Nearly 1,400 dead after Nepal rocked by massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing hundreds of people as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches i...
Stephen Hawking says One Direction could be intact in the multiverse - CNET
The great mind has some words of comfort for heartbroken tweens with an interest in theoretical physics.
Eye-popping 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is almost too spectacular (spoiler-free review) - CNET
Iron Man, Captain America and the team are back for an adventure that's nearly too big for the cinema screen.
'Avengers' fanboy makes laser Iron Man glove that can do some damage - CNET
Watch laser enthusiast Patrick Priebe show off the blasting abilities of his slick Iron Man glove in a new YouTube video.
Fuller House is officially coming to Netflix
It’s happening: Netflix has ordered a 13-episode season of Fuller House. John Stamos will produce the Full House sequel and guest star in his reprised role of Uncle Jesse. Candace Cameron-Bure,...
Apple Watch teardown reveals 205mAh battery; gives us a look inside the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown
The teardown also reveals that the Apple Watch comes with a 3.8v 205mAh battery that is “lightly adhered” to its place. This is likely done by Apple to make battery replacement easier for the smartwatch down the line. The extra space inside the 42mm Apple Watch variants will likely allow Apple to include a bigger battery inside it as it has previously mentioned that battery life between the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch variants will vary.
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Tesla’s Site And Twitter Account Hacked
At nearly the same time, Tesla’s website was edited to declare that it’d been hacked by the same attackers. As of 2:15 p.m., the site had been taken offline — but in the hours since, it’s returned with the hijacked page multiple times. Its Twitter account, meanwhile, still seems to be hijacked. (We’ve avoided linking directly to any of the hacked sites in the off chance that the sites themselves were made to compromise the user’s security.)
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Intel's Compute Stick goes on sale for $149 with Windows 8.1
The first Compute Stick will be for Windows 8.1, which will sell for US$149. A stick with Ubuntu Linux will be sold for $110 this summer. The thumb PC will be on sale online through Amazon , Best Buy and Newegg , Intel said.
How to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge - CNET
The two models mark a new direction for Samsung's flagship line, the S6 because of its glass and aluminum frame and embedded battery, and the S6 Edge due to its wraparound screen. Check out Jessica Dolcourt's
S6 Edge reviews
for our full take on each handset, but remember that choosing a smartphone is only part of the process. Once you buy it, you need to use it to its full potential. And since mastering a maze of features isn't always easy, CNET How To is here to help.
Russian hackers reportedly read some of Obama's emails last year
Last year, some of President Obama's emails were exposed to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach. Although the hackers managed to delve deeply into the unclassified system, no classified networks were compromised, The New York Times reports . Servers that control the traffic to Obama's BlackBerry also remained secure.
Nokia denies reports it will manufacture or sell consumer phones
Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.
Google opens its Person Finder tool to aid earthquake relief efforts in Nepal
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal early this morning, striking an area between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, with damage extending to India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. At the time of publication, nearly 1,000 people have died and more than 1,700 have been injured as a result of the earthquake, the BBC reports . In an attempt to aid rescue efforts, Google has once again opened up its Person Finder tool — a simple crowd-sourced missing persons database.
A woman created an awesome resume to land her dream job at Airbnb — and it caught the CEO's attention immediately
With her resume, Mufleh managed to capture the attention of both the CEO and CMO of Airbnb, and she has a formal job interview with a marketing recruiter from the company this week. It took her about a week to create the resume, an effort that included gathering all the data, researching the market, and working with a designer she had met at one of her previous jobs.
Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Why we need to end the War on Drugs
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
“The bad part is, my sense is, these companies are just locking up this technology, and increasing the sort of monopoly pricing structure that just doesn’t work for us,” Brian Talley, a farmer on California’s central coast, says of restrictions placed on his equipment. I toured his farm with a fellow from the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic so we could tell the Copyright Office how manufacturers are hampering farmers. “We are used to operating independently, and that’s one of the great things about being a farmer. And in this particular space, they are really taking that away from us.”
Nature - Week 4 Gallery - National Geographic Photo Contest 2013
The Sardine Run is considered to be one of the most spectacular wildlife events. The search for dive-able bait ball action can be long and hard, with no guarantees of being in the right place at the right time. Jumping into the water on a unique bait ball is a once in a lifetime luck. This bait ball, later christen, the Shark Ball was a phenomenal sight. Normally a the bait ball will escape fairly easily without the presence of dolphins, but the shear number of sharks, created a grid so tight around the ball, that each and every one of the bait fish got eaten.
Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn't Care Less
At first he managed to keep his addiction hidden, but eventually, Bourdain started to unravel. "You become pathetic," he says. "You betray your employers, your coworkers, your loved ones, your family. There's a lot of guilt and shame and self-loathing. As a chef, I just spent more and more of my time out of the kitchen, supposedly looking for lobsters but in fact on the street looking to score. I got to the point where I just couldn't stand the sight of my face in the mirror. I hated being desperate and needy. And my ego, thankfully, didn't allow me to stay that way." He kicked heroin in the mid-'80s but was still doing cocaine, a habit that escalated into a full-blown crack addiction. The higher-end restaurant positions dried up, and Bourdain found himself taking soul-killing jobs cranking out omelets for indifferent brunchers. "On crack you become psychotic," he says of that dark period. "I just really, really bottomed out. You're crawling around on the floor looking at paint chips and hoping that they might be a chip of crack that dropped and, 'Oh, hell, I'll smoke it anyway just to see.
Infographic: See 31 Of The Most Popular Coffee Concoctions From Around the World
You may think that Starbucks does coffee every conceivable way, with its endless flavor combinations, milk options, and Italian-sounding cup sizes. But from Senegal to Cyprus, coffee gets infinitely more creative. "Around the World in 31 Coffees," an infographic by British airline search engine CheapFlights , tempts you to travel based on the myriad ways to drink your dose of daily caffeine. In Austria, for example, they drink Wiener Melange, which involves espresso, egg yolk, brown sugar, and whipped cream. In Vietnam, there's Ca Phe Da, which layers ground coffee, condensed milk, boiling water, and ice in a tall glass. Starbucks may be more convenient than, say, Germany. But it's worth the flight to sip in style.
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Krypt Unlockables - Mortal Kombat X Wiki Guide - IGN
Unlike the rest of the game, the Krypt is traveresed in the first person, and requires you to explore different areas full of tombs, chests, traps, and quick-time events. You will have both a map and a compass as your disposal, as well as a set of coordinates that mark every "square" of the map you traverse.
This smartphone is extra-secure and stronger than steel
How do you stand out if you're a fledgling smartphone maker that can't compete on specs alone? If you're Turing Robotic Industries , you pour your energy into clever design -- both inside and out. The newly unveiled Turing Phone puts an emphasis on security, with its own server-free encrypted communication between owners and a fingerprint reader that encourages you to lock down your device. There's also an Apple-like magnetic charging system, so you won't send your phone flying. However, the real star of the show is the frame. It's built from "liquidmorphium," a metal alloy that's reportedly stronger than steel or titanium. While there's also aluminum, ceramic and plastic on the body, that exotic structure should reduce the chances that you'll wreck your handset through a nasty drop.
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Live small, be happy? The next new big thing
While the tiny house movement has been well documented, a bigger idea for smaller living space is on the rise: that of the micro-condo or tiny apartment. Driven by housing shortages and an affordability crisis in cities across the globe, these pint-sized pads — also referred to as “apodments,” micro-digs, nano-suites and micro-lofts — are being planned and promoted by developers both as luxury rentals and as an affordable entry into competitive housing markets.
Google's new cellphone service has the best data plan anyone has ever offered
It's a great deal. T-Mobile and AT&T let you roll over unused data to the next month, but you still have to pay the full price for that data regardless of whether you end up using it. AT&T and Verizon also charge you extra if you go over your data plan. Google is the only company willing to refund you in cash for the data you don't use.
Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate
researcher in infrastructural futures
at the University of Sheffield. He’s
also a writer, science fiction critic,
and essayist, as well as a persistent
gadfly in the futurological ointment.
He lives a stone’s throw from the
site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a
duplicitous cat and three guitars he
can barely play.
Why Apple Bought 36,000 Acres Of Forest
While Apple could have simply bought more paper from other sustainably managed forests, they wanted to have a larger impact. "There are plenty of sustainably managed forests," says Selzer. "But the biggest threat in terms of land conservation that we face in this country in the loss of these intact forests. So this was a way for Apple not only to address their virgin fiber needs, but to do something extremely positive about land conservation. It's about making sure in the future there are forests to produce this fiber."
Philips 60W Equivalent LED (model 9290011350) Preview - CNET
At that price, Philips' new bulb is already the least expensive big-brand LED we've seen, but to further sweeten the deal, the Dutch manufacturer is offering two bulbs for the price of one at Home Depot for the first ninety days of its shelf life. That brings the cost per bulb down to something less than you'd pay for a morning latte -- and makes outfitting a whole home's worth of bulbs seem a lot more feasible.
The voices in my head
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
12 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know
And we're not even talking about the third-party Facebook apps or browser add-ons , we're talking about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions that are just a few clicks away. As you'll see in our slideshow, there are even some functions that appear to be leftovers from bygone eras that we're not even sure Facebook still knows are there.
Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere | WIRED
McCrea is one of the first outside developers to experiment with Affectiva’s developer tools to make technology capable of interpreting feelings based on tracking your facial expression. Scientists Roz Picard and Rana el Kaliouby spun the Waltham, Massachusetts-based tech startup out of MIT Media Lab in 2009. Picard has since left the company, but El Kaliouby, 36, remains the chief science officer and is committed to a bigger vision: “Personally, I’m not going to stop until this tech is embedded in all of our lives.” Already, CBS has used it to determine how new shows might go down with viewers. And during the 2012 Presidential election, Kaliouby’s team experimented with using it to track a sample of voters during a debate.
This Eerily Accurate Service Analyzes Just About Anyone's Personality And Work Style
Some of the recommendations are spot-on, but others, like Crystal's prediction that I enjoy reading instruction manuals and dislike brevity in emails, aren't as much. Personality assessments can be improved by input from others (Crystal lets users answer questions about others to improve accuracy), but since the service has only been around for a few weeks, I doubt that anyone else provided input for my profile. Overall, I'd rate the accuracy of my profile at about 80%, which is about the average, according to D'Agostino.
Why it's so hard to come home from war
Well, I think we’re a completely alienated society, and we just don’t notice as much because most of us don’t have the experience of incredible closeness that soldiers are allowed to enjoy. We don’t notice because we don’t know anything different. I think Western society basically invented loneliness. Most societies through human history experienced tribal cultures, with people sleeping shoulder to shoulder in shelters and hunting together and raising children together. Everything was communal, and we just don’t do that, and I don’t think it works well psychologically. Soldiers actually do have exactly that experience in combat, and then the reentry into this alienated society we’ve created is extremely hard. There’s a reason Western society has such a high suicide rate, such a high depression rate, child abuse rate, crime rate, and so on. Those behaviors are at epidemic levels in our society; that’s the society soldiers are coming back to and it’s pretty shocking to them.
Using our practical wisdom
In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Google Is About to Make Your Wireless Carrier a Lot Less Relevant | WIRED
At the moment, Google’s service is only available on the Nexus 6, the company’s flagship Android phone. But it points to a new world where the big wireless carriers—Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and the rest—are pushed even further into the background of our daily lives. It’s a world where we won’t really pay attention to what network we’re on, what brand name it might carry. We’ll just rely on our phone to move us onto the network that can best serve us at any given moment. And isn’t that a world we all want?
Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 Review - IGN
Daredevil was a fun, ferocious look at Marvel's own city-saving vigilante. Similar to DC's Batman and Green Arrow, Matt Murdock loves his city. Even more so, the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen which was hit hard by the Chitarui attack - one of the show's only mentioned connections to the MCU. In place of a crime-ravaged Irish immigrant-heavy neighborhood (as per the 60s/70s Daredevil comics), the choice was made to portray the square mile of crowded city as "mostly good people on hard times due to recent alien events." Still folksy, but more modern. A smart move that helped tie Daredevil to the rest of the MCU happenings, despite the fact that the show is the grittiest, most violent entry into Marvel's TV/movie canon so far.
Tesla to announce home and utility-scale batteries that offer energy independence
Tesla Motors next week will announce two battery lines, one for households and another for utilities, that will store power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, supplementing them when the sun goes down or the weather changes.
'Full House' revival is official, will arrive on Netflix in 2016
Whatever happened to predictability? Well, if you had paid attention to the rumors surrounding Netflix's upcoming roster of shows, you'd have seen this recent news coming from everywhere you look. Yep, that Full House sequel we heard about earlier this month wasn't an April Fool's joke, and yes, it will actually be called Fuller House (No, really). John Stamos AKA Uncle Jesse confirmed the news on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, revealing that he's also slated to be the show's producer plus occasional guest star.
As for the show's premise, we'll see a bit of a gender flip. This time around, pregnant and widowed DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) will have the help of sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) plus best pal Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) in the rearing of her two sons and yet-to-be-born child. Aside from Stamos, the appearance of other former Full House stars such as Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Dave Coulier is apparently in the works. When you're lost out there and you're all alone, just rest assured that starting some time in 2016, you'll finally be able to see what has happened to the Tanner family over the past 20 or so years.
Meet the Guy Trying to Revolutionize Condoms | VICE | United States
The advantage of them is that hydrogels have been used for
decades to do things like deliver drugs or help to regrow cells. What we're
thinking we can do is invent lubrication inside the condom instead of putting a
lubricant on the outside, which is necessary in latex. What if we can put it
inside the condom and have it release when you need it? In the same way, you
might be able to put drugs in them. Viagra is a good example. There are already
condoms that are coated in Viagra, but to help with delivery. And not only
those agents but things to fight against STIs—instead of putting a coating on,
you could put them inside the condom itself. And with latex, if you put a glove
on, you're always going to feel a glove, no matter what. But when you put these
on, they're hardly perceptible. It's kind of amazing. And you wouldn't have
latex allergies. They're perfectly clear so it might be a visual benefit. All
of these things.
Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” Update Could Impact Over 40% Of Fortune 500 Websites
That rapid shift to mobile has impacted all businesses, Google included. The company’s bottom line is affected by how many mobile users turn to its search engine to explore the web, allowing it to serve ads against searchers’ intent. But on mobile, users have often found better ways of interacting with the content and online properties they frequent – by way of native mobile applications built especially with a mobile device’s small form factor in mind and able to take advantage of mobile OS features like push notifications, for example, to retain users’ engagement.
Strengthening the nation's defense against hackers
It appears that White House emails are the latest target to be hacked. According to today's New York Times, hackers -- believed to be linked with the Russian government -- did not get a hold of classified information, but they were able to gain access to some of President Obama's email correspondence. It is another cyberattack that has many on edge. Our Cover Story is reported by David Pogue of Yahoo Tech:
The Hobos of Instagram
They’re trading their flip phones for iPhones, starting Instagram accounts, browsing r/vagabond, and bringing an age-old tradition of trainhopping and tramping into the Information Age.
What elite hackers do upon seeing an iMac in their fancy hotel rooms
When you're staying in the same fancy hotel as some of the best offensive hackers in the world, watch the desktop computer before it watches you.
When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?
I tell this college student that in each classroom, there will be a local teacher-facilitator (called a "tech") to make sure that the equipment works and the students behave. Since the "tech" won’t require the extensive education and training of today’s teachers, the teacher’s union will fall apart, and that "tech" will earn about $15 an hour to facilitate a class of what could include over 50 students. This new progressive system will be justified and supported by the American public for several reasons: Each lesson will be among the most interesting and efficient lessons in the world; millions of dollars will be saved in reduced teacher salaries; the "techs" can specialize in classroom management; performance data will be standardized and immediately produced (and therefore "individualized"); and the country will finally achieve equity in its public school system.
Gaming can make a better world
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones
Overall, technology in the home was common. The survey results show 97% of the families’ homes had TVs, 83% had tablets, 77% had smartphones and 59% had Internet access. According to the parents’ responses, 52% of kids under the age of 1 year had watched TV, 36% had touched or scrolled a screen, 24% had called someone, 15% used apps and 12% played video games. The amount of time the children spent using devices rose as they got older, with 26% of 2-year-olds and 38% of 4-year-olds using devices for at least an hour.
Build to Learn: Why You Should Make Things No One Will Use
Once you’ve made something used by other people it might seem like it doesn’t make sense to go backwards and make things just for yourself. Except for one very good reason: to help you learn.
10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2015
Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014 .
Newly discovered glass frog has transparent belly, looks like Kermit - CNET
The new species already has its own Wikipedia page which acknowledges the similarity to Kermit. "Hyalinobatrachium dianae is a species of frog in the Centrolenidae family," it says. "It was discovered in 2015 by Dr. Brian Kubicki in Costa Rica. The frog is a lime-green colored amphibian with translucent skin on its underside and has a horizontally shaped pupil that makes it look like Kermit, the Muppet."
Rich, but Not Silicon Valley Rich for Founders of Box
Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith are worth more than $100 million combined after turning the cloud software firm they started in a Berkeley, Calif., garage into Box Inc., with 1,200 employees and expected revenue of $285 million this year.
What your email inbox reveals about your personality
By embarking on this research project, I wanted to find out if my inability to keep a tidy inbox was something I should worry about — in other words, if it signaled that I suffered from some deep-seated emotional issue or cognitive deficit beyond simple disorganization. Likewise, I wanted to know if inbox heroes like my friend were actually destined to be more successful than the rest of us.
Why can’t we read anymore?
Books, in ways that are different to visual art, to music, to radio, to love even, force us to walk through another’s thoughts, one word at a time, over hours and days. We share our minds for that time with the writer’s. There is a slowness, a forced reflection required by the medium that is unique. Books recreate someone else’s thoughts inside our own minds, and maybe it is this one-to-one mapping of someone else’s words, on their own, without external stimuli, that give books their power. Books force us to let someone else’s thoughts inhabit our minds completely.