Prince performs alongside Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock in previously unreleased footage
Prince performs alongside Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock in previously unreleased footage
Here's how to play Counter Strike on your Android Wear watch
Yes, now you can blast some bots into next week directly from your wrist playing the original Counter Strike 1.6 from the 90s.
Apple is laying off its contract recruiters, says VentureBeat
The website cites a source familiar with the iPhone-maker's recruitment initiative and says that in addition to cutting
YouTube is launching a new 6-second ad unit you can't skip
"We like to think of Bumper ads as little haikus of video ads."
Doom creator wants to bring back rocket jumping in Blackroom
Legendary game designer John Romero, known for genre-defining first-person-shooters like 'Doom' is back in the saddle with an all-new title: 'Blackroom'.
Amazon continues crackdown on alleged fake reviews
The e-retailer files a third lawsuit going after allegedly fraudulent reviewers, this time naming five new sites that promise glowing reviews.
New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer: It’s All the Mutants Against a God
Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) pulls together a dream team (including Wolverine!) to take on Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen in the movie's latest teaser.
Collision Conference – watch tech discusson live from New Orleans
More than 11,000 entrepreneurs, developers and investors meet at Collision for the three-day technology event. Watch interviews and panel discussions here
"The definition of an entrepreneur is someone who is willing to take risk."
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
Prince George stayed up 15 minutes past his bedtime to meet Barack and Michelle Obama
In the photos, George is dressed in pajamas and a highly stylish robe. This should be expected, as he is very busy and has no time to change between business and bedtime.
'Simpsons' boss unearths script pages from the Prince episode that never got made
Prince, seen animated here in a brief scene from Season 20's Treehouse of Horror episode, never guest starred on 'The Simpsons,' but not because the show didn't try to make it happen.
Nokia is buying digital health firm Withings for $191 million
Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings — a French consumer electronics company focused on digital health — for €170 million ($191 million) in cash. The acquisition will significantly boost Nokia's portfolio of wearables and fitness devices, bringing 200 Withings employees and products — including its Activité smartwatch , E-ink fitness tracker , and Bluetooth thermometer — into Nokia's advanced technologies division.
Plant Basil With Tomatoes for a Natural Pest Repellant (and Other Garden Tricks)
Here in North America, it’s time to think about planting (if you haven’t already), and the Old World Garden Farm suggests a garden pair that makes a lot of sense: basil and tomatoes. They’re tasty together, but basil also repels pests that feast on tomato plants, which makes caring for them easier on you.
Hands-on with Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS
The keyboard sits horizontally across the bottom of the display, in both portrait and landscape modes. When you’re in portrait mode, you have the keyboard nest itself comfortably in the bottom left or right corner. Beyond just looking cool, this setup lets you type easily by swiping with just one finger on one hand — most likely your thumb. I’m not used to this configuration, and I find myself making many mistakes as a result. But if I were to take the time to get used to it, I bet I could get pretty fast at typing with it.
The 11 extremely emotional chapters of Beyonce's 'Lemonade'
She sleeps all day, dreams of you in both worlds...Grief, sedated by orgasm. Orgasm heightened by grief. God was in the room when the man said to the woman, "I love you so much, wrap your legs around me and pull me in, pull me in, pull me in." Sometimes when he'd have her nipple in his mouth, she'd whisper "Oh my God." That too is a form of worship. Her hips grind. Pestle and water, cinnamon and gloves. Whenever he pulls out, lost. Dear moon we blame you for floods, for the flush of blood. For men who are also wolves. We blame you for the night, for the dark, for the ghosts.
From VTech to Ashley Madison: How the hacks of 2015 are reshaping cyber security
Such details included people’s email addresses, dates of birth and their credit card transactions. As a stand-alone event this is fascinating, great for small talk in the office, but it’s unlikely to strike fear into the hearts of senior professionals in organizations. However, the Ashley Madison breach was not the only cyber-attack to take a dramatic toll on an organization last year.
Gmail for Android gets Microsoft Exchange support
In many industries, Exchange is still seen as the standard for work-related email, contact, and calendar syncing, so Google has little choice but to support it. By adding the functionality to the Gmail app, employees of businesses that use Exchange can now get their work email, contacts, and calendars on their Android devices, without having to install a separate app just for their work accounts (or jump through various hoops to make the Gmail app work as desired).
Apple Watch again rumored to have cellular connectivity
Apple recently mandated that any new Apple Watch app submitted to the App Store use the watchOS 2 SDK, which means it has to operate natively on the wrist without needing an iPhone. While Apple Watch can currently use known Wi-Fi networks for connectivity, it seems a bit more likely Apple Watch 2.0 will have cellular connectivity.
Apple is now letting customers use its iPhone Upgrade Program online
On launch, the upgrade program asked that you purchase a phone in person at an Apple Store. It lets you pay a flat monthly fee, and upgrade your device annually.
MakerBot to stop manufacturing its own 3D printers
So much for "Made in Brooklyn." Less than a year after opening a 170,000-square foot factory in New York , MakerBot on Monday said contract manufacturer Jabil will now produce all of its 3D printers. Jabil is headquartered in the US but has production facilities overseas.
Twitter tweak allows reporting multiple abusive tweets at once
Twitter is constantly tweaking and improving the way abuse is reported on the microblogging website. A new update announced April 25 will make the process less painstaking, adding the ability to attach multiple tweets to a single report.
This tiny adapter lets you use wireless controllers with an NES
Analogue, the company behind perhaps the most gorgeous NES ever made , is releasing a new adapter so you can use a wireless controller with your classic Nintendo hardware. Called the Retro Receiver, the $19.99 receiver simply plugs into the controller port on an NES, letting you replace the standard, tethered gamepad with something wireless.
Here's A Toolkit for Creating a Loyal Instagram Following
Fast Company talked with the founders of Frank Body, the Norwegian cult clothing brand Onepiece, and the newly launched haircare brand Ouai—all brands built on Instagram—to learn their strategies for making a powerful impression on Instagram and using the platform to grow their companies. Here's some of what they shared.
Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study
This may seem surprising, since there is no policing authority on Wikipedia—no established top-down means of control. The community is self-governing, relying primarily on social pressure to enforce the established core norms, according to co-author Simon DeDeo, a complexity scientist at Indiana University. He likens the earliest Wikipedia users—most of whom hailed from the ultra-nerdy Usenet culture of the 1990s—to historical figures like Rousseau, Voltaire, and Thomas Jefferson. “But what happens when a tiny Thomas Jefferson Libertarian fantasy has to grow up?” he told Gizmodo.
Try Googling 'Silicon Valley' for some real, fake news from the HBO show
Since Google Posts are handled from the partner’s end, it seems HBO may update these news stories with every new episode of ‘Silicon Valley,’ so if you’re a big fan of the show, this is gonna be a fun season to follow up with in real life.
Microsoft's mobile Windows keyboard arrives on iOS
If you want to live-tweet Game of Thrones from an iPhone while keeping your snacking hand free, you have a new option. Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard has arrived to rival Apple's iOS, after the software giant teased it earlier in the year. The Windows Phone version is generally well-liked , but iPhone and iPad users will actually get more options . The one-handed "arc mode" is curved to be more suitable for thumb use, for instance, and you can select a custom photo to use as a background.
The HTC Vive now lets iPhone users take phone calls in VR
We first tried out HTC's notification system when it was released on Android in early April, and it's a clumsy execution of a great idea. In addition to downloading the mobile app, users will need to install some otherwise nearly useless HTC Vive desktop software. You can't get notifications for things like email or messaging apps. And one of the coolest Android features — the ability to send quick preset responses to calls or texts — isn't present on iOS. At the same time, it's an option that no other VR headset offers. And given how physically isolating VR can be, it creates a helpful lifeline to the outside world.
India mandates panic button on all phones to help keep women safe
All mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a panic button as of next year, the country's telecommunications ministry announced this week, as part of an effort to enhance safety for women. As Bloomberg reports , the order requires handset makers to implement an emergency feature that could be activated by holding down the numbers 5 or 9 on a keypad. The function will be mandatory on all phones by January 1st, 2017, while GPS navigation systems will be mandatory on all devices by 2018.
Beyoncé's 'visual album' Lemonade sets a new standard for pop storytelling
It’s tempting to look at Beyoncé’s new "visual album" Lemonade as a show of celebrity force that’s without parallel in pop music. No one’s ever used an hour on premium cable to unveil an album-length airing of marital grievances so potent fans thought it might be coupled with a divorce announcement. (It’s a testament to Beyoncé’s command over the public imagination that the idea of a promotional divorce announcement wasn’t completely insane in the first place.) It’s a hyper-ambitious political gesture and an unyielding study of a troubled marriage, and the music — did you forget about the music? — isn’t half-bad either.
An astronaut ran a marathon in space, because going to space wasn’t hard enough
Don't worry, it gets way more embarrassing for me. Not only did he run a space marathon, he had to do it in simulated gravity, which is way harder to pull off. The process involved the team strapping Peake to the treadmill. A waist belt and shoulder straps pushed down on his hips and shoulders, providing the right amount of downforce and ensuring that runner didn't float away. Peake noted in an earlier interview that the straps start to dig in after 40 minutes or so, making the run way more uncomfortable than it would be on land.
Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion in Largest Private Tech Funding Round
Ant Financial Services Group, the financial-services affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., closed the world’s largest private fundraising round for an Internet company at $4.5 billion, giving it a roughly $60 billion valuation.
Uber wants to help drivers find cheap gas and, maybe even, the bathroom
A deal with AT&T and Verizon means drivers can get 20% off their data bill, even if it is a family plan. For Uber drivers who do more than 100 rides a month, Uber can also send them a fuel card to use and have it automatically deducted from their paycheck and include gas costs on their tax information.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley Shows Off Martial Arts Skills - IGN
In a video posted to Instagram, Ridley is seen swinging around a staff before jump kicking Yang to the ground. It's unclear whether or not the stunt training is explicitly for her role as Rey, though it's likely to have some influence on her role.
A New Facebook Camera App Won't Win Anyone Back
People aren’t sharing as much about their personal lives on Facebook as they used to, and so the company is reportedly hoping the launch of a new camera app will help solve that problem.
Goldman Sachs launches GS Bank, an Internet bank with a $1 minimum deposit
Goldman Sachs has traditionally functioned like a run-of-the-mill investment bank. Minimums to open an account were in the range of $10 million, and returns were not guaranteed.
How GE used science to make a hot sauce so spicy, it's bottled in jet engine materials
As a native Thai, I’m fairly used to spicy foods but even GE’s hot sauce managed to kick my ass. It starts off spicy to an almost sweet level, but quickly turns into a burn that lingers for a good minute after the initial lick. I was even told, “If you eat too much of it you will end up in the hospital.”
Amazon's restaurant deliveries come to San Francisco
The Seattle company's restaurant service is now in eight US markets, with these food deliveries available only to Amazon's Prime members within the Prime Now mobile app. The service is powered by local couriers that partner with Amazon. Still, the retailer will have to work hard to stand out in San Francisco, where a number of food delivery services are already available, including Postmates and Uber.
Everyone in Australia is still pirating 'Game of Thrones' like mad
The show is available in Australia via Foxtel, both through cable and its streaming service, Foxtel Play. Nevertheless, it looks like a lot of people would rather go hunting online.
Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you
" Follow me " is an up-and-coming feature on consumer drones, and then you've also got those that are foldable for the sake of portability. Very few devices carry both advantages, but Beijing startup Zero Zero Robotics has already gone further with its Hover Camera. As the name suggests, this drone is mainly for aerial photography and videography, but what makes it even cooler is the fact that its propellers are fully enclosed by a strong carbon fiber frame, thus making it the safest drone we've ever played with. As you can see in our hands-on video after the break, you can literally grab it whenever you like without sacrificing any of your fingers to the drone gods.
Cheap Technology—And a Bit of Good Will—Are Bringing Hearing Aids To The World's Poor
Within a few days, World Wide Hearing trainees learn how to examine a patient and test their hearing with a backpack of low-cost equipment provided by the organization. In the remaining time, they learn how to fit and configure a hearing aid for the patients—providing a device that can help more than 90% of people with hearing loss, says Renyi. World Wide Hearing has simplified and economized the fitting process. High-end devices in affluent communities are custom-configured to the particular needs of each patient, requiring a computer and technical knowledge. World Wide hearing instead uses hearing aids that come with a selection of programs or profiles. The technician clicks through the programs to select the one that best matches the patient's condition. "They're not perfect," says Renyi. "But we really think that some of these technologies have a big potential to really give more people access, especially if it simplifies the fitting process."
Esports league bans porn site-sponsored team
"These aren't new rules but ones that have been in our rulebooks for a long time. We have spoken to Team YP manager earlier this year, and in that conversation we've explained the situation and rules in detail and offered to look for potential alternatives in a bigger group. At the same time, we're consulting with our legal teams about this."
As Kotaku notes , eSports fans are mostly supportive of Team YP — and it's not the only team with sketchy roots. G2A, which resells Steam keys, is a regular sponsor of ESL teams and events. And then there's the gambling sites. It's another bump in the road for a sport that's still growing up -- regardless of whether its viewers are old enough to watch pornography.
True crime: Harper Lee piece about murder investigation discovered
Lee biographer Charles J. Shields told the Guardian he relied on two major clues to attribute the article to Lee, who died in February at age 89. Though the piece lists no author, there's the fact that Lee helped Capote research his book and had access to information about the case that others didn't. What's more, Shields found a column in a Kansas newspaper called the Garden City Telegram announcing that Lee's article would appear in Grapevine.
You probably missed Prince's last live performance, but you can stream it [Update: It's gone!]
Update: Unfortunately, as with all unofficial uploads of Prince’s music, the link to the gig on Soundcloud is no longer live.
Tesco Mobile scraps European roaming charges, for the summer
Sound great, but there is a catch. Unlike its rival's "Feel at Home" initiative , which is available for as long as you have an eligible tariff, Tesco Mobile's "Home from Home" service is only eligible for a limited time. Pay monthly and pay-as-you-go customers can use their UK allowances between May 23rd and September 3rd. However, it is a period when many people will embark on their summer holidays.
Got $20K? This Start-Up Has a Secure Smartphone for You
Sirin was born out of need, not want: In 2013, co-founder and Chairman of the Board Kenges Rakishev's phone was hacked, sending him on an expedition to find a truly private mobile device. With Moshe Hogeg (president) and Tal Cohen (CEO), Rakishev has built the Solarin.
The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology , allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains.
You can now flag abusive Twitter accounts by reporting multiple tweets at once
Twitter's processing for reporting abusive accounts has long been criticized as being clunky and ineffective. Until now, users who are subject to harassment have had to report every abusive tweet individually. Today, in a long overdue move, Twitter will allow you to flag abusive accounts by attaching multiple tweets to your report as evidence. "This update makes it easier for you to provide us with more information about the extent of abuse and reduces the time it takes to do so," engineer Hao Tang wrote in a blog post . "That added context often helps us investigate issues and get them resolved faster."
Pope: Millennials have no chill when it comes to mobile phone usage
Pope Francis is easily the most tech-savvy of any Pope to date, but yesterday he expressed — to a crowd of 100,000 in St. Peter’s Square — that technology wasn’t the key to happiness for today’s youth.
NASA's latest X-Planes could help save the planet
NASA’s famed X-Planes have already set some milestones in the past. The X-1 broke the sound barrier in October 1947. Others have set records such as being the first planes to fly at altitudes in excess of 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000m and to fly three, four, five, and six times the speed of sound.
Porn, products and baby names -- the QWERTY keyboard influences everything
QWERTY, the most common type of keyboard, might just be one of the most influential pieces of technology of the last century.
Steam now offers Hollywood movies for rent, but why?
For some reason, the company has now decided to host Hollywood movies from Lionsgate for rent or purchase in some countries on Steam. There are more than a hundred of them, including ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Pi’, ‘Dredd’, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ and the ‘Saw’ series.
Weekly Business Update: Tech versus the law, $120M for Cabify, and more
Tech companies can’t seem to help but get themselves in trouble with the law. There is of course a rich history of governments putting their foot down to stem one activity or another, typified by the antitrust suit against Microsoft back in 2000.
New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer - IGN
And here's a discussion on why we're excited for this latest chapter in the X-Men series:
Would You Buy a Chromebook If It Ran Android Apps?
Of course, we have yet to see how Google’s entire Play Store would work when brought over to Chrome OS. Still, supposing the apps work as well on a Chromebook as they do on Android devices, would that change your opinion? Do you think an infusion of local apps from a neighboring ecosystem would make Chrome OS a compelling alternative to competing laptops? Or is it still no match for a laptop that’s been getting native apps since the start?