'Zoolander 2' trailer proves sequel will be at least ... 3 times bigger
Don't eugoogolize the Zoolander franchise: The 2001 comedy's long-awaited sequel looks like it just might deliver a bracing shot of Blue Steel.
YouTube launches family-friendly Kids app in the UK
App filters videos to weed out inappropriate content as children increasingly turn away from television to tablets for entertainment
Land Rover lets you get even closer to nature with its Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rover has taken the wraps off its Range Rover Evoque Convertible that will go on sale in mid-2016.
What's on your HDTV: 'High Castle,' 'Jessica Jones,' 'SW: Battlefront'
Netflix and Amazon both bring high-profile new series this week, with Marvel's Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle
Meet Sweet: Hearst’s new straight-to-Snapchat publication
You may have noticed a new channel pop up in Discover on Snapchat this week called Sweet. It’s prominently placed first in the list of Discover channels, a
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Volvo shows what the interior of a self-driving car will be like
Volvo and its designers have been thinking about this for some time. In response, the Swedish carmaker has created Concept 26 (C26). With redesigned seating, a luxurious cabin and engaging infotainment, it's an considered look at what the interior of autonomous cars will be in the near future.
Extinct cave lion cubs discovered in Siberia after 12,000 years on ice
Scientists have recovered the remains of two extinct lion cubs from the permafrost of Siberia. The pair of infants, nicknamed Uyan and Dina, were estimated to be just a week or two old when they died at least 12,000 years ago, and are fantastically well preserved. Dr. Albert Protopopov of the Yakutian Academy of Sciences told The Siberian Times that the pair are easily the most intact cave lion remains ever found. They "are complete with all their body parts: fur, ears, soft tissue and even whiskers," he said, adding that it's possible they died after their mother left them in a cave to go hunting, and they were covered by a landslide. "This is how we explain such unique preservation of the animals."
Why Rdio died: the inside story
It’s easy to forget now, but the first modern music streaming service to arrive in America was Rdio. Like its founders, Skype billionaires Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, Rdio was awkwardly spelled and a little hard to pronounce. When it arrived in August 2010, the smartphone era was young enough that the company offered a $5 web-only streaming plan (on the assumption you might not have a mobile device) and a BlackBerry app (in case you had a bad one). The company’s catalog was limited to 7 million songs, well short of the 30 million tracks that it and its rivals now provide. From the start, Rdio had more product sense than business sense, and its cautious approach to growth and marketing would ultimately spell its doom.
For Yahoo, New York's probe into daily fantasy sports is another blow - CNET
The subpoena is a setback for Yahoo, which has been in perpetual comeback mode for years, cycling through several CEOs until it landed on former Google executive Marissa Mayer in 2012. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has struggled to attract more people to its products after falling out of fashion to rivals like Google and Facebook. But even as users have flocked to other Web services, fantasy sports has always been a big draw for the company.
Taxi owners, lenders sue New York City over Uber
NEW YORK Taxi owners and lenders on Tuesday sued New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of the popular ride-sharing business Uber was destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.
New iPhone 6S deal: save £100 on a 64GB iPhone 6S with Black Friday voucher code
Last week, Mobiles.co.uk almost melted down as it offered an iPhone 6S 64GB for less than the price of a 16GB version. Unfortunately, the site had to pull the deal yesterday due to unprecedented demand and a lack of stock – you bought them all!
Christopher Mims LIVE Chat on Product Hunt
@daniellenewnham I have no insight into the genesis of that article, I don't even think that reporter is part of our tech bureau but I don't know for sure. I do know how insanely thorough is the vetting of pieces like that at the Journal. I don't think any publication on earth is as careful as we are about these kinds of things. That's what I wish people realized -- once you've been through the editors, and then the lawyers... I can't even tell you what it's like to be fact-checked by *lawyers*. That's why it was pretty easy, once that piece came out, for me to stand behind it without even knowing the author. I know the system that produced the piece. That said, it's certain there is a larger story that he didn't capture -- that's always the case. How that will play out will be telling, but I'm not sure we'll ever have "resolution" over what all the accusations mean.
Star Wars Battlefront Review - IGN
However, even a poor mode benefits from a great map, and the good news is that Battlefront’s 13 maps are pretty much uniformly excellent. Each planet’s gorgeous environments cling to distinct visual and structural themes that make sense for Star Wars. Endor is dense, full of places to hide, and rich with great sniper spots, while Tatooine’s labyrinthian landscape is less predictable, allowing you to catch enemies off guard at any moment. Hoth has patches of extreme claustrophobia across its wide-open, trench-filled fields, which differs dramatically from Sullust’s combination of molten, rocky plains and Imperial technology. This gives each valley, structure, and cave a unique and new sense of dangerous place.
Instagram Kills Off Feed Reading Apps
Only a tiny fraction of Instagram feed reading happens in third-party apps, so Instagram is shutting down its feed API to make feature development nimbler and create a more consistent user experience. The move is part a big cleanup of the Instagram platform . It involves listing exactly what’s allowed with its APIs, an app permission review process that makes Instagram a gated platform, and a new developer testing sandbox.
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Come join us as we learn how to tackle and manage big data application performance. First, Taneja Group Sr. Analyst Mike Matchett will present his take on how enterprise IT is now being challenged to support big data applications in real production environments. He'll discuss why too many enterprises haven't been as successful as they should in taking advantage of their big data opportunities - in many cases losing out to competitors. He'll explore what agile IT/devops really needs to do to not only effectively host, but deliver top-notch, consistent big data performance with the smallest infrastructure cost.
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Carnegie Mellon Says It Was Subpoenaed-And Not Paid-For Research On Breaking Tor
Tor Project director Roger Dingledine threw gasoline on the fire last week when he accused CMU of accepting a $1 million payout from the FBI for the project, which was allegedly used to gather evidence to try and convict two individuals, one allegedly involved in the Silk Road 2.0 operation and the other allegedly involved in child pornography. Motherboard published court documents on Nov. 11 from the case against Brian Richard Farrell, a defendant in the Silk Road 2.0 trial, that allege Farrell’s involvement in the operation was determined from information obtained by a “university-based research institute and the federal government.”
U.S. may be financing encryption apps to stay ahead of terrorists
Intelligence agents should take a lesson from cybercriminals in taking control of handsets and accounts when they need to monitor communications, Litan added. "Criminals do this all the time — they plant malware on endpoints, and that gives them full account access to files and communications, whether or not they are encrypted," she said. "I know this is easier said than done, but it's what intelligence agencies need to focus on because they are never going to be able to stay on top of all the encryption applications."
Sky's next-gen TV box will let you record four shows at once and watch another
But it's not just about the straight Sky TV packages. This is a brave new world for your Sky box, introducing a sidebar to proceedings which will enable you to access different apps on your TV.
ON Semiconductor to buy Fairchild in $2.4 billion deal
Fairchild's shares rose as much as 9.4 percent to $19.56, below the offer price of $20. ON Semi's shares fell as much as 11.3 percent. The company plans to take on $2.4 billion in new debt to fund the deal, nearly tripling its debt load.
Apple Pay adds support for almost 100 new banks and credit unions in the U.S.
On Tuesday, November 17, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay had gained support for almost 100 new banks and credit unions in the United States. As it stands now, with these latest additions, Apple Pay is now supported by 751 different establishments, with even more to come.
Conde Nast kills Details, the magazine for artistic, fun-loving dudes
"I like to think that on a corporate level the company made the decisions that they needed to make and got ready to move the company forward, and I think we're part of that company going forward," he said. "But we need to let the magazine speak for itself. This is an opportunity for us to prove why we're still here, and I'm up for doing that."
Apple Pay launches in Australia with limited card & retailer support
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...or even better the uk. Contactless chip and pin terminals mean that even rural corner shops accept Apple Pay. Completely love it, but interestingly really poorly understood by non-Apple watchers. I spend a lot of time at work explaining the benefits and helping people register their cards. However, we've now created our own modest Apple Pay enclave. Once people try it then there is no stopping them. A couple of weekends ago I had an Apple Pay only weekend (even works for all London Underground and buses) - I don't think it will be long before I can jettison cards. Only issues - the totally illogical �30 limit (given that Apple Pay is more secure than chip and pin or over the phone purchases - how does it make any sense) and battery life. On the second issue the fact the watch Apple Pay works without the phone has pretty much removed that issue.
This Is Gonna Be Harder Than I Thought
Here’s how I came to terms with my disappointment: One of my investors introduced me to the "iterative beta," the notion that we had to pick a launch date and stick to it. Of course the launch would be imperfect, but since we believe Purple Carrot has staying power, we could make things better week by week and month by month. He convinced me that my goals are real and achievable, not fantasies—but it is going to take time and work and money to get there. Running a company according to my values is not as easy as I thought it would be, but it’s also possible to relax, to see that the path ahead is long and winding—and promising.
The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 is an excellent iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4 rival
Like the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4 , the R726 features pen or touch-based input. However, it will only come with a full HD resolution screen, so video and photo editors might opt for a competing device with higher pixel quality. At just 1.76 pounds (789g) and 0.37 inches thick (9.5mm), the R726 is a competitively-sized device. For example: the Surface Pro 4 is 0.33 inches thick and 1.73 pounds with a Core i processor.
Dunkin' Donuts Tests Mobile Ordering in Bid to Catch Up With Starbucks
Restaurant chains are competing to draw customers with the fastest, most convenient options. Simple mobile ordering and delivery allows companies to hook customers, potentially building loyalty and increasing sales. Dunkin’ Donuts, owned by Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., started a rewards program in January 2014 and has about 3.6 million members now, compared with Starbucks’ roughly 10.4 million in the U.S.
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Google Unveils the All New Google+
While the new design is interesting, and as noted, will offer some assurance to avid Google+ fans that the platform’s not headed for the scrap heap, it’s also unlikely the redesign is going to boost Google+’s audience in any significant capacity. That may not be the intention, maybe the design has purely been implemented with regular users in mind and is aimed solely at keeping them on-side, while incrementally building engagement and interaction through communities in the process. That might be a good strategy for Google to take, tailoring their design to cater to advocates in the hopes that that might then spur additional interaction and growth over the long-haul, as opposed to building their own social network challenger to take on the might of Zuckerberg and Co and their ever-growing behemoth.
Blue Steel is back! Here's the first trailer for Zoolander 2
Set 10 years after the events of 2001’s Zoolander , the sequel finds Derek and Hansel struggling to find their place in a world filled with fresh new faces and an industry that has all but forgotten its once-great icons of fashion. Recruited by Interpol to help with an investigation, the pair suddenly find themselves thrust back into the spotlight — and facing an old enemy who’s out for revenge.
What Microsoft's new developer strategy means for CIOs
Some of those free tools are available for enterprises, some aren’t, says Microsoft’s John Montgomery. “We’re not changing the terms of Visual Studio Community — it is still for learning, open source projects and very small teams. We’re also not changing the terms of the free Visual Studio Team Services offering — it’s for teams of under five. The new Dev Essentials program doesn’t have a restriction beyond the restriction of the individual products (and only Visual Studio Community has a license restriction). As a result, an enterprise could leverage parts of Dev Essentials for every developer — a team of up to five using Visual Studio Team Services and open source development with VS Community, say, and taking advantage of VS Code and our training and (when it comes) even the Azure benefits. But they still couldn’t do their commercial development with Visual Studio Community or put their whole enterprise into Visual Studio Team Services.”
Shunning protocol, Obama interviews Alibaba billionaire Ma
MANILA U.S. President Barack Obama took time off at an Asia-Pacific summit on Wednesday for an unusual task - putting questions to Chinese internet billionaire Jack Ma and a young Filipina entrepreneur on government-business ties in a panel discussion.
Telegram cracked down on 78 ISIS-related channels in 12 languages this week
Encrypted messaging app Telegram announced today that it has shut down access to several public channels that people have used to communicate about ISIS. The news comes after days after the terrorist group waged attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people . Since then, reports have surfaced about how terrorists have used encrypted messaging in their operations.
10 best PS4 deals in the UK - November 2015
You often find that the most attractive way to buy a console is in a bundle with extra hardware or included games. These are the best PS4 bundle deals currently available in the UK - we update these at the beginning of each week so you're always up to date.
How to see how much battery your Apple Pencil has left - CNET
When enabled, the battery widget will display the current battery percentage of your iPad Pro, plus any Bluetooth devices connected to it. With the Apple Pencil using Bluetooth to communicate with the tablet, it naturally shows up in the widget.
10 dumb security mistakes sys admins make
Do as I say, not as I do: Admin mistakes often surpass the severity of those made by users. Here are 10 of the most common -- and their remedies
The Corridor Bike Will Never Get In Your Way, Even In The Tiniest Apartment
A folding bike would do as much, but Roman says that he wanted to make a bike that was as easy to use as possible. "Every aspect is focused on the experience of getting the bicycle out your apartment and taking it for a cycle," he says. "This is why I only chose to make the handle bar and pedals foldable. Small enough so it isn’t an obstruction, yet simple enough so you can use it effortlessly." The idea is that you shouldn’t be put off taking the bike because it’s a pain to get the thing ready.
Congress approves space mining, minus regulation
The soon-to-be-law might will be encouraging to businesses worried that they'll be crushed by government restrictions, but it also raises questions. How does the US reconcile its space mining policies with those of other countries, especially those who've already called dibs on a space object? Are we looking at a rehash of the colonial days, when nations were in a mad rush to grab whatever they could? And is the anti-regulation approach wise given both the rash of recent accidents and the impending wave of manned private space capsules ? While the Act will definitely pay off if it helps the US advance past the days of NASA-only space travel, it carries the real risk of creating political or technical chaos.
What you need to know about Syrian refugees
Out of the more than 4 million Syrian refugees, only 2,144 of them have resettled in the U.S. since 2012. For comparison, the United States took in a total of about 70,000 refugees last year. President Barack Obama's announcement to increase the refugee quota in 2016 will only bring in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees if the quota is met in its entirety.
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Here's the fantastic camera that's likely to be in the Samsung Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 is currently rumoured to be launching at the start of February. Failing that, we might end up seeing the new phone at MWC at the end of the February instead.
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Ralph Lauren and Oak Labs launch the fitting room of the future
When a customer walks into one of Ralph Lauren’s smart dressing rooms, the lighting immediately brightens and the items they’ve picked out from the store appear on the mirror. Oak Lab’s smart mirror recognizes and accounts for any clothing a customer brings into the room and allows them to ping a sales representative if they need something in another size or want to try a different article of clothing altogether. The mirrors also come equipped with five language options and allow users to change the lighting in the room to one of three schemes.
'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' is delayed to August 2016
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is due to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 23rd, 2016 -- though it was originally scheduled to launch on February 23rd. Eidos Montreal head David Anfossi announced the delay in a blog post titled, " No compromise on quality ." He says, in part, "We're confident and proud of the game so far. However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations and refinement to meet our high standards." Anfossi offers an apology and gratitude for fans' continued support.
Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz launches $200 million Bio Fund
SAN FRANCISCO Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz put itself on the map with software investing. Now, it plans to take its software-heavy approach to biology and medicine, with a new $200 million fund for the hybrid sector and a former Stanford professor to run it.
Google Compute Engine launches Custom Machine Types to provide tailored VM sizes
Google today announced the introduction of Custom Machine Types, a new option people can use to get access to just the right size of virtual machine in the Google Compute Engine public cloud.
Tumblr gives you an easy way to make reaction GIFs on mobile
Tumblr made it easier to search for GIFs earlier this year, but if you're tired of seeing the same old stuff, you'll like this update a lot better. The social network has created a built-in GIF maker for its mobile apps that can process videos without having to fire up another app or a website. You simply have to compose a new Photo post and pick any video or photo burst (that iPhone 6s/6s Plus format that captures actions in the pictures you take) you want.
Asus makes internet TV as easy as A, B, Chromebit
For the low price of $85 (about £56, AU$120), the Asus Chromebit is gum packet-sized micro desktop that transforms any display with an HDMI input into a smart, cloud-connected display. Other than a screen, all it needs power and a Bluetooth-connected keyboard and mouse to work.
Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance
Effective encryption might be a politically convenient scapegoat to kick around in the wake of a terror attack — given it can be used to detract attention from big picture geopolitical failures of governments. And from immediate on the ground intelligence failures — whether those are due to poor political direction, or a lack of resources, or bad decision-making/prioritization by overstretched intelligence agency staff. Pointing the finger of blame at technology companies’ use of encryption is a trivial diversion tactic to detract from wider political and intelligence failures with much more complex origins.
Multiple Apple Services including App Store and Apple TV are currently affected by an outage
Unable to use the App Store, iTunes Store, or Siri on Apple TV properly? You are not alone. Multiple cloud Apple services seem to be suffering an outage thereby hampering their usability.
Lyft is reportedly raising $500M at $4B valuation
By comparison, Uber’s valuation is still pegged at more than $50 billion as of today — meaning investors see Uber as worth more than 12 times what Lyft may be worth after this rumoured funding round. Lyft’s current valuation sits at about $2.5 billion, based on an earlier funding round of several hundred million dollars in May of this year.
Bing for iPhone makes it easy to jump from search straight to your apps
The big question for Microsoft is how to convince users to give the Bing app more of a shot. While there's no question that both the Bing and Google apps offering plenty of features, it's probably easier for a lot of iOS users just to search in Safari directly. And iOS 9 has done a good job of tying local results from the Maps app into searches, both in Safari and from the redesigned Spotlight search area. While those default tools are likely good enough for a lot of users, the new Bing app definitely feels like a more "mobile-native" search experience. Between voice integration, the quick access to local info without having to type and the integration with your app collection, Bing for iPhone is definitely worth a look if you want a deeper search experience.
Jony Ive talks about the Apple Pencil; explains why it is called so and more
When questioned why Apple created the Apple Pencil, Ive says that there is a huge market of people out there who want something like the Pencil — and it is not just limited to those people who went to the art school. He also says that creating the Apple Pencil was a classic case of one product solving multiple problems.
Latest OS X El Capitan beta strives to improve Mac performance
Apple did not provide details of specific changes in its latest release, likely focusing on under-the-hood tweaks to fix bugs, update security and improve performance. OS X 10.11.1 introduced issues that have been well documented in Apple's support forums, such as slow device performance , broken keychain access , freezes and problems with the Mail app . Hopefully, these issues will get resolved when OS X 10.11.2 is released to the public after successful beta testing.
Viber's Plan To Win Over America: Attract College Students
In North America, Viber has the advantage of being a lesser-known app that has name recognition while remaining a relatively blank slate. "When I joined the company, the first thing we did was talk to users about the mobile messaging app base," Nelson says. "When we asked about Viber, 90% of everyone we talked to had a smile come across their face, or a quick smirk," he recalls, "They had a visceral reaction in a good way to Viber, and always had a good experience," says Nelson, adding, "I’m not just saying that as a marketer."