Real-Life Wolverine Claws Could Slice You in Half
These real-life Wolverine claws are both awe-inspiring and dangerous.
Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez Release Music Video for World Cup Song
Pitbull's music video for the official song of the 2014 World Cup song "We Are One (Ole Ola)," is like every other Pitbull video.
Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' Stars Spider-Man Andrew Garfield in Drag
Arcade Fire music video features "Spider-Man" actor Andrew Garfield dressed as a woman. "We Exist" is song about a son's attempt at coming out to his dad.
'Interstellar' Trailer: Matthew McConaughey in Spaaaaace
The first full-length trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' follow-up just blasted off.
Stunning 10-Year Time-Lapse Shows Construction of 9/11 Memorial Museum
Watch a 10-year time-lapse that shows the construction of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.
'Flappy Bird' to Return as 'Less Addictive' Multiplayer Game
Flappy Bird will make its long-awaited return to the App Store in August. The game's creator, Dong Nguyen, has reportedly revealed a few more details about what the game will look like.
Zero day attack barrage in 2014 linked to 'Elderwood' platform | ZDNet
Summary: Symantec flagged a platform called Elderwood in 2012 that was used to launch a series of zero day attacks and now it appears to be back. Think of Elderwood as a factory that simplifies exploits and makes them criminal friendly.
Report: Tech company files complaint to halt Wii, Wii U sales in US
Philips, the personal care, lighting and healthcare technology company, has filed a complaint for patent infringement against Nintendo, according to a document on Scribd . The complaint alleges Nintendo infringes on Philips' patent '379, "Virtual Body Control Device," with the Wii, Wii Remote Plus Controller, Wii Remote Controller, Wii Nunchuk Controller, Wii MotionPlus, Wii Balance Board, Wii U, Wii U GamePad and Wii Mini.
Philips says it sent notice of induced infringement to Nintendo on December 16, 2011, and since then Nintendo has deliberately infringed on its patent: "The December 16, 2011 notice letter provided Nintendo with knowledge of Nintendo's and its users' infringement. Moreover, Nintendo has with specific intent or willful blindness, actively and knowingly induced infringement of the '379 patent."
Philips alleges a second instance of patent infringement, this one number '231, "User Interface System Based on Pointing Device." Philips provided notice to Nintendo of patent '231 on the filing date of its complaint, May 14, 2014.
Considering Nintendo's infringement has been "deliberate and willful," Philips is seeking damages up to three times the amount inflicted by Nintendo's continued use of these products in the US.
'Mario Kart 8' Review - Wii U's Golden Bullet
Other novelties are found in the weapons. Along with the Lucky Eight collectable that gives a choice of armament Mario Kart 8 adds a Boomerang attack that can be thrown three times at other racers, a Piranha Plant that sits on your bonnet eating up coins and opponents to give you a boost and finally the Super Horn that shocks everything around you. That last one will even deal with the previously unavoidable Blue Shell which is adds some balance to an annoying aspect of the game.
Why Silicon Valley Actually Had a Pretty Good Day in D.C.
Despite all the hand-wringing statements about net neutrality that Silicon Valley companies were shooting out Thursday, tech actually had a pretty good day in D.C.
Google acquires Word Lens makers to improve Translate
Here's the thing, though: Google and Quest Visual haven't exactly been strangers these past few years. The startup launched Word Lens just a few months after Google gave its Goggles app some similar (but less impressive) functionality, and the two eventually worked together to bring seamless text translation to devices beyond just smartphones. Case in point: the 4 person team got Word Lens running on Google Glass last year (with the search giant's permission, natch), and it wouldn't be a surprise to see that head-mounted wearable get even better at translating languages on the fly down the road. That doesn't seem to be their biggest priority, though: according to Quest Visual's announcement, their translation tech will be incorporated into "Google Translate's broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future."
Alas, the team seems to be in the midst of dismantling the rest of its site, and the future of the Word Lens app is hazy at best. Right now the app all its language packs are free, which seems like a less-than-hopeful omen for the continued existence of a standalone app.
Pinterest Raises A $200 Million Warchest To Do Battle With Google
This is becoming a pattern for Pinterest, a visual search engine where people share and search for objects of interest: It raised a $225 million round last October with the same group of investors, after raising $200 million in February 2013, with the value of the company increasing in each deal. The company has raised a total of $764 million to date.
Top Venture Capitalist Keith Rabois Shares His 8 Principles For Building A Company
Keith Rabois, a successful venture capitalist at Khosla Ventures and former PayPal and Square exec, tweeted out his eight principles for building a successful company.
How to access 'Most Recent' Newsfeed in latest Facebook for iOS
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VC Fred Wilson's Protest Of The FCC's Dumb Net Neutrality Proposal Is Really Clever
Many, including a fair number of folks on this blog, have argued that we should not “regulate the Internet” and we have to allow the last mile providers to do what is necessary to make money. Sadly, we have already regulated the last mile of the Internet and have given local duopolies around the country to telcos and cable companies. For most citizens in this country, you have two choices for the Internet connection in your home. You can buy it from your phone company. Or you can buy it from your cable company. If there were dozens of choices for last mile connectivity, I would also argue for no regulation and let the market figure this out. But there is not enough competition in the last mile market to allow a true market to function. Instead we will have terms of service dictated to us and these providers will extract rents from all service providers on the Internet and the era when anyone could launch something and compete on a level playing field with the incumbents will be over .
Hands on: Pioneer’s CarPlay-equipped stereo is like an iPad in your dash
Previously, getting CarPlay in your car has meant, well, getting a new car. And not a cheap one. Right now, the system only appears in select new models from Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo. Apple does have deals in place with giant automakers like GM, Ford, Honda and Toyota, but it will take some time before it actually appears in cars from those companies. That means if you want CarPlay today, you’re buying from Pioneer or Alpine, the first two companies to offer CarPlay baked into aftermarket decks.
Why Job Prospects For Millennials Are Still Dreadful
As a graduate of '11, I would like to ask the readers to please not pity me or my generation. The problem I've seen isn't that companies aren't hiring, it's that graduates picked an undesirable degree, went to an unknown school, were unlucky or unmotivated in picking up some real world experience along the way, or the likely combination of all three. Does someone still deserve employment despite being unable to demonstrate marketable skills? College is a time to build connections and gain experience. Students need to take advantage of their career fairs and internship programs. I personally know people who just never bothered with these steps and they don't make a big deal out of it at all. So it's easy for me not to feel bad for them. I was missing class to go on interviews and work part time. Nowhere in this article does the author try to assess what type of careers or education "millennials" are seeking, concluding that rising unemployment simply accounts for rising unemployment.
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Report: PS4 Beats Out Xbox One in April
Sony's PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in the United States in April, making it the fourth month in a row the PS4 has outsold Microsoft's second-place Xbox One, according to the NPD Group.
Judge: KlearGear can’t collect $3,500 from couple that left negative online review
Over three years later, her husband John Palmer received an e-mail demanding that the review be deleted within 72 hours or that he pay $3,500 as he was in violation of the company’s “non-disparagement clause” of its terms of service. However, such a term did not appear in the Terms of Sale and Use that the Palmers had agreed to when they placed their order in 2008.
The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work
What that on-board computer does first is integrate the sensor data. It takes the data from the laser and the cameras and integrates them into a view of the world, which it then uses to orient itself (with the rough guidance of GPS) in virtual Mountain View. "We can align what we're seeing to what's stored on the map. That allows us to very accurately—within a few centimeters—position ourselves on the map," said Dmitri Dolgov, the self-driving car team's software lead. "Once we know where we are, all that wonderful information encoded in our maps about the geometry and semantics of the roads becomes available to the car."
Apple updates Podcasts iOS app with CarPlay support, Siri integration
Apple today issued updates to a number of its products including OS X Mavericks , iTunes and iTunes Connect . The company also updated the Podcasts app with a whole bunch of new features including Siri integration, CarPlay support and improved podcast browsing.
Q and A: Improve battery life
A. Annoying isn't it? For starters, turn off your phone's communication systems – the Wi-Fi, cellular, GPS and Bluetooth - when you don't need them. You can also turn off each system individually from your phone's control center or better yet, just switch your phone to airplane mode to stop all of them. Play with your screen's brightness. Put this at the lowest setting that still allows you to see the screen. This alone can extend battery life exponentially. Contrary to what you may have heard, closing your apps manually isn't the best way to preserve battery power. When you have to start them up again, it actually uses more power and more battery life than just leaving them on. For both iOS and Android, you can get third-party battery monitor apps like Battery Saver to tell you where your energy is going. This will help you track down and stop other battery hogs.
Engadget Podcast 397 - 5.16.14
It's been a long and busy week, leaving a newly nicotine-free Terrence a tad more irritable than usual. Ben's been busy too, but that just means long hours of playing Mario Kart 8 . Both of these factors seem to cancel each other out and the result is a pleasant stroll through the world of Xbox One, this time sporting a lower price tag and one less peripheral. Is it Microsoft's way to boost sales, or are there more complex plans afoot? It depends on who you listen too, but the Redmond camp believes it's doing gamers with tight budgets a big favor . We also dig into the issue of smart guns : how they work and what it could mean for the future of firearms. So plop on down in your comfiest chair and get ready for the smooth sounds of tech news, brought to you by the Engadget Podcast crew.
Hosts: Ben Gilbert, Terrence O'Brien
Producer: Jon Turi
Hear the podcast:
03:46 - Microsoft lowers Xbox One price to $400 without Kinect
13:26 - Xbox One without Kinect is great for consumers, terrible for Kinect game developers
22:43 - The Xbox One price drop isn't just to boost sales, says Microsoft
28:41 - What you need to know about smart guns
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GM Fined $35 Million For Its Deadly Ignition Switch Problem
After many hours of congressional scrutiny, General Motors has been levied the maximum penalty under the law for its failure to report a faulty ignition switch in 2.6 million of its vehicles. In a civil settlement with the Department of Transportation, GM--a company rescued from the edge of bankruptcy by the U.S. government in 2009--will have to pay a penalty of $35 million. (Yes, that's million. With an "m.")
10 Craziest Requests From Hotel Guests
Travel search site Skyscanner.com polled 400 hotel workers from 49 countries on the oddest requests they've received from guests. These strange requests may inadvertently leave you craving goat sounds during your next hotel stay.
Apple explains enhanced 4K monitor support built into OS X 10.9.3
Friday, May 16, 2014, 02:36 pm PT (05:36 pm ET)
Apple explains enhanced 4K monitor support built into OS X 10.9.3
By AppleInsider Staff
In an update to a support document on Friday, Apple offers details on the changes and improvements — including expanded display compatibility — made to 4K monitor support under the company's latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 release.
According to Apple's "Using 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with Mac computers" support page , the latest OS X 10.9.3 version can pump out a 30 Hz picture over single-stream transport (SST) to Dell's UP2414Q and UP3214Q displays, as well as Panasonic's TC-L65WT600. This function was previously limited to Sharp's PN-K321 and the ASUS PQ321Q.
Further, the late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display and late 2013 Mac Pro now support the above displays at 60 Hz refresh rates using multi-stream transport (MST). The support document offers instruction on how to get the 4K screens to function accordingly, since most ship with MST turned off by default to enhance compatibility with older computers.
The New York Times has shuffled the executive deck chairs, but it's still on a collision course
The departure of executive editor Jill Abramson has drawn a lot of attention, but the New York Times has a much larger challenge ahead of it, as the paper’s own internal report details — its culture is out of sync with reality
Ten states pass anti-patent-troll laws, with more to come
The new bills will give states some authority over patent trolls that have demand letters as a key part of their strategy. The bills typically allow state courts to consider a variety of factors in deciding what is a "bad faith" patent assertion. Patent owners who don't disclose the ownership of their patents, or show that they haven't investigated the target's alleged infringement at all, are more likely to be considered to be using their patents in "bad faith."
WordPress for Android to Drop Gingerbread Support
WordPress.org today announced plans to drop support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread in its WordPress mobile app. The company explains that Gingerbread usage has been on a steady decline in its app, recently declining below 10 percent.
Video: Teaching Facebook to the Elderly - Digits - WSJ
I’ve been retired for 7 years and live comfortably because I was sensible enough to plan for this time in life. I also taught university students such things as using Excel to perform statistical analysis. So it’s not as if I’m some clueless idiot unable to safeguard my savings without the help of some minimum wage younger person intervening on my behalf. Neither am I overwhelmed at the prospect of using a computer.I can even proof read and spell “rise.”
With a Bit of Faith, Religious Tech Entrepreneurs Hope to Make a Splash - Digits - WSJ
But it is entrepreneurs like Mr. Hazan and others that the government and private venture capitalists are trying to support. Jerusalem Venture Partners, a VC firm which hosted this week’s startup competition for haredim, is helping two non-profit organizations – The Haredi High-Tech Forum and SifTech, a Jerusalem based entrepreneurship center, to create a mentoring program intended for haredi tech entrepreneurs. On the same day as the startup competition, the Israeli Ministry of Economy announced a new program it hopes will enable more haredi tech entrepreneurs, including 200 hours of free mentoring and grants of up to 1.7 million shekel.
Don't worry, the Pentagon's got a plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse
What would happen if the plot of The Walking Dead , or any other TV show with "Dead" in the title, came true? It turns out that the Department of Defense already has a plan for that, in a folder marked CONOP 8888 Counter-Zombie Defense. The document explains what to do should regular zombies , space zombies or, wait for it... evil magic zombies begin to attack the United States and beyond. In case you're wondering, the title page of the file does open with the phrase "This plan was not actually designed as a joke."
Logitech's Case+ is almost the perfect iPhone accessory suite -- but it'll cost you (review)
I also enjoyed using the Case+ battery pack, which fits right on top of Logitech’s case. It can charge your iPhone 5 or 5S up to 1.5 times, and it’s small enough on its own to keep in your bag until you need extra juice. Once it’s attached to Logitech’s case, the battery pack is noticeably bulky and makes it a bit difficult to fit in some pockets. But unlike other battery cases like the Mophie, Logitech’s battery case isn’t something that’s meant to stay attached to your iPhone at all times.
The 6 Things You Need to Know About Todays FCC Proposal
Plus, the FCC proposed that ISPs must report any changes in their relationships with content providers and its consumers. Added transparency on the wheelings and dealings of an ISP is a good thing. The commission also wants a public advocate to act on the behalf of the consumers. Considering that Chairman Wheeler used to be a lobbyist for cable companies, it’s tough to trust that this advocate will be culled from the masses.
This single screenshot shows why iOS is years behind Android in usability | ZDNet
Your customization options are pretty much a niche scenario. I recently got a Galaxy note and the widgets were the first thing I got rid of. Eventually, I added them back, but placed them on the third page. If you are an iPhone user, you are not gonna miss this. As much as Android makes using a smartphone feel like a powerful desktop computer in your hands, the iPhone meets the needs of most users who want a top of the line smartphone. iOS has hidden widgets you can call up with a swipe (Control Center) and you can do a variety of things, search and Siri are the same. Most of the things people need a smartphone for: calls, email, facebook, twitter, youtube, play games. Your sophisticated wiz-bang setup is for the less than 1% Steve Urkle type of users.
Google 'a Million Miles Away' From What Larry Page Dreams of
Beyond responding to what users want, Google is increasingly focusing on providing information when you need, via Google Now. Page says the search engine of his dreams — “one that gets you just the right information at the exact moment you need it with almost no effort” — is still “a million miles away.”
Qihoo’s MediaV Deal Shows Buying Power of China’s Online Giants - Digits - WSJ
Last year some of China’s biggest deals were backed by strategic investors, alongside venture capital firms: Citic Private Equity and China’s largest Internet company Tencent backed Beijing Xiaoju Technology Co., a consumer services company, while taxi-finding mobile application business Hangzhou KuaiZhi Technology Co. received capital from investors including e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
This airport CIO demands all new projects meet the SCAM test
Finally comes M for mobile, which might be the most important letter of them all. As Flowers points out, the airport is 18,000 acres, which is bigger than Manhattan. It has 7 runways, of which 4 are running constantly. He and his fellow C-suite executives do a lot of traveling, and with these kinds of requirements, you can't expect people to wait to go back to their desks to complete their work. They have to be able to do it on the fly on a mobile device and that's where the mobility element comes into play.
IBM's Watson Is Ready To See You Now--In Your Dermatologist's Office
Modernizing Medicine , a Florida-based firm which produces iPad software for electronic medical record-keeping, is partnering with IBM to integrate Watson into their software package for dermatologists . IBM says the early version of their software, which will launch later this year, is designed to speed up medical coding and note-taking for dermatologists’ offices. It uses natural language processing, and what IBM calls “hypothesis generation capabilities” when treating patients with possible skin cancers and other dermatological conditions. Watson will be available to dermatologists through either a dedicated iPad app or a web portal.
Shutterbug Delight! Amazon giving away 9 paid photo apps for free today
In what is becoming an almost weekly occurrence, Amazon is giving away a number of applications for free on Friday. As part of its Free App of the Day program, Amazon is offering up 9 apps centered around a common theme: photography. If you’re the type who likes to take unique photos or edit them with cool effects and filters then you’ll want to hop on these immediately.
Google Glass, Get It While It Lasts
Google is ramping up its efforts to get its wearable computer onto as many heads as possible by opening up Glass for general sale. The wearables are still in beta (and still cost $1,500), but anyone can buy a pair now.
will.i.am - home
Frontman for pop supergroup The Black Eyed Peas (selling 33MM albums and 58 million singles worldwide), will.i.am is a multi-faceted musician and entertainer. will.i.am’s latest album #willpower has already charted a top 10 hit single and will feature artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Nicole Scherzinger, Waka Flocka Flame, Diddy, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Baby Kaely and Miley Cyrus. Throughout the course of his career, will.i.am has won 8 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and 1 Billboard Music Award. Bring the action.
The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site
David Fowler (lead developer for ASP.NET vNext) begins a series of posts describing the ASP.NET vNext framework goals and the overall architecture.
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MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour
The all-new live show MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated SBS series MYTHBUSTERS will tour Australia for the first time, kicking off in Melbourne August 16, 2014.
Diapers.com Founder Could Raise $50 Million or More for New Startup
Less than a year after the former CEO of Diapers.com parent company, Quidsi, left Amazon along with his co-founder Vinit Bharara, he has spoken with investors about raising funds for a new digital commerce startup, according to multiple people familiar with his plans.
Tunnel vision: how an obsessed explorer found and lost the world's oldest subway
Diamond persuaded Brooklyn Union Gas Company to open the manhole and lend him an oxygen tank. He climbed into the 2-foot gap under the street and crawled for about 50 feet until he reached what appeared to be a dead end. He noticed, however, that the dirt didn’t quite reach the ceiling. Just beyond reach was a concrete wall plugged up with bricks and stones, which he broke through using a crowbar. Suddenly, cold air rushed in from the massive chamber on the other side. "I was just laying there on my stomach laughing into the walkie-talkie because I couldn’t talk," he says. "I was so shocked that it was really there."
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
“I would have done this differently. I would have taken the time to consider the future,” said Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who said the proposal can’t allow for clear fast lanes for the most privileged companies. She said she supported a proposal allowing the agency to consider questions on how it could prevent certain Web sites from being blocked, in addition to figuring out the overall oversight of broadband Internet providers.
DNA from skull links Ice Age girl to Native Americans alive today
Carbon-dating of her teeth and isotope data from crystals that formed on her bones helped study authors determine that the girl lived 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in what would have been a very parched environment. They believe she was probably searching for water when she entered a dark, underground cave and then plummeted 100 feet into the massive chamber now called Hoyo Negro, or black hole.
STA Travel Cancels All 'Unethical' SeaWorld Tours
Unfortunately, like most zoological institutions, we are sometimes targeted by animal activist groups that are opposed to the display of animals and too often trade in charges that are completely baseless. There is no higher priority for SeaWorld than the safety of our employees and guests and the welfare of our animals. SeaWorld operates under both federal and state animal welfare law, including the Animal Welfare Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and other statutes. We set the highest standards in the zoological community for the care and interpretation of marine mammals.
Inside the Push to Get All 32 World Cup Teams on Twitter
"Most of Twitter users in Iran follow the people who are are verified and since it's a month before World Cup, I think Iranian Twitter users will really love it that their football players are on Twitter," Mohammadi says, before adding: "I asked them to put pictures and selfies."
How sampling transformed music
Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.
Someone Shelled Out $2.1 Billion for Red Lobster. Here's What They Got, in Fish
Golden Gate has its work cut out for it with Red Lobster, which has been losing popularity in recent years as consumers flock to cheaper fast casual alternatives like Chipotle and Panera. Still, the company is getting some assets too, including a nationally recognized name (though one that's often ridiculed) and 800 locations.
Teen Breaks Guinness World Record for Fastest Texting
In honor of beating the world record, the company released an update to its Android app, including a World Record Challenge contest. Over the next two weeks, users are being asked to beat Fernandes' world record. The top scorer receives a new Nexus 5 and the 10 runners-up receive a copy of the latest Guinness Book of World Records. The app is currently free for 45 days and available on Google Play .