Absurd Creature of the Week: Can We Just Save This Adorable Parrot for Christ's Sake? | WIRED
The kakapo is a parrot, but it doesn’t fly. It can live 100 years. Its sex life is best described as…involved. And there’s only 126 left in the wild.
A few 'GTA V' mods are installing malware on PCs
While you've been busy enjoying guns that fire cars, piloting flying saucers or swimming 'round a flooded Los Santos thanks to mods for the PC version of
One Direction has finally given an interview about Zayn's sudden departure
The boys of One Direction finally spoke up about Zayn Malik during Thursday's 'The Late Late Show.'
Inside The Mind That Built Google Brain: On Life, Creativity, And Failure
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Here's a list of universities with arguably the greatest computer science programs: Carnegie Mellon, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. These are the same places, re
Typhoon Dolphin batters Guam, forcing more than 1,000 to seek refuge
Winds from Typhoon Dolphin battered the U.S. territory of as the center of the storm glanced off it late Friday.
Angry Starbucks manager flips out on customer over a cookie straw
An angry Starbucks manager in Queens yells at a customer and gets angrier when she mistakenly thinks the customer is trying to steal a cookie straw.
Awkward: first Supergirl footage is just like SNL’s Black Widow parody | News | Geek.com
I’m sure the new CBS series from the creators of CW’s hit superhero show Arrow and starring Glee‘s Melissa Benoist can eventually overcome the hurdle of being on CBS. Recently, when Scarlett Johansson hosted [...]
'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Drive like hell to see this Maxterpiece
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the purest expression of balls-out live-action filmmaking in this modern age, a taut, color-drenched chase across the wasteland.
Sorry, haters: 'Mad Max' is an 'incredible feminist movie'
Charlize Theron confirmed the fears of men's rights activists: The apocalyptic spectacle of "Mad Max: Fury Road" is indeed an "incredible feminist movie."
Argentine soccer match cut short after hooligans pepper spray players
A matchup between two bitter rival soccer teams took a chaotic turn when rowdy Boca Junior fans apparently sprayed River Plate players with an irritant.
United launches bug bounty, but in-flight systems off limits
United Airlines is offering rewards to researchers for finding flaws in its websites, but the company is excluding bugs related to in-flight systems, which the U.S. government says may be increasingly targeted by hackers.
12 Tips to Make You a Chromebook Pro
In general, Chromebooks are pretty intuitive to use right from the start, but there are lots of tips and tricks that are not so apparent and could be a huge help. For one thing, you might have a moment of surprise when you go to express your extreme emotions in caps lock and can't find the button. Find out what we mean, as well as nine other things you should know, in the slideshow.
The Mindy Project Saved by Hulu; 26-Episode Season 4 Ordered - IGN
The Mindy Project is officially the latest canceled TV series to be saved by a streaming service, as Hulu has announced they have picked up the series. Hulu revealed that they have ordered Season 4 of the Mindy Kaling comedy, comprised of 26 episodes in total.
Rdio launches $3.99 monthly service with 25 songs a day
Rdio is introducing a cheaper subscription option called Rdio Select for users who want on-demand music — just not all that much. The new service will be priced at $3.99 a month, including ad-free personalized radio along with 25 songs a day that users can stream, download, and keep (though only 25 can be stored at once). Twenty-five songs "is more than most users download in a day, so we feel it’s enough," CEO Anthony Bay tells BuzzFeed . Rdio Select will also offer 10-song playlists curated by artists including Hot Chip and Best Coast.
How Facebook Unified Its Brand
In a post on his site , Barry outlines how, between 2012 and 2013, he led the shape-up of Facebook’s brand identity. It's a problem that's in no way exclusive to Facebook. All companies, big and small, have to consider how their brand evolves. A brand may be the face of a company, but most companies are in constant flux, offering new services and products all the time. In this regard, a visual brand has to both anchor the company's identity and leave room for whatever comes next. Here are three lessons we gleaned from Barry's post that might apply to your company:
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No, Pirates Can’t Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free
Update 2: We've not heard back from Microsoft yet, but The Verge has —and it's good news for any pirate out there, wherever you are. In a statement issued to them, Microsoft explained that "[a]nyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."
Amazon Relents on Key Merchant Policy So Prime Members Can Get Better Selection
The move does come with risks for Amazon. Prime’s main attraction is still the promise of two-day delivery, which will be harder to guarantee for items that aren’t housed in one of Amazon’s own warehouses. Sources, however, say the company is being selective about which merchants can participate in the test so it doesn’t add merchants that can’t live up to the Prime delivery promise. It’s not clear if Amazon offsets the two-day delivery fees for these sellers, or if the merchants will be required to pay the fees on their own.
Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?
What will said phone look like? If I have to guess, I’m thinking it’ll sport red and gold finishes. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge industrial design actually lends itself perfectly to this kind of treatment – Samsung is using a new metallic undercoating for the colored front and back portions of its device, which lend it a unique metal sheen. Iron Man red would indeed look quite fetching given that treatment, while the metal edges in gold would be equally eye-pleasing.
Coffee with a side of munchies? Pot-infused coffee is a thing - CNET
Your next K-cup might give you a case of the munchies. Though cannabis coffee has been around for a while now, some crafty retailers are putting THC, one of the major active ingredients in marijuana, in coffee grounds and premeasured, single-serving K-cups so customers can get high while getting that much-needed energy boost from their cup of joe.
The Amazon Echo finally lets you shop with just your voice (sort of)
Given that the Amazon Echo voice-controlled assistant is made by, well, Amazon, it’s not too much of a stretch to assume you’d be able to use it to do some shopping, but so far that has not been possible.
South Korea's Samsung Group heir apparent takes key leadership roles
SEOUL Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] heir apparent Jay Y. Lee will take over from his father Lee Kun-hee as head of two key foundations, the conglomerate said on Friday, suggesting that a transfer of leadership is underway at South Korea's largest conglomerate.
YC-Backed New Story Crowdfunds Houses For Homeless Families
New Story is a startup in Y Combinator’s current batch that raises funds to build homes for those who lost theirs due to a natural disaster, starting with Haiti. Co-founder Brett Hagler got the idea during a volunteer trip to help those hit by the 2010 earthquake that left thousands of Haitians without homes.
Hands on: Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 leaps forward in productivity, fun
Build 10080 is a beta, sure, but the differences in look and feel across its parts make it feel even more patchworked. Three color schemes wend their way through Windows 10 Mobile: the vibrant, tiled approach of the Start screen; the generally minimalist, dark default settings of the app screens, and the stark plainness of the app store. My advice is to go into the settings menu and change the “dark” scheme to the “light” background. The phone feels a bit more cheery afterward, and there’s a visual bridge to the app store layout. But we still need greater consistency between the Start screen and the rest of the phone. Microsoft should at least consider using the Start screen’s background image across the settings and apps menus—or failing that, at least allow colored backgrounds.
Xbox One Outsold PS4 Last Month
Meanwhile, industry-wide sales of new gaming hardware, software, and accessories totaled $595.7 million last month, up 3 percent from a year ago, market researcher NPD Group reported on Thursday.
Tesla Gets Go-Ahead For Direct Sales In Maryland, Will Meet China Charging Standards
A spotty charging infrastructure and Tesla’s incompatibility in China are giving Chinese buyers pause, according to the report. China is currently working on a national standard for charging, though it’s not clear when the standard will be finalized, the report said.
The old Raspberry Pi gets an overdue price cut
If you've ever toyed with the idea of starting a DIY-computing project, chances are you will have considered (or bought) the Raspberry Pi. You're not alone: more than five million of the boards have now been sold. It's prompted companies like Intel and Imagination to try to match their features, while devices like the $9 CHIP are hoping to outdo them on price. With so many competitors snapping at its heels, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to take action. It announced today that it's cutting the cost of its former flagship board by reducing the Model B+ to $25/£16.
After it was replaced by the Raspberry Pi 2 , the B+ hovered around $35, the same price as its successor. It made it feel like a pretty bad deal in comparison. The Foundation says that a "side effect of the production optimizations" for the new flagship has made the older model cheaper to make and we're now seeing the results. It might take a few days for the changes to be reflected in stores around the world, but if you've been putting off building something that doesn't require quite as much grunt as the Raspberry Pi 2, now might be the time to reconsider.
5 insights into the Apple Watch
One thing seems clear: The Apple Watch at this point is no more a "must-have" device than a Rolex or a BMW. It's the latest gadget on the scene, one that holds the promise of change more than it delivers. In the months ahead, as Apple's ecosystem firms up, new apps roll out and owners find innovate ways to make the Apple Watch useful, we'll find out if becomes a must-have device.
This week’s tech news featured headlines about billion dollar acquisitions, a new launch from Facebook that could change the publishing landscape, and Microsoft’s move to a new software release model. These are our best stories of the week (5/9-5/14).
1. In a big media push, Verizon acquired AOL for $4.4 billion. But not to worry, we talked to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and he… Read More
Every child deserves opportunity
Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science
Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.
How to manage for collective creativity
What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."
The psychology of evil
Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
Simply Delicious Shower Thoughts with Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster is a Muppet of few -- mostly cookie-related -- words. But the furry blue monster goes deep with profound thoughts about food. Brought to you by the profoundly hilarious subreddit r/ShowerThoughts: www.reddit.com/r/showerthoughts Additional thanks to Cookie Monster, Sesame Street, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art Produced by Annie Colbert and Armand Valdes Music: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... http://www.mashable.com LIKE us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/mashable.video FOLLOW us on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/mashablevideo FOLLOW us on TUMBLR: http://mashable.tumblr.com FOLLOW our INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mashable JOIN our circle on GOOGLE PLUS: http://plus.google.com/+Mashable Subscribe!: http://bit.ly/1ko5eNd Mashable is the leading independent news site for all things tech, social media, and internet culture. http://www.youtube.com/mashable
Why we need to rethink capitalism
Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It's a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on profits is, as he puts it, "threatening the very underpinnings of society." In this thoughtful, passionate talk, he outlines his planned counter-offensive, which centers on the concept of "justness."
Marc Martel - We Are the Champions [LIVE]
Rock musician Marc Martel stopped by to sing the classic Queen song "We Are the Champions". Check out Marc's new album and website: www.marcmartelmusic.com And to read more about Marc's journey: http://mashable.com/2015/05/15/marc-m... Produced by Armand Valdes and Brian Koerber Filming by Armand Valdes and Phil Nolan Editing by Armand Valdes Recorded and mixed by Brian Koerber Additional Editing by Phil Nolan http://www.mashable.com LIKE us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/mashable.video FOLLOW us on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/mashablevideo FOLLOW us on TUMBLR: http://mashable.tumblr.com FOLLOW our INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mashable JOIN our circle on GOOGLE PLUS: http://plus.google.com/+Mashable Subscribe!: http://bit.ly/1ko5eNd Mashable is the leading independent news site for all things tech, social media, and internet culture. http://www.youtube.com/mashable
The unintended consequences of being "tough on crime"
“We’re in this exciting moment where we’ve had 40 years of being ‘tough on crime,’ and we’ve finally come to recognize that it really hasn’t worked very well,” says sociologist Alice Goffman bluntly. “Scientists have shown in the past few years that the relationship between incarceration and crime is basically zip. The crime rate goes up and down, incarceration just continues to grow. It’s not a good way of fighting crime.”
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 Amysmartgirls.com and was bought by Legendary Entertainment last October. It currently has about 5 million viewers and nearly a million likes on Facebook.
This Experiment Shows What Happens To Your Body When Everything You Eat Is Organic
This is an article which educates people about the benefits of choosing to eat organic. It is an article opens up your eyes to say 'don't be ignorant and hide your head in the sand. If you can grow your own organic food then go ahead and do it. The more you demand organic food there will be more of a supply and the prices will come down! You have a choice! Poor doesn't mean you cannot think. You sill have a choice if you want to grow your own even if you are poor.
The frog that jump-started Mark Twain's career
In the humble-looking notebook of a luckless prospector staying in a cabin on Jackass Hill near here in California's Gold Country a century and a half ago, there's an entry barely longer than a tweet.
American Idol will end next year after 15 seasons
Fox says that American Idol 's final run will be a "season-long celebratory event." Ryan Seacrest, the show's staple host, will return, as will Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr., who were all judges last season — the original lineup of judges began exiting in its 2010 season. Fox intends for this last run to include tributes to the show's past 14 seasons, though it doesn't say exactly what that'll look like just yet. Perhaps it means that some of the Idols who haven't really been heard from since their season ended will get another chance to perform for a huge audience. It'd be a good chance for Fox to convince the millions of viewers who were once drawn to American Idol to return again, even if only for a few episodes. The season begins in January.
People Are Abusing A Facebook Tool Meant To Help People In Nepal
The tool is supposed to be localized. If you're in an area affected by a natural disaster, Facebook sends you an alert asking you if you're safe. The tool determines where you are, based on where you're using the Internet and the city where you live or the last location where you were tagged. But since you can also visit the Safety Check page directly, people who live halfway around the world can use the tool, too.
How microbes define, shape -- and might even heal us
Celiac disease is related to inflammatory bowel disease and also involves an immune system component: when celiac sufferers eat wheat products, the natural gluten proteins in wheat activate the immune system, which attacks the lining of the gut, shredding it. Celiac was originally identified and named by the Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia in the first or second century AD. But it wasn’t as widely known until Dutch physician Willem-Karel Dicke observed in the “Hunger Winter” of 1944–45 during World War II that when wheat was unavailable, his celiac patients survived much better. (Dicke would go on to pioneer the gluten-free diet.) There has been intense interest in whether celiac is linked to the microbiome, but at this point, the dozen or so studies have found essentially no consistent trends associating microbes with celiac. Although many studies are able to find differences between the microbiomes of celiac patients and healthy people, the bacteria in the celiac patients differ from study to study. Clearly the pattern is complex, and more work is needed to understand whether gut bacteria contribute to celiac or simply respond to the altered, gluten-free diets of celiac patients.
Matternet Dreams Up Drug Delivery By Drone
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How the teddy bear taught us compassion
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.
The Plot Against Trains - The New Yorker
This week’s tragedy also, perhaps, put a stop for a moment to the license for mocking those who use the train—mocking Amtrak’s northeast “corridor” was a standard subject not just for satire, which everyone deserves, but also for sneering, which no one does. For the prejudice against trains is not a prejudice against an élite but against a commonality. The late Tony Judt, who was hardly anyone’s idea of a leftist softy, devoted much of his last, heroic work, written in conditions of near-impossible personal suffering, to the subject of … trains: trains as symbols of the public good, trains as a triumph of the liberal imagination, trains as the “symbol and symptom of modernity,” and modernity at its best. “The railways were the necessary and natural accompaniment to the emergence of civil society,” he wrote. “They are a collective project for individual benefit … something that the market cannot accomplish, except, on its own account of itself, by happy inadvertence. … If we lose the railways we shall not just have lost a valuable practical asset. We shall have acknowledged that we have forgotten how to live collectively.
THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem
Understanding this complex and rapidly evolving space can be challenging. In a new explainer , BI Intelligence offers a high-level look at the payments industry — how it functions, who the key players are, and the trends shaping the industry. We start by explaining payment-card processing, since the majority of consumer payments and transaction volume flow through this system. From there we take a look at how consumers' move to mobile devices is changing the way we pay, and which players stand to benefit.
7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work
While they strive for more in life, happy people are constantly aware of all the reasons they have to be grateful. They express their gratitude freely and openly, and are quick to offer thanks to those who help them or do a kind deed. This attitude of gratitude attracts people to the positive energy that they give off. Colleagues want to be around them and work with them. When things are not going well, they choose to focus on all of the things that have gone well in their lives.
We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops
For instance, during a meeting with an Oakland city council member, Ars was able to accurately guess the block where the council member lives after less than a minute of research using his license plate data. Similarly, while "working" at an Oakland bar mere blocks from Oakland police headquarters, we ran a plate from a car parked in the bar's driveway through our tool. The plate had been read 48 times over two years in two small clusters: one near the bar and a much larger cluster 24 blocks north in a residential area—likely the driver's home.
How we can help end domestic violence
For me, even though the police were great, they never even brought up the possibility of my husband being arrested. That would have been good for me, and it would have been good for him because it would have been a signal to him that what he was doing was wrong. I was terrified when I had to go to family court — I come from a family of Harvard-educated lawyers, and I was still scared to go to the court system. I was convinced that the judge wouldn’t believe me, because I knew how charming and convincing my husband could be. I was very fortunate that the local domestic violence shelter sent a volunteer to represent me in court. I didn’t know that that kind of support was available, but she helped me — she ran interference, she talked to the judge, she talked to my ex-husband, she protected me.
What Killed The Infographic?
Infographics, it seems, are a dying breed. Except that in talking to a dozen data visualization experts across the world's top studios, I learned that the story is far more nuanced. Once a playground for independent designers, data visualization has evolved into something more mature, corporate, and honest about its failings. The quirky, experimental infographics that once peppered the Internet may be disappearing. But that's only because data visualization, as a medium, has finally grown up and gotten a job.
Data visualization has finally grown up and gotten a job.
Don't like clickbait? Don't click
Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.
(Give Me That) Old-Time Socialist Utopia
Near the beginning of The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn , a 1970 novel by the Russian science-fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, the innkeeper, Alek Snevar, proposes to his guest, police inspector Peter Glebsky, that mystery is always preferable to explanation. “Haven’t you ever noticed how much more interesting the unknown is than the known?” Snevar asks. “The unknown makes us think—it makes our blood run a little quicker and gives rise to various delightful trains of thought. It beckons, it promises. It’s like a fire flickering in the depths of the night.”
Medicine Hat becomes the first city in Canada to eliminate homelessness
No one in the city spends more than 10 days in an emergency shelter or on the streets. If you've got no place to go, they'll simply provide you with housing.
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Chinese Search Company Baidu Built a Giant Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer | MIT Technology Review
So far, bigger data sets and networks appear to always be better for this technology, said Wu. That’s one way it differs from previous machine-learning techniques, which had begun to produce diminishing returns with larger data sets. “Once you scaled your data beyond a certain point, you couldn’t see any improvement,” said Wu. “With deep learning, it just keeps going up.” Baidu says that Minwa makes it practical to create an artificial neural network with hundreds of billions of connections—hundreds of times more than any network built before.