Leave Your Smartphone Addiction At Home With This Screenless Device That Only Does Phone Calls

"If I'm sitting at the park and text my girlfriend, the whole time I'm sitting there waiting for a response," says Hollier. "It ends up taking way longer than if I just call. And the lack of a screen is really important to us: We don't want this to be something that you dive into. When you get on your phone and you check a text message, you end up checking email or Instagram. We wanted this to be connect, talk, hang up. That's it."

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Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs

Nootropics , smart drugs  and other biohacks are now drawing mainstream scrutiny and controversy as more and more people are using legal, off-label, and unscheduled “research chemicals” as nootropics to enhance their academic or work performance.

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Here's How You Can Put Your Instagram Skills To Use For A Cause You Care About

"I picture this working the same way people volunteer in the real world at a food bank, animal shelter or beach cleanup," he says. "People find causes they want to get involved with, and instead of serving food, or helping walk dogs, they use the power of the image to make their audience aware of a cause they are passionate about. They feel great because they’re giving back by helping to raise awareness and the nonprofit enjoys the exposure and potential reach of a new audience."

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Has Lunch Ruined Your Productivity?

As anyone who has ever overeaten can tell you, what you eat for lunch greatly affects your productivity for the rest of the day. Did you know that it's better to step away from your desk and go for a quick walk after eating? It's also better to eat lunch with other people than to eat alone. Watch the video to find out facts like these and more.

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Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not cost - CNET

That kind of lock-in can bring restrictions -- if you buy a movie through Apple's iTunes, you can't watch it on Android, for example, or you get more features when using the Google Docs word-processing with Google's Chrome browser than with Apple's Safari. Because iOS apps only run on iOS and Android apps only run on Android, anyone wanting to switch from one OS to the other likely will have to repurchase any games, utilities or other software. And it's not necessarily so easy to transfer all your data -- messages, photos, videos, fitness logs.

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OpenStack and Linux Foundations plan OpenStack skills certification | ZDNet

"We're going to continue to work with our training community. Many of them have already agreed to roll this in as part of their training. There will be a validation point at the end. If you do SUSE or Mirantis training, you'll have the opportunity to take the Foundation's independent certification test and get a credential. It's going to tie all that back together and give a common target for all those education initiatives."

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These drones are coming for you in 2015 (pictures) - CNET

From palm-size models made for quick autonomous aerial selfies, aka dronies, to larger quadcopters with 4K-resolution-video capture capabilities, these are some of the flying cameras you'll see in the skies this year.

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How To Land Your Dream Job Without Starting Over

If you’re interesting in making the leap to event planning, you might volunteer at a few nonprofit events. Looking for a job in sales? Try taking a sales class at a local college or a part-time job in the field. In some cases, you may even be able to start freelancing or consulting if your chosen field doesn’t require licensing or certification, and if doing so doesn’t violate your employment agreement. Anything you can do along these lines helps you gain both experience and contacts, he says.

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Here’s how Google’s Mobilegeddon is hitting SMBs

But the first data on the impact indicates that, while it’s not quite the end of the world, this new mobile pecking order is hurting some businesses — including ones that are complying.

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7 Things Marvel Can't Do in Captain America: Civil War - IGN

While it’s certainly exciting that one of Marvel's most popular and polarizing comics will be adapted for the big screen in next year's Captain America: Civil War, we are a bit perplexed as to how Marvel Studios will go about adapting the story. Civil War's entire foundation utilizes many elements that currently do not exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the filmmakers certainly have their work cut out for them. We've compiled a list of the core elements that they won't be able to feature.

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5 Free Apps That Feel Like The Future Of Work

Breather ( Android , iOS ) helps you forgo the expense of a fixed office, offering up "spaces" that can be rented out around the city for a half hour at a time. Meet with a client, respond to email while you’ve got some time between appointments, or just get off your feet for a bit. Spaces can be unlocked with your phone and sport Wi-Fi, power plugs, and charging docks. The service is currently available in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, and Ottawa, with additional cities on the way.

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Nikesh Arora Will Take Over From SoftBank CEO As Chairman Of Yahoo Japan

Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors.

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Finally, Apple Maps rumored to gain public transport navigation in iOS 9 update

Apple may be planning to update its much maligned Apple Maps app over the summer, bringing a new look and more importantly, public transport information and directions. This almost essential feature has long been part of Google Maps, which Apple removed as the standard map software on iOS when it introduced Apple Maps in 2013, but missing from Apple Maps.

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Watch A Supercut Of The Most Creative "Veep" Burns (Warning: F*ck Weasels)

The saga of Selina Meyer is steeped in profanity-riddled slander. Here are Co.Create's favorite (very NSFW) burns from the first three seasons.

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Your Password Security Questions Are Terrible, And They're Not Fooling Anyone

According to Google's research, which was based on "hundreds of millions of secret answers and millions of account recovery claims," 40 percent of English-speaking people in the United States couldn't recall the answers to their secret questions when they needed them. The numbers were actually much worse for the "safest" questions, the ones that would be hardest for an impostor to guess. "What is your frequent flier number?" is a solid, tough recovery question, but only 9 percent of people could remember the answer.

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Could a 'super-Earth' be even more habitable than our own planet? - CNET

In fact, a pair of scientists have been looking into the possibility that there might be a distant planet (or a couple of them or maybe 3 billion) out there more suitable to supporting life as we know it. They even describe what such a "superhabitable" planet might look like -- a super-Earth with a mass double or triple that of our planet, orbiting in the habitable zone around a K-type dwarf star several billion years older than our sun.

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Belkin CMO says smart homes should just ‘take care of it’

What people need is a technology that takes care of itself and that helps take care of managing all those criss-crossing paths of daily life. They don’t want their lawn sprinklered when it’s raining. They want some lights on and the iron off when they’re out, the capability to remotely close the garage door they inadvertently left open, and some sign that their elderly parents are doing fine without continually bugging them.

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Apple could launch iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in August

Apple could launch its next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus early this year thanks to better than expected production rates, according to supply chain sources. Rather than making us wait until September, the Cupertino company may launch the devices in August instead.

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Greg Grunberg Returning for Heroes Reborn - IGN

Per EW.com , Grunberg is on board for a "guest star arc" on the upcoming 13-episode event series. As you'll recall, Grunberg's Parkman was an LAPD officer who discovered he had telepathic abilities, and what started out as mind reading eventually evolved into mind control.

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Snapchat Is Investing in Shopping App Spring

Snapchat, the popular messaging app that is also dabbling in media, is investing in the maker of Spring, a shopping app that launched last year, according to two people familiar with the deal. It’s not clear if the investment, whose size could not be learned, has yet closed. Spring announced a $25 million funding in April that did not include Snapchat. Regulatory filings show that Spring parent company Jello Labs is still open to raising an additional $5.7 million for a total of $30.7 million.

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I Bleed Aqua.

Disclaimers: 1) I own a lot of Twitter stock personally and in my funds. 2) I definitely do not speak on behalf of Twitter. 3) I do not have any inside information about Twitter. 4) I can’t think of a fourth thing to disclaim, but putting this here just in case.

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Why Rock Band 4’s Next-Gen Tech Matters – IGN First - IGN

Creative Lead Greg LoPiccolo added that Forge “is optimized to work on a new generation of consoles, which is giving us a set of creative tools we never had before. The actual rendering of the crowd, the actual characters onstage, the lighting, just the whole experience of rock band is much more expressive.” Lead Engineer Jess Scott explained that the fate of your band’s aesthetic was almost very different, until Forge came along. “One of the things that we decided to go after was character creation, which was actually on the table as something we weren’t going to do,” she said, “but it turns out a bunch of fans wanted it, and we wanted to create it as well.”

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Why Clarks is measuring feet with iPads - BBC News

If you go to a shoe shop during half term next week, you may see lots of children getting their feet measured with iPads. Shoe company Clarks has bet millions on the scheme, hoping it will be rewarded with an invaluable bonanza of digital data.

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The Week in iOS Apps: WinIt lets you fight your parking tickets

We can’t vouch for the legal advice you’ll get from the WinIt , but we can say we’re intrigued by the idea: If you get a parking ticket in New York City, take a picture of the ticket, submit it via the app, and let the specialists handle it. “We will only charge you if we fight and successfully dismiss your ticket. We charge 50 percent of the original fine amount. In cases where we have no legal basis to dispute your ticket, or if your ticket is found guilty, we give you the option for us to pay the ticket on your behalf with a 3 percent processing fee.” If you use it, let us know how it works out.

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Pizza Hut highlights selfie stick dangers in brilliant spoof ad

Eager to save people from their selfie sticks, Pizza Hut has taken it upon itself to warn users of the extreme dangers that the extendable rods pose. The much-needed public service announcement depicts a bleak world of unfeasibly long sticks and wince-inducing accidents, a place where everyone is an “egotastic specimen of visual self-obsession.”

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AppleInsider Podcast

I have listened to the first episode. Stephen and Daniel are doing great work. Hope this podcast will continue for long time. If the Web site represents the quality of the podcast, the we all going to benefit from this podcast.

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Google Maps gets even more detailed traffic features

Google has updated Maps with more specific traffic alerts just in time to help you dodge Memorial Day traffic nightmares. The app can already route you around closures and other problems using crowdsourced traffic data, but now it'll give you an explanation for why a detour is recommended with a dismiss-able card. For instance, it'll let you know whether it's recommending a route because it's the fastest option, or because it helps you avoid an incident. Moreover, it'll now give you a heads up on traffic conditions as soon as you enter your destination, telling you if its smooth sailing ahead or a cluster-you-know-what.

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BlackBerry to buy up to 12 million shares for cancellation

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd ( BB.TO ) ( BBRY.O ) said it plans to buy back 12 million shares, sending its stock up nearly 2 percent in extended trading in the United States.

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Can Netflix Make Your TV Smarter?

To be clear, Netflix does not manufacture its own devices—and claims to have no desire to—but it works closely with manufacturers like Sony and LG to create TVs that make using Netflix an easy, seamless experience. The idea is to apply Netflix's simple and intuitive approach to UI—"I just want this to work great," as Gunderson put it—to televisions, which notoriously lag behind smartphones and tablets when it comes to functionality.

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Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant reveal their real voices in Red Nose Day vignette

You can listen to her voice for yourself in "untouched clips" of Roberts' old movies. The actress then reveals that several actors and actresses do the same thing; namely, Hugh Grant, who has a bizarre, high-pitched non-english accent of some kind.

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Embrace the sporty: Honda introduces VTEC Turbo-powered Jade RS in Japan

With 147 horsepower 149 pound-feet of torque ferrying up to six passengers, the Jade RS is by no means a performance car. It does feature some cool tech though, like the ‘Honda Sensing’ driver-assist safety suite and something called ‘Agile Handling Assist,’ which uses targeted braking to improve cornering in a manner similar to how many torque-vectoring systems operate.

32 Report: iOS 9 to Play Nice With Older iPhones, iPads

As 9to5Mac notes, the move might surprise some Apple-watchers, who likely assumed that Cupertino wanted its customers to upgrade to newer, pricier iPhones rather than updating old phones to iOS 9. That might be the case, of course, but not everyone can afford a new iPhone (and this lets Apple poke fun at Android fragmentation even more ).

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French court upholds ban on unlicensed taxis, hitting Uber

A Paris appeals court had been waiting for the decision before ruling on whether to ban Uber's separate UberPOP online service, a more informal operation which links ordinary private drivers with potential passengers at cheaper rates than traditional cabs.

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New Fantastic Four Footage Shows Off Characters' Powers - IGN

Well, really it's an ad for MovieTickets.com. But it does feature some new footage from the upcoming film, while also focusing on the powers of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and of course, the ever-lovin' Thing. Take a look:

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Google Working on 'Brillo' OS for Low-Powered Devices

As for why they can't just use Android instead, Google's primary mobile OS is a bit too clunky for a device like a smart lightbulb—one that's going to have a very, very low amount of computing power tucked away, as opposed to something like the 512MB of memory that Google Android builds currently require at minimum. That leaves manufacturers to design their own operating system and hardware load, which leads to a lot of diversity in a market that could otherwise benefit from more commonality.

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What does Medium want to be when it grows up? More like Twitter, it seems

In this, the Medium founder’s thinking has pretty clearly been influenced by the contrast between his two most famous creations: Blogger was a great publishing tool, he says in his post, but it didn’t have enough social elements and so it failed to grow. Twitter, however, was all about the network effect; the actual writing and publishing tool was so small and inconsequential that it barely existed at all. The only important thing was the connection to and interaction with others on the network.

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Man who flew gyrocopter onto US Capitol lawn faces nine years in prison

Hughes, who lives in Florida and has worked as a postal carrier, took off from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on April 15th in a gyrocopter bearing the logo of the US Postal Service. He said his flight was intended to question the influence of big money in US politics, but the stunt spurred a different conversation in the Capitol — a Congressional hearing took place late last month to discuss the safety of the city's airspace. Speaking at the hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said Hughes was "lucky to be alive" and "should have been blown out of the air."

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Woman reportedly shoots self in head while taking selfie - CNET

Technically Incorrect: A Russian woman is taking a selfie while holding a 9mm gun, according to a news story. It doesn't quite go to plan, but she survives.

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Watch golf balls get shot out of an amazing, sci-fi propane cannon

There’s something about mad scientist types making sci-fi style weapons in their backyards. It’s the stuff anyone with a passing interest in science and tech dreams of doing at the weekend. The appropriately named Backyard Scientist is living that dream, and his latest venture is a propane cannon, that produces a cool visual effect that’s straight out of Ghostbusters. Then, with a few modifications, it becomes capable of shooting golf balls 600 feet into the air.

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This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an old-school calculator watch.

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The Witcher 3 Patch Details and Battlefield Hardline Gets New DLC - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video

Everything you need to know on The Witcher 3 patch and Telltale's Game of Thrones episode 4 release date. Plus Battlefield: Hardline's Criminal Activity DLC is revealed and Xbox One gets new features.

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Munchery Valued at About $300 Million Amid Food Fight

The San Francisco-based service for ordering quick microwavable meals is closing a funding round of $85 million that would value Munchery at about $300 million, according to a person briefed on the deal. Two previous investors in Munchery, SherpaVentures and Menlo Ventures, led the deal, the person said. A Munchery spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Apple releases cheaper Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

In addition to the iMac, Apple is also releasing  new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro that include  a Force Touch trackpad . Apple says that these models have up to an additional hour of battery life, faster storage, and up to 80 percent faster graphics — though that final item is thanks to a new discrete GPU that only ships on the high-end model. Unlike the iMacs, these changes are actually bringing up the price of the MacBook Pros. The two configurations Apple offers now run for $1,999 and $2,499, up from $1,899 and $2,399. Apple  added the Force Touch trackpad to the 13-inch MacBook Pros after announcing it  for the new MacBook in March, so it's been expected to arrive in these models alongside a spec bump.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s Compensation Falls to $3.4 Million

The pay package of BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive John Chen dropped significantly in fiscal 2015, largely because he didn’t benefit from a grant of restricted shares that he had received in the prior year as incentive to join the struggling smartphone maker.

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Netflix just invited Bill Murray to spend Christmas with you - CNET

According to Netflix, Murray plays himself as the host of a holiday variety show, but a snowstorm may prevent anyone from showing up, leaving him to mope around. It sounds a bit like a holiday-themed reboot of a classic Murray film that probably makes my list of top three favorite movies -- "Lost in Translation."

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Russia warns it could block Google, Twitter and Facebook

A company website that publishes statistics on how Facebook handles data requests shows it rejected both of two Russian government requests for information on its users last year. In contrast, it produced some data in response to nearly 80% of over 14,000 requests made by American courts, police and government agencies in the second six months of 2014.

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Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN

In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).

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$50k in Play: 20 Bulbdial Clock Kits

The Bulbdial Clock has been a favorite of ours for years. Developed by Hackaday Prize Judges [Windell] and [Lenore] at Evil Mad Scientist Labs, it uses three rings of colored LEDs to cast shadows as clock hands. It’s a fun solder kit that will take time to assemble. In keeping with that ideal, your best bet at scoring one this week is to post a new project log showing off the solder work you’ve done on your prototype. If you don’t have one soldered yet, that’s okay too. Just post a new project log that talks about the component assembly you’ll be working on. This would be a great time to finally draw up a basic schematic, right?

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Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1, the first software update for Apple Watch

Now, several weeks later, Apple has released the first software update for the Apple Watch. With this update, the Apple Watch OS gets upgraded to version 1.0.1 (Build:  12S632 ). The update features several changes, including the standard bug fixes, as well as software enhancements. Plus, the following specific enhancements for these features, according to the release notes:

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Internet of Things: Standardization on IP is crucial

Networking from the cloud to the gateway has already standardized on IP. But from the gateway to the sensor -- the so-called last mile -- it's no-holds-barred. It is on this edge that we find the protocols of old: Zigbee, Zwave, Modbus, Profibus and others. To have an Internet of Things, IP must reach all the way to the device, establishing an end-to-end connection, eliminating all translation in its path.

51 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
52 Nifty Calendar App Turns Your Phone Into a Split Screen | WIRED
53 Sling TV Expands To Android TV, Strikes Deal With Google To Offer Discounted Nexus Players
54 Pebble Time shipments beginning on 27th May despite rumored financial woes [Update: Pebble response]
55 Hubble telescope observes freaky antics of 'Nasty 1' star - CNET
56 Re/code: Apple wants local stations on its web TV service
57 Pac-Man Turns 35 Today. So Here, Have Some Nostalgia | WIRED
58 Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace
59 Apple’s iOS 9 Could Herald A New Future For Older iPhones And iPads
60 It's now easier to buy stuff from YouTube video ads, huzzah?
61 Twitter investor describes what's wrong with Twitter
62 Is Apple planning a 3D printer?
63 PayPal stuck with $25 million in fines for signing users up to its credit program
64 Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Hubs And Batteries For Your New MacBook
65 Google I/O 2015: 5 things to expect - CNET
66 Dog is totally getting this big stick over a tiny bridge, dammit
67 Do You Remember Your First Cell Phone?
68 The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years
69 America's Trains Suck Because Most Americans Don't Ride Them
70 Hot Pockets imagines its greasy place in the VR gaming future
71 Wired Founders Are Still Optimistic About The Future Of Technology
72 Watch this woman propose to her girlfriend after Irish equality vote
73 Herbed potato salad recipe
74 Schools Love Chromebooks, Businesses Still Skeptical
75 Review: Cozoy Astrapi | WIRED
76 Google Explains Racist Maps Results
77 Adobe brings curtain down on Photoshop Touch
78 Silk Road Survival: In conversation with 'Deep Web' director Alex Winter
79 Saudi Girls Finally Get to Drive, but Only in a Videogame
80 Apple TV update could add local TV stations
81 How not to praise your employee’s work
82 Despite Its Big Ideas, Tomorrowland Ultimately Falls Short | WIRED
83 New Rules Could Make Formula One Exciting Again | WIRED
84 Neuroscientists Are Making an Artificial Brain for Everyone | WIRED
85 Chrome for Android is now ‘almost entirely open-source,’ letting anyone build a Chromium-based mobile browser
86 Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics
87 Boondoggle HQ: The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed
88 Apple TV rumor roundup: Apple TV service may be delayed over local live streaming
89 How To Design An Office For Maximizing Employee Happiness
90 The Verge on Twitter
91 Game of Thrones - Game of Thrones: What is Littlefinger Up To? - Dragons on the Wall - IGN Video
92 http://weavesilk.com/
93 The power of believing that you can improve
94 MIT Technology Review
95 The world needs all kinds of minds
96 Feats of memory anyone can do
97 2017 Bugatti Chiron: The $2.5-million, 1500-hp Son of Veyron - Feature
98 LG invented a crazy, bendable TV that sticks to your wall like a refrigerator magnet
99 A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery
100 LG’s 55-inch 'wallpaper' OLED display hangs on the wall with magnets