Foundation: Biz Stone On Moving From Artist To Entrepreneur

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bizstone In our latest Foundation interview, I sat down with Jelly CEO and co-founder Biz Stone. We discussed his entrepreneurial roots, leaving college to jump into the world of art and design, and embarking on a social startup in the early days of the web. Biz on shifting from an artist to a tech entrepreneur: This is building companies, and building experiences for people to be able to design their… Read More

Watch the full-length trailer for Ridley Scott’s live-action ‘Halo: Nightfall’

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Here it is, the first full-length trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series executive produced by Ridley Scott (i.e. not the Steven Spielberg one). We got a tease in late July, but this video expands on that with a stronger glimpse at the characters and the world.

Halo: Nightfall focuses on agent Jameson Locke, played by Mike Colter, and his investigation into a biological weapon affecting only humans. on A multitude of classic weapons from the series seem to make an appearance, including an energy sword wielded by a Covenant soldier. There’s actually two quick looks at the Covenant.

And because it’s a trailer for an action film, we can’t help but notice all the key dramatic one-liners they manage to put in a 2:42 video….

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US will monitor travelers for three weeks when arriving from Ebola-stricken countries

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The US is going to begin monitoring all travelers who enter the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for three weeks after landing to detect symptoms of Ebola. Time reports that the program will begin on Monday in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, which is where most travelers coming from these countries end their trips. As was previously announced, travelers will also be required to go through one of just five airports that will pass them through an enhanced screening process.

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Scientists sequenced the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago

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Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a man who was alive 45,000 years ago, which makes the resulting sequence the oldest one researchers have ever obtained from a modern human.

“The next oldest human for which we have genome sequence is the 24,000 year old Mal’ta boy,” says Janet Kelso, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and a co-author of the study published today in Nature. And the quality of the genome Kelso managed to produce is “as good as the genome sequences that are available for present-day people.”

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Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android security

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FBI Director James Comey has been on a media tour lately, making an anti-encryption pitch to the public. Apple’s new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement — and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones.

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Amazon Gets More Enterprise-Friendly With Launch Of AWS Directory Service

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aws_logo Amazon has been moving into the enterprise world with the launch of corporate I.T.-friendly Fire HD and HDX tablets, its own secure storage service Zocalo, its virtual desktop computing platform WorkSpaces, and not to mention the cloud computing behemoth that is Amazon Web Services. Today, the company is making the combination of on-premise and cloud resources, easier to manage with the launch… Read More

Google’s Inbox is A New Email App From The Gmail Team Designed Not To Be Gmail

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bigtopblog_fullres Google has introduced a new email app, from the same team that builds Gmail, but intended as something completely different from Gmail. Inbox is the app, and it looks like it might owe some inspiration to Mailbox, and to Google Now.
The new Inbox app is available to a limited user group only, and will be expanding its user pool via an invite system similar to the one that Google used for Gmail. Read More

Twitter Introduces Fabric, A Toolkit For Developers To Build Apps On Its Platform

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At Twitter’s Flight conference this morning, Dick Costolo’s introduced Fabric, a set of APIs aimed at developers to encourage them to build apps and services on top of the Twitter platform. In the build up to introducing the new APIs, Costolo said that Twitter “wanted to approach this not from the perspective of what would be best for Twitter, but what would help [developers]… Read More

Sarah Palin challenger offers “money back guarantee” if he ever lobbies or takes special-interest money

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John Denny‘s standing as an independent in the Minnesota Sixth District, running against Sarah Palin, and has offered a “legally binding” contract to forfeit his salary and a sum equal to twice any contribution should he ever lobby or take campaign money that puts him in a conflict of interest.

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Element focus utility

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I’ve recently been looking at retrofitting keyboard navigation support to JS Bin, but I was immediately struck by the totally lack of visibility on what was in focus.

Sure, this is a short-coming of the original design and bad choises I had made with JS Bin’s code base. Perhaps you can see from the animation below, when the body is in focus, tabbing is focusing something but until I actually tab…

Microsoft’s $50 adapter makes your Xbox One Kinect compatible with Windows

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Xbox One owners with a Kinect could soon get more use out of Microsoft’s powerful camera — assuming those same people are also Windows users. Today Microsoft launched a $49.99 adapter that will make the Xbox One version of Kinect fully compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets. Performance is identical between the repurposed Xbox sensor and the standalone Kinect v2 for Windows unit, but this option could save you some money if you bought Microsoft’s console before the big decoupling. And if we’re being honest, that Kinect’s probably not seeing much activity right now aside from receiving your voice commands and maybe handling some Skype calls. Why not give it a new lease on life?

Microsoft has also announced version 2.0 of the…

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Amazon Rewards Visa Card Will Support Apple Pay In The Future

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amazon-card Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that its Rewards Visa Card will indeed support Apple Pay, and that the company is working on making this happen. The Rewards Visa Card is powered by Chase, which is already one of the payments companies working with Apple on Apple Pay at launch. While Amazon has confirmed that it is working to bring Apple Pay to its credit card, there is no specific timeframe… Read More

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