Download IGN’s Game of the Month 'Ridge Racer Slipstream' for Free
Each month, gaming website IGN partners with popular developers to offer a Free Game of the Month promotion. This month, it has joined forces with game studio BANDAI NAMCO to give away Ridge Racer Slipstream, their latest installment in the long running franschise, for iPhone … Continue reading →
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 →
Astronauts play with a GoPro, 3D camera and water bubble in space
Astronauts on the International Space Station used a GoPro, some water and the lack of gravity to create a stellar video.
Pro tip: You can't make sparkling wine with a SodaStream
A child had the brilliant idea of carbonating wine with a SodaStream.
This guy made ice wheels for his bike, and they are awesome
Is your bike-riding experience too easy? Amateur inventor Colin Furze is here to help.
Blizzard reveals Overwatch, an over-the-top 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.
Constantine: "The Devil's Vinyl" Review - IGN
The second half of the episode wasn't without its moments though. John plugging his ears with Sex Pistols and charging into a radio station was fun, as was Chas' decision to kill himself in order to shut down the building's signal. Midnite seems like he'll be a fun foil for our hero and the actual inclusion of the devil - "The First of the Fallen" - in this story was a good way to introduce a "final boss" danger into the mix. John remains, for better or worse, the most engaging part of his team though - very much outshining Chas and Zed, who both come off dull by comparison. I mean, we're talking about a hero who covers himself in blood and twists around naked just to learn a new spell.
Why Gigaom is no longer involved with the Crunchies awards
When the Crunchies was getting off the ground back in 2008, the tech industry was still a fairly casual group of like-minded individuals bent on pushing the limits of hardware and software. That’s still true to a large extent, but these days, tech is also a cash-generating behemoth that is hardly lacking for celebrity-style promotion of its more successful actors, and besieged by the MBA types that can no longer make an honest living at Lehman Brothers or Morgan Stanley.
Track your blood alcohol content with the BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer [Deals] | Cult of Mac
The data obtained by the BACtrack Vio does more than just read your blood alcohol content. It’s ZeroLine® Technology will actually determine the rate at which your alcohol levels will get back down to zero. This is handy if you find you are unable to drive and need to estimate when your blood alcohol content will be within legal limits.
Steve Jobs Still Casts Long Shadow At Web Summit
But it wasn’t just Sculley who got asked about Jobs, so did Drobox CEO Drew Houston who was asked about a single meeting he had with Jobs in 2009. This wasn’t the first time he talked about this. In fact, he gets asked about it all the time. Why? Because we want to hear stories about the man. For Houston, it was by all accounts a surreal experience where he met a hero who wanted to buy his company. But he wasn’t there to sell and it never went much further than that because as Houston pointed on stage at Web Summit this week, if you don’t want to sell your company, don’t take meetings about selling your company. It ended there, but five years later just because Houston had a conversation with the guy, we still want to hear about it.
Major Xbox One update with custom backgrounds and Twitter support is here
When you turn on your Xbox One this weekend, you might notice a few changes. Microsoft is rolling out one of the largest feature updates yet for its game console to all users starting this weekend. A year after launch, the console now has customizable backgrounds. You'll be able to set an achievement image or any other photo from a USB drive as your homescreen wallpaper, replacing the black backdrop we've all been staring at for months.
A Broke F1 Team Is Using Crowdfunding to Keep Racing | WIRED
The economics of the sport make survival dicey for all but the wealthiest teams, which creates something of a vicious cycle because the sport’s revenues are allocated to teams based on their performance. It takes money to win, and only winners make money. This season, Caterham hasn’t placed higher than 11th in any race, so it is dead last in the points, with a grand total of zero. Mercedes, on the other hand, has more than 600 and locked up the constructor’s championship with three races left in the season (its two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg handily lead the race for the driver’s championship). “As more wealthy teams progress, and as they have got better cars, the other teams clearly try to keep up,” O’Connell says. “That puts them under cost pressures.”
Blizzard's next game is 'Overwatch,' an online superhero shooter
Blizzard is breaking out of its role-playing and strategy niches in a big, big way. The game developer has just unveiled Overwatch , a superhero-focused, team-based multiplayer shooter. Details of how it works are scarce, but it's definitely more lighthearted than the likes of Diablo . Think of it as a cross between Team Fortress 2 and The Incredibles , with an added emphasis on high-tech weaponry. Blizzard isn't talking release dates or platforms, but a release is "nearer than you think." BlizzCon attendees will try an early version of Overwatch , and a beta test is due in 2015 -- unlike Titan , there's a good chance you'll get to play this yourself. Itching for just a little more? Peep the BlizzCon trailer after the break!
Amazon's Latest Effort To Get You Shopping Is This Speaker
Think of Echo, which connects to your wireless network at home, as similar to personal assistants like Google Now and Siri. In the promotional video, Amazon shows Echo responding to questions -- from multiple members of the family -- like "how tall is Mt. Everest" and "how do you spell cantaloupe" as well as commands like "play rock music" and "add wrapping paper to the shopping list."
Uber looks to pick up another $1 billion in equity: FT
Uber is planning to raise at least $1 billion more in capital from its existing investors, which includes Blackrock, TPG, Google Ventures and Menlo Ventures, and new funds from beyond Wall Street and Silicon Valley, especially in Asia, FT reported.
The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer
It seems as though everyone in tech today is infatuated with the full-stack developer. Full stack may have been possible in the Web 2.0 era, but a new generation of startups is emerging, pushing the limits of virtually all areas of software. From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack.
These Glow-In-The-Dark Highways May Soon Go Worldwide
a night drive, guided by the cool glow-in-the-dark lane markers provided by this smart highway?
will.i.am - home
Technology is infused into the world of will.i.am as an essential element. It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, will.i.am conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator. Earlier this year, will.i.am debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover. His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, will.i.am also created the i.am+ foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.
Open sourcing Twitter emoji for everyone | Twitter Blogs
Earlier this year, we collaborated with our friends at @Iconfactory on a set of 872 beautiful emojis so Tweets containing emoji characters would look as sharp on the web as they do in mobile apps. Now we’re pleased to announce that these emoji are available as an open source library to the developer community at large.
It seems as though everyone in tech today is infatuated with the full-stack developer. Full stack may have been possible in the Web 2.0 era, but a new generation of startups is emerging, pushing the limits of virtually all areas of software. From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a… Read More
Toy Story 4 Coming in 2017 - IGN
Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and original Toy Story director John Lasseter will be returning to direct Pixar's Toy Story 4, due to hit theaters in June, 2017.
Check Out Photos Of The Pantone Hotel. It Is Colorful
The Pantone Hotel isn't exactly brand new - it is an interesting hotel but when I visited in August I was slightly disappointed. My room was 'yellow' and the only thing that was actually yellow was the throw on the bed. There isn't as much colour as the photographs make out and the place is starting to need a serious lick of paint.
8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall | WIRED
Today, Berlin is again divided into two---this time by a 11-foot wall of illuminated balloons. Christopher Bauder Today, Berlin is again divided into two---this time by a 11-foot wall of illuminated balloons. Christopher Bauder This wall of balloons created by Christopher and Marc Bauder will cut through 10 miles of Berlin. Christopher Bauder This wall of balloons created by Christopher and Marc Bauder will cut through 10 miles of Berlin. Christopher Bauder Cars won't be able to pass, though pedestrians will be able to walk through and alongside it. Christopher Bauder Cars won't be able to pass, though pedestrians will be able to walk through and alongside it. Christopher Bauder In total, the Bauders will create approximately 8,000 LICHTGRENZE Pressekonferenz "25 Jahre Mauerfall - Die große Ballonaktion - in: Berlin, Westhafenstraße 1 Behala Halle 11 LICHTGRENZE The brothers say it's meant to be a reminder of how the city used to be.
Virgin Galactic pilot defied the odds to survive crash
Test pilot Chuck Yeager, the man who first broke the sound barrier, had his own fall from space in 1963 when his Lockheed NF-104A lost control at 108,700 feet, 21 miles above the Earth. The plane went into a spin and plunged to 7,000 feet while Yeager desperately tried to restart the plane's engine. Finally, Yeager ejected. But the exit was far from clean, and rocket fuel from the ejection seat leaked over Yeager, giving him second- and third-degree burns, according to written accounts. When rescuers arrived, Yeager was reportedly standing with his helmet in the crook of his arm and his parachute properly rolled up.
My name is Dan and I had a bent iPhone
Following Apple's instructions, I used my bent iPhone to schedule an appointment at the Apple Store's Genius Bar for the following morning. I went to the store for my appointment, explained the situation to the employee, who then confirmed that the device was indeed bent without any obvious signs of abuse. I was then given a replacement iPhone and sent on my merry way. The whole process took less than a half an hour. From the time that I discovered my iPhone was bent to having a new phone in my hand was about 12 hours. Apple replaced the damaged phone under warranty at no cost to me, even though I had originally purchased the device from AT&T and not Apple itself. I'd never paid for any extended warranty or AppleCare Plus.
Before the Berlin Wall, people escaped through a wire fence
On Saturday Aug. 12, 1961, a record number of people (approximately 4,000) fled from East to West Berlin. The following day, the world awoke to find 30 miles of barbed wire running through the heart of the city. The barrier was laid by East German soldiers.
Darth Vader Sounded Hilarious Before Voice-Over
The Force Awakens will introduce us to some new Sith villains for sure, but Darth Vader will always be the most iconic. James Earl Jones was his threatening voice, but the body was an English actor who didn't just gesture around in silence like a mime during filming; he voiced all the lines in a West Country English accent.
Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014
Game Changer: A Look Inside Ubisoft’s Immersive Game Experiences (1:00 - 2:30PM)- Thanks to compelling narratives, innovative gameplay, and breakthrough technology, video games these days are true entertainment experiences. At the forefront of this charge, Ubisoft has inspired communities around the world to play, connect, rock out, and Just Dance. During this visit to Ubisoft’s San Francisco office, get hands-on with some of its top video-game franchises and learn about the technology that powers its innovation.
Hosted by Lesley Phord-Toy, Producer, Assassin's Creed;Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft; Jason Altman,Executive Producer, Just Dance Now; Paul Cross,Creative Director, Rocksmith
How painting can transform communities
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
16 Incredibly Impressive Students At Princeton
From creating companies to scaling summits, these 16 students are changing what it means to be impressive.
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Virgin Galactic Doesn't Just Benefit the Rich—It's Good for Science | WIRED
Will Pomerantz, vice president for special projects at Virgin Galactic, is a planetary science researcher by training. He used to work at NASA. If he were still there, he says, he might get a new set of experimental data once or twice a decade. That’s frustrating. His work at Virgin could give other researchers more data, more often. He talks about a time when Virgin Galactic will be operating several flights a week, enough to make it so cheap that an undergrad could design an experiment in the fall, launch it in the spring, and get a good start on her thesis with her own data.
8 weed recipes for the stoner with a sophisticated palate
Place half of the beans in a large bowl, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in half of the oats. Pulse the remaining oats until finely ground. Add remaining beans, pulse until chopped. Add egg whites, CannaFlour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and chili powder, process about 1 minute or until coarse paste forms. Add mashed beans and oat mixture, stir in cheese, green onion and cilantro. Divide mixture into fourths. Spray a large plate with cooking spray. Working on the plate, form each portion into a 4-inch patty, 1/2-inch thick. Place on a small baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes until chilled. Meanwhile, lightly brush zucchini and bell pepper with CannaOil, sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat grill, brush grill grate or large sheet of foil or coals 8-10 minutes or until slightly charred and crisp-tender, turning once. Grill burgers and zucchini, covered 6-8 minutes or until burgers are firm and zucchini is lightly browned and almost tender, turning once. Halve zucchini crosswise. Top burgers with zucchini and bell pepper. Serve with lime wedges and salsa, if desired.
Fascinating Photos of NASA's Abandoned Launch Sites | WIRED
The exploration of space stands as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. While history has hailed the men and women who reached the cosmos, and those who helped them get there, much of the infrastructure that sent them skyward lies forgotten and dilapidated. Roland Miller has spent nearly half his life chronicling these landmarks before they are lost forever.
Why we love, why we cheat
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
'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.
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Rescue dogs that got a second chance at life
A dedicated group of volunteers at a local Arizona rescue called Pima Paws for Life trained three tough cases simultaneously. A one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix with too much energy; a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix found as an emaciated stray that was scared of men, and a Greater Swiss Mountain mix that was abandoned in his home after the house had been foreclosed. Within six weeks of training, the dogs were able to pass a practice CGC test, and two out of the three dogs were adopted within a week of training.
10 best mobile phones in the world today
Our ranking of the best mobile phones available in the UK today celebrates the brilliance of the smartphone, the functionality they bring to our lives, as well as looking at the cost - meaning a low-price handset doesn't always need to have high-spec functions to be in our top 10.
Seagate gives Ethernet-connected drives their own IP address
"We're taking the management servers ... out of the stack. Now the storage application goes to the IP address of the individual drive," said David Burks, a director of product marketing at Seagate. "Instead of associating a bucket of storage with one IP address and using a storage server to retrieve information for you, you'll have more IP addresses in your storage system and each one will represent [a] spindle or hard drive."
9 Spotify tools for hardcore music fans
Set Listener came together this summer as a combination of the (then brand-new) Spotify API, the Setlist.fm API and Spotify's acquisition of The Echo Nest, which uses mountains of data to create personalized radio and other customized features. Set Listener is simple, yet ingenious — input the name of an artist, and it'll create a Spotify playlist based on that artist's last show (you can also manually create a playlist with a Setlist.fm link to an earlier show). Avid concertgoers know how exciting this is.
Google Launches Managed Service For Running Docker-Based Applications On Its Cloud Platform
Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world's information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and Google+, the company's extension into the social space. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google's highly integrated online …
Supernovas, ice sculptures and star nurseries: Hubble's stellar 25 years
Nestled in orbit just above Earth's atmosphere — the biggest obstacle to space observation from the ground — the Hubble Space Telescope has been able to capture extraordinary and beautiful images of previously unseen parts of the universe. It has helped scientists test and confirm their theories about things like quasars, dark matter, black holes and the age of our universe. It's also provided a clearer view of things astronomers had been observing through a thick layer of cloudy gases for centuries.
The best smartwatch you can buy
Smartwatches are going to be the next big thing. They’ll keep us connected, keep us informed, and make it feel like we’re living in the future. Virtually every mobile phone maker has dipped its toes into smartwatch waters, including Apple, which is going to release its much-hyped smartwatch next year. There are also a number of companies whose sole job is to make smart watches, and they've been doing some really interesting things.
15 visually stunning album covers of 2014
Most musicians don't have the luxury of resting on the power of their name (read: Beyoncé ). Instead, here are just 15 (of many) artists who went all out for their 2014 album covers.
11 travel versions of your favorite home appliances
Luckily, many home appliances come in miniature versions for living life on the go, including humidifiers, steam irons and even grills. Not only are they easy to carry, but they're also flexible for a variety of environments.
Nexus 9 review
But despite the new animations, updated apps, and fresh coat of paint, Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 9 doesn’t feel much different than it would on a smartphone or phablet. Google hasn’t done much to optimize the platform for the 9’s larger display and there aren’t any different multitasking or productivity features than what you’d find on an Android smartphone. Though many of Google’s own apps are designed to work well on tablets, the vast majority of third-party apps in the Google Play Store still look ridiculous on such a large screen. For all that Google has done to improve the hardware on its Android tablets, the app situation is where Apple still has the farthest lead, and the Nexus 9 and Lollipop do nothing to close that gap.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Struggles to Define Vision
Dick Costolo was at a crossroads. In May, Twitter Inc.’s stock had sunk to a new low as investors worried the company’s growth was stunted. Over the next few weeks, the 51-year-old chief executive summoned managers to a series of meetings. In a conference room, he drew three circles on a whiteboard. “This is how the company should be described going forward,” he said, referring to what he called “geometrically eccentric circles.”...
Tesla Delays Its SUV Yet Again
Once upon a time — way back in 2012 — Tesla announced that it was building an electric SUV. It would be called the Model X. It would launch in 2013!
Top 10 dog breeds in the U.S. and why we love them
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IBM Reboots Its Research to Focus on Cognitive Computing | MIT Technology Review
The company’s vast research department is already big part of the turnaround plan. Earlier this year the division was reorganized to ramp up efforts related to cognitive computing. The push began with the development of the original Watson, but has expanded to include other areas of software and hardware research aimed at helping machines provide useful insights from huge quantities of often-messy data. The research efforts are far-ranging, and include software that can suggest new recipes by analyzing thousands of ingredients and popular meals, and electronic components, known as neurosynaptic chips, that have features modeled on the workings of biological brains and are more efficient at processing sensory information.
The Best Reason to See Interstellar: It's Part of a Dying Breed of Film
that everyone should experience—it is a moviemaking "alignment of stars" akin to the perfect storm in music that lead to Woodstock. It's a film so extravagant in nature, it was projected in 70mm, a format equal to the scale of its fantastic story, and shot on IMAX 65mm.
Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch
What the heck is going on here and why is this important? Well, in terms of materials science this is pretty cutting edge stuff. To create a working watch in this shape and size, using curved metal and carefully curved sapphire crystal, is a feat in itself and could point to future design cues in consumer electronics. The biomorphic design looks like something laid eggs on your wrist and is a huge departure from MB&F’s previous spaceship-themed watches. The central tourbillion – the little bit in the center that spins – can be hidden with an eyelid-like cover and the watch winds itself automatically.
Facebook reports 24% rise in government requests for personal data
Social media company says it has appealed to higher court to invalidate ‘sweeping warrants’ issued by global governments for information on its users
Absurd Creature of the Week: This Crazy-Looking Sea Slug Has an Ingenious Secret Weapon | WIRED
That’s real cute, says the nudibranch, but I started pulling those moves ages ago —on deadly sea creatures. All over our world’s oceans, the many astoundingly colored species of nudibranch are eating things like the vicious Portuguese man o’ war, incorporating their stingers or toxins into their own skin, and using them to fend off predators. This is an Eminem slug if there ever was one (Eminem, if you’re reading this I’m sorry please don’t hurt me), only instead of appropriating mean words, it’s stealing wonderfully evolved weapons and using them to its advantage.
iOS 8.1.1 beta download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
iOS 8.1.1 is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display and iPod touch (fifth-generation).