Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

From a consumer psychology perspective, it makes sense for Apple to keep quiet. Once you tell people your phone is water resistant, they will inevitably send their phones flying into glasses to test out that claim (at least, that's what I did with the Galaxy S5). Now, people who accidentally drop their iPhones into the toilet might be pleasantly surprised to discover their phone didn't die. Additionally, the increased water resistance means used iPhone 6s models will last a lot long longer and have fewer costly repairs, which will be particularly useful for Apple and its new iPhone upgrade plan.

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Google unveils Android-based Pixel C tablet

Google's high-end Pixel range just expanded. At today's Nexus Event, Sundar Pichai announced the new Pixel C, a 10.2-inch tablet with USB-C that starts at $499. And instead of running Chrome OS, this Pixel runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Sideplayer for Chrome lets you watch YouTube in a pop-up

This handy Chrome extension lets you watch YouTube videos in a pop-up that floats above your current tab. Install it, click the ‘Play in Sideplayer’ button beneath any YouTube clip and you’re good to go.

Motorola unveils which phones will get upgraded to Android Marshmallow

Motorola also said it’ll discontinue a number of apps and services that have now been made redundant by functions in Android. Its Moto Assist function will go away because of the “Do not disturb” function in Android’s “Sound and notification” settings. Android’s user data backup functions make Motorola Migrate unnecessary, so that’s getting canned.

Microsoft board shrinks Nadella's 2016 stock award

Other top Microsoft executives' equity awards for 2016 fell too, according to SEC documents. Kevin Turner, the company's COO, was presented shares equal to $6.3 million earlier this month, or 66% of the $9.5 million he was given in 2014. Another top executive, CFO Amy Hood, was handed shares equal to $5.1 million, or 81% of the previous year's award. And Brad Smith, who was recently promoted to president, was awarded $3.9 million, or 78% of what he got last year.

Uber's 'douchebag rating' is still a source of shame for riders

After surviving the first Valentine's Day with my girlfriend, I felt like I had the romantic planning down to a science. Buy three sunset-colored roses. Take a stroll through Central Park in New York City. Indulge in a single overpriced drink at some rooftop bar with a view. End with dinner at her favorite French restaurant.

Valve employee uses virtual reality to propose real-life marriage

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset hasn't yet reached store shelves, meaning only a select few developers have gotten their hands on pre-release kits and explored the possibilities of "room-scale" VR. For one staffer at Valve Software, the Vive's official SteamVR partner, that meant an opportunity to claim first dibs on doing something nobody else has ever done with a Vive headset: propose marriage.

Profiling an insider

Sure there is always a disgruntled employee in the ranks, but you as a manager never jump to the immediate conclusion that this person is going to steal data from the company. But it does happen and recognizing the telltale signs will help stop the leakage before it is too late. Here are profiles of some of those employees.

Here’s Doom running on Apple TV and Apple Watch

“So we had a 10-hour hackathon in our Facebook Tel-Aviv office, and the idea was to hack around iOS stuff,” Tubi wrote on the YouTube page. “Apple has released beta versions for watchOS 2 that lets you run native apps on the watch and we thought it could be fun to port Doom over to it!”

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

The price of shame

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

Ray Kurzweil: Tiny Robots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Kurzweil predicts that in the 2030s, human brains will be able to connect to the cloud, allowing us to send emails and photos directly to the brain and to back up our thoughts and memories. This will be possible, he says, via nanobots -- tiny robots from DNA strands -- swimming around in the capillaries of our brain. He sees the extension of our brain into predominantly nonbiological thinking as the next step in the evolution of humans -- just as learning to use tools was for our ancestors.

Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.

Science Knowledge Quiz

Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

What the Dalai Lama can teach us about living well

He may seem a surprising source for such guidance. People around the world admire his wisdom and compassion and are drawn by his charisma. But few realize his value as a futurist who ponders our problems and their solutions globally and over centuries, a visionary who senses what we will need to meet the demands of our coming reality.

The Media Still Owes Dungeons & Dragons an Apology

“It does seem that Dave Arneson was really the first person to come up with the whole idea of, ‘We’re going to explore a dungeon, and we’re having our characters go into these fantasy catacombs under a castle, and we’re going to fight monsters and look for treasure.’ Gary, however, helped come up with the rules for fantasy combat. That was the stuff that Dave Arneson and his friends based their rules on. … It couldn’t have happened without both of them, and it especially couldn’t have happened without Gary’s vision and genius for Dungeons & Dragons as a product. Dave Arneson may have just come up with this fun game that he played with his friends for a while, and other people may have enjoyed it, but it was Gary who was really the visionary, who said, ‘You know what? This is something other people want to play, and other people will pay for. Let’s make a product out of this, let’s make books out of this, let’s start a company.'”

Skype now has real-time translation built in

Microsoft first released Skype Translator almost a year ago as a standalone app designed for Windows 8. The software giant is now integrating its impressive translation feature directly into the desktop version of Skype, opening it up to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 users. Six voice languages will be supported at launch, including English, French, German, Italian, Madarin, and Spanish. Skype will now let you hold a conversation in any of them, without ever needing to learn a language.

Impossible photography

Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.

Radiation-poisoned Spock: Most depressing Christmas ornament ever - CNET

My memory is hazy, but I'm pretty sure I also cried during Spock's poignant death scene as he succumbs to radiation poisoning while his friend Captain (Admiral at the time) Kirk looks on helplessly from the other side of a glass wall. It's the sort of moment you look back on as one of the most moving scenes in all of Star Trek. What it doesn't bring to mind is festive holiday fun...until now.

Chromecast is Google's hugely successful Trojan Horse into your home

Google's secret weapon for getting inside our homes and deeper within the fabric of our daily lives is not smart appliance maker Nest or even its ubiquitous Android operating system. It's a $35 HDMI stick that lets everybody else in the tech industry do all the hard work. The Chromecast, which Google refreshed today with a  2.0 version for video and a new device solely for audio streaming , has sold 20 million units since 2013. And the expanded product family is poised to continue sucking up key infrastructure in the home media system thanks to its low-cost and ever-expanding feature set, which now includes Spotify support and universal search.

Amazon will now pay you to deliver packages

As  The Guardian reports , Amazon Flex appears to have taken its cue from Uber and other "gig economy"-based services. Drivers will be paid $18 to $25 an hour to deliver packages ordered with Amazon Prime Now, the company's one-hour delivery service, though the site suggests it will eventually expand to include other Amazon deliveries. To qualify, drivers must provide their own car, own an Android smartphone, and pass a background check. They can choose to work for two-, four-, or eight-hour shifts.

Portable Pizza Pouch necklace exemplifies the spirit of innovation

For $8.00, customers get a triangular plastic pouch with a zip-locked top. The pouch is fitted with detachable necklace for hands-free wearing, meaning pizza lovers can walk around all morning with lunch hanging around their necks.

China dares you to cross its giant glass bridge

The world's longest glass suspension bridge has opened in China's Shiniuzhai National Park in the picturesque Hunan province. Known as Haohan Qiao — or Brave Men's bridge — the 590-feet-high construction spans 984 feet in length and was originally made of wood. According to a report from the South China Morning Post , park managers added a section of glass to the bridge last year, and liked it so much they decided to transform the entire structure.

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What’s Really Hot on Dating Sites? Proper Grammar

Ah the grammar nazis. Most people don't write well. Most dating site profiles are mind numbingly boring. Of course you will stand out if your write well. But picking at grammar is not the same thing as wanting something that is well written. Grammar is much more about the ability to follow rules, great writing is being able to clearly and forcefully express what someone feels and thinks. When you're in a rush, your autocorrect can hit the there's vs. theirs. Most people who are grammar nazis are just too uptight for me. When you read something, your brain fills in the meaning. What matters is does this person know how to write and express themselves, and most importantly have something interesting to express

Genius baby is already an expert at problem solving

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Google's Cute Cars And The Ugly End Of Driving

People should, very much, be concerned. There are a lot of questions we should be asking about self-driving cars (Will they be privately or publicly owned? Both? Will nonautonomous vehicles be banned? When? How will we secure them from hacking and viruses and malware and plain old-fashioned bugs? How can we preserve our location privacy? How will they operate in disaster and evacuation scenarios? How will they be insured? And purely in terms of Google, if it isn’t getting into the manufacturing business, and given that it doesn’t operate purely altruistically, how does it intend to turn a profit off of this highly expensive research project it has embarked on? What will it track? What will it monitor? What will it do inside those cute little cars?), because autonomous vehicles will become a pervasive technology and we should always interrogate things that will transform our society before, rather than after, the fact.

Vatican priest comes out as gay, in a relationship, gets fired

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.

Diabolical little girl held an owl and the Internet had a Photoshop field day

is a leading global media company that informs, inspires and entertains the digital generation. Mashable is redefining storytelling by documenting and shaping the digital revolution in a new voice, new formats and cutting-edge technologies to a uniquely dedicated audience of 42 million monthly unique visitors and 24 million social followers.

18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

"Tending to more books than anyone could read in a lifetime – from international bestsellers to a remarkable showing of local authors, BookKids to MysteryPeople—plus almost daily events and a quirky collection of toys, BookPeople’s wonderful staff are on their toes expanding horizons and making literary dreams come true," the Austin Chronicle raves .

How not to be ignorant about the world

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Falling in love is the easy part

Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?

This Facebook 'privacy notice' is a hoax, and you shouldn't bother sharing it

As of September 28th 11:30 am Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste

Two geniuses post selfies with stolen money, are promptly arrested

The police were tipped off when Mogan posted Facebook photos of himself and 24-year-old girlfriend Ashley Duboe posing with the alleged stolen money. Which was, you know, maybe not the greatest idea ever.

Industrial Robots May Need to Be Observant Students | MIT Technology Review

The approach involves training a computer system to associate specific robot actions with video footage showing people performing various tasks. A recent paper from the group, for example, shows that a robot can learn how to pick up different objects using two different systems by watching thousands of instructional YouTube videos. One system learns to recognize different objects; another identifies different types of grasp.

Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

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9 ways to practice self-care

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

Tesla's first Model X electric SUVs sell for $132k

If the giant view of the road ahead bores you, there's a 17-inch touchscreen that'll pull together media playing, navigation and cabin control. (We think the latter means HVAC). In other firsts, the Model X is the first EV to have a 5,000-pound tow capacity. It's a proper SUV, yet promises a rush of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The built-in 90 kWh battery on the signature model promises a run of 250 miles on a single charge. As long as you're not playing with the doors all day, presumably.

What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation

1. Are you willing? I’ve worked with mediation services that help people in a dispute with their neighbor, partner or colleague. By analyzing hundreds of calls between mediators and their potential clients, it became clear that some callers don’t really want mediation; they want a lawyer, police officer or housing company to arrest, evict or otherwise constrain the other party’s behavior. They have been referred to mediation as a last resort, and many callers reject it on the basis that the other party is the “kind of person who won’t mediate.” Without knowing how to overcome that hurdle, the call is over and the client is lost. However, I found that when mediators asked people if they would be “willing” to mediate, even resistant callers agreed to try the service. “Willing” was significantly more effective than other phrasing such as “might you be interested in mediation?” — and it was the only word that achieved a total turnaround from “no” to “yes.” My theory: it works because if the other party is the kind of person who won’t mediate, then the caller must be the kind of

Forget blades, the Skarp razor wants you to shave with lasers - CNET

The Skarp Laser Razor is supposed to use a laser to give a close shave with less irritation. And, since its blade lasts a long time, fewer razors would end up in landfills.

Fairphone wants you to take apart your smartphone

I’ve never dropped a smartphone on purpose before, but at the London preview of the Fairphone 2 that’s exactly what I’m asked to do. I hold the handset nervously to my ear as if making a call and then let it go, flinching as it crashes onto the pavement. When I pick it up, though, there’s only a slight scuffing on the phone’s chunky rubber case, and a Fairphone engineer assures me that even if I had cracked the screen, a replacement could be fitted in a minute. No screws, no wiring, no glue, just pop the old one out and clip a new one in.

Before you learn to code, ask yourself why

Even though this step requires no code, it’s the single most important part of your journey. Take a break and take a long hard look at your results and ask yourself how you’re feeling. Do you feel accomplished or frustrated? Are you dying to move on and build the next thing? Are you already thinking of ways to optimize the thing you’ve built? Do you wish you could do this full-time, or do you find yourself relieved that it’s over and you can go back to watching Netflix in your free time?

RoboCab: Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan

Japan’s cabinet office, Kanagawa prefecture and Robot Taxi Inc. on Thursday said they will start experimenting with unmanned taxi service beginning in 2016. The service will be offered for approximately 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo, with the auto-driving car carrying them from their homes to local grocery stores.

7 Pinterest Tools for Marketers

Thanks for sharing these Pintrest tools, I have not heard of some of these tools before though I use IFTTT but have not used to in connection with Pintrest. I guess I can try using it to pin images on boards of my choice rather than setting time aside to pin images on my boards

This machine produces the largest humanmade waves in the world

The facility needs to be so big because in hydraulic engineering, small-scale models often aren't good enough. A few structures, such as breakwaters built of rock, can be studied using miniature versions, but materials such as sand, clay, and grass behave differently in small-scale models than in the real world, van Gent says. So does water, in some cases: Around a small model of a rock-and-concrete dike, for instance, water may display a so-called laminar flow pattern, whereas in the real world it displays more chaotic turbulent flows. The flume will allow researchers to build realistic, 1:1 scale models of 85% of Dutch coastal defenses.

Tech-savvy dolphin retrieves woman's dropped smartphone - CNET

If you drop your cell phone into a large body of water, you don't have a lot of options. You can wave goodbye and look forward to a new phone. You can go after it, getting soaked in the process. Or you can have a smart dolphin go pick it up for you.

Wove's bendable smartwatch could bring flexible displays into the mainstream

It's easy to imagine what comes after the smartphone if you disregard modern physics. Displays wouldn't be rigid. They would bend and wrap and fold, and then fit nicely in your shirt's front pocket like a square of paper. They could expand from the size of a wristwatch to the length and width of a 10-inch tablet. A flexible display is a glorious idea — and one explored by many a Samsung concept video — but it hasn't taken off in the realm of consumer electronics. That's mostly because those types of displays are, at the moment, an engineering impossibility.

The Surprising Benefits of a Quiet Ego

I am the father of two sons that, like me, have introverted personalities. I’ve told both of them about this website and am encouraging them to read these wonderful articles. This one in particular would speak to both of them, and honestly, it’s something that I’ve always known and take pride in. A “Quiet Ego”, is very empowering. It reassures you that you have strength while being quiet, being strong but staying in the background. Watching, listening, evaluating, and being able to absorb the moment. I’m thankful that the articles here can help me put words to what I’ve felt for so long, but didn’t really know how to express. It is helping me educate my sons to be strong, quiet, confident young men. Thank you.

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57 5 things to look for in your startup team
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62 6 Surprising Insights Of Successful Employee Engagement
63 'Citizen Kane' to 'Call of Duty': The rise of video games in universities
64 TrueCrypt critical flaws revealed: It's time to jump ship | ZDNet
65 Why we laugh
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67 Tinder takes the 'Super Like' Worldwide
68 'The Leftovers' is a new kind of religious TV — especially Season 2
69 Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Lumia event: what to expect
70 This Might Be the First Craigslist Ad to Win a Pulitzer
71 The Delinquent Borrowers Leading a Student Loans Revolt
72 Amazon to stop selling Google Chromecast, Apple TV - CNET
73 Little girl is devastated to discover Adam Levine is married
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78 Origami Wishing Stars (aka. Lucky Stars )
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82 The Bayesian Reproducibility Project
83 Facebook Is Changing People’s Profile Pages
84 Google doesn't need to make Nexus phones anymore
85 The Secrets To Being Creative On A Deadline
86 Wonder Workshop wants robots in the classroom | ZDNet
87 GitHub Launches Support For U2F Security Keys
88 Enthusiastic toddler has convincing debate with mom about naptime
89 Find the Right Expert for Any Problem
90 Larry Wilmore for president: Keeping it 100 on 2016
91 Tastemaker: How Spotify’s Discover Weekly cracked human curation at internet scale
92 Google is on the brink of AI capable of natural conversation and even flirtation – scientist
93 How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health
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