How SXSW Turned Austin Into a Cultural Mecca [VIDEO]
As it does every March, the city of Austin, Texas, will welcome the hordes to its SXSW Music, Film and Interactive event starting on Friday. The ever-growing, innovative festival started in 1987 as a music conference attended by a few hundred badge holders and has since grown into a massive meeting of creative minds with more than 50,000 attendees expected in 2014.
Entrepreneurship is Not Pretty. Are You Ready to Take the Plunge?
Quitting your job to start a venture is like abandoning a sailing ship in the middle of the ocean looking for adventure, seeking an island sailing on a dinghy. It looks fascinating and adventurous, but not everyone’s cup of tea to face storms, possible capsizing and navigating through shark-infested waters.
How to Meditate
The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what's going on around you. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation, allowing you to begin your journey on the path of enlightenment.
Flipboard Acquires Zite from CNN
“Personally, my situation is a bit different and I won’t be joining Flipboard. I’m really glad that I ignored the odds and shepherded Zite through our CNN years. I’ve grown as a CEO and I’m very proud of my team. However, after being at four different successful startups, I’ve never started one myself and it’s time to change that. Though I’ve got a number of ideas, I haven’t settled on what I’d like to do next. So, I’ve decided to take some time off to think, hike, consult, travel, advise, meet, write, dream, read, study, and – probably most importantly – relax. For me, the best ideas come when I’m not looking for them.”
Today is Engadget's 10th birthday!
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An Asteroid Zooming Past Earth Will Come Closer Than the Moon
This one is about 10 meters across, half the size of the asteroid that smashed into Chelyabinsk, Russia last year and injured more than 1,400 people, and it'll pass by at a distance of just 35,000 miles around midnight on Thursday. The smaller rock will miss our planet this time, but currently has a 1 in 2.7 million chance of hitting Earth 11 years down the road.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Include More Than $500 in App Subscriptions
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9 Old-Fashioned Tech Terms You Still Use Today
Referring to a TV as "the tube" is a sign you aren't ready for the HD age. TVs as we know them now are flat-panel LCD wonders, whereas their predecessors were made with cathode ray tubes (hence the nickname). Tube television sets have essentially been phased out, but the name persists (and we fondly remember the nickname every time we click over to YouTube ).
Roku Unveils Its Answer to Chromecast, the Streaming Stick
"Consumers want a ton of entertainment, an easy way to search for movies and TV shows, and options to control the experience with a remote or mobile device," said Jim Funk, senior vice president of product management at Roku . "This new Roku Streaming Stick brings all that and more — and in a tiny form factor."
Implants Made to Fit a Beating Heart Perfectly | MIT Technology Review
“This is a nice use of 3-D printing to get this sock of electronics that fits the individual patient well,” says Zhenan Bao , a materials scientist at Stanford University. Devices made in this kind of custom manufacturing process would probably be more expensive than mass-produced medical devices, but for these kinds of life-or-death applications, the market is likely to bear the cost, says Bao. The volume and quality of the data gathered by these large sensor sheets in the group’s animal studies is impressive, she says.
55 Toddlers Who Were Not Satisfied With Their First Selfies
It's a phenomenon that this generation's parents are very familiar with: The Toddler Selfie Mosaic. You know, when your children who can't tie their shoes yet are able to unlock the phone, get to its camera, snap several nearly indistinguishable shots, maybe even a video or two -- and then, add a filter.
Gmail for iOS doesn't suck anymore
To take advantage of the new feature, you'll need to have background refresh turned on in your iOS system settings, and Gmail notifications must also be turned on. But once you've checked off those two steps, you'll never be waiting for your messages to refresh ever again. Gmail for iOS might not be on par with the Android experience just yet, but today's update eliminates a major annoyance.
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12 Apps to Connect Long-Distance Family Members
But with technological progress, families in different countries and continents can still be part of each other’s lives — not just at reunions, but on a daily basis. These apps and sites let distant grandparents read their grandchildren bedtime stories, draw with them and even be at their swim meets, virtually.
A Deceptively Simple Speaker That Always Knows What to Play | Wired Design | Wired.com
Cone takes all that complexity and hides it inside a single, simple piece of hardware. The speaker itself isn’t covered in buttons, nor does it bear a touchscreen. Built into the hardware, though, are a number of clever controls. To play a song, press the button in the center of the speaker grill; Cone will choose a song from your streaming music service of choice. To hear something different, you just spin the front edge of the speaker. This sends you to another genre, or else switches to another input source entirely, like an internet radio station or a favorite podcast. In essence, Cone boils the complex workflow of streaming music at home down to a single interaction: turning a big, satisfying dial.
Facebook Follows Amazon, Google Into Drones With $60 Million Purchase
Facebook follows Amazon and Google Google into the robotics fray with this purchase. Amazon, who bought Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012 to put robots in its distribution centers, debuted its “Prime Air” service to deliver products by drone last December. Google bought robotics firm Boston Dynamics around the same time and has been refining its self-driving car technology.
What Languages Sound Like #2
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Our Environmental Future by Climate Confidential - Beacon
Severe weather, drought, blackouts: today’s big stories are environmental stories. We’ll highlight the headaches and the opportunities and help you learn how to thrive in a resource-constrained world.
Police Contract With Spy Tool Maker Prohibits Talking About Device's Use | Threat Level | Wired.com
A non-disclosure agreement that police departments around the country have been signing for years with the maker of a cell-phone spy tool explicitly prohibits the law enforcement agencies from telling anyone, including other government bodies, about their use of the secretive equipment, according to one of the agreements obtained by an Arizona journalist.
Book Amazing Activities, Tours, and more | Peek
Get insider tips on the best things to do, places to see, and restaurants to visit. Tastemakers such as Tory Burch and Wolfgang Puck share their favorite ways to spend 24 hours in a city they love. Hidden gems come from Perfect Days created by our community of explorers.
10 Epic Office Pranks Caught on YouTube
From dismembered heads in cardboard boxes to disappearing doors, we think you'll find something to smile at in our gallery of great pranks.
Yahoo Is Putting A Stop to Facebook And Google Log-Ins
The move to integrate Facebook and Google log-ins three years ago came as Yahoo sought to tap on their huge numbers of users — but it seems like CEO Marissa Mayer is keen to take a different route in a bid to reclaim native users and revive its ecosystem.
Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government
The programmer and Native American activist Payu Harris raised a gavel Monday night and vigorously banged the bell to open trading at The Bitcoin Center, a meeting space for virtual currency geeks that looks like an empty art gallery in the middle of New York’s Financial District.
The Science Behind Optimizing A Productive Work Environment
It turns out, environmental factors like noise levels, temperature and lighting can make a big difference to how creative we are. Here’s what the research says about setting up your environment for optimal levels of creativity .
INTERVIEW: Neil Tyson Talks God, Aliens, Multiverses
NT: Quantum physics, which is the physics of the small, behaves in odd ways. Everything that the tenets of quantum physics predict about the universe--we go out and test it and it's there. General relativity, which was put forth by Einstein, is the theory of the large--gravity and the large-scale structure of the universe. That also works. Yet they don't work with one another. If you take the universe all the way back to the Big Bang, well, the entire universe was really small. So now you take the shotgun wedding--quantum physics and general relativity. In that shotgun wedding, if you follow through with all the predictions quantum physics gives you, it allows multiple bubbles to form--one of which is our universe. These are sorts of fluctuations in the quantum foam. Quantum physics fluctuates all the time. But now the fluctuations are not just particles coming into and out of existence, which happens all the time. It's whole universes coming into and out of existence.
Inside The Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game
WhatsApp could eventually make Zuck a lot of money. It costs WhatsApp five cents to support each user, and it’s charging customers in only a handful of countries, like the U.S. and Britain, where mobile payments are relatively mature. WhatsApp believes $1 billion in annual revenue is within reach by 2017 as the service grows and billing falls into place. Insiders say the app could also start charging airlines or companies like Uber for the right to send messages to WhatsApp users with their permission.
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Nano-Tweezers Can Move Molecules With Light
Just in case you were getting bored with the world, we bring you a tiny tweezer made of light beams.
Europa Mission Gets Boost From President's New NASA Budget - Wired Science
The Obama Administration’s 2015 NASA budget request (.pdf) asks for $17.5 billion for the agency, a slight drop from last year and more than a billion less than its 2010 peak of $18.7 billion. The request represents the things that the White House would like to see NASA pursue and includes funding for “pre-formulation work” on a mission that would fly by Europa, make detailed observations, and perhaps sample its interior ocean. Far bigger chunks of the budget are allocated to the development of a new manned spacecraft called Orion, the James Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble, and an extension of the International Space Station’s lifespan to 2024 .
Rookie may just be an ideal replacement for your iPhone's built-in camera app - The Next Web
Now, there are many shooting apps out there the give you more than just the good old tap and shoot. But a crowded plethora of controls can be a challenge to operate quickly, even if you have mastered them, and especially on a small smartphone screen. That’s why many folks wind up relying on Apple’s plain-jane camera because they know immediately how to use it when a fawn crosses their path on a hike. While Apple’s default camera app is no slouch, it doesn’t give you much control. With Rookie, you get the benefit of a higher level of functionality, with the app attending to the details.
'Friday Night Tykes': A Savage Journey Through Football Dreams
Friday Night Tykes ' remaining episodes follow its young players through their final regular season game and into the league playoffs. The series hasn't softened its edges in response to criticism, yet Maranz is quick to mention that it also shows "the wonderful, poignant moments where you see an adult create a memory that a kid will cherish forever."
Bitcoin: Whatever Doesn't Kill It Only Makes It Stronger
It’s been a turbulent few weeks for the world’s favorite digital currency. First, a bot issued a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on a number of bitcoin exchanges. The DDoS aimed to exploit an issue called transaction malleability , which enabled the attacker(s) to trick exchanges into processing bitcoin withdrawal requests twice.
Flipboard is acquiring Zite from CNN, forming broad advertising and content partnership with news and media giant
Flipboard, a leading mobile news-reading and content-sharing app, is acquiring one of its main competitors — an app called Zite — from CNN for a reported $60 million and forming an advertising and content partnership with CNN for all of the media giant’s content
Android Accounted for 97% of All Mobile Malware in 2013
Android threats are primarily a non-US problem — Of the top 10 countries reporting Android malware detections to F-Secure’s systems in the second half of 2013, 75 percent of the reports originated from Saudi Arabia and India; in comparison, the five European countries in the list combined only accounted for a little over 15 percent of reported detections.
Michele Bachmann Is Disappointed That American Jews 'Sold Out' By Supporting Obama
The Minnesota Republican on Monday took particular issue with President Obama's recent agreement with Iran after he successfully lobbied Congress to temporarily hold off on additional sanctions in hopes of reaching a larger deal on nuclear weapons.
This Is What--Now--Happens On Facebook When You Die
There’s no getting around it, death comes to all of us and in today’s world one of the more complex issues is what is left behind on social media. For a long time Facebook has had a brutal policy: ‘memorialize’ the profile by locking down all the privacy settings and restrict visibility to friends. Now the site has found a lighter touch.
Mexican Protest Site Censored by GoDaddy — with the U.S. Embassy's Help
The Mexican website 1dmx.org ( mirror here ), was set up in the wake of a set of controversial December 1st 2012 protests against the inauguration of the new President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. For a year, the site served as a source of information, news, discussion and commentary from the point of view of the protestors. As the anniversary of the protests approached, the site grew to include organized campaign against proposed laws to criminalize protest in the country, as well as preparations to document the results of a memorial protest, planned for December 1, 2013.
Microsoft Launches Skype for Outlook.com Worldwide
Microsoft today launched Skype for Outlook.com worldwide, expanding the service that was previously only available to a select few countries. At the same time, the company has added new features and fixed a few bugs in the previous version.
Nominations | Innovators Under 35 - MIT Technology Review
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Zite is Flipping out
Ali Davar and I founded a company in 2005 called Worio whose mission was help people find information they weren’t getting through friends, social media, or search. Our plan was to deploy sophisticated machine learning techniques to understand people and content to build a better search engine. A short six years later, we released a news app for the iPad called Zite. The specifics were different from what we imagined in 2005, but the vision remained intact: not to “filter” news, not to save people time skimming headlines, but to understand them well enough to find that one article from an obscure blogger about medieval knitting they didn’t know existed and would have never have otherwise found, but is exactly what they were looking for.
The 'Snowden Phone' Will Encrypt All Your Calls and Texts
FreedomPop , a company that sells free wireless service, is launching a phone — formally called the Private Phone — that will secure all voice calls and texts with 128-bit encryption. It also provides VPN for anonymous web browsing. Since it runs on FreedomPop's network, which makes use of some of Sprint's unused capacity, the company is letting users change their phone number whenever they want.
The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use
The clear comparison is the music industry, which was hit hard by piracy in the '90s and took decades to respond. "Before there was iTunes, before there was Spotify, people were put in that situation where they were basically forced to do the wrong thing, sharing files," Peters says. Now, if an aspiring producer wants to leak a song to the web but keep control of it, they can drop it on Soundcloud. Any blog can embed the player, and the artist can disable it whenever they want. And as Google has proved with YouTube, it's easy to drop ads or "buy here" links into that embed. "We've seen what YouTube's done with monetizing their embed capabilities," Peters says. "I don't know if that's going to be appropriate for us or not." But as long as the images are being taken as embeds rather than free-floating files, the company will have options.
Former NATO Commander Explains Ukraine Crisis
The author, NATO commander Navy Admiral James Stavridis, left, and Head of Russia's joint chiefs of staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov, right, are seen during their meeting in Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. During the meeting, Gen. Makarov reiterated Moscow's concerns over the expansion of NATO's missile defense system.
Could You See the Curvature of the Earth in this Airport? - Wired Science
Let’s compare this to bowling in an actual bowling alley. An official bowling alley is 60 feet to the first pin (18.3 m). The width of the pin is about 4.5 inches (0.114 m) at the widest point. If you want to bowl a strike – maybe you have to hit that first pin within a zone of 3.5 inches wide. Yes, I know bowling is more complicated than this, but it’s just an estimate. With this bowling alley and target width, you would have a maximum angular deviation of 0.0024 radians. Ok, that’s helpful. It seems like it is more difficult to hit a bowling pin in the middle than to aim down a long airport terminal. I guess it’s possible.
The World Almanac of Wealth - Forbes
There are 1,645 billionaires spread across the globe – more than ever before – worth some $6.4 trillion, an 18.5% increase from last year. The United States is home to 492 of the world's wealthiest, more than any other country, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. Each circle below represents a billionaire; circumference correlates to net worth. Click on any one to learn more about the associated billionaire.
Filmmaker Creates Beautiful Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman
As the 20 minute video nears it's conclusion, Slain includes a voice over of the actor — not in character, the man himself — explaining his belief that, "You have to be able to enter into the world and realize that the richness in life is all the thrill and joy in it, but also the disappointment and hurt and heartache. And all of that is what's great."
Keyboard, Meet PlayStation: Logitech Makes Typing on TV Easy
If you've ever tried to enter a password on a TV, cable box or Blu-ray player, you know about the excruciating process of entering text via remote control. That's why Logitech created the Harmony Smart Keyboard, which is designed to ease typing on devices like Apple TV , Roku and Xbox .
The Battle of Little Bitcoin: Native American Tribe Launches Its Own Cryptocurrency
There’s a long way to go for MazaCoin, which is currently just one of many alt-coins battling to become valuable. Without the support of the world’s crypto-community, it will be just another worthless bundle of numbers. However, it already has the good will of investors, with a buzz building on social media and forums. It’s the sort of excitement that prefigured the success of other alt-coins like DogeCoin or LiteCoin, but this time driven by a commitment to the ethical and social goals of the project. In the wake of the collapse of Mt. Gox and as calls for a ban on Bitcoin become louder, the world of digital finance could do with a shot of optimism and a reminder that crypto currencies were always about upturning the established order, rather than replicating it. There are a great many battles left to be fought and, as Harris points out, this war is just getting started.
Visualizing the Economic Ties Between Russia, Ukraine, and Europe
A significant share of Russian exports end up in Europe, and a large share of Russian imports come from Europe. But while Europe is hence clearly very important to Russia, the flip side is that Russia is much a smaller player from Europe’s point of view. For instance, only 3.2% of German exports end up in Russia, and only 4% of German imports hail from there. The figures for the U.K. and France, Europe’s other two largest economies, are even smaller, under 2% in some cases. It would be tempting to conclude that Russia, then, has more to lose from economic isolation.