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Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases - CNET

Speck's  CandyShell Inked iPhone 6 cases are due to ship soon (we received an early sample) with striking new designs. The Inked was one of our favorite cases for the iPhone 5/5S and it's also a winner for the 6 and 6 Plus.

You can now pay for a Hailo cab without cash even if you hailed on the street - CNET

The new Pay with Hailo feature brings this in-app billing even to cabs you didn't book via the app. So all you have to do is flag down a taxi on the street, and -- as long as it's a Hailo cab -- you can jump in, whip out your phone and connect the app to the cab in question. Tap the Pay with Hailo button and set a tip and there's no need to produce any cash. Paying this way does incur a 50p charge. As when booking through the app you receive an electronic receipt.

Facebook Unveils Its Own Anonymous App

Of course, there are issues with anonymous apps; Facebook will have to monitor user safety in an environment where people can hide behind whatever username they choose. Facebook has worked hard to prevent bullying on its core social network, and Miller says the company is trying to get ahead of any potential issues with Rooms. The app includes moderation tools, like the ability for room creators to review posts before they’re published, or set an 18-and-over age limit. Users can also flag inappropriate content which is then transferred to a team of human moderators at the ready 24 hours a day, he adds.

Apple ending SSL 3.0 push notifications in wake of severe POODLE vulnerability

The researchers found it was possible using a man-in-the-middle attack—nicknamed “POODLE”—to downgrade the SSL/TLS connection to the less-secure 3.0 version, where the flaw could allow an attacker to steal a person’s authentication cookies. The attacker and victim must be on the same network, posing a risk to people using public Wi-Fi.

Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees | TechCrunch

A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital. The product emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries.

Joystiq Deals: Name your own price game design bundle

For those who have always wanted to learn to make their own games, but don't want to shell out big bucks for training comes the Joystiq Deals name your own price game design bundle. The bundle includes four training modules, with topics ranging from the Unity graphics engine to art design to gamification. At retail this bundle would be priced at $800, but Joystiq Deals users can name their own price. Visit the Joystiq Deals website, pay more than the current average (it currently stands at a very reasonable $6.07) and you'll walk away with all four training modules. Best of all, 10 percent of your purchase will be earmarked for one of three charities, either the World Wildlife Foundation, Child's Play or Creative Commons. For more information and all the fine print, visit the Joystiq Deals website. Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple | TechCrunch

GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. As part of the deal, GT Advanced Technologies will exit the sapphire business altogether, and shut down its Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts factories, according to Reuters .

Weeks after winning a Nobel Prize for his microscope, Eric Betzig just revolutionized microscopy again

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Uber Partners With Vaccine Finder To Bring A Free Flu Shot To You | TechCrunch

The flu is more deadly than ebola and yet a simple vaccine could save your life. In that breath, Uber has partnered with Vaccine Finder to deliver a registered nurse and a vaccine kit for up to 10 people — of course on demand. Best of all the service is free, but the service is limited to just Boston, New York and DC from 10 am until 3 pm EST today, October 23, 2014.

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever | TechCrunch

Ello was originally built as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use. Ad Free Ello doesn't sell ads. Nor doest the company sell data about its users to third parties. Ello is completely free to use. Ello occasionally offesr special features to our users. If it creates a special feature that the consumer …

Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner

So the verdict? The Xbox One TV tuner is a handy way for us Europeans to get rid of our OTA boxes, eliminate a lot of clutter and gain a bunch of extra functionality. Having voice and Smartglass control over your TV viewing is nice, and being able to pause and skip through live TV programs is a huge bonus. The only drawbacks? Microsoft needs to streamline the operation of the system a bit, as certain functions (like flipping channels) are easier with a bog-standard remote. And of course, we strongly hope that Microsoft enables DVR recording at some point. Once that happens, you can look for my existing over-the-air decoder box on eBay.

The Pet Body-Shaming Industry Is So Much More Intense Than You Thought

The focus of our company is on dog health and fitness, and while we agree that exercise is critical, even more important is what and how much you feed your dog. At, we have compiled a database of dog (and cat) foods and try to educate our readers on the importance of reading the labels, knowing what it actually means and then knowing your dogs' proper feeding and nutrition needs. Pet obesity is a huge problem and has a very negative impact your pet's life span. They are with us such a short time anyways, don't shorten it with bad eating habits...and dogs don't feed themselves, so it's on the humans to be smart about it. We appreciate the companies you list because they are trying to make a difference, but just like with humans, you don't need all the fancy just need to eat right and exercise.

Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent - CNET

The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.

Surveillance Self-Defense

Modern technology has given the powerful new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.

Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments | TechCrunch

Crafts marketplace Etsy this morning announced a further expansion into the offline world with the launch of an Etsy card reader product designed for sellers who want to take credit and debit card payments in person. The move is centered around Etsy’s larger goal to become a one-stop shop for creative business owners who are often marketing their goods in the real world, at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, flea markets, and elsewhere, as well as through their own local outreach efforts.

Here's Why Midterm Elections Are Worth Your Attention

Except, of course, when they do, as is the case in 2014. Americans across the country will vote for 36 senators, 36 governors and a bunch of policies, but everyone will have their eyes on who wins each race for Senate, as Republicans have a good chance of wresting control of that house of Congress from the Democrats.

Tencent Leads $350M Investment In China’s Koudai Gouwu, A Mobile-Focused Rival To Alibaba | TechCrunch

Alibaba’s record-breaking US IPO may give the impression that the company has the e-commerce market in China sewn up, but there are plenty of fast-growing competitors with an eye on disrupting the top dog. Koudai Gouwu (known as Pocket Shopping in English) is one such company, and it just announced  a significant $350 million Series C funding round, as Technode first spotted .

Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle | TechCrunch

The combination of this makes Ant Financial able to operate as a full-scale bank with deposits, investments, lending and payment platform. While we all are waiting for the next move from Apple, PayPal, Amazon and Square, Alipay is steamrolling the Asian payments ecosystem. With the IPO in mind, it is clear that China is not big enough for Jack Ma, and it is my belief that it is just a matter of time until Ant Financial becomes a challenger to both incumbents in the financial sector, as well as disruptive technology companies in the U.S. and European markets.

Microsoft sees Surface revenue soar to $908M in Q1 2015, Xbox console sales grow 102%

“Customers are embracing our latest technologies from Surface Pro 3 and Office 365 to Azure and SQL Server,” Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in a statement. “Through great execution by our sales teams and our partners, we have been able to deliver our truly differentiated value to the marketplace.”

Meet Rooms, Facebook’s semi-anonymous app and first real attempt to fix the broken problem of social

Since links are difficult to copy and paste on mobile, the rooms team came up with another way: A unique QR code for each room that people can share via text, tweet, or Facebook the same way they’d share an image from their phone’s camera. The receiver can then screenshot the code and the next time they open the Rooms app, the app automatically accesses the phone’s camera roll, reads the QR code, and admits them to the Room. As a result, you can wind up with rooms that go viral via someone tweeting it, or you could have rooms that mostly stay private because the only people given the QR codes are a select group such as a classroom or a sports team. It’s sort of like reddit’s subreddit public-private system.

Nintendo Dishes Details on New Super Smash Bros. Stages - IGN

There will be more stages in Smash Bros. for Wii U than in the 3DS version and of any game in the series. Several levels were shown off during the Direct such as a Wuhu Island stage and a Mario Circuit stage .

Lords of the Fallen dev addresses complaints about slow-moving characters

Lords of the Fallen , the Dark Souls -ian role-playing game from Deck 13 and City Interactive, has had trouble communicating what it's all about to potential players ahead of its release on October 28. Looking to better explain his game, Tomasz Gop of City Interactive released a video detailing the different ways Lords of the Fallen can be played. Following a number of YouTube videos and live streams of the game, Gop moved to address criticisms that characters move too slowly. "The first thing I wanted to talk about it movement speed," said Gop. "We don't believe the game is too slow or too fast for anybody because you can adjust quite easily the way that you move." He goes on to explain how weapon and armor choice significantly change the speed with which your chosen character can dodge and block attacks. Gop also reiterates that the game will take approximately 50 hours to complete, and that as with nearly all role-playing games characters change dramatically over that time. Joystiq's own time with Lords of the Fallen during preview sessions at E3 demonstrated how difficult it is to get a sense of the full range of character options with just a short time with the game.

'American Horror Story' Episode 3: Two Faces Are More Evil Than One

"Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1" introduces Wes Bentley as the two-faced Edward, who in the 1800s was driven mad because his second face whispered evil things to him "only spoken of in hell." After escaping an asylum, Edward's demented side and continued insanity lead him to kill everyone in an entire freak show and then hang himself on one deadly Halloween.

Online Harassment: Who's Most At Risk? [Infographic]

Who’s most at risk from online harassment? Age and gender are closely intertwined with those aged 18-29 most likely to encounter some form of online abuse. While men are most at risk from milder categories like name calling and embarrassment, women are more at risk from the most severe forms of online harassment.

Pixelmator for iPad Is a Powerful Image Editor on the Go

Pixelmator on the iPad is surprisingly similar to its Mac counterpart. You have a ton of effects to choose from alongside layers, image composition tools, and all the retouch tools you'd expect from an image editor. Likewise, you get a bunch of different painting tools to create artwork from scratch. It also includes a bunch of templates to lay out photos in a variety of ways with frames and collages. Everything works well and the interface is easy to use even if you've never really messed around with image editors before. For just $5, there's a lot packed in here, and if you're a fan of Pixelmator on the Mac you'll be right at home when you load up the iPad version. If not, you'll be able to pick it up and get to using it pretty quickly.

Apple eyes 25 more stores in China - CNET

CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to open 25 retail stores in China over next two years, according to an interview posted on Chinese web portal

Microsoft's Mobile Enterprise Strategy

For a Head of IT, any of these items on the list might or might not be interesting, but none of it helps them solve the most important problem they're facing, which is how to transition their IT to the new world of post-PC, cloud, consumerized software, without too much drama, without compromising security or control, and so on. To this problem, Microsoft offers so many solutions that it's no solution at all.

Once Again: The Sky Is Rising When It Comes To Creative Output | Techdirt

A few years ago, we released our Sky is Rising report, looking at the state of the global entertainment industry, in which we found that, contrary to the story of gloom and doom that was being spread by some special interests, the real story was quite exciting. What we found when we looked at the actual numbers was that we are in a true renaissance of creativity, with massively more content -- video, movies, books, music and video games -- being produced these days than ever before. Perhaps more importantly, we saw that the amount of money being spent on these things also continued to increase -- though it didn't always flow through the same channels as in the past. This combination of factors -- more content producers, many new channels -- often led some people to insist that the industry was collapsing, rather than the truth, that it was growing rapidly, just in more distributed ways. That represented certain challenges for many people in the creative industries -- but from a public policy standpoint, it certainly suggested that things were pretty good -- not deathly bad, as was often implied.

Revamp Your Android Lock Screen With Microsoft's New App

If you haven't heard, Microsoft has kicked open the doors to its experimental Garage development hub , and among the projects now available for beta testing is the Next Lock Screen app for Android. Lock screen customization is nothing new, but this effort from Redmond is worth a look for the way it brings information, apps and settings right to your front screen.

Smash Tour Announced for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - IGN

Nintendo has announced a new four-player Mario Party-esque board game mode exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U called Smash Tour. Players navigate a board, engaging in multiplayer brawler mini-games along the way. Similar to Smash Run for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, players acquire stat bonuses such as agility, strength, and defense upgrades.

Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54 | TechCrunch

After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition.


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Payments Company Square Launches App Marketplace

Payment processor Square has launched the Square App Marketplace today in a bid to make it easier for sellers to find business apps that help them keep operations ticking over smoothly.

Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR

Broadcasters put the final nail in the coffin of Aereo as a live-streaming TV service Thursday, but a judge’s ruling could open the door to it operating as a cloud-DVR service.

9 Top Priorities For First-Time CEOs

As CEO what do you do and not do? Often companies come unglued at the top when first-time CEOs exercise their right to freely invade, well, anything and everything. This might work for awhile, but you will never build a strong company this way. The tendency to mettle comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of the CEO job. It is one of several first-time sins. Here's how to avoid them:

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic | TechCrunch

It’s not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook’s first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, videos, and comments with others in the Room. It’s a bit like forums inside an Instagram-style vertical feed. Rooms doesn’t require a Facebook account or even an email address to sign up. It employs an innovative QR-code invite system where people take a photo or screenshot of a Room’s code to gain entry.

4 Security Tips for Apple Pay Users

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One of the First Apple Computers Built by Steve Wozniak Sells for $905K

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Tech Five: Microsoft, Amazon up next

Tech Five: Microsoft, Amazon up next It's a big day for tech earnings. Let's look at the tech stocks to watch Thursday: Yelp. Shares plunged 17% off a weak outlook for the fourth quarter. Amazon and Microsoft report next. Check out this story on

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED

In Manila, I meet Denise (not her real name), a psychologist who consults for two content-moderation firms in the Philippines. “It’s like PTSD,” she tells me as we sit in her office above one of the city’s perpetually snarled freeways. “There is a memory trace in their mind.” Denise and her team set up extensive monitoring systems for their clients. Employees are given a battery of psychological tests to determine their mental baseline, then interviewed and counseled regularly to minimize the effect of disturbing images. But even with the best counseling, staring into the heart of human darkness exacts a toll. Workers quit because they feel desensitized by the hours of pornography they watch each day and no longer want to be intimate with their spouses. Others report a supercharged sex drive. “How would you feel watching pornography for eight hours a day, every day?” Denise says. “How long can you take that?”

Cassette deck hacked to play and control Spotify music

In an interview with CNET , Brailsford explains that the Raspberry Pi used in his device runs a version of MusicBox, and a custom module for identifying input and reading NFC tags. What's most charming about his creation is that you can actually load a cassette into the player. Once you've done so, the in-built software will scan for an NFC tag located in the cassette and then look for a matching playlist, before letting loose with the music. Brailsford took roughly two to three weeks to put together this twee little contraption, but has sadly said nothing about turning this into a commercial idea.

The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone

Nokia, best known for its sturdy hardware and early innovation in the mobile market, has had a long history in the cellular spotlight. From dominating the mobile market in the late '90s to partnering with Microsoft in 2011 for the Windows operating system, the company has seen a couple generations of ups and downs.

Ten privacy questions Whisper should answer for Senate committee

Whisper stores information linked to individual users. That’s how, when Zimmerman’s team spot a newsworthy user, they can scour their historical activity on the app and review past messages – including those a user may believe they have deleted. The precise time and general location of messages is recorded (for the 80% who opt into geolocation services), providing a trail of breadcrumbs that can be used to track a person’s movements over time. Rockefeller has asked Whisper to explain the extent to which it “retains user data”.

Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation | TechCrunch

Slack , the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million.

Investors in anti-Facebook startup have no idea how it will make money

Ello, the notably stripped-down, ad-free social network,  announced Thursday that it has taken $5.5 million in venture capital and re-incorporated as a “Public Benefit Corporation.”

The 100: "The 48" Review - IGN

The 100 premiere was amazingly busy, with an incredibly impressive amount occurring within just 44 minutes of screen time. The true introduction to Mount Weather was sufficiently bizarre – even as it had some notable Hunger Games vibes with its District 13 meets the Capitol vibe – and Wallace looks like a fun and different kind of antagonist (we think?) to square off with Clarke. Kane’s a-hole behavior regarding the Bellamy and Murphy situation aside, it was also really interesting to see him and Abby now on Earth, interacting with characters we’ve never seen them paired up with before, and contributing to Season 2 having a lot of new directions to go.

Best iPhone and iPod Speakers

That’s why we’re back with our list of the best iPod and iPhone speakers. We’ve tested a lot of these things, separated the wheat from the chaff, and assembled our recommendations for a great-sounding, well-featured speaker dock to suit just about any need or budget. Enjoy.

Amazon is working to enable the Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay

When Apple Pay went live earlier this week , many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users reported that they were unable to add their Rewards Visa card to it, even though Chase is one of the banks supporting Apple Pay.

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