New $1,300 Drone Sports 4K Video and Ultrasound Navigation | WIRED
The new drone from DJI features a stabilized, integrated camera that shoots 4K video.
Boy Makes Rare Dino Discovery In Texas
A 4-year-old and his dad were looking for fossils in Mansfield, Texas, when the boy made an incredible discovery. There, buried in the dirt, the child reportedly found rare, 100-million-year-old dinosaur bones.
Last September, Tim Brys, a keeper a...
New $1,300 Drone Sports 4K Video and Ultrasound Navigation | WIRED
The new drone from DJI features a stabilized, integrated camera that shoots 4K video.
Machine anxiety: a chat with Ex Machina director Alex Garland
Without the fanfare backing efforts like Jurassic World or the big Marvel Studios tentpoles, Ex Machina might be the most important sci-fi film of the year. Making its stateside debut at SXSW this...
Xiaomi Sold Over 2M Smartphones In 12-Hour ‘Fan Festival’ Sale
The Chinese firm staged a 12-hour ‘fan festival’ across seven countries in Asia yesterday, clocking total sales of 2.12 million smartphones and revenue of RMB 2.08 billion, that’s around $335 million. The event, staged to commemorate the company’s fifth birthday, also saw more than 38,000 Mi TVs and over 770,000 smart appliances snapped up by customers.
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MLB 15: The Show Review - IGN
Continuing Sony’s 10-year tradition, MLB 15: The Show remains an excellent recreation of The Great American Pastime... but it’s a very safe one. There aren’t any groundbreaking new features that distinguish it from last year’s also-impressive MLB 14: The Show, but the minor adjustments to its batting and modes are welcomed. Relying heavily on its nearly perfected formula of gorgeous scenery, strong gameplay mechanics, and rewarding game modes, it’s fundamentally strong, but there’s not much by way of novelty to excite a returning fan like myself.
MLB 15: The Show's New Features - IGN Plays
The Netflix Watch
You see, lots of unanswered questions remain around the Apple Watch. Will consumers want it? Will it find its “killer app”? Is the battery life long enough to get most people through the day?
True Detective: Season 2 Teaser and Premiere Date - IGN
In Season 2, a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.
Samsung Comeback on Apple May Be Fueled by Record S6 Sales
Optimism about the new high-end devices fueled a rally in Samsung shares as investors count on new designs to spark consumer attention and the use of Samsung’s own processor and modem chips to bolster profit margins from components. The new phones will be released in 20 countries Friday -- including the U.S., U.K. and Germany -- with China sales starting April 17.
Here's What People Are Saying About The Apple Watch - IGN
Overall, the general opinion on whether or not to buy an Apple Watch is that it falls short of reaching "must-have" status. Part of that seems to be based on performance, but part of that appears to be related to the device itself. It's not a standalone wearable -- it's a companion to the iPhone that reduces the amount of time it takes for you to sort and manage your notifications. Whether or not that'll justify its price will entirely depend on you and your circumstances.
Review: The new 12-inch MacBook is a laptop without an ecosystem
Like a great many computer features that used to be essential, speed appears to have become a high-end luxury. In 2010, if you handed me a new laptop that was as fast as the average Mac laptop from 2005, it would probably have felt sluggish and unusable. But honestly, I wouldn’t have any qualms using this MacBook as a travel machine, just as I’ve chosen to use the 11-inch MacBook Air rather than a MacBook Pro. Opting for a tiny, thin laptop doesn’t mean you can’t get your work done. It’s a lesson the 11-inch Air taught me, and the MacBook fits that tale well.
Is This the Red Costume from Marvel's Daredevil? - IGN
We know Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) begins the series wearing a nearly all-black uniform, but that it will evolve through the season, leading (at some point) to something much more in line with his classic comic book look. That final look has been kept under wraps, but may now have been inadvertently given an early display.
This Google patent could kill TV spoilers on social media
Don't get too excited just yet though. Even though Google has a patent for a spoiler-blocking system there’s no guarantee this idea will ever turn into a real product. There’s also the problem of how it would be implemented. Having spoiler blockers on Facebook and Twitter would make the most sense, but would those companies be interested in integrating something like this if it’s encumbered by a patent from Google?
Finally, it's Apple Watch time
There are already a few features and apps that will have a major affect on those that live on their mobile devices. For instance, customizable Watch faces will help play an important role in displaying relevant information at a glance, including upcoming meetings, events, weather info and other data. For people who constantly check their phones, the Watch will be a major win: It's much easier to glance at your wrist than pull a phone out of your pocket. I found this out first-hand after spending five months with the Microsoft Band, which offers phone notifications, but lacks the sophistication and details that can be shown on the Watch's much larger Retina display.
There Could Be A Big Drawback To Self-Driving Cars
Ever notice that you only get car-sick when you're a passenger in a car and not the driver? There's a reason for that. When what your eyes see doesn't match up with what the rest of your body is feeling, you can suffer from motion sickness. If you don't have your eyes on the road -- and you won't need to if you're in a self-driving car -- you're likely to get sick (usually nauseated). So if you're working or reading or watching TV while sitting in a car, you're much more likely to feel ill.
Apple announces 10 new Apple Pay merchants including Gamestop & T-Mobile [u]
Are these just merchants turning on NFC on their POS terminal or installing new ones, then saying they support Apple pay. At this point I do not believe Apple or the merchant has to do anything special. I've been to stores with the new NFC terminals which are not on Apple's list and Apple pay just work. I said this before for Apple pay to work the cashier has to finish the transaction the right way for the terminal to recognize the phones NFC.
Apple will take Watch orders online only during launch
“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet,” Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts said in a Thursday news release. "Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch. To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”
Exclusive: Google is close to making Android Wear work on the iPhone
Google is working on getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to work with the iPhone, and it is close to finishing the final technical details, according to a source close to the development team. If Google released it and if Apple allowed it on its platform, it would put Android Wear smartwatches directly in competition with the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch for the first time.
Apple Watch Pre-Orders: Confirmed Online-Only
However, you will be able to try on an Apple Watch via appointment in physical Apple Stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US from tomorrow, April 10. Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and those ‘select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China’ will also be offering try-ons.
Twitter Wants To Overcome Its Context Problem With A New Trends Feed
Instead of Discover’s fumbling attempt serve personalized content in a separate tab, the revamped Trends feature adds brief descriptions and lightweight analytics (total tweets, trending direction) within Twitter's search function on mobile. In categorizing and describing trends on-the-fly, Twitter wants to help users make sense of not just the churn of tweets, but the flow of what everyone is talking about, pushing interaction and making Twitter a more navigable hub of activity.
Twitter is killing off its Discover tab
Recaps is the selection of tweets marked "While You Were Away" that pops up when you open the app. It's a peek at what has been trending on your network. MagicRecs provides recommendations of what to read and who to follow. Twitter has also put a lot of focus into perfecting the new user experience, suggesting which accounts people should follow when they first arrive to help them avoid the confusion that has curbed its growth.
Download iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
If you don’t care about jailbreaking, then the update is available as an OTA download for these devices currently ( Settings > General > Software Update ). The OTA update is 291 MB in size for the iPhone 6 Plus, and will vary in size based on your device. We’ll update the post with direct download links as soon as they’re available.
Everyone.sucks: This New Domain is the Future of Trolling
There’s a ticker at the bottom of the website promoting the new .sucks domain showing the latest sites to be registered. Just before I started writing this article I noted down a few of the most striking ones to glide by: Nike.sucks, NYPD.sucks, Blogger.sucks, iMovie.sucks, XBox360.sucks and Cortana.sucks.
Apple Watch reviews: world's best smartwatch, but nobody knows what a smartwatch should do
Apple Watch reviews: world's best smartwatch, but nobody knows what a smartwatch should do
By AppleInsider Staff
Wednesday, April 08, 2015, 06:31 am PT (09:31 am ET)
Journalistic luminaries have begun to go public with their views on Apple's new wearable in the days before it goes on sale, and they have generally found it to be a beautiful device that ultimately succumbs to the fact that smartwatches have yet to find their niche. via Bloomberg Bloomberg
Writing for Bloomberg, Joshua Topolsky found the Watch's hardware "beautiful in a surgical way," with a design that "wouldn't seem out of place in a futuristic lab or sci-fi movie." He sees the Watch as an "inconspicuous thing" that grows on the wearer, though doesn't approach the level of sophistication of a traditional wristwatch.
Apple's new Taptic Engine produes "strikingly realistic sensations," Topolsky says, and the digital crown makes navigation easy. He found the Watch faces' complications "one of the most useful parts of the watch, offering the kind of information that really does elevate the device beyond a simple timepiece.
YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service
Confirming reports from last fall , YouTube announced today its plans for an ad-free, subscription-based service by way of an email sent out to YouTube Partners. The email details the forthcoming option, which will offer consumers the choice to pay for an “ads-free” version of YouTube for a monthly fee. The additional monetization option requires partners to agree to updated terms on YouTube’s Creator Studio Dashboard, which notes that the changes will go into effect on June 15, 2015.
Adobe adds some slick but important tools to its Creative Cloud video applications - CNET
Character Animator does exactly what the name implies. It takes your character illustrations and incorporates inverse kinematics -- the logic that makes an arm follow a hand when it's raised, for example -- and other real-world physics to them. That's not a particularly new thing. But Adobe's software applies its new face-tracking algorithms (explained in more detail for After Effects) to map a character's face to yours via webcam to create more realistic facial movements and to sync with speech. You can create and share sets of behaviors, and it supports multiple timeline tracks.
Samsung Facing Supply Shortages for Curved-Screen Galaxy S6 Edge
SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co.’s mobile chief warned on Thursday of limited supplies of its new curved-screen smartphones because of challenges in manufacturing the screens.
How Feral Animals And Our Cities Are Adapting To Each Other
From coyotes camping out in Queens bars to giant snails eating houses in Florida to llamas roaming the streets of Phoenix, there’s no shortage of sensational news featuring wild animals infiltrating our cities. But these brilliant ever-adapting creatures are also finding new ways to live among us humans, and some cities are redesigning to accommodate them.
Does Dark Matter Cause Chaos on Earth Every 30 Million Years?
They proposed that the iridium-rich layer was evidence of a massive comet hitting the Earth 66 million years ago, at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Alvarez group suggested that the global iridium-rich layer formed as fallout from an intense dust cloud caused by the impact. The cloud of dust covered the Earth, producing darkness and cold. In 1990, the large 100-mile diameter crater from the impact was found in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge will be in short supply
Strong sales will also help Samsung's other businesses, as the new flagships will be sold worldwide with home-grown Exynos chips inside. Although each iteration of Galaxy S devices has launched with a new Samsung chip, for many years the company has opted for Qualcomm Snapdragon processors over Exynos for the North American market, costing its semi-conductor division millions upon millions of chip sales. That trend ends tomorrow, when both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge go on sale in 20 countries worldwide.
Learning on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
HBO Goes Live on Sling TV Ahead of GoT Premiere
HBO also recently partnered with Amazon-owned Twitch to air an exclusive clip of the new season of “Silicon Valley.” It’s clear the network is working hard to build online momentum ahead of its largest premiere weekends of the year, and we have no doubt it’ll pay off for diehard fans and new customers alike.
Walter Scott loved dancing, dominoes and the Dallas Cowboys
If Walter wasn't playing dominoes or cards, he was often watching football. He also played pick-up games with Thaddeus, and he was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan — even when his team could barely muster five wins in a season. Romaine, who makes jewelry, said she had been working on a Dallas Cowboys-colored bracelet for him when he was killed.
8tracks launches its own library of music for use in playlists
Now, when DJs are creating playlists they’re able to tap into over a million tracks made available directly by the service. By making tracks available in a library, 8tracks is making it easier for creators to get the music they want without needing to jump through hoops.
US, European police take down highly elusive botnet known as Beebone
According to Europol , initial figures showed that Beebone had infected about 12,000 computers. That's a relatively small number since some botnets commandeer millions of end-user devices. Officials said there are likely many more Beebone victims. There are more than five million unique samples of the underlying downloader worm, known as W32/Worm-AAEH, with more than 205,000 samples taken from 23,000 systems in 2013 and 2014. The infected computers are spread across more than 195 countries, with the US reporting the biggest number of compromises, followed by Japan, India, and Taiwan. Infections were also hard to eradicate because the malware blocked connections to antivirus websites.
Life Out There: Survival Kit
Thank you for all the time, thought, and planning that you have put into assembling your kit and writing it up for us. It's easy to read and understand. I have paracord in mine as well. The good quality item (not the knock-off brands) don't stretch and they're long-lasting. If you are needing to attract attention you can tie a 3' or so length to the loop on a Cyalume stick, tie a holding knot in the other end, and swing it round in a circle. Rescue planes, helicopters, or people across a distant valley will see it easily. It's a good idea to PRACTICE with the items in your kit so that they are familiar in an emergency situation. Although I live in AK, which has no indigenous snakes, my emergency bag has a snakebite kit in it in case I end up having to travel Outside. Procedures for main first aid work such as CPR, snakebites, etc. change at times, so it is good to keep current on all of these. Also, keep your tetanus booster current! Many E-kit suggestions include waterproof ID (driver's license, military ID, dog tags, etc.) in the unhappy event that your body is being recovered rather than rescued.
Microsoft moves to phase two of Skype Translator preview; adds new features | ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft is adding new features to its Skype Translator real-time language translation service, as part of the second phase of its current test preview.
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Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens
A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% dip from last year.
Mophie's new Space Pack lineup adds 128GB storage to iPhones and iPads
If you bought the latest iOS device but still find yourself running out of power and space, Mophie might have the answer. The accessory maker has unveiled the latest additions to its Space Pack range today, offering battery and power-extending cases for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad mini. The revamped lineup offers up to 128GB of additional storage, with the iPhone 6 and iPad mini cases doubling the smartphones' battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus option, however, only adds an additional 50 percent juice.
Google’s Snapseed photo app gets its first major update in two years
The Google-owned Snapseed photo editing app has received a major update today, which promises to deliver "the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet." The new version, rolling out now for Android and iOS, adds new tools including lens blur, tonal contrast, intelligent perspective transform, and spot healing.
Discover a world of apps designed for sending just about anything in Messenger. Find GIFs, create music videos and make your own emoji.
Mozilla has yet to share exactly how many active users Firefox for Android has, and when we asked to see if that had changed, a spokesperson merely told us, “We have tens of millions of active installs.” The company does say “half a billion people around the world” use the browser across all platforms, but to date it has not broken out that figure.
This fake Microsoft Surface phone is the flagship smartphone we want
The brushed-metal aesthetics of the iPhone, Galaxy Note series, and other phones already subtly inform the new direction, even if the hardware isn’t quite up to snuff. With Surface, the tablet is now ascendant. So shouldn’t a Surface phone be waiting in the wings? Aslam thinks so. I bet some of you do too. The ball’s in your court, Microsoft.
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Vote Now: Who Should Be on the 2015 #TIME100?
While TIME’s editors will choose the TIME 100 — our annual list of the most influential people in the world — we want readers to have a say too. Cast your vote here for the people who you think have changed the world this past year, for better or worse.
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.
Want to be happy? Be grateful
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits
In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep. And if you find yourself dreaming during your power naps, it may be a sign you're sleep deprived.
Einstein's brilliant mistake: Entangled states - Chad Orzel
When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But one of his greatest contributions to the field actually came in the form of an odd philosophical footnote in a 1935 paper he co-wrote -- which ended up being wrong. Chad Orzel details Einstein's "EPR" paper and its insights on the strange phenomena of entangled states.
Why GTA 5 on PC took so long to get here - and why it was worth the wait
"We made a commitment to having the core GTA team work alongside our specialist PC leads on every version of the game," Phil Hooker, Director of Technology at Rockstar North told us, speaking on the delayed release. "Since the PS4 and Xbox One share similar architecture to the PC, we were using the same team for both new console and PC versions. So while PC development was happening more or less alongside the console versions from the very beginning, carefully managing each version in this way took a lot more time than if we had a completely separate team working on the game."
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Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways
A cause-and-effect chain from sweeteners to microbes to obesity could explain some puzzles about obese people, says New York University gastroenterologist Ilseung Cho, who researches the role of gut bacteria in human disorders. He points out that in studies, most people who switch from sugar to low-calorie sweeteners in an effort to lose weight fail to do so at the expected rate. “We've suspected for years that changes in gut bacteria may play some role in obesity,” he says, although it has been hard to pinpoint this effect. But Cho adds that it is clear that “whatever your normal diet is can have a huge impact on the bacterial population of your gut, an impact that is hard to overestimate. We know that we don't see the weight-loss benefit one would expect from these nonnutritive sweeteners, and a shift in the balance of gut bacteria may well be the reason, especially a shift that results in a change in hormonal balances. A hormone is like a force multiplier—and if a change in our gut microbes has an impact on hormones that control eating, well, that would explain a lot.