Watch the first ever YouTube Live 360 performance with D∆WN at 5PM PT / 8PM ET
When YouTube asked us to bring on an artist for the premiere performance on their Live 360 platform, the choice was a no-brainer.
Basketball is coming to Rocket League next week
Soccer-meets-cars game Rocket League is getting a new mode that introduces basketball to the experience. Called "Hoops mode," the feature doesn't look vastly different from the main game, but the...
Whale breaches right next to an unsuspecting paddleboarder
A paddle boarder got an unexpected greeting from a breaching whale while floating along off the coast in Oceanside, California.
Shuhei Yoshida Reportedly Unsure If There Will Be a PS5 - IGN
"I said, 'well, what does the PlayStation 5 look like?' and he said 'you mean if'."
Watch the 'Star Fox Zero' animated short here at 6PM ET
The animated short 'Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins' premieres today. Here's how you can watch it.
'Shadow Complex Remastered' hits the PS4 on May 3
The pseudo-side-scrolling classic gets a graphics upgrade and bonus content.
Ilana Glazer on Time Traveling Bong: 'I like the idea that women carry their own weed'
For Ilana Glazer, smoking weed is all about owning it.
Cannabis is ever-present on Broad City, the Comedy Central series that shot her to fame. In the show’s off-kilter version of New York City,...
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The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup
T he creation of global artificial reality is an enormous project, and its adoption will start slowly. In every VR demo I tried in the past few months, I needed assistance to get the gear on and adjust the fit. Most demos required spotters to watch me. There were straps to deal with, cords to trip over, furniture to avoid. The software was glitchy. And too often, the demo required outsiders to suggest that I “turn around and look over there,” because user interfaces are still lame. “Right now VR systems, particularly the tracking, don’t work without constant technical maintenance,” says Jeremy Bailenson, who directs the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford. “I’ve been running VR for 20 years, and the bane of my existence is driver updates. VR is ready to flourish anywhere it’s worth hiring someone to maintain it.” Some of these problems are the ordinary growing pains of the prototype phase. But there are also some fundamental features missing. Chris Dixon, a partner in venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, who led his company’s early investment in Magic Leap, thinks VR will follow the flywheel effect: sluggish to start, its momentum slowly compounding until it’s nearly unstoppable.
Welp! Snapchat’s 420 Filter Celebrates Bob Marley With Blackface
“The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
In a surprise move, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, one of the most heavily circulated bills in the world, according to a report from Politico . Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce the change later today, according to the report. This marks a big win for Woman on 20 , the movement to put a woman on the face of US paper currency for the first time in nearly a century.
The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Financial impotence goes by other names: financial fragility, financial insecurity, financial distress. But whatever you call it, the evidence strongly indicates that either a sizable minority or a slim majority of Americans are on thin ice financially. How thin? A 2014 Bankrate survey, echoing the Fed’s data, found that only 38 percent of Americans would cover a $1,000 emergency-room visit or $500 car repair with money they’d saved. Two reports published last year by the Pew Charitable Trusts found, respectively, that 55 percent of households didn’t have enough liquid savings to replace a month’s worth of lost income, and that of the 56 percent of people who said they’d worried about their finances in the previous year, 71 percent were concerned about having enough money to cover everyday expenses. A similar study conducted by Annamaria Lusardi of George Washington University, Peter Tufano of Oxford, and Daniel Schneider, then of Princeton, asked individuals whether they could “come up with” $2,000 within 30 days for an unanticipated expense. They found that slightly more than one-quarter could not, and another 19 percent could do so only if they pawned possessions or took out payday loans.
Intel to cut 12,000 jobs from global operations - BBC News
US tech giant Intel is shedding 12,000 jobs as it seeks to cut reliance on the declining personal computer market.
Snapchat's new Bob Marley lens sparks 'blackface' outrage
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How I Grew My Facebook Traffic by 200% in 60 Days
Firstly, Facebook is the single biggest driver of traffic among all social media platforms. Not by a little, but by a big margin. And secondly, we recently discovered a simple way to grow our Facebook traffic by 200 percent.
Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone
Messenger’s goal as of late has been to replace your phone number. Last year it started allowing all Facebook users to chat with each other even if they aren’t friends, though strangers’ pings can sometimes be hidden in the Filtered Message Requests section under Settings -> People -> Message Requests -> See Filtered Requests. (If you don’t know about Filtered Requests, it’s worth checking out — I’ve found Facebook filtering to be too aggressive and hid some messages I wanted to see.)
Microsoft ending Xbox 360 production
Spencer noted that Microsoft will continue to support the Xbox 360 for the foreseeable future, with full Xbox Live services for apps and online gaming; free Games With Gold titles; deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers; and hardware support. However, Microsoft's third-party partners have begun to retire Xbox 360 services, such as ESPN, which shut down its app on the console last month.
A New Crop of Marijuana Geneticists Sets Out to Build Better Weed
As more and more states (23 so far) are finding legal ways for people to consume cannabis, Steep Hill and labs like it are becoming more important. Steep Hill quantifies the numbers you see on labels in dispensaries: how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the molecule that gets you high) and cannabidiol (CBD, the component of weed thought to alleviate seizures) are in a given strain of pot. But any remotely dedicated smoker will tell you that a strain is more than its potency. Purple Kush and Sour Diesel have different characters, different smells and tastes and feels. Those are the result of the interactions of hundreds of molecules—cannabinoids, yes, but also another class called terpenoids. Myrcene, for example, smells like hops and mango (and some fans claim it increases the potency of THC). Beta-caryophyllene has the scent of pepper. There’s also ocimene, nerolidol, pinene—the interaction of all these chemicals creates whatever distinction exists between ’78 LA OG Affie and, say, Green Crack.
Apple, Facebook, Google, And Alibaba Take Hollywood
YouTube’s new strategy is in part a bid to fend off Facebook, which over the past year has seen exploding video use and now boasts 8 billion video views a day. (As one source tells me, Facebook is "internally, the biggest existential threat at YouTube.") It is also a defense against Netflix, which has poached homegrown YouTube star Miranda Sings to create an original series. Perhaps most important, though, it is an effort to diversify YouTube’s revenue stream—to add consumer revenue to the advertising base—in hopes of improving its reportedly break-even financial performance. Daniels won’t reveal how YouTube Red has done in the first four months since it was launched except to say that it is "meeting goals that were ambitious." YouTube is also exploring other ways to boost profitability. According to a source with knowledge of the plans, it has been quietly developing a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that it has been shopping to media companies, much like the MLB Advanced Media technology that powers HBO Now. (YouTube declined to comment.
Microsoft is killing off the Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 launched over 10 years ago – time flies right? That’s a long shelf life for any console, so Microsoft says the time has come to cut the cord on the 360’s manufacturing.
Google Play Music gets podcast support on Android and the Web
Unfortunately, the podcasts on Google Play Music are only available in the U.S. and Canada for now. Google did not say when it plans to roll them out to more markets (a Google spokesperson declined to comment on exact timing), but you can expect it to be a gradual process, like all of Google Play Music’s expansions.
Xbox 360 Production Has Ended - IGN
"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," wrote Spencer . "And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country."
Europe files formal antitrust objections against Google over Android
The crux of the complaint is that Google stymies competition by forcing manufacturers to bundle some Google apps, including Gmail, Google Search, and Google Play, on Android phones. Google has long argued that manufacturers are free to do as they please with the operating system, and are not forced to pre-install anything. This is correct, to a degree, but it’s not quite as simple as that. Android’s code is released under an open-source license, meaning anyone can use it — Amazon has done just that with its Kindle Fire tablets, creating an Android “fork” and bundling its own services with the tablet. But if a manufacturer wants to use Android and pre-install the aforementioned Google apps, it must use the whole suite — it can’t just offer Gmail and Google Maps while omitting Google Play and Google Search, for example.
'Shock Clock' is the wearable that's sure to get your lazy ass out of bed
The aim isn’t to shock you, although if you’re into that it’s sort of a pleasant bonus. Instead, the Shock Clock wants to change your behavior by reprogramming your brain through aversion therapy — a fancy way of saying it wants to shock the unwanted behavior out of you. Put simply, when met with negative stimuli for a specific behavior, you’re less likely to do it again.
Opera's plans for Windows 10 Mobile? Focus on iPhone, Android | ZDNet
The move by Opera is not such a surprise, given Windows Phone is all but dead. Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia devices in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will give its next sales update in its earnings announcement on Thursday.
Google's Inbox puts organizing skills to work with links, newsletters, and events
The impact on you: Inbox is Google’s big rethink of how Gmail should work. While it maintains maintains Gmail as a separate app, this is clearly how Google plans to keep email relevant and more organized than just one long, list of messages. Inbox also ties in deeply to other Google services, which means you may really love it for find it too restrictive.
These Are the Highest-Paying Companies in the U.S.
Even companies that are struggling in the stock market continue to pay well. Despite poor performance after issuing initial public offerings, a number of former highflying startups employ some of the highest-paid workers in the U.S. And companies such as Box Inc., Twitter Inc., and LinkedIn Corp. pay their employees quite well regardless of stock slumps. Uber Technologies Inc., Airbnb Inc., and Pinterest Inc. may not have made Glassdoor’s top 25 this year, but median compensation still cracks the six-figure mark for all three businesses.
Agents of SHIELD: Chloe Bennet on Daisy's Big Reveal and the ''Utter Heartbreak'' to Come - IGN
Bennet: Yeah, I think you see how much she’s been restraining herself at SHIELD, which kind of ties into the whole Civil War theme to me. How much control should people have over people with powers? Because the second people who are manipulated are put into the wrong hands or are raised by someone who doesn’t have good intentions, these people can be incredibly powerful -- and that’s evident and emblematic in what Daisy goes through. Because she becomes so much more powerful under Hive’s sway. That clearly shows how much she’s been restraining her powers and how much she controls herself. She really goes crazy moving forward with how brutal and unexpected and displaying new ways that she’s powerful. We’ll see more of that coming up, which was fun to do. To go, “That’s cool, I can do this and I can do that.” But knowing that it’s not for the greater good is a bit tricky for me.
Arduino clone is as small as an AA battery
What do you do if even the smallest Arduino boards (or their clones) are too big for your homebrew project? If you're Johan Kanflo, you find a way to make them even smaller. His AAduino project turns the already miniscule Tiny328 Arduino clone into an even smaller computing device that's about as big as an AA battery. Through creative wiring, it even fits inside a typical battery holder and draws power from the batteries in the remaining slots. He had to underclock the processor to extend to the battery life, but it's otherwise as capable as its normal counterparts.
Microsoft has officially halted production of the Xbox 360
Although Microsoft is ceasing hardware production of the 360, it's still committed to supporting Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft's biggest commitment is to continue supporting Xbox Live, their online gaming infrastructure, which will allow Xbox 360 owners to continue buying and playing multiplayer games online for the foreseeable future.
BMW and Daimler abandon Apple Car talks
Things fell apart (last year for BMW, more recently with Daimler) over questions of leadership and ownership, the German newspaper’s source said — and given what we know about Apple, that seems like a perfectly likely sticking point. The idea of integrating the car closely with Apple services rather than their own may have rattled the car makers; of course, automotive brands are among the most powerfully guarded and promoted in the world.
Google Keep finally gets a good Chrome extension for easier saving
Creating new Keep entries while multitasking just got easier on Android, too. Sweet, sweet content (like web links, photos and text) in other apps can be saved to Keep via the Share menu. Google's own example demonstrates saving a link from Chrome for Android, but the trick also works for non-Google software -- we're told that any app that supports Android's Share Intents will play nice with Keep. We also now have the power to categorize our Keep notes with #hashtags (naturally), though it's really just an easier way to add existing labels or create a new ones. Throw in some minor UI changes for Keep's Android app, and we've got a surprisingly substantial update -- you'll be able to start playing with these features shortly.
I Went Inside Magic Leap’s Mysterious HQ. Here’s What I Saw
From what I can tell, Abovitz is hard to work with. I don’t mean the Steve Jobs or Larry Ellison kind of difficult. I don’t think this guy has ever lost his temper. He can’t remember if he has either. But everything that makes Abovitz a lovable genius also makes him a difficult boss. No one will say it outright. He just indulges ideas and insists that his team is diverse. The result is a hodgepodge of artists and engineers and business people, all of whom need Abovitz to pay attention, listen up, tell them what to do, keep them on track. Instead, meetings run over and trail off into wouldn’t-it-be-cool-if’s. And when the complexity or chaos or conflict grows too intense, Rony ghosts. Look up, and he has gone. But he always returns to the issue, and, everyone tells me, problems mostly get sorted out.
How The Boardlist Plans To Get More Women Onto Startup Boards
The standard board appointment process for tech startups—candidates advertise themselves, founders ask around—has been largely informal. And given the demographics of Silicon Valley’s elite, it has favored white men. Singh Cassidy’s insight in creating the Boardlist was to take that back-channel process and replicate it more formally online. (Though the Boardlist isn’t the only database of female candidates—see "Shattered Glass"—it is the most Silicon Valley–centric.) The site allows a curated group of executives and investors (including, yes, many men from Sand Hill Road) to nominate women for inclusion on the list. The site’s staffers create profiles for each candidate, populating them with information, such as whether the nominator believes a woman is best suited for an early-stage startup or a company that is further along. Women, crucially, are not allowed to nominate themselves (they can only submit a request for consideration), though they may edit their profiles once they have been created.
'Exploding Kittens' is now on Android
Exploding Kittens , the most-funded game ever to cross Kickstarter's funding goal line is now available on Android. The multiplayer card contest, illustrated by The Oatmeal, works a lot like another classic party game: Russian Roulette. Each of the up to five players takes turns pulling cards from a central deck. Whenever someone pulls an Exploding Kitten card, they have to use another card from their hand to defuse it before the cat goes kablooey . Whoever is left standing last, wins. The game is available for both iOS and Android for $2 and can be played across platforms.
The laptastic Razer Turret mouse and keyboard is finally ready for couch gaming
For connectivity, the Turret uses a wireless 2.4 GHz USB adaptor, and it also supports Bluetooth. An included charging dock props the mouse and keyboard upright when they’re not in use. The keyboard should last up to four months on a charge, while the mouse should handle about 40 hours of gaming.
How Jim McKelvey's Launchcode Is Helping Unconventional Tech Talent
LaShana Lewis knew she could find a better job than managing a help desk. Growing up, Lewis had been intrigued by technical problems, and a high school teacher, recognizing her aptitude, had encouraged her to pursue a computer science major in college. Lewis managed to complete three and a half years of a degree before running out of scholarship funding, but on the job market, her coding skills seemed worthless. "It was a lot of people asking me, ‘Did you complete your degree?’ Not, ‘Do you know how to code?’ " she says. Adding to her frustration, Lewis kept hearing companies claim that they couldn’t find tech talent in St. Louis. "You’re jumping up and down, waving your hand," she recalls. "[You’re yelling,] ‘I’m here! I’m here!’ " No one seemed to be listening.
Almost Nothing About the ‘Apple Harvests Gold From iPhones’ Story Is True
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—Apple is an electronics manufacturer, not an electronics recycler. And, relatively speaking, iPhones weigh basically nothing compared to CRT TVs, old servers, and computer monitors. Even the oldest iPhones still have utility around the world, whereas breaking down and smelting old TVs is probably the best thing we can still do with them. If manufacturers were required to actually recycle electronics themselves, well, Apple would have to go into the business of disassembling other manufacturers’ televisions.
This Monstrous Battery Can Charge Your Phone for 40 Days After the Apocalypse
At $500 it’s priced similar to a low-end gas generator, which you might still want to consider for the post-apocalypse given fuel might be easier to find than a working outlet to charge this giant battery. Luckily, Anker has also promised a solar charger for the PowerHouse that can bring it back to life in about 16 hours. Not bad for a power source that fits in the trunk of your 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe .
Why Are We Turning Our Favorite Foods Into Rainbow-Colored Nightmares?
Color variety might also make us eat more. A 2014 review in Appetite found that more color keeps us from getting bored of eating the same food. The more frequently we are exposed to a food, the less appealing we will find it. That might explain why some of the most pedestrian foods are getting the rainbow treatment. For most people, a coffee, bagel, or slice of pizza is a daily or weekly food item that’s lost its luster through repetition.
Review: Samsung Fixes the TV Remote
Vizio, which ships its new TVs with a tablet remote, thinks the best controls come on a touch screen. Using a tablet or phone as the remote may make updates and new features easier, but testing the Vizio P-Series, I sorely missed physical buttons that I could operate without having to look down or charge frequently. Vizio’s app also failed to achieve a few fundamental goals: It couldn’t control my cable box or other external inputs—leaving me reaching for other remotes. And it doesn’t come with a Netflix app, so you’re on your own to install that and search its content.
This Harriet Tubman Quote That's Going Viral Is Totally Fake
Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill—which is awesome. So naturally, people on social media are celebrating with a famous Harriet Tubman quote: “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
Facebook Messenger now lets anyone make group calls
Facebook announced today that it is letting anyone make group voice calls within its Messenger app. This capability is rolling out over the next 24 hours, so if you don’t have it yet, make sure you have the latest app update.
Stanford's new free Swift course on iTunes is iOS 9 ready
Via iTunes, Stanford is releasing its Spring semester ‘Developing Apps for iOS 9 with Swift’ course. So far, only the class introduction is available, making it a great time to get started.
Text an emoji for on-demand porn
Pornhub said Wednesday you can text the company emojis to have free, niche adult video content delivered right to you. The online porn company has matched a handful of emojis to specific types of adult videos. When you text an emoji to Pornhub, it will send you a link to a free video from the corresponding category. If you want to see porn that involves a person in uniform, for example, you send the policeman emoji.
Tech coalitions pen open letter to Burr and Feinstein over bill banning encryption
It’s likely that the bill, which is completely impracticable and ignores basic facets of the industry which it means to regulate, does not require the opposition of all these companies. It’s not expected to gain any traction in the Senate, and Reuters reported that President Obama won’t be offering his support. Still, a letter like this does no harm, and possibly some good.
Ad tech is broken. Here’s how newsrooms can help fix it
So, the agency called us. And we talked to them and said they we could measure viewability on our own (which we could) and that wasn't making any sense. So they put us on the phone with a major ad tech company that was measuring viewability for them. And the hard part to understand is just how abstract this company is from any of the people who are actually seeing these stats. As I understand it, agencies buy a license from these companies and upsell the products as part of packages to advertisers. Which is why one ad could have many pieces of ad tech on it, even measuring the same thing. The advertiser doesn't have the technical expertise either. They get some numbers and we get some numbers.
How Swedish start-up Neo Technology helped crack the Panama Papers
STOCKHOLM Every start-up hopes for a lucky break. Swedish company Neo Technology only found out it was getting one the day the Panama Papers made headlines around the world.
The hidden meaning of the cryptic poem on Apple's website
When Apple throws its support behind an app, it can be a gold mine for the developer, and many have told me that they're aware that currying Apple's favor for prime App Store placement can significantly increase downloads. The one requirement is that Apple usually wants its featured apps to support its latest platforms and features, for example, Apple Watch or Apple TV.
All the Apps You Need to Make This 420 the Best 420 EVAR
Happy day! Well, maybe it is for those of us who didn’t have a really bad experience with a pot brownie that one time. It’s 420, a day of unabashed revelry. But it’s also 2016, and your regular old routine just won’t do. Watch above to get all the apps you’ll need to make this 420 the best 420 ever (that is, given it’s legal where you are).
Post-Snapchat, MSQRD's Bob Marley filter is conveniently left out for new users
It’s not the first time MSQRD offered a “blackface” filter either. The app frequently rotates its roster, and have had Snoop Dogg and Barack Obama filters in the past – complete with skin tone changes. It did not receive nearly as much heat as Snapchat did – in fact, most commentary on the Web found it funny.
Three (Far-Fetched) Theories for How NY’s Primary Was Rigged
And Trump wasn’t the only one making that claim yesterday. For people on both sides of the aisle who like to claim that the system is rigged—which includes most prominently Bernie Sanders supporters—Tuesday’s primary provided plenty of fodder. Marked by broken-down voting machines, missing registration records, and a last-ditch effort to bring the New York Board of Elections to court, the New York primary was full of theories about how the election was fixed to favor establishment candidates, or at the very least, highly susceptible to error.
Firefighters pose with puppies to benefit charity and your libido
Naturally, with the newest charity addition, the firefighters decided to feature cute creatures in need in their calendar photos.
LeEco's three new smartphones ditch the headphone jack
We've been hearing rumors about Apple killing the 3.5mm headphone jack on its next major iPhone release, but looks like one Chinese company was keen to beat its American rival in this "race." LeEco, famed for bringing the world's first USB Type-C phones and recently investing in Aston Martin's electric car development, has just announced three new smartphones -- the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 -- that have ditched the conventional headphone jack in favor of the upcoming USB Type-C digital headphones. Unit now, HTC and JBL's Reflect Aware C was the only one in this new headphone category, so it's fitting that LeEco is also adding two of its own USB-C earpieces -- a pair of in-ears and a pair of noise-cancelling over-ears. These are also the first to be certified by LeEco's very own Continual Digital Lossless Audio standard.
The Best Vape for Every Appetite
Why settle for a vape that can only handle oils, waxes, loose-leaf marijuana or e-liquids when one pen can do it all? Multimode pens are getting easy to find, and they’re quickly dropping down to double-digit prices. Problem is, a lot of these cannabis and tobacco-vaporizing devices perform like you bought them at a 99-cent store.
Comcast Xfinity heads to Roku and Samsung TVs without a box
Comcast explains that this is not an over-the-top streaming service, but rather a way for its customers to access programming without the traditional set-top box. While Roku and Samsung are the first to jump on board, the cable company is open to adding new partners as well. Unfortunately, there's no definitive word on when the Xfinity TV integration will launch, as Comcast offered the vague "later this year" timing estimate.