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Just By Watching A Cute Video, You've Already Helped A Dog In Need

Dog-food brand Pedigree has launched an adoption drive that urges people to share a viral video to help dogs find permanent homes.

Fake Funeral Prank Causes Tears, Not Laughs

Speeding delinquents were invited to their own intervention-style funeral.

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3D-Film Pioneer James Cameron Talks VR Filmmaking and Oculus Rift

"There are a suite of tools that can operate at the kind of depth we're talking about, I believe between 4000-5000 meters. My ultra-deep submersible would not be required at those levels, that's half of the level it's designed for. The next step would be to use an AUV, an autonomous underwater vehicle, and have it run at 400 or 500 feet above the bottom and do a sonar profile of the bottom," he said. "But it all hinges on whether or not those pings [our link] are actually from the black box, and not from something else, like a scientific instrument that's drifted off course."

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Kinect Sports Rivals | Goat Simulator | Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends | Titanfall | The Elder Scrolls Online

What 61 points on HN did for my startup

Hacker News is not just a sinkhole for your morning’s productivity. I’ve been frequenting HN for years and it is my primary source of information. Recently, I also discovered it is a great platform to launch your startup.

The Year of Wearables or Year of Natural Selection? (eBook)

Every week, a new smartwatch receives funding on Kickstarter, a new connected fitness band emerges from a Fortune 100 tech manufacturer, and an Ivy League dropout in a garage in Southern California takes aim at Google Glass.

All the passwords you should change because of Heartbleed, in one handy graphic

As we wrote yesterday , “Heartbleed arose inside a version of open-source OpenSSL cryptographic software. Information sitting inside the memory of a server should be encrypted, but a little bit of data could be pulled out under an attack. The vulnerability affected widely used infrastructure from cloud providers like Heroku and Amazon Web Services as well as networking hardware from vendors like Cisco and Juniper.”

Android this week: Amazon phone soon; LG G Watch priced; Galaxy S5 reviewed

This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available.

How ComiXology Became The iTunes Of Comic Books | Cult of Mac

“The English-language comic book market is really odd,” Steinberger says. “By the time we came along in late 2006, the only place you were able to buy 22-page floppy books in North America was in specialty comic shops. You couldn’t get them in bookstores, or in supermarkets, or on Amazon — unless they happened to be collected into trade paperbacks. Unlike most mass-media that turned to digital, there was no huge print outlet to start with.”

HTC's new One is a beautiful beast, a speed demon -- but its camera stinks (review)

HTC doubled down on its metal unibody design from last year. Now the phone’s metal case wraps all the way around, whereas last year’s One had a bit of plastic on its sides. The new One is now also better contoured to fit the curves of your hand, and the new polished metal case gives it a luxurious feel. But while the metal case does a good job of protecting the rear and sides of the phone, the One’s front bezel is unfortunately more prone to nicks and scratches (more on that below).

Entrust Offer New Certificates in Wake of Heartbleed

The Internet was rocked this week by revelations that a critical vulnerability in OpenSSL has left Web traffic open to compromise for years. The Heartbleed bug has potentially serious security ramifications, and it's difficult--if not impossible--to know whether data has been exposed. In an effort to restore trust, and help organizations return to normal Web operations, Entrust is providing fresh certificates for customers at no cost.

See The Human Cost Of Your iPhone... And It Will Shock You

Pay up or die? You Americans complain way too much. Go to a third world country and tell me if the government even lifts a finger to help the homeless. You think you are un-sheltered by your government? No, you are just spoiled, you have been given too much that you take things for granted. Go to any third world country, nobody has the rights to speak up for anything, we don’t even have human rights, we work 14 hours a day for a minimum wage and you Americans complain? Our pension scheme is so shit compared to yours, you think we have unemployment pensions?? You think our groceries will offer food for the homeless? You are dead wrong, try to walk in somebody else’s shoes before you think you are unfortunate, your first world problems doesn’t compare to poverty and starvation.

Romantic Pictures from Russian Dating Sites

I feel sorry for the poor souls who find it necessary to criticize others for poor grammar when the person is obviously not a native English speaker. We are all human beings. When I am lucky enough to have money to travel to another country, I love to meet the people and get immersed in their culture. We are all citizens of the world, people. Find something better to do than criticize others for being from a different country. Being from America doesn’t mean you are better than anyone else. It’s what kind of person you are, not where you live that makes you good.


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Edge of the abyss

Eventually, I relent and let Janni be evaluated by a therapist who's an expert in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She immediately rules out ASD because Janni is too engaging, and wants her to do an IQ test. Janni scores 146 out of 150, the highest the test can calculate. The therapist tells us that, at age four, Janni is mentally between 10 and 11 years old, and this is where all our problems will come from. Her advice is to enrol Janni in a school for extremely gifted kids, but Janni is still not potty-trained and screams if anyone mistakenly calls her by her given name.

Watch the Navy's electromagnetic railgun blow stuff up before it hits the high seas

The Navy announced plans today to deploy an electromagnetic railgun that can do some epic damage. Set to go into testing on one of Navy's joint high speed vessels (JHSV) in 2016, the gun uses Lorentz Force to "rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails." The result is a gun that can shoot a ton farther than a traditional weapon. Even better, it can maintain kinetic energy while it's in flight, making it so it doesn't need a lot of explosives on board to do some damage when it gets to the car, building, or other ship you're trying to blow up. The Navy's chief engineer, Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller says the gun will "allow us to effectively counter a wide-range of threats at a relatively low cost, while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons." JHSV's aren't used for combat, so the railguns will be on their way to some TBD boats soon. For now, you can see them in action in the official Navy video below.

How Google Picks New Employees (Hint: It's Not About Your Degree)

2. Leadership . I love that Bock and his colleagues look for leadership at every level.  And not, as he says, a traditional evaluation of leadership as in, “…were you president of the chess club? Were you vice president of sales? How quickly did you get there?” They’re looking for folks who  can step in to guide and influence others toward an outcome when that’s what’s needed – no matter what their job or title may be.  (And who also know – back to the humility criterion – when to step back and let someone else take that role. )

Mark Cuban Wants To Take Over Texting

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The Micro is a $200 3D printer that can make a teacup in an hour

"The dream here is definitely that you take something and install it as fast as the fastest plug-and-play device that you've ever seen and you're focused on the end result," Michael Armani, M3D's CEO tells us. "You take the design, put it in the printer, it prints as quickly as possible. The focus here isn't on the 3D printing process ... [it's] on 'yeah, I want to make a mold for chocolates.' It went to the fun part so you can enjoy it as much as possible."

Teen Asks Netflix To Prom Via Twitter, Netflix Says Yes

Sweis picked James Bond's "Skyfall" tux (kid's got class) and the 1950's Buick from "Grease," with a Danny Zuko look-alike behind the wheel. The teen was given the the choice to ride in one of Don Draper's gorgeous cars or Walt and Jesse's meth mobile from "Breaking Bad," but maybe the latter was a little too edgy.

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Watch a marriage collapse in 30 seconds

I have no words to describe this ultimate faux pas. All you have to do is look at the groom's facial expression to see all you need to know about how this marriage is going to go! Can you even believe this happened?

How to avoid heartburn, er, Heartbleed

Of all the exploits we've seen over the past few years, Heartbleed is certainly the biggest nuisance. Not only is it widespread enough to worm its way into some forgotten nook of your digital past, but it's been lying under our noses for two years. Still, there's no need to panic: just wait for your favorites services to patch the bug, watch for announcements from sites you might use and verify their security using freely available tools. Once that's all done, change your password, write it down and breathe easy.

She Survived the Boston Bombing, But Can She Bear the 17th Surgery?

Heather Abbott, 39, a human resources executive from Newport, R.I., lost her left heel in the second explosion. Doctors immediately admitted her to surgery, but by the following Friday told her the leg likely wasn’t salvageable. It would be shorter than her right leg, and probably mangled. She'd never be able to walk, much less run. They suggested amputation.

Heartbleed: How and Why to Change Your Passwords Today - Personal Tech News - WSJ

Check site security before changing your password It’s not clear exactly which services were impacted, or what passwords may have been compromised. But if you have an account on Yahoo, OKCupid or Github—three popular sites known to have had the vulnerability (and patched it)—you should change your password on them as soon as possible.

Marvel's Superheroes are Super Selfie-Absorbed

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14 Quotes That Haunt New Yorkers

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Everything You Need to Make Your Own Urban Garden

If you're a first-time gardener, you can't go wrong with mint. It's incredibly easy to care for and it grows like a weed (literally). Keep in in an area that's filled with morning sun and make sure you keep it contained. Water once a day. Container size may vary, but it should be no smaller than 8 to 12 inches.

How we see color - Colm Kelleher

There are three types of color receptors in your eye: red, green and blue. But how do we see the amazing kaleidoscope of other colors that make up our world? Colm Kelleher explains how humans can see everything from auburn to aquamarine.

Instagram is Down [Now Back]

If you envisaged flicking through Instagram this weekend then it might be worth taking an extra coffee and coming back a bit later as the Facebook-owned photo app is down right now due to a “feed delivery issue”.

You Are Not Your Job

While I love doing what I do, it’s still work. I still get up at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. everyday and sit down and work for most of the day. I don’t wait to be inspired because it’s a job. And I stop when the work is finished.

Samsung's War at Home

Lee Mi-kyung, who has been a member of the South Korean National Assembly for 18 years, has been an ally to Hwang and the other Samsung families. Sitting down between votes at the members’ cafeteria just outside the body’s chamber, she says Samsung has been so influential in politics, the press, and even the law that many of her countrymen call their land “the Republic of Samsung.” She says things are changing as Korean corporate power continues to be checked gradually across society. She mentions the 2008 corruption investigation into Samsung for allegedly maintaining a slush fund to bribe judges, prosecutors, and politicians. Prosecutors said they did not find evidence of bribery, but they charged and convicted Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee with tax evasion. He paid a fine of roughly $100 million and received a suspended prison sentence.

Comcast has very bad reasons for wanting to buy Time Warner Cable

There is absolutely no way that Comcast can argue it would have meaningful competition in wired broadband or cable after the merger. It’s impossible. Comcast was estimated to have about 20.7 million broadband subscribers and 21.7 million video subscribers at the end of 2013; Time Warner Cable counted about 11 million for both categories. AT&T counted 10.4 million U-Verse internet subscribers and 5.5 million TV subscribers, bringing it close to pre-merger TWC, at least in broadband. Verizon, however, counted only about 6 million FiOS internet and 5 million FiOS video customers in its earnings statement. CenturyLink reported 6 million broadband subscribers, and Charter counted 4.3 million "internet" customers and 4.2 "video" ones. A merger would turn Comcast’s already long lead into overwhelming dominance. And Comcast knows this.

7 Things Not to Do on Twitter

I find that a number of businesses guilty of Twitter overuse. They tweet way too often to my comfort and to make matters worse, the tweets are repetitive. It’s annoying to say the least when I find same tweets in my feed before I go to bed every night and they pop up again when I access Twitter next morning. The idea is to be judicious with how much you tweet and what you tweet.

Can You Renege on a Job Offer Once You've Accepted?

In other words, in most situations it’s generally unwise to renege on a job offer. And before you say, “But my dream company…!” remember that, ideally, your dream company will continue to exist for many years. The recruiter you worked with will likely be understanding if you explain that you love the company and hope to maintain the relationship for future opportunities, but that you’ve already made a commitment to another. Showing integrity during this process leaves a good impression — and will put you in a good place to apply again a few years down the road.

10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers

Czech-born Ladislav Sutnar collaborated with writer Knud Lönberg-Holm to improve Sweet’s Catalog Service, which compiled the catalogs of different manufacturers in the construction industry. Recognizing that people look for products in different ways, they developed a system that cross-referenced each item by company, trade, and product name. Sutnar clarified the vast amount of information, using colors, shapes, charts, and graphic symbols to guide the reader. He established hierarchy by emphasizing type--changing scale and weight, reversing out of color, and using italics and parentheses--which made skimming, reading, and remembering easier. (He also established the standard protocol of putting phone number area codes in parentheses.) Sutnar was moving beyond the single page and embracing the double-page spread, creating designs that weren’t just visually interesting, but also helpful. The way he steered readers through complex information sounds much like what we now call information design or information architecture, which has been further developed by Edward Tufte and Richard Saul Wurman, as well as by digital and web designers everywhere.

Startups Compete For Crowdfunding Dollars In Person At The One Spark Festival

632 projects are at the festival this year – a 56 percent increase from the first festival held a year ago. They are there to fund their projects in a variety of different ways. The main way is through a prize pool of $310,000, which is divvied out proportionally by vote. The more votes a project gets from festival attendees, the bigger the piece of pie they get. There are also $10,000 prizes available based on the category of the project. Attendees can also fund projects directly in amounts from $5 to 5,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 review - CNET

The back panel motif is different, I'll give Samsung that. Tiny dimples cover a rear cover that's blessedly matte instead of coated in reflective gloop. In addition to cutting down glare, the more subdued surface masks accumulated fingerprints. The Galaxy S5 comes in black and creamy white shades, but Samsung has also shown it off in enticing copper and bright blue. Not every market or carrier will sell each color, but at least Samsung has decided to expand its palette to some livelier hues.

Here's everything you need to know about the Heartbleed web security flaw

Please make yourself be well aware of this Heartbleed bug. It recently tried to compromise my major nationally known bank account by creating a tab panel to come up once I was already logged into my account asking for my acct #, SSN, CVC #, birthdate, mother’s maiden name and card expiration date. If this happens to you, DO NOT fill it out. Close your session and call your bank immediately. Change your logon and password through your bank on the phone. Run a malware and anti-virus scan also. The bank would never ask for any or all of this information. Is this all people have to do with their time, is to steal from others? Identity thieves and hackers need life imprisonment. The abounding greed in this world is astounding.

Square, Airbnb and why experience really is design

During the heyday of industrial and manufacturing economy, what mattered was the brand. Today, what matters is the complete experience, one that hides technology, infrastructure and complexity and in the process creates a bond between us and the product.

This Colbert Wants a Word With Stephen Col-bear

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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

We build networks of pattern-changing social innovators and select high-impact entrepreneurs, who creatively solve some of the worlds biggest social challenges, to become Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka believes that there is nothing more powerful than a new idea in the hands of a social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs are relentless team-builders and problem-solvers who set new norms in their fields of work. They are practical visionaries – practical in that they are highly attentive to the nuts and bolts of making things work, and visionary in that they often reframe the problem, build roles for others to participate, and cast a long term view for change at least at the national level. If you know of anyone that fits the description, do let us know by nominating that person via our website -

The godfather of nature documentaries is making one for the Oculus Rift

Sir David Attenborough may be 87 years old, but he's still embracing the latest technology. After spending 60 years sharing nature's marvels with documentary series like Planet Earth and Life , his latest work may appear in virtual reality.  According to a report at Realscreen , the upcoming  Conquest of the Skies is currently filming with a special eight-camera rig to deliver 360-degree video for users of the upcoming  Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. While we don't actually know the subject matter of the film, you can expect some airborne footage, as the eight-camera rig was recently used in a flight over Borneo.

America Isn’t Ready for Colbert to Replace Letterman | Underwire | WIRED

Is he a good talk-show host? Quite possibly. And the fact we don’t know him isn’t a problem—but the cognitive dissonance is. That first time the theme music plays, and the lovely and thoughtful Colbert walks out and begins to speak, the odds are good that thousands and thousands of people will look at each other in their living rooms and ask: “Hey, where’s that desk-pounding jerk we used to watch on Comedy Central?”

64% of World's Extreme Poor Live in Just 5 Countries

Using the most recent data from 2010, the report shows that nearly two-thirds of the extremely poor — that is, those who live on less than $1.25 a day — live in just five countries: India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Marissa Mayer wants Yahoo to be big in mobile. Meet Aviate - CNET

These deals are typically announced via a meager blog post on the acquired company's Web site. So Mayer's decision to give Aviate such prominent billing during her CES presentation seems telling of its value to the company. So is its rumored $80 million price tag -- not the fortune the company paid for Tumblr, but still nothing to scoff at for a one-year-old company still in private beta. Yahoo also typcially kills the products and brands of its acquired companies, while Aviate and Tumblr have been allowed to carry on.

Amazon Will Pay You $5,000 to Quit Your Job | TIME

Bloomberg / Getty Images If you work for Amazon, that is In the company’s annual letter to shareholders , Amazon chief Jeff Bezos revealed what has to be the most counterintuitive personnel policy in corporate America today: If an employee isn’t happy working at the online retail giant, they can earn up to $5,000 just for quitting. Bezos describes it as one of the company’s “better ways to do things internally.” Called Pay To Quit, the program is “pretty simple,” Bezos says. “Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is ‘Please Don’t Take This Offer.’” Pay To Quit started at Amazon-owned Zappos, and the parent company adopted the concept for its fulfillment centers. On one hand, it sounds backwards. Companies pay their employees to work, not to not work. Then again, this is a company that isn’t afraid to flirt with wacky ideas like delivering merchandise via unmanned drone aircraft.

Walmart Commits To Massive LED Lighting Rollout

The main sales-floor fixtures involved in this commitment usually account for 90% of the total lighting usage in a given retail building or grocery store layout, so the impact is potentially huge in terms of energy efficiency improvements, the company believes. Walmart has been slowly adopting LEDs for several years, but this represents its largest LED lighting purchase from GE to date.

Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android - CNET

He noted that there are "thousands" of features in Android, and all aim for ease of use. He also testified as to the timeframe that Google engineers developed features like quick links and background syncing for Android. Many of the features were created in 2005 or 2006 ahead of the first Android phone launch from HTC in October 2008, Lockheimer said. The timing will be key to Samsung's argument that Google created Apple's patented features first.

11 Refreshing Desktop Backgrounds to Celebrate Springtime

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Proof That Brazil Is World Cup Soccer's True Home

A father and his two young kids — a boy and a girl— sat in the row in front of me. They were Brazilian, and all three were decked out in Fluminense's deep red and green colors. Both son and daughter looked to be somewhere between seven and ten years old. "How sweet," I thought to myself. "What a great family outing. And especially cool that this adorable little girl and her dad can bond over sports like this."

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