Twitter names a new head of product — after just 6 months
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Five ways Samsung can overhaul its ailing smartphone business - CNET
When it comes to growth, the low end is where it's at. But that's also where competition is harshest. Samsung said that more than 50 percent of its smartphone units will come from the low end in 2015. In the third quarter, the company's profits tumbled in part because it sold more cheap smartphones than pricey devices. It also said it plans to go head-to-head with its rivals in inexpensive phones.
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Microsoft Band Hands-On: An Activity Tracker That's Actually Smart
The new Microsoft Band is probably the most ambitious activity tracker I've ever seen: It jams 10 sensors into one slim wristable. But after strapping it on for the first time, I really feel that it's more than just another handsome little metrics bracelet; it's actually got the brains to tell me what to do with them.
Steam Halloween Sale: Fallout, Walking Dead, much more
It's that time of year again, when children dress up as monsters, adults fret over apples stuffed with razor blades and Valve slashes prices on numerous computer games right down to the bone. Yes, dear reader, the Steam Halloween Sale is now upon us.
Highlights of the massive promotion include Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics priced at $2.50 a piece. Once you've completed those three games, you can then move onto the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition which is available for $6.79. If you'd rather forego apocalyptic mutants in favor of good, old-fashioned zombies, both seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead are also on sale. Season 1 currently features a $6.24 price point while Season 2 can be yours for $12.49. Those who want to combine the open world of the former games with the ambulatory corpses of the latter can pick up Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition at $37.49.
For a full rundown of the 80-plus games included in the Halloween Sale, visit the Steam store . As with all seasonal promotions, the Halloween Sale is only for a limited time and prices will return to normal on the morning of November 3.
Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion
Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion
This Ad Shows Just How Romantic The Internet Of Things Can Be
Home automation tech brand WeMo and agency CP+B put a romantic spin on the potential of Internetting your stuff and your life with this new ad. Here we meet Rachel, who comes home to a Rube Goldbergian assembly of web-enabled devices--from the stereo and lights to the crock-pot and TV. It's all an elaborate anniversary gift from her husband Dan who can't be home for the occasion.
Watch the final trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'
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Google Glass Is Now Banned From Movie Theaters Across the U.S.
Google Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide.
Top CIOs Start the Journey to the 'Digital Enterprise'
At Liberty Mutual, the company's personal insurance unit is further along the path to a mobile-based, all-digital process than the global specialty insurance business is, says Mojgan Lefebvre, who is CIO of Liberty Mutual Global Specialty. Today, Lefebvre says, consumers expect to interact with any service the way they do with Amazon.com--from their smartphones, with no need for paper and no need to physically interact with a person or place. "If the digital enterprise means to do the entire business end to end from a smartphone, the personal [insurance] lines are much closer, if not there," she says. The commercial unit is not as digitized. Her unit, which has nearly 250 products to cover high-risk, highly specialized insurance needs, is probably furthest away.
Come hang out with us for a kickoff event and an after party at Roadmap 2014!
Heck, maybe the Hoff will even show up (see Biz Carson’s excellent rendition of what that would look like below). Come hang out with us at the Roadmap kick off and after party and for the rest of the event. Roadmap promises to be two days of design product inspiration and fun!
The Consequences Of An Unfair Workplace
But, when the organization does things that feel unfair, it causes people to question why they are part of this community. If upper management is compensated far more than rank-and-file employees, even in economic downturns, it creates a sense of unfairness. When one person is promoted despite the presence of other people who seem more deserving, it creates a sense of unfairness. When projects that people have worked on for a long time are cut without explanation, it creates a sense of unfairness.
Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED
Conspiracy theories abound about the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Some say Earhart was captured by the Japanese or that she found her way back to the US and lived out her life as a New Jersey housewife, Gillespie said. His team’s hypothesis is that Earhart and Noonan were trying to find Howland Island, but after failing to do so, they landed on a reef extending out from Nikumororo, also known as Gardner Island. For days, the pair sent out distress calls from the aircraft’s radio, but the rising tides soon pushed the plane over the edge of the reef and into the ocean. The team thinks Earhart and Noonan survived for a while on the island as castaways.
Stephen Colbert takes on Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian
He also asked why women couldn't just have "separate but equal games," a direct reference to the infamous and racist "separate but equal" law that enabled racial segregation in the United States. The 10-minute segment closed with Colbert asking Sarkeesian whether he was able to call himself a feminist. In order to give himself the tag, and join the ranks of Gamergate's hated "social justice warriors," Sarkeesian queried simply whether he believed in equal rights for women, to which Colbert replied — "sure, I guess."
In The Wake Of Tragedy, Canadians React To Islamophobia With A Satisfying Punch In The Face
Stereotypes exist in our minds and that is not going to change anytime soon unless everybody on the planet is compelled to take a course in social psychology. Many of my friends were Muslims in college as the city I lived in has a significant Muslim population. Both sides -Muslims and non-Muslims know that there are fundamentalists who are highly active and that that number is growing in some parts of the world. In the same city, just yesterday a terrorist group was found to be recruiting online in the name of ISIS - the investigation was detailed in a newspaper article. They are also now recruiting techies and other highly educated individuals who are unfortunately being lured by "religion".
The Crew's PS4 and Xbox One beta starts next week
When Ubisoft pushed back the launch of its upcoming racing game The Crew to December, it revealed plans to hold an additional beta phase around the time the game was previously expected to launch. Today, the publisher announced the PS4 and Xbox One closed beta for The Crew will start next Thursday, November 6 and last through Monday, November 10.
The Crew 's PS4 and Xbox One beta will allow players to cruise across the country, completing challenges in two of the game's five regions, the Midwest and the East Coast. It will also feature the game's PvP lobby in the dirt and street classes. The closed beta is open to all players, though Ubisoft said some features will require an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription. Those interested in participating in the beta can register on Ubisoft's official site for the game, and those that pre-order The Crew will be guaranteed access to the beta program. The Crew will launch on December 2 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
[Image: Ubisoft] The Crew (April 2014)
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UBISOFT ANNOUNCES THE CREW™ CLOSED BETA ON XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION 4 FROM NOVEMBER 6TH TO 10TH
SAN FRANCISCO – October 29, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that The Crew™ closed beta will take place from November 6th to November 10th for the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Nintendo—yes, THAT Nintendo—is building a bedside sleep sensor to monitor your health
The Quality of Life (QOL) Sensor sits by a user’s bedside and monitors body movements, heart rate and breathing via radio waves. The non-contact unit then sends the data it gathers to cloud-based servers for analysis. Users can then access results that show their sleep and fatigue levels.
Alien: Isolation is haunted by more than Xenomorphs
You might think that the scariest part of Alien: Isolation is, you know, the alien , but you would be wrong. There is something darker that lurks within Sevastopol station's cramped corridors, something altogether more sinister. If you don't believe us, see it for yourself in a video we captured this morning. Don't worry, it's spoiler-free, though we can't promise it won't fuel your nightmares for months to come. Alien: Isolation (E3 2014)
NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe | TechCrunch
Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle , which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Came Out As Gay
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions | TechCrunch
My feelings on Sunset Overdrive can be summed up as follows: It’s kind of like a Hummer in that it’s completely impractical, embarrassing to be seen driving, and probably designed by a 13-year old with an authority problem. But for all its failings, it’s still a lot of fun once you get behind the wheel.
Stewart Butterfield explains why Slack is now worth more than $1 billion
I don’t think it was quite apparent in April how big an opportunity this was going to be or how fast it would be growing. Remember, we only started working on this in January 2013, went into beta that August and launched publicly in February of this year. The growth has been completely insane and almost entirely on word of mouth. In fact, we just hired our first marketing person, but he doesn’t begin until next week. Finally, we want to be super-aggressive. I feel like the next 16 to 18 months are going to be critically important to us. We don’t have any significant competition and want to get our far ahead now.
Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?
By the time the 20th century rolled around, Victorian architecture had gone out of style. The architecture world had moved onto modernism, eschewing the ornate decoration of Victorian housing for simpler, airier architecture. This was part of a broader cultural shift. "In the early 20th century, the vision of America was all about progress--technological progress, industrial progress, social progress--toward some great powerful utopian future, and that had to involve sweeping the past out the door," Burns says. "You had to trash the Victorian if you were going to carry your own vision of modernity forward." Victorian houses went against the grain of the dominant architectural discourse of the day. "If you think of somebody like Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie houses, they were meant to be clean and open and light and healthy--all of the things that Victorian houses were the opposite of," Burns says. "They were thought of as dust traps."
5 facts about online harassment
On the other hand sexual harassment doesn’t bother me, nor do insults about my looks or body. I’ve lived with my body for a long time. It’s doing all sorts of strange things I never expected (or at least wanted) it to do. The person bothering me can look forward to the same sorts of things if it isn’t already happening to him/her. We’re all worm food in the end, and as the book says, everybody poops. I’m pretty normal, I don’t understand others getting bent out of shape over natural bodily functions. Not that I want to hear about them.
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive
Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and data analytics to transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities." It's hard to say what that really means, beyond that the company has an energy focus — but it's interesting to note that they're promising products at next year's CES in January. That suggests that there'll be a consumer angle here of some sort.
Facebook’s secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election
Facebook has come under fire before for manipulating the newsfeeds of its users without their knowledge, and now a Mother Jones report says the social network’s experiments may have significantly affected voter turnout in the 2012 elections
Mario Kart 8 closing on 3.5 million copies sold
For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014
Game Changer: A Look Inside Ubisoft’s Immersive Game Experiences (1:00 - 2:30PM)- Thanks to compelling narratives, innovative gameplay, and breakthrough technology, video games these days are true entertainment experiences. At the forefront of this charge, Ubisoft has inspired communities around the world to play, connect, rock out, and Just Dance. During this visit to Ubisoft’s San Francisco office, get hands-on with some of its top video-game franchises and learn about the technology that powers its innovation.
Hosted by Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft; Jason Altman,Executive Producer, Just Dance Now; Paul Cross,Creative Director, Rocksmith
Ezra’s Craft Liquor Marketplace Helps You Understand All The Subtle Notes Of Your Drink | TechCrunch
At some point in most everyone’s life, alcohol consumption goes from a sport wherein players try to get pounded in the most efficient way possible to an activity all in itself, where people actually enjoy the taste, the flavors, and the experience of drinking a fine liqueur.
One-Year-Old Business Software Maker Slack Valued at $1.12 Billion
Slack is the latest company to seek to change how people communicate or collaborate at work. Some prior efforts by other companies faded as optimism for new tech tools met the tough reality of changing people’s ingrained habits. For example, Yammer competitor Jive was also valued at $1 billion or more at one point, before companies cooled on buying Facebook-like tools for employees. Jive’s stock price now trades at less than one-quarter of its peak share price in 2012.
How An Ex-Inmate’s Startup Is Improving Prisoners' Lives
These ideas come from the real-life struggles Hutson witnessed (and experienced) when he himself was a prisoner. After being sentenced to 51 months for smuggling marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico via overnight delivery services, the then 24-year-old Hutson started serving his sentence in October 2007. During the four years he spent behind bars, he saw how difficult it was for families to stay in touch with their convicted loved ones. He himself was moved to eight different prisons, leaving his family and friends to figure out the logistics of staying in touch every time.
This wasn't an ideal day for photography because the sky was overcast and it was raining, but a black and white conversion works for this image.
How well does George R.R. Martin know 'Game of Thrones' characters? - CNET
That's exactly what happened Tuesday on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" when Martin was promoting his new book, "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones."
8 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Internet Lovers
If you're like us, you've suddenly realized two things: Halloween is just days away, and you've been too busy wasting your life away on the Internet to figure out a costume.
New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing | TechCrunch
It does this by providing a way for companies to build a model using business rules to define usage and then charging back to those who are using the resources in a fair way. The tool actually walks the user through the model building process starting with the accounts you are tracking, the tags the tool can pull automatically, uncategorized resources and the reserved instances associated with this account. It’s important to note, it can pull costs associated with different resources from the cloud vendor APIs, but customers building a model that includes internal resources in a private cloud have to come up with a cost allocation system for charging back to departments for usage manually.
Mesmerizing Photos Of Bees, From An Instagramming Beekeeper
"I think most people hope to get some kind of education about bees from my photos. Just seeing images of the inside of a beehive is something most people have never seen. The images alone can be eye-opening. I think people like to learn about bees and beekeeping from my account but also they like to just see what I am up to because my experiences are pretty unique," Kearney writes in an email.
Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor | TechCrunch
E-commerce design startup Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as give its artists a platform for creating new storefronts. To realize that goal, the company has raised an additional $38 million in Series D funding led by Norwest Venture Partners.
29-year-old cancer patient will not end her life this weekend
Maynard was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in April; doctors gave her approximately six months to live. So instead of letting her cancer determine her last day, she had chosen to commit suicide on Nov. 1 under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act so she could celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30. She planned to use a prescription from her doctor, but Maynard has since reversed that decision.
Tim Cook publicly comes out as gay in a public letter
In an opinionated editorial published on Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook has proudly revealed that he is gay. Cook has generally been a very private person but this is the first time he has come out and revealed the truth to the public.
LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners | TechCrunch
Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications. To that end, Nokia Growth Partners — a investment firm that has made investments in 50 startups, operating independently of Nokia but also backed exclusively by them — is leading a $23 million investment into Digital Lumens , a specialist in LED lighting, to help the company scale out its business globally.
Assassin's Creed Unity - Time Anomaly Trailer - IGN Video
Who knew that you'd be gunning down planes during the French Revolution?
Halloween Horror Streams: Shadow of Condemned: Criminal Origins
Shadow of Mordor isn't a scary game. Building up pressure in high stakes scenarios is something it excels at, but making with the scares? Not these orcs. Developer Monolith Productions probably just needed a break, though. It's coming off a decade of smart, very scary games. Condemned: Criminal Origins looms large among them. One of the very first games out there for Xbox 360, Condemned 's murder mystery still has power, hence why it's a perfect selection for our Halloween Horror Streams.
Starting at 4:00PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch , we'll be streaming the PC version of Condemned for your pleasure. Xav de Matos ( @Xav ), a man who readily admits to being terribly frightened by first-person horror games, will take the helm. Anthony John Agnello ( @ajohnagnello ) will hang in the chat offering moral support.
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Condemned 2: Bloodshot (Xbox 360, PS3)
Seth Rogen to Play Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic
It’s significant that Sony is producing this biopic. It’ll be a tribute to the the founders of Sony and Apple, Akio Morita and Steve Jobs, respectively. They were good friends from the time Jobs first visited Sony in Japan in the early 1980s until Akio Morita’s death in 1997.
The two shared a kinship: As biographer Christopher Dixon puts it, “Akio ran Sony based on his intuitions. For example, he ignored focus groups that hated the Walkman, saying: ‘We don’t ask consumers what they want. They don’t know. Instead we apply our brain power to what they need, and will want, and make sure we’re there, ready’ ”
Sounds a bit arrogant–telling customers what they want before they want it–but this sounds a lot like Steve Jobs. And both were very successful with this approach. Akio Morita had a
long run of hits: the transistor radio, transistor TV, Walkman, compact disc player, and camcorder–and Jobs had his own hits–the Mac computer,iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I really hope they cast George Takei in the role of Morita. Easy-going and energetic, Takei would portray a younger Morita pretty well.
Pirate Bay founder gets jail term
He was deported from Cambodia in September 2013 to Sweden where he served a jail term for copyright theft because of his involvement with the Pirate Bay file-sharing site.
GoCardless Launches Enterprise Direct Debits, Secures The Guardian | TechCrunch
GoCardless is a Y Combinator alum which created a simple way for online businesses to set up and accept direct debit payments. Why is this important, I hear you ask? Well, out there in the rest of the world, recurring payments are almost always driven by direct debit transactions from bank accounts, a market which is not well developed in the US, but happens to be highly developed elsewhere, especially in Europe. If you wanted a comparison, closest equivalent in the US might be Dwolla .
Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion | TechCrunch
Seedrs, however, wants in the U.S., as its purchase of Junction makes plain. I asked Seedrs CEO Jeff Lynn how the purchase will negotiate the differing regulatory climate between his company’s current home market and the rules in the U.S. that could make his current operations difficult. He said his firm’s plan for the U.S. market is to accept accredited investors. Lynn went on to indicate that the JOBS Act could change how it works in the U.S. market, however.
Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund | TechCrunch
3D Hubs is a global network of local 3D printers. Their mission is to make 3D printing accessible to everyone and help people create a new kind of products that are personalised, on-demand and locally produced. It is the world's largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers with over 7,000 printers in 140 different countries.
Founded April 2013 in Amsterdam by two former 3D Systems employees, …