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Hoverboarding priest suspended for forgetting his Ecclesiastes

An unidentified Catholic priest is taking some time to reflect on his decision to ride a hoverboard at the conclusion of Christmas Eve Mass, according to religious news site Aleteia. An official...

Oculus Rift will ship with VR platformer 'Lucky's Tale'

It'll be bundled alongside 'Eve: Valkyrie' with every Rift unit.

7 of the best kitchen gadgets from 2015

Cooking is a totally different task today than in years gone by and with these handy gadgets, it'll never be the same again.

Disney's VertiGo Robot Can Climb Walls

Riding on four wheels, the robot has two tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, allowing it to move on a vertical surface.

What is Mozart in the Jungle? A curious consumer’s guide to a show that exists

Have you heard of the TV show Mozart in the Jungle? I hadn’t until this morning, but apparently there’s already been an entire season of it, and season two premieres tonight at midnight on Amazon...

This humanoid robot is eerily lifelike

Meet Nadine, a robot designed to look as human-like as possible and based on its creator at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Prof N

Sony Reveals PlayStation Plus January 2016 Lineup

All the titles will be available to download for free starting on January 5.

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Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Ocean

The water filtration system is like one you'd find in a fish tank, but it's designed for an entire ocean.

No one can agree on how a dog is supposed to wear human pants

On the one hand, it seems totally logical that dogs would wear them on only their hind legs. Pants have two legs. Two. And these two legs are designed to cover your hind quarters, which dogs and most animals unequivocally have. Done deal.

5 Google confirms next Android version won’t implement Oracle’s proprietary Java APIs

Android provides certain Java API libraries to support the development of apps in the Java programming language, broken into two parts: the APIs to the libraries, and the implementing code developed by Google that make said libraries work. Oracle, which develops Java, has two implementations of these libraries: the proprietary JDK version and the open source OpenJDK version. Google’s decision to “consolidate” its efforts with OpenJDK, which Android already uses in some areas, means it will be sharing its implementing code.


Note: If you are consuming the code here and you are not also a Facebook project, be prepared for a bad time. APIs may appear or disappear and we may not follow semver strictly, though we will do our best to. This library is being published with our use cases in mind and is not necessarily meant to be consumed by the broader public. In order for us to move fast and ship projects like React and Relay, we've made the decision to not support everybody. We probably won't take your feature requests unless they align with our needs. There will be overlap in functionality here and in other open source projects.

Stop Sharing This Bogus Facebook Post. It Won't Make You Rich

You’ve got the roommate from hell. They make your life awful and you can’t wait until the day they are gone. You talk to your friends and tell them stories about how terrible and weird they are. You’re relieved when they are no longer in your life on a day-to-day basis. But for some reason, you still have them on your social media. If you’ve kept in contact with your former roommate, or share mutual friends on Facebook, then it’s probably a good idea not to talk badly about them. I’m not encouraging you to talk badly about anyone, even if you don’t keep in touch—but you certainly shouldn’t publicly gossip about anyone who is still part of your life. I’ve had this one happen to me before. I roomed with a girl and although she was an awesome person, we just didn’t click. In her eyes, I probably was the worst roommate ever because we were simply two different people. Living together was rough, but I moved out and I thought we had retained a decent friendship. One day she decided to look for a new roommate and posted it as her status. Her friend commented, “Do you really want to get a new roommate after that last one!? You talked about how horrible she was all the time.

Libraries at the Crossroads

American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.

9 Twitter for Mac is finally updated

While Twitter for Mac development has been in hibernation, third-party apps like Tweetbot and the company's own Tweetdeck have taken its place on my users' desktops. Unfortunately, third-parties don't have the full access to all of Twitter's features like group DMs and Tweetdeck can be a bit of a handful for someone that just wants to keep up with their timeline.

Apple to Pay Italy $348 Million to Settle Tax Evasion Depute

International Business Times , citing local news service La Repubblica, on Wednesday reported that the agreement follows a two-year investigation examining whether Apple's Italian subsidiary failed to declare some $1.3 billion of revenue to Italy's tax authorizes.

AT&T to ditch most two-year phone contracts on January 8th

Just to be perfectly clear, this move applies to all of AT&T's phones. Once the new year rolls around, even flip phones and non-smartphones with keyboards (what AT&T likes to call "Quick Messaging Devices") must be bought outright or with an installment plan. What's less clear is the status of wearables like the Samsung Gear S2 and tablets, which are currently sold (and promoted heavily ) with two-year contracts. It's also possible (if not likely) that AT&T will keep multi-year contracts around for large corporate accounts, and we're looking into both situations. AT&T's vague, highly vetted statement says the change is being made for the sake of "aligning... service offerings with customer and industry trends". Well, we can't argue with that. While smaller, scrappier carriers like T-Mobile have already bailed on the multi-year contract model, AT&T has been slower to act.

DJI's Matrice 100 isn’t just any old quadcopter, it’s lifting drones to new heights

2015 was a big year for drones. This was arguably the year that the UAVs transitioned from a fringe hobbyist affair and became a full-fledged mainstream phenomenon. Drones are everywhere now, but for all the popularity they’ve gained of the past 12 months, the tech is still very young in the grand scheme of things. We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible with autonomous UAVs — which is precisely why we’ve chosen DJI’s Matrice 100 drone as this year’s best ‘Cool Tech’ product.

Facebook's free 'basic internet services' have been shut down for 3 million Egyptians

REUTERS/Stephen LamFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Social media site Facebook says a program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians has been shut down.

Twitter's new rules finally explicitly ban hateful speech and keep users from self-harm

We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

60 of the best Android apps from 2015

If you’re looking for some quality apps for your new phone or want to breathe new life into your old one, our list of the best apps from this year has you covered.

First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange' is spellbinding - CNET

Cumberbatch shows off his goatee and wears the signature caped costume of the Sorcerer Supreme on the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly. Plus Mads Mikkelsen confirmed as the main villain in Marvel's "Doctor Strange."

What's New On Netflix In January 2016?

Contestants stand on stage during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Silicon Valley is confusing pseudo-science with innovation

This year, in lieu of the traditional Best Of Lists, we thought it would be fun to throw our editors into a draft together and have a conversation. One of the biggest topics in tech this year was the ever-expanding bubble in startup valuations, fueled by an ever-expanding pool of increasingly less qualified investors. We brought together our business editor Ben Popper, and our science editor, Liz Lopatto, to discuss what happens when you mix a flood of dumb money eager to invest in anything "disruptive" with life science companies that can actually impact our bodies and health. Here's what we learned in 2015.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook

In the tech industry, there’s nothing weird about setting goals so lofty that they sound unachievable. Google CEO Larry Page , for instance, is so invested in the virtue of gambling on disparate, wildly ambitious projects—from self-driving cars to smart contact lenses—that he restructured his company around the concept in August, making Google’s core businesses a division of a new idea factory called Alphabet. Zuckerberg, by contrast, isn’t interested in doing everything—just the things he views as deeply related to his company’s central vision, and crucial to it. "There are different ways to do innovation," he says, drawing a stark contrast without ever mentioning Page, Google, or Alphabet. "You can plant a lot of seeds, not be committed to any particular one of them, but just see what grows. And this really isn’t how we’ve approached this. We go mission-first, then focus on the pieces we need and go deep on them, and be committed to them." Facebook’s mission is "to give everyone in the world the power to share and make the world more open and connected," as Zuckerberg says, explaining that he is now spending a third of his time overseeing these future initiatives.

The Best Drone Photos Of 2015 Prove Everything Looks Better From The Air

On Tuesday, the platform published its favorite photos of 2015. And after you finish looking through these, you'll feel like you've taken a long vacation and back.

Twitter slammed for hiring Apple's (white) head of diversity

Twitter is one of the Silicon Valley companies most criticized for a lack of diversity, and its latest hire isn't helping that image. The company recently announced that Jeffrey Siminoff will replace Janet Van Huysse as vice president of diversity and inclusion. Siminoff, who is white and male, was previously Apple's head of diversity and is a strong promoter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. However, the move was criticized by diversity proponents like Mark S. Luckie, who didn't take issue with Siminoff himself, but rather the decision. "Not saying a white guy can't be head of diversity, but for a company that hires a majority white guys [sic] it sends the wrong message," he tweeted.

Why 2015 Was a Breakthrough Year in Artificial Intelligence

The pace of advancement in AI is "actually speeding up," said Jeff Dean, a senior fellow at Google. To celebrate their achievements and plot the year ahead, Dean and many of the other top minds in AI are convening in Montreal this week at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. It started in 1987 and has become a must-attend event for many Silicon Valley companies in the last few years, thanks to the explosion in AI. NIPS was where Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg chose in 2013 to announce the company's plans to form an AI laboratory and where a startup named DeepMind showed off an AI that could learn to play computer games before it was acquired by Google.

Apple's in-store workshops offer art and photography tips

If you're looking to get some photography tips for that shiny new iPhone you got for Christmas, Apple is offering just that. The company will host mobile photography and art workshops at its retail locations next month. For iPhone photographers, the workshop will focus on techniques and accessories for improving the overall quality of images, including tips for long exposure and time lapse. If you're more of the artsy type, another tutoring session will show you how to use the iPad as a tool for sketching, drawing and painting.

Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments

According to two former employees of Microsoft, the company's own experts had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information to users of its Hotmail service, which is now called

T-Mobile says it's 'downgrading,' not 'throttling' YouTube

Binge On, similar to T-Mobile's Music Freedom program, exempts certain streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go from counting toward a mobile user's data plan, but only by capping video streams at "DVD-quality" 480p. Regardless of whether a company participates in Binge On, its video streams are capped by default. Binge On was automatically activated for all T-Mobile customers paying for at least 3GB of data per month starting November 19th and it can only be turned off on T-Mobile's website.

Use a towel to remove clothing wrinkles in 5 minutes - CNET

When you're busy, taking the time to iron clothes one by one isn't going to happen. To get wrinkles out of your clothes while you shower, just pop them in the dryer with a damp bath towel and set the timer for five minutes on medium heat.

This isn't Amazon Echo, LG's smart home hub looks familiar

LG says that the SmartThinQ Hub will allow you to control and monitor washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, as well as sensors around the home. It’s not just its looks that recall the Echo, like Amazon’s device it can keep you up to date with your personal calendars and stream music.

Syfy's Twilight Zone Marathon: Your Guide to All 156 Episodes (With Links For Cordcutters)

Every year the Syfy channel plays a Twilight Zone marathon over New Year’s. But this year they’re starting the festivities early. The first episode airs at 7pm this Wednesday, December 30th. We’ve compiled a schedule so you can catch your favorites, along with links to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for all you cordcutters.

9 apps that will help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

The app’s colorized streaming text reduces the amount you have to move your eyes so you can read more quickly. You can amp up the speed if you’re really in a hurry, or slow it down if you want a more relaxing experience. ReadMe! also allows syncing between devices and offline reading, so now there’s no excuse for not getting caught up on that pile of books you’ve been collecting.


It has been confirmed that Debian founder Ian Murdock has died . From the Docker blog: "It is with great sadness that we inform you that Ian Murdock passed away on Monday night . This is a tragic loss for his family, for the Docker community, and the broader open source world; we all mourn his passing. ... Ian helped pioneer the notion of a truly open project and community, embracing open design and open contribution; in fact the formative document of the open source movement itself (the Open Source Definition) was originally a Debian position statement. It is a testament to Ian's commitment to openness and community that there are now more than 1,000 people currently involved in Debian development."

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All - The New Yorker

As someone who has felt, first-hand, the agony of shuttering the doors of his startup , I feel Paul’s pain. But I want to focus on what Branson, a self-made billionaire, who is more often right than wrong, said about ride-sharing not being a “winner-takes-all” market. What Branson says is generally true for companies that sell analog products, such as packaged goods or soda, or analog services, such as air travel. Coke isn’t going to drive Pepsi out of business, and Toyota isn’t going to eliminate Honda. But in today’s Internet-always-on world, that maxim increasingly doesn’t hold true. Most competition in Silicon Valley now heads toward there being one monopolistic winner. And that is why it is hard not to see that, right now, the only competition that matters in ride-sharing is between the two largest companies: Uber and Lyft.

Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42

Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup’s technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away. He was 42.

Facebook must deal with class-action lawsuits over its IPO

For its part, Facebook is appealing the decision. It insists that the class-action status is "without merit" and goes against precedent. Whether or not that's true, it's clear that a lot of people are still seething over the lofty expectations for Facebook's IPO -- they assumed that they would get windfall profits on day one, and were shocked when that didn't happen.

Microsoft is considering a smaller, cheaper Xbox to compete with the Apple TV

But this go-around, Apple has the price and size advantage. The smaller Apple TV, priced at $149, is cheaper and less obtrusive on a shelf than the $349 Xbox One, which looks and feels like a giant black brick.

Steam's Christmas privacy issues affected 34,000 users

"In response to this specific attack, caching rules managed by a Steam web caching partner were deployed in order to both minimize the impact on Steam Store servers and continue to route legitimate user traffic," Valve writes. "During the second wave of this attack, a second caching configuration was deployed that incorrectly cached web traffic for authenticated users. This configuration error resulted in some users seeing Steam Store responses which were generated for other users."

5 Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner

Do you mean creating brand new fictional stories or fabricating things unethically? Assuming you mean fictional stories, in which case the Twitter campaign by MadMen (the TV series) – setting up Twitter teasers and profiles of fictional characters on the show won best branding campaign awards for social media. I do believe other brands have also had ads on TV specially where they introduce fictional characters in short stories for instance Allstate’s Mayhem. These can naturally be extended on social as well. Another good example is Kate Spade which has had Anna Kendrick in a #missadventure video series. That’s really well produced as a video short story series.

Redesigned Twitter for Mac app with dark mode, GIF support, & more is now available

Earlier this year, Twitter promised a brand new Mac app with a fresh new look and a whole lot more. Today that new version is out now with a huge list of new features including a dark mode and GIF support. Twitter 4 also features a new round icon (that’s how you’ll know it’s the new version).

A 900-pound elephant seal shut down Highway 37 because she could

As soon as I heard about her, I was in love: the 900-pound elephant seal who shut down Highway 37 in Sonoma County, northeast of San Francisco. Elephant seals have no natural predators; they pretty much do what they want. She wanted to cross the road, and she was up on the highway divider before the California Highway Patrol showed up. The seal was "very committed" to crossing, the officer on the scene, Andrew Barclay, told The San Francisco Chronicle.

39 Uber hits 1 billion rides

Uber hits 1 billion rides The 1 billionth trip was in London on Christmas Eve. Check out this story on

AT&T to ditch most two-year phone contracts on January 8th

Just to be perfectly clear, this move applies to all of AT&T's phones. Once the new year rolls around, even flip phones and non-smartphones with keyboards (what AT&T likes to call "Quick Messaging Devices") must be bought outright or with an installment plan. What's less clear is the status of wearables like the Samsung Gear S2 and tablets, which are currently sold (and promoted heavily ) with two-year contracts. It's also possible (if not likely) that AT&T will keep multi-year contracts around for large corporate accounts, and we're looking into both situations. AT&T's vague, highly vetted statement says the change is being made for the sake of "aligning... service offerings with customer and industry trends". Well, we can't argue with that. While smaller, scrappier carriers like T-Mobile have already bailed on the multi-year contract model, AT&T has been slower to act.

Yikes—Does My Startup Need To Become A Tech Company, After All?

One can imagine a complex yet elegant tech solution to our prayers, a system that would allow us to ask individual customers exactly what they want to eat, and send them that. But aside from the ridiculously impractical nature of that "solution"—imagine a restaurant in which you could order pretty much anything, or even choose from 100 entrées—it’s not clear to me that people actually know what they want. In fact, a good deal of my job is to define that for them. Just as you go to a restaurant because the chef’s judgment appeals to you, you come to Purple Carrot because the product we’re making draws you to us.

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know - GitBook

Pearls of wisdom for programmers collected from leading practitioners. — 97 Things Every X Should Know

Star Wars characters and their cats drawn by Disney artists

So excited for Star Wars!!!!!! We got our tickets ready for tomorrow! So can't wait!!!! Meanwhile, we are rewatching the original movies. And we will be posting some of our favorite character and their cats. The first one, is Padme Amidala and her black cat. #griz #grizandnorm #kittycatclub #starwars #fanart #princess #amidala #black #cat #kitty

Twitter and others to face criminal offence if they tip off users about snooping requests

The note adds: “While in many cases it would be detrimental to the investigation if a communication service provider notified the subject of an investigation that a request for their data had been made, there are cases where this would not be the case.

LG and Samsung will reportedly supply OLED screens for Apple’s iPhone

SEOUL (Reuters, Se Young Lee) — South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd and the panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for Apple Inc’s iPhones, the Electronic Times reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

The top 15 geeky movies of 2015 - TechRepublic

Every year, certain movies come out that speak to the geek in all of us. Here are the top geek movies of 2015.

Twitter for Mac finally gets a redesign

If the design doesn’t feel all that fresh to you, there’s a good reason for that. Twitter announced this redesign two months ago during its developer conference. The unveiling was a bit frustrating, as the company declined to announce a release date for the app. Well, it’s arrived.

Space firm creates ArcaBoard - a 'real hoverboard' - BBC News

The aircraft has been dubbed the ArcaBoard - the firm appears to be avoiding calling it a "hoverboard" to avoid confusion with the controversial wheel-based vehicles.

Americans conflicted about sharing personal information with companies

A significant minority of American adults have felt confused, discouraged or impatient when trying to make decisions about sharing their personal information with companies. When asked if they felt confident they understood what would be done with their personal information as they were deciding whether or not to share it, 50% said they felt confident they understood – but 47% said they were not confident.

Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

As this storm churns north, it’s forcing warm air into the Arctic Circle. Over the North Sea, sustained winds from the south are blasting at 70 mph, and gusting to well above 100 mph, drawing heat from south to north.

51 Microsoft failed to warn victims of Chinese email hack - former employees
52 Dear Veronica: Resolution resolutions
53 5 Innovations That Changed The Way We Told Stories In 2015
54 The 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2016
55 DJ Khaled On Technology, Entrepreneurship And Snapchatting His Keys To Success
56 How Netflix and Amazon have changed the rules of TV
57 Potential Tesla competitor posts teaser video of concept car
58 27 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' questions answered by the novel
59 The Best Photo App For Absolutely Everyone
60 The 15 Best TV Shows of 2015
61 Congress gave NASA $55 million to build habitats for Mars by 2018
62 Uber just completed its billionth trip
63 Here's how Apple synchronized all your Apple Watches
64 This photo of Seinfeld and Obama is real, and it's spectacular
65 HTC and Valve's Vive VR system passes through the FCC
66 The first glimpse of Bill Cosby after the sexual assault charge
67 LA's Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster
68 Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?
69 7 Stories To Read This Weekend - Om Malik
70 Microsoft made a selfie app for the iPhone
71 Apple Watch is four times more accurate at timekeeping than iPhone | Cult of Mac
72 Is On The Block, Swiss Furniture Maker Vitra Likely Buyer
73 2015 was the year 'censorship' lost all meaning
74 How Apple, Google, and Microsoft used each others’ app stores in 2015
75 Facebook Testing Topic-Based News Feeds
76 Uber bets its API will transform the way we ride in 2016
77 The Indian Startup Scene In 2015
78 I'm 28 and spending New Year's Eve at home with my parents
79 How much a VIP seat costs in Times Square on New Year's Eve
80 KaloBios Files for Bankruptcy After Former CEO Martin Shkreli's Arrest
81 6 ways virtual reality will shape up in 2016
82 To handle VR graphics, gaming PCs have to be 7 times more powerful
83 Credit Karma Acquires Innovative Mobile Notifications Startup Snowball
84 1995: The Year Everything Changed
85 Facebook shares its 7 favorite hacks of 2015
86 Quentin Hardy on Twitter
87 January sales 2015: Laptop deals
88 'Halo: Reach' runs poorly on the Xbox One
89 Microsoft failed to warn victims of Chinese email hack: former employees
90 LG G5 will feature dual displays and camera lenses, hardware expansion
91 This Viral List About 1915 Is Full of Lies
92 Lawrence Lessig: Technology Will Create New Models for Privacy Regulation
93 Don't get caught out by Uber's surge pricing this New Year's Eve