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There's a Place in the Utah Desert Where People Pretend to Live on Mars
Deep in the remote Utah is the Mars Desert Research Station, where people come from all over the world to simulate manned missions to the Red Planet.
The Dramatic Fight for Marriage Equality Gets an HBO Documentary
HBO released its first trailer Friday for "The Case Against 8," the award-winning documentary that follows the dramatic legal victory for same-sex marriage.
Apple v. Samsung: tech's most vicious patent war returns to court
One trial wasn't enough: After Apple's billion-dollar victory over Samsung back in 2012, the two tech titans have returned to court two years later to slug it out again, this time over more device patents. Will Apple's appeals to its perceived originality and innovation be enough to convince the judge of awarding a second victory? Watch this space for all the latest updates and drama from second trial of the century.
Apple buys LuxVue for its low-power, micro-LED display tech
Apple tacitly confirmed its purchase of LuxVue, a low-power, micro-LED display maker, in a statement today, following a TechCrunch report about the acquisition.
Dime Bag Not Included: Yes, You Can Actually Buy Willie Nelson's Old Tour Bus On Craigslist
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EVE Online Developers Announce 'Project Legion,' A New Shooter For PC
Just don’t call it Dust. CCP games, the Icelandic developer behind the maddeningly complicated EVE Online, jut announced Project Legion, a free-to-play shooter set in the EVE Universe being built by the same team behind the strange beast that is Dust 514, the company’s PS3 shooter loosely tied to the events of EVE Online. Details are scarce at this point, but this clearly extends into the same concept of expanding the EVE universe that we’re seeing in Eve: Valkyrie, CCP’s much-anticipated VR title.
#AskWSJD: How Do I Get Cool Photo Effects on an iPhone? - Personal Tech News - WSJ
Unfortunately for Daniel and anyone else who doesn’t buy the newest HTC One, there are no apps for phones running iOS, Android or even Windows Phone that offer the same feature. There are plenty of great photo apps out there that offer a feature called “tilt-shift,” however, that blur certain parts of a picture to simulate the effect of refocusing a photo.
Foursquare To Move Check-ins Into "Swarm" App, To Focus Better On Local Discovery
In the near future, the Foursquare app is also going to go through a metamorphosis. Local search today is like the digital version of browsing through the Yellow Pages (remember those?). We believe local search should be personalized to your tastes and informed by the people you trust. The opinions of actual experts should matter, not just strangers. An app should be able answer questions like ‘give me a great date dinner spot’ and not just ‘tell me the nearest gas station.’ We’re right now putting the final touches on this new, discovery-focused version of Foursquare. It’ll be polished and ready for you later this summer.
The Latest Twitter Hack: Talking To Yourself
Of course, it's not as if the blue line is ushering in some totally new way of communicating. Prior to this tweet-at-yourself era, when someone had a thought that wouldn't fit into 140 characters, they might indicate a string of connected ideas by serializing the messages: 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, and so on. The less organized among us might tweet out related ideas in rapid-fire succession, hoping followers would see them all in one glance. But both methods were cumbersome and only worked in a small window of time. Only the more profound Twitter rants might get Storified, like Marc Andreessen's February opus on the future of media , and thus seen by a wider audience. Teju Cole’s three-hour span would have just never worked.
U.S. tech companies to warn customers about government data requests going forward
Tech companies — Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple among them — have grown increasingly alarmed about government data gathering procedures, in which they receive subpoenas for customer information stored in their cloud systems but are told not to inform their customers about the searches.
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NASA's New Spacesuit Design Looks Like Something From 'Tron'
As engineers and scientists work hard to build technologies that astronauts could one day use to live and work on Mars, the future of spacesuits is looking stylish too. Or at least, fittingly, like something out of a science-fiction movie.
Samsung NX Mini Is the Perfect Camera for the Selfie-Obsessed [REVIEW]
The $449 NX Mini I tested comes with a 9mm "pancake" prime lens (24mm equivalent in 35mm format). For group selfies, this lens is excellent, since it allows more people and more background to fit into a picture. But for regular, non-selfie shots, I found myself missing a broader range of focal lengths. If a zoom lens is really important to you, Samsung also sells the NX Mini with a 9-27mm lens for an extra $100.
How Big Data Can Predict the Success of Your Startup
If utilized correctly, big data can be a huge predictor of success, both in terms of your organization and the types of workers who’ll stick around and create results. While you may be an up-and-coming startup now, don’t discount that immense value big data can provide you with for the long-haul.
White House Report On Big Data Calls For Email Privacy Reform | TechCrunch
The White House this week released a report on big data in which it calls for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The act, which should in fact be called the Electronic Communications Lack Of Privacy Act, is sorely in need of reform .
Physics students design real-world Star Wars deflector shields
And something similar already exists — in the form of the Earth's own ionosphere. "The Earth's atmosphere is made up of several distinct layers, one of which is the ionosphere. The ionosphere is a plasma, and extends from roughly 50km above the surface of the Earth to the edge of space," student Alexander Toohie explained. "Just like the plasma described in our paper, it reflects certain frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, in this case radio frequencies. Radio communications and RADAR can be beamed upwards toward the sky where it will be reflected back down toward the Earth. This method can be used to send communications over the horizon where radio transmissions would not normally be capable of reaching, much like using a mirror to look around a corner."
Kaspersky Lab execs depart amid dispute over business strategy
Eugene Kaspersky, in an emailed statement, praised Orenberg and his team for helping shape the success of the anti-virus software maker in the United States, saying they "made the impossible possible." However he added that "in evaluating our business and in creating a plan to move forward in the U.S., we had a disagreement about business strategy."
Cloudyn introduces first-of-a-kind enterprise chargeback edition
Enterprise companies with complex cloud deployments can now regain control of and optimize their cloud with Cloudyn’s Enterprise Chargeback Edition. The industry-first offering enables IT managers and C-level executives to allocate costs and optimize deployments across multiple business units from a single dashboard.
11 Tips to Boost Your Android Phone's Battery Life
3. Turn unnecessary hardware radios off. It's great that today's phones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeable, fast. If your phone has a power control widget, you can use it to quickly turn on/off GPS (the largest power drain), NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. On stock Android, swipe down to bring up the Notification bar, and then tap the icon on the top right corner.
DARPA is working on its own deep-learning project for natural-language processing
Automated, deep natural-language processing (NLP) technology may hold a solution for more efficiently processing text information and enabling understanding connections in text that might not be readily apparent to humans. DARPA created the Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text (DEFT) program to harness the power of NLP. Sophisticated artificial intelligence of this nature has the potential to enable defense analysts to efficiently investigate orders of magnitude more documents, which would enable discovery of implicitly expressed, actionable information within those documents.
Data Point: People Still Like to Read a Good (Printed) Book - Digits - WSJ
Very interesting piece. An older person here who loves his computer, iPhone, etc. Use my Kindle for our occasional trips. Fits nicely on the treadmill. Just much easier to deal with a conventional book at home. Stop reading and throw a 3×5 card in it. Quickly open to the same place. Much easier to read material in book format when you have charts, maps, data, etc. to refer to on another page in the book. Don’t have to plug my book in, clean the screen, have its version become extinct, etc. Looking to me like books will be around for a long time.
Samsung attempts to preempt Apple's Healthbook launch with a health-focused event of its own in late May
That being said, it does reek of desperation that Samsung felt the need to try and co-opt Apple’s WWDC and its supposed announcement of “Healthbook”. If they were truly confident in their product, which as you said has a year advantage, then I don’t think they would need to pull this lame game. The truth is more to the point that both Samsung and Apple are doing their normal thing. Samsung rushes to the market with a half-baked response to competition (in this case Fitibt et al.) while Apple takes its time to release a better product. Samsung instead of spending time, effort, and money on improving their product instead pumps copious amounts of cash into marketing and gimmicks. If Apple’s Healthbook is a success then a year after Apple releases Healthbook Samsung will change their health product to emulate Apple’s, possibly right down to the icons and graphics.
Windows XP Gets A Surprise Patch From Microsoft
Microsoft axed official support for the lumbering XP, but an Internet Explorer bug has prompted it to issue one last update.
Hootsuite takes social media data to a visual level on desktop & mobile
“ HootSuite today announced uberVU Boards , a new data visualization tool which allows users to create customized, action-oriented data views by pinning adjustable widgets into unique dashboards. uberVU Boards allows users to quickly identify business insights from key analytics and aggregate data points for real-time sharing of what matters most to them. Unlike traditional data visualization technologies, Boards has been designed so that any user can easily identify a metric, pin it to a dashboard and generate a report with just one click.”
ZeniMax challenges Oculus VR’s ownership of virtual reality tech
Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality startup Oculus VR has already encountered its first hurdle, with Oculus’ Chief Technology Officer John Carmack accused of stealing key intellectual property from his former employer id Software, the studio that he co-founded.
Exclusive - Comcast nears deal to stream EA games to TVs: sources
After two years of testing, Comcast and EA, are close to reaching an agreement to stream video games such as "FIFA" and "Madden," into the living rooms of some of Comcast's more-than 22 million customers across the United States, said the sources, who declined to speak publicly before a deal had been struck.
Report: Twitter Testing Mute for Annoying Tweeters
To see if you've been selected for a test run, visit any user's profile on your mobile app, then click the gear icon; if available, the mute option will appear at the top of the menu. It's unclear if the micro-blogging site will eventually open access to all users. Twitter, like many sites, often tests out features that never see the light of day.
Antitrust suit accuses Google of stifling search innovation - CNET
The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for Northern California, accuses the Web giant of using its purchase of the Android operating system to maintain the monopoly through secret agreements with device makers to load its own suite of applications on their devices. Google has the agreements, called Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs), with essentially all Android vendors, as revealed during its trial against Oracle in 2012, and it has provided funding, technical support, and other assistance to partners facing lawsuits.
How Disney's Imagineers Keep The Magic Ideas Coming
You have got to be kidding me. Mr. Rummell NEVER understood the Disney culture and way of doing things. Projects that were initiated and carried forward to completion during his tenure happened DESPITE his involvement (or non-involvement, as was more likely the case). His team of executives did their best to transform Imagineering into yet another real estate development company, run by the numbers, not the quality of the ideas. It remains a testament to the dedication of the Imagineers and their resolve NOT to see that transformation take place that Imagineering designed and built the projects mentioned in this article. Rummell had a habit of walking into meetings filled with creative people, giving the room a quick scan, then making a beeline for the highest executive, utterly ignoring anyone of lowly stature. I'm glad that he seems to understand and value the process now, but he certainly didn't give that impression at the time.
San Francisco’s Google Buses Attacked in Lawsuit
The Google Inc. (GOOG) shuttle buses that have become a focal point for social justice protests in San Francisco ought to be outlawed, a community group and a municipal employee union said in a lawsuit against the city.
Minneapolis Comic Con brings out fans' inner geeks
Nerd-culture enthusiast Adam Wells of Minneapolis admits to being "boisterous and emotionally out there." But this weekend, he will be cool and collected, in a dark suit and aviator glasses, the very model of a modern Marvel superhero-type character -- the dignified Agent Phil Coulson .
Google Buys Rangespan to Step Up Battle With Amazon - Digits - WSJ
The deal fits Google’s strategy in an ongoing battle against Amazon to be the place where shoppers go to search for things to buy and where merchants go to reach those consumers. Amazon has grabbed more product searches from Google in recent years, taking some lucrative advertising opportunities away from the Internet giant.
When the Government Seems to Take Over Your Phone
Yes, you can turn them off, though I personally recommend against doing so, since they could save your life or the lives of others. On your iPhone, go to Settings, then Notification Center, and scroll all the way to the bottom. You’ll see a section called “Government Alerts” that will allow you to turn the different types on or off. On Android phones, the method for disabling these alerts can vary from model to model and brand to brand. On the latest Samsung Galaxy phone, the S5, you will find the controls in Settings, Applications, then Messages, then Emergency Alerts.
Google aims for purity with Android Silver
Narcotta noted that Google's use of the name "Nexus" doesn't indicate the device is "Android," which Android Silver could help improve on -- assuming that's the final name. The way products from Nexus are branded is with the name "Google" on the device's startup screen or the name of the manufacturer, such as Asus, in the example of the Nexus 7 tablet.
The Gigaom interview: How NASA's Curiosity team prepares for Mars, and maybe someday the moon
More rovers! I’ve been lucky enough to be a rover guy my whole time here with JPL and certainly hope we do more rovers. We’re now working on a project for the Mars 2020 (mission), trying to build a very similar rover and leverage the design we have for Curiosity. I would like to see us to go to the surface of other planets, Europa, back to the moon. I’d love to work on a lunar mission myself because they’re different challenges. Mars is great and there’s still lots to be learned there, and I hope to see more Mars rovers go. But, you know, it’d be fun to do lunar rovers. There’s good science to do there, a good precursor for people to go to the moon again. There’s other places out there that would be so cool to go to.
Oracle, Oregon Officials Once Discussed Faulty Website Technology As Healthcare.gov Fix
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On at least one occasion, technology behind Oregon's faulty health insurance website was discussed as a possible fix for problems that initially beset Healthcare.gov, the federal insurance exchange that underpins Obamacare.
Top jobs of the week in tech: Synectics, Zappos.com and more
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Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.
This Island Is The First In The World To Be Powered Fully By Wind And Water
With the opening of a new wind farm next month, El Hierro, population just over 10,000, will become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient through combined wind and water power. The five wind turbines will provide 11.5 megawatts of power, enough to meet the demand of the population and the desalination plants on this small crop of land off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Get your next eye exam on a smartphone
Thirty-nine million people in the world are blind, and the majority lost their sight due to curable and preventable diseases. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come by? TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous demos a smartphone app and cheap hardware that might help.
11 Video Games From The 1980s That Are Better Than Games Today
We combed through the best video games of the '80s, and we discovered that those old games still have a ton of life left in them.
Chris Cox has been promoted at Facebook. Techcrunch reports: "The new title won’t come with any organizational change, but cements the 31-year-old Cox as a leader of Facebook alongside COO Sheryl Sandberg. Mark Zuckerberg delivered the news to the company in an internal announcement this afternoon."
How to Tell When Someone Is Lying
People lie all the time. According to the psychologist Robert Feldman, who has spent more than four decades studying the phenomenon, we lie, on average, three times during a routine ten-minute conversation with a stranger or casual acquaintance. Hardly anyone refrains from lying altogether, and some people report lying up to twelve times within that time span. I might open a conversation, for instance, by saying how nice it is to meet someone—when I’m really not at all happy about it. I might go on to say that I grew up in Boston—a lie, technically, since I really grew up in a small town about forty minutes outside the city. I could say that the person’s work sounds fascinating, when it’s no such thing, or compliment him on his (drab) tie or his (awful) shirt. And if the person mentions loving a certain downtown restaurant where I’ve had a terrible experience? I’m likely to just smile and nod and say, Yes, great place. Trust me: we often lie without giving it so much as a second thought.
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
As Heine, Norenzayan, and Henrich furthered their search, they began to find research suggesting wide cultural differences almost everywhere they looked: in spatial reasoning, the way we infer the motivations of others, categorization, moral reasoning, the boundaries between the self and others, and other arenas. These differences, they believed, were not genetic. The distinct ways Americans and Machiguengans played the ultimatum game, for instance, wasn’t because they had differently evolved brains. Rather, Americans, without fully realizing it, were manifesting a psychological tendency shared with people in other industrialized countries that had been refined and handed down through thousands of generations in ever more complex market economies. When people are constantly doing business with strangers, it helps when they have the desire to go out of their way (with a lawsuit, a call to the Better Business Bureau, or a bad Yelp review) when they feel cheated. Because Machiguengan culture had a different history, their gut feeling about what was fair was distinctly their own. In the small-scale societies with a strong culture of gift-giving, yet another conception of fairness prevailed.
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The unstoppable walk to political reform
Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.
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Will This Fly?: A Primer on Drone Laws
Next year at the earliest. The FAA plans to put its proposed rules on commercial drone use up for public comment later this year; the public comment period usually lasts at least 60 days. Congress has dictated that the FAA has to come up with a plan for safety integration of drones by September 2015. That doesn't necessarily mean that there will be new laws at that point. "You're talking about integrating unmanned vehicles into the most complex, busiest airspace in the world," says Dorr.
Tornadoes, Dust Storms and Floods: What the Hell Happened This Week?
First, let’s take the blocking pattern itself. Some meteorologists and climate scientists suspect that global warming is leading to more amplified, or wavy, jet stream patterns like the one we saw this week. This can prolong weather events and lead to more extreme events. One such scientist, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, has published several studies arguing that rapid climate change in the Arctic, where temperatures are increasing twice as fast as the rest of the world, is behind the jet stream changes in the northern midlatitudes.