Here’s what Facebook wants to do with 1,200 more employees
Facebook is growing its head count by as much as 14 percent according to a new Reuters report. It has 1,200 open job listings on its website, mostly for virtual reality roles with Oculus Rift. It’s also hiring for its drones, data centers, and Atlas advertising efforts. None of the roles mentioned by Reuters support Facebook’s core business: Its social…
Don’t forget the late Saudi King’s ‘jailed’ princesses
The late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia allegedly kept four of his daughters in captivity.
Revealed: How 'Game of Thrones' kills so many people in a single day - CNET
While we wait for winter to end so winter can finally arrive this April, HBO is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit show.
Live stream: Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling and Kristen Wiig at Sundance
ena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Jenji Kohan and Kristen Wiig will be front and center at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday for their "Power of Story" panel.
7 oddly specific things banned from movies around the world
From nunchucks to time travel, censorship can make for very different films.
There's going to be a Batkid movie starring Julia Roberts
The story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old battling leukemia who took over part of San Francisco as "Batkid" in 2013, is set to become a feature film thanks to a documentary about him and his family that's premiering tomorrow. Variety reports that Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World, the film about Scott, who became Batkid in November 2013 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That film originated from an Indiegogo campaign from filmmaker Dana Nachman, and successfully raised more than $100,000. It's premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah tomorrow.
TC AppleCast 2: Apple Watch Battery Bingo And iPad Stylus
Regarding Apple Watch battery life, the question is whether, if the details are as reported, the wearable will offer enough to satisfy consumers, or whether it might turn some away as argued by some including Business Insider’s Steve Kovach . We also look at some early third-party estimates for iPhone shipments leading into next week’s official financial report, most of which predict a huge quarter.
PAX South 2015: Ronin Makes Me Feel Like Ninja - IGN
I'll be honest, I made a pretty lackluster ninja my first time through. General movement happens in real-time, but as soon as you encounter enemies, or start platforming, the game pauses and becomes turn-based, allowing you to plan your leaps and attacks with nin-nin precision. And plan you must, because doing un-ninja-like things such as killing civilians, or using doors you could have otherwise circumvented will hurt your score tremendously.
This 1915 conference call made history
It took about 10 minutes just to connect a transcontinental call, because the connection had to be set up step by step with a switchboard operator in each city along the way. The ceremonial call on Jan. 25 took three and a half hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. New York time. Then Boston joined in for more conversations -- even one in Cantonese, between the founder of a Chinese telephone exchange in San Francisco and a Southern Pacific Railroad official in Boston.
Google Fiber Could be Coming to North Carolina
The chances of Google Fiber’s crazy-fast internet showing up in your town feel about as favorable as winning the lottery, but if you live in North Carolina, you may be in luck.
The man trapped in constant deja vu
Scientists believe the extraordinary case of a 23-year-old British man with "constant deja vu" may have been triggered by anxiety. It is the first time such a link has been made. But what is deja vu - and do we really know what causes it?
Hands on: Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8
Digital hand-writing is a neat concept, but its often bundled into devices that are extremely expensive. Not so with the Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8, a Windows tablet that packs an awesome stylus for $349.
Box rides high on Wall Street’s warm welcome
By Friday afternoon, the stock—trading under the symbol “BOX”—had reached as high as $24.73 per share, or 77 percent above its IPO price.
Dropbox for Windows Phone hints at Microsoft's cross-platform future
It’s hardly a secret that Microsoft has struggled to compete with Apple and Android-based tablets and smartphones because of a lack of apps for its platform, but that has started to change, and the addition of Dropbox on Wednesday is an important one.
Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first
Let’s not beat around the bush: Windows 10 isn’t anywhere near finished, yet it’s already head-and-shoulders better than Windows 8.1, at least for traditional PC users. The fact that it banishes full-screen apps and the Metro Start screen to the aether, focusing instead on the tried-and-true desktop, should be reason enough to make PC purists smile.
You Can Watch Amazon's Hit Show 'Transparent' For Free This Saturday
If you've been dying to watch Amazon's original series "Transparent" but haven't been convinced to spend $99 a year on Amazon Prime, you're in luck. This Saturday from 12:01 a.m. EST to 11:59 p.m. EST, you'll be able to watch the show for free, Amazon announced on Thursday.
Warner Bros Planning New Animated Jetsons Movie
Deadline first broke the story last night that Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to pen the script for a feature length animated version of The Jetsons . The big question: Will it be 2D or 3D animation?
Why Surface Hub is more interesting than HoloLens
It's worth noting also that only touch-computing and other close usage patterns justify any screen resolution higher than 4K. At CES this year, we saw monitors reaching the 8K level, which is overkill for watching TV. From a couch-to-TV distance, it's almost impossible to detect the difference between 4K and 8K. However, if you're going to use the screen for close-up use (as you can use the Surface Hub), the super high-resolution screens pay off.
“The goal of Internet.org is to make internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”
New Sonos logo design pulses like a speaker when scrolled
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Project Ara: hands-on with Google’s latest modular smartphone prototype
This very early version of the phone we played was functional, although we weren't allowed to turn it on and use it, in part because the touch features aren't up and running, Google said. The company showed it booting up on stage, but not working. The hardware itself feels very solid, thanks to its aluminum and steel frame, which looks like a ribcage when all the modules are popped out. The modules on the other hand feel light and plasticky, and made holding the phone feel a bit strange. If you're used to the smooth corners you'd find on most smartphones, the ribbed channels on the Spiral 2 feel bizarre. Nothing rattled or slid out while we were playing around with it, though it's hard to tell how it will really work without the magnets.
What the best education systems are doing right
“Koreans basically believe that I have to get through this really tough period to have a great future,” says Andreas Schleicher , director of education and skills at PISA and special advisor on education policy at the OECD. “It’s a question of short-term unhappiness and long-term happiness.” It’s not just the parents pressuring their kids. Because this culture traditionally celebrates conformity and order, pressure from other students can also heighten performance expectations. This community attitude expresses itself even in early-childhood education, says Joe Tobin, professor of early childhood education at the University of Georgia who specializes in comparative international research. In Korea, as in other Asian countries, class sizes are very large — which would be extremely undesirable for, say, an American parent. But in Korea, the goal is for the teacher to lead the class as a community, and for peer relationships to develop. In American preschools, the focus for teachers is on developing individual relationships with students, and intervening regularly in peer relationships.
We just tried HoloLens, Microsoft's most intriguing product in years
While I was being talked through which real world tools we needed for the job, the Microsoft engineer called my attention to the wall with wiring and then started drawing where to position the light switch right on the wall. Thinking about it now it sounds totally surreal, but during the demo I didn’t even think about it — it just felt like I was being guided around with annotations and a helpful friend. We connected the wiring, tested it for an electrical current, and then turned the power back on and switched the light on. It was all fixed, and all by using a crazy combination of a headset, augmented reality, and Skype. It might sound gimmicky, but the applications here are truly impressive. I use YouTube guides to figure out home improvements or to service my car, but this is on another level. Imagine a surgeon performing complex surgery and writing notes in real time and guiding a colleague through it all. Imagine support calls to resolve a problem with your PC. If this works as well as Microsoft’s controlled demo, then this really has the ability to change how we communicate and learn.
Bill Gates is guest editing The Verge in February
We’ve spent some time with Bill over the past few weeks, talking through his ideas about the future — and pressing him on the boundaries of that vision. It’s funny: Bill is difficult to engage in small talk, but he’s eager and willing to engage in difficult issues like income inequality and regulatory challenges in developing countries. Throughout our meetings first in his private office outside of Seattle and then in New York, Gates offered a compelling, focused, and coherent argument for his vision of the next 15 years — a vision that is surprisingly as reliant on the development of stable governments and infrastructure as it is on technology.
When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'
On the day my bosses at the coffee shop told me not to talk tips, my morale hit bottom. An organization I once trusted was telling me not to ask basic questions about my compensation. Even if pay secrecy comes with good intentions, this is its unintended effect: It tells workers that their bosses have something to hide, or that they don’t have the right to get a second opinion on whether they are being treated fairly. As Craig Becker told me, “Workers can only improve their situation when they can understand their working conditions.” Deciding whether a pay scale is fair cannot be left up to the employer alone.
Watch the trailer for Tina Fey's Netflix original series
Netflix has finally released the trailer for Tina Fey's newest show and has also named a release date. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will premiere on March 6th, and it stars The Office 's Ellie Kemper as a doomsday cult survivor starting a new life in New York City. It's the first show Fey and producer Robert Carlock have worked on together since the duo created the primetime comedy 30 Rock .
McDouble is 'cheapest and most nutritious food in human history' - Telegraph
Describing the McDonald’s double cheeseburger as “the cheapest, most
nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” might
seem beyond fanciful, but according to the author of Freakonomics, it is not
as absurd a suggestion as it appears.
10 TED Talks you won't be able to stop thinking about
Once you watch these talks, you may not be able to get them out of your head. These talks have staying power and, as you go about everyday life, we bet you'll find yourself thinking of them often.
Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical
A Skype demo was intriguing. I, with the headset, was talking to a person using regular Skype on a Surface Pro 3. The person was helping me wire up a light switch (and it seems that, yes, it was a real light switch with real electricity running through it). My assistant saw the world through my eyes; I saw him on a floating Skype pane that I could pin in place, where his head would remain. Using his Surface Pro 3 pen, the assistant drew diagrams showing me how to wire the switch up, pointing out which tool I should use for each task.
World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China - CNET
The 3D printer array, developed by Ma Yihe, who has been inventing 3D printers for over a decade, stands 6.6 metres high, 10 metres wide and 40 metres long (20 by 33 by 132 feet). This fabricates the parts in large pieces at WinSun's facility. The structures are then assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.
This iMac concept is ridiculous in the best possible way
You don't need to have been around 31 years ago to appreciate the enduring legacy of Apple's Macintosh computer. While it lives on today in the form of Apple's latest iMac desktops, the original's look and endearingly chunky shape have unfortunately been lost, eroded away by the passage of time and evolution of design. That's been noticed by the designers at Curved Labs, who have produced a delightful concept for an iMac that gives "a facelift" to its decades-old progenitor.
How a warm embrace is saving the lives of infants
So Chen and her team went to India to listen to the direct feedback of the mothers who’d actually use the product. Not the nominal nod at a focus group of so many design programs, this was an exhaustive, intense process, with mothers having a say over everything from the straps on the baby warmer to the instructions printed on its front. “Mothers would say, ‘We don’t trust western medicine. If you told me to give a certain dosage of medicine to my baby, I’d cut it in half, because it’s probably too strong. If you told me to keep the baby warmer at 98 degrees, I’d keep it at less than that, because it’s probably too warm,'” Chen recalled. The new Embrace solution: remove any chance of unintended user error. For instance, by swapping out the numerical thermometer for a simple red/green light. The Embrace warmer is either warmed to the correct temperature to use or not.
The X-Files could be coming back
Deadline reports that Fox is trying to put all the pieces in place for a revival of The X-Files , the long-running sci-fi series (and occasional rom-com) following the adventures of Fox Mulder and Dr. Dana Scully. The biggest challenge, apparently, is not interest from all the key parties — Mulder's David Duchovny, Scully's Gillian Anderson, and series creator Chris Carter would participate — but rather scheduling problems: everyone is wrapped up in other projects, and Duchovny and Anderson are both presently starring in shows on other networks.
7 TED Talks to help you find the right job
You want work that makes you feel happy, challenged, appreciated, and like you are making a positive contribution. Below, talks for the job hunt to help you find that elusive combination.
12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
In the wake of school killings and cases of police brutality, it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
Elon Musk wants to spend $10 billion building the internet in space
The news comes at the tail end of a busy week for Musk, with the CEO announcing that a five-mile Hyperloop test track is in development only a day earlier. According to Musk, the satellite internet project would make for fast, cheap global internet that isn't impeded by terrestrial wires. "The speed of light is 40 percent faster in the vacuum of space than it is for fiber," he says, explaining that internet provided by satellites in low orbit can serve those in sparsely populated areas. However, the dream doesn't end there; with his eyes already on a future Martian colony , the SpaceX founder wants connectivity to reach the Red Planet when mankind eventually lands there.
Microsoft Windows 10 Preview - CNET
Windows 10 lets you work smarter, too. Click the Task view button, and you'll get a quick glimpse of all of your open apps and windows. A black box running along the bottom of the display prompts to create a virtual desktop: that's a sort of private island that keeps everything you open there as an independent workspace. You can, for example, create one desktop for all of the applications you use for work, another to browse gaming forums or sites like Reddit, and yet another for games or whatever you want. The virtual desktop feature alone tempts me to install this technical preview on my primary machine. Of course we've had virtual desktops on Linux and Mac machines for years (and on Windows, from third-party apps), but it's nice to see Microsoft catching up here.
The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop
The robot masterminds behind Roomba have made a few venture capital investments over the years, but only started taking steps to formalize the program now, according to iRobot chief executive, Colin Angle. The fund’s first official investment was in Paracosm — a seed deal which closed in November 2014.
New Snowden documents show how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users
The report is dated to November of 2010, before Apple began deprecating the UDID system , but the documents show how useful the system was for surveillance while it was still operational. By watching for the target's UDID number, the GCHQ could follow the same device as it synced with a compromised machine, browsed the web (exposing it to the agency's Safari exploit), or sent data to a broader tracking system like AdMob. In each case, the device's UDID would be exposed, allowing researchers to identify the person using it. Previous leaks have shown the NSA using similar tactics, compromising ad cookie networks as a way of tracking users across the web, effectively coopting any user-identification method as a surveillance tool. Luckily for iPhone users, Apple has already recognized the potential dangers of UDID and moved towards more privacy-friendly methods.
Disney ditched my ideas for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' George Lucas says - CNET
There will doubtless be many sci-fi fans claiming relief at the news that Lucas' ideas won't be making it into "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which is scheduled for release in December. Widespread criticism of the CGI-heavy prequel trilogy that arrived between 1999 and 2005 has seen Lucas' cachet within the geek community drop. This even led to viral hits such as a mocking rework of the first "Force Awakens" trailer that imagines what the new film could look like with Lucas in the driving seat.
SkyMall might be going to the big mall in the sky
"With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall inflight catalog. The substantial increase in the number of air carriers which provide internet access, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s recent decision to allow the use of electronic devices during take-off and landing, resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, all of which further negatively impacted SkyMall’s catalog sales," the company wrote in the filing.
Why Emotionally Intelligent People Make More Money
I definitely agree that meditation practices can help with emotional intelligence. It helps you identify what emotions you are feeling (you'd be surprised at how often people don't really know what they're feeling), thereby enabling you to cope with them more effectively. Dan Siegel coined the phrase "name it to tame it" to describe this skill. If you get proficient at that, you'll be better able to recognize those emotions in others, which will enhance your ability to empathize. Mindfulness meditation is perfect for this, in my opinion, which is why I think a lot of corporations are offering mindfulness courses to their employees. meditationSHIFT has a good free guide on their website that's a great way to get started with it.
Microsoft is turning Skype into its own version of iMessage in Windows 10
The new Messaging app works by integrating Skype, allowing you to chat to Skype contacts or initiate video / audio calls. All the conversations are synced between PCs, tablets, and phones, and the new app looks like a lightweight version of Skype. It’s also identical to the Messages app on OS X, with the same two-panel interface and circular UI for contact photos. Microsoft has started linking Skype usernames with mobile numbers to make it easier to find friends who are using the service without having to know their user ID. That makes this whole approach a lot more like iMessage, allowing Skype users to chat to friends easily on the service. The main difference is that Skype is cross-platform so you can chat to friends on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and more, while iMessage is limited to Apple’s platforms.
Microsoft has finally stopped using the name Windows Phone
That also means the Windows Phone name is dead, or it will be as soon as Windows 10 is released. This isn't entirely unexpected — and really, Microsoft has been trimming the name down ever since "7 Series" was announced. If anything, there's a chance that this will strengthen the platform: Microsoft is now billing it as an equivalent product to desktop Windows. While there are obviously some major differences, it no longer sounds like a secondary operating system. Admittedly, Microsoft does appear to be colloquially referring to this version as "Windows 10 for phones and tablets," but that appears to be more for clarity than formality. When asked what the official name was for mobile Windows at the event today, Microsoft's Windows chief said simply: "It's Windows 10."
TED in 3 minutes
Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
February 5, 2015 |
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
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10 Android Apps with Material Design that you should be using right now
Last year, Google unveiled its design vision for the future . Called Material Design, it incorporates bold colors, flat elements, and informative animations to create a fresh user interface for the modern age. Material Design made its major debut with the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop in the fall, and Google has been rapidly updating its own apps and services to take advantage of the new design directives.
The complexity of this issue is exemplified by Johor’s Forest City project, the latest episode in the Asian “sand wars.” Clearly, this is a situation in which conditions at a national boundary are changing—much to Singapore’s chagrin. But the controversy also shows how inchoate such works are with respect to the position of the state itself. The venture involves myriad actors, most of them above or below the level of formal governance. The investor, Country Garden Holdings, is a company majority-owned by China’s richest woman, Yang Huiyan. Country Garden’s minority partner is none other than the Sultan of Johor, a regional hereditary ruler. The contractors and sand suppliers are a constellation of private companies. The presumed buyers are global expatriates expected to migrate to Malaysia’s new Iskandar special economic zone, which is currently being built around the existing city of Johor Bahru. In particular, Forest City is positioned to cater to those priced out of Singapore’s condominium market, where high-rise prices rarely fall below 1,000 Singapore dollars per square foot. It is not quite clear who is realizing this new territory; it is almost certainly not “Malaysia” itself.
Microsoft's HoloLens is no joke: My reality augmented with Skype, Minecraft - CNET
Microsoft's glasses are different from Oculus Rift goggles, which promise to transport you to a different world and open up numerous possibilities for film, TV, sports and other entertainment. HoloLens uses a technology called augmented reality, which overlays images onto real life and lets you interact with them. In theory, this is easy, but the biggest struggles competitors have had so far have been to design a headset that can stand alone, untethered from a computer or power source, and travel into various environments. Overcoming those challenges is necessary before mainstream consumers will buy into such a bold vision for next-generation computing.
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Hasty fix causes irreparable damage to King Tut's burial mask - CNET
"Unfortunately, he used a very irreversible material. Epoxy has a very high property for attaching and is used on metal or stone, but I think it wasn't suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamun's golden mask," one of the conservators told AP. "The mask should have been taken to the conservation lab, but they were in a rush to get it displayed quickly again and used this quick-drying, irreversible material."
Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality
Is it enough? We save what we believe to be important, but what if we miss something crucial? What if some essential context to our words or photographs is lost? How much better it would be to save everything, not only the written thoughts and snapped moments of life, but the entire mind: everything we know and all that we remember, the love affairs and heartbreaks, the moments of victory and of shame, the lies we told and the truths we learned. If you could save your mind like a computer’s hard drive, would you? It’s a question some hope to pose to us soon. They are the engineers working on the technology that will be able create wholesale copies of our minds and memories that live on after we are burned or buried. If they succeed, it promises to have profound, and perhaps unsettling, consequences for the way we live, who we love and how we die.
Andreessen Horowitz shares the 16 tech trends it's most excited about
Most of us will never be in an Andreessen Horowitz meeting, and even fewer of us will get a chance to work with the famed VC firm. But today, we’re all equals when it comes to getting a peek at the 16 tech trends that a16z, as it’s known, is most excited about right now.