How to Make a Beer Keg Out of a Pumpkin
With just a few tools, you can easily turn a pumpkin into a basic keg that's perfect for Halloween.
Pizzabox vending machine promises hot pies on the fly - CNET
The machine, still in testing, will sell 10-inch pizzas straight out of an 800-degree oven. In 90 seconds.
iRobot uPoint Turns Military Robot Control Into Tablet Play
iRobot has moved military robot control from the physical joystick to an Android tablet and the change makes a world of difference.
The Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google Now vs. Siri vs. Cortana
Cortana is still in beta yet when actually comparing the three to everyday uses Cortana is by far more advanced than siri and Google now. Siri and google now dont have as much access to the phone and personal data as cortana actually learns the user. Google now is the fastest but can only handle searches and simple tasks. Siri and Cortana are truly personal assistants but cortana is a lot faster than siri and actually learns the user to make it a little more personal. Not biased at all as I have a Nokia 1020, LG G3 and iPhone 6. Cortana is definitely a step above the rest.
Microsoft has a new app that shares self-destructing photos without a social network
A new app out of Microsoft’s research lab aims to simplify photo sharing. Xim will be available for not just Windows Phone, but iOS and Android as well.
Inside Rolls-Royce, the luxury maker
To own a Rolls-Royce is universally recognized as "the ultimate expression that you have made it," says Warren, even by those who are unimpressed by the marque’s conservative grandeur. It is conspicuous consumption of the highest order, and the company is perfectly content with its role of satisfying that niche but highly profitable demand: "no one needs a Rolls-Royce, we are very open about that. These are purchases of the heart." And yet, in spite of its sustained popularity, Rolls-Royce is starting to lean toward a younger audience, introducing the more driver-oriented Ghost in 2010 and the closest thing to a sports car the company will likely ever do, 2013’s Wraith. The average Phantom buyer is 55, an age that drops to the mid-40s for Ghost owners and as low as the 30s for Wraith. This shift in clientele isn’t happening by lowering prices, mind you, as the most affordable of these cars still costs in excess of $350,000 before even adding any bespoke elements.
7 Tech Projects That Could Revolutionize Your Daily Life
Most of these projects are still in development, but they can have a major impact on your daily routine if they hit the market and deliver on their promises. Here are seven we're watching.
House M.D. (TV Series 2004–2012)
Let me put it simply. I am a physician, and as an inviolable rule, I HATE medical shows. Granted, TV series tend to be one dimensional, due to inherent difficulties in the genre, but "doctor shows" are something I avoid like the proverbial plague. And then one evening I caught "House, MD" and was completely drawn into the show. In House I find the anti-hero that I've been waiting for in a medical show. The guy who knows everything, but is wrong often enough to keep us all guessing. I enjoy the contrast of House and his cadre of young fresh faced colleagues, complete with starched white lab coats, who struggle as much with their professionally imposed constraints, and sense of decorum, as they do with his personality. And, wonder of wonders, the use of ironic and tragic comedy is without peer in what I've seen in the TV world in recent memory. In a nutshell, I really never know what any given character will say or do and it's that freshness that will keep me coming back for more. Somewhere there is a team of writers who actually know their craft, and an acting ensemble that knows how to pull it off.
Slack Changes Sign-In Process On Desktop To Remove Team Names [Updated] | TechCrunch
The ability to view team names that relate to a particular team’s email domain or individual’s email address is a feature designed to make it easy for our users to find and access teams. Many people who use Slack have team discovery via email domain enabled. This is a setting that the team owner and administrators control. It allows anyone using a particular email domain to see all the teams that have enabled the self-signup process for that domain. The majority of Slack users see these screens when they sign in.
Apple Sends Invites for iPad Event on Oct. 16
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A New Technique For Creating More Aha Moments: The Surprise Journal
Sometimes the surprises she stumbles upon are major shockers--a friend she thought was loyal betrays her, or a scientific belief is disproven. But the everyday moments of surprise are actually more exciting to Galef. It surprised her, for instance, that her teaching ratings were sometimes lower than the ratings of colleagues. This signaled to her that she had been over-confident about her teaching abilities and had perhaps not been open to feedback that could have improved her skills. Sometimes, it surprises her when audience members seem enthusiastic about one of her talks. Rather than just being flattered by the positive feedback, Galef takes this as an opportunity to assess her own understanding of what makes a topic useful or exciting: Perhaps her pre-suppositions about what other people find interesting is due for a change?
Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps | TechCrunch
A new mobile application called Snowball , launching today, is going to give iPhone users Android envy. The app serves as a universal inbox for your many mobile messaging clients, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, Snapchat, Google Hangouts and more, and appears right on your Android homescreen in a format that resembles the small, circular “ Chat Heads ” icons introduced by Facebook.
The Grid Uses Artificial Intelligence To Design Your Websites For You | TechCrunch
Designing a good-looking website has never been easy, and while many services promise to let you build a site without ever having to touch any code, you quickly reach their limits if you want to have a more advanced site. The Grid , which is launching its crowdfunding campaign today, promises to do away with all of this. Instead of designing your site pixel by pixel yourself, The Grid team wants to use artificial intelligence to design your site based on your content and goals (more followers, more customers, higher sales, etc.).
Adobe Spyware Reveals (Again) the Price of DRM: Your Privacy and Security
The publishing world may finally be facing its “ rootkit scandal .” Two independent reports claim that Adobe’s e-book software, “Digital Editions,” logs every document readers add to their local “library,” tracks what happens with those files, and then sends those logs back to the mother-ship, over the Internet, in the clear. In other words, Adobe is not only tracking your reading habits, it’s making it really, really easy for others to do so as well.
Please Stop, HTC. Please. | TechCrunch
Have a new phone? Better use fashion models to show them off. Because real people wear outfits that look like monochrome jellyfish and never smile and they want… no, need … your products.
With $6.3M In Funding, Former TIBCO Execs Launch Enterprise Mobile Messaging App Avaamo | TechCrunch
We’re not talking about knowledge workers who spend their days at a desk and do most of their communications by email, but users who are tied to their phones. At many retail outlets, for instance, floor managers are unlikely to have email address, but they will have a smartphone. In that scenario, their ID is the company-issued phone number but they are probably using a mix of SMS and other messaging apps to communicate with other employees.
Behind a Mask: Remembering History's Deadliest Epidemic
Perhaps most significant, the influenza outbreak coincided with the final year of what was then called "The Great War" (WWI). The war had already exacted a massive psychological toll on the globe, but frequent international combat probably also had a hand in spreading the virus. In fact, the virus killed more people than World War I. But to a world already weary of death and governed by seemingly endless tragedy, the obituaries of the 1918 influenza pandemic were the latest in a list it had been reading for four years.
Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities | TechCrunch
Both of these start-up companies are operating in increasingly hostile environments and they have to come to grips with that. They are learning that it’s one thing to come up with a great idea and it’s wonderful when funders and users reinforce how great that idea is, but as they experience great success, it’s not a simple matter of just running your business anymore. There are so many more external issues to take into consideration and these companies are facing these harsh realities right now. How they deal with them could help determine their long-term success because companies and people are not measured by the good times, they are measured by how they react to hostility and challenges and these companies are being tested in a big way right now.
Apple Health Has a Long Way to Go, But It's Far From Hopeless
"The Health app is a work in progress with the software community," Bajarin said. "I believe that once more apps work with the Health app, we will hear more from Apple and see the real value it will be to customers. As of now, it's too early to tell if it will reach its full potential, but Apple has the pieces in place to make that a possibility now."
The Manual For Verizon’s Next Flagship Droid Phone Just Leaked | TechCrunch
Word around the ol’ phonegeek rumor mill was that Verizon and Motorola were prepping to release a new high-end Android phone to freshen up the Droid lineup — and whatdya know? The entire manual for just such a phone has leaked.
Teens are officially over Facebook
Now, a pretty dramatic new report out from Piper Jaffray — an investment bank with a sizable research arm — rules that the kids are over Facebook once and for all, having fled Mark Zuckerberg’s parent-flooded shores for the more forgiving embraces of Twitter and Instagram. Between fall 2014 and spring 2014, when Piper Jaffray last conducted this survey, Facebook use among teenagers aged 13 to 19 plummeted from 72 percent to 45 percent. In other words, less than half of the teenagers surveyed said “yes” when asked if they use Facebook. (A note: There’s no spring data available for the “no networks” option, which is why that spot is blank.)
Apple's iPhone Encryption Is a Godsend, Even if Cops Hate It | WIRED
It took the upheaval of the Edward Snowden revelations to make clear to everyone that we need protection from snooping, governmental and otherwise. Snowden illustrated the capabilities of determined spies, and said what security experts have preached for years: Strong encryption of our data is a basic necessity, not a luxury.
SULLIVAN: I've been amazed that a decade after the Iraq War, the media has simply hyped the hysteria over a group that does not pose a threat to the United States. I thought we had learned to be super-skeptical about the "threats" the C.I.A. wants us to be scared of. And yet the C.I.A.—with a long history of catastrophic mistakes and war crimes—can call something the "Khorasan Group" and no one really objects to an act of war against them, even when we really have no idea who they really are. Yep, I'm pretty depressed by journalism right now.
Build Your Own Robots and Quadcopters With These Ingenious Bricks | WIRED
TinkerBots started out as an Indiegogo campaign, and it blew past its $100,000 goal in less than a week; its funding now is nearly double that amount, with about a month left to go in its campaign. You can preorder various kits now, and prices vary depending on the number and type of pieces in each set. For $160, you get a basic car-building set with the Powerbrain, motors, wheels, a twister joint, and some other bricks. There’s an animal-themed set for $230, a grabber claw set for $400, and $500 gets you a fully loaded kit with bricks to build anything.
Finding The Overlap Between Your Creative Passions And Your Career
Growing up, Genauer only wanted to be a musician. He started writing songs in middle school. He went to school at University of Vermont in Burlington, graduating with a degree in environmental science. But his great love was music. He spent the 1990s writing songs and performing with Strangefolk, a popular rock band that drew quite a following. The band followed in the footsteps of another Burlington-bred rock band, Phish, and toured all over the country, attracting crowds as large as 5,000. The group made four albums together, including one under a Disney-owned label. After about 10 years, Genauer grew tired of life on the road.
3 Smart Ways to Attract Recruiters to Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is a great tool for recruiters to find talent, but it’s also a great tool for job seekers to bring eager eyes to their qualifications. To reap the benefits of recruiters relying on LinkedIn more and more, do what you can to improve where you come up when recruiters are searching, and make sure your profile is compelling enough to click. You never now what opportunities might come your way if you set yourself up to be open to them.
Office’s Place In The New Microsoft | TechCrunch
In a recent Vanity Fair feature on Microsoft that you should certainly read, a comment from former CEO Bill Gates is worth considering: “[T]he original idea of having great software people and broad software products and Office being the primary tool that people look to across all these devices, that’s as true today and as strong as ever.”
Study: Self-Confidence Plays A Crucial Role In Forging Your Career Path
While self-confidence is often fortified from within, it's worth remembering that teachers, parents, and other mentors can leave a lasting mark on a young person's career path. A few encouraging words can go a long way--something to keep in the mind the next time a child tells you he or she wants to study dinosaurs and become the heavyweight champion of the world.
Why Big Companies Struggle With Innovation
But, one thing had become perfectly clear in all cases: once a company gets to a certain size, it starts to lose its appetite for risk, across many facets of its business. And, the bigger the company gets, the more risk averse it gets, regardless of whether or not the company had innovation wired into its original DNA as a high-flying startup from years before.
Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest
Let me guess: The study used male test subjects! Ask ANY mother of more than one child, -multi-tasking is crucial for continuity of workflow. Raising next-generation humans is the toughest job there is, because it never stops. And Daddies are horrible at multi-tasking, at least at first, -until they learn how. (-which is why I expect their subjects were predominantly male) I am not biting. While the test results are a big boon to the male species and a gift to women in the workplace, I doubt their accuracy or applicability. (application?) WHY? Ask any Floor RN in any hospital. We keep people alive by multi-tasking, and its incredibly efficient. OF COURSE it would be more ‘fun’ to not have to multi-task, and it DOES exhaust the worker to multi-task, but the study is not really applicable in the real world, so why even bother to run it? A bit like investigating why poop stinks. SO? Will it change ANYTHING? Silliness.
FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges | TechCrunch
The FCC slapped AT&T with the largest “enforcement action” in its history, the agency announced today. The total bill, $105 million, will include $80 million in payments to scammed AT&T customers, $20 million to “state governments participating in the settlement,” with the last $5 million going to the FCC itself, it said today in a statement.
HTC’s Desire Eye Puts Selfie And Back Cameras On Equal Footing | TechCrunch
HTC’s new Desire Eye is a brand new camera that includes two 13 megapixel cameras, with the same capabilities front and back. Each has a dual color LED flash, similar to that found on the iPhone, and they come in two-color plastic unibody designs. It has IPX67 waterproofing, (which is the same as that found in the Samsung Galaxy S5) and is good for quick submersion in shallow water, and splash protection.
HTC Just Launched RE, A Flip Camera For Your Smartphone | TechCrunch
The RE is like any camera, except it’s shaped like a little tube and it doesn’t have a screen on the back. So it’s like a camera from the nineties, but it also has no off switch and only a large silver button to control both still camera and video capture. A quick press snaps a 16 megapixel photo with a 1/2.3-inch Sony CMOS sensor, and a long press starts and stops video. There’s one more button on the front that captures slow motion video, too.
Belkin Explains Why Its Routers Stopped Working | TechCrunch
“One of our cloud services associated with maintaining router operations was negatively impacted by a change made in our data center that caused a false denial of service. Normal operations were restored by 3PM PST, however, some users might still be required to reset their router and/or cable modem to regain connectivity. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor, improve and validate the system to ensure our routers continue to work properly in the event connectivity to our cloud environment is not available.”
Your Sales Strategy Shouldn't Rely on a Cold Call
Vacation policies, dress codes, stigmas against working remotely — these are all things that didn't work for us at HubSpot. So we got rid of them. Rather than ditching a playbook that doesn't mesh with modern buyers, many businesses are letting outdated conventions dictate their approach to sales and marketing. Cold calling may have worked 20 years ago, but as my mother always said: If they jumped off a bridge, would you? Following suit might make brands feel more comfortable in the short term, but it ruins their shot at connecting with customers in the long run.
Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle
Admittedly—and especially for fans of Pythagoras—this conversion is a little mind-blowing. But once you get beyond the cosmic significance, what’s equally interesting is that the resulting symphony—aptly titled “LHC Chamber Music “(with LHC being short for Large Hadron Collider, the particle accelerator that helped us find the Higgs)—gives us a window into the future of data visualization and creative innovation.
Could A Nobel Prize-Winning Innovation Have Almost Been Overlooked By Silicon Valley? | TechCrunch
Physics-based technology development and startups are extraordinarily difficult as many valuable things are. Today, Soraa is the only GaN on GaN LED in the world, and it’s on a trajectory to be the most efficient LED lighting technology by far. In the Silicon Valley tradition, Soraa defied conventional wisdom that its technology was too expensive and impractical. Many pundits advised against its approach, but today, GaN on GaN requires 80 percent less capital expenditure and 80 percent less material to produce the same amount of light as a conventional LED. Further, Soraa’s LEDs last far longer and produce better-quality light than any other lighting technology today.
Hairgate: The latest social media craze over the iPhone 6
Hairgate appears to be largely another non-issue that is simply the latest joke surrounding the iPhone 6 on social networks, but some users do report the seam between the front bezel and aluminum back of the iPhone 6 causing their hair to get yanked out. I have never encountered this issue myself after using an iPhone 6 for over two weeks, but apparently these people have (sarcasm or not):
Square Now Knows When You're Nearing a Cafe, Will Have Your Order Ready
Arrival prediction is part of the latest upgrade, designed to cut your wait time down to as close to zero as possible. Vendors that participate in Square Order have prep times built in for each menu item. Now, customers on their way to their favorite java joint can pre-order, and then when they're within the zone—say, three minutes away for a mocha with whole milk and whipped cream that takes three minutes to make—a "proximity tag" is triggered; the drink is started; and hey, it's (supposed to be) ready when they walk through the door.
A Brief History Of Tesla | TechCrunch
When Tesla went public in 2010, it became the first American car company to do so since Ford Motor Company in 1956. Since then, Tesla’s stock has soared as the company keeps rolling out new features and models while simultaneously capturing the imagination of a curious public. What follows is a brief history of Tesla starting at its founding not by Elon Musk, but Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in July 2003.
Why #GamerGate Proves That Twitter Is Broken
After cartoonist K. Thor Jensen got much flak for tweeting that all gamers should die, he apologized and concluded on this wise note : “Hashtag activism is an ineffective way of pursuing those goals. It literally gets you nowhere but pointless arguments with turds like me.” Even Jensen’s attitude that “Ed Champion has always been human shit and should be flushed down a toilet,” however accurate, would probably be phrased a bit more tactfully and substantively anywhere else. Twitter is a verbal minefield that encourages harassment while discouraging productive conversation, bringing out the worst in everyone from Leigh Alexander to Richard Dawkins to Donald Trump (not hard, admittedly). I dream of Twitter being reduced to trolls and moral scolds, forced to live with each other for eternity, while the rest of us move on to healthier spaces, free of “these obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers.”
Woman says tweets got her removed from JetBlue flight - CNET
JetBlue, however, saw things differently and she was left behind. The airline said it's investigating why she wasn't allowed on the flight, and issued a dry statement about the pilot: "As a precautionary measure, a sobriety test was conducted. The test demonstrated the pilot was sober and he was cleared to perform his duties."
State of Bitcoin Q3 2014: Ecosystem Maturing Amid Price Pressure
While Q3 did not match the second quarter’s $73m in venture investment, the third quarter saw a substantial $60m of new venture capital invested in bitcoin startups.
HTC Debuts The “Auto Selfie,” And Duplicates Frontback With New Eye Photo Software | TechCrunch
HTC is debuting its new “Eye experience” camera software suite. The new camera software has an auto selfie feature, which automatically takes the photo once the phone has been held steady for a couple seconds, and voice commands including “Say Cheese” and “Action” will snap a photo or start recording video automatically.
Fantastically Wrong: The Inventor of the Airliner Also Invented This Hilariously Absurd 'Science' | WIRED
Right off of Interstate 94 in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, just to the north of Erickson Trucks-N-Parts, sits a farm with a barn-like building that bears a curious message on its big gray roof: “STUDY NATURAL LAW.” It’s what remains of a university founded by Alfred William Lawson, surely one of the most delusionally pompous and hilariously pseudoscientific, yet undeniably innovative humans of the 20th century. He was a man who kiiinda invented the airliner, then his own brand of science, and then built a school to teach said science—before being called before a Senate committee (and not in a good way) and dying disgraced shortly thereafter.
DNP HTC's next midrange smartphone is destined for selfie fans
Selfies are exploding in popularity, so naturally manufacturers are stepping up to offer phones that match that rapidly expanding trend. In reality, there are already several that specifically cater to those who can't resist a good picture of themselves, and HTC is hopping on the bandwagon with a "selfie phone" known as the Desire Eye. The device is among the first wave of phones that bear a 13MP camera on the front, which matches the resolution on the rear camera. It also comes with a new set of imaging tricks and the usual Sense experience, so it's appealing even if you don't want to broadcast your beautiful face all over Facebook and Instagram (among others). It's time to take a closer look at HTC's next big thing.
Why You're Losing Design Proposals
Jeff, good insights here. We typically find the hardest part of landing new business is getting a prospect to understand the value of what we provide. I think your kitchen remodel example isn't quite apples to apples. A remodeled kitchen is practically tangible even when it's in the idea stage, and the end value is self-evident. Conversely, it can be difficult to get a prospect to see/understand the value when what you're dealing with are ideas and strategies. The tangible elements of these, such as web sites, logos, collateral, packaging, environments, etc., have been turned into cheap commodities available through a litany of online sources offering them for a song and a dance. This is often the prospects' point of reference for branding and design, which makes it that much more difficult to sell a $20k web site when they think there are relevant options for $2k. What are your recommendations for addressing this issue?
How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems in iOS 8
If none of these tips fix your issues, the last resort is to restore your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, and set it up as a new device. This way, you start afresh, and get rid of possibly problematic customisations and settings on your device. Follow the instructions in the post linked below to do a clean restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.
The Women Behind The Startup That's Changing How Girls See Coding
Alexandra: Melissa and I met at Startup Weekend EDU in New York City this past January. I was there to research for my Master’s thesis at NYU ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) and Melissa’s boss had organized his team to participate. She was building algorithms for an equity trading desk at the time. Neither of us planned on leaving with a first place winning prototype. At the beginning of the weekend we both pitched ideas and ended up teaming up based on our mutual passion for getting girls excited about STEM. We were coming from completely different perspectives: I as an artist who found code in my late twenties, and Melissa as a long time math ninja who has loved STEM since birth. This dynamic is incredibly important to our process. Melissa brings the technical perspective and I bring the creative input. We meet in the middle as we speak the same language in code. This helps us develop a product which serves the teenage demographic in a way that is approachable, creative and highly technical at the same time. Three other talented people joined us that first day: Leandra Tejedor, Terry Van Duyn, and Ken Warner, and we’ve been working together ever since.
Tips for Single Women
We're not sure how helpful any woman would consider these tips to be, even in 1938. But this is how Click Photo-Parade magazine thought single women should act back then.
Outsourced Jobs Are No Longer Cheap, So They're Being Automated
"The labor costs are becoming significant enough in China and India that there are very real discussions about automating jobs there now," Muro said. "The next generation of robots, the next generation of computer learning, is going to be much better than they were at handling things like customer service."
I played ping pong with a robot and it went easy on me
No, this isn't the Tokyo Game Show. OMRON, the alleged company behind Amazon Fire's face-tracking feature, exhibited its ping pong robot at CEATEC just to demonstrate its automation prowess. Well, by robot we don't mean the humanoid kind; it's more of a large silver crane that swings a bat with three arms. It even has a stationary head that looks down upon its human challenger (including this author, as shown in the video after the break); that's where all the sensors are stored in order to track the player and the ball. The brain, on the other hand, is tucked into a cabinet next to the robot.
Microsoft’s Xim App Offers Temporary Phone Photo Sharing Without Overshare Risk | TechCrunch
You’ve probably encountered this scenario before: Someone wants to show you a picture on their camera roll, but cautions that they just want to make sure there’s nothing unfit for public consumption in their gallery. Or maybe they didn’t exercise caution and you caught a glimpse of something you shouldn’t have. Either way, Microsoft wants to remove the risk entirely, with a new app out of its Research department called Xim .
The Big Picture: Mix precision drinks with this delightful CAD drawing
Being the bartender sounds fun, until you realize you have to crack a cocktail recipe book. Engineering to the rescue! This drawing -- originally used to test plotters -- was converted into an AutoCAD file by Florian Römhild, who later colorized it. You can see it contains all the info needed to mix classic drinks -- the volume of each ingredient (with a handy key), type of glass, garnish and whether to shake or stir. It also lets wannabe drink-slingers visualize each libation at a glance. The best part? You can stick it up on your bar for reference and a touch of geek chic. For a PDF version, hit the source.
Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App | TechCrunch
Chromecast is a small and affordable ($35) device that you simply plug in to your high-definition (HD) TV and it allows you to use your phone, tablet or laptop to "cast" online content to your TV screen. It works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music, with more apps like Pandora coming soon.
Once your Chromecast is set up, you can use your phone, tablet or …