Apple’s increased spending ahead of iPhone 6 launch hints at grand ambitions
The rumors that Apple will launch two significantly larger iPhones alongside its first-ever wearable, the iWatch, this fall are all but confirmed at this point. As far as the iPhone 6 is concerned, leaked images of the two models, their components, and possible cases for the phones are all over the Internet. The most recent reports state that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will arrive in the second or third week of September, while the second 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may launch later in the fall, or on the same day. Meanwhile, most agree that the iWatch will arrive later in the fall, around October or possibly November.
'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Bloopers Are Better Than the Purple Wedding
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Playdate: We're livestreaming the 'Destiny' beta on Xbox One!
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!
'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Cast Announced at Comic-Con
It's worth noting that Myrcella Baratheon's role has been recast, in light of the added depth of her character. HBO used a similar tactic with the casting of Tommen Baratheon. Myrcella was sent to Dorne in the second season, against Cersei's wishes, to keep the peace between Dorne and King's Landing.
The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone | TechCrunch
Torrent Freak also reported that The Mobile Bay is one of many new projects in the pipeline. Though it is one of the largest visible updates to The Pirate Bay in years, the team is now working on a few other things including dedicated websites for the TV, movie and music sections of The Pirate Bay, and something called “RSSbay,” which will offer personalized RSS feeds to enable people to launch torrents remotely.
In the future, screens may correct your eyesight problems, not glasses
It’s not just glasses wearers who will benefit from this new approach, but also those who can’t wear them due to more serious problems. However, there are still a few problems which need to be solved before the project can move forward. Of course, the screen needs to be tuned to the viewer’s eyes, and more importantly, their focal length. Sit too close or too far away, and it may not work effectively. We can see Amazon Fire Phone-style eye-tracking tech being used to solve this, but apparently, we tend to move around naturally to bring images into focus too.
Tech Giants Begin Recruiting for the Next Big Platform Wars | Enterprise | WIRED
The Internet of Things is still young, but it’s real. There are already dozens of internet-connected devices available, ranging from home-automation tools to wearable fitness trackers. And it’s about to start growing at an even faster pace.
Congress has passed a bill making phone unlocking legal in the US
Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a year ago, spurring this activity in Congress, and now all that's left is for him to sign this bill into law — which the president has said that he'll do.
Understanding Your Social Media Personality and Audience
The thought behind the Aimia framework is that each of these six personality types can be talked to directly. You can customize your message to each audience based on how that particular audience uses social and what they might like to hear.
Absent fans get robot to do cheering
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The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home | Threat Level | WIRED
Such services also enable jerks like me to steal your keys any time they get a moment alone with them. Leave your ring of cut-brass secrets unattended on your desk at work, at a bar table while you buy another round, or in a hotel room, and any stranger—or friend—can upload your keys to their online collection. The trick is far easier than having them copied at a hardware store. KeyMe says it will even duplicate keys marked “do not duplicate,” including some high-security keys sold by Medeco, Mul-T-lock and Schlage. Parking valets suddenly require a ludicrous level of trust: KeyMe already allows some car keys to be scanned and mail-ordered; KeysDuplicated says that feature is on the way.
Dads Smarten Up, Apple Gets Sticky: The 5 Best Ads Of The Week
But when the Bay Area Council came to Jeff Goodby and asked him to create a campaign that would help encourage new parents to talk and sing more to their babies, a PSA was the last thing he wanted to do. The group's research showed talking and singing to children under three can help boost their vocabulary significantly later in life and consequently their chances of academic and professional success. So, Instead of a hard-hitting or charming video, Goodby and his team at Goodby Silverstein & Partners came up with something that would engage parents at the moments the message would mean the most--not when they were watching a video online, but when they were actually interacting with their kids. They created a baby clothing line that had simple, delightfully designed reminders for parents printed right on the T-shirts, onesies, blankets, and totes.
Amazon Fire Phone teardown: You might be sending this one back for repairs
There’s a security sticker on the inside of the Fire Phone, so if you’ve taken apart your device and send it back to Amazon, they’ll know your warranty is void. Other signals that Amazon intends to be the only repair option include densely populated peripheral cables: one such cable includes two infrared LEDs (for Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective ), the Micro-USB port, the bottom speaker and a microphone. So if one of those components breaks, you’ll have to replace the whole cable.
Plane Crashes Raise Fears, But Air Travel Is at Its Safest Levels
Commercial aviation is, statistically, a very safe industry. The 10-year average of airline accidents resulting in a fatality is 17 per year. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident that damaged a plane beyond repair, according to the International Air Transport Association. The statistic includes accidents involving cargo and charter airlines in its data as well as scheduled passenger airline flights. This week's aviation disasters have the potential to push airline fatalities this year to over 700 deaths — the most since 2010.
The New Habit Challenge: Use An Email Autoresponder Every Day
Is this the "greatest productivity tool you never thought of" as we claimed? For the next week, I plan to put our advice to the test, and I hope you'll join me. For inspiration, here's the email autoresponder that I'll be using:
Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch
I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.
AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing
The other thread in this narrative is that many big companies — including startups that were nurtured on AWS and then grew — are finding the hybrid cloud model attractive. This involves keeping some workloads on public clouds like AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform and others in-house on a company’s own servers. And for workloads that will remain in public cloud, companies would be fiscal dopes if they did not spec out AWS competitors; if only to wring pricing advantages from AWS. Starting a few years ago, this is exactly how big Microsoft Office shops wielded Google Apps to wrangle concessions on their Microsoft enterprise licenses. What’s old is new again.
Comic-Con: 6 Things About Key and Peele That Even Their Big Fans Don’t Know | Underwire | WIRED
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Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers
On October 1, Verizon will start throttling back LTE speeds on its heaviest unlimited-plan subscribers when they move into congested cells on its networks. What that means is that when the network gets crowded, Verizon will prioritize 4G customers who buy their data by the gigabyte over unlimited plan customers who fall into the top fifth percentile of monthly data usage.
Cosplay: el mundo de los superhéroes de carne y hueso - CNET en Español
El mundo de la fantasía y la ciencia ficción ha inspirado una nueva forma de expresión artística que nos permite ver versiones de carne y hueso de personajes surgidos de las historietas.
Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester | TechCrunch
On-demand ride startup Lyft has come to a bit of a resolution in the city and state of New York that will allow it to begin offering service in the city after two weeks of discussions with regulators there. But in striking a deal that will make it available in all five boroughs of the Big Apple, Lyft has agreed to pause its operations in two other cities in New York State.
Brainy, Badass Lucy Is an Amazing Ride That Ends Up Losing Speed | Underwire | WIRED
But Besson also wrote the script, and where the film wavers is in the Ideas Department. Everyone likes to think they’re capable of being more than what they are, and any movie that explores that is going to be a high. Sadly, when that high wears off the movie is resorts to a brain researcher (Morgan Freeman, making good use of his Your Favorite Professor voice) in order to explain the pseudo-science of what might be happening to Lucy and whether or not she’ll survive it. It’s an enjoyable enough exercise to imagine what an uninhibited mind would do, but the We interrupt this moment of Scarlett Johansson badassery for a quick lecture on human cognition thing takes away the movie’s momentum. (Also, Besson has admitted that this film is a lot more fiction than science, so at some point it seems unnecessary to explain it at all.)
First off, Happy SysAdmin Day . We think we have a pretty good SysAdmin surprise in store for you today as we are announcing the CoreOS stable release channel. Starting today, you can begin running CoreOS in production. This version is the most tested, secure and reliable version available for users wanting to run CoreOS. This is a huge milestone for us. Since our first alpha release in August 2013:
Forget Cubicles: This Office Replaces Desks With A Giant Rock To Climb
A design from architects at RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser takes a new approach: Instead of the usual desks and chairs and cubicles, this office looks like a giant rock, full of nooks and spaces to climb and work. “This vision presents a radical break with regular office furniture and current working models . . . which all are still based on sitting,” the designers, based in the the Netherlands, write. “This is a first step towards a future in which standing at work is the new norm.”
Levi’s Stadium, The New Home Of The San Francisco 49ers, Is Geek Heaven | TechCrunch
When the San Francisco 49ers take the field for their first preseason home game on August 17, fans will have a lot to cheer about. Not just because the team, which finished last year with a 12-4 record and made it into the NFC Championship game, is back — but also because they will be playing in a brand new stadium.
Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .
Genius Dad Figures Out Way To Fill 37 Water Balloons In 20 Seconds
The Kickstarter campaign hasn't hit potato salad levels of notoriety yet, but it’s already nearly tripled its $10,000 goal. And why wouldn’t it? As the saying goes: Fund a man’s potato salad Kickstarter and you’ll eat potato salad for a day; fund his game-changing water balloon Kickstarter and you’ll be having water balloon fights for life.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages | TechCrunch
It’s curious that Facebook took so long to release this feature, especially since the final version isn’t that different from its tests in 2012. Since then Pocket (originally known as Read It Later), has grown to 12 million registered users. That’s massively dwarfed by the potential market for Save, thanks to Facebook’s 1.28 billion users. Still, some early adopters may have already settled into Pocket. It offers caching of content for offline viewing, as wells as content suggestions, tags, favorites, and inbox, plus a $5 a month premium tier with permanent copies in case content is removed from the web.
Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion | TechCrunch
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over [1.15 billion monthly active users](http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/24/facebook-growth-2/).
Facebook was founded by [Mark Zuckerberg](/person/mark-zuckerberg) in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg …
The paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network
The question “is it free will or is it causality?” is an inappropriate question, its silly on the face of it. That is like asking “is it large or is it small?” or “is time real or is space real? or “is up more significant or is down more significant?” It does not have to be one or the other winner take all. When two mirrored profiles face one another we may see a wine glass or two faces, a popular illusion, this is like asking “is this a representation of two faces or is it a representation of the two sides of a wine glass? the question precludes an answer. Asking “is the universe guided by free will or is it guided by determinism is a supremely farcical question that precludes a sensible answer, if one chooses to explain by deterministic means the nuances of mental life ones description will need to be so lengthy as to exceed ones life span to account for a few minutes behavior that would easily covered in a minute or two by the concept of free will, on the other hand trying to explain many forms of physical behavior by evoking free will would also exceed the life span of the speaker, both are true both are false, it is and is not a wine glass, its is and is not faces, the human brain tends toward winner take all, it can not see wine glasses and a faces at the same time so it concludes it must be one or the other and endlessly dithers about which.
The 8 best Weird Al parody videos
Weird Al has just released eight new music videos off his latest album, Mandatory Fun . In honor of the musician's 30-plus year career, here are eight of his best and most faithful parodies — side-by-side with the original material that he lampooned. "Smells Like Nirvana," indeed.
Biologists Find New Rules for Life at the Edge of Chaos | Science | WIRED
Another instructive analogy, said biophysicist John Beggs of Indiana University, is of sand grains dropped one-by-one from a single point. For a long time, nothing much happens: a conical pile slowly accumulates. Eventually, however, it becomes so steep that the addition of just one more grain can trigger a miniature avalanche, though not in a predictable way. Avalanches can be small or large, and sometimes they don’t happen at all.
Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is
C. Zehfus says: the irony is the non-thermal radiofrequency radiation is degrading health, yet this is the prime tool used to look at people's health. See Dr. Martin Pall's recent assessment of the science, showing the volted-gated calcium activation of very low RF and microwaves causes numerous ill effects, as well as explains the beneficial CONTROLLED uses of RF/MW in medicine. Harm is well documented by independent science, but denied by people in powerful places. Wonder why. Sure can't think of why people were told to step away from their microwave oven quickly and keep a distance in the past, but NO precautions are being advised for the same type and amount (even more) radiation. See Baby Safe Project to consider the impact of this blind spot.
The Problem With Founders | TechCrunch
Feeling bored at work? Just go start a company. Feeling depressed about life and lack any direction? Just go start a company. Broke up recently? Just go start a company. Had a parent die and can’t move on? Just go start a company.
'Retail Jedi' and 14 Other Absurd Job Titles
In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor — “evangelists” and “prophets” — while others try and infuse excitement where there is none — “Jedi” and “heroes.” Much of this might be a way of skirting around the grim reality that life in a cubicle is neither exciting nor godly, or that work on the retail line often lacks excitement and moral stakes. Earlier this week, I wrote about the rise of chief happiness officers . Now, here are 15 more completely ridiculous job titles:
The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary
I talked to the CEO of another company that's open with salaries, and he said the reaction reminds him of Americans hearing they have topless beaches in Europe. Before you go to one, you think it's just going to be the craziest thing in the world. Then you get there and it's like, OK, nobody's flipping out because people are topless here. It's just how things are.
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said.
Cancer Vaccine Exists, Goes Unused
Of note, teenagers do sometimes faint after HPV vaccination. "We think it's really important for the teens, the parents, and the clinicians," Schuchat said, "to observe them for 15 minutes or so after vaccine is given because kids are just running off and sometimes pass out. There was actually even a death from someone who fainted shortly after getting one of these vaccines and was in a car accident. So we think it's important to not jump off the table and run off and go about your business, but to actually rest for 15 minutes."
Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR | TechCrunch
For Oculus, the partnership provides a shortcut to a key market they haven’t yet addressed: Mobile. Current efforts for the Rift development kits have been aimed at the desktop market. But if Samsung’s key expertise in mobile device development and design can offer them a shortcut to a market that they must, given Facebook’s focus on mobile, be looking at with hungry eyes, then that presents a huge advantage for Oculus in terms of anticipating the future of the VR space, and possibly reading a broader user base for its software platform, too.
India’s Answer to Google Glass: The Smartshoe - India Real Time - WSJ
India Real Time offers analysis and insights into the broad range of developments in business, markets, the economy, politics, culture, sports, and entertainment that take place every single day in the world’s largest democracy. Regular posts from Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires reporters around the country provide a unique take on the main stories in the news, shed light on what else mattered and why, and give global readers a snapshot of what Indians have been talking about all week. You can contact the editors at indiarealtime(at)wsj(dot)com .
The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Yo Raises $1.5M In Funding At A $10M Valuation, Investors Include Betaworks And Pete Cashmore | TechCrunch
Yo , the simple app that just sends a “yo” to your friends, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding with a $10 million valuation and is finally ready to talk about its investors. They include Betaworks, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, and the founders of China’s Tencent, among others.
Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix | TechCrunch
Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL | TechCrunch
Another major problem with today’s tests is that they are prone to fraud. Too often, test takers have somebody else who looks a bit like them take the test for them or they actually bribe the proctors. That’s clearly something the Duolingo team took very seriously when it developed its application. When you take the test, the camera and microphone on your phone or laptop record everything you do. After you have completed the test, that video is then watched by a Duolingo proctor who checks that everything is kosher. The video is also attached to your digital certificate, so if somebody else ends up taking the test for you, it’ll be pretty easy to spot by a university administrator or potential employer.
Jimmy Kimmel Convinces People That An Old Casio Is Apple’s iWatch | TechCrunch
Apple is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software and personal computers. It was founded by [Steve Jobs](/person/steve-jobs), Ronald Wayne and [Steve Wozniak](/person/steve-wozniak).
Some of Apple’s best-known hardware products are the [Mac line of computers](http://store.apple.com/us/mac), …
Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji | TechCrunch
In a future release, the app will also introduce more social features which will expand upon the basic profiles users create today, while also allowing users to follow favorite content creators on the app, who will in turn earn points when their emoji are sent. Longer-term, the company foresees a business model where some of the emoji in its database could be sponsored, allowing brands to insert themselves into users’ private conversations in a more welcome (that is, opt-in) fashion.