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How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

By on March 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league.

A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the New York Knicks being demoted to the NBA D-league for having the worst record in the NBA.

That said, here’s what recently went down in the German ProB basketball league.

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Jony Ive Steve Jobs Firing

Why Jony Ive once thought Steve Jobs was going to fire him

By on March 20, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Why Jony Ive once thought Steve Jobs was going to fire him

Scheduled to drop on March 24th, the upcoming Steve Jobs book called Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, promises to deliver a number of incredible stories about Jobs and Apple’s incredible turn around from the brink of bankruptcy.

Ahead of the book’s release, a number of excerpts have already leaked, including an astonishing story about how Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered Steve Jobs part of his own liver. Now comes an additional story courtesy of Fast Company which relays that Jony Ive thought his time at Apple was over once Jobs returned to the company in 1997.

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Steve Jobs Tim Cook Liver

Tim Cook once offered an ill Steve Jobs his liver, new book reveals

By on March 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

Tim Cook once offered an ill Steve Jobs his liver, new book reveals

Last week we detailed how an upcoming book about Steve Jobs promised to deliver “sensational” stories about the Apple co-founder. Cult of Mac has since obtained a few excerpts from the book and, as promised, there are quite a few bombshells already.

Titled, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, the book is slated for release on March 24 but is already available for pre-order on Amazon for $21.78.

The most fascinating tidbit Cult of Mac unearthed details how current Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered part of his liver to Jobs when then Apple co-founder was going through a bout of health struggles.

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Tim Cook Interview Snowden

Tim Cook talks Edward Snowden, Apple Car and more in new interview

By on March 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM.

Tim Cook talks Edward Snowden, Apple Car and more in new interview

As part of Tim Cook’s recent worldwide tour, which has included stops in Israel, Germany, and the U.K, the Apple CEO recently sat down for a far ranging interview with the German-language newspaper BILD (paywall required). The interview touched on a number of interesting topics, including Cook’s thoughts on Edward Snowden, Steve Jobs, and, of course, what Cook makes of all the Apple Car rumors that have sprung up in recent weeks.

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BGR-Smartphones-2014

We’re hiring!

By on December 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

We’re hiring!

It seems like just yesterday that BGR launched as a small spin-off from a sporadic column on Engadget, but we celebrated our eighth anniversary earlier this year and a lot has changed since 2006. The site is no longer a one-man operation, of course, but we’re still a very small team compared to our competitors, who often have huge editorial teams staffed by dozens of writers.

We’ve accomplished plenty with a small, talented group of writers. BGR is read by more than 11 million unique visitors each month, and tens of millions more read our content every month thanks to our great syndication partners.

We enjoyed incredible growth in 2014, and now it’s time to focus on expanding our team so we can grow even faster next year. More →

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BGR Best Smartphones 2013 1000

We’re hiring!

By on July 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

We’re hiring!

BGR has been growing at a phenomenal pace for years, but the first half of 2014 saw unbelievable growth that exceeded even our own lofty expectations. Does that mean it’s time to rest on our laurels, sit back and enjoy being one of the largest and most influential news sites in tech? Of course not — we’re not even close to being done.

As fantastic as our team is right now, however, we need more hands on deck if we’re going to keep growing at our current breakneck pace. More →

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USF Drone Check-Out Program

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

By on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

Why check out a book when you could check out a drone? That’s the decision many students at the University of South Florida are going to be facing when the school library reopens following major renovations. In an effort to provide a more technologically up-to-date environment for students to work in, USF opened a SMART (Science, Math, and Research Technology) Lab on the second floor of the library in 2012. This year, the updating continued. More →

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Fukushima Japan Tsunami Video

Watch this haunting footage of a Japanese ghost town abandoned in the wake of Fukushima

By on May 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Watch this haunting footage of a Japanese ghost town abandoned in the wake of Fukushima

The effects of the disastrous tsunami in Japan that caused a catastrophic failure at the Fukushima nuclear power plant are still being felt to this very day. Recovery efforts began immediately after the plant was hit, but the damage to surrounding areas will take many years to repair. In fact, the nearly 16,000 residents of the town Tomioka, Fukushima, the home of the plant, has been abandoned for over three years. Employing the use of flying drones, HEXa Media, a Japan-based company has returned to the ghost town to explore the ongoing cleanup. It’s a fascinating look at a beautiful city, missing the thousands of families that once called Tomioka home. Take a look at the footage below. More →

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Parrot AR Drone Oculus Rift Project

Video: You can now control your Parrot AR drone with Oculus Rift

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Video: You can now control your Parrot AR drone with Oculus Rift

Berlin-based developer Diego Araos was able to connect an Oculus Rift headset to a Parrot AR drone and actually control it by simply moving his head. The whole thing was recorded and posted on YouTube, where interested users can check out the experience of flying a drone using the Oculus virtual reality gear. According to the developer, the whole project is “really fun,” and most importantly, the latency is “very low.” Parrot AR owners that want to try to fly a drone using Oculus Rift – assuming they have access to the headset – can get the source code needed to make it happen from GitHub, as Araos is sharing his project. More →

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Steve Jobs Phone Call

Meet the guy that hung up on Steve Jobs not once, but twice

By on March 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Meet the guy that hung up on Steve Jobs not once, but twice

The stories we hear about Steve Jobs, much like the stories we hear about any public figure, often paint him in broad strokes — as a tough businessman, a nonconformist, a short-fused inidividual — but one Quora thread that has been floating around for years asks the denizens of the Internet to recount the smaller moments with the (in)famous Apple co-founder. More →

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Internet of Things Market Value

‘Internet of Things’ will be worth more than the national debt

By on February 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

‘Internet of Things’ will be worth more than the national debt

The “Internet of Things” was a major focus at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with virtually every company introducing more connected devices. This is for good reason, as a report from last December said the Internet of Things industry would be worth $309 billion by 2020. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though, according to Cisco CEO John Chambers. More →

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Early Microsoft Windows video

Video: This is what Windows looked like two months before the Macintosh debuted

By on January 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Video: This is what Windows looked like two months before the Macintosh debuted

Two months before Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world in 1984, Microsoft demoed an early version of Windows at COMDEX 1983. Much like the soon-to-be-announced Mac, it featured a graphical user interace with the desktop metaphor, including windows and icons. Users could open multiple windows and use Microsoft Word to edit and format a text document. More →

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