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This 4K footage of the sun looks ripped from science fiction

Regardless of what your mother said, it's OK to stare at this sun

PlayStation Now adds 105 games, including 21 from Capcom

Sony adds Resident Evil 4, Asura's Wrath, Proteus, Dragon's Lair and a bunch more to the PlayStation Now library.

It finally happened, a physical keyboard just for emoji

It was only a matter of time. EmojiWorks, an Austin based company at the time of writing, has built a physical keyboard that allows you to use emojis witho

Amazon’s New Parental Leave Policy Is Good—And Good PR

The company has expanded its maternity leave and added leave for new dads. But, for it to work, Amazon will need more than just words.

Watch this drone automatically detect and avoid unknown obstacles at 30MPH

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Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is great, but skip the slow HDD model

Apple's marketing team didn't need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display — its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple's chosen internals, but it would have been best if the company didn't cheap out with the slow base HDD model.

Exclusive: Dell eyes $10 billion asset sales ahead of EMC merger - sources

When Dell's acquisition of EMC was announced on Oct. 12, the deal valued the latter at $33.15 per share. EMC ended Monday at $26.35 on the New York Stock Exchange, reflecting investor concern that the merger may not be completed under the tracking stock structure.

'Star Trek' will return to TV with a new series in 2017

The studio announced Monday that it's launching a new Star Trek TV series, which will premiere on CBS in January 2017. Following an airing of a "special preview broadcast," the series will subsequently be available exclusively on the network's digital streaming service, CBS All Access. As a CBS press release notes, the platform already features every episode of every previous Star Trek series.

Wasteland Dreaming - IGN

At least to some extent, it’s an allegory of the task before all of us, and the great pleasure of Fallout 3 is that it not only demands you think your way through its problems, it allows you to feel your way through them as well, through your choices, meaning that the bulging save file you end up with after hanging up your overalls is one of the most comprehensive storehouses of gaming D.N.A. you’ll ever upload to the cloud for safekeeping. Oh, and to go back to one day. Yeah… there must be something I didn’t see. Or maybe I could create order through chaos . Yes… I think there’s something in that…

Twitter Is Replacing the Fav Star With a Stupid Fucking Heart

Whyyyyyy, Twitter? Why are you messing with a good thing? Today, Twitter replaced the age-old favorite star with a heart . A heart!

Winner claimed in $1 million iOS 9 hacking contest

Zerodium launched its contest in September, saying it would reward the first group to come up with a remote, browser-based exploit. That means the unauthorized code had to be delivered to an iOS device by getting the user to visit a web page using Chrome or Safari, or via a text or multimedia message sent to the device, according to Zerodium's conditions .

How to clear app cache and app data in Android 6.0 Marshmallow - CNET

App Data refers to both the cache and other pieces of saved information, like your log-in and preference settings within the app itself. So if you want to clear some space or just set an app back to default (like you've just installed it), here's how:

​Oculus founder: Virtual reality gear will displace smartphones - CNET

"Eventually AR and VR technology will converge and combine. You'll wear it all the time or carry it around with you all the time," and the VR gear will absorb the functions of today's smartphones even as it adds new abilities, Luckey said. "I'd be very surprised if 50 years from now we're still all carrying around slabs in our pockets when you can just project a virtual environment."

Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media server

I believe this is a good thing. However, as many people, I think Plex users are minority. I don't believe many people will use it. It's good to have for some people by the way. I rather have Amazon app over Plex since I don't usually watch again those movies I already watched. Nowadays, streaming live media takes over almost everything. Storing movies in library is so 5-10 years ago. I can't even watch everything currently offered in Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go and broadcasting contents in NBC, CBS, ABC or Fox...

Official Gmail Blog: Computer, respond to this email: Introducing Smart Reply in Inbox by Gmail

Posted by Bálint Miklós, Software Engineer With the holidays approaching and emails coming in at a furious pace, we can all use a little help. Inbox is already on hand assisting you with the next step , organizing your trips , and even suggesting reminders . But when you're checking email on the go, it can be cumbersome and time-consuming to reply to all or even some of them. What if there was a way for your inbox to guess which emails can be answered with a short reply, prepare a few responses on your behalf and present them to you, one tap away? Well, starting later this week, Inbox will do just that with Smart Reply. Smart Reply suggests up to three responses based on the emails you get. For those emails that only need a quick response, it can take care of the thinking and save precious time spent typing. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away. There's actually a lot going on behind the scenes to make Smart Reply work. Inbox uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly.

tvOS App Store top sales chart show games dominating the list

Jeff Scott from  SlideToPlay , however, has discovered that Apple has been secretly maintaining a list of the top apps on the tvOS App Store — it has just not published them for the general consumers. The list of top paid apps for Apple TV 4 reveals that games are dominating the list, with Beat Sports currently being ranked at number one despite its high price of US$ 9.99. Out of the top 10 paid apps, 9 are games, with SimpleX — a Plex alternative — being the only app to make it to the list.

Indy speedway CIO says a sense of urgency drives decision-making

What's the biggest technology challenge you face? I'll tell you a bit about this facility: Today there are no fans here, but on race day there could be 350,000, and everybody has their Wi-Fi, their cellular phones. We also go from [several hundred employees] to 4,000 -- we hire temporary people to come in and work. And we run events in analog, digital and on TV, and all three require connectivity. So for us, connectivity is the biggest challenge. It's very important in fan engagement, operational efficiency and for creating an intelligent stadium. Each one requires connectivity.

5 San Francisco Election Day Items That Matter to Tech

The tensions caused by San Francisco’s tech boom are playing out on the local ballot. On Tuesday, the city’s residents head to the polls to vote on measures that will impact companies like Airbnb Inc., Twitter Inc., Google Inc. and Uber Inc., that are headquartered in or operate large offices in the city.

Introducing 1Password for Teams

Today’s announcement is about 1Password for Teams which does not directly affect the existing browser extensions. The 1Password desktop apps and extension work just as well as ever to save and fill passwords in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. This is true for personal vaults as well as new Team vaults. We don’t have anything to announce regarding a standalone extension at this time, but thanks for letting us know you wold be interested in something like that.

Hearts on Twitter | Twitter Blogs

Starting today, you’ll see hearts on Twitter for iOS and Android, , TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10, and on Tweets across the Internet, as well as on the Vine Android app and website. You’ll see them soon on Vine for iOS and Twitter for Mac. Tap the heart and see what happens!

Soon, Gmail’s AI Could Reply to Your Email for You

Experts on deep learning, however, will tell you that such systems have their limitations. “With a finite amounts of data, you can create a rudimentary understanding of the world,” says Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant that also sits at the forefront of the deep learning movement, “but humans learn about the world in all sorts of ways [we can’t yet duplicate].” Indeed, Gawley acknowledges that Google’s Smart Reply system doesn’t always get things right. But that’s part of the reason the company provides three potential replies to each email—not just one. Plus, it lets you edit these replies and augment them with your own words.

Zynga Beats Expectations On Earnings, Posts A $3M Profit

Shares of Zynga were about flat after rising as much as 3 percent in extended trading on the earnings report, after rising 2.5 percent in regular trading. On the year, Zynga shares are down by about 7 percent. Zynga’s revenue was up 11 percent from the third quarter last year, when it reported $176.6 million in revenue. It reported a net income of $3 million, which is well up from the net loss it reported in the third quarter last year of $57.1 million.

Google's Inbox update will take the hassle out of emails by predicting your replies

While some people just hire a PA to respond to their mountain of emails, it’s not really an option for the vast majority of us. Luckily, Google’s launching a new feature called Smart Reply for Inbox that does just that – it generates responses based on your emails so you can just choose the one that’s most appropriate and hit send.

A guide to the accessories you need to pick up for your new Apple TV

I've heard differing reports on this but, as far as I can tell from the specs, standard Bluetooth will in fact be supported on the new Apple TV. Which means, unless you have some sort of aversion to typing faster or enjoy the methodically slow pace of entering each letter individually, you'll be able connect a standard Bluetooth keyboard to the Apple TV.

Polaroid maker is suing GoPro for copying its cube-shabed camera design

C&A applied for its 14-year patent in January 2014 and received it in May 2015, though it patent doesn't detail the size of the camera. The claim is brief and vague — "the ornamental design for a cubic action camera, as shown and described" — and is accompanied by seven illustrations of the Cube, one of which is shown below. A federal jury may have to determine if the the Session's similarities to the Cube infringe on C&A's patent.

Woman drops sex assault case against U.S. venture capitalist

SAN FRANCISCO A woman who accused prominent U.S. venture capitalist Joseph Lonsdale of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit has dropped all of her legal claims against him, according to a court filing on Monday.

Facebook Aims Its AI at the Game No Computer Can Crack

Both this system and the system for the blind have yet to reach the wider public. But they aren’t that far from real-world deployment. The company’s work with Go is perhaps much further from concrete success. But there are already a few signs of success, Schrep says, and it shows where this new form of AI is moving. Last week, he showed off another mini-project where a Facebook deep learning system looks at a stack of digital blocks and (accurately) predicts whether or not it will fall. A “key problem in artificial intelligence is figuring out what’s going to happen next,” he said. “You do this all the time in order to make your day go well. … What we’ve got to do is teach computer systems to understand the world in a similar way.” That’s why Facebook’s neural networks are learning to play Go—and maybe, someday, they’ll crack it.

What Snapchat's Latest Privacy Update Actually Means For You

Snapchat's doing damage control after a controversial update to its user agreement. Here's a guide to what the company's really saying.

A closer look at the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy

Unfortunately, the smartphone app isn’t available just yet, so I wasn't able to play around with any of those features. But I did get the chance to see the Pip-Boy close up and snap it on my wrist. Looks-wise, it’s a good approximation of the in-game device, complete with a radio tuner, a radiation counter, and a big storage box stamped with Vault 111 branding. But it doesn’t feel like a big, hefty, retro-futuristic computer, mainly because it’s made out of very light plastic (aside from the metal clasp that holds it shut). This gives the Pip-Boy a toy-like feel; it’s probably not something you’d want to take with you into the radiated wasteland. I also had issues keeping it firmly in place on my wrist, and the one-size-fits-all wearable felt loose even over a thick sweater. The Pip-Boy is designed to fit a variety of phones — it includes foam inserts to fit a number of models — and I managed to get an iPhone 5C to fit in snuggly, though I couldn’t find any combination of inserts that made a Nexus 4 snap in comfortably.

Tesla review flap teaches IT leaders the right way to 'eat crow' - TechRepublic

Just as Consumer Reports readers expect a certain tone, your peers will expect a consistent tone from your recommendations, and become curious should you venture outside the tenor of your usual recommendations. If you're breathlessly enthusiastic about every new technology that crosses your desk, a mutedly positive review of a technology might be regarded as a recommendation to steer clear. Strive to provide recommendations in the context of your environment, and highlight any information that's causing you to be more positive or negative versus past opinions.

10 tips to meet your project planning goals

Project management is both an art and a science, requiring you to focus on and master numerous tasks. These 10 actionable tips will help you meet your goals and achieve success as a project manager.

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The Civilian Saviors of Iceland

This was one end of the most popular trek in Iceland, a four-day hut-to-hut walk called the Laugavegur. It passes through rough country routinely beset by foul weather. Even experienced hikers frequently get into deep trouble. “Actually, it’s amazing, judging from the number of them, that we don’t have to rescue more,” Katrin said. Everyone had stories. One of her favorites was a story I came to know as the Saga of Hot Pants. A few years ago, three college-age kids from Holland showed up at Landmannalaugar to make the thirty-three-mile trek to Þórsmörk. The two men were wearing jeans. The woman was wearing hot pants. It was a few degrees above freezing and starting to snow. The SAR volunteers and the hut warden tried to talk them out of setting forth, or at least “to put on real pants,” Katrin said. (Instead, the woman put on pantyhose under the hot pants.) Hours into the hike, the Dutch group stopped at a pass with a memorial to an Israeli tourist who had died here of hypothermia in 2004. The snow was coming down hard. One of the guys had a ukulele. “The Dutch hikers just gave up there,” Katrin said.

Snowden's favorite secure chat services unite in one Android app

Want to keep your text and voice chats truly private , the way NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden does? You'll want to try Open Whisper Systems' Signal for Android , then. The newly launched, Snowden-approved app merges OWS' existing RedPhone and TextSecure products into a single client -- you can communicate over an end-to-end encrypted connection without having to switch apps as you switch formats. The code is open source, too, so you can verify that there aren't any government back doors . It's really just an amalgam of features you've seen before, but it could make a big difference if you're determined to keep your conversations away from prying eyes.

The SEC’s new 685-page crowdfunding rules: What you need to know

While Regulation Crowdfunding opens a new door for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses across the U.S., it comes with a fair share of rules and compliance. If you choose to go down this path, it can deliver money that you cannot find elsewhere; but proceed with caution, disclose as much as possible, and remember everything you say will be digitally recorded forever and “can and will be held against you in a court of law” if you make any material misstatements. So be honest, and remember you have about 180 days before this goes live.

Netflix CEO: Actually, There’s “Not Nearly Enough” TV

Netflix is an online television network that is engaged in the internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. It provides its services under three segments: international streaming, domestic streaming, and domestic DVD. The network enables members to access and view more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies …

Exclusive: Jane Goodall On Cecil The Lion And How To Stay Inspired

Dr. Jane Goodall first visited the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in July of 1960. And thus began what is now a 55-year-long study of chimpanzees. For decades Goodall has been considered a world leader on issues related to animal rights, and has been honored with every conceivable award in her field. Goodall visited Fast Company 's office recently to discuss how she maintains her passion and strengthens her optimism—even when facing great challenges.

Five ways Microsoft plans to get you to upgrade to Windows 10 - TechRepublic

To achieve its goal of getting one billion people onto Windows 10, Microsoft is getting more forceful in how it pushes Windows 7 and 8.1 users towards its new OS.

Framestore: the future of filmmaking is digital humans

Framestore became a household name last year because of its CG work on Gravity. The visual effects company figured out the best way to make it look like someone was in space was by essentially animating 90 per cent of the movie and superimposing the faces of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney on top of their effects work.

Tesla loses $75M in Q3 beating estimates

Its losses, however, continue. The electric-car maker reported losing 58 cents a share on an adjusted basis, or $75 million, in the quarter, compared with a consensus of analysts tracked by S&P Capital IQ of 60 cents. On an unadjusted basis, Tesla lost $1.78 a share, or $230 million, for the quarter, compared with the same quarter a year ago.

References to possible Mac Pro refresh found in OS X El Capitan

However, if references to a new Mac codename “AAPLJ951” found in the latest version of OS X El Capitan are anything to go by, Apple is working on updating the internals of the Mac Pro to keep it up with times. The current Mac Pro carries the codename AAPPLJ950, which is what adds credence to the new codename being an updated version of the Mac Pro.

Google’s AMP—an Internet giant tackles the old myth of “the Web is too slow”

To understand AMP, you first need to understand Facebook's Instant Articles. Instant Articles use RSS and standard HTML tags to create an optimized, slightly stripped-down version of an article. Facebook then allows for some extra rich content like auto-playing video or audio clips. Despite this, Facebook claims that Instant Articles are up to 10 times faster than their siblings on the open Web. Some of that speed comes from stripping things out, while some likely comes from aggressive caching.

Spectre review: Suddenly, MI6 objects to the concept of espionage?

The man who describes himself as "the author of all of your pain" comes off more like an annoyed guidance counselor than an architect of an ancient, sinister plot. By the way, we never really get to appreciate the plot that eventually unfolds, or at least appreciate it as this long-running cancer in Bond's past. Thanks to the film's use of the word Spectre—the name of the shadowy organization referenced over the 007 series' years—it's no spoiler to say that this film's evils have obvious ties to prior entries, but this year's film breezes past any attempt to tie the series' referenced past moments tidily. Instead, the script simply lists a few old elements during the inevitable "villain tells Bond his evil plan" monologue, as if hearing a single familiar name counts as either lore building or fan service.

See "Heartbreak Lane" And More of Earth's Saddest Places On This Google Maps-Based Instagram Account

@SadTopographies is your final destination on a journey to find out the most forlorn municipalities in the world. Its creator has filled each frame with Google Maps screenshots of places like Purgatory Pond, Broken Heart Lane, and, sigh, Gloomy Lake. Observing so many of these raises just a litany of questions. First of all, what was the person who named each of these places going through at the time? Obviously a divorce but also the plague, maybe? What were the other options these folks decided were too harsh before landing on Dog Slaughter Falls? Does living in such a place have an impact on the happiness of your dog? If so, that would perhaps explain why things got so scary out on Cape Fear . But we digress.

Browser-based iOS 9.1 Jailbreak wins $1 million bounty

Zerodium today announced that a hacking team has created a browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 , the latest software update, to win the $1 million bounty. The jailbreak also works on iOS 9.2, which has currently been seeded to developers. Apple had patched two vulnerabilities in iOS 9.1 used by the Pangu Jailbreak.

Epic Games' new PC shooter is called 'Paragon'

Thought the new Unreal Tournament was Epic Games' only upcoming PC shooter? Think again: today the company quietly announced Paragon -- but truth be told, we know almost nothing about the new title. Epic is giving the game a slow reveal, teasing a new playable "hero" character for the game each week until December 3rd. Unfortunately, the game's reveal doesn't explain what the what kind of game Paragon actually is.

Microsoft gives retailers another year to sell Windows 7 PCs

If you still want your next PC to run Windows 7 , better act soon. Microsoft has updated its " Windows lifecycle " fact sheet, and the last day you'll be able to buy a PC with Windows 7 preinstalled is October 31, 2016. Microsoft would have shelved Windows 7 awhile ago, since it normally sells previous versions just two years after the next one arrives. However, many people treated Windows 8 like it was radioactive , so Windows 7 Professional (OEM) was extended, and will actually come off the market after Windows 8, and on the same day as Windows 8.1. Apart from pre-installed copies of Windows 7 Professional, all other Windows 7 versions are already off the market.

Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' is being turned into a TV series

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What analyzing 1 million tweets taught us

With 1 million tweets we were able do a lot of manipulation quite quickly with a sufficiently large sample size. (Most of the analysis was done on a single computer, and analyzing many millions of tweets on one machine could get quite slow. ) We would love to include many more millions of tweets in the dataset, so we’re looking into using some advanced technologies (Spark and the SparkR package) to scale the analysis. Stay tuned.

Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android

Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android.

Etsy Meets Expectations In Q3, Stock Drops 8% After Hours

Following trading today, Etsy reported its Q3 financial performance, including revenue of $66 million, and earnings loss per share of $0.06. The Street expected Etsy to lose $0.06 per share, off revenue of around $66.17 million. So that’s a “met expectations.” The company reported 1.5 million active sellers and 22.6 million active buyers.

This keyboard puts all your favorite emoji at your fingertips

Once you have the keyboard, all you have to do is download the product's software through the website. When you want to type an emoji, hold the emoji button on the keyboard and press the key the emoji is on. The Plus and Pro keyboards have multiple emoji on each key, so you would have to also hit the shift or control key depending on what emoji you want to type.

Pinterest launches dedicated shopping section

Pinterest started  adding a buy button to pins back in June, and today those buyable pins are becoming even easier to shop. First, buyable pins are rolling out to Android, so they're now available on both of Pinterest's mobile apps. But the bigger news is that Pinterest is also making buyable pins much simpler to find through The Pinterest Shop, which is essentially a store inside of Pinterest that's composed entirely on buyable pins. The Pinterest Shop will include "on trend" curated collections of clothing, jewelry, and home goods. Individual retailers will also be able to set up shops in there, highlighting their own products.

Microsoft lets you build apps for Windows 10 in less than 10 minutes

It took less than 10 minutes to set the whole thing up and can be pushed on to the store without any hassle. The template is crudely simple, and probably won’t make you a millionaire. But the result is a Universal app that can run on all Windows devices and even Raspberry Pi 2 and IoT hardware .

The Verge on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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