Cisco Disrupts $30M Ransomware Operation
The Angler Exploit Kit is one of the largest exploit kits and Cisco took down about half of its $60M revenue stream.
The Bennet sisters draw blood in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
The first teaser for this period sci-fi film promises to subvert classic notions of 'Pride and Prejudice.'
Forces of Nature to Follow if You’re Stuck at Your Desk
From Karl the Fog to God Himself, here are the residents of the natural world you should be following on Twitter.
Singapore Post trials island-hopping delivery-by-drone program
The quadcopter traveled 2 km in five minutes to deliver a letter and a T-shirt to the island of Pulau Ubin.
You can play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta today
The lucky few that got access to an early version of Star Wars: Battlefront were allowed to battle across the surface of Hoth, Sullust, and Tatooine before the rest of the world. But you don't need...
Brain simulation breakthrough reveals clues about sleep, memory
A new Blue Brain Project simulation has shed light on calcium's role in the brain.
Hail Caesar! from the Coen brothers gets its first hilarious trailer
Ethan and Joel Coen can do drama and noir like nobody else, but they're also absolutely hilarious. Those skills are on full display in the first trailer for their new film, Hail Caesar! It's a...
Microsoft's first Surface Book ad doesn't make you feel pumped
Microsoft's Surface Book unveiling video earlier this week was super exciting. A gradual buildup braced us for the big wow moment when the removable display was revealed. Microsoft had a good...
Zombie Mouth Cupcake
For the zombie genre lovers: Creating a realistic zombie mouth cupcake for Halloween, using fondant and food coloring.
Why does Microsoft exist? An interview with CEO Satya Nadella
Yesterday's Windows 10 hardware launch was without question the best Microsoft event in ages — and arguably the tech launch event of the year. Microsoft unveiled its first-ever laptop, showed off...
Dell offering EMC $27.25 per share and special VMware stock: Re/code
The sources asked not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential. Dell, EMC and VMware did not immediately respond to requests for comment. EMC shares ended trading on Friday up 2.5 percent at $27.86 after tech website Re/code reported that Dell was offering $27.25 a share for EMC in addition to stock in VMware.
Security Resource Center | AT&T Networking Exchange Blog
Don’t let security risks stand in the way of business growth
Y Combinator is launching a research lab for moonshot projects
Altman is kicking off the program with a personal donation of $10 million. The first research group will be announced in the next couple of months, and the lab will raise funds for specific groups. Researchers will be full-time employees and will receive salaries as well as equity in Y Combinator.
Elon Musk: ‘If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple’
When asked whether he took Apple’s ambitions in the car space seriously, his reply was equally scorching: “Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch?” he said, laughing. “No, seriously: It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches.”
BlackBerry May Give Up on Phones if Next One Flops
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What Venture Capital and Art Have in Common
Unicorns of the tech type – startups with a valuation over $1 billion – also were discussed at a cocktail party on the top floor of the Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto. There, William O’Reilly, of the art-auction house Bonhams, and Jon Callaghan, a founding partner of venture-capital firm True Ventures, drew parallels between venture capital and art investing. Both markets, for example, drew about $50 billion in investments last year, they said.
How to check if your iPhone 6s has TSMC or Samsung A9 chip
Few days back we had shown you how to identify if your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus has a TSMC or Samsung A9 chip . Unfortunately, that method is not longer viable as the developer has taken down his app, as it probably was violating Apple’s App Store policy for misusing the Enterprise certificate and has instead released the source code of the app. So you would need to use XCode to compile the app, and install it on your iPhone, but it is only possible if you have a valid iOS Developer account.
New Google CEO Sundar Pichai Makes First Major Executive Picks
Sundar Pichai, Google’s new CEO under the company’s Alphabet restructuring, has made his first major wave of executive shuffles as chief executive, promoting three top lieutenants on the critical ads and Android units.
There is a specific sociological reason why Facebook introduced its new emoji 'reactions'
The mandate Mosseri had from Facebook was to make it easier for people to express themselves without the need to post an entire "comment." Commenting, it seems, was considered too onerous of a task — and not simple or granular enough for users to understand how their friends felt in aggregate.
TNW Conference USA: Ticket prices rise tonight!
TNW Conference in New York is a mere five weeks away, but history shows that the time to decide if you’re coming is now. Why? This week has always been our busiest for ticket sales, and 2015 is no exception. Tonight, ticket prices will rise – meaning you have just a few hours left to pick up your pass for $369.
Lyft partners with Hertz to offer its drivers affordable rental rates
If you've been trying to become a driver for Lyft, but your car doesn't meet the minimum requirements (like having four doors), the company has a solution. It's partnered with Hertz car rentals for what it's calling "affordable" daily, weekly, and monthly rates. In addition to giving new drivers a chance to earn some extra cash, the partnership is also meant to help current drivers stay on the road when their vehicle is in the shop or is otherwise unavailable. A pilot program has already launched in Las Vegas. At the driver event this morning, the ride-sharing platform also announced a partnership with Shell for a cents-per-gallon gas rewards program . Drivers get a unique PIN code that offers fuel discounts depending on how often they fill up. The more gas they use, the cheaper the fuel. Power drivers could earn free gasoline with the system. It's launching in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston and will be available at all Shell stations nationwide by the end of the year.
iPhone 6s chips from TSMC and Samsung have similar battery life, says Apple
While Apple hasn’t exactly disputed those test results, the company claims they don’t accurately portray real-world battery life. “Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state,” Apple said in a statement to Ars Technica . “It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life.”
Harry Potter books come to Apple in exclusive digitally enhanced editions
Previously, digital versions of the novels were only available on the Pottermore Shop , a dedicated website for all things Harry Potter. The "Enhanced Editions" of the books are available in English today for $9.99 each in 32 countries. French, German, and Spanish versions of the books will be available on November 9th, and can be pre-ordered starting today.
Everybody panic: Netflix raises price of its most popular plan by $1
Netflix is raising the price of its most popular package from $8.99 per month to $9.99 per month starting today. The updated price applies to new users in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
Should I Be Worried That My Job Interview Was Short?
Since they’re sort of abdicating their responsibility to run a thorough hiring process, what I’d do in your shoes is run a modified version of it yourself: Sit down and think about everything that you think needs to be considered and talked through in order for both of you to figure out if this is the right fit. Then, if you do get an offer, say that you’re really interested in joining them and wonder if you can set up a call with the person you’d be reporting to to make sure you have a thorough understanding of the job. You could even say something like, "I know that especially in small companies, fit is really important."
Facebook is letting some mobile users say 'happy birthday' with a video message
Facebook doesn’t want you to celebrate your birthday alone, but an endless list of comments from everyone in your friends list saying ‘Happy Birthday!’ doesn’t really deliver the personal touch either, which is why some iOS users are now being prompted to send a video as a birthday greeting directly from within the app.
Google Search now indexes iOS 9 apps with deep links, Safari will show app content by end of the month
In May, Google began allowing iOS developers to implement App Indexing so signed-in users can open content surfaced from mobile apps directly in Google Search (via the main Google app and via Chrome, or even installing iOS apps if they don’t have them). These indexed links were made available to “a small group of test partners initially,” and now the company is expanding that by making the feature compatible with HTTP deep link standards for iOS 9. Google expects iOS users will start seeing app content in Safari by the end of October.
If The Billboard For “Nathan For You” Looks Familiar, There Is a Hilarious Reason Why
As we near the highly anticipated (by Co.Create) third season of the show, Nathan Fielder reminds everyone what's so great about it.
BlackBerry CEO wants to sell 5 million phones a year
But getting the consumers that do upgrade their phones often to buy the Priv won't be easy — it's been nearly impossible to purchase a BlackBerry device in carrier stores in the US for years now and most people just don't think of BlackBerry when they want to buy a new phone. To rectify that, Chen says he's working directly with carriers to sell the Priv and that we'll definitely see it in carrier stores when it launches. He notes that the carriers are excited to offer the device, since their staff already knows Android and can help customers with it.
Digg Wants To Create A Dialog Between Readers And Journalists
The curation site is attempting to redefine Internet comments through Digg Dialog, which will host chats in the style of Reddit AMAs.
LastPass bought by LogMeIn for $110 million | ZDNet
We're very excited about the acquisition. LastPass is a great company with a beloved product, loyal customers and a strong team. Obviously whenever there is an acquisition like this people are understandably nervous that it will change the product and customer experience they've come to love. However, while CEO Joe Siegrist and the LastPass team are joining LogMeIn they will continue to lead the strategy and development of the product. We also really admire their business model and have no plans to change it.
Apple pulls the plug on in-app ad-blockers
That means big changes for apps like Been Choice , which users could install to block ads in Safari as well as apps like Facebook, Pinterest, and Apple News. Apple pulled Been Choice and a few apps like it, because the method used for in-app ad-blocking installs root certificates that collect your website visits and deliver that information to the ad-blocker. Apple considers this a security violation. Safari ad-blocking apps can’t do that, which is why they haven’t been affected.
See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used to Build Middle-Earth
Maps also helped Tolkien follow his characters across Middle-earth. This was a traffic control problem Tolkien exacerbated once he broke up the Fellowship at the end of The Fellowship , thereby unleashing diverging plotlines for at least three groups: Gimli/Legolas/Aragorn (later joined by Gandalf); Pippin/Merry (and Treebeard); and Frodo/Sam/Gollum (and Faramir). In two diagrams, “Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor” and “Distances and dates in Mordor,” we see Tolkien’s supremely obsessive efforts to calculate the motions and locations of Frodo and Sam to the last millimeter (where 1 mm equals 5 miles). Topographic contour lines show mountains and the pitch of slopes. Why all the fuss? Tolkien wanted their journey to Mount Doom to sync with Aragorn’s battle at the Black Gate. For fantasy to work, it must adhere to believable time-space principles. In a letter to his publisher’s proofreader, he revealed his writing process. He “started with a map, and made the story fit (generally with meticulous care for distances),” adding that its reverse, “to compose a map from a story” is “weary work.
Alibaba, the ‘Amazon of China,’ opens its second data center in Silicon Valley
AliCloud , Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, says the new center is in response to rising cloud demand. It only just opened its first U.S. data center in March, with nine such centers globally. While most remain in Asia — and China specifically — Alibaba said it has plans to open more data centers in Europe and the Middle East, though the company didn’t offer a timeline. According to Bloomberg , it’s planning its first center in Europe in the first half of 2016.
Yahoo, NHL Ban Employees from Paid Fantasy-Sports Sites
Yahoo Inc. and the National Hockey League have barred employees from playing in paid fantasy-sports contests, moves that come amid questions over whether workers at big fantasy-sports companies have access to inside data.
SIM-free iPhone 6S models are now available in the U.S.
The SIM-free iPhone is unlocked, so it doesn't tie you to a carrier or multi-year carrier contracts, giving you more freedom to choose a plan. But the main difference between SIM-free and contract-free unlocked iPhones appears to be the network bands supported.
Overcast 2 goes free, adds streaming, chapters and 3D Touch controls
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I would argue that his app works the way a technical user want a podcast app to work, and apple's podcast app doesn't.
I spend probably 20 hours a week in pod casts... I'm willing to spend a penny an hour on the app. �I spend more on the earbuds/hour of use.
Marco, is Talented, but strange�(more accurately, borderline eccentric). �And his talent covers his strangeness.
While his flip-flop on Peace was bizarre, his reasoning was rational. �He didn't want to be the face of ad-blocking, and his original logic was that he wanted a good ad-blocker for himself (his same logic for instapaper, magazine, overcast, and a cast of other apps he's written), in a market of hundreds, when only 12ish were announced day 1, and his was deemed the 'market leader', on a product he really didn't want to market at all. � It was either a couple weeks of pain early, or years of pain supporting the app, and having every web-ad funded site point at him as the reason web journalism died (not because 99% of it sucks).
This is a guy that spend month worrying over the best fan timer for his bathroom, and feels he should blog about it.
If Disney Villains Were Pin-Up Girls, It Would Look Like This
Outside of the Pirelli Calendar , you don't really see many pin-up girls these days. Which is a good thing! However, there is still a lingering fascination with pin-up girl culture, perhaps most embodied by the burlesque movement, which encourages women to get excited about their bodies. Also, a good thing! An artist's new series experiments with what it might look like if pin-up girl culture collided with Disney villains.
Scientists Found a Flu Vaccine Flaw—Now They Have to Fix It
A decade ago, statistics upended the world of flu monitoring. Epidemiologists in Canada figured out how to calculate flu vaccine effectiveness in real time using existing data sets: Plug the number of patients with flu-like symptoms who end up testing positive or negative for flu, along with whether they got vaccinated or not, into a formula and voila, out comes your vaccine effectiveness. Today epidemiologists call this a test-negative study design. “It’s the new gold standard for looking at flu vaccine effectiveness,” says Belongia. This design also gave epidemiologists, finally, the statistical power to routinely calculate the effectiveness against specific subtypes of flu—like H3N2.
New 'Enhanced' Harry Potter E-Books Come To Apple
While the illustrations are new and exclusive to the enhanced editions, Rowling's annotations aren't necessarily so. Rowling has been regularly posting new essays on Pottermore. She has traced Harry's roots to a 12th-century wizard and has written about the origins of an invisibility cloak that appears throughout the series. Rowling has also penned supplemental books, including "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," a children's book that was referenced in the last "Harry Potter" book.
Microsoft's new Windows phones: They'll have to do for now - CNET
The lower profile of the phones, which Microsoft introduced along with a grab bag of other products, suggests the company isn't pretending that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL will make or break its mobile ambitions. Instead, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft may be taking its time to create a device different enough -- perhaps the rumored Surface smartphone -- to break the spell Apple's iPhone and Google's Android devices cast on consumers.
Trove uses 3D printing technology to create customized jewelry
It’s easy to write off 3D printing as an enthusiast’s hobby — one that is reserved for those with enough skill to work in design software or enough of a budget to purchase their own printer. But the cool thing about it is its consumer applications, and the way it makes objects accessible to a mainstream audience.
One week with Google’s new Chromecast: A slicker dongle, but no rush to upgrade
If you don’t already have a Chromecast, then it’s a no-brainer that you’d want to procure the second version of the device — it’s the same price and generally slicker than its predecessor. However, I’ve not identified any real discernible difference from a usability or functionality perspective. Of course, if you have issues with buffering on your current Chromecast, and have 802.11ac Wi-Fi in your home, that alone may make an upgrade worthwhile.
A robot made me (marginally) better at ping pong
To handle the additional task of where the ball goes once the robot hits it, it involves more processing power -- and thus a new computer behind it all. (Appearance-wise, the robot looks just as eerily spooky as last time). It's meant to be a showcase of the company's skills in automation: the robot seems to return more shots than last time (clever girl), and the "training wheels" easy option is a welcome addition. There's a degree of pressure playing ping-pong against a robot in front of a crowd of trade show attendees -- it's a good warm up. We're hoping the next model brings one important upgrade: smacktalk.
17 ways to say no: Real responses from real VCs on why they didn't invest
Starting your first company (or your third) is a daunting and exciting prospect, but even if you manage to ultimately find some success it probably wasn’t at the first attempt.
The Web has changed our relationships forever
Breaking up is never easy, and while 20 years ago there may well have been little or no post break-up contact between exes, 21st century technology – from social media to Whatsapp – means there are many new ways to open old wounds. With so many communications channels with which to get hold of people, and with so much of our lives visible online through such things as Facebook, it’s easy to keep an eye on our exes once we’ve parted.
Facebook Now Lets You Frame Your Profile Pic To Show Support For Your Favorite College Football Team
That specified time frame is up to you, however. Facebook will offer a set of pre-populated choices, like a day or a week, but users can also customize it to their own preferences. For example, they may want to have the profile pic revert after the weekend’s game ends. Another nice touch is that when these profile pictures change back, they do so without a News Feed story. (Helpful, I suppose, for the times your team didn’t win, and you don’t want to encourage commenting on that fact.)
An ambitious new ad blocker takes no prisoners, blocking Facebook ads with a twist
"It's very questionable how many users will go through the steps it takes to setup such a function or will be comfortable with using a VPN that ends up collecting a bunch of sensitive personal data in its process," Yeager said in an email. "It seems like a confusing proposition for most mobile users."
Elon Musk says that Apple only hires Tesla's worst engineers
On the concept of Apple building a car at all, he agreed it was "the next logical thing" for the iPhone giant. But he didn't seem to take Apple's plans too seriously as a threat to Tesla.
'Transformers: Devastation' game at least beats Michael Bay's movies
There's an overall lack of variety. From the environments — which cycle primarily between generic cityscape and generic robot-alien ship interior — to the punch-punch-dodge rhythm of melee combat, you've seen and played most of what's available by hour three. There's some variety in the Decepticon foes you face, but even that's just a matter of learning different timings for your punch-punch-dodge slog.
Review: 10 weeks with Windows 10
Windows 10 has already received quite a few updates, though the next major one is expected to arrive next month. I’ve been playing with the latest and greatest from Microsoft on a variety of desktops and laptops so far, without many major hiccups. We’re still only looking at PCs for now since the first Windows 10 phones are launching in November and Windows 10 Mobile is coming to existing devices in December .
People opening themselves to attack by using adblocking apps
Of course, Been promises it’ll never do that, saying that it only inspects the headers of your decrypted traffic to determine if it’s an advertisement, but the fact that it’s decrypted at all in transit is a huge problem.
Alibaba launches portal to introduce its business to the world
The site also highlights China’s market opportunities, with stories of how various entrepreneurs and consumers in the country are using Alibaba platforms to reach a large national audience.
Sony is launching a $30 PS4 remote for Netflix and Blu-rays
The company says that it will support a range of apps at launch, and more will be added later. Initially, it will work with Blu-ray Disc Player, Crunchyroll, FUNimation, HBO GO, Media Player, NBA GAME TIME, Netflix, NFL Sunday Ticket, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Vue, Twitch and YouTube.
Apple Pay coming to Starbucks shops at long last
Apple just landed a major coup for Apple Pay: Starbucks is officially on board, and will start allowing you to pay for your lattes with just a tap of your iPhone or Apple Watch at all 7,500 stores by next year. The coffee chain will be piloting Apple Pay in select locations over the next few months, so keep an eye out to see if your corner Starbucks is one of them.
Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University
SAN FRANCISCO Computer science has for the first time become the most popular major for female students at Stanford University, a hopeful sign for those trying to build up the thin ranks of women in the technology field.
Hulu's virtual reality app will launch alongside Gear VR in November
Oculus and Samsung's first fully-fledged virtual reality product , the Gear VR, is set to launch in November for $99. A host of apps have been announced to work with the new hardware, and now we have confirmation that Hulu's VR app will be ready to go when the Gear VR launches. As reported by CNET , Hulu head of distribution Tim Connolly says that the company's app is "ready to go" for the Gear VR launch. As for what that app will offer, traditional 2D content will be available, but the company is also experimenting with "enhanced" 2D content -- like watching Seinfeld in Jerry's apartment, for example.
Why I'm shifting my entire personal blog to Medium
In the past, I’ve dabbled in publishing on Medium and saw interesting results, but never went all-in because I couldn’t customize the site fully (in particular, not having a ‘brand’ for the blog was a sticking point), or have my own custom domain.
A couple watches virtual reality porn for the first time
With the headset on, most clips let you look around 180 degrees. In porn-VR-land, that’s the only decision you make; you can even look up and stare at the ceiling, if that’s what you’re into. The one 360-degree video we found was far more immersive: You could stand up and look around the entire room. It actually seemed kind of real — that is, it’s almost like you’re there on set, oiled up inside a San Fernando Valley McMansion, reenacting a sex party with a cast of Jersey Shore extras.
MakerBot lays off 20 percent of its staff for the second time this year
MakerBot is laying off 20 percent of its staff for the second time in the last six months, citing "market dynamics" and a failure to meet "ambitious goals." The company is also leaving one of the two buildings it occupies in Industry City, a large-scale manufacturing complex in Brooklyn.