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Summary: This new feature will bring the top news of the past week in the world of Android to your screen. This week saw KitKat getting bigger, apps for the Chromebook, and a review of the "best Android" phone.

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"I" Is For Innovation: Sesame Street's Secrets For Staying Relevant

While the content and platforms are constantly evolving, Parente says that there is a strong focus on staying true to the spirit of Sesame Street . The show is televised in over a hundred countries, sometimes dubbed. There are also local versions of the show in countries like South Africa and Mexico, which are co-produced with producers from the head office, so that it stays on brand. In some ways, the fact that time goes on and things change is built into the brand's DNA. “We’re a real neighborhood where real things happen,” says Parente. “We do fun and we do funny, but we also do real events and real problems.”

Two Losers In Tesla's Big Gigafactory Deal With Nevada

Tesla Motors' Tesla Motors' breathtaking incentive package with the state of Nevada has been approved with breathtaking speed. Late Thursday night, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed four bills providing $1.25 billion in incentives for the electric car manufacturer’s gigafactory, which will be located outside Reno.

Finextra Community Home Africa, ApplePay and the iPhone 6: Resistance is futile

@BrettK: TY for your reply. The Bank Innovation article does explain the security / transaction aspect of Apple Pay well but it doesn't answer my basic question about how transaction value is linked to the cardholder. Not sure how Apple can claim that it doesn't know anything about the purchase transaction if, as you say, the purchase value "is displayed on Apple Pay" If, as it claims, Apple doesn't know anything about the transaction, most specifically the transaction value, how will it know whether it's getting a 20 bps or any rebate on the transaction at all? I read a comment on this NYT article ( saying "...Apple is offered a lower rate only ... on Apple purchases and not ... any other merchant that Apple Pay would be used (i.e. Macy's or McDonald's)". Thought it made a lot of sense given the context.

Governments pressure Google for more user information

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6 problems with the Surface Pro 3, and how to fix them

A lot of Surface Pro 3 owners have had problems with the tablet overheating, specifically the Intel Core i7 version. Overheating can occur regardless of what the owner is doing. You don’t have to attempt to play Crysis 3 in order for this to happen.

Apple: iPhone pre-orders topped 4 million on first day

Apple: iPhone pre-orders topped 4 million on first day Company says pre-orders for iPhone 6, 6 Plus set record. Check out this story on

For the next five billion: Android One

Knowledge is a game changer. I’ve long been inspired by the Internet and how it opens the doors to opportunity. It provides access to knowledge, no matter who you are or where you are. For instance, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Nobel Laureate at a world-class research center or a young student at a rural school in Indonesia, with Google Search, you have the same information at your fingertips as anyone else. If we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly it’s through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world’s population—over five billion more—do not. That means most people are only able to make simple voice calls, rather than connect with family through a live video chat, use mapping apps to find the closest hospital, or simply search the web. We want to bring these experiences to more people. That’s where Android One comes in. At I/O, we first talked about this initiative to make high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible.

“Moment of Truth” arrives for smallest of the Five Eyes | ZDNet

Summary: Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald accuse New Zealand's prime minister of deception over new internet laws. John Key responded by declassifying documents he says prove he never implemented plans for mass surveillance.

City in China tests sidewalk lane for cell phone users - CNET

Chongqing thinks it might be a good idea if those who permanently look down could be separated from anyone else. But is there anyone else?

America Movil Said to Seek AT&T Bid for $17.5 Billion of Assets

The assets could be valued at five to seven times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $2.5 billion, the people said, implying a value of as much as $17.5 billion. America Movil hasn’t yet asked for bids because the preliminary information, or teasers, didn’t provide enough details for a company to make an offer, two people said.

Weotta finds you fun things to do (pictures) - CNET

Below the suggestions you also can search by category. The more common ones at the top are what you see here, but there's also things like "Guys' night out," "Cheap things to do," or "Great for singles."

Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital | TechCrunch

RJMetrics , a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding.

Your free U2 album may have cost Apple $100 million

However you feel about U2′s music, the launch is undoubtedly one of the biggest in history — at the touch of a button, 500 million users had access to the album instantly. There’s more to come from the partnership too, as lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” is expected to feature prominently in Apple advertising campaigns in the run up to Christmas. Songs Of Innocence is available exclusively on iTunes for a period of five weeks.

Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint | TechCrunch

Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype.

Innocence of Muslims actor sues Google to block controversial film

Gaylord Flynn said he has received death threats and fears for his life while Google continues to provide its users with access to the film through pirated content websites known as torrent sites, according to his lawsuit, filed on Friday in a California federal court.

Apple makes it easier to delete the new U2 album from iTunes libraries

U2’s manager Guy Oseary defended the move, in an interview with Mashable . “It’s a gift from Apple. If someone doesn’t like the gift, they should delete it,” he said, in response to criticism. “We just want to share it with as many people as possible. If you don’t want it and you don’t need it, delete it.”

B2B Marketplace Kinnek Raises $10 Million From Matrix To Help SMBs Find And Purchase Supplies | TechCrunch

B2B marketplace Kinnek wants to change all that. It’s working to connect SMBs with suppliers that will offer up the goods they need and provide competitive prices for them. Based on its growth in recent months, the company has raised $10 million from Matrix Partners and others to continue expanding its marketplace into new verticals and markets.

4th Doctor Dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers.

The Latest Urban Outfitters Controversy? A Blood-Stained "Vintage" Kent State Sweatshirt

It is unclear how the Kent State sweatshirt made it online in the first place. Perhaps Urban Outfitters grants its sellers some level of autonomy? (If so, so much for "a careful edit of true and re-worked vintage.") Perhaps a 21-year-old intern who had no idea what the blood splatters were referencing was in charge of the vetting process? We've reached out to Urban Outfitters to hear the company's side, and will update this post if we hear back.

7 Explosive Ways to Upgrade Your Volcano Science Project

If you want a higher eruption, diet soda and Mentos are an alternative to baking soda and vinegar, but it isn't the trick to making your project glow. In fact, the key is to shine a black light on tonic water that has the ingredient quinine, a chemical that glows blue-white under black light.

Vikings Reinstate Adrian Peterson After Child-Injury Charge

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband," Peterson said in a statement released Monday. "I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day."

Netflix launches in France, partners with third-largest telco

The French and Germans also prefer content dubbed in their local language. Hunt said about 90 percent of the content in France and Germany would be dubbed and subtitled. Netflix's methods can speed up dubbing so it takes as little as a week, compared with six weeks for most TV shows.

Pre-orders for Moto X, including a Pure Edition, start September 16

Direct Moto X pre-orders kick off on Tuesday: You can get an AT&T model or an unlocked GSM version called the Pure Edition. The phone’s Turbo Charger and Moto Hint earbud will also be available, along with more Moto 360 stock.

New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer - IGN

After a teaser a few weeks ago, the full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here. Check out what happens as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) goes to war against the Capitol - with the help of her bow and some newly amped up explosive arrows.

Google reveals new set of Android One manufacturers as program launches in India

It’s hard to overstate how important the Android One scheme is for Google, which is also partnering with local carriers to offer over-the-air Android updates and app downloads for free. For a start, it will go a long way towards reducing fragmentation in the Android ecosystem, allowing Google to roll out new features to as wide an audience as possible, as quickly as possible.

Minecraft Fans Spooked by Talk of Microsoft Acquisition | WIRED

At the same time, Smithurst and others worry that a major corporation—be it Microsoft or any other—just won’t know what to make of a game like Minecraft . Much of Minecraft’ s success is largely due to Persson bucking game industry trends. While the major game companies pursued increasingly flashy graphics, Persson opted for a decidedly low-fi style. And unlike many other newcomers to the field, Persson built for traditional desktop PCs first, instead of pursuing trendy new platforms like mobile and Facebook. And instead of selling subscriptions or in-game items, Persson sold the game for a flat fee. These decisions, and the general independent spirit of the game, won over legions of fans of all ages.

How TuneCore Is Making Record Labels Unnecessary

TuneCore began as a distribution service that could help indie artists get on store shelves. With the collapse of record stores, they had to shift focus and soon were providing music publishing. "We are constantly evaluating what we can do to help artists be heard while also enabling them to make more money," says Ackerman. Today those services include everything from publishing deals to professional mastering of tracks to distribution in more than 80 of the most popular digital stores (often within 24 to 72 hours of signing up for the service). In addition, they work to get songs placed in television shows, films, and on commercials and have gotten spots on ESPN, HBO, Fox, and ABC Family. Just this summer they launched Track Smarts, a service that plays unreleased songs to selected listeners and then reports back to the artists, so they can decide what works, what doesn't, what should be a single and what untapped markets they may want to focus on.

IGN Keepin' It Reel Podcast - Why We'll Be Fine Without Iron Man 4 - IGN Video

Robert Downey Jr. says there are currently no plans for another solo Iron Man movie. Here's why we're OK with that.

After downloading the U2 album to your phone, Apple now helps you to delete it

Don’t want the U2 album that Apple has added to everyone’s iTunes library? Now you can use Apple’s dedicated opt-out page to permanently delete it.

Chromebooks Get Chromecast streaming for Drive Videos

Chromecast is one of the easiest and cheapest gizmos for streaming content to your television. But what about standalone video files that you have stored on a hard drive or online? Well, that’s just become a little easier for Chromebook owners.

Canon printer hacked to run Doom

The biggest problem, he said, had been that the printer's firmware lacked functions provided by the operating system on any PC or other device it was running on. A version of Doom does exist that runs on Arm processors, but a lot of coding and experimentation was needed to convert this so it coped with the internal idiosyncrasies of the printer.

Apple Lets You Remove Free U2 Album You Didn't Ask For

I guess some people have nothing better to do than complain. In my opinion if you are complaining about the album in question which only states it is available to download from your iCloud/iTunes account and has not been actually downloaded to any of your devices...STUFF IT! Apple, you should have not done anything. The number of people who feel offended has to be a very, very small number, all who probably reside in institutional care facilities  Apple, please have U2 write and perform a song entitled "Get A Life" and do not make this available on the cloud but literally download it to these idiots.

Mystery Solved: The People in the 9/11 Wedding Photo

Mahe told Keefe that all the people in the photo are still alive, but much of the conversation revolved around her efforts to return the photo to its owner, he said. "The conversation was me just listening to her, 13 years of what she’s done, and what she’s gone through. She’s looking at the pictures, the perished, the fallen, trying to match them up to the people in the photo, and the whole time she’s been keeping this photo safe in her favorite Ernest Hemingway novel."

Don't blink! Facebook tries out disappearing posts

"Facebook running tests on disappearing posts is yet another way they are attempting to copy other services and keep users on their site," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "Facebook, more than at any time, needs to bring back kids to the platform. This could be one way to accomplish just that."

The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google's Newest Star Outsmart Apple?

On a substantive level, too, the seeds of this Google-Apple synthesis are beginning to blossom. In June, Nest announced a $555 million acquisition of Dropcam, a polished video-monitoring system. Fadell says the deal never would've happened without Google's support (read: dollars). The purchase signaled that Nest would continue to build out its own hardware ecosystem as it expanded into more parts of the connected home. Days later, the company unveiled "Works with Nest," a developer program that lets third-party companies such as Jawbone tap into Nest's products to deliver more integrated experiences. The combined approaches--creating end-to-end hardware and software versus relying on outside partners--represent a melding of the Google-Apple design dichotomy, which Fadell says he and Page have had "very, very pointed conversations" about. "It's not a zero-sum game; there's value to both systems," Fadell says. "In this connected age, no company can stay bound to 'I'm just going to make this one piece of the puzzle.' You're seeing Samsung, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft all trying to do it.

First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Break Cover In India | TechCrunch

Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at Rs 6,399/$105. Hardware partners for this first wave of affordable ‘Droids are Micromax, Karbonn, Spice and chipmaker MediaTek. It added that the Android One program will be expanded to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) by the end of the year, with more countries to follow in 2015.

How Watch Dogs' Bad Blood DLC Changes the Game - IGN

In short, Bad Blood is still Watch Dogs . It’s not a tonal or stylistic change of gears like Far Cry’s Blood Dragon. But with the introduction of co-op it teases out a highly enjoyable mode from its existing mechanics and the introduction of T-Bone makes the game, well, a bit friendlier. The easiest way to convey that difference is a quick comparison of Aiden and T-Bone’s secret hideouts. After all, you can tell a lot about a man from their high-tech lair. Aiden’s was something straight out of the Dark Knight – clean, clinical, banks of surveillance monitors. This was a man blighted by paranoia. T-Bone’s is set into the basement of an old factory; it has a well-stocked beer fridge and on the wall is a talking moose which, when activated, recites old gags. It’s funny the difference a talking moose can make.

How Jack Ma Went From Being A Poor School Teacher To Turning Alibaba Into A $160 Billion Behemoth

Screenshot / Crocodile in the YangtzeJack Ma donned a crazy wig and sang a song from the Lion King to celebrate Alibaba's tenth anniversary. With a love of performance (probably inherited from his parents), Ma also helped create a quirky, fun atmosphere at the company. When Alibaba first became profitable, Ma provided every employee with a can of Silly String to go wild with. When the company decided to start Taobao, its eBay competitor, in the early 2000's, he got the team working on it to do handstands during breaks to keep their energy levels up. 

Coca-Cola is bringing back the worst 1990s soda because the internet

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Hurricane Odile Hits Mexico's Vacation Paradise

Thousands of residents and tourists in Mexico's beachside towns hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms as the powerful and sprawling hurricane rolled through an area that is home to gleaming megaresorts, beachfront timeshare condos, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes.

Volition Creative Director Steve Jaros Departs for Valve - IGN

The Volition creative director revealed on Twitter that he's accepted a job at Valve Software, ending his involvement with the Saints Row series in the process. "The past 10 years at Volition have been life changing," he wrote. "I've gotten to work with amazing people and made friends that will last a lifetime.

Bose unveils SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker and SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth headphones - CNET

The speaker remembers the last eight devices you've paired it with and gets up to 8 hours of battery life, which is pretty decent for a very compact Bluetooth speaker (a lot get 5 or 6). It recharges in 3 hours. We haven't heard it yet, but based on Bose's efforts with its previous Bluetooth speakers, we expect it'll play loud and sound comparatively decent for its size class. (We'll post our first impressions as soon as we get our hands on a review sample).

Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First | TechCrunch

Places is privacy for the masses. An open-source messaging and file-sharing application based on end-to-end encryption. Only a user and their recipients can access the user's content. Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in …

Snowden weighs into New Zealand election with surveillance claims

Pushing back against the Americans wouldn’t be unprecedented in New Zealand. For 30 years, New Zealand has barred nuclear-powered or armed ships from its ports and territorial waters, much to the consternation of American officials. Even John Key, who is certainly no hippie, has pledged to uphold the ban, which is popular in New Zealand. Five Eyes is almost surely no more useful than nuclear warheads to the New Zealand populace. It exists mainly for the American spooks and their “War on Terror”. If New Zealanders don’t fancy being just another province of the American empire, they should cut the cord to Fort Meade. I don’t expect National to embrace this idea – they’re New Zealand’s version of American Republicans, more or less – but I hope at least one of the opposition parties has the wit to make these arguments to the electorate.

Apple sold 4 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in first day

"Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply," Apple said in a statement. The company noted that an additional supply of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones will be made available to walk-in customers on Friday Sept. 19, beginning at 8:00 a.m. local time at Apple stores. People have already begun camping outside Apple Stores around the world to be among the first to get their hands on one of the new iPhones.

What's In Your Cloud?

What applications or data have you moved to the cloud. Which ones have you not moved to the cloud? Join us on Monday to talk about how you’re using the cloud today, and how you’ll be using it in the months/years ahead.

48 Audacious comet landing site chosen

"We'd like to complete the first science sequence, which is two days on the comet. But for understanding activity on the comet, we also need the long-term science. That would be a matter of a few weeks, not necessarily a few months."

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate big-screen smartphones take each other on

Though the iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first venture in the phablet market, it’s apparent the electronics giant knows what it’s doing. Apple found the perfect blend of iPhone and iPad when constructing the Plus and the finished product is superb. If the other electronics in your life have the same Apple logo on them, then the Plus 6 is an easy recommendation. With an improved approach to connecting all your devices, and Apple’s patented ease of use with its operating system, the iPhone 6 plus doesn’t disappoint. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is a welcome upgrade over the Note 3 but its hard to bet against Apple and its impressive first foray in the phablet game.

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