Watch chimp smack drone out of air with tree branch - CNET
When you're a camera-shy chimp and your overlords want to film you with a drone, there's really only one course of action. Swat it out of the sky!
Rambo the octopus snags photography job at New Zealand aquarium
There's an unusual photographer working for Auckland's Sea Land Aquarium. His name is Rambo, and we doubt he personally manages the $2 per shot he earns
The second 'Destiny' expansion lands on May 19th
"House of Wolves," the second batch of downloadable content for open-world shooter Destiny, will hit on Tuesday, May 19th. House of Wolves should offer a
Doctors planning the first human head transplant | Science! | Geek.com
A team of elite surgeons from around the world will soon be attempting a medical first — a full human head transplant. No, this is not a movie, sci-fi novel, or tragically late [...]
Chimps don't tolerate drone monkey business
A zookeeper flew his drone into the chimpanzee enclosure. Little did he know chimps hate paparazzi with a furious passion.
The 3DR Solo Is One Scary-Smart Drone | WIRED
The $1,000 Solo drone from 3D Robotics is full of clever tools to automate and simplify videography.
Homeless people are designing your next favorite T-shirt
Art Without a Roof works with homeless youth artists, turning their designs into products and selling them to support their education.
This countertop turns your boring kitchen into a high-tech playground
A new device called Countertop by Orange Chef aims to make the kitchen much smarter without replacing any of the appliances you already own.
Applying for a mortgage? Do these 8 things first
Deciding to buy a new home is a big decision that comes with a lot of responsibility -- and it all starts with applying for a mortgage.
Chimp smacks drone out of the sky, deserves internet fame
As drones become an increasingly common presence in our skies, they are running into some issues with the surrounding wildlife. We've seen hawks claw them out of the air. They are terrifying dogs...
This could be the LG G4, and it’s dressed in leather
The LG G4 smartphone may be the company's flagship Android phone for 2015, but what will it look like, and how will it trump the excellent G3? We've gathered together all the news and rumors on the phone to keep you informed.
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.
A Guided Tour Of The Apple Watch Retail Experience
I went to the Apple Store in downtown Toronto’s Eaton Centre today to try on the Apple Watch with a retail specialist. It’s a new way of shopping for Apple, and one that will clearly take some getting used to both for retail staff and for customers.
Canon XC10 4K camcorder has rotating grip
The camera has a slot for ultra high-speed CFast 2.0 memory cards, to which it can record at up to 305 megabits per second using the Intra Frame 4K video compression format. It can also record in full HD to an SD card at 50Mbps.
Early Apple Watch data: Average U.S. pre-order was $707 | ZDNet
Back to my watch and some of the more interesting data from Slice Intelligence. I chose an Apple Watch Sport model with Space Gray aluminum case and black Sport band. Nearly two-thirds of the pre-orders Slice tracked were the less expensive Sport model, which accounted for 62 percent of the total orders. Unfortunately for me, Space Gray and a black Sport band were also the most popular, explaining why I won't see my watch until May.
Cable subscription, optional: Here’s how to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ online
However, as I previously mentioned, accessing HBO Go online or through the accompanying app requires you to purchase a premium HBO package. If you already have cable, you can expect an HBO subscription to cost you an upwards of $15 at the least, with the exact rate fluctuating based on your surrounding region and the host of available promotions. HBO Go is free once you opt for a subscription through participating TV providers, though, and accessible using the HBO Go website or a slew of different platforms ranging from Apple to Android. The list of supported platforms is listed below, but keep in mind HBO Go availability is based on your service provider and may not be available for certain platforms within a specified area. Nonetheless, each new episode of Game of Thrones will be available for viewing within HBO Go immediately upon airing.
Report: Apple sold almost a million Apple Watches in the U.S. on Friday
The Apple Watch Sport was the most popular model, with 62 percent of buyers picking the less expensive option. But even a third of people who bought the more expensive stainless steel Apple Watch added a black or white Sport Band to their order—possibly because at $50, it’s not exactly a splurge accessory. More than 40 percent of Watch buyers picked the space gray Sport, with the stainless steel Apple Watch coming in second place with 34 percent of preorders. The black Sport Band was the most popular accessory, followed by the white Sport Band and the Milanese Loop band. An Apple Store employee told me the Milanese Loop is beloved by employees and people who try it on in-store , which sounds hard to believe until you wear it yourself.
In Defense of Good-Enough Gadgets
You may be relieved to discover, as I was, that there is a mathematical reason for why you don’t have to always buy the latest and greatest gadget. The principle doesn’t have a name, but it’s common to any number of human-made phenomena, including baseball batting averages, the stock market, and the relative performance of economy and luxury automobiles.
What Are Water Rights?
Although some water rights still date back to those prospector days (more on that in a second), water and its sources can technically not be owned by anyone anymore, so about a century ago authorities began to control access and allocation. In California, the State Water Resources Control Board decides how much water each rights holder can have—this includes anyone from a small Central Valley irrigation district, to the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to the City of Los Angeles. These amounts are called “claims” on water. After many years of little oversight, rights holders must now “prove” their claims by showing how much water they’ve historically used and how much they plan to use in the future.
RefreshBox Lets Anyone Create Newsletters Featuring The Week’s “Best Reads”
For newsletter curators, the idea with RefreshBox is that it lets them build up a community around their expertise without requiring they spend a lot of time being active on social media or writing their own blog posts. Instead, they can point to quality content they think is worth the read, while using a Chrome browser extension to make their selections as they come across them. As for recipients, they get the benefit of a time-saving “professional best read” hitting their inbox every week.
Old-School Cool: Charming Toy Cars Made of Nothin' But Wood | WIRED
The last new model is the Candycab, which is based on an Uber-like vehicle called a “taxi” that was prominent at some point in history. It’s the cheapest new model in the lineup, and you get it with a $24 pledge. You can get every car in the new series with a $139 “Roadside” package, and you can even buy a set of three surfboard magnets with a $9 pledge. Most of the packages are slated to ship by September, but the Woodie and the Camper need a bit more time. They’ll roll out in October.
Watch SpaceX try to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge
This afternoon, SpaceX will send a Falcon 9 rocket to space that will deliver cargo to the International Space Station, including an espresso machine specially designed to work in space. Questionable weather has the launch at a 60 percent chance of happening, which is scheduled for 4:33PM ET. But today's launch is important for another reason: It will also be the third test of the company's modified reusable rocket.
Not Quite Smart, The Luminox ANU Chronograph Is At Least Quite Bright
This weekend’s watch review comes to us from Luminox , a manufacturer well-known for their amazingly bright luminescent hands and pips. Luminox uses small tubes of tritium coated with phosphor. As the tritium decays it excites the phosphor, allowing the tubes to glow for years without “charging” in sunlight. It’s a neat trick and it affords amazing readability in the dark. They put these tubes inside of the watch hands and array them around the face of the watch. In this case they even stick a small tube at the top of the bezel.
Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US, skews toward Sport model
Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US, skews toward Sport model
By AppleInsider Staff
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 09:42 pm PT (12:42 am ET)
Initial Apple Watch numbers are trickling in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.
Compiling data from a panel of two million online shoppers, Slice Intelligence said 957,000 U.S. customers preordered Apple Watch on its first day of availability. As expected, Apple's cheaper Apple Watch Sport model was most popular and garnered an estimated 62 percent of orders.
Citing data from 9,090 shoppers, the firm said Apple Watch buyers purchased an average of 1.3 watches and spent an average of $503.83 per device. Broken down by model, Sport buyers spent on average $382.83 per order, while those picking up stainless steel Apple Watch versions spent $707.04.
Buyers were most interested in larger 42mm Watch models, while the most popular case overall was the Space Gray aluminum Sport.
First-Ever Hologram Protest Takes to the Streets in Spain
Fusion reports that a group called No Somos Delito (“We Are Not a Crime”) are demonstrating against a series series of new “gag laws” that put heavy restrictions of freedom of expression. Included in the the so-called “citizen security” bills are 45 provisions that would outlaw many forms of expression, including public protest. The laws would go into effect on July 1st, if they standup to legal scrutiny. They are rightly seen as an egregious affront to personal liberty .
Write is My New Favorite Text Editor for Drafting Articles
When I joined The Next Web full-time nearly six months ago, I was looking for ways to streamline my workflow — writing up articles, in particular.
LinkedIn Elevate Lets Companies Prod Employees to Share Content
Available for desktop, iOS and Android, the app lets businesses beam relevant content employees to share with their networks to help increase engagement and connections for their companies. The idea is that content shared by employees feels more authentic than when it comes from companies.
Shailene Woodley's MTV Movie Awards speech is a beautiful lesson on being yourself
Actress Shailene Woodley won MTV's Trailblazer Award during Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. Woodley's acceptance speech was the perfect trifecta of nonsensical, humble and brilliant that proves she is the voice of our generation — we'll even take a voice of a generation. And like a true millennial, she referenced Emma Stone while sporting an on-point mixed-print outfit.
Curiosity rover finds evidence that small amounts of liquid water exist on Mars
Turning water from a solid (frost) to a liquid requires the presence of a particular type of salt that scientists say could melt the frost, even in very cold temperatures (salt lowers the melting temperature of water, which is why it's put down on icy sidewalks and roads during winter). However, the authors of the new work say the small amounts of liquid salt water in the soil would not be enough to support microbial life. The extreme temperatures would also make the environment too extreme.
Net neutrality rules get published, let the lawsuits begin - CNET
Now that the FCC's new rules have been published in the Federal Register, a 60-day clock has started for them to take effect. That is, unless USTelecom can stop that.
Turing manuscript sells for $1 million
“Primarly he’s looking at notation and he’s concerned with the precision of this notation,” Hatton said. “He’s studying the work of many other people who were working on universal languages and I think it’s because Turing himself was thinking about working on a universal language. At the age of 24 just a few years prior to this he had invented the universal computing machine so the natural next step was to think about a universal language for this machine.”
ICYMI: You Can Soon Unlock Your Android Phone With Just Your Voice
DARPA announces another (crazy) project, Apple Watch sales reach a million sold, and Google continues its war against the password. All the news and rumors you missed, all on BitStream.
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Tech Beat: Reporters Covering the Digital Era Assess the News Business’s Struggle to Transform - Shorenstein Center
A transformative wave washed over the world economy this past quarter-century and technology journalists were its chroniclers and front-row witnesses. Many, among the twenty interviewed, say a catastrophic disruption of the news business was to be expected. But they feel their warnings went largely unheard within their workplaces, a contributing factor to the industry’s late and ineffectual counter-efforts. In contrast to pessimism about the future financial underpinnings of their business, they’re optimistic about the outlook for journalism as new tools, audiences and approaches emerge and evolve.
Wall Street's Scrambling to Catch Up With Silicon Valley | WIRED
That’s because these so-called “fintech” upstarts are calling attention to the many shortcomings of the gatekeepers who have traditionally controlled lending, paying, and investing. When these incumbents were the only option, they could rest easy assuming annoyed consumers had no other options. Now they do, and a nervous Wall Street, Dimon included, is realizing it has to play along in order to fight back. Amid fears of a growing threat to their market share, Wall Street is now playing catch-up. Banks are launching competitive products (or slapdash imitations, depending on where you sit) to startups’ innovations. They’re financing partnerships. And in some cases, they’re just trying to acquire away threats to their businesses.
People who share revenge porn in the UK can now be jailed for 2 years
People who share explicit images without consent can be jailed for up to two years under new laws that came into effect in the UK on Monday.
Mapping the indoors: Location-based apps' next frontier
ABI Research estimates that 30,000 sites installed indoor location projects in 2014, across a range of industries. The firm says these systems will continue to spread and, by 2018, some 800 million smartphone users will be toting applications that interact with indoor location data. Experts cite the widespread installation of cellular and Wi-Fi networks, emerging wireless technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and the availability of low-cost sensors as factors that will help these applications proliferate.
Blackmagic launching a tiny, drone-friendly RAW cinema camera
Other specs include SDXC and SDHC card recording; remote control for iris, focus and zoom (on active MFT lenses); a full-sized HDMI port for monitoring; Canon LP-E6 battery support; a 3.5mm audio input port; and an expansion port. Unlike previous models, there are external buttons to adjust the camera rather than just touchscreen controls. And the price? It's the same as the BMPCC at $995, making it a more-than-reasonable option for most filmmakers. Given that and the fact that it can be mounted on the ultra-popular DJI Phantom 2, expect to see a lot better drone footage when it arrives in July.
Apple Watch will solve problems we don't know we have yet
The people who just saw a $400 music player didn’t get all of that. And now with Apple Watch, history seems to be repeating itself. Even if you take away the criticism of the exorbitant Edition, plenty of critics fail to see Apple Watch’s purpose. But just like the iPod or iPad, they’re missing the potential. When I strap an Apple Watch on my wrist, it’s not going to magically solve anything, but like the iPhone and iPad before it, there’s no telling how it’ll change my life once it starts to seriously work itself into my routine.
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The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is streamed 24/7, though there isn't always a discernable picture. Some quick notes:
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Vote Now: Who Should Be on the 2015 #TIME100?
While TIME’s editors will choose the TIME 100 — our annual list of the most influential people in the world — we want readers to have a say too. Cast your vote here for the people who you think have changed the world this past year, for better or worse.
This story about Under Armour's CEO withdrawing thousands of dollars from an ATM at the Masters shows how far his company has come
TED Talks to get you through your quarter-life crisis
Yes, you're an adult now. But there's no need to panic! Take a deep breath and survive twenty-something burnout with the help of these talks.
How schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's 5-year future
Stark has had a long history in comics of developing whole new Iron Man armors depending on the task or threat. Thus, the Hulkbuster armor was designed to take down an enemy as powerful as Bruce Banner's bad side. (This isn't at all the first time the Hulk has gone on a rampage, so he'd be foolish not to.) The Tony Stark in Marvel's Cinematic Universe is every bit as paranoid as he is a narcissistic, workaholic genius. Iron Man 3 showed that he has a fleet of drone armors at his beck and call to handle any number of threats and situations. So what if the Hulk loses control again? What if Thor goes bad? Surely these risks need contingencies to resolve them, and Stark is arrogant enough to take them on.
How not to be ignorant about the world
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
How to make work-life balance work
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.
How to escape education's death valley
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Here's how we take back the Internet
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
12 Things Happy People Do Differently
I decided to embark on a journey to find out. I quit my job, minimized my expenses, went to Hawaii and got very serious (in a wild sort of way) about discovering what made me tick. I found out there are a lot of people like me -- young, energetic, intense, purpose-driven, but frustrated with the status quo and a little freaked out about our prospects for the future. I decided to dedicate my life to seeking out the wisdom we need to create extraordinary lives with a deep sense of purpose in a world of immense uncertainty.
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Ways Men In Tech Are Unintentionally Sexist
I agree with much of what you said but I feel that your arguments are implying that males only deliver sexual bias and are never the recipients of the same. While working as a male community nurse in the UK I can tell you that females when in the majority are no better than males. I can easily empathise with the woman who works in a predominantly male environment and it can be a pretty lonely existence. As the minority male I tended to get invited to the more formal out of office functions, e.g. the Xmas party, but invites to the Friday night after work drinks sessions were rare. In the working environment as a male I was expected to fetch and carry heavy items or move heavy equipment, something I found particularly galling when in my 60s and the request came from a 20 something female who was probably in far better physical shape than I. When it comes to sexist language females are again no better than males. Just as males make sexist comments disguised as banter the same is true of females. If I pointed this out I was being grumpy, a term which one could construe as being a reference not only to my gender but also to my age.
What's so funny about mental illness?
Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax — except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
How Food Companies Trick You Into Thinking You’re Buying Something Healthy
“When people stop to think about it, there’s nothing healthy about Antioxidant Cherry 7-Up — it’s mostly filled with high fructose syrup or sugar. But its name is giving you this clue that there is some sort of health benefit to something that is not healthy at all,” Northup, who is an assistant communications professor at the University of Houston and the co-director of the University’s Gulf Coast Food Project, noted in a news release .
A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
A young guitarist meets his hero
Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 — followed by a jawdropping solo from the master of percussive guitar, Preston Reed. And watch these two guitarists take on a very spur-of-the-moment improv.
This Guy Says He Can Make 20-Year-Old Rum in 6 Days | WIRED
If Bryan Davis has his way, that’s all about to be totally upended, sacrilege or not. Davis has come up with a method of producing spirits that taste like they’ve been aging in the barrel for 20 years, but his process only takes six days. Davis doesn’t accelerate the aging process like so many of the methods that have been tried in the past. Rather, he shortcuts it by taking new distillate and running it through his proprietary chemical reactor. Davis’s device forces the creation of the same key chemical compounds that give a well-aged spirit its unique character. Give him a week, and Davis says he can create a booze that tastes decades old.
Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate
researcher in infrastructural futures
at the University of Sheffield. He’s
also a writer, science fiction critic,
and essayist, as well as a persistent
gadfly in the futurological ointment.
He lives a stone’s throw from the
site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a
duplicitous cat and three guitars he
can barely play.
Our natural sleep cycle is nothing like what we do now
In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.