Director John Hillcoat Says The Film Industry Has “Lost Its Nerve”

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triple 9 While most of the current Hollywood headlines are focused on the Academy Awards, there were some new movies this weekend, too — including Triple 9, a sprawling crime drama with a cast that includes (deep breath) Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. I spoke to director John Hillcoat before the… Read More

These Are The Startups Pitching At The Brooklyn TC Meetup + Pitch-Off!

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TC Meetup pitch off USE The Brooklyn TC Meetup crept up faster than any of us anticipated. In just two short days, we’ll head over to Output in Williamsburg and ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of judges and an adoring, primarily hipster audience. But which companies have been selected? Without any further ado, I’m pleased to introduce the startups pitching at… Read More

HTC Vive VR headset will cost €899 in Europe, £689 in the UK

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HTC revealed last week that its Vive virtual reality headset would cost $799 in the US, but the company has kept mum until now on just how much it’ll cost early adopters around the world. As of today, it’s a mystery no more: the Vive will cost £689 in the UK and €899 across much of Europe. Canadians will owe CAD$1,149, and in Japan, the Vive will cost ¥111,999. HTC has set the price in Australia at $899 (USD). Prices for a few other territories, including China, Taiwan, and New Zealand, are available on HTC’s blog.

International gadget buyers won’t be surprised to hear that the prices abroad carry quite a premium over the US. The UK price is equal to about $956, and in the EU and Japan the Vive comes to just about $983 at current…

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How Smart Founders Can Take Advantage Of The Platform Shift

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gaming-super-mario-bros-3 About 15 years ago, the Internet triggered a platform shift in the delivery of enterprise software; a wave of cloud startups quickly unseated the kings of the server era. Now, another platform evolution — the mobile era — is upon us. For nimble and opportunistic founders, the shift toward mobile is a monumental opportunity to stake ownership in a newly dominant platform. Read More

Monetizing Mobile Gaming

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vainglory The mobile gaming industry made $29 billion in 2015 — and it is only set to continue growing (with estimates as high as $49 billion by 2018). But the mobile gaming industry is in the “wild west” phase of its history right now, with the constant improvement of mobile devices and so many variables to successful monetization. Though it’s difficult to know exactly what… Read More

Oscars 2016: How to watch the Academy Awards online

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Tonight is Hollywood’s biggest awards show — and this year, its most controversial one. Some actors and filmmakers are boycotting the show in response to its repeated failure to recognize the work of non-white artists, but you should still expect most of the nominees to drag themselves out to the Kodak Theatre to be feted by their peers. Chris Rock is hosting, and there will be performances from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and — why not? — Dave Grohl. And who would want to miss Leonardo DiCaprio (probably) winning his first Oscar? Finally, that bear fight will pay off.

The show starts at 7PM ET / 4PM PT and is airing on ABC. If you already have cable service, then you’re good to go. If not, here’s how to watch it.

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After The Gold Rush

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after-the-gold-rush The startup gold rush of the last ten years is over. Sorry. Those hordes of ambitious entrepreneurs still stampeding to the Bay Area in the hopes of building their Minimum Viable Product, getting into Y Combinator, and growing their app into the Next Big Thing–they’re already too late. That era is behind us. It was a good run, even a legendary one, but it is over. Time for the new… Read More

IBM Added 70,000 People To Its Ranks In 2015, And Lost That Many, Too

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walterbyrd writes: IBM is very particular in hiring for the hot new skills where IBM is expanding like machine learning, big data, mobile, and security. However, even with adding 70,000 people to their payroll in 2015, IBM actually ended the year with a slightly lower headcount than when it started, according to a SEC filing. IBM is always very careful when talking about its global headcount, which has been going through major shifts for years. It won’t say how many people it lays off each year, or how old they are or in what areas they work. It only talks only about “resource actions” or “workforce rebalancing” in terms of the total amount of money it spends on them. It spent $587 million on such things in 2015 (and nearly $1.5 billion in 2014), it said.

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Cloud Security Startup ProtectWise Creates Network DVR To Analyze Threats

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MojoKid writes: A Denver-based security startup called ProtectWise has a rather interesting twist on a security as a service platform that also incorporates an innovative threat detection and management user interface. The ProtectWise security platform runs on a cloud-based infrastructure that currently utilizes Amazon AWS for storage and processing. ProtectWise is an all software solution comprised of a “Cloud Network DVR” platform made-up of virtual cameras in the cloud that record all traffic on the network. The sensors (12MB install package) record all network traffic wherever they’re installed and stream it up to the ProtectWise platform where it is securely stored and the threat analysis is performed. The sensors can be configured with profiles to capture just light metadata like netflow or headers (source, destination etc.) all the way to the full payload. You can then playback the traffic from the ProtectWise cloud analytics platform, going months back if needed, and analyze the data for threats. You can go back in time and see if, where and how you’ve been compromised retrospectively. There’s also a ProtectWise HUD that visualizes and renders network threat location and progression, allowing you to make better use of all the data recorded. It has a ‘KillBox’ that visually shows attack event progression across the network area. The only question has to do with compliance for financial applications since it is cloud-based. Currently, ProtectWise has 100 or so deployments of its product in the market with customers like Netflix, Hulu, Expedia, Pandora and Universal Music.

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WhatsApp will be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia operating systems by 2017

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Earlier this week, messaging service WhatsApp celebrated its seventh anniversary with its one billion active users, but the team waited until Friday night to bury some less positive news: the app will soon be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia devices running those company’s operating systems.

Yes, that includes BlackBerry 10 — an OS that last shipped on a new phone less than a year and a half ago. BlackBerry itself eschewed the OS when building its latest flagship, the Android-powered Priv slider phone, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that major developers like the Facebook-owned WhatsApp are abandoning it as well.

WhatsApp’s announcement also includes Nokia’s low-end S40 and S60 Symbian platforms, as well as the older…

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Slick concept shows how Apple could upgrade Control Center with 3D Touch

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Control Center was a welcome addition when it was added to iOS in 2013, but if Apple’s engineers are looking for some ideas, they may want to take a look at this extremely well-done concept from British designer Sam Beckett. The updated Control Center works with 3D Touch, naturally expanding the utility of the pop-up settings menu. For instance, a hard press on the Wi-Fi icon lets you quickly choose a network to join.

The concept also has some much-needed features, like the ability to rearrange settings icons and swap in entirely new shortcuts, like Low Power Mode and a toggle for cellular connectivity. In addition, AirDrop and AirPlay have been reduced to icons, the way it probably should be. Right now they both share an entire row…

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Inside the laboratory where Verizon torture tests smartphones

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Wireless carriers in the United States remain entrenched in a never-ending battle over which company has the “best” network. Which is fastest? Which offers the most coverage and is most reliable? Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint all take turns claiming supremacy in their TV and web ads. Verizon’s latest campaign has a rather simple tagline: “better matters.” It sticks to the long-running perception that Verizon has the best mobile network in the US — even if its rivals would object.

To reinforce that strong reputation, Verizon recently invited press to its device test lab in Bedminster, New Jersey. The building was once home to Verizon’s main headquarters, which is now a few miles down the road in Basking Ridge. So this office space…

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Valve’s SteamOS Now Supports Vulkan, The Cross-Platform Alternative To DirectX 12

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SteamOS just gained support for Vulkan, the cross-platform alternative to Microsoft’s DirectX 12 and Apple’s Metal. This should make it easier for developers to write and optimize games for SteamOS, closing the performance gap with Windows and encouraging more developers to support Linux. This feature arrived in SteamOS Brewmaster version 2.63. Valve added version 355 of the Linux Nvidia driver, which means SteamOS offers Vulkan support when used alongside Nvidia hardware. Intel’s graphics hardware should also support Vulkan on SteamOS in the near future. AMD is still working on its new driver, known as AMDGPU, that will replace the current fglrx driver for SteamOS and other Linux-based platforms. If you use Linux distribution besides SteamOS, you can download Nvidia’s Vulkan-ready Linux driver or an experimental version of Intel’s Vulkan-enabled graphics driver.

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Watch 24 straight hours of Pokemon anime on Twitch

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Pokemon turns 20 today, and there are a lot of ways to celebrate — but none are as good as watching an entire day’s worth of the anime. Starting tonight at 9PM ET, the official Pokemon Twitch channel will be holding an animation marathon, broadcasting 24 straight hours of movies and shows. Earlier today, starting at 1PM ET, the channel starting off by showing a variety of gameplay footage and interviews to celebrate the special date. Maybe it’ll even include a glimpse at Pokemon Sun and Moonwhich were just announced yesterday. And if you’re looking for something to do while you watch, the original Pokemon trilogy of Red, Blue, and Yellow are available starting today on the Nintendo 3DS.

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It’s your last chance to stay anonymous and save 89% on a Premium Subscription to proXPN VPN

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You’ve seen the movies. James Bond’s 007 and Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt always have one of those super smart, OK, scary smart, tech guys who can seemingly run the world from their phone or laptop, and even blow things up at a moment’s notice without leaving a single trace. Well, now you’re that guy. For 89% off right now you can get a premium subscription to proXPN VPN.

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Next-Gen Ultra HD Blu-Ray Discs Probably Won’t Be Cracked For A While

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DVDFab, a software tool for ripping and decrypting DVDs and Blu-ray discs, will not be upgraded to support newer Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray discs. Fengtao Software, which makes DVDFab, said in a statement that it “will not decrypt or circumvent AACS 2.0 in the days to come. This is in accordance with AACS-LA, (which has not made public the specifications for AACS 2.0), the Blu-ray Disc Association and the movie studios.” AACS-LA is the body that develops and licenses the Blu-ray DRM system. AACS 2.0 has a ‘basic’ version that sounds quite similar to existing AACS, but also an ‘enhanced’ version of DRM that requires the playback device to download the decryption key from the internet. There might still be a hole in the AACS 2.0 crypto scheme that allows for UHD discs to be ripped, but presumably it’ll be a lot tougher that its predecessors.

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Gabe Newell publicly fires Dota 2 presenter amid tournament troubles

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Valve has abruptly fired the host of its Dota 2 Shanghai Major tournament, James “2GD” Harding, along with the production company responsible for broadcasts of the games. Company chief Gabe Newell confirmed the dismissal of Harding on Reddit, adding that “James is an ass” and not someone Valve will be working with again in the future. As to production of tournament broadcasts, Newell hopes Valve will be able to find a new partner to replace KeyTV before the main event kicks off on March 2nd.

Dota 2 is Valve’s most popular Steam game,…

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