Samsung made a Galaxy Surfboard so you’re not disconnected at sea
All technology companies are chasing what comes after the smartphone. Is it the smartwatch? Is it virtual reality? Is it an internet-connected surfboard? Samsung thinks so. It's definitely not...
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Does the media have a "duty of care"?
In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
WhatsApp now has a desktop app for Windows and Mac
Available for both Windows and Mac, the WhatsApp desktop client is native for both platforms, and offers features like keyboard shortcuts. It will be familiar to those who’ve used WhatsApp on the Web, as it mimics much of the UI and UX.
J.K. Rowling hand writes the perfect tattoo for a fan
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The Best Web Hosting Services of 2016
Web hosting services also offer different types of hosting, including shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated hosting , and managed WordPress hosting plans. Shared hosting is good for users who don't want to spend a lot of money on hosting packages and don't mind some of its traffic and data transfer limitations. VPS hosting is great for small businesses that want more power than shared hosting, but don't want to deal with dedicated hosting's prices. Dedicated hosting, on the other hand, is both powerful and pricey; it's reserved for sites that experience incredibly high levels of traffic per day. Managed WordPress hosting is for those who want to build their sites on the back of the popular WordPress content management system (CMS), but don't want to bother with a lot of the backend stuff (such as updating the apps and CMS, and enabling automatic backups).
Google may face a record 3 billion euro EU antitrust fine
The Commission can fine firms up to 10 percent of their annual sales, which in Google's case would be a maximum possible sanction of more than 6 billion euros. The biggest antitrust fine to date was a 1.1 billion euro fine of chip-maker Intel in 2009.
Report: Amazon is planning on launching private-label brands very soon
The new brands with names like Happy Belly, Wickedly Prime and Mama Bear will include nuts, spices, tea, coffee, baby food and vitamins, as well as household items such as diapers and laundry detergents, the newspaper reported.
Lucas Mearian 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.
At last, a sci-fi movie that accurately captures the horrors of dating
David’s efforts to hook up are bumbling and funny at first, but they eventually land him in a situation that is so horrific he has no choice but to risk death to flee the hotel. In the forest, surrounded by an odd range of animals we presume are all former singles, he meets a group of subversives called the Loners. Led by an angry pro-singles activist (a seriously scary Léa Seydoux), the group swears off all forms of physical affection and plans sneak attacks on couples. In one memorable scene, they go on a mission to break up couples, holding them at gunpoint in their homes and forcing them to question their love for one another.
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Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet conservatives on political bias flap
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet this week with prominent conservatives in the media, a spokesman said on Sunday, to address allegations of political bias at the popular social networking site.
I Came Up With A Creative Idea, Someone Else Just Did It, & I'm Still Recovering
All true, but I’d still like to figure out what happened to me. Because it’s a bit of a pattern. There have been other ideas, both creative and professional, that I’ve never followed through to completion even though I was enthusiastic about them and knew that they would succeed. Back in the late 1990s, I brainstormed with friends about getting a food truck in Manhattan and serving quality panini and salads along with lattes and cappuccinos (that was back when the only food trucks in the city served hot dogs and kebabs on skewers). We found some partners, researched the prices of trucks, equipment, and food supplies, and thought of potential names for our business. It never happened: I got caught up in my day job, my partners moved to LA. A few years later, and the food truck revolution took off and stormed the planet, serving everything from foie gras donuts to Korean gouchujang burgers with kimchi and sriracha mayonnaise.
America's Most Common Drug Ingredient Could Be Making You Less Empathetic
Every week, a quarter of Americans take a painkiller that could be dampening our collective feelings of empathy. In a paper published online this week, scientists claim that acetaminophen, Tylenol’s main ingredient, makes people more likely to think that other people’s pain isn’t a big deal.
Google targets HTML5 default for Chrome instead of Flash in Q4 2016
Google has outlined a plan to push HTML5 by default in Chrome, instead of Flash. In Q4 2016, the company plans to only serve Flash by default for the top 10 domains that still depend on the plugin. Chrome will display the HTML5 experience if it’s available, but if Flash is required, the user will be asked whether Flash can be allowed to run or not.
Microsoft Kills Controversial Wi-Fi Sharing Feature
The problem was that few people bothered to turn the feature on (the sharing function was disabled by default). Microsoft said it is discontinuing Wi-Fi Sense because "the cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment." The crowdsourced networks part of Wi-Fi Sense—public hotspots and the like—will continue to operate.
Microsoft's Project Spark Going Dark
Well, it was fun while it lasted. If you're looking to flex your creative muscles and possibly trying out some game creation, you're going to have to look somewhere other than Microsoft's Xbox One platformat least, if you're in that gray area between 'have no idea what you're doing" and "planning to develop and sell games for real." The company has officially cancelled its Project Spark half-game, half-platform, which allowed buyers to create their own little games within one big, console sandbox.
Acer joins work on high-end VR headset for theme parks
Acer is joining forces with the game studio Starbreeze to develop a high-end virtual reality headset designed for arcades and theme parks. Starbreeze has already been showcasing the headset, called StarVR, for the past year; going forward, development of StarVR will be a collaboration between the two companies.
Can data save democracy?
As members of a democratic society, it is our duty to pressure legislators to establish best practices around data and make it more accessible to everyone. Local representatives are a good place to start. Most government CIOs lag behind the private sector when it comes to data — 47 percent of CIOs state they “have a long way to go when it comes to enterprise data and governance,” and 49 percent indicate “some progress in developing operating discipline for data” according to NASCIO’s 2015 State CIO Survey .
Cheat your creative distractions and get more done
If you wait to become distracted then your reserves of concentration will become depleted fast. If you act beforehand then they’ll reduce far more slowly. If you know that CandyCrush is the pleasurable mind-gum you turn to when your purposeful writing project becomes tiring, you’ll be less likely to get lost down that internet worm hole of amusing cat pictures.
Add 64GB to your MacBook with TarDisk drive expansion
TarDisk is made from an aluminum alloy, fitting snugly into your Mac’s SDXC port to give the storage boost you need. TarDisk‘s memory is incorporated into your Mac’s SSD for a single hybrid drive, with a single volume managed by OS X.
The MOnSter 6502
A new dis-integrated circuit project to make a complete, working transistor-scale replica of the classic MOS 6502 microprocessor. We'll be showing off our progress at the 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire!
The MOnSter 6502 is a work in progress, designed by Eric Schlaepfer , in collaboration with Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories . We're the folks that brought you the " Three Fives " discrete 555 timer and the XL741 discrete 741 op-amp.
Special thanks to Ken Shirriff , visual6502.org , Chuck Peddle, and Bunnie Huang .
The 6502 is the famous processor found at the core of such influential computer systems as the Apple ][, the Commodore PET, the Atari 400 and 800 home video game consoles, the BBC Micro, and the Tamagotchi digital pet. Slight variations of it were found in the Commodore 64, the Atari 2600, and the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
What's with the name and capitalization?
MOnSter 6502 is a play on the original manufacturer and device name (MOS 6502) as well as acknowledging its large size.
Women won in every big category at the 2015 Nebula Awards
That the Nebula Awards have escaped such controversy is likely a product of its differing membership guidelines. The Hugo Awards are selected and handed out by the World Science Fiction Society, which anyone can join by purchasing either a ticket to the annual Worldcon or a "support" membership. In other words, anyone willing to spend a little cash can join, nominate and vote.
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube face hate speech complaints in France
But French Jewish students union UEJF and anti-racism and anti-homophobia campaigners SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie said the three firms had removed only a fraction of 586 examples of hateful content the anti-racism groups had counted on their platforms between the end of March and May 10.
Uber China Rival Didi to Consider U.S. IPO as Soon as 2017
Didi is targeting an initial public offering in New York next year, according to people familiar with the matter. The timing will depend on how its battle with Uber Technologies Inc. in China plays out, said the people, who requested not to be named because the matter is private. Such a move may put the Chinese app ahead of its U.S. rival in going public, with Uber having said it wants to hold off as long as possible.
Mark Zuckerberg To Meet With Glenn Beck Amid Bias Claims
NEW YORK -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet Wednesday with TV and radio host Glenn Beck and other prominent figures on the right following allegations the social media giant's "Trending Topics" feature has been biased against conservatives.
Max Goodman 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.
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A new visual syntax (and UI)
This is a concept design. The idea is that the visual syntax will generate traditional regexes. You could see it as a visual DSL that generates (only barely human readable) traditional regular expressions. Ideally, IDEs would have support for this visual syntax such that you could switch between traditional syntax and this visual one.
DJI Phantom owners should all have a Manfrotto D1 backpack
Probably the coolest feature is that the D1 can hold your drone with the propellers on. Though it’s designed for a quick tear-down when you’re not flying, it can accommodate a drone with the propellers attached via a front pass-through, which is great if you just want to move to a new location (or are asked not to fly where you’re at and want to make a quick getaway).
How to poll your website users so you can make it better
Crazyegg is a tool that uses heatmaps and scroll reports to show you where customers are clicking or hovering their mouse. At AquaMobile, this has given us great insights into what our customers think are the most valuable pages. This enables us to focus more time into making those pages great with content that is most likely to turn leads into customers. It also shows us how far down people are willing to scroll, so that we can put our most important content above that point. – Diana Goodwin , AquaMobile Swim School
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At dinner, Windell and I went through a thought experiment to see if it would even be possible. We weren’t sure how many transistors were in a 6502 (more than 1,000 but less than 10,000). If four surface mount transistors can fit in a square centimeter, then the board would need to be about 1,000 square centimeters, or about 32cm (13in) on a side, which is not as huge as we originally thought. Darn it, time to investigate further!
WhatsApp Message Hacked By John McAfee And Crew -
Ondrej Krehel, CEO at LIFARS — who acknowledged his firm did forensics on the phone — issued a memo indicating malware traces and related activities were found on the phones. The memo explains the phones suffered from both a spyware app and a keyboard recording vulnerability. Krehel said the compromise did not require rooting — the Android equivalent of jailbreaking — whereby a user unlocks the OS and installs unapproved apps and may perform other unauthorized actions which include updating the OS, replacing the firmware, and other which are unapproved by Google. LIFARS is keeping the memo under wraps until the Colorado hacking team has a chance to discuss the vulnerability with Google.
Blockchain startups make up 20% of largest crowdfunding projects
The DAO is a flexible decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) “leveraging the wisdom of the crowds to benefit the DAO Token Holders.” The organization is structured as a series of smart contracts granting token holders voting rights (somewhat similar to more traditional corporate equity) and “control” over their proportion of invested ETH. The DAO’s infrastructure enables voting on any sort of expenditure the organization could make (such as hiring and paying contractors to work on their proposals , investing the ETH fund into another asset, and even “splitting” the DAO).
Playwire launches a free video player for indie publishers
“We are saying you can take our player and do whatever you want with it in perpetuity,” Dubin said. “We provide a lot of functionality. Others say you can use it but can’t do sharing or can’t get analytics. For us, this is a really great entry point for people to test our offering. We wanted to show them the quality of our player. We sell hosting. We sell streaming. We sell help with monetization and our ads. We think we have the best player for monetizing content.”
Let's Talk About Tonight's Burning Hot Episode of Game of Thrones
On tonight’s Game of Thrones , we got some emotional reunions, some surprising alliances were made, and a lot of people’s plans finally started going into motion. If you’ve seen the episode, let’s discuss it here! (And if not, why are you still reading this?)
Centipede and Missile Command Atari games get movie deals
If Resident Evil and Assassin's Creed can be major motion pictures, why not classic Atari arcade games? Centipede and Missile Command will be hitting the big screen, but which actors should be in the films?
Emilia Clarke on being naked again on 'Game of Thrones': 'There ain’t no body double!'
I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control. #dracarys #bodiesmaybetemplesbutmindsarewhatmatter #MODforreal
Linksys WRT routers won’t block open source firmware despite FCC rules
This takes more work than simply locking out third-party firmware entirely, but Linksys, a division of Belkin, made the extra effort. On and after June 2, newly sold Linksys WRT routers will store RF parameter data in a separate memory location in order to secure it from the firmware, the company says. That will allow users to keep loading open source firmware the same way they do now.
The Internet is hot for Khaleesi after THAT 'Game of Thrones' moment
In "Book of the Stranger," Daenerys Targaryen reminds Game of Thrones viewers in the most badass way possible why she is called "the Unburmt" (among several other titles). The Queen of Meeren literally burns down the Dothraki patriarchy, relying, not on her dragons, but on the almost-forgotten fact that she is a dragon.
ESL gives eSports an official oversight body
While eSports is now a big money-maker , it's still wildly inconsistent at times: rules, prizes and schedules can vary from league to league. The Electronic Sports League thinks the industry can do better, though. It's forming the World Esports Association (WESA), a governing body that will set standards for the fledgling sports field. WESA promises to bring "structure, predictable schedules and transparency" to competitive gaming, including how teams receive promotion and split revenue. Importantly, it's not just the higher-ups calling the shots -- there will be a player council, and teams will appoint two of WESA's five executive board members.
2016 MacBook review: It's almost the Pro we're dreaming of
In real-world situations, things get a bit more clear. While not the spec-heavy monster we expect the Pro to be, the 2016 MacBook still holds its own. Apps may take a few extra seconds to load, and heavier processes may ask a bit more of your time, but it’s actually negligible.
Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year
Flash's death has been slow and painful, and now Google is planning to deal it another blow. Google has detailed plans to start blocking most Flash content with Chrome, with the change targeted toward the end of this year.
Watch The Tycho Supernova Remnant Expand, Centuries After It First Exploded
Astronomers have used 15 years of X-ray data to make this video of the remnants of a white dwarf that famously exploded in 1572. Nearly 450 years later, the debris from the explosion is still expanding.
The Hayne Plane has diverted: Australian NFL star quits for Olympic dream
But fear not, as you burn your number 38 jersey and shed a tear for the Hayne Plane, there are some other Australian stars making it big in America that you can put your hopes and dreams on. Granted, they don't have a similar rise to fame as Hayne — most played college football — but they are all you have left.
Why haven’t there been more unicorn mergers?
Last year was a massive year for mergers , with industry giants like Dell and Aol finally closing deals that were large enough to make 2015 a record-breaking year . Predictions mostly held that 2016 would be another huge year for mergers , as they are one of the best ways to continue growing share price after a prolonged bull market.
Encrypted messaging app Wiper is shutting down (sort of)
It’s also not clear why the group calling and location sharing features that makes FreshTeam unique wasn’t just built into Wiper. Perhaps the enterprise focus of FreshTeam was winning the day versus Wiper, or the team was just not into having two forward-facing products.
Amazon will sell its own food brands to Prime members
Amazon isn't commenting at this stage. A move like this would make sense, mind you. While it's more challenging to sell products with expiration dates and potential health worries (what if there's a bad batch?), Amazon can profit in a way that other food makers can't. For one thing, it has much more data about the food that sells through its store than anyone else -- it knows which categories sell, and it could predict flavor trends simply by looking at its internal data. It also doesn't have to run ads or fight for space in grocery stores... heck, it even it has its own food delivery service in some areas. Provided this dry run is successful, there could come a time when Amazon's brands cover all the essentials in life.
Flurry data shows increased interest in health apps
Flurry also notes that the most recent numbers (similar studies were done in 2012 and 2009, though none are directly comparable) were the first time health and fitness apps came close to the holy grail of high retention and frequent engagement. While we’re not a nation of smartwatch-wearing health fanatics yet, we’re getting more interested about our health, and that’s important.
Amazon is reportedly expanding its private label to food, coffee, diapers
Amazon may be looking to expand its private-label brands to include more perishable food and household items such as nuts, spices, coffee, diapers, laundry detergent, and baby food. It’s reported that this roll out will take place sometime around the end of this month or in early June and will initially be available only to Amazon Prime members.
The Oracle v. Google trial is looking bad for Android
To that, Oracle is claiming Google has no right to use Java APIs for Android, which naturally feels more like Oracle wanting a piece of the pie that makes Google so much money (mainly via app sales and as a platform for advertising). Google argues its use of Java APIs for Android falls under fair-use, as Java is open; Google’s lawyer went so far as to call it a ‘gift to the world’ from Sun.
Equity crowdfunding is finally here: 10 steps to getting funded
On May 16, 2016 — Monday — securities-based crowdfunding goes live in the United States. This means that any American entrepreneur can go out and raise up to $1 million from friends, family, and social network for their startup or small business. However, this isn’t your typical rewards-based crowdfunding. Entrepreneurs (aka issuers as they are known in this new world of securities-based crowdfunding) are selling the “promise of a future return” in their business, and that makes this is a highly regulated activity.