Doctors, haircuts, even kittens -- now on demand, via your smartphone - CNET
Take Shortcut , an app that dials up on-demand barbers. Irvin Slobodskaya desperately needed a haircut last year. But he had a problem: His busy job didn't let him slip out of the office during normal barbershop hours. Slobodskaya figured others had the same issue, so he came up with Shortcut -- which sends hairdressers to shaggy males across New York City all hours of the day. For $75 (prices drop as more people get cuts), a vetted barber will show up in about 30 minutes ready to trim hair and style beards.
Samsung Takes Eye-Scrolling Technology to Disabled Community
The project, called EYECAN+, uses a sensor mounted below a computer monitor to read a user’s eye movements, with a blink of the eye used to register a click of the mouse to either copy, paste, select all, zoom in or activate another of 18 basic computer functions.
As you can see above in the new “one-click search engines” section in Firefox’s search settings, users will be able to easily show and hide these new buttons. Also notice the “Add more search providers…” link: You will be able to expand the default set Mozilla provides for your country. The company mentions the Mozilla Developer Network, Stack Overflow, Yelp, and dictionary sites as possible additions.
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IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: Three Ways Social Tools Can Help You Work Smarter
Which is exactly why the disconnect between our work and social lives is so striking. Outside of work, we collaborate up a storm. Social media tops the list of what we do as consumers online. Some 94 percent of people use social tools to learn, 78 percent to share knowledge, and 49 percent to engage with experts. Yet, within the walls of our offices, creative collaboration isn’t yet mainstream. Email still outpaces social interaction by a ratio of 10 to 1 with an estimated 108 billion work emails sent each day — only 14 percent of which are considered to be critical in nature.
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: ZerO Sum Review - IGN
While having prior Borderlands knowledge helps add a bit of context to the relationship between Hyperion and Pandora, why Zer0 is so rad, and just who the hell Handsome Jack is and why he’s so notorious, newcomers will be just fine in Tales. This is mostly thanks to how strong of characters Rhys and Fiona are, and how great it is to be able to shade them in with your own unique decisions. Does your Rhys want people to view him as a fearsome murderer, or a genius with a silver tongue? If your Fiona has a clean shot at a target, does she take it, or would she rather get out of a situation with as a low a bodycount as possible? In the quick duration of Zer0 Sum, I fell in love with my versions of these two characters, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration | WIRED
Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping. Its batteries are depleted and there isn’t enough sunlight to recharge. But while the lander finished its primary job, collecting invaluable data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta mission is far from over. For many scientists, the excitement is just beginning.
Amazon Adds 10,500 Post Office Parcel Pick-up Points in the UK
It’s probably no surprise that this move comes just ahead of Christmas, but Amazon has today announced an extension of its local ‘PickUp’ locations to thousands of Post Office branches dotted around the UK.
Activision issuing DMCA takedowns on Call of Duty exploit videos
Activision is issuing copyright strikes on YouTube videos that "promote cheating and unfair exploits" within its Call of Duty series, Eurogamer reports .
Gaming network Machinima warned its userbase in an e-mailed newsletter this week that videos showcasing glitches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are currently being targeted for DMCA takedowns, and affected accounts will receive copyright strikes. YouTube users who earn multiple copyright strikes risk having their accounts permanently disabled.
"Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches," Machinima's statement reads. "If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful."
Activision issued a response to Eurogamer claiming that it intends to curb cheating and unfair play within Advanced Warfare 's multiplayer mode.
"We're excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay," an Activision representative wrote. "We love watching the videos ourselves.
How Facebook whizzes made “Look Back” videopalooza happen
Bjedov is a Facebook capacity and performance engineer, but she could find a career in stand-up comedy. For the company’s tenth anniversary on February 4, 2014, the company wanted to offer users (potentially 1.3 billion in all!) a video of their life highlights on the site. Oh, and it had 3 weeks to get it done.
Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice - CNET
When it comes to inhospitable environments, the Antarctic is about as harsh as it gets. For that reason, it has been extremely difficult to survey. Thanks to an underwater robot, though, the British Antarctic Survey has for the first time obtained detailed, high-res 3D maps of the sea ice, including regions that had been previously too difficult to access.
The FAA's Drone Rules Are Too Narrow, But They're Better Than Nothing | WIRED
The rules may not take effect for years, the paper reports, and will likely undergo many modifications. But even if the most restrictive version of the rules ends up being passed, Morton thinks it will be an improvement over the status quo, which has made it hard for his company—and many others—to enter U.S. markets. “I’d rather they say you have a pilot’s license than the current lack of regulation,” he says. That said, he does have some misgivings.
Your New Steve Jobs Is... Michael Fassbender
Yes, I think Michael Fassbender is the right guy. This film is apparently going to be filled with heavy dialogue, and that's Michael's strength as an actor - the dialogue, the animation, the emotion. www.fassinatingfassbender.com
How Technology Is Changing Media
Every BuzzFeed post and video is designed for sharing, which explains why BuzzFeed’s traffic is at the forefront of the shift to social.
Facebook’s New Approach to Networking
Facebook, faced with skyrocketing traffic among machines in its data centers, has come up with a new approach to networking called data center fabric that is has installed in its new data center in Altoona, Iowa.
US expresses 'concern' over EU proposal to break up Google - CNET
The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google's search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn't have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region's legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google's competitive practices.
Update - First Look Media
Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.
Netflix Sues a Former Exec -- Now Yahoo's CIO -- For Allegedly Collecting Kickbacks
Netflix says it paid the two companies a total of $3.7 million from 2012 until Kail’s departure, which would mean he could have collected between $450,000 and $560,000. The suit says he funneled the payments to “Unix Mercenary,” a consulting company he controls. Netflix said Kail approved all payments made to vendors.
Sony's new plan means fewer TVs and smartphones, more PlayStations
Sony may know how to build great gadgets, but convincing people to part with money in exchange for them has turned out to be nearly impossible. In the outfit's most recent financial results , its faltering mobile division was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the blockbuster profits earned by the PlayStation 4 . At a recent investor conference, however, executive Hiroki Totoki told the audience that the company has a new three-year plan designed to staunch these losses. In fact, the plan can be summed up pretty simply as "make a lot fewer TVs and smartphones."
Sony Vows to Overhaul Smartphone Unit
TOKYO—Sony Corp. pledged Tuesday to overhaul its money-losing smartphone unit over the next year but with sharply diminished ambitions.
The Tool That Helps You Search Every Page You've Ever Visited | WIRED
Built for desktop and laptop machines, the app is called Fetching.io . It caches every single webpage you visit, creating your own personal search engine where you can search solely what you’ve seen in the past. Brown came up with the idea after trying—and failing—to find something else that did this. “I got sick and tired of losing websites I’d seen before—or spending a frustratingly long time re-finding them,” he says.
Blood Sport project vows to game on despite Kickstarter suspension - CNET
Funding support wasn't exactly flooding in to Blood Sport's project prior to the suspension. Kickstarter closed up the campaign when it had reached only around $3,000 toward a $222,000 goal. If Blood Sport is able to pull off a partnership with a blood-donation organization, it might have a shot at becoming reality. Or it may be more likely that the odd mixture of adrenaline-pumping gaming action and blood donation will remain in the realm of a one-off prototype.
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Facebook is bowing to more government censorship requests
According to Motherboard, a law firm that looked at the issue of online content in Pakistan came to the conclusion that removing content from a social network like Facebook might not even be legally required, because Pakistani law — like U.S. law — doesn’t hold network service providers responsible for the actions of their users. One civil liberties group said this more or less confirms that Facebook is “overly compliant,” even when the law is on their side.
Sony to cut TV, smartphone lineup; sees growth in PlayStation, image sensors
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years.
21 DIY holiday gifts that anyone would love
You don't have to be a big spender this holiday season to give your friends and family amazing gifts. The best part of giving someone a present is knowing that they're smiling out of sheer joy (instead of pity).
The Best Travel Gear Of 2014
Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small—they’ll ease your neck cramps from sitting in too-small airplane seats; they’ll help you locate that Chapstick in the dark caverns of your bag; they’ll help you track down missing luggage. They're perfect gifts for the season of going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.
Fox loses his head in Super Smash Bros. glitch video
Something strange is going on in the world of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U ...in this one bugged copy of the game, anyway. Player Terrence Boykin has taken to Miiverse to post screenshots of misshapen Marios , Yoshis , and Zero Suit Samuses , but the newly-released video above is the real kicker. What's with King Dedede's face? And where did Fox's head go? What's happening here, and why? WHY!?
[Video: Nintendo / Terrence Boykin]
TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming
On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as Nvidia’s Grid streamed gaming service , and fashion watchmakers getting antsy about copycat Android Wear watch faces.
Bitcoin: Decentralized Virtual Currency - OpenMind
To start using bitcoins, you first need a program acting as a wallet to store them. Next, you need to gather bitcoins by receiving a transaction in this currency (payment for a product or service, for instance) or buying it from an individual or exchange using a credit card or bank account. Once you have bitcoins, you can use them to pay distributors and retailers that accept them, or transfer them to anyone you choose. Given its expansion, there is a growing number of points of sale of both virtual and physical products that take bitcoins. This article is not intended to describe how to use Bitcoin in detail, as this is relatively complex and there is plenty of information online about this subject.
One year in, here's what our readers think of the Xbox One
Since the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One launched in North America last year, our readers have had plenty of time to get to know both systems. Last week, we took a look at what you had to say about the PlayStation 4 one year in. Now, we're shining a light on what you think of the Xbox One on its first anniversary. What works and what doesn't? And what still needs improvement?
New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism | WIRED
Rather than recruiting people with autism based on outward characteristics, some researchers are turning this flood of genetic information into an advantage: They are classifying children with autism based on their genetics, and thoroughly characterizing each subgroup to map autism’s landscape as a whole. These ‘genetics-first’ studies, including the one in which Waylon and Geoffrey participate, may help researchers to construct a meaningful taxonomy of autism and understand the source of its diversity. Eventually, such studies may even lead to treatments that address the root cause of a child’s autism, rather than just the symptoms.
With $13M In Funding, Everything But The House Wants To Change The Way Estate Sales Are Run
Everything But The House operates a full-service estate sale service that combines the best of the online and offline worlds to drive efficiency in the process. In other words, the company makes it easy for those who need to liquidate assets, either because someone died or a household is downsizing, or whatever else might cause people to need to sell all their stuff in a short period of time.
Fuel cells in the data center
But mission critical infrastructure like data centers could prove to be a promising market for fuel cells due to a confluence of factors and market timing. As data center operators hone in on power options that increase reliability and provide power cost predictability over decades-long time scales, fuel cells have advantages that will allow them to compete. To be sure, the current market remains small for fuel cells in the data center. But the technology’s advantages, combined with price declines in fuel cells and slowly rising retail utility prices for power, make the next few years a potential point of inflection for fuel cells.
EA Black Friday: Up to 75 percent off 300 games, DLC
Like GameStop , Walmart and Microsoft , EA's digital distribution service Origin will celebrate Black Friday with big discounts on a wide number of items.
Though very recent PC games like Dragon Age: Inquisition maintain their $60 launch prices, slightly older games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 are available at $40. Likewise discounted is Titanfall , which can be purchased for $15. The biggest discounts are seen on EA's classic games. The normally $15 Mass Effect is now available at $3.74 while Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and SimCity 4 are each available for $10. A full rundown of the discounts can be found on Origin .
Though Origin's Black Friday sale is available until December 1, you should keep a close eye on the event once Black Friday rolls around. EA won't commit to anything just yet, but the Origin news feed suggests that even bigger discounts will come on November 28.
Yahoo or Microsoft may replace Google next year as the default search engine in Safari for iOS
Last week, Mozilla decided to replace Google as its default browser, and instead opted for Yahoo. While small, this was definitely a very important victory for Yahoo over Google. However, it looks like the company has its eye set on something much bigger — becoming the default search engine in Apple’s Safari web browser for iOS devices.
Samsung Electronics wins $3 billion Vietnam project license
The license was awarded on Nov. 17 in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics has been operating a $2 billion smartphone plant, the government said in a statement issued late on Monday, without giving further details of the project.
MIT Researchers Create Water-Based Robotic Fabrication Method for Natural Biodegradable 3D Printing
The Water-Based Robotic Fabrication process relies on biodegradable hydrogel composites which are mixed together prior to extrusion and are capable of constructing large-scale 3D objects. The natural composite materials are able to be manually mixed prior to their entrance into the volume-driven extruder, or mixed as needed within the machine via the nozzle. An example of a mixture would be chitosan and sodium alginate at various concentrates. Since the control of the extrusion process is in the hands of the researchers, they were able to create a variety of composites without relying on the special formulations which are required with other traditional 3D printing technologies such as SLS, SLA, or FDM. Various natural polysaccharides are extruded into a single nozzle, mixing the materials as they are placed onto the build platform.
Oxygen Accelerator Teams Up With Fiedler Capital To Bring CEE Startups To U.K.
It comes down to opportunity cost. It is cheaper for startups to stay in Eastern Europe, but they don’t have access to the same resources – the same market, mentor network, tech startup ecosystem or investor base. They can go to London, but at a pre-seed or seed stage the expenses might not be worth the relocation. Birmingham offers a perfect middle ground for Eastern European startups. It places them in a location with a thriving tech ecosystem and vast amount of resources at their disposal (including London that is close and cheap to get to) while still allowing them and their investors to be able to physically keep the startup in the U.K. and invest in a U.K. Ltd. company.
Carriers Issue Billions in Debt As Spectrum Auction Bids Top $36 Billion
As bids in an unexpectedly hot auction for U.S. wireless spectrum topped $36 billion Monday, carriers went about issuing billions of dollars in debt for when the time comes to pay for it.
Cognitive computing leads to the next level of big data queries
In some cases, an element of data might have 10,000 different attributes that could be triggered by associations that will begin to build connections between these attributes and data elements in certain usage contexts. In this sense, the process is much like how the human brain processes associational aspects of information and then cross connects them into learning matrices that enable the brain to respond to certain situational contexts.
How to Navigate Big Data in Healthcare
Kaiser Permanente CMIO John Mattison cautions healthcare organizations to take a hard look at the way they approach data to ensure that health information is an asset, not a liability. He also cites the need for a new role: a health data concierge.
The 3 best smartwatches you should buy this Black Friday
With a rapidly growing field of contenders to choose from and holidays quickly approaching, picking the right smartwatch for those on your shopping list can be a daunting task. We've picked out the three best smartwatches you should consider buying:
'Did you break this?' Lenovo Yoga ad pranks stunned shoppers - CNET
It's amusing to watch the stunned look on shoppers' faces as fake Lenovo guy does his damage, then hands half of the broken laptop to the shoppers and takes off, leading a faux mall security guy to show up and demand of the unsuspecting consumers, "Did you break this?" Of course, they deny it.
Nice 'stache Watson: First look at 'Sherlock' special goes Victorian - CNET
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman don vintage clothes and hairstyles for a sneak peek at the upcoming "Sherlock" special. Will the lads be time-traveling or attending a costume party?
Rinbow Puts a Video Spin On Your Phone Contacts
It’s as simple as making a five second video of yourself or whatever you’re doing right now and uploading it to the service. If your friends are using Rinbw, they’ll see your video whenever they go to your contact. Once you’re on a friend’s video you can call or text them from there or double tap the photo to send a “fruit” to them, which is apparently code for liking their video.
BuzzFeed says social rules and it is bigger than most TV networks
One of the core principles behind BuzzFeed is that social sharing is more important than search, so it’s no surprise that the main driver of traffic (which is estimated to be about 150 million unique visitors per month) is social — in fact, the company says that its social traffic is five times larger than its search traffic.
The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House
Nifty , a hardware startup which has previously turned heads which it’s clever SD card (the MiniDrive) designed to expand the memory of ultra books like Macbook Air’s, has come up with a new product. The XOO Belt is a designer belt that will charge a smartphone.
6 Questions You Should Ask About A Company's Culture Before You Accept The Job
Sure, it’s great that employees enjoy three weeks of vacation each year, but what you really want to hear is a sense of pride and appreciation employees feel working for the company. A good hiring manager will use this as an opportunity to humbly brag about her capabilities—and all of the ways you’ll be able to learn from her and further your own skill set and career as a result.