Cory and Topanga Reunite in First 'Girl Meets World' Trailer
Here's a 30-second peek at what's to come in the 'Boys Meets World' spinoff.
Smartphone charger promises to power up batteries in just 30 seconds
Israeli prototype can fully charge a Samsung Galaxy smartphone in about 30 seconds using new organic batteries
Samsung Galaxy S5: Should You Buy It?
Mashable hosts a MashTalk Hangout on Air to discuss whether you should buy Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Time-Lapse Breaks Down the 'SNL' Studio in 2 Minutes [VIDEO]
This 2 minute time-lapse from 'SNL' gives us a quick look at what goes on over the course of one Saturday night in Studio 8H.
Oh! This Tribute to 'Abbey Road' Is Darling [VIDEO]
The Beatles reached the end of their long and winding road 44 years ago. Singer Dylan Gardner pays tribute to their legacy.
Dollar Vans: Inside NYC's Huge, Hidden Transit Network
Commuter vans aren't quite buses or taxis. For two bucks, though, they can get you across Brooklyn.
Shots Puts a Selfie Inside a Selfie for Twice the Fun
The app’s new Reply Shot feature lets users directly answer a selfie with another selfie, embedding the second shot into a new original shot. Why? “So people can interact more directly through their selfies,” said John Shahidi, who co-founded Shots with his brother Sam, plus a little help from tween heartthrob, Justin Bieber.
Facebook Really Can't Change WhatsApp's Privacy Policies Now
In a letter sent Thursday (and viewable below in its entirety), the FTC, a government agency meant to protect U.S. consumers from unfair business practices, told Facebook that it doesn't expect the company to change WhatsApp's privacy policies from those first promised to pre-acquisition users.
Weather Service: Please Disregard Our Giant Biblical Flood Warning
The website for the National Weather Service (NWS), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), suffered a major malfunction on Thursday leading to the false appearance of a biblical flood warning spanning from Canada (which the NWS doesn't even have responsibility over) south to Florida, and west to Michigan.
Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board As It Names New CFO, COO | TechCrunch
Update: Dropbox announced two more executive changes today. The company has a new CFO, Sujay Jaswa, who is being into the role internally. Also, hailing from Google is Dropbox’s new COO: Dennis Woodside. In the post announcing those changes, it reaffirmed the above, indicating that Rice will help the company with its international operations.
Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans | TechCrunch
Currently, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at the time of installation. Going forward, Google will expand this program with a more service-based system that will continuously check the device to make sure that apps are “behaving in a safe manner, even after installation.” This means that as Google learns more about mobile malware, it can now check for this kind of code even after you’ve installed an app. Until now, once a malicious app had made it through Google’s security systems, there was no way to detect it later.
Petition Demanding Removal Of Condoleezza Rice From Dropbox Board Pops Up Online, On Twitter | TechCrunch
The appointment was not met without controversy, of course, as Rice’s position in the Bush administration saw her commenting on Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, which played a role in the U.S. deciding to go to war with Iraq. However, even the petition’s writer admits that Rice is an “extremely brilliant and accomplished individual,” and “well-connected,” which is why a company like Dropbox would have welcomed her to its board.
All Your Files Are Belong To Dropbox
Dropbox's account-linking strategy takes full advantage of its biggest asset—its 275 million users, whose ubiquity is a big reason why it's worked its way into businesses in the first place. People use the tool they’re familiar with in the workplace, and when they need to share with contractors, partners, or other outsiders, the odds are good that they, too, have a Dropbox account.
API Testing Service Runscope Raises $6M Series A Round Led By General Catalyst, Announces Enterprise Tools | TechCrunch
With Runscope Enterprise, which the company also announced today, large companies will be able to bring the service’s API debugging and testing tools behind their firewalls or to use a hybrid approach. Runscope argues that now that API use within large companies is “at an all-time high thanks to mobile apps, microservices and a new generation of REST-based service-oriented architecture,” many of them will also have a need for its services. According to Runscope, the Enterprise version is specifically tailored to handle high-volume, internal API consumption.
Ex-Gowalla Founders Raise $2.1 Million for Last, a Stealth Mobile Startup
That’s at least part of the motivation behind Last — or The Last Guide Company — a still-stealthy startup that Williams co-founded seven months ago with Adam Michela, a Gowalla co-founder and former Facebook and Dropbox employee. The two announced a seed round of $2.1 million led by Josh Felser’s Freestyle Capital, with participation from a number of firms including Greylock Partners, Google Ventures, Founders Fund and a number of angel investors.
Facebook’s Feed Now Punishes Pages That Ask For Likes Or Share Reruns | TechCrunch
You’re not clever enough to fool Facebook. Asking users to “Like this post!”, sharing the same link or photo over and over, or bait-and-switching people with links to ad-filled sites will now get your Page’s reach in News Feed destroyed, the company said today . Share unique, interesting content and you’ll be fine.
Nikon's J4 mirrorless camera has more megapixels, 20fps burst speed
Good things happen when you cram a fast image processor into a small camera body, as Nikon has shown with its new mid-range 1 model, the J4 . With the latest Expeed 4A imaging engine, the CX-sensor camera can now pump out 20 images per second in burst mode with continuous AF, which Nikon claims is the world's fastest (along with the pricey new V3) . That's also a big bump over last year's J3 , and most other specs have also improved: there's now 18.4 instead of 14.2-megapixels, 1080/60p video in lieu of 1080/60i (with 120fps at 720p), a 105 point PD/171 point contrast AF, a new touchscreen and built-in WiFi. One change photographers may not like is the use of MicroSD memory cards instead of industry standard SD cards, but at least the J4 is slightly smaller and lighter than the J3. It'll come in black, white, silver and orange (with an optional underwater housing) but there's no word on when, where or for how much. As a rough starting point, though, last year's model was $600 with the 10-30mm kit lens.
Lending Startup Fundbox Raises $17.5M From Khosla To Help SMBs Improve Cash Flow | TechCrunch
Fundbox , a startup that helps SMBs improve cash flow from clients, has raised $17.5 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures with SV Angel, Vikram Pandit, former CEO of Citigroup; Tom Glocer, former CEO of Thomson Reuters; Jay Mandelbaum, former Head of Strategy and Business Development for JP Morgan Chase; Emil Michael, SVP of Business at Uber, and other investors participating.
Indian Software Product Startups Pitch Ideas To Fortune 500 CIOs | TechCrunch
After years of working with India’s over $100 billion IT services industry for maintaining their software systems, application development and back office work, CIOs of Fortune 500 companies are now looking to tap into the country’s software product ecosystem. And this time, it’s not just about setting up a corporate accelerator like Target did and Coca Cola is exploring – instead, technology leaders from Citibank, Proctor & Gamble and Colgate Palmolive are among 50 top executives planting themselves in the front rows of a day-long startup pitching session organized by iSPIRT on Thursday.
TouchID, A8 Processor Slated For 2014 iPads | TechCrunch
According to a KGI Ming-Chi Kuo research analyst, the next iPad will sport the TouchID fingerprint scanner and a next-gen A8 mobile processor. The analyst also predicts that the upcoming iPad will sport a rear-facing 8MP camera.
Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Services Get A Privacy Thumbs Up From Europe’s Data Protection Authorities | TechCrunch
The flip side, however, has been a potential minefield for the world of tech: so many networked services and data sit on the same cloud infrastructure that is now under more intense scrutiny for data protection and privacy violations than ever before. The trick for companies like Microsoft is to meet standards set by regulators (and their own customers, and their own code of ethics, if we’re honest) while continuing to provide a smooth service without lots of hiccups. This is as much a business imperative as anything else. “Ultimately, customers will entrust their information to the cloud only if they have confidence that it will remain secure there,” writes Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and EVP for legal and corporate affairs, in a blog post announcing the news.
BlackBerry CEO may be contemplating sale of handset unit - CNET
"If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," John Chen told the news agency in an interview.
BlackBerry CEO 'clarifies' comments, says not selling devices biz - CNET
Chen is in the middle of transforming BlackBerry into a company that is more focused on its business clients, but has said he would not retreat from the consumer or handset business. His apparent comments on Wednesday sparked panic among the BlackBerry faithful, a small but loyal group of customers still clinging to their message-centric devices. The same groups also at least partly undercuts his attempts to pull off a comeback.
What John Chen Is Really Saying About BlackBerry's Handset Business
Hence Thursday’s blog post, in which Chen said BlackBerry had no plans to get out of the device business any time soon. This was a piece written to BlackBerry fans and would-be buyers, reassuring them that they aren’t stuck with a lame duck.
Google has also added support for unprefixed Shadow DOM; the prefixed implementation of Shadow DOM was made available with the release of Chrome 25. The addition brings reliable composition of user interface elements by allowing developers to scope their HTML markup, CSS, and hide the implementation details of complex components, as well as build their own first-class elements and APIs with Custom Elements .
How Tech Can Help Cities Reduce Crime
In addition, the system includes 120 cameras, positioned around the nine-square-mile city, which can all be moved on command. Feeds that update every 1.5 seconds from those cameras are shown on televisions in the Real Time Tactical Information Center. On their computer screens, officers can see where the cameras are pointing, as indicated by a green cone. These cones are overlaid onto the map nothing where officers are located and where emergencies are happening at any given moment.
Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of 'Late Show'
Stephen Colbert will take over CBS's Late Show when David Letterman retires next year after more than two decades as host. "Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert says in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead." Colbert's premiere date will be announced after a timeline is set for Letterman to go off the air. CBS has a five-year contract for Colbert to host.
Aereo Coming to Chromecast
Aereo is a currently available in 11 markets, including New York, Atlanta, Miami and Austin, with more plans to expand to other markets throughout 2014. For $8 a month, users can access local channels (including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and PBS) via the web or a connected device and record up to 20 hours of programming on a cloud-based DVR.
This Mirror Will Take Your Selfies For You
We’ve all seen (and perhaps taken) our fair share of mirror selfies. So it was only a matter of time before somebody invented a mirror that just snaps the pictures for us.
Jim's Blog: Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding
Fantastic article, thank you. I had never made the connection between Prolog and O(n!) solving time. But I stumbled onto the issue when I was writing a program that when given an isometric view of blocks on a table (represented as a graph of the vertices), would solve how imaginary blocks were stacked to result in the same image. The naive method is to try every permutation (which is n!) but I ended up speeding it up using a hill climbing algorithm that tried swapping two branches of the tree and keeping the answer with least error. Worst case was still n! I believe, but in practice it found the solution in under a second. My dream would be a language like Prolog that can evolve solutions under the hood with a time less than n! perhaps by referencing previous solutions from the web. Also, n! sounds bad until we consider multiprocessing and quantum computing which could try many possibilities simultaneously.
'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim
The Vatican has previously said that the document is most likely a modern forgery, but scientists from Columbia University, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say their analysis strongly suggests that it is indeed part of an ancient manuscript and that it wasn't edited or tampered with. The researchers used micro-Raman and infrared spectroscopy to analyze the composition of the ink, looking for clues as to whether it may have been applied after the original document was damaged.
Social Music App-Maker Smule Raises Another $16.6M | TechCrunch
The money will go toward continued development of Smule products, including Smule Nation, Smith said, and toward international expansion, beginning with Asia. He also noted that while the company intends to launch new products this year, its business projections are based entirely on growth in existing products (so its future doesn’t depend entirely on new hits). And he said that his ultimate goal is to take Smule public, although it doesn’t sound like there are any definite plans in this area.
How Secure Are Your Favorite Websites?
Because it matters, we went ahead an looked up some of the most popular sites on the internet and made a few lists for easy reference. Most of the big sites on the internet are thankfully pretty secure. But some are more secure than others. The test returns results for each of the main entryways for a site, but because the score varies slightly based on how you access the site, we used only the scores listed for the primary domain, unless there was a major discrepancy in scores. If the test returned something other than a letter grade, the message is noted in quotes. To see the details of each test, click the letter grade.
7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time On Right Now
It's Wednesday, which means we're back with 7 fresh, new sites to entertain and distract you through your mid-week slump.
Ethan: Meteor Hunter Coming to PS Vita Next Week - IGN
Ethan: Meteor Hunter was originally released on the PS3 in October 2013. Because it features cross-buy, those who already own the PS3 version will have access to the PS Vita version as well. Additionally, for the first week Ethan: Meteor Hunter is available, PS Plus members will receive 20 percent off the retail price.
What you need to know about Heartbleed and OpenSSL
Everyone should reset all passwords because there is no way to know which, if any, have been compromised. With an issue that affects virtually every site and service on the Internet, it’s fair to assume your passwords were potentially compromised. However, there is little point in rushing to do it before the sites have patched and updated, otherwise your new passwords will also be exposed to the same issue.
Internet Ad Spending Beat Broadcast TV for First Time Last Year
Revenue from U.S. Internet advertising beat broadcast television advertising for the first time in 2013, driven by a surge of spending in mobile ads.
Facebook says no to like-bait and viral content -- but what if that's what users really want?
Facebook says that the changes won’t impact pages that are “genuinely trying to encourage discussion among their fans.” But how will it distinguish between those pages and the ones that are just posting like-bait? That’s not an easy question to answer, even if you have the click habits of a billion users to study. And Facebook is essentially saying: “We’re not going to pay attention to what you do — we’re going to purify your News Feed for your own good.”
Dropbox Sharpens Focus on Photos With New App | MIT Technology Review
Underwood did his best to demonstrate this as he scrolled through the app, which looks a bit similar to the default photo-organizing app on the iPhone, showing photos grouped by time and location. The app automatically uploads new images and videos you take to Dropbox—something you can already do with the Dropbox app—and lets you view local and remotely-stored ones together. At the bottom of the Carousel screen is a timeline—swiping left or right makes the app scroll to newer or older photos.
Watch Conan O'Brien play Street Fighter 2 on Dallas' huge stadium screen
Watch Conan O'Brien play Street Fighter 2 on Dallas' huge stadium screen
How ISVs Can Build Business Partnerships for Growth (Channel 9)
For many independent software vendors (ISVs), partnership with a platform provider like Microsoft and with channel partners like system integrators and resellers is a strategy that yields impressive dividends. A successful partner strategy requires significant up-front work and ongoing maintenance - and the better you plan your approach, the faster you'll see results and the better those results will be.
Sonos adds Google Play Music, with Chromecast-style control on Android - CNET
Today, Sonos added the Google Play Music service to its roster of streaming audio services, bringing the company's total of supported apps to 32 in the US and 48 worldwide. Even more interesting is that the Google Play Music app will support Chromecast-style casting on Android . That means you'll be able to use the native Google Play Music app, hit the "cast" icon, and send music to any of the Sonos speakers in your home.
Fanout Emerges From Private Beta, Provides Real-Time Push Service | TechCrunch
Fanout , a company that has been in private beta since its inception in 2011, will be available to the general public this week. According to company founder Justin Karneges, Fanout provides real-time data push, which ensures content is delivered to a device without delay or requiring a refresh.
AT&T poised to take gigabit fiber broadband to North Carolina - CNET
If AT&T wins the contract to build part of the NCNGN network it will be the second community to get the company's U-verse with GigaPower fiber service. The company launched its AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service in Austin, Texas in December. Due to high demand for the service, AT&T said in January it would double its deployment in Austin. And it expects to build a similar network in parts of Dallas in 2014.
Microsoft's 4G Surface 2 Tablet Available to Pre-order in UK Today
Microsoft has announced that its 4G LTE-capable Surface 2 tablet is now available to pre-order in the UK ahead of its release early next month.
Titanfall update with private matches arriving 'later today' [Update: Details added]
Titanfall will receive an update "later today," Respawn Entertainment tweeted this morning. While it didn't offer a full list of details for the update, nor the platforms it will land on, the update will introduce private match support. "Update coming later today with private matches, gooser update, etc. We'll post lots of info on it as it rolls out," the tweet reads.
Respawn Co-Founder Vince Zampella said in March that private matches were one of the gameplay elements the developer planned to add after Titanfall 's launch, one of the "things that we want in the game that we didn't get to ship in the final game."
The update will also tweak the Gooser Challenge in the game, which the developer also indicated was coming as of late March. The challenge previously required players to kill 50 ejecting pilots, which will be reduced to just five, according to the prior developer blog on the matter. "We went a bit too far with this challenge, especially considering the unique conditions that have to be met in order to have the opportunity to get a kill on an ejecting Pilot," Respawn wrote at the time.
Reddit Starts Listing Trending Subreddits To Get More Users Into Its Smaller Communities | TechCrunch
Subreddits are, perhaps, reddit’s biggest strength. Introduced in 2008, they’re a huge part of the reason why the site rose to popularity, and why that popularity has yet to taper off.
Apple's Jony Ive expands design role - Telegraph
Sir Jonathan Ive is set to be given greater authority over Apple's products
following the departure of design department vice president
Facebook Gains FTC Approval for WhatsApp — Plus a Stern Privacy Warning
Facebook cleared a major regulatory hurdle in its acquisition of WhatsApp on Thursday when the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal with a warning on privacy obligations.
What The Happiest People Know About Work
Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It's not as difficult as it may seem. Here are the top habits for people who are happy at work.
BlackBerry's about money first, phones second (and that's just fine)
BlackBerry's future as a phonemaker came into question yesterday when Reuters reported that CEO John Chen would consider selling its handset division. Naturally, the company sought to set the record straight... with a blog post from Chen himself published earlier today.
"I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon," he wrote, noting that his comments were taken out of context. So what exactly did he mean? Chen quietly crashed a reporter's roundtable with BlackBerry enterprise chief John Sims this morning (apparently in search of a cup of coffee) -- here's what he told us about the Reuters interview and the future of BlackBerry's phones.
"I'm working very hard to find a way to make money in the handset business. Then the question is 'if you don't make money in the handset business, what are you going to do?' I said, well, being a businessperson, if you try long enough and you can't make money, I mean, I'm in the business of making money. If I can't make money in the handset business, of course I can't do the handset business.
How Brands Are Using Twitter's Redesigned Profile Pages
A look at Interbrand's Top 100 Brands reveals that 13 have adopted Twitter's new web-based profile pages, as of this writing. The list appears to be random. Twitter rolled out the redesigned profiles on Tuesday. The new design, which adds more user information and looks similar to Facebook's profile pages, is being rolled out on a staggered basis.
The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4 Gets Debut Trailer - IGN
The Last of Us: Remastered has received its first trailer on PS4, offering us an oh-so-brief glimpse at the updated 1080p graphics.
Tiny Tracker Texts You if Someone Steals — Or Touches — Your Motorcycle | Autopia | WIRED
Motorcycle ownership comes with its fair share of advantages and compromises. Riding among texting teens driving two-ton SUVs is just part of the risk. Parking your bike poses its own problems, with inattentive parkers and industrious thieves constantly threatening your two-wheeled pride and joy. That’s why a new system from Scorpio sounds so enticing.
The Critical, Widespread Heartbleed Bug and You: How to Keep Your Private Info Safe
No matter how hard you try to stay safe, some aspects of securing your online data are completely out of your hands. That fact was made painfully obvious on Monday, when the Internet got caught with its collective pants down thanks to a critical vulnerability affecting a fundamental tool for secure online communications.
Join us for a Very Special Episode of the Engadget Podcast at 4PM ET on Friday
Nerds cannot live on tech news alone. That's why, every so often, we'll be hosting a Very Special Episode of the Engadget Podcast where we touch upon the cultural and social impacts of the technology that matters most to you. Sometimes, that means we'll even be talking about booze. We are all onions, after all...