4K vs. HD: Here's the Difference
We've zoomed in to 4K and HD video to really see the distinctions in clarity.
White House to 20-Somethings: Sign Up for Healthcare Because YOLO
Hey, uninsured 20-somethings, the White House wants you to sign up for healthcare because YOLO. Join the ACA Bracket.
Lando Returns in Billy Dee William's Weird 'Star Wars' Dance
Billy Dee Williams dances the cha cha to the Star Wars theme on Dancing with the Stars.
Latest 'Maleficent' Trailer Reveals Angelina Jolie's Darkest Role Yet [VIDEO]
The third 'Maleficent' trailer takes a deeper look at Angelina Jolie in her role as the Mistress of All Evil and reveals more of the characters dark past.
Less Tragic Superhero Origins Make a Lot More Sense
Dorkly imagines a world where Batman, Superman and Spiderman's childhoods aren't totally depressing.
Create Your Own Interactive Sheet Music on the Web
Soundslice opens their user-friendly service to sheet music.
This Short Horror Film Will Make You Sleep With the Lights On
Be warned: If you're afraid of the dark, you might want to skip this one.
Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says
In short, the Observer writes, Kurzweil believes that Google will soon "know the answer to your question before you have asked it. It will have read every email you've ever written, every document, every idle thought you've ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself."
Apple Concept Design Shows Touch ID on Larger iPad
Of course, the concept doesn't include any technical specifications, but based on the images, part of the way such a form factor might be achieved is by eliminating the bezel of the device's sides. The designers also envision the larger display as being capable of displaying 4K video content.
An Incredible Fantasy World Mapped With Google Street View | Raw File | Wired.com
From German forests to the French Pyrenees, from the Rock of Gibraltar to Iceland’s tundra, artist Aaron Hobson spends endless hours traversing continents looking for eye-catching scenes. He’s a digital tourist and travel photographer, grabbing images from exotic locales in Google Street View (GSV) rather than mess with planes, climbing gear, or snow shoes.
Scientists will attempt to clone a 43,000 year-old woolly mammoth | News | Geek.com
An international team of researchers in Yakutsk, Russia are currently examining a remarkable specimen — a 43,000 year-old woolly mammoth. The animal was discovered last year embedded in a block of ice on Lyakhovsky Island, in the far north of Siberia. The amazing state of preservation has led the team to say they have a realistic chance to clone a mammoth.
The Narwhal's Tusk Is Filled With Nerves. But Why? - Wired Science
He found that narwhal heart rates rose in response to high salt concentrations, presumably because these concentrations normally suggest that the sea is freezing and entrapment is possible. The animals’ heart rates dropped when the tusks were washed with fresh water, suggesting they could detect this change. But, Nweeia says, salt is just one of many environmental stimuli the tusks could be sensing. “Our premise was just to open the pathway for people understand that this is a sensory organ,” he says. “Now the pathway is open for people, including ourselves, to look at other variables it might also detect.”
The Force of March Madness: Inside the Ultimate Star Wars Tournament
Into that gloomy yet hopeful atmosphere came "This is Madness," a bracket-style tournament featuring the brightest lights of the fictional Star Wars universe. The brainchild of Matt Martin, Lucasfilm's Manager of Digital Content and Community Relations, "This is Madness" was the NCAA for the geek set; fantasy football with an emphasis on the fantasy. Its first year of operation saw a stunning 2.5 million votes cast for Lucasfilm's characters.
The Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels | Danger Room | Wired.com
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is building technology that will allow the military to capture solar power in orbit and project it back down to Earth. Not only would space solar potentially save the Pentagon buckets of cash, but it could simplify military deployments. Fuel tankers would no longer have to reach remote or volatile areas, and missions could run longer without having to return to base to refuel.
A Tiny Mobile Printer That Polaroids Your Instagram Pics | Raw File | Wired.com
Well, just as technology did away with a once-hot love affair with printed photos, so can it rekindle the flame. To that end, LifePrint is proposing to build small, battery-powered mobile printers that are internet-connected and read from a LifePrint mobile app.
Apple Retires iPad 2, Replaces It With Fourth-Gen Retina iPad
In addition to the Retina screen and the faster processor, one of the important differences between the two models is the lightning connector, which the iPad 2 didn't have. The only devices in Apple Store that still sport the old 30-pin connector are the iPhone 4S and the iPod classic .
'An Offer I Couldn't Refuse': 10 Early Employees Discuss Startup Life
On work and play... Our office is loud and rambunctious, and I wouldn't want it any other way, because it reminds me every day how easy it is to be myself and not sweat the small stuff. Our senior staff encourages us to take risks and do things differently, and because of that we end up with some pretty awesome pet projects, like “video jams” (kind of like “code jam,” but for making videos). It’s great because a lot of my coworkers came from the Vimeo community first, so internally, we're a reflection of the online community of directors and filmmakers that are creating amazing and passionate content every day. It’s easy to forget sometimes just how talented your coworkers are outside the office, but then we'll have a screening of videos that our staff have created, and you're reminded how amazing it is to work with these people. Not only is everyone here so brilliant, but since everyone feels pretty open to be themselves, I’ve managed to make some amazing lifelong friends that I love hanging out with both inside and outside the office. Also, dog Fridays rule.
Apple reportedly launching a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c on March 18th (updated)
Apple doesn't talk about how many iPhone 5c devices it sells, but the rumors are that it's not doing as well as its two siblings . According to leaked documents from O2 Germany , Cupertino is looking to boost its middle child by launching an 8GB version that'll retail for 60 euros less than the current 16GB model. What does this spell for the "bottom tier" iPhone 4S , which is currently offered to customers for free on two-year deals? We couldn't possibly speculate, but if this trimmed-down hardware is appearing in Germany, it's probably going to launch everywhere else in the world, too.
The finalists of the Sony World Photography Awards are just stunning
Like, holy crap. Can you believe that that picture above is actually a photograph of wildebeests in Kenya and not some painting that is hung in a decorated hall of an art museum? It's unreal. It looks like fantasy land. But it's from a photo competition. In Focus shared the shortlist of winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and they're simply awesome.
Giant Google Chrome-Enhanced Textile Sculpture in Vancouver
The people of Vancouver got their very own eye candy Monday, in the form of a humongous, glistening interactive art installation—called Unnumbered Sparks—floating high above the waterfront near the Convention Center. Constructed with featherweight fibers, the sculpture is anchored to the roof of a nearby skyscraper.
Pixel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In The Gig Economy
Some of those are obviously out of the question from the start. Nobody searching Airbnb (more than $300 million in funding) will select a slowly deflating air mattress in my Brooklyn living room/kitchen/office/dining room/gym/guest room. I don't have a car, thus disqualifying me from working for Lyft (more than $80 million in funding), Uber (more than $300 million in funding), and the peer-to-peer car sharing services Getaround and RelayRides ($19 million and $18 million in funding, respectively). I also quickly cross parking spot marketplace ParkatmyHouse (undisclosed seed funding) off my list. I don't even know anybody in New York City who owns a parking spot, but I imagine it would be like owning a helicopter pad anywhere else in the country. I consider what I own to determine if there's something that would be of value to share with others for money, but it seems I don't own anything that seems like a viable rental candidate. Not even a snow blower or ping pong table. It also seems that the founders of platforms that allow rentals of such assets, like Snapgoods (undisclosed seed funding) and Rentstuff ($835,000 in funding), have since moved on to other ideas.
Frozen Underground for 1,500 Years, a Moss Comes Back to Life - Wired Science
Scientists have an awesome word for things that look like they’re dead but aren’t really dead: cryptobiosis. Crypto for hidden, and biosis for life. Lots of organisms can do this. Scientists have previously revived microbes stuck in permafrost for tens of thousands of years. But for multicellular organisms like plants and animals, the record for suspended animation has been a decade or two at most.
Sharing what’s up our sleeve: Android coming to wearables
Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand. These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love. But we're only at the beginning; we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology. That’s why we’re so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word.
Android Wear: Information that moves with you
Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you:
Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
A New App Turns Your Instagrams Into Nail Art
Angel Anderson, one of the app's creators, was inspired by her love of Instagram . While images on the social network have a certain level of impermanence — showing up on your feed only to be quickly replaced by others — NailSnaps lets those photos have a place in the real world for a little bit longer. Plus, Anderson was on the hunt for unique designs that wouldn't take a lot of time to create.
9 Ways to Make Extra Cash From Spring Cleaning
Gift cards are the ultimate "I didn't really know what to get you" present, but sometimes that in itself can be a hit or miss. If you have cards you know you'll never use that are just bulking up your wallet, sell or trade them on Gift Card Granny. As long as the balance is between $20 and $300, you can mail it in to the company and it will send you back a check in the mail.
Congress Just Undid The 1 Good Thing It's Done On Climate Change
WASHINGTON -– Congress approved changes to the federal flood insurance program in June 2012 that lawmakers said then would fix the program's problems and make it more financially stable. The bipartisan reforms phased out subsidies for high-risk coastal properties, which onlookers concerned about climate change said was key to discouraging unsustainable coastal development. It was perhaps the only good thing on climate that Congress had done in a really long time.
Einstein's Gravitational Waves Discovered
Cosmic inflation, meanwhile, was proposed by MIT’s Alan Guth (who attended the CfA press conference) in 1979 and explains why the universe appears to be bigger than its age suggests. Guth theorised that when the universe went through a phase change – akin to the change when a liquid becomes a solid – it released huge amounts of energy, enough to cause it to swell faster than the speed of light for a violent instant, at a time when the entire universe was lest than the size of a single proton.
Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month
Meanwhile, the price of online storage is falling steadily toward zero. This week, Google slashed the price of storage on Google Drive , dropping the price for storing 1 terabyte of data from $49.99 a month to $9.99 a month. Dropbox consumer storage tops out at 500 gigabytes for $49.99 a month. Company founder Drew Houston has said in the past that users care more about having a service that works than how many gigabytes they are using, but that could change as Dropbox’s rivals continue offering more space for less money. Building specialized tools for businesses offers Dropbox a new revenue stream in the short term, and a hedge against the potential decline of its consumer business over the long term.
We're Not Ready For The Intensity Of A Nicolas Cage Art Show
He once owned a pet octopus . He has a tattoo of a lizard in a top hat on his back, so the rumors go. He bought a pyramid-shaped tomb in New Orleans to serve as his final resting place and he brings more intensity to the big screen than any creature, human or otherwise, to ever be on film. He is Nicolas Cage and, thanks to the creativity of a bold super fan, there's going to be an art exhibition all about him.
Why Do Birds Sing in the Morning? - Wired Science
You may have noticed a cacophony of birdsong in the wee hours of the morning. Scientists call this the dawn chorus. It can start as early as 4:00 a.m. and last several hours. Birds can sing at any time of day, but during the dawn chorus their songs are often louder, livelier, and more frequent. It’s mostly made up of male birds, attempting to attract mates and warn other males away from their territories.
Online Memorial Planned for Joel Green, Who Inspired 'That Dragon, Cancer'
Ryan Green and his co-developer Josh Larson surprised everyone after they first began demo-ing a game called That Dragon, Cancer sometime last year. It was an intimate , heartbreaking lens into the Green family's experiences in raising their son Joel, who was diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour four years ago and has been fighting cancer ever since. "It is a video game composed of pain and hope," Ryan wrote on the game's website . "It is a story about my son. It is a script written day by day." In the very last update on Joel's website before the announcement of his passing , his mother Amy wrote about how medical personnel had advised in favor of continuous IV pain medication, before going on to tell them to "come off the steroids" as they were toxic, painful, and would, at most, only provide Joel with a few extra days. Amy went on to explain how they refused to take Joel off the oxygen. "It's hard to imagine that he doesn't need the oxygen. We took him off for a few minutes and walked him around the room, but his lips turned blue pretty quickly, so we put him right back on.
Apple's Upcoming Health App Is the Start of Something Huge | Wired Business | Wired.com
According to the 9-to-5 Mac rundown, Apple Healthbook is an incredibly broad undertaking. It’s designed to track your blood sugar, heart rate, breathing rate, weight, hydration, and physical movements. It even tracks health tests. Pundits are already speculating that it will be a key selling point for Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system or its long-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch or both. We know that Apple has hired fitness guru Jay Blahnik and various engineers with medical sensor experience, which would indicate the company is preparing some sort of wearable health monitoring device.
Scientists Hack Plants With Nanotubes to Supercharge Photosynthesis - Wired Science
By incorporating nanomaterials into the energy-producing structures inside plants, scientists have managed to turn an ordinary plant into a super plant (no phone booth required). The team used carbon nanotubes to enhance the photosynthetic ability of chloroplasts and triple a plant’s energy-producing potential.
A Guide to Boston's Startup Scene
Boston is brimming with entrepreneurial success, as many startup founders have strategically chosen this urban hub for their small business' home. Mayor Marty Walsh recently declared his utmost confidence that Boston will become the "tech capital of the world," and judging from the city's current startup surge, Walsh's prediction may come to fruition.
2 Reported Killed in First Bloodshed of Russia-Ukraine Crisis
KIEV, Ukraine — Shots were fired and two people were reportedly killed during an assault by armed men on a Ukrainian military facility outside the Crimean capital Simferopol on Tuesday. It was the first bloodshed since Russian troops seized the Black Sea peninsula in late February.
How Statisticians Could Help Find That Missing Plane
In the second search, in June and July 2009, two U.S. Navy ships listened for acoustic signals from beacons on the flight data recorder (also called the black box) and the cockpit voice recorder. Searchers designed the ships’ path to ensure that they got within 1,730 meters (a little over a mile) of every point in the area of the Atlantic they were scanning. Metron searchers had to calculate the probability that this search failed not because it was in the wrong area but because the beacons malfunctioned. This step alone, critical in determining how likely it was that a repeat search in that area would yield the wreckage, required several intuitive estimates, or educated guesses, if you like.
The Mashable Community's Best SXSW Photos
Last week's photo challenge garnered submissions ranging from Grumpy Cat selfies to beautiful pictures of Austin landmarks and portraits of the characters roaming 6th Street at night. We've selected a few of our favorites below, but you can view the whole #MySXSW stream here .
Star Wars Episode VII: 'Trio of New Young Leads' to Start Shooting in May
Lucasfilm has been releasing details about the upcoming (and still untitled) Star Wars Episode VII on the slowest of drip feeds — and the latest news is practically a tidal wave by comparison.
Inside Vulfpeck’s Brilliant Spotify Stunt
If you happen to notice your Spotify activity window flooded with plays of Vulfpeck’s latest album “Sleepify,” it is not because of how good the songs are -- as a matter of fact, the 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based funk troupe is using Spotify’s royalty-payment system to fund (and even plot the course of) its upcoming Sleepify Tour.
LG's G Watch Will Be One of the First Android-Wear-Powered Wristables
The report does not include any specs, but the existence of the arm computer has been confirmed to Engadget by LG powers that be. On top of that, Engadget points out that LG and Google have worked closely together on several past devices—two Nexus phones and a Google Play Edition tablet. So considering they've already teamed up, this would be a logical pairing. The G Watch will also draw on Nexus features you know and love, i.e. you'll be able to use all those "Ok Google" commands on your wrist thanks to Google Now. So even if you don't want a smartwatch ever, well, you will have many, many options. [ Engadget ]
Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do | MIT Technology Review
Facebook’s new software, known as DeepFace, performs what researchers call facial verification (it recognizes that two images show the same face), not facial recognition (putting a name to a face). But some of the underlying techniques could be applied to that problem, says Taigman, and might therefore improve Facebook’s accuracy at suggesting whom users should tag in a newly uploaded photo.
Foursquare CEO: How We'll Tell You Where To Eat And What To Order
How do you pop things up in front of you so you don’t have to be on the phone all the time? All the goodness of Foursquare is locked in a thing which is hiding in your pocket. So how can we get Foursquare to wake up at various times and then let the user know, “Hey we found something awesome around the corner that you didn't know about,” or “Hey, you just sat down at this restaurant, you have to order this particular dish.” The mechanism that we are using right now, your phone buzzes and you take it out of your pocket, and you’re like, “Oh Foursquare has something cool to tell me about this place, this neighborhood, this moment.”
Crowdsourced School Homework: Brainly Plans to Teach the US
Brainly does agree that the platform is intended to help people learn, not to copy others’ work, however the startup has yet to come up with a way to solve the problem. Borkowski also implied that at least partially the criticism is coming from teachers who just “don’t like changes.” The company has a plan to launch a hub for teachers to communicate and interact, but this may take a while given that the main principle of prioritizing tasks in Brainly is “students first.”
Please Let This Be Peak Selfie | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Yes, people do take pictures of themselves quite a lot now–probably because they always have cameras. But the reality is that people have always been captivated by their own images, long before we had a clever new term for self-portraiture. Because that’s ultimately all a selfie is: a dumb word for a common practice that’s as old as photography itself(ie). In fact, it even predates photography. You know who was really good at selfies? Van Gogh. I mean, at least he had the decency to cut his ear off to make his selfie more interesting–that beats the hell out of making a duck face, every time. You might be interested to hear that there was once this dude named Narcissus who … ugh. Forget it.
The Google Drive Price Cut Changes The Game For Personal Cloud Storage
What Google has done with its Drive pricing strategy is transform cloud storage from an expensive feature into a commodity function available for a nominal fee. This could change the entire business model for personal storage companies like Evernote and Dropbox and every company in the personal cloud space is now on notice.
America's Most Social Small Business Is...
With a glance at any of the brand's social platforms, it is evident that Sevenly is truly connecting people around the world. Though our competition isn't about how amazing each company's message or mission is — it's about how they utilize social to get that message across — it's clear that a brand with as inspirational a mantra and purpose as Sevenly's resonates well with the online community. Yes, Sevenly is trying to sell clothes; but ultimately, its larger aim is to change the world, and social media helps to makes this lofty goal possible.
Meet The Wearable Gadget That Outsources Your Personal Trainer To India
Each coach has a background in personal fitness and has spent around two months studying a 118-page manual with chapters on nutrition and even cognitive behavioral therapy.
From this April, they’ll start coaching around 1,000 people in India, all taking part in a beta phase for GOQii. The company plans to start selling its service in the United States at the end of this year, likely for more than what it charges in India, and by then have hundreds of coaches.
Remote fitness coaching is nothing new. Sessions, which connects users with individual trainers, recently got bought out by MyFitnessPal. Chicago-based RetroFit also pairs fitness and nutrition experts with customers, but it charges a minimum $250 per month. Gondal keeps costs low by capitalizing on the experience of local staff in “business process outsourcing,” hiring managers in India from IBM IBM and Wipro Wipro .
“It’s the perfect combination of man and machine,” he says. One other intriguing part of GOQii is its philanthropic play.
Disney Confirms 'Incredibles' and 'Cars' Sequels
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Malaysia Airlines Flight Officially Longest Disappearance in Modern Aviation
According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, 102 airplanes have gone missing, never to be found, dating back to 1948. Only two of them were carrying more than 100 people — Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, which vanished over the Pacific Ocean carrying 93 U.S. soldiers in March 16, 1962.
Tesla Keeps Poaching Prius Buyers, and It's Not Slowing Down | Autopia | Wired.com
All told, Toyota accounts for 15.51 percent of Model S conquest sales. Mercedes-Benz and BMW follow with a little more than 10 percent apiece. Libby posits that Prius owners want a hybrid or electric vehicle, but want something more luxurious and stylish. The Honda Fit EV, Ford Focus Electric, Fiat 500E, and the Nissan Leaf just don’t cut it. Part of that is the audience: As Libby notes, “Model S buyers are very well-off financially,” and their garages have housed everything from Aston Martins and Bentleys to Ferraris and McLarens.
How to Watch March Madness Online
After play-in games wrap up on Wednesday night, the real action begins Thursday morning, with first round games running nearly nonstop through Friday night. Below, find the first round's full schedule of 32 games with the networks carrying each, so you know whether a login is required to watch the madness.
Republican senator accidentally creates a meme by silently staring into your soul
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's campaign got more than it bargained for last week when its strange, silent ad of the senator doing little more than smiling, shaking hands, and pretending to work started to go viral. On Wednesday, one person on YouTube began splicing the footage into classic sitcom openings, placing a smiling McConnell into series including Full House and Family Matters . And the following day, the ad reached an opponent in his home state, who placed text over the ad to give McConnell's silent actions some supposed thoughts.
New Payments Startups Face An Uphill Battle To Disrupt The Credit Card Processing Industry
BII The credit card industry processes a massive volume of transactions — about $4 trillion this year in the U.S., according to BI Intelligence estimates. With so much money in play, it's no wonder that a host of startups are trying to carve out a niche for themselves and offer services to merchants and consumers that will rewrite the value they get from every credit card payment.
11 Must-Know Tricks for Excel Power Users
There are two kinds of Microsoft Excel users in the world: Those who make neat little tables, and those who amaze their colleagues with sophisticated charts, data analysis, and seemingly magical formula and macro tricks. You, obviously, are one of the latter--or are you? Check our list of 11 essential Excel skills to prove it--or discreetly pick up any you might have missed.
Then and now: life in a divided Ukraine
In April 1977, Ukrainian activist Myroslav Marynovych was arrested by Soviet police. He was 28 at the time, and had become an outspoken advocate for human rights, working to raise awareness about ongoing violations in what is now Ukraine. In the eyes of the Soviets, though, his work threatened to undermine state order and it carried a stiff sentence: seven years in a gulag labor camp, followed by five years in exile.
Soundwave Comes to the Desktop with a Chrome Extension
Soundwave says that the expansion to the desktop follows research of the Irish startup’s user base. It seems a popular use case is to build up a personal music library in one place with which users can influence their friends’ tastes. Desktop music listening allows them to share a far larger chunk of their overall listening habits. Indeed, I’ve been using the new extension for a few days and my Soundwave profile has got a lot busier as a result.