Forza Horizon 2 Demo And Xbox One Achievements Announced - IGN
The company confirmed the demo will be coming two weeks ahead of the game's full release on September 30, and also unleashed the full achievement list for the Xbox One edition for the game. You can check them out below.
Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows | TechCrunch
If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch .
Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships | TechCrunch
Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015.
Rockbot Grabs Funding From Universal Music Group To Bring Its Social Jukebox To More Businesses | TechCrunch
Rockbot , a virtual jukebox solution for businesses, has closed strategic investment from Universal Music Group, which is the largest of the major music labels. That funding will be used as Rockbot seeks to expand its business across a wide range of bars, restaurants and other brick-and-mortar locations throughout the U.S.
Smart Plug Startup Zuli Raises $1.65M And Kicks Off New Pre-Orders | TechCrunch
This new seed round adds to the $175,000 the company raised during its crowdfunding campaign, and should help with the startup achieve a key milestone: Actually shipping to backers. After originally targeting a June 2014 launch date, Zuli is now aiming for November, a delay which is unfortunate for backers but also not unheard of for a Kickstarter hardware campaign. Company co-founders Taylor Umphreys, Sid Bhargava and Ben Chang must’ve done enough to convince its seed investors (including Menlo Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Logitech, DeNA and more) it will be successful with its initial shipping run, however. The startup is also launching a second batch of pre-orders via its website today, with an early 2015 target ship date.
Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion | TechCrunch
When Pluralsight started in 2004, the company was primarily focused on the professional programmer looking to improve their skills and stay on top of the latest technology trends, but over time its role expanded as programmers began bringing the curriculum to companies to request that their bosses actually pay for the training. In part that’s thanks to some $70 million in acquisitions the company completed over the course of 2013 and 2014 including the purchases of PeepCode, Tekpub, TrainSignal, and Digital-Tutors.
How California's New Smartphone Kill Switch Law Will Affect You
Any smartphone that is manufactured on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date, shall include a technological solution at the time of sale, to be provided by the manufacturer or operating system provider, that, once initiated and successfully communicated to the smartphone, can render the essential features of the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user when the smartphone is not in the possession of an authorized user. The smartphone shall, during the initial device setup process, prompt an authorized user to enable the technological solution. The technological solution shall be reversible, so that if an authorized user obtains possession of the smartphone after the essential features of the smartphone have been rendered inoperable, the operation of those essential features can be restored by an authorized user. A technological solution may consist of software, hardware, or a combination of both software and hardware, and when enabled, shall be able to withstand a hard reset or operating system downgrade and shall prevent reactivation of the smartphone on a wireless network except by an authorized user.
This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months | Business | WIRED
In April 2013, Levels sold most of his possessions—everything that couldn’t fit into a single carry-on—and booked a flight to Thailand. It took him awhile to get any real work done. Several ideas fell by the wayside. “I’d work on them for a long time, trying to get them perfect, then I’d move on to the next thing,” he says. “I was always scared to launch.” He settled on the 12 Startups in 12 Months gimmick so that he would actually see his ideas through. This past March, he launched his first service, Play My Inbox.
User-Generated Content Portal Wikia Raises Another $15M To Crack Into Asia | TechCrunch
Other strategic investors in this round that are pushing the drive into Asia include Asuka Investments, owned by Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Chairman of KADOKAWA Corporation – one of Japan’s largest publishers of anime, comic book and video games; Tose – a silent force behind the video game market that has developed thousands of first party games for leading Japanese and global video game publishers; and Suneight – a boutique investment firm that helped Wikia arrange a portion of Japanese investment; and Nobuyuki Idei – the former CEO of Sony that is the founder of Quantum Leaps.
Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All | TechCrunch
While Zocalo is aimed at the enterprise crowd, many of whom are still paying for legacy, on-premise solutions, it is to some extent a competitor with consumer-first services like Dropbox, which is now trying to stretch itself further into the “Pro” and business markets where it’s up against other cloud storage rivals like Box and Google Drive.
Datavu: Useful Unix commands for exploring data
While dealing with big genetic data sets I often got stuck with limitation of programming languages in terms of reading big files. Also sometimes it is not convenient to load the data file in Python or R in order to perform few basic checks and exploratory analysis. Unix commands are pretty handy in these scenarios and often takes significantly less time in execution.
Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app lets you create super-smooth time-lapse videos
Then it’s simply a case of saving it to your camera roll and sharing it with friends, or posting it on Instagram from within the app, in which case you’ll have to choose a 15-second segment as that’s the maximum length the media-sharing service allows.
Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?: David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking
Chase, he wouldn't tell. For him, that kind of obsession is as misguided as asking, "What happened to the Russian in 'Pine Barrens'?" — a reference to a season-three episode in which two men in Tony's crew, Christopher Moltisanti and Paulie Walnuts, drive a Russian mobster they have severely beaten up to the snow-covered New Jersey Pine Barrens to kill and dispose of him. Moltisanti and Walnuts are stunned when the Russian not only musters the energy to escape, but also disappears without a trace in a hail of bullets as they try to recapture him. It's an early "did he die?" series moment. In response to audience agitation to know what became of the mobster, and even the lobbying of Terry Winter, who wrote the episode, to give the incident closure in a subsequent episode, Chase replied, "I don't give a fuck about the Russian." Chase clearly meant that disappearance to be one of life's loose threads.
Alibaba First-Quarter Profit Triples Ahead of IPO
Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Alibaba’s profit jumped in the first quarter as advertisers boosted spending on the Tmall and Taobao Chinese e-commerce platforms ahead of its initial public offering. Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky and Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson report on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)
10 new Rockstar Verified Jobs in GTA5 (That's What She Said)
We're probably not using that joke correctly. "That's What She Said" is one of the new Rockstar Verified Jobs in Grand Theft Auto Online . It's a Race for Sports Cars dealio featuring a broken-down trainyard and a "final huge leap from the freeway back to the finishing line," as Rockstar describes it. That's What She Said joins nine other new jobs in today's update.
Jobs include the racers Code 13-91, Rebel Rodeo, Brand's Snatch, Hit the Apex, Tittie Twister and That's What She Said, plus the capture maps Hold: Operation Interrupt and Raid: Claustrophobia, and deathmatches Urban Jungle and Rail Yard, Railed Out. Read run-downs of the new jobs on the Rockstar Newswire.
T-Mobile adds Songza, Rdio, others to Music Freedom; Google Play Music 'later this year'
T-Mobile announced Music Freedom as its latest "Uncarrier" endeavor back in June, and immediately gave subscribers the opportunity to vote for future additions. There's just one problem: the streaming service that overwhelmingly earned the most votes still isn't part of Music Freedom. T-Mobile says Google Play Music is the most requested service among its customers, but as of today, streaming music from Google will still affect your overall data usage. The carrier insists it's "on track" to add support for Google Play Music later this year.
Standalone Xbox One Kinect Sensor: October 7 for $149.99
Microsoft today announced plans to sell the Xbox One Kinect sensor separately. The standalone option comes with Dance Central Spotlight (available as a digital download with 10 tracks) and is set to go on sale on October 7 for $149.99.
Google Eyes Giant Offices in Historic Los Angeles Airplane Hangar
A massive former airplane hangar just north of Los Angeles International Airport was home to construction of the world’s largest airplane in the 1940s and then hosted filming for movies including “Independence Day” and “Transformers.”
3D-Printed ‘Bump Key’ Can Open Almost Any Lock | TechCrunch
Bump keys are primitive tools used by locksmiths (and HAXoRZ) to knock open simple locks. Until now, many locks were secure simply because they were too complex to be bumped and, as a result, you had a bit of security by obscurity. That’s all changing.
Dragon Age: Inquisition 4-player co-op revealed, separate to campaign
FOUR HEROES ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
BIOWARE BRINGS COOPERATIVE MULTIPLAYER TO
DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION
Four Player Co-op Questing Allows Dragon Age Fans To Play Together for the First Time
CHECK OUT THE DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION MULITPLAYER TRAILER:
August 27, 2014 - EDMONTON, Alberta – BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced the cooperative dungeon crawling multiplayer mode in Dragon Age™: Inquisition. Created alongside the massive single player campaign, this marks the first time gamers can play with their friends in the Dragon Age franchise. The multiplayer mode in Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature action-packed four player cooperative quests separate from the single player open world story.
"For Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition's party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system," said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare.
Twitter's CEO defends Snapchat's $10B valuation
Riffing on Twitter last night, CEO Dick Costolo offered up what appears to be an official endorsement for Snapchat and the ephemeral app’s $10 billion valuation .
U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung
Samsung is still appealing the result of a blockbuster 2012 trial over a separate batch of patents, with Samsung seeking to undo $930 million in damages. And while Apple says those damages should stand, the iPhone maker is no longer asking an appeals court to revive its bid for a permanent sales ban against several older Samsung phones.
Why More Companies Should Submit To Peer Review | TechCrunch
Academia is governed by a process called “peer review,” which ensures research is validated and reasoning is sound. More simply, it weeds out the real insights from the fluff. Meanwhile, most corporate data (think surveys, white papers), is made public after only an internal, inherently biased review. With recent backlash toward Facebook’s emotions experiment , being cognizant and transparent with data is more important than ever.
The Last of Us Remastered update adds new weapons, multiplayer battlegrounds
The Last of Us is coming to the PlayStation 4 in the form of The Last of Us Remastered. In addition to technical and visual updates, The Last of Us Remastered includes an exclusive director’s commentary for all in-game cinematics featuring Creative Director and Writer, Neil Druckmann; Voice Actor, Troy Baker, who plays Joel; and BAFTA Award winning Voice Actress, Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie. Major content releases such as the single-player expansion Left Behind will also be included with The Last of Us Remastered.
Microsoft removes 1500 apps from Windows Store, will refund anyone who purchased them - Neowin
While they said that most developers have been receptive to the changes and had good intentions, by agreeing to change their current app, others have not been happy about the change. Because of this, Microsoft has removed over 1500 apps as a part of this review and will refund any money spent by consumers on these apps since they were determined to be misleading.
Apple offering iPhones on AT&T Next installment plans through online store, but no Verizon or T-Mobile financing (yet)
I do hope that Verizon gets added before the iPhone 6 launch (Sure I could do it from Verizon’s page, but). Unfortunately I think I will need to go this route if I want the iPhone 6 on launch day. My normal upgrade date is 9/21 – two days after the launch. And since carriers are offering this option now I am not expecting Verizon to grant me an early upgrade like in years past.
Upcoming Gigaom event: Negotiating an exit after your seed round is crowdfunded
You exceeded your crowdfunding goal and are set to move forward with your new product. You have the starter capital to produce your nifty IoT product and the initial built-in clientele. But what happens when the funding runs out and a second round of investment is needed? How do you handle investors who invested equity before the crowdfunding? And as the business piques the interest of buyers, how do you consider an exit?
Instagram’s new app has captured people’s imaginations. But does Hyperlapse live up to the hype?
But just because the app is a cool little feature that makes video storytelling more fun doesn’t mean it will necessarily succeed with the masses. Instagram followed the current trend of app unbundling, deciding to release Hyperlapse as a separate experience instead of incorporating the feature into the current Instagram app and cluttering up the user experience. It makes sense, but without appearing automatically in the 200 million monthly active Instagram users’ apps, Hyperlapse will have an uphill battle to fight for gaining mindshare.
Nutanix Lands $140M On $2B+ Valuation, IPO Could Be Next | TechCrunch
Nutanix , a five-year old converged infrastructure provider, announced $140M in Series E funding today, based on a whopping $2B+ valuation. The funding comes from the two biggest Boston public market investors, which chose to remain nameless (but Boston isn’t that big so we’re probably talking Wellington Management and Fidelity).
Twitter Now Lets Anyone Check How Many People Saw Their Tweets
The dashboard lets users see how many impressions each tweet has received (how many times users saw the tweet on Twitter), the number of favorites their tweet has received, how many times others have clicked on their profiles, and the number of retweets and replies on a certain tweet. It also shows how many times users engaged with a tweet and what that engagement was.
Twitter wants everyone to know how many people read their tweets
Publishers and verified users have been able to track view counts on organic tweets since last month , but Twitter is looking to make that data more widely accessible. Today, the microblogging social network revealed that this analytics feature is no longer limited to people or companies with a tiny blue check mark on their profile. The tweet activity dashboard is now also available to users who are active primarily in English, Japanese and Spanish, and have had an account for longer than two weeks. And don't worry, support for additional languages is coming -- Twitter let it be known that it is working to bring its tool to everyone sometime "soon." So, there it is, now you won't have to wonder if anyone's actually reading those thoughtful (and wonderful) tweets of yours.
Pandora Radio Comes to Google Glass
Google Glass Explorers now have a new way to listen to music through Glass. Pandora rolled out its first Glass app Wednesday, which allows users to control their stations via voice commands.
Google’s Self-Driving Cars Still Face Many Obstacles | MIT Technology Review
Google’s cars can detect and respond to stop signs that aren’t on its map, a feature that was introduced to deal with temporary signs used at construction sites. But in a complex situation like at an unmapped four-way stop the car might fall back to slow, extra cautious driving to avoid making a mistake. Google says that its cars can identify almost all unmapped stop signs, and would remain safe if they miss a sign because the vehicles are always looking out for traffic, pedestrians and other obstacles.
'Dragon Age: Inquisition' Has Co-Op Multiplayer Mode, Microtransactions
Look, I know this looks interesting enough but let me explain why this multiplayer and microtransaction business is still downright disgusting. This whole debacle means that there was some serious time and manpower invested into generating assets for the multiplayer; the ultimate point is this: whichever money you spent in your microtransaction multiplayer is money you didn’t invest on making the single player as awesome as it could be. As a consumer I find this deeply concerning since I have historically played Bioware games for the single player experience. The -only- thing I want from Bioware is a mindblowing single player experience, and the fact that they’ve taken time to develop this shows how little they understand or even care about what me and a considerable chunk of their long time costumers want; all so they can tack in a multiplayer that cannot hold a candle to an RPG game a multiplayer mechanic at the core of the game design, a game that is infinitely close to both our hearts, Dark Souls. I came here for an epic story and tactical gameplay, and I don’t want a single cent of my sixty dollars (more like 76 since I live in Mexico) to go to some multiplayer crap, From Software delivers a far superior experience and I don’t appreciate any half baked attempts to take off resources from the single player experience I’m paying for.
Find your voice against gender violence
This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.
Startup lessons from the Knight News Challenge: Make damn sure you fill a market need
The Knight Foundation looked at the 28 media-focused startups it funded as part of its News Challenge competition in 2010 and 2011 and came up with some useful lessons for those who might want to follow in their footsteps
LG G Watch R Will Offer A Circular Smartwatch With Android Wear In Q4 2014 | TechCrunch
The G Watch R also includes an optical heart rate sensor, which is present on the Samsung Gear Live but absent on the original G Watch, and supports 22mm watch bands (it ships with a calfskin leather black strap, too). It’ll run Android Wear, of course, and has a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and barometer built-in. IP67 rating means that it has the same dust and water resistance as the Galaxy S5, which includes the ability to be submerged for up to 30 minutes in water up to a meter deep.
11 Life Lessons From Mr. Feeny
The Boy Meets World mentor was always there to guide his students through problems, whether they were related to life or English literature. From grade school to college, Mr. Feeny was a beacon of wisdom.
Cotap, A WhatsApp For The Workplace, Adds Box, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive And Desktop App | TechCrunch
Cotap , a startup founded by former Yammer executives Jim Patterson and Zack Parker that launched last year with the premise of becoming a “ WhatsApp for the workplace “, is today unveiling a new build of its product, and a wider remit. Cotap is going beyond mobile messaging and moving into file sharing, with integrations with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive; adding web and desktop apps (native to Mac first) to use Cotap when you are not on a smartphone or tablet; and releasing updated mobile apps for iOS and Android.
SAS Analytics U | SAS
In addition to world-class analytical software, SAS Analytics U also offers a variety of resources and ways to connect with fellow SAS Analytics U-sers (See what we did there?).
iPhone 6 Release Date slated for September 16th to 19th
There was exactly 10 days between the announcement of the iPhone 5s, which took place on September 10th, and its release date on September 20th, so this rumor does make sense from a timing perspective. If the iPhone 6 is introduced on September 9th as expected, its on-sale date of September 19th would also be a 10-day window.
Take Forza Horizon 2 out for a test drive next month
Forza Horizon 2 follows the 2012 spin-off Forza Horizon, and is primarily being developed by the same studio, Playground Games. Forza Horizon 2 is expected to launch this fall.
The next-gen racer will be set in southern Europe and base its events around a music festival. It's the second game in the series to launch on Xbox One, the first being Turn 10's Forza 5, which launched with the console in November.
The Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 is being developed by Playground Games, whereas the Xbox 360 version is in development by Sumo Digital, creator of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. Playground is collaborating with Turn 10 for the next-gen game, sharing some tech and staff to develop the game.
Jack Ma Emerges as China’s Richest Man Before Alibaba IPO
“Whether it’s Pony Ma or Jack Ma who becomes China’s richest man depends on whether you favor Tencent or Alibaba,” IResearch’s Wang said, referring to Tencent’s Ma by his nickname. “Baidu is also another strong competitor. So Robin Li also has the same potential to become China’s richest man.”
Uber Eyes Aggressive Expansion In Germany Despite Bans
It plans to move into Cologne and Stuttgart later this year, and is also eyeing Nuremberg, Bonn, Essen, Dortmund and Potsdam. From now until the end of the year, it expects to double the number of subscribed users in Germany, after growing fivefold so far in 2014, the company said.
10 Really (Ahem) Creative Nike+ Running Routes
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The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos | Raw File | WIRED
Big Fish, small fish - Sri Lanka´s stiltfishermen, Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Midigama; Former fishermen Gigi sits in his shelter on the road and waits for tourist, that will pay him and his brother to climb up their stilt. He last time went fishing some 20 years ago as there are simply no fish left in this strip of the coast. The 2004 tsunami tore down his house and killed several family members. Thus, he is now still in the situation to care for his own income.
Die Stelzenfischer: Asien, Sri Lanka, South Province, Midigama. Der ehemalige Fische G.G. sitzt in seiner Huette am Strassenrand und wartet auf Touristen, die fuer Fotos mit ihm oder seinem Bruder auf den Stelzen vor der Kueste gutes Geld bezahlen. Geangelt hat GG seit zwanzig Jahren nicht mehr. Es gibt vor seinem Strandabschnitt einfach keine Fische mehr.
Peking University Implants First 3D Printed Vertebra
The patient, a 12 year old boy, had a malignant tumour in his spinal cord. After hours of specialized spinal cord surgery, doctors replaced a section of cancerous vertebra in his neck with the 3D printed piece.
Why Synthetic Marijuana Is More Toxic To The Brain Than Pot
Synthetic cannabis is made in underground labs, often in China, and probably elsewhere. The only consistent thing is that there’s no quality control in the formulation process. “Is Crazy Monkey today the same as Crazy Monkey tomorrow?” Prather asks. “No way. The makers take some random herb, and spray it with cannabinoid. They’re probably using some cheap sprayer to spray it by hand. How MUCH synthetic cannabis is in there? You have no idea how much you’re getting.” He adds that there are almost always “hot spots” present in the drug – places where the drug is way more concentrated than others. “Plus, there’s almost always more than one synthetic cannabinoid present in these things – usually four or five different ones.” The bottom line: There’s no telling what you’re getting in a bag of Spice or K-2.
CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends | TechCrunch
Making plans with friends can be like herding cats. Finding out who’s available when and trying to get everyone to agree on a place to meet at a certain time is one of the most problematic issues facing this current generation. Unfortunately, most of today’s messaging and calendaring options are insufficiently prepared to deal with this problem. But CalPal is.