Call of Duty shows a different face of gaming fan with Marshawn Lynch and Cara Delevingne
The video game is pulling in a famous woman and two well-known black celebrities to show its reach beyond the usual gamer.
A flamethrowing jack-o'-lantern keeps the trick-or-treaters a safe distance from your house and is a fine addition to any anti-Halloween arsenal. At the first sign of any sugar-obsessed imp, simply press the trigger button and wirelessly shoot a one-second burst of flames out of the jack-o'-lantern's mouth. This plume of hellfire will make even the most bold of people think twice about approaching your door. Very few people are willing to risk life and limb for the chance of a tiny box of milk duds. WARNING!: This pumpkin is extremely dangerous and you definitely should not make one of these. The instructions were posted here are for entertainment purposes only. I do not condone the manufacture or use of flamethrowing jack-o'-lanterns. Seriously, nothing good will come of making one of these. Don't do it.
MIT researchers used Wi-Fi to recognize people through walls
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed software that uses variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls. The researchers...
MasterCard wants to turn every gadget into a credit card
MasterCard wants to let every new gadget turn into a credit card. It's launching a new program today that'll allow tech companies to make gadgets like smart rings, car keys, and fitness trackers...
Small Drone Makes Its Own Maps to Navigate Indoors | MIT Technology Review
A small drone capable of building its own maps of an indoor space shows how the craft could become easier to use.
This device uses Wi-Fi to see through walls
Being able to see through walls is definitely a superpower I would pay to have. And while it's not entirely possible yet, researchers at MIT's Computer Sci
Tesla Drivers Test Autopilot Features and the Results are Scary | MIT Technology Review
Tesla says its new Autopilot feature is not synonymous with autonomous driving, but some drivers are acting like it is.
How to recover lost or deleted files
If DMDE can see the drive, it enables you to copy your files and folders from it, often without losing any data at all. In this tutorial I'll show you how to use the program to access your drive, find lost files and – hopefully – recover working copies of them.
Google's new 'Who's Down' app lets you know if friends want to... you know
Pinching a bit of Swarm’s cool, Google has quietly launched Who’s Down for iOS and Android. The app lets you know which of your pals is available to hang out or… you know.
How to make Windows awesome
So, as well as sharing the best free software, we'll show you tricks to fine-tune the tools Windows already has. Stop putting up with a disorderly desktop and struggling to find errant files. Here's our guide to the best upgrades, gadgets and tweaks to help you get the best experience, whatever your version of Windows.
Instead Of Standing, Why Not Lie Down While You Work? This Desk Lets You Do Both
The need to work from a horizontal position isn't ALWAYS about being lazy. Due to spinal adhesive arachnoiditis in the lumbar and thoracic spine ( spinal cord injury caused by the neurotoxins in spinal injections and invasive spinal procedures) which occurred during a routine right knee arthroscopy in 2007, I have an obstruction to my natural CSF rotation and must be horizontal every 3 hours. Although I have made some adjustments and am working toward vocational rehabilitation self-employment goals; I truly wish that I could work at a desk like this one! Right now I draw my portraits and some other work while on my stomach but this would make computer-related tasks much easier for me and many other Arachnoiditis Survivors. You can Watch how I work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SyQoQOwUaY&index=3&list=PLu0oGbaVDHoQBFnpOSnBbZabc7SaSs0bw
Just-released emails show Hillary Clinton was once baffled by a LinkedIn request
"Yes — it is a social networking site where you create a profile and post an online version of your resume," Russo wrote. "Former and current colleagues and employers have the opportunity to write positive things about your work, all in the hope that it can be used to find a future job. The network you create is with friends, but your profile is available to the public."
Instagram's top 10 Halloween video posts
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Nexus 5X: where can I get it?
With £19.99 upfront cost and £31.99 a month for 24 months after that, you'll be able to get the Nexus 5X with 500 minutes and 500MB of mobile data. No word on free phone deals yet though.
Windows 10 powers 132M PCs as growth again decelerates
Even so, Windows 10 continued to grow faster than Windows 7 did during its first three months after release. That OS -- which until 10 had held the uptake record for a Windows edition -- accumulated an 8.2% share of all Windows personal computers through its third full month. The narrowing gap between Windows 7's and Windows 10's performance -- at the end of two months, it was 1 point -- was due to impressive gains by the former as customers purchased new PCs during and after the 2009 holiday season, when personal computers still flew off shelves.
Checking In On Windows 10
Mired as we are in earnings season , I was slightly remiss this week in keeping tabs on Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system. A few things happened that are worth our time, and, as it’s the weekend, we have the minutes.
Google just dropped a meet-up app called Who’s Down
Google has tried for a long time to develop a social app, but earlier efforts (like Google Plus) have failed to take hold. An app that preys on people’s fear of missing out could have just the mechanism it needs to attract users. When I requested an invite, Google asked me what school I attend, so it’s safe to say this app is geared for students.
PSA: The new Apple TV remote might shatter if you drop it
The new Apple TV remote is amazing, particularly because Apple finally added a trackpad so it’s easier to get around the device. Unfortunately, it might break just as easy as your iPhone does.
Instagram's new update takes aim at Snapchat and Twitter
First reported by Wired , this feature opened up today for users in the U.S. When viewed, it will showcase the “best videos” that users have posted on the service. It’s said that an editorial team at Instagram will play a part in choosing what’s featured. You can cycle through different video clips (they auto-play), and if you’re interested in the creator of that piece of content, you can tap on their username and go directly to their profile or to that post.
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future
22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future
Confessions of a depressed comic
Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.
The key to success? Grit
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Don't kill your language
More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxBeirut.)
Watch the Beatles exclusive restored video for 'A Day in the Life'
The trippy video features the band recording the song in January and February 1967, with a large orchestra of about 40 classically trained musicians who apparently struggled at first to understand the song's concepts. Drummer Ringo Starr recalls the recording of the song, remembering the specific inspiration behind his drumming style.
How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school
When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.
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.
The psychology of evil
Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
This Living Clothing Morphs When You Sweat
To make this transformation happen, Yao and her team turned the natto cells into a biofilm that was then printed in layers on pieces of spandex. Printing the biofilm in different patterns gives rise to different behaviors. For example, to make a piece of fabric curl up, biofilm is applied uniformly across the material; to make the fabric bend more sharply, the film is printed in lines. Yao explains that the cells react to all levels of humidity—as soon as humidity begins to rise, the flaps begin to curl. At 100 percent humidity, the flaps are completely open, allowing for maximum breathability.
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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.
Russia and the Curse of Geography
Two of Russia’s chief preoccupations—its vulnerability on land and its lack of access to warm-water ports—came together in Ukraine in 2014. As long as a pro-Russian government held sway in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russia could be confident that its buffer zone would remain intact and guard the European Plain. Even a neutral Ukraine, which would promise not to join the European Union or NATO and would uphold the lease Russia had on the warm-water port at Sevastopol in Crimea, would be acceptable. But when protests in Ukraine brought down the pro-Russia government of Viktor Yanukovych and a new, more pro-Western government came to power, Putin had a choice. He could have respected the territorial integrity of Ukraine, or he could have done what Russian leaders have done for centuries with the bad geographic cards they were dealt. He chose his own kind of attack as defense, annexing Crimea to ensure Russia’s access to its only proper warm-water port, and moving to prevent NATO from creeping even closer to Russia’s border.
Comet found spewing booze out into space
, the same type found in alcoholic drinks, into space as it passed close by the Sun. The comet — aptly named Comet Lovejoy — spat out the equivalent of "500 bottles of wine every second" when it was most active, according to the researchers. This kind of alcohol has never before been seen coming from a comet. But that’s not the only reason why this finding is important; it can also be used to bolster the idea that comets harbor the kind of complex molecules that are necessary to jumpstart life on planets.
What is so special about the human brain?
The human brain is puzzling — it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusion.
A rare interview with the mathematician who cracked Wall Street
Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers.
The price of being single
We often don’t recognize singlism as prejudice. As part of a series of housing studies , DePaulo and her colleagues described to participants a landlord with two people interested in the available property. In each example, a person from a discriminated-against group offered to pay more than a person from a recognized majority, but the landlord chose the latter: a man over a woman who offered to pay more; a white person over a black person; a married couple over a single person. In each case, participants explained the landlord’s choice as discrimination—except in that last case. Then, “they said, ‘because the couple is married,’ like that in itself is an explanation,” DePaulo says. “They didn’t get to what was obvious in all the other instances: that it’s discrimination.”
Facebook starts '2G Tuesdays' so employees can see what speeds are like in India
The program doesn’t last all day, and is opt-in. If Facebook employees choose to give 2G a shot, it’s only for the first hour or so they’re logged in.
When online shaming spirals out of control
Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob — and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.
Art that craves your attention
In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.
Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy
If W7-X succeeds, it could turn the nuclear-fusion community on its head and launch stellarators into the limelight.
Inside Apple's perfectionism machine
"It has, obviously, the biggest, open quad-like space you can imagine and it's being designed to encourage us all to mingle and travel through it with pathways and even running trails through the campus. It has very large, open stairways and spaces vertically through the place both for its airflow and light, but also it creates a floor between the sections. We're creating an environment with large, open spaces between everyone’s seating areas to foster much more work together in communal space," Schiller said.
Neil Patrick Harris and family show Star Wars pride for Halloween - CNET
Neil Patrick Harris, his husband David Burtka and their twin children dress up as iconic Star Wars characters to celebrate Halloween, and no detail is left out.
Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Why 'Follow Your Passion' Is the World's Worst Career Advice
I couldn't agree with him more, and I wrote about it here . The problem with this advice is that it's so generic and so untrue that I feel sorry for people who heed it. There are plenty of people who are extremely successful doing things they're not exactly passionate about. They just happen to be very good at what they do. There are also people who are undyingly passionate about something, but they'll never make a career of it. They'll remain poor, but at least they love what they do and are OK with that.
This vending machine prints short stories to read instead of looking at your phone
Whenever I am waiting for a friend, for the train or queuing the shop, I tend to use my phone as a distraction to pass the time.
Street Fighter II is finally getting the remastered soundtrack that it deserves
So when record label Brave Wave first began the long process of remastering the soundtrack, it had a decision to make: which version should be included? "One of the first things that we figured out is, this is going to have both of them, because that has never been done before," says Brave Wave creative director Mohammed Taher. "Instead of us deciding which version is definitive, why don’t we just release both to the fans and they can enjoy both?"
Reddit Has Given Us the Most Insane Star Wars Theory Ever
“Here I will seek to establish,” he wrote, “that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine—rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning, and it’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Binks throughout both trilogies. And finally, given the above, I will conclude with an argument as to why I believe it is not only possible, but plausible that Jar Jar will make a profound impact on the upcoming movies, and what his role may be.”
Is Zola's Epic Twitter Story Empowering Or Disturbing Or Both?
Some social media users have questioned why people were finding Zola's story entertaining, when in fact so many of its key details are pretty disturbing. "I get that the Zola story is 'wild' but it isn't funny," one Tumblr user wrote me anonymously. "Jess gets beaten and almost killed. Z is a child sex trafficker. How is any of that funny?"
Russia just announced that it's sending humans to the moon
On Tuesday, at a space and technology conference in Moscow, the head of Roscosmos Energia — Russia's version of NASA — announced: "A manned flight to the moon and lunar landing is planned for 2029."
Man who created own credit card sues bank for not sticking to terms
Mr Argarkov's version of the contract contained a 0pc interest rate, no fees and no credit limit. Every time the bank failed to comply with the rules, he would fine them 3m rubles (£58,716). If Tinkoff tried to cancel the contract, it would have to pay him 6m rubles.
Apple TV review: Making TV better, especially for Apple fans
The Purchased tab lists all of the apps you've installed on other devices that are also compatible with Apple TV. You download and install them individually, picking and choosing which ones you like (although I did wish for a big "Install all" button). In most cases if you've already paid for the app or game, it will be available for free on the Apple TV too -- but the decision to grandfather earlier purchases or charge you again is left up to each app's publisher. You'll have to sign in individually to each app that requires it of course, but once that happens your Apple TV will be fully armed and operational.
Life's third act
Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy — and these years aren’t just a footnote. Jane Fonda asks how we can re-imagine this new phase of our lives.
The Suburb That Tried To Kill the Car
But Evanston had a different idea: What if a suburban downtown became a place where pedestrians ruled and cars were actively discouraged? As it turns out, what looks like normal urban gentrification actually marks the success of one of the most revolutionary suburbs in America. And its approach to development is fast becoming a model across the region—a model even embraced by its urban neighbor to the south, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Evanston, Chicago and their neighbors all now want to attract more people like Tyler Hauck, 27, who pays $2,200 a month for his 1½ bedroom apartment, which he says is “definitely a high-end” building close to one of the region’s transit lines. “On the neighborhood list serve, people say things like ‘You’re paying all this money and you don’t have room for a car?’”
Baby giraffe and elephant are best friends despite height difference
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Hero photographer recreates wedding for newlyweds
When the couple arrived for what they thought was a stylized shoot, they were greeted not only by Gruszynski, but by all their bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and friends — all ready for wedding 2.0 and a full photoshoot to match.
Apple Watch discount: Great deal, or sign of trouble?
With all that in mind, once word of this limited discount deal spreads, expect more chatter (legitimate or not) about how sales of the Apple Watch may not be living up to the success of the company's other mobile products. In the meantime, hey, there's a discount deal on the Apple Watch!