Pinterest Launches A New Analytics Dashboard For Business Users | TechCrunch
For Pinterest, releasing a product that keeps businesses happy and keeps them using its platform can only be a positive. The more they Pin and interact with Pinners, the more likely they are to use some of the services Promoted Pins to boost engagement. And having analytics to show that those Promoted Pins actually work will be key to ensuring that more businesses decide to use them.
MIX for Android Lets You Create And Save Custom Photo Filters | TechCrunch
MIX allows you to save filters as “formulas” in the app. You can see how your photo looks before and after editing by tapping on it to see the original, which is a helpful feature, but one of MIX’s drawbacks is that you can’t undo each step. Hopefully Camera360 will add an undo feature to its next update, because with a total of 200 filters, textures, light leaks, and other effects, it’s a pain if your photo doesn’t quite look the way it should. The app does, however, allow you to save your edits at any point for future use.
Another IPO For Boston: HubSpot Files $100 Million Public Offering
The IPO should be a major win for Boston tech, which is already anticipating a big public offering since ecommerce company Wayfair filed to go public just days ago. The two big investor winners should be area venture capitalists Larry Bohn and David Skok: Bohn’s General Catalyst owns 27.1% of the company, having first invested in 2007. Skok and Matrix Partners joined in 2008 and own 17.1%. West Coast investors aren’t left out, as Scale Venture Partners holds 6.8% and Series D investor Sequoia Capital maintains a 10.3% stake. Charles River Ventures and Google Google Ventures are also holders.
Free Razer PC gear in Joystiq's back to school giveaway
Graduation is a distant memory. Middle school? High school? Undergrad? Daycare? Everyone's leaving their old life behind and getting ready to build a new front of educational righteousness in the near future. Just like mom asked you to, you've made a checklist of necessities. New phone case to prevent backpack breakage! New writing utensils of varying stain power! One used copy of Lord of the Flies ! A totally sweet new PC that you told your entire extended family was for that design class but it's really for Dota 2 !
Alright, that last one is pretty hard to swing. Building a killer PC with all the accoutrements you can imagine is a difficult task. While we can't help with the rig itself, Joystiq and Razer can assist with some accessories. In the spirit of our Back to School feature, we're giving away one Razer Adaro Wireless headset worth $150, one Razer Naga mouse worth $80, and one Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2014 worth $140.
All you have to do to enter is like Joystiq on Facebook using the Rafflecopter widget below before 10AM EST on Wednesday, August 27th. Three random winners will be selected to win the goods.
Report: Gigantic 12.9-inch iPads Are Coming Next Year
Since the iPhone's launch in 2007, Apple has kept screen sizes simple, offering only four options. Now, the company may be taking a different approach. Bloomberg reports that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
Facebook Assault on Google’s DoubleClick Coming This Fall - The Information
Facebook has been pouring resources into Atlas in advance of a big new push with the product, expected to coincide with the Advertising Week trade show in late September, according to three people familiar with the plans. Among the anticipated new features is a so-called “demand-side platform,” a system that lets advertisers make automated bids for ad inventory.
Facebook didn't actually acquire a sound studio, but it did hire audio engineers
Part of Facebook’s overall strategy appears to include creating original audio content, as evident by a handful of recent hires who previously worked at sound studio WaveGroup Sound.
Google fixes image search after 'car crash' bug | ZDNet
Summary: UPDATED. The search giant said it wished it served up "micropigs" instead, after a Russian car crash image dogged users of its image search engine.
Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe - sources
An EU probe would come at an awkward time for Qualcomm, which is seeking to end an investigation by China's pricing regulator into monopoly practices. If found guilty of breaching EU rules, the company could face a fine of up to $2.5 billion.
Rich People Are Trucking Their Own Water Into Drought-Ridden California
Although 81 percent of the state is experiencing an " extreme drought ," for many parts of California there is no apparent water shortage. Visit the highest-income neighborhoods and you'll see lush lawns and sparkling fountains defiantly sucking our lifeblood from the Earth. Apparently, the rich will do whatever it takes to keep themselves moist.
Gaza-Based Journalist Launches "Rubble Bucket Challenge" To Support Palestinians
Al Aloul makes it clear the purpose of this challenge isn't to ask for aid. It's solely to show support for Palestinians. Since the campaign launched Friday, it's received more than 2,500 likes on its Facebook page, but only a few photos of people pouring rubble over their heads have been shared on Twitter. For those considering showing their support, remember to take precaution because demolition waste can be hazardous when inhaled.
What’s Up With That: Your Fingernails Grow Way Faster Than Your Toenails | Science | WIRED
First, in order to understand why nails grow, you first need to understand how they grow. Nails begin in the nail matrix. This is the pale, half-moon shaped section peeking out from under your cuticle (though it’s usually hidden on smaller nails). This specialized tissue churns out skin cells at a manic pace and promptly cannibalizes them for their keratin—a tough, fibrous protein that gives skin its leathery texture. As the dead, keratin-rich cells pile up in the matrix, they push the nail along towards the tip. The nail is attached to the skin below, called the nail bed, which grows along with it (occasionally you can see excess growth from the nail bed—called solehorn—coming out from under the nail).
Here Are All Celebrities Who've Taken The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Marketing agency DigitasLBi maps out celebrities who have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge, who nominated them, and who they nominated, shedding light on random occurences such as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings successfully convincing Macklemore to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Salesforce Community Adds Customers And Partners To Growing Cloud | TechCrunch
Vanessa Thompson, research director at IDC says this is a logical replacement for some legacy solutions and it comes at an opportune time. “Salesforce.com is not just offering communities, they are offering an alternative to existing community solutions as well as websites, social intranets and portals. Salesforce.com has also struck the market at the right time [when] the enabling technologies that help onboarding, cloud and mobile have matured to a level where they become table stakes as part of a ‘connected experience’ for a customer,” she said.
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.
DraftKings Raises Another $41M And Acquires Daily Fantasy Sports Competitor StarStreet | TechCrunch
That’s a model that consumers seem to love, based on the growth of its user base and the size of the prizes that it is now giving away. According to co-founder and CEO Jason Robins, DraftKings expects to pay out about $200 million in prizes this year. It will have four monthly prizes of $1 million each during this year’s NFL season. Compare that to the $100,000 grand prize that it promised during its first NFL season two years ago.
Amazon buys Twitch game streaming service for $970m - Telegraph
The firm raised $20m (£12.1m) in funding last September from game publisher
Take-Two Interactive Software and firms including Bessemer Venture Partners
and Thrive Capital. Twitch’s format, which lets viewers message players and
each other during live play, has gained interest as one of the
fastest-growing segments of digital video streaming, which in turn is
attracting more and more advertising dollars.
15 simple, secret Windows tips and tricks designed to save you time
Nobody wants to waste time endlessly navigating menus. Fear not! Dr. PCWorld has the cure. Take these 15 secret Windows tricks to streamline your computing experience and eradicate little irritations that trip you up throughout the day. You won't need to call me in the morning.
BitTorrent's Sync gets a major revamp, now lets you share files with clickable web links
Sync can also be used to share folders of any size with a team of users. This could be great for small companies, or any other team that doesn’t want to rely on cloud storage for one reason or another. And since it’s P2P, access to that folder can be significantly faster than to a cloud service: A co-worker in the same office can access it over the local network, and even remote coworkers can get a boost when multiple members of the team are sharing the same files — Sync automatically downloads files from multiple locations.
World’s first ‘smart’ cruise ship features robot bartenders, virtual balconies and more
Quantum of the Seas also features a futuristic venue it’s calling Two70. Here you can marvel at the transformation of its floor-to-ceiling windows into giant screens for video projection, with six seven-feet-high dancing “Roboscreens” controlled by robotic arms….we’ve reached out to Royal Caribbean in a bid to find out what in Captain Cook’s name it’s talking about here, and will update when we hear back….where guests can enjoy movies , multimedia shows, and digital-mapping presentations.
BART got a 10 second warning before Sunday's Napa earthquake. Why didn't everyone else?
Earthquake detection is improving, and there is actually a California law that says the state needs to put an early warning system in place. But that has yet to happen on a wide scale.
MyCharge TransitPlus mobile charger Preview - CNET
My one caveat about the TransitPlus is that its 12-volt plug only sticks out 1.5 inches from the device. Some cars hide their 12-volt outlets in consoles or dashboard compartments, which might make it impossible to plug the TransitPlus in. To add some flexibility, the TransitPlus' 12-volt plug swings out in three positions: perpendicular with the the long side, perpendicular to the short side, and at an angle.
Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World | TechCrunch
Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found.
Mixpanel A/B Testing
We’ve made mobile A/B testing powerful for developers too. Sometimes the most important parts of your application aren’t visual. For example, the velocity of a space ship in a game or the number of images that you show are integral to your app but difficult to run experiments on. Our Tweaks API solves this problem: it lets you write a little bit of code that can drastically change your application so you can experiment and see how people react.
Back to school tablet guide 2014
It’s really expensive, but it’s also the best compact tablet around. Apple’s choice of apps is polished and the iPad Mini 2 is a smooth performer with great battery life. If you want a portable companion to take to lectures, capture notes, and for reading when you’re out and about, then this tablet will serve you well. It’s also great for entertainment in the form of movies, TV, and games for your down time. You could save $100 by opting for the original iPad Mini, but you’ll lose some processing power and the high resolution screen.
Kato.im Launches Kato Teams, A Free Chat Platform for Businesses | TechCrunch
Kato is fixing the problem of business communication - enabling teams to communicate faster and more efficiently, reduce email overload and easily access their organizational knowledge.
We're on a mission to make life a little better -- to make our jobs easier and more pleasurable, to help businesses work more efficiently, to improve how we communicate with each other.
Kato brings the power of …
Tropes vs Women further examines misogynist decoration in games
In the second part of Anita Sarkeesian's examination of women as decoration in games, the Feminist Frequency founder examines games in which female characters exist purely as sexual objects to advance the plot. Brief scenes of sexual assault in Metro 2033 and BioShock , for example, offer no discernable gameplay benefit and seemingly exist purely to paint certain male characters as a predatory evil.
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The Legend of Korra begins in October
If you've recovered from The Legend of Korra 's season three TV finale, read on for more news about the series in video game form. Otherwise, take a few more deep breaths and brace yourselves:
The Legend of Korra game from Platinum and Activision is due out on October 21 on PSN and PC, and on October 22 on Xbox Marketplace, Activision producer Robert Conkey told IGN . The game is coming to PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Last month, we got a look at some Korra gameplay featuring Naga, the polar bear dog .
The Legend of Korra (Announcement)
Flash Giveaway: Win A Free Ticket To #TCDisrupt | TechCrunch
We’ve decided to do something a little crazy this year for the ticket giveaways. We’re giving away tickets…lots of tickets. Almost every day from now until Disrupt we will be giving away tickets to our Disrupt event in San Francisco. Here’s the catch: there’s a short time window to enter each day. We’ll make the announcement about the ticket giveaways in various places, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more. You’ll have to keep your eyes on our social channels if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. The link for the ticket giveaway will always be on this page, but we’ll be turning on/off the ability to enter at various times.
Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday.
Feature: Early Access, as told by the devs that live there
"Early Access" has become a four-letter word. Tales of alleged scams, abandoned or canceled projects and unfinished games being sold at retail have many questioning the service's validity and usefulness as a tool for empowering developers. Customers are increasingly concerned about quality assurance and Steam becoming a hot mess of unnavigable menus drowning users in content.
In light of this, Joystiq reached out to developers with varying histories regarding Early Access to find out more. Meet Jamie Cheng, Chris Simpson and Ryan Clark, your tour guides behind the scenes of Early Access indie development. Join us as these three developers share their thoughts on what has caused the downward spiral of public perception surrounding Early Access, what can be done about it, and what future – if any – the program has.
BEFORE EARLY ACCESS
"It's very dear to us, the idea of alpha funding," Chris Simpson of The Indie Stone told Joystiq. "To see its reputation kind of start to go down the toilet is very frustrating for us."
The Indie Stone is the studio behind Project Zomboid , one of Steam's first games to pass Greenlight certification, as well as one of the many games currently available on Steam Early Access.
Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue | TechCrunch
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to run slightly warmer.” Reasonable enough. I’ve noticed that my loaner Core i5-based Surface Pro 3 can get a bit warm when docked, but that’s not too surprising given its hardware mix when you consider the size of the device.
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?
Lightweight camera accessories - CNET
Using the strap that came with your camera is all well and good, until it starts to get in the way of taking photos quickly. That's where straps like the BlackRapid Metro come in. It has a locking carabiner that screws into the tripod thread of your camera, letting the dSLR hang comfortably next to your body. This means it's ready for action whenever you are.
A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble | TechCrunch
Arguably, Pebble and its record-breaking Kickstarter project woke the slumbering giant that is the smartwatch device category. It should follow, then, that by this time next year we’ll be seeing Android-powered smart coolers from Samsung, LG and every OEM under the sun flooding the market, given that the Coolest Cooler has now knocked the Pebble from its vaunted pedestal, with over $10.35 million raised and a little over two days remaining in its campaign.
6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel
The geniuses at Spreadsheet1.com built an Excel version that allows you to play the game, and track your moves to help analyze your strategy. Since the game is made entirely in Excel, you can resume the game at a later time by saving the workbook, and it can be played online or offline. It is available for Excel 2007 or later, and can be downloaded for free here .
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.
VR Gives Game Developers A Chance To Take Streaming Time From Twitch | TechCrunch
This drawback for Twitch is an opportunity for game developers to keep more game spectating within their own apps. Most multiplayer games offer some kind of spectator mode, either letting you watch strangers and friends as they play or simply watching your allies after you die near the end of a match. As the virtual reality gaming market matures, developers will have the chance to rebuild those features to better take advantage of the immersion possible in a virtual environment.
This Is the World's First 8 TB Hard Drive
It's meant for enterprise customers — you know, corporate data centers and such — to create denser storage arrays for cloud content and backups, which is a shame. Between all the videos I've shot and all the pictures I've taken and all the high-quality music and movies I've downloaded for years, I could easily fill this baby up.
'Star Wars' Stormtrooper takes the Ice Bucket Challenge - CNET
When the campaign started, the thinking was that those given the challenge by someone who'd already completed it could either have ice-cold water dumped over their heads or donate to the group. However, it seems like it's morphed into a viral sensation whose purpose is simply to raise funds, with most people getting doused and donating as well. As of August 25, the ALS Association reports that $79.7 million has been raised since the campaign started, as opposed to $2.5 million during the same time last year.
Out in the Open: How Animated GIFs Can Turn You Into a Web Coder | Enterprise | WIRED
If you’re building a modern web service, you aren’t just creating a program that will run on one machine. You have to learn how to deploy code to online servers, and teach your programs to talk with other applications. revisit.link is a good way to learn these skills, since the effects servers are simple and lightweight and can be written in any language. And once a server is built, the developer can learn how to use GitHub and how to make small changes to someone else’s code and submit those changes for review—all in a low-pressure environment with a very low barrier to entry.
USB condom protects against digital infections - Telegraph
Do you ever charge your smartphone or tablet from airport charging stations,
strange computers or other unknown USB ports? If so, you could be exposing
your sensitive data to prying eyes or getting digital infections - it could
be time for a USB condom
Google Acquires Zync To Bring Visual Effects Rendering To Its Cloud Platform | TechCrunch
As Google notes today, it typically takes a very powerful infrastructure to render the special effects in a movie. Most studios have their own render farms for this. Those studios would only need a cloud service to sometimes burst their capacity to finish a job faster. Others, however, don’t have access to their own servers (or don’t want to deal with them), and for them, the cloud is the only way to render their effects.
Double fumbles, Kaepernicking and Manningfaces in Madden 15
Madden NFL 15 is the next game in EA Sports' long-running football series, arriving simultaneously for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2014.
Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox Without Breaking a Sweat
Seriously, at the start of writing this column I had nearly 6,000 unread emails—most of which were fired off by the marketing bots of social networks, retailers and service providers. Yes, I did sign up for some of this—or at least, missed the chance to opt out. But in many cases, I don't remember showing the tiniest bit of interest in the vendor. (I have no recollection of ever flying
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Tekken-style Pokemon fighter unveiled for arcades in 2015
Pokken Tournament combines the world of cutesy critter-catching series Pokemon with fast-paced 3D fighting in the vein of the Tekken series. Do not adjust your monitors, this is for real. As Famitsu confirms, the game represents a collaboration between Nintendo and Bandai Namco, and it's coming to arcades in Japan some time next year.
The game was revealed today during a Niconico livestream by The Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soulcalibur producer Masaaki Hoshino. Gematsu reports Pokken Tournament will be developed under the leadership of Harada and Hoshino. Details are limited, but a short announcement trailer showed Lucario and Machamp duking it out, before revealing the Pokken Tournament logo.
To see the announcement trailer, pokken below the break.
[Image: Nico Nico]
GoPro's $60 'Fetch' harness captures a dog's perspective of the world
The harness is nicely padded and fully adjustable, so it can be strapped to hounds of nearly any size. (The chest mount can even be removed in case there's not much clearance between your dog's belly and the floor.) And everything's washable and water-friendly, so you can even record your dog's swimming excursions — if that's something you want to do. The Fetch mount is scheduled to ship starting tomorrow, and GoPro's offering a 30-day money back guarantee in case your dog ends up hating the whole thing. And let's be real: it looks like the two dog friends pictured above aren't really digging it. Fetch didn't arrive in time for National Dog Day and the corresponding flood of Instagram photos, but there's always next year.
Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies | TechCrunch
Fritz Lanman is an angel investor and is cofounder and Executive Chairman of both Doppler Labs and DWNLD. He founded Livestar (acquired by Pinterest) and was a seed investor in Square, Pinterest, Wish / ContextLogic, Formlabs, Paper / FiftyThree, Teespring, Getaround and several other companies.
Previously, he was Senior Director in Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions at Microsoft, where his responsibility …
The Crew races at 30FPS, 1080p on Xbox One, PS4, PC
An Ubisoft representative has let slip the graphical benchmarks the team behind open-world racer The Crew is currently aiming for: 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
This revelation comes in response to a forum member's complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second. An Ubisoft community manager stepped in to respond with a succinct rebuttal: "The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups," the response reads. "Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players."
Later, the community manager would edit the reply to note that the development team is working to reach 60 frames per second on the PC. "We can officially say that we're aiming for 60FPS on PC at launch," he wrote. "Our Beta build is still more performant at 30FPS, but you can expect to play at 60FPS on PC when the game is launched."
Whether or not Ubisoft's developers reach the hallowed realm of 60 frames per second remains to be seen.