Blizzard reveals Overwatch, a new shooter, and expansions for StarCraft II, Hearthstone
Yes, a shooter. Also, Hearthstone is coming to Android and getting a Goblins and Gnomes-themed expansion, and Heroes of the Storm enters closed beta.
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A child had the brilliant idea of carbonating wine with a SodaStream.
'Girls' trailer teases new hairstyles and criminal records in season 4
The girls of 'Girls' are back for season 4, with new ambitions, romances, hairstyles and criminal records.
Adorable young hockey fan fist-bumps the Bruins
A young hockey fan received fist bumps from the Boston Bruins after their pre-game warmup on Tuesday.
Relive the kitschy theme park stage shows of your childhood with the help of YouTube
London has become a bastion for spectacle theater — and all theater, really — thanks to the RSC, The National Theatre, and Punchdrunk. Odds are this show won't be as insufferable as it might sound. And it almost certainly won't be as surreal and cheap as those movie-to-stage show adaptations that buffered the long waits at theme parks of our childhood.
Spotify Now Lets You Use A Phone Or Tablet As A Remote For Your Desktop Music
The only stipulation is that you are a paying Spotify customer, but that’s always been the case for Spotify Connect — which lets you play music on WiFi-enabled devices in your vicinity, like speakers, using a mobile device. (Spotify has confirmed that just its iOS and Android apps are supported for now.)
GT Advanced says fell victim to 'bait-and-switch' by Apple
In documents unsealed on Friday by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, GT Advanced Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller says Apple offered what would have been GT Advanced's largest sale ever and then changed the terms of the agreement after it was too late for the smaller company to pursue other opportunities.
Home Depot: Cybercriminals also stole 53m email addresses in recent attack
More bad news for Home Depot. Almost two months after revealing details of a security that involved the theft of information linked to 56 million customer payment cards, the company said Thursday it’s now discovered the incident was more damaging than first thought, as 53 million email addresses belonging to its customers were also taken.
Would you do the Dewitos? Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew might be a real thing - CNET
Barnes has faced some skepticism on Reddit from people who don't believe a Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew could possibly be real, but he stands by his report, telling Crave, "It was definitely 100% legit, they even had an electronic survey at the end." When asked if he's a fan of the flavor, Barnes said, "I might buy it as a novelty, but I definitely wouldn't drink it regularly. It's definitely an interesting taste but I wouldn't say it tasted good."
Innovation Uncensored: A Live Chat with Jane Park, Founder of Julep
I started doing Maven Meetups because I wanted to connect with our customers face to face. As a dynamic online company we miss the chance to see women and feel their emotions. What started as a drink with a few Mavens has now expanded into over a hundred women showing up in some cities - it's CRAZY and I'm so incredibly grateful. We actually get input on the location of the next meetup via online voting. My team is so excited that we do a raffle each month to see who gets to come with me to experience the excitement. We get product feedback on innovation in the pipeline, and share sneak peaks.
Microsoft makes Office mobile editing free, launches separate iPhone apps and preview for Android tablets
Advanced editing of text: You can edit text for free in PowerPoint – changing the font size, bold, underlining or italicizing and even changing the color from the basic drop down menu of color tiles. However, if you would like to custom change a color to something beyond the basic drop down options, you would need to pay. Similarly, Text Styles and Word Art are also paid features and are behind to paywall to preserve the power user experience. If you use Office for free but receive a PowerPoint deck which contains custom colors or WordArt, you will be able to see it and change the text using the basic editing tools that are available for free but you cannot change to a custom color or apply Text Styles or Word Art.
Twitter Launches New Tool That Lets Women Report Harassment | WIRED
Managing all that may be a challenge, however for WAM’s two-person team. As WIRED’s recent feature story showed content moderation is not only a thankless job, but a psychologically damaging one. Plus, even once an account is suspended, it’s easy for trolls to create another account and pick right back up again. That’s one reason why trying to mitigate harassment online has often been likened to a web-wide game of Whack-a-mole. Plus, WAM’s own website explains that the non-profit can’t force Twitter’s hand or require it to moderate or delete content. “We’re not Twitter, and we can’t make decisions for them,” it says. “We’re going to do our best to advocate for you with them, though.”
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Monument Valley Expansion ‘Forgotten Shores’ Arrives On iOS November 13
Monument Valley is a mobile game that’s unlike any other mobile game out there – a puzzler that has a minimal but surprisingly deep storyline, simple but engaging and rich gameplay, and characters that are easy to feel for despite the fact that you know almost nothing about them.
Shutting Illegal Websites, Authorities Say They Pierced Tor Anonymity
Law enforcement authorities across Europe and the U.S. shut dozens of illegal websites and arrested some operators, employing new and as yet unknown techniques to unmask those using an anonymity network. Authorities said on Friday they made the arrests by piercing the anonymity offered by Tor, a network that relies on encryption tools and 1,000s of servers to mask online activities. Tor, which is partly funded by the U.S. government, is used by dissidents in authoritarian countries such as Iran, China and Saudi Arabia to...
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Twitter is working with an advocacy group to investigate the harassment of women
Amid heightened scrutiny of the way social networks enable the harassment of women online, Twitter said it is working with an advocacy group to investigate reports of abuse. A group called Women, Action, and the Media , which advocates for better representation of women, is testing a new reporting process for gender-based harassment. The group developed a tool for reporting harassment and will forward confirmed reports to Twitter. "If it checks out, we'll escalate it to Twitter right away (24 hours max, hopefully much less than that) and work to get you a speedy resolution," says the group, which abbreviates itself as WAM. "But please note: we're not Twitter, and we can't make decisions for them."
Unfollow Your Most Annoying Facebook Friends And Pages With “News Feed Settings”
Once upon a time, about 5 years ago, Facebook had a set of powerful sliders you could use to tune the presence of different types of posts in the feed like photos, links, or relationship changes. Some hardcore users like me loved them, but “the challenge with the sliders is it’s hard to know when they’re working” Facebook News Feed PM Greg Marra tells me. “One of the things we don’t want is to have this control space be a chore.” He says striking a balance between powerful settings that can be complicated and simple settings with less control is “the hardest part”. That’s one thing Facebook learned from backlash against its confusing privacy settings.
These Beautiful Recipes All Have One Common Ingredient: Pot
Cut squash into 1-inch chunks, and set aside. In large stock pot melt unmedicated butter and vegetable oil. Add diced onion, red pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion becomes translucent. This will take around 8 minutes. Add squash and stock to the pot, bring to a simmer, and cook until squash is tender. (Approx. 15 to 20 minutes). Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Last add cannabutter and gently stir for 4 minutes ensuring even distribution. Serve with dollop of crème fraiche.
The 10 Most Innovative Mustaches In Business and Tech
In this hallmark study, 228 hiring managers were shown sketches of men with facial hair styles ranging from Steve Rogers to Tony Stark. They tended to hire the sketches with the most hair, and were undoubtedly disappointed when they learned that these men were not currently seeking employment, and had to hire back whichever baby-faced waste of printer ink they’d already fired to open a position.
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The three most compelling questions (and answers) in Zuckerberg’s AMA
Facebook hosted its first ever town hall Q&A today with the netizens of the world. Modeled after a Reddit Ask Me Anything, users were prompted to post questions for CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the weeks leading up to the event. The most popular ones were selected by the company, and Zuckerberg answered them in a livestreamed meeting, with some of the questioners flown in to ask theirs in person.
Powa Raises $80 Million to Launch Its Mobile, E-Commerce Payments in U.S.
Wellington’s investment includes a second, previously undisclosed tranche of $20.7 million to the $76 million Series A round it invested last year at a valuation around $400 million. Wellington has committed $60 million in fresh funds to Powa in a still open Series B round, which Mr. Wagner says valued his company around $2.7 billion.
Does BuzzFeed engage in clickbait? That depends on your definition
BuzzFeed strenuously denies that it engages in what some call “clickbait,” which the site defines as not following through on the promise of a headline — but that’s not the only definition for clickbait, and probably not even the most common one
Activate Your Red Zones: Verizon Has A Football Leather Moto X
I don’t know about you, but come Wednesday I love to grab a large crate of V8 juice cans and some buddies and sit around the video tube watching all the action. My squad of choice is the New England State Legislature, and their star WB Jan Brady. No one knows quite how to run such a tight nickel and drachma defense, and their ability to move the goalposts up and down the field with no regard for halftimes or pass inference penalties is truly remarkable. The only thing that could make it even sweeter when Rob “Groot” Gronkowski scores a roughdown is if I was clasping a football-like pocket supercomputer I use to check my email and post vaguely off-color remarks to Facebook at the same time.
Rocket Internet-Backed Ride-Sharing Startup Tripda Comes To The US
It’s not often that you see European startup factory Rocket Internet launch one of its companies in the U.S. More often than not, its businesses take ideas that have been successful here and then leverage its massive development and distribution network to bring them to markets where a U.S. version hasn’t yet launched.
Rust and Go
The thing is, I liked Rust more. I like that it has pattern matching, generics, immutable data by default. I liked that if my code compiled at all, the odds that it did what I wanted were extraordinarily high. When I think about what an ecosystem built on those fundamentals would be like, I want to live in that world. It’s better than the world I live in on languages I already have an affinity for for a wide range of use cases, and lets me play in a space I haven’t really ever felt comfortable in. I’m pretty sure the advice that Rust is amazing where you would use C/C++, and Go is amazing where you would use Ruby or Python is true. However, I think once Rusts ecosystem takes off, it will start being a great choice for the Ruby/Python niche as well.
'The Theory of Everything' director on filming a movie with Stephen Hawking on set
He then came to set when we were filming the May Ball and witnessed that night shoot that we did. He was impressed, I think, by the scale of what we were doing. He was the center of attention for a while as we were filming. It was great to have him there. It raised the stakes for all of us. Oh my God, here's the person we're making it about. He's here. We're doing this very complicated, choreographed set piece with lots of light changes and characters moving here and there and everywhere and blah blah blah, and now Stephen is there to add another sort of, not complication, but another pressure on the actors, in particular. I think he enjoyed that night of shooting. Then we showed him the film when it was done, and his reaction was quite positive. It was "broadly true" was his takeaway, which I'll take.
Zuckerberg Holds Town Hall Q&A With Facebook Users
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a first-of-its-kind town-hall meeting Thursday, fielding questions on a variety of subjects from Facebook users around the world through a live webcast.
5 things to know about attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch
"President Obama has chosen a great New Yorker as the country's highest-ranking law enforcement official," de Blasio said. "The nation is about to meet Loretta Lynch for the first time—but in the five boroughs, she is already known for her character, toughness and uncompromising sense of justice."
This is what happens when you push a GoPro into a floating water blob – in space
The latest say-what? footage to hit the Web is the work of three ISS astronauts – the European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst and NASA’s Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman – who had the idea of putting a GoPro inside a water bubble, apparently as part of an experiment “exploring water surface tension in microgravity” (well, they had to offer some kind of reason for having a bit of fun with a GoPro and a liquid blob).
Astounding Pic Shows Alien Planets Form Faster Than Scientists Thought
Astronomers have captured a revolutionary image of planet formation around a young star using the Atacama Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) new most powerful mode.
Apple blocks malicious software Wirelurker on iPhones
The Cupertino firm says it has blocked the malware, the first to infect iPhones and iPads that have not been jailbroken
This is Vudu Spark, Walmart’s very own Chromecast competitor
So basically you know nothing about the functionality yet you announce this as being a one trick pony? And then the whole of Techmeme copies your statement? Chromecast is a one trick pony too, it just streams and that’s it. Vudu may support the Google Cast protocol, as well perhaps as Miracast/AAir etc, who knows? And most importantly giants like Walmart may give those away for free at checkout, one per customer, depending if you have a loyalty card perhaps, perhaps it’s free for your first payment using the CurrentC powered Walmart app, so many things we don’t know, or do we?
Got an IP webcam? Here are 73,000 reasons to change from the default password
Using webcams to monitor your home or business isn’t a bad idea. Using them with the default administrator password is, however, evidenced by a site that is showing video from more than 73,000 unsecured cameras around the world.
Evercontact Brings Its Automated Address Book Updater To The iPhone
Here, Evercontact’s technology works much has it did before, but users have a bit more visibility into the changes it’s suggesting. The simple app will continue to scan your incoming email, and lets you approve all the changes before saving. While iOS itself offers some basic functionality that lets you tap to add email contacts to your address book, Evercontact is able to parse more information – basically, it can read anything that’s contained in the email signature, including social media profiles. It can even automatically internationalize phone numbers and link with contacts on LinkedIn.
Star Wars: Episode VII title maker
The upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII finally has a full name: The Force Awakens . It's already an awesome title based on typeface alone — ITC Serif Gothic, a favorite among The Verge staff . But if you're not happy with the actual title, we're here to help you make your own.
Homeboy Review: A Motion-Detecting Home Security Camera
Yes, Homeboy is great for spying on family members, but the core purpose is of course to watch out for burglars and such like. While GPS integration is a key feature of the Homeboy, ensuring you’re only recording when not at home, it does help if you remember to manually disarm the camera (through the app) if you share a house with someone else. It’s not nice to spy on loved ones, right? RIGHT?
'Hearthstone' gets its first big expansion next month
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is getting a whole lot bigger very soon. At Blizzcon today, the developer announced that the addictive card game's first big expansion will be called "Goblins vs. Gnomes." First teased back in September , the expansion will add 120 new cards to the game, and it sounds like it will make the game quite a bit goofier — among the new additions are exploding sheep. "Goblins vs. Gnomes" follows in the footsteps of " Curse of Naxxramas ," a smaller add on that included 30 new cards and a new single-player mode. "Goblins vs. Gnomes" appears to be quite a bit more expansive, though, and it's also coming soon: expect to get your hands on the new cards sometime next month on both PC and iPad.
Microsoft's first Nokia-less Lumia will be revealed Tuesday
The impact on you at home: If you're in the market for a moderate-to-low priced Windows Phone, you might want to wait and see what Microsoft will have on offer next Tuesday. Don't expect any fancy new features to blow you away if it's indeed a mid-range handset, but at least you'll be able to say you owned the first Lumia phone emblazoned with Microsoft's logo.
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18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once
"Tending to more books than anyone could read in a lifetime – from international bestsellers to a remarkable showing of local authors, BookKids to MysteryPeople—plus almost daily events and a quirky collection of toys, BookPeople’s wonderful staff are on their toes expanding horizons and making literary dreams come true," the Austin Chronicle raves .
Look, people, we’re giving you the chance of a lifetime here: this is Hardware Battlefield where participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy.
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I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.
And that was the goal we had in mind as my wife and I raised our kids. We both had careers in white firms that represented the best in law, banking and consulting; we attended schools and shared dorm rooms with white friends and had strong ties to our community (including my service, for the last 12 years, as chairman of the county police board). I was certain that my Princeton and Harvard Law degrees and economic privilege not only would empower me to navigate the mostly white neighborhoods and institutions that my kids inhabited, but would provide a cocoon to protect them from the bias I had encountered growing up. My wife and I used our knowledge of white upper-class life to envelop our sons and daughter in a social armor that we felt would repel discriminatory attacks. We outfitted them in uniforms that we hoped would help them escape profiling in stores and public areas: pastel-colored, non-hooded sweatshirts; cleanly pressed, belted, non-baggy khaki pants; tightly-laced white tennis sneakers; Top-Sider shoes; conservative blazers; rep ties; closely cropped hair; and no sunglasses.
Justine Bateman On Pulling Off A Major Midlife Career Pivot
As for Bateman’s own story, it hasn’t been easy. She had to take the SATs at a posh L.A. high school where “the other students were very suspicious of me. They thought I was a narc or something.” She’s sobbed in her car after getting exams back—“I would hold it together until I got to the parking structure and then just lose it.” And she suffered through college job fairs where “the guy behind me has got like a 4.0 in all his computer science classes and the person in front of me already interned at Facebook last year and is a senior—I hate the job fair.”
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Be Smarter Than That, Uber Users
Uber surprised a 26-year-old Baltimore woman with a spooky Halloween bill that hit $326 on a routine ride, resulting in her inability to pay her rent and general Internet outrage.
Tiny robotic scallops can swim through blood and eyeball fluid to fix you up
For years now, scientists have been trying to develop microscopic robots that can swim through bodily fluids and repair damaged cells or deliver medicine. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany believe they've got the perfect design -- in the form of scallops so small, they can barely be seen by the naked eye. These micro-robo-scallops move back and forth to swim through blood, eyeball fluids and other liquids inside our body. The scientists believe mimicking the way a true scallop swims is ideal, due to a number of reasons.
10 Habits That Make Everyone Hate You On Social Media
The faux hubble brag, often as part of always selling your 'personal' brand, is pretty icky and most everyone sees thru the bs, knows you're just blowing your own horn. Ala bandwagon jumping (#8) there's click and link baiting; too many hashtags; posting content w/out giving credit where due; over-asking for shares, likes. Really there's a lot of heavy-handed maneuvering to SM when it should just be a natural, digital extension of your real self. Hopefully the better version anyway. FWIW.
Rehearsing for death: A pre-K teacher on the trouble with lockdown drills
And even though I know better, even though I could reason my way around this drill, I fall headfirst into the scenario that this whole theatrical production has invited me to play out. Okay, this is it. So, who am I? Am I the one who dies valiantly tackling the shooter? Am I the quick-thinking teacher who saves several hidden children, telling the shooter they’re in the auditorium, before I am shot? Am I the teacher who sprawls into a body shield with all my best intentions but succeeds only in dying along with my charges? My inner voice, as clear as an actual voice in that silence, reminds me: You’re a mom. Hide. You have children of your own. I turn back to the closet.
While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar
Even if the tax credit drops to 10 percent, solar will soon reach price parity with conventional electricity in well over half the nation: 36 states. Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar is becoming mainstream, and prices will continue to drop as the technology improves and financing becomes more affordable, according to the report.
Ex-SEAL Robert O’Neill reveals himself as shooter who killed Osama bin Laden
In 15 years of dangerous missions — from midnight raids on al-Qaeda safe houses in Iraq to battling Somali pirates from the deck of a heaving Navy ship on the high seas — there had never been one so shadowed by dread. As Robert James O’Neill contemplated his jump from a helicopter into Osama bin Laden’s private garden, he was positive it would be his last.
'Interstellar': A Movie as Majestic, Slow and Sad as Space
You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will. Because I think everyone who's interested enough to have gotten this far in the review needs to see it, if only to decide what parts of Nolan's vision they disagree with, and to appreciate the magnitude of that vision regardless. It was mostly shot in IMAX, and there are certainly more than a few scenes that are worth seeing in that large format as I did, but I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary to do so. Interstellar itself is as big as a black hole, and it will suck you in; this movie did not feel three hours long.