Ideal Gifts: Adobe Ink & Slide Pen-Ruler Set For Digital Artists
I’m one of those people who starts out doing things the most basic, low-tech way — mostly because I hate extraneous objects and clutter. Thus, my initial thoughts surrounding tablet styluses was, who needs ‘em? I have fingers.
'Jurassic World' trailer lands early: later there's running and screaming - CNET
The trailer opens with holidaymakers vacationing at the dinosaur theme park envisaged by John Hammond all those years ago in the first film "Jurassic Park". Everybody's having a great time, kayaking among the dinos and watching giant aquatic predators performing tricks -- check out that cheeky nod to Spielberg's "Jaws", by the way -- until the bosses of the park decide to genetically engineer their own made-up dinosaur. Which turns out to be a terrible idea. Who'd'a seen that coming?
What to Do When Apple Deems Your App 'Controversial'
If the controversial or political content is not essential to your app, maybe you should just leave it on the cutting room floor. Satire is cool, but a rejection from Apple isn’t. If you’re not entirely sure about your choice of content, turn to experts for advice.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the years
Before Americans dive head-first into their turkey dinners, all TVs will be tuned to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or, for those lucky enough to be in Manhattan to see it in person, you will once again see Snoopy, Kermit, Garfield and their best balloon friends making their way down Sixth Avenue.
Fox loses his head in Super Smash Bros. glitch video
Something strange is going on in the world of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U ...in this one bugged copy of the game, anyway. Player Terrence Boykin has taken to Miiverse to post screenshots of misshapen Marios , Yoshis , and Zero Suit Samuses , but the newly-released video above is the real kicker. What's with King Dedede's face? And where did Fox's head go? What's happening here, and why? WHY!?
[Video: Nintendo / Terrence Boykin]
Did social media make the situation in Ferguson better or worse?
Twitter is a popular tool for conjuring leftist outrage in America the same way it stirred up the Arab spring and gave rise to worse actors than already existed in the middle east like the muslim brotherhood and ISIS. Fergusson is a perfect example of how activists and community organizers use social media to stir civil disobedience and justify vengeful ‘social justice’ over targeted political issues like police ‘brutality’, but they diminish and completely ignore even trivialize the much bigger problems of inner-city, black on black and gang violence. In this case it’s just another way socialists keep African Americans angry and hopeless with lies, jet puffed historical revisionism and contention.
Apple to stop producing iPhone 5c in 2015
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Doctors, haircuts, even kittens -- now on demand, via your smartphone - CNET
Take Shortcut , an app that dials up on-demand barbers. Irvin Slobodskaya desperately needed a haircut last year. But he had a problem: His busy job didn't let him slip out of the office during normal barbershop hours. Slobodskaya figured others had the same issue, so he came up with Shortcut -- which sends hairdressers to shaggy males across New York City all hours of the day. For $75 (prices drop as more people get cuts), a vetted barber will show up in about 30 minutes ready to trim hair and style beards.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review: Show me your moves
This review has been updated with commentary and a final score following the launch of online play in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the series' 1999 debut, especially when it involves a mix of iconic faces and left-field picks. With fresh contenders, several new competition types and a lite resemblance of Pokemon training in the form of Amiibos, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a meaty talking point that proves the "Who's the best?" debate is still well worth having.
Smash's bouts remain layered – newcomers can focus on throwing basic attacks by combining button presses with tilts of the joystick, learning deep-cut mastery of evasions and timing in-air knockouts as they add matches to their career. Whatever nuances your play style adopts, everyone's victory involves launching opponents from shared platforms, heaping damage on them to make banishing them to the oblivion beyond the screen's edges more feasible.
Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy a Boomer
Trying to buy a tech gift for a Baby Boomer can be tough, partly because that group covers a vast range of ages and types, and partly because, as a group, they already own a lot of stuff. Just for the record, the Boomers are generally defined as the nearly 80 million people born between 1946 and 1964. That means that the Boomers on your holiday gift list could range from 50 to 68, a huge span.
Samsung Takes Eye-Scrolling Technology to Disabled Community
The project, called EYECAN+, uses a sensor mounted below a computer monitor to read a user’s eye movements, with a blink of the eye used to register a click of the mouse to either copy, paste, select all, zoom in or activate another of 18 basic computer functions.
As you can see above in the new “one-click search engines” section in Firefox’s search settings, users will be able to easily show and hide these new buttons. Also notice the “Add more search providers…” link: You will be able to expand the default set Mozilla provides for your country. The company mentions the Mozilla Developer Network, Stack Overflow, Yelp, and dictionary sites as possible additions.
9 apps to help make a crazy Thanksgiving more bearable - CNET
But when the pie is burning, the wine gets spilled on that gorgeous tablecloth and the TV is STILL blaring, it can be pretty hard to feel grateful. There's an app that can help with that called Happier (free for iOS and Android ). When you launch the app, you'll get a list of all the things people have been recently thankful for, and with a simple click you can add your own to the list to be shared with the community. You can "smile" at other people's posts and add your own comments to them. There are also a series of courses, like "More Calm, Less Stress," that you can take now to start prepping for guaranteed happiness on Thanksgiving. (Note: The Android app is brand new and is still lacking some functionality, but the makers are on it and a full-fledged version should be out soon.)
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: ZerO Sum Review - IGN
While having prior Borderlands knowledge helps add a bit of context to the relationship between Hyperion and Pandora, why Zer0 is so rad, and just who the hell Handsome Jack is and why he’s so notorious, newcomers will be just fine in Tales. This is mostly thanks to how strong of characters Rhys and Fiona are, and how great it is to be able to shade them in with your own unique decisions. Does your Rhys want people to view him as a fearsome murderer, or a genius with a silver tongue? If your Fiona has a clean shot at a target, does she take it, or would she rather get out of a situation with as a low a bodycount as possible? In the quick duration of Zer0 Sum, I fell in love with my versions of these two characters, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
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.
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.
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 .
Sony to refund Vita customers in FTC settlement over false ads
Sony Computer Entertainment America has settled with the FTC over charges that it produced false and misleading advertisement during the Vita's launch campaign from late 2011 to early 2012. Sony will provide refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device before June 1, 2012 – either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 voucher for select games and services. Sony will email eligible customers after the settlement is finalized.
The FTC alleges that some of Sony's claims about the Vita were misleading, including that the Vita "would revolutionize gaming mobility" by enabling remote play and cross-platform play with the PS3, allowing players to start a game on PS3 and finish it on Vita. Sony is barred from similar advertising practices in the future.
The FTC alleges the following: "Sony claimed, for example, that PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game at any time and continue to play the game on their PS Vita from where they left off. This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game.
What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration | WIRED
Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping. Its batteries are depleted and there isn’t enough sunlight to recharge. But while the lander finished its primary job, collecting invaluable data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta mission is far from over. For many scientists, the excitement is just beginning.
First Look Media has forgotten the number one rule of startups
So I wasn’t among the very first hires at ProPublica, but I was in fairly early, not long after their first couple of projects launched…and from my perspective, the kind of office and management structure that had been already been built up was not much different from other well-run traditional newsrooms that I’ve known…and this overhead ended up being a *good* thing despite ProPublica’s startup-like nature, as it gave journalists the support and resources needed to keep long term investigative projects on focus…Things are of course different now, as back then, it was extremely rare for traditional news orgs like the NYT to co-publish with a yet unheard-of outside org. I think that stability was key to ProPublica’s early success in being able to collaborate and co-publish with partners.
Your New Steve Jobs Is... Michael Fassbender
Yes, I think Michael Fassbender is the right guy. This film is apparently going to be filled with heavy dialogue, and that's Michael's strength as an actor - the dialogue, the animation, the emotion. www.fassinatingfassbender.com
Amazon Adds 10,500 Post Office Parcel Pick-up Points in the UK
It’s probably no surprise that this move comes just ahead of Christmas, but Amazon has today announced an extension of its local ‘PickUp’ locations to thousands of Post Office branches dotted around the UK.
Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO apologizes for bugs, offers free DLC
Everyone who owns Assassin's Creed: Unity will receive the Dead Kings DLC for free once that launches, Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat says in a blog post. The freebie is an apology for the technical issues that have plagued Unity since launch.
"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," Mallat says. "I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."
In our review of Unity , we noted that the game was "in dire need of a technical re-tweaking." Today, Ubisoft launched the game's third patch, bringing in more than 300 fixes .
Players who purchased the Season Pass for Unity would have already received the Dead Kings DLC, and they are now entitled to one free Ubisoft game from the following lineup: The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015 . Ubisoft is discontinuing sale of the Season Pass, the FAQ reads.
Activision issuing DMCA takedowns on Call of Duty exploit videos
Activision is issuing copyright strikes on YouTube videos that "promote cheating and unfair exploits" within its Call of Duty series, Eurogamer reports .
Gaming network Machinima warned its userbase in an e-mailed newsletter this week that videos showcasing glitches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are currently being targeted for DMCA takedowns, and affected accounts will receive copyright strikes. YouTube users who earn multiple copyright strikes risk having their accounts permanently disabled.
"Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches," Machinima's statement reads. "If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful."
Activision issued a response to Eurogamer claiming that it intends to curb cheating and unfair play within Advanced Warfare 's multiplayer mode.
"We're excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay," an Activision representative wrote. "We love watching the videos ourselves.
Expanded Dark Souls 2 coming to smite Xbox One, PS4 owners
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Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile Safari?
Bing’s results were topped with ads, then a map of results—the map isn’t as attractive as Yahoo’s, though, and I couldn’t find any filtering options to sort the results by price, distance, or rating, which both Google and Yahoo provided. A banner along the top cajoled me to join Bing Rewards, which incentivizes you to stay signed into your Microsoft account when you search Bing. You’ll earn credits toward gift cards for places like Starbucks, Burger King, and Amazon, or you can donate them to charity.
The FAA's Drone Rules Are Too Narrow, But They're Better Than Nothing | WIRED
The rules may not take effect for years, the paper reports, and will likely undergo many modifications. But even if the most restrictive version of the rules ends up being passed, Morton thinks it will be an improvement over the status quo, which has made it hard for his company—and many others—to enter U.S. markets. “I’d rather they say you have a pilot’s license than the current lack of regulation,” he says. That said, he does have some misgivings.
US expresses 'concern' over EU proposal to break up Google - CNET
The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google's search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn't have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region's legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google's competitive practices.
Update - First Look Media
Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.
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.
Spreading Black Friday Fever to China’s Shoppers
China doesn’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, but American retailers are hoping to convert a generation of consumers in the world’s most populous country into year-end binge buyers anyway.
10 Must-Have Walmart Black Friday Tech Deals
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Facebook is bowing to more government censorship requests
According to Motherboard, a law firm that looked at the issue of online content in Pakistan came to the conclusion that removing content from a social network like Facebook might not even be legally required, because Pakistani law — like U.S. law — doesn’t hold network service providers responsible for the actions of their users. One civil liberties group said this more or less confirms that Facebook is “overly compliant,” even when the law is on their side.
Yahoo or Microsoft may replace Google next year as the default search engine in Safari for iOS
Last week, Mozilla decided to replace Google as its default browser, and instead opted for Yahoo. While small, this was definitely a very important victory for Yahoo over Google. However, it looks like the company has its eye set on something much bigger — becoming the default search engine in Apple’s Safari web browser for iOS devices.
21 DIY holiday gifts that anyone would love
You don't have to be a big spender this holiday season to give your friends and family amazing gifts. The best part of giving someone a present is knowing that they're smiling out of sheer joy (instead of pity).
The Best Travel Gear Of 2014
Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small—they’ll ease your neck cramps from sitting in too-small airplane seats; they’ll help you locate that Chapstick in the dark caverns of your bag; they’ll help you track down missing luggage. They're perfect gifts for the season of going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.
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.
TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming
On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as Nvidia’s Grid streamed gaming service , and fashion watchmakers getting antsy about copycat Android Wear watch faces.
Bitcoin: Decentralized Virtual Currency - OpenMind
To start using bitcoins, you first need a program acting as a wallet to store them. Next, you need to gather bitcoins by receiving a transaction in this currency (payment for a product or service, for instance) or buying it from an individual or exchange using a credit card or bank account. Once you have bitcoins, you can use them to pay distributors and retailers that accept them, or transfer them to anyone you choose. Given its expansion, there is a growing number of points of sale of both virtual and physical products that take bitcoins. This article is not intended to describe how to use Bitcoin in detail, as this is relatively complex and there is plenty of information online about this subject.
Deals with Gold: Defense Grid, Diablo, Valiant Hearts
A sizable collection of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games star in this week's Games with Gold lineup , including standouts like Defense Grid 2, Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition , and Peggle 2 .
The Xbox One versions of Strider, Valiant Hearts, Rayman Legends also see discounts of up to 75 percent off this week. Featured Xbox 360 releases include Resident Evil 4, Super Time Force, Slender: The Arrival , and the Gears of War trilogy.
This week's sale additionally offers deep discounts of up to 85 percent off of Xbox 360 Games on Demand releases like Bully: Scholarship Edition, Crysis, Borderlands 2, Mirror's Edge , and SoulCalibur 5 . Listed sale prices remain in effect through December 1.
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New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism | WIRED
Rather than recruiting people with autism based on outward characteristics, some researchers are turning this flood of genetic information into an advantage: They are classifying children with autism based on their genetics, and thoroughly characterizing each subgroup to map autism’s landscape as a whole. These ‘genetics-first’ studies, including the one in which Waylon and Geoffrey participate, may help researchers to construct a meaningful taxonomy of autism and understand the source of its diversity. Eventually, such studies may even lead to treatments that address the root cause of a child’s autism, rather than just the symptoms.
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.
Gears of War 3 Hammerburst II Full Scale Replica Unboxing - IGN Video
Mitch and Ryan unbox the big, bad full scale replica of Gears of War 3's notorious Hammerburst II.
With $13M In Funding, Everything But The House Wants To Change The Way Estate Sales Are Run
Everything But The House operates a full-service estate sale service that combines the best of the online and offline worlds to drive efficiency in the process. In other words, the company makes it easy for those who need to liquidate assets, either because someone died or a household is downsizing, or whatever else might cause people to need to sell all their stuff in a short period of time.
EA Black Friday: Up to 75 percent off 300 games, DLC
Like GameStop , Walmart and Microsoft , EA's digital distribution service Origin will celebrate Black Friday with big discounts on a wide number of items.
Though very recent PC games like Dragon Age: Inquisition maintain their $60 launch prices, slightly older games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 are available at $40. Likewise discounted is Titanfall , which can be purchased for $15. The biggest discounts are seen on EA's classic games. The normally $15 Mass Effect is now available at $3.74 while Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and SimCity 4 are each available for $10. A full rundown of the discounts can be found on Origin .
Though Origin's Black Friday sale is available until December 1, you should keep a close eye on the event once Black Friday rolls around. EA won't commit to anything just yet, but the Origin news feed suggests that even bigger discounts will come on November 28.
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."
Sony to Refund Eligible Customers Over 'Misleading' Vita Ads - IGN
According to the FTC complaint , Sony made several false claims about its handheld Vita console during its 2011 to 2012 launch campaign in the U.S. The particular claims the FTC outlined include the Vita's cross-save and remote play functionality, which the FTC points out were only available for certain titles -- a detail they say Sony did not mention.