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Scientists Say It's Time to Reinstate the Brontosaurus | WIRED

Until now. Digital libraries contain high-res scans of every diplodocid bone ever dug up. These span the earliest bones ever dug up all the way to brand new specimens from a museum in Switzerland, near where one of the co-authors grew up. In fact, it was these bones that inspired Emanuel Tschopp to undertake the huge reclassification. “I grew up very close to the museum and the people working there, so I had easy access to the bones and could study them in deep detail,” he says. He and his co-authors used algorithms to compare over 500 different anatomical traits. If more than 20 percent of the traits were different, then the authors put the bones into its own genus. “The border between different species and different individuals within a species were progressively much lower,” Tschopp says.


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JavaScript experts: Microsoft's new Spartan browser rocks

All this is somewhat puzzling, because ostensibly, the JavaScript and rendering engines in Spartan had already been introduced in IE 11. O'Brien speculates that "it seems like they’ve torn the majority of it out, and kind of what’s left is the scaffolding they would have had to rewrite anyway ... After talking with their engineers, they have some really advanced stuff going on, [including] hardware rendering for the pipeline."

Apple reportedly purchased startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality

– A + Apple reportedly purchased startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality By Mikey Campbell Monday, April 06, 2015, 03:59 pm PT (06:59 pm ET) A report on Monday claims Apple quietly acquired startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality, specifically pertaining to the store's "Explore" feature that surfaces titles for users browsing app categories. Ottocat's webpage as seen in August 2013. While little solid proof of Apple's supposed buy exists, TechCrunch reports Ottocat was purchased "some time ago," possibly in mid-2013. The company was founded in May 2013, but apparently closed up shop in October of that year, announcing through its webpage that "Ottocat is no longer available." Circumstantial evidence seems to back up those claims, as Ottocat's official Twitter profile went inactive at around the same time, and Apple introduced Explore a few months later at WWDC in 2014. Linking Ottocat to Apple is a single patent application from co-founder Edwin Cooper.

Uber asks U.S. court to dismiss lawsuit in alleged Delhi rape

(Reuters) - Uber asked a U.S. court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape victim in India's capital, saying the ride-sharing company could not be held legally responsible for the driver's acts.

Super Team Tournament 64: The Grand Finale! - IGN

Welcome back to IGN's Super Team Tournament 64! This is it - the Grand Finale. We're just one vote away from determining the greatest fictional team of all time.

Apple employees will get a 50 percent discount on the Apple Watch

Apple employees are getting a substantial discount on the new Apple Watch according to a memo sent around the company and obtained by  9to5Mac . After noting that over 1,000 Watch apps were submitted to the App Store just last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote that every employee will be able to purchase the stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport with a 50 percent discount beginning on April 10th. Unsurprisingly, the Apple Watch Edition — which begins at $10,000 — is not up for a discount. While Apple didn't give its employees a discount when it released the iPad, it did offer a price cut for most of its workers when it released the iPhone in 2007. Apple employees will be able to utilize their discount for 90 days after the Apple Watch becomes available on April 24th.

Early Uber Architect Launches Carpooling App ‘Ride’

The service works like this: A company signs up to be part of Ride and advertises the service to its employees. Each participant declares where they live, what type of car they drive and whether they prefer to be a driver or passenger, or either. Ride uses algorithms to group workers together based on where they live and when they commute to and from work. In each group, the person farthest from the office geographically is designated as the driver and picks up colleagues along the route, using directions from the app.

Microsoft's 'Redstone': An update to Windows 10 due in 2016 | ZDNet

Windows 10, which was codenamed "Threshold," will be released this summer , Microsoft execs have said. My sources say there will be a minor update to Threshold some time this fall (which still will be known as "Threshold,"), in addition to the other, smaller regularly released fixes and updates that Microsoft will continue to provide before and after Windows 10 is released to manufacturing as part of its "Windows as a service" model .

Apple Patents Learning Computer Vision For Gesture Control

Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider ) for 3D gesture control, specifically describing the tech used to help a computer identify hand motions made by a user. The patent goes into detail about how the system can not only recognize gestures, but learn them so well that it can even spot them when part of the hand making the gesture is blocked or not visible by the camera, leading to greater accuracy overall.

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South Carolina officer charged with murder after video shows him shooting black man in the back

A white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, is facing murder charges after a bystander's video showed him shooting a black man during a traffic stop, authorities announced in a news conference Tuesday.

PRISM revelations didn't hit U.S. cloud computing as hard as expected

Forrester believes the overall loss to U.S. cloud providers for 2015 will be about $15 billion and in 2016, $12 billion, a far cry from projections that were ten times that a year ago.

Scientists Say They've Invented A Smartphone Battery That Charges In One Minute

Besides recharging much faster, the new aluminum battery is safer than existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames, they added.

Informatica goes private in $5.3 billion deal | ZDNet

Summary: The data integration and management software provider will pursue its growth plans as a private company owned by Permira and Canada's pension plan.

They’re Using Drones to Herd Sheep

Flying robots, though, are starting to give sheepdogs a run for their money. Paul Brennan, a supermarket manager in Carlow, Ireland, uses the Chinese-made Q500 Typhoon, a $1,300 quadcopter he calls Shep, to herd sheep at his brother’s 100-acre farm. He says Shep can round up a flock as quickly as a dog or four-wheeler. The pace of progress in drone technology means they will soon be the go-to tool for shepherds, he says. In the meantime, “it’s a good option if you’re feeling lazy.”

Apple wants you to buy an Apple Watch online after you try it on in-store

More than a month after Apple started taking preorders for the 6 and 6 Plus, I went to the Grand Central Apple store in the heart of Manhattan to pick up a gold iPhone 6 and was nearly laughed out of the building. “You might want to check online,” an Apple employee said after swiftly dashing my dream of purchasing a phone that day. I checked the inventory of every store in my area. I called AT&T stores in hopes that one was a last bastion for new iPhone inventory. The gold iPhone 6 was nowhere to be found. I trudged home in defeat to order my phone online and wait for it to be delivered in 7–10 business days. I’ve learned my lesson: I’ll try on an Apple Watch in-store, but buy one online.

Is this the end of launch lines at the Apple store? - CNET

Technically Incorrect: With the company reportedly encouraging people to order the Apple Watch online, rather than go to stores in hope, will there be no more ritual camping and crowing?

Rand Paul to announce his 2016 presidential run today

Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite, directed his opening pitch to his libertarian base. Like his father, retired Rep. Ron Paul, he has a strong base of support with younger Republicans. He is thought to be Internet-savvy , and someone who can expand the breadth of Americans willing to vote for the GOP. Paul even made a recent appearance at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, famous for its young, techie crowds.

Stanford Scientists Demo Promising Aluminum-Ion Battery

Scientists at Stanford University have developed a prototype bendable battery made from aluminum that charges very quickly, is long lasting and offers safety advantages over lithium cells given the materials used are less volatile and do not catch fire if perforated. So, bottom line, aluminum-ion batteries could result in safer consumer electronics in future that also charge faster and can have thinner or even flexible form factors — all of which sounds pretty handy for future generations of wearables.

Tech5 Wildcard Voting: Send One More Company to the Final!

In the event that the vote is won by a company that is one of the top six, we will award the wildcard slot to the first runner-up that will not already be on stage.

Stanford Researchers Develop Aluminum Battery They Say Can Recharge in One Minute

“In our study, we have videos showing that you can drill through the aluminum battery pouch, and it will continue working for a while longer without catching fire,” Dai said on a Stanford University news site. That’s in contrast to traditional batteries which remain a fire risk.

Where’s the Line Between Online Privacy and Law Enforcement?

So the pattern is to invent a crime for Snowden or Wikileaks Assange or their colleagues claim “I am ready to shot a bullet in his head”. I am not responsible for the wrong decisions taken by the Bulgarian Governments, the loans provided by my former colleagues in the Bulgarian National Bank Research trough the Commercial Banks, the level of Bank Supervision, their game with joining the Banking Union only after problem with some particular banks. They should leave their job, and be responsible for their deeds, and I am not responsible for their crimes ( many in favor of EU countries ). I should not be subject of your illegal digital surveillance and crime invention, which turns into classic again ( MAC addresses in routers, broken Google, Facebook encryptions... ). So there is a pattern of related institutions, intelligence abuse and businesses in EU. And I insist that it is even not statistically likely to be by chance or coincidence! Several related instances with digital crimes and response with crime inventions by the Western world with complete support from citizens! And “If we do not win the support of EU citizens, this will be the last European Commission”.

U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades

The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA's intelligence arm, was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime. It was a model for the massive phone surveillance system the NSA launched to identify terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That dragnet drew sharp criticism that the government had intruded too deeply into Americans' privacy after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it to the news media two years ago.

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Dashlane's Online Scanner Will Identify Potential Inbox Vulnerabilities

Dashlane has launched an online tool designed to make email inboxes more secure – and drive sign-ups to its password manager app, though no account is required to use the scanner service.

The Flir FX Security Camera and Apps Will Keep You Covered

You may primarily know Flir from its Flir One  thermal camera — the one that attaches to the back of your iPhone or Android phone. Alongside its companion app, the Flir One translates thermal energy into real time color images that let you identify obstacles and danger spots in the dark — and even create pretty pictures.

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If you’re really into carting around your fellow employees, Ride will give you a car so that you can maximize the number of people in your car. For instance, if you drive a five-passenger car but are willing to drive a few more people to work, Ride will give you a minivan or SUV. The car upgrade is thanks to a partnership Ride has with GM.

Samsung attacks Galaxy S6 Edge bend-and-break tests

Samsung is playing down a report that its new flagship phone - the Galaxy S6 Edge - is "just as bendable" as Apple's iPhone 6 Plus and breaks completely at a lower pressure point.

Angela Ahrendts tells retail employees to push customers online for Apple Watch, 12

Ahrendt's is crazy if she thinks that Apple customers don't understand that they can order online and have the order delivered. People want the in-store experience including waiting in line, so they can get some of the first units on the market. Suggesting that it's almost an unknown abut using the Store app or online store suggests to me that she doesn't understand the Apple customer very well. What they might want to do is fully embrace the experience and challenges of in-store product launches and figure ways to get more units on hand or in pop-up locations so the consumer experience isn't negative.

HBO Now is live on Apple devices

HBO's cable-free streaming service, HBO Now , is available right this very second on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, HBO says in a press release . Interested cable-cutters can see sign-up instructions and access HBO Now on desktops here . The service is exclusive to Apple devices for now -- Cablevision is offering its internet customers subscriptions too -- and costs $15 a month. Remember, the new season of Game of Thrones launches in just five days, so if HBO Now's exclusivity deal with Apple sounds as restrictive as a Dothraki barber shop, that's only because it is . The FAQ says an Android app is "coming soon" (probably outside Apple's 90-day exclusive window), and content-wise it should match what we've seen from HBO Go.

Offline over the (Easter) Weekend? Read All the Tech News You Missed Here

If you live in the UK or US, you’re probably returning to work today having just enjoyed a luxurious four-day long weekend. It can be a painful bump back to reality, but just think yourself lucky that at least you only have a short week ahead.

Apple employees get 50% off select Apple Watch models, over 1,000 apps submitted

– A + Apple employees get 50% off select Apple Watch models, over 1,000 apps submitted By AppleInsider Staff Monday, April 06, 2015, 02:59 pm PT (05:59 pm ET) In a note sent out to Apple employees on Monday, CEO Tim Cook revealed a bit more about the upcoming Apple Watch launch slated for April 24, offering workers deep discounts on Apple Watch and Apple Watch sport models. The letter sent via email conveys building anticipation for Apple Watch, helped along by keynotes and Apple's Guided Tours videos, and notifies employees that they can purchase an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport at a 50 percent discount, or nab $500 off a solid gold version. Cook also mentions that more than 1,000 Apple Watch apps were submitted over a period of four days last week. A copy of the email was obtained by MacRumors earlier today. "I know that many of you have been looking forward to choosing an Apple Watch for yourselves, and we want to make it easy for you," Cook writes. "Starting Friday, in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50% discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use.

Ask the Expert: Social Media Etiquette Advice from a Vine Star

Ask the Expert: Social Media Etiquette Advice from a Vine Star

Bill Gates has a perfect explanation of the difference between him and Steve Jobs

You know, I look at code and say, 'Okay, this is architected well,' but it's just a different way of understanding the world. His most natural, innate sense was a world-class instinct about whether this or that object met certain standards. He had extremely high standards of what was shit, and what was not shit."

Polyvore Remix for iOS seeks to be Your Personal Stylist

Polyvore is a community site and app where you can express your own sense of style and share your ideas with others. The company is positioning Remix as a daily “outfit inspiration” app that helps you discover what’s trending and gives you inspiration for how to style any item you choose – whether its a pair of jeans, a leather jacket or strappy sandals.

Xiaomi Expands Its Online Retail Channels In India And Inks First Offline Sales Deals

Finally, Xiaomi will stop requiring users to pre-register for its flash sales. The system, while frustrating for users, is designed to ensure Xiaomi only sells stock that it actually has. The fact that it is being lifted — coupled with these new retail partners — suggests the company has a far larger allocation of phones. Good news for frustrated, would-be Mi phone owners in India.

HBO Now standalone service launches

HBO Now standalone service launches Cord-cutters, rejoice! HBO Now is live. The long-awaited standalone service from HBO is now available on Apple TV. There is also a website users can visit to set up a monthly subscription. Follow Brett Molina Check out this story on

YouTube Comes Under Fire for Sneaking Ads Onto its Kids App

“We worked with numerous partners and child advocacy groups when developing YouTube Kids. While we are always open to feedback on ways to improve the app, we were not contacted directly by the signers of this letter and strongly disagree with their contentions.”

Rand Paul is first presidential candidate to accept donations in Bitcoin

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Why Does Stubbing Your Toe Hurt So Damn Much? | WIRED

Speaking of the brain, the type of nerves located in a region of the body and their density also influences the amount of cerebral tissue or cortex devoted to that bodily region. This is nicely represented in what’s called the cortical homunculus, a severely distorted “map” of the body within the brain. The hands, lips, tongue, and feet are all much bigger than, say, the hip or trunk. And the part of the brain that receives sensory information from the toes is right next to that part that receives information from the genitals so…yeah, try to avoid stubbing your genitals too.


Tesla has a new entry-level Model S, called the 70D, which offers a 70 kWh battery and all-wheel drive, and which replaces the entry-level Model S 60 in the range. The new 70D offers 240 miles of maximum range, vs. just 2018 for the outgoing entry-level rear-wheel drive base Model S, but will also cost $5,000 more to start with a beginning price of $74,900. The new base model Tesla is still… Read More

How we found the giant squid

Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight — and the teamwork — that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.

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How not to be ignorant about the world

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

A TED speaker's worst nightmare

Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then...

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.

How to make hard choices

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

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