Rockstar Games sues the BBC over GTA TV drama
Rockstar Games owner Take-Two Interactive today filed a lawsuit against the BBC, taking issue with the British broadcaster’s plans for a TV show based on the development of the popular Grand Theft Auto series .
38 Of The Most-Requested Emojis (Including Bacon) Might Be Coming Soon
You should take a moment to read through Unicode's descriptions of each emoji , since it explains why each was chosen and lists a few of its possible uses. The eagle was chosen, for example, because it's a common animal, it's often requested, people search for it and it's the national bird of 15 countries.
Kwilt's iOS multi-source photo album gets a new look and updated collage maker
The app had already let you stream photos from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Photobucket, Flickr, OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, home DLNA devices and some Network Attached Storage devices in a single feed. The new version now includes Seagate Goflex, NetGear Stora and Medion Lifecloud storage devices.
Master Linux with this great bundle of courses
If you’re short on time but eager to gain an understanding of the vital concepts and commands of Linux, the perfect solution has arrived. Learn to install database servers, master the file system layout of Linux systems and so much more as you conquer the fundamentals through the Linux Learner Bundle.
What can businesses do to make innovation happen? | ZDNet
"But we also know that in many ways employees have to see how it's going to benefit them, this use of new technology. Things like smart machines and analytics, by the way, can be very threatening to the employee community. So we want to be able to introduce this new technology in a way that employees can really see how they're going to benefit and it's going to promote their engagement levels," Cain added.
Watch David Letterman's final touching thank you and goodbye
My introduction to David Letterman was a sleepy one. I was eight or nine, I believe, when the show started. My parents had loved Letterman's years hosting Late Night on NBC, and made the switch to CBS along with Letterman following the quarrel over The Tonight Show . Once in a blue moon, usually on a special Friday night or before a school holiday, they would toss some pillows on the living room floor, and I would watch Letterman do something wild as a I drifted off. Did he really throw watermelons off the roof of a New York City theater, or was that just a dream?
Can Mozilla Halt Firefox’s Slide and Break Up the Mobile Internet Duopoly? | MIT Technology Review
Suddenly, though, the Internet looks nightmarish to Mozilla. Most of the world now gets online on mobile devices, and about 96 percent of smartphones run on either the Apple iOS or Google Android operating systems. Both of these are tightly controlled worlds. Buy an iPhone, and you’ll almost certainly end up using Apple’s Web browser, Apple’s maps, and Apple’s speech recognition software. You will select your applications from an Apple-curated app store. Buy an Android phone, and you will be steered into a parallel world run by Team Google. The public-spirited, ad hoc approaches that defined Mozilla’s success in the Internet browser wars have now been marginalized. Developers don’t stay up late working on open-source platforms anymore; instead, they sweat over the details needed to win a spot in Apple’s and Google’s digital stores. Rival operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows have largely fallen by the wayside as well.
New Windows 10 preview for PCs now available with Microsoft Edge, changes to how default apps are handled
Last but not least, Microsoft has changed how Windows 10 handles default apps. In Windows 8.1, Win32 applications (those not in the Windows Store) could invoke a prompt asking the user to change their default settings. Windows Store apps could not do this, and instead a “new apps are available” notification banner appeared after installation, and clicking on it would let the user change their default settings.
Using Lasers to Reveal the Secrets of Lost Civilizations | WIRED
The caves and shelters of Laas Geel, in Somaliland (an autonomous region of Somalia) contain some of the earliest known and best preserved, cave paintings in the Horn of Africa. The figures, believed to have been created between 3,500-2,500 B.C. show cows and human figures in rich colors. CyArk captured this point cloud with a LiDAR scan of a formation known as the Royal Chambers.
Searching For The N-Word On Google Maps Pulls Up The White House And Other Minority Institutions
The Huffington Post and other media outlets reported yesterday that typing in “nigga house” in Google Maps sends users to the White House. However, searching for “n***** king” also leads to the White House and typing in “n*****” or “nigga” pulls up other institutions that are predominately African American or associated with ethnic minorities.
IGN UK Podcast #281: Are Early Game Demos Misleading? - IGN
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AMD Radeon graphics run Witcher 3 just fine, unless Nvidia HairWorks is enabled--and that's OK
For what it’s worth, Nvidia spokesperson Brian Burke says that Radeon hardware could've been optimized for HairWorks in a few different ways. While game developers aren’t allowed to share GameWorks source code with AMD, licensees (like CD Projekt Red) can request GameWorks code and optimize it in their games for AMD hardware. AMD could also attempt to optimize performance at a binary level, rather than a source code level, Burke said—though that’s far more difficult for AMD than dealing with direct source code. Finally, Burke says, AMD could’ve worked to get its own TressFX technology inside of The Witcher 3 , much like how GTA V for PC featured proprietary shadow technology from both AMD and Nvidia.
Report: Next version of Android will let you log into apps with a fingerprint
With fingerprint authentication baked right into the mobile operating system, users will be to "log in to all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password," the report states.
Did Apple just accidentally unveil the iPhone 6C? Here’s the latest rumor
Well, this is interesting. Today the Internet is gathering around a photo added to Apple’s new iPhone Lightning dock page . This photo [above], according to a handful of speculative Apple fans, reveals the next iteration of Apple’s “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5C with Touch ID.
Tomorrowland Review - IGN
Tomorrowland has its flaws, yet it’s also a compelling movie, with a lot of cool ideas. Damon Lindelof has a reputation, deserved or not, as a writer who doesn’t pay off the big concepts he introduces, but that’s not the case here. This is, at its core, meant to be a movie for all ages, with an optimistic heart – but one with plenty of danger and excitement and, yes, death, along the way, as the consequences are real for these characters. It certainly is a pretty rough PG, and I feel like without the Disney label, it wouldn’t have gotten away with that rating. In a way, this feels like Lindelof and Bird getting to do a huge budget version of a classic Disney sci-fi/fantasy film like Escape to Witch Mountain (yes, yes, I know Disney actually did a remake of that movie with The Rock…), using their skills to make everything bigger and more immersive, while still retaining the core elements of a Disney adventure story. It doesn't all play as well as you can sense the filmmakers were going for, leading to some frustrations, but it's certainly worth checking out among the many summer releases.
Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware
Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world's most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.
Justin Timberlake Wants You To Listen To Higher-Quality Music
AfterMaster isn't the only company trying to tackle this problem. Throughout the music industry, people are trying to improve the quality of music at different stages in the process. Three years ago, Apple launched an initiative called Mastered by iTunes to improve the quality of audio for digital downloads through the iTunes platform. Around the same time, Chris Estes, a Nashville-based entrepreneur, developed a new approach called CLASP that allows artists to record music on analog tape, then convert it digitally to retain more of the sound spectrum. AfterMaster's technology is distinct from these other approaches because it can be incorporated into any existing electronic device at a relatively low cost.
Silicon Valley Takes a Trip to the Farm Belt | MIT Technology Review
When Larrabee began using such sensors, he had to walk into the fields to read each one individually—a process so laborious that he sometimes did it just once a week. But now, every 15 minutes, readings from the 25 sensors are fed into a network of solar-powered information-gathering stations scattered through the orchard. One of the stations transmits that information to a main database via cell signal. Larrabee uses his smartphone or tablet to log on to see that data, which is available almost instantaneously. Using a software platform called PTC ThingWorx, he sees two color-coded gauges for each sensor—blue means too much water in a given location, red not enough. Combined with data from weather stations around the property, the information helps Larrabee decide when to irrigate, where to do so, and how much water to use, either to maximize growth or to avoid frost. “Everything we do, every time I turn a pump on, everything costs money,” he says. “If I can manage my irrigation to exactly what I need, I’m not running the risk of overdoing it. I’m managing the health of the orchard better.
These Guys Want to Build a Phone the Size of a Credit Card | WIRED
The credit card-sized prototype has modest ambitions. It can make phone calls, store up to 10 speed-dial numbers (entered through an app on your smartphone), and answer calls forwarded from your smartphone. It runs on pre-paid minutes and has a touch interface that lights up (hence the name). It’s about 4 millimeters thick and easily fits in a wallet. You might use it when you’re running down the street to the laundromat, or on a bike ride, or when you don’t want to be tempted by the glow of your smartphone. It can either extend or retract the functionality of your smartphone.
Read Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Emails Right Here
Since the State Department’s taking its time making public information public, The New York Times just released about a third of Hillary Clinton’s private, Benghazi-related emails. Read up because it’s transparency America’s been denied—plus it’s just fun to read politicians’ private correspondence.
Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users
The investigation led to a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult FriendFinder. The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members. It bills itself as a "thriving sex community", and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.
Mad Men Isn't Over Yet: Don And Company Take On Tinder, Snapchat, Apple Watch, And Drones
Mad Men Isn't Over Yet: Don And Company Take On Tinder, Snapchat, Apple Watch, And Drones
Google Fiber funnels disputed piracy fines straight to subscribers | ExtremeTech
Google defends its actions by noting that it hasn’t shared information directly with the complaining firm. The difference between what Google is doing and the actions of other ISPs is that Google is sending the notifications in the first place. There’s real doubt over whether or not Rightscorp’s actions are legal. Similar business models that relied on pressing suit against users based on IP addresses, from Righthaven to Prenda Law, have imploded in recent years, with multiple judges holding that IP addresses cannot be used to reliably identify individuals, particularly when multiple people in a household or area have connected through a single router via wireless. Like these earlier efforts, Rightscorp relies on so-called “fishing expeditions.” It contacts an ISP with a list of IP addresses and requests subscriber contact information.
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Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not cost - CNET
That kind of lock-in can bring restrictions -- if you buy a movie through Apple's iTunes, you can't watch it on Android, for example, or you get more features when using the Google Docs word-processing with Google's Chrome browser than with Apple's Safari. Because iOS apps only run on iOS and Android apps only run on Android, anyone wanting to switch from one OS to the other likely will have to repurchase any games, utilities or other software. And it's not necessarily so easy to transfer all your data -- messages, photos, videos, fitness logs.
Twitch adds on-demand videos to mobile app
Owners of iOS devices just have to update the app to enable the new feature. But Android users have a bit more legwork. Twitch had to make some changes to the Android version to “address a possible security vulnerability,” so you have to delete the old app and install the new one from the Google Play store .
How London's Tech City is starting to grow up, whether it wants to or not | ZDNet
It also gives London a focus which is different to those other startup hubs, so observers waiting for a consumer web startup like Facebook to emerge out of Tech City may be missing the point - instead Zoopla or Just Eat might be more the types of companies that flourish in the UK capital. Finance and ecommerce are perhaps not as glamorous as the flat-white-sippers might hope, but that could well be where London's herd of unicorns will be found.
OpenStack and Linux Foundations plan OpenStack skills certification | ZDNet
"We're going to continue to work with our training community. Many of them have already agreed to roll this in as part of their training. There will be a validation point at the end. If you do SUSE or Mirantis training, you'll have the opportunity to take the Foundation's independent certification test and get a credential. It's going to tie all that back together and give a common target for all those education initiatives."
Hackers build a new Tor client designed to beat the NSA
“In addition to providing high-levels of security against such attacks, Astoria also has performance that is within a reasonable distance from the current Tor client,” the researchers wrote. “Unlike other AS-aware Tor clients, Astoria also considers how circuits should be built in the worst case—i.e., when there are no safe relays that are available. Further, Astoria is a good network citizen and works to ensure that the all circuits created by it are load-balanced across the volunteer driven Tor network.”
These drones are coming for you in 2015 (pictures) - CNET
From palm-size models made for quick autonomous aerial selfies, aka dronies, to larger quadcopters with 4K-resolution-video capture capabilities, these are some of the flying cameras you'll see in the skies this year.
How Facebook Turned The Social Graph Into A Hacker Alarm System
"You have a piece of malware talking to a domain—that’s two nodes with an edge between them. That domain’s hosted on an IP [address]—maybe that IP has hosted other domains," says Hammell, describing the detective work involved in identifying threats. Graphs are also a familiar enough family of data structure that security experts outside the company can quickly grasp how the system works, he says. "The interest and engagement in ThreatExchange from a range of industries has far surpassed our expectations." (Other companies can apply to join the network through an online form .)
Could a 'super-Earth' be even more habitable than our own planet? - CNET
In fact, a pair of scientists have been looking into the possibility that there might be a distant planet (or a couple of them or maybe 3 billion) out there more suitable to supporting life as we know it. They even describe what such a "superhabitable" planet might look like -- a super-Earth with a mass double or triple that of our planet, orbiting in the habitable zone around a K-type dwarf star several billion years older than our sun.
Hey Spotify: Not Every Tech Company Needs to Be Everything | WIRED
It’s true that no one is forcing you to limit yourself to any one app. But people are lazy! And even if you’re not, it’s also true that the feature bloat that comes with trying to be everything to everyone causes apps and services that were once very good and streamlined and smart to become a hot mess. The Facebook app in particular became so overstuffed that it had to jettison Messenger altogether.
Nikesh Arora Will Take Over From SoftBank CEO As Chairman Of Yahoo Japan
Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors.
On the road again: EA reboots 'Need For Speed'
On the road again: EA reboots 'Need For Speed'
After a year off, Electronic Arts racing franchise Need For Speed is back on the road. The video game publisher announced a new Need For Speed game will launch this fall for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The
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When Were Most People With Your Name Born (And How Many Are Still Alive)?
What sets this tool apart from others that use similar data is how it separates the living from the dead—a black line measures the number of people given a particular name year by year, while the shaded blue area shows the number of those people who are currently living. Olsen uses this data to then give us the median year of birth for people with that name and an age range that they most likely fall into. Once you've found a chart, you can even download the data to do with it what you wish.
Belkin CMO says smart homes should just ‘take care of it’
What people need is a technology that takes care of itself and that helps take care of managing all those criss-crossing paths of daily life. They don’t want their lawn sprinklered when it’s raining. They want some lights on and the iron off when they’re out, the capability to remotely close the garage door they inadvertently left open, and some sign that their elderly parents are doing fine without continually bugging them.
Social media: Socialbakers announces analytics, analytics, and more analytics (and Sina Weibo deal)
The goal is not to learn more about social media, Rezab said. The number of views you have on YouTube, for instance, can be irrelevant to your overall financial and brand success. The goal, instead, is to bring that data into the organization and use it to transform processes like HR, like product development, like marketing.
Your Password Security Questions Are Terrible, And They're Not Fooling Anyone
According to Google's research, which was based on "hundreds of millions of secret answers and millions of account recovery claims," 40 percent of English-speaking people in the United States couldn't recall the answers to their secret questions when they needed them. The numbers were actually much worse for the "safest" questions, the ones that would be hardest for an impostor to guess. "What is your frequent flier number?" is a solid, tough recovery question, but only 9 percent of people could remember the answer.
Demolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase 2 buildings, aerial footage shows
Demolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase 2 buildings, aerial footage shows
By Daniel Eran Dilger
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 02:03 pm PT (05:03 pm ET)
Phase two of Apple's ambitious Campus 2 construction project is now underway as obsolete buildings have been demolished over the past weeks to make way for new testing workshops and facilities for research and development. Apple Campus 2 Phase 2, centered along North Tantau Avenue
The first phase of Apple Campus 2 — including its above ground and underground parking, theater complex and central "Spaceship" ring of office space— began to rise this winter.
The project's Phase 2 was planned to provide additional research and development space, but planning changes over the winter modified the original outline for adding several, small R&D buildings into a new plan that envisioned fewer but significantly larger research and testing facilities on the east edge of the site, with the buildings all echoing the clean, simple lines and glass walls of the central "Spaceship" Ring.
Greg Grunberg Returning for Heroes Reborn - IGN
Per EW.com , Grunberg is on board for a "guest star arc" on the upcoming 13-episode event series. As you'll recall, Grunberg's Parkman was an LAPD officer who discovered he had telepathic abilities, and what started out as mind reading eventually evolved into mind control.
QuizUp Just Turned Into A Social Network
The company now boasts more than 33 million users worldwide, who play approximately 7 million games per day, with the average user spending about half an hour each day playing the game. In terms of interests, the QuizUp database now has more than 12,000 different topics, some with a few dozen die-hard fans and some with thousands of participants who want to be tested on their knowledge of that category.
Ignition Partners raises $200M fund to back more enterprise software startups
Two of the three Ignition managing partners heading up the new fund — Frank Artale and John Connors — were previously executives at Microsoft. In 2012 Microsoft bought Ignition portfolio company StorSimple .
Snapchat Is Investing in Shopping App Spring
Snapchat, the popular messaging app that is also dabbling in media, is investing in the maker of Spring, a shopping app that launched last year, according to two people familiar with the deal. It’s not clear if the investment, whose size could not be learned, has yet closed. Spring announced a $25 million funding in April that did not include Snapchat. Regulatory filings show that Spring parent company Jello Labs is still open to raising an additional $5.7 million for a total of $30.7 million.
The Witcher 3 Patch Details and Battlefield Hardline Gets New DLC - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video
Everything you need to know on The Witcher 3 patch and Telltale's Game of Thrones episode 4 release date. Plus Battlefield: Hardline's Criminal Activity DLC is revealed and Xbox One gets new features.
Google Maps gets even more detailed traffic features
Google has updated Maps with more specific traffic alerts just in time to help you dodge Memorial Day traffic nightmares. The app can already route you around closures and other problems using crowdsourced traffic data, but now it'll give you an explanation for why a detour is recommended with a dismiss-able card. For instance, it'll let you know whether it's recommending a route because it's the fastest option, or because it helps you avoid an incident. Moreover, it'll now give you a heads up on traffic conditions as soon as you enter your destination, telling you if its smooth sailing ahead or a cluster-you-know-what.
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Why Rock Band 4’s Next-Gen Tech Matters – IGN First - IGN
Creative Lead Greg LoPiccolo added that Forge “is optimized to work on a new generation of consoles, which is giving us a set of creative tools we never had before. The actual rendering of the crowd, the actual characters onstage, the lighting, just the whole experience of rock band is much more expressive.”
Lead Engineer Jess Scott explained that the fate of your band’s aesthetic was almost very different, until Forge came along. “One of the things that we decided to go after was character creation, which was actually on the table as something we weren’t going to do,” she said, “but it turns out a bunch of fans wanted it, and we wanted to create it as well.”
Seinfeld will debut on Hulu on June 24th
Seinfeld's launch on Hulu finally has an arrival date: June 24th. The news comes three weeks after the streaming company inked an exclusive deal that Deadline reported cost between $130 and $180 million. Fans can now expect to watch the full-length episodes that originally aired on NBC in the '90s, as opposed to the cuts that have been airing in syndication in the years since. Basically, if you're about done watching Friends on Netflix, you'll have your next project in about a month's time.