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The plan to make Final Fantasy great again

Hajime Tabata wants to put Final Fantasy back on top. As the director of Final Fantasy XV, Tabata has a difficult task ahead of him. While the Final Fantasy name is still well known, over the...

Apple's new short film starring autistic teen shows how tech transforms lives

"The iPad allows me to be seen."

New ransomware uses disk-level encryption to hold your computer hostage | ExtremeTech

Ransomware is getting even more devious with Petya, which goes after your master boot record to encrypt the whole drive.

What female authors taught me about the way we marginalize women

Exclusion isn't always obvious.

New 'Lego Batman Movie' teaser trailer full of feelings

A teaser trailer for "Lego Batman" gives fans a heartfelt look at Wayne Manor, plus epic team-ups with Superman and Wonder Woman in the movie due out in 2017.

Oculus Rift review: High-end VR is here -- if you can pay

The Rift requires lots of hardware and a big investment, but it's worth it.

Big or Small Challenge

Some say you have to go big or home while others believe that less is more. In the Big or Small Challenge, both arguments are right and we want to see how everything plays out! Take something small and build a blown-up version, or take something big and make a miniature version. Grand prize is an iPad Mini 3, and runners-up will win an Instructables prize pack. There’s no Instructable too big or too small to compete! Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!

Chainsaw-wielding drone is the kind of horror Leatherface dreams of

Today I learned that when it comes to drones, don't fuck with Finland. Some Finnish farmers thought it'd be fun to attach a chainsaw to a drone and let it

Meet the Silicon Valley company bringing electricity to motorcross

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Meet Tesla's Model 3, Its Long-Awaited Car for the Masses

Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded Tesla Motors in 2003. Musk, flush with cash after selling PayPal to eBay for $1.4 billion, joined in early 2004 as its chairman and primary benefactor. He took over as CEO in 2008, shortly after the debut of the company’s first car, the Roadster. The two-seater was a proof of concept, designed to show that EVs could be cool. It was based on the Lotus Elise, hit 60 mph in 3.7, and squeezed 245 miles from a 950-pound battery. Car & Driver called it “a revelation” . Tesla sold about 2,400 Roadsters in four years.


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8 This is Tesla’s Model 3

But what good is a snazzy electric vehicle if you can’t easily charge it? Tesla’s more popular supercharger stations can already get super busy during peak times — add in a sudden onslaught of Model 3 owners, and things might get crazy. Fortunately, Elon also committed Tesla to doubling the number of public superchargers from 3,600 to 7,200 by the end of 2017 — right around the time the Model 3 is scheduled to ship.

Batman v Superman: Spoiler FAQ of Justice

But it’s still been marketed to children; look at the Batman and Superman merchandise flooding any department store. But also Marvel’s movies are all PG-13 and they don’t have this problem, nor do parents expect them to. And that’s why Marvel/Hasbro/Disney sells toys based on Captain America and Avengers and all that other shit to kids, because they want kids to be interested in Marvel characters. WB/DC wants the same, they just failed to make a movie that they can watch without having nightmares or being bored to tears. You can blame the MPAA’s outdated rating system, the superhero movie industry, or modern society, but I guarantee that this poor woman was not the only adult who had to take their kid out of BvS this weekend.

How the GOP scammed its voters … and created Trump

Since 1980, 95 percent of the benefits of growth have accrued to the top one percent of earners. The share of income for the top one percent has tripled, from about eight percent of national income to about 22 percent over this time. The minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $2.13 plus tips, is at historically low levels; if it had tracked the wages of the top one percent, the minimum wage would be over $28 an hour today. Overtime pay, which used to apply to about 70 percent of salaried workers, now applies to only nine percent. Union membership, and the middle-class wages and benefits that come with it, has fallen from a third of American workers in 1964 to only ten percent today — and just seven percent in the private sector. Consequently, wages as a percent of GDP have fallen about a trillion dollars, while corporate profits have increased by the same amount. Add in the ridiculous increases in compensation and other income for the very rich … and you are talking about close to a $2 trillion-a-year scam perpetuated on the American middle and working class. Over 30 years, that shit adds up.

Blue Origin just launched and landed its reusable rocket for the third time

During that press tour, Bezos said  the first crewed test flights of the New Shepard will begin in 2017 , with the first tourists going up in 2018. The New Shepard is Blue Origin's premiere rocket meant to take paying customers into sub-orbital space. The vehicle is designed to launch a crew capsule filled with six passengers to a height of 62 miles above the Earth's surface. There, the capsule will detach from the rest of the rocket, and crew members on board will experience four minutes of weightlessness. Eventually both the rocket and the capsule will fall back to Earth; the rocket will use its engines to land vertically back ground, while parachutes will lower the capsule safely.

Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 preorders equaled $7.5 billion worth of sales on day 1

Those placing a preorder could buy up to two cars each, making a $1,000 deposit for each, but it’s refundable. Given the car isn’t expected to ship until next year, in the cold light of day and with time to properly assess Musk’s mass market vehicle, many of its early fans could cash in their chips when it comes to paying the remaining amount. That’s not to say they will, of course — but a year is a long time in any business, and a lot can change not only in people’s minds, but in the market.

What It's Like To Be A 13-Year-Old On Social Media Today

Over the two-and-a-half years I spent reporting my book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers , talking to more than 200 girls, ages 13 to 19, in 10 states from different socioeconomic backgrounds, of different races, sexual orientations, and gender identities, one of the things that continually struck me was the similarity of all these girls' experiences on social media. The homogeneity of the technology and widespread use of the same apps seem to be creating, again, a certain culture. And a lot of what girls had to say about this culture involved an experience of what can only be described as sexism -- a word of which many girls, especially in the beginning of my process, were unaware. "What's sexism?" asked a girl in Williamsburg, Virginia. "Is that when somebody likes sex?" When I asked her and her friends if they'd ever heard of feminism, another girl said, "Is that when a boy acts like a girl?"

What it's like to ride in the Tesla Model 3

It features a 15-inch tablet-like touchscreen — just smaller than the 17-inch in the Model S and the Model X before it. I only had but a second to play with it, as there were many cantankerous writers waiting in line to drive it. I can say, though, it's bigger and more responsive than anything in its segment — especially at the US$35,000 price point.

The Producer of Star Wars Rebels Answers Your Burning Questions About That Epic Finale and Beyond

“She does say ‘I am no Jedi,’ very clearly,” Filoni explained. “So if she says that and Yoda later says ‘When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be,’ he’s definitely not talking about her. There were so many options of lines to give in this episode, and one of them along the way of the season was that Ahsoka would mention that Yoda wouldn’t think of her as a Jedi because she’s not, necessarily, practicing that path any more. She’s still in the Light Side, for sure, but she’s not a Jedi practitioner per se.”

The College of Chinese Wisdom

While admittedly I am not an expert on Eastern Philosophy as these professors are, this essay makes the unmoored, unprincipled life that is so common (and so unfulfilling) today is the most natural.  I agree you need to adapt to circumstances (as would almost everyone), but you need basic moral fiber before college - that is why so many students do so poorly there.  There was a better Saturday Essay some time back - discussing how college doesn't create character - it simply reveals it  - which is why, in our anything goes culture, so many young adults are listless and unhappy after leaving school.  Perhaps a parochial education (i.e. Catholic schooling) would provide more of a grounding for these students than "We could all benefit from a little more insincerity".  Overall - a very unworthwhile read - except as cautionary example.

There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift's Terms of Service

Quite a few of the items in the document are pretty typical in any sort of Terms of Service agreement. These include details like waiving your right to a juried trial and agreeing to go into arbitration instead. Oculus can also terminate your service for myriad reasons, and third parties can collect information on you. However, there are some even more devilish details in the Rift’s full Terms of Service .

The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit

Have you ever worried how real astronauts or cosmonauts can defend themselves or render harmless hostile life forms? What if an alien breaks into the International Space Station? Or a crew member loses his or her mind and goes berserk? The following set of images will put your mind to ease: aspacemen always carry some kind of weapon or at least a special tool which can be used as a weapon.

Lovecraft's Creatures Would Have Made Excellent Opponents For Europe's Crusaders

What if H.P. Lovecraft had been around in the Middle Ages? It’s likely that the crusades would have turned out very differently, as seen by these fantastic illustrations from Austrian illustrator, Robert Altbauer.

See Bendict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange Take the Streets of Manhattan and Beg For A Meme

Filming for Doctor Strange has been underway in New York City, and photographers got a really good glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo!

Tucker the Turtle Can't Fart, Gets Treated For the Bends

Tucker the turtle can’t swim underwater because he has an abnormal build-up of bubbles in his body. To treat his “buoyancy problem,” researchers at Seattle’s Virginia Mason hospital put him in a hyperbaric chamber, making him the first nonhuman patient to receive such treatment.

​Head of Oracle Linux moves to Microsoft | ZDNet

Microsoft confirmed that it had enticed Coekaerts to leave Oracle for Microsoft. Mike Neil, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Cloud, told me, "Wim Coekaerts has joined Microsoft as Corp VP of Open Source in our Enterprise Cloud Group. As we continue to deepen our commitment to open source, Wim will focus on deepening our engagement, contributions and innovation to the open-source community."

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Game of Thrones' Jessica Henwick Will Play the Female Lead in the Iron Fist TV Series

Yes yes yes yes yes . Marvel has announced that The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones actress Jessica Henwick has landed the role of the Netflix Iron Fist show’s female lead, and it’s great news for fans of the comics: she’ll be playing international ass-kicker Colleen Wing.

Snapchat Rolls Out New Features: This Week in Social Media : Social Media Examiner

The Infinite Dial 2016 : According to a recent report from Edison Research and Triton Digital on digital media consumer behavior in America, Facebook maintains the broadest awareness among respondents (93%). However, Snapchat awareness has grown quickly from 60% last year to 71% this year. Snapchat now takes the top spot for reach among social media users ages 12-24, and has surpassed Instagram usage among this same demographic. While Facebook continues to lose some appeal among youth, falling to 68% from 74% last year and 80% the year before, it continues to be the most frequently used platform among 12- to 24-year-old social media users.

Tesla hasn't made $7.5B in sales – the Model 3 doesn't exist yet

The Model 3 hype is real, but it’s hard to argue the figures from the company’s history. There’s a long road ahead for Tesla to bring its electric vehicles to the masses, but we should also keep reality in check before assuming every deposit it receives will turn into a sale – or an actual product. 232,000+ reservations might be the momentum Musk needs to get investors on board, but one thing is for sure: the pressure’s on.

FBI trick for breaking into iPhone likely to leak, limiting its use

Although Apple is concerned about consumer perception, employees said the company had made no major recent changes in policy. Instead, its engineers take pride in the fact that a program for breaking into an iPhone via the web was recently purchased by a defense contractor for $1 million, and that even that program is likely to be short-lived.

29 Microsoft wants to make the stylus cool again with Windows Ink

What tablet PCs have always lacked is a sense of purpose. Mainly, why would I use a stylus, when my keyboard and mouse are faster – or my pen and paper feels more natural? The idea of being able to upload freeform notes to the cloud has obvious benefits, but it’s not worth the investment if the stylus can’t prove over tried-and-true interfaces and note-taking methods.

Why Tesla's Model 3 Can't Fix Our Energy Problems

You know what’s hard? Trying to get anyone to say anything remotely critical about the Tesla Model 3 . Everyone wants it to succeed because electric vehicles are good, and affordable electric vehicles are even better. But the Model 3 cannot be the hero for the US’s energy woes if we don’t fix a few serious problems with our infrastructure first.

Chainsaw Drone Is Like Something Out Of Our Worst Nightmares

This is like something out of a nightmare: a chainsaw attached to a drone. What could possibly go wrong?

Would you pay $30 to stream a movie in 4K? Sony thinks so

Ultra will be available on Android-compatible Sony 4K TVs. While the service will also offer TV shows, Sony has not yet disclosed how much an episode will cost. Considering the price for a movie, however, expect to spend a pretty penny for 4K and HDR streaming.

Watch a Boat Crash Straight into the Dock

It’s like when you’re parking your car in a parking lot and your tire bumps the curb because you went a little too far, only it’s a giant boat that’s gone too far and the curb is a dock with a bunch of people walking around. So yeah, not exactly the same. A lot, a lot worse.

Introducing React Storybook — KADIRA VOICE

We built React Storybook from the ground up to work with any React app, whether it’s a Redux, Relay or a Meteor app. React Storybook is something you can use with your app right away. It has many features including:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Maz Kanata - From Puppet to Mo-Cap - IGN

Scanlan: They were very similar. Maz was a long design process, and I think that it was the first character we started on, way before we started on any others, because it was so important to J.J. But I think the reason we decided to go to CG was that -- and it may not be completely evident from the film -- but Maz's development within J.J.'s mind and in the script, her role sort of grew. Certainly emotionally, it grew, and we felt there was a point where, in order for her to fully succeed and to liberate her from any constraints, to go to a CG version would mean that indeed. It also allowed us to continue to think and talk about Maz, even after we shot the scenes that Maz was in.

How your office water cooler can advance your career

For this use-case let’s make the cue something that happens quite frequently at the office – going to the water cooler or the public kitchen. This is a place we all end up at least once during the workday and is usually cued by something more obvious like needing a coffee refill or a snack. It’s the perfect cue because it usually happens at least a few times a day and is hard to ignore. We all need that morning coffee right!?

Blue Origin just launched and landed its reusable rocket for the third time

During that press tour, Bezos said  the first crewed test flights of the New Shepard will begin in 2017 , with the first tourists going up in 2018. The New Shepard is Blue Origin's premiere rocket meant to take paying customers into sub-orbital space. The vehicle is designed to launch a crew capsule filled with six passengers to a height of 62 miles above the Earth's surface. There, the capsule will detach from the rest of the rocket, and crew members on board will experience four minutes of weightlessness. Eventually both the rocket and the capsule will fall back to Earth; the rocket will use its engines to land vertically back ground, while parachutes will lower the capsule safely.

This Super-Efficient Building High in the Rocky Mountains Has No Central Heat

The quest to build the world’s most energy-efficient buildings largely plays out in temperate regions or in big, heat-generating cities. That’s what makes this new building in Colorado so impressive: It’s located at high elevation in a location that gets about 90 inches of snow per year—yet, amazingly, it uses no central heating at all.

Weekend business update: Bash in Windows, Spotify takes on $1B in debt, and more

The week in business has been marked by surprises nobody would have expected. Google offering a landline service? Canonical collaborating with Microsoft to bring bash to Windows? Well alright then…

Email took an almighty beating this week, but it’s far from dead

Fast-forward six years and you could now say that SMS is also on the way out, replaced by a plethora of Internet-based messaging services. But Sandberg had a point — looking at the methods of communication that permeate the lives of young people gives the biggest clue as to where we’re heading. But it will be a gradual process guided by the demographics of people who use a given service; Uber may be phasing out email completely, but that’s because the majority of its users — in the U.S. at least — are under the age of 35 according to recent reports. But an airline such as KLM will have customers spanning all age groups, so it would be less likely to switch off telephone or email support quite so quickly.

I’m a boring programmer (and proud of it) — Signal v. Noise

I bet there are a lot of you out there who’ve thought along the same lines. You see these silly terms used so casually — they make no sense, yet are often used to describe seemingly attractive job postings. Part of you scoffs, wondering how the use of this lingo ever got started. But a small part of you wonders why you can’t relate to being a rock star-ninja-hacker-wizard.

Drax the Destroyer Is Joining Blade Runner 2

We’re starting to come to terms with the fact that the film is actually happening, and with casting choices like this, we’re getting a bit more intrigued.

Hong Kong man built a life-like Scarlett Johansson robot, which isn't weird at all

Robots are getting more life-like by the minute, but when they resemble an actual, existing person, that’s when it gets a little weird. Especially when the inventor programmed it to respond to things like “I love you” and “You are so beautiful.”

2016 April Fools Day Gaming Pranks - April Fools' Day Game Pranks Wiki Guide - IGN

Every year, popular games release patches with special content celebrating April Fools Day. These DLC drops usually occur on or just before April 1st. Here's a list of all the April Fools Day  2016 game pranks and gags.

This Hacker Rigged Elections in 9 Latin American Countries

A highly sophisticated Colombian hacker rigged elections across Latin America in favor of right-wing candidates for almost eight years, pulling in hefty paychecks for highly-coveted dirty work in at least nine different countries’ elections, including for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's rise to power. A Bloomberg Business article published Thursday told his story for the first time, forcing the Mexican government to deny on Friday that Peña Nieto's campaign spied on rivals. ANALYSIS: Will Corruption Take Down More US Allies in Latin America? Andres Sepulveda, now in jail in Colombia, was in the business of the “whole dark side of politics that nobody knows exists but everyone can see,” he told Bloomberg Business.

Apple iPhone SE review: Back to the future with a 4-inch pocket powerhouse Review | ZDNet

There's nothing innovative or ground-breaking about the iPhone SE: to all intents and purposes, it's simply a smaller version of the current iPhone 6s. It provides comparable performance and a broadly similar range of features wrapped up in a more compact 4-inch design with a £180/$250 price cut. It's not the genuinely low-cost iPhone that Apple-watchers perpetually dream of, but it's certainly an improvement on the iPhone 5c. And with network contracts coming in at less than £30/$50 a month, it should make an attractive option for people who prefer a truly pocket-sized smartphone.

Oculus drops shipping fees as apology for Rift delays

You will no longer have to pay the shipping costs for your Oculus Rift if you have ordered one through today, according to the Facebook subsidiary. Oculus sent out emails this morning to its customers with open Rift orders confirming that it is experiencing component shortages that are causing a number of delays. In response, the company is now charging a flat $599 for the Rift as long as you get your order in by today. I checked, and my personal Rift no longer has the $30 fee attached. This is a big move as Oculus strives to keep the faith of its earliest adopters who are likely the ones who will fuel VR’s word-of-mouth buzz as it potentially grows into a business worth $30 billion by 2020 (as tech adviser Digi-Capital predicts).

This Tech Innovation Could Make It Easier For Texans To Get Abortions

“Currently, more than half of rural women don’t have access to reproductive health services anywhere in their county,” said Katy Kozhimannil, a researcher in health policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis who wasn’t involved in the study.

11 of the best new and updated iPhone apps from March 2016

April is upon us already, and you’ve just about survived the barrage of the worst April Fools’ puns the Web can throw at you, but before you close your browser in disgust, check out the best of last month’s new and updated iPhone apps.

Buy electronics and Arduino Kit and get it shipped to your doorstep | 123D Circuits by Autodesk

This kit walks you through the basics of using the Arduino in a hands-on way. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components and digital content only found by purchasing through 123D Circuits.

51 Snapchat update brings longer captions, headaches for some users
52 You can catch the NCAA Final Four games in VR this weekend
53 Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review
54 The music industry is begging the US government to change its copyright laws
55 Acer launches its first 14-inch Chromebook with 14 hours of battery life, $299.99 price tag | ZDNet
56 Best Decks - Clash Royale Wiki Guide - IGN
57 AP Style alert: Don’t capitalize internet and web anymore
58 9.7 Inch iPad Pro Features: 11 Things About Smaller iPad Pro
59 NASA rover snaps photo of a dust devil swirling on Mars
60 This Newly Discovered Triple Sun Planet Would See Some Truly Bizarre Skies
61 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
62 Best Android tablets: April 2016 edition | ZDNet
63 Feds get data off terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help
65 A timeline of Apple’s fight with the feds
66 Why mobile designers must focus on creating 'micro-moments'
67 The Fabled Long Takes in Film Are Cool, But They Have Their Limitations
68 We need a new username system
69 blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: Robin
70 FBI Tests Technique’s Ability to Unlock More Versions of iPhone
71 Windows 10 Anniversary Update lets you mirror Android notifications on your PC
72 ICYMI: Portable DNA lab, drone inspired by bug and more
73 The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion dollar business no one saw coming
74 The science of static electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat
75 Who Benefits From Crowdfunding?
76 Scientists finally know what the Zika virus looks like
77 Tesla Model 3 unveiled: Everything you need to know | ZDNet
78 FBI tells local police it will help unlock iPhones when possible | ZDNet
79 IGN on Twitter
80 Theranos Devices Often Failed Accuracy Requirements
81 The AP Finally Realizes It’s 2016, Will Let Us Stop Capitalizing ‘Internet’
82 Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time
83 Apple pushes yet another version of iOS 9.3 to fix activation bug
84 Microsoft Positions Cortana, Skype, AI As 'Future Of Communications' - InformationWeek
85 Having Wi-Fi problems with iOS 9 - 9.3.1? Here's how to fix it
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