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Former GM CEO warns Apple against making cars
Dan Akerson, who ran General Motors for less than three and a half years, issued a stern warning to Apple this week against making a car. In an interview with Bloomberg, he noted that making cars...
Modern Family's New Episode on a Laptop Hints at TV's Future | WIRED
Next week's episode of <em>Modern Family</em> plays out through FaceTimes and iMessages on a MacBook. It also hints at the future of TV.
Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study
Satellite images, digital detective work and social media provide strongest evidence yet of Russian crossborder shelling, according to investigation
You Know That Treadmill Desk You Just Installed? That Might Have Been A Mistake
This study completely misses the point. Treadmill desks are not designed to be used for short periods of time at a fast pace, but for long periods of time at a slow pace. I use my treadmill desk for 3 or 4 hours a day, walking at 1.2 MPH. By end of day, I'm quite tired, not to mention satisfied about my cognitive output. I also sleep so much better as a result, compared to days when I don't use the desk. There is no way use of the desk does not provide me with enormous benefits, both in terms of physical and psychological health.
Supernatural: "The Executioner's Song" Review - IGN
More on Dean and Cain in a minute but first, let's look at why Cain started this killing spree. His motivations were clear: He wanted to wipe out his descendants because he believed he owed it to humanity. But, he didn't have the First Blade and he doesn't have the Mark. Dean remarks that everything with the First Blade helped push Cain out of his reformed lifestyle, but the line wasn't obvious. Cain told Castiel he had to defend himself against Abaddon's army, and he liked the way taking up arms felt. But why go past self-defense and start slaughtering humans? Is it part of Cain's demon nature that drove him back to massacring or is it because he bore the Mark so long? He mentions the Mark wanting blood. Cain's self-appointed mission was interesting, but they could have explained more about what triggered it.
Did you spot Apple's Jony Ive in the Star Wars trailer?
We weren't treated to his familiar, soothing tones, but Apple's chief of design Jony Ive was secretly present in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
You'll Pay $288 For Coffee--And You'll Like It
If $288 sounds like a lot to spend on coffee, you're probably not among the Starbucks fanatics the company is trying to target. Break it down and you'll find that the price of a year's subscription is equivalent to just $0.79 per day—a lot less than a hard-core fan is likely to spend. True, the beans come in only 8.8 oz. bags, but for the right coffee drinker, the Reserve subscription service could be a bargain.
Samsung answers Apple Pay with LoopPay acquisition | ZDNet
Customers pay for purchases by pressing the button on the LoopPay device -- or open the LoopPay app and select the card of his or her choice to tap and pay. Customers must tell the merchant which card is being used for payment, at which point the customer just places the LoopPay device against the reader where one would normally swipe to pay.
At over 21 feet long, Mercedes-Maybach’s $566,922 Pullman is a rolling VIP lounge
Like the Mercedes-Maybach S600 that debuted at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the Pullman is based on the Mercedes S-Class. At 21.3 feet long, though, it’s a full 3.5 feet longer than the S600. To put that in perspective, if you parked a couple Smart Fortwos bumper to bumper next to the Pullman, the big sedan would be approximately 3.6 feet longer.
Justified: "Sounding" Review - IGN
Season 6 seems to be using a lot of smoke and mirrors to protect what's going down. I think what's being hidden is great. I'm loving what Boyd's doing and the triangulation of power within Harlan, but the stuff that isn't being guarded should at least keep our attention. In hiding the stuff that's building, something has to fill the empty space and it looks like Ava is our sacrifice. It's a shame too since episodes 2 and 3 were a real challenge for her character and now we're back to ineffectual Ava. Joelle Carter has done a good job of playing Ava this season in a role that's requiring a lot - her scene yelling at Boyd for hiding the documents in her barn was one of my favorite so far this season. But this episode and the last one have let her fall.
Virtual-Reality Porn Is Coming, and Your Fantasies May Never Be the Same | WIRED
That’s a lot of quote to unpack. The subtext suggests that things critics of porn say are true—that it dehumanizes its actors. But pornography has always been fantasy: the fantasy of abandon, of the exotic, of being desired. For years, the adult industry has catered to that fantasy by producing a genre called POV, in which an actor holds a camera or a camera operator films over a performer’s shoulder; it’s meant to create the illusion that the viewer is a participant rather than a voyeur. But beneath that illusion is the awareness that it’s just that—an illusion. In VR, the frame of detachment disappears, and fantasy effectively does too. You’re not watching a scene anymore; you’re inhabiting it. And by being there, you’re implicated in whatever’s happening.
Rumor: Apple to add Touch ID to Retina MacBook Air as well as future Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad
The ONLY way to integrate ?Pay into a new Apple portable computer like the rMBA is to make the entire trackpad a Touch ID Trackpad. That's the Apple-way and that's what needs to happen. Apple is thankfully run by marketing and design and then it's engineering's problem to figure out how to make it work. Let's hope Ive and Schiller won't add Touch ID to any Mac notebook until this is feasible for them. The last thing people who care about humans and design want is an ufly, additional, sensor added to their computer. People spend the majority of their notebook use touching that trackpad and that's the inevitable place for any Mac Touch ID sensor.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 teasers are uncharacteristically well done
Can a leopard change its spots, or am I just admiring the particularly fine sheep's clothing in which this wolf is dressed? It's too soon to judge the depth of change at Samsung, but there's certainly something different about the way the Korean company is approaching 2015. I've been keeping an eye on the teasers Samsung has been releasing for its upcoming Galaxy S6 , and, well, they are not bad at all. They are subtle, enigmatic, and really tasteful. I look at them, and I start wishing to meet the humans responsible for putting them together. They seem like real swell people.
PSA: A jailbreak tweak can permanently brick your iOS device
As jailbreaking iOS devices has gotten easier over the years, the likelihood of bricking them in the process has reduced. But don’t think your device is safe once jailbreaking is complete. One developer has discovered an exploit that can brick iPhones and iPads permanently.
Microsoft Enhances Security and Gestures on Outlook Mobile
Meanwhile, Android users are now able to customize Outlook’s gestures. You can configure left or right swipes on emails, for instance. The gesture functions include delete, archive, move, flag mark as read or schedule. iOS users already had access to gesture customization.
Reddit made $8.3 million in ad revenues last year, and will donate 10%
True to Reddit's crowdsourcing spirit, the site is letting redditors pick 10 charities to disburse the earmarked $827,659.49 (that's $82,765.95 per charity). If you're interested in taking part, you can enter your charity name here .
Leaked Cindy Crawford photo dares Internet to embrace unconventional beauty
The photo sparked a series of think pieces about women, aging and the unforgiving spotlight of fame. This time social media feedback skewed more positive. Are we turning a corner and "forgiving" women for their natural bodies, or even embracing them for it?
Boko Haram's latest video mirrors ISIS propaganda
A graphic depicting the black flag typically used by ISIS and its supporters appears in the top right corner throughout the video. While Boko Haram has long used the so-called Black Standard over a book and two crossed guns as their symbol, this new icon is more commonly associated with ISIS.
Pivotal Open Sources Key Parts of Its Big Data Suite
Pivotal announced today that it was moving three core pieces of its Big Data Suite to open source, while continuing to offer advanced features and support in a commercial version.
Why Weed Gives You the Munchies | WIRED
Weed makes people hungry, and drug companies figure that if they understood how, they could parlay this fact into making people not-hungry. So far, the biggest effort at inventing a reverse-munchies pill was a flop. In 2006, Sanofi-Adventis rolled out an anti-munchie drug called rimonabant in Europe, but they had to pull the drug off the market within a few years, after people started reporting big side effects, most notably anxiety, depression, and general bad vibes. Because of this, other drug companies have been reluctant to develop weight-loss drugs based on CB1, says Kenneth Mackie, a biologist at Indiana University who was not a part of this research. “But if POMC shows there’s another way to change neuron activity, it may give them another way to manipulate receptors for weight loss,” he says. Along the way, researchers are bound to find a lot more things that will make them say, “woah….”
In Russia, Yandex Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google Over Search On Android Devices
And this leads to the other big tipping point for Yandex: how it works with handset makers in the country to offer all of those services. Last year, three smartphone vendors called Prestigio, Fly and Explay, “who have been our long-term partners, have notified us that they are no longer able to pre-install Yandex services on their Android devices,” the company writes. “Chances are high that Google will continue this practice. It is not only Yandex or other large developers, whose services compete Google’s, that are under threat, but also the device manufacturers. But ultimately, it is the end-users who suffer because of inferior services.”
Yandex Accuses Google of Breaking Antitrust Laws In Russia
Yandex accounts for 58 percent of the search market in Russia with Google trailing it on 33 percent. However, turn to mobile and the Russian firm’s share drops to 44 percent, which may explain why it is pursuing the antitrust claims so vociferously.
Outlook for Android and iOS gets PIN lock, faster remote wipe, IMAP support, and more
On Android, Outlook will enforce screen lock rules; devices that do not support these security settings will not be able to connect to an account. Google also provides controls that allow Outlook to honor additional Office 365 and Exchange policies regarding password length, complexity requirements, and the number of allowable screen-unlock attempts before wiping the phone. Outlook will also encourage users to enable storage encryption.
Top bidder backs out on rare 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 auction
Last month, Sony auctioned the first model of its limited-edition, 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 console to raise money for charity. The console's grey color scheme was meant to match the original PlayStation, which came out in Japan on Dec. 3, 1994.
Amazon Greenlights Alternate History Series ‘The Man In The High Castle’
Amazon, you’ve done the right thing: Greenlighting the Philip K. Dick adaptation The Man in the High Castle for a full season is great news for both science fiction lovers, and for the credibility of the Pilot Season program Amazon uses for its original TV show production and audience testing. The Man in the High Castle was Amazon’s most-watched pilot ever, in fact, and it’s probably among the most ambitious in terms of technical shooting challenge and budget, judging by the apparent production value of the initial episode.
Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN
In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good (unless Alfredo was playing). We're proud to announce the next evolution of our Let's Play series: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. We're going to be giving you a ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and Alfredo).
Three Sci-Fi Designs for the Future of Farming | WIRED
“We’re actually kinda really terrible at guessing what the future is going to be like,” says Kaitlyn Schwalje. Schwalje is a recent graduate of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design who, for her graduating thesis project, is making her own best guess at the future by envisioning what farming might be like a century down the road. In Three Propositions for Future Farming, Schwalje designed objects to explore three scenarios for what farming might be like in 2115, when bioterrorism and weather manipulation are commonplace.
YC-Backed Transitmix Cuts The Paper Out Of Bus Route Planning
“I guess part of the problem is you could get these answers, if you know how to use Arc.js, and knew how to parse the U.S. census data and had a bunch of time on your hands. Which is a very small sub-set of the folks who actually plan out the bus routes. Our goal is to make it so that anyone, without .js or census experience, can go in and basically answer those key questions,” Hashemi adds.
Breathometer Now Calls Ubers To Drive The Drunks Home
There are other options besides hailing an Uber on the app, should you be on your way to wasted. Breathometer offers the option to choose either “Get Home Safe” or “Stay Nearby” when users blow a .04 or higher. The “Stay Nearby” features pulls up three options: “Find Some Food,” “Grab a Room” and “Activity.” These are intended to occupy the person until they are no longer tipsy. The “Get Home Safe” feature includes the options to grab a cab, grab an Uber or find a designated driver.
Windows 10 will let you say goodbye to passwords forever | ZDNet
Ingalls said the Fido implementation in the Windows 10 Technical Preview reflects Microsoft's contribution to the Fido 2.0 specification technical working group, and showcases integration with Windows 10 sign-in, Azure Active Directory, and access to software-as-a-services packages like Office 365 Exchange Online, Salesforce, Citrix, Box, and Concur.
Samsung buys LoopPay, all but confirming new Apple Pay rival - CNET
The LoopPay setup "has the potential to work" in about 90 percent of existing POS terminals, according to Samsung, something that could help the technology spread quickly. Besides being compatible with existing terminals, LoopPay can work via NFC and tokenizing credit card transactions, much like Apple Pay. And users can include loyalty cards, gift cards and other types of cards in the system, something that Apple Pay so far has lacked.
Back to the Future DeLorean is Now an iPhone Case - IGN
If you could turn your iPhone into a time machine, why not do it with some style? You'll have to find your own flux capacitor, but the style part should be easy thanks to an iPhone 6 case that makes your smartphone look like the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future II.
Microsoft adds HTTP Strict Transport Security support to Internet Explorer
Like Chrome and most other browsers, IE will come preloaded with a list of popular websites for which the HSTS policy will be enforced by default. Such lists are necessary, because even with HSTS there’s still a small window for SSL stripping attacks: the first ever request from the browser to a new website. In order to learn about a site’s HSTS policy through a response header, a browser needs to first connect to that site. However, if an attacker is already in a position to intercept traffic he can strip the Strict-Transport-Security header from the site’s response and the browser will never know.
Neptune Duo: a Phone on Your Wrist, a Screen in Your Pocket
The Neptune Duo consists of two parts. The Hub is a device you wear on your wrist that runs Android Lollipop to make and receive calls. The Pocket is a 5-inch touch display that connects to the Hub, allowing you to view and interact with apps and content.
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Another update on the Truecrypt audit
This threw our plans for a loop. We had been planning a crowdsourced audit to be run by Thomas Ptacek and some others. However in the wake of TC pulling the plug, there were questions. Was this a good use of folks' time and resources? What about applying those resources to the new 'Truecrypt forks' that have sprung up (or are being developed?) There were a few other wrinkles as well, which Thomas talks about here -- although he takes on too much of the blame.
It took us a while to recover from this and come up with a plan B that works within our budget and makes sense. We're now implementing this. A few weeks ago we signed a contract with the newly formed NCC Group's Cryptography Services practice (which grew out of iSEC, Matasano and Intrepidus Group). The project will evaluate the original Truecrypt 7.1a which serves as a baseline for the newer forks, and it will begin shortly. However to minimize price -- and make your donations stretch farther -- we allowed the start date to be a bit flexible, which is why we don't have results yet.
Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual keyboard that would allow typing on air
Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual keyboard that would allow typing on air
By Neil Hughes
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 10:02 am PT (01:02 pm ET)
While the reason behind Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense remains unknown, the Cupertino company was awarded a PrimeSense patent on Tuesday describing 3D camera system allowing for an entirely new type of virtual keyboard.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office awarded Apple with U.S. Patent 8,959,013 , entitled "Virtual Keyboard for a Non-Tactile Three Dimensional User Interface." First discovered by AppleInsider , the newly granted invention describes a virtual keyboard that would allow users to type on air.
The system would use a 3D capturing device, such as an array of cameras, that would detect a user's hand movements. A user would be able to type and control a virtual keyboard by moving their fingers or hands, and the system would determine which words and keystrokes a user intends to type.
In the patent, Apple notes that its system could capture 3D information by scanning an "interactive area" located in front of a display screen.
How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged
and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity
becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita
Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when
they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this
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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.
What happens when you remove the hippocampus? - Sam Kean
When Henry Molaison (now widely known as H.M.) cracked his skull in an
accident, he began blacking out and having seizures. In an attempt to
cure him, daredevil surgeon Dr. William Skoville removed H.M.'s
hippocampus. Luckily, the seizures did go away — but so did his
long-term memory! Sam Kean walks us through this astonishing medical case,
detailing everything H.M. taught us about the brain and memory.
Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society
Despite differences in views about a range of biomedical and physical science topics, both the public and scientists give relatively high marks to the nation’s scientific achievements and give distinctly lower marks to K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (known as STEM). Just 16% of AAAS scientists and 29% of adults in the general public considers K-12 STEM education in the U.S. to be the best or above average compared with other industrialized countries. Both groups see U.S. scientific achievements and medical treatment in a more positive light, by comparison.
Don’t Waste Your Twenties — Part 1: Taking Advantage of the Unique Powers of the Twentysomething Brain
What are those enormous opportunities that your twentysomething brain offers you? There are two big ones – and they only come around once in a lifetime. First is the opportunity to passionately and uninhibitedly go after big goals, figure out life’s big questions, and make important commitments. Second, is the opportunity to take an active role in the development of the executive part of your brain in order to create a foundation for lasting success. (These brain advantages apply to teenagers too, obviously, but twentysomethings have a lot more leeway to make their own decisions and thus exercise their brains’ special powers. They’re at the crossroads of opportunity and independence.)
All the ghostly sounds that are lost when you compress to mp3
“‘ moDernisT ‘ was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner”, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original. Similarly, the video contains only material which was left behind during mp4 video compression.”
Let's talk parenting taboos
Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.
How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last
It wasn't the first time the operators—dubbed the "Equation Group" by researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab—had secretly intercepted a package in transit, booby-trapped its contents, and sent it to its intended destination. In 2002 or 2003, Equation Group members did something similar with an Oracle database installation CD in order to infect a different target with malware from the group's extensive library. (Kaspersky settled on the name Equation Group because of members' strong affinity for encryption algorithms, advanced obfuscation methods, and sophisticated techniques.)
A Handy Dandy Men’s Grooming Checklist
I was watching the trailer for the new movie Mortdecai the other day, and was impressed with the lead character’s debonair air, impeccable style, and of course, splendid mustache. To get to be such a well-groomed gentleman, it’s not necessary to be overly fastidious and twee. You want to strike a balance between metrosexuality and looking/smelling like you live with bears. Achieving this balance is easy when you set yourself a reasonable grooming schedule. Just like your home needs regular maintenance, so does your body and hair. Above you’ll find a handy checklist for making sure you’re a presentable gent.
Advertisements from Japan’s Golden Age of Art Deco
This makes more sense than it sounds like it would: “the Deco use of foreign imagery and design elements was a virtually seamless process given existing practices of both abstraction and cultural appropriation at work in the decorative arts at the time in Japan. Many traditional designs already possessed a sort of visual affinity with the Art Deco aesthetic; the synthesis of conventional design elements with contemporary, pared-down forms appealed to the culture’s collective knowledge of traditional motifs and symbols while feeding their desire for modern consumer products that reflected a keen sense of cosmopolitanism perfectly combining the old with the ultramodern.”
50 modern-day 'Friends' episodes, imagined by comedians
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3 Things Good Managers Say Instead of 'I Don't Know'
For example, if the question from a team member is, “How much time should I devote to making this storyboard?” and I’ve never made one myself, I can still be helpful. Rather than saying “I don’t know” or deferring to “Use your best judgment” (which sometimes feels like a cop-out), I can refer to the hours that we’ve tracked for past storyboards and how long clients took to approve them. This gives a range for the expected time and, most importantly, provides guidance and support for the team.
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.
Google Capital Is Opening An Office In India, Its First Outside Of The U.S.
Google is joining SoftBank, Tiger Global and other investors in India, after the company revealed that it is in the process of setting up an office for Google Capital, its year-old late-stage fund , in the Asian country. The outpost will be its first outside of the U.S..
The history of our world in 18 minutes
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.