'All I Want For Christmas' decked out in 20 styles
All you'll want for Christmas is to hear a metal Santa perform Mariah Carey in 20 different musical stylings.
Levitating Mars speaker takes your music to new heights - CNET
The Mars levitating speaker features a UFO-style disc that floats above a sleek black subwoofer column. And that's only the start of its cool features.
With 100M users, Truecaller starts making call suggestions
The well-funded Swedish app is now using algorithms to suggest who its users should call, based on their call history, as well as time and place.
World's Simplest Electric Train 【世界一簡単な構造の電車】
This “Train” is made of magnet,copper wire and a dry cell. Please enjoy watching this simple structure electric train.
Mozilla plans to finally brings Firefox web browser to iOS
With a new CEO on board, it looks like Mozilla is changing its stance, which should be welcome news to Firefox users. Even though you can’t make Firefox the default browser, users will be able to enjoy seamless browsing experience if Mozilla can bring features such as accounts, customizable home panels and Firefox sync to iOS.
Target pulls Grand Theft Auto 5 off shelves in Australia
Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean.
Supernatural: "Hibbing 911" Review - IGN
Supercut discussion aside, Kim Rhodes reprised her role as Sheriff Jody Mills tonight, and Briana Buckmaster was back as Sheriff Donna Hanscum. The latter character is still a lot like Marge Gunderson in Fargo, but Buckmaster manages to make it quite charming so the stereotypes don't sting as much. Donna doesn't have much in common with Jody so they were an interesting choice for a team-up, but by the end of the episode, they became a duo I wouldn't mind seeing more of.
Destiny's PlayStation-exclusive Dark Below content detailed
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
Gadgets We Love: LEGO Mindstorms EV3
LEGO hasn’t said how well the robot has been selling but it already looks like another niche success for the Danish toy maker whose sales have been growing at a steady pace for the last few years. On the back of the mega-successful LEGO movie earlier this year, it’s recently been planting its flag across the world with a handful of new international offices. Flush with revenue, we can probably expect a new line of robot kits in the next year or so.
Zenefits Faces Shutdown In Utah For Giving Its Cloud-Based HR Software Away For Free
Zenefits provides a cloud-based dashboard to HR departments designed to help small businesses manage hiring, termination and all the benefits and payroll details necessary in-between those events. The product is offered for free and enables its users to easily onboard new hires by entering their relevant information once and then handles all relevant tax, insurance, payment and other processes seamlessly.
Report Connects Iran to Critical Infrastructure Hacks Worldwide
Attribution is always a challenge, in particular with these APT-style attacks where persistence and the ability to elude detection go hand-in-hand. Cylance, however, it was able to trace a number of domains used in the various attacks that were registered to an Iranian corporation Tarh Andishan. Also, source netblocks and ASNs are registered in Iran. The infrastructure supporting the attacks is hosted by Netafraz, an Iranian hosting provider, among other bits of evidence laid out in the report.
YotaPhone 2 review - CNET
Although the YotaPhone 2's e-ink display is wonderfully novel, and can result in much better battery life, the phone needs to be considerably cheaper if it's going to be a sensible purchase over other Android phones.
Latest in Europe vs. Tech: the U.K. Introduces the ‘Google Tax’
“Some of the largest companies in the world, including those in the tech sector, use elaborate structures to avoid paying taxes,” he said. “That’s not fair to other British firms. It’s not fair to British people either. Today we’re putting a stop to it. My message is consistent and clear: low taxes, but low taxes that will be paid.”
The Internet of Things to bring a new economic boom
The Internet of Things (IoT) may be more significant in reshaping the competitive landscape than the arrival of the Internet. Its productivity potential is so powerful it will deliver a new era of prosperity.
No Indictment In The Eric Garner Choke-Hold Death, Which Was Caught On Video
this choke hold incident, and then result being the death isn't the first and won't be the last. there needs to be a stop to police brutality and them getting away with it. there needs to be a consequence to them breaking the law. murder is murder. the choke hold should be out-lawed in all states. police are trained to be violent and to lie at any cost. they are to be help for people and most of the time they themselves are the criminal and causing victims, at any cost no matter what sex, color, age, or even disability. the violence needs to stop.
Around the World With BYOD
More than half of employees across the global bring a mobile device to work. However, when you look at individual countries, the results vary wildly in terms of ownership and adoption -- surprisingly, some tech-loving countries are lagging behind.
Russia Blacklists, Blocks GitHub Over Pages That Refer To Suicide
The block reignites the debate over how Russia’s government decides what is and what is not appropriate Internet content for people in Russia. The country’s firewall, when it was originally raised in 2012, was controversial not only because of concerns that it would be used against freedom of speech (especially in cases when that speech was critical of the state), but also because it was deemed to be too heavy-handed in how it would get implemented.
Verizon starts killing off 3G networks to make room for LTE
Verizon has already launched two distinct LTE networks since it first turned on 4G in 2010, but now it’s started paving the way for the third. Unlike the first two, however, this new network won’t tap virgin airwaves. Instead Verizon has started cannibalizing its old CDMA EV-DO systems for PCS spectrum, marking the beginning of what will likely be a very slow death for 3G.
Zillow facing sexual harassment suit
Zillow facing sexual harassment suit
A former employee of Zillow is suing the real estate giant for sexual harassment, comparing the company's internal culture to an "adult frat house."
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1CFelro
Iran moves forward with death penalty over Facebook posts
Nastaran Naimi, Arabi's wife, claims her husband was forced to admit guilt under pressure from agents of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Both she and her husband were arrested in their homes in November 2013, and while Naimi was soon released, Arabi was held in solitary confinement for two months. In a separate case related to the same Facebook posts, he was sentenced to three years in prison on September 4th for "spreading propaganda against the system" and "insulting the leader." One of the Facebook pages he operated was titled "The generation that no longer wants to be the burned generation."
Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry Top Spotify's 2014 List
Only 14 artists have been streamed more than 1 billion times on Spotify – and you can find pretty much all of them in the Year in Music selection just revealed from Spotify, based on more than 7 billion hours of music played by nearly 50 million users.
Jared Leto Is Your New Joker
Jordan Catalano Jared Leto is your new homicidal clown in Warner Bros' upcoming Suicide Squad.
Amazon's Mechanical Turk workers protest: 'I am a human being, not an algorithm'
“I am a human being, not an algorithm, and yet [employers] seem to think I am there just to serve their bidding,” writes Milland in her letter to Bezos. Amazon does not set minimum rates for work, which can pay less than $2 a hour, and takes a 10% commission from every transaction. Employers can even refuse to pay for work altogether, with no legal consequences.
One of Instagram's Most Popular Users is Deleting All of His Photos
Hernandez likens his move to that of a young social media user looking to expunge his or her past. “A teenager on Facebook or Twitter is going to say and do a lot of dumb, immature things. Does he want to be remembered by these things? Probably not. In the same way, my photography and my work on Instagram is an evolution of who I am as a photographer. And on my Instagram feed, there’s some immature work there, and it’s there forever.”
PSA: Nintendo investigating Wii U error code issues
After reports rolled in yesterday about Super Smash Bros. and other Wii U games being met with error codes that resulted in a loss of system functionality, Nintendo acknowledged that it is investigating the problems. Error codes 160-0103 and 160-1710 "could affect the ability of the system to function properly" for a "small percentage of consumers playing Wii U," Nintendo of America told Joystiq.
The reported issues varied from a loss of data to games on the system being unplayable entirely, issues that persisted within the data management menu on the Wii U for some. The error messages note that "there is a problem with the system memory." Nintendo encourages anyone experiencing the errors codes to call the Nintendo contact center at 1-800-255-3700 for help, until a solution is available.
Report: Mozilla Will Get Firefox on iOS
According to TechCrunch Mozilla's VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale explained: "We need to be where our users are. So we're going to get Firefox on iOS." It's an overdue move, given how robust third-party browsers like Chrome, Opera, and Dolphin have been on Apple devices for so long.
That's not really fair. There are really only two versions: Python 2.7, which is mostly backward compatible earlier Python 2.x, and Python 3.x, which is a new, incompatible language similar in spirit to Python 2. The stated reason for radically breaking compatibility with Python 3 is "because Unicode". I don't much buy that, but whatever. Python 3 uptake has been slow because of the backward incompatibility, but it's clearly the future of the language. At the same time, Python 2.7 is still by no means a bad language, as long as you don't care about Unicode.
Jeff Bezos Explains What Happened To The Fire Phone
We Put The iPhone 6 Time-Lapse Video To The Test — Here's 6 Hours Of Sleeping Baby In 26 Seconds
Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse
It also shows that Bitcoin is now becoming a badge of honor as opposed to a signifier of nerdom. While I’m not happy with the design, the fact that these are high priced and intended for the fashionable BTC freak creates a bit of frisson around the entire cryptocurrency thing. As Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you make a branded timepiece, then you win.”
Dual Screen, E-paper Display-equipped, 5-inch Yotaphone 2 Launched
Yota said the device would be available from its webstore, and via at least one major UK mobile operator. It costs £555 in the UK and “in the region of” €700 in elsewhere in Europe, where it is being offered first. The device will be made available in Hong Kong before the end of December, and will reach Taiwan, China and other Asian markets in Q1 2015. It’s not due to land in the US and Latin America until “soon after,” the rollout in the Far East, the company said.
Google boils down the CAPTCHA to a simple checkbox to prove you're not a bot
Google has figured out that there’s an easier way to deter bots on the Internet than using twisted text. The tech giant has come out with a deceptively basic alternative to prevent World Wide Web hijinks to the best of its ability. The new standard is … a checkbox.
Tell Google you're not a robot
Just tell Google you're not a robot
Don't be surprised if the next time you try to access a website, instead of asking you to retype an inscrutable series of letters and numbers, you're simply asked to check a box next to this statement: "I'm not a robot."
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1CF7AGe
Dual-screen smartphone YotaPhone 2 is coming in December
The YotaPhone 2 should go on sale in 20 European countries in December, at the price of 33,000 Rubles or approx. $610. It will have a 5-inch AMOLED screen on one side and a 4.7-inch e-ink touchscreen on the other. Other specs of note include a Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 32 GB of storage.
Ex-LAUSD chief says he knows nothing about FBI iPad investigation
The superintendent’s move completes an action begun by Deasy but never fully carried out. In August, Deasy announced a suspension of purchases under the contract with Apple after the disclosures of his contacts, as well as those of his top deputy, with Apple and Pearson executives. He said at the time that the suspension was related to changes in the technology marketplace and not to the disclosures.
Japan launches asteroid mission to blow up a space rock
Hayabusa2 also has some friends on board. The probe will drop three rovers and a small lander onto the asteroid to study its surface. What makes this particular mission interesting is the fact that JAXA plans to blow up a part of the asteroid, creating a crater, after which Hayabusa2 will be able to collect material from the underground, not just the surface.
SwiftKey helped enhance the communication system of scientist and professor Stephen Hawking
In an official announcement made the developer’s blog on December 2, SwiftKey revealed that it has been helping to enhance the communications system of world-renowned scientist and professor, Stephen Hawking. This endeavor was a major push from SwiftKey and Intel, and the pair of companies have been working over the course of the last two years to enhance Hawking’s communication system to help the scientist communicate faster and more fluently. In London, both SwiftKey and Intel joined Hawking on stage to reveal the endeavor.
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Want to be happy? Be grateful
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful
Truth be told, I think the difference between passion and delusion isn’t even very distinguishable. I suspect many an entrepreneur has fallen too far down the rabbit hole without even realizing it. It happened to me. Maxed-out credit cards, empty cupboards, and a frustrated spouse helped me wake up to the delusion I created in myself. I was laser-focused on the belief I had to succeed no matter what, which led me to lose sight of reality. My story fortunately has a happy ending. But if I hadn’t faced that reality head-on (and it did indeed feel like a crash), I wouldn’t have been able to honestly evaluate my business and redirect toward a healthier course.
What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.
Chris Rock: There'd Be Riots If People Knew What Being Rich Was Really Like
"If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, 'What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they… what? Massage? Are you kidding me?'" he said.
What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day
Do the worst first is a saying I'd heard before. I agree with the exercise or meditation as a starter. I use "mindful" exercise. As I bike , I practice mindfulness with every rotation of my feet. I use the same principal with weights and floor exercises--total focus on the workout and my "place" in it. Following, I do my "Writer's Commute." As a work -at-home writer, I don't have to fight traffic but I use that time to get the busy work out of the way. I thank new Twitter followers and post a positive message for the day; I deal with my fortunately short list need-to-do emails; I pass quickly through my FB author site with a few responses; I read 3 informative blogs (like this one) and comment. By then my first cup of coffee is finished, my brain is free of temptation to hit the social media and I'm read to work. This two part start to my morning works well for me. I published two books this year already among other things.
A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager
Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive — all before his 16th birthday.
Why You Should Redesign Your Office For Introverts
"Introverts like being around people, [but] they want to do a deep dive in their work," Cain says. "[They want to] focus, get in a state of flow, with deep thoughts." In an open workspace, you’re subject to interruption, such as a tap on the shoulder, which breaks your concentration, Cain notes. Having a workspace that allows introverts to go into a private, quiet room is a social signal, letting others know the person doesn’t wish to be interrupted, she says.
5 Big Happiness Myths Debunked--And The Power Of Negative Thinking
Thank you for showing us how poorly you understand positive thinking. Each point you make it is very bad founded and do not truly reflects the spirit of positive thinking. For example, Point 1: not at any point positive thinking theory talks about avoiding feelings of sadness or grieve. Positive thinking talks about how certain circumstances can make you stronger if you have the right mindset for it. Point 2: positive thinking goes hand in hand with values so it does not equal to corner-cutting. Is that what you do? 3 You said it, its about allowing people to be relaxed, nobody is forcing fun in anybody 4 how can low self stem make you happier? There might not be direct relationship of high self stem with happiness but high self stem makes people more likely to achieve their objectives in life which ultimately make them happier. 5 positive thinking is not about living in the clouds, look ing at all possible scenarios to make a decision, that does not make one a negative thinker. On the other hand, if you stay too long with people with negative thinking you run the risk of ending there.
Abused Elephant Raju Wins Final Freedom in Court : DNews
However, there was still a cloud hanging over Raju's head. In September, the elephant's original owners had laid claim to Raju in court, arguing that he was their rightful property and should be returned to them. The court did not agree and ordered Raju to remain with Wildlife SOS.
Netflix sets a 'House of Cards' Season 3 debut date
But the final episode left us with many unanswered questions. Will the Underwoods' merciless power trips come back to haunt them, as journalists continue seeking the truth? What will cyber expert Gavin do with his database of phone records? Will security guard Edward Meechum's intimate actions blow up in his face? What will become of ex-prostitute Rachel Posner, the accomplice in Congressman Peter Russo's death in Season 1?
Teach every child about food
Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.
Tales of passion
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People
How do you get comfortable not knowing? Harren advises you take courses on how to be an effective storyteller as well as media training in order to improve your skills and confidence in front of the microphone. Others recommend taking an improvisation class: in theater, music or dance. Since improvisation is defined as a state of being and creating action without pre-planning, those skills can come in handy when the going gets tough. What can you do this year to be ready even when you’re not fully prepared?
Questioning the universe
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.
4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams
Yet some of us follow those childhood dreams no matter what. They ignore the naysayers. They don’t take "no" for an answer. And they do what it takes to make it work. Here are four famous people who followed the calling they had as a child and the habits they had that kept them going.