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Google introduces customizable Nexus phone cases

Google is introducing a new series of Nexus phone cases today, and they're a lot more interesting than the average snap-on shell. They're called Live Cases, and that's a fitting name, because these...

AMC is considering letting people text in movie theaters

Just another instance of idiot people doing idiot things because they're idiots.

Google, please reconsider the new Android N folder design

Google is testing a new folder design on Android. Rather than showing a stack of icons like it does now, Android N's latest beta makes it look like you're seeing inside of the folder, which is...

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Come fly with LeaseWeb and TNW!

Like the train and automobile, the airplane is one of the most mythologized of all forms of transportation. With today’s giveaway, you can soar like Icarus

Puppies have more legal protection in the U.S. than new mothers

Overall, the U.S. is taking better care of its pets than it is its human citizens. The latest example comes from data ta

Take Fallout 4's Chryslus Rocket 69 out for a spin in Forza Motorsport 6

The car that was a jewel in the automotive world's crown before the bombs dropped in Fallout 4 has zoomed into Forza Motorsport 6's virtual garage.

Ellen joined 'The People vs O.J.' jury to help announce the verdict

Spoiler Alert: The People lost.

Speedrunner sets new Super Mario Bros. world record in 4:57:260

'Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow.'

New 'artificial pair programmer' plugin Kite may revolutionize developer workflows

There’s a new tool for developers named Kite, and it could revolutionize your workflow (no, really). Calling itself an “artificial pair programmer” which o

Please stop talking about Jon Snow, for Arya's sake

Classic sibling rivalry.

This is what it looks like when you give a baby wombat a belly scratch

The volunteers at ACT Wildlife rescue animals that are injured, sick or orphaned.

Here’s the intense security procedure to get into tonight’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn

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Windows 10's anniversary update goes big on education

Microsoft unveiled a slew of new tools for teachers and students.

Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier on recreating his teen years through horror films

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Exclusive: Canadian Police Obtained BlackBerry’s Global Decryption Key | VICE News

According to technical reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that were filed in court, law enforcement intercepted and decrypted roughly one million PIN-to-PIN BlackBerry messages in connection with the probe. The report doesn't disclose exactly where the key — effectively a piece of code that could break the encryption on virtually any BlackBerry message sent from one device to another — came from. But, as one police officer put it, it was a key that could unlock millions of doors.

A paralyzed man’s brain implant let him move his fingers to play a guitar video game

Perfecting the technology was a years-long process that started even before Burkhart received the implant. In the very first stages, three years ago, the researchers spent a lot of time imaging Burkhart’s brain as he visualized performing hand motions that the researchers projected on a screen. During these sessions, the scientists recorded his brain signals and tried to match them to corresponding hand motions. In April 2014, Burkhart underwent a three-hour long surgery to place the implant in his brain. Two months later, he moved his fingers for the first time, although at the time, the movements didn’t help him to do much. Now, Burkhart can pick up a phone and hold spoon in his hand. To practice moving his fingers, Burkhart plays Frets on Fire , a video game that resembles Guitar Hero but that has been modified for one-handed play.

A Brain Implant Brings a Quadriplegic’s Arm Back to Life

If Burkhart can swipe credit cards after a year, he might play the piano after five—that’s how long similar chips have lasted—because he and the computer have been learning from each other. But the implant will stop collecting signals in July when it’s removed, even if the chip is still providing good data, because the clinical trial was structured for a two-year period. In those two years, the computer trained itself on Burkhart’s thoughts, learning which signals translate to what movements, while he figured out how to make commands more clearly (often with the help of visual cues). “That’s the real achievement here. We’ve shown we know how to process the data,” says Bresler. “The chip is a limiting factor. We need to work on new ways of collecting brain signals.”

The secret rules of the internet

A writer who goes by Erica Munnings and asked that we not use her real name out of fear of retaliation, found herself on the receiving end of one such attack, which she describes as a "high-consequence game of whack-a-mole across multiple social media platforms for days and weeks." After writing a feminist article that elicited conservative backlash, a five-day "Twitter-flogging" ensued. From there, the attacks moved to Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and 4chan. Self-appointed task forces of Reddit and 4chan users published her address and flooded her professional organization with emails, demanding that her professional license be rescinded. She shut down comments on her YouTube videos. She logged off Twitter. On Facebook, the harassment was debilitating. To separate her personal and professional lives, she had set up a separate Facebook page for her business. However, user controls on such pages are thin, and her attackers found their way in. "I couldn’t get one-star reviews removed or make the choice as a small business not to have ‘Reviews’ on my page at all," she said. "Policies like this open the floodgates of internet hate and tied my hands behind my back.

Apple and FBI head back to Congress to debate encryption

The subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation will hold a hearing called Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives. Those appearing in front of congress will include Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess. Other witnesses include security and cryptography researcher, Matthew Blaze, MIT researcher Daniel Weitzner, RSA president Amit Yoran and law enforcement representatives from New York, Indiana and the National Sheriff's Association.

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U.S. agency advises Windows PC users remove Apple's QuickTime over bugs

BOSTON The U.S. government has recommended that Windows PC users uninstall Apple Inc's QuickTime video player after security software maker Trend Micro Inc said on Thursday it had discovered two new bugs in the software.

9 James Cameron confirms he is making four Avatar sequels

"It's going to be a true epic saga that's told in this rich and complex world," Cameron assured the theater owners, while also taking the moment on stage to voice his support for exclusive theatrical windows for movie releases — a hot topic at this year's show thanks to the recent emergence of Sean Parker's The Screening Room initiative, which would allow audiences to rent first-run movies from their living room. As Cameron framed it, technology threatening movie theaters was nothing new. "There's always been some kind of threat to the theater-going experience," he said, "but we've always answered that threat in the same way. By being great, and showmanship."

Microsoft sues US government over 'unconstitutional' cloud data searches

A major tech company and the US government are at odds once again. Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, claiming that it's "unconstitutional" to force the company to remain silent and not inform customers when their cloud data has been searched or inspected by authorities. "Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them," the complaint, filed today in a Washington District Court.

Microsoft to open Minecraft education edition for all schools in June, free on the early access program

Beginning in June , any school will be able to access the new Minecraft, which is tailor-made for teaching kids things such as collaboration, navigation, social skills, and empathy. The software will feature enhanced maps with coordinates, while learners can capture snapshots of their work to save to a dedicated portfolio. There is also an enhanced multiplayer mode that permits as many as 40 pupils to create a Minecraft world, while additional resources, lesson plans, and a mentor program are being lined up to foster a teaching community.

Microsoft sues US government over hush-hush data requests

In the suit, Microsoft claims it has received 5,624 demands for customer information over the past 18 months. Of those requests, 2,576 supposedly came an attached gag order preventing the company from informing customers of the government seized data.

HTC 10 review: great isn’t good enough

Contrary to popular opinion, the smartphone world has been extremely interesting over the past year or so. Not only has the bar been raised significantly in terms of what to expect from our phones and their features, we’ve also been exposed to a wealth of new technologies, novel ideas on how to interact with our phones, and interesting accessories to expand what these pocket-sized computers are capable of.

14 Microsoft sues U.S. government over law banning tech firms from telling customers about search warrants

(By Sarah McBride, Reuters) — Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington.

Facebook Has Seized the Media, and That’s Bad News for Everyone But Facebook

What Facebook is selling you is pretty simple. It’s selling an experience, part of which includes news. That experience is dependent on content creators—you know, journalists and newsrooms—who come up with ideas, use their own resources to realize them, and then put them out into the world. All of which takes time, money, and skill. For its “media partners” (the CNNs, BuzzFeeds, and WIREDs of the world), Facebook is selling a promise that their future will be bright if they use Facebook’s latest news products to distribute those new, innovative, and immersive stories to Facebook’s giant audience.

Man accidentally deletes his entire company with one line of bad code

The FA has announced that for the first time ever it will host the inaugural Emirates FA Cup gaming tournament, with video game fans from across the world invited to compete for glory at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. Early rounds will take place in iconic locations in the stadium such as The Royal Box, the changing rooms and the players’ tunnel, with the two finalists set to play the virtual final using Wembley Stadium’s 82 foot screens as they sit in the centre circle. Gamers of varying ability will descend upon Wembley Stadium as the home of football transforms into an epic gaming colosseum set to turn heads and sweat palms in equal measure

Instagram to add video channels to 'Explore' section

Facebook's picture sharing app Instagram is updating its "Explore" section to add video channels that will appear in a feed according to users' preferences.

Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Origins of the Bible

Twenty six hundred years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions—and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers penned them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to teach us about the origins of the Bible itself.

Jeremy Guillory, who says he was ousted as Cruise co-founder, files counter-complaint detailing why

In addition to Altman, early Cruise investor Eric Paley of Founder Collective told us yesterday via email that: “While I’m not at liberty to speak for the company on the details of the lawsuit, Mr. Guillory’s claim is completely frivolous. Kyle Vogt is a person of exceptional integrity. I’ve known Kyle since he was a college student, when he was an MIT undergrad interning at my startup. In the eight years since, he’s been a model citizen of the startup world and truly one of the best entrepreneurs of the last decade — founding two billion-dollar companies.”

Google's trying to kill Pocket and other bookmarking tools

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Google Maps will now help you avoid traffic jams across India

Google has updated its Maps mobile apps today with a crucial feature for India: improved traffic alerts.

EU adopts new data protection law that could mean bigger fines for Silicon Valley companies

They also expressed hope that the reforms would unify data protection rules across the continent, as part of the broader goal of creating a Digital Single Market. Right now, many rules governing data and digital content are still controlled by individual member states, creating a complex system for any company seeking to do digital business across Europe.

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Secret Customer Data Searches

SEATTLE—Microsoft Corp. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, challenging as unconstitutional the government’s authority to bar tech companies from telling customers when their data has been examined by federal agents.

24 Our First Look at Scarlett Johansson as Ghost in the Shell's Major Kusanagi

The Western adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga and anime series Ghost in the Shell has entered production—and with that news, we have our first look at Scarlett Johansson in the lead role as Major Motoko Kusanagi.

Building my perfect dictatorship in 'Democracy 3: Africa'

The liberals were not pleased. But, doing so boosted the happiness of everyone in the country so much that it didn't even matter. The press were now peddling propaganda that boosted people's opinion of me and our glorious country. One thing that both my changes did affect negatively was my Democracy score, which, you guessed it, feeds into the Dictatorship score -- a new mechanic for D3:A. As uncomfortable as that made me, my citizens seemed happy, generally. I had some problems with trade unionists a few turns later, and decided to ban the right to demonstrate. Democracy was slowly slipping from my grasp, and the liberals, as silent as I'd made them, had never been unhappier. I then fell upon a novel thought: With my critics largely silenced, I could finally create the liberal, egalitarian society I dream of at night.

The federal government just made a huge decision on gene editing

The mushroom, developed by Yinong Yang at Penn State, is not the first crop to be modified using the controversial gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9, but it is the first one that the USDA has said isn't subject to regulation. And that means that everything we know about genetically modifed food could be about to change.

How to Stream Tonight's CNN Democratic Debate, No Cable Required

The debate season may have lulled, but it’s not quite over. Tonight, the city of New York will host another debate for the Democratic candidates. Here’s how to watch online, no cable necessary.

Apple is killing iTunes Allowance for Family Sharing

iTunes Allowance stood out because it allowed parents the ability to gift children a set amount monthly for use in the App Store or on iTunes. For those currently using the feature, Apple says any leftover credit will remain in the recipient’s account after the 25th.

Apple just dropped a huge clue that OS X will be renamed MacOS

Apple today let slip another reference to its potential operating system rebranding from OS X to MacOS. As part of its  new environmental webpage in honor of Earth Day 2016, the company lists off names when discussing how it evaluates product life spans. "Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices," the company writes.

Apple Reportedly has a 'Secret Team' Working on App Store Changes; Could Include Paid Search Results

The report indicates that right now, Todd Terisi, the former leader of iAd, is working with a team of about 100 people to put these App Store changes into effect. Another element the team is working on includes “improve the way” customers search for apps within the different app stores. The report also adds that the team is relatively new, and the changes that they are working on might not manifest anytime soon.

The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

When I went to Santa Monica to meet Bill, I was pretty sure I’d hear a story about how the FBI had ruined his life. But I left believing that it hadn’t. The world ruined Bill’s life—a world that couldn’t quite find a place for his particular talents, faults, and petty mistakes. While it’s a cliche, it’s hard not to think that perhaps Bill was ahead of his time in many ways. He was smart enough to see vulnerabilities no one else could in what would become the modern internet. Legislation was drafted because few people in law enforcement had even thought what The Inner Circle did was possible, and digital security is now more important than ever. People get six-figure salaries to find vulnerabilities in networks today. But being just four years older than Chris meant Bill was tried as an adult and saw his life set on another course.

FBI can't tell Apple how it unlocked the San Bernardino iPhone

FBI Director James B. Comey said during a privacy conference last week that the government is considering whether to give Apple details about the technique. See, the White House typically subjects the security flaws it gets a hold of to a procedure called the Vulnerabilities Equities Process. It gives various agencies the chance to discuss what should be done to those security flaws, and whether they should be disclosed to their respective companies. Unfortunately, the process' rules don't cover vulnerabilities discovered and owned by private companies. The only way the government can decide on this particular flaw's fate is to give the equities process an overhaul.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Is Not an Open World Game - Nor Should It Be - IGN

A Mirror’s Edge game that had you constantly stopping short to fight, or allowed you to take flat, road-based routes to its destinations wouldn’t end up being much of a Mirror’s Edge game. Catalyst is more of a logical step forward to the Mirror’s Edge formula than a true rethink, the original’s linear obstacle course levels expanded into huge chunks of upper-level city containing multiple points of interest. At its best, it feels like the perfect evolution, with all the graceful, transgressive movement fans adored, but far, far more ways to express yourself with it.

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

When Goldstein brings in founders to speak with students, she doesn’t want them to share the "happily ever after" version of their stories—she wants to hear about what went wrong and how they handled it. You learn more from mistakes—and from hearing about mistakes—than from successes. She wants her students to know that the stories of "overnight successes" are often predicated by long periods of frustration and attempts at innovation.

HTC 10 review: great isn’t good enough

Contrary to popular opinion, the smartphone world has been extremely interesting over the past year or so. Not only has the bar been raised significantly in terms of what to expect from our phones and their features, we’ve also been exposed to a wealth of new technologies, novel ideas on how to interact with our phones, and interesting accessories to expand what these pocket-sized computers are capable of.

Microsoft's Visual Studio reaches its 1.0 release

In announcing the milestone, Microsoft notes Visual Studio Code is “about more than features.” In the year it’s been around, Microsoft has worked with the community to make it more stable and secure, noting it’s fixed “hundreds” of bugs along the way.

GoPro is partnering with over 100 companies to put its cameras everywhere

Another reason for GoPro's sluggish sales is the strong longevity of the action camera. Unlike smartphones and other mobile tech, there's very little reason to upgrade from, say, a Hero 3 when it will do its job just fine for years to come. That's where a developer program could come in handy. Partnering with other companies gives GoPro new opportunities to sell parts of its business via third-party products, as well as tying GoPro to other well-known brands like BMW. The developer initiative also helps spread the GoPro name, which has clout in the action sports market, but hasn't quite earned the same recognition in the world of everyday consumers.

The folks we spoke to at Facebook's conference this week had 5 complaints about its big plan

Walking around Facebook's F8 developer conference, we heard more buzz about bots than any of the other product updates that the company trotted out. From startup developers and brand people, we heard some excitement but a lot of hesitation, too.

Apple Pursues New Search Features for a Crowded App Store

The attempt to improve search is a sign that Apple knows the App Store has become harder for customers to navigate. First introduced in 2008, the store now has more than 1.5 million apps, with customers downloading more than 100 billion since its debut. App developers have for years urged the iPhone maker to add fresh discovery tools for users, arguing the crowded market makes it increasingly hard for people to discover new apps or build sustainable businesses.

Shuddle, the Uber-like service for getting your kids around, is shutting down tomorrow

1099-MISCs will be issued to any driver who has received more than $600 in 2016 payments from use of the Shuddle Services. This may include, but is not limited to: payments for Shuddle Rides, bonuses, reimbursements, and promotional events. 1099-Ks will be issued to any driver who has made more than $20,000 and has more than 200 transactions in 2016. To make sure that you are following tax laws or if you have any questions about how to file your tax return, including any potential deductions based upon your use of the Shuddle Services, we encourage you to consult a tax professional.

Apple might let developers pay to have their apps promoted in the app store

A secretive team has been assigned to explore improvements to the app store, according to reports, including better search and paid options

Obama appoints tech veterans from Microsoft and Uber to cybersecurity commission

In February, President Obama announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) to take a series of short-term and long-term actions to improve our nation’s cybersecurity posture. A central feature of that plan is the non-partisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, comprised of leading thinkers from business, technology, and academia and charged with making recommendations to the …

Woman catching mansplainer in action on Twitter is beyond perfect

Most people are familiar with the term "mansplaining," which is a portmanteau assigned to basically any guy on social media who explains something to a woman in a condescending or patronizing way.

Google is fixing the biggest annoyance with Android gaming

Scores of developers use it to save your progress and add your name to their games’ leaderboards. It’s certainly useful, but having to tap multiple times to log in every time you try a new title, just when you’re about to delve into the action, can be a pain. Thankfully, the upcoming version of Google Play Games includes an option to sign you into games automatically.

The Best Way to Wrap a  Sandwich for on the Go Eating

Do your sandwich a favor and do more than just toss it in a plastic baggie. Wrap it like this with a sheet of wax paper and keep it from getting crushed in your lunch bag. It won’t leak, it’ll stay dry, and it’s perfect for eating on the go without a mess (or saving one half for later.)

London's gentrification is a tale told by social media

The academics investigated half a million Tweets and check-ins on Foursquare over a 10 month period. Combining that information with things like census, crime and housing data, the researchers developed a scale of ‘social diversity’ for each area. They were then able to see a link between the social diversity of specific areas and gentrification of the same place.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Details Announced - IGN

Registration for the beta has already closed, but those who signed up, are successfully chosen and signed up to EA's newsletter will receive codes via email on April 22. Those who are successful but did not sign up for the newsletter will receive them on April 23.

Gilt co-founder launches photo-driven shopping startup Project September

Alexis Maybank was the Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Gilt Groupe. Most recently, Maybank has founded Project September, a shopping app aimed at bridging the gap between consumer and influencer. Alexis has dedicated her career to building and launching innovative and compelling ecommerce experiences for consumers. In 2007, Alexis, along with a founding team, launched Gilt Groupe. She served …

Technolust is the concentrated dose of cyberpunk VR has been waiting for

Perhaps because it’s working on such well-established territory, Technolust is an unusually well-paced short exploration game, especially for something working within the new world of VR. It spends its few hours of playtime gently leading players through a series of self-contained levels, each one just large enough to hold a handful of interesting character interactions, Easter eggs, and arcade cabinets with fully playable mini-games or video art installations. Its obscure collectible items incentivize poring over every detail of a level, even if it’s just to point your head at everything in sight while tapping the "interact" button. Technolust even manages to do something the vast majority of VR and non-VR games can’t: wrap up with a denouement instead of an abrupt halt. Without getting specific, the game’s apparent ending quietly suggests retracing your steps — it doesn’t exactly fill in the sketched-out plot, but it’s emotionally satisfying nonetheless.

Glow-in-the-dark murals will brighten up your city view

Love living in the city but wish you had a more charming view? These glow-in-the-dark, nature-themed wall murals can solve your dilemma.

51 Here's a super-simple way to manage your time off from work
52 Dark Souls III Beginner’s Guide: 7 Tips For Intimidated First-Timers
53 Cleveland shortstop playfully enjoys a foul ball that never comes down
54 Rukkus' Seat360 lets you preview your seat in VR before buying an event ticket
55 Black cosmos cake probably tastes out of this world
56 Yahoo just made changes that hint it expects to be sold soon
57 A Psychotic Rant About Going to the Cinema
58 Orphan Black: "The Collapse of Nature" Review - IGN
59 Stunning photo series celebrates contemporary childhood without technology
60 Venture funding for startups just suffered the biggest crash since the dot-com bust
61 Microsoft is bringing automatic video summarization, Hyperlapse, OCR and more to Azure Media Services
62 Here are 15 jobs at Microsoft that will pay you more than $170,000 a year
64 Game of Thrones Showrunners Considering Shortened Final Seasons - IGN
65 Apple found $40 million in gold in used phones and computers last year
66 The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos
67 Watch this frightened granny experience Autopilot mode on a Tesla
68 The CIA secretly invested in two of Silicon Valley's hottest startups
69 US government weaker on cybersecurity than any other major industry | ZDNet
70 Facebook just validated the bot movement for businesses
71 Samsung to Supply Apple with 5.5-Inch OLED Panels Beginning 2017
72 BI Tech on Twitter
73 Microsoft's new AI bot tries to put captions on images, and some of the responses are hilarious
74 This smart mattress knows when you're hooking up with your neighbor
75 Instagram makes video an even bigger part of its Explore tab
76 James Cameron Just Announced a Fifth Avatar Movie
77 Millennials have an odd habit when it comes to their cars
78 Here's everything wrong with the Apple Car concept the internet is obsessed with
79 paked/messenger
80 Facebook Chatbots Are Frustrating and Useless
81 The Best Drone for Every Beginner
82 Link Shorteners Can Spy on You
83 Coolest Cooler shipments on ice until backers cough up more money
84 Naked Labs’ home fitness scanner captures your entire body in 3D
85 London Just Reopened the Entrance to This Underwater Tunnel for the First Time in 147 Years