Firefox, Chrome and Opera are fantastic browsers in their own right, and are made even better by the wealth of extensions available in their respective stores.However, for various reasons, not all add-ons are available in the official stores, and must instead be installed manually.Take care to only install add-ons downloaded from legitimate sources, and remember that you're doing so at your own risk.You can still install extensions by dragging and dropping a downloaded CRX file onto the Extensions list, but it will be greyed out and you'll be unable to activate it.Last year, Google extended this policy to the developer version of the browser, closing down that possible avenue.Drag and drop the CRX for extensions designed for Chrome or OEX extensions developed for Opera file onto the list of installed extensions.
OPINION: Powered by the new conversational Google Assistant, Google Home promises to be the smart home hub we ve all been waiting for – and takes the fight to rivals Apple and Amazon.But surely making a video so similar to Amazon s is a misstep that illustrates how Google is simply playing catch up?Thanks to Google Assistant, the bot-based offering that ll feature across the company s platforms, that oft-promised sci-fi future is on the horizon.They just don t cater for those natural follow-on queries.On the evidence of the admittedly aspirational video, it also seems like our existing relationships with Google, beyond search, will also allow Google Assistant to know us better than Alexa does.While the Echo can be instructed to learn your commute and advise on traffic, the power of Google Maps and Waze offers alternate roots when the traffic is bad and could send it right to your phone.
Courtesy of VISUALHOUSEFourteen years from now, New York s skyline will be one vastly different than the recognizable profile visible today.With dozens of new projects set to make their mark on the city, the creative design companyVisualhouse — specializing in 3D visualizations — has released a rendering of New York in 2030.This image shows the who s who of modern architecture — with buildings designed by Jean Nouvel,Rafael Vinoly, Bjarke Ingels Group, SOM, Foster Partners, and Kohn Pedersen Fox, just to name a few, said Visualhouse CEO and Founder, Rob Herrick.How these modern day masterpieces all fit together in the sky space, that will be the legacy for New Yorkers in 2030 and beyond.Some of these additions include Nordstrom Tower, which, when completed, will have the tallest roof in the United States; BIG s nearly complete VIA 57 WEST; 432 Park Avenue; and various projects around the newly developed Hudson Yards site, such as 30 and 35 Hudson Yards both by Kohn Pedersen Fox , 15 Hudson Yards by Diller Scofidio Renfro, and SOM s nearby office and residential complex, Manhattan West.While many of these projects have already begun construction, only time will tell if this hypothetical New York materializes, and we can only wonder what other surprises may be in store for one of the world s most recognized skylines.
The families of two teenagers still lost at sea received bad news from Apple, which told the families it could not recover any data from the iPhone that belonged to one of the boys, reports Sun Sentinel.14-year-old teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have been missing since last July after not returning from a boating trip they took off the Jupiter Inlet, which is located off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida.As I said before, I owe it to Perry to exhaust every possible avenue in pursuit of finding out what happened to him, said Pamela.The iPhone has been a point of contention for the Stephanos and Cohens, who can t agree on what to do with the handset.When the iPhone was first discovered, the Cohen family filed a lawsuit against both the Stephanos and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in an effort to have the phone examined.On one hand, the Cohens want to move forward in any possible way in an attempt to get information off of the iPhone.
You can buy an iPhone as you walk down The Avenue, enjoy a seminar with artists in The Forum, fix your laptop under the trees in the Genius Grove and get some training in The Boardroom.The stores confounded early expectations and helped Apple become one of the most admired consumer brands in history.The reboot was led by design chief Jony Ive and Angela Ahrendts, who worked at Burberry before joining Apple two years ago to run the retail operations.If the concept works as designed, you'll buy into Apple's ecosystem of hardware, content and services—at least for another few years.Visitors will be able to enjoy the show from a few dozen wooden and leather stools designed by Ive's elite unit.This space extends Apple's push to attract business customers that has seen the company team up with Cisco, SAP and IBM in recent years.The San Francisco version is also home to a fountain by local sculptor Ruth Asawa.When Apple reported slowing iPhone sales earlier this year, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said customers weren't upgrading their handsets as quickly as they once did.
"We ve always had a strong interest from within Google for people to go work on new things and have developed many of our products internally that way," CEO Sundar Pichai told Forbes' Miguel Helft."At our scale, we want to make sure that there is a thoughtful way by which you give an avenue for those projects to be ambitious."Pichai confirmed that the incubator, which was first reported by The Information last month, is a play on its famous 20% time, which gave employees freedom to work on things outside of their regular work that they were passionate about.Teams within Google can submit a business plan to the incubator, run by executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz, and if they're selected Pichai said they'll be able to stay in the program even as long as six months.Here s a description of the original 20% time that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin included in their 2004 IPO letter:"We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google," they wrote."This empowers them to be more creative and innovative.
When the first Apple stores opened in 2001, people stood in round-the-block lines to be the first inside, and the first to experience Apple s iconic design language given form and space—an iPod reproduced in bricks and mortar.The company is trying to give the impression that these are not just places to hand over money in exchange for pieces of beautifully designed pieces of glass and aluminum, but spaces to come and hang out.The sparkly, reflective, terrazzo floors bounce natural light around the store, which should keep the indoor trees happy, and cut electricity usage.They can be heated, like a fancy bathroom, or chilled, which the company thinks is going to be the more frequent scenario.Apple s iconic Geniuses who had to deal with 1 million appointments in San Francisco alone last year will be supplemented with new Creative Pros, who ll give demonstrations of more things we can spend our money on, from camera lenses to drones to music downloads.Alongside the grove is the Avenue where new accessories are on display; the Forum, where a giant video wall will facilitate everything from game night to workshops with invited creative types; and the Boardroom, where small business, start-ups, and app developers can share wisdom.
An artist's rendering of how the home at 1459 Hamilton Avenue will look from... Grace Mathieson PALO ALTO -- Four houses surrounding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's home in Palo Alto will be demolished and replaced by smaller ones, according to an application filed with city planners Tuesday.Zuckerberg bought the homes on Hamilton Avenue and Edgewood Drive in 2013 after he learned of a developer's plan to build a house next door tall enough to have a view of Zuckerberg's master bedroom.Concerned about privacy, Zuckerberg paid more than $30 million total for the properties at 1462 Edgewood Drive and 1451, 1457 and 1459 Hamilton in the Crescent Park neighborhood.One of those sales led real estate developer Mircea Voskerician to sue the Facebook co-founder in 2014, alleging a breach in the terms of their property deal.Voskerician settled the fraud lawsuit in March without getting any money from the settlement.Voskerician claimed in the lawsuit that he sold to Zuckerberg at a discounted price the right to buy the adjacent property in exchange for an introduction to Silicon Valley movers and shakers who might want to buy homes, but Zuckerberg did not keep his end of the deal.A request submitted Tuesday to the city's Planning and Community Environment Department seeks the demolition of two single-story houses and two two-story houses.The houses would be replaced by three single-story houses and one two-story house.A letter from property managers Kimberley Darlington and Alistair Shearer dated May 16 was distributed to neighbors informing them of the application.Advertisement"The plans will reduce overall square footage relative to the existing homes and aim to ensure the new structures and surrounding gardens blend seamlessly with the neighborhood," the letter said.The new homes will take up about 20 percent less space than the existing footprint, according to the application.
Snowden appeared via satellite link in the Australian city of Melbourne last night, live from Russia where he resides under temporary asylum after leaking classified documents that revealed the extent of the modern global western government intelligence apparatus.The AFP Friday raided the office of Labor power-broker and former comms minister Stephen Conroy and the home of a staffer of shadow communications minister Jason Clare."Snowden cites the nation's "drag net" data retention and anti-whistleblower laws in which citizen metadata is retained for two years, and those who leak national security documents may be imprisoned.Former Pentagon investigator John Crane has today told The Guardian how the agency became a trap for whistleblowers, including forerunner NSA leaker Thomas Drake."If someone is saying I don't care about the right to privacy because I've got nothing to hide' that's no different to saying 'I don't care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say'," Snowden says.Snowden also spoke of the power of metadata, suggesting it is more valuable than content because it provides the investigator with similar intelligence while often foregoing the need to acquire warrants.
New York City s Second Avenue Subway is scheduled to open on December 30, 2016—an astounding 96 years after it was first proposed.In a charming infographic, DNAinfo looks at all the major infrastructural milestones which NYC accomplished in the time it took to get one subway line built.It s a real kick in the pants to scroll through the various projects completed in the almost-century since the Second Avenue Subway was a glimmer in a transit planner s eye.The Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, JFK Airport, the new/awful Penn Station—these are from another era!—and also a bunch of other transit lines and all the city s major freeways.But it is telling that while the MTA was trying its best to scrape together a piece of basic infrastructure that might serve millions of transit-dependent citizens, the city somehow found the money and the will to build an entire baseball stadium, have that stadium reach the end of its natural structural life, and build YET ANOTHER stadium.Also, as Gawker s Tom Scocca just pointed out to me, technically it s three Yankee Stadiums as the stadium was completely refurbished in the 1970s.
Christened Banking on Blockchain Fund, or BB Fund, the new fund will provide startup capital for early stage blockchain companies that have use cases relevant to banks.Starting with an initial capital infusion of $5 million from Life.Sreda, the fund is seeking additional backing from financial institutions to expand its capital base to $50 million by the end of 2016, then to $100 million in 2017, Life.Sreda indicated.Igor Pesin, a Life.Sreda partner and CFO of the new fund, told East-West Digital News that the fund will start investing after first closure in Q3 2016.To operate the new fund, Life.Sreda has attracted such blockchain and fintech experts as Chris Skinner — an author and blogger who founded the Financial Services Club and was recognized as one of 40 FinTech leaders by the Wall Street Journal s Financial News — David Brear and Thomas Labenbacher.Skinner said that the banks backing the fund will be provided with research outputs and knowledge from the portfolio companies, in addition to investment analytics and returns.The new fund will be headquartered in London and target mainly European and Asian companies.This year will see a big shift to acceptance and adoption of blockchain technologies, with people using it without realizing it, Life.Sreda believes.You ll do a money transfer and you won t realize that the company sending that money is actually using a blockchain trail.In this context, hundreds of blockchain start-ups pitch for investment today as blockchain technologies are revolutionizing everything from banking to law to governance.By answering such questions, the new fund will give all banks an avenue through which they can gain exposure to the rapidly growing blockchain space, Life.Sreda stated.Launched in 2012 as the venture arm of Russian financial group Life, Life.Sreda closed a first fund in late 2014, then launched a second fund targeting exclusively international startups.Over the past two years, the fund has increased its presence in Asia, finally moving its headquarters to Singapore.Last year Life.Sreda announced a $20 million fund jointly with Asian fund Marvelstone to invest in fintech startups, but the project was finally dropped, according to Pesin.Life.Sreda is now a fully independent VC firm, working with a few LPs and strategic partners mainly from Asia, he told East-West Digital News.Pesin defines the fund as a standalone global business with no more connections to the Life financial group.
Locals Only Portland used to have these old themed restaurants—big grand old supper club kind of places.They still do steak Diane and all these flaming things that they prepare tableside, so it s like walking into Mad Men.They have outdoor tables, and they let me take my dog there.I go almost once a week all summer, because they will serve my dog from the children s menu.My favorite gadget is something you must discreetly request to see.Shopping I really like the Hawthorne district, especially the stuff at the Gold Door 6 .
Your Apple Watch rapping you on the wrist is one thing, but how about if you could put a supercharged Taptic engine at the tip of each VR-visualized finger?That's one of the possibilities Novasentis is talking about, pitching its new approach to haptic feedback with smaller, faster-responding hardware that could turn up in wearables, VR controllers, gamepads, and more from next year.The whole strap of your smartwatch could have embedded haptics, for instance, pulsing in one direction or another to guide you through a virtual map.Fingertips in a virtual reality glove could give the wearer the impression of tapping controls you manipulate in mid-air.The taps and pulses felt much more defined than those from an existing smartwatch, while the band suddenly started beeping in different tones when switched into higher frequencies.Someone shooting you from behind, for instance, could send shivers through the bottom edges of the controller; different types of weapon could recoil in noticeably different ways.
Increasingly, consumers are more interested in seeing what other consumers have to say than they are in reading your own self-promotional puff pieces.It s far more powerful when other people that aren t on your payroll are saying it, says Jeev Trika, CEO of CrowdReviews.com.Super Bowl ads aren t going to impress -- but what will reach this audience is a lively conversation thread, real reviews by their peers and a company that takes time to respond to their social comments, Trika says.Use right-brained, creative tactics that go beyond the numbers.There are two great fallacies that lead to tepid results in content marketing.The younger and more tech-savvy demographic in particular will respond more positively to organic user reviews from their peers than they will respond to a Madison-Avenue-generated television commercial.
The cold-press juicing machine consists of a square-shaped, tablet-sized silver block of aluminum that s affixed to a rounded, trapezoidal white base.Looking at it, you d never guess that it secured $120 million in funding, incited a maelstrom of incredulous headlines, and prompted one investor to call it the most complicated business that I ve ever funded.Not the media storm—that came two years after Béhar met and began working with Juicero s founder, Doug Evans.Home juicing might be cheaper, depending on where you buy produce, but it s a messy endeavor that results in heaps of food scraps to compost or toss.The juicer reads the QR code on each pack and uses a Wi-Fi connection to determine how fresh it is.Fuseproject landed the job more than two years ago after Béhar met Juicero founder Doug Evans at one of Evans now-defunct Organic Avenue juice bars.There was nothing like it in the market that could become a consumer product, in any way, he says.
Las Vegas is about to get a piece of Manhattan glitz, as Irving Azoff, the chairman and CEO of Azoff Madison Square Garden Entertainment, looks to bring a brand new, non-sporting arena to America s raunchy desert playground.The builders are billing their new 400,000-square-foot space, which will be located on Sands Avenue on property owned by the casino group, as the world s largest venue built specifically for music and entertainment.For reference, Madison Square Garden itself, with chairs on all four sides, seats just over 18,000.Because it won t be designed to serve the needs of sporting crowds, each and every seat will be in front of the stage, providing optimal views and audio for the audience.I don t worry about the other four arenas , Azoff said, I just know we re going to build the greatest place in the world for acts, they are going to want to play there.Because of permitting and construction, the new venue is still several years away.
One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit.A new startup called Fovo from shapewear line dMondaine s founder, Kiana Anvaripour, wants to change that.She then launched her own shapewear lingerie, dMondaine, in 2011, which is sold at places like Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Net-a-Porter.Fovo today features clothing from over 300 major retailers – both pricier and less so – including Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, H, Neiman Marcus, Dillard s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Forever 21, Nasty Gal, and others.As women shop the site, they can add items from different stores to a universal cart, then checkout directly on Fovo.com, which simplifies the experience.Fovo currently generates revenue through an affiliate model, but the eventual goal is to introduce other means of monetization, like advertising.
In November, LA s Department of Transportation LADOT redesigned the intersection with a new scramble crosswalk also known as a Barnes Dance .Using a data-driven approach to fix dangerous intersections is part of LADOT s Vision Zero initiative, part of a global trend to reduce traffic fatalities to zero.Better striping and pushing the curb out can help make walkers more visible.The idea that such a simple change could have such unequivocal impact makes it seem like an obvious solution for busy streets, but the concept is only now seeing a revival in the US.But it s not an easy sell in the US due to the perception that it exacerbates congestion—it was actually far more prevalent a half-century ago, before cities began prioritizing cars over people.A scramble for Hollywood was first proposed in 1998.
On Tuesday night awarded the Nordic startups awards in Iceland. Nordic Startup Awards is the annual awards ceremony, where a jury of over 60 people appointed best Nordic startups and investors. Of the 800 nominees jury selected 13 winners in as many different categories. Danish Realm combed the year award for the best startups after the company recently passed the one billion users on their mobile database service. Sweden was able to advertise throughout the four winners in the categories of investors this year, this year's accelerator program, newcomer of the year and this year's CTO. Here is the full list of winners: Best accelerator programs: Sting Stockholm, Sweden Best bootstrappade companies: Catchbox, Finland Best business angel: Moaffak Ahmed, Finland Best exponential companies: Clearhaus, Denmark Best investors: North Zone, Sweden Best IOT companies: 720º, Finland Best newcomer: Universal avenue Best hotels office: Rain Making loft, Denmark Best social tech startups: Karolina thought, Iceland This year's CTO: Umut Alp TrueCaller, Sweden Net Founder: Are Traasdahl, Norway This year's startup media: Arctic startups, Finland Startup of the Year: The Realm, Denmark People price: Medilync, Iceland
With Spotify and Apple Music integration, Vi will select up-tempo tunes with the right beats per minute to get your blood pumping, and you can ask her to skip songs.Then you ll enter your goals in the Vi app.With all of this info, plus the data Vi collects from your body, you ll get incredibly personalized training advice—or so LifeBeam co-founder and CEO Omri Yoffe told me during my demo of Vi on a treadmill in an office building just off Park Avenue.If the weather is crappy, Vi will text you some advice to adjust your normal outdoor workout to an indoor training session.I laced up some sneakers and hopped on the treadmill, earbuds snugly placed around my head.I started walking, and Vi told me my heart rate.
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