Bazinga! 'The Big Bang Theory' gets official Lego set - CNET
The results are in! Nerds and birds are the big winners in the latest official Lego approvals with "The Big Bang Theory" and Lego Birds Project to be new official sets.
Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire | WIRED
Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation.
Princess Leia street-harassed by 'Star Wars' characters - CNET
Cat-calling is a problem in any galaxy. Princess Leia ignores rude Jawas, Stormtroopers, Jedi masters, bounty hunters, Lando Calrissian, Lobot and even Indiana Jones while walking silently in the Big Apple.
Prop maker builds tiny Iron Man costume for his sick baby - CNET
To help his newborn son "feel brave," father and professional prop maker Eric Hart crafted a tiny Iron Man costume from fabric and foam. Result: possibly the most adorable Avenger yet.
Facebook Will Remove 'Overly Promotional' Posts From News Feed
The effort will target promotional material posted by pages that a user likes, but not paid advertisements. The company said it would target three types of posts placed on the pages of companies and products: “posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app,” “posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context” and “posts that reuse the exact same content from ads.”
'Halo 5: Guardians' returns to what made 'Halo' great
Crossfire, the third and final map, has been designed for a brand new gametype called Breakout. Breakout is a round-based team game, with each team member getting a single life per round, and the first team to kill the other wins the round. Win five rounds and you win the match. At the beginning of each round, players are vaulted into a very paintball-esque arena, and each side has one Battle Rifle at their disposal. The games I played were extremely fast and exciting. Teamwork was essential and movement needed to be very calculated. Going rogue felt dangerous, because being outnumbered in a gunfight almost guaranteed death. It was fun, but I can see a good team of four making it very frustrating for players who prefer to run solo.
The best Chromebook you can buy
In the war for PC supremacy, Apple and Microsoft only have eyes for each other. While they haven’t been watching, Google has turned Chromebooks from a sideline player into a completely legitimate way to spend your money. If you’re looking at buying a new computer right now, there’s an extraordinarily good chance that a Chromebook would serve you well.
A guide to top mobile payments options
The launch of Apple Pay last month jump-started the mobile payments business, with several companies pushing hard to become your preferred payment method in stores. Even more competitors are on the horizon, promising to bring a lot more security and convenience compared to today's plastic payment cards.
Search for Growth in Social, Mobile Fuels Tech M&A Boom
EY says there are five “megatrends” driving tech M&A: smart mobility, cloud computing, social networking, big data analytics and what it calls accelerated technology adaptation, defined as technology companies rapidly adapting to the needs of specific industries and other industries rapidly adapting to the evolving possibilities that technology enables.
Islamic State video claims U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig beheaded
The video, which was posted on websites used by the group in the past, appeared to be the latest in a series of messages to the U.S. warning of further brutality if it does not abandon its air campaign in Iraq and Syria. The video features an unprecedented level of brutality not seen in earlier footage released by the group, which typically cut away from the most graphic moments.
Why Did Google Decide To Split Inbox From Gmail?
A couple of years ago, right around the time Google’s Gmail team decided to start working on a standalone email app — the recently announced Inbox — a major redesign of Gmail was launched. As is the case with all Google products it was first released internally as “dogfood” to let Googlers themselves digest all the new features, or as was the case with this particular redesign, the removal of most of the advanced features.
Salesforce Lightning Connect marries old apps to new
Salesforce says that Lightning Connect is point-and-click simple and code-free, using the OData open data transfer protocol to make moving data from a legacy system take minutes, not weeks or months, as can be the case otherwise. The data isn't actually saved to Salesforce -- eliminating the possibility of outdated information getting pulled into the platform -- but rather streamed, so the most correct data is always used.
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Health Insurance Marketplace: Enroll for 2015 Healthcare Coverage
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Uruguay’s beloved Pepe bows out to spend time with his Beetle and three-legged dog
But there is no trace of bitterness in the air as 18-year-old Manuela, Mujica’s famous three-legged dog, rushes out to greet visitors at the tiny farm where the president lives in Rincón del Cerro, 20 minutes outside Montevideo. The house has just three rooms. Mujica refuses to move to Uruguay’s luxurious presidential mansion. “I am rich here,” he says, bringing out two cushions that have seen better days to plonk them on two rusty garden chairs for the interview. His old black boots, laces untied, are muddy, and he is sockless in the balmy southern spring morning.
28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings
Street art is usually meant to disrupt its environment and to capture our attention, but the artists on this list practice a special technique that makes their artist even more eye-catching and playful – they tailor their art to its surroundings so that their (usually) 2D paintings seem to interact with their 3D surroundings.
The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Dog Gone? Pooch Pooped Out? Fitness Trackers Keep Pet Owners in the Loop
Two other trackers, Voyce and FitBark, are slated to come out in the next few months. Their backers hope to gain a share of the more than $58 billion that Americans are expected to spend on their pets this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. Voyce targets doggy health with sensors that monitor heart and respiratory rates, while FitBark will offer a lower-tech version that uses an accelerometer to measure a dog’s activity.
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9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate | WIRED
So, before the next big wave of internet arguing, I propose we retire a few overused and underwhelming opinions in the bikes vs. cars debate. Though I drive and bike, my allegiances skew toward cyclists (feel free to scroll straight the comments and yell at me). But beyond my personal judgments lie a great many studies and data showing most of the pro-motorist arguments just don’t hold up. I know it’s hard to be wrong, especially on the internet, but here are a few sentences I hope we see less of in the future.
Inside the lonely fight against the biggest environmental problem you've never heard of
In 2011, an ecologist released an alarming study showing that tiny clothing fibers could be the biggest source of plastic in our oceans. The bigger problem? No one wanted to hear it
5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit at a Computer All Day
Poor posture is something that every office-based employee should consider throughout their day. Most people sitting at a computer get drawn into the screen, which means they crane their necks forward. This imbalance puts strain on the neck and spine. It’s like holding a bowling ball with one hand, says Dr. James Bowman, of Portland, Ore.-based Solutions Chiropractic. If your arm is vertical underneath, it puts less strain on the muscles, but lean that ball forward and your muscles have to compensate to keep it aloft. Sitting at a desk, that bowling ball is actually our head, so Bowman recommends chin retractions, or making a double chin, to keep the neck and spine lined up underneath.
The Post-Bedtime Ritual Of Successful Working Parents
This is really a matter of work/life math. While we could all be more productive during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday, when you add small people and a household into your life, these 40 hours are rarely a true 40 hours. In the past few weeks, I’ve had a doctor’s appointment and so have my kids. I had to get new tires on my car. I went to a Halloween parade. My 7-year-old had a morning off from school when we didn’t have a sitter. I transported another kid to a post-school playdate. We had a new dishwasher delivered and installed during an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. window. My husband and I split many duties, but even if I kept my nose to the grindstone during every non-interrupted minute, it would be hard to work more than 30-35 hours during the classic workweek 40. Indeed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey , the average married mother with kids under age 6 and a full-time job logs just 33.88 hours of work and work-related activities per week. That doesn’t even meet the technical definition of full-time, which is more than 35 hours a week).
Rosetta scientist Dr Matt Taylor breaks down during apology for 'offensive' shirt – video
Dr Matt Taylor, the British scientist involved in the Rosetta mission, cries as he makes an apology for wearing an 'offensive' shirt. The shirt, which he was wearing when he spoke to press about the mission, featured cartoon images of women wearing PVC and firing guns. Taylor says he made a big mistake and is very sorry for offending people
9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
Can't tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.
Cut Your Dementia Risk By 50%
Here’s a terrifying statistic: The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will increase 40% in the next 12 years, according to a projection from the Alzheimer’s Association. But there’s one simple (free!) measure you take to ward off dementia’s brain-wasting effects: exercise.
Why the Trolls Will Always Win | WIRED
[footnote-I-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-add: it’s been brought to my attention that my complaints about weev’s dox of me were apparently (and bizarrely) twisted to suggest I thought prostitution and being a victim of domestic violence were somehow “shameful.” That THIS must be the reason I didn’t want that narrative out there. First, that’s, well, I don’t even. Second, OMG you have no idea what I and my children have experienced in our lives so please, let go of the “Kathy hates that dox therefore Kathy hates prostitutes and victims of domestic violence. You know nothing of my life, so please stop imagining you know what I think, feel, or have been through. Quit trying to shoehorn me into a she-must-have-deserved-it-see-she-is-a-bad-person narrative. My reasons for not wanting a false backstory about my children to be publicized by a prominent troll has nothing at all to do with “shame” and everything to do with “actual truth”. Because even if you believe I deserved to be doxxed, the story of my children was not
How To Make New Friends As An Adult
When you’re a kid, making new friends is fairly easy. There’s school, sports, and a slew of extracurricular activities where you meet other kids and form relationships. When you’re an adult, however, the process isn’t quite so effortless. Commitments such as work and family limit free time and—unlike during childhood—it can feel awkward to ask someone, “Do you want hang out?”
Here’s What Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Thinks Apple And Google Do Best
When I think about what Apple does, what Google does and what Microsoft does, therein lies perhaps the simplest answer to why these three identities are actually pretty distinct. To me Apple’s very, very clear, and, in fact, I think Tim Cook did a great job of even describing that very recently where he said they sell devices and that’s what Apple is all about. And Google is about being, it’s about data or it’s about advertising, it is about serving you ads in a tasteful way, and they’ve done a great job of that business.
The "Paper Effect" - Note Something Down And You're More Likely To Forget It | WIRED
“One might have predicted that the note-taking group should show evidence of having better memory for the identity and location of the cards,” the researchers said, “as it could be argued that the form of studying that they were engaged in was more active and elaborate than the forms used by the study group.” Alas, no: the note-takers floundered. They relied on an external form of technology for memory storage and their own synapses sat idly by.
Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface
The shaky landing — which saw Philae bounce twice before landing far away from its planned landing zone — left the unit at the base of a cliff. That's a problem, because the cliff's shadow blocks the lander's solar panels. Before power ran out, scientists at the European Space Agency, which is leading the highly-publicized mission, were able to rotate the lander to position its largest solar panel in the best possible spot to get some sunlight. Nevertheless, it's estimated that it will get just one-and-a-half hours of sunlight every 12 hours — not even half of what they originally planned for.
Rosetta's Philae lander touches down on comet after 10-year quest (update: new image)
After Rosetta's 10-year journey -- capped off with the smooth 7-hour descent of its Philae lander -- an explosion of elation went up in the European Space Agency's mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany. At around 11:04AM Eastern Time, humanity has, for the first time in history, carefully coaxed an extension of itself onto the surface of a comet. The first few moments after landing turned tense as the ESA team worked to determine if everything worked, but Philae Lander Manager Stephan Ullamec broke the strained silence.
"The harpoons have been fired and the landing gear has been moved inside. We're on the surface. Philae is talking to us, more data to come," he said. Spacecraft operations manager Andrea Accomazzo (whom the internet started calling "ESA Hoodie Guy") couldn't quite help himself.
"We can't be happier than we are now," he yelped.
California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides
The transition underscores the modern strawberry industry’s chemical dependence: Growers rely on heavy amounts of some of the most dangerous pesticides – a class called fumigants – to deliver the fruit year-round at an affordable price for consumers. Because strawberries like to grow where people like to live, in the perpetual spring of coastal California, growers often use the pesticides near schools, homes and businesses.
Amazon Is Hiring a Pilot to Test its Delivery Drones
The e-tailer has posted a job listing for a flight operations engineer on its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery team. The new job, based at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, will involve working with regulatory authorities, planning out test flights and executing the flights themselves. Several years of flight test experience are required for the job.
Thunder and lightning: BMW i8 review
For all the high-design futurism of the exterior, the interior is a bit bland. It’s not ugly by any stretch, it’s just not much nicer than BMWs that cost half as much. The trimmings are basically the same as the ones you’d find in a 3- or 5-series: there’s an iDrive controller in the center that maps to a widescreen display resting atop the center console, which is how you control navigation, entertainment, and an almost endless array of vehicle settings. The gear selector, which is basically a joystick, is also raided from the company-wide parts bin. The wide tunnel separating the driver from the front passenger is certainly cool and supercar-ish, but the two storage compartments in it are barely an inch or two deep, and there’s only a single cupholder to share between you and your driving partner. Two more cupholders at the back of the tunnel service the rear passengers, which is funny, because the rear seats are the punchline to a six-figure joke: there’s absolutely no reason for them to exist. It’s possible you could stow a toddler back there, but really, you’re not buying an i8 to haul three or four people around.
Kevin Rose Plots A Luxury Ecommerce Empire Starting With New App Watchville
If it can build a loyal audience, there are plenty of ways to monetize. Watchville doesn’t plan to show ads or create its own content, but “There’s a bunch of things on the table when it comes to commerce or a marketplace”, Rose tells me, trying not to play all his cards right away. When pushed, he explains that traditional marketplaces like eBay aren’t adequately equipped for luxury goods. They need better reputation systems, he hints.
What Happens To Your Brain When You're Having A Brilliant Idea
I totally agree with you Vivian! I also love how you gave it the professional spin so analytical minds and those who lean towards logic can see the truth in your words. My take is more spiritual. In my opinion, the “brain blink, which is when your brain turns inward just before the “aha!” is exactly what meditation is all about. Thank you so much for sharing that concept with the world in a new way, one that could even bring a few more "ahas!"
Philae spotted after first landing on 67P
I have been looking at the ROLIS image taken from 40m above the touchdown and comparing that to the NAVCAM image from 15:32 just after touchdown. In the ROLIS image there is a clear fuzzy patch on the image that I interpret as being an active vent. This "active" plume of gas and dust is about 15m from the large boulder at about 8 O'Clock. The centre of the suspected landing point for Philae is also about 14 to 15m at 8 O'Clock from the rock. One would think that the impact of each foot of the lander might create small individual dust clouds in neat triangle, but the cloud of dust deposited has a bulge on one side of the triangle as if gas carried dust in the plume has been deflected by hitting Philae.
I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”
Google Cash Helps Turn SF's Buses Into Showers for the Homeless | WIRED
This is San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a focal point for the city’s gentrification struggles. It is home to over 6,000 homeless people, who until recently had access to only one working shower head, which was not handicap accessible. Now, a group of passionate people in the Bay Area is using old MUNI buses to bring bathing facilities to this underserved population.
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Man has NFC chips injected into his hands to store cold Bitcoin wallet
Specifically, he has an "NFC Type 2 compliant NTAG216 RFID chipset" embedded in a tiny glass capsule (2 millimeters by 12 millimeters) that was injected into the fleshy part of his hand between his thumb and index finger. Each capsule can hold just 880 bytes of data, which is more than enough for a cold storage wallet. The Dutchman got it as part of a pre-loaded syringe sold as a $99 kit from DangerousThings.com , a Washington State-based website that sells to hobbyists and biohackers.
5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter
The opposite of fight or flight is “rest and digest.” “By mindfully using your rest and digest system you can reverse a lot of the damage that you may have done to your brain and body,” says Eblin. He suggests clearing away the mental chatter by introducing one of these five routines that help center your mind:
Listening To Your Body Clock Can Make You More Productive And Improve Your Well-Being
So spot-on! I am a woman who does her best work late in the day and into the evening, sometimes as late as 2 AM if I am on a roll. This has really caused havoc with my health and productivity when I have had to adhere to a 9-5 office schedule. Maybe that's why I once again find myself creating my own business rather than be an employee! I have co-founded 2 software start-ups and ALL of our developers did their best work late at night. I was good with that, and never expected to see them in the office before 10-11 AM, or even later. I hope that more companies start to recognize this difference in people and their most productive times of day.
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Rappers, Sorted by Size of Vocabulary by Matthew Daniels - Gold Winner
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Daniels compares Shakespeare's storied vocab to that of rappers. "My inspiration for the project was pretty simple: I had a full database from rapgenius.com, a lyrics site, containing over 65,000 hip hop songs. I had just learned D3, a data visualization framework, and read the Natural Language Toolkit book (the first chapter describes how to calculate the unique words in a corpus). I used a research methodology called token analysis to determine each artist’s vocabulary. Each word is counted once, so pimps, pimp, pimping, and pimpin are four unique words. To avoid issues with apostrophes (e.g., pimpin’ vs. pimpin), they’re removed from the dataset."
Napoleon's famed 'bicorne' hat sells for $2.2 million
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This budgerigar mimics R2-D2 to perfection - CNET
"Bluey was our first budgie and our 7-year-old daughter hand-raised him," owner Carli Jeffrey explains in the YouTube description. "He has always been a curious bird, he was really intrigued by our voices and the cockatoos we have in our garden -- he even copied the noise the crested pigeons make when they take off. We played R2-D2 sounds off YouTube to him four or five times and a few days later our daughter came running in saying he was doing R2-D2. We were blown away that he picked it up so quickly!"
Uber Integrates With Spotify To Let Passengers Become Backseat DJs
Uber is adding a new feature to its mobile app that could allow passengers to play DJ while they take a ride with one of its drivers. Thanks to an integration with Spotify , Uber will soon make music a central part of its ride-hailing service.
Nexus 6 review: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone
The screen isn't just big -- it's as high-definition as you can get these days, thanks to the Quad HD AMOLED panel. That's 2,560 x 1,440 pixels spread over the 5.96-inch display, which comes out to a pixel density of 493 ppi. It's technically not as dense as the Galaxy Note 4, which uses the same number of pixels on a smaller screen, but you'll be hard-pressed to notice a difference in quality between the two. As with the Note 4, it's a beautiful sight, but the improvement over 1080p isn't as significant as it would be on, say, a TV. As long as the higher resolution doesn't impair the battery life, I have no problem with that spec; if it involves a trade-off of power efficiency, however, it's not worth it. The display itself is a little on the saturated side, though not as heavy on the extra color as the Note 4. Then again, Samsung might go more overboard with the saturation, but it at least includes various display modes allowing you to adjust the color. Moving on, darks are just as dark, though the whites seem to have a warmer temperature and aren't as bright (though it's at least much better than the Nexus 5's LCD panel, which bleeds light like crazy).
Why Data Centers Collect Big Tax Breaks
Among the big draws in Altoona, Iowa, population about 15,000, are the Adventureland amusement park, the Bass Pro Shops mega store and the Prairie Meadows casino. And now it has Facebook Inc.’s new data center. The social network opened a $300 million facility on Friday in this Des Moines exurb, a move that highlights the intense competition and lavish tax breaks available from small communities looking for technology bragging...
How to choose the best platform for your personal website
No freebies here. If you want Squarespace, you'll have to pay either $8, $16 or $24 per month to keep your site up and running. That makes it far and away the most expensive site builder on this list, which could automatically rule it out for people who just wanted a quick and easy website.
How to Get in Shape Using Technology: 6 New Gadgets You Have to Have
Helping people to quantify their activity and catalog their calories, the latest smart health gear doesn’t just serve up heaping spoonfuls of data, they also give you new inspiring ways to get healthy. Catapult from the couch to the gym — after your post Thanksgiving dinner nap, of course — with these six gadget-driven fitness tricks:
8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page
The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?