Apple's unfinished spaceship campus looks enormous
Apple's new headquarters has been in the works for close to a decade, and in recent months it's finally been starting to come together. It's an enormous project, and you can really get a sense for...
It takes a village: The rise of virtual pop star Hatsune Miku
The crowd-sourced singer will embark on a multi-city American tour this year.
How Microsoft imagines you'll watch football with HoloLens
Microsoft's latest video shows how HoloLens could transform your sports viewing experience, with a focus on the NFL.
'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android next week, and it's free
One of the best iOS games goes free-to-play, but it won't nickel and dime you to death.
Sony's A6300 mirrorless camera shoots 4K in Super 35mm
Sony today revealed its A6300 mirrorless camera, which can shoot 4K in Super 35mm and has a super fast autofocus.
'Hitman' blows his cover next week on PlayStation 4
The 'Hitman' beta launches on PS4 next week, with the PC version going live seven days afterward. Sadly, both require a pre-order for access.
eBay has no plans to fix 'severe' vulnerability that could infect users with malware
In mid-December, researchers at security firm Check Point Software reported a security vulnerability to eBay. This vulnerability is an appropriately-named
Facebook celebrates its anniversary by making automatic videos of your friendships
February 4th is known as "Friends Day" at Facebook HQ, as it's the anniversary of the company's founding. While Facebook is hosting a few celebrations over
I want this Android-powered mirror that a Google engineer invented in his spare time
This year at CES we got to see wacky ideas about the Internet of Things, like Samsung's new refrigerator with a gigantic touchscreen, so there's a lot to be desired in the wild new era of...
This 3D-printed gun is semiautomatic, untraceable, and totally legal
A man in West Virginia known only as Derwood has successfully printed a fully operational, semi-automatic weapon with 95 percent of its parts 3D-printed.
Donald Trump - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 2009, Trump was sued by investors who had put down deposits, typically $200,000–$300,000 per person, for condos in the failed Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico .  The investors alleged that Trump (whose videos promoting the development had been shown to potential investors) misrepresented his role in the project, stating after its failure that he had been little more than a spokesperson for the entire venture, disavowing any financial responsibility for the debacle.  Investors were abruptly informed that they would be getting nothing back: "All that remains of Trump Baja is a highway billboard with a large photo of Donald Trump that advertises condos for sale. It hovers over a closed sales center and showroom, a paved parking lot, a big hole that cuts a wide swath, drainage pipes and construction equipment", reported the Associated Press in 2009.  In the litigation that ensued in a California court, Trump's attorneys sought to question a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter about a 2006 story with the headline "Trump puts 'brand' on Baja with condo-hotel", which quoted Trump saying he was a "significant" equity investor in the development.
Goodbye from Justin.tv
Justin.tv pioneered live video on the Internet and spawned one of the largest video platforms ever: Twitch. Justin.tv was officially renamed Twitch Interactive Inc. in February of 2014 and Twitch is now the focus of the company's resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for 7 years of live video memories.
The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System . It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields .   It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km,  about 109 times that of Earth , and its mass (about 2 × 10 30 kilograms, 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.  Chemically, about three quarters of the Sun's mass consists of hydrogen , while the rest is mostly helium . The remainder (1.69%, which nonetheless equals 5,628 times the mass of Earth) consists of heavier elements, including oxygen , carbon , neon and iron , among others. 
Look out: Microsoft shifts Windows 10 to ‘Recommended’ update, automatic download | ExtremeTech
There’s no way this doesn’t create headaches for at least some Windows users, as well as Microsoft. Some drivers won’t update properly. Some people will misinterpret the installation as malware, since Microsoft hasn’t historically updated its operating systems in this fashion. Some will click on “Get Windows 10″ without realizing that it’s an entirely new operating system that makes significant changes to how basic system functions work. Resetting system defaults to MS programs is going to leave some people thinking their previous browser settings or customizations are gone.
Why Amazon could be about to open 400 physical bookstores
Amazon has another small advantage over Barnes & Noble. With millions of data-points on consumer reading trends from ebooks at its disposal, Amazon is well-informed on what’s hot and what’s not and it could stock its shelves accordingly. Indeed, its current outlet in Seattle gives a clue as to how Amazon stores could be set up — it has a section for Amazon.com bestsellers, and another with books rated 4.8 stars and above. Readers’ reviews from Amazon.com are also included.
Google's self-driving cars hit the rainy streets of Washington state
Google is expanding its self-driving car test to the rainy and hilly city of Kirkland, Washington. In fact, citizens of the Seattle suburb have probably already noticed one of the company's Lexus RX450h SUV driving around over the past few weeks mapping the roads. The rest of the fleet of autonomous vehicles will be hitting the road next month.
Goldman Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working
In other words, profit margins should naturally mean-revert and oscillate. The existence of fat margins should encourage new competitors and pricing cycles that cause those margins to erode; conversely, at the bottom of the cycle, low margins should lead to weaker players exiting the business and giving stronger companies more breathing space. If that cycle doesn't continue, something strange is taking place.
Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities
After making preliminary moves to do this last year , Google has officially announced that it will be bringing gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities that offer Google Fiber — for free. The company is starting today with a property called West Bluff in Kansas City, its first-ever Fiber market. "We’ve wired all 100 homes with Fiber, and families can sign up today to access the Internet at up to 1,000 Mbps," Fiber VP Dennis Kish wrote in a blog post. "And through local ConnectHome partners, such as Connecting for Good and Surplus Exchange, they’ll also be able to purchase discounted devices and learn new computer skills. Across Kansas City, we’re working with local affordable housing providers to connect up to nine properties, reaching more than 1,300 families in the metro area."
Popcorn Time makes a comeback
Popcorn Time has made a comeback with the launch of its new Web version – Popcorn Time Online – that allows users to stream all of the movies and TV shows it offers (illegally) directly in their browser using a new plugin called Torrents Time .
Noncompete Agreements Hobble Junior Employees
Stephanie Russell-Kraft started work in September as a reporter covering the business of law for New York-based Thomson Reuters Corp., a job she says she considered a step up after spending two years at legal newswire Law360. Within weeks, however, Thomson Reuters asked Ms. Russell-Kraft to leave. Her previous employer, Law360, also in New York, had sent a letter to the company citing a noncompete agreement she signed when she started at the newswire as a 25-year-old, her first full-time job in journalism. The letter, a...
Square is selling its NFC payment reader in Apple Stores
Last November, Square finally got on with the times and unveiled an NFC-friendly reader , but it was only available on Square's website. Now, however, it's available in Apple retail stores too. This means that anyone can go into an Apple store and buy Square's appropriately square-shaped wireless reader without having to order it online. As a reminder, the point-of-sale system is compatible with not only chip-enabled debit/credit cards but also NFC payments like Apple Pay , Android Pay and Samsung Pay . This isn't the first time Square has partnered up with Apple; its previous card-reader dongle was available in Apple stores as well as its Square Stand register . The NFC-friendly reader does cost $49, but that's a small price to pay if you're a small business who wants more ways for your customers to pay you.
YouTube's first original shows will premiere on February 10
It’s interesting to see that the first shows lined up are direct products from some of YouTube’s biggest channels, just with bigger budgets. The aim, at least for right now, doesn’t seem to be taking on cable shows – or even Netflix ones – for content. There are no big-name cast and crew members, as the company is focusing on the popularity of its existing celebrities to drive views.
Apple Music for Android now lets you save songs to an SD card
Don't ever say Apple isn't willing to play to Android's strengths. The company has just released an update for Apple Music that lets users store downloaded songs onto SD cards (which means microSD cards for most phones today). The change lets Android listeners "keep more music offline" — and potentially more music than any iPhone or iPad can store. Recent Android phones support microSD cards that are truly monstrous in side, so if you combined one of those with, say, the LG G4 or Moto X Pure Edition, you could dwarf the built-in storage on iOS, which currently tops out at 128GB.
Make 3 million Simpsons memes with the Frinkiac search engine
The world wasn’t crying out for a search engine of the first 15 seasons of the Simpsons with an editor that allows you to quickly hack each one up into memes, but now we know it exists…
Facebook's latest feature is a supercut of your friendships
Today is Facebook 's 12th birthday, or as CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to call it, Friends Day . To celebrate the occasion, the social network is introducing a new personalized video experience that essentially automatically collates together your friendships and memorable moments in a video that you can share with your Facebook brethren. And in case you want to change out a photo or two in the clip, you're free to edit it as well. Facebook users will start seeing these pre-populated clips starting today at the top of their News Feed and you can also click a "Watch Yours" link underneath a friend's Friends Day video to see it.
Patch Rebounds After Split From AOL
AOL and its chief executive, Tim Armstrong, who helped found Patch before joining AOL, faced criticism for their handling of the venture. The network failed to generate enough ad revenue to maintain its local reporting and ad sales staff, and between the time it purchased Patch in 2009 and sold a stake in 2014, AOL said it lost $200 million on the property.
Marissa Mayer might finally sell Yahoo
There was little good news in the earnings report. Yahoo admitted that one of its biggest acquisitions — Tumblr — has been a failure. Yahoo wrote down Tumblr's value by $230 million as part of broader adjustments of it asset values. In other words, Tumblr is worth almost 25% less now than when Yahoo bought it in May 2013 for $1.1 billion. Ken Goldman, Yahoo chief financial officer, said that Tumblr missed its $100 million revenue goal in 2015.
Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud
Science Twitter caught fire pretty fast after that. Researchers in the field got mad; the society that publishes the journal got mad back, publicly. Things, as they say, escalated. Now, if this were just another slap-fight in the letters page of just another mid-tier journal, that probably wouldn’t matter. But the battle over parsimony is actually the story of a bizarre war between biologists and a scientific society with a reputation for bullying. And at stake is the way scientists make sense of the natural world.
YouTube may be looking to bring more live 360-degree video to you
It’s not clear if YouTube is simply trying to seed more of its software into existing cameras — or creating a program to qualify official partners — but it seems that more live 360-degree video is on the way.
The wackiest conspiracy theories that were actually true | News | Geek.com
Without a doubt, the most disgusting, cruel and morally abhorrent conspiracy on this list, the Tuskegee Experiment used rural black men in Alabama as guinea pigs to study the spread and growth of untreated syphilis. Even after funding for the initial study was lost, and with the effectiveness of penicillin in treating syphilis well-documented, the researchers not only failed to treat the men they studied, but they didn’t even tell them that they were infected with the disease. The experiments did damage far beyond just the men who had the disease, however, as 40 of the subjects’ wives got the disease as well, and 19 children were born with congenital syphilis, all of which might have been easily prevented.
Google's new head of search is an AI research leader
There's a changing of the guard underway at Google... and it could have big ramifications for how the company tackles its main business. Senior VP of search (and early employee) Amit Singhal is retiring on February 26th, and he's being replaced by John Giannandrea, the VP who leads the company's artificial intelligence and research work. In the process, Google is folding its research division into search -- it's now an integral part of how Google operates.
Google pulls Samsung-backed ad blocker from the Play Store
Samsung may have stirred up more trouble than it was expecting when it started blocking ads in its Android web browser. Google has pulled Adblock Fast, the app partner for Samsung's feature, from the Play Store. Allegedly, the title (made by Rocketship Apps) violates Google Play's policies by interfering with other apps and services. That's a bit baffling, since Adblock Fast uses Samsung's own code and had the Korean firm's explicit blessing -- Adblock Plus is using the same code and hasn't run into trouble. The concern, as you can imagine, is that Google might be retaliating against Samsung for daring to hurt its bread-and-butter ad business.
The new Y Combinator: Inside the world's hottest startup factory as it tries to scale from 200 to 2,000 companies a year
Yet, over the course of the past year Y Combinator has transformed far beyond its roots. Sam Altman, who took over as CEO from founder Paul Graham in February 2014 and was recently promoted to president, has led its transformation. Under his leadership, it's launched a VC arm, a fellowship program, and a research lab.
Apple ordered to pay $625.6 million to VirnetX over patent infringement | ZDNet
VirnetX won a 2012 lawsuit against Apple over patents that cover everything from FaceTime to VPN on Demand to iMessage. A verdict awarding $368.2 million in damages was thrown out on appeal in 2014.
Sony says the A6300 has the fastest autofocus in the world, shoots pro-level 4K
We thought the A6000’s video capabilities (Full HD at 60p) were pretty good, but it wasn’t a video camera. The A6300 changes that: It’s the first Sony non-full-frame ILC with Super 35mm internal 4K movie capture (no external recorder required). With the aforementioned full-pixel readout without pixel binning, it collects 20 megapixels more information, approximately 2.4x (or 6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD, Sony says; it’s then oversampled “to produce high-quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.” Like all other Sony 4K cameras, the A6300 uses the XAVC S codec for high-bit-rate (100Mbps in 4K, 50Mbps in Full HD) recording. The new AF system also focuses two-times faster than the A6000, with adjustable AF speed and tracking sensitivity. Manowitz says it’s the best 4K video quality from a Sony consumer camera, to date.
Cisco is buying Internet of Things company Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion
Its claim to fame is that it allows IoT devices to connect to the internet over cell networks offered by global service providers. Jasper's customers can then manage the devices through Jasper’s software-as-a-service cloud platform.
Want pizza in your tummy? Just ask Alexa, and Domino’s will deliver you one
First, you’ll need to set up a “ Pizza Profile ,” which you already have if you’ve texted or tweeted Domino’s an order. It saves your address, credit card information, and your “Easy Order.” This is your favorite pizza, or the one that’s mutually agreed upon as the least offensive to all the members of your family. You’ll need to order this pizza, then save it as your Easy Order.
Google engineer fries Pixel testing USB Type-C cable
You might not remember Benson Leung, the Google engineer that tasked himself with examining USB Type-C cables. He's been diligently doing so for months, but he's calling his tests to a halt after one went horribly wrong. Leung bought a USB 3.1 Type-C SuperSpeed cable (it's since been removed) from Surjtech on Amazon, and proceeded to check it using his Chromebook Pixel 2 and a pair of USB power delivery analyzers.
Taylor Swift to develop mobile game with Glu Mobile
Grammy-award winning pop star Taylor Swift is making her first foray into the world of mobile gaming by partnering with Glu Mobile Inc to develop a new game, the company said on Wednesday.
The Flash and Supergirl Crossover is Officially Happening - IGN
"We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl -- The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up!" the statement reads. "We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros. and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone's enthusiasm and support."
GoPro forecasts revenue below estimates, names new CFO
GoPro forecast current-quarter revenue well below analysts’ estimates on weak demand for its wearable cameras, and the company named Brian McGee as its new chief financial officer.
Petcube Scoops Up $2.6 Million So You Can Entertain Your Pet From Anywhere
Petcube, which is part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, is a young startup that wants to bring together pet care and the connected home to improve the lives of our pets. To do this, the company has raised $2.6 million for their first product, the Petcube Camera .
'Star Wars' VFX Oscar nominees on making 'The Force Awakens'
Patrick: Roger deserves a lot of credit for working with Paul Kavanagh, our animation supervisor on a lot of those camera moves. That chase being something that's sort of born a little bit more in post[-production]. You know going in that yes, you're going to a real location, and you're going to film that desert, but in the end, you're going to be creating camera moves and everything that require you to do more than a helicopter can do. I think the Falcon is flying at like 600 miles per hour most of the time. So going into that sequence, we had the idea from J.J. that this had to be an exciting chase, but you also want to ground it in that reality of the language of a chase sequence from a regular film that people are used to seeing, like a car chase or an air chase.
The first slate of YouTube Red originals will launch next week
But the service's most highly-anticipated element is its original programming, which has had YouTube users buzzing on social media since Red was announced. On Wednesday, YouTube said its first slate of originals, which YouTube promoted at the Sundance Film Festival, will roll out Feb. 10 .
Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches Its ‘Paid Dating’ Service In NYC
The app, which launched in Germany this past August, has already facilitated over 25,000 paid connections for hot-to-trot users. In addition to today’s NYC launch, the app is also adding three new cities (Stuttgart, Cologne and Dusseldorf) to its German market, which already includes Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg. The company also announced a $1.7 million seed round raise today with investment from Max Finger, Ben Kubota and Markus Ertler.
Uber and 7 Other Controversial Logo Changes
Uber sees it slightly differently. In an announcement about the changes, Uber positions itself as a Nobel contender, bringing the bit and the atom together. "Until a few short years ago, atoms and bits existed in entirely different worlds but then something happened. At Uber we asked: 'What if we brought these two worlds together? What would that look like?'" It looks like an app icon you'll have trouble locating when you're too tipsy and need a ride.
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Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza
Amazon tells us that you’ll need to say “Alexa, open Domino’s and place my Easy Order” to kick off your pizza delivery request. That’s just not good enough. You should be able to tell Alexa to simply “order pizza.” Alexa should be smart enough to connect the request to the given app. (Or in the glorious future where Domino’s is one of many food-ordering apps, Alexa could ask you which app you wanted to use).
Zuckerberg Tops Bezos as World's Fourth Richest
The 31-year-old founder of the largest social network had a $50 billion fortune by the close of regular trading in New York. That vaulted him above America Movil SAB’s Carlos Slim and Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 400 richest people.
For some reason, VAIO announces a Windows 10 phone
While VAIO hopes to concentrate sales inside businesses, it will also launch the phone with help from MVNO stores across Japan. It's a SIM-free model, and it appears that there's no big phone carrier that'll be carrying the phone.) Classier design, but with an arguably a more precarious mobile operating system, the phone will be priced at 50,000 yen, around $432.
How Carrot Weather and Tweetbot taught me that paying for apps is a good thing
Happily, Carrot is clever in addition to being just as accurate as Yahoo or any other weather app I’ve tried. It’s also got a bit of gamification and an interactive element that can entertain for short bursts. Without trying to be too clever about how it fed me information, Carrot actually brought me joy when clicking on its icon.
Uber Has A New Look, But Its Drivers Still Have The Same Complaints
"There’s an evolution here, for the founder as well as for the company,” he says, “because really, they’re very connected.” During Uber’s early years, Kalanick came across as a bellicose bro, a rebel-hero always angling for a confrontation—with regulators, the taxi industry, and competitors. Reflecting on this, Kalanick says it was all a misrepresentation by the media. When you don’t really know who you are, he says, it’s easy to be miscast—as a company, or as a person.
Watch Germany Switch On Its Experimental Fusion Reactor LIVE
Germany is poised to make a major scientific breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion. Its Wendelstein 7-X (W7X) experimental fusion reactor is about to be injected with hydrogen, where scientists will hope to turn it into a sustained, super-hot plasma. If successful, it will be a world first, and it is being streamed live from 1:45 p.m. GMT (8:45 a.m. EST).
DigitalOcean offers Y Combinator startups $250K in cloud credits
But DigitalOcean and Microsoft aren’t alone in their pursuit of developers, and Y Combinator certainly is a good place to find them. Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services are also competing for a startup’s data hosting and have even offered their own credit promotions of $100,000 and $15,000, respectively. By targeting accelerators and programs like Y Combinator, DigitalOcean, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon can reach startups in the early years and get them hooked, which in turn could help to improve the services of these cloud platforms.
Korean woman saves 200 dogs from being eaten
Jung Myoung Sook, 61, has been rescuing dogs for 26 years. She currently lives on a hillside compound in South Korea, where she shelters more than 200 canines. In a country where dogs are a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets, some think Jung Myoung Sook's love for her dogs is odd.
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Uber Delivered Puppies On Demand To TechCrunch Ahead Of Super Bowl Weekend
Uber has big plans for Super Bowl 50 this weekend. The rideshare platform will pick up passengers at designated areas throughout San Francisco and route them in a way that will hopefully help avoid all the traffic congestion that is already starting to happen before the big game. It’s also offering something very fun and fluffy ahead of the big day today – puppies on-demand .
Microsoft launches Azure IoT Hub service out of public preview on February 4
Azure IoT Hub is a big part of Azure IoT Suite , a bundle of products that can be used to build and run applications that integrate with connected devices. And because of that the release of Azure IoT Hub is a big deal for the Internet of Things (IoT) strategy for Microsoft as a whole. Azure IoT Hub became available in public preview in October , but the service was not included in the launch of the Azure IoT Suite.
Don't Just Delete an App--Zap All Its Baggage Too & Create Space on Your Mac
You uninstall an app and think that’s it, right? Wrong. There are a number of stragglers—namely pref files, cache files, library folders, etc.—that are left behind and take up a bunch of valuable space. AppDelete uninstalls your applications and takes all of those space-takers with it. It even lets you search for apps that you’ve already deleted to throw those extra bits in the trash.