Roll on: Seattle pot shop preps 12,000 joints for Super Bowl
A Seattle marijuana retailer says it's rolling 12,000 joints for customers as part of a Super Bowl promotion.
To Adjust This Standing Desk's Height, Just Hold Out Your Hand | WIRED
The TableAir is a variable-height workspace that uses a sensor to detect the height of an outstretched hand, then moves the desk surface up to match it.
Better Call Saul's creators talk about the show in this new preview
Creating a successful spinoff is never easy, and that must be particularly true for Vince Gilligan, who's tasked with following up the enormous success of Breaking Bad with a new series focused on...
Here's a TED Talk about sounding smart in a TED Talk
Comedian Will Stephen took to the TEDx New York stage to deliver a profound speech about, well, delivering profound speeches.
Evander Holyfield stars in odd road rage PSA
Evander Holyfield stars in a short anti-road rage PSA which reminds people of the consequences of their actions.
Heading to the Super Bowl? Leave your drone at home - CNET
The Federal Aviation Administration has officially declared the Super Bowl a no drone zone. So if you're heading to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks on Sunday, leave your drone at home.
Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent
A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of...
Google is Using Synthetic Skin For Cancer Reasearch
The Atlantic got a look inside the lab and what it found was that Google is working on an armband that would be able to detect cancer via glowing nanoparticles in the wearers skin. It sounds awesome.
Apple updates iTunes with OS X Notification Center widget
The widget lets you see what's currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you're listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom.
OnePlus has a new flavor of Android called OxygenOS
OxygenOS will be the name of OnePlus' homegrown mobile operating system, which the company says it will unveil to the world on Feb. 12. In the blog post announcing the name, OnePlus didn't give much detail on how OxygenOS would differentiate itself, only that it would be "open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features."
Hands on with the Windows 10 preview: What works, what doesn’t
With a few small steps backward and some giant leaps forward, Windows 10 is shaping up as a worthy successor to Windows 7
Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US
The alleged assault occurred on Dec. 5 last year while the plaintiff, who is not named in the suit, was taking a 45-minute Uber ride home. The lawsuit, which recounts the violent assault in detail, says the passenger fell asleep in the car and later awoke to find it parked in a secluded area with the driver on top of her. Despite her attempts to resist the rape and in the face of threats to kill her, she was assaulted for more than 30 minutes, the lawsuit says.
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Chemists Confirm the Existence of New Type of Bond
At the time of the experiment, the necessary equipment was not available to examine the milliseconds-long reaction closely enough to determine whether such vibrational bonding existed. Over the past 25 years, however, chemists' ability to track subtle changes in energy levels within reactions has greatly improved, so Fleming and his colleagues ran their reaction again three years ago in the nuclear accelerator at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England. Based on calculations from both experiments and the work of collaborating theoretical chemists at Free University of Berlin and Saitama University in Japan, they concluded that muonium and bromine were indeed forming a new type of temporary bond. Its vibrational nature lowered the total energy of the intermediate bromine-muonium structure—thereby explaining why the reaction slowed even though the temperature was rising.
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'
"My life's an open book," people might say. "I've got nothing to hide." But now the government has large dossiers of everyone's activities, interests, reading habits, finances, and health. What if the government leaks the information to the public? What if the government mistakenly determines that based on your pattern of activities, you're likely to engage in a criminal act? What if it denies you the right to fly? What if the government thinks your financial transactions look odd—even if you've done nothing wrong—and freezes your accounts? What if the government doesn't protect your information with adequate security, and an identity thief obtains it and uses it to defraud you? Even if you have nothing to hide, the government can cause you a lot of harm.
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 .
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job
As it turns out, organizing the world’s information isn’t always profitable. Projects that preserve the past for the public good aren’t really a big profit center. Old Google knew that, but didn’t seem to care.
Korg & Noritake Introduce Futuristic Nutube Vacuum Tubes
I loves me some paradigm shift. Now you’re going to see 6″ tabletop speakers with built in tube amps. Hell, the Harmon/Kardons in your laptop can have a tube amp. Knowing Korg, they’ll probably come up with a LIttleBits tube amp just to show off. And they’ll put more tubes in the KingKorg. And the new Electribes can have tubes like the old ones. Then there’s applications in analog computing. This could potentially be as big as the invention of the transistor. The only question is per unit cost.
Tesla will make the absurdly fast P85D even faster with a software update
It's basically unprecedented for a car's stats to meaningfully improve with an over-the-air update just like the one you get on your phone. Most manufacturers don't yet support comprehensive firmware updates over a cellular connection, but Tesla's been doing it with the Model S for quite some time — it's a lot easier than dragging it into a dealership, obviously. A software update for your Galaxy or iPhone that improves performance is one thing, but a software update that lets you smoke more fools on the drag strip is quite another.
How to succeed? Get more sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Inside the studio where ESPN is betting billions on the future of sports
After SportsCenter wrapped for the morning, I sat down with Negandhi and Storm on comfortable orange chairs inside the stunning new Digital Center 2, where the show is taped. DC-2, as it’s widely known, is the 18th building on ESPN’s campus. It’s an immaculate, slightly sterile new production facility that was under construction for more than three years before opening its doors last summer. It is 194,000 square feet of technological progress, from the studios and the suite of editing rooms to the energy-efficient server rooms and the "social media lounge" upstairs. Every corner of DC-2 is a reminder of the intersection of sports and technology: the lobby is outfitted with large vertical screens, one showing every single "This is SportsCenter" ad ever made. Walk further and you’ll see a gigantic ticker on the wall scrolling news and scores. As you walk up the stairs to the studio, there’s a wired CableCam floating above you, ominously watching.
Samsung's profits continue to slip
Samsung Electronics made an operating profit of 5.29 trillion won ($4.87 billion) off the back of 52.73 trillion won ($48.6 billion) in revenue last quarter. These are big numbers by almost anyone's standards, but the problem is that they don't meet the company's own; last year operating profit was 8.31 trillion won from 59.28 trillion won revenue, meaning that these latest results reveal respective dips of 36 and 11 percent.
Internal email: We need to change our official photos immediately
It's come to my attention that official staff photos haven't been taken since the founding of The Verge dot com. I understand how something like staff photos can be bumped further and further down our corporate to do list. We're a growing company, and our time is often better served crashing drones and using electric skateboards in nefarious ways. That said, I do believe the moment has come again for staff photos to be taken — and taken seriously. Fortunately, I have found a model from which we can base these photos.
Bill Gates is another smart guy who is terrified of artificial intelligence
While it might sound like a fantasy to have robots folding your laundry and driving you to work in the future, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Wednesday that he's afraid of artificial intelligence, and doesn't understand why more people aren't concerned about how it could impact the future.
Nintendo is finally sharing ad revenue with YouTube users
Nintendo has just launched a beta for what it's calling its "Creators Program," an affiliate program for sharing advertising money with YouTube content creators. Essentially, anyone who is part of the program can create YouTube videos featuring footage of Nintendo games and split the advertising money with Nintendo — users will get 60 percent of the revenue on individual videos, but can also register dedicated Nintendo channels to earn 70 percent. (Nintendo notes that "this rate may be changed arbitrarily.")
The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton | WIRED
He’s suggested building something he calls the Freezeway, a 6.8-mile skating lane through Edmonton, Alberta, for residents and tourists who want to commute on ice. You may laugh, but Matt Gibbs has given this a lot of thought—he first proposed the idea two years ago in his masters thesis in landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Watch (And Weep) As Budweiser Doubles Down On Puppy Love In New Super Bowl Ad
"Lost Dog" was created by agency Anomaly and directed by Jake Scott, and it took eight puppies—seven females and one male, all 11-12 ½ weeks old— and seven Bud Clydesdales training for three months to make this magic happen. Actor Don Jeanes is back as the horse trainer/dog lover for a third time, and chances are you'll be a blubbery mess again, too.
Hipster churches in Silicon Valley: evangelicalism's unlikely new home
This is perhaps the core challenge for start-up churches like Wilson’s: the pace of change, and the transience of the younger demographic. Dani Scoville, program director at a Christian center that ministers to younger adults in the Bay Area, describes a population of “believers moving from community to community based on life stage. You might be in a certain church when you’re single and looking for a partner, and in another when you’re married and looking for a church with a good children’s ministry.”
The text-only files are a unique resource for members of the public to browse for curious and interesting topics and titles ranging from witchcraft and homeopathy to poetry and recipes. In addition to browsing and reading text-only versions of these early English books, users of EEBO-TCP can also search the entire corpus, which contains more than two million pages and nearly a billion words. The text has been encoded with Extensible Markup Language (XML), allowing individuals to search for keywords and themes across the entire collection of works, in individual books or even within specific sections of text such as stage directions or tables of contents.
How Often Should I Charge My Gadget's Battery to Prolong Its Lifespan?
Dear Lifehacker, What is the deal with lithium-ion batteries (the kind found in smartphones and laptops)? I've heard lots of different things about how to take care of them, like that they need to be kept charged between 40% and 80%, or that they should be drained completely and charged to 100%. What is the ideal approach to maintaining a good battery-life-to-battery-health ratio?
The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain
This is super fascinating because we've known about the effects of better sleep, like the memory consolidation that we need to remember our lives, but Nedergaard's research sheds light on the actual mechanics of what's happening while we're not waking. If the same holds true for humans, then sleep may be a key to fighting dementia and other degenerative diseases, since it's the time that your brain sweeps clean the toxins that are laying about.
How Stress Shrinks Our Brains And What To Do About It
Feel like your stressful days are chipping away at your sanity? Turns out stress literally destroys our brains. Here's how fight it.
I don't know what to do, you guys
So, to state the obvious: Jon Chait is a jerk who somehow manages to be both condescending and wounded in his piece on political correctness. He gets the basic nature of language policing wrong, and his solutions are wrong, and he’s a centrist Democrat scold who is just as eager to shut people out of the debate as the people he criticizes. That’s true.
Alibaba has reportedly invested $10 million in Ouya
The idea makes sense for both companies. At least in the United States, Ouya is clearly struggling for relevancy in a market owned by Microsoft and Sony; the buzz that carried its Kickstarter campaign to $1 million in just hours was quickly forgotten about as consumers got their hands on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And it's even had to deal with major competition at the $99 price point. Amazon's Fire TV offers decent enough Android gaming, and it also happens to be a pretty great set-top box for watching movies, too. In some ways, the launch of Fire TV might've sealed Ouya's fate here in the US.
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Don't be a Stanford asshole | 48 hills
I wholeheartedly endorse your warning to Stanford grads to take their massive influence and privilege seriously. I don’t want “privilege” to set off alarm bells – I simply mean that they have tremendous resources at their disposal, and while some young people are treating the world as their oyster (Zuckerman, et al), many of the resentments against “techies” derive from young people who don’t understand that their work concretely contributes to the misery of their neighbors. Just like any other human beings, tech employees need to take responsibility for the products they develop. This isn’t restricted to the tech industry, obviously – that sense of personal responsibility applies to every employee in every industry. Wall Street bankers should feel bad when they produce financial products which undermine the economy and prey on the weak. Lawyers should feel bad when they fight against the disenfranchised or deny justice to the wronged. Taxi drivers should feel bad when they’re assholes to well-meaning passengers. At every level of a society, workers need to take responsibility for their contributions and make sure that what they do is moving society towards the world that they want.
Boris Johnson says jihadists are porn-obsessed 'w*nkers'
The mayor, who last year declared his intention to run for parliament again, said young jihadists are men in need of self-esteem who don't have a mission in life. Comparing them to people who get dragged into drug gangs or other criminal activity, Johnson said they need to be demystified.
Bleached eyebrows are transforming people into stylish aliens
Bleached eyebrows debuted as a haute couture trend on runways mainly reserved for models. Supermodel Cara Delevingne even bleached her iconic eyebrows last fall for Givenchy. But now they've made their way into real life, into editorials and onto celeb foreheads. Even your everyday average person is baring bleached brows.
The Smart Details That Make Twitter's New Video Feature Easy to Use | WIRED
Stamatiou and his managers already had ditched the “edit” button they’d been using, deciding to make it all fit on one screen—after all, nothing runs counter to ethos of being in the moment than having to wade through a hamburger menu. But users started to balk at the feedback offered as they took the videos. What did this chopped up film strip mean? How much video am I supposed to record? Worst of all, although the video recording feature lets you stitch segments together, users didn’t realize that the video they were capturing were clips that fed into a larger video. And they didn’t understand that by tapping on the thumbnails below the viewfinder, they could delete entire segments of the video they were recording.
3 reasons your startup is struggling to raise venture capital
Raising funding takes a lot of time and energy, and in some cases — like the ones described above — there may be a better way to finance your startup than venture capital. Options include crowdfunding, bootstrapping and even a traditional small business loan. Before you decide which type of funding to pursue, take the time to understand the factors that VCs consider before investing. If you're targeting the right source of capital and asking yourself the tough strategic questions before you pitch, you can get back to what really matters faster: Building your company.
13 travel gadgets for the tech-savvy jetsetter
It's one thing to have albums and albums full of beautiful travel pics on your phone, but nothing beats tangible photos. Prynt is a smartphone case that turns your mobile device into an instant camera and photo printer: It has a rechargeable internal battery so as not to drain your phone's power, does not require an Internet connection and doesn't even require an ink cartridge. Simply plug it into your phone, snap a photo and instantly print as many copies as you want for $0.50 a piece using the Prynt app.
Join the MashableReads Meetup for 'The Girl on the Train' on Feb. 3
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Look like Hoth stuff in this 'Star Wars' AT-AT driver costume - CNET
In an Empire state of mind? Wear this highly detailed Anovos "Star Wars" costume to relive all your favorite Battle of Hoth moments from "The Empire Strikes Back." No AT-AT required.
The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)
Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.
Imgur's new tool makes the most beautiful GIFs on the web
Video to GIF has a few other issues, too. That includes not making it clear whether you're going to get a GIF or a GIFV after conversion (almost always the latter), occasionally cutting the clip too long or starting it too early, offering a text overlay tool that just totally does not work (in our tests), and frequently failing during its conversion process. Video to GIF will let you download a GIF version of your GIFVs most of the time, but because they're optimized to look so good, they'll be at a large size that's far from shareable.
Spacewar! - video games 60s style
General-purpose computers and other digital equipment play a key role in many scientific studies. The PDP-1 computer used in Spacewar is performing calculations at speeds up to 100,000 per second as it interprets the operator's switch actions and sends positional information to the display at a rate of 20,000 points per second. To give some idea of the complexity of the computer's task, we might mention that in storing and plotting the relative positions and speeds of the spaceships, rockets, stars, and sun, PDP-1 is referring to Newton's laws of motion stored in its 4096-word core memory. Thus the operators must compensate for gravitational attraction when the spaceships come close to the sun.
Canadian man loses $27 million lottery jackpot by 7 seconds
Ifergan bought two tickets for the May 23, 2008, Lotto Super 7 draw, a now-defunct weekly Canadian lottery game, at 8:59 p.m. — one minute before the deadline. His first ticket had the May 23 draw date, but his second ticket was printed seven seconds after 9 p.m., and had a May 30 draw date, the day of the next lottery drawing, instead.
Why I Think Students Should Cheat | WIRED
The benefits of cheating are obvious – improved grades in an environment where failure is not an opportunity for learning, but rather a badge of shame. When students do poorly on a test, there is no reason for students to review their responses because they will likely never be tested on the same thing ever again. The test itself is largely arbitrary and often not meaningful. Organizations such as FairTest are devoted to sharing research that exposes the problems of bad testing practices.
Get pumped for Super Bowl ads in our #BizChats Twitter chat
What factors go into producing a viral advertisement? Who do you think will win bragging rights as the best Super Bowl ad of 2015? Join us on Friday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. ET for our Super Bowl #BizChats Twitter chat, where we'll be discussing these questions and more.
The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber
The flow of capital toward companies like these suggest a positive course correction on the investor side of the equation. While Pinterest was valued last year by investors at $5 billion, we would do well to remember it was initially ignored by the Valley. Pinterest was, after all, about women, the Midwest and the visual web – all arguably undervalued by venture capitalists at a time when technology (Google, Apple) still trumped the technology-enabled (Airbnb, Uber). As investors begin to recognize the true value of companies like these, and founders pioneer the way, opportunities will increase for founders to redefine value and scale their ideas accordingly.
Dell Venue 8 7000 may be best Android tablet, despite lame 3D camera [REVIEW]
Intel was very late to the mobile game, but it's slowly getting its chips into tablets and smartphones. The 7000's got a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3500 processor, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics, and 16GB of internal storage. A microSD card can be slipped in to expand the storage up to 512GB if that's not enough. (Although, let's be real: A 512GB memory card costs $600 and is far too much for anyone to consider at this time.)
FullContact for iOS Cleans Up Your Contacts
By way of recap, FullContact is a previously Web-only service that connects to your Gmail and social media accounts and then tidies them up; merging duplicates, adding photos and the like. There’s even an existing business card reader app for iOS and Android to quickly get your new contacts saved. The new iOS app offers all these features in one place on your phone.
The US has laws against genetic discrimination, but people still fear it
GINA was signed into law almost seven years ago to prevent health insurance companies and employers from discriminating against individuals based on family history of illness or results from genetic testing. For example, the law prevents an employer from firing an employee because they have a family history of cancer. But GINA hasn’t been invoked very often since 2008. In 2013, for instance, the US only had 333 GINA-related charges of employment discrimination, compared with 90,000 charges relating to other areas of discrimination. Moreover, most of those charges were added following an investigation relating to an Americans with Disabilities Act claim.
Google CFO Calls Glass A Case Where The Company Needed To “Pause” And “Reset”
Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette wasn’t too optimistic about the future of Google Glass on today’s Google earnings call for Q4 2014. The executive took some time to highlight the project as an example of when Google is willing to take a step back and rethink something that isn’t working out, even when they’ve made a considerable investment in the tech.
SkyBell Video Doorbell review - CNET
SkyBell has a tutorial video showing how to do this, but this house had an intercom rather than a single dedicated chime, and its wiring was considerably more complex than what was outlined in the tutorial. As it turns out, the Digital Doorbell Adapter won't work with any intercom setup. So, not only are non-wired doorbell homes out of luck, homes with intercoms are too -- and non-intercom digital doorbell homes will have to install both the SkyBell and the adapter. Complicated.