Selfie Goes Horrible Arwy On Live TV
Guy fails hard while attempting to selfie on a dock.
Puppy justice: How John Oliver won the Internet
The Supreme Court does not allow cameras in the court room, so John Oliver decided to reenact a case with dogs — and then release the raw footage to remix on YouTube.
Iron Man is forever. Robert Downey Jr. isn’t
But Marvel Studios is doing something unprecedented with its films: it's building a singular narrative, spanning decades of real-world production, comprised almost exclusively of blockbusters. Because every film is a summer tentpole, and they all tie into one another like chapters in an incredibly long novel. It isn't just the same cinematic universe; it's the same continuous story, replete with characters who all go out for shawarma together. That's how Chris Evans can pop up in Thor: The Dark World and the audience instinctively knows, hey, that's Steve Rogers! That's Captain America!
Stark: Is Buster Posey the next Derek Jeter?
But clearly, there's far more of the smooth, well-behaved Derek Jeter in the Giants' mega-talented catcher than there is the rough, always edgy Pete Rose. Like Jeter, Buster Posey's team never has to worry about anything he says or anything he does, on or off the field. And when you add that quality to the rest of the package -- the winning, the awards, the leadership, the aura -- is there anyone in this sport right now who has more rightfully earned the magic adjective, "Jeter-esque?"
The NYC Cook Who Turned a Tiny Food Cart Into His Biggest Dream
Thiru Kumar, better known as the "Dosa Man," opened his celebrated South Indian food cart in New York City in 2001. The award-winning business owner has since amassed a cult following, as well as a few international fan clubs.
Zombie-proof log cabin has 10-year anti-zombie guarantee - CNET
One of the cabin's more notable features is a 10-year anti-zombie guarantee. This may be the most brilliant guarantee ever offered on a structure. If for some reason the cabin doesn't hold up and a zombie (or 2 or 12) gets inside, chances are the cabin's owner won't survive to complain. "Please note -- we require medical evidence of the presence of a real zombie should you wish to claim under the 10 year anti zombie guarantee," Tiger writes.
Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer
Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6 , about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls "one of the more obscure titles in the Marvel universe," has been completely re-imagined for parent company Disne y. Then, there's the city of San Fransokyo it's set in -- an obvious marriage of two of the most tech-centric cities in the world. And, of course, there's the real-world technology that not only takes center stage as the basis for characters in the film, but also powered the onscreen visuals. It's undoubtedly a herculean effort from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and one that's likely to go unnoticed by audiences.
If Disney Princesses Were Flirty Pin-Up Models
The artist created princess versions of popular illustrations by American pin-up artist Gil Elvgren. From Snow White bobbing for poison apples, to Cinderella sewing her dress for the ball, the princesses look more flirtatious than virtuous.
The Weird Sign You're Perfect For Each Other
Obviously, this doesn't mean that you should start changing up your lingo during your next OkCupid date—you would probably sound ridiculous. (What are you going to do, keep saying "quite" for the rest of your life when you never used to?) But the researchers suggest we might already be subconsciously changing our speaking patterns to match someone else's when we're really engaged in the conversation, which could explain why it's so darn good at predicting a bond. Sure, it's a weird way to see if you might be a match—but it's definitely something to look out for on your next date.
28 Horrifying Halloween Makeup Ideas That Look a Little Too Real
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OS X Yosemite Review: An Equal Partner for iOS 8
An icon pops up to the left side of the dock, separated and with a mobile-phone indicator, showing that activity is happening on a nearby device. Click on the icon, and the web page, app or email on which you were working will now appear on your Mac. Likewise, on iOS, a small icon on the left side will appear on the lock screen in iOS 8 when you're working on an app on your Mac.
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
6 Companies Pushing Wireless Charging Into The Mainstream
Scoring that latest iPhone 6 doesn’t mean much if you can’t keep it charged through your hectic daily grind. Depending on how much you use your phone, you might find yourself “virtually stranded” before happy hour even rolls around (and then how are you going to Instagram that margarita?). While improvements in battery life have made many people happy, what truly excites some is the spread of and ongoing advancement in wireless charging, even though it’s not available for the iPhone yet. This end of the technology spectrum has a game-changing feel to it, even though it’s taken a while to spread to a wider variety of devices.
Lone Stars: 11 Up-and-Coming Austin Musicians to Watch
Morgan Davis, managing editor of Ovrld , a music blog that celebrates everything coming out of Austin, agrees. Says Davis, “Magna Carda may be one of the younger hip hop outfits in the ATX, but they've swiftly ascended to the top of the scene thanks to their tireless work ethic and their dynamic live shows, which show off the tight musicianship at the heart of the group. Think of Magna Carda as Austin's answer to The Roots , except they've got a ferocious and charismatic frontwoman bound for stardom in Megz Kelli.”
InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant | TechCrunch
With InstantAPI, any developer who knows how to access a database can also create an API. The service currently supports MongoDB, MySQL and Cloudyn , but support for a wider variety of technologies is in the works, and Postgres support should launch in the coming weeks, for example. To get started, a developer simply has to create an account (there is one account per API, not user) and configure access to the backend service. InstantAPI also distinguishes between data APIs and service silos, i.e. APIs that only access databases and those that offer other features (think Facebook’s APIs). Once the system has access to the backend, the developer simply has to map the data that is supposed to be exposed over the API to the REST API by writing standard database queries. In the background, InstantAPI will even write a draft of the API documentation, and once you hit the publish button, the API is live.
Why This Dog Makes $15,000 A Month
At one point during the shoot, with Bodhi in full Menswear Dog-mode on an elevated park bench, a group of women loop around to take pictures with their phones. They don't seem to know who "Menswear Dog" is, but the absurdity of the whole situation--an animal wearing people clothes, a cluster of humans doting after him--is too adorable an opportunity to pass up. When one woman asks to take a photo with Bodhi, the Shiba poses by her side dutifully, at least for the first few snaps, like it were standard operating procedure. Then, when the snaps and and camera shutters start slowing down, totally unprompted, Bodhi turns and deftly gives her a kiss, the photo evidence of which is above. Like a well-trained politician or a Hollywood A-lister, this is a dog that knows how to charm a room.
Virgin Galactic's ready to resume test flights to space
We've been waiting for Virgin Galactic to begin ferrying passengers to the edge of space for what seems like forever, but now it looks as if we might be getting close. CEO George Whitesides has announced that test-flights of the SpaceShipTwo are about to recommence, after spending almost all of 2014 rooted firmly to the ground. The hold-up was caused by the company's decision to switch to a different brand of rocket fuel that, while improving the vehicle's performance, forced the team to begin engine testing from scratch. Now that the necessary certifications have been granted, we can expect to hear much more from the company as it tries to make Sir Richard Branson's promise of flights in 2015 a reality.
iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad | TechCrunch
Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more.
The Dyson humidifier cleans your air with ultraviolet light
“Humidifiers are sometimes seen as a way to combat allergies and the symptoms of colds and the flu — but in reality many can do quite the opposite," says James Dyson. "The majority are a breeding ground for nasty germs, which are then distributed around your home." Dyson's humidifier uses ultraviolet light to treat the water — the company claims it'll kill 99.99 percent of bacteria before starting to moisten the air.
MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone | TechCrunch
Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again. You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it. What if you could just open an app on your phone, point your camera at your textbook, snap a picture and get the detailed instructions to solve your equation. This is exactly what PhotoMath does. The team is launching this app today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London.
Unknown team could release iOS 8 - iOS 8.1 Jailbreak
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to how many people jailbreak… there was over 7 million jailbreaks with evasi0n, and only 4mil NEW jailbreaks. At that time there was still over 100 million iDevices (iphones, ipads, iPods, etc…). So that means that only at the most, 7% of users jailbreak. Granted it sounds like a lot when you say 7 Million devices, but in perspective, Apple just sold 10 million on the first 48 hours of preorder… *shrugs* Apple doesn’t care about jailbreaking – they care about the features they have stolen from jailbreakers, the security of their devices, and holding the reigns tightly so things don’t get fragmented and unbalanced in an Apple world.
CareZapp Is Building A Support Platform For Home Healthcare | TechCrunch
CareZapp has a vision of connecting home, community and technology enabling people to create their own networks of care to support the health and wellbeing of a loved one at home.
Led by a highly experienced team, this vision is embodied in a communications platform that empowers both care recipients and caregivers by giving them multi-faceted home-care choice and control. It can thus hugely improve …
Volvo Bets Its Future on Small, Turbocharged Engines | WIRED
First, Volvo studied how its customers truly drive. The outgoing XC90 SUV had a powerful V8. Volvo found its drivers rarely pushed the engine past 4,000 RPM, and even then it was largely for heavy acceleration like getting onto the highway or trying to get home by curfew. Because V8s do their best work near the top of the rev range, Volvo customers rarely experienced the engine’s peak torque or horsepower. They did, however, experience peak gas consumption. “When the customer drives with a very heavy powertrain,” says Michael Fleiss, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain, “they’re never using the sweet spot of the engine. Instead, it’s idling all the time, running in a very inefficient area of the engine maps.”
Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review
But why didn’t he think of it? The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table. Making the cross-connection requires a certain daring. It must, for any cross-connection that does not require daring is performed at once by many and develops not as a “new idea,” but as a mere “corollary of an old idea.”
Man walks again after transplant
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
iOS 8.1 Download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
iOS 8.1 also enables Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payments system on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 (whenever they go on sale). The feature is built within Passbook, and authorises your purchases with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. You’ll be able to start paying at over 220,000 stores such as McDonald’s with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You will also be able to make payments within apps that add support for Apple Pay using Touch ID on your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
With Apple Pay, Forget Cash, Just Pull Out Your Phone | MIT Technology Review
That is indeed an easier process than the other digital wallets, which require unlocking the phone, opening an app, checking into a store, typing in a code, or other steps that can take much longer than swiping a credit card. Apple’s ability to create elegant, user-friendly products helped it popularize and seize commanding positions in music players and smartphones. If Apple Pay works as promised, it could do something similar for payments, making mobile wallets appeal to the masses, starting with its influential army of iPhone users. “Mobile payment is finally hitting that pivotal moment when all the pieces are coming together,” says Matthew de Ganon, senior vice president of product and commerce for Softcard, a rival mobile wallet joint venture of T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.
Pokémon teams up with manga horror legend Junji Ito to ruin your childhood - CNET
One of the world's finest creators of comic book horror has teamed up with The Pokemon Company for a special "scary" collaboration.
Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable | TechCrunch
Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the public beta launch of its Deeplink Marketplace . This marketplace offers tools that allow app developers to more easily integrate deep linking functionality within their own applications to improve upon the user experience they offer, and potentially increase their own bottom lines.
Alien: Isolation giveaway games and swag can hear you scream
While playing Alien: Isolation , a common pastime around Joystiq these days what with our playthrough of hard mode and our review , one thing is clear: Amanda Ripley does not get chilly thanks to her jacket. She may be hounded by murderous looters, androids, and one gigantic, exoskeletal monstrosity with shiny teeth and a drooling problem, but she is warm out there in space! It's all thanks to her snazzy Weyland-Yutani jacket, the same one sported by her inhuman pal Samuels.
With fall deepening by the day, it would be nice to be that cozy whilst also playing Isolation , wouldn't it? Sure it would! Hence why we're giving away a replica of that jacket as well as three copies of the game!
Between today and October 24, we invite you to enter our giveaway by liking Joystiq on Facebook and following us on Twitter using the Rafflecopter widget below. One grand prize winner will win a copy of Alien: Isolation on a platform of their choice as well as the $200 replica jacket. Two runners up will receive a copy of the game on a platform of their choice, and a third runner up will win a copy of the book The Art of Alien: Isolation .
RiffTrax Live to Strike Anaconda - IGN
RiffTrax Live: Anaconda will broadcast LIVE from the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC, and will be presented in nearly 650 movie theaters around the country on Thursday, October 30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT and 7pm MT/8pm PT/HI/AK (tape delayed), with a second showing on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm (local time).
The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine | TechCrunch
Oscadi has created a piece of hardware, called Oscult, that allows you to perform an ultrasound by simply plugging their device into an iPad. The company claims that up until now, more than 60 percent of the world does not have easy access to ultrasound machines. This is because ultrasound diagnostic technology is complicated to use and costs thousands of dollars. With Oscult, you don’t necessarily need to be a doctor or a radiologist. Any clinician or EMT can use the device, which pairs with software on an iPad to allow for much deeper functionality.
IO Feels Like A Human Friend Who Gives Great Restaurant Recommendations | TechCrunch
When you’re at the restaurant, you can also ask things like “What’s the best thing on the menu?” and IO will answer like a friend, as opposed to answering like a machine. But you won’t just get a one-word response. IO will send you a digital card for the restaurant it suggests, giving you access to information like the menu, hours of operation, phone number, location, etc. When you ask about certain dishes, you’ll get a photo of that actual meal to see what you’re getting yourself into.
Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts | TechCrunch
Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for a free power-up with the option to add a coupon for 10 percent off headphones from Bass Buds to your Passbook.
Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US
The chip embedded on EMV cards creates a unique code for each transaction when the card is used, so stealing the card number is much more difficult for an attacker. In addition, EMV cards can require the customer to enter a PIN for each transaction, creating another level of security against fraud. EMV is not hack-proof, but it is considered far safer than the magnetic-stripe status quo. The standard was first adopted a decade ago in Europe where card fraud was rampant, and once the transition was complete, fraud committed by taking credit card numbers from point-of-sale terminals diminished significantly . But US retail stores and card issuers have dragged their feet in giving consumers the upgraded cards.
Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition | TechCrunch
“Ooyala helps media companies build the largest possible audiences online, while Videoplaza helps them extract as much value as possible from that audience. Our combined platforms will offer a more holistic view of content and ad performance across a broadcaster’s entire business, including granular data on not only what, how and where people are watching, but also where and how they can make the most money,” said Ooyala CEO Jay Fulcher in a statement. “Videoplaza’s team has clearly demonstrated strong leadership in the fast-growing video advertising market, and are closely aligned with our vision for growth and innovation in this new line of business.”
AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Intel for Bitcoin
"I left to start a hedge fund," Telyatnikov said. "In August of last year, we started taking a deep look at bitcoin and actually started trading bitcoin, and started to develop a strategy. It worked really well, we were very close to launching our own fund that focused on bitcoin and digital currency, but we decided not to do it and focus on our core strategy."
Mosquitos Beware, DDG Is Coming For You | TechCrunch
Malaria, a disease rarely found in the US, is a global epidemic, with 219 million cases reported by the CDC in 2010. Caused by a parasite and spread from person to person via mosquito, the disease easily go undetected in its early stages with symptoms that mirror those of the flu. Early detection of Malaria is critical to treatment but is done too infrequently or too late, usually due to costs.
Chinese store makes sure that iPhone 6 Plus fits in your pocket
Chinese store makes sure that iPhone 6 Plus fits in your pocket
5 Social Media Growth Hacks for Small Businesses
As a small business owner, it’s of the utmost importance to make people aware of your company. And, the best way to spread the word about your business is by being active on social media and other places where they can communicate directly.
Can a phone replace your wallet? I went shopping to find out. - CNET
Because PayPal doesn't plug into the existing POS ecosystem the way Apple Pay and Google Wallet does, the company seems to have struggled getting merchants to sign on to its app-based solution. PayPal indicates you can shop at "thousands" of stores nationwide. The best way to find out where PayPal is accepted near you is to launch the app and view nearby locations.
La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service | TechCrunch
La Belle Assiette is a global curated service enabling you to book private professional Chefs for dining experiences.
Customers browse for a Chef and select a menu, or are helped by La Belle Assiette's concierge service. On the day of the event, the Chef will come with all the ingredients, cook in the client's kitchen, serve the dishes and clean up before leaving. You can now host quality …
Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town | TechCrunch
Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets.
Gmail for Android could become a hub for all your email accounts
A leaked video spotted by Android Police appears to show sweeping changes for Gmail 5.0 on Android, including integration with Yahoo, Microsoft and other email services. We say "appears," because the strangely formatted video came from an anonymous user on a little-known upload site. Still, it looks like a genuine preview of the app, and at least one of the users in the video is an actual Google marketing employee . That out of the way, what does it show? The juiciest new feature is third-party email integration, with support for Yahoo, Hotmail and others just a swipe away. Gmail has always supported POP3 accounts, but the new feature would let many users dump their other email apps. Otherwise, we see a wholesale design change to Android 5's Material look, with new icons, colors and more. Check the video below or the source, but in this case we'd advise a pinch of skepticism -- sometimes these things don't pan out .
Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot | TechCrunch
If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day.
How to Develop the Hireable Skills You'll Actually Need After College
When I went to university I ended up in a discipline (Sociology) that I surprisingly loved. It changed my perspective on the world and was overall a great experience—but I realized early on that the credentials I was going to graduate with were probably worth little in the real world. Here are some of the things I did and few things I wish I knew earlier.
The man who magically made maths fun
Now, assume the road to the right does not lead to their leader. If she's speaking to the truth-teller, then the other alien would say Yes, which is what she'll be told. But if she's speaking to the liar, then the other alien would say No, and she'll be told Yes instead. Either way, she'll get the answer Yes. The upshot is that no matter who she's talking to, that alien's one-word answer reveals the truth of the matter: if No, then the right road does go to the leader, and if Yes, it doesn't.
Ondigo Launches In Battlefield With A Magic Automated Mobile CRM Tool | TechCrunch
From starting one of the first clubs in Tel Aviv to hanging out in front of a Home Depot in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2013 handing out doughnuts for surveys and running from the cops, it’s been a long road for the founders of mobile CRM tool ONDiGo , which has been in stealth beta and is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference today.
Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships | TechCrunch
Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just snagged a large handful of new brand partnerships from major players, including Sesame Street, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), Hasbro (My Little Pony, Transformers), Star Wars Rebels, Chuck E. Cheese, and more, and has rolled out a redesigned website.
Levebee Can Be Your Child’s Personal Reading Coach | TechCrunch
Currently, if a child needs help reading, they either go to a specialist or trudge through learn-how-to-read books with a parent. The first solution is expensive and limited. The second is not effective and tiresome. Levebee brings together the specialized tools used by professional reading coaches and the personalized approach used by parents.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Dishes On The Cloud, Gender Inequality In Tech And Piracy-As-Freemium | TechCrunch
This is a pretty interesting side of the cloud and platform wars: The need for simply tectonic quantities of liquid capital to compete. I think that we are seeing the further divergence of cloud companies that provide storage-based solutions, and cloud companies that sell both storage and compute services — Dropbox and Box can’t afford to spend billions per year on global compute infrastructure, but they can be competitive on price when it comes to storage itself. Or, at least they can for now — let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes
Now, this by itself isn't necessarily a shock either. Bigger ticket products like the iPad are things that people tend to hold onto for longer, and we've only just seen a new batch of iPads (well, one new iPad and one very mildly tweaked one) make their debut. Stalwarts will say just give it some time, the iPad'll pick up steam again, and it very well may do so -- there's an iPad at nearly every notable price point now. With the launch of a device like the iPhone 6 Plus, though, a device that for many people will ably straddle the line between the iPhone and the iPad Mini, it'll be interesting to see if the iPad manages to regain it's former sales glory. The fact that the iPad Mini wasn't barely touched this year won't help matters -- it got all of what, five sentences dedicated to it during the iPad Air 2's grand unveiling? Sure, part of that is almost certainly due to the cost and complexity of shrinking components and refining design, but the continued (some would say overwhelming) demand for Apple's bigger iPhones may wind up eating away at the iPad's relevance in some very curious ways.