We should be learning to type in the Oculus Rift

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Technically speaking, many of the first games I played were probably typing trainers. Typing to race a car, typing to snap up bugs — there was nothing that words couldn’t fix, fuel, or fight. After Mavis Beacon, there was Typing of the Dead, which paired the thrill of zombie killing with the virtuous excuse of learning secretarial skills. Typing games combine the twitch reflexes of shooters with the careful pacing you need to get words right, while tapping into abilities that many people hone all the time. All of this is to say that “Tron, but with typing” is an excellent premise for a game. Sitting at your desk in front of a late 20th century PC, enter a world of blue cubes and neon lights where you’ll have to endlessly blow up words…

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The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

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aerial of Europe with lights A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

Getty Images releases free iOS app for browsing and sharing millions of images

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Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty’s archives to find images that you can legally share and embed for non-commercial purposes on blogs and social media. Or you can browse photo streams created by Getty editors in categories like news, sports, entertainment and “archival,” which highlights photos of historical significance.

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Pebble update adds emoji, compass, and better notifications for iOS

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2014 is the year of the emoji. Within the last year we’ve seen an emoji social networkemoji on Twitteremoji music videos, and even an emoji city. And now, emoji is on your Pebble smartwatch. The feature comes as part of firmware 2.5,which you can install today. The new firmware also includes iOS 8 compatibility and a compass feature that lets developers create navigation apps of their own. In fact, there are already a couple to try, like Compass By Pebble and Where To? for iOS.

Last, but certainly not least, firmware 2.5 brings better notifications support for iOS users. Now, when you dismiss a notification on Pebble, it will also disappear from your iPhone or iPad’s notification center. It’s a huge addition that instantly makes…

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5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

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shutterstock_74822191 They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some invaluable life lessons. Startups can make you more efficient than you’ve ever been, they can help you expand your responsibility and… Read More

Watch Dave Chapelle and Jon Stewart do stand-up before they were superstars

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The legendary Just For Laughs comedy festival has just begun dumping 500 hours of comedy videos on YouTube — everything from young Jon Stewart to Chris Rock to the late Bill Hicks. The channel will post new videos three times a week, and is definitely worth checking back on. The festival’s clips give a rare glimpse into the early days of today’s top comedians, and some of the clips have never before been seen online.

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You can finally talk and use data simultaneously on new Verizon iPhones

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Ever since it lost the exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the United States in 2011, AT&T has touted a key advantage that its network has over Verizon’s: the ability to talk on the phone while using data from another app simultaneously. More than three years later, Verizon customers will finally gain the same feature — as long as they’re using one of a handful of new phones. “Advanced Calling,” as Verizon calls it, is now available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with two Android phones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2.

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Oculus announces new VR headset prototype: Crescent Bay

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Oculus has announced a new prototype called Crescent Bay, another step towards the consumer version of its virtual reality headset. “It’s as big of a leap as we made from DK1 to DK2,” says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, referring to the first two versions of the Rift development kit. The new headset features 360-degree tracking, letting the Rift’s external camera track the back of the headset as well as the front, making it easier for people to move without feeling constrained by staying in the camera’s range. It’s supposed to have improved weight and ergonomics — “it is much lighter. Thank god,” says Iribe. And for the first time, it includes integrated headphones. Crescent Bay was announced at the Oculus Connect developer conference in…

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Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Developer Kit With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

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Crescent-Bay-Rear-Pers-on-Light Oculus gave the world the first look at its new developer kit Crescent Bay today at Oculus’ Connect conference, which you can watch live here. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360 degree head tracking, and an integrated audio system. Plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large audience through mobile… Read More

Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

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Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 5.23.47 PM Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there’s now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery company AllYouNeed.com and LGS Sky Chefs to bring leftover airline food right to the door of anyone living in Germany – the service is… Read More

London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

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keep-calm-because-london-s-calling While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October.
A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies entering… Read More

The Weekender: on Maker Faire, Beyoncé, and the birth of snackwave

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Welcome back to The Weekender, and it’s been quite a week. We went to Iceland to test the new iPhones and ate cricket flour in Canada. In short, things got a little weird around here. In a good way. We promise. Take this opportunity to look back on some of our best work and some good reads from around the web. Then check out the fascinating things you can do this weekend just to kick back. Enjoy.

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