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What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | WIRED

What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats?

This train absolutely decimating untouched snow is our simile of the day

You may apply this train obliterating snow as a simile for your life. Here are some examples: I plow through haters like that train plows through snow. I slide into your DMs like that snow...

Watch a DIY Millennium Falcon drone take to the skies

It can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, and its quadlasers are strong enough to send Darth Vader's TIE-Advanced spiraling off into space, but the Millennium Falcon seems to have some...

Artists made a Simpsons video that's better than most new Simpsons episodes

Like The Simpsons itself, this new video defies trend. The "pop culture touchstone reimagined as pixel art" video has been played out for years — even MTV plans to move on to the Cory Arcangel...

Soon you'll be able to control Assassin's Creed with your eyes

The next Assassin's Creed game will feature a new twist: you'll be able to control it using your eyes. Tobii has announced that the upcoming PC version of Assassin's Creed Rogue will support its...

Smelling in stereo: Your dog does amazing things with its nose - CNET

While not technically color-blind, dogs have a very different way of seeing the world than humans. This TED video shows how dogs actually "see" the world not only with their eyes, but also their noses.

A cut above the rest: Final Fantasy kitchen knives - CNET

Movie prop maker Tim Baker and his team forge a set of Final Fantasy kitchen knives complete with an Ultros knife block in the latest episode of the DIY webseries "Super-Fan Builds."

Tom Hanks had an adorable reunion with Wilson from 'Castaway'

Tom Hanks and his unequivocal BFF since shooting 'Castaway' in 2000, Wilson, were reunited Wednesday during a New York Rangers game.

12 new trailers you should watch this week

It should be no surprise that the week after the Super Bowl has some huge trailers debuting in it. It's a pretty great mix of genres, too: from the insanity of Furious 7 to the quiet tension of the...

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The biggest mystery about Amazon's business right now

CFO Tom Szkutak didn't offer much detail, but noted that Amazon's unit growth rates were better than its revenue growth rates (meaning its selling more goods, they're just not generating as much revenue). He also said the focus on adding infrastructure and fulfillment capacity has affected the operating income, and highlighted India and China as emerging markets that the company is attacking.

Raspberry Pi 2 is way more powerful, still just $35, and available now

Until today, the foundation maintained that a new version of the Pi was still a few years out, in part because changing its processor would result in backward compatibility issues. Obviously, something changed — but Richardson says it's just a matter of the computer being ready sooner than expected. Declining costs now allow them to include a faster processor at the same accessible price. And as for backward compatibility, both Richardson and Powell believe that everything designed for the original Pi should work here, aside from a few edge cases that might require tweaking.

A Personal Note from Brian Williams

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.

Meet Boyce Avenue, YouTube's most followed American band

Meet Boyce Avenue, YouTube's most followed American band Band used SEO techniques to be more searchable and find an audience Check out this story on

Adnan Syed from 'Serial' is granted appeal by Maryland court

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Good Design Can Make Anything Sexy. Even Dry Cleaning | WIRED

Dry cleaning shops are inherently unglamorous places. They have a few distinct purposes, none of which are to be trendy. We don’t begrudge them; it’s hard to be sophisticated when your job is to banish unidentified stains from a stranger’s clothing. Their branding usually reflects this. Take a stroll around your neighborhood, and you’ll probably see laundromats with haphazardly designed logos and improper use of clip art. And yet, leave it to San Francisco’s blossoming bougie tech scene to give birth to Nordic House, a dry cleaning shop that looks primed for the Jony Ive set.

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

Our sides are still hurting from laughing at T.J. Miller’s one liners at last night’s Crunchies Awards . You can see the full list of winners here . But we’re still going to bring you our best stories from this week (1/31-2/6).

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“ @MiiRANDAhh @verge : The 50 Shades of Grey trailer is so much better in Lego form ”

Bye Bye, iPhoto: Apple Reboots With Photos for Mac

This spring, Apple plans to replace its 13-year-old iPhoto with a new application for Mac desktops and laptops called, simply, Photos. It looks and works much like the streamlined Photos app already on the latest iPhones and iPads, and is designed to make Apple’s subscription iCloud storage more relevant in our lives.

You can try Samsung's Gear VR in dozens of Best Buy stores on February 8th

Samsung is giving the Gear VR perhaps its widest showing yet, rolling out demos at select Best Buy stores across the US. Today, the company confirmed that "Samsung Experience Shops" inside the stores will soon be offering demonstrations of the virtual reality headset, which uses a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and was developed in partnership with Facebook-owned company Oculus. Interested parties can find a participating store here starting February 8th; while a previous rumor said 100 locations would get Gear VR units, we're seeing roughly 68 on the list.  SamMobile also has a rumored list of specific experiences users will likely be able to try, which is more detail than we've been given.



Scientists Discover Vast 'Ocean' Hidden Deep Underground

"Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight," geophysicist Dr. Steven Jacobsen , an associate professor at Northwestern University, said in a written statement. "I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades ."

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Oreo's next hot flavor is s'mores

Late last month, Oreo finally came clean on the  Red Velvet Oreo , a new special edition flavor that not only featured a special flavor creme, but an all-new reddish-colored cookie not seen before. (Those just hit stores this week, so if you want to check them out, head to your local grocer.) But while the internet was in a frenzy over the Red Velvet Oreo, news broke about a possible new variant, the never-before-seen S'mores Oreo.

Connected, but alone?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Tales of passion

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.

The battle between your present and future self

Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

A young guitarist meets his hero

Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 — followed by a jawdropping solo from the master of percussive guitar, Preston Reed. And watch these two guitarists take on a very spur-of-the-moment improv.

Funny in 33 languages: The art of translating Maysoon Zayid’s hilarious TED Talk

Maysoon Zayid, for one, appreciated the thought that went into each and every translation of her talk. “Hands down my favorite part of being a speaker at TEDWomen was seeing my talk translated. Every time a new language was added, I would post it on Facebook because it made me so happy,” she says. “As a bilingual comic, I know how hard it is to translate comedy and I love everything these volunteers did, especially in tackling ‘can can.’ I’m thrilled that so many people were willing to take on this challenge. Together we proved that comedy really is a universal language.”

The 20 most popular TED Talks of all time

Are schools killing creativity? What makes a great leader? How can I find happiness? These 20 talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.

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 psychology of evil

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Our natural sleep cycle is nothing like what we do now

In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.

Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate trolls. He said problems with trolls are driving away the company's users. "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," Costolo wrote in an internal memo obtained by The Verge . "It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella makes a big impression in just a year

Satya Nadella’s  appointment as Microsoft CEO a year ago was surprising. A protracted search for Steve Ballmer’s successor had many expecting the nod to go to an outsider to steer Microsoft into the future, not the then-unknown 22-year Microsoft veteran. Microsoft even attempted to massage any concerns by strategically announcing Bill Gates was " substantially increasing " his time at the company. It’s still not clear whether Gates is really dedicating up to 30 percent of his time at Microsoft. Nevertheless, Nadella created a mission statement to drive Microsoft forward with a mobile and cloud focus, and so far he seems to be steering the software giant in the right direction.

The career advice you probably didn’t get

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Top secret notes by Alan Turing's codebreakers survived 70 years in Bletchley Park's walls - CNET

Notes handwritten by Alan Turing's fellow codebreakers in pencil and crayon survived nearly 70 years stuffed into the walls of the draughty huts where they worked to crack German military codes. Discovered in a renovation of the WW2-era Bletchley Park base, the unique notes will now go on display at the museum that stands where Turing and his colleagues made their crucial contributions to the war effort, while, it seems, shivering.

Amazon’s First Staffed College Campus Store Should Have Retailers Worried

Through the new staffed location, Amazon students who use the 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.

How to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

The idea of working for someone else makes many of us cringe, and if you’ve had a 9-5 job, you’ve probably felt the suffocating hold it can take on your life. Mondays are dreadful. Mundane meetings and conference calls seem never-ending. Having a corporate job can literally suck the soul right out of your body.

Big data is better data

Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning — and human knowledge.

10 TED Talks you won't be able to stop thinking about

Once you watch these talks, you may not be able to get them out of your head. These talks have staying power and, as you go about everyday life, we bet you'll find yourself thinking of them often.

There's More Poop in Your Pork Than You Realize

Another anonymous inspector put it more succinctly: “When I first started working for [the USDA] an older inspector told me regarding my job duties, ‘It’s not whether or not people are going to eat shit—they are. It’s just how much.’”

Would you put a gas-powered iPhone charger in your pocket?

Batteries are expensive, so it makes sense that device makers are in no hurry to cram in more capacity than is actually necessary. The downside of this, of course, is that if you're out and about, the responsibility of keeping your hardware fully charged is yours alone. Most people overcome this, either by attaching themselves to any available wall socket or keeping a rechargeable power pack in their bag. eZelleron, however, is hoping that people will want to carry a small gas-powered generator in their pockets instead.

"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time

When you're learning new material, it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need to truly understand it all. This studying technique can help you stay focused and take on more information with shorter study sessions.

Pilot was taking selfies just before plane crash, say investigators - CNET

Technically Incorrect: The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in Colorado was taking selfies -- as was his passenger -- just before the crash that killed them both.

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This is going to be Samsung's most important phone launch ever

But things are going to be different this year. According to sources familiar with the company's plans, Samsung is focusing more on design and build quality this time around. The Galaxy S6 will be made at least partially of metal, although it's unclear if it'll have a unibody design like the iPhone. There will also be another version of the phone with a curved screen, similar to the Galaxy Note Edge from last fall.

Toyota i-Road Preview - CNET

Where the rear wheel steers, the front wheels are powered, each using an electric motor of about 2 kilowatts. The range and speed figures show that the i-Road isn't intended for cross-country trips, instead set for short commutes or errands. It's top speed of 37 mph (60 kph) classifies it as a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV), as does its 30-mile range. Toyota would not give me the capacity of the i-Road's lithium-ion electric battery pack, but a spokesperson said that it takes about 3 hours to charge from a standard household outlet.

Love letters to strangers

Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

Disney Movies Are Hiding These Secrets From Us...And You Probably Never Noticed!

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A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly.

How cults rewire the brain

Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.

Confessions of a congressman: 9 secrets from the inside

Discouragement is for wimps. We aren't going to change the Constitution, so we need to make the system we have work. We are still, despite our shortcomings, the most successful experiment in self-government in history. Our greatest strength is our ability to bounce back from mistakes like we are making today. Get over your nostalgia: Congress has never been more than a sausage factory. The point here isn't to make us something we're not. The point is to get us to make sausage again. But for that to happen, the people have to rise up and demand better.

Marvel's Daredevil Teaser Trailer Exclusive Debut - IGN

DeKnight: When we first meet him, he's a very mysterious figure, as you can gather from the teaser. Absolutely, a lynchpin of Season 1. I think there’s a no better way to start of the series than a formative Matt Murdock coming up against a formative Wilson Fisk. We were so incredibly lucky to get Vincent D’Onofrio, who is not only a phenomenal actor and an amazing person to be around, so very generous as an actor and performer, but I don’t know if there’s another human being on the planet that embodies WIlson Fisk, physically, like in the comics. I think, honestly, he is as close as you’re going to get, unless you’re doing an animated series. We just marveled. We were like holy s**t, it is Wilson Fisk come to life! Even in the teaser, when you just see him from behind, standing in front of that painting, you just get the feeling that it’s Wilson Fisk, the future Kingpin. Fisk plays a crucial role in Season 1, as the adversary of Matt Murdock. Also, on the flip side, Matt Murdock is the fly in Fisk’s ointment. What I love about this show is we’re able to explore some gray areas of who is really good, who is really bad, and which person is really better for the city in the long run.

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The day before it closed down, October 30th 2009, Hjörtur Smárason went to McDonalds and bought a burger. Not to eat, but to keep and it was put in the original emballage on a garage shelf. Three years later he opened it again to find it looking exactly like it was when he left it. So he donated it to the national museum in Iceland where it was in storage for a year. 

3 ways your wireless service will change under the FCC's net neutrality rules

Under the FCC's proposed new rules, so-called zero-rating services like Music Freedom wouldn't be outright banned, but they'd be examined on a "case-by-case basis," says a senior FCC official. The official notes that Music Freedom is a "lesser concern" for prohibition because there's no obvious harm to the consumer. Clearly, though, that could change: in order for it to be allowed under Title II, it wouldn't be able to hinder service to any of T-Mobile's customers, which suggests that there would be no way for T-Mobile to ever deny a music service entrance into Music Freedom — nor would it be able to charge streaming providers for the privilege of being a part of the program.

Sex, Drugs & Silicon Valley - CNNMoney

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80 enterprising facts you may not know about Monopoly

44. The highest rent property on the Monopoly game board varies by region. In the U.S., it is named “Boardwalk” after a street in Atlantic City. In Spain, it is named “Paseo del Prado” after a street in Madrid, and in France, “Rue de la Paix” is the name of the most coveted property space.

Learning from dirty jobs

Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

51 Apple will spend $2 billion to turn its failed sapphire plant into a global command center
53 The guy standing between Facebook and its next privacy disaster
54 Meditation May Stop Your Brain From Withering Away
55 Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you
56 Home | Newsletters | MIT Technology Review
57 Monopoly is being sold with real money inside
58 Adidas reveals sneakers inspired by vintage NASA space suits - CNET
59 Famous Logos Reinterpreted As Chinese Restaurant Signs
60 An Arduino-controlled, fire-breathing Godzilla at Mardi Gras?! Blame Chewbacchus
61 Seahawks lose Super Bowl, but Left Shark wins the Internet - CNET
62 You can now save your Snapchat Story as one seamless video
63 The FCC isn’t afraid of AT&T’s legal threats over net neutrality
64 YouTube trounces Facebook in Super Bowl ad views, but not shares
65 Remember to say thank you
66 My first and last time at the Crunchies
67 CDMA vs. GSM: What's the Difference?
68 How to make work-life balance work
69 How Stress Shrinks Our Brains And What To Do About It
70 QUIZ: What's your digital privacy IQ?
71 A Wireless Sensor That Locks Your Mac When You Walk Away | WIRED
72 13 Cool Things You Might Not Know You Can Do with Slack
73 7 Strategies for Writing 3 Books in 3 Years
74 Startup Eero wants to wipe out weak Wi-Fi - CNET
75 Pebble prepares to reinvent itself after selling 1 million smartwatches
76 Exclusive: Pivotal CEO says open source Hadoop tech is coming
77 The best new gadgets and deals of the week
78 A Day in a Life of a Product Manager
79 How Micro-Learning Made its Way on The Education Market
80 What You Need To Know About Zero Knowledge
81 Left to die: The people trapped in eastern Ukraine's war
82 8 Out of 10 Statistics are Totally Made Up
83 The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke
84 Withings Activité Pop: Finally, a fitness tracker you'll proudly wear [REVIEW]
85 Review: Intel’s Broadwell mini PC is a next-generation Ultrabook in a box
86 The case for higher wages: It's smart business
87 The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2015
88 10 ways the world could end
89 Chris Pratt makes good on bet to visit kids with cancer as Star-Lord
90 Marvel assembles first all-female Avengers team, the 'A-Force'
91 First-Time Founder’s Guide to Term Sheets (Part 2)