New features let you cheat your way through 'Final Fantasy VII' on iOS
'Final Fantasy VII' comes to the iOS App Store with new features designed to let a wider range of people experience the game's full story.
Google just launched an easy-to-use $199 Wi-Fi router
Google is finding a new way to get into your home: a $199 Wi-Fi router. The company today launched the OnHub for all your at-home connectivity needs. https
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See the Photos above in High Res Photo 1 Photo 2 For the last 3 years, I have been obsessed with nature/landscape photography, and capturing the raw ...
Treasure Trove of Ashley Madison Data Dumped Online
Hackers on Tuesday posted info about millions of Ashley Madison users on the dark Web.
See a colorblind man watching a sunset in full color for the first time - CNET
Aaron Williams-Mele uses a pair of EnChroma corrective glasses to see the world in full color for the first time. It's so moving you'll forgive him all the curse words he utters as the emotions start flowing.
Final Fantasy VII is rolling out now for the iPhone and iPad
One of of the most-loved RPGs, Final Fantasy VII, is now rolling out for the iPhone and iPad.
Knock Knock: A clever contact-sharing and chat app that will have you tapping your phone
The team behind contacts management app Humin has today launched a new offering called Knock Knock. Aimed at a college-age crowd, it allows easy contact de
YouTube's opening its latest studio for creators in India
After Los Angeles, London, New York, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Berlin, it's Mumbai's turn to bask in the spotlight. YouTube has announced that it will open its
The 100 Best Android Apps of 2015
Beat the heat with some cool new apps for your Android. These are our favorites in a wide variety of categories.
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl sings 'My Hero' to crying man at concert
Foo Fighters' acoustic version of "My Hero" — the band's '90s anthem about everyday heroes — made one grown man cry. Dave Grohl knew what to do next.
Hey you guys! The owner of 'The Goonies' house doesn't want you visiting anymore
The owner of the home from the 1985 cult classic 'The Goonies' has shut her home down to tours and foot traffic, encouraging visitors to go elsewhere.
Introducing the Technical Preview of Docker Engine for Windows Server 2016
This week marks a huge leap forward as we release a tech preview of Docker Engine for Windows Server aka the Windows daemon available for download and testing. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 (TP3) and Docker Engine for Windows Server together makes the Docker experience available to many more developers — to build new software and to contribute back to the project.
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BlackBerry Venice leak shows off Android slider’s keyboard, November launch on all major U.S. carriers
Infamous leaker Evan Blass ( evleaks ) has once again posted more details of BlackBerry’s Android phone, codenamed Venice. Blass had already suggested the device was coming to AT&T in the U.S., though today he shared that it will launch on all four major U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) in November.
Intel and Google want your phone to see in 3D
An Intel spokesperson showed us a few demos of the hardware. At its most basic, you can use it to scan 3D objects and get three-dimensional portrayals of the environment in real-time simply by moving the phone around -- it's even able to map your movements with a breadcrumb trail. But because it also has motion-tracking, there's a great potential for games. He showed us a cube stacking demo, where he could create virtual walls and barriers overlaid atop the real-world environment -- sort of like an augmented reality Minecraft, if you will. Another demo that uses the depth sensor was a mesh builder built with the Unity engine. Using complicated peaks and valleys, he was able to recreate objects around the room, and then throw balls at them.
Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10's best feature to the Mac | ZDNet
You may not have Siri in OS X yet, but the new Parallels Desktop 11 release allows you to make use of Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has the best-performing display on the entire market | ExtremeTech
Samsung first deployed OLED displays with a PenTile configuration, but these were criticized for offering double the resolution on green pixels as they did for red and blue. What this meant in real terms was that while green gradients looked “Retina” class, other colors showed individual pixels. That problem has largely vanished with the latest generation of Diamond Pixel displays; even the Galaxy Note 5’s red and blue pixels hit 366 sub-pixels per square-inch, while green pixels are up to 518. In short, Samsung has improved on the Galaxy Note 4 at every level and built an OLED display that rivals or surpasses even the iPhone 6. That’s significant, because LCDs have typically outperformed OLEDs in at least several capabilities ever since the two technologies debuted against each other.
The Speedo Shine is a Misfit by another name
Wearables company Misfit has partnered with Speedo to create a new activity tracker designed with swimmers in mind. The Speedo Shine is functionally and aesthetically similar to the earlier Misfit Shine, but incorporates a new tracking algorithm for swimming that the company claims offers "industry-leading accuracy" whatever stroke — butterfly or front crawl — the user is deploying. The Speedo Shine also monitors sports and activity outside the pool as well as tracking sleep, syncing its data via Bluetooth to the iOS and Android Misfit app.
This smart car seat clip knows if you leave your kid in the car
The Nabi Car Seat Clip takes the place of your current car seat's harness clip (the piece that clips across your baby's chest) and has a Bluetooth sensor built in that connects to an app on your phone. That sensor knows when the two pieces of the clip are snapped together and detects when the clip is unlatched when you take your baby out. If you walk away from your baby's car seat with the clip still snapped into place, you'll get a loud alarm on your phone that will only stop when you return to the seat and separate the clip.
Daily App Deals: Grab these limited time discounts on Calzy, TriPeaks Explosion - Solitaire and more (August 19)
We have some great apps for you today that are discounted for a short duration in the App Store, including Calzy – The Smart Calculator, TriPeaks Explosion – Solitaire 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.
Adulterers Take Note: 36 Million AshleyMadison Users Exposed
Hackers claiming to have stolen data from AshleyMadison.com , a website that facilitates hook-ups between would-be adulterers, have released information they say includes details of more than 36 million user accounts.
$390,000 two-wheel scooter bathed in pure 18-karat gold - CNET
The most luxurious two-wheeled electric scooter ever made is a self-balancing platform shelled in enough solid gold to make Smaug weep.
Uber Gets Investment From Tata Fund to Expand in India
Tata Capital Ltd. said a fund it advises will make a “significant investment” in Uber Technologies Inc. to help the ride-sharing service expand in India.
Google's Project Ara smartphones keep falling apart - CNET
Project Ara is Google's attempt to shake up how consumers buy smartphones and how manufacturers make them. Instead of buying a complete phone, like an iPhone 6 or a Samsung Galaxy S6, Google wants to let people buy the parts -- such as the camera, processor or screen -- separately and mix and match them as consumers please. The initiative is just one of many out-there projects -- like driverless cars or Wi-Fi balloons -- that Google has invested in as it looks to where future revenue will come from.
Google Debuts A New Way To Gchat With Your Friends
So what's the big deal with the new Hangouts website? Why would you ever want to use it? Well, there's probably an argument to be made that having a separate outlet for your chats could help you chill out a bit if you want to have a conversation with your friends without watching your Gmail pile up at the same time. (Unfortunately, you cannot disable Hangouts in Gmail without also disabling it on the new website, so you'll have to make do with closing out of your Gmail altogether if you just want to chat. That's okay! You'll survive.)
Volume review: The rich man's stealth game
Developer Mike Bithell Games has clearly learned the lessons of other stealth-action games, and has stripped away all of the unnecessary fluff to craft a heist simulator that’s as svelte and intriguing as a hairless jaguar. Thanks to a relative simplicity of aesthetic design there’s no waiting while stages load, and in lieu of overwrought, melodramatic cutscenes, the entirety of the game’s story is delivered via polite, British voiceovers during gameplay. Volume’s key asset is that its gameplay and all of the extraneous bits that don’t involve hiding from AI goons and swiping gems have been streamlined to ensure that you’ll be playing with as little delay as possible. This, like the game’s shallow learning curve, ensures that Volume offers entertainment to suit your busy, modern life. Whether you’ve got a lonely night to kill or a just want to snatch a few gems during a brief lunch break, this game has you covered.
Airbnb partners with China Broadband, Sequoia to expand in China
Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc said on Tuesday it was partnering with investment firms China Broadband Capital and Sequoia China to expand into the Chinese market and find a chief executive for its operations in the country.
WhatsApp’s web client now works for iPhone users too
However, not everyone has the feature yet — as with many new WhatsApp features, it’s being switched on in stages. How long this takes to arrive for all iPhone users is anyone’s guess; however, WhatsApp is officially listing iPhone support on its web client page, so we can only assume it will be switched on for all imminently.
Close up and personal
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
The US won't relinquish its control over ICANN just yet
In a statement, ICANN senior adviser Theresa Swinehart said that the agency is “pleased” by the contract extension. She added that there has been progress in devising a new governance structure, but “additional time is necessary for the global community to complete its work and for ICANN to implement the community’s proposals.”
To rival Amazon in the cloud, Alibaba launches new data centre in Singapore
That competition comes in the form of U.S. cloud players Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. Amazon already set up its data centre on the island back in 2010, and Microsoft expanded its Azure cloud with a new data centre here in 2014.
Twitter for Mac just got the most disappointing update ever
Twitter for Mac quietly got an update today, for the first time in more than a year, adding the new long direct messages feature to the client, but changing nothing else.
27 Major Destiny Changes in The Taken King - IGN
Today Bungie held a steam showcasing a lot of the major changes coming to Destiny with Year 2. Year 2, if you were unaware refers to September 15th, 2015, the day that The Taken King expansion will be released. The expansion is going to be the largest addition that the game has ever seen therefore a lot of important systems are getting completely overhauled. If you missed the stream or just need some help wrapping your head around all the announcements from today, here are 27 things that you need to know from today’s reveal.
Lead Android Mobile Developer - bop.fm Jobs on AngelList
bop.fm (Ycombinator S13) creates a home for every song on the internet. We are a San Francisco-based music technology company that aggregates several popular music services (Spotify, Rdio, iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc) into one app. You can then search for any song, play it using any service, and share/discover with any friend (even if they use a different service than you). bop.fm powers this same aggregation and service-agnostic music playback for websites like Rap Genius, messaging clients like GroupMe, as well as social networks, wireless carriers, garden gnomes, etc. For more info, please see our recent coverage at http://blog.bop.fm/category/press/
Google’s In-House Programming Language Now Runs On Phones
Robert Zanotto, an Italian coder who works with Go, says this effort is a long way from fruition. But it’s something he’d like to see. And it’s certainly where the world is moving. It’s not just that phone hardware is evolving. It’s that, as more and more people adopt smartphones, we may need to execute more and more of the code on the phone itself. We may need to reduce the burden on the data center .
Ding dong: Richard Branson leads $28M funding round into smart doorbell startup Ring
You know you’re onto something when big-name entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson come knockin’ on your door with their checkbook in hand. And that’s exactly what’s happened to Ring , a startup that’s invented smart doorbell technology for your house.
The FDA Just Approved the First 3-D Printed Pill
Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre struck a partnership with fellow inventor Joseph-Nicephore Niépce to develop a method to permanently capture the fleeting images visible in a camera obscura. Niépce passed away suddenly in 1833, but Daguerre kept experimenting, finally achieving success around 1834. The daguerreotype process used a polished sheet of silver-plated copper, treated with iodine to make it light-sensitive, which was exposed (for several minutes or more) under a lens, then “fixed” using mercury vapor. The existence of the process was first announced to the public in January of 1839—followed by an extraordinary move by the French government that would fuel the rapid growth of photography worldwide. Recognizing the enormous potential of this invention, the French government made a deal with Daguerre, acquiring the rights to the process in exchange for lifetime pensions for both Daguerre and Niépce’s son. Then the government gave it all away. On August 19, 1839, the details of the new daguerreotype process were presented to the public as a gift to the world from France.
'Duke Nukem' franchise ownership finally settled
A dispute that left ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise in limbo has officially been settled. In a statement , Gearbox Software affirmed that it's the "full and rightful owner of the Duke Nukem franchise." Previous rights-holder and creator 3D Realms (aka Apogee Software) relinquished all claims, saying "to secure the future of Duke, 3D realms has agreed with Gearbox that a single home serves (it) best." That's a far cry from the rancor between the parties after Gearbox launched the lawsuit in 2014 , however. Gearbox assumed it had bought the full franchise rights from 3D Realms, until 3D Realms announced that it was creating a new title called Duke Nukem Survivor .
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What Verizon's new contract-free plan means for your unlimited data - CNET
Well, now there are no more subsidized devices, and everyone has to buy phones at full retail price. That means there's practically no incentive for you to give up your unlimited data -- and Verizon won't try to force you out.
EA has a new partner for mobile game advertising in the $4B Latin American market
Gaming publisher Electronic Arts is teaming up IMS Internet Media Services to open new advertising opportunities for the Latin American market, with a focus on mobile games.
Groundbreaking new superconductor works at the warmest temperature yet
But scientists are making progress. According to a study recently published in Nature , a group of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany successfully created a material that exhibits superconductivity at -70 degrees Celsius. That’s still pretty chilly by most people’s standards, but it’s also a new record for superconductive materials. The previous record was a full 40 degrees colder at -110 degrees Celsius.
Be Glad Tesla’s Working on That Ultra-Creepy Charging Arm
CEO Elon Musk didn’t bother to explain when it will be ready, what it will cost, or why his company is developing it. But we have two theories on that last question, and they indicate Tesla is doing more than eliminating yet another task that once required using our arms. This is exciting, even if you find the whole thing too weird for words.
Why big data will be a big deal for the new HP
But the cloud doesn't work for everyone, and HP seems to be targeting customers who still want to control their own infrastructure and not port data into the cloud. CB Bohn is a senior database engineer at Etsy, the online retailer, which uses AWS for some search-related functions and some Hadoop workloads. But the company’s primary data analysis tools are managed by Etsy staff and hosted in a collocation facility. Bohn says Etsy buys commodity hardware and uses the collo facility for workloads that have constant demand for data and analytics. This is the “own the base, rent the spike” model: Cloud platforms are good for one-off jobs and unexpected high-capacity workloads. But the everyday data and processing can potentially be done more efficiently on in-house equipment tuned specifically to those workloads.
Samsung's Mysterious Gear S2 Smartwatch Looks Downright Wearable
Samsung showed us two jumbo phones today that were, you know, more or less what we were expecting—and frankly not all that interesting. At the end of the show, though, Samsung teased the Gear S2 smartwatch, set to be announced on September 3rd at IFA in Berlin. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Google unveils OnHub, a Wi-Fi router for the smart-home era - CNET
The idea is this: Most Wi-Fi routers are ugly, with unruly cords, so people put them on the floor or out of the way where they can't be seen. But that also causes the device to emit a weaker Wi-Fi signal, Google said. The company hopes the answer is making a better-looking device that people don't mind displaying out in the open. It has subtle blinking lights and all its antennas are packed inside its black, cylindrical shell. The device also displays the Wi-Fi password if someone taps on it.
Autocorrect gets woman a blind girl on birthday cake - CNET
Technically Incorrect: She wanted a blond girl on top of her daughter's cake. Marie Seggie sent a text to say so. Sometimes, though, autocorrect thinks it knows better.
Feds fine Internet provider $750K for blocking Wi-Fi at conventions
Feds fine Internet provider $750K for blocking Wi-Fi at conventions
CINCINNATI — Federal regulators Tuesday announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings LLC for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States.
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NASA's giving you another chance to send your name to Mars - CNET
Did you miss out on your boarding pass to be part of NASA's mission to Mars? The space agency is giving you another chance to hop aboard the InSight lander.
Edge browser fails to win over Windows 10 users
The low percentages of Windows 10 users currently running Edge signaled that Microsoft has not made its case for the new browser, at least among those who have jumped on the OS and its free upgrade. That's troubling, since Microsoft has positioned Edge as its browser of the future, and put in considerable effort to making it more compliant with standards, while relegating Internet Explorer (IE) in general, IE11 specifically, to a legacy support position.
The World's Most Innovative Companies
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Sources: HOLT, a divison of Credit Suisse, in collaboration with Innovator's DNA LLC; FactSet; Bloomberg.
The Ashley Madison hack: everything you need to know
An attack on Ashley Madison — the adult dating site meant for facilitating discreet extramarital affairs — has resulted in data from its millions of users being published online. The situation is a total mess, especially for a website that holds intimate details about its users' sexuality, let alone their monogamy. The hack was first disclosed in July 2015; in mid August, data from millions of users began to appear online. You can follow the whole timeline through our StoryStream below.
Sketches of Audi’s e-tron quattro concept give us a preview of what’s to come
The e-tron is shaping up to be a technological tour de force. It will be fitted with a state-of-the-art battery pack designed with input from tech giants Samsung SDI and LG Chem, and it will inaugurate the futuristic inductive charging technology that Audi has developed to make charging cables a thing of the past. Audi has confirmed its first-ever production EV will offer a maximum driving range of about 310 miles, meaning it will be able to drive 40 miles farther on a charge than the Model X.
Life With The Dash Button: Good Design For Amazon, Bad Design For Everyone Else
I'm not sure why anyone would opt for the dash button when Amazon is rolling out Prime Now in many markets. There's a pretty large selection of products available, all delivered to my door within 3 hours. Yes, they tout a 2 hour window (1 hour if you want to pay an extra $7.99), but you get 2 hour blocks to choose from, so technically not 2 hours from the time the order is placed, but even still I usually receive my order very quickly and can even see where the driver is with the GPS map.
Smithsonian's Kickstarter to show Neil Armstrong's spacesuit blasts past goal
Reboot the Suit was launched in July on the 46th anniversary of Armstrong's first steps on the moon. The campaign aims to put the iconic spacesuit from Apollo 11 back on display by 2020 as the centerpiece in a gallery called Destination Moon that will tell the story of human fascination with the moon from ancient times until very current section, which Lewis said the museum will not write until the end.
Microsoft's Windows 10 testing resumes with a new preview release
Microsoft may have released the final version of Windows 10 last month, but the company is pressing ahead with updates to the operating system. Windows Insiders, testers of Windows, can now access a new preview build of Windows 10 with some minor changes to provide feedback on. Microsoft says it has received a lot of feedback over the color options for Windows 10, and the company is testing a new default color with this new 10525 build of the OS.
Parallels Desktop 11 lets Mac users say 'Hey Cortana'
Developers and power users can also switch to a new Pro edition of Parallels Desktop, which carries the same benefits of the consumer version and additionally offers support for tools like Docker and Visual Studio. It also supports running nested virtual machines, so users can work with a Windows or Linux VM inside a client operating system that they’re virtualizing on their Mac. Pro users who are packing some seriously hardcore hardware can also make use of up to 64GB of RAM and up to 16 virtual CPU cores.
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@verge I don't see the "Whatsapp Web" option on my iPhone app per the instructions. Should probably wait for an update. @WhatsApp
Windows 10: Microsoft lays its smartphone ambitions to rest
Only a handful of Windows apps ship with Windows 10. There’s a useful calendar, a well-done mail app, nice sports, news, and food and drink apps, and a few more as well. They’re all pleasant enough. They’re all useful enough. But I won’t be using any of them on Windows 10, and I’m sure I’m not alone. The mail app isn’t as good as Gmail, especially Google Inbox. I don’t need apps to find news, sports and recipes — I’ve got the Web for that. Google Calendar serves me well, so I don’t need a new calendar. These apps certainly aren’t anything that would make me, or almost anyone else, want to give up an iPhone or Android phone just so I can run them.
This site turns the words you speak into GIFs
Give Giftawk – a simple site making use of clever APIs – access to your microphone, say something and it’ll grab GIFs from Giphy that it thinks represent those words. It’s hilariously addictive:
Google Won the Internet. Now It Wants to Cure Diseases
Last September, Google bought Lift Labs , maker of Liftware—a high-tech spoon designed to help people with neurodegenerative tremors eat. But Google wouldn’t be Google (er, Alphabet wouldn’t be Alphabet) if it was just concerned with addressing the symptoms of disease. Aging itself is another problem it hopes to disrupt. Calico, which is organizationally separate from the life sciences group, aims to maximize the human lifespan by preventing aging. The life sciences division, meanwhile, is focused on staving off diseases that could interfere with Calico’s goal. Neither of those efforts seems very closely tied to Google’s original business model of targeting ads to users based on Internet searches. Now that life sciences have become independent under Alphabet, it looks like they don’t have to be.