Opera Max Turns To Nagware, Now Prompts Users To Re-enable It Every 12 Hours

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Opera has long advertised its free VPN service Opera Max to customers. But it looks like, the company isn’t pleased with users keeping its servers at work at all times. Over the last few days, according to a report on AndroidPolice, Opera Max has introduced ads on its apps, as well as links to sponsored apps. But the company is not done yet. It now requires a user to go back to the app and “add time” to the free VPN service every 12 hours if they wish to continue the service. Adding time doesn’t cost anything, but it will subject users to an ad on each occasion.

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First Click: Microsoft is delivering on its vision of the future

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Every once in a while, Microsoft updates its vision for the future with an impressive look at a world beyond beige PCs on every desk. I’ve seen many over the years, and I study them obsessively for any hints at what the company might be planning in real life. So when I sat at Microsoft’s Surface Studio unveiling in New York last week, everything felt a little familiar, but I couldn’t work out why at first.

I’ve written many times that Microsoft is obsessed with giant screens, and methods of turning them into a productive environment. Microsoft’s future vision back in 2011, the same year The Verge launched, was a conservative look at how desktop PCs and mobile devices would change, but things started to get a little more interesting a…

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Master & Dynamic’s smaller headphones now come in a wireless version

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Master & Dynamic is a relatively new brand in the audio world, but it has built up a name around its stylish line of headphones that combine premium materials with a signature design. Today, the company is expanding its range with the MW50, a wireless version of its original MH30 on-ear headphones.

The MW50 are much smaller and lighter than the over-ear MW60 released last year, but they have a similar design and appearance. The headphones have 40mm drivers, a claimed Bluetooth signal range of 100 feet, 16-hour battery life, a USB Type-C port, and a fold-flat design for slipping into a bag. Master & Dynamic says the MW50 are 30 percent lighter than the MW60, yet are still made from the same metal and leather materials. The sound is also…

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The terribly named InstruMMents 01 uses a laser to make digital measurements

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How do you measure something that’s not in a straight line? Rulers and tape measures work, but only so well, and at certain points you’re making an approximation as you try to fit the object to the curve.

The 01, the first product from a new company called InstruMMents (founded by the creators of the Misfit Shine), claims to allow for easy digital measurements of both linear objects as well as those with irregular surfaces using a laser-based measurement system.

The pen-like 01 comes in three models, with a laser measurement system on one end and either a pencil, pen, or stylus tip on the other (for jotting down measurements quickly). And the videos make using the 01 look simple: just point the…

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Sci-fi horror game Routine is finally launching in March

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It’s been a long time coming, but Routine — a sci-fi horror game with shades of the original Alien — finally has a release window. The game will be coming to Steam in March, and to celebrate the team released a slick new trailer.

Routine is a first-person horror game about exploring an abandoned moon base, and it’s an experience that’s been in the works for several years. The three-person development team at Lunar Software originally planned to launch in 2013 — though even then they knew it was likely to slip. “Making a good game for me is more important than a hard-set deadline,” Lunar’s Aaron Foster told me back in 2012. “So we will keep it loose for now.”

According to Foster, there are multiple reasons for…

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These adorable Ghostbuster costumes make the future of fandom look incredible

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The best thing about post-Halloween Twitter this year is the wealth of Ghostbusters costumes. And the best thing about these costumes: they’re being worn by girls! Girls, specifically, who are having the times of their lives idolizing hilarious, complex, professional women who are good at their jobs and once escaped from a hell vortex full of poltergeists and demons. Girls who get to be part of a global fandom. Girls who look seriously very cool, and I’m a little afraid of them.

If anybody’s childhood was “ruined” by Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, they must have stayed home.

Here are some of the chillest modern women I’ve ever seen. I’m so happy they had the perfect Halloween.

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The first Windows 10 VR phone arrives at T-Mobile for $470

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T-Mobile gave us an early glimpse at Alcatel’s Idol 4S Windows 10 phone last week, but now it’s officially launching today on the US carrier. Alcatel’s Idol 4S might sound familiar, as the company launched an Android version earlier this year, but this Windows 10-powered device has a few upgrades inside. Alcatel has moved to the Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 64GB internal storage with microSD slot, 4GB of RAM, and a 21-megapixel camera.

The highlight of the device, at least for Windows 10 Mobile fans, is that this is the first Microsoft-powered phone that will support a VR experience. Alcatel’s Idol 4S will be sold bundled with a low-cost VR headset similar to the Samsung Gear VR. Microsoft doesn’t offer up any…

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A rolling, connected tape measure

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unspecified If you’re designing a piece of hardware to help design hardware, it certainly helps to have a prominent projects under your belt. The team behind InstruMMents is responsible for a few, including, perhaps most notably, the Misfit Shine, the modular activity tracker that seemingly same out of nowhere and event got snapped up by fossil.
As with the Shine before it, the 01 isn’t the… Read More

Brad Garlinghouse takes over as CEO of payments startup Ripple

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brad garlinghouse After running Ripple for around four years and overseeing the company’s growth through around $94 million in financing, CEO Chris Larsen will be stepping down. Larsen will become executive chairman of the company — a common move in CEO transitions. But COO Brad Garlinghouse, previously CEO of Hightail as well as a former AOL and Yahoo senior executive, will be taking over the role… Read More

Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

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dialpad Silicon Valley’s most talkative investor will bring his enterprise experience and connections to the makers of UberConference. Office cloud communications startup Dialpad today announced that Marc Andreessen is joining its board of directors. “The company’s hit its stride” Andreessen tells TechCrunch. He calls DialPad “A complete cloud, mobile business… Read More

Gun fight from Collateral explained shot for shot

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Michael Mann’s Collateral has one of the simplest and most startling shootouts in movie history. Even though it’s short and unvarnished—every bullet fired in a single stationary camera shot interrupted only to see Jamie Foxx’s reaction—actor Tom Cruise gets every motion just right.

In this video, Larry Vickers, a retired special forces veteran, carefully recreates the scene moment by moment, explaining the rationale behind each action. It’s striking how much care Mann and Cruise took to get it right, given Hollywood’s usual cartoon gunplay. [via]

Here’s the original for reference:

(I also like how Collateral was shot digitally just as the technology matured, giving it a weird, evocative look that’s reminiscent of both VHS and 16mm, and now seems perfectly mid-2000s)

Pokémon Go gets a big revenue boost from its special Halloween event

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pokemon-go-halloween-event-revenue-hero Pokémon Go had its first special in-game event this Halloween, and the results are promising for people hoping Niantic will run more in the future: Revenue was up 2.3 times from the week before, according to app analytics firm SensorTower, and daily revenue on October 29, in the middle of the event, was at its highest overall level since September 10, according to analytics provider App… Read More

Hubble Contacts raises $7.2 million to deliver disposable lenses direct to consumers

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Daily disposable lenses made by Hubble Contacts. At least 30 million people wear contact lenses in the U.S., but somehow, less than one-third of this population wears daily disposable lenses, which are deemed the most hygienic and healthiest option by eye health professionals. A New York City startup called Hubble Contacts, co-founded by Ben Cogan and Jesse Horwitz, wants to make daily disposable lenses the norm here the way they are in most… Read More

Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd launches an early stage digital health fund

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health hospital doctor shutterstock Israel-based equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is launching a sector specific fund fully focused on digital health — touting it as Israel’s first fund with such a focus. The fund, called OurCrowd Qure, will invest in early stage startups at the seed and Series A level. Fundraising is starting now, with a target of $50 million for the first raise. Read More

BlackBerry teaming up with Ford for broader use of QNX in connected cars

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sync3_billboard_2blank BlackBerry’s QNX division is one of the Canadian company’s rare bright spots: The software maker’s operating system is a key ingredient in the infotainment offerings of a large number of automakers (BlackBerry says it’s currently running in over 60 million vehicles), and it’s now going to become even more integral to Ford’s connected cars. Ford and… Read More

On Babadooks, Twitter, and Halloween parties

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You may have seen Katie Dippold’s iconic Babadook-themed Halloween TBT floating around Twitter over the past few months:

Well two days ago, David Sanchez tweeted the perfect response:

You can read more about both tweets on BuzzFeed and New York Magazine.

Physicists Induce Superconductivity In Non-Superconducting Materials

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers at the University of Houston have reported a new method for inducing superconductivity in non-superconducting materials, demonstrating a concept proposed decades ago but never proven. The technique can also be used to boost the efficiency of known superconducting materials, suggesting a new way to advance the commercial viability of superconductors, said Paul C.W. Chu, chief scientist at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH and corresponding author of a paper describing the work, published Oct. 31 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, demonstrating a new method to take advantage of assembled interfaces to induce superconductivity in the non-superconducting compound calcium iron arsenide, offers a new approach to finding superconductors that work at higher temperatures. Superconducting materials conduct electric current without resistance, while traditional transmission materials lose as much as 10 percent of energy between the generating source and the end user. That means superconductors could allow utility companies to provide more electricity without increasing the amount of fuel used to generate electricity. To validate the concept, researchers working in ambient pressure exposed the undoped calcium iron arsenide compound to heat — 350 degrees Centigrade, considered relatively low temperature for this procedure — in a process known as annealing. The compound formed two distinct phases, with one phase increasingly converted to the other the longer the sample was annealed. Chu said neither of the two phases was superconducting, but researchers were able to detect superconductivity at the point when the two phases coexist. Although the superconducting critical temperature of the sample produced through the process was still relatively low, Chu said the method used to prove the concept offers a new direction in the search for more efficient, less expensive superconducting materials.

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Gett founder and CEO Shahar Waiser joins TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

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Gett Founder TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6! One month to go! It will be the place to come talk about new technology, your startup, other startups, everyones startups! Grab tickets here. So many speakers have already been announced. But, yes, there are even more to come. Today we’re delighted to say Shahar Waiser, founder of Gett, is also joining. Gett founder & CEO Shahar Waiser… Read More

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