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GDC award for culture critic Anita Sarkeesian led to bomb threat

Anita Sarkeesian

A bomb threat was made regarding a speaker and award recipient at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards (part of the annual Game Developer’s Conference) in San Francisco this past March. Anita Sarkeesian (pictured above), host of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a YouTube series that naturally examines the way women are depicted in video games, was the intended target. As Kotaku reports, an anonymous email was sent to around 25 of GDC’s organizers stating the following:

“A bomb will be detonated at the Game Developer’s Choice award ceremony tonight unless Anita Sarkeesian’s Ambassador Award is revoked. We estimate the bomb will kill at least a dozen people and injure dozens more. It would be in your best interest to accept our simple request. This is not a joke. You have been warned.”

Sarkeesian’s acceptance speech

The San Francisco police department scoured the Moscone Center’s grounds (where the show is held) but came up with nothing. Any further details regarding the investigation weren’t disclosed to Kotaku. Meanwhile, GDC’s organizers didn’t alert any of the attendees of the threat, but apparently upped security and increased random bag checks as people entered the award ceremony.

This isn’t the most recent threat against Sarkeesian, and sadly will likely not be the last we hear of, either. She’s been harassed since her wildly successful Kickstarter for the Tropes series (the project’s modest $6,000 goal was fully funded in 24 hours and went on to amass over $158,000 in pledges) made its debut. Her website was hit with distributed denial of service attacks, her email and social media accounts have come under hacking attempts and she’s been threatened that her personal contact info would be distributed to hate sites online. All before the first episode was made. Why? Because some people on the internet aren’t okay with her shedding light on the fact that women are often portrayed as little more than background dressing in video games.

[Image credit: Infomastern/Flickr]

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Source: Kotaku

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The Uber effect: how San Francisco’s cab use dropped 65-percent

Hailing a ride has never been easier — just take out your phone, tap on an app and wait for your internet-wrangled chauffeur to arrive. Companies like Uber and Lyft are reinventing the transportation industry, and traditional taxi services are feeling it. According to Kate Toran, interim Taxis and Accessible Services director for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the average taxi is only making about 504 trips per month. Two years ago (specifically, in March of 2012) the average trip per taxi averaged at 1,424.

“There’s been a real reduction,” she told the SFMTA board of directors earlier this week, “but obviously this doesn’t tell the whole story.” Without hard data from the transportation apps, the bigger picture is just unclear. Either way, the SFMTA is trying to find ways to retain and attract drivers to traditional taxi programs, and has moved to waive fees for dispatch renewal, color scheme renewal and taxi driver applications. The city is also considering allowing taxis to use wrap advertising on their cabs.

At least competition is forcing the taxi industry to evolve — Troan’s report says that 80% of the San Francisco taxi fleet can be e-hailed with Flywheel, and another 60% of the fleet has adopted Curb. More drivers are accepting credit cards these days too, and taxi drivers still have exclusive rights to pick up passengers at the airport. Will the taxi companies be able to bounce back from the Uber effect? Maybe, but there’s only one San Francisco transportation firm that offers DeLorean rides. You can check out Toran’s full slide presentation at the source link below.

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Via: The Atlantic

Source: San Francisco Examiner

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Apple Releases OS X 10.9.5 With Reliability Improvements, Safari 7.0.6

Apple today released OS X 10.9.5, after approximately a month of testing and two months after the release of OS X 10.9.4.

The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users, improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication and it improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server. Also included with OS X 10.9.5 is Safari 7.0.6.

OS X 10.9.5 will likely be the final update to Mavericks ahead of the release of OS X Yosemite, which is expected in October. OS X Yosemite brings several improvements to the operating system, including a revamped look and several new features that improve integration with iOS.

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Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [iOS Blog]

Apple has begun updating its own apps for iOS 8, with iMovie and Numbers receiving the first updates. While Numbers simply brings stability, iOS 8 support and iCloud Drive compatibility, iMovie goes a bit further with brand new features like video filters, an extension for the Photos app and more.


What’s New in Version 2.1
– Support for iOS 8
– Enhance video clips in the Photos app using the iMovie extension
– Choose from 10 Apple-designed filters to stylize a video clip or an entire movie
– Slow down, freeze, or speed up a portion of a clip*
– Save videos and iMovie project files to iCloud Drive
– Send videos to other apps on your iOS device
– Create titles using bi-directional text
– Support for Arabic, Australian English, Hebrew, and Mexican Spanish
* 2x speed-up is available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, and later devices.

The new updates allow amateur filmmakers to exert even more control over their videos, with the ability to enhance videos from directly within the Photos app and apply filters to their videos within iMovie to attain a certain look. Users can also speed up and slow down parts of videos, likely allowing users who didn’t shoot in the video camera’s slo-mo mode to make those changes.

Additionally, users can also move their footage around easier, using iCloud Drive to move videos and projects around their devices and also allowing other video editing and post-production apps.

iMovie is a universal app that’s available for $4.99 [Direct Link]

Numbers is a universal app that’s available for $9.99 [Direct Link]

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Settling again: OnePlus One StyleSwap covers cancelled, mentions OnePlus 2

OnePlus One StyleSwap coversOnePlus seems to be running from one failed marketing ploy to another. This time, it is going to affect some of their existing customers after OnePlus announced it is cancelling its run of OnePlus One StyleSwap covers. The StyleSwap covers were meant to include exotic build materials, like bamboo, but OnePlus claims it has run into fundamental design issues, particularly with the interaction of the back cover and the battery, that is forcing them to cancel the StyleSwap covers in their entirety. For those that are particularly zealous about getting a StyleSwap case, OnePlus does have a small number which it intends to sell – hopefully not through a invite style system this time.

OnePlus themselves are recognizing fault for this oversight, stopping short of settling – which it invariably is – and calling it “[making] complicated decisions”. Interestingly, the post from OnePlus mentions that they won’t be making the same mistake for the “OnePlus 2“, presumably a reference to the OnePlus One’s successor. Many of us would have expected there to be a successor regardless, but OnePlus has previously said they are wholly focussed on the OnePlus One – perhaps they have started looking forward to their next device and undoing the issues of their maiden release.

What do you think about OnePlus’ backflip on the OnePlus One StyleSwap covers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: OnePlus Forum via Droid-life

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List of iOS 8 Apps That Offer Touch ID Integration

iOS 8, released to the public earlier today, included a slew of new APIs for developers. One of those APIs opened up Touch ID to third-party apps, letting developers use the fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes within apps.

Quite a few apps have been updated to take advantage of Touch ID integration, replacing passwords and PIN codes. We’ve gathered up a comprehensive list of the most popular apps that have integrated Touch ID support below.

1Password (Free) [Direct Link] – Password management app 1Password allows Touch ID to replace a Master Password, providing access to the app.

LastPass (Free) [Direct Link] – Like 1Password, LastPass uses Touch ID to protect a user’s LastPass vault. It replaces the Master Password.

Amazon App (Free) [Direct Link] – The newly updated Amazon app for iOS 8 allows users to sign into their Amazon accounts using Touch ID instead of a password.

Discover Mobile (Free) [Direct Link] – Banking app Discover Mobile lets users log into their accounts using Touch ID instead of a password.

Evernote (Free) [Direct Link] – Evernote allows Evernote premium users who have protected their accounts with a passcode to log in with Touch ID instead of a number.

Mint (Free) [Direct Link] – Money management appMint allows users to substitute Touch ID for a passcode when logging into their Mint accounts.

Scanner Pro ($6.99) [Direct Link] – Scanner Pro‘s newly updated iOS 8 app lets users protect their scanned information with Touch ID.

Simple (Free) [Direct Link] – Banking app Simple lets users log into their bank accounts with Touch ID.

Lowe’s (Free) [Direct Link] – The mobile app for home improvement store Lowe’s allows users to log into their MyLowe’s personal accounts.

These are just a small sampling of the apps that have integrated Touch ID so far. Additional app developers will likely be rolling the feature into their apps in the near future, now that iOS 8 is widely available. Want more iOS 8 info? Make sure to check out our iOS 8 roundup, our iOS 8 Hidden Features roundup, our list of apps with widgets in Notification Center, and our list of third-party keyboards.

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Mint on iPhone can now use your fingerprint to keep banking info safe

Mint's Touch ID check

You’re going to see a lot of apps taking advantage of iOS 8’s expanded Touch ID support in the near future, but one of the bigger improvements is already here. Mint has updated its iOS app to let you use your fingerprint to sign in rather than rely on a passcode. While it’s a simple step, it means that you can quickly check all your finances on an iPhone 5s, 6 or 6 Plus without compromising security — you can thwart data thieves with a tough-to-crack code that you’ll rarely have to enter yourself. There’s no doubt that this safeguard will spread to other financial titles in short order, but it’s good to see that an app many use daily is already locked down tight.

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Source: Mint Life, App Store

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BlackBerry’s latest Porsche Design smartphone is real, ridiculous

Well folks, the rumors and leaks were true (as usual): the heated BlackBerry/Porsche Design love affair has once again borne fruit, this in time in the form of the new Porsche Design P’9983. At its core, we’re looking at a device running BlackBerry 10.3 along with a few Porsche-produced bits like a custom wallpaper and watchface, but you’re not going to buy this thing just for BBMing your dearest pals (did we mention you get a specific BBM PIN perfect for remote flaunting?). No, if anything, you’d buy this thing for its peculiar (some would say silly and overwrought) sense of style.

Unlike, say, the BlackBerry Q10, this new Porsche Design model looks angular, brutish and almost jubilant in its rejection of the the effete curved aesthetic most smartphone makers are running wild with. “This is a phone for getting crap done,” those harsh lines seem to say. “No time for Candy Crush here, no sir.” Combine those looks with a “glass-like” physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch touchscreen and 64GB of internal storage and you’ve got yourself… well, let’s just say this thing’ll turn some heads. Alas, BlackBerry hasn’t said how much the P’9983 will run you, though its ancestors went for north of $2,000 when they first launched. Now, we don’t mind a little weird here at Engadget, but here’s a question for BlackBerry: Can we just have the Passport now, please?

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Source: BlackBerry

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T-Mobile to soon carry the ZTE ZMAX


Whenever people think about getting their hands on a phablet, the thing that stops them is the price tag. Smartphones with huge screens are really expensive, just look at the Note 4. But it seems ZTE has a solution for you. The Chinese giant has decided to release the ZTE ZMAX along with T-Mobile, with a 5.7-inch screen, the smartphone will cost only $252 without any contract.

nexus2cee_carousel-zte-zmax-all-380x380-11The huge display features a 1280×720 resolution, other than that, it is running on Android 4.4 KitKat, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, Adreno 305 GPU, GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with a 1MP front-facing shooter, 16GB of internal memory and a MicroSD card slot, NFC, and a gigantic 3400 mAh battery. The phone has a slim plastic body, and the best thing is that the user interface it is on is really close to the stock Android. 

If you want to get the phone through T-Mobile’s installment plan, then it will cost you $10.50 on a 24 month plan. It’s definitely not a bad phone, and it will be a good choice for people looking for a cheap alternative of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It will be available at T-Mobile starting from Wednesday, September 24th.

Are you looking forward to grab it?

Source: T-Mobile

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HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition tablet now available for $250

HP has released a new slate recently with one of the longest device names I can recall, the HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition. The name says it all. It is a 7-inch tablet by HP with Beats audio integrated, and prominently displayed on the front.

HP Slate 7 Beats

The special edition tablet is a clear refresh of their Slate 7 Extreme. The tablet is sporting a 1280 x 800 resolution 7-inch screen with a pair of front facing Beats audio tuned speakers. The tablet is running Android 4.4.2 with a NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with an SD card slot). For photos you have a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. Powering the device is a 4,100 mAh battery that is rated at 9 hours. The Slate also offers an amplified headphone jack, HDMI out and a Stylus. Yes, there is a stylus too. for extra software and perks, HP worked out a deal for 25GB of Box storage for the rest of your life. There are also a number of HP specific apps like HP ePrint, Stylus Lab Write and HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish. Don’t forget the pre-installed Tegra Zone for all those specially tuned Tegra optimized games and such.

The Slate 7 Beats edition comes in the vibrant red you see above as well as a traditional black. Cost wise you are looking at $250. Feel free to dig in a little deeper if you are interested over at HP’s site.

Source: HP Via Liliputing

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