Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite for 'Barely Legal' Exploits
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a barely legal Emmys ad.
A Cheaper, Better Accelerometer for Smartphones | MIT Technology Review
Accelerometers are usually made of two chips: a mechanical device that detects movement, and a microchip that makes sense of the signal from the first chip. By integrating those components on a single chip, mCube has not only reduced the size of the device but achieved a higher-quality signal. In fact, the company says its new accelerometer is sensitive enough to replace the gyroscope in a smartphone. This could perhaps bring sophisticated motion-sensing capabilities to even the cheapest smartphones, some of which lack gyroscopes.
Don Pardo, Longtime Voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' Dead at 96
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The Real Reason We Yawn
Researchers are starting to unravel the mystery surrounding the yawn, one of the most common and often embarrassing behaviors. Yawning, they have discovered, is much more complicated than previously thought. Although all yawns look the same, they appear to have many different causes and to serve a variety of functions.
Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade | TechCrunch
Uber hired Obama’s former adviser and campaign manager to direct the company’s global policy and political activities, communications and branding efforts. The company has reportedly been looking to hire a top political strategist since earlier this summer as it aggressively challenges local regulations and the taxi industry in multiple cities.
Traffic Light Study Reveals Serious Hacking Risk | MIT Technology Review
Wirelessly networked traffic lights have four key components. There are sensors that detect cars, controllers that use the sensor data to control the lights at a given intersection, radios for wireless communication among intersections, and malfunction management units (MMUs), which return lights to safe fallback configurations if an “invalid” configuration occurs. For example, if somehow every light at an intersection is green, the system might fall back to having them all become flashing red lights.
Assassin's Creed doubles down on stealth and sailing in 2014
The Assassin's Creed franchise has an established, successful record of major annualized releases, but hooded prowlers will have two notable targets this year: Assassin's Creed Rogue , which will sail chilled seas on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and Assassin's Creed Unity , a return to scaling European cityscapes on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Just because Ubisoft can add two major adventures to the series' anthology within the same year doesn't mean you have time for both however, so Editor-In-Chief Ludwig Kietzmann and Contributing Editor Sinan Kubba exchanged thoughts to help you get a sense of which may better suit your interests.
If your interest is particularly piqued by Unity , you can watch a full assassination mission within its take on the French Revolution, led by Creative Director Alex Amancio. Of course, you could always trade in your wrist blades for dice.
Assassin's Creed Rogue (8/5/14)
Assassin's Creed Unity (7/29/14)
The HTC One Arrives In Redmond | Gadget Lab | WIRED
The Windows Phone version of the One has the same crisp 5-inch, 441 pixel-per-inch, 1080p display, the same zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC, the same MicroSD expansion slot, the same better-than-most stereo speakers, and the same 2600mAh battery. All of these are good things. Unfortunately, the Windows Phone version of the M8 also has the same camera as the Android M8. It’s nowhere near as good as the superb 41-megapixel shooter in the Nokia Lumia 1020, which still holds the camera crown in the Windows Phone world. While the spec sheets for both versions of the HTC One are nearly identical, I was able to find one difference: The Windows Phone version doesn’t appear to have a barometer sensor, unlike the Android M8. So if that makes a difference to you, be wary.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B | TechCrunch
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is a space-transportation startup company founded by Elon Musk. It is developing the partially reusable launch vehicles Falcon 1 and Falcon 9. Originally based in El Segundo, SpaceX now operates out of Hawthorne, California, USA.
SpaceX was founded in June 2002 by Musk who had invested $100 million of his own money in the company as of March 2006. …
Why Wearing The Same Thing Every Day Didn't Help My Creative Thinking
I am drinking your productivity Kool aid. I tried the 'insanely early' wake up but failed both due to a new class that ended at 1:30am (I work in Hollywood, crazy place) and got sick at the same time, so I could barely pull myself out of bed a half hour earlier (at 7) -- but the mind set was there. It helped get some writing work done but nothing innovative like I do in the midnight hours. But at least, now, I set my alarm. The 'wear the same thing everyday' was more effective. Being an actor and a fashion addict, cultivating a Pinterest worthy outfit beyond audition wardrobe and workout gear had become an obsession. And a huge waste of time. I'm not a style blogger monetizing my OOTD so who really cares. Thus, knowing that I'm going to put on my 'uniform' of a tank, jeans and boots each day - albeit different varieties of - was a welcome change, mostly because it forced me to examine my 'brand' again. With creative endeavors taking up my day, a streamlined look was a relief.
Mass Layoffs Hit Intellectual Ventures' Patent Factory
The layoffs, according to Jung, represent part of the company’s evolution. IV was the first company to try to amass so many patents, and it had to hire hundreds of people to invent the processes for buying ideas in bulk. People were needed to sort through patents, acquire them covertly, think up complementary ideas, and deal with the associated paperwork. “We have more data than anybody and have analyzed it over the years,” Jung says. “Our analysis has allowed us to save a lot of needless paperwork and become more efficient. We don’t need as many people to sift through and sort information now.” Much of the work has been simplified and automated.
Colour Blending 3D Printer Wants To Make Your Print-Outs Less Monotone | TechCrunch
On the latter end of the 3D printer pipe, the 3D4C is aiming to be the first four-colour blending 3D printer, which will let you print objects that aren’t monotone or two-tone but rather blend quad-colours to create multicoloured plastic print-outs.
DataGravity says it's time for your storage to smarten up already
Paula Long, co-founder of EqualLogic, is back at it again, this time applying integrated search and analytics to your storage so it’s no longer a black box.
Google Is Planning to Offer Accounts to Kids Under 13
Google plans to offer accounts to children under 13 years old for the first time, a move that will take the world’s largest Internet search provider into a controversial and operationally complex new market.
Why would Chinese hackers want US hospital patient data?
In the case of Community Health Systems, hackers stole patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers. They did not steal medical data, Community Health Systems said -- but that data can be the real prize in such breaches.
See how a jellyfish stings in microscopic slo-mo - CNET
Actually seeing a box jellyfish's sting in action requires a microscope combined with a high-speed camera. Sandlin went to James Cook University in Australia to meet up with professor Jamie Seymour, an expert in jellyfish and other venomous animals, which qualifies him as a toxinologist. Researchers at James Cook University are working on coming up with ways to counteract the potentially deadly box jellyfish venom, which acts as a cardiotoxin, impacting the heart.
'You've Been on Your Phone for 160 Minutes Today'
After a few weeks of using Moment, I'm still on my smartphone for at least 90-100 minutes a day, but I'm trying to be more deliberate about when and why. If the app tells me I've already been on my phone for much more than an hour by the time I get home from work, I make more of a conscious effort to stay off it unless there's a good reason. If I feel the compulsion to check my iPhone during the day for no reason whatsoever, I try to think of those numbers — 120, 140, 160 minutes a day. Sometimes it works. Sometimes my hand keeps reaching for it anyway.
Thalmic Reveals Its Enterprise Play For the Myo Armband, Including Google Glass Integration | TechCrunch
Waterloo’s Thalmic Labs has begun shipping the production version of its hardware to pre-order customers already, and now the company is gearing up for its full-scale enterprise play with the help of some partner companies and with development efforts aimed at specific devices, including Google Glass. Myo’s potential for the enterprise could be much greater than its initial appeal for ordinary consumer users, as keeping hands clear of devices is a key advantage in many industrial and medical fields.
HTC's One M8 now available with Windows Phone, but only on Verizon
In case you've wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you'll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin brother, complete with Microsoft's OS. Make that identical twin: The Windows Phone M8 has the same smooth aluminum shell, same rounded corners, same 5-inch, 1080p display. Same Dot View Case . It even has the same camera setup, as well as the same Snapdragon 801 chip on the inside. The main difference -- aside from the fact that it runs Windows Phone 8.1 -- is that it's exclusive to Verizon here in the US, where it will go on sale today at noon for $99 on-contract. ( Ed. note : not bad!) On the software side, BlinkFeed is much subtler than on the Android M8 -- it's just an app here, making it much easier to ignore if you're not into it. We'll be back soon with a hands-on post, so sit tight. And if you've always wanted an M8 running Windows Phone, well, only an hour and 20 minutes until you can pull the trigger.
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Video: Nicholas Felton: A Quantified Life
Mr. Felton, an information designer who used to work at Facebook, has tracked almost every aspect of his life, from the miles he’s walked to the average length of his personal conversations.
Ben Smith on BuzzFeed's mass deletion: Part of being experimental is deleting your failed experiments
Part of BuzzFeed’s challenge as it evolves into a major media entity is to somehow marry its experimental nature with its broader journalistic ambitions, and the deletion of thousands of old articles is a symbol of the tension between those two things
Facebook Messenger downloaded more than 500m times on Android
Despite user backlash over Facebook’s controversial policy to force users to install the separate Messenger app to continuing using Facebook chat on a smartphone or tablet, it joins the list of apps that have been downloaded more than 500m times.
Swing Copters Is The Latest Game From The Creator Of Flappy Bird | TechCrunch
Take Flappy Bird, make the bird fly vertically and avoid swinging things, and you have Swing Copters, the next mobile game from Dong Nguyen. Because let’s burn more of our time on this earth with mindless games.
Reports: Google planning to offer its services to kids
FILE- In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany. Googleís removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continentís most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. Internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results. The U.S. firm must comply with a May ruling from the European Unionís top court that enables citizens to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of their names. Among links to vanish were stories on a soccer referee who resigned after a scandal in 2010, French office workers making post-it art, a couple having sex on a train and a lawyer facing a fraud trial. At least three British media, including the Guardian newspaper and public broadcaster BBC, said Google notified them search results in Europe would not contain some links to their publications.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
'Swing Copters,' from the creator of 'Flappy Bird,' launches on August 21
That five point run that I busted out at the start? That’s the best I’ve done so far, and that two minutes worth of video is basically my magnum opus as of this writing. Swing Copters is hard. Just getting through the gates themselves would be tricky enough, but adding in the swinging hammer things below them is just ridiculous, particularly as you’re desperately trying to control your guy as he wildly swings from one direction to the other.
……But, like Flappy Bird, I love it. It feels like it’s got all the same qualities that made Flappy Bird so sticky for me. Once you see even the smallest bit of success in the game, you can’t help but play again, and again, and again, always trying to (in my case, anyway) top that amazing five point flight.
Oculus' Carmack to Minecraft creator: 'Say the word'
Earlier this year, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced that his game would not be coming to Oculus' Rift due to the company's acquisition by Facebook. "Facebook creeps me out," Persson said.
It seems those heebie-jeebies are starting to subside though, as a different life crisis has come to the forefront: "And about now I'm officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus," Persson recently tweeted . "I'm upset about there being a hole in my favorite sock instead."
John Carmack, co-creator of Doom , Oculus convert and center of a legal battle with former employer ZeniMax, responded enthusiastically. "Say the word, ship the source, and i'll make sure It runs well on you-know-what," he wrote . Sounds nice, but we're not sure how Carmack would make Persson's sock run well on ... oh. Ohhhh .
Nevermind, we just got it. We see what you did there, John.
Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy
Talking on a phone with no bezel and no apparent earpiece is a little odd, but you hold the Aquos Crystal up to your ear in the same way you hold any other phone (no, you don't have to turn it upside-down to talk). Because nearly the entire front is display, it lacks a proximity sensor, but Sharp's software will lock the display when on calls so you don't accidentally press buttons with your ear. I didn't have enough time with the device to truly test out how well it handles inadvertant swipes from the edge with my thumb, but we'll be sure to put that through its paces when we have a review unit in.
Metro: Redux Review - IGN
Then again, part of the reason this new Metro 2033 is easier is that it's no longer tripping over its own feet. Not only do its new character models and brighter lighting make it easier to spot enemies and see detail (at the expense of some of the original's moodiness), but its clunky menus and controls have been ditched in favor of Last Light's more intuitive equipment wheels and Call of Duty-esque handling. That's a big improvement, but the biggest one is that the enemy AI feels more consistent, making it possible to sneak around or stealth-hunt packs of hostile guards without the risk of arbitrarily bringing all their friends crashing toward your exact location once they spot a body. Also, Metro 2033 has been retrofitted with the same little touches that make guard-hunting especially fun (if not particularly challenging) in Last Light – like musical cues that tell you when guards are near, what their alert status is, and when you've scored a kill or are in danger of being spotted.
Make gifs out of any YouTube video - CNET
If you want to make a gif from YouTube, there are a number of tools available. Most, however, are clunky, work badly or require a login before you can import links. A new up-and-comer in the space is simple, clean, and easy for anyone to use.
Alibaba investors find cheap entry through Dongxiang — Heard on the Street
The promise of the Chinese e-commerce giant becoming the largest-ever initial share sale in the U.S. has already boosted the stocks of its major shareholders, Yahoo and SoftBank. But Alibaba has minor shareholders, too, which are often overlooked. One of these offers perhaps the best opportunity to play this IPO.
Love Your Music & Cancel Out All The Noise w/The Plasma Earphones (International) | Cult of Mac Deals
Ever been on a plane with crying babies, kids screaming and people chatting away? All you wanted to do was disappear into your newly downloaded music and wake up ready to rock that new cities socks off. Now you can do just that.
Where in the world is VMware co-founder Diane Greene? Here are some clues
Tech all-star Diane Greene is ostensibly working on Demeterr, a super-secret SaaS company — application focus unknown — and is also investing in Datrium.
Google’s New Music Subscription Service, YouTube Music Key, Revealed | TechCrunch
However, it seems that YouTube Music Key will be bundled in with Google Play Music Key for the same price as the latter today, at $9.99 per month. That would also mean that current Google Play All Access subscribers would be automatically upgraded to the new, bundled service when it goes live.
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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.
Mailbox Finally Brings Its Email Client To The Desktop, Adds Drafts And Syncing Between Devices | TechCrunch
One of the key new features is the addition of drafts, which enables users to save responses that are unfinished and be able to complete them on any device. To make the feature work, users have to sign into all their devices with a Dropbox account. Once that’s connected, however, the app automatically and intelligently syncs drafts between devices so you could, for instance, start an email on mobile during your commute and finish it from your desktop when you get to your desk.
A Dedicated Reddit App Is Launched for Xbox One
Microsoft says that the ReddX app lets redditors interact in a similar way to the experience on the Reddit.com site. The app can be snapped to the side of your TV, letting you keep up to date with content on the site even while you’re gaming. It also gives Xbox Live members the ability to browse through subreddits, in addition to a customized main page. Other than simply reading text and looking at images, videos and GIFs on your TV, the app also lets users zoom in or out of text and images.
Asus Teases Its Smartwatch Launch For September 3 | TechCrunch
Earlier this year at Google I/O, we reported that Asus was working on its own Android Wear smartwatch , to be launched in September with a lower price point than existing options. Today, Asus posted a teaser on Twitter revealing that it will indeed be introducing something new at IFA in Berlin on Sept. 3, and the graphic suggests it will indeed be a smartwatch.
Ferguson will 'explore' putting cameras on its cops
A suburb of St. Louis is still in turmoil after the August 9th killing of Michael Brown, and more than a week of an aggressive police presence that has been blamed for escalating tension. The community, and many in the country, have demanded transparency — and they may get some in the future. In a statement obtained by The Wire , the city of Ferguson said it will seek funding for dash and vest cameras for its officers.
Uber snags David Plouffe, D.C. heavyweight and former Obama campaign manager
In some ways, Plouffe is also a strange choice given that many of the ridesharing battles fought against the taxi industry and regulators have occurred at the state and local levels, not federal. But Plouffe will serve — in Kalanick’s own words — as a “campaign manager” of sorts. He’ll help the company attempt to sway perception as it moves into new markets and get both the public and politicians on its side. In the blog post, Kalanick described Plouffe as “a proven field general and strategist who built the startup that elected a President.” The love is mutual. In the same post, Plouffe wrote, “Uber has the chance to be a once in a decade if not a once in a generation company.”
Google Brings Android 360-Degree Photo App to iPhone
We took the app for a spin and it performed perfectly, taking about five minutes of shooting and then processing to produce an impressive 360-degree image. The only hiccup: It missed pinpointing our geo-location by about half a block (although you can adjust the location within the app before publishing it).
Adam Carolla Settles Podcast Suit With 'Patent Troll,' but the War Continues
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that had teamed up with Carolla, announced news of the settlement in a blog post on Monday . The EFF's own attempts to invalidate the patent will continue, but it was disappointed that Carolla — who had succeeded in mounting a strong defense backed by fellow podcasters — decided to agree to terms with Personal Audio, which brought the lawsuit against the comedian's Ace Broadcasting.
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FunPlus Group sells its game subsidiary to Chinese holding company for $960M
It’s a little complicated, so bear with us as we explain it. Zhongji Holding, a publicly traded company in Shanghai, approached FunPlus to purchase its current social-mobile simulation games. FunPlus Group’s current business features games like Barn Voyage and Family Farm, and they are included in its gaming subsidiary dubbed DianDian Interactive. Zhongji is paying up to $960 million for DianDian for the games and about 120 FunPlus employees.
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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams
Netflix originally tried to address peering issues by offering ISPs access to its own content delivery network called OpenConnect . It signed deals with some U.S.-based and a number of international ISPs that led to Netflix deploying caching boxes inside the ISPs’ networks. But the major U.S. ISPs argued that Netflix was avoiding paying for the burden its traffic put on their networks and said they didn’t want to support different servers for every different internet service on the market, despite already hosting servers for sites such as Google , Facebook , Amazon and Microsoft in many cases.
PayPal Introduces One-Touch Mobile Payments, Thanks to Braintree and Venmo
PayPal is unveiling One Touch PayPal, which will let shoppers who have downloaded the PayPal app pay with essentially one touch in the apps of participating merchants. Merchants who want to enable this payment option in their apps need to use Braintree’s new software development kit. The goal is to strip away some of the annoyance shoppers feel when trying to enter payment information on the small screens of phones, while simultaneously boosting conversion rates on the apps of Braintree merchants.
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How to turn small talk into smart conversation
Go ahead, be bold. Upend the dinner table conversation! Turn small talk into big ideas at the next summer wedding reception you’re forced to attend! You never know which ideas will be worth spreading next.
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Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean
Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans ) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.