Powerball winner is mother of 4 who quit Walmart job to care for kids
Marie Holmes, one of the alleged winners in Thursday's Powerball, quit her job at Walmart to care for her kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
A Wheel of Time pilot was produced and aired when no one was looking
If you were watching FXX at 1:30AM ET last night and are a fan of Robert Jordan’s 10,000-page fantasy epic, The Wheel of Time, you were treated to an unusual surprise: the half-hour pilot of The...
One dead after gunfire erupts at panel in Copenhagen featuring controversial cartoonist
Gunfire has erupted at a panel in Copenhagen that featured controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks.
'MythBusters' host races spider robots in new webseries - CNET
In "Jamie's Racing Spiders," a robot racing spider is built from the ground up, with the help of Evernote and movie prop experts at Kernerworks.
The Ballad of Rog and Tyrone
Tyrone and Rog are arguing about anime again.
"Tyrone, stop right here you Loli-loving autist, and bow to your senpai," interjects a smirking Rog backed by music from Neon Genesis Evangelion. "My w...
New interactive map of Milky Way lets you see the light (and dust) - CNET
Information from the Planck space telescope helped create a stunning new map. It's also shedding light on dark matter and the origins of the universe.
Windows 10 for phones preview now available to download
We’ve seen Windows 10 on PC and tablets, and now it’s time to preview Microsoft’s latest operating system on phones. Microsoft is making its Windows 10 for phones preview available today for anyone...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 'not 100% sober' during the State of the Union
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a tipsy nap during January's State of the Union address, she admitted on Thursday.
Google's new Android ad is ridiculously, bestially cute - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Animals, lots of animals, strange pairings of animals in order to tell you to "Be together, not the same." How can you not sniffle?
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Review - IGN
Majora’s Mask is easily the strangest, most risk-taking adventure in the Zelda series. It’s completely unlike any of Link’s other games, and delivers a tense, bizarre, and somber exploration of what it’s like to experience the end of the world, again and again. Most of its crazy ideas pay off just as well on the Nintendo 3DS today as they did in the N64 original 15 years ago, which is the mark of a great game. A handful of design decisions haven’t aged as well, though, and some of the changes made to the 3DS remaster left me a bit confused throughout my 20-hour adventure. On the whole, it’s absolutely worth the time to play or revisit.
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Flowers make a nice gift to the friend that needs a smile or for that special someone in your life. Roses are even better. But sometimes even roses don't cut it. Sometimes you need something a little more non-cliché, something...extraordinary... Sometimes, you need BACON.
A TED speaker's worst nightmare
Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then...
Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.
The Untold Story Of Shake Shack's $1.6 Billion Branding
The success of the Brand is first and foremost the quality of the product. I had lunch there many times since my former office was across the street, 2 building north of Pentagram, and the quality of the food was always outstanding. The second factor which drove success whas the permanent line outside the shack; demand drives demand and therefore the line became also a symbol of a highly sought after product. People lined up (and still do) for burgers like they line up for new release at the Apple store. The third factor was the Danny Meyer strong business sense and simple vision; Offering the best burger there is at affordable price every day.
The mathematics of love
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.
How The New York Times Works
Natasha Smith and Michael Gordon park on a cobblestone street on the Brooklyn waterfront as they do every morning. Theirs is one of dozens of cars lining both sides of the street. They stand with a group of thirty or forty other deliverymen and women inside a loading dock waiting for one of Ernie Booth's eighty trucks to arrive. The Sunset Park Depot, as this cement room the size of a high school gym is known, is one of forty Times delivery centers throughout the New York area, and on this night it is responsible for the safe deposit of 12,559 copies across 215 different paper routes around the borough. Two hundred and thirty-three of those papers are the responsibility of Smith and Gordon, a husband-and-wife team that has driven a pair of routes together for the past three years. When the truck arrives at 3 a.m., the couple load five bundles of fifty papers each into a shopping cart and dump them onto one of the many wooden tables in the room, where they combine the front and inside sections. Smith tosses one copy aside after spotting a rip, and watches out for missing sections—"I can tell just from the weight"—which could result in a complaint on the report card every carrier receives each morning.
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An Apple Watch app is coming for people with diabetes
Medical device maker Dexcom has been showing off iPhone and Apple Watch integration for its implantable diabetes glucose monitors for the past few weeks. The app will display glucose readings on iOS devices and should be ready when Apple Watch is launched in April, according to the Wall Street Journal.
MacBook falls 1,000 feet from airplane, survives the landing - CNET
A MacBook Air takes its name too literally when it accidentally launches from an airplane in flight, dives all the way to ground and emerges functioning, though a little roughed up.
Forget Treadmill Desks: This Device Lets You Surf In Place At Your Standing Desk
Joel Heath was once the stereotypical ultra-active Colorado executive. He ran an ad agency out of Vail, where the company had a six-inch rule: if it snowed six inches, the day was given over to skiing or snowboarding. Then in 2008, Heath sold his company and took on a job at Teva footwear, where he eventually became brand president. He soon grew tired of sitting for eight hours every day, so Heath did what so many office workers have done in recent years: he got a standing desk.
Where's Meg White? Jack Speaks Out on Elusive White Stripes Partner
White declined to discuss his marriage to Meg, but described her as extremely emotionally reserved. That aspect of her personality frustrated him when the two were in a creative partnership. "She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown," he said. "She viewed me that way of 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence."
How To Stand In Front Of A Room Full Of People And Tell A Stellar Story
It took humiliating himself on stage for Allison to learn this lesson. Telling a story or giving a speech to an audience by yourself can feel very alienating. Sometimes, you can't help feeling like a talking head. But it doesn't have to be this way, says Allison. Even if you're the only one talking, think of it as a conversation rather than a monologue. "It's so much easier to be in conversation with the audience when you drop the act and simply tell your own stories as yourself," he says.
iPhone thefts get walloped by kill feature, officials say - CNET
Thefts of Apple's smartphone have plummeted in San Francisco, New York and London following the debut of the company's Activation Lock feature in fall 2013.
Muji's New Air Purifier Is Like A Jet Engine For Your Sinuses
There's another mode, though, that will be of particular use to allergy sufferers. It's called jet-cleaning mode, and it's designed to be used as a vacuum. The idea here is that as your vacuum tosses dust and other allergens up into the air, the air purifier will increase its fan speed for up to 30 minutes, maximizing the air flow and filtration until you finish vacuuming.
Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?
Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.
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Surreal Photos Of Abandoned, Snow-Filled Malls Show The Death Of An Era In America
"I was drawn to abandoned buildings, malls, and structures because the goal of my photo projects is to show a more vulnerable and honest depiction of America," he says. "I don't think the problems we face as a country will change unless we face these problems, and I thought we could start by simply looking at them."
Google I/O will take place May 28-29
Google's annual development conference will take place May 28th and 29th in San Francisco, the company said today. Registration for Google I/O 2015 will begin at 9 a.m. March 17th. The event will be livestreamed for those who aren't able to participate, the company said.
The Billion-Dollar E-commerce Company You Know Nothing About
Although Zulily is the only e-commerce company with a flash-sales model to grow this large and have an IPO, I wonder whether Zulily is paying a bit for the sins of its peers. I had to ask Cavens and Vadon: Where did other flash-sale sites go wrong? Unsurprisingly, they have a few thoughts on the matter. "When you look at Fab or some of the other things that got started and flamed out, I think there’s a lack of cost control," Vadon offers. He seems to relish the role of the crotchety retail veteran (he also sits on the board of Home Depot—"for fun"), shooting a smile at Zulily’s now-nervous communications chief. "We’ve always been really cost conscious. We realize that if you save a nickel, you can pass that savings onto consumers, which generates more demand." Cavens says he attributes much of Zulily’s success so far to "obsessive discipline," such as nailing the unit cost economics on fulfillment and marketing early on.
A talking, squawking parrot
This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 — presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White — simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.
The One Word That's Undermining Everything Else You Say
Hurt references the "yes, and" rule of improv for a better way of responding. She advises responding to the concern instead by replacing "but" with "and," which adds to the conversation and invites further discussion without negating what anyone has said. So, you might respond, "I hear that you’re really concerned, and I’m a little confused because I thought we were all in agreement." The other person’s point is acknowledged and you haven’t made the exchange adversarial.
This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable
I agree, and it's horrible not just from an engineering standpoint. You're surrounding the loading mechanism with no approach points so it forces the engines to be off for loading/unloading. Then, there's clearly not enough room to load the patient properly so it would have to be done sideways which is a tipping hazard. And it's not even that hard to fix by loading in a safe direction from the "rear". They even show the rotors stowed as well for loading, which loses precious time. It's also a failure from the EMS side as well. You're not leaving space for the necessary equipment and personnel that a flight for life inherently needs. Cost savings in themselves would have to be quantified as maintenance is the most significant cost impact, far more than initial purchase price. These designs are infuriating because they failed on the fundamental research and design for every aspect other than putting together a shiny render.
What we didn't know about penis anatomy
We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?
Nintendo reportedly wanted to make Harry Potter games back in 1998
If Nintendo had its way, Harry Potter might just have been added to its huge cast of iconic video game characters. According to a new report from Unseen64 — a site dedicated to uncovering cancelled, lost, and otherwise unreleased games — at one point Nintendo was itching to secure the exclusive video game rights to the Harry Potter franchise. And in 1998, just a year after the first book was released, Nintendo's American division reportedly put together a pitch in hopes of securing them.
See NYC Through The Lens Of A 17-Year-Old Stanley Kubrick
Back in 1945, the youngest staff photographer at LOOK magazine was steadily proving that his skill belied his age with intimately candid photos of the crunch and quietude of New York City life--that photographer was 17-year-old Stanley Kubrick.
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Marvel Studios pushes back Thor, Black Panther, and more to make room for Spider-Man
The two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies, however, are not budging. That does change which films happen in between Infinity War and pushes Inhumans to after every other film. Marvel's Cinematic Universe has so far been pretty big about keeping all its films within the same universe — each installment building on the same overarching narrative. Which is to say, there's a good chance that some of Larger Plot Points are now being moved around, and that Inhumans might be the beginning of a new Phase (to use its own parlance).
Apple Mac Mini (2014) review - CNET
While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.
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.
The Demographics That Make LinkedIn's Audience So Valuable To Businesses
BIIThis chart shows the % of users in each category who have used LinkedIn. LinkedIn is perhaps the most overlooked social network. But overall it is actually more popular than Twitter, generally considered the number two social network in the U.S. The latest data shows a higher proportion of U.S. adults on the internet (22%) have used LinkedIn, compared to the percentage who have used Twitter.
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A Fetching Redesign Of Ikea’s Blue Tote Bag
Silly? Maybe not. The Frakta is beloved for a reason. It's basically a minivan for the shoulder, the perfect pile-it-in bag for the urbanite who'd like to do laundry or run to the farmer's market, but doesn't have the option of tossing stuff into a car's backseat to do so. The Limited Bag keeps Ikea's high-volume design but improves upon the material. As a result, you're no longer a walking ad for Ikea.
Five years of the sun in three minutes - CNET
To celebrate the work that has been achieved thanks to the SDO, NASA has released two videos. The first is a timelapse, speeding up five years of SDO data into just under three minutes. The second, longer video is a showreel of highlights -- sunspots and CMEs and flares, in the various wavelengths that allow scientists to analyse the heat and light thereof.
10 Books That Inspire Today's Leaders
Ever wonder which titles line the bookshelves of today’s leaders and up-and-coming entrepreneurs? The books they gift to colleagues or reference for inspiration when times get tough? We reached out to a dozen CEOs, business executives, and thought leaders in industries from fashion to food to find the books that have stayed with them as well as what they’re reading now. (You’re welcome.)
Canon 5DS 50-megapixel monster set to redefine the professional DSLR market
In fact, apart from the resolution and a some external details, the 5DS is practically the same as the 5D Mark III. The 5D Mark III will continue alongside the new models too, and not just as a cheaper but outdated predecessor – it's better in low light, for a start. The 5DS has a maximum non-expanded ISO of 6400, but the 5D Mark III goes up to ISO 12800. The 5D Mark III is better suited to movies, too, because for the 5DS Canon has dropped the headphone socket for monitoring audio levels in favour of a USB 3.0 port for faster transfer of its huge image files.
I used film to shoot the future of photography
90 minutes and $17 later, I had my photos on a CD I own a lot of film cameras, but the ones I brought along today were a Nikon F80, known as the N80 in the US, and a Fujifilm Natura Classica. The F80 is an awesome camera that handles more or less like a modern Nikon DSLR with all the useless buttons and convoluted menus removed. The Natura Classica is a compact camera the size of a cigarette packet that was released in the mid-2000s. Since CP+ is indoors, I shot both these cameras using ISO 800 film, which tends to be grainier than I’d like but lets me use faster shutter speeds in low light. I used a bright 50mm f/1.8 D lens with the F80 to better my chances and hoped that the 28mm f/2.8 wide end of the Natura Classica’s zoom lens would prove sufficient.
Once I’d finished my two rolls, I walked about 25 minutes to the nearest Camera no Kitamura, a ubiquitous photo store chain that I figured would be my best bet for speedy development. Roughly 90 minutes, 2,080 yen (about $17), and one drawn-out iced coffee later, I had a CD filled with scans of the photos I’d taken just a few hours earlier.
Legendary Astronaut's Secret Stash Discovered In Back Of A Closet
NASA successfully completed its first rendezvous mission with two Gemini spacecraft-Gemini VII and Gemini VI-in December 1965. This photograph, taken by Gemini VI crewmembers Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford, shows Gemini VII in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth. The main purpose of Gemini VI was the rendezvous with Gemini VII. The main purpose of Gemini VII, on the other hand, was studying the long-term effects of long-duration (up to 14 days) space flight on a two-man crew. The pair also carried out 20 experiments, including medical tests. Although the principal objectives of both missions differed, they were both carried out so that NASA could master the technical challenges of getting into and working in space.
The beautiful, limited edition New 3DS XLs you'll probably never own
Nintendo's limited edition New 3DS XL hardware sold out yesterday at Nintendo World in New York City. That's quite the feat, considering the portable consoles didn't technically go on sale until this morning.
Meet The 32-Year-Old, Yoga-Loving, Punk Rock, Tree Hugger CEO Of A $100 Million Trucking Company
I am very excited for Ms. Welby!. She speaks of a vision and she has in place some tools to actually realize her vision, not just for her own company but to make positive change for the environment, where it is desperately needed. This is a true entrepreneur and this is the American dream. Sure, she "inherited" this, but not completely. She has been participatin and has been recognized by the CEO as someone who can take over. I"m pretty sure he wouldn't just hand over his post to just anyone. She isn't selling out either. She found a way to be who she is and still take on her family's legacy. If you had a family with a legacy, don't tell me you wouldn't! She is young enough to connect an older industry with modern technology, and old enough (and well traveled too) to have enough education and life experience and wow guess what? well traveled too! Bravo! Now in the words of Gwen Stephani "what you waiting for?"
Don't build your home, grow it!
TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat.
Is This The Most Brooklyn Branding Ever?
Perhaps nothing captures brand Brooklyn more completely than aruliden's communication design for Cooklyn (that name!), with thick stationery watermarked by an old-timey map, copper accents, and a logo reminiscent of a cattle brand. The business cards are embossed with an elegant art deco copper overlay on one side and historical cartography on the other side. The minimalist logo features the sans serif letters CKLN clustered together as if they're attached to the business end of a branding iron. Even the clipboards on display have precious copper accents. Aruliden arranges every component of the visual identity together with wooden blocks and cylindrical copper paperweights that look like they fell out of a general store from 1889. It's the kind of pure, artisanal wood-and-metal-and-marble aesthetic that pairs well with a thick slab of bacon and tufts of ironic facial hair.
The upcoming Boston blizzard may be equivalent to Category 2 hurricane
UPDATED 4 p.m. ET : The National Weather Service upgraded the blizzard watch to a blizzard warning for Boston, which is in effect from Saturday at 7 p.m. ET to Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. The blizzard warnings and watches stretch from Cape Cod all the way to the border between Maine and Canada. The NWS is forecasting between 10 to 14 inches of snow in Boston on top of the three to four feet already on the ground, and is also warning of a life-threatening combination of powerful winds and cold temperatures during and in the wake of the storm through Sunday.
Hundreds of South Carolina Inmates Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook
Through a request under South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, EFF found that, over the last three years, prison officials have brought more than 400 disciplinary cases for “social networking”—almost always for using Facebook. The offenses come with heavy penalties, such as years in solitary confinement and deprivation of virtually all privileges, including visitation and telephone access. In 16 cases, inmates were sentenced to more than a decade in what’s called disciplinary detention, with at least one inmate receiving more than 37 years in isolation.
Hear New York City in 3D audio
The Verge’s Ryan Manning uses 3Dio’s Free Space microphones to take you on a crazy audio tour through Times Square, New York; a virtual barber shop; and a 360-degree Beck concert. This century-old technology of binaural audio — which hacks your brain to put you in a scene — is about to make a huge comeback with VR. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Read more: http://theverge.com/e/7785774 Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com