Samsung teases Galaxy S6 with metal design and curved, anti-reflective display
Samsung wants to get everyone excited for its newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. The company has released two more teasers of the upcoming device, and they do give us a bit more information on what to...
This app concept is Tinder for binge-watchers
The "Tinder for X" trend continues unabated. Feel free to groan, but with a morbid sense of curiosity. Today, the app concept that wants to be the next new thing calls itself Binger, because if...
Björk shares a dark, strange trailer for her upcoming MoMA retrospective
Beginning next month, the Museum of Modern Art will host a retrospective of Björk's expansive, multi-faceted career. The exhibit, Björk, will act as an experimental timeline of Björk's art, drawing...
Iconic Oscar dresses look so much sweeter as gourmet cookies
International Culinary School recreates iconic Oscar dresses as cookies.
Lucky dog gets canine home modeled after the 'Up' house - CNET
Movie prop maker Tim Baker and his team make the ultimate canine home worth begging for -- a floating balloon doghouse from the Pixar movie "Up."
Prince Harry, Emma Watson dating rumors make wizard world lose its mind
Australian tabloid 'Woman's Day' is reporting Emma Watson and Prince Harry have started dating.
Oscar hopeful 'Virunga' is ammo against Big Oil for battered park lovers
Director Orlando von Einsiedel may not have made the documentary he had set out for, but in the end, he did much more.
Miami HEAT Statement On Chris Bosh
Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami HEAT team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.
The Net Neutrality Quiet Period
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in its weeklong ‘sunshine’ period before the February 26 meeting that will see the agency vote on new net neutrality regulations. The sunshine period means that the FCC takes time away from external meetings on the topics it is going to vote on. Also, missives sent to the FCC during the period do not make it into the formal record of the issue.
5 free sites to spice up your boring quote posts
You can choose from iPhone screens, pinned notes, framed quotes, inspiring landscapes, fortune cookie messages and more. With a live preview option that uses your actual text and built-in sharing options for a ton of popular social sites, Recite is a pleasure to use.
'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone
Lindsey got to pre-approve everything, and she’d only told them no twice, she said – to a blog about how much she’s looking forward to Lady Gaga’s upcoming jazz album (“I like Lady Gaga, but I’m not really excited about her jazz album”) and to her tribute to Disneyland on the occasion of its 50th birthday: “Happy Birthday Disneyland! The Happiest Place on Earth!” “Happy Birthday Disneyland!” Lindsey blushed. “I would never… I mean, I had a great time at Disneyland. But still…” She trailed off. “One of my friends from high school said, ‘I hope it’s still you. I want people to know how funny you are.’ But it’s scary. After all that’s happened, what’s funny to me… I don’t want to go anywhere near the line, let alone cross it. So I’m constantly saying, ‘I don’t know, Farukh, what do you think?’”
Hiring a Data-Driven Marketing Team
When you’re interviewing to become a software engineer at most tech companies today, you go through a series of code tests that assess your skill and aptitude not just on the programming language of your specialty, but scenario-based problems that test how you think on your feet, how you react to unknown variables, and so on.
Sony, Microsoft may face same Google Glass challenges
While a commercial release is scheduled for 2016, a developer edition is expected to go on sale in early March for $840. That's about half the price of Google Glass when that prototype went on sale. Google sold more than 10,000 pairs of its prototype for $1,500 each.
Remember when machine learning was hard? That’s about to change
Companies, such as Skytree and Context Relevant, began popping up, promising to make it easier for companies outside of big banks and web giants to run machine learning algorithms and to do it at a scale congruent with the big data promise they were being pitched. Soon, there were many startups promising bigger, faster, easier machine learning . Machine learning became the new black as it became baked into untold software packages and services — machine learning for marketing , machine learning for security , machine learning for operations , and on and on and on.
Airbnb Launches New Dashboard and Updated app for Hosts
If you’re a busy Airbnb host you probably want to know more about your renting-your-home-to-strangers business. Today Airbnb has updated the tools to give you the insight into how your little piece of the shared economy is going.
The NSA has hacked your phone: What you need to know, and how to protect yourself
The NSA and GCHQ have had access to the vast majority of cell phone communications around the world since 2010. The latest report reveals that the NSA and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into one of the largest SIM card manufacturers’ systems to steal the encryption keys used to activate and encrypt communications between an individual’s phone and a mobile carrier’s network. Once the NSA and GCHQ gained access to the encryption keys, the agencies had unlimited access to the voice and data information of any mobile user whose SIM card was included in that specific batch of encryption keys.
Refurbished smartphones are big business, global market to hit $14 billion by 2017
In 2014, 56 million refurbished smartphone units were sold to end users around the world, the equivalent of $7 billion in wholesale revenue. By 2017, Gartner expects both of these numbers to balloon to 120 million refurbished smartphone units and about $14 billion in wholesale revenue, about double 2014 figures.
Learn R for Beginners With Our PDF
With so much emphasis on getting insight from data these days, it's no wonder that R is rapidly rising in popularity. R was designed from day one to handle statistics and data visualization, it's highly extensible with many new packages aimed at solving real-world problems and it's open source (read "free").
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How to speak so that people want to listen
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
How a Handgun Works: 1911 .45 - Animagraffs
The model 1911 handgun is named for the year it was formally adopted by the U.S. Army – and while it was replaced as an official service weapon in 1985, it’s still massively popular. Various manufacturers have created their own take on the 1911, but its basic function and operation remains in place over 100 years after its inception.
Gallery: New art carved from old books
Left: One piece of the four-part “Americana 54 Two” (2013), which features four snake heads eating their tails, made from an entire set of Encyclopedia Americana. Right: “Saturation Will Result” (2011), which shows an encyclopedia springing from its static book form to become something more fluid. Says Dettmer, “Books can’t really adapt, so I’m suggesting the idea of something washing through the books and erasing as it goes.”
Images courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.
Why dieting doesn't usually work
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
Astronauts dress as Jedi for NASA Expedition 45 portrait - CNET
In the latest promotional poster from NASA, astronauts and cosmonauts headed to the International Space Station for their next mission are dressed as Jedi masters complete with their own colored lightsabers. The poster, rendered in "Star Wars" font and design, also has the title " Space Station: Expedition XLV The Science Continues ."
We need to talk about an injustice
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
The Billion Dollar Startup Club
Note: This chart only includes companies that are privately held, have raised money in the past four years and have at least one venture-capital firm as an investor. Excluded from this list are companies that were majority-controlled by an institutional investment firm at one point. Only valuations confirmed by VentureSource or The Journal are included, based on direct investments, not secondary deals. The chart will be updated as new information is reported.
For parents, happiness is a very high bar
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
Without Technology, You'd be Dead in Days
The hand axe looks like a big canine tooth: a fist-sized fang for fighting, feeding and fabricating more hand axes. The skeletons of hand axe-using humans show something interesting: over long, evolutionary time scales, they evolved smaller teeth and weaker jaws, both relative to other primates, such as gorillas, and to earlier humans. The hand-axe removed the need for big teeth and was superior to them. It could be replaced if lost of broken, sharpened when dull, and you could wield it in combat without putting your head and neck within biting range of your opponent. Smaller teeth and weaker jaws begat big biological benefits: they left space in the skull for more brain cells, and changed the weight and balance of the head so that it became easier to stand erect. Hand axes changed our bodies, and also the course of human evolution. They are the reason we became brainy bipeds.
14 things you didn't know your iPhone headphones could do
," which are capable of doing a lot more than you think. Make life infinitely easier and learn these 14 things you can do with your pre-packaged iPhone headphones.
Being Bill Murray
T he website urban dictionary defines "Bill Murray Story" as "an outlandish (yet plausible) story that involves you witnessing Bill Murray doing something totally unusual, often followed by him walking up to you and whispering, 'No one will ever believe you.' " Ask Murray about his reputation as the master of surreal celebrity encounters and he grimaces, not eager to explain his motivations. But he will concede that he's aware of how his presence is received. "No one has an easy life," he says. "It's this face we put on, that we're not all getting rained on. But you can't start thinking about numbers – if I can change just one person, or I had three nice encounters. You can't think that way, because you're certainly going to have one where you say, ‘What did I just do?' You're a disappointment to yourself, and others, imminently. Any second."
Superfast Raindrops Seem To Break The Laws Of Physics | IFLScience
At the time, the researchers concluded the superterminal drops were “fragments of a recent break-up, moving with the speed of the parent drop.” Since terminal velocity is the end speed of a sufficiently long fall, whether the starting speed is faster or slower, the expectation was that the drops would eventually slow to the proper speed.
28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.
Read the first six pages of Fight Club 2
Extending the Fight Club story provides an interesting conundrum depending on which version of the property you appreciate the most. Without going into any spoilers, the novel set up the potential for a sequel quite nicely, where the movie version went for a subversive happy ending that worked so well precisely because it felt like a self-contained story. We'll have a better idea of how it all fits together when the first installment of Palahniuk's 10-issue series is released on May 27th, but in the meantime you can check out the first six pages here (be forewarned: NSFW).
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 .
The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness
"The answer," says Brown when I meet him in a north London cafe, "is because that's how it always happens. Look at whistleblower culture. If you want to be a whistleblower you have to be prepared to lose your job. I'm able to do what I'm doing here because I'm nobody. I don't have to keep any academics happy. I don't have to think about the possible consequences of my actions for people I might admire personally who may have based their work on this and they end up looking silly. There are 160,000 psychologists in America and they've got mortgages. I've got the necessary degree of total independence."
12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
In the wake of school killings and cases of police brutality, it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
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.
LG G Flex 2 review - CNET
The G Flex 2 has Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and two different storage options (16 and 32GB). It includes either 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on availability, and like some variants of the G3, the device has a microSD card slot that's expandable up to 2TB. But don't jump for joy just yet; no one's really mass producing 2TB microSD cards, and the largest one you'll likely see on the current market is 128GB.
9 Qualities of Remarkably Confident People
And that makes me wonder. In a world of "fake it till you make it," how can you tell when someone is truly confident--in his or her ideas, plans, and self--and, just as important, that the person's confidence is justified?
Dell's XPS 13 is a look at the future of laptops
The perfect portable computer is something we’ve been chasing for decades. Ideally, it’s an exceptionally light, incredibly thin computer that can fit comfortably on our lap and slip into a shoulder bag. It should easily last all day or more without needing to be plugged in. It needs to be powerful enough to justify carrying it around instead of just getting everything done with an even more portable smartphone or tablet. It really ought to look good, too. Oh, and could you put a flat-out gorgeous 13-inch screen on it too, please, without making it feel big? Thanks. No pressure.
Can prejudice ever be a good thing?
We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work — so we can take control when they go wrong.
7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC
Now that your PC’s in fighting shape it’s an ideal time to create a clone or image of your primary hard drive—the one Windows boots from—and save it to another hard drive. A clone or image creates a snapshot replica of your drive, which you can use to boot up Windows if your primary drive gives up the ghost. Having an image of your system in its current updated, bloatware free, customized state prevents you from having to do all that legwork over again if you ever have to reinstall Windows for any reason.
How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy
Shaffer attributes her success to deep-seated motivation. She launched ThreeBirdNest in 2011, when she made a few headbands for the small women’s clothing boutique she ran in Livermore. They were so popular she decided to start selling them online. "I opened an Etsy shop, figuring I'd help pay for my kids’ soccer and dance lessons to supplement the boutique's sales," Shaffer tells Co.Design. "I was recovering from the failure of a business I'd run selling baby products—handmade slings, carriers, and blankets." After that business tanked in the recession, "I’d lost a little bit of confidence in my ability to be an entrepreneur."
How to Design a Social Media Campaign |
Thanks, Nate. Being “too professional for social media” is now, oh, such late 2000s. Businesses have to get with the program! I’ve told this story a million times but back in the mid-90s a VP of Marketing at the company where I was working at the time asked me, “Why would we ever need a website?” Suffice to say that he was moved-on not too long after that comment. The man was stuck in another time period and no one can afford to be nostalgic-focused when it comes to business. Don’t get me going!
TED Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence? | MIT Technology Review
This is where skeptics such as Brooks , a founder of iRobot and Rethink Robotics, come in. Even if it’s impressive—relative to what earlier computers could manage—for a computer to recognize a picture of a cat, the machine has no volition, no sense of what cat-ness is or what else is happening in the picture, and none of the countless other insights that humans have. In this view, AI could possibly lead to intelligent machines, but it would take much more work than people like Bostrom imagine. And even if it could happen, intelligence will not necessarily lead to sentience. Extrapolating from the state of AI today to suggest that superintelligence is looming is “comparable to seeing more efficient internal combustion engines appearing and jumping to the conclusion that warp drives are just around the corner,” Brooks wrote recently on Edge.org . “Malevolent AI” is nothing to worry about, he says, for a few hundred years at least.
How I Helped Polar Get to 40M+ Pageviews
Or, you push it live and get a few hundred signups in the first hour. This is because you got your stuff together with the press and received a few articles written about your business at launch. So you pitch to more media and got to 1M pageviews in the first month.
How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life
After decades of studying happiness, Dolan has developed a happiness formula. He says that happy people pay attention to the everyday experiences that give them pleasure and purpose, then organize their lives so that they are doing more of those things. It sounds obvious, right? Sure, but the problem is that we spend so much of our lives on autopilot instead of consciously focusing on doing things that make us happy. "We are creatures of habit and we automate processes very quickly," Dolan says. "We do a lot of what we do because we’ve always done it, not because it is good for us or because we enjoy it." The good news, however, is that Dolan offers two tangible ways for us create more happy moments in our lives. The first is creating a mental habit of paying attention to what makes us happy and the second is designing our lives so it is easier to do those things.
Kids need structure
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
The 21 coolest new businesses in Los Angeles
Those are just two of the coolest new small businesses we found in L.A. ( We defined "new" as any business that opened in the past five years or so.)
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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.
Beat it, bloatware: How to clean Superfish and other crap off your PC
Bloatware—also known as crapware—is more than annoying, because it actively consumes your computer’s resources. It’s worth your time to clean it off a new PC so you can use it to its full potential. Here’s how to do that with minimal headaches.
Hear New York City in 3D audio
The Verge’s Ryan Manning uses 3Dio’s Free Space microphones to take you on a crazy audio tour through Times Square, New York; a virtual barber shop; and a 360-degree Beck concert. This century-old technology of binaural audio — which hacks your brain to put you in a scene — is about to make a huge comeback with VR. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Read more: http://theverge.com/e/7785774 Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com
Download for Free 2.6 Million Images from Books Published Over Last 500 Years on Flickr
Thanks to Kalev Leetaru , a Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University, you can now head over to a new collection at Flickr and search through an archive of 2.6 million public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines and newspapers published over a 500 year period. Eventually this archive will grow to 14.6 million images.
3 Steps to Being Unforgettable on Social Media
Great tips! I like the idea that we must define our own online brand image or someone else will. That’s absolutely true and I have seen the +ve impact of that effort in my own branding. And, of course, examples of people you mentioned is a great eye opener. There has to be a consistency in ways we come across on social media sites and the more consistent we are, the better branding we get.