Primus frontman Les Claypool and M.I.R.V. guitarist Bryan Kehoe were jamming around the campfire one night. Claypool was suddenly inspired by the country music forced on him as a child -- Johnny Horton, Jerry Reed, and Vernon Dalhart -- and started playing his bass in a "Luther Perkins dig digga dang, dig digga dang" while Kehoe accompanied on guitar. They tested various songs, from obvious choices like Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" and Primus' own "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" to less likely candidates such as Alice in … Read more
The launch opens up the software to work with outside developers, who will be able to offer up integrations that can help with specific tasks, like printing labels or sending customized emails. Like an app store, the idea is to give users access to tools that other engineers have dreamed up, instead of only having to rely on what Google has built.
To add on, well, an add-on, open up a Google doc or spreadsheet, click on the "Add-on" menue, and click "Get … Read more
As Apple continues to add more content options to the Apple TV, the main screen is starting to feel a bit overwhelming. Not everyone takes advantage of all the different apps (or channels, or services, or icons) on the Apple TV, making it necessary to hide some icons.
In the past, hiding an icon required a lengthy process of diving into the settings. Thankfully, with the latest update to the Apple TV OS (6.1), Apple has made it very simple for users to hide icons directly from the main screen.
Hiding an icon now requires you to highlight the … Read more
Google has added new options for developers selling software through its Chrome Web Store.
Those selling software for Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system now have a variety of new sales possibilities, according to a blog post Tuesday by Chary Chen of the Chrome Web Store team. Among those options are the ability to offer:
Free trials of Chrome extensions and Chrome packaged apps.
Themes that cost money.
Extensions and packaged apps that include in-app payment possibilities.
Subscriptions for Chrome extensions.
Google's Chrome Web Store has brought the app store approach to Web apps and to … Read more
Whisper, the popular anonymous secret-sharing app, has reportedly landed new funding from venture capitalists that gives the company a valuation of $200 million.
The new round, coming six months after its previous funding round, totals just less than $30 million, multiple sources close to the situation told Recode. Combined with the $21 million raised in September and $3 million last April, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup has raised nearly $54 million in less than a year.
Led by Shasta Ventures and Thrive Capital, the round also reportedly included China's Tencent Holdings, which announced Sunday it had taken a 15 percent stake in Chinese online retailer JD.com. … Read more
Gary Numan is well aware that most Americans know him only for his "Cars" single. It's his only US hit, charting at No. 9 back in 1980. But when people call the electro pioneer a one-hit wonder, it drives me crazy. If "Down in the Park," "Are 'Friends' Electric?" "Me! I Disconnect From You," and "You Are in My Vision" (with Tubeway Army), "I Die: You Die," and "We Take Mystery (To Bed)" didn't chart in the US, it's not for lack of … Read more
The company on Monday announced a bounty program, offering to pay people $15 for every new user they refer to Google Apps -- a group of business-targeted software that includes Google Docs, Hangouts, and Drive.
"The referral program makes it easy to share Google Apps with your network and show them how they too can use these tools at work," wrote Prajesh Parekh, a Google Apps marketing rep.
The program is currently available to people in the US and Canada.
Blog publishing platform Medium will unveil an iOS app next week, its first foray into mobile since its 2012 launch, according to a Fortune report.
The app is designed for consumption of content rather than creation on the platform, at least initially, Medium co-founder and CEO Evan Williams revealed Thursday night during Fortune's Brainstorm Tech dinner in Menlo Park, Calif. The report did not indicate when an Android version would be available.Williams, who also founded Twitter and Blogger, said that the platform's user base has experienced rapid user growth in recent months, ballooning from 9 million unique … Read more
DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is based on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segment that appeared in the classic "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" cartoon. The movie follows dog father Mr. Peabody and his biped boy Sherman in a race through time to repair a hole in the universe that jeopardizes the entire space-time continuum. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, and Allison Janney; state-of-the-art CG animation and 3D; a great score by Danny Elfman; and a smart storyline that should charm children and parents … Read more