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  • Google buys social prediction startup Behavio

    Google buys Behavio

    Google has added yet another team to its ever growing list of acquisitions. Startup Behavio, announced it is joining the Mountain View crew and shutting down its closed alpha. The company built its short-lived product on top of Funf, a framework for collecting data from mobile phone sensors. The goal was to analyze things like physical location, contacts and other data about your activities and environment to monitor trends, then make predictions about behavior. The targets weren’t just individuals though, but entire communities. It was even suggested that Behavio could predict the eruption of mass protests. Google has acknowledged the purchase, but isn’t revealing any plans for company just yet. The internet giant’s forays into preemptive and curated search offer an obvious application, however. We imagine applying some of the IP to Google Now is just one of the many potential uses. But its ad-serving algorithm could also clearly benefit from an injection of this technology.

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    Via: The Verge

    Source: Behavio

  • Bacteria completes epic Unity project, crams 15 consoles in one

    Bacteria completes epic Unity project, crams 15 consoles in one

    When it comes to modding consoles there are two names that generally stand above the rest: Mr. Benjamin J. Heckendorn and the man known as Bacteria. The latter has done his fair share of portable machines, but his latest completed project takes console hacking to lofty new heights. Unity crams a stunning 15 different consoles (including classics like the SNES and not-so-classics like the TurboGrafx 16) into a single, admittedly bulky box. The one of a kind entertainment center is the culmination of three years and $700 invested in bringing this dream to life. All of the hardware inside is either from the original consoles (no emulation of clone systems here!) or custom built — such as the 16-position switch. And, it should go without saying, that it took a whole lot to get these gaming machines to share a single power supply, video cable and control pad. Now that the epic project is finally complete Bacteria has provided a rather lengthy walk though of all the various features and the work that went into it, which you can check out after the break.

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    Source: Made-by-Bacteria 1, 2

  • Visualized: Facebook Home's assortment of abodes

    Visualized Facebook Home's variety of abodes

    As you may have heard, Facebook Home has finally made its way to a select number of devices from HTC and Samsung. While the initial rollout was a little shaky, we were able to grab the social network’s latest mobile triumph on every device that officially supports it. What you see above is the full spread of devices that are listed as candidates for the downloadable APK’s launch (the HTC First excepted, which we have unfortunately already shipped away): from left to right, you’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, One X and the One. For folks who already have access to it, the One isn’t officially supported yet, but it’s been announced and it should be coming soon.

    We’ve already gone into painstaking detail of Facebook Home in our review of the HTC First, so we won’t dwell too much on the downloadable version. In short, as we expected, the interface seems quite a bit more quiet than our experience on the First simply because it doesn’t offer the same system-level integration; in other words, the devices shown in the above image are only able to display notifications related to Facebook services. You can still access your usual suite of alerts through the status bar at the top of the screen, but just make sure to go into Home settings to enable this functionality. Aside from the difference in notifications, the downloadable APK differs from the First’s pre-loaded version in that no Google search bar sits upon the top of Home’s app menu. Other than that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any major variances in Cover Feed, chat heads or the app launcher. If you’re curious to see exactly what it looks like on a Samsung Galaxy S III, check out our gallery of screenshots below.

    Note: To ensure that everything works the way it should on your phone, make sure the official Facebook and Messenger apps are installed and completely up-to-date.

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  • Editor's Letter: The fiber fight for Austin's future

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter The fiber fight for Austin's future

    There comes a time in every modern geek’s life when they seriously consider moving to Kansas City, simply to gain access to the wonder that is Google Fiber. This week, would-be bandwidth pilgrims gained another potential destination: Austin, Texas. Yes, the increasingly trendy SXSW locale has officially signed on with Google to start rolling out the connectivity in 2014. Sadly, we’re told to not expect much in the way of access until the summer of next year, which seems like ages, but that should give you plenty of time to save up for a down payment. Austin housing rates are soaring of late.

    Not wanting to be left out of the party, AT&T promptly announced its own initiative to bring high-speed fiber connectivity to Austin just hours after Google. Ma Bell is promising 1 Gbps speeds and the same sort of accessibility and contracts as Google’s service, thus creating a very interesting battleground for high-speed connectivity. It’s the sort of fiber-optic gluttony that we’d all like to indulge in some day, and if Google can keep pushing AT&T like this, perhaps some day we actually will.

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