Planning a trip to Mars? Here's what you need to know
From Lost in Space to Star Trek to Star Wars, the entertainment industry has tantalized us with the concept of interplanetary travel. The best part is that
Remembering Prince, an unparalleled musical genius
Something feels fundamentally wrong about imagining music without Prince: it’s like a chill on the back of your neck, a taste in your mouth your body immediately begins to reject. If contemporary...
The Ingenious Way Iranians Are Using Satellite TV to Beam in Banned Internet
A new system called Toosheh lets Iranians download a daily bundle of censored files to a USB plugged into their satellite TV receiver.
Farewell, App Academy. Hello, Airbnb! | Haseeb Qureshi
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The ultimate guide to 3D technologies
We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time. It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s fir
Prince once kicked Kim Kardashian off his stage because she wouldn't dance
Kim K may be the only person in the world who wouldn't dance with Prince.
Opera just added a free VPN to its browser for anonymous internet access
Virtual private networks are popular with privacy-conscious computer users, but the best services cost while the free ones often have hidden costs. Web browser Opera, though, has integrated a free...
A real-time simulation of the Titanic sinking is slow, beautiful, and unsettling
Is a video game recreation of the sinking of the Titanic — which killed more than 1,500 passengers and crew a little over 100 years ago — educational or tasteless? The questions through the two and...
"We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly."
The case for optimism on climate change
Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet — and the solutions we're designing to combat them. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)
Prince George stayed up 15 minutes past his bedtime to meet Barack and Michelle Obama
In the photos, George is dressed in pajamas and a highly stylish robe. This should be expected, as he is very busy and has no time to change between business and bedtime.
Michelle McNamara, Writer and Wife of Patton Oswalt, Dies at 46
McNamara married the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” actor in 2005. Oswalt has also starred in “Veep,” “The King of Queens,” “Magnolia,” ”Starsky & Hutch” and voiced the rat chef Remy in “Ratatouille.”
The new 'Doctor Who' companion will be announced today
"Doctor Who" star Peter Capaldi will be joined by the new face on his adventures in the tenth season of the revived BBC hit show. We'll see them in action together in 2017.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Apple will only accept native watchOS apps starting June 1
Apple today announced a new rule affecting software development for its Apple Watch wearable. Essentially the company is mandating that developers only build apps that have the ability to access the Internet over Wi-Fi, not just a local iPhone.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Your complete guide to avoiding procrastination and getting sh*t done
I’m sure we can all remember putting off studying for that dreadful exam or thesis paper in college. But you’re not alone.
All the best apps have a 'wow moment'
The best apps have a key ‘wow moment’ – whether it’s when Uber transforms the way you think about travel forever, when Amazon Prime Now gets that item you need to your door within an hour, or simply the moment you get addicted to your new favorite game.
CERN releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider data into open access
Cancel your plans for this weekend! CERN just dropped 300 terabytes of hot collider data on the world and you know you want to take a look.
Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone: Where now? | ZDNet
It's hard to see the smartphone market as anything other than a two-horse (Android and iOS) race right now. But that might not always be the case. It's still unclear how the PC and the smartphone will evolve and merge over the next few years, for example -- especially in the business market. Smartphones are becoming more powerful, so perhaps something like Continuum (Canonical has similar plans for Ubuntu) could start to gain traction. It makes sense for Microsoft to keep Windows Phone bumping along just in case, in a couple of years' time, a gap opens up that gives it a way back. A Surface phone, if it ever arrives, may help with that, but the chances of a quick turnaround in the Lumia's fortunes look slim.
Amazon Echo can now add events to Google Calendar
Simply saying, "Add an event to my calendar," or, for example, saying, "Add Jennifer's party to my calendar for Tuesday at 10 p.m." will now add those events via the Alexa software agent.
Virtual Reality Porn Is Coming To Las Vegas Hotel Rooms
“Next you will hear a knock on the door (in the virtual reality world), and the girl or guy will come into your room in order to enjoy an erotic or sex experience with the viewer,” the company said in a media release.
The FBI just cracked another iPhone without Apple's help
After unlocking an iPhone discovered in connection with the San Bernardino terror attacks without Apple’s assistance last month, the FBI has managed to crack a second device – this time, it was an iPhone 5S used by a drug dealer in New York.
How To Make Coachella Even Trippier: Augmented Reality Earbuds
Here is the latest product from Doppler Labs , a San Francisco-based wearable technology company whose mission, stated boldly on its website , is to "change the way we hear the world." Founded by Noah Kraft, a musician and film producer, and Fritz Lanman, a former director of corporate strategy executive at Microsoft, Doppler came out with tech-enabled earplugs that reduce volume without sacrificing clarity of sound in 2014. Here, which has raised $40 million in funding from the likes of David Geffen, Quincy Jones, and Mark Ronson, advances that concept. The Bluetooth-enabled buds come in a compact carrying case that also serves as a charger. They pair with an iPhone that acts as a remote, allowing the wearer to bump up the bass or suppress certain frequency levels manually through the Here app or select one of the pre-programmed filters—from Psychedelic to Human Speech—that take the guesswork out of sound manipulation, like attaching an effects pedal to an electric guitar. (Watching TV in Carnegie Hall mode is pretty trippy.) You can also selectively "Tune Out" specific noises: buses, subways, airplane engines, and, blissfully, your open-office mates.
Twitter is bringing Shakespeare back to life this weekend
April 23 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and just three days later is the 452nd anniversary of his birth. The prolific wordsmith produced nearly 40 plays and over 150 sonnets, poems and verses in his 52 years.
You might soon be able to log in with sound from your skull
The team found that their system correctly identified its test subjects 97 percent of the time. So yes, there’s a still a way to go before it works perfectly. There are also a couple of limitations to the system: it may not work as well if there’s enough background noise to interfere with the audio, and factors like users’ weight gain may change the feedback the mic receives, leaving the user locked out of their device.
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
This recent “bot-mania” is at the confluence of two separate trends. One is agent AIs steadily getting better, as evidenced by Siri and Alexa being things people actually use rather than gimmicks. The other is that the the US somehow still hasn’t got a dominant messaging app and Silicon Valley is trying to learn from the success of Asian messenger apps. This involves a peculiar fixation on how these apps, particularly WeChat, incorporate all sorts of functionality seemingly unrelated to messaging. They come away surprised by just how many differently-shaped pegs fit into this seemingly oddly-shaped hole. The thesis, then, is that users will engage more frequently, deeply, and efficiently with third-party services if they’re presented in a conversational UI instead of a separate native app.
NASA Is Launching a New X-Planes Program to Test Green Aviation Technology
Throughout its history, NASA has not only been responsible for developing spacecraft, but also cutting-edge aircraft that pushed the boundaries of technology and flight. Now, they’re getting ready to do it again.
Where's Arya? Catch Up on Game of Thrones in Three Minutes With Our Video Recap
It’s been just one year since season five of Game of Thrones , but it feels like forever. And there are so many fiendish details to recall, before season six begins on April 24. Who’s dead? Who’s down and out? Who’s on top? Watch our handy three-minute video recap!
Bill Gates' worst decisions as CEO, according to a longtime Microsoft exec
But every great CEO makes mistakes, and according to Brad Silverberg, who's spent 9 years as Microsoft's SVP from 1990, Gates made two critical mistakes that hampered the company's business in some ways: his weak lobbying efforts and failure to take advantage of the internet early on.
Apple Suspends Online Book and Movie Services in China
@Maxwells Williams - An AES security system is never more secure than the AES key itself is kept securely secret. In Apples case, the AES key is burned into the phones hardware (as clearly stated deep in Apple's own public documentation *). Getting at it, or tricking the phone into using it, is simply a Chinese puzzle kind of security and can always be breached by an insider disclosing info or dedicated hackers, or a bit of both. There was nothing to "prove", it was a given to begin with. Apple publicity that stated that it was AES-secure - but it was and is a misrepresentation.
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VR delay is a scalper's paradise: $1,600 for Oculus, $2,000 for Vive
Meanwhile, HTC claims that there hasn't actually been a shipment delay for the HTC Vive -- just a few breakdowns in payment processing and communications. The company claims it started shipping units on April 5 as originally planned. But you shouldn't expect to necessarily get a day-one preorder until the end of April, and even then only if your order was confirmed to ship in April. Several CNET editors ordered within minutes of launch, and we're still waiting.
Pluto Isn't the Only Thing New Horizons is Studying
New Horizons has been sending back some incredible information about Pluto, but the Dwarf planet isn’t the only thing it’s been studying. NASA recently noted that the spacecraft’s vantage point is ideal for studying Solar Wind, and it’s been doing just that.
SpyEye malware creators to spend 24 years behind bars | ZDNet
A Russian and Algerian hacking team accused of developing malware which targeted banks have landed a hefty sentence for their acts.
Paul Tremblay's Latest Novel Is Like His Graduate Thesis on Horror Fiction
I don’t think it’s a single “who.” The who is a collective; all of the adults—her parents, the priests, the reality show, the outside forces of media and protestors—most of whom are genuinely doing the best they can to help Marjorie, but along the way they make poor decisions and/or perfectly reasonable decisions that continue to make everything get worse. The monster (one I love, despite its faults, but it’s still a monster) of popular culture is to blame too. If a novel were to have a thesis statement, I think mine has two: Merry asks her interviewer, “What does it say about you or anyone else that my sister’s nationally televised psychotic break and decent into schizophrenia wasn’t horrific enough?” And later, Marjorie says to Father Wanderly,”I’m not a creature. I’m Marjorie, a fourteen-year-old girl…”
Beyonce’s new album Lemonade won’t stream on other platforms anytime soon
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See Every "Game Of Thrones" Double-Cross In One Infographic
A new infographic takes a look at every betrayal that's happened over the history of Game of Thrones so far. In advance of the rapidly approaching sixth season premiere (that'd be this Sunday), data visualization site Venngage combed over every episode to look for patterns in the 65 recorded double-crosses and backstabbings. It's a handy guide for who to consider trusting in Westeros (Daenerys Targaryen) and who to avoid at all costs (Petyr Baelish) But you already know that from watching the show. What really emerges from looking at the infographic is a portrait of how deeply engrained betrayal is in these people. It flows back and forth—marked by arrows here—and keeps perpetuating a cycle of bloodshed-heavy power plays.
Cam Newton made a surprise appearance at a middle school playground football game
And when Newton noticed one of the kids was wearing a Cam Newton jersey, he did what any renowned NFL star would do — he hopped the fence and joined in the game.
Chrome OS gets a flat Material Design makeover
Just like Material Design on Android, users will see more lively animations such as rippling and morphing buttons states. In the most dramatic shift windows will transition into a new dark when they activate Incognito browsing.
Tomorrow, Astronaut Tim Peake Will Run The London Marathon Onboard The ISS
Here’s a way to keep in shape while in space: run a marathon. That’s what UK Astronaut Tim Peake will be doing tomorrow as he orbits above the Earth on the International Space Station.
Federal Prosecutors Drop Court Case to Force Apple to Unlock iPhone
WASHINGTON—The Justice Department on Friday night dropped a court case trying to force Apple Inc. to help authorities open a locked iPhone, adding new uncertainty to the government’s standoff with the technology company over encryption.
Windows 10 2-in-1s: Acer unveils Switch Alpha 12, liquid-cooled Surface Pro rival | ZDNet
The device gives Windows 10 fans in the market for a 2-in-1 a new cheaper option than Microsoft's $899 Surface Pro 4. Acer says the liquid-cooling and the omission of a fan in the $599 Switch Alpha 12 should keep it both quiet and cool.
The Team Behind the Rogue One Trailer Trolls the Internet With Their Own Reaction Trailer
There’s a lot of work that goes into these first looks, and they have to balance completely uninformed opinions of fans against what the film will actually look like, and then have that go under an intense microscope.
Neill Blomkamp's Alien Movie Might Actually Happen
Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien until after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.
Inside Gogo’s airborne lab for testing in-flight Wi-Fi
Just as customers walk away from a $50,000 car deal because the cupholder is too small, in-flight Wi-Fi may play a disproportionately pivotal part in flyers’ decision-making.
Amazon Has Begun Labeling Some Items Prime-Exclusive
It’s an open market, but there’s some troubling things here. Because of Amazon’s size and ubiquity in the marketplace, they tend to have the lowest prices for items, something that’s helpful if you don’t earn a lot. The potential for blocking out lower income buyers could be troubling if the company decides to go that route.
Watch the live-stream of a solar-powered plane flying from Hawaii to Silicon Valley
Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night.
ICYMI: Targeting Zika with tech, flexi-cam and more
Today on In Case You Missed It: Brazil is taking on the Zika virus by creating a smart billboard that attracts, then kills mosquitoes. Columbia University researchers built a camera prototype that takes pictures at a curve. And a Chinese company has stepped to Tesla with a self-driving, electric-only vehicle, though it isn't in production yet.
Definitely share the latest in the Volkswagen emissions scandal with your friends who could use $5,000 (but might not get it) ; or just take in this performance from Prince as he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame. He was just so talented. As always, please share any great tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.
This app automatically schedules Slack messages
Schedul aims to fix that with its handy app. Connect it to your team’s Slack and you can manually schedule a message to be published in any channel at a specific time.
9 Amazon Prime Video Features You May Not Know
If you're not already a Prime subscriber, Prime Video is definitely a factor to consider. If you are already a subscriber and haven't investigated Prime video, you definitely need to hop to it! Here are nine cool things that you can do with Prime Video. Some features have no equal among its competition, while others put Prime Video's status as a side-business on full display, but all show why it's a medium that needs to be taken seriously.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War Is So Bad, It’s Fantastically Wonderful
At the same time, it’s odd. The actual story of The Contractual Obligation Movie is dark as all fuck. No real spoilers, but it involves a murdered baby, and then lots and lots of other children getting abused and turned into soldiers. This film, among other things, is supposed to show why Chris Hemsworth was so broody in the Snow White film, but Hemsworth’s endlessly jolly smirk sort of undoes that idea, and this film keeps pivoting from the horrific to the horrendous with such alacrity that you sort of understand why everybody involved seems to have been well medicated (except Blunt).
How to be a programmer without a computer science degree
Does this mean you can be a programmer without a college degree? Simply put, yes. But the non-traditional road towards the world of programming is obviously a tougher one than if you had a CS degree.
A longtime Google employee took a trip to North Korea and captured these scenes of everyday life
The notoriously secretive North Korean government has strict guidelines regarding what can and can't be photographed in the country. Even professional Getty photographers use only their phones to capture images of the rarely seen culture.
IGN Meet N' Greet Presented By 2K - Splash
Clear your calendar - It's going down! Text Blocks kicks off on May 20th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Splash HQ (122 W 26th St) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!
Find Out How Loud Your New Neighborhood Will Be Before You Move In
When Brendan Farrell was shopping for a house in Los Angeles, he noticed how real estate sites readily listed a property’s walkability and nearby schools. But the presence of noise—one of the most important quality-of-life factors—remained elusive, and invisible. Farrell realized he could use his skills as an applied mathematician to build a map that could help people “hear” their new homes before they moved in.
Sales skyrocketed after 'Rust' added female character models
When Rust creator Garry Newman introduced female character models to the open world survival game, he said the idea was rooted in a social experiment: He wanted to see if lady characters would be attacked more or less because players might perceive them as being weak or vulnerable, respectively. What actually happened caught him off guard. Despite internet rage about gender being randomly -- and permanently -- assigned to Steam usernames, it's actually increased the amount of players.