The Underground starts all-night Friday and Saturday services. The Central & lines will run trains through to 0530 in the morning, with others due to follow. Mayor Khan:
It will support thousands of workers who have to travel to or from work at night, it will provide huge economic benefits to our vital night-time economy and it will help Londoner’s get home quickly and safely after a night out.
Facebook releases an iPhone app, called Lifestage, that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. Anyone can download the app, although seeing profiles of other users is reserved for those 21 years of age or younger. The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character. The app is designed by Facebook product manager Michael Sayman, who is 19 years old.
Back in 2004, Facebook was all about ‘who I am’. I could post my relationship status. I could share what my favourite music was. And it was all about expressing myself. Today as Facebook has grown into so much more, we see the opportunity to explore that concept of ‘who I am’ once again, but for Generation Z in 2016.
Milestone releases a collector’s edition of Valentino Rossi: The Game. In addition to the game purchasers receive a VR46 Bracelet, VR46 Flag, MotoGP Cap and a small box with sand from the Valentino Ranch. The edition is sold out on Amazon Italy, Spain and France but is currently available for preorder on Amazon UK for £99.99.
The Beatles catalogue becomes available on nine streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Slacker Radio.
Yamaha releases MOTOBOT, an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot. The robot has a rigid torso and legs, and arms jointed at the shoulders and wrists but not elbows. The robot rides a 1,000cc R1M superbike, modified with outrigger-mounted wheels. Yamaha wants develop the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. In the video, MOTOBOT challenges Rossi.
The way you ride is both beautiful and exciting. I am improving my skills every day but I am not sure I could even beat the five-year-old you. Perhaps if I learn everything about you, I will be able to catch up. I am not human, but there has to be something only I am capable of. I am MOTOBOT. I was created to surpass you.
Product Hunt, in collaboration with Blab, adds live video chats to its AMA section Viewers can interact with those on video either by writing in comments, or by joining via video themselves. The streams can be embedded online and archived
Product Hunt has always been about authentic conversations between makers and the community. LIVE video chats extend this concept even further, giving participants an opportunity to ‘sit in the room’ with guests to ask questions and hear their unfiltered answers.
Facebook starts notifying users if it believes their accounts have been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state. Whenever a user’s account is accessed by a new device or browser, the company will send a security code to the account owner’s phone to verify that only the account user is trying to access the account.
The security of people’s accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why we constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.
The Anita Borg Institute introduces its ABI.Local program on the first day of its annual Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest event for women in computing and technology. The goal of the program is to help women technologists all over the world connect with each other. With over 1,300 women already participating in New York and Delhi, the program is adding eight metro areas, including Boston, Washington D.C., and Silicon Valley, in part to donations from Google and an anonymous donor. CEO:
Establishing and growing a strong community of women who share our interests and career goals is imperative to keeping women in the field and broadening the appeal of a technical career to young women.
Tesla launches a beta version of Autopilot, which will be available on Thursday. All vehicles from September 2014 will be given the feature. Vehicles will rely on four major sensor systems. Ultrasonic sensors that tell the computer what’s around a 16-ft perimeter of the car; a forward-facing camera that helps determine where the lanes are and what cars are ahead of it, and which can also read speed signs; forward radar that’s used to detect fast-moving objects and which can see through rain, fog, and dust, as well as pulling from GPS and high-precision digital maps. Musk says it’s very important that people “exercise caution” and that they keep their hands on the wheel.
I don’t think that we have anything to worry about with cars driving themselves. They’re not going to take over the world…Each driver is a trainer in how the autopilot should work.
Twitter launches Moments (previously known as Project Lightning), a curated “best of Twitter” feeds. The content is accessed through a lightning icon, which leads to a menu of posts. The company says it will allow outside companies to create Moments, including partners such as Bleacher Report, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Getty Images, Mashable, Major League Baseball, NASA, the New York Times,Vogue and the Washington Post. .
Reddit launches Upvoted (link), a standalone news site, to surface interesting news from Reddit itself. Unlike Reddit, the site will have no comments, and despite the name, no voting. A team of around ten will find stories on Reddit, verify the details, interview the original posters, and then write articles for Upvoted. At launch, the site will share around 10 to 20 stories a day, rising to 40.
Everything will have a direct tie back to Reddit. I want to find the tiny thread that connects it back to Reddit…The stuff our community creates on a daily basis blows our mind. Unfortunately, rather than telling that story, some news outlets take our users’ content and repackage it as their own. They don’t tell the backstory of our communities. We think our users’ stories need to be told, but with them at the center of it.
Musk launches the Model X SUV. The car can seat seven, has rear upward-opening “falcon” doors, and with the “ludicrous” option can reach 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. The car also has a “bioweapon defense mode,” an advanced HEPA air filter that will clean any viruses out of the air. The car also has the best safety ratings of any SUV, a result of its low center of gravity and lack of a traditional engine. The Model X 90D costs $132,000, with a range of 257 miles and 0-60 of about 3.7 seconds; the P90D runs $142,000, 250 miles and 3.2-second acceleration.
If there’s ever a bioweapon attack, the safest place is your car. There’s actually a ‘bioweapon defense mode’ right there in the HVAC. We figure you shouldn’t have to think if you’re in an emergency.
Ver announces the launch of Bitcoin.com, a collaborative platform to increase digital currency awareness. Community members can add posts, and the most upvoted post will win $1000 worth of Bitcoin. The site has a system where companies make public bids to have their ads displayed. Ver:
There has been a lot of suppression of ideas happening on other Bitcoin forums, and clearly lots of people are upset by this. It seemed like the perfect time to launch forum.bitcoin.com to give people a place where dissenting ideas are not suppressed.
The company gives Twitter staffers and certain verified accounts the ability to create two-option polls within its mobile app and desktop site. Polls have a lifespan of 24 hours.
Costumeish.com releases a Cecil the Lion themed Halloween costume (link), which comprises a bood-splttered dentist’s uniform and a severed lion head. The company says they created the costume because they were flooded with requests. The costume retails at $59.99 with 15% of all proceeds will go to the African Wildlife Foundation’s “Justice for Cecil.” From company website:
All Doctor Palmer wanted was to hang dead animals in his house, but what started as an obscure (if legally-dubious) hunting trip has since erupted into a brouhaha of trans-Atlantic proportions. 2015’s most controversial killing has laid bare the rift in American and Zimbabwean attitudes toward exotic game hunting and animal conservation pitting an outraged mob against a Minnesotan dentist in a scandal sure to be remembered for a generation. Our Cecil Lion Killer Dentist Costume features a severed lion’s head mask, bloody smock, and bloody gloves for a gruesome, complete look.
Spirit Halloween releases a Caitlyn Jenner costume in time for Halloween. The costume recreates Jenner’s look when she debuted as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, complete with shorts, a padded top, a wig, and a sash that reads, “Call Me Caitlyn.”
After 10 months of beta testing, Microsoft makes the full version of Sway, its online presentation software, available for free online. It is available for free download immedaitely on Windows 10 PCs and tablets with a Windows Phone app arriving in coming months.
Your invaluable feedback has helped us improve Sway to meet your needs.
N++, a fast-paced, physics-based platformer starring a ninja, is released by Metanet Software Inc, The game took 11 years to make.
YES! We’re so excited. It’s been a really long road, longer than we expected and longer than we wanted, but you know what? We couldn’t be happier with how the game came out, and we think you’ll be able to see that extra effort and abundance of love that went into it.
King’s Quest brings back the adventure game series created by Williams. Published under the old Sierra name, this revival by developer The Odd Gentlemen takes the form of an episodic adventure game.
Today marks the release of King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember, but considering it’s been 17 years since the launch of the last game in this classic adventure series, there’s a good chance that a few actual grown adults out there have no familiarity with the adventures of King Graham and his family.
Pizza Hut makes a box that can project a movie from a smartphone. After eating the pizza customers put the provided lens into a hole in the box. When the phone is placed in the correct it will project an image. The box is being trialled in Hong Kong only, and includes a download code for a free movie.
Facebook Canada release a system to send out notices and photos to assist in child abduction cases. A similar system has been working for the past four months in the United States.
[We hope that] the new system would help turn the social network community in Canada into one big neighbourhood watch.
Facebook introduces the inclusion of articles by selected publishers inside the Facebook iOS app. Publishers include The Atlantic, BBC, BuzzFeed, Bild, The Guardian, National Geographic, NBC, Spiegel, and The New York Times. Not all pieces from these publishers will be distributed as an Instant Article at first. Pubnlishers will receive 100$% of ad revenues on their own ads, or 70% of ad revbenue when Facebook sells ads on their behalf. The app allows sharing of articles to Pinterest and Twitter. Product Manager:
Along with a faster experience, Instant Articles introduces a suite of interactive features that allow publishers to bring their stories to life in new ways. Zoom in and explore high-resolution photos by tilting your phone. Watch auto-play videos come alive as you scroll through stories. Explore interactive maps, listen to audio captions, and even like and comment on individual parts of an article in-line.
The company tests the Dragon abort system at Cape Canaveral. The abort system is designed to save the crew in the event of a launchpad emergency. The capsule is powered by Draco engines for five seconds. After reaching apogee at 90 seconds, falls by parachute into the Altantic ocean
App Store for Apple Watch releases 3,000 applications for travel, health, family, communication, fitness and work. It features Yelp, TripAdvisor, Fandango, Twitter and the NYTimes.
Nelson launches his own brand of marijuana, Willie’s Reserve. The brand will be sold in Washington state and Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal. The brand’s purpose is to support nationwide legalization of marijuana and to offer “clean and consistent products”. Nelson’s rep:
Somewhat controversially, Willie has spent a lifetime as an outspoken supporter of cannabis for personal use and for industrial hemp production.
ISIS launches English-language radio news bulletins on its Iraq-based al-Bayan radio network. The network also broadcasts in Arabic and Russian. The nine-and-a-half minute broadcasts, which begin and end with traditional sounding Arabic music, is hosted by a man with an American accent. Content includes news about the group’s activities in Iraq, Syria and Libya and activities such as suicide bombings, mortar attacks, car bombings, destroying ‘idols’, and ‘martyrdom operations’.
Reddit adds a countdown button as an April Fool’s joke.
The timer will count down from 60 seconds. If the button is pressed the timer will reset to 60 seconds and continue counting down. Only users logged into accounts created before 2015-04-01 can press the button. You may only press the button once. We can’t tell you what to do from here on out. The choice is yours.
The timer will count down from 60 seconds, but every time someone presses the button before it hits zero, it resets back to 60 and starts the countdown all over again. When the button is pressed, users get a badge, known as “flair,” that they can add to their profile. The flair’s color depends on how long the person waits to press the button. Those who have not pressed the button have gray flair. Those who press from 60-52 seconds get purple flair, and so on, down to red flair for those who wait longest. As of April 16, 751,354 people have pressed the button.
Turtle Rock Studios releases DLC that includes four original Hunters and a monster, the Behemoth. The Hunters include Torvald, a cyborg with a mortar cannon for an arm; Crow, who comes with a pet used for tracking the monster; Slim, who appears to be part insect; and Sunny, who is armed with a mininuke grenade launcher. These Hunters are part of Evolve’s season pass, which goes for $24.99. The Hunters can also be purchased separately for $7.49 each. The Behemoth is free for those who pre-ordered Evolve and got the Monster Expansion Pack. The Behemoth can also be purchased separately for $14.99.
The Company announces the Dash Button, for Amazon Prime customers, who can place the device on the wall and tap to automatically order or re-order more than a dozen products such as Tide detergent, Bounty paper towels, and Clorox wipes. The buttons are available to Prime customers immediately for free. Due to the timing of the launch, the company insists the product is not an April Fools’ joke:
Indeed it is real
The company introduces Pepperoni Beer
The flavor of now
Jay-Z launches his streaming music service TIDAL at an industry event, #TIDALforall at Skylight in Moynihan Station in New York City. He announces his partnership with 16 other artists, including Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Butler and Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jack Wright, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Nikki Minaj, Coldplay and Calvin Harris, who formally sign a declaration of partnership. Tidal is the first service to offer ad-free music, video and editorial content owned by the stars who actually create it. The high quality sound service is available across iOS and Android devices, as well as in Web browsers and desktop players, in the U.S. and 30 other countries. Tidal Premium is $9.99, and Tidal Hifi is $19.99. Alicia Keys:
We come to you with one voice in unity. The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!
Carowinds holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fury 325, the world’s tallest giga coaster. The 32-passenger train climbs to the top of a 325-foot hill, which is followed by an 81 degree drop. Reaching speeds up to 95 miles per hour, the train then travels through a series of hills, curves, and quick transitions. The ride lasts about three and a half minutes.
Dragon Age’s first downloadable content pack, Jaws of Hakkon, is released for Windows PC and Xbox One at a price of $14.99. In the content pack, players will discover the fate of the last Inquisitor and the powerful dragon he hunted as they explore a wilderness settled by ‘fiercely independent hunters.’ Players are tasked with investigating the culture of these people in order to uncover the answer to the game’s mystery.
HBO announces HBO Now, a standalone streaming service available exclusively on Apple TV as a new channel. HBO Now is also available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod as an app. HBO’s entire catalog of movies and TV shows can either be streamed through HBONow.com or on all Apple devices through the channel or the app. The service costs $15 a month, and it can only be subscribed to via the HBO Now app on an Apple device.
Apple unveils a smart-watch that allows user to make and receive calls and track personal health. Apple chief executive, Tim Cook:
Apple watch is like having a coach on your wrist.It is the most personal device we have ever created and can display a variety of faces ranging from a classic watch to an animated Mickey Mouse. With the built in speaker and microphone you can receive calls on your watch. I have been wanting to do this since I was five years old.
Facebook joins with Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Save.org and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention to give users more options to report posts indicating the user could be thinking of self harm. Users will be able to click a small arrow at the top right of the post and click “Report Post” If Facebook feels like the post indicates distress, the person who posted it will be greeted with a pop when he or she next logs in.
The site makes it easier to submit abuse reports and triples its number of staff to handle the abuse reports. The Company is also improving its methods to deal with trolls, with one method rumored to be telephone number tracking of users that have earned a reputation for repeated harassment.
Toyota introduces Mirai, an affordable, eco-friendly “future car,” that runs on hydrogen fuel cells, converting compressed hydrogen gas to electricity. The car’s range is 300 miles and it charges in about three minutes. The Mirai will be produced in small batches, with only 700 being split between the U.S., Europe and Japan this year, with a selling price of $45,000. Next year, approximately 2,000 will be built for distribution. With incentives of 3 million yen ($25,000) and investments in self-service hydrogen stations, Toyota reports there are already 1,500 orders for the car in Japan. The car will be available in fall 2015. The company says the car is:
an automotive history turning point.
Nicklaus launches his own brand of ice cream. The ice cream, made by a Minnesota-based company, is available in seven different flavors.
It’s no secret that I love ice cream. Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product!
Kim and her sisters share the floral and glitzy designs from their kidswear range on social media. The collection, which is an extension of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney’s Kardashian Kollection for adults, includes a soft tulle skirt with rose gold foil detailing, a woven broderie lace dress with rose gold buttons, and a zip-through bomber jacket and beaded, feathered headband. Toys R Us, which stocks the range, describe it as:
Adorable outfits for your little one in the hottest trend-setting styles
Each of the designs have all been approved by the sisters and cost, on average, around $20 per garment.
The Emperor of the Sands is released in patch version 4.16 along with the Galactic Azir skin. Designer:
Arise! creates a sand soldier at a target location, from which the soldier projects threat in a circle–so far, so Heimerdinger. However, soldiers require an active input. Azir must right-click and go through a basic attack animation for soldiers to do anything. This makes both Azir and his enemy understand that a conscious command was given to the soldier. This also means that if Azir is stunned or running away, soldiers cease to be a threat. All of a sudden, Azir’s opponent can comfortably aggress.
Conquering Sands orders all soldiers to charge toward a target location, damaging and slowing enemies they pass through. This forces Azir to think carefully about when and where to send soldiers. Can Azir afford to use the spell for damage and slow or (Counterplay incoming!) will this allow the enemy to engage on Azir while his soldiers are temporarily unable to move?
Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches are set to hit the market. Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers. This watch is circular, like other watches. The watches will use Google’s Android Wear operating system, which includes voice control features for basic functions. It has not been confirmed how many apps will be available, but at least thousands of the more than 1 million Google store programs, have been updated to support Wear. The price for the watch starts at $250.
Lambert adds a new component to her Platinum Tour by joining forces with Crystal Light and Novalia, to create the very 1st playable poster. The artist’s fans will be able to play her records plus unlock different tracks by touching the poster:
I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum Tour than with my favorite brand, Crystal Light, and offer a fun, unique way for concert-goers to enjoy my album.
Google announces the Android One, a sub-$100 smartphone aimed at India and other developing nations. The phone will have a 4.5 inch display, dual SIM card slots, and an FM radio. Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s Android division, discusses the phone at Google’s I/O conference:
Our goal is to reach the next five billion people in the world. In India and other countries like that, it’s disappointing that less than 10 percent of the population have access to smartphones.
Google announces Android Auto, which is a platform that integrates Android phones into the driving experience. Users can use voice commands to get directions, play music, set reminders, and call contacts while driving. The platform is expected be available at the end of 2014.
The Nokia X2 launches at $135 per device. It runs on Android despite the fact that Nokia’s parent company Microsoft also makes a mobile operating system. The phone features 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory (expandable to 32 GB), and a 5 megapixel camera.
Minaj announces her 3rd fragrance Onika will launch July 11, 2014 on HSN.
Smells like angles in the garden of perfection.
HP announces the Slatebook 14, its first laptop to run on Android. The device features a touchscreen, 64 gigabytes of internal storage, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. It also has two USB ports and a HDMI port.
The Heart of the Freljord is released in patch version 4.7 along with the Dragonslayer Braum skin. Designer:
As with all champions, we designed Braum to fill a specific gap in the League of Legends champion pool. Specifically, he’s the first true tank support that we’ve created, a champion who takes the hits for their team. We’ve had plenty of defensive supports – champions like Nami, Soraka, Janna etc – who negate damage through heals or shields, along with fighter supports like Leona and Alistar, who are generally great at initiating teamfights before diving deep into the enemy team and disrupting as much as possible. Braum’s something different: he’s a tanky support who literally takes the hits for his team, and as such requires a new mindset, position and playstyle to most conventional supports.