Robot Cockroaches to the Rescue?
UC Berkeley researchers built a cockroach-inspired robot that could help in search-and-rescue missions.
Watch comedian Chelsea Peretti tear Silicon Valley a new one
For the past few years, TechCrunch’s Crunchies Awards — the closest thing Silicon Valley has to the Oscars — has done away with Silicon Valley insiders as emcees and replaced them with comedians,...
Locksmith opens $250 safe using a magnet in a sock | News | Geek.com
If you want to protect your valuables at home, then investing in a safe is a good idea. At the very least it acts as an extra barrier and therefore deterrent if a [...]
Slow jam fulfills our sonic fantasy by mashing up Rihanna and Zayn Malik
A video that mashes up and then slows down the combination of "Work" and "Pillowtalk."
'Huge' number of Mac apps are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks
Many of OS X's most popular apps were recently revealed to be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks. The vulnerability specifically targets those
Johnny Depp will disappear into 'Invisible Man' role for Universal
Johnny Depp has agreed to join Universal Pictures' monster-movie reincarnation as The Invisible Man, Mashable has confirmed.
Gametrailers 'fixes' Bloodborne review to end its 13-year run on a high note
After 13 years of delivering gamers video content and blogs, games media outlet GameTrailers has shut down for business, the outlet announced Monday.
Super Bowl Ads This Year Were Dying to Break Out of Your TV
This year, many Super Bowl ads seemed self-conscious of the fact that their social media afterlife was at least as important as the big game.
'Rocket League' reaches your Xbox One on February 17th
The rough-and-tumble car sports game comes with a few exclusives.
Atari Lynx: a romance of high scores and low batteries
You don't know real love until it's gone (and eBay helps you get it back again).
Fast Company | Business + Innovation
The stumbling blocks that some of our Most Innovative Companies have faced on their journeys to success and what they learned along the way.
And The Winners Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Are…
Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark and famous for his “doom and gloom” punditry about the impending startup bubble. He regularly rails against startups buying Kind Bars and other such office luxuries with their VC dollars instead of saving up for end times. Gurley is also considered to be a top deal maker in Silicon Valley, investing early in Uber, Zillow and a number of other successful companies.
Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts
The process is pretty simple. You add new accounts from the settings menu, and once that's done, just tap your username at the top of your profile to move between them. Your profile photo will be placed more prominently throughout the app so that you never lose track of which account is active. Instagram first tested account switching on Android in November, with iOS following a couple months later. As of this week, everyone is getting the new option on both platforms.
NASA promotes space tourism in retro new posters
First up is a once in a lifetime trip to Mars, looking back at what could someday be historical sites on the planet. The poster is a nod to the work being done by NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, which seeks to prove that the planet can or can’t be habitable by humans in the future.
Announcing the Twitter Trust & Safety Council | Twitter Blogs
As we develop products, policies, and programs, our Trust & Safety Council will help us tap into the expertise and input of organizations at the intersection of these issues more efficiently and quickly. In developing the Council, we are taking a global and inclusive approach so that we can hear a diversity of voices from organizations including:
A Skeptic Infiltrates a Cruise for Conspiracy Theorists
Where on Earth can you go to get away from it all, and mingle with those who share your views? Well, Conspira-Sea, of course. It’s a seven-day cruise where fringe thinkers can discuss everything from crop circles to mind control on the open sea. Last month’s cruise featured a caravan of stars from a surprisingly vast galaxy of skeptics and conspiracy theorists, including Andrew Wakefield, known for his questionable research and advocacy against vaccines. Also aboard was Sean David Morton, who faced federal charges of lying to investors about using psychic powers to predict the stock market.
Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad resigns, COO David Sacks takes over
Parker Conrad, cofounder and CEO of human resources and insurance software startup Zenefits, has stepped down from the top position at the company. David Sacks, the company’s chief operating officer and formerly cofounder and CEO of Yammer, is taking over as the Zenefits’ new chief executive.
Lego New Hampshire: The primary results, brick by brick
It's the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, which means it's the first-in-the-nation Lego primary on Mashable . Stay with us as the bricks (er, votes) come in.
Google has a clever idea to let its self-driving cars deliver your packages
Amazon, too, is working on delivery drones . Both technologies — autonomous drones and cars — will need to pass some serious regulatory hurdles before they're loosed on the air or roads, but this patent does show that Google's already thinking about the future uses of self-driving vehicles.
The Division Open Beta Announced - IGN
The Open Beta will run from February 19-21 and Xbox One players will have an exclusive access on February 18, and will include a new story mission in addition to the content featured in the previous Closed Beta.
What To Watch For In Tesla’s Earnings Wednesday
So analysts and investors will be listening carefully for Tesla CEO Elon Musk to give guidance on how many vehicles his company will produce in 2016. If the company expects to make solid progress toward its 2020 goal, investors might stop running for the exits. However, if the guidance is well below the implied 80,000 to 85,000 production number needed to stay on pace, things could get ugly in after-hours trading Wednesday.
Politwoops returns to the US to archive politicians' deleted tweets
Politwoops was back online early last month in 25 countries around the world . However, the Sunlight Foundation, which operates the US-version of the service, was only just able to restore Politwoops in the US. The group says Politwoops will now show every deleted tweet from the politicians it tracks, and not just a selection of them hand-picked by Sunlight staffers. "Right now that includes Senate, House and presidential candidates, as well as governors and the D.C. mayor," Jenn Topper, Sunlight's communications director, wrote in a blog post . Sunlight hopes to expand the number of politicians to include executive branch officials and state legislators. It's also working on a filtering system to avoid displaying tweets deleted for innocuous reasons, such as typos.
Exclusive: In boost to self-driving cars, U.S. tells Google computers can qualify as drivers
In January, NHTSA said it may waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles.
Here's How Obama's Cybersecurity Plan Could Affect You
Many parts of the plan deal with big government programs such as securing infrastructure from hackers, but there are several aspects you could encounter in everyday life:
Multifactor authentication: The plan pushes adoption of logins that require more than typing "Password123." Multi-factor authentication—often called two -step verification—requires a second proof of identification beyond a password, such as tapping the fingerprint reader on new smartphones or receiving a text message with a security code to enter. Big tech services including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Dropbox already offer two-step verification, but the White House's plan aims to make it more widespread, including for federal services.
How brands win the Super Bowl: Get a mention from Beyonce
The singer also opted to stay in a 12-acre mansion about 30 miles from the site of the Super Bowl that was rented through Airbnb. That stay won the home rental service a prominent shoutout on Beyonce's Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow
After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple's streaming music service on Wednesday, a report said Tuesday.
Sonos confirmed tomorrow's Apple Music launch to Re/code , saying integration with its lineup of connected speakers is scheduled to go live at 9 a.m. Eastern. The announced the launch in a subsequent blog post . The development comes nearly two months after Sonos launched an Apple Music beta test program in mid-December .
"The feedback from Apple Music members on Sonos during the beta period has been great," said Eddy Cue, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. "Sonos plus Apple Music provides an amazing listening experience at home - and we're excited to offer it to all Sonos customers starting tomorrow."
Using the Sonos Controller app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Mac, PC and Android phones, Sonos owners will be able to stream Apple Music to multiple speakers within their home or office. Supported Apple Music features include For You, New, Radio and My Music, as well as streaming access to the entire Apple Music catalog.
What Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Said About India’s Ban on Free Basics
“Connecting India is an important goal we won’t give up on, because more than a billion people in India don’t have access to the Internet. We know that connecting them can help lift people out of poverty, create millions of jobs and spread education opportunities. We care about these people, and that’s why we’re so committed to connecting them,” said the Facebook post that by Tuesday had been “liked” and shared by thousands of users of the website.
Star Trek: Bryan Fuller Named Showrunner of New CBS Series - IGN
“My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire,” said Fuller in a statement. “It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”
Microsoft Finally Offers Windows 10 Update Information - Thurrott.com
“After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system,” a Microsoft representative told me. “Today we are rolling out the Windows 10 update history site, a hub for the release notes that will accompany each update and serve as a historical record of prior release notes.”
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7 ways to eat literal heart this Valentine's Day
If you're vegetarian or vegan, this is one of your heart dinner options. Grill them, pan-fry them or simply add a jar to salad for your heart infusion this Valentine's Day.
Tim Cook deleted his blurry Super Bowl photo
Well you did it, mean-spirited internet humans. Tim Cook has deleted the Super Bowl picture that sent Twitter into a tizzy on Sunday night. As the Denver Broncos celebrated their Super Bowl 50 victory, Apple's CEO made his way onto the field and took a photo of all the excitement (and confetti). He uploaded it to Twitter with a message congratulating the Super Bowl champs. Now, either Cook didn't take much time to review his shot or he just didn't care, but it was a very blurry snapshot of what must've been a thrilling moment. Although he took a second, far better shot minutes later , the damage was already done — and the mockery and ridicule came flying. There were too many "Shot with iPhone" jokes to count.
Facebook ordered to stop tracking logged-out users in France
The company previously ran into trouble in Belgium last year on similar grounds — a court in the country issued Facebook an ultimatum to stop tracking users who aren’t signed in or risk a fine of €250,000 (nearly $270,000) for every day that it violated the order.
New Hampshire Primary Liveblog: Trump Tries Not to Lose Again
New Hampshire residents took to the polls today, becoming the first in the country to cast their ballots in a presidential primary. While Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton walked away with first place finishes during the Iowa caucuses last week, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been leading the New Hampshire polls for weeks.
Free Basics And Facebook’s Waterloo In India
The project was ill-conceived and showed a lack of understanding of India’s culture and values. Mark Zuckerberg surely had good intentions in wanting to provide Internet access to hundreds of millions of people who lack access. But he went about it in the wrong way. In the process, he alienated India’s technology community and weakened his support in the Indian government.
1Password for Android gets Material Design makeover
Other improvements include a consistent floating toolbar that can be accessed from any screen within the app, and a new action button that allows you to add passwords and sites easily. 1Password has also redesigned its categories section and settings icons.
Oculus Rift PC bundles launch, starting at $1,499
The PCs that Oculus is promoting as part of the Oculus Ready PC program include the Asus ROG G20 and G11; Alienware Area 51 and X51; and a single Dell desktop tower, the XPS 8900 SE. The least-expensive bundles right now are the Dell XPS 8900 at $1,599 and the Asus G11 at $1,499, both including an Oculus Rift headset. Both are at the very low end of the required specs, with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia 970 desktop graphics card.
Ghostface Killah destroys Martin Shkreli in magnificent video
Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine.
The Real Divide Between States Isn't About Politics, It's About Girl Scout Cookies
Now, both bakers are contracted by the Girl Scouts to make up to eight varieties of cookies for local troops. Three are contractually obligated: a mint cookie (Thin Mints), a peanut butter sandwich cookie (Peanut Butter Sandwich, or Do-Si-Dos), and a shortbread cookie (Shortbread, or Trefoils). Due to popularity, both bakeries offer three other varieties of similar cookies: Caramel deLites or Samoas, Lemonade or Savannah Smiles, and Peanut Butter Patties, or Tagalongs.
Anchor for iOS brings audio blogging back from the dead
After a slick, easy onboarding process, you’re thrown into a feed that includes posts from all the people you follow on Twitter who are already using the app. Right now, you’ll probably find mostly first posts in which users talk about setting up their Anchor accounts. For something a bit more substantial, head to the Search page, where you’ll find shortcuts to discussions about tech, the US presidential election and more.
Pre-order Oculus Rift-ready PCs starting on February 16th
For the most part, these are standard gaming desktops that happen to meet Oculus' recommended specs for a good VR experience. The big deal is that you'll typically get a discount if you've already pre-ordered a Rift (between $100 to $200 off) -- important when the cheapest system starts at $949 after you factor the Rift discount into the equation. This won't matter much if you already have a speedy system, of course, but it's a big deal for newcomers who want to get into VR without either a lot of knowledge or the time to track down an ideal PC on their own.
Why the Authors Guild Is Still Wrong About Google's Book Scanning
With that as a guide, the fact that someone has scanned tens of millions of books so that people could find and potentially buy them isn’t the worst thing that could happen to books as a social good, it’s the best thing. It’s exactly what the “fair use” exemption was intended to promote. And the Guild’s refusal to see that makes it not only legally wrong, but also makes it look far more venal than the company it is trying to criticize.
The Surprising Reason You Can't Stop Checking Facebook
Try a nightcap--but not the alcoholic variety. Dr. Michael Larson set out to create a product that would induce sleep naturally, finding inspiration in hypnosis. The result is Sleep Shepherd, a nightcap made of light, breathable fabric and featuring a brain wave sensor and two speakers. The cap plays sounds in each ear and then monitors your brainwaves, adjusting the frequency of the tones accordingly. Once you fall asleep, the tones stop. Sleep Shepherd is available for $149.99; sleephat.com.
The Pirate Bay now lets you stream torrents from your browser
The best-known torrent site in the world now streams pirated content too. The Pirate Bay has added support for Torrents Time , a plugin that lets users stream torrents directly inside their browser. There's no need to download the torrent itself, or a BitTorrent client, or even the actual content — then lets the whole process run inside Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome, on either Windows or OS X. The system is currently in beta, and has all the usual problems of pirated torrents (namely bad image quality and the need to wait for peers to seed the content), but it's still an extremely simple system.
Microsoft officially acquires Zikera's Groove app for iOS
The announcement comes on medium.com from Zikera , makers of Groove. We don’t have any additional information at the moment as to what, specifically, Microsoft is acquiring, whether it’s Zikera or just the Groove app, but here’s what we do have:
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Sublime Text is being developed again after a year dormant
Sublime Text is one of the most popular text editors for developers out there, but over the last year concerns mounted that the project was dead as development of the next version stalled completely.
Play Chess in Facebook Messenger with this secret command
Sure, this isn't the best-looking or most sophisticated method to keep your self entertained or play chess, but it'll work. Besides, just think how much fun it will be to send a series of Facebook stickers to your opponent as you yell "checkmate" into a computer screen. What a crazy time to be alive.
Google's CEO is 14,400 times richer than you
According to company filings revealed recently, current Google CEO Sundar Pichai received $199 million worth of shares when he took over the role last October. That’s quite the incentive to perform, and reportedly makes him the best paid CEO in the US.
VSCO Originals, its new editorial series, is like strolling through digital art museums
Most of us may recognize Visual Supply Company as the guys behind popular photo-editing app VSCO Cam. To “add a human element to VSCO,” the team has announced the launch of VSCO Originals, a new set of digital periodicals showcasing original artwork.
Head to this Van Gogh Airbnb and brood darkly
To promote a new exhibit entitled Van Gogh's Bedrooms , The Art Institute of Chicago constructed this dead-on replica of Van Gogh's "Bedroom In Arles," and posted it to Airbnb under Van Gogh's name in order to share the impressionist room with the masses.
Here's Why We're Excited About Apple TV Adding Voice Dictation
Here's Why We're Excited About Apple TV Adding Voice Dictation
Professional kid requests meeting with parents to discuss important topics
Getting straight to the point, Tia was upfront with her parents, labeling the memo, "re: bedtime." Tia was not messing around. She knows bedtime is serious business, and she wasn't going to let a casual meeting ruin her chances of securing what she wanted.
There's No Such Thing As Stress--Here's What's Really Bothering You
That, in turn, spares them from some of the "stress" symptoms that cripple others. When a child has a nightmare, it runs to a parent's bed, immediately assuaging the fear. Studies with adults have found that this impulse stays with us. Asking others for help lowers cholesterol, increases longevity (since our fear response isn't chronically kicking into gear), and is essential for high-performing groups. Top among all the challenges organizations face is to make it safe for team members to bring their fears, concerns, and mistakes to others.
Do nothing at your job today because Cookie Clicker's update will own your mind
If you’re really not in the mood to do anything today and would prefer to get sucked down a rabbit hole that involves cookies, clicking, capitalism, Cronenbergian grandmas and the Devil himself, then I humbly give you the newly refreshed ‘Cookie Clicker 2.0.’
The LG G5's screen is 'always on'
That doesn't mean that the phone's regular display will always be on, of course. It looks like the screen will display basic information like the time, date, and notification alerts in a black-and-white state. That's not a major departure from what Motorola has done with active notifications on phones since 2013's Moto X, but it does suggest that LG could switch to OLED screen technology for the G5.
iPhone 6C/iPhone 5SE: What we know about Apple's rumored 'iPhone Mini'
One particularly interesting rumor posits that future iPhones may do without a physical home button , leaning on the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen and hands-free functionality of Siri instead. Certainly, a buttonless iPhone would be a natural move for a company with such a strong preference for clean lines and simple design. It would also allow the large top and bottom bezels to shrink, effectively allowing Apple to squeeze a larger screen into the same size body. But such a radical redesign would almost certainly be reserved for the iPhone 7, not the step-down, entry-level that the 6C would be. Likewise, the added cost and weight that 3D Touch would require seem far beyond the purview of 6C.
Ready Player One’s release bumped by big bully named Star Wars
And so Ready Player One had a choice. It could stand its ground, refusing to bow to the intergalactic behemoth, and potentially be lost entirely in the wash of hyped-up anticipation about what exactly Luke Skywalker had been doing while kicking it solo on some rocky island. Or, it could move its release — say, to something like March 30th, 2018 — after lightsaber fever had cooled off for the season, giving it time to blossom and bloom, and introduce its wild VR-inspiring adventures to the world.
What History Gives, the Sea Steals | Hakai Magazine
Undaunted, the crew of professional and volunteer archaeologists returns a few months later to finish work at the site, a coastal farm called Meur. The structures they’re excavating have survived for thousands of years. But a strong storm uncovered the site in the first place, and the next storm could drag it into the ocean for good. In Scotland, as on coastlines around the world, climate change is both helping to reveal new archaeological sites and threatening to destroy them. Researchers and citizen scientists are racing time to collect the stories of these vanishing sites.