'Price Is Right' contestants think iPhone 6 costs $7,500 - CNET
In the New Year's "best of" edition of the famous game show, contestants aren't too sure at all about how much an iPhone costs.
Fin city: A BioShock aquarium for some geeky fish - CNET
Movie prop maker Tim Baker and his team build a splashy tribute to the City of Rapture from the video game BioShock in the latest episode of the DIY Web series "Super Fan Builds."
FCC to vote on net neutrality rules in February
Nearly a year ago, a U.S. appeals court threw out a large portion of net neutrality rules the FCC approved in late 2010. The court ruled that the FCC's rules came too close to common carrier regulations when the commission didn't take the step of reclassifying broadband providers as regulated utilities. The court, however, pointed to a couple if sections of the Telecommunications Act that the FCC could use to pass net neutrality regulations.
See the massive, stunning collection of art the Smithsonian just put on the web for free
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have an amazing gift for the world in 2015: a newly available collection of 40,000 digitized Asian and American artworks. The Smithsonian says its vast collection has mostly never been seen by the public, and the institution is making the collection available for free public use. The art dates from the Neolithic period to present day; the Smithsonian says the collection includes "1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects, and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works."
Oracle Is Getting Ahead Of The Competition When It Comes To Data
Hot on the heels of a partnership with Dun & Bradstreet, the announcement of the Datalogix acquisition marks an aggressive move on Oracle’s part — an attempt to prove to the market that it’s getting serious about data-driven marketing. Salesforce added Datalogix to its marketing cloud back in April 2014. This Oracle acquisition will probably be making some Salesforce folks feel like they got a lump of coal in their stocking this year.
What To Look Out For In Tech In 2015
BII Venmo allows people to make informal payments to one another instantly using their phones. We think the company will expand this service and allow merchants to start accepting Venmo in their stores in 2015. Venmo has an enthusiastic and growing young customer base that already uses the app to make payments. In fact, Venmo is on track to process $2.5 billion in 2014. Consumers can already use Venmo to pay within some apps such as Uber and recruiting brick-and-mortar merchants would be a natural expansion strategy. Finally, it would be relatively easy to integrate Venmo into mobile point-of-sale devices, which feature Bluetooth LE in increasing numbers. Venmo already has a Bluetooth LE feature on iOS that allows users to identify other nearby Venmo users. The same feature would help merchants connect with Venmo users who walk into their stores. E-commerce accounts for just 6.6% of total retail purchase volume in the US, according to the Census Bureau, so the real opportunity in payments is still in processing transactions that occur in the physical world.
The Verge is live at CES 2015 with the coolest tech coming this year
The Consumer Electronics Show is an entire week dedicated to the not-too-distant future. Companies are taking the covers off remarkable feats of technology that they’ve been working on for months or years with the promise that you’ll actually be able to buy them at some point in the course of the...
Polar's A300 Is a Solid Fitness Tracker You Shouldn't Buy
Listen, it's not that the A300 isn't a capable wearable in the pantheon of fitness trackers. It counts your steps and activity levels, it automatically monitors your sleep patterns, it has a decent screen to display the info, it can pair with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. It's all fine and good, and $140 isn't a bad price. But, for a measly $40 more, you can get the $180 M400, which does all of that, plus it's a fully-functional GPS running watch with advanced smart coaching features. That is absolutely, 100 percent worth forty bucks, even if you're not a runner/jogger yet, you'll be covered if/when you decide you want to be. (Yay 2015!)
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How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Why 30 is not the new 20
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Your body language shapes who you are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Trader Joe Has a Brother. He’s Even Better.
You can always tell an American in Germany by the way they incredulously don’t get that nobody is going to bag their groceries for them— they’re expected to do so (and schnell! ) while the seated cashier is ringing them up. Shoppers also have the option of quickly sticking wares back into the cart and schlepping them over to a special low, wide shelf that’s an official bagging area. As for the cart: It requires a deposit, and customers must return them to their rightful place—without the help of an employee—if they want their money back.
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Yet the notion of the artist as a solitary genius—so potent a cultural force, so determinative, still, of the way we think of creativity in general—is decades out of date. So out of date, in fact, that the model that replaced it is itself already out of date. A new paradigm is emerging, and has been since about the turn of the millennium, one that’s in the process of reshaping what artists are: how they work, train, trade, collaborate, think of themselves and are thought of—even what art is—just as the solitary-genius model did two centuries ago. The new paradigm may finally destroy the very notion of “art” as such—that sacred spiritual substance—which the older one created.
Moral behavior in animals
What happens when two monkeys are paid unequally? Fairness, reciprocity, empathy, cooperation — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
What do babies think?
"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy
There is plenty more like this to be found, if you look for it. A team of researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute surveyed 43,000 Americans and found that, by some wide margin, the rich were more likely to shoplift than the poor. Another study, by a coalition of nonprofits called the Independent Sector, revealed that people with incomes below twenty-five grand give away, on average, 4.2 percent of their income, while those earning more than 150 grand a year give away only 2.7 percent. A UCLA neuroscientist named Keely Muscatell has published an interesting paper showing that wealth quiets the nerves in the brain associated with empathy: if you show rich people and poor people pictures of kids with cancer, the poor people’s brains exhibit a great deal more activity than the rich people’s. (An inability to empathize with others has just got to be a disadvantage for any rich person seeking political office, at least outside of New York City.) “As you move up the class ladder,” says Keltner, “you are more likely to violate the rules of the road, to lie, to cheat, to take candy from kids, to shoplift, and to be tightfisted in giving to others.
Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy
But this is more than a story about Japan and its cultural quirks: It's a story about the global economy. Japan is the world's third-largest economy, a crucial link in global trade and a significant factor everyone else's economic well-being. It owns almost as much U.S. debt as does China. It's a top trading partner of the U.S., China and lots of other countries. The Japanese economy is in serious enough trouble that it could set the rest of us back. And the biggest source of that trouble is demographic: Japanese people aren't having enough kids to sustain a healthy economy. One big reason they're having fewer kids is that they're not as interested in dating or marrying one another, in part because they're less interested in sex.
7 Things Your Social Media Consultant Should Tell You
IDon't know many business owners who hire social media "consultants" that care to have sm integrated into all aspects of the company. They hire consultants do they don't have to deal with the silo. Most of them are also looking for someone to just confirm their own beliefs rather than seek out a problem and solve it. So yes, I definitely agree when you say sm consultants would put themselves out of business if they did their jobs right but I would say it is the business owners that keep this occupation a thriving one. Lol. And saying #3 to them is pretty much asking to not get hired. I hope the folks reading this takes something away with them. These are definitely essential points to have in mind.
Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How
In the end, there was a correlation between brain activation changes and altruistic response. The participants who were the most altruistic playing the computer game showed the greatest changes in brain activation in response to suffering. In the most altruistic participants, activation increased in the inferior parietal cortex (a region of the brain involved in empathy and understanding others), in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (a region involved in emotional control), and in the nucleus accumbens (a region involved in rewarding emotions). This may reflect that compassion training increases detection of others’ suffering through neural circuitry involved in empathic resonance and sharing others’ experiences. It also suggests that these individuals may have been learning to change their emotional response to a more caring response for the person in need. The participants in the control group either showed no relationship between their brain responses and their altruistic behavior or a negative relationship.
These findings provide early evidence that compassion is a trainable skill rather than a stable trait.
Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
Disney CEO Bob Iger’s empire of tech
He wasn’t the obvious pick for the job, at least from the outside. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is credited with reviving a flailing Disney back in the 1980s, but he was also criticized for his reluctance to publicly name a successor—as well as his penchant for feuding with other power players. In early 2005—following a period marked by a hostile takeover attempt and battles with shareholders and former board members (including Roy E. Disney, the son and nephew of the company’s two founders)—it was announced that Eisner would leave the Mouse House a full year before his contract expired. Behind the scenes the board had hired a recruiting firm and looked at several possible replacements, including a handful of external candidates and one internal exec: Iger. Though Iger’s role in the company—chief operating officer—would seem to have made him a natural candidate for the top job, he had to spend months pitching his vision for change to the board (at its core, Iger’s strategy had three “pillars”: investing in creative content, international expansion, and technological innovation). The hard sell worked.
The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang
Above the fold adj. "This term is about whatever content can be seen on a web page before the user starts to scroll. It originates from the print industry, where above the fold meant the top half of a front page on a folded newspaper. This term is disliked by many designers I know (myself included) because we know that although first impressions are very important, users will inevitably scroll down a page to see the remainder of the content. Also, the "fold" in digital is different depending on what device the user is on, so designing with a specific size in mind will actually do more harm than good." (Source: Natalie Be'er, Huge)
The optimism bias
Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.
Can we all "have it all"?
Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.
Pesticides, Not Mites, Cause Honeybee Colony Collapse - D-brief
Thiamethoxam wasn’t mentioned in this study, but assuming it is also a problem it could be replaced. I still think, usually one study or a few studies by the same thing doesn’t settle this, because I have also read many studies that point to food sources, paristates, weather cycles, and others as being a factor. If the pesticide is a large enough factor that its removal would allow bees not to be 100% but at survival levels, then it should be easy to show with having bee populations in sheltered areas. I don’t know how easy it would be to create areas large enough that are free of the 3 mentioned pesticides but I am sure it can be done. I hope they get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later or we might end up needing robot bees to fertilize many of our plants.
The New Wave of Graphic Novels
Jennifer Maloney, I wish you a Happy New Year. I am very grateful to you for this informative and fascinating article with all the bells and whistles someone like me needs to get through reading articles online. Thank you! You said so much in such a small space in time and with the samples of graphic novels included, For I really appreciate this and have forwarded this to a friend of mine by way of inspiration and inspiring it is. I am a graphic icons designer (for electronic devices and home decor items) but I feel inspired to give the genre a fling. Although I am busy with creative projects, your article has inspired me to take my specialty, magical realism designs in a different direction and to a different level. If I can put it together the way I would like and pub it, it will in part be due to your delightful, informed inspiration. Thank you so much. All the best to you and yours in our shiny new year fast approaching! www.joycedade-photography.blogspot.com
6 ways mushrooms can save the world
Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses.
The Smartest Cities In The World
Smart cities are a complex phenomenon and any effort to measure them needs to contain breadth and depth of indicators—and this year I have that. I have added several more information technology related indicators, like broadband Internet and the number of mobile applications that leverage open data initiatives. But I also have added low-tech indicators to ascertain how much a city is embracing shared mobility, like measuring the number of bikes and cars currently in their sharing programs. I have also added citizen participation metrics, such as the number of citizens engagement events held each year and percentage of citizens who vote in local elections.
A second opinion on developmental disorders
Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass suggests we should be looking directly at brains. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives.
Incredible photos from the CES vault: 1967 to 2014
In 2013, the official attendance numbers for CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – were just over 150,000, down from 2012, which saw the highest ever (156,000) according to the Consumer Electronics Association, the professional organization that produces CES. Behind the scenes of the massive, multi-day show held every January in Las Vegas, though, many industry insiders and media have been whispering of the “death of CES” – and large tech trade shows in general – for several years now. Less hyperbolically, the industry is certainly undergoing a lot of changes, and huge shows with dozens of major product launches can seem less important than they have in years past. Many companies have scaled back the number of products they launch each year, and often have their own launch events to maximize attention and press coverage. Over its 46 year history, however, CES’s attendance numbers have grown steeply, and this year’s CES, will likely be attended in larger numbers than ever before. As we move toward CES 2014, we decided to take a retrospective look at the history of the industry’s largest trade show.
Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You
If your goal is to bore yourself to sleep, you might try counting sheep, or counting backwards by multiples of three or any of a number of other counting-related mind-numbers. But a 2002 study found that imagining a more relaxing scene might be more effective.
The study observed 41 people with insomnia over a number of nights and asked them to try a variety of different sleep-inducing techniques, like counting sheep.
On the nights they were told to imagine relaxing scenes like a beach, a massage or a walk in the woods, they fell asleep an average of 20 minutes sooner than on the nights they were told to count sheep or were given no instructions, Mental Floss reported.
Decker agrees. "Counting sheep in and of itself may not help," but can act as a ritual that prepares us for sleep, making it not unlike meditation. Counting sheep -- or more relaxing guided imagery -- helps us "focus on something other than life's stressors," he says. "Thinking about a soothing environment may be more restful than the way you spent the last eight hours!"
Flickr photo by Kr. B.
5 Ways To Embrace Mindfulness At Work
Mindfulness allows us to focus on one thing but it can also allow us to focus on more than one thing at a time with practice. Mindfulness is observing. Observing everything within our purview. The human brain is able to be aware and to record everything within our awareness at the moment. As we become more practiced at mindfulness we are able to access that information more consciously. The key word here is practice. If we want to be good at anything we need to practice. Mindfulness is no different. Sometimes it is helpful to have instruction in mindfulness training. I recommend the mp3s at www.lightunlimitedpublishing.com. They are very effective guided training exercises.
Earth closest to sun for 2015 on January 4 | EarthSky.org
Bruce McClure is the chief writer for the popular EarthSky Tonight pages. Since joining EarthSky in 2004, he has written thousands of astronomy articles, enjoyed here by millions. He also writes, gives planetarium shows and hosts a wide assortment of public astronomy programs in and around his home in upstate New York. If you ask an astronomy question on our site, it’s likely to be Bruce that answers it. His love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and he has sailed the North Atlantic, earning his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. Bruce is also a sundial aficionado. He says his number one passion - besides his wife Alice - is stargazing.
Why Determination Matters More Than Smarts In Getting Ahead
While Dweck’s series of studies centered on children, it’s important to note how having a particular mindset can affect you at any age. As someone with a fixed mindset, you believe basic qualities—like intelligence—are fixed traits. Since you are often praised for your intelligence, you want to continue remaining intelligent in the eyes of others so you shy away from challenges. You think failure is a personal attack on your intelligence, so you don’t recover as easily when goals go awry.
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 .
Everyone In Management Is A Programmer
When it comes to the task of finding and nurturing great engineering managers , misunderstandings at startups are all too common. It seems that many people assume great engineers don’t want to “give up” coding to take on leadership roles. To be clear, this is flat out wrong — and could create tremendous churn in your talent pool if you fail to recognize and elevate leaders in engineering as you would with any other team.
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are making music together — here's the first single
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are officially collaborating. Today, the hip-hop star released a track called "Only One" that features McCartney on keys. It's a fairly straightforward, sparse ballad with a thick dose of Auto-Tune applied to West's vocals. It's more 808s and Heartbreak than Yeezus, but that's fine by us. The song can be streamed for free at Kanye's website .
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Love -- you're doing it wrong
In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)
Relax like an astronaut with an Apollo 11 sweatsuit - CNET
Comfy cosmonaut cosplay is easy with this relaxed fit space sweatsuit complete with drawstring pants and a Neil Armstrong name tag.
"Person With The Twitter Password," And Other Brutally Honest Versions of Your Job Title
The jokesters at Someecards have created a series of brutally honest job titles to restore order to a world gone mad with euphemism. Each entry stares deep into the soul of a modern job title and reduces it down to the main task for which its bearer is responsible. "Head of IT," for instance, is now transformed into "Director of Turning Things Off and Back On," a tactic that even the least computer-savvy individuals have learned works most frequently.
Watch human dancers use light projection technology to play with floating pixels
In the company's newest short video, Pixel, dancers interact with the illuminations, swirling suspended motes of light with their limbs, riding small wireframe hills across the stage, and using an umbrella to ward off a cascade of shining specks. A controlled hand carves a path through a wall of white dots, and a bright hoop makes a hole in spacetime as the light projection reacts to the physical movements of the dancers. The result is a captivating short that looks like it was filmed at the atomic scale inside a computer monitor.
Our Most Popular Science Image Galleries of 2014 | WIRED
Collecting awesome images of science is something we really enjoy, and some of our most popular WIRED Science galleries each year are also among the most fun for us to put together. This gallery of galleries contains your favorites from this year, which means this is a master list of some truly beautiful, incredible, and disturbing image collections. ( Editor’s note: Also see our most popular science news stories. )
Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist
So where did this two-thirds ratio come from? It is the proportion of variation in the log of the cancer risk that can be explained by cell divisions. But this variation could be the same regardless of whether the baseline risk is high or low. For example, the depth of the water in the Marianas Trench goes up and down with the position of the moon, so this explains a bit of the variation in its depth. But that reveals bugger all about the absolute depth of the trench.
Why We Procrastinate - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus
T he British philosopher Derek Parfit espoused a severely reductionist view of personal identity in his seminal book, Reasons and Persons : It does not exist, at least not in the way we usually consider it. We humans, Parfit argued, are not a consistent identity moving through time, but a chain of successive selves, each tangentially linked to, and yet distinct from, the previous and subsequent ones. The boy who begins to smoke despite knowing that he may suffer from the habit decades later should not be judged harshly: “This boy does not identify with his future self,” Parfit wrote. “His attitude towards this future self is in some ways like his attitude to other people.”
Communism Goes Cute: The Japanese Communist Party’s new kawaii mascots
Since the late Fifties it has never advocated subversive actions and its participation in the Anpo struggles in 1960 and 1970 were peaceful, as were its contribution to the anti-Vietnam War campaigns. However, for this it earned the ire of student radicals and other groups, especially for its failure to assist properly in the protests against Narita Airport and the controversial docking of a US submarine in Sasebo in 1968. A student group split from its youth movement in the late Fifties and thus began the New Left/Old Left dichotomy that essentially defined Japanese left-wing politics after the war.
The Softer--And More Wearable--Future Of Wearables
There is something appealing about technology that lets us live our digital and physical lives without one getting in the way of the other. Devices like Google Glass appeal to that sentiment, but ultimately fail because even if they don't distract us with vibrating notifications, they offend our fashion sensibilities. Parkes gets that. "There is a limitation to the number of hard things you’re going to wear on your body; it’s basically jewelry," she said. "But if you have a softer system, like a scarf—there are more opportunities."
Is An MFA The New MBA?
Nicely said. We also know this from Daniel Pink's book of a few years ago - A Whole New Mind (2005), in which he also pitches the MFA as the new MBA. But why do SO many colleges/universities still have SO many business/investment/weath-related folks coming in and going out of their institutions? And why do so many parents, teachers, and the culture/society at large subtly discourage kids from pursuing "the arts"?
Wealth in its multitude of forms seems to remain the goal of the vast majority of students who attend college, in part because college has required so much wealth to enter and exit.
I love the ideas in this article, and as a retired educator, I very much hope that the future will embody the values laid out here. However, as the U.S. grows increasingly divided between those with deep pockets and those whose clothes barely have pockets...skepticism seems the only realistic way to go in regard to "the artist" as the prototype of success. Schools just don't promote the model.
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy "Pirates" | TorrentFreak
Netflix is starting to block subscribers who access its service using VPN services and other tools that bypass geolocation restrictions. The changes, which may also affect legitimate users, have been requested by the movie studios who want full control over what people can see in their respective countries.
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro has a 3D camera that can really see you
As the name suggests, the Aspire V 17 Nitro is a big 'un as laptops go, with a 17.3-inch screen and full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. It's powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor — not the latest-and-greatest Broadwell chip, but still nothing to sneeze at. To help with all that 3D imagery (not to mention gaming), it packs Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, with up to 4GB of VRAM. Memory goes up to 16GB, and storage can be as high 1TB (maximum is 256GB for an SSD, though).