One of the most beautiful games ever gets the posters it deserves

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With its painterly style, Okami is easily one of the most beautiful experiences in gaming, and now you can hang it on your walls. Publisher Capcom has partnered with Dutch art dealership Cook & Becker to release a series of limited edition, “museum-grade” art prints for the game, which was originally released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006.

The new hand-numbered prints feature a variety of art and designs from Takeyasu Sawaki, Kenichiro Yoshimura, and Mari Shimazaki who all worked on the…

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The history of the Walkman: 35 years of iconic music players

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We take portable music for granted these days. Any commuter in any big city in the world is more likely than not to have a pair of earbuds or headphones on as they walk, bike, or ride to their destination. The thing is, personal portable music didn’t exist for most of human history, at least not in any mainstream fashion. Not until the Sony Walkman came along.

The first of Sony’s iconic portable cassette tape players went on sale on this day, July 1st, back in 1979 for $150. As the story…

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Matchmaking App Hinge Attracts $4.5M To Beat Tinder’s Endless Swiping

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Hinge Matches Why would prestigious VCs Founders Fund and Lowercase Capital invest $4.5 million in what looks like a Tinder clone? Because Hinge is building a romance graph of what structured data clues suggest two people will want to date. While Hinge’s app might not be as carefree as swiping through Tinder’s seemingly endless queue of mates, it delivers a daily set of tailored… Read More

HP, Shareholder Settlement Is Latest Chapter In Autonomy Saga

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Pelicans fight over a dead fish. Today, HP announced it had reached a settlement with its shareholders over its handling of the purchase of Autonomy for $10B back in 2011, but it’s far from the end of the story as the fight over the Autonomy purchase will very likely head to court, this time with HP and its shareholders at one table and Autonomy’s former executives at the other. Apparently, HP shareholders decided… Read More

One enterprise tech trend to rule them all

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Recently I was asked what I thought was the most important trend in IT. And it wasn’t hard to answer: The shift from proprietary, scale-up systems to commodity, open source, scale-out systems.

NoSQL databases provide a good example of scaling out versus up. To beef up Oracle or any other conventional, proprietary RDBMS, you need to scale up the database server with more cores, more caching, more flash, and so on. At a certain point, you’ll need another server, which means you’ll be saddled with sharding the database and maintaining it in that state (yes, you could use Oracle RAC, but that’s another story).

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Aereo turns to Congress to reverse Supreme Court decision

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Last week saw the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, effectively wipe Aereo off the map by making the company’s streaming service illegal. The decision had swift ramifications, with the company alerting customers over the weekend that it would suspend its offerings until it worked out next steps with the courts. In a last-ditch effort, CEO Chet Kanojia today sent a letter to customers urging them to notify Congress that they want the decision reversed.

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Yo has a real purpose now

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Yo is a great way to annoy your friends, but it could also turn into something much more — a simple way to manage push notifications across multiple apps and gadgets. Today, we got the first taste of how Yo might actually be useful on a daily basis. The company has launched an IFTTT channel that lets you automate light switches, air conditioning, text messages, and phone calls, all by sending a Yo to IFTTT. For now, this means you can only set up one function at a time, which is unfortunate. Here are some of the many ways you can use Yo with IFTTT:

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Amazon orders TV pilot about a sickness spreading over social media

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Social media has been a frequent source of comedy — it’ll even be a pretty central aspect to ABC’s upcoming sitcom Selfie. But later this year, Amazon is planning to turn social media into a source of terror. In its next pilot season, a show called Hysteria will follow a town where a strange “psycho-physiological illness” causing violet fits and spams appears to be spreading through social media. How is that possible? It’s entirely unclear for now, but perhaps it’s something like a really bad meme.

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Custom Analytics Startup Keen IO Raises $11.3M Round From Sequoia And Others

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keen-io Keen IO, a startup that helps developers build their own analytics products, is announcing that it has raised $11.3 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Kyle Wild told me that when the company started talking about raising more funding, its previous backers offered to fund the new round on their own. However, since Sequoia capital’s Aaref Hilaly had already reached out, Wild… Read More

Phonotonic Is A Nifty Music Device That Turns Movement Into Music

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V1 Meet Phonotonic, a new music device that you can back on Kickstarter. What’s interesting is that you don’t need to have any actual music knowledge to play with Phonotonic — it’s all about movements. When I first saw a demo of Phonotonic, I was skeptical. The French startup then let me play with it for a few minutes, I started enjoying moving my arms around and listening… Read More

Vine Update Introduces Loop Counts So You Know How Great You Are

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vineupdate1 For the narcissist in all of us, Vine has today introduced Loop Counts, which show the number of times someone has watched your gif play over and over again in their feed.
As many of you well know, Vine lets users share six-second looping videos in an Instagram like feed. Those Vines can be re-vined by other users, commented on, or liked. Read More

John Oliver rips the Supreme Court for treating companies like people

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John Oliver has been on fire lately. Even though his new show only airs on Sunday nights, he’s consistently put out segments that speak to — and occasionally create — the following week’s news cycle. And this weekend, Oliver delivered another of his thorough and thoroughly hilarious segments, this time focused on the Hobby Lobby case.

Even though the Supreme Court only handed down its controversial decision yesterday, finding that certain companies can reject Obamacare’s birth-control mandate on religious grounds, Oliver more or less sees what’s coming, mocking the idea that a company could be considered a person. “If corporations want to be people, they should have to take the rough with the smooth,” Oliver says. “For start, companies…

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Announcing KrakowCrunch On July 7

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80UUO4-8pZR0iPNEkV-llzT7030qnRTAzcaCe9sUKlU When it rains in Central Europe it pours. I’m pleased to announce we’re going to hold the first annual KrakowCrunch Pitch-Off at on Monday, July 7 at The Stage, ul. Lobzowska 3, from 6pm until 11pm. We’ll be holding a startup pitch off – each founder will pitch for 90 seconds and there will be eight startups on stage – and the winner gets a free table in Startup… Read More

Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 8.29.53 AM Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services.
In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

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