Google's Project Fi service turns multiple phone networks into one
Got a Nexus 6? Itching to dump your traditional wireless service provider for something a bit more ambitious? Google's got you covered. After months of s
Inside the surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines
On the eve of the 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to set up their machines around the...
Last-place Boston Marathon finisher is first place in our hearts
Maickel Melamed, the Boston Marathon's last-place finisher, is a runner you've never heard of but need to know.
'Game of Thrones' explained by 'The Onion' headlines
Screencaps from 'Game of Thones' captioned with headlines from satirical news website 'The Onion'.
You Have to Hack This Massively Multiplayer Game to Beat It | WIRED
In this <em>World of Warcraft</em>-style game, hacking the game <em>is</em> the game.
'Avengers' fanboy makes laser Iron Man glove that can do some damage - CNET
Watch laser enthusiast Patrick Priebe show off the blasting abilities of his slick Iron Man glove in a new YouTube video.
Mesosphere Brings Support For Google’s Kubernetes To Its Operating System For The Data Center
Google would like its Kubernetes project to become the standard for interacting with large computing clusters and containers. Mesosphere , which also has a strong focus on containers, is trying to establish its technologies as the default operating system for the datacenter. At first, those two projects may seem as if they should be at odds with each other, but as both Google and Mesosphere announced today, Mesosphere will now integrate Kubernetes into its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS).
A Blueprint for Your Digital Afterlife
This week, I dug into this morbid topic with Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter to get some answers. I’m embarrassed to admit that, for the most part, I didn’t realize I had so many options for directing my digital data to someone else if something were to happen. This guide will help you and your friends and family feel more in control, despite the inevitable.
Google’s `Mobilegeddon’ Could Affect Major Companies
Our tests have shown wide variance in results, even among consumer-facing sites. For example, P&G is doing pretty well: 80 percent of its consumer brand sites are "mobile-friendly." Unilver did pretty well too (75 percent). But only 50 percent of Kraft's consumer brands passed Google's test. Overall, we're seeing compliance at about 60 percent, but again, there are major differences, even regionally (on Long Island, only 23 percent of large-cap companies passed the test.
Daredevil is coming back to Netflix for a second season
Matt Murdock — better known as crime-fighter Daredevil — is finding his way back to the small screen. Netflix has announced that the Marvel hero will return in a second season of Daredevil , due to hit the streaming service at an unspecified point in 2016. No plot details have been announced yet, but it looks likely that Murdock will widen his net, dealing with other villains from the comic company's vast stable.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "The Frenemy of My Enemy" Review - IGN
Coulson turning himself in is a surprising moment though it seems to mark a rather abrupt end to this recent storyline with him on the run from SHIELD. Then again, it’s worth noting all of his other allies are still out there, so who knows what he really has planned. In the meantime, getting to know Cal better in all his jovial madness is great, and seeing these live-action versions of Mr. Hyde, Deathlok, Quake and various other Inhumans, SHIELD agents and Hydra agents all facing off, it really stood out how much this series has grown and evolved in the past year.
'Unfriended' is a horror movie in a Mac desktop video - CNET
This unconventional horror flick tells a surprisingly creepy story -- using only browser windows and video chat. CNET's Luke Westaway offers his verdict.
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Destiny's House of Wolves: A Tour of the Reef - IGN
The main social space is the Queen's Bay, located inside the Reef. All players will be able to visit the Reef, whether or not they've purchased the DLC. A new NPC named Petra Venj introduces a new Queen's Wrath faction, and she will be the major story character in the Reef. Venj rewards you for hunting down members of the House of Wolves, a group of Fallen who rebelled against the Queen.
Apple Says Being ‘Bombarded’ With Inquiries on Watch Arrival
Ahrendts and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook are trying change the shopping experience for buyers seeking to get their hands on the smartwatch, which goes on sale in eight countries and Hong Kong later this week. To do that, Apple is departing from its usual practice of flooding stores and courier vans with new products and instead is deliberately changing the buying process for the smartwatch, which has more options for customization than a typical Apple product.
Facebook starts testing mobile calling app 'Hello'
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it started testing its mobile calling app 'Hello' on Android, which allows users to connect with Facebook to see the identity and information about callers even if the number is not saved on the phone.
Google Reveals A Pay-Per-GB Wireless Service
A pay-as-you-go model would be different from the wireless industry’s standard model, which has set data caps per month and charges high fees for data used over the cap. Via email this morning, Google reiterated that it definitely has plans to launch its own service as a mobile virtual network operator but declined to provide any details.
Adobe Gives Lightroom New Facial Recognition and HDR Features, An Android Update, And More
The line between Lightroom and Photoshop's missions has always been a bit blurry. Basically, Lightroom is for organizing photos and performing quick tweaks that don't take more than a few clicks, while Photoshop gives you all the detail-oriented image-editing tools you ever wanted, and then some. That concept doesn't change in this update. Still, Adobe is upping the ante on what you can accomplish in Lightroom without much effort.
Apple designers Ive, Newson talk Apple Watch at Conde Nast International Luxury Conference
Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson helped inaugurate the first annual Conde Nast International Luxury Conference on Wednesday, speaking with Vogue editor Suzy Menkes about the Apple Watch and their work philosophies.
CIOs, This Is How To Talk To Your CEO About The Cloud
At the end of the day, you want to change the conversation from “Let’s move to the cloud” to “Let’s make a strategic decision for the business.” Emphasize to the CEO that you want to employ IT solutions that are aligned with the organization’s goals and are respectful of the company’s budget. The cloud will very likely be part of that transformation plan. By working together, you will be able to make decisions that move the business forward.
Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)
For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively rendering the animals as legal "people" in the eyes of the law. New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe said that the apes, held at Stony Brook University for research purposes, are covered by a writ of habeas corpus — a basic legal principle that lets people challenge the validity of their detention.
Apple retail chief Ahrendts addresses Apple Watch, 12
Apple retail chief Ahrendts addresses Apple Watch, 12" MacBook availability issues in internal video
By AppleInsider Staff
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 02:12 pm PT (05:12 pm ET)
In an internal video sent out to Apple Store employees on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts clarifies the situation with Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook availability, reiterating the need to push customers toward online sales as supply catches up to demand.
The video, obtained by Mac4Ever , shows Ahrendts addressing Apple Store employees from Cupertino in what appears to be an impromptu update necessitated by customer questions surrounding current and future availability of Apple's latest products. Both Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook launched on April 10 to overwhelming demand, but the company switched to an online-only method of ordering that apparently left many buyers confused.
Ahrendts wants employees to impress upon customers that Apple Watch is not simply a new device, but an entirely new product and platform.
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Facebook has a new plan to take over your Android phone
It's unclear if Facebook's Hello app will ever take off — while Facebook's apps such as Slingshot haven't been massive successes, the idea of tying Facebook data into your contacts list and phone dialer does make some sense. People already link their phone numbers to their Facebook account, so it's not surprising that Facebook would try to encourage its userbase to make more use of all that data stored in their Facebook profiles.
Corrello Gives Project Managers Powerful Dashboards in Trello
With 5 million users as of the fall, Trello has become one of the most popular project management systems. Being a simple and (in most cases) free service, it’s increasingly being picked up by small- and medium-sized teams that didn’t really feel they needed a dedicated tool before.
Turns Out the Hardware in Self-Driving Cars Is Pretty Cheap | WIRED
Then there are the sensors, which do the critical work of reading the world around the car. The above diagram, from the Boston Consulting Group report, points out the different technologies being used. Cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors are cheap, ranging from as little as $15 to $200. That’s largely because they’ve been common for several years, necessary for features like lane keeping and adaptive cruise control. Just as those advanced driver assistance systems are slowly getting consumers ready for cars that drive themselves, they’re helping the industry get there.
Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition
Box has recognized for some time that c loud storage is a commodity . Knowing that and noting it on stage, the company pressed its various services that it has built on top of storage, like permissions, access statistics and content management. Box Developer Edition is a bet that developers want to integrate storage and file management into their apps, but don’t want to bother with all the hassling details, something that Box has spent significant time and resources figuring out.
Carly Fiorina to Launch Presidential Campaign on May 4
Carly Fiorina plans to launch her presidential campaign on May 4, in an online announcement that dispenses with the pageantry that has become de rigueur in 2016 White House runs.
Europe’s Plan to Compete with Silicon Valley
SOFIA — On May 6, the European Commission will unveil its proposals for what it calls the single digital market – an attempt to corral the 28 member states of the European Union into a common market for digital goods, capital, content and services. The impetus for this strategy: the growing dominance of American tech firms like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. in Europe, and their perceived encroachment on the crown jewels of European industry – networking infrastructure, automotive and manufacturing, which together form 2 million enterprises and 33 million jobs.
These Laser Scans of London Are a New Way to See the World | WIRED
When the duo founded ScanLab Projects in 2011, they were a pair of freshly minted architecture school graduates who’d gotten their hands on an extraordinarily expensive commercial-grade laser scanner. Today, their London-based studio is at the forefront of large-scale 3-D laser scanning, specializing in striking, ghostly reproductions of castles, museums, ice floes and more, conjured from billions of millimeter-precise dots.
Chipmaker Qualcomm's quarterly profit plunges 46 percent
Most of Qualcomm's revenue comes from selling baseband chips, which enable phones to communicate with carrier networks, but a majority of its profit comes from licensing patents for its CDMA cellphone technology.
Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN
In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).
Patents for magical Apple Watch bands just in time
Along with a few other veteran Apple designers, Jony Ive and Marc Newson are listed as credited inventors for each band design. Newson wasn’t brought on officially to Apple’s design team until after the Watch was unveiled, but his name on these patents confirm suspicions that he was involved with designing the Watch from early on in the process.
Facebook’s First-Quarter Earnings and Analyst Call — Live Blog
A second question was about how well Facebook can target ads. And Sandberg says “so well, let me give you an example.” She talked about a specific ad from Xfinity that must have had quite handy. Conversion tracking is increasingly used, she says. Basically, she says, Facebook can scientifically measure the success and impact of its ads. But, as always, it’s early and there is so much more we can do to measure results, she says. Our growth will depend on it, she says.
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Outlook for Android comes out of preview - Office Blogs
In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android . At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance. We set a high bar for where we wanted Outlook for Android to be before we removed the preview label. Since our preview release we’ve updated Outlook for Android 17 times—that’s more than one update per week—to meet this bar. A big part of that work has been improving the performance and stability of the app along with work on localization, accessibility and other fit and finish pieces. The other part of this work was about delivering features to add new value, match the iOS version and respond to your feedback.
VR developers can now apply for free HTC Vive dev kits
For those that pass Valve's muster, dev kits will being shipping in the spring and continue to go out throughout the summer, the company said. "Our goal is to support as many VR content creators as possible and, to that end, we will be distributing dev kits continually, with new units going out every couple weeks. However, supplies may be limited," Valve warns in a post announcing the development kit program .
Stopping Game of Thrones Piracy's Like Trying to Stop Winter From Coming
Game of Thrones’ piracy problem gets even worse, Makerbot tries to bring 3D printing to everyone, and the bezel-less OPPO R7 leaks (and it looks amazing). BitStream is the news and rumors you missed in the last 24 hours.
iOS bug sends iPhones into endless crash cycle when exposed to rogue Wi-Fi
Further ReadingiPhones can auto-connect to rogue Wi-Fi networks, researchers warnAttackers can exploit behavior to collect passwords and other sensitive data. The Skycure researchers said the exploit can be combined with one they uncovered two years ago that forces iPhones to automatically connect to rogue Wi-Fi networks . The combination allows attackers to form a "NO iOS Zone" that after luring all iOS devices to join the Wi-Fi network, sends them into an endless crash cycle. Targets hit by the attack would have few options to stop the attack as long as they're within range of the Wi-Fi access point. Skycure documented the vulnerability in a blog post published Tuesday and demonstrated it the same day at the RSA security conference in San Francisco.
New Zeiss Lenses for Sony A7 Cameras Have OLED Displays for Some Reason
Which is... neat? Finding a new way to communicate lens info is admirable because the old way is a little busted. But a display could just be another electronic component to fail, and an extra (very tiny) drain on your camera battery.
The Post-Sony World: Why A Defense Contractor Bought A Cybersecurity Firm For $1.9 Billion
Announcement of the acquisition, which has been rumored for some time, was made at San Francisco’s RSA Conference , a zoo-like mega-get-together for the corporate and government cybersecurity complex where clients and vendors meet to make deals and talk shop. It fulfills a role similar in its space to those of CES for the consumer tech world or SXSW Interactive for the web world. In a sign of how much Sony and Target shook up the industry, this year’s conference was by far the biggest ever with more than 15,000 estimated guests and speakers including actor Alec Baldwin, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
IT Life Radio: An Alternative To University IT Programs - InformationWeek
Ashu Desai, our latest guest on IT Life Radio thinks college computer science programs are failing their students. He's founded a new kind of school to make the next generation of software developers that he thinks is more cost effective, faster, and most importantly, makes better developers than traditional IT programs from four year universities.
German Online Loans Platform Smava Raises $16M
smava.de is Germany's largest online credit market. Borrowers can obtain cheap online credit at smava.de as a clever alternative to a bank loan with investors financing these loans directly. This way, smava.de establishes a direct connection between investor funds and the use of these funds by private persons and the self-employed. The resulting savings are passed on to customers in the form of …
Review: Acer Chromebook 15 | WIRED
The biggest disappointment about my time with the Acer 15 was the battery life. Given how obnoxiously big and heavy it is, I had high hopes that the battery would be powerful and long-lasting. Nope. The Acer regularly hit the eight-hour mark if I kept things simple, but often fell below that when I would stress it by playing a movie or two. Acer claims nine hours for the Chromebook 15, which you can probably achieve if you make an effort to conserve energy. But even nine hours is several hours short of the best in the Chromebook world. Still, complaining about “only” eight hours of battery is a nice reminder of just how great Chromebook battery life is in general.
Tesla's Next Big Product Is Coming On April 30: Batteries
When Elon Musk makes his next big announcement later this month he won’t be joined by an electric car or a space-bound capsule. Tesla will finally be passing along details on its long-awaited batteries designed for home use, plus a “utility-scale” battery as well—both of which will likely be manufactured in its new Gigafactory in Nevada.
Researchers leverage SSL bug to crash Apple devices over Wi-Fi in 'No iOS Zone' attack
A bug in iOS's secure sockets layer (SSL) library could allow an attacker to force apps — or in some cases, the entire device — to crash if users connect to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot, security researchers demonstrated this week.
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Microsoft Band now shares activity, updating the Health app wth iOS, Android phone data
You don’t even need a Band. Microsoft previously ported its Health app to Android and iOS, as well as Windows Phone. Until now, however, you had to pair it with a Band or other fitness band to tap its data. Now, Microsoft said, users don’t even need a Band—they can use the step and calorie data collected by an Android 4.4+ phone or the iPhone 5s or later.
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4 must-have Apple Watch apps for getting work done from your wrist
For many Evernote power users, the biggest Watch feature will be search. You’ll be able to scour your notes for keywords, which will come in handy when you need to think of something right. This. Instant. Evernote will also show you a handful of notes it thinks you’ll find useful, but don’t expect to use your Watch to dive deep into a project. For that, hand off a task to your iPhone.
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NASA assembles unprecedented scientific team to find out if we’re all alone
NASA’s new project, run by its Science Mission Directorate, will bring together earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists, and astrophysicists “in an unprecedented collaboration to share their perspectives, research results, and approaches in the pursuit of one of humanity’s deepest questions: Are we alone?”
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school? - The Boston Globe
Today, White, a sociology major, is vice president of Harvard’s First Generation Student Union, an advocacy and support network seeking to create positive institutional change for students whose parents never attended a four-year-college; Barros is the president. To hear them talk about it, the union has become a haven for Harvard’s poorest students, even if “first generation” doesn’t always mean poor. Low-income kids claimed the term when they realized how much easier it was to admit they were struggling partly because they were the first in their family to go to college, and not simply because they were poor, says Dan Lobo, who founded the union in 2013. Raised by Cape Verdean immigrant parents in Lynn — his dad cooks and his mom waits tables at hotels near Logan — Lobo spent a few tough years “trying to transition to Harvard.” After having dinner with two classmates in similar circumstances who also felt like an “invisible minority” on campus and struggled to make friends and keep up academically, Lobo decided to “come out” as a low-income, first-generation student and organized the First Generation Student Union.
Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower | EarthSky.org
The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2015, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – will fall on the mornings of April 22 or 23, with the nod going to the later date. The greatest number of meteors should fall during the few hours before dawn on either date. In 2015, a waxing crescent moon will set in the evening on the days around the Lyrids’ peak, leaving a dark for watching meteors. All in all … awesome Lyrid meteor shower prospects this year! Follow the links below to learn more about April’s shooting stars!
Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom
Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.