The Verge is at CES 2015: Get Hyped
The Verge team has descended on Las Vegas for the 2015 edition of CES. Get hyped for a week of reports, interviews, hands-on exclusives and daily episodes of...
This remake of 'The Force Awakens' trailer may be the best yet - CNET
Watch this incredible, funny low-budget remake of "The Force Awakens" trailer, with cardboard versions of the Millennium Falcon and TIE Fighters.
This may be our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S6
While the veracity of the images can't be confirmed, they do show a Samsung-esque design to an all-metal chassis. There's a centrally positioned cutout for the camera and a slot at the bottom, potentially to minimize the metal case's interference with wireless signal. It's reminiscent of the unibody aluminum cases that HTC has done in the past, but it would be a massive new change for Samsung, which has traditionally kept to a basic plastic construction. An all-metal chassis would also helpfully differentiate the new S6 from Samsung's early efforts at metal cases, which have so far only had metal frames.
Seagate outs a fleet of cloud, wireless and super-thin hard drives
What's that? You need a more comprehensive storage solution for all of the family's digital clutter? Seagate is ready to sort that too, and its Personal Cloud setup makes sure that stuff is accessible both at home and on the go. Keeping downloaded media in one place to watch on tablets, TVs and media streamers? Check. Serving as a central backup for laptops and other essential gadgets? It does that as well. Heck, it can even stream your content to DLNA-based wares like a PlayStation or Xbox console. Personal Cloud also handles backups of Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon and other cloud repositories, and there's a two-bay model that's configured to copy all data to the second drive for folks looking to be extra careful. And yes, you can turn it into one big storage space if you prefer. There's no word on pricing just yet, but Seagate Personal Cloud will wrangle 3TB, 4TB and 5TB capacities while the two-bay version will handle 4TB, 6TB and 8TB, with both scheduled to ship before the month's end.
Seagate Personal Cloud
Russia Is Building A New High Speed Train That Will Travel To Beijing In Just 48 Hours
The Moscow-to-Beijing direct route will measure about 7,000 km (4,340 miles), effectively three times further than the longest high speed railway in the world, the Beijing to Guangzhou train, which is also operated by CRH (in red, above).
Acer Bets Big on Chromebooks with First 15.6-Inch Model | WIRED
Other than this fancy front-facing shooter, the Aspire V 17 comes packed with a Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce graphics (with up to 4 GB of dedicated video RAM for super smooth gameplay), a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and up to 16 GB of memory. The notebook also includes a redesigned fan intended to be quieter, keep your PC cooler, and eliminate dust build-up. You can also opt for a Blu-Ray or DVD player on your machine. The Aspire V 17 Nitro goes on sale in January, price as yet unspecified.
Xiaomi revenue doubled to $12 billion in 2014: CEO microblog
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese tech firm Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co [XTC.UL] booked 74.3 billion yuan ($11.97 billion) in pre-tax sales last year, up 135 percent from 2013, the firm's chief executive Lei Jun said on his official microblog account on Sunday.
Roku to stream 4K Ultra HD Netflix on future models
CES is a prime occasion for all parts of the TV industry to promote the slow but inevitable march to 4K becoming widely adopted, from TV manufacturers to content providers. This year, Roku is among the companies making 4K a priority — the company has just announced that it plans to support 4K Ultra HD streaming in future models. To start pushing the format forward, the company has built a Roku TV reference model to license out to smart TV manufacturers, and Chinese manufacturing giant TCL has been announced as the first partner who'll build 4K TVs running the Roku TV platform .
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.)
How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators
I’m learning Korean, and I found that just watching Korean drama (with subtitles) and listening to Korean music really helps. I don’t know the letter names to each of the letters of the Korean alphabet, but I do know how to write each letter, and what they sound like. I almost gave up learning the alphabet (hangeul) because it was difficult for me. Then, one day, I printed out the lyrics (from one source who provided all three: Korean, the romanization, and the English translation). I played the song (Crooked, by G-Dragon) on a loop as I copied down the Korean lyrics and trying to sing along to it the best I could. By the time I was done copying down the entire song, I realized that I knew how all of the letters sounded and were written.
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?"
How A Member Of Blink-182 Is Secretly Changing The Music Business
It was first built to sell the work of To The Stars, DeLonge's startup "transmedia" company, because Modlife works best with a multimedia artist or collective that can sell packages of work in a variety of media. DeLonge’s dream example is Tim Burton, who could sell his art, books, and movies together, which might push fans away from downloading or streaming a movie with little potential profit for Burton. DeLonge has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in this platform because he envisions the future of art as a place where all artists are releasing all kinds of media. "Kids use the computer to record in their living room, but they’re also using the computer to make movies on their iPhone," he says. "The artists of the future are going to be doing a lot more ambitious things that will all blend together." And DeLonge will be there to monetize it all in one simple package. To him, it's the package that entices people to make a purchase instead of just stream or download a free copy.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
The battle between your present and future self
Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.
How to spot a liar
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
Can't tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.
Stunning, psychedelic images where art and science collide
On the TED stage , Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains his process, the mystical quality of the images gives way to understanding. But how important to him is it that the casual viewer of his artwork know the underlying scientific principles? Actually, not very. “I’m not too didactic about my work. If people just want to appreciate it for its beauty, that’s absolutely fine,” he tells us. “And if I present it without an explanation, people tend to come up with their own, which is often even more poetic.”
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.
Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.
What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe
When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world — except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick
I always thought this technique of memorizing stuff was too complicated. I know it works for some people though. I think the best way to have a good memory is to use it and use it often. I used to be a server and I was one of those servers that never writes down orders, but always gets them right. Now that it has been a while since I was in the restaurant biz, I find my short term memory went to hell. I didn't use any special technique. I just was always working that muscle so it stayed toned. Since I don't use it like that anymore It has gotten flabby.
This Animated Short Cleverly Reveals The Truth About Addiction And It's Devastating
"Nuggets" is a five-minute animation that surfaced online back in October but has suddenly gained millions of YouTube views in the past week. Created by German animation studio, Film Bilder, the video begins with an adorable kiwi bird casually strolling along before stumbling upon a golden nugget. The bird's interest is piqued and so he ingests the liquid inside. It's instant euphoria, and with it, the kiwi can suddenly fly for a short while. As anyone who's ever had any golden nuggets of their own can attest, what happens after he finds the next one is not the same. It doesn't last as long, and the landing is more of crash. Nevertheless, now the bird is no longer casually strolling, but running to get the next hit—with ever-diminishing returns.
The Common Traits Of The Most Successful People
No one was born an expert or a master of something. You may be the smartest person in the world, but if you don’t know what drives you or can’t seem to focus, you won’t get anything done. According to Greene, the most important thing for success is finding something that you feel emotionally committed to. The most successful people are usually not chasing money when they decide on their craft because "money isn’t the greatest motivator in the world," he says.
The History Of Web Design Explained In 9 GIFs
CSS. First unleashed in 1998, CSS was the answer to a lot of the design problems of the early web. By seperating the way a site looked from the site's content, designers finally had a technology that allowed them to make a website look exactly the way they wanted, custom-tailored to the device it was being displayed on. The earliest versions of CSS weren't very flexible, but eventually, CSS became the most important technology for designers on the web to master.
iPhone, iPad, Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy
This page provides a product summary for each Apple model. The intent is to provide our best recommendations regarding current product cycles, and to provide a summary of currently available rumors for each model.
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.
Meow the Force be with this 'Star Wars' Landspeeder cat bed - CNET
"I have had a couple requests regarding the Cat Speeder price," Roxy's Dream posted on Facebook. "A lot of work went into this, from making the windshield to the custom paint job and all the woodwork in between. I have over 40 hours of labor involved on the Cat Speeder." The Landspeeder with the padded bed in it is priced at $600.
My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I'll Never Go Back
I threw my chair away a couple of months ago when my hamstrings were shortening from sitting all day. The pain in the back of my legs by the end of the day was excruciating. The office let me get a swing arm for my monitor, got me a spongy mat to stand on, and the building and maintenance guys raised my desk to standing height. I've purchased a bar-height stool that I lean on when I need it but I don't use it much. Then, when the office had a step contest, I added a stair stepper which I really love. I usually get in the equivalent of 6 to 10 miles of walking in during the day all while working at my desk. I don't get those mid-afternoon yawns that I used to, and my legs are in amazing shape, not to mention the posture improvements. Colleagues have been coming in to see how I'm doing -- more of them are getting their own standing desks.
6 Questions You Should Ask About A Company's Culture Before You Accept The Job
Sure, it’s great that employees enjoy three weeks of vacation each year, but what you really want to hear is a sense of pride and appreciation employees feel working for the company. A good hiring manager will use this as an opportunity to humbly brag about her capabilities—and all of the ways you’ll be able to learn from her and further your own skill set and career as a result.
10 Job Interview Tips From A CEO Headhunter
Whether you're being interviewed to be an intern or a CEO, you're going to run into a few notoriously tricky questions—here's a road map of what you'll be asked, and how to craft impressive answers to even the toughest questions.
Your Windowless Cubicle Is Doing Horrible Things For Your Sleep And Mental Health
For this study, researchers evaluated 20 women in a workspace for a week. Half of them worked near a window. The other half did not.
The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
The Authenticity Paradox - HBR
Cynthia (whom I interviewed after her story appeared in a Wall Street Journal article by Carol Hymowitz) hemmed herself in like this. She thought she was setting herself up for success by staying true to her highly personal, full-disclosure style of management. She asked her new team for support, openly acknowledging that she felt a bit at sea. As she scrambled to learn unfamiliar aspects of the business, she worked tirelessly to contribute to every decision and solve every problem. After a few months, she was on the verge of burnout. To make matters worse, sharing her vulnerability with her team members so early on had damaged her standing. Reflecting on her transition some years later, Cynthia told me: “Being authentic doesn’t mean that you can be held up to the light and people can see right through you.” But at the time, that was how she saw it—and instead of building trust, she made people question her ability to do the job.
Three cheers for the onion
"The onions are stored in warm air at 28C for three weeks to dry them and to help them develop that golden colour. Then they are gradually cooled down to around zero degrees," he says.
Atoning for a Genocide
My grandfather had created a sanctuary, but it was not invulnerable. Once, my father told me, a high-ranking police officer came to visit my grandfather. My grandmother brought food, and my grandfather, who had a habit of quietly nudging plates in the direction of guests, sat waiting. The officer ate and, when he was done, began to speak. He had been walking on the riverbank when he saw an Armenian woman my grandfather knew, who was about to be raped; to spare her from misery, he had shot her. My grandfather, unable to control his anger, kicked the officer out, and the officer vowed that by morning the family would be put on the caravans: a death sentence. (In my uncle’s version, the source of the argument differs, but not the outcome.) My grandmother’s father, Kevork, said that he would bolt the door, douse the house with gasoline, and destroy the family rather than surrender. A sleepless night followed; at dawn, the muezzin at the mosque called out. The streets were quiet. My grandfather turned to one of the people in his house, an Armenian man who passed as a Kurd in public. “Go to the mosque,” he said, “and tell us what is happening.
7 Venture Capitalists Predict What Will Happen In 2015
Tech IPOs : I think 2015 will be the best year since the ‘bubble’ for venture-backed tech IPOs. We have had a solid year in 2014 and the deals late this year are working well. There is considerable institutional investor appetite; they have made good returns on tech IPOs this year. Most importantly, there are an unprecedented number of high-quality, private, venture-backed tech companies of real scale ($50 million or more in annual revenues) and growth (30-50 percent top-line growth).
The young entrepreneurs modeling their weed farm like a startup
Right now, the farm houses 2,200 plants in various stages of growth, with capacity for over 7,000. Each plant, depending on its size, needs one to two gallons of water per day, so the farm ends up using 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water every week. The site sits next to an irrigation well that Grandpa Deife installed, so their water is free. Miles estimates this saves the business thousands of dollars per month. But the 4,000 gallons of propane they use costs about $2,000 per month. And the 800 amp service panel is the same used to power a Walmart Supercenter. “We have the capacity to max it out,” says Alex with a grin.
The Science Of Politely Ending A Conversation
The clumsy among us can turn to the behavioral evidence on ending a conversation that's been compiled over the years. Though humanity has been finding delicate ways to part ways since the dawn of spoken language—I'd love to grunt more, said the caveman, but I have a rather fast predator to avoid—scientific study of cutting off a discussion didn't occur until the 1970s. The research is a bit scattered and intuitive, but it does offer a few guidelines on general norms for ending a chat, be it pleasant, intolerable, or otherwise.
Why You Should Learn Product Management Instead Of Coding
Before doing product management, what the hell were you using coding for? The article meanders and is stitched together with different points. 'Why learn A when you can learn B? But learning A is good too!' the headline is more suitable for a persausive essay but the content is too balanced with irrelevant viewpoints, and more than one paragraph reads like an advert. You could've also dumped the buzzword of 'emotional intelligene' in there, as a transferable skill that falls within Product Management (or Business Fields generally). Coding is inseperable from creation, even if all you're making is a solution. Most people who aren't 'Cowboy Coders' (which is a nebulous term that's far more derisive than what the article makes it be) start learning HTML/CSS. Why do they learn it? To make and design websites, like this one the article's hosted on. Way to byte the hand that feeds.
Few minorities in non-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, USA TODAY finds
Few minorities in non-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, USA TODAY finds
A USA TODAY analysis of tech company employment data shows minorities are in short supply not just in engineering roles but also among the ranks of non-tech professionals
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1B0G8j1
This Lingerie Company A/B Tests The World's Hottest Women To See Who Makes You Click "Buy"
A/B testing takes more resources because it requires at least two of everything. At the all-day event, Adore Me photographs between 30 and 40 new looks that will debut on the site the next month. For every bra and underwear set, the company has to ensure it has enough options to test for each garment. Each month, the retailer also reshoots a handful of garments that didn't sell well on the site. Today, Adore Me is testing a new blonde model. While natural blondes make up about 16% of the U.S. population, and gentlemen have been said to prefer them, nobody wants to buy lingerie from them. So far, no one with golden locks has sold well, Hermand-Waiche says.
The Rapidly Disappearing Business of Design | WIRED
By almost every measure, 2014 was a breakthrough year for design and big business. Any list of highlights would include John Maeda joining the ranks of Kleiner Perkins as a partner, Jony Ive re-asserting Apple’s product vision and IBM rapidly building the largest design team on the planet. Beyond all of the hype, we can measure the rise of design in terms of dollars invested by major corporations in design talent. In 2014, design went to the bank! The recent departure of Todd Simmons—the top creative at arguably the most celebrated brand agency in the world, Wolff Olins—for the leadership team at IBM is a fitting bookend to the year.
How To Make Mornings Better, Faster, And More Fun
Improve your mood by traveling to work on public transportation, bicycle, or foot. Researchers from the United Kingdom's University of East Anglia found that commutes involving physical activity improved the effects of sleepless nights and general unhappiness, and traveling by train or bus gave people time to relax, read, and socialize. In fact, a study done at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business found that talking to strangers gives commuters a boost in happiness.
THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem
Understanding this complex and rapidly evolving space can be challenging. In a new explainer , BI Intelligence offers a high-level look at the payments industry — how it functions, who the key players are, and the trends shaping the industry. We start by explaining payment-card processing, since the majority of consumer payments and transaction volume flow through this system. From there we take a look at how consumers' move to mobile devices is changing the way we pay, and which players stand to benefit.
In Defense Of The New "Star Wars" Lightsaber
Except the grievances are not with the utility of the crossguard, it has to do with it's logistics. Logically it wouldn't stop the blade from cutting through the lightsaber hilt. Additionally, the cross-guard is 'protected' by some kind of metal, which would - if the lightsaber is used in combat with another lightsaber - would inevitably be damaged over and over again and then need to be replaced, also over and over again. That is, if the emitter didn't have to split the beam. I know it's a mythical weapon, but wouldn't an emitter be positioned at the center of the cross? Thereby directing an enemy's crossed lightsaber blade directly into the emitter and the crystal housed inside? This is why the blade just doesn't work. This is merely an attempt to recreate the excitement of the original double-bladed light-"staff." It would take a miracle to replicate the same utility. Or a weapons expert with a three-dimensional thought pattern.
Happiness and its surprises
Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.
The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now | WIRED
If only the internet had its own version of Lost in Space’ s robot to herald every lurking hazard or menace with an unequivocal warning. Unfortunately Robot B-9 isn’t available. So in his absence we’ve compiled a list of candidates we consider to be this year’s most dangerous. We’ve taken a broad view of danger, though—it’s not just about who is potentially a danger to public safety, but also about entities who might be considered a danger simply because they rock the status quo.
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This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks
The designers are working with researchers from the University of Groningen to test the room's advantages. "The results will be published next spring," says Rietveld. "But what seems to be a result is that after a day of working, people are more active in their head, but more tired in their body. And that's actually what it's all about—the main goal is to actually put more pressure on your legs during the day, and take different positions. That's what sitting is not doing."
How I Finally Trained Myself To Wake Up Early
Maybe I've just been waking up at the wrong time all these years? The first thing I tried was Sleep Cycle ($1.99 for iPhone). It wakes you up when it thinks you should be based on your lightest sleep cycle. Like a regular alarm, you set it for the time you need to get up, but instead of going off at say 8 a.m., it tracks your movements (you have to place your phone next to your pillow and hope you don't knock it out of bed), and wakes you up by playing music when you're in your lightest sleep cycle at the time closest to your scheduled wake up time.
Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity
That chill you feel in the office may be causing your productivity to drop along with your temperature. Cornell University researchers found employees working in offices with low temperatures (of 68 degrees) committed 44% more errors and were less than half as productive than employees working in a warm office (of 77 degrees). When the body’s temperature drops, it uses up energy to stay warm. This leaves the brain with less energy to concentrate or to be creative. If you can’t raise the office temperature, be sure to pack a sweater or get a space heater.
"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.