Nokia Has Sold Its HERE Maps to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3 Billion

Nokia’s map platform HERE has impressed ever since it was first released . Now, it’s impressed enough for a motoring consortium made up of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes to buy it for $3 billion.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Turtles in Time" Review - IGN

Coming off a long hiatus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned with another strong episode tapping into classic storylines and characters. This week's "Turtles in Time" introduced us to new versions of Renet Tilly (voiced by The Last of Us and The Avengers' Ashley Johnson), Lord Simultaneous (The Prestige's Jim Piddock) and Savanti Romero (The Hobbit's Graham McTavish), while also setting up a new time travel arc (!) for Season 3. Smartly, this episode got right to the action, with the sinister Savanti already in pursuit of Time Master -- ahem,  Assistant Time Master Renet and the Time Scepter.

Move to Apple Music 1.1.6 review: Transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music

The app is not without issues. The first couple of versions of Move to Apple Music were a bit buggy, but the developers have worked very hard to fix these issues, and have released a number of updates in the first few days of the app’s existence. The time it takes to import everything may throw you off; when I first ran the app, it told me it was going to take 188 hours (I have some 22,000 tracks in Spotify playlists). I then decided to only import a few playlists at a time, rather than wait for everything to get copied.

Stunt rider Robbie Maddison takes on a giant Tahitian wave – on a dirt bike

Fifty seconds in and the excitement ramps up a notch as the rider takes the bike onto a river. It’s at this point you see what’s going on with those boards, as without them both the motorbike and the guy on it would’ve disappeared under the water, bringing the action sequence to an abrupt and disappointing close. But it gets better. Much better.

Macio allows you to assign Activator actions to keyboard keys

Once installed, you can get started by venturing into the tweak’s preferences pane available in Settings where you can assign Activator action to keyboard keys via the configuration section. Once you’ve added all the keyboard shortcuts, you’ll have to respring your device for the new changes to apply.

REMITTANCES EXPLAINED: How funds are transferred across borders, and why digital is poised to disrupt this century-old industry

Three remittance companies — Western Union, MoneyGram, and Ria — have dominated this market for years, operating a combined 1.1 million retail locations across 200 countries to facilitate cash pickups. However, digital-first players are emerging, leveraging mobile and online platforms to compete with the legacy firms on scale and fees. Fees remain a huge pain point for migrants sending money home, and offering lower fees gives startups a huge advantage.

Reservations for first all-liquid metal Turing phone are now open

To clarify, there’s no option to pre-order this phone, as we had previously thought there would be . Rather, you can reserve the phone now for purchase later — meaning you’ll get notified when Turing Robotic Industries is ready to take your money.

Quirky's Ben Kaufman steps down as CEO - CNET

Six years after founding the crowd-sourced invention platform, Ben Kaufman will no longer serve as Quirky's chief executive.

See every app's shortcuts with Cheat Sheet for Mac

A shortcut gets you from Point A to Point B in a shorter amount of time than it would if you did not take the shortcut. Pretty simple premiss right? But when it comes to shortcuts on your Mac, it might take even longer just to find or remember what that shortcut even is. Since every program and application has its own set of shortcuts it takes a while to get everything memorized. But with CheatSheet, memorization is no longer a requirement.

Apple is testing its own phone service, reports Business Insider

In launching an MVNO, Apple would be following Google's lead.  Google recently announced Project Fi , an MVNO phone service that currently serves Nexus 6 owners. That limitation is a way for Google to keep its current pool of users small. Presumably, if Google is able to scale the service, it'll eventually open up to other Android phones. Serving as an MVNO  might be particularly helpful to Google , as it would allow it to control more of the Android experience without having to worry about carriers adding extra software or delaying updates. Apple wouldn't have such huge gains, but it might give it more control over the iPhone experience. Plus, it might be another way for Apple to expand its enormous phone revenues. That's one good reason to believe it'd be interested in becoming an MVNO.

Where Microsoft Is Losing Ground to Apple and Google

Ever since Apple launched iLife—included software for handling music, photos and videos—people just expect that their computers come with such apps, free of charge. Google provides free downloads that are equally competitive, not to mention offers compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s popular (but increasingly outdated) Office suite and Web browsers. In this three-way battle, which we’ve laid out in handy chart form, Microsoft is having a hard time keeping up. ( Click the image to enlarge. )

My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

In my 40 years of reporting on mass surveillance, I have been raided three times; jailed once; had television programs I made or assisted making banned from airing under government pressure five times; seen tapes seized; faced being shoved out of a helicopter; had my phone tapped for at least a decade; and — with this arrest — been lined up to face up to 30 years imprisonment for alleged violations of secrecy laws. And why do I keep going? Because from the beginning, my investigations revealed a once-unimaginable scope of governmental surveillance, collusion, and concealment by the British and U.S. governments — practices that were always as much about domestic spying during times of peace as they were about keeping citizens safe from supposed foreign enemies, thus giving the British government the potential power to become, as our source that night had put it, a virtual “police state.”

Windows 10 Hits 14+ Million Installations Already

If you're still waiting to get your hands on Windows 10 via the handy little update notification option on your taskbar, don't. Join the 14 million or so devices—Microsoft's official count—that already switched over to the new OS within the first 24 hours of its launch. Don't listen to silly little statements like this.

Sony launches Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra Android smartphones, with focus on perfect selfies

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PlayStation Now game streaming officially arrives on Vita and PS TV

If you've been itchin' to give PlayStation Now's streaming a go on your gaming handheld, the wait is over. The subscription service officially arrived on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV , delivering access to over 125 games on those two devices. PlayStation Now had been available on the Vita and PlayStation TV in beta form for months, but now it's making a proper debut after hitting the PS3 back in May. In addition to equipping two more gaming gadgets with the service, five new titles are being added this month. Joining the library of titles in August are Dynasty Warriors 8, MX vs. ATV Supercross, Bomberman Ultra, The Last Guy and, most importantly, God of War III . With new games being added on the regular and Sony offering newcomers a free one-week trial, there's really now excuse for PlayStation owners to take the service for a test drive.

AT&T launches first DirecTV bundle: $200 for TV, wireless for four - CNET

It marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of wireless and television services throughout the nation, a move made possible with the combination of AT&T's wireless assets with DirecTV's nationwide satellite TV service. It also comes at a time when other providers are looking to augment their services, from Cablevision's $10 wireless service to Verizon Wireless aiming to launch a mobile video service.

Samsung Electronics to create fund for cancer-stricken workers, safety

SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories.

Brain game 'improves lives of schizophrenia patients' - BBC News

A computer-based brain-training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge researchers.

The Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy Canada beginning August 14

As confirmed by Mobile Syrup , the Apple Watch is also headed to Best Buy Canada. The report indicates that the wearable will be available across Best Buy retail shops across the country, but that the opportunity to try on the device will be limited to 20 stores — of which the list isn’t known just yet. The Apple Watch and Watch Sport will be available from the retailer in 16 different variants, and Best Buy will also have plenty of accessories on sale, too.

If You Have To Say It, Say It In GIFs

The limits of language, however, still chafe in an era when so much casual, conversational communication happens via screens rather than face-to-face. The GIF allows a sort of proxy face-to-face encounter, conveying a visual cue of your emotional state directly across the web. While apps like Facetime and Skype allow us to get a direct face-to-face conversation with distant friends or relatives, a GIF can approximate this experience for less personal or intimate situations, like a group email chain or a message board. It remains an estimate, an actor or cartoon character’s enactment of your condition, but it’s far closer to an in-person reaction than a tiny, yellow circle with a few dots. GIFs are “like HD emojis,” the COO of Giphy, Adam Leibsohn, told HuffPost.

Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

The limitations of the new memory class are still unclear, but its earliest applications are likely to be in real-time data analysis, where fast access to large datasets is at a premium. Intel singled out fraud detection and disease tracking as likely early applications, but said the chip could also be used to power more immersive gaming experiences if brought to the PC. Because the memory is durable and non-volatile, it's likely to be used primarily for long-term storage, but executives at the keynote said fast access to that long-term data could enable entirely new applications for everyday services.

Apple may add voicemail transcription to Siri's abilities

iOS 9 makes Siri more contextually aware by showing relevant information at certain times of day. This means if you usually check certain apps in the morning, Siri will display those in a new Spotlight view to the left of your home screen. She can also pull up the Music app when you plug in your headphones, create calendar events automatically from email invites, and interpret your natural-language requests as commands. Voicemail transcription would be a nice touch, given that many iPhone owners prefer to use their devices as tiny computers rather than as cell phones.

VideoPane 2.0 update brings a redesigned UI, support for additional apps, and more [Updated]

The latest update of the tweak makes VideoPane even more awesome by bringing a redesigned UI, support for more iOS 8 apps including those that include DRM and now provides the ability to choose what buttons you’d like to see on the detached video.

Here's Video of the Jerk Who Killed hitchBOT

Update, again: There’s also the question of where the supposed security camera would be mounted. Looking at Google Street View, there’s no clear indication that there was a security camera from that vantage point as of June 2014. Which doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have been installed since then. But it’s one more red flag pointing to this being some kind of prank by Bassmaster and Wellens.

The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business

Disaster zones are both collaborative and competitive places. International search-and-rescue organizations come first, followed by the big aid operations—USAid, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Red Cross. Their mission is altruistic but not selfless. The groups give aid and also vie for certain resources: access, local knowledge, hotels, helicopters, publicity. The same holds true for the private crisis-response industry. One day Weinstein ran into a former Global Rescue employee who now works for Redpoint. The two were cordial, but at the time there were a limited number of private helicopters operating in Nepal. Both Redpoint and Global Rescue wanted access to them. Both companies acquitted themselves admirably under the conditions, and both evacuated numerous clients, as well as bystanders. Global Rescue flew Summit Climb’s Sherpas down from Camp 1 at no cost, while Redpoint sent a trauma surgeon to tend to rural villages. “These companies will help out if they have extra room on the plane,” says John Moretti, a former PR manager for Global Rescue.

McAvoy and Fassbender to Reportedly Return in Future X-Men Movies - IGN

Heroic Hollywood reports both McAvoy and Fassbender have made deals to return in their respective X-Men roles in films beyond Apocalypse, pointing to an interview with MTV News where Fassbender said he's "(always) interested in moving forward," and wasn't sure about the future beyond the three-film deal that he, McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence , and Nicholas Hoult signed.

China’s Airbnb Valued at More Than $1 Billion After Funding has raised $300 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion, as the Chinese vacation rentals site often compared with Airbnb Inc. pursues financing to bankroll a global expansion.

How To Make Money On Instagram

Instagram "influencers," as the industry calls them, team up with businesses to promote products or brand campaigns on the photo-sharing platform. These promotions take the form of photos, hashtags and captions, and compensation depends on the brand, scope of the project and influencer's bargaining power. While some brands pay between $5 to $10 per thousand followers, others offer $100 per 100 followers and still others pay only in free swag. 

Sooooo Fujifilm’s New Camera Sees Through Some Clothes

That’s because it’s able to “see” infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye. Visible light falls within a wavelength of 390nm (violet) and 700nm (red). Beyond that 700nm ceiling, you enter the near-infrared range between 750nm and 950nm. According to Fujifilm, the X-T1 IR can capture light at wavelengths up to 1,000nm, dipping its toe into the mid-infrared range. It’s also able to see long-wave ultraviolet light in the 380nm to 400nm range.

The Hellish Beauty of California’s Wildfires

Palley does his best to stay safe. He never heads to a location without full safety gear, or Person Protective Equipment (PPE). It’s the same suit wildland firefighters wear, decked out in special boots, helmet, goggles and nomex. Palley’s also taken a US Forest Service class on fire behavior so he can predict its next move. A radio helps him keep tabs on fire communications, and he never strays too far from his car in case the wind changes and he needs to make a run for it. If Palley ever needs a reminder of the dangers of his job, the proof is in his camera: smoke, ash, and dirt frequently cloud the sensor. “I have especially high repair bills, but unfortunately it goes with the territory,” he says.

Charge Up Your iOS Device with the Best Lightning Cables Around [Deals Hub]

Sick of burning through chargers for your iOS devices? Stop buying shoddy replacements cords—grab some ones that will last for the price of the of the cheaper ones from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

Destiny: Why The Dreadnaught Will Be Awesome - IGN's Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

The Fireteam Chat crew talks about the new Dreadnaught setting in Destiny and why they think it's going to be a huge improvement.

Twitter: A Google company – How it would work

Finally, of the three non-suitors, Facebook does’t need the hassle of Twitter. It doesn’t do anything that the new big blue isn’t already doing. Of course, Mark Zuckerberg could slap down a few billion and turn Twitter into his “ping pong room,” but there’s no reason it fits into the social network’s growing family of apps.

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Sony’s new phones are perfect for Snapchat, yet no one will buy them

Sorriest technology companies of 2015

Despite all the technology advances that have rolled out this year, it’s also been a sorry state of affairs among leading network and computing vendors, along with businesses that rely heavily on technology. Apple, Google, airlines and more have issued tech-related mea culpas in 2015…

The After Math: Stupid-fast storage and what's in a Windows number?

Already immersing yourself in Windows 10? Trying to block out the not-so-favorable memories of Windows 8? Good for you. This week involved a new smartphone from a new challenger , and several new smartphone from a once-dominant player . And we don't mean Nokia, which was busy dipping its toes into the world of VR cameras. Because of course . Gallery | 8 Photos The After Math: August 2nd 2015 + See all 8

Halt and Catch Fire: "Heaven is a Place" Review - IGN

“Heaven is a Place” finally brought all of the simmering problems of Gordon and Donna’s relationship to a full boil, as Gordon admitted his affair in the midst of an already strained dynamic. The actual scenario is fairly cliché – how many times have we seen a kid run away from home after their parents fight? -- but I enjoyed Donna’s pseudo-extortion of Gordon to essentially fund Mutiny’s move to California. Though Donna would claim that she’s not extorting Gordon and simply giving them an out, it’s a nice touch of writing for Donna to admit to involvement in Westrgoup’s demise; it suggests that Donna is capable of doing pretty despicable things in the business world, despite her innocent demeanor. One reading of the scene in the treehouse could be Donna deluding herself into thinking she’s doing the right thing for her marriage, when in fact it’s a rather shrewd-but-shady business decision.

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isn't space, but still cool! “ @verge : Star Trek's original Uhura is going on a NASA mission … ”

The 30 Best iPhone Apps for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5

The offline maps are free, but you have to buy one of the packages available via in-app purchase for features such as 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, dynamic lane guidance, gives warnings when you exceed speed limits, warning for fixed speedcams in some countries, police trap warnings from other users and more. It also offers premium features such as HUD – Heads up display(at night navigation info is projected directly into the line of sight on the dashboard), BlackBox (a dash-cam that records while you’re navigating), Cockpit (measures the performance of your car). It does not have the best user interface, but the rich feature list compensates for it.

Gwyneth Paltrow Goes To Market

Of all the activities on Paltrow’s professional pie chart these days— acting, investing, writing cookbooks, expanding her chain of high-end gyms with Tracy Anderson—Goop "is the biggest slice," she tells me over the phone a month later, as she drives her car across Los Angeles. She started the company in 2008 at her kitchen table in her house in London, having reduced her acting schedule to about one film per year in order to spend more time with her children. For years she had been compiling notes on how to live an elevated life. At the same time, she found herself asking questions about food, fashion, health, and spirituality, and not finding a place on the web that answered them. So she decided to start one, sharing tips makeup artists gave her before magazine shoots, restaurants she loved, unique spa treatments in far-flung locations, even advice from her therapists. Paltrow would test newsletter recipes in her kitchen and call to her editor, Eliza Honey—who was working upstairs—when they were ready to taste. "Like many other things in my life," Paltrow says, "I sort of found myself in the middle of doing them before I really understood how I got there.

Falling Skies: "Respite" Review - IGN

After the action packed Tom and Pope face-off from last week it was disappointing to see the narrative slowdown to a crawl and deal with subject matter that felt more like a distraction than development. Tom Mason finds himself being nursed to health in a farm house that is inhabited by a family who has decided to ignore the fact that the entire human race is at war with an invading alien race. Meanwhile, Maggie has had enough of having Ben’s horndog thoughts in her head and is willing to submit herself to a potentially dangerous procedure to rid herself of the spikes that saved her life last season. Marty, who was introduced to the series last week, makes the only key discovery of the entire episode. Also - no Pope.

Free Windows 10 upgrades total 14 million -- so far

The large jump was no surprise, since Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 upgrades to the bulk of systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. "Clearly, Microsoft, by giving this OS away, they're less focused on grabbing dollars from vendors who sell new Windows devices, they're much more interested in getting much more of their installed base over to Windows 10," said Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst, in a recent podcast about the new operating system.

$25 Firefox Matchstick dongle cancelled, will refund backers

Matchstick  has announced via Kickstarter update  that it has cancelled the $25 Firefox OS-based HDMI dongle, designed to compete with the likes of the Google Chromecast. Backers of the project will receive a full refund.

India’s Snapdeal Said to Draw $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn

The investment will value New Delhi-based Snapdeal at about $5 billion and include Foxconn Technology Group, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. Alibaba and Foxconn are each investing about $200 million, two of the people said.

Humans: "Episode 6" Review - IGN

Also in this episode, George and Niska because closer as he attempted, in his own way, to explain what comprises human behavior outside of base, basic emotions. Plus, Karen revealed to Paul that she was a Synth. After sleeping with him and telling him that he was her favorite human. Predictably, Paul didn't take it well, but Karen's now become this season's last remaining big mystery. What was it about George that caused her to enter full-mission mode? That caused her to basically say goodbye to her life, and Paul, forever as she head out to pay George a visit. Does the cold Synth-iness that she quickly adopted denote that she's some type of assassin?

Forget Tweetstorms. The Era of the Retweetstorm Is Here

The beauty of the retweetstorm is that instead of self-indulgently getting on your virtual soapbox and blasting followers with what are very possibly all caps tirades, you simply retweet support in a pointedly consecutive order. All Twitter is sometimes is people blasting their opinions all over the place; retweetstorms are a tiny reprieve that lets the self-aware on Twitter give the ideas of others the chance to shine for a moment. Between the Gawker scandal, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift’s (not really) blood feud, and the Uber vs. de Blasio controversy, some of the most vocal people on the Internet have recently been hitting RT with clear and pointed goals in mind.

This Chrome plugin supercharges Airbnb for sightseeing

Travel app yapQ has launched a Chrome plugin for Airbnb that lets you see a list of noteworthy places near the accommodation you’re checking out as you search.

Oddly Addictive Game Shows That You Stink at Driving

In an attempt to explain that to the ignorant, Peter Cardwell-Gardner and Mark Backler created Error-Prone , a simple, somewhat goofy game that gives players control of 26 cars driving in a circle, each marked with a different letter. Without human intervention, the cars drive at the same speed, with the same distance between each, and all is well. You can take over any car by pressing the corresponding key, and then assume responsibility for driving at the correct speed, without rear-ending the car in front of you, or slowing down those behind.



51 Why Men and Women Battle Over the Office Thermostat
52 'Zoolander 2' trailer features, wait, Stephen Hawking? - CNET
53 Intel Doubles Up on Hiring Women and Minorities
54 This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere | MIT Technology Review
55 How Insect Vision Is Leading to More Sensitive Drones | MIT Technology Review
56 One Woman's Stunning Found Photos Launch A Hashtag Mystery
57 Amy Schumer joins her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, in gun control fight
58 From "Battle Pope" To "The Walking Dead": Here's Robert Kirkman's Strategy For Creative Success
59 Eden, Offering On-Demand Tech Help, Switches From Contractors To W2 Employees
60 After Windows 8 debacle, OEMs wax rhapsodic over Windows 10
61 Sony will let PlayStation Plus members vote for the games they get free
62 A secure employee departure checklist
63 Government CIOs fret over apps reliability in the cloud
64 Learn to code for hardware: the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle
65 'Gunjack,' a VR space shooter that puts you in the cockpit
66 The Verge on Twitter
67 America’s Justice System Sure Doesn’t Know Much Science
68 Twitter shares close at a record low
69 Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange CEO Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan | ZDNet
70 In a first, drug using 3D printing technology gets FDA nod
71 Security News This Week: United Airlines Can’t Catch a Break
72 Mashable on Twitter
73 Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 should be an evolutionary upgrade
74 GIF Wallet for iOS lets you tuck your favorite GIFs away for sharing later on
75 A look back at Windows through the ages
76 The Strain: "The Silver Angel" Review - IGN
77 What Is a Personal Food Computer?
78 Meal-replacement Soylent shakes now come bottled and pre-mixed
79 Sony's new mid-range phones take 13-megapixel selfies
80 Magic Mirror for Sketch 3 lets you quickly create hands-on mockups of your apps
81 Staples is now selling the Amazon Echo, but not in stores
82 Here are the best excuses to 'work from home'
83 Final Fantasy 12 HD Remaster or Remake in the Works - IGN
84 Rick and Morty: "Mortynight Run" Review - IGN
85 VSCO Acquires Stealth Machine Learning Startup
86 9 incredibly popular websites that are still blocked in China
87 The Daily Show: A Comedy Vortex That Launched a Thousand Stars
88 Get lost in this bleak alternate reality Facebook from 2016
89 Vote For The Worst Business Jargon Of All Time
90 The internet agrees: Typing has made our handwriting worse #TNWwrites
91 Microsoft wants to make sales teams more fun with newest acquisition
92 Deadwood's Ian McShane Cast in Game of Thrones Season 6 - IGN
93 Xiaomi Regains Top Spot In China’s Smartphone Market, Ahead Of Huawei And Apple
94 Soylent will soon come in bottles so you can get your nonfood to-go
95 August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys
96 Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages
97 Amazon lets anyone put Alexa voice control in their devices
98 Hitch-Hiking Robot Who Relied On Strangers' Kindness Was 'Damaged Beyond Repair' In Philadelphia
99 When online shaming spirals out of control
100 This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb, and no one knew until 2001