Zachary Levi and 'Sesame Street' Want You to Unplug and Go Outside
Stop snapping selfies and look at the spectacular world around you. Zachary Levi and Sesame Street's Bert know that a day in the park doesn't need a filter.
X-Men Fan Shoots Fire From His Wrists Like Pyro
The latest and final installment of DYI X-Men superpowers from amateur inventor Colin Furze will set your geek radar ablaze.
Beyonce Is the Natural Disaster We Should All Fear [VIDEO]
A Godzilla-esque parody by YouTube user hajiketobu proves that hell hath no fury like a Beyonce scorned.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Is the Best Everything Device Ever Made [REVIEW]
It may not be the perfect laptop or the perfect tablet, but as an everything device, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 makes an incredibly strong case.
Hipmunk Raises $20M Round For Its Agony- And Ecstasy-Based Travel Search | TechCrunch
Hipmunk is a travel search site that aims to take the agony out of travel planning. Their mission is to help people book travel faster and more efficiently. Hipmunk was designed to help people who are overwhelmed with pages of irrelevant search results. Hipmunk presents flight results in a visual timeline that allows people to select the best flight for them at a glance. Hotel results are shown on …
Microsoft, Salesforce Join Forces
Microsoft and Salesforce announced Thursday the two companies would fuse Microsoft Office with Salesforce’s customer relationship management (CRM) apps to help make Microsoft Windows and Windows phone products more user-friendly.
Appeals court nixes Apple bid to delay e-books damages trial - CNET
In a brief order, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals denied Apple's petition for an emergency stay of district court proceedings pending resolution of an appeal concerning the case's class status. The three-judge panel determined that an immediate appeal was "unwarranted," clearing the way for the attorneys general in 33 states to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Apple.
How The Government Is Working To Take Some Of The Misery Out Of Flying
You can't go top down. You have to go bottom up. It's not only what are the folks who have been here for 30 years thinking, but what are the folks who've been here for five minutes thinking? I tell them this is not a matter of watching one person figure out how to make the department better. This is a culture we want to embed in everybody who works here. Part of seeding ideas in government and creating a culture of innovation is giving everybody the rope to be creative and come back with different answers.
Game of Thrones: 8 Great Fight Scenes - IGN
This was the big fight that Season 1 seemed to be leading up to, what with Jaime constantly getting in Ned's face and being all smug and sneery. And if this were typical TV show, Ned would have probably vanquished the arrogant, preening sister-humper at the end of the season, standing tall and noble amongst a city of liars and weasels. But this is Game of Thrones, so it happened in the middle of the season and Ned took a spear to the leg from an over-eager guard. And then the two of them would never meet again and we'd forever bid farewell to any notions of closure on this series. Or in life. Basically I can't trust that any of my dreams will come true now.
Motorola Moto E review
As the cover is removable you can also swap it for a new one at a later date if you ever want a change or if yours gets damaged, though as plastic covers go it feels fairly sturdy. I did find it slightly tricky to get off, so it's a good thing that you shouldn't need to do so very often.
This Is SpaceX’s First Ever Manned Spacecraft, The Dragon V2 | TechCrunch
SpaceX had previously shown Dragon V1, a smaller, unmanned version of this craft meant primarily for testing and, in a few cases, sending cargo back and forth to the International Space Station. Dragon V2 also has an improved heat shield, allowing it to better protect passengers on their return flight through the atmosphere.
Atlantic Media is preparing to launch "This.," a new digital project spearheaded by Andrew Golis, who serves as general manager of The Wire, a source with knowledge of the venture told Capital.
Samsung's original Galaxy Gear smartwatch drops Android for Tizen
According to SamMobile , the update brings most of the Gear 2's new capabilities over to the Galaxy Gear. Most notably, that means the old Android step-counter now tracks sleep patterns and more detailed exercise measurements, a standalone music player can store music to be synced with Bluetooth headphones, and battery life should be noticeably better. Features based on Gear 2 hardware, like the heart rate monitor or remote control app, obviously aren't included. The change apparently isn't rolling out over the air at this point, but it's available through SamMobile and the Kies software update tool.
Creating location services that understand you with Desti - HERE Three Sixty
At HERE we recognize that the world is changing quickly and that mapmaking must evolve . Our plans to incorporate Desti technology into our location platform is aimed at enabling us to better anticipate the questions people have throughout their day.
“At HERE we match people with the places that matter to them, so that they feel like a local wherever they are,” said Don Zereski, HERE VP of Search and Places. “We want to create a new class of location services that implicitly understands who you are and what you’re looking for, sometimes even before you ask.”
Is This The End Of TrueCrypt?
Some conspiracy theorists can't help but wonder if the U.S. government is behind this sudden move.
Watch SpaceX unveil its next-gen space capsule, Dragon V2
SpaceX is getting ready to reveal its next-generation space capsule tonight at its HQ in Hawthorne, California, and while we'll be covering it live, you can watch as it unfolds too. The firm's setup a stream (which we've included after the break) for the proceedings, and they're set to get started at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. So, what's the big hubbub about this new craft? It'll be able to carry humans into space, not just cargo. That's something the first Dragon wasn't outfitted to for.
Chrome Cube Lab: A Chrome Experiment
“The Cube was born in 1974 as a teaching tool to help me and my students better understand space and 3D. The Cube challenged us to find order in chaos. Since then, technology has made fantastic progress in bringing new possibilities to how we learn and how we tackle bewildering complexity. Chrome Cube Lab takes full advantage of that progress by encouraging curiosity and problem-solving skills—the very reason the Cube was created in the first place. I can’t wait to see people learn about three-dimensional objects through their browsers and to test the limits of what is possible when the Cube gets re-jigged using cutting edge web technologies. Cube on!”
ExactTarget Co-Founder Scott Dorsey Steps Down As CEO, COO McCorkle Steps Up | TechCrunch
“ExactTarget co-founder and CEO Scott Dorsey has decided this is the right time to transition out of the business and Scott McCorkle, president of Technology and Strategy, will take over as CEO of the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. McCorkle led the technology team at ExactTarget for nearly 9 years and was instrumental in every stage of their growth – from the IPO to Salesforce’s acquisition of ExactTarget in 2013.”
How to set up and start using Cortana - CNET
Once inside of the app, click on the three line icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen; this will open Cortana's Notebook. From here you can tell Cortana about your favorite sports teams, set up weather information, enable traffic updates, and set your home and work locations. The Notebook is also where you can manually set up reminders, access Cortana's settings, and enable the phone's quiet hours.
Larry Page: 'right to be forgotten' ruling could aid repressive regimes - Telegraph
Google's Larry Page expresses concern that non-progressive governments intent
on online censorship could be encouraged by the 'right to be forgotten'
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Parasitic Worm That Turns Crickets Into Suicidal Maniacs | Science | WIRED
More commonly known as the horsehair worms, because folks with a limited understanding of reality once thought they were horsehairs that animated upon hitting water, the 350 or so known species invade insects like the luckless cricket above. After developing for several months, the worms mind-control their hosts to make a kamikaze dive into water, then escape through holes bored in the insect’s exoskeleton. The parasites end up in a tangled knot that can be as heavy as the tattered—and oftentimes very much alive—host they leave behind.
'Stargate' reboot: Who will step into the gate once more? - CNET
No details have been announced about these new "Stargate" films and whether they will follow the previous movie and TV shows' cannon, or reboot the entire franchise. It's up to fans to speculate if we'll see a weathered Spader return as a wiser Dr. Daniel Jackson or if Russell's Colonel O'Neill will come out of retirement to step into the gate once more.
Bryan Cranston Drops 'Breaking Bad' Hint: 'You Never Saw Bags Zip Up'
AMC's Breaking Bad ended its acclaimed five-season run last year, but the final zoom-out scene featuring antihero Walter White may not have represented what you think it did.
Beats launches redesigned Solo2 headphones before the ink dries on its acquisition
Similar to the revamping of the Studio model late last year, the new Solo2 loses its visible screws, gets its frame curved for a more “custom-fit feeling,” and receives an ergonomically angled adjustment to its earcups, intended to provide a more natural fit and the ability to pivot comfortably. Updated earcup material is meant to dissipate heat and minimize sound leakage. In terms of sound signature, we can expect Beats will have followed previous re-voicing efforts to somewhat calm down the heavy-handed bass response the company has taken so much hear over. Beats claims the new Solo2 will have “a more dynamic, wider range of sound, with a clarity that will bring you closer to what the artist intended, whether you’re into hip-hop, heavy metal, jazz, electronic, or country.”
Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1 | TechCrunch
The app is simple, but then again so is local file management. Users of Files will be able to access content that is stored locally, as well as on SD cards. Folder creation is supported, along with normal tasks like moving and deleting content.
How to Edit Videos In Your Browser With YouTube's Built-in App
YouTube's online video editor has been around for several years, but it's not heavily promoted on the site, and it often gets overlooked by people wanting a basic tool to spruce up their footage. It shouldn't, though, because it's surprisingly capable. Here's how to get the most out of it.
iBooks Author Is the Most Interesting Apple Software You Aren't Using
Working in iBooks Author feels a little like using Pages and a little like using Keynote. Other than pulling together the text and images and plopping them where I wanted, most of the effort on my end involved cleaning up the text here and there, such as making sure that all the imported quotation marks were curly quotes rather than plain straight ones. Every so often, I previewed my work in process by looking at it on my iPad–which, once you’ve connected the tablet to your Mac via USB, is a snap.
On Day 1 of European Take-Down Site, Google Hit by Wave of Requests - Digits - WSJ
Google received more than 12,000 requests in Europe from individuals looking to delete certain search results linked to their own name in the initial hours after posting an online form to take the requests, a person familiar with the matter said as the sun began to set across the continent. The rate hit 20 requests per minute, the person added.
Chinese Tech Companies Are Big Winners Of Snowden Leaks
"The U.S. side is not qualified to finger point at others while its own notorious misbehavior stands uncorrected," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Thursday.
Google and Facebook reportedly shun meeting with Thai military junta after coup
Web firms like to say they cooperate with the authorities in the countries where they operate, but what are they to do when there’s just been a coup? In the case of Facebook and Google, asked by the new military junta in Thailand to come discuss cracking down on anti-coup online dissent, the answer seems to be “play dead.” According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday , the social media companies simply didn’t show up to the meeting. If the junta was keen on following Turkey’s censorship example , incidentally, it should probably note that a Turkish court has just overturned a recent blanket YouTube ban .
Stanford Responds to Snapchat CEO's Emails: We're 'Positively Ashamed'
Spiegel has since apologized, claiming he is "mortified and embarrassed" that the emails were made public, and on Friday, his former university weighed in on the issue with a campus-wide email to its undergraduate student body from Provost John Etchemendy. In the email, which was first published by Valleywag , Etchemendy described the need to preserve a positive culture at Stanford, which will require students to "affirmatively reject such behavior" when they see it.
A Crazy Levitating Display, Made With Particles and Projectors | Design | WIRED
Levitation is plenty cool in its own right. But the projected graphics steer the work toward some real world applications. In the clip accompanying the new paper, a quick shot of a storefront window suggests one place where a floating display might be put to good use. Other sites where spectacle is encouraged, like theme parks, could be another possibility. It’s hard to imagine that Disney’s Imagineers couldn’t find some use for this sort of technology in the Haunted Mansion.
These Are The 46 Companies Creative Freelancers Would Kill To Work For
The companies include tiny, new creative agencies, multinationals, and almost everything in between. Brands span consumer favorites and known creative leaders like Nike, Adidas, Patagonia, Red Bull, and Apple. Then there are the obvious tech giants, Google and Facebook, as well as high-end entertainers like HBO, Nickelodeon, and Disney. There are 12 ad agencies on the list, including Wieden + Kennedy, Droga5, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, BBH, BBDO, Barton F. Graf 9000, Mother, 72andSunny, Venables Bell & Partners, 360i, and Pereira & O'Dell. And then there's the moonshot choices--NASA and Space X. And Kanye West's creative factory, Donda.
Samsung is working with Oculus on a media-focused VR headset
Oculus is handling the software side of the product, while Samsung handles the hardware. The deal is a swap: Oculus gives Samsung early access to its mobile software development kit and helps develop user interface software, while Samsung gives Oculus early access to its next-gen OLED screens. And yes, Oculus is still making its own, gaming-focused, PC-based virtual reality headset; that's why it needs next-gen, high-pixel-density OLED screens from Samsung. Join us below for new details about the device itself, as well as more on the unlikely partnership between two tech giants.
Google's cutesy cars are a 'serious threat' to the auto industry, says GM
There's no doubt about it: for a company that makes most of its money from web ads, Google knows how to make an adorable self-driving car. The search giant's automotive prowess isn't going unnoticed by the industry's more established players, either. Mark Reuss, GM's executive VP of global product development, told recently told Bloomberg that he could see Google becoming a "serious competitive threat" in the motoring realm.
Yes, that seems like a "well, duh" confession to us too, especially now that Google will roll out at least 100 of those cutesy, two-seater prototype cars for some real world testing later this year. It certainly doesn't hurt that California's Department of Motor Vehicles just gave a thumbs up to self-driving car tests on public roads, a decision that'll take effect in September. Of course, Google can only become a competitive threat if it wants to be, and it's still unclear just how it plans to bring these motors to market. A separate Google Motors division? A slew of partnerships with existing manufacturers? Our crystal ball is on the fritz, and car crafters aren't quaking in their boots just yet.
Arcadia, A Love Story | Game|Life | WIRED
Kooluris owned his old apartment, and he and his fiancée had decided months before that he should sell it. After all, they were getting married; it was time to let go of the trappings of bachelorhood and fully commit to this relationship. But the apartment had been on the market for months now, and Kooluris hadn’t gotten a single offer. His real estate agent begged him to lower the price, but now he had a better idea: Keep it and turn the bedroom into an arcade. That way, he reasoned, he could enjoy married life while still having a place to be surrounded by his prized possessions. He promised himself that he wouldn’t let the arcade spill outside the confines of the bedroom. The rest of the apartment would be reserved game-free for hanging out and entertaining.
Windows Phone 8.1 gets official file manager
So you expect a beta app on day one to do everything 100%... Seriously dude. Not saying that being able to attach documents from the mail app should not have been there from day one, but now that the steps to get there are finally being taken why complain? At least wait for the app to come out of beta. And seriously what is the diference between replying to an email and creating a new one with the attached file you want? 5 more seconds at the most.
Nintendo Unveils Gamecube Controller Adapter for Wii U Super Smash Bros.
It’s a curiously timed announcement, given the fact that it was just announced a week ago that Nintendo will partner with PDP to create a Gamecube-style “Fight Pad” specifically for use with Wii U’s Super Smash Bros. The wired controller was meant to emulate the style of the original, but now, how useful will it really be given the fact that the Wii U will now officially support the original Gamecube controller itself? Unless the modern version is some sort of dramatic improvement, won’t players who care about this sort of thing just use the original controller, particularly if they already have a few in storage somewhere?
It's official: Steve Ballmer is buying the LA Clippers for $2 billion
The papers are signed and the deal is done (pending approval by the NBA's Board of Governors). Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer really is buying the LA Clippers (you can say LA Clippys, once) for $2 billion, now that the NBA, owner Donald Sterling's wife Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family trust have resolved their dispute. Donald Sterling announced earlier today that he's filing a $1 billion lawsuit against the league for trying to take away his team after racist statements he made leaked out. To cover that, as part of the sale agreement his wife and the family trust have indemnified the league against any lawsuits from others (read: Donald Sterling). So what will Ballmer do with the Clippers? It's not clear, but he's apparently stated that he will not be moving them to Seattle to take the place of the departed Supersonics.
AT&T snaps up rugged Samsung Galaxy S5 Active - CNET
It isn't immediately clear if the S5 Active's construction is actually rough and tumble, or if its claims of durability are mostly cosmetic. This device certainly looks tougher with its rubberized strips along the top and bottom, and its rear cover bolts, but so did the S4 Active, which didn't stand up to actually rugged phones. Without a whole lot of extra functionality to define it against the water-loving Galaxy S5 original, this S5 Active's main appeal could well end up boiling down to its tough-guy exterior.
Apple discussing mobile payment options with major retailers
According to 9to5Mac , Apple is talking to major retail brands about the potential for an Apple-driven mobile payment options. The brands involved in the talks were not named in the leak, but they reportedly include companies that sell luxury and premium items.
PlayStation Plus to offer 2 free games for Vita, PS3, PS4 each month
Sony is adjusting its Instant Game Collection schedule for PlayStation Plus starting in July, promising to dish out six free games per month. The games will be divided evenly among its three active platforms, two for each of PS4, PS3 and Vita, and will all debut on the first Tuesday of every month, lasting until the first Tuesday of the following month. Current freebies on PS Plus that had a "nice, long stint" will be gradually phased out in the coming weeks.
The House of PlayStation also announced the six games that will be free for the month of June, starting next Tuesday. PS4 owners will have access to Trine 2: Complete Story and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate , PS3 players can download NBA 2K14 and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Vita owners will get Terraria and Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the month. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is Cross-Buy eligible, so Vita owners will be able to download that game as well.
Minneapolis of old, now a panorama
I'd tried in the past, with limited success, to stitch the images into one big panorama image. But due to the massive size of the images, none of the tools I had could do the whole thing. For example, Photoshop can do image stitching, but has trouble with really large images.
80 Photos of Old New York (1970-1989)
New York used to be a different town than it is today. People use terms like “Old New York,” and “The Bad Old Days” to talk about the 70s and 80s. In fact, the crime wave that is associated with New York City lasted well through the late 1990s.
An open letter to all my male friends
Then there was that
time the guy on the train tried to fondle me. I’m not sure I ever told you
about that. When I told a group of female friends
about this on Facebook (in all caps; I was very angry), I found I wasn’t the
only person with such experience. One girl I know
in London told me that she had had a very similar thing happen to her. While
she was jogging, a boy on a bike slapped her on the bum. “I still feel rage and
I feel rage for you,” she said. Another girl I know, in Poland, had literally
also just walked home from the gym and been approached by a drunken man who
tried to attack her. He verbally abused her as she walked away. “The saddest part is that I saw it coming,” she added. “I had this
reflex as soon as he made eye contact with me, steeling myself for the
inevitable, calculating what was the worst that could happen, and how to make
that not happen.”
Manhattanhenge Starts Tonight, Here's This Year's Schedule
Tonight is the first of the annual four Manhattanhenge events. Starting just around 8 p.m., the sun will align precisely with the Manhattan street grid, "illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid." The best spots to witness this—or rather, Instagram this—are at 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. "The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas," according to the American Museum of Natural History, or rather, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who coined the term.
Crave giveaway: $250 shopping spree from Rakuten.com Shopping - CNET
With Father's Day almost here, you might have some shopping to do. How'd you like a gift certificate to an online retailer that sells just about everything?
What a registration really is is the filing and recognition of a CLAIM to ownership rights. The USPTO does do a search to make a determination of its own as to whether the registrant has any rights in a trademark, but that is far, far from conclusive. There are examples in the caselaw where some unknown guy out in the middle of Iowa has been using an unregistered trademark, someone else comes along later registering that same or a similar trademark (innocently and coincidentally), and the registrant can't stop the little guy from continuing his use. What the registration does is to put the world on notice of the intent of the registrant to use the registered trademark, and give him an avenue against parties who come along later wanting to use it. The registrant still has to prove in court that it has ownership rights, EVEN THOUGH it has registered the trademark.
How to Tell Someone's Age When All You Know Is Her Name
A few pieces of fine print. First, these estimates will not account for immigration and emigration — instead, only births in the United States. (When we refer to “Americans,” we mean that colloquially as a stand-in for “U.S.-born children.”)
Second, the SSA’s records are not quite complete. Birth registration wasn’t mandatory in many states before the 1930s, and some parents still do not register their children even though they are supposed to. Thus, we prorated the baby names the SSA has on file in each year to account for missing records. We accomplished this by looking up Census Bureau records for the total number of live births in the U.S. each year. The data is sketchy for years prior to 1909. There is some evidence that the birth rate was higher in the 1900s than in the 1910s, which we accounted for, but it doesn’t make much difference in the analysis since few people born in that decade are still alive.
The SSA also does not list records for name/gender combinations (for example, girls named Sam) with fewer than five births in a given year. We assumed that these extremely uncommon names represent 1 percent of the total of all births.
Backers pledge over $1 million to bring Reading Rainbow to the web
Few things in this world are as moving as a potent mix of nostalgia and passion. Don't just take my word for it: just look at the more than 22,000 people who backed LeVar Burton's vision of bringing Reading Rainbow to the web on Kickstarter. That's more than a million dollars raised in less than a day, and it's all to help kids realize that theeeeeey can be anythiiiiiiiiing .
5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome
What you are describing is the utter failure of most corporate cultures. When I was working in a small company start up, it was crazy but fun and energizing. As soon as it went to medium size and bigger, it lost all sense of common purpose. The culture was totally polluted when it went public and then was sold off to a Silicon Valley company. That was the death nell. Everyone of value has left. Only the agreeable are still there, getting along with each other and going downhill faster and faster every year.
The key to success? Grit
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Studio, the app that redefines the design process, is the best app for creating fun, cool, and beautiful works. This app is far above the competition (I've previewed and worked with similar ones) and brings new flair to the category. The most recent updates brings a brilliant design and many more features than before (although there is a sharp learning curve if you've used the previous version as some elements have moved places or are under new tabs). The only flaws with the app is some stability issues (which I assume will be solved very soon) and the missing ability to choose a 'blank canvas'. I typically start with a blank canvas when I design and was disappointed when the feature was no where to be found. Although there are issues (relatively few), Studio is a stunning addition to any designers catalog and dare I say vital to those who take modern media design seriously.