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Disney unveils first clip from 'Star Wars: Rebels' animated series

It's nearly time to get your animated Star Wars fix. The new original animated series Star Wars: Rebels will premiere this fall with a one-hour special on Disney XD, and now we're getting our first real look at the show. Executive Producer Dave Filoni and actress Vanessa Marshall, who voices rebel leader Hera in the clip, revealed the brief scene yesterday during a panel at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.

Record industry finds a new way to squeeze Pandora, but it won't help musicians

Record companies are using obscure state laws to take another legal whack at Pandora. Making a scapegoat out of the internet radio service is unlikely, however, to make new money for musicians.

'The Elder Scrolls Online' Hit With First Major Bug, The Infinite Dupe

When you make an MMO, you will eventually learn a hard lesson about how a single bug can derail your entire game. Right now, that’s exactly what’s happening with The Elder Scrolls Online.

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

The world of business is changing, as are the locations of the people who are driving that business. How companies reach new users and how they treat them once they do will be the defining business issue of the future. Those who deliver the best user experience to a global audience will win this race will change the internet as we know it.

Minimal On Building A Bike That's Ready For Anything (Even Chicago Weather)

Last December we got a call from the folks at Oregon Manifest. They threw down a challenge. Would Minimal be interested in representing the Chi in a competition to design and build the world’s best utility bike? They asked that we deliver a bike that adapts to the challenges of living and commuting in an urban environment, and does so with some verve. They also paired us with a killer frame builder, Garry Alderman from Method Bicycles. Together with Method, we agreed to pool our skills and starting working on the next greatest bike you didn’t know you have to own. With a deadline of July 1, there was no time to lose.

Everything you need to know about wearables in 2014 (eBook)

Every week, a new smartwatch receives funding on Kickstarter, a new connected fitness band emerges from a Fortune 100 tech manufacturer, and an Ivy League dropout in a garage in Southern California takes aim at Google Glass.

Thin film electronics may hold the key to human size health care

As Gigaom Research analyst Jody Ranck writes in his forthcoming report on health care and the internet of things, sensors and other electronics will drive tremendous innovation in medical devices, building off the current momentum in fitness and wellness devices. Much of this development is centered on making devices ever smaller, from ingestible sensors in the form of pills to nanowires and lab-on-a-chip technologies.

Google scoops up another high-profile scientist for anti-death project

To that end, the company has been recruiting some of the top names in anti-aging and genetics research. The latest is Cynthia Kenyon, a high-profile biochemist and biophysicist at the University of California, San Francisco, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle .

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius

He then replied to our letter full of nostalgia and curiosity with a genial dismissal. “You seem to have devoted so much thought to the questions you ask that you should perhaps just write what you think is the truth, even if it’s just speculation, which — judging by today’s commentators on TV — is the easiest and therefore the most common form of punditry. I neither support nor encourage your efforts, but I shall not try to thwart them,” he wrote. And he was true to his word. He didn’t respond to a second letter, nor to a fact-checking email sent to his AOL email address; his email handle includes a phrase along the line of “living legend.” When we stopped by his Sparks Street house on a cold night in February, a light was on and a Prius was in the driveway, but nobody answered the door and Lehrer wrote that he had left town for California. (One underrated classic: “Hannukah in Santa Monica.” )

How to spot a liar

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Six Reasons VCs Won't Back Your Deal

But the reality is that VCs want to cruise to an IPO – and will actively avoid entrepreneurs without the mojo to steer them there.  Here are some fatal flaws they’re quick to spot when they get pitched. Get some intervention now if you’re struggling with any of these.

Stock photos that don’t suck

Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you’re working on. Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites I’ve come across.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

This contest is hilarious and awesome! I think it’s great that Richard is showing off the original code. Goodness me it reads like the old Apple Basic code. I can’t help but smile as I read down the page and reminisce about all my old coding adventures on the Apple II. I remember playing this style of game on mainframes when I was a freshman in college – (the original cloud computing by the way, mainframe and dumb terminal). I can’t wait to see the results of this. I wonder if we can get this working on the iPad.

Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware - CNET

As CNET reported on April 10 , Nike had serious discussions in the last few months -- after the release of the FuelBand SE tracker last November -- about exiting the wearable-hardware market. The shoemaker isn't throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it's turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said. Nike's FuelBand SE currently sits at No. 35 on the CNET 100 leaderboard .

NASA Has Discovered The First Potentially Habitable Earth-sized Planet

In the hunt for exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system), one of the things that astronomers have been desperately searching for is another planet like Earth that’s capable of supporting life. It’s been a close thing, so far. Astronomers have found Earth-sized planets in other solar systems. They have found planets in the “habitable zone” (an orbit where temperatures would be potentially conducive to life) of other solar systems. But they haven’t found an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star.

Believers And Doubters

In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout.

It's A Llama Frolicking To DMX, Duh

Honestly, what could be better than this perfect combination of animal, dance, DMX, blue skies and technology? TELL US!! WHAT???

Job Searching? 500+ Openings in IT, Web Design and More

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

The most recent indication of VR's potential mainstream viability is Facebook's purchase of gaming headset Oculus Rift in March. But is that an accurate sign of VR's return or simply an exaggerated uproar because it's Facebook? Even advanced devices like Oculus don't beget applications far beyond gaming — yet. The average consumer still can't picture what the practical applications could be, or even whether we need them at all. Jaron Lanier, writer, computer scientist and futurist. Image: Jonathan Sprague

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The Best-Paying Companies In America

Companies chosen for this list were selected from the complete 2012 Fortune 500 list, not just our list of the 50 Best Employers.

Must Reads: The #Longreads You Missed This week

Don't have time to read them all now? In our Readlist below, export this week's must reads to your tablet to save for a time you have no distractions. Simply click the "read later" button alongside each story or click "export" to send the entire list of articles to your preferred device.

Future tech? America's not so sure - CNET

The questions posed to 1,001 adults in the US ran the gamut of popular science fiction notions, from time travel and teleportation to space colonies and robot helpmates. They also touched on technologies that are in the thick of today's on-the-cusp high-tech efforts, including driverless cars , personal and commercial drone aircraft , and wearable computing devices.

LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

There's some fascinating science going on here. Many laundry detergents contain fluorescent whitening agents, or FWAs, which absorb ultraviolet light and re-emit it as a visible blue wavelength. This slightly bluish tinge helps overpower the yellowish hue of, say, a well-worn undershirt, making that nasty old rag look radiant and white.

16 Easter Candies Dissected for Sweet Science

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

10 Desserts to Make With Your Easter Candy

If you're bogged down by mountains of Easter candy, or want to try something different with your sweets, there are plenty of ways to upcycle your extra jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you'll be tempted to whip up these delightful desserts.

A Soccer Star's Transition From the Pitch to YouTube

So how does one make a seamless transition from stardom on the soccer pitch to stardom on the cutting-edge of sports media? In Conrad's case, it wasn't exactly a meticulously thought-out plan — but he inadvertently began laying the tracks for his new gig many years before retiring from pro soccer in 2011.

Tencent: The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon

The app became Weixin, which launched in January 2011. The company has added functions to the app practically on a monthly basis ever since, from the ability to shake your phone and see who is nearby--often used as a digital booty call, which spurred a sharp uptick in users--to a walkie-talkie function and a voice-to-message service, which allows you to essentially talk for free. Building on Tencent's enormous monthly QQ user base of 810 million, Weixin now has more than 355 million active users, more than tripling its user base from 2012. Its new e-finance function was used 40 million times during Chinese New Year to exchange "red packets," traditional gifts of cash-stuffed envelopes. And it's now even rolling out a Chinese version of Candy Crush Saga on both Weixin and QQ. "They have as close to a stranglehold over the Chinese market as is possible, and their leverage is only increasing," says one Silicon Valley tech investor. "No one else has that kind of power."

Here's what Apple's CarPlay will look like in your next car

It's been a long time in the making, but  Apple's CarPlay is finally here. Well, almost. At the New York International Auto Show, Apple is showing off its CarPlay integration with a handful of its automotive partners. We got a chance to take a look at how the system will work in upcoming vehicles from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai.

30 BMW Radically Rethinks The Car Buying Experience

Building customer loyalty. The product genius role is just one way BMW is rethinking the dealership experience. The physical space is also being reconsidered. “We want the space to be more inviting and engaging,” says Robertson. “What you’ll see are open floor plans, traditional desks replaced with tables where people sit next to each other, and large screens to help customers visualize cars with different colors and characteristics.” The dealerships will also offer a seamless multi-channel transition from the digital store to the physical one. For example, a customer can begin researching and configuring a car online and, once they enter a store, the product genius can call up the product and extend the relationship that began in the digital space. The genius will also be in charge of the delivery of the car and will encourage the customer to visit the store for follow-up questions or instruction, creating even more brand loyalty.

New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy | Threat Level | WIRED

The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete.

The Other Important Number In The President's Obamacare Briefing: 24

After facing months of questions over whether the White House would hit its goal of 7 million Obamacare sign-ups, the president had the latest enrollment data in hand—and it was a bigger number than almost anyone expected.

Leave Work at Work: How to End Your Day

Your employers and co-workers know you are not a machine (at least I hope they do), they aren’t machines either. They too have families and friends and commitments outside of the workplace. It’s okay to take care of yourself and do things just for you. Yes, you can let it go at the end of each day but first, you have to give yourself permission.

Is Big Data A Potential Distraction?

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What Drugs Are Twitter Users Talking About Right Now?

The tool reveals some pretty interesting things about Twitter users and their thoughts on drug use. For example, marijuana is the most talked about drug on site, with nearly twice as many mentions as alcohol since tracking began. While the average mentions of marijuana are increasing every day leading up to 4/20, the immense amount of weed-related discussion could coincide with recent studies about changing opinions on drug use.

How Cutting Down On Clutter Can Increase Your Productivity

Though it took her a while to realize that organizing others' homes was her true passion, Schrier used the skills she developed as a child in earlier jobs, too. Schrier previously worked as a human resources pro in the financial services industry--where she couldn't help but create new filing systems--and as an advertising designer, charged with filtering out all but the most important information to communicate her clients' messages. "My career helped me hone the organizing skills on which my business is based. And the interpersonal and relationship building skills I acquired have proven invaluable," says Schrier, who counts her label maker as her favorite tool. But after a decade of hard work, neither of those branches on her career tree felt like they authentically tapped into her roots. "I wanted to be my own boss," she says. "So I started doing research to find out how I could use my natural organizing skills in the professional arena, and I discovered that there was a whole industry dedicated to organizing. I had to go for it."

10 Ways to IKEA Your Wedding

Your wedding is one of the most important and memorable days of your life together — it's also one of the most expensive events you'll ever have to plan. But there are plenty of helpful ways to cut costs. With a little creativity and a nearby IKEA, you can cross a number of wedding supplies and decorations off that especially long list.

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste

*Editor's Note (posted 12/30/08): In response to some concerns raised by readers , a change has been made to this story. The sentence marked with an asterisk was changed from "In fact, fly ash—a by-product from burning coal for power—and other coal waste contains up to 100 times more radiation than nuclear waste" to "In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy." Our source for this statistic is Dana Christensen, an associate lab director for energy and engineering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as 1978 paper in Science authored by J.P. McBride and colleagues, also of ORNL. As a general clarification, ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via water or dry cask storage.

'Sherlock' collector dolls look for tiny clues - CNET

The figures are 1:6 scale and are officially licensed by the maker of "Sherlock" -- Hartswood Films. Holmes is 12 inches in height, while his shorter friend is around 11.5 inches tall. The bodies are made from ABS and other plastics. The hands, heads, and certain accessories are PVC. They have 32 points of articulation to enable poses. Both figures come with a display bases and a cardboard backdrop from their 221B Baker Street flat.

The Single Biggest Reason Most Entrepreneurs Fail in 2014

Entrepreneurs are the smartest people I have ever met. I don’t think it’s just because they are born to be so, but also because they use their brains much more than their peers working in the corporate environment, who are usually checking the clock to call it a day and go home.

Mars orbiter snaps Curiosity and tracks from far above - CNET

The image below comes from Curiosity itself, showing what the rover was looking at as the orbiter passed above. It includes Mount Remarkable, straight ahead in the distance, and was taken using the navigation camera. Plans are to drive Curiosity to the base of the butte for a fresh round of investigations into the environment of Mars.

The Quantified Other: Nest And Fitbit Chase A Lucrative Side Business

Smart, connected devices have been pitched to consumers as agents of life improvement. Every company that makes a gadget for our shoes, wrists, cars or walls produces a torrent of data that can be directed at helping us lose weight, run faster, drive more carefully and use less energy. There’s a tinge of narcissism to the quantified-self movement, but the industry is realizing  there may be more value in the quantified other.

'Bleak Movies Coloring Book' replaces blood with bunnies - CNET

"Reservoir Dogs," "Seven," "The Exorcist," and other disturbing movies get a kid-friendly restyling thanks to artist Todd Spence, who wants to swap screams with smiles.

Soccer Fans Protesting E-Ticketing System Clash With Police in Turkey

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Why Smoking Pot Makes You So Hungry

If you've ever smoked weed, chances are you've also taken that regrettable trip to 7 Eleven and stocked up on cheese puffs, microwave burritos, and, well, everything else edible. Then, when you wake up surrounded in wrappers, you wonder: WHY?

Snoop Dogg gives us a tour of his SXSW 'man cave'

What better way to wrap up SXSW 2014 than with a picnic with Snoop Dogg? We stepped inside Snoop's own mini-apartment, which he designed in partnership with Airbnb , to talk about his favorite gadgets. He's apparently a huge fan of the Avegant Glyph virtual-reality headset, though his temporary pad also includes essentials like a Samsung flat-screen and an Xbox One . One other must-have, which you won't see in our video tour: Snoop's special breakfast sandwich, with Texas toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese and grape jelly. (It's surprisingly good!) Snoop Dogg's 'man cave' at SXSW 2014 See all photos 20 Photos

Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it's legal

This is a particularly good summary of the case. Mr. Roberts says: “If Aereo wins, it could unleash a tidal wave on the TV industry, and lead broadcasters to pull their signals off the air as they have threatened to do.” I will remind folks that the broadcasters said they would never broadcast high definition content if the broadcast flag protection mechanism were not required for all devices touching HDTV content. The DC Circuit threw that rule out, yet we have HDTV broadcast by every major network affiliate. So I wouldn’t take the threat seriously at this point. But if Aereo wins, and then cable operators adopt a similar mechanism, that might trigger serious broadcast network consideration of becoming just another cable programmer. At that point, there would be pressure for them to give up the valuable spectrum, which wouldn’t be used. That would be an interesting scenario. So abandoning over-the-air, even if only 18% of household rely on it, has serious consequences for the broadcasters.

Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide

TWC has launched the first large-scale implementation of Hotspot 2.0, which will make public Wi-Fi networks behave like cellular networks. You log into the network once and you’ll be instantly connected wherever you go.

The Collison brothers and $1.75bn online payments start-up Stripe -

For two young founders of a billion-dollar start-up, the Collison brothers are remarkably self-effacing. Patrick and John grew up in a small hamlet outside the Irish city of Limerick in the 1990s and now live in a modest two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s fashionable Mission neighbourhood.

51 Glenn Greenwald: Pulitzer May Help Change Public Opinion About NSA Leaks
52 A View To A Thrill: Why Marketers Need To Get Visual, Fast
53 You Can Better The World By Watching Cat Videos. Seriously
54 A-Sides and B-Sides: Record Store Day Lives On
55 Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dead at 76
56 Hide your stash, heat-seeking drones are helping thugs hijack UK weed crops
57 These Are Some Of The Top Emerging Business Applications For Beacons
58 Why Google Isn't Growing
59 College Kids Hack Siri to Unlock Teslas and Heat Up Your House | Enterprise | WIRED
60 Can A Cup Of Coffee Make Workers Less Likely To Lie?
61 3DS, Vita, Shield, phone, tablet: Which game handheld should you buy? - CNET
62 A few accumulated thoughts on media
63 An iPad Mini Case with Shape Shifting Buttons Will Make Typing on a Touch Screen Much Faster | MIT Technology Review
64 If This Keeps Up, Xbox One Has A Big PS4 Problem
65 High as balls: live from the cannabis cup
66 This GIF Will Make You Never Text While Driving Again
67 See How Cadbury Hatches 350 Million Goo-Filled Eggs a Year | Gadget Lab | WIRED
68 People Like Their Music Served Medium Funky | Science | WIRED
69 Batman goes retro in Bruce Timm short Strange Days
70 Battling bad science
71 KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data
72 Facebook's decision to spin off Messenger is the smartest, safest choice
73 Beyond basic TV settings - CNET
74 Never Negotiate Your Freelance Rate
75 Why Silence Isn't Censorship In Games Like 'Hearthstone'
76 CSS 3D Solar System
77 The Man Behind the Comic Book That Finally Got Sex Right | Underwire | WIRED
78 Tesla Model S gets not-quite-official makeover as a convertible
79 Infants love iPads, can't use building blocks? - CNET
80 'Titanfall' Tops March Video Game Sales
81 Don't Speak — Sing! Gwen Stefani Tapped for Judge's Chair on 'The Voice'
82 5 Free Apps For Keeping Great Notes
83 Morpheus represents PlayStation's new reality - CNET
84 Scammers Are Targeting Netflix Users Again
85 Google Fiber Is Rolling Out For Kansas City Businesses
86 Tech takes a toke with pot-inspired gadgets (pictures) - CNET
87 Radical Old, Futuristic New: 9 Visions For Chicago
88 The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening
89 A Guide to Creating Your Startup Advisory Board
90 Sherpas Take Steep Risks for Life-Changing Pay
91 Moore's Law Touches Education At Last -- To Techies' Delight
92 The Gigaom interview: Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza on how "we live in a streaming world"
93 This Volvo concept makes child car seats super-portable - CNET
94 These Numbers Show That Box CEO Aaron Levie Is A Genius
95 UK Publishers And Amazon: Keep Calm And Carry On
96 The "Yelp Of Weed": Leafly And Other Marijuana Startups Hope To Gain As Feds Ease Up On Pot
97 Here's a look inside a typical VC's pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)
98 Easter Egg Hunt! We Found the Year's Best Hidden Pop-Culture Goodies