Sony's Morpheus virtual-reality headset arriving in 2016 - CNET
In terms of the VR image quality and feelings of motion, Morpheus feels the closest to being able to sustain a longer-term gaming experience thanks to its upgraded innards, though it's far from perfect. I played The Heist, a short demo produced by Sony's London studio, that positioned me at the mercy of a thuggish character preparing to torture information out of me. When my captor moved in close to my face and shouted, I was simultaneously amused by how real it seemed and startled by the tinge of fear I felt.
SXSW's Official App Will Tap Into Over 1,000 iBeacons
Austin’s annual jamboree of film, music and startup culture, SXSW kicks off in 10 days and the festival has just launched its official app, which relies heavily on Apple’s iBeacon technology .
This App Makes Encrypting Calls And Messages Easy For All
If you tell someone their messages and phone calls should be encrypted, you’ll probably get a glazed-over look before they tell you it’s too hard. Signal 2.0 aims to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption to the masses.
Australians throw 300,000 roma tomatoes at each other
More than 5,000 insane people headed to Flemington Racecourse for a food fight with 40,000 tonnes of roma tomatoes. The punters smothered themselves in the red slime, pelted tomatoes at one another and splashed around in the juices.
5 Ways to Tackle the Complexity of Your Next Big Project
Large, complex organizations often suffer from a major challenge — their product development feels like a big black box. When you’re launching an MVP at a 5-person startup, it’s relatively easy to track the progress of the product and get your team in the same room to discuss roadblocks, challenges, and lessons learned for each and every sprint.
Community enters the 'age of Yahoo' with new season six trailer
Your first look at Community' s sixth season is here. But remember this isn't something you'll be seeing on NBC (or cable for that matter). After scrambling to find a new home for the beloved, embattled comedy, Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, and the crew are headed to Yahoo Screen — minus a few original cast members. Community is scheduled to return on March 17th. Just don't count on binge watching it; two episodes will premiere on that date, with a single new episode following each week thereafter until things wrap up in June. Needless to say, it's probably time to download the Yahoo Screen app on your smartphone or tablet if you haven't already.
Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents' Bad Habits | WIRED
Toward the end of World War II, the Nazis blocked all food and fuel supplies to the Netherlands, leading to famine. Many babies born during this famine suffered long-term effects, including a higher incidence of a variety of conditions such as heart disease, obesity, glucose intolerance, and obstructed airways. Severe trauma altered the victims’ gene code for life, even if the victim had yet to be born.
Voice of Snapchat Generation
Like any popular mass medium, the internet often reflects the time and place as well as the people who use it. From the directory web to the search web to the social web to the mobile web, each shift in core internet behaviors has spawned its own set of stars: companies, investors, celebrities and journalists. Jenna Wortham is one of those rare writers who is able to explain the shapeshifting culture of the younger and newer internet.
A heady blend of smarts, skills, poise and sassiness, she is the voice of the Snapchat generation, throwing herself into the change before making it a story. Her work has always provided a glimpse into emergent internet behaviors, long before they become well-known and commonplace. However, though she lives such a public and social life on the internet, I didn't know much about her in real life.
That all changed when we met for coffee in Manhattan recently. We ended up talking about technology, journalism and life on the internet as well as Beyonce. Here is a shorter version of our long and rambling chat.
Microsoft's Lumia 640 and 640 XL are its new budget phone stars
After mistakenly letting the cat out of the bag yesterday, Microsoft has officially unveiled its latest Lumia phones at Mobile World Congress -- and they're pretty tempting if you're looking for a good deal. The new Lumia 640 and 640 XL (can you guess the difference?) are the company's latest budget phones, effectively replacing last year's Lumia 630 and 635 . They both include a quad-core Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz, a gigabyte of RAM and 720p display resolutions, but they differ in screen size and camera prowess. The Lumia 640 has a 5-inch screen and an 8-megapixel shooter, while the XL -- Microsoft's first budget phablet -- packs in a 5.7-inch screen and a 13MP camera with a Zeiss lens. That's a significant bump from the weak 5MP option in last year's phones, but without a big price increase: The 640, expected in May, will start unlocked at around $155 for its 3G version and $177 for the LTE model. And if you want to get your hands on the XL soon, you're in luck. It's coming later this month for around $211 (3G) and $244 (LTE). As usual, final pricing is up to the retailers.
Apple beats Samsung to become the world's top smartphone manufacturer in Q4, says Gartner
That's a pretty dramatic reversal from a year ago, when Samsung sold 83.3 million smartphones to soundly best Apple's sales of 50.2 million iPhones. However, it seems that Samsung might now have what it takes to turn the tide quickly back to its favor: the company's brand-new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are easily the most visually striking phones the company has announced in years. Both are set to launch worldwide on April 10th — so while Apple could stay on top for one more quarter, it seems likely that Samsung could steal the crown back in Q2 of this year.
BlackBerry Unveils its Mid-range 4G All-touch Leap Smartphone
BlackBerry unveiled its new Leap smartphone today at Mobile World Congress . It’s a 5-inch all-touch 4G LTE device aimed at young professionals and features the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS .
Elliptic Labs Launches Ultra-Fast Touchless Mobile Gesturing
Elliptic Labs , which specializes in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics, has announced what it calls “Ultra-fast Ultra-far Interaction” — meaning super fast speed coupled with a larger field of response for its touchless gesture technology.
How scientists are fighting antibiotic resistance
The inspiration behind the novel approach is that absolutely everything on the planet is teeming with microbes, which are engaged in a constant epic battle of survival of the fittest. Mid-fight, the microbes secrete biological weapons, aka antibiotics. Extracting those from the natural environment (teixobactin comes from a “grassy field in Maine,” the researchers say) by diluting a soil sample that is placed on special equipment allowed scientists to continue to grow them by immersing that equipment into a box of the very soil from which the diluted sample was extracted. From there, samples can divide and colonize, but these are “domesticated” colonies able to be grown in petri dishes.
Digital Trends Top Tech of MWC nominees
When it comes to the tech you carry every day, such as phones, tablets, and smartwatches, no show looms larger than Mobile World Congress . Tech giants like Samsung, LG, and Sony descend on Barcelona every March to show off their hottest new toys. And if you’re in the market, you’ll find new products that make the gear introduced just months ago look ancient. This year was no exception. A spate of powerful new smartphones, super-thin tablets, and swanky smartwatches you’ll finally want to wear has made it one of the most exciting shows in recent memory.
Big Data, Internet and the Technology that will Define the Future of Business - OpenMind
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Puzzle Game Inspires a New concept for Animal Portraits
If you played Tangram as a child, constructing objects from various shapes may bring back a familiar creative urge. That’s what seems to have happened to French artist, Manoou, who was inspired by the concept of the ancient Chinese game and applied its technique to an extensive series of brilliant animal portraits.
The YotaPhone 2 and its awesome e-paper display are coming to the US
From the front, YotaPhone 2 looks like any other Android phone, but it's the e-paper display around back that's earned the device so much praise. With it, you can use your smartphone as a proper e-reader or display always-on app notifications (or maybe the weather). But any Android application can be mirrored onto the electronic paper display, which can save your phone's battery from calling it quits in a pinch. YotaPhone is still working on an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the device and expects to have it ready around the time of US availability "or shortly thereafter," according to PhoneScoop .
Microsoft bringing Xbox One Preview Program to Xbox 360
You'll know you're in if you see a special Xbox Live message from Microsoft. If you're one of the lucky few, head to the Xbox 360's Settings menu, then go to Account Management under Account. There, you'll see an option for "Xbox 360 Preview Registration" listed as one of your memberships, and it'll allow you to enroll your console in the program. That won't do anything just yet, but Microsoft will send another Xbox Live message to let you know the program has officially begun.
The First Detailed Image of the World's Smallest Known Life-form
This picture might look a little grainy, but you're actually looking at the first detailed image of the ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be "about as small as life can get."
Waze Now Displays AMBER Alerts In-App
To contribute to the search for missing children, Waze today announced that it will integrate AMBER alerts into the app. The alerts will appear with the name and photo of the missing child, along with information about where he or she was last seen. Users can click on the notification to learn more about the case.
72% off Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack
Charge up your mobile devices wherever you go with the Power Vault . Its powerful 18,000mAh battery can juice your phone and tablets multiple times on a single charge, and its sleek body takes up minimal space in your backpack, purse or pocket.
Valve's Steam Machines to hit gamers' hands in November - CNET
The console-style devices, which were originally discussed in 2013, will officially launch in November, along with a Steam Controller and Steam Link, which allows users to stream content among PCs and Steam Machines on the same network. Taking advantage of Steam's gaming operating system SteamOS, which allows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs to be transformed into a gaming rig, the trio of products represent the first credible gaming alternative to the console juggernauts.
Cloudera CEO declares victory over big data competition
While Hortonworks explains the Open Data Platform essentially as a way for member companies to build on top of Hadoop without, I guess, formally paying Hortonworks for support or embracing its entire Hadoop distribution, Reilly describes it as little more than a marketing ploy. Aside from calling it a graceful exit for Pivotal (and, arguably, IBM), he takes issue with even calling it “open.” If the ODP were truly open, he said, companies wouldn’t have to pay for membership, Cloudera would have been invited and, when it asked about the alliance, it wouldn’t have been required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week
Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s.
Marketplace 2.0 : How To Engage And Keep Users
Over the last five years, new marketplaces have emerged in every niche. Buyers and sellers have many more choices today. To ensure that a marketplace preserves its network effects, it needs to ensure that buyers and sellers stay on and keep engaging repeatedly. Increasingly, this will be achieved by adding levers of engagement and lock-in on top of the traditional transaction-only model.
IBM rolls out 3 new iOS apps for enterprises
IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are now available for companies in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and for governments and airlines. Air Canada, American Eagle Outfitters, Banorte, Boots UK, Citi, and Sprint are among the more than 50 companies that have adopted the apps so far.
Vast Majority Of Us Would Prefer A Thicker Smartphone If It Meant A Better Battery
Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some, but not all, potential survey errors. YouGov's reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample, rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.
RNI's Plug-in Update Strives For That Grainy, Film Stock Look
This new version of the software adds an Analog Softness feature, designed to further remove the visual differences between high-megapixel images and film shots. In addition to bringing more than 170 new realistic and moody film presets to the mix, the upgrade also enhances color accuracy and skin tones for existing presets, the company said.
Taking the plunge with BlackBerry's cheap Leap
BlackBerry spent a long, long time courting the world's business buffs, and for a while its phones were corporate icons as much as they were communicators. Now the folks in Waterloo are making another play for all the "young, mobile professionals" out there... or at least ones that don't give a lick about what's ticking away inside their phones. See, the Leap is BlackBerry's latest attempt at clawing into youngsters' pockets and it comes bearing a few familiar-sounding parts from years past. That might not be a dealbreaker considering the Leap'll cost you only $275 without a contract, and you know what? The thing actually makes a pretty good first impression.
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Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key features, switch to iPhone, focus on bands
Can I clear this one up for you? I bought the gold 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus and had NO problem laying down the money for it. Apple Pay and all the other features but mainly for the larger phone. I was all but convinced on the watch – had mine picked out – Apple Watch Space Black (I think that was the color) with the milanese band. It adds the convenience of Apple Pay to my arm and has health and Fitness for about $349. Now I realize that the Apple Watch is actually the middle tier (rather than the order that the tiers have been run in so far as I’ve seen) and that middle tier will cost much more than $349. So for $349, I get a watch with a plastic band. Now I’m thinking here. Phone has HealthKit – probably not to the extent of the Watch without doubt – and Apple Pay and a clock. So I spend “much more than $349″ for a device whose features really overlap the phone? And the phone is still the primary device that I use and would be required in order to get the full functionality of the watch? You see where I’m going here? I had my watch picked out.
Tech5 Deadline Extended: Win Stage Time!
Our deadline was set for February 28, and despite far exceeding the number of signups that the competition saw in 2014, we suspect that there are still some companies out there who deserve a chance to participate.
US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken steps to protect its air traffic control systems from cyber-based and other threats, significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system (NAS). These include weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources, such as controls for protecting system boundaries, identifying and authenticating users, authorizing users to access systems, encrypting sensitive data, and auditing and monitoring activity on FAA's systems. Additionally, shortcomings in boundary protection controls between less-secure systems and the operational NAS environment increase the risk from these weaknesses.
Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount
That’s given them confidence to make a big investment in the food delivery service. On top of the reported $90 million it paid to acquire the startup, Square has also throwing a lot of resources behind Caviar since it came in-house. A year ago, the company had just 10 employees, and was at a headcount of 40 when Square acquired it. But the team has grown to well above 100 and now occupies a separate floor in Square’s Mid-Market office building.
Found: A Legendary Lost Civilization Buried In the Honduran Rainforest
In 1928, on his flight over Central America, Charles Lindbergh spied an expansive stretch of white ruins—"an amazing ancient metropolis." Several years later, an anthropolist named W.D. Strong claimed that he'd found ancient artifacts scattered about the Honduran river basins and that during his six-month expedition, he had heard "many stories of stranfe archaeological ruins." Not long after, S.J. Glassmire, a mining engineer and gold prospector from New Mexico, announced that he'd found a lost city that was "five square miles" with "crumbling limestone walls."
A Satellite Exploded in Orbit and No One's Quite Sure Why Yet
It's a dangerous problem, and no one is quite sure how to deal with it; NASA estimates that there are 20,000 pieces of the stuff larger than a softball orbiting Earth right now.
BlackBerry plans to launch a sliding 'dual-curved display' phone this year
During a press conference at Mobile World Congress today, BlackBerry revealed that it plans to launch a new touchscreen slider device later this year. The new phone doesn't have a name, price, or exact release date, but it has what BlackBerry calls a "dual curved display" that appears similar to that of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge . It's similar in appearance to the old BlackBerry Torch or even Dell's Venue Pro from 2010.
SolarCity sues Arizona utility over solar anti-competitive practices
The solar financier and installer chaired by Elon Musk, SolarCity, has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court claiming that the Arizona utility Salt River Project is using anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly around energy and solar power and unfairly block competition.
Intel, Alcatel-Lucent unveil their cloud mobile network
A year after forming their wireless partnership, Intel and Franco-American network builder Alcatel-Lucent say they’re ready to start moving the mobile network from the cell tower into the data center. At Mobile World Congress on Monday, the two took the wraps off a new networking architecture called vRAN, which looks unlike any mobile system deployed to date.
8 Award-Winning Mac Apps ft. ScreenFlow, Things, and DataRescue for 90% Off
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How One Company Convinced Anthony Bourdain To Shill As It Rebrands Scotch
Will this focus on genuine craftsmanship help The Balvenie secure its place in the hearts and liquor cabinets of millennials? Perhaps, but William Grant & Sons is not taking any chances. It’s also reaching out to younger consumers by more conventional means. Eight years ago, it launched an entirely new brand, Monkey Shoulder, that specifically targets the youngest possible Scotch drinkers, in their early 20s. "We like to think of ourselves as the naughty nephew of the Scotch category," says Tom Wade, Monkey Shoulder’s brand manager. "We like to thumb our noses at the more pretentious ideas that go along with the beverage." At a price point of $32.99, it’s cheap enough for recent college grads and it does not seem a waste to throw it in fruity cocktails. Wade tells me that the name is deliberately meant to sound cheeky and fun. But at the same time, it hearkens back to a specific part of the traditional whiskey-making process, where malt men would work long shifts turning the barley by hand, causing their shoulders to hang down like a monkey’s. ("Don’t worry," Wade says. "We now have a machine that ensures that we don’t have to injure our workforce in the production of this beverage.
Watch Citizenfour For Free Right Now
Correction (5:30 PM EST) : An earlier version of this post said that Citizenfour was free for everybody. It was too good to be true. That was just a legitimate-looking bootleg. You can find legit versions of the film at Channel 4 (in the UK only) or on HBO —or so we've been told. The stream doesn't appear to be live on HBO at the time of this update.
Qualcomm’s cognitive compute processors are coming to Snapdragon 820 | ExtremeTech
Most of the time, when we talk about Qualcomm, we talk about the company’s Snapdragon line of processors or its LTE modems (back when those were branded separately). Qualcomm powers a huge slice of the Android smartphone and tablet market, but it’s not the company’s only interest. At MWC this week, Qualcomm is talking up its neuromorphic Zeroth platform, and debuting a new brand name — Kryo — for its upcoming custom 64-bit architecture. Both Zeroth-derived processors and Kryo itself will debut with the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to be available later this year. Devices announced at MWC will be using the Snapdragon 810 — that’s the 20nm chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A57/A53 processors.
Apple Brings Photos App To The OS X Public Beta Program
The graduation of the app to the public beta program means it’s getting closer to a general launch, but it’s not yet clear when exactly that will happen. Apple has a special event planned for next Monday, at which it is widely expected to debut its Apple Watch. The wearable does have a photos tie-in, so perhaps we could see the minor point update for OS X arrive then, but if not, we’ll almost certainly see a broader launch in time for this year’s WWDC.
FREAK Attack: A Dangerous Security Flaw Caused by US Government Policy
A group of computer scientists have revealed a dangerous security flaw that could open up many phones and other machines to attack. The worst part is that the problem has its roots in a misguided U.S. government effort to prevent consumers from having access to strong encryption.
Whatever You Do, Don't Skip This Five-Second Geico Ad
It's almost more a reaction now, than an actual decision. Click play on a YouTube video and our brains are programmed to automatically hit the "Skip Ad" button as soon as it appears. That's the challenge of the preroll ad—the urge to skip is so great that most people wouldn't even hear a marketer if they promised free pizza and beer in those few precious seconds.
Gazon: Mobile malware outbreak strikes Android devices | ZDNet
"By using the victims' own contacts, the attack exploits peoples' inherent trust when receiving messages from one of their own contacts. The speed with which this was able to spread around the globe shows how attackers are using mobile messaging as one of the most effective methods of distributing malware and achieving rapid global reach," said Simeon Coney, SVP of Security Practice at AdaptiveMobile. "To be able to detect, protect against and remediate from new threats it is critical to undertake constant proactive monitoring and control."
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Wild, wonderful and wacky concepts at the 2015 Geneva auto show (pictures) - CNET
Ranging from the near-production-ready Infiniti QX30 compact SUV to the robot-friendly Rinspeed Budi, concept cars at the 2015 Geneva auto show stretch the imagination.
These prototype eyeglasses from AVG make you invisible to facial recognition software
But that ‘s not all — in addition to the infrared tech, the glasses are also rimmed with a type of retro-reflective material that bounces light back to exactly where it came from. Most surfaces reflect light by diffusing or scattering it in all directions, but this material is specially designed to reflect light back at the exact same angle as it arrived. If caught in flash photography, retro-reflective material will send most of the light back to the camera’s sensor. This will result in an image that will put the dynamic range of the camera sensor to the test.