$310 Million DRAM Price Fixing Settlement Could Get You $10 - Or Much, Much More
If you bought a computer or other device that uses DRAM around the turn of the century, you could be eligible for a payout as part of a price fixing settlement.
Texas man and his dogs go after Ellen's selfie retweet record
In what appears to have been a throwaway joke, Shipman shared a selfie of himself on the couch with his two pups out to his handful of followers along with the message, "Let's see if we can beat the Oscar re-tweets!" Somehow, the word got out and, almost a day later, Shipman's followers had ballooned to more than 2,800 and the tweet got retweeted over 75,000 times.
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 .
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.
Nintendo Is Beating Microsoft In Video Game Hardware Sales
Are you kidding me? So now these PS4 fanboys have stooped to just straight up lying in their headlines. The headline is that Nintendo sold more than Microsoft, then the article straight up tells you that they didn’t sell more latest generation consoles but if you add up every device Nintendo sells then they sold more units than the Xbox One! Of course if you wanted to add up every device that Nintendo sells versus Microsoft then you would have to include Windows phones or tablets because of adding the 3DS into that equation but of course he didn’t. Forbes should be ashamed of themselves for posting this very obvious lie. Which BTW I checked the actual sales figures and the Xbox 360 sold way more units than what he is showing here.
Every U.S. President and The Actors Who Portrayed Them
While every president is accounted for in the pictures, only the most notable actor portrayals are included. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have been portrayed by several actors, while other more obscure leaders have one or two. Surprisingly, every single U.S. president has had an actor portray him. (Yes, even Zachary Taylor.)
Our Obsession With Online Quizzes Comes From Fear, Not Narcissism | Underwire | Wired.com
Of course, by now, the number of these quizzes you’ve taken, shared, and seen from your Facebook friends might seem to have faded. Even the jokes (“Which Soul-Crushing, Existential Waste of Time on the Internet Are You?”) are getting stale. But tens of millions of us keep taking these quizzes (Buzzfeed’s “What City Should You Live In?” has amassed more than 20 million unique visitors), and the quizzes keep getting made, and keep making gobs of money for the folks producing them. While this recent surge likely will be a cyclical thing that eventually dies, as it did with the waning of the Livejournal, they’re not a real problem, as some hand-wringers have suggested . And it’s not narcissism that birthed them, either.
Want to Work at a Startup? Nail These 9 Interview Questions
While these candidates’ majors, universities, and goals reliably give me basic background information, it’s the deeper insight that makes a candidate stand out. I barely went to college myself. It’s hardly the most important part of a resume.
Darth Vader's BBQ tongs flip burgers with Force
Lightsabers make an elegant weapon, and an even more impressive grilling accessory. You can find these "Star Wars" BBQ tongs worthy of a Sith Lord at The Fowndry.
An 8-Step Process to Writing Blog Posts That Don't Suck
In the last few months, I’ve written 20 pieces that have been viewed over two million times. But every time I write, there are still moments where I want to punch myself in the face.
7 Outrageously Expensive Barbie Dolls
Now, as one of the most lucrative toys ever, Barbies can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. Mattel, the toy's creator, often launches special limited editions of the doll, in addition to collaborating with famous clothing and jewelry designers.
BBC Two - This World, How China Fooled the World - with Robert Peston
Now, for BBC Two's award-winning strand This World, Peston reveals what has actually happened inside China since the economic collapse in the west in 2008. It is a story of spending and investment on a scale never seen before in human history - 30 new airports, 26,000 miles of motorways and a new skyscraper every five days have been built in China in the last five years. But, in a situation eerily reminiscent of what has happened in the west, the vast majority of it has been built on credit. This has now left the Chinese economy with huge debts and questions over whether much of the money can ever be paid back.
Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon
To begin with, there’s the sheer amount of it. Cultures all over the world make repetitive music. The ethnomusicologist Bruno Nettl at the University of Illinois counts repetitiveness among the few musical universals known to characterise music the world over. Hit songs on American radio often feature a chorus that plays several times, and people listen to these already repetitive songs many times. The musicologist David Huron at Ohio State University estimates that, during more than 90 per cent of the time spent listening to music, people are actually hearing passages that they’ve listened to before. The play counter in iTunes reveals just how frequently we listen to our favourite tracks. And if that’s not enough, tunes that get stuck in our heads seem to loop again and again. In short, repetition is a startlingly prevalent feature of music, real and imagined.
Two college students invented an adapter that allows 3D printers to print in full color for less than $100
Hackers Hit Mt. Gox Exchange's CEO, Claim To Publish Evidence Of Fraud
On Sunday, hackers took over the Reddit account and personal blog of Mark Karpeles, Mt. Gox’s CEO, to post an angry screed alleging that the exchange he ran had actually kept at least some of the bitcoins that the company had said were stolen from users. “It’s time that MTGOX got the bitcoin communities wrath instead of [the] Bitcoin Community getting Goxed,” wrote the unidentified hackers, referring to the multiple occasions over its three year history when Mt. Gox has gone offline, delayed trades or suspended withdrawals, events so common that Bitcoin users coined the phrase to be “goxed”–to suffer from Mt. Gox’s technical glitches.
Lena Dunham Gets Biblical With 'Girls' Spoof on 'SNL'
So begins the Girls parody to end all parodies, featuring Lena Dunham in all her hipster glory on Saturday Night Live. In the video, Dunham apes her own hit HBO comedy with a biblical spoof in which she stars as Eve, "a struggling twenty-something in the garden of Eden."
International Space Station attacked by ‘virus epidemics’
The damage done by the malware to the computer systems of the ISS is unknown. However, Kaspersky said virus epidemics took hold of the space-based computers, including dozens of laptops.
Why Archie May Be Comics' Most Progressive Publisher
Marvel and DC may get all the headlines, but as this week’s Lena Dunham news demonstrates, Archie Comics has been quietly making the right moves for years.
8 Tea Recommendations Based On Your Childhood Tea Set
Plain, plastic tea sets were a "no fuss, no muss" way of having fun without all the bells and whistles. You were a low maintenance kind of kid and you're a low maintenance kind of adult, so why not drink a light, uncomplicated tea? White teas are light and subtle, and they steep quickly for an easy, straightforward beverage.
6 Totally Strange But Effective Productivity Hacks
In fact, some of these hacks, whether it’s looking at baby animals or grabbing some Z’s, might actually seem counterintuitive. After all, these aren’t your grandpa’s productivity hacks; they’re a little more strange than “go for a walk” or “prioritize your to-do list” – but all of these methods can help you stay refreshed, get refocused, and do your best work.
Beyonce Would Even Kick Ass in a Zombie Apocalypse
Artist Ali Graham imagined what would happen if Beyoncé actually had a "burning flame" — and used it to roast zombies.
Punching virtual sharks for points with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion
Chaotic Moon's proper Oculus Rift education demo begins by placing a user within a virtual classroom. At the front of this room is an interactive periodic table that the "student," acting on instructions from a nearby teacher, uses to pull elements together and create a molecule of H2O, also known as water. Once that goal's been achieved, the molecules begin to multiply in a chain filling the room and, eventually, transforming into water; water which then floods the classroom. It's at this point the student finds him/herself immersed in an undersea environment populated by swimming fish. Chance told us that it was this tempting virtual environment that prompted a multitude of users to wonder aloud, "Can I punch those fish?" If you've ever submerged yourself in the Oculus Rift's VR world, you'd understand the impulse.
'Mario Kart' in real life is real weird
On a spare, concrete track circled by billboards and ads in Austin, Texas, Mario slammed his go-kart into mine (or maybe I slammed mine into his — the exact details are in contention) and my kart sputtered and slowed. Mario — actually fellow Verge editor David Pierce — sped ahead. The race ended, and I placed where I started: dead last.
10 Foolproof Tips for a Killer Parody
Now, exactly 20 years later, Weird Al Yankovic has sold more than 12 million albums, late night comedy shows are airing celebrity-packed musical spoofs five nights a week and YouTube parodies rack up thousands of views daily. And judging by the Internet's love for satirical content, parody songs aren't fizzling out anytime soon. So we're here to help.
'Star Trek' captain's chair on eBay hosted tons of celebrity buns
The chair currently has a $3,550 top bid, with about five days to go. Shipping the beast is up to the buyer, but that will probably cost at least a couple hundred dollars. Owning this chair may be the closest you'll get to being Captain Picard. Plus, just imagine parking your rear in the same place where so many luminaries of sci-fi have sat before. It's enough to warm both your buns and your heart.
Kevin Bacon on 'Six Degrees' game: 'I was horrified'
Austin, Texas (CNN) -- Almost two decades ago, a parlor game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" became an unlikely grass-roots phenomenon among movie buffs and foretold today's social web of online connections.
Artist seeks crowdfunding for normal-looking Barbie
Everyone knows Barbie isn't real. In any sense of the word. Now a designer wants to introduce a whole line of Barbies that look like, well, women.
Watch a man get stunned by the Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone (stun copter!)
You're gonna want to steer clear of this CUPID. The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, or "stun copter," can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum. This is serious business for Chaotic Moon, the folks behind SharkPunch and the Pizza Hut touch table . The Austin-based design studio created the flying machine as a tech demo, but CUPID could be quickly brought to production whenever a personal security or law enforcement client sees fit. This prototype unit is based on a Tarot Hexacopter, originally designed to carry a digital SLR for video and aerial photo shoots. With a Phazzer Dragon on board, however, a few modifications made this an entirely different beast.
Stun-gun drone at SXSW
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Swag for Good: Startup Nabs SXSW Freebies for the Homeless
Austin's homeless population has been a topic of conversation at SXSW before, most notably in 2012. That year, however, a startup's plan to outfit real people as so-called "Homeless Hotspot" for wifi access provoked a wave of controversy .
So You Want to Work in Sports? These Pros Tell How They Made It
Fortunately, after working really hard, someone referred me to a job at Octagon and really advocated for me. So what I was tell people is, if you work really hard and impress a lot of people, the job you're going to find isn't the job you're looking for. It's going to find you, if you impress the right people.
How Aaron Levie and his childhood friends built Box into a $2 billion business, without stabbing each other in the back
How Aaron Levie and his childhood friends built Box into a $2 billion business, without stabbing each other in the back
36 Hours Later: What we Know About Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar systems on Friday — and authorities still have no clue where it's gone.
The Best Upcoming Cell Phones
Samsung W750 "Huron" With Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 announcement coming up in early April, what phones will carry the banner for the new OS? We've heard precious little about what might be coming from Nokia to U.S. carriers. The best option we've heard about is the upcoming Samsung W750 "Huron," which sounds like a Windows Phone based on the Samsung Galaxy S4 hardware platform. That will make it an interesting alternative to our Editors' Choice Nokia Lumia Icon on Verizon, and another high-end option for a Windows Phone community that often seems starved of them.
What Do You Do With Crystallized Honey? - Wired Science
The problem with pollen-less honey is you don’t know where it came from, or what kind of plants the bees were feeding on. Filtering has a shady side effect: it makes it easier for honey to be processed and shipped longer distances (like from China) and means that many different kinds of honey can be blended together undetectably.
Digitally-Layered Photos Paint a Rich Picture of San Francisco
Dydyk told Mashable that although he believes traditional photography is beautiful, it "lacks the multidimensionality to fully express the sensations of energy and joy" that he feels while taking in San Francisco's scenery. To better capture these feelings, the photographer snaps his city scenes from all possible angles before digitally layering his images into one photograph.
India: The Elephant in the Room for Mobile Developers?
Our own experience has been that obtaining a publishing license in China may take up to 12 months to complete – even if you have a dedicated team working on it. This is not to say that China should be ignored, but it’s important to understand that entering the Chinese market takes effort and time.
At SXSW, thousands get a Kevin Bacon number of one
In 1994, after watching a couple Kevin Bacon movies, Brian Turtle, along with friends Mike Ginelli and Craig Fass, decided to figure out how many connections it would take to get from actors like Robert De Niro to Bacon. Before long, their little game went viral, and countless people knew what a Bacon Number was: The number of connections between a specific actor and Bacon. For De Niro, it's one (they were both in "Sleepers"); For Harrison Ford, it's two; and for Sally Field, it's two.
Kapow: Marvel adds sound to comics
Marvel is hoping that sound will be as revolutionary for comics as it was for film. The company just released an updated version of its subscription app, Marvel Unlimited, which includes access to a five-comic storyline carefully scored by Emmy-nominated composer David Ari Leon. It's dramatic. It's engaging. But is it really what people want from digital comics?
How to Find Your Passion: The Benefits of Business Experiments
A lot of people wonder how they are going to find their passion. It’s hard to find it by just reading books, Web articles, and talking to friends. My experience has been that over the course of a few years, you can try out a few experiments, and you’ll start to get closer to something that really resonates with you.
The Real Reason Facebook Cracked Down On Guns (Moms, Of Course)
New York's top law enforcement official brought Facebook to the table to talk about getting tough on guns. But it was an increasingly powerful group of mothers that likely forced the social media giant to crack down on what some saw as an underground market for gun sales in the U.S.
Vendors using Instagram as an unofficial e-commerce platform worry it will become official
CloudBees Raises $11.2M Series C Led By Verizon Ventures To Expand Its Java-Centric Enterprise PaaS — CloudBees, a Java-centric Enterprise platform as a service we've covered a few times in the past, today announced that it has raised an $11.2 million Series C funding round led by Verizon Ventures.
Keurig 2.0 brews up DRM to freeze out copycat cups
There's some reason for Green Mountain to be optimistic about the next generation's chances, though. With new features like larger serving sizes and the ability to brew an entire pot, Keurig 2.0 will probably have more direct appeal to coffee lovers than Vue did. Green Mountain's recently announced partnership with Coca-Cola and its plans to release a cold brewer this fall could also engender some excitement about what's coming next. There's also the fact that Keurig 2.0 brewers will continue brewing the existing generation of Keurig-licensed K-Cups, making them less of a leap for consumers than the Vue brewers and their proprietary Vue Packs were.
Show, Don't Tell: How to Live Your Mission Statement
We weren’t only lying to ourselves, but we were being disingenuous to the consumer about what the main intention of the company was. You could turn on your television and see the management reciting the mission statement with an impassioned plea to viewers, but no one in the company was living it.
Cronut Inventor Says His Mind-Melting SXSW Milk And Cookie Shots Are Coming To NY
The French-born, New York-based chef, who became a culinary celebrity last summer after inventing much-ballyhooed dessert hybrid, the cronut , unveiled the milk-and-cookie shot at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, currently underway. Hearts sank when it emerged that the new treat was an SXSW exclusive. As Ansel tells us, however, the milk-and-cookie shot is coming to his bakery in New York, most likely as an afternoon special served after 3 p.m. ("That way we can make sure to bake that batch fresh and serve our customers to order with organic milk from our supplier upstate," he says.)
Five Best Home Wi-Fi Routers
The Netgear AC1900 kind of looks like a stealth fighter, which may or may not be an awesome thing to you. Its design is actually supposed to boost signal, and the three external antennae are adjustable and designed to help deliver 802.11ac wireless signal to all corners of your home, connecting all of your devices. The Nighthawk is a dual-band router, perfect for connecting lots of devices or devices with varying ranges, and is heavily marketed to gamers, thanks in no small part to support for NVIDIA's GameStream technology. It also packs four gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connectivity, two USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0) for device sharing, including always-on downloading, printer sharing, NAS or hard drive sharing, and more. The router even supports Apple AirPlay and Time Machine backups right to connected drives. The Nighthawk packs a built-in VPN, guest networking, parental controls, and more security and configuration features that you probably need, and can also handle useful network management tasks like QoS, traffic shaping, and application prioritization. If you're interested in one, you can pick it up for $190 at Amazon .
If STARTUP-NY is not the right fit for you, consider one of the many other business incentive programs offered by the Empire State Development Corporation.
Uh-oh, this computer virus can spread via Wi-Fi
"Wi-Fi connections are increasingly a target for computer hackers because of well-documented security vulnerabilities, which make it difficult to detect and defend against a virus," said Alan Marshall, a professor of network security at the school. "It was assumed, however, that it wasn't possible to develop a virus that could attack Wi-Fi networks; but we demonstrated that this is possible and that it can spread quickly. We are now able to use the data generated from this study to develop a new technique to identify when an attack is likely."
Cosmos Review: The Universe Gets a Much-Needed Reboot
But a lot can change in 35 years—especially when you're talking about a subject as vast as the universe itself. Even just a decade after the show, there was a significant round of updates added that refined estimates of various celestial bodies and made note of alternate points of view that hard arisen since the initial airing. But more than just being proved incorrect, many aspects of space that have become more or less commonplace—dark matter, dark energy, the Higgs boson, etc.—had barely even begun to enter the scientific sphere at the time. And though the visual effects were groundbreaking for the time period—and they do hold up well considering how much time has passed—they're nothing compared to what we can do today. To maintain any real relevance, Cosmos was in desperate need of an update.
The 11 Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils You Can 3D-Print at Home
He says he plans to continue utilizing the 3D digitization team for future research. The 3D printed whale, which will be up in the museum in the coming months, is only the start. He's recently hired an associate — "My own information scientist," he laughs — to continue building the website and ensure 3D downloads are both frequent and easily accessible.
Lyft Raises $150 Million to Take on Uber
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