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Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke makes for an appealing lead, doing what she can with the rote nature of her role, but even she can't breathe much life into some of the movie's more banal scenes. The rest of the young, pretty faced-cast are one-dimensional fodder, but to their credit it's really more their characters that are the problem and not the actors. With Zelda Rubinstein now on the other side, Insidious' Lin Shaye has become the horror genre's go-to-old lady and, although only in two scenes, she gives the movie a jolt when it needs it most as the aforementioned asylum patient.

Apple iTunes Sees Big Drop in Music Sales

The growing availability of cheap music—from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans—is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc. Music sales at Apple’s iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from...

Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future is at stake

With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services — but it needs to convince developers that it is no longer the rapacious and self-interested dictator it once was

The Queen puts the RT in royalty with first tweet - CNET

Her madge is a bit late to Twitter, but has been an early adopter in the past: she sent her first Christmas message on television in 1956 and sent her first email way back in 1977.

How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player

Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM's competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. After the loss Kasparov questioned whether Deep Blue's team had cheated in order to beat him, but in a  fascinating new short documentary by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN , it's shown that the momentous victory — and the notorious 44th move that led to it — was actually the result of a computer error.

In a Boost for Automation, Robot Hand Uses Static to Grab | MIT Technology Review

The flexible surface of the grabber lets it support more weight and distribute the gripping force more evenly than conventional robots that use suction to pick things up. This improvement could allow robots to take on new manufacturing tasks, including jobs that involve handling delicate materials such as thin semiconductors for new, advanced solar cells. But the technology also offers a cheap way to pick up just about anything—fabric, bags of chips, 50-pound boxes of paper, single pieces of paper, mobile phones.

20 best Android apps and games this week

Skylanders Trap Team (Free + IAP) You need a recent Android device – a list is provided on the Google Play store – and 2.5GB of free space to install the new Skylanders team, but it’s worth the hassle. This is a proper, full Skylanders game, complete with its own joypad and tablet stand to use with the Skylanders figures. New to the game? It’s a monster-battling fest aimed at children, with new features including the ability to trap beasts then play as them.

Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'

Over that week, Spencer also rode three subway lines; took an Uber car; visited a park, a restaurant and a coffee shop; and attended a bowling party with friends. He wasn't exhibiting symptoms at the time — except for fatigue — so it's not likely he put anyone in danger, because Ebola can't spread if symptoms aren't present. But here's a look at Dr. Spencer's travels while he was carrying the virus, based on information from city officials on Thursday and Friday:

Feet Loaf Disgustingly Delicious Simple Main dish

Here's a perfect recipe for a disgustingly delicious Halloween main dish meal! FEETLOAF! Super simple to make. Use your favorite meatloaf recipe or download, print and use my tried and true one.

Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good | TechCrunch

Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at how Nintendo’s Amiibo will work in action in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game.

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive | TechCrunch

Of course, Looksery’s app lets you have fun, too – you can chat as a panda, a gecko, a grumpy cat, a zombie, a monster or even a flaming skull. (The kids might enjoy that one.) But for older users, Looksery’s bigger draw is its ability to let you chat via face-perfecting filters, including those that let you instantly remove any blemishes or zits, remove bags under your eyes, even out your skin tone, slim you face, remove lines, and change the color and size of your eyes.

This is what a 'Star Wars' blaster bolt would look like in real life - CNET

Each pulse lasted around a dozen femtoseconds (millionths of a billionth of a second), and was so powerful that it ionised the atoms around it, which in turn created a fibre of plasma. The team was able to prevent this from dispersing immediately by carefully calibrating the laser machine to balance the interactions between the pulse's electromagnetic field and the plasma. This meant the pulse held its shape, travelling a greater distance than low-power pulses.

Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding

Microsoft only had a temporary period of 18 months to use the Nokia brand on smartphones, providing the company enough time to switch to Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft revealed yesterday that the company  sold 9.3 million Lumia Windows Phones in the most recent quarter, a small increase from the 8.8 million sold in the same period last year. While Windows Phone faces many challenges in the market against iOS and Android handsets, Microsoft may face a new challenge with its branding. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed yesterday that the modest growth in Lumia sales was "driven by sales in Europe where we gained share with lower price devices." Nokia has always been a strong brand in Europe, and it’s now down to Microsoft to prove it can continue to push Lumia sales forward without Nokia.

Say hello to Microsoft Lumia - Conversations

Tuula : Microsoft was founded with the vision of putting a computer in every home and on every desk. With Lumia phones, Microsoft delivers the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone. We’ve introduced innovations such as advanced camera features, wireless charging, industry-leading design – and have worked to bring across our portfolio. All of that will continue. Microsoft remains committed to bringing amazing Lumia experiences with a strong portfolio of phones that offer something for everyone.

3D Realms returns with 32-game Anthology release

Once- defunct publisher 3D Realms has re-opened its doors , releasing a 32-game compilation and promising a slate of upcoming releases from a newly-assembled staff . The 3D Realms Anthology, available for $19.99 from the publisher's website , collects Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad: Dark War , and other classic PC games in a DRM-free package. Many of the company's past works -- including Alien Carnage, Major Stryker , and Stargunner -- are also available as free downloads. 3D Realms shed its former staff in 2008, but retained its rights to Duke Nukem and other landmark PC franchises. Rise of the Triad developer Interceptor Entertainment acquired label owner Apogee Software earlier this year, and now controls all associated IP and branding. [Video: 3D Realms]


J2ObjC is an open-source command-line tool from Google that translates Java code to Objective-C for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) platform. This tool enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary. The goal is to write an app's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which is then shared by web apps (using GWT), Android apps, and iOS apps.

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround | TechCrunch

Illic says the inspiration for the app came from watching food blogger friends take dozens of photos of plates of grub from different angles and struggle to decide which was best. He thought “Why can’t you just go around the whole thing, so you don’t have to worry about the perfect shot with a single angle.” Originally he figured that would require a camera with expensive 3D sensors, but in fact, newer iPhones are capable if given the right software. That’s where Dacuda comes in.

Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption | WIRED

Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star’s surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth’s direction. If they’re powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids.

A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role

On Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, at a restaurant down at Fisherman’s Wharf, for a conversation on how to fund energy innovation and what Silicon Valley’s future role can be. Moniz became Secretary of Energy a year and a half ago, following Steven Chu, after decades as a physics and engineering professor at MIT and a stint as the Under Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration.

Why NFC in the iPad Air 2 is a big deal for small businesses

Apple hasn’t officially mentioned the new NFC chip in the iPad, and there doesn’t seem to be a use for it at the moment. Although the iPad Air 2 supports Apple Pay, it’s for online shopping — so you won’t see anyone tapping their 10-inch slate at a McDonald’s or Walgreens. Apple has declined to bring in-store Apple Pay to the iPad, although considering the newfound NFC chip it’s certainly theoretically possible. Using an iPad for mobile payment checkouts could even look sillier than using a tablet as a camera.

Ello makes a bold promise for an ad-free social network, but omits key details

Ello, incidentally, may also wish to disclose the exact definition of “public benefit” it included, as one of the legal requirements, in its new corporate documents. While its vow not to sell user data may be a good thing, it’s unclear that this would count as a public benefit under the law — any more than you or me vowing not to shop lift is a “public benefit.”

PS4 update rolls out USB music player, Share Play next week

The PlayStation 4's version 2.0 system update will arrive next Tuesday, October 28, PlayStation announced via Twitter . Codenamed "Masamune," the update adds the ability to play music from a USB stick connected to the console. As revealed earlier this month , it also features more game broadcast tools, such as the ability to archive sessions and search for specific games being broadcast, as well as themes to spice up the system's layout. One of the major features being added to the console next week is Share Play, the pass-the-controller-style cooperative multiplayer game sharing mode announced by Sony at its Gamescom 2014 event in August . Though limited to one-hour increments , the feature will be inherent to all PS4 games, allowing PS Plus members to let a friend take over a game the latter doesn't own via PSN. The Masamune update also adds a dedicated YouTube app as well as improved game library filtering options. [Image: Sony]

With Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the mix, can anyone else contend in public cloud?

Now, that’s an interesting article with some good questions. I think there are some competitors to Amazon’s and Google’s public clouds which worths to be mentioned, each of them treating specific needs. The market will go on big data crunched by bare metal for achieving successes. I’ve recently read about Bigstep’s full metal cloud, they claims a good performance over their bare metal infrastructure. I think that Google and IBM will serve to more generics situations that the others public cloud providers who tend to get more specialized on crunching big data fast and being concern about performance.

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services: blog

Pichai, who has risen rapidly through the ranks since joining Google in 2004, is viewed by many industry insiders as potential CEO material. In addition to his duties overseeing the various products, Pichai will continue to lead Google's Android and Chrome software operating systems as well as Google's Apps business.

Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform | TechCrunch

Yet a lot of that is very fragmented listening across a number of different platforms, or via other third-party aggregating services like Apple’s own iTunes. Right now Stitcher is the number-two app in the iOS store for podcasts, while iTunes is number one; it claims the number-one spot for Android. Deezer believes that by coupling Stitcher’s talk programming with its music offering, it could introduce the music platform to more of the talk-show crowd, and also recommend talk programming alongside music to extend the engagement of Deezer’s music user-base.

Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page Reorgs Staff, Anoints Sundar Pichai as New Product Czar

The move seems born of Page’s concern — which is not new — that Google will become less innovative as it ages. In a memo to staff, he noted that the changes will create less of a bottleneck and also help him focus his attention on existing and new products. That said, he’ll continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).

Transfer data from an old iPad to a new iPad Air 2 or mini 3 [How-To Tutorial]

If you’re planning to buy the new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 and wondering how to transfer data from your old iPad to the new iPad, then follow the steps mentioned below. You first have to take a back up of your old iPad and then restore the backup to your newly purchased iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 using iTunes or iCloud.

J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a 'Harry Potter' Story on Halloween

The new story will provide a 1,700-word backstory about Umbridge, including new details, plus Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character," the Pottermore announcement reads. (You can't view the announcement without a membership to Pottermore .)

Sundar Pichai becomes second-in-command at Google with major reorg

The move is a big consolidation of power within Google, and a vote of confidence for Pichai, who made his name leading Chrome, and then took over Android when Andy Rubin shifted to a different role within the company in early 2013. There have been reports in the past that both Twitter and Microsoft tried to tap Pichai for executive positions, but he remained loyal to Google — and CEO Larry Page — ever since joining the company ten years ago.

Hackers Are Exploiting Microsoft PowerPoint to Hijack Computers

Fortunately, the attack requires user interaction , so you would have to consent to open the file containing an infected OLE object. So if you tried to download a PowerPoint file from the web, a display prompt would ask for download permission. Consent prompts are fairly common, however, so users might not even realize they're granting permission to an infected file. As for now, Microsoft suggests users avoid opening any PowerPoint files from an untrusted source.

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Color blind or color brave?

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

Fallen Soldier Nathan Cirillo's Dogs Wait For Master To Return

The dogs broke the nation's heart Thursday, poking their heads from beneath the fence of Cirillo's family home in Hamilton, Ont., seemingly waiting for their master's return.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

In the video, two Dutch pranksters sneak into a large food-industry expo in Houten, The Netherlands. (The video doesn't name the event.) There, the duo ask exhibitors and attendees to sample their "new, organic alternative to fast food" from their "high-end restaurant." In reality, they are serving up cut-up pieces of what appears to be McDonald's fare including muffins, burgers and nuggets.

Bring on the learning revolution!

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Should you donate differently?

Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.

PL-01 Future Stealth Tank Unveiled By Poland

Poland has unveiled it’s concept for the next generation PL-01 stealth tank, which incorporates technology that makes it invisible to enemy thermal imaging.

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter review - CNET

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is an unassuming rectangular device, similar to a USB stick. It's 3.5 inches (9cm) in length and weighs 1.2 ounces (33.1g). It has one HDMI connector and a short USB cable that is permanently attached to the body of the device. The adapter uses the USB for power. If your TV does not have a powered USB port (or one that is nearby), you'll need to get a USB extension cord and a USB power supply. Microsoft does not include those in the box. However, you do get a small HDMI extension cable included in case you need it.

Hackers: the Internet's immune system

The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.

Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.




We've created a slideshow highlighting the key trends and forecasts for the entire Internet-connected ecosystem, including connected TVs, connected cars, wearable computing devices, and all of the consumer and business tools that will soon be connected to the "Internet Of Things."

Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages | TechCrunch

Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. That’s enough freebie pages to read up to three full books.

Letters of Note: 1984 v. Brave New World

Wrightwood. Cal. 21 October, 1949 Dear Mr. Orwell, It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that required much reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before being able to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four. Agreeing with all that the critics have written of it, I need not tell you, yet once more, how fine and how profoundly important the book is. May I speak instead of the thing with which the book deals — the ultimate revolution? The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution — the revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at total subversion of the individual's psychology and physiology — are to be found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded himself as the continuator, the consummator, of Robespierre and Babeuf. The philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a sadism which has been carried to its logical conclusion by going beyond sex and denying it.

Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network” | TechCrunch

Other measures that has taken in its effort to be more “friendly” than competing social networking platforms include volunteers or ambassadors chosen from its user ranks, who flag trolls and offensive comments. There are currently about 1,000 ambassadors on the platform, who can earn rewards such as becoming “royalty” and earning titles like “lady,” “count,” “princess,” “king,” and “queen,” and early access to new features. The site also uses exclusively smiley emojis in an effort to create a friendlier environment. Users who are under 18 can only receive certain types of messages, and there is a filtering system (similar to Google’s safe search filter) in place so people can decided what kind of content they see.

Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella helped lead an investor call for the company's latest quarter and there weren't many surprises. Nadella once again reaffirmed Microsoft's commitment to Xbox, and noted the company  will strengthen its gaming experiences on PCs and consoles. "Gaming is the one category that we’ve said we’ll invest in it for its own sake in driving enterprise value," explains Nadella. "The reason we’re why we’re so competitive now in Cortana and speech recognition, which I think is core to productivity, first started with Kinect and Xbox." Nadella clearly sees Xbox as an important way for the company to analyze and feedback data to improve other products at the company. On the topic of cloud computing, Nadella says everyone should "think of Azure as the common fabric of all our applications." A clear signal to the importance of the cloud's influence on Microsoft's future.

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52 What the World Looked Like the Last Time the Royals Made the World Series
53 Photographer Captures the Old-Soul Beauty of Senior Dogs
54 8 Things Recruiters Notice About Your Resume at First Glance (and 4 Things That Don't Matter)
55 Huh? Mini phone attaches to the phone you already have - CNET
56 Your body is my canvas
57 After 25 years, 'Pretty Hate Machine' is still Trent Reznor's most honest album
58 Doctors Returning to NY-Area Airports From West Africa Will Be Quarantined
59 How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The Massive $600 Billion Grocery Industry [SLIDE DECK]
60 TNW Rewind
61 College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital | TechCrunch
62 IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is | TechCrunch
63 The Queen sends her first tweet
64 Exclusive: Shakeup At NSA After BuzzFeed News Reports On Potential Conflict Of Interest
65 Waste-free, Willy Wonka packaging is coming but are consumers ready for it?
66 The discovery of <i>Homo floresiensis</i>: Tales of the hobbit
67 The doubt essential to faith
68 8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time
69 Ten years of Ubuntu: How Linux’s beloved newcomer became its criticized king
70 WebGL Fluid Experiment
71 Want to learn how to give a great talk? Chris Anderson is writing the official TED guide to public speaking
72 The Best Tips and Tweaks for Getting the Most Out of Google Chrome
73 Credit Cards Compromised In Month-Long Kmart Data Breach
74 The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades
75 The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone
76 How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast | TechCrunch
77 Billionaire Donates Over $65 Million to UCSB
78 If Hemingway wrote JavaScript • @ fat
79 The Physics of the Hendo Hoverboard | WIRED
80 Carnival Cruise Lines
81 Zelda Williams Tattoos Beautiful Tribute to Late Father
82 Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump
83 The iPad Air 2 Finally Lets You Easily Switch Between Carriers | WIRED
84 The Secret Message in Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch
85 5 Steps to Finding a Winning Brand Name
86 Students build Oculus Moon robot
87 Earth View from Google Maps Puts Stunning Photos in the New Tab Page
88 Amazon Kindle Voyage review - CNET
89 Here’s A Sneak Peek At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device | TechCrunch
90 iPhone 6 Long-Term Review: Apple's Lack Of Vision Is The iPhone's Failure
91 The Cool Accidental Typography Of Satellite Imagery
92 iRobot CEO decries the slow advance of robotics
93 Why good leaders make you feel safe
94 The day UFOs stopped play
95 iTunes Download Sales Have Fallen Sharply, Says WSJ
96 13 People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed Near Remote Controlled Vehicles
97 'Scandal' Recap Episode 5: Things Don't Look So Good for Jake
98 Animals Can Experience the Uncanny Valley