Italian Eyewear Maker Luxottica Working on New Version of Google Glass, CEO Says
Luxottica’s Mr. Vian, who recently was in California to meet Glass’ new team, didn’t give any details about specific timing for the launch of the next version of the product; the initial version had been criticized for invasion of privacy issues because the glasses allowed wearers to record video and take photos unobtrusively. Google sold the device to the public in mid-2014, but sales were low.
Google Keep on Android Wear Adds Note Dictation
Google Keep was one of the first Android Wear apps available, but it previously was pretty limited, as you could basically only read your notes – until now.
Google Sued by Job Candidate for Age Discrimination
The lawsuit cites a survey of employees of different companies by Payscale.com, a workforce information website, that Google had a median age of 29 in 2013, while the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the median age was 43 years in the U.S. for computer programmers. A spokeswoman for Payscale.com said the median age was based on the self-reporting of 840 Google employees. Payscale data shows Google has the sixth-youngest workforce among 22 tech companies. AOL has the youngest workforce, with a median age of 27, and Facebook had the second-youngest at 28, Payscale found in December. Hewlett-Packard has the oldest, with a median age of 39, and Oracle the second-oldest at 38.
Customers line up at boutique fashion retailers, Japanese electronics stores for Apple Watch debut
Prospective Apple Watch buyers are queuing up outside high-end fashion outlets scheduled carry the device on launch day, an odd scene for those accustomed to seeing those same lines at Apple's own stores for a big product debut.
Apple Stores won't sell the Watch at launch, but six other shops will
You've likely heard or read that Apple's debut wearable isn't going to be sold quite like the company's previous products. Whether it's about where the demand for the product is coming from (or where Apple hopes the demand will come from), there will be no in-store purchases when the Watch finally lands this Friday. Well, not in Apple's stores. You might have reserved (past tense there) a Watch online, and made an appointment for a fitting of sorts, but there will actually be some places where you'll be able to pick one up, cash-in-hand, tomorrow. By some we mean a few. And by few we mean precisely six fashion stores. Scattered across the world.
Apple Watch, Android Wear, or Pebble: how do they stack up?
Now that we've had a real chance to see the Apple Watch, we've got a pretty good idea of how it stacks up against Android Wear and Pebble. Those other two smartwatch platforms are the right ones to compare it to; there may be other smartwatches, but there really aren't other smartwatch ecosystems. Those are the three you have to choose from.
The Runner-Up: To Go Negative, Or Not To Go Negative
With time and money running out, Clay Aiken struggles to keep a grip on the very soul of his campaign. The Runner-Up, Tuesday 10|9c on Esquire Network.
This Is How We'll Experience Storytelling in the Future | WIRED
Even at Hidden Stories, which is less stunning than something like Birdly , the story gets experienced exponentially rather than linearly. It’s a spin on radio storytelling, where dozens of objects are drawn on one of the walls at the museum. Behind each image—like an ice cream cone, or a Band-Aid—are sensors. Put another sensor-filled cone up to the object, and it unlocks a cache of audio tidbits on that object’s. Listeners can record their own snippets that then get woven into the narrative web. It’s a tidy metaphor for how stories might develop in the future more broadly. The subject is still a single, concrete thing. But the experience is something totally new—interactive and multisensorial.
Facebook passes 1.44B monthly active users and 1.25B mobile users; 65% are now daily users
Facebook also shared that it now has 936 million daily active users (a 17 percent bump year over year) and 798 million mobile daily active users (a 31 percent increase year over year). This means about 65 percent of Facebook’s members use the service daily, and 64 percent of its mobile members use it daily on mobile.
Google shares rise after online ad sales drive revenue higher
(Reuters) - Google Inc reported higher quarterly revenue and profit as rising online ad volume offset a hit from the strong dollar, sending the Internet company's shares higher in after-hours trading.
Facebook's WhatsApp Will Be How the World Makes Phone Calls | WIRED
But the same could be said of messaging on WhatsApp. It too cuts into the carriers’ way of doing things. And yet, WhatsApp has thrived. It has so much traction in large part because it has cultivated partnerships with carriers, striking deals that bundle its app with lost-cost wireless services. According another Allot survey, about 37 percent of the carriers now have deals with WhatsApp or similar inexpensive Internet-based services—a sharp rise over the past few years. “More and more operators are adopting the strategy of ‘let’s partner with them’ rather than ‘let’s fight them,'” Sulkes says.
Intel Compute Stick Review: Don’t Buy It
Not only was the game completely and totally unplayable over WiFi, it actually completely and totally froze the system on a couple occasions. Sure, Intel technically recommends using a USB ethernet dongle or a 5GHz USB WiFi adapter for Steam streaming—and with them, it works great—but that costs money AND takes up another precious USB port. Now we’re talking about investing in a USB hub, a network adapter, and whatever gamepad you’re using, along with the keyboard and mouse you needed to fire this system up. And pray the Stick can provide enough power to that USB port to connect them all simultaneously. Oh, and don’t forget to install drivers first: when I plugged in my tiny $20 Edimax 802.11ac dongle into the Stick, it immediately gave me the Blue Screen of Death and wouldn’t boot until I yanked it out.
11 must-have Apple Watch apps
It’s a novel and futuristic experience to chat with friends on your wrist like this. Other features include an archived message list, instant notifications as new messages arrive and more. In the future, I anticipate the other big players in video messaging will become involved in using the Apple Watch for communications. And it seems inevitable these devices will have a part to play in unified communication set-ups in the enterprise.
Microsoft Office apps on iOS, Android exceed 100 million downloads
That seems to have worked for Microsoft, because during the company’s financial results call yesterday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed that the apps had reached a combined total of over 100 million downloads. Impressive as that number is, it shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise, as the Office apps, among other closely integrated software like Skype, frequently appear in top 100 lists in the App Store and Google Play Store.
In ancient Egypt, they wore their hangover cures - CNET
Recently translated ancient papyrus reveal the curious way that ancient Egyptians treated a hangover. It was also a potential fashion accessory.
Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN
In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).
Apple Watch is a day away, but the Apple Watch User Guide is now online
You can learn how to perform Digital Touch, customize your watch face, set up Apple Pay, configure the activity tracker, and a lot more. There’s also information on how to properly clean the bands. If you bought an Apple Watch Edition, the user guide tells you how to find the hallmarks and fineness marks.
Sheryl Sandberg calls on working dads in equality fight
Sheryl Sandberg calls on working dads in equality fight
Women, stop trying to be perfect moms. Dads, it's ok to talk about your kids at the office. Those are some of the recommendations from LeanIn.org, a non-profit co-founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that focuses on empowering women in their careers.
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New to Netflix for May 2015 - IGN
In Grace and Frankie (from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman), Jane Fonda ("Grace") and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.
Twitter Tries to Tone Down the Chirping
Highlights is a significant step outside Twitter’s comfort zone in pursuit of new users. Weil, who in October became the company’s fifth product chief in five years, has focused on making Twitter look less intimidating. In February his team released an “instant timeline” feature that automatically builds Twitter feeds for new users who agree to give it access to their smartphone contact lists. “While you were away” notices, added in January, push a handful of the most popular tweets you missed to the top of your feed when you log in. Earlier in April, Twitter’s spartan home page, which used to offer only an option to sign in to the service, added colorful category tabs such as “cute animals” and “Nascar drivers” that suggest related accounts to follow.
France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It
By adhering to the Open Government Partnership, member countries show that they are willing to progress when it comes to these for areas. Countries also share takeaways from their open government initiatives with other members, which isn’t surprising given that the Partnership is all about promoting open strategies.
Apple's TestFlight updated, supports testing Apple Watch apps
Before this, developers had to remove the WatchKit binaries from their apps as they were submitted into the iTunes Store, or the store would not accept the uploads. It was an unnecessary frustration for many developers, but now that TestFlight has been updated, this issue should be alleviated.
Furious 8 is coming in 2017
You knew this was coming. You just had to know this was coming. "One last ride," after all, is just a metaphor that means "just kidding there's still some fuel in the tank and the tires are in pretty good condition." Another Fast and Furious film. What also helps, of course, is that Furious 7 currently sits as the 7th highest-grossing film of all time (worldwide) and is still in theaters. Furious 8 is coming April 14th, 2017.
U.S. Marshal smashes woman’s smartphone to avoid being recorded
There is no situation in which an officer can intentionally grab and destroy a camera being used to lawfully record law enforcement. The officer’s conduct is a blatant and deliberate violation of the Constitution and his duties as an officer to abide by the law. Members of the public, on a public street, unquestionably have a First Amendment right to record law enforcement officers, acting in the course of their duties. Indeed, as recent events have shown, video recording of law enforcement activity plays a crucial role in holding police accountable for misconduct — particularly in California, where public access to information about officer misconduct is limited by state law
Free App Friday: 5 Tools That Will Spark Your Creativity
Available for Android tablets and the iPad, Wacom’s Bamboo Paper ( Android , iOS ) turns your slate into a sketchbook. Depending upon what you’re trying to get done, there are four styles available—visual thinking, note-taking, journaling, art creation—with a handful of pen types for you to use to jot your ideas down. Your creations can be shared to popular social networks or saved to various cloud-based storage services, and the app works with various styluses (Wacom recommends its own, of course).
Dead Loved Ones May Accidentally Show Up In Facebook's New 'Hello' App
Apparently, the problem has to do with how phone numbers can be set up on Facebook. After looking into the issue following an inquiry from The Huffington Post, a spokeswoman for Facebook told me that my friend's number was registered under Oliver's account, though it's not viewable by his friends. In other words, Oliver had two numbers associated with his account: His own cell phone number that was posted on his Facebook profile for others to see, and, for reasons that aren't clear, my friend's cell phone number that was kept private but associated with his account.
Casio's iPhone app searches for keywords in voice recordings
“Unlike voice-recognition applications seen in smartphones, this app doesn’t need a reference dictionary when processing inputs. It just relies on the phonetic characteristics of keywords,” said Hiroki Tomita, a researcher at Casio’s Hamura R&D Center.
Regret your Apple Watch band? Apple will let you swap it out
Band swaps won’t be done entirely in store, which is weird, but is probably related to supply constraints. The process is that, upon going into an Apple Store, an Apple representative will confirm your Apple Watch is still within the 14 day return window, then initiate a swap through the Online Store call center. Customer support representatives will then order a new band, ship it out to the custom, and give instructions on how to return the old band.
This is the best battery case for your iPhone 6
We’ve all been there. It’s 3PM, your iPhone is teetering at 10 percent battery, and your friends all want to go out after work, leaving you no time to charge your phone. There’s no way your phone is going to make it. The beads of sweat start to form: “How am I going to sync up with everyone tonight? How will I call that Uber to come pick me up? How will I Instagram my crostini appetizer that never has enough toast?”
If you're so smart, why is your brain convinced you're invisible? - CNET
Tricking the brain into thinking its body can't be seen is easier than you might think. That can be helpful in stressful situations, but does it make virtual reality more dangerous?
Amazon reports a $57m loss in the first quarter - BBC News
Technology giant Amazon has said its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn (£1.04bn) in the first quarter of the year and is profitable.
Riding Motorcycles And Ostriches In Vietnam's Mountains
Want to see the mountains, forests and farms of the “real” Vietnam? Get away from the tourist hoards, get on a motorcycle and go. I just did that, and even got to ride an ostrich. Here’s how you can too.
Kleiner Perkins Is Seeking Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees From Ellen Pao
Pao, who is now the interim chief executive at Reddit, sued Kleiner Perkins in May 2012, alleging gender discrimination and retaliation after the firm declined to promote her to senior partner. When the case went to trial in San Francisco Superior Court, it drew up to 200 spectators at one point to watch while Pao was cross-examined on the stand. The jury ruled on March 27 in favor of Kleiner Perkins .
Avengers: Age of Ultron Pinball Gameplay - IGN Plays - IGN Video
Daemon and Justin are checking out the new Avengers table for Zen Pinball/Pinball FX 2.
Samsung hints at new smartwatch on Apple Watch launch day
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd teased the market with hints of a new version of its Gear smartwatch on Friday, the same day that rival Apple Inc's long-awaited wearable devices went on sale.
Angry woman drowns cheating boyfriend's Apple gadgets in bath - CNET
Technically Incorrect: A Japanese woman is so unhappy that her boyfriend cheated that she hits him where it hurts.
Apple's Smartwatch Releases Today - IGN
Those who managed to secure a pre-order before the device completely sold out online can look forward to receiving their shiny new piece of wearable tech today. Unfortunately, those who were a bit late to the party will have to remain patient a while longer, with the wait for some models spilling all the way into June.
Google shares rise after earnings miss
For the sixth straight quarter, Google's ( GOOG ) earnings fell below analyst estimates. But investors were pleased with a healthy bump in the number of paid clicks on Google ads and comments from executives about the growing popularity of ads on the Google-owned video service YouTube, sending shares up 4% to $567.45 in after-hours trading.
Finally: A Rolls-Royce for Fancy People | WIRED
RR: Unique to this Collection and a first for Phantom, is a two-veneer finish that shows off the unique skills of the woodworkers at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Piano Seashell specific to this collection is applied to the door cappings, blending the veneer with the leather schemes. Smoked Chestnut completes the colour scheme, the first time that this veneer has been used in Phantom.
The directors of The Lego Movie are making an animated Spider-Man film
Interestingly enough, in its press release about the news Sony does not list Feige as a producer on the new animated film. Instead Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal are listed as producers alongside Lord and Miller. While that trio was the same team behind the two Garfield films, Arad and Tolmach were not part of the new Marvel initiative. As a result, we could see two dramatically different takes on the character. In any case, with Lord and Miller in charge this is likely to be the funniest — and most pop-culturally savvy — Spider-Man anyone has ever seen.
Square Enix Announces Press Conference Plans for E3 2015 - IGN
In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you hope Square will show off during its first-ever E3 media briefing. For more on E3, head over to IGN's wiki to check out the list of rumored and confirmed games at E3 2015 and a chart of E3 2015 live streams and press conferences .
Pentagon's new cyber strategy cites U.S. ability to retaliate
REDWOOD CITY, California (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to unveil an updated cyber strategy on Thursday that will stress the military's ability to retaliate with cyber weapons, a capability he hopes will help deter attacks.
JXE Training Day: How to play your first 'League of Legends' match
We covered the League of Legends basics during our very first episode Training Day . Loc Tran, he of San Jose State University's rising League team , gave us the lowdown on just what mobile online battle arena (MOBA) games actually are, what it's like to play them and which ones are right for beginners. This week, we dive into matches against live players. What do you need to know the first time you play League of Legends ? What class of character is good for you? We'll answer those questions and more on today's Training Day.
A quarter of Americans are completely sedentary, and Chipotle will now deliver
Two pieces of news passed through my online feed this morning. Chipotle, in a partnership with the startup Postmates, will now deliver in 67 cities across the US. Also, "roughly 83 million Americans age six and over, or about 28 percent of the population, reported that they did not once participate in any of 104 specific physical activities in the last calendar year." That qualifies them as " totally sedentary ."
Are You The Cause Of Your Own Stress?
We've all been there. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and it snowballs from there. Then you spend the entire rest of the day trying to play catch-up and feeling your stress level growing. It turns out there are some simple stress-saving tips we can do throughout the day to make ourselves much more chill .
What NOT to Do When You Work For a Jerk
Until legislation is passed to protect workers from abuse, Wyatt recommends taking an adaptive approach by figuring out what is most important to their supervisor and then approaching them in a way that meets those needs. It’s often difficult to keep a cool head when you’re getting screamed at for some small infraction. So it’s just as important to remember what NOT to do when you’re under fire.
Snap and edit pictures like a pro with these great Android photo apps
Though what good is a smartphone camera without the proper applications to get the most out of your photos? While the stock camera application on any Android-based smartphone provides an extremely easy way to snap and save pictures, it doesn’t offer much in the way of sprucing up those ordinary photos with filters and effects. A simple trip to the Google Play Store reveals an abundance of available photo and editing apps, but it isn’t always easy to find the best of the bunch. To help, we sifted through the sea of available programs and curated the following list of our favorite Android photo-capture and -editing apps worthy of a download.
Our First Impressions of the Apple Watch Sport - IGN
For some folks, today's deliveries have included a surprisingly heavy package containing an Apple Watch. If you're not part of that group, or you're just wondering what all the fuss is about, we've got you covered with some initial thoughts on the Apple Watch Sport, which is the first model we've received. Below you'll find a couple galleries full of photos ranging from the packaging to the Watch itself, as well as a brief, early take on setting up the device and the first hours of wearing it.