Dogs recreating your favorite Disney movies is a dream come true
'Oh My Disney' dressed up dogs as classic Disney characters and then filmed them in slow motion.
'Love Actually' is actually a huge bummer
An Honest Trailer for the holiday classic 'Love Actually.'
Batman vs. Darth Vader. Any questions?
YouTube channel Machinima Prime offered an answer to the "Batman vs. Darth Vader" debate in this fan film, the latest in the "Super Power Beat Down" series.
Roomer Lands $5M In Series A To Be The Airbnb For Unwanted Hotel Rooms
Roomer is doing for hotel rooms what Airbnb did for your very own home. According to the startup, which has just raised $5 million in Series A led by Disruptive, there are 81 million hotel room cancellations in the United States every year. Roomer tries to solve that problem by letting users sell their unwanted hotel room, which would otherwise cost a cancellation fee, at a discounted price.
CartoDB's New Pricing Lets Anyone Build and Share Maps
In practical terms, this means that anyone can use the service for free to create data visualizations without having to anticipate how many clicks they’ll receive, as long as usage doesn’t exceed 50 MB of data. More advanced users can also choose to sign up to expand the data threshold.
Tech and Exec Disasters Put J.C. Penney in a Bind
No one knows whether J.C. Penney will live, as Marvin Ellison, former executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, prepares to take over as CEO next summer. He was due to join as president in November, working with current CEO Mike Ullman to make the transition. Ellison "is well-equipped to return the company to profitable growth," J.C. Penney's board said in a statement. But the company's moves in the last few years stand as prime examples of how not to manage, how not to implement technology and how not to respond to looming business threats. Heed the lessons.
God's Lonely Programmer
TempleOS is more than an exercise in retro computing, or a hobbyist’s space for programming close to the bare metal. It’s the brainchild—perhaps the life’s work—of 44-year-old Terry Davis, the founder and sole employee of Trivial Solutions. For more than a decade Davis has worked on it; today, TempleOS is 121,176 lines of code, which puts it on par with Photoshop 1.0. (By comparison, Windows 7, a full-fledged modern operating system designed to be everything to everyone, filled with decades of cruft, is
about 40 million lines .)
Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Sells Nearly 500K Copies In Three Days
Nintendo needs hits right now, and Super Smash Bros. is a hit – the game sold 500,000 copies in just three days, from its debut on November 21 until November 23, the company announced today . That makes it the fastest selling Wii U game in the new console’s history, knocking Mario Kart 8 off that perch. It also should make for a decent accompanying bump in Wii U console sales, if Mario Kart 8’s success is any example.
Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps
With the WSJ under its belt, Flipboard could potentially sign up other publishers that keep the majority of their content behind a paywall or have their own apps. Weekly magazine publishers, which have been working to improve their own authentication efforts, could be next. For now, however, the app has most of the major news publishers that matter — at least in the US.
Hackers shut down Sony Pictures' computers and are blackmailing the studio
Today, employees across the Sony Pictures offices were greeted with a strange picture as they tried to login to their computers. Since this afternoon , computers at the company have been completely unresponsive, showing a glowering CGI skeleton, a series of URL addresses, and a threatening message from a hacker group that identifies itself as #GOP. Dozens of Sony Twitter accounts were also commandeered to tweet out similar messages, although Sony seems to have regained control of those accounts. Early reports from Sony employees suggest the studio has yet to regain computer access.
Samsung's 'eye mouse' enables users to control their computer with a glance - CNET
Samsung unveiled its first EyeCan in March 2012. But the second-generation edition improves on its predecessor with more accurate calibration and a better user experience, the company said. Samsung owes much of that improvement to Hyung-Jin Shin, a graduate student in computer science at Yonsei University in Seoul. A quadriplegic, Shin teamed up with Samsung engineers and worked with the EyeCan+ over a period of several months to ensure that the device would be easy to use.
EU’s New #VATMOSS Rules Could Create A #VATMESS For Startups
New EU VAT regulations could end up being extremely onerous for early-stage tech startups and could drastically slow sales of digital products in the 28-member state block. The new rules are an attempt to curb the big web giants like Amazon, Google and Twitter from funneling all EU sales through Low-VAT Luxembourg. But with no threshold to exempt tiny small businesses – including startups – all the red tape and regulation which a big company can easily afford will be levied on seed-stage startups as well.
Xiaomi Announces Its First 4G Smartphone in India, the Redmi Note 4G
Many mobile users in the country prefer pay-as-you-go plans, and a number of new services allow them to recharge their plans online and through mobile apps, so it’s possible that the dual-SIM Redmi Note will outsell the Redmi Note 4G in India, at least initially. However, the low cost of the 4G device might increase demand for 4G service, so we’ll keep watching to see if other carriers catch up soon in the country.
Affordable Hearing Aid Maker iHear Raises $5M Series C
iHear Medical , which makes affordable hearing aids that users can customize at home, has raised $5 million in a Series C round led by Lighthouse Capital, a Shanghai-based venture capital firm that focuses on medical devices. Japanese electronics maker Brother Industries and Ameritas Holding Company also participated.
Apple is now worth more than $700bn - Telegraph
Exxon’s current market cap is $404.3bn, compared to Apple’s $702.2bn.
Microsoft, the third most valuable publicly traded company in the world
after briefling taking second place earlier this month, is worth $394.8bn.
Google's valuation is $370bn, while Berkshire Hathaway, in fifth place, is
Celebrity reactions to Ferguson show they're just as emotional as you are
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India’s Nimbuzz Plans New Emerging Market Apps, Starting With Android Call App Holaa
Saxena said Holaa has been in development since before Nimbuzz’s acquisition, but the timing is interesting for a couple of reasons. One, it mirrors the trend of unbundling services into standalone apps in the West — Facebook is doing this consistently right now, Foursquare did it too — while it also speaks to Nimbuzz’s focus on serving emerging market users more than ever before.
Google launches 'smart' spoon to help steady shaking hands
Essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease affect more than 10 million people worldwide, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s mother. Brin has also said he has a genetic mutation associated with higher rates of Parkinson’s. He has donated more than $50m to research for a cure.
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Twitter Introduces Offers: Discounts You Claim in Tweets and Redeem in Stores
Twitter will initially make money by charging advertisers to promote the tweets that contain the offers. It could later decide to charge retailers a fee for every offer that is claimed or redeemed. Hubbard said Twitter plans to introduce other ways for its users to claim discount offers, especially in parts of the world where credit and debit cards aren’t commonly used.
30 best Android apps and games this week
Football Manager Handheld 2015 (£6.99 + IAP) Along with Civilization, this represents a double-whammy this week of ‘games that were more important than homework when I was a teenager’ – Football Manager in its original Championship Manager incarnation, that is. The Handheld version remains the best mobile football management game by far, from its neat interface to its smooth match engine.
Gotham: "LoveCraft" Review - IGN
So why did Gordon get sent over to Arkham? Well, because he got taken out by Lesley-Ann Brandt's Copperhead (taking a cue from Arkham Origins's female reboot) and failed to stop the hit on Lovecraft. Another instance of him getting side-lined this week, as it was Alfred and Bullock who really headed up the hunt for the kids. Though it was a cool, killer debut for Copperhead, who lived to slink another day. Good thing for Gordon that Copperhead's got that weird "I won't kill anyone I'm not contracted to kill" code. Even though the people she's contracted to kill are surrounded by other people. And even though her own henchmen don't seem to follow that code.
IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units
“The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets,” Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, writes. “In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks.”
Food-Service Switch at Intel Exposes Divisions in Silicon Valley
In this case, though, the new vendor, Guckenheimer Corporate Dining, appears not to be re-hiring many of the 70 employees who worked under the old manager, Bon Appetit Management. And that’s striking a chord at a time of growing tension between Silicon Valley’s haves and have-nots, including stirrings of union activism.
Oracle bulks up its public cloud with ex-Joyent engineer
Joyent’s former vice president of engineering Mark Cavage is now the senior director and architect of engineering for Oracle’s public cloud. At Joyent, Cavage invented its recently open-sourced Manta object-storage service and was also the lead engineer. This hire shows that Oracle means business when it comes to building its cloud infrastructure, but it still has a way to go before it can be an established cloud player.
Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events
YPlan — the app that gives people with no plans a curated selection of things to do and the ability to buy tickets to do them — has some big plans of its own. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has raised another $24 million — funding that comes at a key time for the company. YPlan is planning a pivot, of sorts: in a bid to boost the number of listings on its platform, YPlan is moving away from a direct sales model, laying off people in the process, and into a self-service platform open to all event organisers to add and manage their own event listings.
Report: Samsung pulling the plug on ChatOn messaging service
SamMobile spotted the news , noting that Samsung will likely keep ChatOn available in areas where it has a solid foothold against competing IM and chat services such as WhatsApp, WeChat Viber and BBM to name a few. As of now, ChatOn, which launched in 2011, is supported in 120 countries around the globe.
Jurassic World Trailer: Your Thoughts - IGN
There's some strong feelings within IGN , but we wanted to get your take on the new trailer. So we went to Twitter and asked, "What are your thoughts on Jurassic World's first trailer?" Here's what you had to say:
Chromecast snags Nickelodeon, Seseame Street, Comedy Central, and more
Although it’s nice to see more apps adding Chromecast, not all of these services are created equally. If you’re paying the $30 per year and you live in the U.S. or Canada, then Sesame Go will work for you. Epix is also a subscription service available only to U.S. residents.
Rinbow Puts a Video Spin On Your Phone Contacts
It’s as simple as making a five second video of yourself or whatever you’re doing right now and uploading it to the service. If your friends are using Rinbw, they’ll see your video whenever they go to your contact. Once you’re on a friend’s video you can call or text them from there or double tap the photo to send a “fruit” to them, which is apparently code for liking their video.
Halo: MCC dev pledges to 'make this right with our fans'
343 Industries head Bonnie Ross sent out her "heartfelt apologies" to Halo: The Master Chief Collection players yesterday, following a fortnight of matchmaking malaise. It's far from the first time the studio's said sorry for the Xbox One compilation's online troubles, but it is the first time we've seen the matter addressed on Microsoft's own Xbox Wire blog. In an open letter to fans, Ross reiterated 343's commitment to fixing matchmaking issues, adding that the developer will "make this right" with its audience.
"On November 11 we released Halo: The Master Chief Collection ," Ross said. "The goal being to create a tribute to Halo fans around the world, and to celebrate the Master Chief's debut on Xbox One. With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection , however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.
"While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection .
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Awesome. “ @verge : The stunning Lumino City is a video game made of paper instead of polygons http://theverge.com/e/7040010 pic.twitter.com/1707UvWiyB ”
YouTube Creators Can Now Pick a URL That Reflects Their Channel Name
You know how it goes: one day you decide to open a YouTube account under the name of ‘JimmyLovesCats’, and on another you decide to start uploading your favorite videos of your feline friend.
How To Reduce Your Risk of Rejection
Let's face it: asking for a favor or a raise is a nerve-wracking experience. Here's several ways to make it less stressful.
Sony Pictures data breach may have been an inside job: Report
It isn't apparent that the hackers have leaked any Sony data as of this writing. A phone call to Sony was not returned, and a message sent to a press email account returns an automatic reply message that states the system is "experiencing a disruption."
Retailers only have a year to catch up on smartcard technology
Just about a year from now, retail merchants who currently accept only magnetic stripe payment cards will have to start accepting chip-based smart cards as well. If they don't, they become liable for any fraud that results from them not being able to accept the chip cards.
The Top 6 Mistakes Managers Make When Having Difficult Conversations
A lull in the conversation can cause uncomfortable managers to want to continue talking to fill in the silence; but, Reynolds says, this silence is often necessary to allow individuals to process the information they’ve been told. "When you tell someone something they didn’t know, there’s always this pause [before] the emotional reaction," she says. Avoid filling in this silence with excuses or words to try to "fix" the situation. "Allow their brain to make sense of what you’ve just told them. Take a breath, let them process, and then let them talk," says Reynolds.
People Are Flipping Out Over This Spy Software Created By An Unknown Government
In a follow up report on Monday , another IT security lab, Kaspersky Labs, said it’s been tracking Regin for the past two years. It said the victims of Regin were mostly seen in telecom operators, government institutions, multinational political bodies, or financial/research institutions. It says the two main objectives of the attacks were “intelligence gathering” and “facilitating other types of attacks,” with 14 countries being identified as victims of Regin so far. Like Symantec, Kaspersky concluded, it’s likely Regin is “supported by a nation-state.”
Julio Ojeda-Zapata on Twitter
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In Wild Concrete, a photographer shows how trees can find a way of life, even in some of the most crowded urban jungles in the world.
Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally.
I was doing the, just scrambling, trying to get his arms out of my face and him from grabbing me and everything else. He turned to his...if he's at my vehicle, he turned to his left and handed the first subject. He said, "here, take these." He was holding a pack of — several packs of cigarillos which was just, what was stolen from the Market Store was several packs of cigarillos. He said, "here, hold these" and when he did that I grabbed his right arm trying just to control something at that point. Um, as I was holding it, and he came around, he came around with his arm extended, fist made, and went like that straight at my face with his...a full swing from his left hand.
REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network
BII The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.
Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits
But this isn’t a sob story. We knew it would be an expensive endeavor, and we still chose to make the investment. We could have played a duo show instead of hiring six people to tour with us. That would have saved us over $50,000, but it was important at this stage in Pomplamoose’s career to put on a wild and crazy rock show. We wanted to be invited back to every venue, and we wanted our fans to bring their friends next time. The loss was an investment in future tours.
News Corp Makes First Investment In India, Putting $30M Into Real Estate Site PropTiger
Beyond telling the news through Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and other news companies, U.S. media giant News Corp also makes news with strategic investments. Today the company announced its first deal in India: it has paid $30 million for a 25 percent stake in Elara, the startup that runs real estate portal PropTiger.com .
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14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat
The problem: Ironically, there's a lot of evidence that suggest using artificial sweeteners, which have zero calories, is just as bad for your waistline as using regular, high-calorie sugar. For instance, research from the University of Texas has found that mice fed the artificial sweetener aspartame had higher blood sugar levels (which can cause you to overeat) than mice on an aspartame-free diet. Not only are they bad for your health, scientists have detected artificial sweeteners in treated wastewater, posing unknown risks to fish and other marine life. Plus, as Rodale says, "They're unnatural, nonorganic, taste horrible, and lead to all sorts of bad health consequences, false expectations, and short-term strategic thinking."
How to expose the corrupt
Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.
Gates Foundation to require immediate free access for journal articles
The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long as their paper is freely available within 12 months. But after that, the journal must be open access, meaning papers are free for anyone to read immediately upon publication. Articles must also be published with a license that allows anyone to freely reuse and distribute the material. And the underlying data must be freely available.
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Ferguson's Grand Jury Problem
All this background is necessary to explain why it was so strange for the prosecutors in Ferguson case to announce that they were going to present evidence to the grand jury and then let it make up its own mind. Prosecutors never treat the grand jury that way. They present a case to the grand jury only if they are actively seeking to prosecute -- then they show the jury the prosecution’s side of the case, and direct the jury to indict if there is probable cause to go forward.
You can now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox
Users can take advantage of this feature by selecting the new "edit" button while viewing a document in Dropbox. This opens the document in the corresponding Office app (Word, Excel or PowerPoint); those who don't have the Office apps already installed will be prompted to download the relevant app. Changes made in the Office apps will automatically be synced and saved to your Dropbox account.
Why I love a country that once betrayed me
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.
What Ferguson really lost last night? Hope.
But that's what separates them a much louder group in Ferguson: the teens and young adults who stood on South Florissant, night after night, because they felt the justice system had failed them — once again. Even before the decision not to indict Wilson, some told me they knew the white officer wouldn't stand trial for shooting the black teen .