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There's now a sweater inspired by Drake's 'Hotline Bling'
A sweater inspired by 'Hotline Bling' lets you stay warm with Drake's dance moves.
I Spent 8 Days In North Korea -- And I Was Watched 24/7
In September 2015, I traveled to North Korea to see, first-hand, what life was like inside the Hermit Kingdom. Much of the country was what I had expected: strange, ersatz, thick with propaganda. One thing's for sure: North Korea really is unlike any other place on Earth.
Kurt Cobain's hair was used to make a doll for his daughter — and now you can buy it
A strand of Kurt Cobain's hair is up for auction and the description reads it was formerly part of a doll given to Frances Bean Cobain by Courtney Love.
Syfy will premiere 'The Expanse' online before it hits cable
The first place to watch 'The Expanse' is going to be pretty much everywhere except Syfy's TV channel
We hope this adorable little kid never grows old
An adorable little girl decided to give her hair a little wash using a vacuum cleaner at a car wash.
Jennifer Lawrence accidentally (and hilariously) kissed Natalie Dormer
Jennifer Lawrence accidentally ran mouth-first into 'Hunger Games' co-star Natalie Dormer on the red carpet.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean discusses injustice and 'Live Together'
Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean on his new single and video, "Live Together," which focuses on police brutality and racism.
One of the world's first personal computers is up for sale
The Kenbak-1 launched in 1971, with no microprocessor, and only 256 bytes of RAM. Fewer than 50 units were ever made, but one of them is up for auction today in Germany.
Rising seas could submerge land home to more than half a billion people
The Paris Climate Summit will help determine the fate of hundreds of millions around the world who will either be slowly inundated by the sea, or kept dry.
What it’s like to watch an opera unfold in LA traffic
'Hopscotch' aims to bring a genre long associated with older audiences to new generations, and to a new, unexpected setting -- city traffic.
Adrenaline junkie seal hitches a ride on a gray whale's back
Riding whales is a big trend in the seal community in 2015.
Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’
A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end
Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 screen flicker? Now Microsoft updates Windows 10 flagships' firmware | ZDNet
Microsoft has begun rolling out its second wave of firmware updates to fix numerous glitches in its new flagship Windows 10 devices.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade used to just let the balloons float off
In a tradition that has since been discontinued, at the end of each parade the balloons were released and allowed to drift away in the wind. Anyone who recovered a balloon and returned it to Macy’s would receive a gift.
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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.
Gran Turismo is coming to PS4 in VR, but not exactly as you were expecting
The game will launch in beta early next year but Sony hasn't revealed an exact release date. The game is titled Sport and not Gran Turismo 7, presumably, because it's angled as a more competitive entry to the franchise.
Betas are ruining PC gaming, so here's how we're going to fix it
Betas in general though are weird. The basic definition of them has changed so much over the last few years, going from a trial of a basically finished project to… let me just check this here… 'absolutely any bloody thing you want it to mean'. It's a little like how the words Game Of The Year have gone from a single triumphant moment of note, like a Half-Life 2, to include everything from Skyrim - allowable - to Two Worlds - laughable.
J.J. Abrams helped a dying Star Wars fan see The Force Awakens early
A terminally ill Star Wars fan had his wish realized this week when he was shown an unedited version of Star Wars : The Force Awakens over a month before its official release. Daniel Fleetwood is the man at the heart of #ForceforDaniel , a Twitter campaign that was created to convince Disney, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot (director J.J. Abrams' production company) to show Fleetwood the newest film in the series before its December 18th premiere. (Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in July; he was given two months to live.)
How American parenting is killing the American marriage
Sometime between when we were children and when we had children of our own, parenthood became a religion in America. As with many religions, complete unthinking devotion is required from its practitioners. Nothing in life is allowed to be more important than our children, and we must never speak a disloyal word about our relationships with our offspring. Children always come first. We accept this premise so reflexively today that we forget that it was not always so.
Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local
When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"
How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school
When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.
10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch
Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Rumblr is like a dating app, but for fistfights
Rumblr is set up like a dating app, except the dates happen in parking lots and back alleys, not restaurants, and they culminate in throw-downs instead of get-downs.
Why privacy matters
Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life
Actually, let me rephrase that: If you’re in the arts, you don’t need debt. In fact, it’s the last goddamn thing you need. So I don’t care how prestigious the academy is, I don’t care how magnificent the professors are, I don’t care what they’re promising they are going to give you; if they’re giving you debt, they are not helping you. If you have an extra $100,000 sitting around that you have nothing to do with, and you want to go to that school, I guarantee you you’ll get wonderful things out of the experience, because there are fantastic experiences to be had there. If they gave you a full ride, and the school allows you to go there for free, again, go. Enjoy it, consider yourself lucky. But if they said to you, “We are going to bestow upon you this tremendous gift of the treasure of what our premier faculty here has to offer, but first you’re going to have to go to a bank and take out $150,000 in loans to become a poet,” then I’m going to lay my body down in front of that bank door before I let you do that.
No One Can Make A Viral Video by Joe Wilson
FULL FILM COURAGE INTERVIEW WITH JOE WILSON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGeBm... Filmmaker / Web Series Creator Joe Wilson (VAMPIRE MOB) shares his thoughts on the issues facing Web Series creators while encouraging us all to go out and tell our stories. Vampire Mob is audience-funded. There is no network, no production company and no web site paying for us to make this story, we make it for our audience, "The VMob." It's a comedy (with swearing and murder) about Don Grigioni (John Colella), a hitman who thought he had the solution to all his problems, become a vampire. Don never planned on making his wife, Annie (Reamy Hall) a vampire, "But then I got hungry." Annie bites her mother, Virginia (played by Emmy winning actress Marcia Wallace) because she wants someone to complain about Don to and now Virginia's moving in with them, for eternity. With Don's business slowing down, more mouths to feed and a power shake up with "the families," the last thing Don needs is another to-do on his to-do list - find out who wants him dead.
Why people need poetry
"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.
What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Where is home?
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
Programmers: Stop Calling Yourselves Engineers
Other engineering disciplines are subject to certification and licensure. If you’ve ever hired a civil, structural, or hydraulic engineer for a construction or repair project, that individual probably had to be certified as a Professional Engineer (PE). Licensing processes vary by state , but Professional Engineers generally need to hold a 4-year degree from an accredited program in their discipline, pass one or more exams, and possess 4 or more years of professional experience under the supervision of a licensed engineer. Not all working engineers are or need to be Professional Engineers, but to open an engineering consulting practice or to claim that one is an “engineer” in a formal context, licensure is usually required. It’s in the state’s interest to ensure that someone claiming to be an engineer (or an architect a surveyor or a cosmetologist or a massage therapist) isn’t just making up his or her qualifications.
Genius kid provides the best reasoning to his math problem
After correctly answering a simple currency question, the 6-year-old boy was asked how he ended up with this answer. This is part where the kid should have explained that dimes are each worth $.10, so four of them would equal $.40 — greater than Amy's 30 pennies, which equals $.30.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds had a meltdown over a pull request, and it was awesome
Linux creator Linus Torvalds had a meltdown over a pull request, and it was awesome
Gene editing saves girl dying from leukaemia in world first
The basic idea is to remove immune cells from a patient’s body, genetically engineer them to attack cancerous cells and place them back in the body. Several human trials are already underway around world. Some trials involve adding a gene for a receptor called CAR19, which sits on the outside of the T-cells. This programs the T-cells to seek out and kill any cells with a protein called CD19 on their surface – which is found on the cells that cause acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Veterans' service dogs are trained to wake them up from their nightmares
VetDogs reps were pleased with the reaction to Tuesday's Better With Pets demonstrations. "I believe everyone who stopped by the VetDogs service dogs demonstrations left with a greater understanding of the work that goes into training service dogs, the variety of tasks these dogs are trained to do to mitigate veterans' disabilities and the strong bond between veteran and dog," communications manager Bill Krol told Mashable.
Police dog hangs on for dear life, just 'rappelling' training [PICTURE]
Thankfully, Niko's desperate appearance is just part of the training of rappelling. The Vancouver PD's Facebook comments that "rappelling is a vital skill for our tactical teams to have, and it tests both handler and dog. In the training scenario in the photo, PSD Niko was introduced slowly to the task, and his handler rewarded him with praise... afterwards."
Facebook adds song clips from Spotify and Apple Music to your News Feed
Music Stories — which are only available in Facebook’s iOS app — pulls in streams shared to the social network from Spotify and Apple Music and repackages them in Facebook’s new audio player, allowing users to sample the songs and albums without having to leave the app — eventually you should be able to share playlists as well. You don’t need to have Spotify or Apple Music installed on your phone, or be a subscriber to either service to hear clips on Facebook. Users can save songs to their music collections, or buy it from iTunes by clicking a button on the post. Want to share music from another streaming service? Facebook says more services will support Music Stories in the near future.
Social Media Usage: 2005-2015
Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work , politics and political deliberation , communications patterns around the globe , as well as the way people get and share information about health , civic life , news consumption , communities , teenage life , parenting , dating and even people’s level of stress .
We turned on the Nintendo PlayStation: It's real and it works
Dan: So a while later -- I live in Denver. He lives in Philadelphia -- I came back to visit for July 4th, and I called my dad and he was like, "Yeah, I'll grab that thing out of the attic if you want to come and take a couple pictures of it while you're here." So I went over, took the pictures and made a post on Reddit (on July 2nd) and said, "It took forever, but I finally got some pics of my dad's Super Disc." And that was it. I went to a friend's house for a party that night. My phone died. And the next morning, I woke up and I went back to my house, and when I plugged my phone in, it started blowing up. Some people actually asked me to make a quick video just to prove that I actually have it and everything. So I called my dad and said, "Hey, I'm coming over, you're gonna help me film a quick video." So I went over, filmed that quick video -- the one that got over a million views. It took us five minutes. I filmed it, went back to my mum's house.
Google reportedly wants to design its own Android chips
However, finding a chip co-developer may prove difficult. Though Google may find a willing partner from the pool of low-cost Android manufacturers, that partner may not be able to produce the highest-quality chips capable of powering high-end smartphones. The high-end market, which Apple dominates, is where Android fragmentation may be costing Google precious sales. One possibility, if chip makers don't agree to use Google designs, is requiring manufacturers of Google's Nexus line use only its own designs — all the way from the chip to the body of the device.
The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage
"The development of space-weather precursor services in Europe is a growing success, and also promises commercial opportunities that we could not foresee just a few years ago," Juha-Pekka Luntama, ESA's space weather manager, said in an ESA press release .
1939: France's last public execution by guillotine
Rather then react with solemn observance, the crowd behaved rowdily, using handkerchiefs to dab up Weidmann’s blood as souvenirs. The scene was so appalling that President Albert Lebrun banned public executions altogether, finding that rather than serving as a deterrent to crime, they awakened people’s baser instincts.
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Few and far between
For investors who piled in on the promise of a new African bourgeoisie, this is a worry. The commodities boom has ended and all but the richest tend to stop spending at the first sign of economic trouble, as they have done in Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s two largest economies. Having overestimated the number of upwardly mobile people, many big firms are expanding far more slowly than they expected. A few years ago, Shoprite Holdings, South Africa’s largest retailer, envisaged opening 600-800 stores in Nigeria. It currently has 12. Across the continent in Kenya, Cadbury and Coca-Cola have closed factories. “We thought this would be the next Asia”, Nestlé’s chief executive for equatorial Africa said earlier this year. “But we have realised the middle class…is extremely small and it is not really growing.”
The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world
The organisation compared 89 variables to come up with its list. These variables include traditional indicators like per-capita gross domestic product and the number of people in full-time work, but also more interesting figures such as the number of secure internet servers a country has and how well rested people feel on a day-to-day basis.
Nibble on the dark side with a Death Star waffle maker - CNET
The Death Star waffle maker may turn out to be Darth Vader's greatest recruiting tool: Come join the Galactic Empire's fighting forces and enjoy fresh, space-made waffles topped with blackberry syrup with a side of disturbance in the Force. Made with love and a blind devotion to the principles of the dark side. Bon appetit!
Eileen Fisher is the founder and chief creative officer of Eileen Fisher Inc., the clothing company known for its simple shapes and beautiful fabrics. Fisher ventured into clothing design in 1984, and her original concept pieces that work together to help women get dressed easily still define the company’s collections, which are sold at 65 Eileen Fisher stores as well as department and specialty stores across the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. Fisher attributes the company’s vision and success to an emphasis on collaboration, community, and connection. Recently the company launched Vision2020, a bold sustainability initiative that includes a pledge to use only organic cotton and organic linen by 2020. Supply-chain transparency, water, carbon, responsible dyeing, fair wages and benefits, and conscious business practices are key components. In keeping with Fisher’s belief in collaboration, Vision2020 calls for partnering with other brands to shift the fashion industry.
The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think
Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so cute — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.
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.
2,000 year old 'computer' discovered: How tech and shipwrecks are rewriting human history - TechRepublic
Using robots, underwater iPads, 3D printing, and other new tech, scientists are discovering shipwrecks that are rewriting our history. Read the inside story of the Antikythera and two other breakthrough explorations.
GitHub now has a self-paced training course for command-line newbies
It’s a self-paced program that has two overriding goals: to help you manage your source code and use GitHub as a collaboration tool. There are seven sections total:
1929: The luxury airship built like a flying hotel
The R-100 brochure described it as "like a small hotel” and "intermediate in comfort between a Pullman coach and ocean liner." This may have been so for the public areas of the airship, but the cabin arrangements were different. Passengers slept in bunk beds and the cabins were separated by cloth walls with no soundproofing. The fittings of the ship were made of lightweight wood stained to look like mahogany and the lightweight metal Duralumin.
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59% of Instagram users visit the platform daily, including 35% who do several times a day http://pewrsr.ch/1JQRgG5 pic.twitter.com/YnQ9nNwxAx
Chris Hedges: TPP Is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History
If there is no sustained popular uprising to prevent the passage of the TPP in Congress this spring we will be shackled by corporate power. Wages will decline. Working conditions will deteriorate. Unemployment will rise. Our few remaining rights will be revoked. The assault on the ecosystem will be accelerated. Banks and global speculation will be beyond oversight or control. Food safety standards and regulations will be jettisoned. Public services ranging from Medicare and Medicaid to the post office and public education will be abolished or dramatically slashed and taken over by for-profit corporations. Prices for basic commodities, including pharmaceuticals, will skyrocket. Social assistance programs will be drastically scaled back or terminated. And countries that have public health care systems, such as Canada and Australia, that are in the agreement will probably see their public health systems collapse under corporate assault. Corporations will be empowered to hold a wide variety of patents, including over plants and animals, turning basic necessities and the natural world into marketable products.
Bill Nye just got photoshopped into a badass
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72% of urban & 70% of suburban Americans own a smartphone, compared to 52% of rural adults http://pewrsr.ch/1Mjb9R2 pic.twitter.com/kk7J9ABgDl
550 sheep trick farmer with masterful disguise
The farmer shared a few images of her sheep in a snowy field on Wednesday, and if you glance at them quickly, you'd never guess that there are actually about 550 sheep grazing in the photos.
According to NASA, Antarctica is actually gaining ice
The findings show just how difficult it is to measure changes in Antarctica. Researchers analyzed variations in the surface height of the Antarctic ice sheet using radar instruments on two European Space Agency satellites from 1992 to 2001, and by laser sensors on a NASA satellite from 2003 to 2008. While other scientists had also observed gains in elevations in East Antarctica, they had wrongly attributed it to recent snowfall. Researchers used meteorological data dating back to 1979 to show the ice cores in the area had in fact been thickening.
Free Up iPhone Storage Space With This Simple Trick
Little-known fact: Your iPhone automatically saves all multimedia attachments you send or receive via text in hidden galleries within your Messages app. If you like to share videos or other large files, these attachments might be taking up more storage space than you realize, since they're tucked away and not saved in your Photo Stream or Video gallery.
A Robotic Toddler Uses Deep Learning to Walk | MIT Technology Review
For the robot to learn how to stand and twist its body, for example, it first performs a series of simulations in order to train a high-level deep-learning network how to perform the task—something the researchers compare to an “imaginary process.” This provides overall guidance for the robot, while a second deep-learning network is trained to carry out the task while responding to the dynamics of the robot’s joints and the complexity of the real environment. The second network is required because when the first network tries, for example, to move a leg, the friction experienced at the point of contact with the ground may throw it off completely, causing the robot to fall.
3 Psychology Principles That Boost Social Media Engagement
I think psychology is massively overlooked when promoting social media accounts. FOMO is a huge focus at the moment and there are many more psychological factors that influence people’s behaviour too. Paying a little more attention to these, rather than just publishing content for the sake of publishing content is sure to increase engagement. Fantastic wrap up of key areas to focus on
How to build an information time machine
Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years. (Filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU.)