Behind the Scenes of OK Go's New Single, 'Writing's On The Wall'
Mashable went behind the scenes of OK Go's latest music video, ‘Writing’s On The Wall' -- and we could hardly believe our eyes.
Cersei Lannister Teaches Jimmy Kimmel How to Be a Badass Boss [VIDEO]
'Game of Thrones' actress Lena Headey stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Monday and had a Cersei face-off against the comedian.
Jessie Ware - Tough Love
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Hank Is the Most Badass Bulldog With a Custom Stair Lift
Hank the Bulldog has a custom chair lift to help him with stairs.
3 Lessons in Longevity From America's Oldest Brewery
Six generations in, family-owned brewery Yuengling is America's oldest. Here's how they've kept their beer business thriving for 185 years.
Enable OS X Yosemite's Dark Mode with this command
Apple announced OS X Yosemite earlier this month at WWDC with a whole new design, and as part of this, it also announced a new “Dark Mode” that’ll make the interface easier on the user’s eye at night. The setting was however not available in the first beta, but you can enable it in the second beta that released just today .
The Best Amazon Fire Phone Features You Won’t Get In Any Other Phone | TechCrunch
Today, Amazon introduced the long-rumored Fire Phone . It has the killer 3D effects that everyone talked about. But it also has a few neat features that you won’t see in any other phone out there…
Bootstrapping To The Stars
Like Virgin, XCOR offers a trip to suborbital space, but the experience is different and the price lower (not that space tourism is particularly price-sensitive). SpaceShipTwo holds six passengers, who have each paid $250,000 per ticket. The ship is carried by airplane to high altitudes before its rocket fires, hurtling the craft into space and allowing the passengers to float around weightless before descending to land on a runway. The Lynx holds only the pilot and one passenger, who paid $95,000. It takes off from a runway, whereupon its four rocket engines, with a combined total of 11,600 pounds of maximum thrust, take it to space in minutes. The passenger will experience weightlessness but remain strapped in. For a portion of the flight the passenger can act as a copilot, telling the pilot to perform different maneuvers to get a better view.
ThisCLICKS punches the clock, literally, in St. Paul expansion
ThisClicks CEO Chad Halvorson, left, swings a sledge hammer at a 50-year-old time clock in front of St. Paul's historic Drake Building, where his company recently relocated its headquarters, as St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, center, watches. ThisClicks develops employee time management software -- a modern alternative to the time clock -- so Halvorson decided a "time clock smashing" was more appropriate than a ribbon-cutting. (Pioneer Press: Nick Woltman)
Apple dings Amazon by discounting Hachette books
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Print still matters, even if some would like to believe it shouldn’t
“Finally, there’s that hard paywall. It’s the biggest enigma of the Register plan…It’s been the meter — with its flexibility and open site sensibility — that has fueled the paywall movement…The move means that the Register will surely lose more pageviews than if it went with a meter. Figure that it will lose 20-30 percent of them, where new metered paywalls lose about half as much. [Register president Eric] Spitz says he, too, believes, in sampling, and that the Register will do that…Maybe that will work. I’m dubious. Hard paywalls, no matter their intent, create a psychological barrier for readers, as The New York Times’ TimesSelect proved years ago. It doesn’t matter how clever you are; readers don’t like running into walls. That’s going to be especially true as news publishers confront the next challenge of paid digital readership. Properly, they’ve focused on their core print readers, extending them into higher-priced all-access. That makes sense, but doesn’t provide enough growth, and those readers are averaging almost 60 years old.
Fab Is Buying Helsinki’s One Nordic Furniture To Score Original Products | TechCrunch
We had actually heard in the past week that One Nordic was the company Fab was looking to buy, and while trying to nail down a second source, and it looks like the deal closed – just “minutes ago,” according to a spokesperson (note to self: maybe second sources are overrated?). The exact price is unknown except that it is in the “tens of millions of dollars.” As part of the deal, One Nordic will become a 5% shareholder in Fab.
Microsoft Kills Vendor Program That Offered To Pay People To Write About IE | TechCrunch
Repeat after me: Don’t pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: Don’t offer to pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: People will write about your thing if they think that your thing is cool, or newsworthy, so build things that are cool, or newsworthy.
Make space for Destiny's PlayStation-exclusive content [update]
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
E3 2014: How Ubisoft, Activision, and EA Are Preparing for a Next-Gen-Only Future - IGN
“I would love that, it would make development a lot simpler and it would mean that more people have signed up for next-gen, which I believe has great implications for the future,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told IGN. Hirshberg noted that the new consoles are selling at a more rapid rate than they did at the beginning of the last generation, “but, there’s still too big of an audience who are still playing their games on an Xbox 360 or a PS3, and we want to make a great experience for them, too.”
Carlypso Could Change Everything About How We Buy And Sell Used Cars | TechCrunch
First you’ve got to figure out how much to list the car for. Then you’ve got to craft an attention-grabbing “for sale” post on forums such as Craigslist and Cars.com. Then the real fun (aka torture) begins: dealing with the wide world of used car buyers. You’re likely to get contacted by a lot of used car dealers trying to convince you to work with them anyway. And when it comes to dealing with the general public, “I don’t have $5,000, but I do have a rusty speedboat/collection of 1980s comic books/old riding lawnmower” are not unusual bartering offers to receive. It can be a weeks- or months-long process, and a major headache.
Apple Has Released A New Low-Cost iMac
CUPERTINO, California—June 18, 2014—Apple® today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac® starting at just $1,099, making the world’s leading all-in-one desktop even more affordable. Featuring a stunning ultra-thin design, brilliant display, Core i5 processors and the world’s most advanced operating system, the new iMac is the perfect entry-level Mac® desktop.
Hands-On With Lightroom Mobile For The iPhone
The headline feature of the app is the ability to move your iPhone photos, with non-destructive edits, directly to your Lightroom catalog. But the process works in the other direction as well. When editing images that originated in your Lightroom catalog, Lightroom mobile uses Adobe’s but lower-resolution, but high-quality Smart Previews, which are downloaded as needed from the cloud to your phone. When edits are made on your iPhone, those adjustments are sync’d back to your desktop Lightroom catalog and applied to the full resolution version of the image. The Smart Previews are only stored temporarily on your iPhone, in order to save storage space. You can, however, enable an offline editing mode that gives you permanent access to the Smart Previews in a given image collection so you can edit those photos without an Internet connection.
GTA Online claims 'I'm Not A Hipster,' update says otherwise
The latest addition to Grand Theft Auto Online will fill the virtual world with overly tight jeans, thick-rimmed glasses designed to express collective individuality and artfully distressed print tees torn from the dreams of Dov Charney.
Dubbed the "I'm Not A Hipster" update, this most recent DLC features new clothing, masks, tattoos and, of course, hairstyles that can only be described as "cool" under the most ironic of conditions. Additionally, Rockstar Games promises seven new vehicles will join the online crime-ridden wasteland. From classics like the Glendale to environmentally friendly minicars like the Panto, there's something for every carjacker. And, if you've got a large family (or crew of hardened criminals) to lug around, the update also adds a massive three-axel, six-seat Dubsta for those who reach Rank 100. Two antique weapons and twelve new jobs round out the "I'm Not A Hipster" update, for those who couldn't find gainful employment attaching birds to things or raising urban co-op poultry.
Rockstar has yet to reveal a precise release date for this latest addition, but as with all Grand Theft Auto Online add-ons, "I'm Not A Hipster" will be available at no charge.
B.C. court ruling orders Google to block sites worldwide
Robert Fleming, the lawyer for the Vancouver plaintiffs who won the injunction against Google, said no court elsewhere in the world would recognize such extreme orders against Google as those Prof. Geist suggests. Unlike Prof. Geist’s hypothetical cases, Mr. Fleming said, his case is an intellectual property dispute over which U.S. and other courts would clearly recognize the B.C. court has jurisdiction – not a question of free-speech.
CryptoSeal customers have been notified that the service is being shut down. For now. Both Lackey and Prince told securitycurrent that they would like to re-introduce a CloudFlare VPN service later in 2015. With CloudFlare’s global network of data centers it will be a valuable and robust service.
Amazon Fire Phone: hands-on with the ultimate buying machine
Amazon stepped into the smartphone race this afternoon with the unveiling of the Fire Phone, its very first attempt at building a smartphone. By most outward appearances, it's a strong first attempt: the 4.7-inch phone has a simple black body, a 720p display, a fast 13-megapixel camera, and plenty of processing power to keep things moving. Naturally, it's running a version of Fire OS, the highly modified version of Android that Amazon has been using on its Kindle Fire tablets for a couple years now.
Amazon Fire Phone Is Not Friendly to Wearables
Even though Android (on which Amazon's FireOS is based) was relatively late to the Bluetooth Smart party, devices with Bluetooth 4.0 support have been sold since at least 2011. That's why we were shocked to see that the Fire Phone only supports the older Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR. The Fire Phone does support NFC, but that won't address challenges with longer-range pairing and battery efficiency.
Two Designers' Quest To Create The Magazine "The Beautiful Game" Deserves
The design is, in a word, provocative. In that it trades in highly controlled excitement, it's a stylish blend of Businessweek and ESPN The Magazine --it has the playful layouts and typographic experiments of the former, and the big, bold art of the latter. Key to the design are the illustrations. Eight by Eight makes no bones about leaping into a more agitated and variable design aesthetic. Priest and Lee portray some of soccer's biggest personalities and story lines through sprawling and intricate illustrations that amp up the text. Text columns vary in width and number, and a slightly pop feel--with geometric sidebars and marginalia, and colorized text blurbs--defines what amounts to a vigorously calculated restlessness. Priest and Lee also experiment with typography, which often varies from one feature to the next.
How Volvo Trucks Pulled Off An Epic Split And A Game-Changing Campaign
"Ours is an agency where there are no Creative Directors, or Executive Creative Directors--just a tight group of creative people who work hand in hand with planners and account managers," he explains. "We have small, close-working teams working closely with clients on each account, and that's how it was with Volvo Trucks--we went into the company and conducted many interviews with people who worked there, including many engineers."
Why History Is Against Amazon's 3D Phone
The 3DS received many favorable reviews, but some users saw the 3D tech (which was built into only one of the two screens) as an "afterthought." Sales weren't so great out of the gate, but after a price cut they hit stride, and with more than 43 million in sales to date, the Nintendo 3DS is in the Top 5 of the best-selling handheld consoles in history.
Amazon debuts Firefly technology - CNET
Amazon's Jeff Bezos shows off a new technology called Firefly for its new Fire Phone that recognizes QR codes, scans items, and acts as an everyday shopping-scanner.
The ChargeAll portable power supply could make you king of the airport
The Portable offers 1200 mAh of power, which the company claims translates to around seven charges for a smartphone, and two full charges for a Macbook or similar laptop twice. Additionally the ChargeAll claims the Portable can run a desktop fan for 15 hours, a small TV for about four hours, and the same period for a curling iron – for all those on-the-go curling disasters that arise. The Power ChargeAll offers 1800 mAh, which means you can add another 50 percent of charging time to those specs.
World's Largest Video Game Collection Sells For $750k - IGN
The world's largest video game collection has been sold, netting former owner Michael Thommason a whopping $750,250 in the process.
The Bottom Feeder: The Indie Bubble Is Popping.
Hey, good read. I don't really agree with your outlook though; the 'indie bubble is bursting'. Your first point, with Steam releasing so many games – that is true, but how many of those games are indie titles? How many of them new? Steam has certainly had an issue of re-releasing old titles the past year and a half, and bad mobile ports, but new indie titles themselves? They aren't the ones swamping Steam; decade old hidden object games and obscure titles like 'Lil Devil' from 1994 are. No one is mistaking these for new, nor indie; just pap. And no one buys them because there was never an audience for them on Steam to begin with. Greenlight itself is a bit of an issue, with so much utter rubbish to sift through; this is one of the reasons why Steam is no doubt axing it. It's not a functioning publication system. Titles without a legitimate audience simply don't get through the process, which is why there are hundreds and hundreds of titles just sitting there, whilst the games that do gain an audience – and in turn are usually promoted by those 'best of Greenlight' lists at the bottom of the page, maintained by the likes of PC Gamer, Indie DB, etc – gain traction and get through.
Elon Musk: I'm afraid of the Terminator - CNET
The Tesla CEO echoes the words earlier this week of Stephen Hawking, and says he invests in AI so he can keep an eye on it.
Best Buy cuts MacBook Air laptops to as low as $650, but only for students
The best deal is arguably the one you can get for the 2014 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which Best Buy already cuts by $100 to $799.99 (Apple sells it from their website for $899.99). By stacking the $150 student coupon code on top of that $100 discount, you can slash Apple’s cheapest (and newest) MacBook Air to $649.99. That savings amounts of $250. Can you say, cha-ching? By the way, we just tested the code out for ourselves, and it works.
The Fire Phone's Firefly feature scans and recognizes the world around you
The initial impression Firefly gave off made it seem like an app tailor-made to drive more sales on Amazon, but there's a little more to it than that. With the ability to recognize street addresses and phone numbers, Amazon wants to make Firefly a part of your everyday life -- Bezos probably doesn't want you to scribble down another address ever again. And here's the really big bit: Amazon is making a Firefly SDK available to developers, so they can bake those audio, visual and text-recognition smarts into their own apps. Want to add your lunch to MyFitnessPal? Snap a photo of it, and let Firefly do all the heavy lifting in the back end; that corresponding nutritional data should be where it's needed before long.
You Can Now Share and View GIFs Directly on Twitter
This means, that yes, you can view and share GIFs as they play on your app or on the full website. No clicking away to anywhere else. That's more you can say for Facebook, which only works through a Giphy workaround . So go GIF-crazy, dudes. [ @TwitterSupport ]
Name Your Own Price On Path Finder and Fantastical with The Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle [Deals] | Cult of Mac
Featuring two killer apps in Path Finder and Fantastical, The Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle is available for a very limited time. Pay what you want to get Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5 and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive all the apps (including Path Finder, Flux 4, Fantastical & more) in the bundle. That’s over $400 worth of apps!
Our First Look At Adobe’s Ink And Slide Tools For The iPad | TechCrunch
Designers interested in adding Ink and Slide to their workflows can buy it directly from Adobe for $199. As suggested by Adobe’s description, it’s best for those who already pay up for a subscription to the company’s Creative Cloud service, as that gives access to unlimited backup of your work in Adobe Line as well as the ability to send the work you started on your iPad over to the full versions of Photoshop and Illustrator on the desktop with the tap of a button.
Amazon’s Fire Phone Uses Depth And 3D Effects To Stand Out | TechCrunch
We’ve been hearing about head-tracking technology on phones for a long time now. Some have ventured into this territory already, with Samsung releasing camera-based head tracking in earlier generations of the Galaxy S phones.
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How to make hard choices
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
Every pollen grain has a story
Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes — and travels remarkably well. Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of these fascinating flecks of plant courtship.
Here Is The Full Video Of Amazon’s Fire Phone Launch Event | TechCrunch
Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com in 1995. The company was renamed after the Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, which in turn was named …
Attackers come from all over - In Photos: What To Do About Our Cybersecurity Problems
When it comes to digital attacks happening online, it’s hard to draw clear battle lines. Attackers come from all over and target all over. Forbes asked ten cyber-experts to offer up their best ideas for stemming the threats we face when it comes to digital security. Note: Almost every one of them muttered something about there being no silver bullets.
E3 2014: Mortal Kombat X preview
In the E3 demo, skulls split, spines snap, guts flow. In one set piece move, series stalwart Sub Zero punches a hole in rival Scorpion’s stomach, pulls out his lower intestines, freezes them into the shape of a spear and shoves them his opponent's eye. By way of return, Scorpion’s finishing maneuver on Sub Zero involves shooting a fireball through his stomach, then cutting his face off with a katana. And it's not finished there. As Sub Zero's lifeless body sinks to the floor, his frontal lobes glisten horribly and his tongue jerks and lolls spasmodically. If you want blood, you got it.
Adobe’s iPad Stylus and Ruler Bring Digital Design to the Physical World | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Ink looks like a 21st century space pen. Its body is a single aluminum tube hydroformed into a twisted triangular prism. At its back end, white plastic rings its metallic charging receptors, which in turn encircle translucent plastic that diffuses colorful, customizable LED light when the pen is turned on. The tip resembles an analog pen or pencil, with a 2mm black capacitive touch tip ringed by metallic silver and shiny white plastic. The triangular form fits comfortably in your grip, although it feels a little too slippery. The tip is hard plastic, rather than the rubbery stuff a lot of stylii use. This makes Ink feel more pen-like as the tip slides across the iPad’s glass. The stylus is surprisingly lightweight, not much heavier than a traditional ballpoint.
The best defense against surveillance in the cloud is strong locks, says Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Although fear of government surveillance has made Amazon’s job more challenging when it comes to selling the benefits of cloud data storage, Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels told attendees at the Structure conference in San Francisco that the company continues to see strong growth in demand both inside and outside the United States, and it is responding to customers concerns about surveillance by stressing two things: strong encryption and the control that Amazon and its AWS infrastructure give to users.
Rainbow Six: Patriots Shot Dead as it Was 'Old-Gen' - IGN
Ubisoft has gone into further detail about why Rainbow Six: Patriots was killed off, explaining the title couldn't offer a "next-gen experience".
Amazon Fire Phone Preview - CNET
While not at the top of its class on paper, Amazon's Fire Phone still has some fair-to-high-end specs overall. It starts with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD HD display with 590 nits of brightness and a circular polarizer for clear outdoor viewing and reading. Still, the Fire Phone's screen has only a 1,280x720-pixel resolution, lower than recent higher-end smartphones. It's equivalent to the resolution of last year's Moto X from Motorola. Still, when holding the phone in our hands during our demo, text didn't look obviously blurry or pixelated.
Intel will offer a customizable chip to keep data center clients happy
The chip would combine a Xeon processor and a programmable chip known as an FPGA, or a field-programmable gate array. Instead of just placing the FPGA near the chip, which is the usual way one would place an FPGA or other accelerator chip, the two would be linked and able to share access to the memory available to the CPU. This coherency is essential for making the processors faster and avoiding bottlenecks associated with using other accelerators such as graphics processors or even an FPGA that isn’t coherently linked.
FCC report shows ISPs are faster than ever, but congestion is a problem
How fast is your ISP compared to other services? The FCC’s annual broadband report is out, and it provides answers to this and many other broadband questions.
A Slick Concept for a Wristband That Manages Your Money | Design | WIRED
The problem with using a smartphone instead of a traditional wallet, as Erickson sees it, is efficiency. Each payment app exists in a vacuum, and there’s no way to sync them with your bank statement for the purpose of keeping a budget, while on the go. Token would amass all of that activity in one place—similar to the promise of Coin, which Erickson says is “still anchored down the credit card form factor”—making it possible to buy a cup of coffee, transfer allowance money to your kid, see what’s left in your checking account, and then go buy a meal—all in a few minutes.
Apple releases new cheaper iMac with low-end processor, priced at $1099
Apple has always tried to be the company that makes computers for, like themselves used to say, “the rest of us”. And the iMac already accomplished this goal, like hardly all other macs, but that “principle” of Apple always shocked with another one, the necessity of high quality, generally they take the high quality, the “apple level”, as the pre need thing, for just after think about all the other stuff, for better explanation, the product at first need to have quality, apple quality, for just then they think about prices… Unhappily, “the rest of us” not always have money enough to buy their products, letting those so well though for “the rest of us” products in hand of just that “rich rest of us”, like has been said, they’re conquering a fine spot in this dilemma with iProducts, principally because of the iPad line. So, I hope it’s a good try of apple doing this “new base line iMac”. Just hope (even more) that this had passed throughout the sieve of apple quality…
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BlackBerry strikes deal to offer Amazon apps on BB10
The deal with Amazon could be key in retaining consumers who want access to popular apps. One of BlackBerry's key efforts in its new BB10 software has been to enable its newest range of smartphones to run Android apps. But the app developers still had to make some changes for them to work on the BlackBerry handsets, and owners faced some challenges installing them. BlackBerry says that the Amazon deal will mean owners can download the apps directly from Amazon's app store.
European Court of Justice to rule on Facebook privacy - Telegraph
Europe-v-Facebook has therefore asked the Irish High Court to review the Data
Protection Commissioner's decision. However, the Irish High Court has
referred the case to the European Court of Justice, claiming that the issue
is really to do with the efficacy of the Safe Harbour regime, not the Data
Protection Commissioner's actions.
Say 'Yo!' to Your Friends
There’s simple apps that don’t do a lot, but do what they do well. Then there’s Yo , as the FT points out , which takes minimalist concepts the extra mile.
Adobe Ink and Slide review: A software giant tries its hand at hardware
There are two cons that ultimately hamper the experience: durability and price. I can't justify spending the $200 on Ink and Slide until I can create and send vector graphics from my iPad for use in Illustrator on the desktop. Some creative types may get a lot of use out of the duo in their current state, but I'll have to wait for those other apps and expanded file support to arrive. For double the price of competing devices (more in some cases), I expect my accessories not to get scuffed so easily when they're resting in the same pocket of my bag. Don't get me wrong; I prefer the metal to a plastic shell, but if these are devices I'll carry with me nearly everywhere, I should be able to haul them around without producing wear so easily. In the end, though, Adobe has built a somewhat tempting window into Creative Cloud for those eager to start projects on an iPad. The only question is whether the company has priced itself out of attracting the curious.