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Virtual Assistant Startup Zirtual Is “Pausing All Operations”

Zirtual is hitting the pause button.<p>The personal assistant startup sent an email to customers saying that it’s “pausing all operations” starting today: “Due to a combination of market circumstances and financial constraints we must re-organize our current structure if we are to successfully serve …

Facebook is reportedly working with publishers to build a breaking news app

News consumption via Facebook is continuing to rise, and it looks like the social network giant is looking to further capitalize by creating a new app just for breaking news.<p>According to a report by Business Insider, Facebook is working on an app that lets publishers write 100 characters of text …

Networking

Making educational games is tough, especially if you want to make money

It’s harder making educational games than you might think.<p>The market for what are collectively known as learning games was worth $1.8 billion globally in 2013, and it’s expected to grow to over $2.4 billion by 2018. But revenue from selling to schools represents just a small proportion of those …

Children watch Insidious 3 rather than Inside Out after Ohio cinema mix-up

Two tentpole titles playing during the same week. Two movies that begin with the letters “insid”. One slightly distracted projectionist. Such is the setup for a drama that unfolded in Ohio last weekend, resulting in an auditorium full of weeping children.<p>The mix-up, in which preschoolers were …

Animation

Numero Group to Release Pioneering Punk Label Ork Records' Discography Compilation

One of the highlights from this year's Record Store Day was a 45 box set from Numero Group that collected the seminal DIY punk label Ork Records' entire 1975-1979 output. If you missed out the first time around, fear not—the label's full discography will be available as a 4xLP/2xCD set. <i>Ork Records:</i> …

‘Refuge’: The First Narrative Film Shot with Moonlight at ISO 51,200

The short film above, titled ‘Refuge,’ is the world’s first narrative short film that was filmed entirely with moonlight. Director Sam Shapson shot …

Apple Music Lands Over 20,000 Indie Labels as Beggars Group and Merlin Sign Deal

Apple Music has signed two major indie music rights holders Beggars Group and Merlin Network, which represent over 20,000 indie labels and distributors, reports <i>Billboard</i>. The licensing agencies agreed to sign up for Apple Music after Apple changed course and agreed to pay artists on a per-stream …

Apple Music

Google scales El Capitan for first-ever vertical Street View collection

Apple may have named the next version of Mac OS X after El Capitan, but Google has tackled the 3,000-foot granite monolith in person. The search giant has added Yosemite Valley's El Capitan to its list of Street View conquests, partnering with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy …

Samsung disables Windows Update, leaving laptops open to hackers

Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some of its computers, leaving users exposed to security holes and bugs according to an independent Microsoft support engineer.<p>A system designed to help update Samsung’s pre-installed software, called Samsung SW Update, used a program called …

Software

E3 2015 Victory Dance with Nathan Barnatt - IGN Video

E3 2015 has come an end so that means it's time to dance! Nathan Barnatt helps IGN close out an amazing E3 with some impressive dance moves through …

Dance

Here's When You'll Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X

The waiting game<p>This week at E3, IGN sat down with the developers at Monolith Software to talk about Xenoblade Chronicles X. During the interview, we …

Xenoblade Chronicles

Flashback: Taylor Swift Makes Big Country Debut With 'Tim McGraw'

The now-pop superstar first stormed onto the country scene in 2006 with a song namechecking one of her idols<p>Although daydreaming in math class could …

Country Music

Americana Fest Doubles Lineup With the Mavericks, Ry Cooder and More

JD Souther, John Paul White and the Wood Brothers are also on the now supersized Nashville bill<p>Seventy acts have been added to the six-day Americana …

Country Music

Investigators connect massive federal hack to China

More information about the hack that leaked info on millions of US government employees -- including extremely detailed data from background checks -- is coming out now. While a computer security firm called CloudStrike said it came from a Chinese group called "Deep Panda" that also is suspected of …

Samsung calls selfie stick users 'cave people'

Technically Incorrect: In a new ad for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung mercilessly mocks those who stick their phones on the end of a stick.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>There are those moments in life when tiny breaths of fresh air …

Gear & Gadgets

Windows 10 testers will receive the final build as a standard software update

Windows 10 Insiders – what Microsoft calls its public beta testers – have gotten early access to a lot of the upcoming operating system’s features, but with the July 29th release date approaching, many have wondered how the upgrade process to the final build of Windows 10 will happen.<p>Microsoft took …

Play the video game Elon Musk created at age 12

The Tesla and SpaceX founder was once an aspiring video game designer, and now you can play one his earliest creations on the Web.<p>In 1984, before he started PayPal, or SpaceX, or Tesla, or posted his Hyperloop design, Elon Musk was a 12-year-old kid with a computer. Like many of the nerdier …

Elon Musk

‘Friday The 13th’ Star Betsy Palmer Has Passed Away

Actress Betsy Palmer passed away on Friday at a hospice care center in her home state of Connecticut, according to the Associated Press. The 88-year-old veteran of stage and screen died of natural causes and is survived by her daughter. While she had an incredible career that spanned six decades, …

Mastodon Portray "Wildlings" on "Game of Thrones"

<i>Photo courtesy of Helen Sloan/HBO</i><p>Mastodon band members Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, and Brent Hinds portrayed "wildlings" on tonight's episode of "Game of Thrones", which was filmed in Belfast in Northern Ireland. As previously reported, the band's original song "White Walker" is featured on the …

I Quit Sugar

• <b>Author:</b> Sarah Wilson<p><b>A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes.</b><br>Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn't realize how much sugar …

White for Night

The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Canon DSLRs

You don’t need to spend over $1,000 to get a great lens for your Canon DSLR. Heck, you don’t even need to spend over $400. Canon and third party …

Cameras

Nvidia's new graphics card pushes for better 4K

Nvidia announced a new flagship graphics card delivering smoother 4K graphics for PC gamers, plus new G-Sync screen technology for smoother gaming on laptops.<p>TAIPEI -- Nvidia has announced a souped-up version of its previous flagship graphics card and given it a titanium sheen, pre-empting the …

Graphics Cards

Disney Has Killed TRON 3