How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google | TechCrunch
With singular focus, Siri builds out the team and aggressively integrates more services. After not too long, you can ask it to order you a four-meat pizza and a Coke from Papa John’s. Want 1-800-FLOWERS to deliver a bouqet to mom on Mother’s Day? How about checking available flights for your next trip and booking the best one? Sure!
Madden NFL 15 review: Getting defensive
For years, EA has presented its flag-bearing sports series as an attempt at a pixel-for-pixel simulation of professional football. It has consistently billed the latest game in the annual series as "the most authentic Madden," leaving the door open a crack for anyone outside its PR department to point out all the ways Madden is not a mirror image of the sport that dominates America's Sundays.
As the NFL continues its slide towards a future where defenders that side-eye a star receiver may very well be tagged with an illegal contact penalty (it's okay folks, it's just the preseason ), Madden stopped at the fork in the road this year to do a little soul-searching. The man on Madden 15 's cover, Richard Sherman, made headlines for calling out the league's mandates after his team's defense shut down a league-best offense in the Super Bowl, and he's emblematic of the game's renewed focus on defense.
Madden 15 is a big step in carving out the series' identity as a video game first and a football simulator second, driving a much-needed wedge between the game and the sport, while retaining what fans crave from both sides.
11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week | TechCrunch
Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29).
Awesome online map shows off ISS astronauts’ amazing Earth photos
Lovingly compiled by Dave MacLean of the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia, this fabulous collection pulls together images tweeted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), showing off what must surely be the crème de la crème of aerial photography .
6 Simple Things Google's Self-Driving Car Still Can't Handle
he wants his company's self-driving cars to be road-ready by the time his 11-year-old son is eligible for his license. But until Google, and everyone else, can make an autonomous vehicle that's at least as capable as the moron in the car in front of you, that's probably a very optimistic target.
Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order
"Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters. "Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen."
State Fairgoers eat up data, along with hot dogs and cheese curds
T-Mobile said it saw a 172 percent increase in data use on the first Saturday of the Fair, compared with the first Saturday of the 2013 Fair. And for the first four days of the Fair, it saw a 184 percent increase in data usage compared to the same 2013 period.
This Jaguar designer’s resto-modded Mark 2 sedan seamlessly blends old and new
The visual modifications have been kept to a minimum in order to create a discreet “wolf in sheep’s clothing” appearance. Callum’s Mark 2 stands out thanks to a body-colored bumpers on both ends, louvers in the front fenders and the rear quarter panels as well as 17-inch alloy wheels. Additionally, a well-trained eye will notice the designer’s Mark 2 sits slightly lower than stock.
25 Dazzling Electric Zoo Festival Photos on Instagram
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Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome | TechCrunch
What’s next? A “full-scale” house. The castle is large enough to walk around in, but it seems that the builder has bigger plans. Also the next building will likely be built someplace warmer. Why warmer? Concrete sets at only so quick a pace — if you can help it cure, you can probably build more quickly.
Super Mario 3D World, Walmart Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles by mid-September
Along with a new 3DS for Japan, which is not planned for the US or Europe this year, Nintendo also revealed new Wii U bundles. Available sometime in mid-September, Nintendo of America plans on launching a Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 bundle.
The Super Mario 3D World deluxe set bundle will feature a physical copy of the game and Nintendo Land for $299.99. The Mario Kart 8 bundle is a "Walmart exclusive," with a physical copy of the game along with Nintendo Land , and it will also retail for $299.99 "while supplies last."
Super Mario 3D World (10/15/13)
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
One of the brilliant things about tech leaders and pundits in Silicon Valley is their true passion for entrepreneurship and their belief in the power of the human spirit and intellect. Surrounded by the sight of so many motivated and talented founders in the Valley itself, they assume that this optimistic sensibility can override nearly any obstacle for a dedicated entrepreneur.
In Defense Of Square Smartwatches | TechCrunch
All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers, but everybody is still waiting for the Moto 360 and now LG has joined the fray with its own round G Watch R .
How to run Flash on your iPad (if you must)
The most popular solution, Puffin Web Browser is free and available for both iPad and iPhone. The free version is limited in that you can only play Flash content at particular times of day -- to play material outside of these times you need to pay $0.99 for six months access. The big advantage is that you don't need to pay to access content so long as you are prepared to only use it during free periods. It also works with many Flash games.
Intel demos DirectX 12, which looks faster and more efficient than DX11
In any case, it’s about time. DirectX 12 will be the first generational update since DirectX11 showed up back 2008. We hope that the improvements demonstrated by Intel will translate into real-world performance. Either way, we can’t wait to get our hands on DirectX 12 ourselves.
China’s Internet Wants to Be in Pictures
China Real Time Report is a vital resource for an expanding global community trying to keep up with a country changing minute by minute. The site offers quick insight and sharp analysis from the wide network of Dow Jones reporters across Greater China, including Dow Jones Newswires’ specialists and The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning team. It also draws on the insights of commentators close to the hot topic of the day in law, policy, economics and culture. Its editors can be reached at email@example.com .
HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review - CNET
For instance, the M8's bezel (where the screen and phone edge meet) is alluringly reflective and convincingly conveys that you're holding a high-end device. But it's not polished to the same eye-catching sheen as the first One was. And though the back of the M8 is lovingly minted in a classy brushed-metal motif that's smoother than its predecessor's (which had a roughness almost like a ceramic bowl), the slicker texture doesn't wick away moisture quite as effectively. The result is a slippery, more friendly canvas for grease than the previous matte back.
Flying Fail: Skydiver Misses Stadium Before College Football Game
Penn State and the University of Central Florida played a college football game in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday. Before the game, skydivers representing each school parachuted into the stadium to get the party started.
This is why you never end up hiring good developers
The terrifying possibility of turning away a great candidate because you are biased towards them in some way you don’t even know about is why people think giving pure, right-or-wrong technical questions are better. They’re not, they’re just easier. And they do nothing to protect against bias: when there are 50 syntax questions you ask, it is easy to give hints and passes to the candidates you implicitly prefer and pretend that they were just better. I’ve caught myself doing this. There is no simple way around this: you have to be aware of your biases, constantly conscious of them, and correct for them, or you will screw your company by hiring inferior people.
Users pick the Tab S over the iPad Air… in Samsung’s latest ad
A new iPhone is imminent , so Samsung is on the offensive with a new advert that asks ordinary New Yorkers to pick between the South Korean manufacturer’s Tab S and Apple’s iPad Air. Everyone featured in the video opts for the Tab S, but were Apple fans edited out? We may never know.
These are the 8 Android and Windows Phone features we want on the iPhone 6 - CNET
Apple doesn't hold the patent on good ideas. These hardware and software goodies from other phones would make Apple's next iPhone even better.
RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft Kills Old-School Chat App
Microsoft began alerting Chinese users of Windows Live's imminent shutdown Thursday, and told users they would need to switch to Skype by October 31. The tech giant also promised free Skype credit to those who did, according to the BBC .
Retailers warned to act now to protect against Backoff malware
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council on Wednesday issued a bulletin urging retailers to immediately review their security controls to ensure point-of-sale systems are protected against "Backoff," a malware tool that was used in the massive data theft at retailer Target last year.
The Alienware Area-51 gaming rig just got one hell of a redesign
After a few years finding itself/getting a heavy-duty industrial makeover, Alienware's well-respected (and, importantly, customizable) desktop gaming PC has returned. The Area-51 isn't small, but it now has a new triangular... hexagonal... something-between-the-two design, intentionally hewn that way to maintain airflow and keep it cool, even when positioned against a wall. It's certainly come a long way since the tower desktop days of 2011 . Given its size, two of the corners have handles to lug it around with -- we hope you can bicep-curl 45 pounds though, because that's how much it weights. It also looks nothing like Alienware's incoming Steam Machine . (Ironically, the new Area-51 chassis looks far more "Valve," in a lot of ways .)
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The best personal finance apps and software
Intuit’s stalwart personal finance service has been around since 2006, quickly becoming one of the go-to apps for those who prefer checking their finances on the go. The notable company is known for additionally offering both TurboTax and the like-minded Quicken. That being the case, Mint also excels in terms of customer satisfaction and feedback. The service takes a mere second to sync with your bank account(s), allowing you view a quick snapshot of your personal finances and providing insightful analytics regarding your spending habits when it comes to food, entertainment, utilities, and other facets of your monthly budget. You can even tailor the app’s underlying budget restrictions to adhere to your own unique lifestyle, or set bill and low-balance alerts in case you often forget the due date for your gas bill is steadily approaching. Mint even tracks your aforementioned subcategories to give you an up-to-date picture regarding how much you can afford to spend on, say, gas or fast food. Downsides? The software only works in the United States and Canada, and occasionally, the app’s inability to change transaction dates can throw of your entire budget.
Vice Media sells a 10-percent stake to Disney and Hearst, valuing the company at $2.5B
Vice Media has broken off talks with Time Warner about selling a stake in the company to the cable giant, and now it has cut a deal with A&E Networks that values the new-media upstart at $2.4 billion
PAX 2014: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to Receive Four Add-Ons, Season Pass - IGN
The DLC will release on unspecified dates following Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 's release, each priced at $10 USD –– alternatively, players can purchase the season pass, which includes all four packs, for $30 USD. The add-on packs will showcase new characters and missions, 2K said in a press release.
IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed
I've been using this tablet holder for over a year now (though not every single night, of course) and find it to be very handy, more so than the bendy versions that require more effort to position one's tablet or phone. The hinges are still surprisingly tight, so thankfully, my tablet hasn't yet dropped onto my face. If anything, I'm just disappointed by how some of the metallic fixtures have gone slightly rusty. The tablet bracket's release mechanism can be a bit fiddly when I'm lying on my bed, as the loosened latch drops down due to gravity, which then still locks the bracket's sliding part. Still, given how little I paid for it, these issues are relatively minor.
Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets for Mike Brown
A large crowd of protesters descended upon a northeast neighborhood in Washington, D.C., taking over the streets for nearly three hours on Saturday night in a symbol of solidarity with their counterparts in Ferguson, Missouri, who called for justice for Mike Brown earlier during the day.
Twitter Redesigns Signup Process to Entice New Users
Overall, the new layout is cleaner and the ability to see a suggested account’s sample tweet before committing to follow them is nice. But Twitter is basing a lot on its suggestions – if the first round of suggestions aren’t relevant or helpful, it doesn’t appear to replace them with further suggestions. Although, once signed up, Twitter does frequently suggest other accounts to follow based on who you’ve previously followed, what you’ve tweeted or search history.
Game Show Night at PAX Prime: 3 hours of hilarious filth (and prizes!)
Is your life missing a deep, soul-warping sense of depravity? Could you use a few chuckles? Enjoy game shows? Has Joystiq got the PAX panel for you! As part of a long-running tradition , our own Managing Editor, Susan Arendt, will be hosting Blankety Blank, a disgusting but hilarious take on the classic game show Match Game .
Join Susan as she asks audience members to answer simple fill in the blank questions, in the hopes that their answers will match the answers of the five game industry panelists, including Russ Pitts of False Gravity, Kathleen de Vere and Graham Stark of Loading, Ready, Run, Chris Kohler of Wired and Ubisoft community manager Dan Amrich. The event begins at 9:00pm Pacific in the Hedgehog theatre at PAX. Fair warning (especially if you have kids): The panelists' answers will be filthy . Like, wash your mouth out with Borax filthy.
Blankety Blank is part of a massive, three hour long super panel, Game Show Night. The whole thing kicks of at 7:00pm Pacific with Pyramid , followed by Jeopardy at 8:00pm and, finally, Blankety Blank at 9:00pm.
If you're not attending PAX this weekend, you can catch all of Game Show Night on Twitch right here .
This New 4D Batman Theme Park Ride Looks Like a Giant Nope-Coaster
Growing up outside of St. Louis, there was a Six Flags only a forty-minute drive away. You could look right off the highway and see the sprawling parking lot, the giant Ferris wheel, and the twisted metal of all the roller coasters. The most imposing snake-like construction was Batman: The Ride.
The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse
Rees works from rooms overlooking the cloistered Nevile's Court, which contains the Wren Library, which in turn contains two Shakespeare First Folios. He is small, dapper, silver-haired, and offsets his doomsday scenarios with a puckish humour. He invited me to sit on the couch next to his desk, "where sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits". As I wondered about this quote – Winnie The Pooh? – Rees was off, speaking so rapidly and softly as to be almost thinking aloud. "On a cosmic timescale, human beings are not the culmination, because it's taken four billion years for us to emerge from protozoa, and we know the solar system has more than four billion years ahead of it." Over the next half-hour, he tells me that we are "the stewards of an immense future", and that we have a duty to clear the looming hurdle presented by technological advance. "A few crazy pioneers – and we wish them good luck – might tunnel through the period of danger by establishing colonies in outer space, but nowhere out there is as comfortable even as the South Pole, so we have to solve the problems here.
Every Parent Will Relate to Beyoncé's Poem About Daughter Blue Ivy
Grab a tissue, parents. Here's Beyoncé's poem, which will remind you just how much you care for your kids and why you want the world to be a better place for them:
The Best To-Do List Apps for iPhone
And we’re done! I had a lot of fun working on this roundup because I love lists! Although I’m a Wunderlist loyalist because it’s flexible enough to use for everything from daily tasks to recipes, I must admit that I loved the speed and simplicity of Clear for quick checklists. Did we miss your favorite to-do app? And what do you need from an app to help you get things done? Let us know in the comments.
Apple's high-end iWatch model likely to be priced at $400
Today, Re/code reports that the top-end iWatch model could be priced at $400, based on internal discussions between Apple executives. From the report:
Back to School 2014: The 10 best tablets
By design, tablets are less about work and more about play -- though you'll find some notable exceptions in our roundup of top slates for the back-to-school season. Among them are Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, which features a keyboard case that makes typing on the go bearable, and the ASUS Transformer Book, which also gives you hardware keys via a bundled dock. Of course, there are still plenty of slates made for enjoying your downtime. Click through the gallery below to see them all, and don't forget to check out the rest of our guide !
Back to School 2014: The 10 best tablets
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Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class | TechCrunch
In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability — anchoring or the famous “herd mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of the process. With that in mind, we ran the Y Combinator Summer ’14 class through our models.
The Worst Cloud Outages of 2014 (So Far)
Which companies have failed the worst when it comes to cloud outages in 2014? Time for the list no one wants to land on
How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead
Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavor and character. A beer that was supposedly America's first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavorless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until today.
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
“Child Trauma Challenge! Nominate 2 twitter friends to donate a daily tweet for @operationsafe http://JustCoz.org/operationSAFE”
How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
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Segregation Now ...
Tuscaloosa’s business leaders and elected officials had witnessed the transformation of other southern cities after their school districts had reached a tipping point—the point at which white parents become unsettled by the rising share of black students in a school, and pull their children from the school en masse. School districts in cities such as Birmingham and Richmond had seen their integration efforts largely mooted: just about all the white students had left. As white families had moved out to the suburbs, eroding the tax base, both the schools and the cities themselves had suffered. Many officials in Tuscaloosa obsessed about the rippling consequences of continued white flight. “Money follows kids, and the loss of white students was very, very critical,” said Shelley Jones, who is white and served as a school-board member in the 1990s, and later as the chair.
Dragon Age: Inquisition's Co-op Multiplayer Is All About Loot - IGN
Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.
Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan
A 10-minute video reportage about Mikko Hypponen's trip to Lahore, Pakistan, to find the authors of the first PC virus "Brain". This is the first time Amjad Farooq Alvi and Basit Farooq Alvi have given a video interview about the virus, which spread around the world via floppy disks in 1986.
My daughter, Malala
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."
The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Tripping through IBM’s astonishingly insane 1937 corporate songbook
The era of the absurd singing IBM employee dwindled to a close in the 1950s, when Thomas Watson Jr. took over IBM after his father’s death. The music played on strongly in the sales side of IBM’s business until at least the late 1960s, but shifting corporate and cultural mores saw more and more people finding the singing campy and corny. As NetworkWorld’s piece notes, companies began to turn to "t-shirts [and] mugs" to reward employees, rather than the joy of shared song.
Tales of ice-bound wonderlands
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.