Fonts based on handwriting of the homeless (pictures) - CNET
Barcelona-based Homeless Fonts turns homeless people's handwriting into fonts that can be sold to businesses for use in branding and advertising. The primary aim of the project: to bring dignity to homeless participants' lives and shine a spotlight on issues related to homelessness.
Does it matter that some New York Times editors and writers don't tweet? Yes and no
One thing I haven’t seen mentioned regarding this discussion: Dormant social media accounts are just unsightly. Dormant social media accounts suggest you are old and crusty and/or suggest that you created the profile out of peer pressure. A dormant Twitter account goes far to highlight the obligation many people/organizations feel to be on EVERY social media outlet. If you’re not using it, get rid of it. Practice some digital dustbusting. For a media outlet — online or otherwise — the devil is in the details. That’s great if your home page looks great, but if the consistency, usefulness and quality degrades as I get into deeper pages of your website/online presence, part of me will be turned off.
Triple-A: Android, Anchoring And Apple
After about half a day back with the 5s, I picked up an iPhone 6 and it felt pretty close to perfect: The design makes it feel smaller than it is, yet the extra screen real estate provides much of what I found wanting in the iPhone 5s. The 6 is slightly smaller in size to the current Galaxy S5, but far more comfortable to hold thanks to the contoured edges. (Apple gives up .4 inches in screen size to get there, a tradeoff many Android users could likely live with as the diagonal is nearly identical to the Galaxy S3, Moto X and others.) There’s a lot more to say about that comparison, which I’ll leave for an upcoming post. But for now, it’s important to understand that with Apple, little happens by accident. The company saw the weakness in its product mix as demand shifted toward larger models, especially in the high-end segment where it plays. Arguably, it took longer to respond than it should have but in coming to market with a complete lineup, it closed nearly all of its vulnerabilities at once. The one hole still to fill appears to be in the $300-$350 range. But that, too, is a much longer conversation.
Jeremy Allaire Opens His Long-Awaited Bitcoin Product Circle Up To The Public | TechCrunch
“We created this frictionless ability to on-board and link a bank card for spending,” Allaire said. It’s really easy and fast to add credit cards to Circle. Coinbase, one of Circle’s biggest rivals with backing from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, has the ability to connect banking and checking accounts. But its credit card function has a one to two day lag because you have to verify a couple small test charges from the platform.
The First Four-Seater, Solar-Powered Vehicle Hits The U.S. Road | TechCrunch
While other solar-powered vehicles have been made for racing, the solar-powered Stella is the first vehicle made for road travel. A large solar panel sits atop the roof to power the car up to 500 miles on a single charge. Compare that to a Tesla Roadster, which can run on an electric charge for 245-300 miles .
The Most Amazing PCs Of September 2014
You might not know it but PC enthusiasts the world over aren’t just building their own PCs – they’re modifying them in ways that would give any performance auto-tuning garage a run for its money too. These souped-up PCs come in two forms; a case mod, where the owner has modified an existing off-the-shelf case and a scratch build, where someone has been clever enough to make their PC case entirely from scratch.
Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning | TechCrunch
Why do the technical, and not consumer bit first? Windows 7 has a shelf life. Windows XP is dead, and Windows 8 is not something that business customers have welcomed. Microsoft has a massive interest in catering to its enterprise clients as they provide it with mammoth revenues and profits. And since Windows 8 didn’t do the trick, Windows 9 will have to land with a touch more poise. Also larger companies need more time to make choices, so showing off what is being built for them first is a reasonable exercise. This of course sets aside the technical
Report: Destiny bug leaks expansion mission names, descriptions early
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
Could Skinny Jeans Bend Your iPhone 6 Plus? | WIRED
Let’s consider the worst case scenario. Suppose you have skinny jeans on a super skinny leg. The leg is so skinny that when you put the iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket, the fabric pulls straight down at a 90 degree angle to the phone. In this case, you would need 125 N tension in the fabric to be equivalent to the iPhone test in the lab. That’s only 28 pounds of tension, so you would think that would be ok. But wait! There are two problems. First, some jeans can only take about 28 pounds of tension before ripping (not everything is Levi tough). Second, the test at the Apple lab seemed to indicate that the iPhone could take an equivalent bending moment of 25 kg (250 N) at the center and that wouldn’t make it bend. How much does it take to bend? Who knows.
Destiny at the drive-thru: Taco Bell gives away white PS4 packs
September 29, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Taco Bell® today announced a co-branded, six week promotion that will give fans the chance to win a Limited Edition PlayStation®4(PS4™) Destiny Bundle every 15 minutes*.
The prize bundle will include a white PS4 system, one DualShock®4 wireless controller, one Destiny PS4 game disc, one voucher for a 30-day PlayStation®Plus Membership (available to new PS Plus members only), and one voucher for the Destiny Engram "Gear Pack." Winners will also receive two vouchers to gift to two of their friends to create the ultimate Fireteam. Each voucher is redeemable for a digital copy of the Destiny PS4 game, and a Destiny Engram "Gear Pack" to prep and arm their Fireteam to save the last safe city on Earth.
The Taco Bell Big Box – includes a beef Quesarito, a Doritos® Locos Taco, classic crunchy taco, and a medium fountain drink. The Taco Bell Big Box will be PS4 branded and provide a unique code for consumers to text in for a chance to win a Limited Edition PS4 Destiny Bundle.
Microsoft reveals 'Windows TH' naming on new Technical Preview site
Microsoft is expected to name its upcoming Windows release next week , but the company has accidentally listed a "Windows TH" site a little early today. Windows TH presumably stands for Windows Threshold, the codename of what many expect will become Windows 9. On a "Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise" site , Microsoft lists the Windows TH name, alongside details on "the next version of the Windows client operating system." While Microsoft will detail Windows Threshold on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, the company isn't expected to release a preview of the operating system until early October. The Windows TH name is likely a placeholder, or it may indicate the company isn't ready to fully name its next version of Windows.
Security Concerns Arise With Phone-Database Contract
Americans can easily take their phone number along when switching carriers. But try to move the entire database of those numbers, and things can get complicated. Law-enforcement and national-security officials are closely watching the fate of the database, which tracks the vast majority—about 680 million—of the U.S. cellphone and land-line phone...
Tibco Software to be Taken Private for $4 Billion
Tibco Software Inc., which had been on the hunt for potential suitors, said Monday that it has agreed to be taken private by Vista Equity Partners for about $4 billion.
CloudFlare reveals 'Universal SSL': Free, headache-free encryption for websites
Having encryption may not seem important to a small blog, but it’s critical to advancing the “encrypted-by-default future” of the Internet, according to CloudFlare. Every byte that’s protected makes life more difficult for those who wish to intercept, throttle, or censor the web, the company said in a blog post on Monday.
Outlander: "Both Sides Now" Review - IGN
The wedding night is over and since the final shot of last week's episode was Claire looking at both her rings, it's only appropriate that we jump ahead to the 1940s and touch base with Frank. After recently seeing Tobias Menzies as the sadistic Black Jack Randall, it was jarring to see him as the confused and frustrated Frank. Claire's been missing for six weeks (it feels like longer!) and witnessing Frank's current state was enough to make me feel guilty about enjoying the wedding last week. It was a way to make viewers understand what's happening in Claire's head – you can see why she's torn.
Test-Rifting The Oculus Crescent Bay VR Headset
Crescent Bay is one iteration above the tens of thousands of Developer Kit 2 versions the Oculus Rift has been sending out since July. The changes are incremental, but add up. Oculus wouldn’t share any specs about the screen that is being used, which is made by Samsung. But Epic Games, which made the last part of the demo, confirmed it was running at 90 frames per second. That is triple the number of images per second that television shows are filmed in.
The Top 10 Best Places To Work Remotely
I do work remotely, from home. Happily, my home is in the Cayman Islands. I've been here a long time, but with technology in recent years, we are finding more and more successful entrepreneurs and executives choosing to relocate to Cayman. Once they find they are in a position where they could work from anywhere, they choose Cayman. We have great weather, a favourable tax regime, excellent internet connectivity, great quality of life, excellent air connections. Of course the cost of living can be high, so this is for those who have already hit a certain level of assets and income, but when you have, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for the remote / nomadic working life.
Why Peak-Oil Predictions Haven't Come True
To be sure, the peak-oil naysayers don't think we should wholly embrace oil for all time, just that we shouldn't try to speed up any transition to alternatives in anticipation of short supplies. After all, misguided energy policy can have very bad outcomes. For instance, in the 1970s, the U.S. thought it was running out of natural gas, and Congress prohibited building any new power plants that used it. Instead, we built lots of coal plants—about half of the modern coal fleet—that burdened us with a legacy of dirty air in some cities. Not to mention that in the past few years, we have tapped an abundance of natural-gas supplies.
iOS 8 Security Flaw Makes It Possible to Bypass Touch ID and Password
The process detailed in the video seems pretty simple but has a low success rate. Essentially, you ask Siri a question on the lock screen. For example, we used "What's the weather like tomorrow." As Siri's thinking up the answer, press the home button and swipe right and it appears slip past Apple's iOS 8 security defenses.
John Oliver breaks down the United States' troubling drone program
The US government has been continually criticized for how it operates its drone program, which is being used to kill militants in the Middle East using standards that are unclear and loose at best. The government's unwillingness (or inability) to clarify all of this can make the entire situation fairly muddled, so this weekend John Oliver tried to trudge through it all. In the latest of his long and pointed segments, Oliver sorts out just how troubling the US drone program is. "When children from other countries are telling us that we made them fear the sky," he says, "it may be time to ask some hard questions."
Report: Smash Bros. glitch is MASSIVE
A glitch in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS , which is currently available in Japan, sees Yoshi go through quite the growth spurt. If you've ever had fantasies of Godzilla in a Yoshi suit, prepare for them to potentially come true in the game's survival mode.
Our review of the game called it "the most feature-complete, compelling Super Smash Bros. entry to date." SSBfN3DS is available this Friday, October 3, in North America and Europe. Smash Smash Bros. (3DS, 4/17/14)
Alibaba's Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China | WIRED
Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the Notorious BIG may seem like two very different people—OK, fine, they’re polar opposites—but on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting in New York City on Wednesday, Ma made it clear that he shares at least one belief with the late rapper: mo’ money, mo’ problems.
Downtown Las Vegas Is the Great American Techtopia
Tony Hsieh, the charismatic founder of Zappos.com, invested $350 million into turning Las Vegas into a startup. Buying 60 acres, setting up his own school, his own medical clinic, his own venture fund and restaurants, Hsieh is creating an innovation city in his own image. It is strange. And it is struggling. But it's the most ambitious experiment in building a 21st century utopian city in the U.S. In this Re/code special series, we explore what it means to live there -- and why its startups could flourish, or fail.
CloudFlare Adds SSL To All Customers In Advance Of Google’s Focus On Security | TechCrunch
“We didn’t just enable basic SSL for free, we enabled cutting-edge cryptography and made it free and easy for anyone,” said Nick Sullivan, Security Engineering Lead at CloudFlare in a release. “The cryptographic systems we’re rolling out as part of Universal SSL are a generation ahead of what is used by even the top Internet giants. These certificates use elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA) keys, ensuring all connections with CloudFlare sites have Perfect Forward Secrecy, and they are signed with ECDSA and the highly secure SHA-256 hash function. This is a level of cryptographic security most web administrators literally couldn’t buy.”
Why And How To Hire A Game Designer | TechCrunch
I think the best route is to approach it like dating. Rather than hire a game designer with a traditional interview approach, hire her on a consulting basis first. Start slow. Ask her to conduct a review of where the project is to sanity check it, but also get a sense of whether the fit seems right. Then ask to see some work on specific problems as identified, maybe working for an iteration or two. Through consulting that kind of relationship can be grown and the team can grow comfortable with this outsider rather than risking tension or an allergic reaction. The downside is that the designer will likely have other clients doing the same.
How Trying The New GoPro Cameras Made Me A Believer
The biggest issue I had to deal with was that wrangling high-resolution video taxed my poor little MacBook Air in ways that most jobs do not. The GoPro Studio software sometimes felt painfully sluggish, and the conversion process required to prep raw footage for editing took so long that I went off and did something else while my Mac chugged away. I also needed to prune away some unneeded files to make room for my raw footage and the final video. (If you buy a GoPro and don't have hundreds of gigabytes of spare disk space, pick up a USB hard drive--you'll need it.)
Behind DC Entertainment’s Primetime Push
DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns unveils how DC landed so many comic-themed series on TV this season and its creative partnerships with showrunners and Warner Bros. studio.
Why Is Goldman Sachs Advocating For Sustainability?
If you are still on the fence, PricewaterhouseCoopers found a “positive, statistically significant, linear association between sustainability and corporate financial performance,” and McKinsey, in no uncertain terms, says that “The choice for companies today is not if, but how, they should manage their sustainability activities.” McKinsey also reports that a fragmented, reactive approach to sustainability is no longer enough. “Companies can choose to see this agenda as a necessary evil--a matter of compliance or a risk to be managed while they get on with the business of business--or they can think of it as a novel way to open up new business opportunities while creating value for society.”
For Larry Ellison's Oracle, the Cloud Beckons
Oracle’s biggest strength in the cloud, he said, is its ability to offer its special sauce that others don’t have. Offering raw computing services in the cloud is one thing, he said. “The people I can think we will compete with are the ones who have intellectual property and can make those technologies work in the cloud, not the ones who offer commodity infrastructure-as-a-service” He won’t say it so I will — those commodity players he’s referring to include Amazon, IBM’s SoftLayer and Rackspace.
How Your "Always Busy" Pace Is Ruining Your Decision-Making
Take a step back to examine your own strengths, areas of development, and your values system. “Most leaders don’t take sufficient time to step back and understand themselves,” says Cashman. One way to take this pause is to start each day by setting an intention for the day. Consider your priorities for the day and write down your top priorities for the day to keep you on track and focused on the bigger picture, and end each day by reflecting on how well you met your intentions.
This Music Video Tells a Love Story Across 14 Different Apple Screens
The indie-electro pop band Brunettes Shoot Blondes have released an ingenious music video for their new single, Knock Knock . The story is an animation that follows two unlikely lovers, one of whom is doggedly trying to win back the other. It's unique, because the narrative unfolds across 14 different screens. In a tremendous feat of synchronicity, reminiscent of OK Go , the characters walk, climb, skip and stumble across multiple iPhones, iPads, and computers. Especially smart, is the moment when a heap of apps on the iPad home screen becomes a road block between the lovelorn gent and his lady. (Notice Facebook at the top of the pile.)
UK launches "sharing economy" review, but don't expect deep examination of workers' rights
The review, which should result in recommendations by the end of the year, is being led by the CEO of a sharing economy firm and does not have workers’ rights as an explicit part of its terms of reference.
5 Questions About Facebook’s New Ad-Targeting Program
Facebook Monday unveiled a revamped version of Atlas, the ad platform it acquired from Microsoft last year. The new Atlas will incorporate data from Facebook users to place ads. What does that mean?
Watch Gehry, Boiler, Behar, And Others Talk About The Importance Of The Creative Brief In "Briefly"
Bassett says the goal for the film was to help young creatives and clients see that there is much more potential in this document. "On one end you’ve got very traditional companies who probably see the brief as a rigid, static, almost contractual document that creative people are just supposed to go execute upon without questioning it," says Bassett. "It’s like a legal contract. What I hope the film shows people is that a good brief is a flexible document, something fluid and in search of, as David Rockwell eloquently put it, the engine that is going to drive that project forward emotionally. Like Frank Gehry and the Eisenhower Memorial, and how he boiled it down to the boy from Abilene. The hope is people will take these philosophies or approaches to help them achieve their own great creative results."
How I plan to incorporate iOS 8 and an iPhone 6 Plus into my workflow
For keyboards, I’m tying out Text Expander . On my Plus, Text Expander something I can see using a lot, once a key bug is fixed. On my Plus, the Text Expander keyboard starts out filling the width of screen, like a good keyboard should. Once I start typing, though, it shrinks down to the resolution of the iPhone 5 keyboard, so the tap targets are very small. What I do like about Text Expander are snippets of text that can be called forth with a few letters. For example, I manage our time tracking system and a few times a week someone locks themselves out of it. When I reset their password, I can just type in pwdreset and Text Expander will translate that to: “Hi, your password has been reset to (standard password). Let me know if you still experience any issues logging in.” So far, none of the other third party keyboards have held my attention.
Q&A: What Lenovo Plans to Do After IBM Server Buy
Yang: I think IBM has very good technology and very strong engineers. But the industry is changing. With IBM’s current cost structure it’s hard to compete in the industry. We must address this challenge. Fortunately Lenovo’s own enterprise business has grown very fast and we have a very efficient operational platform. As we integrate the business, we can take advantage of both IBM’s technology and Lenovo’s cost efficiency. We expect profit margins in our enterprise business (such as servers) to be higher than those in our PC business.
Jan Koum - In Photos: Youngest Richest Americans 2014
Age: 38 Net worth: $7.6 billion
Born in the Ukraine, Jan Koum and his mother immigrated to California when he was
16 and got an apartment through government assistance. She babysat, he swept floors to make ends meet. When she was diagnosed with cancer, they lived off her disability. He had a knack for computers and got a job working at Yahoo as a security and infrastructure engineer for nine years under Yahoo cofounder and fellow Forbes 400 member David Filo, before leaving in 2007. In 2009 started WhatsApp,now the world's biggest mobile messaging service,with 600 million users. Facebook bought it for $19 billion in cash and stock in February.
Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS 8
Before you go running off to replace Apple's built-in keyboard, it's worth taking a look at the changes iOS 8 has introduced. While the built-in keyboard doesn't look radically different from previous versions, Apple has introduced several useful improvements. The biggest of these enhancements is called QuickType, which watches both what you type and in what context (taking a look at how you type in the Mail and Messages apps, for example) and offers word predictions, which it displays along the top row. The more you use it, the more it learns your typing habits in those various contexts and fine tunes the suggestions.
Kiss lip lawsuit against Activision goodbye
United States District Court, Central District of California, has invalidated all patents claims made by McRO Inc., which conducts its business as a production and effects company called
Adobe Brings Photoshop For Chromebooks To Its Education Customers | TechCrunch
Earlier this year, Adobe launched its Creative SDK , which makes quite a few cloud-based Photoshop features available to mobile developers. This full version of Photoshop for Chrome is based on some very different technologies, but it does show that Adobe is taking the cloud very seriously (and is not just looking at it as a distribution mechanism for its applications). I’ll be interesting to see if Adobe also plans to bring any of Aviary’s technologies over to Photoshop in the browser.
Not all of Samsung's curved displays are gigantic
Want a curved display from Samsung but don't quite have the scratch to bring one of its gigantic models home? Maybe try the 27-inch S27D590C monitor on for size when it releases at some ambiguous point in the future. The firm seems to be targeting gamers specifically with the monitor, saying that the curve creates a wider field of view (178 degrees horizontally and vertically, if you're curious) and gives the screen a "3D-like" effect when you're playing shooters and racing games, among other genres. There's even a one-button game mode that makes a few adjustments to compensate for motion blur, color and contrast too. Unlike Dell's not-flat display , however, this one's limited to a paltry 1,920 x 1,080 lines of resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This'll probably be fine for us commoners, sure, but it might not be enough for the PC Master Race.
RetroArch authors: RetroN 5's emulators, code violate licenses
Hyperkin's RetroN 5 , a five-slot console that plays cartridges from the NES up to the GBA, violates several licenses, according to the group behind open-source project RetroArch. A post from the group claims that the RetroN 5 incorporates the Genesis Plus GX and SNES9x Next emulators, both of which are filed under non-commercial licenses that restrict them from being used in a commercial product.
The post also argues that the RetronN 5's use of open-source emulators FCEUmm (for NES games) and VBA Next (for GBA games) is problematic. Both emulators are licensed under General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), but the RetroN 5 uses GPLv3-grade code, which is technically incompatible with FCEUmm and VBA Next's coverage under GPLv2.
Lastly, the authors claim there are traces of RetroArch source code in the RetroN 5's frontend (the interface that users interact with). The RetroArch code appears to be licensed under GPLv3, which forbids TIVO-ization , the act of incorporating open-source/copyleft software in a locked-down piece of hardware that doesn't allow users freedoms granted by a license like the GPL.
Vista Equity to buy Tibco Software for $4.3 billion
(Reuters) - Business software maker Tibco Software Inc ( TIBX.O ) on Monday agreed to be bought by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $4.3 billion, the latest software company to go private after becoming a target for activist investors.
SAM: A DIY internet of things - CNET
"SAM's Bluetooth-connected modules can be used to build anything from fridges that create grocery lists, to skateboards that record and post tricks to the web, to bicycle signalling jackets; all easily programmed with the SAM app," SAM Labs CEO Joachim Horn said. "We want to level the playing field in innovation development, away from corporations with millions of dollars to spend on development and empower kids, young designers, and SMEs."
How to Take a Step Back at Work and Focus on the Big Picture
It's easy to get lost in the weeds at work. While being heads down has its place, it's equally critical to look up: to reflect on how things are going, to consider alternative strategies, and to ask yourself the hard, high-level questions. How can you take a step back and look at the big picture?
Kevin Smith Says He Has Clerks 3 Financing Now - IGN
“A year and change ago, I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary, and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn't [expletive] find money and [expletive],” Smith said. “But it was Tusk, people going, ‘Holy [expletive], what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they're like ‘Done.' So, everybody that's like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I'm like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”
Mapping Session: Chasing Standards - Securing the Internet of Things
Beginning with recent data and device breaches, we will outline the risks inherent in an open, connected, evolving system, discuss the demands and tolerances of users, evaluate the role of standards bodies, and assess the security and priorities and strategies of leading adopters and developers. With your feedback, we will identify and prioritize key concerns that will inform our research over the next year.
Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy | TechCrunch
At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free ?