Carl Sagan - Millions, Billions and Trillions. All the illions from Cosmos and in order.
All the illion's from Cosmos by Carl Sagan. Millions, Billions, Trillions and 1 Quadrillion. For all the other words that aren't those ones. Please watch Cos...
The chilling interviews from the middle of the hostage crises in France
French broadcaster BFMTV recorded interviews with attackers during Friday's hostage crisis, hours before the men were killed in a police raid.
Patton Oswalt talks about his worst moment on stage
Patton Oswalt tells the story about the worst time he failed on stage on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'.
Report: Xbox avatars to get a facelift on Xbox One
Xbox avatars may soon return in an upgraded form on the Xbox One, PC platforms, and mobile devices, a pair of recent Microsoft job postings indicate.
"As we cross the threshold to a unified operating system and product experience across Microsoft, it is time to for Xbox avatars to also advance to the next level," the latter posting reads. "Come with us, as we take Xbox avatars on their biggest adventure yet in new Xbox experiences. You will be part of the broader Xbox Experiences team, which owns the Xbox One Shell, and the Xbox experiences across console, desktop, slate, mobile, iOS, and Android."
Created by Microsoft-owned studio Rare, Xbox avatars made their debut as part of an Xbox 360 firmware update in 2008, allowing Xbox Live members to associate digital characters with their gamertags. Though avatars and purchasable customization items remain a focus on the Xbox 360, the characters aren't currently given the same treatment on the Xbox One, where they only appear as part of a gamerpic photo app.
"We're always looking for talented people to innovate now and in the future," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer in response to a request for clarification.
Uber Announces Price Cuts In 48 U.S. Cities, But Guarantees Its Drivers Will Earn More
“We’re so confident in the earnings gains drivers will see that we’re making earnings guarantees in every city where we’re cutting prices. We feel that it is important for drivers to have this kind of certainty and comfort going into a price cut,” the company said in a blog post .
Yezz Andy 5S and Billy 5S Preview - CNET
Specs for these LTE phones sound nice on paper, though we didn't have a chance to test out photo quality. We start off with a 5-inch 1080p HD display, and a 13-megapixel camera. A 5-megapixel lens graces the front, and the whole phone is supported by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S400 processor, which is disappointingly low-powered compared to today's latest chipset beasts.
Why ZTE and Alcatel are smartphone makers to watch out for - CNET
Now ZTE and Alcatel OneTouch both want to make a lot more noise in the states, and they made some bold claims at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. They're preparing to spend more on marketing. They're sponsoring events and arenas. They're increasing the quality of their products and expanding into related fields such as wearable technology. They're also investing in the Silicon Valley area in hopes of drumming up developer support.
Bluetooth Speakers of CES 2015 (pictures) - CNET
From the stylish to the wacky and back, I the most interesting bluetooth speakers I saw throughout my walks around the show floor this year.
At CES 2015, smartphones were all about the selfie - CNET
LAS VEGAS -- Although phones have had self-portrait camera lenses for a decade, only in the last year or so has the "selfie" risen to the forefront of popular culture. Undoubtedly, some of that is due to social media networks, which make it easier for users to post and share their vanity shots. But whether or not you love them or loathe them, people aren't going to stop taking photos of themselves anytime soon -- even if front-facing cameras on handsets tend to be less powerful.
Uber just cut prices in 48 markets
when you cut the cost to customers it doesn’t help drivers. It actually hurts drivers because their operating cost go up. An example would be….. if it cost $1.70 a mile to ride in an Uber car before and Uber cuts the cost to $1.50 a mile; that means the driver will have to 14% more to make the same amount of money. The only person who wins here is Uber and the passengers. Uber wins because their operating cost isn’t going up. Passengers win because they pay less. But drivers loose because they have to spend more money on gas to run those calls. Even if they do more calls each day, they still have to dead head to those calls and that is fuel cost going up. Now how about Uber slashing prices and also slashing their commission take. Then it might be fare. A good example there would be for Uber to slash fare prices by 20% at the same time slash Uber slash their commission rate from 20% to 12%; giving their drivers 88% of the fare; then it might be a fair deal for passengers and drivers.
Apple Says App Store Sales Rose 50% in 2014
Apple Inc. has a largely straightforward business model: It makes hardware, sells it at a premium and pockets the difference. The rapid growth of its App Store is starting to change the formula. Apple said total billings from paid apps and purchases made within apps for its mobile devices rose 50% last year, from more than $10 billion in 2013. That implies App Store sales of roughly $15 billion, making Apple’s take around $4.5...
Internet of Things Demands Security by Design
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez takes the stage at CES to caution vendors in the hot IoT space to bake in security and privacy controls, and to give users options to limit data collection.
Google Wants to Sell You Auto Insurance
Google is plotting a move into auto insurance in the U.S., including a comparison-shopping site from which users would also be able to buy policies, an industry analyst says.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Getting His Own Late-Night Talk Show - IGN
Said Tyson of the announcement, "Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible. To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe."
Uber setback as China bans private drivers from using ride-hailing apps
China’s ride-hailing market is dominated by domestic competitors Didi Dache, backed by internet giant Tencent, and Kuaidi Dache, backed by rival Alibaba Group. Those services are used mostly by taxi companies.
Modern security tactics fail to protect against malware, study finds - CNET
FireEye's findings cast a damning shadow over the cybersecurity industry, which has convinced businesses that their software and computer tools are all a company needs to protect itself from would-be hackers. Fortune 500 companies are expected to spend $76 billion on computer and network security this year, up from $71 billion in 2014.
Parks and Recreation: Jim O'Heir and Retta on the Final Season - IGN
O’Heir: And I can safely say, because you saw it in the last thirty seconds of the episode, I am still in the Parks department. I am still there. People are like, "Well, this isn’t a permanent jump, right?" This is a permanent jump. We are three years in the future when we come back. There’s no, like, “Oh, that was a weird little thing and now we’re back.” We’re three years [later], so 2017, and Jerry is still at the Parks Department and of course thrilled.
What is to be done?
Gawker's new editorial supremo has replaced the traffic chart that used to greet visitors to the Fourth Floor, the library-like space in the company's headquarters on Elizabeth Street. In place of the jagged Quantcast blues of traffic hits , increasingly for stories that we weren't proud of, is now a hand-crafted blog .
IGOO Smartlamp Preview - CNET
The different "scenes" available through the controller are supposed to set the ambiance for pretty much any activity, and you can transition between them with a simple press of the controller. The controller has 4GB of room, giving you the chance to store additional songs that you download from Igoo's Lightsong Store as you see fit.
Minecraft was YouTube's second-most popular search query of 2014
Mojang's breakout hit Minecraft took second place in a Google-issued list of the most popular YouTube search queries of 2014, ranking immediately behind the word "music" in terms of search frequency.
According to Google, the word " Minecraft " was more frequently searched on YouTube in 2014 than the term "movies." Gaming personality PewDiePie also ranked among the service's most popular searches in 2014, trailing queries for Disney's Frozen and for artists Drake and Beyonce.
Google reports that user searches and engagement for gaming-related content are rapidly rising, even though many surveyed users don't necessarily identify as gamers. YouTube videos in the "Gaming" category hit the service's Top 10 Trending list on 25 different days in October of 2014.
"A Google Consumer Survey fielded in October 2014 of people who said they watch gaming videos on YouTube revealed that only a portion of this group (37%) considers themselves 'gamers,'" the report states. "When asked about their motivations for watching gaming videos, viewers mentioned 'entertainment' and 'humor' as often as they mentioned 'learning new strategies' or 'game tips.
Zuckerberg Vows to Protect Free Speech After Paris Attack
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Driverless cars have a problem: We love driving
Delphi showed off its self-driving car system at CES. Hidden under the fenders and strategically positioned on the dash and roof of an Audi SUV were 20 sensors, including 360-degree LIDARs, radars, high-accuracy GPS, collision detection and more -- all powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 running Ottomatika’s automated driving software. Throughout the ride, the car’s dashboard screen showed it constantly analyzing its surroundings. It knew where it had to go, the rules of the road and what other cars were doing all around it. It made smooth lane changes and wide left turns. It stopped for traffic and traffic lights. Driverless cars are real, they’re here and, if they get a license, can really drive themselves.
An Amazon Data Center In Virginia Caught Fire
"We can confirm that a facility in Northern Virginia that is in the early stages of construction for AWS by a third party, caught fire early this morning," she said in an email. "Thanks to the rapid response from the local fire officials it was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries. It was not a production facility and caused no impact or risk of impact to operations."
Spotify Won't Support Google Cast
If you were hoping Google Cast would carry Spotify from your computer to internet-connected speakers, you’re out of luck.
And The Winner Of Hardware Battlefield 2015 Is… Voltera
The competition was very fierce for the second edition of our Hardware Battlefield. 15 shockingly good hardware startups competed to win the coveted Metal Man trophy. These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges in our tent right in front of the Convention Center. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner of the Hardware Battlefield.
The 15 Most Bizarre Moments From the Consumer Electronics Show
This year's CES was filled with unusual technology and bizarre presentations.
Presenting the Best of CES 2015 winners!
It's difficult to convey just how light the Lenovo LaVie HZ550 is. What does it mean that a 13-inch laptop can now weigh just 1.7 pounds? Perhaps the most telling thing we can say is this: It's so light, we were skeptical at first that it was even a working machine. When a computer is this light -- 43 percent lighter than even the MacBook Air -- you have to question if there's even anything inside that magnesium shell. As it turns out, though, the HZ550 is very real, and it promises performance that's on par with, if not better than, a typical Ultrabook. That includes Intel's new fifth-generation Core processors and a battery that's said to last between seven and eight hours on a charge. So far as we can tell, the only trade-off is that it lacks a touchscreen (that would add to the weight, after all). Even then, Lenovo has an answer to that: Its just-announced LaVie HZ750 convertible has a 360-degree hinge allowing it to fold back into tablet mode. And guess what? Lenovo says it's the lightest 13-inch convertible laptop in the world. There you have it, folks! -- Dana Wollman, Manag
Philips and Harman's new noise cancelling headphones draw power from the iPhone
There are already quite a few headphones out there in the market that make use of the Lightning connector on the iPhone and iPad to deliver music. Today though, both Harman and Philips have announced active noise-cancelling headphones that use the Lightning port to draw power.
Apple laptops vulnerable to virus that 'can't be removed' - Telegraph
Hudson says that Apple is rolling-out a "partial fix" as a firmware
update which would stop the ROM being overwritten with malicious code in
some circumstances, but not all - such as when a machine is rebooted with a
malicious Thunderbolt device plugged-in. He first approached the company
about the flaw in 2013 but says that some laptops are still vulnerable as
hackers could trick machines into “downgrading” software to a version that
doesn’t include the new fix, then attacking the machine.
CES 2015: LyteShot Wants to Bring Laser Tag to the Future - IGN
We got our hands on a couple of peripherals, which included guns that the Lyters could be inserted into, and wands that could be attached to the end of a Lyter. That second one is important, because there’s a lot more here than just standard laser tag. The wand is part of a game called Besiege, which as you might expect, has a more fantasy approach to it. The player with the wand doesn’t fire off like a normal character. Instead, you have a series of spells that are displayed on your phone, and in order to activate a specific one, you need to gesture the wand a certain way. Once the gyrosensor picks up your correct movements, you’ll be able to fire off a spell.
Take a tour of LG's colorful, high-definition CES booth
LG will probably be best remembered at this year's CES for showing off what appears to be a very nice curved-screen phone. But as ever, LG had a very big booth here in Vegas and as ever, it contained way more than just a few smartphones. Take a look around and you'll find walls full of 8K displays, Swarovski crystal-encrusted televisions and some flexible sets too, for good measure. Oh, and there was that crazy baby washing machine . Excuse us: baby (as in small) washing machine. Not baby-washing machine. We wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea or anything.
Quiz: Can you guess the weird tech gadgets from the CES trade show?
The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, but can you guess what these debuted odd gadgets are?
Almost Nobody Wants To Buy Fitness Trackers
Based on Baird’s data charted for us by BI Intelligence , of those who actually did want a fitness band, about 1/3rd said they wanted a Fitbit, and about 1/3rd said they were holding out for the Apple Watch. But, by and large, this data is very bad for all the fitness band makers, especially as reports from CES suggest tons of companies are pouring millions of dollars into the largely unproven genre.
OS X Spotlight Search glitch can expose private details of Apple Mail users
The Spotlight preview loads those files even when users have switched off the “load remote content in messages” option in the Mail app, a feature often disabled to prevent email senders from knowing if an email has arrived and if it has been opened. What’s more, Spotlight also loads those files when it shows previews of unopened emails that landed directly in the junk folder.
For Sony Pictures CEO, cyberattack won't set studio back
Lynton has held town hall meetings at the Culver City studio and brought in the FBI to talk to 400-500 employees at a time. Employees note that he sends memos keeping them informed, but that only he signs them, not his studio co-chairman Amy Pascal, who has kept a low profile since embarrassing emails of hers were leaked and published by media.
Three of the Coolest Uses for Intel's 3D Camera at CES 2015
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a hologram in the typical sci-fi idea of a completely three-dimensional projection, but Intel did show off a setup where a piano keyboard appeared to float in mid air via an array of mirrors and lenses. You could play with keyboard by basically tapping at the air. And again, it worked scarily well.
Infinity Mirror Table - the easy version
I've been fascinated by infinity mirrors ever since I built my infinity mirror clock. But this time I wanted to make something simpler - so I decided ...
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The Verge Awards at CES 2015
Here’s the thing about CES: it is exactly what you want it to be. There are hundreds of companies and thousands of people here, all trying to stake a claim to parts of the future big and small. You can mix and remix these elements into any story you want, and most people choose the most cynical reading: the tech industry, endlessly spiralling down into a desperate acronym soup that has nothing to do with reality.
Win a OnePlus One
Easily one of the best and most buzzed-about phones of 2014, the OnePlus One is immensely powerful, beautifully crafted and built for uncompromising performance. If you haven’t bought one yet, now’s your chance to win one for free , from TNW Deals!
Good vibrations: this bracelet lets you communicate without words
Of course, Apple is also exploring this idea with its watch. The company has said that Apple watch users will be able to send subtle vibration pulses to a loved one who is also wearing the watch to let them know that you are thinking of them. Severeni told me that his company is aiming for much more complex interactions through the sense of touch, but it may be hard for the company to compete with big guys like Apple, Samsung and LG. That’s why Novitact is also thinking about licensing its technology to manufacturers of smartwatches and other wearables.
The FitBark lets you know when your pooch is being active or just plain lazy
The FitBark and bundled mobile app does more than just let you track if your dog has been lounging on the couch all day, though. It supports a unique component that lets you quickly compare your dog’s baseline fitness to others of the same breed, while touting a simple social function for sharing photos of your animal with those in your network. The daily summaries allow you to keep an eye on developing trends in case of an unwanted visit to the vet, while allowing you to keep an eye on your local pet sitter without implementing over-the-top surveillance measures that might make you appear crazy.
Nintendo blames taxes as it exits Brazil
The game publisher revealed today that it is ending operations in the South American nation ( via UOL Brazil ). Nintendo will no longer sell software or hardware products in Brazil. The company claims that the current taxes on importing and exporting goods to the country makes continued investment there nonviable. Brazil uses high tariffs to protect its manufacturing jobs as well as to encourage foreign companies to build plants (and create more jobs). Nintendo could do that and avoid many of the taxes it would have to pay now, but it’s not going to do that because of the cost.
#CES2015 Recap: Selfie Mania, 4K TVs, Drones and More
Napier, Robbie and I had a great time covering CES this year! As we look back at the week that was CES 2015, here’s some of biggest news to come out of Vegas, along with the silliest things off the show floors.
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will.i.am - home
Technology is infused into the world of will.i.am as an essential element. It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, will.i.am conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator. Earlier this year, will.i.am debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover. His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, will.i.am also created the i.am+ foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.
Five Ways the Guy Behind Diapers.com Plans to Challenge Amazon -- Again
“It’s a very simple brand promise,” Lore said. “Pay $50 a year and you will save on literally every single product you want to buy online.”
Sounds amazing. One problem: How can Jet promise this when its site will launch with millions of products, but not every product on the Web? Lore thinks his company has an answer. If you search for a product on Jet and can’t find it, the company will allow you to still place an order. The site will order it for you and still give you some type of discount, though Lore didn’t say how much. This tactic we’ll have to watch, because it’s not clear how Jet will be able to execute it at scale.
The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
What adults can learn from kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
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.
A broken body isn't a broken person
Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.
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.