How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google | TechCrunch

With singular focus, Siri builds out the team and aggressively integrates more services. After not too long, you can ask it to order you a four-meat pizza and a Coke from Papa John’s. Want 1-800-FLOWERS to deliver a bouqet to mom on Mother’s Day? How about checking available flights for your next trip and booking the best one? Sure!

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Awesome online map shows off ISS astronauts’ amazing Earth photos

Lovingly compiled by Dave MacLean of the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia, this fabulous collection pulls together images tweeted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), showing off what must surely be the crème de la crème of aerial photography .

6 Simple Things Google's Self-Driving Car Still Can't Handle

he wants his company's self-driving cars to be road-ready by the time his 11-year-old son is eligible for his license. But until Google, and everyone else, can make an autonomous vehicle that's at least as capable as the moron in the car in front of you, that's probably a very optimistic target.

Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet

Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.

State Fairgoers eat up data, along with hot dogs and cheese curds

T-Mobile said it saw a 172 percent increase in data use on the first Saturday of the Fair, compared with the first Saturday of the 2013 Fair. And for the first four days of the Fair, it saw a 184 percent increase in data usage compared to the same 2013 period.

This Jaguar designer’s resto-modded Mark 2 sedan seamlessly blends old and new

The visual modifications have been kept to a minimum in order to create a discreet “wolf in sheep’s clothing” appearance. Callum’s Mark 2 stands out thanks to a body-colored bumpers on both ends, louvers in the front fenders and the rear quarter panels as well as 17-inch alloy wheels. Additionally, a well-trained eye will notice the designer’s Mark 2 sits slightly lower than stock.

25 Dazzling Electric Zoo Festival Photos on Instagram

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Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch

One of the brilliant things about tech leaders and pundits in Silicon Valley is their true passion for entrepreneurship and their belief in the power of the human spirit and intellect. Surrounded by the sight of so many motivated and talented founders in the Valley itself, they assume that this optimistic sensibility can override nearly any obstacle for a dedicated entrepreneur.

In Defense Of Square Smartwatches | TechCrunch

All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers, but everybody is still waiting for the Moto 360 and now LG has joined the fray with its own round G Watch R .

How to run Flash on your iPad (if you must)

The most popular solution, Puffin Web Browser is free and available for both iPad and iPhone. The free version is limited in that you can only play Flash content at particular times of day -- to play material outside of these times you need to pay $0.99 for six months access. The big advantage is that you don't need to pay to access content so long as you are prepared to only use it during free periods. It also works with many Flash games.

Jennifer Lawrence and Other Celebs Hacked as Nude Images Circulate on the Web

Early word of the images began spreading on 4Chan earlier in the day, where posters claimed that the images were the result of a hacker intrusion on a number of iCloud accounts and cell phones and that the images included nude celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Emily Browning, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton.

Intel demos DirectX 12, which looks faster and more efficient than DX11

In any case, it’s about time. DirectX 12 will be the first generational update since DirectX11 showed up back 2008. We hope that the improvements demonstrated by Intel will translate into real-world performance. Either way, we can’t wait to get our hands on DirectX 12 ourselves.

HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review - CNET

For instance, the M8's bezel (where the screen and phone edge meet) is alluringly reflective and convincingly conveys that you're holding a high-end device. But it's not polished to the same eye-catching sheen as the first One was. And though the back of the M8 is lovingly minted in a classy brushed-metal motif that's smoother than its predecessor's (which had a roughness almost like a ceramic bowl), the slicker texture doesn't wick away moisture quite as effectively. The result is a slippery, more friendly canvas for grease than the previous matte back.

Flying Fail: Skydiver Misses Stadium Before College Football Game

Penn State and the University of Central Florida played a college football game in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday. Before the game, skydivers representing each school parachuted into the stadium to get the party started.

This is why you never end up hiring good developers

The terrifying possibility of turning away a great candidate because you are biased towards them in some way you don’t even know about is why people think giving pure, right-or-wrong technical questions are better. They’re not, they’re just easier. And they do nothing to protect against bias: when there are 50 syntax questions you ask, it is easy to give hints and passes to the candidates you implicitly prefer and pretend that they were just better. I’ve caught myself doing this. There is no simple way around this: you have to be aware of your biases, constantly conscious of them, and correct for them, or you will screw your company by hiring inferior people.

Users pick the Tab S over the iPad Air… in Samsung’s latest ad

A new iPhone is imminent , so Samsung is on the offensive with a new advert that asks ordinary New Yorkers to pick between the South Korean manufacturer’s Tab S and Apple’s iPad Air. Everyone featured in the video opts for the Tab S, but were Apple fans edited out? We may never know.

Retailers warned to act now to protect against Backoff malware

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council on Wednesday issued a bulletin urging retailers to immediately review their security controls to ensure point-of-sale systems are protected against "Backoff," a malware tool that was used in the massive data theft at retailer Target last year.

The best personal finance apps and software

Intuit’s stalwart personal finance service has been around since 2006, quickly becoming one of the go-to apps for those who prefer checking their finances on the go. The notable company is known for additionally offering both TurboTax and the like-minded Quicken. That being the case, Mint also excels in terms of customer satisfaction and feedback. The service takes a mere second to sync with your bank account(s), allowing you view a quick snapshot of your personal finances and providing insightful analytics regarding your spending habits when it comes to food, entertainment, utilities, and other facets of your monthly budget. You can even tailor the app’s underlying budget restrictions to adhere to your own unique lifestyle, or set bill and low-balance alerts in case you often forget the due date for your gas bill is steadily approaching. Mint even tracks your aforementioned  subcategories to give you an up-to-date picture regarding how much you can afford to spend on, say, gas or fast food. Downsides? The software only works in the United States and Canada, and occasionally, the app’s inability to change transaction dates can throw of your entire budget.

Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple

Last night, via a post on the site he founded in 1997, Shimpi said he was “officially retiring from the tech publishing world,” but didn’t say what he was doing next. “I won’t stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)”, he wrote.

PAX 2014: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to Receive Four Add-Ons, Season Pass - IGN

The DLC will release on unspecified dates following Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 's release, each priced at $10 USD –– alternatively, players can purchase the season pass, which includes all four packs, for $30 USD. The add-on packs will showcase new characters and missions, 2K said in a press release.

IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed

I've been using this tablet holder for over a year now (though not every single night, of course) and find it to be very handy, more so than the bendy versions that require more effort to position one's tablet or phone. The hinges are still surprisingly tight, so thankfully, my tablet hasn't yet dropped onto my face. If anything, I'm just disappointed by how some of the metallic fixtures have gone slightly rusty. The tablet bracket's release mechanism can be a bit fiddly when I'm lying on my bed, as the loosened latch drops down due to gravity, which then still locks the bracket's sliding part. Still, given how little I paid for it, these issues are relatively minor.

Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets for Mike Brown

A large crowd of protesters descended upon a northeast neighborhood in Washington, D.C., taking over the streets for nearly three hours on Saturday night in a symbol of solidarity with their counterparts in Ferguson, Missouri, who called for justice for Mike Brown earlier during the day.

This New 4D Batman Theme Park Ride Looks Like a Giant Nope-Coaster

Growing up outside of St. Louis, there was a Six Flags only a forty-minute drive away. You could look right off the highway and see the sprawling parking lot, the giant Ferris wheel, and the twisted metal of all the roller coasters. The most imposing snake-like construction was Batman: The Ride.

The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse

Rees works from rooms overlooking the cloistered Nevile's Court, which contains the Wren Library, which in turn contains two Shakespeare First Folios. He is small, dapper, silver-haired, and offsets his doomsday scenarios with a puckish humour. He invited me to sit on the couch next to his desk, "where sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits". As I wondered about this quote – Winnie The Pooh? – Rees was off, speaking so rapidly and softly as to be almost thinking aloud. "On a cosmic timescale, human beings are not the culmination, because it's taken four billion years for us to emerge from protozoa, and we know the solar system has more than four billion years ahead of it." Over the next half-hour, he tells me that we are "the stewards of an immense future", and that we have a duty to clear the looming hurdle presented by technological advance. "A few crazy pioneers – and we wish them good luck – might tunnel through the period of danger by establishing colonies in outer space, but nowhere out there is as comfortable even as the South Pole, so we have to solve the problems here.

Every Parent Will Relate to Beyoncé's Poem About Daughter Blue Ivy

Grab a tissue, parents. Here's Beyoncé's poem, which will remind you just how much you care for your kids and why you want the world to be a better place for them:

Apple's high-end iWatch model likely to be priced at $400

Today, Re/code reports that the top-end iWatch model could be priced at $400, based on internal discussions between Apple executives. From the report:

Back to School 2014: The 10 best tablets

By design, tablets are less about work and more about play -- though you'll find some notable exceptions in our roundup of top slates for the back-to-school season. Among them are Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, which features a keyboard case that makes typing on the go bearable, and the ASUS Transformer Book, which also gives you hardware keys via a bundled dock. Of course, there are still plenty of slates made for enjoying your downtime. Click through the gallery below to see them all, and don't forget to check out the rest of our guide ! Gallery | 10 Photos Back to School 2014: The 10 best tablets + See all 10

Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class | TechCrunch

In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability — anchoring or the famous “herd mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of the process. With that in mind, we ran the Y Combinator Summer ’14 class through our models.

The Worst Cloud Outages of 2014 (So Far)

Which companies have failed the worst when it comes to cloud outages in 2014? Time for the list no one wants to land on

OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!

“Child Trauma Challenge! Nominate 2 twitter friends to donate a daily tweet for @operationsafe”

The Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean

The recent installation of 216 state-of-the-art electronically-controlled wave boards has made this the most sophisticated scientific wave-testing basin of its size in the world. Scaled-down fiberglass models, cruisers the size of canoes, ride waves that max out at a few feet high. But it’s the motion of the ocean that matters. The hinged wave boards, each with its own motor synced up to software, can precisely recreate eight ocean conditions (from flat calm to typhoonlike) across all seven seas, pushing the water and moving up and down like giant piano keys whose scales and chords are waves.

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

Tiny Canadian town crowdfunding full-size USS Enterprise - CNET

A crowdfunding campaign aims to build a full-size working version of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" in the Canadian Badlands, but the funding goal is a long way off.

Segregation Now ...

Tuscaloosa’s business leaders and elected officials had witnessed the transformation of other southern cities after their school districts had reached a tipping point—the point at which white parents become unsettled by the rising share of black students in a school, and pull their children from the school en masse. School districts in cities such as Birmingham and Richmond had seen their integration efforts largely mooted: just about all the white students had left. As white families had moved out to the suburbs, eroding the tax base, both the schools and the cities themselves had suffered. Many officials in Tuscaloosa obsessed about the rippling consequences of continued white flight. “Money follows kids, and the loss of white students was very, very critical,” said Shelley Jones, who is white and served as a school-board member in the 1990s, and later as the chair.

Dragon Age: Inquisition's Co-op Multiplayer Is All About Loot - IGN

Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.

Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan

A 10-minute video reportage about Mikko Hypponen's trip to Lahore, Pakistan, to find the authors of the first PC virus "Brain". This is the first time Amjad Farooq Alvi and Basit Farooq Alvi have given a video interview about the virus, which spread around the world via floppy disks in 1986.

My daughter, Malala

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."

The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos | Raw File | WIRED

Big Fish, small fish - Sri Lanka´s stiltfishermen, Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Midigama; Former fishermen Gigi sits in his shelter on the road and waits for tourist, that will pay him and his brother to climb up their stilt. He last time went fishing some 20 years ago as there are simply no fish left in this strip of the coast. The 2004 tsunami tore down his house and killed several family members. Thus, he is now still in the situation to care for his own income. Die Stelzenfischer: Asien, Sri Lanka, South Province, Midigama. Der ehemalige Fische G.G. sitzt in seiner Huette am Strassenrand und wartet auf Touristen, die fuer Fotos mit ihm oder seinem Bruder auf den Stelzen vor der Kueste gutes Geld bezahlen. Geangelt hat GG seit zwanzig Jahren nicht mehr. Es gibt vor seinem Strandabschnitt einfach keine Fische mehr.

40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40 | TechCrunch

The week after Brian Acton (age 42) sold WhatsApp for $19B, many thought of it as an abnormality. Though the data says otherwise, The Valley still persists in believing you are done if you haven’t “made it” by 30. The actual data shows the average age of peak innovation to be 40. So to offset this idea that you are done if you haven’t “made it” by your 20’s, we give you forty amazing entrepreneurs who “made it” (in the literal sense of started it) after they turned forty years old.

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Is this the new iPhone 6?

Your boy Doldo411 gives you the low down on the biggest leak in Apple history! Check it out. Follow @Doldo411 for more updates Featuring Joey Romaine Developed by Joey Romaine, Drennen Quinn and Jeph Porter Directed by Jeph Porter Location Sound Jason Culver Edited by Jason Culver. (c) 2014 The Second City Inc. -------------------------------- The Second City Network is quickly becoming one of the hottest channels on YouTube. Our work has been featured on Tosh.0 on Comedy Central, G4's Attack of the Show, Inside Edition, NPR, MSNBC, CNN and more! Many of today's biggest names got their start at The Second City main stages -including Tina Fey of 30 Rock, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, and Steve Carell of The Office. Do you want to be a better comedy writer, actor, and improviser? Then sign up to take a class at one of our training centers! Chicago: Hollywood: Toronto: Study comedy for college credit at Second City:

Tripping through IBM’s astonishingly insane 1937 corporate songbook

The era of the absurd singing IBM employee dwindled to a close in the 1950s, when Thomas Watson Jr. took over IBM after his father’s death. The music played on strongly in the sales side of IBM’s business until at least the late 1960s, but shifting corporate and cultural mores saw more and more people finding the singing campy and corny. As NetworkWorld’s piece notes, companies began to turn to "t-shirts [and] mugs" to reward employees, rather than the joy of shared song.

12 Of The World’s Most Jaw-Dropping Remote Hideaways

Similar to the way 19th-century Romantics reacted to the Industrial Revolution with a more emotional, worshipful approach to the natural world, contemporary architects are building structures that incorporate the wilderness into their designs, inviting it in rather than shutting it out. “Direct connections to water, earth, air, and even fire enhance the power and sense of discovery present within the rural refuge,” writes Sofia Borges in Hide and Seek 's introduction. Among these are a mirrored lake cottage that reflects the surrounding forest on its facade and the nook-like Cocoon shelter, made of strips of cedar, which snakes around a series of tree trunks. Here, 12 of the most jaw-dropping contemporary hideaways in the world’s many middles of nowhere.

Tales of ice-bound wonderlands

Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.

Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both

Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both   —  Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities  —  If you need a ride, pull out your phone and load up the Lyft app.  Or try Uber.  Really, it doesn't matter which you pick.

3 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Their Lives With YouTube

UK rock musician Rob Chapman knows almost as much about reaching an audience online as he does about shredding in the pentatonic scale. With the help of YouTube – and his own energetic, likable personality – his life has undergone an amazing transformation from struggling musician to venue-packing bandleader, product endorser and guitar company owner. His Rob Chapman channel has 198,000 subscribers (adding another 10,000 each month) and attracts 2.8 million views a month. “I’m just a dude who plays guitar in a flat in England and I never knew that it would be like this.”



How Movies Synchronize the Brains of an Audience | Science | WIRED

“They do look very similar, but it’d be more surprising if they didn’t,” said Handel, who earned a PhD in neuroscience at New York University before getting into movies. “If you’re watching a movie, that’s your entire sensorium and your feelings.” If people’s brains were out of synch during a movie, Handel suggested, that might be a bad sign that their minds were wandering. One person might be thinking about the call they need to make, while another contemplates making a popcorn run.

Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles?

From Points of Clarification “Although we have argued that the extant data do not provide support for the learning-styles hypothesis, it should be emphasized that we do not claim that the same kind of instruction is most useful in all contexts and with all learners.” (p116)“Educators’ attraction to the idea of learning styles partly reflects their (correctly) noticing how often one student may achieve enlightenment from an approach that seems useless for another student.” (p116)“It is undoubtedly the case that a particular student will sometimes benefit from having a particular kind of course content presented in one way vs. another.” (p116)From Everybody’s Potential to Learn “It is undeniable that the instruction that is optimal for a given student will often need to be guided by the aptitude, prior knowledge, and cultural assumptions that a student brings to a learning task.” (p117)Secondly, the efficacy of different learning styles is largely dependent upon the learning outcome you’re looking to achieve. Take the triathlon events. All of us CAN swim, bike and run during the race.

Unstoppable Learning

Why do we put so much effort in making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the different ways babies and children learn — from the womb, to the playground, to the web.

51 Building Better Teachers
52 The man who grew eyes
53 Redirecting
54 Royal Caribbean's latest ship sports a robot bar, super-fast connectivity
55 Scientists are recording the sound of the whole planet
56 With Gear S watch, Samsung tinkers -- and tempts fate - CNET
57 This Map Shows Everything On The Internet At Once
58 How the teddy bear taught us compassion
59 Mayor Forces Man To Leave Public Meeting Because He Won’t Stand During Prayer
60 Portable, handheld DNA sequencer no bigger than a brick - CNET
61 Seminal Bauhaus Texts Now Available For Free
62 I Ghostwrite Chinese Students' Ivy League Admissions Essays | VICE United States
63 Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World | TechCrunch
64 Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?
65 How to Value Your Startup Before Presenting to Investors
66 What Happened to Motorola
67 This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months | Business | WIRED
68 Ikea Just Bought Some Awesome, Bendy Lighting Tech
69 Economics is making us greedier
70 Out of Many, One: The Science of Composite Photography
71 Fancy-pants cooler captures Kickstarter funding crown - CNET
72 Can You Identify These Famous Film Characters Made From Lego Bricks?
73 The Anxiety Disorder Lurking In Your Pocket
74 Finalists selected for $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize - CNET
75 You Can't Eat These Chips, But Some Find Silicon Addictive
76 How Racism Creeps Into Medicine
77 How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness
78 Has California Lost Its Chance For Tesla's Gigafactory?
79 10 Digital Job Openings at WebMD, the Onion, American Express and More
80 My year with a distraction-free iPhone (and how to start your own experiment)
81 The Most Amazing PCs Of August 2014
82 Here's What Else You Could Buy For The Price Of An Apple iWatch
83 Drought-Stricken California Makes Historic Move To Regulate Underground Water For The First Time
84 How The 32 Teams Of The NFL Found Their Brand Footing
85 You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman's Physics Lectures For Free
86 Stop ruining my escapist fantasies, Sarkeesian haters
87 The 5 Most Important LinkedIn Features You Aren't Using Correctly
88 Online Teaching is the New Blogging
89 Capture Your Canine’s Exploits With the New GoPro Dog Mount | Gadget Lab | WIRED
90 What you need to know about Amazon's fight with e-book publishers
91 Sports fan lobbyist fights NFL blackouts, taxpayer-funded stadiums, and Comcast
92 Twitter’s new onboarding flow still ignores what makes it such a special place - The Next Web
93 Wirelessly powered robo-fish need no maintenance - CNET
94 THE PROGRAMMATIC ADVERTISING REPORT: Real-Time Bidding Is Taking Over The Digital Ad Market
95 Dynamic Pricing in a Post-Uber World
96 7 Social Login Myths Debunked
97 The Evolution of ATM Skimmers
98 Light work
99 New App Tells The Stories Behind Famous Typefaces
100 Extreme Moneyball: The Houston Astros Go All In on Data Analysis