Dress to impress as a TIE Fighter pilot or Imperial Officer - CNET
Serve Darth Vader in style with these premium replica Imperial costumes from Anovos. The highly detailed outfits will make Rebel scum quake in their boots.
Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses
Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by ...
Blind students get incredible 3D-printed 'yearbook' - CNET
The graduating class of the Seoul National School for the Blind in South Korea received an incredible 3D-printed yearbook so students can remember what their friends look like.
Mayor Bill de Blasio under scrutiny as city honors murdered NYPD officer
When de Blasio told George Stephanopoulos that he had warned his son about avoiding trouble with police, some officers took that as a personal slight. And when officers Ramos and Liu were killed, the PBA union's president Pat Lynch said the mayor had blood on his hands.
Apparently The Bitcoin Bowl Is A Real Thing That’s Happening Right Now
When I first heard about the Bitcoin Bowl , I assumed it was a joke, or maybe a weird startup publicity stunt. It turns out that yes, the Bitcoin Bowl is promoting BitPay , a Bitcoin-processing startup — but it’s also real college football game that’s underway as I write this on Friday evening.
Facebook Is The Tech Company Of The Year
It's silly to say this considering how well Facebook has done throughout its life, but this year it feels like Mark Zuckerberg hit a level of confidence in what he's doing that's unparalleled in tech.
Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
Why Banksy Is (Probably) a Woman
Banksy Does New York , a new documentary airing on HBO on Nov. 17, opens on a bunch of scofflaws trying to jack an inflatable word balloon reading "Banksy!" from the side of a low-rise building in Queens. These hooligans weren't Banksy. Neither were the police officers who took possession of the piece after the failed heist and denied that it was art. Nor in all likelihood was the silver-haired man who sold $420 worth of Banksy prints for $60 a pop in Central Park, or the drivers who slowly trawled New York streets in trucks tricked out with Banksy's sculpture, or the accordionist accompanying one of Banksy's installations. While the film shares a lot of insights about street art, media sensationalism, viral phenomena, and the people who make Banksy possible, it doesn't cast a light on who Banksy is or what she looks like.
13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier
Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.
The art of stillness
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
HBO is finally releasing The Wire in HD this month
Making good on a promise made earlier this year , HBO's critically acclaimed masterpiece The Wire will finally be available in 16:9 HD starting later this month. Promos for the remastered series started appearing back in September, but HBO told us at the time that the new version wasn't ready yet. Now, waiting fans will soon get what they've been clamoring for.
A Fresh View of the Moon's Surface
Among the many lunar mysteries waiting to be solved is how long magma oceans covered the ancient moon, which long ago possessed a decidedly different look than today’s grey, placid facade. The persistence of volcanic activity on the moon provides hints about both the moon’s formation and its early years, which aren’t as well understood as scientists would like.
This Is How We Date Now
We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good morning” text. We say romance is dead, because maybe it is, but maybe we just need to reinvent it. Maybe romance in our modern age is putting the phone down long enough to look in each other’s eyes at dinner. Maybe romance is deleting Tinder off your phone after an incredible first date with someone. Maybe romance is still there, we just don’t know what it looks like now.
We need to talk about an injustice
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
How To Make New Friends As An Adult
When you’re a kid, making new friends is fairly easy. There’s school, sports, and a slew of extracurricular activities where you meet other kids and form relationships. When you’re an adult, however, the process isn’t quite so effortless. Commitments such as work and family limit free time and—unlike during childhood—it can feel awkward to ask someone, "Do you want hang out?"
The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over.
50 Universal Truths That Will Make You More Successful
All of that has led me to conclude that there are certain universal "business truths" — tips and tricks that work for nearly everyone in every business. They are:
People are unwrapping drones for Christmas and it's not going so well
Thanks to the massive rise of consumer drones, one of the most popular items under the tree this year is likely to have four rotors and a camera. The FAA even released a video this week that proposes best practices to help people "stay off the naughty list" as they play with their airborne gifts.
How the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teens behind bars
The Henry brothers , Asheem and Jelani, were born exactly one year apart to the day, in the warm Junes of 1991 and ‘92. “I always felt there was something special about that,” says their mother Alethia. “A little bit of magic.” The two grew up together in their mother’s small apartment on the corner of 129th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in New York’s Harlem neighborhood.
Roleplaying classic Akalabeth now free on GOG.com
In 1979, Richard Garriott launched Akalabeth: World of Doom , arguably the first computer roleplaying game and the predecessor to his seminal Ultima series. Now, thanks to GOG.com, you can own this piece of gaming history at no charge.
With this offer, Akalabeth joins three other games designed by Garriott - Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire , Ultima Worlds of Adventure: Martian Dreams and Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar – on GOG.com's list of free games. If that's not enough retro roleplaying game action for your tastes, GOG.com also offers the fan-favorite Ultima 7 Complete Edition at $6, or you could just grab the entire Ultima series en masse for just under $30.
Purists be warned: The version of Akalabeth available on GOG.com is not the original game, but is instead a 1998 remake, created because software from 1979 just doesn't play well with modern hardware. The latter-day game hews very closely to its predecessor and for most people is a flawless translation, but devotees will be able to spot minor changes.
[Image: Richard Garriott]
Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick
I always thought this technique of memorizing stuff was too complicated. I know it works for some people though. I think the best way to have a good memory is to use it and use it often. I used to be a server and I was one of those servers that never writes down orders, but always gets them right. Now that it has been a while since I was in the restaurant biz, I find my short term memory went to hell. I didn't use any special technique. I just was always working that muscle so it stayed toned. Since I don't use it like that anymore It has gotten flabby.
For parents, happiness is a very high bar
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
7 TED Talks that just might save your relationship
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I'll Never Go Back
I threw my chair away a couple of months ago when my hamstrings were shortening from sitting all day. The pain in the back of my legs by the end of the day was excruciating. The office let me get a swing arm for my monitor, got me a spongy mat to stand on, and the building and maintenance guys raised my desk to standing height. I've purchased a bar-height stool that I lean on when I need it but I don't use it much. Then, when the office had a step contest, I added a stair stepper which I really love. I usually get in the equivalent of 6 to 10 miles of walking in during the day all while working at my desk. I don't get those mid-afternoon yawns that I used to, and my legs are in amazing shape, not to mention the posture improvements. Colleagues have been coming in to see how I'm doing -- more of them are getting their own standing desks.
Trinket Everyday Carry Contest
Trinket Pro is an incredible platform for building tiny projects. Which is exactly why we've picked it for our next contest. We're looking for pocketable projects which you'd carry around with you every day. The projects should be useful, but we're taking a very broad definition of useful here. Anything from tools, to wearables, to jewelry and beyond will be acceptable for the contest.
The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
BlackBerry Classic Review: The Best BlackBerry Ever Made
Voice quality is largely dependent on the district, telephony network and provider, not on the smartphone. The same smartphone voice quality differs if you are calling or answering in different cities or towns, or cottage. The very best keyboards I know are the Microsoft and the SteelSeries Apex, Logitech Wireless All-in-One, and the Das Keyboard Model S. These superb keyboards are extremely accurate, ergonomic, tactile, and comfortable to use and some are available for use on smartphones and tablets. I much prefer these keyboards than any of the 'mini keyboards' on smartphones, the Microsoft keyboard for the Surface Pro 3 is far far superior to the Blackberry keyboard. Since I mainly use my MacBook Pro for nearly everything whether stationary or in motion, if I have to choose a great qwerty smartphone, I would consider the LG Optimus F3Q, or the Kyocera Verve. Increasingly I am using voice dictation instead of keyboard. There is no better mobile voice dictation than the iPhone/iPad.
Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
Rohinni's Lightpaper Is Incredibly Thin, And Printable
Nice new aproach! I'd love to see what this "LED printer" looks like!
There are several comparable, and perhaps "better" techniques available such as conductive inks, and "printscreen" ( Ultra thin-film electro luminescence) that does not have the "shimmering effect" problem. With the technology you can apply passive matrix displays in grey-scale or multi-color on paper, leather, stone and wood. If interested you can read more about it here: http://www.printingdeals.org/specials/interactive-print-ads.html
In any way it will be interesting to see future applications of these exiting new techniques!
See invisible motion, hear silent sounds. Cool? Creepy? We can't decide
Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him recreate a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.
The 10 games we can't wait to play in 2015
This year was a pretty great one for new game releases . But being a site about the future, we can't help but look ahead — and it seems like 2015 might be even better. Next year will see new entries in some of the biggest franchises around, from The Legend of Zelda to Halo , while brand new names like No Man's Sky look to shake things up with fresh ideas. Of course, there's plenty that will come out next year that we don't even know about — mobile games like Threes often launch with little build-up, for example — but even still there's plenty to look forward to. Here are the 10 games that have us most excited to boot up our consoles.
In Defense Of The New "Star Wars" Lightsaber
Your whole argument about this new character re-inventing the Sith is baseless. We've been told that the new cartoon 'Rebels' is closely linked to the new trilogy of movies. In it we are introduced to a new character, 'The Inquisitor' and this is done in order to explain the reason that there are still sith around 30 years after Anakin Skywalker fulfilled his destiny and destroyed the Emperor. The new design of the lightsaber used by Kylo Ren is purely J.J. Abrams input into the 'redesign' of the Star Wars franchise. Just like the re-design of the folding wing of the X-Wing starfighter. Useless changes of design like his use of lens flares all over his Star Trek films. The lightsaber design we had served the Jedi for thousands of years, as show by the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game that has not been repudiated by the new films as the old 'after Endor' books and comics have been (Legendary Era?).
12 best iPhone apps of 2014
But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no shortage of great new apps this year. From killer new productivity apps, to some of the most addicting games to ever land on the iPhone, you'd be forgiven for not being able to choose the best new offerings.
As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)
Why 32 Million People Are Obsessed With 'PewDiePie' — The Biggest Star On YouTube
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg also known as "PewDiePie" is a foul-mouthed Swedish video-game commentator. With over 32 million subscribers he's by far YouTube's biggest star.
12 Things Happy People Do Differently
I decided to embark on a journey to find out. I quit my job, minimized my expenses, went to Hawaii and got very serious (in a wild sort of way) about discovering what made me tick. I found out there are a lot of people like me -- young, energetic, intense, purpose-driven, but frustrated with the status quo and a little freaked out about our prospects for the future. I decided to dedicate my life to seeking out the wisdom we need to create extraordinary lives with a deep sense of purpose in a world of immense uncertainty.
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How To Raise Girls To Be Better At Negotiating
We just discovered a great opportunity for my 13 year old to practice her negotiating skills. Her teacher had claimed to have given her back an assignment for which corrections were due. While my daughter tried to tell the teacher in person a couple of times that the teacher had not returned it, the teacher didn't seem to hear and had given her an F for not completing it and consequently she received no credit for either the assignment or corrections. She decided to email her teacher and advocate for herself. She ended up having to send two emails to the teacher, but I was so proud of her for going to authority to get what she deserved and did it in a non-threatening, eloquent and respectful way, but was very clear about what was due. I think it is important to let kids advocate for themselves as early as possible. These skills take tons of practice! I've been practicing for 30 years and still struggle sometimes.
The World's Biggest Data Breaches, In One Incredible Infographic
The folks over at Information Is Beautiful have put together an amazing infographic with the biggest data breaches in recenty history. You can see when the attack happened, who it happened to, and how large the impact was.
10 musicians stripped down to their iconic outfits
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Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014
But those weren't the only sad tech endings of 2014. We've gathered together the year's most notable closures so you can mourn a bit more efficiently and light a digital flame in homage to some of the most beloved tech products and services that are no longer with us.
What's the next window into our universe?
Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Build Your Own DIY Raspberry Pi Minecraft Server
As we approach the doldrums of winter what could be more cheerful than hours of incessant Minecrafting with you and your loved ones? While you can easily run a server on any computer (the program requires a server app to run in conjunction with a client “game” app), why not use your newly acquired Raspberry Pi? I don’t know!
7 new trailers you should watch this week
It may be a slow, restful, holiday week, but new trailers are still coming out — including one particularly big one. Head below to see seven of this week's best new trailers, including the first for the Entourage movie.
Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’
This is such a stupid article. The right to free speech is that the government cannot arrest you for expressing your opinion. These student groups boycotting lectures and such are telling you that you are an asshole, which is perfectly within their rights. Why is is that we don’t have more women speaking about abortion when ultimately it should be a woman who chooses whether or not to abort a baby? Similarly, boycotting songs like ‘Blurred Lines’ is just a reaction against the sexist values that pervade pop culture today. If people start to boycott these songs it is entirely feasible that people may stop writing sexist songs. If instead they are encouraged by soaring record sales, they will continue to perpetuate these sickening, outdated views and values. I personally wouldn’t agree to ban the song but I think it is justified and not an encroachment on free speech. Furthermore, rape culture is not you pinning a girl down and assaulting her violently. I am male and attended one of these compulsory sexual consent classes and it does not have to be violent to be rape.
9 Space Pictures That Look Like Christmas
Is that the face of jolly old St. Nick, or a million-mile-wide nebula? The gas and dust of the cosmos often align into very familiar scenes from Earth. We've gathered nine space pictures that look just like your favorite Christmas things: Rudolph, snow angels, tree ornaments, and more.
Walmart will take your unwanted holiday gift cards
Walmart is making a play for your gift cards, testing a program that lets you exchange cards from more than 200 other stores for a Walmart card. The Walmart card, notably, will be worth a fraction of the value of the original: 95 percent for Amazon , 90 percent for Staples, and down to 70 percent for other stores.
The Craziest Sci-Fi Fantasies That Got Closer to Reality This Year | WIRED
But Asimov wasn’t the only sci-fi visionary, and his predictions seem quaint against some of 2014’s actual advances, such as robotic arm transplants, cloned pets, and quantum teleportation. Here is a gallery of the technologies that brought us closer to—or in a few cases fulfilled completely—the promises made in our favorite works of science fiction.
10 Productivity Tips For The Overwhelmed Entrepreneur
On a sheet of paper, create a to-do list. Make this list as inclusive as possible. Divide a separate sheet of paper into four quadrants. In Quadrant 1, write down all of the tasks from your list that make you money. In Quadrant 2, write down the tasks on your list that make it possible for you to make money, like marketing activities. Quadrant 3 should include tasks that don’t make money but most be done. These are your business operations like email administration, managing the team and meetings, paying bills, etc. In Quadrant 4, list all of the activities from your list that are truly tasks that could be delegated to someone else or simply deleted from your to-do list altogether. Always challenge yourself to put at least 5 items in Quadrants 1 and 4, and spend your time focusing on doing the tasks in Quadrants 1 and 2 as much as possible.
11 must-see TED Talks
What is TED? This primer of 11 classic TED Talks show you the wide range of topics covered -- and introduce you to beloved speakers like Amy Cuddy, Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson and Chimamanda Adichie. Find your next favorite talk ...
Geek Love at 25: How a Freak Family Inspired Your Pop Culture Heroes | WIRED
The book is Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love , a dazzling oddball masterpiece published 25 years ago this month. It’s the tale of a circus sideshow called the Binewski Carnival Fabulon that hits hard times. (The titular “geek” refers to a sideshow performer who bites the heads off chickens.) When some of the show’s performers defect, its proprietors—Aloysius and Crystal Lil Binewski—decide to breed their own stable of freaks. Their methods are experimental and more than a little disturbing: They mess with their own DNA and biochemistry using various drugs, insecticides, and radioactive materials. It works: Lil gives birth to a boy with flippers for hands and feet, a set of Siamese twins joined at the waist, a hunchback albino dwarf, and a regular-looking baby with telekinetic powers. The Binewskis become freak superheroes, a team of way-weirdos, each with his own skills and powers.