California is the first state to ban plastic bags

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California has become the first US state to sign into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, including those used for bagging up purchases at grocery stories. The legislation is meant to cut down on waste throughout the state and to help protect its land from pollution. The ban will begin this coming July in grocery stores and pharmacies, and it’ll expand to convenience stores and liquor stores one year later. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” California Governor Jerry Brown says in a statement. “It reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself.

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Watch Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

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Microsoft didn’t live stream its Windows 10 event this morning, but the company has now posted the full 40 minute video from its press event for all to see. Windows chief Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore, head of PCs, tablets, and phones, both discuss Windows 10 at its first unveiling in San Francisco. There’s a look at how Windows 10 will work on touch machines, the new Start menu and interface changes, and an overview of the future of Windows. If you missed our live blog, or you want to see Microsoft joke about the naming for Windows 10 it’s worth the 40 minutes of your time.

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TiVo now lets Android users stream their recorded TV shows

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You can now stream TV shows recorded with TiVo’s latest DVRs on Android devices. Today, the company announced that its app for Google’s mobile operating system has finally added streaming capabilities. You can also find the app in Amazon’s Appstore to use with the Fire Phone or Fire tablets. Like the iOS version, TiVo’s app lets Roamio owners watch recorded shows when on their home Wi-Fi network and — in some limited cases — even when away from home.

You can schedule future recordings and search for shows or movies both on TV and across popular video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. TiVo also notes that the app can display cast and crew info for whatever you’re watching on TV at home without interrupting the big…

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Noice Lets You Send Emoji With Sounds To Friends’ Phones

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Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 5.46.18 PM Yes, my friends, there is an app more annoying than Yo. If having your phone randomly shout “Yo!” at you (or “Hodor!,” if you preferred the spin-offs) drove you batty, wait until you get ahold of this: Noice, an app that lets you communicate using only emoji and sounds. Really!
OK, OK, I kid. Noice is actually kind of fun, in a very juvenile, very silly way.
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Arduino Is Building A Sub-$1000 3D Printer

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arduino printer There is by no means a shortage of teams working on low-cost 3D printers. Kickstarter is absolutely overflowing with them. But, as many of those teams quickly realize, shipping hardware is hard. A challenger approaches! Arduino, the company best known for building the programmable microcontrollers that power many a DIY project, is about to enter the 3D printing market. Arduino made the… Read More

PayPal broke up with eBay so it could take on Apple

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News broke this morning that PayPal will spin off from eBay into a separate publicly traded company, ending a 12-year union between the online merchant and the payments processor. At the most basic level this creates two simpler, more focused companies — but the real impetus for an independent PayPal is more likely the rapidly maturing ecosystem of digital wallets and mobile payments, especially Apple Pay, which threatens to eat PayPal’s business from the inside out.

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This is what happens when two pixel-mashing bots get in a Twitter fight

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This week saw a truly bizarre twitter fight between two image-mashing bots. In the red corner, there was @pixelsorter, designed to create relaxed, fuzzy remixes of photos, like the one above. In the blue corner, @badpng was running every image through a broken PNG encoding algorithm, resulting in harsh compression and jarring color shifts. Pixelsorter’s creator, Way Spurr-Chen, sent the same photo to both bots, locking them in a potentially endless back-and-forth, chewing on the same image over and over until it disintegrated into a mess of pixels.

It started with this…

…which turned into this.

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Four reasons to stick with Java, and four reasons to dump it

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Java remains a critical technology that attracts intense interest and passion, as testified by the droves of developers gathered in San Francisco this week for JavaOne, the industry’s major event dedicated to the language.

But for all its advances and momentum, a troubling series of negatives has challenged Java’s dominance and resiliency of late, including hits to its security reputation, the rise of JavaScript on the server, the plethora of new languages competing for developer attention, and questions about possible fallout from Oracle’s legal actions against Google.

 

Of course, Java will persist despite all setbacks, but when it comes to career choices, little comfort can be found in the fact that somewhere on some server Java code will always be running. The questions center on the promise of the prospects and whether a language on the wane may be the best bet.

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A closer look at Windows 10

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Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft’s event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS. While Microsoft pushed hard with touch on Windows 8, Windows 10 is the complete opposite. If you mouse into the corners to find the tricky Charms Bar they no longer trigger and frustrate. Instead, you’re greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu from the moment you use Windows 10. It’s Windows 7 right now and very early in its development, but it has some interesting improvements waiting inside.

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Ello is the doomed utopia we can’t stop building

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One day this summer, I spent an afternoon with computing pioneer Jaron Lanier talking about virtual reality. Lanier is a leading critic of the internet’s advertising-based business models, and when Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift came up, he pushed the company to look for alternative sources of revenue. “Every time there is a new platform, there is a chance to create a new economic model,” Lanier said.

The desire for an alternative to Facebook goes most of the way in explaining the overnight sensation that is Ello, a three-month-old social network founded on the idea that ad-based internet businesses are corrupt. The service, which has yet to build a mobile app and is available only on the web, exploded in popularity this…

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Watch Jeff Goldblum’s GE Link Spot, The Smartest Smart Home Ad Ever

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Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 3.04.52 PM Hey, who here gets excited about smart lightbulbs? Probably four of you raised your hands, and two of them were me. GE has taken a different approach to selling its new Link connected bulbs, eschewing sales pitches of convenience and connectivity in favor of trotting out a shirtless (and well-preserved) Jeff Goldblum.
The celebrated chaos theoretician is doing what’s known as… Read More

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Suffering From #GapGate

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Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 3.07.43 PM Another day, another *Gate. This time the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the latest phablet to enamor the Android crowd, has been reported shipping with a thin gap between the screen and the walls of the case. The issue, reported on iTToday in South Korea, seems to affect a small number of devices. According to the piece, two pieces of paper or a business card can fit snugly into the gap. This… Read More

Tune In To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie Tonight

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techcrunch-radio1 It’s Tuesday again, which means that TechCrunch is jumping off of the internet (kind of) and into your ears tonight at 6pm ET/3pm PT. TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM 102 Indie is this whole new thing we’re doing, and today’s show is set to be our best yet. We’ll be joined by musician, film maker and entrepreneur Jack Conte, and then we’ll head into our… Read More

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