Great Scott! Back to the Future's Doc Brown is in the latest Lego Dimensions trailer
Christopher Lloyd has donned his Hawaiian shirt and blown-back hair once more in the latest trailer for Lego Dimensions.
A tribute to David Letterman, lover of striped ties
A look at David Letterman's striped ties throughout the years.
David Letterman's final broadcast was as subversive, as punk rock, as ever
Before Dave, Alka-Seltzer suits lowered into water tanks and Larry "Bud" Melman and picking on Oprah Winfrey were subversive.
Microsoft is overhauling Outlook.com with a new look and features
Microsoft is migrating its Outlook.com email service over to Office 365 soon, and with it will come a new interface and features. In a significant overhaul of Outlook.com, Microsoft is adding 13...
Ford Makes Backing Up a Trailer as Easy as Turning a Knob | WIRED
Ford has a new feature for the 2016 F-150 that makes backing a trailer as easy as turning a knob.
1940s jazz cover of 'Lovefool' might be better than the original
The classic 90s anthem "Lovefool" by The Cardigans gets a jazz-era reboot from Postmodern Jukebox.
Why we're right to be cynical about that 'Mad Men' final scene
Matthew Weiner thinks we're looking at it all wrong. Here's why that's not true.
See David Letterman's star-studded final Top 10 List
Celebrities like Tina Fey, Steve Martin and Bill Murray helped David Letterman deliver his final 'Late Show' top 10 list.
Space Engine - Home page
SpaceEngine - a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets - all available for exploration. You can land any planet, moon or asteroid and watch alien landscapes and celestial phenomena. You can even pilot starships and atmospheric shuttles.
Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units
The Chromebook is a computer which runs Google Chrome OS, an open source, cloud-based operating system.
Chromebooks are sold by partnering manufacturers Acer and Samsung and come in several models. They are reported to boot in under 10 seconds and have an impressive battery life. Each Chromebook has built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can stay connected everywhere, and a webcam for video chat. The vibrant …
Could a 'super-Earth' be even more habitable than our own planet? - CNET
In fact, a pair of scientists have been looking into the possibility that there might be a distant planet (or a couple of them or maybe 3 billion) out there more suitable to supporting life as we know it. They even describe what such a "superhabitable" planet might look like -- a super-Earth with a mass double or triple that of our planet, orbiting in the habitable zone around a K-type dwarf star several billion years older than our sun.
7 Ways To Gracefully Exit A Conversation
Much of the stress of ending a conversation comes from knowing there are other people you should meet or say hello to. So look at the attendee list ahead of time, and figure out who these people are. Do what you can to meet them first. Hang out by the name tags if necessary. Also, knowing who you wish to speak with offers an easy end to a conversation: "Excuse me, I see my old colleague and I need to say hello."
Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet
The problem is that this kind of energy "load shifting" doesn’t save a penny for most U.S. customers, regardless of the cost of the batteries. Blame a policy known as net metering, explained in more detail below. Even in more favorable markets like Germany, the total cost for buying and installing a home battery would have to drop by almost two-thirds before load shifting would be cheaper than running rooftop panels without any batteries, according to analysis by BNEF. Tesla sees Germany and Australia as the biggest initial markets for daily-use batteries.
Obama broke Twitter world record in just 5 hours
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Why Is Need for Speed Being Rebooted? - IGN
And that's been the mission of Ghost Games all along, a new studio established specifically to guide the future of the Need for Speed franchise. The studio's first entry in the series – Need for Speed: Rivals – was released in 2013, but the studio didn't release a game last year. Asked if taking a year off was necessary to reset the series, Nilsson admits, "It wasn’t always the plan. Need for Speed has almost been an annual series for the last 20 years. But as we took ownership of Need for Speed we obviously saw the likes of The Crew, Driveclub, Forza Horizon 2, and we understood there’s a lot more energy in this genre than there has been for a long time. And now Project Cars has come out, and even though Project Cars is a different game to what Need for Speed, the focus is still on the cars […] we’re seeing an increase in the driving genre.”
Apple Stores will reportedly start selling Watch bands this week
The bands will be in limited quantities to start out with, and most of them will be fluoroelastomer Sport Bands — the ones that feel like plastic, not the ones made of metal.
Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users
The investigation led to a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult FriendFinder. The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members. It bills itself as a "thriving sex community", and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.
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How to use the Apple Watch as a remote shutter release with third-party apps - CNET
Thanks to a crafty Reddit user's discovery , you can also use the Apple Watch to take better selfies with third-party apps by tricking your iPhone into thinking you are pressing one of the volume buttons, which act as shutter-release buttons for some apps. To do so, open Snapchat or another compatible app to the camera-mode screen. Then on your Apple Watch, swipe up to access Glances and find the Music screen. Simply twist the Digital Crown and your iPhone will take a picture. You can also use the on-screen volume-up or -down button.
Google Developing ‘Brillo’ Software for Internet of Things
To that end, Google is working on technology that could run on low-powered devices, possibly with as few as 64 or 32 megabytes of random-access memory, according to people who have been briefed about the project.
Netflix doubles down on Bojack Horseman with 12 more episdes
Well, that was quick. Never bashful about doubling down on its original series, Netflix has done just that with its raucous new adult-animated series starring everybody’s favorite functioning-alcoholic horse, Bojack Horseman .
Java at 20: How it changed programming forever
But Java’s core strength was that it was built to be a practical tool for getting work done. It popularized good ideas from earlier languages by repackaging them in a format that was familiar to the average C coder, though (unlike C++ and Objective-C) Java was not a strict superset of C. Indeed it was precisely this willingness to not only add but also remove features that made Java so much simpler and easier to learn than other object-oriented C descendants.
Wave Broadband Raises $130M To Expand Its Gigabit Broadband Network On The West Coast
Wave Broadband — a broadband company that has built a gigabit fiber network with services from Washington down to California completely independent of the big carriers — is today announcing that it has raised $130 million. It plans to use the extra funds to expand that network across more cities in that footprint, and to launch new services for residential and business customers.
Google, Samsung, and 16 others move closer to killing passwords
This morning, the plot to kill the password got a little stronger. 18 different companies received an official FIDO certification for 31 different products, ranging from physical devices to login services. They're the first products to be officially certified under the specification, opening the door for interoperating services down the road. The services aren't comprehensive enough to do away with passwords entirely, and not all of them have been deployed — but once they are, anyone using the systems will have a robust alternative to simply typing in a string of characters.
YouTube adds 60fps live streaming into the mix to take on Twitch
Available from today in ‘early preview’, any time you start a 60fps stream, YouTube will transcode it into either 720p60 or 1080p60 for “silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos,” the company said. Streams will also be available at 30fps for viewers watching on a device that doesn’t support the 60fps option.
Status check on OpenStack: The open source cloud has arrived
In her research Nelson interviewed many users and vendors to get a sense of how organizations are using OpenStack. Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO of Blue Box, which offers a hosted private cloud version of OpenStack, says OpenStack has emerged as the open source alternative to proprietary cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google and VMware. Nelson said the open source nature of the project creates a perception that it will prevent against vendor lock in and mitigate expensive licensing costs.
H-P earnings top forecasts; sells stake in China operation
H-P's China sale should 'unlock organic growth,' Whitman says
Hewlett-Packard ushered in sweeping changes to its China operations before quarterly financial results that were mostly in line with forecasts.
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Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM
Chrome may be the best browser around , but it eats up your PC’s RAM like turkey on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony.
Meet the crown prince of profitable Web pranks
The type of websites that I’ve worked on that have been prank-focused humor, it isn’t all that I focus on. My larger project are all about shining light on issues that have since been forgotten. Give me a month and everyone will be talking about my latest physical product.
Amazon adds local groceries and meals to one-hour Prime Now delivery service
Prime Now and the Android or iOS apps people use to shop were announced in December last year. The service is also available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas and Miami. It can be used from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99. As the name implies, users first have to sign up for a regular Prime membership to use the service, which is priced at $99 a year.
Sold! eBay testing customer loyalty program similar to Amazon Prime
The program is known simply as eBay+, and is rolling out in Germany some time in the second half of 2015. There has been no word on when or if the program will be headed to other countries, and pricing information is not yet available, though some reports indicate that it could cost between €15 and €20 ($16-$22).
The observation deck of the tallest office building in the Western hemisphere opens next week
New York (AFP) - Testament to the regeneration of New York, nearly 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, is the new observation deck at the World Trade Center, offering spectacular views across the city.
Bundle Photo App Lands on iOS and Android
Digital cameras solved one problem and created another. Gone are the days when you had to plan to take your camera with you for special occasions — only photographers carried a camera around all the time, anyway. Today, anyone with a smartphone has a high-quality camera in their pocket all the time.
Peak Oil comic - Stuart McMillen comics
Thoroughly enjoyed the post. It is not just oil we take this approach to, we continually participate in economic behavior that has historically proven itself unsustainable. Deficits, public debt, debasement of currency — all of these things have happened ad infinitum, and yet we find ourselves in the same situation again. It is the human condition. The only thing we learn from the past is that we don’t learn from the past. Keep up the good work.
Gyrocopter pilot who landed at US Capitol faces a decade behind bars
The government worker who accidentally landed a drone on White House grounds reportedly got off easy, but Douglas Hughes isn't so lucky -- he could be locked up for nine-and-a-half years. You might remember Hughes for flying a gyrocopter from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and landing at the US Capitol in April. He was fully aware that he breached restricted airspace, but he did it to protest the influence of big money in politics, carrying one letter for each Congress member. He's now facing several charges, including flying without a certification, violating national defense airspace and operating a vehicle masquerading as a postal carrier: the tail of his gyrocopter carries a Postal Service logo, since Hughes used to work for the agency. This incident (along with the White House drone crash ) exposed gaps in the government's security, even leading to a Congressional hearing about airspace safety in DC.
MIT's Humanoid Robot Goes to Robo Boot Camp | WIRED
MIT’s Atlas won’t be the only one with the weight of the world on its shoulders come June. Tedrake’s group is competing against five other Atlases, each running different software and with a few physical modifications to the same body type. Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics made Atlas—except for its hands, which come from Robotiq—and donated it to MIT for the competition. In order to win $2 million, MIT’s robot will have one hour to open a door, turn a valve, cut a hole in a wall using a power drill, walk up some stairs, traverse rocky, unstable ground, and handle a surprise task. Oh, and it has to drive a car.
Spotify launches video, news and podcasts...are you in? (Tomorrow Daily 181) - CNET
On today's show, Khail and Ashley discuss what Spotify's motives are for adding new features like video and podcasts to their streaming service, the winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and a sea turtle with a shiny new 3D-printed jaw.
How to calibrate the Apple Watch for more accurate fitness tracking
This calibration process is not necessary for you to use the Workout or Activity apps; you can use those apps just fine without calibration. This process is recommended if you want the most accurate calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations, especially if you are exercising indoors without the aid of GPS tracking. It’s also useful if you plan to use the Watch away from the iPhone for activity tracking.
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How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla — called “the greatest geek who ever lived” — from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
Before I die I want to...
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
Anderson Cooper: Why "No Plan B" Is The Only Plan
I’m a big believer in creating your own opportunity if no one gives you one. When you work at a company, people there tend to see you a certain way. In my case, they viewed me as a fact-checker—so the notion that I could be a reporter didn’t occur to anybody. Had I asked, they would have probably said no because I wasn’t on the right career path. Sometimes you have to do something drastic to change people’s perception of you. For me, that was hatching a plan to quit my job as a fact-checker and go overseas to shoot stories by myself. I would make the stories as interesting and dangerous as possible, and then offer them to Channel One for such a low price that the stories would be hard to refuse. I knew I could live so cheaply overseas that it wouldn’t matter how little I earned. A friend agreed to make me a fake press pass and loan me his home video camera. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I figured I’d learn along the way.
“Am I dying?” The honest answer.
Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
With the help of NYT execs, Some Spider wants to spin a web of media properties
The Some Spider founder said he is also interested in more than just the e-commerce aspect of the media business, and that he started the company in part because he is fascinated by storytelling, and the power of a well-written or well-told story. “I love what we created at Diapers.com,” he said, “but I’m not sure how long it will survive. But when you tell stories, especially human ones, that’s a legacy you can leave behind.”
The Top Jobs In 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect
Tankersley and Grothaus don't understand how a project gets made in "the Hollywood Model" (which apparently has become the hot thing to talk about, since I'm seeing it bandied about everywhere -- and ironic, considering how trendy it is to criticize how Hollywood works within the media business). Directors don't hire teams. Producers hire everyone, including directors, and oversee the entire project before, during and after the actual production. They collaborate with directors to hire those who work closely with the directors, but they also hire everyone else. Producers also interface with the studio. Not directors. If anything, good producers shield their directors from studio interference. Directors are an important creative, but only one in a group of creatives who all need support and guidance from their producers. Are some directors also producers? Yes, but the vast majority are not. Please understand the Hollywood Model before pontificating how well it might work in the future.
How painting can transform communities
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
The Top 25 U.S. Cities For Jobs This Year
That’s part of the problem with cities such as San Jose, which took top honors in last year’s employee satisfaction survey. "San Jose has a very active job market and satisfied employees, ranking first for hiring opportunity and second for job satisfaction," explains Chamberlain. "However, San Jose’s overall Glassdoor Job Score was significantly weighed down by the affordability factor, coming in at #46 for cost of living."
Humble plants that hide surprising secrets
In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.
10 questions to ask your family around the table
“If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody.”
“In 2013, Maurice Rowland was working as a cook at Valley Springs Manor, an assisted living home for elderly residents in California. He got his friend Miguel Alvarez a job there as a janitor last fall. But in October of that year the company that managed the home suddenly shut it down, leaving many of the elderly residents with nowhere to go. The staff stopped being paid so they all left, except for Maurice and Miguel. At StoryCorps they remembered caring for abandoned residents until the fire department and sheriff took over three days later.” Listen to their story.
10 myths about psychology, debunked
How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.
This Is Why No One Follows You on Twitter
But first, it's a good idea to take a look at how most people will see your Twitter profile. If someone finds you in his or her Home stream, or clicks on a "Who to follow" suggestion, the Profile Summary pop-up below shows what your potential audience sees of your Twitter presence.
Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.
The Disappearing Colorado River
When the first Europeans to see the Grand Canyon looked down from its southern rim, in 1540, they guessed that the stream they could see at the bottom must be about eight feet wide. They’d been fooled by the scale of the canyon, but, even so, the Colorado River isn’t huge. It’s nearly a thousand miles shorter than the Mississippi and only a fraction as wide, but it’s a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States. A congressman in 1928 called it “intrinsically the most valuable stream in the world.” It and its tributaries flow through or alongside seven Western states—Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California—before crossing into Mexico near Yuma, Arizona. It supplies water to approximately thirty-six million people, including residents not just of Boulder and Denver but also of Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, and Los Angeles, several of which are hundreds of miles from its banks. It irrigates close to six million acres of farmland, much of which it also created, through eons of silt deposition. It powers the hydroelectric plants at the Hoover and Glen Canyon dams, is the principal source for the country’s two biggest man-made reservoirs, and supports recreational activities that are said to be worth twenty-six billion dollars a year.
This is the tiniest Game Boy we’ve ever seen, and it can teach you to code
How, you ask? Well, Arduboy is a simple-to-use little gadget that is built on Arduino software, a platform that allows for open source coding. That means you can build your own Arduboy games (don’t worry, some games have already been built and are ready to play), using a simple step-by-step set of instructions the company will provide. And since getting coding into classrooms is the next wave of tech in schools, Arduboy is providing education kits to help teachers use the tiny little guy with students! Kind of genius.
Machine-Learning Algorithm Mines Rap Lyrics, Then Writes Its Own | MIT Technology Review
Today, we get an affirmative answer thanks to the work of Eric Malmi at the University of Aalto in Finland and few pals. These guys have trained a machine-learning algorithm to recognize the salient features of a few lines of rap and then choose another line that rhymes in the same way on the same topic. The result is an algorithm that produces rap lyrics that rival human-generated ones for their complexity of rhyme.