Michael Phelps at 15 Proves Even Olympians Have an Awkward Stage
In a video that surfaced on YouTube, a 15-year-old Michael Phelps spoke with a journalist about his young career and life as a teenage swimming phenom.
Are there historical documentations of Jesus outside the Bible?
William Lane Craig addresses whether there are historically attested documentations on Jesus of Nazareth outside the Gospels. The book he speaks of can be fo...
A Brand’s Guide to Managing Misinformation Online
Trying to address every piece of misinformation about your brand online requires a ton of time and resources, so it’s important to pick your battles. In cyberspace, there are a few key factors that brands should weigh when determining when and how to step in and manage misinformation:
San Francisco Giants (and most of MLB) adopt Apple's iBeacon for an enhanced ballpark experience
Generally speaking, iBeacon strategy is controlled by MLB: the league tells teams where to place the hardware and what sorts of stuff can be sent to folks who check in using the technology. For now, that means fans get a welcome message when they check in, and maybe an offer to upgrade their seat or get a discount on concessions. Schlough wouldn't tell us exactly what kind of offers the Giants will be making, but he did say that he's particularly excited about geo-targeting. "It opens up a world of possibilities," he says, indicating that iBeacons could enable the club to send notifications about activities happening nearby (not everyone sits and watches the game from their seat) or target offers for specific parts of the park.
'Baby Suiting' Meme Turns Tykes Into Adorable Businesspeople
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Tech Resources to Optimize Your Diet, Fitness, and Sleep
For example, if you get a bad night of sleep for one reason or another, you have to make the conscious decision to avoid working out the next day because you’ll only be doing harm to your body. By that same token if you are eating lots of wild caught fish and getting adequate sunlight, you make be able to skip out on a fish oil and vitamin D supplement.
Facebook -- with help from Google, LinkedIn, Twitter -- releases MySQL built to scale
The name pretty much says it all: WebScaleSQL. That’s the new open source project Facebook announced on Thursday, which includes early contributions from other web giants that have pushed MySQL to its limits.
IGN Live Presents: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Day - IGN
In anticipation of the April 3 launch of Devastation, the second downloadable expansion to Call of Duty: Ghosts , we're teaming up with Activision to bring you two hours of the first live gameplay, developer insights, and the debut of an exclusive new trailer, direct from Infinity Ward in Los Angeles. Tune in at 11am PT/2pm ET on Tuesday, April 1, as we provide a first look at the DLC's four new maps and Mayday, episode 2 of Extinction.
The End of Arkham: Why Rocksteady Is Done With Batman - IGN
None of this is to say, of course, that Rocksteady's future doesn't involve Batman at all. Warner Bros. and DC Comics could tap Rocksteady for a bigger-picture look at the DC Universe, whether that's in a Superman title, a Justice League game, or a new brand of Bruce Wayne. But Arkham is over for the team, presumably to be continued with WB Games Montreal, the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets Gorgeous New Screenshots - IGN
Dragon Age: Inquisition has received a bunch of new screenshots featuring Dwarven adventurer Varric squaring up to a massive flying lizard.
#Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life
This is just one of the stories in #Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life, which features Fast Company’s most practical and inspiring coverage. Stories about a week in the desert at a detox spa for hyperachieving, hyperstressed execs. Life inside a Norwegian company where balance is more than airy HR-speak. A young Rahm Emanuel sharing how he juggles his White House gig and his family.
Feeling Antisocial? Try Split, The App That Helps You Avoid People
But is that necessarily true? There are all sorts of times when the last thing you want is to find yourself face-to-face with certain members of your network. You certainly don’t want to run into your ex when you’re out on a date, or your boss when you’re out shopping at lunchtime, or anyone you know when you’re hungover.
5 Lessons I learned About Leadership as a Sergeant in the Israeli Army
These vital lessons learned during my time in Israel have shaped the person I am today as well as the leadership approach I take with all teams I manage. These are the five key lessons I learned as a result of this incredible opportunity:
FireChat Could Be the First in a Wave of Mesh Networking Apps | MIT Technology Review
Peer-to-peer mobile communications and mesh networks could prove especially important in countries with minimal communications infrastructure. “You can see Google spending billions on fiber and balloons, but this is not going to solve the problem of ubiquitous mobile connectivity,” Benoliel says. He argues that the spread of cheap Android phones across the world will make mesh networking feasible. “We need to create small Internets that can function on their own and [then] connect them to the big Internet.”
Think Like a Designer: Drawing Inspiration From Creative Types
“It’s important as a way to break free from thinking logically,” says Weiner. “Drawing is an open-ended language that you can push around and mold in your own way, to discover your own creative side rather than adhering to the rules.” Step outside the box.
Japanese Giant Mitsui Leads $60M Investment In A Startup That Turns Pollution Into Pure Money
It’s not cheap working on such large-scale industrial projects and like a lot of cleantech, things have been slow going for the company. Originally founded in 2005 in New Zealand, LanzaTech has since moved its headquarters to the US and has raised $150 million in venture capital so far in addition to this extra $60 million. It has a prototype in New Zealand that is able to pump out 16,000 gallons of ethanol a year.
Atlas Obscura's 20 Most Astonishing Discoveries of 2013
Togo's capital city of Lomé is the birthplace of the largest Voodoo market in the world — a kind of super supply store for fetishes, charms, and anything else one might need for a ritual. The Akodessewa Fetish Market, or Marché des Féticheurs, is a place where you can find anything from leopard heads and human skulls to Voodoo priests who bless and create fetishes or predict the future and make medicines to heal whatever ails you. Read more >
5 Things Every Beginning Android App Developer Should Know
If you are accustomed to publishing on the Web, toss everything you know out the window, because the best times to publish mobile apps are during the summer and the December holidays. People are on the road and glued to their devices. Use this to your advantage and plan to boost your app just before the holidays for a massive wave of fresh users.
Mobile Payment Experiment: Can An iPhone Replace Your Wallet?
To see how digital payments have progressed in the real world, I conducted a little experiment–I left my wallet at home to see how far I could get with just an iPhone. Inspiration came from my colleague Kashmir Hill who, last May, embarked on the more ambitious, difficult and inspired experiment of living solely on Bitcoin for a week. (I thought about running this mobile payment experiment for a week, but figured everyone would grow bored reading about me constantly buying pizza and coffee.)
Fixing This One Big Problem Helped Turn Around Struggling Furniture Retailer West Elm
Brett also pushed to make West Elm seem less like just another store in a suburban strip mall. Instead, he wanted retail outlets to feel like community hubs--individual shops with distinct personalities that are operated by real human beings. To do that, last summer he instructed salespeople to think of themselves as old-fashioned merchants. It's no longer enough to sell a customer an Andalusia Dhurrie pouf. Employees should look for ways to enrich the interaction--directing them toward a nearby flower shop, say, or recommending a great local tapas restaurant. "We talk about being the connector for like-minded strangers," says Abigail Jacobs, West Elm's VP of brand marketing. "Most people have an affinity to a person who's constantly introducing them to new things: She's always got something interesting going on or she's sending me a new article or telling me about an app she downloaded. That's the kind of friend we want to be." Once that personal relationship is forged between a customer and a shopkeeper, "it doesn't take much for them to say, 'Sally at [a West Elm store] always has the answers, let me call her,' " says West Elm's northeast district manager, Billy Kissel.
The Developer's Evolution: How Cloud And Open Source Changed The Landscape
Today, businesses that are agile and willing to embrace cloud infrastructure will have an advantage over ones that don’t. Employers willing to accept the developer’s prominence will fare better than ones that are slow to adjust to this new reality.
NASA reveals three spacesuit designs, wants you to choose a favorite
Unfortunately, this doesn't mean we'll see three fancy Z-2 variants in the future. NASA plans to use only one design -- and it's giving the public the power to choose which one it is. Each concept draws inspiration from different sources, including nature and everyday life. For instance, the one called Biomimicry (pictured above) has lights that replicate the bioluminescence of deep-sea creatures and a body that's reminiscent of fish and reptile scales. "Technology" updates NASA's iconic spacesuit with electroluminescent wires and patches, while "Trends in Society" was inspired by sportswear and wearables. People can cast their votes until April 15, after which NASA will build the Z-2 with the winning outer shell. We could see the finished suit as soon as November 2014, but it still has a ways to go before it's ready -- NASA's other suit ( the CSSS ) will likely make it to space first.
The problem with Pandora and why it's time to clean up the digital music mess
It’s a matter of economics. At the core of the woes of the recorded music industry is that a digital object which can be perfectly copied ad infinitum can have no value. The die was cast when Sony & Philips launched the CD in 1982. And Moore’s Law charted the course of digital music. Thirty years on, the music artists and the recorded music industry have to first recognize that recorded digital music has to be distributed at discrete levels based on analog bandwidth. This multi-segmented distribution system may have as many five levels starting with mono AM Quality up through to Master Quality level. The bright side of this is that in the digital domain each copy at each level can be made digitally unique to underpin an economic framework. Needless to say that the big challenge will be finding a bullet-proof scheme against digital copy which is at the same time frictionless and convenient for the consumer. At first sight this appears near intractable because as it stands the audio signal chain can be interrupted and copied at any stage in the pipeline by digital probing at the circuit board level or high resolution A/D conversion of high quality player analog outputs.
RIP, the server. It's time to breathe the air of cloud connection
This is no longer just a matter of doing things a little more cheaply, or a little less painfully, by doing them in the cloud. It’s bigger than that. Today, running your business on private servers is on the same level of odd behavior as carrying scuba tanks to provide a private air supply. Does it give you more control of exactly what you breathe? Certainly, but can you make a business case for all that excess weight? Going forward, the notion of owning your own server farm is looking equally eccentric.
In Pictures, Turkey's Local Elections
Ballots at a polling place in Okmeydani district, Istanbul, Turkey, March 30, 2014. Okmeydani is traditionally an opposition neighborhood. Turkish voters went to the polls to elect local leaders across the country in municipal elections. The mayoral votes are widely seen as a referendum on the decade-long administration of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). Erdogan himself was once mayor of Istanbul, a key race in this election.
Our Map - Little Free Library
Welcome to the World Map of Little Free Libraries! We have included some answers to common questions about the map below:
How To Get A Little Bit Smarter Each Day
I am a best-selling author, and an extremely proud Forbes alum. A former writer and editor at Business Week, Inc. and Financial World, in addition to my six years at Forbes, I've written, co-written and “ghosted” numerous best-sellers including Customers for Life (with Carl Sewell.) My latest book, which I co-authored with Leonard A. Schlesinger and Charles F. Kiefer is Just Start: Take Action; Embrace Uncertainity; Create the Future published by Harvard Business Review Press. A long-time contributor to The New York Times, I'm also a contributing editor to both The Conference Board Review (where I also write a column) and M.I.T.’s Sloan Management Review. I'm a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers University Law School and am a member of both the New Jersey and Massachusetts bars, although I ask that you don't hold that against me.
Is High-End Audio Worth It?
Build quality, though, is less important than sound quality. What does that really mean, though, “sound quality?” Well, in the broadest way, it’s how close a piece of gear can get to reproducing an audio signal exactly. This “fidelity” to what’s recorded is the Holy Grail for audio purists. You want to hear exactly what the musicians intended, right? Harman has done countless studies that have shown that despite what some might think, people prefer an accurate sounding speaker over an inaccurate one. As in, the closer it sounds to real life, the more people will like it.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The 6-Foot Earthworm That Sounds Like a Draining Bathtub - Wired Science
The continent’s long isolation has given rise to an incredibly unique diversity of life that, yes, includes some extremely lethal critters. But perhaps its most remarkable creature is a gentle, extremely delicate colossus few have had the privilege of glimpsing: the giant Gippsland earthworm, which can grow to some 6 feet long. Give it a stretch–only if it’s already dead, you chucklehead–and it can easily double in length.
Guys, Have You Taken A #CockInASock Selfie Yet? (Maybe NSFW?)
Finally, there's a socially acceptable reason for men to take pictures of their penises and post them to the Internet: The latest trend on Instagram and Twitter is #cockinasock, and it's intended to raise awareness for testicular cancer. As the name implies, guys hang a sock from their nether regions, post the pic online, and add the hashtag in hopes that someone will be inspired to go to the doctor for a checkup.
Look Who Sequoia Bankrolls: These 13 Tech Titans Stand Out
Within a few minutes, all 13 tech pioneers were posing for a formal photo of Sequoia’s titans. That photo would become the cover of this year’s Midas List issue of FORBES magazine. Once the shot was done, no one was in a hurry to leave. Surrounded by gleaming car chassis and methodical robots, everyone took a few more minutes to talk shop, share ideas — and snap a selfie or two. The picture below captures the attendees’ light-hearted energy after the official photo shoot was finished. Executives (from left to right) are as follows:
'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Review: Through The Fire And Flames
“The actual substance of Reaper of Souls doesn’t seem like all that much on the surface.” Unfortunately there isn’t much beneath the surface either. You say the AH was one of the bigger problems of Diablo 3 but I would say it was the lack of end game content and this has not changed, there is still no end game!! At least with the AH there was something to do, I enjoyed Min/Maxing my gear now that’s gone. I eventually got to a point where I was ok with this, then they continued to not listen to what the community wanted to see out of this game. Bind on Account (BOA) reigned supreme even though the community screamed in protest. There is still no PVP, Brawling doesn’t count, we wanted a ladder system Blizzard has continued to fail at giving the community what they asked for. I was in the beta and throughout the beta the game continued to go in the wrong direction. The gear seemed amazingly unremarkable and I found myself on many occasions not willing to swap out my lvl 60 for lvl 70 gear because my lvl 60 gear was just better. How is it that in an expansion with a new lvl cap does my legacy gear beat out new gear.
As Amazon Mimics Google's Price Drop, Cloud Computing Grows Up | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Startup and developers have raised particular concerns over the cost of running fairly consistent software workloads on cloud services. The cloud made a lot of sense when your workload when up and down — when you were dealing with the ebb and flow of traffic to a website, for instance — but it made more sense to just buy your own hardware if your workload stayed pretty much the same. Google addressed this specifically with its new pricing scheme, and though Amazon did not, the price reductions on its Elastic Compute Cloud should help this issue at least in part.
What Does the Future of Bitcoin Look Like for E-Commerce?
The second path is where Bitcoin becomes a protocol for the exchange of money online, where businesses like Coinbase help exchange money between buyer and seller at a fee less than the typical 2.5 percent seen today. Regardless of whether they accept Bitcoin in their stores today, it is in the best interest for e-commerce and online merchants to continue to watch the evolution of this trend.
An uncommon thread
LAS VEGAS in January is the place to spot the latest trends in consumer electronics. The one that grabbed the attention of most people at the 2014 CES show were the wearables. These are gadgets that you put on, from all sorts of spectacles with built-in cameras and screens, like Google Glass, to wrist bands and watches that can monitor your heart rate or relay text messages. There is even jewellery that can warn you of too much exposure to the desert sun.
Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks March 24th To March 28th And Year-to-Date
Please see the full Cloud Computing Index for market caps, average volumes, 52-week high and low share prices, Earnings per Share, Price/Earnings Ratio, and Beta. I am using the Google Finance Portfolio option to track the performance of these stocks. For information on how this index was created, see the description at the end of this post. I do not hold equity positions or work for any of the companies mentioned in this blog post or included in the and this post is not meant to provide investment advice. It is simply a glimpse into the performance of these company’s stock prices over time. Please click on the graphic to expand for easier reading.
HTC One (M8) Hands-on Review: First Impressions Suggest Stiff Competition For The Samsung Galaxy S5
Today HTC unveiled the new HTC One, the much anticipated successor to identically named HTC One – 2013’s most critically acclaimed phone. To separate the two HTC is naming the new handset the ‘HTC One (M8)’ while it is now also referring to its predecessor as the ‘HTC One (M7)’. Yes the branding is something of a mess, but having attended the launch and had a half a day with my M8 review sample I can comfortably say in (almost) every other way HTC is onto another winner.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0
When other antivirus products fail, tech support agents turn to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0. It remains a very effective cleanup tool, and with version 2.0 it gets significant improvements in appearance and ease of use.
Philips Hue Lux Preview - CNET
While it looks like the TCP kit still offers the best value, the Hue Lux bulbs will have added features, like IFTTT compatibility. Since Belkin's upcoming WeMo LED Lighting Starter Kit sounds closer to Philips' Hue Lux in terms of features and third-party compatibility, it will be particularly interesting to compare those two side by side. Either way, we're glad Philips has decided to introduce white-light LEDs to its existing Hue lineup. It's a much more accessible price and you will still have the option of adding color-changing bulbs to the mix later on.
Midas (Sequoia) Touch - Forbes
Sequoia Capital is the investment powerhouse behind some of the biggest deals in tech. Its partners are tough, but act fast to fund founders they think have promise.
Turner Sports Reinvents How Fans Watch March Madness
The app includes all sorts of bells and whistles, from curated social media feeds to a mobile-optimized bracket. Together, they acknowledge one of the central realities of how fans watch sports today: with one eye on the screen, the other on Twitter, Instagram, Deadspin, and any number of sites offering live event coverage. Fans don't just want the game's score; they want the conversation around the game. With March Madness Live, Turner Sports--which co-produces the tournament coverage online and on TV with CBS Sports--gathers all that social media under a single umbrella, ensuring relevance at a time when fans might split their attention among dozens of other sources.
Ebola Outbreak Leaves 70 Dead in Guinea, Senegal Closes Its Border
An outbreak of Ebola that has already killed 70 people prompted Senegal to close its border with Guinea on Saturday in hopes of preventing the deadly virus from spreading.
Must Reads: The #Longreads You Missed This Week
As our troops pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. is abandoning translators, leaving them among countrymen who view them as traitors. Asylum in the U.S. could be their only hope, but we won't let them in. In this heart-wrenching account, Paul Solotaroff pulls up the curtain on how America is "repaying" the local war interpreter who helped: "I had a senior State guy tell me to my face it was really bad for national security to let a bunch of Muslims in."
Meet the People Taking over Hacker News
Finally, I'm delighted to announce that Daniel Gackle (pronounced Gackley), who has already been doing most of the moderation for the last 18 months, is going to join YC full-time to be in charge of the HN community. Many HN users know Daniel as gruseom, though now he's going to switch to the slightly more legit sounding dang. Daniel is one of most thoughtful (in both senses of the word) people I've ever met. It kills him when people say mean, stupid things in comment threads. Moderating an anonymous forum is hard, and the fact that we get roughly equal grief for HN comments being bad and for being too quick to ban people is a sign he's been doing a good job so far. He has plans for new tools that may not merely arrest the decay of HN comment threads, but actually improve them.
In new case, Supreme Court revisits the question of software patents
Now the evidence is in. Today IBM, Oracle, and Adobe all have thousands of software patents, and unsurprisingly they’re no longer opposed to software patents. But software patents have had all the negative effects they anticipated: Innovative companies have been forced to divert resources from hiring engineers to hiring patent lawyers. Large companies no longer on the cutting edge have been using broad patents to demand cash from small, more innovative companies. Many programmers and software entrepreneurs view patents as more a nuisance than a reward for innovation.
Why it’s time for Google to fix Google Now
For me though, Google now works quite well (UK), but is starting to creep me out. I do an innocent google search and articles start popping up in my Google Now? Dangerous in my view. I only want to know if I need to wear a waterproof jacket, and the scores of my favourite football teams, and news about them. If I search for something outside of Google now, I don’t want it showing up in my Google Now. Makes me understand why Chrome insists on signing me in to google when I check email (so they can keep tabs on you). This has made me start using two browsers. One for Gmail, and one for everything else, just so the creepy company wont’ have any login cookies to track my web activity with.
Do as the dominatrix says: Why Amazon is 'king of the kinky wish list' - CNET
That seems to be the case. If you browse the Twitter accounts and professional Web sites of various dominatrixes, you'll inevitably find a link to an Amazon wish list. On Twitter, dominatrixes tweet links to their lists frequently, demanding their subs (short for submissives) "spoil" or "pamper" them. (If you're curious, these tweets includes hashtags like #findom and #paypig.) Some lists have sex toys and fetish gear and outfits, while other lists ask for more mundane things like clothes, makeup, gift cards and electronics. Amazon wish list makers can change their settings to hide their shipping addresses.
Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition Announced - IGN
The product listing reads: "This collector's edition does not include a copy of the game. Keep your pre-order at your favourite retailer and we'll send you these goodies separately - this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box."
Something smells fishy about that Comcast--Apple TV story
Shining a light on managed services just when the severity of these conditions is up for debate seems like a very strange coincidence indeed. It’s almost as if someone said: Hey, here is this big operator that is soon going to own 30 percent of the country’s pipes going into people’s homes, and it wants to strike a special deal with Apple. Shouldn’t regulators make sure that others get the same treatment? For example, what about Dish, DirecTV or Sony, all of which are looking to compete with Comcast with their own TV offerings?
Sony: Over 100 Games Still Coming to PlayStation 4 in 2014 - IGN
Well, Sony is seeking to dispel that with a huge list of games still coming sometime in 2014. There are over 100 of them, in fact, and while a vast majority of them are tinier indie games, there seems to be plenty to keep both triple-A fans and indie players alike happy.
Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers?
Then, a few days later, an email was forwarded to me from Sarah Lacy, a tech journalist who’d written about me previously. She had received it from the Uber driver. "I need your help to get my job back. (don't judge too quickly)" [sic], it was titled. He explained that he had been a driver for 20 years, and that what had happened between him and "jogger lady" was "innocent coincidence Misunderstanding" [sic]. He wrote that Uber had immediately fired him. He explained that he struggled to make ends meet, and that he tried to hire an attorney but it was too expensive. He complained that my review must have made it seem "like I'm a bad guy or something."
Dr. Paul Offit: 'Journalism Jail' For Faulty Medical Reporting
I'm a pharmacologist and public science communications evangelist currently serving as Adjunct Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). I teach science and health writing and reporting courses to undergraduates and graduate students in both the sciences and humanities. I earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology and therapeutics from the University of Florida and a B.S. in toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Disclaimer: The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent any official position of my employer or affiliated agencies. Please note that I am not a medical doctor nor am I licensed to practice medicine in any jurisdiction. As such, all medical information I present here is for educational purposes; you should discuss any medical issues with your own physician.