Pokemon's Super Bowl ad is the very best
Yes, this exists. No, we can't believe it either.
Cortana now scans your email to make sure you fulfill your commitments
Cortana is one of Windows 10's best features, and Microsoft has been continuously updating the voice assistant to make it more practical for everyday use.
New to Netflix for February 2016 - IGN
Fuller House, the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Better Call Saul's first season, Judd Apatow's Love, and more make up Netflix in February.
Miley Cyrus to star in Woody Allen's Amazon series alongside Elaine May
Miley Cyrus, Elaine May reportedly set to star in Woody Allen's Amazon series.
Werner Herzog's internet doc Lo and Behold is a must-see for anyone on social networks
A group of scientists at Carnegie Mellon believe that by the year 2050, robots designed to play soccer will surpass their professional human counterparts. This juicy nugget of techno-speculation...
There May Actually Be a Good Reason to Teach Drones to Land on Cars
The German Aeronautics Center lands a drone on a speeding Audi, but analysts aren't sure why.
We Identify the Worst Technologies of 2015 | MIT Technology Review
Okay, I know, Yahoo is a company, not a technology. And maybe that’s its problem. The company pioneered the idea of an “Internet portal” and still operates the third-most-visited property on the Web (after Google and Facebook). But Yahoo can’t seem to grow any more. Instead, newer services like messaging apps keep cutting into its audience. Investors this year clamored for fixes. Fire CEO Marissa Mayer! Sell off the search engine! End free cafeteria lunches! The bigger problem is that Yahoo is still a “desktop” company in a mobile age. Only 20 percent of its advertising revenue comes from mobile devices, compared with 74 percent for Facebook.
9th Annual Crunchies Awards
The Oscars of Startups and Technology. TechCrunch kicks off 2016 with the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards Show, the award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet, and technology innovations of the year.
Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement
That’s why last summer , I directed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and the Justice Department to review the overuse of solitary confinement across U.S. prisons. They found that there are circumstances when solitary is a necessary tool, such as when certain prisoners must be isolated for their own protection or in order to protect staff and other inmates. In those cases, the practice should be limited, applied with constraints and used only as a measure of last resort. They have identified common-sense principles that should guide the use of solitary confinement in our criminal justice system.
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Apple and Google surprise Daimler with their progress on cars
This wasn't just a whistle stop tour, though. Zetsche added that he and a managerial team met 70 Silicon Valley companies during their trip, and there were "concrete talks" with at least some of those firms. In other words, it won't be shocking if the folks in Stuttgart forge a few tech-driven partnerships in the near future.
Microsoft's iOS keyboard to feature one-handed mode, coming soon to testers
One week after rumors surfaced claiming Microsoft has plans to bring its Word Flow mobile keyboard app to iOS, a report on Monday now says an early version is already in testing and will bring a special one-handed operating mode to Apple's devices upon release. Source: The Verge
Sources familiar with Microsoft's project told The Verge that the iOS version of Word Flow will feature a special one-handed mode that builds on the stock Windows Phone iteration.
Microsoft's keyboard on Windows 10 Mobile also sports an option for one-handing text input, but the iOS iteration is expected to net separate UIs for both right and left handed users. On Windows Phone, the feature appears as a QWERTY keyboard shifted to the right side of the screen. For iOS, the keyboard fans out from the bottom right or left corners of the screen, facilitating ergonomic typing.
Aside from the specialized one-handed input option, Word Flow for iOS is said to come packed with the usual set of features seen on Windows Phone, the report says. For example, users will be presented with word auto-completion recommendations, emoji character input and an intelligent swipe-based typing mode.
Watch this robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in 1 second
If you are trying to get faster at solving a Rubik’s Cube and need some extra motivation, please don’t watch this.
Creating a More Resilient Cyber Infrastructure | MIT Technology Review
Since companies and other organizations can’t stop attacks and are often reliant on fundamentally insecure networks and technologies, the big question for this report is how they can effectively respond to attacks and limit the damage—and adopt smarter defensive strategies in the future. New approaches and new ways of thinking about cybersecurity are beginning to take hold. Organizations are getting better at detecting fraud and other attacks by using algorithms to mine historical information in real time. They are responding far more quickly, using platforms that alert security staff to what is happening and quickly help them take action. And new tools are emerging from a blossoming ecosystem of cybersecurity startups, financed by surging venture capital investment in the area.
Microsoft’s Cortana will now remind you to keep promises you made in emails
Cortana promises to get more intelligent over time, as it learns a user’s individual preferences, and it has been offering a range of location-based reminders for a while — so, for example, if you know you need to buy something for dinner, you can be alerted when you walk past the supermarket. Now, Microsoft is taking things a stage further by serving up reminders when you commit to do something in an email. It’s designed to help solve the perennial problem many face — overloaded inboxes and a tendency to “forget” promises made in email messages.
12 years on, the world's oldest torrent is still alive
Most torrents usually die out in a couple of years when users delete the associated files off their hard drives to make room for new ones or simply stop seeding it. It’s impressive that the ASCII version of ‘The Matrix’ has survived for this long — that’s as fitting a testimony to the significance of the film as the Wachowskis could ever have imagined.
Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify
SoundCloud recently announced it struck a long-awaited licensing deal with Universal Music, whose hit roster includes Kanye West, Adele and Taylor Swift. This latest deal provides SoundCloud with 50 percent coverage among the “Big Four” — Warner Brothers also has a deal with SoundCloud; Sony BMG and Sony/ATV are still holding out.
Snapchat appears to be working on a brand new chat interface
Snapchat users are used to deciphering some of the most convoluted interface ideas in the App Store, but their life may get a bit easier in the future. Snapchat appears to be working on a new chat interface, which will make it look a lot more like a traditional messaging app. The new interface was uncovered by the developers behind Snapprefs while digging through Snapchat's public code. What they found may not be final — it may not ever even see a proper release — but it's quite possible that they've spotted changes that'll arrive to Snapchat in the near future.
Apple car project rumors remain unconfirmed amid hiring freeze report - Roadshow
The part of the story about Ive is not true, according to a person familiar with the matter, leaving Apple's potential move into the automotive market a matter of pure speculation. The question of a hiring freeze, or anything else to do with the project, is unconfirmed at this time.
Apple releases tvOS 9.1.1 for new Apple TV with Podcast app
Apple has also seeded tvOS 9.2 to developers , which includes several new features and improvements such as the ability to create folders on the Home screen like iOS, support for Bluetooth Keyboard, support for U.S. Spanish (for those in the U.S. only), French Canadian (for those in Canada only), UK English (for the United Kingdom) Australian (U.S. English) for Siri, redesigned app switcher and MapKit support.
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Apple seeds second OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta to developers
This comes two weeks since Apple seeded the first beta . OS X El Capitan 10.11.4’s second beta is available through the Apple Developer Center, or through the Mac App Store’s Update tab on machines that are already running the first beta.
Adobe Portfolio takes dead aim at Wix and Squarespace for quick and easy websites
Portfolio is aimed at being just that: a digital display of design work. Adobe says it’s about “giving creatives a new advantage for showcasing their work,” and seems to lean heavily on visual assets rather than text.
The Witness Review - IGN
The Witness is a fully 3D world navigated in first person, but revolves around solving two-dimensional mazes found on in-game panels, completed by drawing the correct path from a circular start point to a rounded end point. This simple, intuitive core concept burns at the center of the 700 or so puzzles you’ll find on The Witness’s enigmatic island setting. Tracing lines feels as smooth as cutting butter with both a mouse and a gamepad and is accompanied by a warm, electric buzzing effect. The pure tactile joy of communicating with these interfaces and the initial sense of wonder and mystery their very presence brings were enough to motivate me in the earliest moments of The Witness. But these light-up labyrinths quickly became more sophisticated, adding new rules and constraints to the basic maze-like structure and thus allowing for the real tough, yet fulfilling challenges to emerge.
This one weird website will cause your smartphone to crash
Watch out for people sending you links to the website CrashSafari dot com, which is causing smartphones and PCs around the world to crash by overloading their browsers with a self-generating address bar text string that causes devices to stop responding.
Starbreeze plans a virtual reality arcade in LA
“We continue to iterate the fact that VR really needs to be experienced in person to fully be able to appreciate the phenomenon, and why not have your first experience in a real premium setting in our StarVR headset?” said Starbreeze chief technology officer Emmanuel Marquez, in a statement. “We’ve managed to secure a prime location where people are welcome to step into our StarCade and enjoy our OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead VR experience. We’re developing our own StarCade catalogue of experiences, but we’re open to any content. We will invite developers to join us and give them the opportunity to put their content in our StarCade. We as an industry continuously need to educate ourselves to make VR truly successful, and this is just the first step in our planning to do so.”
It looks like Google wants to make its own VR hardware
The Lead Manager position includes the following description: "Our consumer hardware team is working on revolutionizing how people interact with their hardware and looking for engineers to make that a reality. We want to open new ways to interact with devices and create a natural, seamless interface the world's information."
This Amazon Customer Service Story Will Freak You Out
Over the weekend a story appeared on Medium that will make any Amazon user wince. According to customer Eric Springer, all a hacker needs to unlock your whole damn life is your name, email address, and a mailing address—and the mailing address doesn’t even have to be correct.
Buying Twitter: Here Are Some Likely—and Not So Likely—Candidates
Here’s what an acquirer would be buying: A company with an estimated 300 million users and revenues of about $2 billion annually—but one that is losing about $125 million every quarter (although some note that the losses are primarily due to stock-based compensation). So far, Twitter has an accumulated deficit of $2 billion and about $3 billion in cash and short-term securities on hand.
Twitter Has Stopped Showing Ads to Some of Its Most Valuable Users
But not all of its users: For the past few months, the social media company has stopped displaying ads, or has dramatically reduced the number of ads it displays, to a small group of some of its most prominent and active users.
Spotify will bring you video starting this week - CNET
The mobile apps for the streaming-music service will finally incorporate short video clips. The trick will be to convert listeners to viewers.
Welcome to the divergence
I've been thinking a lot about convergence recently — the notion that more and more pieces of our lives will somehow be turned into software or consumed by a smartphone in some way. Convergence has been the organizing principle of the tech industry for decades: Microsoft spent the 90s and early 2000s trying to converge everything into the PC, and then Apple's "digital hub" strategy enhanced a new ecosystem of digital devices like the iPod with desktop software like iTunes and iPhoto.
Facebook’s next data center will be in Ireland
Furlong does not include a price tag for the new Ireland facility in today’s blog post, but the Fort Worth site will cost Facebook $1 billion, local filings show. In other words, these data centers are capital-intensive projects. Many modern web apps, like Airbnb and Snapchat, run on cloud infrastructure, but, following in the path of Google, Facebook has sought to go it alone and build data centers to run its own applications, in order to maximize efficiency.
Amazon wants to integrate its services with your smartphone
There aren't any named manufacturers, and it's not clear just how far along those talks are. With that said, it's no secret that Amazon wants a better mobile footprint than it has today. Right now, you typically have to sideload some Amazon services (most notably the Appstore) due to the company's aversion to some of Google Play's rules. This would provide an end run around that giant obstacle. You wouldn't have to lift a finger to use a wide range of Amazon's offerings, and you might not have to give up Google services (as you do on Fire tablets) in the process.
Now is the perfect time to quit Destiny
There’s no better time than now to walk away from Destiny . The sci-fi console shooter has entered the midpoint phase of its second year, and it’s clear it would take nothing short of a cosmic-sized update — something we're almost positive developer Bungie won't deliver for quite a while — to revitalize the game.
At 83, I Decided to Develop an App
That’s one of the reasons I’ve spent the better part of the past two years trying my hand at developing a mobile app. To be more precise, I’ve been working with a team of developers to bring into the digital age a card game that dates back to at least the Second World War, and perhaps earlier. Starting this week, I’m pleased that it is now going to have a new life thanks to modern technology.
Chicago just released OpenGrid, a new online tool that makes browsing public data way easier than before.
Berman and her colleagues wanted to make the data more visual with the goal of making it actually open. “We don’t tout a PDF as open data,” she says. “That’s just a document.”The crux of OpenGrid is a map. Though the city has nearly 600 available data sets, OpenGrid only makes use of 80 spatially relevant information sets that can be charted to a map. These are things like pothole location, building permits, road closures. Users can filter data by type and location by drawing a boundary around a specific area.
Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña charts the future of VR journalism
Nonny de la Peña was the first person to bring modern virtual reality to Sundance, when she debuted Hunger in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, one of her former interns at USC's mixed reality program — a one-time journalism student named Palmer Luckey — has helped turn VR into a global phenomenon. This year, de la Peña's work is returning to Sundance alongside over two dozen other virtual reality experiences, spanning a range of genres and formats.
'Meeky Mill' makes a game out of current rap feuds
You can download and play it on PC or Mac , or just watch the trailer for a better idea. This might not be the next Flappy Bird or Crossy Road , but if this is your preferred genre then the soundtrack (a remix featuring 50 Cent and Drake) is definitely an upgrade. You can win by collecting enough coins to rack up $1 million, but like ending Meek Mill's current losing streak, that is easier said than done. Unfortunately, there is not an option to send bottles to Charlamagne or the city of Flint, MI , which hurts its realism.
Supergirl: "Strange Visitor From Another Planet" Review - IGN
The themes of the episode were family and loss, with Adam and Cat’s reunion running parallel to the stories of J’onn and Kara’s losses, but it was the least interesting piece of “Strange Visitor From Another Planet.” Despite another funny-yet-touching performance from Calista Flockhart, watching Kara play matchmaker and mediator between Cat and Adam was profoundly boring and illogical, considering the horrific White Martian that was tearing apart the city at the time. I’m just not invested in Adam, at least not enough to feel his plight of wanting a relationship with his mother and certainly not as a new romantic interest for Kara. It was also odd that there was nary a mention of Cat’s other son that we spent an entire episode with some weeks back. At the very least, watching Melissa Benoist bumble around while getting flirted with is charming.
Mark Zuckerberg Announces He's Going Back To Work With A Dad Joke (Of Course)
In his Facebook post , Zuckerberg shared a picture of his monochromatic closet, along with the caption "First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?"—altogether a fine dad joke from a man who has already taken on the mantle of Embarrassing Facebook Dad with grace (see: daughter Max’s first swim or Zuck's first diaper change ).
$3.8 million-backed 'Mighty No. 9' faces yet another crippling setback
‘Mega Man’-inspired platforming action game ‘Mighty No. 9’ was always poised to make a big splash with fans. Created by the father of ‘Mega Man’ Keiji Inafune and including input from a handful of Capcom veterans, it crushed its goal to net a very impressive $3.8 million during its initial crowdfunding run in September 2013.
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Mortal Kombat X: All Fatalities X-Rays Faction Kills and Brutalities in 1080p 60fps
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The most breathtaking images of the 2016 blizzard were taken from space
From space, the storm looked downright stunning, and many of the images help explain how it was that Baltimore and New York's JFK International Airport both set records for the largest snowstorm on record, while New York City came up just one-tenth of an inch shy of tying its all-time record of 26.9 inches.
Apple TV officially has that podcasting app you probably didn't want
That app — like so many Apple apps — is now default, and can’t be removed. Unfortunately, tvOS 9.1.1 still doesn’t give us the ability to tuck apps into folders, so you can’t tuck it out of sight, either.
Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead's Corey Hawkins Starring in 24: Legacy - IGN
Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton and can currently be seen as Heath on The Walking Dead, has been cast as the male lead in FOX's Jack Bauer-less 24 spinoff, 24: Legacy .
Amazon's continual failure to protect user details could put your other accounts at risk
As the world grows increasingly security conscious, Web users are placing their trust in strong encryption, two factor authentication and bulletproof passwords that can’t be brute forced in a single lifetime, or several lifetimes for that matter.
Apple Watch's Killer App Is Already Here
Indeed, since I've had my Apple Watch, notifications are the No. 1 reason I would feel lost if I ever forgot to wear it. I tailored the notifications for my particular needs, from news alerts from CNN, AP, and ESPN to tweets that are tied to key people I follow. There are now thousands of apps with Apple Watch notification capabilities, but I find these to be the most important to me.
Zcash, an Untraceable Bitcoin Alternative, Launches in Alpha
On Wednesday morning Zcash published its source code on Github , and is now allowing anyone to test out the software in what Wilcox calls a “preview.” But in an interview with WIRED he warns that the data moving on the Zcash network doesn’t yet represent actual money, only a “test net” that’s designed to give Zcash a chance to iron out its bugs before anyone makes investments in the cryptocurrency. Wilcox estimates the “real money” launch of Zcash is likely still close to six months away. The prototype version of Zcash that WIRED downloaded still lacked a user interface and instead required figuring out a tough-to-navigate set of command line functions .
Inside Pablo Escobar's estate: Dinosaur statues and loose hippos
The entrance was decorated with a Piper airplane identical to the one used by Escobar to fly his first shipment of cocaine to the United States, and the grounds were populated with statues of dinosaurs and other creatures. The hacienda also boasted a robust zoo, complete with horses, elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses and giraffes.
Snapchat Leak Reveals An Upgraded Messaging Experience With Audio & Video Calling, Stickers & More
A number of new features have been spotted within the existing code for Snapchat’s mobile app, including audio and video calling, as well as stickers within Snapchat’s chat interface, among other things. Assuming Snapchat actually rolls out the updated code to its broader user base, the additions could make the app more competitive with traditional messaging applications like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, or even Chinese messaging app WeChat, the latter of which Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has said he admires.
The Witness Is Driving Me Insane
I’m on an island, and it’s lovely and intricate but I don’t know why I should care. This is exacerbated by the impenetrability and complexity of some of the puzzles, which have so far proven to be beyond me. This is a fundamentally subjective complaint, and I can imagine people with a knack for geometric logic sneering here, but I don’t think it’s entirely my fault. By refusing to offer any guidance at all, The Witness runs the risk of players bouncing off it entirely. I’m not sure it cares.
Automatically send your important emails to a private Slack channel
In some way, my use of alerts sort of means Slack has achieved some of its goal of killing email – it still exists, I just look at it less often. I don’t necessarily want to be alerted to pitches via email, but as most of our team communication is done in Slack already, I know if I receive an email from the immediate team, it’s almost certainly one I need to pay attention to.
Google is giving away 25,000 Chromebooks to help refugees in Germany
Google.org has announced that it’s giving a $5.3 million grant to a charity in Germany so it can give 25,000 Chromebooks out to nonprofits working with refugees arriving in the country.