Obama's immigration plan comes up short for Silicon Valley
President Barack Obama last night announced sweeping plans to overhaul the nation's immigration system, including provisions that would make it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs and engineers to stay in the US. The initiative, implemented under the president's executive authority, promises to stop deportation and provide work permits for nearly five million undocumented immigrants. It also includes minor tweaks to streamline the green card process for visa holders, but Silicon Valley executives have expressed dismay that the plan doesn't do more to keep skilled foreign workers in the US.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Is Fantastic. We Ain't Even Mad It Was Cut in Half | WIRED
Mockingjay isn’t perfect. But for a movie that could’ve come out looking like the franchise family’s awkward middle child, it’s incredibly mature. (And, perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t feel like it was made just so a studio could raise venture-capital levels of money at the box office, even though they probably will.) There’s action, a smart script, and nearly two solid hours of Jennifer Lawrence. And no one walking into this movie expects much more than that.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorably Creepy Gliding Mammal That's Basically Just a Big Flap of Skin | WIRED
Really, the problem had more to do with mammals like us not being cut out for flight. Well, except for bats. There are, though, critters like sugar gliders and flying squirrels, which can pull off some pretty solid glides. But compared to the adorable and little-known colugo, they got nothin’. This is the most accomplished mammalian glider of all—on account of being essentially a giant flap of skin—capable of soaring an incredible 200 feet from tree to tree. Its expansive membrane, known as a patagium, stretches from its face to the tips of its digits all the way back to its tail, so “geometrically, it has the greatest surface area that you can have between those limbs without actually evolving an entire wing like bats did,” said conservation biologist Jan Janecka of Duquesne University.
Review: New Smash Bros. is the best reason yet to buy a Wii U
The last major new game modes to talk about are "Master Orders" and "Crazy Orders," named for the Master Hand and Crazy Hand boss characters that served as the "kid playing with his toys" framing device since the N64 days. In Master Orders mode, you pick a fighter and buy a single "ticket" with some in-game currency. Each ticket sets rules for the ensuing battle and gives you a hint about what kind of reward you'll get for it. In Crazy Orders mode, you either hand in a large amount of in-game currency or a (relatively rare) pass to play, and you can do as many challenges as you want until you lose. You'll eventually need to cash out by beating the Crazy Hand boss, though—get knocked out before you do that, and you'll lose some of the prizes you've won.
The company also said it is planning to launch the same apps for Android phones as well as Android tablets. The latter group is already in preview and is expected to launch “in early 2015,” while the former is coming “at some point later,” which is when Office Mobile for Android phones will be killed off.
Amazon Fire HD 6 review: great value for a $99 tablet
On the audio front, the HD 6 makes use of Dolby's Digital Plus technology, which Amazon uses in most of its other tablets (the high-end Fire HDX 8.9 uses Dolby Atmos instead). That means the 6- and 7-inch Fires should offer similar sound, except the 7-inch version has stereo speakers, while the 6-incher makes do with just one. Keep in mind, I haven't tested the new HD 7, so it's impossible for me to compare. But I will say this: The sound coming from the 6-inch model is pretty weak. I had to crank the volume close to the top, even when I was sitting alone in a quiet room. It's not like the tablet had much to compete with, but I still had to go up around the max volume mark to listen comfortably. Even then, I had to make sure not to rest the tablet face-up on my couch or other soft surfaces; because the speaker sits on the backside, the sound can muffle easily if you obscure the grille in any way.
Black Friday 2014: The best Pre-Black Friday items available at Walmart and Best Buy
Black Friday is one week away, but retailers already are gearing up for the big holiday shopping season with pre-Black Friday sales that kick off a week in advance. Both Best Buy and Walmart are jumping on the early sales bandwagon with a handful of discounts on iPads, iPods and more.
Walmart's Cyber Monday deals include a $998 4K Samsung TV, PlayStation 4 bundles, more
Walmart has already announced its Black Friday deals , but now it's following them up with more blowouts for Cyber Monday. As expected, the best deals can be found on TVs, though Walmart says it has over 500 deals for the week starting on Saturday, November 29th — more than twice as many as last year. The best deals will hit on December 1st, however, so be careful when shopping at work so your boss doesn't notice. (Some links will not be live until the deal is available, so be sure to check back at Walmart's site if you can't find what you're looking for right now.)
Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval
Apple agreed to the settlement in June, ahead of a damages trial set for two months later in which attorneys general in 33 states and territories and lawyers for a class of consumers were expected to seek up to $840 million.
Business - TIME
But advertising isn’t the broadcasters’ only revenue stream. Cable companies like Time Warner Cable have for years been legally required to pay broadcasters for the right to retransmit their content to cable subscribers. What sparked the Aereo case is that Aereo didn’t pay those fees, which make up an increasingly large slice of the broadcasters’ revenues. So broadcast networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox, sued Aereo on copyright grounds. The case ultimately found its way to the Supreme Court, which in June sided against Aereo. Aereo then tried a few legal hail-marys to try saving its business, but as prime Aereo backer Barry Diller admitted over the summer, the game was over once the Court’s gavel was struck.
Experts: Hackers Could Take Control Of Driverless Cars
Driverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.
Bitcoin: Decentralized Virtual Currency - OpenMind
To start using bitcoins, you first need a program acting as a wallet to store them. Next, you need to gather bitcoins by receiving a transaction in this currency (payment for a product or service, for instance) or buying it from an individual or exchange using a credit card or bank account. Once you have bitcoins, you can use them to pay distributors and retailers that accept them, or transfer them to anyone you choose. Given its expansion, there is a growing number of points of sale of both virtual and physical products that take bitcoins. This article is not intended to describe how to use Bitcoin in detail, as this is relatively complex and there is plenty of information online about this subject.
5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Person Ever Qualified to Install Microsoft Windows | WIRED
Ayan, who turned six shortly after his September 24 exam, started getting into computers about three years ago. “He used to sit next to me and watch me very carefully,” says his dad, Asim Qureshi, who also works in IT. So Asim started explaining the basics to his son: how to turn a computer on, how to power down, how to access the control panel. Before he knew it, Asim had built his son a mini computer-lab in his home office, and Ayan was spending one-to-two hours per day playing around with the operating system.
'Star Wars Epic Yarns' shows the fuzzy side of the Force
The result, Star Wars Epic Yarns by Vancouver natives Jack and Holman Wang, will be published next April by Chronicle Books. The trio of books each contain 12 classic scenes from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi respectively, rendered in the adorable felt format.
Would Air Travel Be Safer Without Pilots? Steve Jurvetson Thinks So
Steve Jurvetson likes big ideas. The venture capital investor placed early, bold bets on electric cars (Tesla Motors) and space exploration (SpaceX). He speaks publicly every chance he gets on how the world will be transformed sooner than we think by advances like robotics and driverless vehicles.
Technology set journalism free, now new platforms are in control
As Emily pointed out , it’s a serious issue not just for journalists or the media but for society as a whole to have “our free speech standards, our reporting tools and publishing rules set by unaccountable software companies.” Although these platforms often say they are in favor of free speech and other principles, as Twitter does, at the end of the day they are profit-oriented public companies who must pursue certain ends in order to generate revenue.
GTA 5 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Review - IGN
The big new feature for the new-generation consoles is the optional first-person mode. It’s a whole new way of experiencing Grand Theft Auto like we never have before. Rockstar has gone out of its way to make sure everything looks great when viewing it through your characters’ eyes instead of over their shoulders, and the controls work pretty much the way you expect them to in a first-person shooter. An impressive amount of control configuration options let you tailor it to your liking, and you can even set it to automatically switch from first to third person when you enter cover or get into a car. The different perspective made things feel more like they were happening to me, rather than a character I was controlling, which makes GTA a surprisingly different experience. Driving or flying is, of course, a lot tougher with the more limited view, but still lots of fun, and the ability to switch at will makes it a luxury.
Google Looks to Get Back Into China
Google Inc. is considering bringing a version of its Play mobile-app store to China, a tentative but important step back into a country that Google mostly exited in 2010.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' is opening unopposed this weekend
There's a simple way for a movie studio to win a box-office battle: Make sure the competition is weak. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is expected to garner somewhere around $150 million in movie ticket sales this weekend — far more than any other film this year —largely because no one in Hollywood was brave enough to take it on.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U) review - CNET
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the total package that delivers on nearly every level. With a seemingly endless amount of replay value, Super Smash should be the one staple in every Wii U library.
Google bundling 1TB of Drive storage with the purchase of select Chromebooks
Chromebook’s are becoming a viable option for people with simple computing needs, and while the laptop alternative typically ships with limited local storage, Google often tosses in 100GB of cloud space from Google Drive for two years. But to sweeten the pot this holiday season, the search giant is turning the dial up quite a few notches and tossing in 1TB of Drive storage with the purchase of an eligible Chromebook.
Why the Broadcasters Should Buy Aereo
The broadcast networks used the courts to pummel Aereo into submission, suing a potential industry disruptor out of existence. But instead of walking away smiling, those broadcasters should realize Aereo only foreshadowed a massive industry shakeup that will change everything about television. As more people cut the cord and switch to on-demand services like Netflix and HBO Go (with the latter soon to be available without a cable subscription), cable television will slowly die out — and take those lucrative retransmission fees with them as it goes. CBS, at least, sees the writing on the door: It’s launching an innovative subscription-based online service, from which it’ll likely make money off ads, too. More broadcasters should realize that cable TV is the past, not the future. And what better, bolder move to make than buying Aereo?
Bill Cosby gets standing ovation amid mounting sex abuse allegations
The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years. Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted. The situation is an unprecedented example of the media's breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork.
Yes, your media outlet can learn something from the Kardashians
Be consistent : The Kardashians and their advisors probably refer to this one as staying “on brand,” but it amounts to the same thing — namely, be aware of who your audience is and what they expect. As Melody puts it: “I don’t turn on the Kardashians for hard-hitting news. I turn on the Kardashians because it’s escapist and absurd with little cost. I know exactly what I’m going to get out of them.” In other words, stick to what you do best.
Evolve: Everything You Need to Know – IGN First - IGN
By now you're probably familiar with it: it's a 4-against-1 shooter, where four players – each playing a distinct Hunter – cooperate using their complementary skills to take down the fifth player, a Monster who can feed on wildlife and enemies alike in order to literally evolve over the course of a match. Here's some old stuff to remind you what this game is all about:
Amazon's pre-Black Friday deals discount InFamous, Wolfenstein
Amazon has revealed its initial selection of holiday price drops, discounting several games and accessories ahead of the Black Friday sales rush.
Amazon's current pre-Black Friday deals include Wolfenstein: The New Order for $29.99, Infamous: Second Son for $32.94, Madden NFL 25 for $14.99, and The Wonderful 101 for $25.34.
Publisher NIS America also shares the spotlight with offerings like Danganronpa for $28.49, The Witch and the Hundred Knight for $19.99, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited for $29.99, and Natural Doctrine for $46.99. Featured accessory deals include a Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 headset for $59.99 and discounts offering up to 30 percent off Logitech PC gaming mice, keyboards, and controllers.
Other limited-time price drops will enter rotation throughout the week. Amazon will also offer PlayStation 4 hardware bundles for $399.99 apiece on Black Friday -- one featuring digital copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us Remastered , and the other offering Lego Batman 3 and LittleBigPlanet 3 . Neither deal is currently live.
Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution
“The old HR software is forms and workflow – it isn’t smart. All of the applicant tracking systems in the market today are out of date the moment that an applicant takes an interview,” Ganesan notes. Launching “the first intelligent hiring platform” next month, Gild has already seen phenomenal adoption, which according to Ganesan is because there’s been so much frustration in the market with the existing toolsets.
Aereo CEO: Court Made Incredibly Wrong Decision, Cord-Cutting Is Inevitable
CK: Everybody is deeply disappointed — the team, investors, and a lot of consumers. Our board obviously helped us come to this decision, after exhausting all possibilities and scenarios and going down every branch of the decision tree to plan the probability of success for each. Based on all that, we decided that the restructuring was the best was to make sure our assets are maximized for our shareholders. But we’re deeply disappointed. The court made an incredibly wrong decision, but be that as it may, we can’t appeal that decision anymore so it’s time to take next steps.
5 Awesome iPhone Apps On Sale This Weekend
This app has become a best-seller for good reason. With a simple interface, it takes users through a short, no-frills workout based on 12 carefully chosen exercises. Some professional athletes believe that seven- or eight-minute bursts of intense workouts through the day can be a much more effective way of keeping in shape than hitting the gym during the 6 p.m. rush a few times a week. This app does all the planning for you.
The 10 Best iPad Apps for Whipping Up Thanksgiving Dinner
Times change, but traditions persevere. Every year, American families gather to give thanks on the fourth Thursday of November, but what was used to bring the meal together is constantly evolving over time. With e-books and apps having supplanted print media, it’s time to prop up your iPad on the counter and follow its easy-to-read recipes, rather than squint at small-print and lose your place on the page.
Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future
As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6 , the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing. Now, I’ve had some time with the device, and while part of me still feels the same, another part has to acknowledge that Google may have gotten it right with a “go big or go home” strategy for this generation of hardware.
Smedio on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Game of Thrones teaser offers a Stark reminder: Cersei is evil!
Telltale Games and HBO® reveal first trailer for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
First Look at the Six-Part Episodic Game Series Based on the Emmy Award®-Winning Television Series
Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.
Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Teaser Trailer
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Teaser Trailer
The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO's TV show, which in turn is based on George R.
How to Stop Accidentally Closing Your Browser All the Time
For Firefox users on Windows or Mac, the trick takes a little more work. First, open Firefox’s preferences panel and head over to the “Tabs” section. Check “Warn me when closing multiple tabs.” Then, open a new Firefox tab and in the address bar, type about:config. Filter those results by “warnon,” and set all the options that appear to “true.” Then filter for “quit,” and set the “showQuitWarning” to “true.” This won’t work. Huzzah! Now any time you’ve got more than one Firefox tab open, it’ll warn you before quitting.
A Gift Guide For The Tech-Friendly Kitchen
Kitchen gadgets are always a good option if there’s someone on your list that likes to cook, craft, bake and do whatever else in the culinary way. There’s a lot out there that can help simplify the cooking process, enable the creation of new types of dishes, and just generally improve the overall quality and health benefits of the food you eat.
FreeBSD: The Next 10 Years (MeetBSD 2014)
• notify(3) APIs in OS X / iOS and corresponding notifyd daemon
• Send it a SIGUSR1 on OS X and you will see a huge number of notification names
and their subscribers in /var/run/notifyd_pid.status - it has become insanely useful!
"com.apple.system.lowdiskspace.system" uid=0 gid=0 333
17 32 port
"com.apple.system.timezone" uid=0 gid=0 333 slot 7 = 1
1018 1 memory
1011 10 port
1011 8 memory
1011 6 port
"com.apple.system.powermanagement.SystemLoadAdvisory" uid=0 gid=0 333 slot 13 = 19
406 44 port
944 12 port
406 35 memory
"com.apple.system.config.network_change" uid=0 gid=0 333 slot 39 = 129
190 17 memory
845 28 memory
845 26 memory
"ids-device-nearby-0FC85E3A-7779-4EAA-AD02-70292707A33C" uid=0 gid=0 333
229 30 port
402 19 port
257 30 port
242 23 port
Tips and Tricks - Dragon Age Inquisition Wiki Guide - IGN
Some Astrarium star puzzles can be confusing and difficult to solve. But with a bit of math, you can get a leg up on the puzzle. Look at the completed puzzle in the bottom left. If any of the star points an odd number of paths, there will always be one more to balance things out. What this means is that you will always start on one of these points, and end on the other. If there are only stars with an even number of paths, you can start at any point, but you will have to finish at that same point.
This Wristband Tracks Your B-Ball Skills and Suggests Shooting Drills | WIRED
The new ShotTracker system can help verify (or debunk) those claims with its sensors. It’s a three-piece system that consists of a net-mountable sensor, a diminutive wrist sensor, and a mobile app that connects to the sensors via Bluetooth to track your makes and misses. The complete kit, which goes for $150 and ships in early December, includes a wristband with a slot for the 1-by-2-inch sensor. Also included is a compression sleeve if you’d rather wear the wrist sensor that way.
The best Chromebook you can buy
In the war for PC supremacy, Apple and Microsoft only have eyes for each other. While they haven’t been watching, Google has turned Chromebooks from a sideline player into a completely legitimate way to spend your money. If you’re looking at buying a new computer right now, there’s an extraordinarily good chance that a Chromebook would serve you well.
Games we love and hate
It's always a drag when you're in love with a game and your friend doesn't see how wonderful it is. Alternatively, it's maddening when you're sure something is terrible and your pals think it's fantastic. But that's how opinions work in our crazy world!
To warm us up for the "Best of 2014" voting process, which is sure to come to blows (or, at the very least, harsh name-calling), the Joystiq staff has engaged in a debate. One game, two editors, and an argument for why that game should be loved or hated.
You decide who makes the stronger point in the comments below.
>>Joystiq's Presents: Games we love and hate<<
Makerbot CEO Jenny Lawton On Ramping Up A Fast-Moving Company
3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional printing space. Makerbot’s new CEO, Jenny Lawton, sat down with us to talk a bit about what it meant to be a global company and how it felt pushing Makerbot’s engine from 0 to 100 in what seemed like seconds.
Pebble updates Android app with full notification support
This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. Prior to this, the native Pebble app only supported a handful of notifications, including SMS, calendar, and Gmail alerts. A third-party helper app was required to get the rest, but this update obviates the need for that.
Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome
Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop
If you want to use Prizm to play music, you just have to press the play button and that’s it. Prizm will stream music directly from Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud based on your favorite genres and tracks. You don’t have to launch anything on your phone or computer. It’s like a physical Pandora-like service for your home.
Global Maps That Forget New Zealand Exists
But while we certainly won't justify the act of erasing a country with over 4 million people, we can understand how an overzealous graphic designer, working against a deadline, counts seven continents and shaves off the islands for visual clarity. In the instance of the United Nations building, that map is quite small and rendered in metal . Including New Zealand wouldn’t have been a minor matter, and its very presence may have elevated New Zealand’s stature to a continent-like level (though Africa’s island country of Madagascar does appear on this map, and frequently seems appear on maps even when New Zealand doesn’t).
Intel and Europol team up to fight cybercrime
Intel, which acquired McAfee in 2010, said on Wednesday the memorandum of understanding with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will allow for an exchange of technical information and non-operational data related to cybercrime.
MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes
There’s no shortage of places to go online to search for local movie showtimes to get your cinema fix. But, arguably, when it comes to the way search results are displayed, the majority of sites and apps appear to take their UI inspiration from newspaper movie listings of yesteryear, employing a simple list view. Or so says U.K. startup MovieGlu .
Solar Panels Up and Running in an Hour | MIT Technology Review
The solar panels use electrical equipment, developed by the startup VoltServer , that breaks DC power into discrete, addressed packets, something like the data packets sent over the Internet. If one of these packets fails to reach its destination—for example, if someone were to touch a damaged wire, the current is instantly cut off, preventing injury—a feat demonstrated by a brave EnerVolt employee at the Charlestown demonstration when he purposely touched an exposed wire on the new solar installation.