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Anna Kendrick challenges James Corden to a 'Pitch Perfect' sing-off

Anna Kendrick visits the "Late Late Show with James Corden" where she challenges him to a "Pitch Perfect" duel.

Virtual reality theme park will give visitors 'Matrix'-like powers - CNET

The Void makes virtual reality a little more real through a series of customizable rooms that add another dimension to gaming.

Nintendo is reviving its World Championship competition after 25 years

As Nintendo prepares for E3 this year, it's kicking things off early for fans by announcing the return of the Nintendo World Championship. The event will be the first of its kind in 25 years, and...

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Explore the monotony of Facebook notifications.

C.H.I.P. Eyes Raspberry Pi With $9 PC

The mini machine soared past its Kickstarter goal in its first week.

Seven Sega Saturn oddities you never played

It was 20 years ago today that Sega released the Sega Saturn, the US video game industry's first and only surprise console release. Tom Kalinske, Sega of

Sony put a Bluetooth speaker in an LED light bulb

Lights and music are a time-tested combination, and now Sony finally offers them in one product. (The Rolly doesn't count.) Sony has just announced the LED Light Bulb Speaker in Japan, a Bluetooth...

Californian Senate honors Kendrick Lamar as a 'generational icon'

Kendrick Lamar is a platinum-selling artist, a leading light of hip-hop, and a cultural icon. He's also, thanks to the California State Senate, an official icon. Earlier this week the government...

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a jawdropping ode to the road (spoiler-free review) - CNET

Actors Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron jam the pedal to the metal in this stunningly painted, sandblasted future of fire and blood.

Deflategate memes blow up with Tom Brady suspension - CNET

The suspended Patriots quarterback will have to sit at home for the first four games of next season thinking about what he's (allegedly) done. As always, the Internet swoops in to remind him.

On the front lines of humanity’s high-tech, global war on rats

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Woody Allen: I don't own a computer - CNET

Technically Incorrect: The famed director reportedly says he's sad that people now watch movies on tiny screens and regrets signing a deal to make a TV series for Amazon.

SpaceX is inviting us to Mars with some retro travel posters

SpaceX has released some vintage-style posters that are undoubtedly breaking hearts everywhere that we can’t hop on a spaceship to Mars for a vacation.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro engine specs and pictures leak early

The base-spec Camaro will now come equipped with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder developing 270 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. The mid-range version will feature a newly-developed 3.6 liter V6 making 330 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque. It’s presumed this engine is the same as the upcoming CT6’s base powertrain.

The most unforgettable 'Mad Men' fashion moments

The look: Plaid dress Background: Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) finally moves into her own office at McCann Erickson and realizes that for the first time, everything is under her control. Why it's iconic: "Plaid was always a signature of Peggy from the beginning. I wanted to keep that throughout the series for her. We found a dress for this scene that was ten sizes too big. I purchased it because of the fabric. We reworked it and put a different skirt. In the end it's this iconic look where she's wearing her sunglasses with a cigarette. It's one of my all-time favorite moments. The energy, the confidence, everything."

What would be your name if you were born today?

Oh man, according to this funny little gizmo over at I would’ve been named Langston if I was born today, and Butler if I was born in 1910.

Seven great smartphones you can't buy in the US | ZDNet

Summary: The US has no shortage of attractive smartphones at the moment, from cheap-but-featured packed Androids to the latest flagships from the big names. But not all the best devices are available Stateside. Here are some of the best handsets that are just out of reach for Americans.

The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

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Want to be happy? Be grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

The danger of science denial

Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

There Is Growing Evidence that Our Universe Is a Giant Hologram

So. If this depiction of space is correct, then like any computer, there is an inherent limit to the universe’s data storage and processing capacity. What’s more, that limit should bear telltale signatures—so-called “holographic noise”—that we can measure.

America's native prisoners of war

Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)

10 TED Talks for when you feel totally burned out

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

Hackers: the Internet's immune system

The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.

Hawking: Computers will overtake humans within 100 years - CNET

As reported by Techworld , he said: "Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours."

The media's reaction to Seymour Hersh's bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful

Hersh’s many critics, almost word-for-word , gave the same perfunctory two-sentence nod to his best-known achievements—breaking the My Lai massacre in 1969 (for which he won the Pulitzer) and exposing the Abu Ghraib torture scandal 35 years later—before going on to call him every name in the book: “conspiracy theorist,” “off the rails,” “crank.” Yet most of this criticism, over the thousands of words written about Hersh’s piece in the last week, has amounted to “That doesn’t make sense to me,” or “That’s not what government officials told me before,” or “How are we to believe his anonymous sources?”

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

Indeed, larger cultural trends will probably make it a challenge to appeal to a broader section of the public. As commercial websites have risen to prominence, online life has moved away from open, self-governed crowdsourcing communities like the one that runs Wikipedia, says Clay Shirky, a professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Shirky was one of the biggest boosters of an idea, popular during the previous decade, that the Web encouraged strangers to come together and achieve things impossible for a conventional organization. Wikipedia is proof there was some truth to that notion. But today’s Web is dominated by sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where people maintain personal, egocentric feeds. Outside specific settings like massive multiplayer games, relatively few people mingle in shared virtual space. Instead, they use mobile devices that are unsuited to complex creative work and favor neatly self-­contained apps over messier, interconnected Web pages. Shirky, who is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation, says people steeped in that model will struggle to understand how and why they should contribute to Wikipedia or any project like it.

My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son

On one afternoon, we went to the field where we so often played football — tackle, of course — as we were set on replicating the brawn and bravado that we watched each Sunday on our televisions. This time, however, the field was closed. The fence bolted by a lock that could not be snapped. One friend, whose long, blond hair dangled gently over his eyes, tossed the football to me, and immediately began to climb the fence. I watched him: the ease with which he lifted one foot over another, the indifference of his disposition to the fact that this was an area we were quite clearly not supposed to enter. I remember hearing the soft, distant echo of a police siren. Perhaps a few blocks away. Perhaps headed in a different direction. I couldn’t be sure, but I knew better than to ignore it. He reached the other side, and looked back, beckoning the rest of us to join him. I held the football in my hand, looking at him through the chain link fence between us. It was at this moment I realized how different he and I were, before I had the words to explain them to either him or myself.

Life at 30,000 feet

Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

What's it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains.

Non-gamers love to stereotype the world of competitive gaming. But what’s it really like? We asked a former competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee player to tell us her story.

This gadget makes your cheap beer taste like an expensive draft pour

It's 4:15 in the afternoon, and I'm standing in a conference room in my office. I've had more than a few beers. My normal day is a little less Don Draper, but on this particular afternoon I'm testing out the Fizzics, a quirky little gadget that promises to improve the flavor of any beer by creating a perfect foam head with the help of a medical-grade  oscillating sound pressure wave generator .

The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

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.

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter that could revolutionize how we use energy

They did it by taking a crystalline arrangement of carbon-60 molecules — or buckyballs — and inserting, or doping, the substance with atoms of rubidium, a type of alkali metal. The scientists could then control the distance and pressure between the buckyballs by manipulating the rubidium atoms to tune the substance's phases — sort of like how you can change a solid into a liquid by dislodging the atoms from their rigid structure.

Web IQ Quiz

Test your knowledge of technology and the web by taking our short 12-question quiz. When you finish, you will be able to compare your “Web IQ” with the average online American based on the results of our nationally representative survey of 1,066 adult internet users conducted September 12-18. You can also see how your results compare to online Americans based on age, gender and education.

We might be destroying the universe just by looking at it

It's not often that astronomy goes well with the book of Genesis. But this is a theory that evokes the line, "But of the tree of the knowledge, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." In this theory, knowledge doesn't just kill you — it kills the entire universe. Indeed, one physicist speculates that continuous observation of the universe might put it into a state that will destroy us all.

Rise Of The Drones: A Legal Perspective

Innovation in drone technology is a positive sign for the commercial sector, but current FAA regulations are keeping its drone from taking off, says lawyer Brendan Schulman. Subscribe to FORBES: Check out our full video catalog: Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: For more FORBES content:

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Humanity weeps as Candy Crush Saga comes preinstalled with Windows 10

The Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga was first demonstrated at Microsoft's Build conference earlier this month, and served as something of a showcase for Microsoft's  Project Islandwood and Project Astoria initiatives.  Islandwood allows iOS developers to bring their apps over to Windows via an Objective C toolchain and middleware layer. While some recompiling is still required, it should make the process of porting apps easier for a large number of iOS developers. Things are easier still for Android developers, with Windows Mobile including an Android runtime layer that'll let most existing apps run unmodified. Notably, the new Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga will include cross-play options for iOS and Android devices.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is like an open-world, playable Game of Thrones

Part of the reason is the top-level storytelling, which, much like Game of Thrones , constantly keeps you on edge with its brutality. Even the simplest-sounding quest will have elements of death or betrayal, and even though I eventually learned that bad things would happen basically all the time, these scenes still managed to catch me off guard. In one of the early villages I encountered, for example, a woman asked me to help her find her missing frying pan. I found two corpses while getting it back. And that's just a basic quest, as things get much more brutal from there. There's even a scene that can only be described as the Red Wedding with bears, and it's just as awful as that sounds. Luckily, the drama also lets up every now and then, with some refreshing doses of self-aware humor. While this is a world where corpses hang from trees and stillborn babies can turn into monsters, it's also one where you can have awkward sex with a sorceress on top of a stuffed unicorn .

Facebook taking on eBay, now showing all second-hand goods

Facebook is testing out a new option in news feed that shows a unified view of items on sale across user groups and adds the ability to search public groups.

Snapchat's CEO on the question he's asked the most: 'Why didn't you sell?'

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel came full circle on Friday when he gave the commencement speech at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. The 24-year-old entrepreneur dropped out of Stanford University three years ago, just three classes shy of graduating.

Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane | WIRED

When an employee with United Airlines’ Cyber Security Intelligence Department became aware of the tweet, he contacted the FBI and told agents that Roberts would be on a second flight going from Chicago to Syracuse. Although the particular plane Roberts was on at the time the agents seized him in New York was not equipped with an inflight entertainment system like the kind he had previously told the FBI he had hacked, the plane he had flown earlier from Denver to Chicago did have the same system.

Infosys CEO On Mission To Transform His Company Into Design Thinkers

What he means by that is thinking beyond the boundaries of the defined process to look for something new — to think more like a startup. Sikka says his first nine months have been amazing, but very different from his experience working at SAP for 11 years.

Tech Women Choose Possibility

I reached out to about 100 women tech entrepreneurs across the country and asked for their help in shaping this perspective. Through a simple survey, coupled with public data collection, a picture starts to emerge of some of the women who are and have been building tech companies successfully in the Valley for the last 20 years. To see the full list, or to add your own data as a female founder or growth CEO, please click here .

Why 30 is not the new 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.

Forget Social Media! Build Your Very Own Website

Sure, my site costs more than the sum total of all my social-media accounts, but it’s a lot more permanent and I’m in the driver’s seat. If I want to change a photo or text, or even change out the entire design—I’m just a click or two away. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go share the link to my beautiful, new website on Facebook and Twitter.

A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Can we edit the content of our memories? It’s a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but — more importantly — why they do this. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Charlize Theron’s ‘Mad Max’ Badass Is the Female Superhero We’ve Been Waiting For

We meet her in George Miller’s face-meltingly epic action sequel as Mad Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) does: With her head shaved and her brow inked in the grease-smeared war paint of the Wasteland, Charlize Theron’s tightly-coiled Furiosa has masked herself in androgyny in order to command a squad of War Boys at the wheel of a nitrous-fueled War Rig.


But the mapmaker would have run into a problem: The vagaries of wind, sea and imperfect records inevitably threw off the measurements, so that upon completing his vicarious journey, the mapmaker wouldn’t land exactly on his starting spot. So he would have had to nudge his ports around to spread out the error. If he did the same thing again using a different set of sailing records, he would end up with ports in slightly different locations, and he would need to tweak the results again. No two of his charts would be exactly the same, and none would be quite right. The mystery is how he managed to reconcile all this contradictory, incomplete information into one brilliantly precise chart of the Mediterranean that allowed mariners to visualize, for the first time, the sea on which they’d spent their lives sailing. 

How to Be Polite

Because nearly everyone in the world believes their job to be difficult. I once went to a party and met a very beautiful woman whose job was to help celebrities wear Harry Winston jewelry. I could tell that she was disappointed to be introduced to this rumpled giant in an off-brand shirt, but when I told her that her job sounded difficult to me she brightened and spoke for 30 straight minutes about sapphires and Jessica Simpson. She kept touching me as she talked. I forgave her for that. I didn’t reveal a single detail about myself, including my name. Eventually someone pulled me back into the party. The celebrity jewelry coordinator smiled and grabbed my hand and said, “I like you!” She seemed so relieved to have unburdened herself. I counted it as a great accomplishment. Maybe a hundred times since I’ve said, “wow, that sounds hard” to a stranger, always to great effect. I stay home with my kids and have no life left to me, so take this party trick, my gift to you.

IGN's 2015 TV Show Obituary: Here's What Got Cancelled - IGN

Welcome to the 2015 edition of the IGN TV Show Obituary, formerly known as the "Endangered Series" list. With all of the broadcast networks having announced their 2015-2016 lineups this past week (and thus making their final renewal and cancellation decisions) it's time to put another endangered list to bed...

Slot machines perfected addictive gaming. Now, tech wants their tricks

You can play a slot machine in Las Vegas before you’ve even reached baggage claim: there are tiny slots parlors in every terminal of McCarran International Airport. Once you pick up your rental car, you can stop for gas and play slots at a convenience store. And that’s all before you’ve even reached your hotel-casino, which — if it follows the modern standard — dedicates roughly 80 percent of its gaming floor to slots, and only 20 percent to table games.

Exclusive: Apple Pursues DNA Data | MIT Technology Review

Atul Butte, leader of the UCSF study and head of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences, said he could not comment on Apple’s involvement. “The first five [ResearchKit] studies have been great and are showing how fast Apple can recruit. I and many others are looking at types of trials that are more sophisticated,” Butte says. Noting that the genetic causes of premature birth aren’t well understood, he says, “I look forward to the day when we can get more sophisticated data than activity, like DNA or clinical data.”

Why People In Finance And Insurance Are The Unhappiest Employees

"Lately [I] have felt no matter how much work [I] do, it is not recognized, only the bad things are brought to light and blown out of proportion," said one. Another employee stated, "Come review time, all is forgotten, and I'm only reminded about a few things I could have done better. Maybe it’s to make me grow, maybe it’s because you know it'll keep me working hard to try to please someone, either way its depressing." Another respondent said that one or two people may say, "Good job," but for the most part, this person feels "as if the perception of me is that I am a waste of cubicle space."

How To Master The Art Of Taking Better Notes

To be sure, "people often err on the side of writing too little as opposed to writing too much," says Weimer. But unless you’re a court stenographer, you probably don’t have the ability to get it all down verbatim. Instead, focus on the answers to the questions you’ve jotted down, or things that have particular resonance for you. If possible, "put it in your own words," says Weimer. While a journalist wants an exact quote, for most things in life, the point is more important than the phrasing, and by putting the concept in a way that makes sense to you, "you’re making your notes your own."

This is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

There's a reason that GM took to Belle Isle for this particular unveiling: besides the fact that GM headquarters can be seen a mile away on the Detroit skyline, Belle Isle is hosting a Grand Prix in two weeks' time where IndyCar drivers will negotiate the twists and turns of the island's road course. This weekend, Chevy is using that same course to demonstrate the new Camaro's chops on the track. (Stay tuned for those impressions in the coming days.)

How to spot a counterfeit bill - Tien Nguyen

Authentic dollar bills are equipped with many security features to make them difficult to forge. But that doesn’t stop counterfeiters from trying to fool people with fakes. Luckily, anyone can help catch a counterfeit; all you need are a few simple tools and a bit of chemistry. Tien Nguyen details the chemistry behind counterfeit cash.

How early 20th century America played and worked, in color

Finally, a number of Autochromes here depict a bustling New York City. In 1930, New York was the most heavily populated urban area in the world. Skyscrapers were first seen at the turn of the century, made possible by the invention of the elevator by Elisha Otis, and the use of steel frameworks. They housed New York's businesses and offices in a city short on living space. These images show New York as it entered the full decade of the Great Depression.

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