Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support | TechCrunch
Android Wear is getting its first big update , with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home.
Bitcasa nixes unlimited storage plan as it upgrades its infrastructure
The updated storage plan comes at a time when Bitcasa has been busy upgrading its storage infrastructure to make it faster to use and more stable and scalable. As part of the upgrade, users will need to download new Bitcasa apps and then migrate their old data to the new platform. They have until November 15, 2014 to do so or they will lose all of their data.
Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application | TechCrunch
In the Apps & Games section, which is laid out like any other mobile app store with big featured listings at the top, various promotions, top free and grossing apps, recommendations, and more, you can tap on an app listing to be taken to the app’s page. From here, you’ll see a standard listing with screenshots, a video (if provided), a description, and reviews alongside a button that says “Free” or shows the price of the download, if the app is paid.
The Queen Tweets! Or Does She?
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said it was unlikely the queen would be tweeting on a regular basis. The British monarch doesn’t have her own account. Nor did the queen type the historic tweet herself, the spokesman said. “The queen approved the text and then subsequently sent it,” he said.
Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay | TechCrunch
Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners.
Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases - CNET
Speck's CandyShell Inked iPhone 6 cases are due to ship soon (we received an early sample) with striking new designs. The Inked was one of our favorite cases for the iPhone 5/5S and it's also a winner for the 6 and 6 Plus.
Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out of China
Privacy concerns have emerged as a crucial issue for Xiaomi, which has grown in less than five years to be ranked as one of the largest smartphone makers in the world by market share in the second quarter of this year. As it seeks to further its international push, it will likely continue to face such worries as long as it keeps its data stored in China, a country that is frequently accused of cyberwarfare .
Facebook built a forum platform for your smartphone inside the new Rooms app - The Next Web
In the 1990s and early 2000s I was the member of a couple car forums. First Honda forums and then a Subaru forum. I used these forums mostly for technical information. Where to buy used engines and transmission, the best gas for turbo-charged vehicles, how to remove the airbag on a Del Sol without it exploding in my face.
Here’s why you only have a 0.2% chance of getting hired at Google
Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7,000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock joined in 2006 from General Electric, Google’s hiring process was even more daunting—especially since the company’s future was by no means a sure thing.
Microsoft sees Surface revenue soar to $908M in Q1 2015, Xbox console sales grow 102%
“Customers are embracing our latest technologies from Surface Pro 3 and Office 365 to Azure and SQL Server,” Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in a statement. “Through great execution by our sales teams and our partners, we have been able to deliver our truly differentiated value to the marketplace.”
Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes | TechCrunch
Apple doesn’t have to make money on music . It’s just a loss leader for or way to entice sales of its high-margin iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs. That, combined with its industry clout, means when it relaunches iTunes with streaming, it may be able to negotiate a much cheaper subscription rate, such as $5 a month rather than the $10 Spotify charges.
Bitcasa Pulls the Plug on Infinite Storage
Instinctively, this doesn’t seem like an awful lot of time to give users – not only can it take a while to transfer up to 10TB of data (or more if you’re an ‘Infinite’ user), but what if someone is offline for the next few weeks – it’s easy to miss the memo and they could return to find all their files are gone.
iPhone 6 owners demand answers on 'bendgate' - Telegraph
One user from Japan listed on the website seems to claim that his phone was
slightly bent when it arrived in the box. Another user, listed as number
150, said: ”I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about a month, and I have been
extremely careful with it. I had it in my front pocket for a short time on
Saturday and the top 1/5 is bent. I called Apple to find out about a
replacement since I heard on the news that this is a problem. The employee
acted like it was just an internet hoax. I can assure you, it is not a
App developer claims Apple sent his company porn to prove its app could be used to find naughty pics
“So please help me get the word to the upper echelon at Apple who would probably be as shocked as I am that they are sending porn to their customers,” he wrote. “There is a much better way to protect people from offensive material. It starts with not violating your own policy.”
iPad mini 3 gets the teardown treatment, reveals glued Touch ID Home button and low repairability score
The group at iFixit has managed to get their hands on an iPad mini 3, and subsequently torn it apart — in a very professional manner, of course. And in their digging, iFixit found that the changes to the newest iPad mini are minimal at best. However, they did find that Apple’s new Touch ID-fused Home button is “hastily glued” to the front panel, which they note makes the repairability of the iPad mini 3 harder than it has to be.
Only in China: Open a Bank Account, Get an iPhone 6
Investors who deposit 37,000 yuan ($5,968) in a three-year wealth-management product or 23,500 yuan in a five-year product can get an iPhone 6 with 16 GB of storage, according to a flier advertising the promotion from a Ping An Bank branch in Beijing. Fans of the big-screen iPhone 6 Plus can get the gadget if they invest 45,300 yuan in a three-year wealth-management product or 28,500 yuan in a five-year product.
Funding Daily: Today's tech funding news, in one place
Meet Charlie , a tool that could potentially replace half of a PR intern’s job. You see, Charlie briefs you on the person you’re about to meet or chat with — just like those “briefing sheets” PR interns spend hours every month or week putting together for their clients before a battery of reporters interview them in carefully scheduled 30-minute slots. Charlie has just raised $1.7 million in new funding, but not from PR interns for obvious reasons.
Smash Bros. for Wii-U Opening Cinematic - IGN Video
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Sprint's 'iPhone for Life' plan to offer annual upgrade - CNET
It's just the latest offer from the suddenly active Sprint, which under new CEO Marcelo Claure has been relentless in rolling out new plans and promotions. The original iPhone for Life plan was intended to let Sprint stand out in a period where it typically suffered higher subscriber losses as customers looking for an iPhone switched to a rival carrier. With the annual upgrade option, Sprint is upping the ante.
Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR
Broadcasters put the final nail in the coffin of Aereo as a live-streaming TV service Thursday, but a judge’s ruling could open the door to it operating as a cloud-DVR service.
A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed | WIRED
Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert networks, and in some cases, they can be kinda helpful. But these myriad services have never lived up to their billing. The quality of the counsel on these sites is inconsistent—”expert” so often seems a misnomer—and even with a site like JustAnswer, which aims to provide helpful counsel in real-time, you so rarely get the answers you want when you want them.
Watch the first trailer for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan didn't work out. Shortly after a poor quality version of the entire trailer leaked online, Marvel decided to publish an official teaser trailer on YouTube. The two-minute video shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.
Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees | TechCrunch
A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital. The product emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries.
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Get the Scientific 7-Minute Workout on Any Device with This Web App
The web app, launched by The New York Times and Well Workouts, guides you through each of the 12 exercises with female or male voiceover and times each exercise along with a resting period in between. If you have some dumbbells around—and you're looking for even more of a challenge—you can try the Advanced 7-Minute Workout with 9 different exercises. To use the web app, just head to this link, and either click or tap Begin Workout. Save the link to your favorites or add the link to your phone or tablet's home screen and you're good to go. Just be sure to use proper form to avoid injury and get all the benefits.
Up to 8 players brawl in Super Smash Bros. Wii U
According to today's Nintendo Direct stream, when Super Smash Bros. hits the Wii U it will boast "the highest quality visuals" the series has ever seen running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. That's a good thing too, as you'll need those extra pixels to contain the game's simultaneous 8-player brawls.
The inclusion of an 8-player Smash mode comes with two caveats: 8-person melees are only available when playing offline and not all stages are eligible for that many combatants. Instead, the game features specially-designed, extra large stages to accommodate all those fighters. As you can see from the Nintendo Direct archive video below the break, even these designated stages quickly grow very chaotic when eight fighters are duking it out.
Super Smash Bros. (8/13/2014)
'Facebook Killer' Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Free Forever | WIRED
Upstart social network Ello took the internet by storm this past month, and a big part of its appeal lies with a promise that, unlike Facebook, it will never sell ads to users. Now, it’s using a novel legal maneuver to ensure that it will actually live up that promise.
A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role
On Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, at a restaurant down at Fisherman’s Wharf, for a conversation on how to fund energy innovation and what Silicon Valley’s future role can be. Moniz became Secretary of Energy a year and a half ago, following Steven Chu, after decades as a physics and engineering professor at MIT and a stint as the Under Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration.
Can we build a better brain? - THE BIG FUTURE
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These Vintage Halloween Costumes Will Scare the Sheet Out of You
In an era of body modifications, animatronic masks and advanced cosplay, it's worth remembering that sometimes all you need to generate a sensation of utter terror is a pumpkin, a sheet and a very long stick.
Sharp Aquos Crystal Review - IGN
The Edgeless Display forced Sharp to make some rather interesting decisions to other parts of the phone's design as well. The front-facing camera, for example, is located on the bottom bezel, so when launching the camera app users are advised to hold the phone upside down to make the most of their selfies. Far more intuitive, though, is the device's speaker when handling calls. The speaker is placed directly beneath the display, with Sharp fine-tuning the technology so that sound resonates throughout the entire screen. When using the handset to listen to a call, I was able to place my ear anywhere on the screen and listen to the other end without any issues. Call quality was noticeably better than my LG G2 for both myself and the recipient of my call, but well below the high-fidelity audio heard with newer technologies like Verizon's HD Voice. When utilizing speaker phone or bumping music without a headset, however, sound traveled through a standard speaker on the rear side of the device.
Our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Fitness band data show workouts peak on Mondays
Fitness band data show workouts peak on Mondays
After falling off diets and exercise regimes all weekend, people start the new week with a flourish of exercise, running, walking or hitting the the gym. And then their habits gradually deteriorate as the week progresses, data from Jawbone UP users show.
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Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery
A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world’s first ever graphene 3D-printed battery, heralding an era when consumers will be able to produce their own homemade power sources.
What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)
It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give the king a little bird, a starling. Starlings, Shakespeare knew, can mimic sounds and repeat words over and over, and this starling, the friend says, "shall be taught to speak nothing but "Mortimer" — so when the king accepts his gift bird, from then on, he'll hear nothing but the name he loathes, "Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer ... "
Apple Plans More Stores in China
BEIJING—Apple Inc. plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Thursday.
J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a 'Harry Potter' Story on Halloween
The new story will provide a 1,700-word backstory about Umbridge, including new details, plus Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character," the Pottermore announcement reads. (You can't view the announcement without a membership to Pottermore .)
Constantine: "Non Est Asylum" Review - IGN
It isn't long though before Constantine's called back into action and must save a young woman, Liv (True Blood's Lucy Griffiths), from a demon who's out to kill her and make off with her soul. Everything happens rather fast in this pilot episode actually. There are a lot of "rules" that need to be addressed on this series, so that he audience can understand the playing field, and so "Non Est Asylum" wastes little time in getting into the thick of it. That being the world of demons, angels, black magic, those born with innate mystical abilities, and some sort of oncoming/upcoming mega-onslaught of evil spirits.
Paul Allen Ups His Funding to Fight Ebola to at Least $100 Million
“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Allen said in a statement. “To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a global epidemic, we must pool our efforts to raise the funds, coordinate the resources and develop the creative solutions needed to combat this problem. I am committed to doing my part in tackling this crisis.”
You can now pay for a Hailo cab without cash even if you hailed on the street - CNET
The new Pay with Hailo feature brings this in-app billing even to cabs you didn't book via the app. So all you have to do is flag down a taxi on the street, and -- as long as it's a Hailo cab -- you can jump in, whip out your phone and connect the app to the cab in question. Tap the Pay with Hailo button and set a tip and there's no need to produce any cash. Paying this way does incur a 50p charge. As when booking through the app you receive an electronic receipt.
This Is the Microsoft Branding for Future Lumia Devices
Earlier this week, we got confirmation of what everyone was assuming anyway – that Microsoft will use the ‘Microsoft Lumia’ brand for its range of smartphones but we were left with questions over what the actual devices would be branded with.
Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365
Even though Microsoft's profits went down to $4.3 billion during the quarter, in comparison to $5.2 billion from the same quarter last year, the company said during today's conference call that it is rather confident about the outlook of both its enterprise and consumer segments. And, if these recent figures are any indication, it very well should be.
20 best Android apps and games this week
Skylanders Trap Team (Free + IAP) You need a recent Android device – a list is provided on the Google Play store – and 2.5GB of free space to install the new Skylanders team, but it’s worth the hassle. This is a proper, full Skylanders game, complete with its own joypad and tablet stand to use with the Skylanders figures. New to the game? It’s a monster-battling fest aimed at children, with new features including the ability to trap beasts then play as them.
The scariest games to play this Halloween - CNET
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AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one
Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model , you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM card swap in sight. It seemed pretty brilliant, really: you get the ability to pick a data plan that works best for you even if it's not from the same carrier each time, and Apple no longer has to juggle different iPad models for different carrier partners. Alas, if only everyone played by the same rules. At first we thought the only caveat was that Verizon hasn't thrown its support behind Apple's split-personality SIM, but it turns out if you sign up for a spot of surfing with AT&T, you won't be able to switch to any other network without procuring another Apple SIM. Just lovely, no?
With New App, Facebook Harkens Back to Internet 1.0
A Facebook spokesman said Facebook does not identify the devices that use Rooms, so it won’t know whether a Rooms user is a Facebook user or who they are. But he said Facebook might consider doing so in the future to better understand who is using the app. That would allow Facebook to know the real name of Rooms participant using a pseudonym, for example, but the spokesman said Facebook would never share a user’s identity.
Ouija Review - IGN
Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke makes for an appealing lead, doing what she can with the rote nature of her role, but even she can't breathe much life into some of the movie's more banal scenes. The rest of the young, pretty faced-cast are one-dimensional fodder, but to their credit it's really more their characters that are the problem and not the actors. With Zelda Rubinstein now on the other side, Insidious' Lin Shaye has become the horror genre's go-to-old lady and, although only in two scenes, she gives the movie a jolt when it needs it most as the aforementioned asylum patient.
Apple iTunes Sees Big Drop in Music Sales
The growing availability of cheap music—from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans—is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc. Music sales at Apple’s iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from...
How to watch today's partial solar eclipse - CNET
But if you're thinking of stepping outside to take it in, you'll need to take precautions -- DO NOT look directly at the sun. "It is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse, without the proper equipment and techniques," NASA warns.