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.
TGI Friday's mistletoe drones want you to pucker up - CNET
The mistletoe drones are a first for the United Kingdom, according to the restaurant. They are part of TGI Friday's "Togethermas" marketing campaign which was inspired by a "nationwide, company-conducted survey that found only 53 percent of people in the UK had actually ever kissed under the mistletoe at Christmastime," according to CBCNews .
Scientists Demonstrate Brain-to-Brain Communication | MIT Technology Review
“You can see this interface as two different things,” says Stocco. “One is a super-cool toy that we have developed because it’s futuristic and an engineering feat but that doesn’t produce science. The other is, in the future, the ultimate way to test hypotheses about how the brain encodes information.”
6 Reasons You Should Be Excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray - IGN
Having earned $330 million domestically and $770 million in worldwide box office sales, Guardians of the Galaxy is an unequivocal hit. Still in select theaters, Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Groot, and Drax are soon to be available for at home enjoyment. Disney hosted an event in advance of the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray recently, during which they screened nearly 40-minutes of extras and features from the set. IGN was able to attend the screening and follow-up Q&A with Guardians director James Gunn . (Take a look at our exclusive interview with Gunn on what to expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 HERE .) Available for Digital Download now, the Blu-ray release will bring with it a bevy of additional features.
The Company Trying To Kill Microsoft PowerPoint Just Raised $57 Million
It plans to use the latest round to push on with its global expansion plans and lists Australia as one of its fastest growing markets.
Basis Peak Now Shares Heart Rate Data With Third-Party Apps
To that end, the company announced today that the health tracker will now share heart rate data with third-party fitness iOS apps like Strava, RunKeeper and Endomondo. Unlike other health trackers or smartwatches, the Peak constantly monitors your heart rate without the wearer having to enable the feature.
Apple Obsesses over Watch App Details | MIT Technology Review
Apple also wants to make sure that developers pay attention to how their apps work with corresponding iPhone apps—like most other smart watches, the Apple Watch requires a smartphone to function, in this case an iPhone. In the guidelines, the company stresses that any app on the wrist “complements your iOS app; it does not replace it.” This could encourage developers to think about how they can bring functions to Apple Watch apps that might be more appropriate on the wrist than on the smartphone screen, such as certain kinds of context-aware alerts.
Singapore Will Introduce New Regulations For Taxi Booking Apps In 2015
Hailo is the Taxi Magnet - a free smartphone app which puts people two taps away from a licensed taxi, and lets cabbies get more passengers when they want them.
A Hailo hail is accepted around the world every four seconds from Hailo’s global network of tens of thousands of drivers and hundreds of thousands of passengers. Hailo is available in New York, London, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Toronto, …
Aereo throws in the towel, but may have already changed TV forever
That language could end up meaning that Aereo will have a major impact on the television industry long after its shutdown. The Federal Communications Commission recently circulated a proposal that could open the door for companies like Aereo to become MVPDs — multi-channel video providers — the same designation given to cable and satellite TV companies.
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.
This Lingerie Company A/B Tests The World's Hottest Women To See Who Makes You Click "Buy"
A/B testing takes more resources because it requires at least two of everything. At the all-day event, Adore Me photographs between 30 and 40 new looks that will debut on the site the next month. For every bra and underwear set, the company has to ensure it has enough options to test for each garment. Each month, the retailer also reshoots a handful of garments that didn't sell well on the site. Today, Adore Me is testing a new blonde model. While natural blondes make up about 16% of the U.S. population, and gentlemen have been said to prefer them, nobody wants to buy lingerie from them. So far, no one with golden locks has sold well, Hermand-Waiche says.
The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer is here
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AT&TVoice: 6 Tips To Build A Mobile Commerce Site
We know you need more than just cold information, technical solutions and the latest devices. You need a place where you can talk to business owners just like you – who might’ve tried something you haven’t or found a tech solution you didn’t know was out there. It’s all about finding the freedom to do what you love. AT&T is here to help you make connections and find answers that help you build your business. And we need your help, so we invite you to share your stories, too.
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.
European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case
Oettinger has already made suggested remedies for Google’s alleged dominance including mandated changes to search results. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed to date. But the European parliament lacks the authority to force a break-up of a company and any such proposal would meet stiff opposition from Google and the US.
Microsoft Struts YouTube-Style Video Streaming for Enterprises
Microsoft on Tuesday announced Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training.
PSN Store Update: Stop He's Already Dead Edition
That scene in The Simpsons ? November's new release pile-up is like that, except the games industry isn't about to let up. A glance here should tell you there's still an absolute drove of games waiting to beat us all up before the year ticks over. Brace yourselves, people.
This is a particularly games-stuffed edition of our weekly PSN Store updates; there are 13 games out on PS4 alone, including the small matters of Far Cry 4 , Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto 5 and LittleBigPlanet 3 . Since it's so games-stuffed, we're going to take a leaf out of our eShop round-ups and condense all of this week's new releases into a nice, digestible list. You'll find that below the break, complete with links for further coverage as well as SEN store links.
Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4/Xbox One Screens)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA) - Standard $60 / Deluxe Edition $70
Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft) - Standard $60 / Gold Edition $90
Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar Games) - $60
LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony) - $60
Never Alone (E-Line Media) - $15 / $13.49 Plus
WWE 2K15 (2K) - Standard $60 / Digital Deluxe $80
Monopoly Family Fun Pack (Ubisoft) - $30
MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame (Bandai Namco) - $60
Rollers of the Realm (Atlus) - $9
Samurai Warriors 4 (Koei Tecmo) - $60
The Jackbox Party Pack (Jackbox Games) - $25
Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (Wired Productions, cross-buy PS3 & Vita) - $8 / $6.
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.
The PlayStation 4: One Year Later - IGN
It’s been a memorable year for Sony, as the gaming giant bounced back into the console war pole position. Though Sony still has yet to fully address many of the complaints gamers have leveled against the PlayStation 4 this year - namely, lack of content developed exclusively for next gen platforms - Sony’s willingness to take risks with the hardware in 2014, coupled with its innovative approach to new console features, leaves the PlayStation 4 poised and ready to continue its battle for supremacy.
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.
NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.
EA CFO: Microsoft is catching up to Sony
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen believes Microsoft is "catching up" to Sony in the current-gen console battle. Jorgensen said during a talk at the UBS Global Technology Conference in Sausalito, California yesterday that "Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy" with the PS4.
Shipments for Sony's latest home console reached 13.5 million consoles as of late October, whereas Microsoft reported that shipments of Xbox One consoles hit 10 million globally last week. Jorgensen saw the Xbox One's $50 price cut for the holidays as a tactic by Microsoft that "will continue to pull the consumer into the new consoles." The EA executive estimated that combined sales for the two systems will top 25 million consoles following the holidays.
How Bad Was Uber CEO's Apology? We Put His Words To The Test.
Uber's CEO used Twitter to apologize. We test how his words sound in real life.
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.
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.
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.
The New Habit Challenge: How Can Setting Time Limits For Work Make Us More Productive?
Join our resident habit expert Rachel Gillett and other Fast Company editors on Friday, November 21 at 11 a.m. EST as we discuss what happened when we set some boundaries.
'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.
Game Scoop! 323: Far Cry 3, Part 2 - IGN Video
This week we're having too much fun with Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, and Dragon Age Inquisition.
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.
Fawning Over Phones: Our Worrying Addiction?
“This is a really, really new and fresh area psychologists are looking at. It’s a very important question. We don’t know the answer yet, but for about 10 years people have been talking about the importance of mindfulness – being in the zone, in the moment, being able to focus on the activity and lose yourself… It seems our over dependence on technology is now interfering with that because our attention span is now shorter, and we are permanently distracted and bombarded by this information overflow.”
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.
All DLC Maps for Evolve Will Be Available Free of Charge - IGN
Robb addresses the issue around the 4:10 mark in the video below: "First thing we [Evolve's creative leads] said was we can't break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven't bought something."
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.
Co-op Mortar Fail in Far Cry 4 - IGN Plays - IGN Video
Greg and Alfredo stealthily infiltrate a brick factory in Far Cry 4.
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.
Google, Rockstar agree to settle patent litigation: filing
Google and Rockstar have agreed to settle "all matters in controversy between the parties," according to a filing in an Texas federal court on Monday. However, the document does not say whether Rockstar has also settled with handset makers including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
The 5 Milestones of Bionics - OpenMind
The "Knowledge Window" is a space that OpenMind has in the Spanish scientific web Materia. Its aim is to create an open area dealing with innovation, science, technology, economics, the environment and the humanities, where articles, information and interviews are available relating to the global challenges we are facing in the 21st century: globalization, climate change, distribution of wealth, global health, etc..
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.
Walmart Changes Price Match Policy - IGN
"(W)e’ve updated our policy to clarify that we will match prices from Walmart.com and 30 major online retailers, but we won’t honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers, auction sites or sites requiring memberships."