In August 2004, Todd Proebsting, a researcher in Microsoft’s platform and services division, was approached by a manager in the company’s testing organization who had spent months helping to create a piece of software to be used by other Microsoft programmers. Although it was an internal product, the software still had a rigid development schedule and an official launch date: November 2004, just a few months away. The manager had heard a talk by Proebsting about something called a prediction market, a sort of stock market for ideas, in which Microsoft employees would in effect place bets on predictions, instead of on racehorses or football teams. A lot was riding on the timely completion of the testing software. “You said that a market could be used to predict schedules,” the manager said. ”I want to know when my team will finish writing the software.” Proebsting created a market with six possible bets: that the product would ship before … [Read more...] about Bet on It!
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More than seven years after felling Zeus and the Greek pantheon — or what was left of them — in God of War III, Kratos is set to return in God of War, the eighth game in the series. Taking place many years after the events of the original games, Kratos’ age is showing. He’s even more grizzled than before, raising his son in a world with a new pantheon: The Norse gods.Though the development team and Sony haven’t revealed much about the game yet, we rounded up as much info as we can about the series’ next chapter.Catching up with KratosAt E3 2016, Sony and Santa Monica Studios announced God of War, showing off a small slice of the new game. In the demo, an older Kratos taught his young son how to survive in the wild, before saving him from a wild monster.The demo included some spectacularly gory set pieces. What impressed us more, however, was the storytelling surrounding the unfamiliar role into which Kratos has been … [Read more...] about ‘God of War’ rumors and news: Everything we know so far
Detailed by the New York Times this week, both the National Football League and Major League Baseball are making a big push into targeted mobile advertisements based on location. This weekend, anyone walking around Times Square or Metlife Stadium will receive text notifications related to Super Bowl merchandise or directions to specific locations in the user’s vicinity. This is a fairly new technology for smartphone owners, but it’s currently active on all Apple devices that are currently running iOS 7. According to Apple’s developer page, approximately 80 percent of iPhone and iPad owners have upgraded to iOS 7.Of course, Apple’s iBeacon technology doesn’t require that the user download an application prior to receiving notifications. Prior to this point, users that downloaded a store’s application would need to authorize notifications. Stores have been providing incentive for authorization such as exclusive discounts and deals when the user walks … [Read more...] about NFL, MLB roll out iBeacon tech for Super Bowl, Opening Day updates
There’s nothing quite like kiteboarding: soaring across blue water as the wind whips your hair and the sun hits your face; the sense of weightlessness and freedom as you float across waves; the two-part sensation of hitting speeds that feel both effortless and terrifying — it’s no wonder people get hooked.Kitesurfing isn’t a sport you master overnight and most beginners log dozens of hours before even standing up on a boardBefore experiencing that magic moment — where you decide to drop everything and move to Baja — there’s a rather lengthy learning curve. Kitesurfing isn’t a sport you master overnight and most beginners log dozens of hours before even standing up on a board. First, you must learn how to harness the wind and control the kite to your advantage. As a new kiter, you’ll spend hours “body dragging” across the water, tacking back and forth to learn how to get around — there’s no wonder … [Read more...] about Chase the wind with our guide to kitesurfing equipment for beginners