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Stalker: "Pilot" Review - IGN

But there may be something to be said about how we're made to bear witness to the horrific crimes and that the show itself seems awkwardly split between genres in that regard. On one side it's all about cops solving a case and on the other its a boogeyman-type slasher deal. CBS is touting it as the fall's scariest new series, and that may hold true if you're into a bunch of cliched scare scenes. Maggie Q's division head Beth Davis says, during her many moments of "what is stalking?" PSA style exposition in the pilot, that the majority of their work supposedly involves routine assessments and analysis. But if this is to be the fright-fest it claims to be, you can bet we'll see none of that. And a lot of psycho killers who take things to horror movie extremes. Like the bad guy in this first chapter who lights women on fire.

PlayStation Plus October Content Revealed - IGN

Sony has revealed the content set to arrive as part of October's PS Plus subscriber rewards for both Europe and North America.

This Solar Sunflower Provides Electricity and Clean, Hot Water

This floral fabrication may look luxurious, but in fact it has a rather down-to-earth aim: to take renewable energy and warm water to remote, off-grid communities.

Nervous Chinese officials search pigeon anuses for bombs

Officials in China this week examined the anuses of 10,000 pigeons that were set to be released today in celebration of National Day, amid government fears of a possible terrorist attack. According to reports from  state-run media outlets , the birds had their feathers, legs, and anuses searched for "suspicious objects" yesterday, before being packed onto a truck and sent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing for today's ceremony. Many reports on the probe disappeared from China's tightly-controlled media after being published, though some articles and tweets remain online. The entire process was reportedly videotaped.

YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model | TechCrunch

While Reddit is often compared to Digg, the two sites have some key differences. Reddit has a simple interface and little advertising. Many users love this simplicity. Reddit rankings are based on an absolute vote (+1 for hot, -1 for cold), meaning a story can dance up and down Reddit's top page instead of being buried out of existence by a few power users. To see what's on top now, there's …

Boomerang for Android Gets Location Aware

With its latest release, the app has been given location-awareness functionality that resurfaces emails the second you arrive at a specific location. So, an email with key information could be pushed to the top of your inbox when you arrive at an important business meeting, for example. This echoes a similar move made by task-management service Todoist earlier this year, when it rolled out location-based reminders.

Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October | TechCrunch

Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and treatment center created to combat not only breast cancer, but also diabetes and other life-threatening diseases including lymphoma and brain cancer.

Microsoft Sway Aims to Automate Beautiful, Responsive Web Design

Microsoft Office is gaining a new family member to sit alongside Word, PowerPoint and Excel. It’s called Sway, and it’s an easy-to-use tool that takes your photos, text and Web videos and lays them out automatically on smartly designed Web pages. But while everything you compile in one “sway” is located at a single Web address, the page renders itself based on the device the viewer is using, and responsively scales to the size of its screen.

Firespotter Labs Becomes Switch, Providing A Cloud-Based Phone System For Google Apps | TechCrunch

Unified communications has long been touted as the future, but being able to provide access to all of one’s calls and messages on multiple devices is an idea that has just barely come to fruition. Now, the folks at Firespotter Labs think they’ve built a solution — a cloud-based platform for enterprise communications called Switch .

Twitter gives MIT $10M and access to the firehose to build a Laboratory for Social Machines

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on Wednesday that it is launching a new “laboratory for social machines” to look at the impact that social media of all kinds has on society, and said the new lab will be funded by a $10-million donation from Twitter over the next five years. The new research group will also get access to the full firehose of real-time Twitter data, as well as the entire archive of existing tweets dating back to the first one in 2006.

Move over Chromecast: $25 Firefox-powered Matchstick streaming adapter revealed

Why this matters: After Google's failed attempt to win the living room with Google TV, the search giant is seeing success with the $35 Chromecast dongle. But Google took a tentative approach to rolling out developer access to Chromecast. Matchstick will have no such restrictions and is hoping to encourage developers to get very creative with their uses for the Matchstick. The company is also open sourcing the hardware design, meaning other companies could take it and flood the market with Firefox OS-powered dongles—if the Matchstick prove popular enough.

Berlin-Based Adtech Startup Remerge Raises $1M For Its Mobile App Marketing Platform | TechCrunch

Specifically, Remerge helps app developers analyse their app’s user base for marketing campaigns, including segmenting them into groups and then retargeting those groups of users in the same or other apps. So, for example, inactive male users of a games app who have reached Level 2 can be retargeted with the goal to reach Level 10 or make a purchase. Or, more generally, all users who have performed an in-app purchase can be defined as a segment and then encouraged to purchase a new app.

Inside Shellshock: How hackers are using it to exploit systems

When a web server receives a request for a page there are three parts of the request that can be susceptible to the Shellshock attack: the request URL, the headers that are sent along with the URL, and what are known as "arguments" (when you enter your name and address on a web site it will typically be sent as arguments in the request).

JibJab Jumps Into Selfie Gifs With New Messaging App | TechCrunch

Many hours have been spent on JibJab creating wacky e-cards for my friends and family throughout the years. I’ve “elfed myself,” sent my dad a pic of his face on every member of a five member mariachi band for his birthday and made many other laughable moments with this site. The company is stepping into the mobile realm today with a new messaging app for creating selfie gifs.

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3: Everything we know so far

All the excitement over the new iPhone 6 models overshadowed the anticipated iPad event in October. Although there hasn’t been much news about the new iPads, a few reports have emerged, detailing changes in design, specs, and more. At this point it’s unclear which new iPads we’ll see this October, but at least one report hints that we’ll see two different models at the event.

Fascinating gif visualises the patterns of flight - CNET

Wing shape, of course, plays a role in the patterns involved in flapping -- but the similarities between these patterns are equally as fascinating. The flap of a dragonfly's hind wing bears some similarities to the flap of the wing of a bat -- and a hummingbird and a moth have something in common to.

The Legend of Korra difficulty level just for Platinum fans

The Legend of Korra has a special difficulty level tuned for fans of Platinum Games – Bayonetta , Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – producer Atsushi Kurooka says in the latest behind-the-scenes video. Activision approached Platinum to do The Legend of Korra , and the show's depth and silky smooth fight scenes convinced Kurooka it was "worth the challenge," as he puts it. And the final boss fight? It "has Platinum Games written all over it." The video shows off a few cool fight scenes between the talking heads, too. The Legend of Korra is due out on October 21 on PS3, PS4 and PC, and on October 22 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. [Image: Activision] The Legend of Korra (Announcement)

Yahoo Tests A New Homepage Highlighting Magazines, Talent… And Twitter | TechCrunch

The next column over is Yahoo’s consolidated Twitter feed. In the current, live layout, Yahoo currently has cards highlighting content for its different properties. Handing over that real estate to Twitter would be an interesting move for Yahoo — it would mean less need to update that information separately and it opens the door to Yahoo interacting more with users on Twitter. It’s not clear if there will be other social networks integrated there as well. As it stands, it’s also not a bad way of bulking up against bigger competitors for both of them — namely Google and Facebook.

The Extreme Micro Drone: Just $74.99

If you’ve wanted to get into aerial videos with a drone but have been put off by the price, we’ve got just the deal for you.

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California with its trial counsel, and said it has a separate case against Apple in the same court for five other LTE patent infringement claims.

Secret Service Director Resigns

With Pierson out, Secretary Johnson appointed Joseph Clancy, formerly special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division at the Secret Service, as interim acting director. Clancy had previously retired from the service in 2011. "I appreciate his willingness to leave his position in the private sector on very short notice and return to public service for a period," Johnson said. That position, which he began in July 2011, was at Comcast as Director, Corporate Security.

Popcorn Time Finally Comes To iOS | TechCrunch

Popcorn Time streams pirated content that it doesn’t produce, so it’s always operated in a legal grey area. The devs behind this app tell me that they’ve been approached several times from the powers that be (they won’t say who), but so far they’ve managed to work within the given bounds. As for users, it’s perfectly legal (although arguably unethical) to use the app because neither you nor the app hold the movies — the movies are pulled from the Internet.

Apple Watch won’t hit mass production till January, report claims

In addition, earlier reports had suggested Apple would be working with two manufacturing companies to assemble its smartwatch – Quanta and Inventec. However, according to Apple Daily, it now appears Quanta will be the sole manufacturer of the device. It’s not clear why Inventec has reportedly been removed from the process, though with one instead of two companies working on the watch – and with production apparently starting later than planned – Apple could find it a real challenge to get its new product in stores in “early” 2015.

LinkedIn Flexes Its Search Engine Muscle, Adds College-Finding Tools For Students | TechCrunch

The new features are a clever move for the company: the tools could lead to more engagement from a coveted demographic, but they will also help LinkedIn build up its profile with universities themselves. Higher education is another target for the company. LinkedIn last year started to let colleges create dedicated pages for themselves, and as LinkedIn evolves its platform further you can see how it could position itself as a useful bridge between those who are studying and those who are transitioning into the working world — a role that colleges have often tried to fill but have often fallen short.

A Danish company is building a $335 million seawall around New York

Developed in conversation with residents, developers, businesses, and city officials, the Big U is a continuous protective structure that blends and adapts to each neighborhood it passes through. In the Lower East Side neighborhood, a raised stretch of land known as the Bridging Berm acts as a natural dam, but also provides recreational green space for residents in the neighborhood. Panels installed on the underside of FDR Drive will be lit and decorated by local artists, creating a space for a seasonal market. But in times of emergency, those same panels can be flipped down to create a floodwall. Ovink calls the features "a chain of pearls." But, he insists, all the components are "tied with one strong strategy of protecting Manhattan." Big U was awarded $335 million dollars to start on implementation.

To-Do App Wunderlist Links Up With Dropbox, Its First Integration | TechCrunch

Second, it is the first of more integrations to come: “This is the kick off for more to come,” Benedikt Lehnert, the chief designer at 6Wunderkinder (the startup that makes Wunderlist). “With Dropbox, we have the most requested integration done.” Next up, from what I understand, will be integrations with other organising apps like Evernote, calendars from others like Google (right now you can export to Google’s calendar but  you cannot import), and other third party apps that rely on you planning and scheduling things.

LinkedIn Flexes Its Search Engine Muscle, Adds College-Finding Tools For Students | TechCrunch

The new features are a clever move for the company: the tools could lead to more engagement from a coveted demographic, but they will also help LinkedIn build up its profile with universities themselves. Higher education is another target for the company. LinkedIn last year started to let colleges create dedicated pages for themselves, and as LinkedIn evolves its platform further you can see how it could position itself as a useful bridge between those who are studying and those who are transitioning into the working world — a role that colleges have often tried to fill but have often fallen short.

Home Design Site Houzz Raises $165 Million to Expand Globally

"For us, it was always about how do we make this brand, this platform, really a great experience for all the players in the industry, whether it's the service providers that are working with their clients, whether it's the homeowners who want to experience a much better process when working to redesign their homes, or whether it's the brands that are part of Houzz," Tatarko said. "We just want to build the technology and tailor it to make it much much better for everybody, and bring it into the 21st century."

Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing | TechCrunch

Inbox , the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email’s aging underpinnings, is today taking steps to make it even easier for developers to get started with the launch of open source email apps. The company is also announcing the pricing for its hosted version of the Inbox API for the first time publicly.

Microsoft’s new Sway app is a tool to build elegant websites

Microsoft is launching Sway today, a new app that’s part of the company’s Office family of products. It will sit alongside the regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps as a rich content creation tool. In its most basic form, Sway allows anyone to create a beautiful website from just images and text without any effort, and it’s all what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) — a modern and simple version of FrontPage. Despite that, Microsoft is taking an interesting approach with Sway, using the company’s powerful Azure cloud servers to suggest page layouts and quickly render content on the fly.

At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans

Verizon is committed to providing its customers with an unparalleled mobile network experience.  At a time of ever-increasing mobile broadband data usage, we not only take pride in the way we manage our network resources, but also take seriously our responsibility to deliver exceptional mobile service to every customer.  We’ve greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization and we’ve decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans.  Exceptional network service will always be our priority and we remain committed to working closely with industry stakeholders to manage broadband issues so that American consumers get the world-class mobile service they expect and value.

Facebook Apologizes, Promises to Update 'Real Name' Policy

Facebook has apologized to users affected by its "real name" policy and said in a statement it will update its policy to allow users to identify themselves by their preferred names, even if it's not their legal name.

Video Discovery App Showyou Launches A Platform For Subscription VOD Channels | TechCrunch

For Showyou’s newest channel initiative, the company is providing a way for content owners to build channels and set up Netflix-like subscription video-on-demand services around them. Once again, content owners will be able to customize their channels, but this time they’ll be able to upload videos directly into the Showyou system and create playlists that can allow users to watch videos in a “lean back” experience.

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "Heavy Is the Head" Review - IGN

Whereas Season 1 took several episodes to really define and help us invest in many of the SHIELD characters, “Heavy is the Head” – only the second episode of Season 2 -- already has me liking Hunter and Mac and eager to learn more about them. The pace is much better, with the plot threads and secrets left off in Season 1 not being put on hold and rather dealt with directly, and I am eager to see where things go next. It was fun to have that final reveal of a cloaked Bus alongside the stolen Quinjet, but it’s also been a relief to see the group in a new headquarters, interacting with more people and not always on the Bus. Keep it up, Agents of SHIELD!

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Research from Mindshare UK's Future Media Lab and Goldsmiths digs into the near future of virtual assistants and how they'll change people's relationships with brands.



McDonald's serves WHAT in London?! The Outrageous Double-Standard in Fast Food.

Want to hear something worse? I’m married to a music producer, and a lot of actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, and a few CDC scientists live in our neighborhood. When we first moved here, the HOA sent out a notice that all HOA hosted events (Christmas party, trick-or-treating, 4th of July BBQ, etc) are GMO-free, and if you are providing any food, it has to be organic or Non-GMO Project verified. They stated that in 2000, some community members approached the HOA board and demanded a GMO-free atmosphere, and it unanimously passes every time it is up for vote. Hubby has said that almost every musician he has ever worked with has it in their contract that they are FORBIDDEN to consume any GE foods. They have one of the assistants constantly running back and forth to Whole Foods because they won’t drink non-organic coffee or teas. One of the athlete’s wives also told me it is the same for her husband, and as far as she knew everyone else on the team. So clearly, somebody somewhere knows something about this GMO garbage…they just allow the rest of the public to get sick eating it, but not themselves.


“The goal of is to make internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”

Apple Says iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Bending Complaints Number Less Than 10 | TechCrunch

Apple also added that the newest iPhones are built with “steel/titanium inserts” to “reinforce stress locations,” and that they use “the strongest glass in the industry” in order to prevent any problems like those described. In addition to the use of high-quality materials, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also underwent ample testing to ensure they can endure bending, sitting, torsion and other kinds of stress, even over prolonged periods, throughout their design and development. These kinds of tests are standard in the industry, and can be seen directly in this video from TechCrunch shot on location at Nokia’s gadget labs in 2008.

Scientists Discover Vast 'Ocean' Hidden Deep Underground

"Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight," geophysicist Dr. Steven Jacobsen , an associate professor at Northwestern University, said in a written statement. "I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades ."

A ‘Tetris’ Movie Is in the Works (Exclusive)

Over the past several years, Threshold has worked mostly in the animation space, including large digital production projects with Marvel, Lego, and “Star Wars.” The original “Tetris” was released in June 1984, from Soviet game-designer Alexey Pajitnov. It quickly became a world-wide phenomenon and was bundled in 1989 with the launch of Nintendo’s original portable gaming system, Game Boy.

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What happens when you remove the hippocampus? - Sam Kean

When Henry Molaison (now widely known as H.M.) cracked his skull in an accident, he began blacking out and having seizures. In an attempt to cure him, daredevil surgeon Dr. William Skoville removed H.M.'s hippocampus. Luckily, the seizures did go away — but so did his long-term memory! Sam Kean walks us through this astonishing medical case, detailing everything H.M. taught us about the brain and memory.

Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans

Vogue’s new profile of Apple’s head of design is a great read, especially because of the details it includes about Jony Ive’s work and personal life. For instance, Ive is in love with the “k-chit” noise the Apple Watch band makes it when it clasps.

The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong and Perpetuates a Cruel Myth

The second reason we should not pretend we are endowed with the same abilities is that doing so perpetuates the myth that is at the root of much inaction in society—the myth that people can help themselves to the same degree if they just try hard enough. You’re not a heart surgeon? That’s your fault for not working hard enough in school! You didn’t make it as a concert pianist? You must not have wanted it that badly. Societal inequality is thus justified on the grounds that anyone who is willing to put in the requisite time and effort can succeed and should be rewarded with a good life, whereas those who struggle to make ends meet are to blame for their situations and should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. If we acknowledge that people differ in what they have to contribute, then we have an argument for a society in which all human beings are entitled to a life that includes access to decent housing, health care, and education, simply because they are human. Our abilities might not be identical, and our needs surely differ, but our basic human rights are universal.


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