Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli
The chance that Microsoft wrote a blog post about an acquisition that wasn’t far along doesn’t seem high. No point in prepping a post with a URL if the deal isn’t far along, I’d wager. So the Acompli deal is probably iced.
Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments
There’s been no shortage of attention paid to the launch of the new iPhones, with their array of shiny new features, bigger screens and better hardware. Early reviews seem to indicate that the company has, yet again, come through with another massive success.
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Netflix Alleges These Emails Show Yahoo's CIO Took Kickbacks In His Old Job
Over two or three years, Netflix paid $1.4 million to Vistara for its services, the suit claims, and $2.3 million to Netenrich. At some point along the way, Kail began requiring the companies pay commissions to Unix Mercenary in chunks of around $5,000 to $10,000 at a time. The 12-15% commission rate would mean that Kale took between $450,000 and $560,000, the lawsuit implies. However, the suit only mentions specific payments to Unix of $76,000.
Apple to stop producing iPhone 5c in 2015
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Best Buy Black Friday 2014 sale goes live: $100 on iPad Air 2, $300 off on Retina MacBook Pro, and more
As announced by Best Buy a couple of weeks ago , its deal on the iPad Air 2 have now gone live. The retailer is offering a flat discount of $100 across the Wi-Fi only models of the tablet.
Samsung BusinessVoice: MOOCs Aim To Fill Knowledge Gaps In Secondary Education
For several years, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have enabled people all around the globe to take free, Ivy League-quality classes from the world’s top universities. Geared primarily toward college students, lifelong learners or continuing professional education , MOOC courses have reached as many as 10 million people worldwide in just a few short years.
Inside The First Audio Library of Alcohol-Addled Speech (Which Just Might Help Stop Drunk Driving)
Between 2007 and 2009, linguistic researchers from the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Institute of Legal Medicine in Munich in Germany convinced 162 men and women to get drunk. Some, only a little drunk. But others, the sort of drunk that causes you to slur your speech, or decide it's the right time to play "Wonderwall" to party guests on your guitar—or, worse, get behind the wheel of your car when you really, really, shouldn't. The researchers had each person sit in the passenger seat of a (stationary) car, and recorded their drunken attempts at speech.
Cult of Mac's guide to the best Black Friday deals | Cult of Mac
How do you know what’s actually a bargain and what’s a cheap marketing ploy? Never fear! We’re keeping our eyes peeled for the very best Black Friday deals, and we’ll be adding them to this roundup. This isn’t a roundup for all of the millions of discounted TVs and kitchen appliances out there, just the stuff we think is really worth your attention. Keep this page locked for sweet savings on tech, entertainment and other cool gear.
MPs say they need 'serious discussion' with social networks over users' data
“Facebook’s experiment with users emotions highlighted serious concerns about the extent to which, ticking the terms and conditions box, can be said to constitute informed consent when it comes to the varied ways data is now being used by many websites and apps,” said Andrew Miller MP, chair of the science and technology committee.
Apple Watch and Android Wear: Same destination, different paths
Apps on Android Wear and the Apple Watch will also have a more fundamental difference, at least at launch: On the Apple Watch, third-party apps will require a paired smartphone to operate until Apple allows for fully native apps later in 2015. (It’s not clear which of Apple’s own apps, if any, will be subject to these restrictions.) By offloading computational tasks and storage to the phone, Apple Watch apps can run smoother with less drain on battery life.
The Same Name Puzzle: Twitter Users Are More Likely to Follow Others With The Same First Name But Nobody Knows Why | MIT Technology Review
But they did find something else. Kooti and co also mined their database for evidence that people are more likely to follow others with the same first name. They looked at people with five popular names—Michael, John, David, Chris and Brian—and counted each time they followed other users with the same name.
New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs
But small-business owners like Ms. Bossie will soon get less benefit from the unpaid marketing pitches they post on Facebook. That’s because, as of mid-January, the social network will intensify its efforts to filter out unpaid promotional material in user news feeds that businesses have posted as status updates.
First 3D LED printer could print heads-up-display contact lenses - CNET
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lenses that incorporate heads-up displays.
Musixmatch Brings its Lyrics Catalog to the Web
Musixmatch says its daily number of users have shot from 4 million to more than 10 million globally in less than a year, with app downloads totalling 30 million. The app basically scans a user’s digital music library and playlists, and displays the lyrics accordingly. As this is an officially licensed service, with deals in place with all the major publishers thousands of indies, revenue is also directed back to rights holders.
Dinosaur Nerds Are Already Mad At Jurassic World
The trailer for the new movie Jurassic World was released today. It looks fun! But some science-minded folks are already pouncing on the dino-filled movie for inaccuracies.
EU lawmakers urge regulators to be tough on Google
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine.
Halo: MCC dev pledges to 'make this right with our fans'
343 Industries head Bonnie Ross sent out her "heartfelt apologies" to Halo: The Master Chief Collection players yesterday, following a fortnight of matchmaking malaise. It's far from the first time the studio's said sorry for the Xbox One compilation's online troubles, but it is the first time we've seen the matter addressed on Microsoft's own Xbox Wire blog. In an open letter to fans, Ross reiterated 343's commitment to fixing matchmaking issues, adding that the developer will "make this right" with its audience.
"On November 11 we released Halo: The Master Chief Collection ," Ross said. "The goal being to create a tribute to Halo fans around the world, and to celebrate the Master Chief's debut on Xbox One. With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection , however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.
"While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection .
Batman Arkham Knight Ace Chemicals Trailer Part 1 - IGN Video
Scarecrow has taken over ACE Chemicals, but the Dark Knight has plans to take it back...
The Flash: "Power Outage" Review - IGN
It’s worth noting that three villains actually factored into this episode if you count the brief return of Girder. Again, I wasn’t fond of how the character was handled last week, but he actually fit in well this time. It was fun to see a bit of role reversal at work and Girder now playing the “hero” instead of the one-dimensional bully. His death gave the Girder/Flash relationship closure (as well as letting Barry off the hook for revealing his identity last week). Did the character deserve to be written off so abruptly? Hard to say, but at this point I’m not ready to assume anyone is truly dead on this show. The same goes for Blackout.
How Apple Becomes A $1 Trillion Company
There is, naturally, some fear that this supercycle for the iPhone can last only so long. Eventually Apple will sell as many iPhones as possible, and it will hit a wall. But Apple has proved that the iPhone is strong product that can continue to grow despite expectations for a drop-off.
Nice 'stache Watson: First look at 'Sherlock' special goes Victorian - CNET
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman don vintage clothes and hairstyles for a sneak peek at the upcoming "Sherlock" special. Will the lads be time-traveling or attending a costume party?
Best headphones for Christmas - CNET
It's Christmaaaaas and there's one tech gift that's bound to put a smile on anyone's face: headphones. We all know that the ones that come with phones and MP3 players are rubbish, so why not treat yourself or your significant other to an audio upgrade? Here are our picks of the best you can buy right now.
Here's What's Leaving Netflix on December 1 - IGN
It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. What follows is the list of movies set to expire from Netflix streaming this Monday, December 1st. So better watch them over the holiday weekend before they're gone (well, until Netflix and the respective studios renegotiate a new licensing agreement and they return).
First 'Game of Thrones' season 5 teaser all about Arya - CNET
With season 5 still several months away, the "Game of Thrones" hype machine has started rolling with the first official teaser trailer from Westeros.
The Walking Dead: Are Rick and Daryl Unkillable? The Show's Producer Speaks - IGN
As to whether it would ratchet up the tension on the series to allow either Rick or Daryl to meet their end (despite what may or may not happen with Rick in the comics), Hurd said, "The minute that you start speculating what a particular death would mean, you're taking it out of the context of the creative arc of the story and, once again, putting it in this weird, like, we're doing it to make a point. That's never how we approach the writing of the show."
Assassin's Creed Unity review: A tale of two games
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It was the best of Assassin's Creed, it was the worst of Assassin's Creed. So it goes with Assassin's Creed Unity , the newest game in Ubisoft's alternate-history series, where sci-fi tech allows you to relive the secret war between Assassins and Templars. Unity succeeds where it needs to, but it falls short of the metaphorical, fall-breaking haybale almost everywhere else, landing with a sickening thud on hard pavement.
Unity is capable of inspiring loving adoration while simultaneously bringing you to boiling hatred. It aims high, fails more often than it triumphs, and is in dire need of a technical re-tweaking. At the same time, whenever the pieces align, it feels like coming home. Assassin's Creed Unity (11/11/14)
The Assassin's Creed series has taken players to many locales, throughout many periods in history: medieval Jerusalem, Renaissance Italy, colonial America and the pirate-infested Caribbean. In Assassin's Creed Unity , the journey takes you to 18th century France, both shortly before and during the events of the French Revolution.
Samsung to Buy Back $2 Billion Worth of Shares
SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co. said it would repurchase $2 billion worth of its shares, its first buyback in seven years, as it deploys a part of its hefty cash reserve to shore up its flagging share price.
How to Cook a Turkey in the Microwave
Disasters happen, ovens break and some people don't have the luxury of owning an oven (college students, we're looking at you,) so in a pinch, a microwave can actually save the day and deliver a turkey that is surprisingly edible. Just be sure you read your microwave's manual to ensure it can handle a small turkey (8-10 pounds.)
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' teaser trailer will be featured in iTunes Trailers on November 28
Confirmed on Wednesday, November 26, the teaser trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will debut, and be a featured trailer, within iTunes Trailers on Friday, November 28. While the date has been provided via both the official iTunes Trailers and Star Wars Twitter accounts, the time in which the trailer will (probably) break the Internet has not been divulged as of the time of this writing.
GoPro is making its own line of drones, report says
The company, known for its high-durability action cameras, is putting together a line of multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . The price tag will be between $500 and $1,000.
Twitter to Start Tracking Which Apps Its Users Have Downloaded
Facebook, for instance, also collects some information about which apps users have on their phones, but only for apps that use the company’s software developer kit, according to a Facebook spokesperson. For example, if Candy Crush uses Facebook’s SDK, Facebook could ping people’s phones to determine who has already downloaded the game, helping Candy Crush better target its advertising.
Verizon offers free Wi-Fi, mobile data, and more to weary Thanksgiving travelers
Amazon has a few tricky deals it’s offering. You can get two free audiobooks from Audible if you sign up for a two month trial. But after that trial ends you’ll end up paying $15 per month for the full Audible service. If you’re a current Audible customer you can’t get the free downloads, but Audible will give you a $10 coupon that you must apply to your account within 60 days.
A Horse Mask That's Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not | WIRED
Lucky for the squirrels, the Horse Head Squirrel Feeder is constructed from lightweight, waterproof vinyl. They won’t need to support the diminutive horse-mask with their notoriously feeble squirrel shoulders, as the mask can be suspended from a low-hanging branch with string or fishing line.
A Guide to Flatland: What It's Like to Live in Two Dimensions | WIRED
Mathematician Ian Stewart wants us to see what he sees. Which is kind of a problem, because he’s accustomed to envisioning some pretty impossible shapes: snowflakes in fractional dimensions, hypercubes in 4-D, 11-dimensional superstrings. So when the University of Warwick professor and author writes about these freaky geometries, he relies on an analogy—a way for us blockheads to understand realities above, below, and in between our three dimensions. His guide is a little mathematical fantasy he read over half a century ago: the cult classic Flatland .
Written in the early 1880s by Edwin A. Abbott, the story follows A. Square, a regular quadrilateral who lives on a 2-D plane. He can’t conceive of depth, but his perspective expands when a sphere visits him from 3-D Spaceland. Though Square can’t experience all three of the sphere’s dimensions, he can see it in cross-section as a circle of various sizes. That’s the trick Stewart uses: By describing what it’s like for a flat object to imagine a solid one, he can help us imagine an object in four dimensions.
James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Will Make 'You S**t Yourself' - IGN
"I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” Cameron said, “and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie."
EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up
The European Parliament… notes that the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market, given the potential development of search engines into gatekeepers and the possibility they have of commercialising secondary exploitation of information obtained; calls, therefore, on the Commission to enforce EU competition rules decisively, based on input from all relevant stakeholders and taking into account the entire structure of the digital single market in order to ensure remedies that truly benefit consumers, internet users and online businesses; calls, furthermore, on the Commission to consider proposals aimed at unbundling search engines from other commercial services as one potential long-term means of achieving the aforementioned aims.
Aul’s “new year” reference is likely in regards to Microsoft’s plan to talk about consumer features in early 2015 and release a Windows 10 preview aimed at this group of users. In April 2015, during its Build conference, the company will share more details specific to developers.
3-D Printed Parts That Help Your Kids Play With Their Food | WIRED
Bernier’s done a number of clever projects in this vein. A few years back, he fabricated a series of striking shades for his busted Ikea lamp. It’s a thoughtful use of the technology: In a world that’s already full of stuff, Bernier uses 3-D printing to give some of that stuff new life. Just make sure your kid realizes that his cucumbermobile might go missing next time you want to make a summer salad.
James Cameron: 'Avatar' sequels are going to be bitchin'
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The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time
Some fear that if the Supreme Court takes the government’s side in Elonis , it could open the door to a flood of prosecutions over careless Internet postings. See, for example, the League of Legends player who "threatened" to shoot up a kindergarten (allegedly followed by a "J/K" and "LOL"). The person who reported the post read it in a different context from the League of Legends players who regularly hurl abusive language at each other. It’s not hard to imagine this becoming a regular occurrence if an objective standard is applied to the Internet. And in this particular case, it’s hard to see a downside if the Supreme Court goes in the opposite direction—a subjective intent requirement is not in itself a significant setback in protecting Internet users against dangerous people online.
A Chinese Tech Company Wants To Make Your Smartphone's Internet Connection 1,000 Times Faster
There's no set standard for how much faster 5G will be in comparison to 4G LTE, but Huawei's white paper on the subject says the improvements will be "1,000 fold."
5 Difficult Conversations Managers Hate To Have
This is interesting as far as it goes but it doesn't really say HOW managers can make these conversations more effective. I use a simple framework called 'SAVVY CONVERSATIONS' with managers which ensures that in each conversation they have, no matter how difficult the issue, they keep focused on getting the results they need and maintaining the relationship with the individual - even if they are firing them. It works in virtually all situations from body odour issues to poor performance to her terminating employment. http://savvypeoplemanagement.co.uk/savvy-conversations/
Jigglist Lets You Find Places For Meetups Without Leaving Your Group Chat
Launching today, Jigglist is a group chat app centered around finding places to go that are appropriate for the group that will attend. The idea is that you start a conversation for each new event, adding the people that might want to go. As you work out the logistics as you normally would through chat, you can embed pages for places that might work as easily as you would send a photo to everyone in iMessage.
How to stop Twitter from seeing what mobile apps you’ve installed
According to Twitter, this indexing is being done to help “build a more tailored experience for you on Twitter” — in other words, to come up with recommended content you might be interested in. It plans to do this by a) using the apps to help improve “who to follow” suggestions by comparing the apps you have to those other users have, b) adding “tweets, accounts or other content to your timeline” that Twitter thinks you’ll find interesting, and c) showing you what it thinks will be more relevant “promoted content,” otherwise known as advertising.
Report: Pokemon ORAS tops three million sales in three days
If the past two decades of endless merchandising, cartoons and video games haven't tipped you off, people really like Pokemon. So much so that the latest entries in the core roleplaying series, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire , have reportedly sold over three million copies in their first three days of availability.
Famitsu reports (via Siliconera translation) that between the game's November 21 launch and November 24, Japanese consumers purchased over 1.5 million copies of either Pokemon Omega Ruby or Pokemon Alpha Sapphire . Other regions, including North America and Australia, contributed another 1.5 million sales, bringing the three-day total to above three million units sold. Those impressive sales figures could have been even higher, but Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire won't be released in Europe until November 28.
Not just a sales success, our recent review awarded Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 4.5 of 5 stars. " Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire do little to overhaul the major pillars of a series that's long relied on the same set of classic ideas, but they don't have to," it reads.
Steam Exploration Sale: Watch Dogs, Lords of the Fallen, more
As if there weren't enough deals to ruin your wallets this holiday season, Steam's Exploration Sale started today. As expected , the digital gaming platform began offering a number of discounted PC and Mac games today, with the sale lasting until December 1. Among the games on sale are Lords of the Fallen ($29.99), Don't Starve ($3.74), The Long Dark ($9.99), Watch Dogs ($29.99) and Goat Simulator ($4.99)
A number of retailers and publishers already listed their Black Friday deals, such as EA's discounts on games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 ($40 each) through Origin. Some stores are already offering deals on games and consoles, like Wolfenstein: The New Order ($30) and Infamous: Second Son ($32.94) through Amazon as well as Sony's Co-Op Gaming sale on PSN that kicked off yesterday.