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Apple’s Holiday Ad Paints The iPad As A Device That Bridges Generations

Apple’s marketing team does one thing especially well: Identifying how its products are being used and turning that into a point of emotional resonance via video advertising. The company’s new holiday ad, which is called “The Song,” uses Apple’s entire lineup to help the protagonist get creative with their Christmas gift, but the part that rings most true is the way the iPad erases what could be complex technological barriers across generations.

Amazon workers strike at five German facilities - CNET

Verdi organizing the strike at this time of the year is no surprise. While the labor union has staged protests over the past several months, it tends to focus the walk-offs at times Amazon has the most orders to fulfill. With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, it appears Verdi is trying to make a statement.

Why self-tracking apps keep overlooking women

None of this is malicious, said Deborah Lupton , a researcher at the University of Canberra, who recently wrote a paper documenting many of these sex tracking apps titled "Quantified Sex." Sara Watson , another fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, points out that many of these strange measurements come from what the phone is capable of measuring: movement and sound. "That just has to do with the reductive nature of tracking something with an accelerometer," she said. But the apps do reflect a certain kind of bias. "I think the designers, who are mostly men are, they're just taking up norms and assumptions that are embedded in our society about women's fertility and sexuality, and reproducing them," Lupton said. So sex is judged by thrusting, success is judged by endurance, and pleasure is measured in moans. "Regardless of the type of app, we should view it as a cultural product rather than something that's just popped up out of the blue."

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Assassin's Creed: Unity trimmed to $30 on Amazon today

Ubisoft's latest rooftop-jumping stealth game Assassin's Creed: Unity is half-off on Amazon today. For just $30, players can take a leap of faith on the publisher's word that its more critical errors are a thing of the past, as the game's history of fatal flaws, such as game-crashing bugs and faceless characters, have seemingly been rectified. Ubisoft issued an apology for the issues and free DLC to players in late November . The sale arrives in time for Unity 's fourth patch, which reached all platforms today . Ubisoft noted last week that the update should fix "most of the remaining issues our players have been reporting." The publisher even added a product update on Amazon that noted the game's "performance has been improved on all platforms. When you start the game, you will be given the option to automatically download and install all the latest improvements." The sale is good for all three of Unity 's platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC. [Thanks, Jason!] [Image: Ubisoft] Assassin's Creed Unity (11/11/14)

Homejoy Says It Will “Pause” Operations In Canada

Homejoy believes everyone deserves a happy home. With just a few clicks, Homejoy’s online platform will match you with a screened, background-checked and certified professional cleaner who maintains high customer ratings. And at $20/hour, Homejoy makes a sparkling home an affordable reality for everyone. Founded in July 2012 by brother-sister duo Aaron and Adora Cheung, the San Francisco-based …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Has Been Announced - IGN

Not played any of the Ninja Storm games? You could be missing out. In our review of the PS3 version of Ultimate Ninja Storm – which scored 8.4 – we said "Ultimate Ninja Storm is fun and the fast-paced battles look and feel very tight. I have to once again reiterate just how incredible this game looks. Say what you will about the gameplay, but watching these characters perform Ultimate Jutsu is certainly a sight to behold. Despite my few qualms with this game, I definitely recommend it to Naruto fans and I'll even extend that recommendation to non-fans who are itching for some stylized, ninja-heavy action."

Uber Hikes Prices During Hostage Crisis, Then Offers Refunds

Uber prices in the Central Business District of Sydney, Australia, jumped for a brief period on Monday as people tried to flee the scene of a hostage crisis . After quickly receiving loud criticism on social media for the high prices, the company announced it would provide free trips to people in the area.

There are just five northern white rhinos left in the world

A northern white rhinoceros has died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, leaving just five of the animals in the world. The 44-year-old male rhino, named Angalifu, apparently died of old age Sunday, the  Associated Press reports . Conservationists at the park had hoped that Angalifu would mate with a female northern white rhino named Nola, but their attempts proved unsuccessful.


Here's the thing: no one's too sure about 5G, not really, not yet. The main gripes that people have with their mobile service today are coverage and price - neither of which are problems that need a new generation of mobile tech to solve. Throw a bit of cash into building out LTE and LTE-A and much of these headaches would go away, yet the industry is ploughing full steam ahead into 5G. Instead, the industry is hoping 5G will solve problems we don't have today, but those that could hold us back years in the future.

The Verge on Twitter

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T-Mobile teases a new uncarrier deal livestreaming tomorrow as it claims 50% faster LTE in NY

T-Mobile claims the service allows un-carrier customers to download a 90-minute HD movie in 3.5 minutes, and a music album in nine seconds – though notes that these claims rely on a “theoretical” peak speed of 110Mbps, with the real-life average so far of a rather more sedate 22.2Mbps. The company says this is, though, “faster than AT&T and Verizon and more than two times faster than Sprint’s network speeds.”

We're paying for broken games, and it's unacceptable

There was a time when you bought a game, pulled it out of the box, popped it into your device of choice, and that was it. In today's video game industry, however, a single game isn't even the end product. Now we have downloadable content and expansion packs – and don't forget to buy the season pass so you get it all for a nominal discount. Never mind just pre-ordering your games either, now we can pre- load them, guaranteeing access the very second a game becomes available. And the pre-order bonuses , bestowing us with trivial costumes or weapons, or maybe even some extra levels that will inevitably be sold after launch, despite being billed as pre-order "exclusives." Even without these premium additions, the game you bring home isn't the static creative work it once was. Developers and publishers are free to update their games now, patching out unforeseen problems or even adding fan-requested improvements. It's good that issues can be resolved, but the darker side of this is the now infamous "Day 1 Patch." These crucial updates are applied on launch day, providing fixes so last-minute that they couldn't make it onto the discs before they were pressed (or even onto the downloadable code, for that matter).

5 Common Pieces Of Career Advice You Should Never Follow

Equally bad advice, from opposite ends of the spectrum. Following the money with complete disregard for your interests is a surefire path toward a soul-sucking career doing something you hate. It may not even be the best financial move in the long term. On the other side of that coin, doing what you love with the expectation that financial success will miraculously follow is naive and ridiculous. As Kate White always says, think about where your interests and talents intersect with the greatest potential for financial success, and head toward those points of intersection.

Skype can translate spoken Spanish to English in near real-time

Microsoft started rolling out a new feature for Skype on Monday:  Skype Translator  will translate communications from users using different languages in near real-time — that is, as you’re chatting. At first, Skype Translator will work with spoken English and Spanish, as well as forty written languages over instant messaging.

Seedcamp Reveals 7 New Startup Investments

Developed by a team of five based in Berlin, Lateral uses machine intelligence to create bots that automatically generate feeds of news that’s relevant to you, based on what you’re working on. It bases its recommendations on documents you upload to the cloud or previous articles you’ve read and grabs relevant information from news sources and academic papers.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of December 14, 2014

There’s no denying that modern word-processing programs are drastically more advanced and convenient than using a typewriter, but despite all their newfangled technologies, computers aren’t always the most ideal tools for writing. They just have too many distractions. With movies, music, games, and the entire Internet just a few clicks away, buckling down and focusing on putting words on paper can be a big challenge at times. That’s where Hemingwrite comes in. It’s designed to give you the best of both worlds — all the helpful functions of a PC (digital display, mechanical keys, saving to the cloud) but with none of the distractions that typically come with them on a laptop. This way, you can actually focus on the task at hand: Writing something down. You know, instead of checking your email, scrolling through Facebook, or watching cat videos on YouTube, which are things we’ve heard can distract writers less professional than us.

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Forza Horizon 2: Extreme Racing Around Storm Island - IGN

We also got to see the Mini All4 Racing X-Raid in action, which has been ripping it up in the Dakar rally this year and makes its debut in Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island.

Tech companies support Microsoft in overseas data fight with U.S.

The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge's order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future of international cloud computing.

Judge says reporter can’t get public records about cops’ “stingray” use

"It could be private actors or state actors," Arne Christian Haugstøyl, the head of the PST told The Local . "I can’t on the basis of these discoveries say that it is a foreign intelligence agency, but I can say that we know that foreign intelligence agencies have this kind of capacity. And in our preventive work we advise those looking after Norwegian interests not to talk about sensitive issues on mobile phones.

Ahead of taxi protest, France says UberPop to be banned

PARIS (Reuters) - The UberPop transport service will be banned in France from Jan. 1 to avoid unfair competition, the Interior Ministry said on Monday as taxi drivers impeded morning traffic into Paris in a protest against the U.S.-based online cab-hailing firm.

A Cure For The Mobility Blues (Or For A Shadow-IT Nightmare)

Well, there is one more little matter: The person on the receiving end may have access for only one day, or one week. You and the IT department get to make that decision. The recipient may not be able to share the link with others. Or maybe they can share it with 10 others, but no more. It’s all up to you and IT.

The MPAA met with a senior Comcast engineer to discuss the mechanics of wiping infringing sites off the web

Today, most observers would tell you the piracy fight has reached a standstill. It's easy to take down infringing links from platforms like Google and YouTube, and a string of international prosecutions has turned file-sharing sites like The Pirate Bay and Isohunt into an endangered species. At the same time, more draconian measures that would wipe the sites off the internet entirely have largely failed within the US after a string of legislative defeats that culminated in 2011's SOPA and PIPA fights.

Flashgap Is A Time-Delayed Photo-Sharing App Inspired By ‘The Hangover’ Movie

“In ‘The Hangover’ movie, the four main characters head out to Las Vegas to party and after a night of many excesses they wake up with no memories of the last night. The entire movie is based on them trying to find clues, to figure out what really happened. And the particular scene that inspired us is actually the end credits where you discover all the photos of what they have done,” says Flashgap co-founder and CEO Julian Kabab, when asked to explain the genesis of the app.

Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life , a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need.

Skype's real-time translator goes live for registered users on Windows 8.1

Skype today revealed that users who have signed up for its real-time Skype Translator service can now start giving it a try. The service initially supports only Spanish and English as its first two languages for voice communication, but already includes over 40 languages for live translation of instant messages.

How to backup Cydia Apps and tweaks on jailbroken iPhone or iPad

PKGBackup is a solid tweak by Jibril Gueye that allows you to a backup all the Cydia tweaks and sources on your iOS device and save it in your local storage or on the cloud such as Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive etc. It also takes a backup of preferences & springboard files. It supports iOS 8 and is available on Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $9.99. The price might seem a little hefty, but in the long run, it will definitely worth it as it gets updated regularly to fix all the known bugs and support the latest iOS firmwares.

France Bans UberPop After Uber Avoids Paris Court Clash

Friday brought good news for Uber in France as a commercial court in Paris refused to hear a lawsuit brought by its competitors that tried to ban its UberPop service, but a new week has brought new problems. The French interior ministry announced today that UberPop will be banned in France from January.

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Fujifilm's X100T is even better camera than its predecessor without changing our favorite features.

The front of the camera is still dominated by the fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens, which has been improved with a better grip on the manual focus ring and third-stop detents for the aperture ring. It’s a wonderfully sharp lens, even when set to its widest aperture, though it can be hazy when shooting very close subjects at f/2.0. (Stop down to f/2.8 and all of that haze disappears.) I love the lens’ 23mm focal length: it converts to a 35mm field of view on a full-frame camera, and can be used for a great variety of photography, from travel, to environmental portraits, to photojournalism. It’s too wide for anything that’s distant, so most wildlife and sports photography is out of the question. One of the best parts of the X100 cameras is they always reward you for getting close to the action and intimately connecting with your subjects, and the X100T is no different. Fujifilm does offer wide and tele converters if you need to get a little closer or want to capture a different perspective, but I’m a big fan of the X100T’s standard field of view.

SunPower backs Tendril & plans to use its energy software

Tendril started out life by building a platform to connect wireless sensors with an emphasis on ZigBee, and as the company grew it started to look for problems that its platform could solve, like building automation. Eventually it started focusing on smart meters and home energy management. For a long time, Tendril focused on utility customers and a few years ago bought Grounded Power , a startup that used behavioral science to create customer engagement for utilities (similar to what Opower’s original software does).

With slim profits, China’s Xiaomi is more like Amazon than Apple

Also something to note, soon enough phone SoCs will hit the good enough perf level PCs hit a while back. Huge custom cores like Apple’s core or Nvidia’s Denver core are rather fast. Nvidia would be likely to go 4 cores when they transition to 20nm or 16nm FF and that would match in perf many of the PCs still in use.Won’t take too long before we see more such cores from others ( likely candidates would be Qualcomm, AMD, Samsung, Marvell) and some affordable devices using them (in competitive markets) .Gaming could be a different segment since more GPU is always needed but other than that smartphone refresh cycles could expand by 2 years if we don’t transition to foldable or glasses The next couple of years should be fun.

Quick & Easy Temperature Loggers

I work as a software developer for a biology lab where my day job consists of creating applications to deal with big data visualisation. Recently however one of my colleagues had the need to take regular temperature measurements form a range of jars of liquids over quite an extended period. The commercial available solutions to achieve this are expensive and surprisingly lacking in features. So, as a dedicated hacker and maker, I immediately stepped in an said we could make something better ourselves. So we did. And this is how.

SoundCloud Launches Collection, A Customizable Home Base For Users

It’s a relatively small re-orientation of how SoundCloud users will see the world when they visit the site on the web, or log into their accounts on the iPhone app (and Android in 2015), but it makes a big difference to how the overall service is characterized. The new look and organizational theory reflects SoundCloud’s need to go from a site organized around community sharing of legally gray material to something resembling a more legitimate streaming audio business that partners with professional media makers.

Weekend Tech News Roundup

What did you do this weekend? I mainly caught up with sleep to beat the jetlag of returning to Europe after the fun of our USA Conference last week.

PlayStation Plus' free games totaled more than $1,300 in value per subscription this year

Sony would, of course, like you to see its PlayStation Plus service as a bargain, but how much value does it really add to your gaming life? Well, according to data compiled by UK publication Push Square, quite a lot, actually. After combing through the 2014 selection of games offered as part of the service's Instant Game Collection, Push Square reports that Sony offered $1,349.29 worth of games in North America, and £960.64 worth of games in Europe. Now, there are some caveats to this data. While the games themselves are free to add to your collection and free to play while you have a current PS Plus subscription ($50 for a year in the US), once your subscription lapses you'll lose access to said games. Push Square's numbers also do not separate games by system, so you only got the full, $1,349.29 value of games if you owned a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and a PlayStation Vita. Still, considering that the average monthly Metacritic score (factoring in all games) was 79 for the US and 78 in Europe, as well as the fact that PS Plus also grants subscribers access to discounts, giveaways, Share Play and online multiplayer on PS4, it's not a bad deal.

Veency updated to support iOS 8, allows users to remotely control iPhone or iPad from Mac or PC

If you haven’t used Veency before, then you’re missing a great Cydia utility. Veency is a free VNC server which allows you to connect to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from Mac or PC and control it remotely, interact with all the apps on your device, text message and much more.

Runtastic embraces virtual reality with a new fitness app for Oculus Rift

The exact price of the VR headset has yet to be set, but it’s thought it will be in the $200 to $400 price range. So it comes in at the affordable end of the accessibility spectrum, but the whole point of the 7-minute workout is that it’s something you can do quickly on your own at home, for next to no money, and with no equipment. Kind of like a middle finger to expensive gym memberships.

Instead of killing comments, we should be trying to fix them

Read Yarow’s Medium post earlier and now this piece. Thanks for highlighting this issue. We spend our days talking to businesses about how much of a bad idea it is to outsource their community engagement to the social platforms. “Got a question for us…. Message us on Facebook or send us a Tweet”. Reading that more media sites are turning off their primary option for onsite community engagement is just incredible. How much of their cake are publishers going to let Facebook and Twitter eat before they wise up? Your fans / visitors / customers are your business. You should be increasing the opportunities for them to engage not removing them.


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Researchers in the US have captured the first images of the exact moment when a mammal's egg is fertilised to show that, in response, it releases billions of zinc atoms that create tiny ‘zinc sparks’ at the point of conception. The team, from Northwestern University, invented a new fluorescent sensor that is able to track the movements of zinc in live cells. This allowed them to take an unprecedented view of an egg’s zinc-storage capabilities, and found some 8,000 zinc compartments, each one containing around one million zinc atoms. They were able to watch as, at the point of conception, these atoms were simultaneously released in a display that looks just like tiny fireworks, and lasts about two hours after fertilisation. The find, which they’ve published in the journal Nature Chemistry, could help improve IVF treatments, as the researchers believe they can now offer a new way of identifying the best quality eggs.  "The amount of zinc released by an egg could be a great marker for identifying a high-quality fertilised egg, something we can't do now,” said one of the team, ovarian biology expert, Teresa Woodruff, in the release .

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A 12-year-old app developer

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

Introducing Schlep: The Uber Run By Jewish Mothers (Video) Introducing Schlep: The Uber Run By Jewish Mothers (Video) Oy vey! It seems like every other day a new on-demand car service pops up, with another outrageous promo pushing customers to download an app.Whether it's Uber, Lyft, Gett or any other service, they're all essentially offering competitive rates and serv...

Ars Technica

The focus is 4K, but CPU, GPU, and wireless will all get a boost, too.

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 .

Success is a continuous journey

In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.

51 The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)
52 The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars
53 In Wisconsin, A Decade-Old Police Shooting Leads To New Law
54 Holiday gift guide 2014
55 Trinket Everyday Carry Contest
56 A Tactical Boot Made for Civilians That's Hard-Core Enough for Marines | WIRED
57 11 TED Talks with Smart Work Advice
58 The C4 reporter had a pop. And the Cereal Killer cafe snapped back …
59 14 Incredibly Impressive Students At MIT
60 7 ways games reward the brain
61 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
62 Your iPhone isn't a BlackBerry, but it can fake it with the Typo 2 [REVIEW]
63 Yahoo Tech
64 This spectacular home is at peace with the California desert
65 Natural wonder and human woe in 2014's best satellite shots - CNET
66 The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest
67 Web IQ Quiz
68 Obama Writes His First Line Of Code
69 A Scientific Guide To Writing Popular--And Shareable--Headlines For Twitter, Facebook, And Your Blog
70 CRISPR Patents Spark Fight to Control Genome Editing | MIT Technology Review
71 Now playing on Amazon Fire TV: HBO Go
72 'MythBusters' Adam Savage Explains Why Interstellar's TARS Is The Perfect Robot
73 ‘The Love Of Sports’ Wants To Connect Mobile Sportsball Lovers
74 11 gifts every fashionista wants this holiday season
75 50 Best Free iPhone Apps for 2014
76 Girls Who Code Expands To Get More Young Women In Computer Science Majors
77 How to rob a bank (from the inside, that is)
78 Big moments of 2014, recreated with Play-Doh
79 THE SOCIAL-COMMERCE REPORT: Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases
80 Amazon glitch leads to items being sold for almost nothing - CNET
81 Wakie, The Social Alarm Clock That Lets You Wake Up Strangers, Finally Arrives On iOS
82 Leaked Windows 10 build reveals new Xbox app and Cortana integration
83 Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession
84 Joining the real world: A digital approach to accomplishing your goals
85 What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web
86 Women Laughing Alone With Tablets are having more fun than you
87 11 gifts to stay fit in the new year
88 Epic Women on Twitter
89 Danny Lyon's Unseen Photos Of NYC Subway Riders In The '60s
90 9 gifts for your favorite holiday hosts
91 15 cutest kids that made 2014 a little brighter
92 Zen And The Art Of The Juggalo
93 Johnny Schadenfreude: Internet delights in Manziel's very bad day
94 ​Locals upset at Google's Waze for sending traffic to their streets - CNET
95 Are Christmas Lights in Series or Parallel? | WIRED
96 The scientific way to stay warm this winter
97 Boston Researcher Cynthia Breazeal Is Ready to Bring Robots Into the Home. Are You?