Xbox One gets Miracast streaming support with new update

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Microsoft is finally enabling Miracast support on Xbox One. While the company’s gaming console has long included the ability to stream individual files from Windows PCs, Miracast support will enable Xbox One owners with Android phones, Windows phones, and Windows PCs to cast photos / video straight from devices to the console or simply mirror a screen. Microsoft is enabling Miracast with an update to the SmartGlass preview app for Xbox One, and the company will also let users power on and off consoles as part of the update.

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Amazon wants to deliver packages to the trunk of your car

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Amazon will begin testing a pilot program next month that will deliver packages directly to the trunk of your car, at least if you own an Audi, according to Financial Times. The online marketplace has partnered with DHL and Audi to deliver packages to select Audi-owning Prime customers in Munich. Amazon says the DHL delivery agent will get one-time keyless access to your trunk when it’s time for your package to be delivered. Audi says there will be no additional insurance issues, as the delivery agent won’t have access to the rest of your car.

Having packages delivered directly to your car could help alleviate the stress of not being home for important deliveries, or having to send packages to your place of work. Audi isn’t the first…

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Scalyr Raises $2.1M Seed Round For Its Log Monitoring And Analysis Service

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Screenshot 2015-04-21 at 12.19.44 Scalyr, a log-monitoring service that gives developers more insight into how their applications are performing (or why they aren’t), today announced that it has raised a $2.1 million seed round led by Susa Ventures. Other participants in this round include Bloomberg Beta, Google Ventures and Sherpalo Ventures. That’s a pretty illustrious group of investors for what may seem like a… Read More

The 9 most interesting cars (and goggles) from Shanghai’s auto show

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On the heels of the New York auto show just a few short weeks ago, the press days of Auto Shanghai 2015 are now behind us — and the announcements weren’t limited to Chinese automakers: the global titans of the auto industry were out in force with cars and technologies that will have a big impact in the months and years to come.

And, yes, there was some weird stuff, too. Volvo ditched the front passenger seat for its new concept, and Chevy made something akin a giant blender blade.

Let’s take a look at some of the major reveals of the show — and when you’re done, be sure to read up on our hands-on experience with Mini’s crazy Augmented Vision goggles.

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Inside the surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines

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On the eve of the 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to set up their machines around the walls of the hangar-like space and eye up the competition. The teams have made the trip here by car, their carefully assembled machines, months in the making, broken down and borne by trucks and U-Haul carriers. Team members lean over each other to place a golf ball here and balance a domino there, assembling their delicate contraptions for the next day’s judging.

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J.J. Abrams and Chewbacca recreate Lady and the Tramp with a Twizzler

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I’m not sure if “the new director of Star Wars and the galaxy’s most famous Wookiee making out” was ever the plot of someone’s fan fiction prose, but now we kind of know what that would look like.

Let’s back up first. Remember the ice bucket challenge? Back then, we used the pain of cold, often solidified water to raise awareness for ALS. What if instead we did something far less jarring and way more awkward? That’s the crux of the Twizzler challenge, which was started in support of Autism Awareness Month (which, yes, is this month). Just like the famous spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp, two people start on opposite ends of a Twizzler and then eat until they meet in the middle. Then, like the ice bucket challenge, you challenge…

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The great unbundling: cable TV as we know it is dying

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Over the last two weeks, Verizon and Disney have been having a public spat about the future of cable television. Verizon wants to offer its customers a selection of slim cable bundles with its FIOS service. Disney says it violates their contract, specifically splitting off ESPN and ESPN 2 into a separate sports package. Verizon knows that, regardless of what the actual contract says, publicizing this offering is an easy win, so long as Disney takes the blame for not letting it happen.

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Win a Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S5!

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Do you like free stuff? If you do, and you happen to own a GS5, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re giving away a Galaxy S5 Mophie Juice Pack on our Facebook page. To enter, go here and like the photo (you can also do the same with the embed below). Rules: must be 18+, a resident of the US, sweepstakes begins today, April 22nd at 10:30AM ET, ends tomorrow, April 23rd at 10:29AM ET; full rules.

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The Coming Food Bubble

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groceries In 1851, Charles Mackay wrote his 600-page tome, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. In it, he describes 86 economic bubbles, like the tulip and the South Sea bubbles during the 17th and 18th centuries, both which burst and caused thousands to lose their fortunes through speculation. Mackay believed this economic phenomenon was evidence of a reckless obsession. Read More

Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

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assured-labor Long before LinkedIn went public or before a plethora of on-demand startups began washing the Bay Area and other U.S. cities with services at the click of a button, there was this startup from a MIT grad called Assured Labor. David Reich started the company in 2008 to make informal labor markets in Latin America faster and more transparent for low-skilled workers. It was a social enterprise… Read More

Canada’s music copyright extension will cost Canadians millions

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Michael Geist writes, “Randy Bachman found himself embroiled in a public fight with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year when Harper used his song ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ as a theme song for a major speech. Bachman said he probably would not have granted permission to use the song, since ‘I don’t think he’s taking care of business for the right people or the right reasons.'”

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Microsoft Band gets more app integrations, smarter coaching

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Microsoft is today announcing an update to its Band wearable that adds integration with bike-tracking apps Strava and MapMyRide, as well as further insights based on the information captured by the Band’s various sensors. The Strava and MapMyRide integration follows the addition of a Bike Tile that came in February and lets users share their tracked rides to those networks.

The new insights are visible on the Microsoft Health Web Dashboard, a website that lets users review their activity captured by the band. The Health platform can now provide comparisons with other Band wearers based on height and weight, so users can easily see how they stack up. (Microsoft notes that this data is anonymized and is used in an opt-in program, so those…

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