Watch Taylor Swift's dark and stormy 'Style' music video
Watch Taylor Swift's newest, gorgeous music video to her latest single from her "1989" album.
Sword Coast Legends is the closest you can get to real D&D without a d20
A new Dungeons & Dragons game called Sword Coast Legends will come to PC later on in 2015, allowing for a party of 1-4 player heroes and a Dungeon Master.
This iPad Mini case has keyboard buttons that rise on demand
Although most of us have been using software keyboards to type on phones and tablets for the past few years, there’s something to be said for physical buttons. Just ask a BlackBerry phone user and they’ll explain how fast they can bang out messages. Now, after several years in development, a case can add tactile button guides on…
Police killing of undocumented immigrant in Washington sparks protests
A YouTube video shows the man, 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, running from officers with his hands in the air before collapsing in a hail of gunfire.
'Fifty Shades' fans not permitted to bring props or 'weapons' to theaters
Some theaters will forbid 'Fifty Shades of Grey' fans from bringing potentially offensive or dangerous tributes to theater showings.
Happy anti-Valentine's! Slow-mo video blows up the cuteness - CNET
If Valentine's Day makes you feel more queasy and annoyed than warm and fuzzy, check out this video that explodes a few cherished symbols of love.
Why Putting On A Brave Face Is Killing Your Productivity
There are limits to how long any of us can stomach being fake without developing physical symptoms or existential dread. How much productivity and innovation is lost in a culture where the one thing you can’t do is share what you're actually thinking? How incredibly wasteful are the huge number of meetings that typify the modern company, when they are exercises in play-acting and non-communication?
Employee behavior isn’t a great mystery. They are socialized to recognize that speaking their minds openly is dangerous to their professional and personal well-being, so they don't do it. They lie by omission and commission. Under the circumstances, you can hardly expect them to do otherwise.
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Chinese phone maker enters U.S. market with ... bunnies
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MIT Invents A Social Network You Can Wear
For many, fashion is already something of a way of communicating to others that you're part of a secret club. Social Textiles could take that concept to the next level, buzzing and flashing on the club floor when a like-minded club kid bumps into you. But the Social Textiles team also sees their invention being useful at more structured events like freshman meet-and-greets, company picnics, industry conferences, and so on. After all, meeting new people is hard enough. Why not let your clothes do some of the work for you?
Lead iOS Engineer - Product Hunt Jobs on AngelList
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How to Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 8.1
Although it will be some time before Windows 10 becomes generally available, it’s never too early to start thinking about the process for upgrading from the current Windows platform. The smart money is currently on a September or October 2015 public release, so savvy system admins can start looking ahead to some inevitable upgrade tools and techniques, along with a few extra tips to help ease the process along.
“Shopping cart” patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again
But Newegg brought the issue up again on appeal, and—apparently to Soverain's great surprise—won. In the Avon/Victoria's Secret appeal, Soverain complained that "it did not have the incentive to fully litigate the issue of nonobviousness on appeal."
Apple Bolsters Security on iMessage, FaceTime Apps
Apple allows people to use the security settings within their Apple ID accounts to generate specific passwords for third-party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, which don’t support two-step verification. This ensures that your primary Apple ID password won’t be collected or stored by any third-party apps.
Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence: When Machines Know
Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the relationship between technology and humans. His mission these days is to help his readers see business as the code behind the code of the planet’s next advance in intelligence. He thinks and writes a lot about purpose, value, and equity. Gideon ran a social enterprise called Groundwire for ten years, providing technology and engagement consulting to environmental organizations. Before that, he worked in various stints at Microsoft for ten years, including marketing, product development, as a product unit manager, and as the founder of CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Fresh out of college, he consulted for US companies in China for four years, and yes, his Chinese is now very rusty. Gideon received an MBA with a focus in marketing from Wharton. He now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys, and is active on Google+ and Twitter .
Episode 13: Keep Data Science Weird
This week the team explores automating hookups, data science jargon, finding Waldo, and more!
South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission Monitoring Qualcomm For Antitrust Violations
According to Maeil Business Newspaper (link via Google Translate), South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission is currently looking at the business practices Qualcomm used to supply chips to smartphone makers including Samsung and LG. The newspaper reports that the San Diego-based semiconductor maker may have collected royalty payments for its patents, which is against antitrust laws.
The Future of Virtual Sex
More recently, scientists have developed a new and improved way to activate neurons. First, using genetic engineering, they create a virus that can only infect certain cell types (like the nerve cells with endings in the skin that respond to caresses). When the virus infects the target cell, it commands that neuron to produce a protein that sends out an electrical signal only when activated by blue light. Then, if someone shines a blue light on your skin, you will feel a caress. That perceived caress could be modified by flashing the blue light in different patterns all over the body. The sex robot of the future may well be a catsuit with inward-facing flashing blue LEDs embedded in it, linked via Bluetooth to an app on your phone. The sexual application of this technique, called optogenetics, could be just decades away.
CrunchWeek: President Obama In Silicon Valley, Tesla’s Earnings Miss, Facebook After Death
Tesla’s Earnings, Obama on Cyber Security & Facebook for Deceased
There’s definitely a feeling of love in the air. You could say that’s because the weather is unseasonably warm in San Francisco just in time for the weekend, or because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But I’d argue that it’s because it’s time for another episode of CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few of us TechCrunchers together in the video studio to talk about the most interesting stories of the week.
Microsoft Updates Next Lock Screen for Android
Microsoft has updated its Next Lock Screen app for Android with support for PIN and pattern-based locking.
Apple is working on an electric car, Wall Street Journal reports
That's not to say that there'll ever be an Apple car on the road, necessarily. WSJ hedges its report, noting that it'd be several years at least before Titan could be ready for production, and that's assuming Cook and company decide to go through with the project. It could also end up being more of a platform for testing other products and technologies related to mobility that Apple is working on — things like CarPlay, for instance.
Here's a video of Obama using a selfie stick
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T-Mobile suffering major network problems in Northeast US
No wireless provider is immune from the random service outage. Not even "Uncarrier" T-Mobile. Today, the company experienced significant problems in the Northeast US for a number of hours, with customers reporting disruptions and loss of high-speed data reception in New York, Boston, and Washington DC. Some experienced worse issues than that; we were unable to place a voice call on T-Mobile's network here at The Verge office in midtown Manhattan. Other users didn't report such extensive problems, though intermittent service and loss of data were common complaints. By Friday evening, network performance was back to normal, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere .
The NBA Will Film Its All-Star Game With Virtual-Reality Cameras | WIRED
The NBA has done VR tests in the past with another company, NextVR , and Marsilio says that footage may be available on Milk VR before the All-Star weekend packages. Those videos include courtside footage shot during an October preseason game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, as well as a Samsung-sponsored series of NBA practice footage called “Keys to the Game.”
Behold the First Trailer and Poster for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak - IGN
Behold the First Trailer and Poster for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak
North Korea debuts 310 slogans: 'Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms'
The Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, which formulated the slogans, encouraged citizens to "glorify this significant year as a year of great victory, as a year of revolutionary, auspicious events that would be noteworthy in the country's history" and mark the founding of the nation.
Samsung Could Roll Back Its Own Software And Embrace Microsoft For Galaxy S6
For Microsoft, it’s a way to instantly gain the kind of reach that Windows Phone could never hope to achieve, at least not in the near future. As the company refocuses with special attention to its software and services division, doing this kind of thing will allow it to raise awareness among a whole new generation of users. Even if, ultimately, it wants to route users back to Windows Phone as a platform, appealing to users where they already are serves its short-term goals. And if its mobile OS ends up going nowhere, at least they have a relationship in place with users upon which they can build an alternate revenue strategy.
Goldman Sachs Ex-Programmer Sues FBI Agents Who Arrested Him
Aleynikov, wrongly convicted of stealing the bank’s high-frequency trading code in 2009, claims agents arrested him
without probable cause and violated his constitutional right
against unreasonable search and seizure. The FBI did the bidding
of Goldman Sachs by arresting him, he said in his complaint in
federal court in Newark, New Jersey.
For sale: condo with unlimited Uber rides
For sale: condo with unlimited Uber rides
San Francisco condo has no parking spot, but sellers offering unlimited Uber rides.
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Node.js goes pro: New opportunities -- and risks
The Two Best Pieces of Advice David Carr Ever Gave Me
Over the last decade David Carr poured buckets of advice on me. He counseled me through my first and second book. Helped me find a hidden path in The New York Times to become a columnist. But his most salient advice came in the summer of 2011, when my marriage at the time was falling apart.
Google and Bing bring Cricket World Cup News to Your Phone
As the planet’s best cricket teams gear up for the 2015 World Cup , Google and Bing are also duking it out to be your source of updates on your mobile device during the tournament.
Gizmodo on Twitter
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Drake compares himself to 'Game of Thrones' with killer lyrics in new song
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White House announces federal cards for veterans, Social Security will support Apple Pay
The White House on Friday revealed that users of federal payment cards, including Social Security and veterans benefit debit cards, will become compatible with Apple Pay.
Twitter is Experiencing a Glitch that Pushes Old Notifications
If you’re seeing notifications from Twitter replies, retweets, favorites and DMs that occurred hours – or even days – ago, you’re not alone. A number of Twitter users are complaining that their accounts are alerting them to phantom notifications for old activities.
Tesla charges ahead at the grid storage market
It’s reasonable to think that an electric car company could come to dominate the grid energy storage market. Earlier this week, I moderated a panel at the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E conference on energy storage, and on it EPRI’s Mark Duvall said that he has long believed that an automotive company would be the winner in the grid storage space. Because space, weight and cost are so constrained and limited on a car, car battery companies are intensely focused on optimizing batteries for these metrics.
Automotive executives being recruited for 'top-secret' project at Apple
You got that right! Sloppy, buggy, slow, haphazard, steep learning curve, inconsistent, expensive GPS map updates... Those are just a few of the words I can think of to describe these systems no matter who manufactured them. A couple of years ago I was at a car show looking at all the touch screens and instruments clusters in the latest Cadillacs with the CUE system. One system in a CTS kept freezing and they'd have to disconnect then reconnect the battery to get it working again. The way the frames were dropped due to slow processors and buggy software when the clusters booted or changed screens was horribly tacky for any vehicle at any price - particularly for GM's flagship models.
Android Lollipop more stable than iOS 8 | ZDNet
Summary: While Apple may have beaten Android when it comes to sales, when it comes to stability the new Android 5.0 Lollipop beats Apple's iOS 8.
Behind Dish Network’s Race for Wireless Spectrum
Dish Network Corp.’s race for wireless licenses in the government’s most recent auction involved a handful of allied bidders and an aggressive strategy that surprised its competitors and may have helped drive prices higher.
Wi-Fi connected cars are now rolling
Hotspots, the portable gadgets that translate a cellular-data signal into Wi-Fi, have been around for a while. These come in handy for, say, letting the kids go online with their tablets while riding in the back seat. They also can eat up your data plan.
Cyber-cops tackle online fraudsters
While laws in Europe and the US permit access to such information with a warrant, it can be tough elsewhere. This greatly hinders investigations, much to the cyber-cops' frustration.
The Verge on Twitter
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Mic Fires Jared Keller for Plagiarism
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Artist JeeYoung Lee Converts Her Tiny Studio Into Absurdly Elaborate Non-Digital Dreamscapes
It’s always amazing to witness at artist who embraces one of their greatest limitations, turning it instead into one of their greatest advantages. For Korean artist JeeYoung Lee the question was how to utilize her small studio space in Seoul measuring 11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′ (3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m) that was proportionally miniscule to the scale of her boundless imagination. Instead of finding a new location or reverting to digital trickery, Lee challenged herself to build some of the most elaborate sets imaginable for the sake of taking a single photograph.
Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars
As soon as the star hits the 56 nucleon (total number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus) cutoff, it falls apart. It doesn’t make anything heavier than 56. What does this have to do with red paint? Because the star stops at 56, it winds up making a ton of things with 56 neucleons. It makes more 56 nucleon containing things than anything else (aside from the super light stuff in the star that is too light to fuse).
The world's most boring television ... and why it's hilariously addictive
You've heard about slow food. Now here's slow ... TV? In this very funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7-hour train journey, an 18-hour fishing expedition and a 5.5-day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.
The power of believing that you can improve
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
All that said, this is exciting. The explosive success and growth of Tesla has shown the world how the car can be reinvented (without dirty destructive gasoline, at that) and built into a machine the future deserves. Apple has a fine tradition of making the best product in any given sector even better. So if the company that gave us the iPhone wants to give us an iCar, we can't wait to see it—but we'll definitely be waiting years if not forever. [ WSJ ]
Fifty Shades 999 call spike expected
Dave Brown from LFB said: "The Fifty Shades effect seems to spike handcuff incidents so we hope film-goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red-faced.
With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia
"We've lost weight. We're certainly more fit than we used to be," says Don Dozier, a retired accounting professor. He and his wife, Janelle, moved here in 2008 from a conventional subdivision south of Austin that had no sidewalks. "I think probably the main thing is that we have made an incredible number of friends," he adds.
What do we do with all this big data?
Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy
To those commenting here--instead of picking apart a successful woman's business model, why not be outraged by how condescending this article is? I am wondering why a female journalist would trivialize a woman's business in this way? "Knitting socks, scarves, and headbands doesn’t have much in common with performing orthopedic surgery or governing a country." "...look like they might appeal to a certain type of kombucha-brewing earth mama, but they don’t scream million-dollar business." "Is the shop secretly sewing methamphetamine into the seams of those lacy legwarmers?" As women, we should be empowering women and lifting each other up. Not minimizing her efforts with sarcastic praise and picking apart the business.
How To Spot Future Leaders
Rath balks when he sees someone trying to be a jack-of-all-trades because it’s likely they’ll never excel at any one thing, he says. Leaders know their strengths and focus on those areas, either seeking assistance to shore up areas that need work or working with others who complement their skills, he says. Trying to pretend you’re good at everything means that you either don’t have a good understanding of your true strengths or that your insecurity in admitting weakness could get in the way of your leadership ability.
Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence? | MIT Technology Review
This is where skeptics such as Brooks , a founder of iRobot and Rethink Robotics, come in. Even if it’s impressive—relative to what earlier computers could manage—for a computer to recognize a picture of a cat, the machine has no volition, no sense of what cat-ness is or what else is happening in the picture, and none of the countless other insights that humans have. In this view, AI could possibly lead to intelligent machines, but it would take much more work than people like Bostrom imagine. And even if it could happen, intelligence will not necessarily lead to sentience. Extrapolating from the state of AI today to suggest that superintelligence is looming is “comparable to seeing more efficient internal combustion engines appearing and jumping to the conclusion that warp drives are just around the corner,” Brooks wrote recently on Edge.org . “Malevolent AI” is nothing to worry about, he says, for a few hundred years at least.