It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera [VIDEO]
A deer in upstate New York adorably licked this YouTube user's camera.
If you were raised to hate, would you choose tolerance? (Book trailer)
"Everyone has a choice. Even if you're trained to hate, you can choose tolerance. You can choose empathy." An astonishing true story of an American boy train...
20 Nintendo Facts to Blow Your 8-Bit Mind
TL;DR: Matt Damon invented Donkey Kong and Bowser's still a dick.
You Can Only Download This Coupon If You're Standing in the Sun
Can an app force you to get more sun? This one may prompt you to venture outside.
Proposed law would clarify who gets access to a deceased person’s digital accounts
The Uniform Law Commission, a body of lawyers who produce uniform legislation for states to adopt, recently drafted the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (FADA)," which would grant fiduciaries broad authority to access and control digital assets and accounts.
eBay's ticket site StubHub says it's the victim of a 'global fraud ring'
StubHub has revealed that it's been the victim of a global fraud operation that's lasted longer than a year. Rather than being hacked, however, criminals obtained user details from other websites and keylogging software, then proceeded to make purchases on the eBay-owned ticket site. Company official Glenn Lehrman has told Reuters that authorities in the US, Canada and the UK will conduct arrests later today, at which point more details will be released. Worried users of the service should relax, for the moment at least, since the company has promised that any unauthorized transactions were spotted and refunded back in 2013.
'Father of the internet' Vint Cerf explains how web addresses work
For most of us, browsing the web is pretty easy: type in a domain name , mash the enter key, and well, here you are. Behind the scenes, however, it's a mess of IP addresses, numbers and international stake holders. Part of ICANN's job is sorting all that out and making your web experience simple -- and recently its players have been trying to reduce the US government's influence on the organization. A little unsure how this power shift will effect you? Then read on: Google and internet progenitor Vint Cerf have teamed up to explain what ICANN is, how it's managed and why its global changes are good for the future of the internet. You can see the full video (complete with meme references and funny pictures) after the break.
The Epic Fight to Protect Whales From the U.S. Navy | Science | WIRED
It was an terrible and extraordinary event: Beaked whales are the world’s deepest-diving mammals, and these creatures had spent most of their lives in deep undersea canyons. For even one to show up in shallow water would be extremely unusual.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Preview | TechCrunch
If you’re going to participate in the beta beginning Thursday, it’s important to keep in mind that this is pre-release software, so some features are going to be buggy (using the coveted Dark theme in my build made Wi-Fi network names invisible unless moused over, for instance), so it’s probably best to only use it if you have a backup Mac. You should also back up the contents of your Mac before installing it, and remember that some features don’t work without iOS 8 on a companion device. Apple says it will be updating the Yosemite Beta periodically throughout the test, probably a little less often than the bleeding edge developer preview gets updated, and when the final build is launched, your Mac should update automatically. And remember that the whole point is to gather feedback, so use the included Feedback Assistant (a simplified version of the bug reporter tools from the dev preview) to sound off on any issues you encounter.
The Nostalgia Machine takes you back to the music of your youth
It's easy to get sucked into a nostalgic listening session, but tracking down the songs of your youth can be tougher than you think -- and "best of" medleys on YouTube will only do so much to scratch the itch. Don't worry, though, as The Nostalgia Machine has come to save the day. Pick a year and you'll see an easy-to-digest list of pop music videos that might just remind you of your high school prom or that big college party. It's definitely not an authoritative source -- what, no New Radicals ? -- but it also covers a few artists that you might not remember until you hear them again, like Mark Morrison or Sonique. Give the Machine a spin the next time you're eager to revisit the zeitgeist of years gone by.
Nigerian Scammers Adopting More Sophisticated Attacks
Sophisticated Attacks by the Uninitiated Palo Alto Networks tracked the attacks, dubbed "Silver Spaniel" by Unit 42's researchers, over the past three months. The attacks began with a malicious email attachment, which when clicked, installed malware on the victim's computer. One example is a remote administration tool (RAT) called NetWire, which allows attackers to remotely take over Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux machines. Another tool, DataScrambler, was used to repackage NetWire to evade detection by antivirus programs. DarkComet RAT has also been used in these attacks, the report said.
Foursquare shows off its new look for local searches
The Foursquare faithful have had some time to get used social venue tracker's Swarm option for sorting check-ins, as the outfit jettisoned the activity to a second app. Folks who didn't want to give up the OG method were still able to tally stops, but now the redesigned search-focused software is imminent. As of tomorrow, you'll have to use Swarm for all check-ins , and Foursquare claims that about 75 percent of your fellow users have already made the leap. What's more, the company has a new logo to go along with the upcoming app that it's teasing as well. Once you pipe in info on your personal tastes, follow a few experts and make a few stops, the new Foursquare will learn about your delicate sensibilities and make recommendations based on the gathered info. However, you don't need to have Swarm installed to make use of the original app's new focus on "personalized local search." As you can see in the screenshots above, the directory will offer to hop over for a check-in -- if you've installed both applications, of course. Unfortunately, there's no date for the official arrival, but the announcement claims you'll be leveraging the tidied up ratings and tips "really soon.
Putin Signs Law With Potential to Censor Facebook and Twitter in Russia
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Apple's newest legal trouble: A class-action lawsuit over meal breaks
The Hon. Ronald Prager of the San Diego Superior Court yesterday ruled in favor of onetime Apple employees’ request for class action in their lawsuit against the company. That means lawyers are no longer representing four people but actually 20,000 or 21,000 — current and former non-exempt (read: hourly) Apple workers in California. The case says Apple intentionally violated state wage and hour law and didn’t compensate employees for missed breaks, among other charges.
Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2 | TechCrunch
The charts imply that Facebook is able to pick up more cash per user, even as it expands its user base. That’s good news for the company, as it infers, I think, that regions that perform less strongly than North America have a shot at growing their per-user top line, and thus provide Facebook with revenue potential for some time to come.
Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order Bonuses Leak Early - IGN
While we already knew a playable version of Joker's psychotic girlfriend was on the way in Arkham Knight, this is the first time we've heard Red Hood will also join the party, though by the looks of things only if you pre-order at Gamestop .
The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else | TechCrunch
Most people will find their basic smartphone needs met by the Fire Phone . There’s email, texting, a basic note-taking app, and so on. The screen is 4.7 inches, the same size as rumored for the new iPhone coming this fall. At 720p, it isn’t the highest resolution screen on the market, but most people probably won’t notice — video still looks gorgeous. The camera is fine — at this point, I think most people can’t really tell the difference between photos taken on most high-end smartphones anyway. Inside, the Fire Phone is packing a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, and an Adreno 330 GPU. In practical terms, that means it won’t have trouble keeping up with whatever apps or games you throw at it. In several days of use, the Amazon Fire Phone only stuttered for more than a few seconds one time, an issue that was cleared with a restart. Basically, it’s about as fast and reliable as you could hope for.
Live: Facebook’s Q2 Earnings and Conference Call - Digits - WSJ
Facebook 's showed no signs of slowing down, posting revenue of $2.91 billion on profit of 42 cents a share, excluding certain items. Wall Street had expected revenue of $2.8 billion on profit of 32 cents a share. We live-blogged the conference call with analysts.
Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after three-day search
A search involving dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of volunteers came to a happy conclusion after a drone owner lent his gadget to the efforts.
Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same | TechCrunch
Twitter is an online social network and a microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets," which are messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users of Twitter are able to read and post tweets via the web, SMS or mobile applications.
Created in March 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com and more than …
LG wants you to play games through your phone case
Are you an impulsive gamer? So impulsive that you can't even wait to unlock your phone before you start playing? If so, LG is entirely willing to cater to that (frankly disconcerting) behavior. The company has just launched Puppy Pop , the first game designed to work with the G3's QuickCircle case . It's a clever demo of what that round case window allows, although it's only a game in the loosest sense of the word. All you're doing is matching as many puppy heads as you can before time runs out -- it might do for a quick diversion at the bus stop, but it's not hard to see this wearing thin over time. You can grab the app today if you're curious, although you might want to wait for more substantial titles down the road -- or better yet, unlock your G3 and make full use of the phone you paid for.
Dropbox for Business bolsters security features | ZDNet
Other new features that will be added to Dropbox for Business include being able to search folders through the full-text search function, and and giving its 300,000 app developers access to shared folders via the API as a part of a "long path" of development. It will initially give developers the ability to do some basic management, but ultimately Fushman said developers will be able to "build a collaborative experience on top of Dropbox in a much rich and deeper way".
Japanese Mario Kart 8 ad showcases the Luigi Death Stare
For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
The Internet Needs a Better Way to Handle Money. This Startup Has the Key | Enterprise | WIRED
I just met Greg Brockman a few minutes ago, but I’m already showing him my credit card number. Brockman is the chief technology officer at Stripe, the billion-dollar online payments startup backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, and he wants to show how easy it is to use the company’s technology. In under four minutes, after a few keyboard taps on his laptop, Brockman has set up what amounts to a mini-web service that takes a payment from my credit card. In even less time, he creates a way of sending money to my card. And he pays me back.
Microsoft debuts low cost Windows Lumia 530 - Digits - WSJ
Last week, as Microsoft announced it would cut up to 18,000 jobs in the next year, the company added that it is halting work on a line of affordable Nokia smartphones powered by the Android operating system, which had put Microsoft in the uncomfortable position of supporting the software of rival Google.
FiftyThree Releases SDK So Third-Party Apps Can Use Its Pencil Stylus | TechCrunch
But FiftyThree is hoping to get even more developers on board. While it will require those developers to sign a license agreement, MacDuff says he doesn’t foresee FiftyThree limiting access for creativity apps that might be competitive with Paper. After all, it’s all about getting more Pencil users to get more use out of the stylus and getting the stylus in front of more users who don’t own it.
The next age of Foursquare begins today
Foursquare admits that it could’ve managed expectations a bit better, and timed the two app launches closer together so users weren’t confused. "It wasn’t a mistake. There is no prior arc with someone trying to do an unbundling like this before," says Crowley, "but I don’t think there’s any real perfect way to do it." In the next few weeks, the company plans to finish pushing all of its users to Swarm before completely removing the check-in from Foursquare once and for all. Another big change it will have to communicate is that Foursquare and Swarm will soon contain two separate friends lists. Foursquare will let you follow people and tastemakers you like, while Swarm will let you pick who you want to share your general location with, which is likely a much smaller group. This distinction perfectly exemplifies why Foursquare struggled as an app containing two often-separate utilities.
Facebook's new stats: 1.32 billion users, 30 percent only use it on their phone
Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today , and one fact is becoming more and more obvious. Facebook is a mobile company now. It makes 62 percent of its advertising revenue on mobile, a dramatic change for a company that had no mobile ads as recently as two years ago. And of the 1.32 billion people who use Facebook each month, 399 million, roughly a third, only log in with their phones. It's important to note that Facebook's monthly user base has grown 14 percent year over year, while it's mobile user base has grown much more, at 31 percent. Users in the US spend more than 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.
Sprint gets into the Google Apps resale business - CNET
The move is part of a broader shift by Sprint to focus on business customers -- an area where it is behind larger rivals AT&T and Verizon -- even as its consumer side continues to falter. By going beyond selling simple cellular service add offering apps and services that improve a business's productivity, the company hopes to set itself apart and build stronger relationships.
Microsoft's cloud business is on fire
Nadella touched on another factor driving growth, which is that Microsoft's cloud services have become so related that they are driving growth across services. For example, when a business signs on to Office 365, users move to Azure Active Directory. Once users are already in Azure Active Directory, Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite, where businesses can manage all users including those on iOS and Android devices, looks attractive, Nadella said. That's an example of one way that Microsoft is driving customer sign ups to its cloud services.
Tips On Crafting A Popular Newsletter, From Top Newsletter Authors
Someone with a large following could potentially use the platform to hawk a book or get people to attend a conference, but Kiefer Lee says readers don't particularly like that. "People like getting what they signed up for," she said. "If they sign up for a personal email newsletter, they don't want to be marketed at." Of course, the difference between "marketed at" and self-promotion isn't always clear.
So then what do readers like?
Amazon Fire Phone review roundup: misfiring on almost all cylinders
Amazon appears to have put so much effort on the Fire phone's unique features that it didn't focus on making the device attractive. It looks more like a prototype than a phone that's supposed to compete against well-designed beauts like the iPhone 5s, LG G3 and HTC One M8. The use of glass on the front and back is a throwback to the Nexus 4 and iPhone 4/4s, which means it's a fingerprint magnet and more susceptible to breaks than polycarbonate. The sides are protected with a rubberised polyurethane material, however, which should improve the phone's chances of survival if dropped.
Here's the first teaser art from the new 'Fight Club 2' comic book series
Comic Book Resources spoke with Cameron Stewart, who's handling interior artwork for the comic series, about the pressures of following up on the cultural phenomenon that Fight Club became. Most people were introduced to Tyler by David Fincher's 1999 film, which presented some challenges while also lending Stewart and Co. artistic flexibility. "The thing I find really liberating about it is that, because it's a sequel to the novel, not to the film, we have a little bit more freedom to play with the visuals," Stewart said. "It's a good thing and it's a bad thing, because the film is so ingrained in popular culture the image of Tyler Durden is Brad Pitt — and we cannot make it look anything like Brad Pitt for various legal reasons."
Building a Twitter we can be proud of | Twitter Blogs
At Twitter, we have a goal to reach every person on the planet. We believe that goal is more attainable with a team that understands and represents different cultures and backgrounds.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launching in December
(Xbox One, PS4, PC) Crystal Dynamics is proud to announce Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This all-new adventure takes place in the Temple of Osiris, hidden deep in the deserts of Egypt. Lara Croft arrives at the temple, hoping to be the first inside, but rival treasure hunter Carter Bell has beaten her to the entrance. They each seek the Staff of Osiris, but they discover more than they bargained for.
Upon entering the tomb, Carter removes the mythical Staff from its resting place and inadvertently triggers a trap cursing them both and unleashing the evil god Set. But the staff also awakens the gods Horus and Isis, the son and wife of Osiris. Now free from their ancient prison, they join forces with Lara and Carter in order to resurrect Osiris, the only god capable of removing the curse.
As Lara and her companions fight their way across the sands and through ancient tombs, they will face gods and monsters of myth and legend. With the fate of the world at stake, Lara must uncover the fragments of Osiris to stop Set from enslaving all mankind.
Duolingo Launches Its Language Certification Program | TechCrunch
Another major problem with today’s tests is that they are prone to fraud. Too often, test takers have somebody else who looks a bit like them take the test for them or they actually bribe the proctors. That’s clearly something the Duolingo team took very seriously when it developed its application. When you take the test, the camera and microphone on your phone or laptop record everything you do. After you have completed the test, that video is then watched by a Duolingo proctor who checks that everything is kosher. The video is also attached to your digital certificate, so if somebody else ends up taking the test for you, it’ll be pretty easy to spot by a university administrator or potential employer.
CIO-CMO Marriage Strained, But Can Be Saved
Like any relationship, the one between CIOs and CMOs requires trust and empathy to succeed. According to research from Accenture, there’s still a ways to go for the marriage to become a happy union.
Twitter Is Mostly a White Male Company, Diversity Data Reveals
The company's gender gap, in particular, becomes even more pronounced when broken down by expertise. Of Twitter's technology employees, a whopping 90% are men. For non-technical jobs, the split between genders is 50-50. What's more, almost 80% of those in leadership positions are men (and 72% are white).
Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner | TechCrunch
Vishria will be joining a partnership that has one of the best track records among VC firms today, having invested in companies that include Twitter, Instagram, OpenTable, Uber, Zendesk, and Nextdoor. Since being founded in 1995, it’s had 40 IPOs and more than 90 M&A exits. Amazingly, 29 of those exits took place since the beginning of 2011, including 12 IPOs and 17 acquisitions.
This New Wearable Device Says It Helps Lower Stress At Work--We Put It To The Test
"If you're wearing something, you want it to provide value all of the time you're wearing it, not just the 10% of the time that you're walking," says Moraveji. "The business emerged as a wearable that would provide value when you're at the computer, which is a lot of the day, or when you're commuting, or in the car, or all these other places in our lives."
Here's What This Apple Shareholder Thinks About That Apple Quarter...
iPhone sales in China and other emerging markets were pretty good. This is encouraging, because Apple has been getting its clock cleaned in these markets, in part because it only sells high-priced phones. In recent years, however, Apple has pushed some lower-price phones—the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5C—and these are helping drive unit sales. Apple's China sales, which analysts were hyperventilating about, did benefit from the one-time addition of the massive China Mobile as a distribution partner, which won't be repeatable. So, in terms of "same store sales," the numbers weren't as good as they looked. But they were okay. Alas, the strong growth of China and the BRICs reveals that iPhone sales in the US and developed markets was weak. These markets are mature, though, and the iPhone 6 upgrade cycle is coming...
Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
Now that you've signed up for email or text message updates about the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're one step closer to getting the health coverage you need. We'll send you tips and alerts that will help you stay on track to get health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs.
Study: Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction
Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories -- religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.
Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch
I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.
Vine User Gets Back At Store Employees Following Him In Best Possible Way
The book "Game Change" by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, published in 2010, revealed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made some racial remarks in reference to Obama during his 2008 campaign.
The passage in the book reads:
"[Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he later put it privately."
Reid apologized for the comments in a statement released in January 2010.
"I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans, for my improper comments," Reid said.
Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited, Offering Endless Reading And Listening For $9.99 A Month | TechCrunch
Introducing Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited Reading and Listening on Any Device—Just $9.99 a Month Read freely from over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices, as well as free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more. Listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible, or switch easily between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice. Enjoy best sellers including the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hunger Games trilogy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and Flash Boys The most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Life of Pi, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century Start a free 30-day trial today SEATTLE—July 18, 2014—(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click “Read for Free.
Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App | TechCrunch
Google has launched an official Google Analytics app for iPhone , providing the same data you’re used to from your web dashboard on your mobile device, including visits, sources, page views and user behavior insights. The app also offers Real Time reports, which provides monitoring of site activity as it unfolds.
LinkedIn May Not Be The Coolest Social Network, But It's Only Becoming More Valuable To Businesses
Engagement is rising fast on LinkedIn, as the social network becomes a content destination. The social network is also high-income and highly educated, and it has a big international presence. These factors will make LinkedIn increasing compelling to marketers. Already, a survey from Cogent Research finds that LinkedIn is the preferred social network by a wide margin for building a brand identity.
The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity | TechCrunch
By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World
For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.
Cow Tipping: Fake or Really Fake? - Modern Farmer
“Two could do it in theory,” says Dr. Lillie. “But it’s not going to be easy, and as soon as the cow responds by bracing herself or leaning into you — which she will do — it will be even harder.” Cows, after all, stand on four legs and will quickly shift their weight to a wider, more stable stance if pushed against. And Lillie and Boechler’s calculations are based on an unmoving cow in equilibrium in which slow, steady force could be applied without pushback — an optimum (and unrealistic) state for cow tipping. Pull out your high-school text book and look up Newton’s Second Law: Force equals mass times acceleration. A cow has a lot of mass, and you’ll want to move that mass quite quickly, before the cow can react. Which means you’ll need to generate a lot more force. Per her calculations, that would require at least five, and probably more like six pushers. “It just makes the physics of it all, in my opinion, impossible,” says Dr. Lillie.
Got a meeting? Take a walk
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet - CBS Minnesota
Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service.
The paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.