Branch Metrics Raises $15 Million For Its Smarter Mobile Deep Linking Technology

There are a number of other companies developing similar tools for linking to pages inside apps, including URX,, Quixey, Tapstream, Appsfire and more. But Branch Metrics’ links can deliver users to a specific page in the app after a new user installs the app for the first time. Many other solutions, on the other hand, only work when a user already has the app installed on their mobile device, and only points the user to a download from the app store when they don’t. And when that newly downloaded app is opened, it simply displays the app’s main page, as the context is lost.

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Human head transplant just two years away, surgeon claims - CNET

"This is why I first spoke about the idea two years ago, to get people talking about it," Dr Canavero said. "If society doesn't want it, I won't do it. But if people don't want it in the US or Europe, that doesn't mean it won't be done somewhere else. I'm trying to go about this the right way, but before going to the moon, you want to make sure people will follow you."

An Ingenious Invention That Turns Beehives Into Flowing Honey Taps | WIRED

Beekeepers Cedar Anderson and his father Stuart have, essentially, hacked the honeycomb—a nearly flawless geometric and structural achievements—to make it more mechanically efficient. In a nutshell,  Flow frames have a partially formed honeycomb matrix within a transparent frame. Bees complete the comb, fill the cells with honey and cap them. To harvest the honey, the beekeeper inserts a tool into the top of each frame and twists, a move that splits each cell in the honeycomb vertically, allowing the honey to flow freely. It is collected at the bottom through a tube. Presto! Honey on tap.

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Experience the future of comfortable living today, with TNW Deals’ range of smart products for the home. Enjoy unparalleled convenience, novel new functionality — and great prices on everything!

Why 'iPhone' is the Magic Keyword for Online Publishers

For online publishers, securing high rankings in search results is an ever-present challenge. While there are many different strategies to achieve visibility, most are variations of two cornerstones: produce content that is either topical or timeless.

Google Merges European Operations To Square Up To Regulators And Rivals

United we stand, divided we fall. So goes the old saying that search and mobile giant Google is now taking to heart in Europe, as it faces off with regulators and rivals in the region. The company is merging its European regional and product operations into a single unit, to be led by Matt Brittin, formerly the head of Google’s operations in northern and western Europe, who now becomes EMEA President.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Might’ve Just Leaked. Here Are The Photos

Real? Fake? These photos match up with a lot of what we’ve heard to date, so it seems reasonable that this is at least an engineering prototype. We’ll find out for sure on March 1st, when Samsung is expected to officially announce the S6. [Photos via user reefer on XDADevelopers]

IBM Pumps $4 Billion Into Cloud and Mobile Initiatives

International Business Machines Corp. is in the same bind as many of its corporate-tech peers: how to foster fast-growing but unproven initiatives while lucrative older businesses are slowing down. Having identified a set of promising new directions, the company plans to invest more in them. At an annual meeting with analysts Thursday, the company said it will shift $4 billion in 2015 spending to what it calls the “strategic...

Whatsapp Web Client Now Works on Firefox and Opera Browsers

WhatsApp made waves when it launched a desktop version of its messaging service last month, but it was only compatible with Google Chrome. Today, the company has announced it now works on Firefox and Opera too.

With Android for Work, Google aims to secure 1+ billion BYOD devices

We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their own devices to work, reading corporate mail on the same phone that also is used to run their favorite games, snap their family photos and browse the web at large. Now, Google wants to legitimize BYOD, as the bring your own device is being called within the industry, by making Android more secure for work.

Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk 'inseparable' in conversation at Oscars afterparty

Originally Posted by mjtomlin� It's obvious what happened... Apple offered to buy Tesla, Elon declined.�Instead Elon talked Tim into starting their own EV program - for a lot less money. Was it a coincidence that a few months after the meeting between the two companies, Elon decided to give away all of Tesla's patents and IP? With that research, Apple (and anyone else) will not need to start from the beginning. They get a huge jump forward in developing their own car. Elon is more interested in pushing the EV industry forward, than he is in having the market to himself. Personally, I think he's become frustrated with the (lack) of development from the established players who are all still in bed with the oil companies. And I think he sees a very powerful ally in Apple, due to their size and resources. If Apple decides to enter this market, regardless of the lip service we've recently heard, every car manufacturer knows they're going to need to get off their asses. If more manufacturers jump in, it'll be easier and much quicker to get the sales and charging station infrastructure in place.

Bloatware: Why computer makers fill your PC with junk, and how to get rid of it

PC makers don’t really believe that short-lived antivirus trialware is the best security solution for you, or that adding browser toolbars will make your life easier, or that a “visual discovery tool” like Superfish truly adds to the user experience. The developers of bloatware pay hardware makers cold, hard cash to pump your PC full of this crap and get in front of your eyeballs. That extra revenue often makes all the difference for vendors between taking a bath on competitively priced PCs, or eking out a small profit. (There’s a reason pricier premium laptops often contain far less bloatware than budget PCs.)

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JxE Streams: Taste the rainbow in 'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse'

What seemed so novel and strange about Kirby: Canvas Curse ​when it came out now seems almost quaint. Only one part of the screen can be touched at a time? There aren't gyroscope controls? What is this, an Android store launch game? Please. Just shy of its tenth birthday, though, Canvas Curse still feels like a pristine lesson in touch-control video game design despite its antiquity. It had the depth and challenge of a classic arcade game as well as a strange but clean, immediately understandable interface. Canvas Curse was a colorful dollop of fun that begged for a follow up. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is finally here, and we're playing it for the very first time today on JXE Streams.

How to Block Posts About the Insanity-Inducing Dress from the Internet

Short of completely unplugging, you can never get away from rumors and spoilers completely, but it's possible to at least restrict your web content to a manageable level. Over the coming weeks an abundance of iPad 3 news will be pouring in, so if you're looking to cut it away, the above tips will help. Do you have ways to avoid annoying rumors or spoilers? Share them in the comments.

Spotify Desktop Update Adds Full Lyrics from MusixMatch

Along with the other changes to the desktop app, Spotify has introduced new daily viral charts which will show the most shared songs in the world as well as in your specific region. It’s also added indicators to all its charts to show what tracks are new and how they’re performing day by day.

Twenty20 Emerges From Beta with a New Stock Photo View

An alternative kind of agency, which uses personal mobile photos from a range of enthusiasts and professionals, today launched out of beta promising to lend a more natural and less overtly slick look to marketing, advertising and editorial content.

Apple to hold event on March 9, as Watch launch nears

Chief Executive Tim Cook said last month that the company plans to launch the smartwatch in April. The watch, which will let consumers check their email, pay for goods at retail stores and monitor personal health information, represents Apple's first major new product introduction since the 2010 launch of the iPad.

Adam Savage's Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Watch our in-depth discussion of this maze build here: Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam's more labor-intensive builds in recent memory! Shot and edited by Joey Fameli Watch the follow-up discussion, with more photos, here: Photo gallery of the build here:

Google reverses porn ban on Blogger after backlash

“This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy,” wrote Jessica Pelegio , social product support manager at Google, in a post in a product forum. “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”

Net neutrality’s next chapter: How experts saw today’s milestone and next steps

Finally, if you’re wondering how far the FCC could have gone, beyond the dreaded rate regulation that the cable industry so feared, Jon Brodkin over at Ars Technica brings it up. The agency could have demanded that the ISPs unbundle their services (something that would have never happened given our country’s regard for private investment). That would have been far more disruptive than the FCC’s actions on municipal broadband today or its vote to regulate broadband as a transport service under Title II. From his story:

Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

– A + Breaking Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, February 26, 2015, 09:06 am PT (12:06 pm ET) Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, inviting them to a keynote presentation on Monday, March 9, where it's expected the company will give more details on the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and potentially unveil anticipated new products. Apple's invitation, via The Loop. Among the items Apple left unaddressed when it unveiled the Apple Watch late last year were the the device's battery life — which is expected to be a significant stumbling block — and its price, both of which could be detailed at the March event. Many will be watching for information on the pricing of the gold Apple Watch Edition, which some believe could exceed $10,000. Apple has said that the Apple Watch will hit store shelves and go onto the wrists of early adopters in April. Apple Watch launch details are expected at the March 9 event, but Apple could also use the event to unveil new Macs and more.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality in Partisan Decision

The Internet Association, which represents Google, Facebook and other Internet companies, applauded the decision in a statement, but sounded a note of caution, saying it was looking “forward to seeing the full text of the order to ensure that the end user experience and the free and open Internet is fully protected by the FCC’s action.”

Apple Opens Up 'iWork for iCloud' to Everyone, No Apple Device Required

... Software is Apple's weakest area, especially professional software —which seems unacceptable for a technology company worth over $700 billion… Hire more developers and designers: a few more dedicated JDI, enhancement and bug hunting teams would do Apple software wonders. It's important to pay attention to what _is_ actually happening. Apple has progressively been opening up public betas of its various offerings. This will improve the bug hunting process without hiring additional developers. The development tools are constantly being updated and improved upon, and this directly benefits Apple's own developers, not just third-parties. More cooks in the kitchen (ie. paid employees) isn't always the solution. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Apple is becoming too big for their own good, a problem that we know all too well can have a negative effect on companies. It's up to Tim and Co. to manage this properly and not become another Microsoft. A year and a half ago, Pages was updated to version 5.0 and it dropped ONE much-needed feature for our team.

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Barclays to allow mobile payments based on Twitter handles

Pingit, which has been around for a few years now, has so far used phone numbers as the main identifiers for its users, who do not need to be Barclays customers (though they do need a U.K. bank account and phone number) and don’t need to pay any transaction fees. As of 10 March, iOS and Android users will be able to associate their Twitter handles with their Pingit accounts in the same way.

What color is this dress

Debates over the dress’s correct color raged on Twitter. News organizations have been quick to bring out the experts to explain just what the hell is going on. The only problem is scientists still don’t really know why the hell this picture looks different to so many people.

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Daredevil Teaser Trailer - Rewind Theater - IGN Video

Eric Goldman and Jim Vejvoda go through the Daredevil trailer and analyze everything there is to learn about Netflix's new take on Marvel's Man Without Fear.

Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? | WIRED

Unfortunately: Still crazy. “It’s just not something we’re even looking at,” says Nancy Vogel, a spokesperson for the California Department of Water Resources. Even with the extended drought and the expanded tax base, the cost of Alaskan water is too great. Partly that’s because most of the water would go to crops, not cities, so the costs would be passed on to food markets. “Having water that is this expensive go to agricultural crops is the kind of thing that would cause economists hair to go white,” says Kash. And even though advances in pipe laying logistics and materials have driven the engineering costs of the project down, it’s probable that modern environmental permitting would more than make up for those cuts in cost. “I think the biggest question would be, how does it impact fisheries?” says Andreassen. Because you know, putting a huge suction pipe at the mouth of a river doesn’t sound like it would help baby salmon get out to sea. And then there’s the question of invasive species: What kind of health risks would we face if t

A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight | WIRED

The field guide shows just that. It includes an illustrated taxonomy of manholes, including those of Time Warner Cable and Level 3 Communications, a fiber optic provider who signed a near half-billion dollar contract with the Department of Defense in 2012. It decodes the colorful symbols you’ll often find spray-painted on city streets, providing capsule blurbs on the companies they denote. It identifies other random bits of hardware, from the cameras deployed by the MTA to the “Distributed Antenna Systems” used to blanket the city’s urban canyons in cell coverage. And it includes a handy list of infrastructural landmarks, including 60 Hudson, the former Western Union headquarters, where New York City links up to the internet at large. The art deco “carrier hotel,” as they’re called, is currently home to upwards of 70 million feet of cable. (Below: an excellent short documentary on the site, created by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Cholas-Wood.)

Review: the Xiaomi Mi Note is the best phone you can't have

I’d describe the design of the Mi Note as an amalgam of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note 4, with a little bit of Xiaomi originality mixed in. That’s not a knock — it really works quite well, marrying large glossy surfaces on the front and rear with a thin metal rim along the edges. On the back, the left and right sides slope abruptly, which gives the phone something different from the bog-standard "thin, large rectangle" profile. The volume rocker on my unit is a little fidgety, and the metal edges are too sharp, but otherwise, there’s absolutely nothing about the Mi Note that screams "low-end," "knockoff," or any other derogatory term that you might hurl at a brand you’ve never heard of. It’s solidly built; there’s no creaking. Seams where glass meets metal are tight and even. I’m surprising myself by saying this, but if Samsung or LG had released this phone, I wouldn’t bat an eye — it’s that good. It looks and feels like a device from a company that’s been doing this for a long time.

Here's What Apple's Racially Diverse Emojis Look Like

These are all steps in the right direction when it comes to emojis. Apple's already garnering some negative press about the default 'yellow' emojis, which meant to be racially neutral but which people are already saying look either jaundiced or, strangely, racist. It's true, the default "yellow" emojis look weird—stylistically, they're a freaky cross between realistic and cartoonish. This is how the Unicode standard recommends implementing race neutral emojis, but the yellow skin would look less odd on more abstract "smiley" faces than the way it's done here. Hopefully, Apple will tweak them to look a little less oddball before iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ships out to everyone.

Following Google deal, Softcard is shutting down its Android and Windows Phone apps

Softcard is pointing its users to download Google Wallet, which again only has tap-and-pay on Android. Because there’s no Softcard app for iOS, Apple users aren’t affected by the fact Google Wallet doesn’t support tap-and-go — and they have Apple Pay anyway. Because Google Wallet doesn’t exist for Windows Phone, once Softcard kills its app, Microsoft users will be left out in the cold, again.

How Parks and Recreation Took Aim at Silicon Valley | WIRED

Parks and Recreation has come to an end. After a seventh season that jumped forward in time to the year 2017, setting up innumerable jokes about a potential future where Elton John owns Chick-fil-A and the Cubs finally win the World Series, the NBC comedy wrapped up by looking forward as much as it looked back. Since its final season was essentially a story about the future, it is perhaps fitting so much of it revolved around a critique of tech culture, and how the sheer financial weight of companies like Facebook and Google bend the world around them in damaging ways that often contradict the sleek optimism of their products.

Nickelodeon Unveils “Noggin,” A Mobile Subscription Service For Preschoolers Arriving In March

Nickelodeon today unveiled its new mobile streaming subscription service called Noggin, which will be aimed at preschoolers and priced at $5.99 per month when it launches next month. Parent company Viacom had previously announced the forthcoming service’s arrival in January, noting also that it would not require households to have a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to access its content.

Welcome to Los Atlantis: Whimsical maps imagine a post-flood Earth - CNET

"There are people who don't agree with the way I've dealt with the subject of climate change with these maps -- they think the funny names and extreme sea levels are a distraction from what will actually happen in the lifetimes of the current generations," Linn says. "I believe that what happens to future generations is also important, and that leavening a serious issue with humor will put it into the minds of more people. Plus, I really have a good time making up the names -- it's fun."

When Drones Aren’t Enough, Amazon Envisions Trucks with 3D Printers

Amazon has put an ever-greater premium on shipping speed in recent years. It is building a huge network of warehouses close to urban centers, is developing its own shipping network and has bike messengers bringing New Yorkers goods in as little as an hour. A spokeswoman declined to comment on the patent applications.

Spark Electron wants to make cellular connectivity easy as Wi-Fi

Spark Labs is coming back to Kickstarter with a new project and a mission to change how cellular carriers think about the internet of things. The company, which launched a popular Wi-Fi development board for the internet of things almost two years ago on Kickstarter , is back raising money for a cellular development board called the Electron .

CIA’s secret Amazon cloud ready to roll

Wolfe also said the new cloud would be rolled out across 17 different intelligence agencies (news to me), and that the agency would have Cloudera’s enterprise data hub, running on the AWS service within months, according to the story.

Fighters - Mortal Kombat X Wiki Guide - IGN

"Kombatants" will enter the ring again in Mortal Kombat X, and they'll use their deadly powers, weapons, and fighting techniques to konquer the most violent tournament in all the realms.

Make, tweet, sell: that's the pitch from this start-up

Make, tweet, sell: that's the pitch from this start-up The booming maker movement has an ally in Gumroad, a startup that makes getting paid as easy as a link in a tweet Check out this story on

Bill Gates, energy execs, once again call for tripling of energy research funding

The U.S. has benefited significantly from investing in fundamental energy research in previous years. The U.S. government’s investments in gas and oil drilling and extraction technologies in the 70’s and 80’s eventually led to the recent boom in the domestic oil and gas industries in the U.S., which have completely changed the energy landscape for the U.S. The costs of this type of R&D are “tiny compared with the benefits,” said the report. Solar cells, energy storage and gas turbines have also benefited from government-supported fundamental research.

Jay Carney to Amazon

The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts.

FCC votes 3-2 to override state bans of municipal broadband

In a 3-2 vote, the FCC granted petitions from Chattanooga, North Carolina and Wilson, North Carolina that asked the agency to invoke its powers under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to “remove barriers” to infrastructure access.

Pao case presents dueling views of opportunity

Pao case presents dueling views of opportunity Dueling views of women's opportunities in Silicon Valley are on display in a San Francisco court. Check out this story on

Can ARM processors move the mobile network into the cloud?

But the mobile industry is starting to look for alternatives to this constant chasing of capacity and it’s looking squarely at the data center. If we could move all of that processing into the cloud, we could have a much more flexible network that moves baseband resources from cell to cell as demand dictates. What’s more, instead of using highly specialized baseband processors in equally specialized base stations, you could use off-the-shelf processors and servers and run all of the functions of the network as software.

How To Figure Out How Much Sleep You Really Need

That groggy feeling you may have upon waking is called sleep inertia, and it can be a sign that you’ve slept too little or, in some cases, too much, Paruthi says. Experts "don’t have a good explanation of why some people, if they sleep too long, actually feel more tired," she says. It might be genetics, but paying attention to this feeling can help you calibrate the amount of sleep you need, she says.

Follow the Money: Did Men Earn Quintuple What Women Made at Kleiner Perkins?

Biglieri said Pao had made a complaint about an “airplane incident” on a plane and told Biglieri about it. Though not directly mentioned today, Exelrod’s opening argument described a New York trip taken by private plane in October 2011 where Kleiner Perkins partners were talking about porn star trips to the Playboy Mansion within earshot of Pao. This may be what Biglieri referred to today as well.

AppleInsider Podcast

I have listened to the first episode. Stephen and Daniel are doing great work. Hope this podcast will continue for long time. If the Web site represents the quality of the podcast, the we all going to benefit from this podcast.

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52 Why GDC 2015 will be a glimpse into PC gaming's future
53 Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom
54 Ericsson Is Suing to Block Sales of iPhones in the U.S.
55 New iPhone or iPad? Change these iOS 8 privacy settings immediately | ZDNet
56 My View From Outside The Anti-Echo Chamber
57 Bjork On Keeping "Vulnicura" Off Spotify: "It's About Respect, You Know?"
58 Net neutrality’s next chapter: How experts saw today’s milestone and next steps
59 Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round
60 Why Your Brain Thinks That Blue Dress Looks White
61 Google Mulling 'Strategic Investment' in Device Maker Jawbone
62 Building a custom WordPress site? These tools will reduce your pain | ZDNet
63 Docker Launches Its Container Orchestration Tools
64 This Tiny Gadget Tells You Exactly How Much Power Your House and Gadgets Use | WIRED
65 Harrison Ford to reprise role as Deckard in 'Blade Runner' sequel - CNET
66 Lenovo website hijacked just days after Superfish scandal - CNET
67 Finally: A Wearable That Lets You Charge Your Gadgets by Jerking Off
68 Only 40 percent of the global population has ever connected to the internet: report | ZDNet
69 The I.V. Doc Wants To Be The Uber Of Hangovers
70 Exclusive: China drops leading tech brands for certain state purchases
71 Spider-Gwen #1 Review - IGN
72 Banksy went to the Gaza Strip to paint new artwork
73 Apple faces second suit from victorious patent firm
74 Softcard shuts down mobile apps after Google deal, leaving Windows Phone in the cold
75 Google Paid $25 Million for the .app Domain
76 Google, Reaching for Revenue, Will Allow Search Ads in Play Store
77 Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service
78 Apple ordered to pay $532.9 million to an iTunes patent troll
79 Amazon’s Twitch Site Bets on Poker
80 While others shut down comments, the NYT wants to expand them
81 Here's what the Internet has to say about net neutrality
82 In-flight internet provider Gogo's quarterly revenue jumps
83 Fraud threat to millions of TalkTalk customers
84 Netflix is bringing back 'Inspector Gadget' and 'Danger Mouse'
85 Net Neutrality Wins!
86 Mashable on Twitter
87 I've Seen the Future of Phones, and It Looks a Lot Like Yo | WIRED
88 Microsoft Launches an Android Tablet Keyboard for Excel Users
89 IBM targets $40 billion in cloud, other growth areas by 2018
90 Good job, Internet. Your #TheDress jokes cured the blues
91 China draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms
92 Bloodborne's Darkbeast Boss Gameplay - IGN First - IGN Video
93 The best iOS 8 jailbreak tweaks for Notification Center
94 A Big Bet On Choice: Motorola Will Soon Let You Build Your Own Smartwatch | WIRED
95 Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate
96 Gizmodo on Twitter
97 Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware
98 The 4 things (at least) you’ll learn about at Structure Data
99 Split billing for BYOD and enterprise mobility
100 Cyberattack Takes Down Lenovo Website