Why I love Instagram ads
When it comes to ads, I can be quite fickle. I'm a sucker for a good TV commercial but if the same one pops up on my computer screen unannounced, I won't b
Check out the haunting first trailer for 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'
Netflix has released the first full trailer for 'Marvel's Jessica Jones," and it is DARK.
head in a jar prank
Hungry? Scare those fridge-bound famished food foragers with a head in a jar! Using a photo editor, two pictures are blended together to create flat image of a head, which is then laminated and submerged in a jar. When the flattened image in inserted into the curved jar, along with the distortion from the water, gives the illusion of a decapitated head in a jar of preserving fluid. Here's what you need to make your own: Photo editing software Large jar food colouring computer printerpaper lamination (also available at local print/copy store) Making your own head in a jar is easy, but requires some photo editing skills. I've included a tutorial on how I made mine, and took me about 30 minutes to compose. Personalizing this prank will make it more effective. But, if you're not a pro with photo editing, you can download my flattened head image below.
Watch the video for Adele's first new song in three years, 'Hello'
It's been almost five years since Adele released her last album, the massive, chart-topping 21, and now she's finally gearing up to release its follow-up, 25. Curiosity surrounding the album has...
Power Laces- the Auto lacing shoe
Welcome new visitors! Keep in mind this Instructables was published almost 5 years ago! I've learned a lot since than, expanded my workshop, and am attempting to turn Power Laces into a viable, soon to be released product! Check out www.Power-Laces.com for more information, and thank you for visiting and commenting!---Why wait until 2015?Inspired by 'Back to The Future II', this project is less 'Practical' than 'Proof of Concept', but hopefully it'll tide you over until Nike comes out with something more polished.This was also the first time I worked with an Arduino microcontroller, and I wanted to get some experience with the little guy.Operation is quite simple- step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe. A touch switch reverses the servos.Due to budget constraints, I only modified one shoe. ...
These red panda cubs might just make your heart explode
The Lincoln Park Zoo has just introduced red panda cubs Clark and Addison to the public, and the world let out a collective "squeee!"
Does Snapchat Have Star Wars In Its Future?
Despite the power that Platco wields on Snapchat—he says he averages 105,000 views per Snap—he's never once interacted with the company. Instead he works with Naritiv , a startup that bills itself as "the first Snapchat network." The company represents about 120 Snapchat stars with considerable followings, pairing them with brands who want to forgo (or complement) a traditional ad buy with Snapchat and create native campaigns on the platform. Naritiv is the equivalent of a multichannel network (MCN) like Fullscreen or Maker Studios, companies that have grown into multimillion-dollar enterprises by managing the careers of YouTube stars. Because MCNs ultimately block a direct relationship between YouTube and its stars—and siphon off revenue that would otherwise be going to YouTube—they have emerged as uncomfortable bedfellows with the Google-owned online video behemoth. A similar dynamic is emerging between companies like Naritiv and Snapchat. According to Naritiv's cofounder and CEO Daniel Altmann, his company has "no official relationship" with the platform that is supporting its livelihood.
Project: Evo, the First Prescription-Strength Video Game?
Next Steps On Oct. 28, Martucci’s team of scientists will present the results of an 80-patient ADHD study using the game at a medical conference in San Antonio. Akili says it expects to begin broader testing by yearend to support an FDA filing. That would give Evo an edge over nonprescription brain games, says Masud Husain, a neuroscience professor at the University of Oxford. But Husain says it’s too early to know whether Akili’s game will be effective in treating disorders other than ADHD.
MapQuest Updated To v3.0 With Improved Maps, Multi-Stop Route Optimizations, And More
I think the main differentiating feature of MapQuest is that you create a route with multiple stops for turn-by-turn navigation. It also has a lot of points-of-interest, but so does Google Maps. The UI is better than it used to be, but it still looks dated compared to the current state of Android. If you want to #MapQuestIt like the old days, the app is free in the Play Store.
Apple News launches in Australia with iOS 9.1 update
The business model of Apple News is interesting, as it makes a play to publishers as well as consumers. The company will allow publishers to sell their own ads within the app and take all of the revenue, but if the ad space can't be filled the publisher can choose to fill it using iAd with the standard 70/30 revenue split.
You can still install iOS 9.0.2 to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad with Pangu Jailbreak
If you want to upgrade to iOS 9, and jailbreak your device then you have a small window of opportunity as Apple is still signing the iOS 9.0.2 firmware file. So if you’re on iOS 8.x.x then you can update your device to iOS 9.0.2, and still jailbreak iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using Pangu Jailbreak.
TalkTalk Receives Ransom Demand After Hackers Breach Website
TalkTalk fell 2 percent to 263.1 pence as of 2:05 p.m. in London trading after dropping as much as 11 percent, the biggest intraday decline since May 2013. The company has a market value of 2.51 billion pounds ($3.9 billion). It will take at least several days before TalkTalk knows the full extent of the hack, and the company will contact its 4 million customers regarding the worst case scenario, a spokeswoman said Friday by phone.
iMovie for iOS updated to support 4K support for iPad Air 2 in iOS 9.1
That has been rectified now, though, as Apple has just released an update to iMovie for iOS which brings the version to 2.2.1. With this update, Apple has aimed to fix several different bugs that cropped up with the last public release, as well as bring 4K support to the iPad Air 2. Specifically, the Air 2 models that are running iOS 9.1 can now share and edit 4K videos.
Twitter Rolls Out Advertising on New 'Moments' Feature
The new product, which debuted two weeks ago as a way to track big events as they happen, will get its first advertiser this weekend. Twitter will give advertisers a channel on Moments for 24 hours, where they can curate tweets, video and other content. The first users of Promoted Moments will be backers of the new movie Creed , from MGM, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.
TalkTalk cyber-attack: Website hit by 'significant' breach - BBC News
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What will Albus Severus get up to in the 'Harry Potter' sequel?
Pottermore has now confirmed that the upcoming production will focus on an adult Harry and his second son, Albus Severus Potter. That means that all those characters we grew up with? They're grown up, too.
Pandora investors are losing faith in its ability to compete
Pandora pays somewhat less than some of its competitors because it is more like an Internet radio station than a play-anything style of service like Spotify. And the company reported revenue growth of 30%, which is impressive given its age. But it also reported that its customer acquisition costs more than doubled in the same period, and that’s a worrying signal. In a nutshell, it means the company is having to spend more and more in order to grow its user base.
Here's Apple's bizarre plan to protect your iPhone screen
Here's Apple's bizarre plan to protect your iPhone screen
BlackBerry's Priv will cost you $699
BlackBerry has opened-up pre-orders for its first ever Android smartphone , the curved-screen slider that's better known as the Priv . The move comes just a day after the spec list was leaked on the company's site, although the price that was included in the listing turned out to be a red herring. In fact, American BlackBerry fans will be able to pre-order the device for $699 starting from today, with delivery expected on November 6th. Canadians, meanwhile, can plonk down $899 CDN to get the device in their home country, while UK users are expected to stump-up £559 ($857) for the same deal.
MacKeeper buyers ask for refunds in droves following lawsuit
Tens of thousands of people who bought MacKeeper have filed for refunds as part of a proposed class-action settlement against the application’s former developer.
Curious new emoji is part of campaign to help prevent bullying
“All teens are impacted by bullying and they often feel helpless when they witness it. Emojis have become a second language for teens, and they provide a relevant and easy way to get involved,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Through this extraordinary collaboration of media, non-profit, and corporate partners, along with influencers that teens look up to, we will transform witnesses from passive bystanders into a united, empowered and active collective that will speak up against bullying.”
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ESPN is shutting down its YouTube channels over paid subscriptions
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Pandora stock hemorrhages more than 30% after third quarter loss
Advertising revenue for Pandora in the third quarter was $254.7 million, a 31% year-over-year increase, and subscription (and other) revenue was $56.9 million, a 26% year-over-year increase.
Steve Ballmer: 'Microsoft will give Apple a run for their money'
Ballmer, Microsoft’s ex-CEO, was asked about Apple’s current position and said that “Microsoft will give them a good run for their money” and that “nobody else has really tried to compete with them anymore really seriously in hardware.”
Twitter is bringing ads to Moments already
Using Moments, you can follow along with what people are tweeting about particular TV shows, sports games, news or events. The feed is curated by an editorial team at Twitter that use the site’s own analytics to pull out the most popular or notable topics.
Microsoft Edge extensions support delayed until 2016
Microsoft was planning to build extensions support into its new Edge browser by the end of the year, but the company has hit a delay. In a statement to The Verge today, Microsoft reveals that a future update planned for next year will include extensions support for Edge:
TalkTalk cyber attack: everything you need to know and how to protect yourself
According to the BBC, this was a DDoS - a distributed denial of service attack - where a website is overwhelmed by bot traffic, and breaks down. TalkTalk has not revealed how the personal data of its customers was actually stolen, but speculations suggest that the DDoS was used to distract security professionals, while the hackers compromised the personal data on the site through a different loophole.
Bing profitable, but Microsoft revenue down 12 percent as shift to cloud continues
Productivity and Business Processes posted revenue of $6.3 billion with operating income of $3.1 billion, representing 3 percent and 7 percent declines. Office Consumer revenue was down 13 percent, with 9 percent of that due to the strong dollar; the rest was due to declines in the consumer PC market, partially offset by growth from Office 365. About 3 million consumer Office 365 subscribers were added in the quarter, for 18.2 million total. Office Commercial revenue was down 2 percent, with a similar pattern as in the consumer space: a big part of the decline was due to currency impact, and perpetually licensed Office sales bundled with PCs were down, but corporate Office 365 subscription revenue was up, with both an increase in subscribers and a skew toward more expensive subscription plans. Dynamics revenue was up 3 percent.
Why It’s So Hard to Design Arabic Typefaces
TPTQ Arabic’s first font is Greta, a system of 39 different styles that come in four widths and ten weights, from a very compressed hairline width to extra bold. Greta was inspired by the Naskh writing style, which is meant for reading at smaller sizes than the older Kufi script, once used for Qu’rans. Bil’ak calls it a “very universal, versatile tool for contemporary Arabic,” and is courting interest from television stations that may use it for multimedia displays.
'The Bachelorette' has been ruined and Australia may not recover
The Daily Mail have got their hands on paparazzi photographs showing the bachelorette Sam Frost getting hot and handsy with Sasha Mielczarek, who is one of the two men remaining on the show, in a hotel room. (Story now deleted)
Next big Windows 10 update will arrive in early November
While Microsoft had promised extensions for its Microsoft Edge browser, the software giant is now planning to include these in an update planned for next year. Microsoft Edge will get some tweaks with the November update, or "Windows 10 Fall Update" as Microsoft will label it, but they're not significant changes. Cortana will also be updated with the ability to send texts to friends from a PC with a Windows 10 Mobile device .
Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Review: New Hope for Windows Hardware
I have had iPad's, MacBook's, and a ton of windows laptops. My Surface Pro3 is the bomb! You have to be a power user to appreciate it and you have to use it for more than a test drive, it takes months to appreciate how powerful this thing is and all it can do. I loved 8.1 and did not need a "start menu" and 10 is awesome. My MacBook sits on the shelf. Not having a touch screen or the power of Windows makes it seem old and a generation behind. Have not used the new Surface Book but it looks good. I still think if you are just a casual user Apple is easy and does the small stuff well, but that is not me. Also I work in an enterprise and in that world Apple just is not there yet.
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Can the iPad Pro take on the Surface Pro at work?
For now, the iPad Pro requires a bigger commitment on the part of an IT organization before it can serve as a truly enterprise device. That commitment comes in the form of additional solutions and services, an app strategy tailored to the device, and an effort to rethink existing IT and business processes. Although these challenges make the Surface Pro a more attractive option at the outset, they also serve as opportunities to revisit a company's overall technology strategy, replace aging solutions with newer and more agile options, and engage business users in technology choices. All of these have the potential to deliver profound long-term benefits despite the initial challenges and costs, but they require sustained investment and commitment.
Elon Musk says Tesla could start Chinese production in two years
The base rear-wheel-drive Model S 70 starts at 673,000 yuan ($106,000 USD) in China, but Musk thinks Chinese production could bring the price down by a third. That reduction would mean the price would be in line with what a customer would pay in the U.S. for a Model S, a significant savings.
Lawsuit accuses Apple's iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist of burning through $5M+ in data
Wifi assist is good feature but not for most family plan with limited data and kids on board. Yes, you can turn-off in settings but it should have been something hidden, less error-prone, less something like OFF by default and remind you as you move from WiFi to WiFi assist cellular Data usage that people don't use without knowing true Data usage impact and intention of using the feature like those with limited Data..
That said, this law suit is f* bull crap as just enough opinions one or other way will persuade Apple to pay attention and act on it. I don;t support and against people just go and file law suit for such small thing.
Tesla may build cars in China within the next two years
Despite the challenges, there's a big incentive for Tesla to increase its operations in China. Nearly 20 million cars were sold in the country last year, making it the biggest auto market in the world -- and China has been aggressively pushing lower-emissions vehicles. Right now, Teslas carry a tremendous cost, with the base Model S starting at the equivalent of $106,000, significantly more than it costs buyers here in the US. China currently offers buyers big incentives for lower-emission vehicles, but a local plant would still be a big help towards cutting the cost of Tesla cars in the country.
Pro tip: Roll your own "app" for Chromebook - TechRepublic
Chromebook lovers tend to spend the majority of their work day (or personal computing time) stuck within a browser window. Tab after tab is added to that window, until it becomes impossible to know which tab is which. Fortunately, there's a way around this. Say, for example, you have a webmail site you visit throughout the day and would rather relegate the site to it's own window (but don't need the standard browser controls that normally appear when you open a page in a new window). Believe it or not, this is actually quite simple; and once you know how to do it, you'll be "rolling your own apps" for that chromebook to make your life a bit more efficient.
Fear not, Android users: The taco emoji is coming soon
Earlier this week, iOS and Mac users rejoiced at the arrival of the taco emoji , just one of a number of new emoji that were added to the operating systems via a software update. Unfortunately, Android users don't yet have access to these emoji, something that's an undeniable bummer. The good news is that the senior VP of Android says more emoji will be coming soon, the bad news is we don't know when. Last night, Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted that he's heard the feedback and that Google is working on it -- but when that change might happen is up in the air. Still, it's good news -- every day that goes by without a taco emoji is a day that isn't lived quite to its fullest.
The Next Web has a xenophobe problem
Of course, the internet is full of ignorance. This is hardly a new point. But as the Editor-in-Chief of a website that has millions of people looking to us to tell them about what’s happening in the world, I believe we have a responsibility to not stand blithely by and let people leave comments on a page we work really fucking hard to produce.
Work will start on a $6bn Hyperloop test track in 'weeks'
Reassuringly, it won’t initially be tested at full speed with passengers on board but the company is planning to send empty capsules round for a full-bore test. Passenger tests are planned to max out at around 160MPH, which still sounds plenty fast enough to be propelled through the air by magnets while in a suspended tube.
Popcorn Time creators back away from copyrighted content with 'Project Butter'
This new project, hosted on GitHub, is basically your beloved Popcorn Time stipped down of the parts that made people wary. Butter is created so that anyone can contribute to great desktop and mobile apps that allows to stream movies and shows from Bittorrent (and other sources, but more on that later) in a stylish and easy way.
US film of parachuting beavers found after 65 years (it's OK, they survived)
In the 1940s the department was trying to deal with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other fur-bearing rodents, packed them into boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
Windows Phone has a new app problem
It's not just third-party apps disappearing, either. Microsoft has removed several MSN apps and its popular Photosynth app, and the software maker has also killed off a number of special Lumia camera apps. Windows Phone users still don't have great Skype or Office apps like Microsoft produces for the iPhone. It's stunning that, after five years, the best experience of using Skype or Office on a phone isn't on one powered by Windows. This will change in Windows 10 Mobile, but it's not available yet.
Donald Trump blames intern for retweet insulting Iowa voters - CNET
Technically Incorrect: The Republican candidate's Twitter account retweets something that suggests Iowa corn affects the brain because there's too much of Monsanto's genetic engineering in it.
Facebook fixes iPhone battery drain issue
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In Case You Didn’t Know, /Me Works In iMessage On Mac
It’s Friday, and sometimes when we try to wind our week down something winds us back up. Today, it has to do with the app that a lot of us use the most on Mac…Messages.
Google’s crisis hub project will find transit, lodging, and medical help for refugees
Google has developed an open-source project called the Crisis Info Hub dedicated to providing refugees with important information on their journey to safer countries. When used, it’ll provide information on nearby lodging, transportation, medical facilities, and more in what appears to be a compact way that doesn’t consume a lot of the device’s battery life.
Runkeeper finally lets you leave your iPhone at home, thanks to its latest Apple Watch update
Even if you do leave your iPhone at home, you’ll be able to see your heart rate, time, distance, and average pace — all in real time, on your wrist. Moreover, you’ll also be able to select your activity type from your wrist and see a recap of your run’s stats at the end. Jacobs also told VentureBeat that Runkeeper will add other features to the app, including split times .
Y'all, Norwegians Use The Word "Texas" As Slang To Mean "Crazy" - Texas Monthly
Haha! So y’all finally found out, huh? Well, as a Norwegian who’s lived in Texas and come back as often as I can (we can’t get Shiner Bock or Ro-Tel over here so I need to return every now and then to stock up) I must confess that even I use the term “Helt Texas” to describe wild and crazyness – parties for instance. When y’all pass laws like the one allowing concealed fire-arms on campus that just kinda proves the myth ya know… When I took my family to visit Texas this summer, one of my 7-year-old’s friends wanted to know if it was really safe to go to Texas. Perhaps y’all got an image-problem? What I do know is that every Norwegian I’ve spoken to who’s ever actually been to Texas has loved it – and we keep coming back! I guess we like that things are a bit “texas”.
Appalachian Mountain Club's Equipped: Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store , an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike.
A section of an 1893 USGS topo map for Mount Washington, downloaded for free from the USGS Map Store
Locating your desired map is straightforward with the USGS Map Locator and Downloader , which allows you to zoom in or search for your area of interest. It then gets mildly confusing (though easy once you figure it out) to download the actual map.
To do so, find your desired location and select the type of map you wish to download (usually the 7.5-minute versions, which provide the most detail). An overlay grid appears, with each box labeled with the specific name of each map.
Next mark a point within your desired map by first selecting the button next to "Mark Points" and then clicking anywhere within the area of interest. This adds a reddish 'paddle' to the map. (If you searched by name, a paddle will automatically appear over the location.
The art of stillness
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
How to make peace? Get angry
How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.
What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?
Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works
Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.