Xbox Games with Gold: Dishonored, Strike Suit Zero
The free games for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in August via the Games with Gold program involve a lot of flying, biking and sneaking. From August 1 - 15 on Xbox 360, Gold members can grab Motocross Madness for free, and then from August 16 - 31, pick up Dishonored for free. Available for the entire month of August on Xbox One, Gold members can get Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut .
Free games are good, but free Dishonored really is a great deal this time around. It may even be great enough that Xbox One owners will turn that old Xbox 360 back on.
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Social media has changed the way that war reporting works -- and that's a good thing
If Israeli rockets had hit Gaza or Ukrainian rebels had shot down a commercial airliner before the arrival of the social web, most of us would have been forced to rely on reports from traditional journalists working for a handful of mainstream media sources — some of whom would have been parachuted into the region with little to no advance warning, and in some cases with just a sketchy grasp of the context behind the latest incident — and the news would be filtered through the lens of a CNN anchor or NYT editor. But as Carr points out:
Twitter Looks to Break Out of Its Earnings Slump
The World Cup represented an opportunity for Twitter, which sought to capitalize on the popularity of its service during major events to roll out features to attract new users. The tournament started on June 12, so any early bump should show up in second-quarter user growth.
Soon, you too will be able to learn Dothraki - CNET
Creating languages is nothing new for Peterson, although Dothraki is the first he ever invented that was based directly on somebody else's work. He's worked on the SyFy channel's "Defiance" and "Dominion" shows, and on the CW's "Star-Crossed," but Dothraki is now the largest one he's ever worked on. Originally created by George R.R. Martin in the books that "Game of Thrones" is based on, "A Song of Ice and Fire," Peterson told CNET that he kept the structure of the language as Martin invented it in the books.
Bungie's 'Destiny' Might Be Smaller Than Everyone Thinks
This comes down to a matter of expectations. I really didn’t think it was going to be possible for Bungie to deliver a game on the scope they promised with a simple $60 box copy. Honestly, even if the number of released planets at launch is four, those open world areas are pretty gigantic, and Destiny will still contain more content than a majority of other games priced similarly. Compare it to would-be rival Titanfall, for example, and imagine the outrage if Bungie was simply selling the Crucible alone for $60. There’d be riots in the streets. And in my eyes, if I have to make a choice, I would rather pay for DLC as a way to support a game than I would forking over a continuous monthly fee to access it, or have my experience mucked up by being constantly pushed into a cash store. Ideally every game would be Skyrim, with 200 hours of exploration gameplay packed in at launch, but I just don’t think that’s realistic to expect for most titles. But even if Destiny only has ten hours of story, there are likely still dozens or even hundreds of hours to be found between strikes/raids, the Crucible and general exploration.
Hilton to allow iPhones to be used as hotel room keys by 2016
If you have an iPhone, your next visit to a Hilton Hotel and Resort may be a much more convenient one. According to the Wall Street Journal, the full-service hotel chain will reportedly allow guests to use their iPhone to choose rooms, check in and even unlock doors to their hotel room in the near future.
EA is letting Xbox One owners pay $5 a month to play all its best games
Electronic Arts has announced a new subscription service that gives Xbox One owners access to some of its biggest games for a small monthly fee. Called EA Access, the service is launching to select users in beta today, with a starting price of $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. The company says EA Access will "launch for everyone on Xbox One soon." Paying for the subscription will get you access to what EA calls its Vault, a collection of games you'll have unlimited access to as long as you're subscribed. During the beta, that will include a sampling of four titles — FIFA 14 , Madden NFL 25 , Peggle 2 , and Battlefield 4 — though the company says more games will be added "soon."
Is this the kitchen of the future?
But this does make me think about what I want in a connected kitchen. Because I’m always trying new recipes and like to experiment, I’m interested in smart tools that educate me and monitor what I’ve done. So I’m into devices like the Range thermometers that can provide me new information plus historical data that might help me replicate a success or avoid another failure. I’d also like a connected spoon or device that helps measure viscosity so I can tell when my Alfredo sauce has reached the right consistency or my egg whites are stiff enough for a meringue.
BlackBerry acquires Secusmart, ups voice security ante | ZDNet
Summary: BlackBerry's acquisition of German software firm Secusmart is aimed at securing voice and data and putting better mobile security in every president and chancellor's hand.
Enter the sharknado: a final day at Comic-Con 2014
You can't get into Hall H every day. For the final installment of our animated series , I set off for Comic-Con's biggest venue in search of new adventures. But the line for the day's biggest and best panels was more than a mile long, and I abandoned all hope early on. Fortunately Thunder Levin, the screenwriter of Sharknado and this week's Sharknado 2 , was around to talk to me about upping the ante, crazy filming conditions, and what happened when he introduced himself to Richard Dreyfuss.
China Investigates Microsoft
China is investigating Microsoft Corp., the company said on Monday, in the latest challenge in what has proved to be a difficult market for the software giant.
'Remote control' contraceptive chip
A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.
How To Build A Feminist Workplace
However, it is not enough to tell employees they have these rights. Falk says that workplace culture will not change if women do not feel like they can take advantage of these benefits without managers thinking poorly of them. "If no one is taking vacation, then of course you are going to think twice before taking family leave," she says. She argues that business leaders should reinforce the culture by speaking up, urging employees to go home when they are unwell or have family issues. “This feeds into the idea that the organization cares about you as a person; the little steps build up to making employees feel more comfortable taking advantage of those bigger policies." Park says that senior management also has a responsibility to serve as role models and take advantage of these policies themselves. When Park’s co-founder and COO gave birth to twins, she had to take extended maternity leave and currently works part time. “We’re making it clear that we are keen to hang on to our employees during tricky periods in their life,” she says.
EA Announces Netflix-Like Subscription Plan On Xbox One
It's called "EA Access," and sounds like a sort of Netflix-style program for the company's games. For a $4.99 monthly fee, subscribers will get access to a library of EA games the company is calling "The Vault." The announcement didn't go into much detail about what games will be included in this collection. To start, EA said that it will offer four main games, all of which were released in 2013 or early 2014: FIFA 14, Peggle 2, Madden NFL 25, and Battlefield 4 .
Apple's Retina MacBook Pros get updates with doubled RAM and slightly faster processors
The 15-inch model is now packing a 2.2GHz chip and the high-end stock version comes with a 2.5GHz Intel processor. The more expensive stock rMBP — the closest thing Apple has to a professional mobile workstation — received a price cut from $2600 to $2500. Both 15-inch rMBPs now come with 16GB of RAM, but unfortunately, the built-in graphics card is still the NVIDIA GeForce 750M, a disappointment for those hoping for an update to the GeForce 800M. Apple also added two new built-to-order upgrades for those looking to max their machines out: an option for a 1TB SSD — costing an extra $500 — and an optional upgrade to a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7.
Say hello to the $45 Android phone (just don’t buy it)
However, for UK residents interested in purchasing the handset, the way to do so isn’t as direct. You’ll first have to register with an Indian courier firm by using a local postal address that might belong to a friend or relative living in India. After that, you can purchase the handset online, though it will be delivered to the address in India. However, you can have it forwarded to your UK address.
Bubble or no bubble? European startups raise highest quarterly VC financing since 2001 - Digits - WSJ
LONDON—European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion (more than $2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource.
First Look Media revises its focus, wants to be more of a journalism lab than a standalone news site
Billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar says First Look Media, the new journalistic venture he is backing with a $250-million investment, will now be focusing more on a series of experiments aimed at figuring out how journalism can serve small communities of interested readers
In Boston, The Internet of Things Is Already in Front Of Your Face
If you want to think about what the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) will look like, walk along Boston’s 400-year-old streets. With its deep elite academic and tech connections, the city is a natural place to experiment and see how people react to--or fail to notice--the network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector by the end of the decade.
Data Breach Bulletin: Russian Hacker Claims To Have Infiltrated Both Wall Street Journal and Vice
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – This week, the Massachusetts General Attorney announced that Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island hospital must pay $150,000 in damages for a data breach that compromised more than 12,000 Massachusetts’s residents’ personal information (that $12.5 per person). Two years ago, the hospital shipped 19 unencrypted backup tapes to its parent company, Care New England Health System, and then offsite for archiving. The tapes never made it to their destination, and it took the hospital almost a year to realize the tapes—and the sensitive data they contained—were gone. The breach was not reported for several more months, thanks to inadequate employee training and internal policies, according to the release. The hospital has agreed to take steps to improve their security in compliance with both state and federal laws and regulations. The fees will go towards civil penalties, attorney fees, and a fund through the Attorney General’s Office to promote security education and future data security litigation, according to the release.
ReadWriteMix: Rebooting The Future Of Media
Join ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas for an evening conversation with McCue about the future of media and how we’ll consume it. They’ll be talking about the tension between using editors and algorithms to find great content, Flipboard’s recent acquisition of the newsreader Zite, and what the future holds for truly rich digital media experiences.
Bravely Default Sells Over 1 Million Copies - IGN
Bravely Default got off to a great start in North America, where the JRPG sold 200,000 units during its first three weeks of availability. And this isn't the first time we've heard about Bravely Default performing well worldwide either, with Square Enix reportedly refocusing on JRPGs after the success of the 3DS title.
Why Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Male Entrepreneurs
The proof is in the numbers. Women with established businesses ranked their happiness nearly three times as high as women who are not entrepreneurs or established business owners, according to the report. What's more, on average, women entrepreneurs make more a year than those working for an employer--$63,000 as compared to $42,700 in the U.S. “Women entrepreneurs show a substantial boost in well-being as their businesses mature, demonstrating the personal return on investment that comes with venturing into entrepreneurship," says Kelley.
Nuage Networks Cloud Video Series
Nuage Networks brings a unique combination of groundbreaking technologies and unmatched networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based start up has applied radically new thinking to the problem of delivering massively scalable and high programmable SDN solutions with the security and availability required by business-critical environments. Nuage Networks, backed by Alcatel-Lucent’s rapidly growing IP division, has the pedigree to serve the needs of the world’s biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of Nuage Networks is to help you realize them.
Apple's Beats Deal Gets Nod From EU
BRUSSELS—European Union antitrust regulators on Monday approved Apple Inc.'s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics LLC, the music-streaming service and headphone maker founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine.
TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon: Get Your Tickets! | TechCrunch
The Disrupt Hackathon is the all-weekend event that kicks off TechCrunch Disrupt. Starting on Saturday, September 6th at 12:30pm, hackers will have 24-hours(ish) to build a working concept, bringing it from soup to nuts to the stage. Following an all-night programming extravaganza, teams will be given exactly one minute to present their working concept in a crowded auditorium in front of the industry’s elite. In addition, to help get you up and running on the latest and greatest in tech, we’re putting together some amazing API workshops.
Killer Instinct Classic 2 for Xbox One outed by Game Rating Board
The legendary fighting game franchise is back with next-generation visuals, over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERS! Choose from amongst a wild cast of combatants each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and flashy special attacks. Utilize an open-ended combo system to rack up huge combos as your opponent looks for openings to break you and turn the tides of battle. Go online and test yourself against players from all over the world, or brush up on your combat skills in detailed tutorials.
Give me a deluxe apartment in Destiny's sky
There are plenty of mechanical details that need to be tweaked before Destiny is ready for its full public debut, as this weekend's past stress test showed. There are balance issues and a few bugs, and the smart thing for Bungie to do is to really nail down the questing and shooting and matchmaking until they're all pretty much perfect. That's your core gameplay right there, and if that's not satisfying, nobody will really care all that much if you can dye your armor red. After all that's taken care of, however, what I want most next - before more content, even, is a house. Well, more like an apartment. The game says that the Tower is "where the Guardians live," so fine, let me live there.
MMOs are a mechanical hamster wheel - do the quest, get the loot and XP, level up so that you can get better gear and do harder quests, repeat - which can inevitably get really dull over the long term. One way to make the grind more enjoyable is to allow the player to emotionally buy into the conceit at work: I'm not just killing ten Thralls, I'm cleaning out this area to prevent the Hive from gaining a foothold on Earth! Narrative matters if you want to keep players happily churning away in your sustained world, and I don't just mean the narrative you write, but rather the one the player creates for themselves.
This Destiny beta footage came from the moon
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.
Watson's First Consumer Role: Helping Military Vets Become Civilians
With over 155,000 active military members becoming civilians each year, there are plenty of questions that need answering, and using Waston eases the burden on USAAA employees. According to IBM, the computer can happily answer questions like "How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?"—and its answers will get better over time. And it's probably a slightly—just slightly—more practical application than, say, writing recipes . [ eWeek ]
Napster Owner Rhapsody Passes 2M Paying Users As It Extends unRadio To Europe | TechCrunch
In 2012, Rhapsody nabbed the European assets of streaming service Napster, covering the UK and Germany , to fill out its 2011 acquisition of Napster in the U.S., as part of its strategy to square up globally to Spotify and other online music rivals. Today, it’s putting that reach to use as Rhapsody is expanding its unRadio service for the first time outside of the U.S. The news comes as Rhapsody says that it has now passed 2 million paying subscribers between its eponymous music streaming app, Napster and unRadio.
Chinese hackers steal Israel’s Iron Dome missile data
“Most of the technology in the Arrow 3 wasn’t designed by Israel, but by Boeing and other US defence contractors,” Joseph Drissel, founder and chief executive of US-based CES, told Krebs. “We transferred this technology to them, and they coughed it all up. In the process, they essentially gave up a bunch of stuff that’s probably being used in our systems as well.”
What The Wright Brothers Could Teach Today's Innovators About Solving Problems
They could of course go and pilot the idea at a few schools and see how long it took. Or they could simply pick up the phone and call someone who made a living selling to schools. One of the team members had a family friend who worked at a company that sold security solutions to schools. He was more than happy to talk about his experiences. It turned out in many cases the sales cycle wasn’t three months--it was three years. Schools move slowly, with decision-making authority intentionally diffuse. That didn’t mean the idea was bad, it just meant the team needed to approach it differently and assume it would grow more slowly than it first projected. There is a misbegotten belief that action is the only way to learn. The combination of LinkedIn and Google mean that experts who can shed light on critical assumptions are no more than a mouse click away.
The wind tunnel allowed the Wright Brothers to learn a tremendous amount without creating full prototypes.
Two VCs Known for Finding Hit Consumer Apps Step Out to Form Binary Capital
Between the two of them, they invested in Snapchat when it had 150,000 users. They found Tinder three months after launch with 65,000 users (while they didn’t invest, they are still close advisers to CEO Sean Rad). They invested in Instagram when it had 250,000 users, Stitchfix when it had a couple hundred users. StyleSeat, Whisper and TaskRabbit are also in the portfolio.
Signal brings painless encrypted calling to iOS
In exchange for the unorthodox infrastructure, you’ll get a lot more privacy than the average phone call. According to the team, Signal doesn't leave any metadata, the records phone companies produce of who you called and when. All an observer would see is that you called Signal's servers, and developers say the server doesn't keep any logs that could be pulled after the fact. Encryption is done locally on your phone, so even if the company wanted to decode your messages, it would have a hard time doing so after the fact. And in keeping with their previous apps, Whisper hasn't been shy about opening its code up for public inspection to ensure those promises check out. Signal is open source, meaning the entire codebase is set to be posted on Whisper's GitHub account as part of the launch.
New York's New $20 Billion Neighborhood Of Skyscrapers Is Designed With Millennials In Mind
So far, major tenants include beauty and fashion companies Coach and L’Oreal and the technology company SAP, which will all occupy the LEED Gold building at 10 Hudson Yards. Their floors will be sprawling and open, free from columns, and have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the Hudson River and connect into the newly extended High Line park. Another building, 30 Hudson Yards, will house Time Warner (along with its Turner Broadcasting, HBO, and Warner Brothers divisions) along with the tallest outdoor observation deck in the city at the top and a direct connection to a new subway station, an extension of the existing No. 7 subway line. A third building will house offices designed a smaller plan, intended for the more traditionally minded legal and financial companies that historically have anchored Manhattan’s economy.
Inside NYC's $20B Quest To Build A Neighborhood From Scratch
The site is currently a sunken 30-track rail yard completed in 1987 as a holding area for the Long Island Railroad’s commuter trains. Below those tracks are three active train tunnels carrying commuters in and out of Penn Station, one of New York's central transit hubs, two blocks east. Since the 1990s, the yards have been in play as a potential development site. Under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the area was viewed as a likely site for a football stadium, and a potential venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, should New York be selected. This passion transferred from Giuliani to his successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Hudson Yards project had the misfortune of being shackled to the huge stadium until 2005, when, after endless controversy, the state legislature denied approval on the project and the International Olympics Committee balked. Today, the Western Yard is more reasonably reserved for a cluster of residential towers, a public school and one office tower, all of which will be mapped out later.
Zillow Buying Trulia For $3.5 Billion
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Amazon Is Experimenting With A New Homepage Design
Personally, I like the design. It gives the homepage some much needed contrast, and makes it easier for users already heavily invested in the Amazon digital ecosystem to locate and navigate the site's Prime and Kindle offerings, which can be hard to find in the existing iteration. It's also a way for Amazon to put these brands front and center on each Amazon page--presumably to lock new customers into the Amazon digital ecosystem, as well. As Apple has shown, the more users invest in your app and media library, the less likely they are to defect.
JD.com to sell Microsoft's Xbox One in China
BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.
Fitbit Steps Into Windows Phone
If you've been holding back on buying a Windows Phone because you weren't able to use your Fitbit with it, that excuse is officially gone. Fitbit is launching a version of its app for Windows Phone on Monday, letting users sync and share their fitness data via a native app.
Fleet Unveils An App For Late Night Rides Between Silicon Valley And San Francisco | TechCrunch
They’re offering group rides between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m when trains are scarce or when the system is closed. They have shuttles stopping about a half-dozen Caltrain stations in San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. Each car or shuttle seats between five and 15 people and the cost ranges from $6 to $18, which is much cheaper than an Uber or Lyft.
How faces drive first impressions
By measuring the physical attributes of all 1,000 faces and putting them together with those scores, Dr Hartley and his team built a mathematical model of how the dimensions of a face produce those three impressions.
Police Are Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Torrent Sites
Sunblock will detect websites on the police’s “infringing websites list” that are displaying adverts, and serve the police notice instead, which simply explains that the website is under investigation and encourages the user to close their browser. The website will not be paid from the police or Sunblock to display the warning.
Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction
Apple further moves to reform the official caption of the remaining appeal (No. 2014-1335) to reflect the dismissal of Apple's cross-appeal. Counsel for Apple has conferred with counsel for Samsung Electronics Corporation, Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (collectively, "Samsung") regarding the substance of this motion. Samsung does not oppose the relief requested in this motion and will not file a response.
Spotify Just Added a Surprisingly Exciting Equalizer to Its iOS App
Remember equalizers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they're making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify's iOS app, and I'm unduly excited about it.
Amazon to launch credit card reader to compete with Square, leaked papers suggest
The original Square reader launched in 2010. The brainchild of Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey, the system is designed to offer a quick and simple method for accepting card payments using a small device – the reader – attached to a smartphone or tablet, making it an ideal tool for small businesses and retailers.
'Hobbit' trailer shows a Middle-earth gearing up for battle - CNET
Comic-Con attendees were treated to the first teaser trailer for the upcoming finale of Peter Jackson's " The Hobbit " trilogy this weekend, and based on what we've seen, the finale is going to be pretty epic. The trailer shows a Middle-earth gearing up for battle, with humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, and wizards, not to mention a hobbit and a dragon, all readying for an epic showdown.