President Obama reads mean tweets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' - CNET
Technically Incorrect: The president decides it's time to offer a brief glimpse into his life on Twitter and the lives of those who should get a life.
#CowPi: Farmer herds his cows into the shape of pi [VIDEO]
Derek Klingenberg celebrates Pi Day by sharing an aerial-shot video of his attempt to herd his cows into the shape of the Greek letter for pi, π. #cowpi
HBO Now coming in April for $14.99 per month, Apple TV price cut to $69
HBO's long-awaited standalone subscription service is coming next month, and Apple TV has been announced as the company's "exclusive" launch device. Viewers will be able to watch HBO Now from web...
Sesame Street's executive producer on staying relevant after 46 years
Thanks to Netflix, Amazon and YouTube, the competition for kid's eyeballs is fiercer than ever, but that's not slowing down Sesame Street. Now in its 46t
The director of the best/worst movie ever has a new sitcom streaming on Hulu Plus
If you've never watched The Room, a captivatingly awful movie about an affair, a surprise birthday party, and the weight of the world, stop reading this right now and go watch it. Once you've...
Fire the electrospray thrusters! Tiny module could drive small satellites - CNET
A new propulsion system from MIT spinout Accion uses tiny chips and a salt solution to generate enough thrust to jostle satellites in space.
Blood, sweat and bitcoin: Mining cryptocurrency with exercise
Even a company like Chaotic Moon, that has made headlines here for its odd, genre defying creations has to bow to the lure of trends every so often. Fitc
Apple launches iOS public beta testing program; releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 to testers
As rumored , Apple has launched the iOS public beta program, which gives users early access to the upcoming version of iOS for the first time ever without needing a developer account.
What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?
Now, anyone who joins Meerkat won’t get to auto-follow those they follow on Twitter. They’ll have to manually follow people in Meerkat to build a social graph, which is relatively tough to do right now, as there’s no user search in the app. Users probably won’t be able to easily recreate their Twitter interest graph, they’ll hear about fewer streams, and get fewer viewers. That makes Meerkat less sticky and more likely to fail or get beat by Periscope.
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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.
Are you a snob or an idiot? The Apple Watch lets you choose!
MacBook and iPhone owners no longer care if they’re labeled cheap or obscenely rich, because for many, just owning an Apple product is enough to feel superior. At least it was, until everyone bought an iPhone (40+ percent of U.S. smartphone owners have one). For some reason, Apple wants to regain snob status, and it’s using its first Watch to do it. Owning a smartphone is pretty much a given today, but for those who miss the old days, now there’s a chance to pay a lot of money for an almost superfluous piece of tech to go with it.
Dot-com at 30: will the world's best-known web domain soon be obsolete?
Dot-com is the world’s most recognised web suffix, with over 115 million dot-com domains registered worldwide, representing about 42 per cent of all web addresses. But 30 years after its inception, many people are questioning whether it can continue to retain its dominance.
Audi asks students to design small and think big in self-driving car competition
Intended primarily for students focusing on electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer sciences, the cup will see ten teams competing to build the best performing self driving car. The model in question is a 1:8-scale Audi Q5 which will feature all-wheel drive and can travel up to 25 mph. Audi will provide this as well as a basic software package from which the teams are expected to develop the best working programs.
This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud
If it provides “Should I sell my ….”, for example, you might guess “house”, “car”, or “dog”. If your guesses line up with one of the most popular queries as searched for by Google visitors, you get a point; if it doesn’t, you get a strike. Three strikes, and the game is over. Want to see the answers to that board up above, for example? Here you go.
YouTube may launch subscription video service for a monthly fee
The move into a subscription model can be seen as a response to pressure from competitors like Vimeo, Hulu, Vessel, and others. Such video sites are working to entice video creators and YouTube stars to host their videos on their sites in exchange for a more lucrative percentage of ad revenue. By introducing a paid subscription service, YouTube would not only be able to funnel more money to its content creators, but also bolster its bottom line — the Google unit is said to be essentially breaking even ten years after its founding in 2005.
BlackBerry's new tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S
In addition to working with Samsung, BlackBerry teamed with IBM to make its new tablet. IBM's software silos secure apps from typical apps like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so even if an employee downloads a malicious app it can't compromise secure documents that are also stored on the device.
Steve Jobs biography describes his disdain for TVs
The expensive, short-lived machine was launched in March 1997, months before Jobs resumed leadership of the firm as part of its purchase of NeXT. It had a tuner that would have allowed it to double as a TV set, and that didn’t sit well with Jobs.
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The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
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.
3 rules to spark learning
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
How Lagunitas dodged a drug bust to become a craft beer powerhouse
After the St. Patrick’s Day bust, Tony secured a meeting at ABC headquarters in Sacramento to plead his case for Lagunitas. Workers on the bottling line told Ron and Tony after the fact that they’d seen one of the undercover agents showing up to the Thursday 4:20 parties for weeks — he’d asked about buying pot, but they’d only offered to give him buds for free.
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What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?
Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that — and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.
This Tiny Cardboard Battery Is Like A Vitamin For Your Smartphone
I completely agree. Let's all be honest with ourselves, and admit that the majority of the population are too "lazy" to properly recycle, and just don't care. They all choose to live in their own little bubble, and blame the big corporations for environmental degradation. They don't see where all the trash ends up; they just take their garbage bin to the alley once a week, and assume it goes off to some magic land where all the garbage disappears. NO. WAKE UP PEOPLE. We're burying them in landfills, even when we do not know the FULL effects of creating and burying landfills for long periods of time. People need to wake up, and gain some social responsibility. By the way - STYROFOAM IS RECYCLABLE. It may take a little extra effort to take it to a proper recycling plant, but THIS IS OUR HOME.
The PancakeBot Will 3-D Print Your Breakfast And Turn It Into Art
"I think initially 3-D printing will be used as a way to please the eye and and express yourself creatively, through the ability to print your food in any shape or form that your mind can imagine," he says. "In the future, though, 3-D printing of food will eventually allow you to create a perfectly tailored product specific to your nutritional and physical needs, which may help address issues such as allergies, or intolerances."
Ivy League For Free: What One Man Learned By Crashing Elite Colleges For 4 Years
One reason that elite colleges are able to charge so much is because they give people access to a powerful network of alumni and other bright, ambitious students who may go on to do great things with their lives. Dumas gets it, but he insists that it is possible to gain access to all of that without having to pay for it. He took the time to make friends in the classroom and at campus parties. In his conversations, he revealed himself to be an interesting, thoughtful, and pleasant person. As a result, he has built a community of friends that will be a valuable network throughout his career. Dumas insists that anyone can build lifelong relationships with smart, interesting people outside a campus environment; all it takes is going out to different social events, conferences, lectures, even bars, and taking the time to get to know people. After all, part of the reason that college students make friends easily is that they force themselves to be social, since they are away from home for the first time. Outside of college, the principle of leaving your comfort zone to make new friends can yield the same results.
9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
Can't tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.
Slow down! Enjoy life.
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
How to manage for collective creativity
What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."
This Emoji Keyboard Will Make You Forget You Ever Used The Alphabet
The emoji keyboard cover is made for Mac keyboards only and comes in two sizes: one for a standard Mac keyboard and one for an 11-inch MacBook Air. (Sorry, non-Mac users.) If you pledge at least $10, you'll get a keyboard cover and the software that makes it work.
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion.
USB Type-C: One cable to connect them all - CNET
Physically, the Type-C port and connector is about the same size as that of the Micro-B USB mentioned above. A Type-C port measure just 8.4mm by 2.6mm. This means it's small enough to work for even the smallest peripheral devices. With Type-C, a USB cable's both ends will be the same, allowing for reversible plug orientation. You also don't need to worry about plugging it in upside down.
In our 15 years together my wife Debby and I have probably had more dogs than most people have in their lifetimes. We’ve had nine dogs at this point and have always had more than one and as many as six. We have experienced a great many of the joys and sorrows that having dogs in your life can bring you. We have had a wide variety of experiences with our dogs…
Sex: Let's talk
The talk. The excruciatingly awkward conversation when parents explain to their kids, um, how sex works. But … why is there just one talk? Sex ed teacher Al Vernacchio (TED Talk: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one … ) and entrepreneur Cindy Gallop (TED Talk: Make love, not porn ) believe that good sex should be an open, honest and ongoing conversation. In this exclusive TED video, they meet at Cindy’s house to talk about how to talk about sex — and the dangers of letting porn and movie sex do the talking for us. Because as Vernacchio says: “Talking about sex is no different than talking about anything else — no matter how much you want it to be.”
Hands-on with a (working) Apple Watch
There are basically two main ways of using the Watch: pressing the Digital Crown to go to the home screen and picking an app, or swiping up from the bottom on a watch face to access the Glances, which are basically quick views into all the apps you've got loaded. Apple had several apps loaded onto the demo unit I played with: Uber, the SPG hotels app, Shazam, and a few others. What's interesting is that Glances clearly aren't the apps themselves — when you click on a button in a Glance, you get kicked out to a loading screen and then into that screen in the app. So clicking "unlock door" in the SPG Glance actually opened the SPG app, and showed me the button again. And then I wasn't on the Glances screen anymore. It's not a major thing, but it took me a few seconds to understand what was going on.
We Live in an Age of Irrational Parenting
Between 1969 and 2009, the number of elementary- and middle-school students who walked or biked to school dropped from 48 percent to 13, according to the Department of Transportation. (I am here reminded of one of my favorite lines from Phineas and Ferb , in which Candace time-travels to a dystopian future and discovers that swing-sets were remade into hospital beds, and “eventually children themselves were child-proofed and stored away until adulthood.”) When I was doing research for my book on parenthood , I was struck by how reluctant the parents I interviewed — it didn’t matter where they lived — were to send their children beyond their front lawns. The excesses of tabloid television were responsible for some of it: Inflamed by reports they’d seen of kidnappings on cable news (or, worse, suburban legends born of these reports) they inscribed small, Green-zone perimeters around their homes. The transparency of sex offender registries, which in some states are online, accounted for some mothers’ and fathers’ anxiety, too, because these compendia made tangible what was once theoretical: the addresses (generally nearby) of the predators among us.
Why a Just-Smart-Enough Watch Is Better Than an Apple Watch
I picked up one of these bands a few weeks ago. The band is half organizer and half fitness band. It allows you to preview texts, emails and phone calls, and it has the best sensor package of any fitness product, including GPS, Accelerometer/Gyrometer, Optical heart rate monitor, Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors, Ambient Light Sensor, and even a UV sensor. With all of these sensors, the band doesn't just track steps - it tracks workouts, and can even offer suggested workout routines. I am looking forward to trying out the new bike tracker when the weather breaks.
There Is No ‘Proper English’
While I technically agree with many Mr. Kamm's comments I do wonder about class distinctions becoming more pronounced and the popularly discussed decline of the Middle Class perhaps due to behaviors, such as language. If one in four children go to bed hungry, are they also part of a single mother household? Will they also not hear literally thousands of words so that their deficient vocabulary will mark their class upon entry to school whether at age 3,4,5, or 6? Shall we abandon language arts exams in non-english speaking communities? Do we want politicians dropping their "g's" when speaking with some audiences? Do you want your grandchildren stigmatized by their language? Yes, languages can and do change but that does not mean no standards. Call me a scold.
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2015 [SLIDE DECK]
The Internet of Things market will soon be bigger than the PC, smartphone, and tablet markets combined.
Our unhealthy obsession with choice
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we're making collectively.
For Thunderbolt and Lightning, USB-C is very, very frightening
Even if it would make the world a better place by harmonizing all mobile devices around a single cable standard, replacing Lightning with USB Type-C appears unlikely. There's no reason why Lightning and USB Type-C can't coexist: Apple just needs to put one connector on either side of the cable (and probably bundle that cable in its next iPhone's box). The newly detailed Apple Watch also shows that the company isn't quite ready to fully commit to Type-C for all its wired needs. In spite of representing the latest in Apple's technology, the Watch uses a full-size USB plug for its charging cradle, making it slightly less futuristic but a lot more widely compatible.
NYPD caught red-handed sanitizing police brutality Wikipedia entries
One of the edits changed "Garner raised both his arms in the air" to "Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke." Another line that said "push Garner's face into the sidewalk" changed to "push Garner's head down into the sidewalk." The word "chokehold," Capital New York discovered, was twice replaced to "chokehold or headlock" and to "respiratory distress."
Tesla Model S: A second step towards a cleaner motoring future - CNET
This is a Tesla Model S. It's an electric car.
A useable one at that.
Every time someone sees one they say how wonderful it is.
And how it's the future.
The model S and Tesla is the brainchild of Elon Musk, the guy behind PayPal and SpaceX, a sort of intergalactic delivery service for the International Space Station.
Now he's using his not inconsiderable wealth to do what you'd hope every rich businessman would do, build awesome cars and go to space.
In that respect, he's a little bit like Tony Stark.
Even named his company after Nikola Tesla, the chap who came up with alternating current and revolutionized our lives.
Guess which fuel it works with exclusively?
Tesla was an underappreciated genius who discovered plenty of things long before they were officially invented.
Things like X-ray, radio, radar.
The model S is the company's second car, the first being the Roadster, a Lotus Elise based open-top that could go-around 100 miles on a charge and top 60 miles an hour in under four seconds.
It was a gateway car.
The Roadster was something of a rolling shop front for Tesla.
Shitphone: A Love Story
The first day with shitphone was one long sigh of relief. Everything worked, or at least seemed to work. There was no app I needed that I couldn’t download. I chatted on GroupMe and checked Instagram and took pictures and texted and made some calls. I went for a run and listened to music that streamed from the internet. I dictated directions to Google Maps and it got me where I was supposed to go. Typing was a little slow, and Gmail would pause for moments, but as a proof of concept shitphone was performing better than expected. For a tenth of the price of the iPhone I had begun to resent I was getting nearly all of the functionality. At the end of the day — an active one — I had some charge left. Nice, nice, nice. I set my alarm, and the next morning it woke me up.
What I learned as a kid in jail
As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.
Davek Alert Umbrella Preview - CNET
You actually have to grab the motion-sensor-equipped umbrella for its alert feature to "wake up" -- only then will it be able to send you alerts throughout the day. So basically, it does nothing for those of you who regularly forget to pack your umbrellas when you're heading out in the morning. These sleep/awake modes do save you from getting pinged every single time you and your umbrella are separated by more than 30 feet, though.
Your State's Most Popular Unique Google Search Is Super-Embarrassing
There is one search term that your state Googles more than any other state and, unless you live in Maine or Tennessee, it's probably really, really embarrassing. Estately compiled these unique searches, which range from the sad — Arizona's "Conjugal Visits" — to the disturbing — Missouri's "Family Circus."
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Consider: Apple, with its $650 cellphones and $1,500 computers, already makes perhaps the fifth or sixth most expensive item in a high-income household, right behind furniture, luxury goods, TV’s, cars, and homes. And guess what? They’re now in the luxury goods business. There are rumors that they’ve been trying to make a TV for some time. Reports suggest they are investing heavily in making a car. These are high-ticket items, and that’s why the most important thing the Apple Watch might do for Apple is get us used to the idea that Apple makes goods worth spending many thousands of dollars on. More to the point: goods which, like TVs and Cars, are meant to last not just a couple years, but perhaps ten years and beyond. If the Apple Watch is even a modest success among luxury consumers, you can bet the company will be that much more confident about moving into categories such as cars.
A Brief History Of User Experience Design
So, just I have been preaching since the term was invented, it's pretty much "design." The industry is confused and now companies know they need someone with that title because their competitor has one. And due to this trend, students are graduating and changing their resumes to so sound more "user-experienced" focused.....not because they weren't already, but because they know the industry doesn't know what they need and will just hire them anyway. If you didn't make that building, public space, product, piece of furniture, food, website, or interface that will create a positive user-experience, then you didn't really design it very well it in the first place. You don't need a UX designer to tell you how to make it better, you need to be a better designer period.
Britain’s housing crisis is a human disaster. Here are 10 ways to solve it
These arguments are only part of the story. Another reason is that inflation in housing – so taboo when it comes to other commodities – has since the 1980s been celebrated by governments and encouraged by policies on taxation and borrowing. Prices are pushed up further by recent initiatives such as the changes to pension pot rules which allow people 55 and over to invest theirs in property. Meanwhile, the Thatcher government stopped local authorities from building more housing. Right To Buy took affordable homes out of the available stock and were not replaced. Some were resold as investments, and rented out for profit. A wasteful loop was created, whereby councils now find themselves paying high rents to private landlords, in order to house their homeless in properties that once belonged to the council.
These are the silly URLs the NSA uses for cyber espionage
Security researchers this week discovered an NSA cyber espionage program that installs malware in hard drive firmware, making it hard to detect or delete. It's serious stuff, but there's a light side to this story.
Juggling as art ... and science
Michael Moschen puts on a quietly mesmerizing show of juggling. Don't think juggling is an art? You might just change your mind after watching Moschen in motion.
How Apple's embrace of the new USB points to world without wires - CNET
Apple's reliance on a single, more powerful version of the USB port in its new MacBook might alienate customers today, but analysts say the company is leading the way to future PC design.
Beware online "filter bubbles"
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
I lusted after the new MacBook, but here's why I won't buy one - CNET
I'm left with a couple of options. Most likely, I'll stick with my Air for another year and wait to see what the second-generation MacBook looks like. I expect there to be plenty of third-party USB-C adapters on the market to choose from by then. That also gives Apple time to refine the new keyboard and trackpad tech. The anticipated arrival of faster next-gen Intel processors could also ease my concerns about the performance of the MacBook's Core M processor. In the meantime, I might even take a fresh look at a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or a regular 11-inch MacBook Air .