Closely Is Another Way To Keep Tabs On Where Your Close Buddies Are At

TechCrunch - 14 hours 54 min ago
 A German startup that’s built a mobile location-based network for families, called Familonet, which includes an automatic location notification feature is launching a spin-off side project app targeting small groups of friends or co-workers who might find it similarly useful to be automatically informed of each others’ whereabouts. The new app, currently in beta on Google Play,… Read More

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Slashdot - 14 hours 56 min ago
MojoKid (1002251) writes Game developer Crytek's problems have been detailed recently from various source, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age to a German developer, ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently already quit the company. The problem? Just as in the UK, the US employees weren't getting paid. In a separate announcement, Crytek also declared that development of the Homefront series had passed entirely to developer Deep Silver. The company has stated, "On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, Homefront: The Revolution. Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon." It's hard to see this as good news for Crytek. The company can make all the noise it wants about moving from a development studio to a publisher model, but Crytek as a company was always known for two things — the CryEngine itself, adapted for a handful of titles and the Crysis series. Without those factors, what's left?

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LG's first big 4K OLED TV may have a non-ridiculous price tag

Engadget - 15 hours 15 min ago
If you're set on an OLED Ultra HDTV instead of LCD, you can now put a price and date on your idealism: LG's 65-inch 65EC9700 4K model will reportedly ship in September with a sticker price of $8,999. Apart from those deep OLED blacks, the model also...

Holiday Events Booking Platform, GetYourGuide, Pulls In Another $25M To “Landgrab” New Markets

TechCrunch - 15 hours 18 min ago
 Holiday attractions booking startup, GetYourGuide, has taken in another chunk of outside investment — announcing today that it’s closed a $25 million Series B round, led by prior investors Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners. Read More

Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Slashdot - 15 hours 37 min ago
angry tapir writes The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property.

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Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

TechCrunch - 15 hours 42 min ago
 Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

TechCrunch - 15 hours 43 min ago
 Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowd-funding platform has been laser focused on building out its mobile presence. In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently that if Indiegogo were launching today, it would be a mobile-first company. So it should come as no surprise that Indiegogo is ready to launch an iOS mobile… Read More

Runtastic's Orbit band is a fitness tracker that doubles as a running watch

Engadget - 15 hours 43 min ago
If you've heard of Runtastic, it probably means you're something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it's been making all sorts of gear to go with it,...

Amazon's offering 30 free Android apps to help make you a better person

Engadget - 16 hours 1 min ago
Another month, another batch of 30 free Android apps courtesy of Amazon. Like the bookseller's last Appstore promotion, the "Summer Self-Improvement Bundle" features $100/£100's worth of complimentary apps, as long as you download them within the...

PagerDuty Lands $27.2M In Series B To Simplify IT Incident Management

TechCrunch - 16 hours 12 min ago
 PagerDuty, a 5-year old IT incidents management startup, announced $27.2M in Series B funding today led by Bessemer Venture Partners with help from early round investors Andreessen Horowitz and Baseline Metal. The Series B money brings the total money raised to date to $39.8M. As part of the deal, Trevor Oelschig, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, will join PagerDuty’s board… Read More

Tesla seals landmark deal to mass-produce EV batteries in the US

Engadget - 16 hours 16 min ago
How is Elon Musk going to produce his vaunted $35,000 Tesla when EV batteries are so expensive? By making his own. Tesla has signed a deal with Panasonic that'll see the pair team up to build the Gigafactory. It's from here that vehicle packs and...

Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

TechCrunch - 16 hours 51 min ago
 What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear duct-less eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

T-Mobile's UnCarrier plans continue to surge at the expense of rivals

Engadget - 16 hours 59 min ago
T-Mobile keeps riding its UnCarrier plans to increased post-paid subscribers and added over a million in total for Q2 2014, including 579,000 phone subscribers. That compares to its much larger competitor Verizon, for example, which added only...

Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

TechCrunch - 17 hours 22 min ago
 Self-publishing is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don’t have the editorial chops, design talent, or artistic skills to make a pretty or readable book? Reedsy is there to help. Read More

"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

Slashdot - 17 hours 53 min ago
New submitter BobandMax writes ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law. The snafu also left bar associations from nearly 20 states with no choice but to extend their submission deadlines. It's not the first time, either: a classmate of mine had to re-do a state bar exam after an ExamSoft glitch on the first go-'round. Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.

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Google-backed 23andMe gets public money for DNA research

Engadget - 18 hours 18 min ago
Genetic testing firm 23andMe might not be on good terms with the FDA, but it impressed the National Institutes of Health enough for the agency to give it a $1.4 million grant. The money will be used for a two-year project that'll improve the firm's...

Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

Engadget - 19 hours 9 min ago
When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company...

Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

Engadget - 19 hours 53 min ago
It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of...

Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Slashdot - 20 hours 42 min ago
jfruh writes "The Association for Computing Machinery is a storied professional group for computer programmers, but its membership hasn't grown in recent years to keep pace with the industry. Vint Cerf, who recently concluded his term as ACM president, asked developers what was keeping them from signing up. Their answers: paywalled content, lack of information relevant to non-academics, and code that wasn't freely available."

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Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

TechCrunch - 20 hours 43 min ago
 85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative today launches its Android and web app for the developing world with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search. It also provides local health, employment, weather, and women’s rights… Read More