This Baby Is the World's Biggest Katy Perry Fan [VIDEO]
This baby has the best reaction to hearing Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse.'
Famous People: Facebook's New Elite
Being famous is awesome -- especially if you're on Facebook. Elliott Morgan weighs in on Facebook's exclusive app for celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Whoopi Goldberg.
How Big Data Helps Us Cope With Climate Change
Climate change is a thing. Big data is helping us make sense of it all.
3D Object Manipulation in a Single Photograph using Stock 3D Models
Photo-editing software restricts the control of objects in a photograph to the 2D image plane. We present a method that enables users to perform the full range of 3D manipulations, including scaling, rotation, translation, and nonrigid deformations, to an object in a photograph. As 3D manipulations often reveal parts of the object that are hidden in the original photograph, our approach uses publicly available 3D models to guide the completion of the geometry and appearance of the revealed areas of the object. The completion process leverages the structure and symmetry in the stock 3D model to factor out the effects of illumination, and to complete the appearance of the object. We demonstrate our system by producing object manipulations that would be impossible in traditional 2D photo-editing programs, such as turning a car over, making a paper-crane flap its wings, or manipulating airplanes in a historical photograph to change its story.
Deals With Gold: Dead Rising 3, Ryse permanently discounted
Bringing the new generation of World Warriors to new consoles, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition takes one of the deepest, most sophisticated fighting games of all time online with an arcade perfect re-creation.
Featuring the unique and memorable characters of the Street Fighter III series, GGPO-enabled online allows players to use their technical moves – like the series-defining parry system – in a seamless, arcade-like environment. High-quality, HD-filtered graphics emphasize the smooth animation, a vault of unlockables allow for replayability, and an integrated leaderboard combined with an extensive and viral YouTube Replay Sharing system encourage players to bring their A-game.
Antarctica Station With 13 People Loses Power in Dead of Winter
Antarctica is currently in the depth of its long winter season, with temperatures plunging to nearly minus-67 degrees Fahrenheit, hurricane-force winds and lack of sunlight. This is precisely the wrong time of year for an Antarctic outpost to lose electrical and heating power, but that worrisome scenario playing out at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Halley Station on the edge of the south Atlantic Ocean, where 13 people are currently stationed.
Frozen Director Jennifer Lee to Adapt A Wrinkle in Time for Disney - IGN
Oscar-winning writer-director Jennifer Lee (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph) is set to pen the film adaptation of the 1962 young adult/sci-fi book A Wrinkle in Time for Disney.
Timex And Qualcomm Team Up To Make A Smartwatch For Fitness Freaks | TechCrunch
The watch can “track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through your favorite social media and online fitness platforms” as well as send a “Find Me Mode” alert to friends and family when you’re lost or hurt. It can also send heart rate to family in case of an emergency. Finally, it is water-resistant to 50 meters and doubles as a Bluetooth MP3 player. Timex hasn’t described battery life just yet but it I suspect, given Qualcomm’s mobile chip chops, we should see at least a few days per charge.
Pentax Q-S1 embraces subtlety (pictures) - CNET
Though it's still a tiny interchangeable-lens compact, it has a more refined design and color palette than its predecessor, the Q7.
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What's up with watts; how many watts do your speakers need? - CNET
Amplifier power is one of the most misunderstood questions facing audio consumers. That is, how many watts do we need? The short answer is, if you crave high volume, have wild parties or a huge room, the more, the merrier. Before we go any further, let's be clear on what amplifier power provides: it defines the upper limit of how loud your speakers can play without distorting. So if loudness is a big priority, buy as much power and the biggest speakers you can afford; if you listen at fairly moderate volume, don't worry about your receiver or amplifier's power rating. For most people, 50 watts will be more than enough, and Denon's least expensive receiver, the AVR-1513 , is rated at 110 watts per channel. Watts come cheaply nowadays; sound quality can get expensive .
Cut the Crapware: How to Clean Up Your New Windows Laptop - Personal Tech News - WSJ
1. Buy your laptop at a Microsoft Store.
You can avoid all crapware before you even get your new laptop by buying it from a Microsoft Store. All laptops sold through Microsoft’s retail stores and its website come “junkware-free.” Instead of preloading trial versions of Norton or McAfee anti-virus programs, Microsoft says to just stick with Windows Defender, which is included with all Windows 8 PCs.
Crawl an Entire Domain in One Line - Zillablog
Zillabyte offers a feature known as ‘components’. Components are reusable chunks of scalable code that can be invoked by other people. Think of them as distributed User Defined Functions (UDFs). Because it’s hosted in the cloud, we don’t need to worry about spinning up and provisioning servers. Nor do you need to worry about the intricacies of building a distributed crawler– it’s all taken care of. You can invoke the component from Zillabyte’s Command Line Interface .
Square Enix launching Dargon Quest 4 on iOS today
Square Enix is bringing Dargon Quest 4 to the App Store as soon as this evening. A listing for the game appeared on the New Zealand App Store, which typically suggests the game will propagate to other regions throughout the day, including North America. Square Enix confirmed the iPhone and iPad version of Dargon Quest 4 late last week by including it in the publisher's Gamescom lineup. Dargon Quests 1-3 are, sadly, lost to time, their code consumed by the Great Dracky Infestation of '06.
Ok, obviously, this is just an unfortunate typo, but we thought it was worth a chuckle. What can we say? We're easily amused. Twitter similarly found the story worth poking fun at, using the hashtag #DargonQuestMyGame to collect similar new IPs like Lara Crafting: Tome Raider , Brad , Dante's In Fresno , BioSock , and Fire Embalm .
Dargon Quest 4 first launched as Dragon Quest 4: Chapters of the Chosen for the Famicom in 1990, later arriving in North America in 1992, then taking trips to the PS One and Nintendo DS in 2001 and 2008, respectively. The iOS port costs $18.
Timex launches smartwatch with Qualcomm technology
The device, due out later this year, is made with a chipset from Qualcomm as well as Qualcomm's Mirasol low-power display technology, which can easily be viewed in direct sunlight.
The idea is simple. With UberPool, you share a ride—and split the cost—with another person who just happens to be requesting a ride along a similar route. The beauty, though, is that you still get Uber-style on-demand convenience and reliability: just push the button like before and get a car in five minutes. When we find a match, we notify you of your co-rider’s first name. Even if we don’t find an UberPool match for you, we’ll give you a discount on your ride.
With Lyft Line, Passengers Can Split Fares For Shared Rides | TechCrunch
For Lyft users in San Francisco, Lyft Line will appear as yet another option users can toggle between when trying to hail a ride. When chosen, passengers select their starting point and end point, and the number of passengers they’ll be riding with. The app actually tells passengers the cost of the ride upfront, and Lyft says that fares could be as low as 60 percent off depending on where someone starts or is going.
Microsoft offers its Chinese factory workers a Lumia 630 to quit
Microsoft is offering thousands of Chinese factory workers a free Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone if they apply for a volunteer resignation package. The software maker is cutting around 4,700 jobs at a former Nokia handset factory in Beijing, but the plans have generated protests recently. As a result, Microsoft is trying to tempt workers to resign on a "first come, first serve" basis with an offer of the Lumia 630. The same employees work in the factory helping manufacture Nokia handsets.
Timex set to join smartwatch fray with $399 Ironman One
Computerworld - Timex will ship its Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch in November, starting at $399. The company is already taking orders at its Web site .
Druva Lands $25M In Series D Funding To Expand Mobile Data Protection Strategy | TechCrunch
He wasn’t ready to share what they are just yet, only saying he would have more information in the Fall. For now, he has $25M in additional funds to play with to help develop these new ideas. Druva also plans to put money into expanding the company’s presence in Asia and Europe by adding to the existing London office and opening an office in Tokyo to give them a foothold in the Asian market. He says, today the vast majority of their business comes from the US and he hopes to change that with increased investments in these areas.
Google Just Made It Drop Dead Simple To Unsubscribe From Emails You Don't Want
When a legitimate company that sends a lot of updates, like Groupon, gets too many of its messages marked as spam because users don't want the emails anymore but can't figure out how to unsubscribe, it can cause Google to classify that sender as a spammer. Getting marked as a spammer causes all sorts of delivery issues for the sender.
Can Technology Really Change Your Habits?
A reward will lose its effect over time so to make your behavior long-lasting, the reward needs to be intrinsic, not extrinsic. An intrinsic reward is a sense of achievement that comes from within you, such as the endorphins and pride you feel after exercising. It’s a conscious satisfaction that can’t be taken away. On the other hand, an extrinsic reward is something that is tangible or physically given to you for doing something, such as that piece of chocolate you eat after exercising or the trophy you get for winning a race.
Facebook sued by 25,000 members
"The current climate of data protection enforcement in the EU in the courts and by the data protection regulators, coupled with an increasing awareness by consumers of their rights means that this case could well run its course in the Court in Vienna and achieve a result for Max Schrems and Facebook users," said Robert Bond, a partner at the law firm Speechly Bircham.
Moto 360 Pics And Review Show It Next To The LG G Watch, Confirm Wireless Charging, IP67 Water Resistance, Heart Rate Sensor, And Good Battery Life
Finally, Luca has also penned some thoughts about the Moto 360 following several days with the watch. He explained that he is able to get roughly 2.5 days of battery life on a single charge, as opposed to 1 day on his G Watch for the same usage pattern. Of course, that is based on pre-release software and hardware, the numbers may vary in the final product. He also noted that the band is replaceable and uses a standard mechanism, not a proprietary Motorola one (however, the pins are not clearly visible in the pictures). If true, this would definitely be another box to tick in favor of the Moto 360—you could get any band you want and won't have to be limited by the colors and prices offered by Motorola.
Our Dream of the Connected Home Could Become a Nightmare | Enterprise | WIRED
This may sound ridiculous, but the near future of the connected home could be a total headache. Recent history suggests that's just how tech works: A bunch of upstart companies create novel but similar products. Then a larger company pounces on the burgeoning industry and rolls up the best features into its proprietary ecosystem, dictating the rules for future development and making everything that came before obsolete. All of a sudden, those of us who latched on to an Amazing New Thing find ourselves puzzlingly out-of-date compared to people who waited.
On the Set of the Most Immersive WWII Movie Ever Made
, a roughly 10 minute live-action film following a trio of WWII American soldiers as they carry out a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Rather than rely on the bulky pairs of stereoscopic cameras conventionally used to generate the 3D content we watch in movie theaters, the Jaunt 360 degree camera combines the optical inputs of more than a dozen cameras to create a unified, nearly omnidirectional view of the scene. The only bit you don't see within the virtual environment is the area directly below your point of view, where your torso and legs would be. Instead, it's replaced with the Jaunt VR logo. The algorithm similarly stitches together audio from its binaural mic, which results in Dolby Atmos-like surround sound.
Russian hackers reportedly amassed 1.2 billion username-password combinations
So far, the stash of login information seems to have been mostly used for sending spam. It looks like a record-breaker, and yet another indicator that we need to come up with better ways of authenticating ourselves online.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue Confirmed for Xbox 360, PS3
This has got to be the leakiest franchise in the gaming industry, but hey, that’s just one of the reasons we love it. I can’t quite remember the last Assassin’s Creed announcement that wasn’t presaged by a series of completely accurate rumors, and this latest installment is no exception. The big Assassin’s Creed game this year will be Unity, a massive next-gen only title set during the French revolution, but Ubisoft has long hinted that it had something up its sleeve for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners as well. The company confirmed today that that game will be Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, coming out November 11th.
6 Ways To Make Your Work More Effective, From Entrepreneurs Who Want To Change The World
How do we tackle the big complex problems of our time--problems like climate change, poverty, and health care? Increasingly, change-makers realize that there is no silver bullet. There is no one individual, organization or sector that can tackle the enormous challenges we face. Instead, a growing number of pioneers are taking on the actual systems that cause these problems.
Going My Way? Uber Unveils Carpooling As Its Assault On Ownership Continues
The idea, of course, is to trade some cost savings in exchange for perhaps a bit of inconvenience. Although the app will do the work of locating another rider, someone invariably is going to be picked up first — and dropped off last. But the cost savings are likely to increase the potential customer base. “It’s about working your way to more people,” CEO Travis Kalanick told me on the phone from Italy. He suggested it wasn’t just about people with less money or those looking to save the environment by carpooling, but also geography.
Is tracking engaged time the secret to measuring media effectiveness, or is it just another blind alley?
ProPublica GM Dick Tofel doesn’t think the new trend of encouraging publishers to track “engaged time” is all it’s cracked up to be, but defenders of the metric argue that measuring attention has value for publishers and advertisers
Android "L" Release Will Very Likely Include Multiple User Support For Phones
That trick up my sleeve? Titanium Backup. I kept it up there, with my license key. I bought the app on the dev's site, so instead of an unlocker app, I have a text file. I may not be a user on the tablet, but I bought it with my money, so I think it's fair game I put my Titanium license on it. I'll happily buy a second license for my wife if the dev disagrees, but I think I'm good. Anyway, Titanium has a built-in multi-user. All I gotta do is turn it on for whatever app (it's on an app by app basis, and it works by swapping out the app's data). I name the first data profile Jen, and the second one Nate. She never touches Titanium, so as long as I switch back to hers, she'll never know I was there. Just haven't done it yet. I got an HTC One M8, and the screen's plenty big enough. Honestly I'm not as big a fan of the Nexus 7 as I thought I'd be. Wife loves it, though. She reads manga (comic books) and the bigger screen is perfect for that. For her phone she likes a smaller size, so they are two distinct things for her. For me it's just too close in size. Kind of pointless.
The $400 million container company: Docker closes in on funding round of over $40 million
The cloud darling’s upcoming round of financing comes at a time when the startup has been busy selling off its dotCloud business and has acquired a London-based development shop.
Why I am leaving the best job I ever had
I’m giving you a standing ovation over here for your amazing and unselfish decision. Children are the future and need their parents growing up. I gave up my career for 6 years and was a stay at home mom full time to our only daughter. It was important for me to be there for her and raise her with good strong family values. As a reward, I was able to experience all her first experiences and record them. Her first word, her first steps, using the potty, etc etc. It was a sacrifice because we were in our early 20’s and had no money for any luxury’s like vacation or a new car and we rented a 2 bedroom apt. But I’ll tell you, it was the best quality time that has its rewards. Now she is 20 and in college on a scholarship and just a great person. That is our gift to the world and we are proud. I eased my way back into the workforce after she turned 6 and slowly we build up our wealth to include 3 new cars and our own house. Never regretted the decision to stay home and raise her. I actually miss those days of being poor, because in reality, I was the richest. Good
The Hesse era at Sprint was a 7-year struggle with Nextel and bad network decisions
History isn’t going to judge Dan Hesse’s tenure kindly, but many of the problems Hesse faced weren’t of his own making. And instead of fixing Sprint’s cultural flaws when he took over, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son only reinforced them.
Pinterest Rolls Out Messaging So Pinners Can Have Conversations Around Shared Pins | TechCrunch
Pinterest today is unveiling a new way users can communicate, collaborate and share with one another. With the launch of a new messaging feature, users will be able to keep discussions going on Pinterest around their favorite Pins without having to leave the site or apps.
Shovel Knight sales exceed Yacht Club expectations
(Wii U, 3DS, PC) Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It's a hot mashup of new and old that may remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!
But, between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost.
This is how you'll charge a Moto 360 smartwatch
We've known for some time that Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch will include Qi wireless charging , but Italian blog Mister Gadget has given us a first look at how exactly that'll work. A small dock will hold the Moto 360 in place, allowing it to charge on your bedside table or desk while keeping the display visible and level. There's also a neat animation that consists of a blue circle that slowly fills as the watch charges. It seems like a good alternative to finicky charging cables, but we'll have to reserve judgement until trying the dock for ourselves.
The Unprecedented Hurricane Scenario Playing Out in Hawaii This Week
Hurricanes are not typical occurrences in Hawaii, as the islands are typically protected by ocean currents that bring cooler waters to the surface to the east of the islands, causing storms approaching from that direction to sputter out as they approach. In addition, there tends to be greater wind shear near the islands, which occurs when winds blow in different directions or at different speeds, or both, with height. Wind shear can disrupt tropical cyclones by eroding the tall thunderstorms that wrap around the storm center.
GameStop to simplify trade-ins and offer you more money
Trading for in-store credit nets you the base value for a given game. If you want cold, hard cash it will come at 20-percent less than credit. You can get 10-percent more on both cash and credit trades if you are a member of the Power Up Rewards program. That’s the entire system: four price points relative to the ten possible options in the soon-to-be-previous system.
Foursquare reboots with a mission to destroy Yelp
Foursquare’s new pitch is simple: the self-titled app “learns what you like and leads you to places you’ll love.” The app now serves up custom recommendations based on the places you go (the app passively tracks this), the people and companies you follow, and your “taste,” a new feature which enables users to manually tell Foursquare their personal preferences with tags, like “great atmosphere,” “hipster,” or “spicy.”
Reports: Sprint gives up on T-Mobile merger; CEO Dan Hesse out
About time that Dan Hesse was shown the door, he destroyed the value of Nextel, decimated its workforce and Sprints while he was at it, spent untold Billions on the Netel merger, buying control of the Clearwire, building a piece of crap network, and then abandoning that, and now 7 years after they finally decide to roll out LTE. Getting laid off from that company was the best thing that ever happened to me, worst company I have ever worked for. I have never in my life seen a CEO screw up as bad as Hesse has and maintain his job this long, glad he didn’t get his hands on T-Mobile to screw that company up.
Yahoo names former Netflix exec Mike Kail as its new CIO
Kail — with 23 years of IT operations at Netflix and Attensity under his belt — brings both experience and vision to his new post at Yahoo, according to Marissa Mayer.
Hong Kong court rules tycoon can sue Google for defamation
OMG, while I don’t have much sympathy for Big Business, this is clearly case of the courts misunderstanding search engines. To provide the type of capability people demand (including this “tycoon” no doubt), the capability cannot be fulfilled by a conscious entity: we are not there yet. This action against Google is akin to suing a polling company for publishing results of a public survey showing how people think of someone. I’ve seen all kinds of poll results that show people believe one specific politician or another is dishonest.
One-time e-shopping wunderkind Fab.com is now reportedly hearing buyout offers
The company says it’s already been in discussions with several suitors about a sale, Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg told Forbes in an email message:
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“The goal of Internet.org is to make internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”
When Shakespeare committed word crimes
“Our language is in a manner barbarous,” said the poet and critic John Dyrden in 1693. Other men of letters (and they were all men) fretted that English was unbridled, wild. Meanwhile, the printing press was spreading the Word—or rather the tens of thousands of them. English was changing so fast, some poets feared their works wouldn’t be understood by future generations.
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
“With children, there must be time to establish trust before any intervention http://bit.ly/childtraumafieldmanual @operationsafe”
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Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook | TechCrunch
Business insurance provider Simply Business created this infographic, which is only available here on TechCrunch. Each dot’s size represents the price paid for that startup if it was disclosed. Scroll over them for a link to learn more about the deal. The plus and minus buttons in the top right let you zoom in on specific time periods. Select categories at the top to filter for certain types of acquisitions. The Frequency toggle reveals phases when companies did heavy buying. And you can click any of the tech giants’ logos to view a complete list of their full-scale acquisitions (small acqui-hires excluded). Sorry to our mobile readers, but it’s much easier (possible) to navigate this on the web.
Why work doesn't happen at work
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
(Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)
The Woman who is the Mayor, Bartender, Librarian and Sole Resident of her Town
Meet Elsie Eiler, who you can usually find busying herself in the town’s bar. When her husband Rudy died in 2004, she became Monowi’s last and only resident. Elsie is the mayor of her town, which entails granting her own liquor license to run the Monowi Tavern, paying taxes to herself and producing a municipal road plan every year in order to secure state funding for the village’s four street lights.
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