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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

TechCrunch takes a look at Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which is a great puzzle game for the Wii U.

YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014

YouTube Rewind 2014. Celebrating the moments, memes, and people that made 2014. #YouTubeRewind WATCH 2014’S TOP VIDS: WATCH THE BTS: http...

Grumpy cat made $100 million last year? Oh, no - CNET

It's got a deformity. That's why it's grumpy. Humanity can't get enough of staring at it. But did this cat really make $100 million? It seems not.

'SNL' chose not to air a sketch about Ferguson

"Saturday Night Live" released a sketch about Ferguson that was cut out of the Dec. 6 episode due to time constraints.

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Exclusive: Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

The FBI's technical document said the hackers typically launch their attacks from two IP addresses that are in Iran, but did not attribute the attacks to the Tehran government. Cylance has said it believes Iran's government is behind the campaign, a claim Iran has vehemently denied.

Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results

"We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook," a company spokesperson told Reuters. "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.”

6 Things Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Does That Nexus 9 Can't

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) and the Google Nexus 9 tablets are two of the latest high-end Android tablets. (The original version of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has been discontinued and replaced by the new 2014 version, which is the tablet referenced in this story.) They're without question two of the best Android tablets on the market today, but they're each suited to specific types of users. When researching a new technology purchase, it can be helpful to not only consider a tablet's full feature set, but also the features it lacks.

Here's How Cyber-Warfare Started And Where It's Going

At least three more versions followed, seeking to wreak havoc upon Iran's uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz. Stuxnet made itself busy. It turned valves on and off and meddled with the centrifuges, wasting uranium and damaging equipment. It succeeded in slowing Iran's uranium enrichment, and by extension its purported nuclear-weapons programmes, making Stuxnet the first documented case of cyber-warfare intended to cause physical damage.

Lindsay Lohan’s The Price Of Fame Mobile Game Hurt My Thumb

Lindsay Lohan’s The Price of Fame launched on both Android and iOS this week, adding LiLo to the short list of celebrities with their own, branded mobile game. It was a featured game at launch, jumping to No. 10 in games in the App Store. According to App Annie , it’s currently now at No. 400 in U.S. game app ranks.

Weird Science: The 10 Oddest Tech Stories of 2014

Every now and again, strange events from the world of high tech bubble over to the general news cycle and make headlines for a day or two. No doubt these crossover hits favor reports that enforce the general populace's sentiment that technologists are fringe lunatics with their eyes on our collective future demise. This phenomenon has become more common in recent years as the intersections of technology and pop culture have become busier and more crowded. In 2014, plenty of technology weirdness cycled through the "odd news" section of mainstream media outlets. But for the real connoisseur of weird tech news, there's a very specific sweet spot.

From NYC to the capital, answering a call to march against police violence

Meachem and James live in Pennsylvania, but they're originally from New York City, and found more people willing to travel to D.C. from NYC. They organized a midnight meeting point at a theater in Upper Manhattan, and a small line had formed by 11:30 p.m. Around 20 people piled on James' bus after it arrived a few minutes late. Participants paid $50 each for a spot, about enough for James to cover the cost of a round trip, she said.

IsoHunt unofficially resurrects The Pirate Bay

The Old Pirate Bay, on the other hand, doesn’t claim to be a resurrection of the site, even though based on searches we conducted and files we tested, that’s exactly what it has managed to achieve. This is much more than just a working archive of The Pirate Bay; it has a functioning search engine, all the old listings, and working magnet links. New content is being readily uploaded and downloaded.

The Pomplamoose Problem: Artists Can't Survive as Saints and Martyrs

If you look at Pomplamoose as a business instead of as a band, what’s the problem? When Jack Conte writes about Pomplamoose, he also endorses the company he co-founded, Patreon , because it is the tech savvy business model that allows them to go on tour and lose money. Patreon and Pomplamoose are both expressions of Conte, and they support each other. Even if Pomplamoose wrote their tour expense story with the sole purpose of introducing Patreon - a service that generates regular income for Pomplamoose from fans who subscribe in exchange for music videos -  what’s wrong with that? The point of their article is that this is their reality as a mid-level band in America. As Conte says, “We have not “made it.” We’re making it.” You have to be creative to survive in an environment where what artists do – namely, perform and record – requires income supplementation for just about anyone who isn’t independently wealthy or a pop star. Pomplamoose isn’t an imposter because they are using capitalist tech savvy models to promote their work – they are simply responding to our devaluing of music and finding a way of “making it”.

An exclusive look inside the making of Prince's iconic album Purple Rain

When he reaches the chorus, repeating the phrase "purple rain" six times, the crowd does not sing along. They have no idea how familiar those two words will soon become, and what impact they will turn out to have for the 25-year-old man on stage in front of them. But it’s almost surreal to listen to this performance now, because while this 13-minute version of "Purple Rain" will later be edited, with some subtle overdubs and effects added, this very recording—the maiden voyage of the song—is clearly recognizable as the actual "Purple Rain," in the final form that will be burned into a generation’s brain, from the vocal asides to the blistering, high-speed guitar solo to the final, shimmering piano coda. As the performance winds down, Prince says quietly to the audience, "We love you very, very much."

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep. And if you find yourself dreaming during your power naps, it may be a sign you're sleep deprived.

Wakie, The Social Alarm Clock That Lets You Wake Up Strangers, Finally Arrives On iOS

My third call was with an Irish female who later told me she was 22 years old and had used the app on a couple of occasions, both as a ‘Wakie’ and as a ‘Sleepyhead’. This time I fessed up to being a journalist and — aware that we only had a minute — asked her what she made of the concept. She said it was fun and had already led to a number of interesting conversations and voicemail messages (more times than not, the person asleep doesn’t answer and their phone eventually goes to voicemail, something Wakie is planning to address). Given the anonymous nature of the app, I also asked her if she had ever encountered any abuse. No, she said, the Wakie community had thus far remained friendly.

Sea of clouds fills Grand Canyon in spectacular weather phenomenon

The result, a layer of low-lying clouds, or fog, produced the spectacular sight and turned the canyon into a sea of clouds. Those clouds appear to lap at the edges of the canyon in the video below (from Thursday), filling the canyon to the brim with only the tiniest edges of walls peeking out.


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This is the Oppo R5, the thinnest phone I've ever seen

"The thinnest phone in the world" is a fleeting title. Like ever-more-preposterous marathon times, or the absurd number of hot dogs a single human can eat in 10 minutes on July 4th, it's dangerous to claim to be the thinnest phone in the world because in the time it took to utter those words, someone made a phone thinner .

What Is Fatigue? - The New Yorker

Of course, coaches and athletes have long known to focus their efforts on the brain. I contacted Steve Magness, a cross-country coach at the University of Houston and the author of “The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance,” to ask him about Marcora’s study. It was the eve of the N.C.A.A. championships, and he was at a hotel in Indiana. “It’s intriguing that a seemingly subliminal cue could impact performance,” he told me in an e-mail. But he wasn’t surprised. “That’s what coaching is all about.” For months, Magness had been preparing his runners for the critical point in a race, the moment at which fatigue threatens to eclipse motivation. He planned to look his star runner in the eye the next morning and tell him that he was ready for the challenge. “That reinforcement from a coach, if it is genuine, I’m sure has a bigger psychological effect both consciously and subconsciously than presenting smiley faces,” he said.

Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind Technologies and Artificial-Intelligence Wunderkind at Google, Wants Machines to Think Like Us | MIT Technology Review

Artificial intelligence researchers have been tinkering with reinforcement learning for decades. But until DeepMind’s Atari demo, no one had built a system capable of learning anything nearly as complex as how to play a computer game, says Hassabis. One reason it was possible was a trick borrowed from his favorite area of the brain. Part of the Atari-playing software’s learning process involved replaying its past experiences over and over to try and extract the most accurate hints on what it should do in the future. “That’s something that we know the brain does,” says Hassabis. “When you go to sleep your hippocampus replays the memory of the day back to your cortex.”

Google Announces The Top Apps, Movies, Music Of 2014

Google has just released its ‘best stuff of the year’ on Google Play for 2014, and in terms of most downloaded content, it’s not all that different from Apple’s list.

How I defend the rule of law

Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.

The Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global

The proof is an animated map released by Twitter last week that shows the prevalence of tweets around the world using the hashtags #ICantBreathe, #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot -- three prominent rallying cries of a growing movement to hold police accountable for violence against black Americans. Twitter limited the time period of the map below from Nov. 24 (the day of the Michael Brown decision) to Dec. 4 (the day after the Eric Garner decision). And as you can see, the tweets light up much of the globe.

Death Of A Family Farm

In the Azevedos’s case, the pressures of a historic drought and a dairy industry dominated by much larger players quickened the drama between father and son. But the bitterness they hold for each other is nothing if not personal. As Adam Azevedo tells me when I meet him, "The thing with a family farm is you can’t fire people or get the best guys to work for you. Family farms are only great if you have the farm paid for and you’re the one in charge."

20 maps that never happened

Maps are a powerful way of illustrating not only the world that is, but worlds that never have been. What follow are not fictional maps — there's no Westeros or Middle Earth — but plans and hypotheticals that never came to pass. You'll see military plans for invasions that didn't happen or conquests that were hoped-for and never achieved. You'll also find daring infrastructure schemes that would have remapped cities and even whole continents. There are proposals for political reform — some serious and some more fanciful — as well as deeply serious plans for entire independent nation-states that have never been brought to life. Welcome to maps of worlds that don't exist — but might.

The whitewashed cast of 'Exodus' is irresponsible — and its own demise

Perhaps the most disturbing part of this film's imagery — and let's be clear, this is a popcorn flick for your eyes, not your brain — is that it may as well have been set in the Antebellum South. The brutally callous way with which black actors are relegated wordlessly to the background and white actors in the foreground was incredibly uncomfortable and so distracting I was aghast Scott got away with it. Once I noticed the disturbing trend, I decided to tally in my notebook how many times I saw a prominently featured dark-skinned actor stand in a scene without speaking. By the end of the film, I had 40 marks in my notebook.

Taking imagination seriously

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

X-Surface: Don't believe everything you read.

I, like most other gamers, am sick of seeing endless rumours and speculation citing “anonymous sources” or “insiders” with no evidence, no proof, no guarantee that they’ve been fact-checked or can be relied on.

Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies.

This Photographer's Pictures Of Her Tinder Dates Say A Lot About Modern Dating

This Photographer's Pictures Of Her Tinder Dates Say A Lot About Modern Dating

Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables

At the mega-farms that supply major American retailers, child labor has been largely eradicated. But on many small and mid-sized farms, children still work the fields, picking chiles, tomatillos and other produce, some of which makes its way to the U.S. through middlemen. About 100,000 children younger than 14 pick crops for pay, according to the Mexican government's most recent estimate.

Best Buy says insensitive 'Serial' tweet was 'clearly in poor taste'

Like many a brand before them, Best Buy was forced to remove a tweet and apologize over its attempt at creating #content on Twitter.

Don't insist on English!

In her talk, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas. (Filmed at TEDxDubai.)

How 'Numa Numa' invented the viral video - CNET

How long before you realized it had gone viral? A couple of days after I posted the video, I was asleep when my mom woke me. News vans from CBS, NBC and ABC were parked outside our house. I hadn't told her what I did and I think she thought I had gotten into trouble. That was kind of funny so I had to spill the beans and tell her I made a video.

Bad Santa: 10 vintage Christmas cards that terrify the tinsel out of us

Bad Santa: 10 vintage Christmas cards that terrify the tinsel out of us

Using Moleskine’s New Smart Notebook Is Like Magic

The app (free) and the Moleskine notebook ($32.95) are going to appeal to a specific subset of users who are Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers, own an iPhone and spend a lot of time in Illustrator, but that describes an awful lot of creatives out there. For them, this is almost like having a digital drawing tablet everywhere you go, without any need to worry about charge, all that much weather protection or technical skill. Some other devices, like the defunct Wacom Inkling, have promised similar things, but this is the first I’ve tried that’s worth the hype.

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is 'thinking about' a dislike button

"We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad," he said — because a "dislike" or other negative sentiment could easily be used for the wrong reasons. It's worth noting this isn't the first time Zuckerberg has claimed to be "thinking about" a dislike button— he's made similar comments as far back as 2010.

Train-mounted lasers blast tracks clean - CNET

Current track-clearing solutions include shooting either water or a gel and sand mixture called Sandite from jets mounted on the train, but they both have issues -- they need to be constantly restocked and they can erode the rails. The lasers get the job done without harming the rails "because their wavelength of 1,064 nanometers means they are absorbed by the leaves and other organic matter such as oil, but not by metal, so energy from the lasers is reflected off the rails," says New Scientist.

11 DIY ornaments inspired by memes of 2014

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Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning

Glowing sky phenomena can make for beautiful photos. This one, captured by Expedition 31 astronauts aboard the International Space Station on April 30, …Read More » 2012, reveals a red sprite and lightning flash. The photo was taken while the ISS traveled southeast from central Myanmar (Burma) to just north of Malaysia. Red sprites are difficult to observe because they last for just a few milliseconds and occur above thunderstorms, so they are usually blocked from view on the ground by the very clouds that produce them. They send pulses of electrical energy up toward the edge of space (the electrically charged layer known as the ionosphere) instead of down to Earth’s surface. They are rich with radio noise, and can sometimes occur in clusters. For decades, pilots reported seeing ephemeral flashes above storms, but it was not until the 1990s that scientists were able to verify the existence of these electrical discharges. A sprite was first photographed by accident from an airplane in 1989, and observers on the space shuttle captured several more images with low-light cameras in 1990 and in subsequent missions.

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old paraplegic man, gave the first kick of the World Cup in June with the help of a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton. Created by a team led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, the invention uses electrodes to convert brain waves into physical movements.

Rocket fans successfully launch porta-potty into the sky - CNET

The group launched the porta-potty on Saturday, when it flew in an arch and almost landed on a spectator's truck some 2,000 feet away from the launch site, according to The Herald-Palladium . Michiana Rocketry had been planning the porta-potty launch for over two years as part of their efforts to raise awareness of rocketry as a hobby. Plus, they thought it'd be pretty fun to prove they could turn a portable toilet into a dang rocket.

Is An MFA The New MBA?

Art or arts is really not the right word.  Design is. Unfortunately, like art, design is misclassified or lumped in with decorative. That's a nice design on your purse or car seat leather or whatever. Yes, it can be but it is also *function* and so many other things too. Those other things are more about design than any decorative aspect.Graphic design: which encompasses many fields like interface design, print, corporate identity, information design, typeface design, signage and wayfinding (AKA: environmental graphic design, which also includes museum and exhibition design - the "2D" field that most closely works with architecture), all the designers involved in web site look and feel, packaging design (there is a lot of that!) the list goes on.  Industrial design: product design from toasters to cars to top secret weapons used by soldiers to innovative green products as well as some crossover into interface design both physical buttons and screen. Architecture: besides showcase buildings by big names, also landscape architecture (this is a university degree, not not your local landscaper), interior architecture, and urban/community planning.

Facebook's First Female Engineer Speaks Out on Tech's Gender Gap | WIRED

The approach has paid off. As the first female engineer at Facebook, Sanghvi helped develop two of the company’s more important creations: the iconic Newsfeed and the Facebook Platform, which lets outside coders build applications that plug into the world’s most popular social network. Then, at Dropbox, she dreamed up a similar developer platform for the big-name file-sharing service—dubbed DBX—overseeing the company’s metamorphosis from a simple collaboration tool into a something that could potentially connect all the tidbits of your digital life.

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

In dozens of recently leaked emails from the Sony hack, lawyers from the MPAA and six major studios talk about "Goliath" as their most powerful and politically relevant adversary in the fight against online piracy. They speak of "the problems created by Goliath," and worry "what Goliath could do if it went on the attack." Together they mount a multi-year effort to "respond to / rebut Goliath’s public advocacy" and "amplify negative Goliath news." And while it’s hard to say for sure, significant evidence suggests that the studio efforts may be directed against Google.

5 smartphone innovations coming in 2015

Yes, smartphones such as the LG G3 already have Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) displays, which more pixels than you’ll ever need, but the new phones will be more about moving 4K video around than actually displaying it. A phone with a Snapdragon 810 will be able to wirelessly stream a 4K video (4,096 x 2,160) to a TV with just a few taps. Of course, you’ll need a TV or dongle capable of receiving it, but that’s in the works, too.

A Look Inside the First Commercial Coal Plant with Carbon Capture and Storage | MIT Technology Review

Boundary dam, a power plant in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the first commercial coal-fired plant to capture carbon dioxide from its emissions, compress the gas, and bury it underground. The plant demonstrates that so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) can work at a large scale—a crucial achievement given that CCS could play a significant role worldwide in reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Want To Stop Your Brain From Getting Old? Live In A Walkable Neighborhood

"I wouldn’t say that moving to a walkable neighborhood will prevent you from getting Alzheimer’s," Watts says. "This could be a relatively small contribution, but it could be important. We can’t change our age, we can’t change whether we have genetic alleles that put us at risk, but we can change how we live."

CastlightVoice: How Big Data Will Help Save Healthcare

More and more companies are talking about big data these days—but it’s more than a buzzword. It might just change the way healthcare works in the U.S. From better patient outcomes to a more transparent healthcare system to more accessible and affordable care, big data could change every inch of the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare industry—all for the better.

YouTube finally lets you make GIFs without leaving YouTube

Right below the film scrubber is a preview window that shows you your GIF in real time; to the right sit two windows with the time stamps for the start and end of your GIF clip. Below, you can enter meme text into fields to display at the top and bottom of your GIF. Once you click the large "create GIF" button, YouTube generates your final GIF and presents you with a link to email, an embeddable code, and social share links.

These 2015 Trends Will Impact All Businesses, According To Ford

The hope is that the designers at Ford can use this general trend information to design cars that people will want to drive. "The beauty of the work that I do is that sure, it affects the product, but it can also affect IT, HR, purchasing," Connelly points out. The insights can also be useful to those outside of Ford. "When I started doing this work 11 years ago, I could have never had a conversation like this with you," Connelly says. "At the time, we used to think, ‘Trend work is proprietary, and it gives some inclination about what our strategic direction is, and we should never talk about it publicly.’"

NASA: Mars' Gale Crater held a huge lake for millions of years

Humans have been speculating about water on Mars for hundreds of years, and now thanks to the Curiosity rover we're getting a better sense of how wet the Red Planet used to be. NASA revealed today that the Gale Crater, the 96-mile wide patch of land Curiosity has been exploring since 2012, held a large lake bed for tens of millions of years. What's more, the agency found that the three-mile high Mount Sharp, which sits in the middle of the crater, was likely formed by sediment deposits from the lake. The big takeaway? Mars was likely warm enough to house liquid water for long periods of time -- perhaps even long enough for life to form. "If our hypothesis for Mount Sharp holds up, it challenges the notion that warm and wet conditions were transient, local or only underground on Mars," said Ashwin Vasavada, NASA's Curiosity deputy project scientist. The only problem now is that we still don't know how the Martian atmosphere supported such a wet environment.

Top Warning Signs That Your Employees are Disengaged

Obviously, it’s time to rethink your employee engagement program. Here are some of the most common causes of employee boredom and some ways your organization can address these issues:

51 FCC approves huge funding boost to bring high-speed internet to schools and libraries
52 Xur Exotic Weapon Merchant - Destiny Wiki Guide - IGN
53 Email rules, A/B testing is overrated, and other surprising marketing tips from startups
54 Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorable Mexican Mole Lizard Has a Disgusting Reputation | WIRED
55 Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED Preview - CNET
56 Chromecast Now Lets Your Guests Take Over Your TV Without Needing Your WiFi Password
57 Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound
58 Building a Vibrant Marketplace for the Creative Community
59 $25 - $100 | Holiday gift guide 2014
60 How to find volunteer work online
61 Thomas Marzano on Twitter
62 The antidote to apathy
63 The "Dark Side Of The Moon" Cover Designer On The Making Of Iconic Rock Album Art
64 You better not cry: Santa brings horrified children to tears
65 What you need to know about your digital life after death
66 Your Christmas tree has lived through one hell of an adventure
67 I listen to color
68 How to combat modern slavery
69 In North Korea, hackers are the new elite - CNET
70 Netflix hopes to have as many as 20 original series running in five years
71 Reg Saddler on Twitter
72 These are the 8 biggest lies the CIA told us about torture
73 A massive volcanic flood could be what killed off the dinosaurs
74 The Netflix Tech Blog: Introducing Atlas: Netflix's Primary Telemetry Platform
75 Cool gadgets: The best tech you can buy in 2014
76 Google Brings Museums To Mobile Users, Armchair Travelers With New Technology Platform
77 Arrow: "The Climb" Review - IGN
78 Redesigning SoundCloud
79 Finally, Sex Toy Reviews Done as Hilarious Comics | WIRED
80 Web report: Online surveillance and censorship are getting worse
81 The Corporate 'Internet Of Things' Will Encompass More Devices Than The Smartphone And Tablet Markets Combined
82 This Massive Chart Shows The War In Afghanistan As A Numbing Litany Of Death And Destruction
83 SF-Based Accelerator Upshift Will Help Startups Scale Sales
84 Mars once was warm, wet and humid
85 Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "What They Become" Review - IGN
86 Take a look at the collection of +11,000 antique toys at NYC's oldest museum
87 Workflow for iOS Helps Automate Everything on Your Phone
88 The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee
89 Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Top Gear set to become theme park attractions
90 Study reveals how many times you should be checking email daily to reduce stress
91 How and why to set up and use a password manager - CNET
92 This is the most hilarious local TV weather report we've ever seen
93 Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare
94 Medieval Notepads
95 How to Optimize Your Business with a Mobile App
96 Dashlane can now change all your passwords with a single click, and it's amazing