Minecraft 'Education' is a version of the game for schools that costs $5
New features are coming to an new version of the popular game aimed at education institutes.
Pee-wee Herman madness returns in Netflix movie teaser - CNET
Childlike Pee-wee Herman greets the morning in a crazy way during a teaser trailer for the made-for-Netflix movie "Pee-wee's Big Holiday."
'Tropes vs. Women in Video Games' is changing a bit
Expect to see shorter, more frequent episodes of 'Tropes vs. Women in Videogames' moving forward.
Amazon exec explains how Prime Air delivery drones will work
Amazon VP Paul Misener confirms the company is developing several types of delivery drones and talks about the details of the project.
Why an Ex-Google Coder Makes Twice as Much Freelancing
Amid an accelerating war for tech talent, big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar—as much as $1,000 a hour, according to a person who gets coders gigs—for freelancers with the right combination of skills. While companies still recruit many of the best minds, they're turning to independent software developers to get a stalled project moving or to gain a competitive edge. In some cases, the right person can be the difference between a failed and successful product.
Meet the 20 Tech Insiders Defining the 2016 Campaign
Though its name is a bland alphabet soup, NGP VAN is one of the most exciting tech tools in US politics. Before this massive database on Democratic voters came along, political canvassers were flying blind. They’d knock on doors, talk up their candidates, jot down some notes, and move on. Today, thanks to NGP VAN—the product of a 2011 merger between NGP Software and the Voter Activation Network—campaign workers can collect, consolidate, and slice and dice voter data as they go door-to-door. Since VAN’s inception in 2001, this Salesforce-for-Democrats has become the lifeblood of the party. The data is so valuable, in fact, that when the Democratic National Committee blocked Bernie Sanders’ access to it following a breach by his staff late last year, his campaign was briefly crippled. As chief technology officer of NGP VAN, Lee may not have the sexiest job in politics, but it’s one of the most important in an election year when better technology will likely be synonymous with victory. —Issie Lapowsky
Researchers Project Digital People into Chairs in Augmented Reality Study | MIT Technology Review
Room2Room, a project from Microsoft Research, does just this: it uses Kinect depth cameras and digital projectors to capture the image of a person in 3-D in one room and project a life-sized version of that person in real time onto a piece of furniture in another room, where someone else is actually hanging out, and vice versa. Each person can then see a digital image of the other with the correct perspective, look at the other person from different viewpoints, and interact accordingly, the researchers say.
Area Satirical Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously)
McAvoy wrote: "So what does this mean for us as a company? Good things. Univision is excited to help Onion Inc. grow, and to provide the resources to both support our long-standing mission and fund new initiatives. They'll help us keep the foundation strong and to build great new things on top of it. As an independent media company, we've always been forced to run a tight financial ship, which has made us smart and lean, but not always ready to invest in the great new ideas that we come up with."
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Trump promises he'll force Apple to manufacture in the US - CNET
Technically Incorrect: In a speech at Liberty University, the leading Republican candidate says he'll strong-arm Tim Cook to end all foreign manufacture of the company's "damn computers."
Microsoft is bringing Minecraft into the classroom
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Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition
In the spirit of the Minecraft community, we are dedicated to making sure Minecraft: Education Edition is shaped in the coming months by a growing community of educators online at education.minecraft.net . We’re also excited to also share that these community pages will host a variety of resources like lesson plans and a new Minecraft Mentors page that allows educators experienced in Minecraft to connect with those interested in trying it for the first time.
HBO Plans to Take On Netflix in Spain With Streaming Service
For HBO, introducing an Internet channel in Spain -- which has high rates of broadband-only homes as well as online piracy -- is a calculated bet. HBO will now retain the exclusive rights to its shows for its streaming service and will no longer license its programming to pay-TV services in the country. That means that, once current licensing deals expire, HBO fans in Spain will only be able to watch its first-run programming on the new streaming service. Yet while HBO is giving up that licensing revenue, it believes it can make even more money long-term by offering its own Web service, Chief Executive Officer Richard Plepler said.
Rarely Patched Software Bugs in Home Routers Cripple Security
In late 2014, a small Massachusetts software company got an ominous email: A computer-security researcher said a flaw in one of its programs put millions world-wide at risk of being hacked. Engineers at the company, Allegro Software Development Corp., analyzed the flaw in the program, which can help users access the controls of home Internet routers. They quickly realized something strange: They had fixed this bug nearly 10 years...
LinkNYC's free gigabit Wi-Fi is here, and it is glorious
Signing onto a Link for the first time was surprisingly easy, as far as WiFi onboarding goes. After joining the "LinkNYC Free Wi-Fi" network, you just need to plug in your email address into a landing page to get connected. If you've got a Hotspot 2.0 device, you'll automatically get a prompt to install a security key for the the private LinkNYC network. I had no trouble connecting to the kiosk with my MacBook Air while sitting in the Starbucks right in front of it.
Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify
“Music has played a pivotal role in our stores for over forty years and we have been at the forefront of how to integrate it into a retail environment” said Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks in a statement. “Today is the next era in that experience. We are merging the physical and digital, providing new access points for Spotify as they continue to grow globally, placing more control into our customers’ hands and giving artists the world’s largest stage for them to share their talent.”
Netflix whizzes past 75 million subscribers thanks to record international growth
We won't see any bump in this quarter's number from the 130 new countries in which Netflix is now available, as that announcement came after the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Many of those countries may also prove to be priced out of Netflix for now, as the service intends to keep its subscription price at parity with the US, despite lower average incomes in many of its new territories.
Here's what classic pieces of literature look like with all the words removed.
Nicholas Rougeux is a designer and artist from Chicago who decided to see what it would look like if all the words were removed from classic pieces of literature. The result is Between The Words , a series of posters that celebrates the dots, dashes, and quotation marks sprinkled throughout iconic literary works. Rougeux started making his swirling designs by pulling in the text of all nine books from Project Gutenberg. From there he used a software called RegExr to strip the text of words, line breaks, spaces and numbers, leaving just lines of shapes and symbols that he would later swirl into a vortex of typographical confetti.
The sad, troubled history of Kanye West's MacBook Air
Still, it doesn't take an internet sleuth to look at Kanye's recent lyrics and figure out that something is missing from this story. Was the incident in Paris related to Kanye's cousin, or were the two distinct events? Given the history of Air West, it seems either hypothetical is possible. Perhaps (and probably likely) this is not even the same MacBook Air that was typed to death in 2008, but only a fool would say they are not of the same lineage.
Apple investigating iPhone battery percentage freezing bug - CNET
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners say they have seen their battery percentage displays fail to update after changing time zone or manually adjusting their clocks.
Netflix whizzes past 75 million subscribers thanks to record international growth
That trend continued today. Netflix added a record 5.59 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter: 1.56 million the US and 4.04 million more internationally. Its subscriber growth in the US has been slowing for some time now, a fairly predictable outcome as it saturates that market. But its international growth is accelerating, and investors are in love with that story. Netflix also projected it will sign up more than 6 million new subscribers this quarter, far more than the 4.88 million projected by Wall Street analysts.
Apple, LG, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony reportedly tied to cobalt mining by children in Congo
Apple, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, and Vodafone all have connections to child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo by virtue of their acquisition of cobalt, an element found in lithium-ion batteries, according to a new report.
A Girl Who Codes
Still, others are intrigued. By the time I arrived, XX Hackers had already collected several full pages of sign-ups. "Most of them are girls, so it's working out," Rau tells me while retrieving pens from a pink pencil case in her backpack. The original idea had been for Rau and a couple of other Girls Who Code graduates to teach programming only to other girls, but there was enough early interest from boys that they decided to open it to everyone. A group of guys now approach and sign up, but then one notices the club's logo—XX HACKERS in bright pink, surrounded by pink dots and a light green circle with scalloped edges—and starts shouting. "XX Hackers? No! That's for girls." Another waves his arms and shakes his head, saying, "Disregard," over and over. Boys are stupid, I think to myself, but Rau is Zen about it. When all is said and done, Rau estimates that about a third of the sign-ups she got were a result of her hard sell. She ended up with about 100 names total, added to the 50 she got last spring at a fair for incoming freshmen. It's too early to say how many of those will come to the first meeting—and of those, how many will come back—but for the moment, she's pleased.
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Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joins Index Ventures as partner, cofounds new fitness startup
Six months after stepping down as CEO of Twitter , Dick Costolo has revealed what his next move will be, now that he’s handed control of the social network back to Jack Dorsey.
‘QWERTY’ and ’123456′ Top List of 2015′s (Worst) Passwords
“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,” SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain said in a statement.
Sourced is a totally new way of recruiting software developers
Like some of the best startup ideas out there, Tyba ( a TNW Conference alum ) built Sourced as an experimental side project to help with its own recruitment difficulties. It worked so well that the side project is becoming the company’s main business. The Tyba-branded service, which focuses on helping people interested in jobs at startups find out more about companies’ cultures and office spaces, will be spun out as a separate operation.
Apple wins a US sales ban on ancient Samsung smartphones
The kicker is that the ruling doesn't have teeth for those phones that are still around. The data detection patent (used for turning phone numbers and dates into links) that affected most of the Samsung devices expires on February 1st, and there's a 30-day grace period on honoring the ban. In short, Samsung can let that one go. Apple's well-known slide-to-unlock patent doesn't run out so quickly, but the three devices targeted in the lawsuit don't use that method any more. At most, Samsung might have to work around an autocorrection patent.
New York's first public Wi-Fi hubs are now live
The current rollout is proceeding up Third Avenue, but organizers say LinkNYC booths will begin the trek up Eighth Avenue over the next several weeks. By mid-July, the city plans to have 500 such hubs installed throughout the city. When the project is complete, it will include more than 7,500 hubs throughout the five boroughs. Each hub will include two USB charging ports, touchscreen web browsing, and two 55-inch ad displays.
The New Suicide Squad Trailer Is Insane In Every Way Imaginable
Expertly edited to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” director David Ayer’s love letter to the bad guy looks like a whole lot of fun. We’re wondering, though, how serious does this movie take these characters? The Queen makes it seem like “Not so much” which is the exact opposite of the tone we got from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , which takes place in this same world.
How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good - The Official Microsoft Blog
As Satya Nadella announced today , we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. Our goal is to support 70,000 nonprofits through this initiative during that time. I wanted to provide some more detail on what we’re doing and the commitments we are making today.
Adding Tor support on Android
Since then, a sizeable community of people has grown to use this feature and help us make it more efficient and reliable. We commonly receive requests for additional platform support beyond the browser, and thanks to a project initiated by a summer intern at Facebook and subsequently picked up by our Protect and Care team in London, we are now offering experimental support for using Facebook over Tor via the Orbot proxy app for Android devices.
Apple could be testing a technology that is 100 times as fast as Wi-Fi
No technology available on the market uses Li-Fi, so there is little to compare it to. One use could be talking to other devices within the same room, such as the Apple TV. The high data speeds mean a film could be sent from an iPhone to the TV within seconds, ready to stream. (This is just speculation, though — it's still early days for the technology.)
Apple May Be Using Congo Cobalt Dug by Children, Group Says
Chinese companies that buy cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo and supply mobile-phone and laptop makers such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. aren’t fully checking their suppliers and may be acquiring the mineral from mines that rely on child labor, Amnesty International said.
Verizon Launches 'FreeBee' Sponsored Data Program
If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, just look for the FreeBee Data icon (a little white bee inside a black circle), which will appear next to sponsored content. This icon lets you know that if you click on the content, you won't incur any data charges.
Gather raises $2.5 million to help restaurants and venues manage their events
Gather announced that it has raised $2.5 million in new funding to help restaurants and venues manage their events. Led by Storm Ventures, the investment will be used to not only improve the product, but also accelerate development of certain “top-secret projects.”
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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality
Musk first proposed the Hyperloop, a vacuum tube intended to speedily shoot passengers at 800 mph from city to city, in 2013. The idea was to create a mechanism of transportation that could get folks from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 30 minutes.
NASA calls on the Web to help design a flying space robot
Crowdsourcing is a valuable tool for businesses to call on the collective hive mind in order to find outside-the-box solutions to problems that in-house teams are often struggling to innovate on.
Netflix says it’ll block VPN users, but the providers don’t think so
Of course, Netflix is also aiming to provide its full catalog world-wide as opposed to adhering to current geo-specific content regulations, so the move appears to be largely symbolic and nothing more than an attempt to appease content owners.
Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference sells out in under 5 minutes
Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, easily the company’s biggest event of the year, is always popular. But tickets for this year’s three-day developer event, taking place March 30 to April 1 , were even harder to get than usual. Microsoft said the event sold out in less than 5 minutes — so quickly that many thought a message about joining the waitlist was a technical error.
Apple seeks DIPP nod to open own stores in India | ETtech
The Apple stores famed for their ambience and unparalleled customer experience may soon come up in your city. Apple India has filed an application to open its own Apple branded stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. Confirming the development, DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant said, "We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it." The maker of iPhones and iPads has not specified how much investment it would make in its application, said the person quoted earlier, adding that it has also sought government approval to sell its products online. The US tech giant's move stems from the government's liberalisation of foreign direct investment rules on single-brand retail in November, which included relaxing mandatory local procurement condition for high-tech companies and allowing single-brand licence holders to sell their products directly online. Prior to diluting the FDI norms in November, ET had reported that Apple had sought relaxation of the sourcing norm to set up stores in the country.
Apple Watch Hermès wings its way online Friday
The bulk of the country is about to get some very good news for their senses of style — and bad news for their bank accounts: The super-luxe Apple Watch Hermès will be available for purchase online at the end of this week.
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Facebook on Android gives you privacy through Tor
The Tor access option will take a few days to reach everyone, and Facebook notes that it's looking for feedback on how well it works. This is still a bit rough around the edges, folks. Nonetheless, it's worth a look if you want to keep your mobile Facebook conversations under wraps.
Amazon sheds more light on drone deliveries | News | Geek.com
Regulators like the FAA remain one of the biggest obstacles, but Misener believes that Amazon’s work will help cut through the red tape. He noted that the automation systems needed to make Prime Air work are already in place, adding “once we demonstrate the safety of the system, we believe that the regulations will quickly follow.” Pogue also questioned Misener about a few tricky scenarios, like making Prime Air deliveries to apartment dwellers. Amazon’s still trying to figure out the best solution, and ultimately it could be to stick with more traditional delivery methods.
As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions | MIT Technology Review
The Porter Ranch accident highlights a growing problem in the U.S.: as natural gas replaces coal as a key energy source, the dangers of leaks and explosions from aging pipelines and storage facilities is rising. Last year Pacific Gas & Electric was hit with a record $1.6 billion fine for a gas explosion in San Bruno, California , that killed nine people in 2010. Decaying pipelines under the streets of New York City represent a “ticking time bomb,” according to a report from TV station CBS2. Local gas distribution companies are expected to spend billions to upgrade aging infrastructure in the coming years, according to Fitch Ratings . And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing new regulations to limit methane emissions at each stage of the oil and gas production and transportation system—but those rules will cover only new installations, not existing facilities.
Microsoft to recall Surface Pro power cords over fire risks
If you own a Surface Pro, you might want to be careful using it for the next little while. Microsoft tells Channelnomics that it's planning a voluntary recall for the power cords on every Surface Pro tablet released before the Pro 4 and sold before a certain period (March 2015 in the US, July 15th in Europe). The tech giant warns that the AC power cable could trigger a fire if it's wound too tightly or otherwise damaged. Only a "very small" number of people have reported problems, Microsoft says, but the company isn't taking any chances.
Patreon Gains $30 Million Series B Funding To Support Growth
Hiring the right developers is an issue for many startups in Silicon Valley, but Patreon CEO Jack Conte tells TechCrunch the speed he needs to hire is a major issue for his fast-growing subscription-based artist funding platform.
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Give your photos and videos a dose of weird with Hyperpektiv
When it comes to being creative with photos and video, app developers are starting to go way beyond the limitations of Instagram-style filters. High quality, real-time algorithmic effects are the order of the day with apps like GeometriCam , which recently impressed us, and Hyperspektiv , which launches today on iOS.