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A timeline of the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the Web since 1989.
Adorable Dog Returns Lost Items for KLM Airlines
KLM Airlines has enlisted the help of an adorable beagle to help reunite passengers with items left on planes.
All Your Fall TV Questions, Answered
What do you want to know about 2014's fall TV lineup?
Its Audacity Undiminished, Udacity Raises $35 Million To Train A New Generation of Developers | TechCrunch
As its push to transform education through technology begins to show results, massively open online course provider Udacity is announcing a fresh $35 million financing from a global group of investors to take its vision worldwide.
iPhone camera evolution: How does the iPhone 6 camera compare to previous iPhone cameras?
This is the best side-by-side comparison of phone models and I have ever seen. It’s intuitive, accurate and fast. I just can’t figure out how you were able to get the same picture taken, presumably at the same time, we have many cameras. I see no discernible difference in terms of perspective, as if they were taken a few inches apart. Can you tell us how you did it? I’m guessing you used a remote method to trigger the shutters, such as clapping your hands or making a loud noise… is that right? I assume you took four phones and laid them side-by-side with four more above them? For both video and photo still use, do you know of another phone that has a distinctive advantage over the iPhone? If there is a significant difference in the video realm, some may choose that over the iPhone.
Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat Was a Marketing Stunt to Shut Down 4Chan
The original website surrounding the false leaks, EmmaYouAreNext.com, threatened to release nude photographs of the 24-year-old actress and included a clock counting down to Saturday at midnight ET. The person who posted the website said it was in retaliation for Watson's well-received speech that she gave at the United Nations on Sept. 20.
iPhone 6 Plus Review: The Best Tablet I've Ever Used
I constantly worry that I'm going to drop the damn phone. I've dropped it three times already, thankfully onto carpet, and thankfully only while it was inside a case. I just can't find a good way to use it with one hand, which rules out using the phone any time I need to be multitasking. I guess that's okay. And while the 6 Plus does technically fit in all my pants pockets, it creates such a huge bulge that I worry it will tip off thieves. After all, I can barely hold onto the device with a single hand, so I'm going to be pretty damn vulnerable for that split-second when I pull it out of my pocket.
Tastemade review - CNET
The best way to get started with Tastemade is to browse videos made by other people. Watching a few videos will give you a sense of the pacing and help you come up with ideas for good shots. You'll quickly see that some people have a flair for being on camera, but even when they don't, the app's step-by-step process manages to make just about anyone look good.
Taiwan government investigates Xiaomi on potential cyber security concerns
The probe is a reminder of the scrutiny Chinese technology firms are subject to abroad as governments become increasingly wary of potential cyber security threats from the world's second-biggest economy. China's government and companies are frequently accused of cyber and industrial espionage.
Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch coming to US this fall
Samsung said late Tuesday its Gear S smartwatch will hit the US market “this fall,” with the four major carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – all offering the device.
PRSS Digital Magazine Platform Acquired By Apple | TechCrunch
Prss launched in 2013, and was the result of the work of the founding team’s creation of Trvl, one of the first iPad newsstand magazines. It was the first iPad-exclusive newsstand publication when it debuted in 2010, and featured a photo-rich design. Trvl won multiple awards, garnered very positive reviews in iTunes and was featured in a Tim Cook keynote speech during WWDC in 2012. Prss was designed to leverage the expertise Trvl co-founders Jochem Wijnands and Michel Elings into an open platform any iPad magazine publisher could use.
Spoof Apple site touts bendable iPhone 6 as a plus - CNET
Bendable bug reported by several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users has already triggered a bit of satire at Apple's expense.
The 11" MacBook Air Giveaway | iPhoneHacks Deals
Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11" MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop!
If You Put An iPhone 6 In Your Pocket, It May Not Come Out The Same Shape
While it’s possible that the thinner, larger iPhone 6 may be more apt to bend under pressure -- we've reached out to Apple for an explanation, but have yet to hear back -- this new generation isn't the first to encounter complaints. Some users of the iPhone 5 and 5s reported the same problem, and Time reports Android owners have experienced similar horrors .
Square-shaped BlackBerry Passport launched with a focus on business pros
The phone is available from BlackBerry's online store, without a contract, for $599 in the United States. It's also for sale in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, and is coming to 30 other countries by year-end. As for U.S. carrier support, only AT&T is on board, selling the phone for $249 with a two-year contract. The Passport will be available through all three major carriers in Canada.
Is the iPhone 6 Plus easy to bend? Video says yes
Is the iPhone 6 Plus easy to bend? Video says yes
If you notice your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is a little bent out of shape when you pull it out of your pocket, you may not be seeing things.
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Why There Won’t Be an Android BlackBerry (Hint: Security)
As I reviewed the BlackBerry Passport, I had the same thought over and over again: Why doesn’t this American-cheese sized screen just run Android?
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "Shadows" Review - IGN
Another issue SHIELD had early on was that fully half of the initial six-member team were tech-minded, young agents who were unprepared for combat, which really frequently undercut the idea of this being a truly formidable group. But this new team seems designed to push back on that in a big way. Besides Triplet sticking around, the new additions of mercenaries Lance Hunter (played by the amazingly named Nick Blood) and Alphonso 'Mac' Mackenzie (Henry Simmons), plus a clearly more confident and capable Skye, made SHIELD 2.0 feel way more ready for action in the opening scenes, as they followed the lead of the always-cool Melinda May. It was also great to see Lucy Lawless by their side as Isabelle "Izzy" Hartly, even if it wasn't going to last long.
Take a listen to the first ever concert using only 3D-printed instruments
The age of 3D printing is well upon us. As new applications seem to be sprouting up daily, students from Lund University in Sweden found a whimsical way to show the new technology has staked its ground in the everyday world, playing the first-ever concert to be put on with strictly 3D-printed instruments, according to the university . The instruments were designed and printed by Olaf Diegel, a 3D-printing maestro and professor at the university.
Apple fixes HealthKit bug with release of iOS 8.01, but new problems already reported
The new version, 8.01, fixes a number of problems, chief among them a bug in Apple’s consumer health data platform HealthKit.
HotelTonight Pivots Beyond Same-Day Booking As Competition Heats Up | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has obtained an email sent from HotelTonight to one of its hotel partners, showing that the startup is planning to let users book hotel rooms up to seven days in advance, although it will continue to offer same-day bookings as well. The new model will let hotels set different prices for same-day and advance booking on different types of rooms, increasing the chances of selling out inventory.
SimilarWeb Debuts An All-In-One Analytics Suite For Web, Mobile Web And Apps | TechCrunch
SimilarWeb, a startup taking on web measurement services like Alexa and comScore, is now expanding its intelligence platform to include the world of native mobile apps and mobile web, in addition to desktop web. The move brings some much-need competition to the space where industry leader App Annie now dominates, having already bought out its closest rival through the acquisition of Distimo this May.
SolarCity breaks ground on huge solar factory in New York, strikes deal with state
Solar startup Silevo, which SolarCity announced it would buy for $200 million this summer, previously had a deal to be an anchor tenant at a new manufacturing hub at the RiverBend site, and that hub is owned by the State University of New York’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Through the acquisition, SolarCity took over that deal and has now agreed to work with the state to spend $5 billion over the course of 10 years to build out and operate the factory, creating local jobs.
Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World
On a high school auditorium stage in front of a packed house on the evening of August 6th, a goth magician named Dan Sperry dressed in ripped black jeans and platform boots swallowed a few razor blades, then pulled them from his mouth daisy-chained on a string. He picked up a grotesque baby doll, made it pee on his face, then spat the pee back on the baby before throwing it away. Doves appeared from nowhere, vanishing to bursts of flame and a grinding soundtrack of Incubus. During the finale, Sperry sawed through his own neck with a piece of floss. At some point during the emo-metal haze, it occurred to me that I might actually prefer a stuffy old man in a tuxedo waving a magic wand.
Wireless Plans Add New Twist to Net Neutrality Debate
The FCC has so far said the Internet rules it is developing would apply only to wired networks. Recently, though, Federal Communications Commission Chairman
has indicatedhe is looking seriously at expanding so-called "open Internet" rules to cover wireless providers in some fashion. During an FCC round table on the topic last week, Mr. Wheeler specifically questioned how wireless carriers should be allowed to manage their networks differently than wired broadband providers.
BuzzFeed's Data Offers Hope That People Read Before They Share
But also, maybe we are (hey, I only promised hope). These results only apply to BuzzFeed and only to Facebook sharing. The rest of the Internet could, theoretically, still be filled with terrible mindless social media chatter. The results BuzzFeed shared with us only break down time spent reading in relative terms. So even though the data indicate people who share spend more time reading, that's still a long way from saying that they read until the last sentence. It could be that people who don't share spend on average one second on an article and the people who do share spend on average about two seconds on the article.
What Makes for a Brilliant Book Cover? A Master Explains | WIRED
Ideally, every dust jacket is unique to the book it’s wrapped around. But the realities of the marketplace often dictate how experimental a design can be. Mendelsund will have more interpretive freedom for a small volume of poetry, for example, than he does for a hotly anticipated piece of new fiction. “If you spend a lot of money on a book or an author, then you ratchet up the scrutiny the jacket’s under a lot—a hundred fold,” he says. “If this author got a big advance, then you’re going to have to jump through some flaming hoops with the jacket.”
Skyhook plays the beacon game, building context into its Wi-Fi geo-location platform
For instance, if you enter a department store, that store’s app on your phone would wake up and alert you to the shoe sale going on the second floor. But since Skyhook’s geo-location capabilities aren’t tied to a specific business’s beacons, it can put a geo-fence around anything that might be relevant to a particular app – as long as there are nearby Wi-Fi signals to detect. So a ticket booking app on your phone could wake up whenever you’re near any movie theater and show you current film listing and screen times.
Hands on: Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements Hit Version 13 With Deep Upgrades
Whereas some might consider color splash effects a tad cheesy, I’m actually pleased with Adobe’s implementation of a similar concept. Instead of choosing one or two items to color in a bed of monochrome, Photoshop Elements’ B&W Color Pop feature lets you pick from four default colors or choose your own. You can also decide how much latitude the color will have within the image without having to brush in the color at every instance. B&W Color Pop gives a nice, balanced and unified look to a picture.
Amazon Is Working On A New Device Where You Can Order Products By Pressing A Button
Amazon is testing a simple WiFi device that could be placed in the kitchen or a closet, allowing customers to order products like detergent by pressing a button, one of the people said. Lab126 is also interested in wearable devices, the other person said. Both sources stressed that such devices may never come to market.
Bloodborne demo defeats players at PAX Prime, TGS
Recent public playtests indicate that From Software's Dark Souls series successor Bloodborne is shaping up to be just as difficult as its predecessors, DualShockers reports .
During Tokyo Game Show last week, producer Masaaki Yamagiwa and marketer Yasuhiro Kitao revealed that less than one percent of players at PAX Prime were able to complete the Bloodborne demo. Only 20 out of approximately 3,500 players were able to kill the Cleric Beast boss and complete the quest at PAX Prime. Around 40 out of 1,250 attempts at TGS were successful.
Dark Souls fans who thrive on challenge may take these results as a positive sign, as the series has traditionally focused on gameplay that require patience, preparation, and a willingness to learn through failure. Bloodborne launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on February 6, 2015 .
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Bloodborne (Gamescom 2014)
Destiny State of Service: Week Two
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
tinyCam adds Android Wear support
TinyCam Monitor has released an update for their app which includes a nifty new feature: Android Wear support. Now you will be able to view your security camera feeds on your smartwatch. While smartwatch screens aren’t exactly great for viewing video, having the ability to check your camera feeds quickly could be a lifesaver. Imagine getting… Read more »
Meet Engadget's new buyer's guide picks: The iPhone 6, Moto X and more!
Here at Engadget, we make good on our promises. So when we say we're going to be updating our buyer's guide more frequently, well, gosh darn, we mean it. Roughly two months after we re-launched the guide, we're adding a bunch of new gadgets, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus , the new Moto X , HTC One M8 for Windows , the Acer C720 Chromebook , the NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet and the Moto 360 smartwatch. Of course, we also had to remove some of our original picks to make room for the new ones: The new, 5.2-inch Moto X takes the place of the old 4.7-inch one , while the Moto 360 overtakes the Samsung Gear Live -- formerly our favorite Android Wear device. We're also getting rid of all the BlackBerrys for now. That's not to say BBM hold-outs should switch operating systems, but until we get to try the new BlackBerry Passport , we're going to refrain from including those older models. Check out our guide right here , and stay tuned for more updates next month -- who knows what we'll be adding then!
BlackBerry goes for qwerty keyboard, again, with Passport smartphone
Indeed, BlackBerry has millions of legacy qwerty keyboard users worldwide and hopes to satisfy their need for an updated device with a faster processor and a large, vivid display. Younger professionals also have shown an interest in using a physical keyboard in a smartphone, said Trudy Koen, director of product marketing at BlackBerry. She said one unnamed U.S. carrier conducted a market survey that showed younger customers were interested in buying a qwerty smartphone.
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President Obama on Wednesday charted a muscular new course for the United States in a turbulent world that includes threats by the Islamic State.
Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
Now that you've signed up for email or text message updates about the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're one step closer to getting the health coverage you need. We'll send you tips and alerts that will help you stay on track to get health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs.
iCloud.com could gain Photos app ahead of Photos for OS X release
With the release of Photos for OS X not slated until early next year, it seemed that there might be no way for Mac customers to view pictures from their iCloud Photo Library without using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A few different screenshots and error messages, however, reveal that Apple could soon be adding a Photos app to iCloud.com.
Lego Big Bang Theory set could be their geekiest ever | Geek-Cetera | Geek.com
Alatariel’s Big Bang build is packed with awesome decorative touches you’d recognize from watching the show. From the whiteboard to the Rubik’s cube tissue box to the iMac you never see used, it’s all there. You probably wouldn’t see everything included if Lego decides to greenlight the set (like the awesome statuettes of Batman, Green Lantern, and The Flash). All those unique bits add extra cost, and Lego tries to maintain a fairly consistent pricing structure.
“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.”
16 Unfortunate Misuses of Punctuation
National Punctuation Day is Sept. 24. To celebrate raise awareness we've gathered some of the funniest, most unfortunate examples of poor use from around the world. Take a browse though the gallery, and then brush up on your grammar skills here .
Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates
"The Forest Service needs to rethink any policy that subjects noncommercial photographs and recordings to a burdensome permitting process for something as simple as taking a picture with a cell phone," Wyden said. "Especially where reporters and bloggers are concerned, this policy raises troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment."
Internet Trolls Threaten To Release Nude Photos Of Emma Watson After Feminist Speech
The thing is, Rantic might not even exist . The company claims to have been hired by celebrity publicists to campaign against the leaking of celebrities' nude photos. But Business Insider reports that Rantic is actually part of a larger online hoax. "Rantic Marketing is a fake company run by a gang of prolific internet spammers used to quickly capitalize on internet trends for page views," writes Business Insider.
Got a meeting? Take a walk
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
Innovation By Design Awards 2014
The conference is a forum for the newest thinking in the field of design. Healthy debates among domain experts are mingled with fresh ideas from the forefront of business and culture, featuring luminaries ranging from iconic CBS/PBS newsman Charlie Rose to Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. Where is design headed? Scroll down to learn more about our lineup of speakers and the day’s agenda. Later that evening, the winners and finalists of our third annual Innovation By Design Awards will be announced. The awards have become the preeminent honor bestowed on innovative solutions in the world of design and business. Winners and finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special design issue of Fast Company magazine.
11 Tips to Keep iOS 8 From Destroying Your Battery Life
Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion powering your everything-machine happy if you follow a few simple rules.
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review
Not everyone agrees with Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s conclusions—particularly the contention that the impact of recent technological change could be different from anything seen before. But it’s hard to ignore their warning that technology is widening the income gap between the tech-savvy and everyone else. And even if the economy is only going through a transition similar to those it’s endured before, it is an extremely painful one for many workers, and that will have to be addressed somehow. Harvard’s Katz has shown that the United States prospered in the early 1900s in part because secondary education became accessible to many people at a time when employment in agriculture was drying up. The result, at least through the 1980s, was an increase in educated workers who found jobs in the industrial sectors, boosting incomes and reducing inequality. Katz’s lesson: painful long-term consequences for the labor force do not follow inevitably from technological changes.
Cheap Drones Give Farmers a New Way to Improve Crop Yields | MIT Technology Review
It’s part of a trend toward increasingly data-driven agriculture. Farms today are bursting with engineering marvels, the result of years of automation and other innovations designed to grow more food with less labor. Tractors autonomously plant seeds within a few centimeters of their target locations, and GPS-guided harvesters reap the crops with equal accuracy. Extensive wireless networks backhaul data on soil hydration and environmental factors to faraway servers for analysis. But what if we could add to these capabilities the ability to more comprehensively assess the water content of soil, become more rigorous in our ability to spot irrigation and pest problems, and get a general sense of the state of the farm, every day or even every hour? The implications cannot be stressed enough. We expect 9.6 billion people to call Earth home by 2050. All of them need to be fed. Farming is an input-output problem. If we can reduce the inputs—water and pesticides—and maintain the same output, we will be overcoming a central challenge.
Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling
"They've kept it small. The payload weighs only about 15kg. Compare that with the complexity in the payload in Maven and that will explain a lot about the cost," says Britain's Prof Andrew Coates, who will be a principal investigator on Europe's Mars rover in 2018.
Library User Quiz
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Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make 'Gravity'
Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, is expected to last about six months before it runs out of fuel. It won't land on Mars, but will use five scientific instruments to gather data about the planet's surface and atmosphere. The 3,000-pound spacecraft isn't as technologically complex as those launched by the US and Russia, but reaching orbit is no small feat. As Modi said during today's press conference, only 21 of the 51 previous attempts to reach Mars have been successful.
50 years of Moog, the analog synth that still beats 1s and 0s
As Moog’s Theremin hobbyist skills improved, he formed the R. A. Moog Co. with his father. The pair began by selling Theremin parts, and later, the instrument itself, both as fully completed models and kits. This would continue for a number of years—through 1957 during his time at the University of Columbia and Queens College, where he pursued a joint degree in electrical engineering and physics, and into 1958, when Moog began graduate studies at Cornell University. In 1963, Moog moved his business from the basement of his house to a storefront in Trumansburg, just north of Ithaca. He intended to become a fully fledged manufacturer of Theremin kits.