Facebook updates its algorithm (yet) again. Here's what to expect.
Sounds like FB still believes everyone is thinking about the same thing. I keep trying to tweak it to MY personal interest rather than what FB thinks I should be interested in. For example, I use Lists to try to keep up with certain people, interests, etc. However, when I click onto my lists, FB wants to fill the news feed with who is now friends with whom (rarely interests me) and who is playing what game (NEVER interests me). Yet, when I do their little “How to Improve Your News Feed” survey, they never give me to option to not get that dreadfully dull info.
And, I agree, that I will ALWAYS want chronological order.
SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share | TechCrunch
Enterprise software company SAP just announced that it has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL).
New Applications Struggle As Smartphone Users Spend More Time With Their Favorite Apps
Boston-based Localytics has released a study today showing that users are spending more time in their existing smartphone applications compared to a year previously. A strong showing for social networks, health, and fitness apps emphasize the increasingly connected and personal focus of the smartphone. It also shows the difficulties new apps and developers have in trying to break through.
Explore Black Holes and Destroy Planets in the Awesome New Interstellar Game | WIRED
Once your perfect universe is finished, you can pilot your own starship through space. It feels a bit like a NASA simulator turned into a game and—because it uses real science—requires that you travel the way an exploratory crew would have to. Navigating around black holes to avoid being drawn into the void? Yes. Avoiding crashing into various bodies? That too. Using gravity to slingshot around and save fuel? You got it. You’ve even got the option of traveling through wormholes. It’s like Galaga , but with Newtonian physics. There are no pew! pew! pew! noises, but we won’t judge you for making them at your desk.
Social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join - CNET
Netropolitan will not share how many members the service has, but it announced that it already had several hundred members at launch. When asked about interest from potential members, a representative told CNET there was so much traffic after launch that the site crashed and upgraded servers are still struggling to keep up with the views. Granted, a good portion of that traffic is most likely from curious bystanders wanting to know what a $9,000 social network looks like.
Amazon Unveils Six--Count 'Em!--New Tablets and E-Readers
Fire HD Kids Edition is a tablet--two of them, actually--for young people, especially those between 3 and 10 years of age. Strictly speaking, it amounts to a bundle offer. For $149 (6 inches) or $189 (7 inches), you get a Fire HD tablet designed to be run in Amazon's FreeTime mode. That's a kid-friendly environment which provides access to appropriate videos, books, apps, and games--and which lets parents set limits and establish goals, so that a child has to do 30 minutes of reading before she can play a game, for instance. There's no access to the AppStore, the web, e-mail, or anything else which might be unexpectedly expensive or potentially dangerous. (Parents, however, can switch back to standard mode for their own use.)
How to configure and use widgets in iOS 8
Once you get the new iOS 8 software on your iPhone, consider adding widgets for quick-glance info with just a swipe down from any screen. Here’s how to add them for a more personalized iPhone experience.
Roku Passes 10 Million Mark As Streaming Competition Heats Up
Just last month, Roku announced the fruits of its partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL: flatscreens that come with Roku’s hardware built-in, no set-top box required. It’s easy to imagine greater sales and product awareness should Roku manage similar deals with more prominent US brands. Amazon and Google may provide stiff competition though. The low-cost Google Chromecast has, according to NPD, already grabbed 16% of the streaming sales that Apple and Roku had to themselves at this time last year. And Amazon debuted a very impressive Fire TV set-top box this spring that is likely to siphon off additional market share. Amazon steadfastly refuses to release sales figures for its hardware, but said in a Q2 earnings statement , “Fire TV sales have significantly exceeded our sales forecast and we are working hard to increase our manufacturing output.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Bitcoin, Google, ISIS and censorship
As part of a publicity campaign for his book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” group interviews, and talked about Bitcoin, Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt, and what the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS
How High Will Alibaba Pop? Fair Value Could Be $100 Per Share
On Thursday , Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba priced its initial public offering at $68 per share, at the top end of its second, higher range (the initial was $60-$66 per share). But some analysts and onlookers still see lots of room for the stock to pop. Alibaba’s investor roadshow was packed with interest, as the opportunity to invest in one of the biggest companies tapping into China’s growth appears tempting.
The Best Way To Protect Your iPhone 6 Without Destroying Its Design
This is my big question about ALL of the phone designs on the market: are they truly great designs when they essentially REQUIRE that the user slap something on it to "protect" it? I'd like to see a design that is beautiful with or without the wear, that survives the drops without a case, etc. I think that the iPhone 5 is such a nice design that it can still look great with wear and tear, but they just don't hold up well to the bangs, and drops. The prominence of phone cases just screams out that the designers are not actually considering the context of use. I don't get it. That would be an "innovation" I'd be happy to see Apple achieve: A beautiful shiny iPhone that you can throw down the stairs, drop in the sink, scratch to heck, and still use with admiration as it wears.
We made weed butter with a 'magical' machine
Compared to the manual alternative, making Magical Butter in "the world's only botanical extractor" is a lot less messy and a whole hell of a lot less smelly. That is, until it's time to separate the botanicals from the butter. Once the infusion was done, the machine beeped a couple of times, beckoning us to what we'd all been waiting for. One of my colleagues slipped on the love glove (a neon green oven mitt) and popped the lid off the pitcher. What we saw was, well, disgusting. The substance wasn't the bright green concoction pictured in the promotional material; instead we ended up with what looked like a mass of runny baby poop. Did that stop us from digging in? Hell no.
We strained out the murky bits, leaving behind a lump of something that brought the words "lung butter" to mind. The end result was a nearly clear, subtle-tasting butter. It smelled, looked and tasted better than any "botanical" butter I'd ever had, but as anyone who's eaten the stuff will tell you, it should not be eaten alone. So we whipped up some homemade brownie batter, poured it in a Pyrex pan, threw it in the preheated oven and set about plowing through a platter of artisanal cheeses and meats.
A Grandiose Quest to Breathe Life into Virtual Beings | MIT Technology Review
This is just part of Grand’s unconventional approach to fostering AI. “Most AI work starts out with the mistaken assumption that the brain is a computer and thought is an algorithm,” he says. Grand is instead attempting to determine the behavior of his creatures through the arrangement and interactions of simple virtual neurons, enzymes, receptors, and genes. His aim is to replicate the way in which living organisms work. “Neurons send point-to-point signals, but many of the computations performed by living organisms are more spread out and diffuse,” he says.
Alibaba's Billion-Dollar Winners: Who's Selling In The Biggest IPO Ever
Alibaba founder and Chairman Ma and Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai are the only two executives at the firm who will be unloading significant amounts of stock in the IPO. The 49-year-old Ma plans to sell about 12.8 million shares, or about 6% of his current stake in the firm, which–at $68 per share–would net him about $867 million before taxes. Banks leading the offering also have the option to purchase an additional 2.7 million shares from the billionaire, who will still remain Alibaba’s largest individual shareholder after the IPO with a stake of more than 7.7%. Tsai, long known as Ma’s right-hand man, will be disposing of 4.25 million shares, which could rise to 5.15 million shares with the banks’ exercisable purchase option. He could make as much as $350 million before taxes and will own about 3.2% of Alibaba following its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon) | TechCrunch
Gurley’s thesis isn’t hard to follow: Companies are being rewarded by the market for spending — and losing — huge sums of private capital that they can cheaply and quickly raise given the current investment and equities climate. Or, put another way, investors are giving companies huge sums to burn, because the market is willing to value revenue growth above all else, and thus everyone downstream wins even as losses mount.
Virtually Everything: the Physical World is Becoming Software
The move from dedicated device to eventual software service running in a virtual machine has only been possible because of the capabilities of the hardware on which that machine is running (and the bandwidth of connections available to that hardware). The symptom of the world being eaten by software is only that – a symptom. It is simply a reflection of the changes in delivery method in line with a common trend. Underlying that symptom is a wider process.
Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR | TechCrunch
Ping Identity , a company that works in the enterprise identity space, has raised $35 million, led by KKR, with participation by new investor Ten Eleven, along with a number of prior investors.
MIT Invents A Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into A Single Experience
When we need to send a command or a file from our smartphone to our laptop, we do it through menus. But imagine if we didn't have to send something to another device by dragging it to a file, or selecting it from a menu. What if we could use our iPhones as a magic lens instead, so that our smartphones could seamlessly interact with what's happening on the screens of our laptops and tablets?
A mindset to match The Evil Within
I think a lot about mental health. Partly because I co-founded a charity dedicated to increasing empathy and education about mental health issues, but mostly because I love horror games like The Evil Within . Zombies and ghosts and demons are fun, of course, but what I really like is a good old-fashioned psycho killer. See? "Psycho," as in "crazy," as in "mentally ill." Part of The Evil Within , like so many other horror games, takes place in an abandoned mental asylum (they're always abandoned and left to decay, never bulldozed and turned into condos). There is a stigma about mental health that prevents people from seeking care, and even though I believe the way mental health is portrayed in entertainment is a big factor in maintaining that stigma, I still love me some crazy bad guys. So, I think a lot about mental health.
I'm going to use some terms in this article that get thrown around a lot when discussing the mentally ill, like "crazy," "psycho," "nutcase," and so forth. These are commonly-used, accepted shorthand, but they're not appropriate when encountering real-life situations of mental illness.
Battleborn and the rise of the friendly shooter
"We are absolutely, deliberately targeting the idea that we want a game that people can just pick up and play," says John Mulkey, design director on Gearbox's new shooter, Battleborn (PS4, Xbox One, PC). His team's latest design, which favors collaboration, community input and a heavy focus on testing and tuning, couldn't be more different from the cult classic he built levels for – years ago.
Just how much community input and playtesting went into No One Lives Forever anyway, I ask Mulkey. "Oh, god," he says, briefly thrust back into a previous life. "None."
Propelled chiefly by the strength of its clever vision, a game like No One Lives Forever seems to be an outlier now. It was a game made without a steady stream of analytics, feedback and pushback, though meant to be consumed more succinctly, and for what was then a much smaller audience. "A game like this, we hope, it's not just this game that hits and fades away," says Scott Kester, the man in charge of Battleborn 's look. "We want this to go. We want to keep making it." Battleborn (Heroes)
Battleborn is a five-player cooperative – and sometimes 5v5 competitive – first-person shooter hinged on cartoon heroes obliterating enemies everywhere.
iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5S And iPhone 5: Should You Upgrade?
On the other hand the iPhone 6 Plus is where we see a real step up. The new iPhone phablet does make the jump to ‘Full HD’ 1080p and it delivers an increased 401 pixels per inch making it the model which will really make jaws drop for current iPhone owners. It is worth pointing out that the 5.5-inch LG G3 and 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 actually offer even higher resolutions – a mind boggling 1440 x 2560 pixels for a 534 ppi and many claim to see the difference – but the iPhone 6 Plus display won’t let anyone down.
3 Tips For Being Ruthless With Your Time
Make peace with the fact that you’re never going to be able to get to every item on your list, answer every email, or meet with every person who asks for your time. These aren’t signs of failure, Batista says. Rather, they’re signs of success, “evidence that people want our time and attention.” Instead of aiming for an empty inbox, shoot for an inbox emptied of all messages that matter to you.
Choosing The Logo You Love vs. The Logo You're Suggested
Creating and picking a logo is a difficult process, and it’s tempting to push the decision on someone else or seek advice from everyone you think might have an opinion. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a visual that authentically represents you and your company.
Robots Work Their Way Into Small Factories
America is suffering from the consequences of nearly
deserting the American family. Today, it
takes TWO heads of household working outside the home at a pauper’s pay just
for the home to survive at a level that we call “middle class”. In homes with children, parents are too tired
to provide needed guidance and kids raise themselves today. Even our elementary schools have become
babysitters as much as they are educators, and parents just don’t have the time
or the energy to be involved, as PTA members, as classroom volunteers. Hired childcare workers may do good jobs, but
they cannot substitute for parents. We
have growing mental illnesses among adults and among children, and we have
violence even in our schools, with crimes committed by the kids.
Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
With an Apple Watch wrapped around his hand brass-knuckle style, Ive reveals that the project was conceived in his lab three years ago, shortly after Jobs’s death and before “wearables” became a buzzword in Silicon Valley. “It’s probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on,” he says. There are numerous reasons for this—the complexity of the engineering, the need for new physical interactions between the watch and the human body—but the one most pertinent to Ive is that the Apple Watch is the first Apple product that looks more like the past than the future. The company invited a series of watch historians to Cupertino to speak, including French author Dominique Fléchon, an expert in antique timepieces. Fléchon says only that the “discussion included the philosophy of instruments for measuring time” and notes that the Apple Watch may not be as timeless as some classic Swiss watches: “The evolution of the technologies will render very quickly the Apple Watch obsolete,” he says.
Alibaba IPO: Trading begins at $92.70 per share as stock surges out of the gate – live
It’s not unusual in large IPOs how have a delay like this, but Alibaba will be hoping to avoid the fiasco that befell Facebook’s share sale in 2012. Facebook listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange and its systems failed to keep up with the massive interest in what was - until today - the largest tech IPO in history. Delays ensued, orders were messed up and lawsuits followed.
Great Deals on Dragon Speech Recognition Software
Boost your productivity and get things done quickly with these can’t-miss offers on speech recognition software from Dragon, available for PC and Mac, at TNW Deals.
Apple Beefs Up iOS8 Security With Unbreakable Passcode
One of the biggest changes in iOS8 is the fact that your data – photos, messages, emails, contacts and call history – is placed under the protection of your passcode, which Apple cannot access. Whereas on iOS7, if a law enforcement agency knocked on Apple’s door with a seized device and a search warrant, Apple would’ve been able to break in and access your data.
After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features | TechCrunch
Osmo , the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their own content.
Your Multi-App Strategy Should Start From Day One
As long as you focus on finding new ways to make users’ lives better through new features and apps, trust those instincts and decisions and see them through. There’s no guarantee all of them will see success, but every one of them will for sure provide valuable lessons that can lead to your next success. Users will excuse a company for launching a new app that doesn’t catch on but they will be quick to abandon their favorite app if it becomes unusable with bloated features.
'Destiny' May Have A Brilliant, Twisted Story Hidden Far From View
Through 25+ story missions, the game throws in a few cutscenes and has your AI give you a couple of history lessons, but by the end, all you really understand is that you, the Guardians, are trying to protect a giant, benevolent space orb, the Traveler, under siege by a vague evil known as “The Darkness.” The script is little more than sci-fi buzzwords mashed together, and there are actually lines like “I don’t even have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”
Strap an iPad to your face with a virtual-reality gadget for iOS - CNET
On one hand, it would be pretty sweet to play a game like Dark Meadow using your iPad as a headset with a separate game controller for navigating the action. On the other hand, strapping a whole iPad (even if it is just the mini version) onto your face looks kind of weird and it seems to hang down a bit in front of your mouth. If you're OK with the oddity of the situation, it could be a fun new way to interface with your iPad. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the Oculus Rift or Google's Cardboard to go mainstream.
Silent Hills - Silent Hills Concept Trailer - TGS 2014 - IGN Video
Kojima has revealed a concept trailer for his upcoming survival horror revival.
Officers Train With NYPD's Twitter Police
The New York Police Department's commanders are highly trained veterans capable of wrangling hardened criminals and rookie officers. Sharing their thoughts in 140 characters without a gaffe is another matter.
The Four Different iPhone User Types And The Best iPhone For Each
If the iPod is a guide, we may now be experiencing peak iPhone. The iPod peaked at four product lines and is now down to three. Apple refined those four lines over the course of seven years. This means there is a precedent for Apple maintaining four iPhone lines for an extended period. The iPhone 6 seems to define the limit of how big an iPhone can be and still be a phone. The iPhone 6 Plus similarly defines the limit before a phone-like device (a phablet) becomes a mini tablet. So whatever decision you make now, or next year, the form factor options are likely to remain stable for quite a while.
How To Be Productive During A Day Of Endless Meetings
If you’re going to make the most of 15 minutes here and there, then you need to be prepared, Onderick-Harvey says. Take a few minutes at the start of every day to create your to-do list and estimate how much time each item will take, and who or what you’ll need to complete the task. That way, if you find yourself with a quarter- or half-hour to spare, you can easily pinpoint the best way to make the most of that time and get something done.
Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Immediately | TechCrunch
Facebook will also analyze when comments and Likes were added. If they come in as a flurry right when the post is published, it will consider it more timely and show it sooner. If later the post gets a much lower rate of engagement, Facebook will infer that the content was timely and has ceased to be interesting, so it will stop showing it to people. The same logic will be used to determine if a post that qualified for someone’s feed but they didn’t scroll far enough to see should be bumped up in their feed later or if its window of relevance has passed. These updates will roll out gradually to all Facebook users.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review: Size Really Does Matter
At 172g, the 6 Plus is only 4g lighter than the recently announced Galaxy Note 4 , but with a 5.7 inch screen Samsung’s phablet makes much better use of the volume and weight. At 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm the iPhone 6 Plus is also a shade larger than the Note 4 (which measures up at 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm). What I find interesting is the iPhone 6 Plus does not stand out against other phablets. Apple’s latest design echoes designs used by Sony and Samsung, and is slightly larger than the competition. Apple has scaled up its older iPhone style, and the only change is the location of the power button.
Mystery U.S. Government Satellite Is Now In Orbit
The next launch for ULA is scheduled for October 29, 2014, when an Atlas V rocket will deliver next generation GPS satellites into orbit on behalf of the Air Force. The next launch scheduled for September is a SpaceX launch on September 20, where it will deliver a Dragon capsule loaded with cargo to the International Space Station.
Here's More Proof That Americans Don't Know How To Stop Working
So... in other words, the high level of night & weekend work hours in the US is more due to late-night employment than people working over 60 hours a week? That seems more like a positive/creative way to create job opportunities than proof we don't know how to stop working.
Microsoft to close Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley | ZDNet
He noted that Microsoft still has 2,500 employees working for the company in the Silicon Valley area including individuals working on Skype, Yammer, Bing, Outlook.com and Xbox. He said the cuts today do not mean Microsoft is backing away from its research commitments or necessarily closing any of the research projects that are run out of the Silicon Valley lab.
First iPhone 6 Buyer Does an Accidental Drop-Test on Live TV
It's iPhone 6 launch day, which of course means that YouTube will be full of drop tests by lunch time. But the very first buyer, coming out of the iPhone store in Perth, decided to beat them all to it.
Motorola Moto G (2014) Review: Brilliantly Compromised
Before we jump in, it’s good to keep in mind where the Moto G is aimed – squarely at first-time smartphone buyers or people wanting solid specs at a reasonable price, rather than the bleeding edge. In the UK it costs less than £150 (around $180 in the US) and its predecessor managed to scoop the title of Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time. So specs might be middling, but hopes are high.
Watch the live stream of our 'future of AI and deep learning' event tonight
Our future of artificial intelligence and deep learning event tonight will now be streamed live for folks who can’t attend in person. Speakers include Andrew Ng, Oren Etzioni, John Platt, Johan Schalkwyk, Jeremy Howard, Adam Gibson, Bobby Jaros and Benjamin Recht.
'Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes' Review: Powered Up Play
Equally, owners of Disney Infinity 1.0 can upgrade their toy-box to access all the new characters and play-set pieces, but they can’t access the old play-set adventures without purchasing one of the new 2.0 starter packs. With a lot of rhetoric around Disney Infinity being a platform rather than a single game, it feels like this aspect is lacking for families.
Bungie Details Next Two Destiny In-Game Events - IGN
If PvP isn't your thing though, there's no need to panic. Starting on Tuesday The Queen's Wrath goes live. Running from September 23 to October 6, The Awoken's ruthless ruler is calling in that favour you owe her and throwing new bounties your way, along with "challenging mission modes". It'll apparently be worth doing though, with Unique Legendary and Rare Gear set to go to participants.
NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black hole - CNET
At the core of this tiny galaxy is what NASA is calling a "supermassive," or "monster" black hole, one that has five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. A dwarf galaxy is one that has a small fraction of the hundreds of billion of stars in the Milky Way.
Twilio Adds Low-Cost, Two-Way MMS Picture Messaging To Its API Cloud | TechCrunch
Twilio , the San Francisco-based company that currently works with around half a million developers to integrate text messaging, voice and VoIP services into their apps by way of a set of simple APIs, is today adding a new feature into its artillery that taps into some of the most popular uses for smartphones today. It is launching MMS picture messaging. Twilio MMS will work on all standard phone numbers across the U.S. and Canada, with prices starting at $0.01 per message to receive and $0.02 to send — and going down based on volume.
The invasion of corporate news - FT.com
A population of 100,000 is no longer a guarantee that a city like Richmond, California can sustain a thriving daily paper. Readers have drifted from the tactile pleasures of print to the digital gratification of their smartphone screens, and advertising revenues have drifted with them. Titles that once served up debates from City Hall, news of school teams’ triumphs and classified ads for outgrown bikes have stopped the presses for good.