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Lego's partnership with America's favorite cartoon family will come full circle on May 4 with the premiere of 'The Simpsons' Lego Spectacular.

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May Games With Gold: Dust: An Elysian Tail, Saints Row The Third

does manage to look and play beautifully throughout." From May 16 to May 31, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download Saints Row The Third at no cost. Our review of Volition's over-the-top open world action hit awarded the game four and a half stars, and pointed out that Saints Row The Third genuinely feels like a labor of love from its creators, that offers a stunning number of things to do and wacky, entertaining sights to see. Like all Games With Gold offerings, these two games will be available for free download to anyone with a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription and a functional connection to the Xbox Live Marketplace. Once downloaded, they become yours to keep, whether you renew your Xbox Live Gold subscription or not.

A Girl Created the Perfect Boyfriend Using Snapchat

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Here's the Agreement Oculus Allegedly Broke, According to ZeniMax

Id legal EVP J. Griffin Lesher signed the NDA, as did Luckey. Carmack is not named, nor did he sign the document, but the contention is that all his work — not just code he wrote — as a ZeniMax employee was owned by the company, which expected compensation if that work ever made it into a money-making product. A source familiar with the dispute said Carmack had negotiated an exception to his ZeniMax contract for his aerospace startup, Armadillo Aerospace, but that no such exception was negotiated for virtual reality.

Microsoft rescues XP users with emergency browser fix

BOSTON - Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser.

Sony slashes 2013/14 profit estimates by more than two-thirds

The selloffs included the sale of its U.S. headquarters building in New York for $1.1 billion, which it used to boost its operating profit for 2012/13 to 230 billion yen. This year, it sold two major buildings in Tokyo for $1.2 billion. Sony now makes most of its operating profit from its financial and insurance arm.

New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Trailer Shows All 4 Superheroes

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

What the MacBook Air needs next - CNET

The 11-inch Air is the only MacBook with an industry standard 16:9 display (the same as found on HDTVs), while the 13-inch Air and the Pro models are all 16:10. Some people truly prefer 16:10, but the other aspect ratio has been dominant long enough that it's the established standard. These days, any premium 13-inch laptop without at least a 16:9 1,920x1,080 screen resolution simply feels second-class.

The case for anonymity online

The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power — and price — of anonymity.

The 100: "Contents Under Pressure" Review - IGN

It’s a familiar story to chart what happens when you have a prisoner and some wish to torture him for information and some do not, but the conflict here worked, especially as things escalated. Raven deciding to go further than Bellamy had and actually electrocute Zartan -- yep, I’m still calling him that until he gets an onscreen name! -- was a legitimate shock (pun only slightly intended), and it was also exciting to see Octavia go for the route of poisoning herself, risking her own life on the bet that Zartan wouldn’t let her die.

IDC forecasts 'challenging' year for tablets as Apple's iPad continues to lead

Thursday, May 01, 2014, 07:26 am PT (10:26 am ET) IDC forecasts 'challenging' year for tablets as Apple's iPad continues to lead By Neil Hughes Though its total shipments fell year over year last quarter, Apple and its iPad still accounts for about a third of all tablets pushed to market last quarter, though research firm IDC has predicted overall tablet growth will be slow throughout 2014. The latest data from IDC issued on Thursday shows that tablet shipments grew just 3.9 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2014. Apple already reported its own iPad shipments of 16.4 million last week, a year-over-year decline of 16.1 percent that the company said was largely due to channel inventory fluctuations. IDC estimates that Apple's iPad accounted for 32.5 percent of all tablets shipped in the March quarter, good for first place. Samsung is estimated at second place with 11.2 million units shipped, giving it a 22.3 percent share and 32 percent year over year growth. From there the competition thins, with Asus taking a distant third on shipments of 2.

An Illustrated Guide To The Biggest Dragons In Fantasy

The most fearsomely large of all? Game of Thrones ’ Balerion, who, at the time of his death (at the ripe age of 200), measured an estimated 450 feet long--one and a half times the length of a football field. He makes Smaug, a mere 196 feet long, look like a salamander in comparison.

A Short History of BASIC, as Told in Animated GIFs

On Tuesday, we published my piece celebrating the 50th anniversary of BASIC , the programming language — created by John Kemeny and Tom Kurtz at Dartmouth College — that played an enormous role in creating the whole concept of personal computing. Today is the actual anniversary, commemorating the day when BASIC programs first successfully ran on a GE computer system at Dartmouth College.

Samsung’s Newest Galaxy-Exclusive App Is Basically Just LeBron James | TechCrunch

It’s fine for celebrities and famous people to indulge in brand-building and release dedicated software for that purpose (although I still can’t really wrap my head around why people download them) but the fact that Samsung is putting this out, and as a Galaxy exclusive no less, nearly has me ready to run screaming for the hills. Still, Samsung is paying LeBron as a spokesperson, so they might as well use that CelebrityPower™ as much as possible, I guess.

Apple's next headphones to track heart rate and blood pressure, leak claims

In the post, the writer claims that "Apple's new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate & blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don't get lost. They will require the Lightning port [a proprietary connector used only on the iPhone and iPad], it's why the audio jack was moved to the bottom."

CenturyLink makes a bold cloud move against you-know-who

It’s actually sort of odd that telcos, with all their networking savvy, haven’t done better in public cloud till now, but Wray said CenturyLink has assembled the resources it needs to make a splash. “Telcos need not just agility, but the core assets to assemble into a platform. In the past telcos have been silos,” he said.

eBay settles anti-poaching lawsuits with government, will pay for "harm"

“eBay’s agreement with Intuit served no purpose but to limit competition between the two firms for employees, distorting the labor market and causing employees to lose opportunities for better jobs and higher pay,” said Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. “The proposed settlement resolves the department’s antitrust concerns and ensures that eBay will not engage in similar conduct in the future.”

Alibaba said to be seeking stake in Alipay, again - CNET

As the Chinese e-commerce giant prepares for one of the biggest IPOs in history, it’s reportedly looking to boost its future value even more.

New York City looks to blanket the five boroughs with free WiFi thanks to next-gen payphones

Free public WiFi has been available in spots throughout NYC, but now the mayor's office is looking to cover all of its five boroughs with connectivity. In a press release today, the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) issued a request for proposals focused on "the creation of a robust, citywide network of internet hotspots." The project looks to transform aging payphone kiosks into around 10,000 "communication points" across the cityscape, funded by advertising. As you might expect, you'll be able to call 911 and 311 for free from the units too. With a target of launching by 2018 at the latest, the project is said to serve up $17.5 million in revenue for NYC each year at no extra expense to its taxpayers. In 2013, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an effort to bring free WiFi to parts of the five boroughs by the end of that year. There's also the smattering of WiFi-enabled phone booths that launched back in 2012, but those few dozen are mostly scattered across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. "By using a historic part of New York's street fabric, we can significantly enhance public availability of increasingly-vital broadband access,' said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Facebook Takes A Stab At Bridging The Mobile-App Communication Gap

Right now there are few options for deep linking in apps. It takes a lot of work to create deep links in iOS, which has its own custom URL scheme, and an equal amount of work for Android, which requires developers to know the package name of the app in question as well as how to access it.

Amazon Takes A 25% Stake In Colis Prive To Ramp Up Its Delivery Network In France | TechCrunch is an American international e-commerce company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1994, it is the world’s largest online retailer. Jeff Bezos incorporated the company (as Cadabra) in July 1994 and the site went online as in 1995. The company was renamed after the Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, which in turn was named …

Young Democrats More Active Than Republicans on Social Media, Study Says

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

NYC Commuters to Use Mobile Phones as Train Tickets - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

On the transit side of the business, train inspectors will be able to verify riders’ mobile tickets by scanning them with another mobile device, like an iPhone. And the MTA, as a corporation, can use JustRide to receive real-time data about ticket sales and system use by riders, among other things.

Snapchat offers video and instant text messaging | TechHive

"What Snapchat and other providers need to do is to increase the airtime that people spend with their own services," Pescatore said, adding that this can be done by building beyond the core product. By increasing the amount of time people spend with a service, companies also might have an easier time monetizing their products through, for instance, advertising, he said. Monetizing a free service remains a challenge, he added.

Snowden blocked from traveling to Germany, testifying to Parliament

Snowden asked for asylum in Germany last summer, but his application was rejected because he didn't file it from German soil. Theoretically, a trip to Germany could have been a second chance to file an application. But plans for the trip broke down, with sharp disagreement among German political parties about the propriety of allowing Snowden into the country.

25 Mystery of YouTube's box clips grows

YouTube's API lets you download much of the data connected with videos on the site, including the name, duration and description of the clips.

Microsoft fixes big IE bug -- even on Windows XP - CNET

The browser bug was so severe the US and UK issued warnings. Surprisingly, Microsoft's fix brings an update to its outmoded XP software.


'Spider-Man 3' (2007) tried to get with the times by giving Maguire a black suit (courtesy of an alien symbiote) and a little bit of an attitude, an effort that pretty much everybody seems to view as a failure. As a character, Spider-Man needed to undergo a more careful revision—to become more nuanced and grounded, all without stripping the character of his agreeability. With 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (2012) and the new 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' director Marc Webb attempts to strike that balance, and for the most part he succeeds. His Spider-Man, as played by Andrew Garfield, comes off as a little more street-savvy and a whole lot less emo than Maguire, even if he does shed tears at key moments. 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' features Spider-Man squaring off against Electro (Jamie Foxx) as well as the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and, briefly, the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). If you think that's too many villains for a feature film, you're right, although Webb manages to weave them into the plot with a bit more finesse than Raimi shoving a trio of wrongdoers into 'Spider-Man 3' (and at least the Green Goblin doesn't look like a Power Ranger this time around).

Amazon smartphone? New image says maybe so - CNET

Reportedly created by Amazon designers and snagged by Boy Genius Report, the new image shows a traditional-looking smartphone. But there may be more to it than meets the eye.

Sprint Said to Plan T-Mobile Bid as Banks Pushed to Fund

Sprint also wants to avoid agreeing to a high termination fee because it could provide regulators with an incentive to reject the deal, one of the people said. AT&T had to pay T-Mobile $6 billion in cash and spectrum after its attempt was blocked, a move that Son views as a strategic mistake because T-Mobile became a stronger competitor as a result, the person said.

Don't Buy A Smartphone Before May 27th: LG's Next Handset Could Be A Dark Horse

First off, we know for a fact from LG insiders that the G3 will have an unusually sharp display , with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (a spec known as “Quad HD,” because it offers four times the pixel-count of a 720p display). This might sound excessive, since it’s equivalent to double the dots-per-inch that you’d get from a glossy printed magazine, and I remained skeptical myself — but only until I tried out a Chinese phone with the same resolution. I have decent visual acuity, and to me the quality of a well-made Quad HD is mind-blowing. The closest comparison I can think of is that it’s like the old days of looking at 35mm prints on a lightbox — you forget that you’re looking at pixels.

8 Personality Traits Of People Who Don't Let Job Hunting Crush Their Souls

Then flip the script, and tell yourself, “This will be hard, but I can do it,” or “I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, and I’m fully capable of accomplishing this.” Even if your career prospects don’t pan out, don’t accept that as the be-all, end-all. Instead, say to yourself, “If I fail at this, it doesn’t mean that my whole life is a failure,” or “I have a lot to offer--if this interviewer doesn’t appreciate it, someone else will.”

T-Mobile adds another 2.4M customers in record quarter, within shouting distance of Sprint - GeekWire

T-Mobile added a net total of 2.4 million customers in the first quarter — the biggest growth in its history — including record expansion of 1.3 million customers in the coveted category of branded postpaid accounts.

Twitter is experimenting with a mute feature in its mobile apps

Third-party Twitter clients have long supported muting. Tweetbot, for example, lets you mute accounts for various lengths of time — a day, a week, a month, or forever. It also lets you mute entire apps, so that (for example) you never have to see another Foursquare check-in on Twitter ever again. Twitter's experiment doesn't take muting quite that far. But assuming it rolls out to all users, the official Twitter mute button will be a welcome arrival to the service. .

Vhoto for iOS uses video capture to help find your best still photos - The Next Web

Everyone is used to the good old point and shoot. But pointing and shooting inevitably involves more than that. It’s about framing and composition and judging the light and anticipating the right instant to get your shot. Point and shoot is work.

LinkedIn Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Stock Dips 4%

However, the company projected that it would generate between $500 million and $505 million in the upcoming quarter and between $2.06 billion to $2.08 billion in revenue for the full year, slightly below analyst estimates for $505 million and $2.11 billion, respectively. The stock initially ticked down by as much as 4% in after hours trading.

Google Drive for iOS Gets a 4-Digit Passcode Lock

Google today updated Google Drive for iOS with an optional passcode lock. The feature means you can now protect your documents with a 4-digit code. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store .

The 4K Blu-ray format could be dead in the water

But you've got to wonder, if Sony - the biggest supporter of Blu-ray over the years - is losing faith in disc formats and sees no financial future in them, what hope is there of the Blu-ray Disc Association pushing out a new physical format for 4K?

Google Search Android App Can Find Your Parked Car

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Google Now Can Remember Where You Parked

Google Now is getting a new superpower: it's going to be able to remember where you parked . Using your phone's sensors, it'll figure out when you've exited a moving vehicle and remember your car's location automatically, so you don't even have to think twice.

T-Mobile steals 1.2M phone customers from competitors as Uncarrier hits its stride

T-Mobile had its best quarter ever, growing by 2.4 million subscribers. Most significantly, it captured most of the core phone subscriber growth in the industry. Uncarrier is working, but T-Mobile’s losses are also mounting.

NASA's New Spacesuit Design Looks Like Something From 'Tron'

As engineers and scientists work hard to build technologies that astronauts could one day use to live and work on Mars, the future of spacesuits is looking stylish too. Or at least, fittingly, like something out of a science-fiction movie.

OneNote for iPhone and Mac Get New Features

Last but not least, you can now create a note from anywhere in the app. To create a new page, just tap the circled + symbol at the bottom right of the screen, which will let you start one in the current section or in Quick Notes. Microsoft says it has also made another big reduction in app size and improved app boot performance.

OneNote for iPhone and Mac Get New Features

Last but not least, you can now create a note from anywhere in the app. To create a new page, just tap the circled + symbol at the bottom right of the screen, which will let you start one in the current section or in Quick Notes. Microsoft says it has also made another big reduction in app size and improved app boot performance.

Oculus VR exec John Carmack is making a virtual reality comic book shop

As if his place in the Geek Pantheon were not secure enough, Oculus VR CTO and id Software co-founder John Carmack has tweeted that he is developing a virtual reality comic book shop (via Road to VR ).

When it comes to data consolidation, Actifio says branch offices need help too

Sure, big companies need to organize and streamline their stored data but so do their far-flung branch offices, says Actifio CEO Ash Ashutosh.

LinkedIn Added 19 Million Users Last Quarter - Digits - WSJ

LinkedIn’s user base grew to 296 million last quarter, the company said Thursday, an increase from 277 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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What to Think: Sexism and the Internet mob

In this week’s podcast, we welcome special guest, serial entrepreneur, and 500 Startups mentor Micah Baldwin. Our conversation wanders into deep waters this week, most notably the similarities and vast differences between three cases of terminated CEOs: RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal, Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, and GitHub’s Tom Preston-Werner. Each was fired (or “resigned”) after intense public pressure and, in some cases, online petitions demanding their ouster. Sometimes, the Internet mob was spot-on. Other times, we question whether the rancor of the crowd was misplaced.

Oracle, Oregon officials once eyed faulty state site as fix

"Oracle looks forward to providing any assistance the State needs in moving parts of Oregon's health care exchange to the Federal system if it ultimately decides to do so," Hellinger said in a previous statement. "Oracle will continue to support the State in providing long term solutions for Oregonians, and to assist with its ongoing health care modernization efforts."

The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site

Xinyang Qiu announces the release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, including support for SASS and JSON, Azure resource provisioning, ASP.NET Scaffolding and more.

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