How To See Saturday's Total Eclipse Of The Moon
Keep your eyes on the skies on Saturday morning for what promises to be a spectacular -- if brief -- total eclipse of the moon.
The totality will last for less than 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century, according to NASA...
Filmmakers hack drone to carry 1,000 fps 4K camera
There are 4K cameras and drones, and then there's the Phantom Flex4K and the Aerigon drone --products that top the bad-assery charts in both categories.
Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon bust out their best mom moves once again
Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama bring it back to the dance floor to show us some new mom moves.
These 3D printed ice cubes will make you drink all the whisky
The delicate nature of whisky has been perfectly illustrated with these intricate ice carvings by a Japanese advertising agency.
OnLive shuts down streaming games service, sells patents to Sony
Looking back, it seems OnLive was just a little bit too far ahead of the curve, both in terms of market readiness and the Internet infrastructure necessary for streaming games. As low-latency bandwidth continues to become cheaper and more accessible around the world, it seems likely someone will nail the correct combination of business model, game selection, and easy-to-use interface to become the industry's answer to Netflix. That company will owe a debt to OnLive for getting the ball rolling and proving that streaming gaming was something that was worth trying in the first place.
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Drexel University installs iPad rental vending machine for students, library card holders
Apparently the requirement for the student ID card or library card is enough deterrent to reduce/eliminate theft to a manageable level. This same entity put in a very similar system with 15" MBP over a year ago (and expanded it from 12 units to 30 units due to popularity). This sounds like a resounding success to me. College students love the Apple portables. If Drexel decided to turn on find my iPhone or install enterprise provisioning management software they could certainly brick it. They went with overtime charges of $5/hour on the MBP program.
Al Franken Urges FBI to Crack Down on Revenge Porn
"The digital age has brought many benefits for free speech, commercial activity, and the sharing of information, but new technologies can pose significant threats if bad actors are not held accountable to our nation's laws," Franken wrote in his letter . "As technologies rapidly advance, it is our responsibility to ensure that our nation's laws keep pace with those technologies. But it is also our responsibility to ensure that existing laws are strictly enforced."
iOS 8 hate
My patience has worn thin because I can’t see the reason for this months-long failure. I mean, it’s not as if Apple is in Microsoft’s position, having to make sure that every new operating system release supports decades-old hardware from hundreds of different vendors. All iOS has to do is support Apple’s own iPhones and iPads. And not all of those. Apple doesn’t even support 2009’s iPhone 3GS or 2010’s original iPad anymore.
One month to launch: A closer look at Apple's Watch
I was never a watch guy. Actually, let me rephrase -- I was never a watch guy until I bought a Tissot online for giggles (and about $350). That day sort of changed the way I looked at these seemingly archaic wrist appliances. They become a statement about you. They can make you feel awesome. And, perhaps most importantly to Apple, they can stop being a thing you wear and become something you don't want to take on your day without. With all that said, and given my general lack of expertise in horology, I did the only sensible thing I could. I strapped on the $12,000, yellow gold Apple Watch Edition in an incredibly dark room and took it for a spin.
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Why Your Bitmoji Looks So Much Like Your Actual Face
Of course, the other part of it is that Bitmoji come with context. Blackstock likens it to an artist doing a caricature in the park (or at a 90s Bat Mitzvah): the portrait drawer always asks for a hobby or something else that might capture the essence or personality of the person. Bitmoji does that with its sticker templates. The app offers various phrases, positions, and Bitmoji expressions, many of them popular texting phrases or memes. There's the "All the Single Ladies" template, for example, in which your Bitmoji, dressed in a black leotard, does the signature Beyoncé strut. The library has tons of different options for different emotions and statements. "It gives you different ways of saying things," explains Blackstock. "How you use it becomes a reflection of your personality. We really try to put a lot of love and attention into every single one of these sticker templates to make them evoke a feeling as well as they can."
An update on Microsoft’s approach to Do Not Track - Microsoft on the Issues
As industry standards evolve, how we implement those standards evolve as well. So to reflect the current requirements of the privacy standard for tracking preferences, Microsoft is changing how Do Not Track (DNT) is implemented in future versions of our browsers: We will no longer enable it as the default state in Windows Express Settings.
The iPad's Next Frontier: Creativity For The Masses
Even if Apple doesn't push iPad hardware in a direction designed to enable greater creativity, it's going to become a richer medium for self-expression. When I ask FiftyThree's Petschnigg whether the iPad has peaked, he doesn't give Apple advice on what it should do to goose sales. Instead, he says that it's incumbent on third-party developers such as FiftyThree to keep pushing the boundaries of what the device can do. "I look at it from the standpoint of, 'Have we made the most of the iPad as software creators?" he says. "I say no. There's so much headroom."
Telecoms Ready Fight Against Net Neutrality
The telecommunications industry has myriad objections to the government’s new net-neutrality rules, but its legal challenge could start with a procedural point: whether the Federal Communications Commission provided adequate notice.
Wonderworld: A spectacular photo journey of Earth
To truly appreciate what's at stake, it's necessary to view the wonders of the planet — from volcanoes to the mysteries of the deep sea.
The internet has given $500,000 to the Indiana pizzeria owners who said they'd never cater a gay wedding
Crystal O'Connor ignited the controversy this week when she told a local Indiana television station that their Christian beliefs meant they would not deliver to a gay wedding. Subsequently, they said they became inundated with critical phone calls and other forms of harassment — forcing them to close down the store.
This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country | WIRED
The Delphi caravan (the self-driving car, a follow car with more personnel, and a Winnebago full of PR, photo, and video folks) followed a southern route, largely to avoid snow. Apart from the shock of realizing just how long it takes to drive across Texas, the biggest scare of the trip came while crossing a double-decker steel bridge on the drive from Philadelphia to New York. “I saw that bridge coming, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is gonna be a grab the wheel moment,'” says Katherine Winter, a Delphi software engineer. That’s because being surrounded by metal plays hell on radar by making it difficult to discern what’s a threat and what isn’t. But Delphi’s refined how its software understands the radar data and uses the other sensors to augment it. “It actually outperformed what we thought it would do,” Winter says.
Facebook May Be Shutting Down Access to Hashtags in its API
A Facebook spokesperson said, “We made this change because we heard from people that they want more control over the information shared with apps. The Post Search API allows apps to access public posts of people who may not have logged into the app, so we’re deprecating this API to give people more control over how their information is used by apps.”
To take advantage of its size and location on your wrist, we’ve given Apple Watch new interactions and technologies. These Guided Tour videos will show you how to use them to do all kinds of amazing things.
How to solve the five biggest Messages and FaceTime annoyances
Video calls aren’t going out or coming in? Start with checking for a software update—FaceTime can be finicky if you aren’t using the latest version of iOS or OS X—and ask the person on the other end of the line to update their operating system, too. Check that you have a strong wireless signal (preferably Wi-Fi, or ethernet if you’re on a Mac) and that your date and time are set correctly (this too can cause FaceTime to freak out). If none of these are the culprit (and a reboot doesn’t help), you might be dealing with a firewall issue. Check out Apple’s (advanced) guide to opening ports for FaceTime and iMessage .
This number represents a 55 percent increase on the same period last year, but what’s also notable here is that Tesla is now committing to reporting its new car delivery figures within three days of the end of each quarter. Why? Well, “because inaccurate sources of information are sometimes used by others to project the number of vehicle deliveries,” according to the press release. This also means that the actual final number may be slightly different, but this discrepancy should be “well under 1 percent,” according to Tesla.
George R.R. Martin quietly released a chapter from 'The Winds of Winter'
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Windows Phone users will now be able to pull video stored on their phone into Vine, as well as edit vines and save drafts of works in progress. The update also adds the Vine messenger, so users can privately message friends with their video clips. Finally, Windows users will now be able to see how many times a vine has been viewed through Vine’s “loop count” feature.
Best Cydia Tweaks of the Week - (March 29 - April 2)
This week in the best tweaks of the week , you’ll be delighted to see a stacked lineup. We have a lot of really awesome tweaks that if you haven’t experienced yet, you need to. Let’s take a closer look!
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Uber Just Poached Facebook's Security Chief Joe Sullivan | WIRED
That’s enough to scare anyone into thinking twice before tapping the Uber icon. And it’s why Kalanick recruited Sullivan, who starts in late April and will report directly to him. Sullivan, 46, will head up Uber’s efforts to keep passengers and drivers safe, and he’ll also oversee global cybersecurity. At Facebook and during an earlier stint at eBay, Sullivan dealt in online security, not physical security. But one often plays into the other, and in addition to his work in Silicon Valley, Sullivan can draw on years of experience as a federal prosecutor.
Dish Rebrands DishWorld as 'Sling International' Over-the-Top Service
“Sling TV grew from the foundation established by DishWorld, enabling us to test, grow and improve our OTT capabilities through a service that streams tens of millions of hours of content every month,” Roger Lynch, CEO of Dish’s Sling TV unit, said in a statement. “Incorporating DishWorld into the Sling TV portfolio makes it even easier for viewers to get the best of both domestic programming and the shows and sports they love from overseas.”
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The world’s platform for change
Afghan interpreter Mohammad “FNU” Usafi was able to get his family humanitarian parole so they could move to the U.S. and find safety away from the Taliban. More than 90,000 signed Mohammad’s petition. More
Watch every Fast and Furious movie in 10 minutes
Skeptics would be remiss to mistake this tangled drama, which has enough intrigue, romance, and family bonding to rival the juiciest telenovela, for just another throwaway matinee starring beefy bald dudes and women in belly shirts zipping through exotic settings. However, I understand not everyone has time to watch six films, especially if they'd like to be caught up on the story before watching Furious 7 . To help, The Verge video director Philip Robibero and I created a recap of The Fast and the Furious through Fast and Furious 6 . Credit to our own Ryan Manning, another member of the Verge video team, who provides that pro movie voiceover.
Want to help prevent online bullying? Comment on Facebook
As soon as her talk went up on Facebook, in too little time for anyone to have actually watched the 20-minute video, the comment thread was deluged with vitriol and hatred. People called her a slut and a whore, made jokes about sucking dick, and said she deserves the shaming because “shaming is an important part of how we shape our culture.” They attacked her character, her appearance, her choices, even her right to live. One commenter blamed her both for Al Gore losing the presidency in 2000 and the 9/11 attacks.
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
Why bees are disappearing
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
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How schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
This Animated Short Cleverly Reveals The Truth About Addiction And It's Devastating
"Nuggets" is a five-minute animation that surfaced online back in October but has suddenly gained millions of YouTube views in the past week. Created by German animation studio, Film Bilder, the video begins with an adorable kiwi bird casually strolling along before stumbling upon a golden nugget. The bird's interest is piqued and so he ingests the liquid inside. It's instant euphoria, and with it, the kiwi can suddenly fly for a short while. As anyone who's ever had any golden nuggets of their own can attest, what happens after he finds the next one is not the same. It doesn't last as long, and the landing is more of crash. Nevertheless, now the bird is no longer casually strolling, but running to get the next hit—with ever-diminishing returns.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier
It seems like a paradox that sad music would make you feel happier, but I find that to be true in my experience. My favorite songs that I sing and play on the guitar are "Four Strong Winds," "Crazy", "Cold, Cold Heart," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", "Early Morning Rain", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "The Boxer", "American Tune", and several others with a distinctly sad theme. I'm wondering if it's even more cathartic to sing a sad song rather than to just listen to it--or do both at the same time. Regardless, the pursuit of happiness is a fascinating topic, one that I've begun to blog about, myself. https://howtobehappyandhealthy.wordpress.com/
Hackers: the Internet's immune system
The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
The day I stood up alone
Photographer Boniface Mwangi wanted to protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. So he made a plan: He and some friends would stand up and heckle during a public mass meeting. But when the moment came ... he stood alone. What happened next, he says, showed him who he truly was. As he says, "There are two most powerful days in your life. The day you are born, and the day you discover why." Graphic images.
Mobile advertising is exploding and will grow much faster than all other digital ad categories
The report looks at the most important mobile ad formats, including display, video, social, and search. The report provides exclusive breakdowns on how spend on each format will grow and why, and examines the overall performance of mobile ads. It also looks at how programmatic ad-buying tools, including real-time bidding, are reshaping mobile advertising.
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An Open Letter to Garbage from photographer Pat Pope over whether the band should pay to use his photos in new book - Louder Than War
I am a music photographer in Australia. The copyright laws changed here in the late eighties. Originally, if a photographer was hired to do a shoot then the client owned the copyright. Even if the client never paid the bill they still owned the copyright. If the photographer took photos at no charge then they owned the copyright. Then the laws changed and the photographer owned the copyright of all photos unless there was a signed agreement saying otherwise. I was hired by a major record company to take photos of a new signing. To their label and after I delivered the photos and invoice I was told that I had to sign their contract signing over the copyright in the photos to them. This was a six page document drawn up by their lawyer. I was told that once I signed it I would’ve paid. If I didn’t sign it then I wouldn’t get paid. So I signed it. I’m sure most record companies would do the same. There is one legendary Australian band who will only allow photographers to take photos of them at concerts if they sign there release which gives them the copyright in the photos.
8 TED Talks to watch before public speaking
If you’ve got a presentation to give at work or school — or are perhaps getting ready to speak at a TEDx event? — we recommend these talks to help get you pumped up.
This Lingerie Company A/B Tests The World's Hottest Women To See Who Makes You Click "Buy"
A/B testing takes more resources because it requires at least two of everything. At the all-day event, Adore Me photographs between 30 and 40 new looks that will debut on the site the next month. For every bra and underwear set, the company has to ensure it has enough options to test for each garment. Each month, the retailer also reshoots a handful of garments that didn't sell well on the site. Today, Adore Me is testing a new blonde model. While natural blondes make up about 16% of the U.S. population, and gentlemen have been said to prefer them, nobody wants to buy lingerie from them. So far, no one with golden locks has sold well, Hermand-Waiche says.
Furious 7 Review - IGN
As Dom fights to protect his crew and counter Shaw’s moves, the incomparable Kurt Russell makes his debut as a super-secret government agent who calls himself “Mr. Nobody”. Russell makes a grand entrance with an offer that Dom can’t yada yada. The crux of it is, Mr. N needs Dom to retrieve a kidnapped hacker named Ramsey (played by Game of Thrones stunner Nathalie Emmanuel) who’s invented a device known as God’s Eye, which can locate anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s essentially the NSA’s wet dream. Once he’s collected the girl and her invention, Dom is at liberty to use it to find and defeat Shaw. The tech actually serves as a pretty intriguing conceit, though in total the story is deliriously nonsensical. Not only have we come to expect that with these films, but fans likely wouldn’t want it any other way. Furious 7 does suffer a bit from the convoluted plot. It's also overlong, as Wan – who hails from micro-budget horror fare such as Saw and Insidious - flexes his big-budget, high-octane muscles.
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Rare color photos of 1928 England, full of soul and spunk
The Autochrome was the foremost color photographic process of the day, since it was first brought to market by the Lumière brothers in 1907. The core ingredient? Potatoes. Tiny grains of dyed potato starch, around 4,000,000 per square inch, coated a glass plate. The gaps between the grains filled with lampblack, and the coated layer allowed the exposure to capture a color image.
Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books
Reedsy just launched author profiles on its website where writers can collect and showcase their work on a single page. This way, Reedsy provides a simple way to share your profile on the web, much like an About.me link.