The Beatles come to streaming services on Christmas Eve
Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer and Tidal are all on board.
50 best iOS apps of 2015
2015 saw a whole load of new apps hit the iOS app store. With standouts like Periscope, livestreaming became one of the biggest trends, as well as GIFs and
The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino at his most sophisticated and sloppy
A feature-length battle between the filmmaker and his most self-indulgent instincts.
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
This data visualisation shows the 20,000 pieces of space junk floating around earth
With Musk, Bezos and the OneWeb project poking around in space, what does this mean for a space that already has 20,000 bits of junk in it?
[Deal] Save 75% on Sticky Password and keep your passwords safe
Sticky Password is available on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, and helps with trying to remember the boat loads of passwords that we have in today’s world. On top of that, there is built-in security to help ensure that your passwords will never fall into the hands of anyone other than you.
EPFL's printing technique hides one image behind the other
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has developed a cool image printing trick.
'Rock Band 4' devs will wipe the leaderboards next month
The music game is getting more imports for tracks from old games and a bunch of bug fixes too.
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.
YouTube star Connor Franta to release new music compilation – on CD
Popular vlogger to release Common Culture Vol. 4 through his own Heard Well label, which boasts fellow stars Lohanthony and Jc Caylen as curators
Edible Christmas Coal
Traditionally coal is given to kids on the "naughty list" at Christmas time instead of presents. Christmas coal can also be a great white elephant gift snuck into stockings and under the tree to bring a laugh to the holiday season. Often edible christmas coal comes in the form of licorice or has a licorice flavor--a flavor that is either loved or hated. Using Oreos instead, this Instructable is a new take on edible Christmas coal to share with everyone this holiday season at a holiday party or as a sneaky stocking surprise.
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.
A Giant Leap (Backward) for Space Travel | MIT Technology Review
Flying a rocket back to Earth in reverse after blastoff is an incredible feat, and Blackmore’s expertise lies in developing the algorithms needed to model and react to the chaotic conditions experienced during descent. When I spoke with Blackmore, who previously designed the descent system for a NASA Mars probe, I was struck by how confident he was that SpaceX would succeed. He also did a nice job of explaining why reusability is so important. “The propellant is less than half a percent of the cost of a rocket launch,” he told me. “So you’re basically flying a 747 across country and then just throwing it away rather than refueling it and flying it back.”
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 .
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 …
The Crime of Teaching Physics | MIT Technology Review
The experience of being a prisoner showed me there is a lot in our daily lives that we take for granted. After being in solitary for months, I was given access to a 12-inch TV. Looking at the colors on the screen was very exciting—blue, red, green, pink. I hadn’t appreciated the importance of color until I went without it. And now whenever I walk with my wife, I am very conscious of how dear these moments are, and I try to enjoy every one. My wife suffered much more than I did. I have committed myself to comforting her for the rest of my life.
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.
Hyatt finds malware in its payment systems
The company, which owns 627 properties in 52 countries, said that it launched an investigation into the matter with ‘leading third-party cyber security experts’ as soon as it discovered the malicious activity.
All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas... is a festive streaming payout
Star’s All I Want for Christmas Is You hit has now been streamed 100m times on Spotify, generating estimated royalties of $66k in the last week
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."
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 Track Santa Claus Around The World This Christmas Eve
And you'll see exactly where he is this Christmas Eve, thanks again to the North American Aerospace Defense Command -- or NORAD -- at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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.
Apps to help you with last-minute shopping
Apps to help you with last-minute shopping
A small flotilla of startups stand at the ready to aid down-to-the-wire buyers
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1m5hlr5
This owl and cat drawing is the mind-boggling sequel to the 'find the panda' puzzle
In the new illustration, there is a hidden cat in the midst of a horde of owls. Dudolf posted the puzzle on Twitter and prompted his followers to find the elusive feline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mossberg: The next big thing didn’t show up this year
It wasn’t for lack of trying. All the big tech companies, and some small ones too, brought out new things, and, in my reviews, I liked some, and not others. Some sold well, others flopped. But nothing newly minted in 2015 has captivated and remade the lives of the masses yet, though some technologies that I believe will eventually do so got better and more real this year. At the same time, some vital, foundational tech showed signs of stagnation or worse.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung's Galaxy A9 comes with a gigantic 6-inch display
If you're looking for a phone that can double as a serving tray you're in luck. At its Galaxy A Party 2016 event in China, Samsung announced the high-end Galaxy A9 with a six-inch 1080p super AMOLED display. Never again will you have to squint to see the tiny text on lesser phones like the relatively diminutive Nexus 6P (5.7 inches), iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 inches) or Galaxy Note 5 (5.7 inches). Just be sure to invest in some cargo pants because your jean pockets probably won't cut it.
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...
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.
NYTimes Bits on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
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.
JJ Abrams and Star Wars writers explain R2-D2 in The Force Awakens | News | Geek.com
It was decided that when R2-D2 plugged into the Death Star in A New Hope , he obtained the Empire’s map of the galaxy, the one that he displays in the movie. “But the idea was that in that scene where R2 plugged in, he downloaded the archives of the Empire, which was referenced by Kylo Ren,” Abrams said. Then it was BB-8’s arrival with the other part of the map that starts R2-D2’s return. “BB-8 comes up and says something to him, which is basically, ‘I’ve got this piece of a map, do you happen to have the rest?'” Abrams said. “The idea was, R2 who has been all over the galaxy, is still in his coma, but he hears this. And it triggers something that would ultimately wake him up.”
China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law
BEIJING Technology companies have nothing to fear from China's new anti-terrorism law which aims to prevent and probe terror activities and does not affect their copyright, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, rebuffing U.S. criticism as unwarranted.
Duelling Zeppelins: The greatest toy you can't buy? - BBC News
A prototype toy game that pits remote-controlled helium-filled airships against each other, has been developed by engineering students at the University of Cambridge.
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."
TNW’s Apps of the Year: Shazam for birds Warblr lets you take part in citizen science
Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech. If you look carefully, you may even find her doing comedy about tech. Kirsty also presents the New Economics Foundation's Weekly Economics Podcast.
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.
Christmas present to the world: A rare holiday full moon - CNET
It should be easier than usual to spot Santa Claus making his magical journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, thanks to the first full moon to be seen on the holiday since 1977. Even better, you can watch for St. Nick in the live video feed below, courtesy of the Slooh online observatory .
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.”
The hidden cost of social share buttons
First of all, if the page is not an interesting, conversation grabbing page – sharing buttons will do more harm than good. In contrast, for a page such as your blog, you should look at which sites you are getting the most shares from. For example, if you notice that you on average get 100 shares or more from Linkedin, but only five to 10 on Google+, it may be time to take down your that particular button while keeping the Linkedin one in tact.
Researchers show off a working light-based processor
The design isn't a powerhouse with a tiny size (3mm by 6mm, or 0.1in by 0.2in) and just two cores. However, it shows the potential for dramatic improvements in computing power without having to completely reinvent the wheel. You could have networking gear that copes with massive amounts of data , for example. And there's plenty of room for optimization, too, so the possibilities for this technology remain wide open.
How in-image ads help publishers buck the ad blocking trend
As the web continues to evolve, users are becoming increasingly blind to ads that enable publishers to provide access to content for free. Users don’t see ads, either because they have chosen to block them out mentally, or because they are using software or a browser plugin to hide them.
How vulnerable IoT devices are changing the cybersecurity landscape
BI Intelligence's new IoT Security report examines how vulnerable IoT devices will create new opportunities for different types of hackers. We also forecast the market for solutions that can help secure IoT devices, and explain how different security measures can be used to protect these devices against hackers.
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.
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.
39 Hidden Treasures Of Course We Found On Etsy
39 Hidden Treasures Of Course We Found On Etsy
The 10 Chrome extensions you need most
Sometimes you just need to turn down the noise. UBlock Origin isn't the most popular ad blocking extension, but it doesn't require much memory to run and lets users specify which sites they want ads blocked on and which they don't. The big power button icon you see when you click on the extension stops ad blocking on the site you're viewing, but automatically turns it back on when you go to a different site.