7 skills to teach your daughter by age 13
A pre-teen girl is at a unique moment in her life.
A complete guide to the new Star Wars canon before The Force Awakens
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the company threw almost every piece of Star Wars lore away. In a flash, literally decades of stories from its expanded universe were nixed from canon — cleaning the...
Netflix's 'Fuller House' trailer will have you feeling nostalgic - CNET
Your old familiar friends are waiting just around the bend in the first teaser trailer for Netflix's "Fuller House" spin-off show.
26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015
From new sneakers for people with disabilities to bindis that deliver iodine to poor women in India, these are our favorite social good innovations of 2015.
3 social justice causes big brands supported (and 3 they missed) in 2015
It's been a breakout year for gender identity, but women are still objectified.
Nine of the worst things that happened in tech in 2015
Not everything was shiny and wonderful this year. Here are some of the tech world's fails this year
GTA Online’s new expansion includes luxury yachts and limos with guns
The latest expansion for GTA Online somehow makes the game even more ostentatious. Called "Executives and Other Criminals," the update is one of the biggest for the game yet, introducing not only...
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Design at the intersection of technology and biology
Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.
The orchestra in my mouth
In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile.
Inside Google's Quantum Computing Lab, Questing for the Perfect Computer | MIT Technology Review
John Martinis, 57, is the perfect person to wrestle a mind-bogglingly complex strand of quantum physics research into a new engineering discipline. Not only can he dive into the esoteric math, but he loves to build things. Operating even a single qubit is a puzzle assembled from deep quantum theory, solid-state physics, materials science, microfabrication, mechanical design, and conventional electronics. Martinis, who is tall with a loud, friendly voice, makes a point of personally mastering the theory and technical implementation of every piece. Giving a tour of his new lab at Google, he is as excited about the new soldering irons and machine tools in the conventional workshop area as he is about the more sophisticated equipment that chills chips and operates them. “To me it’s fun,” he says. “I’ve been able to do experiments no one else could do, because I could build my own electronics.”
Gary Marcus, A Deep Learning Dissenter, Thinks He Has a More Powerful AI Approach | MIT Technology Review
Marcus has a very different perspective from many of the computer scientists and mathematicians now at the forefront of artificial intelligence. He has spent decades studying the way the human mind works and how children learn new skills such as language and musicality. This has led him to believe that if researchers want to create truly sophisticated artificial intelligence—something that readily learns about the world—they must take cues from the way toddlers pick up new concepts and generalize. And that’s one of the big inspirations for his new company, which he’s running while on a year’s leave from NYU. With its radical approach to machine learning, Geometric Intelligence aims to create algorithms for use in an AI that can learn in new and better ways.
Forget shopping. Soon you'll download your new clothes
Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg's fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. "Fashion is a very physical thing," she says. "I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital."
Google’s Sundar Pichai on How India Can Produce More Tech Leaders Like Him
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Thursday said the Indian education system, which nurtured him, needs to allow students to take risks, and to fail, if it wants to produce more global technology leaders.
Avoid Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers with this free Chrome extension
You probably didn't consider when you awoke this morning that today is our first in a post- The Force Awakens world. I suspect that if you're here, reading this now, you know that hundreds of humans witnessed the film at last night's premiere. Now no place is safe from celebrities, critics, and fans aching to spoil your anticipation with a single, quick, flippant missive about the movie's ending or some unexpected twist. Fortunately, help is here — at least for your internet browser.
The first website went online 25 years ago today
If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world's first website , Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August 1991), and it wasn't much more than an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked. However, it's safe to say that this plain page laid the groundwork for much of the internet as you know it -- even now, you probably know one or two people who still think the web is the internet.
5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions
Here’s an example: Back in the 1960s, Dr. Peter Wason conducted experiments where subjects were given a set of three numbers and asked to come up with a rule that they thought the set followed. The numbers were ‘2, 4, 8′ and so the subjects decided on ‘a sequence of even numbers’ as the rule.
How Italy’s Hacking Team Discovered the Future of Surveillance | MIT Technology Review
The program can infect a device by taking advantage of security flaws in operating systems and other software; Hacking Team either discovers these vulnerabilities itself or pays other companies for knowledge of them. RCS can get onto a computer through a malware-laden e-mail, as in M’s case, or by someone covertly getting physical access to a device. Some customers deploy RCS by installing a device called a Network Injection Appliance at an Internet service provider, which can steer a targeted person’s Web browser to a phony Web page that smuggles RCS onto his or her system. Customers pay Hacking Team for the software and a system of proxies that keep their communications with the software—and their investigations—under wraps. They also get comprehensive technical support. “The value that they’re adding is the training, consultancy, and ease of use that they can offer to any agent who is unfamiliar with computers,” said Edin Omanovic, a research officer at Privacy International, who has tracked the surveillance industry .
A Fight for the Soul of Science | Quanta Magazine
What I find incredible is that the article – and the scientists grappling with what constitutes good science – cite Karl Popper's concept of falsifiability as the basis for what constitutes good science – that is – a theory must be testable to the point that if it contains flaws, they will be revealed through tests. Their whole debate is whether they can abandon this seemingly robust basis for current science. Shockingly, what they seem utterly oblivious to, it that Karl Popper's falsifiability has been shown for several decades to be a NOT sufficient basis for what constitutes good science. Why? Because outcomes from test on theories can neither validate nor invalidate theories, when done in isolation. Indeed, Science Philosophy has already replaced falsifiability with a more recent concept called Auxiliary Hypothesis – as in – science actually works when loosely related bunches of theories either support each other over time, or not. A good example being cratering impact rates on the Moon supporting the age of the Earth. So these scientists are utterly out of date in even their premise! Anything after that is pointless.
Nevada reporters blow the whistle on billionaire owner Sheldon Adelson
In the month before the publication's new owner was revealed to be Sands Corp. CEO and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson this week, three of its reporters were handed a cryptic task. Over the protests of editors, they were told by their publisher to drop everything and spend two weeks watching the every move of three county judges.
The 10 best PC games of 2015
Narrowing down to just 10 favorite PC games was a struggle, but these are the ones that gave PCWorld’s gaming team—reporter Hayden Dingman and editor Brad Chacos—the biggest smiles in 2015. Note that our focus is limited to the PC as a platform, so you won’t find console exclusives like Bloodborne or Rise of the Tomb Raider here, no matter how delicious they are. And aside from our overall game of the year, these aren’t ranked in any way—they’re all just plain great games.
Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact for iPhone 6s Plus hands-on: Rugged, waterproof protection with minimal bulk | ZDNet
If you work and play in the field then it helps to have a rugged protective case, but they are often big and bulky. The Wetsuit Impact provides solid protection with little added to the size of your iPhone.
No Cell Signal? This Can Help When You Wander Off-Grid
@Jay Campbell Hi Jay. Nick from goTenna here. The device won't connect you to any centralized network when you're off-grid. Instead, goTenna pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth LE, and allows you to send text messages and GPS locations via long-range radio waves in a peer-to-peer capacity. So, you can still be entirely off-grid, disconnected from other networks, and still communicate with traveling companions and share locations with them.
Google vs. Uber and the race to self-driving taxis
You won't be able to have a fully autonomous car of your own for at least a few more years, but the race to develop the best technology is already tearing up the asphalt. Google is reportedly interested in spinning off its self-driving unit as its own self-driving company under the umbrella of Alphabet. And that means it will need to generate revenue, which could mean ride-hailing. And ride-hailing, of course, means Uber.
Gregg Keizer on Twitter
How to Use Snapchat for Business : Social Media Examiner
Snaps disappear so quickly, so you may be wondering if Snapchat is worth the effort. If you think about it, most social content is viewed right after it’s posted. Content tends to last longer on platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr, but it’s far more common for social posts to have a short shelf life. Snapchat makes this short shelf life an explicit part of the platform.
Beginner tips to becoming a data analyst
The new year is quickly approaching and it is common during this time for people to start thinking of a career change or step up their careers for the new year. For some, a career in data analysis may be an appealing option.
You can listen to the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens now
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Epic Google Chrome experiment turns your smartphone into a lightsaber
A few iPhone games had flirted with the endless-runner idea prior to Temple Run — games where you’d move forward until your reflexes failed you — but the 2011 hit succeeded in making it a mobile staple. The top-down view of a person who must escape nightmarish monsters chasing him over every type of twisty, fantastic terrain was very compelling. The game also never did the same thing twice, so players had to keep their reflexes sharp as they dodged left, right, over and under with nimble swipes of their finger. The husband-and-wife team of Imangi Studios went on to even bigger success with its 2013 sequel and has done successful tie-in games with Disney and Olympic athlete Usain Bolt.
How to successfully come to tech later in life
Do you have a penchant for multitasking? That might work well in the fast-paced world of startups, in which most employees wear multiple hats. Or how about an uncanny ability to see the bigger picture in things? Project management may be the role for you. When you figure out what you’re good at, you’ll figure out which skills you need to hone and which you need to learn from scratch.
SpaceX postpones rocket launch and landing attempt to Monday at 8:33PM ET
The Falcon 9 will deliver 11 satellites into orbit for Orbcomm, but the real fun comes after the launch takes place. During this week's flight, the first stage of the rocket — or the large portion of the vehicle's body that contains the engines and fuel — will separate from there rest of the rocket and return back to Earth. But rather than land on a floating platform at sea, as the company has tried to do in the past, this landing attempt will occur on solid ground . SpaceX has a landing site at Cape Canaveral named Launch Complex 1, which will serve as the target for this rocket's return; it's also where the company hopes to land the majority of its rockets in the future.
Can you spot all 24 differences at the Fallout 4 noodle bar?
Look at the images below and try to pick out all 24 differences. The particularly enthusiastic among you might want to even print the pictures out and grab a pencil (lead 1/1, wood 2/1).
Best Xbox Gifts of 2015 - IGN
The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is our best-reviewed headset. It comes with a ton of accessories to make it work in all sorts of different ways, and the removable mic turns them into really nice, over-the-ear headphones. To use it with majority of Xbox One controllers, you will be needing an adapter. Hey, but you're in luck...
8 Great Tech Gifts Under $100
Sticking to a budget doesn't mean your gift has to be boring. We've found media streamers, fitness trackers, and a few quirky options for the geeks in your life. Some are PCMag Editor's Choice products, while others are fun gizmos you might want to keep for yourself. Grab the credit card and start shopping.
The Top Holiday Gifts for iPhone Lovers
There's seemingly no better gift than the iPhone itself, but what do you get for someone who already owns one? Everything on this list!
Toshiba Likely to Post $4 Billion Net Loss in Current Fiscal Year
TOKYO—Toshiba Corp. is likely to post a net loss of roughly ¥500 billion ($4.1 billion) in the current fiscal year because of heavy restructuring costs after an accounting scandal, a person familiar with the matter said.
Nielsen: Facebook Remains The Top App Of 2015, But Messenger Was The Fastest-Growing
Facebook this year continued to hold the number one position as the top app installed on U.S. smartphones based on the average number of unique users, according to a new report out this week from Nielsen , but its mobile messaging application clocked in as the fastest-growing app of 2015. Having foreseen the shift from more public social networking to private communications, Facebook forced users to install Messenger in spring 2014 by ripping out chat from its main app. In the months since, the app has soared to the top of the App Store’s charts. Over 2015, Messenger grew more than any other app, the new report says – with a 31 percent increase in users from 2014.
With "Childhood's End" Syfy Bets Big on Sci-Fi Classics
“It’s so funny how it’s evolved. Every time you brought in a sci-fi pitch in the late 90s, or heard one and got excited about it, the resistance you would face is people would say, ‘It’s too sci-fi. It’s not relatable.’ And I think that’s why you would see in those days so much watered-down science fiction, that was too sci-fi maybe for an audience that was not into science fiction but not sci-fi enough for the people that are probably listening to this broadcast right now. But that’s changed dramatically over the last few years. … You do not have to apologize any more for being sci-fi, and I do not at all—not here, not from Bonnie Hammer or Dave Howe or anybody here—feel a pressure to water it down in any way.”
Facebook Messenger now lets you customize colors and emoji for every chat
Messenger is also getting more customizable today. You can now choose different colors for the text bubbles in each conversation, give people nicknames, or choose a different set of emoji that'll override the default collection. Everyone in a conversation sees these changes, whether it's a one-on-one conversation or huge group chat. And it wouldn't be Facebook Messenger without some winter tricks thrown in. On Android, users will again see snowflakes falling for any chat heads that are open on screen, and Facebook will also make it snow right in the conversation window whenever you send someone a "Santa, Christmas tree, or snow-related" emoji or sticker.
Tech predictions 2016: 4 business trends to watch | ZDNet
ZDNet editors Larry Dignan, Steve Ranger, Chris Duckett, and Jason Hiner map out four important technology trends to watch, from AI to Apple issues to Chinese vendors to corporate VR.
How Theranos Misled Me
Fairly high up in my story there is a whopping false statement. After explaining that Theranos’s tests could be performed with a finger-stick, rather than using traditional venipuncture (a syringe in the crook of the arm), I wrote that the company “currently offers 200—and is ramping up to offer more than 1000—of the most commonly ordered blood diagnostic tests, all without the need of a syringe.”
Uber-Style Flight-Sharing Service Shot Down by U.S. Court
An Uber-style business that connects private pilots with travelers willing to split fuel costs and other expenses was shot down by a Washington, D.C., court.
How to toggle Google Now on Tap off and on - CNET
Turning off this feature will be especially useful to anyone who takes a lot of screenshots, and is comfortable with the old method involving the Home button. Although there is a new method for taking screenshots rolling out that involves Google Now, the delay may cause you to miss what you're trying to capture on the screen, making this toggle very useful.
BlackBerry CEO rips into Apple's pro-privacy stance, ignores own hypocrisy | ZDNet
Analysis: Apple and Google have put device access into their user's hands, locking out the government in the process. BlackBerry said that has put us in a "dark place."
APIs for humans: The rise of developer experience (DX)
Lastly, a company may fail to provide an empathic API because they don’t solicit and prioritize user feedback. It’s vital for understanding your customers needs and pain points to ask for and respond to feedback. Users will not give you much feedback unless you explicitly ask for it. Find ways to get feedback from your users and make sure there are mechanisms in place within the organization to ensure feedback is thought about and acted upon if appropriate.
To Fill Rooms, Hotels Are Turning To Airbnb
Managers at boutique hotels say they use the platform similarly to the way they use booking services like Expedia and Priceline, which typically charge hotels a 10% to 25% fee per reservation. Airbnb, by contrast, charges hosts a 3% fee. "The commission is so much more attractive," says Stephan Westman, a hotel industry consultant who has listed hotel rooms on Airbnb. "Any hotel that needs to fill rooms, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t need to use it as one of their marketing arms."
Mashable GIF 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.
Watch Apple show off its design studio and spaceship campus (update)
'60 Minutes' has an inside look at Apple, including its design work, its future stores and hot-button political issues.
Samsung bumps up Galaxy Note 5 to 128 gigabytes - CNET
Samsung's probable aim with the new version of its phone is to woo buyers who were disappointed with the standard Note 5 , which is limited to 64 gigabytes and lacks the option to add more storage via an SD card. The new Note 5 with its 5.7-inch display and stylus could offer more competition to Apple's iPhone 6S Plus, which already comes in a 128GB version and features a 5.5-inch display. However, the Winter Edition would have to reach consumers beyond South Korea to provide much of a boost to Samsung's sluggish sales.
The 14 best business schools outside the US
London Business School ranked No. 12 on our overall list of the best in the world, but it was the top-ranked international school, followed by France's INSEAD, which ranked 18th on our global list.
Do You Actually Need More Stress? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
In one study, for example, she asked 113 participants to sing a karaoke version of the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” in front of the group. Before singing, she had each volunteer say (and try to believe) one of four randomly assigned statements: “I am anxious,” “I am excited,” “I am calm,” or nothing. Video-game software scored their performances on measures such as volume, pitch, and rhythm. Those who had said “I’m excited” got the highest scores. (Other studies showed similar results for public speaking and math exercises.)
The 17 best iPhone games - CNET
Octodad is ludicrous, but also fascinating. You play an octopus masquerading as a human: I have no idea how he managed to woo a human mate, or spawn children, and those details are all pretty much glossed over. Not that you'll care: I suspect that you, like me, will be primarily focused on keeping Octodad upright. It turns out it's pretty tricky for pants-wearing cephalopods to make coffee or navigate messy houses. And while you might be tempted to let physics take the wheel and make a mess, the more damage you do, the more suspicion you'll raise that maybe, just maybe, you're not a totally normal human being after all.
You can pre-order 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' right now from iTunes
Early showings for Star Wars: The Force Awakens began last night around the world, and for those who have already seen the film today, or even for those who just know they’re going to buy the new film anyway, iTunes now has it listed for pre-order. Both the high definition and standard definition variants are available, with pricing set at $19.99 and $14.99, respectively.
I'm donating to Wikipedia this year, and so should you
Now, I’m likely checking Wikipedia weekly. Sometimes it’s to learn a thing or two about a historical figure. Other times I’m checking for a distilled list of source information, which comes in handy as I do some deep dives on programming languages — and it saves me a lot of time.
The Lamborghini Huracán is the supercar wingman we all need
In front of that is the sport steering wheel that houses the switch for the Huracán’s Adaptive Network Intelligent Management, or ANIMA, which is Italian for “soul.” This toggles the car’s different driving modes. From the docile “strada” setup, we enjoyed a softer suspension setting, a low-key closed-valve exhaust rumble, and smooth acceleration. I also planned my route out of town with the menu controls on the clean center console, and jet-like switches are there if I wanted to lift the nose on low bumps or drop the windows. The centerpiece is the ignition switch tucked under a red safety gate as if to suggest that drivers better be sure they’re ready for the Huracán.
Information Security: CVE-2015-7755: Juniper Sc... | Rapid7 Community
The interesting thing about this backdoor is not the simplicity, but the timing. Juniper's advisory claimed that versions 6.2.0r15 to 6.2.0r18 and 6.3.0r12 to 6.3.0r20 were affected, but the authentication backdoor is not actually present in older versions of ScreenOS. We were unable to identify this backdoor in versions 6.2.0r15, 6.2.0r16, 6.2.0r18 and it is probably safe to say that the entire 6.2.0 series was not affected by this issue (although the VPN issue was present). We were also unable to identify the authentication backdoor in versions 6.3.0r12 or 6.3.0r14. We could confirm that versions 6.3.0r17 and 6.3.0r19 were affected, but were not able to track down 6.3.0r15 or 6.3.0r16. This is interesting because although the first affected version was released in 2012, the authentication backdoor did not seem to get added until a release in late 2013 (either 6.3.0r15, 6.3.0r16, or 6.3.0r17).
What will the tech trends of 2016 be?
As for the way 2016 will look, Charlie Burgoyne believes that “2016 and beyond will be known for ‘using data to design.'” Noting the weight modern companies place upon quantitative data, Burgoyne predicts that the retail industry in particular will be transformed by this new emphasis on information-driven design. “Data collation now enables a bidirectional relationship between retailers and their customers, yielding empirical metrics to corroborate subjective vision,” he says. And while online shopping experiences like Amazon often make recommendations to their shoppers, Burgoyne predicts that it will soon be “in places you wouldn’t expect, like a Nordstrom department store, which uses customer smartphones to track behavior and shopping habits.”