Hands On With Motorola’s Stunning New X and G Phones

“It seems like the name Pure Edition sort of embodies that,” says Jim Wicks, SVP Consumer Experience Design at Motorola. “There’s no bloatware, there’s no extra stuff on the back end that you get with carrier requirements. We just felt the name embodied the spirit of the product. People want battery life, they want a camera, they want clean, fast software, and that’s what we’ve been trying to drive. Let’s not bring in all those extra bells and whistles.”

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For the Record: The Relationship Between WIRED and Reddit

It’s understandable that readers would have questions and maybe feel a little confused on these points. Condé Nast’s history with Reddit is complicated, and Reddit’s office was once joined right here in San Francisco to our own. Here’s a brief history of the connections among the various companies and where they stand now.

Google Study Confirms All Of Our Suspicions About Online Ads

Google looked at a very specific, but common, type of advertisement in their study. These interstitial ads interrupted people who visited the Google+ social network on their smartphones and asked them to download the Google+ app. (You can see an example in the image above.) Many companies use this tactic to try to get people to download the brand's app when they visit a company's site on a phone or tablet.

Excellent photo app Filters has been sold to Camera+, will live on!

The good news in all of this is that Filters will live on, and get the support it needs from an established brand. For once, we don’t have to caution against downloading an app that’s been acquired. How refreshing.

Why An Open-Minded Work Culture Matters

Years later, I joined an after-work social soccer league that paired me with other professionals around the city. We’d been put together at random, but we still had to work together for the next 12 weeks as a cohesive unit. Yet during that time, we never came together like we hoped. We lost most of our games and got frustrated with each other, and some players even quit before the season ended.

The Artificial Intelligence AK-47 is coming

The global autonomous weapons ban Hawking and others are seeking will most likely count for nothing. Someone will make an AI weapon that is replicable and once it is, it will never be stopped.

LaGuardia Airport Is Getting Torn Down for a $4B Redesign

Cuomo unveiled plans for the new La Guardia at a luncheon in New York on Monday, along with Vice President Joe Biden. The renderings, presented by real estate developer Daniel R. Tishman, show a single terminal that will replace the four existing disjointed terminals built in the mid-20th century. The new terminal will be set 600 feet closer to Grand Central Parkway highway, freeing up two miles of space for planes to taxi in and take off. The plan also includes a rail link connecting LaGuardia to the subway system (which JFK Airport already has), as well as a ferry service. The project is expected to cost $4 billion, with additional (but undisclosed) funding from Delta Airlines, which has a hub at LaGuardia.

Pilots Who Fly Drones Into Wildfires Are Idiots. Punish Them

One of the key ways we can fight wildfires is dropping large amounts of water and fire retardant from planes and helicopters, which fly as low as a few dozen feet above the tree tops. To keep them and everyone on the ground safe, firefighters close the area to outside aircraft that can get in the way. The FAA puts the word out, and commercial and general aviation aircraft stay clear.

Misfits in Vietnam: Creating the next fitness trackers (pictures) - CNET

Misfit's Vietnamese workers aren't assembling its fitness trackers. Instead, they're writing algorithms and making entire apps, including the Link App that turns the Misfit devices into buttons for taking selfies or controlling the music playing on smartphones. Misfit's Vietnamese workers also do customer service, logistics and other tasks. Most design and product development are done in the US and China.

10 VSCO Cam's new Collections feature lets you curate your favorite images

The new Collections feature, which is available on both the iOS and Android versions of VSCO Cam today, lets users re-share images published by others that are visible through in the Grid, through search, or through their own feed. Sharing an image is a two-step process: you double tap something you like to save it to your library, and then you have to go back into your library of images to re-share it out to the world. VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory says this added friction when sharing images was intentional in order to make sharing more deliberate. "It's a very intentional publishing aspect," he notes. Images shared to a collection preserve attribution to the original photographer and link back to their accounts, further differentiating the feature from other platforms that are known for curation.

Why I won’t run another startup

Earlier this year, I closed my startup . So now I get to reflect on what I’d have done differently. Hindsight is unfair and inaccurate, but I still enjoy its lessons. This is one, a note to my future self: Don’t call your projects ‘startups’.  It’s a semantic trick, but a really important one. Here’s why.

Opternative’s Online Eye Exam Gets You A Glasses Prescription From Home

The test feels a tad lengthy, but that enhanced my feeling that this was a medical-grade exam. My only complaint is that sometimes, just like with an in-person test, it’s tough to know if there are really three lines or four, if it’s an X or an O. Being at a doctor’s office, you feel a sense of confidence that the results will be right even if you screw up or guess some questions. While Opternative reviews the results before issuing a prescription through its HIPAA-compliant site, it takes more faith that the test won’t be botched by some bad answers.

Google's internet balloons will provide connectivity to all of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s IT Minister, Mangala Samaraweera told Lanka Business Online  that “As a result of this agreement, the entire Sri Lankan island – every village from Dondra to Point Pedro – will be covered with affordable high speed internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology.”

Facebook Ordered by Hamburg Regulator to Allow Pseudonyms

Facebook may not unilaterally change such accounts to the real names of users and may not block them, Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s data regulator, said in an e-mailed statement. The company, whose European headquarters are in Ireland, can’t argue it’s only subject to that country’s law, he said.

The World's Most Powerful Laser Has Been Fired in Japan

Take cover: scientists from Osaka University have begun using the world’s most powerful laser, that pumps out 2 quadrillion watts. That’s 2,000,000,000,000,000 watts.

Musician creates catchy dance remix from 'Game of Thrones' clips - CNET

Musician Chris Lohr used footage of random sounds and dialogue from the first two seasons of HBO's "Game of Thrones" to create a pretty catchy song that you just can't help but tap along with.

LinkedIn is taking steps to reduce the number of emails users get

LinkedIn says it’s gotten the message: users are receiving too many emails from the professional social network. The company shared that it’s taking steps to reduce the number of emails sent and outlined two actions already being implemented.

Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet—once the bugs get fixed

Arguably, the Start menu took a big step backward with Windows Vista, which replaced the conventional fly-out menus used in Windows XP and below with the weird expanding-in-place scrolling list. Fortunately, searching was also introduced in Windows Vista, and that works well (though again, it's broken for me until the icon limit is relieved). That's a big part of why Windows 8's Start screen never really offended me; the change from a menu to the tile view didn't change how I launched programs. The process was the same: hit the Windows key and start typing. I'm convinced that this is far and away the best way to start programs on Windows.

Get 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle

Wondering which programming language to learn? Whether you want to build apps for the Web, desktop, Android devices or for Internet of Things-enabled gadgets, Java is a great choice. It’s a powerful object-oriented language that’s easy to learn, write, debug and use.

Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home | MIT Technology Review

Gur Kimchi, a cofounder of the company’s drone project, sketched out a vision in which drones could operate freely below 400 feet. A “high speed transit zone” between 200 and 400 feet would be reserved for drones traveling large distances, such as from an Amazon warehouse to a customer’s home, he said. Amazon drones would only cross the space below that when they first took off and when it was time to land to drop off the small packages. Other drones might fly in that low-altitude space to perform missions such as surveying crops or power lines.

The world’s platform for change

Google Maps responded to a petition asking that they redact the Chinese name for Scarborough Shoal, a disputed territory between China and the Philippines. The map now refers to the island by an internationally neutral term.   More

Harpoon will help freelancers spear invoicing and time tracking in one handy service

Freelancers all have the same underlying issues; tracking hours and billing clients. Often, the solution comes via a patchwork of disparate apps and services, but Harpoon is hoping to change all of that with a suite that includes financial planning, invoicing and hour tracking.

Here's the UI Redesign the Apple Watch Needs

After wearing my Apple watch daily for the past two+ months, I’ve found myself wishing for a simpler interaction model for moving between content and apps. Here’s what I’d propose and why.

PewResearch Internet on Twitter

79% of parents on social media agree that they get useful information from their networks. http://pewrsr.ch/1Mke0ON  pic.twitter.com/VjHU4qEsL2

AwareCar will tell you where you parked (and remind you to put change in the meter)

The goal is to do much of what a platform like Automatic does, except without the spendy hardware. The main attraction of AwareCar is that it tracks where you’ve parked, and can tell you how close you are to your car — even if you’re on a different level in a parking garage.

26 Meet the $180 Moto G, Motorola's newest budget Android phone

During its global launch event today, Motorola announced the new, third generation Moto G with all-around improved specs.

Boxer takes on Microsoft's Outlook by bringing your inbox and calendar together

Having tried both versions, it all feels so much tighter on iOS. As anyone who uses Outlook on iOS will already know, there are benefits to having your calendar just a tap away from your email inbox. Boxer allows you to quickly select a bunch of times that you’re free and add them to an email when you’re trying to arrange a meeting time. And while Outlook sometimes feels like it’s trying to overwhelm you with options and features, Boxer hides its advanced options (such as Evernote integration and to-dos neatly away).

This year's Moto G feels like another cheap champion

So yes, the Moto G is finally starting to feel a little more premium -- thankfully looks are catching up too. There's still a sizable bezel running around the 5-inch, 720p screen, but the addition of a metallic accent around the 13-megapixel camera and flash adds a welcome dose of style to the thing. Oh, and there's a very good chance your Moto G will look better than ours since you'll be able to run it through the Moto Maker wringer, choosing your own colors for the accents and backplates. While I'm rambling on about the Moto G's back, it's been said that it has the same camera as the Nexus 6. Turns out that's not the full story. Yes, the Moto G uses the same 13-megapixel Sony sensor as its much bigger cousin and a similar f/2.0 aperture lens. The differences lie in the way the elements around it are constructed -- the lens is loaded up with IR-filtering coatings that help the camera handle ambient light more intelligently. I haven't spent too much time with the thing yet, but early results are pretty impressive -- it more accurately exposed a photo of me in a darkish room than a similarly priced Samsung phone.

Nextbit Shifts to Become a Phone Maker (Exclusive)

Nextbit also looks to leverage a bunch of the cloud-based storage technologies it previously showcased, features that allow much of the contents of the phone to be mirrored on cloud-based servers. That allows users to easily move not just apps but their place within apps from one device to another.

Trello Launches Enterprise Service With Single Sign-On Support, Brings Two-Factor Authentication To All Users

Trello is a free app that makes working on group projects as easy as using sticky notes on your whiteboard. Available on your phone, tablet, and desktop, Trello's drag-and-drop interface and visual way of organizing your tasks makes sure you always know what needs to get done and who's working on it. Whether it's your sales pipeline, new employee training program, a home renovation project, …

The Moto G 2015 revealed: $180, waterproof, and with Moto Maker customization

Like its predecessor, the phone has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, surrounded by a slightly updated body shell with a new-look, grippier rear panel, and an IPX7 rating. Previously suggested in several rumors, this means the mid-range phone will be able to withstand a dip in about a meter of water for 30 minutes. For the first time, Moto G will be included in Motorola’s Moto Maker customization store.

Motorola announces the 5.7-inch Moto X Style, its latest flagship Android phone

As with all previous versions of the Moto X, the newest model will be as customizable as the last. Instead, this year’s focus is on more powerful specs; the 2015 model will sport a 5.7-inch screen with Quad HD display, a 21MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facer with flash. Unlike last year’s model, which touted a ring-shaped flash in the back, Motorola has gone with a more traditional dual LED flash placement below the lens.

Razer Confirms Acquisition Of Ouya’s Software, Tech And Dev Teams In All-Cash Deal

The deal will alternately involve integration and migration. Razer will be integrating Ouya’s games, controllers and accounts to its Cortex TV gaming platform, and will relaunch Ouya’s store as Cortex for Android TV. Tan tells TechCrunch that as of today, Razer’s software platform has “millions of users and over 2 million daily active gamers.” Ouya claims to be the world’s biggest Android TV  console publisher, with more than 1,000 games, and the developer relations team will in part be working to keep building that business.

Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too

The tie-up comes at a time in which tech companies, credit card networks, retailers and startups alike are jostling to carve out their own power positions in digital and mobile payments. Stripe is viewed as a friend by credit card companies because its software is popular with developers and allows online businesses and app makers to begin accepting credit card payments quickly. A newly independent PayPal, on the other hand, is sometimes viewed warily because, while it processes a ton of credit cards and owns a Stripe competitor that does, too, it also tries to steer shoppers toward payments via their bank accounts that are cheaper for PayPal to process than card payments.

Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M

Looking ahead, Yelp expects to generate $139 million to $142 million in the current quarter, representing about 37 percent growth compared to the third quarter of 2014. Investors had expected that the company would generate $0.04 per share in its third quarter, and revenue of $152.16 million. Note that there is quite a gap between what Yelp has promised and what the company thinks it can do. This may explain why the shares are down.

What Was The First Piece of Tech You Saved Up To Buy?

I hardly made a dent—I was 10—but I must’ve impressed my parents with my industriousness. One glorious day I came home to the Brother WP-1400D, a beautiful hulking processor with a clicky keyboard, wide screen, and disk drive. While not easily portable, I insisted on taking it with me everywhere. My parents let me use the money I’d saved to buy my second-most-desired tech: the Creepy Crawlers oven, wherein one could bake up all kinds of strange gooey creatures.

Microsoft's Fifth Avenue flagship store will open this fall

Microsoft is apparently readying its new flagship retail outlet to open this Fall on New York's Fifth Avenue. Microsoft Extended Experts Team member Gokan Ozcifci tweeted the image below, which appears to show the storefront at 677 5th Ave with signage reading "Microsoft Store Coming Fall 2015". Microsoft has been pushing its brick and mortar retail business for about five years now. The company has 100 outlets in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada though most of those are those Microsoft-branded store-within-a-store sections you see at Best Buy and Staples. This will be its first flagship location, just blocks from one of Apple's four Manhattan storefronts.

Yelp is crashing

As for its most recent performance, the company posted revenues of $133.9 million, ahead of the consensus estimate for $133.5 million according to Bloomberg. Yelp posted a loss of 2 cents, worse than the estimate for 1 cent. Adjusted Q2 earnings per share came in at $0.12, versus the forecast for $0.16.

Look out for gorgeous new Canvas art on TNW

She describes herself as a creative perfectionist. “I like to study different things, trying to turn my imagination into illustration,” she says. “I don’t feel tired when drawing because I have great passion for it. I always see a part of myself in my works, and art has also become a part of me.”

Moto 360 2015 News: An updated wireless charging dock stops by the FCC

Ultimately, the images and filings give no more than hints of coming hardware — the Moto 360 follow-up’s final form is likely to remain a mystery for now — but they’re definitely a sign of progress. Here’s hoping the finished product has a fully circular screen and faster processor .

Windows 7 holdouts: Why diehard users refuse to move to Windows 10

It’s not just Windows 7, either. Some people are sticking with Windows 8.1 despite the advantages of windowed modern UI apps and the return of the Start menu. Ironically, Start menu replacements such as Classic Shell and Start8 are often cited by these folks as the reason for passing on the upgrade. Matt James, a Northern California-based retired middle school teacher and self-described hardcore gamer sums up the sentiments of Windows 8.1 holdouts: “I love Windows 8.1 now that I added a program that returns my Start menu and got rid of the Metro junk. It now works like Windows 7 and has the good things that are part of Windows 8.”

VideoBlocks launches collegiate research grant program for copyright-safe multimedia content

To be eligible for a grant, faculty members must use VideoBlocks’ content to create a “significant and original contribution to the field of digital creative media” and institutions also must either participate in the Early Enrollment Program or have a VideoBlocks for Education license. A panel of judges consisting of VideoBlocks education specialists will determine the awards.

Reg Saddler on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

The New Moto X Could Change How We Buy Phones

Today, Motorola’s launching two new models: the Moto X Play and the Moto X Style. The Play is a middle-ground device, with a big screen and a great camera but few of the design touches of the old Moto X. The Style is the new flagship device, the closest spiritual successor to last year’s Moto X. It’s also the only one that will be available in the U.S., under the name Moto X Pure Edition. (Which may lead you to the question, is there another, dirtier edition? No. There is only one, and it is pure as the driven snow.) There’s also a new Moto G, an upgrade to Motorola’s wildly popular low-end device, and for $179 one of the best bang-for-your-buck smartphones on the planet.

Love Minecraft? Get the next update free with Windows 10

To get it, you’ll need to log in to your Mojang account and click the ‘redeem’ button to get your code. From there, you’ll get the new and improved version of Minecraft. You can’t redeem the offer on any other version of Windows, so make sure you upgrade first.

Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home | MIT Technology Review

Gur Kimchi, a cofounder of the company’s drone project, sketched out a vision in which drones could operate freely below 400 feet. A “high speed transit zone” between 200 and 400 feet would be reserved for drones traveling large distances, such as from an Amazon warehouse to a customer’s home, he said. Amazon drones would only cross the space below that when they first took off and when it was time to land to drop off the small packages. Other drones might fly in that low-altitude space to perform missions such as surveying crops or power lines.

Google Now Lets Developers Bring Their Own Security Keys To Compute Engine

By default , Google encrypts all of the data on its service with an AES-256 bit encryption key that is a) encrypted itself and b) rotated regularly. Using this new (and free) feature, users will be able to bring their own keys and get more flexibility in how they manage their data’s encryption state. This means they can choose when their data should be considered at rest or active, for example. Because Google doesn’t retain the keys, nobody inside the company can gain access to your data when it is at rest.

Pandora’s Sponsored Listening launches out of beta: Remove ads by giving brands your full attention

First opened in beta last September, Sponsored Listening is a reward-based ad product that lets users on the ad-supported “free” service remove ads for an hour by actively engaging with a brand. This could be through watching a short video or clicking to visit a company’s website.

This is what happens when you bring a 4K camera to space

Here’s something you’ve always wondered about: How does an effervescent tablet dissolve in water under weightless conditions? What? This did not top your list of life’s burning questions?

NASA: Pluto's Surface Has Ice Flows, Atmosphere Has Haze

Pluto's atmosphere is proving far more robust than anyone anticipated. The hydrocarbon atmosphere reaches some 20 miles above the surface and is thought to be formed by ultraviolet sunlight breaking up methane gas. The atmosphere actually creates a sort of haze around the dwarf planet, as can be seen in the backlit image above. It was initially thought that Pluto would be too warm (yes, too warm) for these hydrocarbon hazes to form close to the surface, but our view is beginning to change.

51 Windows 10 installation files already sneaking onto Windows 7 and 8 PCs
52 Ebay Closes Delivery Service EBay Now, Will Also Shut Down Its Fashion, Motors & Valet Apps
53 Xbox Live's Games With Gold for August Revealed - IGN
54 What you can learn from Nordstrom’s use of the cloud
55 NSA won't look at call metadata collected under the Patriot Act
56 VSCO Cam adds Collections to curate photos from other users
57 Android users can now say ‘Ok Google’ to send messages via WhatsApp, WeChat, NextPlus, Telegram, and Viber
58 Netflix is bringing BoJack Horseman back for a third season
59 Apple, Google join White House pledge to fight climate change
60 Vine’s Quiet, Stealthy Pivot
61 Twitter rises after beating Street
62 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
63 We're live from Motorola's 'Relationship' event!
64 The Windows 10 Era Is Now
65 'Dragon Quest XI' may be one of the first Nintendo NX games
66 ESPN Could Be Sold On Its Own Like HBO, Bob Iger Admits
67 First Round 10 Year Project
68 Microsoft Plays Catch-Up With Its New Web Browser, Edge
69 Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution
70 Lego Makes Everything Better—Even a Prosthetic for Kids
71 Dorm Room Tech Every Student Needs
72 Ouya left indie game developers in the lurch, but Razer is trying to help
73 Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report
74 Nokia reveals the Ozo virtual reality camera with 8 shutter sensors and 8 microphones
75 Amazon expands Prime Music availability, now available in the U.K.
76 Startup Has a Clever Tool to Get Non-Techies to Code: Excel
77 Beijing Police Shut Down Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation
78 3 tips for a hassle-free Windows 10 upgrade
79 95% Of Android Phones Could Be Hacked With Just One Text
80 Photonics gets over $600 million in investment in the U.S.
81 China Reverses Longstanding Ban On Video Game Consoles
82 Windows 10 roll-out will break Internet traffic records
83 Firefox wants your feedback on upcoming browser features
84 Send self-destructing Gmail messages with Dmail - CNET
85 China-Tied Hackers That Hit U.S. Said to Breach United Airlines
86 OnePlus 2 release date, news and features
87 Instagram Restricted Sandra Bland Hashtag To Block Hate Speech
88 Qualcomm says it can now wirelessly charge metal phones
89 Twitter's Jack Dorsey: We Continue To Question The Reverse Chronological Timeline
90 Facebook shares its diversity training course with all - CNET
91 Infographic: One Of These Fictional Weapons Is The Most Badass Fictional Weapon Ever
92 WWE SummerSlam Expanded to Four Hours - IGN
93 Hands-on with Motorola's color-crazy 3rd-gen Moto G
94 A public marketplace for hackers—what could possibly go wrong?
95 How to create the Perfect Jailbroken iPhone
96 Adaptable Wheelchair for handicapped Dogs
97 Twitter’s revenue rose 60% to $502M last quarter, sending stock up 5%
98 The 11 best videos from YouTube 360 - CNET
99 Cardboard Armor
100 Meet Cortana: The ultimate guide to Windows 10's helpful digital assistant