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Sunday's Climate Protest Could Be a Turning Point on Global Warming

“The climate movement is becoming one of the historic and powerful social movements, and, in some ways, the biggest social movement on a global basis that we have ever seen,” Gore said. “It is still in its early years. Many people have been at it for a long time, some of them a lot longer than me, and yet for the mass of people, it is just now becoming a social movement that it must be in order to prevail.”

The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen | TechCrunch

The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal calmness competition.

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens Targeted in Latest Celebrity Photo Hack

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

25 iOS 8 Tips and Tricks

Apple made a lot of changes to Safari with iOS 8, but one that went unnoticed is an iCloud Tabs feature that lets you close a tab on your iPad, from your iPhone or vice versa. Just open the Tab view in Safari, scroll down to see iCloud tabs, and slide right on any of the tabs, and tap on Delete. Note that this requires both devices to be running iOS 8.

IOS 8 How To Guide - iPhone Wiki Guide - IGN

iOS 8 has arrived, and IGN is here to help with a complete How To guide for everything you'd ever want to do with your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8 is the most recent iteration of Apple's tablet and iPhone operating system. iOS 8 officially launched September 18, 2014. 

Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot | TechCrunch

The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing the 6 Plus by quite a bit.

SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier | TechCrunch

Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there’s one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools.

CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant | TechCrunch

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Buhr , Ryan Lawler  and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO , Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars , and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her .

Everything to do, see, and read this weekend

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Keyboard apps make typing a breeze in iOS 8

Keyboard apps make typing a breeze in iOS 8 SAN FRANCISCO — Swipe it, type it, set a shortcut, grab a dictionary perfect for texting from your favorite sporting event: Typing on new Apple gadgets gets a lot easier with iOS 8. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1umSpZJ

The UX App That's Driving Design Everywhere, From Airbnb to Zappos | WIRED

In Valberg’s view, design isn’t about pixel-perfect mock-ups, but instead, creatively solving a business’ problems. “All things need to be designed, and dealing with products that are consumed online is where InVision comes in,” he says. “E.B. White said ‘The best writing is rewriting’ and we believe the best design comes through iteration.” He likens using InVision to the process of building a house, noting that it’s easier to change a design when it’s a blueprint, rather than after bricks have been laid.

10 Things We Want From Our Vendors

The toughest part of any vendor negotiation is determining who is going to accept what amount of risk for what price. Buyers want the vendor to take on maximum risk for as little money as possible. Vendors want to assume as little risk for as many dollars as possible. What you need is for your vendors to have some skin in the game, so that they will share in the success or failure of whatever project, service, or hardware they are providing. This can be achieved by putting fees at risk in the SLA, so that a vendor that does not achieve a certain score on a KPI or SLA must reduce its fees by a certain percentage.

In Silicon Valley, Awe, Dread and Hope for Alibaba

“Ultimately if you’re a venture person what you hope for one day is to have a bidding war occur for one of your companies,” Mr. Agrawal said. “Having Alibaba is a good thing for the venture industry because long term I think they will be aggressive in the US market.”


Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.

360° Drop & Scratch Protection For Your Beloved iPhone 6

360° Drop & Scratch Protection For Your Beloved iPhone 6

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them | TechCrunch

In Platt’s experiments, a Baxter robot from MIT spinout Rethink Robotics was equipped with a two-pincer gripper, one of whose pincers had a GelSight sensor on its tip. Using conventional computer-vision algorithms, the robot identified the dangling USB plug and attempted to grasp it. It then determined the position of the USB plug relative to its gripper from an embossed USB symbol. Although there was a 3-millimeter variation, in each of two dimensions, in where the robot grasped the plug, it was still able to insert it into a USB port that tolerated only about a millimeter’s error.

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China - GeekWire

“At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first rate gaming and entertainment experiences and to allow us to deliver on that promise we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year.”

Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks | TechCrunch

If you’re sitting in the itty-bitty overlapping sliver on the Venn diagram of “People who use Ubuntu” and “People who can’t figure out how to use user agent spoofing and other trickery to make Netflix work on Ubuntu” — good news! Netflix is likely (finally) coming to Ubuntu soon.

NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO | TechCrunch

We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a U.S.-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70 . (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.)



Mixing it up with the ultra-powerful Blendtec Designer 725 (pictures) - CNET

Mixing it up with the ultra-powerful Blendtec Designer 725 (pictures)

The Big Picture On Digital Receipts | TechCrunch

What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by startups and merchants trying to capitalise on the enthusiasm typically generated by a new and innovative concept, and it seems, in the process, they have lost sight of the main beneficiary and owner of the receipt – the consumer.

How to Ditch Android and Join the Apple Side | WIRED

One of the things I love about getting a new handset is the chance to start fresh. But some folks like to keep their favorite photos, videos, and music on their device, always. No sweat. If that’s you, you’ll want to first download them onto your computer (connect your Android device and then sync using Outlook or Exchange) and transfer them onto your iPhone via iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone via USB or over WiFi and launch iTunes, click “Sync with Phone,” then choose the media you want on your new phone (you can select from books, movies and TV shows, notes, photos, audio content, and more).

Need Room Service? A Google-Backed Robot May Knock at Your Door

Among the robot’s tricks, Botlr can call an elevator by tapping into the hotel’s wifi, board the elevator, and then order the elevator to a specific floor without ever touching the control pad. Botlr is in a test run four days a week at the Cupertino Aloft. Savioke plans to open up the pilot program to other hotels some time next year. The company aims to sell Botlr as a service and charge a monthly fee that includes maintenance of the devices.

Three devs, one house, a corgi and a dream

After a dozen or more years apiece kicking around the AAA side of the games industry, the three men behind Ragtag Studio embraced independence. They've spent the last two-plus years working on Ray's the Dead , a cartoonish zombie adventure that is about to conclude an already-funded Kickstarter campaign (which ends Sunday), but going indie brings new challenges and necessary sacrifices. For all three, that's meant a long span without salaries. But for co-founders Chris Cobb and Matt Carter, it's also meant moving halfway across the country from Chicago to Dallas and combining their families within a single rented home, which now houses four adults, the Carters' infant daughter, the Cobbs' corgi, and the Ragtag office. It's a premise fit for a reality show-but in fact, it's simply their reality for the next year or so, at least. Call it a Hail Mary of a life change, done in an effort to finish the game following a taxing year-plus that saw a first Kickstarter attempt flatline , family members arrive and depart, and development slow to a crawl. But can this grand gamble really bring Ray's the Dead to life? Ray's The Dead Ups and downs The three men behind Ragtag Studio all know the AAA side of the development world well.

Our iPhone 6 Plus unboxing photos and first impressions

Here are our first photos of the iPhone 6 Plus, and with more than 50 photos, it’s our most exhaustive unboxing photos of an Apple device till date. I have tried to capture various aspects of the device in addition to the unboxing, so let me know what you think. And please excuse my amateurish DSLR skills. We will be sharing more photos and hands-on videos during the day so do stay tuned!

Uber hits road block in France as taxi lobby gains upper hand - CNET

"Limiting consumer choice is bad for consumers, bad for drivers and bad for France and that is precisely what this law does," the spokesperson said. "In contrast, with innovation and competition everyone wins. France is a progressive country and shouldn't be left behind as Europe embraces new and innovative technologies. Citizens are voting for change with their fingers by downloading apps like Uber, which have vastly improved on entrenched transportation options. French parliamentarians should respond with equally smart policies, embracing tomorrow's smart cities, today."

3 Things to Know Before Embarking on an International Job Assignment

For Huston, living and working abroad means being on a work permit, which can add an extra layer of stress. "We all have days when we fantasize about quitting our jobs," she says, explaining that the stakes for such decisions are much higher when you’re on an employer-sponsored work visa. "On a work permit, this can add anxiety. It also makes tax returns really complicated," she adds. "Ask your company to cover the cost of an accountant."

Master Chief (Possibly) Spotted in Destiny - IGN

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Apple's iOS 8 Keyboard Gets Flooded With Replacements

Devindra Hardawar at VentureBeat tested three, third-party keyboard apps — Swype, SwiftKey and Fleksy — against Apple’s Quick Type. He couldn’t find a single player that beat out the others, but concluded that choice over Apple’s predictive keyboard was generally better. In trying SwiftKey on an iPhone I’ve found the service is faster to type with its Swype-like “Flow” feature, and a little smarter at predicting words.

White House Fence-Jumper Made It Inside Before Getting Caught [VIDEO]

The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence, and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.

Alibaba Threw A Crazy Party At Its Headquarters To Celebrate Yesterday's IPO

 2014 will go down in history as a great day for the market, trading, and getting rich. That night Alibaba Group employees and Tencent Tech got together at Alibaba's headquarters, “Taobao City," for a once-in-a-lifetime sleepless night.

Ellison’s Been Paid Billions as Oracle CEO; His Stake Is Worth a Lot More

His large annual option grants prompted complaints from shareholders. In each of the past two years, Oracle holders have opposed the company’s executive compensation plan in advisory votes. In July, Oracle cut Ellison’s option grant for the fiscal year ending next May, to three million options, from the seven million he received in each of the prior eight years.

These are the apps you want to try on your new iPhone

Last year, our favorite apps got a facelift, but this year, they’re actually becoming a lot more useful. How? iOS 8 offers a whole range of features that let apps extend themselves — into other apps, and even into widgets inside notification center.

Samsung Galaxy A5: First pictures and details allegedly surface - CNET

Photos and details obtained by Samsung-tracking blog SamMobile show a smartphone it claims to be the midrange A5. The pictures certainly resemble the Alpha. What's more, the Galaxy A5 is the first of three rumored devices to fall into the Galaxy A line.

Tech Time Warp of the Week: A Look Back at Larry Ellison's Most Outrageous Moments as a CEO | WIRED

Oracle founder and all-around Silicon Valley legend Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the world’s most frighteningly powerful database company after 37 years at the helm. And though this is largely ceremonial—he will no doubt continue to run Oracle for the rest of his life and from beyond the grave—it provides a good excuse to remember the man’s most colorful moments. If that’s the right term.

From Steve Jobs costumes to Batman: What the launch of the iPhone 6 looked like worldwide

During an Apple product launch, you can expect two things: insanely long lines and then photos of jubilation as the first people emerge with the cradle of civilization — err, an iPhone — wrapped neatly in a white box and tucked in a white drawstring bag. People go to desperate lengths to become the first in line and get that prized image; one guy even flew from California to Australia to be the first person in the world to receive an iPhone 6.

Mirantis wants to part ways with Red Hat and it's easy to see why

More OpenStack follies: Last year, Red Hat invested in Mirantis, then things went sideways and the two companies were more enemies than partners which made everything awkward.

Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality | TechCrunch

During the Q&A I asked what the execs thought were the advantages and disadvantages of different input devices like dual-wielding nunchuks, motion tracking, and gloves, and which is each of their favorites. Luckey responded that a great device for guns is not the same as a great device for swords is not a great device for productivity apps. He said there will need to be a device that’s good for generally interacting with virtual worlds, though. With so many different use cases for VR and different corresponding input devices, it leads me to believe that Oculus will build a platform for connecting third-party input devices to its headsets. This would leave controller fragmentation to the developer community so Oculus can focus on generalizable problems and opportunities that exist across VR apps.

HTC Nexus 9 rumors claim an October 16th release date

This week MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien posted a tip from an anonymous source saying that HTC is planning on announcing its Nexus 9 tablet on October 16. Earlier this year, rumors were suggesting a release date of October 9th. Whether this information was incorrect or the date was just pushed back is unknown, but this new information is being considered true.

Make A Frankencooler Pumpkin

This is the step everyone knows. Decide on the kind of top you want to have that goes with your theme then help your pumpkin flip it's lid. One thing to keep in mind. You'll definitely want to carve a shape that helps the lid or top to lock into position. The last thing you want is pumpkin cooler top that doesn't know it's place and keeps spinning around or falling off. Once you got the top off grab a spoon or some family members available hands and get messy removing that goo. My stepson thinks the inside is really gross and nasty so this part is fun for torturing him. Last year I even gave him a pumpkin innards swirly with all the seeds and guts I had collected at a pumpkin carving party:) You'll want to make sure it is nice and cleaned out though so you can put the beverage inside without pumpkin guts. As an additional step I actually rinsed my pumpkin out in the sink to get any left over junk or pieces.

YouTube Invests Millions To Keep Its Top Stars Home

YouTube should also try doing home grown videos with it's own staff in its own recording studios. The challenge is about choosing right and compelling stories that can have impact. Accomplished story writers follow some great technique's but for others from the public i felt that there is a very simple way of creating stories.. I used the software flow chart technique to creating stories with multiple ends based on a single word. Read more here http://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/the-stories-we-tell-in-cinemas-and-elsewhere/

Getting to know interactive notifications on iOS 8 - CNET

Most of the default iOS 8 apps which are capable of sending a notification take advantage of the new notification type, but what's going to be most interesting is to see how developers implement the new feature in apps. As is usually the case, developers are able to think outside of the box for which Apple designs a feature, and often can come up with some interesting use cases.

Super Joystiq Podcast 113: Hyrule Warriors, The Master Chief Collection, Murasaki Baby, Theatrhythm

This week's Super Joystiq Podcast is considering getting butt injections. There is no doubt now, it's big releases season. Join Ludwig, Jess, Anthony, Earnest, and Danny as the cover a wide range of new big and smaller releases. Final Fantasy talk kicks-ff the show with thoughts on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call and the brand-spankin'-new, road-trippin' Final Fantasy XV trailer out of the Tokyo Game Show. Also on the show, two small releases you might have heard of, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Hyrule Warriors . A smaller game also gets its due time with discussion of the superbly executed Murasaki Baby for PS Vita. Prepare yourself for next week's show as well, because the release train keeps on rolling with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor , D4 , and Wasteland 2 ! Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Subscribe to the Super Joystiq Podcast in iTunes Add the Super Joystiq Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator Download the MP3 directly Podcast timestamps and relevant links are available after the break. Listen to the MP3 Show Breakdown Hosts: Ludwig ( @ludwigk ), Jess ( @JessConditt ), Anthony ( @ajohnagnello ), Eernest ( @ecavalli ), Danny ( @db_cowan ) 00:01:12 // Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call 00:22:50 // Final Fantasy XV TGS trailer 00:31:22 // Halo: The Master Chief Collection 00:54:30 // Hyrule Warriors 01:10:40 // Murasaki Baby Credits Theme Music: Satsuma Audio and Whitaker Blackall – "A Basstastic Undertaking" Social Media Podcast Twitter: @JoystiqPodcast – Have a question? Use the hashtag #QJoystiq Website Twitter: @Joystiq Facebook: Joystiq Facebook Page Subscribe to Joystiq's YouTube Channel Follow Joystiq on Twitch.

Watch the Evolution of the iPhone in a Single GIF

The iPhone's design is famous for meticulous attention to detail, and over the years, there have been some pretty major tweaks. A new GIF from GadgetLove captures how the phone's hardware has changed over the years.

Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act

Now that you've signed up for email or text message updates about the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're one step closer to getting the health coverage you need. We'll send you tips and alerts that will help you stay on track to get health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs.

11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.

Scientists Have Simulated Time Travel With Photons | IFLScience

In a quantum regime, the authors say, the paradox of time travel can be resolved, leaving closed timelike curves consistent with relativity. Near a black hole, for example, the extreme effects of general relativity play a role.

Awwww. Dad Makes His Goth Girl Feel At Home In This Charming Home Improvement Ad

By referencing My Chemical Romance and Pierce the Veil I'm guessing that you were somewhere in high school somewhere around...2004-2008? Me too. But it's not 2004-2008 any more and music is allowed to change. Goth kids in the 80's who worshiped the cure probably had "real goths" who listened to Bach telling them to fuck off. Music changes, and the frameworks of our social references change, too. She made a clear reference to Die Antwoord and is doing what EVERY kid in high school does, did, or will do, which is doing their best to form an identity. High school is where it is allowed to be stupid, so I'm excusing her...slightly. She's a dumb highschooler and this is your chance to introduce her to things that don't suck. By telling her she isn't good enough, she will now defend her stupid tastes more. For real, Ashton, either stop calling yourself Goth, find a new term, or put some research into it and commit. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Real%20Goth

51 iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland
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53 Solar City and Tesla Combine Manufacturing Plans | MIT Technology Review
54 Explore Black Holes and Destroy Planets in the Awesome New Interstellar Game | WIRED
55 You're invited to join OhLife! It helps you remember what's happened in your life.
56 Destiny is the World's Best-Selling New Franchise Ever - IGN
57 The Top 25 Modern PC Games - IGN
58 How To Build A Massive YouTube Following--With A Message
59 What Is It Really Like to Work in Social Media?
60 Wonder Woman’s Secret Past
61 Why a good book is a secret door
62 What Do You Hope Will Still Exist in 2030?
63 7 talks on the struggle of mental health
64 10 Flawless Moments From Beyonce and Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour
65 Wonder Woman’s Secret Past
66 15 Things That Are Harder To Get Into Than Harvard
67 The Challenges of Emotion vs. Data-Driven Marketing
68 You Get 25,000 Mornings: Here Are 8 Ways Not to Waste Them
69 We made weed butter with a 'magical' machine
70 New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins
71 Blogging Nuns, Tweeting Monks, And The Catholic Church's Digital Revolution
72 Silicon Valley’s Contract-Worker Problem
73 Official Plot Synopsis Released for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron - IGN
74 Widespread Android Vulnerability 'A Privacy Disaster', Claim Researchers
75 With 56 Million Cards Compromised, Home Depot's Breach Is Bigger Than Target's
76 TGS 2014: Here's the New Final Fantasy 15 Trailer - IGN
77 14 Impossibly Chic Cat Houses
78 Terry Gilliam on His Epic New Dystopian Film The Zero Theorem | WIRED
79 Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint | TechCrunch
80 Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers
81 Worried About Nasties On Public Wi-Fi? This Map Might Help You Avoid Hackers
82 R + L = J: 'Game of Thrones' fan theories to chew on - CNET
83 Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
84 Why Bitcoin Is Poised To Win Big In Las Vegas
85 LOOK: Killer Whale Crashes Surfing Line-Up
86 How Apple Made Your iPhone 6 Much Less Likely To Be Stolen
87 A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming | TechCrunch
88 js13kGames - HTML5 and JavaScript Game Development Competition in just 13 kilobytes
89 5 Happiness Secrets for More Productive Employees
90 Are You 'The Flash'? Step Into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit and Find Out
91 15 Insanely Great Tricks to Master Apple's iOS 8 | WIRED
92 Motorola Moto X (2014) review - CNET
93 Microsoft Shutters Silicon Valley Research Lab
94 Wife of ISIS Captive, Alan Henning, Asks for His Release
95 Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home
96 iOS 8 review: Some overdue updates, but well worth the wait
97 The Lost Art of Candor in the Workplace
98 Wearables After The Apple Watch: Still Not As Disruptive As Smartphones
99 THE MOBILE AND ONLINE BANKING REPORT: Mobile Is Pulling Customers Away From Branches And Online Banking
100 Bug Invades Android Browser App, Bypasses Security - IGN