'Super Mario Maker' lets you record custom sounds in Mario levels
Prepare for joyful levels full of farts, curse words and all manner of silly sounds.
Shure wants dedicated spectrum for wireless audio gear in the UK
The proliferation of mobile phones is great, and so is the availability of 4G in the UK. However, dwindling spectrum available for wireless audio gear co
Computers can categorize buildings into architectural styles
Even if you've never heard of "Byzantine," you can probably tell a Byzantine church from a Gothic one. Judging style differences is nearly impossible for
iPad mini 4 split view support clues hidden in El Capitan
They also found a tool that can simulate different Apple devices to allow developers to test the responsiveness of their websites. One of those devices is the iPad mini 3 with split-screen, even though the real device doesn't support the feature. If it's true that Cupertino's next pint-sized tablet can run split-screen apps, then it will likely be equipped with a faster processor and will have much better specs overall. We'll find out for sure if Apple's releasing a new iPad mini (and if the next iPhone will have Force Touch ) on September 9th.
Alibaba Growth Slows as China Economy Cools; Buyback Planned
The slowing growth stems from e-commerce market saturation in China’s larger, wealthier cities and the company’s strategy of shifting to services over smartphones and tablets, which generate less revenue from ads compared with desktop computers. Investor confidence has been shaken, with the company’s market value plunging $100 billion, amid a domestic economy growing at the weakest pace since 1990 and lawsuits over counterfeits.
If Your Instagram #Selfies Aren't Private, This Site Might Sell Them To Total Strangers
The Sellfie project also exists within this gray area that some call "appropriation art.” In a nutshell, appropriation of copyrighted material isn’t copyright infringement only insofar as it amounts to fair use. In recent cases, some courts have found forms of appropriation art to be fair use, concluding that the art transforms the protected work sufficiently. In the instance of Prince's "New Portraits" show, the artist left an Instagram comment on each of the pics he printed out from other people's accounts, and he made sure his comment was visible in the prints that he sold -- though many didn't think he transformed the works enough to rightly call them his.
Is Being Too Connected Ruining Your Productivity?
It's hard to not stay constantly connected when we all carry around a pocket-sized computer at all times. It's important though to make tiny decisions throughout the day to unplug in order to be as productive as possible. Watch the above video to find out tips, such as when to return an email, to how you should spend your lunch break, to whether you should watch TV after dinner or catch up on email. Just remember, the Internet isn't going anywhere. So have fun out there, and try to unplug and unwind.
Hackers stole secrets for up to $100 million insider-trading profit: U.S
NEW YORK A group of mainly U.S.-based stock traders and computer hackers in Ukraine made as much as $100 million in illegal profits over five years by conspiring to use information stolen from thousands of corporate press statements before their public release, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.
Alibaba is getting crushed after revenues miss
Thomson ReutersAlibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma. Alibaba posted quarterly earnings results before the opening bell on Wednesday, and its revenues and sales growth were weaker than expected.
Former Google and Apple employees prepare to launch Nextbit smartphone September 1st
Nextbit, a mobile developer run by former Google, Apple, Amazon, and HTC employees, plans to unveil its first Android smartphone on September 1st. In an interview with CNET , the company said the device will be priced in the "premium tier" of smartphones between $300 and $400 and will be, in the words of chief executive Tom Moss, "friggin' awesome." In fact, Nexbit's big promise is that its smartphone won't just be good, but will improve over time as software updates augment its performance and cloud services expand its storage.
Retailers' Apple Pay rival is ready for testing, three years later
Merchant Customer Exchange is an alliance of several of the US' biggest retailers and restaurants, including Wal-Mart and Target, aimed at bringing mobile payments under their own control — and not by tying themselves to a particular tech company. Public tests will finally start in Ohio in the coming weeks, according to the WSJ's sources. Crucially, or hilariously, the tests will start not long after MCX loses its exclusivity deal with retailers. That's why some of them didn't pick up Apple Pay when it launched.
Commitment to MCX isn't particularly strong: Rite Aid said it was would start accepting Apple Pay, as well as Android Pay, starting August 15th. In April, Best Buy, one of MCX's founding retailers, said it had plans to take Apple Pay later this year. CurrentC, as MCX plans to call it, links mobile payments to checking accounts, gift cards or private debit and credit cards directly, sidestepping credit card surcharges and fees. Old-school style, a code on your phone is scanned to pay. This could be important: some retailers, including Wal-Mart, haven't installed the wireless terminals necessary to use either Apple or Google's payment methods.
For Google’s New CEO Sundar Pichai, a Low-Key Style Pays Off
When Sundar Pichai joined Google Inc. in 2004, he seemed an unlikely CEO candidate: a semiconductor engineer with a business degree assigned to manage the Google Toolbar, software that lets Web surfers quickly search with Google on other browsers.
Matt on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Amazon quietly shutters product ads that drove traffic to outside sites
SAN FRANCISCO (By Mari Saito, Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc quietly shuttered a pay-per-click advertising program that allowed businesses to divert traffic from the retailer’s platform to their own websites on Tuesday, saying it would permanently discontinue the program in October.
Rite Aid to start accepting Apple Pay and other mobile payments
Nearly a year after shutting off support for Apple Pay and other NFC-based payments, Rite Aid has announced that will be changing soon. On August 15th , the drug store is set to begin accepting mobile checkouts at around 4,600 locations across the US. This includes Apple Pay, Google Wallet and, in the future, Android Pay . Last year, Rite Aid along with CVS pulled support for these type of payment solutions due to contractual ties with the Merchant Customer Exchange , a retailer group that has its own wallet system called CurrentC -- though it relies on QR codes, which is arguably an outdated method in 2015. Now there's an excuse to pull out your Apple Watch the next time you're at Rite Aid, buying shampoo or whatever it is you get there.
Looks Like the Moto X Pure Edition Is Coming September 3rd
Picking up the Moto X Style Pure Edition (the unlocked version with Universal LTE support), the first thing you’ll notice is the size. Where Google’s Nexus 6, also made by Motorola, was a 6-inch monster that almost felt as wide as it was long, the 5.7-inch Style retains the same width of last year’s 5.2-inch Moto X, but just stretches the display to make the device noticeably longer. However, thanks to thin bezels on both the top and the size, the Moto X Style is easily the most hand-friendly “Big” phone I’ve ever held. It’s what the Nexus 6 should have been.
NBCUniversal Buys Big Chunks of Vox Media and BuzzFeed
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff — again, my boss — says that in addition to the NBCUniversal investment, the two companies now have a commercial partnership. That means, among other things, that they will collaborate on digital advertising, will work together on video advertising and video programming, and that you will likely see Vox Media employees more frequently on NBCU-owned networks like CNBC. ( Re/code already had and continues to have a news partnership with CNBC).
When A Company's Chief People Person Is An Introvert
As the head of talent at LinkedIn, Pat Wadors is responsible for keeping nearly 9,000 workers happy and engaged with their jobs -- and she's also out there trying to find more promising employees. Yet she's a self-identified introvert who relishes her down time. The Huffington Post talked with Wadors about how she handles that tension, and also got the inside view on what it takes to get hired at LinkedIn.
Apple adds 20 new Flyover locations to Apple Maps
Apple today updated Apple Maps data to add Flyover locations support for 20 new locations. The new locations span across a bunch of different cities and landmark places from around the world, including the United States, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Japan, and more.
OnePlus 2 invites fetched $70,000 (for charity)
OnePlus , the smartphone manufacturer behind the ever-exclusive OnePlus 1 and OnePlus 2, has raised $70,000 for UNICEF by auctioning off invites for its new OnePlus 2 smartphone.
Tonight is Hacker Chat with the Hackaday Writing Crew
Tonight at 6pm PDT (UTC-7) is that last Hacker Chat before the entry deadline for the 2015 Hackaday Prize . Join us to talk about all things hardware . Those who need last-minute advice, or are looking for team members for an epic weekend hackathon to bootstrap your winning entry, this is the place to find it. It’s worth entering something… we’re giving everyone with an entry a limited-edition shirt.. and a well executed idea just might get you to the next round!
BMW owns Alphabet.com and it's not selling it to Google
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham wrote a blog post saying it is an absolute must for companies to own the .com domain for their names just days before Google's announcement. While Graham says domains aren't as important for finding a company's online presence as they used to be, not owning the .com domain "signals weakness."
Google is building tiny devices to help diabetics
In exchange for Google’s miniaturization know-how, Dexcom will make an initial upfront payment of $35 million in its common stock, R&D milestone payments up to $65 million in DexCom’s choice of cash or stock, and revenue-based royalties between 5 and 9 percent once the products are launched and have achieved a certain level of revenue.
Could You Charge an iPhone with the Electricity in Your Brain?
Ever since Morpheus explained how the machines use humans as batteries in The Matrix , we’ve been fascinated by the idea. But can the human body actually generate enough current to do anything useful? We decided to find out, by asking experts how long it would take a human brain to charge an iPhone.
Russian Government Threatens To Block Reddit
The Russian government isn’t too happy with Reddit these days. But it’s not even over critical comments made about the government’s handling of Ukraine, it’s about a single thread on the site regarding how to grow “narcotics.”
Microsoft Drops New Window 10 Mobile Build, Promises Faster Release Cadence Moving Forward
The new code is going out to the fast ring, which implies that the build is likely a bit rough. (Microsoft lists the usual compendium of “known issues” in its release notes.) But what starts internal becomes fast ring, and then slow ring and, eventually, functional code for users.
Get Ready For The New Nexus Phones
If you like your Nexus 5 but it’s starting to feel old, rejoice! It looks like Google is teaming up with not one but two Android OEMs to manufacture the next Nexus phones. Huawei is working on a Nexus 6 phablet replacement, while LG is taking care of a smaller Nexus 5-style device.
Docker introduces Content Trust in version 1.8.0 to improve container security
Docker , the startup that has made it popular to build and deploy applications in Linux containers, announced today a new feature called Content Trust in the latest version of its open-source software that can provide an extra layer of security to people using containers.
Qualcomm says your next smartphone will look sharper and last longer - CNET
Devices also won't get as hot and batteries won't drain as quickly when watching movies or playing games. Smartphone cameras will be able to focus in on subjects faster, preventing blurry photos. The display will show colors that are more true to life (so that blue dress you order will look the same on both the phone screen and in person). When taking photos at concerts or other areas where something is brightly lit but surrounded by a dark background, the object -- such as a band performing onstage -- won't look so washed out. And skin tones will look more natural.
Lenovo PCs installed custom software even if you wiped them (updated)
Lenovo was technically in the clear. It was taking advantage of a little-known feature, the Windows Platform Binary Table, to insert the code. However, Lenovo's approach was largely unadvertised to users and "not consistent" with Microsoft's current security guidelines. You might not have known that Lenovo was loading this software in the first place, let alone that it created a security hole. While it's good to know that there's a fix, the discovery underscores the problems with letting PC vendors override core Windows functions -- in at least some cases, they're creating more problems than they solve.
Capcom Announces Resident Evil 2 Remake - IGN
"You've been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven't been able to make it happen...until now!" Hirabayashi said in Capcom's "Special Message" announcement. "We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you've been waiting for."
Telefónica will let an algorithm decide which startups to invest in
Computer programs have been an integral part of the venture capitalist's toolkit for a long time. Analyzing any company involves at least some measure of computational modeling, projection, or examination, though the ultimate decision has, until now, been usually reserved for a human actor. Telefónica's Open Future entrepreneurship network is breaking with that tradition by announcing a new, machine-driven startup competition where both the contestants and the winners are selected automatically by an algorithm .
This might be the first glimpse of BlackBerry's Android phone
The image may have just given us our first real look at the BlackBerry "Venice," said to be the company's upcoming Android phone. The image was uncovered by CrackBerry.
Vine could soon let you add music to videos in app
It feels like a long-overlooked feature, but Vine could be about to give users a way to layer a music track over their six-second looping videos.
PS Plus PSA: Go vote for which PS4 game you want for free
The first poll went up today, offering three indie games - Armello, Grow Home and Zombie Vikings - for the inaugural ballot. Whichever game garners the most votes will become a free title next month on PlayStation Plus, while the runner-up will receive a steep discount. So it's a win-win.
Fidelity National to buy software maker SunGard in $9.1 billion deal
Fidelity National said the deal, for which it will pay 45 percent in cash and 55 percent in stock, would create a company with more than $9.2 billion in annual revenues and would immediately add to its earnings per share.
Dropbox now lets you log in with a USB key for universal 2nd factor authentication
U2F, a protocol promoted by the FIDO Alliance, isn’t the most trendy form of secure authentication for consumer web services. What’s far more common is two-factor authentication that you can sign on with by entering a code that’s sent to your phone. Dropbox already allows its users to do that, but now it’s gone further.
Microsoft to expand Surface sales channel from hundreds to thousands of partners, delays Surface Hub launch
The news is a good indication that Microsoft is seeing a positive response to its Surface line, and is betting big on its growth. The company further noted today that this expansion is “directly related to our optimism for much broader success that will come with the release of Windows 10.”
Samsung Galaxy Note 5: release date, news and rumors
While there's no word on what the Galaxy Note 5 will be built from just yet we'd expect premium materials and there's a good chance it will be styled after the Samsung Galaxy S6, with a metal frame and a glass back.
Intel Releases First Google-Style Diversity Report
Intel Corp. on Wednesday said its workplace has become more diverse in the last year, but changing definitions of how it measures diversity make comparison difficult.
The Verge on Twitter
INVEST RT @verge : The makers of the Roomba just got government approval for a robot lawn mower http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/12/9145009/irobot-roomba-lawn-mower-approved?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/0Zcn1sSLKO
Facebook Confirms Live Broadcasting Will Soon Open To Journalists And Verified Profiles
But soon, Facebook will grant the ability to a much wider swath of users who have verified Profiles, which are meant for public figures that either aren’t quite as famous, or just wanted to run their public presence from their existing profile rather than start a Page from scratch. This includes some more entertainers, athletes, and politicians, but also many journalists like me.
Making Sense of Google and Alphabet
My initial thought was that this is some financial scam or a scheme to allow the founders to maintain control. You never know with Google. But logic says otherwise. None of the top folks at Google need to pull any shenanigans. It's pointless. This is a way to create a long-term and viable structure that is more Berkshire Hathaway and less Yahoo. It's a winner.
In Tweet After Tweet, Tinder Swipes at Vanity Fair Article
On Sales's feed, "meltdown," "rant," "hissy fit," "tweetstorm" and "over-the-top response" were just a few of the words used by readers to describe Tinder's Twitter reaction, as they wondered whether the app's public relations team would walk back its comments the morning after.
Fast Company on Twitter
Calling all #StarWars fans: NEW images from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens": http://f-st.co/0avyuNY pic.twitter.com/3GVUdRYQQK
The Next Web on Twitter
Microsoft is rolling out Uber, PayPal and Evernote add-ins for Outlook http://tnw.me/5MLbPDF pic.twitter.com/uypfAXkAaC
The Most Valuable Employees: Snapchat Doubles Facebook
We compare the world’s 11 most valuable startup—those with a valuation of at least $10 billion–with their publicly-listed peers. While public companies are required to disclose their latest employee figures, such information is not often readily available for startups. FORBES reached out to companies and used the valuation at their latest funding round according to Pitchbook.
Rdio Now Streams Live, Local Radio to Your Browser or Phone
Local radio stations have had a tough go of things ever since the internet came along and put unlimited music on devices in your pocket. However, they’re still useful. In addition to playing music, many stations also offer local news and information relevant to your area. Even if you don’t prefer radio for your music needs, being able to listen to broadcast radio without an actual radio receiver can come in handy.
Octopus’ sophistication driven by hundreds of previously unknown genes
The researchers don't even speculate what these genes might be doing, and it will be hard to test since nobody's managed to do octopus genetic breeding yet. Some hints might come if we manage to sequence a squid genome, since they have a number of similar traits. But the squid and octopus lineages diverged over 270 million years ago, back when our ancestors were strange-looking fish that could sort of prop themselves up on their front fins. So there's a good chance that some of these genes are unique to the octopus and will maintain their aura of mystery for quite some time.
Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server
This past spring, Hillary Clinton asked the Department of State to publish the 55,000 pages of the work emails she provided to the Department last fall. As she has said, it is her hope that State and the other agencies involved in the review process will sort out as quickly as possible which emails are appropriate to release to the public, and that the release will be as timely and transparent as possible. In the meantime, her team has worked with the State Department to ensure her emails are stored in a safe and secure manner. She directed her team to give her email server that was used during her tenure as Secretary to the Department of Justice, as well as a thumb drive containing copies of her emails already provided to the State Department. She pledged to cooperate with the Government's security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.
Twitter gives companies access to its full archives
Full-Archive Search API gives Gnip's customers the power to look up public tweets -- any of the 500 billion or so available -- instantly. They can use it to quickly search for context when responding to customers on Twitter. And they can use it to analyze tweets to see what's the most effective way to get your attention when launching a product or an advertising campaign. As for how this development will affect you, it just means you have to be even more vigilant and scrutinize trends more closely if you hate being manipulated by corporations.
Intel's about to make over $1 billion thanks to Apple
"Apple has been evaluating Intel’s model for a while. We now believe that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September 9th. Further, assuming a 50% share of modem business in the new iPhones we estimate that this win could represent $750M to $1.25B in revenue for Intel in CY16. This is a marque win for Intel and would go a long way to reducing the mobile business losses."