Google's New Nexus Player Makes No Sense While It Still Sells The Chromecast
I’m not sure how so many people seem to miss the genius of what Google is doing. While I love my Chromecast, it’s not the solution to the internet-age TV problem – Android TV (Nexus Player) is. Chromecast is limited by two killer problems: (1) You can’t use a remote with it, so you have to dig out and unlock your phone any time you want to pause… fast forward… rewind. Also, your kids who are too young to have phones can’t use it independently. (2) It doesn’t have a dedicated interface, so if you’re trying to find something to watch with a group of people, you are looking at your phone alone, rather than a group looking at a TV. Nexus player gives you all of this, plus universal search, and voice search. And it gives you one other thing: Chromecast Casting with thousands of apps. And that is the genius of all of this. By releasing a dirt cheap, simple product up front with API’s on both Android and iOS, Google guaranteed a flourishing app ecosystem for its Casting functionality, which set the stage beautifully for their real product-line: Android TV. As far as I’m concerned, Chromecast is not Google’s real product, but a nifty toy that served a purpose – and that purpose was to clear the way for Android TV.
Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka - CNET
Up-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis."
Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round | TechCrunch
Gretchen, the interior design expert pops up on Patzer’s phone. We’re now in a video chat and she’s ready to help us with our color questions. “Hi Gretchen. I just took some pics of the colors in this coffee shop and sent them to you but you don’t have to do anything at the moment. I’m just demoing Fountain for a TechCrunch reporter,” Patzer tells her. “Uh, okay,” Gretchen says as she and I wave to each other via phone chat. Patzer didn’t expect her to actually pick up. “No one is really on call until Saturday when we launch beta,” he explains. He’s been busy gathering folks on the expert end before the beta launch. We can add notes and send more info to Gretchen, if needed. The whole process is quick and seems easy enough.
SoftBank And Sequoia Capital Make First Investment In Indonesia With $100 Million Into Tokopedia
The move by both SoftBank and Sequoia comes at a time of increased investment activity in emerging market and Asian e-commerce firms. In May, Sequoia led a $100 million round in Korea’s Coupang, while Berlin-based internet incubator Rocket Internet went public earlier this this month. Rocket, known for cloning successful online retailing businesses abroad, created Southeast Asia’s Lazada, an Amazon-like retailer, and Zalora, which focuses on fashion.
Barnes & Noble Launches 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
It sports a 3MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing incarnation, which won’t win any awards, and a 1200×800 (149ppi) HD screen. But it has been given a storage boost, with 16GB now available compared to just 8GB of the previous version. As before, you can extend this up to 64GB with a microSD card.
This Fake Log Jams Your Phone So You'll Shut Up and Enjoy Nature | WIRED
Burtch sees her creation as the inverse of the increasingly common sight of cellular towers disguised as trees . Instead of hiding technology in nature to let people remain connected everywhere, the Log Jammer blends into a natural setting to cut off that constant remote communication—to force people to experience the place they’re in. Burtch paraphrases French philosopher Gilles Deleuz: “The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves,” she says. “It’s creating a needed gap of solitude in which they might find something to say.”
Here’s why you only have a 0.2% chance of getting hired at Google
Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7,000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock joined in 2006 from General Electric, Google’s hiring process was even more daunting—especially since the company’s future was by no means a sure thing.
Arrow: "Corto Maltese" Review - IGN
The big news this week was the return of Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen, both of whom were last seen leaving Starling City late in Season 2 (well, not counting their cameo last week). Even as Ollie and Roy arrived in Corto Maltese to convince Thea to come home, we saw glimpses into her recent past and her evolution from spoiled rich girl to hardened warrior. I wasn't sure I'd buy her transformation, as six months is a pretty short amount of time to mold someone into a world-class fighter and swordsman. But seeing the lengths Malcolm was willing to go to school his daughter - burning tea, elbows to the face, etc. - you can understand that she had to be a quick study.
Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $100M to fight Ebola
Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $100M to fight Ebola
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will pledge $100 million to help fight the spread of ebola. In a statement released through his personal website on Thursday, Allen says the funding will go to the State
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Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December
I pay. But I also disapprove of this move. It means fewer users. The model for nearly every successful web project (Facebook, instagram, whatsapp, everything) has been to lure users via some mechanism and then once the user base is sufficiently large introduce some pay feature (or method to monetize their users' addictions) - enhanced subscriptions, advertising (or ad opt-outs), extra content, something. This move will move any growth in the opposite direction. The only defensible position is that the free users exceed paid users and that it is impacting service to paid members. If that is the case, free can be futher limited by stream quality, etc. Also, I concur with other posts. If you're a XBL member, this should come "free." I am also an XBL subscriber. A bump in price to cover this would be fine.
Pentagram's Michael Bierut Rebrands The MIT Media Lab
What Bierut ended up with for the finished identity was essentially a typeface, masquerading as a logo. Using the same 7x7 unit grid that figured in the 25th-anniversary logo, Bierut calculated all the possible ways a maximum of three different letters could fit into 49 pixels, yet still be readable. The Media Lab itself has its own logo, denoted by a low-res "ML," where as Media Lab departments each have their own sibling identities, represented by their initials. A plus? It's a design that still looks pretty good on a tote.
Twitter's New Path To Ubiquity: Becoming Part Of Every App
Twitter wants to be “the largest information network in the world” and reach “every person on the planet,” but over the last six months or so, it has accepted that getting every person on the planet to actually sign up and become users — or even just a measly couple billion of them — is probably too tall an order .
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review
A thinner profile comes at the expense of battery size. The new Air's is 5.1Whr smaller than the old one, but Apple still promises that you'll get the same 10-hour battery life because the A8X is more power-efficient. Real-life use shows that the original Air still rules the roost; after a day of heavy use, I typically went to bed with around 20 percent left in the tank. If you're only using it moderately -- say, for casual content creation or consumption -- you should get a little over two days. In our video test, in which an HD movie plays through the life of the battery, the Air 2 squeezed out 11 hours and 15 minutes, significantly lower than last year's Air and about an hour short of the Samsung Tab S. That said, I'm using the WiFi+Cellular version, so keep in mind that the WiFi-only option should get longer results. On the flip side, the mini 3 actually improved in battery life over the last model, getting nearly 14 hours of video before dying.
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding stories, in one place
Let’s say you’re a global ad network. You take credit card payments from your advertisers around the world — your “customers” — and you pay the publishers in many countries who run the websites where the ads run. But, given all the regulations and currencies, how do you pay them?
Sony Looking to Cut Smartphone Sales Target Again
TOKYO—Sony is considering slashing its smartphone sales target again, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, as the business struggles to perform as expected in the face of fierce competition especially in emerging markets.
China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future | MIT Technology Review
In anticipation, the nation is building a storehouse of genetically modified crop strains for future use. China sees this as a way of protecting its long-term security. In fact, the country is the world’s top public spender on genomics and genetic modification of crops, says Scott Rozelle, a China scholar and food security expert at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. “Certainly we [the United States] aren’t doing much—and the big multinationals aren’t doing much right now in terms of spending on plant biotech research,” Rozelle says. “And yet China continues to do it.” So far China has been able to feed itself, so there is no impetus to deploy this new technology, he adds. “Yet they continue to pour money into it. Are they doing it for the love of science? They are putting away for a rainy day—or a non-rainy one. And when that day comes, I think they will have more GM technologies than anyone.”
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New Microsoft Garage site invites public to test a wide range of app ideas
Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One.
BBC Doctor Who Game Teaches Programming
Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, said: “The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.
Nanako learns new swears in faux Persona 4 Platinum
Persona 4 Platinum might not be real, but that doesn't mean Atlus can't borrow a few ideas from this biting fan-made spoof. Spending Chanukah with President Tanaka sounds delightful.
Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web | TechCrunch
Flint Mobile , a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new service called Sell Online.
The 100: "The 48" Review - IGN
The 100 premiere was amazingly busy, with an incredibly impressive amount occurring within just 44 minutes of screen time. The true introduction to Mount Weather was sufficiently bizarre – even as it had some notable Hunger Games vibes with its District 13 meets the Capitol vibe – and Wallace looks like a fun and different kind of antagonist (we think?) to square off with Clarke. Kane’s a-hole behavior regarding the Bellamy and Murphy situation aside, it was also really interesting to see him and Abby now on Earth, interacting with characters we’ve never seen them paired up with before, and contributing to Season 2 having a lot of new directions to go.
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Target Offers Free Holiday Shipping
The retailer is dropping shipping fees for all online orders from Oct. 22 through Dec. 20, raising the stakes in the battle with Amazon.com, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers for shoppers who avoid brick-and-mortar stores.
AT&T Misses Expectations On Q3 Earnings And Revenue
AT&T’s third quarter revenue and earnings-per-share missed analysts’ expectations as more consumers signed up for cheaper, mobile share plans. Shares of AT&T fell 1.4% to $34.00 after closing at $34.50 in New York on Wednesday.
Apple Plans More Stores in China
BEIJING—Apple Inc. plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Thursday.
Wanna See the Latest New Yahoo Home Page, Rolling Out Next Month? Bokay!
Starting from the left bar, it pushes only mail, video and the fancy digital magazines that Mayer has been touting, and not the many other sections of Yahoo, like weather and jobs (more sections also lose top navigation billing, such as games and groups). Only From Yahoo gets a boost up, and trending moves to the top now (it has been elsewhere in previous betas seen). The editor-driven news carousel seems to have been subsumed entirely by the algorithmic news feed, with a liberal sprinkling of native in-stream ads. Sadly for all those Yahoo editors, the only edit-driven module seems to be on the right, which means it may be harder to push fare from big stars like news anchor Katie Couric that Yahoo has hired at a big cost (Katie in the stream next to credit card ads seems like a bad idea to me!).
Funding Daily: Today's tech funding news, in one place
Meet Charlie , a tool that could potentially replace half of a PR intern’s job. You see, Charlie briefs you on the person you’re about to meet or chat with — just like those “briefing sheets” PR interns spend hours every month or week putting together for their clients before a battery of reporters interview them in carefully scheduled 30-minute slots. Charlie has just raised $1.7 million in new funding, but not from PR interns for obvious reasons.
Ford Cars Will Soon Come with Pedestrian-Spotting Systems | MIT Technology Review
Ford’s pedestrian detection uses two sensors: radar in the bumper and a camera on the windshield. The radar detects an object, and the camera can determine if it is a person crossing the road. It will work at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), but Ford said in a release that it will operate only “in daylight and clear weather conditions.”
Hearthstone shuffles to iPhone, Android phones in early 2015
Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.
Custom backgrounds headline Xbox One's November update
Xbox spokesman Major Nelson has a look at the new features coming to the Xbox One in the November system update, including custom backgrounds, enhanced Twitter integration and an improved Xbox Live Marketplace.
"For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background," reads the update description. "You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road." Following the update, Twitter users will be able to share game footage captured on the Xbox One directly with their followers. Additionally, the Xbox Live TV app will allow users to search for shows based on their Twitter popularity and to watch a live stream of tweets about a show from within the app, among other social-networking enhancements.
Most promising are the improvements coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace. "The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons were moved to the far left so you can find them easier. You can also more quickly find game add-ons, perform store specific searches and recommendations are more prominently displayed.
Roku raises $25 million amid growing competition from Amazon and Google
A lot has happened in the year since Roku’s $60 million round, and competition has grown even more, with Amazon entering the set-top box market and a new line of Android TV-powered set-top boxes from Google . The company is also apparently interested in replacing the crappy cable boxes issued by cable TV providers. That said, there are plenty of reasons for why Roku might want additional funding.
Agents of SHIELD: Mockingbird's Costume Revealed - IGN
"She's got rivets that are in the straps across her chest, and those are there as a tribute to the buttons that go down the side of her [most recent] costume [in the comics], as well as the colors that we were using, [which] are a tribute as well. Her colors are navy blue and white with a little bit of black in there, [but] white would not have been pretty on camera so we changed it to grey. [We] still tried to maintain the original style of what was in the comic book because [with] that white panel that goes up her center and down her legs, [so] we've mirrored that in her costume but in gray instead of white."
German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight | TechCrunch
A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so.
How to get demo codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
Nintendo will release a playable demo of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire on November 7, but you'll have to put in some effort to play these games before their official November 21 launch.
According to Nintendo, there are several methods for obtaining a demo download code. From November 7 to November 13, several cinemas and games retailers will be distributing codes at no charge. If you'd rather not leave the house, you can also acquire a code by purchasing Pokemon Art Academy from the 3DS eShop, or either Pokemon Puzzle Challenge or the Pokemon Trading Card Game from the eShop Virtual Console. Pokemon Art Academy is out on October 24 while Pokemon Puzzle Challenge and the Pokemon Trading Card Game hit Virtual Console on November 6 and 13, respectively.
Nintendo plans to issue demo codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on October 31. If you can't score a code by then, your final option is to attend Nintendo's holiday mall tour from November 24 to December 21. Staff members will be on hand demonstrating both of the new Pokemon games and will be handing out two demo codes to anyone who asks.
Apple reportedly building rewards program to boost Apple Pay use
So when does this rumored rewards program kick off? Well, the timing is still a little murky. Digiday reported that Apple plans to add a buy button to the mobile ads it serves up in apps as part of its iAd network before the holiday shopping season kicks off. Paired with Apple Pay, the buy button would serve as an easy way to complete a purchase. Spot an item you want? Simply tap the ad’s buy button, verify your purchase with Touch ID, and you’re done. According to Digiday, mobile ads will also include coupons that you can add to Passbook and redeem in-store, though it’s unclear if use of those coupons will be tied to Apple Pay.
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Online Harassment Prevalent, Often by Strangers, Pew Study Finds
Among those who said they were harassed, 16% said it occurred on a gaming site. That was less common than those who said they were harassed on social networking sites (66%) or the comments sections of websites (22%). Gaming sites were seen as the most biased as far as gender, with 44% of respondents saying those platforms are more welcoming toward men.
Deals With Gold: Strike Suit Zero, Burnout, DBZ
Need a little more Goku in your life? This week's Deals With Gold lineup offers price drops on Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z and Ultimate Tenkaichi for the Xbox 360, along with a collection of acclaimed racers from EA and Codemasters.
The Xbox 360 Games on Demand versions of Burnout Revenge and Burnout Paradise are currently priced at $5.09 each for Xbox Live Gold members, and Need for Speed Most Wanted, Hot Pursuit , and Undercover are on sale for up to 75 percent off. Codemasters' Dirt 3 , Vigil's Darksiders , and R.B.I. Baseball are also up for grabs at steep discounts.
Xbox One owners can pick up Forza Motorsport 5 's Car Pass for 25 percent off this week, along with discounted copies of Strike Suit Zero Director's Cut and Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition . Listed price drops are active through October 28.
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Unity founder steps down to let ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello take over -- here's why
At the DICE conference in 2009 Riccitiello gave a presentation and a question from audience was technology related and they mentioned Autodesk... Riccitiello response indicated he knew nothing about the technology of games and he even stated without a hint of sarcasm that he didn't know who Autodesk was???? Clearly this guy was not the right person to run a games publisher like EA and he is even more unqualified to run a games technology company like Unity. Having known many people of have dealt with him personally I can say with certainty he deserves to be called an expletive. The board of Unity are unbelievable idiots as his reputation is is well known in the industry. The message is clear, Unity and their users are doomed for impending disappointment, Unity's glory days are over.
TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers | TechCrunch
Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple acquired sometime within the last year , allows developers to build teams to try out software before it launches, and report bugs in order to prepare apps for a public launch.
Can Google Benefit From Apple Pay?
This week Apple Apple is rolling out its new payment system, Apple Pay, which does away with the need for a wallet, or so the company says. It’s been noted by more than a few market watchers that the world’s most powerful brand has an uphill battle in convincing people (and retailers) to fully embrace its new platform, but another question is whether its latest move benefits Google Google in the long term.
7 Hurdles Female Entrepreneurs Need To Overcome
When it comes to catching up with their male counterparts, women have made great strides in the business world over the years. But there's no doubt about it: Today's female entrepreneurs are still up against a few major obstacles. Seven women shared the biggest challenges they and their fellow female business owners have to face in the modern world, and give advice on how to best overcome them.
HP’s rumored 'Sprout PC' sure sounds similar to this oddball printer from 2011
Whether HP’s Sprout will appeal to image-oriented businesses and “prosumers,” as Recode described the target market, remains to be seen. But if it’s at all related to this long-ago printer, the addition of a projector, image manipulation and touch capabilities will make a cool technology even cooler.
Timbuk2: 25 years of sewin' bags in San Francisco | Cult of Mac
Timbuk2’s non-customizable bags — which it calls its “in-line products” — make up 70 percent to 75 percent of the company’s business. These items get produced at factories in Vietnam, Indonesia and China. But the custom bags, which fetch a 30 percent premium, all come out of the San Francisco warehouse, which used to be a carpet factory and then an auto mechanic shop. Now there’s a disco ball hanging from the ceiling in the front part of the building.
GT Advanced settles with Apple, to exit sapphire production
At the heart of GT's bankruptcy filing was a deal struck with Apple in November 2013. GT Advanced was to have used the Arizona plant to make scratch-resistant sapphire exclusively for Apple. That sapphire was to have eventually found its way into future mobile devices, such as iPhones - where it's already in use in their fingerprint sensors - or the upcoming Apple Watch.
Brutal Legend PC limited edition coming soon from IndieBox
Brutal Legend tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, played by Jack Black, who is drawn back through time to a mythical world immersed in Rock and Roll folklore; where great Metal titans once ruled and power chords rang from the countryside for all to hear. When an oppressed people request Eddie's knowledge of modern warfare, he pulls from his own experience in the only occupation he's ever had, a roadie for a Heavy Metal band. From this springs the most hellacious army man has ever seen, and thus brings this ancient world into the Age of Metal.
Google tries to rethink email (again) with Inbox, a new service inspired by Google Now
Today Google announced Inbox, a new email client which collects and organizes emails to highlight “important info at a glance.” The service is only available in private beta for now.
Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review
But why didn’t he think of it? The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table. Making the cross-connection requires a certain daring. It must, for any cross-connection that does not require daring is performed at once by many and develops not as a “new idea,” but as a mere “corollary of an old idea.”