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Vox Ex Machina - 99% Invisible

In 1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. It was called the “Voder,” short for “Voice Operating Demonstrator.”  It looked sort of like a futuristic church organ. An operator — known as a “Voderette” — sat at the Voder’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience,

The absurd trial over Johnny Depp's dogs is underway in Australia

There is a bizarre court case kicking off in Australia that involves a Hollywood celebrity, his girlfriend, his dogs Pistol and Boo and the Australian immigration department.

Mark Zuckerberg is the ultimate startup bro in this wild 2005 interview

"I think Facebook is an online directory for colleges," said Mark Zuckerberg in 2005, sitting on a dingy couch, clad in a white t-shirt and gym shorts, and holding a red Solo cup filled with beer....

The quest for the ultimate Star Wars lightsaber

I’m in a suburb 30 miles outside of Sacramento, California, and Yoda’s teaching me how to fight with a lightsaber. In this particular case, Yoda is the online nickname for Michael Murphy, a...

Carbonara Purists Can’t Stop the Pasta Revolution - The New Yorker

The French pseudo-carbonara that has provoked outrage in Italy is merely one episode in a larger pasta revolution sweeping Europe and America.

Amy Schumer is fed up with the label 'plus-size'

"It should just say what size you are."

Google has given its open-source machine learning software a big upgrade

Last November, Google opened up its in-house machine learning software TensorFlow, making the program that powers its translation services and photo analytics (among many other things) open-source...

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The price of shame

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

When online shaming spirals out of control

Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob — and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.

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.

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.

Canadian prime minister schools journalist in how quantum computing works

As a journalist, I've learned never to assume anything. Don't assume a fact you've read comes from a reliable source. Don't assume that your readers know all the details of a complicated topic you're writing. And today I learned you shouldn't just assume that the leader of your country doesn't have a thorough knowledge of quantum computing.

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."

A Tiny Death Star Is the Only Reason You Should Buy a Levitating Speaker

An unknown breakthrough in consumer levitation technology has led to an influx of floating speakers that don’t sound any different, but look kinda cool—were this the mid-’80s. Before you write them off completely, someone has managed to find a way to make these novelties genuinely worthy of your desk space, as a tiny Death Star replica .

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.

Facebook officially launches a chatbot API for Messenger

Facebook has officially launched its chatbot API for Messenger, which it’s naming Messenger Platform. Additionally, the Live Chat feature rumored to be hitting the Web is also launching today via an API.

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.

How to read your 'secret' Facebook messages

How to read your 'secret' Facebook messages A "secret" Messenger inbox may contain messages you have no idea you received and may even want to read. Check out this story on

Obama teaches NBA all-star Stephen Curry how to play basketball

President Obama helps NBA all-star Steph Curry learn to play basketball and fix his resume in this funny video to promote mentorship.

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.

The Best Security Suites for 2016

What's the Best? The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Kaspersky Internet Security (2016) are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security 2016, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe (2016) doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite.

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.

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Why artificial intelligence is more important than ever and how it will change our lives

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Man who deleted his startup with one line of code is a huge troll

Man who allegedly deleted his startup with one line of code is a huge troll

AMC ditches plan to allow texting in theaters

AMC ditches plan to allow texting in theaters AMC CEO weighed idea to attract millennials. Check out this story on

Uber and Lyft Drivers Will Have to Pay San Francisco $91 a Year

Driving for Uber is supposed to be the ultimate hassle-free way to generate a little extra cash. However, the city of San Francisco would like to remind all 37,000 rideshare drivers in the city that it’s not quite that simple.

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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.

Your texts are not as secure as you think

Your texts are not as secure as you think Text messaging is increasingly popular. But not all services are equally secure from snooping, writes columnist Steven Petrow. Check out this story on

26 Facebook Chef cookbooks

As we've previously discussed , we use Chef to manage the configuration of our server fleet. Within Chef, a logical grouping of configuration is referred to as a cookbook. Today, I'm happy to announce that we are releasing 14 of our internal cookbooks. Together this suite of cookbooks — along with a sample "init" cookbook — will allow anyone who wants to use our model of Chef in their own environment to get started easily and quickly.

Why aren’t we using SSH for everything?

A host you’ve connected to previously is advertising a different public key than it did before. If you can’t account for this change (maybe you launched a new VPS on the same IP address as before and it generated a fresh SSH key pair?) then it’s worth being worried. Try connecting to this host from another network, see if the problem persists — if not, then someone is hijacking your local connection rather than the server’s connection.

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.

Remix OS could make Nexus tablets live up to their potential

Remix OS has quickly gained a well-deserved cult following, thanks to its clever way of taking the Android OS and making it work a little bit more like a desktop OS. It offers proper windows, a browse-able file system, keyboard shortcuts, and full access to official Google Play apps. It is in many ways everything that Google ought to be doing wth Android. And now, as 9to5Google reports , it's available for Google's own tablets, the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10.

Intel Unveils New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont Cores

Intel’s reference design for Apollo Lake-based PCs seems to be a tablet/2-in-1 hybrid system with an 11.6” full-HD (1920x1080) 10-point multi-touch display, 4 GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory, 64 GB M.2 SATA3 SSD or 32 GB eMMC storage, an M.2 wireless module supporting 802.11ac, an optional M.2 LTE modem, an integrated USB 2 camera, a host of sensors (accelerometer, ambient light, proximity detection, and magnetic switching) as well as a USB Type-C connector supporting USB power delivery and alternate modes. Such reference design can power not only mobile, but also Aan IO and even small form-factor desktop PCs. Still, given the fact that we are talking about low-cost systems, do not expect retail computers to feature multiple storage devices and LTE modems. However, PC makers may opt for more advanced displays as well as better integrated cameras, or an SI might plump for a half-price 'Macbook-like' device design using Type-C, albeit on the Atom microarchitecture. This is Intel's vision forthe next generation of Chromebooks: the 'cloud book' market.

5 facts about online dating

Hi would like to get some responses on what you may think feedback advice whatever you can give me I would gladly appreciate it. My names is Anonymous well as I sat looking through facebook during the ending of December to be exact December 18 to now 2015 I noticed going through it allot of couples happy on vacations people,family and friends well not me it bothered me as lot because us people or shall I say myself know that there’s someone out there and feeling the same as I so it clicked let go through my apps and see a dating line and I did for three days searching I became well liked or shall I say noticed the only ones that caught my eye were either from army navy marines and that’s what I chatted with on kik whatsapp. Believing wow handsome good looking guys all out of state some really got my attention then sure enough the more acquainted I got the more fishy they started speaking like Nigeria scams you know but I got pictures then something told me to believe and apart of me told me no so what was I supposed to do you try all these things ways of meeting people and the stars the moon are all promised and you think is this true well I’m quite well minored classy and somewhat sexy I think so that’s what they say but I have a heart and single allot to give kind I want to be a wife companion etc.

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?

One week review with the HTC 10: I don't know why I'd buy one

Really, it’s the same story throughout. It doesn’t struggle with everyday tasks or gaming, but then I wouldn’t expect a $700 to falter under a little multi-tasking. It doesn’t have a class-leading battery life – it’s perfectly fine for a moderate day’s usage (and the quick charge option is handy if you’re using the original cable and charger) but it’s a smaller power pack than some of its rivals. I’m yet to see a flagship that can challenge the Huawei Mate 8’s battery life .

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up

, "there are three generally recognized factors for authentication: something you know (such as a password), something you have (such as a hardware token or cell phone), and something you are (such as your fingerprint). Two-factor means the system is using two of these options." You can read more about how 2FA can work for you in 

Facebook will now let any camera stream to Facebook Live, even a DJI drone

At the annual F8 developer conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be releasing an API for its live-streaming video feature. This will allow developers to build live Facebook video right into their apps. To demonstrate, Facebook showed off a DJI drone, live-streaming an aerial shot of Zuckerberg directly to the social network. It briefly hovered onstage next to the social network's founder and chief, who waved nervously before wishing the aerial robot goodbye.

This is Facebook's gorgeous, open-source 360-degree video camera

Hoping to dramatically increase the amount of 360-degree video on its platform, Facebook today unveiled a reference design for a high-end video capture system and announced plans to release it as an open-source project on GitHub. Shaped like a flying saucer, Facebook Surround 360 uses a 17-camera array and accompanying web-based software to capture images in 360 degrees and render them automatically. Facebook says the design solves a variety of technical problems with 360-degree video capture better than anything now on the market, and is encouraging manufacturers and hobbyists to use its designs to build cameras of their own.


Many of you AndroidGuys readers are experts, and have a great grasp of how Android devices work. However, we do have a growing base of readers who are making the switch over from iOS devices that don’t know the basics when it comes to using their new Android devices. That’s what we are here for.

A key person working on the Google Glass revamp has left after only 5 months

The world is still waiting to see how Google reinvents its troubled Glass wearable device.

Squarespace now offers domain registration starting at $20 a year

Website builder Squarespace  today launched a new feature that lets customers purchase a domain name straight from its site before using its design tools to put everything together.

Will food 3D printing really become a ‘thing’?

Examples like these leave me asking one important question about food 3D printing: What is it good for? The number one factor that determines a technology’s success is the degree to which it creates value for the end user or application. The value of food 3D printing is not yet apparent. Could it be an ability to intricately and tastefully combine flavors, textures, and shapes into sought-after edibles? Imagine the future donut (probably what they were eating aboard the Starship Enterprise), where the outside has a delightful crisp to it, the inside is as doughy and delicious as you could ever want, and at the core of the torus is a heavenly crunchy center that melts in your mouth the way your grandmother’s homemade toffee might. Oh, and I forgot the swirl of explosive chocolate flavor variations that change depending on what part of the donut you’re biting into. Maybe that’s the use case; otherwise, I’m not sure.

Insecurity of Things: The IoT devices you deploy may be Trojan horses

Like any market surrounded by relentless attention and hype, the Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly evolved from an exciting idea to an all-out race to the shelf. This flurry of production has been met with enthusiasm by consumers and businesses eager to automate and connect everything from their HVACs to their vehicles. But at the same time, in the rush to market, manufacturers are often neglecting to secure these devices against cyberattacks.

How to deal with the rising threat of ransomware

This includes viruses that download and execute their malicious payload after getting past the sandbox. That’s why sandboxing should occur at the network level, Monrad argues, where you can “focus on the entire stream of packets, in order to analyze what is happening, in a similar way, as normal users are exposed to the code when they browse the Internet, click on a link in an email or open an attached file.”

A Drone Hit a Passenger Plane and Nothing Happened

Earlier today, a British Airways pilot on approach to London Heathrow said that he thought he collided with a drone. It’s the nightmare pilots (and drone operators) fear the most, but according to British Airways, the plane didn’t get a scratch.

Waste the rest of your day with yet another awful Microsoft image detection bot

It wouldn’t totally surprise us if Microsoft deliberately designed CaptionBot to be terrible, so we can all share its many misinterpreted photos. Still, you gotta hand it to the team for sharing something so stupidly entertaining, in hopes of actually being great in the long run.

The UK's broadband advertising really is a mess

Under current rules, providers are upholding their advertising obligations if at least 10 percent of customers can get those speeds. That’s not a situation that, to my mind, can be considered acceptable. A more accurate way of looking at it is that 90 percent of customers never get what they pay for.

'iPhone 7' Rumor Suggests Smart Connector and Lack of Headphone Jack

As previously mentioned, the case, pictured above, was originally reported to be for the “iPhone 7 Plus.” Indeed, with previous rumors pointing to the bigger iPhone 7 variant sporting the dual-camera system only, that seemed to line up. However, this report suggests that case is for the iPhone 7. That either means the iPhone 7 will not only feature the Smart Connector, but also the dual-camera system. Either that, or this report suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus is actually the model to get the Smart Connector.

Build a gaming PC for only $499 | ZDNet

When it comes to gaming PCs, it's not a case of how fast you want your PC to be, but how fast you want to spend money. But what if you don't have thousands of dollars laying around the place? Can you still build a killer gaming PC on a tight budget?

This week in patents: A hacker-proof internet, telepresence windows, and more

This week, the US patent office issued 6,757 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting patents.

Forget Millennials--Why You Should Hire Someone Over 55

At SYNERGY Home Care of South Jersey, it’s not unusual for owner Dennis Crippen to hire workers who are in their 60s and 70s. Concerns about their physical ability are unfounded, and he finds they are able to connect with the clients who need the company’s home care services. Crippen says it’s important to get beyond stereotypes, whether it’s "assuming that older workers can’t fulfill certain tasks, or that younger workers are always on their phones." When you think of people that way, you miss out on good hires, he says.

Destructive 7.8-magnitude earthquake kills 41 in Ecuador, topples buildings

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Ecuador Saturday evening, killing at least 41. The destructive temblor caused a bridge, an airport tower and dozens of buildings to collapse. Electricity also went out in various areas.

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