iPhone line sitters in NYC slept in garbage bags and got arrested

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Waiting for an iPhone used to be fun. I did it once back in 2009. I got up around 3 AM — on vacation, no less — and stood outside an Apple store in Charleston, SC. I traded stories with strangers about what I was going to do with my new, white iPhone 3GS. When 8 AM came, the crowd cheered with glee. Everyone was smiling.

According to filmmaker Casey Neistat, iPhone lines don’t look like that anymore. Known for viral videos such as “Bike Lanes,” “Make It Count,” and “The Dark Side of the iPhone 5S Lines,” Neistat’s latest video documents this past Friday’s iPhone lines. “iPhone 6 Lines and the Chinese Mafia” is notably darker and more opinionated than Neistat’s last attempt, hypothesizing that “the Chinese Mafia” is responsible for the…

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Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

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Dollars on a green background Financial services are no longer the enigma they once were. Gaining ever-increasing accessibility, these services are on the brink of exploding. While obtaining greater access to financial services comes in part because our world is becoming more digital, it is also a result of new, innovative and disruptive influences chipping into what has long been a cozy oligopoly among established… Read More

Let’s Fix The Internet

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felix I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it.
The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

Microsoft plays on iOS 8 issues by doubling free OneDrive space to 30GB

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Apple released its iOS 8 update earlier this week, but a number of iPhone and iPad owners ran into problems with the amount of free storage required to install the latest operating system. Microsoft is taking advantage of these issues by doubling its free OneDrive storage to 30GB today. “We’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away,” explains OneDrive program manager Douglas Pearce. “We think you’ll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8.”

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Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

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iphone-6-6-plus What’s going to sell better — the big ol’ iPhone 6, or the friggin’ huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing the 6 Plus by quite a bit. That chart below comes from MixPanel, who is updating every hour. If you’re… Read More

Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

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Sixense Stem Oculus Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is expected to unveil an official controller or controller industry standard to make it easier for developers to build more complex games. Read More

Verizon Will Be Getting iPhone 6-Friendly WiFi Calling In 2015

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wifi A quick update for those trying to figure out which carriers will/won’t support the iPhone 6’s WiFi calling feature any time soon: T-Mobile is a go. AT&T will get it in 2015. Now Verizon is pledging to support it next year, too. Word of the new feature comes from Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, who mentioned it at a conference this morning — but not before taking the opportunity… Read More

NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

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Bell Ringing We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70. (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.) In the hours leading up to the start of trading, TechCrunch’s… Read More

TechCrunch Giveaway: LogMeIn Rescue + 1 Year Mobile License

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 6.06.35 PM For all you technicians out there, the team at LogMeIn wants to give one of our readers a license to their Rescue software tech support service. Rescue is a cloud-based application that empowers customer service agents to offer premium levels of remote support to people and the devices they use, no matter where you are.
The winner will get a full license of LogMeIn Rescue + Mobile for 1 year. Read More

‘Tusk’ review: Kevin Smith turns a weird podcast into an even weirder movie

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“Twitter gives up gifts all the time. It gave up a gift last night.”

In June 2013, around 11 minutes into his weekly podcast, director Kevin Smith introduced a strange story that he’d come across on Twitter. It was a listing on an apartment rental website, offering up a free room in a nice house under some conditions: the tenant, on occasion, would have to dress up as a walrus. The owner of the house had apparently once lived on an island with an actual walrus, and he dreamed of reliving that companionship in his old age.

Smith and his co-host bantered back and forth about this absurd listing, spinning it out into an even stranger tale of their own. Though the segment went on for an hour, it was after just 20 minutes that Smith…

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