Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform | TechCrunch
“Since our inception, FeedHenry has embraced open technologies and the cloud for mobile development and management,” said Cathal McGloin, chief executive officer, FeedHenry, in a statement. “We are excited to become part of Red Hat, the leader in open source enterprise solutions, and see this as confirmation of the combined power of mobile and cloud, the mass-market adoption of mobile application and MBaaS platforms, and the growing popularity of Node.js. By joining Red Hat, we now have an opportunity to bring our leading mobile application platform to a wider audience of global customers and partners, to help them optimize for the mobile-first world.”
Explore Black Holes and Destroy Planets in the Awesome New Interstellar Game | WIRED
Once your perfect universe is finished, you can pilot your own starship through space. It feels a bit like a NASA simulator turned into a game and—because it uses real science—requires that you travel the way an exploratory crew would have to. Navigating around black holes to avoid being drawn into the void? Yes. Avoiding crashing into various bodies? That too. Using gravity to slingshot around and save fuel? You got it. You’ve even got the option of traveling through wormholes. It’s like Galaga , but with Newtonian physics. There are no pew! pew! pew! noises, but we won’t judge you for making them at your desk.
Social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join - CNET
Netropolitan will not share how many members the service has, but it announced that it already had several hundred members at launch. When asked about interest from potential members, a representative told CNET there was so much traffic after launch that the site crashed and upgraded servers are still struggling to keep up with the views. Granted, a good portion of that traffic is most likely from curious bystanders wanting to know what a $9,000 social network looks like.
Amazon Unveils Six--Count 'Em!--New Tablets and E-Readers
Fire HD Kids Edition is a tablet--two of them, actually--for young people, especially those between 3 and 10 years of age. Strictly speaking, it amounts to a bundle offer. For $149 (6 inches) or $189 (7 inches), you get a Fire HD tablet designed to be run in Amazon's FreeTime mode. That's a kid-friendly environment which provides access to appropriate videos, books, apps, and games--and which lets parents set limits and establish goals, so that a child has to do 30 minutes of reading before she can play a game, for instance. There's no access to the AppStore, the web, e-mail, or anything else which might be unexpectedly expensive or potentially dangerous. (Parents, however, can switch back to standard mode for their own use.)
Roku Passes 10 Million Mark As Streaming Competition Heats Up
Just last month, Roku announced the fruits of its partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL: flatscreens that come with Roku’s hardware built-in, no set-top box required. It’s easy to imagine greater sales and product awareness should Roku manage similar deals with more prominent US brands. Amazon and Google may provide stiff competition though. The low-cost Google Chromecast has, according to NPD, already grabbed 16% of the streaming sales that Apple and Roku had to themselves at this time last year. And Amazon debuted a very impressive Fire TV set-top box this spring that is likely to siphon off additional market share. Amazon steadfastly refuses to release sales figures for its hardware, but said in a Q2 earnings statement , “Fire TV sales have significantly exceeded our sales forecast and we are working hard to increase our manufacturing output.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Bitcoin, Google, ISIS and censorship
As part of a publicity campaign for his book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” group interviews, and talked about Bitcoin, Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt, and what the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS
We made weed butter with a 'magical' machine
Compared to the manual alternative, making Magical Butter in "the world's only botanical extractor" is a lot less messy and a whole hell of a lot less smelly. That is, until it's time to separate the botanicals from the butter. Once the infusion was done, the machine beeped a couple of times, beckoning us to what we'd all been waiting for. One of my colleagues slipped on the love glove (a neon green oven mitt) and popped the lid off the pitcher. What we saw was, well, disgusting. The substance wasn't the bright green concoction pictured in the promotional material; instead we ended up with what looked like a mass of runny baby poop. Did that stop us from digging in? Hell no.
We strained out the murky bits, leaving behind a lump of something that brought the words "lung butter" to mind. The end result was a nearly clear, subtle-tasting butter. It smelled, looked and tasted better than any "botanical" butter I'd ever had, but as anyone who's eaten the stuff will tell you, it should not be eaten alone. So we whipped up some homemade brownie batter, poured it in a Pyrex pan, threw it in the preheated oven and set about plowing through a platter of artisanal cheeses and meats.
A Grandiose Quest to Breathe Life into Virtual Beings | MIT Technology Review
This is just part of Grand’s unconventional approach to fostering AI. “Most AI work starts out with the mistaken assumption that the brain is a computer and thought is an algorithm,” he says. Grand is instead attempting to determine the behavior of his creatures through the arrangement and interactions of simple virtual neurons, enzymes, receptors, and genes. His aim is to replicate the way in which living organisms work. “Neurons send point-to-point signals, but many of the computations performed by living organisms are more spread out and diffuse,” he says.
Alibaba's Billion-Dollar Winners: Who's Selling In The Biggest IPO Ever
Alibaba founder and Chairman Ma and Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai are the only two executives at the firm who will be unloading significant amounts of stock in the IPO. The 49-year-old Ma plans to sell about 12.8 million shares, or about 6% of his current stake in the firm, which–at $68 per share–would net him about $867 million before taxes. Banks leading the offering also have the option to purchase an additional 2.7 million shares from the billionaire, who will still remain Alibaba’s largest individual shareholder after the IPO with a stake of more than 7.7%. Tsai, long known as Ma’s right-hand man, will be disposing of 4.25 million shares, which could rise to 5.15 million shares with the banks’ exercisable purchase option. He could make as much as $350 million before taxes and will own about 3.2% of Alibaba following its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
Despite Apple's Privacy Pledge, Cops Can Still Pull Data Off a Locked iPhone | WIRED
The data siphoning trick has important limitations: it requires a “pairing record,” a unique key that can only be found on a computer with which the target device has shared data in the past. That means cops, intelligence agents, or hackers hoping to use the technique would have to either plant malware on a user’s machine to access the pairing record or simply grab the target’s computer along with his or her mobile device. The targeted user would also have to have unlocked his or her iOS device since last turning it on—freshly restarted devices aren’t vulnerable to the attack, Zdziarski says. Even using the siphoning trick, aside from photos, none of the data that Zdziarski managed to retrieve contradicts Apple’s new promises of protection. He couldn’t access emails, call records or other native iOS applications.
Retail Hallucinations And The Pointlessness Of Owning A PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are the first game consoles designed for no purpose other than to keep consumers from drifting away out of boredom, repackaging boredom with expensive gilding to make it seem like a new thought. This kind of neurotic consumption has been mastered in all manner of industry, from iPhones to shaving cartridge refills. To step out of the tradition of regularly buying a newer version of a device to do the same basic things as the last one did, is to admit that the things the last one did may not be worthwhile. Without the manufactured spectacle of expense and restricted buy-in, you would have to wonder why you need a 64-bit processor to send emojis or a bleeding edge camera sensor when most of the photos taken with it will never be seen again. The next generation technology box has become a donation plate in a church, a storehouse for speculative optimism and a ritualistic release from having to imagine new thoughts alone, while instead supporting a grand economic scaffold of busyness, the complication of which rationalizes that exhaustion of thought in the face of the future.
Virtually Everything: the Physical World is Becoming Software
The move from dedicated device to eventual software service running in a virtual machine has only been possible because of the capabilities of the hardware on which that machine is running (and the bandwidth of connections available to that hardware). The symptom of the world being eaten by software is only that – a symptom. It is simply a reflection of the changes in delivery method in line with a common trend. Underlying that symptom is a wider process.
Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR | TechCrunch
Ping Identity , a company that works in the enterprise identity space, has raised $35 million, led by KKR, with participation by new investor Ten Eleven, along with a number of prior investors.
NVIDIA Takes On Apollo 11 Moon Landing Deniers--With Technology
For all those Coast To Coast AM listeners who think the government staged the moon landing, graphics card maker NVIDIA wants to set the record straight. On Thursday, the Santa Clara, California, company launched two new graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. To show off their ability to render real-time dynamic lighting (what it calls Voxel Global Illumination), NVIDIA used this technology to re-create a model of that historic landing and debunk three prominent conspiracy theories around it.
Alibaba IPO: Trading begins at $92.70 per share as stock surges out of the gate – live
It’s not unusual in large IPOs how have a delay like this, but Alibaba will be hoping to avoid the fiasco that befell Facebook’s share sale in 2012. Facebook listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange and its systems failed to keep up with the massive interest in what was - until today - the largest tech IPO in history. Delays ensued, orders were messed up and lawsuits followed.
iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5S And iPhone 5: Should You Upgrade?
On the other hand the iPhone 6 Plus is where we see a real step up. The new iPhone phablet does make the jump to ‘Full HD’ 1080p and it delivers an increased 401 pixels per inch making it the model which will really make jaws drop for current iPhone owners. It is worth pointing out that the 5.5-inch LG G3 and 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 actually offer even higher resolutions – a mind boggling 1440 x 2560 pixels for a 534 ppi and many claim to see the difference – but the iPhone 6 Plus display won’t let anyone down.
3 Tips For Being Ruthless With Your Time
Make peace with the fact that you’re never going to be able to get to every item on your list, answer every email, or meet with every person who asks for your time. These aren’t signs of failure, Batista says. Rather, they’re signs of success, “evidence that people want our time and attention.” Instead of aiming for an empty inbox, shoot for an inbox emptied of all messages that matter to you.
Choosing The Logo You Love vs. The Logo You're Suggested
Creating and picking a logo is a difficult process, and it’s tempting to push the decision on someone else or seek advice from everyone you think might have an opinion. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a visual that authentically represents you and your company.
Robots Work Their Way Into Small Factories
America is suffering from the consequences of nearly
deserting the American family. Today, it
takes TWO heads of household working outside the home at a pauper’s pay just
for the home to survive at a level that we call “middle class”. In homes with children, parents are too tired
to provide needed guidance and kids raise themselves today. Even our elementary schools have become
babysitters as much as they are educators, and parents just don’t have the time
or the energy to be involved, as PTA members, as classroom volunteers. Hired childcare workers may do good jobs, but
they cannot substitute for parents. We
have growing mental illnesses among adults and among children, and we have
violence even in our schools, with crimes committed by the kids.
A mindset to match The Evil Within
I think a lot about mental health. Partly because I co-founded a charity dedicated to increasing empathy and education about mental health issues, but mostly because I love horror games like The Evil Within . Zombies and ghosts and demons are fun, of course, but what I really like is a good old-fashioned psycho killer. See? "Psycho," as in "crazy," as in "mentally ill." Part of The Evil Within , like so many other horror games, takes place in an abandoned mental asylum (they're always abandoned and left to decay, never bulldozed and turned into condos). There is a stigma about mental health that prevents people from seeking care, and even though I believe the way mental health is portrayed in entertainment is a big factor in maintaining that stigma, I still love me some crazy bad guys. So, I think a lot about mental health.
I'm going to use some terms in this article that get thrown around a lot when discussing the mentally ill, like "crazy," "psycho," "nutcase," and so forth. These are commonly-used, accepted shorthand, but they're not appropriate when encountering real-life situations of mental illness.
How High Will Alibaba Pop? Fair Value Could Be $100 Per Share
On Thursday , Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba priced its initial public offering at $68 per share, at the top end of its second, higher range (the initial was $60-$66 per share). But some analysts and onlookers still see lots of room for the stock to pop. Alibaba’s investor roadshow was packed with interest, as the opportunity to invest in one of the biggest companies tapping into China’s growth appears tempting.
Battleborn and the rise of the friendly shooter
"We are absolutely, deliberately targeting the idea that we want a game that people can just pick up and play," says John Mulkey, design director on Gearbox's new shooter, Battleborn (PS4, Xbox One, PC). His team's latest design, which favors collaboration, community input and a heavy focus on testing and tuning, couldn't be more different from the cult classic he built levels for – years ago.
Just how much community input and playtesting went into No One Lives Forever anyway, I ask Mulkey. "Oh, god," he says, briefly thrust back into a previous life. "None."
Propelled chiefly by the strength of its clever vision, a game like No One Lives Forever seems to be an outlier now. It was a game made without a steady stream of analytics, feedback and pushback, though meant to be consumed more succinctly, and for what was then a much smaller audience. "A game like this, we hope, it's not just this game that hits and fades away," says Scott Kester, the man in charge of Battleborn 's look. "We want this to go. We want to keep making it." Battleborn (Heroes)
Battleborn is a five-player cooperative – and sometimes 5v5 competitive – first-person shooter hinged on cartoon heroes obliterating enemies everywhere.
Great Deals on Dragon Speech Recognition Software
Boost your productivity and get things done quickly with these can’t-miss offers on speech recognition software from Dragon, available for PC and Mac, at TNW Deals.
Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ | TechCrunch
The other big issue to consider is how search engines are weighing and judging requests which do not result in an appeal to a DP authority. The effectiveness of the data protection decisions being made by commercial entities is an unknown at this early stage, with the rtbf ruling in place. The WP29 notes only that it is continuing to “analyse how search engines are complying with the ruling”. So presumably that’s an area where it feels it needs to amass more data.
Apple Beefs Up iOS8 Security With Unbreakable Passcode
One of the biggest changes in iOS8 is the fact that your data – photos, messages, emails, contacts and call history – is placed under the protection of your passcode, which Apple cannot access. Whereas on iOS7, if a law enforcement agency knocked on Apple’s door with a seized device and a search warrant, Apple would’ve been able to break in and access your data.
Your Multi-App Strategy Should Start From Day One
As long as you focus on finding new ways to make users’ lives better through new features and apps, trust those instincts and decisions and see them through. There’s no guarantee all of them will see success, but every one of them will for sure provide valuable lessons that can lead to your next success. Users will excuse a company for launching a new app that doesn’t catch on but they will be quick to abandon their favorite app if it becomes unusable with bloated features.
Silent Hills - Silent Hills Concept Trailer - TGS 2014 - IGN Video
Kojima has revealed a concept trailer for his upcoming survival horror revival.
Officers Train With NYPD's Twitter Police
The New York Police Department's commanders are highly trained veterans capable of wrangling hardened criminals and rookie officers. Sharing their thoughts in 140 characters without a gaffe is another matter.
Nomura no longer directing Final Fantasy 15, new TGS trailer [update]
STEP INTO THE WAR-TORN WORLD OF ORIENCE NEXT MARCH WITH FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD
FINAL FANTASY XV Demo Voucher to Be Included As a Special Bonus with the Game
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 17, 2014) – At Tokyo Game Show, SQUARE ENIX® announced today FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0™ HD is scheduled for release on March 17, 2015 for North America, March 19, 2015 for Japan and March 20, 2015 for Europe.
Originally announced at this year's E3, FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD brings the world of Orience to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The game allows for a new type of FINAL FANTASY experience, featuring a gritty worldview and an action-packed battled system.
In addition, the company has confirmed that a downloadable playable demo of the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY® XV will be included with FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD as a special bonus. Titled 'FINAL FANTASY XV -EPISODE DUSCAE-,' the demo includes elements from the opening sections of the full game, but alters story progression and more to create a unique first-play experience.
The Four Different iPhone User Types And The Best iPhone For Each
If the iPod is a guide, we may now be experiencing peak iPhone. The iPod peaked at four product lines and is now down to three. Apple refined those four lines over the course of seven years. This means there is a precedent for Apple maintaining four iPhone lines for an extended period. The iPhone 6 seems to define the limit of how big an iPhone can be and still be a phone. The iPhone 6 Plus similarly defines the limit before a phone-like device (a phablet) becomes a mini tablet. So whatever decision you make now, or next year, the form factor options are likely to remain stable for quite a while.
How To Be Productive During A Day Of Endless Meetings
If you’re going to make the most of 15 minutes here and there, then you need to be prepared, Onderick-Harvey says. Take a few minutes at the start of every day to create your to-do list and estimate how much time each item will take, and who or what you’ll need to complete the task. That way, if you find yourself with a quarter- or half-hour to spare, you can easily pinpoint the best way to make the most of that time and get something done.
Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Immediately | TechCrunch
Facebook will also analyze when comments and Likes were added. If they come in as a flurry right when the post is published, it will consider it more timely and show it sooner. If later the post gets a much lower rate of engagement, Facebook will infer that the content was timely and has ceased to be interesting, so it will stop showing it to people. The same logic will be used to determine if a post that qualified for someone’s feed but they didn’t scroll far enough to see should be bumped up in their feed later or if its window of relevance has passed. These updates will roll out gradually to all Facebook users.
Big-Screen IPhones Draw Long Lines in Stores Worldwide
More than 1,000 people were in line for Apple’s Regent Street store in London, some sitting on pieces of cardboard to stay dry after a night of rain. Llewellen Fourie, a surveyor from London, said he’s had an iPhone since the original came out, and is now looking to upgrade his golden iPhone 5 to the 6 Plus because of its larger screen.
Nvidia's Onslaught Continues: GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 Maxwell Cards Launched
Nvidia has taken the wraps off their latest flagship PC gaming graphics cards today, now known as the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. In the high-end PC graphics arena, there are halo products that are built to lay down the gauntlet for the competition. And of course, Nvidia and AMD have been in a perpetual slugfest for many years, in an effort to claim the biggest, baddest 3D graphics engine on the planet. Sometimes graphics cards even push the boundaries of stable system power capacity with their light-dimming, pixel crunching, horsepower; though even in this juggernaught product segment, there are certain efforts made toward efficient computing. And that’s what these new graphics cards from Nvidia, based on their latest Maxwell GPU architecture, are all about.
How to configure and use widgets in iOS 8
Once you get the new iOS 8 software on your iPhone, consider adding widgets for quick-glance info with just a swipe down from any screen. Here’s how to add them for a more personalized iPhone experience.
Mystery U.S. Government Satellite Is Now In Orbit
The next launch for ULA is scheduled for October 29, 2014, when an Atlas V rocket will deliver next generation GPS satellites into orbit on behalf of the Air Force. The next launch scheduled for September is a SpaceX launch on September 20, where it will deliver a Dragon capsule loaded with cargo to the International Space Station.
First iPhone 6 Buyer Does an Accidental Drop-Test on Live TV
It's iPhone 6 launch day, which of course means that YouTube will be full of drop tests by lunch time. But the very first buyer, coming out of the iPhone store in Perth, decided to beat them all to it.
Motorola Moto G (2014) Review: Brilliantly Compromised
Before we jump in, it’s good to keep in mind where the Moto G is aimed – squarely at first-time smartphone buyers or people wanting solid specs at a reasonable price, rather than the bleeding edge. In the UK it costs less than £150 (around $180 in the US) and its predecessor managed to scoop the title of Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time. So specs might be middling, but hopes are high.
After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features | TechCrunch
Osmo , the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their own content.
NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black hole - CNET
At the core of this tiny galaxy is what NASA is calling a "supermassive," or "monster" black hole, one that has five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. A dwarf galaxy is one that has a small fraction of the hundreds of billion of stars in the Milky Way.
SAP buys out Concur Technologies in a $8.3 billion deal
Following the news that Larry Ellison is stepping down from his CEO perch at long-time rival Oracle, SAP said on Thursday that it now has 50 million cloud users following its purchase of Concur.
The invasion of corporate news - FT.com
A population of 100,000 is no longer a guarantee that a city like Richmond, California can sustain a thriving daily paper. Readers have drifted from the tactile pleasures of print to the digital gratification of their smartphone screens, and advertising revenues have drifted with them. Titles that once served up debates from City Hall, news of school teams’ triumphs and classified ads for outgrown bikes have stopped the presses for good.
Alibaba Now Public As It Raises $21 Billion in Biggest Tech IPO
The IPO has huge ramifications for Yahoo, which in 2005 bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba for $1 billion in a plan hatched by then-CEO Terry Semel* and co-founder Jerry Yang that has turned out to be one of the smartest deals of the last decade. Since then, Yahoo has sold a chunk of its stake back to Alibaba but still owns 22.4 percent. It sold less than half of that in today’s offering, which could be worth as much as $8 billion. Yahoo plans to return at least half of that to shareholders and will hold on to somewhere around a 16 percent stake in Alibaba after the IPO.
TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math | TechCrunch
A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to teach them about science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.), 3D printing, the Internet, rockets, engineering, mechanics, math and more.
Microsoft Shutters Silicon Valley Research Lab
A representative from the company tells us that roughly 50 people lost their jobs as a result, and the research that was occurring in the Silicon Valley location--namely privacy and distributed systems--will be redistributed to the three other Microsoft Research labs in the U.S. (in Redmond, Cambridge, and NYC). The 11 global Microsoft Research facilities, consisting of about 1,000 researchers, and Microsoft Research grants at universities around the world are unaffected.
California County Targets Violent Video Games - IGN
According to Marin Independent Journal , District Attorney Ed Berberian is teaming up with the Center for Domestic Peace and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to ask families to get rid of toy guns and violent video games as part of events planned during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each Saturday in October, parents and children will be able to turn in violent video games at various locations. Everyone who turns in an item will get Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and adult parents will get a raffle ticket for a Center for Domestic Peace Event.
Dixons to save 800 Phones 4U jobs
Dixons Carphone will offer to hire the 800 people who work in Phones 4U concessions at its Currys and PC World stores.
iOS 8 Is Now Available for Apple Devices - IGN
Instead of a drastic redesign of every feature of iOS 7, the new update focuses on seamlessness and cohesion between various aspects of different devices. For instance, continuity upgrades allow users to begin working on their mobile devices, and finish on their MacBooks. This can also be done in the reverse order, permitting work to be done on-the-go at quick notice.
Spacecom review: A rousing game of strategy between a bunch of triangles
And yet despite—or rather, because of—this unassuming exterior, there's a lot of depth for you to explore within a limited space. That's the kind of strategy I like! It's like playing an actual game of chess where each piece has a very defined set of rules versus a weird game of pseudo-chess where each pawn functions slightly differently and you won't really understand the point of half of them until you're fifty hours in.