Did Apple Just Rip Off OK Go's Music Video? [VIDEO]
The band OK Go is claiming that Apple did not think differently enough when creating the lead-in video for Tuesday's iPhone 6 launch event.
What drove spike in public comments on net neutrality? Likely, a comedian
While some evidence suggests that the amount of news media coverage mirrored that of the public’s comments on the FCC's proposed net neutrality policy changes, our analysis found that more likely drivers of comments were grassroots efforts, as well as John Oliver's 13-minute segment on net neutrality that aired on cable television and found a large online audience.
The Weather Channel's Forecast for 2050 Veers Closer to Doomsday
A video from The Weather Channel provides a fascinating glimpse into the future as global warming increasingly affects U.S. weather extremes.
Rosetta and Philae snap selfie at comet
CIVA, the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser, is one of ten instruments onboard Philae. The CIVA-P part of the instrument comprises seven micro-cameras that will take a 360 degree panoramic image of the landing site at visible wavelengths, once Philae is safely on the surface of 67P/C-G, including a section in stereo. CIVA-M is a visible/infrared microscope imager/spectrometer that will the study the composition, texture, and albedo of surface samples.
Design Is Changing How We Dress
Deep inside a Victoria's Secret store--one of two within a block of each other on this stretch of Broadway in downtown Manhattan--Michelle Lam is holding up a sea-green push-up bra. As two white-haired women nearby puzzle over offerings from the Fabulous by Victoria's Secret collection and a twentysomething paws through a bin of thongs (five for $26.50), Lam squeezes the mound of padding, looking simultaneously disgusted and excited. Lam, 35, is the founder of True&Co., an online retailer that's using the power of data to improve the bra-shopping experience for women. Today's field trip counts as opposition research: Victoria's Secret accounts for more than half of the $11 billion U.S. intimate apparel market. According to True&Co.'s data, however, only one in five women is actually looking for the kind of bras that Victoria's Secret is selling—which to Lam represents an opportunity as big as the cleavage staring down at us from photographs on all sides. True&Co. wants women "to look at themselves in the mirror and feel like the most beautiful version of themselves, which is what a beautiful bra does," she says, pointing to a photo of a Victoria's Secret Angel.
Apple event overshadows unflattering news at Snapchat, Tinder
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the company noted in its release that Brown “originally came up with the idea of creating an application for sending disappearing picture messages” while he was a student at Stanford University with frat brothers Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s now CEO, and Robert Murphy, its chief technology officer. The three men worked together on the early stages of Snapchat’s development. Brown had brought a lawsuit against the two men and the company in which he claimed that he was unjustly booted from Snapchat, which was recently valued at about $10 billion . Brown had been seeking about a one-third stake in the company.
IDF 2014: Intel Edison Development Platform Now Shipping
First announced back at CES, Edison is a development platform for Intel’s burgeoning Internet of Things development initiative. At just over a postage stamp in size and containing a dual-core Atom CPU and a Quark CPU, Intel is hoping to jump-start development of tiny internet-connected x86 devices by providing a complete platform for developers to use in their devices. Edison in this sense is closer to a platform on a chip than a system on a chip; it not only contains the processors and RAM, but also the wireless components, right on down to the antennas.
Your Network Is Already Hacked, But LightCyber May Be Able To Save You | TechCrunch
LightCyber is already working with “dozens” of customers and has a strategic partnership with Check Point Software to provide breach detection and response for the security giant’s customers. In a statement, LightCyber said it would use the capital from Battery to expand its sales and marketing efforts in the U.S. as it looks to attract more retailers, banks, and other prime targets for security hacks.
Google Voice Integration Finally Arrives in Hangouts
As Android Police points out, some users have confirmed Google Voice integration is active in Hangouts. There are still some kinks to iron out (Android Police speculates that some features still need to be rolled out as part of Google's typical "Update Wednesday"), but the promise to send and receive SMS and voicemail seems to be finally coming true.
Deezer enters US market with Elite lossless service - CNET
Deezer joins Tidal in offering lossless streaming music for the US and UK markets, but for now Deezer Elite will only be available to current Sonos owners or anyone who purchases or installs a new Sonos speaker. The service isn't available yet for those who want to try Deezer without going through Sonos, according to spokesman. "We're currently focused on launching against our targeted segments in the US, prior to a general market launch," spokesman Jeff Koo said. He added that Deezer has all the necessary rights licensed to launch fully in the US, and its entire catalog of 35 million songs will be available to US listeners.
Microsoft said to be buying the maker of 'Minecraft' for $2 billion
Update, 9:51 p.m. : Bloomberg reports that the deal is more likely to be wrapped up next week . According to Bloomberg, talks between the companies began when Persson reached out to Microsoft a few months ago to explore the possibility of a sale. Microsoft believes it can make Minecraft more profitable by increasing its user base and doing more licensing agreements for toys and movies, the report said. Perhaps of greatest interest to Minecraft fans is that Persson will stay with Mojang through its transition to Microsoft but plans to leave beyond that, according to Bloomberg.
Apple payments service may boost sales of larger iPhones
(Reuters) - The addition of a mobile payments service to Apple Inc's next iPhone could help to boost sales of the larger-screen phones and claw back market share lost to mobiles running on Google Inc's Android platform.
Apple rolls out new iCloud pricing, adds 500GB and 1TB options
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how Apple’s pricing compares to not only Dropbox, but Google Drive, too. While the tech giant’s iCloud pricing may now be a little more competitive, its $19.99 monthly fee for a terabyte of space is still double what Dropbox is charging. And like Dropbox, Google Drive’s terabyte fee also comes in at $9.99 a month.
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FishingBooker Helps You Book Fishing Trips | TechCrunch
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LaCie's d2 Thunderbolt 2 Can Be Upgraded With Extra SSD Storage
But if that isn't fast enough for your needs, the d2 Thunderbolt 2, which will come in three, four, and six terabyte capacities, can also be upgraded with a 128 GB SSD that can be easily installed by swapping out the drive's rear panel. You end up sacrificing that USB 3.0 port, but you gain an additional 128 GB external drive (that's how your computer sees the SSD) with transfer speeds of up to 1,150 MB/s. So if you're working on a particularly large project in Photoshop, you can temporarily move the project files onto the high-speed SSD.
'Destiny' Crosses $500 Million On Day One, Biggest New Video Game Launch Ever
For context, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V sold $800 million on its first day back in September of 2013, making it the best-selling video game of all time. The game crossed $1 billion in just three days. Most importantly, GTAV sold through $800 million to consumers, not just into retail stores.
T-Mobile Announces Wi-Fi Calling and Texting for Every Customer
To enable this, every new smartphone sold by T-Mobile will come Wi-Fi-enabled for Wi-Fi calling and texting (the feature must be built-in by manufacturers.) Additionally, all of the carrier's existing customers have the ability to trade in their existing device for one of the new Wi-Fi-enabled handsets via the company's Jump program.
Interview: Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Work, Family, And Why "Women Are Often Selfless"
Women suffer a chronic and constant pull to the lowest-wage jobs in their industry. Women often have to ramp off their careers or change jobs. When someone has a baby and no paid leave, she may have to leave her job. She may have to ramp off her career because her mother is ill or dying and needs 24-hour care. She may reduce hours when she's got an ill family member or a child who needs constant care. Across industries and professions, because there's no structural support for women in the workplace, they're often pulled down into lower-wage jobs and jobs with less responsibility. Two-thirds of all minimum wagers are women, because of all this stop-and-start and pulling down. So while we want to look toward shattering the glass ceiling, we also need to try to create policy change to support all women in the workplace so that all can rise.
Inventors transform Dutch boy's dead rat into a flying dead rat drone
A 13-year-old Dutch boy wasn't prepared to say goodbye to his dead pet rat — so he transformed it into dead pet rat that flies.
Pulling the plug: Apple's Watch a boost for wireless charging
"All the companies are working around the clock to figure out how to pull in that technology and make sure it works," says Pavan Pudipeddi, CEO of PowerSquare, which in July launched a charging pad using Qi which allows users to recharge multiple devices. Pudipeddi welcomed the launch of Apple's Watch with wireless charging. "Others will feed off that and it's good for the technology in general," he said.
Passwords For 5 Million Google Accounts Leaked
A database was uploaded to a Russian bitcoin forum (where else?) late Tuesday, but the list appears to contain many outdated logins.
The Workplace Of The Future Is Still The Office
On the other hand, those who work only part of their time from home, or on the road, are estimated to be a much larger 45% of all U.S. jobs. So, the idea of organizations with most of their employees working from practically anywhere they want is still a distant vision for the broader economy. More accurately, the idea of a significantly virtual organization with no need for office space, or everyone sitting in co-working spaces, is not the reality for the majority of companies. And it won’t be for a while, if ever.
Put a wing on it: how one company's smart wing could change San Francisco's ferries
The pair developed a wing that attaches to ferries and stretches 45 ft high, spans 10 ft from front to back, weighs roughly 600 pounds, and can rotate a full 360 degrees (as opposed to conventional sails with 140 degrees of movement). When switched on, a satellite tracking system, vessel data recording (VDR) and a GPS system animate the wing, optimizing its positioning. When switched off, the wing has minimal drag. Gardner and Jenkins envision a hybrid system, in which the wing doesn’t replace motors, but makes them more efficient.
Apple unveils iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch display
Bravo Apple…you release yet another phone that’s been anticipated for more than a year and it surprisingly isn’t a whole lot different than previous phones. Doesn’t it bother anyone that Apple’s phones really haven’t changed much in more than five years? The iPhone 3 isn’t much different than the 4,4s,5,5c,5s and now the 6. I’ll tell you one thing, I will never again own an apple product that isn’t jailbroken. It’s amazing the things Apple prevents you from doing that come stock on all android phones. And all of it’s just so they can come out with a “new” and “better” version. A little secret: your iPhone 4s is capable of doing so many of the things the 5s can do…Apple just doesn’t want you to be able to do those things. Team jailbreak all the way.
Facebook Tests Post-Delete Scheduling Feature
“We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”
Will Ferrell Challenges Gamers to Help Cancer Charities - IGN
The funding goal for the project is $375,000 USD, with all proceeds going to the charities. Everyone who donates to the campaign will be entered into a drawing, with the grand prize being an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to San Francisco on October 26th to play games with Ferrell on a Twitch livestream. It will be a one-time livestream that will not be rebroadcast.
Ubisoft Mexico lets slip possible Nov. 18 date for Watch Dogs Wii U
Update : Ubisoft confirmed a November 18 release date for Watch Dogs on Wii U. That's for North America, with Europe locked in for November 21. Ubisoft's press release notes users can bring up a "detailed and interactive" map of Chicago on the GamePad, and that off-TV play is also supported.
Original Story: Ubisoft Mexico may have let the Watch Dogs out a bit early, with a now-removed Facebook post pinning the game's Wii U release date for November 18. That's a Tuesday, the day of the week games are typically released in North America, and company CEO Yves Guillemot has already slated the Wii U version for November .
According to IGN's translation , the Facebook post noted that players can use the Wii U's GamePad as an interactive map of the game's Chicago setting, or simply as a controller.
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As for what to expect from the open-world adventure on Wii U, we've yet to hear much. Back in March, Senior Producer Dominic Guay told Polygon that Ubisoft Romania was working on the Nintendo version independently, and looking at how to best incorporate the GamePad.
Internet Slowdown Day Reduces Net Neutrality to a Pop-Up Ad
With the comment period coming to an end on the Federal Communication Commission's proposed broadband traffic regulation, the Internet attempted to mobilize itself for a day of reckoning to show just how bad things could get. Nobody would fault you if you haven't noticed.
Apple Watch Battery Life May Be Its Achilles Heel
During the event, the company's CEO said, "[Apple Watch] can be worn all day, for any occasion." But as more details emerge, it's becoming clear that the device's battery won't last much longer than that one day.
2-Hour Refund Window For Paid Apps And Games On The Play Store Is Officially Official
Around a month ago, we reported that Google had seemingly changed the refund window for paid apps and games on the Play Store to two hours. We tested our theory extensively, and 2 hours was the figure we landed on repeatedly. Now, the change is official: Google has updated the refund policy for paid apps and games on the Google Play support site to reflect the change to a two-hour window.
What Apple Pay and the Apple Watch Say About Tim Cook
The Apple Watch is clearly Ive's baby, and Cook was more than happy to name him first when he thanked the many people who made it happen. Ive has also been speaking publicly much more than he used to under Jobs. Under Cook, Apple's lieutenants (senior vice-president of senior engineering Craig Federighi and senior vice-president of Internet software and services Eddie Cue included) have risen, and there's no shortage of people offering up visions.
The Apple Live Blog Reality Distortion Field
For its big technology announcement of the year, Apple has gotten into the live blog game. Apple has long live-streamed its events, and that hasn't stopped news sites from adding live blogged coverage. But this year, the Apple PR team went a bit further, mimicking media coverage with its own stream of the events happening on stage, peppered with pictures and tweets. It's like a live blog from your favorite tech blog , but brought to you by Apple with all of Apple's internal images and videos, share buttons included. While journalists scramble for decent iPhone photos of the new Apple Watch to post to their feeds, Apple runs its arsenal of crisp promotional imagery. It's hard to compete with.
Apple’s New Mobile Wallet Lets You Pay With a Tap of Your iPhone | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Instead of a card, Apple Pay uses the iPhone 6, the larger iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch announced today. Want to make a payment? Tap your phone at a retailer’s payment terminal. The phone uses a combination of NFC, Touch ID, and a secure chip called the Secure Element to complete the payment. To add a card, simply snap a pic of it using the iPhone’s camera. After verifying with your bank, the card is added to Passbook. Apple doesn’t store the number, or transfer it to the merchant during a transaction. Instead, it has a device number that’s relayed during payments along with a dynamic security code. If you lose your iPhone, you can use Find My iPhone to suspend payments for that device without having to cancel your credit card.
The Top 25 Xbox 360 Games - IGN
The Metroid School of Design teaches philosophies that many games have abandoned in recent years, but Shadow Complex’s politically driven thriller story uses it magnificently. Backtracking with new skills to open new areas allows players to discover darker secrets about a shady organizations true intentions. Its twin-stick shooting and varied player abilities create intense, awesome scenarios where speed, platforming, and twitch reaction is essential to surviving small encounters or huge boss battles. Shadow Complex is the closest thing we have to a traditional Metroid game, and it has plenty of unique style to call its own. This was a defining Xbox Live Arcade Release at the time, and it remains an essential, unforgettable Xbox 360 game. – Mitch Dyer
China is building islands in the South China Sea
Suppose you’re a rising superpower with your eye on some ocean territory, but all the good islands are taken. What do you do? You could go to war, or you could build your own islands.
Philips bests Beats at its own game, announces Lightning-connected headphones
While Apple’s iPhone 6/ Watch event did indirectly dispel the rumor that Apple might kill off the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack on its devices entirely (the photos show it’s still there), it did nothing to address the idea that a Lightning-connected headphone might be in the works, Beats or otherwise. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on Apple for that, because Philips has now confirmed it has produced the first Lightning-connected headphones, and that means we can expect to see many more of them surfacing in the near future.
Six unanswered questions about the Apple Watch
Apple focused a lot on the look and functions that the Apple Watch can fill, but didn’t give us a whole lot of information about its specs. We still don’t know what resolution the screen is running at, or how big the battery is, or what kind of processor is powering the device. The back side of the watch has a battery of four different sensors, but we don’t have a lot of details on them. Apple teased a little bit of information about a new custom chip a called S1, but what separates the S1 (which Apple refers to as a System In Package, or SiP) from the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips powering similar Android Wear watches?
Scientists find mysterious species that defy all classifications of life
The enigmatic beings have scientists puzzled because they don't fit in the current classification of life. The paper's abstract says that their relation to other species is a "question still under debate," so they have left their classification as incertae sedis. The scientists who made the discovery say that new specimens should be recover to make molecular analysis to find the relation with other existing species—if any.
Wall Street Is Really Into Apple Pay; Apple Watch, Not So Much
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Don't call the Apple Watch a smartwatch, even though it has the same challenges they do
But the iWatch? What need does it serve? Nothing. The cellphone has killed the watch industry. Need to know the time? Ask someone for the time and observe what they do. They pull out their cellphone, tap it, and tell you. I’ve seen this done by even people WEARING a watch! So are you … is anyone going to carry around another devise to perform a function that your cellphone already provides you? Some geeks and Apple fanboys will but not the average person. This isn’t even the ill-fated Blue-Ray that online streaming services made irrelevant. It is just more junk you have to carry around that duplicates what your cellphone already does and does better at.
Bitcoin Wallet And Platform Coinbase Opens To Europe | TechCrunch
In a really big deal for San Francisco-based Coinbase, one of the world’s leading Bitcoin wallets and merchant processing platforms, the startup is opening its doors to European customers in 13 countries.
[Update] Allscripts Ex-CEO Glen Tullman Launches Livongo Health At Disrupt, Backed By General Catalyst | TechCrunch
Initially backed by Tullman’s own 7wire Ventures, General Catalyst joined the company’s list of backers earlier this year and both General Catalyst managing director, Hemant Taneja, and Bonatsos will take seats on the company’s board. “We’re excited to partner with Glen and team to help accomplish their mission. We think that companies like Livongo can reduce healthcare costs by $100 billion in diabetes alone,” said Taneja in a statement.
Google Launches Applause Tool for Hangouts on Air
In a screenshot (below), you can see a chart in the lower quadrant of the video ‘Hangout’ simulating audience feedback in real-time. The orbs shift position vertically and are colored green, blue, pink and red to denote how people’s opinions are changing. As the viewer, you can hammer either a green or red thumbs up/down icon at the bottom of the screen to participate.
Price Warriors: Sprint Debuts $50 Unlimited iPhone Plan
The carrier is also introducing the "iPhone for life plan," where customers can get an iPhone and unlimited service for a total of $70 per month with zero down, provided they give it back to Sprint after 24 months. That means they'll be paying a total of $480 for the device, with the other $200 or so of the iPhone's value presumably made up for by Sprint refurbishing and reselling the older devices. That will net out to $1,680 over two years.
Here's How Long It Took Us to Complete Destiny's Story - IGN
It's possible that the Bungie Mobile App is misreporting our in-game stats, but even if this is the case, our early experience with Destiny taught us that completing the story demands significant grinding and character configuration to keep abreast of the difficulty. Obviously, every player is going to move at the individual pace they're comfortable with, but it's reasonable to conclude that most folks are going to spend a significant amount of time in game before seeing the end.
Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million | TechCrunch
Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 billion.
Apple designed a custom typeface for the Apple Watch, just like Google did for Android
Typefaces are a funny thing: to the untrained eye, they can be difficult to tell apart, yet they can make a world of difference in the design and usability of a product. Apple recently swapped Helvetica for Helvetica Neue in iOS and Lucida Grande for Helvetica Neue in OS X Yosemite — but for the Apple Watch , it went a little deeper.
Tim Cook accidentally name drops 'iWatch' in ABC interview | Cult of Mac
Now we know that even Apple called its wearable “iWatch” internally, thanks to an incredibly rare slip-up by CEO Tim Cook.
Why You Should Ditch Your Wallet for Apple Pay
Third, and most important, is the security that Apple says it will use to ensure your payment information stays safe. Instead of storing your credit card data on Apple's servers, Apple Pay information will remain on your device. But instead of a credit card or debit card number, your iPhone or Apple Watch creates a unique Device Account Number (DAN) and uses that to perform the transaction. The DAN is stored within the steely confines of the device's Secure Element, a dedicated chip for storing valuable information. According to Apple, the Apple Watch also sports a Secure Element and can store your payment information independently.
TED: Ideas worth spreading
TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
Listening to shame
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
The habits of happiness
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.