A dark "l", in linguistic jargon, is one pronounced with the back of the tongue raised. In English, it is found after vowels, as in the words full or pole. This tongue raising can go so far that the "l" ends up sounding like a "w". People frown on this in non-standard dialects such as cockney (" the ol' bill "). But the "l" in folk, talk and walk used to be pronounced. Now almost everyone uses a "w" instead- we effectively say fowk , tawk and wawk . This process is called velarisation .;
Comcast is sparing no expense to swallow Time Warner Cable. In addition to the $45 billion it will spend to expand its waistline from coast to coast, Comcast has padded the pockets of nearly every lawmaker responsible for overseeing the telecom giant's bid. According to a Politico investigation , the company has directed millions of dollars to lawmakers through its political action committee and donations to charitable causes and groups, and millions more on lobbying them.
Often when we think about failure, Fields says, “we do so in a vague, exaggerated way--we’re afraid to even think about it clearly.” But if before embarking on a high-risk challenge, you visualize what would actually happen if it failed--and what you’d likely have to do to pick up the pieces from that failure--this can help you realize that, as Fields says, “failure in any endeavor is rarely absolute. There is a way back from almost anything, and once you acknowledge that, you can proceed with more confidence.” (The psychiatrist and author Judith Beck told me that she uses a similar question with patients-- If the worst happens, how could I cope? --because, as she explained, “People’s anxiety goes down once they realize they will live through their worst fear, and that they have internal and external resources that will help them get through it.”)
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former security contractor Edward Snowden, addressing a sympathetic crowd at a tech-heavy event in Austin, Texas, on Monday from a secret location in Russia, said proposed reforms at the National Security Agency show that he was vindicated in leaking classified material.
Tor , a privacy tool used by activists, criminals, and U.S. intelligence to obscure traces of their online activities, is being repackaged for the mass market. A $49 device launched today and targeted at consumers makes it relatively easy to route a home Internet connection through the Tor network. The Safeplug, as the device is called, can also block most online ads.
MOOCs provide invaluable resources for continuing education and opportunities for students to take courses they might not have otherwise taken. But when I compare my experience, albeit just one course, to the education I received at a traditional university, I wouldn’t trade my in-person college career for a suite of online class credentials, no matter how many university heavyweights stand behind them.
In 2010 Lim became director of sport science for Team RadioShack—which was led by Lance Armstrong, around whom doping allegations had been swirling for years. “Up to that point,” Lim says, “I had spent my whole career despising Lance, actively hating everything he stood for.” Lim believes it was Armstrong who inspired Floyd Landis to cheat, Armstrong whom Slipstream’s methods were implicitly challenging. So how could Lim possibly work for him? At the time, Lim spoke of wanting a more focused role—concentrating on science and technology and working primarily with Armstrong—but there was money as well. After the ’09 Tour de France, Lim told Slipstream he wanted to reduce his commitment; as a result, he says, Slipstream wanted to halve his $120,000 salary. Soon after, Armstrong offered him the job for roughly double what Lim had been making. “I felt like I had been taken advantage of,” Lim says. “The cleanest team in the world wasn’t going to take care of me—but the dirtiest guy in the world was.”
As Revision3 says, "Turn down the lights, lock the doors and set Firefox to private browsing!" This takes the unboxing process even further into risqué territory with some cheesy background music, innuendos and a guy who sounds a little like Barry White. It's SFW, maybe - if you hit the mute button.
Originally published by Infocom, Adams' game was a text adventure — meaning the online way to interact with it was by typing in commands such as "open door," or "turn the light on." Now, for the game's 30th anniversary, the BBC has re-launched it as an online game that's free to play.
The marriage of mobile and contextual search is still in its honeymoon phase—there are plenty of big ideas, but relatively few solid executions. If Yahoo does indeed capitalize on bridging its mobile services with contextual search, you can bet it will be a direct result of one of the many companies it has picked up in the last two years—bringing the technology, and recognition that went along with it, in house.
All in all, however, Recordense is a beautifully designed app that does what it proclaims to do well. But as noted, it’s not perfect – and it’s perhaps a little on the simple side in terms of features. Why not let users annotate audio with photos too, for example? Plus, it would be great if you could choose where to save your recording – such as an external SD card. More updates are in the pipeline though, and we can’t wait to check future iterations.
A thin disk of dark matter running through the Galaxy might be behind the large meteorite strikes that are thought to be responsible for some of Earth’s mass extinctions, including that of the dinosaurs, two theoretical physicists have proposed.
Next, the app simulates the actual painting process. Instead of transforming the whole thing in a single pass, it creates each painting layer by layer, as a real artist would. The app simulates the spreading and bleeding of the pigment onto the canvas, with dedicated properties for the virtual paper, the pigment, the brushes, the water and so on. When he was fine-tuning the app, Balestrieri eventually accepted the how-to books’ recommendations and programmed Waterlogue to paint scenes light to dark. The reason? He found his simulation was so accurate that when darker colors were put down first, they had too much time to bleed into the virtual canvas, ruining the final image.
AUSTIN, Texas — The distance between a normal person and a celebrity can often be measured in degrees. Just ask actor Kevin Bacon — who, during a SXSW session, proved that he could instantly cut the distance down to one degree by including every audience member in a Vine video (below). It was a reminder about the power of technology for direct connection and how easily social media can break down once virtually impenetrable barriers.
In the south-east section of Berlin lies Plänterwald, a borough that sits along the Spree river. This wooded area is home to Spreepark, an old amusement park that once attracted hundreds of thousands. Today, the ferris wheel is at an eerie standstill, and the rollercoaster that used to thrill attendees is now covered in graffiti.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you: That's a monitor and iPhone floating in liquid. They're fine because the tank is filled with Novec, a non-conductive chemical from the "keystone family" used to reduce the temperature on servers, douse fires in race cars and even clean electronics. The iPhone in this picture was unharmed.
That's the message Mayhew Animal Home is sending in its new dog adoption PSA, "Unloved." The video follows stangers having a terrible day, due to others' unkindness and ignorance. But at the end of the day, as long as there's a dog in your life, you have something that unconditionally loves you.
Mendenhall expressed his gratitude for the opportunities playing in the NFL had provided him yet also lamented the cultural changes in the sport he grew up playing. He described his “model of football” — where respect for one’s teammates, the opponent, the officials and the game itself stood above everything else — noting that the professional football player had become the entertainer, and that he no longer wanted to put “his body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”
And you know the perfect place to commission such an outstanding piece: Etsy . Comprised of creative, crafty and often kooky shop owners, the ecommerce platform houses nearly any handcrafted item you could possibly imagine.
Don’t just glance at their images and scroll on. Take some time to analyze the technical reasons why a photo is so beautiful. Look at the composition, the colors and the lighting. What’s the depth of field? Does it look like he added post-processing or filters? Being able to think critically about the photos you see is the first step to creating ones of your own.
In a deal with Sony, Comcast will now sell its subscribers access to the first season of the political drama through its own Xfinity Store, Variety reports . In Hollywood terms, the arrangement might not be anything remarkable — just a new way of syndicating reruns. But cutting Netflix out of the picture for its signature show sends a clear signal that the entertainment and cable industries aren’t about to let some Northern California tech company change television without exacting a price.
Priced at $99 (or $49 for early pre-orders), the Nex Band is set to ship in Q4 2014. Mighty Cast is going for a ‘razor blade’ model, where the band is relatively inexpensive in the hope that owners buy lots of Mods in the future. There’s a fashion element too, and a range of branded Mods are planned, in collaboration with a number of partner companies.
Want to boost your YouTube views and turn channel visitors into subscribers? YouTube star Lamarr Wilson has some tips for you in this debut episode of Mashable's new show YouTube Weekly .
We weren’t only lying to ourselves, but we were being disingenuous to the consumer about what the main intention of the company was. You could turn on your television and see the management reciting the mission statement with an impassioned plea to viewers, but no one in the company was living it.
Forbes reports that the group gained access to the personal blog and Reddit account of Mark Karpeles, Mt. Gox's CEO. The hackers used the platforms to post a message that claimed Karpeles still had access to some of the bitcoins that he'd reported stolen. In support of the claim, they uploaded a series of files that included a spreadsheet of more than a million trades, Karpeles' home addresses, and a screenshot purportedly confirming the hackers' access to the data.
NASA is calling on coders to help in the hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids. Over the next six months, the agency will be offering a total of $35,000 in prizes in a contest series that aims to improve the way telescopes detect, track, and analyze incoming space rocks.
Chain of events: Likely fuselage failure near SATCOM antenna adapter, disabling some or all of GPS, ACARS, ADS-B, and ADS-C antennas and systems. Thus, only primary radars would detect the plane. Primary radar range is usually less than 100nm, and is generally ineffective at high altitudes. If the decompression was slow enough, it’s possible the pilots did not realize to put on oxygen masks until it was too late. (See Helios 522) Also explains why another Pilot thirty minutes ahead heard “mumbling” from MH370 pilots. (VHF comms would be unaffected by SATCOM equipment failure.) With incapacitated pilots, the 777 could continue to fly on Autopilot - programmed to maintain cruise altitude and follow the programmed route. Using the Inertial Reference System (gyroscope based), the plane could navigate without needing GPS. Other thoughts: The plane was equipped with cellular communication hardware, supplied by AeroMobile, to provide GSM services via satellite. However this is an aftermarket product; it’s not connected through SATCOM (as far as I know). This explains why 19 families signed a statement alleging they were able to call the MH370 passengers and get their phones to ring, but with no response. When Malaysian Airlines tried to call the phone numbers a day later, the phones did not ring. By this time, fuel would have been exhausted. Note: 777 Passenger Oxygen masks do not deploy until cabin altitude reaches 13,500. Passengers were likely already unconscious by then, if it was a slow decompression. Also remember that this flight was a red-eye, most passengers would be trying to sleep, masking alarming effects of oxygen deprivation. No confirmed debris has been found anywhere near the search area, consistent with the plane having flown for hours after it lost radar contact. Conclusion: This was likely not an “explosive decompression” or “inflight disintegration.” This was likely a slow decompression that gradually deprived all crew/passengers of oxygen, leaving the autopilot to continue along the route autonomously. The aircraft may be at the floor of the East China Sea, Sea of Japan, or the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles northeast from the current search zone. [UPDATE: Basically, it could be “anywhere”, and we need to use any available radar records to help figure it out. This is where the Vietnamese/Malaysia civilian and military radars will help.]
One thing that iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have proven is that content makers can fight piracy by providing a better, easier service to paying customers. But what happens when piracy fights back with something just as convenient? A new app called Popcorn Time raises that very question. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Popcorn Time lets you stream the latest movies — including American Hustle , Gravity and Frozen – with just a couple clicks. The software uses BitTorrent to find and download movies, but eliminates the usual hassle of wading through sketchy torrent sites and waiting for the file to finish downloading. Basically, it’s the version of Netflix that you’ve always wanted — and maybe have been willing to pay extra for — but that Hollywood may never allow. It’s also a flagrant enabler of copyright violation, at least in the United States. Popcorn Time Popcorn Time’s creators are quick to acknowledge the legal dangers. A disclaimer, warning that it may be illegal in your country to download copyrighted material, appears on the Popcorn Time website and again in the app itself. Movie studios have been known to monitor torrent traffic and sue individual file sharers , so Popcorn Time isn’t necessarily safe unless you’re using a virtual private network to mask your whereabouts. But the creators aren’t particularly worried about the movie industry hounding them . “We don’t expect legal issues,” a developer named Sebastian told TorrentFreak . “We don’t host anything, and none of the developers makes any money. There are no ads, no premium accounts, and no subscription fees or anything like that. It’s an experiment to learn and share.” I have a feeling Hollywood will try its best to attack Popcorn Time, but as a free, open-source project, it’s going to be tough to take down. The developers have shown that movie piracy can be intuitive and user-friendly. If movie studios can’t break down the release windows and old business models that prevent new movies from being available on-demand, they should be very afraid of apps like Popcorn Time.
The song has garnered some serious traction lately, and it hasn't done so by accident. The Chainsmokers, a D.J. and producer from New York, N.Y., used a simple, yet powerful strategy to expand the video's reach online. The electronic dance music duo included selfies from dozens of social media influencers in the video, a strategy that ensured the video would be shared online by those carrying the most weight.
Below we've collected some of the wackier designs to cross the U.S. Patent Office in the 19th century. Ranging from an animatronic creeping baby to a diving dress that transforms you into a deep-sea bullet, these patents will make you wonder what their creators were thinking.
Experian Lapse Allowed ID Theft Service Access to 200 Million Consumer Records — In October 2013, KrebsOnSecurity published an exclusive story detailing how a Vietnamese man running an online identity theft service bought personal and financial records on Americans directly from a company owned by Experian …
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Themer, pictured here, is one of thousands of Android personalization apps in the Google Play Store. These apps are getting more and more popular, according to a new report.
Google today launched the Google Apps Referral Program in the US and Canada. The referral program lets you share Google Apps with other businesses, and pocket a $15 bonus for each new user that signs up.
Google is facing a class action lawsuit filed by parents in the US whose children downloaded a free or modestly-priced game on Google Play, and then chalked up charges for in-app game currency without the parents’ knowledge or authorization, according to a press release issued by law firm Berger & Montague.
Sebuh Honarchian, a developer from Los Angeles, showed up at the South By Southwest Interactive trade show in Austin, Texas on Saturday because he heard there would be a Bitcoin ATM and he needed to pay rent. He found the machine in a corner of the trade floor, flashed it a QR code on his phone, and retrieved $3,000 — less than five BTC at current prices.
While the cause of the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 incident is still unknown, the map below plots a few other crashes that occurred during cruising altitude, or problems that began during cruise, as the result of mechanical failures or technical errors. Click on icons to expand information. ( Editor's Note: This is not a comprehensive list of airplane crashes during cruising altitude. )
One of the first of these new creativity-inspired add-ons is a robotic drumming prosthesis, a device that turns a two-armed human drummer into a three-armed super-powered percussion machine.
Google's head of Chrome and Android, Sundar Pichai, announced today that the company would release a new software developer kit for wearable gadgets within the next two weeks. Speaking with John Battelle at a panel discussion at SXSW 2014, Pichai mentioned that new SDK was coming from Google to help developers create Android apps for devices like smartwatches and fitness bands.
I'm serving as Product Marketing Manager for Plex Systems, a leading provider of Cloud-based ERP systems for manufacturers where my responsibilities include new product introductions, messaging, marketing strategy, business development, and competitive strategy. Previous positions include senior analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at Cincom Systems, Ingram Micro, a SaaS start-up and at hardware companies. I am also a member of the Enterprise Irregulars. My background includes marketing, product management, sales and industry analyst roles in the enterprise software and IT industries. My academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and completion of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. I teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research. I've taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University. You can reach me on Twitter at @LouisColumbus.
Felix – Jim Impoco went on record saying that this was “textbook” reporting. Frankly, any J-school using that textbook deserves to be shutdown for malpractice and moral ineptitude. This story does not pass the smell test on any level. The worst of it is the reporter’s use/misuse of the supposedly condemning quotes from Mr. Nakamoto with the words “it” and “that” assumed to be bitcoin. Without the questions, they don’t make sense. The way she’s hung them into the piece is a huge red sign that she may well be manipulating them for her purposes. Obviously, her tape recording of the interview would clear that up. But now she says there is no recording. That’s not only an F in any journalism class, it tells you everything you need to know this reporter’s credibility. It now turns out that there’s an even better quote from the reporter, which might be seen to make her case: “I was prepared up until the day I spoke to him for him to laugh and say it was a ridiculous coincidence. But he didn’t he acknowledged it,” says Goodman. “I told him, ‘You’re acknowledging Bitcoin and if you weren’t involved you need to tell me now.’ He said, ‘I cannot do that.’” Still circumstantial, it is the only time she ties the word bitcoin to one of Mr. Nakamoto’s answers. It is, by far, the best evidence she’s got. However, the quote doesn’t appear in the article. It shows up in an interview, as reported by Forbes, 24 hours after the story broke. 24 hours afterwards! I believe she made up it during an interview because she knew she had nothing else. Compare what she wrote with what she said and it’s clear she’s either invented the second version, 24 hours later, or manipulated the “I cannot do that” for her piece. Both cannot possibly be true. Until now, the media has let her get away with what are, in my opinion, unethical techniques, the fantasy of deductive conclusions through “forensic journalism,” shoddy journalism and her use of quotes that, again in my opinion, should disqualify whatever credibility she might have had. Some of us care about journalism and the way it is conducted. From reading this reporters articles and especially her most important quote that did not appear in the article, I claim that her textbook reporting is a textbook offense./ JR
Our first report tied to the anniversary looked at the present and the past of the Internet, marking its strikingly fast adoption and assessing its impact on American users’ lives. This report is part of an effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project in association with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to look at the future of the Internet, the Web, and other digital activities. This is the first of eight reports based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality. In this case we asked experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. We will also explore some of the economic change driven by the spectacular progress that made digital tools faster and cheaper. And we will report on whether Americans feel the explosion of digital information coursing through their lives has helped them be better informed and make better decisions.
So, I’ll never be that person at the party that everyone clamors to be around. I’m okay with that. The evolution of our language online has helped me to communicate a fuller, more dynamic spectrum, of who I am and what I care about. I’m able to do all of this in a way I simply can’t in public, at least not without crippling anxiety . When words aren’t enough, emoticons are there to help me fill in the gap.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Astar's pitch-perfect performance was her dead-on imitation of Holiday's famously husky voice.After a performance like this, we're left with one question: Where do we sign up for voice lessons?
The interactive map below tells the story of the North Yungas and 21 other deadly roads throughout the world. Drivingexperiences.com created the map using data from the World Health Organization's 2013 status report on road safety, in addition to numerous other sources of information.
Sean Combs, the hip-hop mogul now known as Diddy, has bid about $200 million for the Fuse cable-TV channel, said three people with knowledge of the situation.
A third breakthrough is the use of a lower-power terahertz laser to prompt a shift in the state of a magnetic spin of electrons. Like both the new material and the concept of orbital computing, this is a way to switch the state of an electron faster. The primary advantage here is that while we’ve known for a while that a laser can speed up a state change (and thus, speed up computing) those lasers require a lot of power. The terahertz breakthrough offers a boost in speed without requiring a huge power draw.
Many dream of building up a company that may one day go public or be acquired for millions — or perhaps, following the jaw-dropping WhatsApp deal , billions. But those lucky enough to steer their startups to successful outcomes remotely like that end up facing another challenge: How do you follow up a successful startup? Should you even try?
The Sonos setup has changed the way I listen to music because it brings everything I love into a single app and makes it easy to play my choice of music in any room (or the whole house) with just a few clicks. No more plugging in devices, messing with cables or settings on stereos — just click and play. There’s always something different playing in our house now, because it’s so easy for anyone to play something.