Sony Teases A Virtual Couch Mode For PS4 Multiplayer – Even If Your Friend Doesn’t Own The Game

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PS4 3 Sony announced some features of its upcoming system software 2.0 for PlayStation 4 update, and one of those called Share Play is definitely something to get excited about for console owners – especially those interested in trying out games without paying up for them, or in playing with friends with vastly different software libraries.
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OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Their New Phone

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Screenshot 2014-08-12 13.39.41 In this week’s episode of totally batshit crazy things some brands do to get attention, OnePlus (the maker of a new smartphone called The One) is kindly offering a bump on the waiting list for women who are willing to enter the equivalent of an online beauty contest. Because I literally can’t bring myself to describe a contest that is so demeaning towards women and generally… Read More

I’ve Become The Embarrassing Parent With The Camcorder

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camera (1 of 1) Everyone had a dad, mom or uncle who was addicted to the VHS camcorder. Large and hoisted on a shoulder, it captured every birthday party and canoe trip on its massive tape. Our family’s official cameraman was Uncle Brian. Some 15 years and several rolls of duct tape later, he finally let the old machine rest and enlisted his BlackBerry to enshrine the memories. Read More

Sony Has Sold 10M PlayStation 4 Consoles To Consumers

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ps4 game Sony just announced at Gamescom 2014 that its latest console, the PlayStation 4, has sold 10 million units since it launched last year. That’s 10 million PS4s sold through to consumers, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan explained on stage at the company’s keynote at Gamescom, not just 10 million units shipped the way hardware sales are sometimes reported. It’s… Read More

Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.20.32 AM Imgur, the popular photo sharing service, today filed comments with the FCC concerning net neutrality, arguing against paid prioritization and in favor of Title II reclassification of ISPs as utilities.
To see a non-ISP technology company speak in that manner isn’t surprising. But Imgur’s comments are worth noting for their candor, as well as discussion of the impact of paid… Read More

The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

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Screenshot 2014-08-12 12.59.21 You know that part in the movie where they geeky librarian takes off their glasses, shakes out their hair, and instantly becomes super hot? I haven’t personally tried out the Glov (as it just launched for pre-order on Indiegogo), but I can only assume that it’s a bit like that: It looks awkward at first, but it feels really good once you get down to it. The Glov is meant to solve… Read More

Let’s Get Over Ourselfies

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ohanother-selfie-how-eqa6tb It just became even easier to take selfies at inappropriate times. LINE launched a new app just for selfies on Monday. Its key feature? It doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one will notice when you’re surreptitiously snapping a closeup of yourself. The messaging company’s latest app, called B612, only uses the front-facing camera on your phone and “makes the… Read More

No surprise: Apple is very white, very male

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Apple’s just released its first ever diversity report, following in the footsteps of several other major technology companies. In it, Apple notes that 70 percent of its 98,000 employees around the world are male, but that “inclusion and diversity” are on the top of the list of priorities for Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company also points out that it’s been involved in several causes like donating millions to education, and sponsoring organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and National Center for Women & Information Technology.

The new metrics are primarily for the US, where the majority of its employees reside. Apple notes that more than half of its employees in non-tech, tech, and leadership roles are white. Asians come in second…

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Steve Ballmer now owns the LA Clippers

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now officially owns the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, according to Bloomberg. After some temporary hurdles, Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the team has now apparently been finalized and he can count himself among the league’s 30 owners.

Ballmer’s purchase was made possible after former owner Donald Sterling was permanently barred from the NBA after the firestorm that resulted from his own racist remarks. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million for the controversy. The NBA’s lifetime ban of Sterling essentially necessitated the team’s immediate sale, with the transaction largely handled by Sterling’s wife. The disgraced former owner tried to block Ballmer’s purchase — or anyone else’s, for that matter —…

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OnePlus asks women to participate in degrading contest to get a smartphone

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The startup OnePlus recently launched its first smartphone, the One, and to deal with production issues it’s been letting people buy them by invitation-only, slowly offering them to more people as more are produced. It’s a weird system, but today OnePlus is supplementing it with a horribly conceived and deeply sexist contest that allows women to jump the line if they’re willing to have a bunch of internet dudes vote on their appearance. The contest asks women to draw the OnePlus logo on their body (or on a sheet of paper that they’re holding) and then take a photo of themselves and post it in OnePlus’ forums. From there, the 50 “most well liked” will get a free T-shirt and have the option of buying the phone.

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Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money

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tc_card In the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the world, 100 people are testing out a debit card that lets them pay with bitcoin and Ripple, and, in the future, regular money and loyalty points. These users are a part of a pilot program run by the Y Combinator-backed startup called Shift Payments, a company working to make it as easy to spend digital currencies, cryptocurrencies and… Read More

Twitter Launches New Ad Product, Promoted Video, Into Beta

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Twitter NYSE Twitter announced this morning it will began beta testing a new feature called “Promoted Video,” which is aimed at brands looking to upload and distribute their videos to the Twitter network. The feature, which expands upon the Twitter Amplify program, was previously revealed during Twitter’s recent earnings announcement, when new CFO Anthony Noto teased the forthcoming… Read More

Beanstock Media Acquires Mobile Publishing Startup Onswipe

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onswipe Ad tech company Beanstock Media is announcing that it has acquired Onswipe, a startup that allows publishers to create tablet- and smartphone-optimized versions of their websites.
Onswipe founder and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Baptiste suggested that bringing the two companies together will allow them to create “an end-to-end technology stack for publishers” by combining… Read More

Apple’s Diversity Report Doesn’t Satisfy CEO Tim Cook Yet, Though Inclusion Is A ‘Top Priority’

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hero_diversity_5 Apple has followed suit with a spate of big tech companies and released a diversity report today, in the form of a micro-site with numbers breaking down the company’s U.S. race and ethnicity distribution, as well as its global gender split. The breakdown reveals a workforce that’s 70 percent male overall, with a whopping 80 percent of its tech employees (engineers, Geniuses and… Read More

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