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Evie Frye: Designing the female star of 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate'

'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' stars twins Evie and Jacob Frye. We learn how Evie was created, and what makes her tick.

Obviously Drivers Are Already Abusing Tesla’s Autopilot

A record cross-country speed run in autonomous mode raises questions about how the technology's regulated.

A breast cancer survivor is redefining the mastectomy photo

Aniela McGuinness documented her experience with a photo series that follows her from pre-surgery through the reconstruction process.

Here’s why Tesla Autopilot users still need to keep their hands on the wheel

The Tesla Autopilot system has only been available for about a week, but owners are already posting videos of it malfunctioning.

Squeaky puppy tries to intimidate doorstop by barking ferociously

Cooper the puppy tries to take down the evil doorstop with pouncing, growling and barking.

This Massive Wave Machine Is for Science, Not Fun

The 15-foot waves will help study how manmade structures—breakwaters, seawalls, giant concrete blocks—stand up to crashing waves and giant storms.

Can the Woman Behind Halo 5 Save the Xbox?

Bonnie Ross is in charge of Microsoft's biggest video game ever.

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Instagram’s New Standalone App Boomerang Captures 1-Second Video Loops

You’re given options to slide your Boomerang over to Instagram or Facebook where you can edit and title it. There’s also a More button for sharing to other services through your phone’s operating system. No matter what, Boomerang also conveniently saves the clip as a 4 second video, looping the burst of images back-and-forth 5 times so it can actually be watched on its own. That auto-save means you can immediately go back to recording more bursts if you want. Afterwards, you can do whatever you want with the clips, but they’ll will work best on services like Instagram that automatically loop videos.

Apple launches clean energy programs in China to reduce environmental impact of its suppliers

At the same time, Apple also announced that it has completed 40 megawatts of solar projects in China's Sichuan province, capable of producing the same amount of energy used by Apple's retail stores and operations offices in the country. Apple says the completion of the projects makes the company carbon neutral in China, but that doesn't factor in the energy used by its manufacturers and suppliers. The two new schemes are intended to offset that energy usage, producing more than 200 megawatts of electricity through the new solar sources — enough to power 265,000 homes in China for a year — and by helping suppliers build projects that will offer more than 2 gigawatts of clean energy.

Apple, Dropbox fight against controversial cybersecurity bill

Apple has joined Dropbox in opposing a controversial cybersecurity bill that could give the U.S. government new powers to spy on citizens under the pretense that they are protecting them from hackers.

The Android smartphone that promises you'll never run out of storage is available to pre-order

Deleting photos, apps and other random downloads you’d forgotten about might be par for the course for smartphone owners (pretty much everyone, then) but Nextbit’s cloud-first ‘Robin’ device is now available to pre-order and promises that deleting your data to free up space is a thing of the past.

Google Profit, Sales Top Estimates on Robust Web Traffic

Porat said, however, that capital expenditures were likely to expand next year, after describing the latest quarter’s $2.37 billion in spending as "muted." Research and development spending rose to $3.23 billion, or 17 percent of revenues, from a threshold of about 16 percent previous quarters. One of the main areas of investment is machine learning and artificial intelligence, which Google’s leadership sees as a point of differentiation from its competitors.

iOS 9.1 – New features, Improvements and Bug Fixes

Here’s the complete list of new features, improvements and bug fixes in iOS 9.1 as per the release notes:

Dutch sun-powered car wins World Solar Challenge by racing across Australia

Speeding off from Darwin on Oct. 18, 42 futuristic solar cars from more than two dozen countries competed in the 2015 World Solar Challenge.

Get taco, middle finger + other emoji by updating to iOS 9.1

To update to the emoji-laden iOS 9.1 on your iPhone, head to Settings, General then Software Update and let the installation complete. It should take just a few minutes and you’ll get all the new emoji.

Jack Dorsey’s New Boss Finds Twitter Intimidating to Use

“That’s exactly the problem that the company and Jack are trying to fix—that there are a lot of users who touch the service and perhaps don’t find it as simple as they should and don’t understand exactly how to express themselves. And that’s a huge opportunity,” he said. While Twitter has 316 million monthly active users, growing 2.6% in the three-month period ended June 30, there are countless more that have tried but abandoned the service.

Storage giants get bigger, but prices will stay small as Western Digital buys SanDisk

Dell’s acquisition of EMC will give storage makers one less big customer they can win over, but that won’t reshape the business, either. “There’s still a very broad field of people buying hard drives,” Handy said. That includes PC makers, server vendors, telecom equipment manufacturers, and companies like Facebook that build their own systems. “For any two of those companies to merge is not going to make that big of a difference.”

Microsoft Just Took A Step Toward Actual Gender Diversity

Soon three women will serve on Microsoft's board -- meeting the real threshold for gender diversity.

The Saddle Brown iPhone 6s case probably looks better used

But danhendricks actually prefers the newer look that the case shows off, which is probably due to the leaking of dye from the original poster’s “raw denim jeans,” but also the oils introduced to the case in every day normal usage. Interestingly enough, outside of stories regarding other cases that other Reddit users have owned and see fade in their own way, the general consensus seems to be that the used case looks better than the brand new one.

Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I knew isn't in this movie

In 2015, the brilliant writer Aaron Sorkin made a movie loosely based on a famous, powerful, contemporary American business figure — the technology innovator Steve Jobs — that showed him in a bad light. He, too, took artistic liberties with the character, and with events. But, his entertaining work of fiction isn't labeled for what it is. It's called Steve Jobs and is based in part on Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of the man.

Content sharing service 'This' is now better at showcasing links

The service is nice enough to look at and use, and I like the idea of sharing only one link a day — it encourages thoughtful curation and pares down your interaction with the site so you don’t get caught up posting things purely to garner followers..

Microsoft Edge extensions won’t arrive until 2016

“We’re committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority,” a Microsoft spokeswoman told VentureBeat in an email today. “We’re actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016.”

Facebook admits that its app is draining your iPhone's battery

Even for all the hours we spend on Facebook every day, lately it seems like the app has been draining iPhone batteries faster than normal. According to many users, the new battery menu in iOS 9, which lists app-by-app battery usage, has confirmed that Facebook is using more than its fair share, and now the company has acknowledged a problem. "We found a few key issues and have identified additional improvements, some of which are in the version of the app that was released today,"  Facebook's Ari Grant wrote today.

Apple opens up tvOS app submissions ahead of Apple TV shipping

As with its iPads and iPhones, Apple wants developers to optimize the design and images of their apps for the new platform, which some have hailed as holding the potential to be  Apple’s most revolutionary product in years .

Here’s everything announced at Twitter’s Flight developer conference

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has just wrapped up its keynote event at its second annual Flight developer conference. There was quite a lot of ground covered, starting with a quick note from new chief executive Jack Dorsey, who reached out to developers as he set the tone for Twitter’s new direction.

LIVE: Microsoft earnings

Flickr/n.bhupinderMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft reported its first-quarter earnings for fiscal-year 2016 after the bell Thursday.

Virtual Reality Basics - Virtual Reality Basics - Tom's Hardware

As mentioned earlier, a huge challenge for virtual reality is having enough processing power to deliver the required frame rates and super-low latency. While a high field of view is necessary for presence, it's not required for pristine resolution in the whole image, because people don't naturally see the fine details in their peripheral vision. Eye tracking opens the door for "foveated rendering," whereby the bulk of the graphics power is spent on the fraction of the screen where you are focused, and far less is needed for the periphery, which you can't effectively see anyway. In summary, eye tracking opens the door to an efficient way of rendering just the graphics you need to see.

Arx Pax Demos Its New Steerable Mag-Lev Hoverboard

Thanks to hands-on feedback from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, it no longer looks like “a lunch tray”, as he said. The Hendo now has a skateboard deck on the top with the motors flung out to the sides so it’s more obviously a board that basically flies. Arx Pax co-founder Greg Henderson says “Getting Tony’s feedback made a huge difference in our design approach.” Hawk was on hand at today’s unveiling in Los Gatos, California. He made riding the Hendo 2 look easy, as you can see in the GIF above.

Major Windows 10 PC update tipped to land in November

The new update will be a cumulative release, meaning you can jump straight to it if you’re already on Windows 10 even if you’ve put off a few updates. The build itself is called Windows 10 Fall Update, Thurrott says, although when you see the update in the Settings app it will be called “Windows 10 November 2015.”

Airbnb apologizes for controversial San Francisco ad campaign

Airbnb’s latest advertising campaign in San Francisco doesn’t appear to have gone down well with some local residents. In ads seen as whiny and passive-aggressive, Airbnb appears to be telling the city how it should spend its money on public projects.

4 Daily Habits That Lead To Success

It turns out your mom was right when she told you to make your bed in the morning. "When you make your bed, it’s a statement to yourself that I have respect for my space," says Bell. "It puts us in a productive mode and starts our whole thinking right." So before you leave for work, be sure your bed sheets are tidy.

Airbnb Apologizes For Tone-Deaf Hotel Tax Ads, Will Take Them Down “Immediately”

The intent was to show the hotel tax contribution from our hosts and guests, which is roughly $1 million per month. It was the wrong tone and we apologize to anyone who was offended. These ads are being taken down immediately.

Apple's News app finally arrives in the UK

While Apple wants to be the de facto news service for iPhone users and continues to roll out News across the world, it’s having a harder time in China, where the service has reportedly been disabled .

Get With It, Amazon: Even the Nook Is Water Resistant Now

Waterproofing may not be enough to convince you to buy a Glowlight Plus; that depends on where you read, how clumsy you are, and how the device actually performs. There’s no downside to it, though. It’s a built-in, invisible layer protection, whether you ever actually use it or not. To the extent that there’s an ereader arms race, water-resistance is the heaviest artillery since built-in front-lighting. A feature which, incidentally, Barnes & Noble beat Amazon to as well, with 2012’s Simple Touch with GlowLight.

5 ways to diagnose a website that's not working

When something gets lost in that complex communication mishmash that we call the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out who is to blame. But you need to know. Because if the problem is yours, it’s not going to go away until you’ve fixed it.

Airbnb Apologizes To San Francisco For Passive Aggressive Ad Campaign

I'm happy to hear that you paid your taxes this year. I did too! Isn't it awesome? However, I've crunched some numbers and I have some bad news for you. Out of your $12 mil of hotel tax, only 1.4% goes to the SF Public Libraries. So that's $168,000. Divided by the 868 library staff, we have $193 per person. Assuming each employee works 5 days per week minus holidays, this is $0.78 per employee per day. Since that's significantly under San Francisco minimum wage ($12.25/hr), I doubt that your hotel tax can keep the libraries open more than a minute or two later.

Twitter (Officially) Launches Polls

Twitter’s been playing around with polls for the past month or so…right out in the open. Today’s announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise if you follow anyone who works for the company or runs in tech’s inner circles. Over the next few days, everyone will be able to pepper you with yes/no, two-option polls. Why only two options? Not sure, but it’s something that’ll probably expand over time.

The Men Made of Light That Adventure Around LA

Finding a location is the most crucial step in his process. 2wenty  tends to stay close to home, but has made a few photos while traveling to other cities. The photographer prefers to work late at night—typically between 11 pm and 4 am—exploring locales around the city. He likes spots with great ambient light that sets a scene. It may seem spooky, but the artist finds being out in wee hours soothing. “I usually can’t sleep at night and love being up late,” he says. “Everything feels a lot calmer and my brain feels like it can relax.”

Without tech, I would have never met the love of my life

Despite working for a tech website, I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love how easy it is for me to connect to my brother in Australia, my friends in Los Angeles and Berlin, and my girlfriend in London, when I’m sat in the next room.

SwiftKey Beta 6.0 predicts your next two words, overhauls settings and emoji controls

That rather basic philosophy definitely works for SwiftKey Beta version 6.0, which now predicts the next two words you’re likely to say. SwiftKey calls it “double predictions.” You won’t see it for every word, but with certain phrases it’s pretty awesome and helps you bang out messages much more quickly.

Chase's tweet backing PIN credit cards was a mistake, bank says

"That tweet was sent in error yesterday," said JP Morgan Chase Bank spokesman Paul Hartwick in an email to Computerworld. "At this time we do not have current plans to offer chip-and-PIN credit cards."

Top EU court rules Bitcoin transactions tax-free

The European Union's highest court said Bitcoin, as well as other virtual currencies, can be exchanged tax-free within the EU.

Xbox Live grows to 39M active gamers — but Xbox hardware sales down 17% from a year ago

Microsoft confirmed 2.4 million Xbox systems were sold during its fiscal Q1 of 2015, and if we’re down 17 percent year-over-year, then that puts total Xbox sales at approximately 1.99 million if all things are equal. But the 17 percent drop is a revenue number, so you would have to factor that in because not every Xbox is sold at the same price. So the 1.99 number is very rough, and we’re hoping to get something more solid from Microsoft.

Mashable on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

A Beginner's Guide to the Synth

A sine wave is just one single frequency, but all other sounds are made up of several frequencies that combine to form the dominant pitch that you hear. It’s why a C chord on the guitar sounds like a C even though E and G notes are also played. These are called harmonics; they aren’t heard as discrete pitches, but rather overtones that gives a sound its unique character or timbre.

Wunderlist update for Android supports Marshmallow

When you pull down Notifications you will see a new prompt: What would you like to do? Tap on it to add a to-do to your Wunderlist. If you’re busy in another app there is minimal distraction — just type your to-do, tap Add and go back to your previous task.

Twitter Announces New Tools, Partnerships For Finding And Publishing Embedded Tweets

Online publishers are about to get a lot more options for embedding tweets in their stories, with Twitter announcing a new “ecosystem” of products around embedded tweets today at its Flight developer conference.

Facebook Parse now lets you easily deploy mobile apps to Heroku

The Facebook-owned Parse mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) cloud for hosting mobile apps is announcing today new tools that will make it easier for developers to run apps on the Heroku platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud from within Parse’s tools.

So you're a startup CEO, what do you do all day?

Chief Executive Officer? Chief Visionary? Chief Cheerleader? Chief Salesman? Chief Funding Officer? Chief Communications Officer? Chief Team Builder? Chief Lightbulb Changer? Chief Coffee Maker? Yup, all of these titles apply to the role of a startup CEO.

Chrome 47 beta brings cooperative multitasking, flexible desktop notifications, and splash screens on Android

Splash screens, when not abused, can allow apps to show something meaningful to users as the app loads, which in turn improves perceived performance. Chrome for Android brings splash screens to web apps when a site is launched from the Android home screen. The splash screen is shown immediately, even while Chrome itself is loading, and developers can customize it by setting a name, icon, background color, and notification bar color in the web app manifest. Once the web app begins to draw to the screen, the splash screen disappears.

Runkeeper finally lets you leave your iPhone at home, thanks to its latest Apple Watch update

Even if you do leave your iPhone at home, you’ll be able to see your heart rate, time, distance, and average pace — all in real time, on your wrist. Moreover, you’ll also be able to select your activity type from your wrist and see a recap of your run’s stats at the end. Jacobs also told VentureBeat that Runkeeper will add other features to the app, including split times .

With 120+ News Publishers Signed On, Google Opens Applications For $170M DNI Innovation Fund

“We’re looking for projects that demonstrate new thinking in the practice of digital journalism; that support the development of new business models, or maybe even change the way users consume digital news,” writes Ludovic Blecher of Google, who heads the DNI Innovation Fund. “Projects can be highly experimental, but must have well-defined goals and have a significant digital component. There is no requirement to use any Google products. Successful projects will show innovation and have a positive impact on the production of original digital journalism and on the future sustainability of the news business.”

Instagram launches a new 1-second video looping app 'Boomerang' to take on Vine

The app automatically saves the 1-second GIFs as a video on your camera roll, and the interface is simple and uncluttered — porting you directly to the camera screen upon opening up the app. When you've finished shooting a video with Boomerang, you can then share it directly to Instagram of Facebook, which is the only place your friends will see it as the app doesn't include its own dedicated news feed.


The board of directors of Alphabet authorized the company to repurchase up to $5,099,019,513.59 of its Company's Class C capital stock, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2015. The repurchase is expected to be executed from time to time, subject to general business and market conditions and other investment opportunities, through open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions, including through Rule 10b5-1 plans.

Samsung Electronics considering share buybacks: Korea Economic Daily

SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is considering buying back its own shares as part of a broader initiative by South Korean conglomerate Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] to boost shareholder value, the Korea Economic Daily reported on Thursday.

ISPs “reminded” to not use government money for alcohol and vacations

Since 2002, Sandwich Isles Communications [in Hawaii] has collected $242,489,940 from the federal Universal Service Fund to serve no more than 3,659 customers. During that same time, Albert Hee, the owner of Sandwich Isles’s parent company Waimana Enterprises and affiliate ClearCom, apparently used the company as his family’s personal piggy bank. For example, the companies apparently paid $96,000 so that Hee could receive two-hour massages twice a week; $119,909 for personal expenses, including family trips to Disney World, Tahiti, France, and Switzerland and a four-day family vacation at the Mauna Lani resort; $736,900 for college tuition and housing expenses for Hee’s three children; $1,300,000 for a home in Santa Clara, California for his children’s use as college housing; and $1,676,685 in wages and fringe benefits for his wife and three children.


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