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An Irish stationery shop is turning homophobic leaflets into wedding confetti

A Dublin stationary company is turning homophobic leaflets into wedding confetti.

The Radicalization of Jar Jar Binks | WIRED

When the author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars took on The Phantom Menace, he turned the Gungan from embarrassing footnote to revolutionary.

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Hillary Clinton hires Google executive as tech chief: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Likely 2016 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has hired a Google executive to serve as her chief technology officer, a person familiar with the campaign's planning said on Wednesday.

Singtel Acquires Chicago-based Cybersecurity Firm Trustwave For $810M

SingTel is a telecommunications company that provides ISP, IPTV, mobile phone, and fixed line telephony services. It operates in several segments: mobile, apps and services, and wireless networks. Its mobile segment provides mobile devices, plans and add-ons, and IDD services. Its apps and services segment provides apps for mobile devices, e-commerce, and more. It also provides broadband services, …

New XPS 13 Developer Edition​

Stunning UltraSharp™ QHD+ resolution (3200x1800): Choose the option that gives you 5.7 million pixels (276 ppi) for the ultimate screen performance with precise clarity and eye-popping details. There are over 2.5 times as many pixels as FHD, 5 times as many as HD and 4.4 times as many as the MacBook Air 13 (or other products with HD+ displays). It's also available with a Full HD non-touch display (1920x1080). Easy to share: See content clearly from almost any angle with an IGZO2 IPS panel, providing a wide viewing angle of up to 170°. Enjoy the vibrant screen together with your friends. Brighten your day: The screen is brilliant enough to watch movies in sunlight without missing the details. At 400-nit, it’s up to 100% brighter than a typical panel (200-nit) for a great view even outside. With a high color gamut of 72% and a high contrast ratio of 1000:1, more colors are represented so you can see the brightest brights and the darkest darks. Touch friendly: The optional touch display lets you interact with your technology (phone, tablet and laptop) the same way. Enjoy your apps and OS at your fingertips.

FCC imposes $25 million fine on AT&T over customer data breach

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines, the U.S. communications regulator said on Wednesday.


Netflix announces its first ‘recommended’ TVs — LG, Sony, and Roku all make the grade

8088 MPH: We Break All Your Emulators

To help save time (and to ensure the video was converted well — sorry, but most people don’t know how to deal with interlaced video properly), I offered to provide Gasman with a 720@60p video.  The NTSC output of CGA is slightly off; instead of 262.5 lines per field, it generates 262.  This means it generates 59.92 fields (29.96 frames) per second instead of the NTSC broadcast standard of 59.94 (29.97 fps).  This throws off most modern capture devices; Scali had access to a high-quality Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, for example, but it couldn’t lock onto the signal.  I knew from experience that some cheap video capture devices, such as the Terratec Grabby or the Dazzle DVC100, have extra tolerance built into them as they were designed to be used with VCR sources, so I bought a few and sent one to reenigne for testing.  For the capture, we used a DVC100 with some slight proc amp adjustments so that the capture looked as close to the CRT monitor output as possible.  To further ensure better video capturing, we used VirtualDub for the capture software, which has an option to dynamically resample the input audio source to fit the capture framerate you are aiming for in case it’s slightly off, and the software and hardware combination worked very well.

Photos of supposed Apple Watch, accessory strap packaging shows up online

– A + Photos of supposed Apple Watch, accessory strap packaging shows up online By AppleInsider Staff Tuesday, April 07, 2015, 05:02 pm PT (08:02 pm ET) Weeks ahead of Apple's official Apple Watch launch date, a number of photos hit the Web on Tuesday allegedly revealing the device's packaging, as well as a first look at accesosry wrist bands. Source: Jeremy Gan via Instagram Posted to Instagram by user Jeremy Gan , who apparently works for The Daily Mail , the photoset shows what is claimed to be retail packaging for a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese loop band. Another photo purportedly reveals Apple's leather band with modern buckle. If genuine, the photos prove Apple is treating Apple Watch in much the same way as traditional watchmakers package their wares, supplied in a felt presentation box with included retaining ring stand. Keeping in line with other Apple device offerings, however, Apple Watch packaging looks to be made of polycarbonate. Commenting on the product itself, Gan says Apple Watch feels and works better than expected.

The Ultimate Meerkat Vs. Periscope Showdown

We livestreamed an episode of The 29th Floor using both of the hot new video streaming apps. You know, for the kids.

'Microsoft Payments' lays groundwork for Windows 10 to take on Apple Pay

Why this matters: For now, we can only imagine what Microsoft might do. Perhaps the company is cooking up a direct mobile payment competitor to Apple Pay-though any effort on that front may be hamstrung by Windows Phone’s meager adoption—or maybe Microsoft is looking to simplify online transactions on Windows PCs. In any case, payments clearly aren’t something Microsoft wants to ignore as it shifts its focus to from software to services .

Apple to open second store in Hangzhou, China on April 24

Apple on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of a second store in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to start serving customers on April 24, the same day Apple Watch is slated to launch.

South Carolina police chief 'sickened' by video of Walter Scott's death

North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers speaks to the media at the town's City Hall on April 8, 2015, on the death of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old black man shot eight times in the back by a white police officer.

Diving into the Dark Web: Where does your stolen data go? | ZDNet

The security team decided to track data offered up in the Dark Web. After creating an excel spreadsheet of 1,568 fake employee credentials, the team placed the file on anonymous file-sharing websites in the Dark Web, as well as Dropbox. The data was then tracked through Bitglass' tracking technology, which embedded the file with an invisible watermark that "pings" the Bitglass portal whenever the document is opened. After being pinged, the portal displays information including geographic location, IP address and device type.

CNN: Russians hacked White House computers

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Apple Watch vs. Android Wear, Pebble and Samsung Gear - CNET

The Apple Watch is almost here -- but it's not the only smartwatch on the block. Here's how it stacks up against the major competitors on the market.

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Tesla’s New Entry-Level Model S 70D Adds All-Wheel Drive And 240 Mile Range

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.

Joined at the Hip: The Cloud and Mobility

The trend lines are clear: Laptops began replacing desktops, and then tablets began replacing laptops. And at this rate, smartphones one day might replace them all. It’s hardly hyperbole: IDC expects mobile workers to number slightly more than 37 percent of the global workforce by the end of this year. Putting it another way, we’re talking about some 1.3 billion mobile workers.

Zazzy’s New Marketplace Lets You Design And Sell Your Own 3D Printed Jewelry

Zazzy , an Amsterdam-based startup that allows anyone to design and customize their own 3D-printed jewelry is now launching a new marketplace that lets you sell your jewelry to others as well, instead of just buying it for yourself. The company believes the new platform, , will make sense for artists and designers looking to expand their portfolios, as well as for others, including marketers, bloggers, tastemakers, and more, where it can serve as a way for them to add to their own collections of branded merchandise.

Git Large File Storage

Git Large File Storage (LFS) replaces large files such as audio samples, videos, datasets, and graphics with text pointers inside Git, while storing the file contents on a remote server like or GitHub Enterprise.

Defector air drops The Interview DVDs into North Korea

As CNN reports, Lee chose to carry out his launches at night to avoid clashes with South Koreans living close to the border, who have grown uneasy since forces clashed over balloons in October. South Korea's Ministry of Unification declined to comment directly on Lee's campaign, with a spokesman telling AFP: "Our stance is that we continue to acknowledge the freedom of individuals to publicize their opinions."

The Invisible Design Behind the Apple Watch's Many Faces | WIRED

He flips a few pages further into the making-of book, onto the first of several full-page spreads with gorgeous photos of jellyfish. There’s no obvious reason to have a jellyfish watch face. Dye just loves the way they look. “We thought that there was something beautiful about jellyfish, in this sort of space-y, alien, abstract sort of way,” he says. But they didn’t just visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with an underwater camera. They built a tank in their studio, and shot a variety of species at 300 frames-per-second on incredibly high-end slow-motion Phantom cameras. Then they shrunk the resulting 4096 x 2304 images to fit the Watch’s screen, which is less than a tenth the size. Now, “when you look at the Motion face of the jellyfish, no reasonable person can see that level of detail,” Dye says. “And yet to us it’s really important to get those details right.”

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: J. August Richards on the Return of Deathlok - IGN

Richards: I have so many cool abilities. I have three USB ports, a firewire connection, you can get wi-fi off of me, this thing on my arm makes cappuccinos, and I have all of these cool little powers here and there. [Laughs] Lets see, I do have some new powers though. I think you’ll see them unfold over time though. I mean at the core he still is who he is. He has a bunch of mechanical parts that do a bunch of interesting things. This arm piece shoots rockets and he’s still super strong from the Centipede that he got in the first episode. Even in the comics I feel like he’s a character with a thousand powers that constantly unfold. It’s a character with a lot of possibilities. And again even with reading the comic, I feel like I can’t put a finger on all of his powers and the things that come over time.

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Microsoft to add virtualized containers, Nano Server mode to Windows Server 2016 | ZDNet

While many describe container technology as obviating the need for virtualization, Microsoft officials said they believe using virtualiztion to add yet another isolation layer to containers may appeal to a number of enterprise customers. Hyper-V will run around the container, not the entire OS, providing more security/sandboxing and overall control, Microsoft execs said. Hyper-V containers also may be useful to those running Windows Server in multitenant configurations, they said.

YouTube's paid subscription offering takes shape — and it's almost here

And YouTube's carrot comes with a stick — creators are required to participate in the subscription offering, or every video on their channels will be set to private, sources said. The move will likely upset some creators, who may object to aspects of the program. "While we can't comment on ongoing discussions, giving fans more choice to enjoy the content they love and creators more opportunity to earn revenue are always amongst our top priorities," a YouTube spokeswoman said in an email.

Facebook Messenger Is A Stand-Alone Web App Now Too

By releasing a web version, Facebook is further establishing Messenger as its own distinct platform by making sure it works anywhere. It also highlights an interesting trend in the development of Facebook-owned social platforms. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger all started as mobile apps, and benefitted from the quick adoption and heavy use that comes with having the app in a pocket and on a homescreen. It’s only once they’re established that Facebook creates a web version for non-mobile devices.

Amazon's Echo Just Added New Ways To Control Your Home With Your Voice

Echo, ostensibly a speaker, is a deceptively boring-looking little tube, as though Amazon's designers took an old Kindle and rolled it into a cylinder, plugging its unremarkable guts with intelligent software that talks to you. You say Echo's "wake word" to wake it up—beginning what Amazon hopes will be a life-long (or at least, model life-long) friendship. Want to know the news? Echo streams it. Need someone to settle a bet? Echo calls up whatever information you need. Need something added to your shopping list? Echo—and Amazon—would be happy to oblige.

Apple employees won't have to pay full price for the Apple Watch

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Hillary Clinton hires Google executive to be chief technology officer

Stephanie Hannon, who is Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, will become the chief technology officer of the expected Clinton campaign, according to the Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the appointment.

The Downsides To Mindfulness Practices At Work

I became aware in a couple of situations that there was this trend in corporations to require mindfulness seminars or experiences or teams getting together and being required by some authority in the group to have 5 to 10 minutes at the beginning of meetings to do meditation or controlled breathing or closing the eyes and relaxing," he recalls. "While some people, I think, find those kind of offerings very helpful, when there’s either a requirement or just some sort of pressure to do it, people are quite uncomfortable with it. And some [of my clients have said], ‘Look, I like meditating, but I want to do it on my own. I find it awkward to do it with a group of people, especially professional colleagues.’

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "Afterlife" Review - IGN

Gonzalez turned out to be pretty hardcore in his concern (prejudice?) regarding superpowered people, yet he remains fairly nuanced, with Coulson himself believing he was ultimately a good person. His way of figuring out how to handle May was interesting, as he made her a member of his board, wanting Coulson to have an “advocate” when he’s caught. What I really liked about Gonzalez though was his statements about loyalty and his utter belief that it's SHIELD, not Coulson (or anyone else) that the team should be committed to above all else. Whether you think he's right or wrong, that belief is one that is understandable as far his motivations go.

Twitter Replaces ‘Discover’ Tool With Detailed Trending Topics

The Discover timeline — spearheaded by co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey in 2011 when he made a brief return to the company to redirect its product vision — was supposed to be an effortless way for users to find interesting content. The semi-tailored feature surfaced tweets from different accounts based on factors like who they followed and the accounts those people followed. The trending topics appeared at the top of the Discover timeline, usually as hashtags that at times were hard to understand or unclear why they’re trending. For instance, two top mobile trends on Wednesday are #BostonBombing and #WaystoEnjoyAGoodLife.

This Guy Says He Can Make 20-Year-Old Rum in 6 Days | WIRED

If Bryan Davis has his way, that’s all about to be totally upended, sacrilege or not. Davis has come up with a method of producing spirits that taste like they’ve been aging in the barrel for 20 years, but his process only takes six days. Davis doesn’t accelerate the aging process like so many of the methods that have been tried in the past. Rather, he shortcuts it by taking new distillate and running it through his proprietary chemical reactor. Davis’s device forces the creation of the same key chemical compounds that give a well-aged spirit its unique character. Give him a week, and Davis says he can create a booze that tastes decades old.

Women Talk About Their First Periods In This Underwear Ad

Historically, there's been a lot of shame surrounding menstruation, and the first one can be a lot to handle, where everything still feels unknown and new. Women in the video recall their awkward, sometimes hilarious first time stories, and the emotions (often embarrassment) associated with this new phenomenon. Consumers are also invited to share their first period experiences, with videos curated on the brand’s site , all in a bid by the underwear maker to change the way we talk about periods.

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Google Plots New YouTube Subscription Service as Soon as This Year

Google has been moving closer to charging users for content; the Web company introduced a subscription-style music service within YouTube in November, and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on talent and production facilities to boost original content on the video website, which has more than 1 billion monthly viewers. With ad-free subscriptions, Google is moving closer to competing with streaming services, including HBO Now ( which debuted this week ), for people's attention as they spend more time watching videos on the Web and on mobile devices.

This startup swore 1,000 customers to secrecy so it could come out of nowhere at a $2 billion valuation

Today, Domo announces the official launch of its product and the news of a $200 million Series D round of financing led by BlackRock  — bringing it up to $450 million in total funding, and making it the latest member of the so-called Unicorn Club of startups valued at over $1 billion.

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The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Take "the Other" to lunch

There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.

How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.

The Crossroads of Should and Must

Over the past year I’ve chosen Must again and again. And it was petrifying. And at times it was dark. But I would never, ever, trade this past year for anything. This essay is my three biggest takeaways from the experience. It’s for anyone who is thinking of making the jump from Should to Must. Anyone looking to follow the energy deep within their chest but aren’t quite sure how.

The mathematics of love

Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.

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56 Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App
57 Apple Watch, Android Wear, or Pebble: how do they stack up?
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59 Hologram replaces Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park
60 Intel's new Compute Stick is almost here
61 DealStruck Raises $8.3 Million In Equity Financing To Grow Even If The Economy Tanks
62 How we can help end domestic violence
63 What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand? - The New Yorker
64 How the new Apple emoji got their skin tones: It's not what you think
65 What Are the Colors of Alien Life? - The New Yorker
66 Adnan Syed Is Getting A Second Podcast After 'Serial'
67 THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem
68 Key & Peele - Hell's Kitchen Parody
69 Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?
70 The 3 A's of awesome
71 Unlike drones, kite photography insists on staying under the radar
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73 Indian E-Commerce Giant Snapdeal Buys Bill Payment Service FreeCharge
74 U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015
75 Google Loses Most of Challenge to German Data-Privacy Order
76 Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data
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78 Use the S6's fingerprint scanner to log into websites - CNET
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82 This is Why Jon Snow From "Game Of Thrones" Would Suck At Dinner Parties
83 We are on the brink of discovering alien life, NASA scientist predicts
85 Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security
86 10 Emojis We Wish Existed
87 Want More Women Working in Tech? Let Them Stay Home | WIRED
88 GoFundMe rejects campaign for officer who fatally shot Walter Scott
89 Guilty: Tsarnaev convicted in Boston bombing
90 Liquid metal printing puts flexible circuits on 'anything'
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92 Scientists Say They've Invented A Smartphone Battery That Charges In One Minute
93 Videogame Publishers: No Preserving Abandoned Games, Even for Museums and Archives, Because All "Hacking" is Illegal
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