Weatherboard allows you to use Dynamic Weather Wallpapers
Weatherboard (iOS 8 & 7) is a newly updated tweak that has very nice and smooth animations to use on your springboard background as well as your lock screen background. If this sounds like something that you may want to test out, keep on reading.
How Facebook whizzes made “Look Back” videopalooza happen
Facebook Look Back videos posed a pretty thorny infrastructure challenge, largely due to time constraints. The team had three weeks to get the job done.
The Dancing Traffic Light
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NFL finally announces Katy Perry as next Super Bowl halftime performer
It's official: Katy Perry will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on Feb. 1, 2015. Here's a look back at some of her best live performances.
15 everyday uses for vodka besides getting drunk
Vodka has plenty of clever uses around the house that don't involve a cocktail shaker.
'Star Wars'-inspired '70s TV show resurfaces for first time in 35 years
'Starstruck,' a 'Star Wars'-inspired TV pilot from 1979, resurfaced on Reddit.
The Glass Age, Part 1: Flexible, Bendable Glass
Be amazed as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman introduce us to a whole new way of thinking about glass. Learn the history of glass innovation and watch incredibl...
Let’s Pivot Again — Handmake Me Is As An Ethical Marketplace For Handmade Gifts
Next up, Hobzy took the e-commerce tech it had built and created a “reverse marketplace for handmade gifts” called Handmake Me — letting anybody who wanted to buy an authentic handmade gift to request what they wanted and how much they would pay, after which the site’s community of craft-makers would then bid for the job.
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Google Play pulled a gay killing game, but only after thousands of downloads
In the game, players control a hunter who is armed with a shotgun. On each level, they are tasked with killing a specified number of naked, homosexual men that charge at them. If you fail, the naked man leaps on the hunter and a cloud of dust appears, presumably implying the naked man assaults him.
This iOS Keyboard Finally Lets You Draw Your Own Texts
For .99 cents, DrawType gives you access to a very simple color and pen palette right in your messages. You access it just like you would your Emoji or any other keyboard, except instead of a grid of options, you get a blank canvas. Once you've drawn a response, it copies the image to your clipboard and lets you paste it into the response box. It's stupid-simple functionality—after all, you could doodle and copy/paste with any other drawing app—but the integration with Messages is priceless.
These Are the Top 10 Toys of 2014
Picking up the mantel from GoldieBlox, this engineering toy hopes to inspire girls to aspire to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Studies show that girls begin to rule out engineering as a possible career path at as young as eight years old, one reason only 11% of engineers are women. Many researchers think that if there were more STEM toys for girls, they might see engineering or science as a viable career path. Created by two Stanford engineers, Roominate is a playhouse you can design, build and wire. Connect the motor and light circuits, and windmills will spin, lamps will light up and elevators will travel up and down. New Roominate toys for the holidays include a helicopter, a studio and a chateau.
Analyst: Apple to sell 71 million iPhones in Q4, 2014
The iPhone 6 is expected to dominate the sales for the quarter with an estimated shipment of around 41.65 million units. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, Kuo says that its sales are limited because of supply constraints, which also indicates some manufacturing issues for Apple. He notes that if Apple manages to overcome the supply constraints for the iPhone 6 Plus, it will manage to ship an even higher number of iPhones in this quarter.
Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch joining the cast of 'True Detective'
The news confirms McAdams' involvement in the new season, which has been rumored for some months . According to the HBO release, she will play Ventura County Sheriff Ani Bezzerides, a detective "whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves." She will presumably serve alongside Colin Farrell's Ray Velcoro, a corrupt cop caught between the police and the mob. Kitsch will play California motorcycle cop Paul Woodrugh, who's running from a difficult past. Kelly Reilly will play Jordan, the wife of Vince Vaughn's character Frank Semyon, and a full partner in his illegal activities.
Expose Corruption In American Media
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18,850 pairs of denim turn Levi's Stadium into actual 'Field of Jeans'
"We’re encouraging fans to donate their used jeans and clothing in a way that promotes reuse and recycling, creates jobs in our local community, and helps keep clothing out of landfills," Levi's CEO Chip Bergh said in a press release when the drive, a partnership with the 49ers organization and Goodwill, kicked off earlier this month.
Slack collaboration tool now lets employers tap workers' private chats
The data collection does not happen automatically. There is a several-step process for team owners to request access, which includes sending a signed letter on company letterhead to Slack stating that the company’s policies allow that kind of access. Each request is reviewed by Slack for approval, the company says.
Galaxy S5 sold 40 percent fewer units than Samsung predicted: WSJ
A report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone has performed below expectations. The S5 is said to have sold 12 million units in its first three months on sale; roughly 4 million fewer than its predecessor and overall around 40 percent fewer than projected. Sales were said to be down over 50 percent in China, with the US as the only major market where sales actually increased. The US is, however, Samsung's biggest market.
Samsung Ponders Executive Shakeup As Galaxy S5 Sales Fall 40% Short Of Expectations
As a result of the lacklustre performance, Samsung is said to be looking at stripping co-CEO and mobile leader J.K. Shin of his chief executive title, and putting him solely in charge of the mobile unit. Overarching mobile wing supervision would then fall to co-CEO B.K. Soon, who currently heads up Samsung’s home appliance and TV business, which continues to be a strong area for the Korean company.
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“Groundbreaking” state spyware targeted airlines and energy firms
The security firm Symantec has detailed a highly sophisticated piece of spyware called Regin, which it reckons is probably a key intelligence-gathering tool in a nation state’s digital armory. Its targets have included individuals, small businesses, telecommunications firms, energy firms, airlines, research institutes and government agencies.
Terrifying Black Seadevil makes its video debut 1,900 feet underwater
Researchers in California have recorded rare images and video of a Black Seadevil — a mysterious and rather hideous female anglerfish that lives in some of the deepest corners of the ocean. The fish was observed on November 17th by scientist Bruce Robison and his team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. To capture it on film, they sent a remotely operated vehicle named Don Ricketts into the Monterey Canyon, some 1,900 feet below the surface of the ocean.
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BT in Talks to Buy Telefónica’s U.K. Unit
LONDON—BT Group PLC is in early talks to buy Telefónica SA’s U.K. mobile business, O2, as the two former monopolies move to shuffle their product offerings in a converging U.K. telecommunications market.
Sony Pictures hacked, entire computer system reportedly unusable - The Next Web
Reports that Sony Pictures has been hacked have been trickling in this morning, after a thread appeared on Reddit claiming all computers at the company were offline due to a hack.
Oscar Isaac to Play Title Villain in X-Men: Apocalypse - IGN
Variety reports that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Llewyn Davis actor will play Apocalypse in the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past. The character was teased in the end-credits stinger for that film.
Quantum Break motion-captures Iceman, Meriadoc
Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break features a hobbit and an ice-man in the form of Lord of the Rings and Lost's Dominic Monaghan and X -Men's Shawn Ashmore. As Digital Trends reports, developer Remedy confirmed the news after Monaghan inadvertently revealed he was filming for the project with Ashmore. It's unknown which role either actor plays, but given the nature of the game's intertwined connection with its TV show accompaniment, we may see the stars both in live-action and in-game form.
Remedy's time-manipulative shooter launches on Xbox One next year, along with a TV companion series that comes with the game . As Creative Director Sam Lake told us back at Gamescom in his wonderful accent , how you play the game impacts the TV show, including alternate scenes based on the way you react to in-game events.
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I've been holding this in for a while! Feels great to finally say I'm apart of @remedygames #QuantumBreak! It's going to such a great game!
- Shawn R Ashmore (@ShawnRAshmore) November 22, 2014
Actors Monaghan and Ashmore aren't the only Hollywood talent associated with the game.
UK government wants to accurately identify law-breaking web users
The details of how this is to be achieved are yet to be announced, but reports on Sunday noted that the measures will form part of a wider anti-terrorism bill that’s due to be introduced on Wednesday. The IP addresses that ISPs assign to their customers are often shared and also sometimes reset when they turn equipment off and on again. In theory, this move would make it easier to link an IP address known to have been used in a specific communication to a specific device.
Windows 10 Will Actually Be Windows 10 (Not Windows NT 6.4)
Super nerds will know that ever since Windows 7 there's been a curious numbering scheme in Microsoft's OS that actually meant Windows 8.1 was, under the hood, called Windows NT 6.3. No longer!
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Crimson Keyboard: A Clever New Way of Typing on iOS
We’ve seen a number of great keyboards for iOS emerge after Apple finally added support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8.
Great iOS apps for planning Thanksgiving dinner - CNET
Whether you're comparing wines at the wine shop or trying to figure out which wine to pick from your personal cellar, the app gives you the lowdown on the bottles in front of you. You can either enter the name into a search field, or the app lets you scan the barcode on the bottle, but it's not the most reliable technique. The developers point out that not every bottle has a barcode, and some barcodes are used for several wines from the same seller, but it will ask further questions in these situations so you can nail down which wine you're currently looking at. You also can browse wines based on country, region, or varietal and drill down to see a picture of the bottle, along with review scores, pricing, and tons of other info.
SourceLair Lets You Code Right In Your Browser
Editing code isn’t that hard. A terminal, a little Vim, a little PHP, some beer, and maybe a few Google searches and you’re off and running. But what if you want to work on a project without compromising your personal server or don’t really have an environment for coding? SourceLair is one answer.
Israeli Firm Says It Can Recharge Your Phone In 30 Seconds
"These are new materials, they have never been developed before," said Doron Myersdorf, the founder and chief executive of StoreDot, whose investors include Russian billionaire and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich.
Apple Responds To Study That Called Siri A Dangerous Distraction To Drivers
Last month, a study from the University of Utah suggested that in-car voice recognition systems are distracting, and could be more dangerous than helpful. Although they are designed to keep drivers from texting, tweeting, or making phone calls with their hands, the study—which was funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety—found that the majority of voice interfaces are clunky and confusing .
The Tool That Helps You Search Every Page You've Ever Visited | WIRED
Built for desktop and laptop machines, the app is called Fetching.io . It caches every single webpage you visit, creating your own personal search engine where you can search solely what you’ve seen in the past. Brown came up with the idea after trying—and failing—to find something else that did this. “I got sick and tired of losing websites I’d seen before—or spending a frustratingly long time re-finding them,” he says.
Because no formal version of PPAPI exists but rather is an ever changing header file in the Chrome source code. Mozilla will not commit to spending the time and resources to implementing PPAPI only to have Google significantly break it on a whim and have everyone blaming Mozilla for their plugins not working. In contrast NPAPI is a rather old interface that has not seen significant modification in a long time and still works fine.
Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006
But there are forensic clues that Regin may have been active as far back as 2006. In fact, Symantec didn’t actually give Regin its name. O’Murchu said Symantec opted to use that name since it had been dubbed that by others in the security field who have known about it for some time.
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Technology is infused into the world of will.i.am as an essential element. It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, will.i.am conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator. Earlier this year, will.i.am debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover. His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, will.i.am also created the i.am+ foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.
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How to teach a young introvert
One thing I think that educators should bear in mind: we allow adults all kinds of flexibility in terms of what kind of social life they want. Adults who have two or three friends, no one thinks twice about it. But we don’t allow children the same degree of flexibility. I often ask people to imagine their next big, milestone birthday and to think how they would want to celebrate it. Some people want to celebrate with a big bash full of friends, and other people would rather just go out with family or a couple of close friends. But think about what we expect children to do for their birthday parties. We expect them to invite the whole class, and make it this big, uproarious affair. I get letters from parents all the time, saying, “We invited the whole class over for the birthday, and my child seemed happy for the first 15 minutes, and then she went to her room and wouldn’t come out.” What I’d say is: celebrate the way the kid wants to celebrate. Don’t give the kid the idea that there’s only one way to do it.
The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean
Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans ) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.
Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL
Want to turn something on YouTube into a GIF, but don’t want to futz with downloading third-party apps or digging around for an online converter?
What's Your Favorite Magazine?
Here, vote for your favorite publications across a range of categories—some of which you've seen in years past (Hottest Magazine of the Year, Hottest Home Magazine), others that are new (Hottest Magazine Design).
Famous Paintings Updated With 21st-Century Gadgets
Swiping, scrolling, instagrammin’, catching a regular selfie… It all seems so familiar these days. But what if we had this technology decades ago? That’s exactly what the “Art x Smart” project, by Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu, explores. By injecting 21st century gadgets into famous historical artworks, he takes us to a utopian reality where ancient and modern times meet. [Read more...]
Talk nerdy to me
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.
The illusion of consciousness
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
Teaching civility: Two daring assignments
A bit melodramatic? Miles didn’t think so. He described his four-strike day where none of the strangers he approached at two restaurants accepted his request. The most offensive were a hipster couple who said they were taking their food to go “but stayed” and an Asian American patron who Miles said ordered his food in “perfect English,” then pretended not to speak English when approached. “It’s really difficult to get people to just take a blind leap with someone they’ve never met,” he observed. “I wanted to show these people that getting beyond that initial stage of awkwardness could be enlightening. But none of them shared my willingness to be ‘real.’ ”
Mobile Advertising Is Exploding And Will Grow Much Faster Than All Other Digital Ad Categories
The report looks at the most important mobile ad formats, including display, video, social, and search. The report provides exclusive breakdowns on how spend on each format will grow and why, and examines the overall performance of mobile ads. It also looks at how programmatic ad-buying tools, including real-time bidding, are reshaping mobile advertising.
Microsoft's Black Friday deals include $150 off the Surface Pro 3
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Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)
However, having played in quite a serious band — or at least a band that took itself quite seriously — I think schlepping it around London playing in half-empty venues, continually having to recruit a new drummer, and spending too much time organising evenings spent in a hot, sweaty and dingy rehearsal studio.
An 11-year-old's magical violin
Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument.
Macintosh designer is selling $1,900 replicas of Apple's legendary pirate flag
Gift-giving season is right around the corner, and we know just the perfect gift for the Apple nut in your life. No, it's not an iPhone case or a new iPad Air. It's a $1,900 hand-painted pirate flag .