15 Elaborate Cosplay Costumes
These 15 projects are the most elaborate and well-documented cosplay costumes on Instructables. It takes some serious dedication to spend months on end perfecting a costume, and this collection celebrates that keen attention to detail. Check out the costumes and get inspired to make something elaborate this year!
Crowdfunding Site Patreon Hacked
Attackers accessed a database with registered names, email addresses, Patreon posts, and some shipping addresses.
How Wisecrack's series of mash-ups became YouTube's 'fastest growing educational channel'
An in-depth look at the genesis of 'Thug Notes,' the YouTube series that discusses classical literature with a twist.
The Martian review: Ridley Scott puts the science back in sci-fi
Ever since 1977, when a little movie called Star Wars caught the public’s attention, the space opera has been the go-to subgenre for mainstream movie sci-fi. There’s room for other takes, like...
Taylor Swift donates $50,000 to backup dancer's nephew battling cancer
Taylor Swift donated $50,000 to a GoFundMe when she found out her backup dancer's 13-month-old nephew had been diagnosed with cancer.
Adorable pregnancy announcement leaves father-to-be in tears
A woman reveals to her significant other that she is 19 weeks pregnant and he absolutely loses it.
Here's a gag reel of NBA video bombs to make you giggle [VIDEO]
A series of video bombs featuring various NBA players from the 2014-2015 season
Natural Dying With Tea & Coffee
The quick and easy way to give natural fiber fabrics, yarns, and even paper, an aged and antique look is to try natural dying with tea and coffee. This low cost, all natural technique creates warm tonal results to help purposefully take the shine off of new, bright whites. Another upside to doing this is that it helps hide the inevitable coffee spill on a white shirt/shoes that happens to me almost on the daily. :)All you need to get started is: black tea (bags work best)strong coffeea natural fiber (cotton, linen, or wool) fabric or paper itema dying tub* (made of anything other than brass, copper, or iron)table saltOPTIONAL: stamps, paintbrushes, or a spray bottle to add decorative patterns*Size and shape will depend on the size/shape of the item to be dyed. You want there to be enough depth to completely cover the item, but not excessive space otherwise ...
Inanimate Object Costumes
Are you sick of being somebody? Be something! The Instructables community has created all kinds of creative costumes to let you be your favorite thing for Halloween. We've got toilet, iPod, sushi, bath pouf and even Tetris piece costumes. Have a look and see if you'd like to be an inanimate object this Halloween. :D
A company just booked a ride to space for the first private moon landing
The private spaceflight company Moon Express just booked a ride to the moon in 2017 for what could be the first private landing on the lunar surface.
Florida Says Uber Driver Isn’t An Employee After All
A Florida state agency that had earlier ruled that an ex-Uber driver was an employee reversed its decision Wednesday after Uber appealed the case.
5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change
Beyond finding a leverage point at home, you can also consider what influence you might have at work, your kids' school, or elsewhere in your community. "You sort of have to multiply where the places are you can save energy by how much influence you can have," says Paul Stern, one of Dietz's co-authors on the study of the role of consumer action, and a staff officer at the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council. "People who want to do something about this can try to do that mental calculation."
Facebook Announces Animated Profile Pics
You'll also have more control over what information appears at the top of your profile to help "curate" your online identity. If you don't want people to know where you went to college, for example, it'll be easier to nix that information. You'll also be able to fill out a new line that describes who you are -- kind of like a Twitter bio.
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I got to try the new earbuds that don't play music but let you 'remix' the sounds around you — and they've only gotten better
When Doppler began to solicit feedback from its new community of Kickstarter backers, there was one message that came through clear. What people were most excited about wasn’t being able to mute the sound of an airplane. This might have been useful for grabbing the attention of the general public, but for the people who were willing to plunk down hard cash for a product they had never tested, the draw was always music.
LG’s new V10 phablet has two screens and two front cameras
LG is claiming a few firsts with its latest smartphone, the V10, which it unwrapped late Wednesday and which is the first in its new V Series. There is clearly a new focus on premium materials here — LG says the stainless steel Android device comes with a durable silicone skin, but it also mentions social media (and multimedia in general) as being a top priority.
Chipmaker Micron's profit falls 59 percent
Micron said net income attributable to the company fell 59 percent to $471 million, or 42 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 3. ( 1.usa.gov/1ML4B0T )
Chromecast-enabled Google Photos now out for Android devices
Google has rolled out the latest version of its Photos app for Android devices, and it comes with all the new features the company announced during its Nexus event. The app is now Chromecast-enabled like the company promised, giving you the power to view photos and videos on your TV. Several users can also start uploading and subscribing to one album,and you can share animations directly from Photos to WhatsApp. If you're in the US, you'll be able to label people in photos, so you can easily find them later, and then merge that label with different search terms such as locations. In addition, you can adjust the speed of any slow-motion videos you shoot with the Nexus 5X or 6P in-app -- if and when you do get either phone, that is. The updated app is now available for download from Google Play , while the iOS and web versions will be refreshed at some point in the future.
Nest Gets Into the Smart-Lock Game by Going Old School
Nest’s hope is that it becomes a hub for all your smart home devices, that you use its app to control every one of them. But at the same time, the company is giving device makers the freedom to offer their own apps. Though that’s good for device makers, it shows just how complicated the fledgeling smart home market may become. Yale also builds digital locks that tap into Zigbee and Z-Wave, and these don’t work with Nest. “We look at all the available technologies and do what the market wants,” Kraus says. But smart homes that span a broad range of devices are now within reach. And as time goes on, that range will grow.
Car Hack Technique Uses Dealerships to Spread Malware
With that ODB-GW plugged into a laptop, Smith’s software can perform a technique known as “fuzzing,” throwing random data at a target diagnostic tool until it produces a crash or glitch that might signal a hackable vulnerability. Smith says he’s already found what appear to be multiple flaws in the dealership tools he’s tested so far: One of the handheld diagnostic tools he analyzed didn’t check for the length of a vehicle identification number. So rather than 14 digits, his car-spoofing device shows that an infected vehicle could send in a much longer number that breaks the diagnostic tool’s software and allows a malware payload to be delivered. Or, Smith suggests, an infected car could overload the dealership’s gadget with thousands of error codes until it triggers the same sort of bug. (Smith says his own tests are still preliminary, and he declined to name any of the diagnostic tools he’s tested so far.) “The dealership tools trust that a car is a car,” says Smith. “They’re a soft target.”
Logitech's Circle camera is a portable Dropcam-killer
If you were disappointed by Nest's minor update to Dropcam's home monitoring cameras, Logitech might have just what you're looking for. The new Logi Circle is a home monitoring camera similar with a unique twist: You can unplug it from power and stream video from anywhere in your home for up to three hours. Logitech is positioning the Circle as as more than just a home security camera, it's also something that you can use like a webcam, since it has support for two-way voice chat. The company is also one-upping the competition by including 24-hours worth of video rewinding from its cloud service -- that's something you have to pay extra for from Nest's devices. You'll be able to snag a Circle for $200/£159 starting in October.
Logi Circle Hands-on
Sharethrough launches native video ads that autoplay on publisher sites
Native advertising service Sharethrough has released a new in-feed ad product called Video View Ads. This offering lets advertisers increase their reach by capitalizing on video viewing and is available through the company’s Ads Manager. Sharethrough has partnered with ConAgra Foods as its launch partner.
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Verizon’s Mobile Video Service Go90 Launches To Public
Verizon’s new mobile video service go90 , which is aimed at capturing a younger demographic who spends more time watching video on their phones than with traditional TV, is launching publicly today on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The service was previously available in beta starting last month, with a select group of Verizon Wireless customers and subscribers from other carriers.
The Army wants to protect its bases with gun turrets, not guard towers
The system, dubbed Tower Hawk, utilizes extendable towers packed into TEU shipping containers, known as "containerized weapons systems". Each station can be assembled in less than an hour by six soldiers. At the top of each tower sits a Browning M-2 50-caliber machine gun and a .338 Lapua sniper rifle (what, no lasers ?). These weapons stations are wired together using the standard Joint All Hazard Command Control System and controlled remotely by a single operator. The Army unveiled the new system as part of the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.1, a NATO-organized event that aims to share new technologies among the coalition's members.
Humble Bundle Announces Monthly Subscription Service - IGN
"The goal of the Humble Monthly is to present an offering of games to our audience that we normally wouldn’t be able to deliver to them," said Robert Bowling, VP and Creative Director at Humble Bundle. "So while the typical Humble Bundle is a fantastic way to get games you may have missed when they first came out, the Humble Monthly is a highly curated collection of our favorite games, new and classic, sent to you directly every month."
ICYMI: Toilet tech, sight-giving headset & lab-grown veins
Today on In Case You Missed It : Biosynthetic veins and arteries have been created by researchers in London that are able to imitate traits of human tissues, including the ability to self-heal. A headset designed for people with serious vision problems costs a hefty $15,000 but is able to modify sight for users by sending a tweaked for color and focus livestream of reality back to the display. And a Kickstarter gadget aims to tech out your toilet to actually smell okay rather than like... well you know.
Do You Like That Email? Microsoft Will Let You ‘Like’ It
An @Mention makes sense in Outlook, especially for nudging people who might have zoned out of a painfully long email thread. It’s a time-saver too: Mentioning someone with the symbol will automatically add the person to the “To” line of an email. It might also help solve those annoying cases when a person is mentioned in an email, but isn’t added to the To line.
Cloud security startup Dome9 raises $8.3M
Just as many startups monitoring the use of cloud software have taken on plenty of funding (think Skyhigh and Netskope) or have been acquired (Adallom), the market for ensuring secure use of cloud infrastructure for running applications has also been growing. Indeed, Dome9 now has more than 250 paying customers, including Citrix, Cloud Technology Partners, Nexgate, and TradAir. As public cloud usage grows, interest in cloud infrastructure security tools such as Dome9 should increase as well.
Autonomy Founder Lynch Sues HP for More Than $160 Million
Mike Lynch, the founder of U.K. software company Autonomy, accused Hewlett-Packard Co. of damaging his career with false statements in the fallout from the two companies’ $10-billion merger that has been marred by a massive writedown and allegations of accounting fraud.
With iPad Pro, Apple pushes further into the enterprise
The 12.9-in. tablet can be ordered with a separate Apple-designed keyboard and stylus (the vendor calls the latter the "Apple Pencil"), placing the iPad Pro in direct competition with the Microsoft Surface Pro. That alone would be enough to position the iPad Pro as business-worthy. But at the Sept. 9 unveiling, Apple made a concerted effort to debunk the idea that an iPad is mainly for content consumption. The event emphasized how the iPad could enhance worker productivity and focused on new features, like a split-screen view that lets users run two apps simultaneously.
'Smart cities' around the world: The Things Network goes global
Given that much of the ‘smart city’ work around the world to date as been small-scale or reliant on proprietary systems, the idea of an open, community-owned platform could be the springboard needed to make city-wide Internet of Things projects a commonplace reality. Let’s just hope they’re reliable .
Apple elects former Boeing exec Bell to board - CNET
Bell will add diversity to Apple's eight-member board, serving as its sole African-American member. Along with Bell, the board includes two women: Grameen America CEO Andrea Jung and BlackRock co-founder Susan Wagner. Its other members are Cook, former US vice president Al Gore, Disney CEO Robert Iger, former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson (who serves as chairman) and Ronald Sugar, former CEO of Northrop Grumman, which like Boeing is a defense contractor.
The Internet of Things that constantly break
The Internet of Things promised this amazing future where we’d unlock our houses with our phones, change the temperature with our voices and play any song with an app, but frankly, it’s hard to trust. When it breaks, it hurts in the most frustrating ways imaginable and nobody has it figured out yet.
The price of free: how Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google sell you to advertisers
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Apple 'trying to fix' problem of iPhone roaming charges, says SVP Eddy Cue
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Apple needs to jump in with something like Google's Fi project to target the carrier's stingy behaviour....
I don't think Google is ever going to move any mountains because they haven't innovated on much of anything since the Google search engine. Everything else has been copycat with a twist. And when they couldn't create a copy that people want, they bought out the competitor (see Google Video -> Youtube)
And Google Fi is nothing new. It's in a sense a MVNO, which any company can set up. You eliminate roaming by arranging roaming agreements, or being MVNO's with everyone, and then manage the roaming database on the sim card so that it only uses the best available network. If someone really wanted to do it, they could be their own MVNO, but that's way too much of a headache for all but a large business to deal with. But relying on WiFi is perilous and the exact kind of naive thinking that exists in large cities where people don't ever go out to the countryside.
Apple might be trying to do something from the other end, where it's trying to drag carriers kicking and screaming to cover the same areas equally.
Sprint's unlimited data plan is getting more expensive
As of October 16, new customers signing up for Sprint’s unlimited talk, text, and data plan will pay $70 per month before taxes and fees. Current Sprint customers paying $60 per month for their unlimited plan will not be affected by the price hike. Anyone considering a move to Sprint must do so by October 15 to get locked into the $60 unlimited plan.
Addictive quiz game Trivia Crack is now available for the Apple Watch
Trivia Crack , the game that lets you compete in timed knowledge competition against other users, is now available for the Apple Watch.
The Verge on Twitter
Amateur… “ @verge : Edward Snowden didn’t turn off emails from Twitter and received 47GB of notifications http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/10/1/9434581/edward-snowden-twitter-47GB-email-notifications-whoopsies?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … ”
Amazon Raises a Walled Garden by Booting Apple TV, Google Chromecast
The retail giant sent a letter to its marketplace sellers saying it would stop selling Apple TV boxes and Google’s Chromecast sticks effective Oct. 29. Amazon issued a statement confirming the development, which was first reported by Bloomberg.
News Corp has sold off its digital education brand Amplify
(Reuters) - News Corp said it sold its digital education brand, Amplify, to a management team supported by a group of private investors following slowing growth in the digital curriculum market.
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Apple releases iOS 9.1 beta 3 to developers
Apple has just seeded the third beta version of iOS 9.1 (build number: 13B5130b) to developers.
Why Sweden Is Shifting To A 6-Hour Workday
"I think the eight-hour workday is not as effective as one would think," says Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus. "To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge. . . . In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the workday more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work. We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more. I wanted to see if there could be a way to mix these things."
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Google Pixel C - Hands On Android laptops had their fifteen minutes of fame years ago with the release of several third-party clamshells, like the Asus Transformer Book series. For the most part, the attempts to marry computing…
How Houston Became the Model For Green Space in Cities
Faster than you can say “thanks for the $30 mil”—and $28 million more from other sources—Buffalo Bayou Park’s 160 acres were on the way to being transformed. “The project was so visible that everyone wanted to be part of it,” said Anne Olson, the president of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. “There was a sense in Houston that green space mattered.” By 2012, Houston’s internationally known SWA group had done a master plan, while the obligatory internationally known landscape architecture firm—Boston’s Reed Hilderbrand and Associates—got the job of designing perennial gardens and other spots. The city agreed once more to long-term maintenance. Pedestrian bridges started going in over previously uncrossable streets. So did world-class sculpture and 14,000 new trees and bushes. There were to be high trails and low trails, to keep the park accessible during Houston’s inevitable flooding. “Lost Lake” was to be restored and a magnificent two-acre dog park installed, complete with large and small dog ponds, washing stations, and shelters for shade.
12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
Sometimes it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
Your State's Most Popular Unique Google Search Is Super-Embarrassing
There is one search term that your state Googles more than any other state and, unless you live in Maine or Tennessee, it's probably really, really embarrassing. Estately compiled these unique searches, which range from the sad — Arizona's "Conjugal Visits" — to the disturbing — Missouri's "Family Circus."
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4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes
Watterson is the creator of one of the most beloved pieces of comic art, and most of his fans have probably never heard him speak before. He turns out to be much like you'd expect: thoughtful, articulate, with an artist's mentality, but extremely firm in his beliefs. Watterson is known for refusing to compromise his vision of his work. He demanded a change to the Sunday page, for example, to make room for larger art. He refused to license his work, which is why you've never seen a Calvin & Hobbes movie or even an official Calvin & Hobbes T-shirt. He retired at the height of his popularity, after only 10 years—a short time for comic strip artists (Garfield, for example, has been eating lasagna and hating Mondays for 36 years). His retirement letter to newspaper editors was brief and said, in part, "I believe I've done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises."
Gesture Control: Still A Pipe Dream?
The tech world is buzzing about new technology that enables users to control their world with gestures, however most devices struggle to find real-world use and consistent functionality. FORBES met with the cofounders of Wearable World to discuss the industry's viability. Subscribe to FORBES: http://www.youtube.com/forbes Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/forbes/vi... Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/forbesvideo Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbesvideo Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: http://instagram.com/forbesvideo For more FORBES content: http://forbes.com
A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided
Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.
A Chip That Mimics Human Organs Is the Design of the Year
Called Organs-On-Chips , it’s exactly what it sounds like: A microchip embedded with hollow microfluidic tubes that are lined with human cells, through which air, nutrients, blood and infection-causing bacteria could be pumped. These chips get manufactured the same way companies like Intel make the brains of a computer. But instead of moving electrons through silicon, these chips push minute quantities of chemicals past cells from lungs, intestines, livers, kidneys and hearts. Networks of almost unimaginably tiny tubes give the technology its name—microfluidics—and let the chips mimic the structure and function of complete organs, making them an excellent testbed for pharmaceuticals. The ultimate goal is to lessen dependence on animal test subjects and decrease time and cost for developing drugs. Last year, researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering started a company called Emulate , which is now working with companies like Johnson & Johnson on just this idea: pre-clinical trial testing. The company is currently working on incorporating Emulate’s chips into its research and development programs.
Tales of passion
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
The Whistled Language of Northern Turkey - The New Yorker
For Güntürkün, whistled Turkish was not only a fascinating cultural oddity but also an exciting natural experiment. How, he wondered, does the brain handle a language that renders words as something like music? Although neuroscientists have long understood that brain functions do not divide cleanly between the left and right hemispheres, the left hemisphere appears to play a consistently dominant role in our understanding of language—regardless of whether the language is tonal or atonal, spoken or written, signed with the hands or clicked with the tongue. The right hemisphere, meanwhile, seems to govern our understanding of pitch, melody, and rhythm. In Kuşköy, Güntürkün tested this cranial division of labor by recruiting thirty-one volunteers, all fluent in both spoken and whistled Turkish, to listen to pairs of different syllables played simultaneously through headphones, one in each ear. When he gave them spoken Turkish, the participants usually understood the syllable played through the right speaker, suggesting that the left hemisphere was processing the sound. When he switched to whistled Turkish, however, the participants understood both syllables in roughly equal measure, suggesting that both hemispheres played significant roles in the early stages of comprehension.
"I am calling you from Windows": A tech support scammer dials Ars Technica
I walked around my office with the phone against my ear, then settled into my desk chair and put the call on speakerphone. I wanted to know just what it felt like to be on the receiving end of such a call. I wanted to know how a group of scammers half a world away convinced random and often tech-illiterate people to do things like run the built-in Windows Event Viewer, then connect to a website, download software, and install it (together, no easy feat for many mainstream users). I wanted to know just how the scammers eventually convinced their marks to open up remote control of their PCs to strangers who had just called them on the telephone.
New Steel Is as Strong as Titanium, But Ten Times Cheaper
Today a team of material scientists at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea announced what they're calling one of the biggest steel breakthroughs of the last few decades: an altogether new type of flexible, ultra-strong, lightweight steel. This new metal has a strength-to-weight ratio that matches even our best titanium alloys, but at one tenth the cost, and can be created on a small scale with machinery already used to make automotive-grade steel. The study appears in Nature .
Reinventing Medical School
But the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, which will enroll its first class of 50 students in June 2016, is hoping to start a mini revolution to move things in a new direction. It will be the first new medical school at a tier 1 research university in more than 50 years (the most recent was Penn State in 1963), giving the school a unique opportunity to build its curriculum, facilities, and priorities from the ground up. Dell will be the fifth medical school in the UT system—followed soon by a sixth at UT Rio Grande Valley—but the first ever at the system's flagship campus. The $295 million Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, the institution's new teaching hospital, is scheduled to open in early 2017.
No, Facebook Doesn't Own What You Post (And Other Myths Busted)
There are always rumors spreading on Facebook about the social network changing its rules. But don't believe everything your friends post. Here are a few myths you've probably heard over the years, plus the (gasp!) truth.