Gaming On The iPhone 6 Plus
Among the many things we use our phones for nowadays, the one activity that fits well with the iPhone 6 Plus is gaming. The 6 Plus is often criticized for re...
Here's an early look at Samsung's software on Android L for the Galaxy S5
Samsung is already pretty far along with merging its TouchWiz interface with the Material Design of Android L based on this video of an early software build.
Heads up display startup Navdy nabs $6.5 million in seed funding to bring its GPS system to cars
Navdy will use the money to build its staff and prepare to manufacture the GPS and mobile phone notification device for shipment early next year.
Angry Birds maker Rovio lays off 130 staff and tries to 'reignite growth'
Rovio has moved into that market too with games including Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds Epic and Angry Birds Stella, but has yet to generate a hit as big as those rivals, even if its consumer products business – from magazines and books to sweets and clothing – is more advanced.
Navdy Raises $6.5M For Its In-Car Heads-Up Display Platform | TechCrunch
Hardware startup Navdy has raised a $6.5 million seed funding round for its connected car tech, which focuses on the heads-up display it created. The company had closed the funding officially before it ever began its pre-order campaign, which has netted the startup $2.4 million in committed orders since it began on August 5 .
Apple Now Lets You Check If An iPhone Is Stolen Before You Buy It | TechCrunch
Apple's iPhone was introduced at MacWorld in January 2007 and officially went on sale June 29, 2007, selling 146,000 units within the first weekend of launch. The phone has been hailed as revolutionary with its bundle of advanced mobile web browsing, music and video playback, and touch screen controls. The iPhone is exclusively carried on the networks of both AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.
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France’s Iliad Said to Plan Bid for Bigger T-Mobile Stake
Iliad SA (ILD) is planning to bid for a bigger stake in Deutsche Telekom AG’s U.S. unit than it sought in July, as the French telecom carrier approaches a self-imposed deadline to reach a deal, people familiar with the matter said.
5 Dream Jobs That Will Make Your Inner Child Extremely Jealous
The limited supply of U.S. cat cafés might make this a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor, but there are a few considerations to take into account first. For one thing, KitTea plans to serve tea in a space separate from its cats since health inspectors would surely shut down the operation otherwise. An entrepreneurial spirit and a background in restaurants or past work with pets and the public will serve you well for this job.
If you don’t see uberX at first, don’t worry! Since Uber just arrived on the scene, there may be times when availability is limited. Just refresh your Uber app after a few minutes to request a ride and you’ll be on your way. Uber’s most reliable coverage in your area can be found here , but will be rapidly expanding around The Forest City.
Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10? - CNET
There is no way of knowing what Microsoft executives were really thinking for now. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive VP of operating systems, took a great deal of time at the beginning of yesterday's event to toy with the audience. He first explained why Windows 9 would make logical sense, only to wipe the PowerPoint screen. He went on to say that Windows One was a better choice as it jibed with the company's nonsequential naming scheme for its Xbox gaming console (the company released the "Xbox" and then the "Xbox 360," only to go with "Xbox One" for the gadget's latest iteration). But Myerson joked yet again, saying the Windows One name was already taken and showing a slide of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who oversaw the original Windows 1.0 release.
Your Creative Calendar: 54 Things To Do, Watch, Hear, And Read This October
Weird how the thing that happens on the last day of a month can come to define the whole month, but that's certainly the case with October. We have now entered the thirty-one days in which your chances of hearing words like "shocktober" and "spooktacular" go up about 1000%. Rather than being scared of this candy-clotted swath of Autumn, however, you should embrace it like a sugar-starved Tribeca child who somehow got hold of a Snickers. Because in addition to delicious chocolate and rumored goblins, October also has a lot of entertainment options that are pushing the boundaries of creativity. In order to help you separate the worthwhile from the time-wasters, Co.Create has prepared a ghoulish guide to the most promising movies, shows, albums, and other fun stuff coming your way this October. (Actual ghoulishness may vary.) All treats, no tricks, and far fewer Halloween-related puns than this introduction would suggest.
Spanish After-Market Ticket Exchange Ticketbis Scores Another €5.2M In Funding After Targeting Asia | TechCrunch
Spanish startup Ticketbis , which operates an exchange for buying and selling after-market tickets to events in Europe, Latin America, and most recently Asia, has raised an additional €5.2 million in funding led by European VC Active Venture Partners, along with participation from existing investors. It brings total raised since being founded in 2009 to over €10 million.
The Most Important Promised Feature Of Windows 10 Could Pay Off Big For Microsoft
Microsoft Microsoft unveiled much of what I said you should expect to hear at their Windows press event today in San Francisco, along with a few new details and additional features we hadn’t heard of yet from all of the “Windows 9″ leaks buzzing around the net previously. Though the first curve ball Microsoft threw was quite unexpected, naming the OS two logical steps up from Windows 8, declaring this version as “Windows 10,” the rest of the unveil had some pretty predictable fast balls, right over the meat of the plate — except one of those could be a lights-out 99 MPH heater of a pitch, if the company can truly pull it off.
Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors | TechCrunch
Pipes helps you track the things you love. Add a pipe for any topic you want to follow, like the World Cup, and watch your screen fill up with articles about FIFA mania. We bring you information from all over the web in one unique feed and update this feed constantly.
Personalised notifications every time there is a piece of news or update about the event. Of course, we don't want to spam you …
Big Data Analytics Go Large: GoodData Gets $25.7M Led By Intel, Eyes Up 2016 IPO | TechCrunch
GoodData , a cloud-based big data analytics firm, is rising higher into the clouds itself. Today it is announcing a $25.7 million round of funding led by Intel Capital, with participation also from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest, and Pharus Capital. This is a Series E round for the company, which has raised $101.2 million to date, and comes as the company is reportedly eyeing up an IPO in 2016.
How Ebola Patient Flew to U.S. From Liberia via Belgium
United’s disclosure of the itinerary yesterday settled the day-old question on what route the traveler used in reaching the U.S. from an African country hit hard by the Ebola virus. Still unresolved was the concern that the case would hurt airline stocks, which fell the most since July even as U.S. officials said the man was symptom free and not contagious on his flights.
Evernote Helped Organize Your Notes. Now It Wants To Organize Your Desk
"You can only make so many of these things in a day or a week or a month," Pfeiffer says. "It's a natural material. You can't predict what it's going to do. Every piece of wood is different. Wood is this dynamic thing--the grain, the structure--it's always different." Evernote declined to say how large a run of Bent Ply products it's planning at launch, but Pfeiffer said inventory control and forecasting should adequately prepare it for consumer demand.
Hulu makes peace with Apple’s 30 percent cut, enables in-app billing in latest iPhone update
The other thing to remember is that Hulu makes a lot of money with ads, and plenty of those ads are shown to paying subscribers. So even if the company makes less money from new iPhone subscribers, it may be able to make some of it back by showing these subscribers advertising. At the same time, Hulu also uses ads to pay for and make money with free videos, which are in turn used to get people hooked and eventually convert them into paying subscribers. That’s been working well on the web for years, and the company is now looking to also use it on mobile as well.
Twitter invests $10 million in MIT social media research lab
At the same time, the team plans to create new collaborative tools and mobile apps “to enable new forms of public communication and social organization,” Alexandra Kahn of MIT’s Media Lab said in a release this week. Researchers also hope to build new platforms for individuals and institutions “to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems,” Kahn said.
Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt | TechCrunch
Michael Acton Smith has been described by the Daily Telegraph as a “Rock Star version of Willy Wonka” and by the Independent as “a polite version of Bob Geldolf”. He is the Creative Director and founder of the tech startup, turned entertainment firm, Mind Candy. The company created the global kids hit Moshi Monsters, which has over 80m registered users online and has now expanded offline into books, toys, music, trading cards, video games and a theatrical movie. Mind Candy are currently working on a number of major mobile launches to expand their portfolio and create what they describe as “magical brands with a digital heart”.
Rocket Internet shares slide on stock market debut
The IPO organizers pinned Rocket's performance to a subdued stock market as well as the listing of Zalando, a company launched by Rocket Internet, which was down about 14 percent on Thursday after closing at exactly its issue price on Wednesday
YesVideo’s Legacy Republic Is Building A Freelance Workforce To Digitize Family Photos and Videos | TechCrunch
Knapp said this approach will allow YesVideo to dramatically expand its efforts to tackle what he called “a fundamental problem for many households in the country.” The company estimates that there are 2 billion “non-digital” videos and photo albums stored by US families, but it says that the physical media is deteriorating quickly, and it needs to digitized if it’s going to last.
3 Near-Future Scenarios That Are Changing The Way We Work Today
Scenario planning doesn’t tell us what’s next. In fact, there’s little chance that any of the scenarios we come up with will come to pass exactly the way we’ve described them. But that’s not why we create them. We go through the process of visualizing plausible futures and considering what each would mean to our business because it changes the way we look at the world and the way we think about the future of work. The value lies primarily in the discussion of the scenario stories both within Herman Miller and, later, with our customers. These conversations help us challenge established thinking and reach new insights that might not have been previously possible.
South Park: "Gluten Free Ebola" Review - IGN
South Park's second episode in Season 18 started off with a fun carryover from last week, as the boys dealt with the fallout from their startup company in "Go Fund Yourself." Meanwhile, the overarching gluten storyline offered some laugh-out-loud moments -- including a staple town riot -- but the subject itself felt a bit dated. As for the boys' party, there wasn't much of a payoff, at least not in terms of connecting to the main story. The radio segments in particular were pretty dismal. Overall, "Gluten Free Ebola," while funny at times, lacked focus and didn't seem to know what it was trying to say.
The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead
I illustrated an extension in the middle '70s of an idea I called "wheel pants." The wearer pulls on a pair of pants with an encircling waistband and an extension up to the middle back containing a gyroscope. The wheels are pivoted at the ankle position providing wheeled transit if down, and walking action if rotated up alongside the outer calf. Obviously, this idea would be mostly aimed at an athletic, younger consumer base. The idea was also in response to the fact that over half of the world's population now lives in cities, creating population density that needs a kind of transport that is no more space-demanding than a person's own dimensions.
9 Fashionable Wearables for the Sartorially Savvy
Motorola's Moto 360 Smartwatch is a classy addition to anyone's wrist. The recent release is designed to look like a traditional watch, though it has a variety of capabilities. Compatible with Android devices, the Moto 360 can take voice commands, access your email, contacts and calendar, notify you of incoming calls and texts, and more (we have a full review of the device here ). It costs $249.
Cars and curiosities at the 2014 Paris Motor Show (pictures) - CNET
The hulking Bentley Mulsanne Speed engine is a twin-turbocharged V8 with 6.75-liter displacement, 530 horsepower (395kW), and 811 foot-pounds (1,110Nm) of torque. It will accelerate the Mulsanne Speed from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and can push it to 190 mph (305 kmph).
Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what's behind the secure payment system
Tokens by themselves are worthless and cannot be decrypted
The key thing to remember about tokens is that they hold no intrinsic value and cannot be used, by themselves, to perform any type of monetary transaction. Over and above that, it's likely that Apple Pay tokens are not mathematically generated, which is to say that they can't be decrypted back into a credit card number because encryption isn't even part of the equation. Put differently, there exists no master key to reverse engineer them. Instead, there's what is effectively a master index. When a credit card is loaded into Apple Pay, the credit card data is replaced with a randomly generated string that only the token issuer (in this case the credit card networks) can map back to the credit card account.
You could hand the most talented hackers or cryptographers a list of millions of token numbers and it would be of no value to them.
As an additional layer of security, there are mechanisms in place to ensure that the token itself is bound to the phone on which it's stored and can never be used from another device.
Locqus Launches To Equip Plumbers And Handymen With Technology | TechCrunch
So you run a little plumbing company. You have a couple of plumbers. They’re good guys. You get a call for a job, and assign it to Jim who has car trouble but doesn’t phone back to the office to let you know. Now the customer is upset and her cat is still stuck in the drain pipe. When Jim finally arrives, the lady doesn’t have cash to pay Jim so she’ll mail you a check. Hopefully.
Design Firm Adaptive Path Acquired By Capital One | TechCrunch
You can see where this is going, right? Somebody came along who finally, truly, seemed to get it. A company with a great culture that shares and values our intellectual curiosity and design sensibilities, that wants us to continue doing great work inside their organization, but also continue helping others do great work too, by fostering dialogue and teaching what we have learned. And that somebody, remarkably, turned out to be Capital One.
Facebook Announces Stricter Guidelines For Research Studies On Its Users | TechCrunch
Facebook’s new framework for internal and external research now has clear guidelines. Facebook says if the research focuses on specific populations or demographics or is related to content “considered deeply personal (such as emotions), the study will have to endure an enhanced review process will before being pre-approved. A panel of senior researchers in different subject matters like privacy, legal, research, policy, and engineering will determine if a study meets the guidelines. Facebook will also train its engineers during their six-week introductory bootcamp on how research should be conducted. And veteran employees will also get education on proper research methods during annual security and privacy training sessions.
Hackaday 10th Anniversary
When the solder fumes have cleared and the speakers have all said their peace there's nothing left to do but enjoy some good music and the company of your fellow hackers while hanging onto a red plastic Solo cup filled with something delicious. This part of the day is open to hackers 21 years of age and older.
Dubai detectives to get Google Glass to fight crime
DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai police plan to issue detectives with Google Glass hands-free eyewear to help them fight crime using facial recognition technology, a police spokesman in the wealthy Gulf Arab emirate said.
According to Singer, Google hasn't been expeditiously removing owned work from its platforms pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The letter says that other ISPs including Twitter have accommodated takedown demands, but that "Google, one of the largest ISPs in the world, with vast resources and a huge support staff, generating multimillions of dollars in revenues on a daily basis, has recklessly allowed these blatant violations to continue in conscious disregard of our clients’ rights."
LG is working on a webOS SmartWatch
LG is already an active participant in the developing smartwatch market with two Android Wear models: the G Watch that inaugurated Google's wearable software platform and the G Watch R , which is going on sale later this month. Like fellow Korean manufacturer Samsung — who has adapted the Tizen smartphone OS to its Gear smartwatches — LG may be looking to ensure it has an alternative to the Android platform when constructing its future watches. Given the relative immaturity of Android Wear and competing platforms, there's plenty of opportunity for webOS to indeed be a compelling new option, provided LG's SDK is taken up and used to its full potential.
Customize your 'stache in Dragon Age: Inquisition
While a thick handlebar mustache, like the ones frequently seen in the above customization and crafting trailer, won't directly increase the power of your character in Dragon Age: Inquisition , it has been proven that dragons are far less likely to flash-fry a person sporting an impressive horseshoe-shaped bush of whiskers on his (or her) upper lip.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Verizon and Sprint follow AT&T's lead with new double data offers
Sprint took the promotion one step further, quadrupling the data at each price range. With Sprint’s double double data plans, you can get 60GB of data on your Family Share Pack for just $130. The promotion is available now, but will also end on October 31st, so be sure to dial *2 or visit your local Sprint retailer in order to bump your data plan up before the end of the month. Sprint has also provided a chart to illustrate the changes:
Angry Birds Maker Rovio to Cut up to 130 Jobs in Finland
STOCKHOLM—“Angry Birds” maker Rovio Entertainment Ltd. admitted Thursday to counting its chickens before they were hatched. The Finnish games company, which shot to fame with the online and mobile game featuring colored, flying birds, said it would eliminate 130 employees, or about 16% of its workforce, amid flattening revenue and difficulties...
Yes, You Can Manufacture Creativity. Here's How
Hibma strongly believes that creativity can be manufactured. Over the decades of developing brand identities with clients, she and Cronan developed a routine for shepherding them through the creative process. The first step, she says, is taking them out of their everyday concerns. “We like to start at 10 o’clock in the morning, after they have checked their email and are ready to put their smartphones away,” she tells me. She then takes clients for a walk around the grounds, showing them the view. “Being up here in this home sometimes feels to them like they are in an old-fashioned summer camp,” she says.
They have a brief introductory meeting in the morning, to understand exactly what problem they are trying to solve: Are they coming up with a product name? Are they imagining a new brand identity? Do they want to develop packaging that reflects the company’s aesthetic? Then, soon after they’ve established the parameters of the work, they break into lunch and perhaps even a little croquet game if the weather permits. “By the time the afternoon meeting come around, clients are primed for their most creative work,” says Hibma.
Facebook sorry – almost – for secret psychological experiment on users
Facebook published the results of a 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Unbeknown to users, Facebook had tampered with the news feeds of nearly 700,000 people, showing them an abnormally low number of either positive or negative posts. The experiment aimed to determine whether the company could alter the emotional state of its users.
How Many Times Does a Brooklyn Record Store Have to Reinvent Itself?
The vinyl shop's landlord is probably counting on that projected value cost. Matthew Milligan, the store's manager, says the current vacant spots near P-Recs (as it's affectionately dubbed) are extremely expensive. That was part of Eisenberg's impetus to chart out new territory. She dug around online and found a new home for the store via Craigslist in a Brooklyn neighborhood called — well, she's not sure what to call it.
Marc Newson says his role at Apple is only part-time for a specific project
In an interview with dezeen.com , designer and new Apple employee Marc Newson spoke about his latest project with Heineken while providing a little bit more insight into his new role at Apple. While we knew as of early last month that Newson , who happens to be a close friend of Apple design guru Jony Ive, was joining Apple, Newson confirmed in the interview that the position will only be part-time for a specific project.
Gracenote Acquires Australian Metadata Provider HWW for $19 Million | TechCrunch
Another day, another Gracenote acquisition. The Tribune-owned entertainment information company has bought yet another metadata provider — this time Australia’s HWW for $19 million USD. The purchase is designed to extend Gracenote’s reach into an international while also providing it with ever-more TV and movie data to feed back into its database.
Verizon won't be throttling unlimited LTE data plans after all
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.
Samsung Uses Robots Shaped Like Butts To Bend Test Its Phones
One of the craziest things I saw in that facility was a robot shaped like a butt that was designed to "sit" on Samsung phones over and over again to test durability and bending. It's supposed to simulate someone sitting on his phone.
The Viral Curse Of Angry Birds: Rovio Cuts 16% Of Staff
Back in 2011, Rovio was reveling in the success of its simple and addictive game, Angry Birds. Its office in Espoo Finland was teeming with new staff members, the walls colorfully painted with birds and pigs from the hit mobile game. Revenue had tripled in the last year, staff had swelled from 28 to 224, and managers were hinting at an IPO.
Sea Ice Melt Forces a Record 35,000 Walruses Ashore in Alaska
Arctic sea ice hit its sixth-lowest level on record at the end of the 2014 summer melt season in mid-September, slightly lower than last year. More importantly for the Pacific walrus population the ice receded hundreds of miles off the coast of Point Lay, to the deeper waters of the continental shelf. The ice, says Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, was rendered “useless a a platform for the walruses, because they can't dive deep enough to get at food at the seafloor,” such as clams, worms and other species.
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus
What I had done in learning Russian was to emphasize not just understanding of the language, but fluency. Fluency of something whole like a language requires a kind of familiarity that only repeated and varied interaction with the parts can develop. Where my language classmates had often been content to concentrate on simply understanding Russian they heard or read, I instead tried to gain an internalized, deep-rooted fluency with the words and language structure. I wouldn’t just be satisfied to know that понимать meant “to understand.” I’d practice with the verb—putting it through its paces by conjugating it repeatedly with all sorts of tenses, and then moving on to putting it into sentences, and then finally to understanding not only when to use this form of the verb, but also when not to use it. I practiced recalling all these aspects and variations quickly. After all, through practice, you can understand and translate dozens—even thousands— of words in another language. But if you aren’t fluent, when someone throws a bunch of words at you quickly, as with normal speaking (which always sounds horrifically fast when you’re learning a new language), you have no idea what they’re actually saying, even though technically you understand all the component words and structure.
Rocket And Zalando IPOs Fail To Excite Markets, But It’s Early Days | TechCrunch
If there is one thing Europe has been lacking in in the last five years or so it’s tech IPOs. London has bravely kicked things off in the last year with IPOs from companies like Just Eat. But the German markets, long ambivalent to the tech sector, are starting to re-awaken. Yesterday online apparel retailer Zalando, and Zappos competitor, debuted in Frankfurt. Today, Rocket Internet, long the ruthless ‘Darth Vader’ of the German tech scene because of it’s long history of aggressive business tactics and cloning, comes out of the gate. But the issue here is not about the past but about the future. Both companies are incredibly confident of replicating their European successes globally — something internet companies in Europe have been pining after for decades. So, first the facts.
Following the emotions study fiasco, Facebook is changing the way it experiments on users
The backlash from that study caught Facebook by surprise and it scrambled to respond to its users’ anger at becoming de facto guinea pigs. It was an important learning moment for the company. “We were unprepared for the reaction the paper received when it was published and have taken to heart the comments and criticism,” Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer wrote Thursday. “It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently.”
Angry, unemployed birds: Rovio could lay off up to 130 people as it reassesses growth prospects
Angry Birds developer Rovio is considering laying off up to 130 people, or roughly 16 percent of its staff. The Finnish outfit’s CEO, Mikael Hed, said in a blog post on Thursday that Rovio had been expanding “on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized,” and would now focus on games, media and consumer products – as the Guardian has noted , this may affect Rovio’s burgeoning educational wing . Angry Birds versions still have around 200 million month active players, but that’s a falling number and the firm has struggled to come up with another hit that’s comparable. Still, Rovio has a great merchandizing business that will no doubt get a boost from an upcoming Angry Birds movie .
This Is CG | TechCrunch
This is your semi-regular reminder that CGI is at or beyond the point of absurdity, that everything on the Internet is fake, that there is no spoon, etc.
Say goodnight to Lotus 1-2-3
This PC spreadsheet had a great run in the late 1980s, but it’s been under the radar for years — succumbing to the Microsoft-Excel-and-Office onslaught. Now, IBM is officially ending support.