'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' gets arcade-style competitive mode
Check out the new 'Breach' game mode in the 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' trailer.
Oh god, here's why turtles are attacking cats
This weekend, I came across an animal video on Facebook that blew me away. It depicted a turtle attacking a very startled orange tabby cat.
As the cat lay on the kitchen floor of some pet owner's...
Watch_Dogs 2 is Going to San Francisco This November
Ubisoft is releasing the followup to the open-world hacking game on November 11th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. No word yet on flowers in its hair.
Lexus nav systems are acting up nationwide (updated)
Today many Lexus owners found their head units were stuck in a reboot loop, but pulling the battery cable for ten minutes should fix it.
Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you
"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.
Why Batman: The Animated Series Is the Best Batman Ever
Kaptain Kristian argues that Batman: The Animated Series set the template for what Batman was going to be for the next twenty years and influenced the source material more so than any version of Batman ever did. For example, Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze became much bigger deals in the comics and in the movie adaptations after appearing in the cartoon. The movie versions of Batman don’t directly influence the comic books like that.
Google expands Project Fi coverage with U.S. Cellular partnership
Google describes U.S. Cellular as “one of the top mobile networks in the U.S.” that offers service in 23 states with 4G LTE coverage for more than 99 percent of its subscribers. The company said the addition of a third network gives Project Fi “more coverage and speed” but stopped short of actually quantifying the improvement, which isn’t much of a surprise given that U.S. Cellular is much smaller than “the big four” carriers in the U.S.
How Apple’s App Store search ads will affect developers and users
Unlike the implementation of search ads in the Google Play Store — which lets developers come up with little lines of text that appear between the app and developer names and the rating — you don’t have to devise any clever new ad copy for App Store ads, and you don’t have to pay for new feature art. Unless, of course, you want to swap out the description and art given to your app with more catchy material. That’s on you. But generally, this ad unit will be low-maintenance. That could make it more worthy of an experiment.
Hacker allegedly selling data for millions of Twitter accounts
"We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach - our systems have not been breached," a spokeswoman said in a statement. "We've been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what's been shared from recent other password leaks."
PayPal won't refund Twitch troll's $50,000 in donations
“What in the dickens are you doing to me?” she exclaimed, as Twitch user iNexus_Ninja made a $250 donation, only to follow that up with several more, totaling $11,500. iNexus_Ninja then went on to shower other streamers, like NoSleepTV, Sodapoppin and Dizzykitten with donations totaling nearly $50,000.
Spanish team Valencia CF is the latest soccer club to form an e-sports squad
It may surprise quite a few people to know that soccer teams are getting involved with competitive gaming, but e-sports is a fast-growing market with huge profit potential. More traditional sports teams are scooping up either free agents in the e-sports world to form squads or acquiring already-established teams to compete in tournaments. The move also raises awareness of the traditional Valencia brand among those viewers and fans who may be more inclined to watch a League of Legends match instead of an on-field showdown with Real Madrid. Valencia's official press release puts it quite succinctly:
Apple's App Store is changing, starting with subscriptions
At next week's WWDC , Apple is set to unveil some major changes to the way developers and users interact with the App Store. According to Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Marketing (and perennial WWDC keynote presence) Phil Schiller, Apple is working to improve everything from the app review experience to the discovery process. But the most notable change is a shift in the business models to allow for subscriptions from any kind of app.
7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake
Everything is fake. Or at least it’s starting to feel that way. With the American campaign season still going strong, and the internet still, well... existing, we’ve been seeing a lot of suspicious photos in our social media streams. But don’t fall for any of these. They’re all fake.
Mark Zuckerberg holds his first live Facebook Q&A on June 14th
Now that Mark Zuckerberg has talked to astronauts using Facebook Live , he's ready to talk to the Facebook community at large... and it might just be one of the biggest showcases of the streaming service to date. The social network founder will use Facebook Live to host a Q&A on June 14th at 2:30PM Eastern, and he's using comments on the announcement post to determine what he'll answer. If you've been yearning for a big new feature or have a question about Facebook's artificial intelligence efforts , you might just get your voice heard. Suffice it to say that there will likely be a lot of people watching -- it's not often that Zuckerberg gets to address the people who made his site what it is.
The case that puts Android on an iPhone
A special case with Android for brains can put Android on an iPhone. We talked to the developer behind it, Nick Lee, to find out more details on how his iPhone can run Google's mobile operating system. Lee also let us know if he plans on selling such a case to the masses.
Ex-Mozilla team behind smart home hub Sense refunds Kickstarter backers, focuses on software
“We intended for Sense to be the first device that could run our Silk software platform and let people experience a more intelligent and personal device for the home… We were hoping that our success with Sense would encourage hardware manufacturers and brands to incorporate our platform in their mass market devices,” says Gal.
Hong Kong’s Last Neon Lights Still Look Totally Blade Runner
After its invention in 1910 by French chemist and engineer Georges Claude, neon advertising spread to the US and then to Asia, where a domestic neon industry flourished when Claude’s patent lapsed. Neon signs fell out of vogue in the US and elsewhere after World War II, and in time was associated with lurid places like casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs. Yet it thrived in Hong Kong. No one knows for sure just how many neon signs filled the city, but most figures suggest 100,000 or more. That started to change about a decade ago as city building inspectors cracked down on unauthorized signs—shutting down nearly 3,000 annually , by some estimates—and business owners swiched to LEDs.
Game of Thrones' season finale will be 69 minutes, the show's longest episode ever
HBO also revealed the titles of the season's last two episodes, one of which refers to a specific event that's been sitting on the horizon for most of the season. That's "The Battle of the Bastards," the season's penultimate episode. While it's not quite as long as the finale, it's still going to crack the 60-minute mark, and its title suggests Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton will have the Winterfell showdown everyone's been waiting for. It'll air on June 19th.
What to expect at this year's E3
If the rumors are to be believed, Sony is developing a revamped, higher-spec PlayStation 4, code-named "Neo." Will it hit stores this year, though? That's anyone's guess. Unlike, say, the Xbox 360 Slim that came out five years into the Xbox 360's life cycle, this sounds different than just a mid-cycle refresh with more-efficient innards in a smaller chassis. It supposedly packs a stronger GPU, a faster processor and is capable of outputting 4K video. Reportedly, games can be patched to take advantage of these new specs to run more smoothly, and by October, every PS4 game will be required to support both systems. Translation: Sony doesn't want to split its user base between the 40 million existing PS4 owners and those with newer hardware.
Here's why Google's Motion Stills is my new favorite iPhone app
Apple introduced Live Photos with much fanfare as one of the marquee additions to the iPhone 6S, but I've never really got much out of the feature. Even when I do take a picture that could benefit from a little movement and sound, Apple's implementation is lacking; the results are usually jerky and there aren't many ways to share them.
This 12-inch MacBook pro looks like an Apple IIe from the 80s
Colorware is obviously feeling retro. The company with a history of skinning popular electronics has jumped in a time machine and brought back an Apple IIe, only in the form of a modern 12-inch MacBook.
'Witcher 3's Gwent may become a standalone card game
According to a report from NerdLeaks , the company filed a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for an upcoming "computer software" application. While the trademark doesn't explicitly state whether or not this filing extends to a physical card game or not, the assumption is the game will be released as its very own standalone game.
DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Send Apple vs. Samsung Case to the Trial Court
Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overturn its ruling that was in favor of Apple in its battle against Apple vs. Samsung for patent litigation. It has also asked that the case returns to the trial court. The DOJ had submitted an amicus brief on this matter to the court on Wednesday on behalf of Samsung.
Federal guidelines for self-driving cars are coming in July
National Highway Traffic Safety (NTHSA) administrator Mark Rosekind said today that the US needs to be more nimble in its legislation for self-driving cars.
Why Salesforce needs a new $50 million fund when it already has its own VC arm
Plus, App Cloud is believed to have more upside than any other segment at Salesforce. According to a note by Bank of America's Kash Rangan on Wednesday, App Cloud is estimated to have 1.3 million users, or just 13% of the 10 million-plus total Salesforce subscribers, meaning there's a lot of room to grow for the product.
Which Netflix shows are binge-watched the fastest? The ‘Binge Scale’ will tell you
Using the data, Netflix identified any series viewed less than two hours per day as “savored,” and any series viewed more than two hours a days as being “devoured.” Netflix also found interesting patterns based on genre. Thought-provoking dramas, for example, are most likely to be savored, giving viewers time to digest. On the other end of the spectrum, what Netflix refers to as “high-energy narratives” are devoured, likely because they often leave cliffhangers that viewers can’t wait to see resolved. Numerous other categories fit in between, filling in Netflix’s Binge Scale.
The Quirky History of Meldonium, From a Latvian Lab to Maria Sharapova
In both cases, somebody somewhere figured out that a decent medicine to treat metabolic conditions can also make cyclists pedal uphill faster or give tennis pros a little more energy. This evolution from med to PED (that’s “performance enhancing drug”) has gone on for decades. “What happens is the athletes or athletic community or the athlete grapevine finds out about it,” says John Hoberman, a Germanic studies professor at the University of Texas who has written extensively on the intersection of drugs and sports. “In the past, some cyclists were getting new drugs that weren’t even out of clinical trials yet. The overlap between the therapeutic and the performance enhancing has always been there.”
University of Calgary pays $20,000 in ransomware attack
The university’s email and files were all encrypted by the attackers last month. The administration made the call to pay the ransomware demand of $20,000 in bitcoin in order to retrieve the data. The university does not believe that any personal data on employees or students was leaked, but added that it is working with the local police force to investigate the issue.
Unraveling the Mystery of the Ocean’s Twilight Zone
For a long time, researchers have considered this place too deep for traditional scuba diving and too shallow to justify exploring with expensive submersibles. But thanks to some fancy new technology, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences are beginning to dive to the twilight zone, observing and collecting its many bizarre denizens. And on Friday, they’re bringing the mysterious reefs to you and me with an unprecedented exhibit in San Francisco. If you’re not one of the handful of people in the world trained to dive 400 feet deep (where the pressure is nearly 200 pounds per square inch, by the way) for seven hours at a time, this is your glimpse at one of the planet’s least-understood ecosystems.
France launches terror alert app ahead of Euro 2016 soccer tournament
It’s worth noting here that France already has a system in place for issuing up-to-date information, one which includes radio announcements and sirens. But with the majority of people in the West now owning some form of smart communication device, it makes sense for France to take a more holistic approach and get messages directly into people’s pockets. This represents part of a broader shift across the communications spectrum that has seen smartphones and social networks play a crucial part in spreading messages during times of crisis.
Withings' Body Cardio scale delivers at-home heart health monitoring
Withings on Wednesday launched a fourth-generation Wi-Fi connected scale called Body Cardio, offering users access to cutting edge cardiovascular health measurements formerly restricted to clinical settings, and other key health metrics, right on their iPhone.
The data is made possible thanks to pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurements, which are the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along the arterial wall. High PWV indicates stiff arteries or high blood pressure, while low readings suggest soft, healthy arteries.
To bring PWV into the home Withings developed a system sensitive enough to detect slight variations in weight caused by forces exerted each time the heart pumps blood in the aorta. Using impedance plethysmography at the foot, Body Cardio calculates pulse transit time (PTT), or the time it takes a systolic pressure wave generated at the base of the aorta to reach a user's foot. PTT readings are then used to deduce an estimated PWV.
The scale also reads measures of weight, body mass index, fat, muscle, water, bone mass and standing heart rate thanks to a scientific technique called biometrical impedance.
Chill DJ Will Blow Your Mind With Turntable Wizardry
Of the twelve DJs left in the mix Brace isn’t the flashiest—that distinction goes to Japan’s DJ Buruaaaa . Nor does he stoop to the level of DJ Throwdown who devotes most of his video to finding new and cocky ways to tell his fellow competitors to fellate him via samples. But in terms of pure musicality, Canada’s Brace seems like a clear frontrunner. If he does come out on top, it will be far from the first competition of its kind he’s won.
This Image Captures a Black Hole in Rare Feeding Frenzy
One of the most incredible things about black holes is how much bigger they are than almost anything else out there. Now, a new image taken at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory shows that we’ve been totally wrong about how they manage to grow so large.
Watch a Massive Sinkhole Swallow a Minivan
Downtown Ottawa is the latest city to remove cars from its streets. Actually it’s just a single minivan. That got sucked into the bowels of the Earth.
The future of Apple’s App Store is subscriptions
Apple’s annual conference for developers, which kicks off next Monday, is normally when the company previews its newest software for iOS and Mac OS X. But this year’s WWDC isn’t just about new operating systems: starting next week and continuing throughout the fall, Apple will begin rolling out new incentives for developers in its App Store, including a new revenue-share model and the introduction of search ads in its iOS App Store.
The Web’s Creator Now Wants to Unfuck It
“The web is already decentralized,” said Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web. “The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” So even if the summit’s attendees are able to decentralize the web from a technical standpoint, the issue of companies like Facebook and Google controlling so much will still need to be addressed.
Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool is coming to Spotify on June 17th
You can chalk some of the delays up to artists' frustration with the continued existence of Spotify's free tier, which is supported by ads but pays out much less than the service's paid level; others are tied to larger sponsorship and exclusivity deals, like Drake and Taylor Swift's agreements with Apple. If you're a Radiohead fan, you're probably just glad the wait is over, and you'll see the message below when you next check their Spotify page.
Airbnb’s New Features Make Bookings More Collaborative
Twenty million Airbnb users have saved a listing to a wish list, and 25% of the bookings made on the service are done from a wish list. Now those lists are collaborative, so you can work with a group to create a wish list of ideal properties for the group. Everyone in your group can be invited to the list via Airbnb username or email if they don’t have an account, and then once inside, everyone can vote on their own respective favorite places. That means that rather than trading emails, phone calls, and texts to make a decision, everyone can watch how the vote is shaking out in real time and easily see where everyone else in the group would prefer to stay.
The Verge reports: "Chinese company Ehang caught our eye at CES earlier year, with the firm unveiling an autonomous quadcopter prototype it said was capable of ferrying human passengers without a pilot . We were wary of these unproven claims, but Ehang is obviously forging ahead with the vehicle. The company recently reached an agreement with Nevada's governor's office to develop the Ehang 184 at the state's FAA-approved UAV test site. However, this news should be taken with a pinch of salt: the Ehang 184 still isn't approved for testing by the FAA itself, and the company has yet to show a fully working prototype." Submitter kheldan adds this commentary: This should put you drone advocates' and self-driving car advocates' faith in your ideals to the test: Would you step into one of these and let it fly you away somewhere? I wouldn't!
These Glass Speakers Work Like Magic
The exact means the Glass uses to generate a tight beam of sound isn’t specifically disclosed, but according to the company, the glass is layered with transparent films. Like other highly directional speakers, what’s being generated isn’t audible sound waves but rather ultrasonic waves. Based on other products of this nature, it’s safe to guess that as those ultrasound waves pass through the glass/film sandwich they’re modulated in such a way that they become audible again while traveling in a straight line, though the details on specific improvements will likely remain trade secrets. Acoustics is, to put it mildly, a bizarre science.
E3 2016: Watch Dogs 2 First-Look Preview: Welcome to San Francisco - IGN
If there's anything that's consistent in Watch Dogs 2, it seems to be player choice. You can finish the entire game non-lethally, and you might even be able to finish it without ever using a gun (which, by the way, can be crafted through 3D printing), leaving it up to you to decide if your version of Marcus Holloway is violent and unforgiving, or passive and stealthy. The hacking mechanics have evolved to promote choice, too. Instead of the original Watch Dogs' 'press 'X' to raise this' style of hacking, Watch Dogs 2 is set to have an array of things that can be hacked in totally different ways. For example, every single vehicle in the game can be hacked, meaning you could hack a car to run someone over, or have it move with you to provide cover, or have it drive toward you to help with a quick getaway. Marcus is also equipped with a drone and an RC 'Jumper', both of which can help you scout out locations, distract enemies and presumably more, which we're yet to see.
Chewbacca Mom has made over $400k and now charges for autographs
Not only has Chewbacca Mom 's viral fame lasted for a long three weeks and racked up over $400,000 in gifts, but she is now charging for autographs.
Sketch will begin charging designers an annual subscription fee
Until now, Sketch , the beloved OS X-based UI/UX design app, has charged its users for major releases like v1.0 and v2.0 and delivered minor updates in between for free. But as it approaches the big 4.0, its developers are gearing up to switch to a subscription model.
Los Angeles Has a Plan to Stop Importing Its Water
For over a century, Los Angeles has famously siphoned its water from mountain streams hundreds of miles away. Now LA believes that it can wean itself off its many aqueducts, and has approved a 25-year plan to do exactly that.
Google is trying to one-up Apple in the fight for developers
And given that customers will ideally be paying every month for a
long time, Google and Apple stand to make a lot more money by
collecting those transaction fees on an ongoing basis versus a
one-time cut of an app sale.
McLaren’s 675LT Supercar Somehow Gets Even MOAR Carbon Fiber
Necessary? God no. Desirable? Hell yes. McLaren is making just 25 copies, and has already sold each for a bit more than half a million apiece. McLaren plans to start deliveries later this year. That certainly means a few trips up some very long driveways, but the car’s 0 to 62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and 203 mph top speed should get all that gloss-covered carbon fiber to the doorstep right quick.
We can't figure out how this woman twisted her legs into oblivion
We can't figure out how this woman twisted her legs into oblivion
20 of our favorite startups from TNW Europe
TNW Europe 2016 was not only a festival-like conference full of great talks, epic parties and irresistible catering – it was also the opportunity for 200 of the hottest international startups to present 9,400 tech influencers, investors and journalists the next game-changers.
Microsoft study uses Bing search queries to identify potential cancer patients
The research , published this week on The Journal of Oncology , claims that by analyzing search engine queries (from Bing, specifically,) the team could spot early detections of those potentially suffering pancreatic cancer. The study looked at diagnosed patients and tracked their search history backward to see if their online searches could trigger flags in the key symptoms leading to their diagnosis.
One Tweet From Elon Musk Made $580 Million Disappear
Tweets are mysterious things. They’re sometimes witty, usually banal, and often garbage. But if you’re Elon Musk, your tweets can have a very real impact on how companies are valued. For instance, one tweet from Musk last night wiped out $580 million from Samsung SDI’s market capitalization. No joke.
Review: Zens Apple Watch power bank
But for convenience — and not needing to find outlets in a hotel room or coffee shop — the Zens is a great travel companion. It supports nightstand mode, and the band can be used to hold it in place while charging if you need to drop it in a bag for a bit.
Human-transporting Ehang drone will test-fly in Nevada
In addition, they'll have to secure FAA approval to carry passengers (if they plan to have someone on-board during the test flights). Even with all that, sources tell us that Ehang will still need numerous FAA exemptions and waivers to fly with the level of automation the company is currently proposing.
Ceramic can pot pipe will give you stoner nostalgia
If you have no papers or pipe in sight, a slight modification to an aluminum can will create a perfectly capable smoking apparatus. Although, let's be honest, it's usually used by high school kids who have no other means to get high.
Axl Rose demands Google take down photos of him looking fat
Guns n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has filed DMCA requests to Google demanding that unflattering photos of him being fat-shamed in a meme be taken offline.