Michael Jackson's New Single Features Justin Timberlake — and It's a Thriller
The new single from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape has arrived, and it's retro King of Pop, featuring the reigning prince of pop, Justin Timberlake. The single, Love ...
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“I hate the word disrupting. I don’t like this notion of you have to break down other industries in order to create something interesting,” said Miller, “It’s just about creating something new.”
After Technology Destroys Capitalism | TechCrunch
Let’s back up for a second. I’ve been arguing for some time now that the combination of new technology and old capitalism will soon drastically worsen inequality. It seems to me that technology will soon destroy jobs faster than it creates them, if it hasn’t started to already. Which is a good thing! Most of the jobs it destroys are bad, and most of the ones it creates are good. Net human happiness should be vastly increased, not decreased, by this process — but, unfortunately, capitalism doesn’t work that way.
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DNA GPS Maps Where Your Ancestors Lived | I Fucking Love Science
Scientists have developed a GPS tool that doesn't tell you where you're at right now, but it can tell you where your ancestors lived a thousand years ago. The new algorithm accurately pinpoints your geographic origin using just bits of your genetic data -- narrowing it down to the country, and in some cases, even the exact village.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' review: a step in the wrong direction
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 was released 10 years ago this summer, and it’s impossible to avoid comparisons between Webb’s film and what many regard as one of the best superhero movies ever made. The romantic relationships are nearly identical in both films, though Gwen is a decidedly better companion for Peter than Kirsten Dunst’s dream-girl Mary Jane was. But here his wishy-washy attitude is even more exasperating, the entirety of their problems boiling down to the amount of guilt he feels about his promise to her father in any given scene. Until it’s time for Gwen to become a pawn or damsel in distress, watching her and Peter interact feels like sitting through a documentary about two indecisive teens — and it’s exactly as tedious as that sounds.
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
We've created a slideshow highlighting the key trends and forecasts for the entire Internet-connected ecosystem, including connected TVs, connected cars, wearable computing devices, and all of the consumer and business tools that will soon be connected to the "Internet Of Things."
Mosquitoes bred with suicide genes to combat disease
Local trials have already seen a 90 percent reduction in aegypti numbers, according to the biotech company that developed the mutant gene. Critics have raised a number of objections, however, including the fact that other mosquito species also carry dengue fever, so the potentially fatal disease won't necessarily be eradicated by this risky approach. Others have pointed out that there have only been very small trials so far, so we don't know what happens if GM females, rather than males, are accidentally released into the wild (potentially causing allergic reactions in bite victims), or if some mosquitoes somehow inherit the modified gene but don't die from it. Either way, if Mother Nature does have some sort of retribution in store, then Brazil is about to find out.
Samsung blurs the line between phone and camera (again) with the Galaxy K zoom
Mildly silly name aside (the "K" stands for "kamera," seriously), the international K zoom packs 2GB of RAM and one of Samsung's hexa-core Exynos chipsets into its chubby, dimpled frame. In this case, the chip combines quad-core 1.3GHz and a dual-core 1.7GHz processors -- the pairing isn't as snappy as a Galaxy S5, but it's still beefy enough to handle most people's daily routines. Toss in 2GB of RAM, 3G and LTE radios, 8GB of internal storage and a spacious 4.8-inch 720p screen and you've got yourself a package that's a bit more robust than most. If the name wasn't a dead giveaway though, the K zoom's 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS camera sensor is the star of the show here. Samsung's rear shooter is kitted out with optical image stabilization, the ability to shoot 1080p video at 60 frames per second and a slew of software features that aim to make your on-the-go photos less terrible. That all sounds fine enough on paper, but here's the bigger question: what's it like to actually use?
Microsoft Sees The Future Of TV In An Old-School Role-Playing Game
Deadlands is set in 19th century America, but in an alternative timeline where a group of American Indian shamans tried to drive out European settlers with magic spells, and accidentally opened a conduit to a demonic realm. Powerful evil beings known as the Reckoners use the conduit to begin turning the Earth into a haunted wasteland, starting in the “Weird West,” where lawmen and gunslingers battle zombies, ghosts and mad scientists.
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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.
Why do dead whales explode?
"Pressure release is sometimes slow, and sometimes catastrophic," says Bruce Mate, director of the marine biology institute at Oregon State University. Mate has dealt with a lot of dead whales throughout his career, so he's also seen his fair share of bloated remains. "The gas buildup is just a normal part of the degradation of tissue." That's why he isn't all that worried about the whale that washed up on the beach at Trout River, in Newfoundland. "Dead animals buoy up to the surface all the time, and they float there until the pressure is released through some weak point," he says. The weak points are often ones that are already in place, such as a whale's mouth or anus. But hungry sharks can also contribute to the creation of these sorts of weak points.
3D-printed cast uses ultrasound to speed healing
To be fitted for a cast, a patient's arm (or other broken limb) is 3D-scanned, and a technician will use this data to design a custom cast for the injury, taking into account the injury's placement as well as size, geometry and ventilation hole placement. It is then printed in two parts that fit together like a puzzle, with a holes for a flexible wire to be threaded through, locking the cast in place.
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The 3 Most Incredible PCs of April 2014
As some of my regular readers will know, every month I take a look at some of the best customized PC I’ve spotted on the Internet. These crazy projects often feature off-the-shelf PC cases that some skilled individual has painted, cut up or modified in some other way. In short, many of these masterpieces make MTV's MTV's Pimp My Ride look tame. They’re some of the most amazing PCs ever created.
Child of Light Review - IGN
Your spritely helper Igniculus also plays a vital role in combat. You (or a friend in co-op) control him independently with the right stick, slowing down foes, healing allies, and grabbing health and mana pickups when necessary. You’re doing all this while switching characters in and out of the fray to capitalize on their assortment of well-tuned spells and abilities. Enemy encounters, especially the boss fights, are balanced tightly around the tools you've been given, so while the tool box isn't huge, every piece of hardware has an application. Armor spells actually add a noticeable amount of survivability, and crowd control abilities like Hinder, and paralyze work 100% of the time, even against bosses. Every card in the deck feels like an ace when you use it at the right moment.
In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that afflicts 7–8 percent of the population. It hits people who have been exposed to highly stressful situations in which their “fight or flight” response has been activated. Rape survivors. War veterans. Policemen.
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
I knew about syntax charts and created one for this BASIC. I did not know that HP BASIC was extremely different than DEC BASIC, the one that the book "101 Games in BASIC" used and that Bill Gates had written. I figured all BASIC's were the same but HP's differed greatly when it came to strings of letters. I finished my syntax diagrams and they were complete. But I had in the back of my head that I could be a star, that I could get a little fame in the hobby world, like Bill Gates, if I created the first BASIC for the 6502. To save a bit of time, I stripped the floating point operations out of my syntax diagram. I needed to write integer based simulations for my HP work and games are based on logic, which is integers. I dropped floating point numbers (ones with decimal points) only to save a few weeks and have a better chance of being the first to develop this BASIC on the 6502. You might look back and see that I included floating point arithmetic routines in the ROM of the Apple ][ but I never went back to work them into the BASIC. When you code by hand (couldn't afford a time-share account) it's hard to make changes in the middle structure of things that have to be at fixed addresses.
7 Super-Specific Dating Sites That Only the Internet Could Spawn
It shouldn't take nine lives to find your perfect match, and because the Internet is the Internet, there's a site for feline lovers to land on their feet, in love. Purrsonals, a dating site for cat owners, may just be where the Internet implodes -- it describes itself as "not just a dating site for cat lovers," but "a social networking site for all our beloved felines."
Mashable's Guide to the Kentucky Derby
If you’re reading Mashable 's Derby guide, then we’re guessing you’re not sitting between the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. That's okay. We won't be there, either; for this, we have NBC. The network's coverage of the 140th Kentucky Derby starts at 4 p.m. ET and continues through 7 p.m. ET. You can listen to it on the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) on Sirius Channel 93 & XM 208, beginning at 5 p.m. ET, or you can tune in online at NBCSports.com and TwinSpires.com — where you can gamble, too. Naturally, you could also go to a local race track, and watch on their TVs for a semi-real experience of being at the event itself — that’s always fun and weird.
7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
The National Alliance on Mental Illness says setting simple, well-defined goals like, "I will smoke one less cigarette, each day, for the next three weeks," is a great way to actually accomplish something. Set goals for yourself in relation to your mental health (such as, "I will take two minutes each day to focus on breathing"), and be as specific as possible.
10 Questions on the Deadly Middle Eastern Virus That Showed Up in Indiana
Anytime a new and deadly virus appears, there is reason for alarm. Releasing accurate information to the public is a key step in combatting the virus. The CDC spread the word quickly about the case in Indiana not to cause unnecessary fear, but because public awareness and understanding are important in these situations. "CDC helps people cope during health emergencies by giving them accurate and timely risk information," according to its website . "This arms people with knowledge to help reduce fear and the potential for disruptive behavior."
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See The Homes Of The World’s Best Architects: Animals
"It is rarely the animal architects alone that benefit from their constructions; there are also many other users, whether they serve as roommates during the builders‘ lifetime or take over their structures long after the builders are gone. Mites inhabit beehives, hermit crabs move into empty snail shells, a large number of living creatures benefit from the hydro-architecture of beavers, and coral reefs are used as building materials by humans. The principle of sustainability applies to animal constructions. They are usually used over many generations, are always environmentally friendly, and are even biodegradable."
The Quantified Other: Nest And Fitbit Chase A Lucrative Side Business
The damage may seem trivial, if we compare the above situation to something like getting your Bank account hacked and losing all your savings. But when we start talking about the possible kinds of data involved – personal medical records, private conversations, personal photos, personal behavioral tendencies… Also, the way in which future technology could connect the dots – drones could collect the data over wireless; intelligent robots can sift through the data for meaning; and the devices that a consumer wears or appliances in the home could confirm the reliability of data analysis results… I don’t mean to be a paranoid-schizophrenic, and I appreciate the seriousness with which companies entrusted with such data consider ethics and security concerns. My point is simply this – it just takes a small slip-up, and there are a lot of companies out there will be intertwined in this complex web of data. The recent Heartbleed bug that revealed a vulnerability in the internet security protocol called SSL that a vast majority of companies with secure data rely on — it becomes even more difficult to prevent exposure when faced with 50 billion connected devices as implied by the Internet of Things.
Nissan tries on dirt-resistant paint - CNET
When will this paint technology put millions of car washes out of business, and displace the classic cheerleader charity parking lot wash, you may wonder? Before any of these changes occur, Nissan will need to evaluate the paint's durability, cost, supply, and how it looks on the cars.
How Thoroughbreds Convert Air Into Blazing Speed | Science | WIRED
There are sprinters and there are distance runners, but the thoroughbreds charging down the track this month at the Kentucky Derby (sometimes called the fastest two minutes in sport) need to be both. The race stretches a grueling mile and a quarter, so those horses have to be machines that convert air into speed.
7 Tech Logos Before They Became Iconic
Some of the world’s most ubiquitous logos had humble beginnings. In 1975, Carolyn Davidson was paid $35 to develop the Nike logo and the “Swoosh” we’ve come to recognize has remained more or less intact for nearly forty years.
Nanotech Battery Breakthrough Promises 30 Second Smartphone Charging
Smartphones are some of the most useful devices we own. However, their battery life leaves a lot to be desired. Even the most power frugal devices need to be charged daily during heavy use – something that many of us have found out to our cost.
10 DIY Fashion Tricks Every Man Should Know
You attempt to shave your neck-beard, but your dull razor leaves your bathroom looking like a murder scene. Then after getting ready, you realize your shirt is wrinkly, your sweater is fuzzy, your shoes stink, your belt no longer fits and you're suddenly aware that your tie is seven years out of fashion.
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At a time when Silicon Valley is facing increasing scrutiny over the treatment of women in technology, there emerges a website called Codebabes.com that, as you may have already heard , involves women stripping as you learn to code and pass online tests. Seriously .
If You Get A Misdelivered Package, UPS Will Give A Stranger Your Home Address
UPS sees the situation from their customers’ perspective rather than from that of the non-customers who have a strange package in their possession. They want to tell a shipper or recipient where the package is if it’s gone missing, even as they reassure them that it will be re-delivered to the right address. If you’re the one with the missing package, that’s probably a lot better than just being told it’s been “misdelivered.” But given that the sharing the address information unnecessarily opens up the company to weird things happening — like Friedman’s experience — it seems like they might want to rethink their policy.
Spoken And Unspoken
In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.
A behind-the-scenes look at how GE is using design to change how people use its machines
GE is also using the latest in cutting-edge user interfaces to try to design the most useful products with its machines. When a technician needs to use his or her hands to move parts, they can use a wearable device to monitor the machine or input information into the machine with a gesture. The massive amount of data generated by the connected machines can be visualized in ways that enable the workers to know exactly what they need to know at any given time. Factories can be built with sensor systems that automatically awake devices for workers.
15 Cinco de Mayo Recipes to Spice Up Your Fiesta
It's easy to grab a six pack of Coronas, and pop open a bag of store-bought tortilla chips and salsa, but that does very little to wow your friends and family. This year, why not make the holiday a little more special by adding some spice to your entertaining skills?
Mercedes' first electric vehicle for the US has a Tesla heart and plenty of muscle
The B-Class Electric has a few different safety features (such as assistance for collision prevention, lane keeping, parking and blind spots), but one option that stands out is adaptive brake assist. This gives you three modes for braking, each with a different degree of kickback and energy regeneration. D+ coasts just like a regular automatic; D adds a little kickback to help you slow down faster without having to use your brakes; and D- is even stronger. This not only helps you brake more efficiently, but it also lets you boost power by converting kinetic energy into electric current, which ideally should add a few extra precious miles to your range. (This ought to be the most helpful if you're in the city and braking frequently.) There's a set of paddles on the back of the steering wheel you can use to switch back and forth between modes, and if you do it right, you could control the pace of your car this way if you're driving downhill.
Facebook Moves To Become The World's Most Powerful Data Broker
Anonymous Logins will let users like you and me hold back from sharing any of our personal Facebook information with the developer or crucially, the lucrative ad networks associated with that app. This extension of Facebook Connect shuts off the spigots of data to anyone outside of Facebook, allowing the social network to retain that data for its nascent, mobile-ad play, known as Audience Audience Network.
White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data
In a statement of principles privately delivered to lawmakers some weeks ago to guide surveillance reforms, the White House said it wanted legislation protecting “any person who complies in good faith with an order to produce records” from legal liability for complying with court orders for phone records to the government once the NSA no longer collects the data in bulk.
The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About the Making Of Flash Gordon
"The director said, 'I want you and Sam to try to go for a relationship, make this as human as possible. Don't camp it up or go for laughs.' That's why the movie's so funny, because we didn't try to make it campy. In fact, I'm surprised that (people) are laughing, because we weren't out to make a funny film. In fact, De Laurentiis was very upset when he showed the film and people started to laugh, because he thought they were laughing at it and not with it. In fact, he re-did the cheerleading scene. He wanted it to be serious...with macho man out there. Play it very straight, the more you play it straight, the funnier it is. I think that's why Flash and Dale work, because of the way we played it."
If Famous Cats Existed in 1980s Video Games
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The Difference Between Urgent and Important
Humans tend to be bad at understanding how we’ll feel in the future . In our mind’s Pollyannaish eye, the future is a world of order and excellence in which you exercise everyday, you don’t bring work home with you, you finally learn Spanish, you catch up with that friend you haven’t spoken to in forever. In reality, something always comes up, there is always something to do.
How Netflix Is Transforming the Economics of the Web | Enterprise | WIRED
This week, the company announced it has reached an agreement with Verizon to connect its service directly to the ISP’s network, a deal similar to the one Netflix reached with Comcast in February. In the past, Netflix delivered its service into Comcast and Verizon through middlemen networks — “transit networks” that provide the backbone for the internet. But in order to ensure that its video streams arrive in homes without too many hiccups, it’s following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook, building a straighter path into ISPs.
At Long Last, Video Game Aggression Linked To Losing, Not Violence
Good article, I like that you’ve distinguished the cause of aggression as being from losing rather than the amount of violence in the game. However, this study focused on short term aggressive reactions, and I don’t believe those are the type of aggressive reactions that cause mass shootings. It seems to me that many times those shootings occur after people have spent significant time planning them. I think it’s the more gradual process of desensitization to violence through hundreds of hours of playing those violent games that can influence an unstable person. This desensitization is by no means limited to video games, but there is an argument to be made that experiencing violence as one does in a first-person shooter has more of an effect than watching a violent movie or television show, or listening to violent music. But I do agree that gaming should not be blamed for the violent acts of unstable children, I think it’s purely a mental health and a parenting issue. As a society we regulate certain things because children are not yet mature enough to handle them, i.e. alcohol and R rated movies.
Does Google Have A Secret "Google Translate" Service?
My best bet is that Google is afraid of mass spamming that could be hard to identify. Nevertheless, if they think it is good enough for them to publish it on their Android and Chrome stores, why wouldn’t they allow others to do the same in Google Translate? Knowing Google, you probably are aware that their rules sometimes oblige us, but don’t apply to those located in Mountain View.
MERS makes first U.S. appearance, in Indiana
(CNN) -- The first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been reported in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
New Greg Capullo Batman Action Figures from DC Comics Designer Series 1 - IGN
Unless you’re currently reading the Batman comic series, Talon is probably unfamiliar to you. The first of leg Capullo’s Batman series dealt with the Court of Owls, a harrowing tale where Batman learned that Gotham might be under control of a winged animal that's not a bat. The Owls do their dirty work with undead Talon ninjas, all of whom can go toe-to-toe with Batman in a fight. The Owls and their Talons became instant classic Batman villains, and we are happy to report that every element of Capullo’s design made it to the action figure. The haunting owl mask, the owl shoulder emblem, the owl handguard, the many throwing knives -- it’s all there, and it just looks mean and awesome.
High-tech headband reads your mind - CNET
Controlling things with touch, voice and gestures might one day be old-fashioned. The new Muse headband, which reads your brainwaves, could be a step towards mind control.