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.
Robo-car, go! Google's latest self-driving prototypes are heading to public roadways - CNET
The company's bubble-shaped autonomous vehicles will soon take to the streets of Google's hometown to see how they fare in real traffic -- and how we respond.
Super-Thin LG OLED TV Sticks to Wall Like Fridge Magnet
LG's 55-inch OLED panel attaches and detaches from a wall like a magnet on a fridge.
'Game of Thrones' musical is the biggest extravaganza in Westeros
Colplay and the cast of 'Game of Thrones' perform a musical inspired by the show for Red Nose Day.
Dear Internet, meet a record-breaking cat who purrs louder than a motorcycle - CNET
There's a new king of the Web jungle. His name is Merlin and he's got a purr-ty impressive talent.
Watch: The end of privacy
XPRIZE‘s competitions touch the furthest reaches of human achievement in fields like healthcare, oceanography and even space exploration. The organization is currently designing a competition in the field of cybersecurity. In this…
Monkey day care: Growing up as a child research subject
As a toddler in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I...
Dad skips father-daughter dance for a game of catch at wedding
A The father of the bride decided to have a game of catch instead of the traditional father-daughter dance.
Re/code: Apple wants local stations on its web TV service
Earlier this week, folks in the know claimed that Apple's HDTV project had been junked after more than a decade of development. Now, however, Re/code is reporting that the company is still working on an online TV service for its devices, but wants to beat its rivals by being the first to offer live video from local broadcasters. Naturally, a push for regional content means having to deal with the hundreds of affiliates that operate across the country. So, instead of just shaking hands on a contract with ABC, Apple's got to get lawyers out to every station from Arizona's KNXV-TV to Wyoming's WAOW.
Is Apple planning a 3D printer?
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Speaking here today about the tremendous growth of the 3D printing industry, analyst Terry Wohlers slipped one name into a list of potential machine makers that took some by surprise: Apple.
PayPal stuck with $25 million in fines for signing users up to its credit program
If you've ever used PayPal to buy something, you probably had to go out of your way to avoid hitting the "Bill Me Later" option, a credit service that fronts the money and has users pay it back at a later date. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB), that was the least malicious thing about the program over the past few years. In a complaint filed today , the organization says PayPal signed people up to the service without their permission, deceptively advertised its benefits (which never materialized in some cases), forced users to use PayPal Credit instead of other payment methods, and "mishandled" billing in a way that raked up late fees and extra interest charges. All in all, very bad things for people trying to spend money on the internet.
Watch this woman propose to her girlfriend after Irish equality vote
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Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics
Given the human tendency to look on the bright side, many business executives are prone to ignoring "disaster recovery" because disaster seems an unlikely event. "Business continuity planning" suggests a more comprehensive approach to making sure you can keep making money, not only after a natural calamity but also in the event of smaller disruptions including illness or departure of key staffers, supply chain partner problems or other challenges that businesses face from time to time.
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The power of believing that you can improve
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
Feats of memory anyone can do
There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.
2017 Bugatti Chiron: The $2.5-million, 1500-hp Son of Veyron - Feature
The 8.0-liter W-16 engine returns, though now with direct injection, increased boost pressure, and at least two of its four turbochargers electrically powered. Output rises from 1200 to 1500 horsepower, and the 1106 pound-feet torque peak arrives lower in the rev range. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic again handles the shifting, and the four-wheel-drive system adds torque vectoring.
The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone
The Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The best thing? It costs $100.
LG invented a crazy, bendable TV that sticks to your wall like a refrigerator magnet
Both LG and Samsung have been pioneering flexible display technologies over the past several years, but we have yet to really understand why gadgets with curved screens would even be necessary in the first place. A television such as the one LG showcased earlier this week begins to answer that question a little bit.
A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.
LG’s 55-inch 'wallpaper' OLED display hangs on the wall with magnets
It's one of LG's most impressive displays of screen technology yet: a 55-inch OLED panel that's just 0.97mm thick and weighs just 1.9kg (4.1 pounds). The panel is so thin that it can be stuck to the wall using a magnetic mat before being peeled off like wallpaper, reports Korean news agency Yonhap . But while the new display is much thinner than LG's flagship OLED TVs, this is most likely because it doesn't incorporate the circuitry that would actually make it function as a TV, with most of the electronics hidden somewhere off-screen.
How to live passionately—no matter your age
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.
Co.Design | business + design
A new generation of "people analytics" tools promises to make offices more self-aware and efficient. Could they also help get you fired?
The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
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10 TED Talks you won't be able to stop thinking about
Once you watch these talks, you may not be able to get them out of your head. These talks have staying power and, as you go about everyday life, we bet you'll find yourself thinking of them often.
7 Things Marvel Can't Do in Captain America: Civil War - IGN
While it’s certainly exciting that one of Marvel's most popular and polarizing comics will be adapted for the big screen in next year's Captain America: Civil War, we are a bit perplexed as to how Marvel Studios will go about adapting the story. Civil War's entire foundation utilizes many elements that currently do not exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the filmmakers certainly have their work cut out for them. We've compiled a list of the core elements that they won't be able to feature.
Blade Runner: anatomy of a classic
The tale of grizzled bounty hunter Rick Deckard and his mission to execute a mutinous gang of replicants – synthetic biological androids who are barely distinguishable from humans – Ridley Scott’s third film remains his most beloved and richly layered work. But does it still hold up decades later? And what can Blade Runner tell us about technology, politics, architecture, life, death and the human condition in 2015?
Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
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'Sword of Heaven' katana blade forged from meteorite - CNET
Tentetsutou ("Sword of Heaven") is a katana created by Japanese master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshiwara. Any well-crafted katana, or traditional Japanese sword , is a blade of beauty, but the Sword of Heaven is extraordinary due to its materials. The blade is forged from a fragment of the massive Gibeon iron meteorite that landed in Namibia in prehistoric times. The meteorite is estimated to have formed around 4 billion years ago.
The Dark Science of Pop Music
By studying 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify which songs are catching on, and where, before just about anybody else. “Sometimes we can see when a song is going to break out months before most people have even heard of it,” Jason Titus, Shazam’s former chief technologist, told me. (Titus is now a senior director at Google.) Last year, Shazam released an interactive map overlaid with its search data, allowing users to zoom in on cities around the world and look up the most Shazam’d songs in São Paulo, Mumbai, or New York. The map amounts to a real-time seismograph of the world’s most popular new music, helping scouts discover unsigned artists just as they’re starting to set off tremors. (The company has a team of people who update its vast music library with the newest recorded music—including self-produced songs—from all over the world, and artists can submit their work to Shazam.)
The art of choosing
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed
The Browse tool will filter out a randomly selected type of content through Facebook's Graph Search, whether it's videos that you've liked or people in your networks you haven't friended yet. For those using Facebook to kill time (and aren't we all using Facebook to kill time?), it's an excellent method of procrastination.
This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify
Where the MFN clause truly comes in handy for Sony Music is when it’s used in conjunction with section 5, the "annual true-up of advances" clause. This clause makes sure Sony Music’s yearly advances from Spotify are on par with the best deal negotiated by any other label based on the percentage of market share. That means if another music label is getting paid $1 million by Spotify for each percentage of market share it has, and Sony Music is getting $600,000 per market share percentage, Spotify must pay Sony Music the $400,000 difference — known as the adjusted contract period advance — at the end of each contract year.
KLM’s 150 social media customer service agents generate $25M in annual revenue
In addition to finding lost items, soothing bruised egos, and solving customer service issues, KLM social agents now can almost entirely manage new client bookings via Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. They’ll get desired flight details, timing, provide information on pricing, and, if the client is agreeable, provide a direct link to a payment page.
Better Than Raising the Minimum Wage
What's wrong with everyone paying a fixed rate, no matter what you earn? If you are one who receives entitlements, there is no real incentive to progress. Everyone should pay. While this may sound insensitive, it is not. It would actually improve the moral and self esteem of all those who are willing to work hard and be compensated. The real issue is the disgusting amount we as a people place on people icons, i.e., sports stars, celebrities, ceo's, etc. There is abosulety no one in this world who is worth tens of millions of dollars annually. While we need incentive in the market place to encourage excellence and high achievement, regardless of the profession, there is a thing called ethics and decency. Those are things that can't be regulated at any level. It is a matter of self discipline. Pride and greed are always at the root of all evils, including the idea that one is worth an astronomical amount, Corporations included. Fairness and equity in life? Look in the mirror!
Arrow: Season 3 Review - IGN
At this point it's important to note some of the other things Arrow did well in its third season. In general, the show has gotten better about making use of its villains, where in Season 1 they were often treated like disposable, interchangeable thugs. Ra's himself was a worthy foe, despite the complaints some had about the show focusing too much on Batman's corner of the DCU. Green Arrow doesn't have a large stable of villains specific to him and at this point, the show has pretty much run through them all anyway. The Ra's/Ollie connection made sense in a world where Batman may not even exist. Matt Nable proved to be an apt fit for the role. While he didn't look quite as regal as you might expect from the villain, Nable brought a rugged charm and a dangerous physicality to Ra's. On a smaller scale, Brick and the new Vertigo were both entertaining additions, as was Nick Tarabay's Captain Boomerang. There were definitely some villains who deserved more time in the spotlight than they received (particularly Matt Ward's Komodo), but that doesn't mean they won't get their due in the future.
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Your Phone Isn’t The Only Camera You Need
@Christopher Van Slyke, CFP Yes -- and you can also choose where the iPhone camera focuses. I have taken very good shallow depth of field pics with the iPhone. But that's just one aspect of the article - you have exposure, composition, quality, etc. Big Lens and other post-processing software oftentimes makes the picture look fake (like CGI in a movie). Previous comments sum it up well - if you're "into" photography, you won't use a phone as your only camera. But for most just looking to record the moment, they're pretty good.
For parents, happiness is a very high bar
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
How To Write Better Emails
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Golden Gate Bridge builders ate special meals to prevent dizziness
The U.S. navy lobbied that the bridge be painted with black and yellow stripes to aid visibility in fog; the Army Air Corp favored a red and white stripe. When the bridge's ironwork arrived, it had been painted with a red primer to protect it from corrosion. Consulting architect Irving Morrow loved the color and proposed the bridge be painted in a similar shade, writing a 29-page report explaining his reasons.
Sick systems: How to keep someone with you forever
So you want to keep your lover or your employee close. Bound to you, even. You have a few options. You could be the best lover they've ever had, kind, charming, thoughtful, competent, witty, and a tiger in bed. You could be the best workplace they've ever had, with challenging work, rewards for talent, initiative, and professional development, an excellent work/life balance, and good pay. But both of those options demand a lot from you. Besides, your lover (or employee) will stay only as long as she wants to under those systems, and you want to keep her even when she doesn't want to stay. How do you pin her to your side, irrevocably, permanently, and perfectly legally?
M. Night Shyamalan Defends His Avatar: The Last Airbender Adaptation - IGN
"It's really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old," the director said. "My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did -- for nine and 10-year-olds -- or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn't do that. That would have felt like, 'Well, I'm going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.' That felt like a betrayal of the innocence of the piece. In retrospect, is it too young to go out -- it's like what your intention is versus what they want it to be. Clearly, 10-year-olds -- I go out and 10-year-olds are like, 'That's my favorite show! I love that movie!' Parents come up to me and go, 'They've watched The Last Airbender 74 times!' Those kids, it's for them. It was for them, to talk about mysticism and Eastern philosophies through a 10-year-old's vernacular. So, you know, these are business propositions, which have very little interest to me, of like, 'Hey, the business proposition is to get Megan Fox to be.
Is Social+Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya the future of venture capital?
With that chapter in the past, Palihapitiya says he’s now starting different conversations about his firm’s future, based on the question: What does the VC firm of the future look and act like? First, he says, the people inside the firm, and the entrepreneurs they back, should look different, he says: “I want the firm to look like what the world looks like. That means hiring and backing minorities and women.” Palihapitiya’s wife, Brigette Lau, was for some time the firm’s COO, but she now operates her own education-focused VC fund. S23P doesn’t currently have a female investor, but Palihapitiya says he is actively looking.
Check Out The Earliest Work Of Apple's Design God, Jony Ive
"Unlike most of his generation, Ive did not see design as an occasion to exert his ego or carry out some pres ordained style or theory. Rather, he approached each project in an almost chameleon-like way, adapting himself to the product (rather than the other way around) ... for this reason, Ive's early works have no 'signature style.'"
Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales
From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning resulting profits will be taxed by HMRC. The group made $8.3bn (£5.3bn) of worldwide sales from British online shoppers but for 11 years all these internet transactions have been booked in Luxembourg.
11 must-see TED Talks
What is TED? This primer of 11 classic TED Talks show you the wide range of topics covered -- and introduce you to beloved speakers like Amy Cuddy, Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson and Chimamanda Adichie. Find your next favorite talk ...
Saudi Girls Finally Get to Drive, but Only in a Videogame
That’s the setting for the coming mobile videogame “Saudi Girls Revolution,” in which a group of young Saudi women race souped-up motorcycles to fight the evil tyrannical rulers of a corrupted Arabian Empire. It is being made by NA3M, a company with offices in Jordan and Denmark whose founder and chief executive is Saudi Arabian Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, grandson of the brother of the king.
So the sunlit past of the Culinary Luddites never existed. So their ethos is based not on history but on a fairy tale. So what? Perhaps we now need this culinary philosophy. Certainly no one would deny that an industrialized food supply has its own problems, problems we hear about every day. Perhaps we should eat more fresh, natural, local, artisanal, slow food. Why not create a historical myth to further that end? The past is over and gone. Does it matter if the history is not quite right?
The Best Antivirus for 2015
These days, there's no question that keeping your computer safe from malware and other threats should be a top priority. We've tested more than 30 premium AV packages to help you choose the one that's right to protect your PC.
How Rock Iconoclasts Devo Became Leaders Of The 1980s Nerd Nirvana
Even the "Kiss Army"-type Club Devo catalogs that shamelessly but winkingly sold merch to spuds along with the albums communicated their own contradiction and gave a nod to the fact that while destined for mindless de-evolution, fans deserved to make informed and rewarding spending choices. The cover of the 1980 catalog that came with Freedom of Choice depicted the band in their signature yellow protective suits, promoting their sale to help fans "Protect yourself from dangerous human elements and stay cool during meltdowns"—but the photo was additionally captioned with a lengthy disclaimer: "As you can see, Bob #1 isn’t sure he likes the idea of a DEVO Fan Club. Fan Clubs can be a silly rip-off. We at CLUB DEVO pledge not to let this happen to you. Membership entitles each and every Beautiful Mutant inside information on DEVO including: a devoid bio; exclusive photos; stickers; a four-color poster, and much more along with an important newsletter from the desk of General Boy periodically during the year. You also receive an entertaining brochure full of DEVO apparel, paraphernalia, and other educational tools that you can order once you are a member.
The Best Cheap Prepaid Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of
Not willing to sign a cell phone contract? All of the major carriers offer prepaid plans, but so do some of the little guys, and you can find some serious bargains if you know where to look.
Tomorrowland Review - IGN
Tomorrowland has its flaws, yet it’s also a compelling movie, with a lot of cool ideas. Damon Lindelof has a reputation, deserved or not, as a writer who doesn’t pay off the big concepts he introduces, but that’s not the case here. This is, at its core, meant to be a movie for all ages, with an optimistic heart – but one with plenty of danger and excitement and, yes, death, along the way, as the consequences are real for these characters. It certainly is a pretty rough PG, and I feel like without the Disney label, it wouldn’t have gotten away with that rating. In a way, this feels like Lindelof and Bird getting to do a huge budget version of a classic Disney sci-fi/fantasy film like Escape to Witch Mountain (yes, yes, I know Disney actually did a remake of that movie with The Rock…), using their skills to make everything bigger and more immersive, while still retaining the core elements of a Disney adventure story. It doesn't all play as well as you can sense the filmmakers were going for, leading to some frustrations, but it's certainly worth checking out among the many summer releases.
Electroloom 3D printer makes seamless fabric from liquid - CNET
Clearly, this isn't a Kickstarter campaign for the casual home user. You'd want to be comfortable with 3D printing generally and have enough design experience to fabricate your own molds. You should also have a little cash saved up, as the early-bird version of Electroloom will set you back $4,500 (about £2871, AU$5630). It does come with two molds tailored for your body size and you can choose from the tank top, skirt or beanie. If that's too steep, you can get one of the clothing types made for you for a $100 (about £64, AU$125) pledge.