Bravely Default Sells Over 1 Million Copies - IGN
Bravely Default got off to a great start in North America, where the JRPG sold 200,000 units during its first three weeks of availability. And this isn't the first time we've heard about Bravely Default performing well worldwide either, with Square Enix reportedly refocusing on JRPGs after the success of the 3DS title.
Why Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Male Entrepreneurs
The proof is in the numbers. Women with established businesses ranked their happiness nearly three times as high as women who are not entrepreneurs or established business owners, according to the report. What's more, on average, women entrepreneurs make more a year than those working for an employer--$63,000 as compared to $42,700 in the U.S. “Women entrepreneurs show a substantial boost in well-being as their businesses mature, demonstrating the personal return on investment that comes with venturing into entrepreneurship," says Kelley.
Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat | TechCrunch
“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”
Apple's Beats Deal Gets Nod From EU
BRUSSELS—European Union antitrust regulators on Monday approved Apple Inc.'s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics LLC, the music-streaming service and headphone maker founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine.
Going The Distance With A Smart Shoe Made In India | TechCrunch
At this point you’re probably thinking this is some sort of high tech for runners, but the Lechal has much wider applications than that. The insert fits inside pretty much any shoe in your closet. Want to listen to tunes while driving instead of Siri navigation? The Lechal could vibrate to let you know when to turn instead. It can be used for hands-free biking, hiking, walking, tourists not wanting to look down at a map every five seconds as well.
Watson's First Consumer Role: Helping Military Vets Become Civilians
With over 155,000 active military members becoming civilians each year, there are plenty of questions that need answering, and using Waston eases the burden on USAAA employees. According to IBM, the computer can happily answer questions like "How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?"—and its answers will get better over time. And it's probably a slightly—just slightly—more practical application than, say, writing recipes . [ eWeek ]
What price for free wi-fi?
Smartphone users are always looking for free wi-fi but at what price does it come? Businesses are looking at ways to make the free wi-fi they offer work for them too. It can track our movements through our phones and reveal a great deal about us to those who have something to sell.
Fitbit Steps Into Windows Phone
If you've been holding back on buying a Windows Phone because you weren't able to use your Fitbit with it, that excuse is officially gone. Fitbit is launching a version of its app for Windows Phone on Monday, letting users sync and share their fitness data via a native app.
What The Wright Brothers Could Teach Today's Innovators About Solving Problems
They could of course go and pilot the idea at a few schools and see how long it took. Or they could simply pick up the phone and call someone who made a living selling to schools. One of the team members had a family friend who worked at a company that sold security solutions to schools. He was more than happy to talk about his experiences. It turned out in many cases the sales cycle wasn’t three months--it was three years. Schools move slowly, with decision-making authority intentionally diffuse. That didn’t mean the idea was bad, it just meant the team needed to approach it differently and assume it would grow more slowly than it first projected. There is a misbegotten belief that action is the only way to learn. The combination of LinkedIn and Google mean that experts who can shed light on critical assumptions are no more than a mouse click away.
The wind tunnel allowed the Wright Brothers to learn a tremendous amount without creating full prototypes.
Two VCs Known for Finding Hit Consumer Apps Step Out to Form Binary Capital
Between the two of them, they invested in Snapchat when it had 150,000 users. They found Tinder three months after launch with 65,000 users (while they didn’t invest, they are still close advisers to CEO Sean Rad). They invested in Instagram when it had 250,000 users, Stitchfix when it had a couple hundred users. StyleSeat, Whisper and TaskRabbit are also in the portfolio.
Black Swan Seed Rounds
I started seed investing in 2010 (and much more actively in
2012) before becoming a full-time YC partner.
In this period, I invested in about 40 companies. So far, five of them are in the “really good”
category—a current value of ~100x or more, based on the valuation of the last round
or last offer.
Russia offers a $110,000 bounty if you can crack Tor
Countries that have less-than-stellar records when it comes to dissenting voices must really, really hate Tor . Coincidentally, Russia's Interior Ministry has put out a bounty of around $110,000 to groups who can crack the US Navy-designed privacy network . After the country's vicious crackdown on dissenting voices back in 2012 , protestors who hadn't escaped or been jailed began using anonymous internet communication as their first line of defense against the Kremlin. If you're considering taking part in the challenge (and earning yourself a tidy stack of cash to quell your conscious), be warned -- the bounty is only open to organizations that already have security clearance to work for the Russian government.
How to find your Uber passenger rating.
Uber has rating system for Drivers and Passengers. Both can rate each other.
JD.com to sell Microsoft's Xbox One in China
BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.
Sunstone Capital Backs Beacon Platform Kontakt.io To The Tune Of $2 Million | TechCrunch
To that end, Niederhofer doesn’t rule out further Beacon-focused investments. “I do believe that killer apps for specific use cases will emerge,” he says. “But I’m keen to invest in the Google, not the Altavista. So we’re going to take our time and let the entrepreneurs figure out what works and what doesn’t. I don’t think it’s the last investment with a Beacon angle that Sunstone Capital will do in the next year or two.”
Microsoft China placed under official investigation as offices in four cities raided
Stick with Windows 7, upgrade to a minimum quad core i5 3400 GHz, 8GB of RAM and decent motherboard and turn off all background file transfer, and remote functionality. Windows 8 is unproven, untested, unnecessary. XP was a great OS. It was very hard to let go. But if you have been keeping up since DOS, Win3.1, I have to agree, (on the right platform) and a hell of lot more tweaking, and setup and maintenance utilities. Windows 7 is a (relatively for MS OS) decent robust, compatible, OS, if set up with the hardware above. It does require a good antivirus program, registry cleaner, defragger, and you should be doing back up images because it is so much work to set up... But once you get there it is awesome. i.e. it can perform equal MAC (finally!! but you have to be able to get under the hood and set it up yourself...) Get a your hands on dedicated utilities, which has always been the case with Windows. The hardware platform required is probably the best price point performance I have seen in 20 years. ie. This is the FIRST time I have seen boards that have working integrated network, audio and video!!! So your only purchase is board, CPU and RAM (if your upgrading) Because of the peripherals plugin switch on the board you will also have to buy a new box.
SDCC 2014: The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer is Here - IGN
Straight from its debut at San Diego Comic-Con, here's the trailer for The Walking Dead: Season 5. Also revealed was the show's return date - Sunday, October 12th at 9pm ET/PT.
NPR One Delivers A Curated Public Radio Stream For The Smartphone Era | TechCrunch
The app is separate from their existing offerings for mobile, and available free on the App Store and on Google Play. It uses a combination of streams of NPR’s public news broadcasts, combined with stories that are curated for your specific tastes. You can get regionally relevant content by letting the device have access to your location settings, and you can also search for podcasts and other content to teach the app about what you want and get it instantly. Marking stories as interesting takes a single click, and that will help inform what kind of content appears in your feed in the future.
The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let | TechCrunch
Pascal Lorne is the co-founder and CEO of Let.
Earlier, back in 2003, he co-founded and was CEO of Miyowa which developed the very first facebook and twitter running on a mobile, and was deployed over 200M phones in 2011 when Miyowa was acquired by Synchronoss.
Pascal lives in San Francisco. He studied mechanical engineering in Germany and holds a MBA from EM Lyon.
He is angel in several IT …
The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two | TechCrunch
If single-play is the combination of independence and absence, “multi-play” is the opposite. Multi-play needs players to all be on the same pitch, in the same room, seated at the poker table or logged onto deathmatch arena. Whether co-operative or competitive, multi-play doesn’t work well unless all are present so that the dependent mechanics it uses (pass a ball, shoot a dude) work. This makes multiplayer video games most sensitive to the vagaries of time. Players disconnecting, players in different time zones, players with laggy network connections and more all affect multi-play more severely than any other kind of game, and these can be very heavy design constraints. And, interestingly, a side effect of multi-play’s problems is that multiplayer games tend to be the ones most likely to attract “hardcore” cultures.
One Family, Two Generations Of Stay-At-Home Dads
When my son, Aaron, was born, I had already opted out of corp. life into restaurants. Long hours but my then wife's schedule as a dentist gave me more time with my son than would've corporate life. When he turned 4, closing the restaurants & taking that year gave me even more time with him. I wouldn't give up those extra hours & days for the world. I only realized how important those extra moments in time were as I returned to the structure of consulting and full time positions taking me around the world with long periods away from him & later from his step-sister (who even now look at & refer to each other as true "brother & sister"). What I find interesting, Charlie, is that in 2014 you "cut back tall brush to forge my own trail" and have. In 1993 I attempted to launch Solo/Parenting - a magazine, cable TV show and website for single parents and couldn't get the funding. Today, I still define my life as, "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound". You Have.
Tiempo Wants To Simplify Time Tracking So You Can Focus On Work | TechCrunch
Tiempo is the fastest way for small businesses to track time and get paid.
Time tracked in Tiempo can be quickly approved, invoiced, and paid. By reducing the pain of time tracking and the friction of invoicing, Tiempo gets small businesses paid faster.
Apps are available for iOS, Android, and Web.
Learn more at http://www.tiempoapp.com
Apis Partners Launches New Fintech Growth Fund For Africa, Asia | TechCrunch
Plenty of innovation in financial services is coming from Africa and south Asia, where there are many millions of ‘unbanked’ people, and they are leap-frogging old platforms to mobile, mainly. M-Pesa (pesa is Swahili for money) is a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service, launched in 2007 by Vodafone which has taken Africa by storm, for instance.
Powermat Wireless Phone Charging Comes To Cadillac Vehicles | TechCrunch
Powermat Technologies Ltd. is a developer of wireless energy transfer solutions for consumers, OEM and public places. Retail products are sold worldwide under the brand Duracell Powermat. The company's inductive charging technology has been adopted by the Power Matters Alliance and is the platform adopted by Duracell, General Motors, Starbucks and AT&T.
The company was founded in 2006 by Ran Poliakine …
Xbox Games with Gold: Dishonored, Strike Suit Zero
The free games for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in August via the Games with Gold program involve a lot of flying, biking and sneaking. From August 1 - 15 on Xbox 360, Gold members can grab Motocross Madness for free, and then from August 16 - 31, pick up Dishonored for free. Available for the entire month of August on Xbox One, Gold members can get Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut .
Free games are good, but free Dishonored really is a great deal this time around. It may even be great enough that Xbox One owners will turn that old Xbox 360 back on.
[Image: Bethesda Softworks]
Case Remote Lets You Wirelessly Control Your DSLR Camera From A Phone | TechCrunch
With CASE Remote’s help, you can wirelessly control your DSLR from your mobile devices. Supported devices include iPad, iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. CASE Remote lets you wirelessly capture and save images to your device, view them live and touch focus, edit remotely, and plug-in smart sensors for object triggered shooting. It is great for macro photography, time lapse photography, …
Mass Effect 4 focuses on exploring the stars (but don’t call it that)
BioWare shared some of the first concrete details about Mass Effect 4 — and reiterated once again the “Mass Effect 4″ is NOT the title — during its panel at 2014′s Comic Con International in San Diego. The big takeaway from producer Mike Gamble is that the game is focused specifically on exploration and, to that end, the first Mass Effect ‘s Mako rover makes a return.
The Danger of Financial Jargon
When I was growing up, my father worked for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. His kind of banking wasn’t at all the fancy go-go modern investment banking that wrecked the global financial system in 2008. It involved lending to small businesses to get them started. At home, my father couldn’t bear to talk about money; his own father had been the type of control freak who uses money to express that control. If I brought up the question of my allowance, it appeared to cause him actual physical pain. On the other hand, when the subject was at one remove, he was vivacious and funny at telling stories and explaining how things worked, so much so that, forty years later, some of the things he said still make me smile. When he first joined the bank, it had a telegraphic codebook for communicating with the head office, in Hong Kong. The codebook quoted a typical message: “The marketplace is dominated by small Manchurian bears.” Dad explained that the message indicated the influence of pessimistic small-scale investors who were either based in Manchuria or had made investments there.
Here's a novel way to control Android on a projector
The magic is in the TouchPico’s infrared pen, which, when pressed onto a surface, outputs an infrared signal that is read by a camera on the front of the projector. This means that users can manipulate the projected screen using the pen like they would a touchscreen device with a finger. The device itself is a pico projector that outputs a 854 x 480 display onto a screen or a wall. Paired with the projector is an Android 4.0 device running on a Rocketchip 1GHz processor with two cores. There’s also an HDMI port so the TouchPico can be used like a more traditional projector.
Excuse me while I kiss the skybox: Timelapse footage of Destiny's skies
If Ralph Waldo Emerson was right, and the sky is indeed the "daily bread of the eyes," then the gorgeous, multi-layered heavens found in the Destiny beta rate at least a spongecake (or a dozen especially flaky croissants).
Now that it's almost officially legal, here's how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers
After you’ve finished up with a two-year smartphone contract, one of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your old device and bring it to a compatible carrier with a lower monthly cost. But if your device is carrier locked — and if you bought it on contract from one of the big four carriers, it probably is — you’ll need to unlock it first.
Mozilla Interim Chief Chris Beard named permanent CEO at the Firefox Web browser firm
The maker of the Firefox Web browser, Mozilla Corp., has named Chris Beard as its permanent chief executive, the company said Monday.
Favr.tt Brings On CEO To Raise Funding For Its Social Shopping App | TechCrunch
Favr.tt ’s graph database matches people with products, and rewards users’ social influence with cash-back commissions. Whereas a user would have to sign up to an affiliate scheme to share an affiliate link, with Favr.tt, a user just searches for a product and Favr.tt brings them back to the affiliate link, which is linked to their account. When they share it, any sale commission is credited directly to their bank account.
Blockchain Returns to Apple iOS with New Bitcoin Wallet
“The app strikes a strong balance between functionality and security. At Blockchain, we always believe in putting users firmly in control of their funds and that hasn’t changed with the new iOS wallet. You’ll also find a new security PIN screen and we have updated the default miners’ fee when sending transactions.
Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction
Apple further moves to reform the official caption of the remaining appeal (No. 2014-1335) to reflect the dismissal of Apple's cross-appeal. Counsel for Apple has conferred with counsel for Samsung Electronics Corporation, Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (collectively, "Samsung") regarding the substance of this motion. Samsung does not oppose the relief requested in this motion and will not file a response.
Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion | TechCrunch
After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better).
OkCupid Lied To Users About Their Compatibility As An Experiment
Ever since the big kerfuffle over Facebook’s emotion manipulation study — and the defense that this happens all over the Web all the time — we’ve been wondering what other experiments we may have been part of without knowing it. OkCupid came forward Monday with another one: it shot falsehood-tipped arrows through users’ hearts as an experiment. The dating site exhumed its three-year dormant “OkTrends” blog which used to share insights into online daters’ behavior, but went silent after the company was bought by IAC for $50 million. In a flippant entry that announces his upcoming book on data, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder defends Facebook, brags about experiments OkCupid’s done in the past, and reveals that at some point the site told people who were poor matches for each other that they were perfect pairs, and vice versa. The site wanted to see if OkCupid’s matching algorithm actually predicted whether people would go gaga for each other, or if they were just slaves to an algorithm and would fall in love (or lust) because the data told them they should. In other words, it wanted to know if it had blinded users with data science .
There are many paths to a smart home. And that's the problem.
The challenges associated with buying from a big consumer brand are many, yet it’s the most likely entry point for most consumers into the smart home. One challenge is that most people don’t buy all-Samsung or all-GE when they purchase big appliances or devices. I don’t think that will change. Another challenge that is linked to the many brands is that the lifecycle of some connected devices is pretty long, so the consumer is likely to have a mix of products with different brands but also different Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Thread or Bluetooth specs.
Apple keeps blurring lines with OS X and iOS, but when do things get too hazy?
Granted, Apple has cut down on the shock of the shift with a more frequent upgrade model. The company began distributing the operating system through its App Store, dropped the price considerably, and then ultimately made it free. It’s much subtler approach, easing users into things a few features at a time — a smart move in a time when changes to Facebook’s news feed nearly cause people to riot in the streets. This time out, those changes include literally turning your desktop machine into a phone, with the ability to make and receive iPhone calls and send and receive text messages.
The nightmare returns as Twitch Plays Pokemon X / Y
The Twitch Plays Pokemon social phenomenon continues rolling along today, as the hivemind sets out to conquer the Kalos region of Pokemon X / Y . Not only is this the TPP project's final step to becoming a poke-master (which is to say that the group will have experienced all six generations of Pokemon once they beat it), but this time, rather than play an emulated version of the game like before, Twitch plays on a modified 3DS.
This is a significant change because having an actual copy of the game and an actual 3DS system means being able to take advantage of Pokemon X / Y 's online features. You think storing pokemon in the PC or releasing them to the wild was bad? Try dumping them on some hopeless stranger through a Wonder Trade. Chaos! Chaos reigns!
The anonymous streamer in charge had the system's wireless functions turned off for an extended period of time, but it (currently) seems to be coming back. We're not ones to pick a side in whether or not Wi-Fi should be enabled, but someone out there managed to trade with the Twitch-controlled pokemon trainer to bestow upon them a "LADY HELIX.
Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball dated for all systems
Zen Pinball 2 is a free to download platform for playing various pinball table types on. Simply download Zen Pinball 2, and you will have access to an amazing library of pinball tables including Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles pack.
Quality grilled cheese delivered, thanks to algorithms - CNET
Also inside the box is a fan, which blows air over the heat mass, over several holes so that there's constant circulation inside. Sensors placed on the interior of the box measure heat -- so that if the temperature drops too low, it's clear it's time to plug back into an outlet -- as well as humidity. A second fan automatically engages if the humidity gets too high, sucking out moisture. All of this is run by a microcontroller, and The Melt's algorithm, which aims to keep the sandwich tasting as if it had just come off the grill.
A Slick New Bike With Buzzing Handlebars That Give You Directions | Design | WIRED
Industry’s design is minimalist. It looks like a bullet on two wheels. Its guts—the wires, shifters, brake cables—are housed in a 3-D printed titanium frame, giving the bike its namesake aesthetic. But Industry’s main goal wasn’t to create a high-design mode of transportation; in fact, the designers wanted to make the bike as novice-friendly as possible. “We wanted to be challenged by, how do we get an everyday person to cycle?” says Oved Valadez, a co-founder of Industry. “How do we get people to immerse in a city in a different way?”
A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of Paris
On a tree-lined boulevard in southeast Paris, an enormous creature is slowly coming to life. Nestled in a dense block of 19th-century buildings, the sloping glass structure looks like a metallic armadillo shell, but is in fact a new project from world-renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The building was commissioned by the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé , a research organization dedicated to the history of cinema through the lens of Pathé — one of the world's oldest and most celebrated production companies.
7 Reasons To Turn Off The Netflix And Just Go To Sleep Already
These habits of late sleepers -- sleeping less, going to sleep later in the night, and eating more after 8 p.m. -- were all found to be associated with a higher body mass index. Among these habits, eating after 8 p.m. was the strongest predictor of a higher BMI. What does this mean? It's not just what you eat, but when you eat, that can affect your ability to lose weight. And your sleep habits can have a significant influence on the timing of your eating, as well as on how much you eat.
Uber Gets Down To Business With New Travel Expense Tools And Concur Integration | TechCrunch
On-demand ride-hailing service Uber has spent four years building a perfect transportation alternative to taxis and black car services in cities around the world. But until today it’s just been focused on consumer travel. Now the company is going after a huge new opportunity by changing the way business users can book and expense rides on its platform.
Researchers hard at work to make the workhorse lithium ion battery better
Will the lithium ion battery be the dominant battery form for many more decades to come? Tesla thinks so, which is why it’s investing billions of dollars into a massive lithium ion battery factory. And thanks to these types of scientific innovations, the lithium ion battery will get even better over the coming decades.
$7 Portal Mod Has Fans Riled Up | Game|Life | WIRED
There’s always been something of a tacit understanding that fan-made modifications to commercial games are supposed to be free. But is there really anything wrong with modders asking for a small payment for their effort? Modding, content-creating, whatever you want to call it—it’s all a form of game development.
Mapping the Mass of an Enormous Galaxy Cluster | Science | WIRED
You are looking at the most precise gravity map ever made of a distant galaxy cluster. Using the map, astronomers have determined that the cluster is roughly 650,000 light-years across and contains enough matter to make 160 trillion suns.