A Powerful Video Every Ice Bucket Challenge Hater Needs to See
Anthony Carbajal was diagnosed with ALS at age 26, and he has a message for all the Ice Bucket Challenge critics.
5 'Simpsons' Facts You Might Not D'oh! | #5facts
The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom of all time, but a live-action Krusty the Clown spin-off probably would have lasted 20 minutes. Special t...
Josh Brolin Will Always Be a Goonie at Heart
Josh Brolin stopped by 'The Tonight Show' to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic 'The Goonies.'
Swing Copters clones crash as Google cleans up Play Store
Now Google has removed all the clones, including those that purported to be developed by Dong Nguyen, propelling the official game to the top of the search rankings for “Swing Copters”. The game has now been downloaded between 10,000 and 50,000 times according to the store’s download count.
T-Mobile, Sprint Cut Prices After Merger Talks
A few weeks ago Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. were contemplating a merger, and now they are out to steal each other's customers.
Report: Free Play Days appear in Xbox One preview program [update]
Microsoft has a new promotion in store for Xbox Live Gold subscribers dubbed "Free Play Days," assuming a screenshot captured by Reddit users under the Xbox One preview program can be taken at face value.
Redditor JBurton90 posted the above image to the online discussion hub last night. It appears to depict Xbox One game Max: The Curse of Brotherhood , only the cutesy platformer bears the words "Free Play Day With Gold" in place of a price tag. Nearby, Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut are also listed as "free" for Xbox Live Gold subscribers owing to the ongoing and well-known Games With Gold promotion - the same promotion that offered Max: The Curse of Brotherhood to Gold subscribers at no charge just last month.
Though it's unclear exactly what the Free Play Day promotion entails or when it will officially launch for members of the general public, it seems pretty self-explanatory. Presumably, Xbox Live Gold members will be granted one day to play games available as digital downloads through the Xbox Live Marketplace at no charge. Microsoft has yet to officially acknowledge the promotion, though a recent tweet from Xbox Support confirms the validity of this report and claims that the company will offer more information shortly.
Sorry, Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted
Hidden among the document's 1,222 pages is article 306, which covers The Human Authorship Requirement: "The U.S. Copyright Office will register an original work of authorship, provided that the work was created by a human being," the record said. "The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants."
Ryan Seacrest's Typo sold thousands of BlackBerry-style keyboards in defiance of court order, faces contempt charge
A judge ordered Typo to stop selling a keyboard for iPhone because the product appeared to violate BlackBerry’s patents. Ryan Seacrest’s company kept selling them anyways, a court order shows.
Inside The World's Most Intriguing (And Probably Only) Futurist Bar
The Long Now Foundation supports a 10,000-year clock project, a digital library of human languages, and research to bring back species from extinction. It's not exactly your typical foundation. Since setting up shop at its current location in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center in 2006, Long Now has offered visitors a peek at its work in a small on-site museum. But the office/museum space was kind of boring. It certainly wasn't representative of Long Now's focus on futurism and long-term thinking.
With Enlitic, a veteran data scientist plans to fight disease using deep learning
Jeremy Howard, the former president and chief scientist of predictive-modeling platform Kaggle, is back with a new startup he thinks can revolutionize medical diagnostics using deep learning. There’s a lot of work to be done, but a lot of reason to be optimistic.
Report: Production Glitch Could Hamper iPhone 6 Launch
As always, Apple is not commenting on this or any other rumor or report relating to its upcoming product releases. From our perspective, it's likely both iPhone 6 models will be unveiled on September 9. The x-factor here will be product delivery. If any of these supply issues are true, Apple could introduce a longer window between announcement and availability or possibly stagger delivery. It could also use a third product, say the rumored Apple iWatch as a kind of distraction from any iPhone delays, especially if it's available for purchase after the iPhone 6 4.7-inch model, but before the larger 5.5-inch smartphone.
Researchers Teach Smartphone Camera to Act as Depth Sensor | MIT Technology Review
The Microsoft team says it wanted to use the reflective intensity of infrared light as something like a cross between a sonar signal and a torch in a dark room. The light would bounce off the nearby object and return to the sensor with a corresponding intensity. Objects are bright when they’re close and dim when they’re far away—intuitive to us when it comes to visible light. But the group needed to train the machines (in this case a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and a Microsoft LifeCam Web camera) on that relationship, so the camera could determine if it was seeing, say, a large hand in the distance, or a small hand up close.
Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers | TechCrunch
Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both display ads from Amazon as well as other “high-quality” advertisers.
Are we in a mobile app glut? Report says most US phone owners aren't downloading apps
This info is helpful I hope to a lot of companies. I believe that if we create apps that truly solve a problem or make our customers’ lives easier, they will download and use them. “Think before you app” is a basic premise. Avoid rushing to create a meaningless app just to have an app. Avoid an app that makes a process slower or less intuitive than an existing process or tool or in-store experience. Take your time to do the research, test a concept and if you create a winning idea based on careful preparation and testing, go for it. The best ideas are often not the jazziest or cool ones at all. Then be sure to communicate the major benefits of the download continuously and improve it over time with user feedback.
Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit | TechCrunch
Google has acquired Gecko Design , a firm operating out of Los Gatos, Calif., to help with its Google X special projects laboratory. The acquired company has done design work for a number of high-profile clients, including Aliph (Jawbone), Dell, HP, Slingmedia, OLPC and FitBit. It did all of the mechanical design work behind the original activity tracker FitBit debuted at TechCrunch50 in 2008 , according to its online portfolio.
Nick Bilton on Twitter: Well that was quick! The Ice Bucket Challenge is now a Halloween costume. http://t.co/0IaqiNL3ly
Hope % proceeds go to ALSA! “ @nickbilton : Well that was quick! The Ice Bucket Challenge is now a Halloween costume. pic.twitter.com/bEvZVXeXAb ”
The Evolution of the Headphone
From their roots in Nathaniel Baldwin's kitchen, through the technical innovations developed by Eugen Beyer, the headphone up until this point had primarily been used for radio communications.
Microsoft Miracast dongle spotted at FCC ahead of Lumia event
A casting dongle for Windows Phone 8.1 is great for starters, but there may be more to this than just smartphones. Microsoft also built Miracast support into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. That means the upcoming Microsoft Miracast dongle should also work with your laptop, desktop, or Windows tablet.
Apple finds some iPhone 5 units have battery problems, opens replacement program
This Friday afternoon, Apple has opened up an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after discovering that a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” The iPhone 5 was originally launched in September 2012, and Apple says that the affected units were sold between that month and January 2013. Apple’s support website includes a tool to check if your serial number belongs to a faulty iPhone 5…
Google forced to add steering wheel to driverless cars - Telegraph
Google has been forced to add a steering wheel and pedals to its driverless
cars because of new rules on testing which demand that a human can take
control in the event of a software mishap
Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update
MS14-045 was originally composed of two separate "packages," one pegged as 2982791 and the other as 2976897. The former -- the fix for the font problem, and the one Microsoft told customers to uninstall -- has been removed from Windows Update.
Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program.
Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet
Harris isn’t railing against these things, though. He doesn’t prescribe fewer internet hours or complain much about “kids these days.” Instead he acknowledges that his worries stem mainly from his anxieties about his own behavior. Like many of us, Harris checks his email on his phone first thing in the morning. “When you wake up, you have this gift of a blank brain. You could fill it with anything. But for most of us, we have this kind of panic. Instead of wondering what should I do, we wonder what did I miss. It’s almost like our unconsciousness is a kind of failure and we can’t believe we’ve been offline for eight hours,” he says. It is habits like this that are insidious, not the internet itself. It is a personal thing.
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The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooks
Every revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. Compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf , the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine , served as a “monument from a more humane and confident time” (or so its upper classes believed), and a “time capsule…. In 50 volumes.”
Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL | TechCrunch
Want to turn something on YouTube into a GIF, but don’t want to futz with downloading third-party apps or digging around for an online converter?
Microsoft’s Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30 | TechCrunch
Windows 9 has been leaked, and seems to show a backing away from the aggressively touch-focused Windows 8, with a mini start menu and dropping of the Charms bar, but we’ll get a better look September 30, according to the Verge . The blog reports Microsoft is planning an official unveiling of what’s next for its desktop OS for that date, with a technology preview available for early adopters following quickly after that.
The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
35 Innovators Under 35 | 2014 | MIT Technology Review
Everyone on the list was nominated either by the public or by MIT Technology Review ’s editors. Some got our attention when they were picked by our international publishing partners as Innovators Under 35 for their regions. After our editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists, outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list.
The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart
My 5-year-old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word that he has trouble with: last night the word was “gratefully.” He eventually got it after a fairly painful minute. He then said, “Dad, aren’t you glad how I struggled with that word? I think I could feel my brain growing.” I smiled: my son was now verbalizing the tell-tale signs of a “growth mindset.” But this wasn’t by accident. Recently, I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach.
Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party
The author mentions tea partiers wanting to use violence just because they didn’t get their way. Well what do you think Lincoln did when his war killed 600,000 people. (Their were many legal channels he could have proposed to end slavery instead of War? There is a Constitutional Amendment process for a reason. Also, a lot of other nations phased slavery out gradually or provided compensation for slaves. I know the South fired the first shot, but prior to this they had asked the Union to leave the South and instead of doing so Lincoln reinforced fort sumtner, which would have been considered an act of war.) He continued to violate the Constitution throughout the war by suspending Habeus Corpus for newspaper editors who opposed him. Lincoln basically started the mess we have today with big central government, paper money, an over reaching executive branch. I also believe if you consider the fact that England was considering helping the South until the Gettysburg Address that Lincoln only really cared about the slaves when it was to his political advantage. Meaning freeing them with the Gettysburg address framed the debate around slavery and in turn ensured England wouldn’t help as they had just outlawed it in their country.
Why Google doesn't care about college degrees, in 5 quotes
It makes sense. When a company finds a whiz kid, the last thing they
want to hear from HR is: "Well, she doesn't have this-or-that, so she
doesn't qualify to that spot, and she's not going to accept an assistant
job, soooo you better make a few phone calls, buddy. Good luck." Google is not opening the
floodgates for one minute. They're simply operating against their own
Murphy's Law that creeps up within any bureaucracy that can scare off a
perfectly clear opportunity to get a winner on the Google payroll. Besides, why work for Google when you do business with them? Get off the coffee & donut employee mentality! :)
Why a deep-learning genius left Google & joined Chinese tech shop Baidu (interview)
Across the globe people have immense respect for Dr Ng. Is he one of the leading figure of the machine learning. Certainly he is. But he is not "the only one". There are tons (with due respect) of researchers who are doing ground breaking research. An honest question, who/ how many would have cared to hear if Dr Ng is going from Google to Baidu or anywhere else. People would have cared more if he would have offered a new course at coursera. So, is it a big deal he changing to new company, of course not. But guess reporters need to write something about, and Baidu needs some way to get press coverage. Is he gonna change the world by joining Baidu? of course not. Would he have changed world by educating more young people? may be. Please do not disregard contributions made by other researchers (before you start worshipping one person, the current state of ML advancement is a cumulative effort). I am tired of hearing this argument about bureaucracy. Are you telling me that a company like Google would hire a smart fellow like Dr Ng and make him wait for hardware, given the fact how much revenue his new experiments can possibly bring to the company? Dr Ng started coursera, which helped thousands.
Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S. | TechCrunch
In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its name to Asia.
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Salesforce Innovation Secrets: How Marc Benioff's Team Stays On Top
A key to Salesforce’s success has been its ability to move into bigger companies, selling to enterprise-class large customers who require more modifications and attention than a small or medium business, analysts say. Today, the company’s enterprise business is run by David Rudnitsky, a serial entrepreneur who took Benioff three meetings to hire 12 years ago. “We were having dinner at the Four Seasons and I mentioned the word CRM and how Siebel Systems [a competitor acquired by Oracle] had been over-sold and under-delivered. And Marc said to stop saying ‘CRM,’ that I wasn’t getting it,” Rudnitsky recalls. “He said look at the room, at the lights and the chandeliers. He said we were building a utility, a power plant like for those lights, or how I’d disrupted the browser at Netscape. Right then in 2002, I thought, ‘That’s a visionary.’”
E-COMMERCE AND THE FUTURE OF RETAIL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected.
Kobe Bryant's Twilight Saga
B ack in the States, if all goes as planned, Bryant will, a little more than two months from now jog down a tunnel in Staples Center, acknowledge a cheering crowd and play in his first NBA game since fracturing his left kneecap last December. It will mark his 19th season in the league, a career during which time he has won five titles and one MVP award, and logged more minutes than all but 12 men in NBA history. Barring any transactional miracles, his most-talented teammates this season will be Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle. Naturally, Bryant is certain that this makeshift crew is capable of greatness. “I hear people say, ‘They don’t have a championship team,’ ” Bryant said a week earlier, while peering out an eighth-floor window at the Beverly Hills Hilton. “Yeah, maybe from your perspective”—and here Bryant pauses, narrows his eyes—“but Boozer does this, Jordan Hill does that, Lin adds that. What’s the best way to put all these pieces together and use them to win? That’s the puzzle to figure out, and if we can figure out that puzzle, we’ll shock a lot of people.” Bryant was at the Hilton on this afternoon to promote an upcoming Showtime documentary, for which he is an executive producer.
The Magic Butter-Softening Knife We've All Been Wishing For
A new butter knife called The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp has a built-in grater to aerate and soften butter before you spread it. No more unblended clumps of butter stubbornly sitting on your bread. No more bread with giant holes resulting from your failed attempts to spread butter.
THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System
Sort of. iBeacon is not an off-the-shelf beacon that retailers can buy and install in their stores (at least not yet). Apple has filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission, which suggest that the company wants to manufacture iBeacon hardware. Currently, iBeacon is a system built into the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system that lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When iBeacon identifies a beacon, it can wake up relevant apps on someone's phone, even when an app is closed and not running in the background. Additionally, iPads and iPhones can act as beacons; they can emit beacon signals to wake up apps on other iOS devices.
Google Launches Photo Sphere Camera App On iOS | TechCrunch
Google has just launched a new photo application for iOS users called Photo Sphere Camera , which allows you to take 360-degree photos, then publish them to Google Maps or other social networks. The app is an expansion of a feature that was previously available via Google’s Android operating system , and shipped on the Nexus-branded smartphones.
Move Aside Twitter Timeline Haters, Business Wins
Still, despite declining engagement rates, Twitter's advertising revenue per 1,000 timeline views continues to increase. This metric — along with others — becomes a core part of how Twitter can convince advertisers to pay for promoted tweets and other ad units.
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Bert Vogelstein’s Liquid Biopsy Blood Test for DNA Could Stop Cancer | MIT Technology Review
Vogelstein says his ultimate goal is to turn the blood tests into a way to routinely screen everyone for cancer. The Hopkins researchers believe they have a version of the test that can do that. Instead of tracking a few key cancer genes, they sequence a person’s entire genome using DNA from the blood sample. This lets them count how often chunks of genetic material are misplaced or appear scrambled. A large amount of rearranged DNA is a molecular side effect seen only on the chromosomes of cancer cells—a tip-off that cancer is present. But a full genome sequence is still expensive. “If a person has cancer, you don’t mind spending $5,000 on a DNA test. But you can’t have a test that costs $1,000 that you can do at an annual physical,” says Vogelstein. “The goal is to get the technology cheap enough to use in screening.”
Eight charts that put tech companies’ diversity stats into perspective
In recent months, there’s been a spate of tech companies publishing their staff demographics. We’ve taken the liberty of turning all of them into pie charts — for gender — and bar graphs — for ethnicity — for easy comparison.
21 Ways Kristen Wiig Is Your Drunk Spirit Animal
It doesn't matter if your alcohol-fueled personality is overly touchy or totally TMI, you will find a boozy bond with Kristen.
RoboThespian: the first commercial robot that behaves like a person
Inquiries received by Engineered Arts on what their robots can do have varied from the quirky to the bizarre. An insurance company contacted Jackson to ask whether robots could be used to interview people who felt uncomfortable talking about their medical problems with another person. An underwear company got in touch to find out if they could use a robot to stress test underwear that they were having durability issues with. Another query came from the Middle East where a group was looking for security guards to be based outside a desert compound armed with guns to ward off intruders. "We didn't want to do that," said Jackson.
PARC Researchers’ Invention Could Revolutionize Electronics | MIT Technology Review
Although now at a very early stage, the technology could lead to novel kinds of computing devices, such as high-resolution imaging arrays made from tiny ultrasensitive detectors assembled by the million. Because printers can deposit materials on different substrates, this technology could be used to make high-performance flexible electronic devices, tiny sensors festooned with dense arrays of diverse sensors, or 3-D objects with computing functions woven in, says Janos Veres, who manages PARC’s printed-electronics team. And the approach could make it easier for more people and small companies to design and manufacture custom computing devices.
PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps | TechCrunch
Mobile commerce today is still challenging with complicated checkout flows that see users bouncing between screens, and having to tap out their personal information on tiny screens and keyboards. PayPal today is hoping to change that with the release of a new product called One Touch for merchants and app developers.
Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments | TechCrunch
In the summer of 2008, I was in Paris delivering a mobile payments presentation to the CEO of a French bank. At the end of the meeting, he asked me when we would see more than 50 percent of retail payments transactions in developed markets go through mobile. With unbending confidence, I responded that within the next five years the majority of consumer transactions in developed markets would originate from mobile devices. I was wrong.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Takes the Ice Bucket Plunge, Challenges Apple, HTC and Nokia Phones
@dmon Gruber is right. Up to about 10 seconds in, the phone's clock (at the upper right) shows 2:16 and the homescreen shows 2:16. At about the 10 second mark, the ice cube changes position, and the phone clock now shows 2:50, but the homescreen still shows 2:16. There's obviously some fakery going on. What do you expect from Samsung marketing anyway? :-)