Battling robots want your help spreading metal mayhem - CNET
"Producing a professionally produced show is only our first goal for this Kickstarter," the campaign page states. "If you help smash that goal, we'll add more to this project that will really bring you into the action, like including a behind-the-scenes professional documentary featuring as many of RoboGames' 54 events as possible: suspense-filled robot hockey, androids who play soccer, tiny nano-sumo robots the size of a quarter fighting in an arena the size of a salad plate! We'll take you with us for an up-close examination of these amazing robots, along with interviews by the intrepid inventors from around the world who built them."
Your Prototype Should Take Less Than 90 Days to Build
When you have a great idea, it’s tempting to let your mind run wild with all the features you could add. But until you have a solid user base that wants those features, they aren’t necessary. In fact, they’ll only muddy your product.
It's OK To Worry About Ebola In NYC. But You Shouldn't Panic. Here's Why.
Cute diagram. However, as one who have used NYC subways for 46 years, you are sort of missing the boat here. (no pun intended) One need not “lick” the pole to catch Ebola. New Yorkers are concerned for a reason. Should one with Ebola travel on a train standing, sit near or opposite others and sneeze, cough that can be a problem. Should one carrying the virus leave somehow leave his or her “bodily fluids” on the pole or door of the train and someone else happens along and holds on to that very pole or door, that can be a problem. You have only to ask a New Yorker who ended up with a flu, virus or cold from a fellow passenger riding NYC subway. While people do not intend to leave their “bodily fluids” behind them, it happens more than not.
Victims of Online Harassment Describe Their Experiences
40% of internet users have personally experienced some form of online harassment, from garden-variety name-calling to more serious examples like sexual harassment and stalking. Respondents who have personally experienced online harassment were asked to elaborate about their most recent incident in their own words. A selection of their quotes is featured below. Read more about online harassment in the full report .
Tom Davenport on Hadoop, Big Data and the Internet of Things - Part I
Tom: Well, GE are betting a couple of billion dollars on the industrial Internet saying, "We used to be a big iron company, but now we're a big iron and big data company." They told me that their devices all had sensors in them and now they needed to start extracting the data and making sense of it. The problem that they've faced is that there are almost as many different data formats as there are sensors; there's no common standard. I recall discussing the development of the RFID standard with Sanjay Sarma of MIT. He worked in the lab that coined the term the Internet of Things . Sanjay told me that it took around 15 years to agree on a common standard for RFID data, but he was hopeful that new standards will be agreed upon much more quickly.
IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: How An Energy Company Is Using The Cloud To Create A Greener India
Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.
Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford | TechCrunch
“Google DeepMind has hired all seven founders of these startups with the three professors holding joint appointments at Oxford University where they will continue to spend part of their time,” Hassabis notes in his blog post. “These exciting partnerships underline how committed Google DeepMind is to supporting the development of UK academia and the growth of strong scientific research labs.”
Will the check-in survive? Foursquare’s controversial relaunch, by the numbers
Put a fork in them, they're done. Earning that #Failsquare moniker people are dropping all over the internet. Unbelieveable. They've managed to turn the unconditional love of their core base of loyal users
into vitriol. No one who downloaded Foursquare last year and checked in
a couple hundred times is posting nastygrams to their Facebook, it's
that core base of long time users with thousands of check ins. All 4SQ had to freaking do was bring most or all of the
gamification of the old 4SQ to Swarm, and there would be no vitriol. It
would, however, still be the ugliest app design ever. Foursquare will
not make it to see 2016.
Program | WSJ.D LIVE
At WSJDLive, leaders from both established and emerging tech companies will explore the most compelling tech opportunities evolving around the world. Through dynamic on-stage interviews, intimate roundtables with experts on cutting-edge topics, and interactive events, WSJDLive participants will connect with peers in an environment of unparalleled discussion, debate and global discovery.
Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out of China
Privacy concerns have emerged as a crucial issue for Xiaomi, which has grown in less than five years to be ranked as one of the largest smartphone makers in the world by market share in the second quarter of this year. As it seeks to further its international push, it will likely continue to face such worries as long as it keeps its data stored in China, a country that is frequently accused of cyberwarfare .
Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind | WIRED
Think you’re too busy to learn another language? Well, you’re not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding job leaves plenty of time to learn some serious Mandarin.
UberHEALTH will be available today, October 23, in Boston, New York and DC from 10 am until 3 pm EST, and Uber users can request this service within their Uber app. Upon arrival, users will receive a flu prevention pack and the option to request a flu shot from a registered nurse for up to 10 people – all at no cost. Even better, for every shot given, Uber will donate $5 to the Red Cross to support vaccination efforts for children including its Measles & Rubella Initiative.
Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany | TechCrunch
The US firm has not revealed how much it paid for the Hamburg-based startup, but it says it will begin integrating content from the service into its German site soon. Already, however, a notice at the bottom of restaurant-kritik.de explains that the company is “a project of Yelp Ireland Ltd.”
Now Open - AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region - EC2, DynamoDB, S3, and Much More
( case study )
was first attracted to AWS by, as they say, the "fantastic technology stack." Empowered by
AWS, they have developed an agile deployment model that allows them to deploy new
code several times per day. They can experiment more often (with very little risk) and
can launch new products more quickly. They believe that the new AWS Region will
benefit their customers in Germany and will also inspire the local startup scene.
B&O Has a Stunning New High-End Bluetooth Speaker
Bang and Olufsen is usually best known for audio equipment that costs more than your car. But now, it's decided to create something that normal people can afford—its first ever portable Bluetooth speaker.
Microsoft tweets 'joke' about raises (really) - CNET
The official Microsoft developer account decides to make fun of CEO Satya Nadella's recent faux-pas in suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises.
Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support | TechCrunch
Android Wear is getting its first big update , with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home.
Google search finally adds information about video games
Google has expanded its search engine with the capability to recognize video games. If your query references a game, a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of Google’s search results page will offer more information, including the series it belongs to, initial release date, supported platforms, developers, publishers, designers, and even review scores.
Android Wear watches can now do more without a smartphone
You can now pre-order the Sony Smartwatch 3 which has a GPS radio and, thanks to the latest version of Android Wear, works for location-based apps without a phone. All Android Wear watches now function as standalone music players too.
Behind Twitter’s Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop
Twitter’s toolbox for app makers is designed to help mobile developers deal with common headaches such as fixing bugs, figuring out how to monetize their apps and easing pains around confirming user identity on mobile devices. One feature called “Digits” will give app makers a way to verify users by phone number. Sending a text message to “verify” users can become expensive, with users or developers bearing the cost of each text. With Digits, Twitter will leverage its existing network of relationships with wireless carriers to provide the service for free.
Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December
I pay. But I also disapprove of this move. It means fewer users. The model for nearly every successful web project (Facebook, instagram, whatsapp, everything) has been to lure users via some mechanism and then once the user base is sufficiently large introduce some pay feature (or method to monetize their users' addictions) - enhanced subscriptions, advertising (or ad opt-outs), extra content, something. This move will move any growth in the opposite direction. The only defensible position is that the free users exceed paid users and that it is impacting service to paid members. If that is the case, free can be futher limited by stream quality, etc. Also, I concur with other posts. If you're a XBL member, this should come "free." I am also an XBL subscriber. A bump in price to cover this would be fine.
Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases - CNET
Speck's CandyShell Inked iPhone 6 cases are due to ship soon (we received an early sample) with striking new designs. The Inked was one of our favorite cases for the iPhone 5/5S and it's also a winner for the 6 and 6 Plus.
'Bloodborne' Hands-On Impressions
The biggest and most obvious changes are two-fold; the lack of a shield means the emphasis is on dodging attacks, which in turn leads into the lock-on and quick step mechanics. In that once you are locked onto an enemy your standard Souls combat roll switches to a far lither orbiting quick step. This means you need to be more spatially aware, as once an enemy reveals themselves you then have the chance to lock-on to them and dance around them with oversized and decidedly pointy weaponry. These quick step mechanics aren’t for show either, as outright avoiding enemy attacks is a key element now.
The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer
Indeed, it's smaller and lighter than the iPad Airs and feels more portable. It also rivals Apple's tablet in performance -- on paper, anyway. If Google wants to prove it can be a serious productivity tool, this is the company's golden opportunity. The Nexus 9 is packing a dual-core 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, but don't let the number of cores fool you: We've already seen a glimpse of what the first-generation K1 can do, and it was a fantastic performer. The new Nexus comes with the next-gen Denver K1, which comes with 64-bit support and is supposed to be even more powerful.
GTA: San Andreas Really Is Coming to Xbox 360 - IGN
Astute gamers may have noticed that the Xbox Originals version of the game available in the Xbox Marketplace has gone missing. Rockstar explained the removal as a sort of out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new. While the original version will never be available again on the Marketplace, Rockstar has gone ahead and made it available as a purchasable game through the Games on Demand service starting October 26.
Bitcasa nixes unlimited storage plan as it upgrades its infrastructure
The updated storage plan comes at a time when Bitcasa has been busy upgrading its storage infrastructure to make it faster to use and more stable and scalable. As part of the upgrade, users will need to download new Bitcasa apps and then migrate their old data to the new platform. They have until November 15, 2014 to do so or they will lose all of their data.
Google Teams up with Oxford University to Advance AI Research
Google has joined forces with the University of Oxford in the UK in order to better study the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the areas of image recognition and natural language processing.
China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future | MIT Technology Review
In anticipation, the nation is building a storehouse of genetically modified crop strains for future use. China sees this as a way of protecting its long-term security. In fact, the country is the world’s top public spender on genomics and genetic modification of crops, says Scott Rozelle, a China scholar and food security expert at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. “Certainly we [the United States] aren’t doing much—and the big multinationals aren’t doing much right now in terms of spending on plant biotech research,” Rozelle says. “And yet China continues to do it.” So far China has been able to feed itself, so there is no impetus to deploy this new technology, he adds. “Yet they continue to pour money into it. Are they doing it for the love of science? They are putting away for a rainy day—or a non-rainy one. And when that day comes, I think they will have more GM technologies than anyone.”
The Queen Tweets! Or Does She?
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said it was unlikely the queen would be tweeting on a regular basis. The British monarch doesn’t have her own account. Nor did the queen type the historic tweet herself, the spokesman said. “The queen approved the text and then subsequently sent it,” he said.
IGN on Twitter: "Nintendo is really going all out in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: http://t.co/DIB8OKIIOg http://t.co/IT6fcge2nI"
@ekourtis “ @IGN : Nintendo is really going all out in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: http://trib.al/VeIYlrH pic.twitter.com/dqpIX7xhwp ”
Facebook built a forum platform for your smartphone inside the new Rooms app - The Next Web
In the 1990s and early 2000s I was the member of a couple car forums. First Honda forums and then a Subaru forum. I used these forums mostly for technical information. Where to buy used engines and transmission, the best gas for turbo-charged vehicles, how to remove the airbag on a Del Sol without it exploding in my face.
Here’s why you only have a 0.2% chance of getting hired at Google
Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7,000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock joined in 2006 from General Electric, Google’s hiring process was even more daunting—especially since the company’s future was by no means a sure thing.
iPad Air 2 unboxing photos and first impressions
These are some of my first impressions. I will be bring some more interesting tidbits of the iPad Air 2 shortly. Overall, the new iPad Air 2 represents an evolutionary improvement over the original iPad Air. If you’ve the original iPad Air, then I wouldn’t recommend upgrading to the iPad Air 2, however if you’ve an iPad 4, 3 or 2, then the difference would be quite significant (lighter, thinner and faster) and would be worth the upgrade.
Nanako learns new swears in faux Persona 4 Platinum
Persona 4 Platinum might not be real, but that doesn't mean Atlus can't borrow a few ideas from this biting fan-made spoof. Spending Chanukah with President Tanaka sounds delightful.
Microsoft sees Surface revenue soar to $908M in Q1 2015, Xbox console sales grow 102%
“Customers are embracing our latest technologies from Surface Pro 3 and Office 365 to Azure and SQL Server,” Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in a statement. “Through great execution by our sales teams and our partners, we have been able to deliver our truly differentiated value to the marketplace.”
In a Boost for Automation, Robot Hand Uses Static to Grab | MIT Technology Review
The flexible surface of the grabber lets it support more weight and distribute the gripping force more evenly than conventional robots that use suction to pick things up. This improvement could allow robots to take on new manufacturing tasks, including jobs that involve handling delicate materials such as thin semiconductors for new, advanced solar cells. But the technology also offers a cheap way to pick up just about anything—fabric, bags of chips, 50-pound boxes of paper, single pieces of paper, mobile phones.
Now Everyone Wants to Sell You a Magical Anonymity Router. Choose Wisely | WIRED
Maintaining your privacy online, like investing in stocks or looking good naked, has become one of those nagging desires that leaves Americans with a surplus of stress and a deficit of facts. So it’s no surprise that a cottage industry of privacy marketers now wants to sell them the solution in a $50 piece of hardware promising internet “anonymity” or “invisibility.” And as with any panacea in a box, the quicker the fix, the more doubt it deserves.
Wanna See the Latest New Yahoo Home Page, Rolling Out Next Month? Bokay!
Starting from the left bar, it pushes only mail, video and the fancy digital magazines that Mayer has been touting, and not the many other sections of Yahoo, like weather and jobs (more sections also lose top navigation billing, such as games and groups). Only From Yahoo gets a boost up, and trending moves to the top now (it has been elsewhere in previous betas seen). The editor-driven news carousel seems to have been subsumed entirely by the algorithmic news feed, with a liberal sprinkling of native in-stream ads. Sadly for all those Yahoo editors, the only edit-driven module seems to be on the right, which means it may be harder to push fare from big stars like news anchor Katie Couric that Yahoo has hired at a big cost (Katie in the stream next to credit card ads seems like a bad idea to me!).
The Queen Of England Just Used An iPad To Send Her First Tweet
The monarch has had a verified Twitter account for some time now, but this is the first tweet that she sent herself. It was sent to mark the opening of the Science Museum's new "Information Age" exhibit about technology and the internet.
Nest Acquires Home Automation Hub Revolv, but Will Stop Selling It
Here’s how Nest co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers put it in a phone interview today. “We are not fans of yet another hub that people should have to worry about. It’s a great team, an unbelievable team. There’s a certain amount of expertise in home wireless communications that doesn’t exist outside of these 10 people in the world.”
8 Awesome Things Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - IGN Conversation - IGN Video
Lucy and Katie breakdown all the best bits from the salvo of new Smash Bros. information.
Bitcasa Pulls the Plug on Infinite Storage
Instinctively, this doesn’t seem like an awful lot of time to give users – not only can it take a while to transfer up to 10TB of data (or more if you’re an ‘Infinite’ user), but what if someone is offline for the next few weeks – it’s easy to miss the memo and they could return to find all their files are gone.
Hearthstone shuffles to iPhone, Android phones in early 2015
Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.
iPhone 6 owners demand answers on 'bendgate' - Telegraph
One user from Japan listed on the website seems to claim that his phone was
slightly bent when it arrived in the box. Another user, listed as number
150, said: ”I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about a month, and I have been
extremely careful with it. I had it in my front pocket for a short time on
Saturday and the top 1/5 is bent. I called Apple to find out about a
replacement since I heard on the news that this is a problem. The employee
acted like it was just an internet hoax. I can assure you, it is not a
The Top 5 iPad Air 2 Accessories And Cases
The iPad Air 2 will be landing in shops and on doorsteps soon and, whilst you might be looking forward to trying out some of the updated features, there’s also a host of interesting accessories that can enhance your iPad experience. There’s also a good chance that you’ll want to protect your most prized – and probably thinnest – possession.
A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley | TechCrunch
I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. Everyone had some amazing hardware that worked in amazing ways and I was able to visit nearly all of the companies on the floor. You can view my random walk below and enjoy our visits with electronic skateboards, IoT boards, and iBeacons that look like HAL 2000. Enjoy!
German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight | TechCrunch
A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so.
Only in China: Open a Bank Account, Get an iPhone 6
Investors who deposit 37,000 yuan ($5,968) in a three-year wealth-management product or 23,500 yuan in a five-year product can get an iPhone 6 with 16 GB of storage, according to a flier advertising the promotion from a Ping An Bank branch in Beijing. Fans of the big-screen iPhone 6 Plus can get the gadget if they invest 45,300 yuan in a three-year wealth-management product or 28,500 yuan in a five-year product.