This Google robot's Karate Kid move is perfectly mind-blowing
Look out, Ralph Macchio: Google's robot can now pull off a perfect Crane pose.
Siri is such a bully
Jimmy Kimmel pitted Amazon's Alexa against Apple's Siri during Monday's show to prove Siri is one badass software.
Just a rope swing suspended between hot air balloons [VIDEO]
Devin Supertramp and his team set up an extreme rope swing between two hot air balloons.
Schick's manscaping song doesn't beat around the bush
Schick's latest ad makes a catchy case for manscaping.
Taylor Swift cries, screams, stabs in crazy 'Blank Space' music video
Acclaimed director Joseph Kahn takes Mashable inside the making of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video, in which she transforms into a jealous lover.
Bazinga! 'The Big Bang Theory' gets official Lego set - CNET
The results are in! Nerds and birds are the big winners in the latest official Lego approvals with "The Big Bang Theory" and Lego Birds Project to be new official sets.
AppDirect Acquires Data Visualization Company Leftronic
Leftronic is a Y Combinator-funded company that develops a web-based real-time dashboard application for monitoring a company's most important data.
Leftronic business dashboards retrieve a company's metrics from popular services such as Google Analytics, Twitter, Zendesk and others, as well as receive custom metrics through a super-simple API. The dashboards update in real-time and are designed …
New Relic Files To Go Public
Perhaps more importantly, as the company’s revenue has grown, its net loss has barely budged. The company lost $19.395 million in the first half of 2014, up only mildly from the year-ago total of $18.569 million. Compared to other, quickly growing technology companies that have shown widening losses in keeping with their revenue growth, New Relic has demonstrated that it has a path to profitability.
GitHub now lets companies host their private GitHub Enterprise repository on Amazon's cloud
The decision to make a version of the service available on Amazon makes sense. An increasing number of businesses rely almost exclusively on the Amazon cloud instead of their own data center infrastructure. And if GitHub intends to grow larger, it will need to go where the business is.
Tor-based Anonabox router revises troubled history as it resurfaces on Indiegogo
In fact, the “risks and challenges” section of Anonabox's Kickstarter page says that it's “a fully functional product ready for large batch production,” with contingency plans and backup vendors in place to meet high demand. And while the original campaign set a modest fundraising goal of $7,500, it didn't place any limits on pre-orders or discourage average users from getting on board. Quite the opposite, as it included some high-minded talk about helping protesters and journalists by keeping their activity private.
Star Wars Rebels: "Out of Darkness" Review - IGN
There’s still plenty to learn about the characters on Star Wars Rebels, and “Out of Darkness” gave us our first little hints at Sabine's history. As it turns out, she was enrolled at the Mandalorian Imperial Academy at one point. There’s still plenty to learn, as we only got vague mentions of “what happened when I was a cadet” and heard that Sabine once “followed orders blindly and it was a nightmare”, but it is intriguing to ponder – insinuating she may have participated in doing something that turned out to be a notably terrible act of some kind.
Rosetta mission lands on a comet: Watch live
Rosetta will deploy Philae around 3:35 a.m. ET (8:35 a.m. GMT) on Wednesday from about 14 miles away from the center of the comet. Once released, Philae is on its own, so ESA has to get the deployment right. The descent will take about seven hours.
Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter | WIRED
An appeals court in Italy has overturned the 2012 manslaughter conviction handed down to seven prominent scientists and engineers following a devastating earthquake in 2009. The decision came as a surprise—and a relief—to many of the accused’s colleagues, who worried that pressure from the community, victims’ families, and local press would compel the court to agree with the earlier decision .
You can pre-order a Nexus 6 on AT&T tomorrow, Sprint selling in-store on Friday - The Next Web
AT&T announced it would begin accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue tomorrow.You have a few options to pay for the device. First off, there’s the standard two-year contract price of $249. Alternatively, you could pay $0 to start if you split your payments into $22.77 per month over 24 months, $28.46 over 18 months or $34.15 over 12 months.
Apple Patents Crowdsourced Tracking Of Mobile Network Dead Spots
Apple has a new patent granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider ) that details a method by which it can detect and keep track of mobile network dead zones via crowdsourced information. The technology is designed to give device makers and network operators a way to easily identify and counter low signal zones, by building out their network where it needs the most work.
LG Just Combined Tamagotchis With Smartphones
When users wave their hand in front of the phone’s front-facing camera, the Aka personality makes a face or something. The UI of the phone is influenced by the Aka personality, changing the colors and style of the phone’s interface. And if you tire of Wooky’s newfangled slang, you can simply buy a new sleeve cover, embedded with a microchip, to switch from one Aka personality to another.
Inside Obama's Net Neutrality Power Play
President Barack Obama’s decision to call for the strictest regulation of consumer broadband Internet is the result of months of internal White House debate over how to push the Federal Communications Commission to propose stronger Open Internet rules, government and industry insiders familiar with the process tell TIME. The Monday announcement comes days before an FCC deadline on the issue.
Tech Star Wants To Make Diversity Plug-And-Play For Silicon Valley
Walker: Here's why I think it's so incredibly important: the demographic shift happening in this country is the greatest economic opportunity in my lifetime. Increasingly, folks of color not only lead culture, but are some of the most important consumer demographic groups in the country, let alone the world. So, if you're a technology company at the bleeding edge of innovation, you really want to understand this consumer group better than anyone else. And if you look out 20, 30 years from now and folks of color are kind of the majority of the country, let's assume Facebook were built then, would it be Spanish language first or English first? Would it be Android first or iPhone first? You really have to start asking these questions, and the best way to really get at the core of these questions that need to be asked is to have these types of folks within your organization. So it's incredibly important, not just from the social perspective but also the bottom line.
GitHub Enterprise gets big upgrade with AWS support, high availability, more deployment options
Today, GitHub Enterprise gets what the company is unofficially calling a "Version 2.0" release, with major new features that make the on-premises code repository more enterprise-friendly. That includes support for deploying GitHub Enterprise in the Amazon Web Services public cloud, high availability and disaster recovery options, better support for LDAP and SAML, and updates to code review and project management.
Spotify's CEO Said Taylor Swift Would Have Made $6 Million Had She Not Pulled Her Music
Our whole reason for existence is to help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy and pays them for their amazing work. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that "Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy". You know why? Two numbers: Zero and Two Billion. Piracy doesn’t pay artists a penny—nothing, zilch, zero. Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists.
What You Should Write Instead Of Another Cover Letter
I think for the pain letter to work, employers and recruiters have to undergo transformation in their recruitment so that:
1) employees are encouraged to follow up and demonstrate continued interest in the position, rather than 'only short-listed candidates will be contacted'.
2) Also, that candidates be given an estimate of the wait times for certain stage of the application.
No one is going to invest themselves in applying in an innovative way, when there is no transparency, follow up or time estimate of the process from the potential employer.
Revel raises $100M in bid to remake the cash register - CNET
There's plenty of competition for terminals. Revel Systems is going up against more advanced point-of-sale terminals as well as inexpensive credit-card readers from Square and PayPal. Although it's often compared to Square, Revel Systems has focused its efforts on software that can be used by small business on up to major enterprises. While Square can be used by both big and small businesses, it is a favorite of small companies and users that don't require all of the bells and whistles of a traditional point-of-sale system.
Matchmaking Fixes a 'Top Priority' at Microsoft, 343 - IGN
"We're aware of issues some have been having with matchmaking and we’re working around the clock, alongside the Xbox Live team, to address," the developer said via Twitter . The Halo team already deployed an update that has "shown some improvement," and said the update is its "top priority." This update will not require a download to users' Xbox One consoles, as it was done on the server side.
Chromecast Aims To Be The Focal Point Of Family Games Night With New Apps
The $35 Chromecast itself is still the best way to get this stuff on your TV, and Google is sweetening the pot over the holidays with two free months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of Google Play All Access Music streaming, so long as users are new to both. But with the potential Android TV has for extending the reach of Google’s Casting tech to virtually any connected home entertainment device, these relatively little moves become just part of a much bigger and more ambitious picture.
Man Buys 99 iPhones to Propose to His Girlfriend; She Says No
So, whether our crestfallen man ends up hawking these phones one by one to make back big bucks , or just decides that 99 Siris are better than one real wife, we get the sense that he’ll be OK in the end. Remember, it’s better to have loved and lost 99 iPhones than never to have loved at all.
AOL Drops ALEC, The State Lobbying Group ‘Lying’ About Climate Change
AOL is a global advertising-supported Web company, with display advertising network in the U.S., a substantial worldwide audience, and a suite of popular Web brands and products.
The company's strategy focuses on increasing the scale and sophistication of its advertising platform and growing the size and engagement of its global online audience through leading products and programming.
Taylor Swift is right about music, wrong about Spotify - CEO Ek - CNET
Spotify's Daniel Ek says the world's top subscription streaming-music service added 2.5 million paying members in fewer than six months and has returned a total of $2 billion to the music industry.
Alibaba's Ma: Alipay unit 'will definitely go public': CCTV interview
Alibaba was unable to list shares on China's mainland as part of its record-breaking $25 billion initial public offering, said Ma. "I hope that Alipay has this opportunity," he told China's official CCTV state broadcaster in an interview, according to a transcript posted on CCTV's official Weibo microblog.
TweetDeck Lets you Add Multiple Photos to Tweets
The feature was first noticed on the Web-based TweetDeck incarnation yesterday, but we can confirm that it is now available in the Windows desktop app and Chrome app too. Mac-users will be able to add more than one photo per tweet later too.
Arab Tech Startups Begin to Attract U.S. Venture Capital
An Egyptian Internet startup that offers an online alternative to paid newspaper obituaries is part of an emerging pan-Arab tech renaissance with incubators and startup funding spanning Cairo to Beirut and Abu Dhabi. Cairo-based ElWafeyat.com, the name roughly translates from Arabic as “deaths,” is creating a social-network like website with pages, pictures and posts for family and friends to memorialize deceased loved ones. Last...
Google inks deal with NASA to use massive Moffett Airfield for research projects
Google company executives, including founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have for a number of years been using the conveniently located airfield as a base for the tech firm’s fleet of private jets. But with news of the deal with NASA, they’re likely to be making a lot more trips to the base from hereon in.
New Apple Web Tool Helps You Ditch iMessage
Apple recently made an effort to ease the transition, with a new tool to help users switch from the iOS platform (used on the iPhone and iPad) to competing operating systems like Android or Windows Phone without losing texts in the process. The Deregister iMessage page lets users easily deactivate the Apple proprietary messaging service linked to their phone number so that they can get text messages on a new phone.
Why Vimeo Funded a Show About a Weed Dealer | WIRED
Like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon, Vimeo believes the future of online video is not ad supported, but customer supported. Vimeo already has a booming business with creators. When the company launched in 2004, it was mainly a tool for independent filmmakers to upload and manage videos. Today it has half a million subscribers who pay anywhere from $60 to $200 a year to do just that. But it’s also grown into a watching platform with more than 170 million viewers visiting the site each month. The big difference between Vimeo and most streaming services is that Vimeo’s platform is open. Like YouTube, any creator can upload a film and charge whatever he or she wants for it. “You can’t go to iTunes and go, knock knock, hey will you carry my film?” says Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. “They’ll go, ‘No, get a distributor, leave us alone.’ But you can do that on Vimeo.”
Sony waterproof SmartWatch 3 surfaces for $250 - CNET
Now available at the Google Play store, Sony's third-generation smartwatch is completely waterproof -- at least up to a certain time and distance.
Microsoft Band review
Speaking of reasons not to wear it all the time: the Band’s battery needs to last longer. I consistently get two days between charges; I can get three if I never use GPS, but two is more normal. A full workweek should be the minimum acceptable number. If my fitness tracker can’t last me Monday morning to Friday night without needing to charge, there’s too good of a chance I’ll take it off at work when it dies and forget to put it back on ever again. I don’t want to charge it overnight, because then I can’t track my sleep. I don’t want to charge it during the day, because I’ll miss activity. (Oh, and if it dies, all the data since the last time you synced is gone. Just gone . It’s insane and unacceptable.)
Free of Ebola, New York doctor leaves hospital
Dr. Craig Spencer, a New York doctor who was admitted to the city's Bellevue Hospital with Ebola on Oct. 23, was discharged on Tuesday after being declared free of the virus .
Alibaba Singles' Day sales break past $8 billion
Though the 27,000 vendors that take part can boost their sales and gain customers by being featured on Alibaba's Singles' Day shopping sites, some have complained that discounts and cut-throat corporate rivalry undercut the benefits.
Yahoo to buy video advertising platform Brightroll for $640m
The internet company has struggled to keep pace with Google and Facebook in ad revenues and growth. Mayer said on Tuesday that the purchase would reinforce the company’s plans in video advertising. Yahoo’s share of the $43.1bn US digital advertising market fell to 5.8% in 2013, according to analyst eMarketer, and is expected to dip again this year.
The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police
Wang hopes the technology Lifeshel is developing will “shift the needle” in favor of those assaulted by giving them the means to collect footage and transmit a call for help instantaneously to police. The crucial advantage this technology confers is the ability to activate the system without unlocking the phone. At the same time, it has been designed so that it is very difficult to set off an alarm accidentally. But if that were to happen, the user has a self-selected window of time (say, 30 seconds) to disable the alarm before police are notified. Deactivating the panic mode requires a personalized security gesture or ID combination, so only the owner is able to deactivate the alarm.
Super Mario 64: Chaos Edition Is Your Brain On Digital Drugs
For those who weren’t born in the '80s, Gameshark was a device that actually plugged into your game cartridges, caught the software before it reached your game console, and altered lines of code to add cheats like infinite lives. But because Gameshark was screwing with fundamental foundations of the game, it was wrought with errors. You might get infinite lives, sure, but that might come at the expense of the game’s entire backdrop going green.
Deutsche Telekom launches new venture arm with $620M available to fund startups
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has launched an enormous venture capital fund, totalling €500 million ($621 million) over five years, that’s aimed at newer startups and more mature companies. The fund will be run by a new company called Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP) rather than the telco’s existing T-Venture arm, which will still retain responsibility for follow-up investments in its hundred-or-so existing portfolio startups, but will be otherwise closed to new investments. DTCP will have a “special focus” on German startups, and will launch in early 2015. People love to whine about the lack of startup funding in Europe, but in truth the last couple years have seen billions of euros put on the table to support local scenes.
Sleepy Hollow: "Heartless" Review - IGN
Yet again, they make it look so easy. On the surface, “Heartless” looks like a good stand-alone episode of Sleepy Hollow, as our heroes find themselves facing off with a succubus and racing to foil Henry’s plan. But upon closer inspection it reveals itself as having a lot of important character and plot moments for the season on the whole. Whether it’s partnerships, relationships, or spy games, there’s a lot going on here. Throw in that baby Moloch is now hanging out (complete with a psychic connection to Katrina) and this could be the hour that points the way to the next phase of this season.
The Spotify Blog
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Quirky announces new line of smart home products - CNET
I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET, here at Quirky's offices in New York City and they've just unveiled a ton of smart home stuff.
First up is Norm, a smart thermostat and sensor.
Then, there's a smart window and door sensor for home security.
A smart water sensor.
A smart switch.
A smart outlet that does energy savings rather than those standard plugs we're used to seeing.
A multi-purpose sensor that you can configure yourself.
And a smart garage door controller.
Stay tuned for more coverage on this.
Thanks for watching.
I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET.
A faster, more flexible GitHub Enterprise
Since GitHub Enterprise launched in 2011 , AWS's popularity has grown. Many companies want to host code in their AWS-powered cloud and with good reason. Using AWS reduces hardware costs, provides immediate access to a highly scalable infrastructure, and addresses a wide variety of compliance standards, from healthcare's HIPAA standards to government's FedRAMP. And now you can run GitHub Enterprise on AWS too! We like to think it feels a little bit like this:
United States Postal Service Hacked
It seems like 2014 has been one endless series of massive hacks. Home Depot. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. JPMorgan Chase. It’s been one hack after the other, each dumping anything from customer credit card numbers to mailing addresses into the wild.
I caught the thief who stole my iPhone
I put my phone in Lost Mode soon after that, because frankly I didn’t have many other options. I wasn't even sure what Lost Mode did, but I went with it anyway. When you enable Lost Mode, you’re asked to enter a phone number you can be reached at (I entered my brother’s phone number), and you can enter a message. I wrote something along the lines of "Please please return my phone!" Maybe someone had my phone, or maybe it had fallen on the ground somewhere. I also had no idea if the message I typed out was going to be sent as an iMessage, shown on the phone somewhere, etc. But again, there wasn't much else I could do.
SpaceX Will Announce Micro-Satellites For Low Cost Internet Within Three Months
SpaceX , Elon Musk’s startup, is committed to bringing space travel to the masses. Now Musk has also confirmed on Twitter that SpaceX is working on a fleet of “advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations,” which will be officially announced in two to three months. The micro-satellites will be used to enable unfettered and “very low cost” Internet access.
Nintendo Wants You To Subscribe To Its New Amiibo NFC Toys
The Nintendo deal will likely be more expensive than the normal arrangement, but it’s unclear whether it will also offer subscribers a discount vs. the individual unit price of Amigos themselves. Either way, it will come with a degree of mystery, as you won’t know which figurines you’re getting before they arrive at your doorstep, and there are 18 figurines in total between Waves 1 & 2, both destined for launch before the end of the year, so you’ll be getting some, but not all.
YouTube reportedly signs deal with indie labels for its music service
With the licensing resolved, YouTube should be ready to launch the service in the coming weeks. YouTube hasn’t said what exactly the service is going to offer, but users are expected to have ad-free access to songs and music videos, as well as the ability to cache songs for offline listening on mobile devices.
Red vs Blue creator Rooster Teeth acquired by Fullscreen
Online content creator network Fullscreen has acquired Rooster Teeth, the wildly popular group behind the Red vs Blue machinima series and dozens of other videos that have attracted millions of views on YouTube .
In a blog post, Rooster Teeth creative director Michael "Burnie" Burns explains the situation and assures fans that this partnership will mean good things for the group. "The strength of Rooster Teeth's and Fullscreen's combined resources will mean we can stay not just competitive in this exploding digital marketplace, but that we can continue to drive the direction of the industry," Burns writes, before thanking the fans and promising that the acquisition will result in even better content from Rooster Teeth in the future.
Neither Fullscreen nor Rooster Teeth have disclosed the full details of this partnership, but Games Industry reports that Matt Hullum will remain CEO and that Michael Burns will continue in his role as creative director.
Math class needs a makeover
Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. In his talk, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
(Filmed at TEDxNYED.)
Obama just picked a major fight to protect the internet
It is extraordinarily important that Obama wants wireless broadband to fall under the same rules as wired. The wireless carriers have gotten away with some of the worst nonsense in the entire game because they insist that spectrum is a scarce resource and they have to act differently, but the reality is that AT&T and Verizon are hoarding huge amounts of unused spectrum and more and more Americans are turning to mobile as their primary internet access.
One less hurdle: Women's shelter allows victims to escape with their pets
It's a valid question that's caused unnecessary suffering for many domestic violence victims. It's unfortunately also why 48% of women in the U.S. choose to stay in abusive relationships. The resources for victims with pets in need of shelter are incredibly limited.
Taking apart Google's modular smartphone
What do you want to know about Project Ara? Does a modular smartphone actually work? Yes. Is it very different from Android phones? In a basic how-a-phone-all-works, yes indeed. Paul Eremenko, Technical Project Lead on Google's modular phone project just called in at Expand NY, and he brought along the latest working prototype. Modular phones do indeed work: you can take out a component without bricking the device, it can already run Angry Birds and we just got to play with one.
Google's Project Ara at Expand NY 2014
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The Project Lead also introduced one of the more interesting directions that modular smartphones could take: customizable health sensors. He pulled out a pulse oximeter able to measure blood oxygen with light. A phone packed full of these kinds of sensors could offer a very powerful diagnosis for doctors -- especially when hardware costs are already covered when you buy an initial modular smartphone base.
Driving Conversations: Yves Behar and Jaime Derringer discuss design
Yves Béhar and Jaime Derringer hadn’t met in real life prior to their drive, but their different perspectives and backgrounds in design proved a complementary contrast. “I don't have a background in design at all. It’s a personal passion of mine, and I come at it from the perspective of the average person/consumer,“ says Derringer of her experience as founder of Design Milk. Béhar, on the other hand, had design in mind from the get-go. “Before I even knew design was available to study in university, I found design … or it found me.”