Some Guy Alphabetized Every English Word in the Original 'Star Wars'
In this week's edition of People With Too Much Time on Their Hands, someone alphabetized every word from the original 'Star Wars' triology.
Install iOS 8 beta without Developer Account
Users are able to update to iOS 8 beta for free without developer account, and without registering UDID. Find out how.
An 'Honest' Take on Your Candy Crush Addiction
The folks at Smosh Games have created a new "Honest Trailer" that ruthlessly comes after the Candy Crush-obsessed.
Web History Timeline
A timeline of the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the Web since 1989.
Activia 2014 Shakira Commercial - "Dare to Feel Good"
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iOS 8 WebKit changes finally allow all apps to have the same performance as Safari
Microsoft: US must act on 'unfinished business' of NSA surveillance
• commit not to hack data centres or cables. As first revealed by The Washington Post, the NSA has hacked into tech firms’ systems by accessing cables outside their buildings. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have since gone on to encrypt more of their data in order to thwart such attacks but “more than seven months” on “the executive branch remains silent about its views of this practice,” Smith wrote. “Shouldn’t a government that prosecutes foreigners who hack into US companies stop its own employees from hacking into such businesses? Why must we continue to wait for an assurance on this issue?”
Google Android 4.4.3 is available now on Nexus devices – See the factory images
The OTA update to Android 4.4.3 is available for download on the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 tablet. Google says that it plans to roll out the update to all other Nexus devices in the coming weeks. From there, it will travel to other manufacturer’s devices. In the meantime, if you want to take a look at the new dialer and other factory images of Android 4.4.3, you can check out Google’s Developers page .
Facebook quashes "myths" about in-app audio recognition - CNET
After announcing a new feature that allows smartphone users to record sound for Shazam-like audio recognition, Facebook has moved to reassure its users that it is not listening in or recording conversations.
Amazon makes next product launch a public spectacle - CNET
This is the first time Amazon has broadcast one of its events so broadly. It's an unexpected move, given that large tech companies, Amazon included, typically keep tight reins over who gets invited to a launch event. But Amazon is challenging that image by opening its doors to the public instead of just journalists and partner developers. The company has repeatedly said it's No. 1 focus is its customers, so the quasi-open invite to consumers may be another way for it to drive the point home.
iOS 8 turns iPhone into the ultimate game controller for iPad & Mac, Game Center hits 130M monthly active users
Apple took some time to talk gaming during a presentation closed to the public yesterday at WWDC. While noting that gaming is now an area that Apple is “pushing on very strongly”, the company also announced a new feature coming for gamers and developers: Controller Forwarding.
A closer look at the Samsung Z (pictures) - CNET
When the Samsung Z arrives in Russia later this year, it'll be the first smartphone the company launches that's powered by the Tizen open-source operating system. The phone offers 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and is powered by a 2.3Ghz quad core processor.
5 Things Your Brain Needs More Of Every Day
Eat more chocolate, get more sunlight. You're going to like this list of things your brain needs to perform at its best.
Just Like Comcast Did, Verizon Says Netflix Is Slowing Its Own Streams
So for now, Verizon says, Netflix is still responsible for getting its streams into Verizon’s network, and it is doing a lousy job of it. Key sentences from a blog post (titled “ Shifting Blame ”) Verizon published this afternoon: “The source of the problem is almost certainly NOT congestion in Verizon’s network. Instead, the problem is most likely congestion on the connection that Netflix has chosen to use to reach Verizon’s network. Of course, Netflix is solely responsible for choosing how their traffic is routed into any ISP’s network.”
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Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre, 25 Years Later
Twenty-five years ago on Wednesday, the Chinese government, acting under martial law, deployed 200,000 troops into Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
Amazon Will Announce A New Device On June 18th, Likely Their 3D Eye-Tracking Phone | TechCrunch
Back in October of last year , we broke the word that Amazon was working on a new smartphone …with a bit of a twist. Using multiple cameras to track your eyes and head, it featured a 3D interface that changed according to how you were looking at it, we were told.
Samsung Gear 2 gestures a wrist-flick away (hands-on) - CNET
One day soon, you'll be able to turn your smartwatch into a wrist remote. CNET goes hands-on.
Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About
... Thinking about this some more: The intention here is to eradicate the problem of a fragmented user experience - to achieve this the whole GUI needs to follow the form of the "Alpha App" with improved functionality provided via desirable plug-in apps. As a final logical conclusion of this thesis, all "Alpha Apps" should be designed by Apple (depending on the device) in order to follow the same familiar GUI as the host OS. Most interestingly, isn't this essentially what Jony Ive took the first steps towards creating with the attempt at a single unified GUI experience for iOS 7 last year. Of course at the time this didn't provide a seamless GUI across the whole device because of naturally stylistic differences with third party apps - with "Alpha Apps" you can now see how they will tackle this in time to provide the best holistic unified experience for Apple users.
You can now buy Battlefield 4 item packs with real money
Battlefield 4 developer DICE is now opening up the option for players to purchase in-game content using real money. Starting today, the game's three types of battlepacks can be picked up; $1 for Bronze packs, $2 for Silver ones and $3 for Gold packs. Battlepack tiers vary in the number and rarity of the items within, bronze packs including three items while the gold battlepacks feature five. The packs will still be awarded to players through regular gameplay progression.
In-game goodies found in the packs include accessories, knives, profile pictures, emblem shapes, dog tags, experience point boosts and paints The battlepacks are available to purchase through Origin, the developer's Battlelog site, Battlefield 4 's in-game store as well as through the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store. The next game in the series is reportedly known as Battlefield Hardline and is being developed by Visceral Games, according to assets leaked by EA earlier today .
[Image: Electronic Arts] Battlefield 4 (Fall Preview)
Will Candy Crush fans find a new fix with Bubble Witch Saga 2?
So, is Bubble Witch Saga 2 any good? Needless to say, it won't appeal to the vocal brigade of Candy Crush haters who see King and its Saga games as the epitome of freemium awfulness. If this is you, Bubble Witch Saga 2 won't change your mind, but there are some excellent paid games out there as alternatives .
Cryptolocker: Police take further action on ransomware that hit 50,000 in UK
Troels Oerting, the head of Europol's European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) told The Guardian today that the ongoing investigation has found and shut down new Cryptolocker control servers in the last two days, although no arrests have yet been made.
Protestors in Thailand Adopt Hunger Games Salute | Underwire | WIRED
Fans of the popular book and film franchise The Hunger Games will recognize the hand signal instantly: the middle three fingers of the hand, raised to the sky. A gesture of resistance against the repressive government in the fictional world of Panem, it has now become a very real symbol of protest in Thailand at demonstrations against the junta that took power after the May 22 coup d’etat.
Batman: Arkham Knight delayed into 2015
Batman: Arkham Asylum creator Rocksteady Studios is back for the fourth entry in its Arkham series, due for release in 2014 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms.
Google ethics advisor: The law needs bold ideas to address the digital age
There is a subtlety and scale to the challenge of our onlife existence that calls for enlightened and innovative solutions. More and more, our lives are spent and shaped in the infosphere. Rather than just trying to adopt small, incremental changes in old conceptual frameworks, merely adapting previous legislation, or tinkering with current technologies, we need new and bold ideas.
Google blocked in China during Tiananmen anniversary.
In 1989, China sent the military to Beijing's Tiananmen Square to put an end to student-led pro-democracy demonstrations. Hundreds are estimated to have been killed in the June 3-4 crackdown. A quarter-century later, it is a memory the Communist Party works hard to suppress in the public sphere. Rights groups said dozens of activists have been "detained, disappeared or summoned" in the weeks leading up to this week's anniversary.
What It’s Like to Use a $10K Phone With a Real-Life Personal Assistant | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Materials and build quality. The materials used in the Vertu Signature Touch are appropriately expensive: Strong and durable titanium, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal screen, a back cloaked in premium animal hide, and a ceramic “pillow” around the earpiece of the handset. All of this accounts for some of its exorbitant price. Even its SIM-card holder has flourish: You fold out a little handle on the back of the phone, twist it, and pop open a swinging door. The underside of that door is signed with an etching by its builder; each phone is assembled by a single person from soup to nuts in Vertu’s factory in England. The one I tested was built by someone named C. Davis, and he (or she) did a good job. It would have made me feel worse if I’d dropped it.
Amazon Holding Mystery Event On June 18 (It's Probably For The Smartphone)
It's probably for the long-rumored Amazon smartphone. Amazon posted a video to YouTube that teases the device. The video shows a bunch of people moving their heads around and getting super excited.
The Secret Service wants software that detects social media sarcasm. Yeah, sure it will work.
Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the request would allow the Secret Service to create its own system for monitoring Twitter – both its own footprint in social media and the important issues that are trending on the social network. For example, Donovan said, when people were holding purple tickets to the 2009 inauguration and were trapped inside a tunnel under the Capitol, unable to get through security gates, the Secret Service could have, perhaps, done something about it with the right information.
Bloomberg: Sprint planning a bid for T-Mobile this summer
Those longstanding rumors of Sprint hoping to buy T-Mobile USA may soon come to fruition: Bloomberg sources claim that Sprint has met with six lending banks in preparation for a takeover bid. There aren't any financing deals in place just yet, according to tipsters, but the carrier would make its offer in June or July. SoftBank (Sprint's owner) and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's) are reportedly hashing out the details of who would own what after the acquisition, with T-Mobile's John Legere the frontrunner for the CEO spot.
Motorola Releases Android 4.4.3 for Moto X, Moto G, Moto E
Motorola today announced it is rolling out Android 4.4.3, which was just released by Google, to the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E this week. You can check the availability for your phone on this page as well as check out the individual release notes for each device: Moto X , Moto G , and Moto E .
IGN Graphic Novel Review Roundup 2014 - IGN
"Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business should have a pretty broad appeal. It caters to casual readers who want a self-contained, accessible Spidey adventure. It appeals to those who crave a tale with Peter back in the saddle. And even those who crave a different sort of Spider-man adventure will find plenty to love here. It's a solid effort from all the creators. Unfortunately, it's not as long or well-paced a story as it could have been, and the lack of more permanent, obvious repercussions on Peter's life is disappointing. This OGN is definitely worth a look, but maybe not at the current $25 price tag." -Jesse
iOS Apps Pass Browsers For The First Time As The Most Popular Way To Watch Online TV | TechCrunch
In a report about video data consumption trends released this morning by Adobe, the company noted an interesting statistic about the changing habits of online TV watchers. For the first time, iOS applications have surpassed desktop browsers as the most popular access point for online TV content, with a 43 percent market share versus a 36 percent share, respectively. In addition, Android applications are now the fastest-growing access points, with a 202 percent increase, outpacing both iOS and browsers.
Ingress: The game that reveals Google's secret war to control London
This kind of co-operation is part accident, part design. “We planned some things” says Hanke “Like game rules that require eight players to work together to build the highest level Portals.” But other times, they “got lucky”. He explains an event Niantic created called the "Shard Game" where factions had to move shards from portal to portal across the globe. Niantic's team knew this would force agents in different countries to co-operate, what they didn’t know is that those links would last. Now those organisations are used to plan global strategies for each faction, and sometimes they surprise everyone, like the time agents in Israel and Syria co-operated to create a giant control field encompassing most of the Middle East.
Netflix Lets People Know When Bad Streaming Is the ISP's Fault (Updated)
Last night, Yuri Victor tweeted a screenshot of a new Netflix error message he saw while a video was buffering. It tells Verizon customers exactly what's to blame for slow video. And judging by the response from Netflix's spokesperson Jonathan Friedland , it's no mistake. Update: AT&T customers are getting similar error messages .
Motorola Slashes $100 Off Its Moto X Smartphone for 48 Hours
The sale, which began at 12 a.m. Wednesday and will run through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, is good for the 32GB Moto X and its Developer Edition — the latter comes with a woven white design on the back.
Google Enlists Major Shippers to Expand Delivery Service - Digits - WSJ
Google hasn’t disclosed sales or order volumes for Google Shopping Express, and Fallows declined to comment on how the business is faring. But he said Google is committed to its delivery service. “Once you are dealing with tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of orders per day, it makes sense to run it through your own system and network of delivery vehicles,” he said.
Intel aims to eliminate all PC cables in 2016 - CNET
On stage at the Computex show here, Intel's Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, demonstrated wireless display, docking and charging features that will close the loop on the final few mandatory cables in the typical PC environment.
Mobile first, cloud first: Microsoft looks to the future - CNET
Tony Prophet, vice president of Windows marketing, hit the stage next. Prophet said that 1.5 billion Windows devices are in use every day. The next billion devices, according to Prophet, will come from Microsoft fostering opportunities in its ecosystem with partners, along with accelerating its innovation. The company is aiming to break free of old patterns of development cycles, offering instead regular "feature-rich" updates to its software, not just patches and bug fixes.
Amazon has something gadgety and motion-responsive planned for June 18
Amazon is teasing a June 18 launch event with a video showing people reacting with glee to some off-screen device. This could be the Amazon phone, but whatever it is, it responds to its users’ body motions.
Google's First Smartwatches Look Big And Bulky
A post in Android's blog for developers offers a closer look at what the Moto 360 and LG G Watch will look like.
Apple's HealthKit Is a Huge Headache for One Startup
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Xbox One update unlocks entertainment apps, adds real names
Microsoft is updating the Xbox 360 at the same time as the Xbox One, and both consoles will benefit from a change to the rules about who can access Xbox Live apps. More than 180 apps, including Twitch, HBO GO, and Hulu Plus, will be made available to all Xbox One and Xbox 360 users, even if they haven't stumped up the money for an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Those that do pay for Gold will now have access to two free Xbox One games a month, as part of Microsoft's "Games for Gold" scheme , as well as qualify for a free Hulu Plus trial. Microsoft didn't specify exactly when the updates would hit both consoles, but said it would begin rolling them out globally this week.
Secure server firm Protonet crowdfunds $1M in just 89 minutes
The German company has set what appears to be a new record for crowdfunding a million bucks — for equity, no less. The cash will mostly go towards the launch of Protonet’s privacy-centric Maya server for individuals and small teams.
What Happens When You Search 'Tiananmen Square' in China? - NBC News
Chinese censors have made evidence of the riots nearly impossible to find
The day I left my son in the car
We talked for about an hour, and what stuck with me and surprised me most was not her sympathy, but her certainty, her utter lack of equivocation or doubt. “Listen,” she said at one point. “Let’s put aside for the moment that by far, the most dangerous thing you did to your child that day was put him in a car and drive someplace with him. About 300 children are injured in traffic accidents every day — and about two die. That’s a real risk. So if you truly wanted to protect your kid, you’d never drive anywhere with him. But let’s put that aside. So you take him, and you get to the store where you need to run in for a minute and you’re faced with a decision. Now, people will say you committed a crime because you put your kid ‘at risk.’ But the truth is, there’s some risk to either decision you make.” She stopped at this point to emphasize, as she does in much of her analysis, how shockingly rare the abduction or injury of children in non-moving, non-overheated vehicles really is. For example, she insists that statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger.
LinkedIn Premium Revamped with New Profiles, Keyword Suggestions
LinkedIn today revamped its Premium Accounts with new features aimed at help paying members stand out from those using the free service. They all focus on the profile, including a custom background option that the company says will be available to all members “in a few months.”
Science Graphic of the Week: Adorable Chart Shows Why Koalas Hug Trees | Science | WIRED
When things get hot, many mammals use their body’s moisture to cool off. Humans sweat, dogs pant, and koalas lick their adorable arms and legs and cool off as the moisture evaporates. This is a great strategy, at least until it really starts to swelter on the drought-prone west coast of Australia. So, on the hottest days, koalas supplement their limb-licking with another equally-cute strategy: hugging trees.
Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer | TechCrunch
Monoprice, everyone’s favorite source for cheap $20-foot HDMI cables and other stuff that you don’t feel like going to Best Buy for, has just announced the availability of a new 3D printer, a dual extruder model that looks to be based on the original MakerBot Replicator. The $1,199 printer comes with two spools of PLA filament and has a 225 x 145 x 150 mm build volume.
Will my Mac run OS X 10.10 Yosemite? | ZDNet
Summary: Here's a listing of the oldest Apple hardware capable of running the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. If you have this hardware (or better) then you're good to go.
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Watch love destroy the world in this animated short
Cupidiculous is a merry video about sex destroying the planet. Directed and animated by Panop Koonwat, the short film tells the story of Cupid making Adam and Eve fall in love. That love leads to procreation, which leads to overpopulation, overconsumption, and global warming, forcing Cupid to take drastic measures to reverse his decision. Beautifully animated using a mix of 3D animation, vectors, and 2D animation, Cupidiculous is well worth the 100 or so seconds of your life watching it demands.
GitLab is building a business with 0.1% of paying customers
The reason why GitLab does not generate millions in revenue is its open source nature, to which Zaporozhets and Sijbrandij are staying true. Only about 0.1 percent of all GitLab users pay for a subscription to the Enterprise Edition or ‘sponsor’ new features in the system. The latter source of income is pretty interesting and means that anyone can ‘purchase’ a feature and pay to the team for its development on an hourly basis.
Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, support arriving in future iOS update
The Lightning headphones will be capable of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48 kHz digital audio input. The input means that the headphones will also support a microphone for audio input following Apple’s upcoming update. Manufacturers will be able to take advantage of Apple Headphone Remote controls like Volume Up/Down/etc, as well as other buttons for launching specific apps such as iTunes Radio or initiating playback controls on iOS. In addition, the headphones can be made to work specifically with a companion iOS app and launch a specific app when connected to an iOS device.
Dive Under the Sea with These Ocean Wallpapers
The ocean and ocean life are endlessly fascinating parts of our world. You don't have to be a deep sea diver to enjoy them from the comfort of your desk with these desktop wallpapers.