MongoLab has long been the de facto service for deploying and managing MongoDB databases, but now that the company has cornered this market, it’s looking to expand into new areas. Before launching any new products, though, the company decided to change its name and because of this, MongoLab is now mLab. MongoLab/mLab CEO and co-founder Will Shulman tells me that he always saw MongoLab… Read More
Today is the Raspberry Pi’s fourth birthday, and along with birthday wishes we’re welcoming a new board. Almost exactly a year after the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 2, say hello to the new Raspberry Pi 3, Model B.
Late last year Huawei introduced the Honor 5X, a phone branded and sold under their Honor sub brand for their home Chinese market. A few months later, the company announced that it would be the first Honor branded smartphone to launch in the United States, and we were first given access to the phone during Honor’s launch event in Las Vegas. With the Honor 5X the company is hoping to bring a great smartphone experience with capable specifications to a relatively low $199 price point, delivering a phone at the tail-end of the mid-range category that should be able to punch above its weight.
SlappingOysters writes: Preorders open today for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and while the device has been well-received by critics, little is known about the games coming to the device. We know that Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt Brush will be bundled in with the HTC Vive for those who preorder it, but Finder has discovered a further 104 games that have also been earmarked by their creators as coming to the device. For those considering a preorder, the site also provides a useful HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. PlayStation VR comparison table.
nerdyalien writes: While everybody is immersed in the Apple vs. FBI case, WhatsApp has posted a blog entry that could potentially alter the mobile landscape as we know it today. By the end of 2016, WhatsApp will no longer support many older mobile operating systems from BlackBerry, Nokia, Android and Windows Phone. Moving forward, WhatsApp will only support the latest and greatest iPhone, Android and Windows Phone platforms. With over 1 billion active users, and the backing of Facebook, is WhatsApp finally reducing the mobile landscape to a three-horse race ?
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft’s HoloLens, touted as the world’s ‘first and only fully untethered holographic computer’ is available today for pre-order and will ship on March 30. The HoloLens Development Edition is available for purchase to qualified developer applicants and will cost $3,000. While the augmented-reality headset is still far from a commercial release to consumers, Microsoft will release six applications that run on the holographic platform – a mix of development tools, games, and user programs. From today, developers can access documentation, guides and tutorials for HoloLens. Additional development tools will be made available when the first HoloLens ship at the end of March, including Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator, which will allow testing of holographic apps on a PC without a physical HoloLens.
The Weeknd performed his Oscar-nominated smash “Earned It” alongside a small platoon of dancers, gymnasts, and trapeze artists at tonight’s Academy Awards, a performance that had a lot in common with the song’s official music video. The Canadian pop star (aka Abel Tesfaye) and co-writers Belly, Stephan Moccio, and Jason Quenneville are nominated for their contribution to last year’s BDSM blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey. If “Earned It” manages to take home the prize, it’ll be the second major award the song has won in recent weeks: Tesfaye won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance earlier in February.
“Earned It” is the most commercially successful song nominated tonight by a wide margin. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts…
Following up it’s “Monotune” commercial, Google is back on another awards show with another new ad for Android. Called “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” it has the three historical enemies learning to make friends with each other. It’s a story of three soon-to-be friends overcoming school bullying, and it’s fine so far as it goes. But trust me when I say that trying to map this metaphor too closely to the battle for marketshare between Samsung, Sony, LG, and all the rest is going to send you in deeply nerdy and ultimately unfulfilling circles. If Paper is LG, are we watching the G5 mock the G4 only to be saved by Scissors, aka the Samsung Galaxy S7? Seriously let the metaphor go.
Honestly the best part of the ad is that is unapologetically…
It takes a much heartier stomach to jump into the startup game now than it did a year ago. Zenefits recently became the latest unicorn to face devaluation after compliance issues forced the CEO to resign. Publicly traded tech companies like Twitter weathered layoffs and stock sell-offs. Those few companies that are doing well have created their own sets of problems, with The New York Times… Read More
Samsung always goes big for the Oscars, and this year it kicked things off by filling the show’s first ad slot with a flashy commercial packed with celebrities. Over a minute and a half we got moments with Lil Wayne, Wesley Snipes, Doc Rivers, James Harden, and William H. Macy, who enters virtual reality, pretends to present a new phone, and then returns to reality where he’s facing a gigantic cake. It’s the exact kind of strange you’d expect from Samsung, and I think it was all meant to promote a new phone (namely, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, which were just announced last week.)
For the past several years, Samsung has used the Oscars to make a big push for its phones. It typically runs commercials during the show, and in 2014…
The 88th Academy Awards are tonight, and the show is already one of the most-talked about in years. Chris Rock is set to host the show after months of protest over the Academy’s nominations, and its overwhelmingly white and male voting pool. Will Rock excoriate the Academy on-stage? Will Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Oscar ever? Will the stars get caught vaping on the red carpet? Follow this stream for all of the news from the show.
Marketing technology has become big business over the last five years, securing $134 billion in venture funding and spawning more than 2,000 new companies. New channels, new data streams and new workflow have emerged to disrupt important aspects of marketing at big and small companies alike. And CMOs are buying — roughly $23 billion in 2015, according to IDC, and likely growing to… Read More
Freshly Exhumed writes: Microsoft has mandated that the feedback functionality built into Windows Insider Preview beta be switched on — a change from earlier when testers could block questions from the company about what users thought of specific features. Starting with Build 14271 and newer, the frequency in which Windows 10 will ask for your feedback will be locked to ‘Automatically (Recommended)’ in the Settings app. This would seem to disrupt what has traditionally been seen as a tacit understanding between corporations and their beta testers/sandboxers in that the latter would volunteer their time, effort, CPU cycles, possible hardware failures/breakage, and more as part of a bargain to receive feedback or to test fly the beta OS with internal software environments in private. Microsoft would now seem to be altering that relationship.
Fox is setting its sights on March 2nd, 2018 for its next Predator movie. That places it eight years out from that Adrien Brody and Topher Grace Predators film from Robert Rodriquez. Best we forget about that.
We don’t know much about the next installment, though so far it’s being called The Predator, and back in 2014 it was announced that filmmaker Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon)would take on writing duties and be in the director’s chair. He’ll be working with screenwriter Fred Dekker, and he told Collider that the film will be an “inventive sequel,” noting: “Why start over, when youve all this rich mythology yet to mine?”
Fox also updated its release schedule for a few other big-budget…