'Glory' gets a powerful music video after Best Song Golden Globe win
Capitalizing on winning Best Original Song at Sunday's Golden Globes, Common released the music video for the John Legend-assisted "Glory" from "Selma."
Fred Armisen retaliates after Bill Hader's impression of him
Fred Armisen stopped by "Conan" on Monday and provided his own impression of former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Bill Hader.
How to sneakily steal pizza so your friends won't hate you
This life hack teaches you how to slice pizza so you get the biggest share.
Microsoft Studios lays out Let's Play monetization rules
Microsoft Studios has outlined a revised ruleset for players looking to monetize footage from Microsoft-published games on video-sharing sites, granting permission to Let's Players and Twitch streamers with some stipulations.
Under the publisher's rules, players may monetize footage from Microsoft Studios games if it was captured during normal gameplay, without the use of reverse engineering or hacking. Microsoft's rules additionally prohibit the use of gameplay footage to produce content that is pornographic, lewd, obscene, vulgar, discriminatory, or otherwise "objectionable."
"Whether an Item is 'objectionable' is up to us," the rules page states, "but you can expect us to be concerned if a significant number of people in the game's community or the public at large report the content as offensive."
Additional rules prohibit gameplay footage gated behind paid-access websites and subscription-based services. Revenue earned through network partnerships is still permissible, however. A full list of Microsoft's revised guidelines is available here .
Best of 2014: Games, By Platform - IGN
Reviewed on November 11 In the modern age of gaming, a question has been on the minds of many RPG players and developers: can the old, traditional tenets of the genre be upheld in today’s triple-A market? Dragon Age: Inquisition does more than just answer that question with a resounding “yes;” it raises the bar of design excellence for all large, open-world games. It would be difficult to go back to the fruitless waypoint-hunting, and tedious collect-a-thons that many other open worlds offer after spending over 100 rewarding hours getting lost in the realms of Ferelden and Orlais.Breathtaking vistas, excellent design, and deep RPG systems would mean little if they existed in a hollow world filled with one-dimensional characters, but Inquisition’s are anything but; the level of care that’s gone into fully-realizing its people and places is beyond impressive. Nuanced issues of race, faith, gender, and sexuality are woven skillfully and tastefully into one of the most elaborate tapestries of fictional history gaming has ever seen.Yet, for as deep as it mines, Dragon Age: Inquisition manages to be pleasingly approachable, and eminently playable.
Social Hacks Show Twitter Needs Better Security for Teams
When Twitter’s two-factor arrived, many of us hoped that some security for company accounts was finally here, but it still isn’t. Twitter’s two-factor is great, but flawed when used for teams. In effect, anyone with your company’s Twitter password is a target for social engineering since those users effectively have god-mode access.
CNET on Twitter
“ @CNET : Kyle MacLachlan will return as Agent Cooper in new "Twin Peaks" http://cnet.co/1IFozWx pic.twitter.com/ekSGSWZzop ”
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk Sign Open Letter On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence
"The potential benefits [of AI research] are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence," says the letter. "[T]he eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls."
Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy
Tappy is a mobile messenger that uses photos and ephemerality to put a new face on text messaging. All messages disappear after 24 hours, and Tappy’s conversations must begin with a photo. From there, you can turn that particular photo into a chat thread, with a single individual or a group. The inbox looks more like a newsfeed than an inbox, with large screen-wide photos acting as the cover art for your various chats. It’s a fast little app, both in messaging and taking pictures, and pulls from some of the best features of Snapchat and Instagram to take a stab at replacing text messaging.
The Verge on Twitter
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.
How To Disarm A Defensive Audience
Try playing against type. When listeners expect biased, self-serving arguments, give them the opposite. If you’ve made mistakes, own them. If opponents have legitimate grievances, air them yourself. Such self-critique can be a powerful tool for building credibility with an audience because it goes against their expectations. They figure we must really mean what we say.
Instacart bags $220 million to expand beyond grocery delivery
Instacart , an on-demand grocery delivery service, confirmed Tuesday that it has raised $220 million in a Series C round of funding from a list of big name VC firms. The funding values Instacart at around $2 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter.
A Startup Just Got $30 Million to Shake Up the Garbage Industry | WIRED
In many ways, Rubicon is the prototypical tech startup of its time. Like Uber and Airbnb before it, it’s taken technology to a decidedly low-tech industry, with the full-throated belief that the efficiency that technology offers has the power to topple even the most monolithic incumbents. But businesses are more intransigent than consumers, and Orts says it may take years, and if not decades, to change the status quo in the industry. “You don’t get to change the world overnight,” he says. “But you do what you can, and companies will grow up over time if they’ve got good ideas that people will pay for.”
Google Domains Launches To All In U.S. With Support For Blogger Integration, Templates And More Domain Endings
Google Domains , Google’s own domain name registration service, has now exited private testing. This summer, the company unveiled the new service to fill a long-time void in the company’s product lineup, with a competitor to sites like NameCheap and GoDaddy (the latter which filed for a $100 million IPO just days before Google’s entry into the domain-selling space). Google’s service was previously available only to a small number of testers, but this morning, Google opened its doors to all in the U.S., and announced a number of new features alongside its public launch.
Review: An iPhone Case That Claims to Boost Your Reception
I’d like to be able to say that the Reach79 will solve your cellular reception problems, or even to flatly declare that it won’t. But I can’t say either. After nearly a week of testing it, using two methods in a variety of locations, all I can report is very mixed results. Roughly half the time it seemed to help, sometimes by a little and sometimes by a lot. And roughly half the time it made no difference at all. On a few occasions, it actually degraded the performance of my iPhone 6.
Uber Offers Trip Data to Cities, Starting With Boston
The data partnership marks the first time Uber has opened up its transportation database, one of the most valuable assets for a company that owns no cars and employs no drivers. In exchange for helping regulators track user data, the company hopes to build political clout and make a stronger case for its legitimacy in many places where its legal status is in doubt.
Facebook to post Amber Alerts for missing children
Facebook to post Amber Alerts for missing children
Facebook feeds will include geographically pinpointed Amber Alert missing child notices beginning Tuesday in a partnership that links the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's nationwide alert
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1IGCxHJ
Climate Change-Denying Senator Ted Cruz Will Oversee NASA
In its recently released Fourth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded there’s a more than 90 percent probability that human activities over the past 250 years have warmed our planet.
The Future of Search, Brought To You By The Pentagon
When DARPA approved funding for Parse.ly, says Montalenti, the agency offered a suggestion: "The way you use the research dollars is you basically work on research projects with your team and basically work on open source projects like you’re already doing." DARPA, which famously funded the 1970s-era Internet predecessor known as ARPANET, increasingly backs projects designed to produce peer-reviewed, reproducible scientific results or publicly available open source code, according to Montalenti.
Tabasco Bottle Shot Glass
I only break wine bottles (so far) but I have found that the finer the cut, with the glass cutter, the cleaner the break will be. If you get glass splinters from the cut you are using too much force and increasing the risk of the break spreading sideways. Never cut twice in the same place. I use thin stream of hot running water and after passing the cut few times under the water it will break. Oxyacetylene torch will melt the edges cleanly and in my opinion is the best way to finish the glass. You can fix uneven edges using diamond file/plate but I have found that if you do the cut right you can usually go straight to the torch.
European Video Ad Platform Teads Raises Further $30M As It Eyes Up Future IPO
Video advertising platform Teads , which specialises in those now familiar video ads that reside outside of video content — such as placed in an article between two paragraphs of text — has raised a further £20 million (~$30m) in funding as it continues to talk up a potential IPO.
Google opens its domain registration service to everyone in the US
Google's domain registration service is now in open, public beta in the United States. Launched back in June , Google Domains was initially available through an invite-based system, but the GoDaddy alternative is now available to everyone inside the US. For prices starting at $12 per year, Google will help you secure a domain name and toss in added benefits like private registration, email forwarding to Gmail, support for as many as 100 sub-domains, and domain forwarding.
Venture funds raise $29.8 billion as tech draws eager investors
Venture funds raised $29.8 billion from investors last year, a 69 percent increase over the previous year and the largest gain, in both dollar amount and percentage growth, in at least nine years, according to data released Monday by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association. The last time VCs raised more money was in 2007, before the recession brought investing to a near-standstill.
I breastfeed in public, so Pope Francis' support means a lot
When I began breastfeeding — after the first few weeks of agony — I found it both sublime and unnerving. A suckling baby is something to behold. But the act of nursing in public, or even around friends and family, demands an entirely new kind of physical vulnerability. Sometimes I found myself using the word "nursing" as a euphemism if I felt timid about saying "breast," a nervousness I credit to my own modest Catholic upbringing. Those feelings diminish with practice, and with the absolute reality of what it means to feed an insatiable baby.
Personify Lets You Video Chat and More in a 3D virtual space
The app uses depth-sensing technology to overlay the real-time video of a presenter — extracted from their background like a green screen without the need for the physical screen or editing — onto anything on their desktop. This consumer oriented product lets you chat with multiple friends with the full screen open, so you can watch movies, sports, play games, book flights and browse social media together in real time. Of course, it also works well for business collaborations.
Forget electricity: this lamp runs on octopus bacteria - Telegraph
A Dutch designer has created an unusual desktop lamp which is powered by
glowing bacteria extracted from an octopus. But don’t imagine that it could
lower your electricity bills just yet, as there are a few kinks to be ironed
Asked For Too Many iTunes Refunds? This Is What Apple Does
We’ve been wondering for a while what Apple would do to deal with users who went overboard requesting their money back under its new EU-mandated 14-day refund policy . Now we know.
MongoDB CEO: Company was ‘opportunistic’ in raising $80M
The company will likely go public at some point but doesn’t want to — or have to — rush into it, he said. It still has plenty of mindshare and capital as a private company to choose its own timing. And there’s still some work to do proving its business model can succeed and scaling its global presence (MongoDB only has a handful of reps in both Europe and Asia, for example), Ittycheria noted.
A closer look at the crazy car tech of CES 2015
Over the past few years, the world of connected automobiles has exploded. Self-driving cars, heads-up displays and in-car infotainment systems have become mainstays of CES and this year was no exception. Join us as we take a visual tour of Mercedes' futuristic F 015 road-ready lounge , Audi's indestructible rear-seat Android tablets and everything in between. This is the wild world of automotive tech at CES 2015.
Gibbon Launches iPhone App to Help You Learn on the Go
Gibbon , a startup based in the Netherlands that wants to help you master any skill, has today launched an iPhone app to help you learn skills on the go.
How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices
The study was part of a white paper Boomerang released on Tuesday to bring attention to the idea of price perception in e-commerce. The startup has created a “price perception index,” which it described as “a numerical pricing model that captures customer psychology of price perception. It does so by providing a tangible statistic of how a company’s products … are priced, relative to the competition, weighted by customer interest.”
23andMe Teams With Big Pharma to Find Treatments Hidden in Our DNA | WIRED
The terms of the deal were not disclosed publicly, but any good news is a step forward for the beleaguered startup. Since it launched in 2007, the Silicon Valley startup has built its business on analyzing DNA extracted from customers’ saliva to let them learn more about their ancestry, inherited traits, and risk factors for medical conditions. About 800,000 customers have signed up for 23andMe’s services over seven years, with two-thirds of them giving consent to let their personal test data be used in research.
The Verge on Twitter
Not me! “ @verge : Fujitsu wants you to write in the air with its giant motion-tracking ring http://theverge.com/e/7303640 pic.twitter.com/TXB9TyCQeD ”
Play 'Choose Your Own Adventure' On Twitter
Eden notes that he’s not by any means the first person to try and conduct a CYOA story via Twitter, but he’s the first person we’ve seen try and do it in a fully self-contained way – most use tweets to link to external URLs to continue the story or make choices. The downside of this is that each link cuts down on the amount of the story that can be told in a single tweet. It also ends up with users being redirected all over the place, so the chances of finishing it are probably slimmer.
Why The 63-Year-Old Chairman Of A $10 Billion Company Is Joining A Startup
Adaptive Insights allows companies to build better sales forecasts by analyzing all kinds of historical financial data. It looks at old sales and expense data and comes up with what the finance department should do in the future. For example, it can tell how many more people you hired than planned, whether those hires translated to a direct increase in sales, and how those hires will impact your business moving forward. Adaptive Insights’ founder Rob Hull says, in a sense, his software is replacing what Excel used to do and disrupting the space once dominated by companies like Oracle, IBM, and SAP.
CNN's Drone Journalism Is Just the Beginning
"I think it's great that the Federal Aviation Administration is willing to work with journalists who wish to use remotely piloted aircraft systems," Matthew Schroyer, president of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, writes in an email. "However, what would really help journalists is the FAA performing its legal obligation to produce small UAS rules in a timely manner, which it has been unable to do."
How schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
GOG.com drops protected installers following Linux backlash
GOG.com has heard the frustrations of Linux users, and has decided to remove password-protected installers from its games.
Previously, GOG.com had used password-protected .RAR files in select games that require multi-part Windows installers. The idea, GOG claims in a recent forum post, was to prevent less tech-savvy users from mucking around with the necessary installer files and making their game unplayable. This is a valid concern, given that so many of GOG.com's offerings are relatively ancient games that are only able to work on modern hardware through a combination of emulators and optimism. However, because the innoextract tool in Linux is unable to parse the password protection when unarchiving .RAR files, any games using those files become inaccessible to Linux users. You can see how this might upset people.
Following a lengthy forum thread outlining the problem, GOG has decided to remove the .RAR files. "We've heard your concerns regarding this solution and we do agree it could have been better," reads GOG.com's official response. "Although the same could probably be said about many other answers to this problem, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try to do better for our community.
The art of stillness
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
Our device was designed by brilliant engineers and proven in multiple published studies to be effective, comfortable and easy-to-use. To treat depression, insomnia and anxiety, the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® gently stimulates the brain to produce serotonin and other neurochemicals required for healthy mood and sleep. Our device does not interfere with medication (and may be used as an alternative to medication) and causes no serious side effects. When used on the body to treat chronic pain, our device employs pain gate control theory to suppress the sensation of pain. Patients typically use our device once or twice a day for 20 minutes, often experiencing results quickly. We offer a 60-day, 100% refund policy - we only want satisfied customers. To see how our device is used to treat depression, insomnia and anxiety, please watch the following video:
How to start a movement
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
Fast Company | Business + Innovation
From shutting down flirtatious advances to conveying confidence, women share the challenges they faced in funding and how they succeed.
Take A Lot Of Selfies? You Might Be A Psychopath, Science Says
Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are harmless fun -- right? Maybe not. According to new research, selfies can say a lot about your personality, and not in a good way.
Charlie Hebdo and the hypocrisy of pencils
Consideration of this context not only exposes the hypocrisy of those who create the narrative of an enlightened West defending freedom of speech, it also points to the predictability and inevitability of horrific acts of terrorism in response. Of course we will never know what was going through the minds of the three men who carried out this latest atrocity. But it is the height of ahistorical philistinism to ignore the context – both recent and longstanding – in which these attacks took place.
NEEO Is A Universal Smart Home Remote That Recognizes Your Hand
Oberholzer and his team found that there wasn’t much out there over the past few years in terms of smart remote innovation, and they wanted to produce a dedicated device that was designed to fit in with today’s tech and power innovations. The Logitech Harmony line of remotes has recently taken on smart home gadgets, and so will stand as a direct competitor to the NEEO, but this startup crew has designed a lot of features into NEEO that are not present in the Harmony lineup.
Console Madness 2015: 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 + Logitech gear
With the holiday season well and truly behind us, we bet you thought we were done giving away the goods. No more free consoles from Joystiq, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Indeed we've been holding a truly potent prize in reserve to kick off our first major giveaway of the year. What is it? None other than the limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4. In fact, it's #8406 of just 12,300 ever made. And we're giving it to you.
That's just the beginning of the sweet goods. With only one PS4 to dole out, we don't want to leave others hanging. Logitech has provided us with three gorgeous gaming mice to give away as well, including one G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse, one G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse, and one G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse.
Here's how to get the prizes: Just use the Rafflecopter widget below between January 9 and January 16. Winners will be selected at random and contacted via email (so make double sure you use an email we can actually contact you at!) Full rules and details after the break.
20th Anniversary PS4 and Logitech giveaway
PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Unboxing
AOL TECH GIVEAWAY - OFFICIAL RULES
No purchase required to enter or win.
Social Media Update 2014
Fully 52% of online adults use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from the 42% who did so in 2013. At the same time, significantly fewer adults use just one site — 28% compared with 36% last year. As in 2013, Facebook remains the most popular site among those who use only one — fully 79% of those who use just one site report using Facebook. As in years past, a significant majority of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn users say they also use Facebook, more than any other site. At the same time, the proportion of Facebook users who also use another site is on the rise — that is, there are more Facebook users this year who also use Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn than there were in 2013.
Add Download.com to your pinned sites by dragging this tab to the task bar, or clicking on the pin icon below.
SilverRail Acquires Sweden’s Linkon To Further Mission To Consolidate Rail Ticketing And Search
SilverRail Technologies , the UK company that’s building a tech platform to consolidate passenger rail ticket booking and search across Europe and further afield (including the U.S.) and provide it as a service to travel retailers and sites, has gone a step further on its mission by means of an acquisition.
Taylor Swift gave a fan $1989 to help pay off student loans
The latest recipient of the singer's generosity is Rebekah, a fan whose Twitter handle is appropriately @noitsbeks . After Rebekah posted on Tumblr about struggling to pay her student loans, Swift responded by sending her $1,989 to put toward her education — as well as a few other thoughtful gifts.
White guys of the Directors Guild nominate 5 white guys for white-guy movies
The Selma director has been a darling of the awards season conversation, as has her stirring film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1964 march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery. With 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, it's one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2014 (it came out in limited release on Dec. 25) and made DuVernay the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe.
The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
The TheTechNewsBlog Daily, by TheTechNewsBlog: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.