Nintendo Mobile Games to Launch in March 2017
Nintendo also teased a multi-device membership service for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, smart devices, PCs, and the NX.
Kitschy Bar Designed by Wes Anderson Is Kitschy as Hell | WIRED
In Milan, you'll soon be able to sit at a vintage formica table, sip a Campari on the rocks, and pretend you're in 1950's Italy.
Make a Kalimba (thumb piano)
The video link, in case it doesn't show up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMOGlNTZCS0Hi there! Would you like to know how to make some sweet tunes? ...
A Wooden Coffee Table Contains a 'Playable' Labyrinth with Moveable Figures
Designed by artist and cabinetmaker Benjamin Nordsmark, the Labyrinth Table is a minimalist rectangular coffee table that contains a maze underneath a glass top. The piece contains a set of six metal figurines that can be moved with the help of magnetic knobs. For his work on the project Nordsmark
If Cthulhu had a baby with a 'Tekken 7' fighter, it'd look like Yoshimitsu
Classic 'Tekken' combatant Yoshimitsu gets a new look for 'Tekken 7', and it's all about the tentacles.
Here Comes A Self-Driving 18-Wheeler Truck
The rig can drive itself for portions of long hauls, potentially reducing the likelihood of crashes by tired drivers.
The Muppets Among New ABC Series Ordered for Next Season - IGN
Per THR , the new Muppets series comes to us from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun). It's described as a contemporary, documentary-style show that will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a "more adult" Muppet show, for kids of all ages.
Only Half of Online Video Ads Are Viewable, Google Says
The online ad industry is facing some push-back. Marketers are increasingly insisting they should only pay for ads that actually appear on users’ screens, as opposed to parts of Web pages people never see. They want their ads to be “viewable” — a not unreasonable request.
Swatch says it can solve the smartwatch battery problem
CEO Nick Hayek revealed the plans in an interview with a Swiss newspaper, saying that the watchmaker is “working intensively” with its research group Belenos and battery producer Renata. The battery tech will also be available to automobiles, Hayek said. Reuters confirmed Hayek’s comments with a Swatch spokesman.
Winter is coming to Silicon Valley
Winter is coming to Silicon Valley
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's heady times for venture-funded start-ups in Silicon Valley, but everyone knows the shining summer of funding can't last forever.
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Ericsson Sues Apple in Europe Over Phone Patent Royalties
While Apple’s iPhone and iPad have won over users in recent years, Ericsson helped pioneer the mobile-device market with its handsets in the 1990s. The company sold its mobile-phone business to Sony Corp. in February 2012, five years after Apple introduced the iPhone, which is now its largest revenue source.
How to Turn Your Grandma’s Hobby Into A Business
Although the country has a long knitting tradition, with many unique styles and patterns passed down from mother to daughter, the market for knitwear is quite small. Bulgaria is the poorest European Union member state. As is the case with many elderly people in the nation, women in the village, whose pensions add up to between just $115 and $170 per month, often have to find ways to supplement their income.
Apple's New Music Service Will Push Paid Subscriptions, With Free Samples
That stance syncs up with public comments made over the last six months by the industry’s three big music labels; it has also triggered preliminary investigations by the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. Sources say the FTC is looking at whether Apple is using its position as the largest seller of music downloads to put rival music services like Spotify at a disadvantage.
The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant
Handling an event like Disrupt, especially when you’re part of a large, multi-talented team, means keeping focused. My job at the semi-annual event is generally to provide a constant stream of photography from the stage, for use in our steady feed of posts covering what’s happening that go up in some cases while the speaker or speakers are still presenting. It’s a task that can tend to result in tunnel vision, since I’m literally spending a huge chunk of my day staring down the tunnel of glass that is the lens attached to my DSLR camera body.
Accepting payments is getting harder
In January 2015, PCI DSS v3 was put into action, this is quite a drastic change and increase in requirements from v2. While there have been some writings about this , it hasn’t really made a big buzz in startup circles. But this is a pretty big deal, not least because it shows a trend of what we can expect for the future. I have talked to Vantiv, Chargify, Recurly and Stripe and compare their PCI requirements in this post.
New Linux rootkit leverages graphics cards for stealth
The rootkit, called Jellyfish, is a proof of concept designed to demonstrate that completely running malware on GPUs (graphics processing units) is a viable option. This is possible because dedicated graphics cards have their own processors and RAM.
Windows 10: the Last Version of Windows?
Microsoft is instead changing the way it distributes improvements for the operating system in the future. Instead of releasing a whole new version every few years, as it's done until now, Microsoft plans to improve Windows through regular updates.
TestFlight beta-testing platform down since Wednesday, developers say
Originally Posted by lkrupp�
In these matters Apple is no different and no better than other tech companies. We all know shit happens but don't act like it didn't. If you have an outage, tell us. You don't have to tell us what happened, just that it did and you are working on it. Is that too much to ask? I subscribe to Charter cable tv service right now. Last Saturday night, the night of the big pay-per-view fight, Charter's entire network went down around 08:30PM in the St. Louis, MO area. Facebook and Twitter were lit up with people screaming bloody murder. You know what we heard from Charter? Not one damn word, not a peep. The customer service lines were all busy and no one could get through. Never did hear an explanation, let alone an apology, from the company.
Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store policies anti-competitive
Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store policies anti-competitive
By Roger Fingas
Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 02:45 pm PT (05:45 pm ET)
Spotify and other streaming music services are upset with Apple's App Store policies, which they say effectively prevent them from competing with iTunes or Beats Music, a report claimed on Wednesday.
The issue , according to industry sources for The Verge , is the 30 percent cut Apple takes from all App Store purchases, including in-app transactions. In the case of Spotify, the company has to charge $13 a month for a Premium subscription bought through its iOS app to make the same amount of money it does from a $10 fee elsewhere. App Store rules further prevent apps from linking to external storefronts.
More importantly, Apple has been venturing deeper into the streaming world. The company now pulls in revenue from both iTunes Radio and Beats Music, while benefiting from reduced competition on its industry-standard mobile store. Apple is believed to be working on rebranding Beats Music for an on-demand service launching later this year.
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All hail the next big job, the Chief IoT Officer
The idea of creating a Chief IoT officer is beginning to get attention, but it's unclear whether anyone today holds that title exclusively. More likely, IoT is getting attached to the list of CTO and CIO requirements. But the pressure for a better development model is there.
AT&T eases up on throttling of grandfathered unlimited data plans for smartphones
Originally Posted by mstone�
Do you think there are really very many grandfathered accounts left? We dropped ours because we wanted to use the shared family plan. As I recall, the original unlimited plan cost more and was mostly selected by power users. By my logic, most power users have made changes to their account to get other features, adding lines, etc. which would mean dropping their unlimited status.�
Not so sure about the T-mobile as competition idea because AT&T does not offer new unlimited plans. If AT&T's grandfathered customers haven't bailed by now, there isn't much risk they will.
I'm one of the grandfathered few or many (who really knows). I can only speak from a perspective of one, but that's never stopped me before. I think the main reason grandfathered people stick with the unlimited data plan is psychological. They know if they give it up they can never get it back, so they never give it up. When the roll-over data was announced, I started seriously considering switching. I just moved, so I don't yet have a baseline for my consumption in my new area.
10 examples of gender bias you may encounter in the workplace
Except that I would clarify by observing that the bias is inherent in the topic. The bottom line, that is, the central issue, is whether employees are reasonably relaxed and comfortable interacting in a working environment, and whether they feel fairly treated and appreciated. If an employee is valued, he or she should be engaged by management and co-workers in a conversation-discussion of any perceived gender bias, or other questionable bias, with the option of terminating employment being the last and least action considered as a remedy. The main objective is a healthy mutually supportive working team who can acknowledge or discuss grievances so as to encourage personal growth by all, and build trust. The process depends first of all in allowing, teaching and reminding everyone to be assertive without being hostile. As far as discriminatory dress codes, why not require everyone to wear panties, dresses and pantyhose? Why do women get to wear all the soft, pretty garments while men would suffer from ridicule for doing the same? Gender neutral sounds so antiseptically pristine as a worthwhile ideal, when realistically it is not very realistic.
Rewind’s New App Lets You Create Photo Timelines That Disappear After A Day
You can also like your friends’ photos by favoriting them, but Rewind only shows a “like count” for the whole day. That addresses one of the limitations to sharing that takes place on Instagram with its younger users: because likes are a proxy for popularity, photos they believe won’t receive enough likes aren’t shared, while those that fail to amass a certain number of likes in a period of time are deleted. On Rewind, you have the chance to keep growing your like count throughout the day since, even if one photo is a dud, the following ones may make up for it. (I know, kids these days, right?)
Alibaba eyes stake in phone maker Micromax to grow in India: sources
The deal, if completed, would see Alibaba investing as much as $1.2 billion in Micromax, the second-largest smartphone brand in India by sales, at up to $6 billion, two of the people said. India is the world's third largest smartphone market and was the fastest growing in the Asia Pacific region in the third quarter of last year, according to industry research firm International Data Corporation.
Science now helping to develop better chocolate - CNET
Have you ever rejected a piece of chocolate because of its surface had turned an unappetising dusty white? You're not alone: that bloom is the reason many turn away from what is arguably the world's most beloved sweet indulgence, even though it's still safe to eat.
Google Executives Applaud NSA Ruling in Lively Reddit Chat
Top Google executives fielded a number of questions on Friday about their views on government surveillance, but they also waded into the giant search engine’s own practices when it comes to protecting data.
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24 Memorable Quotes From Disrupt NY 2015
The social media team at TechCrunch compiled a gallery of 24 memorable quotes from Disrupt New York 2015. This year’s speaker lineup featured everyone from Tom Wheeler (FCC Charmain) to Ben Rubin of Meerkat. Click through to see them all.
Nintendo Delays Emerging Market Console in Favor of Smartphones
“Launching a new console in an emerging market and risking failure is not something investors would welcome now,” said Yasuaki Kogure, chief investment officer at SBI Asset Management Co. in Tokyo. “Mobile not only offers an existing platform in developing counties, but also a low-cost way of testing the market.”
Could Tesla Energy's batteries blow up Elon Musk's company?
Last week, Tesla unveiled two versions of the Powerwall -- a 7kWh ($3,000) module for daily use and a 10kWh ($3,500) pack that's being pitched as a backup system. A commercial battery, called the Powerpack, will hold 100kWh of power and sell for $25,000 each. The batteries are designed to store electricity when it's cheap and release it when it's costly during peak use hours. The batteries could significantly cut electricity costs for homes and businesses, especially when combined with a solar power system.
Charting A Path From Seed To A Competitive Series A Round
A poor seed financing strategy can hurt even the most promising seed-stage team, making it difficult for that company to raise a highly competitive Series A round despite strong business performance. The hallmarks of poor seed financing strategies include founders who have already given up the majority of equity before the A round, inflated seed valuations that make it difficult to raise an A round at a reasonable valuation, or a large overhang of convertible debt resulting from numerous convertible note rounds.
Nintendo promises five top-notch smartphone games by 2017
Nintendo will deliver its first smartphone game by the end of this year, and there will be four more to come by 2017, president Satoru Iwata has confirmed.
Spotify’s success hinges on original video content
To monetize video ads, Spotify must provide compelling content to sell the ads against. This is why reports suggest that Spotify is looking to not only acquire video content, but also produce its own — and this is key here. There is significant value in original, exclusive content that no other provider offers, which is why we’re seeing a huge rise in companies heading down this route .
Nintendo is finally making money again
Nintendo recorded its first annual profit since 2011 today. Its final results for 2014 (technically April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015) reveal a $207 million operating profit on $4.6 billion in revenue. That's nothing to write home about, and way lower than initially expected, but still represents a dramatic improvement from previous years' consecutive losses. The past three months have actually seen a pretty heavy negative swing for Nintendo, with the international launch of new-and-improved 3DS models failing to make much of an impact, and the Wii U continuing to languish in 3rd place behind the PS4 and the Xbox One.
For Zynga, a Journey from the Cloud to Home — and Back Again
Zynga may have simply decided that it wanted to be a gaming company, not a technology company, said David Moser, the chief technology officer of Zenovia Digital Exchange, an advertising-technology vendor that recently shifted much of its computing power from Amazon to its own data centers.
This janky prototype paved the way for Microsoft Surface
Why this matters: Groene’s talk provides a fascinating glimpse into how Microsoft thinks of hardware. It should be little surprise the company wants to highlight software, which is Microsoft’s bread and butter. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting reminder of what Microsoft is trying to achieve overall: Sell cloud-backed software and services that run on any device whether it’s a Windows tablet, an Android phone, or a Mac. The device, whatever it is, just isn’t as important as the software running on it in Microsoft’s vision.
400 Football Fields Could Fit Inside Samsung's New Semiconductor Complex
Samsung already makes the most smartphones in the world, but now the South Korean company is pushing to make the most semiconductors. Samsung just started constructing its own version of Silicon Valley, starting with $14 billion semiconductor complex larger than 400 football fields.
Robot Suits Will Help Bank Employees Deliver Heavy Cash Stacks
SMBC Delivery Service Co., which mainly collects and delivers cash between bank outlets, has approximately 1,600 workers and about 16% of them are over age 65. “We are currently placing the robotic suits at four outposts” of the delivery service, “but we’ll consider adding them in more places including the bank’s branches after assessing the effects,” Mr. Narita said.
Demand for Nintendo’s Amiibo Figures Outstrips Supply
Nintendo said it hasn’t been able to supply enough of its Amiibo game-compatible figurines to meet demand because they didn’t expect the product would become this popular in such a short span of time.
Hello from far-too-hot New York City, where Jonathan Shieber, Ingrid Lunden, and myself found a few chairs, a few beers, and a few topics to dig into as Disrupt came to a conclusion.
This time around, we dealt with massive capital rounds, Oculus’ recent news, and this thing called New York City.
There is more footage that followed this session, involving an increasingly large cadre… Read More
7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free
None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.
Chile Is Doing Something Huge For Its Students That We Wish America Would Do
Chile’s new direction wasn’t conceived by politicians in government offices. It started with students in the streets. Demonstrations began in 2006 during the Penguin Revolution, so named because of the black and white uniforms worn by students declaring that “education is a human right.” Students achieved minor tangible victories, but their ultimate goal of free education remained elusive.
World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together
Harding, is a respected military affairs expert who has written seven books and long specialized in World War II, and his writing style carries immediacy as well as authority. “Just after 4am Jack Lee was jolted awake by the sudden banging of M1 Garands,” he writes of the SS’s initial assault on the castle, “the sharper crack of Kar-98s, and the mechanical chatter of a .30-caliber spitting out rounds in short, controlled bursts. Knowing instinctively that the rising crescendo of outgoing fire was coming from the gatehouse, Lee rolled off the bed, grabbed his helmet and M3, and ran from the room. As he reached the arched schlosshof gate leading from the terrace to the first courtyard, an MG-42 machine gun opened up from somewhere along the parallel ridgeway east of the castle, the weapon’s characteristic ripping sound clearly audible above the outgoing fire and its tracers looking like an unbroken red stream as they arced across the ravine and ricocheted off the castle’s lower walls.” Everything that Harding reports in this exciting but also historically accurate narrative is backed up with meticulous scholarship.
How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison
In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”
The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
(Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)
Most Innovative Companies 2015
For making the content it knows (with data!) we’ll all love.
Can you guess someone's political party based on their name? And other psych quizzes
About Ben Ambridge
Ben Ambridge is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Liverpool, where he researches children’s language development. He is the author of "Psy-Q," which introduces readers to some of the major findings in psychology via interactive puzzles, games, quizzes and tests. He also writes newsy stories connecting psychology to current events. His article "Why Can't We Talk to the Animals?" was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian-Wellcome Science Writing Prize.
Why your worst deeds don’t define you
In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, "a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol." Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.
Amazon’s Prices Are Often Undercut by Upstart Jet.com, Study Finds
It’s worth cautioning that Jet.com has yet to open to the public – it is currently in a beta testing phase with select partners and a limited group of consumers. And when it does launch later this year, the site will have a small fraction of items for sale compared with Amazon. Boomerang says Amazon has 300 million items for sale on its site, compared with about 5 million on Jet.
10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier
It seems like a paradox that sad music would make you feel happier, but I find that to be true in my experience. My favorite songs that I sing and play on the guitar are "Four Strong Winds," "Crazy", "Cold, Cold Heart," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", "Early Morning Rain", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "The Boxer", "American Tune", and several others with a distinctly sad theme. I'm wondering if it's even more cathartic to sing a sad song rather than to just listen to it--or do both at the same time. Regardless, the pursuit of happiness is a fascinating topic, one that I've begun to blog about, myself. https://howtobehappyandhealthy.wordpress.com/
Marvel's master plan: The complete novice's guide to Infinity Stones
That's the guiding mantra / rallying cry / marketing pitch for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Every film exists in the same continuity, pushing along a large meta-narrative one two-hour (or so) chapter at a time. The continuity, of course, is only skin deep. A tragic death of a fan favorite in the first Avengers is quickly reversed for the television show, with some weirdly hokey justification. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark comes to a beautifully acted emotional revelation at the end of every film, only to inexplicably backtrack before the next big stage show.
As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)
Science can answer moral questions
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
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