New Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot Released - IGN
The latest tease for J.J. Abrams' sci-fi epic has been released, offering snippets of new footage.
Anonymous declares “total war” on Islamic State after Paris attacks
The Anonymous hacking group has declared “total war” on Islamic State, reports Newsweek. The announcement, which came through a series of Tweets and a YouT
See Jennifer Lawrence and her costars prank YouTube duo SMOSH
'Mockingjay' cast members prank YouTube duo SMOSH in new season of Defy Media's series "Prank it FWD."
Cat doesn't know what Thanksgiving is, but he sure makes for an adorable turkey
Pecan the cat has no idea what you're talking about when you say "Thanksgiving," but he's happy to wear this turkey mask and look cute.
YouTube star of MayBaby warns teens not to text and drive
The dangers of texting while driving are obvious, yet distracted drivers still account for far too many car wrecks — especially among teens. A report from the U.S. Department of...
Facebook Now Using Google App Indexing To Drive Visitors From Search Into Its App
One notable class of pages that haven’t gotten Google App Indexing are personal posts or status updates that are open to the public. Google is able to index these now. They’ll also show up when people do mobile searches on Google. But Facebook hasn’t implemented the Google App Indexing code for them, that I can see, which means they’ll still load in the browser rather than the Facebook app.
Pandora acquires Rdio for $75M in cash
On an investors call following the announcement, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews said the company opted to purchase Rdio’s assets rather than building it from scratch because Pandora had already determined that it’s strategy was to eventually offer an on-demand component. As such, buying the assets allow Pandora to move quicker, he added.
Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere got into a Twitter fight
Both men are known for their unabashed Twitter personalities and have sparred with each other in the past — in April , Trump called out Legere for poor cell service in his apartment buildings — so it was really only a matter of time before things reignited. Trump claims he didn't realize Legere was the company's CEO, even though his Twitter bio states it clearly.
T-Mobile’s Latest Move Quietly Brings Price Increases, Data Limit
Two days after T-Mobile US Inc. Chief Executive John Legere led a flashy Los Angeles event to launch free video streaming to customers and blasted the business practices of rivals, the carrier was sending a different message to Wall Street.
Chinese Drone Maker DJI To Open First Flagship Store
The new store, with floor space of about 800 square meters (8,611 square feet), is DJI’s biggest retail investment to date anywhere in the world, the company says, without disclosing the size of the investment.
Zenefits Launches Its Own Payroll Platform
Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad danced around a question about building out payroll services at Disrupt SF 2015. “I can’t announce anything about new products specifically, but you know payroll’s a very important spoke,” Conrad said at the time.
Microsoft's Lumia 950 is set for a November 20 launch on AT&T
Need a quick recap to prepare you for tomorrow? The regular 950 packs one of Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipsets and 3GB of RAM, putting it on even footing with devices like the Moto X Pure edition. Arguably, the Lumia makes even better use of that silicon -- with the help of a separate display dock, you can turn the thing into a tiny PC that meshes with the rest of Windows 10's world with surprising elegance. Throw in a pocket-friendly 5.2-inch WQHD screen and a 20-megapixel that Microsoft claims will outshoot the fan-favorite Lumia 1020 and we're left with one of the most exciting Windows Phones that bear to the Lumia name. Now if only it didn't feel so chintzy -- maybe not the best state of being for a phone that'll set you back $600 without a contract. As always, AT&T will let you split that lump sum into monthly payments for between 20 and 30 months, and it'll throw in a slightly discounted Surface 3 (not a Pro 3, mind you) just to sweeten the deal. Erm, we'd just take the phone if we were you.
German watchdog probes Apple and Amazon audiobooks agreement
FRANKFURT Germany's Federal Cartel Office has begun an investigation into Apple Inc's arrangement with Amazon for purchasing audiobooks, the competition watchdog said in a statement on Monday.
Blaming Encryption for Terrorist Attacks Is a Mistake
Intelligence officials are blaming the Paris attacks on the free availability of encryption tools to protect private conversations, the implication being that if we could only track what the terrorists were saying to one another, we would have stopped it. But we already have a historical case of how we react to a terror plot that we have surveillance coverage over: Mumbai. We were watching. We didn’t stop it.
Here's what Square is telling people to get them to buy its stock
“Square has gone from building a simple little card reader to disrupting giant businesses and markets today," one exec says in the video. Another says Square is on its way to "becoming a truly global company." A third, the company's CFO, repeatedly drops Silicon Valley's favorite S-word: scale. "Significant scale," in fact. Square is big and getting bigger. And it is, as multiple executives suggest, tapping into broader tech trends to come.
Liberty Global to Buy Cable & Wireless in $5.3 Billion Deal
John Malone’s Liberty Global Plc agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications Plc in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at 3.5 billion pounds ($5.3 billion), extending the U.S. billionaire’s European cable empire deeper into Latin America.
Apple Maps adds Foursquare to its sources for 'Business Listings' data
While that rumor was early, it appears to be true to a certain extent. According to a new report, Apple has indeed added Foursquare to its list of contributors to data utilized by the Cupertino-based company’s maps app. While it’s unknown just what type of data Foursquare is providing, it’s likely targeted on storefronts, restaurants, and other shops.
Let’s All Nerd Out About Our Millennium Falcon Star Wars Cover
What’s no secret is that our exclusive triple-panel December cover, custom-designed with the VFX geniuses at ILM, captures the speed and excitement at the heart of Star Wars . What people liked is still there; everything else is…enhanced. “The big change on the Falcon is that radar dish, because it was knocked off in Return of the Jedi through some of Lando’s close-quarters flying,” Alzmann says (as if you didn’t know). “As far as the rest of the Falcon goes, we had a whole crew that went up to the archives and saw the original five-foot model from Empire . So the textures are from the original, pretty much. I’m sure our artists put a lot of love into it and fixed anything they found troublesome.” Seems like it might have acquired a few new rust-spots and blaster scars, but who could tell? ILM artists call all that ductwork and detal on the exterior of ships “greeble,” and it makes Star Wars ships singular. Star Trek ships get all the unbroken curves and aerodynamic edges; Star Wars gets junk. Everyone at ILM knows when they get it wrong, as Alzmann puts it.
Prometheus Sequel Alien: Paradise Lost May Now Be Titled Alien: Covenant - IGN
"Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
Google engineer calls out OnePlus USB-C cable and adapter for damage risk
The risk of damage would occur when users upgrade from the OnePlus Two to a new device with fast charging, and use their OnePlus cable or adapter to connect that new device to a PC or legacy USB wall charger. Leung recommends that OnePlus owners label their cable or adapter so they know not to use it with future fast-charging USB-C devices.
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Former Apple designers say the company has lost 'the fundamental principles of good design'
Worse, other companies have followed in Apple’s path, equating design with appearance while forgetting the fundamental principles of good design. As a result, programmers rush to code without understanding the people who will use the products. Designers focus entirely on making it all look pretty. And executives get rid of user experience teams who want to help design the products properly and ensure the products are made usable during the design phase, not after manufacturing, coding, and release, when it is too late. These uninformed company executives assume all this up-front design research, prototyping, and testing clearly must slow down the development process. Nope. When done properly, it speeds things up by catching problems early, before coding even begins.
Analyze battery usage with Windows 10's Battery Saver - TechRepublic
In last week's article Extend your mobile battery life with Windows 10's Battery Saver , I discussed how Battery Saver lets you manage and conserve battery power on your Windows 10 mobile devices. As I described, when your battery charge falls below a certain percentage, Battery Saver automatically kicks in and throttles back various mechanisms that draw power, thus extending the battery life. In addition to dimming screen brightness, Battery Saver cuts down operating system and app background activity and prevents push notifications from apps that contain live tiles.
French Parliament sings the national anthem after Hollande's powerful speech
French President François Hollande spoke before both houses of French Parliament on Monday morning at the Palace of Versailles. He spoke about the attack and said that France will stand united against terrorism in spite of the recent attacks. At the end of the moving speech, members of parliament rose to their feet in unison and sang "La Marseillaise," the country's national anthem.
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Tim Cook says Apple won't build a Surface rival
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted in a recent interview that the company doesn’t intend to stop making Mac computers anytime soon and has no plans to create a ‘converged’ MacBook and iPad.
Which states are shutting the door to refugees in the wake of Paris attacks
Prior to the attacks, advocates for refugee resettlement in Michigan said they expected that the 200 Syrians who had already arrived in the state since 2012 would be followed by many more. Michigan, which is one of the leading re-settlement states for Iraqi refugees in the country, has extensive experience with populations coming from war-torn parts of the Middle East. For that reason, it already has the experts and infrastructure in place to accept more. The state has also been eager to boost its population and lagging economy with an influx of newcomers, hungry to start their lives again.
Airbnb is being sued for copying a French designer’s house
A French interior designer is suing Airbnb because the company allegedly copied her home decor without permission or credit, reports The Mirror.
How One Man’s Face Became Another Man’s Face
For the moment, the face belongs to no one. It floats in a bowl of icy, hemodynamic preserving solution, paused midway on its journey from one operating room to another, from a 26-year-old Brooklyn bike mechanic who’d been declared brain-dead 48 hours earlier to a 41-year-old Mississippi fireman whose face had burned off in a blaze 14 years ago. The mechanic’s face, though nearly flat, still bears a few reminders of its former owner: a stubble of dark-blond hair, pierced ears, a hook-shaped scar at the spot where surgeons had entered his skull trying to save his life. A surgeon reaches his gloved hands into the blood-tinged liquid and kneads the face, draining the last of the mechanic’s blood. Then he lifts the face up to a camera, showing off his handiwork. As he raises it, it seems to inflate and take the shape of a face again, one that no longer resembles the cyclist. The forehead is shorter, the cheeks puffier. The lips have fallen into a crescent, as if smiling. The face looks like it will when, an hour later, it is fitted over the raw skull of the fireman waiting in the next room.
The Movado Bold Motion is a $695 analog smartwatch with no screen
You won't be able to read or take action on any of the notifications that come to your phone with the Bold Motion; instead, those LED lights are only able to alert you to the type of notification that you've received. The watch does this by lighting them up in different patterns and matching them with specific haptic feedback. For example, the watch can give you a calendar reminder by blinking specific LEDs between the minute hand and the meeting time, or it can light them up in sequence around the watch face to show you how close you are to your daily step goal. (Step counting is the only activity tracking that the Bold Motion can do — there's no heart rate or blood oxygen level monitoring.) The frequency and intensity of these notifications (and the haptics) can all be controlled on a granular level in the app, too, which will be available on iOS and Android.
Uber Drivers Can Now Pick Up Riders Headed In The Same Direction As Them
The new feature allows drivers to set a destination, and Uber will then filter requests so only those going in that direction will be shown as possible fares. This applies to destinations across town as well as outside San Francisco proper, including San Jose, Berkeley and Marin and works with UberPOOL, UberX, Uber’s SELECT service, too.
Better Call Saul Gets Season 2 Premiere Date - IGN
“Jimmy McGill's journey takes surprising, left-handed turns in Season 2 of Better Call Saul. He goes to places we'd never, ever expected. As for Mike Ehrmantraut, he's pulled deeper into a world he was sure he’d left forever,” said Peter Gould, executive producer and showrunner. “We can't wait to share the next chapter of Better Call Saul with the fans who have embraced the show.”
Pandora to Buy Rdio Assets for $75 Million to Fuel Expansion
Pandora Media Inc., the Internet radio pioneer, agreed to buy assets from streaming music service Rdio for $75 million, gaining technology the company will use to expand its pay offerings to compete with Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc.
SteamOS runs out of steam compared to Windows 10 in game benchmarks
For example, with Shadow of Mordor running at 1792 x 1120 resolution on high details, the test rig managed just over 50 fps on Windows 10, compared to 39 fps with SteamOS. With the details ramped up to ultra the experience on SteamOS became a "stuttering mess" at 14 fps, compared to a playable (just about) 34 fps on Windows.
Researchers use satellite launch blunder to test relativity
"The satellites have accidentally become extremely useful scientifically. Now, for the first time since Gravity Probe A, we have the opportunity to improve the precision and confirm Einstein's theory to a higher degree," said ESA satnav specialist Javier Ventura-Traveset. Meanwhile, the agency is still trying to maneuver the craft into the correct orbits, so they might eventually become useful for GPS navigation again, too.
How To Build A Culture Of Listening
There's a reason every elementary school takes a trip to the zoo. You can read about giraffes all you want, but until one bends down and licks your face, it's hard to really understand what they're all about. One of the best ways to build a listening culture is to encourage cross-departmental visits. Give your teams permission to visit their counterparts upstream or downstream in the corporate hierarchy. Better yet, set aside time just for that. Let them share their challenges, pressures, and successes informally, with no business-related goal other than simply talking.
Black Friday deals: PS4, Xbox One, headphones, cameras and much more!
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“Shrinking bull’s-eye” algorithm speeds up complex modeling from days to hours
Now MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that vastly reduces the computation of virtually any computational model. The algorithm may be thought of as a shrinking bull’s-eye that, over several runs of a model, and in combination with some relevant data points, incrementally narrows in on its target: a probability distribution of values for each unknown parameter.
Tim Cook: Customers don't want a combined iPad and MacBook | ZDNet
The chances of seeing an OS X tablet any time soon have been dashed as Apple CEO Tim Cook says that customers don't want Macs and iPads to converge.
Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This
You don’t want to read this, and I take no pleasure in writing it, and no one really wants to hear it right now. But I believe it needs to be said. I join the world in grieving for the dead in Paris. I have grieved for the dead from 9/11 forward — the Australians who died in terror attacks on Bali in 2005, Londoners who died in terror attacks in 2005, the French citizens who died in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of this year, the Russians whose plane went down over the Sinai a week or so ago. I grieve also for those killed in smaller attacks already smuggled deep into the obscurity of our memory. And so we Tweet hashtags and phrases in high school French and post GIFs to Facebook. We know what to do; we’ve done this before. But it has to be said, especially looking at the sick repetition of the same story, that despite fourteen plus years of a war on terror, terror seems to be with us as much as ever, maybe even more. It is time to rethink what we have done and are doing. Since that day in 2001, the one with those terrible sparkling blue skies in New York, we have spied on the world, Americans at home and foreigners abroad, yet no one detected anything that stopped the Paris attacks.
3 ways to fix a broken school
If you’re going to lead, lead. “What happens in a school and what does not happen in a school is up to the principal,” says Cliatt-Wayman. “I am the principal, and having that title required me to lead.” That meant stepping up and taking charge. “I was not going to be afraid to address anything that was not good for children, whether that made me liked or not.” At Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia, she worked with her leadership team to tackle issues both small and large. They posted cheerful messages on bulletin boards and made sure the lightbulbs worked — and rebuilt the school schedule to include flexibility for children with hugely different needs. But their best invention ever? The school-wide discipline program called “Non-negotiables,” a behavior system designed to promote positive behavior at all times. The result? “Strawberry Mansion was removed from the ‘Persistently Dangerous’ list our first year, after being on the list for five consecutive years,” Cliatt-Wayman says.
Being Sarcastic May Make You More Creative
"We were not too surprised by the fact that sarcasm can increase creativity," Huang said. "But the fact that it increases creative thinking for the recipients as well was somewhat a surprise. Only after we found out the common mechanism for expressers and recipients, that is abstract thinking, it started to make sense to us."
Star Wars Timeline - Star Wars Wiki Guide - IGN
The Star Wars timeline tracks the canonical stories and events of the Star Wars universe. It gathers all events into one chronological continuity. The timeline moves in chronological order from early events to later events. All events are listed in logical chronological order according to canonical sources. If no absolute canonical order is established, an informed estimate is applied.
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Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore
Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.
Gone too Zune: We reflect on Microsoft's failed music project
The Zune was everything I wanted it to be. It was a counter-culture (to me, at least) MP3 player with plenty of space, neat magnetic headphones and hardware buttons I could manipulate through my pocket. I was smug for months, but it didn't last. It was a nice music player, but it had problems. Bad desktop software, a comparatively meager music library and software updates that generally made things worse. I remember the excitement of learning that the Zune brand was coming to Xbox Live, and then the gut-dropping disappointment when I learned I couldn't manage my MP3 player's library from my game console. I loved the Zune, but everything it did felt like a half measure. We had some good times together (heck, I even subscribed to Zune Pass for a year!), but I don't miss it.
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.
21 - The 21 Bitcoin Computer
The 21 Bitcoin Computer is the first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol. Developers use it to build bitcoin-payable apps and services. And it's available now.
Is another human living inside you?
Even if you do not think you ever had a twin, there are many other ways you might be invaded by another human’s cells. It’s possible, for instance, that you started off as two foetuses in the womb, but the twins merged during early development. Since it occurs at such an early age of development, the cells can become incorporated into the tissue and seem to develop normally, yet they are carrying another person’s genetic blueprint. “You look like one person, but you have the cells of another person in you – effectively, you have always been two people,” says Kramer. In one extreme case, a woman was surprised to be told that she was not the biological mother of her two children (See “Brother from another mother”, left). Alternatively, cells from an older sibling might stay around the mother’s body, only to find their way into your body after you are conceived.
The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief
For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions.
Turkey Says It Warned France Twice About Terror Suspect
Ismaël Omar Mostefaï , a 29-year-old French citizen, was identified Sunday as one of the attackers at the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 89 were killed on Friday. A senior Turkish official told The Huffington Post that the country turned up Mostefaï's name when investigating four other terror suspects in 2014.
What making music does to your brain
For many musicians, the path to creation leads them through some very specific (often odd) behaviors. For Hadero, a musician who grew up in a household of scientists, “composition mode” is a sometimes weeks-long fugue of discovery. “I think of composition mode as a mix of discipline and mystery,” she says. She cooks constantly, for one thing, and she keeps her phone close by to record melodic ideas as they strike her. in general, she tries to “swim into a song rather than approach it solely intellectually.” She might start with vocal improvisations that sound like babble, just noises and sounds over a melody, and later she’ll excavate phrases on which a song can take shape. For his part, Limb’s quest to understand what’s actually going on in the brain during this instinctual process has shown that the area of the brain related to self-monitoring and observation deactivates when musicians are improvising, while the region linked with self-expression lights up. So Hadero’s babble in fact represents an important internal physiological change. “You’re actually changing the way your brain is functioning,” he tells her.
iPad Pro review: Killer creative canvas with laptop-replacement dreams
I loved doodling around with Pencil on as many apps as I could find to support it: Apple's Notes app, Procreate, Paper by 53, Adobe's new suite of iPad Pro-optimized tools and Evernote. My 7-year-old son picked it up and loved drawing with it too. He just treated it like one of his colored pencils in his art box. To him it was just a sketchpad. Lindsey Turrentine noted that her 9-year-old daughter immediately took to it and started making art in the Notes app. "She said, 'It's pretty good. I like it so much better than how you have to use your fingers in drawings. This pen really works; it's very accurate.'"
The last unmapped places on Earth
Such maps are incredibly time consuming and expensive to produce, however. Imus spent 6,000 hours on his. As a result, as far as Imus knows, only Europe, Japan, New Zealand and now the US have maps available that meet these high standards. “We think we’re living in this modern age and everything’s been done, but for people who look at mapping at a slightly different angle, they’ll see things that still need to be done virtually everywhere,” he says. Still, Imus dreams of a day when such maps will be widely available everywhere and at increasingly fine scales, such as at the state and city level. Ultimately, he hopes this would foster a more geographically literate society. “I’ve felt misunderstood at times,” Imus says, “but I’ve gotten so much great feedback on this project that I feel like people now get it and it’ll continue on.”
Amazingly Vivid Dino Illustrations Reveal a Brutal Prehistoric World
Julius Csotonyi The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi , available on May 20, is a collection of artwork by Julius Csotonyi , an award-winning illustrator whose work lives in museums and in science papers. Csotonyi, who holds a PhD in microbiology, works frequently with paleontologists who need help bringing their fossil finds to life. Sometimes, though, he draws whatever comes to mind. According to Csotonyi’s parents, his first illustration, at age 3, was of a dinosaur. “It appears to have been intended to be a rooster,” Csotonyi says in the book.
Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance
The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden have brought new attention to debates about how best to preserve Americans’ privacy in the digital age. At the same time, the public has been awash with news stories detailing security breaches at major retailers, health insurance companies and financial institutions. These events – and the doubts they inspired – have contributed to a cloud of personal “data insecurity” that now looms over many Americans’ daily decisions and activities. Some find these developments deeply troubling and want limits put in place, while others do not feel these issues affect them personally. Others believe that widespread monitoring can bring some societal benefits in safety and security or that innocent people should have “nothing to hide.”