"Duty Of Care" Game-Style Ad Shows The Trauma Of War Through A Child's Eyes
The film, created by agency Toad London, is entitled "Duty of Care: Protecting Children in War" but instead of following a soldier in combat, it centers on a defenseless child named Nima. The spot confronts viewers with what looks like live game play—the user interface is shown and the "Middle East" region selected, then Nima is selected. Her "Statistics" show she is low on strength, speed and aggression but high on vulnerability.
By ending its Epix deal, Netflix reminds us of its vision: Exclusives and originals
While ending its Epix deal will, of course, upset some people in the short-term, it’s actually a smart move in light of the company’s long-term objectives. By focusing on unique and original content, Netflix won’t have to fight for mindshare using small differentiators such as price points, or some trivial app “feature.” It will become the must-have subscription streaming service, with viewers then deciding between Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Google Play, and all the rest for the myriad of other movies and T.V. shows out there.
Google faces new group in Europe designed to hit it with lawsuits - CNET
"Over the recent years there has been a shift in the public enforcement culture across the EU, with the EC recognizing that private damages actions bolster not only the deterrent effect of fines and penalties imposed by the public authorities, but also correct the illegal conduct of market players," GRIP said in a statement. "Furthermore, private enforcement restores fairness in the market by re-establishing competitors and, in turn, stimulating competition. GRIP will play a key role in spearheading functions of private enforcement and thus increasing consumer confidence to take action."
VMA 2015: Kanye West says he's running for president in 2020
Two thousand and fifteen. I will die for the art, for what I believe in. The art ain't always gonna be polite. Y'all might be thinking right now, "I wonder, did he smoke something before he came here?" The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something to knock the edge off. I don't know what's gonna happen tonight. I don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artist, my fellow artist, just worry about how you feel at the time man. Just worry about how you feel and don't never... I'm confident, I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We're not gonna control our kids with brands. We're not gonna teach low self esteem and that to our kids. We gonna teach our kids that they can be something. We're gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We're gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down. I don't know what I'm finna lose after this, it don't matter though cause it ain't about me. It's about ideas bro, new ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth.
U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts
Any action would also come at a particularly sensitive moment between the world’s two biggest economies. President Xi Jinping of China is due to arrive next month in Washington for his first state visit — complete with a 21-gun salute on the South Lawn of the White House and an elaborate State Dinner. There is already tension over a host of other issues, including maritime skirmishes in the South China Sea and China’s efforts to devalue its currency in the face of its recent stock market plunge. At the same time, the two countries have deep trade ties and the administration has sometimes been wary of seeming too tough on China.
Hopper brings its smart airfare prediction and tracking app to Android
While the app was essentially an aggregator before today, linking out to third-party sites to complete the actual booking, Hopper for iOS now lets you book quickly within the app, and gives the first clear sign of how it plans to monetize its mobile app — commission on fight bookings.. This feature will be added to the Android app shortly too.
Yelp Teams Up With ProPublica For Hospital, Nursing Home Ratings
Access to data about an emergency room's slow wait times won't do someone much good if that emergency room is the only nearby option. And knowing that a given dialysis center is associated with high readmission rates doesn't necessarily help an elderly patient who has limited transportation options. If someone's in cardiac arrest or in critical condition after a car accident, they're not going to visit Yelp. But for someone using an ER like a health clinic, wait times are a consideration.
Apple TV 4: Gaming and Siri will be major focuses, expect Bluetooth game controllers + enhanced wireless
ATV that knows when I’m in the room using Bluetooth LE and suggests relevant programming or implements actions for HomeKit enabled hardware (lights on at my preferred “cinema” setting when I’m in the room)? Gesture control built in using accelerometers? Voice control using microphone? Hell, you could track my excitement based on my pulse and better suggest programs I’d be into watching based on my heart rate. An Apple Watch and this new touch remote could create virtual arms for gaming. Whatever this new remote is, all of the suggested functionality is easily replicated and made more personal to the user by delegating it to the Watch and making interaction easy and seamless. That is IF they can work the UX so I can access this functionality with a swipe from the clock face without opening the app via home screen.
LinkedIn is revamping its painful messaging service
You couldn’t read entire threads at once in your inbox and until recently, it was hard to tell if you had actually responded to messages. The business social network says it’s fixing all that today, as it rolls out a new messaging experience on Web and mobile.
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Meet the ex-marine who builds artisanal mounts for connected homes
People spend a great deal of time and money on all those little design details in their homes. And if they’re also spending a great deal of cash on smart home devices such as Nest, Anderson is banking on their willingness to make an aesthetic investment, too. In effect, he’s looking to solve what he calls a “disconnect between those with highly designed homes, and current smart home technology.”
Netflix takes gamble with Epix film cull in US - BBC News
Thousands of movies will be removed from Netflix in the US after the streaming service decided not to renew a deal with distributor Epix.
Why Is This House Dangling From The Arm Of A Crane?
Case in point: this sculpture by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich , which dangles a row house constructed after the style of architect Friedrich Weinbrenner from the arm of a crane. Wiggling its roots over the site of an under-construction subway station in Karlsruhe Marktplatz, Erlich's sculpture looks like some inebriated crane operator literally yanked a building out of the ground, as cleanly as an amateur dentist pulling a tooth out with a pair of pliers.
Star Wars Battlefront: Did The Fans Love or Hate it? - IGN Access - IGN Video
Fans got to play Star Wars Battlefront at PAX 2015 for the first time. Check out what they thought about their first-person Star Wars shooter experience.
The After Math: Spam kings, Microsoft milestones and a bionic penis
It's been a wild week, and not just for our stock portfolios. The internet's self-described "Spam King" admitted to posting more than 27 million ads on Facebook. Microsoft celebrated the 20th anniversary of Windows 95 by dredging up a promo video featuring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. Because Friends is never not topical . And a British man endured an 11-hour surgery to have the world's first bionic penis installed. Good times!
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Minecraft Creator: Being a Billionaire Is Lonely
In deciding to sell Minecraft, Persson said last year that the move was "about my sanity," not the payday. Ultimately, the success of Minecraft meant that Persson did not "have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I've become a symbol. I don't want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don't understand, that I don't want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I'm not an entrepreneur. I'm not a CEO. I'm a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
5 Strategies To Eliminate Constant Interruptions
Casemore says managers need to do a better job at educating staff how to do tasks, and thinking about the long-term investment of time. "If it takes 10 minutes once a week to do something, if you delegate it, it may take you a half hour to train someone else how to do it, but in three weeks, you start to realize a return on your investment," he says.
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Offline over the weekend? Read the tech news you missed right here
Monday is upon us like an unwelcome hangover, but rather than pull the covers over your head and pretend it’s not happening, why not embrace it and start the day with a large breakfast-sized serving of tech news and features.
7 Chrome extensions to eliminate annoying buzzwords from the Web
Repetition is hard to avoid on the Web. Along with the generic terms that we all hear about the newest startup ‘unicorn’ or the latest millennial craze, maybe you want a creative way to avoid commonly used words or that celebrity that is everywhere.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Apple Car
On its face, a car seems like a disastrous thing for Apple Inc. to build. Cars are a brutally commodified, terrifically expensive, generally low-margin industry. Entering the car business is like getting into a land war.
Amazon beats Netflix to offline movie and TV show streaming
For years, Netflix subscribers have asked for the ability to download movies and TV shows offline. The company says it's " never going to happen " -- so Amazon has taken the initiative and added exactly that to its rival streaming service. If you're signed up to Prime Video, or have an Amazon Prime account, you can now store titles covered by your subscription on almost any mobile device. It's supported in both the iOS and Android app -- although the latter will require you to download the app through the Amazon Appstore. The regular Amazon app in Google Play, which also supports Prime Video, doesn't seem to have the feature just yet, however. The feature first debuted on Fire tablets in 2013, but this expansion is significant -- if you're a frequent flyer, for instance, you no longer have to break your Transparent binge-session or purchase the full series if you're on an iPad.
PayPal has just launched a peer-to-peer payments service
We’ve all been in the situation where someone owes us a few dollars and chasing them down is just hassle and awkward.
How to use OneNote to share notebooks, lists and more
There are a ton of digital note sharing services out there, but if you’re a PCWorld reader, there’s a good chance that you and everyone in your home already has a Microsoft account. That makes sharing notes and other items via OneNote much easier since you won't need to create a new account to use it. Plus, OneNote is a fantastic free app that’s built for sharing notes in large groups.
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'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' hits PS4 on March 18th
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the final game in Naughty Dog's Indiana Jones-style adventure series, will hit PlayStation 4 on March 18th, 2016. We got a taste of the game right after E3 2015 with an extended, action-packed trailer that features protagonist Nathan Drake shooting up bad guys, driving through a mountainside city and surviving all manner of seemingly lethal evasion tactics. There are a few versions of the game up for pre-order this week, including the Special Edition, which costs $80 and includes a steelbook case, an art book, in-game currency, a sticker sheet and the game on Blu-ray.
The Collector's Edition is $120 and includes everything in the Special Edition, plus a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake from Gentle Giant, three in-game multiplayer outfits, two weapons skins and other in-game customization options. The Deluxe Edition, which runs $80, offers the game in digital form plus two multiplayer customization options and future access to three DLC packs. Two of the DLC bundles are multiplayer fare with rare and legendary items, while the third is "the first-ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series.
I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs
Using the x-position values from the video along with the mass values from my estimations, I get a Yoda-mass of -43.7 kg. Yes, that is a negative mass. But what does that mean? It means that in order for Luke to balance in that position, Yoda would have to pull UP on his leg rather than push down. One way to pull up would be to have a negative mass (which we don’t see). The other way for Yoda to pull up on Luke would be with The Force.
BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone surfaces in the wild
BlackBerry's Android-based Venice smartphone isn't just a figment of someone's imagination... at least, if you believe Vietnamese resident Ba Minh Duc. He claims to have photos of the slider in action, complete with its hideaway QWERTY keyboard, 18-megapixel camera and curvy screen. This isn't quite the phone you remember from 3D renders (or the once-teased BlackBerry 10 version ), though. BlackBerry appears to have moved the power button to the side, and the body isn't as slender in person as the renders would suggest. This is undoubtedly a work in progress, and it won't be surprising if the Venice design changes more between now and release. Still, this is exciting stuff if you've been yearning for a phone that melds BlackBerry's hardware and services with Android's customization and wider app selection.
The Most Compelling Pop Culture to Come Out of Katrina
The intervening decade has seen a host of disasters both natural and man-made, but nothing has prompted an outpouring of creative work like this one. As were discussing the selections for this piece, though, we realized that while the stories and songs and movies are in many ways topical, they all endure. Whether it’s testament to Katrina’s singular destruction, or the bravery of the people of New Orleans and neighboring area, everything that follows feels as fresh and raw now as it did when it was first released.
Modified E-ZPass detects reads far from toll booths
This was only part of a larger presentation. I too originally thought many people all ready knew, but they didn’t when I talked to them. I would get comments like “conspiracy theory, ” “conjecture,” or “you cannot prove it.” So I had to. Also I wasn’t as bothered by this as say the ALPRs, as you could opt out by bagging the tag, but few people knew that too. When I tried to find out about who gets this data, how long is it kept, I could not get any answers. This was either just bureaucracy or the fact the they can no longer talk about it, no way for one to know. In fact it took a reporter from a National publication 5 weeks to get some answers that were not even very clear. The answer that might make you feel better — the tag number is “scrambled.” How? It needs to be able to be scrambled the same way between readers for the timing to work. Add 1 to it on Mondays, and 2 on Tuesdays? An crypto check sum? We are not told, Even if it is an MD5/SHA1, how many tags are there? As of 2012 there were 24,321,324 tags. The tags have agency id, it is 15 bits (but there are there are only 15 issuing agencies) and then a 24 bit serial number = 39 bits, which is < 5 bytes (characters).
Why Some Recent High Profile Movies Are Switching From Netflix to Hulu - IGN
In a blog post from Netflix this past weekend, the company's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, explained that as they turn their focus to original movies (that will sometimes be released simultaneously in theaters) - from creators such as Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Coppola and Adam Sandler - they've decided not to renew their agreement in the U.S. with Epix, the cable network. Which means that "some high profile movies including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September in the US."
CIOs boost their careers doing double duty
For example, he explains, “when you think about core IT, results are typically black and white. Was the system up and running? Did the project end on time?” But Capone says he has learned that you can’t apply that same thinking and management style to, say, a data science team. “They’d constantly remind me that this is a science and not about outcomes,” he recalls. “They had to remind me that they had to test data and experiment with it. It’s the same with user experience teams. They do a lot of experimentation and iterations. It changes the way you think about the world.”
T-Mobile Goes After Data Thieves
Not many T-Mobile customers are doing this—1/100 of a percent of the carrier's 59 million customers. But some are using up to 2TB (2,000GB) per month. "I'm not sure what they are doing with it —stealing wireless access for their entire business, powering a small cloud service, providing broadband to a small city, mining for bitcoin—but I really don't care!" Legere said.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor gets technology to secure Android phones
Qualcomm is promising to improve security and privacy on high-end smartphones with Snapdragon Smart Protect, which uses on-device machine learning to help detect zero-day malware.
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Hackers Stole the Biggest Number of Apple Accounts Ever with iOS Malware
Think twice before jailbreaking your iPhone . A recent rash of malware has helped hackers steal over 250,000 Apple accounts, the largest theft of its kind. The malware only affects jailbroken devices, but if you get pwned, hackers can not only peek your password but also make App Store purchases without your permission.
Speakers and headphones all have 'drivers'? OK, what the heck are drivers? - CNET
A speaker or headphone with a midrange-woofer and a tweeter is always a two-way design; even when the speaker or headphone has two or three or more combination midrange-woofer drivers and a single tweeter, it's still a two-way design. Only when the speaker or headphone has separate bass, midrange and tweeter drivers is it classified as a three-way design.
Samsung's new challenge: Sharing the smartwatch market with Apple - CNET
With a round Samsung watch, developers will have to tweak their earlier designs for the new face. Samsung gave them months of lead-time by making its software available to developers in April, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be thousands of apps available for the round watch right away. For many developers, creating a Tizen app may not yet be worth it. A device has to have a lot of buyers to get people to make apps, but there also have to be good apps to get people to buy the device. It may be up to Samsung to first create useful apps of its own and then expand the software from partners.
Google Project Fi
Coverage and Travel Google says that Project Fi combines Sprint and T-Mobile coverage. That makes it better for people who travel the nation than either of those carriers are individually. The carrier also offers cheap roaming in 120 countries. Calls made over Wi-Fi are free, calls made over cellular networks cost 20 cents per minute, and data costs the same $10/GB overseas that it costs domestically. That makes Fi a good choice for international travelers who don't need true high-speed data. We tested it on a trip to Australia and found that, as advertised, it's capped to 256kbps. That's still much better than the 128kbps or lower speeds we've seen with T-Mobile's free global roaming, although unlike T-Mobile, Google doesn't offer an option for high-speed data passes.
The Kanye West 2020 presidential campaign has already begun on Twitter - CNET
"Yeezus" has political ambitions, but he's not ready to run just yet. That hasn't stopped a "Kanye for president" bid for the highest office from kicking off on Twitter right away.
We Played New Levels in Yoshi and Star Fox - PAX Prime 2015 - IGN Video
We got the chance to play some super secret new levels in two of Nintendo's biggest Fall games. Also, Andrew made a new friend!
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iOS 8.4.1 Jailbreak Status Update
It doesn’t make sense to release a jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1 with iOS 9 just around the corner. We’re also assuming that since Pangu Team hasn’t released the jailbreak, it is quite possible that the exploits used for the iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak haven’t been patched in iOS 9.
2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Preview - CNET
I have good experience at Laguna Seca so I know how to handle the Corkscrew, but the double-apex turn 2 hairpin always throws me. I took it gentle for a couple of laps, but the Shelby GT350 quickly built up my confidence. On my third lap I made the first apex but hit the second a little hot. On the turn exit the car's rear wheels slipped past the point of grip but instead of getting all out of shape, a little steering correction and throttle brought it back in line. This is not a car that punishes you for making a mistake.
Christian theologian steps down due to Ashley Madison hack
Christian theologian steps down due to Ashley Madison hack
The Ashley Madison hack — the public release of emails of wannabe adulterers — has now ensnared a theologian with a famous name in some Christian circles.
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Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000
This isn't the last of the buried games, either; there are still more cartridges from the dig floating around. One hundred went to the company that made a documentary about the excavation, and 23 were donated to museums. But there are still 297 cartridges that Joe Lewandowski, the man who spearheaded the project, is holding on to -- he's thinking that he might put them on sale if and when another film about the burial comes together. Lewandowski does have plans for a second movie, but for now he's going to advise Alamogordo on how to spend the money he earned for it. "The $65,000 is yours," he said at a town meeting last week, "you can do what you want with it but I don't want to see it go to pot holes or sewer lines."
Good News, Everyone! Chrome Is Just Killed Flash Ads
Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google :
Fix Your Awesome Cosplay Costume at the Cospital - IGN Access - IGN Video
Cosplay is huge at Pax Prime 2015 and sometimes costumes can get damaged. Thankfully this year they opened a Cosplay Hospital for your Cosplay fixes.