Grand Theft Auto V for PC will include a first-person view, 4K resolution support
Grand Theft Auto V for the PC has been a long time coming, but Rockstar's adding in some new goodies for patient gamers.
Does iOS 8.1.1 bring performance improvements to iPhone 4s and iPad 2? Watch this video to find out
When iOS 8 was released, users of older devices such as iPhone 4s and iPad 2 had complained about performance problems. According to the release notes, iOS 8.1.1 beta which has been seeded to developers last night, includes performance improvements for … Continue reading →
Jimmy Kimmel steals kids' Halloween candy (again), and they revolt
Jimmy Kimmel ruined the best holiday of the year by asking parents to pretend they stole their kids' Halloween candy.
Local news anchor jamming to T.I. is all of us
Dan Thorn knows that it doesn't matter if you're at the club or sitting behind the WVNS-TV 59 news desk: When you hear T.I.'s voice, you dance.
See Google’s Smarter Take On Smart TV In Our Android TV Video Walkthrough | TechCrunch
Google’s TV ambitions get their “take two” moment with the launch of the Nexus Player this week. Android TV powers the set-top streamer, though the software is more important than the hardware, as Google will look to get its media platform built in to the TVs and set-top boxes of other manufacturers, aping its ability to conquer the mobile market. It tried this already with Google TV, but this second foray is smarter and benefits from lessons learned from observing and participating in the evolution of the over-the-top software market.
How to Develop Applications for the Internet of Things
This begs some important questions for developers. What's the best way to build an "Internet of Things application" that could do anything from control home appliances remotely, to inform an aero-engine manufacturer that one of its engines somewhere in the world needs servicing, to gather meteorological data from sensors to produce a weather forecast? What skills are needed to do so? Where do you even begin?
When writing ReactJS apps, it is enormously helpful to use Facebook's Flux architecture. It truly complements ReactJS' unidirectional data flow model. Facebook's Flux library provides a Dispatcher, and some examples of how to write Actions and Stores. However, there are no helpers for Action & Store creation, and Stores require 3rd part eventing.
Germany's top publisher bows to Google in news licensing row
Chief Executive Mathias Doepfner said on Wednesday that his company would have "shot ourselves out of the market" if it had continued with its demands for the U.S. firm to pay licensing fees. Springer had sought to restrict Google's use of news from four of its top-selling brands: welt.de, computerbild.de, sportbild.de and autobild.de, the company said.
Google’s Right-to-Be-Forgotten Tour Finale Reveals Naked Politics
In each city, Google presented a regular panel joined by local experts to debate how to implement the ruling, which has included Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. He didn’t make it to Brussels, where panelists included Oxford University ethicist Luciano Floridi, Frank La Rue, who was UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression until August, and former German justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. The panel alumni now will work on a nonbinding public report to be presented in January next year.
In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13% | TechCrunch
Spotify may be smarting from the removal of Taylor Swift’s music catalogue from its platform, and Taylor Swift may not care, since she is riding a sales blockbuster in the form of her new album 1989, but it turns out that in the bigger picture, Spotify’s streaming service continues to gain an edge over downloads, specifically via iTunes.
Mario Kart 8 November DLC Release Date Announced - IGN
The DLC pack adds Link, Cat Peach, and Tanooki Mario to the roster of playable characters. The pack also includes eight new tracks, including an area themed around The Legend of Zelda called Hyrule Circuit, Mute City from F-Zero, and a stage dedicated to the classic Excitebike series. Special carts like the Master Cycle and B-Dasher will also make their Mario Kart 8 debut.
The Lego Senate is the only Senate election tracker you need
As you can see below, Democrats started the night with 45 seats safely in their column (represented in blue). Republicans had 42. That left 13 seats up for grabs — the coveted yellow bricks. Republicans defended three of them and picked up at least seven — enough to win control of the Lego Senate. (And the real Senate.)
Social media, journalism and wars: ‘Authenticity has replaced authority'
“I truly believe that chat apps are and will increasingly become the place in which we will distribute our news, and the place in which we find stories, and the place in which we gather news,” she said. “Social media is a place for political, cultural and social change… and it is also one of the newest weapons in war,” she said.
Viddy, Once Touted As ‘The Instagram For Video’, Will Shut Down On December 15 | TechCrunch
Fullscreen is a media company powering the creation and sharing of video with the connected generation. Creators and the world’s leading brands benefit from Fullscreen’s technology products and premium services to entertain and engage audiences. 365 million subscribers generate three billion video views across the Fullscreen’s global network each month.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company …
Dropbox’s Drew Houston Responds To Snowden’s Privacy Criticism: It’s A Trade-Off | TechCrunch
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sparked controversy when he advised consumers ( twice ) to “ get rid of Dropbox ” if they want to protect their privacy. Today, Drew Houston, CEO of the cloud storage startup, responded to the accusations. People can do more to encrypt their data, he admitted, but It’s “a trade-off between usability/convenience and security,” he said. “We offer people choice.”
'We simply survive': What life is like for Ukrainian prisoners of war
ILOVAISK, Ukraine –- Ruslan Tinkalyuk cut a forlorn figure as he took a long, slow drag on a Chesterfield cigarette. Dirty and unkempt, he was curled up by a small barrel fire amid the rubble of an apartment destroyed by a rocket in this war-torn eastern Ukrainian town.
Drop dead | ~mathowie
I’ve had a Dropcam for the last six months or so, mostly to keep an eye on my house and pets when we’re gone. It has a couple monitoring features where it records video loops when it detects motion and takes photos when it detects motion as well. You have to pay a monthly fee to get access to both, but you still get periodic emails when the camera senses activity and it’ll send a medium sized low-res picture several times a day embedded in the message. I never thought much of this until I opened an email to see a photo of me completely naked walking by the camera, on my way to grab from a pile of recently folded clean clothes after I took a shower. Obviously, that’s a bit of a shock, but I was home alone and I’m the only one that opens my email, so I wasn’t too disturbed by it. But then I realized that image is on Dropcam’s system. And Google bought Dropcam so my photo is somewhere in Google’s cloud. There’s a web-accessible photo of my naked ass (with no black bar added above) somewhere and I have no idea where it is or how easy it is for anyone to find.
Sons of Anarchy: "What a Piece of Work Is Man" Review - IGN
The men of SAMCRO are not innocents, any "previously on Sons of Anarchy" segment will remind you of that, so it's tough to call Bobby's death a tragedy. He lived in the violent world that he helped to create. With that in mind, the saddest aspect of Bobby's death was that we knew it was set in motion because of Gemma's lies. Neither Gemma nor Jax could have foreseen what would happen when the campaign of revenge was started against the Chinese, but they were foolish if they thought their people would escape unscathed. Wendy was the voice of reason when she asked Jax if it was ever going to end. Between Wendy’s attempts to keep the kids safe and Nero’s plans to get out of the life, they continued to be the easiest people to root for on the show at the moment. Although it would be nice if Nero had more to do than just follow Gemma around and get exasperated when she assaults police officers.
Uber C.E.O. Travis Kalanick’s Warpath
“He said, ‘Do you want to run a limo company?,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’ t want to run a limo company,’ ” says Kalanick, who credits Camp with the vision for what would become Uber. When he looks back on his initial reticence now, Kalanick explains it as situational. He was depressed after his first start-up failed badly and his second went largely sideways. He was, as he recalls, deeply afraid of failure. “I had gone through eight years of real hard entrepreneuring. I was burned. So, I just wasn’t ready yet,” says Kalanick. In fact, he had been living at home with his parents in his childhood bedroom not long before his trip to Paris, after those two start-ups had failed to flourish. He had dropped out of U.C.L.A. nearly a decade earlier to become a tech founder. And, at just over 30, he was practically middle-aged by Silicon Valley standards.
Net neutrality advocates to protest against 'hybrid' FCC solution in dozens of cities
“What President Obama’s FCC chair is reportedly pushing is not a compromise, it’s a sham. Nearly four million internet users submitted comments to the FCC against having fast and slow lanes on the internet, but this proposal explicitly opens the door for them. Worse, it’s based in overly complicated and untested legal theories that are likely to fail in court,” said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future which is organising the campaign alongside Popular Resistance, Free Press and Reddit.
Alaskans vote to legalize marijuana
Despite its late start in the campaign cycle, the No campaign gained ground in the lead-up to Election Day. Focusing on a statewide grass-roots effort that included a long list of organizations and individuals opposing the measure, the group surged in fundraising down the home stretch. The No campaign was quick to note that the $148,000 it raised since April is 100 percent Alaska-funded -- a stark comparison to the Yes side, whose primary funding came through the Washington D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.
May counters plea for improved mobile coverage with concerns for security
This solution would tackle all the partial not-spots, but cost up to £400m over 10 years in new IT systems, testing and equipment, plus potentially higher rental costs for mast sites. There could be higher charges for customers too, as networks buy minutes from each other. Another proposal is for a single subscription giving access to all four networks, sold for example by Tesco Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Finally, the operators are proposing to share more masts, mast sites, and equipment. Javid’s advisers reckon their proposals would only reduce not-spot areas to 3% of the landmass.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Everything You Need to Know – IGN First - IGN
So far on IGN First we revealed Forza Horizon 2 , then broke big exclusive coverage on Destiny , WWE 2K15 , and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare . This month, we're technically tackling four games at once with Halo: The Master Chief Collection . What was originally rumored as being only Halo 2 Anniversary turned out to be much more than we all bargained for, with all four numbered Halo games returning in one Xbox One package, complete in 1080p and 60fps and with each game's original multiplayer and on dedicated servers (among much, much more, such as the Halo Channel, Forge, Halo: Nightfall, the Halo 5 multiplayer beta, and more). We'll have content every weekday because there's just so damn much to cover. Look for footage from all four campaigns, all four multiplayers in 1080p/60fps (five with the Anniversary stuff, technically), in-depth features, an all-request livestream with 343 executive producer Dan Ayoub and original Halo 2 multiplayer lead designer Max Hoberman on October 22, and a few surprises.
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde: 'In prison, you become brain-dead'
And here we are, a couple of years later, in the room at Västervik. The police raid against The Pirate Bay lies eight years in the past. Looking back, it is clear that Sunde and his co-founders pushed forward the public debate on copyright and freedom of information. Illegal filesharing, spearheaded by The Pirate Bay, arguably functioned as a catalyst for legal streaming services and fueled the birth of for several Pirate Parties in countries across the world. In the European parliament elections of summer 2009, a few months after The Pirate Bay founders were sentenced to jail, the Swedish Pirate Party secured 7.1% of the vote. Many people who then took an active part in the debate on software piracy, some of them close friends of Sunde, are now renowned academics who have made names for themselves as proponents of copyright reform. But few ever translated their words into action to the same extent as Sunde, Neij and Svartholm Warg did.
Winners and Losers for Silicon Valley in Tuesday’s Election
Honda had 52 percent of votes cast, compared to Khanna’s 48 percent, with all of the election-day votes counted . Khanna’s team hadn’t conceded as of 8 am ET, noting in an email to supporters that they had gained ground on Honda among absentee ballots, which hadn’t all been counted yet. “In the general election, 36.2 percent of the electorate voted as late absentee, which means that a huge amount of ballots are left to be counted,” his campaign said.
German media giant Axel Springer admits defeat, allows Google to index its news stories
German media companies have been fighting with Google for years over what they claim is the search giant’s theft of their news content, but after being removed from Google News for two weeks, Axel Springer seems to have changed its mind
Get a Google Inbox Invite Today for Only an Hour
Oh you’ve been begging for a Google Inbox invite . You’ve hassled friends on Twitter and Facebook in the hopes that you’ll be able to enjoy Google’s email management app and service. Alas, nothing has worked.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D arrives in spring 2015
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask will get a re-release in spring 2015 for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, Nintendo announced today during a Nintendo Direct livestream. The game's predecessor, Ocarina of Time , got its own 3DS remake in 2011.
First launching in 2000 for Nintendo 64, a Majora's Mask remake has been teased for some time, notably in November 2011 when series producer Eiji Aonuma deemed the 3D version a possibility. Fans in Europe will be able to pick up a special edition of the game, which will include a steelbook case, pin badge and two-sided poster.
Mercedes-Benz has a new concept car powered by its paint job
The newest concept car from Mercedes-Benz is the Vision G-Code, a stout silver vehicle that looks like it's from the near future. Unveiled this week, the concept SUV — or SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) as the German carmaker calls it — boasts all sorts of futuristic features. It runs on a hybrid engine, but it's not your typical hybrid: the back wheels are powered by an electric motor while the front wheels are driven by a turbocharged hydrogen combustion engine. The electric motor's power comes from the typical sources like regenerative braking and plug-in technology, but also comes from the paint job .
Why there's nothing worse than a fanboy - CNET
There is absolutely nothing worse than a fanboy.
I don't care what you're a fanboy of.
Apple, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo.
If you're passionate about any kind of technology, then why on Earth are you so stubborn that you won't entertain the idea that, oh my God, there might be something better out there?
Do you know how frustrating it is trying to have a conversation with a fanboy?
It's like arguing with a parrot that's only learned five words.
That's what you sound like to people.
Who picks a side without giving everyone a chance?
Look I get it, I respect passion, but fanboys let it over take them.
They defend their team til the end even in the face of any kind of valid adversity.
Wanna know why we have fanboys?
Because people are scared that they might find out that what they bought isn't the absolute latest and greatest product on the market.
And that's just sad.
It's a smartphone.
You'll get a new one next year.
We live in a culture where everyone wants to be the winner but guess what when it comes to fan boys there are no winners.
Journalistic crowdfunding platform Beacon signs another partnership deal, this time with Newsweek
The crowdfunding platform Beacon just announced a partnership with Newsweek magazine to help fund a reporter investigating sexual assaults on college campuses, and despite the criticisms of an earlier partnership with The Huffington Post, there are a lot of benefits to such an approach
Google And LG Strike 10-Year Global Patent Agreement | TechCrunch
LG is an important partner to Google. It manufacturers the company’s Nexus devices, and the rise of its own smartphones — shipments of which jumped 39% year-on-year to reach 16.8 million units in Q3 2014 — only cements its position as a key influencer in the Android ecosystem. Indeed, LG’s flagship G3 phone has been cited by many as one of the best Android phones available on the market today.
Porch Launches Analytics And Marketing Platform For Home Professionals | TechCrunch
Professionals who opt in to the paid Porch Premium service (starting at $100/month) will get access to a number of additional features. They can, for example, set up a watchlist and see when one of their past client moves to a new home. That’s obviously a good moment to reach out to a former customer because chances are, they’ll want to make some updates to their new house.
Google Lat Long: Google Maps: Your best accessory this season
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Bold colors and textures are in—and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier. Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design. This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.
Getting around with Google Maps is even easier with the new design
By tapping on a place’s info sheet at the bottom of your screen, you’ll send an info layer gliding up to the top, showing you photos, reviews, and more. And for the adventurous souls looking for a new place to dine or visit, you’ll see more to Explore at the bottom of your map.
Fluid transitions guide you through Google Maps
There’s more to this app than good looks—we also make it easier for you to get on with your day.
Gmail Will Give Anyone an Invite to Inbox for One Hour Today
All you need to do is send an email at 3PM (or 6PM EST) to email@example.com. That's it. Gmail says it will send you an invite within an hour, or by 5PM, guaranteed :
Square Passes 1 Billion Payments
US payments startup Square has passed a not-so-minor milestone this week, with founder Jack Dorsey revealing the company has now processed one billion payments.
Secure Messaging Scorecard
In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to find out, in the first phase of a new EFF Campaign for Secure & Usable Crypto.
Nest's new sales tack: Free thermostats - CNET
A deal with Electric Ireland opens a new channel for the Google-owned company's networked thermostats. Nest's CEO expects that it's the first of many such partnerships.
'Hour of Code' Sets Indiegogo Crowdfunding Record
The full funds haven’t yet been raised, but with more than a month to go and almost $3 million in the kitty so far, it looks likely to succeed. At any rate, it doesn’t matter too much. Given this is on a so-called ‘flexible funding’ campaign, all monies raised will be kept regardless.
6 Things Galaxy Note 4 Does That iPhone 6 Can't
Just about every smartphone on the market today has some sort of selfie-specific camera features, but the Galaxy Note 4 takes selfies to a whole new level. It has one of the higher-resolution front-facing cameras on a phone today (3.7 megapixels, compared to the iPhone 6's 1.2 megapixels front camera), plus a wide-angle selfie mode lets you fit more into your selfies. The device even has a rear-camera selfie mode that lets you take advantage of the higher-quality 13 megapixel rear camera and helps you position yourself in the images, in an effort to get the background you want. You can also use the Note 4's voice controls to snap a selfie. (Telling Siri to "take a selfie" merely open the iPhone's camera app.)
Spotify Royalty Payments Outpace iTunes in Some Markets
When pop star Taylor Swift abruptly withdrew her catalog from Spotify AB this week, she reignited the ongoing debate over how well digital music services pay the artists who make the music they distribute.
Apple Watch Pricing to Reportedly Start at $500 for Stainless Steel, $4,000 for Gold
French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [ Google Translate ] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches' pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen.fr has been reliable in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
While Apple had announced that the Apple Watch would start at $350, which was widely assumed to be the price of the aluminum model, and estimates pegged the price of the gold Apple Watch at prices as low as $1,000 or as high as $5,000 , there has been little information regarding the pricing of the stainless steel option.
The site's sources also indicate that Apple still aims to release the Apple Watch by Valentine's Day 2015, which somewhat echoes an earlier report that said the company would be " lucky " to release the device by that timeframe. iGen.fr also mentions that manufacturers and resellers are preparing as if the Watch would release in mid-February 2015. Previously, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts said the Watch would release in Spring 2015 .
Destiny has 9.5 million users, and sequel in development – Activision
Based in a distant future where mankind is threatened by a cabal of aggressive alien races that have all-but destroyed its colonies throughout the solar system, Destiny is a multiplayer role-playing shooter that mixes co-op and competitive elements. The game received mixed reviews on its release with some critics pointing to the game’s under-developed story and unconvincing characters.
Watch A Drone Take Off From A Flying Drone Carrier - DigitalWack
As if launching drones alone wasn't good enough, hobbyists at Flite Test have decided that what's required is a remote-controlled helicarrier. Yes, this video shows one drone take off from the back of another.
The carrier drone is a modified quadcopter, with four rotors supporting a long, rectangular strip. Sat on the back, a small horizontal-launch drone. The carrier clearly struggles a little bit with balance—it's a good job that the second drone is quite small—but sure enough, it makes it reliably into the air, and then the little drone manages to take off, too.
Post by Flite Test.
Police investigate 4chan user's photos of a body after woman is found dead
is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 19 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
I am a bot that grabs a random word and draws semi-random lines until the OCRad.js library recognizes it as the word.
By Darius Kazemi, creator of Alternate Universe Prompts , Museum Bot , and Scenes from The Wire .
Google Drive Blog: Launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome
Browsers are pretty amazing things. Before, if you wanted to do any serious computing, you’d have to install software onto your computer. But these days, most of that can be done right from within the browser. For example, you can use Google Drive to preview files directly in Gmail , create and share Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, and even edit other file types like Microsoft Office documents without installing a single thing on your hard drive.
But here’s the catch: when it comes to browsers and installed applications working well together, they aren’t quite on the same page. To change that, today we’re launching a new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer. This includes apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools. So, no matter what you keep in Drive, using the web to access and manage files doesn’t mean you’re limited to using applications that only work in your browser.
What five words describe the ideal IT culture?
Here's a different kind of CIO question: what five words describe the ideal IT culture? That's both our CIO Question at the Enterprise CIO Forum and the topic for our #CIOchat this week... 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday.
AT&T, others launch OpenDaylight SDN alternative
“While it’s too soon to tell, ON.Lab is working on some impressive applications that we see complementing work done by other organizations, such as OpenDaylight,” AT&T said through a spokesperson. “Ultimately we’re really looking at anything that moves the industry forward, particularly in open source.”
Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government
He claimed that by encrypting user data Blackberry had limited its business in countries that demand oversight of communication data, such as India and the UAE and got a bad reception in China and Russia. “They restricted their own ability to sell. We have a tendency to think that once the cyberwar is won in the US that that is the end of it - but that is the easiest war to swim.”
Jawbone’s UP3 Crams More Sensors Into A $180 One-Size-Fits-All Band | TechCrunch
For more than a decade, Jawbone has developed products and services for the mobile lifestyle unparalleled in their innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design.
The company is the creator of the award-winning and best-selling premium ICON Bluetooth headset; the inventor of NoiseAssassin® technology, the world's first and only military-grade noise eliminating technology; JAMBOX, the first …
Pushbullet Now Lets You Send Text Messages From Your Computer
Android: Pushbullet, the awesome app that syncs notifications between your phone and PC , got yet another update today. Now, you can send text messages through your Android phone from the Chrome extension, turning Pushbullet into a fully-featured text-from-your-PC solution.
Introducing Proxygen, Facebook's C++ HTTP framework
Proxygen has allowed us to rapidly build out new features, get them into production, and see the results very quickly. As an example, we were interested in evaluating the compression format HPACK , however we didn't have any HTTP/2 clients deployed yet and the HTTP/2 spec itself was still under heavy development. Proxygen allowed us to implement HPACK, use it on top of SPDY, and deploy that to mobile clients and our servers simultaneously. The ability to rapidly experiment with a real HPACK deployment enabled us to quickly understand performance and data efficiency characteristics in a production environment. As another example, the internal configuration systems at Facebook continue to evolve and get better. As these systems are built out, Proxygen is able to quickly take advantage of them as soon as they're available. Proxygen has made a significant positive impact on our ability to rapidly iterate with our HTTP infrastructure.
The Bullet That Could Make 3D-Printed Guns Practical Deadly Weapons | WIRED
Defense Distributed has responded by arguing in each case that government officials used the wrong printing methods or the wrong caliber ammunition, perhaps intending to scare gun enthusiasts away from printable weapons. But Defense Distributed engineer John Sullivan also admits the Liberator and other plastic-barrel guns take significant damage every time they fire a conventional round. Because typical ammunition uses thin brass casing, the metal deforms and transfers the round’s explosion to the gun’s plastic pieces. “That’s why a printed barrel works for only say, 10 rounds,” Sullivan says. “It just wears out.”