Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out of China
Privacy concerns have emerged as a crucial issue for Xiaomi, which has grown in less than five years to be ranked as one of the largest smartphone makers in the world by market share in the second quarter of this year. As it seeks to further its international push, it will likely continue to face such worries as long as it keeps its data stored in China, a country that is frequently accused of cyberwarfare .
Bitcasa Pulls the Plug on Infinite Storage
Instinctively, this doesn’t seem like an awful lot of time to give users – not only can it take a while to transfer up to 10TB of data (or more if you’re an ‘Infinite’ user), but what if someone is offline for the next few weeks – it’s easy to miss the memo and they could return to find all their files are gone.
iPhone 6 owners demand answers on 'bendgate' - Telegraph
One user from Japan listed on the website seems to claim that his phone was
slightly bent when it arrived in the box. Another user, listed as number
150, said: ”I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about a month, and I have been
extremely careful with it. I had it in my front pocket for a short time on
Saturday and the top 1/5 is bent. I called Apple to find out about a
replacement since I heard on the news that this is a problem. The employee
acted like it was just an internet hoax. I can assure you, it is not a
App developer claims Apple sent his company porn to prove its app could be used to find naughty pics
“So please help me get the word to the upper echelon at Apple who would probably be as shocked as I am that they are sending porn to their customers,” he wrote. “There is a much better way to protect people from offensive material. It starts with not violating your own policy.”
iPad mini 3 gets the teardown treatment, reveals glued Touch ID Home button and low repairability score
The group at iFixit has managed to get their hands on an iPad mini 3, and subsequently torn it apart — in a very professional manner, of course. And in their digging, iFixit found that the changes to the newest iPad mini are minimal at best. However, they did find that Apple’s new Touch ID-fused Home button is “hastily glued” to the front panel, which they note makes the repairability of the iPad mini 3 harder than it has to be.
An inbox that works for you
Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox . Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.
Email started simply as a way to send digital notes around the office. But fast-forward 30 years and with just the phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world…from your best friend to the owner of that bagel shop you discovered last week.
With this evolution comes new challenges: we get more email now than ever, important information is buried inside messages, and our most important tasks can slip through the cracks—especially when we’re working on our phones. For many of us, dealing with email has become a daily chore that distracts from what we really need to do—rather than helping us get those things done.
If this all sounds familiar, then Inbox is for you. Or more accurately, Inbox works for you. Here are some of the ways Inbox is at your service:
Bundles: stay organized automatically
Inbox expands upon the categories we introduced in Gmail last year, making it easy to deal with similar types of mail all at once.
Funding Daily: Today's tech funding news, in one place
Meet Charlie , a tool that could potentially replace half of a PR intern’s job. You see, Charlie briefs you on the person you’re about to meet or chat with — just like those “briefing sheets” PR interns spend hours every month or week putting together for their clients before a battery of reporters interview them in carefully scheduled 30-minute slots. Charlie has just raised $1.7 million in new funding, but not from PR interns for obvious reasons.
Smash Bros. for Wii-U Opening Cinematic - IGN Video
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 8 Awesome Things Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - IGN Conversation
Sprint's 'iPhone for Life' plan to offer annual upgrade - CNET
It's just the latest offer from the suddenly active Sprint, which under new CEO Marcelo Claure has been relentless in rolling out new plans and promotions. The original iPhone for Life plan was intended to let Sprint stand out in a period where it typically suffered higher subscriber losses as customers looking for an iPhone switched to a rival carrier. With the annual upgrade option, Sprint is upping the ante.
Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR
Broadcasters put the final nail in the coffin of Aereo as a live-streaming TV service Thursday, but a judge’s ruling could open the door to it operating as a cloud-DVR service.
A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed | WIRED
Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert networks, and in some cases, they can be kinda helpful. But these myriad services have never lived up to their billing. The quality of the counsel on these sites is inconsistent—”expert” so often seems a misnomer—and even with a site like JustAnswer, which aims to provide helpful counsel in real-time, you so rarely get the answers you want when you want them.
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Get the Scientific 7-Minute Workout on Any Device with This Web App
The web app, launched by The New York Times and Well Workouts, guides you through each of the 12 exercises with female or male voiceover and times each exercise along with a resting period in between. If you have some dumbbells around—and you're looking for even more of a challenge—you can try the Advanced 7-Minute Workout with 9 different exercises. To use the web app, just head to this link, and either click or tap Begin Workout. Save the link to your favorites or add the link to your phone or tablet's home screen and you're good to go. Just be sure to use proper form to avoid injury and get all the benefits.
Up to 8 players brawl in Super Smash Bros. Wii U
According to today's Nintendo Direct stream, when Super Smash Bros. hits the Wii U it will boast "the highest quality visuals" the series has ever seen running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. That's a good thing too, as you'll need those extra pixels to contain the game's simultaneous 8-player brawls.
The inclusion of an 8-player Smash mode comes with two caveats: 8-person melees are only available when playing offline and not all stages are eligible for that many combatants. Instead, the game features specially-designed, extra large stages to accommodate all those fighters. As you can see from the Nintendo Direct archive video below the break, even these designated stages quickly grow very chaotic when eight fighters are duking it out.
Super Smash Bros. (8/13/2014)
A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role
On Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, at a restaurant down at Fisherman’s Wharf, for a conversation on how to fund energy innovation and what Silicon Valley’s future role can be. Moniz became Secretary of Energy a year and a half ago, following Steven Chu, after decades as a physics and engineering professor at MIT and a stint as the Under Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration.
Can we build a better brain? - THE BIG FUTURE
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These Vintage Halloween Costumes Will Scare the Sheet Out of You
In an era of body modifications, animatronic masks and advanced cosplay, it's worth remembering that sometimes all you need to generate a sensation of utter terror is a pumpkin, a sheet and a very long stick.
Sharp Aquos Crystal Review - IGN
The Edgeless Display forced Sharp to make some rather interesting decisions to other parts of the phone's design as well. The front-facing camera, for example, is located on the bottom bezel, so when launching the camera app users are advised to hold the phone upside down to make the most of their selfies. Far more intuitive, though, is the device's speaker when handling calls. The speaker is placed directly beneath the display, with Sharp fine-tuning the technology so that sound resonates throughout the entire screen. When using the handset to listen to a call, I was able to place my ear anywhere on the screen and listen to the other end without any issues. Call quality was noticeably better than my LG G2 for both myself and the recipient of my call, but well below the high-fidelity audio heard with newer technologies like Verizon's HD Voice. When utilizing speaker phone or bumping music without a headset, however, sound traveled through a standard speaker on the rear side of the device.
Our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Fitness band data show workouts peak on Mondays
Fitness band data show workouts peak on Mondays
After falling off diets and exercise regimes all weekend, people start the new week with a flourish of exercise, running, walking or hitting the the gym. And then their habits gradually deteriorate as the week progresses, data from Jawbone UP users show.
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Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery
A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world’s first ever graphene 3D-printed battery, heralding an era when consumers will be able to produce their own homemade power sources.
What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)
It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give the king a little bird, a starling. Starlings, Shakespeare knew, can mimic sounds and repeat words over and over, and this starling, the friend says, "shall be taught to speak nothing but "Mortimer" — so when the king accepts his gift bird, from then on, he'll hear nothing but the name he loathes, "Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer ... "
J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a 'Harry Potter' Story on Halloween
The new story will provide a 1,700-word backstory about Umbridge, including new details, plus Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character," the Pottermore announcement reads. (You can't view the announcement without a membership to Pottermore .)
Constantine: "Non Est Asylum" Review - IGN
It isn't long though before Constantine's called back into action and must save a young woman, Liv (True Blood's Lucy Griffiths), from a demon who's out to kill her and make off with her soul. Everything happens rather fast in this pilot episode actually. There are a lot of "rules" that need to be addressed on this series, so that he audience can understand the playing field, and so "Non Est Asylum" wastes little time in getting into the thick of it. That being the world of demons, angels, black magic, those born with innate mystical abilities, and some sort of oncoming/upcoming mega-onslaught of evil spirits.
Paul Allen Ups His Funding to Fight Ebola to at Least $100 Million
“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Allen said in a statement. “To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a global epidemic, we must pool our efforts to raise the funds, coordinate the resources and develop the creative solutions needed to combat this problem. I am committed to doing my part in tackling this crisis.”
This Is the Microsoft Branding for Future Lumia Devices
Earlier this week, we got confirmation of what everyone was assuming anyway – that Microsoft will use the ‘Microsoft Lumia’ brand for its range of smartphones but we were left with questions over what the actual devices would be branded with.
Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365
Even though Microsoft's profits went down to $4.3 billion during the quarter, in comparison to $5.2 billion from the same quarter last year, the company said during today's conference call that it is rather confident about the outlook of both its enterprise and consumer segments. And, if these recent figures are any indication, it very well should be.
20 best Android apps and games this week
Skylanders Trap Team (Free + IAP) You need a recent Android device – a list is provided on the Google Play store – and 2.5GB of free space to install the new Skylanders team, but it’s worth the hassle. This is a proper, full Skylanders game, complete with its own joypad and tablet stand to use with the Skylanders figures. New to the game? It’s a monster-battling fest aimed at children, with new features including the ability to trap beasts then play as them.
The scariest games to play this Halloween - CNET
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AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one
Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model , you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM card swap in sight. It seemed pretty brilliant, really: you get the ability to pick a data plan that works best for you even if it's not from the same carrier each time, and Apple no longer has to juggle different iPad models for different carrier partners. Alas, if only everyone played by the same rules. At first we thought the only caveat was that Verizon hasn't thrown its support behind Apple's split-personality SIM, but it turns out if you sign up for a spot of surfing with AT&T, you won't be able to switch to any other network without procuring another Apple SIM. Just lovely, no?
With New App, Facebook Harkens Back to Internet 1.0
A Facebook spokesman said Facebook does not identify the devices that use Rooms, so it won’t know whether a Rooms user is a Facebook user or who they are. But he said Facebook might consider doing so in the future to better understand who is using the app. That would allow Facebook to know the real name of Rooms participant using a pseudonym, for example, but the spokesman said Facebook would never share a user’s identity.
Ouija Review - IGN
Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke makes for an appealing lead, doing what she can with the rote nature of her role, but even she can't breathe much life into some of the movie's more banal scenes. The rest of the young, pretty faced-cast are one-dimensional fodder, but to their credit it's really more their characters that are the problem and not the actors. With Zelda Rubinstein now on the other side, Insidious' Lin Shaye has become the horror genre's go-to-old lady and, although only in two scenes, she gives the movie a jolt when it needs it most as the aforementioned asylum patient.
Apple iTunes Sees Big Drop in Music Sales
The growing availability of cheap music—from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans—is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc. Music sales at Apple’s iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from...
How to watch today's partial solar eclipse - CNET
But if you're thinking of stepping outside to take it in, you'll need to take precautions -- DO NOT look directly at the sun. "It is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse, without the proper equipment and techniques," NASA warns.
Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future is at stake
With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services — but it needs to convince developers that it is no longer the rapacious and self-interested dictator it once was
Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees | TechCrunch
A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital. The product emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries.
How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player
Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM's competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. After the loss Kasparov questioned whether Deep Blue's team had cheated in order to beat him, but in a fascinating new short documentary by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN , it's shown that the momentous victory — and the notorious 44th move that led to it — was actually the result of a computer error.
In a Boost for Automation, Robot Hand Uses Static to Grab | MIT Technology Review
The flexible surface of the grabber lets it support more weight and distribute the gripping force more evenly than conventional robots that use suction to pick things up. This improvement could allow robots to take on new manufacturing tasks, including jobs that involve handling delicate materials such as thin semiconductors for new, advanced solar cells. But the technology also offers a cheap way to pick up just about anything—fabric, bags of chips, 50-pound boxes of paper, single pieces of paper, mobile phones.
Amazon Kindle Voyage review - CNET
In recent years, Amazon's mantra for its tablets and e-readers has been to build "premium products at nonpremium prices." So it surprised some people when the company went ahead and built a premium e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, for a pretty premium price. It starts at $199 in the US and £169 in the UK for the Wi-Fi version. (It's not yet available from Amazon Australia -- and there's no confirmation that it even will be -- but that price translates to about AU$225.)
Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men | TechCrunch
It’s interesting to see the ecommerce space get excited about men. For years, brands like Nasty Gal and Net a Porter have been focusing on women. However, men are potentially more likely to prefer buying clothes online from a trusted brand that can help them with decision making. Jonny IV, along with its competitors, is looking to get in on the trend early on.
Why The Terminator Endures - IGN
For some, it's really Cameron's follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, that accounts for the Terminator legacy. I can say that for me, as an audience member, Sarah Connor's transformation was a revelation. She was unlike almost anything I'd ever seen on screen; a fierce and terrifying mother-bear who had honed herself into a living weapon whose sole purpose in life was to protect the life of her child and train him to take on an unbearable destiny: save the world. Heady and awesome stuff. As far as John goes, he was still a work in progress, here. While there are some who may disagree, the developmental stage that the boy was in still left the door open to the possibility that he would become a larger-than-life figure best left to our own individual imaginings.
Facebook and Yahoo Find a New Way to Save the Web's Lost Email Addresses | WIRED
This could finally free up so many of the email addresses that have been left unused not only at Yahoo, but at other online email providers, including Google and Microsoft. The trick is that websites—sites like Facebook that handle password recovery—need to adopt this standard for it to be truly effective. We expect that banks and other security minded institutions will jump on board, but no doubt, there will be sites that don’t. And former Yahoo users will probably learn about them the hard way.
This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads | TechCrunch
You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week.
Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54 | TechCrunch
After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition.
Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'
Over that week, Spencer also rode three subway lines; took an Uber car; visited a park, a restaurant and a coffee shop; and attended a bowling party with friends. He wasn't exhibiting symptoms at the time — except for fatigue — so it's not likely he put anyone in danger, because Ebola can't spread if symptoms aren't present. But here's a look at Dr. Spencer's travels while he was carrying the virus, based on information from city officials on Thursday and Friday:
Feet Loaf Disgustingly Delicious Simple Main dish
Here's a perfect recipe for a disgustingly delicious Halloween main dish meal! FEETLOAF! Super simple to make. Use your favorite meatloaf recipe or download, print and use my tried and true one.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Vampire Frog That Devours Its Mother's Eggs | WIRED
Now, it seems to be a rule in nature that the strangest tadpoles develop into the most ordinary-looking frogs, while the more ordinary-looking tadpoles develop into the most extraordinary frogs. The vampire flying frog is decidedly in the former camp. Even among other species in its family, which have “totally boring tadpoles,” the vampire flying frog has “completely out-there tadpoles,” said Rowley. So the question becomes: Why? Why go about things differently than any other tadpole on Earth? Well Rowley reckons the fangs help the tadpoles better eat their mother’s unfertilized eggs. You know, like ya do.
Eyewitness to Hell: Life in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia
Throughout West Africa there are a lot of rumors, myths and misinformation about Ebola. As a result, communities struggling with real dangers and few choices also contend with anger, frustration and fear. There were some neighborhoods that believed Ebola wasn’t a real threat and that the people in their community were dying due to a lack of food or Malaria. Even the people of West Point accused me of bringing the Ebola virus to their community.
Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good | TechCrunch
Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at how Nintendo’s Amiibo will work in action in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game.