This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record - CNET
Video shows Catalin Alexandru Duru setting a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight by traveling almost a thousand feet.
In 1967, an Indian film-maker asked 20-year-olds what they thought of their country. Nearly half a century later, Samanth Subramanian goes in search of the same people to see what they make of India now
Amazon one-hour Prime delivery service now includes local stores
Amazon is extending its one-hour Prime Now delivery service to cover goods purchased from select third-party stores, with the service launching today in Manhattan for a trio of upscale shops....
Starbucks app fail leads to manager's epic YouTube meltdown - CNET
A New York customer says she was struggling with her mobile app. This seemed to lead to the Starbucks manager completely losing it. Of course it's now on YouTube.
New NSA documents reveal plans to deliver malware through the Google Play store
Once the path to those servers was established, the NSA could intercept traffic before it reached the servers, injecting malware to specific users through a man-in-the-middle attack. The files would appear to come from a trusted app store, but they would really be coming from the NSA. From there, the NSA could deliver tools from its extensive catalog of surveillance programs , including pulling a user's contact list or reporting their location in near-real-time. Both Samsung and Google employ TLS encryption to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks like this, but cryptographers have been speculating for years that the NSA has found a way to break or circumvent those protections.
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Ireland overwhelmingly approves same-sex marriage in historic vote
Irish political parties backed the Yes campaign, although opposition to the new constitutional amendment came, in part, from the Catholic church. However, support for same-sex marriage in Ireland was so clear on Saturday that prominent "No" campaigner David Quinn conceded defeat on Twitter before the official vote count came in:
The Flash: "Fast Enough" Review - IGN
Just about every actor was on their A-game in this episode as Barry and friends wrestled with the situation and its many implications. Carlos Valdes enjoyed one of his strongest episodes yet as he dealt with the lingering trauma of his death, his loss of faith in Wells, and the realization that he may have a grander destiny than he ever imagined. Tom Cavanagh continued to achieve that delicate balance with Wells/Thawne. For all his villainous deeds, there was still a clear sense of why Wells did what he did and what he was trying to achieve (even if we never did learn exactly how his hatred for Barry was born). Most importantly, the script reinforced the fatherly connection Wells feels for both Cisco and Barry. Jesse L. Martin (who, to be fair, is always on his A-game) was terrific during his multiple scenes with Grant Gustin as his character confronted the idea that he’d lose the only son he ever had and urged Barry forward anyway.
The NSA begins to shut down its phone surveillance program after Senate gridlock
The National Security Agency (NSA) has begun the process of winding down its controversial bulk collection of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a way to temporarily extend the surveillance program, which expires at midnight June 1. The Senate, which debated into the early hours of Saturday, is now on a weeklong recess and will reconvene in a rare Sunday session on May 31.
Killing the business card with an email
For almost as long as there have been internet tech startups, there have been people trying to kill the business card. While the inefficient, environmentally dubious practice of exchanging a piece of dead tree with someone else definitely needs to end, I’m increasingly convinced that some clever piece of proprietary technology just isn’t needed.
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now
Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.
Why we all need to practice emotional first aid
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
Your body language shapes who you are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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.
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch
Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.
On being wrong
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
Sex: Let's talk
The talk. The excruciatingly awkward conversation when parents explain to their kids, um, how sex works. But … why is there just one talk? Sex ed teacher Al Vernacchio (TED Talk: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one … ) and entrepreneur Cindy Gallop (TED Talk: Make love, not porn ) believe that good sex should be an open, honest and ongoing conversation. In this exclusive TED video, they meet at Cindy’s house to talk about how to talk about sex — and the dangers of letting porn and movie sex do the talking for us. Because as Vernacchio says: “Talking about sex is no different than talking about anything else — no matter how much you want it to be.”
Looting the Pension Funds
The siege of America's public-fund money really began nearly 40 years ago, in 1974, when Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA. In theory, this sweeping regulatory legislation was designed to protect the retirement money of workers with pension plans. ERISA forces employers to provide information about where pension money is being invested, gives employees the right to sue for breaches of fiduciary duty, and imposes a conservative "prudent man" rule on the managers of retiree funds, dictating that they must make sensible investments and seek to minimize loss. But this landmark worker-protection law left open a major loophole: It didn't cover public pensions. Some states were balking at federal oversight, and lawmakers, naively perhaps, simply never contemplated the possibility of local governments robbing their own workers.
The career advice you probably didn’t get
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
What the Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Is Going to Kill | WIRED
This isn’t just any beach. In the Santa Barbara Channel, cold water from the north meets warm water from the south, carrying a mosaic of unusual species. It’s almost Mediterranean, and it’s rare. Off California, massive forests of kelp—the largest type of marine algae—create “this really cool three-dimensional habitat that harbors a lot of biodiversity,” says Bob Miller, a marine biologist at UC Santa Barbara. The seaweed grows up to 130 feet tall and supports more than 800 species, including infant fish and invertebrates like crabs and snails. Bigger marine mammals like sea lions and otters often forage for food through the leaves. When kelp breaks loose and washes up on shore, arthropods and birds eat it. seagulls, terns, and cormorants forage the beaches. About 19,000 gray whales migrate through the channel this time of year—sometimes as close as 100 feet from shore. And the rocky intertidal areas harbor sea anemones, soft corals, shrimp, muscles, crabs, and small fish.
Let's revive the Golden Rule
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
New to Netflix for June 2015 - IGN
Also, in a surprise move, Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is being made available well before Season 3 kicks off. Normally, with TV shows, you only get a few weeks to binge before a new season starts up. Or in some cases, the previous season won't even be ready to stream when the new one rolls around. So take advantage of this "early bird" SHIELD special.
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.
Meet the multimillionaire Instagrammer who claims he can turn your 'pennies into millions'
Look no further than the feed of Timothy Sykes , a multimillionaire who, just like Belfort, made a fortune trading penny stocks in his early twenties. Also similar to Belfort, he has a side career teaching people how to be as successful as he is.
In praise of slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
In the 1980s, however, the growth in median income began to sputter. In the past 15 years it’s turned negative; once you adjust for inflation, an American household at the 50th percentile of income distribution earns less today than it did in 1998, even after accounting for changes in household size. Job growth in the private sector has also slowed—and not just because of the 2008 recession. Job gains were anemic throughout the 2000s, even when the economy was expanding. This phenomenon is what we call the Great Decoupling. The two halves of the cycle of prosperity are no longer married: Economic abundance, as exemplified by GDP and productivity, has remained on an upward trajectory, but the income and job prospects for typical workers have faltered.
Live almost anywhere on Earth in futuristic Ecocapsule - CNET
The roof of the Ecocapsule is covered with solar cells, and there's a retractable pole to which a 750W wind turbine is attached. Both power sources charge an on-board battery, so even if you encounter calm or cloudy weather, you'd still be able to have some power. Nice Architects says the energy system should be able to support someone living off the grid for almost a year.
Opinion: The Witcher 3's Gwent is a Better Card Game Than Hearthstone - IGN
Even cards that do affect your opponent’s army en masse affect yours too. In Gwent, you place your units into one of three positions on the battlefield - melee, ranged, and siege - and each zone has a related weather card that greatly reduces the effectiveness of units fighting there. The thing is, it affects units on both sides. If you want Biting Frost to work in your favor, for instance, you’d make a concerted effort not to play units in the melee line, even as your opponent stacks forces there. Played reactively, when you suddenly find yourself outmatched in a particular zone, the effect of these weather cards is minimal, but when pursued proactively, you get big results. Personally, I’d much rather play a game where I win or lose based on cunning decision-making and long term planning as opposed to one where my opponent’s next draw can negate all the work I’ve done for free.
Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner — this kitchen table uses no electricity to regulate the temperature of your apartment
Beneath the oak table are a series of phase-changing materials (PCMs) placed between the wood and anodized aluminum bottom. The materials soften when the surrounding room reaches around 71 degrees, absorbing the excess heat, and then harden once the temperature dips back below 71 degrees, releasing the trapped heat with the help of the aluminum and causing a noticeable change in the room’s temperature.
Why aren't we more compassionate?
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
This 23-year-old gave up a corporate job to make $5,000 a month reselling thrift store clothes through an app
She doesn't live extravagantly, since her income isn't as predictable as it was in her corporate job, and she can't count on making the same amount of money each month. "The only downside is the unpredictability of sales," she says. Like any retail business, hers has seasonal fluctuations, and a slow month could mean she takes home $3,000 instead of $5,000.
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My mother’s strange definition of empowerment
Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk contains hard-to-hear details.)
What I've learned from my autistic brothers
Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic — and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.
GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank
Dubbed Mondo , the startup is described as a “full stack” and mobile-first bank, in reference to the fact that it isn’t simply a mobile app piggybacking existing banking software or an existing bank in order to offer a better User Experience. Instead, my understanding is that the company’s plans and accompanying technology is considerably more ambitious.
The power of introverts
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
The bodyshamed dancing man finally got his blowout Hollywood party
Electronic music artist Moby offered to DJ. The Avalon, a historic nightclub in Hollywood, agreed to host the party. People started wearing shirts that said "I Am Dancing Man" and O'Brien began tweeting as @Dancingmanfound .
7 Questions For The Guy Who Designed Minority Report's Futuristic UIs
We're a digital species now—nothing short of apocalypse will change that! The health of our digital society lies, therefore, in the broadest possible distribution of agency. Agency is circumscribed mainly by the UI—the machinery through which human intent is transduced into the machine. So designing and deploying radically more capable UIs is one of the most important things we can do today. At Oblong we built our belief about what this should look like into our mission statement: "to provision the world with new computing forms of durable value and genuine worth, forms profoundly capable, human, beautiful, and exhilarating."
The Big Picture: Say hello to NASA's 'nastiest' star
NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer hydrogen-rich sheath and exposed superheated helium core, those have never been observed in the Milky Way with an accretion disc like Nasty's. (See that thing above? That's an accretion disc.)
Astronomers believe that this disc is the result of an exceedingly rare occurrence wherein two Wolf-Rayets form within the same solar system and one star's hydrogen fuel is siphoned off by its smaller companion. "We were excited to see this disk-like structure because it may be evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming from a binary interaction," study leader Jon Mauerhan of UC Berkeley said in a statement. "There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived, perhaps lasting only a hundred thousand years, while the timescale over which a resulting disk is visible could be only ten thousand years or less.
Best Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge cases - CNET
PureGear makes a few different Galaxy S6 cases, including the Slim Shell Case pictured here (it's available for both the S6 and S6 Edge). If you're
looking for something that's tough but not too bulky, there's also the
DualTek Extreme Shock case, which also comes in multiple colors.
Apple has a crazy idea for the iPhone's home button that could make it much more powerful and useful
On the iPhone, you can currently hold down the home button to activate Siri, double press it to see which apps are open on your phone, press the home button to return to the home screen, or hold your finger over it to authenticate iTunes purchases. Apple has clearly already expanded the home button's functionality beyond its basic purpose, but the new patent application describes technology that would be able to read the intricate movements of your finger — not just how hard you're pressing.
Positioning The Next Generation Of Women To Succeed In Silicon Valley
The chasm between men and women starts in childhood, with the messages that are given to girls. A lot of girls don’t think it’s cool to be smart, and especially not to be good at math. Most teenagers are desperate to fit in. Why else would I have curled my hair and opted for neon tops with Guess jeans? When I got to college and had to make the choice between learning to code and taking an econ class, I practically ran to econ. Coding was for guys.
Is Your Twitter Profile Hurting Your Job Chances?
When I ask Kent to assess my Twitter profile, she’s intrigued by my handle @WriteLisaEvans. "That already says a lot about you," she says. When picking a Twitter handle, Kent says we should be as creative as possible, as long as your brand allows it. Kent then looks at my profile description: freelance writer, magazine hoarder, and coffee nut writing about business, health, parenting, and travel. Blogger at thechildrensbookshelf.ca. "That has so many elements in it," says Kent. My profile, she says, is a great example of what results after doing a personal assessment. My profile highlights my job, my passions, interests, and what people can expect to see when they follow me.
Hack of online dating site Adult FriendFinder exposes millions - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Adult FriendFinder, a site where people seek casual, discreet relationships, suffers a breach, exposing the details of almost 4 million of its members.
Most luminous galaxy glows like 300 trillion suns, says NASA - CNET
Our home Milky Way galaxy is a dim bulb compared to a new galaxy discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. Dubbed "the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe," galaxy WISE J224607.57-052635.0 shines brighter than the searing eyes of Cyclops from X-Men.
Spending on native advertising is soaring as marketers and digital media publishers realize the benefits
New and exclusive data from BI Intelligence finds that spending on native ads will reach $7.9 billion this year and grow to $21 billion in 2018, rising from just $4.7 billion in 2013. We are the only research service that has provided a detailed breakdown of spend projections and growth rates for each of the three main native ad types — social-native, native-style display ads, and sponsored content.