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The Creepy Collective Behavior of Boston Dynamics' New Robot Dog | WIRED

Robotics company Boston Dynamics has a new four-legged addition to its family: a 160-lb quadruped named Spot—and dude is impressive. In a short video posted yesterday, the Google-owned company shows Spot gallivanting with a weird equestrian hop through office corridors, up concrete stairs, and along rocky hills with little trouble. Spot even keeps his balance after being kicked by one of its human overlords. You can almost hear the canine whimper over the drone of his hydraulics.

Google's got a robot dog that stalks indoors, haunts dreams

This is how it starts: you feel bad seeing the robot "dog" get kicked, and the next thing you know it's nipping at your heels, pushing you back to work i

America's top dogs compete for Westminster agility prize

Hundreds of dogs and their owners from all over the country gathered Saturday to compete for the 2nd annual Masters Agility Championship, one of the first events to kick off Wes...

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing - Telegraph

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption

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How to rip a DVD or Blu-ray movie

Hollywood wants you to buy its movies on DVD and Blu-ray, but it also wants to control what you do with them once you get home. That doesn’t sit well with us, so we’re going to show you how to do something that Hollywood most definitely does not want you to do: Rip movies and copy them to your computer’s hard drive so you can enjoy them without ever having to get up off your couch to drop a disc in the DVD player. You have everything on your computer digitally, so why would you want to mess around with physical discs? Rip all of your discs and keep them on your computer.

Res Obscura: Happy Lupercalia

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in history at UT Austin with a special interest in early modern science, medicine and print culture, as well as environmental and global history. Res Obscura is a collection of images and texts I come across while researching a dissertation on the drug trade in the Portuguese and British empires. To contact me or read more about my research, please visit my personal site.

Snapdragon 810 puts last year's flagship phones to shame

The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's latest system on a chip that will power the next generation of smartphones, has displayed a huge boost in power compared to its predecessor.

West Africa lags in mobile money usage

Outside West Africa, governments in other regions of the continent have crafted favorable regulatory policies that have promoted usage of mobile money services. This has resulted in stiff competition between banks and mobile phone companies. The competition also, however, has resulted in partnerships between banks and mobile phone operators as they try to attract the so-called unbanked population.

The Verge on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Mattel, Google Update View-Master as Virtual-Reality Headset

Mattel Inc. will collaborate with Google Inc. to redesign its View-Master binocular toy as a virtual-reality headset for children.

FAA offers framework to legalize commercial drones - CNET

The FAA for now doesn't allow for regular use of commercial drones, so Hollywood studios and others have needed to gain special waivers to use the devices today. While the new rules provide for broad use of drones to shoot TV shows or movies, survey agricultural land or inspect a bridge, they nix the potential use of delivery drones, like those being developed by Amazon and Google, an FAA representative confirmed. However, the rules are still subject to change before being finalized.

9 Apps That Can Change the Way You Work

RelateIQ  doesn’t just sync with our CRM; it is the CRM. I have access to tasks, follow-ups and sales lists inside of email on mobile. It isn’t great at bulk processing email, but it is good enough that I can spend days working with just my mobile phone. –  Anthony Nicalo ,  Dónde

Press Release – DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. Generally speaking, the new rules would not apply to government aircraft operations, because we expect that these government operations will typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.

Apple Watch Doesn't Need to be First, Just Memorable, Cook Says

Apple wasn’t the first company to make MP3 players, CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. But before Apple came out with the iPod, MP3 players were known for clunky user interfaces that people found too cumbersome to use.

Facebook builds platform for companies to share cybersecurity threat data

“We quickly learned that sharing with one another was key to beating the botnet because parts of it were hosted on our respective services and none of us had the complete picture,” said Mark Hammell, manager of the Threat Infrastructure team at Facebook, in a blog post Wednesday. “During our discussions, it became clear that what we needed was a better model for threat sharing.

Black Sails: "XII" Review - IGN

This was one of the most psychological Black Sails to date. Normally, Flint only has to manipulate a ship's worth of men but here he and Vane waged opposing psy/ops on an entire island of somewhat malleable and easily swayed scavengers. Again though, all to bring us back about to almost the same place that we'd previously left off at. Though now we know that Flint was initially balking and issuing a phony threat because him firing on that fort would all but obliterate the island's main method of defense from outsiders. And now, with the dawn deadline arriving, he was essentially ordering his cannons to fire, knowing how much it would mess everything up. At this point, it's not even clear if he still sees Vane as the huge threat or if he's just now operating on pure stubborn pride.

A ring of cyber-crooks used an unusual trick to steal up to $1 billion from banks around the world

A multinational gang of cyber criminals has stolen as much as $1 billion from as many as 100 financial institutions around the world in about two years, Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Saturday.

Violence against women—it's a men's issue

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

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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.

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

I’ll opine on one point here: Google’s “thousands” of designers - is a laughing stalk. G openly bragging about over a thousand “assistants, designers, etc.” working on the Roboto typeface family, was the most hilarious thing ever uttered and screams ineptitude of both PR team, upper management, or both (because it’s either not true, or if it is true, it’s the stupidest thing ever to happen in human history). Apple has around a hundred designers? SAY IT AIN’T SO! how is “infinite” a myth? who here ever thought “gee apple must have 19,000 designers” no, we’re probably reading this blog because we are a designer, and know that it can be one, or ten, or one hundred people working on projectS but it’s ludicras to even fathom design by committee with large numbers. who possibly believes that? NOBODY! so why was it brought up as a MYTH????? omg this article has broken my brain.

Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars

Apple Inc. has revolutionized music and phones. Now it is aiming at a much bigger target: automobiles. The Cupertino, Calif., company has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. The project, code-named “Titan,” initially is working on the design...

15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There's no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee and a nice TED talk to make you feel ready to take on your day. TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — features "ideas worth spreading." The speaker series launched in 1984 , and there are now more than 1,400 TED talks available online.

My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe

60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ... and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer's.

5 Great Front-End Developer Tools You Must Try

Over the last few years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in an entirely new generation of Web applications. These apps have become much richer, leading to a huge increase in complexity on the front-end side.

Don't like clickbait? Don't click

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.

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.

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities

They haven’t had to deal with this on the residential side yet, primarily because people can sell excess power back to the utilities at fairly high rates — a practice called net metering. But that’s hurting utilities, too, and some have tried to lower the price at which they buy back power, which has been met by furious protests from people leasing panels. If utilities lower the buyback rate too much, however, and batteries get cheap enough, people may just unplug from the grid altogether — or more likely, install systems that let them rely on it only rarely — prompting what those in the industry call "the utility death spiral." It’s quite a bind: by fighting net metering, utilities would help make battery storage more economically viable, driving the transition to a distributed grid.

Meet the model with Down syndrome who just made fashion history at NYFW

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This Is What Your Office Could Look Like In 2035

Today's offices are noticeably different from a decade ago. Many companies have jettisoned corner offices and tightly packed cubicles in favor of open floor plans, which feature sprawling rooms packed with row after row of desks and few dividing walls. At the same time, more employees are choosing to work from home. But both trends have limitations: The former has been shown to hinder workplace productivity, among other complaints, while the latter can stifle collaboration.

The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

A few years after graduating in 2006, Systrom and partner Mike Krieger were working on developing a photo-sharing app. While on a vacation, Systrom’s girlfriend, Nicole Schuetz , remarked that she would be reluctant to use the app because her pictures weren’t as good as a mutual friend’s. Schuetz thought it was due to the friend’s eye for photography, but Systrom knew it was his use of filters, prompting him to remember his experience in Florence. That day, he designed the first Instagram filter—called X-Pro II—that let users turn ordinary photos into hip, artistic images. Instagram was launched in October 2010; a month later it had one million users.

These astronauts just dressed like Jedi for their official portrait

A not-so-long time from now in a planetary orbit not far away, a team of astronauts will head to the International Space Station. NASA just revealed the official poster for Expedition 45, and it is a Star Wars-themed masterpiece.

Hackers rob US and global banks of millions in one of the largest heists ever

While no banks have come forward to acknowledge the theft, experts are calling the attack potentially one of the largest bank heists ever. "This is likely the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date in terms of the tactics and methods that cybercriminals have used to remain covert," Chris Doggett, manager of Kaspersky's North American office in Boston, told the Times .

Facebook Heir? Time to Choose Who Manages Your Account When You Die

In addition, it would serve to inform everyone the user knows about his/her death; this is particularly troublesome to some people whom have learned about the death of a friend or even a relative months or years after it has occurred.  Leaving a fb page (users get to create and design while they are alive) will notify everyone that is important and have a "need to know" which may include creditors, ex spouses, distant family members and friends.  Also, when someone searches your name, fb or Google, will provide the correct information about the user and listed him/her as death.  It can also provide relatives with a death certificate; in sum, you the living person, could leave this world with a well-planned, designed and well-coordinated journey--avoiding a lot of headaches, financial burden and confusion at the end.

How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The $600 Billion-A-Year Grocery Industry

At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin. However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1% of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates .

Seven Habits Of Organized People

Don't hate me, but I'm that kind of people, who is punctual and finishes projects with time to spare - last 3 years, at least)) I fully agree with author, just want to accent on 2 tips, that helped me. First is prioritizing your goals - it's truly make your mind clear. Second is choosing right project management tool. My best of are (helps to plan your tasks like visual maps or workflows) and Microsoft Project (for super complex projects). That's all! Do it, enjoy it and welcome to my club!))

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.

Here's how the Bitcoin economy works

Either way, Bitcoin isn't going away any time soon, so it's important to understand how it works. Reuters has put together an infographic explaining the basics of the virtual currency, from transactions to mining.

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.

The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares | WIRED

The numbers are similar at two Santa Clara county facilities associated with networking giant Cisco Systems, where the overall vaccination rates are 72 and 55 percent. Cisco spokeswoman Robyn Blum attributes the company’s low vaccination rates to the age of the children at those facilities. “Cisco childcare facilities care for infants who are under the age of completion for full vaccination series, ” says Blum. “Neither Cisco center has children enrolled and not vaccinated due to permanent medical exemption, personal belief exemption, or religious exemption.” Julie Kane, a spokesperson for Bright Horizons, a chain of day cares that operates facilities for many corporations, including IBM, says that Big Blue’s Silicon Valley childcare has low rates simply because of the number of infants who are enrolled.

How Star Wars Made $27 Billion

As our infographic breaks down, nearly half of the $27 billion in revenue that Star Wars has earned over the years has come from the sales of toys. Neither earnings from the six blockbuster films, nor the income from the many successful video games comes anywhere close to the $12 billion in collectible figures and lightsaber replicas snapped up by the most rabid of fans.

Don’t Be Google

Say what you like about Apple, and I can complain about them at length, you always know what to expect from them. (A gorgeous velvet glove enclosing an exquisitely sleek titanium fist.) But Google seems increasingly to have fragmented into a hydra with a hundred tone-deaf heads, each with its own distinct morality and personality. That wouldn’t matter so much if trust and awesomeness — “don’t be evil!” “moonshots!” — weren’t so intrinsic to the Google brand … which, to my mind, gets a little more tarnished every year.

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Billionaire Nutella tycoon Michele Ferrero dies on Valentine's Day

On the day of the year when many people were exchanging chocolates with their sweethearts, Michele Ferrero, the "richest candyman on the planet," died.

How 21 Big Tech Companies Got Their Names

The expression ‘what’s in a name’ – or the slightly more poetic ‘a rose by any other name’ – means, essentially, that a name doesn’t matter. It suggests that it’s the attributes of a person or object that will dictate what it truly is and how it is seen by the world.

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How to Get Silicon Valley's Anti-Vaxxers to Change Their Minds | WIRED

This person is wrong, of course, but there’s some science—or at least some attempts at using science—in there. It’s worth repeating, clearly: Refusing vaccines is a bad choice, but anti-vaxxers aren’t evil for making that choice. Every parent who turns down a vaccine is simply trying to make the right decision for their kid. As long as that motivation exists, there’s a chance that a parent can be convinced that vaccination is the safest choice—for their child, and those around them.

Annie Easley helped make modern spaceflight possible

Her skills were also put to use when NASA was developing software for the Centaur , a high-energy booster rocket that is also known as "America's Workhorse in Space." Utilizing a mix of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, the Centaur proved to be the most powerful upper stage in the US space program. It would eventually be used to launch numerous communication and weather satellites as well as exploratory spacecraft like the Surveyor, Pioneer, Viking and Voyager. It was also a key factor in the launch of the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn in 1997. In short, if it wasn't for Easley and her work on Centaur, modern spaceflight wouldn't be possible.

THE TECH 'TITANIC': How red-hot startup Fab raised $330 million and then went bust

Fab's 2013 kicked off with a five-hour board meeting. The board — which consisted of First Round Capital's Howard Morgan, Fab CEO Jason Goldberg, Andreessen Horowitz's Jeff Jordan, Atomico's Geoffrey Prentice, Tencent's James Mitchell, and Allen Morgan — decided Fab needed to move faster. It approved a plan to increase Fab's burn rate to generate $200 million by the end of the year. The plan would drain Fab of its remaining capital by August, but as long as Goldberg was able to raise $300 million more by then, the company would be fine.

Here's what you could buy with Apple's $700 billion market cap

When we talk about a company's market capitalization, it's really just a jargon-y way of saying how much that company's really worth. Say, for example, you wanted to buy a company the way you do a product in a shop, well, the market cap would be a great way of calculating that company's price tag.

Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

The “6-pack” platform is the core of our new fabric, and it uses “Wedge” as its basic building block. It is a full mesh non-blocking two-stage switch that includes 12 independent switching elements. Each independent element can switch 1.28Tbps. We have two configurations: One configuration exposes 16x40GE ports to the front and 640G (16x40GE) to the back, and the other is used for aggregation and exposes all 1.28T to the back. Each element runs its own operating system on the local server and is completely independent, from the switching aspects to the low-level board control and cooling system.

This Surreal Photo Series Critiques Society's Pressure On Women, And It’s Terrifying

The whole project took a number of months to create. Each entry in the series is shot in a number of takes, depending on the number of elements in the frame. Ledwich developed her surreal shoots with an eye toward keeping the digital manipulation in them to a minimum. The body scarring, for instance, is created through special effects makeup, rather than added on a computer. It’s one of the more realistic depictions in some photos whose exaggerations will likely hit all too close to home for many.

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."

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55 The Tall Task of Unifying Part-Time Professors
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57 This Computer Keyboard Knows Who You Are
58 NASA rides artificial intelligence to the moon and Mars
59 That ;) You Type Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law | WIRED
60 "Game Of Thrones" Houses Reimagined As 21st-Century Brands
61 How Tom Leykis blew up the Internet
62 7 Ways To Dial Down Doubt And Crank Up Creativity
63 Should we unplug our chargers each night?
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65 24 karat gold iPhone 6 encrusted with diamonds costs $3.49m
66 Your Lifetime Earnings Are Decided in the First 10 Years of Your Career
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68 'SNL' Unveils New App in Anticipation of 40th Anniversary Special
69 The Anonymity Network At Risk
70 The Socialist Origins of Big Data - The New Yorker
71 Why Apple Started Selling Apps Through Pinterest
72 The 5 phones that made Nokia worth buying
73 Eero Could Do For Wi-Fi What Nest Did For Thermostats
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75 Nerf's higher-powered foam guns are meant for older fans
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77 New Left Review - Evgeny Morozov: Socialize the Data Centres!
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81 Fuck It, I'm Going Back to Firefox
82 Edward Snowden talks 'Citizenfour' with Poitras, Greenwald - CNET
83 Microsoft's first flagship Lumia better impress...or else - CNET
84 Why an Apple Car would make sense
85 How To Fix 6 Bad Habits That Come With Being Your Own Boss
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87 iOS 8.3 Beta 1: What's new
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89 Download your YouTube videos in their original resolution - CNET
90 A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer | WIRED
91 iOS 9 said to focus on 'huge' stability improvements and overall optimization
92 Meet Myriad, a new project for running Hadoop on Mesos
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