The new Formula E cars sound like upset cats
The second season of Formula E kicks off in October, and there's one key difference for the championship's sophomore year: custom batteries and motors. T
League of Legends' first pro female player weighs her options
"I just want it to be known that I accomplished my goal for real, and I accomplished it for me, my teammates, and girls in eSports. That's it. No one els
Check out Lana del Rey's moody 'High by the Beach' music video
Lana del Rey debuts the first music video off of her new album, 'Honeymoon.'
Sesame Street's executive producer on staying relevant after 46 years
Thanks to Netflix, Amazon and YouTube, the competition for kid's eyeballs is fiercer than ever, but that's not slowing down Sesame Street. Now in its 46th year,...
The Civil War drama gets a feminist update in 'The Keeping Room'
The newest trailer "The Keeping Room" shows a revisionist feminist Western.
Making solid connections between components is an important part of many projects. In the Soldering Challenge, we’re celebrating the skill of soldering. Whether you have perfected a soldering technique or you’ve built a project that involved soldering, we’d like to see it! Jewelry, electronics, metalwork, plumbing… it’s all fair game. The winner will receive an iPad Mini 2, a soldering station, and an Instructables prize pack (that includes a coveted Instructables T-shirt!). Good luck, and solder on! Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!
LG's premium phones to get a Hi-Fi music service
LG is launching a new Hi-Fi music service later this month, but the company's not touting it as an Apple Music or a Spotify rival. After all, it will only be accessible through certain devices, particularly its premium phones, which likely includes the LG G4 and its predecessors, the G3 and the G2. The service will be available in 70 countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Russia, China and Italy. LG's announcement says the songs will have a 24bit/192kHz playback quality and that customers will be able to download two free songs (and buy more at up to 50 percent off) per month. Unfortunately, the company didn't mention a streaming option, so it's probably not in the cards. LG also didn't elaborate on its pricing scheme, but you can monitor the SmartWorld app or www.lgworld.com to find out as soon as the service goes live.
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HBO Hires Oscar the Grouch to Bring Kids to Pay-TV Network
Time Warner Inc.’s HBO appointed Oscar the Grouch and Elmo to lead its children’s programming, part of an effort by the premium cable network to expand its audience at a time when fewer young people are watching conventional TV.
Audi to develop batteries for electric SUVs with Samsung SDI, LG Chem
SEOUL German carmaker Audi said it will develop batteries for electrically powered sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that can run more than 500 kilometers per charge, in partnerships with South Korea's LG Chem Ltd and Samsung SDI Co Ltd.
What will you give up for beauty? Samsung's S6 Edge Plus will make you wonder
Still, here are some numbers to whet your appetite. The S6 Edge Plus has a gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad HD screen (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) built on its Super AMOLED screen technology, which has been our favorite screen on any phone for a couple years now. The processor is a 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420, which is actually two quad-core processors – one 2.1GHz, one 1.5GHz – working together. The RAM is also fairly high at 4GB, and you can get the Edge Plus with 32GB or 64GB of internal memory. It’s nice that Samsung isn’t ripping some of its customers off like Apple has with its 16GB version that just doesn’t have enough memory to last two years.
High dynamic range (HDR) imaging is a method that allows both very bright and very dim light sources to be pictured in a single image with no loss in quality. HDR cameras have been created before, but conventional HDR cameras use multiple normal images to create one final HDR image. This means that if the camera is shaking, or if the image is of a moving target, the HDR technique does not work. However, the modulo camera, created in a collaboration between the Media Lab's Camera Culture group, MIT Lincoln Lab, and Singapore University of Technology and Design, only requires one shot to create an HDR image. This not only allows HDR photos to be taken free of blur, but also allows for the possibility of HDR video.
Apple releases iOS 8.4.1, OS X 10.10.5, and iTunes 12.2.2 updates
Since iOS 8.4.1 has a bunch of Apple Music updates, it makes sense that Apple update iTunes on the Mac. Among the fixes in iTunes 12.2.2 are ones for My Music sorting and playlists, and there’s now the ability to view a list of artists that you follow on Apple Music (as Kirk “The iTunes Guy” McElhearn points out , the list isn’t in an obvious place). Apple Music Connect now lets artists handle their accounts directly in iTunes.
Google gets more time in EU antitrust case
[…] Politico:European Commission extends deadline for Google to respond to antitrust charges to Aug. 31 — Google gets more time in EU antitrust case — Tech giant Google has until August 31 to respond to the Commission. — Google has got a second extension — until August 31 … […]
Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app available now, lets you control PC from Mac
Anyone interested in helming a Windows PC from the comfort of their MacBook can do so starting today as Microsoft has gone ahead and published a preview edition of its Remote Desktop app for Mac, according to a company blog post .
Robinhood launches its free stock-trading app on Android
The simple and stylish stock-trading app Robinhood has arrived on Android . Robinhood launched for the iPhone late last year, offering users a stripped down overview of their portfolio and a fee-free way to buy and sell. In the time since, Robinhood says that it's brought on "hundreds of thousands" of customers, transferred $1 billion through its platform, and saved users a total of $22 million in trading commissions. It's been planning an Android app since way back then, and now the app's release has finally arrived.
Apple hired 65% more women than last year, but that's scratching the surface
The Cupertino giant released its diversity report for fiscal 2015 (June 2014 to June 2015) on Thursday, which states it has made strides to employ more women and minorities over the past year. The report adds that compared with its U.S. hires in fiscal 2014, it hired 66% more Hispanic employees and 50% more black employees in the U.S. than it did in fiscal 2014. Globally, it hired 65% more women than in 2014.
Alibaba's cloud and mobile businesses soar, but total revenue disappoints
The e-commerce giant raked in a net profit of US$4.9 billion, for a 150 percent increase, but the huge profit increase largely came from its film production arm, Alibaba Pictures. In June, the company reduced its stake in Alibaba Pictures, and “deconsolidated” it from the financial results. This resulted in a major gain for Alibaba’s investment income.
Xbox One-to-Windows 10 Streaming Features Hidden 'Very High Setting' - IGN
While Xbox One-to-Windows 10 streaming features a "highest quality" setting, there's actually a hidden "very high quality" option available through Microsoft 's stream application.
Daily App Deals: Grab these limited time discounts on djay 2, Moto Race and more (August 13)
We have some great apps for you today that are discounted for a short duration in the App Store, including djay 2, Moto Race and others. Some deals may expire quickly — even on the same day of this post. If there is a discounted app that you like, grab it while it is still on sale.
NASA needs help designing a smartwatch app for ISS astronauts
You'll need to create the UI for a single app (as a JPEG or PNG) that covers all those functions, but not the apps themselves (NASA will presumably do that). Astronauts currently glean warnings and other info from laptops or iPads, so NASA is hoping that a smartwatch will give that info more quickly. It's thus asking designers to "direct attention to the appropriate information for a task, provide appropriate feedback for actions, and be legible on the smaller Samsung Gear screen." It added that "innovative representations (of) data displayed on a smartwatch is highly encouraged."
Tesla Brings Wide Recharging Network to Manhattan
Owning an electric vehicle in urban areas like Manhattan poses problems for recharging. Most people live in multifamily buildings with no garages. Some parking structures have charging stations, but owners must compete for a limited number of chargers. Tesla is hoping that the new chargers, which will be coordinated with parking-garage providers, will make it much easier to own a vehicle in the city or to commute into the city.
Star Power: Lessons in recruiting from the world of sports
They cultivate a stellar brand. Star talents, in business as in sports, want to be part of a winning organization. Their first impression (for better or worse) starts with what they read about you online. This impression continues through every interaction point that the candidate has with the organization through the recruiting process. Has your company won industry awards? Do you hold several patents? Are you an industry leader with game-changing innovations? Make sure the interview team is talking to candidates about your wins.
July 2015 NPD: Lack of new games doesn’t hurt industry — or PlayStation 4
We’ll check the software chart in a moment, but first we need to point out that these NPD figures are not fully representative of the entire gaming industry. This firm only tracks new games sold in the U.S. at retail, so no mobile, used, Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and other sources count. So it’s best to take this information as a small sample of a larger and more dynamic industry.
Marvel's newest superhero is a preteen girl genius with a T-Rex pal
"It’s great to be a part of the creation of something which can mean something special to so many people,” she said. “I myself have come up against this dilemma (I’m half Afro-Brazilian and half Chilean besides being Spanish) of finding few or no cultural references, especially in Spain, a country where there is isn’t any community comparable to the African American community in the states."
Apple recalling small batch of 3rd-generation Apple TVs due to faulty part
It doesn’t seem to be a major recall as Apple hasn’t issued a public advisory about the issue on its website. Apple seems to be proactively contacting customers with the defective Apple TV and offering an exchange for a new unit.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 launch: Join us at 8 a.m. PT (live blog) - CNET
Shin has a really tough job right now. Samsung's smartphone market share has tumbled over the past year -- from controlling about a third of the sector with the Galaxy S3 and S4 in 2012 and 2013, to sharing the title of No. 1 smartphone vendor with Apple in the fourth quarter of 2014. Both companies controlled about a fifth of the market in that period, the first full quarter of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, according to Gartner.
The 6 most important announcements from Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 event
Over the past few years, Samsung has hit it big with big phones. In fact, you can thank it — or curse it — for making flagship smartphones all get so darn huge. But this year, things have changed: now Apple is in the game , and Samsung needs to do something interesting to keep customers coming back.
Samsung resurrects the dream of a hardware keyboard
If there's one thing that's missed more than anything else in today's smartphones, it might be the hardware keyboard. Once a staple on every smartphone produced, the physical keyboard has all but disappeared, showing up on a handful of BlackBerry devices that no one actually buys. Some companies, like the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo , have tried to bring the hardware keyboard to modern phones, but without much success.
Infographic: An Incredibly Scientific Breakdown Of Which Sci-Fi Creation Is The Fastest
It's possible that the notorious braggart miiiight have been exaggerating in that issue, but the rest of the details are fairly sound: The Batmobile, for instance, gets a top speed of 160mph—not as fast as a Hennessey Venom GT, but since it has armor capable of withstanding a missile, that'll eat into the speed a bit—while the formula for determining how fast the Serenity is is downright complicated. (V(final)^2 = V(initial)^2 + 2 * a * d where V(initial) = 0 (meaning at rest), a = 4.2g and d = 200 AU, if you want to get specific.) All of that is a lot of work to figure out who can get from New York to Los Angeles the quickest (spoiler: Superman), but if you want these arguments to hold up in Nerd Court, you better have some nerd math to show your work.
Apple to delay live TV service to next year: Bloomberg
Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) will delay its live TV service to at least next year, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the iPhone maker's plans.
Dell teams with Google for a pro-level Chromebook 13 (hands-on)
But unlike business laptops or desktops that can add custom security software and hardware, the Dell Chromebook 13 is still a stock Chrome OS laptop (Dell's existing cloud-based management and VPN apps will work, however). The biggest difference between this and more consumer-oriented models is the construction. The Chromebook 13 has a carbon fiber-weave cover, magnesium-alloy wrist rest and aluminum base, making it look and feel much more high-end than typical plastic Chromebooks.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Plus keyboard case lets you relive your BlackBerry days
Physical smartphone keyboards are a niche that just won’t die. BlackBerry and Android OEMs like Motorola, LG, and NEC all have a hand in prolonging the inevitable, but that’s not to say the options are diverse — if you’re the type of person who just can’t type without a tactile QWERTY, you basically have to settle for a cheaper, mid-range smartphone without the bells and whistles of higher-end flagships — or a BlackBerry. Samsung, though, believes it can bridge the gap between camps with a specialized accessory for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: the “keyboard case.”
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@verge I don't like live tiles/or most of the Metro apps, also don't like massive live tile tab on the right when open the windows 10 menu
Oracle Adds New Android Versions to Copyright Battle With Google
Oracle Corp. added claims covering newer versions of the Android operating system to its copyright lawsuit first filed five years ago against Google Inc.
Google's New 'Low Key' CEO Is So On Trend
Google just appointed a new CEO. And he’s not like the brash, high-profile boy wunderkinds we’ve come to expect/dread in the tech world. Google’s new chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is “humble,” as one former colleague tells the
In Defense Of Tinder's Twitter 'Meltdown'
Sites like Twitter were created as a place for people -- not brands -- to share stories, pictures, gossip and otherwise interact with friends and strangers who have similar interests. But as brands have flocked to the platforms, increasingly incorporating social media into their overall strategy, they're having to navigate communicating with their audience in a medium that wasn't intuitively designed for corporations. It's tough to be a company masquerading as a person.
Salesforce turns customer support forums into shops, with a new Buy button
Its Community Cloud platform is for businesses to build websites that customers and the company can interact on. The idea with this new feature is that companies using the platform can add the new e-commerce feature to customer support sites and forums as a way to entice a sale on the spot instead of redirecting someone.
DigitalGlobe Partners With Mapbox To Launch Its Maps API
DigitalGlobe , the publicly traded, high-res imagery service that owns its own fleet of satellites, has long been known as a purveyor of fine satellite imagery to governments and large companies like Google and Nokia. While these companies then often made DigitalGlobe’s imagery available through their own developer programs, DigitalGlobe itself never focused on making its data available to smaller-sized startups and companies.
TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app builds to anyone
A week after updating its TestFlight app evaluation tool with support for iOS 9, Apple on Thursday added a backend feature that allows developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users outside of their dev teams.
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan include native flight tracking support
Reddit user homeboi808 has discovered a cool new feature in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan . The hidden feature which seems to have been enabled in the latest iOS 9 beta and OS X El Capitan beta, will allow you to check your flight’s status on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
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EatFirst Home: Tasty same-day dinner delivery is great but can it scale?
Services to help you order take-away food in a hurry aren’t hard to find in the UK. If you’re looking for one of your regular options, you can fire something like Just-Eat or Hungry House .
Crackdown 3, Quantum Break and Scalebound Could Hit PC - IGN
"Going to those teams mid-cycle and saying: ‘Hey, by the way, I want to add a platform,’ didn’t really feel like necessarily the best way to end up with the best result for the game. They had a path that they were on. It’s not to say those games could never come to Windows, but right now we’re on the path to finish the great games that they’ve started, and I want that to be the case. These games are on a path, whereas with, like, Halo Wars 2 I had the opportunity from the beginning, when we’re sitting down with the studio, to say, ‘Here’s the target. Here’s what we wanna go do.'"
You'll flip for this gorgeous flip-iPhone concept - CNET
Hajek's envisions a slim, sleek phone that doesn't sacrifice Apple's clean design aesthetic. The addition of the second screen under the cover is enough to make your mind dance with the possibilities. You would have oodles of room for your keyboard and emoji. A small third screen on the outside gives you notifications.
How Microsoft built, and is still building, Windows 10
Insiders of course want to know how often they can expect new builds, now that Windows 10 for PCs is out. Aul didn’t want to put a number on it: “We’re still playing with the frequency.” He did say, however, that the team has considered adding another ring, and toyed with the idea of having a new build (say every week) that goes out to a subset of Insiders who really don’t care about stability.
Jessica Alba’s Startup, Honest, Valued at $1.7 Billion
Honest Co., the baby-products retailer co-founded by movie star Jessica Alba, has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, valuing it at about $1.7 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Zidisha is hiring a remote engineer
Zidisha is a Y Combinator nonprofit and first direct peer-to-peer lending service to bridge the international wealth divide, allowing individuals in the US and internationally to lend to and communicate with borrowers in developing countries without local intermediaries. We’ve been featured in numerous press and media for our groundbreaking work in using internet and mobile phone technologies to connect entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most isolated and impoverished places with the international peer-to-peer lending market.
Samsung unveils the supersized Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with 5.7-inch screen
In the U.S., the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum in 32GB and 64GB memory options. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will all carry the device. Prices for the S6 Edge Plus will differ based on carrier, but you can expect to pay roughly $800 for the 32GB version through a contract or installment plan. The 64GB version costs a tad more, with prices falling between $860-$920 depending on your service provider.
Google Drive web viewer can open files using compatible apps
You can easily launch files within applications on your PC or Mac from the Google Drive folder, but now you can do so straight from the cloud service's web viewer. If you have the viewer loaded on your browser, right click on a file to preview it, then access the "Open With" drop-down menu to see the list of apps you can use. Or, you can just click "Open" to launch the file through the default app associated with it -- PDFs, for instance, can instantly fire up Adobe Reader, while photos can open Preview, Photoshop and any other image editor. You need to make sure the GDrive installed on your computer is the latest version (v. 1.23+), and you need to sync your files. Once that's done, you'll be able to access your Drive's contents more quickly.
Apple's streaming TV service reportedly delayed into 2016, revamped Apple TV still on schedule
Now, Bloomberg is chiming in, saying that while Apple did originally have plans to launch its streaming service sometime by the end of 2015, that’s no longer the case and has decided to delay the launch into 2016. The report goes further into detail, suggesting that Apple’s talks with major companies like 21st Century Fox and CBS are still going in the right direction for deals to be made, but they’re just progressing slowly.
Google adds its replacement for addresses to Google Maps
Sure, exact coordinates are useful if you're treasure hunting, but if you're just trying to find something in a part of the world where addresses are uncommon or nonexistent, they're way too long. Google proposed a fix earlier this year with the rollout of free to use Open Location Codes , aka Plus+Codes. Now, those short codes (six or seven letters and numbers) are searchable on Google Maps . If you're further away from a particular area, you may need to include the town, city name or region code for them to work, but codes already exist for every location, and you can find them on the web at plus.codes . The codes specify an area instead of a point, and for more accuracy, you can add more digits. The way the system is setup, they can be encoded or decoded offline , so there's no problem even if you're in an area with little or no internet connection. Of course, someone other than Google will need to use them for this system to catch on (others like What3words are trying to do the same), but at least now you can see how it works right in Google Maps.
With a nearly a million raised, Sonar gives businesses the power to text
The future of technology may be hidden somewhere in our past. As real estate on our phone screens becomes more scarce, the idea of downloading proprietary apps for certain services seems excessive. And although mobile browsing is a good option, many websites or services work shoddily with phones and practically demand a desktop.
Bad comments are a system failure — The Message
MetaFilter is a community of Internet People, people who spend a lot of time online. Everyone who spends a lot of time online is online for a reason. I am online a lot because I live in a rural area, keep late hours, and want people to socialize with when my town is asleep. And I like making jokes with other nerds who understand and appreciate them. Some people work swing shift or are otherwise time-shifted, are expatriates where people don’t speak their language, are caring for family members at home, only like to interact when they can multitask, have a disability or social anxiety that makes online communication a better option for them, or are just better at communicating through text than face to face. Understanding your community of people who are heavy online users is part of learning how to manage them and help them be their best selves.
Samsung Pay launches on September 28 to take on Apple Pay
Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay will allow device owners to make payments in retail stores directly from their phones. Just swipe up on your screen, select a card, press your fingerprint to the reader or enter a pin number and you’re done. Using both near field communication (NFC) and LoopPay’s magnetic secure transmission technology, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge Plus can be used to make transactions at 90 percent of retail locations — far more than any other electronic payments application. The technology communicates with magnetic stripe readers, so most retailers who accept credit cards should also be able to accept Samsung Pay. However, merchants won’t necessarily know that they accept the payment method, which could lead to some complications.