Apple uploads five new “Your Verse” iPad Air ads highlighting travel and music
Hot on the heels of airing the new iPhone 5s ad “Strength”, Apple has just uploaded five new iPad ads on its YouTube channel. Apple continues its “Your Verse” iPad promotion campaign with the ads released today. The first two ads features travel … Continue reading →
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Alternate 'Game of Thrones' Ending Gives Red Viper What He Deserves [VIDEO]
This is how 'The Mountain and the Viper' episode of 'Game of Thrones' should have gone down.
Beats' Star-Studded World Cup Ad Will Give You the Chills
Just when you thought you'd had more than your fill of World Cup hype, Beats by Dre gets involved.
WhatsApp Cofounder on Facebook: We're Not Getting 'Swallowed By the Borg'
Brian Acton still hasn't fully come to terms with the idea of his new life as a a billionaire and Facebook employee.
Twitter in talks to buy online music firm SoundCloud: FT
(Reuters) - Microblogging platform Twitter Inc has been in talks with Berlin-based audio sharing website SoundCloud in its efforts to add a music service to its offering, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter.
Stephen Colbert: "We're going to prove that I can sell more books than Amazon"
I just don’t find this compelling at all. Millionaires outraged because the billion dollar publishing giant that made them rich is in routine negotiations with a billion dollar major distributor. Hachette broke to law when they colluded with other billion dollar publishing giants and *Apple* (I’m guessing the biggest digital content distributor in the world, and probably more of a monopoly in music and other digital distribution than Amazon is in books – but of course that’s not a problem as long as prices are high…) to keep prices high. The notion that consumers should be outraged when Amazon’s pressures publishers to lower pricing is patently absurd.
Apple’s plans for Lightning-connected headphones makes us nervous
The new system would allow for some interesting bonuses, not the least of which is a likely upgrade in sound quality. In addition, the new ‘phones will have the ability to draw power from your iPhone – even while it’s at rest – saving the need for the headphones to incorporate an internal battery for digital processing and noise cancellation. The system will also reportedly allow for charging of your phone from a powered module while listening at the same time, like a portable power dock.
What's the best touch-screen PC for one-handed use?
About six months ago I had an accident, which led to me losing the functionality of my right arm. This is coming back slowly, and I am finally well enough to return to work as a teacher. My work laptop -- it's about six years old -- is too big and heavy to lift and open one-handed, so I have decided to buy myself a new one. I've found touchscreen devices easier than using a mouse. I've spent quite some time researching touchscreen laptops, but with so many out there, I feel I am lost in a minefield.
Viewing a Web page isn't copyright infringement, top EU court rules
The EU’s top court found that the copies that are inherently made when people browse the Internet do not violate copyright law, and that people do not need permission from a copyright holder to view Web content. The EU law must be interpreted as meaning that the copies on the user’s computer screen and the copies in the ‘cache’ of that computer’s hard disk are covered by the exception for temporary acts of reproduction of the EU Copyright Directive, the court ruled.
Imaging Advance Detects Free Radicals in Brain Injuries | MIT Technology Review
While the technology could have theoretical benefits for people with a range of diseases and conditions—including stroke, cancer, and dementia—that involve the release of free radicals, the implications for patients with brain injuries is significant. Traumatic brain injury is considered an epidemic in the United States; more than five million people live with disabilities resulting from brain injury.
Samsung Wireless review - CNET
The Samsung Wireless is not new. It's basically a 1.5TB, USB bus-powered, portable hard drive, and it works like one. However, it comes with a built-in battery and an embedded Wi-Fi network. When connected to a computer, while it's working as an external storage device, it also charges its battery. (It can also be charged with the included adapter.) When unplugged from a computer, the device can then function as a wireless storage device; it allows up to five Wi-Fi clients to connect to its Wi-Fi network. These clients can then stream content (photos, video, and music) that's stored on the drive, or use the drive's storage as the backup destination for user-generated content.
Google introduces 7-inch, Tegra K1-powered Project Tango developer kit
This is the second device associated with Project Tango. Previously, Google handed out 200 phones to developers who were interested in building mapping tools, games, and algorithms that would leverage the device’s varying sensors. Google availability of the Tegra-powered tablet should help encourage more developers to expand the possibilities of the project.
You Can See Ghostbusters (Remastered!) in Theaters This August
Yes, the special effects are dated at this point, but that didn't lessen the enjoyment for me one bit. The quality of the graphics never took me out of the moment; while they play an integral part in the plot, the movie doesn't rely on them for its entertainment value. The pre-digital, cartoonish quality of Slimer isn't an issue because Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and co. are too busy stealing every scene. And considering that the premise itself is fairly absurd, the ghosts could have been straight, hand-drawn animation and still not have taken too much away from the experience of the film as a whole.
World of Darkness - the inside story on the death of a game
This was the last the general public were ever to see of WoD. Behind the scenes, morale was shot. A source who was in the Reykjavik office at the time recalls, “The 2011 layoffs incited a lot of anger. A lot. I heard it was worse in the ATL office, and most of the folks I know down there have never forgiven CCP's management.” CCP announced a fourth project, a game for the Oculus Rift tentatively titled Valkyrie. This stretched resources even further. Even staff with secure positions began to leave for other studios or to get out of the industry altogether.
Rise of the drones: how unmanned aircraft took off – video
Unmanned aircraft, or 'drones' have attracted controversy for their military use, but they are now taking off everywhere. The mass adoption of this new technology is gathering pace – and it raises big questions around their use, potential misuse, privacy, and the safety of our skies and streets. Charles Arthur investigates ... and attempts to pilot one himself • Additional footage supplied by: www.questuav.com www.skyvantage.co.uk
Android 4.4 KitKat bites off 13% of Android devices - CNET
Despite the growth of KitKat, Android remains a highly fragmented platform with every major and minor version from Froyo 2.2 to KitKat 4.4 still found on various devices. Fragmentation poses a problem not just for users but for developers who have to contend with different supported screen sizes, hardware capabilities, and other factors when designing their Android apps.
Meet The Next 20 Genius Kids Getting $100,000 From Peter Thiel To Ditch College
An inventor behind a bionic glove for amputees. A kid who has a real idea to cure cancer. Not everyone should skip college, but for these teenagers, it could be to everyone's benefit if they jump right into working on their passions.
Simplocker Android malware locks up mobile data and demands a ransom
“While the malware does contain functionality to decrypt the files, we strongly recommend against paying up – not only because that will only motivate other malware authors to continue these kinds of filthy operations, but also because there is no guarantee that the crook will keep their part of the deal and actually decrypt them,” Lipovsky added.
The Secret Service Is Seeking Sarcasm-Detecting Software For Social Media
The agency wants to buy social media software to aid its monitoring efforts. On its feature wish list: the ability to sniff out snark.
Aereo adds Chromecast support to its Android app
Aereo just updated its Android app with support for Google's Chromecast, a few days later than the May 29th target it was initially aiming for . The new feature makes it incredibly easy for Android users to stream network programming on the TV without a cable subscription. To be clear, this has always been possible (and free) if you've got an antenna hooked up to your HDTV, but with Aereo you won't need any extra hardware. And you'll also be able to pause and rewind live TV or play back your cloud DVR recordings.
Twitter snaps up Namo Media to dive deeper into native ads
Namo Media has focused largely on native mobile ads. That makes it a logical acquisition target for Twitter, which has a mobile userbase of around 198 million users — or around 78% of people on Twitter — according to the company’s latest earnings report. Over 75% of Twitter’s ad revenues come from mobile.
A day in the life of the Bristol Games Hub – live
It's frantic stuff – all the bullets you fire bounce endlessly around the screen, so it quickly becomes a crazed bullet hell challenge just to stay alive. There's no re-spawning, so rounds are over very quickly, giving a super intensity to the action. The team was also inspired by the way that people often modify the rules of games when they're playing at home together, so the menu allows for a range of custom options. You can choose to play a series of rounds at 25 percent of the normal speed, for example, giving it a "bullet time" effect. There's also a headbutts only mode, aping the physical chaos of GoldenEye's famous "slaps" option.
Girly video games: rewriting a history of pink
In order to address this, she launched the Femicom Museum project in 2012, an ongoing catalog of the cute, pink and girly in obscure gaming history. Some of the museum's catalog lives on a massive shelf in her personal collection, others are digital listings maintained by Weil and contributors. In particular, the Japan-only games offer a uniquely fascinating space, where gender expression doesn't always map directly to the ways it's understood in the west. Often in Japan, games that look like they're aimed at women enjoy a majority-male audience.
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Bonjour to using your phone abroad at no extra cost
We don’t think roaming charges are fair.That’s why we offer all our customers Feel At Home. It lets you use your allowance to call and text the UK and use your data without paying a penny more.
Elasticsearch Raises $70 Million in Series C Financing to Accelerate Mission of Making IT Simple for Businesses Worldwide to Obtain Meaningful Insights from Data - Elasticsearch.com
Los Altos, Calif. and Amsterdam, The Netherlands – June 5, 2014 – Elasticsearch, Inc., provider of an end-to-end real-time search and analytics platform, today announced it has raised $70 million in Series C financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with additional participation from Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures. Along with this investment, NEA General Partner Harry Weller takes a seat on the Elasticsearch Board of Directors.
A programmer's view of Apple's new Swift language
Objective-C is great and really powerful. It has served Apple well for a really long time. It’s older than the web though. It is pretty awkward to learn – especially for someone new to programming. This is due to looking a lot different than most other languages and its C background. Most of Objective-C’s awkwardness is due to it being built on top of C.
We are excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring Namo Media!
We started Namo Media with the belief that mobile banner ads don’t work for users, publishers, or advertisers. We saw native advertising as an opportunity for publishers to create better user experiences, generate higher revenues, and enable more valuable advertising space. We built an advertising solution that lets app developers easily add native advertising to mobile apps.
Google Passes Microsoft in U.S. Browser Market Share - Digits - WSJ
Increasing browser market share boosts Google’s core advertising business, and could help it save on the hefty traffic-acquisition costs it pays to Apple and the Mozilla Foundation, maker of Firefox, to be the default search engine in their browsers.
Va. orders Uber, Lyft to stop operating in state
WASHINGTON - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says that ride services Lyft and Uber are violating state law and must stop operating immediately.
The DMV sent cease and desist orders to both companies Thursday.
The letters state that the department has levied penalties against both companies for operating without proper authority. For several months, the state notified both companies that they were not complying with Virginia law.
Uber and Lyft drivers could also be subject to penalties for violating the order, the letter says.
The letter encouraged the firms to join an ongoing study reviewing the state's passenger transportation regulations. The study is expected to be complete before the General Assembly meets in January.
Both services provide rides in the D.
New in iOS 8: You can recover accidentally deleted Photos
You have an option to recover the deleted photo in case you’ve deleted it accidentally. It displays the date and time the photo was taken.
Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and other tech titans tell Senate to fix NSA spying
Unfortunately, the version that just passed the House of Representatives could permit bulk collection of internet "metadata" (e.g. who you email and who emails you), something that the Administration and Congress said they intended to end. Moreover, while the House bill permits some transparency, it is critical to our customers that the bill allow companies to provide even greater detail about the number and type of government requests they receive for customer information.
You can't break copyright by looking at something online, Europe's top court rules
The Court of Justice, like the Supreme Court before them, understands that the NLA’s attempts to charge for reading online content do not just affect the PR world, but the fundamental rights of all EU citizens to browse the Internet. This is a huge step in the right direction for the courts as they seek ways to deal with the thorny issues of Internet use and copyright law. We are pleased that we have stood up for the PR industry – along with Meltwater – when everyone else rolled over.
Marc Andreessen Calls Edward Snowden a 'Textbook Traitor'
Marc Andreessen, the famously outspoken Facebook board member and founder of Netscape, called Edward Snowden a "textbook traitor" in a CNBC interview that was posted on Thursday.
Developers Like the Look of Apple’s Swift Programming Language | MIT Technology Review
Yet Objective-C can be complicated and confusing, especially for new programmers, and it is viewed as clunkier than some more modern programming languages. Swift is simpler than Objective-C and allows users to see their code in action as they write it on their computer screens, rather than running it through a compiler before checking it out. But it is also compatible with Objective-C code, which means it will work with apps already in Apple’s App Store. And it’s meant to be used for development of Mac apps, too.
Microsoft: Xbox One is 10 percent more powerful without Kinect - CNET
As for the GPU boost for the Kinect-less Xbox One, it doesn't only apply to developer kits or the recent unbundled version of the Xbox One. Any Xbox One not plugged into a Kinect can tap into the performance bump. That's not to say that unplugging your Kinect right now will suddenly spruce up the graphics of the titles in your current library. Rather, it's a software-side capability that allows developers in the future to utilize the hardware differently.
Apple asking Developers to enable Family Sharing for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite apps
On June 2, 2014, Apple introduced significant new features, including Family Sharing. Family Sharing allows up to six family members of a single Family to browse and access each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases and share photos, a family calendar, and their locations. Family Sharing supports parental controls and also allows parents to approve purchases and downloads initiated by children in their Family.
Google Glass Gets Glanceable Notifications
Usually, when a Glass user receives an alert, the device will sound a chime, but the screen won't show what the alert is unless the user either nods or taps the touchpad. With the new update, all a Glass wearer has to do is glance at the virtual screen.
Report: Sprint, T-Mobile Agree on Terms of $32B Merger
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Softbank Introduces Robot with 'Heart' - Digits - WSJ
“For the first time in the history of humans and the history of robots, today is the day we take up the challenge of giving emotions to robots,” Son said at a packed news conference. “Today will be a historic day when you look back hundreds of years from now,” he said, adding that he had been dreaming of giving robots a heart for 25 years.
Tinder Is About to Become More Like Snapchat
The name does just what it says. Instant Wingman is best intended for when you spot a special girl across the room. If you don't know what to say, turn to the app, which will ask you questions about what kind of bar you're in and who the girl is with. From there, it'll gauge your situation and toss you tips on how to approach her. Good luck.
Pinterest Takes on Google and Facebook With Self-Service Ads - Digits - WSJ
Pinterest is taking a page from larger Internet giants, which generate billions of dollars from ad platforms aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses. Leading the initiative is Faul, who helped launch Facebook’s self-service ads in 2008, and prior to that managed online ad sales at Google.
Netflix and Verizon in public cat-fight over poor video quality
Verizon has responded to public chiding from Netflix over its internet speed by sending its erstwhile “partner” an equally public cease-and-desist instructing Netflix to stop doing that … or else. The spat is the latest is what is becoming a near-weekly PR battle over who is to blame for the lousy state of America’s online video streaming .
Following the Samsung acqui-hire, Shelby TV will shut down next month
“We are excited to announce that our team has joined Samsung Electronics. We started this company four years ago to change the way we discover and enjoy video. We didn’t just write code though. We also built a brand that became synonymous with video discovery. We worked with world-class investors and mentors. We built a team of fantastic people – some of the best in the business – who loved working with each other day in, and day out. (…)
Google Launches Street View Imagery For All 12 World Cup Stadiums In Brazil | TechCrunch
This time around, the company says that it hopes to create something akin to a “digital legacy of the 2014 tournament for years to come” by creating these images of the World Cup stadiums and the streets around it. That seems like a bit much, given how many photos and videos people will take of these venues in the next few weeks, but for those of us who will be watching the games on TV, the images will at least give us some sense of their scale. Then, in four years, Google will surely return and take images of all the Olympic venues in Brazil, too, but maybe by that time, we’ll all be wearing our VR helmets to experience them.
Google Brings Its 3D Modeling Project Tango to Tablets Too
The new dev kit is packed with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, an a 128GB of on-board storage. But as before the hardware is all about the hardware's motion tracking camera and depth sensing which allows you to use the hardware to create real-time 3D maps of environments. Indeed, for these types of applications, the extra screen real estate afforded by a tablet could help people working with the platform in the field better explore and work with the real time maps.
Amazon releases teaser video of mystery '3D holographic phone' - Telegraph
The product is believed to be a holographic 3D phone, which monitors the
position of and projects to each of the user's eyes through four
front-facing cameras, creating a stereoscopic, three-dimensional image
without the need for 3D glasses.
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
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GOG announces Steam-like client 'Galaxy'
PC game distribution service GOG.com announced a DRM-free, Steam-like client called Galaxy during the CD Projekt Red and GOG.com Summer Conference livestream today. Galaxy allows players to access their game libraries, earn achievements and can be used to connect with others for multiplayer gaming action.
The client will offer cross-platform support for those playing online with others that are using other clients, such as Steam. It's also totally optional: Those looking to just play their games offline won't need to use the client. While Galaxy will not require any online activation and will handle game downloads and updates, players won't need to use the client if they choose to do those things manually.
Update: GOG.com issued the trailer from today's presentation explaining the Galaxy client.
The second-largest religion in each state
But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and Delaware, and there are more practitioners of the Baha’i faith in South Carolina than anyone else.
Apple To Abandon Headphone Jack? Beats Deal Suddenly Makes Sense
Removing the headphone jack within the next several years would go against the grain not of just a very large percentage, but of 100% because everyone uses the 3.5mm standard. An adapter WOULD change the design of the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch because Apple wold have to think of a way for charging the iProduct. Wireless charging is years away from being even a conceivable reality, and even then the technology is going to be expensive for at least a few years after that. It would also severely impact a large business for Apple – music. Whereas not everyone has/had a dock for the iPhone, almost everyone who owns an iProduct listens to their music on their iProduct. There’s a reason that Apple gives free earphones with an iPhone – so that customers will get used to listening on their iProduct. Releasing a new standard would force users to buy 2 types of headphones, and even though Apple’s customers spend more money than others’, Apple’s customers don’t like paying for overpriced adapters/accessories already.
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Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.