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A Clever New Kind of Intersection Kicks Risky Left Turns to the Curb

The diverging diamond interchange is having a moment.

'Deus Ex' trailer shows mankind divided over augmentation

The live-action trailer for 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' is really good.

Absolver is a beautiful, mysterious action game without any guns

I think at some point we’ve all wanted to wear a mysterious mask and fight strangers in a mythical realm — thankfully Absolver is on its way. The first game from Sloclap, a new studio made up of...

'Hyper Light Drifter' special edition comes with a SNES cart

It's non-functional, but nonetheless pretty.

GitHub reveals its diversity numbers

The code-sharing community has joined the growing number of tech companies that release staff breakdowns by race, gender

Gunless MMO game 'Absolver' slated for 2017 release

Players must rely on their fists instead of firearms.

The trippy, haunting 'Oxenfree' soundtrack is on vinyl

Perfect for beachside parties, scavenger hunts or long nights alone.

Hyundai gives the gift of Android Auto, CarPlay to some existing models

Owners with select touchscreen infotainment systems get an awesome new feature

SpaceX will attempt yet another high-velocity rocket landing tonight. Here’s where to watch

SpaceX hopes to safely bring another Falcon 9 rocket home tonight after launching a Thai telecommunications satellite into a high-elliptical orbit.

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TNW Conference Europe 2016

In 2016 we are hosting our biggest conference so far, and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience it.

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016

It is also useful to see how, when combined with the sites’ total reach, the proportion of users who gets news on each site translates to U.S. adults overall. Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults. The two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44% of the general population. YouTube has the next greatest reach in terms of general usage, at 48% of U.S. adults. But only about a fifth of its users get news there, which amounts to 10% of the adult population. That puts it on par with Twitter, which has a smaller user base (16% of U.S. adults) but a larger portion getting news there.

The Extraordinary Story of Alan Turing  - OpenMind

On August 19, 2014 something exceptional happened. Queen Elizabeth II of England finally granted a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing (1912-1954), convicted in 1952 for homosexual acts. Thus ended a long process of the British state to apologize to one of its most outstanding scientific figures of the twentieth century, whose contributions had a historical impact. During World War II he played a key role in helping the Allies to decipher the secret communications of the Nazis. And before that he had launched an idea that transformed computers into the powerful and versatile machines they are today.

Reasons to Cancel the Olympics, Ranked

Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?


In a statement, Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, who was also personally named in the Hogan suit, said: “Just because Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley billionaire, his opinion does not trump our millions of readers who know us for routinely driving big news stories including Hillary Clinton’s secret email account, Bill Cosby’s history with women, the mayor of Toronto as a crack smoker, Tom Cruise’s role within Scientology, the N.F.L. cover-up of domestic abuse by players and just this month the hidden power of Facebook to determine the news you see.”

8 Snapchat raised $1.8B in a Series F round; leaked deck reveals revenues, user numbers

The Form D doesn’t reveal how the company is valued, and the valuation chatter we have heard has varied. Sources have told us that some investments were being taken at about a $17.5 billion pre-money valuation. When you add in the $1.8 billion, it gets closer to the targeted post-money valuation we reported earlier this week, of around $20 billion. It’s possible, though unusual, that some investors are getting in at different valuations. We’ve heard that there is also a special purpose vehicle, with a large pool of investors getting access to Snapchat shares that way.

Facebook and Microsoft Are Laying a Giant Cable Across the Atlantic

The fact that these Internet giants are laying their own cables—at their own expense—shows just how much data these giants must move. Consider the services they run: Google offers its eponymous search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps, and so many more. Microsoft offers Bing, Office365, and its Azure cloud services. Facebook has its social network along with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The data moved by just a few online giants now dwarfs that of most others, so much so that, according to telecommunications research firm Telegeography, more than two thirds of the digital data moving across the Atlantic is traveling on private networks—namely networks operated by the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. That’s up from 10 percent just a few years ago. “It’s a tremendous change,” says Telegeography analyst Tim Stronge.

Microsoft lays off hundreds as it guts its phone business

Microsoft is signalling the end of its Nokia experiment today. After acquiring Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion two years ago,  Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion last year and cut 7,800 jobs to refocus its phone efforts. Microsoft is now writing off an additional $950 million today as part of its failed Nokia acquisition, and the company plans to cut a further 1,850 jobs. Most of the layoffs will affect employees at Microsoft's Mobile division in Finland, with 1,350 job losses there and 500 globally. Around $200 million of the $950 million impairment charge is being used for severance payments.

REPORT: Apple explored buying Time Warner

The acquisition would have given Apple access to a $60 billion multimedia content empire, including everything from CNN to HBO and Warner Bros.

8 Reasons Why Your Facebook Ad Stats May Not Be Accurate

Have you ever run a Facebook ad to generate website visits? Did you notice a discrepancy between Facebook's reports and your own website tracking numbers?

Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These clips automatically include links back to the original live broadcaster, which eliminates concerns about someone appropriating another’s content as their own, while also sending traffic back to the site when the Clip is shared more broadly.

​​Neanderthals built complex underground structures 176,000 years ago - and no one knows why

Turns out we know a whole lot less about Neanderthals than we thought, because our cave-painting, tool-wielding, fire-conquering cousins were sophisticated enough to build complex subterranean structures as far back as 176,500 years ago, according to new archaeological evidence. Deep inside a dark, underground cave 50 km from the city of Toulouse, France, researchers have uncovered the remains of six ancient structures crafted from stalagmites. The find forces us to rethink our assumptions about these archaic humans, because what they appear to have built is far beyond anything we thought they were capable of.   "Neanderthals were inventive, creative, subtle and complex," one of the team, Jacques Jaubert from France's Bordeaux University, told AFP. "They were not mere brutes focused on chipping away at flint tools or killing bison for food." The ring-shaped structures were found 300 metres deep inside Bruniquel Cave in southwest France, and one is thought to have stood almost 7 metres wide. The twisted corridors of this cave are pitch black this far from the entrance, so the Neanderthals would have had to construct everything by firelight.

New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature

We all know about the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? A new experiment performed in Hungary suggests this may very well be the case.

Snapchat raises $1.8B in new funding round

Snapchat is one of 161 unicorns, startups boasting a valuation of more than $1 billion. They're also one of the rare tech startups to secure a massive funding round, as more investors pull back. According to a report by KPMG International and CB Insights, only five new venture capital-backed unicorns were created in the first quarter of 2016, less than half of any quarterly total last year.

Rumor: Google to Shame Phone Makers Into Updating Android

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News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016

It is also useful to see how, when combined with the sites’ total reach, the proportion of users who gets news on each site translates to U.S. adults overall. Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults. The two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44% of the general population. YouTube has the next greatest reach in terms of general usage, at 48% of U.S. adults. But only about a fifth of its users get news there, which amounts to 10% of the adult population. That puts it on par with Twitter, which has a smaller user base (16% of U.S. adults) but a larger portion getting news there.

TSA Says Security Lines Will Be Totally Fucked Indefinitely

Surprise, motherfuckers! Your summer travel plans are about to get all kinds of messed up. Ha ha, wait, that’s not a surprise.

Apple is researching how to charge electric cars

Apple is exploring methods to charge electric cars, according to Reuters , adding more credence to ongoing reports that Apple is developing an electric car. The report says Apple "appears to be laying the groundwork for the infrastructure" related to electric car operations.

Gawker is considering selling itself after its $140 million loss to Hulk Hogan

In March, Hogan was awarded $140 million in damages stemming from a Gawker news article published in 2012, which included a clip of Hulk Hogan having sex, along with commentary. And Gawker Media was handed a loss on Wednesday, when a judge in Florida denied Gawker's motion for a new trial.

GoDaddy launches Flare, a community app for sharing and rating business ideas

“Everyone has ideas, but too often they don’t go anywhere,” said Reinsberg. “We created Flare because we recognized the need for a community where people can get impartial feedback on ideas and connect with others to help them turn those ideas into something meaningful. Whether you’ve just had a fleeting thought and want to explore where you might be able to take it, or you’ve been dreaming of creating your own business your whole life, Flare is the first place to go for someone who wants to take the next step.”

Microsoft bans easy passwords on all its accounts

According to Alex Weinert from Microsoft's Identity Protection Team, Microsoft fends off attacks to 10 million accounts on a daily basis and has been collecting all the passwords guessed by hackers.

How to Install Chrome OS on Your Windows Laptop

Eager to try out Chrome OS , but not ready to ditch Windows entirely? Thanks to the latest software package from Neverware , you can have both. By installing the company’s CloudReady software, you can turn your Windows laptop into a Chromebook, and it’s also possible to set up a dual-boot system using both operating systems.

Why Amazon is the king of innovation: AWS, a cloud above the rest | ZDNet

We continue our week long series on Amazon innovation with a look at the service that changed the face of IT. Where once on-premise computing was the way to go, Amazon Web Services opened the door to scalable, on-demand, metered services.

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Mars is emerging from an ice age that ended about 400,000 years ago

Today’s study was based on predictions that 400,000 years ago such a shift in the planet’s axis took place. The researchers used radar instruments onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA spacecraft that’s orbiting Mars. They analyzed the radar images of the ice deposits within the planet’s polar ice caps, looking out for signs of erosion and other features, like so-called spiral troughs that are created by the wind. Tracing these features can reveal how ice accumulated and retreated through time. The researchers confirmed that around 400,000 years ago an ice age ended. Since the end of that ice age, about 87,000 cubic kilometers of ice accumulated at the poles, especially in the north pole. That’s exciting, because 400,000 years is pretty recent when talking about planets in the Solar System.

NYTimes Bits on Twitter

Silicon Valley likes to keep the media on a tight leash. Valleywag declined to play the game

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ACLU joins Microsoft fight against secret government demands for customer data | ZDNet

Most tech companies inform their customers when their data must be handed over, but they can't when demands are accompanied by a gag order. Although usually reserved to prevent tip-offs, leaks, or destruction of data in national security investigations, gag orders are increasingly used in run-of-the-mill criminal cases.

VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

Apple is thinking of turning your iPhone into a secure walkie-talkie - TechRepublic

The patent lists the iPhone and the iPad among the examples of electronic devices the service could be used with, though doesn't single them out. In another possible hint, the filing also refers to a "wireless communication device" used for direct voice comms as running the GUI on an iPhone or iPad-like touchscreen.

Engadget on Twitter

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Angry customer files class action suit against Theranos

This is the first class action suit against Theranos — but it’s not yet clear if it will stand up to a judge’s scrutiny. For the suit to move ahead, the judge has to certify the class saying there is evidence that there are a number of similarly situated people who suffered the same damage. Even if the suit moves ahead, it’s not clear how plaintiffs will show that they’ve suffered damages because of Theranos’ tests. A single Theranos customer is bringing this lawsuit on behalf of himself and two other potential classes of consumers — people who bought Theranos tests in Arizona as well as nationwide. The suit attacks Theranos’ practices on multiple fronts. For instance, although Theranos advertised proprietary technology, the company didn’t use its own blood-testing device, Edison, for most laboratory testing, the suit says. It also says that the company shared incorrect information with the public to attract customers. Finally, Theranos didn’t conduct its testing according to federal guidelines, according to the complaint.

How To Use Snapchat To Get A Job

After doing a considerable amount of research on the exact location and the best time to post as well as tweaking the design, Allgood purchased the slot for the on-demand geofilter (for $29.65) and scheduled the campaign to run during prime working hours at Horizon's New York City office on May 3. To ensure they didn’t miss it, Allgood followed up with an Instagram post that spelled out his goal to be the agency’s summer intern.

Those Lame Fire Snakes Get Way More Impressive When You Super-Size Them

Aside from sparklers, the most least piece of fireworks kids have access to are black snakes, those tiny pucks that grow into long ashen serpents as they burn. As far as pyrotechnics go, black snakes incredibly lame, except when YouTube’s NightHawkInLight super-sizes them. Once the mix powdered sugar and baking soda ignites, it becomes a miniature active volcano that appears out of nowhere.

Engadget giveaway: Win a uniVERSE Case System courtesy of Otterbox!

If you're like me, your smartphone is always at your side and that means more chances for it to take a tumble. These smart devices also pack plenty of business tools, photo, video and audio capabilities, making them a virtual pocket-sized production studio. Case and accessory maker Otterbox believes it's found the ideal middle ground for keeping your phone protected and letting you expand its capabilities without compromising its shell. The Otterbox uniVERSE Case System includes a modular phone case with a connector for swapping in a range of accessories including tripods, lens attachments, memory card readers, battery packs and Bluetooth speakers. This week, the company has provided us with an iPhone 6/6s uniVERSE case, along with four of its add-on modules to help you get you started. Just head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning.

No Man's Sky Reportedly Delayed - IGN

The ambitious space exploration game No Man's Sky has reportedly been pushed back from its expected June release date.

40 Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero

The other explanation for that focus is an irony that, when you start to lay it out, is kind of gobsmacking, and that gets at an almost Greek-tragic dimension of recent comic-book movies. (Let’s say Norse-tragic, because Thor.) The irony is this: The superheroes in superhero movies are always the only force capable of saving humanity from the threats it faces. But with astounding regularity in post-9/11 comic-book films, the threats mankind has to be saved from were either unleashed by the heroes themselves, came into being simultaneously with the heroes, or both. In other words, the chaos from which the heroes are required to save the world is implicit in the heroes’ being in the world in the first place; even when the protagonists aren’t actually the authors of the crisis they are fighting against — something that, again, happens with startling frequency — they are manifestations of the same fundamental shift.

'Player Two' is an animated short that shows what it's like to be a younger sibling

‘Player Two’ is a four-minute short film that looks like a fun animated adventure featuring an older and younger brother exploring life through video games, both physically and metaphorically. As the film delves on, you begin to see a bigger theme emerge — the second player is essentially being led through his existence by player one, something many with an older sibling can attest to.

How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading

This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10.

A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes and Forceful Touches

Imagine unlocking your handset with a specific pattern of squeezes as you remove it from your pocket, or upgrading your iPhone 4 to match the capabilities of the 6s with nothing but a free firmware update. For now, this is just a research project, but 3D Touch and squeeze detection could one day be a standard feature on every smartphone.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Rocket, and Try One of Its Trickiest Ocean Landings Yet

SpaceX has been having an incredible run of rocket launches lately—the most notable part is that it’s been successfully landing its rockets on a barge in the ocean. Not easy. Today, it will attempt one of its most complicated landings yet. Let’s watch and see what happens at 5:40pm ET tonight.

The Woeful TSA Doesn’t Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech

In 2014, Northeastern researchers trialled a video recognition system at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A human operator can struggle to monitor multiple cameras trying to pick out one person doing something he shouldn’t, particularly in a crowd. The Video Analytic Surveillance Transition (VAST) project spotted 99 percent of violations, with only five false alarms per week. A system like this could be installed at exit doors—the ones that say “no turning back beyond this point”—to spot people doing just that. It could also lock onto an individual and track them through a crowd, across multiple cameras.

Cat was just born to be a ballerina

Miruko was rescued last summer by Twitter user Chia and her husband. At this time of his adoption, Miruko was an emaciated stray. Now, Miruso is a star ballerina (almost) ready to grace the stage of the Sydney Opera House or Lincoln Center.

How To Turn A Work Friend Into A Real Friend

You or your work friend might be promoted over one another, or moved to different departments, or laid off. But your response to these events can truly cement the friendship forever. "You’ve got to take those risks," says Staib, and it’s certainly not a reason to avoid work friendships: "If you live your life thinking like that and worrying about that, then you’re holding yourself back from great relationships."

Salesforce and AWS pair up: Here's what it means for cloud computing | ZDNet

AWS and Salesforce can ultimately be the new IBM and SAP with a twist. For years, IBM and SAP have had a tight partnership that has revolved around hardware and software integration as well as consulting and IT services. A new age version of IBM and SAP will be AWS and Salesforce with a different spin. Technically, Salesforce has decided to build services on AWS. From an IT buying perspective, Salesforce has essentially given its seal of approval to AWS. As a result, enterprises are likely to see AWS as a go-to provider too. I'm going to bet that ultimately AWS and Salesforce evolve into a preintegrated stack for enterprises. Salesforce may even decouple infrastructure as a service from its core software as a service offerings. Today, the pricing is blended together, but more companies are going to want to bring your their own AWS to Salesforce implementations. SugarCRM already has a similar plan.

New study shows the scale of Twitter's misogyny problem

And Demos is quick to note that Twitter is not the only social media platform with a misogyny problem -- just the source of the data for this particular study. "It's important to note that misogyny is prevalent across all social media, and we must make sure that the other big tech companies are also involved in discussions around education and developing solutions," Demos researcher Alex Krasodomski-Jones wrote in a statement . "This is less about policing the internet than it is a stark reminder that we are frequently not as good citizens online as we are offline."

Apple May Open Up Siri, Make Echo-Like Speaker - InformationWeek

Conversely, Apple will spring Siri on developers as soon as next month. The company may release a Siri SDK to developers at its Worldwide Developer Conference, which is scheduled to begin June 13. Let's face it, opening up Siri to third-party apps is a much more important development (pun intended) than an in-home speaker.

51 The 20 Scariest Horror Movies of the Last Decade
52 Photoshop's Magical New Crop Tool Automatically Fills In Missing Parts of a Photo
53 NASA's attempt to inflate expandable habitat fails
54 4 'Overwatch' hero strategies for beginners to master
55 NASA's New Inflatable Space House Failed and Nobody Knows Why
56 BoJack Horseman is coming back on July 22nd
58 Apple Thought About Buying Time Warner Cable Last Year But Was Like Nah
59 DJI drones can now stream to Facebook Live, so we flew one over a beach in Croatia
60 Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon brings new selection tools and a retouch extension for Photos
61 Have a spin and a chat with founder George Hotz in his $1,000 autonomous car - Roadshow
62 Cloud communications platform Twilio files for $100 million IPO
63 Can Apple still win in the AI era?
64 Reddit launches image uploads, ditching alliance with Imgur
65 The Arctic Heat Wave Is Literally Off the Charts Right Now
66 Join DT playing Blizzard's Overwatch on Twitch
67 Spotify's Discover Weekly Has 40 Million Listeners--More Than Apple Music And Tidal
68 Former McDonald’s CEO: $15 minimum wage will drive use of more automation
69 Dish's HopperGo portable DVR is available today
70 Ripple is a Silicon Valley-based startup making milk from peas
71 NYTimes Bits on Twitter
72 Microsoft kills what's left of the old Nokia
73 Gawker, Targeted for Destruction by a Billionaire, Puts Itself Up for Sale
74 System helps spot bias in algorithms
75 Windows 10 Settings menu: The Time & language tab
76 Want to do your own analytics? Google's free Data Studio takes on Microsoft's Power BI | ZDNet
77 Avian dating sim 'Hatoful Boyfriend' makes its mobile debut
78 What Can We Expect from the Rest of Game of Thrones Season 6?
79 Yes, A Billionaire Looking To Destroy A Media Organization Through Lawsuits Is A Big Deal Even If You Don't Like The Media Organization | Techdirt
80 Engadget on Twitter
81 GOP Moves to Gut Net Neutrality, FCC Budget
82 Facebook is reportedly working on 'shoppable' video ads
83 Happy birthday to NYC’s awesome, overlooked aerial tram
84 Source: New Apple TV will compete with Amazon Echo
85 iPhone 7 Plus Again Rumored to Feature Smart Connector in Leaked Schematics
86 Twilio is going public, lifting the tech IPO drought
88 Microsoft eats another $1B as phone strategy shrinks to enterprise-only
89 Hope Reese on Twitter