Man replies to scam emails — and hilarity ensues
This is what happens when you play an email scammer at their own game
Oregon Trail game co-inventor talks pioneer survival and life lessons
In a new Reddit interview, Don Rawitsch reveals his thoughts about creating the educational and entertaining Oregon Trail computer game. Plus, his idea on how the game could become a movie.
Take a virtual tour of Mars with this new 360-degree image from NASA
NASA published a 360-degree image on the Curiosity rover's official Facebook page last week that was meant to let viewers "explore Mars" with their smartphones. It was a great idea, and it teases...
Dogs display strong Valentine's Day game with 5 types of hugs
Adorable dogs demonstrate different types of hugs you can try out for Valentine's Day.
Justice Scalia had a pretty weird relationship with TV
Jack Bauer, "Seinfeld," "Scream Queens" and "Futurama."
70 years ago, six Philly women became the world's first digital computer programmers
Without any real training, they learned what it took to make ENIAC work – and made it a humming success. Their contributions were overlooked for decades.
Peyton Manning explains his brother Eli's depressed Super Bowl face
During Wednesday's 'Tonight Show' Super Bowl 50 winner Peyton Manning talked with Jimmy Fallon about the now viral expression his brother Eli made during the game.
Horses recognise human emotions - BBC News
Horses are able to discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research.
The aerial data revolution is approaching
In the transition from battlefield to retail shelves it was inevitable that drones would face misperceptions and negative associations, but the commercial drone industry and the press coverage it has generated have only exacerbated the problem.
Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch
Arizona v. United States (Scalia dissent, court ruling on state law against undocumented residents): "We are not talking here about a federal law prohibiting the states from regulating bubble-gum advertising, or even the construction of nuclear plants. We are talking about a federal law going to the core of state sovereignty -- the power to exclude.
"The Court opinion's looming specter of inutterable horror -- 'if Sec. 3 of the Arizona statute were valid, ever State could give itself independent authority to prosecute federal registration violations" -- seems to me not so horrible and even less looming.
"If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign state." less
China's curious cult of the mango - BBC News
Fifty years ago, China was plunged into the most chaotic and traumatic decade of its recent history - the Cultural Revolution. During this period, the nation was gripped by a peculiar hysteria: a mania for mangoes. Benjamin Ramm discovers how the fruit became an object of deep veneration, and a vehicle for the promotion of the cult of Chairman Mao.
R.I.P Picasa: Google shutters aging photo service
Image organizer Picasa was Google’s first headlong dive into the photo sharing and storing service, and in a lot of ways has paved the way for the company’s exploration into media. But now, the company is finally saying goodbye to the nearly fifteen-year-old product in a blog post today .
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When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts | ZDNet
Another day, another sensational report from Forbes. Oh my goodness, is Windows 10 really "phoning home" thousands of times a day? Nope. In fact, anyone who has even a basic understanding of how networks work should cringe at this shoddy report.
Instagram officially rolls out support for multiple accounts
After months of testing , Instagram announced today that its latest update finally supports multiple accounts. Now, Instagram power users and brands will be able to link up to five accounts.
An innocent visit to a Thailand ATM sparks a new meme
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Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game
It's no secret that you can use Facebook Messenger for a whole lot more than just chatting with pals, but there's still a surprise or two in store. Social networkers have discovered that Messenger has a hidden chess game (quietly available for a least a month before now) that you invoke by typing "@fbchess play" when you're in a conversation. Just don't expect an intuitive interface -- you have to use text commands for everything, so you'd better brush up on your standard chess notation. If you can live with that, though, it's a free and easy way to improve your strategic thinking when you're not busy sending stickers .
Internet unsure if ancient Greek 'laptop' is a Mac or a PC
Commentary: The Internet is in a tizzy over a Greek carving from 100 B.C. that resembles an open laptop, and CNET writer Amanda Kooser wants to believe.
RIP: Adblock Plus
While Adblock Plus appears to be careful about documenting the screening of its white list, the security of ads served through ABP's white list is the elephant in the room. That's because ads that get a pass on ABP's white list are only going to be as secure as the sources serving them to viewers. For an example, look no further than the June 2014 Syrian Electronic Army hack on Reuters -- which was done through compromising Taboola's ad slots .
Damn, That's a Good-Looking Motorcycle
If mechanics aren't your thing, there's still plenty to drool over. Take, for example, the hand-painted, two-tone fuel tank with its custom-machined BMW logo. Or perhaps the black rims laced to bespoke blue spokes. The hand-stitched seat is a head-turner, too. It's got the look of a café racer's single seat, but bonus practicality, since there's actually enough room to ride two-up.
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How to Watch Tonight's Republican Debate Online
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Hackers Are Offering Apple Employees Big Money for Logins
As for what the hackers are really after, it could be any number of things — like access to individual Apple user accounts, the company's extremely valuable intellectual property, or internal corporate strategy information, the report notes. Apple has reportedly set up an employee security program dubbed "Grow Your Own" to address the issue, though details about it are scant.
YouTube has acquired BandPage to help creators monetize their channels
Via a blog post announcing the acquisition, BandPage says it is “dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by growing their fan bases and increasing their revenue on the largest digital music services in the world. By joining forces with the team at YouTube , we can help artists reach their fans in more powerful ways than ever before.”
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Here's how you unlock the secret emoticon keyboard on your iPhone
It's time to upgrade your texting game by unlocking this secret emoticon keyboard. Over 100 new faces await you.
Bold, black and brilliant: Unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Hampton’s extensive knowledge, leadership and oratory skills accelerated his rise within the BPP — he was chairman of the Illinois chapter and deputy chairman of the national chapter by 1969. In his time with the BPP, he helped facilitate creation of a number of free initiatives, including a children's breakfast program, health clinics, political education classes, transportation to jails and day care centers. He encouraged the pursuit of education for all black people, especially Black Panthers. To become a member of his chapter, prospects had to go through six weeks of education so they knew what they were fighting for. While leading the Chicago chapter of the BPP, Hampton created the Rainbow Coalition , a multi-ethnic revolutionary group composed of organizations and street gangs.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge say hello in leaked photos
Meanwhile, a separate photo of what appears to be the Galaxy S7 Edge came from China and shows off the device's trademark curved display. Weibo user JKwan managed to get the device running a benchmarking app that identifies the phone as an SM-G9350, a model number that was tied to the S7 Edge when it passed through China's Compulsory Certification organization. Really though, none of us should be surprised that Samsung has a new Edge to go with the regular S7; the company underestimated demand for the S6 Edge last year, and it even accidentally confirmed the phone's existence on its own site. Juicy details like the phones' chipsets and pressure-sensitive screen have yet to be full-on confirmed, but with any luck, we'll learn plenty before we even fly off to sunny España.
Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 3 to developers
Apple’s upcoming desktop release, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, is still in its beta phases, and the company has just released another version to developers.
The Passing Of Justice Scalia: What Happens Now?
And there's the rub. This Senate, which is divided in favor of Republicans by a 54 to 44 margin, is apt to block Obama's choices, especially if they are liberal-leaning. It may even try to simply block all of Obama's nominees until his time in office is up, leaving the job to what many Senators hope will be a new Republican president next January.
How to make Keurig coffee when you're out of K-Cups
This certainly won't make the best tasting cup of coffee you've ever had, but it will keep you from having to run out to pick up some K-Cups and it even gives you the opportunity to experiment with different coffee, grind sizes, filters and other options with your Keurig that you didn't have before.
Apple is being sued for its use of 3D Touch
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Facebook's Free Basics cut off in India
At stake is how much control a single company, and a foreign one at that, should have over Internet access for potentially millions of people. The debate has turned largely on whether Free Basics meets the standards of Net neutrality, the principle of equal access to all types of content and services on the Internet.
How the US election would go if Facebook Likes were votes
If the Likes did equate to how people were going to vote, Bernie Sanders is well out in front and set to beat Hillary Clinton by a nearly 3-1 margin. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have the least amount of Likes, with Donald Trump garnering more than both candidates combined.
It’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital
“digitalundivided conducted this research in order to quantify the problem and then use the results to as the foundation to building evidence based programs,” Darlene Gillard, partnership director at digitalundivided said. “Prior to this report there was really no discussion on intersectionality in the startup world, outside conversations about employment. The information on Black women and tech entrepreneurship was purely anecdotal. So we would say it was “bad”, what was exactly did that mean? Now that the information is out there, and we decided to release it even though we could have kept it to ourselves, organizations can make decisions on whether or not to move forward. But, no one can say they didn’t know there was a problem.”
How to find the password of your saved WiFi networks on iPhone
If you’re looking for a way to find out the password of your saved WiFi networks then this tweak is a solid choice for you. It is available as a free package on Cydia’s BigBoss repo and supports iOS 9 devices.
A digital, 3D printed sundial whose precise holes cast a shadow displaying the current time
Julldozer created an amazingly clever digital sundial ("Cadran Solaire Numérique") that precomputes the angle of the sun throughout the day and uses those computations to make hundreds of precise holes calibrated to cast a shadow displaying the present time.
Raspberry Pi & Python I2C Deep Dive with TonyD! @adafruit LIVE
Live stream from http://www.twitch.tv/adafruit doing a deep dive into the I2C protocol and how to use it from Python with a Raspberry Pi. Links mentioned in the video: - I2C wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C2%B2C - I2C python library / python-smbus home: http://www.lm-sensors.org/ - Kernel SMbus protocol: https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentat... - Kernel I2C protocol: https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentat... - I2C ioctl example C code: http://bunniestudios.com/blog/images/... ---------------------------------------- - Visit the Adafruit shop online - http://www.adafruit.com Subscribe to Adafruit on YouTube: http://adafru.it/subscribe Join our weekly Show & Tell on G+ Hangouts On Air: http://adafru.it/showtell Watch our latest project videos: http://adafru.it/latest New tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System: http://learn.adafruit.com/ Music by bartlebeats: http://soundcloud.com/bartlebeats ---------------------------------------- -
Apps To Help You Survive and Conquer Valentine's Day
Crap: It’s the second week of February and you’ve done exactly nothing in preparation for Valentine’s Day. That’s OK—with the remaining time, a few installs can save your day (and maybe night?). Whether you’re celebrating with a long-term partner or even just trying to spare your single self a little heartache, there’s an app to go along with your plans (or lack thereof). Put down your credit card, do not order that stuffed bear. Just, grab your phone.
Raspberry Pi: New NOOBS and Raspbian releases | ZDNet
These images are compatible with all Raspberry Pi models (0, 1, and 2). I have installed the new Raspbian release from scratch on my Pi2 with no problem, and I have upgraded an existing installation (apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade), again with no problem. I have not tried the NOOBS release yet.
How to join the Snapchat beta on Android
You can view and control which of the beta features active in the current build you have installed on your device by going back into Settings and selecting Snapchat Beta. The bottom of the list will list the features (and give you the option to disable if it's available). This is also where you can go to leave the beta, should you decide to no longer participate.
Holy Shit! Scientists Have Confirmed the Existence of Gravitational Waves
But the first generation LIGO experiment, which ran for eight years, wasn’t sensitive enough. Which is understandable. Gravitational waves are minuscule— the atomic jitters that pass through our world when two black holes bash together in a distant galaxy are on the order of a billionth of a billionth the diameter of an atom. LIGO detects them by proxy, using high powered lasers to measure tiny changes in the distance between two objects positioned thousands of miles apart. A million things can screw this up, including a rumbling freight train, a tremor in the Earth, and the inconvenient reality that all objects with a temperature above absolute zero are vibrating all the time.
The Math Revolution
All of which creates a formidable barrier. Most middle-class parents might research sports programs and summer camps for their 8- and 9-year-old children, but would rarely think of supplemental math unless their kid is struggling. “You have to know about these programs, live in a neighborhood that has these resources, or at least know where to look,” says Sue Khim, a co-founder of Brilliant.org. And since many of the programs are private, they are well out of reach for the poor. (A semester in a math circle can cost about $300, a year at a Russian School up to $3,000, and four weeks in a residential math program perhaps twice that.) National achievement data reflect this access gap in math instruction all too clearly. The ratio of rich math whizzes to poor ones is 3 to 1 in South Korea and 3.7 to 1 in Canada, to take two representative developed countries. In the U.S., it is 8 to 1. And while the proportion of American students scoring at advanced levels in math is rising, those gains are almost entirely limited to the children of the highly educated, and largely exclude the children of the poor.
Yes, Windows 10 runs great on old hardware | ZDNet
While I wouldn't go as far as to say that the system feels like a new PC -- modern PCs boot faster than this one does for starters -- the biggest bottleneck is the hard drives, and this is nothing that couldn't be solved by throwing a cheap SSD into the system. Barring some catastrophic failure (which wouldn't be the end of the world as I have replacement parts on hand), I expect this system to give its new owner many years of happy computing.
I Ate Edible Candy Bubbles and I Didn't Go Blind
When you’re a kid, there’s an endless list of things you’re not supposed to eat, and that includes bubbles. But apparently the science of bubble solution has come a long way over the years, because a company called Little Kids, Inc. has succeeded in concocting bubbles you can not only eat, but are actually surprisingly tasty.
'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear
At the conference I heard a bunch of people talk about the need to cut burn rates. Obviously, companies should never waste money. But, its VERY rare to see a company turn it around and create a huge outcome once it finds itself in a position where it must drastically cut burn to extend runway. Particularly for founders who’ve raised high priced, large financing rounds on the premise of rapid, yet expensive growth, in a down market, these folks are faced with a Gordian knot that will be very challenging to untangle.
Engadget editors on the highs and lows of online dating
That includes a fair number of Engadget readers, by the way. I've experimented with saying in my profile where I work, or just saying I'm a tech journalist, or not saying anything at all, but either way, I've been recognized a few times, either online or once I sat down to meet someone face to face. (I once blocked a guy whose introductory message amounted to "Hey, you're the laptop lady.") Don't get me wrong, I'm tickled that you all read Engadget. I just hate talking shop on a date. Nothing makes me feel less sexy than dishing about LED projectors and Android SDKs. I'd much rather hear about what movies you've seen lately, what books you're reading, places you've traveled. How many siblings you have, if we run out of stuff to talk about. I guess what I'm saying is, if you stumble across my profile on OKCupid, better if you pretend at first that you don't know who I am.
You might be wondering by now why I like online dating. I don't, really, but I still believe in it. Dating apps aren't a shortcut to finding someone I connect with. But they do make it easier to find dates, including with people I wouldn't meet otherwise.
The Best Apps for Hitting the Slopes
Don’t hit the slopes unprepared: In addition to all your snow gear, there are a few apps that will make your skiing or boarding trip that much better. Find the freshest powder, navigate your way out of that blinding white, or find your friends on the mountain—with just a little help from these apps. Just don’t forget to pack those touchscreen-friendly gloves.
GOP Candidates: Senate Should Block Or Stall Obama Supreme Court Justice Selection
Beginning with Donald Trump, every candidate on the stage said Obama should not, or should not be allowed to, nominate the replacement. Asked whether he would nominate a replacement justice if he had only a few months left as president, Trump said he would. He also said the Senate, which will need to bless the nominee by a majority vote, should "delay, delay, delay" the vote on an Obama nominee until Obama's term runs out.
Apple offers replacement program for USB-C cables with 'design issues'
Today, Apple launched a worldwide replacement program for USB-C cables that were shipped with the 12 inch Retina Macbook, or purchased as stand-alone accessories before June 2015.
How a billionaire who wrote Google’s original code created a robot revolution
Although the now defunct research-lab-startup hybrid might not ring any bells to you now, it was one of the most influential forces in modern robotics. The freewheeling robot collective jump-started the current race to apply robotics components like computer vision, manipulation, and autonomy into applications for everything from drones and autonomous cars to warehouse operations at places like Google, Amazon, and car companies like BMW . Google alone acquired three of the robot companies spawned by Willow.
ICYMI: Cotton Candy body parts, robotic bartender and more
Today on In Case You Missed It: Vanderbilt University scientists whipped up some human capillaries by using a cotton candy machine to properly shape channels for the blood vessels. A Kickstarter project is selling a tiny video camera attachment with a flexible cord to aim and drop it into places you normally can't see, like inside a car engine. And the University of Maryland is training a robot to make drinks by watching a human; a process that is far more adorable than you'd first think.
People who don't spend 5 hours a week online learning will make themselves obsolete, says AT&T CEO
It doesn't mean that those who don't take classes will be fired on the spot, but Stephenson is clear that its employees have to adapt to the speed of changing technology and keep learning, or else. "Demography is on our side", Stephenson told the Times, so some of his aging workforce might leave on their own volition, too.
The ultimate vegan sex kit is a kinder way to play
The silicone crop has a similar weight and texture to leather offering a familiar "whack" without using animal products. The blindfold is made of polyester but is soft enough to sleep (or play!) in, and the feather tickler is a feather alternative. What really impressed us were the cuffs-they're made of vinyl and polyester but are so strong you may think they're genuine leather.
The FBI teaches teens about extremism with a game that defies logic
The FBI recently fired up a new site urging teens and other young internet people not to "be a puppet," which in this extremely specific case requires recognizing and understanding violent extremism. Fine! Great! As incidents of extremism continue to tear lives apart lives the world over, young people deserve to understand the mindset that leads some to make tragic decisions. Then the FBI tried to make a Flash game starring a goat avoiding blocks and all logic just flew out the window.