E-sports fans now have a mobile app designed just for them
The world of online gaming has become big business, and now fans of e-sports have their own mobile news and stats-tracking app, which was just launched by a Canadian company called Score Media
Persona 5 looks impossibly cool in this new trailer
We still don't know a lot about Persona 5, the latest in the long-running RPG series where Japanese high school students balance saving the world with having a social life. But thanks to the latest...
5 Things You Need to Know About the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
Here's what you need to know about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan for net neutrality and the open Web.
Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes, Diagnosis—Done! | The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science - Columbia University
A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia , associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes. The device replicates, for the first time, all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test. Specifically, it performs an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) without requiring any stored energy: all necessary power is drawn from the smartphone. It performs a triplexed immunoassay not currently available in a single test format: HIV antibody, treponemal-specific antibody for syphilis, and non-treponemal antibody for active syphilis infection.
Dear RadioShack, This Is Why We Adored You. Love, WIRED | WIRED
The time is near to bid farewell to that old security blanket, RadioShack. When the remote control broke, it was there. When we needed a cable or 20, it was there. But soon, it won’t be.
Beyoncé drops sultry 'Fifty Shades of Grey' remix
Beyoncé dropped the official, slowed-down "Crazy in Love" remix from the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' soundtrack.
2CELLOS: Two 20-somethings rocking out, making the cello cool
Meet 2CELLOS, the pioneers of the cello music revolution, and watch their epic performance at Mashable HQ.
Twitter earnings beat expectations
Revenue growth may have outpaced analysts' expectations, but Twitter investors know that a loss-making business can only justify an outlandish valuation if it promises to have a much wider audience in years to come.
Five new services expand IBM Watson capabilities to images, speech, and more - Watson Dev
Since its launch , you’ve made the IBM Watson Developer Cloud one of IBM’s most vibrant and innovative communities on Bluemix. Today more than 5,000 partners, developers, data hobbyists, entrepreneurs, students and others have contributed to building 6,000+ apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities.
Arrow: "Uprising" Review - IGN
The momentum continued even after the fight with Brick wrapped up. Ollie’s entrance might have been underwhelming, but he at least got to deliver a rousing superhero speech and exit in style. We also saw some interesting developments unfold when it came to two key character relationships. First, Quentin now has reason to suspect it isn’t Sara parading around in the Canary costume. He and Laurel are due for a reckoning sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the tearful reunion between Ollie and Felicity quickly soured as she learned that Ollie is willing to make the compromise the rest of them weren’t. Her “I don’t want to be the kind of woman you love” speech was powerful stuff. I have a suspicion that if the Atom spinoff series does get greenlit, Ray will be poaching Felicity. After this week it’s a lot easier to imagine her making the transition away from Starling.
Zelda Majoras Mask Termina Clock Tower Clocktown Watch | Nintendo 64 N64 | Game Accurate Screen Functional Replica
This listing is for a replica of the watch seen in Zelda Majora's Mask for the nintendo 64 and 3DS. A timeless classic. The watch is a standard stainless steel band, with incredible detailing on the replica image. This photo doesn't do it enough justice. All the details seen on the in-game clock are visible and painstakingly made perfectly legible on this watch. The details of the watch are listed bellow: Unisex watch Stainless steel band / Genuine Leather band / Leather with gold finish case Stainless steel back Japan miyota movement made by Citizen Battery included Wristwatch length: approximately 18.5 cm Watch band: approximately 14.5cm Watch case: approximately 3.8cm in diameter Watch face: approximately 2.86cm in diameter Weighs approximately 66g Questions, comments? This unit is available in both leather, gold finish, and stainless steel. Please let us know if you have a preference with your order notes. Leather and gold, subject to availability.
How to use Windows 10's Quick Access - CNET
In Windows 10's File Explorer, the Favorites section you know and love (maybe) has gotten a makeover. The new Quick Access is similar in principle to the old Favorites section -- it's a place where you can pin your favorite files for, well, "quick access" -- just with a few added features, namely an automatically populated list of recently-accessed files and frequently-accessed folders.
Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia Joins Gotham in Recurring Role - IGN
"Handsome, wealthy and seductive, the Ogre is a serial killer who has been preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of “tests” as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously."
Netflix to Launch in Japan in Fall of 2015
“For China, we are still exploring options — all of them modest,” Hastings and Wells wrote in their Q4 letter. “We’ll learn a great deal if we can successfully operate a small service in China centered on our original and other globally licensed content.” Hastings, on Netflix’s earnings call with investors last month, added that in China, Netflix needs to get a license to offer service, and “It’s not 100% clear we’re going to be able to do that.”
JXE Streams: Life finds a way in 'Evolve'
Throughout my career, I've focused on one thing: illuminating what lies within the games we play. What's absurd, what's hilarious, what's moving and beautiful and grand and important in our games? Now I'm here aboard the good ship Joystiq X Engadget to herald in a new age of streaming.
Apple may be about to take on Google with its own search engine
I think it has more to do with App Store/Spotlight/etc search than Apple working towards their own search engine. Let’s face it, Apple Maps launched pretty much as awful as you can get for a service. The Search engine space is already filled with competitors and the only one making money is Google. I’ve tried DuckDuckGo, Bing, Yahoo and none of them come close to Google. Some are better here and there for certain things, but overall Google wins hands down for having a very strong product. I doubt Apple would waste resources on a product that’s pretty much doomed to be either a failure or minor player.
Paper makes iPad drawing tools free as it seeks to sell more Pencils
One of the iPad's best-loved apps, Paper, is becoming that little bit more attractive today with the announcement that its full set of drawing tools will be bundled into the free app. Previously costing $0.99 each as in-app purchases, the Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools are now available to all comers as soon as they download Paper. They add a watercolor paintbrush, a sketching pencil, a marker, and a ballpoint pen to the app's default fountain pen, while also allowing users to mix colors in a simulated palette.
Verizon sheds select wireline assets, cell towers for $15.5B - CNET
The nation's largest wireless provider said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications for $10.54 billion. Verizon also agreed to lease the rights to 11,300 company-owned cellular towers and sell 165 more to American Tower in a separate deal worth $5 billion.
PS4, Xbox One Get 6-Player Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin - IGN
Of course, Scholar of the First Sin also packs in the visual improvements you'd expect from a new-gen port: The PS4, Xbox One, and DirectX 11 PC versions will all look noticeably better than the original, with the console editions running at a promised 60 frames per second in 1080p. (Markov said that the DirectX 11 version will also look better than the player-created graphics mods currently available.) Playing on PS4, the new, prettier lighting and particle effects are immediately striking, with the former sending warm-looking, dusky rays of sunlight filtering through the forest's Scaffolding and Cardinal Tower areas. It's not a big jump – the characters and familiar environments don't look any different – but it's a clear one.
Twitter makes up with Google to make tweets easily searchable
The agreement isn’t official, but Bloomberg reported Wednesday evening that Google and Twitter are working on a deal that would let Google plug back into Twitter’s firehose of data. The search engine had access to the stream from 2009 to 2011, but was cut off after Twitter began tightening access to its API. Twitter allows Bing and Yahoo access to the firehose, so it’s not surprising that Google is being allowed back into the fold.
The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke
The campaign gave Koch, who has an 8-year-old daughter and a wife who isn't working, some breathing room. But when I asked him what he will do when the current batch of money runs out, he shrugged and said he prefers not to think about it. "I'm very glad that there is money for the next three months," Koch said. "Really I am better at programming than this business stuff."
The 100: "Coup de Grâce" Review - IGN
Yeah, I found myself jotting down nearly everything she said, because it was all so great and so well delivered by Eliza Taylor, exuding all the confidence and strength necessary to convey Clarke's ascension to this point. Kane had noted to Abby in a recent episode that Clarke was pretty much their leader now, but this episode showed Abby wasn’t just accepting of that. The power struggle between mother and daughter was appropriately rough, though it was clear Kane was always basically on Clarke’s side – as he said, he didn’t care about titles, he just wanted to save his people. And he believes Clarke can accomplish that. Abby did reluctantly step aside at the end, though I suppose it remains to be seen if she's completely onboard with her teenage daughter now calling the shots or not.
Alibaba Starts Drone Delivery Trial in China
Tech in Asia reports the trial will last three days, limited to specific areas within a one-hour radius from its distribution centers. The deliveries are being run by Alibaba’s Taobao division, and involve about 450 customers.
TweetDeck Now Supports Animated GIFs
TweetDeck can be an useful way of keeping track of multiple Twitter accounts and everything that’s going on in the social network, but it lacks some of the functionality of the regular Twitter stream.
Swatch Plans Smartwatch to Compete With Apple Watch’s Debut
Hayek has been skeptical about the smartwatch’s potential.
Two years ago, he said that he didn’t think the smartwatch would
be a “revolution” for the industry. He has repeatedly voiced
concern that watch screens are too small for communicating and
that such devices might need too much charging. Last year, he
said Swatch won’t participate in a race to be first in
developing the products because of consumer resistance. He once
said Swatch’s luxury brands such as Blancpain are smartwatches
because “they make you look smart.”
Dropbox Now Lets You Open Files Directly in Native Apps
Saving your files in the cloud is convenient for accessing your files from anywhere, but having to upload files again for every revision can be cumbersome. To make your life easier, Dropbox is today introducing a new feature that allows you to open files directly in their native desktop apps.
Apple is reportedly in talks to build its own web TV service
Apple is in talks with TV programmers to put together its own over-the-top pay TV service, Recode says . According to the site's industry sources, Apple's proposed service would be comprised of bundles of programming, secured through deals with content providers and sold direct to consumers, rather than a full TV lineup. Apple has reportedly already shown demonstrations of the proposed service to people in charge of TV programming, but Recode says the talks "seem to be in early stages," with the pricing and release date still yet to be set.
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You Can Now Control Assassin's Creed With Your Eyes
Introducing eye-tracking into the mix doesn’t mean keyboard and mouse control are out. Instead, it means the player’s gaze and that of the game’s protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac are the same. Where you look, Cormac will look. The game will auto-pan with the movement of your eyes as well as pausing when you look away from the screen.
Sony's Pascal stepping down as co-chair of movie studio
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amy Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment after hackers angry about a movie she championed mocking North Korea's dictator exposed a raft of embarrassing emails between Pascal and other Hollywood figures.
What My Hearing Aid Taught Me About the Future of Wearables
In my current role at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, I’m lucky to be able to study something I care deeply about: technology’s impact on our lives. I’m sure my interest partly arises from how I’ve depended on technology for as long as I can remember. I don’t know with certainty how consumer wearables will develop, but what I do know is how much hearing aids have changed over the last 30 years. And I have some insight into what sensory-enhancing wearables—like hearing aids, and unlike data-recording wearables like pedometers—could someday become. Over the next few years, I expect that we will see four trends, rich in both opportunity and peril, shape the evolution of these wearables from toys into tools.
IBM brings more Watson smarts to developers
IBM is expanding its roster of Watson online services that can be deployed by developers to enhance their apps with analysis and data processing capabilities.
Twitter Is in Danger of Becoming the Bing of Social Media | WIRED
A lot of people like Twitter, love Twitter, obsess over Twitter. But a lot of people just don’t get it, and Twitter has never quite communicated a clear enough reason for them to try. The new instant timeline offers a tentative step in that direction. But by now, has the crowd or early-ish adopters simply moved on? Are there really that many people left capable of being swayed by a turn-key Twitter feed? If anyone was at all interested in Twitter, wouldn’t they have tried it by now?
A Smartphone Test for HIV and Syphilis Shows Promise in Rwanda | MIT Technology Review
Sia says he is now planning a larger-scale field trial and sees far broader implications for smartphone-based diagnostics. “While we’ve been working on HIV and syphilis, this technology can be used for a variety of different applications, obviously,” he says. “You could see health-care systems transformed in a very fundamental way if consumers can get precise measurements in a decentralized manner.”
Next iPhone chip will reportedly be made by Samsung
Samsung will be able to supply large volumes of low-power, high-speed chips for the iPhones and iPads. Apple likes using the latest and greatest technologies available, and Samsung’s factories would be a more advanced option than the facilities provided by TSMC, which is having trouble transitioning to its 16-nanometer process.
Twitter Blames Slow User Growth On iOS 8 Bug, But Predicts Strong Q1 2015
Twitter’s user count grew a measly 1.4% this quarter , down from 4.8% in Q3 2014, but CFO Anthony Noto said things are turning around. He said the rollout of iOS 8 cost Twitter 4 million monthly active users, and cited seasonality, saying Q4 is historically slow for the company. Specifically, a bug in Twitter’s iOS 8 integration led Twitter to lose 1 million of its own users, and iOS 8 Safari changes cost Twitter 3 million more users.
Samsung’s new NX500 shoots 4K at half the price of the award-winning NX1
The NX500 retains a similar form-factor as its predecessor, but it has a redesigned grip with a sculpted-down front. Besides 4K, specs have also been greatly enhanced. It uses the same newly developed 28MP back-illuminated APS-C sensor and DRIMe V image processor that are in the NX1. It has a burst speed of 9 frames per second (fps), native ISO range of 100 to 25,600, and shutter speed of 1/6,000th/second. It also has the Samsung Auto Shot feature introduced in the NX1, which helps you quickly capture a fast-moving object like a pitched baseball. Performance wise, the NX1 is still stronger (and there are more features geared toward videographers, like headphone and microphone jacks, which may be future add-ons for the NX500), but Samsung told us to “expect this to be a crazy performance piece.” If the experience is as good as the NX1’s, Samsung could possibly have another hit in his hands.
Watch the first trailer for Netflix and Marvel's Daredevil
Netflix has been working on four Marvel TV shows, and it looks like the first of them is almost ready. Netflix has released the first trailer for Daredevil , which will debut 13 hour-long episodes on April 10th. Though Marvel has already been bringing its superhero universe to TV with Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter , this is the first that we're seeing of how the Marvel universe translates to Netflix. So far, it looks like it comes with the production value of any other major TV show — which is to say, pretty good. And unlike Marvel's other TV series, now we're going to see how its actual superheroes fare on TV. This is a first impression, but we'll find out a lot more in the coming months.
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Makes Peace With Silicon Valley
That sentiment has been rare in the Bay Area and at other startup hubs, where for years many techies either ignored Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft as a has-been or sidestepped it in fear the company would hew to a former tactic of crushing young rivals.
Forget North Korea - Russian Hackers Are Selling Access To Sony Pictures, Claims US Security Firm
The findings throw further doubt on US claims that North Korea was the sole party responsible for taking control of Sony’s systems, shutting them down and leaking gigabytes of data. But Taia’s report indicated that Sony might have just been compromised by two or more groups at the same time. Given the poor state of security at Sony Pictures, as revealed by the leaks, it would come as little surprise if more than one hacker group had breached the company. Indeed, the leaked files from last year showed how Sony had been successfully breached on at least three occasions in 2014 .
Saved by the Bell Reunion on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon - IGN
As part of a special week of The Tonight Show episodes filming in Los Angeles -- as opposed to Fallon's usual New York home -- Fallon did a sketch where he was a student at Bayside High and he was joined by Gosselaar as Zack, Mario Lopez as Slater, Elizabeth Berkley as Jesse, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Belding and Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly. Okay, it wasn't a full cast reunion, as Dustin Diamond and Lark Voorhies weren't present, but it was still a pretty notable gathering of the original SBTB crew (and considering Diamond's strained relations with his former castmates in recent years, not to mention his current legal troubles, his absence isn't a shock).
Wings of steel
A LOT of tosh is talked about “nanotechnology”, much of it designed to separate unwary investors from their hard-earned cash. This does not mean, though, that controlling the structure of things at the level of nanometres (billionths of a metre) is unimportant. In materials science it is vital, as a paper just published in Nature , by Hansoo Kim and his colleagues at the Pohang University of Science and Technology, in South Korea, demonstrates. By manipulating the structure of steel on a nanometre scale, Dr Kim has produced a material which has the strength and the lightness of titanium alloys but will, when produced at scale, cost a tenth as much.
Meet the Navy's firefighting robot | ZDNet
In a series of
experiments in November the Shipboard Autonomous Fire-fighting Robot (or
SAFFiR) was able to walk (admittedly slowly) across uneven floors, employed thermal
imaging to identify overheated equipment, and used a hose to extinguish a small
fire aboard the USS Shadwell , a decommissioned Navy vessel.
Seriously, stop using your smartphone in bed
The teens recorded their sleep patterns as well as their technology usage throughout the day, with a focus on the hour before bedtime. The result? What researchers call a "dose-response relationship" — the more you dose yourself with devices, the higher your risk of sleeplessness.
Pope's confession: I don't know how to work a computer
Pope's confession: I don't know how to work a computer
Pope Francis has made a confession of sorts, telling a 16-year-old girl that he doesn't have a clue about how to work a computer.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1D28lHl
Rare Jupiter triple-moon conjunction spotted by Hubble - CNET
The last time I saw a major celestial conjunction, it involved three suns in the movie "The Dark Crystal." On January 24, a rare conjunction happened in real life, involving three moons and Jupiter. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a series of beautiful images of moons Europa, Callisto and Io transiting the gas giant's face at the same time .
IGN 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.
If you like Sling TV, you’re going to love the service Apple is cooking up
However, the rumored price for Sony’s service is much higher than Sling TV, potentially $60 to $80 a month for service. When bundling that service with an Internet service subscription, the financial benefits of ditching premium cable or satellite television service are less evident. Assuming Apple can strike a better deal with television programmers regarding cost, an Apple TV service may be more attractive to the end consumer.
Mashable on Twitter
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The Incredible AI That Can Watch Videos and Tell You What It's Seeing | WIRED
The video (above) shows the puppy looking very cute as it nuzzles with its female owner, but the interesting stuff is happening in the squiggly lines below. Using a database of 10,000 visual categories Clarifai has built over the past six months, the company’s software tracks the images that appear in the video, automatically describing it with words like “dog,” “female,” “eyes,” and even “cute.”
Microsoft Office touch apps now available on Windows 10 Technical Preview
OneNote is already available on Windows 10, and Outlook and Calendar are expected to be available sooner than later. The quality of Office will be crucial to the public perception of Windows 10, and getting these apps out to the early adopters will only help improve them before the official launch. You can download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — if you're running Windows 10 Technical Preview — from the Windows Store Beta today.
Mattel and Google send out invites to 'view what's possible' at event on February 13
Mattel and Google have sent out press invites for an event they’re holding together on February 13th in New York City. The invitation, sporting the tagline “view what’s possible,” includes reference to what looks to be a reel from the old View-Master toy from the mid-1900s.
First Look: Apple’s Sleeker, Simpler Photos App for Mac OS X
Depending on your definition of “early 2015,” Apple is either on track or late to deliver on its promise. Today, the company provided an update on the status of the app, saying that it will release Photos for OS X this spring (the company declined to provide a more specific timeline), as part of a larger update to OS X Yosemite. But if you’re a developer, you can get a beta version of the new Photos desktop app starting today.
The Americans: "Baggage" Review - IGN
The material with Stan this week was much more compelling than in the premiere. Oleg confronting him and nearly killing him understandably messed with his head, leading to a wonderfully awkward phone message for his son -- “Hi, Sandra, also… And Arthur, I guess.” – that makes it easy to be grateful we live in a time when an entire household rarely shares one phone line. His scene with Sandra this week was also strong, as he claimed he understood that her being glad he was alive didn’t mean things had changed between them… and then he still tried to kiss her. Oh, Stan…
Here we go: 5 things to watch as net neutrality gets real
Who saw this coming? A year ago, the smart money said the cable industry would call the shots as the FCC moved to rewrite rules for the internet. But this week the agency chairman threw sand in the industry’s eyes, and came out instead with a plan to pass the strongest net neutrality rules ever.
Skype fails: 5 of the worst problems and how to fix them
Another key tip: Once you park your laptop, tablet, or phone, keep it still. After you find a spot with good coverage, don’t touch your device any more. This helps stabilize your wireless connection so Skype can work with a less erratic amount of bandwidth, and it also improves quality by optimizing video compression. Because the background is now static instead of in motion, fewer pixels will be changing in the image, which means more bandwidth is available to the important part of the image. Similarly, ensure other computers on the network aren’t hogging bandwidth. If someone’s streaming Netflix in another room, your Skype connection will suffer.