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Engineer builds 'working' Thor's hammer only he can lift - CNET
Using powerful electromagnets and a fingerprint scanner, an electrical engineer builds a replica of Thor's hammer Mjolnir that can only be lifted by the worthy.
We've seen the BlackBerry Priv screenshots, UK preorder page, and BlackBerry CEO John Chen awkwardly fumbling with it onstage while touting that it "runs Google." Now, we've got an official...
Valiant bulldog is the world's most confused lifeguard
Jäger the English bulldog repeatedly "rescues" her brother from the scary swimming pool.
Kids tricked when 'realistic game' turns out to be actual forest - CNET
It used to be that kids loved to get out in the woods and play. Do we have to resort to tricking them now? One advertising campaign thinks it might not be a bad idea.
The world's first computer programmer is a 200-year-old woman, and that's a great thing
A century before the first computers, Ada Lovelace wrote a study on the potential of Charles Babbage’s yet-to-be-built Analytical Engine. Babbage’s Analyti
Girl who cried over Adam Levine wasn't into meeting him on 'Ellen'
As it turns out, not every three-year-old loves surprises, even when that surprise involves the Maroon 5 frontman himself.
Key and Peele donate to charity of Broncos player fined for pelvic thrust
Jordan Peele has donated over $11,000 to Von Miller's charity after the player was fined for paying homage to a 'Key and Peele' sketch.
Revisiting 'Pirates of Silicon Valley', the original Steve Jobs movie - CNET
This 1999 TV movie about the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft starred Noah Wyle as Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as a calculating Bill Gates. Does it hold up today?
Intel has 1,000 people working on chips for the iPhone
Intel now has a thousand people or more working to outfit a 2016 iPhone with its lauded 7360 LTE modem chip, sources say. If all goes well, Intel may end up providing both the modem and the fabrication for a new Apple system on a chip.
Triple teardown: Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse 2 | ZDNet
Apple has released a new lineup of Mac accessories - Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic Mouse 2 - and thanks to a triplet of iFixit teardowns we get to see exactly what it is that make these devices tick.
Russian hackers reportedly breached Dow Jones trying to steal trading information
Russian hackers had infiltrated Dow Jones & Co to steal information to trade on before it was made public, and the breach was “far more serious than a lower-grade intrusion” disclosed by the company, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.
Windows 10 push: Here's what Microsoft will pay you to trade up your Mac, PC
Looking to boost Windows 10 sales, Microsoft has launched a cash-back promotion for trading in old MacBooks, Windows devices and, at least outside the US, Chromebooks.
Not always listening: Google removes Chrome's instant voice search | ZDNet
One of the most useful hands free features in Google's Chrome browser is gone: You'll have to hit a button to do an "OK Google" voice search.
NBC Launching Streaming Comedy Service With Dan Harmon, Wyatt Cenac, UCB
Television giant NBC is trying a bold experiment: Charging viewers, at a discount price, to watch comedy shows online. To sweeten the deal, NBC promises access to exclusive series that won't be on YouTube or Hulu. The new service, called Seeso , will cost $3.99 monthly and offer episodes and clips from current NBC sitcoms and late-night shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , Late Night with Seth Meyers , and classics like The Office , The Kids in the Hall , and Saved by the Bell .
What You Can't Learn By Failing
Competitive Advantage: Mullaney believes—and I agree—that after action reviews should be conducted more often than they are. Outside the military, their "value might be underappreciated," he says. "If you haven’t been in an organization that does this, you don’t know what you don’t know. It might not be seen as worth the time to do in an organization that is moving super fast." The irony is that after action reviews create "an opportunity to improve competitive advantage through the ability to learn. There are a lot of potential gains left on the table by ignoring this."
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The Recommender: What Execs From Timberland, GoDaddy, and Equinox Are Loving Right Now
"I carry my Fuji X-T1 everywhere in my Ona bag , which is a sturdy and reliable camera bag that I’ve been using for years. The Fuji X-T1 is nimble, sharp, and captures great color. The three lenses I have in rotation are the XF 14 mm, 23 mm, and 56 mm."
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U.S. Will Require Drones to Be Registered
The government has been concerned about the rise in close calls between unmanned drones and aircraft flying into and out of some of the nation's biggest airports. The plan is expected to be announced Monday.
Sprint will begin throttling heavy data users on unlimited data plans in congested areas
Sprint, or the Now Network, is one of the only carriers left that offers an unlimited data plan to its subscribers, but for those that use a high amount of data should pay attention to a new policy the company is rolling out today. The carrier is calling it a “Quality of Service” (QoS) policy, in which it will begin throttling the data of its heaviest data users in congested network areas. The threshold for that throttling? 23GB of data. Sprint says this is “typical in the industry,” and it does fall in line with steps made by T-Mobile this year as well.
Hacker, Maker, Entrepreneur - Splash
Mike Zoppo is a host of exceptional ability. Studies show that a vast majority of guests attending events by Mike have been known to leave more elated than visitors to Santa's Workshop, The Lost of Continent of Atlantis, and the Fountain of Youth.
Don't blame your phone for a poor sleep schedule, study finds
You've probably read an article or two about the negative effects of staring at a screen before going to bed (hell, you've probably read one of them while in bed). But, a study recently published in Current Biology finds that we may be blaming our illuminated robots for no reason. Poor robots. Many "screens are bad for sleep" stories carry the assumption that before electricity, smartphones and laptops, people slept longer -- but it's difficult to pin down how long our ancestors spent in dream-land, The Economist says. To tackle this issue, two researchers observed three groups living pre-industrial lives: the Hadza of northern Tanzania, the Ju/'hoansi San of South Africa's Kalahari Desert and the Tsimané in Bolivia. After 1,165 days collecting data, researchers found the average sleep time among these groups was 6.5 hours a night. In industrial societies, the average is 7.5 hours per night, The Economist writes. So, scroll away, sleepy readers. Until the next study, at least.
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Super Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines as 'worst scenario' begins to unfold
Super Typhoon Koppu, known as Typhoon Lando in the Philippines, made landfall close to 1 a.m. local time on Sunday morning near the town of Casiguran in Luzon's Aurora Province, as a powerful Category 4 or 5 storm.
Why Spain needs the sharing economy
The country that invented tapas understands the concept of sharing. But baking that idea into Spain’s regulatory policies is proving to be more difficult.
Buy two lovely Minneapolis-themed books - Julio Ojeda-Zapata
I received an Artist Initiative Grant in 2012, where I focused on creating environmental portraits of the artists, showing them in their studio setting. These portraits give a face to the caliber of art being executed in our community. While shooting, we engaged in conversation, and those discussions caused the work to expand. With the grant I received in 2014, I was able to go back and collect the musings about art making by the artists. Underscoring a sense of community and personal impact, the gathering of stories along with imagery allows a nuanced and dynamic dialog about art in Minneapolis. In November, I finished “Open Studio: Faces and Stories of Northeast Artists”, a book including the text and images that will act as a partial chronicle of this community. The artists are an integral part of the process and I feel very lucky to be able to create this work, show their faces and tell some of their stories.
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US Airways takes off: A look back at the now former airline
As Flight 1939 lands in Philadelphia, former US Airways employees, new American Airlines employees and aviation fans are sharing their memories. It's the end of an era, as well as the culmination of a decade's worth of airline mergers.
How to convert Live Photos into a gif on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus
All Live Photos are a combination JPEG and MOV file. Your camera records 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture, creating a mini-video that Apple has dubbed, Live Photos. Naturally, folks want to share these animated images through non-iPhone related channels, like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. But, the process for creating a GIF from a Live Photo is simple enough.
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Google Play Is Getting A Makeover
Google Play , the company’s storefront selling apps, games, movies, books, and more, is getting a big makeover. Screenshots showing a revamped mobile interface offering improved navigation, engaging animations, and simpler way to switch between apps and entertainment offerings, surfaced online this week via the online profile of a Google employee. It was initially unclear why a Googler would be sharing news of a revamp, since Google had not made a public announcement. But we understand now that’s because the updated interface is still a few weeks away from being available.
Science Knowledge Quiz
Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting.
“A few weeks ago at work,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an essay for Lenny (yup, I guess I’m subscribed to Lenny now! Well played, Lena Dunham). “I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-[BS] way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, ‘Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!’ As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”
Ermahgerddon: The Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl
Meet Maggie Goldenberger, who helplessly watched an Internet meme spawn from her awkward adolescent photo. Except, maybe the “Gersberms” girl never existed the way we thought she did?
Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
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.
10 TED Talks to help you shake off rejection
Everyone faces rejection, sometimes on repeat. These speakers experienced a barrage of ‘no’s, but were able to push past the disappointment and keep on going. May their resilience inspire you.
Listen, learn ... then lead
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.
Do schools kill creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
8 TED Talks to watch before public speaking
If you’ve got a presentation to give at work or school — or are perhaps getting ready to speak at a TEDx event? — we recommend these talks to help get you pumped up.
How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done
Modern work — from waiting tables to crunching numbers to designing products — is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly and collaboratively. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of rules, processes and metrics keeps us from doing our best work together. Meet the new frontier of productivity: cooperation.
Psychopaths Are More Likely To Order This Drink
A just-in-time-for-Halloween study published in the journal Appetite revealed that people who like their coffee black are more likely to possess anti-social and psychopathic personality traits .
10 best mobile phones in the world today
However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and most importantly: value for money, although we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets - after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?
Star Wars Timeline - Star Wars Wiki Guide - IGN
The Star Wars timeline tracks the canonical stories and events of the Star Wars universe. It gathers all events into one chronological continuity. The timeline moves in chronological order from early events to later events. All events are listed in logical chronological order according to canonical sources. If no absolute canonical order is established, an informed estimate is applied.
Eddie Murphy hasn't told a joke onstage in 28 years. He's still the funniest guy around.
A possible new album? That’s just the start. For the past five years, Murphy has been virtually invisible, tired of making movies and out of circulation. As he readies to receive the Mark Twain Award for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night, the comedian and actor, the man who, at 23, was paid $1 million for a week’s work, who saved “Saturday Night Live” and who is box-office-wise the most successful African American actor ever, is once again talking new projects.
I was held hostage for 317 days. Here's what I thought about…
Vincent Cochetel was held hostage for 317 days in 1998, while working for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Chechnya. For the first time, he recounts the experience — from what it was like to live in a dark, underground chamber, chained to his bed, to the unexpected conversations he had with his captors. With lyricism and power, he explains why he continues his work today. Since 2000, attacks on humanitarian aid workers have tripled — and he wonders what that rise may signal to the world.
Why we love, why we cheat
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
SCHOOL OF ROCK: The Musical – “You’re in the Band” (360 Video)
Get Tickets: http://www.schoolofrockthemusical.com Experience 360-degrees of PURE ROCK AND ROLL with our first-of-its-kind music video for "You're in the Band." Watch in Chrome or in the YouTube App on your iOS or Android (version 8+). In Youtube App: Turn your mobile device in any direction or use your finger to move around the classroom! On Chrome: Use the on-screen arrow keys or “click and drag” inside the frame to move around the classroom! Join the REBELLION! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofrock... Twitter: http://twitter.com/sormusical Instagram: http://twitter.com/sormusical Preorder the School of Rock Original Cast Recording now! Album available everywhere 12/04. iTunes: http://wbr.fm/SoRi Amazon: http://wbr.fm/SoRa Google Play: http://wbr.fm/SoRg Stream the song ‘You’re In the Band’ on Spotify or Apple Music! Spotify: http://wbr.fm/SoRs Apple Music: http://wbr.fm/SoRam SCHOOL OF ROCK is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.
Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015
Both of these kinds of apps are particularly popular among young adults. Half (49%) of smartphone owners ages 18 to 29 use messaging apps, while 41% use apps that automatically delete sent messages. These apps are free, and when connected to Wi-Fi, they do not use up SMS (Short Messaging Service) or other data. Furthermore, they offer a more private kind of social interaction than traditional social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
7 stunning TED performances that will make you want to dance
Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...
Be an opportunity maker
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.
Apple is updating its standalone keyboard, trackpad, and mouse today in ways that make them much better than they used to be. The key change across the line is that they're all switching from AA battery power to built-in batteries that charge over a Lightning cable. Their batteries are expected to last about a month per charge, and they're supposed to be able to quickly gain about nine hours of power from just two minutes of being plugged in.
Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL
Want to turn something on YouTube into a GIF, but don’t want to futz with downloading third-party apps or digging around for an online converter?
Say farewell to tangled headphones with these wireless earbuds
What differentiates Skybuds from these products is that its wireless earbuds are very much a companion to your mobile device, not just an external accessory. The Dash can be paired to an app and it doubles as a fitness tracker, but the charging case is separate from your phone. The Beats headphones require you to charge them with a micro USB. With Skybuds, the battery pack phone case is what brings everything together.
The 10 most popular TEDx talks
TEDx events unleash fresh ideas from local communities. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the program launched in 2009. Below, the 10 most-watched TEDx talks posted to our homepage.
Kids need structure
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)