In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
And so it comes down to this crazy November for Twitter. It turns out (as we predicted) most of that tire-kicking to buy the company was mostly bluster, save Salesforce.com who seems to have been the only serious suitor. Who then decided, “nah….” Even [Pando investor] Peter Thiel won’t touch it now: A rumor that he was interested in backing a bid for the blu […]
We have a bit of a curveball in this week’s “Uterus is a feature” podcast: Julie Hanna. Hanna is an incredibly accomplished entrepreneur and investor in the Valley, so that part isn’t strange. But unlike every other guest we’ve had on this show Hanna is not a mother...
There are just two weeks to go until election night, thank God. Regular listeners to the podcast formerly known as NFSWLIVE have been asking how we plan to celebrate the end of the world: Another crazy blowout Las Vegas hotel suite party/marathon broadcast a la 2012, or a hunker down in a small room watching television fest a la 2008? That depends on you...
Amber Tamblyn just announced that she is pregnant in a think piece she wrote for Glamour. In the piece, she reflects a lot on the current presidential election, how Donald Trump's behavior has affected her and on the nation's perception of Hillary Clinton. SEE ALSO: Amber Tamblyn shares experience with sexual assault in wake of Trump's 'g […]
The beloved emoji that we take for granted and use every day to transmit our deepest emotions have a history, and now that history will be protected as part of the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection. SEE ALSO: Interracial couples emoji app and hashtag launches to promote the film 'Loving' No, the museum isn't appropriatin […]
Verizon is taking over Vessel, first by buying the online video startup and then by shutting down the service. Jason Kilar, former CEO of Hulu, launched the service in March 2015 with the hope of attracting YouTube stars and providing a similar hub of short-form video content. Viewers could watch videos for free with ads or pay a monthly or annual fee to hav […]
It looks just like the original model from last year, but it has an updated processor and a whole lot more battery life. The post Microsoft's Surface Book Gets Faster Guts, a Bigger Battery appeared first on WIRED.
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
SideFX is expanding its visual effects capabilities into a series of innovative virtual reality (VR) projects for Singapore as part of the Asian city-state’s sweeping smart city masterplan. The Toronto-based company is well known in the global entertainment industry for its 3D and visual effects expertise on many blockbuster movies and video games. But now.. […]
As a leading edge chip manufacturer, MediaTek has been helping companies and developers get to market for almost two decades. Philip Handschin is a technical account manager, which sounds a little boring until you realize he gets to travel the world helping their community of developers use their Hardware and Software Development Kits. He crosses... Read mor […]
Chinese webcam manufacturer Xiongmai has issued a recall of around 10,000 compromised webcams, which were linked to a serious U.S. cyberattack last week. The attack rendered major websites like Spotify and Twitter offline for hours. It took security experts a few days to figure out exactly what happened, as this is a new type of... Read more » The post Xiong […]
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it’s being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the U.K. The OpenStack Foundation’s […]
Some significant consolidation is going down in the world of daily deals — going down being the operative phrase here. Today, Groupon announced that it would acquire LivingSocial, its onetime big rival that was partly owned by Amazon, for an undisclosed sum. Lest you think that this is a power move made by companies at their peak, think again: the news come […]
For years we’ve been skeptical, and rightly so, of the “art filters” you can put on your photos, webcam videos and so on. But Google may have made them relevant again — or at the very least, interesting — by letting you mix and match them in real time using a single specialized neural network. Read More
On a glorious early morning in Rio de Janeiro, the long beach is dotted with curious figures. Men, some wearing trash bags, are wielding long-handled contraptions, which they work rhythmically into the sand. The men stand knee-deep in the churning water. The surf explodes all around them, splashing brilliant white in the morning sunshine. The guys work silen […]
US fighter jets are firing bombs in the same patch of Syrian sky as Russian planes. US troops are on the ground in Syria’s northeast, directing Kurdish fighters in battle against the Islamic State. US-supplied weapons are being used by “friendly” rebels in the south. In short, America is deeply involved in the Syrian conflict and it will be one of the bigges […]
At a dimly lit welfare office in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, women like Akhtar Shaheen line up to file benefits requests and get their thumbprints scanned for a new biometric identification system. Shaheen, 40, has five children and needs money for asthma medicine and school fees. She says she wouldn’t be able to send two of her teenaged children to college witho […]
Black Mirror’s latest season has no shortage of downer moments. In its second episode, “Playtest,” the show veers away from its typically cynical view of technology, however, and falls straight into a horror rabbit hole. It turns out it could have been much worse. “Playtest” provides a look at what virtual reality could become — a force so powerful it redefi […]
Microsoft's most fascinating announcement today was the introduction of its Surface Dial accessory. It's a Bluetooth-powered puck that can sit on your desk or attach to the new Surface Studio display to provide contextual radial menus that you can interact with. It feels like a new form of input alongside a touchscreen, stylus, and traditional keyb […]
Yesterday morning, Twitter user @Kuwaddo made a cheeky realization: By Google Trends’ count, the search term “memes” is now more popular than “Jesus.” We’ve reached peak internet in the year 2016. WE DID IT PEOPLE.WE FUCKING DID IT.HOLY SHIT. pic.twitter.com/RgfAM2H9W2— Quad (@Kuwaddo) October 25, 2016 So, are memes bigger than Jesus? Not quite. Google Trend […]
It’s easy for films to make us feel sad or happy by showing us a character be sad or happy. We project our own emotions onto the screen, using what we see as a proxy for our feelings. What’s more brilliant, though, is when a movies utilizes subtle cues and impeccable composition and slick cinematography to fully visualize emotion.Read more...
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Microsoft spent more than two hours on stage today introducing new products and software updates, but it all really comes down to one thing: the Surface Studio. It's one of the most impressive pieces of hardware Microsoft has ever developed and a tru...
During today's Surface event Microsoft executives used the word "creative" tens of thousands of times. Sure, they talked about using Word, Excel and Powerpoint as a way to achieve these artistic goals, but at the core the company that's traditionally...
Tesla's having a good month. Last week it announced that all the cars it's now producing will have the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving, on Friday it's holding an event in Los Angeles where it's expected to unveil a solar panel-filled roo...
Just a day before it’s big Mac event, Apple has delayed the launch of its wireless AirPods earbuds, which were originally due to be released in “late October.” The company provided a statement to TechCrunch: The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPo […]
With an exciting unveiling of Microsoft’s Creators Update and Surface Studio, there was plenty of major talking points for Twitter to dissect and discuss. Some completely geeked out in a very ‘shut up and take my money’ sort of way… Gave my wife the heads up. #MicrosoftEvent pic.twitter.com/eIDXtjutdL — Charles The Creator (@MrCharlesPowers) October 26, 2016 […]
Microsoft has been going toe-to-toe with Apple’s hardware the past year or two. The Surface 2-in-1 concept is finally starting to catch on, the Surface Book was one of the best laptops I’ve ever used, and now the company is looking to reinvent the desktop with the Surface Studio and it’s quirky accessory knob, the Surface Dial. And you know what? Microsoft m […]