Regulate your body's temperature with this wearable bracelet - CNET
Intel "Make it Wearable" finalist Wristify is a personal cooling and heating device that you wear on your wrist.
59 Most Impressive Cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2014
Check out some of the best, wackiest cosplayers at 2014's New York Comic Con.
Radmo gives your car's CD player something new to do - CNET
Ditch windshield suction cups and make use of an underutilized part of your car's dashboard to clear up your view.
Did Burger King Rip Off 'Billy on the Street'?
Comedian Billy Eichner calls out fast food chain Burger King for stealing his act in their new commercial.
Riding in the Tesla P85D: 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, in the dark
The Tesla P85D is really, really fast. We got a chance to to ride the new model...in the dark. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user...
Delivery Hero Buys Brazil’s Subdelivery As It Beefs Up In Asia And LatAm | TechCrunch
While Delivery Hero doesn’t spell out what its overall revenue is, it notes that one operation called YoGiYo, a brand it operates in Korea, contributes $2 million in monthly revenues on orders of 1 million each month. It’s not clear how, overall, the company’s margins are holding up. If you calculate out an average of $2 million/month in sales, this works out to $48 million annually for YoGiYo. Delivery Hero also notes that its marketing budget is $40 million — meaning that before any other operational costs are deducted, it’s down to annual revenues of $8 million.
Breakthrough batteries last 20 years, charge 70 percent in two minutes
The benefits of fast charging need no explanation, but many of today’s smartphones and tablets won’t let you remove their batteries, essentially forcing you to buy a new device when the lithium-ion battery inside starts to fade after 500 or so charges. A battery that lasts 20 years could dramatically change how long people hang on to their smartphones, especially with the mobile industry’s recent trend of decoupling hardware fees from services subscriptions. Together, the combo could further reduce the two-year upgrade cycle so common in the mobile industry.
Join Us For Live Coverage Of Apple's October Product Event
This one's going to be smaller in terms of the sheer number of bodies in the audience: Apple is holding it on its own campus rather than at the far more expansive Flint Center at nearby De Anza College. And if the company intends to announce anything remotely as newsworthy as its first watch, it's successfully holding the best-kept secret in Apple history.
Revealed: ISPs Already Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption And Make Everyone Less Safe Online | Techdirt
Golden Frog performed tests using one mobile wireless company’s data service, by
manually typing the SMTP commands and requests, and monitoring the responses from the
email server in issue. It appears that this particular mobile wireless provider is intercepting the
server’s banner message and modifying it in-transit from something like “220 [servername]
ESMTP Postfix” to “200 ********************.” The mobile wireless provider is further
modifying the server’s response to a client command that lists the extended features supported by
the server. The mobile wireless provider modifies the server’s “250-STARTTLS” response
(which informs the client of the server’s capacity to enable encryption). The Internet access
provider changes it to “250-XXXXXXXA.” Since the client does not receive the proper
acknowledgement that STARTTLS is supported by the server, it does not attempt to turn on
encryption. If the client nonetheless attempts to use the STARTTLS command, the mobile
wireless provider intercepts the client’s commands to the server and changes it too. When it
detects the STARTTLS command being sent from the client to the server, the mobile wireless
provider modifies the command to “XXXXXXXX.
Ads Tied to Web Searches Criticized as Deceptive
Federal regulators last year told Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., and Microsoft Corp. to more clearly highlight the ads in their search-engine results, to avoid deceiving consumers. In response, the three leading U.S. search engines have done little, making it difficult for users to distinguish ads from “natural” search results. Google earlier this year stopped placing colored shading around ads, and now displays a small yellow “Ad” label next to some paid links. The shading of ads on Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing search results is...
Best headphones under $50
They often say you get what you pay for. However, although premium offerings like Oppo’s PM-1 and Samung’s Level-Over headphones offer excellent sound and comfort, they’re not always the easiest on your wallet. Thankfully, there’s a bevy of quality offerings from the likes of Panasonic and AudioFly for those of you looking for admirable sound, a suitable fit, and in-line controls, all on a shoestring budget. They don’t rival the best of the best in terms of sound quality — again, these are the best headphones under $50 — but they will put your Earpods or the headphones that came with your smartphone to shame without the fear of loss, wash, or wear. Picking them up a second time is just as affordable, so consider yourself lucky should you have to.
98,000 Hacked Snapchat Photos and Videos Posted Online
It seems the threat was real, however. On Sunday, a collection of almost 98,000 files (totaling more than 13GB of photos and videos), apparently from Snapchat users, were posted to The Pirate Bay less than 24 hours after someone claiming to be perpetrator said he had changed his mind and decided not to publish the photos. The files were allegedly saved using a third-party site called Snapsaved.com, which allows users to save and access their snaps online. (While similar apps still exist, Snapsaved.com is no longer accessible.)
Microsoft is 'coaching' NFL announcers not to call the Surface an iPad
Microsoft's Surface is the "official tablet" of the NFL , and it's trying to make sure that sportscasters get the message. After it became clear that announcers may not know what the Surface was — with one announcer referring to it as an "iPad-like tool" — Microsoft has been working with broadcasters to make sure that mistake doesn't happen again. "It’s true, we have coached up a select few," Microsoft tells Business Insider . "That coaching will continue to ensure our partners are well equipped to discuss Surface when the camera pans to players using the device during games."
Apple Pay could launch next Saturday, according to leaked Walgreens memo
The memo, below, gives store managers instructions “in preparation for the launch of Apple Pay on October 18,” and pitches that the integration will “reinforce [Walgreens'] position as a leader an [sic] innovator in the mobile world.”
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NYCC: Person of Interest Cast on Going Underground - IGN
Some other tidbits to emerge today: Detective Carter is definitely dead. “I was holding her body,” said Caviezel. “There was no heartbeat.” The cast doesn’t mind the winter weather shooting in New York, but some of them do think that Emerson talks just like Finch would. Things are going to get a lot tougher for the team this season. Finch’s other persona as a teacher boggles Emerson’s mind (“Imagine the difficulty of it for Finch,” he said, “because he is so far above whatever it is he’s teaching. He has to dumb himself down in order to do that!”) If the show could cross over with another, Acker would want Orphan Black, Plageman would want V, and Caviezel mentioned “Gilligan.” And the star also has a huge following in China, resulting in at least two fans from that country taking the stage today to receive a kiss and a hug from him (he got a portrait of himself made just for him in return). It was a nice moment of fandom, though once the tide of kissing began it was hard to stop…
Assassin's Creed Rogue sets sail on PC in 2015
Assassin's Creed series sequel Assassin's Creed Rogue is coming to PC platforms in addition to previously announced ports for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, publisher Ubisoft revealed today in the trailer above.
Rogue follows up on the storyline introduced in last year's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag , featuring a similar setting and expanded naval combat mechanics. Rogue accompanies the upcoming launch of Assassin's Creed Unity , a separate game premiering this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Assassin's Creed Rogue debut on November 11, 2014. Ubisoft reports that the PC version is slated to launch in "early 2015."
Assassin's Creed Rogue (10/13/14)
Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene | TechCrunch
Scott Friend, a managing director at Boston-based venture capital firm Bain Capital says these successes bode well for Boston’s startup community. “For sure, the HubSpot IPO, alongside other great IPOs and exits in town in recent years like Wayfair, DemandWare, Endeca and Kiva Systems (sale to Amazon.com for $775 million), enhances the credibility of the Boston start-up ecosystem for fledgling entrepreneurs as well as engineers and sales people, and investors. As we’ve seen in Silicon Valley for several years, the big exits create a virtuous cycle in the local market that is contagious.”
The Secrets To Pulling Off A Real-People Marketing Campaign
"There’s always the temptation for a marketer to find that person who can say nice things about your brand and edit their message down to the nice things they say about you. I think that’s what people rightfully react negatively to. The more you can open a broader discussion and engagement with the communities you serve, the more that becomes an authentic dialogue. Even if you’re focusing on a few customers, the more you can let them talk about themselves and what they’re trying to accomplish, even a small part of that is much more important--curating them in an authentic way is more important than curating them down to what seems like a prompted promotion."
Uber drivers arrested in Amsterdam as service's licensing woes continue
Four Uber drivers were arrested in Amsterdam on Sunday for flouting a ban on unlicensed taxi services. According to local reports , they may be fined up to €4,200 ($5,329) or more if they break the law again. Bloomberg reported Uber as saying the crackdown was “unjustified and disproportional.” One report suggested the firm might pay drivers’ fines in some cases. In Berlin, where Uber has frequently come up against similar laws , the company has now cut its UberPop/UberX fares to such a low point that the services count as ride-sharing rather than profit-making taxi services, thus bypassing taxi licensing regulations – but destroying any incentive for people to drive for it.
Bayonetta 2 review: A witch's witch
Like its predecessor, Bayonetta 2 begins in the middle of things, with the titular heroine locked in fierce, physics-defying battle against seemingly endless hordes of angels. Things take a turn for the ludicrous mere seconds in, as Bayonetta leaps into the cockpit of an oversized robot and trades her magically-enhanced martial arts for pneumatically-assisted punches and guttural chaingun bursts. From there the game sprints into a running battle with angelic hordes that wrecks dozens of city blocks and ends with Bayonetta sprouting raven's wings to throw down against one of her own hair-spawned demonic dragons! Everything you need to know about Bayonetta 2 is contained in these first few moments: It's a grand sequel that overshadows the most gleefully over-the-top aspects of its predecessor with entirely new levels of awe-inspiring spectacle.
To the credit of developer Platinum Games, Bayonetta 2 is more than just striking set pieces. Much more. It mates a wholly new plot filled with style and panache with inspired aesthetic design and gameplay that is immediately inviting, rewarding and deceivingly complex in all the best ways.
Hurricane Gonzalo Slipping Past Puerto Rico En Route to Bermuda
Hurricane Gonzalo is bringing a wet and windy day to areas from the British Virgin Islands to Vieques and Culebra, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands. The storm is intensifying quickly as it moves north-northwestward, likely skipping what could have been a damaging encounter with Puerto Rico. Instead, the storm appears likely to become a powerful hurricane over the open waters of the North Atlantic during the next few days.
Google Sheets gets Smart Autofill Add-on for Missing Values
The baseline version of Google Sheets already has an autofill feature that can add words, numbers, or a mixture of the two based on widely available information, such as calendar dates, days of the week and ordered numbers. While useful, it’s not so helpful if you’re working with intricate datasets or reports.
Most UK carriers give cops automated access to customer call records
As revealed in a Guardian investigation, carriers EE, Vodafone and Three are going beyond the terms of the U.K.’s data retention laws to make it even easier for the authorities to access customer metadata.
Snapsaved Takes Responsibility For Latest Snapchat Leak | TechCrunch
Last week, news spread that some 200,000 Snapchat photos had leaked after a third-party app (used to save people’s snaps) was hacked. It was referred to as the Snappening.
Announcing Evan Williams to speak at Roadmap 2014
At Gigaom’s design conference, Roadmap 2014, you’ll hear from one of the masters of designing media platforms: Evan Williams.
Xiaomi signs former Google executive as India lead products manager
(Reuters) - Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi has named a new lead products manager for its India unit as the company ramps up its team in the world's third biggest smartphone market.
Google's Eric Schmidt In Berlin: "Really, Our Biggest Search Competitor Is Amazon"
The attitudes of European policy makers toward Google seem to have hardened of late. On various regulatory fronts, Google faces vocal critics and well-organized opposition. Google’s Eric Schmidt gave a speech earlier today in Berlin seeking to change some of those hardened hearts and minds.
Samsung claims a WiGig breakthrough that promises multi-gigabit wireless speeds
This announcement means that one of the largest consumer device makers will be embracing WiGig. Samsung is planning to incorporate its new technology into consumer-facing audio and video products, medical devices, and telecommunications equipment as soon as early next year. The most important devices to get WiGig will be smartphones and TVs — so consumers can stream large video files from one to the other — and Samsung makes a lot of both. The company also remarked that this tech will be “integral” to Samsung’s smart home and internet of things efforts.
6 Ways Batman Ruled Comic Con Because He's the Goddamn Batman
"It's a saga of how Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) can navigate such a corrupt world and how does he keep his head above water, how does he keep himself safe and is he going to find anybody to help him fight this crusade or is the crusade actually going to destroy him. He's navigating the world. He's leading us through this world, and he's going to go down some dark alleyways and in some back room and meet some pretty awful characters. It's much more about his moral center and how that is comparable to Bruce Wayne's moral center and how he's struggling to survive a world, an overprivileged world without parents and without guidance."
Journalist links GoPro camera to Schumacher's injuries, shares fall
(Reuters) - GoPro Inc's shares fell as much as 16 percent on Monday after a French journalist suggested that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's injuries in a ski accident last year might have been caused by a wearable camera made by the company.
Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg Greets Indonesia
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took some time to breathe and soak in Indonesia’s wonders at Borobudur over the weekend. The centuries-old Buddhist temple occupies a vast green expanse in Central Java and has received world heritage recognition by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture.
will.i.am - home
Frontman for pop supergroup The Black Eyed Peas (selling 33MM albums and 58 million singles worldwide), will.i.am is a multi-faceted musician and entertainer. will.i.am’s latest album #willpower has already charted a top 10 hit single and will feature artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Nicole Scherzinger, Waka Flocka Flame, Diddy, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Baby Kaely and Miley Cyrus. Throughout the course of his career, will.i.am has won 8 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and 1 Billboard Music Award. Bring the action.
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Digg - What the Internet is talking about right now
I am going to suggest that the producers for the next "Spider-Man" movie think about science advisors. Ok, I know that is entirely possible that there are some awesome science advisors for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and that these people pointed out the problems I will talk about. It’s possible that the producers and directors just decided to ignore the science advisor. That happens.
Wearable Technology - Apple, Intel Fashion Accessories - Style.com
The issue right now is that 99 percent of wearables are geared toward the Silicon Valley male,” said Ayse Ildeniz, the spokesperson for Intel’s new and wide-ranging fashion initiative, which includes an Intel-funded style lab where designers and artists can experiment with integrating tech into their work, such as the smart dress by Danish designer Anouk Wipprecht that illuminates at the direction of the wearer. “In order for wearables to be really useful for larger masses there need to be many reasons why people will wear them, so Intel is starting with aesthetics and fashion.” Intel’s fashion initiative was launched with the announcement in January of a smart bracelet designed by Opening Ceremony, to be sold exclusively at Barneys and Opening Ceremony. Unlike the usual bland-looking wearable device, the Opening Ceremony bracelet—called MICA for “My Intelligent Communication Accessory”—puts aesthetics first. “We thought, What can we imagine someone wanting to put on daily and make a statement but not scream technology? There wasn’t much out there that put the woman before the technology,” says Opening Ceremony creative director Humberto Leon.
A brief history of melancholy - Courtney Stephens
If you are a living, breathing human being, chances are you have felt
sad at least a few times in your life. But what exactly is melancholy,
and what (if anything) should we do about it? Courtney Stephens details
our still-evolving understanding of sadness -- and even makes a case for
Lyve’s New App Lets You Access All Your Photos And Videos From Any Device You Own | TechCrunch
Accessing your entire photo and video collection from any device can still be a challenge today, especially if you have your media spread out across a variety of local hard drives as well as various cloud services where you have to pay for storage – potentially limiting how much of your collection is hosted online at any given time. Lyve Minds , which launched its first product – a home storage box for digital archives – earlier this year, has been working to change that.
Why dieting doesn't usually work
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
The question is even more complex than it may seem. Disaster of this magnitude suggests epidemic disease. In the view of Ramenofsky and Patricia Galloway, an anthropologist at the University of Texas, the source of the contagion was very likely not Soto's army but its ambulatory meat locker: his 300 pigs. Soto's force itself was too small to be an effective biological weapon. Sicknesses like measles and smallpox would have burned through his 600 soldiers long before they reached the Mississippi. But the same would not have held true for the pigs, which multiplied rapidly and were able to transmit their diseases to wildlife in the surrounding forest. When human beings and domesticated animals live close together, they trade microbes with abandon. Over time mutation spawns new diseases: avian influenza becomes human influenza, bovine rinderpest becomes measles. Unlike Europeans, Indians did not live in close quarters with animals—they domesticated only the dog, the llama, the alpaca, the guinea pig, and, here and there, the turkey and the Muscovy duck. In some ways this is not surprising: the New World had fewer animal candidates for taming than the Old.
“Complete Acquiesence”: Bob Lutz Reveals How the Pontiac Aztek Happened
How do bad cars happen? How, for instance, did Pontiac’s Aztek—the greatest failed model in recent history—get all the way from flawed design to ugly product? We asked Bob Lutz, our industry expert and man-about-town, if he knew anything. Turns out, he knows quite a bit.
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You're not using Twitter's best feature enough: block people
Twitter uses the pronoun "their" in its policy, but I changed the pronoun to "its" because you aren't blocking a person, you're blocking a social media account. A person may still find you and harass you with new accounts, and you may block those accounts also. But you cannot block a person from your life. That's why existing on social media sometimes feels like a game of whack-a-mole where the moles spew a string of slurs before being banished into the dank hole they came from.
THE SOCIAL-COMMERCE REPORT: Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases
We look at the varied metrics that underscore social commerce performance at the different networks, including conversion rates, average order value, and revenue generated by shares, likes, and tweets. We also outline the latest commerce efforts by leading social networks
Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired
Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired
A common refrain from tech companies about their woeful staff diversity figures is that there simply aren't enough African American and Hispanic programmers to fill the demand. The numbers don't support them.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1xFPmhr
Whatever happened to Netscape?
Netscape's story reads like a proper fairy tale: takeovers, fierce and hostile competition, split-ups, a giant payout and even a dragon! While Netscape may now only be a sweet, sweet memory to those who used it to first discover the web, the browser's monstrous impact has cemented it as one of the first and most important startups to shape the internet. Netscape's founders successfully plucked a brilliant idea from academia and pushed it onto the world's stage at a time when competition didn't exist, websites were not much more than plain-text blurbs and inline images were still revolutionary. Consider the battle that would ensue between this web pioneer and Microsoft. The "browser wars," as they came to be known, would ultimately lead to creation of Internet Explorer, Microsoft's antitrust suit and the formation of the Mozilla Project and Firefox.
Express Yourself: NBA's Mike Scott Explains His Sweet Emoji Tattoos
We investigated as thoroughly as we could then but Scott was unavailable to talk at the time, being in thick of the NBA playoff race and all. Months of doggedly harassing Hawks PR paid off though, and the gregarious Scott gave us a ring after practice on Monday to discuss his emoji tattoos.
2014 Startup School
Every year, Startup School invites amazing founders to tell their story. Here are doodle notes of the most actionable advice from each speaker. Enjoy, and good luck building!
Gallery: BrickCon, The biggest LEGO convention we’ve ever seen
Last weekend, the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall hosted BrickCon , one of the nation's largest and longest-running public exhibitions of LEGO art and dioramas. While Ars' staff suffers from varying levels of LEGO-mania, we all thought this convention's 13th annual iteration might be a cool place to see a range of amateur and professional block creations.
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search - AllTwitter
It’s time to put that right. In this article we’ll look at 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter search, with easy-to-follow, clickable examples so you can utilise these tips right away.
Hyperlapse's secret best feature: fixing your shaky hands
Hyperlapse , Instagram's standalone video app that debuted this past August, is touted for its ability to make dead simple time lapses . But if you really want to enjoy the best feature of Hyperlapse, don't speed up the footage. The result is some of the smoothest video we've seen from a phone — the kind of stuff that could otherwise take thousands of dollars in professional equipment to achieve comparable results. Student art films will never be the same again.
Holy snail mail, Batman! Caped Crusader nabs his own stamps - CNET
Who needs the Bat-Signal when you can send letters using these collectible Batman stamps from the US Postal Service?
From YouTube Stars, Literary Lions
A wave of titles written by YouTube personalities is hitting the shelves this month as book publishers bet on the power of online media. They made a similar bet several years ago on books by popular food bloggers, such as
The Big Mystery: What’s Big Data Really Worth?
The problem is that no one really knows what all that information is worth. Data isn’t a physical asset like a factory or cash, and there aren’t any official guidelines for assessing its value.