Compass Raises $3 Million For Business Intelligence Toolkit, Launches New Product

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15002659050_dd2002157c_k Businesses looking for ways to provide insights based on data around benchmarks and industry analysis are a big draw in venture capital these days. From our fellow AOL brand CrunchBase, to data and analytics companies like Compass, these types of services offer multi-million dollar opportunities that investors are finding increasingly attractive. In the case of CrunchBase, it’s AOL, who… Read More

Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

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Image (1) jason_calacanis.jpg for post 350686 I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

A Look At OS X Yosemite And iOS 8.1

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It has been a busy year for Apple, although one could argue it has been more of a busy few months. The yearly updates for most of Apple’s products now occur in September and October, and as a result we’ve seen the release of a number of new products and services in a very short period of time. On the hardware side we have the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3, the iMac with Retina 5K display, and a preview of the upcoming Apple Watch. The software side has arguably been even more exciting with the release of iOS 8 and its first major update iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and Apple Pay. 

The theme this year appears to be integration and the power of a software and hardware ecosystem. Apple has always had some level of integration between iOS and OS X. As time went on, both operating systems began to share a core set of applications like Reminders, Calendar, and Notes. The iPad extended this even further by bringing the iWork and iLife suites to mobile. iCloud also played a key role in integrating both systems, by synchronizing documents and photos between all of a user’s devices. However, the launch of iOS 7 with its visual and functional enhancements left many of the shared features and applications on OS X feeling left behind. Read on for a look at how Apple has brought OS X up to speed, and integrated both of their operating systems together.

Microsoft starts the holiday sales early with $50 off Xbox One

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The Kinect-less Xbox One is getting even cheaper from this Sunday as Microsoft starts up its Season of Xbox discounts for the holidays. A new $349 price ($50 less than the current $399) will kick in from the 2nd of November through to the end of the year for several console bundles, including the Special Edition Sunset Overdrive white console. This will be across most major US retailers and there’ll be similar deals for the rest of the world, though Microsoft hasn’t yet detailed them in full. The Xbox One saw a recent price cut in the UK to £329, following on from a similar move in February and underlining Microsoft’s determination to match and better Sony’s PS4 proposition. The Kinect motion camera isn’t being neglected, either, as it’s…

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A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

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startup-alley15 In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More

‘Sunset Overdrive’ is energy drink-fueled insanity on Xbox One

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What action games really need is more skateboarding.

Sunset Overdrive, the latest release from Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games, has a lot in common with other third-person action games. There’s explosive combat like in Infamous, and a huge city to explore like in Assassin’s Creed. But what really separates the game is how you move — and how you never really stop. Sunset Overdrive turns the simple act of traversing a city into an extreme sport. You can grind, jump, and climb your…

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Elon Musk Compares Building Artificial Intelligence To “Summoning The Demon”

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Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 7.44.53 PM This past week, Tesla CEO/Living-Breathing-Tony-Stark/Space X Founder Elon Musk was interviewed at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium. While the whole interview is worth watching (and is embedded above), one answer to a question from the audience takes a particularly… intense turn. Asked about his thoughts on AI, Musk starts by noting that we ought to take care in closely regulating… Read More

‘Doctor Who’ recap: ‘In the Forest of the Night’

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“There are very good, solid, scientific reasons for being really quite frightened just now.”

For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. This week it’s “In the Forest of the Night” (warning: spoilers ahead). Check out our previous recaps: “Deep Breath,” “Into the Dalek,” “Robots of Sherwood,” “Listen,” “Time Heist,” “The Caretaker,” “Kill the Moon,” “Mummy on the Orient Express,” and “Flatline.”

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PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

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1-homepage Our smartphones now all us to take more photos than ever before, but even as those cameras get better, they still don’t allow you to take DSLR-quality images. For that, you still need big sensors and the right kind of lens for the right kind of situation. PhotoSpotLand is a new service for those of us who still like to travel with “real” cameras in order to take images that… Read More

Norwegian artist transforms 3D renders into meditative works of art

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The artistic process can take you to surprising places. Norwegian new media artist Espen Kluge starts his artistic journey by crafting 3D-rendered models on his computer. Those hyper-realistic models are far from complete, however. Kluge explains to The Verge that he goes through an extensive processing phase before discovering what, exactly, he wishes to draw out in the final image.

“It’s a very playful process really, one through which I learn a lot technically and artistically,” says…

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These robots use static electricity to move boxes, fruits, and iPads

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Did you know that the same forces that generate static electricity can be strong enough to pick up and move boxes, crates, and other objects? A robot startup named GrabIt is making mechanical “hands” that use electrostatic attraction to gently pick up and transport objects. Powered electrodes, either on the surface of the gripper or on flexible, tentacle-like fingers, generate and maintain powerful attractive forces between nearly any object. In demos, the company has shown its grippers can pick up everything from cans and fruits to iPads, boxes, crates, and sheets of glass, silicon, or fabric.

Grippers are the business end of robots: without them, machines wouldn’t be able to pick up or manipulate objects. But it’s not easy to pick…

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Whisper Suspends Editorial Team Involved In Guardian Visit

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michael-heyward-whisper17 Anonymous messaging app Whisper has suspended its editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman and other staff members after Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller wrote a letter summoning Whisper execs to an in-person meeting to discuss the apps privacy practices. “While Whisper provides users a unique social experience, the allegations in recent media accounts are serious and users… Read More

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