iOS owners to get new look Sonos app with universal search today - CNET
A much-needed design refresh to the music controller app is being rolled out to all mobile devices today.
Around the World in 360° Degrees - 3 Year Epic Selfie
600 Days Around the World with a GoPro on a stick! In the most epic selfie ever! The ultimate selfie compilation documented like never before in a 360° Degre...
Meet Moto E
Introducing the new Moto E. Built to last, Priced for all.
First Look at the Gringotts Ride Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort finally lifted the veil Thursday on its highly-anticipated new attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- namely, Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
What's Wrong With Sounding Like a Gay Man?
What is a gay voice? David Thorpe, director of documentary "Do I Sound Gay?" wants to combat the homophobia around sounding gay and embrace the hissy "S."
Spell Up, A Chrome Experiment, Uses Voice Recognition, Gaming To Improve Your English | TechCrunch
Users can start at any level they want and the point is to build “towers” of words (hence the “Up” of “Spell Up”). The browser speaks words to the user, and he or she must spell it back to the voice. There are variations around this, such as word guessing games, unscrambling words, filling in missing letter blanks and pronouncing things correctly (and from where I played the game, “correctly” seemed to be the Queen’s English).
'Costco Of Mobile Apps' Boxed Raises $6.5M To Take On Amazon Prime
Wholesale aficionados might not have to schlep to the suburbs to spend hours bargain hunting in Costco much longer. If upstart mobile app, Boxed has its way it’ll become the dominant online purveyor of bulk, cheap consumer packaged goods offering free two-day shipping, a clear differentiator to Amazon Prime’s $100 annual subscription fee.
LG beats Apple to market with heart monitoring earphones
As for the new device, LG’s Heart Rate Earphones will scan and measure blood flow signals via your ears without affecting the quality of sound when playing your favorite music during a run. (LG is even claiming that the device is better than some of the other heart rate monitors already on the market, although the company doesn’t provide any details to back this up.)
Louie: "So Did the Fat Lady" Review - IGN
"So Did the Fat Lady" was a funny, memorable episode of Louie, that played with both genuine emotions and satire. Just look at comedian Jim Norton's heightened reaction of repulsion to Vanessa and then look at comedian Dave Attell's sweet and real reaction to her later on where he gave her a genuine hug and wasn't shy about being friendly and flirty with her. Perhaps a vast difference between the self-confidence of the two performers, though Norton's moment meant to be more of a grim, comedic beat. Sarah Baker was wonderful in this episode as a confident, self-professed non-fan of comedy who pretty much filled her entire speech pattern with disarming one-liners.
Quartz pushes the experimental news envelope by using Dave Winer's outliner software
Quartz, the business-news site from Atlantic Media, is experimenting with a new way of navigating the news that is powered by blog pioneer Dave Winer’s outlining software called Fargo, which allows readers to expand and collapse individual points
Top Goldman Tech Banker Anthony Noto Heads to Coatue
Anthony joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 in Global Investment Research. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2004. Anthony was the top-ranked analyst in the Internet sector by Institutional Investor magazine from 2003 to 2007 and headed our Communications, Media and Entertainment research team. In October 2010, he rejoined the firm as co-head of the Global Media Group for TMT after serving as the National Football League’s executive vice president and chief financial officer for nearly three years. In September 2011, Anthony was appointed global co-head of TMT.
Minuum to bring its gesture-driven keyboard to Google Glass - CNET
Minuum claims that this is the very first keyboard for Google Glass. The proof-of-concept video shows how the sensors built into Google Glass could accommodate the keyboard's gesture-driven interface, with only a minimal amount of silly head waggling. Towards the end of the video, we also get a glimpse of how the keyboard would function on a wearable-tech ring , with eye tracking, or by simply projecting letters onto a surface like your arm.
Chris Hadfield Is Removing His 'Space Oddity' Video From YouTube Today
"Space Oddity" was truly the launch of Hadfield's stardom, which only grew when he returned to Earth. The Canadian commander has since written a book and now tours the world, speaking about what it's like to live in space. He also performs "Space Oddity" here on Earth every now and then .
Google’s Legal Blow: What ‘the Right to Be Forgotten’ Means - Digits - WSJ
The court’s decision means that individuals can ask Google or other search operators to take down links to web pages that are published by third parties, such as newspapers, containing information relating to them. That doesn’t mean that the article or website has to be removed or altered by the original publisher. It would only affect search results compiled by search engine operators like Google.
Adventr Lets You Make Your Own Choose-Your-Own Adventure-Style Videos
Adventr started off as a service for marketing companies to build interactive ads, but they're making their technology available to anyone who wants a little interactivity to their web videos. It's not difficult to see the possible uses: Whether you're walking through a training video and want the viewer to follow along, sharing your home movies and want to give the viewer the feeling they're there with you, or just want to design your own interactive story, the service lets you do it. When you're done, you can share the video, or embed it on your own site or blog.
Beats Music has just 111,000 registered accounts, leaked figures show
Beats Music, the streaming service set up by Dr Dre as part of his headphones brand, had just 111,000 subscribers in March, according to a leaked royalty report.
How the Godzilla Team Designed the Monster’s Iconic Scream | Magazine | WIRED
First, they broke down the roar’s parts. “The main element is this metallic shriek accompanied by an earth-shattering sound,” Aadahl says. “But there is kind of a bellowing finish. There’s the RRAAAAAAAAH of the attack and then an OWWWOOO-WOOMPH.” After plenty of experimenting, Aadahl and Van der Ryn put dry ice on a metal vent that would vibrate and scream as the ice sublimated. “We enhanced that with some low-end sound of rocks crunching,” Aadahl says. For the bellow, they started with actual whale bellows … which didn’t work. “Eventually we dragged a giant wooden crate across a polished floor.” Usually the sound designers would save all this for postproduction, but the filmmakers wanted it early to aid the monster’s visual design. The team even recorded in a New York set on the Warner Bros. lot to make sure the sound bounced and reverberated realistically. “We projected the roar out over a 12-foot-high, 18-foot- wide, 100-kilowatt speaker array,” Aadahl says, “and got phone calls from Universal Studios across town asking what we were doing.
Anyone in the US can now buy Google Glass
Glass first went on sale two years ago at Google I/O 2012, with Google offering about 2,000 pairs of the glasses for those who bought into its vision of the future. Another 8,000 people got the device as part of a second wave launch later in the year. Since then there's been a trickle of availability through friends of friends and a wait list program, with last month's one day sale marking the first (then only) opportunity to buy it outright.
Connect your air conditioner with Tado Cooling (pictures) - CNET
The Tado Cooling system promises to connect your air conditioner with your smartphone for remote control and location-based automation. Click through for a closer look.
Microsoft wants to boost Xbox video streaming by making it free
Making entertainment apps available for free should help Microsoft boost online video viewing on the game console and possibly catch up with competitors. Sony’s PlayStation has traditionally seen more Netflix streaming than the Xbox. Microsoft executives used to argue that this was because the Xbox offered a wider variety of entertainment apps, but the extra Live Gold fee likely stopped users from making use of Netflix on the game console as well.
Square Launches Feedback, a Digital Receipt That Lets Buyers and Sellers Talk to One Another
The company said it processes more than 10 million digital receipts each month, and that they should “add value to the customer experience”, rather than just being a list of purchased items. As such, Square Feedback not only allows customers to leave comments, but also allows sellers to respond directly and resolve issues quickly.
The Moto E is shockingly cheap and surprisingly good
The Moto E isn't the sort of phone you dream about or sketch concepts of in your spare time. It's made simply and of simple materials; it's neither extremely thin nor especially light. It's just a regular smartphone. What's different about the E, however, is its price: $129 without a contract. Nobody's going to fantasize about this phone because almost everyone who wants one should be able to afford it.
Here’s the TV shows that made the cut, and those that didn’t (Hint: SVU is still happening)
Here’s the TV shows that made the cut, and those that didn’t (Hint: SVU is still happening)
#ITBiz Chat - May 14 at 1PM ET - Cloud-based Collaboration
Who works in the cloud? These days, everyone is there, but finding the apps and workflows to be productive can be a challenge. Especially when working across facilities and with teams.
Take to the Skies with the iOS-Controlled Cobra iHelicopter [Deals Hub]
Spring is fully in bloom now and summer is just around the corner, with sunny days and blue skies inbound. You can make the most of the beautiful weather by heading outside with your iPhone-controlled Cobra iHelicopter. It’s the perfect way to take advantage of a summer day, like the tech-fanatic’s version of kite flying. You can get the Cobra iHelicopter on sale right now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .
Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion | TechCrunch
Like many of the “beyond photosharing” apps, Moju picks and chooses what’s valuable to highlight — there is no audio, which means less load time for the 24 frames it allows you to capture. From a consumption standpoint, it — like Seene — also plays into our innate human attraction to 3D dynamics, tying the iPhone’s motion-sensor movements into what we see onscreen, the shared images moving as viewers twist their phones from left to right.
You have one day left to watch the 'Space Oddity' music video shot in space
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of "Space Oddity," an astronomically popular music video shot in the International Space Station, is going offline today. According to a tweet by Hadfield, the song was posted under a year-long license from David Bowie's publishers, and it expires today. That means that the song will need to be pulled from YouTube, although Hadfield's son and publicist Evan says they're hoping to find a way to make it available again. "We're working with the CSA and Bowie's licensers to hopefully find a way to keep it up," he says, though he declined further comment.
Salesforce Finally Connects Heroku To Its Cloud
Instead of a deep integration with Heroku, Salesforce customers can at least connect those apps to Salesforce without the need for extensive recoding, which is a potentially expensive and time-consuming affair. Salesforce knows it needs to show off tools like Heroku Connect to attract developers and convince them Force.com will work with popular Web toolkits like Node.js, Ruby on Rails and Java.
Google Glass is more than the sum of its parts, says research firm - CNET
"As in any new product -- especially a device that breaks new technological ground -- the bill of materials (BOM) cost of Glass represent only a portion of the actual value of the system," Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS, said in a statement. "IHS has noted this before in other electronic devices, but this is most dramatically illustrated in Google Glass, where the vast majority of its cost is tied up in non-material costs that include non-recurring engineering (NRE) expenses, extensive software and platform development, as well as tooling costs and other upfront outlays. When you buy Google Glass for $1,500, you are getting far, far more than just $152.47 in parts and manufacturing."
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition reaps into consoles in August
The Prime Evil rages within the Black Soulstone, its essence screaming for vengeance and release. Before the artifact can be sealed away forever, Malthael–Angel of Death–manifests in the mortal realms with a deadly new purpose: to steal the Black Soulstone and bend its infernal power to his will. So begins the end of all things...
You Can Now Link Two Mini Jamboxes for Superb Stereo Sound | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Keep in mind that you can only connect two units to each other. A connected array of a dozen or more Jamboxes (as cool as that would be) can’t be accomplished. Also, this update is only for the Mini Jambox, not the Big Jambox or Jambox Classic. Those products were designed around older Bluetooth chips that don’t allow for these kinds of multi-device interactions. But it does bring some fresh features to a product that’s been around for a bit, which is sometimes all you need to make an old thing seem new again.
How to optimize your security budget
One way to evaluate staffing is to look at how many full-time equivalents are in the security program as a percentage of total IT positions. Another is to compare your security/general IT staff ratio with that ratio within your industry, and see how your security staffing stands in contrast to your peers, says Pescatore. “That’s a good indication. Be sure to take into account how many full time equivalents may be in place through outsourcing arrangements, such as firewall management and monitoring,” he explains.
Iranian Hackers Targeted Defense Workers and Political Dissidents
So what does team Ajax do? First, it’s important to note that FireEye can’t say whether or not this is a group that is acting alone or under orders from the Iranian government. Often those lines are kind of blurry. Sometimes an attack is carried out by a couple people who think it’s their patriotic duty. Other times there are plausibly deniable links between these people and branches of government agencies.
Texas Will Go Ahead With Execution, Despite Defendant's Plea
Clayton Lockett, who was also convicted of raping and murdering a woman, was executed at the Oklahoma penitentiary in the city of McAlester on April 29, but only after a vein in his arm burst and the toxins injected into his body caused him to lurch up in his chair, shake and say "man, something's wrong." A catheter was eventually inserted into Lockett's leg, and he died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the injection. After the botched procedure, a second execution scheduled for that day was postponed.
Microsoft lowers Xbox One price to $400 without Kinect
Is the $500 asking price of Xbox One too rich for your blood? Turns out you're not alone, and Microsoft's responding: the price of the Xbox One is dropping to $400, and the company's dropping Kinect from the box as well. Starting June 9th, the Xbox One will be sold in a second bundle sans Kinect (a standalone version of Xbox One's Kinect will be available "this fall," should you wish to add one later on). The "premium" bundle with Kinect packed-in will stick around after that, though it is clear why Microsoft made today's move: sales numbers. Though the Xbox One is doing well at around 5 million units, it's lagging behind Sony's PlayStation 4 to the tune of several million units.
VESA Adds Adaptive-Sync to DisplayPort 1.2a Standard; Variable Refresh Monitors Move Forward
AMD’s release also contains an interesting note on supported refresh rates: “Potential ranges include 36-240Hz, 21-144Hz, 17-120Hz and 9-60Hz.” While the upper-bounds of those ranges are in-line with numbers we’ve seen before, the sub-30Hz refresh rates on the other hand are unexpected. As you might recall from our look at G-Sync, even though LCD monitors don’t suffer from anything quite like phosphor decay as CRT monitors do, there is still a need to periodically refresh an LCD to keep the pixels from drifting. As a result G-Sync has a minimum refresh rate of 30Hz, whereas AMD is explicitly promising lower refresh rates. Since the pixel drift issue is an underlying issue with the LCD technology there is presumably something in Adaptive-Sync to compensate for this – the display is likely initiating a self-refresh – though at the end of the day the variable refresh rate means that you can always set the refresh rate to a multiple of the targeted refresh rate and get the same results.
Chinese digital marketing company AdSame raises $30M, plans U.S. IPO
The fund will be used in its U.S. IPO, promotion of mobile and multi-screen advertising products, R&D of wearable products, big data platform for government, and for the introduction of an ad trading platform which has been successfully run by Taipei branch of AdSame.
A Venture Capital Firm Just Named An Algorithm To Its Board Of Directors — Here's What It Actually Does
A Venture Capital Firm Just Named An Algorithm To Its Board Of Directors — Here's What It Actually Does
Sony denies reports OLED development is on hold
With the World Cup expected to drive television sales, it's no doubt that 4K tech will be a far more signifcant driver for TV sales than OLED, regardless of Sony's stance.
Judge rules New York must reword its request for Airbnb user data
Schneiderman will probably reword the subpoena and issue it again, but Airbnb took the moment to say something positive. "This decision is good news for New Yorkers who simply want to share their home and the city they love," the company said in a statement. "Now, it’s time for us to work together." There is no reason to believe the state won't take the company straight back to court, however.
Email sucks. Here's how five startups are trying to fix it
Butterfield doesn't have a hard definition for "team," but estimates it tops out around 100 people. In those smaller groups, you need some kind of platform to communicate quickly and efficiently. When email is 80 to 90 percent computer-generated in the form of newsletters, automated alerts, and other mass mailings by volume (by Butterfield's estimation, anyway), a chat platform like Slack is the right way to help users separate the signal from the noise, Butterfield maintains. Integrations with third-party platforms like Heroku and Google Docs make it a single place for employees to go and see everything that's actually and immediately important to them at that moment, Butterfield says.
Instart Logic Bags $26M in Series C Funding To Continue Reinventing Content Delivery Networks | TechCrunch
Content delivery network company Instart Logic today received $26 million in Series C funding from KPCB, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. The Series C is in addition to $17 million the company raised in earlier rounds. Instart Logic is developing a new way of dealing with the Content Delivery Network concept.
This Smart Lighter Will Help You Quit Smoking
Users can set custom plans — so they can trim on intake at whatever pace they want — and see much money they've saved by cutting back on packs along the way. It also reveals the time since your last smoke, how many were consumed within a certain period of time and lets you call out the times you shared a cigarette with a friend (or let someone borrow the lighter).
GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1m to charity in Beastie Boys settlement
GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1m to a charity of the band’s choice supporting science, technology, engineering and/or maths (STEM) education for girls, in return for a backdated licence to use the track in the ad, which was a YouTube hit in November 2013.
Wedge Antilles actor rejected 'Star Wars: Episode VII' role because it would 'bore' him
One of Star Wars ' best pilots won't be returning in Episode VII . Denis Lawson, who played Rebel ace Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy, has confirmed that he turned down the chance to return in the upcoming Star Wars sequel . Speaking at a screening of his new movie, The Machine , Lawson said "they asked me but it just would have bored me."
NSA backdoors my open networks to new threats, report says
With the tools it installs, the NSA can gain access to entire internal networks, the story said. For example, in a report on its use of the technology, the NSA said an embedded beacon was able to call back to the agency and "provided us access to further exploit the device and survey the network," Greenwald wrote.
GOOGLE'S NIGHTMARE: European Court Rules That People Have A 'Right To Be Forgotten'
If, following a search made on the basis of a person's name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results.
Judge Strikes Down NY Attorney General’s Subpoena In Airbnb Case For Being Overly Broad | TechCrunch
The judge’s decision specifically found evidence that a ‘substantial’ number of Airbnb hosts may be violating the tax laws and the law that prohibits illegal hotels. This comes as no surprise, given that Airbnb itself removed some 2,000 New York-based listings from its site. Our office is committed to enforcing a law that provides vital protections for building residents and tourists alike. The judge rejected all of AirBnb’s arguments except for a narrow technical issue, and we will reissue the subpoena to address it.
Samsung's 'crown prince' in focus as father hospitalized
The younger Lee, 45, became Samsung's vice chairman in 2012 after a spell as chief operating officer in what appeared to be a well choreographed long-term succession plan. But his father's ill-health - Lee senior was hospitalized for a heart attack at the weekend - has raised concerns over whether Jay is ready to take control.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Reveals New Gringotts' Details - IGN
Universal Orlando has revealed the first details about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts extraction, set to open later this year.
Microsoft to Drop Xbox Live Gold Requirement for Apps in June
In addition to the Kinect-free Xbox One for $399 , Microsoft today also announced it is dropping the Xbox Live Gold subscription requirement for entertainment apps on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The change will go into effect in June.
Alibaba's Jack Ma: investors and entrepreneurs like husbands and wives - break-ups common
BEIJING (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder and executive chair of Alibaba Group Holding, said investors and entrepreneurs can fall out like domestic couples squabbling over their children in a blog post published late on Monday as the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut prepares for its blockbuster initial public offering.
Venture capitalist Khosla in court over ending California beach access
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Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla arrives at San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California May 12, 2014 to testify over the ongoing legal battle over public access to Martin's Beach, a property which he purchased and subsequently closed the only access road to the private property.
The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site
Mahesh Sabnis posts an example showing how to set up Ajax editing for a table of data using KnockoutJS and ASP.NET Web API.