives at the firm who will be unloading significant amounts of stock in the IPO. The 49-year-old Ma plans to sell about 12.8 million shares, or about 6% of his current stake in the firm, which–at $68 per share–would net him about $867 million before taxes. Banks leading the offering also have the option to purchase an additional 2.7 million shares from the billionaire, who will still remain Alibaba’s largest individual shareholder after the IPO with a stake of more than 7.7%. Tsai, long known as Ma’s right-hand man, will be disposing of 4.25 million shares, which could rise to 5.15 million shares with the banks’ exercisable purchase option. He could make as much as $350 million before taxes and will own about 3.2% of Alibaba following its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps | TechCrunch
1Password , the app that keeps your accounts secure by generating long, complex passwords and letting you access them by a single password of your choice, arrives on iOS 8 today and brings with it Touch ID, extensions in certain apps (including Safari) and a new, low starting price: free.
Virtually Everything: the Physical World is Becoming Software
The move from dedicated device to eventual software service running in a virtual machine has only been possible because of the capabilities of the hardware on which that machine is running (and the bandwidth of connections available to that hardware). The symptom of the world being eaten by software is only that – a symptom. It is simply a reflection of the changes in delivery method in line with a common trend. Underlying that symptom is a wider process.
Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR | TechCrunch
Ping Identity , a company that works in the enterprise identity space, has raised $35 million, led by KKR, with participation by new investor Ten Eleven, along with a number of prior investors.
Giveaway: Win the New iPhone 6
Apple’s new iPhone 6 represents the cutting edge in mobile device technology and manufacturing. It’s available in two sizes that featuring new Retina HD displays, the lightning-fast 64-bit A8 processor for faster performance and improved battery life, and the groundbreaking iSight camera that shoots 1080p video at 60fps and 240fps for slow-motion.
MIT Invents A Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into A Single Experience
When we need to send a command or a file from our smartphone to our laptop, we do it through menus. But imagine if we didn't have to send something to another device by dragging it to a file, or selecting it from a menu. What if we could use our iPhones as a magic lens instead, so that our smartphones could seamlessly interact with what's happening on the screens of our laptops and tablets?
This $2 Billion Tower Will Be A City In The Sky
Throughout construction, Winey would periodically ask, "How are we going to build this?" He wasn't being rhetorical. Because of the tower's twisting design, builders had to identify where each panel in the outer glass wall would go before it could be fabricated, and traditional measuring techniques couldn't achieve the necessary precision. The Gensler team was forced to position lasers on adjacent buildings to triangulate the 20,327 points where exterior panels would be installed. "There wasn't a day that didn't go by that I didn't learn something," Winey says.
Battleborn and the rise of the friendly shooter
"We are absolutely, deliberately targeting the idea that we want a game that people can just pick up and play," says John Mulkey, design director on Gearbox's new shooter, Battleborn (PS4, Xbox One, PC). His team's latest design, which favors collaboration, community input and a heavy focus on testing and tuning, couldn't be more different from the cult classic he built levels for – years ago.
Just how much community input and playtesting went into No One Lives Forever anyway, I ask Mulkey. "Oh, god," he says, briefly thrust back into a previous life. "None."
Propelled chiefly by the strength of its clever vision, a game like No One Lives Forever seems to be an outlier now. It was a game made without a steady stream of analytics, feedback and pushback, though meant to be consumed more succinctly, and for what was then a much smaller audience. "A game like this, we hope, it's not just this game that hits and fades away," says Scott Kester, the man in charge of Battleborn 's look. "We want this to go. We want to keep making it." Battleborn (Heroes)
Battleborn is a five-player cooperative – and sometimes 5v5 competitive – first-person shooter hinged on cartoon heroes obliterating enemies everywhere.
Blogging Nuns, Tweeting Monks, And The Catholic Church's Digital Revolution
Catholics are also thinking about how the youngest among them can learn to navigate the virtual world. On CatholicMom.com, a blog network founded by Lisa Hendey in 2000, mothers contemplate how to nurture their children to be responsible citizens of the digital world. “Early on we used to think that parents can control every bit of content that came into their child’s life, but we’re learning over time that’s not possible,” Hendey says. “We think about how to help children form a conscience, so that they can make positive, upright, and uplifting choices online.” In the United States, the Catholics and the Greek Orthodox have collaborated to provide an online resource called Faith and Safety that helps parents guide their children through the web. “Children need to learn how to interact online in a way that is kind and generous and true to the human spirit,” says Helen Osman.
U2 and Apple Are Working On A New Digital Music Format
As an article in the new issue of TIME reveals , Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr believe so strongly that artists should be compensated for their work that they have embarked on a secret project with Apple to try to make that happen, no easy task when free-to-access music is everywhere (no) thanks to piracy and legitimate websites such as YouTube. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming to a stadium near you.”
3 Tips For Being Ruthless With Your Time
Make peace with the fact that you’re never going to be able to get to every item on your list, answer every email, or meet with every person who asks for your time. These aren’t signs of failure, Batista says. Rather, they’re signs of success, “evidence that people want our time and attention.” Instead of aiming for an empty inbox, shoot for an inbox emptied of all messages that matter to you.
Didn't Get Into Y Combinator? It's Teaching A Class This Fall, And You Can Tune In For Free
Like Y Combinator's famed off-the-record dinners, a number of tech celebrities will speak to the class as guest lecturers. Aside from Altman, they include Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, Box CEO Aaron Levie, as well as a number of deep-pocketed venture capitalists, such as Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, and Ron Conway.
Robots Work Their Way Into Small Factories
America is suffering from the consequences of nearly
deserting the American family. Today, it
takes TWO heads of household working outside the home at a pauper’s pay just
for the home to survive at a level that we call “middle class”. In homes with children, parents are too tired
to provide needed guidance and kids raise themselves today. Even our elementary schools have become
babysitters as much as they are educators, and parents just don’t have the time
or the energy to be involved, as PTA members, as classroom volunteers. Hired childcare workers may do good jobs, but
they cannot substitute for parents. We
have growing mental illnesses among adults and among children, and we have
violence even in our schools, with crimes committed by the kids.
iOS 8 Release: Tips on how to get ready, Release Time and more
Apple should release iOS 8 at around 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. Apple had released iOS 7 in 2013, iOS 6 in 2012, iOS 5 in 2011 and iOS 4 in 2010 at that time. If you’re wondering what time it will be released in your timezone then we’ve you covered. Check our post if you want to find out what time it may get released in your timezone.
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3 Ways Bigger iPhones Will Change App Design
Ashish Toshniwal, CEO of Y Media Labs --makers of AAA mobile apps for PayPal and Amex--believes splitscreen will invade apps because Apple is supporting the feature more with iOS 8, and already implementing it in the supersized iPhone 6 Plus. Native apps like Mail run in splitscreen mode, and developers will have access to new API-level tools to take better advantage. Now, Apple's software-development kit will allow developers to specify whether or not to go splitscreen, not based upon whether something is an iPad or iPhone app, but how large the device's screen is. (So you could have an app that's splitscreen on the iPhone 6 Plus but not the normal iPhone, for instance.) And he points to splitscreen as a barely tapped opportunity for customizing one’s app to scratch very particular user needs.
Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
With an Apple Watch wrapped around his hand brass-knuckle style, Ive reveals that the project was conceived in his lab three years ago, shortly after Jobs’s death and before “wearables” became a buzzword in Silicon Valley. “It’s probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on,” he says. There are numerous reasons for this—the complexity of the engineering, the need for new physical interactions between the watch and the human body—but the one most pertinent to Ive is that the Apple Watch is the first Apple product that looks more like the past than the future. The company invited a series of watch historians to Cupertino to speak, including French author Dominique Fléchon, an expert in antique timepieces. Fléchon says only that the “discussion included the philosophy of instruments for measuring time” and notes that the Apple Watch may not be as timeless as some classic Swiss watches: “The evolution of the technologies will render very quickly the Apple Watch obsolete,” he says.
Apple iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 Photo Shootout: Why Megapixels Mean Nothing
Apple arch-rival Samsung includes a 16-megapixel camera in its Galaxy S5 phone. The main camera on the latest upgrades to the iPhone line still has just 8 megapixels. Yet the images from both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the best I’ve tested on a phone to date. (Read my full review of the new phones here .)
In-depth: How CloudFlare promises SSL security—without the key
In an interview with Ars, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince said that the technology behind Keyless SSL could help security-minded organizations embrace other cloud services while keeping a tighter rein on them. “If you decide you’re going to use cloud services today, how you set policy across all of these is impossible," he said. "Now that we can do this, fast forward a year, and we can do things like data loss prevention, intrusion detection… all these things are just bytes in the stream, and we’re already looking at them.”
Apple TV Is Now Armed And Ready To Be The Hub For The Smart Home
Apple Apple is getting close to rolling out its smart home plans in a big way. The company today pushed out a little noticed update to its set-top box, Apple TV, to make it support HomeKit, according to a person with knowledge of the program. HomeKit is Apple’s protocol for allowing connected home gadgets to connect safely and easily in iOS.
After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features | TechCrunch
Osmo , the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their own content.
Your Multi-App Strategy Should Start From Day One
As long as you focus on finding new ways to make users’ lives better through new features and apps, trust those instincts and decisions and see them through. There’s no guarantee all of them will see success, but every one of them will for sure provide valuable lessons that can lead to your next success. Users will excuse a company for launching a new app that doesn’t catch on but they will be quick to abandon their favorite app if it becomes unusable with bloated features.
Foxconn Struggles to Meet New iPhone Demand
Apple fans may have to wait for weeks to get the new iPhones as Apple’s major assembler Foxconn appears to be struggling to boost its production to meet strong demand.
How to Choose Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
I recommend two tests: First, grasp each phone in the tightest way possible in the space between your thumb and index finger. How much less of a grip do you have with the larger phone? (The human hand has maximum control and strength in this position—that's why we also use it to shoot guns.) The iPhone 6 Plus weighs a little bit more, which can also impact comfort.
Officers Train With NYPD's Twitter Police
The New York Police Department's commanders are highly trained veterans capable of wrangling hardened criminals and rookie officers. Sharing their thoughts in 140 characters without a gaffe is another matter.
To mock Yelp, restaurant asks customers for awful reviews - CNET
Don't stop at "it sucks." Wax that Botto Bistro is to taste what Duck Dynasty is to art. Sniff that an evening in Botto Bistro involves being strapped to a gurney and having four-day-old pasta inserted into your nostrils by a hairy grandmother from Puglia. Feel free to suggest that the water at Botto Bistro has been recycled at an effluent plant and mixed with tinges of horse dung for taste.
3D Printer Company Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD
Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials, has acquired GrabCAD. GrabCAD is a Cambridge, Massachusetts based startup that created collaborative product development software for engineering teams to manage and share CAD files. The terms of the all-cash deal were undisclosed, but TechCrunch is reporting that it is worth about $100 million.
It must be because as a child, I grew up with only two pair of shoes — one for school and another for play. Eating out became an option, only later in my teen years. Like, I often say, what you don’t have as a child defines you more than what you actually do have. So perhaps that is why when I go to a foreign city, I finish my work and find a few great restaurants. And then walk off the good food by walking to some little known shoe store (for rest of the world) or a cobbler of some repute.
Destiny's Vault of Glass already cleared
The Primeguard clan of Destiny guardians were the first to break through the Vault of Glass , some 11 hours after the raid launched yesterday. The six-person team posted proof of their exploits on Twitter, and soon after Bungie acknowledged them as first to finish the mission, while coyly suggesting they now do it on the harder difficulty.
Bungie posted Primeguard's Vault of Glass stats, and they show the marathon mission was tough going for the team. As DestinyDB elaborates, the sextet of three Titans, two Hunters and a Warlock, all across level 26 to 28, died a staggering 1,606 times in total with a combined kill-death ratio of 3.59. The team's average lifespan? Just 2 minutes and 22 seconds.
If you're thinking of taking on the Vault yourself, you and five other players above level 26 need to get your space butts onto Venus. You can't use matchmaking to make up your team, so you need to have a group of six ready. While the Primeguard clan completed the mission in one 11-hour go, saner people may want to do it in portions, and the game totally allows for that.
7 keyboards for iOS 8 you can try right now
Minuum is one of the craziest alternate keyboards you can use on the iPhone, at least so far. You can drag your finger up or down on the very top of the keyboard to change its size, right down to a small ribbon that takes up far less space than Apple’s (or any other keyboard on this list). The idea is that its autocorrect will try to figure out what you were attempting to type, and fill it in for you. There’s also a line of suggestions that fill in along the top so you can save a few keystrokes. Is this worth not really being able to see what you’re doing? That is debatable.
Mystery U.S. Government Satellite Is Now In Orbit
The next launch for ULA is scheduled for October 29, 2014, when an Atlas V rocket will deliver next generation GPS satellites into orbit on behalf of the Air Force. The next launch scheduled for September is a SpaceX launch on September 20, where it will deliver a Dragon capsule loaded with cargo to the International Space Station.
Here's More Proof That Americans Don't Know How To Stop Working
So... in other words, the high level of night & weekend work hours in the US is more due to late-night employment than people working over 60 hours a week? That seems more like a positive/creative way to create job opportunities than proof we don't know how to stop working.
Motorola Moto G (2014) Review: Brilliantly Compromised
Before we jump in, it’s good to keep in mind where the Moto G is aimed – squarely at first-time smartphone buyers or people wanting solid specs at a reasonable price, rather than the bleeding edge. In the UK it costs less than £150 (around $180 in the US) and its predecessor managed to scoop the title of Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time. So specs might be middling, but hopes are high.
Microsoft to close Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley | ZDNet
He noted that Microsoft still has 2,500 employees working for the company in the Silicon Valley area including individuals working on Skype, Yammer, Bing, Outlook.com and Xbox. He said the cuts today do not mean Microsoft is backing away from its research commitments or necessarily closing any of the research projects that are run out of the Silicon Valley lab.
Which iPhone Should You Buy?
The phone fits in your pocket, no problem. Because this is Apple, the phone is thinner than thin, so it won't be too bulky. However, it is going to be a bit large. Personally, my phone is often out of my pockets. If I'm at work, I have it on my desk. If I am on the train, I am holding it and using it. If I am in a car, I use it for maps and directions. If I am at home on the couch, I usually have it out to surf the web while watching TV. If this sounds like you, then it's no biggie. But if you keep your phone in your pocket all the time, it might be a problem. My colleague Steve Kovach tested the iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple event on Tuesday and said it fit in his jeans pocket perfectly.
From Geek To Chic: The Meta Watch M1 Smartwatch By Frank Nuovo
“Smartwatch” has become a buzzword in the tech industry that has caused something very interesting to happen for myself personally; all of a sudden, my love of watches and technology has been combined. The tech industry hopes that connected wearable devices (often referred to as “smartwatches”) will be the next “big thing.” As mobile phone and tablet markets stabilize the major players in both “big tech” and start-up investment firms are eyeing the potential growth and development of a market of wearable products for industrial, commercial, and consumer use.
Watch the live stream of our 'future of AI and deep learning' event tonight
Our future of artificial intelligence and deep learning event tonight will now be streamed live for folks who can’t attend in person. Speakers include Andrew Ng, Oren Etzioni, John Platt, Johan Schalkwyk, Jeremy Howard, Adam Gibson, Bobby Jaros and Benjamin Recht.
'Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes' Review: Powered Up Play
Equally, owners of Disney Infinity 1.0 can upgrade their toy-box to access all the new characters and play-set pieces, but they can’t access the old play-set adventures without purchasing one of the new 2.0 starter packs. With a lot of rhetoric around Disney Infinity being a platform rather than a single game, it feels like this aspect is lacking for families.
NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black hole - CNET
At the core of this tiny galaxy is what NASA is calling a "supermassive," or "monster" black hole, one that has five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. A dwarf galaxy is one that has a small fraction of the hundreds of billion of stars in the Milky Way.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Bitcoin, Google, ISIS and censorship
As part of a publicity campaign for his book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” group interviews, and talked about Bitcoin, Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt, and what the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS
California County Targets Violent Video Games - IGN
According to Marin Independent Journal , District Attorney Ed Berberian is teaming up with the Center for Domestic Peace and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to ask families to get rid of toy guns and violent video games as part of events planned during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each Saturday in October, parents and children will be able to turn in violent video games at various locations. Everyone who turns in an item will get Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and adult parents will get a raffle ticket for a Center for Domestic Peace Event.
A mindset to match The Evil Within
I think a lot about mental health. Partly because I co-founded a charity dedicated to increasing empathy and education about mental health issues, but mostly because I love horror games like The Evil Within . Zombies and ghosts and demons are fun, of course, but what I really like is a good old-fashioned psycho killer. See? "Psycho," as in "crazy," as in "mentally ill." Part of The Evil Within , like so many other horror games, takes place in an abandoned mental asylum (they're always abandoned and left to decay, never bulldozed and turned into condos). There is a stigma about mental health that prevents people from seeking care, and even though I believe the way mental health is portrayed in entertainment is a big factor in maintaining that stigma, I still love me some crazy bad guys. So, I think a lot about mental health.
I'm going to use some terms in this article that get thrown around a lot when discussing the mentally ill, like "crazy," "psycho," "nutcase," and so forth. These are commonly-used, accepted shorthand, but they're not appropriate when encountering real-life situations of mental illness.
Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8 apps from App Store due to issues
Several apps began rolling out on the App Store this morning with HealthKit support for Apple’s new Health app, but it seems issues on Apple’s side have forced HealthKit-compatible apps to be completely removed from the App Store the morning of iOS 8’s (and Apple’s Health app’s) release.
iOS 8 Is Now Available for Apple Devices - IGN
Instead of a drastic redesign of every feature of iOS 7, the new update focuses on seamlessness and cohesion between various aspects of different devices. For instance, continuity upgrades allow users to begin working on their mobile devices, and finish on their MacBooks. This can also be done in the reverse order, permitting work to be done on-the-go at quick notice.
Spacecom review: A rousing game of strategy between a bunch of triangles
And yet despite—or rather, because of—this unassuming exterior, there's a lot of depth for you to explore within a limited space. That's the kind of strategy I like! It's like playing an actual game of chess where each piece has a very defined set of rules versus a weird game of pseudo-chess where each pawn functions slightly differently and you won't really understand the point of half of them until you're fifty hours in.
Dixons to save 800 Phones 4U jobs
Dixons Carphone will offer to hire the 800 people who work in Phones 4U concessions at its Currys and PC World stores.
'Destiny' May Have A Brilliant, Twisted Story Hidden Far From View
Through 25+ story missions, the game throws in a few cutscenes and has your AI give you a couple of history lessons, but by the end, all you really understand is that you, the Guardians, are trying to protect a giant, benevolent space orb, the Traveler, under siege by a vague evil known as “The Darkness.” The script is little more than sci-fi buzzwords mashed together, and there are actually lines like “I don’t even have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”
Bungie doubles Destiny public events, plans to add requested features
Bungie told Joystiq today that it will roll out a number of post-launch improvements for its multiplayer online shooter Destiny , and notes that it has already "more than doubled" the number of public events players will encounter throughout its world.
"Bungie is hard at work behind the scenes, updating Destiny to make it better," Bungie community manager David Dague said. "We've rolled out numerous patches, tuning updates, and server adjustments. For instance, the frequency of public events has more than doubled."
Dague added: "We'll keep working to ensure our server performance remains stable for our already sizeable community, which has shattered previous records for any Bungie game to date. In an effort to keep our community up-to-date on these changes, patch notes will continue to appear on Bungie.net. The team is committed to a steady stream of post launch support, including the addition of some much requested features."
Joystiq's staff noted a distinct lack of Destiny public events during our post-launch roundtable session , and Bungie's quick response indicates that it is listening closely to player feedback.