Man Accused of Murder Over Theater Texting Was Also Texting
A Florida man accused of fatally shooting another man for texting during a movie appears to have sent a text of his own right before the incident.
3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era | PCWorld
Finally, if you don't want to drop extra dough on a Windows 7 license or spend a premium on a PC pre-packed with Windows 7, fear not. Bending Windows 8 to your will and forcing it to behave like its predecessor should take less than an hour, and doing so means you'll get to keep Windows 8's blazing-fast boot times and other under-the-hood improvements.
Where Is the Plane? 16 Possible Scenarios
The pilots — and their passengers — died of hypoxia, a deadly condition caused by low oxygen conditions. The plane, however, continued to fly on autopilot for hours. It eventually ran out of fuel and crashed into a field. It's possible this happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, especially given recent reports that the jet's engines continued sending back data for four more hours after the point of last contact. China is searching its mainland, and India its waters, for any signs of the missing plane — that may have soared on for hours with no signs of life inside.
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Refresh Yourselves on 'Game of Thrones' in 25 Minutes
"[Fiction] has to have a truth at the core of it," Martin told The Wall Street Journal . "You’re still writing about people, you’re writing about the human condition. I often quote Faulkner, who said in his speech after winning the Nobel Prize that ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’ is the only thing worth writing about. And I’ve always agreed with that. It’s true no matter what genre you’re writing in, even if there are dragons in it or it’s about a private detective or a western gunslinger, it’s still ultimately about the human heart in conflict with itself or it’s not worth reading."
Here’s What An iPhone 6 With A Curved Display Might Look Like | TechCrunch
It’s that time of year again, friends. It’s been a few months since the last iPhone was released, which means everyone is trying to figure out what the next iPhone will look like.
Implants Made to Fit a Beating Heart Perfectly | MIT Technology Review
“This is a nice use of 3-D printing to get this sock of electronics that fits the individual patient well,” says Zhenan Bao , a materials scientist at Stanford University. Devices made in this kind of custom manufacturing process would probably be more expensive than mass-produced medical devices, but for these kinds of life-or-death applications, the market is likely to bear the cost, says Bao. The volume and quality of the data gathered by these large sensor sheets in the group’s animal studies is impressive, she says.
Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course - sources
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators, sources told Reuters on Friday.
1,001 Movies to See Before You Die [VIDEO]
"For as long as a single man is forced to cower under the iron fist of oppression, as long as a child cries out in the night, or an actor can be elected president, we must continue the struggle." - Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge)
Vine's Newest Trend is a #Whaling Good Time
Whaling has even enticed news anchor teams to join in. Much like planking, whaling involves contorting your body into a shape resembling a real-life creature: in this case, nature's largest sea creature. But while planking was mostly confined to photos, whaling lends itself to Vine's short videos rather well.
'Godzilla' is going to be a very different monster movie, says its director
The last two Godzilla trailers have given us a hint of what's to come in the upcoming film, and at SXSW a small audience got the best look yet at the new monster. After a screening of the 1954 Japanese original, director Gareth Edwards introduced an extended sequence from the 2014 version in which the new Godzilla lays waste to Hawaii before squaring off against another giant monster. Even with some unfinished visual effects the clip lived up to our highest hopes — in fact, the only downside was that the clip hasn't been formally released for a wider audience. The morning after the screening we sat down with the filmmaker to talk about the design of the new beast, how his film ties into the rest of the franchise, and the challenge of making monster movies that mean something. We'll get to see Edwards' creation in all its glory on May 16th.
This incredible disappearing pool cover doubles as a deck
Based on what we can gather from the company’s website, these covers employ a water-based hydraulic system to move themselves up or down. When fully raised, the floor functions like a normal wooden deck, and is capable of supporting hundreds of kilograms per square meter. In other words, they’re perfectly safe to walk, run, or have a raging dance party on with all your friends. And since the water below is completely inaccessible when the system is deployed, it’s far safer than a normal pool cover.
This list is brought to you by 25 years of the world wide web
When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a tangled web we would weave. That memo would eventually spawn the world wide web and the various memes, crowdfunded gadgets and user-generated porn sites that it made possible. Hell, you wouldn't be reading Engadget if it weren't for Sir Berners-Lee. In homage to that great network of information that we all know and surf today, we present you with 25 things made possible by the big ole' W3.
How to Keep the NSA From Spying Through Your Webcam | Threat Level | Wired.com
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light. Online tutorials even instruct neophyte hackers on how to hijack your webcam. Fortunately, WIRED is here with a …
Alleged iOS 8 screenshots reveal Healthbook, TextEdit, and Preview apps
Earlier today (before the leaked screenshots appeared), 9to5Mac claimed that these apps aren't full-blown mobile versions of their Mac counterparts; instead, they're intended to help users view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud. The new apps are "being considered for release later in the year," according to the report. The icons appear far from finished, since they're literally the Mac icons for Preview and TextEdit thrown onto solid white and black backgrounds. As a result, they look wildly out of place next to other icons that adhere to Apple's iOS 7 design language. But if the screenshots are genuine, Apple likely won't be pleased. The company is still months away from unveiling iOS 8 in any official capacity and has rarely (if ever) faced leaks this early in the development cycle.
Why Node.js is becoming the go-to technology in the Enterprise - Node Crunch, Node.js News & Events Resource
With Node.js a group of small applications is developed instead of one large application, this enables a change to be made or new functionality to be added without requiring changes to be made deep inside the entire code-base.
'Boring' game that became a smash hit
"So I had some confidence, but I had no idea it would get as popular as it did. It wasn't a game that I was making in order for it to be popular.
How Steve Jobs and Masayoshi Son Brought the iPhone to Japan
According to Son, Jobs said, "We have not talked to anybody, but you came to see me as the first guy. I'll give it to you." The negotiation continued, as Son asked that Jobs put in writing that Apple would give him exclusivity for the Japanese market. Jobs's reply? "'No! Masa, I'm not going to sign for you because you don't even own a mobile carrier yet!' And I said, 'Well, look, Steve, you promised me. You gave me your word. I bring a carrier for Japan.'"
America's Most Social Small Business: Who Will Be in the Finals?
We've already judged businesses based on their Facebook and Twitter presences and their use of compelling imagery. For the Final Four, we evaluated each companies' overall brand voice. Does the business have a blog? If so, is its content engaging — more than simply lifeless blocks of text? Is the company actively communicating with its customers and users across various social media channels? Is its tone lively and personable, or stiff and corporate? In this round, each brand did a stellar job of effectively communicating with its respective audience, which made selecting two finalists especially difficult.
PlayStation 4 narrowly tops the Xbox One in US sales in February
Sony sold more PlayStation 4 consoles than Microsoft did of its Xbox One during the month of February, but it wasn't quite the blowout Sony had in January. According to the NPD Group , Sony sold approximately 287,000 PlayStation 4s in February, while Microsoft sold about 258,000 Xbox Ones. Neither company revealed specific sales figures for January, the month prior, which was the first time the two warring consoles were on sale in a non-launch, non-holiday month.
Definitive Proof That Bill Nye The Science Guy Is The King Of Selfies
Bill Nye is awesome for a myriad of reasons and he's been acknowledged for most of them, but he's yet to win an award (or a crown) for Selfie King.
Unity Acquires Applifier To Bring Shareable Instant Replays To More Games | TechCrunch
If you haven’t heard of Unity , though, that’s on you — they’ve been pretty important in the game development scene for a while now. Their thing? They make a game development engine that lets you build a game once, and run it natively on an absurd number of platforms — iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. — with minimal code changes. In the past 30 days alone over 600,000+ developers have worked on a Unity project, Unity CEO David Helgason tells me.
#McConnelling Is The Best Thing That's Ever Happened
Jon Stewart couldn't contain his glee Thursday night, as he introduced his show's favorite new discovery: that Mitch McConnell's latest campaign ad is perfect when paired with alternate soundtracks. Watch above as he tries out a bunch of options his staff came up with, including Sir Mix-a-Lot and Bryan Adams versions.
Which Browser is Best? Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer
Firefox 27 Firefox versions keep coming at a fast clip, now that Mozilla hews to a Chrome-like rapid release schedule. These frequent versions haven't brought the kind of earth-shattering changes we used to see in new full-number Firefox updates, but the development teams have tackled issues of importance to a lot of Web users—startup time, memory use, speed, and of course security. This lean, fast, customizable browser can hold its own against any competitor, and it offers graphics hardware acceleration, good HTML5 support, and the unique Panorama system for organizing lots of tabs. Read the full review ››
Don't Even Try Having A Conversation With This Guy [VIDEO]
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'Surgeon Simulator' is even more horrifying on iPad
Surgeon Simulator 2013 somehow managed to make the process of brutally murdering a patient hilarious , and now the experience has been translated to touch. What makes the game both challenging and funny is the delightfully difficult controls: heart surgery requires deft precision, but in the game you're only able to flail around wildly. It's essentially a messy puzzle game, where you need to figure out how to best use the tools at your disposal — which include, for some reason, a hammer — to complete the task at hand. What's the easiest way to crack open a rib cage? You could use a bone saw, or you could just smash it with the hammer. It's your choice, but you'll need to inflict as little damage as possible on poor old patient Bob.
13 Words We Never Want to See on Scrabble Boards
Consider what that means before you jump at the chance to make "twerk" relevant. Although, it would be a nice move for the annoying four-point "W" tile. When is the last time you heard someone say "cyberspace" or "bling" in real life? Most of these words won't exist in a year, let alone a decade.
This Dating Site Will Make Sure You Don't Die Alone
Settle.com is a new (satirical) "dating website" advertised by YouTube user Super Kudzu . The site is reaching out to all those people who have been so worn down by terrible dating experiences that they simply don't give a sh*t anymore.
Astronomers Discover The Largest Known Yellow Star
The star is currently known as HR 5171A, and lies about 12,000 light years from Earth. And it’s far, far bigger than our own Sun – its diameter is about 1300 times larger. To give you an idea of how big that is, consider this: the Sun’s diameter is less than 200 times larger than the Earth’s diameter.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is here to recruit you
For now, Tyson is happy to act as the very public face of the scientific cause — he’s recently been profiled in the New Yorker , posed for a selfie with President Obama, and was a keynote speaker at SXSW. But when Cosmos comes to an end this season, he’s intent on making a shift back into the more private life of a scientist, husband, and father. "Next time I'd rather just stay home, I’d rather let someone else do it," says Tyson, who lives with his wife and two kids in Manhattan and remains director of the Hayden Planetarium and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. But his role as an advocate for scientific exploration won’t change — and the research Tyson plans to undertake next might even make that advocacy stronger. "As a scientist, [my research] is what fuels my energy to even communicate in the first place," he says. "[So] I’ll go back to the lab. I’m ready. After I go to the Bahamas, then I’m going to the lab."
9 Famous Tech Mascots and Their Colorful Backstories
The mascot had to be whipped up during the Screen Actor's Guild protest, which prevented the company from using live actors in a commercial. Thus, the Martin minds came together and produced the first gecko spot, riffing off the animal's naming similarity. The British lizard became a viral hit, and is still going strong in commercials nearly 15 years later.
Why Tech Startups Should Incorporate Philanthropic Strategies
The gains of this boom, however, have been partially overshadowed by a debate about the impact of tech’s dazzling success on the general welfare of our communities. From gripes about outrageously high rents to protests about the Google buses unfairly using public bus spaces, the boom has a ripple effect that touches every individual in our community.
Samsung's ultrasonic case turns humans into bats
Samsung has released three new assistive technology accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance smartphone designed to be used by people with disabilities and visual impairments. The South Korean giant says it developed the tools — a cover that can help users avoid obstacles, a text-reading stand, and a voice label — after conducting "in-depth interviews" with disabled and visually-impaired people.
The Best Mobile Tech From SXSWi
Mobile addicts rejoiced this past week as SXSW Interactive took over Austin, Texas with the latest in cutting-edge mobile technology.
Emoji love: The Science Behind Why We <3 Emoticons
So, I’ll never be that person at the party that everyone clamors to be around. I’m okay with that. The evolution of our language online has helped me to communicate a fuller, more dynamic spectrum, of who I am and what I care about. I’m able to do all of this in a way I simply can’t in public, at least not without crippling anxiety . When words aren’t enough, emoticons are there to help me fill in the gap.
Steller Is A Beautiful Visual Storytelling App For iPhone
When you hit publish, the story goes out on Steller’s own network and you can share it both inside the app, as well as on other social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook. To edit a published story or add a new page requires a process that isn’t as straightforward — you have to navigate to your profile then tap on the pencil icon. (Note: I couldn’t find out how to edit my story at first and erroneously stated that you can’t do so once it’s been posted.)
Jon Stewart Dubs 'Baby Got Back' Over Mitch McConnell's New Ad
The first 12 seconds of the ad features nothing but smiles from Kentucky's senator. Stewart's team replaced the generic track playing in the video with their own music choices. First, he set McConnell's countenance to "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel. Then he upped the ante to "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who. The mashup escalated to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," which ultimately left Stewart in hysterics.
Phone call metadata does betray sensitive details about your life – study
Warnings that phone call “metadata” can betray detailed information about your life has been confirmed by research at Stanford University. Researchers there successfully identified a cannabis cultivator, multiple sclerosis sufferer and a visitor to an abortion clinic using nothing more than the timing and destination of their phone calls.
How To Nab A Job Using LinkedIn's "Who's Viewed Your Profile"
Contrary to Milo's remark, it's simple to find out "why" someone searched for you on LinkedIn -- ask them. Who's Viewed Your Profile is a lead generation tool. Ignoring this person is tantamount to not acknowledging someone who walks into your place of business. You'd go up to that person and say "How can I help you?" LinkedIn allows you to do the same. Send the "viewer" a message, or LinkedIn invite if you're not connected, stating "I see you viewed my profile, thanks. Is there anything I can help you with? If not, please accept my invitation to join my network."
Report: This is what iOS 8 looks like, at least right now
Apple's next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, looks an awful lot like the iOS you've already got on your iDevice. At least that's according to screens leaked on Chinese microblog site Weibo and lent credence by veritable Apple site 9to5Mac , which show what is supposedly iOS 8 in action. Yes, square icons with rounded edges are back, but that design is wrapped around some new entrants in the app world: TextEdit, Preview and Tips. It's easy to guess what the first one might be (a potential replacement for the Notes app), but Preview? Given the icon's distinct resemblance to the application of the same name in OS X, we're guessing this serves a similar function: viewing documents and PDFs. As for Tips? Well, that's probably just a solution for introducing new users.
A Close Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
We already knew that the NSA has weaponized the internet, enabling them to “shoot” exploits at anyone they desire. But the Edward Snowden slides and story published yesterday convey a wealth of new detailed information about the NSA’s technology …
Russia Blocks Access to Major Independent News Sites
Russia's government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. Today, the country's ISPs have received orders to block a list of major news sites and system administrators have been instructed to take the servers providing the content offline.
Is This Amazon's Game Controller?
Given the company's recent decision to increase the annual cost for an Amazon Prime subscription to $99, it's reasonable to assume the company might want to offer more media for that price — and a Prime gaming service could fit the bill.
Apple launches new featured App Store section dedicated to taking selfies
Since one of the goals of the technology integration initiative at Punahou is to put the right device in a student’s hand for any given learning opportunity, the school has also introduced iPod touch for student activities like making real-world measurements on field trips. And Punahou students at all levels are using iPad with specific apps to extend their learning: young children use iPad to practise letters and numbers
U.S. Millionaires Hit All-Time High and Other News You Need to Know
Welcome to this morning's edition of " First To Know ," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening around the world. Today, we're looking at five important stories.
10 Strangely Delicious Jelly Belly Combinations
Typically, to enjoy jelly beans, it involves throwing a handful of the little jellied candies straight into your gullet. Using this popular method, the colorful concoction will blend into a fruity taste bud overload, making it especially useful in masking the less desirable flavors that usually come in a green or yellow form.
How To Print A New Face
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The Facebook Lie We All Believe
We're all just fighting for something we already have. Like looking for the pen that's tucked behind my own ear. I scan my page for "likes" in hopes of finding a sense of peace. To drown out the voice in my head. My voice.
Google's Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data | TIME
Google's big data project on flu had some surprising flaws
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A new study shows that using big data to predict the future isn't as easy as it looks—and that raises questions about how Internet companies gather and use information
MoreGoogle Will Start Encrypting Your SearchesScientists Can Now Predict the FluGoogle Will Pay You $15 for Each Business User You Get Hooked on Google Big data: as buzzwords go, it’s inescapable . Gigantic corporations like SAS and IBM tout their big data analytics, while experts promise that big data—our exponentially growing ability to collect and analyze information about anything at all—will transform everything from business to sports to cooking . Big data was—no surprise—one of the major themes coming out of this month’s SXSW Interactive conference. It’s inescapable.
MoreIBM: We Haven’t Given the NSA Any Client DataTwitter Data Reveals Which Days Make Us the HappiestHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostThese Disturbing Fast Food Truths Will Make You Reconsider Your Lunch Huffington PostJuan Pablo Galavis's Bachelor Blog: It's Time to Say Goodbye - and Meet the Real Me People One of the most conspicuous examples of big data in action is Google’s data-aggregating tool Google Flu Trends (GFT) .