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Villainous James Bond-inspired laser watch blasts through plastic - CNET

He's created an Iron Man wrist-mounted rocket launcher and a Spider-man web launcher. Now, laser enthusiast Patrick Priebe channels James Bond.

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Uber Takes Action Against Executive for Privacy Violations

According to Slate, Uber has finished its investigation into New York City general manager Josh Mohrer for spying on BuzzFeed journalist Johana Bhuiyan’s ride history. The company told Slate it has “taken disciplinary actions” against the executive.

16 arrested in Ferguson as protests continue across the U.S.

Those arrested Friday were among 100 who marched in front of the city's police and fire departments. Protests in Ferguson and across the U.S. have been ongoing since a Missouri grand jury said it would not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

Samsung 'Eye Mouse' Helps the Paralyzed Operate Computers

Although the eye-tracking technology may have other applications, Samsung sees it as particularly helpful for those paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord injury. Other potential users include those with progressive neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is illness in which patients lose control of mobility and in the later stages are only able to use their eyes.

Syrian Electronic Army posts hacking message on several news sites

A hacker group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) scared visitors to several news websites on Thursday by posting rogue pop-up messages saying they’d been hacked.

Why I Left My iPhone 6 For an iPhone 5S

A week after the iPhone 6 launch, I found myself drunk, eligible for a contract phone upgrade, and holding my finger perilously close to the checkout. $200 for Apple's latest seemed like a no-brainer. Two months of less-than-blissful life with the 6 later, and I'm switching back.

Amazon smashes Black Friday forecasts with busiest sales day ever, selling 5.5m items - Telegraph

Online giant Amazon sold 64 items a second as consumers rushed to take advantage of deals on the Kindle Fire, Toy Story Buzz Lightyear toy, coffee machines and diamond jewellery


People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS. It is currently hypothetical that on an Internet without net neutrality, companies would need to “pay to play” and live by arbitrary, ISP-devised rules for accessing consumers who want and pay… Read More

Ebola Vaccine Passes First Human Trial | IFLScience

Besides the antibodies, researchers were keen to see evidence of CD8 T immune cells. "We know from previous studies in non-human primates that CD8 T cells played a crucial role in protecting animals," said first author Dr. Julie Ledgerwood. The vaccine is not triggering CD8 T cell production on a reliable basis, but seven of those on the higher dose and two on the lower started producing the cells, Ledgerwood reports in The New England Journal of Medicine .

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?"

Video of Cleveland police shooting of Tamir Rice raises disturbing questions: editorial

Warning: This video may contain graphic images. Surveillance video captured Nov. 22, 2014 shows a Cleveland police officer fatally shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard. This video is taken during a Cleveland Police press conference. An uncut version of this video will be available once provided by Cleveland Police.

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

But small-business owners like Ms. Bossie will soon get less benefit from the unpaid marketing pitches they post on Facebook. That’s because, as of mid-January, the social network will intensify its efforts to filter out unpaid promotional material in user news feeds that businesses have posted as status updates.

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

I decided to embark on a journey to find out. I quit my job, minimized my expenses, went to Hawaii and got very serious (in a wild sort of way) about discovering what made me tick. I found out there are a lot of people like me -- young, energetic, intense, purpose-driven, but frustrated with the status quo and a little freaked out about our prospects for the future. I decided to dedicate my life to seeking out the wisdom we need to create extraordinary lives with a deep sense of purpose in a world of immense uncertainty.

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How Apple Becomes A $1 Trillion Company

There is, naturally, some fear that this supercycle for the iPhone can last only so long. Eventually Apple will sell as many iPhones as possible, and it will hit a wall. But Apple has proved that the iPhone is strong product that can continue to grow despite expectations for a drop-off.

Our buggy moral code

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.

100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds

45. “For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk, and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.”

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap | WIRED

ENIAC was conceived in the thick of World War II, as a tool to help artillerymen calculate the trajectories of shells. Though construction began a year before D-Day, the computer wasn’t activated until November 1945, by which time the U.S. Army’s guns had fallen silent. But the military still found plenty of use for ENIAC as the Cold War began—the machine’s 17,468 vacuum tubes were put to work by the developers of the first hydrogen bomb, who needed a way to test the feasibility of their early designs. The scientists at Los Alamos later declared that they could never have achieved success without ENIAC’s awesome computing might: the machine could execute 5,000 instructions per second, a capability that made it a thousand times faster than the electromechanical calculators of the day . (An iPhone 6, by contrast, can zip through 25 billion instructions per second.)

Apple iPhone 6 review - CNET

The iPhone 6 is an exceptional phone in nearly every way except its average battery life: it's thin and fast with a spacious screen and the smoothest payment system we've seen. It's the best overall phone of 2014.

15 Crazy Things You've Never Thought About

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Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

Has Travel Become Another Exercise in Narcissism?

Look, I’m not saying that certain types of travel are without value. Get away, get some sun, write a journal, prostrate yourself before the altar of benumbing technology and record every step of your journey on social media if it makes you feel better about yourself. Just realize: if your travelling is a box-ticking exercise; if you predicate even one iota of self-worth on how many countries you’ve visited; if you think in bucket-lists inspired by clickbait ‘10 best’ listicles appealing to the lowest common denominator, from one deluded c*nt to another, travelling isn’t making you interesting. It’s just confirming your position as one of the crowd.

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014: all the best deals in one place

Black Friday (and the following Cyber Monday) is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We've culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn't. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.

Why I love a country that once betrayed me

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.

REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

BII The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.

7 Celebrity-Endorsed Startups That Totally Bombed

You have a team. You have funding. You have a product. And you have a celebrity backing your company. What could go wrong? Lots, apparently.  A lot of things can go wrong .

The psychology of evil

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Your Developers Aren't Slow

As managers, it’s easy for us to blame our team for missing deadlines. But are slow developers really the reason you’re not shipping on time?

Gaming can make a better world

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Remember to say thank you

In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no shortage of great new apps this year. From killer new productivity apps, to some of the most addicting games to ever land on the iPhone, you'd be forgiven for not being able to choose the best new offerings.

A choreographer's creative process in real time

We all use our body on a daily basis, and yet few of us think about our physicality the way Wayne McGregor does. He demonstrates how a choreographer communicates ideas to an audience, working with two dancers to build phrases of dance, live and unscripted, on the TEDGlobal stage.

16 shows to catch up on during your long weekend

File this one under "Don't Watch with Parents"; there's a lot of sex in the first two episodes and that'd get awkward. But there's no time like the present to catch up on the 10-episode first season of this un-PC comedy. Season 2 will debut sometime next year on sister network FXX and if there's a TV god, this one will prove to be one of those slow-to-gain but solid hits.

There is not actually a shortage of tech workers

Along with temporary deportation relief for millions, President Obama's executive action will increase the number of United States college graduates from abroad who can temporarily be hired by U.S. corporations. That hasn't satisfied tech companies and trade groups, who contend more green cards or guest worker visas are needed to keep tech industries growing because of a shortage of qualified American workers. But scholars say there's a problem with that argument: The tech worker shortage doesn't actually exist.

The Prison Coding Class That Might Have Inmates Making Six Figures On Their Release

Jones is going through a coding bootcamp, so he will soon have the skills necessary to start working on his app. But the 31-year-old has never actually used a smartphone, and his Internet experience is limited to casual web browsing. He's an inmate at California's San Quentin State Prison—incarcerated since 2006 for assault—who is participating in Code 7370, a six-month intensive computer programming class developed by The Last Mile , a nonprofit program that offers entrepreneurship training for inmates.

Video games aren't all guns and gore; artistic titles are on the rise - CNET

Art has become an effective way for small developers to make their mark in the games industry. They don't have the person-power, time or money to deliver the photorealistic graphics that are the hallmark of multimillion dollar franchises like the military shooter Call of Duty, which is crafted by hundreds of people. Instead, developers like Ustwo focus on creating a unique visual vocabulary that excites the eye.

Listening To Your Body Clock Can Make You More Productive And Improve Your Well-Being

finally, validation of my natural timeframe...i've never been a morning person. can't stand being up early. i do my best work, most concise, focused work, during the afternoon and late night. i do more at those times than i ever could in a rigid, depressing 9-5 schedule. we're not farmers. we aren't agrarian. let's wakeup to how our global culture opens up the possibilities of work schedule. let's stop shaming late sleepers as lazy. when i worked a 'real job' i came waltzing in at 10am and some jerks scoffed but i was there at 7-8pm when they'd been gone hours AND i never took 1-2 hour lunches like they did (lazy!). there is something inherent in the 9-5 that makes people feel they're superior to people with ANY other schedule. this is what must be rectified. i loved working 10-7 and enjoyed added perks such as a less packed commuter train home at night. Late sleepers unite!

Detroit's young gentrifiers face a daunting task in buying $500 homes: evicting poor residents

It’s a dynamic affecting a significant portion of Detroit’s small, poor population. This fall, the Wayne County treasurer is handing out tax foreclosure notices to 62,000 Detroit properties at least three years behind on paying their property taxes. All told, that’s over $709m in overdue taxes and penalties -- a heavy burden for a city in which 38% of residents are living below the poverty line.

Confessions of a smartphone thief - CNET

She's not actually a victim but could easily become one as she walks past us. Eyes fixed on her screen, she's numb to the buzz of the street around her. Ryan stops the squad car, a black and white Chevy SUV, and from his open window advises her to pay more attention to where she's going. The woman -- who says she's on her way to a popular bar at the edge of the neighborhood -- shyly abides and disappears down the street. (A few minutes later he cruises by the bar to see if she's made it.)

Ray Rice gets another chance to play in NFL after judge overturns suspension

Ray Rice is now free to play again in the NFL after an arbitrator on Friday threw out indefinite suspension for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator.

Building "self-aware" robots

Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

How to Take Your Pet Everywhere

“Are you going to ruin it for all of us?” one of my dog-fancying friends asked, when I told her that I was writing this article. I was surprised to learn how many of my acquaintances were the owners of so-called emotional-support animals. They defend the practice by saying that they don’t want to leave their pets home alone, or they don’t want to have to hire dog-walkers, or they don’t want their pets to have to ride in a plane’s cargo hold, or that Europeans gladly accept dogs everywhere. They have tricks to throw skeptics off guard. “People can’t ask about my disability,” one friend told me. “But if I feel that I’m in a situation where I might have a struggle being let in somewhere with my dog, then I come up with a disorder that sounds like a nightmare. I like to be creative. I’ll say I lack a crucial neurotransmitter that prevents me from processing anxiety and that, without the dog, I’m likely to black out and urinate.”

A formal invitation to play with your food

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How Anthony Bourdain Slays His Lazy Inner Hippie Every Morning

I'm a big believer in momentum. As an ex-abuser of drugs, I'm not a person who should have any pleasurable interruptions. Inactivity, time for reflection—these are not good for me. I work a lot, do a lot of different things, but I think in some ways I'm overcompensating for the inner, hidden knowledge that somewhere deep inside me there's a lazy hippie waiting to get out, that if I'm given the opportunity, I'd lay down on the couch, turn on Adventure Time or The Simpsons , smoke a joint, and lay there for the next six months. If I go to work, I'm going to do things. I keep at them.

14 goats that made your heart skip a bleat in 2014

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Mickey Rourke returns to boxing at age 62 and beats 29-year-old opponent

UPDATED 2:15 p.m. ET: At 62 years old, Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday night in Moscow, beating a fighter less than half his age. According to the Associated Press, Rourke scored two knockdowns against Elliot Seymour, a 29-year-old former California Golden Gloves champion with a 1-9 professional record, before the referee stopped the fight and awarded the win to Rourke.

Mophie Powerstation Plus Review: Integrated Cable Is Both Blessing And Curse

Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery , and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you’re searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds a battery powerful enough to charge your iPhone up to eight extra times, depending on the capacity you choose. Our review unit has enough to give the iPhone 6 around another 21 hours of use, but the integrated cable design might not be for everyone.

A Guide to Flatland: What It's Like to Live in Two Dimensions | WIRED

Valero Doval Mathematician Ian Stewart wants us to see what he sees. Which is kind of a problem, because he’s accustomed to envisioning some pretty impossible shapes: snowflakes in fractional dimensions, hypercubes in 4-D, 11-dimensional superstrings. So when the University of Warwick professor and author writes about these freaky geometries, he relies on an analogy—a way for us blockheads to understand realities above, below, and in between our three dimensions. His guide is a little mathematical fantasy he read over half a century ago: the cult classic Flatland . Written in the early 1880s by Edwin A. Abbott, the story follows A. Square, a regular quadrilateral who lives on a 2-D plane. He can’t conceive of depth, but his perspective expands when a sphere visits him from 3-D Spaceland. Though Square can’t experience all three of the sphere’s dimensions, he can see it in cross-section as a circle of various sizes. That’s the trick Stewart uses: By describing what it’s like for a flat object to imagine a solid one, he can help us imagine an object in four dimensions.

Atlas Obscura's 20 Most Astonishing Discoveries of 2013

It has been an incredible year in curious places — from lost cities, to a cat island, to the unsettling details of Icelandic magic — and we are looking forward to the year ahead in uncovering more of the world's hidden wonders.

51 'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'
52 Announcing The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards
53 Mickey Rourke returns to boxing at age 62 and beats 29-year-old opponent
54 The magnificence of spider silk
55 PayPal’s Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption
56 Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? - The New Yorker
57 Flickr is about to sell off your Creative Commons photos
58 The Psychology of Web Design
59 Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS
60 Amazing Old Pics of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade | WIRED
61 How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Social Network
62 This Is the Simplest Company Logo Generator You'll Ever Use
63 Infographic: This Is More Or Less How Every Kind Of TV Show Plays Out
64 Easter Eggs - Batman: Arkham City Wiki Guide - IGN
65 'Serial' is getting a second season
66 The Graf Zeppelin in 1929: World's first commercial airline left onlookers in complete awe
67 Stressed at Work? Blame Your Email.
68 Here's Proof Pigs Actually Do Fly (Almost)
69 Steve Jobs Still Wins Plenty of Patents | MIT Technology Review
70 5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive
71 Strange answers to the psychopath test
72 Applause Raises $765K From Salesforce CEO For Its Revamped Weight Loss App
73 Being powerful literally changes your voice, science says
74 About That Enterprise File-Sharing Study
75 Regeneron Builds a Database of Human Knockouts in Search for Drug Clues | MIT Technology Review
76 Reg Saddler on Twitter
77 Moving Shelves Enable "Infinite Homes" Within A Tiny Studio
78 Israel cricket umpire killed by ball
79 App Store downloads in October hit new record thanks to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
80 14 innovations that improved the world in 2014
81 5 Ways To Embrace Mindfulness At Work
82 North Carolina: Battleground State
83 TED Talks on Twitter
84 Microsoft’s ComScore Numbers Have Been Changed To Hide A Massive Traffic Collapse
85 Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity
86 Data Scientists are Changing the Face of Business Intelligence
87 Why are so many video games broken at launch?
88 The Power of Routine for Boosting Creativity
89 Serial: Sarah Koening On the Addictive New Podcast from This American Life
90 10 most clichéd hashtags you're still overusing
91 Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch - CNET
92 The Real Reason Unlimited Vacation Policies Work
93 Never miss a moment of the hottest tech show in the world: CES 2015 - CNET
94 Holiday tech support: quick fixes for all your family's gear
95 PCMag on Twitter
96 TeradataVoice: How Big Data Analytics Creates Order Out Of Chaos
97 Exactly How Much And How Often You Should Be Drinking Coffee
98 How to use hidden features in OS X Yosemite with TinkerTool