The Three Steps to Success on YouTube

They’re comprised of home grown creators who got started without production or media budgets – in other words, in the beginning they were just individuals with nothing more than a camera and an internet connection. Compare this with Facebook and Twitter where you’ll find the top 100 accounts comprised entirely of major brands, media outlets, celebrities and sports teams, because you can buy your way to a large fan base on those platforms.

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Virtual Reality Won't Just Amuse—It Will Heal Millions | WIRED

And not just “problems” in the sense that too many startups mean as they try to monetize a solution to a minor inconvenience. For years, virtual reality has made inroads in helping to treat serious phobias, post-traumatic stress, and burn victims’ pain. Now, as the price of VR tech plummets, this therapeutic tech is advancing—and could soon become available to many more people who need it.

Microsoft bringing Xbox One Preview Program to Xbox 360

You'll know you're in if you see a special Xbox Live message from Microsoft. If you're one of the lucky few, head to the Xbox 360's Settings menu, then go to Account Management under Account. There, you'll see an option for "Xbox 360 Preview Registration" listed as one of your memberships, and it'll allow you to enroll your console in the program. That won't do anything just yet, but Microsoft will send another Xbox Live message to let you know the program has officially begun.

Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

The study's subjects filled out a questionnaire regarding their creative achievements in the fields of art, dance, music, architecture, creative writing, humor, scientific invention, and more. The researchers measured their "sensory gating"—the neurological process of filtering irrelevant environmental stimuli to keep your brain from being overloaded. The participants sat in a sound booth with headphones, while the researchers played two millisecond-long audible clicks and measured their brain activity through an EEG. While generally people ignore the click the second time they hear it, those with leaky sensory gating had just as great of a neurological response to the second click as they did to the first.

Introducing Hackaball, the computer you can hurl against a wall - CNET

The ball can be programmed to show different lights and make sounds in response to a variety of actions like shaking, dropping and bouncing, so the number of games that can spring from it are limited by imagination only. One of the games the makers suggest is using it to play "Truth or Dare." If you shake the ball and it turns red, it's truth. Simply holding it until it turns blue means dare. The ball can also be used as an alarm clock that you can hurl at a wall to silence -- definitely a cathartic way to start the morning.

10 things in tech you need to know today

Etsy has filed for an IPO, Apple has delayed production of larger iPads, and is limiting what the Apple Watch can do.

Europe considers new proposals to create tiered internet service

Just one week after the American government  voted to enforce net neutrality , the European Union is considering plans allowing the opposite: permitting internet providers to create a tiered internet service with paid fast lanes. A proposal put forward by Latvia would  reportedly allow telecoms companies to "enter into agreements" with companies and individuals to provide faster internet speeds — so long as these deals do not impair other users' connections.

Jay Z's Bid For Aspiro Is Being Blocked

We further note that Aktiespararna’s recommendation to not accept the offer is primarily based on an argument that more than 10% will reject the offer and a potentially raised bid by Project Panther. This is a bit surprising, as to my experience, we have neither a confirmation that more than 10% will reject the offer (as we are still within the acceptance period until March 11th) nor that Project Panther is willing to raise its bid or engage in direct negotiations with the minority shareholders.

MindMaze's hand-tracking, mind-reading virtual reality headset is just as complicated as it sounds

To use MindLeap, a user puts on the display, cementing the net and some free-hanging wires to their head with conductive gel. From there, they'll enter a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality. Look to the left, and there's a simple virtual landscape; turn to the right, and the headset switches to showing the view from one of its front-mounted cameras, similar to Samsung's Gear VR. In augmented reality, its tracking sensors pick up the outline of a user's hand and set fire dancing around the fingertips. If the user is sufficiently relaxed, that fire turns to ice.

Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

Vanhawks co-founder Ali Zahid explained in an interview that the startup wasn’t surprised that it needed more funds to start shipping over and above what it raised on Kickstarter, since they were first-time entrepreneurs and didn’t know exactly what to expect when it came time for actual production and manufacturing. Despite missing their initial launch target of late last year for shipping the first Valour bikes out to Kickstarter backers, Zahid says they’re pleased with how things are going now and will start shipping in batches of 25 to 50 bikes at a time this spring, with the intent of working through the backlog by this summer and then offering two- to three-week delivery times on new orders. The funding also helps with the company’s long-term strategy, which extends beyond making bikes.

Tech5 Deadline Extended: Win Stage Time!

Our deadline was set for February 28, and despite far exceeding the number of signups that the competition saw in 2014, we suspect that there are still some companies out there who deserve a chance to participate.

Cloudera CEO declares victory over big data competition

While Hortonworks explains the Open Data Platform essentially as a way for member companies to build on top of Hadoop without, I guess, formally paying Hortonworks for support or embracing its entire Hadoop distribution, Reilly describes it as little more than a marketing ploy. Aside from calling it a graceful exit for Pivotal (and, arguably, IBM), he takes issue with even calling it “open.” If the ODP were truly open, he said, companies wouldn’t have to pay for membership, Cloudera would have been invited and, when it asked about the alliance, it wouldn’t have been required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Valve's Steam Machines Will Officially Launch In November

At GDC in San Francisco this week, Valve is showing off Steam Machines from Alienware and Falcon Northwest, and they say they've got PCs from "a dozen other partners" launching in November, too. Says Valve: "Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance. Customers interested in the best possible gaming experience can choose whichever components meet their needs."

“FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s.

This is the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that held Twitter hostage

Earlier this morning, the official Twitter account for the film asked followers to tweet out the hashtag #AvengersAssemble, after which it would "unlock an epic new #Avengers #AgeOfUltron Trailer!" (Sadly, those hashtags are not a satirical flourish.) Sure enough, legions of Marvel fans complied, and now we can see the new footage in all its glory. While a lot will look familiar, it's the most comprehensive look at the film we've seen yet, including a number of new action sequences and a brief close-up of  Vision himself .

Conductive Inks Could Transform 3-D Printing | MIT Technology Review

Voxel8 isn’t trying to get into the toy business. The hand-sized drone serves to show off the capabilities of the company’s new 3-D printing technology. Voxel8 has developed a machine that can print both highly conductive inks for circuits along with plastic. This makes it possible to do away with conventional circuit boards, the size and shape of which constrain designs and add extra bulk to devices.

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Google Contacts Now Keeps Your Contacts Updated, Merges Duplicates

Google is offering up a preview of the new version of Google Contacts today. Contacts gets a big visual overhaul to make it easier to manage your contacts and see everything you've been talking about.

Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

Twitter’s  Digits , a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their phone number instead of a username and password combination, which can be more easily hacked, the option to include two-step verification provides another layer of security for those who want to take advantage of the newly added feature.

The internet of things will rock your business and here’s how

The internet of things will disrupt the hell out of your business and you best start preparing your business to meet that change by preparing to deal in information as opposed to physical goods, according to Charlie Peters, an executive senior vice president at Emerson. This may be surprising coming from a top executive at a company know from process manufacturing and old-line systems, but Peters, laid down several hard truths in this week’s podcast about how the internet of things will change enterprises in his conversation with me.

Live chat: Why are women leaving tech?

In 2008, hostile work environments were driving women from the tech industry at a startlingly high rate, a study by the Center for Talent Innovation found. Has it gotten any better? Not really, according to a follow-up report in 2014.

First look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for Mac public preview

Half a decade after Microsoft's last major update to Office for Mac, the venerable productivity suite returns anew with a Retina redesign, a modern codebase, and a host of new features — and it's available today as a public preview. AppleInsider was given early access to the new apps and brings you a close-up view of Redmond's latest.

SolarCity sues Arizona utility over solar anti-competitive practices

The solar financier and installer chaired by Elon Musk, SolarCity, has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court claiming that the Arizona utility Salt River Project is using anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly around energy and solar power and unfairly block competition.

Twitter In Talks With Live Streaming App Periscope

Over the past week I used Meerkat to stream a live roller coaster ride to around 30 people, which was a very interesting feeling. It had the same feel as a Twitch broadcast, but instead of a game, it was your life you were commentating. Periscope and Meerkat face the same challenges as any live-streaming product. There is a narrow window of opportunity for a live event, and it’s completely synchronous — unable to be consumed out of line with its creation. That’s both compelling and limiting. Live video like this seems like it would be incredibly difficult to scale, but that’s not a problem if you already have scale and you just want to leverage it in a new way.

McDonald's To End Use Of Antibiotics In Chicken, But Not Other Meat Yet

"The U.S. commitment on chicken is a really big deal," says Sasha Stashwick , senior advocate for the food and agriculture program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "It’s not just the chicken that they buy, it’s the market signal that it sends to the rest of the industry, including chicken producers." (McDonald’s hasn't yet responded to a question about exactly how much chicken it buys, but with 27 million customers a day, it's safe to say it's a lot).

Vast Majority Of Us Would Prefer A Thicker Smartphone If It Meant A Better Battery

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Watch this: Hands free phone gestures from 2 meters away

I can think of another simple use case I’d love to see that could theoretically be done with gestures: Muting the microphone on a phone call. I often take hands-free calls for product briefings and I have the bad habit of walking around the room during the conversation. Sometimes, I need to mute that mic and it would be great if I could do that with a gesture. Elliptic Labs says its solution works within a 180-degree area, so it ought to be possible.

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YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

With Outbound’s service, marketers don’t have to sit down and have lengthy conversations with their company’s engineering team to build out their messaging platform, or turn to sometimes expensive marketing automation software that can fail to address their need for a multi-channel strategy. Instead, marketers can go online to Outbound’s website to start immediately creating their desired campaign, including information like what user actions will kick it off, what they want users to do in return, and how (e.g. push, email, SMS) they want to reach those users.

Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give Amazon New Competition

Alibaba is a Chinese e-commerce company operating online marketplaces for both international and domestic China trade. It also operates an online payment system called AliPay. Alibaba is a family of internet-based businesses, which enables its users to buy or sell anywhere in the world. It has developed businesses in consumer e-commerce, online payment, business-to-business marketplaces, and cloud …

FREAK Attack: A Dangerous Security Flaw Caused by US Government Policy

A group of computer scientists have revealed a dangerous security flaw that could open up many phones and other machines to attack. The worst part is that the problem has its roots in a misguided U.S. government effort to prevent consumers from having access to strong encryption.

Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro' to September due to low display yields

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has pushed back plans to start mass production of a 12.9-inch iPad model due to poor display yields, and will move forward with a revised ramp up cycle set to start in September.

Golden smartwatches, brain-like chips, and flagship phones: Mobile World Congress' hot new gear

In other words, any new Lumias released between then and now—like the 640 and 640XL—are going to be low- to mid-range devices. That may disappoint hardcore Windows fans, but from Microsoft’s perspective it makes sense to wait with Windows 10 so close at hand. The downside is that strategy gives consumers, and especially U.S. consumers, even more incentive to forget that Microsoft even makes smartphones. It's now been over a year since a new Windows Phone flagship was launched.

Samsung gives Galaxy S6 camera app a facelift (pictures) - CNET

You'll find a few new and improved features in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge camera apps.

A look at Zeroth, Qualcomm’s effort to put AI in your smartphone

What if your smartphone camera were smart enough to identify that the plate of clams and black beans appearing in its lens was actually food? What if it then automatically could make the necessary adjustments to take a decent picture of said dish in the low light conditions of a restaurant? And what if it then without prompting, uploaded that photo to Foodspotting along with your location because, your camera phone knows from past experience you like to keep an endless record of your culinary conquests for the world to see?

Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching

– A + Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching By Mikey Campbell Tuesday, March 03, 2015, 04:18 pm PT (07:18 pm ET) In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project. An inside look at the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 land speed racing vehicle with A123 battery technology. Apple revealed that settlement talks were underway in a motion requesting an extension on the time to respond to A123's accusations of employee poaching. Presiding Judge Douglas P. Woodlock subsequently issued an electronic order granting the motion. The filing was spotted by Reuters earlier today . In its complaint, A123 claims Apple poached five executives attached to the firm's System Venture Technologies Division, including program lead and company CTO Mujeeb Ijaz. The battery maker has not revealed what advanced initiatives its Venture Technologies arm was working on, but claims each of the engineers' projects have been shut down due to lack of suitable replacements.

JxE Streams: 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2' meets 'Code Veronica'

No one refers to video games as their "stories." Games tend to have a whole lot of sequels but they're hardly suited for serialized storytelling over a long period of time. Super Mario Bros. doesn't keep a thread running General Hospital style; the medium's just not built for soap opera. With the exception of Resident Evil , of course. For nearly 20 years, Resident Evil 's absurd storyline has stayed intact: an unbroken string of evil corporations, bio-terrorism and the cheesiest one-liners this side of a Marmaduke comic strip. Unfortunately, Claire Redfield, one of its best heroines, has been out of the spotlight for 15 years. Now she's back and JXE Streams is looking back on her stories.

Product Hunt is using its megaphone to tackle startup depression

It’s no secret that Product Hunt is the Pied Piper of startup land. Founders would probably follow the company anywhere, since the so-called Reddit for new apps and gadgets gives them exposure to media, investors and potential users.

Liveblog: Sony talks Morpheus VR at GDC 2015, Tuesday at 3pm PT

Further ReadingProject Morpheus impressions: Sony proves it’s serious about virtual realityNew headset is in the same class as Oculus Rift and is even better in some ways. Sony is holding the event details close to its chest, but we wouldn't be shocked if the PlayStation maker is ready to give official name, pricing, and/or release date details at the event. A few big name first-party game announcements or third-party game announcements would also go a long way toward convincing skeptics that their PlayStation 4 needs a pair of LCD goggles attached. Given how quickly LCD display and head-tracking technology is advancing, we'd also expect that the headset might now have more impressive specs than what we saw a year ago.

Apple beats Samsung to become the world's top smartphone manufacturer in Q4, says Gartner

That's a pretty dramatic reversal from a year ago, when Samsung sold 83.3 million smartphones to soundly best Apple's sales of 50.2 million iPhones. However, it seems that Samsung might now have what it takes to turn the tide quickly back to its favor: the company's brand-new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are  easily the most visually striking phones the company has announced in years. Both are set to launch worldwide on April 10th — so while Apple could stay on top for one more quarter, it seems likely that Samsung could steal the crown back in Q2 of this year.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says he'd only hire someone he'd work for

Speaking publicly from Barcelona, Spain for the second time this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that in order to build a strong organization, it’s important to hire well. And for him, that boils down to the reality that he would only hire someone he’d want to work for.

Sony says it's sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles

Sony is sounding a triumphant note today, announcing that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 20.2 million as of March 1st. The company's latest console is in a strong position as it continues to battle Xbox One and Nintendo's sagging Wii U. "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play," said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.

Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-free HBO Now service

The price is quite high at $15/month for just one channel. NBC is reportedly considering offering one for $2.50-3.50/month: although they planned to split the channel into genres and that one is just comedy shows. It makes sense to price it high first and then lower the price as they build up subscribers but it will make uptake slow because people are already paying cable at the same time to avoid missing out on shows. They should go global with these services in order to ramp adoption up faster. Going global with content will help Apple TV sales worldwide too. The HBO service going down because of Game of Thrones is an example of where content delivery for on-demand could do with being treated more like broadcast. If a whole town is watching an episode of scheduled programming, they can send the exact same 10 seconds of footage to the entire town at the same time. With on-demand, they have to send the data being requested by each person. ISPs should really get some kind of local caching feature for movies so that if one user makes a request for 10 seconds of footage from a clip from a particular Netflix URL, it stores that block in its own local network.

Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

1) Still not a fan of the home screen icon layout like I am with the iPhone, but since you don't spend too much time there and the digital crown and touchscreen makes easy work of it, I don't think it would stop me or anyone else from buying it. 2) There is a fart app already for ?Watch. 3) Among many things, having your plane ticket gate, flight, and seat numbers on your wrist will sure make an easier time of walking though an airport with your hands full. Hopefully this will also send you an updates, like your flight being delayed or just starting to board. For the latter, I'd like my wrist to vibrate when it's my time to board, so I don't have to pay attention to that awful intercom they use. Perhaps iBeacons could be used to update and push that information out (or will your device not listen for an modified single from an iBeacon beacon at a terminal?)

Pebble Time Is Now The Most-Funded Kickstarter Project Ever

We have so much gratitude for our community and the herculean support they’ve shown us — from the first Pebble Kickstarter campaign to today. We’re inspired by the backers who believe in us, and our goal is to continue making them happy with amazing smartwatches that simplify our daily life and help us accomplish more. It’s been an unbelievable ride, and there are still 24 days left!

Ice Runways Aren't as Crazy as They Sound | WIRED

After several brutal months, most of America is ready to see winter’s backside. But for aviation enthusiasts in New England, the longer and colder the season, the better. As long as the waters of Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire stay frozen, pilots can use the only FAA-certified, plowed ice runway in the continental US.

How to supercharge your iPhone in only 5 minutes

Surely you've been caught in a situation where your iPhone's running low on battery and you have only a few minutes to charge it. Watch and find out how you can charge your iPhone as much as possible in a short time.

Box buys small security startup to court more risk-averse clients

As Box continues to push its new Box for Industries product lineup , its going to need more security features to court customers who may be paranoid of cloud offerings. The types of customers Box wants to sign up for Box for Industries are the types of clients found in heavily-regulated industries like healthcare, finance and legal. So far, Box has made public that Stanford Health Care, Eli Lilly , T Rowe Price and Nationwide Insurance all feel comfortable with using Box as their work/cloud storage hub.

Facebook is changing how it counts Likes

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51 Lyft may not deliver on some of its $1,000 sign-up bonuses, angering drivers
52 Sony’s new Project Morpheus prototype boasts 120Hz refresh rate, OLED display
53 25 Biggest Lies Told On The Internet
54 8 possible explanations for those bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres - CNET
55 Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "Aftershocks " Review - IGN
56 A brief history of Fab, from mega-hype to crash and burn
57 IT Certification Hot List 2015: 10 That Deliver Higher Pay
58 US auctions 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road
59 Instagram 'carousel ads' let you swipe left to learn more
60 Complex logistics await Lippo's e-commerce push in archipelago Indonesia
61 Dropbox for Business Introduces Groups and Groups API
62 Dual-Screen YotaPhone 2 Comes To The U.S. This Summer Via Indiegogo
63 Apple Pay fraud already 'rampant,' expert claims
64 Rock Band 4 Announced for PS4 and Xbox One - IGN
65 Upcoming Gigaom Event: From drought to crime: Structure Data applies big data to current issues
66 Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta
67 6 Linux-y announcements from Mobile World Congress
68 Killer Deal: Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $350 off all BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare
69 How Cloud-Based ERP Can Give Your Business a Boost
70 The 100: "Blood Must Have Blood, Part One" Review - IGN
71 WIRED on Twitter
72 The Future of IT A Strategic Guide | ZDNet
73 Microsoft: DirectX 12 will increase your graphics performance by an additional 20 percent
74 Major theater chains plan to boycott Idris Elba’s new film due to Netflix debut [Update]
75 Microsoft is bringing Xbox games to its futuristic HoloLens headset
76 Oculus VR Will Go 'Full Consumer' With Samsung by Year's End
77 JxE Streams: Bring on the Bright Lord in 'Shadow of Mordor'
78 Chrome 42 will be the last version to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
79 IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit
80 Hunters Find a Frozen 10,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Rhino | WIRED
81 Dan Stevens Up for Disney's Beauty and the Beast - IGN
82 Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach' class-action case involving Apple, Google, others
83 Waze adds Amber alerts to its traffic data - CNET
84 Samsung decides to take a breather from the smartwatch space — For now
85 ​FREAK: Another day, another serious SSL security hole | ZDNet
86 Valve's new 'Source 2' game engine has the low price of $0
87 MorningApp launches your favorite app automatically every morning [Jailbreak tweak]
88 Virtual reality gets real with Sony's Morpheus (pictures) - CNET
89 IGN on Twitter
90 The Unique Challenges Of Being A Middle-Aged Woman Entrepreneur
91 Women of Twitter launch investment collective, #Angels
92 Steam Machines are coming this fall and this is what they look like
93 Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement rankings
94 This startup just poached people from Uber and Google to revolutionize the public school system
95 IBM acquires deep learning startup AlchemyAPI
96 First Look: Making Soup and Fixing Robots With HTC's Vive Virtual Reality Headset
97 Parrot Bebop Drone Review: A Keen Eye In The Sky Without A Huge Price Tag
98 Etsy Files For $100 Million IPO, Doesn't Seem So Cutesy Anymore
99 A popular startup that’s trying to kill the post office will now send a delivery person to your house so you can return online purchases
100 TechCrunch on Twitter