In a Twitter post, McGregor teases the Mac Life training system.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 3, 2016
Activision announces that McGregor will star in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
It was an honour to team up with the juggernaut Call of Duty franchise on this amazing, mind blowing new project they are about to unleash on the gaming world! Prepare to be blown away!
Facebook changes its trending news feature to an automated solution, which the company says will eliminate bias caused by human curation.
Our goal is to enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand. A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time. This is something we always hoped to do but we are making these changes sooner given the feedback we got from the Facebook community earlier this year. the potential for bias, the Company says it will no longer rely on editors to write descriptions for the topics and would instead show users the topic and how many people are discussing it.
Samsung plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year. The company will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade program in markets such as South Korea and the United States.
IMG will open the world’s largest indoor theme park in Dubai this month. IMG Worlds of Adventure‘s boxy exterior belies a 140,000-square meter air-conditioned interior teeming with animatronic dinosaurs, roller coasters, Marvel superheroes and Cartoon Network characters.
Sanofi announces that it has launched a project to develop a vaccine against the virus, the most decisive commitment yet by a major vaccine maker. The company says its Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division would use its expertise in developing vaccines for similar viruses such as yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and dengue. The University of South Australia also says it is working on a Zika vaccine with Australian biotech Sementis Ltd. U.S. drug developer NewLink Genetics Corp said it has started a project to develop Zika treatment options.
BET announces auditions for the cast of a mini-series about New Edition. Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 16 in Allston. Interested parties should bear a close resemblance to a member of the band.
The NFL Network will replay the first Super Bowl ever played on Friday, January 15. The original network tapes of the broadcast were lost, and the NFL has re-created footage over several months in order to be able to build a broadcast to share. The broadcast will show the first Super Bowl game in its entirety, carefully re-constructed from piecemeal footage, with modern enhancements to color and audio. The original audio from the NBC broadcast has been found and will be layered over the film.
Google is testing a password-free login for users. To login to a Google account, users enter their email address. A notification is then sent to the user’s phone asking them to confirm the sign-in.
MotoGP and Italian game developer Milestone, announce the official 2016 MotoGP video game, Valentino Rossi: The Game. The game will allow players to retrace Rossi’s career from its beginnings to the present day, take control of a Rally car and let loose on various tracks such as the Monza Rally, participate in thrilling Flat Track races and discover the Valentino Rossi Ranch. The game is scheduled for release in June 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Rossi:
I’m happy to announce that I’ll participate in the making of Valentino Rossi The Game, along with the guys at Milestone. We chose to include both the most important elements of my MotoGP career, and all the extra circuit stuff that are so important to me, like Ranch, Rally and more. It will be fun to approach the game not only as a gamer, but also as a ‘test driver’. I’ll work with the development team to make sure all fans will get the best experience they ever had.
Milestone has been developing MotoGP for a few years, but the experience we are going to offer all motorcycle racing and Valentino fans this year is quite simply unique. Players can grapple with the entire 2016 official championship, but most of all they can experience the passion, professionalism and experience of Valentino Rossi, both in and out of the championship, with exclusive rally and flat track content, as well as much more that only the number 46 can offer.
Music streaming services, Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer, say Adele’s album 25 will not be available for streaming. Apple says her single, Hello, will continue being available for streaming; the album will be available for purchase on iTunes. Spotify:
We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy ’25’ on Spotify alongside ’19’ and ’21’ very soon.
R. Kelly announces his 12th studio album, The Buffet, will go on sale on Dec 11th. He also releases the album cover and track list. The album will feature Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Tinashe.
Joe’s Crab Shack drops tipping at its restaurants, one of the first chains to do so. The chain will increase server wage to $14 an hour, offset by 12%-15% increase in food. The company says the move should reduce staff turnover, improve service quality, and actually lower prices for customers who are typically more generous with their tipping. CEO:
We’re really leading in our industry with regards to national brand going out and testing this thing in a meaningful way. So we want to be somewhat cautious.
T-Mobile CEO, Legere, announces “Binge On,” a cell phone service that allows users to stream video services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and others, without it counting against their data plans. The service starts over the next two weeks and is free with any new or existing plans. The Company is in talks with YouTube, but the Google-owned video platform hadn’t quickly agreed to technical terms. The company also doubled data caps on its plans to 2 gigabytes, 6 gigabytes and 10 gigabytes, without changing prices. Legere:
Customers have a huge and increasing appetite for new and innovative ways to use their smartphones. But what I see is there’s amazing content being created, but it’s being created for movie and TV screens. All content is going to the Internet, and I’m trying to get it mobile. It’s a huge disconnect. A big, big portion of data is wasted…This makes huge economic sense. Both investors and customers are going to be real happy. This could be the biggest thing we’ve announced.
Comcast will expand is data caps to parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. The data limits will limit home transfers to 300gb of data per month with a $10 overcharge for every 50gb over. Despite complaints, Comcast says the caps are designed to bring “fairness” to all home internet users.
While we believe that 300GB is more than enough to meet your Internet usage needs, if for any reason you exceed the 300GB included in your plan in a month, we will automatically add blocks of 50GB to your account for an additional fee of $10 each.
Branson says the second SpaceShipTwo will be ready to start testing by February 2016. SpaceShipTwo is designed to bring six passengers up to suborbital space before bringing them back down to Earth. All the building and testing of the suborbital craft is all being done in-house at Virgin Galactic, a handover that was in the works before the 2014 accident. CEO Whitesides:
I think we are in a much better place than we might have expected in the period immediately after (last year’s) accident, and that’s because our team came together, our customers stuck with us, and honestly, we believe that the vehicle itself is sound.
While Branson is not giving a firm date for the inaugural flight of SpaceShipTwo — with himself and his family among the passengers — he believes the company is on the right track.
We’ll be unveiling the new spaceship and then we go into flight tests. That’s one thing I’m never going to be in a hurry on. We just have to see how it goes.
13 episodes, including the first episode of the first season of The Joy of Painting from 1983 are released on YouTube. Ross (in the episode):
For the next 13 weeks, I’ll be your host as we experience the joy of painting. I think each of us sometime during our life has wanted to paint a picture.
YouTube announces YouTube Red, a $9.99/month subscription service that lets users watch videos without ads, save videos for offline viewing, and, continue playing videos in the background while they switch apps. The service will start on October 28. The YouTube Red membership also lets users sign into the company’s Gaming and Music apps. U.S. viewers can sign up for a free one-month trial later this month.
After a pilot program in New York, Uber makes UberRUSH an official part of the company, and expands the service to Chicago and San Francisco. The company delivers items like groceries, take-out food, and house supplies, and competes with Postmates.
In hundreds of cities across the globe, you can press a button and get a ride in minutes. Now, through UberRUSH, business owners can use that same technology to get customers pretty much anything in minutes.
Collins announces that he will release an autobiography in October 2016.
Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right – until now. Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House, I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!
Facebook launches a feature for its photo-editing suite of tools that gives you the ability to scribble right on a photo before publishing it to the social network.
To celebrate the day in the future that Marty McFly travels to in the Back to the Future series, Pepsi announces a limited edition soda, that is packed to match the bottles in the film. Only 6,500 bottles will be made, and they’ll be sold for $20.15, starting October 21. The bottles contain regular Pepsi.
Fans have always been a little crazy about it, and so we wanted to take advantage of the fact that Marty travelled to the future, to this month, and wanted to actually come out with the product…The brand has made its mark in pop culture frankly since Michael Jackson moonwalked. We’ve been dancing in and around pop culture for a while. So we look at this as another opportunity to have a little bit of fun.
In New York City’s Times Square, Musk and Solar City introduce what they claim is the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, achieving a peak efficiency of 22.04%, 30-40% more power than current panels. The rating is verified by the Renewable Energy Test Center. The panels are cheap enough that the company can make money off of them even if government tax break policies expire. CTO Rive:
That’s been the singular focus of the company… to continue to get the costs down. I’m really excited about this… it’s the best solar panel on the planet and it empowers us from 2017 and beyond to control our own destiny.
Musk says that third-party panel manufacturers were happy to make a standard efficiency 15% panel year-over-year.
So we thought we had to make our own panels. I like counter-intuitive moves. I thought people would think, at the time, ‘Wow, that’s stupid,’ [which made me think], ‘That’s probably a good idea.’
Sources say Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit, enabling users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are images, not actual text published on Twitter. The company is also considering changing how it measures its 140-character limit, possibly removing links and user handles from the count.
Oculus VR Chief Executive Iribe unveils Netflix’s app for the Samsung Gear VR headset, which will ship in November. The app will also be available on Oculus Rift following its commercial launch in early 2016. The app consists of Netflix Living Room, a feature which enables users to watch movies and TV shows in 3D. The complete Netflix catalog will be accessible when the app is available on the Oculus store.
The FDA says it will hold a meeting on September 24 to re-examine the safety of Essure, a birth-control method that was approved in 2002. Essure is marketed as the only permanent birth control method that does not require surgery. While Bayer has acknowledged side effects including pelvic pain, migration of the device or rash, women have said they have experienced other unlisted side effects.
Over the past several years, the Agency met with patients and patient advocates to better understand patient issues and experiences after Essure placement. We will continue to work with these individuals as we continue our efforts to better understand their experiences with this device.
Bayer says it appreciates the opportunity to discuss the matter with the FDA.
While there are risks with all medical devices and procedures, our highest priority is patient safety, and we sympathize greatly with any woman who has experienced problems with Essure.
Snoop Dogg announces Merry Jane (merryjane.com), a community centered on the cannabis lifestyle and business that will include content from various partners, including actor Seth Rogen. The site will launch in October and will only let 420 people into the site in beta. Merry Jane will have different types of content, including original shows that range from creating edibles to a series called “Deflowered,” one-on-one interviews where people share stories about their first-time experience. The rapper wants his site to be a place where aficionados and those who are curious to be able to find information:
I enjoy it for medical reasons, and it’s a peace situation for me. I always see beautiful things around me. I’ve always been an advocate for me.
Tesla announces that the Model X will be launched on September, 29, in Fremont, California
ZMapp is granted fast track approval in America. LeafBio says the grant is an “important milestone” which brings them closer to eventually gaining approval. The drug has been administered under emergency use authorization to nine infected patients in Africa in addition to two infected missionaries in Europe during its first clinical trial. LeafBio CEO Whaley:
We are gratified to receive this designation for ZMapp. We are hopeful that this step will accelerate its access once safety and efficacy are demonstrated to satisfaction by FDA in ongoing clinical trials.
Peeple is announced by McCullough and Cordray as a “Yelp for People”. The app, which will be released in November 2015, will allow people to rate other people. To review someone, users must be 21 and have an established Facebook account. Reviews, which are in three categories (personal, professional or romantic) must be under the reviewer’s real name, and are made under the subjects cell phone number. Positive ratings post immediately; negative ratings are queued in a private inbox for 48 hours in case of disputes. Negative reviews are not shown for non-registered users. Cordray:
People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?..As two empathetic, female entrepreneurs in the tech space, we want to spread love and positivity. We want to operate with thoughtfulness.
Doritos announces limited edition “Doritos Rainbows,” in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, featuring rainbow-colored chips and inspiring quotes, in support of the LGBT community. To get a bag, customers must pledge $10 to the It Gets Better Project, which supports LGBT youth. Customers can also sharing messages over social media using the hashtag “#BoldandBetter.” Doritos:
Time and again, our consumers have shown us, there really is nothing bolder than being true to yourself and living life to the fullest.
It Gets Better Project:
By utilizing the incredible reach that Doritos has throughout the world, we can give hope to the LGBT young people who need it the most. There is so much more work to be done, and together, we will inspire the LGBT community and its allies to continue the fight and embrace who they are by living a #BoldandBetter life.
In celebration of its 40th year anniversary since the fast food chain opened its first store in Madrid in 1975, Burger King Spain creates a wine to complement the Whopper burger. The wine is aged in flame-grilled wooden barrels, giving it a distinct charred flavour, which the company says, pairs it perfectly with the chain’s signature burger.
Zuckerberg says Facebook will roll out a button that lets users dislike comments and posts.
I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.
Zuckerberg said the initial interface for Facebook didn’t allow for a dislike button because he didn’t want it to become a Reddit-like forum where posts and comments get upvoted and downvoted.
That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world. What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment.
Carter announces the first inductees into the SMASHD Labs accelerator program.
We want to be able to open the door to companies to come into our network where we can actually invest money, put a network of investors around them, and put mentors in the room that can help them build a great company.
Inductees include WeTransfer, a file transfer service:
All of our clients on the music side use WeTransfer, so here we have this opportunity to reach 70 million people per month through advertising.
Trakfire, a Product Hunt for music:
Without giving too much away about what they’re working on, it’s the most well-thought out and efficient way of discovering new music I’ve seen so far.
Sidestep, which lets fans order fan gear directly to their concert seats or their house.
You go into the venues and there’s a huge drop-off rate in the merch lines. People don’t want to miss parts of the concert.
Throne, an Ebay for streetwear, which he had seen at a demo day:
The problem with when you look at eBay is that you can put a pair of Jordans next to a frying pan. It’s an altogether different experience compared to having some editorial around it and well-curated experience
Podium, which gives tablets to Uber and Lyft riders:
Having a captive audience in the back of Lyft or an Uber is a pretty great place.
Enrou, a marketplace where buyers can support both the individuals and communities that they buy from. Carter saw the founders on Forbes 30 under 30 list and wanted the company to apply for SMASHD.
This was a company that really checked a box that we were looking for in how can we combine social impact around global culture.
McDonald’s announces that it will start all-day breakfast at all stores from Oct 6, after franchisees vote to approve the proposal. The restaurant will only serve a limited breakfast menu past 10:30 and items will vary based on region. The company sends a series of tweets to customers who had asked questions about the start date.
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) September 1, 2015
FAA approves the PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane drone to fly commercially. The smartphone-controlled paper airplane has a flight time of five to 10 minutes and a range of 180 feet. It has also been used and endorsed by NASA scientists. The petition was filed by a lawyer with a concentration in drone law and pilot who wants to use the paper airplane drone to take aerial videos and photos.
I intend to operate my UA [Unmanned Aircraft] commercially by conducting aerial photography and videography, both at the request of others and absent anyone’d request, but in either with the intent to create salable art.
Iran’s President Rouhani inaugurates Fateh-313, alias “The Conqueror,” a short-range solid fuel short-range missile. The missile is newer version of Fateh-110 and has both a faster launch capability, and a longer range, with the ability to hit military targets within a 500 kilometer range.
SunEdison commences construction on the 156 megawatt Comanche Solar project, situated southeast of Pueblo, Colorado. The project uses photovoltaic technology and is equipped with single axis trackers, in order to accurately follow the sun for optimization purposes. It is expected to produce about 300 GWh of energy annually.
The Comanche Solar project demonstrates SunEdison’s ability to deliver renewable energy at a price competitive with conventional resources. In addition, the Comanche Solar project will be financed through SunEdison’s US$1.5 billion non-recourse, First Reserve Warehouse. This facility is designed to expand as projects move into construction without incremental equity contributions by SunEdison.
Construction on the site will be managed by Broomfield-based, Renewable Energy Systems Americas. RES CEO:
Colorado has demonstrated a commitment to remain a leader in renewable energy. The Comanche Solar project will be RES’ second large scale renewable energy project in this state and our sixth cooperative project with SunEdison.
China Earthquake Administration announces the construction of over 5,000 seismic stations (especially in the Sichuan province) for earthquake early warning, combining seismic and critical new data sets to improve rapid earthquake notification. The project will provide immediate useful information about the intensity of earthquakes with magnitude five or higher within two to five minutes after the earthquake. Seismic intensity distribution maps are obtained within in 15 minutes, while all information regarding casualties, affected areas, economic damage will be given 30 minutes after the earthquake occurs.
Washington D.C. Health Link launches an online tool to help consumers find a doctor who accepts plans sold on the District’s health insurance marketplace. The new tool is now available on D.C. health Link and it would allow everyone to find individual and family plans and a new doctor by ZIP code. Previously, consumers searching for a health insurance plan on the marketplace had to go to the websites of each health insurance carrier for this information. Spokesperson:
Our customers need accurate information about doctors participating in different health plans. Doctor information is as critical as how much people pay for coverage.
The University of Virginia announces that it is establishing a permanent position in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in honor of Bond. Funding for The Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice stands at $2 million and has a goal of $3 million.
Boston Dynamics shows its Atlas robot walking in the woods. The hike is an opportunity to test the robot’s balance and ability to respond to an unpredictable environment. CEO Raibert:
Out in the world is just a totally different challenge than in the lab…I’m not saying it can do everything you can do, but you can imagine if we keep pushing we’ll get there.
An information request by The Guardian reveals that in May engineers from Apple’s Special Project group met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that features features 20 miles of paved highways and city streets which are hidden from the public eye, and is being used as a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles. In an email to the facility Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote:
We would … like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].
The site is already being used by Mercedes-Benz and Honda to test their own self-driving cars.
Thomas Sabo licenses John Legend’s All of Me for a two-year marketing campaign to promote the Love Bridge collection, which features bracelets with a sterling silver, 18-carat rose or yellow gold-plated bar designed to be engraved with a personal message. TV ads will start on October 31.
It’s the best love song of the past 20 years and you can see why it sits so well with our new Love Bridge collection…While there are no exclusivity arrangements for the song, it’s crucial for us to combine the very romantic and delicate nature of the recently launched Love Bridge collection with unique imagery as created by photographer Ellen von Unwerth with the most emotional and romantic song imaginable. This is what we believe makes this international campaign really exclusive.
Twitter adds a buy button on its website. Users can browse products from over 10000 merchants on Shopify and purchase directly from Twitter. Twitter:
Users will get access to offers and merchandise they can’t get anywhere else and can act on them right in the Twitter apps for Android and iOS. Sellers will gain a new way to turn the direct relationship they build with their followers into sales
NASA starts multiple blogs on tumblr. It will share photos, text and videos in its main blog. The second blog is by astronaut Peggy Whitson who chronicles her training. The third microblog posts photos of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Juno mission and other astronomers. The last blog is by Curiosity Rover from Mars.
The agency continues to add new platforms like Tumblr to offer the public a comprehensive view of NASA’s missions, facilities and people.
The Times passes one million digital subscribers mark less than four-and-a-half years after launching its metered paywall. The one million figure is on top of the 1.1 million print subscribers who can also access all of the NYT’s content online. Chief executive and president Thomson:
This is a major milestone for our digital consumer business, which we launched in 2011 and has continued a strong and steady growth trajectory. It puts us in a unique position among global news providers. We believe that no other news organization has achieved digital subscriber numbers like ours or comparable digital subscription revenue.
The company also releases second-quarter results showing an 80% year-on-year increase in profits to $16m (£10m), despite a 1.5% fall in revenue to $383m.
Glu Mobile will create a Minaj-themed game that will debut in summer 2016. The game will feature Minaj’s likeness, voice and “creative direction.” Glu CEO De Masi:
I am thrilled to welcome the undisputed queen of hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, to Glu’s growing list of celebrity partners.
Qantas announces two new flights to Japan. Flights will depart from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport followed by the departure of a flight from Brisbane to Tokyo’s other airport, Narita, over the weekend. Launch celebrations will happen over the weekend with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61 from Brisbane. Traditional Japanese ceremonies will also take place at both Narita and Haneda Airports.
This significant capacity expansion has been extremely well-received by Qantas customers and especially by corporate travellers heading directly to downtown Tokyo, who can now save up to one-and-a-half hours on their airport commute by flying into or out of Haneda