5 Minecraft Facts You Didn't Know (w/ Wil Wheaton!) #5facts
Minecraft might be the most important and influential indie of all time, but how much do you really know about this BLOCKbuster video game? (See what we did ...
Woman Beautifully Defends Her Body After Instagram Removes Her Butt Selfie
Many women like Meghan Tonjes upload "butt selfies", but recently Instagram removed her photo because, according to Tonjes, she is a plus-size woman.
Peter Capaldi's Run on 'Doctor Who' Begins This August
The long-running science fiction show returns to TV this August, according to a teaser video from BBC America that posted to YouTube on Friday.
Celebrities Still Don't Care About Your Mean Tweets [VIDEO]
For the seventh time, Jimmy Kimmel has persuaded the cream of the Hollywood crop to confront heartless Twitter trolls in "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets."
Amputee Sea Turtle Gets Awesome Water Wings, Is Now Part Fighter Jet
An amputee sea turtle receives jet wings to help his balance thanks to the kindness of a design student.
Can the Surface Pro 3 Crush the MacBook Air? [VIDEO]
Can a Surface Pro 3 replace your laptop? And how does it compare against the best all-around laptop on the market, the MacBook Air? Watch and find out.
Hooray! For This Ames, Iowa, Tourism Video
Ames, Iowa has produced a, shall we say, zany tourism ad for their lovely town,
Man Travels 100,00 Miles Over 4 Years for Ultimate Proposal [VIDEO]
One man may have filmed the most ambitious marriage proposal video -- in over 26 countries, covering 100,000 miles.
Trailing and trolling orcs in Shadow of Mordor
I'm perched on a building's wind-hewn skeleton, overlooking a lake. It looks like the sun has just woken up, its warm yawn creeping over the waters. It's a pretty nice day in Mordor, which, if you're unfamiliar with The Lord of the Rings , is the forbidden domain of orcs, dark lords and standoffish volcanoes.
Somewhere else in Mordor, I imagine, an orc warchief is just waking up. He's stretching out, making sure he hasn't lost any warts in the middle of the night, brushing his tooth, pleasantly unaware of the nightmare that awaits him today. His greatest fear will find him, and I'll be riding it. In developer Monolith's Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor , you're planning masterful executions before you even know it. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (May 2014)
But let's back up first, because there's a lot of explanation getting in the way. I think even the game's marketing is having a tough time conveying concisely just what happens in Shadow of Mordor , or why it's interesting. The points of comparison are obvious, without giving you a sense of how interesting their configuration is.
Conan reviews Watch Dogs, turns it into Grand Theft Auto
In Watch Dogs, players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.
How to enable hands free voice search in Google Chrome
However, when we updated Chrome to the latest version in order to test the feature for ourselves, we found that the browser didn’t enable it by default, requiring us to seek it out in the browser’s options menu and turn it on manually. We figured that some of you may have trouble tracking down the check box that fires up hands-free voice search in Chrome. With this guide, you’ll be able to turn it on in a snap.
The Easiest-to-Use Smartphone in Asia? Apple, Meet Smartisan - China Real Time Report - WSJ
China Real Time Report is a vital resource for an expanding global community trying to keep up with a country changing minute by minute. The site offers quick insight and sharp analysis from the wide network of Dow Jones reporters across Greater China, including Dow Jones Newswires’ specialists and The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning team. It also draws on the insights of commentators close to the hot topic of the day in law, policy, economics and culture. Its editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Game Scoop!: 365 Days After the Xbox One Reveal - IGN
This week we're looking back at Xbox One's first year and discussing that Far Cry 4 box art.
I Tasted BBQ Sauce Made By IBM's Watson, And Loved It
A closer inspection of the nutritional content reveals another unadvertised benefit of Watson’s sauce. Not only is it deliciously sweet and tangy, but it’s low in sugar, with only 2g per serving versus the 16g you’ll find in Sweet Baby Ray’s signature sauce, or the 5g you’ll find in their honey mustard dipping sauce (this is probably a fairer comparison, but let it be said that Sweet Baby Ray has triple the calories because it’s loaded with fat). The opportunity to generate healthier tasty foods by maximizing the use of complementary flavor-packed ingredients is just one of the promises of IBM’s technology, and at least in this case, they’ve proven the concept. (No doubt, IBM’s small, promotional batch production allowed them to pack some relatively pricey ingredients into their bottle.)
Google Said To Be Working On A Tablet With Project Tango 3D Vision Powers | TechCrunch
Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its Project Tango advanced mobile vision device, to be launched starting next month with around 4,000 initial developer beta units, the Wall Street Journal reports . The tablet would sport a 7-inch screen, along with a complement of cameras that include two on the rear with built-in infrared sensors for figuring out depth and mapping a space in three dimensions.
This Infographic Will Tell You What Music You Should Listen To At Work
What's the ideal music for your workday? Before you put on headphones to drown out the distractions of your open office, check out this infographic for a little inspiration.
Surface Tension | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Ultimately, whether you’d like the Surface Pro 3 to replace your laptop boils down to a value proposition. Is it worth paying a premium for an ultra-slim device that provides full Windows PC functionality? That is what this machine is, and if you are the target market for it, you will use it as a laptop 70 to 80 percent of the time. Similarly configured Windows laptops with touchscreens, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage cost at least a few hundred dollars less. It’s a machine that makes a ton of sense for business deployments, road warriors, casual photo editors, and artists. With the Surface Pro 3, you’re paying not just for the individual components, but for the sheer thin-and-lightness of it all.
Exclusive: EBay did not initially realize customer data compromised in breach - executive
"For a very long period of time we did not believe that there was any eBay customer data compromised," global marketplaces chief Devin Wenig said, in the first comments by a top eBay executive since the e-commerce company disclosed the breach on Wednesday.
Have your personal details been stolen online? Share your stories
As we conduct more and more of our lives online, the security of our personal data has become increasingly important. We would like to hear from people who have experienced what happens when personal data is stolen. How did it come about? What was your reaction? Were you able to resolve it quickly? And what lessons have you learnt from your experience?
Video preview: Socialized racing in PS4's Driveclub
After deciding to go a few more laps to ensure its social features functioned as envisioned, Evolution Studios is ready to unleash its delayed PS4-exclusive racer Driveclub onto the world.
Launching on October 7 in North America, the racing game finds its place between the hardcore simulation style of a Gran Turismo and the arcade action of a Need for Speed. In our video preview, we discuss the game's look and tactility, marvelous sound design, microtransaction concerns and where the game's PS Plus version fits into the mix.
Driveclub (May 2014)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Thin and light are both nice, but the biggest functional change in the Surface Pro 3 comes in a redesigned kickstand. Previous Surfaces locked you into one or two specific angles, which meant that getting comfortable with the tablet on your lap was a hassle. This new Surface uses friction on the hinge to allow you to set it at any angle between 22 degrees and 150 degrees. That means it’s great for desk work, great for drawing, and much better on your lap. The resistance on the kickstand feels very well-tuned, giving just the right amount of firmness as you move it. Though I can’t yet say whether it will get looser over time, the mechanism looks like it’s been engineered to prevent that.
Google reportedly developing 'Project Tango' tablet with 3D mapping capabilities
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 08:06 pm PT (11:06 pm ET)
Google reportedly developing 'Project Tango' tablet with 3D mapping capabilities
By AppleInsider Staff
Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its "Project Tango" computer vision initiative that incorporates multiple advanced imaging sensors into a portable device for real time three-dimensional mapping. Google's Project Tango Android phone. | Source: Google
According to The Wall Street Journal , the Internet search giant is furthering research into computer vision technology with a 7-inch tablet kitted out with two rear-facing cameras, infrared depth sensors and highly customized software. Sources claim production of 4,000 prototype units will begin in June.
From the report's description, the small-format slate seems to be an oversized version of the existing prototype Project Tango smartphone released in February by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division.
The tablet appears to have the same or similar imaging hardware as the smartphone version, which features a regular camera mounted near the top of the handset, a motion-sensing camera positioned opposite and integrated depth sensors mounted between the two.
Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources | TechCrunch
“A constellation of small imaging satellites, like what we already have in place today with RapidEye or what Skybox may have in the future, would give Google a very reliable, rich content source for imagery analytics and related applications,” Scott Soenen, CTO at another satellite company, BlackBridge, said. He says his company is planning for the next generation of its own small superspectral satellites that will ramp up imaging capabilities further.
Fleex Lets You Learn English By Streaming Content With Popcorn Time | TechCrunch
Now, with the Popcorn Time fork, you can just search for a movie or TV show and instantly stream it like you would in the basic Popcorn Time app. Fleex will then find the subtitle tracks and adapt them for your current level. Of course Popcorn Time isn’t perfectly legal, but Netflix isn’t even available in most of the countries where Fleex is useful.
VirginAmerica.com's New Look
We wanted to create a fresh, new online face for Virgin America that better reflects the design-driven, tech-forward experience guests find onboard our planes. The responsive design-based site will offer a faster, smoother and more intuitive booking experience – whether guests are visiting virginamerica.com from a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.
Director Edgar Wright leaves Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
Edgar Wright, the inventive filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead , Hot Fuzz , and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World , will no longer direct Marvel's Ant-Man . According to a statement , Wright and Marvel have parted ways due to "differences in their vision of the film," with a new director to be announced shortly. The film is still expected to meet its release date of July 17th, 2015.
YouTube is Building a Mobile App for Creators
YouTube today announced a new initiative called Creator Preview, a video series in which the Google-owned company shares what features it is working on for creators. In the first video, YouTube reveals it is building a mobile app just for creators, a feature that lets fans directly contribute funds to creators, and a “way to harness the power of the crowd to create captions and subtitles for your videos in 60+ languages.”
PS4 Already Profitable for Sony - IGN
Console manufacturers often sell hardware at a loss with the plan to make up for that loss with software sales. But that’s not the case with the PlayStation 4. Sony says its new console is already being sold at a profit.
Panasonic aims to be sole producer in Tesla's U.S. mega-factory
Panasonic signed a contract last October with Tesla to increase its supply to nearly 2 billion battery cells in the four years to 2017, a leap from the roughly 200 million cells it was estimated to have supplied to the U.S. company in the previous two years.
A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago
Though we're pretty sure that time travelers don't exist, people were working on hypertext -- used by web browsers to retrieve connected information -- long before computers. It even predates the ideas of a certain Vannevar Bush, the man generally acknowledged as having laid the groundwork for hypertext by microfiche in a seminal 1945 article . Nope, according to the Atlantic , some people were pondering ways of storing and retrieving information prior even to the 20th century. A Belgian genius called Paul Otlet posited an idea in 1895 about "universal libraries" to give anyone access to a vast number of books. By 1934 he had refined it to "electronic telescopes" that would connect people instantly to books, films, audio recordings and photos.
Film’s Most Bonkers Time-Travel Plots, Mapped in Handy Infographics | Underwire | WIRED
However, the X-Men franchise as a whole doesn’t even begin to compare to some others in terms of chrono-complexity. In case you need proof, we’ve mapped out the time continuums (continuua?) of the most temporally unmoored sci-fi franchises. And yes, we think about this stuff too much.
Redbox will close over 500 of its movie rental kiosks this year
Redbox's streak of big growth is over: the company says it plans to uninstall more than 500 of its DVD / Blu-ray rental kiosks this year. The move comes after Redbox saw its revenue increase by just 3 percent last year, and The Wall Street Journal says it's not likely to see better results in 2014. But beyond the flat growth, Redbox seems to be running out of new spots for its signature rental machines, having already hit saturation across most major US supermarkets. The company has previously revealed that it operates over 40,000 kiosks.
The Galactic Desktop
That's all there is to it. GeekTool can be a resource drain the more you plug into it, but this setup is simple and smart, and keeps things to a minimum. Best of all, ninjacharlie doesn't need to keep spotify hanging around on the desktop to see what's playing, and doesn't need to keep a Twitter app open to see what's going on in his stream. Since he's using a CLI for it, he can just fire up a terminal window (or a new one, if he's working in Terminal already) to reply or interact with people if he wants to. If you have like what you see, head over to his kinja blog (linked below) and let him know you like his work! If you run into trouble, check out our guide to GeekTool for tips .
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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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.
U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%
Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum.
Levi's CEO: 'Don't Wash Your Jeans'
While we're all about being eco-friendly and saving the planet, what else are we supposed to do when our jeans get too loose to wear? We'll just have to let you know when we take on this jean sustainability challenge ourselves!
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
We've created a slideshow highlighting the key trends and forecasts for the entire Internet-connected ecosystem, including connected TVs, connected cars, wearable computing devices, and all of the consumer and business tools that will soon be connected to the "Internet Of Things."
Statoil | Partner Webcast | MIT Technology Review
Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.
‘Sex Tape’: Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel share their love in NSFW trailer — VIDEO | EW.com
As everyone knows, personal sex tapes are only meant for you, your loved one, and people with an active PayPal account. They aren’t for your boss or your neighbor, or heaven forbid, your mother. But that’s what happens to Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape , the raunchy new comedy from director Jake Kasdan ( Bad Teacher ).
The trailer for Disney and Marvel's 'Big Hero 6' shows you how to build your own superhero
When Disney bought Marvel it didn't just have live-action superhero movies in mind, and today we're getting the first trailer for Disney Animation Studio's Big Hero 6 . Inspired by the comic of the same name, it tells the story of a young genius named Hiro and his robotic partner in crime, Baymax. The two find themselves embroiled in a criminal conspiracy, and are forced to put together an unlikely team of heroes to save the day. Taking place in a neon-lit alt world known as San Fransokyo, the film has looked liked a visual standout since we first got a peek last year — and while this glimpse emphasizes a more whimsical tone, it's not any less beautiful. Directed by Chris Williams ( Bolt ) and Don Hall ( Winnie the Pooh ), Big Hero 6 is slated for release on November 7th.
4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer
“It’s not this thing where you get some special wings or superpowers when you enter Cupertino. It’s that you now have an organization where you can spend your time designing products, instead of having to fight for your seat at the table, or get frustrated when the better design is passed over by an engineering manager who just wants to optimize for bug fixing. All of those things are what other designers at other companies have to spend a majority of their time doing. At Apple, it’s kind of expected that experience is really important."
How to shoot amazing video from drones
"It is the closest thing to flying like a bird," said Ostermann, an aerial-photography hobbyist who lives in Germany. "My inspiration is to show how beautiful these shots can be and that this hobby is not at all dangerous if you know what you do."
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Leave Work at Work: How to End Your Day
Your employers and co-workers know you are not a machine (at least I hope they do), they aren’t machines either. They too have families and friends and commitments outside of the workplace. It’s okay to take care of yourself and do things just for you. Yes, you can let it go at the end of each day but first, you have to give yourself permission.
Although we like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery and similar products (in fact Privacy Badger is based on the ABP code!), none of them are exactly what we were looking for. In our testing, all of them required some custom configuration to block non-consensual trackers. Several of these extensions have business models that we weren't entirely comfortable with. And EFF hopes that by developing rigorous algorithmic and policy methods for detecting and preventing non-consensual tracking, we'll produce a codebase that could in fact be adopted by those other extensions, or by mainstream browsers, to give users maximal control over who does and doesn't get to know what they do online.
7 Big, Recent Twitter Changes you Should Know About to Optimize Your Tweeting - - The Buffer Blog
Great post, Belle! I’m excited about the Twitter changes and that it’s growing. Even if Twitter someday allows for all users to schedule Tweets, it won’t lessen my need for Buffer. Like Leo mentioned above, Buffer allows me to schedule posts to all of my main social media channels. What a time saver!
For Some, Balkan Floods Have Caused Damage Akin to 1990s War
Officials fear outbreaks of disease due to standing water contaminated with agricultural waste and animal remains, in addition to the possibility that many of the 120,000 land mines left over from the war have been moved, along with the signs that had marked their location for safety reasons. At least one land mine has exploded since the flooding began, according to Foreign Policy Magazine .
Jerry Seinfeld's Reruns Still Make Him Hollywood's Wealthiest Actor
Thanks to the latest round of licensing deals for Seinfeld reruns last year, comedian Jerry Seinfeld has landed as Hollywood’s wealthiest actor with a personal fortune of $820 million, according to Wealth-X , a Singapore-based company that tracks the ultra-rich.
Meet the Smartisan T1, a surprisingly unique Android phone from China
Let's get the boring specs out of the way first. Like most flagship phones these days, the T1 packs a 5-inch 1080p IPS display by JDI, Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front and back, a powerful 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (sorry, no microSD expansion here), a fixed 2,570mAh battery and a noise-cancelling secondary microphone. For the wireless part, you get the usual 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC and AT&T-friendly 3G bands. The 3G version will arrive in China first come July (from CN¥3,000 or about $480), followed by a 4G version by end of year (from CN¥3,500 or about $560). That's right, this isn't your typical cheap Chinese phone, but the price points are still not bad.
Photography shouldn't be a problem with the 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera (featuring Sony's IMX214 sensor) and the 5-megapixel selfie camera. CEO Luo Yonghao stressed that his imaging team collaborated very closely -- more so than most other manufacturers have, apparently -- with Fujitsu, who also convinced Smartisan to adopt AcuteLogic's auto white balance software and ArcSoft's scene recognition plus noise reduction technology.
National Weather Service Kinda, Sorta Explains Its Major Data Outage
The memo says the data disruption was triggered by an upgrade to the weather data dissemination system itself, specifically a modification to a network firewall. The firewall was supposed to continue to allow data to pass through it, but "within minutes, engineers noticed that data were not traversing the firewall." The memo claims all warnings did reach the public despite the loss of the main automated delivery system, which is a questionable claim considering that many storm chasers, television meteorologists, online news sites and others in the weather community reported disruptions in crucial radar data and severe weather warnings on Thursday.
Piketty findings undercut by errors - FT.com
The data underpinning Professor Piketty’s 577-page tome, which has dominated best-seller lists in recent weeks, contain a series of errors that skew his findings. The FT found mistakes and unexplained entries in his spreadsheets, similar to those which last year undermined the work on public debt and growth of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff .
Former Chicago Bulls Champ Falls for Fake Onion Article
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Amazon, Stop Messing Around and Ship Hachette’s Books
Amazon is an amazing online retailer, capable of shipping products within 48 hours (or even less) from the moment you click "Buy Now with 1 Click." It’s a miracle of modern logistics and technology.
Former KGB general: Snowden is cooperating with Russian intelligence
Am I the only one crying tears of laughter at the sight of a KGB Agent who spied for years for the Russians, now living in the country he spied against, and utterly beholden to them, being cited as a source of reliable information on ANY subject. The man knows how to lie through his sweat glands. Not my idea of good provenance. Besides, the summa Snowden's distraction is that the NSA is spying on everybody. Brilliant. Carnivore and Echelon were well known as wastes of taxpayers money and compromisors of so-called "allies" national security for years. SO what else is new? Nothing. More smoke and mirrors to distract us from the real threats to the peoples of the world - their governments and the criminal banks that they support. Wake up!
Apple’s Beats Deal Is Happening, And It’s A Dre Acquihire | TechCrunch
A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple’s acquisition of Beats “is happening” but was close to falling apart multiple times. The source said with “70% certainty” that Apple’s planned multi-billion-dollar acquisition of headphone maker Beats will go through. But Apple isn’t buying Beats for the technology; it’s buying the talent.
The cancer gene we all have - Michael Windelspecht
Within every cell in our body, two copies of a tumor suppressor
gene called BRCA1 are tasked with regulating the speed at which cells
divide. Michael Windelspecht explains how these genes can sometimes
mutate, making those cells less specialized and more likely to develop