You can now trade Pokémon with yourself, thanks to Arduino
Gotta catch 'em all. Gotta catch 'em all. Gotta catch 'em all. For some 17 years, those words have reverberated around coder Pepijn de Vos's mind, and th
Forget the Apple Watch -- Dole makes a wearable banana - CNET
To celebrate eight years as a Tokyo Marathon sponsor, Dole's Japan division has outfitted a banana with sensors and LEDs to create the world's first edible wearable.
10 Ways To Stay Calm In The Face Of Daily Stress
To survive and thrive we need to find ways to deal with pressure and uncertainty. Here are 10 tips that will help you on a daily basis.
Dog walks another dog like a best dog friend should [VIDEO]
A sweet old labrador retriever has taken to walking his young dachshund friend.
Nintendo has started making bad free-to-play games like everybody else
Among this week's new 3DS releases is perhaps the least Nintendo game ever: Pokemon Shuffle, a free-to-play, match-three puzzle game that has more in common with Candy Crush than Super Mario.
Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac
For years there have been options to add a drawing pad and stylus to a computer, a way for graphic artists to create digital media and drawings. Turns out if you have an iPad, you have another option. Astropad is an app that lets you draw in graphics tools on your iPad with the results displayed in…
Main Street Hub Lands $20M To Bring Social Media Marketing To Small Business
For a monthly fee, Matt Stuart, co-CEO at Main Street Hub says his company does all the heavy lifting across online channels for these businesses. “We deliver a combined product using existing communication channels including marketing automation, CRM, social media, reputation management and mobile, web and email marketing,” Stuart explained.
HTC One M9 pictures and specs apparently leak out
Two new colorways are shown by the leaked pictures, one combining gold and silver for a two-tone look and the other opting for a more demure gunmetal gray. Neither shows any great departures from the HTC One we know today. The BoomSound speakers are as prominent as ever, framing a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution, and the overall aesthetic appears to have remained largely unchanged. The power button seems to have been moved to the side with this new phone, which is a trend embraced by almost all smartphone makers (LG prefers to put the power and volume buttons on the back).
The top 10 U.S. locations for service centers
Outside of China or India, Syracuse, in upstate New York, may be the top location in the U.S. to establish a service center, according to a new report.
Yelp is suing a company for allegedly selling fake positive reviews to restaurants
As anyone who's ever tried to find good food in an unfamiliar area knows, Yelp restaurant reviews are full of misleading information. Like internet comment sections, Yelp reviews are largely unregulated, crawling with people full of malcontent with free rein to share their opinions. Last year, Yelp had to pay a fine for allowing children to post reviews . Understandably, chefs hate it . Now, Yelp is trying to defend its shaky honor by suing a company that sells fake positive reviews to restaurants.
Apple wants you to test the next iOS beta
It can be a risky strategy — unleashing unfinished software on the general public — but the Mac OS X approach has worked so well that Apple believes it’s time to give it a try. The Cupertino company gets access to millions of beta testers free of charge, to help it develop its software, and users get access to new features and apps ahead of time.
Gas is the past! 5 electric cars that will let you pass the pump, forever
Mercedes isn’t the only high-end manufacturer working on a fully electric cars, as evident from Audi’s impressive R8 e-tron. The updated production model is able to travel around 280 miles on a single charge, and moreover, remains capable of going from 0 to 60 in a matter of 4.2 seconds. Not much else is known, other than the car is potentially slated for a 2015 limited release, but Audi has been clear that the R8 isn’t the only car within its lineup poised for the electric treatment. We can also expect electric SUVs and sedans sometime on the horizon.
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How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
The secret to desire in a long-term relationship
In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.
5 ways to listen better
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
How Making 1 Percent Improvements for Everything Adds Up
Most people love to talk about success (and life in general) as an event. We talk about losing 50 pounds or building a successful business or winning the Tour de France as if they are events. But the truth is that most of the significant things in life aren’t stand-alone events, but rather the sum of all the moments when we chose to do things 1 percent better or 1 percent worse. Aggregating these marginal gains makes a difference.
This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed
This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed
Google Trends - Web Search interest - Worldwide, 2004 - present
When you measure interest in a search topic (Tokyo - Capital of Japan) our algorithms count many different search queries that may relate to the same topic (東京, Токио, Tokyyo, Tokkyo, Japan Capital, etc). When you measure interest in a search query (Toyko - Search term), our systems will count only searches including that string of text ("Tokyo").
The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman
"[After I opened a door with a goat], they'd think the odds on their door had now gone up to 1 in 2, so they hated to give up the door no matter how much money I offered...The higher I got, the more [they] thought the car was behind [the other door]. I wanted to con [them] into switching there. That's the kind of thing I can do when I'm in control of the game. You may think you have probability going for you when you follow the answer in her column, but there's the psychological factor to consider."
Want To Borrow A Shelter Dog For A Walk? There May Soon Be An App For That
Margo is a beautiful gray and white 8-year-old golden girl. PAWS Chicago volunteers lovingly describe her as “a cross between a Cheshire cat and a feather duster.”
Margo starts purring the moment you walk in the room and never stops. She adores sitting on laps and will show affection by lovingly putting her paws on your face. She has a playful side and likes pouncing on toy mice and crawling into paper bags and cardboard boxes.
Margo has a chronic digestive condition that requires regular medication and more frequent vet visits. It is important for Margo to find the right home, and PAWS Chicago is committed to making that happen.
PAWS Chicago would be happy to cover the costs associated with her condition for the remainder of her life. She would love to live with someone who is home frequently since she loves her humans so much that she can get sad when they’re away. Margo can’t wait to meet her forever family, could you be the one she’s been looking for?
If you are interested in adopting Margo, please call 773-935-PAWS, visit www.pawschicago.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center located at 1997 N.
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? | Op-Docs | The New York Times
In this dramatization of transcripts from a legal deposition, a lawyer becomes embroiled in an absurd argument about the definition of a photocopier. Produced by: Brett Weiner Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1nzbpEh Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video ---------------------------------------- ----------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Twitter: https://twitter.com/nytvideo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nytimes Google+: https://plus.google.com/+nytimes/ Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? | Op-Docs | The New York Times http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewYor...
How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul | WIRED
Grace Dobush is a freelance journalist in Cincinnati, where she writes about design, tech, politics and culture. She also organizes an indie craft show and wrote the Crafty Superstar craft business guides. Follow her @gracedobushtogo.
I have to acknowledge this: Modern craft would not be as hot as it is without Etsy or something like it. Like book authors who hate Amazon’s policies, crafters who hate Etsy find it hard to leave because of the site’s immense traffic and generally positive public reputation. Just before the Christmas rush, I finally put my money where my mouth is and shut down my shop. My reasons for leaving the site aren’t unique, even though casual shoppers and potential investors have no idea of the drama going on behind the scenes. Here’s my beef with Etsy.
Bill Gates on The Verge: Can GMOs end hunger in Africa?
Depending on who you ask , genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are the solution to malnutrition and hunger in the developing world, or a threat to food sovereignty. Take Uganda, for example. Ugandans eat, on average, a pound of bananas daily — more than any other population. But this crucial resource has been threatened by a bacterial wilt disease, which turns the banana plant’s sap into ooze, wilts the leaves, rots the fruit, and eventually destroys the crop.
10 real-life love stories that'll grab you by the heart, from Storycorps
Six phrases for a successful relationship: Vivian and Leroy A. Morgan . Finally, a little written wisdom from our book, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps . Here is what Leroy A. Morgan had to say about his late wife, Vivian: “My wife and I were in Philadelphia, and we saw a sign that said ‘SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE.’ I will never forget it: It had six points to always say to your wife or husband. The first one was: YOU LOOK GREAT. The second one was: CAN I HELP? The third one was: LET’S EAT OUT. The fourth one was: I WAS WRONG. The fifth one was: I AM SORRY. But the last and most important one was: I LOVE YOU. That was it. There were six statements, and it said if you follow that, you’ll have a successful marriage. So we followed it, and we did have a successful marriage. It lasted fifty three years, two months, and five days. It’s been rough, but every morning when I wake up she’s included in my prayers and I talk to her every night when I go to bed. She was something. One thing: If they ever let me in those pearly gates, I’m going to walk all over God’s heaven until I find that girl.
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.
Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop with 60 seconds of artistry
Where would we be without Photoshop? Among all the productivity applications that developed alongside the home PC over the past quarter century, Adobe's Photoshop has been the most influential and transformative for the rest of the world. It's the greatest image manipulation program that's ever been built, and like Google with search, its name has come to be used as a substitute for the actions it performs. Photoshop touch-ups are a compulsory part of most magazine and modeling shoots, but the app has grown into a fantastic tool for creating images from scratch as well.
Settlers of Catan may be turned into a movie
Board games typically have little to no actual story, and when it comes to German-style boardgames, they rarely even have exciting themes. Which is why it's surprising, wonderful, and a little crazy that Gail Katz, the producer behind The Perfect Storm , has picked up the movie and TV rights to The Settlers of Catan , a game about trading sheep for stones.
Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding
Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.
Why Samsung Design Stinks
"I’ve seen amazing concepts and prototypes. It was like, ‘Wow, if only we had that in the market, the rest of the market would go bankrupt,’" Lee says. But during his 18-month tenure with the company, Samsung failed to launch the next big thing. It wasn’t a lack of good ideas, or Samsung’s stinginess in hiring good designers, he argues. It was a combination of problems—cultural, managerial, and structural—that prevented concepts from making it to market as real Samsung products. Most of all, though, he blames the Western designer’s mentality—the Silicon Valley archetype of stubborn genius that today’s innovators hold so dear. He blames Steve Jobs Syndrome.
Is San Francisco losing its soul?
It isn't as if San Francisco hasn't seen a tech boom before. Silicon Valley's dotcom boom of 1998 to 2001 also led to significant displacement in San Francisco. But this latest one is focused on the city and visibly changing it faster. Many long-time San Francisco residents worry not only about being forced out of the city they love, but also that their city is being changed for the worse. Critics say that San Francisco's communities of alternative culture, ethnic or otherwise – the soil of its creative mojo and legendary social movements – are being turned into playgrounds for rich people. If San Francisco's soul is its social and economic diversity and status as a refuge for those outside the mainstream, then it is being lost.
Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths
First of all, there’s a very clear recognition that the stories are disappearing. The culture that produced them is about to, not disappear, but to fade away. It’s quite early. We’re not yet in the period of the Industrial Revolution. But there is a sense that there’s less leisure time. There’s the rise of the city, and urbanization. Nostalgia about the past and a desire to preserve a cultural heritage before it disappears. This is also the time when people are learning how to read. They’re buying books. The whole rise of the bourgeoisie and the idea of having a library. The Grimms, for example, when they first started publishing their scholarly books, they would sell 15 copies or so. Then, suddenly, with “Children’s and Household Tales,” they had a bestseller on their hands. Which was in part why they started editing and taking out the vulgar and (for us) the sexy parts of the stories.
This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live
This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live
Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
Sick of that tattoo? A simple cream could erase regrettable ink - CNET
Falkenham is developing a technology called Bisphosphonate Liposomal Tattoo Removal . It comes in the form of a cream that is applied to tattooed skin. It targets white blood cells called macrophages, some of which "eat" ink pigments and stay suspended in the skin, giving the tattoo its permanence, and some of which dispose of excess pigment through the body's lymph nodes. The cream essentially encourages a new set of macrophages to gobble up the old ones and carry the pigment away, causing the tattoo to fade.
It's time for a 'Back to the Future' DeLorean iPhone 6 case - CNET
The case is more than just a cover. It also has some interactive parts. You slide the driver's-side front fender and wheel out of place to uncover the phone's camera. The fender on the other side opens up like a hatch to access controls. The headlights are designed to flash when you get a call. Then, you can experience the joy of chatting into the undercarriage of a DeLorean every time you have a phone conversation.
Microsoft says its new computer vision system can outperform humans
One of the Microsoft researchers, Jian Sun, explains the difference in plainer English in a Microsoft blog post : “Humans have no trouble distinguishing between a sheep and a cow. But computers are not perfect with these simple tasks. However, when it comes to distinguishing between different breeds of sheep, this is where computers outperform humans. The computer can be trained to look at the detail, texture, shape and context of the image and see distinctions that can’t be observed by humans.”
300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know
I’ve prepared a list of 300 resources that are not only awesome, but free to use. Please let me know if I am missing any other useful resource!
Apple will reportedly let the public help test future iOS updates
When Apple revived its public beta program during development of OS X Yosemite, the natural question was whether the company would also open iOS to public testing. Every year, a large number of people download and install developer previews of iOS just to sample the latest features of Apple's mobile operating system — even if they have no interest in making apps. According to 9to5Mac , Apple's now getting ready to embrace those eager users with public betas for its upcoming iOS releases.
'Girls' Season 4, episode 5 recap: 'Thank you for stopping by'
In what was Girls ' strongest episode so far this season — beautifully directed by Richard Shepard, who also helmed the poignant “One Man’s Trash” from Season 2 — our protagonist hits rock bottom. "Sit-in" marks the first time that Hannah's tendency toward self-pity feels warranted and not like it's the product of First World problems.
The Whole Sad History Of iPhone Battery Life, In 1 Chart
A lot of the iPhone's features have changed since the first one debuted in 2007. iPhones have gotten slimmer, faster, lighter and significantly more useful. They haven't, however, gotten a better battery.
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What Does a Chief Experience Officer Actually Do?
But in order to understand what the CXO does, you have to take a step back to understand why the position was created in the first place.
The little problem I had renting a house
Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story about the lived experience of "everyday racism" — and how it echoes today in the way he's had to teach his grandchildren to interact with police.
How Quitting Email Made My Team Communicate Better
We can’t get rid of these various means of interaction, and we can’t even choose just one. But we can choose a default that we pay the most attention to.
Top 10 Avatar: The Last Airbender Episodes - IGN
What's so great about this episode was seeing Aang and Zuko working together for the first time, teaming up to take down a common enemy. And even though Aang didn't realize Zuko was behind the mask -- and, for that matter, Zuko was only rescuing Aang to help himself -- it was here we learned the two boys could become allies and that Zuko may have been more redeemable than we expected.
Scientists propose 'cortical modem' implant to give you Terminator vision - CNET
The cortical modem concept is the brainchild of DARPA, the US Defense Research Projects Agency. Originally founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, DARPA is the US military's research and development agency. It's perhaps best known outside of military circles for the development of ARPANET, an early packet switching network that formed a precursor to the Internet.
The man who writes Spider-Man talks Marvel's Cinematic Universe
The great thing is, and there’s no denying, the best superhero movies in the world are coming out from Marvel. Those are the movies that get everyone the most excited. Especially the Marvel Studios movies. A lot of people are trying to replicate what they did by having that combined universe, but what they did was astounding. They did these great single-unit movies first, so you really cared about Iron Man and Steve Rogers and the Hulk. You cared about Thor. And when you put them all together, it was like "Oh my God!" That’s what’s great about the comics. That it’s this giant shared universe. It’s this sandbox where all the comic books and all the characters and creators get to work in and weave this giant tapestry together. That hopefully everything that works makes all the other stuff that works even stronger. And the idea that you could bring Spider-Man into that world, that sandbox? It’s the most exciting thing ever. As cool as it is to see Spider-Man onscreen, now I get to see Peter Parker and Tony Stark. I can’t believe this day and age we live in. When I was growing, we had Christopher Reeve Superman, and that was it.
Meet the tweet-deleters: people who are making their Twitter histories self-destruct
Social media companies, predictably, aren’t thrilled with the idea of users mass-deleting their posts. With the exception of Snapchat and a handful of other apps, these sites are built on the idea of lasting data. Our posts are meant to stay up indefinitely, each one a piece of an ever-expanding mosaic of our desires, tastes, and preferences. If all of their users auto-deleted their old posts, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks would have a hard time constructing the user profiles that are used as bait for advertisers. The entire business model might collapse.
Bloomberg: Apple has 200 working on a car it can launch by 2020
In today's Apple Car rumor update, Bloomberg has chimed in with sources spouting more knowledge about the "Titan" electric vehicle project supposedly under way in Cupertino. According to the report, the team is up to about 200 people, with experts on batteries and robotic technology joining recently. While A123 and Tesla may have an idea where some of those battery experts came from, even this rumor has the caveat that execs could scrap or delay it, but that the team is working on having a vehicle ready by 2020. This has been your daily Apple Car rumor update.
HTC One M9 store images hint at an evolutionary phone design
HTC's plans for March 1st might just be out in the open. MobileGeeks has spotted German store listings for a new One phone whose images bear an uncanny resemblance to the One M9 spy photos from last month, complete with an oversized camera space and a flashy silver-and-gold color scheme for one model. The claimed 2GHz Snapdragon 810 chip, 20-megapixel rear camera and 4-megapixel front shooter will all sound familiar if you've been following rumors, but there are a few new twists here. The BlinkFeed news stream is different enough to suggest new software, and the body is a tad thicker than its predecessor -- possibly to offer space for the new camera, a bigger battery (supposedly 2,900mAh) or both. It's hard to say for sure that this is what you'll see in a week's time given contrasting reports , but it's at least plausible.
Apple's Oscar ad pitches iPad as filmmaking tool
Back in 2010, Apple ran its very first commercial for the iPad during the 81st annual Academy Awards. So it's only fitting that the company has returned again and again to remind people of what they can do with sleeker, more powerful tablets. And this year, Apple is making its strongest pitch yet for the iPad as a filmmaking tool.
Motorola is going to hand-deliver us a weird mystery box on February 25th
Motorola sent out emails to the press this morning teasing an "exciting announcement" that will take place on February 25th, once a box is hand-delivered to members of the press that morning. No indication has been given as to what may be in the box, but it seems too soon for another Moto X. This may be the first major product (if it is a product and not just another game that pops up inconveniently on the Moto X) from Motorola since it was acquired by Lenovo back in October. It could be an updated Moto 360 or Moto E, or something new altogether (VR?), but the only indication Motorola has given so far is "everything you need fits inside one box."