Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

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6 Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

Millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses should be ready in 2015, WHO says

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Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization said this morning. The are currently two candidate vaccines for Ebola that are ready to begin human trials, and five others are expected to get started during the first several months of next year. The vaccines must be determined to be safe and effective before a mass vaccination begins, however. The WHO says that there are no plans to begin a mass vaccination program until at least June 2015, and then only if the growth of the epidemic justifies it.

The WHO cautioned that even a working vaccine would not be a “magic bullet” for stopping the…

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New music recommendations: Chvrches, Jessie Ware, Foo Fighters, and more

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Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There’s only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That’s where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it’s our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we’ve stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we’re barely skimming the surface here — feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you’ve made this week in the comments, and get busy listening.

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Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

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iphone-2 Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

The Vergecast 124: an incorrect oral history of vaping

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Following an immediate but brief foray into Nilay Patel’s dark memoir-in-progress, the Vergecast progresses nicely into a week chock full of news, led by Nilay, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce. We have Google’s new Nexus lineup, Apple’s new iPads and iMac, a brave new email paradigm, and Twitter’s content problems. Then, for some reason, there was some mild debate about the nature of vaping, but you’ll have to listen to fully grasp that thread.

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College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

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dormchat promo DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat… Read More

Deezer Buys Stitcher To Add Talk Radio And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

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Deezer Stitcher Logos Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

Contracts for Agile

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Last week I did a presentation to the Agile 4 Agencies meet up group on the topic of “Agile Contracts” – although I believe “Contracts for Agile” might have been a better title.
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Last week I did a presentation to the Agile 4 Agencies meet up group on the topic of “Agile Contracts” – although I believe “Contracts for…

Testers may never be happy

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A few months ago, the webinar “Learn Faster: Deploy what you have – Virtualize what you don’t” discussed the dissatisfaction testers had with the completeness of their testing. In a survey run by IBM of 250 senior testers, less than 10% of testers had complete confidence in the software that was released.
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Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

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Spring.me Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to expand Spring.me in the U.S., where it just launched. Read More

Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

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amazon-visa-apple-pay Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding

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Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is “looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon,” and, as The Verge revealed earlier this week, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.

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