Google, Microsoft, IBM And Others Collaborate To Make Managing Docker Containers Easier

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containers_docker It’s not often that you see this combination of backers, but today, Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS and SaltStack all banded together to support Google’s open-source Kubernetes project for managing Docker containers. Docker containers are quickly becoming the go-to technology for building and running distributed applications. Every major cloud vendor has… Read More

Yes, potato salad belongs on Kickstarter

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The potato salad Kickstarter hit $40,000 yesterday,* and The Verge’s editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky wanted to talk about it.

“Isn’t it a gross abuse of Kickstarter? Doesn’t this run counter to what they’re trying to do?” he asked. “Is this the kind of business Kickstarter wants to run?”

This is a common reaction, but I think it’s a misunderstanding. First, there’s always been a place for jokes on Kickstarter. Second, this particular joke is especially fitting given Kickstarter’s current goals.

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The new gladiators: Valve’s quest to turn e-sports into epic spectacle

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The question “what is Dota 2” will be asked more times this month than at any other point in the game’s past or future. Valve is presently hosting the marquee Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 4 (TI4), and its incredible $10.5 million prize pool has garnered attention from corners of the world that wouldn’t traditionally care about professional gaming. Whatever else happens at the event, its significance as a flagbearer and emissary for e-sports to a mainstream audience is already assured. But Valve won’t be satisfied if you just learn about this game’s existence. It wants to recruit you into its sphere of addictively intricate gameplay.

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This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

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supraped2-1404879844196 Oussama Khatib Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to get across chasms or over large obstacles.
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The App Store, Six Years Later

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appstore Happy birthday, iTunes App Store. Apple’s App Store turns six today, and now offers consumers over 1.2 million apps, which have been downloaded 75 billion times, according to the most recent official data shared by the company. But the business can sometimes be tough for app developers, and new numbers out this morning from two different analytics companies help prove… Read More

You can now stream SoundCloud through your Sonos speakers

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SoundCloud is the latest music service to hop on the Sonos bandwagon. You can now listen to SoundCloud’s huge library of user-uploaded music, playlists, podcasts, comedy bits, newscasts, and more with Sonos’ hi-fi audio systems. “You’ve already used SoundCloud to connect with your favorite artists: now, with a click of a button, they can send their freshest tracks and playlists direct to your home,” SoundCloud announced today.

Playback is handled with the Sonos controller app, which sadly means you can’t (yet) control the speakers throughout your house with SoundCloud’s redesigned iPhone app. Google Play Music still has a leg up on other streaming services when it comes to native Sonos integration, but we won’t complain about another…

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Can Snapchat make money without losing its cool?

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Snapchat is an unconventional company. From its faux-apologies to its reported rejection of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, the Los Angeles startup is anything but predictable. And the company has launched new products at a rapid clip: in the last year alone, Snapchat has rolled out a storytelling platform called Stories, video chat, and text messaging. It’s clearer now, perhaps more than ever, that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is in it for the long haul.

If Snapchat is indeed in the game to make money, and not simply to grow a massive user base and sell to the man, the company’s going to need to think about monetization. And it has. If you’ve been paying close attention, you might have already noticed Snapchat has been…

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Google, DropBox, and others team up to cut patent trolls off at the source

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Despite its high profile in the tech world, patent trolling — in which companies sue for damages over patents they don’t intend to use — has been difficult to address. Reform efforts in Congress stalled earlier this year, when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) failed to broker an agreement that would have raised the bar for sending patent infringement warnings and increased the risks for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. In the wake of this defeat, Google, DropBox, Canon, and others are forging a truce that they hope will stop trolls from building a patent arsenal.

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Microsoft Still Not Selling Xbox

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msft-sun1 The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all. This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Despite the copy going through what appears to have been too many drafts… Read More

Amazon Goes After Box, Dropbox And Huddle, Launches Zocalo For Secure Enterprise Storage

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zocalo E-Commerce giant Amazon has made huge competitive inroads into the cloud services market with Amazon Web Services, and today it’s adding another feature that will put it into direct competition with the likes of Box and Dropbox: it’s launching Zocalo, a secure enterprise storage service. The company is launching Zocalo in a limited preview from today. Amazon describes the service… Read More

Vaavud Takes To Kickstarter Again For A New Smartphone Wind Meter That Tracks Direction

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vaavud-2 Kickstarter has been around long enough that the Kickstarter double-dip is now a well-established thing – basically it’s the practice of a company returning to the crowdfunding well to secure the resources for a new product launch. The original Vaavud was a wind meter that required no power and plugged into your smartphone’s 3.5mm stereo input jack, but that actually… Read More

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