Did social media make the situation in Ferguson better or worse?
Twitter is a popular tool for conjuring leftist outrage in America the same way it stirred up the Arab spring and gave rise to worse actors than already existed in the middle east like the muslim brotherhood and ISIS. Fergusson is a perfect example of how activists and community organizers use social media to stir civil disobedience and justify vengeful ‘social justice’ over targeted political issues like police ‘brutality’, but they diminish and completely ignore even trivialize the much bigger problems of inner-city, black on black and gang violence. In this case it’s just another way socialists keep African Americans angry and hopeless with lies, jet puffed historical revisionism and contention.
Doctors, haircuts, even kittens -- now on demand, via your smartphone - CNET
Take Shortcut , an app that dials up on-demand barbers. Irvin Slobodskaya desperately needed a haircut last year. But he had a problem: His busy job didn't let him slip out of the office during normal barbershop hours. Slobodskaya figured others had the same issue, so he came up with Shortcut -- which sends hairdressers to shaggy males across New York City all hours of the day. For $75 (prices drop as more people get cuts), a vetted barber will show up in about 30 minutes ready to trim hair and style beards.
9 apps to help make a crazy Thanksgiving more bearable - CNET
But when the pie is burning, the wine gets spilled on that gorgeous tablecloth and the TV is STILL blaring, it can be pretty hard to feel grateful. There's an app that can help with that called Happier (free for iOS and Android ). When you launch the app, you'll get a list of all the things people have been recently thankful for, and with a simple click you can add your own to the list to be shared with the community. You can "smile" at other people's posts and add your own comments to them. There are also a series of courses, like "More Calm, Less Stress," that you can take now to start prepping for guaranteed happiness on Thanksgiving. (Note: The Android app is brand new and is still lacking some functionality, but the makers are on it and a full-fledged version should be out soon.)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review: Show me your moves
This review has been updated with commentary and a final score following the launch of online play in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the series' 1999 debut, especially when it involves a mix of iconic faces and left-field picks. With fresh contenders, several new competition types and a lite resemblance of Pokemon training in the form of Amiibos, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a meaty talking point that proves the "Who's the best?" debate is still well worth having.
Smash's bouts remain layered – newcomers can focus on throwing basic attacks by combining button presses with tilts of the joystick, learning deep-cut mastery of evasions and timing in-air knockouts as they add matches to their career. Whatever nuances your play style adopts, everyone's victory involves launching opponents from shared platforms, heaping damage on them to make banishing them to the oblivion beyond the screen's edges more feasible.
Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy a Boomer
Trying to buy a tech gift for a Baby Boomer can be tough, partly because that group covers a vast range of ages and types, and partly because, as a group, they already own a lot of stuff. Just for the record, the Boomers are generally defined as the nearly 80 million people born between 1946 and 1964. That means that the Boomers on your holiday gift list could range from 50 to 68, a huge span.
Samsung Takes Eye-Scrolling Technology to Disabled Community
The project, called EYECAN+, uses a sensor mounted below a computer monitor to read a user’s eye movements, with a blink of the eye used to register a click of the mouse to either copy, paste, select all, zoom in or activate another of 18 basic computer functions.
As you can see above in the new “one-click search engines” section in Firefox’s search settings, users will be able to easily show and hide these new buttons. Also notice the “Add more search providers…” link: You will be able to expand the default set Mozilla provides for your country. The company mentions the Mozilla Developer Network, Stack Overflow, Yelp, and dictionary sites as possible additions.
The Flash: "Power Outage" Review - IGN
It’s worth noting that three villains actually factored into this episode if you count the brief return of Girder. Again, I wasn’t fond of how the character was handled last week, but he actually fit in well this time. It was fun to see a bit of role reversal at work and Girder now playing the “hero” instead of the one-dimensional bully. His death gave the Girder/Flash relationship closure (as well as letting Barry off the hook for revealing his identity last week). Did the character deserve to be written off so abruptly? Hard to say, but at this point I’m not ready to assume anyone is truly dead on this show. The same goes for Blackout.
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Twitter to Start Tracking Which Apps Its Users Have Downloaded
Facebook, for instance, also collects some information about which apps users have on their phones, but only for apps that use the company’s software developer kit, according to a Facebook spokesperson. For example, if Candy Crush uses Facebook’s SDK, Facebook could ping people’s phones to determine who has already downloaded the game, helping Candy Crush better target its advertising.
Halo: MCC dev pledges to 'make this right with our fans'
343 Industries head Bonnie Ross sent out her "heartfelt apologies" to Halo: The Master Chief Collection players yesterday, following a fortnight of matchmaking malaise. It's far from the first time the studio's said sorry for the Xbox One compilation's online troubles, but it is the first time we've seen the matter addressed on Microsoft's own Xbox Wire blog. In an open letter to fans, Ross reiterated 343's commitment to fixing matchmaking issues, adding that the developer will "make this right" with its audience.
"On November 11 we released Halo: The Master Chief Collection ," Ross said. "The goal being to create a tribute to Halo fans around the world, and to celebrate the Master Chief's debut on Xbox One. With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection , however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.
"While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection .
IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: Three Ways Social Tools Can Help You Work Smarter
Which is exactly why the disconnect between our work and social lives is so striking. Outside of work, we collaborate up a storm. Social media tops the list of what we do as consumers online. Some 94 percent of people use social tools to learn, 78 percent to share knowledge, and 49 percent to engage with experts. Yet, within the walls of our offices, creative collaboration isn’t yet mainstream. Email still outpaces social interaction by a ratio of 10 to 1 with an estimated 108 billion work emails sent each day — only 14 percent of which are considered to be critical in nature.
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: ZerO Sum Review - IGN
While having prior Borderlands knowledge helps add a bit of context to the relationship between Hyperion and Pandora, why Zer0 is so rad, and just who the hell Handsome Jack is and why he’s so notorious, newcomers will be just fine in Tales. This is mostly thanks to how strong of characters Rhys and Fiona are, and how great it is to be able to shade them in with your own unique decisions. Does your Rhys want people to view him as a fearsome murderer, or a genius with a silver tongue? If your Fiona has a clean shot at a target, does she take it, or would she rather get out of a situation with as a low a bodycount as possible? In the quick duration of Zer0 Sum, I fell in love with my versions of these two characters, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Cult of Mac's guide to the best Black Friday deals | Cult of Mac
How do you know what’s actually a bargain and what’s a cheap marketing ploy? Never fear! We’re keeping our eyes peeled for the very best Black Friday deals, and we’ll be adding them to this roundup. This isn’t a roundup for all of the millions of discounted TVs and kitchen appliances out there, just the stuff we think is really worth your attention. Keep this page locked for sweet savings on tech, entertainment and other cool gear.
What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration | WIRED
Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping. Its batteries are depleted and there isn’t enough sunlight to recharge. But while the lander finished its primary job, collecting invaluable data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta mission is far from over. For many scientists, the excitement is just beginning.
Amazon Adds 10,500 Post Office Parcel Pick-up Points in the UK
It’s probably no surprise that this move comes just ahead of Christmas, but Amazon has today announced an extension of its local ‘PickUp’ locations to thousands of Post Office branches dotted around the UK.
Activision issuing DMCA takedowns on Call of Duty exploit videos
Activision is issuing copyright strikes on YouTube videos that "promote cheating and unfair exploits" within its Call of Duty series, Eurogamer reports .
Gaming network Machinima warned its userbase in an e-mailed newsletter this week that videos showcasing glitches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are currently being targeted for DMCA takedowns, and affected accounts will receive copyright strikes. YouTube users who earn multiple copyright strikes risk having their accounts permanently disabled.
"Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches," Machinima's statement reads. "If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful."
Activision issued a response to Eurogamer claiming that it intends to curb cheating and unfair play within Advanced Warfare 's multiplayer mode.
"We're excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay," an Activision representative wrote. "We love watching the videos ourselves.
How Facebook whizzes made “Look Back” videopalooza happen
Bjedov is a Facebook capacity and performance engineer, but she could find a career in stand-up comedy. For the company’s tenth anniversary on February 4, 2014, the company wanted to offer users (potentially 1.3 billion in all!) a video of their life highlights on the site. Oh, and it had 3 weeks to get it done.
Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice - CNET
When it comes to inhospitable environments, the Antarctic is about as harsh as it gets. For that reason, it has been extremely difficult to survey. Thanks to an underwater robot, though, the British Antarctic Survey has for the first time obtained detailed, high-res 3D maps of the sea ice, including regions that had been previously too difficult to access.
Expanded Dark Souls 2 coming to smite Xbox One, PS4 owners
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The FAA's Drone Rules Are Too Narrow, But They're Better Than Nothing | WIRED
The rules may not take effect for years, the paper reports, and will likely undergo many modifications. But even if the most restrictive version of the rules ends up being passed, Morton thinks it will be an improvement over the status quo, which has made it hard for his company—and many others—to enter U.S. markets. “I’d rather they say you have a pilot’s license than the current lack of regulation,” he says. That said, he does have some misgivings.
Your New Steve Jobs Is... Michael Fassbender
Yes, I think Michael Fassbender is the right guy. This film is apparently going to be filled with heavy dialogue, and that's Michael's strength as an actor - the dialogue, the animation, the emotion. www.fassinatingfassbender.com
How Technology Is Changing Media
Every BuzzFeed post and video is designed for sharing, which explains why BuzzFeed’s traffic is at the forefront of the shift to social.
Facebook’s New Approach to Networking
Facebook, faced with skyrocketing traffic among machines in its data centers, has come up with a new approach to networking called data center fabric that is has installed in its new data center in Altoona, Iowa.
US expresses 'concern' over EU proposal to break up Google - CNET
The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google's search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn't have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region's legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google's competitive practices.
Update - First Look Media
Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.
Netflix Sues a Former Exec -- Now Yahoo's CIO -- For Allegedly Collecting Kickbacks
Netflix says it paid the two companies a total of $3.7 million from 2012 until Kail’s departure, which would mean he could have collected between $450,000 and $560,000. The suit says he funneled the payments to “Unix Mercenary,” a consulting company he controls. Netflix said Kail approved all payments made to vendors.
Sony's new plan means fewer TVs and smartphones, more PlayStations
Sony may know how to build great gadgets, but convincing people to part with money in exchange for them has turned out to be nearly impossible. In the outfit's most recent financial results , its faltering mobile division was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the blockbuster profits earned by the PlayStation 4 . At a recent investor conference, however, executive Hiroki Totoki told the audience that the company has a new three-year plan designed to staunch these losses. In fact, the plan can be summed up pretty simply as "make a lot fewer TVs and smartphones."
Sony Vows to Overhaul Smartphone Unit
TOKYO—Sony Corp. pledged Tuesday to overhaul its money-losing smartphone unit over the next year but with sharply diminished ambitions.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the years
Before Americans dive head-first into their turkey dinners, all TVs will be tuned to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or, for those lucky enough to be in Manhattan to see it in person, you will once again see Snoopy, Kermit, Garfield and their best balloon friends making their way down Sixth Avenue.
Spreading Black Friday Fever to China’s Shoppers
China doesn’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, but American retailers are hoping to convert a generation of consumers in the world’s most populous country into year-end binge buyers anyway.
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Facebook is bowing to more government censorship requests
According to Motherboard, a law firm that looked at the issue of online content in Pakistan came to the conclusion that removing content from a social network like Facebook might not even be legally required, because Pakistani law — like U.S. law — doesn’t hold network service providers responsible for the actions of their users. One civil liberties group said this more or less confirms that Facebook is “overly compliant,” even when the law is on their side.
Sony to cut TV, smartphone lineup; sees growth in PlayStation, image sensors
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years.
21 DIY holiday gifts that anyone would love
You don't have to be a big spender this holiday season to give your friends and family amazing gifts. The best part of giving someone a present is knowing that they're smiling out of sheer joy (instead of pity).
The Best Travel Gear Of 2014
Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small—they’ll ease your neck cramps from sitting in too-small airplane seats; they’ll help you locate that Chapstick in the dark caverns of your bag; they’ll help you track down missing luggage. They're perfect gifts for the season of going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.
TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming
On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as Nvidia’s Grid streamed gaming service , and fashion watchmakers getting antsy about copycat Android Wear watch faces.
Quantum Break motion-captures Iceman, Meriadoc
Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break features a hobbit and an ice-man in the form of Lord of the Rings and Lost's Dominic Monaghan and X -Men's Shawn Ashmore. As Digital Trends reports, developer Remedy confirmed the news after Monaghan inadvertently revealed he was filming for the project with Ashmore. It's unknown which role either actor plays, but given the nature of the game's intertwined connection with its TV show accompaniment, we may see the stars both in live-action and in-game form.
Remedy's time-manipulative shooter launches on Xbox One next year, along with a TV companion series that comes with the game . As Creative Director Sam Lake told us back at Gamescom in his wonderful accent , how you play the game impacts the TV show, including alternate scenes based on the way you react to in-game events.
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Actors Monaghan and Ashmore aren't the only Hollywood talent associated with the game.
GoPro Reportedly Wants To Launch Consumer Drones Next Year
Companies such as Parrot and China-based DJI Technology make some of the most popular drones you can purchase today. At the same time, Amazon is exploring using drones to deliver online orders as part of a new program called Prime Air.
Bitcoin: Decentralized Virtual Currency - OpenMind
To start using bitcoins, you first need a program acting as a wallet to store them. Next, you need to gather bitcoins by receiving a transaction in this currency (payment for a product or service, for instance) or buying it from an individual or exchange using a credit card or bank account. Once you have bitcoins, you can use them to pay distributors and retailers that accept them, or transfer them to anyone you choose. Given its expansion, there is a growing number of points of sale of both virtual and physical products that take bitcoins. This article is not intended to describe how to use Bitcoin in detail, as this is relatively complex and there is plenty of information online about this subject.
One year in, here's what our readers think of the Xbox One
Since the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One launched in North America last year, our readers have had plenty of time to get to know both systems. Last week, we took a look at what you had to say about the PlayStation 4 one year in. Now, we're shining a light on what you think of the Xbox One on its first anniversary. What works and what doesn't? And what still needs improvement?
New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism | WIRED
Rather than recruiting people with autism based on outward characteristics, some researchers are turning this flood of genetic information into an advantage: They are classifying children with autism based on their genetics, and thoroughly characterizing each subgroup to map autism’s landscape as a whole. These ‘genetics-first’ studies, including the one in which Waylon and Geoffrey participate, may help researchers to construct a meaningful taxonomy of autism and understand the source of its diversity. Eventually, such studies may even lead to treatments that address the root cause of a child’s autism, rather than just the symptoms.
With $13M In Funding, Everything But The House Wants To Change The Way Estate Sales Are Run
Everything But The House operates a full-service estate sale service that combines the best of the online and offline worlds to drive efficiency in the process. In other words, the company makes it easy for those who need to liquidate assets, either because someone died or a household is downsizing, or whatever else might cause people to need to sell all their stuff in a short period of time.
Fuel cells in the data center
But mission critical infrastructure like data centers could prove to be a promising market for fuel cells due to a confluence of factors and market timing. As data center operators hone in on power options that increase reliability and provide power cost predictability over decades-long time scales, fuel cells have advantages that will allow them to compete. To be sure, the current market remains small for fuel cells in the data center. But the technology’s advantages, combined with price declines in fuel cells and slowly rising retail utility prices for power, make the next few years a potential point of inflection for fuel cells.
EA Black Friday: Up to 75 percent off 300 games, DLC
Like GameStop , Walmart and Microsoft , EA's digital distribution service Origin will celebrate Black Friday with big discounts on a wide number of items.
Though very recent PC games like Dragon Age: Inquisition maintain their $60 launch prices, slightly older games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 are available at $40. Likewise discounted is Titanfall , which can be purchased for $15. The biggest discounts are seen on EA's classic games. The normally $15 Mass Effect is now available at $3.74 while Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and SimCity 4 are each available for $10. A full rundown of the discounts can be found on Origin .
Though Origin's Black Friday sale is available until December 1, you should keep a close eye on the event once Black Friday rolls around. EA won't commit to anything just yet, but the Origin news feed suggests that even bigger discounts will come on November 28.
Yahoo or Microsoft may replace Google next year as the default search engine in Safari for iOS
Last week, Mozilla decided to replace Google as its default browser, and instead opted for Yahoo. While small, this was definitely a very important victory for Yahoo over Google. However, it looks like the company has its eye set on something much bigger — becoming the default search engine in Apple’s Safari web browser for iOS devices.
The Walking Dead: Are Rick and Daryl Unkillable? The Show's Producer Speaks - IGN
As to whether it would ratchet up the tension on the series to allow either Rick or Daryl to meet their end (despite what may or may not happen with Rick in the comics), Hurd said, "The minute that you start speculating what a particular death would mean, you're taking it out of the context of the creative arc of the story and, once again, putting it in this weird, like, we're doing it to make a point. That's never how we approach the writing of the show."
Sony to Refund Eligible Customers Over 'Misleading' Vita Ads - IGN
According to the FTC complaint , Sony made several false claims about its handheld Vita console during its 2011 to 2012 launch campaign in the U.S. The particular claims the FTC outlined include the Vita's cross-save and remote play functionality, which the FTC points out were only available for certain titles -- a detail they say Sony did not mention.