The smallest 3D-printed drill in the world is useless but beautiful
A man has just created the world's smallest 3D-printed working drill and it is perfect.
Tampons that change the world, one period at a time
For every feminine hygiene order you purchase through SHEVA, the company provides sanitary pads to girls in need, and educates them about their bodies.
If Ship Your Enemies Glitter wasn't enough, there is now a NSFW option
Following the success of Ship Your Enemies Glitter, Dicks by Mail sends NSFW gummies to the person of your choice.
Amazon just got permission from the FAA to start testing its delivery drones in the US
Unfortunately those new rules, and the exemption granted to Amazon today, insist that the drones remain within line of sight of the pilot at all times. In Amazon's case they must also have "at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification." Those kind of restrictions make sense for initial testing, but would definitely prevent the rollout of any scaleable commercial operation if they remain in place, since they severly limit the use of autonomous drones over a meaningful distance.
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Donate to This Kickstarter and Daryl Dixon Could Leave Your Outgoing Message! - IGN
For $1,000 USD, you'll be able to enjoy a spaghetti dinner with Herschel Green himself, Scott Wilson. Got even more cash burning a hole in your pocket? $3,000 USD will get you either a milk and cookies date with Melissa McBride (Carol) or a day at the shooting range with Michael Rooker (safety waiver required).
Yahoo Pulls the Plug on China Operations
Yahoo Inc. is withdrawing its remaining operations in China, laying off between 200 and 300 employees and shutting down its Beijing research center, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The Manager Who Blogged His Team To Happiness And Productivity
Early on in his new role, Richard realized that top-down management wouldn't work at HubSpot. Like many startups, the Internet marketing company tries to give its teams as much autonomy as possible. "This is a world in which giving people the freedom to explore and innovate really leads to great things," explained Richard. Freedom is great and all, but where does a manager fit in? Richard, who worked at more traditional organizations before coming to HubSpot last year, said learning to lead the 130 engineers and product managers at HubSpot felt like working out different muscles. "A lot of it is giving the team information they need to understand the context, and understand the higher-order goals, and let them to figure out how to optimize inside of that," he said.
Launcher headed back to iOS App Store after removal last year [Update: You can download it now]
Launcher is available in the App Store again. Launcher is available for free, and the Pro version is available for $3.99 as an in-app purchase. You can use the download link below. It is rolling out currently so it may take sometime to be available to everyone. Let us know your location, and if you were able to download it in the comments below.
9 great places to watch the solar eclipse in the UK and Ireland
Scopes and Space is happening at the Papal Cross in Dublin's Phoenix Park, which is one of the largest walled parks in Europe and home to a herd of wild fallow deer. Eclipse glasses will be available on the way in and the organisers are setting up special solar telescopes. More information here .
Apple releases Safari 7.1.5, and 6.2.5 betas to developers with new features and bug fixes
Apple releases Safari 7.1.5, and 6.2.5 betas to developers with new features and bug fixes
By AppleInsider Staff
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 03:40 pm PT (06:40 pm ET)
Apple on Wednesday seeded a round of Safari betas to developers for testing, following up on a version for OS X 10.10 Yosemite that contained references to the upcoming Photos app.
The latest Safari betas come one day after Apple released public versions of its Web browser to fix WebKit security flaws. Today's seeds for Safari 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 are compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, respectively.
Like previous Safari betas, Apple's most recent seeds ask developers to focus on a slew of testing areas, including using multiple displays with Smart Search, adding new Google accounts to Internet Accounts by visiting a Google website, navigation using VoiceOver, extension compatibility and general website compatibility. In addition, a number of focus areas involve WebKit assets.
Interestingly, the release notes state certain features are only compatible with Safari 8.
As for Gibson, insiders are wondering whether she might decide to pursue a new job elsewhere. She'd presumably have opportunities back in New York, where Gibson forged strong relationships, and which she was reluctant to leave when Rusbridger decided it was time to bring her home, according to sources familiar with Gibson's thinking. It wouldn't strain credulity, for instance, to imagine Gibson landing at a new-media titan like Buzzfeed, where she already has a strong rapport with Smith.
Konami Responds to Queries Over Hideo Kojima Leaving Rumours - IGN
What’s not clear at the minute is whether there’s a company-wide rebranding happening at Konami, or whether Kojima has left the company but will stay on in a different role. When we spoke to Kojima recently, he was keen to emphasise Metal Gear Solid V will be the last entry in the series and, if this is any indication, it certainly will be for the man who started it all. The promise of "future announcements" suggests we may have spotted some information Konami wasn't ready to start talking about just yet.
PGA Tour & MasterCard expand Apple Pay use to merch, concessions at Arnold Palmer Invitational
PGA Tour & MasterCard expand Apple Pay use to merch, concessions at Arnold Palmer Invitational
By Neil Hughes
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 08:09 am PT (11:09 am ET)
The PGA Tour's support of Apple Pay will expand with the upcoming Arnold Palmer Invitational event, where fans will be able to purchase both merchandise and concessions with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
The 37th annual tournament, featuring the top five golfers in the world, is being played this week in the town of Bay Hill in Central Florida. Through a sponsorship with MasterCard and QkR!, the event supports the "latest payment technologies," including the market leader, Apple Pay.
MasterCard and the PGA Tour have been early adopters of Apple Pay, debuting support at the Waste Management Open in January. But that event featured limited support, only accepting Apple Pay for select food and beverage concessions.
This week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, however, will feature contactless payment support at all merchandise and concessions terminals, meaning Apple Pay compatibility has been greatly expanded.
Microsoft to release lowest-priced Lumia smartphone yet
Building on the launch earlier this year of two low-cost Lumia phones, Microsoft has taken the price down even further for its latest smartphone.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all users worldwide [Updated]
The arrival of Windows 10 heralds a different way of doing business for Microsoft. While Windows licenses have historically been a huge source of income for Microsoft, it's now moving towards a more service-based model ; instead of a large up-front license cost for Windows, Microsoft will instead leverage services such as Skype, Office 365, and Software Assurance subscriptions. For this new modus operandi to be successful, it's very important that Microsoft gets everyone onto the same common platform—Windows 10—rather than a bunch of fractured, older operating systems. A free upgrade across the board, including an armistice with the pirates, will be very effective at moving everyone to Windows 10.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-order opens Friday in UK
While it’ll be available to order from a range or retailers – Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Three, EE and O2, among others – customers who pre-order from the Samsung Experience Store or directly from Samsung.com will get their handsets a day earlier than everyone else, on April 9. Everyone else will have to wait until the following day.
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AI in the workplace
"I don't see the technology replacing employees any time soon, especially as it's mostly used in decision support," says High at IBM. "None of these systems are good at making decisions for you." Like the Watson Oncology machine, smart machines that he's familiar with typically list suggestions rather than give a firm answer. "Decisions have to be made in context, and not all contexts, such as an awareness of a patient's stated preferences, show up in the data," he explains.
Uber Faces Legal Challenges In France, South Korea And Germany
It’s not over for UberPOP in France, but this incessant fight between Uber, the government and other official institutions shows that nobody knows what they should do. Uber is providing something intrinsically new when it comes to urban transportation. There are many concerns when it comes to employment, existing taxi driving licenses and more. Uber is pushing as hard as it can to be able to operate as freely as possible, while the government is still making up its mind about the relatively new company.
Why you should use LinkedIn Pulse to self-publish
Self-publishing via LinkedIn Pulse — or writing blog posts on LinkedIn that target its vast user base — can help you gain visibility in your industry, make new connections and find new career opportunities.
Anti-censorship group in China faces DDoS attack
An activist group working to end China's Internet censorship is facing an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that threatens to cripples its activities.
PSN Maintenance Announced for Monday - IGN
During this downtime, PS4 owners will only be able to play online if your console is activated as your Primary system and you've recently signed into you Sony Entertainment Network account and had your details cached. PS3 and Vita users, meanwhile, don't need to worry about the Primary system malarkey, but should still sign in recently beforehand to make sure connectivity is available.
Branson says Virgin working on electric cars: Bloomberg TV
"We have teams of people working on electric cars," Branson told Bloomberg TV in Miami where his Virgin Racing team competed in the all-electric Formula E race that involves battery-powered cars. "So you never know, you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens."
Anti-Censorship Service Greatfire Is Under Attack
Greatfire , a service that monitors blocked websites in China, is suffering from a DDOS attack that is sending 2.6 billion requests per hour to its servers – a 2500% increase in traffic – with the aim of destroying the business.
Satechi Universal Smartphone CD Slot Mount review
If you’ve ever shopped for a smartphone car mount you likely understand just how many options are available. And while a wide variety sounds like good news, it can also make it somewhat difficult to finalize a purchase. This was my situation about six-months ago. I was looking for a car mount, but I was afraid to commit in fear of having it end up in the trash bin. But one day I was playing around on Google+ and saw a mount mentioned so I decided to take a chance.
To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar's new album is perfect
It’s a strange feeling. Music can elicit a number of emotions — tears, unbridled happiness, a wave of calmness, a strong stank face — but fear usually isn’t drawn out by music. It’s not something that artists strive to pull out of their audience. And yet that’s where I found myself on Sunday night, sitting in a restaurant in Harlem when I got the message that Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly had been released a week before its March 23rd date. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to hear it yet. I needed time to prepare. There’s too much riding on this album.
Microsoft’s Lumia Range Just Got Even Cheaper With The New $70 Lumia 430
Beyond the (unlocked) price and dual SIM capability — something which is popular in India and other parts of Asia — the Lumia 430 is what you’d expect from a budget Microsoft offering. The four-inch device comes with a two-megapixel camera, and specs that are identical to its Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 cousins. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon, with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of on-device storage. The latter is, of course, upgradable via a MicroSD card.
Health records are the new credit cards
Forget credit card numbers. The hot new data for the modern bad guy is the electronic health record, which is not only worth more on the black market, but is easier to get.
Get 6 Elite Courses & Over 45 Hours of In-Depth Instruction
Alex Yang spent four years at Harvard studying math, then two years at The Boston Consulting Group studying PowerPoint. Alex taught himself to code over the course of 6 months and realized there must be an easier way to learn. After boiling it down to the most fundamental concepts, he created The Startup’s Guide to Web Development with Ruby on Rails.
How we treat Ebola -- and why we must do better
It is, to be honest, one of the weirder conference booths of all time. But as Bill Gates, who went through the whole suiting up process himself, said onstage at TED, we need to be aware of the current, often makeshift approach to treating disease epidemics — and we need to do better. “We’re not ready for the next epidemic,” he said. “The failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating than Ebola.”
Monica Lewinsky: 'Shame is an industry and the currency is clicks'
is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
Uber overtakes yellow taxis in NYC
"Uber having an unlimited number of cars means no drivers - taxi or black car and livery - will earn a decent living," said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an advocacy group for drivers of both Uber cars and yellow taxis.
Slack's Team Messaging App Is Now Available For Windows
Previously, only an OS X app was available. Today’s news means that you can run it outside your browser on a Windows machine.
Forget flagship phones, Microsoft’s back with the $70 Lumia 430
Here’s what the Lumia 430 is all about. It has a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, and is powered by a Snapdragon 200 processor, running at 1.2GHz. There’s good news on the memory front, as the phone has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, plus a MicroSD card slot to up this by a whopping 128GB. For a phone that costs $70 unconnected, that’s pretty good.
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Rovio's 3D Angry Birds Movie Will Have Cost More than $160m by the Time It Lands
Remember 2009? A time when all anyone could play or talk about seemed to be Angry Birds? Well, it’s not 2009 any more and the company’s financial position isn’t faring quite as healthily as it was back then, which is why it’s hoping its upcoming Angry Birds movie will help put it back on track to mega-profits.
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One Project Loon ballon delivered internet from Chile to Australia
It's been interesting watching Google's Project Loon progress , and the latest test run for the balloon-based internet service is perhaps the most impressive. A single balloon recently launched from New Zealand and traveled some 5,500 miles (9,000 kilometers) across the Pacific Ocean to Chile where Google started putting it through its paces. Once in the South American country's airspace, Project Loon members issued a command for the balloon to change altitude and hit a wind pattern that caused it to cut its 80 KPH (almost 50 MPH) speed by a quarter. That gave the ground team a chance to use smartphones to test the airborne LTE network's mettle.
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The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous
As an organization, Alcoholics Anonymous has no real central authority—each AA meeting functions more or less autonomously—and it declines to take positions on issues beyond the scope of the 12 steps. (When I asked to speak with someone from the General Service Office, AA’s administrative headquarters, regarding AA’s stance on other treatment methods, I received an e-mail stating: “Alcoholics Anonymous neither endorses nor opposes other approaches, and we cooperate widely with the medical profession.” The office also declined to comment on whether AA’s efficacy has been proved.) But many in AA and the rehab industry insist the 12 steps are the only answer and frown on using the prescription drugs that have been shown to help people reduce their drinking.
Bladerunner Model Shop
Images from slides taken during the construction of the miniatures for the film "Bladerunner"
Where to watch Friday's solar eclipse
A total solar eclipse will take place tomorrow as the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth. Although only a small part of the world will experience the full eclipse — known as a totality — residents of Europe and even North Africa and Asia can enjoy a partial eclipse in the morning. Astronomers say the eclipse is set to be particularly striking, as the Moon is currently at the point of its elliptical orbit closest to the Earth — a configuration technically known as the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system but more memorably dubbed the "supermoon."
Tim Cook On Apple's Future: Everything Can Change Except Values
To have to hear the word "values" in the same sentence as Apple is beyond absurd. Apple, specifically Steve Jobs, and Cook, and anyone else who makes their $$$$$$ on the backs of Commie Slave wage labor AND lack of environmental oversight, while at the same time, disrespecting the US Worker are nothing more than Greedy American Capitalist Pigs. FoxConn and Apple are Peas in a Pod when it comes to exploiting Workers, wherever they are. If Steve Jobs (rip) was a "Genius", Larry, Moe, and Curley were at least Rhodes Scholars. But, there sure are a lot of mindless morons running around with their heads firmly inserted in Apple Azz, so things will probably continue. If you don't know who I'm talking about, it is the folks who wait in line all night to buy the latest piece of Commie Created iCRAP that they just can't LIVE without. What a pack of Morons. I apologize to Pigs for associating them with American Capitalists. My bad, Piggies. You are better than that.
Women-In-STEM Pioneer: You Can Always Tell An Ambitious Woman By The Shape Of Her Head
Running the business was never easy. Shirley changed her name from Stephanie to Steve when writing business letters, so that she could get through the door at meetings before people realized she was a woman. "You can always tell ambitious women by the shape of our heads. They’re flat on top from being patted patronizingly," she said.
24 Carrot Cake
This is the MOST EXPENSIVE CAKE IN THE WORLD! Well ok, not really, but my 24 Carrot Cake is definitely the most expensive LOOKING cake and it tastes like a million bucks, so I count that as close. (A food friend for the new gold MacBook Pro...)
How stories are told around the world
Calypso developed in the early 20th century in Trinidad, where the lyrics, which described local life and neighborhood dramas, were used as a tool to share news and shine a light on everything from the challenges of a banana farmer to local political corruption. As a political tool, calypso was often subject to censorship by the government. “Song is a popular form of expression in all Caribbean storytelling,” says Maxine Alexander, a Jamaican-American artist and storyteller. “Reggae and calypso deal very heavily in political injustice and social disparity, so storytellers use this musical platform to express things that couldn’t be spoken about. We’re singing about the stories around us in daily life.”
The World Changing Ideas Of 2015
Here's a scenario that seems plausible if we continue down our current path of only vaguely paying attention to climate change: There's a drought in northern China, almost certainly exacerbated by global warming. People are dying. There's famine and huge waves of migration out of the region. The government, not known for being calm in a crisis, faces enormous social unrest, and so it resorts to a drastic plan to change the weather, spraying sulfate aerosols—a combination of water vapor and sulfur—out of jets flying high in the sky. The wind carries the aerosols across the planet, eventually increasing the Earth's albedo (its ability to reflect sunlight back into space) enough that the process of global warming is offset, even if greenhouse gas levels continue to build up in the atmosphere. The earth's warming is alleviated for a time and, as a result, so are China's droughts.
Researchers can now 3D-print nose cartilage in 16 minutes
Even though this technology has the potential to personalize medicine and create body-replicating magic, bioprinting and research is an expensive and exhaustive process that prevents cellular 3D printer cartridges from being widely available in hospitals just yet. "The potential of 3D bioprinting in future is that it is the ultimate technology to regenerate patient specific shape of tissue or even organs," says Kesti. "There is no better way to make the shape than 3D printing so it is worth investigating the technology." His lab, equipped with a majestic bioprinter that can create a cartilage in roughly 16 minutes, is now ready for pre-clinical trials. If the cellular concoction becomes a viable option for human trials, it could make bioprinted cartilage implants far more successful than their silicone counterparts.
The village that fell asleep: mystery illness perplexes Kazakh scientists
For the last two years the residents of Kalachi have been falling into unexplained bouts of sleep - sometimes for weeks at a time. With no cause yet identified, Joanna Lillis meets the victims resisting relocation by the authorities
With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero
Meet Jellynote , a French startup that provides a new yet familiar experience for learning music. With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. But the killer feature is a Guitar Hero-like mode that takes advantage of your microphone. It’s like playing the video game, but with a real guitar — you can see in real time if you are playing the right note and follow your progress on the score.
Screens May Be Terrible for You, and Now We Know Why | WIRED
For more than 3 billion years, life on Earth was governed by the cyclical light of sun, moon and stars. Then along came electric light, turning night into day at the flick of a switch. Our bodies and brains may not have been ready.