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...
Watch Michael J. Fox demonstrate Nike's self-lacing sneakers on Kimmel
Has a pair of shoes ever received this much applause? I'm not sure, but if any deserve it, it's Nike's self-lacing Air Mags. Not because of the technology — although they are, of course, modeled...
Inside The Mind That Built Google Brain: On Life, Creativity, And Failure
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Here's a list of universities with arguably the greatest computer science programs: Carnegie Mellon, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. These are the same places, re
Bill Murray has an incredible answer to Reddit's 'horse-sized duck' question
Bill Murray gave the most thoughtful, logical answer to Reddit's favorite question.
Fall in love, break some hearts in this retro IM-inspired game
Emily is Away sees you play a teenager exploring your relationship with a fellow high school student, through an old-school chat client.
A first look at the ad-free YouTube Red subscription service
At an event in Los Angeles this morning, YouTube unveiled its newest offering, a subscription service called YouTube Red. For $9.99 a month subscribers get to watch videos ad-free, save videos to...
Steve Jobs cast and crew explore the Apple CEO's legacy
This week, director Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) and Aaron Sorkin (famous for inventing 'the Sorkinism') unleash their take on the life and le
Even conservatives admit the Benghazi hearing was a win for Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton's performance at the Benghazi hearings has even conservatives begrudgingly acknowledging her fortitude.
'Suffragette' review: Can a movie make you see the world differently?
Can a movie change your mind? Your heart? Your view of the world around you? Some can, by degrees, and "Suffragette" is one such film.
This Is The Simplest Way To Fight Online Pervs
As concocted by the young female artists who know them too well.
Steve Ballmer: People don’t want to work at Amazon, the only real competition for Apple is Microsoft
“Microsoft’s culture is very strong. Hard-driving, people are really focused on changing the world, people work very hard. I believe the same is true at Amazon. But you have to remember there is intense competition between Microsoft and Amazon, both AWS and Microsoft’s Azure just in the city of Seattle over talent. I think they are a place that people don’t want to work. Anybody who ever left Microsoft, we could count on them coming back within a year or two. It’s just not a great place to do innovative stuff as an engineer.”
ESPN wipes its YouTube content, terms of new ad-free service forces move
Despite initially holding out, Disney, ESPN’s parent company, has also signed up, though clearly this has no bearing on ESPN’s situation. For the sports network, it seems that contracts already in place with various distribution partners have stopped it from becoming part of YouTube’s soon-to-launch subscription service, resulting in the removal of its content as per the agreement.
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Coding Academies Are Nonsense
Coding as a profession has recently catapulted from the dark rooms of nerdom into the shining light of mainstream appeal, and few people are better off for it. In 20+ years of professional coding, I’ve never seen someone go from novice to full-fledged programmer in a matter of weeks, yet that seems to be what coding academies are promising, alongside instant employment, a salary big enough to afford a Tesla and the ability to change lives.
A Vladimir Lenin statue has been transformed into Darth Vader
Vladimir Lenin is not very popular in Ukraine these days. There are still lots of statues left over from the Soviet days, but they're slowly being taken down — or in this case , retrofitted into more inspirational figures from the capitalist mythos. With Vader-interest peaking as Lenin-interest tails off, it's hard to say it's not an improvement.
The 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' synopsis is here and there are major implications
So there you have it: not only does it look as though Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny's second son, will be the focus of the play and most likely the Cursed Child referred to in the title, but Harry will also feature!
Competitor undercuts hedge fund bro by selling AIDS drug for $1 a pill
Shkreli incited the wrath of social media last month when news broke that he had spiked the 62-year-old generic drug's price by more than 5,000%. The next day, he caved to public pressure and agreed to ratchet down the cost — a promise he has yet to fulfill .
10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita
There’s certainly power in certain civil service roles, which psychopaths single-mindedly crave, and the ability to make other people’s lives hell. While your garden variety civil servant likely isn’t a psychopath, as Schechter notes, several notable serial killers have worked in the area. Notorious British murderer Dennis Nilson worked as a civil servant (not to mention briefly serving as a cop for a period), and ascended the ranks to leadership in just a few years. For more than two decades, Thomas Lee Dillon was an employee of the water department in Canton, Ohio. David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, worked as letter sorter at the post office. And Dennis Rader, the self-dubbed BTK killer, was a census field operations supervisor in his home state of Kansas in the late 1980s. He later was hired as a dogcatcher. According to Wikipedia, “neighbors recalled him as being sometimes overzealous and extremely strict; one neighbor complained that he euthanized her dog for no reason.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is obliterating all the movie pre-sale records
Last night tickets for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale, and the onslaught of fandom promptly brought down nearly every ticketing website in existence — but that wasn't enough to stop the movie from breaking some serious sales records. In a statement, Fandango announced that it saw its website traffic surge to seven times its normal peak levels (that would explain the downtime), with The Force Awakens ultimately pulling in eight times the ticket sales as Fandango's previous first-day pre-sales record holder.
Google "leaks" plans for a time-traveling car on Back to the Future Day
Even Google can't resist the temptation of celebrating Back to the Future Day. A seemingly innocuous tweet from the main Google account about 15 new Gmail themes links to a "confidential" PDF about something called Project Flux (as in, Flux capacitor [as in, the thing that lets a DeLorean DMC-12 travel from October 26th, 1985 to October 21st, 2015 when going 88mph (as in, oh yeah, that's what happens in Back to the Future Part 2 )]).
21 of the most hilarious and disturbing Ricky Gervais selfies of all time
Nestled among the photos of his cat Ollie and the occasional shot of him playing tennis are images of Gervais gurning spectacularly in the bath, pictures of him sprawled half naked on his bed, and — perhaps our favourite of all — various photos he's posted in response to news sites and magazines tweeting about which celeb has had the "best look" of the week (Gervais' favourite thing to do is respond with a pic of himself, usually topless, coupled with the question, "Was it me?").
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
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How Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane so quickly
Kerry Emanuel, a hurricane expert at MIT, said the lack of a consistent record of eastern Pacific storms using hurricane hunter flights makes it difficult to determine if there is a global warming-related trend in such storms. Such flights are typically flown in the Atlantic and only occasionally in the eastern Pacific, so this was an exceptional case.
Microsoft Surface Book review
Some days I’ll be seated on my couch, other days I’ll be seated on the floor of a convention center or press event, so I need a laptop that just works and won’t annoy me when I’m in the middle of writing an article. The Surface line (from the RT right through to the Surface Pro 3) has always been a compromised mixture of tablet and laptop. They’ve never really worked well in my lap, the trackpad and keyboards weren’t as good as a laptop, and battery life hasn’t been ideal for a portable machine. I could use them fine at home on my desk, but every time I took them on the road with me I just ended up irritated because they weren’t real laptops.
Chinese Researchers Knock Out Myostatin Gene in Beagles with CRISPR, Generating First Gene-Edited Dogs | MIT Technology Review
It is precisely that power that is stirring wide debate and concern over CRISPR. Yet at least some researchers think that gene-edited dogs could put a furry, friendly face on the technology. In an interview this month, George Church, a professor at Harvard University who leads a large effort to employ CRISPR editing, said he thinks it will be possible to augment dogs by using DNA edits to make them live longer or simply make them smarter.
Adele used a flip phone in her new video and everyone flipped out
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Zombie white dwarf star caught destroying an orbiting planet
More than 570 light years away in the constellation Virgo, a disintegrating planet orbits around a white dwarf — the leftovers of a yellow star after it died. The cause of the planet's demise is the zombie star itself; the white dwarf is extremely dense, and its enormous gravitational pull is tearing the rock apart, creating an enormous cloud of dust and debris that follows the planet on its orbit.
Apple bans over 250 apps that secretly accessed users’ personal info
Apple today removed more than 250 apps from its App Store that were using software from a Chinese advertising company that secretly accessed and stored users' personal information. The firm, called Youmi, provided app makers with a software development kit that would glean which apps a user had downloaded, that user's email address, and the serial number of their smartphone, according to mobile security company SourceDNA . The apps in total received 1 million downloads.
The secret US prisons you've never heard of before
Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how the government is trying to keep them hidden. "The message was clear," he says. "Don’t talk about this place." Find sources for this talk at willpotter.com/cmu
10 of the grumpiest things Daniel Craig has said about James Bond
Possibly using some sort of advanced, MI6-approved method of reverse psychology, Craig has spent much of the last several weeks dispensing with the usual pleasantries in favour of his own unique brand of brutal, warts-and-all honesty.
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.
Libraries at the Crossroads
American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.
Fossil reveals its Android Wear smartwatch
Traditional watchmakers are thirsty to break into the smartwatch world and today, Fossil announced its plans to do so. The new Fossil Q line is an entire range of connected wearables, with the Android Wear-powered Q Founder as its flagship.
Kanye West just released two new songs on SoundCloud
Is Kanye West a SoundCloud rapper now? It seems like the visionary rapper's opened up shop on the popular streaming service by sharing two new tracks this afternoon. (The account has existed for years, but these new songs are the first bits of music that have been uploaded.) Neither West nor SoundCloud has confirmed the account's legitimacy, but frequent collaborator Travi$ Scott shared a link to the account on Instagram with the caption "It starts."
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.
'10-second' theoretical hack could jog Fitbits into malware-spreading mode
Attacks over Bluetooth require an attacker hacker to be within metres of a target device. This malware can be delivered 10 seconds after devices connect, making even fleeting proximity a problem. Testing the success of the hack takes about a minute, although it is unnecessary for the compromise.
Americans’ Views on Open Government Data
For stakeholders hopeful that open data and open government can have an impact on the public’s view of government, these groupings put these hopes in the context of where people are today. A minority — 17% — see the potential clearly. A slightly greater number — 20% — are relatively familiar with government data initiatives, but remain wary that these initiatives will have much impact on government performance. Larger numbers offer a mix of encouragement and caution as to whether open data and open government could become more meaningful to them as these initiatives evolve. Some 27% of Buoyant Bystanders see the appeal, but for whatever reason do not use the tools of open data and open government that much. The Dormant Doubters (36%) are in the category whose future interest and inclinations are uncertain. To the degree they might ponder open-data initiatives, they seem to be wondering whether these initiatives can make a difference and are reluctant to start exploring something for which they see little potential impact.
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Why Facebook should buy Vimeo if it wants to take on YouTube
Enter Vimeo. It lies on completely the opposite end of the spectrum; if Facebook is for casual video watching and YouTube comprises a gamut of average joes and video producers looking to cash in, then Vimeo is the platform for the film-making elite. It doesn’t have the YouTube’s ginormous audience, but it’s where people who care about the quality uploads congregate – both in terms of compression and content.
Three days that saved the euro | Ian Traynor
As late as Sunday morning, it wasn’t even clear who was attending. Earlier in the week, Tusk had declared Sunday could see a “last-chance” gathering of the full European Union – including non-euro members such as the UK – which would have signalled the end for Greece, with a meeting devoted to preparations for the aftermath of the country’s departure. But the Saturday finance ministers’ meeting had been so cantankerous and emotional that Tusk decided at the last minute to assemble only the eurozone leaders, in one last attempt to iron out their disagreements. He was very worried: acutely aware that the Saturday sessions were tantamount to failure, and determined to avoid a complete collapse. The national ambassadors of all the EU countries had also been scheduled to meet for a session devoted solely to dealing with what would come after Greece left the euro. Tusk cancelled it.
BBC's Match of the Day will live stream an exclusive show on Saturday using Facebook's Mentions app
Admittedly, the only time I watch ‘Match of the Day’ is when my boyfriend has control of the remote but it has nearly 2 million Facebook fans in the UK alone, so I’m in the minority here. It’s also encouraging to see a program that has been going for over 50 years explore new ways to connect with its fans.
As sites move to SHA2 encryption, millions face HTTPS lock-out | ZDNet
"We're about to leave a whole chunk of the internet in the past," as millions of people remain dependent on old, insecure, but widely-used encryption.
17 tools to make LinkedIn work for you
use Linkedin at least once a week to find prospects, gather data and even initiate the sales process. Another study by Harvard Business Review found that the
Watch BB-8's adorable reaction to the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer
Lying in a tiny version of Daisy Ridley's bed, the spherical BB-8 — or at least Sphero's toy version of the droid — watches the trailer on an iPhone 6, the size of a flatscreen TV to his miniature frame. We hear Han Solo's confirmation that the stories of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion were true, and the little droid starts to shake like an excited puppy, his head spinning in circles. Between the bed (aww it's sleeping!), the giant phone (aww it's tiny!), and the very physical reaction ( aww it thinks it's people! ), the ball-shaped BB-8 could be about to replace R2-D2 in the hearts of a generation. Unless, of course, BB-8 is the secret Sith controlling Kylo Ren's movements from the shadows. Bigger surprises have come for Star Wars fans.
This One Minute Video May Help You Save Someone's Life
Even if you don't know CPR, the American Heart Association has some advice for you, in the form of this one minute video. In short, if an adult collapses, call 911 and begin chest compression—don't wait or try to wonder how to do it correctly; quick action can save a life.
How The Most Successful People Keep Track Of Their Best Ideas
Nine years ago, on a cross-country plane ride, while working together at a crazy startup, one of my best friends and I decided that someday, we wanted to build something together. We didn’t know what or when. We just knew it was a goal for us. Almost a decade later, we’re now forming a partnership to invest in talented entrepreneurs we’ve met and worked with over the last nine years. If not for the different journeys we’ve been on, and being patient, our idea wouldn’t be coming to fruition.
The Pretty Much True Adventures of the Most Notorious House in Comedy
In 1976, when Mitzi Shore, the Comedy Store’s owner and enigmatic doyen (and mother of Pauly), bought the club, Cresthill, as it came to be known, was rolled into the deal. From the front, the house looks kind of small, almost humble. The two largest bedrooms are on the street level, and it isn’t until you descend the staircase and walk toward the back of the house that the three-story, nearly 5,000-square-foot abode begins to reveal itself. The space widens and draws you toward its oddly placed alcoves, its nooks and crannies, toward those sweeping balconies, toward its secrets. Built in the 1920s, the place has a shadowy history dating to the days when the mob and the Rat Pack prowled the Strip. At the time when Mitzi bought it, the house — which sits on a cul-de-sac of pretty, older homes elbowing each other for space — was vacant, and at first, Mitzi did little with it. Then, around the time of Lubetkin’s suicide, she essentially gave the place over to the comedians who worked at the Store.
FCC will publish telemarketer phone numbers to help you block them
The Federal Communications Commission has said that protecting consumer privacy is one of its biggest priorities, and its latest actions prove just that. The communications bureau is going to publish the phone numbers of telemarketers on a weekly basis in an effort to help you preemptively block those annoying calls saying you've won a cruise or some other outlandish claim that might require forking over your credit card info. The idea here is that by releasing these regularly and opening up the data , it'll help software developers build automated apps and the like for heading the calls off before they happen, and improve tech that already exists . This is a natural extension of June's ruling regarding carriers blocking spam numbers, and the FCC says it's still working on a way to extend that to landlines. Want a peek at the first sets of digits? The Verge found the first list .
The Most Destructive Wave in Earth’s (Known) History
Most scientists agree that a catastrophic flank collapse will generate an unimaginably massive tsunami again someday, but they’re cautious about guessing when it might happen. A popular ballpark estimate: maybe sometime within the next 100,000 years. Whatever the case, a volcanic-flank collapse in Hawaii would generate a series of giant tsunamis that would likely destroy cities in several countries, including in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China, McGuire says. “In deep water, tsunamis travel with velocities comparable to a jumbo jet,” he wrote, “so barely 12 hours will elapse before the towering waves crash with the force of countless atomic bombs onto the coastlines of North America and eastern Asia.”
Apple's EULA Gives It License to Invade Your Privacy, Government Claims
The fact that Apple’s devices include software, and that such software comes with licensing requirements, does not change anything. See Reply at 13-15. Apple’s licensing agreement does not establish a connection between Apple and the private data its customers store on their devices. It does not, for example, permit Apple to invade its customers’ devices uninvited or prohibit those customers from re-selling their devices to someone else absent consent from Apple. It merely places limitations on the customers’ use and redistribution of Apple’s software (limitations that are common to the industry). To hold that the existence of such a license is enough to conscript Apple into government service would be to say that the manufacturer of a car that has licensed software in it (which is increasingly the case) could be required to provide law enforcement with access to the vehicle or to alter its functionality at the government’s request.
The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)
After shipping two generations of M.2 drives with PCIe interfaces for OEM customers, Samsung is releasing a PCIe drive to the retail market which has the added benefit of including the latest features Samsung offers. The Samsung 950 Pro is the new flagship consumer drive and it eschews the backwards compatibility and the 2.5" SATA form factor of the three previous iterations of the 8xx Pro family in favor of a PCI Express 3.0 x4 connection in the M.2 2280 form factor coupled with the NVMe protocol. Those changes allow for one of the biggest generational performance jumps in the history of the SSD industry and should help the transition of SSDs shedding the last vestiges and limited feature sets of their mechanical hard drive predecessors.
BlackBerry's Android-based slider is up for pre-order, and may be more than you want to spend
BlackBerry’s Android-based slider is up for pre-order, and may be more than you want to spend
Dependency management done right
When you’re launching a new business line, product, or service, there are numerous context-specific dependencies that arise. Every outcome comes with tradeoffs and produces its own, sometimes unpredictable ripple-effect.
Here’s How Easy It Is to Make a Facebook Profile Video
If you are lucky enough to have access to the new Facebook Mobile Profile , that means you can get rid of your boring old static image and upgrade to a looping video. It’s easier than easier—and we’ll take you through the process.
Trending This Week: News Stories on Social Media
One politician takes his nation’s highest office, and another announces that he won’t run for his. Larry David is funny as hell — in case you needed a reminder (which you did) — and emojis are steadily taking over all forms of communication.
Snapchat sets a poor example for user confirmation emails
Given Snapchat’s stature, and its obvious attraction to those who want to create spam accounts, you’d think a simple ‘This isn’t me’ link in the confirmation email would have been obvious. The service is known for its confusing UI that keeps people older than about 25 from using it, but that shouldn’t extend to basic security. Blocking spammers and fakers from using your email address should be a one-click process.
Bronze Age Skeletons Were Earliest Plague Victims
The Black Death notoriously swept through Europe in 1347, killing an estimated 50 million people. Yet DNA from Bronze Age human skeletons now shows that the plague had first emerged at least as early as 3,000 BC. The earlier outbreak probably did not spread as ferociously, the analysis reveals—but it may nonetheless have driven mass migrations across Europe and Asia.
This Professor Is Making Arteries With an Off-the-Shelf 3D Printer
Feinberg’s research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. But the shoestring strategy he started with, hacking an off-the-shelf printer and buying some gelatin packs, still informs how his lab works. Though Carnegie Mellon has applied for a patent on the support bath, his team is releasing information on how to modify the MakerBot printer to handle biological materials under open-source licenses. He has also demonstrated the bioprinting technique at a local school, using chocolate frosting instead of collagen.
Universal Basic Income Will Likely Increase Social Cohesion
When people win small and medium-size size lotteries, not the huge ones, but closer to the size of basic incomes, they become more cooperative, agreeable, and social. This is pretty amazing, but perhaps the most amazing of all findings in regards to increased incomes and improved personality traits, comes from a 10+ year study in North Carolina, where just four years into it, about a quarter of the households being studied saw an increase in their incomes of about $4,000 per year per tribal member as a result of casino dividends. Because of this, and because this just so happened to take place during a long-term longitudinal scientific study, some incredible effects have been observed in the children as young adults that would be virtually impossible to study outside of full-on implementing universal basic income.
Safe Harbor was for EU privacy: But how safe is US data in Europe? | ZDNet
While all the talk has been about the now-defunct Safe Harbor deal and protecting European data in the US, a recent case involving Google flips that debate on its head.