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Manhattan's First Dairy Queen Opens: Here's How New Yorkers Reacted

Manhattan's first ever Dairy Queen has finally opened and the enthusiasm for the iconic "Blizzard" was palpable.

Local Farm Commercial Replaces GMOs With Twerking

Peaceful Belly Farms in Boise, Idaho, has exceeded all expectations for a local, low-budget commercial.

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Microsoft Smartwatch Will Continuously Measure Heart Rate: Report

Microsoft is planning to launch a new smartwatch that will be compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, according to a new report.

GameCube Controller Adapter Announced for Wii U - IGN

Nintendo will have it on display at E3 during its Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Look to IGN for impressions on the hardware soon. Take a look at the video below for a closer look.

Taiwan's Acer launches cloud computing drive in shift from PC reliance

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Acer Inc 2353.TW detailed its long-touted push into cloud computing on Thursday, as the struggling computer maker responds to a shrinking PC market by pitting itself against cloud leaders Inc AMZN.O and Google Inc GOOGL.O.

Apple didn't want Beats, it needed Beats

Onstage at the Code Conference last night,  Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats' Jimmy Iovine answered some questions about the marriage of their two companies. Beats is best known for its headphones, the product that built its brand and accounts for most of its revenues. But Cue made it clear that hardware was the less important part of the equation. "You just heard why we did this deal — it's about music," he told the crowd. Beats Music, he said, was the "the first music subscription service done right."


The Globe , the NYT and Le Monde all have impeccable news pedigrees, but that no longer guarantees reader loyalty. Many at the Globe understand the challenge they face, but the tendency to package news in a way that looks good on the bleached remnants of pine trees hasn’t been completely eradicated. That’s why the newspaper and nearly all of its peers worldwide find themselves trying to change their cultural DNA. This is a self-eviscerating process that leads inevitably to management cutbacks and shrinking newsroom headcounts. And this is why I found myself being escorted out of 444 Front Street not six months after I started there. Within a few weeks, I had to make a decision: accept an offer from /newsrooms, a Toronto-based front-runner in brand journalism, or continue interviewing for positions that I expected to disappear in roughly the same timeframe as my Globe stint.

Director Colin Trevorrow Reveals Jurassic World Story Details - IGN

Finally, Trevorrow took ownership over the Jurassic World story and setting, claiming people are jumping to the wrong conclusions regarding the leaks. "Honestly, the biggest misconception on this movie is that there’s some massive conference room at the studio where all these cynical story decisions are made. ... Universal has given us the resources to tell the story we want to tell, on the scale we want to tell it. Will this one be different from the other movies? You bet it will. And I’m not going to pass the buck if it doesn’t work. This one’s on me."

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Twitter / mashable: Imagine if you were looking ...

Omg!! RT @mashable : Imagine if you were looking down from Chicago's Willis Tower Skydeck and you saw cracks in the glass... it happened.

The taxi industry heard Google & Uber's driverless car plans. They're not happy

“So much for being an Uber ‘partner,’” said  Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association CEO Alfred LaGasse in an email to VentureBeat. “Kalanick’s comment displays the same lack of consideration for people that Uber has shown when it comes to public safety in its transportation business.”

Asus hybrid phone, tablet, laptop teaser could be a new Padfone

Asus recently revealed that the Padfone X will make landfall on American shores on June 6, when the phone-laptop hybrid arrives at AT&T. Unfortunately, the Padfone X only combines a phone and tablet, using a full-featured 5-inch smartphone (itself powered by a Qualcomm 800 chip) to serve as the brains of a 9-inch tablet, all for $200 plus a service plan, or as little as $22.92 per month over an 18-month period.

2% of Google Employees Are Black And Just 30% Are Women

Lex Alexander , a web developer who briefly ran a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds for a coding scholarship for minorities, agrees that education is the key, but also changing society’s perception of who a programmer is just as important: “There are two reasons why there aren’t many women and minorities in tech; access and expectations. A lot of us didn’t go to top 10 universities in Northern California or know four of five VCs offhand or intern at Fortune 500 tech companies. In the rare cases that we have, we have to contend with society’s notions of what a programmer should be and look like.”

Snowden Details His Arc From Being Near The NSA On 9/11 To Now Watching 'The Wire' In Moscow

"I realized that so many of the things that were told by the government simply aren't true," he told Williams. "Much like the — the arguments about aluminum tubes and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Colin Powell's speech with the vial of anthrax that Saddam was going to — to bring against us. The Iraq War that I signed up for was launched on false premises. The American people were misled."

Designers Tackle The 7 Great Miseries Of Flying

“The main idea was to deliver the right service and information contextually at the right time and phase of the customer journey,” says Gianluca Brugnoli, one of Frog’s creative directors. Put another way: Social alerts can either feel like spam in your newsfeed, or they can feel like thoughtfully designed moments. One such moment would be auto-alerts for when flights take off and land. It’s still on the project’s wish list, but imagine the one-less-thing-feeling that would accompany push notifications being sent to mom, as you de-board a long flight.

LG G3 Hands On: It's All About the Screen

The G3's most distinguishing feature is its screen: It has a mind-blowing 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, which means its pixel density is a truly eye-popping 538 pixels per inch. To put that in perspective, that's the same resolution as a 27-inch iMac. The LG G3 isn't the first phone with this high of a resolution, but it's the first mainstream smartphone. LG calls it "quad-HD," but that's a bit of a misnomer — this isn't a 4K display in a smartphone, but it's the highest resolution I've seen to date.

Turkish court axes YouTube ban over free speech concerns - CNET

The May 29 ruling strikes down the blockade, which was imposed on March 27. The next step is for the Transportation and Communication Ministry and the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) to implement the court's order. The ban had been appealed by YouTube, Turkish scholar Kerem Altıparmak, and President Metin Feyzioğlu of the Union of Turkey's Bar Associations.

Beats Music Acquisition Gives Apple A Way Out Of The iTunes And App Store Traps

Although Apple’s own iTunes Radio has surpassed Spotify in very short order with 8% of the market, its radio station model lacks both the personalization of Beats or the directness of Spotify. Although it has among the largest catalogs of music (26 million songs compared to Pandora’s paltry 1 million or Spotify and Beats’ 20 million) iTunes Radio does not make it easy to hear exactly what you want to hear—unless you buy songs within the app, of course. For people interested in buying music from iTunes, the Radio service is a workable discovery engine to find songs adjacent to songs you like, but fewer and fewer people are interested in buying music directly. Apple’s Eddy Cue is well aware of this trend.

YouTube starts rating U.S. ISPs, puts its weight behind settlement-free peering

“We don’t talk about individual arrangements. Free peering arrangements are the industry norm, since it’s a win-win for all parties, and that’s the way the vast majority of our agreements work.  In limited cases, additional resources are needed to set up the peering, and some money may be involved as part of the business arrangement. But Google has never asked for preferential treatment of traffic, and we always work to reduce ISPs’ costs by interconnecting or deploying caching infrastructure as close to ISPs’ viewers as possible.”

Must-See Tech Talks for Every Programmer

You and Your Research by Richard Hamming You and Your Research is the blueprint for a successful career in any discipline, not just research; in fact, the talk has the nickname "You and Your Career". In this lecture,  Richard Hamming  shares his observations on "why do so few scientists make significant contributions and so many are forgotten in the long run?'' Some of the key ideas include courage, luck, drive ("knowledge and productivity are like compound interest"), a focus on important problems ("If you do not work on an important problem, it’s unlikely you’ll do important work"), open doors, selling the work ("I suggest that when you open a journal, as you turn the pages, you ask why you read some articles and not others"), and much more. This should be required viewing for every high school student. More talks on how to succeed in the programming industry: The Myth of the Genius Programmer by Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman. This talk isn't about geniuses or 10x programmers, but rather, about building a culture that avoids elitism and provides support for personal growth, collaboration, and ideas.

Vimeo gets into original content with short comedy series 'High Maintenance'

This is just the beginning for Vimeo's original content too: it's set aside $10 million to use for licensing content for Vimeo On Demand. Paying per episode is a far different business model than what most streaming services jumping into the original content game are using — Amazon and Netflix, most notably, both require subscriptions — so Vimeo's initiative may pan out quite differently. One thing's for certain: if it does sell shows episode by episode, each one better be good.

First look at Dragon V2: The first manned spaceship by SpaceX (Updating)

The SuperDraco is an advanced version of the Draco engines currently used by SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to maneuver in orbit and during re-entry. SuperDracos will be used on the crew version of the Dragon spacecraft as part of the vehicle's launch escape system; they will also enable propulsive landing on land. Each SuperDraco produces 16,000 pounds of thrust and can be restarted multiple times if necessary. In addition, the engines have the ability to deep throttle, providing astronauts with precise control and enormous power.

Tim Cook’s Memo to Apple Employees - Digits - WSJ

Beats Music was built with deep respect for both artists and fans. We think it’s the first subscription service to really get it right. Both Apple and Beats believe that a great music service requires a strong editorial and curation team, and we will continue to expand what we do in those areas. The addition of Beats will make our incredible iTunes lineup even better, extending the emotional connection our customers have with music.

Ukraine Military Helicopter Shot Down; 14 Dead

Pro-Russian separatists shot down a military helicopter in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk on Thursday. All 14 people on board died, including a general, Ukraine 's acting president confirmed.

Mind Candy Announces New World of Warriors Game

Available for Android and iOS, World of Warriors is being touted as an “epic combat strategy game with a unique skill element drawing from history’s greatest warriors.” No exact launch date has been given beyond “later this year”, but you can view a teaser video now.

You Can Finally Drive Your Dream Mercedes-Benz ... In 'Mario Kart 8'

Just in time for the Japan release of "Mario Kart 8," Nintendo is teaming up with Mercedes-Benz on downloadable content called the GLA Kart, which will be available in Japanese versions of the game this summer. The free download will let "Mario Kart 8" players choose the new Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV as a drivable vehicle.

5 Great Front-End Developer Tools You Must Try

Over the last few years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in an entirely new generation of Web applications. These apps have become much richer, leading to a huge increase in complexity on the front-end side.

Diversity? Google's Workforce Is 70% Male, 60% White

It's about a system - a culture - that caters to the white male. It isn't about companies being open to employees of other races, or of the female gender, but rather an entire culture that makes it nearly impossible for people of other races - usually lower income - to break out of their bracket and enter careers such as the above at Google. In other words, such a granular approach isn't going to answer any of your questions. Look at the larger structure - the ideological state apparatuses that contribute to this kind of imbalance. Maybe the US is 60% or 70% white, but why is this section of the population considerably more affluent? What is it about the entire cultural framework that means a certain gender, race, is allowed to be considered above the others?

Here's what you need to know about the sudden and mysterious death of TrueCrypt

It’s a mystery that has the information security industry scratching its collective head: why did the anonymous developers of TrueCrypt, a tool recommended by the likes of Edward Snowden, suddenly kill the project and recommend a Microsoft encryption tool instead?

Data cleaner Trifacta raises a $25M series C round

For large companies with big Hadoop clusters consisting of terabytes of data, it can be difficult to analyze all the unstructured information, said Joe Hellerstein, one of Trifacta’s co-founders and its CEO. In order for the big data to become usable, a person might have to write code that can organize the data so it can be loaded into a predictive-analytic platform; this is a labor-intensive task that takes a relatively long time to accomplish.

Samsonite Scoops Up iPhone Case Maker Speck Products | TechCrunch

The acquisition offers Samsonite the opportunity to participate in the large and growing smartphone case market, which in the U.S. alone is estimated to be worth US$2.3 billion, as well as in the tablet case market, where Speck is also a leader. With Samsonite’s resources, depth of experience and well-established distribution capability, we can further strengthen Speck’s business in the U.S., which contributed approximately 80% of Speck’s sales in 2013, and significantly expand the brand’s presence across Asia, Europe and Latin America. We also see many possibilities for extending the brand into adjacent categories, leveraging the appeal that Speck’s creative designs have with younger consumers and our own expertise in bags.”

Downcount for Android: Countdown to Big Events

Downcount isn’t about timing how long it will take for an egg to boil. No. It bypasses seconds, minutes, and even hours to let you add future (or past) events and give you an at-a-glance view of what’s on the horizon. You hit the ‘Plus’ button, give it a name and a date, and that’s about it. If you enter a historical date (e.g. the day you were born), it will count up the way instead. To delete an item, swipe it away. To edit, a long-press will do.

ExtraHop looks to build business analytics powerhouse, lands $41 million from early Splunk investor - GeekWire

ExtraHop today is announcing a whopping $41 million venture capital round, bringing total funding in the 7-year-old company to $61 million. Cash from the round will be used to fund R&D and accelerate the company’s market penetration globally, with the 140-person company expected to double in size in the next 12 months.

Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act

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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

We are not the lovable nerdy protagonist who’s lovable because he’s the protagonist. We’re not guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick of our dreams as long as we work hard enough at it. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by “getting the girl” in the end. And when our clever ruses and schemes to “get girls” fail, it’s not because the girls are too stupid or too bitchy or too shallow to play by those unwritten rules we’ve absorbed.


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What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

Big up on this piece. While I'm with you on starting small, I'd do daily form the get go, even for 5 minutes (heck, even for one!), then increase gradually. (There's a whole amygdala-based reason on why incremental changes are much more likely to stick). The thing is, if you do it every other day, you're more likely to slack off, in a "I'm too tired to do this today, but I'll make up for it tomorrow...", and with that tomorrow being an off day, that new ab machine or gym membership card quickly become mere weights preventing the floor or the counter from flying up in the air. I'm through my second month of one of those night-TV-sold exercise programs (I won't plug it but will say its name has a letter and two digits denoting the surprisingly short routine length - and it's really good). The first couple of weeks were hell - when it came to waking up (the whole euphoria schtick was definitely going on from day one) - but the fact that it was daily surely helped stick to it.

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.

Nature - Week 4 Gallery - National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

The Sardine Run is considered to be one of the most spectacular wildlife events. The search for dive-able bait ball action can be long and hard, with no guarantees of being in the right place at the right time. Jumping into the water on a unique bait ball is a once in a lifetime luck. This bait ball, later christen, the Shark Ball was a phenomenal sight. Normally a the bait ball will escape fairly easily without the presence of dolphins, but the shear number of sharks, created a grid so tight around the ball, that each and every one of the bait fish got eaten.

This Is Why No One Follows You on Twitter

But first, it's a good idea to take a look at how most people will see your Twitter profile. If someone finds you in his or her Home stream, or clicks on a "Who to follow" suggestion, the Profile Summary pop-up below shows what your potential audience sees of your Twitter presence.

Drive Your Business Forward - Sponsored Post

Mercedes-Benz and Fast Company invite business owners to submit a 60-second video for the chance to win a new Sprinter van and $10,000 toward vehicle customization. Click here for official rules. Check out last year's winner: 6D Helmets Share this with your friends on Facebook or Tweet this page to your followers.

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13 things to expect from Apple at WWDC 2014

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference starts Monday, and all indications are that it’s going to be a big one. WWDC has long been the place to be if you want to get an early glimpse at the future of iOS and OS X, and already iTunes chief Eddy Cue has teased that Apple’s product lineup this year is the best one that it’s had in over two decades .

The brilliant life, stupid death, and improbable return of

He built a working beta of Upcoming in about three months; it launched to the public a month later, in September 2003. The site's fundamental insight was that people make better filters for events than the institutions that are hosting them. After creating an account, Upcoming let you post events you planned to attend. Other people could follow you and see your events, either on the site or via RSS feeds. Because the service was discovered first by geeks, it turned out to be an excellent way to find out about geeky events. 8-bit art festivals, flash mobs, offbeat developer conferences — Upcoming excelled at delivering them to the audiences that cared about them. And because it was built for people instead of the venues, the site attracted an authentic and enthusiastic community.

An Exclusive Look Inside ESPN's Cutting-Edge New SportsCenter Studio

Another factor driving ESPN's investment is that SportsCenter outgrew its studio. Built in 2004, Digital Center 1 is half the size of DC-2, and it feels both claustrophobic with a lower ceiling, and spare with its smaller, fewer screens. Ten years ago, SportsCenter aired three times a day. Now, it's on nearly all the time: 16 hours a day, live. Because the Bristol studio is usually hot--in use--there’s little time to rehearse or pre-produce segments. In DC-2, another notable wall, a floor-to-ceiling sound-proof sheath of glass, creates adjacent studios, a rarity in television. When the larger Studio X is broadcasting live, the smaller Studio Xa can block out a story--rehearsing, for once. "That's an enormous change," says Bengtson. "It lets us try new things and provide higher-quality content."

Turkish Twitter User Jailed For Offending 'Religious Values'

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

�Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry�

Inspired by Silicon Valley guru Paul Graham’s seminal essay to �do things that don’t scale,� they sourced cookies from bakeries in their three markets�snickerdoodles in San Francisco, frosted red velvet in L.A., classic chocolate chip in Washington, D.C.�which the ninja delivered, wrapped, along with the freshly laundered clothing. The gesture added another logistical wrinkle to an already complicated business, but it was worth it. �In the beginning, people loved it,� says Metzner. �Our social media went crazy, like, �Oh my God, Washio is the best!’ �

Meet the Man Hired to Make Sure the Snowden Docs Aren't Hacked

The only other property with a similar approach is The Washington Post , which hired star privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani to work on the NSA leaks hand-in-hand with reporter Barton Gellman, the other early recipient of the Snowden treasure trove of documents, along with Greenwald and Poitras. Soltani's byline has graced many NSA scoops, while he's helped other reporters with their own technical stories.

The 9 Types of Coffee Addicts Everyone Knows

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Root backdoor found in surveillance gear used by law enforcement

The flaws may also affect former products, including Cybertech eXpress and Cybertech Myracle. The researchers said they first informed Nice representatives of the vulnerabilities in December. Two weeks ago, SEC told Nice that the advisory was scheduled for Wednesday. In addition to catering to law enforcement agencies around the world, Nice also serves other mission-critical customers, including forensic investigators, banks, utilities, and healthcare providers.

Two Top Foursquare Execs, Including COO, Are Stepping Down

The timing is still interesting in that it comes less than a month after Foursquare dramatically shifted its business strategy. Instead of one major app, Foursquare now has two apps: Swarm, intended for keeping up with friends using the app's signature check-ins, and Foursquare, which will be more about discovering places nearby.

The habits of happiness

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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