This is Hot Wheels’ life-size ‘Darth Vader Car’

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A visit to the Hot Wheels booth at Comic Con’s exhibition floor will give visitors a look at a life-size car that looks just like Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. And is it ever strange. Hot Wheels went all out with the car, giving it all the Star Wars touches you could think of: Sith lightsaber-style exhaust pipes, Imperial insignias in the wheels, and even Vader’s life support panel.

The Darth Vader Car is actually a modified Chevy Corvette C5, with the Darth helmet comprised of fiberglass that sits atop the car’s frame. It comes complete with a 526-horsepower engine, and can reportedly hit a top speed of 150mph. It’s not the most attractive car we’ve ever seen, but we can still sense the good in it.


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Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

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800px-United_States_Capitol_west_front_edit2 Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., have led the charge of providing public broadband services to local communities.
Today, Chattanooga and Wilson, N.C., another city that provides municipal broadband, took it a step further by filing petitions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking them to remove state laws that restrict the right to provide broadband services outside their… Read More

YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Re-Plays

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kamcord-app As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built an layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay.… Read More

Philips’ light bulbs will bring ‘Sharknado’ into your living room

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Finally there’s a reason to invest in smart light bulbs. Syfy and Philips have announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One viewers will be treated to a custom light show designed to sync up with the film when it premieres on July 30th. It’s all made possible with Syfy’s “Sync” second-screen app, which listens for audio cues from the film and then sends lighting commands to the Philips Hue system. Beginning at 7PM, any Philips smart bulbs in your living room will change color “to reflect the increasingly stormy weather conditions, chainsaw-induced shark carnage, and more.” (Don’t worry, the “light track” will repeat during Syfy’s 9PM encore presentation.)

But here’s the best part: you don’t even need to wait to experience this perfect…

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TechCrunch TV’s New Show Incubated Is All About What It’s Like To Be In A Tech Accelerator

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incubated3x4.jpg With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we’re hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be releasing a new episode of Incubated, each of which will be focused on one of the top accelerators in the U.S. Read More

Yammer’s Davis Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 2.41.43 PM Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion.
His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More

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

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At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Microsoft has finally provided the very first look at Halo: Nightfall, the original new live-action show based on the sci-fi video game series. The show stars Mike Colter with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer, and based on this first glimpse it looks quite a bit like some of Scott’s earlier work, most notably Prometheus. “With Halo: Nightfall, we’re pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox,” says Scott. Colter plays agent Jameson Locke, a character who will supposedly play a relatively large role in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, which is expected to launch next fall. Halo: Nightfall will be available to Xbox Live users on November 11th, as well as packaged with the…

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Philip K. Dick’s cult novel ‘Man in the High Castle’ becoming an Amazon TV pilot

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Amazon is preparing its third round of TV show pilots, and Deadline reports that one of the upcoming titles will be an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel in which Germany and Japan have won World War II and taken over most of the United States. Titled The Man In the High Castle, the show will be based on Dick’s 1962 Hugo award-winning book of the same name. A writer from The X-Files will reportedly create a script for the pilot, which will be directed by David Semel — who was also behind the first episode of Heroes.

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Pandora Q2 Tops Expectations Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling

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pandora-earnings Pandora came in just slightly ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report.
The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) and non-GAAP earnings per share of 4 cents. Analysts had projected that the company would report revenue of $218.6 million and EPS of 3 cents. Read More

Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Per-Share Loss Of $0.27

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amazon-earnings Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion. Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion. For the quarter, Amazon’s revenue grew 23% when compared to the year-ago quarter. It had operating income of -$17 million, down from its year-ago tally of $79 million.… Read More

Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

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amazon-angled Amazon’s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after hours trading following Amazon reported net losses that widened to $126 million in the quarter. Amazon has been stretching itself… Read More

How to create a data lake for fun and profit

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Most credit James Dixon of the open source BI vendor Pentaho with coining the phrase “data lake.” Think of a data lake as an unstructured data warehouse, a place where you pull in all of your different sources into one large “pool” of data.

In contrast to a data mart, a data lake won’t “wash” the data or try to structure it or limit the use cases. Sure, you should have some use cases in mind, but the architecture of a data lake is simple: a Hadoop File System (HDFS) with lots of directories and files on it.

Why would you want a data lake?
The answers are both technical and political. Usually, when you start up any new project that involves analyzing your company’s data — especially when the data is stored across functional areas — you’re in for trouble. For example, if the business unit that wants the data isn’t part of the unit providing the data, what kind of priority do you think the unit providing the data likely assign to the effort? How is it budgeted? Who does the integration and how much needs to be done? How do you structure the data and for what purposes?

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Google integrates Drive features into its mobile Gmail apps

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Google is making it easier to send files from your Google Drive account using its Gmail apps for iOS and Android. Recent updates to both versions of the app now let users attach files from their Drive accounts to outgoing emails, as well as save attachments from incoming mail directly to Drive. Google Drive integration with Gmail has been available on the web version of the service for some time.

In addition to adding Google Drive support, the iOS app will now let users change their profile picture from within the app, as well as hide unwanted Google accounts from displaying. The latest versions of Gmail for iOS and Gmail for Android are available in their respective app stores now.

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Best New Apps: Ultratext

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Ultratext is a dead-simple iOS app for creating GIFs and sending them via MMS and iMessage. It creates flashing neon messages, with the words you type blown up in all caps, accessorized with emoji and selfies and other photos from your camera roll. Every time you hit the space bar, Ultratext gives you a new box to type into, chaining your words into a looping animation. At any point you can add a picture using either the front or rear camera. The result is a message that looks more like a billboard than a message bubble, and it’s incredibly fun. “It’s like you literally discovered fire and gave it to me,” one friend told me, after I tweeted a link to the app.

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