Microsoft at E3 2016: the 7 biggest announcements
Who would have expected, three years ago, that the biggest news from Microsoft’s 2016 E3 event would be not just a new console, but two new consoles. The Xbox One S and Project Scorpio were the...
Samantha Bee delivers strong message on gun control on 'Full Frontal'
"Love does not win until we start loving each other enough to fix our f*cking problems."
PS VR Aim Controller promises 1:1 precision for virtual shooters
The PS VR Aim Controller is supposed to bring precision to the PS VR exclusive 'Farpoint' this fall.
This is Sony's new controller for VR FPS games
The PS VR Aim Controller doesn't look like the most badass peripheral for gunplay. But it does allow for direct 1 to 1 tracking.
Does The Gun Control Fight Have A Branding Problem?
Leading agency execs weigh in on the strengths and limitations of advertising strategy in advancing the conversation around gun control.
These 8 PS4 games from E3 will help keep Sony ahead
The hype is real for these choice games of E3 2016
ESA astronaut Tim Peake explains why somersaults in space don’t make you dizzy
Tim Peake teaches us why somersaults on the International Space Station won't leave you dizzy.
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. E3 2016 is being held June 14-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Press conferences for Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft will be held beginning Sunday, June 12. IGN Live will be broadcasting from the show with the E3 2016 press conferences, including interviews and demos with game developers.
How to help refugees rebuild their world
Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now, a year later, the number is 60 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories — of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency tells the refugees' stories — and asks us to help them rebuild their world.
"It’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it is leadership to be in the wrong place at the right time.’”
Congratulations to BackupHero, our latest Community Spotlight winner! BackupHero's first gaming experience was split-screen multiplayer on Halo 3. Now he primarily plays action/adventure games on PC and Xbox. He's also a mega-fan of Coldplay music. Drop by his wall and say hello!
Refugees have the right to be protected
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres thinks that we can solve the global refugee crisis — and he offers compelling, surprising reasons why we must try. In conversation with TED's Bruno Giussani, Guterres discusses the historical causes of the current crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Bigger picture: Guterres calls for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect — to defy groups like ISIS's anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine.
NASA's Mars Recruitment Posters Will Convince You to Go Die in Space
True, there will be obstacles: For one, the Martian corps that these recruitment posters from Kennedy Space Center are attempting to enlist us in does not exist. Also, as of yet, no human has ever stepped foot on the surface of the red planet, much less worked some kind of shadowy night-watch position, that (rather terrifyingly) appears to require the constant use of a space harpoon.
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Court upholds Obama-backed net neutrality rules
A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies.
My desperate journey with a human smuggler
Photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor was living in Afghanistan — until his risky work forced him to leave the country. But for Batoor, a member of a displaced ethnic group called the Hazara, moving home to Pakistan proved dangerous too. And finding a safer place wasn't as simple as buying a plane ticket. Instead, he was forced to pay a human smuggler, and join the deadly tidal wave of migrants seeking asylum by boat. He documents the harrowing ocean trip with powerful photographs.
iOS 10: Everything You Need to Know
Apple has had it rough with Maps, even apologizing for the less-than-stellar app when it launched with iOS 6. Eddy Cue explained that Maps now has a deeper integration with CarPlay and that the platform is now open to developers. One example demoed onstage was OpenTable, so Maps can keep track of how much time you’ll need to get to the restaurant on time. You can also book a reservation with Uber, pay with Apple Pay, all without leaving the app. Basically, Apple is still trying to be the one Maps app to rule them all, but still seems to be playing catch up rather than innovating in any interesting way.
To beat SMS, Facebook eats SMS with Messenger for Android
Once you connect SMS to Messenger, you’ll be able to send Facebook Stickers as well as images, videos, and audio as text messages. SMS can also appear and be answered through Chat Heads, the Messenger feature that overlays chat bubbles atop other apps you’re using. However, you’ll only be able to send money, GIFs, make VoIP voice and video calls, or use third-party apps for ride-sharing and more inside actual Messenger threads.
Digging into the dev documentation for APFS, Apple’s new file system
The new file system offers an improvement over Apple’s previous full-disk encryption File Vault application. For one, APFS supports encryption natively instead of through File Vault. There are three modes of operation: no encryption, single-key encryption, and multi-key encryption with per-key files and another key for sensitive metadata. Both AES-XTS and AES-CBC cypher variants are supported, "depending on hardware." This lets you apply an adaptable amount of encryption depending on what your security needs might be—from "I don’t care" to "I don’t want anyone swiping the disk out of my computer" up to "NO ONE ELSE MUST KNOW MY SECRETS."
iOS 10: Every New Feature Coming to Your iPhone
Today at WWDC, Apple announced a number of new and changed features for its WatchOS software. The new watchOS 3 gets several performance boosts and feature enhancements. Your favorite apps now launching much faster. Apps that used to take several seconds to load now show up in less than a second. You get the dock by pressing the side button, which used to bring up that constellation of apps. And the app previews are live, so you can see and launch, say, Calendar, all from the same place. Interactions within many apps have been simplified to a single gesture or a tap. To reply to a text, for example, you don’t have to pick “Reply,” you just tap on a thing or swipe down. The theme here is basically: everything used to take way too freakin’ long, now it doesn’t.
Mark Zuckerberg Denies Being a Secret Lizard Person
Mark Zuckerberg hosted his first ever Facebook Live Q&A today. And it went about as well as you’d expect. One of the key things we learned? Mark Zuckerberg is not a lizard person. Or so he says .
The future of agriculture
It is in the poorer parts of the world, though, that the battle for full bellies will be won or lost; and in Africa, in particular, the scope for change is both enormous and unpredictable. Though the problems of African farming are by no means purely technological—better roads, better education and better governments would all help a great deal—technology nevertheless has a big part to play. Organisations such as the NextGen Cassava Project, which apply the latest breeding techniques to reduce the susceptibility of crops to disease and increase their yield and nutritional value, offer Africans an opportunity to leap into the future in the way they did with telephony, bypassing fixed-line networks and moving straight to mobiles. Crops could similarly jump from 18th- to 21st-century levels of potential in a matter of years, even if converting that potential into productivity still requires the developments listed earlier.
Twitter has invested in music streaming service SoundCloud
Twitter has invested around $70 million in the music service, as part of a round that should end up in the $100 million-range, according to sources familiar with the deal. The round is expected to value SoundCloud at about $700 million — the same value that investors placed on the company in 2014, when it raised $60 million; since then it has also raised a debt round.
Net Neutrality Won Big Today, But Don’t Celebrate Just Yet
And that’s to say nothing of the loopholes in the Open Internet Act that Internet providers are already taking advantage of. But service providers won’t have carte blanche even if the order is eventually struck down. Comcast is already bound to follow certain net neutrality rules as part of its agreement to merge with NBC Universal. Likewise, Charter, which is merging with Time-Warner Cable, must also follow net neutrality rules and is barred from offering “usage based prices”–i.e. bandwidth caps–for seven years. And to be sure, today’s legal ruling is a victory for net neutrality. What happens next will depend on how America votes in November.
Tesla Plans to Sell Its Electric Cars At Nordstrom
In that context, the Nordstrom partnership is a smart move, as Tesla’s founder and CEO recently surprised investors when he announced plans to sell 500,000 vehicles—which will include its cheaper upcoming sedan, the Model 3—by 2018. To meet that goal, Tesla, which has just 215 storefronts globally, will need to expand its infrastructure for selling and delivering cars to potential buyers, many of whom are unfamiliar with the company’s still-nascent brand and all-electric vehicle technology. Acknowledging the fact that there will surely be a lot of moms and partners shopping at The Grove on Saturday (women play the leading role in 68% of new car purchases), in the larger scope of things Tesla could be offering a glimpse of what its future sales network might look like.
You can now retweet yourself, because you're good enough, smart enough, and you like you
Congratulations, you! If you're a Twitter user, you can now retweet your own tweets. Which means you can write a tweet, send a tweet to your audience, and then lay in wait for the perfect moment to send that same tweet to your audience again — say, 10 years from now. You deserve it.
This Is How Determined Ryan Reynolds Was to Get Bea Arthur in Deadpool
Deadpool’s love of Bea Arthur has been a long-running joke in the comics, and one that got the most subtle lip service in Merc with a Mouth’s hit movie thanks to the late Golden Girls actress appearing on one of Wade Wilson’s tank tops. And it took a concerted effort by Ryan Reynolds to do so... as well as a sizable check.
Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using Differential Privacy technology to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy. To obscure an individual’s identity, Differential Privacy adds mathematical noise to a small sample of the individual’s usage pattern. As more people share the same pattern, general patterns begin to emerge, which can inform and enhance the user experience. In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.
Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Rhapsody is part of the old guard of music streaming services, launched way back in 2001 as Listen.com. It never got the traction of it's rival Spotify, and is now competing against titans like Apple and Google as well. So now, in a bizarre move, Rhapsody is relaunching as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011 which is also synonymous with rampant file sharing and music piracy. "No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists," says a blog post on Rhapsody's website. "Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!"
Woman gives fierce response to sexist note claiming she's not a veteran
I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United Sates Navy. I’m sorry that your narrow misogynistic world view can’t conceive of the fact that there are female Veterans. I’m sorry that I have to explain myself to people like you. Mostly, I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to have this conversation face to face, and that you didn’t have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes.
Apple introduces Swift Playgrounds app that teaches kids to code
Two years ago, Apple introduced a new coding language, Swift , that it hoped would appeal to a new generation of developers. At its annual developer conference today, Apple highlighted the fact that lots of young coders had taken up that challenge, some of them as young as nine years old. To help continue bringing new programmers into the fold, Apple unveiled a new app today, Swift Playgrounds, that is meant to teach kids basic coding skills in Apple's chosen language.
Microsoft reveals Project Scorpio, the Xbox One's powerful, 4K-ready successor powered by AMD
“No boundaries” is the tagline Microsoft keeps touting for Project Scorpio, a hardware refresh/upgrade for the Xbox One announced during its E3 press conference (and fulfilling six months or so of rumors and leaks). But don’t expect to hear much more about it until next year—the console’s not coming until Holiday 2017, and we didn’t even get a good look at it yet.
El Niño Has Pushed Our Planet Past a Major Climate Milestone
And it’ll be this way for the rest of our lifetimes, barring large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage technology, an idea which scientists are starting to take seriously in light of our apparent inability to give a shit about climate change. So, what does it mean to live and breathe a 400 ppm atmosphere? We’re not entirely sure yet, but the geologic past can offer clues. For instance, the last time the Earth was a 400 ppm world—the mid-Pliocene—sea levels were an estimated 50 to 80 feet higher than they are today, meaning Florida, much of the Gulf Coast, and countless other coastlines worldwide did not exist in their current form.
How to get the iOS 10 beta right now
If you’re salivating at the prospect of interactive notifications on the lock screen, all those new messaging goodies, or anything else that iOS 10 is going to bring to Apple’s mobile platform, then you’ll want to try it out as soon as you can. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to get the iOS 10 beta and give it a whirl before the public release in the fall.
Dropbox CEO Pushes Toward Profitability in a ‘Post-Unicorn Era’
Drew Houston, Dropbox's chief executive officer, now declares that we're "entering the post-unicorn era." Unicorn startups, those valued at $1 billion or more, will need to focus on creating healthier businesses as venture capital and other sources of private-market funds dry up, he said Tuesday onstage at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco.
Emilia Clarke shows that Grey Worm is not as slick as he seems on 'Game of Thrones'
Emilia Clarke shows that Grey Worm is not as slick as he seems on 'Game of Thrones'
Now Peter Thiel’s Lawyer Wants to Silence Reporting on Trump’s Hair
a. “The intervention involves the use of skeins of natural donor hair. Each skein consists of a line of hairs attached to a thread about one inch in length. The threads are then attached end-to-end in concentric circles over the client’s head. The circles of thread are then anchored to each other by separate threads, which radiate from the center so that the underside of the resulting hairpiece resembles a spider’s web. The client’s natural hair is attached to the hairpiece by forty to sixty separate threads. Each of those threads is attached at one end to the web and at the other end to a tiny metal clamp around a few strands of natural hair at the scalp. Every few weeks, as the natural hair grows out from the scalp, the hairpiece loosens on the head. This places increased tension on the natural hair to which the microcylinders are attached and can cause hair breakage. A maintenance procedure (maintenance) is necessary wherein the clamps must be removed and replaced closer to the scalp. A maintenance tightens the hairpiece on the client’s head.”
Is Apple’s New Meditation App More Full of Shit Than Deepak Chopra?
It also illustrates how crowded the mindfulness space is becoming—and how developers like Erez will have to add more bells and whistles to differentiate themselves, now that Apple has basically branded Breathing™ and integrated it into its device. “Mindfulness is very personal,” Erez said. “The notion that breathing is important isn’t something new or novel, but each of us is inspired by different things.”
Watch a guy in T-Rex costume dominate on American Ninja Warrior
In 117 AD the Roman Empire was at its peak. Rome was the largest city in the world, the Empire's citizens made up a fifth of the world's population, and its territory stretched from modern day England to the shores of the Persian Gulf. Now, in 2016, a man in an inflatable T-Rex costume navigates an obstacle course on a show named American Ninja Warrior and a watching crowd goes absolutely wild , we should recognize that the USA has reached similar, dizzying heights.
E3 2016: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo Revealed, Wolf Link Support Explained - IGN
When scanned, the Wolf Link amiibo will bring Wolf Link into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to help Link attack enemies and hunt. By default, Wolf Link will have three hearts, but if players played Twilight Princess HD and saved their data, he’ll have additional hearts in Breath of the Wild (as many as he had when data was saved in Twilight Princess HD). Wolf Link can be scanned into Breath of the Wild once per day.
Rhapsody now goes by Napster
Ah, Napster: the brand that just won't go away . In fact, you're likely about to hear the name a lot more often. Rhapsody revealed today that it would use the Napster moniker going forward in a brief blog entry. The company did say that nothing about its music streaming service would change, other than the name and logo inside its apps. If this sounds a bit odd, you might've missed the news that Rhapsody bought Napster back in 2011 . The latter had transitioned from a peer-to-peer file-sharing hub to a full-on (legal) subscription service following its shutdown in 2001, changing ownership on more than one occasion.
Net Neutrality Win: The internet is a utility the FCC will regulate, says federal court
We finish with breaking news this morning that a Federal Court has ruled that high-speed internet service will be considered a Utility, and therefore subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission. The move is being hailed as a win for net neutrality, and will enable much tougher policing of broadband providers, the same providers who, expectedly, claim the FCC is stepping way out of bounds. The US Court of Appeals in DC disagrees, though.
Announcing the startups pitching at the Austin and Seattle Meetups
In less than a week, TechCrunch is hitting the road to visit Austin and Seattle on June 14 and June 16, respectively. And with us, we bring the TechCrunch Pitch-offs.
Netflix on iPad Now Supports Picture-In-Picture
The picture-in-picture mode for Netflix works exactly like it does in any other app, start watching a video, then tap the home button to shrink it down. This only works on iPads that support it, iPad Pros, iPad Airs, and the iPad Mini 2 and later.
Nintendo dives deep into Pokémon Sun and Moon at E3
The play session, which marked the first live demonstration of Sun and Moon , laid out many of the details in full. The new games are set in the Alola Region, a tropical archipelago inspired by the volcanic islands of Hawaii, and that’s not all that’s new. There is now an improved character selection screen with a number of races and gender combinations to choose from, and you have two new NPC guides: Professor Kukui and his ‘mysterious’ assistant, Lillie, who introduce you to the game’s most fundamental mechanics. Traversal and battles between Pokémon are also rendered fully in 3D. New catchable Pokémon are in tow, too — Litten, a kitten-like fire type; Popplio, a water type; Rowlet, a grass-flying type; Yungoos, a normal type; Pikipek, a normal/flying type; Grubbin, a bug-type; and two new legendary Pokémon, Solgaleo and Lunala.
Facebook taps GPS, Square to track your in-store visits and purchases
Facebook has found the Holy Grail of advertising in a set of new partnerships with point-of-sale systems like Square and Marketo that will prove who bought what after seeing Facebook’s ads. Even if you don’t buy something, Facebook will also now know you visited a store based on a new feature that matches GPS, beacons, WiFi, radio signals, and cell towers with brick-and-mortar coordinates.
One Kings Lane was worth nearly $1 billion, but now it's been sold for a 'not material' amount to Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond has bought One Kings Lane, a home-goods
website that, at its peak, was valued at more than $900 million.
The acquisition price of Tuesday's purchase of the company was
OnePlus Launches The OnePlus 3
OnePlus has moved to an aluminum unibody design with the OnePlus 3, and it's pretty great. I was really not a fan of the sandstone finish on the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, which I frankly thought felt cheap and didn't even add much in the way of grip because it wasn't coarse enough. The OnePlus 2 introduced a metal frame, but it didn't do much to improve the feel of the phone. Along with the move to a full aluminum unibody comes a dramatic reduction in thickness and mass, which makes it significantly more comfortable to use for long periods of time than the OnePlus 2. While I'll cover the design in more detail in my review, I can say for certain that I like the design very very much as both an improvement over the OnePlus 2 and a design that is just good in its own right.
Clues in macOS Sierra point to OLED touch bar for MacBook Pro | Cult of Mac
Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote came and went without any new hardware announcements, but you might not have to wait much longer for the unveiling of the new MacBook Pro.
Apple mandates App Store apps support ATS security protocol by 2017
In an announcement at a Worldwide Developers Conference session on Tuesday, Apple said apps submitted to its various App Stores will be required to use the App Transport Security standard by the end of 2016, a decision that underscores the company's dedication to customer privacy.
Introduced as part of iOS 9, ATS transfers app data over HTTPS connections instead of HTTP, thereby reducing the potential of user exposure to nefarious code or data theft. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, all new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store will need to support the protocol, reports TechCrunch .
ATS is turned on by default in Apple's development tools, though developers currently have the option to deactivate the security feature if they so choose.
Apple's upcoming deadline mirrors a wider industry shift toward HTTPS-based connections. Banks and internet service providers dealing with highly sensitive user data were among the first to deploy HTTPS solutions, and an increasing number of companies have since adopted similar safeguards. Device manufacturers marketing bespoke operating systems, like Apple's iOS and Mac, have followed suit.
Russian hackers stole Dems' Trump files, firm says
"It is troubling just as all cyberattacks against our businesses and our institutions and our government are," Clinton said in an interview with Telemundo. "So far as we know, my campaign has not been hacked into and we're obviously looking hard at that, but cybersecurity will be an issue that I will be absolutely focused on as president, because whether it's Russia or China, Iran or North Korea, more and more countries are using hacking to steal our information to use it to their advantage and we can't let that go on."
French police killer's Facebook Live broadcast underscores the 'unique challenges' companies are facing
"We do understand and recognize that there are unique challenges
when it comes to content and safety for Live videos," a Facebook
spokeswoman said. "We're deeply committed to improving the
effectiveness of how we handle reports of live content that
violates our Community Standards."
Ricky Gervais' Office spinoff movie will head to Netflix after theatrical premiere
The spinoff is called David Brent: Life On The Road , and will follow Gervais' Brent as he tries to fulfill his life-long dream of being a rockstar. The movie, like the series, will be filmed mockmentary-style, and will take place 15 years after the series conclusion, Deadline reports. It will premiere in UK theaters on August 19th; no date has been set for its Netflix arrival.
17 e-commerce tactics to try this month
Summary: Running A/B tests is probably one of the more common growth hacks that companies use to drive more conversions on their website. In e-commerce, you can test all sorts of things in order to drive sales. For this tactic, you’ll want to focus on your product pages specifically. What you’re trying to do is make small changes to the look and feel of your page in order to influence more sales.
How to Browse Windows Folders Using Tabs
Tabbed browsing has changed the way we surf the web, making it ridiculously easy to load sites in the background and switch between a bunch of pages in seconds. Now, you can get the same interface for browsing through your files on Windows. Here’s the tool you’re going to need and how to use it.
Barefoot Networks’ New Chips Will Transform the Tech Industry
Meanwhile, McKeown says Barefoot is already working with three of the top four American Internet companies and many of top Chinese Internet companies (though he declined to name them). And he says Barefoot has discussed the technology with AT&T, which has publicly vowed to overhaul its network in the image of Internet players like Google. Bacher believes that this technology, like other tech pioneered inside giants like Google and Facebook, will eventually wind up inside traditional enterprise companies as well. “This started with the large data centers operators,” he says. “But it will trickle down, as soon as the people in the large enterprises realize this is a proven technology.”
E3 2016: God of War Made Me Care About the Series For the First Time - IGN
Barlog explained, “There's a public perception that God of War is like your dad's muscle car. Not something I want to drive, but something he'd want to work on.” What might’ve worked back on the PS2 in terms of mechanics, characters, and storytelling simply don’t work in 2016. I love the idea that Barlog, who has been with the series since the start, and served as creative director on God of War II, isn’t afraid to flip the table over. “We need to tear it completely down and look at it from completely fresh eyes,” he said to me. This motto isn't just in the story and characters, but in the mechanics and progression as well.