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Content is king, but context is god

Gary Vaynerchuk shares three tips to ensure that the content you share with your audience has nailed the most important thing – context.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's second season leaves the bunker behind

With its second season just on the edge of the horizon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt remains a fundamentally strange piece of television. Think of the recipe: take three parts 30 Rock — blinding...

HTC Vive review: Truly immersive VR comes at a cost

It's both more expensive and more uncomfortable than the Oculus Rift.

Here's what can happen when a drone propeller hits a slab of meat

Now, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a quickly spinning blade can cause some serious damage when applied to flesh - even if said blade is made out of

Jealous dog isn't into sharing the couch with a cat, lamb and human


Why the iPhone sometimes feels stuck in the past

For all the advancements that Apple has made with iOS over the years, it still can feel like an old RAZR sometimes.

Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’

Rice University chemist Paul Cherukuri, left, Texas A&M graduate student Lindsey Bornhoeft, center, and Rice research scientist Carter Kittrell show the power of Teslaphoresis, which wirelessly lights their fluorescent tubes. Tests with a customized Tesla coil revealed that nanotubes within the field self-assemble into wires. Photo by Jeff Fitlow

HTC 10 (Unlocked)

The unlocked HTC 10 is the best Android phone for audiophiles and it offers plenty for everyone else. This could be HTC's big comeback.

This Korean man's instructional video on British accents is glorious

"Liverpool accent is one of the most famous British accents."

Brothers fake a zombie apocalypse for their sister's drive home from dental surgery

These dudes don't mess around. There are fake radio announcements, fake calls from mom and fake texts from dad who "wants us to meet him in Mexico."

Watch the trailer for a Russian superhero movie featuring a machine gun-wielding bear

The combined gross of Marvel's superhero movies is in the billions of dollars. The Russian film industry wants to replicate that success, but money isn't the only goal of such a film. A Russian...

Adele's makeup artist reveals the secret to her eyeliner and it's expensive

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Confessions of a bad feminist

When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.

Everyone Should Be Able To Explain Quantum Computing Like Justin Trudeau

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau schooled a journalist on the basics of quantum computing yesterday, I was initially as charmed and delighted as everyone else. But then a niggling sense of dismay set in. Why should this be such a singular newsworthy event? How come so few of us can do what Trudeau did, when science plays such a central role in almost every aspect of our daily lives?

A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system

When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the better instead of ruining them.

Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive

It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we'll make Mars our next home. "Humans will survive no matter what happens on Earth," Petranek says. "We will never be the last of our kind."

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.

Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency

Most people don’t see Facebook as a media company—an outlet designed to inform us. It doesn’t look like a newspaper, magazine, or news website. But if Facebook decides to tamper with its algorithm—altering what we see—it’s akin to an editor deciding what to run big with on the front page, or what to take a stand on. The difference is that readers of traditional media (including the web) can educate themselves about a media company’s political leanings. Media outlets often publish op-eds and editorials, and have a history of how they treat particular stories. Not to mention that Facebook has the potential to reach vastly, vastly more readers than any given publication.

9 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.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is getting an update

It’s a simple update but it marks the first time Microsoft has made an improvement to the dreaded screen since Windows 8 and it’ll be interesting to see just how useful the troubleshooting suggestions really are when the update lands later in the year.

4 big questions about the race to Mars

AV: What concerns me is the unchecked expansion of neoliberal predatory capitalism into outer space. It’s really something I can’t wrap my mind around; there is no criticism at all. It’s all about getting there first to gain and profit the most. Space presents a massive territory through which corporations can grow beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. Apple is the biggest company on earth, but that’s going to be peanuts in comparison with a company that successfully starts exploiting resources in outer space. The money they’re going to generate and the territory they’re potentially going to occupy will dwarf anything on Earth, and that’s going to have serious sociopolitical repercussions.

The 10 Best HDTVs of 2016

Getting the Right Connections Your ideal HDTV should provide enough video connections not only for now, but for the foreseeable future as well. The most important input is HDMI, which supports all major forms of digital video sources including Blu-ray players, game consoles, set-top boxes, cameras, camcorders, phones, tablets, and PCs through a single cable. Most HDTVs have three or four HDMI ports, but some might only have two. It's the best way to send 1080p video from your devices to your screen with one cable, and will be the main way you connect your main sources of entertainment to your HDTV. If you want a 4K screen, make sure at least one of the HDMI ports is HDMI 2.0. It's the latest standard that supports 4K video at 60 frames per second; older HDMI ports can only handle 4K up to 30 frames per second, at best.

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Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Secret Customer Data Searches

I support Microsoft on issue.  I believe concept of obtaining information (with court order) and with gag order is fine, especially as we fight terrorists.  However, we fight an even greater enemy at the moment and its our own government.  Example: The IRS has been caught targeting Christian organizations.  The power to tap one's personal information without that person's knowledge is serious.  We know the federal government, as a whole, can't be trusted anymore with this power.  Even worse though is that once highly esteemed positions of judges have also decided to promote political agendas.  That is a formula for a great loss of freedom, even more damaging than terrorists can inflict in the long run.  All citizens, regardless of political beliefs, should be very concerned. Let's all focus on the real issue and demand accountability and integrity by those we elect and those in the federal agencies.  Until then, GIVE THEM NO MORE POWER.

Everything announced at Facebook’s F8 conference

This means developers will now be able to use React Native to write apps for the Windows laptops, tablets and phones, as well as Samsung devices that run on Tizen, including some of its smartwatches and TVs.

India's Audacious Plan to Bring Digital Banking to 1.2 Billion People

Srikanth Nadhamuni , chief executive officer of Khosla Labs, said the best way to think of the project is by comparing it to how shampoo was introduced in India. Decades ago, most people couldn't afford to buy an entire bottle of shampoo, so Unilever, Procter & Gamble and other companies sold them in small sachets that people could afford to buy, paving the way for marketing everything from detergent to toothpaste in rural areas. Nadhamuni is betting that the new digital payments system will be be low-cost, high-volume, like a "shampoo-sachet revolution in the financial sector."

We talked to an ethical hacker, here’s what we learned

Ethical hackers are experts hired to support organizations and governments and keep their systems secure. These ethical hackers provide expertise to protect citizens and regular people from malicious hackers. We recently sat down with one to learn more about the most effective tactics and strategies you can use to protect yourself from malicious hackers.

Running QuickTime on Windows? Uninstall Now

Security firm Trend Micro on Thursday warned that Apple will no longer issue security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving the software open to attacks. Worse yet, Trend Micro just identified two new, critical vulnerabilities affecting the platform. The company has not (yet) discovered any active attacks against these bugs, but issued an "urgent call to action" advising users to uninstall QuickTime for Windows right away to be on the safe side.

The Real Reason You Wouldn't Want to Live On an All-Local Diet

An investigation into several locavore restaurants revealed that what was written on the menus wasn’t at all what was showing up at the tables. But the underlying reason for the problem is much bigger than just the restaurants: it’s the all-local diet itself.

Woman charged for Periscoping 17-year-old's alleged rape

An 18-year-old Ohio woman was charged on Wednesday after she live streamed a man allegedly raping her 17-year-old friend in February.

ICYMI: VR real-life surgery, drone impact study and more

ICYMI: VR real-life surgery, drone impact study and more

Apple recovered nearly $40 million in gold through its recycling program last year

Apple's recycling program is doing very well. As part of its  annual environmental report that the company released yesterday, Apple declared that it had recovered nearly 90 million pounds of materials from Apple devices recycled through is program in 2015. Sixty-one million pounds of those materials are reusable in future products, including 2,204 pounds of gold, which  Business Insider calculates is worth nearly $40 million. Apparently that  iPhone disassembling robot was a good investment.

Woman is body shamed buying bikini, responds in empowering way

"You can be any size and look good! Confidence is what makes you sexy and not just being a size 6!

The benefits of being a little fish: How startups can beat big companies at the PR game

Large enterprises have to be more careful about what they say to the media than startups because every word and action is scrutinized, and could blowback on their business. In addition, large enterprises are more complicated, with different departments and often different goals. What the marketing team wants may not be aligned with the development team. As a result, media contact for big companies is rife with bureaucracy. Every little detail has to go through layers of a decision-making and this can slow the process down.


Samsung Android devices will not charge if moisture is present in the USB charging port. This is a preventative measure added to prevent corrosion. Corrosion within the USB charging port can lead to other more serious issues over time – including malfunction or non-function of the charging port.

Vinyl is back! Everything you need to build, preserve, and play a killer vinyl collection

If you’re new to vinyl, or if you just stepped away for a while and want to get back into it, you should know there’s a right way and a wrong way to get into and maintain this hobby. Don’t worry, it isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, either. In fact, it can be downright cheap. Here then is our top-to-bottom — er, front-to-back? — guide covering everything from how to buy and hook up a quality turntable, to proper vinyl cleaning and storage, right down a few choice records we think would kickstart your new collection.

Google just opened up a restaurant in New York City, but only for 4 days

The company has opened up Small World , a ‘interactive’ pop-up eatery in New York City’s Lower East Side, in something of a promotion for Google Translate. At first glance, it seems customers will be able to translate menu items using Google Translate on their phones.

Did IT guy really 'delete entire company' with wrong bit of code?

Did IT guy really 'delete entire company' with wrong bit of code?

Brothers boast online about hunting wild python for soup, get arrested

Two brothers hailing from from Bobai County in Guangxi, China, were arrested a day after posting pictures online of themselves hunting, killing, cooking and eating a wild python, which is under first-level state protection.

Obama officially backs FCC’s new initiative for cable box competition

In February, the FCC voted in favor of loosening cable’s grip on set-top boxes. Today, President Obama offered a show of support to the initiative that sought to give consumers greater control of how they access their favorite channels.

Report: Google Play Music Podcasts Launch April 18

Initially announced in October , Play Music's podcast service is expected to include more than a dozen popular streams, like HBO, How Stuff Works, Star Trek Radio, and This Week in Tech, as well as those by Nerdist, Slate, and others. Once it launches, the new feature will make it easier to discover podcasts, based on your mood or interests—similar to the Google Play Music platform.

Like it or not, Mark Zuckerberg is now Silicon Valley's ambassador to the rest of the world

We stand for connecting every person. For a global community. For bringing people together. For giving all people a voice. For a free flow of ideas and culture across nations. And this idea of connecting the world has gotten stronger over the last century. You can now travel almost anywhere in the world in less than a day. Countries trade more openly and cooperate more easily than ever. And the Internet has enabled all of us to access and share more ideas and information than ever before. We've gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community, and we're all better off for it.

Hackaday & Hacklab: Bring A Hack Meetup #2

NOTE: as with last year, we expect overwhelming demand.  Seats will go fast, grab them while you can.  Then we've got some standing room only in the back/side of the room.  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.

I was part of the first group of outsiders allowed to ride the entire North Korean subway system — here's what I saw

Elliott Davies/Earth Nutshell During my visit to North Korea, I was part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro.

Search for Japan quake survivors intensifies as thousands evacuated from homes

TOKYO The desperate search for survivors intensified on Sunday in the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by Japan's deadly earthquake and authorities ordered nearly a quarter of a million people from their homes amid fears of further quakes.

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals start journey home after rehab

While in rehabilitation, the seals were nursed to a healthy weight to help increase their odds of survival. They also were taught to catch and eat fish naturally, with little human intervention, so they can hunt for themselves when they return to the wild.

Is Facebook the new AOL?

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete , Walt's  column about Slack intersects with news of new Facebook features. Chat bots and messaging are seeing a resurgence, but their roots can be traced back to the days of AOL’s dominance. Meanwhile, Facebook is pushing Live video, hoping it will attract a new class of creators like YouTube did . Walt and Nilay debate on the positives and negatives of these services.

Amazon's Kindle Oasis: The Highest-End High-End Kindle So Far

One of the Kindle's signature features has always been its marathon battery life—up to six weeks in the case of the Voyage, assuming that you read on average for a half hour a day. I always assumed that such endurance was sacrosanct, but with the Kindle Oasis, Amazon has messed with its recipe in a new way. The device is so small and thin that it packs a rather dinky battery, which Amazon says provides up to two weeks of power, again based on an average of 30 minutes of reading a day. But every Oasis comes with a posh leather case with a much beefier built-in battery. The case snaps on magnetically—its battery sits next to the hump on the e-reader, and fills in the surrounding area—turning the whole package into an e-reader that can run for up to two months, a new Kindle record.

The first 'Dark Souls 3' add-on doesn't hit until this fall

Given that plenty of folks went to impressive lengths to play FromSoftware's latest game early, I'm betting the following Dark Souls 3 news isn't going to sit well with them. Why? Because you'll have to wait until this fall to play anything beyond what's in the base game. That's according to UK enthusiast site Videogamer . And even then, that's only the release window for the first of two post-launch add-ons. Any other details are as scant as an Estus Flask when you really need it, but you can expect new bosses and enemies in addition to gear for your undead warrior.

GoDadddy CTO and cloud VP heads to Google

According to a statement provided to Fortune , Murphy is joining Google. Chief information and infrastructure officer Arne Josefberg will take over, according to Fortune — giving him a pretty important job for the recently-public company that has to find ways to expand its core business. There are no hints as to what she’ll be doing at Google, but Google too has been winning big clients for its cloud service, including recently Spotify .

Make a 3D Scanner Using Milk, Because Why the Hell Not

All a 3D scanner does is capture cross sections of an object, so some people are coming up with cheap ways to do it. And for $15, this is one of the most inexpensive, and easily the grossest.

Cricket Wireless takes aim at T-Mobile, launches cheaper unlimited data plan

For $70 a month, which goes down to $65 a month if you opt into Cricket’s auto-pay system, customers can get unlimited talk, text, and data for either their Cricket smartphones or for handsets they bring themselves. Cricket made sure to criticize T-Mobile in the process, noting that T-Mobile also offers an unlimited data plan, but for $30 more than the former’s offering. To rub a bit of salt in the wound, Cricket will offer a $100 credit for T-Mobile customers who make the switch.

Making sense of enterprise security

The notion that existing endpoint security solutions can effectively mitigate IoT-borne risks is hard to accept, as connected “things” are by design very different from desktop and mobile devices. IoT hardware and software come in many more shapes and sizes than those of traditional endpoints, and the absence of standardized protocols in deployment today makes it difficult to secure all assets within the IoT ecosystem. A shift toward verticalized applications and use cases suggests that even if standards are put into place, they will be somewhat federated and industry-specific.

Graphene microbots slurp lead from polluted water

The robots are shaped like tiny tubes, in three layers. Graphene oxide on the outside absorbs lead particles from the water. The middle layer is nickel, which allows external control of the robots using a magnetic field. The inner layer is platinum, which gives the robots self propulsion by adding hydrogen peroxide to the water. This interacts with the platinum, which decomposes the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen , propelling the microbot forwards.

Jony Ive designs one-off iPad Pro and accessories for charity auction

Want some serious bragging rights in the tech community? Why? Inquire within yourself whether this craving for attention is healthy, and if you still want those rights, consider bidding on this one-of-a-kind iPad Pro and accessories designed by Jony Ive . It’s for a good cause, or at least you can tell yourself that.

World's first legally recognized Pastafarian wedding held on festive pirate boat

Pastafarian tradition also mandates the wedding be held on a pirate boat and officiated by a pirate. Of course, Fenn, Ricketts and all attendees were also dressed as pirates.

The 20 Best Movie Scenes That Actors Hated Shooting

Screen Rant collected 20 of the best scenes that made their actors deeply uncomfortable, which span from the purely physical (running at top speed in the heat of Abu Dhabi in The Force Awakens ) to the psychological (everything inflicted on Shelley Duvall in The Shining ) to the downright disgusting (hiding in barrels full of real fish in the second Hobbit movie).

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The goofy 1930s serials that inspired 'Star Wars'

The Flash Gordon films followed the plot of the early comics, centering around the titular Yale-educated polo player (played by Olympic gold medalist swimmer Larry “Buster” Crabbe), who, along with his love interest Dale Arden (Jean Rogers) is brought on a rocket ship by the mad Dr. Zarkov (Frank Shannon) to the planet Mongo. There the companions encounter numerous alien races and conflicts, along with villains such as Ming the Merciless (Charles Middleton).

DT Giveaway: Electrohome Turntable for National Record Store Day

Vinyl fans, the greatest holiday of the year is finally here: It’s Record Store Day! To celebrate, we’re giving one lucky winner a sweet little suitcase turntable to spin your new stacks of wax from the good folks at Electrohome called The Archer. Melding nostalgic styling with modern features, The Archer offers three speeds for all your records, fully automated playback, built-in speakers, and a headphone output. And for those just getting into the vinyl game, we’ll even help you start out your new collection with your choice among these classic records AND a case to tote them around in. There’s never been a better time to get down with vinyl, so enter our giveaway for a chance to win today!

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