‘Steve Jobs – One Last Thing’ to air on PBS

If you've already read Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, just released Monday, PBS promises fresh material about the Apple co-founder in "Steve Jobs — One Last Thing," a documentary that will air Nov. 2.If you’ve already read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, just released Monday, PBS promises fresh material about the Apple co-founder in “Steve Jobs — One Last Thing,” a documentary that will air Nov. 2.

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‘Flying Humvee’ moves ahead

Future of Tech: A flying car that's rugged enough for hardcore off-road driving, able to survive small-arms fire, and can quickly take off and land is potentially just a few years shy of reality.Future of Tech: A flying car that’s rugged enough for hardcore off-road driving, able to survive small-arms fire, and can quickly take off and land is potentially just a few years shy of reality.

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Getting arrested? Use this app to alert important people

If you get arrested, odds are you'll want to inform the important people in your life about the situation. Thanks to a free Android app, you can alert all of those individuals with the touch of a single button — assuming that you manage to reach for your phone, of course.If you get arrested, odds are you’ll want to inform the important people in your life about the situation. Thanks to a free Android app, you can alert all of those individuals with the touch of a single button — assuming that you manage to reach for your phone, of course.

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LG’s Dual-Screen DoublePlay Smartphone Lands At T-Mobile For $99 On-Contract


If you are of the opinion that two screens are better than one, I come bearing good news. LG’s new DoublePlay smartphone has today been made available at T-Mobile.

We first got a peek at the device back in June, though we were pretty uncertain on details at that point. Then a leaked T-Mo roadmap shed some light, which leads us to today’s official launch. The LG DoublePlay’s claim to fame are its dual screens — one 3.5-inch primary screen, with a 2-inch secondary screen landing square in the middle of its split QWERTY keyboard.

The screens can work in tandem on a single task, or can be used separately to, say, update your Facebook and send a text at the same time. The DoublePlay touts a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You’ll find a 5-megapixel camera on the back, equipped with LED flash, auto focus, and the ability to capture 720p video. Unfortunately, there’s no front-facing cam for the DoublePlay, so hopefully multi-tasking is more important to potential buyers than video chat.

LG understands that not everyone enjoys QWERTY keyboards, and has preloaded the Swype application along with T-Mobile’s Group Text and Cloud Text services.

We originally thought the DoublePlay would go for $149 on-contract (courtesy of that leaked roadmap), but it would seem that the phone gods are in a good mood today. The LG DoublePlay will retail for $99 on a new two-year contract, and is ready to be picked up at a T-Mobile store today.



T-Mobile is a mobile telephone operator headquartered in Bonn, Germany. It is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile has 101 million subscribers making it the worlds sixth largest mobile phone service provider globally.

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October 26, 2011

The LG Group is South Korea’s third largest conglomerate that produces electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications products and operates subsidiaries like LG Electronics, LG Telecom, Zenith Electronics and LG Chem in over 80 countries.

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TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen


As you probably know, Disrupt Beijing is happening next week and I’ll be heading south from Beijing after the event. I would love to hang out with folks in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. As it stands, I think we can put together a meet-up in Shenzhen on Wednesday Night (November 2nd) and another meet-up in Shenzhen on Friday night (November 4). I welcome recommendations for spots and I’d love to talk to start-ups and gadget folks in those cities.

If you’d like to RSVP, email me at john@techcrunch.com with the subject line “HONG KONG” or “SHENZHEN.” If you’d like to meet independently, please let me know – so far my calendar is wide open except for Friday during the day.

I’m looking forward to coming back to the tech capital of the world and I look forward to seeing you. I’ll send updates to Weibo and Twitter as well.

Benchmark-Backed Nextdoor Launches As A Private Social Network For Neighborhoods


There have been a number of startups that have tried to create a social network for neighborhoods and communities, including OhSoWe and DeHood. But there isn’t one platform that has been able to be the go-to social platform for local neighborhoods groups. Enter Benchmark-backed Nextdoor, the next startup to throw its hat in the social network for neighborhoods ring.

Nextdoor, which is a private social network for neighborhoods, was co-founded by Nirav Tolia, of Epionions fame. After Epinions (which became Shopping.com), Tolia spend time as an EIR at Benchmark, and then co-founded FanBase, a directory of all things sports.

Now Tolia is on to his next project, Nextdoor, which is launching to the public today, after being in private beta for the past year. On Nextdoor, neighbors create private, Facebook-like websites for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion are as varied as local events, school fundraisers, plumber and babysitter recommendations, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets. Unlike an email listserv or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

All neighborhoods are private and you have verify whether you live in a particular neighborhood by entering your address. In fact, the network has a rigorous process in which people can join. Nextdoor uses four methods to verify member addresses. Nextdoor can send a postcard to a new member’s address with a unique code printed on it. The code will allow them to log in and verify their account. You can bypass this if you have a listed phone number registered to your home address, and you can request a free phone call to verify your home address. Nextdoor can also instantly verify a new member’s home address
through a credit card billing address. Or someone who is already a verified member of the website can
vouch for a neighbor by inviting them to their website with an email, flyer or postcard invitation.

Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google and other search engines. Via a map for each community, you can see which of your neighbors have joined and who has yet to join. Users can find other neighbors in the resident directory, view a neighborhood map, ask for advice, exchange local recommendations, and share neighborhood information with each other. Neighbors can choose to see and respond to updates via email, or only on the website.

Tolia believes there is a huge opportunity in trying to solve the problem of connecting neighborhoods and communities for the greater good. He explains that most communication is done via email or phone, and there is a need for a private, communications platform for each local neighborhood.

Benchmark partner Bill Gurley agrees. “Nextdoor is different from other social networking sites because it was built from the ground up to help neighbors come together in a trusted environment…We have been blown away by the positive response to Nextdoor and believe it is a natural evolution of social networking that will demonstrate the value of building community to neighborhoods everywhere.”

Nextdoor raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Benchmark Capital and Shasta Ventures. Gurley and Shasta Venture’s Jason Pressman serve on the board of directors, along with outside board member Rich Barton, Chairman and Co-Founder of Zillow.

Ed Everett, Nextdoor’s senior city strategist and the former City Manager of Redwood City, has been working in city administration for a number of years. He says that at the neighborhood level, there was no appealing offering to create an online community for neighborhoods. He believes that because of Nextdoor’s private, geographic-focused nature, the network is the ideal platform for communities.

Over the past year, neighbors in over 175 neighborhoods across 26 states established Nextdoor websites with the goal of creating more connected and safer places to call home. Tolia says engagement was high among users and the platform received positive responses from members.

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Angry Birds Rio Free – Rovio Mobile Ltd.

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Angry Birds Rio Free

Rovio Mobile Ltd.

Genre: Games

Release Date: March 22, 2011

Angry Birds Rio Free

What happens when everybody’s favourite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry!

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

Angry Birds Rio Free features:
– 12 exciting levels + 15 Rio Golden Beach Ball levels!
– Four episodes!
– New achievements!

Expect plenty more where this came from: Episodic updates throughout 2011!

The most exciting of avian adventures continues! Help the Angry Birds to free their friends and defeat the evil smugglers! Stay tuned for further fun episodes!

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