VW Needs Incisive Leadership Fast; Could Piech Come Back As Interim CEO?

Volkswagen faces a crisis demanding urgent executive action which can only be handled by the short-term return of recently deposed Chairman Ferdinand Piech as CEO, or the appointment of Hans Dieter Poetsch as interim CEO.


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The Long Search for Elusive Ripples in Spacetime

The Long Search for Elusive Ripples in Spacetime

If Advanced LIGO still can’t find gravitational waves, something is wrong in astrophysics.

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Survey On Women Scientists Guides Respondents To Sexist Conclusions

A survey that concludes that people have sexist attitudes toward women in science pretty much led them there.


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Epic Games reveals Oculus Rift shooter Bullet Train

Bullet Train.

First-person shooting is about to get a lot more realistic.

Developer Epic Games revealed Bullet Train today, an FPS for the Oculus Rift virtual reality device, during the Oculus Connect 2 conference in Los Angeles. Made with Unreal Engine 4, this game supports the Oculus Touch controllers, which can map the movements of your hands in VR. Virtual reality can become a big deal in gaming, but it will need great software to attract consumers. Epic has a track record of making hits with series like Unreal and Gears of War.

“Master the art of teleportation, time manipulation, and close-quarters combat to blast through resistance forces,” Epic notes in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “Thanks to Unreal Engine technology and the Oculus Touch motion controllers, you can physically interact with an array of weapons, from guns to grenades to missiles, and even feel them through haptic feedback.”

You can watch the trailer for Bullet train below.

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FanDuel acquires AlphaDraft to get into esports

This room is filled with people who would potentially love to play daily-fantasy esports.

Big companies are starting to see a lot of potential to make money in esports.

A day after DraftKings announced it’s expanding into esports next month with daily-fantasy games for League of Legends, competitor FanDuel is doing the same through an acquisition. The company has purchased the daily-fantasy startup AlphaDraft, which debuted earlier this year to provide a FanDuel-like experience for multiplayer online arena battlers and shooters. We’ve heard rumors of this acquisition for a few weeks — although AlphaDraft was also hearing offers from Yahoo Fantasy and even DraftKings.

Fantasy sports is a multibillion-dollar business, and daily fantasy is pushing that revenue to record highs. At the same time, the popularity of pro gaming is on the rise — and so are its earnings. FanDuel and DraftKings obviously both see this as an opportunity to get in on the ground level of what could turn into a mammoth industry over the next decade.

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As we pointed out in our story yesterday about DraftKings’ esports ambitions, this acquisition by FanDuel is likely a move to ensure its revenues have a market that it can grow into.

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Traditional sports are massively popular right now — professional football in particular has probably never had the level of engagement that it has today. But concerns around the safety of contact sports, along with a generation of parents who are trying to grind their children into superstar with the 10,000-hour rule, has youth participation in sports like football, soccer, and basketball noticeably falling off.

If research keeps revealing that football and other physical activities will lead to brain disease, interest in these sports could erode with the participation levels over the next 10 to 20 years. And that’s where the rise of esports could make up the difference.

Tens of millions of people have tuned in to watch events like the finals for Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and League of Legends. Every competitive-gaming genre is seeing year-over-year growth in terms of viewership. Marketers and sponsors have already taken notice, and that has the esports business on a trajectory to reach more than $ 465 million in revenue by 2017. But fantasy esports could have the potential to push this market to $ 1 billion and well beyond.

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The Black Spindle Is Destiny’s Best Secret – And Absolute Worst Encounter

The Black Spindle mission in Destiny is a true delight – and a frustrating failure.


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This Uber-Popular USB Battery Pack Probably Costs Less Than Your Lunch

KMASHI’s cheap battery packs are some of the most popular items we’ve ever posted, and their well-reviewed 10,000mAh model is back down to just $ 9 today (with code MHLSNM2R), matching all-time low.

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Watson Goes West As IBM Courts Next Tech Hotshots

Hoping to capture business from fast-growing Bay Area firms such as Uber and Tesla, IBM Thursday will announce plans to open a center in San Francisco dedicated to its Watson artificial-intelligence-driven computing service.


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Volkswagen diesel scandal spreads to Porsche and Audi

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The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal is spreading fast to the company’s other famous brands, including Porsche and Audi, and across the Atlantic to the U.S.

The scandal reached down into the company’s engineering corps as the CEO of Volkswagen’s US business, the research and development chief from Audi and the engine chief from Porsche, which are part of the Volkswagen Group, are said to be following Volkswagen’s CEO out the door of the company, according to multiple reports Thursday

The impending departures are a sign that the Volkswagen scandal is ready to grow to much larger proportions. Read more…

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Oracle, Red Hat jump on the mobile bandwagon with MBaaS

Oracle, Red Hat jump on the mobile bandwagon with MBaaS
Oracle and Red Hat have each made new entries into the mobile market with MBaaS platforms that IT pros can use instead of third-party tools. The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform includes technology acquired last year from mobile backend as a service …
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Catching Up With Red Hat’s Full-Stack Plans
At the recent OpenStack Summit, I took the opportunity to talk to a number of different players in the OpenStack ecosystem. It was particularly interesting to spend time talking with Alessandro Perilli, former Gartner analyst and now with Red Hat. I’ve …
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Health Tech Startup CliniCloud Secures $5M Seed Funding From Tencent

Going to the doctor and waiting for a short check-up can be frustrating and expensive. For common conditions like asthma or a cold, a stethoscope and thermometer are usually first used to make a diagnosis. But what if you could do it yourself from home?

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eTERA Consulting to Host Webinar on Managing Global eDiscovery

Legal Experts to Discuss International eDiscovery Challenges, Regulations and Best Practices in Webinar on October 1, 2015 at 11 A.M EST

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What it’s like to use Motorola’s new Moto 360 smartwatch with an iPhone

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I spent one week using Motorola’s revamped Moto 360 smartwatch with an iPhone — so you don’t have to.

The 360 is now available for pre-order, and while Motorola nailed it in terms of coming up with what looks and feels like an expensive accessory, the experience too often falls flat. In fact, I got compliments on how nice it looked, but felt morally obligated to explain that it didn’t do much for me.

Let’s take a closer look at the gadget — the design, battery, the maligned “flat tire” – before coming to a verdict on whether the watch is actually worth the price tag (the most basic model starts at $ 299 and it runs as high as $ 450).

Design

The Moto 360 comes in three models; that is, two sizes for men and a one-size-fits-all for the ladies, all of which are customizable online. This gives users quite a lot of options in terms of personalizing the look of the gadget— at least to a certain extent, but I’ll talk more about that later. Each gender gets one color that the other does not, and there’s also a special double grab wristband only available for the women’s model — sorry gents.

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In one corner: The guys get stainless steel in silver, gold, and black. The watch comes in two sizes, the original 46mm case and the new, smaller 42mm version. In the other corner: The girls get silver, gold, and rose gold (and it’s a real rose gold-inspired color, not the iPhone 6s’ apparent pink pearl hue) in the smaller, 42mm size.

In either case, the bands are not fixed and are interchangeable with other bands of the same model.

Give some love to the ladies

For the first time ever, Motorola designed a watch for women. The mobile company says it did some studies to come up with the proportions of the gender-oriented watch.

“We are not a one-gender world, and there are many tech-embracing women, like myself, and I always felt a little left out of this category,” one of the heads of design for the watch, Katie Morgenroth, told me when I asked her why they created a watch specifically for women. To me, the decision just implies that the first watch was not unisex; it was for men.

Moto Maker and Michael Kors

The moment I laid eyes on the new 360, it reminded me of Michael Kors’ watches. That has something to do with their round shape, which I prefer over Motorola’s squared competitors.

I went to Motorola’s customization site, Moto Maker, and created my own. I kept it classic. I went for an all-rose gold women’s watch with a wristband of the same color. I also pushed it a little further with a $ 20 upgrade for a line-carved Bezel instead of the plain one. With all the upgrades (I selected every one), the watch came to $ 399.

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Once it arrived, the watch looked even better in person. It’s heavy enough to feel expensive, but not so much as to become uncomfortable. The biggest disappointment was something I was aware of from the moment I first saw it: This watch is a bit too small for my taste.

My rant

I’m a tall woman and my body is proportionate to my height. My hands are big, my arms are long, and I like bigger, thicker watches. The Moto 360 does not get lost on my wrist or anything like that, but I would like the option to wear something that fits my body type.

“The original 360 at the 46mm, larger case size just feels too big. It feels maybe more like technology and less like a fashion statement,” said CXD design director Dickon Isaacs, when I asked him about the design choice.

I am sorry, Mr. Isaacs, but I think we’ll have to agree to disagree: A big watch is not less of a fashion statement. If anything, it’s quite the opposite. If you don’t believe me, ask Michael Kors.

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I like chunky watches as my statement piece, and I felt I should have the option to order one, just like the guys.

Isaacs’ response to my demand was simple: “Well, you can get the men’s watch.”

Moto 360 + iPhone

The watch is powered by Android Wear, so the experience will feel familiar if you’ve ever owned a smartphone powered by Google’s OS.

I own an iPhone, and I was worried I would not be able to pair the device to my phone. Thankfully, I was able to sync the two pretty easily.

The process was seamless and self-explanatory. The watch turned on and a couple of minutes later it prompted me to charge it to at least 50 percent before the first use — just like my old Motorola phone.

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As the Moto 360 charged, I paired the devices, watched a short tutorial video, and then the watch guided me through the basics (pull down to access settings, swipe left from the home screen to get to the apps, swipe up for the tabs in use, left again for more options, and right to dismiss a tab).

When the wearable is paired to an Android phone, you can connect to Wi-Fi for web access when you don’t have your phone, you can answer texts, and you can access maps (read more about what Android Wear lets you do here). However, that is not the case for iPhone owners.

With an iPhone, the Moto 360 watch functions as a notification center and controller, and it doesn’t do much when your phone is not around. Yes, I can look at the time, set an alarm or a timer, and turn on the flashlight, but that’s not all that impressive for a smartwatch. While connected to my iPhone, I can check the weather, look at notifications from Twitter and WhatsApp, stop and change songs – even from Pandora and Spotify, answer phone calls on my phone (because the watch doesn’t have a speaker), and check in on the stock market (?!).

But I can’t reply to messages, I can’t look up an address on maps, and I can’t start an app from the watch. I have to go to the phone to do all of this. If I ask “Okay Google” for help, it sends an alert to my phone so I can do it from there.

Let me remind you again, I’m using the 360 with an iPhone. If you own an Android smartphone, enjoy your native experience — kudos to you and your functional watch-phone relationship.

Of course, Google and Motorola have not set high expectations for Android Wear-iPhone support, but I was still optimistic that most things would function properly.

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Some upsides, more downsides

The 360 comes with a heart rate sensor and Motorola’s Moto Body app. The feature tracks my steps, heart activity, and it even attempts — and succeeds — to motivate me to stay active. This is one thing that Apple’s Health app has not been able to do, but that the 360 proved I need in my life.

I would love to use this watch at the gym or on a run, but it turns out I’m not really supposed to. That’s what the Moto 360 Sport is for, Motorola told me. The Sport version comes with extra features like built-in GPS, which is not present in the fashion version because, as a Motorola representative put it, the company “felt like if you were to have your phone, why would you have a GPS antenna on it?”

His argument only reinforced my point: my 360 doesn’t do a lot when a phone isn’t around.

Battery

When I got the watch, I charged it to almost 100 percent in the wireless dock. In its resting position, it looks like a small table clock.

The battery lasted for about 36 hours — a lot, considering I played with it as much as I could.

The only problem was that I forgot to charge it, as I often do with my phone, and I was left without a watch for the rest of the second day.

What I thought was a big deal, wasn’t

“The flat tire” is what some people call the blank space at the bottom of the screen that has been present since the first generation of the Moto 360. Motorola explained to VB why the 360’s display still isn’t a perfect circle, and the company called it “the best design decision” it could make.

But in my opinion, the space – called a shelf or flat tire – is something you’ll grow accustomed to. I easily ignored it after picking a dark watch face.

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The verdict

Will I end up buying the 360? No. But if I had $ 399 to spare, I would remind myself of the following, as an iPhone owner:

Yes, this watch does things a regular watch doesn’t do — it lets you answer phone calls and pause Pandora — but that isn’t enough if you’re looking for a truly smart gadget. Maybe Motorola will win me over next time? Maybe by then Android Wear will work more seamlessly with my iPhone? That’s unlikely, but I can always hope.


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Facebook is down, go do something more fun while it recovers [Update: It’s back!]

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Facebook is down for many users around the world, according to DownDetector.co.uk and reports on Twitter. It’s the second outage within a week for the social network, and many people are unable to log in and view those critical status messages, Pages and other updates. These problems don’t tend to last too long, but we’ve asked Facebook for a statement on the situation and will update here when normal service resumes. Until then, go fly a kite or something. Update: An intermittent service is coming back for some users but the site still isn’t back to normal. Some users are also still…

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AI Supercomputer Watson Goes West As IBM Courts Tech Hotshots

Hoping to capture business from fast-growing Bay Area firms such as Uber and Tesla, IBM Thursday will announce plans to open a center in San Francisco dedicated to its Watson artificial-intelligence-driven computing service.


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Apple CarPlay Review: Siri’s a Boring But Useful Travel Pal

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Microsoft Targets The Luxury Smartphone Market With Premium Priced Lumia

Microsoft is set to engage with the smartphone marketplace with two new Windows-powered Lumia devices. The upcoming handsets should be totemic devices for Redmond and have been priced accordingly. The time for chasing the low-end budget market is over. With cloud services looking to be the new lifeblood of the company, the Lumia devices have a stronger role to play in branding and self-confidence than simply shifting boxes.


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Twitter app ads now support autoplay video

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App ads are about on Twitter are about to get a bit more lively; brands can now promote their products with video. Previously, companies had to use regular old promoted text or image tweets as their best bet to advertise apps to their audiences. Twitter says video leads to higher user engagement and nearly triple the app installs, given nearly 90 percent of its video views are on mobile devices. WATCH: Bring your app to life with the Video App Card https://t.co/OEhtqHUy7r — Twitter Advertising (@TwitterAds) September 24, 2015   Overall, 82 percent users watch video on the platform, so the ads…

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Minecraft comes to Oculus Rift

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey talks virtual worlds at his Connect event in Los Angeles.

Yes, you can place blocks in virtual reality.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is going to support Oculus Rift, we learned today at Oculus Connect in Los Angeles. Founder Palmer Luckey of Oculus VR announced that Microsoft will bring its block-building phenomenon will support the head-mounted display when it launches in Q1 of 2016.

This is a big get for Rift, which will need high-profile content to help convince people that spending the money to invest in VR is worth it.

Minecraft on Rift is also notable because Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson once called Facebook’s acquisition of the Rift “creepy.” Although, now that Microsoft owns Minecraft, Persson’s opinion on Rift doesn’t matter.

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Ledge uses Venmo to make borrowing money and paying it back dead simple

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We’ve all been there – sometimes you simply need to borrow money. Whether it’s for a big investment, moving to a new place or life just getting a little rough, Ledge aims to make it dead simple to borrow money from friends, family and others – and actually pay them back. It essentially works like a crowdfunding platform, but with a few twists. After borrowers create a campaign explaining how much cash they need, they give the loan interest rate (which adds a lending incentive), and specify the number of installments payments will be made over.   Like on several other platforms, funds aren’t available…

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Health Tech Startup CliniCloud Secures $5M Seed Funding From Tencent

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Apple Fails To Patch Cunning Lockscreen Bypass In iOS 9.0.1, Warns Researcher

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with numerous bug fixes

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More than a week after the frenzy surrounding iOS 9 and its rocky start, Apple is already releasing an update.

When iOS 9 was released, users received error messages saying the software update failed, while others had success downloading iOS 9 via iTunes.

During the installation of iOS 9, many users got stuck on the “Slide to Upgrade” screen. The iOS 9.0.1 update addresses that issue as well as multiple other bugs. Here’s what you’ll get:

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    Oculus Touch will not ship alongside the Rift

    Dean Takahashi demos the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch.

    Oculus has an amazing virtual-reality controller solution, but it won’t ship with the consumer version.

    Oculus’s Touch controllers won’t ship until the second quarter of 2016, according to the company’s presentation at Oculus Connect today. That is an entire quarter after the Rift goes on sale in Q1 2016.

    The company spent a long time talking about the possibilities and importance of Touch. This enables people to bring their hands and fingers into VR, which seems like a crucial step to give people a feeling of presence. So it feels like a missed opportunity for the company not to launch the Touch at the same time as Rift.

    That missed opportunity is potentially exacerbated by the fact that the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive will launch with its touch-style controllers before the end of the year.

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    Analysts Expect United Online to Announce $0.13 Earnings Per Share (NASDAQ:UNTD)

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    InterActive-BB, LLC Partners with IBM Watson to Answer Senior Citizen…

    New website, InterActivePlanning.com educates consumers about paying for long term care, estate planning, and a variety of other senior legal issues

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    What to Do When the Cloud Comes Crashing Down

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Major cloud services are super reliable, until they suffer an outage that can bring your business to its knees for hours or longer. It’s a good idea to always have a Plan B.


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