What Is USB-C? An Explainer
The new Apple MacBook is nice, but its USB-C power connector is the big story.
AMC and Dolby team up to make the laser-powered movie theaters of the future
Over the past decade there's been a home entertainment revolution as higher-resolution video, improved display technology, and streaming services have changed the way we watch movies and TV. The...
Snowden shows John Oliver how the NSA can see your dick pics
In a surprise interview with Edward Snowden, John Oliver made NSA spying revelations more relatable to the American public through the topic of dick pics
Even The Rock could use some Pinterest inspiration
Here's what The Rock would put on his Pinterest boards (mostly cod).
Fox News goes to the Apple store and finds apocalypse - CNET
Technically Incorrect: The O'Reilly Factor sends its witty correspondent to the Apple store in order to see if the machines are taking over the world. (They are.)
Q+A: How the THX Deep Note Creator Remade His Iconic Sound - Create Digital Music
How do you improve upon a sound that is already shorthand for noises that melt audiences’ faces off? And how do you revisit sound code decades after the machines that ran it are scrapped? We get a chance to find out, as the man behind the THX “Deep Note” sound talks about its history and … Continue →
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Rand Paul for President: Defeat the Washington Machine. Unleash the American Dream.
Anne Hathaway came in on a wrecking ball in 'Lip Sync Battle'
The performance, at one point, included Hathaway flipping Blunt off while swinging on a wrecking ball in her underwear.
Watch Coachella live online here
Have a fear of missing out on the Coachella madness? YouTube is here to help alleviate your woes by live streaming much — not all — of the music festival.
Apple cannot sell the Apple Watch in Switzerland even if it wanted to
Apple cannot launch the Apple Watch in Switzerland — home of some of the most renowned watch companies out there and the spiritual home of watches — event if it wanted to because of a trademark claim.
Hands-On With The New Roku 3
As you can see in the video above, the new hardware driving the box has gotten a noticeable bump in performance. Pressing the Netflix or Amazon Instant Video shortcuts on the included remote instantly brings up the corresponding app, not the logo and a loading animation as you might see on other set-top boxes. It’s a vastly superior experience if you’re moving up from an older Roku or a competitor whose hardware hasn’t gotten an upgrade in a few years (looking at you, Apple TV).
Handsome Jack Plays Handsome Jack in The Handsome Collection - IGN
Handsome Jack and his assistant Meg continue playing through the Handsome Collection. Watch as Handsome Jack, playing as Handsome Jack, teams up with Handsome Jack to defend the Hyperion space station.
Apple Watch repair costs, AppleCare+ plans & try-on experiences detailed as preorders mount
As Apple has opened preorders and try-on appointments for the Apple Watch, more details have become clear about the ordering process, including costs for AppleCare+, and the repair service fees for out-of-warranty Watches, which can rise as high as $2,800 in the US for an Edition model.
Apple Watch sold out within six hours of pre-orders going live
The smartwatch went up for pre-order today with a shipping date of April 28 to May 8 for most of the models. However, within a few minutes, the estimated shipping time of the Apple Watch Sport slipped to 4-6 weeks . This was followed by the shipping estimate of the stainless steel Apple Watch increasing to 4-6 weeks before reaching June.
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CrunchWeek: Apple Built A Watch, Zynga Recycles CEOs, And HBO Cuts The Cord
Welcome to another Friday and another episode of CrunchWeek. This week we had a treat in that two-thirds of our staff’s Sarahs sat down to dig in and rake over the news.
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U.S. Capitol building on lockdown after shooter 'neutralized,' police confirm
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed to Mashable that a shooter on the west front of the Capitol building grounds in Washington, D.C. was "neutralized" Saturday afternoon following an apparent suicide attempt, and that a precautionary lockdown of the area was enforced.
12 Monkeys: "Arms of Mine" Review - IGN
The double showdown at the time machine between Ramse and Cole in 2015 and Jones and the 12 Monkeys was super cool. Jones was able to barter for the release of Whitley and Dr. Adler and Cole was making headway with Ramse before Cassie showed up (more on that in a sec). Ramse enjoys the irony of Jones not wanting him around at the facility, which turned out to be something his money created. That's not really true though, he's really just a dummy corporation that the Army set up. And then he says what's probably my favorite line of the series so far, "It took time travel to create time travel." The ultimate chicken and egg scenario!
The Game of Game of Thrones: who will win season five?
Arya Stark was expected to be a hot first-round commodity this season, but the fact that she was only fourth pick this season has me already wondering if it will still be another year or so before she rises to her full potential. Luckily, Littlefinger is sure to be making some serious power moves up at the Eyrie after shoving his blushing bride Lysa Arryn out the moon door. The rest of this team is a little too stacked with wild cards for my complete ease of mind (fingers crossed we get more Yara this season), but with the admittedly poorly defined "Random magic stuff" in her special teams slot, Adi could be stacking up a lot of stray points this year, depending on how many unexplained animated skeletons we encounter.
Product reviews and prices, software downloads, and tech news - CNET
Perfect for those stepping up to a DSLR, the advanced amateur and anyone wanting a compact, a 24MP camera that takes superb pictures and video, has a full range of features and is super easy to use. Includes Nikon 18-55mm and 55-200m VR lenses and a Nikon case.
The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
The power of introverts
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
How to speak so that people want to listen
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
The Internet needs YOU
Discrimination of services in any form is detrimental for the growth of the telecom industry itself and there should be no circumstance for a telecom operator to do so. Given the diverse nature of the Internet, telecom operators should not be allowed to determine what type of service should get more priority. For example, a consumer in India probably relies on VoIP calls to keep in touch with people abroad and if there is throttling of these services, it infringes on the user’s fundamental right of freedom of expression. An Internet service that a telecom operator thinks which could lead to traffic congestion, might be vital to consumers. Further, a telecom operator might use throttling to further a service promoted by them and induce consumers into using them, thereby eliminating choice.
Where is home?
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
The opportunity of adversity
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.
Our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
While London has a solid reputation in tech, it’s not usually considered on par with San Francisco and the Bay Area in terms of tech talent. Yet London has the highest number of top Stack Overflow members, clocking in with 394 that have a reputation over 5,000. New York City also comes in before San Francisco, with 270 and 269 users respectively. Still, San Francisco has only one-tenth the population of London and New York, so on a per capita basis, the City by the Bay does come out ahead. London, though, is well ahead of New York even though the two megacities have roughly the same number of inhabitants. The upshot? If you want to find a coding unicorn among the masses of programmers, SF remains a good bet, followed by London. (Caveat: Stack Overflow users self-declare their location, so we’re relying on their word here).
Why It's So Wrong--But So Right--To Sleep With Your Pets
We have a rescued ex-street dog that looks like a corgi mix and though we never invited her it took her 8 months to find the guts and jump on our bed and nestle in our foot area. Now, it's been 3 years and at about 11:00 pm if we're not in bed just yet she gets skittish and starts growling at us trying to make us go to bed....when we finally do, she's the happiest dog you've ever seen probably thinking "yes, my humans finally got it!" jumping up and down, showing us the way and running ahead making sure we don't get lost... it's our nightly routine, and it feels so good to see that she's so comfortable and loving and wants to take care of us :). I won't let anybody judge and say it's wrong when it makes all 3 of us so so happy.... we are extremely grateful to have her :)
Embrace the remix
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
The single biggest health threat women face
Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health — including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed).
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The art of choosing
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
A second opinion on developmental disorders
Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass suggests we should be looking directly at brains. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives.
The Invisible Design Behind the Apple Watch's Many Faces | WIRED
He flips a few pages further into the making-of book, onto the first of several full-page spreads with gorgeous photos of jellyfish. There’s no obvious reason to have a jellyfish watch face. Dye just loves the way they look. “We thought that there was something beautiful about jellyfish, in this sort of space-y, alien, abstract sort of way,” he says. But they didn’t just visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with an underwater camera. They built a tank in their studio, and shot a variety of species at 300 frames-per-second on incredibly high-end slow-motion Phantom cameras. Then they shrunk the resulting 4096 x 2304 images to fit the Watch’s screen, which is less than a tenth the size. Now, “when you look at the Motion face of the jellyfish, no reasonable person can see that level of detail,” Dye says. “And yet to us it’s really important to get those details right.”
How public spaces make cities work
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it's important.
Apple Watch review - CNET
Of course, the original iPhone never had apps right out of the gate. The Apple Watch's early apps feel like those apps from the first days of the iPhone: simple menus, basic functions, common interfaces. Most apps aim for bare-bones utility. Apple has suggested that Watch apps aim for no more than 5-10 seconds of interactivity at a time. That shows in the design of many apps. Of the 33 or so I've seen so far, the ones I've liked the most have been Twitter, Evernote, The New York Times, CNN and TripAdvisor. But none of apps feels as elegant as Apple's own onboard software.
Apple Watch, Android Wear, or Pebble: how do they stack up?
Now that we've had a real chance to see the Apple Watch, we've got a pretty good idea of how it stacks up against Android Wear and Pebble. Those other two smartwatch platforms are the right ones to compare it to; there may be other smartwatches, but there really aren't other smartwatch ecosystems. Those are the three you have to choose from.
Raul Castro Says Cuba Blockade Not Obama's Fault
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied to his defense, absolving Obama of fault for the U.S. blockade in a stunning reversal of more than 50 years of animosity between the United States and Cuba.
Duolingo Adds Klingon to its Language-Learning Platform
In loving memory of Leonard Nimoy who passed away earlier this year , it may be, ahem, logical to revisit old episodes of ‘Star Trek’ or brush up on your Klingon skills. tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhbe’ you say? Thankfully, Duolingo ‘s here to help.
Florida bobcat snatched a shark out of the ocean like it was nothing
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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free
None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.
Apple Watch Review: The Smartwatch Finally Makes Sense
The Fitbit Surge is $100 less than the cheapest iWatch and does most of the same stuff. It also does a lot of things the iWatch doesn't, like last a whole week without charging. And the Surge is essentially device independent - it works on Windows Phone, Android and, yes, iOS. But, unlike the iWatch, you do not need a smartphone to make the Surge work. A plain old PC will do fine. Fitbit even includes a Bluetooth USB for the PC. On Windows Phone, with Cortana's superior capabilities, you can just talk to the Surge and enter that burger you just ate. Apple is behind the curve in phones, now it is behind the curve in wrist devices. Maybe the iWatch 2 will be better? Oh, well, the iWatch sure looks good ...
Apple releases iOS 8.3 with new features and fixes - CNET
Along with the update to Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple released iOS 8.3 adding new characters to the emoji keyboard along with several fixes and performance improvements.
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Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal
Those laws now ban, per Roskomnadzor’s announcement, memes that picture public figures in a way that “has no relation to [their] personality,” parody accounts and parody Web sites. If a public figure believes such a site or meme has been made about him, the announcement continues, he can report them to the Roskomnadzor, which — in addition to overseeing Russia’s Internet censorship program — can file claims in court. Web sites are essentially given the choice of blocking the offending content in Russia, or seeing their whole sites get blocked across the country.
Google wants no-cost international roaming for its phone service
Google may not have grand ambitions for its upcoming cellular network , but the company could still have a few clever tricks up its sleeve. The Telegraph claims that Google is talking to wireless giant Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three ( and soon O2 ), about letting American customers roam at no extra cost on the foreign carrier's networks. In other words, you could go on Instagram photo tours of places like Hong Kong or the UK without facing an outrageous phone bill when you get home. Neither of the companies are commenting, but Hutchison Whampoa would be a very logical partner. It already lets its customers roam in other countries (including the US) as if they were at home -- in a way, a Google deal would simply be returning the favor.
Lightning-zapped plane flies 3,000 miles with a hole in its nose - CNET
Technically Incorrect: An Icelandair flight is struck by lightning, but continues its journey from Iceland to Denver. The pilots had no idea of the damage.
Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2015) review - CNET
The new MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display with a 2,304x1,440-pixel resolution. It, too, has a new design -- it's the thinnest ever built into a MacBook, at 0.88mm -- with a larger aperture for light and individual pixels in red, green and blue. The slightly unusual resolution is a combination of Apple's drive for a very high pixel-per-inch density, as well as an aspect ratio that sticks with 16:10, as opposed to nearly every other laptop available now, all of which use the same 16:9 aspect ratio as HDTV. (The 11-inch MacBook Air remains the only 16:9 MacBook.)
High-tech TV: How realistic is the hacking in prime-time shows?
"For all of the attacks that I labeled realistic, the cost is in time and knowledge. But money can speed up the process," he says. "It takes time to learn how to do this stuff, and to do the research needed to compromise certain systems, especially if you need to compromise a kind of device that's hard to get your hands on, like a certain type of CCTV. One person with a laptop could potentially perform all of the attacks, mainly using exploits that other people have written, but it'd take longer than a large, well-funded group of people doing the same. Even the attacks that I labeled as unrealistic are possible if you include nation-state-level attacks, i.e., the kinds where money and other resources are no issue."
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Vietnam's Reunification Palace is a '60s time capsule fit for a king
There are plenty of palaces with 17th century chandeliers, or armchairs dating to the 1800s, or parquet flooring laid down before our great-great-grandparents were born. And they're all lovely. But an extraordinary building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, proves that a palace doesn’t need to be centuries old to ooze charm, gravitas, and more than a bit of kitsch.