How to close all apps at once on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 8
Learn how to close (quit or kill) all apps at once on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in iOS 8 with our step-by-step guide.
Princess Leia and Galadriel mouth off in rap battle - CNET
It's "Star Wars" vs. "The Lord of the Rings" as Princess Leia takes on Galadriel in a geeky rap battle, riffing on rings, rebels and re-edits.
North Korea denies hacking Sony but calls the breach a ‘righteous deed’
TOKYO — North Korea has denied hacking Sony Pictures’ computer systems in retaliation for its movie “The Interview,” which revolves around a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. But the secretive state has called the crippling cyberattack a “righteous deed” and has suggested that its “supporters and sympathizers” might be taking revenge on its behalf.
US Senator Al Franken scrutinizes Lyft's privacy policies
After quizzing Uber on its data collection practices, U.S. Senator Al Franken now wants rival Lyft to explain its privacy policies.
Uber cab driver in India arrested after suspected rape
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police on Sunday arrested an Uber cab driver suspected of raping a female passenger and said they would take legal action against the U.S. online taxi service for failing to run background checks on him.
James Franco and Seth Rogen reveal 'leaked' Sony hack photos on 'SNL'
"Something pretty crazy happened this week," Franco says. "I have this movie called The Interview coming out with Seth Rogen at Sony, and this week Sony Studios got all of their computers hacked. This is true. These hackers have leaked real personal information about everybody that works with Sony. Social security numbers, emails — and I know eventually they're going to start leaking out stuff about me. So, before you hear it from someone else, I thought it would be better if you hear it from me."
Sony investigator says cyberattack was 'unparalleled' crime
He added that "The bottom line is that this was an unparalleled and well planned crime, carried out by an organized group, for which neither SPE nor other companies could have been fully prepared."
Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine sentenced to a year in prison and $4.5M fine
The original indictment described a scheme in which Devine used his position at Apple to obtain confidential information, which he transmitted to Apple suppliers, including Ang. In return, the suppliers and manufacturers paid Devine kickbacks, which he shared with Ang. The information enabled the suppliers to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple, according to the indictment. The companies were not named in the indictment, but they were described as suppliers of materials designed for Apple’s iPhone and iPod products. They are located in “various countries in Asia,” the indictment said, including China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.
Mozilla toys with Firefox on iPhone after years of snubbing iOS
Mozilla's recent deals with Yahoo and its own ad project may have also played a part in its reconsideration of iOS. Without Firefox on iOS, Yahoo will not be getting Firefox-generated search requests from the 42% of U.S. smartphone owners who have an iPhone. And Firefox's new in-browser ad platform, which debuted on the desktop last month , is locked out of Apple's more affluent customers, a lucrative target for advertisers.
What American shopping malls looked like in 1989
In 1989, Michael Galinsky, then a 20-year-old student, took a month to traverse the U.S. Everywhere he went, he documented the same place: the shopping mall. The results are now an archive of a vanished world, simultaneously familiar and foreign, trivial and full of meaning.
7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People
And how do "positive" people solve problems without delving into them and avoiding other people with problems all the time? It seems they do it magically without ever getting to know a problem. A very biased and narrow perspective has been demonstrated in this article. The author, by no means, has articulated the positioning of this view within the broader EI context. I disagree totally with the article. It seems the traits presented are themselves negative in attitude. Anyone with EI would know your vitality if built on strong grounds cannot be depleted by so-called negative people. Listening to others' woe is a real skill - only if you stay long enough with a problem can you even attempt to find a solution. One who "quickly" solves a problem indicates to me a person eager to not have problems thus an intolerance to a huge part of what life naturally is. Just hanging out with "positive" people - that sounds deplorable. There's lots more to say but I may need a few 100 words for that!
How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT | WIRED
Across campus, in a second-floor windowless room, four students huddle around an odd, 3-foot-tall frame constructed of PVC pipe. They have equipped it with propellers, cameras, lights, a laser, depth detectors, pumps, an underwater microphone, and an articulated pincer. At the top sits a black, waterproof briefcase containing a nest of hacked processors, minuscule fans, and LEDs. It’s a cheap but astoundingly functional underwater robot capable of recording sonar pings and retrieving objects 50 feet below the surface. The four teenagers who built it are all undocumented Mexican immigrants who came to this country through tunnels or hidden in the backseats of cars. They live in sheds and rooms without electricity. But over three days last summer, these kids from the desert proved they are among the smartest young underwater engineers in the country.
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
4 Habits Of Punctual People
I admit it; I read this article because I am habitually sliding in right on time or a couple minutes late and was hoping for some insight on what I could do differently. However, I am highly organized, very routine-oriented and completely realistic about time. I do enjoy and plan down-time in my day. So reading this, it would seem that one of my problems is not providing myself buffer time and I would completely agree with that. But here's something you didn't mention: I don't like to be early. On occasions when I am early, all I can think about is what I could have been getting done at home. (I am a homemaker and also work from home.) That is usually why I am late, too, come to think of it. I'm always trying to get one more thing done before I leave. I guess maybe that could come under not being realistic about time??
Google Says These Are 2014's Best Android Apps
With more than 1 million apps available, parsing through the Google Play Store can be a challenge. Google has provided some help by offering a list of the best Android apps of 2014. Whether you’re looking to stream a movie, learn a new language or manage your business calendar, chances are there’s an app that will fit the bill.
What your doctor won’t disclose
Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.
Norway's new banknotes are a beautifully pixelated blur
In the finest of democratic traditions, Norway's next series of banknotes will incorporate two designs into one harmonious union. Having earlier this year invited eight design studios to contribute ideas, Norges Bank has selected the blocky and abstract work of Snøhetta for the reverse of its new notes and the more traditionally artful depictions from The Metric System for the front.
9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
Can't tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.
13 Reasons I'd Still Pick Nintendo's Wii U Over the PS4 and Xbox One
The Wii U remains the only game system you can readily shlep around like a handheld, and one with friendlier ergonomics for longterm sessions than either Sony’s PS Vita or Nintendo’s own 3DS. The PS4’s slender enough, but you’d need to lug a screen with you, and it’s the screen that’s probably the biggest hurdle here. By folding the screen into the gamepad, Nintendo has essentially designed the first portable gaming platform that doesn’t in some fundamental way (think the tiny thumbsticks on the Vita) compromise the interface to said platform.
First Children Are Smarter—but Why?
But international surveys of birth orders and behavior (which might have offered me an empirical excuse to behave this way) aren't doing me any favors. First borns around the world, it turns out, have higher IQs, perform better in school, and are considered more accomplished by their parents. Looking at parent evaluations of children from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1979, the researchers found that mothers are much more likely to see their first children as high-achievers. They regard their subsequent children as considerably more average in their class (see table and chart below).
America's Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle | WIRED
For more than 30 years, the A-10 Thunderbolt II—better known as the Warthog because it’s so ugly—has performed a crucial role: attacking hostile targets that threaten troops on the ground, a task called close air support. The plane, designed for the Cold War, is old. It’s slow. And it’s about as sophisticated as a hammer. But it is heavily armored and wickedly armed, making it a ruthlessly effective weapon. And that is why, despite ongoing efforts by Defense Department brass to kill it, the Warthog is headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS.
This Lingerie Company A/B Tests The World's Hottest Women To See Who Makes You Click "Buy"
A/B testing takes more resources because it requires at least two of everything. At the all-day event, Adore Me photographs between 30 and 40 new looks that will debut on the site the next month. For every bra and underwear set, the company has to ensure it has enough options to test for each garment. Each month, the retailer also reshoots a handful of garments that didn't sell well on the site. Today, Adore Me is testing a new blonde model. While natural blondes make up about 16% of the U.S. population, and gentlemen have been said to prefer them, nobody wants to buy lingerie from them. So far, no one with golden locks has sold well, Hermand-Waiche says.
Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall
Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider ), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent also includes descriptions of other more advanced and fantastic scenarios, including ejection devices for cables, and even retractable air foils to control the angle of descent, like those Elon Musk is testing for his reusable rockets at Space X , but built into an iPhone.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, who won nearly all of the 30,000 Bitcoins in the United States Marshals Service’s first Bitcoin auction, snags just 2,000 in the second.
Meet the new Bond car
Aston Martin's press release notes that there will only be 10 DB10s produced, all of them manufactured to a bespoke specification. The company goes on to say that "the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins." You'll find more detailed closeups of Bond's new Aston Martin below, along with a history of all the other wild rides that 007 has been seen in over the years.
How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout
Our purpose in life is an altruistic and ongoing commitment to bettering the lives of others. Purpose never ends, for there are always new people who need healing, education, etc.
Goals, on the other hand, have a beginning and an end. People choose a goal, make a plan, work the plan and achieve it. Unlike purpose, a goals is what you do for you – not others.
Most people begin their life's work with a purpose, usually a desire to help others. After they become successful (usually defined by money), people start setting goals for themselves – a bigger home or car. Gradually, without realizing it, individuals spend more time concentrating on their goals and less time reaffirming their purpose.
Burnout occurs when we lose sight our life's purpose. We complaining about our work and pay. We also think that things – or more things – will make us happy. Burnout is a self-inflicted condition, and its cure is a rededication to purpose. It's as simple as that.
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Get jolly with Lego ornaments you can make yourself - CNET
Sure you can deck your Christmas tree with the same old boring ornaments this year. Or you can make it a truly nerdtastic festival of fun by bedecking your tannenbaum with a set of awesome Lego ornaments from Chris McVeigh.
The Prison Coding Class That Might Have Inmates Making Six Figures On Their Release
Jones is going through a coding bootcamp, so he will soon have the skills necessary to start working on his app. But the 31-year-old has never actually used a smartphone, and his Internet experience is limited to casual web browsing. He's an inmate at California's San Quentin State Prison—incarcerated since 2006 for assault—who is participating in Code 7370, a six-month intensive computer programming class developed by The Last Mile , a nonprofit program that offers entrepreneurship training for prisoners.
THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
Mobile growth is moving into media, advertising, software, and services. Meanwhile, new devices are expanding the meaning of "mobile."
Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart
Space is big, humans are small, and spacecrafts, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart, to scale, of every rocket, spacecraft, and space station involved in human spaceflight. And man, Saturn V is huuuuuuuge—it's as long as the whole International Space Station.
Photos that bear witness to modern slavery
For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images — miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal — illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. (Filmed at TEDxMaui)
Rolling Stone just wrecked an incredible year of progress for rape victims
2014 was an incredible year for discussions about consent and rape. Street harassment, sexism, and rape on campus came to the forefront of our shared conversation through social media, protests, and all forms of journalism. And it worked. People who otherwise would never have talked about rape culture engaged in the conversation. I've never heard so many men use the word "consent." It doesn't matter that the discussions were polarizing, or that many continue to debate rape culture's existence. The discussion happened, and it's largely because women used the power of the internet to make it so.
A BAT and a ball cost $1.10 between them. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does each cost? By paying attention to how people actually think, behavioural economics has qualified some of the underlying assumptions of classical economics, notably that everyone is perfectly rational. In fact, the mind plays tricks, dividing up $1.10 (in this example) neatly into $1 and 10 cents, rather than correctly into $1.05 and 5 cents. People also tend to copy others and often prefer to co-operate rather than compete. For these reasons, some of the simplifying assumptions of economics are not always correct: people do not act in every instance in their long-term self-interest; they do not weigh up all the costs and benefits before taking a decision.
A Peek At London's 23 Miles Of New Underground Train Tunnels
Workers have completed almost 90% of the planned train tunnels—more than 23 miles in total—and the entire project is more than halfway done in advance of its scheduled 2018 debut. In the process, Crossrail has revealed arresting new photographs of the underground transportation infrastructure rarely seen by the public—otherworldly views of monumental tunnels sans rails or trains, brightly lit by floodlights. Eventually the system will feature trains conceived by industrial design duo Barber & Osgerby .
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What Happened When We Created Daily Lists Of Our Successes
"We have built in a habit of setting an alarm in the morning to wake up, but hardly anyone thinks about setting a reminder to start preparing for bed at night," Hanna explains. "Creating a bedtime prep-time routine that includes healthy brain habits like gratitude and listing accomplishments for the day can focus our mental energy on things that are positive, preparing the brain and body for a more restful night's sleep and a more productive day ahead."
Google Can Now Tell You're Not a Robot With Just One Click | WIRED
On Wednesday, Google announced that many of its “Captchas”—the squiggled text tests designed to weed out automated spambots—will be reduced to nothing more than a single checkbox next to the statement “I’m not a robot.” No more typing in distorted words or numbers; Google says it can, in many cases, tell the difference between a person or an automated program simply by tracking clues that don’t involve any user interaction. The giveaways that separate man and machine can be as subtle as how he or she (or it) moves a mouse in the moments before that single click.
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 Secret Behind Making A Successful Career Change
I agree that knowing our motivations and finding work that aligns with them is a smart strategy. Of course, choosing the right new career is complicated and It’s important not to make a career choice that you’ll regret. Informational interviews can be a great way to get accurate and unbiased information about new career options – so you can be confident you’re choosing the right job and career. There are 40+ great articles on how to conduct an informational interviews at www.informationalinterviewarticles.com - including how to find people for informational interviews, how to get their contact informational, sample request letters, questions to ask, and how to stay in touch to learn about future job openings. Best of luck to all career changers... finding a new job and career you enjoy and excel in are well worth the effort!
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.
Baer’s Odyssey: Meet the serial inventor who built the world’s first game console
As a young man, the immigrant Baer showed a flair for engineering and invention. In 1940, after a correspondence course at the National Radio Institute in Washington DC, he graduated as a radio technician. Then war came. Baer was drafted into the US Army in 1943 as a Private, where he served in Military Intelligence under Eisenhower. His degree and his natural affinity for machinery saw him writing invaluable training documents for Allied soldiers preparing for D-Day. Two years after his return from Europe in 1946, the 23-year-old began studying for the world’s first Bachelor of Science in Television Engineering at the American Television Institute in Chicago (founded by the inventor of the mechanical television, Ulises Armand Sanabria). Keep in mind that this was at a time when there were only a few thousand TV sets in the entire country.
Kevin Dart blends modern sci-fi with classic '60s style
Kevin Dart has worked on some of the best animated movies of the past few years — and his work is typically done before you even know the film exists. "I think over the years I've managed to carve out a cozy little niche for myself in creating work that's graphic and simplified," he says, "but also painterly and detailed with some cinematic elements which appeals to people working in movies."
Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs
That makes them pretty much useless — except for one thing: reCAPTCHA was born of the idea that CAPTCHAs could be used to a) prove that somebody was human and b) help scan books . That’s because the old reCAPTCHA presented users with two words: one known one and one that OCR software had issues with. For the most part, it didn’t matter what you typed in for the second word, but once enough users typed in the same word, chances are that this was indeed the correct word. Over the last few years, Google also started using reCAPTCHA to transcribe house numbers from Street View.
The Battle to Control Genome Editing | MIT Technology Review
At stake are rights to an invention that may be the most important new genetic engineering technique since the beginning of the biotechnology age in the 1970s. The CRISPR system, dubbed a “search and replace function” for DNA, lets scientists easily disable genes or change their function by replacing DNA letters. During the last few months, scientists have shown that it’s possible to use CRISPR to rid mice of muscular dystrophy, cure them of a rare liver disease, make human cells immune to HIV, and genetically modify monkeys (see “ Genome Surgery ” and “ 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014: Genome Editing ”).
We Took Ikea's New Automatic, Adjustable Standing Desk For A Spin
Will the Bekant actually improve your life? That's a more personal question. People who love standing desks love them. They point to how they're no longer slumped in a chair all day, and now alert and vibrant at work. My feelings were more mixed. After a couple of days with the Bekant, I appreciated the opportunity to stand and indeed felt healthier than usual. But then after a few hours I also wanted to sit down (I'm lazy). The good thing about the Bekant, which Ikea calls a "sit/stand" desk, is that you can do both. You can keep your office chair and just bring the desk to sitting level if you feel like it.
What I Learned From Building An App For Low-Income Americans
In the last week of the program one of Neatstreak’s superusers mailed me to say that he felt slighted. "I'm starting to feel like when corporate America uses the little guy for ideas and then forgets about them," he said. "I was excited and ready to be hands on but instead feel used for my ideas." During a user testing session with a group of Spanish-speaking cleaners, one of the testers gave a speech to the others about how we were a company (Significance Labs is a nonprofit) trying to take advantage of them. When building for low-income users you have to work harder to win their trust and to demonstrate your product’s value.
The beautiful tricks of flowers
In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing 'landing-strips' to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat.
Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams 'Looking Like Yes' For The Last of Us Movie - IGN
"I was doing so much work for Thrones that I didn’t want to half-arse do it, so I said I’m not going to [moderate]. They said fine, but they’re gonna announce they had talks. So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. But there’s no script, no director, and no anything else. So at this moment, it’s looking like, ‘Yes,’ but it’s still such early days. If they make it in 30 years, they can’t have a 40-year-old Ellie. So at the moment, it’s looking good, and I’d love to do it. Hell yeah.”
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.
'Secret' patent review system raises innovation concerns - CNET
Watching first hand how his and other cases have been held up by the SAWS designation, Franklin said his firm tried to get a better sense of what triggers such a response by filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the office. The responses to the firm's FOIA requests (one of which is posted below) offer very little in the way of current and concrete protocol. Franklin said his firm plans to appeal one of the FOIA requests that was denied and still hopes to obtain a list of all the companies that have been given the SARS designation.