We discuss Google's announcement of The Chromebook Pixel, Zendesk security breach affects Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest, PayPal Here is coming to the UK, Google Glass patent, and we are joined by Raj Singh creator of Temp app.
Like Apple's notebook, the highlight is the Gorilla Glass-covered screen: with a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen panel, Google says it's the highest resolution display that's ever shipped on a laptop. "You'll never ever see another pixel in your life," says Chrome VP Sundar Pichai. And yet this particular screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio: In order to better fit web content, which often flows vertically down a page, the screen is nearly as tall as it is wide.
Google's all-new Chromebook Pixel isn't something we entirely expected, but it was something that Google absolutely needed to do: try to create a top-tier laptop that could conceivably become somebody's main machine. We can't say that ChromeOS is totally ready for that challenge yet, but the Pixel itself feels as premium as any laptop on the market today. It's a solid, rectangular machine in a gunmetal gray metal shell, with an even thickness from the back to the front of the device. Lifting up the lid reveals two things: first, the hinge is smooth and feels strong, but secondly and most importantly it reveals the screen.
Customer service software provider Zendesk announced a security breach that allowed attackers into its system, where they could access data from three customers this week. Wired learned those three clients were Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.The San Francisco-based company announced the breach in a blog post published early Thursday night. Tumblr notified affected users in an email at approximately 6:35 p.m. PST
Apple’s shares were hit after investors worried that a hiring freeze at Foxconn’s China plants is related to slowing iPhone 5 sales. Foxconn suspended recruitment at its factories in Zhengzhou and Shenzhen and it also reportedly postponed the construction of a new factory.
Today, the online payments giant PayPal announced that from this summer it will be rolling out PayPal Here in the UK, its first foray into the European market, equipped with a new piece of hardware to accomodate the chip-based cards prevalent in this part of the world.
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The Web giant details everything from the bridge to the display of its high-tech spectacles, saying advancements in wearable displays have really been needed.
It seems Facebook is blocking links to NBC.com after the TV network's site was compromised earlier today.Some Facebook users trying to share URLs from NBC.com are running into an error message explaining that the feature isn't available at the moment. "An error occurred while processing this request. Please try again later," the message reads. The message pops up when posting from www.nbc.com. If you try to click on a link, another message pops up: "This link has been reported as abusive."
A man in Chile is facing 18 months in jail after a businessman accused him of identity theft over Twitter parody accounts.Rodrigo Ferrari Prieto is accused of being behind three now inactive accounts that mocked Chilean business mogul Andrónico Luksic and his family, according to Global Voices.Luksic's lawyer said tweets were posted under Luksic's name, along with personal photos and "inappropriate comments" that damaged his client's reputation.Ferrari Prieto claimed he was behind only one of the three accounts, which used an avatar of money falling and a description that read "we have tons of money." He said account was a joke and should not be considered a crime.
Ever fear you weren't a human and maybe you were just a robot trapped in skin?Relieve your fear — "Morgan Freeman" is here with the definitive list of human experiences that can finally tell you if you really are a Homo sapien or should be tested in a lab somewhere.
The Nielsen Company has monitored TV audiences since 1950, but soon it will expand that definition from solely households with antenna, cable or satellite access, but also those that have dropped those options but still get video over the internet.
There was something missing from the stage at last night's Sony event, and it wasn't just the final price, release date, or physical console for the PS4. With almost 20 different speakers over two hours, not a single woman took the stage.ONSTAGE, THIS IS WHAT THE GAMING INDUSTRY LOOKS LIKEThis has sadly become business as usual in gaming and consumer electronics. If you didn't notice, it's probably because there also weren't any female devs or executives onstage at the Wii U launch, or the EA Gamescom event, or the most recent HTC unveiling, or any Apple keynote in recent memory. With an all-male board and executive staff, Apple would have no one to send. In 2013, that should be shocking, but it's so much the industry norm that it's hard to single Sony out as especially egregious. Onstage, this is what the game industry looks like. It just isn't what gamers look like.According to the Entertainment Software Association, 47 percent of gamers are women — effectively gender parity. But only eleven percent of game industry employees are women, measuring across all departments. It's the same mismatch we saw last night: women in the audience, but none on stage.
Scientists at Brown University have developed a robotic wing to study the intricacies of bat flight. The team created the wing because bats are so light — and uncooperative — that attaching them to monitoring equipment negates their ability to fly. Using a complex system of joints, a flexible silicone elastomer membrane, servo motors, and a pulley system, the researchers were able to achieve the same weight-to-thrust ratio of a regular wing, and finely tune the frequency of the flapping motion to better understand what affect it has on flight. It's nowhere near as intricate as a regular bat wing, which has 25 movable joints and 34 degrees of freedom, but it's still able to mimic bats' wing-folding motion that helps the creatures gain altitude and change flight direction extremely quickly.
Monkeys are controlling bipedal, walking robots thousands of miles away using only their minds. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroprosthetics researcher at Duke University, has been working for years on the interface between brain signals and electronics, and in 2003, was able to get his rhesus monkey Aurora to accurately control a robotic arm with her brain. "Aurora realized that she didn’t need to move anymore, she could just imagine the movements and this interface… was able to enact her will," he explained to Scientific American. In Nicolelis’s more recent experiments, signals from the brain of a monkey walking on a treadmill were used in the same way to control a robot in Japan, while it watched video footage of the walking robot in nearly real time. As he notes in a TEDMED presentation below, the control signal's round trip from monkey brain to Kyoto University happened 20 milliseconds faster than an equivalent signal traveling to the monkey's own muscles.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins says the company has a clear shot at turning BlackBerry 10 into the “No. 3 mobile ecosystem in the world,” but to do that, the company needs a critical mass of native apps, particularly big-name ones. And while BlackBerry did better than many expected — debuting BB10 with native apps from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare — there are still a few holdouts. And recently, a crucial one decided against natively supporting the platform: Instagram.Sources close to Instagram tell AllThingsD that a native version of the photo-sharing application is not headed to BlackBerry 10 — not anytime soon, at least. “There will be no [native] Instagram for BB10 for now,” said one. “Frankly, I’m not sure there will ever be.”
In Usagi Yojimbo: Way Of The Ronin, players will fight ninjas, demonic samurai, evil spirits and more in this classic 2D side-scrolling brawler. Including heart-pounding action, power-ups, combos