Thought the music business was dead? Adele's new album might break an all-time sales record.
Against all trends, a 2015 album has a shot at setting the mark for most albums sold in a week—breaking a record set in 2000.
John Malkovich stars in new movie that literally won't be seen for a 100 years
John Malkovich and Robert Rodriguez have completed a new project that literally won't be seen by anyone for a century.
Durex thinks a condom emoji can help promote safe sex
A condom emoji could be a thing soon. Durex thinks it can help promote safe sex.
This is how you'll shop for cars in 2020
Volvo partnered with Microsoft to demonstrate what it might be like for car buyers to use HoloLens for a better look at their next ride, inside and out.
Melissa McCarthy leans in for 'The Boss' trailer
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a Martha Stewart type with Sharon Osbourne's haircut whose world falls apart after she's arrested for insider trading.
Microsoft and Volvo's new HoloLens showroom is fascinating and frustrating
Cars have a long history with augmented and virtual reality. Designers rely on immersive systems, from CAVE rooms to augmented reality headsets, to visualize their work. Drivers have been using...
Hacking the Nazis: The secret story of the women who broke Hitler's codes - TechRepublic
Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II.
Jimmy Iovine thinks finding music is too difficult for women
A couple months ago, you may have seen a commercial for Apple Music floating around the internet, perhaps accompanied by a praise hands emoji or an all-caps "SLAY." Unlike previous ads for the streaming service, it eschews the global "everyone listening to the same Pharrell song all the time" vibe and aims for the hyper-relatable: just a bunch of gal pals, hanging out and listening to their old favorite jams from way back when. That those pals happen to be Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and Mary J. Blige made it all the more irresistible.
Put your feet up guys, Google knows who'll be cooking and shopping this Christmas
In a handy blog post headlined ‘Google helps you shop between holiday cooking and tree trimming’, Google has unveiled an update to its shopping experience, as well revealing some of its own gender assumptions.
FDA names salmon the first genetically modified animal safe to eat
The FDA is allowed to regulate genetically modified animals, because the artificial rDNA that is introduced is basically the same as giving the animal a drug. The agency conducted an extensive review of the scientific research on AquaAdvantage Salmon, determining the fish was safe to eat and that the introduction of the artificial rDNA is safe for the fish itself. The genetically modified salmon is also just as nutritious as other Atlantic salmon, and not biologically different, the FDA said.
Lumia 950 review: Windows Phone finally has a new flagship—will anyone care?
Both also usher in a new operating system: Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft has spent years trying to converge its platforms, and with Windows 10 Mobile, it has finally done it. Universal Windows Apps, running on the Universal Windows Platform, can credibly claim to allow the same application to run on and target the phone, tablet, and desktop with touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. But it's the hardware that we will focus on today, specifically the Lumia 950's hardware. It officially launches on AT&T today while the Lumia 950 XL should land in a few weeks. (A full review of Windows 10 Mobile will come at a later date.)
YouTube foots the bill for video makers to fight copyright takedowns
YouTube is no stranger to cases of copyright infringement , and it's lending a hand to video creators who are involved in the disputes. The video-hosting site says that it will cover the legal fees for a few content creators that are fighting the demands of copyright holders with fair use claims. It's only offering support in four cases right now, but the company doesn't rule out expanding that number in the future. By offering assistance, YouTube hopes to not only educate the masses on fair use, but also foster loyalty among users who house their content on the site. "We want, when we can, to have our users' backs," said YouTube's legal director for copyright Fred von Lohmann. "We believe even the small number of videos we are able to protect will make a positive impact on the entire YouTube ecosystem." The new policy also helps combat the takedowns of legally posted content, keeping videos that should be available to the masses online.
Dropbox adds annotations to Web previews for quicker feedback
Working on a project with multiple people in different locations can be a hassle, so Dropbox wants to make it easy for people to provide feedback on documents on the Web with annotations .
Review: 5 memory debuggers for Linux coding
If you haven't already guessed it, I am talking about memory-related errors. Manually debugging these errors can be not only time-consuming but difficult to find and correct. Also, it's worth mentioning that these errors are surprisingly common, especially in software written in programming languages like C and C++, which were designed for use with manual memory management .
SeatGeek lets you easily resell tickets, transfer them to friends
SeatGeek has made a name for itself with its mobile app , which lets you snap up tickets for sporting events, concerts and the like, while also giving you a view of your seat. But starting today, you can also use the new SeatGeek Marketplace to resell tickets without much fuss. You just need to drag a PDF of your ticket onto your SeatGeek account page and the service will grab all of the relevant event details for you. The company also uses its pricing data to suggest a potential price for your ticket that'll get you the best return. Payments are handled using Venmo, which means you won't have to give up your bank account details to SeatGeek, and the company takes a 15 percent cut from the sale. You can also transfer tickets to friends from SeatGeek's mobile apps and charge them at the same time (there's no transaction fee for friend transfers).
Facebook at Work gets a messaging app on Android
Of course, you’ll need a Facebook at Work account to use the app, which means your organization will need to have signed up for the service. Facebook launched its social network-for-companies in January in a closed beta; in September, it told Recode that it planned to open up a freemium version more widely by the end of the year.
Everything you know is wrong: lasers are cooling things now
A group of scientists at the University of Washington were able to successfully refrigerate water using an infrared laser . This is a big deal because researchers weren't even sure this was possible as water tends to heat up when illuminated. However, by using an infrared laser and nanocrystal, it surprisingly created the opposite effect, which is a world first. The team of scientists were able to cool liquid water by 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). The crystal absorbed the light's photons and then when the photons were released, they had a higher energy value compared to when they first entered. These photons then scattered and carried away heat, cooling the surrounding water.
We're running out of a crucial ingredient for touchscreens
One ingredient in particular - an element called indium - is extremely rare in the Earth's crust, found mostly in zinc mines. Despite almost a decade of research, we've found no replacement for its unique properties, meaning that prices of the pure metal today can reach $900 a kilogram.
New EFF website highlights content that social networks don't want you to see
Why this matters: Most people use social networks as a crucial method of communications with friends, family, and even like-minded political thinkers. Thus how we are able to speak and interact on those sites is crucially important. Censorship should be kept to a minimum, but these are sites run by private companies that have every right to keep content they find undesirable off their networks. It’s a tough line to walk and the EFF’s new site should help point out some of the worst decisions that social networks make—and how they can improve.
Microsoft, Volvo Car to Bring Augmented Reality Into Showrooms
To show off the prototype demonstrations, Microsoft converted a large, drab room in its conference center usually used for speakers or events into a mock Volvo showroom complete with stylish decor and smaller enclosed spaces. One hologram walked viewers through the key choices made by the cars’ designers, while another visualized all the colors and trims available -- useful in a showroom where there might be only one or two of each car model.
On encryption, Clinton tells Silicon Valley to be a team player - CNET
Democratic presidential candidate tells tech companies they need to help track down terrorists but stops short of calling for weaker encryption. It's a balancing act between security and privacy.
Why Apple keeps its distance from enterprise IT (and why it works)
Apple mostly relies on third-party providers to meet complex enterprise needs, but the company also retains control over the user experience and its capability to quickly deliver innovation in the form of software updates, according to Voce. However, Apple's burgeoning relationships with IBM and Cisco empower the company to meet business-specific requirements such as the capability to create applications tailored to a certain vertical or data set, and tighter integration of hardware and apps with enterprise networks, according to Blau. Apple could have developed a more enterprise-specific strategy of its own, but it's rarely a good idea to focus solely on the demands of IT, Voce says.
T-Mobile’s data cap exemption for video gets FCC chairman’s approval
T-Mobile US drew some criticism for a new program that exempts certain online video services from data caps, but Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler today praised the carrier's zero-rating plan. Further ReadingT-Mobile exempts video from data caps, but lowers resolution to 480pSome video services won't count against caps, others will be "optimized."
Airbnb Raises Over $100 Million as It Touts Strong Growth
Airbnb Inc. has raised more than $100 million in a new round of funding that has closed, according to a person familiar with the matter. The round held to the same $25.5 billion valuation at which the company raised $1.5 billion of capital over the summer.
Inside "The Bunker": Twentieth Century Fox's Futuristic VR Innovation Lab
Its current effort is a 20-minute-plus interactive VR experience tied to the sci-fi thriller The Martian that will be released for sale sometime next year, most likely after the launches of new VR hardware like the Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR. Although the experience should be viewable on any VR platform, including Samsung’s Gear VR, Google Cardboard, or even YouTube or Facebook, it’s really aimed at devices that have controllers allowing viewers to manipulate things with their hands, enriching the story possibilities as they are "essentially directing their own experience," says David Greenbaum, executive vice president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures, and one of the leaders of the lab.
Want To Work For Tesla? Elon Musk Turns To Twitter To Recruit Engineers
Elon Musk is looking for a few good engineers. The Tesla CEO took to Twitter tonight to announce Tesla is ramping up its autonomous vehicle division and needs some new talent. Oh, and he said he’s going to do some of the interviews, so there’s that too.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: This high-resolution flagship phone costs far too much
Sony typically adds in quite a handful of software extras and the Z5 Premium is no exception. Beyond Sony's own calendar and email clients (the latter a baffling addition, given the phone also arrives with Google's Gmail on board), you'll find Amazon's shopping app pre-installed, as well as various PlayStation stores, Kobo's e-book app, OfficeSuite, a news app, AVG antivirus, and various other bits and bobs. It all helps the phone feel somewhat cluttered before you've even downloaded your first app. The various widgets you'll find scattered across the home screens don't help either.
Heartbroken? Facebook's new feature eases breakups
Facebook's new relationship tools have three main parts. The first lets you choose to limit how much you see your ex on Facebook, while the second limits how much your ex sees of you.
Leaked screenshots show glimpse of Apple troubleshooting app for iOS
I wonder if Apple couldn't build a troubleshooting framework into iOS such that it's a background process wherever you are (meaning within Apple apps and the OS itself). You could activate it with a gesture (or Force Touch or whatever; I'm still not sure I like that...), and it would automatically take not only current diagnostic information, but grab the current state of the device. You would then describe your problem or the bug you just experienced, and Apple could then take the diagnostic/state info and automatically load it into a test device. That would bring it up to the exact layout of yours at the time, and then someone could try to replicate the bug.
Load Up on Mac Apps with the Black Friday Bundle [Deals Hub]
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes opportunities for massive savings. But you don’t have to brave the lines this year—you can get the best Black Friday deal without ever leaving your house. Just grab the Black Friday Mac Bundle, on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .
Quora launches Writing Sessions, a civilized rival to Reddit's AMAs
Everyone knows Reddit’s AMA’s can surface the most aggressive trolls from the depths of the Web, so Quora is hoping to restore some decorum with its own version.
Watch live streamers play developers at their own games for charity
Robinson Swink isn't stopping with a lineup of high-profile game developers and streamers -- she also plans on spicing up the show with an array of festive, ridiculous hats. "Whenever we reach a funding milestone, I'm going to switch to a sillier hat," she explains. "I hope people's curiosity about just how silly these hats get is enough to drive some significant fundraising."
Run Disk Cleanup After the Windows November Update to Save 20GB+ of Space
Those of us at Lifehacker who have already installed the Windows update noticed that during a Disk Cleanup, there’s an easy 20GB of space that can be removed. To find it, run the Disk Cleanup utility, and after the initial scan, click “Clean up system files.” After a second scan, there should be an option reading “Previous Windows installation(s).” When we ran the scan, this item was not selected by default, but it contained a massive amount of data. Go ahead and clear that out to get your space back.
Springtomize 3 for iOS 9
Springtomize 3, one of the most awaited jailbreak tweaks for iOS 9 has just hit Cydia. The jailbreak tweak is developed by well-known Cydia Developer, Filippo Bigarella, but like the update for iOS 8.3, developer Janosch Hubner has added support for iOS 9.
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Facebook At Work Gets Its Own Version Of Messenger With Debut of “Work Chat”
Given Facebook at Work’s similarity to Facebook proper, it’s not surprising to see that Facebook has now rolled out a dedicated chat client for its enterprise user base. The client itself is not all that remarkable, given that it’s basically just Messenger for use with your co-workers. However, it does have a nice feature that allows you to disable your notifications when you don’t want to be disturbed or when you’re on vacation – something that could help provided better work/life balance for employees.
6 tips for starting out as an iOS developer
Figuring out where to start and how to get started in iOS app development can be daunting, as there are many different languages, frameworks, and best practices that you have to wrap your head around.
ISIS’ OPSEC Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity
“This is about as good at OPSEC as you can get without being formally trained by a government,” Brantly, a cyber fellow with the West Point center, told WIRED. “This is roughly [the same advice] I give to human rights activists and journalists to avoid state surveillance in other countries. If they do it right, then they can become pretty secure. [But] there’s a difference between telling somebody how to do it and then [them] doing it right.”
Google Will Pay to Defend YouTubers Against Copyright Claims
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More than 100 million iPhones are now in use in the United States
According to data put together by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), there is now an estimated more than 100 million active iPhones in the United States in use. The report indicates that by the end of September 2015, there were 101 million active iPhones in the United States.
Windows Update for Business lets IT admins defer damaging patches
With WUB's new support for group policies, company IT administrators can defer updates to their firm's PCs for up to four weeks, using one-week increments. If an enterprise wanted to prevent Windows 10's security and non-security updates from reaching its Windows 10 PCs for two weeks after their release, its IT staff would enter "2" in the "Defer updates for the following duration (weeks)" field of the group policy "Defer Upgrades and Updates."
Samsung Gear VR Review: Incredible Virtual Reality, Yours for $99
A few reasons, and they’re all benefits of Oculus and Samsung partnering up on this thing. For one, every other mobile headset—whether Cardboard or something like it—relies solely on your phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to track your head’s movement. The Gear VR has a dedicated onboard sensor that takes 1000 samples per second, which significantly lowers the delay between your head’s movement and seeing your virtual surroundings change accordingly. That delay, known as “latency,” is one of the major culprits behind VR nausea; while it can still plague mobile systems, Oculus has managed to reduce latency to under 20 milliseconds, which makes things feel stable, responsive, and comfortable. I’ve regularly worn the Gear VR for a couple of hours at a clip—whether watching Netflix, wandering among Gaugin paintings at London’s Cortauld Gallery, browsing through thousands of panoramic 360-degree images, or or exploring the peaceful puzzle-strewn islands of the game Land’s End —without the slightest bit of discomfort.
Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled
to “reason=ADBLK_TRAP” does bring up the error message for us, even without AdBlock Plus installed. One possible explanation, then, is that Yahoo is just testing an ad block crackdown to see how users will respond. We’ve reached out to the company for clarification.
TechCrunch Tokyo Startup Battlefield: SmartHR Takes The Top Prize
Every year, our Japanese-language sister site throws a big Disrupt-like event in Tokyo where there is, of course, a Battlefield between about 10 different startups. With north of 100 million Internet users, Japan has a considerable domestic market. While Western companies have had more success in Japan than in mainland China, the national startup scene still has tons of thriving businesses that do well by adapting to local needs.
Here's what it's like to buy a car with Microsoft's HoloLens
The HoloLens is a new computing device from Microsoft that you wear on your head. It uses augmented reality to project virtual images over what you see in the real world. It's slightly different than virtual reality, which fully immerses you in a digital environment.
Intel Says Not Dependent on PCs for Growth, Raises Dividend
Analysts on average are projecting sales growth of about 4 percent to $57.5 billion next year, according to data complied by Bloomberg. While Intel is facing a weaker PC market and is losing money as it struggles to get into mobile phones and tablets, revenue has been bolstered by demand for high-powered processors that run servers, the building blocks of cloud-computing centers. Additionally, orders for memory chips and processors used in new markets for Intel -- such as automotive and factory automation -- are helping to boost sales, the CEO said.
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U.S. officials remove giant thorn in relationship with Israel by releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard
"It's a very unusual situation ... I've been working with Mr. Pollard for 20 years, and even I don't know where he is going or what he will be doing," said Farley Weiss, an Orthodox rabbi who has been lobbying on Pollard's behalf for two decades.
Smartphone savings on Black Friday 2015 - CNET
As one of our favorite budget handsets of the year, the Moto E 4G LTE was already inexpensive, and it's getting even cheaper on Black Friday. Target is dropping the prepaid price (on Boost Mobile) from $99.99 to $29.99. And if you're a Verizon user, Best Buy is selling the device for just $9.99 prepaid on the Big Red.
Take your first look at the new trains aiming to change London travel
The massive Crossrail project, which is designed to make travelling across London faster and easier, is just a few years from completion – and Transport for London has now revealed the trains that will be carrying commuters and tourists around the UK capital.
Coinbase launches the first ever Bitcoin debit card
Bitcoin is a digital-only currency allegedly developed by someone named Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a democratized currency, meaning it is regulated by a community of people rather than a government. It has a transparent transaction network maintained by a group of people called miners that earn Bitcoin in exchange for their work. Miners process Bitcoin transactions and then post them to a public ledger called the blockchain. The system relies on a community to ensure that money in the system is accounted for and tracked, instead of using a private institution like a bank.
Elon Musk seeks ‘hardcore’ engineers to beef up Tesla’s self-driving car software
In three tweets late Thursday, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he’s on the lookout for “hardcore software engineers” to “achieve generalized full autonomy” for his line of electric cars.
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Google Revamps Cloud Wing Under Former VMware CEO Diane Greene
Google is consolidating its various cloud businesses into a single group to be led by Diane Greene, a co-founder and former chief executive officer of software maker VMware Inc., as the search giant seeks to diversify its sales from its bedrock advertising business.
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My daughter, Malala
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."
The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust
The intriguing thing about both neodymium and cerium is that while they’re called rare earth minerals, they're actually fairly common. Neodymium is no rarer than copper or nickel and quite evenly distributed throughout the world’s crust. While China produces 90% of the global market’s neodymium, only 30% of the world’s deposits are located there. Arguably, what makes it, and cerium, scarce enough to be profitable are the hugely hazardous and toxic process needed to extract them from ore and to refine them into usable products. For example, cerium is extracted by crushing mineral mixtures and dissolving them in sulphuric and nitric acid, and this has to be done on a huge industrial scale, resulting in a vast amount of poisonous waste as a byproduct. It could be argued that China’s dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country’s willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from.