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The science of setting goals

A meaningful goal — one that truly inspires you to change — requires going deeper. “Give yourself permission and time to think about what it is you want to experience in your life or what’s getting in the way,” says McGonigal. Think about what you want in the coming year, then ask yourself why you want that — three times in a row. For example, if you want to quit smoking, ask why do you want to quit? Then, if you want to quit for your health, ask why do you want good health? Then, if your answer is to be alive long enough to meet your grandchildren, ask why do you want to meet your grandchildren? “You get to something that just feels so obviously important to you,” says McGonigal. It really drives home why that goal matters, and that motivation can bolster you as you work toward the goal.

Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It   

Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and collects everything posted in the past week by each of your friends, everyone you follow, each group you belong to, and every Facebook page you’ve liked. For the average Facebook user, that’s more than 1,500 posts. If you have several hundred friends, it could be as many as 10,000. Then, according to a closely guarded and constantly shifting formula, Facebook’s news feed algorithm ranks them all, in what it believes to be the precise order of how likely you are to find each post worthwhile. Most users will only ever see the top few hundred.

Oculus gives Kickstarter backers the finished Rift for free

The giveaway is a kindness, but it's likely also strategic. After all, the thousands of people who paid for development kits are almost certainly fans of VR three years later. A free headset is a small price to pay for Oculus when at least some of these people are going to extol the Rift's virtues and get others in on the action. Still, it's hard to knock the gesture too much. It's not often that an ambitious crowdfunding project not only meets its goals, but does so well that it can afford to shower its most faithful supporters with extra rewards.

Lego’s new toy robot teaches kids coding and engineering

Lego Education, a division of Denmark’s Lego, unveiled the system at the 2016 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The robot itself is a wireless, tablet-ready system that is designed for a younger crowd. The company’s Lego Mindstorms robots are targeted at middle school and high school students, who use them to build robots that can complete tasks and win competitions.

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Check out Nikon’s crazy 360-degree VR camera

Today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nikon pulled a surprise announcement amid its expected camera upgrades, unveiling its first consumer-focused 3D action camera, the KeyMission 360.

Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots

M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel, and more, sources with direct knowledge of the SDK confirm.

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Live from Intel's CES 2016 keynote

Evernote’s 5% problem offers a cautionary lesson to tech companies

“What winds up happening at Evernote conferences is that people go and they say, ‘Oh, I love Evernote and I’ve been using it for years and now I realize I’ve only been using it for 5 percent of what it can do,’ ” Libin said. “And the problem is that it’s a different 5 percent for everyone. If everyone just found the same 5 percent, then we’d just cut the other 95 percent and save ourselves a lot of money. It’s a very broad usage base. And we need to be a lot better about tying it together. And I think we have. We’ve got a few things we’re launching over the next few months to help with that.”

12 Twitter may allow 10,000-character tweets within the next three months

Re/Code reports that Twitter staff will only discuss the longer tweets as “beyond 140-characters,” but the company is entertaining a 10,000-character limit — just like DMs.

Casio's $500 Android Wear smartwatch is designed for the outdoors (hands-on)

Casio on Tuesday announced its first smartwatch for iPhone and Android devices here at CES 2016 in Las Vegas . The Smart Outdoor Watch, which is officially known as the WSD-F10, is a far cry from the company's calculator watches of the 1980s. It's designed for users who enjoy the outdoors and want to stay connected. The watch features a built-in microphone and is water-resistant up to 50 meters and built to meet US military standards.

So long, 140! Twitter may soon let you share 10,000 characters per post

Twitter is said to be testing a new product that let's users share up to 10,000 characters at a time, potentially moving beyond the 140 character limit that has defined the social network since it launched a decade ago, according to a report Tuesday from Re/code.

Father's attempt at face swap with baby goes ... not well

As you can see, the father has gained a baby face for a nose and his baby has gained, well, a disturbing nostril face, straight out of a Guillermo del Toro movie.

Get the new Withings Go fitness tracker for just $69

For fitness tracking at the drop of a hat, you need a fitness tracker that just won’t quit. Or at the very least, is just … always on. And if you want to be confronted with the reality of your activity every second of every day, the latest wearable from Withings might be for you. Meet the Withings Go, a surprisingly affordable fitness tracker with an E Ink multi-screen display that is perpetually turned on. For just $69, you’ll have a device that will track steps, distance, running, swimming, and your sleep. And unlike you, it won’t go to sleep.

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North Korea announces hydrogen bomb test - BBC News

On top of any fourth nuclear test, North Korea also appears to have tested a submarine-launched missile. The ability to launch missiles from submarines would change the whole calculation of military response because warning times of an attack on, for example, the West Coast of the United States would be much shorter.

Hoverboard house fire in Australia - CNET

Despite being the hot-ticket Christmas gift of 2015, safety concerns over self-balancing scooters are very real, with a device causing a severe house fire in Australia.

Smart fridges, thin TVs and more: All the news from the biggest day at CES - CNET

On Press Day at CES, a long line of companies crowd the stage with product reveals and news about their latest tech innovations. Here's what you need to know.

Volkswagen’s electric concept van is no Microbus, but that’s okay

VW wouldn't let us get within about a foot of the Budd-e, but I got close enough to tell you that the interior has basically no basis in reality: there are way too many big screens centered around the driver, and the upholstery looks less than great. The exterior, though, is cute — the concept is done up in a matte copper-over-white scheme that suits the trucklet pretty well. As with many concepts, the Budd-e looks extra sleek without real-world accoutrements like door handles and rear-view mirrors, but voice-activated (and gesture-controlled) automatic door openers seem to get the job done just as well.

Live from Intel's CES 2016 keynote

Expect to hear plenty of Intel's big ideas for the next year.

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Live from Intel's CES 2016 keynote

Can an augmented reality headset change the way we work?

You can't throw a stone these days without cracking the faceplate on some fancy virtual reality headset. The technology we've been lusting after for so long is about to hit the mainstream in a major way, with big releases arriving in the next year from Facebook's Oculus, Sony, and Samsung. Running parallel to this trend is the world of augmented reality, where virtual images are layered onto what you're seeing in the real world. Google and Microsoft have made major bets on this technology with Magic Leap and HoloLens.

This new Sony turntable is turnt

Sony is pursuing audiophiles, collectors, and connoisseurs with its new PS-HX500 turntable, a carefully crafted machine that hitches the company's "hi-res audio" wagon to comparatively ancient technology. There aren't many physical differences between the HX500 and other high-end contemporary turntables. If you just want something to play LPs, it'll do a nice job; its half-dozen competitors will suffice too. Sony is betting the table's analog-to-digital conversion and flexibility will differentiate it from other, similar offerings. Vinyl's  commercial resurgence is manifesting at CES this year in a big way: Technics is  releasing two new high-end units to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its flagship table, and there are units all over the show floor from a variety of manufacturers.

The Demographics of Social Media Users

A quarter of online adults use LinkedIn, a proportion that is unchanged from the 28% of online adults who did so in September 2014. As was true in previous surveys of LinkedIn usage, the platform is especially popular among working-age adults as well as college graduates and those with relatively high household incomes. LinkedIn is the only major social media platform for which usage rates are higher among 30- to 49-year-olds than among 18- to 29-year-olds. Fully 46% of online adults who have graduated from college are LinkedIn users, compared with just 9% of online adults with a high school diploma or less. The site continues to be popular among the employed – 32% are LinkedIn users, compared with 14% of online adults who are not employed.

Firefox OS will Power New Panasonic UHD TVs Unveiled at CES

Panasonic announced that Firefox OS will power the new Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs, the first LED LCD TVs in the world with Ultra HD Premium specification, unveiled today at CES 2016.

Watch this Intel-powered Segway transform into a robot butler

The Intel CES press conference has showcased many  different integrations of its technology, but none have been more visually strange than a Segway that managed to transform into a self-navigating robot.

Sony's big CES 2016 press show starts at 8PM ET, join us!

Sony's big CES parade starts here. The company has leaned down in the last few years, and even turned to crowdfunding for some of its more unusual creations. That said, it's still got plenty to talk about . If it's not 4K, it'll be cameras, PlayStation and wearables. Yessir, we'll be there reporting from the throng of reporters and analysts.The show starts at 8pm ET, but we'll be warming up and complaining about the music right before it starts in earnest. Questions? Outrageous demands? Let us know!

A night of gadgets and gear as CES 2016 opens (pictures) - CNET

The night before CES begins, Digital Experience offers a preview of companies that will attend the giant technology show and a look at smaller startups that may skip it entirely.

Move over, Very Hungry Caterpillar

The company will debut its $50 Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar tonight at Pepcom's Digital Experience, a pre-CES media event, though the toy won't be available to buy until this summer. Instead of getting not-yet-potty-trained kids to code with a screen and keyboard, this plastic caterpillar uses more subtle tactics: it teaches the basics of coding, like sequencing and programming, with segments of the caterpillar's body. Each of these eight segments is labeled with different symbols and colors. Kids put them together, attach them to the caterpillar's smiling, blinky-eyed, motorized head, and press a button to get the whole toy to move.

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

What’s even bigger about the end of life for these versions is that this means Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Microsoft’s old browser that’s left supported, as the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10.

Bluetooth gadget showcase from CES 2016 (pictures) - CNET

Every year, Bluetooth devices get a small show of their own at CES. Here's this year's batch.

Intel and ESPN partner to showcase real-time athlete performance at the X Games

On stage, Intel demonstrated this technology with BMX bikers, measuring their speed and jump heights. The Intel-fueled X Games will begin on January 28 in Aspen, with viewers being able to look at real-time statistics on TV as they watch the games on ESPN.

Razer's gaming Ultrabook lets you bring your own video card

The Blade Stealth ships this month, and you can get it at Microsoft Stores in February if you need to see it in person. However, the Core doesn't have either a ship date or a price. That makes it a real wildcard: if it's expensive or takes forever to ship, the combo won't be quite so alluring. Nonetheless, this may be your best shot at a best-of-both-worlds laptop.

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Live from Intel's CES 2016 keynote

Expect to hear plenty of Intel's big ideas for the next year.

Reddit's compiled its best AMAs into a limited edition hardback book

Reddit’s published a near 400-page coffee table book of its most popular AMAs , called ‘ Ask Me Anything: Volume One ‘.

Kia aims for self-driving car by 2030

Kia aims for self-driving car by 2030 Kia's goal of producing a commercially available self-driving car by 2030 represents the spread of autonomous tech to lower-priced brands. Check out this story on

Mossberg: What Apple, Google, Microsoft and more should focus on in 2016

With over a billion daily active users, Facebook is not only a huge success, but it's getting crowded. And so is your news feed. Once you have more than, say, a hundred friends, it becomes easy to miss posts of interest. Awhile back, the company introduced a feature that let you designate whose posts you wanted to see at the top of your feed, but I find that this just drive other potentially interesting posts deeper down the silo. There's also a way to remain friends but not see posts, an option I stumbled upon one day. So, for 2016, I'd like Facebook to rethink the news feed in a major way, with a central focus on giving users greater control and a clearer understanding of how to exercise it.

Starboard Calls for Management, Structural Changes at Yahoo

Activist investor Starboard Value LP sent its latest missive to Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday, calling for a change in management and spin off or sale of the company’s core Internet business.

Apple Scales Back Orders for Its iPhones

BEIJING—Apple Inc. is scaling back orders for its iPhones, sending ripples throughout the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies and builds the company’s phones.

Qualcomm’s new chips are about to make Audis smarter

While it’s unclear when Audi owners will be able to future-proof their new cars with the 820A, the Snapdragon 602A is scheduled to launch in Audi’s new A5 at the end of the year and in more models in 2017.

Reddit publishes $35 hardcover book of its most popular AMAs

Reddit , the social news site that lets users submit, discuss, and “upvote” articles and anecdotes, has published its first ever book.

Panasonic's Technics revival has a new direct-drive SL-1200

During its CES 2016 press conference, Panasonic took some time out to talk about its new line of Technics turntables . This year it's releasing two versions of a direct-drive model: the limited edition 50th Anniversary Grand Class SL-1200GAE (limited to 1,200 units of course) and a non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G. In these editions, the reborn Technics says it even cured "cogging" with a newly developed coreless motor. There's no word on price, but the turntables should arrive in late 2016.

Twitter Isn’t Raising the Character Limit. It’s Building a Wall.

Facebook is doing much the same: Its recent big push for native videos and Instant Articles —content hosted within the News Feed, rather than linking out—is ostensibly about a more seamless user experience. And, sure, that’s part of it. Facebook’s own research has told it that users hate clicking on links and waiting for pages to load in their browsers, particularly on their phones, where many websites still look terrible and function poorly. But it’s also a land grab on Facebook’s part, as I and others have explained. The social network is using its enormous active user base to persuade the media to give up control of their content and hand it over to Facebook. If they don’t, they’re likely to find that their links are bypassed by Facebook’s billion daily active users in favor of videos and stories that appear at full length directly in the News Feed.

Brands on Twitter are now inviting you to tell them what you think of their ads

Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech. If you look carefully, you may even find her doing comedy about tech. Kirsty also presents the New Economics Foundation's Weekly Economics Podcast.

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It's all about the audiophile as Sony shows off light-bulb speaker, high-tech turntable - CNET

The turntable, which is able to convert the records into digital high-resolution audio files that can be enjoyed on any device, spoke to a renewed push by Sony to capture your ears. The company introduced new headphones and speakers, showed off an LED light bulb that plays music and a circular glass speaker. There were also an array of wireless sound bars, speakers and audio-video receivers.

Volkswagen announces e-Golf Touch with gesture controls

Not nearly as exciting as the electric BUDD-e microbus the company introduced a new version of it's electric compact, the e-Golf Touch at CES. Odd that it's called the Touch because the feature that makes it different from the regular e-Golf is gestures. Maybe e-Golf Swipe didn't play well with focus groups. Regardless, the car comes with a 9.2-inch configurable home screen and wireless charging for everyone in the car.

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53 HP's Envy Phoenix gaming desktop will support HTC's new VR headset
54 Some 'Shenmue III' backers won't get their rewards after all
55 Intel's CES 2016 keynote: start time, live blog, and streaming
56 Control your Ford car from your armchair with Amazon Alexa and Echo integration
57 Exclusive: Verizon launches auction to sell data centers - sources
58 Put your tiny, 3D-printed head on a Lego minifig - CNET
59 Lady Gaga and Intel are working on a mysterious creative project that's coming next month
60 You can now use Siri to unlock your front door thanks to the Kwikset Premis
61 ASUS debuts the first monitor to run on just USB Type-C
62 Twitter misses deadline to pay Turkey's $50,000 terrorist propaganda fine
63 NYTimes Bits on Twitter
64 Screaming infants, be gone: these earbuds control the world's sounds
65 Dish Network's Hopper 3 and HopperGO let you record 4K content, then take it on the go
66 LG's CordZero canister vac will follow in your footsteps
67 Live your dreams and make a 3D-printed Lego head that looks like you
68 'Sup, Honor: Huawei's affordable 5X phone makes a compelling case for millenials
69 Cloudability buys data visualization startup DataHero
70 Dell just announced a wireless monitor that wirelessly charges your phone
71 Job opening: Software Engineer, Employee #1 at Kickpay
72 Samsung quietly announces Chromebook 3, promises better battery life
73 Getting chased through the desert by AirDog, the easiest drone to fly
74 Razer Blade Stealth laptop is a gamer in disguise
75 Casio Aims to Outshine Apple With Planned Smartwatch Models
76 Mobile App Usage Up 58 Percent In 2015, With Emoji Keyboards Leading The Pack
77 Dietsensor claims to tell you what's really in your food - CNET
78 New Balance wants to create customized 3D-printed midsoles for your sneakers
79 PlayStation 4 worldwide sales surpass 35M with 5.7M sold during the ‘holidays’
80 Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch will soon work with the iPhone
81 Hands-on: Muzik’s Twitter-backed headphones beat Apple’s Beats
82 The Rival 700 is a modular gaming mouse with an LCD screen
83 Samsung's latest CES surprise is the humble Chromebook 3
84 Securifi’s Almond 3 Is A Router And Smart Home Hub In A Nifty Single Box
85 Oculus Rift pre-orders get you in line for Touch controllers
86 Fitbit unveils Blaze, its first wearable with a color screen, ships in March for $200
87 Huawei smartphone shipments soar 44 percent in 2015
88 Samsung Pay is expanding around the globe
89 North Korea's nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash
90 Intel aims to enhance user experience in sports, health, and creativity | ZDNet
91 VW’s microbus gets the hippy reincarnation it deserves with the electric Budd-e
92 Audeze's Sine are lightweight planar magnetic headphones
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95 Intel and New Balance are making a sports watch (and more)
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