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Cops accused of fiddling with their locations on Waze to fool drivers - CNET

Technically Incorrect: Hundreds of Miami police officers allegedly log on to the app and register false locations, thereby being able to still surprise drivers. There's only one problem: there's no evidence.

'Star Wars' robotic arm lets amputee veteran go rock climbing - CNET

The DEKA robotic arm -- funded by DARPA and nicknamed "Luke" -- helped this army vet climb again.

Seek Thermal Camera review - CNET

Best for DIYers and outdoor enthusiasts, Seek Thermal is a steep investment that pays off with its versatility. - Page 1

Conan becomes the first late-night host to film in Cuba since 1961

Conan O'Brien became the first late-night host to film in Cuba since 1959 this weekend.

13 dogs that believe they can fly

Westminster dogs looked pretty amazing mid-air during the agility competition.

A look back at 'SNL' cast members' nerve-racking audition tapes

The 'Saturday Night Live' 40th anniversary special included a very nostalgic montage showing cast members' auditions for the show.

The revolution wasn't televised: The early days of YouTube

A decade ago, Netflix meant DVDs by mail and video referred to TV. All that changed in about 20 months, with YouTube.

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan - CNET

Spaceships are great, but to explore the weird world that is Titan, a space sub might make more sense. Fortunately, NASA is already working on a design.

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Apple's goal may not be iCar but iDash

Apple's goal may not be iCar but iDash Despite the tantalizing talk about Apple getting into the automotive manufacturing game, the more likely scenario is that the i-gadget king will be trying to get its CarPlay platform into cars everywhere Check out this story on

New Report Says Computer Criminals Stole Millions From Banks

A Russian-speaking gang of computer criminals has stolen millions of dollars since late 2013 from banks in Russia, Eastern Europe and the U.S., according to a report from Kaspersky Lab ZAO, a Russian computer-security firm.

Elemental Path Debuts The First Toys Powered By IBM Watson

A company called Elemental Path is developing a new line of smart toys for children which will be powered by the super computing system IBM Watson, enabling the toys to engage in real and personalized conversations with kids, and evolve with the child as he or she grows. CogniToys, as the toy line is being called, is today introducing its first entry into this space, with a smart dinosaur toy that supports full speech recognition and can chat with kids, tell them jokes and answer a wide variety of “who,” “when,” “where” and “why” questions.

Li-Fi-like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer - IEEE Spectrum

The light that zips data across the Internet’s backbone used to stop a long way from the data’s final destination. Now it goes all the way to your home. Why not go the last step and take the light all the way to the computer or TV, projecting it through the air over the last few meters and only converting it to an electronic signal at the end? Oxford University is doing just that with a system that takes light from the fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 gigabits per second.

VLC’s Media Player For iOS Sneaks Back Into The App Store

Instead, users who had previously downloaded VLC for iOS before its removal have been able to go back into the “Purchased” section on the App Store and then re-download the latest version. This, notes one user, has been the case “for a few days now.” That indicates that the app has not yet been made live to the public by VLC’s developers. App Store propagation – the process of releasing an app to the worldwide market and then waiting for it to be made available across all Apple’s servers – does take some time. But usually, this time can be measured in hours, not multiple days.

Amazon Won't Be Delivering Packages by Drone Anytime Soon

While the proposed rules wouldn’t allow companies like Amazon to deliver orders using unmanned aircraft, it could open further opportunities for drones to be used in search and rescue, and in farming.

Apple makes iWork apps available to users without any Apple devices

Apple is taking its iWork for iCloud apps multi-platform, turning it into a product accessible to internet users on any device, similar to Google Docs. Where previously to use Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you needed to own at least one Apple device, you're now able to get an Apple ID and  access the apps without needing your own Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Apple will buy Tesla for $75b in 18 months

The Model S has a giant iPad in the center console — essentially — but it doesn’t have many Apps (and no App ecosystem). It would be trivial for Apple to power the center console with a retina display, and exceptionally easy for developers to create Tesla dashboard-aware Apps (think: Pandora, Waze, Apple Maps, iTunes, Beats, Spotify, etc).

Watch Kanye West perform his new track Wolves at SNL 40

There was plenty of debate during and after the set as to whether or not the performance was inspired or just bizarre, especially as compared to the more straightforward acts of the night like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and even Miley Cyrus. Whatever the audience's opinion, there was really nothing like it all night.

This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp | WIRED

For public safety agencies, sniffing out explosives and other contraband is a tricky task. Handheld explosive detectors can be as small as a purse, but still must be manually operated. Permanently mounted sensors need to be even bigger. Dogs are useful in some scenarios, but they’re expensive to deploy en masse and must always have a handler.

Why Are People Still Using SMS in 2015?

Short Message Service (SMS), more colloquially known as ‘text,’ is a protocol used for sending short messages over mobile networks. The first SMS was sent in 1992; By 2010, SMS was the most widely used data application, adopted by 80 percent of mobile subscribers.

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How a 23-year-old makes $500,000 a year tweeting random facts

"They helped me see how I could actually make money off of UberFacts, by building galleries and tweeting links," Sanchez said. "I was getting checks of $600 or $800 a week, and I couldn't believe it."

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.

This Immersive Michael Jordan Simulator Is the World's Coolest Basketball Court | WIRED

One of the keys to The Last Shot’s immersive ways is the amazing level of detail. For the 1982 crowd scene, some of the 250 actors wear throwback fashions, big mustaches, and mullets for an extra dose of ’80s authenticity. Using RED 4K cameras, Stardust captured those scripted crowd scenes in the Honda Center in Anaheim to cover different reactions, the wall angles, and clever wardrobe changes.

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.

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.

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Samsung is doing a series of teasers this year to hype up the launch of the next Galaxy S6 (or whatever it’s calling its 2016 flagship Android smartphone), and the latest details the tech and progress of wireless charging. In a post on Samsung’s official blog, the company’s lead engineer for IT and Mobile Seho Park described how advances in wireless charging over the past… Read More

Possible Anne Boleyn portrait found using facial recognition software

Using computers to recognise faces in old paintings is more challenging than picking out faces in a crowd. Facial recognition struggles with changes in pose, illumination, facial expressions and ageing. But in works of art, the computer must contend with the quirks of the artists’ styles. Another major hurdle is that often, precious few contemporary paintings exist on which to train the computer.

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.

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.

The unofficial theme of New York Fashion Week is diversity

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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.

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.

5 Typeface Challenges in Designing For Next-Gen Interfaces

Why? Often, these environments have been able to support only a small number of size-specific bitmap fonts with limited character sets rather than the scalable type supported by even the most basic smartphones. Without better type rendering capabilities, our ability to design more engaging and cohesive experiences was stunted, while at the same time engineers and designers were limited in what they could use to design more sophisticated and engaging interfaces without significant increases in cost.

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Super-Cheap Gadget Tests For HIV Using Your Smartphone

“Our work shows that a full laboratory-quality immunoassay can be run on a smartphone accessory,” Sia said in a written statement. “Coupling microfluidics with recent advances in consumer electronics can make certain lab-based diagnostics accessible to almost any population with access to smartphones. This kind of capability can transform how health care services are delivered around the world.”

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.

"Game Of Thrones" Houses Reimagined As 21st-Century Brands

I’ve spent too many hours in Shutterstock, mining for gold amongst … let’s just call them organic substances far less valuable than gold. But while most of us lament the lack of creativity in stock photography—captivating moments like someone typing at a keyboard or three people in suits standing in a studio for no apparent reason—Shutterstock enlisted Elliott Scott from studio Mondayne to do something about it.

17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook

With that in mind, let's brush the cobwebs off some classic Windows power tips that you're likely to have forgotten about. Dig in, enjoy, and don't forget to bookmark this article. You don't want these tips and tricks to fade from memory once again.

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.)

Why science is so hard to believe

How to penetrate the bubble? How to convert science skeptics? Throwing more facts at them doesn’t help. Liz Neeley, who helps train scientists to be better communicators at an organization called Compass, says people need to hear from believers they can trust, who share their fundamental values. She has personal experience with this. Her father is a climate-change skeptic and gets most of his information on the issue from conservative media. In exasperation she finally confronted him: “Do you believe them or me?” She told him she believes the scientists who research climate change and knows many of them personally. “If you think I’m wrong,” she said, “then you’re telling me that you don’t trust me.” Her father’s stance on the issue softened. But it wasn’t the facts that did it.

Living On Bitcoin

I write for a living and sometimes people pay me in bitcoins.  I’m aware that I’m being paid in a currency that hasn’t reached mainstream adoption, but I keep collecting them to see what happens.

Twelve Tomorrows

Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate researcher in infrastructural futures at the University of Sheffield. He’s also a writer, science fiction critic, and essayist, as well as a persistent gadfly in the futurological ointment. He lives a stone’s throw from the site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a duplicitous cat and three guitars he can barely play.

Forgotten Apollo moon artifacts found in Neil Armstrong's closet - CNET

Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon when he traveled 240,000 miles on NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He passed away in 2012, but left behind a legacy full of space, adventure and scientific inspiration. He also left behind a wealth of physical materials related to his travels. A purse full of rare artifacts is now in the spotlight as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum shares details of a hidden piece of space history.

7 Ways To Dial Down Doubt And Crank Up Creativity

Marketing guru Seth Godin often says that worry is "experiencing failure in advance over and over again." And Steven Dubner, co-author of Super Freakonomics , says, "If you don’t fill up your mental bandwidth with the things most people worry about, you have room to think about more things, ask more questions, and create more." Worry simply doesn’t work, so why let it rent space in your head?

Brain Hacking Is Having Incredible Effects And It's Just Getting Started

First you strap a small device to your head, making sure that its electrodes are lined up in just the right way, and then flip a switch. A small jolt of electricity is delivered to your brain. All of a sudden, you feel a slight buzz that soon fades. Fogginess and anxiety clear away — you're suddenly able to solve puzzles that stumped you before, you can discern patterns out of noise, and your memory works significantly better.

Getting Out Of Afghanistan

The gunner in our truck had speakers of his own up in the turret. One of his jobs was to communicate with people outside the truck. He was the only one who could. (The windows on an MRAP do not roll down.) In Afghanistan, this mostly meant waving cars off. The best way to defend against bombers was to keep everyone else away. It could make for tense moments. Most civilians were just trying to go about their day. But the gunner in this truck had come up with his own way of defusing tensions. He had hooked up a smartphone to the speakers and blasted music as loudly as any Camaro-driving homeboy back in the States. This morning, he played Motown. As the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" rolled out into the streets, the people on the ground perked up. Two small children started dancing. A girl in a pink dress with loafers too big for her came bouncing down an alley. It was as if the circus had come to town and we were an elephant lumbering by. An older man with short white hair and a neatly pressed salwar kameez looked up with an amused smile, as if maybe he recognized the song from his youth, when Kabul was sufficiently Westernized that young women could walk about in miniskirts and DJs could play American pop.

Drones To Get A Stadium Gig This Fall

The  Guardian  reports the event has been developed in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. So this sounds like a way to shrink a full on airshow to fit a stadium — and sell a truck load of tickets in the process. (The Amsterdam Arena has a capacity of around 50,000 when used as a concert venue.)

The Entrepreneur Who Is Beating Amazon At Same-Day Delivery

Before Daphne Carmeli started Deliv with the intent to build a same-day delivery service that would upend the standards of well-established couriers, before spurring a 900% increase in consumer demand for their purchases to be dispatched to their door in hours, before signing up more than 250 national and regional retailers, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Foot Locker, Williams-Sonoma, and Banana Republic, and 800 malls across the country, Carmeli was in what she calls "semi-retirement."

11 kisses to celebrate LGBT equality

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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?"

Giving Tea The Blue Bottle Treatment

And there are: Outside of the Christopher Street 1 train station in New York's West Village is a new cafe called Chalait, which specializes in matcha, tea, and espresso. The space is small and minimal in a Tumblr-ready way, with unblemished white walls and a menu of hybrid drinks like green tea americanos and lattes, heart shapes in the foam and all. It serves pour-over coffee, too, and each beverage is relatively pricey at about $4. Like Samovar and its $4.25 chai, the hope is to lure in customers with familiar tastes, simple menus, and a coffee-friendly vocabulary, and perhaps one day convert them. In a race to become the Blue Bottle of tea, coffee still sets the bar. Coffee, like brushing your teeth, is ingrained as a morning ritual. It’s a caffeinated smack to jolt you out of your morning fog. Coffee is a convenience. Tea is enjoyed. For Samovar and other third-wave tea shops, the challenge is to make the tea experience as much like the coffee experience as it can be, without losing the essence of tea. "Can you build tea into people’s daily habit?" asks Jacobs. He thinks yes.

Gravity in space produces a cosmic grin - CNET

Hubble has taken a photo of what seems to be a smiling cartoon face in the depths of space -- an effect produced by a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.

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 .

Get 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years, for free - CNET

Bonus deal No. 3: Book time! Humble Bundle has a really cool e-book collection: the Brainiac Book Bundle . Aimed at kids, it's all about science and building and programming and Lego (sometimes a mixture of two or more). As usual, name your own price for some of the titles, or pony up $15 and get the full 13-book collection. Whatever you pay, a portion goes to charity.

Millennials Want To Work At Organizations That Focus On Purpose, Not Just Profit

The survey polled over 7,800 millennials with college degrees who also work full-time (defined as having been born after 1982). As in past years, Deloitte found that most respondents said that when they first launched their careers, they looked for companies with a strong sense of purpose beyond a simple profit motive. "They believe the business ethos has too short-term a focus. Beyond that, millennials believe companies should spend less time on short-time roles and more time on broadly building contributions to society, more time focusing on their people," says Deloitte Global Chairman Steve Almond .

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