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The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate in the US

A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the "Freightliner Inspirat

We Were With Coco. What Happened?

Half a decade has passed since NBC canned Conan O’Brien as the host of The Tonight Show after 145 episodes, bringing his network career to an abrupt and inglorious end. Before Tonight, O’Brien presided over 2,700-odd installments of sophisticated derangement as Dave Letterman’s replacement on Late Night, where recurring sketches...

Pioneering playtime: 5 predictions for the future of toys

5 ways the future of the toy industry will be impacted by digital.

Turn on your Xbox One from an app with the latest update

Ever wanted to turn on your Xbox One before you've even reached the living room? If so, it's time to upgrade your console. Microsoft has released the Xbo

NASA's Greased Lightning drone hovers like a helicopter, flies like a plane

NASA has built the spork of the skies. The GL-10 or Greased Lightning is a 28kg, battery-powered drone prototype that can switch between helicopter and airplane modes, giving the aircraft the...

Carl Sagan’s solar sail spacecraft is finally getting a real-world test | ExtremeTech

The Planetary Society is planning a test flight for its fascinating solar sail spacecraft design.

Taylor Swift's 'Style' gets the smooth 1950s remake it deserved

Taylor Swift may have made the shift from country to pop, but she should really consider going to rock 'n' roll instead. Scott Bradlee and his rotating cast of talented musician...

The 15 types of car singers that drive you crazy on road trips

This man covers everything that happens when your favorite jam comes on the radio in the car, from missing the chorus, to making up the lyrics.

9 delicious cocktails inspired by your Netflix queue

Cocktails to pair with binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix.

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Why handing Android app permission control back to users is a mistake

The issue I have with users having control of app permissions is simple--users have no idea what permissions will break what features, and developers don't always have the time and resources to build in functionality that warns end users of the consequences of breaking the apps. Let's look at the Facebook Messenger app as an example. A user installs the app but sees that it requires the use of their camera. That user decides they don't want "Facebook spying on them" and denies the app permission to their camera. The user then starts enjoying the Facebook Messenger app and, at some point, wants to send a nice selfie of themselves to another user. They tap the attachment button and--uh oh--it doesn't work! What the what? Said user then throws a fit and tries to understand why the Facebook Messenger app is "broken."

How to Clean Up Your Messy Twitter Feed

Even if you made a habit of pruning your feed once a month, your Twitter experience will keep feeling fresh and relevant. Unlike Facebook, where unfriending someone is an action that may get noticed right away, unfollowing people and following new accounts on Twitter regularly is essential to a good experience. Bottom line, your Twitter experience is what you make it, so put forth the effort and make it a good one.

Once Upon a Time: "Operation Mongoose" Review - IGN

After teasing a Dark Emma for the back half of the season, we finally got her. While it's not going to be a thrill to see Emma hurt those around her, the transformation is brilliant for the series. They flipped her just when the audience felt they were safely past the possibility of it happening, and the change wasn't forced. It was the natural next step. They added emotion to it by having Emma's become the Dark One in order to save Regina from becoming a villain again. That was heartbreaking. And it opens up the door for a new relationship between Henry and Emma -- he's already had an evil parent but how will this be different? Will he use his new abilities as the Author (I can't believe he can only use the one quill) to try to fix things?

These are the people who now run Britain

LONDON — After securing a majority government in last week's election, British prime minister David Cameron has named his new cabinet — the group of people who head up government departments and make key decisions about the country.

News Digest App “NYT Now” Drops Subscription Pricing, Offers Brand Sponsorships Instead

According to the news organization, the decision to move away from the paid model was also inspired by lessons learned from its Cooking app, which launched as a free product and has seen decent growth and adoption. It’s also been an attractive platform for advertisers, a company rep told us, which is why NYT Now will also continue to be monetized through ads.

In a first, AT&T stamps its brand on a tablet, offering Android 5.0, 8-inch screen

AT&T considers it to be an entry-level tablet. The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which also has an integrated LTE modem. Other features include 16GB of storage, a micro-SD slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.

Funds sought for tiny £6 computer - BBC News

A Californian start-up is seeking funding to make a computer that will cost $9 (£6) in its most basic form.

A Bitcoin Technology Gets Nasdaq Test

Nasdaq NDAQ 0.50 % OMX Group Inc. is testing a new use of the technology that underpins the digital currency bitcoin, in a bid to transform the trading of shares in private companies.

Apple Hints At Big Music Service Reveal With iOS Update

The new Music app appearing in the beta releases carries no overt mention of a streaming service, but instead offers a new look, a new persistent mini-player, new playlist features and easier access to iTunes Radio. The betas appear to be helping refine and zap bugs in this service, and theirs a presumption that in a release update, we’ll see the streaming services housed within the Music app alongside local libraries and iTunes Radio as well.

NotiAction invokes Activator actions based on keywords that appear in notifications

NotiAction is a new jailbreak tweak with a unique concept that lets you take better advantage of Activator. The tweak automatically invokes various Activator actions based on the keywords that appear in incoming notifications.

Mad Max: Fury Road Review - IGN

I do wonder how the typical movie-goer will react to Fury Road’s unwillingness to play by 2015’s mainstream multiplex rules. But the trailers for this film haven’t lied; the action is insane, even more so when one considers that so much of it was achieved via practical means, and that a large part of the movie is made up of that central chase. Those seeking high-speed thrills won’t be disappointed. Ditto anyone who’s super-charged by the prospect of a post-metal band led by a fire-shooting-guitar maestro in the midst of combat, by toothy chastity belts or weird mutant bird men, or by the many other oddities that have always been a touchstone of the Mad Max films.

Facebook's New In-App Search Could Be a Google Nightmare | WIRED

It’s not very hard to see why this is a problem for Facebook. The social network would rather you not spend time anywhere else at all, except possibly on Messenger, which is still Facebook, so no biggie. Losing who knows how many engaged minutes to Google, a competitor for the mobile ad revenue on which Facebook has hinged its future, presents an even more significant frustration, especially when those users are presumably just heading right back to Facebook eventually anyway. It’s throwing money away, like running the world’s most popular bar but sending people next door if they want to order an IPA.

Apple expands green initiative to Chinese manufacturing, to manage 1M acres of forest

– A + Apple expands green initiative to Chinese manufacturing, to manage 1M acres of forest By AppleInsider Staff Sunday, May 10, 2015, 07:01 pm PT (10:01 pm ET) Apple on Monday local China time announced a major expansion of its environmental responsibility operations in the region, including the creation of one million acres of responsibly managed forests and a buildout of clean energy infrastructure for manufacturing facilities, offices and retail stores. The managed forest initiative, established in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund China, is a multi-year plan that brings Apple closer to its goal of achieving net-zero impact on the world's virgin fiber. As the world's largest timber importer, China will also see benefits from growing and harvesting its own wood in a sustainable manner. "Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources," said Lisa Jackson, head of Apple's environmental efforts. "We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect—and create—as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.

Galaxy S6 edge an impressive enterprise phone — with one big exception

The GS6 edge has top-of-the-line technical specifications. In addition to what I already touched on, its octa-core, 64-bit processor and 3GB of RAM mean you'll see little lag when running multiple applications at the same time. The GS6 uses a standard micro USB port for charging and syncing. It has a helpful infrared blaster, which can be used along with a variety of different applications to advance PowerPoint slide decks and control other peripherals. You can crank the external speaker to an impressive volume, which is good for speakerphone calls, though the audio quality is expectedly tinny. It also supports NFC and Wi-Fi calling (depending on the carrier), which could save organizations significant money.

Google Says Self-Driving Vehicles Were Involved in 11 Accidents

Google Inc. said its self-driving vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents in the six years they’ve been in testing, and the automobiles were never to blame for the incidents.

Amy Poehler Is Really Making Herself Uncomfortable

Many of Poehler’s producing projects involve emerging female talent. "It’s selfish," she insists. "I just like working with women." But many fans see her as a feminist activist, changing the world one laugh line at a time. "She never apologizes for being a woman, and always does things exactly the way she wants," says Lyonne. "It’s just her way of existing. And it trickles down into all her projects, like helping all these young female comedians." And not just comedians. Poehler and friends Meredith Walker and Amy Miles launched a digital series in 2008 to boost young girls’ confidence (in every episode, Poehler talks to a regular girl with a unique interest or ability, always ending the interview with an impromptu happy dance). Smart Girls at the Party, as the show was called, was first on YouTube in 2012 as part of Google’s Original Channels Initiative. It eventually became an expanded website renamed and was bought by Legendary Entertainment last October. It currently has about 5 million viewers and nearly a million likes on Facebook.

Fitbit's IPO filing shows a strong pulse

Fitbit, founded in 2007, makes a number of activity-measuring bracelets and trackers that can be synced with an online dashboard and mobile apps. The company also provides premium services like virtual coaching and customized fitness plans.

'Lego Dimensions' will include 'Portal', Doctor Who and Homer Simpson

If the combined might of Batman and Gandalf wasn't enough to intrigue you, how about throwing in a Timelord ( with a Scottish accent)? More details of the Skylanders -baiting Lego Dimensions game have been gleaned from a building instruction sheet for its Back To The Future set, with a catalog of level packs (read: figures and accessories) we're going to see alongside the game itself. As well as Doctor Who, expect to see a Portal 2 pack, as well as J urassic World, The Simpsons and Scooby-Doo . You can also expect multiple figures from Lego's own brick-based franchises like Ninjago as well more characters from Lord of the Rings -- these will be part of "fun packs", likely to cost less than the aforementioned full-blown level add-ons. And if it sounds like a lot, remember: we haven't even seen the DC comics sets yet. Gallery | 4 Photos 'Lego Dimensions' level packs leaked + See all 4

Mutant super-spiders weave webs stronger than bulletproof material - CNET

A team of Italian scientists turns ordinary spiders into super-spiders that can produce a web with fibers stronger than Kevlar. Hopefully the finding will also lead to a better Spider-Man movie.

The Verge 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. Learn more

Tron Lightcycle Sold at Auction for $77,000 - IGN

The good-as-new bike was expected to sell for $25,000 - $40,000 during the auction but surpassed its goal by over $30,000. Gizmodo reports it wasn't the most expensive item sold at the auction, however, as a 1962 Ferrari 400 sold for over $7 million.

Credifi Scores $8 Million to Mine Commercial Real-Estate Data

Credifi mines, digitizes and analyzes information that in some cases had to be gathered locally by humans because there was no other way to get it, although the company tries to avoid doing too much by hand, Mr. Razin said.

The Philippines Just Made Uber Legal Everywhere | WIRED

The new rules are a triumph for Uber, which is still facing regulatory resistance all over the world. In India, Uber’s largest market outside of the US by number of cities covered, allegations late last year that an Uber driver raped a female passenger sparked an impassioned conversation about passenger safety that pushed the company to introduce new security features. Just last week, Uber ceased operations in Kansas because a new bill, which imposed stricter insurance and driver screening requirements, made it much tougher for the ride-hailing service to operate in the state. In the Philippines, where local governments don’t hold as much sway as the national government, it’s much easier for Uber to get sweeping regulations approval.

NYT Now Reboots, Now Free with a New Look

NYT Now, which offers a curated selection of stories from the Times’ output each day and links to interesting reads elsewhere online, was previously subject to the same ’10 free articles per month’ restriction as the rest of company’s paywalled content. The redesigned app folds the Times’ and third-party content into a single stream of shareable cards, which can be expanded to reveal full stories.

Incredible Images Show Sunset on Mars

Released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Friday, the images show dramatic views of the sun setting over the Martian planet. This is the first sunset captured in color by Curiosity.

The Verge on Twitter

“ @verge : Sofia Vergara is getting her own reality series on Snapchat … ” what is this world...?

Engadget on Twitter

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This guy spent $10,000+ on Steve Jobs' old business cards

If there was ever a business card to have in your rolodex – it would certainly be Steve’s – we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing right now if it wasn’t for him!

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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 power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over.

The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.

Games at E3 2015 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN

The Games at E3 2015 list contains all of the suspected and confirmed games appearing at E3 2015 in some form (not necessarily in "playable" form).

LRB · Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Obama’s speech was put together in a rush, the retired official said, and was viewed by his advisers as a political document, not a message that needed to be submitted for clearance to the national security bureaucracy. This series of self-serving and inaccurate statements would create chaos in the weeks following. Obama said that his administration had discovered that bin Laden was in Pakistan through ‘a possible lead’ the previous August; to many in the CIA the statement suggested a specific event, such as a walk-in. The remark led to a new cover story claiming that the CIA’s brilliant analysts had unmasked a courier network handling bin Laden’s continuing flow of operational orders to al-Qaida. Obama also praised ‘a small team of Americans’ for their care in avoiding civilian deaths and said: ‘After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.’ Two more details now had to be supplied for the cover story: a description of the firefight that never happened, and a story about what happened to the corpse. Obama went on to praise the Pakistanis: ‘It’s important to note that our counterterrorism co-operation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.

How movies teach manhood

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of "Star Wars," he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

[…] Please don’t take this post as “preachy” – I am just as bad as the next person. Our lives are all so incredibly busy and the urge to navel-gaze is natural. But being a parent forces you to examine your behavior and try to be the best role model you can possibly be – even in the midst of the mayhem of daily life. So choose generosity. If you are looking for further simple ideas about how to spread some kindness, check out this lovely list of 57 ways you can brighten someone’s day. […]

New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.


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The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

America's 12-week maternity policy has nothing to do with families

This isn't the case elsewhere in the world. A 2013 Pew Research Center report that analyzed the policies of 38 countries found that the median amount of fully-paid time off for new mothers is five to six months. Many countries offer even more time. Swedish parents receive 480 days of paid leave. German parents are entitled to as many as 14 paid months. French women get at least 16 weeks of fully paid leave and can request a few years of leave from their employer. My own UK-based colleague, Amy-Mae Elliott, took nearly a year off to be with her daughter. The first 39 weeks of her leave were partially paid. When we discussed the U.S. policy, she told me returning to work after 12 weeks seemed impossible.

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.

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, CHIP is a fully functional computer. The tiny board is home to a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, all of which power a full-fledged (if light-weight) Linux desktop. Even more impressive is that there's both WiFi and Bluetooth on board. It's mostly aimed at tinkerers and DIYers , hence the I/O pins waiting for your attention, but you could certainly use it as an inexpensive general purpose computer... so long as you're not particularly demanding.

What do babies think?

"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

"Person With The Twitter Password," And Other Brutally Honest Versions of Your Job Title

The jokesters at Someecards have created a series of brutally honest job titles to restore order to a world gone mad with euphemism. Each entry stares deep into the soul of a modern job title and reduces it down to the main task for which its bearer is responsible. "Head of IT," for instance, is now transformed into "Director of Turning Things Off and Back On," a tactic that even the least computer-savvy individuals have learned works most frequently.

What we didn't know about penis anatomy

We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?

The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

Microsoft is moving to a different kind of software model with Windows 10. A developer evangelist noted that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows” during the company’s Ignite conference this week, and a follow-up confirmation from an official Microsoft spokesperson revealed (via the Telegraph ) that, indeed, updates to Windows after that release would follow an incremental path that would lead to ongoing improvements, instead of splashy, more occasional numbered launches.

State of the News Media 2015

For all of these legacy news sectors, significant digital revenues remain largely on the wish list. None get more than a small share of their total revenue from digital, even though digital ad revenue across all media grew 18% in 2014 to $50.7 billion, according to eMarketer. Mobile ad spending alone increased 78%, though that is a slowdown from the two years prior. Mobile ad spending now accounts for 37% of all digital ad spending, up from 25% in 2013. While new relationships have been struck between news organizations and tech companies like Facebook, the tech companies still control more of the arrangement and reap most of the financial benefit. Facebook now pulls in roughly a quarter (24%) of all display ad revenue and more than a third (37%) of mobile display.

NBC Fall Schedule Includes Heroes Reborn on Thursdays, Blindspot on Mondays - IGN

From executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) comes “Blindspot”: A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. “Jane,” Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed.

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77 Why free will is the best approach to sex education
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