Interview and Dance Off with Charli XCX
Kyle Russell interviews Charli XCX about using social media and her new song in Just Dance 2015.
Pug can't contain his excitement for bath time
Barry the pug keeps cool and freshens up with a nice bath.
Terminator Genisys Movie - Official Trailer
He's back. Watch the new Terminator Genisys trailer starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. http://TerminatorMovie.com
Most of Mongolia’s 800,000 Nomads Are Now Living on the Grid
Although motorcycles and a smattering of cars help a nomad get to town on short notice, these steeds (or camels in the Gobi Desert) are the best way to move tiny herds in slow, regular annual orbits around the towns and markets the herders frequent to sell their excess meat and crafts, moving forward as the grazing gets scarce. It’s not an easy life, but the connection to land and livestock is what they’ve grown up with. And the city, smoggy with coal fire, often more expensive, and lacking in easy, secure work for those with few skills or experience that don’t involve milking or shearing, doesn’t hold much appeal unless your herd is shrinking or dying, or you’re desperate for cash.
Orion spacecraft makes first test flight, in a small step toward Mars - CNET
While there were no lifeforms aboard the current expedition, it's hoped that the Orion craft will one day carry up to four astronauts to far-flung astronomical locales -- most notably, Mars. In the nearer future, NASA intends to send Orion on an uncrewed mission around the moon within the next few years, and the goal is to launch astronauts aboard the spacecraft in 2021.
Get your fix for pigskin play with this NFL live stream watch guide
Unfortunately, this is a mobile app that’s specific to Verizon. If you have a Verizon mobile subscription, you can download NFL Mobile, plug your phone into your computer or TV via a micro USB to HDMI cable, and watch Sunday Night Football that way. NFL Mobile will also stream the Super Bowl in 2015. On top of that, for Verizon Premium and MORE Everything subscribers, NFL Mobile has been updated to include live streams of local games that are broadcast on CBS and FOX. Therefore, it doesn’t sound like local blackout rules apply here. However, if we read differently elsewhere, we’ll issue an update. Don’t underestimate the value of this method.
And what will replace it? Think of Vox, a young media start-up for the policy left and beyond. It has many skilled writers, has swift and shrewd pieces, and does indeed “explain” and add context to many news stories. For all those reasons, it’s a great addition to the discourse. But it is also, like most other new media outfits, an ad agency, in which sponsored content revenues are now the alternative to a rich benefactor. Is that really much better? Does a magazine full of bloviating corporate p.r. campaigns made to look as indistinguishable from editorial as possible have a better chance at changing people’s minds and changing the broader culture than the earlier model? Do you get any sense from Vox that its editors are actually struggling to figure out the world, that there are battle-lines over policy and politics, that high culture and low culture are critical complements to a nothing-but-politics-and-policy view of the world? Say what you like about Marty Peretz – but there was more diversity of thought in one issue of TNR than there has been in one year of Vox.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review
Nintendo’s hit holiday season continues with an unlikely hero: Captain Toad, the toadstool-esque stock supporting character from Super Mario games, who takes the helm for a full-fledged puzzler based on mini games from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes unique advantage of the Wii U’s capabilities, in addition to being just generally super fun, and while it won’t have the console-selling mojo of a Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart, it’s definitely another good reason to consider Wii U ownership.
"It's 2:40 PM And I'm Drunk": The Strange, Voyeuristic Novel Mined From Twitter
It's 2:40pm and I'm drunk. I should be ashamed, but alas I am not. Its 2.41pm and my sister is still sleeping :/ how disgusting. It's 2:42pm and I finally just got dressed ^_^. It's 2:43pm and I haven't even WRITTEN my to do list yet. I need a reset button for today! It's 2:44pm and I haven't killed anyone today — yet. New personal best. Its 2:45pm and I'm sober? Quick, someone call 911 or Ghostbusters! It's 2:46pm and I have not gotten out of bed. Love days when I only have show call nearly as much as days off. It's 2:47pm and I have just woken up. Time for applejacks :). It's 2:48pm and I am so tired!! Itâ€™s 2.49pm and Iâ€™ve had 8 cups of tea so far. Next time Iâ€™ll think twice before cycling in the rain, getting soaked and freezing my ass off.
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Learn to code at Apple stores across the world - Telegraph
Apple will host free one-hour coding workshops as part of the second annual
Hour of Code movement at its retail stores across the globe
5 Things to Know About North Korean Hackers
North Korea is a suspect in a huge hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment . South Korea claims North Korea’s military runs a cyber-terrorism unit that it has blamed for several hacking attacks against Seoul. Here are five things to know about the allegations against North Korea.
Apple Maps could get integrated with Siri and Passbook, expand other crowdsourcing features
According to the listing’s description, the Community Client Software Engineer will work with the rest of the Maps team, and work on “building and extending the Maps application to allow Apple to crowdsource improvements to the Maps experience.” As noted in the original report, Apple wants the new software engineer to also expand on the crowdsourcing features that are already baked into Maps, to develop new data through “high-level UI development and architecture of the ‘Report a Problem’ feature of the Maps application.” Indeed, Apple’s Report a Problem is one way that the company currently crowdsources information from Maps users out there in the world, which is a bonus as Apple also develops its own projects aimed at collecting maps data.
Benedict Cumberbatch officially to make magic as Doctor Strange - CNET
Cumberbatch can now add "comic book superhero" to his film credits. Marvel finally officially confirms that the actor will be playing the ultimate sorcerer Doctor Strange.
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Cisco slaps Arista Networks with patent, copyright infringement suits
In Chandler’s blog post, Cisco identified 12 product features covered by 14 patents that Arista is said to have violated. “None of the implementations are incorporated in industry standards,” Chandler writes. “They were patented by individuals who worked for Cisco and are now at Arista, or who at Cisco worked with executives who are now at Arista. These Cisco-created features and implementations are incorporated by Arista in their entirety into Arista’s products.”
Facebook 202X: How It Becomes The Multitool For The Modern Totalitarian, Part 1
Maybe it’s naive, but I’d always hoped that Facebook would evolve into the Internet’s humanizing, unifying force — the one that would stretch across geographical, national, religious and racial boundaries to show us that, even when we disagree about the tactics, we all want the same things for ourselves and our children: to be safe, to be at peace, to have food and shelter, respect and opportunity and hope.
Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
I’ve got to think about how I want to answer this. In terms of the actual number, I’m not sure, because there’s The Intercept , First Look, and also Matt [Taibbi]’s project. [That project has since been canceled.] I think it was a bit naïve to imagine building up an infrastructure so quickly to report on the Snowden material, and it does take time to build up an institutional structure. There was a period where we were making a general news site, then we were making more focused digital magazines, and then there was a point where there seemed to be a freeze of budget which made it hard for us to hire. But here’s what I think is the good news: for me, being under the same umbrella of people like Glenn and Jeremy [Scahill], is meaningful. And this new reporting we’re doing confirms that, because we all have a reputation for doing reporting that is risky, adversarial, and that tries to get to the truth. Yes, there have been hurdles to get the thing up and running, but none of those hurdles have ever been about censoring anything that we’re trying to do.
Apple, Xiaomi smartphones found violating privacy laws in Taiwan
Smartphones from Apple, Xiaomi and others have been violating Taiwan’s privacy laws by collecting user data and sending it back to company servers, according to a government regulator.
Mark Zuckerberg: Tim Cook's claim that ads turn people into products is 'ridiculous'
"A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising businessmodel with somehow being out of alignment with your customers," said Zuckerberg. "What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!"
X-Men: Apocalypse How Oscar Isaac and Bryan Singer Will Bring Apocalypse to Life - IGN
In previous films, Isaac's characters have been very subtle and nuanced. That's obviously a lot different from playing a comic book villain like Apocalypse, who has a very clear agenda. Isaac spoke to director Bryan Singer in great detail about the best approach to bring the character to life on screen. "In the early conversations we talked a lot about that [Apocalypse's distinct point of view and agenda]," he said. "Of course, you read the comic book, and [Apocalypse is] not so shaded with gray -- except his face. [Laughs] That's the only thing gray about him."
Live from The Logan Symposium: secrecy, surveillance and censorship
“I don’t think this is questioned enough. If you look at the statements that the US government said about us when we released the Iraq war logs and Afghan war logs, they tried to say we had blood on our hands. Which is quite extraordinary when we’re exposing the tens of thousands of deaths at the hands of the US... This is all done under this guise of national security, and it’s really created problems within the UK and US communities and media on how to deal with Muslim communities, and to understand that it’s not okay for anybody’s rights to be broken... The press in the UK really needs to grow some balls for the most part.”
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눈보다는 귀를 밝혀야. 소리는 우주 공통일것임. " @engadget : Europe's Extremely Large Telescope on track to observe the universe by 2024 http://engt.co/1tW0YJ2
Final Fantasy 13 gets 1080p support on Steam next week
Square Enix will introduce a patch for Final Fantasy 13 on Steam next week that will give players additional graphics options. Slated to land on Thursday, December 11, the update will allow players to switch to custom resolutions, such as 720p and 1080p. The patch hits the same day that the game's sequel, Final Fantasy 13-2 , will arrive on Steam as well.
Final Fantasy 13 first launched in late 2009 in Japan, making its worldwide debut in March 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was followed by the aforementioned 13-2 in February 2012 and the final game of the trilogy earlier this year, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 . Those planning on picking up the Steam version of Final Fantasy 13-2 may want to pre-purchase the game, as it is 10 percent off at the moment ($17.99).
[Image: Square Enix] Final Fantasy XIII (Snow's Story: Perpetual Battlefield and Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess)
Grueling endurance test blows away SSD durability fears
The grueling test is slated to continue until all drives are dead, but whether Samsung’s or Kingston’s drive is the last one standing doesn’t really matter. Tech Report’s study is just too small to tell us anything useful about the durability of a particular SSD model or brand. At this point, we’re just watching a (very, very geeky) gladiator match to see which one survives to the bitter end.
Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul Just Dropped a Yo App Spinoff
If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman and his foul-mouthed love for the words “Yo” and “Bitch,” you’re gonna dig actor Aaron Paul’s new messaging app.
Pip Lets You Send Preset Messages with Just a Tap
Users can select a contact from their list of fellow Pip users and send a quick text just by tapping on available messages like “Call me,” “I’m running late” (with preset time intervals), “Did you do that thing?,” “Where are you?” Recipients have a bunch of corresponding responses they can reply with just as easily.
Tablets on the gridiron: taking a Surface for a spin on an NFL sideline - CNET
Each sideline gets 13 Surface tablets, linked to one of two separate secure wireless networks: one for each team. These are Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets, not the newer Surface Pro 3 , and made specifically to withstand rain and elements, plus they're given an additional ruggedized case. I tried using the non-capacitive stylus in some pretty heavy rain and it wrote on the screen just fine. They're meant to work in extreme cold too (120 to -10 degrees Farenheit; 48 to -23 degrees Celsius), although there's also a dedicated climate-controlled charging and data-syncing cabinet to store them when they're not in use. And they're made to have better visibility in direct sunlight. I tried them at night so it was hard to tell the difference, but plenty of NFL teams have been using them during bright afternoon games and it seems like all has gone well.
IGN on Twitter
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The Apple iPod lawsuit may get thrown out for not having a plaintiff
The $350 million antitrust suit posits that Apple deliberately abused its powerful position in the music hardware industry to ensure that it could crank its product prices as much as it possibly could. There's a window, however: The case only concerns iPods purchased between September 2006 and March 2009.
Uber’s Investor Club Adds Two Hedge Funds, Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund
The investors won out in a competitive bidding process that lasted several weeks and drove the valuation of the red-hot ride-sharing company up to more than $41 billion, easily the highest for any private startup now backed by venture capitalists and more than twice the value investors placed on Uber just six months ago.
AWS Data Transfer Price Reduction
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Sony Hack Reportedly Includes 47,000 Social Security Numbers, Celebrity Data - Hollywood Reporter
As fallout from the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment continues to grow, it now appears that the leaked files include the Social Security numbers of more than 47,000 current and former employees, including celebrities like Sylvester Stallone , according to a report in The Wall Street Journal . Other names with personal information that's shown up in the files include director Judd Apatow and actress Rebel Wilson .
Yale, Organovo team up to 3D print organs for transplants
A benefit of 3D printing organs is that they can be made from a patient’s own cells, which reduces the chances their body will reject an organ. Organovo’s 3D printers are actually pretty similar to an inkjet printer you might find on a desktop; instead of ink, they are loaded with living cells that are then printed layer by layer.
How did Orion withstand temperatures twice the melting point of steel?
NASA has sent humans beyond Earth many times, notably during 11 Apollo moon missions between 1968 and 1972. But Orion is to be the most ambitious crewed mission to date, representing a renewed hunger for space exploration. This spacecraft is meant to travel farther, faster, and carry more astronauts than ever before, and it’s hoped that Orion will be the safest space vehicle built to date. If all goes according to schedule, Orion will put humans on an asteroid by 2025 and on Mars in the 2030s. Here’s how crazy it all is: in June, a blue-ribbon panel issued a highly critical report, questioning whether the agency was currently on the right track. The congressionally charted Committee on Human Spaceflight suggested focusing more exclusively on reaching Mars. In response, NASA essentially yawned .
The Sony PlayStation is 20 years old
The original PlayStation launch is an iPhone-level example of how to enter an established market and blindside every existing player. Nintendo, the market leader, was locked in a brutal dogfight with Sega for the hearts and minds of children across the world. Sony originally planned to release a CD-ROM-equipped Super Nintendo called the PlayStation, and showcased such a product at CES 1991; Nintendo, however, called off the partnership a day after Sony’s announcement due to disagreements over revenue sharing. Ken Kutaragi’s renegade division within Sony regrouped and, a few years later, reemerged with a product that subverted Nintendo’s entire business.
Ron Wyden introduces bill to ban FBI 'backdoors' in tech products
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is trying to proactively block FBI head James Comey's request for new rules that make tapping into devices easier. The Secure Data Act would ban agencies from making manufacturers alter their products to allow easier surveillance or search, something Comey has said is necessary as encryption becomes more common and more sophisticated. "Strong encryption and sound computer security is the best way to keep Americans' data safe from hackers and foreign threats," said Wyden in a statement. "It is the best way to protect our constitutional rights at a time when a person's whole life can often be found on his or her smartphone."
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You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?
W hether it’s cucumbers splashing into water or models sitting smugly next to a pile of vegetables, it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry. The idea that you can wash away your calorific sins is the perfect antidote to our fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives. But before you dust off that juicer or take the first tentative steps towards a colonic irrigation clinic, there’s something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.
A tale of mental illness -- from the inside
"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
The Science of Suffering
On the whole, the children of Cambodian survivors have not enjoyed the upward mobility of children of immigrants from other Asian countries. More than 40 percent of all Cambodian-Americans lack a high school diploma. Only slightly more than 10 percent have a bachelor’s degree. The story of Tom Sun, a soft-spoken, pop-star-dapper thirtysomething (he doesn’t know his exact age) is emblematic, except, perhaps, in how well he’s doing now. His mother was pregnant with him during the Khmer Rouge years. His father died before the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia and drove the Khmer Rouge back into the jungle. When he was very young, he, his mother, and a little brother made their way from a Thai refugee camp to the United States and eventually settled in Lowell. The two boys and two other brothers, born after they arrived in the United States, were left to raise themselves. Illiterate and shattered, their mother gambled, cried, and yelled at her sons. “My mother, she’s loud,” Sun told me. “She’s got a very mean tone. I still hear it in my head.” His stepfather, a mechanic, also a survivor and also illiterate, beat them until welts striped their bodies.
Age of Wonders available free in GOG.com Winter Sale
Just offering discounts is apparently not enough for GOG.com, as the digital distributor has opted to enhance its just-launched Winter Sale by handing out free copies of classic turn-based strategy epic Age of Wonders .
Alongside the free game, the Winter Sale delivers hefty discounts on a wide range of games. If you adore the gratis Age of Wonders , you may also want to pick up Age of Wonders 3 , a game we awarded 4.5 of 5 stars, and which is currently available at GOG.com for less than $16. If you prefer your high fantasy to be a bit more hands on, GOG.com has the normally $106 Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons Collection discounted to $21.10, and you can pick up both The Witcher and its sequel for less than $5. Other highlights include Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition at $5, Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition at $2.49 and Terraria at $2.
A full rundown of the numerous discounts available in the Winter Sale can be found at GOG.com . The Winter Sale ends on December 15.
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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM
I go beyond training with a straight-talking approach to wellness that focuses on an overall healthy lifestyle. For years I’ve educated celebrities and top corporate executives on how to effectively incorporate fitness and nutrition into their busy everyday lives. I’ve appeared on Extra, The Doctors, Good Morning America and The Today Show.I was also featured trainer on The CW’s Shedding for the Wedding, and am often quoted in People, Glamour, Woman’s Health and the Los Angeles Times. I’m also the author of No Gym Required – Release Your Inner Rock Star (2009) and Strong is the New Skinny-- How to Eat, Live, and Move to Maximize Your Power (2014).
Beyond training, I’m the President and CEO of fitness and wellness brand NGR – No Gym Required – and I am the lifestyle and fitness spokesperson for world-class brands including Muscle Milk, Polar Heart Rate Monitors and Weight Watchers.Weight Watchers recently appointed me as their overall national spokesperson and trainer in the 5 DVD Points Plus Program workout series.
New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start | Quanta Magazine
Perhaps even more exciting is how well the enzyme works. Other ribozymes created to date are too finicky to have spawned life; they replicate only certain RNA sequences, like soil that will grow potatoes but not carrots or peas. But Joyce’s ribozyme could produce a range of sequences — including its own. And it’s still getting better. The ribozyme in the paper emerged after just 16 rounds of evolution, a shockingly short run for this kind of experiment. Further rounds of evolution have already boosted its abilities, though these findings are not yet published. “The beautiful thing is that this is still a young enzyme,” Lehman said. “There’s lots of room for improvement.”
Your Windowless Cubicle Is Doing Horrible Things For Your Sleep And Mental Health
For this study, researchers evaluated 20 women in a workspace for a week. Half of them worked near a window. The other half did not.
Talks to watch with kids
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
The six biggest mistakes of managing an introvert
Do you supervise individuals would might describe themselves as an introvert? If the answer is “yes,” you may want to take a moment to examine how you manage them. In many cases, we hold misconceptions about introversion, which can lead to ill-fated supervisory decisions. I’d like to point you in the right direction.
It’s official: America is now No. 2
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.
Sony quietly unveils e-ink smartwatch as a crowdfunding project
In a demonstration video, the device cycles through several of its 24 design patterns, changing the watch from light-colored to dark, with one design even giving the watchband an alligator skin pattern. However, based on the details currently available, the e-ink design changes appear to be the extent of the "smart" part of the device's functions.
DUBS Bring Down The Noise In Night Clubs
Last night, I stepped into Marquee night club in New York City. David Guetta was on the set list. People were dressed their best, lights were flashing, and I had a fresh glass full of booze in hand. I should have been excited, but instead my head just hurt.
Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind Technologies and Artificial-Intelligence Wunderkind at Google, Wants Machines to Think Like Us | MIT Technology Review
Artificial intelligence researchers have been tinkering with reinforcement learning for decades. But until DeepMind’s Atari demo, no one had built a system capable of learning anything nearly as complex as how to play a computer game, says Hassabis. One reason it was possible was a trick borrowed from his favorite area of the brain. Part of the Atari-playing software’s learning process involved replaying its past experiences over and over to try and extract the most accurate hints on what it should do in the future. “That’s something that we know the brain does,” says Hassabis. “When you go to sleep your hippocampus replays the memory of the day back to your cortex.”
SoftBank Invests $7M In MIT-based Clean-Tech Startup Altaeros Energies
SoftBank Capital provides venture funding and strategic support to exceptional entrepreneurs building disruptive enduring businesses. They are a small team of experienced entrepreneurs and investors who take an "active" approach to helping their companies reach their full potential. They manage $600 million across three funds and invest across a company’s lifecycle, from early to growth …