AT&T Gigabit Service to Land on Google's Turf
The carrier plans to make Cupertino the first city in California to receive its up to one gigabit service U-verse fiber optic broadband service, and California would be the sixth state in its nationwide rollout. Service in Cupertino would begin in coming months, AT&T said.
How Microsoft Has Leveraged Xbox Kinect's Technology Into Brilliant New Business Areas
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A Cheaper, Better Accelerometer for Smartphones | MIT Technology Review
Accelerometers are usually made of two chips: a mechanical device that detects movement, and a microchip that makes sense of the signal from the first chip. By integrating those components on a single chip, mCube has not only reduced the size of the device but achieved a higher-quality signal. In fact, the company says its new accelerometer is sensitive enough to replace the gyroscope in a smartphone. This could perhaps bring sophisticated motion-sensing capabilities to even the cheapest smartphones, some of which lack gyroscopes.
7 Social Media Psychology Studies For Smarter Marketing
One of my favorite things about social media is that it’s still such a young and new form of communication. It feels too early to take anything as a given, so we’re all experimenting, testing and learning together .
If you're a media company, your mobile competition isn't other news entities, it's Google Now
As Filloux notes in his post , a big part of the risk for news companies is that mobile devices contain so many other apps clamoring for the attention of the user, from Snapchat and Instagram to Facebook and games like 2048. How can a news outlet compete with these kinds of attention magnets? By being as useful as possible, in as many different ways as possible. And if they can’t figure out how to do that, then I expect that Google will be more than happy to show them the way.
Get spaced out with the CraveCast Wednesday at noon PT - CNET
The next CraveCast launches into the endless void of space by sharing some of our more scientific stories. But it's us, so brace for the inevitable silliness and sci-fi references. Mark your calendars!
3 unofficial strategies in Y Combinator's playbook
“To me, this is a mix of their ‘batch’ model and portfolio theory at work,” Shah told us in an email. “No one really knows what’s going to work when things are so early, what’s going to get big, etc. So, what does one do to increase the chances, to ‘farm black swans,’ as [YC founder Paul Graham] famously wrote ? The answer is pattern recognition and filters.”
Verizon takes top spot in network quality report, T-Mobile gains ground - CNET
But Moore said the biggest change in rankings came from T-Mobile, which finished a distant third to Verizon and AT&T, in overall rankings. The company, which has been aggressively building its 4G LTE network, saw great improvement compared to the previous report conducted in the second half of 2013. As a result, it overtook Sprint for the third best overall performing carrier in the US. T-Mobile performed especially well in urban areas, where it's service is concentrated. In fact, it topped or tied for speed in 32 of 125 metro markets.
NASA Wants You to Sift Through Its Astronauts' Photos
NASA has a problem, and it wants you to help. Since the 50s, it's amassed 1.8 million images of Earth from space—and it needs your assistance in working out exactly what they're of.
That Controversial App Redesign is Going REALLY Smoothly...
Every time a tech company launches a controversial new app redesign, you KNOW what’s happening behind the scenes…
Gartner's Hyper Cycle For 3D Printing Predicts Enterprise & Medical Application Growth
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The zodiac is the key to unlocking tech's greatest feuds
Unmasking my friends’ relationships made for a fun, if very tense party game, but it also got me wondering. Tech is an industry plagued by disharmony. Could astrology help us understand tech’s greatest feuds, and maybe even help the feuders better understand themselves? I turned to The Verge ’s science editor, Katie Drummond, for counsel. "Definitely," Drummond whispered, as if in a celestial trance. "Let’s make a Hackweek list."
Blast music from Vladimir Putin's head - CNET
Of course if vanity is your thing, you can have Sound of Power customize a bust to look just like you, a family member, or even a pet. The team uses 3D modeling to capture a 3D image of your head, which they'll use to build a white porcelain or 24-karat-gold speaker version of you. This customization is available only for the 3-foot-7-inch bust, and it'll set you back about $165,000. Though for that price you get flown out to Moscow and put up at the Ritz Carlton for a few days so they can prepare your bust, and they'll deliver and install the speaker in person at your home or office.
YC on its ultra-private Alumni Demo Night: “Don’t even think about asking to come”
If this smacks of the exclusivity of an Ivy League college reunion — a comparison YC founders hate — that’s because it is. The process for getting into YC may be meritocratic, but once you’re accepted, you’re a member for life. And that membership affords its attendees special privileges the rest of the startup community can’t tap: a twice yearly chance to hobnob with other former founders, develop relationships, and angel invest in the newbies is just one of the perks of being part of “the family.”
Sam Altman On His Inaugural Batch Of Companies As Y Combinator’s New Head | TechCrunch
“A lot of people ask what’s different this time,” said Sam Altman, who took over Y Combinator from Paul Graham at the beginning of the year. “But the main thing I’m trying to do is keep things running the same way. YC is on this unbelievable trajectory.”
For Billion-Dollar Companies, Venture Deals Outstrip Going Public
Being valued at $1 billion or more once was rare in the industry. Even in the go-go years of the technology bubble, huge valuations for private companies were less common. In 1999, five deals valued U.S. venture-backed companies above $1 billion, and in 2000, 11 such deals took place. IPOs at that time were much more likely to generate mega-valuations. In 1999, 28 companies priced IPOs at a market cap of $1 billion or more, and in 2000, 38 did so.
7 Science-Backed Methods To Get You Out Of Your Head
Lots of people have said that helping others is actually a selfish deed because it’s such a good way of helping yourself. We know this on an intuitive level, and studies also show it to be true. Last year a study at the University of Exeter Medical School found that people who volunteered their time for various causes were less depressed, and had greater well-being and life satisfaction than people who didn’t. (They also lived longer, but that’s another story.) Helping others helps you because it forces you get out of your own schtick and focus on something outside yourself. If you’re a parent, you know that focusing on another person (even if they’re a tiny, demanding one) does a similar thing. But when you actually set out to spend your time on another person or cause, you’ll find that it’s a very good way to move the focus away from you. Try asking someone who looks down if they need to talk. It’ll certainly make them feel better, just to be asked that question. And you’ll be the better for it, too.
16 Creepiest Targeted Facebook Ads
Whether they're for T-shirts and hoodies touting the dominance of those who share your last name, or products for a private health issue, it's easy to find ads that know as much about you as your friends and family do. As uncomfortable as this might be, it's a byproduct of data mining and tracking cookies, both of which provide ad companies with ample information to post relevant pitches.
Don Bluth offered a dark alternative to Disney animation
It’s impossible to talk about Don Bluth without talking about Walt Disney. Bluth started as an animator and director at Walt Disney Animation Studios before founding a rival company that became Disney’s main competitor in the 1980s. During his roller coaster of a career, Bluth produced commercial hits ( An American Tail , The Land Before Time , Anastasia ), cult classics ( The Secret Of NIMH , All Dogs Go To Heaven , Titan A.E. ), and bizarre missteps ( Rock-A-Doodle , A Troll In Central Park ). He’s a magnetic but polarizing figure whose impact on the animation world is understood through conflicting narratives. What is clear, however, is that for two decades, Bluth’s films offered a dark alternative to Disney.
H-P Posts Surprise Revenue Increase
Revenue rose 1.3% in the three months ended July 31, H-P said Wednesday. It was the first sales increase after 11 straight quarters of decline.
Why A Philosopher Teaches Privacy
Next week, the new term begins and I’ll be teaching an undergraduate philosophy course called, “Technology, Privacy, and the Law.” The first order of business will be to explain why thinking critically about privacy—determining what it is, deciding when it should be protected, and pinpointing how it ought to be safeguarded—means doing philosophy. Given the practical stakes of these issues, you might not realize that getting into them involves philosophical thinking. But if you’ve got a principled bone to pick with corporate, peer, or governmental surveillance, or if you’ve good reasons for being displeased with the activists who are taking stands against it, you’ve got your philosopher’s cap on.
How Thumbtack Plans To Be Your One-Stop Local Services Shop For Plumbers, Chefs And Belly Dancers
Zappacosta, 29, and Swanson, 31, would be the first to admit that Thumbtack wasn’t a result of some personal epiphany after searching in vain for a television repairman. The two have been scheming about starting some kind of big business almost from the moment they met as college policy wonks. (Zappacosta comes with entrepreneurial genes: His father cofounded Logitech.) They first united to start a political advocacy group to push Social Security reform. They both took leaves of absence from school–Zappacosta from Columbia and Swanson from Yale–to move to Washington, D.C. and further their nonprofit. The two eventually landed gigs as West Wing aides to George W. Bush’s economic advisors but spent their nights dreaming up ideas that could be compelling enough to enable them to quit their day jobs. One idea for a personal-finance management tool attracted potential investors, but the September 2007 debut of Mint.com sunk their plans.
PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps | TechCrunch
Mobile commerce today is still challenging with complicated checkout flows that see users bouncing between screens, and having to tap out their personal information on tiny screens and keyboards. PayPal today is hoping to change that with the release of a new product called One Touch for merchants and app developers.
Verizon denies plan to launch its own Android app store
The Information claims that this new effort is a response to recent cutbacks from Google in revenue sharing with carriers and hardware makers for apps sold through the Google Play Store. Verizon would be stemming future losses with its own app store, as revenues from app store sales are expected to grow significantly over the next few years. The report says that Verizon would also use data like location, time of day, and social indicators to recommend apps to users.
Apple ordered to remove Secret app from App Store by Brazilian judge, wants it remotely removed from users' devices as well
That last bit is certainly possible. It’s perhaps not well known, but Apple does keep a list of apps that have been “blacklisted” on their servers, and as iOS-based devices reach out to those servers to check for updates, that list can then flag an app and essentially lock it down from opening again. It’s a remote kill-switch, and it’s something that, as of yet, hasn’t been utilized by Apple, which is why this situation could be significant for the Cupertino-based company.
'Destiny' Writer Departs To Work On Telltale's 'Game of Thrones'
Game of Thrones has struggled to find footing in the video game space after an unimpressive RPG debut a few years ago. The Telltale game will be its first attempt to break back into the gaming space, and there’s a lot riding on the endeavor. Telltale won international acclaim with its game adaptation of another hit cable show (err, comic) The Walking Dead. This year, they’ve returned with The Walking Dead season two, and another comic adaptation, The Wolf Among Us. Both have been generally well-received, though perhaps not as much as their original TWD game. Tales of the Borderlands should prove to be an interesting case, as the combat heavy game will have to shed a lot of action to fit into their usual narrative structure. Needless to say, I imagine it will be quite different than their Game of Thrones title in the end.
Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body Scanners | Threat Level | WIRED
In addition to their physical attacks, the researchers also experimented with more inventive digital ones. They found that they could infect the scanner with malware—most practically for an attacker by picking the lock on the scanner’s cabinet and physically installing the malware on the PC inside. Once installed, that malware could be programmed to selectively replace the scan of any passenger with a fake image if he or she wore a piece of clothing with a certain symbol or QR code, as shown in the image below.
Engadget Live Boston is this Friday!
Our third Engadget Live event of 2014 hits Boston this Friday, August 22nd. At 7PM on the dot, we'll transform Royale into a scene that even Stefon would consider worthy of being Boston's hottest club. Tap your way through the gallery below to find out what you can expect when you come out to our free event .
3 Data Products You Need To Know
Benchmarking is the most common way we use data today. It is also the easiest way. We all know how to benchmark since our first grade. What does an A-grade or a D-grade mean? Nothing – at least as long as you do not view those grades in relation to others. Thus, benchmarking is an old thing; what is new is that we almost can measure every process within a modern company. Call centers measure who picks up the phone faster, online retailers measure everything via A/B tests, and recruiting departments monitor the close rate for applicants over time. Take LinkedIn - at core a data driven company – thus they have several hundreds of different dashboards, all benchmarking numbers in time series, across businesses, countries, and so on.
Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams
Netflix originally tried to address peering issues by offering ISPs access to its own content delivery network called OpenConnect . It signed deals with some U.S.-based and a number of international ISPs that led to Netflix deploying caching boxes inside the ISPs’ networks. But the major U.S. ISPs argued that Netflix was avoiding paying for the burden its traffic put on their networks and said they didn’t want to support different servers for every different internet service on the market, despite already hosting servers for sites such as Google , Facebook , Amazon and Microsoft in many cases.
Oculus' Carmack to Minecraft creator: 'Say the word'
Earlier this year, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced that his game would not be coming to Oculus' Rift due to the company's acquisition by Facebook. "Facebook creeps me out," Persson said.
It seems those heebie-jeebies are starting to subside though, as a different life crisis has come to the forefront: "And about now I'm officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus," Persson recently tweeted . "I'm upset about there being a hole in my favorite sock instead."
John Carmack, co-creator of Doom , Oculus convert and center of a legal battle with former employer ZeniMax, responded enthusiastically. "Say the word, ship the source, and i'll make sure It runs well on you-know-what," he wrote . Sounds nice, but we're not sure how Carmack would make Persson's sock run well on ... oh. Ohhhh .
Nevermind, we just got it. We see what you did there, John.
Y Combinator Demo Day
Fast Company's Alice Truong will report live from the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The event begins at 10 a.m. PT. on Tuesday, August 19th.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World screaming onto PC in 2015
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With RollerCoaster Tycoon World, Atari is bringing back the incredible theme park experience to PC gamers and introducing a variety of thrilling new features. "The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise has captured the heart of gaming enthusiasts globally for close to 15 years, and we're eager to provide the next installment of the phenomenal series to new and life-long fans," said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. "Many of the new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon World were not possible a few years ago, but we have taken advantage of technological improvements to offer a wildly fun gaming experience that stays true to the storied franchise. This is the game fans have been asking for."
RollerCoaster Tycoon World is packed with numerous fun-filled features that fans know and love, including designing an amusement park with different rides, attractions, and shops to manage, deep simulation, and destructible coasters. New gameplay includes visiting other player-created parks from around the world, sharing blueprints of other coaster creations, and choosing various landscapes on which to construct each park.
Watch the video of the New Lightning Cable with reversible USB connector in action
Sonny Dickson , the Australian-based blogger, who leaked parts of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air before it was launched last year, and had posted a photo of the new Lightning cable with the reversible USB connector, has just posted couple of videos of the new Lightning cable.
Tom Hanks' typewriter app rockets to top of App Store - Telegraph
Actor Tom Hanks' typewriter app Hanx Writer has shot to the top of the App
Store within four days of its release
Found: Living Descendants Of 'Hallucigenia'--The Weirdest Fossil
Among the weird creatures of the Cambrian explosion, the first great flowering of animal life half a billion years ago, the most famous is a spiny, walking worm so strange that scientists in the psychedelic Seventies called it “ Hallucigenia ”.
Apple Tops $100 To Notch Record Close As Next iPhone Looms
Adjusted for the company’s 7-for-1 stock split earlier this year, the close equates to a price of $703.71, beating the previous record close of $700.10 from September 19, 2012. At its high Tuesday Apple hit $100.68 ($704.76 pre-split), just short of the $100.72 ($705.07) that marks the intraday high.
Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows | TechCrunch
Office for Android is widely expected to be released before a touch build of Office for Windows tablets, and the Windows 8.1 RT operating system. That software irony aside, if you were looking for a taste of what the coming Android tablet build of Office will look like, here’s what is likely a teaser:
We're in a pretty swanky, but intimate event space here. Roughly 40 or so chairs for attendees. Seats are starting to fill but it's by no means crowded yet. Not sure if that's a function of it being August in New York City or the fact that HTC may be announcing more of a niche product today.
Hospital hack 'exploited Heartbleed'
David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustSec, told the Bloomberg news agency that three people close to the CHS investigation had notified him that Heartbleed had been pinpointed as the vulnerability used to steal names, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers from the hospital group's systems.
Up Late With Far Cry 3’s Writer Jeffrey Yohalem - IGN
It’s 1.30am and Jeffrey Yohalem is crouched cross-legged on his couch in his Montreal apartment. It’s a nice couch and an even nicer apartment, nicer than most writers could ever hope to afford (and Montreal rent is dirt cheap). But then, most writers haven’t won a Writers Guild of America Award for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and been nominated for a BAFTA for Far Cry 3. Jeffrey’s up late. Standard. He’ll usually “write from 2 to 7am.” He’s also in his underpants. He thinks our Skype window has not deigned to extend below the waist, that I haven’t noticed, but it has, and I have. I don’t want to embarrass him but I feel I should say something. He’s on a high, though.
Twitter To Suspend Accounts Of Anyone Tweeting Graphic Images Of Journalist's Alleged Execution
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning that any users who shared graphic images relating to the alleged beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley would have their account suspended. He included a link to a New York Times article about Foley.
Venture firm tries telling others how to invest in private companies
Also, the venture funds could open themselves up to charges of conflict of interest if they end up recommending some of the same companies the funds already invest in, potentially driving up the companies’ and the funds’ values, the lawyers say.
Marvel Releases First Photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
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How Far Away is the Moon? (Video)
If the Earth were the size of a basketball and the moon a tennis ball, how far apart would they be? Turns out, the answer is not known to many.
Rocket Men: How The Samwers Became Billionaires
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Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services | TechCrunch
The Wells Fargo team explained the highly regulated banking industry can pose many obstacles for young companies, and startups are rarely equipped to handle the large enterprise needs of a bank or lack needed security measures. Through the accelerator program, Wells Fargo will help the companies develop the infrastructure they need to accommodate hurdles that might arise across the bank.
For German, Swiss Privacy Start-Ups, a Post-Snowden Boom
Since news broke that former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed alleged U.S. government surveillance methods worldwide, secure messaging and so-called ‘NSA-proof’ products and companies have sprouted across Germany and Switzerland, two countries who take their privacy laws very seriously.
What Apple's new content delivery network means for net neutrality, and for you
But this has shifted quickly in the last couple of years, even as the FCC has attempted to set and enforce rules requiring some aspects of net neutrality—rules that courts have largely rejected for a technicality. (The FCC has the right, one court said, but it has to redefine how it classifies Internet service in order to make these rules.) The FCC has floated offering a faster lane of Internet: every customer would get a regular “fast” lane, but companies could pay ISPs for even faster service without violating net neutrality. Apple’s new networking operations don’t rely on this not-yet-implemented option.