Fisher-Price brings the tears in ad starring 2015's first babies
Fisher-Price's "Wishes for Baby" short film captures the hopes and dreams of new parents around the world.
Dude plays pitch-perfect cover of 'The Cup Song' with guns
Gun enthusiast Jim Huish packed some heat on a freezing Utah day for his cover of "The Cup Song."
A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure
Would such an attack constitute an act of cyber war? The answer is maybe. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said “I’m also not able to lay out in any specificity for you what would be or wouldn’t be an act of war in the cyber domain. It’s not like there’s a demarcation line that exists in some sort of fixed space on what is or isn’t. The cyber domain remains challenging, it remains very fluid. Part of the reason why it’s such a challenging domain for us is because there aren’t internationally accepted norms and protocols. And that’s something that we here in the Defense Department have been arguing for.”
Sony offers holiday gift to PlayStation users affected by Christmas attack
In a follow up post on Thursday, titled "A Holiday Thank You," Sony offered affected users a gift to show "appreciation for your patience." PlayStation users who had an active membership or a free trial on Dec. 25 will be eligible to receive a membership extension for five days. It will be automatically applied to accounts, and if the customer's account expires by the time it is applied, a five-day PlayStation Plus membership will be offered.
Yahoo search engine down shortly after Bing outage
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's search engine was down on Friday, shortly after Microsoft Corp's search engine, Bing, was also briefly unavailable before recovering.
Marvel teases its next Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer with a trailer
Marvel's last attempt to keep an Avengers trailer under wraps didn't go so well — the two-minute video, which showed the whole superhero crew in action, was leaked online in October . Marvel responded quickly, posting a 1080p quality version of the trailer on its YouTube channel, almost a week before the video was planned to go live. The company has ten days now to keep its secret safe before the trailer airs at 8:30PM ET.
The 10 most popular smartphones of 2014: in pictures - Telegraph
10. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, released in September 2013, was the 10th most popular
smartphone as searched for by visitors to price comparison site uSwitch.com.
Its 5.7-inch display puts it firmly in the phablet category, and was one of
the first significantly large smartphone models to receive mainstream
attention across Europe.
The Verge on Twitter
“ @verge : Marvel releases an Ant-Man teaser that's too tiny for you to actually see http://theverge.com/e/7245632 pic.twitter.com/0X2tDZGFMe ” ah Marvel.
Essential texting acronyms every parent must know
Essential texting acronyms every parent must know
Sometimes it feels like parents and teens don't speak the same language. When it comes to texting, chatting and emailing, that's literally true. If you've looked at any teen's communications, you'll see them
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Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February
It's still unclear what rules Wheeler has in mind for Internet providers. Analysts and officials close to the agency say that momentum has been building recently for far more aggressive regulations than Wheeler had initially proposed. Advocates of strong net neutrality, including President Obama, have urged the FCC to begin regulating Internet service providers using the same law it uses to oversee telephone companies — Title II of the Communications Act . Industry advocates have resisted that call, saying the FCC should continue to lightly regulate Internet providers under Title I of the act.
Apple faces lawsuit over storage space on iPhones and iPads
“The defendant fails to disclose to consumers that as much as 23.1% of the advertised storage capacity of the devices will be consumed by iOS 8 and unavailable for consumers when consumers purchase devices that have iOS 8 installed,” wrote Jonas P Mann of US law firm Audet & Partners in a complaint filed in the northern district of California.
Psychiatrist Reveals 5 Ways To Have Healthy And Meaningful Relationships
Now that most of communication is accomplished through virtual channels, it is easy to lose sight of our real face-to-face relationships.
The MPAA has a new plan to stop copyright violations at the border
In April of last year, the ITC arrived at an answer with huge repercussions: stop the data at the border. The ITC is only supposed to rule on "articles," which has usually been taken to mean physical goods, but last year’s ruling took it to include data too. That gives the ITC the power to stop ClearCorrect's contraband braces data at the border, but it could have far greater implications. If a web service like Gmail or Facebook ends up on the wrong side of a patent dispute, the court could potentially forbid the service from transmitting data into the US until the dispute is resolved — making the cost of a losing a court battle astronomically higher. It would also require powerful new tools for monitoring data as it crosses national borders, a fundamental break from the international structure of the web. Aware of the huge issues at stake, the ITC stayed the ruling until the Federal Circuit weighs in later this year — but already, legal groups are reeling from the possible consequences.
Lizard Squad attacks Brian Krebs, the blogger who hunted them down
Now that cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs has outed members the group that took out the PlayStation and Xbox Live networks over Christmas, the hackers are coming after him.
Thunderstrike: The scary vulnerability in your Mac's Thunderbolt port
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Google discloses unpatched Windows vulnerability
Other posters praised Google for sticking to a deadline it’s had in place since it launched its Project Zero bug-tracking team last July. “No one is done any good by keeping it secret,” one poster wrote. “By exposing the [vulnerability] they allow those billions who may be running vulnerable systems to be aware of the threat to their own security and take countermeasures. A patch isn’t the only way to mitigate the issue. Given the nature of this vulnerability, there are other steps administrators can take to start protecting their vulnerable systems while they await a patch.”
The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site
Shayne Boyer blogs about kmon, an ASP.NET project command that watches the working directory of your project for changes to the files and restarts the web server automatically - useful if you're using an editor other than Visual Studio.
Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans
Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.
We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too
That's where the Hendo "white box" comes in. Backers who contribute to the company's Kickstarter at the $299 level will receive a complete, working Hendo hover engine and enough hover surface to play around with. It's a developer kit, Henderson says, and he wants makers to use it to build their own hover projects. If they have an idea they want to take to market, Arx Pax will work with them to make it a reality. "The most important piece of it all for me is the idea of taking away the limitations of how we think about problems in general. Not just thinking outside the box, but off the page," he says, explaining how Hover technology could be used to solve old problems in new ways. "When you do that -- when you approach problems that were seemingly impossible in different ways -- you'll never cease to be amazed by the solutions you can come up with."
9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful
Truth be told, I think the difference between passion and delusion isn’t even very distinguishable. I suspect many an entrepreneur has fallen too far down the rabbit hole without even realizing it. It happened to me. Maxed-out credit cards, empty cupboards, and a frustrated spouse helped me wake up to the delusion I created in myself. I was laser-focused on the belief I had to succeed no matter what, which led me to lose sight of reality. My story fortunately has a happy ending. But if I hadn’t faced that reality head-on (and it did indeed feel like a crash), I wouldn’t have been able to honestly evaluate my business and redirect toward a healthier course.
6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day
A common thread among these great tips is humility. It's humbling to go to the gym, where some days you're slower around the track or can't lift as much as yesterday. It's humbling to pick up a new hobby or activity, especially one that really stretches you because at the beginning you're going to suck! The sweater you're learning to knit will look wonky, which teaches us patience and perseverance as we rip it out and try again. Of course, helping others is the most humbling thing we can do - it's so valuable to listen with compassion, remind ourselves that we've been there and be aware of the opportunities in our life that allow us to be able to help. Thanks for the article!
Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.
From Phones To Tablets: 26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be
Each design project starts with research to discover what’s out there and to explore the possibilities of what could be, but isn’t yet. When we launched the Snow White project, computers offered little in the way of design, but their technologies were advancing rapidly. Performance was growing, physical sizes were shrinking, and—thanks to "professional" pricing versus "consumer" pricing—profit margins were still healthy. Personal computers were in their infancy, and Apple had an edge with its use of Xerox Parc’s bitmap user interface, which appealed to everybody, not just professional computer users. However, most of Apple’s products were primitive in their mechanical design, and their manufacturing costs were absurd. By leveraging the advanced electronics production methods being used in Germany or Japan, I projected that we could lower housing costs by 70 to 90%. So, we decided to use the same technically radical design approach for Apple’s products that we used for Sony’s. In fact, we could make the designs even better and more ecologically sound by using a case-production technique that resulted in a world-class, high-quality surface that didn’t require paint.
The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark | WIRED
True to military form, there’s a whole suite of acronyms to go along with the new toy: The UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle) has been in testing at the JEBLC-FS (Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story), and was developed by the CRIC (Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell) project, called Silent NEMO (actually, this one doesn’t seem to stand for anything). It was developed by the Advanced Systems Group at Boston Engineering, a Navy contractor that specializes in the development of robotics, unmanned systems and something called “special tactical equipment”. The company and Navy haven’t said much about when GhostSwimmer might be deployed or how much it would cost, but next time you’re at the beach and see a fin sticking out of the water, it might be a killer shark—or it might just be a Navy robot.
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
So about that abyss. Let’s lay aside that metaphor, although I’m not convinced it’s the wrong one, and imagine that we can all forge a new world, even if it is, à la Interstellar , uncomfortably close to the edge of a black hole. 4 But let’s at least acknowledge that we are witnessing the passing of something. You can weep or salute or shrug or refuse to look as it goes by, but it’s going by. Those long release calendars above may not constitute an obituary in themselves, but peer deeply enough into them, and you can see some indices of the cause of death. Of course, I’m aware that some of those movies — more than two, fewer than 20 — are likely to be really good. And that there will still be movies that excite those of us who tend to get excited by the kinds of movies that will never appear on lists like those. But consider how much of Hollywood’s collective effort and money and insistence and attention that roster is going to consume, and I think that if you love movies, you have to sigh a little. And if you care, you have to resist consoling yourself by claiming it was ever thus, because it wasn’t.
12 'Back to the Future' technologies coming in 2015
In 1989, Back to the Future Part II offered bold predictions for the technologies of 2015. No longer would we heat the oven or tie our own shoelaces — the future looked like a lazy, neon-colored dream. Well, now that we've officially entered 2015, it's time to get pumped for the technology coming this year because movies never lie and you can always trust Doc Brown.
Why people need poetry
"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.
The Sweet Science Behind How Chocolate Makes You More Productive
Proofing is a form of craftsmanship and craftsmanship matters. I like Fast Company, but inattention to detail calls into question the validity of the content. If you don't care about all of it being good, do you care about any of it being good? There are 2 errors in this sentence alone: "While there are many excellent qualities to chocolate, research at an Austrailian university shows that the polyphenols in chocolate can make people feel more calm and contended." I read another FC article a few minutes ago that had words omitted from a sentence that would have made it a cogent thought. Fast Company, yes, but not so fast that quality suffers. Take a minute to proof, please.
The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Fractals and the art of roughness
At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 — the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.
Twitter users reporting bug that dates every post as one year old
With only 30 minutes left in the day (ET), it remains to be seen exactly what will happen on TweetDeck when the new day arrives. Currently, all posts are listed as 365 days old, the number of days in a year. So when the clock strikes midnight will the bug somehow fix itself, or will we find ourselves with yet another year added to the tally? The mysterious Twitter drama continues to unfold.
REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network
BII The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.
How To Make New Friends As An Adult
When you’re a kid, making new friends is fairly easy. There’s school, sports, and a slew of extracurricular activities where you meet other kids and form relationships. When you’re an adult, however, the process isn’t quite so effortless. Commitments such as work and family limit free time and—unlike during childhood—it can feel awkward to ask someone, "Do you want hang out?"
The Most Fascinating Profile You'll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup | WIRED
Stewart is hungry. He’s munching on potatoes smothered in chicken fat drippings, sitting by a long metal table that once served as a gurney in the morgue at the Treasure Island Naval Base. It’s a prominent piece of furniture in what will be the kitchen area for Stewart’s new startup. All told, the space is big enough for 75 or so employees, most of whom have yet to be hired. They will theoretically work in this great glass transept at the eastern edge of a massive new building just off of San Francisco’s Third Street. He’s been here for less than a week.
10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2015
Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014 .
The Creative Benefits Of An Intense Morning Coffee Routine
His coffee routine is time- and concentratio- intensive for so early in the morning on a work day. But not only does it result in "superior coffee," according to Galligan, it forces him to focus intensely on one thing for a moment. That thoughtfulness, in theory, translates to the rest of his day. If he can train his mind to focus on coffee, once he sits down to work he will better concentrate on building product for his popular news app, he says. Psychologists say that we can train our brains to focus better, like any muscle. And Galligan isn't alone in using coffee to this end: Design genius Jony Ive also has a very intense, detail obsessive coffee routine .
How NASA Stays Beautiful
There are very specific guidelines for how small the insignia can be, and how much white space must surround it. The white border around the circular insignia must be at least as wide as the N in the NASA logo is tall. The smallest size it can be reproduced at is 5/8 of an inch tall, and its colors are very specific: Pantone 185 red and Pantone 286 blue. Elements or colors cannot be added, it can’t be blurred, reversed, or distorted, or—god forbid—glowing. It should never be placed in a busy area of an image (duh) or placed partially behind another image in a visualization. In a one-color version of the insignia (used on light-colored backgrounds), the vector gradient—the difference in color in the swoosh that runs through the letters in NASA—must be clearly visible. There are even rules for where exactly it can be placed on a government vehicle, planes included (toward the back of the vehicle, flush with the lettering of the name of the agency on the door).
The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025
JP Rangaswami , chief scientist for Salesforce.com, was particularly pointed in describing the benefits that will emerge in this new environment: “The proliferation of sensors and actuators will continue. ‘Everything’ will become nodes on a network. The quality of real-time information that becomes available will take the guesswork out of much of capacity planning and decision-making. We will really understand what it means to move from ‘stocks’ to ‘flows,’ as in the Hagel-Seely Brown-Davison model. 1 The net effect will be to reduce waste everywhere: in physical flows and logistics, in the movement of people and goods; in logical flows and logistics, in the movement of ideas and information; decisions will be made faster and better, based on more accurate information; prior errors in assumption and planning will be winkled out more effectively. ‘Inventory’ will be reduced, as will the waste associated with the decay that is an intrinsic part of inventory. This will affect the food you buy and cook and eat; the fuel you use to power yourself, your devices, and your vehicles; the time you take to do things; and, as you learn to live longer, the burden of care will reduce as a result of far better monitoring of, and response to, your physical and emotional state, in terms of healthcare.
The Biggest Box Office Flops of 2014 - IGN
While 2014 didn't have any John Carter of Lone Ranger-sized flops, there were plenty of films that barely broke even or were disappointments domestically but still did decent enough business overseas to avoid being branded total bombs. Examples include Edge of Tomorrow, Dwayne Johnson's Hercules, Sex Tape, Blended, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Expendables 3, Step Up All In, and Jersey Boys.
Back to the future: Nike designer touts 2015 arrival for Marty McFly's Power Laces
Back in 2011, Nike MAGs brought the futuristic looks of Marty McFly to the feet of sneaker collectors. There was just one problem: the fashionably-lit footwear from Back to the Future II was lacking its key feature. Well, now it seems that the iconic Power Laces will finally arrive in 2015. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed that the closure is on the way next year at a recent appearance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab. "Are we gonna see Power Laces in 2015? To that, I say yes!," Hatfield said. In case you've forgotten, the pair of MAGs in the movie were all the rage in 2015, so the schedule lines up. As the folks over at Sole Collector note, the question remains whether we'll see a new Power Lace-equipped version of the MAGs or if the add-on will arrive on a completely new model that laces itself. If you're not into waiting or high-tech sneakers, the 2011 release is currently available on eBay for around $8,000 .
How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company
I don't know about the other commentors but where I live in Canada just outside of Hamilton we have a coffee store called ecs coffee which has tons and tons of different varieties of coffee that are made for keurig and tassimo brewers, so basically its a keurig k-cup store. Anyway in my store they sell every box of the different varieties of Marley coffee and I mean EVERY box and that's the coffee I always buy so I guess I'm pretty lucky aha. I'm surprised nobody has found it as these ecs stores are all around canada and I can honestly say that Marley coffee is one of the best coffee's out there it's my favourite if you ever do find it like I did I highly suggest buying every flavour you see as they all taste amazingly different.
United Airlines sues site that found loophole for cheap tickets
You know how it's often cheaper to fly from Chicago to Paris by booking a flight to Dubai, and then just getting off at the stopover, which happens to be Paris? Well, you do now thanks to a lawsuit from United Airlines and booking site Orbitz -- they're suing a site called Skiplagged , which arranges "hidden city" connection discounts. Here's how it works: airlines often charge more for popular routes like Chicago/Paris than for less popular, but much longer, multi-connection routes like Chicago/Dubai. Skiplagged susses out such routes and steers you to the cheaper tickets -- you just need to get out at the "hidden city" stopover.
Online Video Advertising Is Growing Many Times Faster Than TV, Search, And Most Other Digital Ad Markets
Online Video Advertising Is Growing Many Times Faster Than TV, Search, And Most Other Digital Ad Markets
Ancient Amulet Discovered with Curious Palindrome Inscription
The amulet contains a Greek inscription, 59 letters long, which reads the same backwards as it does forwards, a feature known as a palindrome. The three letters at the very bottom, ΕΑΙ, were squeezed in and are hard to read. The amulet is about 1.4 inches by 1.6 inches (34.9 millimeters by 41.2 millimeters) in size. The inscription translates as “Iahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine.” Although the translation doesn’t read as a palindrome, the original ancient Greek text does.
Credit: Photo by Marcin Iwan, artifact from the excavations of Jagiellonian University in Krakow at Paphos Agora
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Why The World Is Moving To Diplo's Beat
"It's still in progress," Diplo says, apologetically, before beginning the tour. Mad Decent took over the 2,500-square-foot space only four months ago, and the renovations are going slowly. Electric wiring snakes out of the drywall in spots where light fixtures will be attached, and judging from the smell, the paint is barely dry. "We wanted to put a helicopter pad on the roof, but the Burbank police said it was illegal," Diplo says with a frown. There's almost no artwork on the walls—although somebody found a spot in a hallway to hang the platinum album plaque for Baauer's "Harlem Shake" (a Mad Decent release that was downloaded millions of times after it became a YouTube meme). There's a small sound booth—where Lorde recently recorded a song that Diplo produced—and a hive of cramped studios, green-screen stages, and offices crammed with cameras and computer equipment, where Mad Decent's staff of 10 mostly male, mostly twentysomethings supply Diplo's online outposts with content. Except for a small piano in one of the recording rooms (with an old Barbra Streisand LP propped on its rack), there are no musical instruments on the premises.
4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer
I’ll opine on one point here: Google’s “thousands” of designers - is a laughing stalk. G openly bragging about over a thousand “assistants, designers, etc.” working on the Roboto typeface family, was the most hilarious thing ever uttered and screams ineptitude of both PR team, upper management, or both (because it’s either not true, or if it is true, it’s the stupidest thing ever to happen in human history). Apple has around a hundred designers? SAY IT AIN’T SO! how is “infinite” a myth? who here ever thought “gee apple must have 19,000 designers” no, we’re probably reading this blog because we are a designer, and know that it can be one, or ten, or one hundred people working on projectS but it’s ludicras to even fathom design by committee with large numbers. who possibly believes that? NOBODY! so why was it brought up as a MYTH????? omg this article has broken my brain.
7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People
I had to comment after seeing the "Bozo punching bag" . I have told people for years that I was like one. Life has hit me HARD, many times. I was diagnosed with a progressive, incurable condition the age of 27, a prognosis of being bedridden within 5 years. At the age of 35, I lost the love of my life, and became a young widow and single, disabled mother of a teenage boy, in an instant. This happened only 5-1/2 months after my father (my best friend), passed away from pancreatic cancer. When life hits me, it hits me hard! The first thing I do is fall flat on back. Then, something amazing happens, I bounce right back up. It isn't because of anything, but what I am made of. I am a "Jones". There is a reason they say, "keeping up with the Jones". We are resilient. I believe that we are made like this, because we are supposed to be the example that you CAN get back up. Every day isn't a "Pharrel Williams" day, but it doesn't mean that tomorrow can't be. Thank you for comment.
The linguistic genius of babies
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
Advice to help you be a great parent
Kids don’t come with a manual, and parents don’t get grades to affirm they’re doing things right. These talks speak to the complexities of parenthood, offering unusual insights and hard-won advice.
5 Common Pieces Of Career Advice You Should Never Follow
Equally bad advice, from opposite ends of the spectrum. Following the money with complete disregard for your interests is a surefire path toward a soul-sucking career doing something you hate. It may not even be the best financial move in the long term. On the other side of that coin, doing what you love with the expectation that financial success will miraculously follow is naive and ridiculous. As Kate White always says, think about where your interests and talents intersect with the greatest potential for financial success, and head toward those points of intersection.