Listen to Beyoncé’s collaboration with Coldplay

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For Coldplay’s upcoming album — out this Friday — one of the world’s biggest bands asked one of the world’s biggest artists to join forces. Beyoncé has collaborated with the band on new track “Hymn for the Weekend,” which you can listen to below, after the song got its first play on BBC Radio yesterday.

Guy Berryman, Coldplay’s bassist, said that Beyoncé was ultra professional when it came to recording her parts for the song, telling BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac that the singer was “in and out in five minutes.” Sadly, it shows. Even blessed with the soaring voice of Queen Bey, Chris Martin’s trademark bleats still dominate the mix, the Coldplay vocalist relegating his guest star to back-up duties. Beyoncé’s main contribution comes in the…

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How Nokia is reinventing itself with a $60,000 virtual reality camera

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Last July Nokia revealed Ozo, a high-end virtual reality camera designed to capture video and audio in full, 360-degree glory. It’s the kind of integrated solution that the VR market has been largely lacking; while artists are regularly creating live-action VR content, most of it is coming from custom rigs or cobbled-together solutions. Nothing has stood out as the kind of premium gear that is regularly used to shoot film and television.

Tonight at an event in downtown Los Angeles, Nokia revealed just how much that kind of integrated, professional solution will cost, and it’s not cheap: Ozo is priced at $60,000, putting it well out of reach for the hobbyist. But for Nokia, which is faced with reinventing itself after undergoing…

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Sony Unlocks PlayStation 4’s Previously Reserved Seventh CPU Core For Devs

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MojoKid writes: Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to “unlock” the seventh core on the Xbox One’s processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performance out of the console and offer more flexibility at resource utilization. It appears that Microsoft’s move would inevitably be followed by Sony, as reports are now coming in that this will be made available on the PlayStation 4 as well. This subtle change was highlighted in the latest changelog for the FMOD sound engine which is labeled as a “LowLevel API.” While the unlocked core could take on FMOD duties if developers want it to, it’s now not going to be tied to any single purpose. Developers could make use of this core, for example, to boost AI performance, or any other process that has a heavy computation requirement. It could also be used to simply help ease overall system load.

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Bruce Wayne is unmasked in the latest Batman v. Superman teaser

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to debut in just a few more months, so it’s about time we saw some new footage. Airing during Gotham‘s fall finale this evening, this brief teaser shows Batman held prisoner in the desert moments before Superman comes and unmasks him. Just in case you didn’t know, it was Ben Affleck the whole time.

A full trailer is due out on Wednesday during Jimmy Kimmel Live, so expect plenty of more action then. Batman v. Superman debuts on March 25th.

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Samsung has a new mobile president

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JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics and mobile division chief, is stepping down from hands-on management of the smartphone business, Reuters reports. Although Shin will remain in technical charge of the overall mobile division, his role as president will be taken over by Dongjin Koh, who will handle day-to-day operations. Shin will focus on new businesses and long-term strategy.

Koh was head of Samsung’s mobile R&D until now, reportedly “playing a key role” in the development of recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6. Both phones were well-received critically, representing a shift toward premium design for Samsung, but the flagship S6 only managed to make a “quite marginal” impact on Samsung’s earnings earlier…

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AppDynamics Raises $158M; Now Valued At $1.9 Billion

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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 4.50.06 PM Last month, based on an SEC filing, we told you that seven-year-old, San Francisco-based AppDynamics had raised a fresh $83.4 million in funding as part of a round that was targeting up to $150 million. Turns out the company met that target and then some. CEO David Wadhwani — who joined the firm in September after spending more than a decade as an executive at Adobe, including as… Read More

Pill + Lets You Share Sound Quality You Expect From Beats Headphones With Friends

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beatspill In time for your Cyber Monday shopping, Beats has released its first portable speaker since Apple acquired the company — the Pill + wireless bluetooth speaker. Right down to the packaging, Apple’s influence on the product’s sophisticated design shines through. Opening the Pill + is a lot like unwrapping an Apple laptop or phone. Rather than the flashy colors we’ve come… Read More

Your Snapchat selfie can actually raise money for AIDS research on Tuesday

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Your Snapchat selfie may actually do some good on Tuesday.

Bono’s AIDS-fighting organization (RED) is partnering with Snapchat to offer three special photo filters on World AIDS Day Tuesday, an international effort to show support for people with HIV and raise money for organizations fighting AIDS.

The filters themselves are nothing new — Snapchat has offered photo filters of all kinds for months — but these (RED) filters can actually do some good. Every time a user sends a Snap with a (RED) filter, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $3 to the organization’s fight against AIDS.

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Mozilla Wants To Hive Off Its Thunderbird Email/Chat Client, Says Mitchell Baker Memo

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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 23.35.50 The Mozilla Foundation looks like it’s about to take another step in its bid to sharpen its focus on its Firefox browser and continue with its fightback to gain more market share against competitors like Google’s Chrome. According to a company-wide memo penned today by chairperson Mitchell Baker (and confirmed by Mozilla to be from her), Mozilla wants to once and for all hive… Read More

Meet Access, the Google unit that’s taking on Comcast and the rest of the cable business

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Around the launch of Google Fiber four years ago, long before Alphabet, Google’s leaders considered spinning out the high-speed internet offering as its own business under then-CFO Patrick Pichette. The plan was scrapped, according to several former employees.

But it reveals the concern Google placed on its audacious attempt to built its own, capital-intensive broadband service to take on established players like Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable.

Two years later, Fiber would come under a different high-ranking Googler: SVP Craig Barratt. The former Qualcomm exec joined Google in 2013 and was quickly handed the keys to Fiber plus an amorphous group of initiatives touching broadband infrastructure, wireless communications, and clean…

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CBS is picking up a full season of Supergirl

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Supergirl is sticking around a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is picking up seven more episodes of the oft-campy, feminist-friendly superhero show, bringing its first season up to a total of 20 episodes. (Its sixth episode is airing tonight.) That’s two episodes short of a traditional full season pick-up, a gap that’s being chalked up to Supergirl‘s late start date and the expenses associated with its production. The network hasn’t yet commented on a potential second season of the show, but extending its initial run constitutes a vote of confidence.

Supergirl‘s premiere was one of this fall’s most-watched debuts, and the show has maintained decent ratings that pair well with its sterling critical reception….

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We don’t need a thinner iPhone

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If a report from the Japanese blog Macotakara is to be believed, Apple is planning on getting rid of the headphone jack in the next iPhone. As it attempts to once again shrink its flagship device, Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect through the Lighting port with the next iPhone in order to remove the thicker 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a bad idea.

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AT&T will raise cost of old unlimited data plans by $5 in February

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AT&T is planning to raise the cost of its unlimited data plan by $5 to a total of $35 in February. 9to5Mac first reported the coming change, and sources familiar with the company’s plans have confirmed it with The Verge as well. This is the first price hike AT&T has levied on grandfathered unlimited customers in seven years; the plan in question was discontinued in 2010 and as such is no longer offered to new customers. The $35 unlimited data feature is in addition to the costs associated with your voice and texting plan(s).

But for those who’ve managed to hang on through upgrades over the years, AT&T’s unlimited data plan remains something of a treasure, particularly after the carrier’s recent announcement that it will only throttle…

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YouTube Enters The App Store’s Top Grossing Charts, Thanks To YouTube Red Subscriptions

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youtube red YouTube’s plans to convert a portion of its user base to a subscription-based, ad-free service known as YouTube Red appears to be gaining traction. The company’s iOS application is now ranked as one of the App Store’s Top 10 Grossing apps on iPhone, following the launch of YouTube Red in late October. This indicates that a number of users who initially signed up for the… Read More

Ad Exec Bob Lord To Leave AOL

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aol headquarters Bob Lord will soon leave his role as president of AOL. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he’d seen Lord as his eventual successor, but that plan was sidetracked by Verizon’s acquisition of the company (which owns TechCrunch) — as part of the deal, Armstrong committed to remain on-board for several more years. Lord joined AOL two… Read More

Apple Music will work with Sonos speakers starting December 15th

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Sonos speakers will soon let you play tunes from yet another streaming service: Apple Music. The company has announced that it’ll launch support for Apple’s music offering — in beta to start — on December 15th. Currently, playing tracks from the streaming service requires plugging your iPhone or iPad into a Sonos speaker with an aux cable. But in only a couple weeks, Sonos’ controller app will be able to pull from Apple Music’s large catalog of albums and playlists and stream songs throughout your house (assuming you own multiple speakers).

Purchased songs and DRM-free tracks in iTunes have always worked fine with Sonos, and Beats Music was also compatible before it was phased out in favor of Apple Music. Sonos already supports a slew…

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Google Granted Patent That Enables Self-Driving Cars To Interact With Pedestrians

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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 11.03.46 AM A lot of people are excited to hop into a car one day and read emails and tweets as the car drives itself, and you, to work. It would cut down on the anxiety we all feel during our daily commutes, as well as keep the roads safer. Google’s self-driving project is leading the pack, and a recently granted patent (Patent #: US009196164, granted 11/24/15) signals that the company is trying… Read More

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