Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games | TechCrunch
While the game is free to play and gamers can advance naturally through HonorBound without having to pay for anything, JuiceBox does have ways to separate players from their cash. PLayers are able to buy heroes in the game, instead of having to capture them, or buy experience, resources and tools, and money. “Everything is for sale, but nothing is only for sale,” says Martinez.
Destiny Beta Played By 4.6 Million Gamers
“This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what’s to come. We’re counting down the days to our launch day, September 9th.”
Research Investments Surge, but Beijing Hasn’t Approved Any GM Crop Since 2009 | MIT Technology Review
Despite the regulatory uncertainties, Chinese researchers have quintupled their output of plant science papers in the past decade amid annual funding increases that are the envy of counterparts in other nations. “We can do research—we have enough of financial support—but I don’t know if Chinese scientists can produce the product. The government should give us clearer guidelines or information on which direction we could go further,” says Caixia Gao, who heads a gene-editing research group at the State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology in Beijing.
France's Iliad Confirms Offer For T-Mobile, Shares Spike
The Journal's report said the offer from Iliad was made less than a week ago, but said it was unclear what response T-Mobile's board has had to the offer.
Martha Stewart is hooked on drones - CNET
The lifestyle goddess muses about the wonder that flying machines have brought into her life -- and could bring into yours.
USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect
The kicker is that it's virtually impossible to check whether a device's firmware has been tampered with, and even if it was, there's no single trusted version of it to check against. It's also worth pointing out that it can travel both ways: a USB stick could infect a computer with its malware, say, and the PC could then infect any USB device plugged into it.
Exclusive Interview: Best Buy CEO Says Tablet Sales Are "Crashing," Hope for PCs
@dsilinski Best Buy is not the first to mention this. It's been going on since the middle of last year. Tablets have saturated, even faster than I thought they would. The announcement of the death of the PC years ago was incorrect. Something else I said was wrong and the PC would never be dead. It was simply economy and saturation that slowed sales to a more equitable level. Tablets were niche, and will soon slow even more. Most tablets are junk, or fail to provide any real usability for the majority. Sure, some are good and some users can get at least something out of them. But the majority don't, and the overpriced device ends up collecting dust.
CIA Admits It Snooped On Senate Computers
According to Feinstein, the dustup centers around the full CIA internal review document concerning the "enhanced interrogation" tactics used by the CIA on detainees. As part of an agreement during the investigation, the CIA had granted access to Senate staffers to a partial copy of the report at a secure CIA location on CIA computers. Later, though, it turns out the CIA got cold feet about some of what it had allowed the Senate to see, and importantly, to transport off the premises.
David Lynch’s New Ad for Nail Polish Is as Weird as You’d Expect | Design | WIRED
Twin Peaks , the 1990s David Lynch television show that garnered a rabid cult following, recently turned 25. The anniversary came and went, and the barrage of retrospective essays and trivia nights went with it. To stave off any Lynch-ian withdrawals, we suggest you direct your attention to the avant-garde director’s latest work: a commercial for $50-a-bottle Christian Louboutin nail polish.
LinkedIn Beats The Street In Q2 On Sales Of $511M, EPS Of $0.51 | TechCrunch
Marketing solutions and premium subscriptions were roughly equal in their revenue contribution at $106 million and $105 million, respectively, both up 44% and each accounting for 20% of overall sales. We’ll listen in to the conference call in a bit to see whether LinkedIn or analysts have anything to say on this front. One thing I would point out is that although LinkedIn is trying to position itself as a community platform and a place to visit more than when you are looking for a job (or to hire someone), it seems like this remains at the heart of its business. (And to be clear it is not one that it is ignoring — witness the company’s acquisition of Bright to boost its job listings.)
Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones | TechCrunch
The Microsoft- Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex , an advertising company that services the mobile platform.
Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase | TechCrunch
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Buying Madbits, Twitter Wants Image-Search Super Powers | Enterprise | WIRED
Twitter and Madbits decline to discuss the acquisition, but in a brief message posted to the Madbits website, the company’s founders—Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari—do say that the company has built a “visual intelligence technology that automatically understands, organizes and extracts relevant information from raw media” and that this technology is based on “deep learning,” a form of AI that includes convolutional neural nets. In any event, the video above—which shows off the work of another deep learning startup called DeepMind—goes a long way toward showing what this technology is all about. Deep learning is essentially a way for machines to very rapidly teach them themselves how to do stuff.
Which countries made most 'right to be forgotten' requests? Google reveals all - CNET
Search results that have had links removed also provide a warning notice that some results have been left out. The whole process is similar to the process by which copyrights holders -- movie studios and record labels, for example -- can request that links to copyright-infringing sites be removed. Flagging a potential problem for the new system, Google claims that more than half of requests over copyright are actually made by competitors of the site being targeted.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update to make IE as good as iOS
Microsoft also made a number of other changes, bringing IE in line with some of the other nonstandard or even proprietary features on other browsers. If you're not a web developer, you don't have to do anything. The updates will be delivered as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 Update that rolls out next week to those who have signed up with the developer track. And if you are, Microsoft has set up http://modern.ie/ to help you navigate the process.
The Best Programming Language For You to Learn
The absolute best thing to learn is to learn how to think like a programmer—learn how to solve problems mathematically, with clean and concise code. Coding languages evolve, they change, they fall in and out of favor. One community might morph into another.
The Company Keeping Your Favorite (And Least Favorite) Websites Online
Prince describes himself as a recovering lawyer, but that shortchanges his background. He’s equal parts computer geek, law professor and businessman, all of which coalesce when he’s near a whiteboard and seizes the magic marker opportunity to sketch the architecture of the Internet and the place in it where CloudFlare’s servers sit like a digital bouncer at a website’s door. Prince is a free speech believer who thinks any site with an idea should have the right to express it. Defending unpopular sites or ones that attackers really want to take down and can’t makes the company and its employees frequent targets. Two years ago Prince’s Gmail was hacked by a 15-year-old who bought his Social Security number off a Russian website. Employees’ last names were scrubbed from CloudFlare’s site after a hacker tried to ruin the Google reputation of one, writing in forums that he was a pedophile. “We never press charges because we see ourselves as soldiers, and soldiers don’t complain about being shot at,” says Prince.
BBM for Windows Phone 8 Beta Is Now Available for All
The company said it has tried to pick up on Windows Phone’s own specific UI design, so the app looks a little different compared to its incarnation on other platforms, although it does obviously provide many of the same core features found on the iOS and Android apps.
BitTorrent starts testing Bleep, its new P2P messaging platform
The result is not only a decentralized architecture for Bleep, but also one that could be used by other SIP-compatible clients as well. “As long as the messaging application is using SIP it should be straight-forward, in theory, to switch over from a server-based client to our platform,” explained BitTorrent’s Director of Communications Christian Averill. The company hasn’t set a timetable for integrating third-party services, but Averill said it is open to talk to companies interested in using its P2P technology for messaging.
The 8 Best Sprites in Videogame History | Game|Life | WIRED
Classic gaming consoles could only keep track of a few moving images at a time. Super Mario, the turtle he’s stomping on, the magic mushroom he collects—each of these is a single sprite. On the Nintendo Entertainment System, sprites could be a maximum of 8 by 16 pixels, and could only have four colors each (one of those being a transparency).
Activision reveals Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare special editions
POWER CHANGES EVERYTHING: CALL OF DUTY®: ADVANCED WARFARE COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS UP THE ANTE FOR PLAYERS THIS HOLIDAY
Three Editions, including an Unprecedented Digital Offering, Packed with Epic Content Designed to Provide Ultimate Call of Duty Experience
Atlas Pro Edition Includes Season Pass for Unparalleled Value
Santa Monica, CA - July 29, 2014 - Prepare for a new era of combat. Today, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), revealed details on three collector's edition versions of the highly-anticipated Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. The Atlas Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition and Atlas Digital Pro Edition are infused with specialized content sure to immerse players in the high-tech, advanced future Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty this November.
The Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition are now available for pre-order while supplies last. The Digital Pro Edition will be available for pre-order at a later date. Full details follow.
Inspired by the Atlas Corporation, the leading Private Military Corporation (PMC) in 2054 and lead by the influential Jonathan Irons, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition features an extensive array of both digital and physical content, including a bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, a collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack, a collection of digital content that includes an Atlas-themed exoskeleton, Atlas-themed weaponry, and more.
NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking
The NBA isn't the only professional sports league in the States getting serious about accurate stats accounting . With some help from Zebra Technologies' location system, 17 NFL stadiums will use receivers and RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags inside player's shoulder pads to track movement. The setup provides real-time position data for each player, offering up precise info on acceleration, speed, routes and distance as part of the "Next Gen Stats" initiative for fans . Referees are getting the tags too, in case you've ever wanted more info on those fellas. "Zebra's tracking technology will help teams to evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance, as well as provide ways for our teams and partners to enhance the fan experience," says NFL VP of Media Strategy Vishal Shah. The 15 venues that are hosting Thursday night games are getting outfitted, with Detroit and New Orleans added in to make sure each team gets tallied.
NFL / Zebra Technologies on-field tracking
Portland legalizes Airbnb-style short-term rentals
"We now are mixing commercial and residential," said Robert McCullough, president of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, which advocated delaying the decision for more study. "Most people who sign up will be very responsible ... but it obviously is going to be a bit of a shock when people discover there is a rooming house next door."
SmartThings Wants To Eviscerate The Home Insurance Industry
Hawkinson is particularly bullish on the potential for sensor data to shake up the insurance industry. As homes get more connected, the massive amounts of data they produce will reveal the flaws in actuarial tables. Generically priced (and sky-high) premiums will no longer make sense. Allstate already offers a 25% premium discount for those who sign up for a home monitoring service. “I don’t know if the insurance industry will change their model fast enough,” Hawkinson says. “Smart homes absolutely eviscerate the current system. Insurance is a tax on society. It should be less.”
Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Highway Bridge
One witness, Instagram user pabimoloi , writes in a post, "Saw two giraffes being transported to Pretoria on the highway today. Not sure what the regulations are but as they were going under a normal highway bridge, I saw one of the giraffes hit its head. It was so terrible to see. Hope they got wherever they were going okay."
Nintendo Posts $97M Quarterly Loss Despite Success Of 'Mario Kart 8'
Despite all this, Nintendo believes they will still hit targets like 3.6M Wii Us sold this fiscal year, and $196 million in positive net income. Still, with these numbers, it seems like they’re off to a very slow start. Mario Kart 8 is arguably the biggest game of the coming fiscal year for them, perhaps even more so than Smash Bros. will be, and if 510,000 Wii Us were sold in this quarter, they would have to have a hell of a holiday season to hit that target.
Sony Was Right To Turn Down EA's Video Game Subscription Plan [Update]
First of all, this may not be the only publisher-specific subscription plan offered. Today it’s just EA Access and Sony’s own offerings. But what if in a few months Ubisoft offers a $5 subscription to Ubisoft Infinity for $3.99 a month and then Activision comes out with Activision SuperMegaJoy for $6 a month and then…well, you get the picture.
What You Need To Know About Ebola
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Tips for Measuring and Improving Employee Engagement
On the other hand, companies that do the work to build a positive culture will reap the benefits and increasing employee engagement is a big part of that. Employee engagement, according to experts, drives all the good things an organization needs to thrive - better customer outcomes, better employee retention and increased productivity. "Employee engagement is important because a well-engaged employee means the difference between just showing up or excelling at what they do. With today's increased competition for top-notch talent, and the huge costs to retrain new staff, engagement becomes more important than ever. When engagement is low things can get off track really quick and it can spread like wildfire…best practices are usually the process that falls apart when engagement is low, though best practices are what produce ideal outcomes," says Gabe Zichermann, CEO & Co-Founder of Dopamine and author of The Gamification Revolution.
How I Taught My Kindergartner To Use Her Screen Time For Good
So I decided: If I wanted to show her that she really could get under the Internet’s hood and tweak its engine, the best way would be to show her how to create something better than Google. The idea of how to do it occurs to me when she asks me for ice cream and I point out that there are no ice cream parlors nearby--a fact I seem to point out to her every day at 4:30 p.m.
'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Recap: A Storm of Ridiculousness
Fin already seems on edge — like, disappointed by Hilary Duff's new single -level testy. But his nerves become further frayed when the plane begins experiencing turbulence from a storm. In the bathroom, he attempts to pull himself together, and if this was a 90s teen drama, this is the scene where he would have popped some pills, kicking off a Very Special drug-abuse storyline. But it's not. Boo. So instead, he makes his way back to his seat with his wife-bot, and tries to pull himself together. It doesn't work because he looks out the window and sees ... a SHARK.
Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' is coming next year, and this is its first poster
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is back on. After saying that he would cancel the project earlier this year after its script leaked online, Tarantino has slowly begun hinting that he was coming back around to it, and others involved in the project have even suggested that it's preparing to start shooting. Now an ad in the film magazine Empire confirms as much, promoting the movie with a first poster and a premiere date of 2015. The ad also suggests, as the leaked script did, that Tarantino's upcoming western will shoot in 70mm, a rarely used higher-resolution format that results in some gorgeous images.
How To Hack A New Brain For Your Old Game Boy With Raspberry Pi
With only a slight modification to the original Game Boy enclosure, it turns out the Raspberry Pi model B fits perfectly inside. To get the full sensory experience, the game audio comes through the amplifier, which is hooked up to the Pi and lives inside the Game Boy enclosure. Installing a backlit LED screen requires a little soldering and the controller board needs to be trimmed slightly, but it all fits. The whole thing is wired together and then powered by an external USB battery pack.
No One’s Going to Stop Using Phones in the Car. Here’s How We Make That Safer | Design | WIRED
What we need instead is a call to action, for experience designers to really design for context correctly. There’s certainly no shortage of tools at our disposal. Perhaps cars could include a USB-driven dock (like the Elevation dock, which works for various connectors and devices) that’s within Bluetooth range but not easily accessible to the driver. This would enforce using voice and dash controls, and keep drivers focused on the task at hand (i.e. driving). Car manufacturers could take a page from consumer technology and start pushing regular firmware updates to customers after sale. The ability to connect to a smartphone could encourage them to stop treating in-car interfaces like something embedded in amber, and more like a fluid platform for innovation. I don’t want a Lexus app store, and I really don’t want to worry about rogue apps opening my sunroof at 4 a.m., but I do want interactions that update regularly, and the ability to craft my own menu.
Get Over $900 Worth Of Tools For Digital Artist in the Productive Designer Bundle [Deals Hub]
The creative mind is a beautiful thing–when you can keep it on track. When you see the world in unique and interesting ways, it can be easy to get lost in thought and let the important things slip away. If you need help staying on track and focusing on the work that you’re supposed to be doing, then check out the Productive Designer Bundle. It’s on sale right now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .
LittleBigPlanet 3 launching November 18, pre-orders net costumes and plushies
Sony announced that its DIY platformer sequel LittleBigPlanet 3 has a bundle of free goodies in store for pre-order buyers ahead of its November launch, including exclusive Sackboy plush dolls and a variety of retailer-specific in-game content.
Plunk down some pre-release cash for a physical copy of LittleBigPlanet 3 at participating retailers and you'll get a handsome Sackboy plush, free of charge. Target customers get the same plush with a Sackboy-sized Target hat as a bonus. All PS4 pre-order customers, regardless of their preferred retailer, will additionally receive a batch of in-game costumes inspired by EA's upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition .
The PlayStation 4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3 also boasts unique pre-order costumes available only at select retailers. Players who purchase a copy from GameStop will receive the Mythical Creatures Costume Pack, Best Buy customers get the Hidden Creatures Costume Pack, and Amazon buyers receive the franchise-spanning PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack (shown above).
LittleBigPlanet 3 will make its PlayStation 4 debut on November 18.
iFixit's Oculus Rift teardown finds Samsung display, 40 LEDs - CNET
Oculus, which was purchased by Facebook earlier this month for $2 billion, is only providing the developer-kit prototypes and hasn't yet committed to a launch date for the Rift. Still, its Rift virtual-reality headset has gained enormous attention within the video-game industry, with a bevy of companies lining up to develop applications for the device.
Tesla Announces A Gigafactory Deal, But Not The Factory Location -- Yet
The two expect that they will achieve cost reductions through “ economies of scale previously unobtainable in battery cell and pack production.” The Tesla release notes, “Further price reductions are achieved by manufacturing cells that have been optimized for electric vehicle design, both in size and function, by co-locating suppliers on-site to eliminate packaging, transportation & duty costs and inventory carrying costs, and by manufacturing at a location with lower utility and operating expenses.”
Dragon Age: Inquisition combat trailer burninates the countryside
A new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition doesn't offer new info on the game's combat, but it's encouraging to see BioWare focus on the level of strategy offered by its real-time-with-pausing system. To see more combat in action, watch our new video preview which comes with even more dragon - that's really what it's all about, right? No?
As you probably already know, BioWare's upcoming RPG is now due on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 18 . What you may not know is there's also a delay to Dragon Age Keep , the tool that will let you set up story choices from previous Dragon Ages to carry over in Inquisition . As explained on the BioWare blog , the delay is in keeping with the one for Inquisition , and it'll result in an extended beta program that'll drag on for testers.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Leliana)
Cydia: QuickFolders is quick navigation for iPhone folders
QuickFolders is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to navigate your folders on iPhone with ease, with the ability to tap and hold to open a folder and, in one continuous motion, drag your finger to the app you wish to open and let go. It is a convenient multitouch gesture that could save you a few seconds every time you open a folder.
What it cost one developer to port a game through ID@Xbox
Jamie Fristrom launched Sixty Second Shooter Prime on Xbox One last month, selling it for $5 a pop. Prime is the latest version of Sixty Second Shooter , his game that first launched on the Chrome Web Store and later on PS4 and Vita. To bring Sixty Second Shooter Prime to Xbox One, Fristrom had to spend $5,143 on equipment, permissions and insurance.
Fristrom breaks down the costs in a blog post : Microsoft provides Xbox One dev kits to early adopters of the ID@Xbox program, so those were free, but Fristrom spent $63 shipping one to his partner. Hardware and video capture device costs hit $253, localization (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) cost $729, and maintaining the game's URL cost $19. And then the big-ticket items – errors and omissions insurance cost Fristrom $2,037, and securing ratings on foreign boards (PEGI, USK) cost $2,042.
Microsoft requires developers to have errors and omissions insurance, and Fristrom found the cheapest possible option that covers everything in his contract. "It's not just any E&O Insurance – it has to cover IP and copyright violations, so the cheap E&O Insurance you can easily find online doesn't qualify," he writes.
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky lands on Steam, out today
If you're unfamiliar with Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky , that may be because Nihon Falcom's acclaimed PSP JRPG only headed West towards the end of the system's life cycle. The good news is there's now a new way of playing it, with the trilogy's first chapter coming to Steam later today, courtesy of XSEED.
XSEED is also bringing follow-up Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter to North America on PSP and Steam, but that's gonna take a bit more time to arrive. According to the publisher , the best fans should hope for is "the end of the year."
As for Trails in the Sky , its regular Steam price is $20 but there's a 15 percent first-week sale if you fancy dipping in early. For more on why it's worth a look, read this .
[Thanks, Jason K!]
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
EXCLUSIVE: Payments giant First Data acquires Gyft in an effort to bring digital gift cards to the masses
“We have been building this relationship for a while, and the way I look at it is, once you get to the point where the relationship is good, you ask ‘Why don’t we just do this together?,” Lingham says in an interview with Pando. “We started the company with a mission to digitize and transform the plastic gift card space. The inspiration for this was really Starbucks, and the question, why can’t I do that for all the merchants? But as we were going through the process, it was a lot more complicated than it seemed. Onboarding merchants was a real grind.”
FreedomPop brings free voice, data, and texting to tablets - CNET
Either way, you get the following every month: 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 voice minutes. Free. No strings attached. If you want more of anything, obviously you'll have to pay for it. But given that the average smartphone user consumes only around 750MB of data per month, it's a safe bet many folks will get by just fine on 500MB.
Countries don't own their Internet domains, ICANN says
But the domains aren’t property and don’t belong to the countries they point to, ICANN said. Instead, they’re more like postal codes, “simply the provision of routing and administrative services for the domain names registered within that ccTLD,” which are what let users go to websites and send to email addresses under those domains, ICANN wrote. If ICANN stepped in and reassigned the domains on its own, that would disrupt everyone who uses a domain name that ends in those codes, including individuals, businesses and charitable organizations, the group said.
'Wall-E' animator's adorable Lego robot could collect big - CNET
Angus MacLane, the lead animator for Pixar's "Wall-E" movie, started his Lego Wall-E build in 2005, around the same time the computer model was being created. MacLane finished his work in 2008, and thanks to the Lego Ideas program where anyone can submit new ideas for Lego kits to be considered by the company, he submitted his project for consideration in 2013.
Twitch tries out live concerts with free house music performance tonight
The Aoki concert will begin on his Twitch page tonight at 10PM ET . Twitch doesn't say if there'll be more concerts to follow, but it's apparently seen some interest from the music industry in using its platform. Concert streaming services have come and gone in the past though, so it makes sense for Twitch to step into it slowly. Fortunately for Twitch, it already has a large community, and that community is apparently looking for shows. Twitch says that part of the reason that it's testing the waters with this Aoki concert is because a recent poll of its users found that 80 percent said they were interested in watching live concerts.
Use Android Wear as a remote shutter button - CNET
Here is how to use Android Wear as a remote to snap your smartphone selfies and group shots with ease.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Deemed Best Tablet Display On The Market By Researchers
Microsoft’s Surface hybrid tablet line-up may have been met initially with a lukewarm reception on the company’s first effort out of the gate, costing them a cool $900 million once upon a time, but there is little question that Redmond has been making significant improvements to the product and fleshing out its ecosystem better with each iteration. It also can be said that, from a hardware standpoint, Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro lines have always offered a premium experience, with excellent build quality and top shelf components. Now it appears Microsoft’s design expertise has been underscored by research firm DisplayMate technologies, that cited the Surface Pro 3 as sporting the best tablet display on the market currently in a number of key metrics.