Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot | TechCrunch
If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer has guns, Kevin Spacey, double XP
Sure there's guns galore in this Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer, but virtual Kevin Spacey overshadows all of them. Pre-ordering will get you 24 hour early access (along with double XP and a bunch of guns) but really, we just want more of that handsome man. Mmm.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Dishes On The Cloud, Gender Inequality In Tech And Piracy-As-Freemium | TechCrunch
This is a pretty interesting side of the cloud and platform wars: The need for simply tectonic quantities of liquid capital to compete. I think that we are seeing the further divergence of cloud companies that provide storage-based solutions, and cloud companies that sell both storage and compute services — Dropbox and Box can’t afford to spend billions per year on global compute infrastructure, but they can be competitive on price when it comes to storage itself. Or, at least they can for now — let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
CareZapp Is Building A Support Platform For Home Healthcare | TechCrunch
CareZapp has a vision of connecting home, community and technology enabling people to create their own networks of care to support the health and wellbeing of a loved one at home.
Led by a highly experienced team, this vision is embodied in a communications platform that empowers both care recipients and caregivers by giving them multi-faceted home-care choice and control. It can thus hugely improve …
Microsoft rolls out a private Azure appliance and big freaking cloud servers
At a press event in San Francisco on Monday, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie announced a new family of Azure products that the company hopes will drive home the message it’s trying (really hard) to send about its ability to run hyperscale, enterprise-grade and hybrid cloud computing environments. Among those products are a new Azure appliance that companies or service providers can deploy in their own data centers, and a new family of very beefy Azure cloud instances.
BackerClub Wants To Put Your Crowdfunding Campaign In Front Of Kickstarter Power Backers | TechCrunch
In many ways crowdfunding site Kickstarter can be considered an ecosystem in and of itself, used by startups as both a pre-sales marketing platform and a way to get projects funded that might otherwise never get off the ground. But there also exists a wider ecosystem around crowdfunding, such as design and marketing companies, along with, largely, Asia-based manufacturers. Now a new venture is hoping to ride the coattails of the Kickerstarter ecosystem by offering a way to get your crowdfunding campaign in front of a community of Kickstarter power backers — for a fee.
Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town | TechCrunch
Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets.
A List of Stores Where You Can Use Apple Pay | WIRED
The list seemed a bit limited when it was initially announced—longer on specialty shops, and shorter on big chains. But with the addition of Chevron, Texaco, and Walgreens, it’s getting more robust. (Also, note that the biggest names on the list, Target and Starbucks, are still in the “apps”-only category). Still, enough big names are participating—Nike, Sephora, Toys’R’Us—that they will undoubtedly draw others into the race for technology-friendly customer convenience. Although it’s probably a bit early to throw away your wallet entirely, this may be the push NFC needs to become a more viable payment method in 2015.
Ex Diablo, Torchlight devs unveil faction-based Rebel Galaxy
Space-age video game futures have plenty of spotless, sleek ships under the command of yawning empires, but Rebel Galaxy seems to focus on the scrappier spacecrafts flying between planets and asteroids. The game's PlayStation Blog post welcomes future pilots to play as mercenaries, traders, pirates and rogue heroes, surviving in a sandbox universe with a faction system connected to a player's actions and conversation-based choices.
Rebel Galaxy is the work of Double Damage Games, a studio co-founded by Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer (Game Designer on Diablo 1 & 2 ), the same pair that founded Torchlight series developer Runic Games. Baldree likens its take on zero-gravity dogfights to naval combat like what's found in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag , though the PS Blog post notes that players will pilot the "big, weapon-bristling ships" rather than pecking away at them with speck-sized vessels.
Rebel Galaxy 's larger ships will follow a 2D plane, whereas smaller crafts are free-flying fodder for turrets, be they personally piloted or manned by player-assigned AI.
How Justin Bieber Could Spoil Instagram's Plan to Introduce Ads | WIRED
It finally happened: Snapchat will now have ads. Pinterest is also experimenting with advertising, as is Instagram. All three of these companies are in the enviable position of running wildly popular online platforms, but also in the less enviable position of not having a great, obvious way to make money off of them. Ads seem like the most direct plan, but there’s a problem, a problem summed up by one man.
iPad Air 2 review
I'll get onto the design in a moment - but it's worth noting that the design alone is a good reason to pick up the new iPad Air 2. It's super light, amazingly slim and will delight over and over again for the first fortnight of ownership, before you slip back to the standard tech nonchalance that creeps over us all eventually.
Pokken Tournament's arcade debut meant to gauge whether it's captivating
Pokken Tournament is choosing Japanese arcades first to more quickly gauge the reaction from intensive fighting game fans, according to Siliconera's translation of 4Gamer's interview with developer Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada.
Since Pokken Tournament is meant to be a complex, competitive game, Harada said it's important to watch the game's reception in a harsh community, where a round of play is typically 100 yen (~93 cents). Harada added that boring or unengaging games are quickly abandoned in the arcade scene, and that having Pokken Tournament survive in the environment would be something the team could be proud of.
Harada is co-leading Pokken Tournament 's development with SoulCalibur series producer Masaaki Hoshino, with the left-field fighter due to try capturing an arcade audience in 2015.
3 Tips On Building A Business From Tinder Cofounder Sean Rad
1. Find a problem, then a solution . “It all starts with really understanding the problem you’re solving. They’re just alert of these ideas of just building this app. Once you find out the problem, you’re able to recruit great minds who can communicate that. Our vision from day one was to solve a problem how to get to know others. Theres always oembdoy ouy want to know. But youre afraid to go uip to that person. youre afraid of tha rjeciont. Our vision from Day 1 was to solve the problem of how to get to know others. There’s always somebody you want to know, but you’re afraid to go up to that person. You’re afraid of rejection.”
Europe’s Sign2Pay Launches To Simplify Mobile Debit Payments And Oil The Wheels Of M-Commerce | TechCrunch
Q: What are the metrics that prove that this actually works in terms of improved conversion? A: It’s hard to answer because it depends one on industry and two on the level of integration by the merchant. You have to see that currently if you’d like to pay debit in Europe you need to go buy a physical card reader. If you compare it to a virgin user the conversion rate is very high because they just need to sign and be authenticated and then they pass through. If you have to go install their app you have to go to the app store, install it, register for it etc. So the conversion rates are not yet final but we’re very convinced about the numbers that we’ve seen so far.
Apple’s Q4 Earnings and Conference Call – Live Blog
Cook gave the same defense of the iPad that he gave last quarter. There is a good point in it: What exactly is the upgrade cycle for a tablet? By suggesting that there is a cycle we don’t know, Cook is saying he expects people at some point to trade in their dusty old models for new ones. But it is, after all, on Apple to give them a reason. Thinner and lighter haven’t really done it. Will a fingerprint sensor? At the same time, Cook reminds that there are still a lot of first-time buyers.
Materials That Will Change the World Graphene
I am Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. I'm also the Co-Founder/Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc., a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. I'm also the Co-Founder/Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. I'm also Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to detect and mine asteroids for precious materials. In 2012, my book "Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think" was published; it was #1 on Amazon and #2 on New York Times. My personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."
Living without a head in The Evil Within
While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead.
Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.
How to set up SMS sharing with iOS 8, OS X 10.10 Yosemite - CNET
When Apple first announced iOS 8 and its Continuity features, one of the most exciting features was SMS sharing. When this is activated, an iPhone owner will receive text messages on all of his or her Apple devices.
Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes | TechCrunch
Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate , which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process. With Crate, developers can quickly set up a distributed database cluster , either on their own hardware or in a public cloud, and know that it will be able to scale.
This suitcase knows how much it weighs, where it is, and charges your gadgets
The really cool features come when you link the Bluesmart up with your phone. The handle acts as a digital scale, so you always know how much the bag weighs, which comes in handy when you’re approaching your weight limit and removes any concern over buying those last minute duty-free gifts. The case is secured using a digital lock, which will activate should it move too far away from the phone. It can also alert you if someone tries to tamper with your bag while you’re buying coffee. There’s even location and proximity alerts, so no matter how far away the case is, you’ve got a chance of recovering it.
How to get started with Apple Pay - CNET
Your credit cards are managed within Passbook, so open that up. With the update, you'll see a new option to add credit and debit cards. Apple's made it easy to link whatever credit card you use with iTunes to Passbook. You'll just have to enter your security code to verify the card.
Cameron on How Arnold Can Be in Terminator: Genisys - IGN
"I wasn’t interested in producing it or working on [the film] actively, but I did want to put in a good word for Arnold," Cameron said at the LA Egyptian Theatre's celebration of of the 30th anniversary of The Terminator (via Deadline ). "I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered."
Volvo Bets Its Future on Small, Turbocharged Engines | WIRED
First, Volvo studied how its customers truly drive. The outgoing XC90 SUV had a powerful V8. Volvo found its drivers rarely pushed the engine past 4,000 RPM, and even then it was largely for heavy acceleration like getting onto the highway or trying to get home by curfew. Because V8s do their best work near the top of the rev range, Volvo customers rarely experienced the engine’s peak torque or horsepower. They did, however, experience peak gas consumption. “When the customer drives with a very heavy powertrain,” says Michael Fleiss, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain, “they’re never using the sweet spot of the engine. Instead, it’s idling all the time, running in a very inefficient area of the engine maps.”
Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition | TechCrunch
“Ooyala helps media companies build the largest possible audiences online, while Videoplaza helps them extract as much value as possible from that audience. Our combined platforms will offer a more holistic view of content and ad performance across a broadcaster’s entire business, including granular data on not only what, how and where people are watching, but also where and how they can make the most money,” said Ooyala CEO Jay Fulcher in a statement. “Videoplaza’s team has clearly demonstrated strong leadership in the fast-growing video advertising market, and are closely aligned with our vision for growth and innovation in this new line of business.”
CosmEthics Is An App To Analyze The Make Up Of Your Make-Up | TechCrunch
The app includes a feature where users can submit photos of products that aren’t currently in the CosmEthics database so its team can transcribe the ingredients list to include the item. Obviously there are a vast number of cosmetics products in circulation, and more being churned out every day, so it’s unlikely to be able to offer comprehensive coverage — but Rantanen says there’s a sub-set of popular products it hopes to be able to stay on top of.
The e-reader lives a lonely life, and the nice Kindle Voyage won't change that
P.S. Given the low price and long live of the basic Kindle, and the eye strain I get trying to use my iPad’s projected light (versus e-ink of Kindle) as a reader, I suspect Amazon won’t see a new device purchase from me for another 5-10 years…and it will likely be another one like I have if I they still make this basic reader. But, reading 2+ books a week, mostly bought via Amazon (sometimes checked out from local library), I am sure is making them more money than that next device purchase ;).
Puppy justice: How John Oliver won the Internet
The Supreme Court does not allow cameras in the court room, so John Oliver decided to reenact a case with dogs — and then release the raw footage to remix on YouTube.
Apple Pay setup step-by-step: It's unsurprisingly easy and fast
How well does Apple Pay work for payments? Based on the demonstrations Apple provided last month — and because I’ve made similar transactions with Google Wallet over the past three years — I expected they’re work just as easily, both online and in retail stores. Several iOS retail apps — Target, Staples and Apple’s own Store — are already updated to support Apple Pay so I’ll have to make a purchase. That $2,500 iMac with 5k retina display might be a great first buy but I think my wife would take my credit cards away, not to mention my iPhone 6 too.
Apple's iOS 8.1 hits Monday with Apple Pay, iCloud photo library - CNET
Along with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones last month, Apple also unveiled its new mobile payments system, called Apple Pay. The service, which launches Monday with iOS 8.1, lets people purchase goods simply by tapping their iPhones to payment terminals and then touching their devices' fingerprint sensors. Both the devices and the terminals must have near-field communication (NFC) chips that store payment credentials -- something that limits the in-store service to the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, as well as the Apple Watch when it hits the market next year.
There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups | TechCrunch
As King argued, though, it’s not just about data access and medicine, but also about changing behaviours. “The biggest challenges we face in healthcare are almost all behavioral,” he noted. In the U.K. and U.S., for example, 50 percent of the medicines prescribed are not taken properly. So one clear opportunity for startups here is to build systems that help improve compliance with doctors’ treatment plans. Indeed, King argues that there is a lot of “low-hanging fruit” in this field for startups right now. He and his colleagues, for example, often still use pagers and fax machines to send alerts and exchange information.
iOS 8.1 is now available for download. The update enables Apple Pay on supported devices, brings bac
At Apple's big iPad event today, they gave a quick preview of iOS 8.1, which will bring a few new features: iCloud Photo Library, Apple Pay, and the return of the Camera Roll.
A paste tool written in Golang (plus some API libraries for pastebin like sites).
Red Cross: Ebola Could Be Contained Within 6 Months
BEIJING — A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.
How to Stop Apple From Snooping on Your OS X Yosemite Searches | WIRED
Sandvik notes that Apple doesn’t collect the private results of those desktop searches, and that Microsoft receives only common search terms from Spotlight without any personally identifying information about users. But given that Yosemite’s search-term-sucking setting is enabled by default, many users won’t even be aware of it. “For Apple to automatically learn about your location and your search terms when you’re using your computer normally isn’t something a lot of people would approve of if they knew about it,” Sandvik says.
Struggling IBM pays $1.5 billion to dump its chipmaking business
IBM designs the chips for its Power servers and mainframe computers and will continue to invest in chip research even after outsourcing manufacturing to GlobalFoundries. IBM is continuing a previously announced $3 billion investment over five years in semiconductor technology research, and the company said that "GlobalFoundries will have primary access to the research that results from this investment through joint collaboration at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in Albany, NY." Additionally, GlobalFoundries will become "IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years." Further ReadingIBM reportedly considering sale of chip manufacturing operationsMove should shed expenses without forcing IBM to exit high-end server business
You Can Now Pre-Order the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player
The Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet running the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop , starts at $399 for the 16GB model and is slated to ship on November 3rd.
James Bond's submarine car is on sale on eBay for $1 million
Among James Bond's many glorious gadgets over the years, one that stands out even to this day is his submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): a modified 1977 Lotus Espirit S1 sportscar that was shown driving directly from land into water. In real life, there was no such transforming amphibious vehicle: seven different cars were used to create the submarine scenes in the film — one of them being little more than an Espirit-shaped shell wrapped around a working submarine . Now you can own one of the three other remaining land models for a fitting $1 million. Hot Rod City , a vintage car restoration and resale shop in Las Vegas, is selling a prop Lotus Espirit from the film on eBay . Unfortunately, the vehicle doesn't actually drive (nor does it submerge), and isn't street legal, as the eBay listing makes clear. Yet it is the one that was used for a retracting wheel scene in the film, and even had a second moment of stardom when it was rehabbed on the History channel TV show American Restoration . And if anyone pulls the trigger and buys this thing, they will be in good company: Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, purchased one of his own last year and said he planned to modify it so that it could transform for real.
PSA: There is no beta for GTA5 on PC, PS4, Xbox One
Heads up: if someone claiming to represent Rockstar offers you beta access to the upcoming PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 , they're trying to scam you. Rockstar has officially stated that it has no plans to offer a public beta test in the weeks leading up to GTA 5 's next-gen console debut.
"Please note: There is no pre-release 'beta' test for Grand Theft Auto 5 ," the developer's statement reads. "If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."
It's an understandably tempting offer, and scammers are likely hoping that the game's notoriety will cloud player judgment. Stay safe out there, folks. Grand Theft Auto 5 will hit the Xbox One and PS4 on November 18 , and a PC release is slated for 2015.
Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century | TechCrunch
As a reminder, commercial banks in Europe suck. In the U.S., you can show up and open an account in five minutes. In Europe, you need to make an appointment with a bank’s local branch, bring documents and fill a lot of forms. You can also sign up online, but you’ll have to go to the post office to send documents.
Levebee Can Be Your Child’s Personal Reading Coach | TechCrunch
Currently, if a child needs help reading, they either go to a specialist or trudge through learn-how-to-read books with a parent. The first solution is expensive and limited. The second is not effective and tiresome. Levebee brings together the specialized tools used by professional reading coaches and the personalized approach used by parents.
Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes
Now, this by itself isn't necessarily a shock either. Bigger ticket products like the iPad are things that people tend to hold onto for longer, and we've only just seen a new batch of iPads (well, one new iPad and one very mildly tweaked one) make their debut. Stalwarts will say just give it some time, the iPad'll pick up steam again, and it very well may do so -- there's an iPad at nearly every notable price point now. With the launch of a device like the iPhone 6 Plus, though, a device that for many people will ably straddle the line between the iPhone and the iPad Mini, it'll be interesting to see if the iPad manages to regain it's former sales glory. The fact that the iPad Mini wasn't barely touched this year won't help matters -- it got all of what, five sentences dedicated to it during the iPad Air 2's grand unveiling? Sure, part of that is almost certainly due to the cost and complexity of shrinking components and refining design, but the continued (some would say overwhelming) demand for Apple's bigger iPhones may wind up eating away at the iPad's relevance in some very curious ways.
Facebook Sues Lawyers of Discredited "Co-Founder" Paul Ceglia
“This is an entirely baseless lawsuit that has been filed as a tactic to intimidate lawyers from bringing litigation against Facebook. DLA Piper, which was not part of this case at its outset or its conclusion, was involved for 78 days. Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg claim that they were damaged in those 78 days, yet a mere 10 months after DLA Piper withdrew from the case and while the litigation was still pending, Facebook went to market with an initial public offering that valued the company at $100 billion. Today, Facebook is worth $200 billion and Mr. Zuckerberg is among the richest people in the world. We will defend this meritless litigation aggressively and we will prevail.”
Microsoft Goes All-In on Hybrid Cloud With Azure-in-a-Box
Mark Bowker, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, says Microsoft offering CPS as an on-premises component to the hybrid cloud is a big deal for organizations that want a consistent management platform between their shops and the public cloud. “Microsoft is guiding IT on how to run the most efficient operation by leveraging some aspects of the Azure public cloud while still operating some workloads on a private cloud,” Bowker says. It’s a message he believes will resonate not only with enterprise end users but with service providers who could expand their offerings beyond just Office 365 SaaS apps and now offer Azure-like IaaS offerings, too.
Lobster Is A Marketplace For Licensing Affordable User-Generated Content | TechCrunch
Lobster hopes to take advantage of the wide array of content users are already freely posting on apps like Instagram or on sites like Flickr… and to help them make a little bit of money on it. And all they have to do is add the #ilobsterit hashtag, which will opt them into making a particular piece of content available for sale.
iOS 8.1 is now available, offering Apple Pay and other useful functions
iOS 8.1 is ready for download and Apple Pay is the main feature. A quick look at the change log, however, shows some welcome updates, fixes and features such as return of the Camera Roll and AirDrop support for Passbook passes.
Apple - Press Info - Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Strong iPhone, Mac & App Store Sales Drive Record September Quarter Revenue & Earnings
CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2014—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 13, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2014. “Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Apple sells better-than-expected 39.3 million iPhones in September quarter
The new iPhone, which comes in larger sizes and a heftier price tag, marks Apple's best product launch on record. That helped push overall smartphone sales to 39.27 million in the September quarter, beating the roughly 38 million some on Wall Street had anticipated.
Jade Raymond Leaves Ubisoft Toronto - IGN
“I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours."