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

Four in ten web users have experienced online harassment, according to Pew survey

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The internet is still a rough place, according to a new survey conducted in June by Pew Research’s Internet Project and released today. A full 73 percent of the survey’s respondents had witnessed someone being harassed online, while 40 percent had personally been the victim of harassment. Eight percent had been physically threatened, while seven percent had seen the harassment continue for a sustained period of time. Most alarming, more than a quarter of women between the ages of 18 and 24 reported some form of online sexual harassment. “The data show that men are more likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment,” the report says, “while young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking.”

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Simpsons World lets cable subscribers stream every episode of the show

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Landing syndication rights to The Simpsons was a huge deal for the FXX network, and it’s trying to make the absolute most out of them. It’s now made every single episode of the show available to stream online and through apps for iOS and Android. They’ll also be available to stream through the FXNow app for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Apple TV, and select smart TVs and other streaming boxes. A cable subscription with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or several other US providers is required, but streaming episodes is free beyond that.

The streaming service is being called Simpsons World, and FXX is loading it up with clips, quotes, and playlists designed to help viewers explore the show’s catalog. It’ll even display the current popularity of…

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Samsung’s Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble today announced a bigger, 10.1-inch version of their Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, priced at $299.99. It’s available starting today in black. Despite carrying a larger display, the new Android Nook tablet still features a resolution of 1280×800, so going bigger means you’ll be sacrificing on pixel density and sharpness a bit with a lowly ppi of 149. But opting for the 10.1 Nook does come with at least one benefit: the microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB on this model, whereas the 7-inch version maxes out at 32GB. There’s also been a slight change inside, with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 borrowing the same 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor that shipped in the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 earlier this year.

But those are really the…

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We remixed John Oliver’s all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo case

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Last Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news outlets to footage it made of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments “more compelling to watch.”

Challenge accepted. The following is actual audio recordings of the oral arguments from case 13-461, American Broadcasting Co. v. Aereo, Inc. — you can find the original audio file and full transcript here on the official Supreme Court website (caution: audio autoplays). Earlier this year, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo — which streams over-the-air, public channels over the internet — violated copyright law. In oral arguments, Aereo’s lawyers argued with the court over whether the company is more like a parking garage or a valet. Seriously, watch for…

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Microsoft attempts to improve Android with new ‘Garage’ apps

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Google might not be interested in building apps for Windows Phone, but Microsoft isn’t holding any grudges. Starting today, the software giant is expanding its Garage project to give outsiders a chance to see what Microsoft employees create inside the company during their free time. Some of those projects might be iOS, Windows, or Android apps, but the really interesting ones, and the ones Microsoft is choosing to highlight today, are for Google’s Android operating system.

Microsoft Garage is a big change for the company, especially the idea of employees being encouraged to create cross-platform apps in their spare time. Other companies have similar initiatives, including Google’s 20 percent program that lets employees spend time…

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Taylor Swift hits #1 on Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noise

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Last night, Taylor Swift used Canada in a test of her power. Be it an accident or just a show of force, the singer released eight seconds of white noise for $1.29 — and subsequently topped Canadian iTunes charts. Number one. You can listen to the song in its entirety above.

“Track 3” is no longer on sale, but as of last night, eight seconds of white noise was more popular than all other music in Canada’s iTunes store, including Swift’s other songs, which were released with full musical accompaniment and vocals.

Swift’s actual track 3 (actual name TBD) does have actual lyrics, as teased on her Instagram account: I say “I heard that you’ve been out and about with some other girl” — all followed by an extended,…

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Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier to ‘exchange views’ on data security

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai today, as reports circulated that Chinese authorities might be redirecting iCloud traffic within the country to a dummy site. According to a two-sentence report by the Xinhua news agency, the pair “exchanged views on protection of users’ information” and “strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields.” It’s not clear whether the pair discussed what Apple recently confirmed as “intermittent organized network attacks” designed to collect user information by sending visitors to a copy of Apple’s site. The company hasn’t pinned the attacks on the Chinese government, but outside researchers have suggested that they’re being carried out through the country’s Great…

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Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

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Michigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a growing number of states that have banned or highly limited Tesla from opening and operating its own stores, generally at the pressure of dealerships that want to maintain their dominant market position and are threatened by manufacturer-owned stores. Dealerships say this protects consumers.

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Spot.IM Turns Any Site Into A Social Network

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Spot.IM_Web_MostPopular02 Facebook and Twitter are essential tools for social marketing, but user engagement on those networks doesn’t necessarily translate into more visitors to a site. Created by the founder of a former TechCrunch Disrupt winner, Spot.IM wants to solve that problem by making it possible to turn any site into a social network with two lines of code. The company says that this gives site owners… Read More

Zoho’s Latest Service Targets Subscription Economy

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Businessman in black suit pushing virtual touchscreen button subscribe Zoho.com has been delivering online applications since 2005. That’s long before most of us were calling it the cloud, and today it has over 30 applications, most of which to this point have been aimed at the front office with applications such as an office suite, email, CRM and project management. But Zoho.com wants to begin focusing on the back office more –and today… Read More

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