World's tallest roller coaster looks as terrifying as you'd expect
The world's tallest roller coaster is coming to Orlando, Florida, in 2017, but you don't have to wait until then to get a peek at the ride.
'Peter Pan' trailer is a song-and-dance with Allison Williams, Christopher Walken
NBC hopes to send its ratings and your hearts soaring higher than a flying Peter Pan on Dec. 4 when it airs the 'Peter Pan Live' musical. Here's a trailer.
Ma says Alibaba will set up international version of Taobao marketplace
WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ( BABA.N ), said on Thursday the firm will set up an international version of its e-commerce marketplace Taobao to serve shoppers worldwide in multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
5 enterprise startups to watch from DEMO fall 2014
Enterprises have a lot to gain from the innovation put forward by new startups. Here are five new enterprise startups that were launched at the fall DEMO conference.
Nine Alternative Keyboards For iOS 8
Apple’s new mobile world order, iOS 8, ushers in support for third party system wide keyboards for the very first time. Which means a tsunami of keyboard makers are right now rushing at the platform hoping to mine gold in them thar hills. We’ve rounded up a selection of alt keyboard contenders — some with storied histories already on the Android platform, others hoping for their first break on iOS…
Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire review: A real gem
It's been 18 years since Nintendo first introduced humanity to a world of adorable monsters that would capture the hearts of millions and grow into the sort of media juggernaut that usually involves a teenaged British wizard or an especially smug Robert Downey Jr. Despite nearly two decades of success, the series' core - the handheld Pokemon role-playing games - have remained perennially good, if not particularly revolutionary. The biggest leap in series history arrived last year with Pokemon X and Y , and while our review of those games was glowing, they weren't without flaws.
Now, developer Game Freak is ready to take another shot at it, using the same enhanced graphics technology, but leaning on the existing plot found in the 2003 GameBoy Advance releases Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. It might seem lazy to rehash these old storylines, but after working my way through the remakes, it's clear that it was a wise decision that allowed the developer to forgo writing a new plot and instead focus on the aspects of Pokemon games that truly matter to players: combat, the expansive world and, of course, the Pokemon themselves.
Scan documents anywhere and at any time with Doxie Go [Deals] | Cult of Mac
Every day, we receive countless pieces of paper: Receipts, important notes, and more. Typically, we put those pieces of paper into our pockets and promise ourselves we’ll sort and file them later – but we rarely do.
Microsoft's Black Friday deals include $150 off the Surface Pro 3
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Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population
We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build tech that could boost food production. To fix that disconnect, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Flextronics Lab IX today launched Farm2050, a collective that will support AgTech startups with capital, design, manufacturing, and test farms to try out their inventions.
Dropbox launches Carousel Photo App for iPad and Web
In both phone and tablet versions, the newly designed lightbox lets you double tap to zoom, the delete button is more conveniently located and sharing is easier because all photos are already in Dropbox, so you can just tap and start a conversation. Unlike the smartphone versions, the iPad app has a landscape mode for for all functions of the app.
Apple is about to change streaming music—and Spotify should be worried
If you’re an Apple user, be prepared to have Beats, the streaming-music service the company acquired for $3 billion earlier this year, forced down your throats. However you feel about that, the implications for the streaming-music landscape—and indeed the entire music industry—could be far-reaching.
How the Dark Web's New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2's Demise | WIRED
Evolution doesn’t just offer an escrow, but also takes advantage of a more advanced feature built into bitcoin known as multi-signature transactions. That feature is designed to prevent both scams and seizure of escrow funds by law enforcement. It requires two out of three parties—the buyer, the user, and the site itself—to sign off on a deal before the escrowed bitcoins can be transferred. Evolution has also had much faster pageload times than competitors, most of whom run painfully slowly thanks to Tor’s process of routing web traffic among randomly chosen computers around the world. (Just how Evolution managed those speeds despite running on Tor itself isn’t clear.) And it has been online far more reliably: The website Darknet Stats counts Evolution as online 97 percent of the time, compared with 83 percent for Agora and 93.5 percent for Silk Road 2 at last check in September.
New Details Emerge on How Pixar's The Good Dinosaur Has Been Changed - IGN
The film has kept its basic premise, which features a world where the dinosaur extinction-causing asteroid never hit Earth and a teenage dinosaur named Arlo adopts a young human boy named Spot as a pet. "The heart of the story remains the same," Sohn said. "It's always been about this young dinosaur growing up."
Apple Could Include A Re-Branded Beats Music On Every iPhone
A music service arriving in March sounds like it could very well be part of iOS 8.2, which Apple began testing this week in advance of the launch of the Apple Watch. A streaming music service might be a good thing to debut alongside the iWatch, as the wearable will offer music playback control, and could also potentially support offline playback features. Apple’s Watch launch will likely carry plenty of its own hype, but a simultaneous premiere of what is essentially a rebrand of an existing product wouldn’t take too much extra effort in terms of product development time, and would make for a splashy way to promote both iOS 8.2 beyond the wearable, and Apple’s suite of first-party software for the device.
Walmart’s price-match backfires as people use fake Amazon listings to get super-cheap PS4s
Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee, the company’s price-matching policy, has been updated to include Amazon and some customers took advantage of that to score themselves a $400 PlayStation 4 for $90, as reported by Kotaku . The brick-and-mortar retail chain acted quickly to address the problem after it became clear that some were using Amazon’s third-party seller service to create fraudulent product listings on the site.
Square takes point-of-sale platform Register to businesses worldwide | ZDNet
Summary: Earlier this month, Square already hinted at its global ambitions (or at least incurred influence) with the debut of an EMV chip-card reader.
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Florida State University shooting: gunman dead, three injured
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Walmart Changes Price Match Policy - IGN
"(W)e’ve updated our policy to clarify that we will match prices from Walmart.com and 30 major online retailers, but we won’t honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers, auction sites or sites requiring memberships."
The 100: "Human Trials" Review - IGN
Before Finn went all the way into Joker territory, we got plenty of other good material as well. The emotional reunions Clarke got at the top of the hour were great. Her breaking down and crying with Abby was a very well-earned, cathartic moment, considering all she'd experienced – and wow, just how freaking beat up she looked as she was dragged in said it all. I love how, unlike many TV shows, they make sure that all the cuts and bruises these characters are getting don’t just magically vanish in-between scenes or episodes. Even after Clarke was cleaned up, she still showed her wounds.
SkyBell Video Doorbell Preview - CNET
SkyBell's $200 Video Doorbell goes way beyond the traditional doorbell call of duty (converted, roughly £125 in the UK and AU$230 in Australia). When someone rings your front door, SkyBell's Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is supposed to send you a real-time alert on your Android or iOS device and pull up live video footage of your visitor via the related app. A built-in speaker and microphone even make it possible for you to have a conversation without having to open the door, or, in fact, be home at all.
Uber’s Massive Fundraising Drive Forges Ahead Despite Scandal
A recent controversy ensnaring Uber doesn’t appear to be lessening the company’s appeal to investors as it moves forward with plans to raise one of the largest venture-capital funding rounds in history.
Amazon Fire customers get a new Washington Post app
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, poses for a photo Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, with the 8.9-inch version of the new Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer in Seattle. Amazon has refreshed its line-up of tablets with new devices, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.
Mozilla Dumps Google, Taps Yahoo as Default Search Engine
In addition to Yahoo in the U.S., Mozilla is tapping Yandex Search for Russian Firefox users and is continuing to use Baidu in China. Firefox users around the world will still be able to use alternate, built-in search options in the browserin the U.S., for example, Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter, and Wikipedia will continue to be supported, the company said.
Kickstarter to drill the moon's south pole is raising crazy cash - CNET
According to Iron, Lunar Missions is hoping to fund its lunar drilling by selling space on a separate, private time capsule that will also be entombed on the moon. Basically, Kickstarter backers and others in later fundraising phases will be able to reserve space in a "digital memory box" to send text messages, photos or videos to the moon. There's also an option to include a strand of your hair if you want your actual DNA to have a permanent resting place beyond Earth.
Russian website posting live video streams from hacked webcams
The ICO's Simon Rice outlines the potential problems with accessing webcams in the home remotely. "The ability to access footage remotely is both an Internet camera's biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially its biggest security weakness," he says. "Remember, if you can access your video footage over the Internet then what is stopping someone else from doing the same?"
What Does A Real Astronaut Think Of 'Interstellar'?
But there were a lot of things that ‘Interstellar’ gets right. Many of the relativistic effects were spot on. (Or at least so I am told by some of my old Caltech buddies.) It was interesting to see many examples of space hardware that were familiar. The deep freezer that holds the frozen embryos of our progeny looks just like the one we have on the International Space Station. (Although we don’t have genetic material to populate a planet in there, yet perhaps that would be a good idea…) The hemispherical windows on Endurance look just like the Cupola on the International Space Station and many of the switch panels would have seemed at home on Endeavour. And as we all know, Love truly transcends time and space.
7 Ways You Can Help Your Sales Team Be More Effective
7. Track performance and identify areas for improvement. "The most important thing you can do to improve your [sales team's] performance is to figure out how well [they're] actually performing now and then make a plan to [help them do] better," says Huizenga. So you need have a system in place that tracks sales performance throughout the sales cycle, so managers can analyze and measure how each member of the sales team is doing -- and then determine where he or she needs help.
This Is Why the App Store Now Says 'Get' Not 'Free'
Now, it's agreed to change the wording on app downloads, too. Even if free apps are actually free—that's to say, there are no hidden in-app purchases lurking within—you'll now be offered the opportunity to 'Get' the app rather than being told its 'Free.' It's hoped that the subtle change in language is enough to change the way people think about downloading apps.
Microsoft performance update caused Azure to stumble Tuesday
Microsoft detailed Wednesday just what exactly went on in its data centers that led to its Azure cloud experiencing a series of hiccups on Tuesday.
Weapons - Far Cry 4 Wiki Guide - IGN
Unlocked when you go to the first store. Becomes free after saving the village in the main campaign.
FTC Shuts Down Bogus Tech Support Scams
The advice comes amidst a crackdown on phony tech support companies that allegedly trick users into paying for tech support services they didn't actually need, and for software that was otherwise available for free. At the FTC's request, federal judges have shut down New York-based Pairsys, Florida-based Inbound Call Experts, and Florida-based Vast Tech Support pending trial, the consumer protection agency announced Wednesday.
Our TNW Event in São Paulo: Exclusive and Invite-Only
On December 2 we are hosting a special kind of event in Pinheiros, São Paulo. This will be the third event we’ve organized in Brazil and we will only welcome 399 people to attend the event this time. That’s correct; this is an invite-only, exclusive event, and it’s not easy to get in.
Easter Eggs and References - Dragon Age Inquisition Wiki Guide - IGN
Upon travelling to Crestwood, you can find several references to another EA game, Plants vs Zombies. In the area of Crestwood, head south from Three Trout Camp (Southeast of the Village of Crestwood) and travel near a giant ridge to a place called Linden Farm. At the back of the farm you can spot a peculiar sight - a row of massive flowers against a crumbling wall, each along a narrow column in the ground. On several of the columns are corpses - a callback to the traditional playstyle of Plants vs Zombies
Facebook Expands Its Drone Team To Bring Internet To All
Facebook has posted three new job vacancies for its drone team today. Its seeking avionics, thermal, power systems and control engineers to work on the aircraft project.
Musicians Have Major Advantage When It Comes To Long-Term Memory
If you listen to your iPod every day on your way to work or break out the guitar every evening, then you'll like this finding.
A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg reveals that listening to music every day lowers stress. The thesis was based on the results of two studies, which showed that people who listened to music also felt positive emotions.
"But it should be pointed out that when studying emotional responses to music it is important to remember that all people do not respond in the exact same way to a piece of music and that one individual can respond differently to the same piece of music at different times, depending on both individual and situational factors," thesis author Marie Helsing said in a statement. "To get the positive effects of music, you have to listen to music that you like."
Sheep farmer finds downed “Google Loon balloon” in South Africa
When sheep farmer Urbanus Botha found a crashed balloon in the Karoo semi-desert in the north of South Africa, he initially thought it might be a weather balloon. However, according to a report in the Beeld newspaper , its “Google[x]” markings showed it be one of the Project Loon test balloons.
Best stocking stuffers of 2014 - CNET
OK, you already have the tech gifts ready to go -- but what about all of the batteries, chargers, cables and accessories? To that end, we've rounded up some of our favorite tech accessories available for less than $25. The list is dominated by familiar names such as Logitech, Panasonic, JVC, SanDisk, Philips, and Amazon, and includes some items for as little as $12.
Sen. Al Franken Demands Answers From Uber on Privacy, ‘God View’ Tool
Sen. Franken, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law, in his letter said these revelations suggested “a troubling disregard for customers’ privacy.” He asked about an internal company tool called “God view,” a dashboard that reportedly gives employees a view into the movements of specific users, and who in Uber has permission to use it.
Huawei-made Honor 3C Android Smartphone Launched with 5" Display
It seems like only a few weeks ago that Huawei started pushing its Honor-branded handsets in the UK, and that’s because it was. Today, the company is back with its second handset for the UK market, the Honor 3C.
Quiz: Which New App Will Solve Your Productivity Problems?
Ever feel as if one more meeting is the only thing standing between you and a nervous breakdown? Fret not—we've curated the best new apps to help. Simply click below on your specific productivity problem and follow our interactive quiz to find the solution.
Deep Identity Raises $470,000 To Help Companies Manage Access On Their Networks
Deep Identity , a Singapore-based startup that helps companies manage access to their internal networks and services, has raised US$470,000 (SG$589,000) to expand its services into the cloud and open a presence in Europe.
Hear the sound of the first comet landing - CNET
It's one of the most historic thuds heard in recent years. At only two seconds long, it offers a lot more data for scientists to unpack than you might think.
Detekt tool aims to tell activists if their PCs are being spied on
The human rights groups stressed that Detekt may not catch all spyware, and some spyware will probably be updated to avoid being detected by it. The tool doesn’t actually remove spyware it finds, but is more for gathering evidence of surveillance. If you use it and it finds something, don’t reconnect the PC to the internet and find an expert to look at the logs (which should be printed or saved on another device.)
TC Droidcast Episode 27: Nexus 6 Is Too Big And Nokia N1 Is Too iPad
This week on the Droidcast, it’s Darrell Etherington, Greg Kumparak, and Engadget’s Chris Velazco, and we’re talking in more detail about the Nexus 6 now that the full reviews are out. Bottom line: It’s big. We also tackle Nokia’s return to hardware with an Android-powered tablet , and Google’s acquisition of an iOS prototyping company .
'Better Call Saul' gets February premiere date and a new teaser
The loveably sleazy Saul Goodman is almost back on the air. AMC has announced that Better Call Saul will premiere across two nights, Sunday, February 8th and Monday, February 9th at 10PM ET/PT. From there, AMC will continue to air one episode every Monday at 10. Alongside Bob Odenkirk, who's returning as Saul, Jonathan Banks will be returning as his right-hand man, of sorts, Mike Ehrmantraut. The series takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and will show Saul's rise from a small-time lawyer to the successful and totally unethical one that we all already know. That's about all of the details on the series' plot so far, and its latest teaser doesn't reveal much more — though it sure makes it look like the show could have a similar tone to Breaking Bad .
GoDaddy aims to list next year, seeks $4.5 billion valuation: NY Post
(Reuters) - GoDaddy Inc is planning an initial public offering early next year that would value the world's biggest provider of web addresses at roughly $4.5 billion, the New York Post said.
Today on The Vergecast: Uber, Apple Watch, and Nokia
The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and Sam Sheffer aka Mr. #hypecheck. Join us live as we dive into all of the wild, weird, and crazy things that happened this week with Uber, the Apple Watch, Nokia's new tablet, and more.
Medium is working on a new home page and new mobile tools
Williams quickly clarified that by “terrible” he really meant that the current home page is a placeholder that doesn’t really have a special function. It sounds like Medium is going to improve the way its visitors navigate around the site with the new home page and a new navigation bar at the top of the page, and let people create content for the site with a new mobile app. Williams was careful to note, however, that Medium has actually been spending a lot of time on “something secret” that he unfortunately declined to share with the world while on stage with Gigaom founder Om Malik.
Uber hires outside auditor to review privacy practices
Uber has hired an outside auditor to review its current privacy policies amid growing concerns around how its customers' personal data is being used. Uber announced that it would have Harriet Pearson, IBM's former privacy chief, conduct the review and make recommendations for improvement. There's no guaranteeing that Uber will act on those recommendations, however, and it's unlikely that Uber will publish results of the audit — unless they are, somehow, surprisingly glowing. Nonetheless, it's likely that Uber is hoping this move will quiet its critics for now, and there's a good chance that we'll hear about whatever recommendations it decides to put into place later.
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Out of the Phone, the first book of its kind, compiles inspiring moments from 2014 taken by 100 photographers all over the world on Instagram. Meet the man who made it happen – and see the stunning results