Snapchat Day is a real thing and it's all about baseball
If you're a fan of baseball and Snapchat then March 11 might be your favorite day of the year.
Clever hack creates the first 128GB 3.5-inch floppy drive | ExtremeTech
Ever been nostalgic for the majesty of 1.44MB floppy disks, but wished they came with 91,000x the storage capacity? One capable modder has heard your cry. Behold: The 128GB floppy disk.
The Apollo Arrow hypercar is Gumpert's glorious resurrection
Gumpert might not have been a company many people heard of, and its exotic cars were even rarer to see in person, but it offers a proud heritage of road-going race cars that the new Apollo is now...
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My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process
When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.
5 countries that will welcome you if Trump becomes president
If the thought of being on the same continent as a President Trump is too much to stomach, there are plenty of other countries that also have a fairly easy immigration process, decent economies and English as a widely-spoken language.
First Audio Recordings From the Bottom of the Mariana Trench are Nightmare Fuel
Deep rumbles, unearthly moans, high pitched screeching: these are but a few elements of the alien soundscape researchers have now recorded for the first time at Challenger Deep, the deepest known valley on the seafloor.
I helped eight people end their lives. By the time you read this, I'll have ended mine | Toronto Life
E urithe, Al and I agreed to conceal the true cause of Al’s death for an unspecified time; there was no intention to create a permanent falsehood. I favoured concealment for one reason only: I wanted to see our assisted death service continue for as many years as possible. Had my life’s work remained in my control, I would have continued to help people die. However, in 2002, Evelyn Martens was charged with two counts of assisted suicide involving women about whom I knew nothing. As a result of having our office located in Evelyn’s home, all of our initiatives collapsed. All records, including membership and mailing lists, correspondence, and all supplies—even postage stamps—were seized and never returned to me (I could hardly inquire about them without raising suspicion). A bequest of nearly $50,000 from a Right to Die member in Nova Scotia disappeared without any accounting. The service that provided great comfort to Al Purdy, a man sometimes called the Voice of the Land, was no longer available to the rest of the land.
Late-Night Redefined: James Corden
We have been watching James Corden since he started on the Late Late Show. We record it and watch it the next evening at a sane hour. My husband and I are in our late 60s and early 70's. We think he is fresh and funny, although all funny doesn't have to pick on conservatives. If I had a negative, I would say he needs jokes that pick on all sides of human nature and politics. But for the most part, we think he is so talented and puts together a much more interesting show than the other late night shows. We love his Carpool Karaoke segments. They make the stars seem real and James delights in the experience so much that we love to see it. He has such a good voice too. So much talent! I hope he stays a long time to delight us every day!
This New Blackest Black Material Is Even Blacker Than What We Thought Was the Blackest Black Material
Surrey NanoSystems is famous for creating Vantablack , a material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of visible light. That’s a lot. Things basically disappear when coated with the Vantablack carbon nanotubes. And yet, they’ve somehow made the material even blacker. Yes, the blackest black material has become even blacker.
Stress-inducing photos set just before something breaks
The photos were made by taking "two everyday elements in each scenario and placing them in a paused point of time, just before they interact with each other and cause an accident, or trigger an event that would get your heart racing," Tilley told Mashable .
Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime in March
Remember way back in 2013, when Netflix put out its first true original show, House of Cards ? Remember how shocked you were at how good it was? Remember a year later, when the second season came out — and was equally compelling? Remember last year, when the third season came around, and you stopped watching about four episodes from the end?
No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead
“We think voicemail is a thing of the past and that it just makes life a little easier to never have to worry about checking and returning voicemails,” explains TelTech partner on Special Projects, Nate Kapitanski. “If it’s important, people will text you or message you on one of the various messaging apps,” he says.
The 4 Most Important Things MythBusters Taught the World
If a learner doesn’t get confused, there are a couple of options. Either the person already understood the new material, or they didn’t learn anything. You have to be confused to learn just like the MythBusters have to accept the possibility that they will fail. It’s part of life. So we should salute the MythBusters and their many epic failures (hello JATO rocket car explosion).
Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid
According to Lee and a Ukrainian security expert who assisted in the investigation, the attacks began last spring with a spear-phishing campaign that targeted IT staff and system administrators working for multiple companies responsible for distributing electricity throughout Ukraine. Ukraine has 24 regions, each divided into between 11 and 27 provinces, with a different power distribution company serving each region. The phishing campaign delivered email to workers at three of the companies with a malicious Word document attached. When workers clicked on the attachment, a popup displayed asking them to enable macros for the document. If they complied, a program called BlackEnergy3—variants of which have infected other systems in Europe and the US—infected their machines and opened a backdoor to the hackers. The method is notable because most intrusions these days exploit a coding mistake or vulnerability in a software program; but in this case the attackers exploited an intentional feature in the Microsoft Word program. Exploiting the macros feature is an old-school method from the 90’s that attackers have recently revived in multiple attacks.
Amazon reverses course on encryption for its Fire tablets
You will be able to encrypt Amazon Fire tablets again after a new update this spring.
NASA Thinks It Can Make a Supersonic Jet With No Boom
Coen thinks the problem is solvable, though. He says the agency is researching new kinds engine inlets and nozzles, that along with lighter composite airframe materials and avionics will result in a plane that burns one-third as much fuel as the Concorde did. “We are chipping away at the efficiency gap between subsonic and supersonic aircraft,” Coen wrote in an e-mail to Wired. “But we keep in mind that supersonic flight also delivers a value that subsonic cannot: Time!”
The 8 Greatest Blizzard Games - IGN
For many people, Diablo II is the finest action RPG ever created. Hitting the scene at the turn of the millennium, Diablo II expanded on its predecessor by expanding character classes, increasing the game's length, and adding the sweet, sweet loot system Diablo II is perhaps most famous for. In fact, the loot system in Diablo II is so influential that its five-tiered loot rarity scale is now something taken for granted in basically any game where loot comes into play. While not the first game with a compelling loot mechanic, Diablo II did everything so well that it became the high-water mark for PC action RPGs and its influence even on games like Borderlands is still being felt to this day.
$350 million Nintendo land coming to Universal Japan's park
When Nintendo announced it was granting Universal Studios the rights to some of its properties for theme park rides, it was anyone's guess where they'd show up first. Now we know that they'll debut in the gaming juggernaut's back yard: Japan. Regional news outlet Sankei (Japanese) reports that the attraction is scheduled for completion by 2020, the year Tokyo is slated to host the Olympics.
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This is who we think is taking a dirt nap in the next Walking Dead http://www.ign.com/videos/2016/03/05/the-walking-dead-prelude-to-the-showdown-with-negan … pic.twitter.com/gFMPN7OGbF
Six million dollar man's bionic eye becomes reality
For those of us old enough to remember television in the ‘70s the epitome of cool was the Six Million Dollar Man, Col. Steve Austin and his bionic enhancements. But what was once the purview of science fiction is inching closer to becoming an everyday reality, as optics specialist Eric Tremblay unveiled a unique contact lens that provides the user with telescopic vision.The lens was revealed in 2015 at the annual meeting of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, California.
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Developers!! WWDC 2016: Apple’s Swift 3.0, star of the show http://www.computerworld.com/article/3040196/apple-mac/wwdc-2016-apple-s-swift-3-0-star-of-the-show.html … via @computerworld
Apple seeds watchOS 2.2 beta 5 to developers
To download the new beta software, you’ll need to be running an iPhone with the new iOS 9.3 beta already installed. You’ll then open the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone, head into General and tap on Software Update. The Apple Watch has to have at least 50 percent battery, has to be placed on the Apple Watch charger, and has to be in range of the iPhone equipped with iOS 9.3.
Mic Wants to go Beyond Clicks and Measure Actual Impact
Cory Haik says the way Mic approaches its content is similar but not quite as distributed-only as BuzzFeed is. “They are much closer to the distributed reality that exists, and they are trying to solve the same problem, which is that measurement is broken,” says Haik. “But we look at things a little differently. What matters is whether our audience actually thought that was a meaningful piece of content. If you’re just optimizing for shareability then you’re probably just writing one specific type of story.”
Amazon decides its users deserve encryption after all
In the meantime, anyone who owns a Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Amazon Fire HD, or Amazon Fire TV Stick and updates to Fire OS 5 will have their information left open to attacks as it will be stored in plain text.
How to walk the North Downs – without leaving your sofa
There are many more benefits. For example, local businesses can highlight places to stay or eat on the maps, and people with impaired mobility can check whether a specific stretch of a trail is suitable for them. There are also benefits for those who are unable to walk the trails: “Older people who perhaps used to walk the South Downs Way but can no longer make it up here can still follow the trail online,” said Ben Bessant, assistant ranger on the South Downs Way. “Reminiscing in that way can be very positive. This project is going to be great news for the national trails and the people who use them – and people who have thought about it before but never been sure it was for them.”
Why Social Savvy Marketers Are the New Mad Men
Okay, so it’s difficult to imagine the politically incorrect chain-smokers of Madison Avenue getting to grips with social media but marketers embracing and innovating on social are, in one peculiar respect at least, the modern day Mad Men.
India Welcomes Home Technology Talent
BANGALORE, India—Last year, Abhinandan Balasubramanian quit his job at a London-based financial-technology company. The startup scene in his native India was booming, and he wanted in.
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You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Phantom 4 Review: DJI’s New Drone Outsmarts Bad Pilots
As you’re getting the hang of those joysticks, the Phantom 4’s new Obstacle Sensing System keeps you from getting into too much trouble. Unlike robot vacuum cleaners and autonomous cars that use laser radar to watch for obstacles, the Phantom 4 uses up to five of its optical cameras to build—and constantly update—a volumetric map of objects between 2 and 49 feet away. If they spot one, the OSS decides whether to stop and hover, or redirect the aircraft around impediments.
Absurd Creatures: LOL Good Luck Going in the Ocean Ever Again
I’ve been doing our Absurd Creature of the Week column for almost two years now, covering damn near 100 creatures and getting somewhere around 35 percent of the facts right. Not bad! (Editor’s note: ±65 percent, p=0.04.) I’m going to keep writing those, if you don’t mind, but now we have a new addition to the Absurd Creature family: a live-action show of epic proportions. Alright, maybe that’s overstating things. We’d need more explosions for it to be epic, and our budget doesn’t allow for that. But it’s still pretty neat.
Virtual reality movie theaters are now a thing
Open from Wednesday through Sunday, tickets for the VR Cinema cost €12.50 (around $13.70) a pop, and there are shows on the hour, with space for around 400 visitors each day. It’s worth noting that because these are VR movies, it’s not the latest blockbusters you’d normally see at your local multiplex — the company offers a package of VR films that last around 35 minutes in total, designed to demonstrate “the variety of ends to which VR can be used,” we’re told. Though there is scope for dishing out different experiences to each user, for now each visitor in each performance will see the same movies at roughly the same time.
7 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Posts : Social Media Examiner
Great ideas and examples…I totally agree, social media is all about engaging with audience and creating a community centered on your brand. If you are there with the sole purpose of selling without these two things you might as well be putting your efforts elsewhere
Bumble enters the friend zone with new BFF mode
In order to curb any misuse of the new feature, the company has decided that when you’re using the new BFF mode, you’ll only see people of the same sex. Users will be asked to specify whether they are looking for friends, dates or both when using the app so everyone shown in the BFF section will have selected friendship, rather than just dating.
MIT spin-out Thunkable hopes its drag-and-drop app builder can be a money-spinner too
Given Thunkable’s jumping off point is a strong community built off of free software, the pair say the plan is to keep offering a free version (Thunkable is currently entirely free) for the foreseeable future. Monetization will come via a freemium route, building a tiered pricing model on top of the basic free version. They say they will likely be charging users for certain extra features, with different pricing tiers based on whether the user is an individual, a SME or a large enterprise.
5 ways great managers build amazing teams
As a manager, asking this question scared me a little. I posed it to each of the engineers on my team last month in our one-on-one’s and I worried about how they would respond. Did they feel safe enough to answer honestly or would I get fluff answers that side-stepped the question?
Behind ‘MythBusters’: Crew calls it a wrap after 14 seasons
Over the years, the show built relationships with a legion of city, county and state agencies based in the Bay Area, frequently filming at Fort Mason, Alameda Naval Air Base runway and, perhaps most memorably, the Alameda County Bomb Disposal office in Dublin. Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team leader at that site, was one of several local officials who became regular onscreen presences.
Two Israeli Soldiers Follow Waze GPS App, Stray Into West Bank Refugee Camp
TEL AVIV—The Israeli military launched an operation to rescue two soldiers who it said accidentally entered a Palestinian refugee camp on the West Bank while using Google-owned navigation app Waze.
11 of the best iPhone apps from February 2016
As with last month, we’ve severely cut back on the number of apps that make it into these monthly roundups – so only the best new launches or most notable updates from the month get through.
4 Ways to Create Social Media Ads That Stand Out : Social Media Examiner
If you need help figuring out where to start, look at your company’s blog and social stats. Which blog posts are the most popular? Which social content gets the most engagement? Build on that. And if you’re still stuck, look at your competitors. What kind of content are they offering? Do that, but do it better.
Raspberry Pi 3: The inside story from the new $35 computer's creator - TechRepublic
Today sees the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3. The Pi's co-creator Eben Upton told TechRepublic how the board's release opens up new software, operating systems and uses for the credit card-sized machine.
SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship
Launching the SES-9 payload was the primary goal of today’s mission, but many had their eyes back on the ground for what would have been the first successful landing of a rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Unfortunately, however, the rocket landing was unsuccessful.
How a driverless car sees the road
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
See Inside the Office of The Muse
The Muse is your ultimate career destination, offering exciting job opportunities, quality coaching, expert advice, and a peek behind the scenes into fantastic companies and career paths. We believe that you can and should love your job--and be successful at it--and we want to help make that happen. Whether you're just starting out, changing career paths, or aiming for the C-suite, we've got everything you need to take charge of your career.
The Bizarre Branding Of America's Many, Many Secret Societies
Both Webb and Adele say that there’s been a resurgence of interest in fraternal orders, though. "It’s kind of anti-technology, because you can’t use technology to make someone a Mason or an Odd Fellow," says Webb. Byrne writes that he’s "envious" of the golden age. In his foreword, he sums up both the bizarre visual culture and sociogram of this era of American history: "Can you imagine me suggesting to my local bank manager that he and I put on some freaky outfits, and that he should hold the fake sword and I’ll hold the staff with the snake on it?"
How to make the most of SXSW
All the planning in the world can’t prepare you for how fun, exhausting, useful and inspiring SXSW can be. My main tip to any first-timer is to plan to come again the following year. Once you’ve learned how to ‘do’ the event your first time, you’ll find your own rhythm and make a lot more of it the next time you attend.
Mutual Funds Sour on Startup Investments
Mutual funds that helped fuel the technology boom are cutting the value of their startup investments at an accelerating pace and are making fewer new investments.
ICYMI: Fast brain upload, mind-control monkeys & more
ICYMI: Fast brain upload, mind-control monkeys & more
Tinder tests 'Share' button to turn you into a matchmaker
Although it’s clear Tinder has taken pains to ensure that a shared link won’t be exploited by users — making them destructible is a good touch — there’s something about a ‘Share’ button on a dating app that feels mismatched. No one has any doubt that Tinder is more of a group-sport than a one-on-one experience, with people trading phones and matching for others. But the app trades on serendipity, and that’s not necessarily achieved here.
A road warrior's guide to domestic US inflight Wi-Fi | ZDNet
Many of us spend time more than 10,000 feet above the ground and thanks to modern technology we can continue to be productive. The airline you fly dictates the available service, but in 2016 it's nice to see most flights have access to the internet at 600 mph.
How to make a virtual reality game before the market even exists (hint: you don’t)
Investment bank Goldman Sachs predicts that virtual and augmented reality (which combines elements of VR with the real world) will grow into a $110 billion business by 2020. Another firm, tech adviser Digi-Capital, thinks the sector could reach $120 billion in the same time frame. Clearly, that’s the kind of money that will attract all kinds of publishers, developers, and more. But those numbers weren’t around in 2013 when Mindfield formed under the leadership of Sinerma. Instead, it was the excitement about the potential for VR that convinced him to leave his cozy job to take on this new venture.
9 reasons why working for a startup leads to career success
You earned your degree, you sent out your job application packets, and now you have a tough decision to make: Do you accept the position with the famous mega-corporation, which offers a high starting salary and amazing benefits, or do you go with the tiny start-up with the heart of gold?