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10724558026_940f702785_k Y Combinator has helped over 800 startups come to market that are today worth a collective $30 billion (and possibly even more very soon). Now it looks like a new VC is emerging out of it that will be dedicated to help the most promising of these grow. TechCrunch has learned of a new VC fund called Crystal Towers. Backed by several YC founders, it will start out with between $90 million… Read More


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Star Walk™ 2 – Guide to the Night Sky to Watch Stars, Planets, Meteor Showers & Constellations

Vito Technology Inc.

Genre: Education

Release Date: August 20, 2014


Star Walk 2 is a next-generation tool for not only learning the exact position of stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, satellites, star clusters, nebulae and meteor showers in the night sky but also for investigating its’ depth like watching constellations, nebulae and satellites from aside.

BEST OF 2014: The next generation of the best-selling Star Walk, winner of Apple Design Award, used by over 10 million people.

Star Walk 2 is an exquisite stargazing tool that combines astronomical data with premium technology to deliver an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All you have to do is point your iPhone or iPad at the sky.

“She’s a beauty.”
The Next Web

“Star Walk 2 is a terrific introduction to astronomy for young and old. It’s also handy for serious stargazers for observing planning.”
TUAW

“For those who enjoy the original app, Star Walk 2 is worth the upgrade — the interface is gorgeous. Anyone with even a passing interest in astronomy should grab Star Walk 2.”
iLounge

“It is worth every penny.”
PadGadget

NEW IN STAR WALK 2

All-new stunning design:
– New simpler and cleaner interface in vibrant colors for retina displays
– Atmospheric visual and sound effects, stirring soundtrack
– Exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art

Incredible 3D models of celestial bodies*:
– Planetary nebulae
– Constellations
– Dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids
– Man-made satellites
– Layer by layer planets and missions

*Available through In-App Purchase. Constellations are available for free for limited time.

*No Internet connection required*

Universal app that works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

DISCOVER NEW DEPTHS
Star Walk 2 is the first astronomy guide to introduce plausible three-dimensional models of planetary nebulae. Star groupings of the 88 officially recognized constellations are also presented in volume. You can see them as separate entities, turn them around and take a look from the other side. Complemented by articles on connected myths and history, this is the most comprehensive collection of information on constellations.*

REAL-TIME MOTION TRACKING
As you hold your phone up and point it towards the sky, Star Walk 2 follows your motions using the built-in gyroscope to match the map on your screen to the stars seen from your location. Easily find any star, constellation, or satellite in the sky by tapping Search. Star Walk will indicate the direction to look in.

NEW POINT OF VIEW
Unlike on a plain photograph, every star in Star Walk 2 has coordinates. That means you can look at objects, for instance, a constellation from any vantage point in space, not to mention the ultimate accuracy of your map for your exact location.

NOW AND LATER
Star Walk 2 gives you accurate daily data on current moon phase, time of sunset and sunrise, and elevation of planets. With just one slide you can see how the sky will look later tonight or throughout the year.

PRO STARGAZING
Special night-time soft red mode will help you preserve night vision when stargazing with a telescope. You can see the sky in X-Ray (and 5 more filters) to study the invisible structure of the universe. Live tracking for over 8,000 satellites will help you catch iridium flares, and detailed articles will satisfy the most curious inquirer.

© © Vito Technology, Inc.


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Cool School – Kids Rule!!!

TabTale LTD

Genre: Games

Release Date: July 1, 2015


~> You wish your school was this COOL! Get ready to attend the coolest school ever, packed with super cool & creative activities!
~> Explore ALL the school rooms – visit the nurse’s office, feed the class pet, play memory games by the lockers and SO much more!
~> UH OH… what’s going on in the school bathroom?! Check it out for yourself!

School has never been this cool and exciting! With this all new school-themed app, your kids will want to go to school all day, every day! Bursting with awesome, super cool activities, this app is the perfect way to get kids excited about going to school! Who knew school could be SO much fun?!

COOL FEATURES:
> Treat students in the nurse’s office with real-life nurse tools!
> Have a blast in the bathroom! (*Ever wonder what really goes on inside the bathroom at school?!)
> Care for the school’s garden! Grow your own plants and get rid of bugs so they don’t eat all the plants!
> Prepare yummy food in the cafeteria! Serve the students!
> Play the locker memory game! Can you find all the matching items?
> Get the classroom ready for class! Don’t forget to feed the class pet!
> Challenge yourself with tons of bus mazes! Help the bus make it’s way to school!
> Enjoy creative arts and crafts activities – decorate classroom posters!

AND soooo much more! Told you this school was super COOL!

ABOUT TabTale:
With over 600 million downloads and growing, TabTale has established itself as the creator of pioneering virtual adventures that kids and parents love. We lovingly produce interactive e-books, games, and educational experiences for children.
Visit us: http://www.tabtale.com/
Like us: http://www.facebook.com/TabTale
Follow us:@Tabtale
Watch us: http://www.youtube.com/iTabtale

CONTACT US
Let us know what you think! Questions? Suggestions? Technical Support? Contact us 24/7 at: WeCare@TabTale.com.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS:
* This App is free to play but certain in-game items may be purchased for real money. You may restrict in-app purchases by disabling them on your device.
* By downloading this App you agree to TabTale’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use at: http://tabtale.com/privacy-policy/ and at: http://tabtale.com/terms-of-use/.
Please consider that this App may include third parties services for limited legally permissible purposes.

© © TabTale LTD.


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Circulate.

kumuva Digital Ltd

Genre: Games

Release Date: July 1, 2015


Circulate – Simply TAP to reach the GOAL – you just need to
TAP at the right time 😉

The NEW one touch Arcade Game that's so simple
to play yet hard to master.

FEATURES:

• One Tap Gameplay
• Epic Slow Mo
• 50 Insane Levels
• Infinite HARD mode

#circulate

© © DeadCool

LONDON (Reuters) – (This version of the story was refiled to make clear in paragraph three that Isner won fifth set 70-68)

crunchweek-4-3 Happy Friday, everyone. We’re glad that you are with us today before we take off and drink beer celebrate America.
Our own Sarah Buhr took over the hosting slot this week, while Matthew Lynley and myself helped out. We dug into the release of Apple Music, Uber’s decision to absorb a large chunk of Microsoft’s Bing Maps team, and how Shyp, a startup, is helping shape the… Read More

escalator Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want. Read More

Removed chapter on financial system failed to meet ‘usual standards of discourse’, says official

cardboard Since about 10 seconds after Google launched its do-it-yourself Cardboard virtual reality headset, other companies have been selling pre-made clones — and Google is totally fine with that. The catch: many of the clones cost upwards of $20-30 bucks, and that’s before shipping. Paying that much for what is essentially a piece of cardboard can feel a bit silly. Looking to capitalize… Read More

LONDON (Reuters) – The needle on the Wimbledon Richter scale sat poised and ready but Serena Williams dug deep into her battle-hardened playbook to ensure there was no earth-shuddering shock at the hands of scurrying Briton Heather Watson on Friday.


MADRID (Reuters) – The new president of the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has fired the nation’s first female Davis Cup captain, Gala Leon, two weeks before the Group I second-round tie away to Russia.

Back in January, we shared a video of an iPhone 6 that went into space, protected by an iPhone case constructed by Urban Armor Gear. The iPhone 6 came out unscathed, so when Urban Armor Gear offered us the chance to get our hands on a few of its cases to check out for a review, we agreed.

Urban Armor Gear’s line of cases are definitely unique, with an industrial-looking armored shell and an impact resistant inner core. Cases are available for several devices, but we checked out the company’s Rogue Folio for the iPad Air 2, its Rogue Folio for the iPhone 6 Plus, and its Navigator case for the iPhone 6 Plus.


We liked the lightweight, rugged protection offered by each of the cases, but we had some qualms with each of the folio cases. The Rogue Folio for the iPad works as expected, keeping the iPad safe from drops and serving as a stand that offers multiple viewing positions, but when holding the iPad with the case on, the flap is loose and hard to grip.

The same goes for the Rogue Folio for the iPhone. It offers all-around protection, leaves the buttons easy to press, and holds credit cards, but the of the folio is bulky, covers the camera, and feels downright sloppy.

The company’s line of non-folio iPhone cases, which all have a different name based on color, are thin and light, and for the protection they offer, they don’t add a lot of bulk to the iPhone. Ports are left open, buttons are easy to press, and a screen protector keeps the display safe. There’s also a lip around the phone to prevent the display from touching a surface like a desk when facedown.

Urban Armor Gear’s standard iPhone cases can be purchased from the company’s website for $39.95, and are available in white, blue, orange, black, pink, and clear. The company’s folio cases for the iPhone and iPad are available in red and black and can be purchased for $39.95 and $49.95, respectively.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.


zoe-smooth Here’s a wonderfully neat project to perhaps spark some creativity as we head into this holiday weekend: the 3D printed Zoetrope. Take the concept of a flipbook — a series of frames displayed quickly to trick your brain into seeing an animation — and make it 3D, swapping out the still images for sculptures. Toss in a spinning platter and a strobe light (with the strobe… Read More

This neo-soul artist performed most of his new album, ‘In Another Life,’ in his set at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday.


Zymatic by PicoBrew PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell and Avi Geiger.
The machine at the heart of their operation is The Zymatic—an apparatus that simplifies beer-making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating Wort (unfermented beer).
Did their device turn a beer drinker like me, with zero brewing experience, into a beer maker? Read More

The Reddit community was in flux after the administrator of one of the site’s most popular sections was let go on Thursday.

It’s unclear why Victoria Taylor, the administrator of /r/IAMA (Ask Me Anything), was dismissed, but volunteer moderators shut down several other sections of the social sharing site in protest, NPR reports.

On Friday afternoon, a moderator of the AMA section, or subreddit, posted an explainer:

You may have noticed that /r/IAmA was recently set to “private” for a short period of time. A full explanation can be found here, but the gist of it is that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from Reddit and the admins did not have a good alternative to help conduct AMAs. As a result, our current system will no longer be feasible.

Chooter (Victoria) was let go as an admin by /u/kn0thing. She was a pillar of the AMA community and responsible for nearly all of reddit’s positive press. She helped not only IAMA grow, but reddit as a whole. reddit’s culture would not be what it is today without Victoria’s efforts over the last several years.

We have taken the day to try to understand how Reddit will seek to replace Victoria, and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that they do not have a plan that we can put our trust in.

Taylor reportedly helped arrange and run thousands of AMAs, Reddit’s version of the Q&A, including with President Barack Obama. She said in a short AMA of her own that she was “dazed” after the firing, but didn’t give any hints as to why it happened.

As a result, several popular subreddits, including /r/IAMA, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/Art, /r/videos and /r/funny, were temporarily set to private, effectively shutting them down. Most of them appeared to be back up and running by mid-Friday afternoon, and many of them explained that the shutdown was due to Taylor’s dismissal.

In a post early Friday, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian apologized for “how we handled communicating change to the AMA team this morning.” He urged subreddit monitors to make their pages public again:

Your message was received loud and clear. The communication between Reddit and the moderators needs to improve dramatically. We will work closely with you all going forward to ensure events like today don’t happen again. At this point, however, the blackout has served its purpose, and now it’s time to get Reddit functioning again.

The popular 10-year-old site reported nearly 164 million unique viewers last month.

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma.

Andrea Cammelleri (kah-meh-LEHR’-ee) says she shouldn’t have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West Jefferson.

The law lists several types of vehicles that can’t be parked longer than 24 hours, including a “motor vehicle camper,” with the comma missing between “vehicle” and “camper.”

Cammelleri says her pickup truck did not fit that definition.

The village says the law’s meaning was clear in context, but Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals says in last week’s ruling that West Jefferson should amend the law if it wants it read differently.

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You know the old cliché about cats and dogs, right? Well, just forget about it.

BuzzFeed is here to prove that your purring felines are just as eager as their barking counterparts to play fetch, devour meals and protect your home. So are cats man’s best friend? Watch the video above and decide for yourself.

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Even though most developers work their hardest to ensure that the programs you download onto your Mac run smoothly, sometimes, things go wrong. One issue that may arise is an app using an exorbitant amount of energy or memory, causing your Mac to overheat or suffer severe battery drain.

Sometimes, simply closing an app doesn’t do the trick. For example, if a program includes a helper tool, that tool may be the culprit. Closing the program may not solve the problem.

We’ve got a troubleshooting guide for finding out which apps are using the most percentage of processes on your computer.

Check Energy Consuming Apps

If you experience a fast drain on your MacBook’s battery, it may be caused by certain programs running in the background. While you may have intended to run something like Spotify, it is possible that you have a program open that you didn’t know about.

Apps using significant energy
You can quickly check to see which apps are using a significant amount of energy by left clicking on the battery icon in the upper right corner of your laptop’s tool bar. From the dropdown list, wait a few seconds until your Mac finishes collecting power usage information. Any apps that are using a lot of energy will be listed.

You can then find the app by searching in Finder and quit the program. Or, you can right click on the app to open Activity Monitor.
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‘Haircut’ of 30% considered on customers’ funds above €8,000

CI_sS-hWoAAvffK For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More

Screenshot 2015-07-03 12.02.22 Happy Friday of a long weekend, everyone! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve chosen some extra fun topics for this week’s episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast. Lexus teased out a new hoverboard this week, because the world clearly isn’t weird enough yet. Anki is preparing to ship its second-generation robotic track cars very soon. And Bowling Central… Read More

The Parthenon in Athens. There was a ton of fallout as the Greek economic crisis worsened this week week and the country struggled to come up with answers to its growing predicament. As Alexia Tsotsis explained  in an article on TechCrunch earlier this week: This week, the Syriza government failed in negotiations to receive a tranche of bailout money in time to make a $1.7 billion IMF payment on June 30th. Instead… Read More

Since its debut in April, the new 12-inch Retina MacBook hasn’t seen that much in the way of functional, protective travel cases showing up either online or in brick-and-mortar stores. Fortunately, San Francisco-based accessory manufacturer Waterfield has released not just a single travel sleeve for Apple’s newest MacBook, but an entire line of bags and cases for early adopters of the device.

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Waterfield sent me the “Dash MacBook Sleeve” to review, and the case is covered in a black ballistic nylon outer shell but houses a plush, smooth inner liner to ensure your brand-new MacBook won’t scratch or scuff while resting inside the case. The Dash’s backside comes packed with a mesh netting that will hold accessories like cables and headphones, and to ensure your MacBook doesn’t tumble out, there’s a single elastic band attached on top.

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After a few days taking my MacBook around with the Dash sleeve, I barely have any big quibbles with the case. While certainly a downside for some, I found Waterfield’s decision to stick to stark, bare-bones color options — all-black or with a copper trim — refreshing over some of the more out-there case options on the market. Notable as well, the case barely gains any thickness while housing the Retina device, retaining the 12-inch MacBook’s sense of lightness even in a protected environment.
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Tawfeek Barhom and Yaël Abecassis in Eran Riklis’ A Borrowed Identity, photographed by Eitan Riklis

The first film I ever watched by Eran Riklis was The Syrian Bride, starring Hiam Abbass and Makram Khoury. I remember how enthusiastic I was to finally learn something that wasn’t commonplace about the Druze community in the Golan Heights, through the work of this wondrous filmmaker. Fast forward to years later when, at a party, upon meeting a Syrian Druze gentleman I exclaimed “OMG, you must watch The Syrian Bride, it’s a gorgeous film about your community made by an Israeli director.” The man looked at me in disbelief and answered “What does an Israeli know about the Druze!” It was then that I first realized how our origin, our background affects what we’re allowed, and not allowed to talk about, even as artists.

Thanks goodness Riklis never got that memo!

From Cup Final to The Human Resources Manager, from Lemon Tree to Zaytoun, Riklis has always talked about the untalkable in his films: Peace, humanity, and the ability to discuss what makes us different, while also celebrating our contrasts.

I’m a year late in watching Riklis’ latest, A Borrowed Identity — also known as Dancing Arabs, the film’s original title at festivals around the world, and Mon Fils, “My Son” in its French incarnation. But better late than never in this case, because once again, I walk away from one of Eran’s films a different woman, a more informed person and a better human being. It’s become the norm for me with the work of the most open-minded, best cultural bridge-building filmmaker I know.

Typically, I would have watched a film like A Borrowed Identity in Cannes or Venice. But the film ends with such a provocative scene, an idea so unthinkable and bold that I can only imagine the programmers at those festivals scrambling to find words to explain their choices to the press. Simpler for them to just turn it down, quietly. So while it premiered at Locarno, where it was also not given the Golden Leopard it deserved for the same reasons, I assume, A Borrowed Identity traveled a different festival route, finding its biggest success in open-minded Telluride. Now, it is finally in US theaters, enjoying a second week at Lincoln Plaza in NYC, rolling out to West Coast theaters this weekend, and later across the US.

A Borrowed Identity opens with a line by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish that goes “Identity is our legacy and not our inheritance; our invention and not our memory…” So why should where, how and who we are born decide what we can and cannot do? Unfortunately, not everyone in this world can make a choice, or even attempt to wonder aloud what I’m writing know. Palestinians and Israelis risk much when they do.

Riklis’ film begins slowly. But it builds momentum to a finish that left me and my viewing companion in sobs.

I’ll admit something that shames me, I might have left the theater in the first twenty minutes if I didn’t possess the faith I have in this filmmaker’s genius. The background about the family, the part that comes from the first of Sayed Kashua’s books to make up the storyline of A Borrowed IdentityDancing Arabs — didn’t envelop me right away. Perhaps I would have liked only a hint of the grandmother, as a voiceover, with the fated suitcase opening upon her death and the instructions carried out by her nephew, Eyad (played by the most charismatic acting discovery of the year, Tawfeek Barhom). The story could have started there for me, I didn’t need childhood scenes or interiors.

Yet once Kashua’s narrative from Second Person Singular kicked in, the film grabbed me wholeheartedly. There was no turning back, no turning away from that big screen even for a minute, only and completely with all my being following the triangle of Eyad, Yonathan (played to perfection by Michael Moshonov) and his mother Edna (played by one of my favorite actresses, the stunning Yaël Abecassis). What followed turned out to be, once again, one of those Eran Riklis masterpieces of endless possibilities.

Israeli Arab novelist and journalist Sayed Kashua also wrote the screenplay for the film, which may explain the indulgence of the family set-up. To a writer’s format such details are necessary, while in a film they can be done away with. Though Eyad’s father Salah’s efforts (played by Ali Suliman), to send his son off to an Israeli Hebrew school, clarify much and probably couldn’t be dealt with differently in the narrative.

In the end, A Borrowed Identity left me with more questions than answers, more thoughts than words. That’s what a great film should always do, while also helping its audience to understand themselves and the world around them just a little bit more. It’s a film full of courage, by a filmmaker who is unafraid and unapologetic about who he is. And perfect proof that our background, our birth-given opportunities have very little to do with the person we become, despite what the world wants us to believe.

For info and screenings check out the Strand Releasing website.

Image by Eitan Riklis courtesy of Strand Releasing, used with permission.

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