Lyft one-ups the hell out of Uber with $2.25 rides

Yesterday, Uber sent its San Francisco users some good news: Effective immediately, Uber’s carpooling service (UberPool) now costs a flat rate of $5 in the city. Yep, just five bucks. Not bad, right?

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Chrome 41 beta arrives with new developer features and tools

Even though Chrome 41 beta may not seem like it adds new features for most users, that doesn’t mean its stable counterpart won’t offer something for nondevelopers. Other features that arrived in the beta channel previously, such as the capability to “child lock” signed-in profiles and new tab page suggestions based on the time and day as well as a revamped bookmark manager, are all in the pipeline.

4 Core Question Types to Include In Your Interview Process

If you have more than one competing personality in any given situation, there will be conflict. It’s a natural part of day-to-day life – but the real test is: how you handle conflict in these situations? As an employer, you want to ask questions such as: “Does the candidate become aggressive when challenged, or does he or she remain avoidant?” “Is the applicant open to compromising, or does he or she follow orders?” “Does he or she insist things be done his or her own way?” Keep in mind – there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. It all depends on the type of person you are looking to fill a particular role.  The main goal is to consider which qualities you need in a new hire that will compliment your existing team.

Popular Task Management App '' Comes to Mac

With for Mac, life is as productive as you want it to be. No need to pick up your phone or start your web browser. With one click from your desktop you get clear visibility into your daily tasks and all the same powerful planning features you’ve come to expect from the app. We’ve learned that it’s the little differences that can make a big impact on your productivity, and that’s why for Mac matters. Now, when you have an immediate access to your, being the best version of yourself is that much simpler.

Remote-Controlled Hyper-Speed Stunt Flier + Free Global Shipping

It’s a bird! It’s a plane…it’s a flippin’ quadrocopter with an aerial camera! The Micro Drone 2.0 is equipped with an aerial camera so you can capture photos and video while flipping through the skies. This crazy maneuvering remote-controlled Micro Drone 2.0 can do it all!

Is A Promotion More Stressful Than Divorce? 5 Tips To Help Your Employees Succeed

"Your identity changes," says Rich Wellins, senior vice president at Development Dimensions International (DDI). "You have to identify more with the company than with the employees, and you are now responsible for the success of others rather than the success of yourself." Consequently, one DDI study found that "Transitions into leadership positions are actually more stressful than divorce or raising teenagers." And another DDI survey found that the success rate for internal first-line promotions is just a bit above 60 percent, which is not much better than for external hires, despite employees’ familiarity with the company and culture.

​Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers - CNET

An executive confirms Google has no plans to fix a security hole in the default browser for older versions of Android, which are relied on by around 60 percent of all Android users.

Black Sails Creators on Delivering a Bigger and More Complex Season 2 - IGN

Steinberg: Yeah, I mean I think when we come back he’s been unmasked to some extent to his crew as the guy who killed their quartermaster and got them into this mess. I think ordinarily, someone inhabiting that job who has that happen to them, doesn’t get it back again. I think for us the challenge was to start a story in which Flint was almost entirely alone except for Silver. There’s a moment where the two of them now only have each other and they have to figure out a way to begin this relationship that is really the spine of hopefully a long-running series for Captain Flint and John Silver and what their evolving relationship is and hopefully leading up to the events of the book. I think the beginning of Season 2 is really the spark for that.

Hutchison Whampoa hopes to buy O2 UK for $15 billion

The merry dance began last November, when fixed-line player BT (the company that once spun out what became O2) said it wanted to get back into the mobile game , and was considering buying either EE (joint-owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange) or O2. Hutch waded in days later, indicating that it was also mulling a purchase of EE or O2.

edX: Programming language Scratch isn’t just for kids anymore

Scratch is a programming language built to help children learn basic programming skills. But now edX , the MOOC (for Massive Open Online Course) backed by top colleges including MIT, Harvard and Caltech, will offer a free Scratch course for anyone “regardless of age or digital skill.”

Opinion: Why Cross-Platform Online Gaming Should Be a Reality - IGN

Pobst’s long answer is depressing to hear, because it reveals that in addition to the expected technical concerns, policy stands in the way. “It is common that the game can’t mention the name or acknowledge the existence of any other service or platform. It wouldn’t be allowed to be on the service if it did,” he says. Think about that: it’s not just that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo haven’t lifted a finger to allow cross-platform play, but they’ve taken active steps to make the mere mention of their competitors’ platforms in their domain a thought crime. It’s understandable that branding is important, and they don’t want their rivals advertised in their own back yards, but this is ridiculous. It’s denial of reality.

Walmart starts selling its Vudu Spark streaming stick for $25

Here are a few more details about the Spark, straight from It’s a HDMI streaming stick that is controlled with a dedicated remote control and powered via USB. It looks like Walmart is only putting a USB cable but no power adapter in the box, so Spark owners will either have to use their TV’s USB port to power the device, or supply their own adapter. Connectivity is provided via 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and it supports video resolutions of up to 1080p, and 7.1 surround sound.

MagicColors lets you customize the Lock screen and Home screen on your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

The tweak provides tons of customization options that it claims will set your device apart from others in terms of look. It allows you to colorize both the Lock screen and the Home screen as well as hide various UI elements.

How To Emulate Some Of The Most Innovative Companies

"Surge pricing" or "Prime Time" as it’s called by Uber and Lyft respectively incentivizes drivers with higher rewards and reduces the amount of people competing for rides in times of high demand; Lyft also offers users the opportunity to get lower prices during non-competitive times. The practice of dynamic pricing, while controversial, has shown to be a successful way to manage consumer needs for the growing companies and keep their drivers engaged.

TC GameCast Episode 4: Bargains, Free-To-Play, and Trends in AAA

We discuss Batman: Arkham Origins and Deadpool and our perception of them as their prices have fallen. We debate the state of iOS gaming, and look at what 2013 and 2014 meant for big-budget console games.

Winklevoss twins look to legitimize Bitcoin with a regulated US exchange

So what's the answer? Gemini claims to have assembled "the nation’s top security experts, technologists, and financial engineers to build a world-class exchange from the ground up with a security-first mentality." So far, that's a team of 14 people (including Tyler and Cameron), with 11 of those spots filled by engineers. Gemini has also picked up the backing of a New York-based bank, though the twins aren't getting more specific than that. "This means that your money will never leave the country," said Winklevoss. And US currency on Gemini will qualify for FDIC insurance, a measure that should have investors confident that funds will be "as safe and secure as they are in your bank account today."

Why We Love Music

Salimpoor believes this combination of anticipation and intense emotional release may explain why people love music so much, yet have such diverse tastes in music—one’s taste in music is dependent on the variety of musical sounds and patterns heard and stored in the brain over the course of a lifetime. It’s why pop songs are, well, popular—their melodic structures and rhythms are fairly predictable, even when the song is unfamiliar—and why jazz, with its complicated melodies and rhythms, is more an acquired taste. On the other hand, people tend to tire of pop music more readily than they do of jazz, for the same reason—it can become too predictable.

Apple Watch wins our wrists and we party with Patrick Stewart on The CultCast | Cult of Mac

The Near Lock seems to have a flaw, you have to always have your iPhone with you. It takes a second to put your computer in sleep mode with password protection. I’ve been playing around with MacID which uses Fingerprint ID to unlock your Mac or you can use a sequence of finger taps on a track pad to unlock your Mac and it’s pretty cool.

Will TurboTax’s Misstep Be a Windfall for Competitors?

I've been using TT since the mid 90-'s, and even before this fiasco have been put off by their yearly price increases (it was ~$15 including state filing back then, I used to think it was very cheap compared to hiring a pro). Anyway those days are long gone and this was the last straw, I'm sick of Intuit's ever increasing prices, stripped down product, and dire warnings of audit protection (really lame and annoying). So long TT, it was nice knowing you. BTW The more 'user friendly' you try to make it, the more dumbed-down it seems and is insulting. I think your typical user is savvy enough to know what forms they need to fill out.

How To Protect Your Android Phone If It's Ever Lost Or Stolen

Checking this box will let you remotely locate your phone via GPS, force it to ring for five minutes (particularly helpful if it's just lost in your room, or if you left it in the back of a cab and want to get the cabbie's attention), and allow you to remotely lock the phone or erase all your data:

IT shops grapple with new healthcare codes for hurled turtles, fiery water skis

There are about 186,000 medical coders in the U.S. who work in hospital administrative offices and transcribe doctors' notes into ICD codes. Those codes are used by insurance companies to determine how much to pay hospitals and doctors in physicians' practices for the treatment they've provided. Miss a code or type an incorrect code, and the hospital or private physician could lose money.

New to Netflix for February 2015 - IGN

Whether you remember it as a comedy or a "dramedy," M*A*S*H* - which ran for 11 seasons from 1972 to 1983 - is hailed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. The first five seasons will be available for streaming, and while that doesn't even make up half the series, it does represent the "Major Burns years," where Larry Linville played the resident smug pain in the ass, Frank Burns. Also, seasons 1-3 featured Wayne Rogers as Trapper John and McLean Stevenson as Lieutenant Colonel Blake.

As Ad Business Shifts to Machines, AOL Restructures Its Sales Staff in a Major Reorg

At AOL, that will mean the collapsing of several sales teams into one, moving specialized ad people (servicing flagship content properties like the Huffington Post and TechCrunch) into a central organization led by Bob Lord. He is currently is CEO of its Platforms unit, in charge of ad tech products like Reporting to Lord will be Jim Norton, who is now global head of media sales, and Don Kennedy, who is president of AOL advertiser platforms.

Minecraft creator Markus Persson’s $70 million Beverly Hills mansion is a builder’s dream

Chock full of the typical flair you might expect out of a house sporting the iconic 90210 zip code, the gigantic 23,000 square foot pad features some unique tricks up its sleeve. For starters, the house’s staggering price tag included all the furniture, electronics, and other contents used during the realtor’s staging. Even that gorgeous Bugatti in the basement now belongs to Notch. The living room features a 54-foot curved glass wall which opens to reveal a gorgeous infinity pool, as well as a stunning panoramic view of nearby Los Angeles. Persson even has the ability to control all the outdoor fountains with just a couple of swipes on the included iPads.

One Japanese hostage of ISIS has been executed, according to new video

The video was posted online Saturday, but was quickly deleted. Militants on a website affiliated with ISIS disagreed about the authenticity of its message. One militant warned that it was fake, while another said it was intended only to go to the Japanese journalist's family. A third militant on the website noted that the video was not issued by al-Furqan, which is one of the media arms of ISIS, and has issued past videos involving hostages and beheadings. Saturday's message did not bear al-Furqan's logo.

State of Decay Xbox One Gameplay - PAX South 2015 - IGN Video

Check out footage from State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition running on the Xbox One.

Road Rave: Meet the new transmission tech quite literally driving your car forward

Manual transmissions require the driver to get the most out of the transmission, rather than a pre-programmed shift pattern controlled by an ECU. These days, that is a tough ask, as computers can typically do much better. This is why modern automatics tend to have better EPA fuel economy ratings as well as 0-to-60 times than their manual counterparts. That being said, most manual drivers — including myself — will smugly tell you that they are having way more fun.

These phones made the first official transcontinental call 100 years ago

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of what is often called the first transcontinental phone call, made by iconic communications inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in New York, to his assistant Thomas Watson, all the way out in San Francisco. The phone call also included President Woodrow Wilson, who was in the White House, and AT&T president Theodore Vail in Georgia.

There's going to be a Batkid movie starring Julia Roberts

The story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old battling leukemia who took over part of San Francisco as "Batkid" in 2013, is set to become a feature film thanks to a documentary about him and his family that's premiering tomorrow.  Variety reports that Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World, the film about Scott, who  became Batkid in November 2013 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That film originated from an Indiegogo campaign from filmmaker Dana Nachman, and successfully raised more than $100,000. It's premiering at  the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah tomorrow.

Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight Begins Filming, Full Cast Revealed - IGN

According to Variety , The Hateful Eight cast now includes several faces familiar to Tarantino fans, including: Django Unchained's James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark and Belinda Owino, as well as Zoe Bell (Death Proof) and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men).

Travelers' picks for the best hotels in the U.S. in 2015

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6 Biggest Business Security Risks and How You Can Fight Back

So, what can companies do to better protect themselves and their customers’, sensitive data from security threats? queried dozens of security and IT experts to find out. Following are the six most likely sources, or causes, of security breaches and what businesses can, and should, do to protect against them.

First-person puzzler Magnetic: Cage Closed is like Portal, cubed

Guru Games isn't afraid of having their recently-announced game, Magnetic: Cage Closed compared to Portal . In fact, that's where it started: a school project designed as an homage to both Valve's famous, meme-producing first-person puzzler and lesser-known horror/suspense film, Cube. Magnetic takes place in an alternate history version of the 1960s, where inmates sentenced to death can be sold for scientific testing. Such is your fate, as you are a prisoner charged with testing the D27 Magnetic Propulsion Device – or, in simpler terms, a magnet gun. Magnetic: Cage Closed (PAX South) Completing Facilty 7's tests begin simply: use the magnet gun to pull a block over to a switch that opens a door. Easy, right? Later on, you'll be challenged with managing multiple blocks while you dodge fire, electric shock and other deadly traps. Less easy, especially given the current physics system. During my playtime with a PAX South demo, I found myself both enamored with and frustrated by Magnetic 's physics. The magnetic pull of the gun does not make items susceptible to magnetism any lighter, and they often roll and tumble on their way to you rather than sliding in a straight line.

Facebook thinks it's charged the global economy, but analysts are skeptical

"Well, they certainly have added to the economy and one could look at them as the company that kicked off the social media economy," he said. "But there's no evidence that any revenue that has flowed through Facebook wouldn't have happened without them. For example, they point to all the games that have been created for Facebook. But without Facebook, those games would likely have been created for another platform."

Nostradamus Enigmas - Assassin's Creed Unity Wiki Guide - IGN

The solution to this riddle is a tower near where the La Bièvre meet the Seine, on the same side of the river as the other solutions. It is in Saint Jacques, but right at the border of Saint-Marcel. There's only one "tower" in that area, but the riddle is a bit misleading - the solution is not at the bottom of it down on the riverbank, but actually at the street level above.

JAMF's Bushel thinks small for Apple device management

Aaron Hormann used to set up his company's employee iPhones and iPads one by one -- a laborious and time-squandering process.

TC AppleCast 2: Apple Watch Battery Bingo And iPad Stylus

Regarding Apple Watch battery life, the question is whether, if the details are as reported, the wearable will offer enough to satisfy consumers, or whether it might turn some away as argued by some including Business Insider’s Steve Kovach . We also look at some early third-party estimates for iPhone shipments leading into next week’s official financial report, most of which predict a huge quarter.

George Lucas on How His New Film Is Like Star Wars for Girls | WIRED

But it’s not just the songs that make this movie worthwhile. It’s the message. Lucas, his animation team, and director Gary Rydstrom managed to make a sincere love story that feels grounded in reality even as it takes place in a fantasyland of fairies and elves and goblins—which is to say that nobody transforms into a handsome prince to get the girl. In fact, the Bog King, the romantic lead voiced by Alan Cumming, is a pretty unattractive dude. “If you look at Bog over the course of the movie, he goes from a scary bug-like creature to a gentlemen,” says Rydstrom. But this transformation is in the way he’s perceived, not in a makeover. “Everyone deserves to be loved, and they deserved to be loved no matter what they are, or what they look like,” says Lucas. Beautiful, defiant fairy Marianne, voiced by Evan Rachel Wood, eventually sees past Bog’s appearance; as she warms to him, he appears ever hunkier to her. Yes, it’s a classic ugly duckling story, but every generation needs to be reminded that what’s under the surface matters more than appearance.

7 Silicon Valley CEOs weigh in on Microsoft and the HoloLens

With Microsoft’s latest announcements, CEO Satya Nadella seems bent on making his company hip and relevant again. But has he pulled it off? For a perspective from Silicon Valley, Mashable asked seven CEOs to weigh in, in their own words.

It's Time to Fix America's Infrastructure. Here's Where to Start | WIRED

“The grades in 2013 ranged from a high of B- for solid waste to a low of D- for inland waterways and levees,” the society wrote in the 2013 report, which is issued every four years. Things got a bit better, but not by much. “Solid waste, drinking water, wastewater, roads, and bridges all saw incremental improvements, and rail jumped from a C- to a C+. No categories saw a decline in grade this year.” Bringing it all up to current standards will be a massive, and massively expensive, undertaking akin to the construction of the interstate highway system. At the bottom line, the US would have to invest $3.6 trillion to bring it all up to snuff by 2020.

Google Fiber Could be Coming to North Carolina

The chances of Google Fiber’s crazy-fast internet showing up in your town feel about as favorable as winning the lottery, but if you live in North Carolina, you may be in luck.

Why Google won't fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones

A day after Google publicized a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a security vulnerability in Android that the Mountain View company, well, won't fix at all. Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security and data analytics firm) found a serious bug in the WebView component of Android 4.3 and below. It's an older bit of software that lets apps view webpages without launching a separate app, and the bug in question potentially opens up affected phones to malicious hackers. Android 4.4 and 5.0 are unaffected by the bug, but as 60 percent of Android users -- that's close to a billion people -- still use Android 4.3 or lower, it still affects a lot of people. Unfortunately, as Tod Beardsley, a Rapid7 analyst, found out, there's no easy way for Google to fix it.

Why ordinary people need to understand power

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”

At Sundance, a Virtual-Reality Movement Stirs

This year’s exhibition is evidence of how far virtual reality has evolved since 2012, when it first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with journalist Nonny de la Peña’s work, “Hunger in Los Angeles.” Using real audio and crude, computer-generated animation, she told the story of a man falling down in a food bank line because of a diabetic seizure. The work used a clunky, virtual-reality contraption created by Palmer Luckey, who would go on to found Oculus Rift and later, in 2014, sell the company to Facebook for roughly $2 billion.

Here’s what Facebook wants to do with 1,200 more employees

Facebook is growing its head count by as much as 14 percent according to a new Reuters report . It has 1,200 open job listings on its website, mostly for virtual reality roles with Oculus Rift. It’s also hiring for its drones, data centers, and Atlas advertising efforts. None of the roles mentioned by Reuters support Facebook’s core business: Its social media application. Facebook is pulling a Google, expanding into new industries to protect itself.

Like your favorite jeans after a wash, Windows 10 feels fresh but familiar

To the right of the app list are tiles exactly like those on the Start screen. They can be moved and resized, but certain tiles (like those that correspond with Metro apps) have more sizing options than others. Like in Windows 8, certain Metro apps have Live Tiles, which scroll information related to the app across them. In other words, the right of the new Start menu is very reminiscent of the Windows 8 Start screen, but because it’s part of the Start menu, and doesn’t force you to switch between two UIs like Windows 8 does, the experience isn’t headache-inducing.

Box Shares Surge in the First Big IPO of 2015 | WIRED

The good reception from Wall Street is a small triumph for the company, which weathered market turbulence when it first attempted to go public, as well as questions about whether or not it would be profitable, given fierce competition from a host of other players in the online storage space. Those competitors, which include tech giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, can afford to offer their services at rock-bottom prices.

'Humans of New York' helps raise over $400,000 for inner-city students

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

49 Tracks the Best Podcasts for Startups

If you want your startup to thrive, you have to learn from the successes and failures of others before you. Podcasts can be a great resource for hearing about different experiences, but sorting through them to find the information you want can be cumbersome.

This 1915 conference call made history

It took about 10 minutes just to connect a transcontinental call, because the connection had to be set up step by step with a switchboard operator in each city along the way. The ceremonial call on Jan. 25 took three and a half hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. New York time. Then Boston joined in for more conversations -- even one in Cantonese, between the founder of a Chinese telephone exchange in San Francisco and a Southern Pacific Railroad official in Boston.

51 PAX South 2015: Homeworld Remastered Collection Gets a Price and Release Date - IGN
52 Twitter Quietly Kills Website Analytics In Favor of Cards
53 Hands on: Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8
54 Box rides high on Wall Street’s warm welcome
55 The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile
56 Facebook, take note!
57 Apple to reportedly start shipping Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook Air in March
58 Atlanta airport partially closed after 'credible' bomb threats
59 TidBITS: Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic
60 Windows 10's New Features: Cortana on the PC, Continuum, and More
61 Hands on: Windows 10 Consumer Preview
62 You Can Watch Amazon's Hit Show 'Transparent' For Free This Saturday
63 Why Surface Hub is more interesting than HoloLens
64 MIT Technology Review
65 Drawing Of Middle-Earth On Coffee Cup Is One That Even Gollum Would Think Is Preeecccioouuss
66 ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’
67 Stunning, psychedelic images where art and science collide
68 Why I want you to steal my ideas
69 Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President
70 Here Are All the Senators Who Do and Don't Believe in Human-Caused Climate Change | WIRED
71 When did Apple become the boring one?
72 I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
73 10 short TED Talks for parents who are short on time but starved for intellectual stimulation
74 Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me
75 CEO: “Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not.”
76 Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark is Jean Grey in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse
77 Drone carrying 3 kilos of meth crashes near US-Mexico border - CNET
78 No, I Won't Apologize For Instagramming My Brunch
79 The Most Ancient and Magnificent Trees From Around the World | WIRED
80 If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today
81 Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time
82 'We Were Arrogant': Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
83 Former MythBuster goes on McDonald's french fry fact-finding hunt - CNET
84 BrainGate Develops a Wireless Brain-Computer Interface | MIT Technology Review
85 We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism
86 NHL will broadcast live GoPro footage during games
87 Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser
88 Mars rover reaches highest point in 7 years, snaps this panorama - CNET
89 Seagate Seven Portable Drive review - CNET
90 Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music
91 7 yummy, easy toppings that turn your smoothie into a full meal
92 Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office
93 Neil deGrasse Tyson shares meaning of life with 6-year-old, nails it - CNET
94 The Best Free Google Chrome Extensions
96 How to Travel Abroad With Your Smartphone for Cheap
97 Building a dinosaur from a chicken
98 Watch the 10 best trailers for Sundance 2015 movie premieres
99 3 Ways to Optimize Your Startup's Content Marketing
100 Here's a closer look at the latest build of Windows 10 (video)