The cast of 'Game of Thrones' is just as excited for Season 5 as you are
The cast of 'Game of Thrones' sings "I'm So Excited" in a supercut from 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon'.
Cancer advocate Lauren Hill remembered as courageous athlete
On Friday morning, news broke that Lauren Hill lost her battle with cancer. But while the 19-year-old's life was short, her legacy will be long.
Marvel gets gritty in Netflix's 'Daredevil,' and it's glorious
Netflix has released Season 1 of 'Marvel's Daredevil,' and the world portrayed is grittier than anything we've seen associated with the Marvel name to date.
The Apple II Watch is obviously the only timepiece you need
The Apple Watch hasn't even been available for pre-order for 12 hours and we're already getting a look at the Apple Watch II. Sort of.
Apple Watch greeted by thin crowds in stores, suggesting fans prefer to buy, not fondle
The Apple Watch's arrival in stores Friday failed to draw the same crowds that greeted the launch of the iPhone 6—but this may be a sign that Apple fans are prepared to queue overnight to buy, but not just to try. Online, the smartwatch is already sold out until June .
HP Spectre x360 review: A sexy convertible that just can't take the heat
HP’s new Spectre x360 is a convertible, a recent branch of the laptop’s family tree born out of the belief that tablets would take over the world. Now that we know there’s room for both laptops and tablets after all, convertibles still bridge the gap, with more sophisticated designs. In fact, one of the best features of the Spectre x360 is that you’d never know this sexy, milled-aluminum laptop was a convertible until you folded the screen all the way around to tablet mode.
The Joy of Tech comic, Emoji for Apple Watch buyers.
We currently live on Vancouver Island, Canada, where we have a lovely perspective of the silicon valleys to the south. We make The Joy of Tech using Apple computers, mostly on our MacBook Pros, running Mac OS X. We use software from Apple, Adobe, BBedit, OpenOffice.org, and others, including Microsoft (yep, we do use Microsoft Office for Mac on occasion). Nitrozac uses a Wacom tablet to draw her illustrations.
What the Apple Watch Means for The Age of Notifications
The portals haven’t gone away, exactly, but they have been supplanted by feeds that live inside services such as Facebook. The idea of organizing content in a constantly updating stream is simple, compelling and wonderfully suited to our constant visitations to services we love. The two giants of feeds — still at the top of their games — were Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, many, many other services and apps adopted the feed approach. Yahoo uses it for its home page. LinkedIn has rejiggered its entire website to put its stream in your face. And newer entries such as Snapchat embrace it from the get-go. But as time went on, the two big feed giants, Facebook and Twitter — and don’t count Google out in this competition — began to entertain the idea that their service could be a kind of an uber stream, where other applications and services would hop into the their waters and become items in that mighty flow. Users would still use those other feed-based services and apps (Snapchat as a stand-along app isn’t going away), but the holy grail for those big Internet companies was to have their feed morph into your numero-uno feed, the go-to feed, the feed that supplies you with news, music, uplifting animal videos, and the latest on what your friends are up to.
Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War | WIRED
The NSA isn’t the only three-letter agency that’s been quietly collecting Americans’ data on a mind-boggling scale. The country learned this week that the Drug Enforcement Agency spied on all of us first , and with even fewer privacy protections by some measures. But if anyone is surprised that the DEA’s mass surveillance programs have been just as aggressive as the NSA’s, they shouldn’t be. The early targets that signal shifts in America’s domestic surveillance techniques aren’t activists and political dissidents, as some privacy advocates argue—or terrorists, as national security hawks would claim. They’re drug dealers.
The Ultimate Guide To Giving Feedback That Doesn’t Suck
You’ll see that the first example isn’t overly direct. That’s because the idea of disregarding someone’s feelings when giving feedback is a difficult one to swallow. Very few of us are good at sharing instructions without any emotional appeal. It’s ok to keep a level of empathy, as long as you’re still instructing on what needs to be corrected. Which leads to the next tip…
The Big Bang Theory: "The Fortification Implementation" Review - IGN
The big development here is that Penny's acting career may have been resuscitated. She has the chance to appear in Clerks 3, and it seems that next week's episode will explore her decision in more depth. Assuming she says yes, I wonder if that means we'll actually see Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting appear in the film. For now, the opportunity sparked a brief rift between Leonard and Penny as the former struggled to support the idea of Penny making another career change. You can't really blame the guy at this point, though it was definitely fun to watch Penny manipulate him and eventually lead Leonard into giving her support. The idea that Penny has suddenly become more financially stable and mature than Leonard seems a little far-fetched. It wasn't that long ago that I remember her joking about her crippling credit card debt. All the same, it's good to see Leonard wrestle with being the less successful one in their relationship fora change.
Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Critical Reviews From Google Maps
The Chiba District Court today issued a preliminary injunction forcing the U.S. internet company to remove two anonymous reviews for an undisclosed medical clinic in the country. While they document negative customer experiences at the clinic, neither review violates the policies that Google has in place for user generated content within the Maps service.
China's 'Great Cannon': Taking censorship across country borders | ZDNet
Twitter now supports your slo-mo iPhone videos
Shooting ultra slo-mo videos are one of my favorite things about the iPhone 6 Plus, and thanks to Twitter, it’s now far easier to share them via social media.
China deploys new weapon for online censorship in form of ‘Great Cannon’
"This is very much an escalation," said Bill Marczak, one of the authors of the report by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. While China long has used the Great Firewall - as its censorship system is called - to block users within the country from accessing news stories or other information it deems inappropriate, the recent attack reached beyond international borders and effectively blocked a wide range of content for Web users around the world.
Apple Watch preorders begin: 5 reasons to splurge, 5 reasons to skip
Because there are few accessories for now: If you choose the most luxurious Apple Watch, the Watch Edition in rose gold with a modern buckle band , you’re looking to spend $17,000. The modern buckle is a beautiful accessory, so you might be satisfied with it. But those who pick the lower-priced Apple Watch Sport might want to swap out their bands when they’re heading to events where a fluoroelastomer strap doesn’t seem suitable. Unfortunately, the modern buckle is $250 on its own, and doesn’t exactly go with the aluminum Watch Sport, so Sport owners are out of luck when it comes to accessories on launch day. But we expect that to change quickly. Hopefully.
With primetime TV, Apple hopes to hook customers for new Watch
Out of 300-plus airings of the Apple Watch commercial since March, almost half have been in primetime spots tied to shows such as AMC's "The Walking Dead," the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament and NBC's talent competition "The Voice."
Exclusive: Google is close to making Android Wear work on the iPhone
Google is working on getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to work with the iPhone, and it is close to finishing the final technical details, according to a source close to the development team. If Google released it and if Apple allowed it on its platform, it would put Android Wear smartwatches directly in competition with the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch for the first time.
We went shopping for an Apple Watch in Tokyo, Paris, and London
It took a long time to get the Watch Edition on my wrist. I was the first person to actually try one on, so there was security, PR, and employees scrambling to get the sacred Watch Edition for me while I live-streamed the whole thing on Periscope. It arrived with a security guard, naturally, and in a special box designed to make it as luxurious as the price tag. I tried both the 42mm and 38mm versions, and I have to say neither felt like a luxury timepiece, they just felt like gold versions of the Apple Watch. Yes the box is special, and the finish is gold, but I actually preferred the look of the stainless steel version — it does all the same things. The Apple Watch Edition just doesn’t feel all that different, unique, or premium. I joked about running away with the $17,000 42mm version, and the security guard simply smiled away and watched me head to the door. Good job I’m not a real thief otherwise I’d be in the back of a London taxi typing up my eBay auction right now.
Sapphire Apple Watch screen passes scratch test with flying colors
Sapphire Apple Watch screen passes scratch test with flying colors
By Mikey Campbell
Thursday, April 09, 2015, 02:58 pm PT (05:58 pm ET)
A video posted to the Web on Thursday runs a gauntlet of stress tests, including keys, sandpaper and even a power drill, on what is claimed to be an authentic sapphire display cover from Apple's forthcoming Apple Watch.
When Apple Watch launches later this month, two models — Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition — will sport display covers made from sapphire, a super-hard material Apple has used in smaller implementations like the iPhone's Touch ID home button.
A UK company called iPhonefixed got its hands on what it claims to be an Apple Watch screen replacement and put the sapphire part through its paces in a scratch test. Unsurprisingly, the screen withstood some major punishment, coming out unscathed from a process that would probably but gouges in parts made from lesser materials.
Like other scratch test videos, iPhonefixed used a variety of surfaces and tools to field test Apple's sapphire display.
Does your wrist itch for an Apple Watch? Go to eBay, but it'll cost you
Dozens of listings for Apple’s expensive new toy are appearing on eBay, sold by people who claim they placed their orders early enough to secure late April and early May delivery dates. Some listings include images of the buyers’ confirmation page from Apple, noting the estimated ship dates.
Louie: "Pot Luck" Review - IGN
Only on Louie does everything -- from Louie making fried chicken, to him just hovering around the pot luck table (next to another "Louie" type), to him having to explain the specifics about how he didn't actually j*** on Marina's baby -- blend together in perfect morbid harmony. Along with Marina shouting the line "Why don't you cut off your dick and then eat it!" It all fits. And Louie just takes it all in, rarely speaking up to tell anyone off or to explain his side of things. He just absorbs the awkward misery like a sponge.
Apple Pay now available in more stores than ever
“Apple Pay is my favorite part of the entire Watch, a little blast from the future. Paying for coffee at The Café Grind in Manhattan involved nothing more than double-clicking the communications button on the Watch and holding my wrist over the terminal; it beeped and the payment processed instantly. Paying with the Watch is even faster than paying with an iPhone, since it doesn’t have to read your fingerprint: it’s ready to go anytime after you put it on your wrist and unlock your phone with your fingerprint. I love using Apple Pay with my phone, but it’s even better with the Watch, some mild contortions to line it up with payment terminals aside. Apple Pay remains a shining example of what Apple is able to do when it has complete control over hardware, software, and services.”
Microsoft's new Windows 10 mobile test build now includes Spartan | ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft is delivering a second preview build of Windows 10 Mobile to testers, one which includes the company's new 'Spartan' browser, and new Mail, Calendar, Phone and Messaging apps.
Finally, the app is adding a re-edit or undo function through Stacks, so you can revert back to an earlier version of your photo. For reference, Stacks is a tool that lets you see the layers of filters you’ve applied to your photo. You’ll also be able to copy and paste edits from one image to another.
Motorola’s flagship smartwatch, the Moto 360, received a significant price cut today on Amazon and Best Buy — the same day hordes of Apple fans rushed to preorder the coveted Apple Watch.
Nokia Weighs Sale of Maps Business to Focus on Networks
Last year, Nokia named Sean Fernback to head the maps business. Fernback, who joined Nokia from Dutch navigation-device maker TomTom NV, replaced Michael Halbherr, who left the company after disagreeing over the unit’s strategy with CEO Suri, people familiar with the matter said at the time. There was internal debate over whether the unit should focus on automotive and enterprise clients or also continue to target consumers, the people said.
Apple Watch already sold out until June
It’s unclear just how limited the supply of Watches is or how high demand is, but it didn’t take long for specific models to sell out. One colleague ordered his 42mm space grey Apple Watch Sport with black band four minutes after preorders opened and his shipping date was May 13–27. Macworld’s Leah Yamshon and I both placed orders for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with white band as soon as preorders opened and are expecting our Watches to show up between April 24 and May 8.
Apple Watch preorders, 12
Apple Watch preorders, 12" MacBook sales go live with limited availability [u]
By AppleInsider Staff
Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:11 am PT (03:11 am ET)
Apple's online storefront reopened at midnight on Friday to accept Apple Watch preorders and sales of the new 12-inch MacBook, kicking off global sales of two hotly anticipated products.
The Online Apple Store returned to service after going offline for Apple Watch preorder preparations Thursday night, but showed extremely limited availability for the device, with many models shipping in four to six weeks.
Supply for Watch started out severely constrained, it appears, as the only models quoted to ship by Apple's promised April 24 date being the 38mm Apple Watch Sport and, for a few minutes, the 42mm stainless steel version. The 42mm Sport variant was quoted at four to six weeks out, the same dates currently applicable to the stainless steel Apple Watch lineup. Apple's rose gold Apple Watch Edition ships in May, while customers buying the yellow gold version will have to wait until August.
The Pill Could Be Altering The Structure Of Your Brain
"Some women experience negative emotional side effects from taking oral contraceptive pills, although the scientific findings investigating that have been mixed," Nicole Petersen, a neuroscientist at UCLA and the study's lead author, told The Huffington Post. "So it's possible that this change in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex may be related to the emotional changes that some women experience when using birth control pills."
20 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes
When you play the Game of Thrones, you play it one hour at a time. With a novelistic sprawl inherited from author George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire , the popular HBO show often feels less like a premium-cable series and more like a 40-hour movie. But showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have delivered a number of stand-alone knockouts — individual installments that soar high above the rest like Daenerys' dragons. As the April 12 premiere of Season Five approaches, sit back in your Iron Throne as we settle the question of which episodes from the first four seasons reign supreme.
Judge: Browsing Data Shared With Facebook Doesn’t Violate Privacy Law
“Such casual consumption of web content, without any attempt to affiliate with or connect to the provider, exhibits none of the critical characteristics of ‘subscription’ and therefore does not suffice to render Austin-Spearman a ‘subscriber’ of AMC,” Judge Buchwald wrote in her opinion.
MacBook review round-up: Apple’s latest laptop is a beautiful compromise
The first round of reviews for Apple’s nearly-released MacBook have hit the Internet, falling in the shadow of the Apple Watch reviews which hit the Web yesterday. While the Watch may be the newer, more original device, the MacBook is arguably just as important, and perhaps even just as innovative. Its radical design choices, such as its reliance on a single port and super-slim design, make it a potential blueprint for laptops to come.
List of Apple Stores That Will Carry the Apple Watch Edition at Launch
Following reports that Apple Watch Edition stock will be limited to select Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries, MacRumors has discovered that Apple's Find Locations tool enables prospective buyers to search their local area to check for Apple Watch Edition availability. Below, we have identified some of the major cities and metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan that will carry the Edition.
To check Apple Watch Edition availability in your local area, navigate to Apple's Find Locations website, click on Sales, use your current GPS-based location or enter another one, select Watch Edition from the list of all products, and click on the Go button. A map will then display nearby Apple Store locations that will be carrying the Edition. If you live outside the United States, you will need to change the country flag in the top right first.
— New York City: Fifth Avenue, SoHo, Upper West Side
— Boston: Boylston Street
— Chicago: North Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Park
— Philadelphia: Walnut Street
— Washington DC: Georgetown
— Atlanta: Lenox Square
— Miami: Lincoln Road
— Virginia: Tyson's Corner Center
— Newark, Delaware: Christiana Mall
— Bay Area: San Francisco, Stanford
— Los Angeles: The Grove, Third St.
Is Waking Up Destroying Your Whole Day?
Your morning routine might be ruining your whole day. From optimal shower temperature to what you eat for breakfast, find out what you can do to set yourself up to have a great day. (Hint: it's not hitting the snooze button again.)
Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 6: HBO Goes Over-The-Top)
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is the world’s most pirated show, according to new data from anti-piracy solutions provider Irdeto out today. So it’s not surprising that the network has now moved to make watching its content more easily accessible to those who don’t want to pay for cable or satellite television. Instead, thanks to deals with Apple, Cablevision, Sling TV, and likely others in the future, HBO is finally a (legal) option for cord cutters.
How the last American Civil War veterans lived, loved and died
There is some debate as to the validity of both Walter Williams' and William Lundy's claims. Walter Williams claimed in 1959 to be the last Civil War veteran alive. Williams said he was 116, but census data discovered more recently suggests that he may have been eleven when the war ended in 1865. William Lundy was born at a similar time, and died in 1957.
AWS offers machine-learning service to make sense of big data
"When you combine the cloud, big data, and machine learning together, you get scalable capabilities to analyze and respond to a myriad of things," he said. "With a service, you don't need to procure, setup, find space for the hardware nor do you have to be an expert in datacenter software. You need to know the correct algorithms for measurement or find a way to get the data to AWS.
Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that’s right for you
The lowest-price Watch ships with a Sport Band, but the stainless steel case really shines when paired with a leather (Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, or Leather Loop, all with stainless steel finishes) or a stainless steel (Milanese Loop or Link Bracelet) band. Yes, you can pair the Apple Watch Sport case with a Milanese Loop band, but the aluminum will clash with the stainless steel, while the classic Watch was made for these bands. Plus, the Apple Watch also has a space gray stainless steel case option that’s super svelte, with bands to match.
GoPro from space: watch a stunning NASA spacewalk
In the video you see above, astronaut Terry Virts uses the action camera to capture a stunning view of Earth passing by, and in the second one we get a strapped-on view of what it looks like to navigate the underbelly of the International Space Station. It's like looking through the eyes of a space mechanic, only without the sense of impending doom that comes with working in a vacuum. If only they had been able to strap one to Bruce McCandless .
150 years after Lincoln assassination, massive online archive goes live
"President Lincoln's legacy as a statesman has marked him as one of the most important and influential leaders our country and the world have ever known," Daniel Stowell, director and editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, stated in a news release.. "He was also perhaps the most well-written, and written to, presidents in history, with thousands of personal and political documents, all of which tell the story of our country during one of the most pivotal times in history."
Google granted patent to block TV spoilers
Google has been granted a patent for a new system to block TV and film
spoilers from the internet
IBM's Chef Watson recipe book lets you cook like a supercomputer - CNET
Chef Watson's specialty is dreaming up unusual combinations. As a computer, Watson doesn't have knee-jerk emotional roadblocks like "No way those flavors would work together!" or "It would be crazy to combine Turkish and Korean cuisine within a Caesar salad." It traffics in data and possibilities, but the end result is as creative as anything an eccentric human chef could dream up.
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Vikings: "To the Gates!" Review - IGN
While Ragnar's siege of Paris didn't exactly take up the full episode, "To the Gates!" was still practically wall-to-wall action. There was a good, solid 30 minutes of warfare here - the biggest scene the show has ever pulled off. The most extras, the most CG add-ons, and the most intense fighting to date. It's one thing for Ragnar and his horde to pillage and raid villages and monasteries. Or to face other soldiers in an open field. This was a walled city. A devastatingly fortified city, in fact. With more layers and dangers than Ranger ever anticipated. So much so that once he got up on the wall and saw just how far removed the central hive was from his grasp, he threw himself off.
Reader picks: 15 more classic PC games you should play again
Let's do this together. Here's 15(ish) more classic PC games you should revisit, created in large part from your feedback and suggestions. (Yes, we read the comments!) Some of these games are so important they should've probably made the original list (I'm so sorry, Blizzard), while others ( Marathon ) are just solid additions to the canon.
The Verge on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
New Apple streaming music service could include 2 price tiers, exclusives from Taylor Swift & others
Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.
Remember that regardless of which Apple Watch model you get, the device’s functionality is the same. The models are separated below by the case material followed by the wristband type and color. Each one links you to the corresponding product page on Apple’s online store.
46% off the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera
This compact quadrocopter is perfect for indoor and outdoor flights and complex aerial maneuvers, and can capture it all with its on-board camera!
Spring cleaning: Organize your cable drawer - CNET
Not all cables are worth money -- a standard USB-to-Micro-USB charging cable rakes in an average of about 99 cents (with free shipping) on eBay. But if you have cables that belong to brand-name products, such as Bose speaker cables or an Apple Lightning cable, you can probably get a few bucks' profit if you feel like putting in the work. eBay is always a good option for brand-name items, because people lose their cables and chargers and look for the name of the item rather than the generic name of the cable.
TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards
It’s Apple Watch pre-order day! The new device went on sale this morning at just after midnight Pacific time, and now shipping times are extending to at least June across the product lineup. Our guest today, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple ( @jdalrymple ), not only successfully ordered three but also went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to check out the in-store experience.