'Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes' Lets You Fly, Thunder, Smash — and Build
Disney's second-generation interactive video game features six Avengers game pieces – with many more to come – and a sprawling version of Manhattan.
Dancing Mom's 'Booty Bump' Gives New Meaning to Headbutt [VIDEO]
Hey, moms need to cut loose sometimes too. Summer Knowlden's moves are so fierce, she could knock someone out.
10 Office Food Hacks for Supreme Workplace Snacking
[Video] - A collection of food hacks to improve your office snacking.
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Every MIT Undergrad Will Get $100 in Bitcoin This Fall
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This arcade machine runs on empty plastic bottles - CNET
The city of Dhaka in Bangladesh has a population of 15 million. It's a place that isn't known for a high awareness of recycling. To put a little dent in that, Coca-Cola built a classic arcade game machine that won't take coins, only empty plastic bottles. The slot is built to the exact size specifications of a plastic Coke bottle.
The Sinister Six Lineup Potentially Revealed - IGN
However, Sony today announced that Spidey 2 has one more secret up its web-shooting sleeve -- that is, when when the film opens stateside on May 2, fans will be able to Shazam the credits sequence featuring the song "It's on Again" by Alicia Keys (ft. Kendrick Lamar) to "unlock a look into the sinister future."
Facebook Updates Parse With Lower Prices, Improved Analytics, Offline Capabilities | TechCrunch
At Facebook’s F8 developer conference today, Parse CEO and co-founder Ilya Sukhar announced that the company is significantly lowering its prices for developers. Until now, Parse offered different tiers of subscriptions for developers, but going forward, there will only be one. Until developers hit a certain limit, they won’t have to pay for using Parse.
Podcast: Comics are funny 'til someone gets hurt | Macworld
In this week’s podcast we welcome another Dan (Frakes, in this case) to mull over the news of the week. And that news is contentious indeed. We begin by talking about the effects of Amazon’s acquisition of the ComiXology app (good for Amazon, bad for the comic book culture). We then peek, in a confused sort of way, into a future MacBook Air upgrade that, to you now, is a thing of the past. Next we climb on a high horse and say unkind things about the FCC and its chairman. And we finish by climbing atop the higher horse standing on the previous horse’s back and rant a bit about how large companies can get away with all kinds of untoward actions provided they have the cash on hand to pay their way out of their poor behavior.
Secret App Launches in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
Secret is launching its anonymous sharing app today in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, marking its first expansion beyond the United States.
Augment Raises $1.5 Million For Its Augmented Reality Solution | TechCrunch
French startup Augment raised $1.5 million to fuel international growth. Three private investors participated in this round — Alain Roubach, Georges Saier and Stanislas Cromback. Augment makes augmented reality useful for salespeople. Whenever you want to show how furniture, merchandising displays or even art prints would look, you can just use your iPad.
Foxconn’s FIH Invests $2.2M In Social Media Site mig33 | TechCrunch
Launched in late 2005, mig33 has now grown to be one of the world’s largest social entertainment platform companies. mig33 allows users from all over the world to talk, chat, play games, organize online parties, and thrive as their virtual personas. mig33 currently connects over 65 million registered members around the world and hosts a fast-growing virtual economy. Headquartered in Singapore, mig33 …
Facebook Messenger for iOS Gets Video Sharing, Faster Photo Sharing
Facebook today updated its Messenger app for iOS with a slew of new features. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store .
'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced
"Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film," read the press release on Starwars.com .
Apple iWatch Already in Production, Report Says
It said the device will be released in the latter half of 2014, and that production of up to 3 million devices will began in the second quarter of this year, and will increase to 14 to 15 million in the third quarter.
Forget LinkedIn, Why You'll Find Your Next Job Using Facebook
Though Facebook user base is arguably larger than any job board, with billions in a potential pool of applicants, “When it comes to recruiting ability, targeting is why places like Monster and Craigslist are quote-unquote failing,” Le Viet argues, “because anyone can apply and employers are flooded” with applicants who aren’t a match for the open position. “It’s just a lot noise,” he adds.
How one UMass professor spanned the globe with Office 365
Anthony Moh, a graduating UMass senior who took the course, says working with the Microsoft tools was trivial. Moh, who will be working for Microsoft after graduation on the Office 365 engineering team, said the package of tools worked well together, especially in the context of the design of the overall course. He admitted there may be individual cloud tools that would have been better for certain tasks, but in terms of how it all fit together for the course, it suited their purposes. Otherwise, he explained, students would have been forced to open individual tools for each part of the process, rather than having them all work together in a package.
Facebook’s Stock Picks Up Momentum After Announcing Its Mobile Ad Network | TechCrunch
On the back of an analyst upgrade based on optimism about the future of its ad products, Facebook today picked up around 2.8 percent in the public markets. After starting the day at a deficit, Facebook has picked up momentum as its f8 developer conference announced several new products, including the Facebook Audience Network .
Can This Algorithm Find Hires of a Certain Race? - At Work - WSJ
The company created an algorithm that reviews individuals’ online profiles—pulling in data from Twitter , Github and other social and tech sites—to create a list of potential job candidates. Using data about a person’s alma mater, professional and social affiliations, and job titles, the algorithm determines his or her likely gender, ethnicity or race, and whether they have military experience. A graduate of Howard University, a historically black college, would likely be noted as black, for instance, while an engineer with the word ‘sergeant’ in an earlier job title might be labeled a veteran.
I made a video game with a pencil and paper
Floors can be a frustrating app. While it works most of the time, getting to the point where it reliably recognizes your inputs requires some annoying trial and error. And sometimes the tiniest mistake, like failing to fully erase something, can result in a level that doesn't match what you drew. That's not even including all of the time it takes to memorize the different symbols and what they do. But the learning curve is worth it. Seeing something you drew with a pencil transform into an actual, playable game is a pretty amazing experience — even if it takes some work to get it working right. It's also free to download, and all of the key features are available even if you don't spend anything. Right now the only things you can buy are additional enemies and power-ups, though more in-app purchases are coming to help expand the experience. "You're almost buying toys for a toy set," says Pixel Press founder Robin Rath.
Microsoft's prototype keyboard understands gestures | PCWorld
The team has been working on the project for about a year-and-a-half and will continue to refine the gesture interpretation. The sensors on the keyboard are in pairs, with one sensor emitting infrared light and the other reading the light reflected back. It’s not unlike the technology in Microsoft’s Kinect gaming system.
Google releases Docs and Sheets apps for iOS and Android
Google is launching standalone mobile apps for the three key tools in its productivity suite: Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The apps will be available on both iOS and Android , with the former two already out today and Slides coming at a later date. The standalone apps aren't strictly necessary though: the ability to create, view, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations has been built into the Google Drive app for some time now. These new apps even look just like Google Drive, but with different color schemes. But by breaking them out on their own, Google gives users of its productivity suite a clear place to go when they want to get working.
Oracle Head Ellison Prepping Clippers Bid With Oprah, David Geffen
Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder and CEO of software giant Oracle, is part of a trio including record producer David Geffen and TV personality Oprah Winfrey preparing a bid for the L.A. Clippers basketball team, according to reports on ESPN , citing comments from Geffen and a Winfrey spokeswoman.
Yahoo Screen Arrives On Android | TechCrunch
However, for now, the Yahoo Screen Android app includes the same fare as its iOS counterpart – programming from SNL, Comedy Central, The Onion, MLB, Vogue, ABC News and others. The interface also looks the same, with the still somewhat odd choice to feature iconic “logos” for the channels inside of their names (as a normal “TV guide” would) – where some are not that obvious, like a comedy mask or an arrow, for example.
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Why Isn't Twitter's Plan To Boost User Growth Working Better?
Q: Spending trend per advertiser? Gupta: It’s growing among both large and small advertisers, seeing spend go up on a year-over-year basis. No info on pricing, though. Costolo later said Twitter consistently hears it gets better return on spend on mobile advertising, now 80% of ad revenues. “Twitter’s unique user base, which in addition to being predominantly mobile, is also actively engaged, and the real-time, news-driven nature of the platform itself present significant opportunity for advertisers to connect with mobile audiences,” Chris Amos, cofounder and chief marketing officer at Facebook and Twitter ad partner Ampush, said in an email. “This will likely help Twitter as they continue to grow their mobile ad business over the next few years and look to build upon the early success that Facebook has seen.”
Ebook subscription site Scribd adds "For Dummies" titles, will pay reference publishers when users browse
Reference publishers are suffering since so much information is available free on the internet. Ebook subscription site Scribd sees reference books as a key component of its service and announced a partnership with Wiley on Wednesday.
RightScale now can keep its eye on internal VMware deployments too
Despite the cloud rampage, most companies still have at least one foot planted in their own data centers where VMware reigns. That’s why RightScale is adding vSphere to the mix of technologies it monitors.
Google rebuffs anonymous accusation of AdSense fraud - CNET
"This description of our AdSense policy enforcement process is a complete fiction," said a Google spokesperson. "The color-coding and "extreme quality control" programs the author describes don't exist. Our teams and automated systems work around the clock to stop bad actors and protect our publishers, advertisers and users."
Facebook Launches FB Start for App Developers
The Accelerate Track is for developers who already have a thriving app, but want to tackle scaling. “We’ll give you what you need to turn it into a successful business,” Facebook says. This free package of tools and services is worth up to $30,000, including:
Why Mean Girls Has Obsessed the Internet for a Decade | Underwire | WIRED
But it’s Tumblr that has become the most fertile ground for Mean Girls talk. The movie, in true Fey fashion, tells the story of a fish-out-of-water student (Lohan) trying to survive life with an uber-popular clique—mostly through soul-crushing jokes and subtle visual reactions. In other words, it was trafficking in image macros long before the format became ubiquitous online. An image of one of the film’s titular mean girls paired with a quote like “that’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets” is an easy response to almost anything on the internet; by now, the producers of a film or TV show know they have a hit when a mashup Tumblr launches, whether it’s Mean Mad Men or Mean Girls of Westeros . (See some of the best in the gallery above.)
Blue Apron Raises $50M to Deliver Do-It-Yourself Meal Kits, Recipes - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
What I’m seeing time and again with food tech deals — is data. Data on the US Consumer demand and expenditure on food. Basically, fortunate people with disposable income eat every day here in the US generally. So that’s a pretty large addressable market, with a lot of repeat buying potential. Americans spend billions of dollars on food every year. If you get really interested dig into the data from the USDA to understand where these investors are coming from. Also, our news and the earnings reports from cos. like Grubhub and OpenTable may be of interest. Here’s the USDA link… http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-choices-health/food-consumption-demand.aspx#.U2EvFsb3NfM
Oklahoma inmate dies after apparent botched execution
A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was scrubbed Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney, struggled to lift his head and died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes later, officials and witnesses said.
Here’s How to Delete Comments and Correct Typos on Instagram | Gadget Lab | WIRED
You know the scenario. Some moron hashtag-bombs your picture. Delete! Or a friend leaves a comment thinking he’s being funny, but really, he’s just being a tasteless goon. Zap it! Or you’re leaving a comment on somebody else’s picture that actually is funny (omg your soo funny!) but then you hit Send before realizing auto-correct messed up one of the words, and thus, your joke. So you leave another comment noting the fix. Oh, but auto-correct munges that one too, so you leave a third comment. Enough! Delete, re-type, double-check, and make it look like you nailed the landing on the first try instead of fumbling around like a fool. No one will be the wiser.
'Sign in with Google' button could send Google+ to oblivion
But it also suggests that the company no longer wants Google+ to represent it around the web. Google's brand is much stronger than that of its social network, and some developers may be more comfortable adding a generic Google login to their sites and apps. Given those facts, the blue button may be better for Google as it competes with Facebook, Twitter, and others for single sign-on supremacy. But rolling it out will only reinforce the perception that the best days of Google+ are behind it.
More evidence suggests a sub-$200 June launch for LG's G Watch
June is looking good for the first Android Wear smartwatch launch with the LG G Watch expected in at least two markets at a price that could put some pressure on existing smartwatch products.
Dick Costolo Admits There Is A Huge Hole In Twitter's Business
... there's a real opportunity for us when we think about our private messaging to strengthen the core of our Twitter product by making it easier for users to move more fluidly between the public conversation that happens everywhere on Twitter and the private conversation between you and a friend or you and a few friends. There are certainly places in the world where the private conversation is culturally looked upon as more valuable. And in those markets, we'll look to strengthen our core product by making it easier for those folks to move more fluidly between the public conversation and the private conversation within the product.
Rdio will launch free, ad-supported service later this year, add traditional radio content
Rdio is working on launching a new free and ad-supported offering during thre second half of this year. The service will also get more non-music content from part-owner Cumulus.
Fantastically Wrong: When People Thought Lambs Grew Right Out of the Ground | Science | WIRED
Or so goes the story of the bizarre Vegetable Lamb of Tartary. Also known as the barometz, derived from the Tartar word for lamb, this was a useful little creature that Europeans in the Middle Ages–aware that cotton was a thing that arrived from India, yet unaware exactly how it grew–decided was the source of their newfangled threads.
Wow! Red Hat's buying Inktank for its Ceph storage smarts
In a $175 million move that’s bound to shake up the OpenStack ecosystem, Red Hat is buying Inktank, the company behind the popular Ceph file-and-object store technology.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: Internet Will Not Be Divided Into “Haves” And “Have-Nots” | TechCrunch
One of the most effective tools for ensuring Internet openness is competition. I developed a great deal of my regulatory philosophy in the days when cable was fighting to be allowed to compete. As you probably have heard, the mantra today at the FCC is “Competition, Competition, Competition.” Competition promotes efficient pricing, technical progressiveness, consumer protection, and, yes, private investment. Case in point: AT&T just announced plans to expand fiber networks that can deliver 1 Gigabit per second service to up to 100 communities.
Open-Source Push: Red Hat Nabs Inktank For $175 Million - Digits - WSJ
Research firm CLSA said the deal was positive for Red hat because it will accelerate the company’s slow-going efforts to build a storage business. CLSA estimates Inktank is on track to generate $10 million in revenue. The firm said it will also help Red Hat’s efforts around OpenStack software, another open source program that runs clusters of computers, storage and networking like it was one system. Red Hat offers a commercial version of OpenStack as well, and sees it as a building block to create private clouds instead of using public clouds from Amazon.com and other providers.
No data, no personalization
This combination of the historical, personal context with the sensor-driven, real-time device context provides the data needed to anticipate your requirements, surface items of interest, and (perhaps most importantly) filter the signal from the noise in your information stream.
Money Dashboard Puts its Money on Native Mobile Apps
The service removes much of the manual spadework required in tracking your expenses, with so-called ‘transaction tagging’ letting you see exactly how much you’re spending in specific categories on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. While this can be configured manually, Money Dashboard automatically categorises income and expenditure into groups such as ‘household’, which can then be subdivided into things like ‘electricity’.
Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future
What might hold off the apocalypse, for a while, is more antibiotics—but first pharmaceutical companies will have to be lured back into a marketplace they already deemed unrewarding. The need for new compounds could force the federal government to create drug-development incentives: patent extensions, for instance, or changes in the requirements for clinical trials. But whenever drug research revives, achieving a new compound takes at least 10 years from concept to drugstore shelf. There will be no new drug to solve the problem soon—and given the relentlessness of bacterial evolution, none that can solve the problem forever. In the meantime, the medical industry is reviving the old-fashioned solution of rigorous hospital cleaning, and also trying new ideas: building automatic scrutiny of prescriptions into computerized medical records, and developing rapid tests to ensure the drugs aren’t prescribed when they are not needed. The threat of the end of antibiotics might even impel a reconsideration of phages, the individually brewed cocktails of viruses that were a mainstay of Soviet Union medical care during the Cold War.
Gaming can make a better world
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
12 Little-Known CSS Facts
In my research, I come across new little tidbits all the time, so I thought I’d share some of them in this post. Admittedly, not everything in this post will have a ton of immediate practical value, but maybe you can mentally file some of these away for later use.
Crowning the dragon
Your selective memory is showing, 4.4 million jobs were lost in Bush's last year in office, if you hold the previous President responsible for the first year or so of the next term, which most economists do based on the budgets se the year prior, the administrative effect of the previous year, the policies of the previous year etc. you can also add another 2.6 million job losses that took place in 2008. I see you neglect the loss of 800,000 jobs per year in 2007 President Bush inherited a $236 billion budget surplus from President Clinton. But for the first two-and-a-half years of his term, between February 2001 and August 2003, job growth in the economy was under water America lost jobs consistently every month with only three exceptions. It was not until September 2003, with 109,000 jobs added, that the economy would finally start to pick up. I'd say you playing in the deep end isn't exactly your forte'. The deficit as it sits is doing what? Where is the market? Housing starts? Your simplistic approach to blame Obama belies a simplistic and biased approach to all things economic. As a note for your further discussions, the deficit is now at 514 Billion or 3% of the GDP, but I wouldn't wish to concern you with present day facts that wouldn't fit your political point of view.
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Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.
How to get your ideas to spread
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
How do we heal medicine?
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine — with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA's Data Pools - The Intercept
It seems like we are just being fed the same information re-hashed. The Elephant in the room is – Has Omidyar’s owning this publication taken away any of the substance of the information. Omidyar’s collaboration with USAID and the US money to basically fund a coup in the Ukraine is suspect at the least. While the surface shows that Yanukovych is a criminal who stole the peoples resources one has to question the financial support of Rybachuk. For those who do not know Rybachuk’s background follows a familiar pattern in post-Soviet opportunism: From well-connected KGB intelligence ties, to post-Soviet neoliberal networker. In 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Rybachuk moved to the newly-formed Ukraine Central Bank, heading the foreign relations department under Central Bank chief and future Orange Revolution leader Viktor Yushchenko. In his central bank post, Rybachuk established close friendly ties with western government and financial aid institutions, as well as pro-Omidyar figures like George Soros, who funded many of the NGOs involved in “color revolutions” including small donations to the same Ukraine NGOs that Omidyar backed.
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