Lego Dimensions is about to get a bit more timey-wimey - CNET
The Doctor is getting a minifig makeover. The BBC's "Doctor Who" franchise is officially joining the upcoming Lego Dimensions action-adventure video game.
Folding Cedar Lawn Chair
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Little hamster turns into a city-munching Godzilla
A little hamster turns into a Godzilla-like monster with the help of some tiny costumes and props.
The Internet: Then And Now
Grunge music, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the dawn of the Internet age. We've come a long way since 1995, and venture capitalist Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends Report shows that there are many more virtual changes to come. Internet user growth in the U.S. is stalling, but other developing countries are poised for a massive uptick of users—and Google and Facebook are there waiting with open modem ports. Watch the video above and tweet as at #29thFloor with your own predictions for online trends.
Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit
Apple’s HomeKit is finally starting to roll out to actual consumers, via the first crop of HomeKit-enabled accessories from third-party manufacturers. This means you’ll soon be able to get your hands on a range of products for the connected home that work with Siri on your iOS device, and that you’ll be able to do so as soon as today, since some of the new HomeKit accessories start shipping now.
EmTech Digital: Data and Robotics and the Future of Transportation | MIT Technology Review
In a nod to the impact such technology-driven visions of transportation are having on his industry, Prasad acknowledged that despite Ford’s 111-year history, the biggest changes are happening outside of companies like his. “The convergence of mobility, autonomy, and connectivity is happening at a high speed, and doesn’t place the traditional carmakers at the center of that,” he said.
Vimeo on Demand introduces monthly subscriptions
Video makers have been able to offer their creations for sale or rent through Vimeo On Demand since 2013. Now, the video platform has introduced a recurring monthly subscription option.
As Video Wars Heat Up, A New Way for Creators to Get Paid | WIRED
Vimeo is rolling its subscription offerings out in phases, perhaps to give itself some time to figure out where it sits in the ecosystem of online video services. YouTube, the unparalleled leader in online video, has users uploading three hundred hours of video every minute. It has over a billion users worldwide, many of whom are die-hard fans, and has made celebrities of its video creators. Now, it’s even working with its stars to launch series and release feature films . But even though rumors around YouTube’s ad-free subscription service are heating up , the video behemoth has yet to announce an initiative.
Science Columnist: If Your Adviser Is Ogling You, 'Just Put Up With It'
What should a scientist do if she catches her adviser eyeing her cleavage? According to an article posted on Science magazine's website, she should probably just "put up with it" for the sake of her career.
5 Apps That Can Actually Make Your Apple Watch Useful
Epicurious %displayPrice% at %seller% Cooking is a very hands-on endeavor, so if the Apple Watch can give chefs a precious reference to look at while their fingers are needed elsewhere, that's great. The watch version of cooking app Epicurious doesn't quite live up to those expectations. Again, the small screen makes some things that are theoretically convenient more trouble than they're worth, like scrolling through whole recipes. Instead, the app works as a "smart timer." Users enter their meal, like a medium-well, ¾ inch, New York strip steak, and the app then calculates how long to cook the food. Users receive periodic updates along with tips like what the finished product should look like. It's a good way to avoid giving yourself undercooked food poisoning or burning your house down.
Why 'Rock Band 4' got the gang back together
Well, we've had to change our authoring format for our new features. We have our freestyle vocal feature which means that the game needs to know what key you're singing in at any given time. If you sing on hard or expert difficulty, you don't have to stick to the authored notes. You can sing any chord and as long as it's in tune with the song, you can score on that. That didn't exist in the old songs so we had to redo that and go back to retrofit it into the old songs as well.
At $100 per pound, this new ASUS laptop is a steal
With laptops naturally constrained by their form factor, cooling ability and battery life, upping performance in pursuit of standing out from competitors is not as easy as it is for their desktop counterparts. That, along with the fact that nobody likes lugging around a big chunk of metal and plastic, is why over the past decade the race has been on to make the lightest and thinnest laptop yet. While Asus isn’t about to win that award, it does stand the chance of winning a special mention for its latest creation, especially considering its price tag.
Apple’s ‘Shot On iPhone 6′ Campaign Expands With New User Films
Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign is probably something you’re already familiar with, given the ubiquitous presence of billboards, print and transit ads created using iPhone 6 user photos. But what you haven’t seen that much of, until today’s expansion of the iPhone World Gallery , are examples of what users can capture with built-in iPhone 6 video camera tools (helped along with additional apps and accessories).
Microsoft: Windows 10 Home costs $119, Pro costs $199
Windows 10 Home is an estimated retail price of $119. Windows 10 Pro is an estimated retail price of $199. And Windows 10 Pro Pack, which enables you to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, is an estimated retail price of $99. All these are available in stores or online.
Microsoft opens the gates on Dynamics GP 2015 R2
Released on Monday, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 brings several significant updates, the most notable of which is deeper interoperability with Microsoft Azure.
Apple to unveil new music streaming services for $10 per month at WWDC 2015
On Monday, June 1, the Wall Street Journal published a report stating that Apple will indeed launch a brand new focus on music streaming services, and that this is a major attempt from the Cupertino-based company to relaunch its name within the music industry. It’s no secret that Apple considers itself a huge part of that industry, and a move into the streaming music market is a big one, with firmly-set competitors already rooted in place.
Insteon ships its HomeKit-enabled hub and app
Why this matters: Insteon has decades of experience building home control devices, and its embrace of HomeKit will give users a jump start on building out an expandable system for their home. Even if you dont want to go all-in with Insteon, you can pick and choose some HomeKit prodcuts from other companies, and the Hub will bridge those to your Insteon gear, letting you control everything from the Insteon+ app. HomeKit also supports voice commands via Siri, and Insteon has already been working with voice assistants, adding Cortana support with Windows 8.1 .
Shop from your Pinterest board with Buyable Pins
You've spent a lot of time collecting those dream dresses on your Pinterest board, but at the end of the day, you still have to actually go to the store to buy them. No longer. Pinterest has just introduced Buyable Pins, which lets you buy items directly from the Pinterest interface. If a pinned item is buyable, you'll see a blue Buy It button right next to the regular red Pin It one. As for what sorts of items? Well, Pinterest already has around 2 million products from retail partners like Macy's, Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus with products that range from clothing to furniture.
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The Night’s King made Game of Thrones awesome again | Geek-Cetera | Geek.com
The Night’s King is thousands of years old from back when magic was rampant in the lands north of Westeros. It was called The Age of Heroes and it took place soon after The Wall had been constructed to keep the Southern population safe. The Night’s King was originally a human and appointed the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch (Jon Snow is the 998th). He fell in love with a pale girl with blue eyes (fitting the description of a White Walker) and they had some consensual intercourse between a magical creature and a Lord Commander. Things weren’t great for the Night’s Watch, though. The Night’s King and his new pale bride holed up in the Nightfort (one of the forts on The Wall) and controlled the Brothers of the Watch with magic, forcing them to make sacrifices to the White Walkers (like how Craster was putting male babies out in the snow for the Walkers on the show).
Apple Revamps The App Store’s Games Section With Increased Focus On Editorial Content
The removal of the “All iPhone (Free & Paid)” section was likely in part due to abuse on the part of app developers, as a number of publishers listed their games with “AAA” or “AAAAA” or other “A” words in order to show up first. That seemed to be an odd strategy since it’s unclear how many consumers will willingly download an app with a title that appears so spammy. But just as with the phone book in years past, there are always those businesses who believe that simply being at the top of a list is the key to success.
The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle
Unibox is a speedy new email client with a fresh design, and this is the first time it has been sold outside of the App Store. iStat Menus 5 offers a comprehensive overview of what is happening on your Mac, while App Tamer 2 lets you pause apps which are needlessly running in the background.
Google Photos Review: Why Google Beats Apple at Organizing Your Life’s Memories
Despite similar names and talents, picking one isn’t as easy as eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Sure, you could choose based on what devices you own and how much you are willing to pay for cloud storage. But even if you own an iPhone and money is no object, Google Photos is a better choice for all but serious photographers. It combines the company’s unmatched search smarts with everything I’ve ever wanted in a photo service, while making it incredibly fun to relive old memories.
The next generation of spreadsheets will be a database
My company, Airtable , was founded to address this need. More than two years in the making, Airtable is the first real-time synchronized relational database and the first to offer collaborative undo. Our design and engineering team iterated upon its interface design until it was as intuitive as possible for the user. We are the originators of this emerging category, and we hope others will join us in bringing more powerful but intuitive tools to the mainstream user. Spreadsheet or database? It doesn’t have to be a choice, and it certainly shouldn’t feel like a battle.
'Fallout 4' is going to be revealed in less than 24 hours
The evidence pointing to a Fallout reveal in less than 24 hours is pretty compelling, especially when you include the fact that E3 is less than two weeks away. It will also be the first time ever that Bethesda hosts its own press conference at the event.
What to Listen to at Work to Be More Productive
“… I met with a group of young Palestinians from the age of 15 to 22. And talking to them, they weren’t that different from my daughters. They weren’t that different from your daughters or sons. I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those kids, they’d say, I want these kids to succeed; I want them to prosper. I want them to have opportunities just like my kids do. … Four years ago, I stood in Cairo in front of an audience of young people—politically, religiously, I believe that they must seem a world away. But the things they want, they’re not so different from what the young people here want. They want the ability to make their own decisions and to get an education, get a good job; to worship God in their own way; to get married; to raise a family. The same is true of those young Palestinians that I met with this morning. The same is true for young Palestinians who yearn for a better life in Gaza.”
#MyNameIs Protesters Urge Facebook To Change Naming Rules
"Facebook has made great strides lately with expanding their gender identity and pronoun options, but so many of the people who would benefit most from those awesome improvements are being locked out of their accounts because some random person on the Internet thought their name didn't sound real, or that the way they looked didn't match up with their profile name," Valentine said. "It's crazy to me how progressive this company can be in one area, while remaining so ignorant in another."
Finally: Sepp Blatter quits as FIFA president
Much of the scandal surrounding FIFA centers on the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. That also points to why the current FIFA scandal is unlike other sports scandals — and why it's a human rights issue that goes much deeper than executive fat cats simply siphoning off funds in corporate boardrooms.
Lutron’s Caseta lighting controls are now (mostly) compatible with Apple's HomeKit
All the components in the new HomeKit-compatible kits are the same as what Lutron has been shipping since 2014, with the key exception of the bridge. If you’ve already invested in Lutron’s Caseta and Serena products, you’ll need to replace the bridge if you want to use Siri to control them. A new bridge will cost $119 (or $200 for the Pro version that can be integrated with other connected-home systems, including certain multi-room audio systems and Logitech’s Harmony remote controls).
The Unlikely Story of Microsoft's Surprise Minecraft Buyout | WIRED
In large, corporate acquisitions such as this one, reassurances are commonly given. This could mean that the founders are given seats on the board of the acquiring company, that they agree to stay on as “advisers,” or perhaps simply that they offer to remain in charge during the transition into new ownership. The idea is to avoid too much of a sudden change. Familiar faces in management can go a long way toward avoiding a sudden collapse of a business, as too many things change around employees, customers, and partners at once. The enormous symbolic power of Markus and, to a lesser extent, Carl and Jakob, makes it even more noteworthy that there was no such agreement in place for Microsoft and Mojang. It’s highly unlikely that Microsoft would have accepted Markus’s immediate departure without making a fuss about it. Without knowing exactly what was said, the only reasonable explanation is that Markus had demanded from the start to be able to cut all ties to Mojang as soon as the deal was finalized.
FBI is behind the mysterious low-flying planes being fronted by fake companies
The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology, all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
Acer's Android gaming tablet is the first with Intel's new chip
Mobile gaming doesn't mean low-power gaming according to Acer and Intel. The companies have joined forces to produce the first 14nm Atom x7 processor-powered (aka Cherry Trail ) Android tablet. The gamer-centric Predator 8 has the Acer Quad-Audio system with four front-facing speakers and the aggressive design sense (sharp angles, red, black and gray color scheme) that's been prevalent in PC gaming. The Gen8 Intel graphics should render 3D and video with less of the stuttering that pulls you out of your gaming experience. We didn't get a chance to play with the tablet, but it should be on the market in the next few months.
Watsi is hiring a full-stack engineer
We’re looking for a full-stack engineer to join our eight-person team in San Francisco. The ideal candidate is a self-directed, product-focused generalist who’s excited to work on whatever is needed to bring healthcare to the world –everything from optimizing donation flows to designing a patient management system for hospitals around the world.
SoundHound Introduces A Powerful Personal Assistant App
Hound is sort of like Siri, in that you can use the app to send texts, set an alarm, or get directions. But it’s designed to be deeper and more complex, too. You can say “I need a hotel three Thursdays from now near Fisherman’s Wharf for less than $200 and it needs to have a pool and free WiFi,” and Hound will parse your data and find exactly what you’re looking for. During a demo, SoundHound founder Keyvan Mohajer spoke a series of ever-escalating commands and questions concerning international locations into his Nexus 5, eventually forcing the Android app to spit out the populations and capitals for three different countries all at once—the app delivered what he was looking for, no processing time needed. “The only limit,” Mohajer says, “is my breath.”
Stripe + Pinterest
Stripe helps power Buyable Pins, letting you list products on Pinterest in minutes and sell to millions of Pinners worldwide.
Microsoft Channel 9
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GameStop Agrees to Acquire Geeknet, Trumping Hot Topic
GameStop Corp. agreed to acquire Geeknet Inc. in a deal valued at $140 million, trumping Geeknet’s previous agreement with teen-focused retailer Hot Topic Inc.
What you need to win a Mashie award
is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
Will Nintendo’s NX Adopt Android? Company Says ‘No’
Nintendo, which in recent years has been struggling in its videogame business, has been exploring many new avenues, including making deals to make its games available on smartphones as well as amusement parks while tapping into health-related services. Although the company has not released any concrete details about the NX, the console’s announcement earlier this year sent a signal to markets that the company’s main business is and will be the videogame business.
Idiot Box No More: 2015’s Brainiest Smart TVs
Some, like LG and Samsung, require special apps or same-brand phones to do this trick. The best work across a whole bunch of systems, like the Google Cast built into Android TV. It behaves just like Chromecast, which you can beam to from inside apps on both Android and Apple devices. One caveat: I had sporadic difficulty getting these to work on my Wi-Fi network. (Roku has a similar service for flinging from YouTube, Netflix and a handful of other apps.)
Americans truly hate their cable and broadband providers
Consumer satisfaction with their internet service providers remained at a score of 63. ASCI says in its report that customers are frustrated with unreliable service, slow broadband speeds, rising prices, and being locked into their contracts. Crucially, 61% of US households have just one or no high-speed broadband provider servicing their region, leaving them dissatisfied with their lack of choice.
Fab plants are now making superfast carbon nanotube memory
"The availability of memory technology that is extremely fast, can deliver terabits of storage capacity in the future and consumes very little power, has the potential to change the future of electronics," said Alan, Niebel, CEO of Webfeet Research. "After researching NRAM for over twelve years, WebFeet applauds Nantero for reducing the costs of the CNTs in an NRAM chip by 10x in the last two years, making NRAM CMOS compatible and finally proving NRAM viability with commercial production capability from its licensees."
YouTube wants to be your one-stop shop for live E3 game videos
If you've ever followed the Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka E3) closely, you know that there are a lot of events taking place in a short space of time: press conferences , live booth presentations and legions of game premieres. How in the world are you supposed to watch it all? We'll be on the ground, of course, but YouTube wants to help as well. It's launching an E3 2015 hub that will stream "all" the big press conferences (such as Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft), the Nintendo World Championships , loads of booth events and first-time "let's play" sessions. YouTube might not have the same lock on live game steaming that Twitch does , but it could get a lot of your attention when E3 kicks off in mid-June.
Imgur finally brings its image sharing service to Android
Imgur has launched its fully native Android app on Google Play today, allowing its community of users to view and share visual stories easily.
What's That In My Feed? Instagram Will Have More Ads Soon
In an email to Fast Company , a spokesperson said that the new advertising functionality will include ads that "enable people to take actions directly from an Instagram ad, like sign up for a website or service, download an app, or go to a retailer's online store to buy a product." Instagram will also make it easier for businesses of any size to buy ads.
Facebook Opens Third Artificial-Intelligence Research Hub in Paris
The company has been investing heavily in the once-niche field of artificial intelligence since late 2013, when it hired LeCun. There are about 50 people working on Facebook’s AI research teams in New York and Menlo Park, Calif. With the addition of Paris, each lab eventually will have 40 to 50 people, Facebook spokesman Mike Kirkland said.
This Map Shows the Hourly Wage You Need to Afford a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Your State
Expanding the nation’s affordable housing stock is one obvious solution. Raising the minimum wage , and fixing exploitative scheduling policies for part-time and full-time workers, are others. The National Low Income Housing Coalition report calculated that counties in Washington and Oregon, where state minimum wage is above $9, were the only ones where a worker earning that much could afford a one-bedroom apartment rent. For people earning a little more than $7 an hour, making rent for a one-bedroom place would take an average of 85 hours per week; for a two-bedroom, they’d have to work 102 hours per week.
Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.
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The Building Real World Cloud Apps with Azure e-book is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie. It explains 13 patterns and practices that can help you be successful developing web apps...
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Build software better, together
Discover applications and tools that integrate with GitHub to help you and your team build software better, together.
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