Xbox One Coming to China on September 29 - IGN
Microsoft notes that over 70 other games are awaiting approval, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection , Killer Instict, and Ori and the Blind Forest. GameFY, Skype, and Game DVR functionality will all be available at launch, with a variety of other apps to follow. Xbox One will be sold at over 4,000 retailers, in 37 cities throughout China. The Kinect version will cost ¥4299 RMB (just over $700 USD), while the Kinect-less SKU comes in at ¥3699 RMB (just over $600 USD).
Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App | TechCrunch
What’s the plan for the $13 million? Bhatt tells me “we’re a technology company, so we’re growing the team with top-tier engineers and designers from MIT and Stanford with former experience at Facebook, Google and Palantir.” Their goal will be to make Robinhood 100 percent secure and reliable so it can expand its public beta and get ready for a full launch. Bhatt admits “the margin for error is nonexistent.” If people’s trades don’t go through or there’s a security breach, doubt could ripple through its user base and kill the startup before it starts. Still, it’s had some users waiting for 18 months now, so it should do its best to keep people happy and informed while they wait.
Google Currents For iOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign | TechCrunch
Google Currents, Google’s magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you’re interested in, instead of only subscribing to publishers, blogs and RSS feeds. The company is also ditching the name “Currents” and renaming the app “ Google Play Newsstand ” in keeping with Google’s now-preferred naming scheme where its apps and services begin with “Google Play” (like “Google Play Music,” for example.)
FIFA 15 PS4/Xbox One Review - IGN
FIFA 15 remains one of the most impressively comprehensive sport simulations around, and on new-gen hardware it really is the beautiful game. But while some of FIFA 15’s refinements are worthwhile – and a tangible improvement on FIFA 14 – its flaws stand out all the more. In some ways it’s a step forward, in others a step back - and with Konami’s PES seemingly in resurgent form, EA Sports can’t afford to take its eye off the ball.
US court shuts down fake Bitcoin-mining operation
A US court has shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri company the Federal Trade Commission alleges deceptively marketed computers designed to produce bitcoins, the “virtual currency” payment system.
Man who hid fake moustache under water valve waits five months to finish terrible pun
A man who found a fake moustache hidden underneath a water valve in his house later discovered his housemate had been planning an excruciatingly long-term dad-joke.
13 Lessons for Design's New Golden Age | WIRED
We're living in an eerily similar time. Thanks to 40 years of increasingly cheap and tiny processors, new software, cheap sensors, and digital manufacturing, people can build products that would have seemed impossible a decade ago. The iPod—arguably the Eames chair of this new era—became feasible only when Apple's head of hardware engineering, Jon Rubinstein, found a hard drive so tiny and capacious that its own inventors didn't know what to do with it. Sensor technology created to track cattle and nuclear materials now enhance experiences like Disney World, where new MagicBands guide wearers through the park. Joris Laarman let algorithms make crucial design decisions for his 3-D-printed chair (right). It is, in fact, another golden age: the era of Silicon Modern.
Apple isn't shutting down Beats Music, Apple says
As for how Beats Music might evolve over the next year, it seems pretty reasonable to assume the streaming service will soon integrate more heavily with iTunes and Apple’s other music projects. One of those could even be the little-known project the company is working on alongside U2, as VentureBeat previously reported.
Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes - Collector's Edition Unboxing - IGN Video
We take on a two-man unboxing, assemble The Avengers, and try not to break the Frost Giant in the process.
Cute video shows most cats choose the Lumia 930 over other smartphones
Microsoft wants to sell you a Lumia 930 , and will use everything in its power to convince you to buy one. Its latest ploy, and the most devious yet, is to show the phone being used by a family of slightly anthropomorphized cats. It’s an overload of cuteness, as they all communicate with each other using Lumia phones, shoot videos, and naturally, text messages sent between them regularly contain words with the letter S replaced by the letter Z.
Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi | TechCrunch
French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases.
U.S. Predicts 1.4 Million Ebola Cases in Africa by January Without More Action
New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically — the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone — unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up.
Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research
Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to only use the money for non-privacy research. Academics say such promises are problematic.
Exclusive: Samsung exits laptop market including Chromebooks
"We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets," said a Samsung spokesperson.
You could own a window from the Manhattan Project - CNET
"The Manhattan Project is known as the most ambitious weapons program in human history," said Cassandra Hatton, senior specialist in charge of the History of Science sale. "It harnessed the intellectual powers of some of the greatest minds of our time, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi to name but a few. This window is a symbol of that project, and the dual ingenuity of man -- the creative on one side, and the destructive on the other. It is a truly incredible piece."
Apple: iOS 8 Adoption Reaches 46%
The latest iOS breakdown points to one of Apple's strengths in mobile: Aside from the early adopters, 49% of devices are running iOS 7, and only 5% are on an earlier operating system. Google, in contrast, suffers from wide fragmentation , with only 24.5% of Android devices running its latest version of KitKat, released almost a year ago.
Calling all design rebels: the tech industry wants you
How exactly will the tech industry find the creative sparks to give Scott Dadich his era of design rebels? Well, I personally think it will get a lot worse before it gets better. I think we still haven’t suffered through the era of consensus long enough for real rebellion — rejection of the status quo — to emerge, and rebellion for rebellions sake is not a new movement. We need the staleness of the 50’s to deliver the Beat generation or the hippies that followed them.
Microsoft's Answer to Chromecast Is Here
Microsoft's solution is different from Chromecast, though, in that it's much simpler. It's a straight-up mirroring device, simply projecting whatever is on your computer to the TV screen. That means it's entirely dependent on your PC — it's not taking ownership of the stream like Chromecast does — but it's also dirt-simple, and doesn't need its own Wi-Fi connection.
A trio of Super Smash Bros. TV ads settle everyday disputes
Someone on Twitter once told the internet a story that is slightly related to these three Super Smash Bros. 3DS television ads, so we'll paraphrase it here: This person was playing Pokemon X PVP on the bus, against someone else also on the bus. The storyteller defeated the opponent just as the bus stopped and its doors opened so people could disembark. As passengers began to shuffle out, someone shouted "GG" and disappeared into the crowd.
Life sure is strange when online-only terminology makes its way out of the screen. Nintendo thinks it's pretty cool when this happens, if its new round of "Settle it in Smash" Super Smash Bros. ads are anything to go by. See all three below.
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You can charge your iPhone 6 faster by using your iPad charger
Here’s a simple trick to charge your iPhone battery faster: The latest iPhones have the ability to draw 2.1A of current, and with the right charger the iPhone 6 can fill up to 90% battery life in about two hours.
PayPal Enables Bitcoin Transactions For Merchants Selling Digital Goods | TechCrunch
Through partnerships with BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin, PayPal will let its merchants accept bitcoin for digital goods transactions. They decided to go with a handful of launch partners instead of a single one, as PayPal’s Braintree did with Coinbase earlier this month. To be clear, this isn’t about adding Bitcoin to PayPal’s digital wallet and it’s only in North America for the moment. These are baby steps for now.
Obama Confirms ISIS Strikes: 'We Will Not Tolerate Safe Havens for Terrorists'
"It must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm, that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said, confirming strikes against another militant group known as the Khorasan group .
The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design
The current issue is not the nearsightedness of web designers, its limitations in the technology.
To do the "cool" stuff you see in print, non full width columns, pretty impressive image layouts overseveral columns, fitted titles, these are quite hard to do in web currently. your editor could say to you, no titles over 3 lines, do web content aggregatiors have that luxury. probably not.
We must remember that the web is fundamentally different that print. In print you have limited space, fixed leading, you don't deal with a 3rd party font rendering algorithm.
To do what we take for grated in print, multi columns side by side, to fit in a web format we need a CSS property known currently as regions.
also remember print is a fixed size medium, the internet has to work on phones, tablets google glass ect.
Leave with this, its a matter of tech limitations. The internet is for everyone. We build for blackberries and IE7, not nightly build chrome users.
Rocket Internet sets IPO range, targets up 6 billion euros value
The Berlin-based company on Tuesday set the price in a range of 35.50 to 42.50 euros per share and said it expected gross proceeds of about 1.477 billion euros, assuming it places the maximum number of shares at the mid-point of the price range, corresponding to a market capitalization of 6.2 billion euros.
How Vkontakte and Mail.ru overcame lawsuits, drama, and intrigue to reach a happy ending
“All the parties have achieved their respective goals: Mail.ru Group will consolidate 100 percent in VK; Durov will be able to fully control and develop Telegram; and UCP as a financial investor is quite pleased with the return on investment,” said Nafisa Nasyrova of the UCP’s press service in an exchange with East-West Digital News.
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President Obama before speaking Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, where he urged more than 100 world leaders to confront climate change.
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Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years
Metzen spoke of a "sense of inertia and obligation and identity that we hold in ourselves and the community may also hold toward us" that pushed Blizzard to focus development resources on a second MMO. "Is this really who we are?" he asked. "Is this really what we want? Is this really what we want to burn our passion and our work lives, our careers on, for years on end?"
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Frogs Go Bonkers Over An iPhone Video Of Worms
In the video above, a small army of frogs-turned-couch-potatoes watch enrapt as a video of worms plays on the screen of an iPhone placed in the dirt. A few of the frogs even take a leap at the phone, in hopes the worms could be dinner.
Why the moon landings could have never EVER been faked
I noticed that this article was being passed around again, so I watched the video once more. I forgot how amazingly good it is—so here it is again for your viewing pleasure: The definitive proof of why the moon landings could have never been faked:
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11 Tips to Keep iOS 8 From Destroying Your Battery Life
Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion powering your everything-machine happy if you follow a few simple rules.
Mysterious Selfie.com reveals itself as an app for starting video conversations
In beta testing, this has resulted in lively discussions among strangers, several of whom have decided to meet up offline afterwards. Users are answering questions seeking legal and medical help, flirting, and sharing random events from their lives. Lasky says the fact that you have to post a video of yourself in order to reply has led to more civil discussions than you would otherwise expect. "It’s a place where people treat each other with more respect," he says. "There’s a social responsibility to be nice to people, because you’re face to face. That’s what we thought was missing."
IBM’s Watson Groomed as C-Suite Advisor | MIT Technology Review
Photocopiers, PCs, and video conferencing rooms all rose from being technological novelties to standard tools of corporate life. Researchers at IBM are experimenting with an idea for another: a room where executives can go to talk over business problems with a version of Watson, the computer system that defeated two Jeopardy! champions on TV in 2012.
Budweiser's Drinking and Driving PSA Hits Home Without Showing Any Alcohol
Budweiser 's latest ad, which promotes responsible drinking, will not only convince you to never drink and drive, but will also leave you clutching your pet as you weep.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants to Know What Feminism Means to You
Gordon-Levitt has prompted all who watch to answer two questions: What does feminism mean to you, and whether or not you are a feminist. The production company is beginning its second season of their television show, hitRECord on TV , which airs on Pivot. Each episode in the season has a theme, and Gordon-Levitt hopes to use the videos fans send in to air during the "Mom" themed episode.
Blizzard cancels its 'World of Warcraft' successor
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Out in the Open: The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job | WIRED
But if want to be a serious programmer, that’s another matter. You’ll need hundreds of hours of practice—and countless mistakes—to learn the trade. It’s often more of an art than a skill—where the best way of doing something isn’t the most obvious way. You can’t really learn to craft code that’s both clear and efficient without some serious trial and error, not to mention an awful lot of feedback on what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.
Cirque du Soleil + Drones = Pure Magic
A new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil , ETH Zurich and Verity Studios features 10 quadcopters carrying out the kinds of complex synchronized dance maneuvers we usually see from the circus' famed acrobats.
Burberry Alumni Aim To Stir Your Emotions (And Mine Your Feelings) With New Musical Photo App: Tunepics
But celebrities alone aren't enough to get an app to resonate with the public--the real test will be whether or not users gravitate toward pairing songs with pictures. Despite its novelty, attractive design, and ease of use, there's something slightly weird about staring at a still image while a song plays in the background. Scrolling through my Tunepics account, I find myself waiting for something in the photo to move. At times I didn't understand the connection between a picture and a song. Perhaps the fault lies with my GIF-ed out environment, or perhaps I just need to get used to consuming photos and music together. On the other hand, scrolling through the app, there are times when the Tunepics experience feels right. Like photo filters, when used wisely, music can conjure up an emotional context to a picture--one that is often difficult to articulate, but not hard to feel.
In Me-Too Move, Finnish Mobile Messaging App Jongla Rolls Out Branded Channels | TechCrunch
Today, the company is rolling out its new ‘Channels’ feature that enables brands and celebrities to use the app as a way to ‘engage’ with customers and fans, by offering content and special offers to those that join the channel. Yes, folks, on the surface at least, it’s a me-too feature we’re already familiar with in other mobile messaging apps like BBM, Line, KaikaoTalk, and so on. And, of course, it’s yet another attempt at monetisation through ‘engagement marketing’. However, as derivative as the feature appears, it’s a sure sign Jongla feels it now has enough traction to get the interest of major brands. Microsoft is one of the first companies to have signed on.
Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones in Pockets
As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums , a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance , a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.
Photo by hanzoh Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.
So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.
As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted. This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier.
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مميز مراسلSMO : لحظة اسقاط طائرة حربية قرب بلدة خان الشيح بريف دمشق
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Google will stop supporting climate change science deniers, calls them liars
“In the case of energy generation, ALEC believes renewable energy should expand based on consumer demand, not as a result of a government mandate," Nelson also said. "Many misunderstand the American Legislative Exchange Council and its legislator-led, free market priorities. ALEC members believe the Federal Government exerts too much control on state and local decision-making. Google’s renewable energy commitment—as well as those found throughout private industry—is completely consistent with ALEC policy because the companies in question chose renewables absent a mandate."
Netflix refuses CRTC demand to hand over subscriber data
For his part, Geist said the fight between the regulator and the streaming company is likely to end up in court. "My guess is they find a way to resolve this behind closed doors with Netflix voluntarily providing the info the CRTC is asking for and everybody goes back to the status quo, where there’s open questions about the CRTC’s ability to regulate here."