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The YouTube Interview with President Obama
YouTube creators Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green interview President Obama about the top issues facing them and their audiences. Live on Thursday,...
IGN Live Presents: First Look at Call of Duty's Havoc DLC - IGN
Tune in on January 26 at 11am PT (2pm ET, 7pm GMT, and January 27 at 6am AET) for live gameplay of each new Havoc multiplayer map, followed by a few rounds of the new Exo-Zombies mode.
‘While You Were Away’: Twitter Will Show You What You Missed
One of Twitter ’s greatest selling points is that it’s a real-time service. The downside is that it can be impossible to keep up with all the tweets flowing through the network.
Drug-laden drone crashes in Mexico
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Metrics That Will Matter to Your Business This Year
What metrics should your business focus on this year? With the holiday season fully behind us, we’re looking towards 2015 and embracing the challenges we’ll be facing in the New Year. Prosperity is always high on our wishlist for success in our upcoming fiscal year, and metrics can play a key role in measuring our shortcomings and analyzing our triumphs.
Why You're Flaky And Late, In Charts
If your most frequently sent text message is "running 5 mins late sorry!!!," these charts, by Isla Bell Murray and Jessica Saia for the Bold Italic, might resonate. If you're one of those annoyingly punctual people always on the receiving end of such texts, the charts will explain why not everyone has such impeccable time management skills. (It's usually the fault of Instagram, the crappy bus schedule, and the Uber driver.)
Fable Legends confirmed for Windows 10, cross-plays with Xbox One [Update]
Fable Legends unites the classic gameplay that players have come to love from the series with all of the next-generation capabilities of Xbox One. For the first time, grab your friends and go on adventures - up to four Heroes can cooperatively discover the quests and stories of Albion. Or, play the villain where you can mastermind the game in real time. “Fable Legends” takes advantage of the graphical processing power of Xbox One, and when coupled with Unreal Engine 4, delivers a rich and beautiful world.
Tumblr launches Creatrs, a program that lets artists sell their art to advertisers
The project has been in development for roughly a year. At a breakfast meeting at Tumblr’s offices in New York, head of creative strategy David Hayes explained the ways in which Tumblr is expanding its work with brands outside of Tumblr — and how the company is using its own community to do it.
Why IT Should be Skeptical of 'Facebook at Work'
Facebook, a company decidedly focused on consumers and advertisers, wants to move into the busy enterprise social market with the Facebook at Work service, but its plans raise a number of important questions and concerns for enterprise IT and corporate users.
Three things media companies could learn from the White House
It should be fairly obvious by now, but each of these principles — and in fact, the entire strategy the White House employed around the State of the Union speech — applies just as well to brands and other sources of news as it does to traditional media entities. In that sense, the Obama administration isn’t really that different from Procter & Gamble or Red Bull: it has a message or an event it wants people to know about, and it has the tools to publish print, photos, video and social media in order to accomplish that.
BMW, Volkswagen join with ChargePoint to build EV fast-charging stations
DETROIT (Reuters) - German automakers BMW and Volkswagen ( VOWG_p.DE ) are joining with ChargePoint to build a U.S. network of fast-charging stations for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the companies said Thursday.
Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others
Founded in 2013, Raise.com initially offered its marketplace on the web, offering consumers a place where they could unload their unused or partially used gift cards or buy others’ unused gift cards at a discount. Raise doesn’t get involved in the transaction, but facilitates the connection between the buyer and seller through its service – and takes a 15% commission on gift card sales.
Wild Concept Sensors for Google's Modular Phone | WIRED
The concept comprises seven components in all: an air quality sensor, a CO2 monitor, a light sensor, an EKG node that measures heart activity, a glucometer for glucose tracking, a breathalyzer, and a “soul” module. (It’s anyone’s guess what that last one will do—Lapka hasn’t supplied any details.) The idea is to use Ara’s modular platform to expand beyond traditional smartphone functionality—and the traditional aesthetic of diagnostic devices. With Lapka, a Project Ara device could become a mobile doctor’s office, a meteorology station, or a lab technician’s assistant. “Our idea is to create and establish a health care brand,” says Vadik Marmeladov, creative director at Lapka. “We think style is super important. It’s the only way people will use medical devices at their own will.”
An Ingenious New Typeface Inspired by Old Maps, But Made With Algorithms | WIRED
“Typeface design doesn’t have rapid prototyping,” says designer Jonathan Hoefler, whose type foundry Hoefler & Co. is behind go-to fonts like Gotham, Gestalt and—yes—Hoefler. But to be sold globally, modern fonts can require more than 600 characters, to cover every language. That means designers hand-tuning individual vectors face a lot of demands. Now imagine creating those 600-and-more characters, but for an ornamental font, where vectors don’t only determine the curves of a “S,” but the three-dimensionality and lighting too.
Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office
The one thing that makes me hesitant to call this a true all-in-one computer: It's not designed to save any of your data locally. After you're done using it, you can enter an email address where the machine can send all the notes you created during your brainstorming session. If it was a planned meeting, with a list of Skype attendees, everyone on that list will receive the notes automatically. Either way, once you close out of a meeting, the Surface Hub sends out the minutes -- and then wipes them from the device, cleaning it up for the next meeting. No word yet on when this will arrive, or how much it will cost, but I think I want one. Maybe not for my apartment, but for my parent company AOL's conference rooms. Please, guys?
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Riot is React + Polymer + models + routing without the bloat. It works today, even on IE8. It’s dead simple to use and it weighs almost nothing. No reinventing the wheel, but rather taking the good parts of what’s there and making the simplest tool possible.
Lamborghini gets serious about racing with the Huracán GT3
That’s where the newly-unveiled Huracán GT3 comes in. It will bring Lambo to the international racing stage this year in the Blancpain Endurance Series, battling the best from other carmakers around Europe.
Newsonomics: How deep is the newspaper industry’s money hole?
First, we’d ask what would a new normal would look like. Let’s say the newspaper-based industry could simply maintain itself at rate of inflation in the overall economy. The Fed’s target inflation rate is 2 percent, with all kinds of deflationary fears bringing that number into question. For 2014, it clocked in at just 0.8 percent, the lowest since 2009’s Great Recession, following 1.6 percent in each of 2013 and 2012. That’s not as big a goal as growing as fast as the overall economy, of course, which has been running at 4.5 percent growth or more over the last two quarters — but it would be a big start. If the industry could match its previous year’s revenue — plus a little inflation, at least — it might be able to stop cutting.
5 Habits For A Better, More Proactive You
I make hundreds of decisions each day and I love being a leader that asks lots of questions, looks at the data, and is decisive. However, these past few months I started to feel I was always being asked to make the decisions. And others felt the same way. A senior member of my staff said she felt she was carrying her team on her back and on the worst days, dragging them along. It made me step back and think about how to get people really committed and engaged in their work. If you give someone responsibility they will rise to meet the expectation, or they won’t and that in and of itself is an answer.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "The Gang Group Dates" Review - IGN
After ten seasons, it's hard for Always Sunny not to run through familiar beats, but this was still a very funny episode. The Gang getting together and causing dating-related mayhem in their own pub. Dennis becoming unglued after getting a taste of his own medicine (even pandering to the non internet-having Waitress at one point to get a good online score). Charlie, Mac, and Frank actually making a genuine attempt to seem normal because it seemed like it might work for them.
This Saturday you can watch all of Transparent free on Amazon
Not having access to award-winning TV is certainly nothing new for cord-cutters, but now the debate’s being flipped: When Amazon’s original series Transparent won the Golden Globe awards for best comedy and best actor, there was some discussion of how the masses could see the show, since it’s only available on Amazon, to Prime members.
6 products that will protect your privacy
Originally designed, implemented and deployed as a project for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for the primary purpose of protecting government communications, today Tor is used for a variety of purposes by individuals, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers and others. It’s a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.
Social Rank's Tech Startup Index Reveals Social Secrets
As you might expect, followers for companies in Tech Startup Index are more geographically condensed than bigger companies and brands represented in the other indexes. 31 percent of the index’s followers are based in California, 26 percent in the UK and 23 percent in New York. In contrast, 31 percent of followers for the Tech Companies Index, which includes organisations like Google and Amazon, are based in India.
Update: Microsoft’s Build 2015 Developer Conference Sold Out In Less Than An Hour
Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference is happening in San Francisco from April 29 to May 1 this year. Registration opened at 9am PT this morning and the event sold out in less than an hour. That’s not all that unusual for Build, but demand may have been even higher this year, given the company’s reveal of its HoloLens augmented reality hardware yesterday. If you still want to give it a try, you can now join the registration waitlist.
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Microsoft jumps into augmented reality with HoloLens, Windows 10
Unlike virtual reality, which surrounds the user with a completely virtual world, augmented reality places the virtual over the physical. Microsoft’s presentation featured people using the HoloLens headset to throw a Skype screen up on the wall, lay repair directions over a broken pipe and even build Minecraft buildings on their living room floor. A live demo featured a program for sculpting 3D printable models. The same applications will be available on laptops, phones and tablets, though they will not have the same immersive feel as the glasses.
Dream it up, Scotty: Simon Pegg will write 'Star Trek 3' - CNET
British actor Simon Pegg, who plays the USS Enterprise's chief engineer Montgomery Scott in the new cast, will pen the screenplay with Doug Jung. Pegg has experience with co-writing: he wrote "Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" with director Edgar Wright; "Paul" with Nick Frost; and before that TV show "Spaced" with Jessica Hynes. Meanwhile Jung is best known for 2003 con caper "Confidence" and writing episodes of "Big Love" and "Banshee".
This Website Will Turn Your Tweets Into Poetry
This simple website, which doesn’t even require sign in, will turn your tweets from banalities into sweet poetry. The below poem is what Poetweet came up with for our main account.
Attention planespotters: Watch a solar-powered plane on an around-the-world voyage - CNET
A solar-powered plane is preparing for a 35,000km trip around the world without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Here's how you can follow its journey.
Gates Foundation Sees a Better Future Driven by Technology
The lives of the world’s poor will improve more over the next 15 years than ever before, driven by technological innovations, from better vaccines and crops to mobile banking, Bill and Melinda Gates said Wednesday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Here Are All the Senators Who Do and Don't Believe in Human-Caused Climate Change | WIRED
The results? Ahem. Fifty US senators affirmed that they indeed do believe that the activities of human beings contribute to climate change. OK. But 49 senators—fully half the upper house that represents our grand republic—do not. So, hey, you go out there and burn whatever carbon you want to? Not sure what to make of that. But we thought you might want to know just which representatives have absolved you of your responsibility to the planet. So here’s a list—of the senators who think climate change is some other species’ problem, and then the senators who wish we’d maybe do something about it.
Office 2016 will hit desktops later this year
At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft spent some time showing off how its universal apps would provide a similar experience across devices. Office was certainly part of that conversation, and today, the folks in Redmond revealed that this year's installment of the desktop apps would arrive before the end of 2015. The update for mobile, labeled Office for Windows 10, will come pre-installed on phones and tablets running Windows 10 free of charge, with touch-enabled Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook all included. While we'll certainly keep our eyes peeled for an exact date, Microsoft says we can expect Office 2016 to arrive during the second half of this year. Who knows, maybe it'll rollout in time to lend a hand when school starts back up in the fall.
The Startup That Could Beat SpaceX to Building a Second Internet in Space | WIRED
Wyler first became interested in connecting remote parts of the world to the internet back in 2002 after a chance encounter with the Rwandan president’s chief of staff. That meeting compelled Wyler to launch Terracom, a telecommunications company that laid fiber optic cable and set up a 3G network to connect Rwandans to cell phone and internet service. “The mindset in the world at the time was that internet infrastructure was not a high priority,” Wyler told Vance. “I thought that was wrong. When you have good internet access, you have economic growth.”
iPad Theves Arrested After Selfie Syncs to Victim's iCloud
Texas Police today arrested the two miscreants, Dorian Walker-Gaines and Dillian Thompson, after their celebratory selfie was automatically uploaded to the victim Stewart Schaefer’s iCloud account. Walker-Gaines also confessed to stealing $5,000, a laptop and other items from the victim’s unlocked vehicle.
QualityTime Tracks How Much You Use Your Android Phone
If you’re worried about how much you use a particular app, you can set it to warn you after you’ve used it for too long. There’s also a special “take a break” mode which locks you out of your apps for the time you select, with the exclusion of pre-approved apps just in case there’s an emergency.
In addition to Project Spartan, Windows 10 will include Internet Explorer for enterprise sites
Microsoft doesn’t explicitly say that (when we got in touch, the company declined to comment on how IE will show up in Windows 10), but this would make a lot more sense than shipping two browsers, especially if one is familiar and one is “new.” Spartan will feature the ability to annotate web pages, a distraction-free reading mode, and integration with Cortana for “finding and doing things online faster.”
YouTube killer? Ex-Hulu CEO’s site Vessel will show videos 3 days before YouTube
To compete with YouTube’s 1 billion monthly unique visitors , Kilar is planning on luring YouTube talents to Vessel with the universal language of money. Vessel plans to provide content creators with 60 percent of all subscription-based revenue. Of that sum, the site breaks profit-sharing down directly by the percentage of time users spend on each piece of content. If your video garners, say, 10 percent of the time spent on the site that month, it earns 10 percent of the pot. And that’s not even counting the ad-revenue sharing, which Kilar claims will be extremely competitive. A savvy streaming industry insider, Kilar seems to be playing hardball in an attempt to entice as many YouTube stars as possible to his fledgling video venture.
Comcast Kept VIP List For Influential Customers In DC Suburbs, Still Insists Nobody Gets Special Treatment | Techdirt
like all services to customers that are 'regulated by politicians, there will be no change at all until it becomes an offense to receive payment of any sort in any way! leave things as they are and look forward to more of the same crap, where companies, through tidbits to congressmen and senators in return for having no regulations put in place that would hinder them, will continue to give customers the shitiest services possible! it's quite amazing the difference a MASSIVE fine or jail term for the top leaders makes!! and the way prices are laid out and the competition brought in to play!!
Bill Gates on His 15-Year Plan, Capitalism's Downside, and Measles at Disneyland | WIRED
I don’t think in some huge way. Of course, at a global level, income inequality is going down, because countries like China and India are getting richer much, much faster than the rich world is getting richer. So the overall picture on income inequality is very, very positive. And yet, each country has to look at the fact that, because of the nature of capitalism, there’s a tendency at the country level to have greater inequality unless you have tax policies to moderate it. So it’s a great democratic debate: What should those tax policies be? For the one country whose tax policies I know, the US, I’ve been in favor of more progressive tax approaches.
Tumblr wants its best artists to create ads people actually like
Rather than running ads that look like they could be plastered up on a billboard, Tumblr is hoping that brands will tap its network to find someone who actually knows what works on Tumblr. That's probably going to be GIFs, but it's also going to be GIFs that are composed in a way that they feel like something you'd want to share. Tumblr really wants the ads to fit in as though they were any of piece of art — it even says that artists will receive credit and links back to their page (in addition to actual payment for their work).
Apple Director Millard Drexler to retire, replacement yet to be named
On January 16, 2015, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, which will expire at the Annual Meeting. The Board has not yet nominated an individual to fill the vacancy that will be created by Mr. Drexler’s departure from the Board. At the Annual Meeting, proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of individuals than the seven nominees named in this Proxy Statement. Each of the directors listed below has consented to serving as a nominee, being named in this proxy statement, and serving on the Board if elected. Each director elected at the Annual Meeting will serve a one-year term.
Is the 'Doomsday Clock' ticking forward?
The decision to move the minute-hand of the Doomsday Clock is made by the Bulletin's Board of Directors in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 17 Nobel Laureates. The clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world's vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and emerging technologies in the life sciences.
Sunset Overdrive sale for Gold members, new achievements
Sunset Overdrive is on sale for Xbox Live Gold members, 40 percent off its normal tag of $60, making it a cool $36. The sale is on for "a limited time," Microsoft says in a press release.
Also live today, Sunset Overdrive gets three new Buck National-themed achievements, each worth 25 points: "Hardcore!: Buck National vs The Apocalypse," "Hardcore!: Buck Strikes Back" and "Hardcore!: Buck Stops Here." Each achievement is for beating a particular score in each of those challenges – 600,000 for Apocalypse, 564,500 for Strikes Back and 703,700 on Stops Here.
While we're here, a question for the room: Do you love or hate Sunset Overdrive ?
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Calling all Sunset Overdrive Overachievers: New Achievements and Savings
Like all important life lessons taught in video games, "Sunset Overdrive" strives to provide a deeper connection to fans by offering a meaningful and enriching...ah, who are we kidding?
We just want to challenge players to have more fun while air-dashing over Sunset City and causing mayhem with the TNTeddy.
Bill Gates Is About To Unveil The Most Powerful Tool In The History of Social Activism
I am the editor of Forbes Magazine, and believe strongly that entrepreneurial capitalism and market-based thinking can solve the world's problems. This is my second stint at Forbes -- between 1991 and 1997, I was a reporter, a staff writer (five cover stories), associate editor and Washington bureau chief. In between, I caught the start-up bug: I co-founded P.O.V. Magazine (Adweek's Startup of the Year), and then launched Doubledown Media (Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, Private Air, etc.). As a fattening hobby, I have reviewed restaurants for various magazines since college (and was a National Magazine Award finalist for my wine writing). I used to think chronicling the world's greatest business minds made me a great entrepreneur, but I now realize my time as an entrepreneur made me an acute business journalist. For the full story, check out my book, just out in paperback, The Zeroes: My Misadventures In the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.
AWS boosted cloud reliability in 2014, new stats show
Amazon Web Services is not an organization that rests on its laurels. New stats compiled by CloudEndure show that AWS, the public cloud market leader, boosted reliability significantly over the course of last year, based on the number of errors reported. It logged 41 percent fewer errors in the fourth quarter of 2014 than in the first quarter.
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Windows 10: A Fresh Start in Our Relationship With Microsoft
An operating system install MUST BE SEAMLESS....both in its installation and operation. Unfortunately with each "upgrade" the installation is a mess and complicated for all the programs that need to be dumped, a new re-install from the software company and just a pain in the tail. Until such time such an "upgrade" is seamless I will stay with Windows 7.....I am getting too old to have to go thru so many stupid "re-installs" just to have this or the next so-called upgrade. Everything operates just fine NOW but when went to #7 it took too long to get it right.....either the OS installs automatically all the required individual programs, anti-virus programs and other elements....or allows full operation in the background on OS Windows 10 immediately or they can shelve it. I was foolish enough to purchase Windows 8 but after hearing of the problems noted and all those things I needed to re-install or dump I shelved that and never installed it...silly me for buying it in the first place.