Soldier falls during Changing of the Guard, pretends like nothing happened
One of the Queen's Guards took an unfortunate tumble outside Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard.
IBM unveils Watson Health Cloud to reduce healthcare costs
IBM's Watson supercomputer is eating billions of healthcare data bits in an effort to improve preventative medicine.
Artists demand that the NYPD give back their Snowden sculpture
The three artists who secretly installed an illicit bust of Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park earlier this month want the NYPD to give it back.
The 17 hottest tech startups in France
QobuzQobuz CEO Yves Riesel France has built a vibrant tech culture in the last few decades, growing from a network of hardware manufacturers in the 1990s to a collection of video game developers, apps and streaming sites today.
After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone
Jia quickly apologized for invoking Nazis to shill electronics, saying he meant only that "open-ended technology ecosystems are more beneficial to consumers." More beneficial than, say, Apple and Hitler, which respectively adopted policies requiring in-house vetting of mobile apps (in Apple’s case) and the systematic genocide of millions (in Hitler’s). As a brand disaster, Jia’s comments were unfortunate, but as content marketing they had their desired effect. Thousands of people around the world were introduced to fast-growing, loose-talking Letv, and anticipation for the company’s first smartphone shifted from nonexistent to "let’s see how it compares to Hitler."
Guitar Hero is Back And I Really Like What I've Seen
It’s awesome, actually. It feels like you’re really playing live in front of an audience. It made me feel nervous and excited; it even gave me mild stage fright. Both your band-mates and the crowd respond to you as you play, so when you’re hitting every note the singer is screaming delightedly in your face and the crowd’s going nuts and the roadies are giving you thumbs-ups when you glance to the side of the stage. Rather less encouragingly, when you start to fail, the crowd will stop dancing, a man with dreadlocks will yell “YOU SUCK!” from the front row, and the drummer will be staring at you as if you’ve just murdered her father in front of her. There’s no outright fail-state any more, but it doesn’t feel good when you’re messing up.
iOS 8.4 beta moves audiobooks to iBooks app, dedicated CarPlay app
A lot of audiobook readers like a visual list of chapters for accurate navigation. For collections of short stories, each story is a chapter. Also since the scrubbing feature is a relatively small progress bar, backing up to a particular location is hit or miss (say you fell asleep while listening and wake up the next day 8 hours later in the book; how do you get back). There are other apps, like Book Mobile and Book Mower, that will enable returning easily to where you last started listening before you dozed off. But mostly audiobook readers like the visual feedback of picking a particular chapter, and then scrubbing in that more limited timeline to find their place, or to re-read 9listen) to a particular passage again.. I gave up using my iPhone for audiobooks, and stuck with an iPod Touch 4th generation that can’t use iOS 7.
Windows and Office get four Critical updates for Patch Tuesday | ZDNet
Ed Bott is a freelance technical journalist and book author. All work that Ed does is on a contractual basis.Since 1994, Ed has written more than 25 books about Microsoft Windows and Office. Along with various co-authors, Ed is completely responsible for the content of the books he writes. As a key part of his contractual relationship with publishers, he gives them permission to print and distribute the content he writes and to pay him a royalty based on the actual sales of those books. Ed's books have been distributed under several imprints: Que Publishing (a division of Pearson Education); Microsoft Press (with production and distribution by O'Reilly), and Fair Trade Digital Exchange, where he was briefly a partner. On occasion, Ed accepts consulting assignments. In recent years, he has worked as an expert witness in cases where his experience and knowledge of Microsoft and Microsoft Windows have been useful. In each such case, his compensation is on an hourly basis, and he is hired as a witness, not an advocate. Ed sometimes receive fees and/or travel expenses for live speeches and webinars from companies and organizations.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Is More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhones
“Samsung is clearly studying Apple’s playbook by using things like metal enclosures and other design choices that are similar to Apple’s,” he said. “The bottom line is that this phone costs less than an iPhone to buy, but it costs Samsung more to build.”
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Google Website Access Disrupted in Malaysia
Access to Google Inc.’s Malaysia website was disrupted Tuesday, the company said, with some users redirected to a website saying “Google Malaysia Hacked.”
Amazon Fire TV now Supports X-Ray for Movies and TV shows
X-Ray for movies and TV allows users to use their Fire TV or Fire TV stick remote to learn more about the actor(s) currently onscreen. By simply asking, “Who’s that actor/actress?” the software will identify the actors’ names and offers an option to learn more about their previous roles.
Our Transparent Future
A final implication of our Cambrian analogy is that we should soon witness a massive diversification of species of organizations. It has not happened yet, but we can look for early signs. In the U.S., a new class of corporation, the B Corp, was recently created to recognize the need for ventures with double bottom lines optimized for both profit and social purpose. Google and Facebook broke with tradition by enacting unusually powerful voting rights for their founders, yielding publicly traded companies that remain privately controlled, enabling the founders to steer their companies based on their long-term plans with relative indifference to the quarterly whims of Wall Street. The organized protests during the Arab Spring, enabled by social media and unrivaled in their combination of scale and speed of formation, are perhaps also a new kind of (ephemeral) human organization. Time will tell, but it appears that we might be at the cusp of a radical branching of the organizational tree of life.
A look at the TEDWomen 2015 speaker lineup
The speakers and performers who’ll be a part of TEDWomen 2015 know a bit about “Momentum.” Each of them has pushed forward fascinating research, created something out of a bold idea or moved the needle on a cause that’s central to them.
How Your Lies Sound When You Sneak Out Of The Office For A Job Interview
We've all been there: We schedule a job interview and hope no one notices when we sneak out of the office. These are the hilarious results of what happens when you actually get caught. Some advice: Try not to lay the groundwork for a second interview by claiming you know when a family member might meet their demise.
Hackaday & Hacklab: Bring A Hack Meetup
NOTE: due to overwhelming demand, we've increased the number of tickets, but most of these new spots will be standing room only (sorry!). If you're really interested in checking out hacklab, we also offer an Open House every Tuesday 6pm till late, so feel free to drop by
Amazon, HarperCollins reach multi-year publishing deal: WSJ
(Reuters) - E-commerce company Amazon.com Inc and publisher HarperCollins have reached a new multi-year publishing deal that covers both print and digital titles, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing HarperCollins.
Sharing revenge porn in the UK now carries a two year jail sentence
In the US, laws criminalizing revenge porn differ across the country, with sixteen states specifically targeting the practice. However, while the UK law seems aimed at individuals sharing pictures of people they know, the US has come down hard on those aggregating and distributing the explicit content. Earlier this month, Kevin Bollaert, the former operator of revenge porn site yougotposted.com, was sentenced to 18 years in prison — the largest conviction of its kind in the US.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Lying
Lies are not usually premeditated acts of evil. The reality is that most people lie because they have to make a quick decision and don't have time to think about the social consequences of a falsehood. According to a psychological study published last year , people asked to make a snap decision will often lie or cheat for their own self-interest. University of Amsterdam psychology researcher Shaul Shalvi put it this way: "When people act quickly, they may attempt to do all they can to secure a profit—including bending ethical rules and lying. Having more time to deliberate leads people to restrict the amount of lying and refrain from cheating." When you consider the insane time pressures involved in trading on the stock market, this discovery sheds a lot of light on recent economic events.
EU to File Antitrust Charges Against Google
BRUSSELS—Europe’s antitrust regulator plans to file formal charges against Google Inc. for violating antitrust laws, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday, stepping up a five-year investigation likely to become the biggest competition battle here since the European Union’s pursuit of Microsoft Corp. a decade ago.
WWDC 2015 - Apple Developer
at WWDC to learn about the future of iOS and OS X.
Bluetooth Disc Plays Your Digital Music Like a Vinyl Record | WIRED
“ Universal Record ,” England’s latest project, revives that ritual for the modern age. It’s a vibrating plastic disc that lets you play music from any digital source, via Bluetooth, on any record player. It’s a clever hack, but it’s even more interesting as a piece of media archaeology, focusing our attention not on the sound quality of vinyl but on the experience of using it.
McLaren Helps Build a $20,000 Bike, Because Why Not | WIRED
It’s data, says Sam Pickman, Specialized’s lead engineer. It’s the intent and the experience: what a bike is designed to do, how it handles, and the way it connects to the ground for a distinctive Tarmac feel. With McLaren’s help, the Tarmac’s ride quality was computer modeled and fed by stiffness, weight, and geometry. Pickman won’t couch up the exact numbers—trade secret and all—but everything the company does relies on data. The main lesson learned from its relationship with McLaren is to prove their decision and trust the numbers.
Vintage circus posters picture kangaroos and women trapped in ice
The number of horse riding performances gradually declined in favor of clowns, acrobats, gymnasts and jugglers, stunt acts such as fire eaters and acts involving animals. The incorporation of animals in circus acts or in menageries has almost ceased after concerns over the standards of their accommodation, training and elements of their performances.
How to write an effective job description
Hiring great talent starts with attracting the right candidates. To do that requires an engaging job description targeted to exactly the audience you're trying to reach. Here, three recruiting and job search experts share their tips, tricks and hacks for writing job descriptions sure to attract elite talent.
Kaspersky and Dutch Police Launch a Ransomware Unlocker
The NHTCU recently came upon a CoinVault server and discovered a database of decryption keys. The agency shared them with Kaspersky to create a tool that helps unlock users’ encrypted files and restore them to their systems.
Q&A: Kabam’s CEO on How to Stay Competitive In Mobile Games
Chou: The reason why we went with Alibaba was because we decided that we wanted to get very serious about China. We’ve had an office in Beijing for five years but we actually have never released our products in China. Now we are finally announcing “Marvel Contest of Champions,” our very first product that we are going to fully localize for the Chinese market. Alibaba–which distributes games through its own apps and also owns app store operator UCWeb–will definitely be one of the platforms for this game. Alibaba is giving us a lot of advice as we negotiate our deals with other Chinese companies. In China, there’s credibility that comes with us working with Alibaba.
How data analytics can drive workforce diversity
And Silicon Valley is notorious for its poor representation of minority groups. Google recently released data on the diversity of its workforce. A meager 2% is African-American while 3% is Hispanic. Yet 30% of Google's workforce is Asian; 61% white. "We're not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," says the report , which is posted on Google's site.
Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails to deliver expected UnionPay support
Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails to deliver expected UnionPay support
By AppleInsider Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015, 08:09 pm PT (11:09 pm ET)
Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.
Citing sources close to ongoing talks, MarketWatch reports Apple and UnionPay have not yet reached an accord on how Apple Pay will roll out in China, a feature expected to debut with iOS 8.3 last week.
The publication previously pegged Apple's NFC-based service to launch in March, but later said talks with UnionPay stalled . As of today, a rollout timeline does not exist, the report said.
Apple has little choice but to move through UnionPay, as the company handles all interbank transactions in mainland China. For example, both China Mobile and China Unicom field NFC payment services, but each system links with UnionPay to transfer money from customer bank accounts.
Today, the company is launching a somewhat similar (but hosted) service for any developer who wants to keep an npm module private. The concept is similar to how GitHub monetizes its service besides its enterprise offering. Just like on GitHub, projects in the npm repository are public by default. For $7 per month, developers can now keep their modules private and share access with other users who also pay for the service. This will allow small companies that don’t need to host their modules behind the firewall to easily use npm and re-use their code between projects.
Duo Security Raises $30 Million Led By Redpoint To Protect Enterprises Against Data Breaches
Duo Security , the two-factor authentication startup backed by Benchmark and Google Ventures, wants to do more to help protect companies from hackers trying to gain access to their networks. With that goal in mind, it’s launching a new product to secure their networks and announcing $30 million in new funding led by Redpoint Ventures.
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Now You Can Browse Youtube in 15 New Languages
YouTube has made 15 additional languages available for browsing the video-sharing site, bringing the total to 76.
Decades-old Windows vulnerability can still be used to compromise accounts
Windows or a program running on Windows can then be directed to communicate with a malicious SMB (server message block) server, which can then force an application to divulge the username, domain and hashed password of the person logged in, Wallace wrote.
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:
Menlo Ventures is announcing today that it has $400 million in fresh capital to invest in new startups, thanks to the close of its twelfth fund. With a size equal to the firm’s previous fund, the firm’s partners hope to carry forth the same strategy that served them well in Menlo Ventures XI, and hopefully to repeat some of its success. Read More
You can’t register to vote if you’re in the UK illegally.
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 unintended consequences of being "tough on crime"
“We’re in this exciting moment where we’ve had 40 years of being ‘tough on crime,’ and we’ve finally come to recognize that it really hasn’t worked very well,” says sociologist Alice Goffman bluntly. “Scientists have shown in the past few years that the relationship between incarceration and crime is basically zip. The crime rate goes up and down, incarceration just continues to grow. It’s not a good way of fighting crime.”
Check before you rent: How a TED Fellow is holding New York City landlords accountable
RentCheck is an apartment rental search engine, but what makes us unique is that we give renters information about that property and landlord that has never before been easily available — such as cleanliness, pest problems, maintenance problems, landlord responsiveness and even information on whether or not they returned a security deposit on time, or at all. To express this, we compute a “RentCheck Rating” — a letter grade from A to F, which describes the quality of life in the building. The rating has nothing to do with the quality of the building itself; it’s not about whether it’s a fancy high rise or a brownstone. It’s about what will happen if you have a problem — how issues are handled. If you live in a B building, for example, it’s going to be fine. Repairs will likely be handled appropriately.
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How books can open your mind
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.
How to make peace? Get angry
How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.
11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World
For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.
10 myths about psychology, debunked
How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.
The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen
At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.
Barnacle gosling’s terrifying cliff tumble
Filmmakers record the extreme rite of passage of barnacle goslings as they plummet over 120m down a cliff face
Droplet Is A Bluetooth Button That Makes Reminders More Sticky
To wit: Droplet, a Bluetooth button designed to stick onto your stuff and deliver configurable functionality such as reminders or custom messages. It takes the push-button ease of Amazon Dash as its jumping off point but is promising a “highly configurable” experience — whereas Amazon of course just wants to shovel more revenue into its yawning coffers. Droplet is also positioning itself as a consumer device from the get-go, vs the b2b focus of another wireless button startup, Bttn .
What's wrong with what we eat
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Four 'Game of Thrones' episodes leak, good luck avoiding spoilers
Just a day before season five premiered on HBO , copies of the next four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto the internet. According to TorrentFreak , the leaks are in standard definition and may originate from a review screener given to the press. The Daily Dot points out that their low resolution has fans pausing more than ever before seeking out links and torrents, but the sheer amount of content included in four episodes being out there makes it hard for some to resist. While GoT is typically among the most-pirated shows, HBO has made some changes to make it more accessible to fans who said they want to pay . The premiere will air simultaneously in many countries and, for the first time, HBO is available in the US widely without a cable subscription, whether through HBO Now with Apple and Cablevision , or live and on-demand with Sling TV . We'll be watching in HD through legit means tonight (even if it's just to see if those internet streams can hold up to the strain), but for the most dedicated, staying spoiler-free could mean taking a month-long internet detox.