Dying Light review: Grim leaper
Pardon the pun, but zombies have been done to death. In comic books, in films, on TV and certainly in video games. Yet developer Techland, creator of 2011
HTC disses Apple and Samsung with, um, a rap video - CNET
Technically Incorrect: In an interesting expression of confidence and perhaps even humor, HTC decides to find a novel way to criticize the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.
Swedish office gets under employees' skin with RFID microchips - CNET
Forget your office door key? Can't remember the code for the photocopier? No need to worry if you happen to have special microchips implanted in your hand.
How to tell if you'd make a good poop donor
It's easier to get into Harvard than qualify to be a poop donor. Would you make the cut?
Catch up on this year's Oscar-nominated films in under 3 minutes
Take 3 minutes to experience the best the world of film had to offer in 2014.
LoopPay could be the secret weapon inside Samsung’s Galaxy S6
On March 1, Samsung will hold an event that will likely introduce us to its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. We’ve heard reports of the phone having a metal casing instead of plastic and a reduced touch of TouchWiz, Samsung’s twist on Google Android and a Samsung processor powering the phone. Perhaps all that’s…
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We've been debating publishing this video for weeks. Now, as imaginary armed men pound on the fictional doors of Joystiq's nonexistent office, we have pr
Over 99 percent of About.com links vulnerable to XSS, XFS iframe attack | ZDNet
A security researcher disclosed Monday that over 99 percent of About.com's topic links and domains are vulnerable to open XSS and Iframe Injection (XFS) attacks.
Pilot's selfies may have led to Denver plane crash, investigators say
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board believe selfies may be to blame for a May plane crash that killed two near Denver.
Sweden Invents a Revolutionary Anti Bullet Wall, Saab Barracuda Soft Armour
Saab’s Soft Armour system offers protection against ballistic penetration up to NATO 7.62 mm AP ammunition (STANAG level III). The system is a box concept fi...
'Jupiter Ascending': A space epic worthy of the Wachowskis
The Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending" has plenty of intriguing science fiction concepts, but breaks down into familiar tropes. "The Matrix" it ain't.
Chelsea Handler on Her Super Bowl Ad and Pro-Nudity Campaign
The comedian talks about collaborating with Sarah Silverman, and her plan to go topless in Silicon Valley.
Expected FCC net neutrality proposal would regulate the Internet like a utility
The issue erupted a year ago, when a federal appeals court struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules, forcing the agency to come up with a new way to regulate broadband. Using Title II of the Telecommunications Act to reclassify broadband companies as telecommunications providers is considered the strictest way to do so. Even so, the new proposal is expected to exempt broadband providers from many parts of Title II, including control over how much they charge their subscribers.
Samsung Looks Set To Unveil The Galaxy S6 On March 1
It’s February, which means Samsung is back in tease mode as it prepares to introduce the latest smartphone in its flagship Galaxy S family. That device looks like it will be unveiled March 1 in Barcelona, at the same time as Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s big trade show in Spain.
A Great Way to Remotely Use Your PC or Mac on Your Phone or Tablet
This week, I’ve been testing a new, improved version of an app for phones and tablets that lets you remotely control your Mac or PC smoothly from your phone or tablet, either iOS or Android. With this app, you can run computer programs and open and edit computer-based files right on your mobile device, using the touch gestures familiar to you.
What Is Fusion?
When people ask what Fusion is, there is a simple way of answering: It is a television station and a news website. The two branches work closely together but not totally so. “All of the digital content produced for shows appears on the site, and the digital side produces content independent of the TV network,” Spencer said. The two sides have largely independent staffs.
Games of a Lifetime: Richard's picks
After more than ten years devoted to video games and the people who make them, Joystiq is closing its doors. We won't be reporting on the best games of 2015, so join us for one last hurrah as the Joystiq family reveals their Games of a Lifetime .
Microsoft Launches Another Free Android Lock Screen App
With Picturesque, you don’t have the option of really locking your phone down, and you’ve got a bunch of data-hungry widgets trying to update themselves frequently. That’s not to say it’s a bad app at all, but I wonder about whether anyone needs all this functionality and content on their lock screen.
Free and cheap ways to learn about IT security
Even if security isn't your IT specialty, security awareness is crucial in any technology position. There is no better way to learn than to get hands-on experience, so here I share several projects you can do. All can be performed at home on your personal devices or at work—if (and only if) you have an appropriate position and full authorization from management.
Fidel Castro appears alive and well in new photos from Cuba
In the the nearly two dozen photos posted on Cuba's state media outlets, Castro is pictured sitting down for an interview with the head of the main Cuban student union, who penned a first-person account to accompany the photos.
Amazon’s First Staffed College Campus Store Should Have Retailers Worried
Through the new staffed location, Amazon students who use the purdue.amazon.com version of the retail portal can find books assigned to classes via a Purdue logo badge, and they can also buy any Amazon item, as well as Prime Campus-eligible items that will be available for pickup in just one day. Once they checkout, they can select Amazon@Purdue as the shipping destination, and then they’ll receive an email or text when the item actually arrives at the locale. Pick-up whenever a student is able happens either via self-serve lockers or actual Amazon employees manning the desks.
The wireless router reinvented: Eero brings mesh networking to consumer Wi-Fi
Eero’s solution is to take a page from the Z-Wave and Sonos playbooks: Deploy a Wi-Fi mesh network that throws a blanket of connectivity over the entire home. This envisions using a system of three Eero routers. You plug the first one into your cable or DSL modem, and then launch an app on your smartphone. The phone communicates with the router using Bluetooth and then guides you to the best spots to place the other two Eeros, which automatically configure themselves as wireless access points. When you’re done, Weaver said, you have one SSID, one password, and one contiguous Wi-Fi and Bluetooth network throughout your entire home.
Exclusive - The FAA: regulating business on the moon
“We didn’t give (Bigelow Aerospace) a license to land on the moon. We’re talking about a payload review that would potentially be part of a future launch license request. But it served a purpose of documenting a serious proposal for a U.S. company to engage in this activity that has high-level policy implications,” said the FAA letter’s author, George Nield, associate administrator for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Transportation.
In A Bid To Entice Tastemakers, SodaStream Gets A New Look And Gourmet Flavors
SodaStream's initial approach to U.S. marketing emphasized a very different message. The company attempted to replicate its success in Scandinavia by emphasizing its "reduce and reuse" environmental strengths—a message that fell flat with American consumers, despite a Super Bowl ad featuring Scarlett Johansson that gained notoriety for its swipe at leading soda brands ("Sorry, Coke and Pepsi," the actress purrs as she raises a SodaStream beverage to her lips).
Less Than 2% Of Android Devices Are Running Lollipop, Three Months After Launch
I really, really like Android 5.0 (or “Lollipop” as it’s known by those of us who probably care too much about these things). It cemented my preference for Android, and has earned the Nexus 5 another few months as my go-to phone.
Gotham: "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" Review - IGN
The Gerald Crane (guest star Julian Sands) story was okay. Just like Electrocutioner, he escaped to torment another day and I liked that. The actual crimes that were being committed seemed a bit silly and the support group for phobias (really, just any phobia) was about as rudimentary as it gets. The fact that Gerald's spree connects directly to who Jonathan Crane will grow up to be gives it all a leg up on the other heightened Gotham murders-of-the-week, but these weren't the best parts of the episode. I gather that the theorized "elevated form of cortisol" will eventually morph, years down the line, into a fear toxin of some sort.
Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus
Eyeo has discussed the whitelist in the past as part of the company's "acceptable ads" program , which is designed to let less aggressive advertising through the filter and encourage companies to tone down their ads. The program is optional for users, but encouraged. "By doing this you support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way," the Adblock Plus site reads. But while enlisting as part of the program is free for smaller companies, larger companies have been paying hefty fees to participate and bankrolling much of Adblock Plus's development in the process.
Epoxy Partners With MCNs To Measure And Extend The Reach Of YouTubers
Los Angeles-based Epoxy was founded with the idea of helping YouTubers to engage with audiences and track their reach on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Today the company is announcing that it’s partnered with some of the largest new multichannel networks (MCNs) out there.
Adios RadioShack and Thanks for all the Batteries
The local RadioShack was the only place I could get those things (well I could get batteries at the drug store, but it didn’t have radio controlled toys I could gawk at). It was a shining beacon of technology in a town where football and roping cows were a top priority. It was just outside of town and I would ride my bike the 11 miles from my house to pick up whatever random item I needed.
SmartThings hires ex-Googler to manage dev platform
SmartThings, Samsung’s hope for a unified smart home platform, has hired Dora Hsu, a former Google executive, as chief platform officer to lead its developer platform. Hsu, who was formerly the senior director of Google Cloud Solutions for the Google Cloud Platform business, will be responsible for getting developers to buy into SmartThings ‘ and Samsung’s idea of an open ecosystem for the smart home by convincing them to use the SmartThings’ developer environment and to integrate devices into the SmartThings ecosystem .
Adidas reveals sneakers inspired by vintage NASA space suits - CNET
Designed by Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons in his fifth year of collaboration with the German brand, the shoes are based on two pre-existing Adidas shoes -- Ozweego and Response Trail. The shoes are named Ozweego Robot and Response Trail Robot, which doesn't make a huge amount of sense if they're inspired by astronauts, but they certainly look the part.
Monopoly is being sold with real money inside
Toymaker Hasbro is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Monopoly's introduction in France by replacing the fake money in 80 sets with real cash. The sets will be distributed among 30,000 specially branded editions of the game, with only one of these replacing every note on the board with real money (a total windfall of €20,580 or $23,348). Ten additional sets will contain €300 ($340) in twenties, fifties, and a single €100 bill while 69 other sets will offer €150 ($170) in tens and twenties. "We wanted to do something unique," brand manager Florence Gaillard told the AFP . "When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes."
Amazon reportedly wants to buy RadioShack stores to better compete with Apple
Radio Shack has been hemorrhaging money for the past two years, and saw its shares, which had been at less than $1 since November, drop 13 percent on Monday to $0.24. The 92-year-old company was suspended from trading on the New York Stock Exchange today after it notified the exchange it did not intend to submit a business plan, a move that sees it slip further towards bankruptcy. Amazon isn't the only company interested in the ailing RadioShack — mobile carrier Sprint has reportedly discussed purchasing between 1,300 and 2,000 of the company's 4,000-plus US stores, and may co-brand the venues with both companies' names.
We want to make it possible to build the CoreFX and CoreCLR repos, and use the built artifacts with an ASP.NET 5 app. That's not yet possible, for a few different technical reasons, but we're working on it. It's a strong goal to enable an end-to-end open source experience for .NET Core and ASP.NET 5. You should be able to build your forks with your own changes and use the resulting binaries as the base stack for your apps.
The whole world is sucking down mobile data like it’s water
That’s a lot of cellular activity and some of that will be spread among 2G, 3G and 4G connections according to the folks at Cisco. But what’s more notable is that the individual data usage will increase so much — from almost 2GB used per month in 2014 in North American to almost 11 GB — brought about in part by adding more devices to the network. Think about not only traditional tablets and laptops, but also cars and connected gadgets, such as backup connections for a home hub or a connected medical device.
You'll See Twitter's Promoted Tweets In Some New Places
In a post on its Advertising Blog, the company points out that tweets already “flow from Twitter to other mediums seamlessly.” The obvious conclusion is: why not do the same with ads? It uses the example of Nissan running a Promoted Tweet campaign on Twitter, then reusing the same creative on Flipboard.
Web inventor warns against zero-rating net neutrality threat
Of course, [net neutrality] is not just about blocking and throttling. It is also about stopping ‘positive discrimination’, such as when one internet operator favours one particular service over another. If we don’t explicitly outlaw this, we hand immense power to telcos and online service operators. In effect, they can become gatekeepers — able to handpick winners and the losers in the market and to favour their own sites, services and platforms over those of others. This would crowd out competition and snuff out innovative new services before they even see the light of day.
Google's Adsense Ads Now Quiz You When You Mute Them
Google has updated its AdSense platform so that muted ads now run a short survey and disappear from the page they’re on, allowing content to fill up the space they occupied.
Court tosses warrant where FBI cut Internet, posed as hotel repairmen
The government provided the Las Vegas judge presiding over the case with a laundry list of legal precedent in which the government employed a ruse to gain access to a dwelling. In 1966, the Supreme Court said it was OK for an agent to pretend to be a drug buyer to get inside a home. In 1980, the courts upheld an agent posing as a drug dealer's chauffeur. In 1982, an agent posed as the cousin of an informant to get inside a suspect's residence. In 1987, government agents posing as real estate investors accessed a suspect's bedroom and closet. In 1989, an undercover officer posed as a UPS delivery man to get inside a home suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.
New Adware Found In Google Play Apps With Millions Of Downloads
A new report from security firm Avast out this morning reveals the discovery of a new form of malware on the Google Play store, which begins to display advertisements disguised as warning messages to end users when they unlock their Android smartphones. What’s interesting about this malware – or adware, as it’s better known – is that some of the applications where it was discovered already have a large number of installs. For instance, a card game app called Durak has 5 to 10 million installs, according to the data on Google Play.
Report: Google to Compete with Uber Using Driverless Cars
The Wall Street Journal says that the news about Google working on a driverless taxi solution has been blown out of proportion. According to the publication’s report, a person familiar with the matter has said that, “a Google engineer has been testing an internal app that helps Google employees carpool to work, and the app isn’t associated with the company’s driverless cars program.”
The Internet pays tribute to its new hero: Katy Perry's Left Shark
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How (and why) to use Google Drive as a powerful note-taking tool
Google’s search is usually best in class, but sometimes you'll need some additional tools to hone in on what you're trying to find. Drive has several parameters that can refine your search, which is especially useful if the only thing coming to mind is a common term that could be in a large number of files you have saved.
The New Razer Blade Might Be The Gaming Laptop We've Been Waiting For
Wouldn't it be nice if you could have it all: A thin, attractive laptop powerful enough to play any game you throw at it? Razer's Blade laptops keep narrowly missing the mark—but this time may be different.
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Why 30 is not the new 20
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Joystiq 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.
The future of early cancer detection?
Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.
What adults can learn from kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age
A modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in recent years as followers see the stories as metaphors for life not worship of the gods
The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups
A few years after graduating in 2006, Systrom and partner Mike Krieger were working on developing a photo-sharing app. While on a vacation, Systrom’s girlfriend, Nicole Schuetz , remarked that she would be reluctant to use the app because her pictures weren’t as good as a mutual friend’s. Schuetz thought it was due to the friend’s eye for photography, but Systrom knew it was his use of filters, prompting him to remember his experience in Florence. That day, he designed the first Instagram filter—called X-Pro II—that let users turn ordinary photos into hip, artistic images. Instagram was launched in October 2010; a month later it had one million users.
How Food Companies Trick You Into Thinking You’re Buying Something Healthy
“When people stop to think about it, there’s nothing healthy about Antioxidant Cherry 7-Up — it’s mostly filled with high fructose syrup or sugar. But its name is giving you this clue that there is some sort of health benefit to something that is not healthy at all,” Northup, who is an assistant communications professor at the University of Houston and the co-director of the University’s Gulf Coast Food Project, noted in a news release .
28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings
Street art is usually meant to disrupt its environment and to capture our attention, but the artists on this list practice a special technique that makes their artist even more eye-catching and playful – they tailor their art to its surroundings so that their (usually) 2D paintings seem to interact with their 3D surroundings.
The Trip Treatment - The New Yorker
Between 1953 and 1973, the federal government spent four million dollars to fund a hundred and sixteen studies of LSD, involving more than seventeen hundred subjects. (These figures don’t include classified research.) Through the mid-nineteen-sixties, psilocybin and LSD were legal and remarkably easy to obtain. Sandoz, the Swiss chemical company where, in 1938, Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD, gave away large quantities of Delysid—LSD—to any researcher who requested it, in the hope that someone would discover a marketable application. Psychedelics were tested on alcoholics, people struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depressives, autistic children, schizophrenics, terminal cancer patients, and convicts, as well as on perfectly healthy artists and scientists (to study creativity) and divinity students (to study spirituality). The results reported were frequently positive. But many of the studies were, by modern standards, poorly designed and seldom well controlled, if at all. When there were controls, it was difficult to blind the researchers—that is, hide from them which volunteers had taken the actual drug.
The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop
You can donate blood, plasma, eggs, and sperm. Why not poop? Yes, your feces are perhaps your greatest untapped monetary resource. Thanks to a nonprofit organization called OpenBiome, you can cash in to the tune of $13,000 a year -- and save lives while you're at it.
A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.
An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking
Given the rarity of the sight, Cornell is humbled to have captured this recently flipped iceberg. “It’s like if you see a double rainbow over a whale breaching … you’re just lucky that you’re there," he says. "Anybody could have been there and captured it, so I am happy that I was the one for this one.”
FirstCry.com, A Mumbai-Based Baby Products Store, Nabs $26M In New Funding
FirstCry.com is the latest Indian e-commerce company to scoop up funding. The startup, which is based in Mumbai, announced that it has raised $26 million led by Valiant Capital Partners. Existing investors also returned for the round, which brings the total FirstCry has raised so far to $55 million .
#Leftistshark: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Left Shark plus Noam Chomsky quotes
#Leftistshark: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Left Shark plus Noam Chomsky quotes
Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate
researcher in infrastructural futures
at the University of Sheffield. He’s
also a writer, science fiction critic,
and essayist, as well as a persistent
gadfly in the futurological ointment.
He lives a stone’s throw from the
site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a
duplicitous cat and three guitars he
can barely play.
Read Roald Dahl's plea: Make sure this tragedy does not happen to you
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.”