Watch the latest trailer for House of Cards season 3
During the Oscars broadcast, a new trailer for the next season of House of Cards aired, giving us a closer look at what might just be the breakdown of Frank and Claire's relationship. Both are in...
Top 10 trending Oscar dresses that graced the red carpet
The most popular dresses fans were searching for during the Academy Awards.
Steve Wozniak stars in Cadillac's Oscars ad - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Apple co-founder, alongside "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater and others, is one of the heroes of Cadillac's latest attempt to make you think differently about it.
'Stay weird, stay different': Graham Moore's Oscars speech inspires
'Imitation Game' screenwriter Graham Moore moved everyone with his Oscars speech about being different.
Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar's Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation | WIRED
John Lasseter is tearing up. His eyes are shining and his lashes are moist. He reaches out a warm hand to cover mine and looks deep into my eyes as he talks. He's feeling things, powerful things, and it's impossible not to feel them too. From any other studio executive, this would come across as insincere, even manipulative, but Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, is quite possibly the most earnest, emotional, enthusiastic man working in Hollywood. So check your cynical heart at the door of his toy-crammed office. His emotions—and his tears—are real.
How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED
Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.”
This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the spheroidal maelstrom seems to curve over the top and below the bottom simultaneously.
Dog shovels snow while freeloading human takes a break
A yellow labrador named Elsa demonstrates how to shovel snow in her owner's backyard.
Young LeBron James Jr. has some highlight skills of his own
LeBron James Jr. is stuntin' like his daddy, and these highlights are proof.
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Big, fast and smart. These three words will define the future of big data. Structure Data is bringing together prominent big data analysts, technologists and companies who are implementing some very cool data strategies. Join us this March in New York City.
Watch 10 years of YouTube's best viral videos
YouTube launched 10 years ago this month, and what a decade it has been. Since the days of Charlie the Unicorn, we've seen the site become a breeding ground for a whole generation of #brands,...
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Rules for a Successful Collaboration
So if Iñárritu is such a pain in the ass—and it’s easy to imagine he is, what with his very specific and emphatically expressed opinions—how is he also a wildly successful collaborator? You might think that someone who is one thing (say, a perfectionist pain in the ass) cannot also be its seeming opposite (say, a great and generous collaborator), but that would be a trap. Iñárritu himself says that one of the marks of intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas at once. Not only does he use that as a benchmark for writing dynamic characters—as he discusses below—but, evidently, he embodies it.
Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new agreement with U.S. carriers
Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new agreement with U.S. carriers
By AppleInsider Staff
Monday, February 23, 2015, 09:14 am PT (12:14 pm ET)
Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.
Google was first linked to a Softcard acquisition last month, with a price tag then pegged at a deeply-discounted rate below $100 million. The Softcard purchase, as well as the new distribution agreement that will see Google Wallet installed on Android phones from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, was first reported by Re/code .
"Softcard has completed a deal with Google to bring together leading technologies to advance mobile wallets," Softcard said in a blog post announcing the agreement. "Google has acquired Softcard technology and capabilities to power the next generation of mobile payments.
Apple CarPlay partner Toyota not planning to add support any time soon - report
We'll see how quickly they change course when VW and Honda and Ford and Chevrolet and other competitors roll out CarPlay/Android Auto capable head units throughout their lineups in 2016 and 2017 models and start killing it with Millennial customers as Toyota's average customer age continues trending upwards. This is going to be a killer feature for a substantial number of younger customers who want to use their latest and greatest phones for navigation and music while driving instead of using dated, unresponsive, and shitty proprietary car manufacturer systems.
Microsoft correctly predicted the top Oscars winners
Ahead of the Oscars Microsoft shared its latest predictions , noting that most of the awards are "relatively unpredictable." Microsoft uses a prediction model for the Oscars that is managed by Microsoft researcher David Rothschild over at the company’s New York City research lab. Rothschild correctly predicted 21 of 24 Oscar winners last year, and 19 of 24 winners in 2013. In comparison, Vegas odds from the Wynn casino weren’t nearly as accurate. The Wynn predicted best picture, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, and best director, but only managed to correct 4 of 6 correctly. Microsoft predicted all six accurately.
Developer gets Android Wear to work with iPhones using official iOS APIs
Additionally, the developer had to create and sideload an APK on his Moto 360 to achieve this feat. The developer states that the initial setup of the Android Wear smartwatch that you want to pair with your iPhone must already be complete, though it can be bypassed if you are willing to root the watch. You will, however, still need an Android device if you need to install any app on your Android Wear watch.
Faces of Silicon Beach
Faces of Silicon Beach
Part of Jefferson Graham's ongoing series, "Faces of Silicon Beach," showcasing the folks behind websites and apps being built in Los Angeles. First up:Evan Lowenstein, the former pop star ("Crazy For This Girl") who now runs the Los Angeles based music website, Stageit.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1AjDogQ
Beam Is An App-Controlled Pico-Projector To Liven Up Your Light Sockets
Their approach is to build an Android-powered pico-projector into a can that screws into an existing light socket. That means there’s a built in fix for the battery life issue, given it pulls power from the mains. Obviously it limits portability but portable pico projection always felt a bit like overkill given you need an uncluttered flat surface to project onto in any case. So focusing this tech on the home makes plenty of sense.
If You're Not Delegating as a Manager, You're Not Doing Your Job
"You can't grow or scale your business quickly if you're making all the decisions. It's not about you," warned Vinod Khosla. The billionaire has had a few notable failures, but is best known as a co-founder of SUN and a pioneer in venture capital at Kleiner Perkins and his own firm, Khosla Ventures. "It's too risky to bet year after year on a company that depends entirely on one ego." The job of a leader is to "recruit and develop people who can make better decisions than you. What you're looking for in leaders is the ability to build the teams that can make decisions on their own—while the leader asks great questions and provides guidance. They're more of a beacon than a commander," he smiled.
Emoji People Can (Finally) Be Black Now
This new update will let Apple smartphone users send each other diverse emoji. But as the emoji standard is jointly implemented by Apple and Google, it signals that the Unicode Consortium has chosen a method of typing emoji with different skin tones. (It's unlikely Apple would implement these changes if they weren't going to be the standard.)
How the NSA's Firmware Hacking Works and Why It's So Unsettling | WIRED
They wouldn’t need the password if they could copy an entire directory from the operating system to the hidden sector for accessing later. But the flash chip where the firmware resides is too small for large amounts of data. So the attackers would need a bigger hidden space for storage. Luckily for them, it exists. There are large sectors in the service area of the hard drive disk that are also unused and could be commandeered to store a large cache of documents, even ones that might have been deleted from other parts of the computer. This service area, also called the reserved are or system area, stores the firmware and other data needed to operate drives, but it also contains large portions of unused space.
Apple launches 'Make a Film with iPad' commercial in time for the Oscars
In the new ad, which is titled “Make a Film with iPad” and continues to focus on people being creative with the tablet, we get to see the process that some filmmakers go through while filming using the iPad. More than that, though, the new ad is narrated by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, with bits of his commencement speech from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts:
New Tools Can Detect Hidden Malware
We tested new security appliances from Damballa, Lancope and LightCyber that are designed to detect the latest cyber-attacks by monitoring network traffic and identifying when a piece of malware is communicating back to its command and control center. (Read the full review here .)
Google Inbox Is Coming to Google Apps for Work, Invite Only
The company says it will start with a small group of invites; it wants to work closely with early adopters, so not everyone is going to be accepted. Still, you can expect Inbox to become available for more companies over the coming months.
Ordering Online? Target's Free-Shipping Minimum Is Lower Than Amazon's
That deal undercuts Amazon's free shipping by $10 (with a same 3-5 day time frame that can vary for non-Amazon sellers). At Walmart, you have to order $50 or more. However, that's still not quite as good as Amazon Prime —which is the winner of them all. If you're willing to shell out $100 upfront for the membership. Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping, and Amazon is open 24 hours a day. However , Target offers free in store pick up at any time, an option that's not quite available through Amazon. The store also promises that 80 percent of its orders are filled within an hour. But then you have to wait three to five days unless you want to go to the store.
Popular: Jailbreak tweak displays your favorite and most used apps in the App Switcher
Once you install Popular, a new preferences pane will be added to the Settings app where you can view the statistics (usage time) of each of your apps. You can also choose the favorite apps to be displayed in the App Switcher, blacklist various apps from being displayed as well as select the maximum amount of most used apps to be shown. The tweak can display up to 75 most used apps in the App Switcher.
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@verge RT Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Oscar for portrayal of Stephen Hawking // Hawking responded with a congratulatory blink blink blink
Dish Chairman Ergen to Add CEO Title
Dish Network Corp. said Chief Executive Joe Clayton will retire at the end of March and will be succeeded by Chairman Charlie Ergen, who will take the helm again as the satellite-TV company is pushing to diversify into new lines of business.
How our microbes make us who we are
Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.
Deals on Mota iPhone Battery Case, Revogi Smartbulb, Jump Desktop App are Ending Soon [Deals Hub]
With the Revogi Smartbulb, you’re totally in control over your environment. Set the mood with over 16 million colors colors, brightness options, and more. It’s an unprecedented way to interact with your home. It can sync up with your music, provide a natural light to wake you in the morning, and much more. And there’s more to the ilumi than that. It saves 90% of energy consumption from a standard bulb, assuring you a long lasting and efficient light.
Which GPU(s) to Get for Deep Learning: My Experience and Advice for Using GPUs in Deep Learning
I have been using GPUs for nearly two years now and for me it is again and again amazing to see how much speedup you get. Compared to CPUs 20x speedups are typical, but on larger problems one can achieve 50x speedups. With GPUs you can try out new ideas, algorithms and experiments much faster than usual and get almost immediate feedback as to what works and what does not. This is a very important aspect when one begins to learn deep learning as this rapid gain in practical experience is key to building the expertise with which you will be able to apply deep learning to new problems. Without this rapid feedback it just takes too much time to learn from one’s mistakes and it can be discouraging and frustrating to go on with deep learning.
GrabberApp8: Jailbreak tweak adds two customizable app grabbers to the Lock screen
With the tweak, you can add an additional new app grabber to the Lock screen which will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen and can be associated with any app available on your device. On the other hand, you can also change the app that is assigned to the camera app grabber.
Nicolas Cage Joins Oliver Stone's Snowden - IGN
Oliver Stone , who previously directed films such as JFK, Nixon, and W., is directing Snowden. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are producing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the title role, and other actors in the film include Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, and Rhys Ifans. The movie will reportedly focus on Snowden's application for asylum in Russia.
Microsoft chairman John Thompson tells us about his insanely fabulous life and his $100 million startup
My job at Microsoft has a unique dimension to it, which is that Satya [Nadella] is a young, first-time CEO. I’ve been a CEO of a public tech company, so I do spend time with him on what I call mentoring-like things as opposed to board-like things. I think that’s helpful for him and quite frankly it's helpful to me because some of the things he’s doing are issues that I have to deal with at my little startup.
Agony and HTC: How an underdog phone maker aims to reinvent itself - CNET
The first such app is Zoe, which started out as a simple feature on HTC's phones. In October, it launched on the Google Play store and made available to all Android users for free. Zoe will be released on Apple's App Store this quarter, with the ultimate hope that the social component and cross-platform accessibility will earn it a following akin to Snapchat, the photo instant messaging service that's wildly popular with today's teens. Bamford's work on the Zoe app led to the formal creation of Creative Labs.
We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR. AUAA. • /r/IAmA
Don't you find it kind of depressing how little the world was actually moved by the revelations? I do. For a few days at a time it was the biggest news story ever but barely anything has changed and people are still using Google, Apple et al. in the same ways. The news in general is just so transient, watching the documentary just brought it all back. It felt like it might actually amount to something but as far as I can tell, even with the courts recently ruling that GCHQs actions were illegal for many years and NSAs whole program amounting to nothing, no significant legislation has passed and for all we know they are still rapidly expanding their programs.
Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | WIRED
In 1983 I left skateboarding forever. But just a few years earlier, I was a sponsored skater (team Santa Cruz) preparing for a world contest. When my knee exploded in a bad kickflip pirouette, my competition and sponsorship was over, but I worked my ass off for a year in physical therapy so I might skate again for the love of it. When my leg was finally ready, I rejoined the skate world only to find I’d phase-shifted into an alternative universe. Freestyle had vanished, and so had most of the women. The world-class footwork and flat tricks I did were now mocked mercilessly. In just a few years I went from training for a top championship to the skateboard equivalent of the Fake Geek Girl . In this world, I was not a “real” skater.
Hack will get your iPhone working with Android Wear
But Android developer MohammadAG has come up with a temporary solution - he's managed to get his iPhone notifications sent direct to Android Wear.
Apple Expands Editorial Focus With Music Hires
iTunes is looking for an editorial producer with experience across pop culture and a specific expertise in music journalism. This full-time position is split between editorial and producing duties. The editorial duties focus on writing, editing, managing a sea of freelancers, and working collaboratively with business and content heads to shape and define editorially driven merchandising promotions. As far as producing, this role will also focus on special projects and promotions, making sure all parties understand the timelines and deliverables associated with getting these pages live, and making sure we execute flawlessly and on time.
I couldn't find anywhere that had clear examples of WebCrytoAPI, so I
wrote examples and made a live table with them. Pull requests welcome!
Master Web Design w/ 8 Courses & 80+ Hrs of Professional Instruction
Infinite Skills is a Canadian based company that offers an ever growing range of high quality eLearning solutions that teach using studio quality narrated videos backed-up with practical hands-on examples. The emphasis is on teaching real life skills that are essential in today’s commercial environment.
Cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun Gameplay Leaks - IGN
NeoGAF user Mama Robotnik found the footage, which gives a tantalising glimpse at what might have been. Dead Sun was cancelled after three years of development at British studio Climax, the team who are currently creating Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. Series overlords Crystal Dynamics was also involved, though back then it was occupied with the Tomb Raider reboot.
In the age of niche media, everyone still really wants to be mass
One of the best things about the web is that it has meant an explosion of choices when it comes to media, especially recently — with the rise of BuzzFeed, the launch of sites like Vox and Fusion, and blog networks like Gawker. And of course we still have all the old places too, like the New York Times and Washington Post and The Atlantic . If anything, we have too many places publishing great content for anyone to keep up.
The Next Web 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.
Phones can be tracked by battery use
Android phones can be tracked without using their GPS or wi-fi data by studying their power use over time, a study has found.
Two Security Firms' Apps Expose Users to Attacks
After last week’s revelation that Lenovo placed Superfish’s adware and potentially harmful code on its computers, two other firms have been found adding similar man-in-the-middle code to their software, reports Ars Technica .
Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more
I strongly suspect that Samsung employs a lot of people that Apple would not want to hire, but from the outside it's not always clear who is who. Those not interested in moving to CA are more likely to be the kinds of people Apple doesn't want to hire in the first place (that is, people who are interested in moving to the US are more likely flexible, adventurous people). So this is a nice self-selection mechanism.�
Here's a sideways glance at Samsung's Galaxy S6
Now we know there's some metal in there , but Samsung's recent video teaser didn't really give us a clear look at its new Galaxy phone. Fortunately, T-Mobile's got you covered, even if it's not quite the whole deal. While promoting a sign-up page for interested parties, the carrier also threw in the above image to whet appetites. So now we're confused: another teaser video suggested a more typically screened device without the curved display of the Galaxy Edge, but maybe Samsung's got two S6 devices. Or maybe it'll only have the one curved side, unlike early reports . Who knows? (Aside from the Samsung execs and, most likely, T-Mobile CEO John Legere .) We've reached peak teaser levels now, so barring an incidental complete leak, you'll have to wait seven more days for all the answers, curved edges and all.
If Apple Made a Guitar, It Would Look Like This | WIRED
Though the design is reminiscent of a modern Apple product, the philosophy with regard to user-accessibility is vastly different: you’re actually allowed to take the back off and tinker with the insides. Jane’s back panel is attached with magnets. Pop it off using a guitar pick for leverage, and you can take a look under the hood.
Ad tool is 'worse than Superfish'
In a blogpost freelance technology journalist Hanno Boeck explained: "A quick analysis shows that it doesn't have the same flaw as Superfish, but it has another one which arguably is even bigger."
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SoftBank's Robot Pepper Will Be Sold at a Loss
Rather than selling Pepper for a standalone fee, the network is offering a payment scheme. Buyers will be asked for $1,660 up front and $206 a month for three years. The subscription will give them access to Softbank’s cloud-based artificial intelligence software and insure their robot against damage.
Apple will launch iOS public previews to get more eyeballs on bug hunt
Apple could use those extra eyes: Almost invariably, the initial version of an iOS edition requires quick bug quashing. Last year, for example, Apple issued its first update to iOS 8 just one week after the official launch, but then pulled the update almost immediately after reports flooded social media and the company's own support forum that customers' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones couldn't connect to a cellular network .
On being wrong
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?
This is an overhead view of the arrow pictured at top in St. George, Utah. Writes a Google reviewer : "I've been trying to locate one of these ancient aviation aids for years. As it turned out one was practically in my back yard—about 2 miles from our home." Adds another, ungrammatically: "This is definitely a giant concrete arrows that help point the way across America."
Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.
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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.
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.
Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers
They tested various equations against the lifespan of Myspace, before applying them to Facebook. Myspace was founded in 2003 and reached its peak in 2007 with 300 million registered users, before falling out of use by 2011. Purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $580m, Myspace signed a $900m deal with Google in 2006 to sell its advertising space and was at one point valued at $12bn. It was eventually sold by News Corp for just $35m.
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.