3D Printing: Everything You Need to Know in 2 Minutes
3D printing is changing the way we produce objects, from tools and toys, to clothing, and even body parts. So how does it work exactly?
What most schools don't teach
Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools.
The Internet Raised $44,000 So a Homeless Man Could Have a House [VIDEO]
YouTube prankster/do-gooder Magic of Rahat surprises a homeless man with a new home, paid for by the Internet.
The 'Game of Thrones' 'Monty Python' Connection You Missed
'Game of Thrones' linguist David Peterson revealed a Valariyan joke he hid in season four.
The Washington Monument Is Finally Reopening, Mashable Got a Sneak Peek Inside
It's been nearly three years since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake structurally damaged the iconic Washington Monument. It's finally opening to the public again.
7 Simple Photography Hacks to Help You Snap Like a Pro
The Cooperative of Photography demonstrates some simple photography hacks to help you create beautiful photos.
36 Countries, 600 Days, 125,946 Miles and 1 Perfect Selfie Video
Alex Chacón traveled around the world, taking selfies while raising awareness and funds for less fortunate children.
Drones For Good
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Microsoft Keeps Using Apple Products To Show Off New Software
Nadella has been making the point that using another company's technology, even in public, shouldn't matter. He wants Microsoft to build software, development tools, and cloud services that work with all the popular devices, iOS and Android included.
Join Us For A Week of Events at the Gizmodo Home of the Future
It's almost time for the Gizmodo Home of the Future , highlighting our favorite forward-looking products from design, technology, and beyond. From May 17 to 21 you'll be able to stop by the New York City space to browse the home or pull up a seat in our co-working lounge, and we're also hosting events every day to gather together the people and ideas shaping the house of tomorrow.
The States Where People Are The Most (And Least) Generous With Time And Money
The polling organization also conducts surveys that gauge people’s self-reported well-being, and it has found that the states where people give the most are also the states where people feel most satisfied with their lives. This is an intriguing relationship, as it gives credence to the feel-good notion that we really do feel better when we help others. But as Gallup notes, it’s not easy to pull apart cause and effect. It could be that people who donate are happier, or it could be that people who are happy are willing to donate more.
AT&T could seal deal to take over DirecTV within two weeks, for around $50B
AT&T could seal deal to take over DirecTV within two weeks, for around $50B — AT&T Could Strike Deal For DirecTV In As Soon As Two Weeks — AT&T Would Likely Pay A Combination of Cash, Stock — AT&T Inc. is moving quickly to seal a takeover deal with DirecTV …
Google Faces German Order to Change Handling of Personal Data
France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil
Liberties, or CNIL, fined Google the national maximum penalty of
150,000 euros ($210,000) in January for failing to give people
enough details about how it uses their personal data. The fine
followed a 900,000-euro penalty from Spanish regulators for
violation of the country’s privacy law.
Police Ask Blogger To Take Down Tweets Critical Of UK Political Party | Techdirt
The UK's free speech laws are so riddled with exceptions that news of someone being investigated for an "offensive" posting hardly raises an eyebrow these days. This fact doesn't make the following story any less ridiculous, but it does explain why "tweeting" and "police officers" are being used in the same sentence.
Michael Abberton, a Cambridgeshire blogger, found himself talking to two police officers after a recent tweet of his made a UKIP (UK Independent Party) member feel bad. What Abberton posted to his Twitter feed was a fact-checked version of an anti-UKIP flyer that mockingly pointed out ten reasons to vote for the party, including the plan to raise taxes on the poorest 88% of the country and abolish laws that protect personal liberties.
According to Abberton, a complaint from an unnamed person led to the following incident .
They wondered if I was the Michael Abberton on Twitter and I said yes. Then they said this was in relation to a complaint that had been made by a certain political party in relation to tweets I had published about them and one tweet in particular which talked about ten reasons to vote for them…
The police explained that I hadn't broken any law - there was no charge to answer and it really wasn't a police matter.
G Watch promo video gives us another peek at LG's Android-powered wristwear
We're not expecting to find out all about LG's " G Watch " smartwatch (and new top of the line G3 phone) until the end of this month , but if you needed another teaser then here it goes. A short promo video for the device doesn't introduce much in the way of details, but if you want to see its Android Wear software in motion or a few 360-degree rotations of its "timeless" metal body, this will suffice. LG is still promising to the "define the smartwatch" with all-day comfort and readiness for anything on a single charge despite an always-on screen , all in a water- and dust-resistant shell.
Bletchley Park row rages on as restored site opens to public with 'Berlin Wall'
Colossus isn't owned by TNMOC; it is on long-term loan from Colossus Rebuild Limited, a shell company created by Tony Sale, himself a founder member of the Bletchley Park Trust, for that purpose. But when Sale was building Colossus, although much of the money for the project was his own, he was still heavily involved with Bletchley Park, and donations came in from supporters of the trust. As a result, the trust has never quite accepted the claim of ownership, even if it has no inclination to launch a challenge while the machine stays in Bletchley Park on TNMOC's property.
Microsoft's 'Mohoro' Windows-as-a-service released as a public preview | ZDNet
when it comes to total PCs vs Chromebooks, especially in regards to "MS PC OEMs" sales?
My guess is that, the OEMs are just creating their respective Chromebooks entries, just in case, because, they don't want to be caught with their pants down, like what happened with the iPad, and the OEMs didn't have competing tablets for a few years, and Apple had the whole market to themselves for a few years. So, just in case Chromebooks happen to take off, they will already have their competing entries in place. But, that's just a gamble, and chances are that, Chromebooks will be as popular as netbooks for a little while, and people will start noticing that, they're actually paying a lot of money for what basically is just a browser dressed up in its Sunday suit.
AT&T Is Reportedly Close to Finalizing DirecTV Acquisition
Bloomberg is reporting that AT&T is in “advanced talks” with DirecTV for an acquisition that would value the satellite TV provider at around $50 billion. DirecTV would continue to operate separately, according to the report.
'Call Of Duty: Ghosts' Is The Best-Selling Game On Xbox One And PS4
The rumors of Call of Duty’s death may have been exaggerated. The most recent installment, Call of Duty: Ghosts, failed to produce the annual “biggest entertainment launch in history” headline, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a major cash cow for publisher Activision and the most powerful force in AAA console gaming. On a recent investors call, the company announced that Ghosts is the best-selling game on both Sony's Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Microsoft's Xbox One, eclipsing even the much-hyped exclusives Titanfall and inFAMOUS: Second Son.
.@Twitter: Optimised For Abuse
Last summer I was the target of months of violent, misogynistic abuse. The abuse was widely reported, although the worst tweets (most of the tweets), were never broadcast or printed, because the media deemed them too offensive. This left me in the rather unfortunate position of not only being driven to the edge of a nervous breakdown from the fear and strain of hundreds of tweets coming in every minute telling me I would be maimed, raped and killed, but also being targeted by people who thought I was being a delicate flower and couldn’t take a bit of off-colour banter, or “dissenting opinion”. Nevertheless, the media pressure was such, that twitter was reluctantly, eventually forced to act. They streamlined their reporting process by including a link on each tweet to report it for abuse, and automatically included the link for that tweet in the report form. For someone who was receiving a hate-filled threat every minute, this function was invaluable. Despite promising to do something about the fact that every time you report someone for abuse, including threats to kill you, you have to tick a box agreeing that your information can be shared with them, twitter did no more once the media furore died down.
Facebook Reportedly Preparing to Open a Sales Office in China
Chinese exporters and developers are finding Facebook is an excellent way for them to reach customers outside China. Today, our sales team in Hong Kong is supporting these Chinese businesses, but because of the rapid growth these businesses are achieving by using Facebook, we are of course exploring ways that we can provide even more support locally and may consider having a sales office in China in the future.
Sony's top executives to return bonuses: Nikkei
(Reuters) - Sony Corp's top executives will return their annual bonuses as the company's electronics business struggles with losses, the Nikkei reported.
Nintendo Apologizes for Not Allowing Same-Sex Marriage in Game - Digits - WSJ
Same sex marriage hasn’t been around as long as cell phones or the internet, but there is only one permissible opinion on the subject. Forgive me if I am less concerned with the fewer than two percent of us who are homosexual marrying one another than I am with the parents of the forty percent (seventy in the case blacks) of children who are born illegitimate doing so.
Facebook Said to Take Steps to Open a China Sales Office
Facebook Inc. (FB) is taking steps to open a sales office in China to work with local advertisers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, in a move that would put the social network’s employees in the country for the first time, even as its service remains censored there.
FDA approves 'Star Wars' bionic arm
(CNN) -- Amputees will soon get help from a groundbreaking bionic arm, thanks to the inventor of the Segway and a little inspiration from "Star Wars."
Check out the new Batmobile for the Superman/Batman movie - CNET
Director Zack Snyder sends fans into a minor tizzy on Twitter by offering a veiled look at the new Batmobile design.
Welcome Jonathan Vanian, Gigaom's newest enterprise technology writer
Our awesome enterprise technology reporting group has a new member: Jonathan Vanian joined Gigaom last week in our San Francisco office. Jonathan will be covering enterprise startups, webscale computing challenges, devops, and a few other things that fall into that corner of the world.
YouTube shuts down public RSS feeds of user subscriptions
If you're a news junky, you probably use an RSS reader like Feed.ly to keep up with stuff on the Web. One of the nicest ways to consume YouTube subscriptions was to use an RSS feed of new videos, allowing them to show up just like news articles do. You might not have noticed yet, but Google quietly shut down this feature a few days ago.
Sony reportedly ditching pricey OLED TVs for cheaper 4K LCD sets
More pixels and lower prices trump the blackest blacks for Sony, which is reportedly suspending its efforts to make OLED television sets. Instead, reports Japan's Nikkei , the company is shifting its focus to 4K sets that use more traditional liquid crystal displays. Those sets are markedly less expensive to produce, sell at lower prices, and already make up nearly half of the sets Sony plans to offer over the course of the next year.
Xbox has streaming music -- now it's getting a music locker to store your tunes
This time, it comes in the form of a music locker service that would feature the Xbox branding. Competitors like Google and Amazon already have a digital music locker service, which allows you to store a set amount of music data for free, and access it via the cloud from a variety of devices. You can even download the music files you’ve uploaded later if your computer crashes.
An 'unstoppable,' cataclysmic glacier meltdown is already underway
Two separate studies released this week are announcing a bleak future for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — and an accompanying sea-level rise across the globe. Both groups of researchers conclude that global warming is accelerating the disintegration of large parts of the ice sheets, and that the melting that is already under way is likely unstoppable. This, the researchers say, will eventually cause global sea levels to rise by at least 10 feet.
Vote: Should Companies Monitor Employees’ Social Media? - Digits - WSJ
Should such monitoring continue after the hire is made? Take our poll below and then let us know what you think in the comments.
Microsoft's TechEd North America 2014 Announcements
At its TechEd North America 2014 conference today, Microsoft made a long list of announcements for developers regarding its various tools and technologies. Among the highlights are the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 with improved tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Azure, tooling support for Apache Cordova, and ASP.NET vNext preview, but the company also launched a multitude of smaller additions that play into its vision for cross-platform mobile development and cloud-optimized Web development.
OpenStack Marketplace aims to end confusion around open-source cloud options
Confused about OpenStack? You’re not alone. A new marketplace/directory lists all the distributions, compatible drivers, public clouds to help solve the mystery.
Its coming up on 8 years ago in a few weeks now since I posted a cheque for 900k for 2 months of adsense revenue. I’m going to post the history of adsense from the day I added adsense to the site so that there is some context to how POF went from 1 pageview to billions. Keep in mind by the time 2006 rolled around this was one revenue stream of many. After I posted that cheque the site really exploded, 3 years later in May 2009 when I hired my first developer the site was doing 2.2 Billion pageviews a month and we are over 10 billion a month today.
Dr. Dre could soon become an Apple executive
According to Billboard , Apple may introduce both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in their new high-up executive roles at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference event next month. Apple is reportedly pursuing an acquisition of Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, though neither company has gone on record about the deal since it was first publicized last week. The Financial Times originally reported that Apple and Beats could announce the buyout as early as this week, so the companies may choose to wait until the purchase is formally completed before they share more about any influence Dre and Iovine will hold at Apple moving forward. What we know right now is that Dre will be made very rich if the acquisition gets done, though its less clear what his exact duties at Apple will be.
Windows 7 And Windows Vista More At Risk To Viruses Than Windows XP, Says Microsoft
I was asleep at the switch the other day and downloaded a “Java update.” It installed around 80-90 viruses, trojans, malware, adbots, miscellaneous spyware and a dozen junkware programs. I was several days cleaning all of them out completely. I’m a computer professonal, and have been in computers for 20 years, but even I got tricked. It’s real easy for the non-professional to get caught now and then.
CIO Discovers the 'Terrifying' Reality of Cloud Apps Running Wild
Rogue cloud services have ripped open gaping holes in the security fabric of a company, putting both the firm at grave risk and the CIO in a tough spot. However, rogue cloud services also show the critical need for a tech-savvy consultant -- or cloud services broker -- to patch holes, maintain compliance, negotiate cloud contracts and enforce service level agreements.
Appleseed Alpha Blu-ray Announced, Trailer Released - IGN
The popular Appleseed franchise continues with an all-new CG-animated prequel Appleseed Alpha, available on Blu-ray and DVD July 22, with an advance Digital release on July 15. IGN also has your first exclusive look at the film, including screenshots and the official, never-before-seen trailer.
Twitter Debuts A "Mute" Button For When You're Too Afraid to Unfollow Someone
It works like this: Basically, when you mute someone on iOS, Android, or on twitter.com, their tweets and retweets will no longer appear in your feed. They'll still be able to retweet you and send you @-replies; that stuff just won't show up in your notification activity. "The muted user will not know that you've muted them," Twitter writes in a blog post, "and of course you can unmute at any time."
Samsung eyes Russia, India as launchpads for first Tizen phone
Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics agreed: "We believe Samsung is taking a path of least resistance for Tizen. India and Russia are relatively open markets, where mobile operators have limited control over distribution channels. This makes it easier for Samsung to sell new Tizen models. Breaking into the established markets in Asia, Western Europe and North America, where operators have far more control over smartphone distribution, may prove to be trickier for Samsung," he said.
5 Startup Rules Entrepreneurs Should Ignore
With these types of aspirations, there are certainly rules that can help startups get there, but these rules don’t necessarily work for all entrepreneurs. There are important distinctions to consider between startup founders and small business owners, who tend to take a very different path to success.
The Truth About Jet Lag and How to Overcome it
I hoped that by understanding more about why we get jet-lagged and how it affects us, I might find some strategies for adjusting to new time zones more quickly.
Nvidia Shield Gets Half-Life 2 And Portal As Valve Classics Get Their Android Moment | TechCrunch
Nvidia’s Shield mobile gaming console has two powerful new titles under its belt today – Half-Life 2 and Portal, both from celebrated developer turned platform creator Valve, and both appearing for the first time on Android. Nvidia worked on these ports with the guidance and blessing of Valve, so they’re understandably exclusive to the graphics company’s unique Shield gaming handset for now, but earlier announcements suggested Portal at least might make it to other Android devices eventually, so the Shield-less can hold out hope.
LG Teases The Android Wear-Powered G Watch, A Smartwatch “Ready For Anything” | TechCrunch
LG’s key selling points for the device according to this video are its device compatibility, metal body, lightweight and waterproof design, and its ability to be “ready for anything with a single charge.” That last bit makes absolutely no sense, of course, as every device that carries a charge could probably claim the same (at least before its battery cycles too much and no longer holds a charge).
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
The U.S. Navy Just Announced The End Of Big Oil And No One Noticed
1. The process pulls carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas driving Climate Change) out of the ocean. One of the less well-publicized aspects of Climate Change is that the ocean acts like a sponge for CO2 and it’s just about reached its safe limit. The ocean is steadily becoming more acidic from all of the increased carbon dioxide. This in turn poisons delicate ecosystems like coral reefs that keep the ocean healthy.
Florida Couple Fined $746 For Crime Of Feeding Homeless People
Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a husband and wife team, aren’t handing out food in the Florida heat every Wednesday because of a court order or for a paycheck. They do it because they believe helping the poor is their religious duty. The pair run a Christian outreach group, Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word Ministry, that gives food to the needy every week, pointing to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Channel 9: Videos about the people building Microsoft Products and Services
Submit it below. If you're lucky, the host will queue up your question for the panel.
Shocking Video Surfaces Of Jay Z Being Physically Attacked By Solange Knowles In An Elevator
The fight appears to have happened last week after the Met Gala. UPDATE: TMZ has released another...
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
We've created a slideshow highlighting the key trends and forecasts for the entire Internet-connected ecosystem, including connected TVs, connected cars, wearable computing devices, and all of the consumer and business tools that will soon be connected to the "Internet Of Things."
Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else - CNET
"Our world is becoming increasingly surveilled. For example, Chicago has over 25,000 cameras networked to a single facial recognition hub," reads the URME (pronounced U R Me) site. "We don't believe you should be tracked just because you want to walk outside and you shouldn't have to hide either. Instead, use one of our products to present an alternative identity when in public."
This remote-controlled robot can run faster than you (video)
RC cars and helicopters are cool and all, but if you want a combo breaker in your collection, here's something different: a multi-legged robot that runs . At the moment, you can only get this remote-controlled sprinter called the OutRunner through Kickstarter, where its creators are trying to raise $150,000 to fund its production. It's available in two different versions that can run on various terrains, including grass, asphalt and dirt. The basic model called the OutRunner Core is a 1.5-foot tall, 3-pound machine that ships with six legs and can move up to 10mph with a battery that lasts up to an hour. Too slow? Well, there's also the OutRunner Performance, a slightly larger version (2-feet tall and 5 pounds) that ships with 12 legs, an HD camera, and can run up to 20mph for up to two hours. Also, the OutRunner Performance can be controlled with an app as well as with its remote control, and can live stream video and sensor data to a smartphone. Unfortunately for those whose expensive toy funds have run dry, neither of these come cheap -- you'd have to pledge at least $249 to get a DIY kit of the basic model.
See How Popular Your Name Will Be in the Future
The tool above, developed with Chris Franck , an assistant research professor in statistics at Virginia Tech, predicts how a name will rise or fall in the next 25 years by examining the performance of earlier names that followed similar patterns of popularity.
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Why Your Cell-Phone Bill Should Be Going Down—But Isn't
From a business perspective, 4G services and technology are very profitable for carriers. Foremost, the ability to slap "4G LTE" onto devices helps sell smartphones and make fun television commercials. Second, consumers want "4G," even if they don't actually know quite what that means. The carriers are delivering faster service with higher margins, and pocketing the rest of the money from users who think it’s a deal. After all, doesn't it just make sense to you to pay as much or more for better service than you were getting?
Watch Dogs on PS4 May Not Run at 1080p, 60FPS After All - IGN
"The world of Watch Dogs comes alive on PS4 with the best graphics on any console and exclusive missions found only on PlayStation," the full text reads. "Hack everything as you make your way through Chicago's underground as you experience Watch Dogs in a way that only PS4 can provide, at 60 Frames Per Second in 1080p."