Google Play Books Updated To Make It A Better eReader For Students, Chefs, And Others Who Read Huge Books | TechCrunch
Most eReader apps tend to be built for reading something from start to finish — which makes sense, given that that’s how about 99 percent of fiction works are meant to be read.
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place
uBeam, a company making technology that lets you charge devices wirelessly announced today that it has raised $10 million in new funding. Upfront Ventures led the round, with additional participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Cuban and Ludlow Ventures. Upfront’s Mark Suster and SoundHound’s Katie McMahon have joined uBeam’s board.
Microsoft Fires Global Advertising Sales Team
Keeping the executive team on board means there is effectively still a sales team in place and it could mean that Microsoft Advertising is streamlining to favor negotiating larger partnerships with key brands, rather than concentrating selling large volumes of display inventory across its network.
I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard
Once you do, however, it's actually a surprisingly good handset -- the best BlackBerry 10 smartphone so far. It's well-built, comes with clever engineering and software services, has good battery life and features a screen that's easy to read outdoors. But the one-handed experience is also incredibly awkward; the keyboard isn't among BlackBerry's best (typing a 4,700-word review on the thing convinced me of that); and the company continues to struggle in its quest for a thriving and more robust ecosystem. (The fact that it has three methods of obtaining apps and still can't get the biggest titles is a testament to that.) For what it is, it's a solid device. But the problem is figuring out whom it's for, and why it matters. My sore thumbs and I haven't found an answer yet.
LG G Watch R - powered by android wear
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Facebook’s secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election
Facebook has come under fire before for manipulating the newsfeeds of its users without their knowledge, and now a Mother Jones report says the social network’s experiments may have significantly affected voter turnout in the 2012 elections
The Best Thing About Microsoft's Health Tracker Is That It's Cross-Platform | WIRED
While Health and Fit are locked into their corresponding operating system silos, Microsoft hopes to ford digital and hardware divides by making Health and its hardware constituent the Microsoft Band cross-platform. This is a smart move for a company whose mobile OS still only retains a four percent marketshare in the U.S. By packing the wearable with a handful of unique features like UV monitoring and guided workouts, the device could attract health-focused folks who might not otherwise go for a Microsoft product, and thus introduce them to the company’s ecosystem just as the iPod did for Apple back in the early 2000′s (“If you like the features and quality of this product, why not get even more by switching to a Windows Phone device?”). It’s a long shot, but perhaps one of the best chances in years Microsoft has of luring people into its mobile world.
Computer Spies Target Control Systems Made by GE, Siemens
Computer spies targeted control systems made by General Electric Co. and Siemens AG for water and energy companies since at least 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.
How To Create An Infographic Resume That Doesn't Repel Hiring Managers
Not all hiring managers will appreciate an infographic resume. Dana Manciagli , a career coach and former hiring manager for companies like Microsoft and Kodak, advises against infographic resumes and warns that sending one is the quickest way to have your application put in the “no” pile. While Manciagli says it’s fine to post an infographic resume on your LinkedIn profile, you should never send one in addition to--and especially not instead of--a traditional resume.
How important is cross-platform support to the Microsoft Band?
It’s not really surprising that Microsoft’s Band smartwatch will work with Android and iOS as well as Windows Phone as we heard rumors suggesting it would. It’s a bigger deal than you’d think though if history is any indication.
Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform | TechCrunch
Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series D stage, but cloud platform provider Joyent today announced that it has raised an additional $15 million from existing investors Intel Capital, Orascom TMT Investments, El Dorado Ventures, EPIC Ventures, LGI Ventures and others.
J.P. Morgan Found Hackers Through Breach of Road-Race Website
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. discovered one of the biggest known cyber attacks to hit a U.S. bank in part due to a foot race the bank sponsors. The bank learned hackers stole contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses that dealt with J.P. Morgan because the intruders had used some of the same offshore servers to hack both the bank and the website of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, according to...
Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its “Slimmest Smartphones To Date” | TechCrunch
The Korean firm says the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 will launch in “select markets including China” in November. That Samsung is specifically mentioning China is interesting, since Xiaomi’s phones — which retail at $300 and $150, and have propelled it to No. 3 in the smartphone rankings — are impacting Samsung’s (and other phone makers’) business in the country. Lenovo already has plans to effectively clone Xiaomi with a new China-only business launching next year, but Samsung looks to be aiming to provide a premium-like experience on a more affordable budget with these new products — although the pricing for the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 is yet to be revealed.
Twitter names a new head of product — after just 6 months
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Five ways Samsung can overhaul its ailing smartphone business - CNET
When it comes to growth, the low end is where it's at. But that's also where competition is harshest. Samsung said that more than 50 percent of its smartphone units will come from the low end in 2015. In the third quarter, the company's profits tumbled in part because it sold more cheap smartphones than pricey devices. It also said it plans to go head-to-head with its rivals in inexpensive phones.
How To Take The PERFECT SELFIE With Jeremy Lin!
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Microsoft Band Hands-On: An Activity Tracker That's Actually Smart
The new Microsoft Band is probably the most ambitious activity tracker I've ever seen: It jams 10 sensors into one slim wristable. But after strapping it on for the first time, I really feel that it's more than just another handsome little metrics bracelet; it's actually got the brains to tell me what to do with them.
BlackBerry updates BBM with timed messages and message retraction, unveils plans for a paid subscription
BlackBerry today released a new version of BBM, adding timed messages, message retraction, and HD picture transfer, among other features. If you don’t see the update just yet, note that the company says it “may take 24 hours or more” for it to appear in your app store “depending on your mobile platform and region.”
Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads | TechCrunch
“Not only is the U.S. market one of the largest for tablets, but third quarter results also indicate that this is where the growth is,” writes Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. “We saw Verizon continuing to sell connected tablets at a fast pace, a strategy that we believe other carriers will replicate in following quarters. We also saw RCA enter the top 5, impacting the entire US market and worldwide ranking with one large deal linked to back-to-school and channel fill ahead of Black Friday. Those two elements resulted in the US tablet market growing at 18.5% year-over-year compared to the worldwide market growing at 11.5% annually.”
Xbox Entertainment Studios now officially closed
Following earlier reports heralding the closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios, Microsoft made things official on Wednesday by dismissing those few employees remaining at the company's former film division.
The good news is that the closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios signals an end to the mounting layoffs that have haunted Microsoft since Satya Nadella was promoted to CEO following the departure of Steve Ballmer. The bad news is that the abrupt closure has likely killed any projects that were still in the works at Xbox Entertainment Studios. Variety reports that studio head Nancy Tellem initially expected to have more time to "sort through the thicket of rights issues involved in relocating the scripted and nonscripted projects" prior to the studio being shuttered.
Despite the closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios, Microsoft remains committed to the live-action Halo: Nightfall digital series. Barring catastrophe, the Ridley Scott-produced adaptation will debut in early November.
Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion
Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion
Hands-on with Google's Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player
Let’s start with the Nexus 6, Google’s rather large, $199 (with a two-year contract) flagship smartphone, which ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 5.9-inch Quad HD screen, 13MP camera, 32GB to 64GB memory, and front-facing speakers. On first touch, the device feels light and sturdy. For non-phablet fans, you’ll find the size jarring; it’s not really a one-handed device, but that’s the point.
Tech Retrospect: Microsoft strikes up Band, Moto turbocharges Droid - CNET
Microsoft's entry into the smartwatch market might be worth your time. Also, Moto unveils the Droid Turbo and AT&T's in trouble with the FTC, in this look back at the week.
This Ad Shows Just How Romantic The Internet Of Things Can Be
Home automation tech brand WeMo and agency CP+B put a romantic spin on the potential of Internetting your stuff and your life with this new ad. Here we meet Rachel, who comes home to a Rube Goldbergian assembly of web-enabled devices--from the stereo and lights to the crock-pot and TV. It's all an elaborate anniversary gift from her husband Dan who can't be home for the occasion.
Google Glass Is Now Banned From Movie Theaters Across the U.S.
Google Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide.
Top CIOs Start the Journey to the 'Digital Enterprise'
At Liberty Mutual, the company's personal insurance unit is further along the path to a mobile-based, all-digital process than the global specialty insurance business is, says Mojgan Lefebvre, who is CIO of Liberty Mutual Global Specialty. Today, Lefebvre says, consumers expect to interact with any service the way they do with Amazon.com--from their smartphones, with no need for paper and no need to physically interact with a person or place. "If the digital enterprise means to do the entire business end to end from a smartphone, the personal [insurance] lines are much closer, if not there," she says. The commercial unit is not as digitized. Her unit, which has nearly 250 products to cover high-risk, highly specialized insurance needs, is probably furthest away.
Come hang out with us for a kickoff event and an after party at Roadmap 2014!
Heck, maybe the Hoff will even show up (see Biz Carson’s excellent rendition of what that would look like below). Come hang out with us at the Roadmap kick off and after party and for the rest of the event. Roadmap promises to be two days of design product inspiration and fun!
The Consequences Of An Unfair Workplace
But, when the organization does things that feel unfair, it causes people to question why they are part of this community. If upper management is compensated far more than rank-and-file employees, even in economic downturns, it creates a sense of unfairness. When one person is promoted despite the presence of other people who seem more deserving, it creates a sense of unfairness. When projects that people have worked on for a long time are cut without explanation, it creates a sense of unfairness.
In The Wake Of Tragedy, Canadians React To Islamophobia With A Satisfying Punch In The Face
Stereotypes exist in our minds and that is not going to change anytime soon unless everybody on the planet is compelled to take a course in social psychology. Many of my friends were Muslims in college as the city I lived in has a significant Muslim population. Both sides -Muslims and non-Muslims know that there are fundamentalists who are highly active and that that number is growing in some parts of the world. In the same city, just yesterday a terrorist group was found to be recruiting online in the name of ISIS - the investigation was detailed in a newspaper article. They are also now recruiting techies and other highly educated individuals who are unfortunately being lured by "religion".
The Crew's PS4 and Xbox One beta starts next week
When Ubisoft pushed back the launch of its upcoming racing game The Crew to December, it revealed plans to hold an additional beta phase around the time the game was previously expected to launch. Today, the publisher announced the PS4 and Xbox One closed beta for The Crew will start next Thursday, November 6 and last through Monday, November 10.
The Crew 's PS4 and Xbox One beta will allow players to cruise across the country, completing challenges in two of the game's five regions, the Midwest and the East Coast. It will also feature the game's PvP lobby in the dirt and street classes. The closed beta is open to all players, though Ubisoft said some features will require an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription. Those interested in participating in the beta can register on Ubisoft's official site for the game, and those that pre-order The Crew will be guaranteed access to the beta program. The Crew will launch on December 2 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
[Image: Ubisoft] The Crew (April 2014)
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UBISOFT ANNOUNCES THE CREW™ CLOSED BETA ON XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION 4 FROM NOVEMBER 6TH TO 10TH
SAN FRANCISCO – October 29, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that The Crew™ closed beta will take place from November 6th to November 10th for the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Google Retools Its Flu Prediction Engine — After Getting It Wrong
There may be some change in the search terms Google Flu Trends tracks. While Google doesn’t share the actual query terms in its model — which have numbered between 50 and 300 — Christian Stefansen, the project’s technical lead, said the new algorithm aims to differentiate between people searching for flu information out of curiosity or concern and those who are searching because they have flu symptoms. The earlier algorithm may have overshot the CDC’s numbers because it counted people who were searching for news about the flu as an indicator of people who actually had the virus, Lazer says.
Nintendo—yes, THAT Nintendo—is building a bedside sleep sensor to monitor your health
The Quality of Life (QOL) Sensor sits by a user’s bedside and monitors body movements, heart rate and breathing via radio waves. The non-contact unit then sends the data it gathers to cloud-based servers for analysis. Users can then access results that show their sleep and fatigue levels.
Alien: Isolation is haunted by more than Xenomorphs
You might think that the scariest part of Alien: Isolation is, you know, the alien , but you would be wrong. There is something darker that lurks within Sevastopol station's cramped corridors, something altogether more sinister. If you don't believe us, see it for yourself in a video we captured this morning. Don't worry, it's spoiler-free, though we can't promise it won't fuel your nightmares for months to come. Alien: Isolation (E3 2014)
NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe | TechCrunch
Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle , which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Came Out As Gay
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions | TechCrunch
My feelings on Sunset Overdrive can be summed up as follows: It’s kind of like a Hummer in that it’s completely impractical, embarrassing to be seen driving, and probably designed by a 13-year old with an authority problem. But for all its failings, it’s still a lot of fun once you get behind the wheel.
Stewart Butterfield explains why Slack is now worth more than $1 billion
I don’t think it was quite apparent in April how big an opportunity this was going to be or how fast it would be growing. Remember, we only started working on this in January 2013, went into beta that August and launched publicly in February of this year. The growth has been completely insane and almost entirely on word of mouth. In fact, we just hired our first marketing person, but he doesn’t begin until next week. Finally, we want to be super-aggressive. I feel like the next 16 to 18 months are going to be critically important to us. We don’t have any significant competition and want to get our far ahead now.
Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?
By the time the 20th century rolled around, Victorian architecture had gone out of style. The architecture world had moved onto modernism, eschewing the ornate decoration of Victorian housing for simpler, airier architecture. This was part of a broader cultural shift. "In the early 20th century, the vision of America was all about progress--technological progress, industrial progress, social progress--toward some great powerful utopian future, and that had to involve sweeping the past out the door," Burns says. "You had to trash the Victorian if you were going to carry your own vision of modernity forward." Victorian houses went against the grain of the dominant architectural discourse of the day. "If you think of somebody like Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie houses, they were meant to be clean and open and light and healthy--all of the things that Victorian houses were the opposite of," Burns says. "They were thought of as dust traps."
After leaking company data, Slack raises $120M from Google & Kleiner Perkins at $1.12B valuation
Great point yet sadly on this one you may be wrong. The actual Slack app data is below
"Slack just launched publicly in February, but the company says it already has 73,000 paid users and is currently adding $1 million in annual run rate every four weeks.
It reportedly has 268,000 daily active users, and 200 million Slack messages are sent each month. Slack has been in beta since August 2013, but the final public version of the app has been around for only about eight months."
Use these apps to keep your little monsters safe on Halloween
It’s perfect for one-time use, as anyone who grabs the app can share their whereabouts for a specified length of time—anywhere from four hours to 15 minutes. It then expires afterwards, which is good for sharing your location with a friend—or your child’s friend’s parent who you need to communicate with on Halloween, but don’t want to have unlimited access to your child’s location after that.
5 facts about online harassment
On the other hand sexual harassment doesn’t bother me, nor do insults about my looks or body. I’ve lived with my body for a long time. It’s doing all sorts of strange things I never expected (or at least wanted) it to do. The person bothering me can look forward to the same sorts of things if it isn’t already happening to him/her. We’re all worm food in the end, and as the book says, everybody poops. I’m pretty normal, I don’t understand others getting bent out of shape over natural bodily functions. Not that I want to hear about them.
Kamcord Users Have Shared 25 Million Mobile Game Clips | TechCrunch
Kamcord , a startup that offers game developers an SDK that lets users record and share clips of their gameplay, has achieved a few milestones in the last few months that illustrate the Y Combinator alum is gaining traction as the non-streaming equivalent of Twitch on mobile platforms.
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
10 spooky, creepy TED Talks for Halloween
While you carve your pumpkins and put the final touches on your costume, these talks will get you into the Halloween spirit.
Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive
Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and data analytics to transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities." It's hard to say what that really means, beyond that the company has an energy focus — but it's interesting to note that they're promising products at next year's CES in January. That suggests that there'll be a consumer angle here of some sort.
Mario Kart 8 closing on 3.5 million copies sold
For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
One-Year-Old Business Software Maker Slack Valued at $1.12 Billion
Slack is the latest company to seek to change how people communicate or collaborate at work. Some prior efforts by other companies faded as optimism for new tech tools met the tough reality of changing people’s ingrained habits. For example, Yammer competitor Jive was also valued at $1 billion or more at one point, before companies cooled on buying Facebook-like tools for employees. Jive’s stock price now trades at less than one-quarter of its peak share price in 2012.
This wasn't an ideal day for photography because the sky was overcast and it was raining, but a black and white conversion works for this image.