'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' delayed once more to April
If you're itching to experience what has been described as Nathan Drake's final chapter, you'll have to sit tight for just a little bit longer. Developer Naught...
Boston Dynamics wishes you a terrifyingly happy holiday
Boston Dynamics' latest video shows how Santa can get an upgrade from Google's robot builders.
Battlefield 4 has the most elaborate easter egg I've ever seen
Battlefield 4 has a devilishly confounding easter egg that required several hardcore gamers to put their heads together to crack it.
Math tutors now have their own sexy hotline
Do you sit up late at night trying to figure out why V – E + F = 2? Well, now there's someone you can call - or rather, a website you can visit. Solvex4u i
This drone can fly through the air and under water
While drones have been getting a bad rap for dropping from the skies at inopportune moments recently, a new drone from Rutgers University can swim as well
The teeniest 'Star Wars' fan reacts adorably to the film's trailer
A young girl has a priceless reaction watching a trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'
'Rock Band 4' and 'Guitar Hero Live' are basically board games
Music games are great, even though mine mostly stay in the closet.
Elon Musk fights Jeff Bezos in the latest Taiwanese Animators cartoon
SpaceX finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket this week, which is a big deal. And now it's gotten the ultimate big deal treatment: an appropriately absurd video from the Taiwanese Animators YouTube...
The GoPro drone’s killer feature could be a 360-degree camera
"Take a moment to look around you."
Maybe it's because we just spent a year over-analyzing Star Wars trailers, but I'm beginning to think GoPro CEO Nick Woodman is trying to tell us something in...
We should have seen this dumb Dragon Ball Z Ford commercial coming
It was going to happen eventually. Some company in the States went ahead and made a car commercial using footage from Dragon Ball Z, and it's about as silly as you could possibly expect. Here,...
Explore a beachside desert in a new video for 'The Witness'
If 'The Witness' gets a boxed edition, it'll be after the digital launch in January, Jonathan Blow says.
These Are the Best iPhone Photos of the Year
The three winners learned to hone their skills through practice: “If you want to take a good photograph, first you need to cut out distractions in the background and focus on the essential parts of the frame. It’s especially important if you take photos with a smartphone,” says Koralewski who also encourages attention to light and experimenting with different angles for varying perspectives. The key is to be patient and to refrain from the natural instinct to rush, which might lead to blurry outcomes, Craik suggests while Lu reminds photographers to always have their iPhones with them. “Take your phone with you all the time, don’t put it in the bag!” suggests Lu. “That way, you can always capture beautiful moments just with your phone in hand.”
How To Make Netflix Socks That Pause Your Favorite Show When You Fall Asleep
"An accelerometer detects when you've stopped moving for a prolonged period of time and triggers a signal to your TV that pauses Netflix. When it detects that you've dozed off, an LED light in the cuff of the sock flashes red, warning that the pause signal is about to be sent to your TV. Any motion will stop it from firing," per the website.
The Beatles Are Coming To Nine Music Streaming Services
Until now, the vast majority of The Beatles' tunes in digital format had only been available to purchase on iTunes, which boasted a massive number of downloads immediately after making the band's catalog available in 2010. Over the first week, Apple sold 450,000 Beatles albums and more than 2 million singles.
Beatles Music Will Start Streaming on Spotify, Others on Christmas Eve
The streaming services that will carry the Beatles’ tunes are as follows: Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker and Tidal.
Pirate Bay co-founder builds device that costs the music industry $10,000,000 a day
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has created a device that he believes is costing the music industry $10 million a day, reports TorrentFreak .
Report: Google will challenge Facebook and Slack with new messaging app
Is this a new version of Hangouts or the next iteration of Google Now? Or, is it a totally new app? That’s impossible to know, but it seems as though Facebook and Slack have ruffled Google’s feathers.
Hot and Violent | MIT Technology Review
Despite all the uncertainties about the future of climate change, the science is clear on a few basic points. We must move as quickly as possible to transform our energy infrastructure so that we can reduce carbon emissions and, by around midcentury, essentially stop such pollution altogether. But the science is also beginning to tell us that even radical steps to curb emissions may not be enough. The damage from climate change is already beginning to hurt people in many parts of the world and will escalate even if emissions begin to drop soon. It’s time we figured out how to adapt. And that’s where the recent research clarifying the social and economic costs could help. “The climate is going to change,” says Hsiang. “We need to figure out how to minimize the losses.”
Your Apple TV now plays 360-degree videos
The new Apple TV can do a lot of things now that it runs full-fledged apps... and that includes 360-degree videos . The Disney-funded VR service Littlstar has launched an Apple TV app that lets you explore immersive clips from the likes of Disney (of course), Discovery, National Geographic and Red Bull from the comfort of your couch. As Littlstar suggests, Apple's remote is particularly well-suited to the job -- that trackpad lets you spin around with relatively little effort. It's doubtful that you'll stick around as long as you would on Netflix or YouTube, but it's worth a look when the app is free.
More than 45,000 drones have been registered with the FAA since Monday
It's a healthy start to the FAA's program, although it's still a considerable distance from full compliance, and the FAA will need to keep registration going at a strong pace to register so many drones already in the hands of consumers. In the statement, the FAA says more than 400,000 drones could be sold this holiday season alone. Any drones purchased after December 21st must be registered before they take their first flights, and the agency's release announced some website downtime "in advance of an expected rush of customers on Christmas Day."
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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App
Google is building a new mobile-messaging service that taps its artificial intelligence know-how and so-called chatbot technology to try to catch up with rivals including Facebook Inc. in the fast-growing arena, according to people familiar with the matter.
Amazon Seeks to Ease Ties With UPS
I guess this story is a plant by some Amazon official that is in the midst of negotiating with UPS. UPS is a great company and in a great competitive position. Their competition is FedEX and the USPS. FedEX will always be the high price competitor and will never broadly compete on price. It's not their business model. UPS's other competitor is the USPS. A government bureaucracy where employees have no motivation to be productive. Good luck with that. Amazon could always choose to build out their own infrastructure but that would be foolish. A. They probably would not be able to be as cost competitive and B. They would then be saddled with huge fixed costs that would limit their ability to be nimble or respond to competitive dynamics. Buy UPS.
T-Mobile "Binge On" Video Streaming Program Accused Of Throttling Traffic To YouTube
The Federal Communications Commission sent an inquiry last week to AT&T, Comcast, and T-Mobile about whether their plans to exempt certain video services from data caps fit in line with the net neutrality rules the FCC announced in February. Still, while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said the commission would be "keeping an eye on" the Binge On program, he has stopped short of calling it a neutrality violation, even praising the offering it as "highly innovative and highly competitive."
With potential Ford tie-up, Google looks to take back self-driving car lead from Tesla - TechRepublic
A new report claims Google and Ford are planning a CES announcement on a new joint venture to make self-driving cars. Here why it's a real possibility and why it matters.
Advanced Brain Imaging Could Better Diagnose Concussions | MIT Technology Review
More than 300,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000, often the result of blast-related trauma. Using imaging to detect damage could help doctors determine the most appropriate treatment. Often in concussion cases neither a CT scan nor an MRI reveals any signs of brain damage. And the clinical tools available for assessing the injury, which include a patient’s history, evaluations of cognitive skills like memory and attention, and tests of certain motor skills, require a large degree of subjective interpretation, says Riedy. Further, those assessments can be muddled by other conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause many of the same symptoms.
Hillary Clinton is a grandmother, but Twitter says she is #NotMyAbuela
It’s a tired recipe scraped from the bottom of Buzzfeed’s barrel listicle: a GIF, some sentence fragments in bold 72-point font, and a third-grade reading level. The point is as dumb as it is harmless: Hillary Clinton is nice. Hillary Clinton is a grandmother. Hillary Clinton is a nice grandmother to her nice grandchild and thinks it’s very nice that another grandchild is on the way.
Palantir Has Raised $880 Million At A $20 Billion Valuation
Palantir's mission is to solve the most important problems for the world's most important institutions.
Palantir was founded in 2004 by a handful of PayPal alumni and Stanford computer scientists. Since then Palantir has doubled in size every year while retaining early-stage values: a startup culture, strong work ethic, and rigorous hiring standards.
Palantir works in a variety of problem …
All The Cameos You May Have Missed In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
The review in Disneyleaks is right on. This is the least imaginative or original Star Wars movie so far. It was just a scene-by-scene ripoff of the Episodes IV and V that was so predictable that any true Star Wars fan would feel let down that Disney decided only to reboot the original movies. It was a big disappointment.
FBI Investigates Hollywood Ties to Pirated 'Hateful Eight' Screener - TorrentFreak
The pirated screener of Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" has been traced back to a copy sent to a top Hollywood executive. The FBI is currently investigating the breach, which is part of series of leaked screeners that appeared online in recent days. Meanwhile, The Hateful Eight has been shared more than a million times through various unauthorized channels.
Here's what publishers are doing to keep up with increasing mobile media consumption
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine how both traditional and digital-native publishers are adjusting their strategies in the face of rapidly increasing mobile media consumption. We will also discuss the role of social platforms in driving a growing share of publishers' referral traffic, focusing on the leading platforms and mobile apps that offer publishers a direct avenue to reach mobile audiences: Facebook Instant Articles, Snapchat Discover, Twitter Moments, and the Apple News App. Finally, we address how the continued mobile shift has the potential to alter the direction of the publishing industry.
RNTS Media buys mobile ad network Heyzap for $45M
Heyzap , a provider of mobile advertising for app developers, has been acquired by RNTS Media in a move intended to beef up its own offering in the space. Initially, the deal is for $20 million, but also includes “potential earn-out payments” that could increase that amount to $25 million, assuming that “certain ambitious targets” are met by 2017. What those targets are has not been disclosed. In total the deal is for $45 million.
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Salesforce buys quote-to-cash company SteelBrick for $360M
Salesforce has acquired SteelBrick, a company with software for helping sales reps figure out the right price quotes to give customers, for a total of $360 million, the companies announced today.
FanDuel & DraftKings Are “Illegal Gambling” Says Illinois A.G. | Deadline
Today’s move in the sports heavy state is but the latest blow to the sites that are facing a ban in New York and have already been booted out of the likes of Nevada. Familiar to almost all sports fans onscreen and online, FanDuel and DraftKings have long argued that their participants are not engaged in gambling but games of skill. That distinction is irrelevant said AG Madigan today. As a part of the documents presented Wednesday, she said that illegal gambling occurs in Illinois when a participant “plays a game of chance or skill for money.”
Put FB's Free Basics service on hold, TRAI tells Reliance Communications - Times of India
NEW DELHI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked Reliance Communications to stop the Free Basics service of Facebook, at least for some time. "We have asked them (Reliance Communications) to stop it and they have given us a compliance report that it has been stopped," a senior government official told TOI. Reliance Communications is Facebook's sole telecom partner in India to offer a set of basic internet services free to its subscribers. The service is called Free Basics. Earlier known as internet.org, Free Basics has been criticised by several experts as being against the spirit of net neutrality. TRAI is yet to form a view whether Free Basics conforms to net neutrality. "The question has arisen whether a telecom operator should be allowed to have differential pricing for different kinds of content. Unless that question is answered, it will not be appropriate for us to continue to make that happen," the source said, in reference to the Facebook-Reliance 'Free Basics' platform. Net neutrality means Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites.
Illinois attorney general says FanDuel and DraftKings are illegal gambling operations
In another hit to daily fantasy sports companies like FanDuel and DraftKings, the Illinois state attorney general has declared that fantasy sports businesses are "gambling" businesses under Illinois law, and are thus operating illegally in the state.
How To Avoid Getting Your Packages Stolen
This is the new age of combating thieves who steal packages from doorsteps, a growing problem as more Americans shop online. The old stand-by solutions, paying extra for signature delivery, sending packages to the office or getting a post-office box, are meeting their technological match.
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Second, this downtick in home high-speed adoption has taken place at the same time there has been an increase in “smartphone-only” adults – those who own a smartphone that they can use to access the internet, but do not have traditional broadband service at home. Today smartphone adoption has reached parity with home broadband adoption (68% of Americans now report that they own a smartphone), and 13% of Americans are “smartphone-only” – up from 8% in 2013. Some of the most significant changes in these adoption patterns are taking place among African Americans, those with relatively low household incomes and those living in rural areas.
Angry Birds comes to the Chromecast in time for the holidays
Google’s Chromecast is an excellent device for adding streaming capabilities to your TV — and it also lets you enjoy games on your big screen. Just in time for the holiday season, six new titles from major franchises have become available for Android and iOS devices.
Data says Nicki Minaj does more for artists' streaming numbers than Drake
Lil’ Wayne was added to the dataset as he’d appeared on more than double the number of albums (192) compared to Drake (63) or Minaj (62). However his hit-making potential lead to a mere 21 percent bump in stream plays.
Skier Marcel Hirscher almost hit by camera drone in World Cup slalom
Four-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided being hit by a drone during an Alpine slalom race in Italy on Tuesday.
Here’s A Video Of Boston Dynamic’s Awesome Big Dog Robot Pulling Santa’s Sleigh
You know, there’s basically nothing I can add to this post that I didn’t say in the headline, outside of “hahahaha, rad.”
Can Donald Trump's social media genius take him all the way to the White House?
He has millions of followers and likes on Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Instagram. He uses YouTube and Periscope. His polling numbers remain high. Could Trump’s social media strategy really win him the biggest job of all?
Get My Business To Show Up on the Right Sidebar Of Google
This Knowledge Panel is what we’ll dig into throughout this post. We’ll find out what it consists of (business name, logo, location, social profiles and hours of operation), and talk about how that information got there. And, most importantly, you’ll be able to tell Google what information you want there.
Super Mario Galaxy lands on the Wii U Virtual Console
Nintendo has ported Super Mario Galaxy , one of the most popular Mario Bros games of all time, to its Wii U Virtual Console and will release it on Thursday, December 24th for $20. SMG joins other gravity-defying 3D Mario platformers on the Wii U console including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D World.
The 10 Best Movies You Probably Didn’t See in 2015
Look, we get it. With all the superhero and genre movies Hollywood releases each year, it’s hard to keep up with the offerings at your local art house theater. (Not to mention a lot of places don’t have indie cinemas.) So it’s really easy to miss a lot of great flicks. Below are our picks for the best ones you might have missed. Think of it as a What to Watch for on Netflix in 2016 field guide. Happy hunting!
Google is reportedly developing a chatbot-infused messaging service
A report in the Wall Street Journal claims that Google is working on yet another mobile messaging service, this one with a heavy focus on artificial intelligence. The platform would include a number of so-called “chatbots” for responding to user queries, according to the report — sort of an “OK Google” for in-chat assistance.
NSA Helped British Spies Find Security Holes In Juniper Firewalls
The six-page document, titled “Assessment of Intelligence Opportunity – Juniper,” raises questions over whether the intelligence agencies were responsible for or culpable in the creation of security holes disclosed by Juniper last week. While it does not establish a certain link between GCHQ, NSA, and the Juniper hacks, it does make clear that, like the unidentified parties behind those hacks, the agencies found ways to penetrate the “NetScreen” line of security products, which help companies create online firewalls and virtual private networks, or VPNs. It further indicates that, also like the hackers, GCHQ’s capabilities clustered around an operating system called “ScreenOS,” which powers only a subset of products sold by Juniper, including the NetScreen line. Juniper’s other products, which include high-volume Internet routers, run a different operating system called JUNOS.
A Portland runner is plotting Star Wars routes and posting them to Instagram
Gene Lu is plotting his courses via the Nike+ app, and so far has courses that look like Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, an AT-AT and a TIE Fighter — which clearly means Lu is on the Dark Side. He also posts detailed images of the directions via Dropbox, and all his routes can be found via Instagram .
Software glitch let 3,200 US prison inmates out early
Administrators believe that the error was responsible for upwards of 3,200 inmates being released ahead of time. In addition, a further 3,100 who were on course for early release have had their sentences corrected before they could get out. According to Nicholas Brown, Inslee's general counsel, there shouldn't be much for local Washingtonians to get concerned about. The errors mostly knocked 100 days or so off sentences, and, so far, it doesn't look as if anyone too dangerous was released too early. Still, it's not going to be a fun couple of months for whoever committed the software error in the first place -- a formal investigation headed by two former federal prosecutors kicks off in the near future.
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Contestants stand on stage during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Watch icons design and build a point-and-click adventure game from scratch
Perhaps one of the biggest perks of the Kickstarter/crowdfunding method of making games is actually being able to see the game you are so eager to play being developed. And when the developers of that game are living legends who practically created an entire genre of gameplay, the result is a great rabbit hole that shows the intimate ins and outs of making a video game from scratch.
It doesn't matter if the NSA planted the Juniper backdoor
When we talk about cyberwar, we usually think in terms of nations: NATO or the Five Eyes in one corner, facing off against China, Russia or Iran. But what we know about the Juniper backdoor defies that way of thinking. Instead of one nation against another, we've seen an international cadre of government-funded organizations colluding to punch a hole in software and keep it open, no matter who used it. On the other side, we've seen a small group of security researchers fighting to locate the backdoor and close it: academics in America, private security companies from California, London and Amsterdam. The battle lines are clear, but they're not where you might expect them to be. Instead of the US against China, we're seeing bugs against patches, boots against faces . Whether the NSA planted Juniper's backdoor or not, it's on the wrong side of that line.
Nintendo’s Mobile Partner DeNA Says the Game Has Just Begun
TOKYO—When Nintendo Co. earlier this year announced its choice of a partner to help with a long-resisted move into smartphone games, many fans were puzzled. DeNA Co., a Japanese mobile-game provider that is little known outside its home market, had been a powerhouse of the feature-phone era but has struggled to adapt to the rise of the...
The easy last minute Christmas gift: a video game headset
I was talking with my friend's spouse last night about what she was getting him for Christmas. She'd considered buying a video game, but she wasn't sure which one he'd like and assumed if he really wanted a certain game, he'd probably already bought it for himself. I've heard this complaint from husbands and wives of adult gamers: how do you choose the right game for Christmas?
Is this our first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S7?
The leak reveals the apparent dimensions too, with the standard Galaxy S7 coming in at 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94mm, which is very similar to the S6's dimensions of 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm.
Dear Veronica: STEM gifts and holiday disasters
Looking for that perfect gift for your sweet little munchkin this holiday season? We have some great ideas for the STEM-curious set out there!
When innocent tech goes bad: 9 gadgets that went to the dark side
For many years, model aircraft were an innocuous way to appease the desires of wannabe pilots, without the extreme costs or constant risk of plummeting to death. That is until the 1970s, when nuclear physicist and model aircraft enthusiast John Stuart Foster Jr. realised that his flying toys could carry bombs or cameras into enemy territory.