The FAA really doesn't want you to use a drone at the Super Bowl
The Federal Aviation Administration put out a video on Wednesday asking football fans not to bring a drone to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Google's epic space documentary hits YouTube
Google's epic space documentary detailing the vision behind its moon landing competition is now available on YouTube.
Kim Kardashian stretches for humor in T-Mobile's Super Bowl ad - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Debuting her ad on last night's "Conan," the "famous person" decides to show her funny side. Did she succeed?
Cool-guy high school teacher leads 'Uptown Funk' dance party
A teacher and students at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas, Texas dance to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk."
NO MORE's Official Super Bowl Ad: 60 Second
Watch the official Super Bowl NO MORE ad (the first-ever Super Bowl commercial addressing domestic violence and sexual assault) and pledge to say NO MORE at ...
Tesla 'Insane' button gives unsuspecting passengers a wild ride
The new Tesla Model S P85D can go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, and it can scare the heck out of people.
Bill Gates interview: How the world will change by 2030
The Verge sat down with Bill Gates to talk about his ambitious vision for improving the lives of the poor through technology. It just so happens that The Ver...
It's about the team: Why Marshawn Lynch doesn't talk to media
Marshawn Lynch explained why he hates talking with media a year ago, and footage from high school backs him up.
TL;DR App Wants You To Write Emails In 30 Words Or Less
Short for ‘too long; didn’t read’, TL;DR is another take on mobile email that encourages brevity. When you’re composing a new email, the app encourages you to limit your message to just 30 words and displays it to your recipient in big, bold letters.
This is the main cast of the new Steve Jobs movie
Film crews began work on the project in Jobs' childhood garage in Los Altos, California, earlier this month , moving up to Berkeley this past weekend to shoot at a local mediterranean restaurant. Today, Universal added that it's begun principal photography of the film in San Francisco, where casting for extras has already been underway for weeks.
Marvel's Agent Carter: "The Blitzkrieg Button" Review - IGN
This episode felt a bit clunkier than previous installments, mainly in the first half. Agent Carter’s had a good sense of humor, but some of the gags this week were heavy handed. Stuff like Howard’s face being covered in lipstick kiss marks was pretty broad and silly. Also, yeesh, Jarvis, you have the worst tell I’ve ever seen with that ear thing! And it stood in stark (no pun intended, unlike the one at the top of this page) contrast to how strong willed he was while being interrogated in just the last episode.
Metromile Launches Uber Car Insurance Where Drivers Only Pay For Personal Miles
Metromile is the only variably-priced, pay-per-mile car insurance provider in the United States. They charge customers for the actual miles they drive, not a flat rate that forces low-mileage drivers to subsidize high-mileage drivers.
Using the Metronome device installed in your car, Metromile creates a rich experience around driving with an interactive iOS app, Android app, and web dashboard (trip …
Apple TV Hasn't Changed in Years, but Has Sold 25 Million Units Anyway
One thing that has changed in the last couple years is that Apple no longer has the TV streaming gadget market to itself. Roku, which is preparing for an IPO, says it has sold 10 million of its boxes and sticks in the U.S., and now Google and Amazon have their own hardware, too. All of them do essentially the same thing.
No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn | WIRED
At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what she described as the dangers of encryption and cryptographic anonymity tools like Tor, and how those tools can hamper law enforcement. Her statements are the latest in a growing drumbeat of federal criticism of tech companies and software projects that provide privacy and anonymity at the expense of surveillance. And as an example of the grave risks presented by that privacy, she cited a study she said claimed an overwhelming majority of Tor’s anonymous traffic relates to pedophilia.
Dell XPS 13 Review (2015): The Windows Laptop To Beat
Plus, there's battery life to consider when you make that trade. When I used the XPS 13 with the QHD+ screen as my day-to-day work machine (or running our real-world benchmark), I was lucky to get 5 hours on a charge. The cheaper 1080p version gave me a solid 6 hours. Honestly, neither of those numbers is stellar, and a far cry from Dell's crazy claim of up to 15 hours. But I tested both laptop batteries over and over again, day and night, both by using them for work and with our heavy-duty battery benchmark, and I got the same results time after time. A new MacBook Air, meanwhile, got around 8.5 hours when I tried it side by side. It's pretty disappointing.
Justified: "Cash Game" Review - IGN
At the same time, we were given a pretty big piece of a puzzle in this episode. "Cash Game" is on par with Season 2 or 3 in terms of quality - in fact, this episode's plotting was a lot like the old Lincoln Logs design of Season 3. Incremental steps in this one are leading to erosion of a bigger problem that will lead to a climax. Boyd busting into the pizza parlor's vault will likely lead to desperation and anger. Walker finding out about Boyd leads another direction. Don't you want to see Boyd inside that vault? Don't you kind of want to know who Walker is working for?
Apple Tops Most-Optimistic Quarterly Outlook
Apple Inc. surpassed even the most bullish Wall Street expectations for its holiday quarter with an improbable trifecta: selling more iPhones at higher prices—and earning more on each sale.
Catch up on all the virtual reality news from Sundance
Right now is an exciting time for VR, and this year's Sundance Film Festival is full proof of that. Over the past few days, we've experienced new virtual reality horizons and got to know some of the visionaries who have jump-started the technology. VR, arguably in its second life, has opened up a novel medium for storytelling and a way to create deeply immersive experiences for most any audience -- be it with films , video games or, why not, a full-body flight simulator . Here's the best part: This is only the beginning .
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Apple’s Earnings: The Staggering Numbers
Apple surpassed even the most bullish Wall Street expectations for its holiday quarter with an improbable trifecta: selling more iPhones at higher prices—and earning more on each sale.
LIVE: Facebook's Q4 Earnings
Last quarter, the company warned that expenses could grow between 50% and 70% this year. For Q4, Facebook's GAAP costs and expenses were $2.72 billion, an increase of 87% from the fourth quarter of 2013. The increased-expenses warning spooked investors last quarter, sending the stock plunging, and the apparent confirmation this quarter could be why the stock is down almost 3% after hours.
Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 With $3.85B Revenue, User Growth Up To 2.9% QOQ To Hit 1.39B
Facebook beat the street’s estimates for the 10th straight quarter in Q4 2014 . It now has 1.393 billion users, up 3.18% quarter over quarter, which was a little faster than Q3’s 2.2% but slower than Q2’s 3.125%. The company brought in $0.54 EPS on $3.85 billion in revenue. Mobile made up 69% of ad revenue compared to 66% last quarter, showing its business is now firmly mobile.
Create an "Emergency Lunch Kit" for Better Brown Bag Meals
Put these, and anything else you want, together in a container so you're not searching through your desk drawers for them. You can also gather extra disposable utensils like forks or chopsticks. For ideas on how to use each of the items on the list, check out the full post linked below.
Snapchat is getting its own original video series sponsored by AT&T
In other words, don’t expect full programming with complex storylines, but it will be interesting to see where how these and other creators use Snapchat to spread new types of programming. Bloomberg suggests fans will have a role in shaping the show as the team engages with its followers during production.
Facebook Was The One Network People Used Less In 2014
A new comprehensive survey shows that out of the eight biggest social networks, Facebook was the only one to see a decline in the rate of people actively using the site per month over 2014 — a pattern that was consistent in regions across the world — while others like Pinterest and Tumblr saw large jumps in activity.
But why blow up cats? Inman gives inside scoop on Exploding Kittens - CNET
Careless kittens, cards, Kickstarter and The Oatmeal combined to bust crowdfunding records. CNET chats with Matthew Inman, and it's not all SFW.
Microsoft previews free, updated Power BI business intelligence tool
Aiming at a mass business-user audience, Microsoft has released a preview of the next version of its cloud-based data visualization software, Power BI, with a promise to maintain a free option even after its general release.
Super Logo Bowl: The Design History Of The Patriots and Seahawks
According to an an ESPN piece from 2011 , these considerations were what caused the Patriots to design a new logo in 1979. That design was created by Micéal Chamberlain, the Patriots' marketing manager, who also happened to be then-owner Billy Sullivan's son-in-law. Chamberlain said that the original plan wasn't to allow fans to vote on the new logo at all. It was only a last-minute bout of cold feet on Sullivan's part that resulted in the vote that reprieved Pat from execution. The new logo—a profile shot of a Minuteman patriot with a flag streaming from the back of his head—was shelved indefinitely.
Apple Pay expanding to thousands of vending machines, parking meters
The new Apple Pay-supported kiosks will roll out to thousands of locations around the country. It shouldn't take much to update the machines' software: USA Technologies has already been using NFC, the technology that powers Apple Pay, Google Wallet and many other digital wallets, in its appliances for more than 10 years, the company said.
France wants to make Google and Facebook accountable for hate speech
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Here's What The iPhone 7 Might Look Like
If Apple releases an iPhone 6S it will probably look a lot like the current iPhone, with a couple of new features.
Lasers have turned this metal super hydrophobic - CNET
There's still a little more R&D to do though, Guo said. It currently takes an hour to etch a square inch of metal surface using an extremely powerful laser that reaches peak power equivalent to that of North America's entire power grid (luckily each pulse lasts only 1 femtosecond -- 1 quadrillionth of a second). It is obviously not yet an efficient material to manufacture.
Wanted: a better Twitter filter to mute the echo chamber
Yesterday's weather forecast for my Twitter feed called for a 50 percent chance of moaning New Yorkers. It’s my own fault, my chosen profession requires that I follow the media elite, many of whom reside in Gotham. Still, I could have probably whittled those annoyances back to about 20 percent of my feed if only Twitter allowed for some temporary keyword filtering on topics like "snow," "Juno," and "blizzard."
Internet of Things: A security threat to business by the backdoor? | ZDNet
The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has already sparked concerns about privacy: now security pros are worried that badly configured gadgets might provide a backdoor for hackers looking to break into corporate networks.
Facebook earnings surpass expectations boosted by mobile advertising
The company struggled after its initial public offering in May 2012, as analysts worried it was failing to make the transition to mobile. But Facebook has successfully repositioned itself for mobile. Mobile daily active users totalled 745 million on average in December 2014, an increase of 34% year-over-year. The company said mobile ads accounted for 69% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter, or $2.48bn.
Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads, taking on Twitter
At last year's Super Bowl, marketers on Facebook could target ads to segments of members based on their likes, profiles and demographic information. Facebook has introduced real-time targeting features since then, and this year the social network, with 155 million daily users in the United States and Canada, will customize audience clusters that advertisers can target in real time during the game.
Five Reasons Apple Shares Could Go Even Higher
Shares of the tech giant are at a two-month high after Apple reported record earnings for the holiday quarter on strong demand for its iPhones. In fact, its profit of $18 billion last quarter was so strong, it ranks as the most ever generated in a quarter for a public company, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones.
YouTube staff too swamped to filter out all terror-related content
In her presentation, she told MEPs: “We don’t actively pre-screen for content. We have 300 hours of content uploaded every minute, and to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phonecall before it was made. It wouldn’t allow YouTube to be this flourishing platform, so instead what we do is rely on our 1 billion-strong community to help us flag violations of our policies.”
The Internet of Things is going to be a legal nightmare
"We're now in a world where data is being collected all the time," FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez said today at the State of the Net conference. "We're bringing these devices into our homes, into what used to be private spheres, and the data that is being generated is increasingly much more sensitive. It's really in my mind fundamental that consumers continue to be in the driver's seat, that they have a say in their own information and how it's being used."
The Basis Peak Now Displays Notifications from Your Phone
Basis has updated its Peak fitness tracker’s firmware for the first time this year to enable the wearable to display notifications from your iOS or Android smartphone.
Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator
“There are some good vertical [security] programs that I am aware of in other parts of the world but they’re not structured in quite the same way that this one is,” Luff added. “There’s Mach37 in Virginia, and there’s a program in Israel but again run with a different structure. We’ve tried to put together the right team and structure for the U.K., and I think the U.K. leads the field in Europe with respect to this area of technology.”
Hopper's airfare prediction app offers real-time alerts
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Sony is reportedly cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone group
There's no doubt that Sony's smartphone division is struggling , and it sounds like that's about to exact a big toll on the company's workforce. Nikkei reports that Sony expects to cut 1,000 jobs in its mobile group, adding to the 1,000 layoffs it announced alongside its less-than-stellar summer earnings . All told, Sony will have slashed 30 percent of its phone team's staff by the end of its next fiscal year, in March 2016. The Japanese tech firm hasn't confirmed anything, but further cuts would make sense. Smartphones represent a big drag on Sony's finances, and its accountants are likely doing everything they can to right that sinking ship.
Step aside, Polaroid: Prynt is a phone case that prints your pics
Although I’m not a big printed photo guy, I may back this for my stepdaughter. Last year she bought a small Polaroid camera with similar built-in printer and she has hundreds of little photos on paper. The downside to that product is that it’s generally a mediocre camera at best. She just upgraded to an iPhone 6 last week, which has a fantastic camera, and would love the Prynt. When Prynt is generally available it is expected to retail for $129 but there are still some early-bird deals available at time of writing.
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Dropbox Received 275 Requests for User Data in 6 Months
With increasing concerns about government access to user data, tech companies try to appease us with reports on how frequently they’re asked to turn over information on users. Dropbox today released its own semiannual transparency report.
Near-Earth asteroid has its own little moon in tow - CNET
The asteroid passed by with plenty of room to spare. The closest it came was 745,000 miles away from our planet. It was still a special event since we'll have to wait until 2027 for another asteroid of this size to come within space-spitting distance of Earth (asteroid 1999 AN10, if you want to write it on your calendar). It will take a couple of centuries before 2004 BL86 and its moon will pass by as close as it did this time around.
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Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open
Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY! That’s right, TechCrunch’s premier startup competition is headed back to the Big Apple. We’re looking for the best up-and-coming companies to launch on the most visible stage in tech and compete for a cash prize of $50,000 and the illustrious Disrupt Cup.
Here's How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse | WIRED
That’s almost certainly what happened with Hurricane Sandy. After that storm, scientists at the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts gathered data on wind speed, precipitation, and other relevant factors and calculated the storm’s total energy level. Then they ran the storm through a range of modeled warming scenarios. After hundreds of iterations, they found the pressure in Sandy’s eye would have been eight millibars higher if the oceans had been the same temperature as they were in the 1970s. That might not sound like much, but it’s enough that Trenberth says at 1970s levels the subways probably wouldn’t have flooded. Warmer oceans also mean higher humidity—moisture in the air—and that translates into more snow. “Storms typically reach out about five times beyond the diameter of their clouds to grab available moisture,” Trenberth says. In other words, if a storm has a 500-mile footprint, you can expect that the moisture is being pulled from a 2,500-mile area. The more water vapor in that footprint, the more snow piling up on New England driveways.
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iPhone's double-edged sword: Big sales, big risk for Apple - CNET
Apple's other stool legs didn't come anywhere near iPhone sales. The Mac business has been doing well in recent quarters, rising to its all-time highest market share and sales. But it made up only 9.3 percent of total revenue in the most recent period, down from 11 percent a year ago. And the iPad's contribution declined for the fourth consecutive quarter, with its chunk of revenue falling to 12 percent from 20 percent a year ago.
Yahoo’s Mayer Talks Spinoff Planning and Dismisses AOL Deal
“We homed in on the spinoff structure over the summer and we basically spent the fall really refining it,” Mayer said. “There were a lot of variations on the way to do the spin, what was included in the spin, was it a reverse spin or a straightforward spin, which is what we ultimately chose.”
IBM may be preparing for a round of job cuts
IBM tries to keep its layoffs out of the public eye as much as possible, although it fails miserably at this. The company took the unusual step of denying that it was on the cusp of a gigantic layoff amid reports of a possible new round of job cuts that may begin this week.
Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To?
Perhaps the truth is not so much that people don’t care about privacy, but they are being socially engineered not to care by those with a vested interest in getting their hands on the data. Just think of the lengthy T&Cs and EULAs that digital consumers have been encouraged to ignore for years. And which still routinely go unread almost every time a person downloads an app or signs up to a digital service.
Bloomberg Business' new site design is beautifully bizarre -- and it's begging for haters
The above cover is harsh on the eyes, but its quirkiness packs a strange allure. It’s so ugly that it rockets past uglyville and somehow becomes beautiful again. Our eyes are trained to like the sort of designs we see the most. Our eyes like normalcy; this cover plays against those expectations in a wicked way.
Rock out with your Spotify out on PlayStation
Happy clap, happy clap! Music service Spotify is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 this spring, but the best part is you'll be able to have your songs playing in the background while gaming. The PlayStation Blog also mentions that folks will be able to sign up to the service using their PlayStation Network ID.
The Spotify service will be available in 41 markets. With that said, prior to the launch of Spotify, Sony's Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015. Sony mentions, "Nearly all of these countries will be among the 41 markets where PlayStation Music featuring Spotify will be available at launch, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil."
Spotify is an ad-supported music service in its free version, with premium options beginning at $10 monthly. The company also recently added family plans for multiple users. This is a very cool addition to PlayStation for Spotify's 15 million paying subscribers and over 60 million active users.