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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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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