Windows 10's inquiring minds: How Hello and Cortana get to know you very, very well
Keep in mind, however, that whatever data you give Cortana, stays with Cortana. And Cortana wants everything: “your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device,” according to Microsoft. “Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.”
How to create the Perfect Jailbroken iPhone
Let us know what you think about this setup in the comments! If you want to send us your setup, feel free to post it in the comments or send it to us at email@example.com and we’ll check it out, and feature in our next post!
Facebook readies drone with wingspan of a Boeing 737 | ZDNet
Social networking giant's solar-powered Aquila UAV will broaden reach of its controversial Internet.org program by beaming internet connectivity to remote regions.
Alympus: Awesome new Jailbreak Tweak reimagines the App Switcher and Control Center
Alympus is available on Cydia via the BigBoss repo for $3.99. The app switcher functionality is quite awesome, but I am not a big fan of the Toggles screen and the Music Player (though it looks great) as it offers almost the same functionality as the Control Center. It would have been a killer tweak if they had added the ability to customize the toggles and quick launch app shortcuts.
The top 10 'Star Wars' sidekicks, ranked. Who should be No. 1? - CNET
The team posted a new video in its "The StarWars.com 10" YouTube series Thursday revealing the top 10 "Star Wars" sidekicks ranked by personality, loyalty and impact. They focused on sidekicks from the six "Star Wars" films, as well as those from "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels." They excluded Jedi and Sith apprentices, as nobody who the Force is strong with should ever be considered a sidekick.
Get 77% off TOCCs Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds
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Wikileaks: U.S. Spied On Japanese Officials And Companies
TOKYO (AP) — The Wikileaks website has published documents that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
To compete with Netflix, Amazon should just spin out Prime Video as a standalone service
Internet giant Amazon pulled off a major coup yesterday when it announced it had secured the rights to create a new original series starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond — the former presenters of Top Gear, a hit BBC TV series about cars.
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How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 - CNET
Before you jump right in and install Windows 10, you should take a few moments and prepare your PC to ensure the upgrade process goes off without a hitch. This article will guide you through the steps of checking for updates, backing up your personal information and creating an all important system image.
Facebook’s video ads will kick off a new breed of video networks
A single video on YouTube such as the example I noted above of the “flexing son” received 1.1 million streams at a CPM less than 50 cents within the first 48 hours. It did over 50 million streams on Facebook with unknown CPMs, but it’s safe to presume that, with Facebook’s targeting, it will be even higher once they roll out the ads. On Facebook, the video delivered over 45 times more views in the first 48 hours. If we assume an extremely conservative CPM of $1, it means a 90 times multiple over YouTube, which is an infinitely better payout for Rumble and our creators on one asset alone.
Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10
Microsoft released its latest version of Windows this week, and we dove in headfirst. If you missed any of the news, here’s a roundup of everything you need to know, from us and our friends at Gizmodo .
Y Combinator-backed Shotput helps fulfill product orders at a price that works for startups
Did you know that there are nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects on Kickstarter? Each of these projects has reached out to the public, raised the capital they needed, and achieved their dreams — well almost. The next thing that each of these companies will have to do is make sure the promised product gets shipped out on time. But that can get pretty expensive, especially with the current choices companies face.
Should Body-Cam Footage Always Go Public? It’s Complicated
One big concern is that such videos could potentially infringe on personal privacy, and activists say there is a need to draw a distinction between video that has public value, and video with no public value. “We think that 99 percent of body-cam videos will either be of no importance at all—for instance, a person asking a cop for directions—or will be of only prurient interest, if for example, a drunk person runs down the street naked,” says Chad Marlow, advocacy and policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, and principal author of the ACLU’s model bill for police body cameras . “In these situations, there is no public benefit to be secured by making a video publicly available that would trump privacy interests.”
MtGox bitcoin chief Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan - BBC News
Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world's biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin.
Latest Apple TV rumor: new box in September, but no TV service yet
If you thought that the lack of a new Apple TV during the company's last developer conference would put a halt to the rumors then... you must not have been paying attention for the last few years. Buzzfeed sources say a revamped set-top box will arrive in September with the previously rumored slimmed-down size, more powerful hardware inside, touchpad (and perhaps TouchID) equipped remote and most importantly, an actual App Store. The third gen Apple TV has gone several years without changes so a refresh is certainly in order, but the other half of the rumor says Apple's long-rumored subscription TV setup will not launch with it. While the folks in Cupertino work out those last few deals and decide if they really want a Sling TV or Playstation Vue-style slim bundle of channels, you can decide if buying a soon-to-be-outdated model is worth keeping access to YouTube .
Uber to invest $1 billion in India: FT
Uber said India and China are its priority markets. It had said last month that it would invest more than $1 billion in China this year as it looks to rev up growth in the world's second largest economy.
Yelp, Cord-Cutting, Expensive Eggs, Facebook and 7 Billion Mobile Subscribers - Om Malik
Yelp earnings revealed that the company is struggling to hire salespeople and is blaming it on the ridiculously hot labor market in the Bay Area. What’s causing the problem? High-flying unicorns (a euphemism for private companies with valuations that are at or north of a billion dollars) are offering more-attractive options, salaries and perks compared to companies like Yelp, which as a public company has to maintain some sort of sanity and has stagnant stock. But Yelp isn’t alone in its suffering! The whole Bay Area is seeing inflation in salaries, perks and real estate costs, which are increasing the cost of building startups.
The Magic Circle Review - IGN
Yet moving past that, I enjoyed The Magic Circle more and more as I progressed, impressed by the surprises that unlocked as I continued through the three-hour story. I never learned to like the pedantic human characters, though I grew a little more fond of my gruff A.I. mentor as time passed. He isn’t all that charming, but he’s far more likable than any of the insufferably narcissistic human beings I met on my journey. Despite some attempts to flesh out their motivations, I couldn’t generate a shred of empathy for any of them. The Magic Circle’s satire suffers from this point. If you want me to sympathize with a perspective, you must give me someone relatable to sympathize with; in a universe where everyone is a jerk, that doesn’t work.
Windows 10 passes 14 million installs its first 24 hours
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi is checking in with a Windows 10 status update, revealing that the OS is already on some 14 million devices. He noted that not everyone who reserved an upgrade has gotten it yet, but says the rollout will continue in phases over the next few weeks. While whether or not you can upgrade to Windows 10 may still be in question, we have information to help decide if you should with our FAQ and review . Of course, if you're one of the millions already in the door, you can just let us know how the new experience is working so far.
More Bad News For Android Users
The bug is apparently able to target Android devices running versions 4.3 through 5.1.1, the current release -- which amounts to more than half of all Android devices on the planet.
BMW paying Bay Area i3 owners up to $1,540 to delay charging - CNET
As part of the trial, the BMW Group Technology Office in Mountain View, California has also taken a large cache of used lithium-ion batteries previously used to power Mini E hatchbacks to create a stationary energy storage unit. The solar-augmented storage will charge in off-peak hours, then push power back into the grid upon request during peak demand times. PG&E will pay BMW for the energy it returns to the grid.
HBO Boss "Enormously Proud" of True Detective: Season 2 - IGN
"I think Nic is a very bold storyteller," Lombardo continued. "And I mean that in only positive ways. I think he takes risks in how he lays out a story and with the pacing of stories and I think it pays off. We didn't go into business with him - and we never go into business like this - thinking that this was going to be a big hit. I know [his writing] speaks to people though. That doesn't mean [it's] going to speak to you. And I've already called him and said 'Nic, if you want to do a Season 3, let's start talking.' I'm not calling him to say let's talk about Season 3 and here are some rules you need to follow. I think what he's doing on True Detective is so much bolder and braver and, for me, satisfying than what I see in film that i
I'd be happy to be in business with him of a long time."
Uber valued at about $51 billion after latest funding round: WSJ
Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the online taxi-hailing company at nearly $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Sony Confirms Vote to Play Feature for PS Plus Is Coming Soon - IGN
According to the PlayStation Blog , Vote to Play allows PS Plus subscribers to vote on "one of several" PS4 games for the next month's PS Plus lineup. The one with the most votes will be free, and runner-ups will be sold at a discount.
The Leftovers: Season 2 Premiere Date and Story Details - IGN
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, Season 2 finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who's discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
14 best TV shows to watch while you're stoned
The last thing anyone wants to do when attempting to find TV to watch is fight with Netflix or Hulu. Sure, dramas are great forms of TV, but not always welcomed when your stoned senses are their most vulnerable.
8 Windows 10 settings you should change right away - CNET
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Windows 10 is all about
syncing. If you don’t curb its enthusiasm, Windows 10 will sync all of your
settings, themes, passwords, and other preferences (not to mention your
notifications and, like, everything else). Maybe you want all of your PCs to be
exactly the same. Or maybe not. If not, you can turn off setting syncing by
going to Settings > Accounts >
Sync your settings. Toggle off the various sync settings tied to your
Microsoft Live account so you can play with your new Windows 10 machine without
messing up your other PCs.
Why enterprises are embracing rogue IT
Embracing rogue IT by no means indicates a disregard for IT and its services, because businesses still recognize a need for IT even with this shift. In fact, companies have found that rogue IT has led to better collaboration between IT and other departments, since the need for security still exists even if IT isn't the one bringing the technology in the door. "Most businesses recognize that they still need IT to help manage and support the technologies they use, and make sure that valuable business information doesn't get into the wrong hands. As a result, IT departments and businesses are being required to take a much more collaborative approach," says Mittlehauser.
Handy UV-Busting Visor Snaps Onto Any Bike Helmet
A slew of design considerations go into making a one-size-fits-all accessory people will wear over their face while in motion. The visor had to fit both athletic, aerodynamic helmets and the rounder, more fashionable ones. “We wanted to keep the footprint on the helmet as small and elegant as possible,” Callaghan says, so Bouclier hinges on a pair of mounts permanently attached to the helmet using the same 3M adhesive GoPro uses as its mounting material. Callaghan says her design team initially tried magnets (“because they’re so delightful and gadgety”), but they failed to stay put. The actual snaps also had to have a Goldilocks-like level of snugness: too loose, and the visor would fly off in high winds; too tight ,and it wouldn’t pop off in the case of a collision, creating the risk of further crash-related complications.
Meet the Vietnamese smartphone maker gunning to be the next Apple - CNET
But it's the use of components from foreign companies that has tripped people up. Before the device hit the market, some questioned whether Bphone was really made and designed in Vietnam or whether the smartphone was actually a Chinese device. Other Vietnamese vendors, such as MobiiStar, have contracted Chinese manufacturers to design and build smartphones that they slap their brand on. And there's a debate over whether a company can claim a phone is "made in Vietnam" or any other location if it uses components from other places, like that Qualcomm processor.
Asana Wants To Get Better About Diversity, And This Is Its Plan
Asana, the team productivity software that’s raised $38.2 million from high-profile investors like Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, just got called out on Twitter for its lack of diversity. Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz (pictured above) was quick to respond and he handled it well. In fact, he says Asana is actively working to create a more diverse workforce.
How to do a clean install of Windows 10 - CNET
Also note that installing Windows 10 fresh on a computer by booting from the installation media will require you to buy a new Windows 10 license. If you already have a Windows 7 or 8 license and want to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, it's a better idea to install your licensed version of Windows on the new computer first and then do an upgrade as shown above.
Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers
It is not clear what’s new in the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan yet, but it is likely to bring with it more bug fixes and performance improvements, and further add polish to the OS before its release later this fall.
Microsoft: Over 14 Million Devices Running Windows 10
Yusuf Mehdi, a VP in the Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, called it “unprecedented demand” and said there are plenty more upgrades to go. The Windows 10 rollout is taking place in waves, starting with people who signed up for the company’s Windows Insider plan and “reserved” a copy—that is, signaled interest in upgrading weeks ago.
No garage? No problem. Encapsulate your car in the shape-shifting GazeBox
The Italian company that makes the GazeBox claims it’s easy to anchor to the ground and doesn’t require any special permits if it’s sitting on your property… though it probably depends on where you live. We can’t imagine some hoity-toity homeowners’ associations being too willing to let people have cars sit on their lawns just because they’re encased in a giant plastic shell (although it does look kind of cool with its glowing lights).
Oprah, Katy Perry and others pose as icons throughout history
Carine Roitfeld, founder and editor in chief of CR Fashon Book , enlisted Perry along with nine other well-known celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey, to be transformed into their own personal icons for the 2015 Icons portfolio in the September Issue of Harper’s Bazaar .
LinkedIn Tops Analysts’ Estimates
LinkedIn said full-year sales would be about $2.94 billion, beating the $2.91 billion average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. As part of the forecast, the company more than doubled expectations for revenue from the Lynda.com acquisition to $90 million for the year, raising questions about whether the professional-networking website’s core business was expected to slow.
From Gamergate to Cecil the lion: internet mob justice is out of control
If the mob just so happens to pick a target that we find despicable, such as Palmer, that does not make their actions "justice." Condoning it as such, or even shrugging it off as not such a big deal, allows these behaviors to take root. That has more significant consequences than just convincing more people on the internet that online harassment campaigns are acceptable. These campaigns build on one another as they develop systems of organizing. Their participants have learned to leverage mass community sites like Reddit and 4chan as platforms to launch and fuel mob campaigns, and to learn and disseminate effective harassment tactics. If online harassment is a skill, there are now more and more places to study it.
How A Former Smashing Pumpkin And Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Want You To See Live Music
Jimmy Chamberlin knows how to fill an arena. As a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins, the rock drummer crushed toms for over 20 years. Now, as CEO of LiveOne, he's bringing the concert experience to audiences around the world with a live streaming service. And his partner is a certain music studio intern you may know better as the founder and ex-CEO of Groupon, Andrew Mason . Watch the video to learn how Chamberlin discovered what audiences want in the digital age—and how his company can deliver it.
T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is doing the unthinkable . Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump On Demand phone leasing plan can swap the phone out for the new iPhone when it comes out without paying for anything more. Just pick up the new phone and keep paying as usual. In Legere's own words:
Uber to Invest $1 Billion in India
NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc. said it would invest $1 billion in India in the next nine months as it seeks to increase the number of cities in which it operates in the country and fend off competition from local rivals.
Hospital Drug Pump Can Be Hacked Through Network, FDA Warns
The FDA said an independent researcher alerted the agency that Hospira’s pumps could be accessed through a hospital’s wireless networks. “This could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies,” the FDA said.
Read-it-later app Pocket testing recommendations in public beta
Why this matters: Pocket is catching up to read-it-later rival Instapaper, which already lets you explore recommendations within the app’s Browse tab. Because Pocket’s Recommendations feature is still in beta, the company is looking for feedback to refine and improve it before rolling it out to all of Pocket’s 17 million users. The end result could be, with the help of beta testers, the best content recommendation tool around.
Tips for choosing a music-streaming service video - CNET
If you like listening to music, there are more streaming music services than ever, including Spotify and Apple Music. But which service is right for you? CNET's Sharon Profis looks at what they offer and how they differ.
How to make sure your Facebook is as secure as possible
To decrease the likelihood of hacks, as well as the time it takes account holders to find suspicious activity that could be a precursor, Facebook has just launched a handy check-list that all users should take the time to walk through.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Combat System Changes and Star Wars Battlefront's New Multiplayer Mode - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets a combat system change and Star Wars Battlefront introduces a new multiplayer mode called Blast. Plus Bungie details Destiny's Dreadnaught while EA has 3 new franchises in the works.
Are you ready to support Windows 10?
Without the option of turning those updates off, the PCs that show up on your network are likely to be more secure. There’s always the possibility that a problem update will affect your users and generate support calls, and if updates are labelled as cryptically as the hotfix bundles released for the final technical preview builds (which have no details of what fixes they maintain), troubleshooting might be more complex. But this is unlikely to cause significant problems, and it won’t affect Pro and Enterprise versions, where you’ll be able to control update deployment via Windows Update for Business. You can also opt for Current Branch for Business, which gets feature updates some months after they’ve been tested through the Windows Insider program and consumer installations, making it far less likely than any automatic updates will have problems by the time they reach your PCs. With Current Branch for Business, you can also postpone updates for up to eight months.