Of course Daniel Radcliffe can rap — he’s a wizard!

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Daniel Radcliffe is a fine rapper. Who would have thought?

Promoting his new film Horns on last night’s Jimmy Fallon, the actor best known for playing the world’s most famous boy wizard accepted a challenge to perform the Blackalicious song ‘Alphabet Aerobics,’ a super fast, tongue twisting rap. Radcliffe keeps up with the increasing tempo of the beat, landing the majority of the lyrics. It’s hard to tell from the video if Radcliffe really loves to rap, or simply enjoys stupendously challenging vocal warm-up exercises. Is this the “Lion Face, Lemon Face” of the Harry Potter School for Acting?

From the archives: What’s Next For Harry Potter?

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Google will discuss ‘major changes and advances’ for its modular smartphone in January

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Google plans to update developers on the state of its Project Ara modular smartphones at a series of conferences held early next year, where it’ll discuss “major changes and advances” to the tools it provides for making swappable components for the phone. “We have been hard at work maturing and improving the Ara platform,” Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, which is developing Ara, writes in a blog post this morning. The ATAP group also plans to demo the latest Ara prototype at the conferences. Ara phones are composed of many removable pieces that users can change to improve the phone and add new features, but they remain in development.

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iPhone and Android fans are raiding reviews of the CurrentC payments app

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Many retailers have been less than responsive to the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Rather than accept fees that banks charge for making the transactions, Walmart, Best Buy, and others disabled NFC in their stores, preventing customers from using Apple’s system (along with other forms of payment). The retailers’ solution is a payment system called “CurrentC,” and it’s an idea that some NFC users aren’t so excited about.

CurrentC, a QR code-based app planning to launch next year, appears to be the target of a semi-organized campaign for one-star reviews. As of writing, the reviews breakdown on the App Store looked like this: 17 five-star ratings, zero four-star ratings, three three-star ratings, four two-star ratings, and 2,153…

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Salesforce’s Reinvention As A Marketing Behemoth

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clouds Windows. Beyond aesthetics, the new layout crystalizes the efforts of the company to communicate that, outside its core CRM and B2B business, it has cemented its growth into customer analytics, digital marketing and social media.
Contrasting with its previous CRM focused communication, Salesforce is now taking about “connecting with customers in a whole new way” in its landing page. Read More

HP’s new Sprout PC ditches mouse and keyboard for a touch mat future

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Microsoft has been experimenting with projectors for years, but HP is bringing a PC to life today complete with a built-in projector and multi-touch capacitive touch mat. Sprout is HP’s latest PC design, and it ditches the mouse and keyboard in favor of a system that is built purely for touch interactions. There’s a traditional 23-inch touchscreen display, but at the base of Sprout is an interactive touch mat that you use to control projected objects and applications.

The projector itself hangs over the top of the all-in-one like a desk lamp and it’s equipped with a 4-camera system thanks to Intel’s RealSense 3D camera, a 14.6-megapixel high-resolution camera, a HP DLP projector, and an LED desk lamp. The system will let people scan and…

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Static code analysis for free

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Although JavaScript might be the world’s most misunderstood language, it is now among the most popular and most used ones. Thus you should also treat it as such. Meaning, to properly structure your frontend, apply code linters, automated testing… The available tools make that even easier than you might think.

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Watch Mike Tyson fight himself in the 1987 ‘Punch-Out’ for NES

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In a match for the ages, Mike Tyson faced off against his famous digital self in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! last night, pitting the retired, 48-year-old boxer against a roughly constructed 21-year-old version of himself in front of the Tonight Show audience. Tyson appeared a bit hesitant to begin the fight, and we can’t blame him: his digital self serves as the final fight in Punch-Out, which really shouldn’t be taken lightly. “I would be killed, man,” Tyson says after Jimmy Fallon issues him the challenge. “He beats everybody. I met one little kid, around 10 years old, who said he beat me.” Tyson gets into it once the fight is going, but as many have discovered, enthusiasm isn’t always enough.

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Soon, you’ll be able to own a piece of Ferrari

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And you don’t need several hundred thousand dollars to do it.

Fiat Chrysler announced this morning that it’ll be spinning off Ferrari, the storied Italian sports car maker responsible for some of the most outrageous vehicles ever made. Fellow Italian car company Fiat — which took full control of Chrysler earlier this year — first bought an interest in Ferrari some 45 years ago, an interest it has owned ever since. (Piero Ferrari, son of founder Enzo, still owns a minority stake.) The new company will offer its own publicly traded shares — 90 percent of them will go to existing Fiat Chrysler shareholders, while another 10 percent will go to market.

Ferrari’s ownership has been less fraught over the years than arch rival Lamborghini,…

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Curioos Grabs $1.9 Million To Build The Definitive Marketplace For Digital Art

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Picture_WorkShop2 What would look good in your living room? If you’re a good photographer, you can frame your photos. But chances are that your only option is to buy someone else’s photos, which doesn’t feel very personal. There is another option — you could buy digital art prints instead. To do this, Curioos just raised $1.9 million from a prominent family office to let digital artists… Read More

Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt, A “Future-Proofed” Payment Terminal

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Poynt - Merchant screen on counter The former head of Google Wallet and longtime PayPal exec, Osama Bedier, is this morning revealing his new company Poynt, a “future-proofed” payment terminal that combines an Android-based tablet with a hardware docking station, and includes support for all modern payment technologies, including traditional magstripe cards, EMV (chip and pin), NFC (Google Wallet and Apple Play)… Read More

Blendle Grabs $3.8M To Expand Its ‘Spotify For Journalism’

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Blendle Dutch startup Blendle, which is applying a Netflix style marketplace model to journalism, allowing web users of its website to buy individual articles from a range of publishers and publications for a few cents a pop, has pulled in a €3 million ($3.8M) Series A investment from the digital investment arm of European publishing giant Axel Springer, Axel Springer Digital Ventures, and the… Read More

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