Which version of Windows 10 should you buy?
Microsoft is positioning Windows 10 as "the last version of Windows" you’ll ever need to get , with regular feature updates and product improvements taking the place of big releases every couple of years. But that means that you’ll need to do the traditional "which version of Windows should I buy" dance one more time. Fortunately, your options for buying Windows 10 are a lot simpler than they were in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 days. As it did with Windows 8, Microsoft will offer four versions of Windows 10: Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
Facebook revenue jumps 38% to $4.04B in Q2 as daily active users grow 17%
Today Facebook revealed just how well it performed last quarter: The company saw revenues of $4.04 billion and $0.50 earnings per share, while surpassing 1.49 billion monthly active users and 968 million daily active users.
This is a catfish killer: video verification could kill online fakes
6. Once the clip and image have been authenticated, you receive a report in your email. In other cases, that could be sent to a service you’re trying to use or someone who is thinking of going on a date with you.
Hands On With Motorola’s Stunning New X and G Phones
“It seems like the name Pure Edition sort of embodies that,” says Jim Wicks, SVP Consumer Experience Design at Motorola. “There’s no bloatware, there’s no extra stuff on the back end that you get with carrier requirements. We just felt the name embodied the spirit of the product. People want battery life, they want a camera, they want clean, fast software, and that’s what we’ve been trying to drive. Let’s not bring in all those extra bells and whistles.”
Galaxy S6 fails to bring back Samsung's mojo - CNET
Samsung, which has been struggling to compete with Apple in recent quarters, had been counting on its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones to revitalize its mobile business. Both devices include more premium materials than their predecessors, something consumers have been requesting for years. Still, it's uncertain whether the phones will match the success of 2012's blockbuster Galaxy S3, the device that helped Samsung rise to its position as the world's smartphone king. And so far, the phones haven't been enough to turn around Samsung's fortunes.
Gallery Doctor uses algorithms to free your iPhone from bad photos
“We launched Gallery Doctor as a completely new product and we wanted to see how users react,” he says. “The reaction is fantastic with over 75 percent of users actually accepting our recommendations to delete photos. Since one of the ways we’re looking to monetize Gallery Doctor is through a paid app, we decided to check that first on iOS, given that the Android app is already free.”
Tesla is offering rebates and a free Model X to existing owners who refer friends
Tesla wants existing Model S owners to refer friends. To help get people talking Tesla up, the company is giving away a Model X SUV to a select few who refer 10 friends. Short of that, new and existing owners will still get a $1,000 rebate towards a new car, and the chance to buy the Model X at a discount.
Groupon Launches Its Own Food Delivery Business, Groupon To Go
OrderUp, which still operates under its own brand name, offers food delivery in 40 cities across the U.S., mainly college towns. With the acquisition, Groupon is not only able to establish a food delivery foothold in dozens of cities in the U.S., it’s also working to integrate OrderUp’s technology into Groupon To Go. This includes things like the ability to track your order in progress as the driver heads your way, group ordering, order ahead functionality, and more.
Your first look at Melissa McCarthy’s fun, empowering clothing line
“I want women to get dressed every day and feel good about themselves,” she said. “I don’t care what it is, if it’s dyeing your hair blue, if it’s a sweater, whatever you want to do, if it makes you feel good and empowered, I stand behind it 100%. And if I can be a little tiny block on that wall, I’d be proud of that.”
THE US DIGITAL MEDIA AD SPEND REPORT: Mobile will fuel strong growth across formats as desktop and traditional spend slow
In this new report, BI Intelligence forecasts spending trends for the major digital ad formats — including search, display, and video — and mobile vs. desktop. We also examine trajectories for social ad spending and programmatic ad buying, which cut across digital formats. Finally, we look at how spending on traditional media formats will grow or contract over the next five years, as digital, and particularly mobile, rises.
5 Things Missing in Windows 10
Ever since OS X Mavericks , Mac users have had the ability to add tags to locally stored files. And Apple users have had the ability to add color-coded categories to files since way back in the pre-large cat days. Windows 7 actually included a file-tagging functionality (which I only recently discovered), but that ability appears to have vanished in Windows 10 for some strange reason. Seems like it would be an easy add, no?
Reddit plans to moderate private messages too
While most of his post is as you may expect it to be (community quarantines, bug fixes), Huffman did note there would soon be more tools to prevent harassment — all the way down to private messages.
How to conquer designer’s block
Some people prefer to just wait it out, but that’s not always an option with deadlines, anxious clients, or your own natural impatience. So we’re sharing seven proactive methods to conquer your designer’s block. These are the strategies that worked for us, and we think they can work for you, too.
Qualcomm says it can now wirelessly charge metal phones
The best phones around are increasingly being made with metal bodies and frames, which has posed an issue for wireless charging. Metal phones have had to rely on supplementary cases if they want to support this type of charging, but today Qualcomm says it can put an end to that. It announced this afternoon that it's developed a technology that allows for phones with metal rear cases to be wirelessly charged. Qualcomm doesn't say how the technology works, but it's designed to be compatible with the Rezence standard.
Adobe's Digital Publishing Solution embraces content marketers
Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite was synonymous with the era of iPad magazine apps. In the past five years, it was responsible for 6,700 mobile apps that have been downloaded a total of 315 million times.
Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox One
The real challenge of getting PC to Xbox game streaming working is encoding games and having the right amount of bandwidth to stream them to the Xbox One. Streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs is a lot more predictable "because we know exactly what you have," says Spencer. "It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but challenge is good." There's no timeline on when this might arrive, but it's clearly a challenge Microsoft is willing to tackle.
StubHub now lets you request an Uber ride so you're never late to an event
Buying tickets to events online is the first step to a fun night out. Transportation is also crucial, and possibly the more frustrating aspect. Now, StubHub and Uber will let you schedule a reminder to request a pick-up once you purchase tickets on your smartphone.
Sony first-quarter operating profit rises 39 percent, beats estimates
Sony also nudged up its full-year forecast for its gaming division due to strong PlayStation 4 sales. In the first quarter, operating income rose 351 percent to 19.5 billon yen. That was helped by insurance recoveries on losses related to a cyber attack on Sony's network services.
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Satisfaction at work is not a sprint, it's a marathon
The biggest difference is of course, that employee satisfaction is an endless feat. It requires a steadfast training-like dedication to what your company’s employees want and need. Why? People that are satisfied with their role, company policies, work environment, colleagues, and values are more likely to dedicate their bright thoughts and best selves toward the cause.
The World's Most Powerful Laser Has Been Fired in Japan
Take cover: scientists from Osaka University have begun using the world’s most powerful laser, that pumps out 2 quadrillion watts. That’s 2,000,000,000,000,000 watts.
IBM Watson wants to give you health advice from your local CVS
No, you will not see a giant blue computer behind the counter at your local CVS, but you may feel its influence. On Thursday, IBM and CVS Health announced a major partnership to bring Watson's cognitive-computing capabilities to the retail drugstore giant's 7,600 stores and 1,000 walk-in clinics. CVS estimates that its services touch some 70 million consumers. Scheduled for an early 2016 rollout, this new system will target chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
What data says about doping in the Tour de France
In the recent years and in the light of the drawn out Lance Armstrong doping scandal, the Tour de France has been under pressure to crack down on doping tendencies within the race. Lance Armstrong himself argues that everyone within the cycling culture is using body-enhancement drugs, and that in order to remain competitive in that sport, there’s no option other than to participate in doping.
The Future Of American History
Annelise Orleck , a professor of American history at Dartmouth College, has also been teaching at the college level for 25 years. "My classes are bigger and I am now getting quite a few students who are deeply interested, willing to do a great deal of work," Orleck says, "especially because I teach American history in a way that is more inclusive and challenging of dominant myths than most of them were exposed to in high school."
Uber's problems could send shockwaves through the on-demand economy
Imagine that for a minute: 15,000 employees (in the UK alone, let’s pretend no other countries follow suit) where it once had 15,000 contractors it could call upon, but had few commitments to. It’s a completely different business to support and would likely make it impossible for it to maintain its aggressive pricing strategy.
YouTube Community Development: How to Build a Following With YouTube
The biggest mistake Tim sees people make with video is that they treat it like it’s the same as television. People new to video (who don’t watch YouTube) don’t have another frame of reference for how to craft video content. Therefore, they make the same content they would create for television, put it on the web and wonder why it’s not working. Overall, people forget that YouTube is primarily a social media platform and television is not.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2016)
Still a Star While Kaspersky Antivirus (2016) looks a little different from the 2015 edition, it remains a very impressive antivirus. It scores well in my hands-on tests, and its scores in the more-significant independent lab tests are through the roof. Add to that world-class phishing protection and a raft of bonus tools that are actually useful, and you have an antivirus superstar. Kaspersky Antivirus (2016) is an Editors' Choice for commercial antivirus, sharing that honor with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2015).
Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet—once the bugs get fixed
Arguably, the Start menu took a big step backward with Windows Vista, which replaced the conventional fly-out menus used in Windows XP and below with the weird expanding-in-place scrolling list. Fortunately, searching was also introduced in Windows Vista, and that works well (though again, it's broken for me until the icon limit is relieved). That's a big part of why Windows 8's Start screen never really offended me; the change from a menu to the tile view didn't change how I launched programs. The process was the same: hit the Windows key and start typing. I'm convinced that this is far and away the best way to start programs on Windows.
Take a self-guided virtual tour of the International Space Station - CNET
You can also click on the "play" arrows to see video of Cristoforetti engagingly explaining parts of the station. Various text boxes also give you pop-up windows with even more information -- like a link to the ESA's "Where is the International Space Station?" web page .
Your wallet will thank you for these sub-$1,500 ranges (pictures) - CNET
Ovens can cost thousands of dollars. Here are a few that perform well and cost less than $1,500.
AltspaceVR raises $10.3M to grow its virtual reality platform for shared experiences
AltspaceVR , a virtual reality (VR) startup that builds shared spaces for people attending virtual gatherings for things like watching movies, doing yoga, or having meetings, has raised $10.3 million to grow its team and expedite product development.
VC Chris Dixon on 'Re/code Decode' Podcast: 'Facebook Is Essentially an RSS Reader.' Also, Soylent!
He is particularly riveted by virtual reality and bitcoin, which he thinks are two of the most disruptive trends. And he has made a huge bet on content with a $50 million funding of BuzzFeed — pushed by the popularity of social networks like Facebook, which Dixon compared to an RSS reader.
Taking the risk out of hiring an IT freelancer
As the owner of a medium-sized retail medical company, I’ve watched over the years as technical experts raise awareness of website security and the protection of data. My customers demand privacy! A breach of our ecommerce site was a huge concern – one we could no longer ignore this past year.
Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybean Patent Expiration Ushers in Generic GMOs | MIT Technology Review
Big seed companies are switching to Roundup Ready 2. They say the older trait had problems that led to lower yields and they caution that university varieties aren’t competitive. Even if the off-patent seeds were free, says Harry Stine, head of Iowa’s Stine Seeds, farmers would still lose money by growing fewer beans. “There isn’t anyone who can add and subtract who’d buy the cheaper, lower yielding materials,” he says. “But there are people who can’t add and subtract, and so they will sell some.”
13 historical Lolcats from YouTube (with shareable GIFs!)
“Buckinghamshire, where a family of pretty unusual cats live. They’re a rare breed from Turkey called Van cats. A Van cat loves to swim, and when fully grown they’re completely at home in water as out. Though they soon may be recognised as a pedigree breed over here, they won’t touch mice.”
Facebook will now prompt you to go through a security checkup on your account
First it’ll ask you to log out of the devices you haven’t used in a long time – or perhaps even forgot about. It’ll then prompt you to set up Login Alerts, which does what it sounds like: notify you when someone accesses your account from a new device.
Oculus' Henry the Hedgehog will make you want to hug him, but you can't
Oculus is making a play for your emotions. Henry the Hedgehog is the star of Oculus’ second short film, which draws you straight into his endearing little world — a place you may not want to leave.
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If you think MMA is just a toy for small hip startup game companies -- you'd be wrong. From car companies like Kia and Land Rover to banking companies like ING and retailers like Starbucks, Walgreens and Macy's, enterprises are leading the charge in this space -- and winning the fight for marketshare in their verticals. When it comes to mobile marketing automation, the enterprise has a unique problem -- many MMA solutions are built for small app dev houses and don't have a feature set equipped to tackle enterprise-grade demands.
VB Insight surveyed 375 mobile developers and 1.8 million apps to uncover the hottest MMA solutions. We also figured out the best bets for the big guys and some best practices from industry leaders.
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T-Mobile blows away profit expectations as customer growth surges - CNET
The figures are further indications that T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" campaign, which the company says focuses on the aspects of the wireless industry that annoy consumers, has had a positive effect on its fortunes as it seeks to pick off customers from larger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T. It is also looking to finally surpass No. 3 carrier Sprint, which as of the last quarter held a narrow edge in customers. T-Mobile's moves are just part of a broader intensification of competition in the wireless business.
Settings Are Better in Windows 10, But That's Not Saying Much
I would accept this as a passable (if terrible) fix if Settings and Control Panel offered identical settings with a different user interface, but they don’t. Settings only offers surface-deep options for most stuff, kicking you randomly into Control Panel when you want to mess with ‘advanced’ settings. And it’s not always a two-way street — Settings harbors some options, like the new Battery Saver mode, or offline maps, that just aren’t there in Control Panel.
What Businesses Need to Know About Windows 10 Security
This would be easy to turn on with new systems shipping with the required hardware, but for businesses upgrading existing systems, getting biometrics hardware such as fingerprint scanners, depth-sensing 3D cameras for facial-recognition, or a retina scanner, would be a challenge. While fingerprint scanners are on the market, Intel is one of the few makers with the type of 3D camera needed, and retina scanners are not widely available as of yet. While Windows Hello is available in every version of Windows, this wouldn't be of use to most businesses until the special hardware comes to market. Microsoft has promised manufacturers are working on a slew of Windows 10-ready authentication hardware, but this is still a small segment.
NASA's Ceres maps show color-coded features and new official, mythical names - CNET
The rules for naming such things are always set by International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Paris. In this case, they opened it up to names from mythology, science fiction and fantasy. For example, since Charon was the ferryman who took souls across the river Styx, names of features on Pluto's moon Charon will be drawn from mythical and fictional stories of travel and exploration. And as dwarf planet Ceres was a Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility, the IAU dictated that names of its features would come from "spirits and deities relating to agriculture from a variety of cultures," according to NASA .
SoftBank’s emotionally intelligent ‘Pepper’ robot launches for enterprises on October 1
Pepper can call out to people in the distance, ask opinions, present a product’s benefits (including images), and even play games. It will also be able to analyze the characteristics and emotions of people it interacts with, which SoftBank says can be used for future marketing purposes.
See a mad inventor's high-voltage ejector bed in action - CNET
A new video from mad inventor Colin Furze shows his latest creation, a bed that ejects snoozers when it's time to wake up, in action. One thing's for sure. This guy will never oversleep again.
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These high-fashion photos were taken with an iPhone, here's how you can too
Most iPhones may come with only 8MP. But what if you want to blow your photograph into, say, a billboard on Sunset Blvd.? High-resolution Panorama Pano mode lets you take higher-res panoramic photos at up to 43MP. You can also use dynamic auto exposure as you shoot to capture your most epic shots with incredible clarity. Just tap the arrow on the right-hand side in the Camera app to take the panorama from right to left.
Microsoft wants to stream PC games to your Xbox One - CNET
Bringing Windows 10 and the Xbox together is a clear way to generate demand for both. Microsoft wants to get Windows 10 into as many hands as possible, and offering this connection could convince Xbox One owners to upgrade to the new operating system software. On the flip side, Microsoft wants to create greater demand for the Xbox One, which has seen its sales trounced by Sony's PlayStation 4 for much of the past year. Providing a bridge to the Xbox One through the new operating system could prompt Windows 10 users to give the console a shot. Gamers also want to be able to play their favorite titles from a variety of devices -- game consoles, PCs and mobile devices, and this bridge between the Xbox One and Windows 10 would fulfill that need.
Catawiki raises $82M to grow its online auction house for collectibles such as dinosaur bones
Catawiki does actually have buyers and sellers from around the world, but Europe is where most of its business takes place for now. Indeed, the company counts 200 employees, all in Europe, and officially operates in its native Netherlands, the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Belgium. The cash will be used to expand in these markets, and to enter new markets in Europe and elsewhere, with a Chinese-language version of the site launching imminently.
Snapchat is selling an official Snapchat beach towel
Snapchat is all about sharing fleeting moments in the form of photos and videos that expire like messages in Mission: Impossible . "How do I alert the world of my love for this ephemeral messaging app when I'm out and about, perhaps at the beach?" you may ask. "What a timely question," I might answer, before I direct you to this new product: an official Snapchat beach towel .
Philae lander sniffs out organic molecules on comet's surface
Scientists working with the lander were hoping to obtain a subsurface sample of Comet 67P using Philae's drill. This would've allowed researchers to get a better sense of the kinds of molecules on (and within) the icy and dusty body.