Bob Odenkirk and David Cross talk reuniting for Netflix
A Q&A with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross about their new Netflix series, which isn't a 'Mr. Show' reunion.
Watch Missy Elliott's first video in seven years, 'WTF (Where They From)'
Missy Elliott has made her triumphant return to the world of music videos with a new single featuring Pharrell Williams, "WTF (Where They From)." It's the first video she's made since the clip for...
Watch as the 'WTF' space junk burns up in Earth's atmosphere
A group of scientists took to the skies off the coast of Sri Lanka
Ford aims to accelerate self-driving tech by testing in a simulated city
Ford's autonomous testing at University of Michigan's Mcity aims to accelerate self-driving system development by multiplying environmental challenges.
Okay, Fine, Here’s One More Force Awakens Trailer
This one courtesy of Shonda Rhimes. Or at least her boss. Well, her boss' boss!
America's poorest white town: abandoned by coal, swallowed by drugs
In the first of a series of dispatches from the US’s poorest communities, we visit Beattyville, Kentucky, blighted by a lack of jobs and addiction to ‘hillbilly heroin’
Facebook brings 360-degree videos to iOS as content creation ramps up
We just started launching 360 video on mobile.360 video is a completely new experience because you can move the camera around. This opens new ways of sharing experiences and makes you feel like you're part of what you're watching. It's a step towards even more immersive experiences.This video was shot in North Korea by ABC News -- and panning around lets you experience the kind of thing most people will never see in their lives.We think people will share a lot more 360 content in the future, especially as technology makes it easier to record it themselves. We're excited you can discover them on Facebook.
Urgent: Reports that Bassel Khartabil has been sentenced to death - Joi Ito's Web
On October 22, the MIT Media Lab invited Bassel Khartabil to join the Lab as a research scientist in the Center for Civic Media, to continue his work building 3D models of the ancient city of Palmyra , whose ruins have been destroyed by ISIS. We continue to hope that Bassel will be able to take his position at the Media Lab, and we desperately hope the rumors of his death sentence are untrue.
Terrifying car bomb shockwave caught on video
According to the Popular Mobilization Forces —an army formed to fight ISIS in Iraq—a car bomb exploded today in the north of Samarra, Iraq. Someone was recording with a cellphone and captured the explosion in the distance with pristine quality.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is finally on sale
Update: Giffgaff now has the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium live on its store. Buying the phone outright will cost £599 and you also need to buy a goodybag worth £15.
On Today's Stream - Early Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay - IGN
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Apple’s HomeKit now has a smoke detector to compete with Nest Protect
First Alert has tried to make smart home devices before, but they've never been a success. Mark Devine, senior vice president of product development at First Alert, says that its old products confused buyers because they relied on an additional hub — apparently, people would buy sensors, realize they couldn't set them up without a hub, and then just give up and return them. HomeKit products are able to work around that by essentially using the iPhone as a hub. The Onelink alarm primarily relies on Bluetooth, using that to speak with iPhones in the home. When smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, the alarm will move over to Wi-Fi so that it can also contact people outside the house.
How to install f.lux on your iPhone without Jailbreaking
The ability to sideload apps like f.lux may not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but for people out there that want to get apps that are not present in the App Store without jailbreaking their devices, this is the most legit way to do so. Now that iOS 9 supports a more “open” environment by allowing side-loading, more and more applications will probably become available, making this a more interesting option.
iPad Pro's Lightning Port Supports USB 3.0 Transfer Speeds, New Adapters in the Works
Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro includes a Lightning port that's capable of supporting USB 3.0 speeds, according to both an iFixit teardown and several sources that have spoken with Apple. When taking apart the iPad Pro, iFixit discovered a Fresco Logic FL1100 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller, pointing towards support for USB 3.0 transfer speeds.
In its recent iPad Pro review, CNET also mentioned the tablet will support "USB 3-level speeds with forthcoming adapters," which reviewer Scott Stein confirmed was information that came directly from Apple. Photographer Jeff Carlson also claims a source has told him the Lightning port on the iPad Pro is capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds.
Support for USB 3.0 speeds is notable because the Lightning port on current iPads and iPhones can only transfer data at around 25 to 35MB/s, which is USB 2.0 speed. At USB 3.0 speeds, data transfers would be upwards of 60MB/s and up to 625MB/s. USB 3.0-style speeds for data transfers over Lightning have been rumored to be coming to Apple devices for several years now, but have thus far not materialized.
DraftKings, FanDuel Go on Offense Against New York Top Cop
FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. are betting a judge will see fantasy sports as games of skill, rather than illegal gambling operations that New York’s attorney general is determined to shut down.
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are in short supply
Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing 4- to 5-week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.
Cyberpunk PC classic 'System Shock' is getting a proper remake
While System Shock might have only just received a facelift when it launched on GOG.com earlier this year, an entire remake of the legendary PC game is now in the works — and perhaps even System Shock 3. And if you've never heard of System Shock? You should have: both the creators of BioShock and Deus Ex were involved in the game, which is a 1994 classic in its own right. Night Dive, the same company that was tasked with this year's digital renovation, will handle the remake. It's picked up full rights to the franchise.
The team has also been working with the original title's concept artist to "reimagine his designs from the early 1990s." If you're not really into the whole remake thing, there was something else to whet appetites too: Night Dive's Larry Kuperman told Fast Company that the team is "having some conversations" around the notion of System Shock 3 — although it's currently framed around words about maybe and someday.. and would require a larger published than Night Dive to see it through.
PowerPoint 2016 now helps people design slides that aren't terrible
Both of these features are only available to users who are subscribed to Office 365, Microsoft's software-as-a-service offering for its productivity suite. While the company allows people to buy Office 2016 as a boxed software suite, it's pushing users to pay on a monthly basis for the ability to get new feature updates like these.
Gene Amdahl, IBM mainframe architect then a rival, has died
Gene M. Amdahl, chief architect of IBM's System/360 mainframe and later the creator of the IBM plug-compatible mainframe vendor that bore his name, has died aged 92.
What Should Media Companies Do in a World Controlled by Giant Platforms?
The bottom line for media companies, McLaughlin said, is that even if they feel they need to work with platforms like Facebook, they need to be very aware of what they are giving up, and of the disconnect between their interests and the platform’s interests. The best solution of all, he said , would be for media companies to become more like the technology companies they are working with, and build their own solutions.
Wladimir Palant of Eyeo and Adblock Plus Are Winning the Fight over the Future of Online Advertising | MIT Technology Review
To hear Palant talk about the whitelist feature today, Acceptable Ads has both an underlying ethical premise (online journalism and blogging rely on ads to stay afloat) and a pragmatic one (Eyeo and Adblock Plus need to pay people like The Gatekeeper to determine whether ads are obnoxious or not). Palant had toyed with other ways to run Adblock Plus—including micro donations and asking users to disable the extension for certain websites—but ultimately decided to charge large organizations to be part of Acceptable Ads, while allowing around 700 others, by the latest count, into the program for free. “I realized that finding that middle ground between publishers and users would require resources a hobby product could not afford,” says Palant. If Eyeo didn’t charge larger companies, it wouldn’t be able to offer the Acceptable Ads program at all—removing any incentive for online ads to become less intrusive.
Facebook’s Engineering Executive on the Evolution of the Oculus Rift
The other thing we’re doing is with the imagery displayed on the screen. One of the techniques is to blank out the screen very, very quickly. An image is shown, then it’s taken off the screen, then there’s a period of darkness—so quick that you can’t actually tell that it’s happening—when the screen is completely black. And then a new image pops up, darkness again, and this repeats. If you do that really, really rapidly, you can actually minimize the feeling of being sick.
iPad Pro: 14 apps enhanced for the Apple Pencil
And there you have it, a great selection of iPad Pro apps that have been enhanced to make full use of the Apple Pencil. But this is only the tip of the iceberg compared to what's coming for the iPad Pro. It's still very early and many developers will be updating their apps in the months ahead to incorporate the Apple Pencil in unique and powerful ways for the iPad Pro. Stay tuned!
Amazon takes on UK supermarkets with 'Pantry' offer
LONDON Online retailer Amazon has stepped up the pressure on Britain's traditional supermarkets with the nationwide launch on Friday of a packaged groceries offer for Amazon Prime members.
Gmail Will Soon Warn Users When Emails Arrive Over Unencrypted Connections
Why does all of this matter? Unencrypted email makes for a great target. The good news is that email security is getting better. A joint research project between Google, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois found that 94 percent of inbound messages to Gmail can now be authenticated, which makes life harder for phishers. But at the same time, these researchers also found that there are “regions of the Internet actively preventing message encryption by tampering with requests to initiate SSL connections.”
Snapchat Now Sells Selfie Lenses For $1
Snapchat recently launched selfie lenses after acquiring Looksery . Every day, a new lens is added and an old one is removed from the current lineup of seven. The company now also showcases around 30 other lenses that you can buy for 99 cents and keep forever.
See What The World Of Art Looks Like, Gluten-Free
French graphic artist Arthur Coulet recently unveiled a Tumblr called the Gluten-Free Museum that puts a twist on classic paintings and other artworks that some people describe as "healthy." The bandwagon aspect of people without celiac disease ditching yeasty delights in the name of the next food craze has been the subject of jokes in movies and shows for years now. With this project, however, Coulet shows how unnatural it looks to remove this crucial dietary component from the history of how humans are depicted—not just in still life paintings of baguettes or whatever, but in everyday scenes of home and hearth.
Tim Cook pours scorn on Microsoft's Surface Book by calling it 'diluted'
Cook didn't go into any details concerning the specific shortcomings of Redmond's convertible as either a laptop or a slate, making this a passing jab rather than any sort of full-on punch aimed at Microsoft.
'Halo 5' pushed Xbox One sales past the PS4 in October
No matter how you feel about the single-player experience for Halo 5: Guardians , its place as the Xbox family's standard-bearer is secure. NPD data reveals that its release last month not only topped software sales charts in the US, but also drove Xbox One to a victory over the rival PlayStation 4. There aren't any exact numbers attached, but in a statement Microsoft said Xbox One sales were up 81 percent over the same month last year. In case you didn't already know, the expensive but oh-so-good Elite Controller sold through its supply at most retailers, also providing a lift. The only question now is if the victory will turn into a streak, as Xbox features the new Tomb Raider this week to go with an early launch of Star Wars: Battlefront on EA Access. In other NPD news, the Yoshi's Wooly World on Wii U came in at number 8 in game sales for the month, beating out Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection , Ro ck Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live .
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Pressure Increases On Yik Yak To Do More About Harassment On The Anonymous App
Katz's firm last month helped organize a lengthy letter, signed by 72 national and local civil rights and feminist groups, to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. It called on the federal agency to clarify what is expected from academic institutions regarding online harassment or offensive comments on social media. At that time, they also requested a meeting with Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington.
Twitter was built for the Onion’s brand of satire
“It’s a challenge for all content creators, really,” he said. “Premium content — content that takes a lot of care, and energy, and talented people to create — you need to find a way to finance it. For us, it’s always been through advertising. Yet, the Onion also has this anti-establishment side to it. So it’s always been this delicate balance of how you become great at getting advertising to support what you want to do. But also staying true to what we do. We’ve done a really smart job with our sponsored content; we make sure advertisers are ‘part’ of a joke, and we make sure we’re making fun with the brand in front of our audience.”
The Verge on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Microsoft adds floating OneNote icon to Android so you never forget about OneNote
Microsoft has also updated OneNote for iOS to make the app’s features more accessible. It now works with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, so touching and holding the OneNote app icon will give you extra functionality, like creating a new note, adding a new photo or viewing recent notes. OneNote was also updated to play nice with Apple’s iPad Pro and its enormous screen.
Mini-review: Logitech’s Create is the iPad Pro keyboard case you really want
Logitech is really good at making Apple-y chiclet keyboards, and both the layout and the function of the Create case are dead ringers for Apple’s familiar MacBook Air and Pro keyboard. For starters, it has a bright, even backlight that the Smart Keyboard lacks. It also comes in colors that are actually matched to the iPads—black and gray to match the space gray iPad, red and gold to match the gold finish, and silver and blue to match the silver finish. Our review unit is the black and gray option, which obviously doesn’t match our silver iPad, but obviously you’ll be able to pick your own colors for yourselves.
Google launches Chrome beta for iOS through Apple’s TestFlight, first release adds 3D touch
Users that download the new Chrome beta today will be able to update to Chrome version 47.0.2526.53, which brings support for Apple’s new 3D touch feature on the iPhone 6s, additional Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts, and other new features. For 3D Touch, users will be able to deep press the Home screen icon for quick access to functions like opening a new tab, voice search, and switching to incognito mode.
The Business Value of IT Organization’s Transformation to an Internal Service Provider - TechRepublic
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What Is The Meaning Of Design?
We sat down with Nest founder Tony Fadell and actor/musician Jared Leto at the Fast Company Innovation Festival to discuss what they believe is the meaning of design. Fadell believes it is looking at a product or process from a different perspective and endeavoring to improve upon it in some way. Leto has a slightly different definition. Do you agree? Let us know at #FCNY.
Google Chrome gets new iOS beta program
Google is now letting iPhone and iPad users take a cutting-edge version of its browser for a spin. The company on Friday quietly launched a new Chrome for iOS public beta program, which leverages Apple's TestFlight system to give users the chance to try out a new version of the browser.
Digg Raises $4M Series A From Betaworks Backer Digital Garage
For Betaworks, this underscores how the self-styled startup studio thinks there is a lot of potential and life left in the Digg brand. “The Digg team has done what many thought to be impossible; they have restored an iconic Internet brand with a strong voice, high quality products on web and mobile, and a loyal and growing user base,” Betaworks’ John Borthwick in a statement. “We are serious about Digg’s full global potential, and because of Digital Garage’s formidable expertise, there was no better investment partner for the next stage of growth.” In addition to producing original content, it also curates the wider web through Digg Reader and Digg Deeper.
Facebook reports surge in government requests for user data
Facebook reports surge in government requests for user data
Requests for data on social media users from all countries increased 18%.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1NOa2yq
Amazon Pantry Arrives In U.K. Along With A Prime Price Cut
Due to the competitive landscape, U.K. consumers may be drawn to Amazon Pantry not because it offers a convenient alternative to in-store shopping, but because it offers great deals and discounts on its items. More importantly, Amazon Pantry’s debut is just one more reason for consumers to join Amazon Prime – which is how Amazon really makes its money, as Prime shoppers are said to spend double or more than non-Prime members.
Facebook Restricts More Content in India Than Anywhere Else
Facebook blocked more items of content from its platforms in India than any other country in the first six months of this year, following requests from the South Asian nation’s government.
ASUS' $299 hybrid tablet is a good idea that's past its prime
With that said, there are limits to how well the Transformer Book performs. Windows 10's side-by-side app multitasking is only occasionally useful at this size and with such a low-res display. More importantly, you can't help but notice the performance limits of the 1.44GHz Atom x5 processor. The T100HA may have enough RAM to run multiple apps without bogging down, but it's never especially quick at anything. Apps tend to chug longer than I'd like, whether they're loading websites or playing media. At least the battery life is relatively good. ASUS' claim of a 12-hour runtime isn't very realistic unless you're only watching video: the Transformer Book ran for 11 hours and 20 minutes (not far off from the original T100) in our video test, which loops a 1080p clip at 50 percent brightness with WiFi on. However, it's still feasible to get several hours when you're juggling web surfing, Twitter and the other lightweight tasks you're likely to perform on a device like this. That's not spectacular, but it's enough to get through a busy work day.
Snapchat is using emoji to verify celebrity accounts
The company is using a new feature called "Official Stories" to verify the accounts of some of its celebrity users, including Justin Bieber, Tiesto and Kylie Jenner. But, in true Snapchat fashion, the app is be using emoji symbolize their status (rather than the blue checkmark used by Facebook, Twitter and other networks.)
Product Hunt Redesigns The Homepage To Aid Discovery Beyond Tech
But it makes sense for Hoover to involve his base in the new site design. Product Hunt is a place made up of product enthusiasts sharing what’s cool and offering their thoughts on those finds. More than 2,000 people joined the “Product Hunt Friends” Slack group to offer their thoughts on the new layout before the official launch.
Microsoft wants 'Red Dead Redemption' on Xbox One, too
But Ybarra isn't in control of what gets approved and what doesn't. Think about it this way: It's one of his favorite games, and given Ybarra's position within Microsoft, even he can't get this to happen. According to Ybarra, there's some engineering work that has to be done on a per-game basis, but the real reason for the holdup is something different: Red Dead Redemption 's publisher. "Call Rockstar," he said. "The biggest hurdle is getting the publishers to approve a title."
After the gaffes surrounding the Xbox One's debut, Microsoft has put a huge emphasis on fans voicing their opinions to help shape the console. The company encourages its fans to have a say in a voting process for features -- backwards compatibility itself was a deafening fan request. "If fans want those games, they should ask the publishers."
Rockstar Games' Twitter handle is @rockstargames ; you know what to do.
Apple's App Store has gotten a boost to its search engine recently
According to TechCrunch , Apple has apparently tweaked its algorithms behind-the-scenes of its App Stores in the recent weeks, and as a result has already begun returning more intelligent, and relevant, results when a keyword is used to find something therein. The find was made by several developers, including Tapbots’s Paul Haddad and Contrast’s David Barnard, who typically track their own rankings and results within the App Stores.
Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local
When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"
Pornhub’s traffic dipped significantly the day Fallout 4 came out
Pornhub , one of the world’s most popular adult video sites, told GamesBeat that it saw a 10 percent drop in traffic among gamers after Fallout 4 came out earlier this week. On November 10, traffic started to drop at around 5 a.m. after most people finished downloading and installing the game. That decrease from normal patterns continued until around 3 p.m. Gamers then seemed to disappear again beginning at 6 p.m.
What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?
Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
The FDA Just Approved One Cancer-Killing Virus. Expect More
Imlygic itself is a reengineered version of the herpesvirus—the one that causes cold sores. To administer the drug, oncologists inject a massive dose—millions of viruses—directly into the skin tumor. Herpesvirus also prefers to infect cancer cells, busting them into bits. “The immune system sees all the debris,” says Chiocca. “This makes the immune system wake up and say, ‘Hey, there’s something going on here. Let’s check it out.’” So it’s a two-fer: Notionally, Imlygic attacks the tumor directly, and helps stimulate the patient’s own immune system into joining the fight.
11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World
For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.
2,000 year old 'computer' discovered: How tech and shipwrecks are rewriting human history - TechRepublic
Using robots, underwater iPads, 3D printing, and other new tech, scientists are discovering shipwrecks that are rewriting our history. Read the inside story of the Antikythera and two other breakthrough explorations.
The most critical factor in medicine? Human bias
Yet the reverential status of randomized, controlled trials in medicine is its own source of bias. The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis was shown to have a potent protective effect in a randomized trial, but the effectiveness of the vaccine seems to decrease almost linearly as we move in latitude from the North to the South — where, incidentally, TB is the most prevalent (we still don’t understand the basis for this effect, although genetic variation is the most obvious culprit). Virtually every day I’m asked to decide whether a particular drug will work for a patient — an African-American man, say — when the trial was run on a population of predominantly white men in Kansas. Women are notoriously underrepresented in randomized studies. In fact, female mice are notoriously underrepresented in laboratory studies. [See Paula Johnson’s TED Talk, His and hers … healthcare .] Extracting medical wisdom from a “randomized” study thus involves much more than blithely reading the last line of the study published in a medical journal. It involves human perception, arbitration and interpretation — and hence involves bias.