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LG releases surveillance video of exec indicted for vandalizing Samsung washing machine

An LG Electronics executive has been indicted by prosecutors in South Korea on charges of vandalizing high-end Samsung washing machines, The Wall Street Journal reports. Jo Seong-jin, head of LG's...

Introducing TweetDeck Teams | Twitter Blogs

TweetDeck Teams is a simple solution to Twitter account sharing. It enables you to delegate access to as many people as you like, and remove accounts when they no longer need access. In order to use this new feature, you must log in to TweetDeck with your Twitter account. If you are still using a legacy TweetDeck account, it’s time to switch over!

Tesla Motors Announces A New Home Battery; Living Off The Grid Will Soon Be Status Quo

(Page 1 of 2)Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, announced Wednesday that the company is working on a new kind of battery that would be used to power homes. Based on Tesla’s lithium-ion battery technology, the new battery is expected to help the company become a leader in the growing home energy-storage market.Speaking during an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Musk said that the design of the battery is complete, and production would begin in about six months. Although the company did not provide any date for the product's launch, Musk said that he was pleased with the result.“We are...

What happens when you play table tennis every day for a year

This video is proof that anyone can become an expert in table tennis in one year.

BlackBerry's new phones finally come to a US carrier this month

BlackBerry's latest devices, the gargantuan Passport and diminutive Classic, have been available direct from the company and through Amazon for months. But if you've been looking to buy one from a...

VAIO's first post-Sony laptops transform into tablets

Sony jettisoned VAIO more than a year ago now, but the iconic PC brand isn't dead. Sold to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, VAIO is back with two new PCs, announced today in Tokyo. The...

People were running while flipping pancakes in bizarre races across Britain

People running, pan in hand while flipping a pancake is not something you see everyday but that's what many people were doing to celebrate Pancake Day.

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This LED-equipped smart jumprope displays your stats in midair

You know those alarm clocks that seemingly display the time in thin air by waving a stick of blinking LEDs back and forth? Smart Rope does something similar, but instead of displaying the time on your nightstand, this thing displays your workout stats right in front of your eyes.

Apple Pay reportedly faces uphill battle in China as talks with UnionPay stall

– A + Apple Pay reportedly faces uphill battle in China as talks with UnionPay stall By AppleInsider Staff Monday, February 16, 2015, 09:22 pm PT (12:22 am ET) According to a report late Monday, Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay operations into China, but the company may face an uphill battle as partnership talks with state-owned credit card operator UnionPay have stalled. Although Apple Pay is off to a good start in the U.S., the touchless payment system has yet to debut internationally and is facing resistance in the important Chinese market, reports MarketWatch . An official with the People's Bank of China confirmed that "Apple is seeking to cooperate with Chinese financial institutions" for an Apple Pay introduction, but has not made any concrete deals toward that goal. A major hurdle standing in the way of a Chinese Apple Pay rollout is UnionPay, China's state-owned credit card and debit card system operator. Sources claim talks over a possible agreement, supposedly due for completion by March, have stalled.

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Jony Ive gave J.J. Abrams some design advice for 'more ominous' lightsaber

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New Map Shows the World's Ecosystems in Unprecedented Detail | WIRED

Ecology has always been a bit doughy compared to subject like physics, chemistry, and hell, even biology. But cut ecologists some slack. The places they study, like alpine prairies, peat bogs, or oases, are the diametric opposite of controlled lab settings. So how do you bring hard data to the study of life on our soft planet? A new map.

How To Trick Yourself Into Meeting Deadlines

"When a deadline is far into the future, we tend to put the task on the proverbial back burner, believing that we have a lot of time to attend to it," says Soman. "Things that are on the back burner stay there for longer than they should because there are plenty of other things that take up our attention as relatively more urgent." Improving our ability to meet deadlines means being able to make those tasks appear more urgent, bringing them to the forefront. Setting a deadline within the same week, month, or year can make the deadline seem more "present."

Android One Devices Arrive in the Philippines

Google’s Android One program, which aims to bring the latest version of Android on low-cost, yet capable devices, has reached the Philippines .

Sensor issues forced health features to be cut from Apple Watch | ZDNet

Despite this setback, the report claims that Apple is still banking on it being a hit, with 6 million units being ordered for the first quarter. Half of these will be the entry-level 'Sports' model, and a third being the mid-tier stainless steel version with a sapphire face. The report also claims that the top-end gold version could sell for as much as $4,000 apiece, so if you're looking for bling, you'd better start saving your pennies now.

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Massive fireballs captured at the scene of train derailment in West Virginia

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Draft U.S. rules on commercial drones keep some limits on use

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

Samsung taking wireless charging and making it not only a default part of the Galaxy smartphone experience, but also a simple-to-use version of the tech that works with every charging tech available on the market, would be a huge boon for owners of its devices. I’d argue that wireless charging tech is still one of those things that never made it past the stage of offering a lot of promise, but little real-world benefit to consumers. Charging plates are generally either large and awkward, or finicky in terms of who they require the charging devices to be placed, or both. Standard battles mean that the built-in chargers Starbucks is installing in stores aren’t compatible with most shipping devices, and even when things have been compatible, they often feature physical designs that make a charging pad aimed at one device impractical for use with a smartphone made by another OEM.

What is fan fiction? A helpful explainer from What's Tech

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Justin Bieber gets egged for new Comedy Central Roast promo

Love him or hate him, the latest promo for Justin Bieber’s forthcoming Comedy Central Roast has something for those at either end of the spectrum. Capturing Bieber in his signature shirtless attire, the promo plays on one of the pop star’s notorious run-ins with the law — specifically his charge of misdemeanor vandalism for egging his neighbor’s house — with a slow motion barrage of eggs to the chest.

Parent Co. Launches A Private Social Network For Families, Acquires Parenting App Notabli

A new company called Parent Co. is launching today, backed by $1.8 million in angel funding, with the goal of creating a line of digital products designed to meet the needs of modern parents. To kick off its launch, the company is also announcing its acquisition of Notabli , a private, social networking app that allows parents to save their child’s moments, including photo, video, audio, milestones, and more.

Distribusion Wants To Make Selling Intercity Bus Tickets As Easy As Selling Flights

The startup’s launch timing appears to be good too. In 2013 its home country of Germany saw the long distance transportation market “liberalised”, opening it up so that independent bus operators are allowed to offer different kinds of bus connections over 50km, thus increasing the convenience and viability of intercity bus travel as a whole. Since then, Distribution says the local market has outperformed expectations and is now estimated to be worth close to €300 million.

BlackBerry Dials Up Second Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo (Exclusive)

The once dominant smartphone maker is again suing Typo, alleging in a new complaint filed on Monday in California federal court that its mobile keyboard designs have been "slavishly copied...down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys."

Introducing DataFrames in Spark for Large Scale Data Science

As Spark continues to grow, we want to enable wider audiences beyond “Big Data” engineers to leverage the power of distributed processing. The new DataFrames API was created with this goal in mind.  This API is inspired by data frames in R and Python (Pandas), but designed from the ground-up to support modern big data and data science applications. As an extension to the existing RDD API, DataFrames feature:

Pushbullet for Android Now Lets You Respond to WhatsApp Messages

PushBullet for Android, an app that provides mirrored notifications and file transfers between your smartphone and desktop PC, has today announced that you can now respond directly to IMs from its pop-up notification panels on the desktop.

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Nearly all the Apple Watch health features were dropped due to consistency issues

A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Apple had initially envisioned the Watch with a focus on health and fitness monitoring. The company pictured its upcoming Watch as a device which could automatically detect the heartbeat, blood pressure, stress levels, and more of its user.

Pivotal Doubles Down on Open Source in a Sign of a Changing Software World | WIRED

Pivotal plans to open source HAWQ and GreenplumDB through the Apache Software Foundation and push the GemFire code into the community that oversees the open source database PostgreSQL. This should mean not only that the code is freely available to anyone, but that a broad community of developers—some inside Pivotal, others outside—will drive the evolution of these tools. Like many other open source software companies, Pivotal will make its money by helping businesses use the software and by selling specialized versions of the tools.

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'Halo' die-hards will get their very own motorcycle helmet in July

Your IT Security Infrastructure, Rebooted for 2015

Cloud, mobile, social media and other factors are conspiring to force companies to reevaluate their security infrastructure, from firewalls to authentication.

10 Companies Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Each year we publish a list of the 50 most innovative companies, our comprehensive guide to the enterprises at the forefront of business innovation. The organizations that made the list this year have outdone themselves (and others) with bold ideas and new momentum. Take the test below to learn more about what the world's most innovative businesses are doing right.

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This Chinese startup is giving its employees free Teslas

It may seem like a daydream, but this is exactly what is happening to the employees of  WiFi Master Key  (our translation), a startup backed by Chinese game developer and publisher Shanda. The firm is handing out a surprisingly generous year-end bonus this year by rewarding every member of staff with more than four months at the company with a Tesla.

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The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu

It’s 4am, and the big test is in 8 hours. You’ve been studying for days, but you still don’t feel ready. Should you drink another cup of coffee and spend the next few hours cramming? Or should you go to sleep? Shai Marcu defends the latter option, showing how sleep restructures your brain in a way that’s crucial for how our memory works.

What ISIS Really Wants

One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding. Former pledges could of course continue to attack the West and behead their enemies, as freelancers. But the propaganda value of the caliphate would disappear, and with it the supposed religious duty to immigrate and serve it. If the United States were to invade, the Islamic State’s obsession with battle at Dabiq suggests that it might send vast resources there, as if in a conventional battle. If the state musters at Dabiq in full force, only to be routed, it might never recover.

The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

The ocean's glory -- and horror

Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves — as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

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.


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Dodders 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

Apple Making a Car Isn't as Ridiculous as You Think | WIRED

Besides all that, Apple’s got the money. Jaffe estimates an incumbent automaker would spend $2-4 billion over seven to 10 years on a cleansheet design. Apple, which doesn’t already have the proper infrastructure and industry connections in place, may still have to build these out, which might include creating a brand new car division (and spending more money). But with the company recently achieving a market cap of more than $700 billion, even if the entire effort failed, the amount would probably be nothing more than a rounding error against the company’s massive cash hoard. Jaffe puts his guess of the value of the effort at about $5 billion.

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'Saturday Night Live': All 141 Cast Members Ranked

So — live from New York — a passionate, definitive, opinionated, subjective, irresponsible and indefensible breakdown of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. It's a celebration of Lorne Michaels' creation 40 years on — and as every SNL fan knows, part of loving the show means surfing through the lows along with the highs. Keep in mind: We're not ranking their careers, merely their stints on SNL. Also, we're ranking them strictly for what they did onscreen, not behind the scenes. As for who counts as an SNL player, there's a lot of gray area. The whole point of this list is ranking everybody, not just the big names, so it tries to err on the side of being inclusive. "Writers who occasionally showed up in sketches" is a mighty crowded category, but they're ultimately judged by onscreen impact. It's a game of inches out there. And no guest hosts, no matter how often they return. No Alec Baldwin or Andy Kaufman or Justin Timberlake, even though they've had way more airtime than many cast members.

Eye phone: How a TED Fellow's new app could help restore sight to millions

There was a lady who was known as Mama Patrick who had been blind for over 20 years. She lived in a very small traditional mud hut, and her son Patrick lived in the next one across so that she could shout to him when she needed help. One of our health care workers went and examined her using Peek, and identified her being blind from cataract. We saw her in our mobile clinic the next day, which was part of the study, and we verified the diagnosis. We arranged for her to have sight restored to one eye. When people are blind in both eyes, and there are limited resources, we treat one eye first. It’s better to give sight to 10 eyes of 10 people than to 10 eyes of five people.

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Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 -- 10 November 2008) one helluva lady... 100% dedicated to her craft, all the way to her dying day voice of freedom, her songs share the stories, the struggles, the integrity of the native South African people under Apartheid Rule throughout the 60's , 70's , and 80's. now go and learn more, hear more, and share more The woman, the legend, the angel , the sage .. Hail Mama Africa Hail the memory of Miriam Makeba ~ M. Garza ~ Makeba's life has consistently been marked by struggle. As the daughter of a sangoma, a mystical traditional healer of the Xhosa tribe, she spent six months of her birth year in jail with her mother. Gifted with a dynamic vocal tone, Makeba recorded her debut single, "Lakutshona Llange," as a member of the Manhattan Brothers in 1953. Although she left to form an all-female group named the Skylarks in 1958, she reunited with members of the Manhattan Brothers when she accepted the lead female role in a musical version of King Kong, which told the tragic tale of Black African boxer, Ezekiel "King Kong" Dlamani, in 1959.

Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think

A tweet with 10,000 interactions is an exception, and I was interested in the rule. So I went to Twitter's user analytics page to download the data on my 100 most popular tweets of the last year. If I could prove to my bosses (and to myself) that Twitter could, even occasionally, deliver meaningful audiences, it might validate my infatuation. Alas, my most popular tweets averaged a click-through rate of about 1.7 percent, still quite near the rate of conversions on flash-media East Asian display ads. Without revealing numbers that will get me in trouble with my bosses, I concluded that my prodigious use of Twitter in the last 30 days has cumulatively driven less traffic to than one of my below-average stories.

Hate crimes and hate speech: Islamophobia's rise in the U.S.

The FBI has opened a preliminary, parallel investigation into the Chapel Hill shootings. They will look into, among other elements of the case, whether alleged murdered Craig Stephen Hicks killed the students because they were Muslim. Hicks' attorney claimed the attack was the result of a parking dispute, while members of the victims' family say it was a hate crime.

Microsoft is ready to unleash Xbox One apps

Existing Xbox One apps will continue to run on the console, but Microsoft is planning to switch over to universal apps in November. The switch means developers will be able to submit and publish apps in November, and they’ll need to be built on the new universal apps SDK. Windows 10 will arrive on the Xbox One later this year to support these new apps, and Microsoft is slowly moving its approval and store policies to a pace that will allow developers to submit apps to Xbox One in a similar way to the existing Windows Store. This will allow a lot more apps to arrive on the Xbox One this November.

How to Cook a Killer Steak

4. Cook your steak under a 1400 degree broiler. This is why steaks cooked on a home grill can't achieve the quality of a restaurant-prepared steak.  The heat and the distance between the steaks and the broiler are what give you that great caramelization on the outside and a tender inside.

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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.

9 trippy TED Talks

Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it—literally. She covers everything in a scene—people, chairs, food, you name it—in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

@ 15, in 1969, in school I used used a slide rule for calculations and studied transmitters/receivers with Vacuum tubes. I repaired  avionics gear for about 16 years and then went to work for NASA. I'll never forget takiing my first course in microprocessors, back in 1981, at Bendix in Fort Lauderdale Florida. We had a a small circuit board with the then new, Intel 8080 processor and a small keypad. We had to program them and I learned just why the HP calculators used reverse Polish logic to operate, it had to do with the way the information was enterd into the buffer. Our final exam was to program a four way stoplight and that is harder to than it do than you might think.

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57 Scientists propose 'cortical modem' implant to give you Terminator vision - CNET
58 Triberr acquires Scoutle to predict whether you'll like this news
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60 What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup
61 Celebrities hilariously reveal their emoji wish lists
62 Ithaca tells tourists they should just go to Florida instead
63 These 100 People Could Spend the Rest of Their Lives on Mars
64 Researchers Test Device That Lets Deaf Children Hear For The First Time
65 How You Really Sound While Flirting With Your Office Crush
66 7 Tools Product Hunt Used to Build Its Early-Stage Community
67 ‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say
68 Facebook Just Made It Possible To Will Your Page To Someone When You Die
69 10 Things you Should NEVER Say During Presentations
70 T-Mobile's John Legere: A lot of spoiled CEOs would never do what I do
71 11 kisses to celebrate LGBT equality
72 Millennials Want To Work At Organizations That Focus On Purpose, Not Just Profit
73 WeTransfer, Funky Dutch Cousin Of Dropbox And Box, Gets $25M To Go Large In The U.S.
74 Giant WWI "war tubas" were pretty much exactly what they sound like
75 Delta CEO points to 9/11 amid criticism from Gulf airlines
76 Social Shopping App Shopa Secures $11M Series A To Scale Internationally
77 Strange 'double blob' atop Martian atmosphere puzzles scientists - CNET
78 How People Described The Internet In The 1990s is Hilarious
79 Even the ancient Egyptians got paid sick leave
80 Evoz Debuts A “Connected” Monitor Offering Baby Data Tracking, Cry Alerts And More
81 5 facts about online video, for YouTube’s 10th birthday
82 If a transgender parent transitions later in life, do they harm their kids?
83 'Breaking Bad' art exhibit in London is 99.1% chemically awesome
84 Advanced Manufacturing Is Reshaping Aircraft Design | MIT Technology Review
85 Interstellar's fake black holes are helping actual scientific research
86 At This Office, The Break Room Is A Giant Ball Pit
87 Polar bear is the only one enjoying the freezing weather right now
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