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Xiaomi CEO’s Mangled English Now a Viral Music Video

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s awkwardly phrased English, delivered during a product launch in India, has been remixed into a rap song that has racked up more than 700,000 views.

Star Wars-inspired travel destinations for getting far, far away

May the force be with you on your next vacation.

Should You Get a Tesla Home Battery? Let Physics Explain | WIRED

Tesla announced a battery for your house, the Powerwall. What are some interesting physics questions to consider for this new battery?

iPad Pro with stylus and Force Touch could challenge Microsoft Surface

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro could come with a stylus.

5 Grateful Dead lyrics that might have influenced George R.R. Martin in writing 'Game of Thrones'

George R.R. Martin, author of 'Game of Thrones' discusses the influence the Grateful Dead have had on his writing.

Kickass 5-year-old perfectly imitates Bruce Lee's nunchuck skills

Ryuji Imai is only 5, but he can already hold his own in a Bruce Lee fight scene.

Madonna wishes that famous Drake kiss hadn't happened

Madonna addressed her kiss with Drake at Coachella on a web episode of 'Saturday Night Online.'

J.K. Rowling apologizes for the fate of Fred Weasley in 'Harry Potter'

On the Battle of Hogwarts' anniversary, J.K. Rowling apologized via Twitter for killing off Fred Weasley in 'Harry Potter.'

Tech Time Warp of the Week: Check Out Zuckerberg Touting 'Thefacebook' on CNBC in 2004 | WIRED

Watch Mark Zuckerberg appear on CNBC in 2004 so he can explain this social networking thing.

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Game of Thrones: "Sons of the Harpy" Review - IGN

So that scene between him and Shireen was very touching. More talk of Greyscale, the Stone Men, and -- specifically -- how she came to be afflicted. "You are the Princess Shireen of House Baratheon and you are my daughter." In fact, I liked the scene so much that I'm now worried for both of them. Not that you shouldn't worry about everyone on this show, but revealing, bare one-on-one scenes give me more pause than usual. And since I brought him up already, the same could be said for Littlefinger's scene with Sansa in the crypts of Winterfell. Where he once again motivated Sansa to "play the game" as he bid her farewell with a kiss. Another great moment between two very interesting players that makes me worry for the future. After all, Littlefinger's headed back to King's Landing and we just saw the Faith Militant rip apart his brothel and murder his whores and patrons.

Gwendoline Christie is Captain Phasma: Did 'Vanity Fair' leak its own Star Wars reveal?

Alongside these limited reveals , the magazine asked us to sign up for its email newsletter; if we did so, we'd get an exclusive on Tuesday. "There’s one more big character reveal to come in the June issue," read the blurb on the site. "Sign up for Vanity Fair’s newsletter by eight P.M. E.S.T. for an exclusive first look, and we’ll send the final Annie Leibovitz photograph straight to your inbox on Tuesday at four P.M."

The 10 biggest health food misconceptions, according to nutritionists

But don't stress about your next grocery shopping trip just yet. Mashable spoke to three nutritionists — holistic nutrition counselor Jennifer Schonborn , dietitian Jennifer Calo of Compass Nutrition , and dietitian Lauren Thomas of Nutrition Energy — to get the scoop on which foods are actually not as healthy as they appear, and what to replace them with. Prepare yourself for some major trust issues.

Penny Dreadful: "Fresh Hell" Review - IGN

I suppose before I get hung up on all the explanations and clarifications I hope are on the way, it should be mentioned that the part of this story that resonated the most was how freaked out Vanessa was by the witches. And how she now thinks she's a goner and is refusing everyone's help. Meanwhile, Evelyn is going to try and target both Malcolm and Ethan, who she now knows is a wolf, in order to find a way to nab Vanessa. Evelyn herself seems quite formidable. And the bathtub filled with blood (in a bathroom decorated with an abundance of skulls) was a nice, twisted touch. But most of what we got from her in this chapter was "memento mori" monologuing. Along with the ol' "kill the subordinate who failed you" bit. Not the freshest round.

HP outs new AMD R9 380 and two other unannounced Radeons in new systems

What’s not clear, since AMD hasn’t actually talked about the new GPUs yet, is whether HBM will be used across the entire lineup or only on the top-end parts. It’s entirely possible that the Radeon R9 380 you’ll apparently be able to buy in June may not have HBM in it, or even be a next-gen Fiji core. Those features could possibly be confined only to the Radeon R9 380X or Radeon R9 390X cards at the very tippy-top of the product lineup.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge video is strikingly similar to the Apple Watch Edition video

Samsung released a new video on its YouTube channel titled “Designing Possible”, which explains the design process behind its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Why Twitter should think twice before boasting about Periscope’s success

Boasting about Periscope’s live-streaming success puts the company in a somewhat awkward position, however, especially with its existing and potential TV broadcasting partners. Why? Because the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was a pay-per-view event, one with hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars at stake, and most of the live streams of the match being shared widely on Twitter were illegal . (There was similar activity on Periscope’s main streaming competitor, Meerkat).

Add custom systems sounds for the most unique iPhone possible

When you select a sound, you will hear a preview. Make sure to have your volume switched ON. You can switch between sounds, or select NONE if you want the sound removed. Repeat this process for each option until you are satisfied with you new iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch sounds.

Weekly Roundup: 10 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (May 3)

In case you were busy last week and didn’t get a chance to take a look at  Cydia , don’t worry as we have compiled a list of all the new tweaks that were released in the week which are worth checking out.

Hackaday Prize Worldwide: Los Angeles - Splash

Build and design with mentors to help. We'll provide lunch. In the afternoon there will be a Show & Tell of what you made.

Are You Ready to Take the WIRED Star Wars Challenge? | WIRED

So whaddya say? Are you ready for the WIRED Star Wars Challenge? Good. But here’s the thing: We can’t just take your word for it that you’re with us on this. So as you go along, we’re going to ask for proof. When you complete a task, send us a tweet @WIRED or tag us on Facebook . Got a picture of yourself in action? Post it on Instagram and give a shout to @WIRED in the description. Also, make sure to hashtag everything #WIREDStarWarsChallenge. We’ll give shout-outs to the most worthy challengers out there, so prepare for Internet glory!*

Microsoft to add Windows Update for Business option for Windows 10 users | ZDNet

Windows Update for Business will give IT Pros more control over how and when these features and fixes roll out to their users.With Windows Update for Business, IT pros can decide which machines get updates first and which get them later. They'll be able to deliver patches to branch offices and sites with limited bandwidth via peer-to-peer delivery. And they'll be able to integrate these updates with their System Center and Enterprise Mobility Suite management tools.

How to configure 'Do Not Disturb' on the Apple Watch and use it to control an iPhone

To configure Do Not Disturb on the Watch, you need to open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone and select “Do Not Disturb.” In this menu, there is an option to mirror your settings on the iPhone. When mirroring is enabled, you can use the Watch to control Do Not Disturb on both the Watch and the iPhone. This cross-platform control also works in the opposite direction — when you turn on Do Not Disturb from the iPhone, it also will be enabled on the Watch.

Case Is An Insanely Secure Hardware Bitcoin Wallet

Case is a small credit card-shaped device with a tiny screen, a fingerprint sensor, a camera, a built-in GSM chip and a few buttons. Any time you want to make a bitcoin transaction, you press the bitcoin button, scan the QR code with the camera, swipe your finger and you’re done. Everything happens on the device; you don’t have to log in with a complicated password or use a smartphone app. You can even buy and sell bitcoins from this device.

The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites | MIT Technology Review

The user tracking sites that apps connect to are less pervasive. More than 70 percent of apps do not connect to any user tracking sites. But those that do can be extravagant, some connecting to more than 800 user tracking sites. What’s more many of these are created by organizations that Google has designated with “top developer status.” The worst offender is an app called Eurosport Player which connects to 810 different user tracking sites.

Microsoft fleshes out 'Windows as a service' revenue strategy

Microsoft executives last week further fleshed out the firm's "Windows as a service" strategy, an effort to shift money-making from the traditional practice of licensing the OS to one more reliant on revenue from search, games and apps.

Jobs | EasyPost

We are looking for a Front End Engineer to join the EasyPost team. You will be a key member of the team making technical decisions that will shape the company's future. We're looking for people who love to code as well as work with other developers to build meaningful products. Day to day responsibilities include:

11 Techy Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Fortunately, just because tech leans towards the expensive side of the consumer spectrum, doesn't mean you need to go broke shopping for a connected mom. To help out, we've created a handy guide to tech gifts for less than $50 (or thereabouts).

Emoji Is Improving The Way We Communicate Online

In the four years since Apple released its emoji keyboard, these simple pictures have changed the way we communicate online. Emoji aren’t going to kill English so much as enhance it further; they’re a standard to express how you feel, what you’re doing, where you are or the tone you want to convey.

Carly Fiorina Touts HP Experience In Her Bid For President

Carly Fiorina is a passionate, articulate advocate for conservative policies that advance economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, and effective leadership. When Carly was recruited to Hewlett Packard, she became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, taking HP from the 28th to the 11th most profitable company in the US. In her six years as Chairman and CEO of HP, she would double its …

Pinterest Introduces Developer Platform to Make Pins Interactive

Developers who choose to build new functionality using the APIs will be able to make individual Pins actionable, such as allowing users to order ingredients from a recipe Pin.

Bill Nye explains the science of holograms with emoji

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Exclusive: Microsoft has two high-end Lumias coming this year [Specs]

Good news, Windows Phone fans! Microsoft apparently has two high-end Lumia windows phones coming along, and they sound quite exciting. We’ve heard some of these codenames before, but we finally got our hands on some specs thanks to a tip from the same source that got us information on Cortana and specs for the Lumia 1020 .

The Verge on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

How To Build A Hybrid Cloud Part 2

In an update on cloud computing projects in 2014, Gigaom Research analyst David Linthicum notes that the challenges enterprises face as they roll out first-generation cloud-based solutions seem to focus on a few key areas, one of which is the ability to define a solid business case and map that to key metrics that are gathered after deployment.

Shoot to Thrill With These Superb iPhone Lens Attachments | WIRED

Add a dash of analog magic to your phone. The Moment Case turns your iPhone 6 into something closer to a traditional camera, complete with a real shutter button—a half press locks focus and exposure, a full one snaps a shot. Moment’s 2X telephoto and 18mm wide-angle lens ($100 each) attach to a built-in metal bracket. Mount a strap and wear it around your neck like a true shutterbug.

Boba Fett Origin Tale is Reportedly the Second Star Wars Anthology Film - IGN

If this Boba Fett solo film is indeed an origin tale, it's unknown if it will it pick up after the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones -- where we met young Boba as an unaltered clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett who raised him as his son -- or retread ground covered in the prequel. That appears unlikely since The Clone Wars is canon and did several episodes with a young Fett in-between Episode II and III.

You Can Now Try Office 2016

Microsoft dropped the latest version of its Office 2016 preview today with a significant change: it saves to the company’s OneDrive cloud storage service by default.

You don’t even have your Apple Watch yet, but these cats do

Many people who stayed up into the wee hours of the night last month to try and buy an Apple Watch found themselves looking at late May and June delivery dates. Of course Apple has been delivering some watches sooner than that, but the fact remains that you still can't just walk into an Apple store and buy one yet . That detail may make it hard to swallow the idea that cats are now wearing Apple Watches as collars. It seems to be a jokey thing, but maybe it's not.

Facebook Expands Free Internet Program

Net neutrality activist groups have criticized the project's two-tier pricing system. Previously, partners such as Wikipedia and BBC News were able to reach hundreds of millions of potential audience members for free—an opportunity their rivals would not have. In addition, Facebook would be able to track the content-viewing habits of users. That tracking capability would not change under the new agreement, but now all developers have an opportunity to create content for the project.

The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1

If the past few quarters were not proof enough that the hardware community is increasingly using crowdfunding for early validation and consumers are willing to take risks on new products, the first quarter of 2015 should settle the debate.

Prime Minister of Singapore shares his C++ code for Sudoku solver

There are few national leaders who can say that they really understand technology. Even fewer of them have written actual programming code. But Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has outdone them all by posting the source code for a program he wrote to Facebook today. The PM asked for bug reports to boot.

Australia’s Domino’s Plans Uber-Style Pizza Delivery Driver Tracker

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. , which holds the master-franchise rights to the Domino’s brand in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France and the Netherlands, said it would be the first company in the world to let customers track their pizzas’ journey to their doors on smartphones, tablets and TV screens.

IGN on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

If you want Microsoft's nifty Continuum for phones, you'll have to upgrade

Microsoft’s vision of using your Windows 10 phone as a miniature PC is a lofty one—too lofty, in fact, for the current generation of hardware. Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, who oversees the Windows 10 Insider program at Microsoft, said as much on Friday.

Why I taught myself 20 languages -- and what I learned about myself in the process

I began my language education at age thirteen. I became interested in the Middle East and started studying Hebrew on my own. For reasons I still don’t quite understand, I was soon hooked on the Israeli funk group Hadag Nachash, and would listen to the same album every single morning. At the end of a month, I had memorized about twenty of their songs by heart — even though I had no clue what they meant. But once I learned the translations it was almost as if I had downloaded a dictionary into my head; I now knew several hundred Hebrew words and phrases — and I’d never had to open a textbook.

Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice

There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” or “Is that really the best word to use?” Fear not! TED-Ed has put together a list of four of our favorite grammar and language lessons to get your next piece of writing in tip-top shape.

Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers after reaching parity in Q1 with 22.4M

Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers after reaching parity in Q1 with 22.4M

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How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Comma story - Terisa Folaron

It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.

How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.

What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)

Is it actually ironic? 3 TED-Ed Lessons on irony

How many times have you heard the phrase “That’s so ironic,” and wondered, “Wait … is it?” The term is used a lot in our cultural vocabulary and often incorrectly. In response to this confusion, TED-Ed Educator Christopher Warner wanted to set the record straight: What is irony? How is it used in everyday language or as a dramatic device? Is rain on your wedding day truly ironic? And why is irony so prevalent and useful? Focusing on three types of irony (situational, dramatic, verbal), Christopher Warner pieces together what is truly ironic.

Social Media Update 2014

Fully 52% of online adults use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from the 42% who did so in 2013. At the same time, significantly fewer adults use just one site — 28% compared with 36% last year. As in 2013, Facebook remains the most popular site among those who use only one — fully 79% of those who use just one site report using Facebook. As in years past, a significant majority of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn users say they also use Facebook, more than any other site. At the same time, the proportion of Facebook users who also use another site is on the rise — that is, there are more Facebook users this year who also use Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn than there were in 2013.

The doubt essential to faith

When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith — and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.

Microsoft HoloLens review

The resolution of the holograms projected onto the real world around me was very good. They were vibrant, sharp and realistic, though a little jittery. When I moved around them, the holographic shapes behaved like real world objects would, so I could see their backsides or not see them at all if they became obstructed by other holograms. When the paper spheres rolled onto the floor, they rolled around just like real balls would, bouncing around objects and looking real enough to pick up. When I peered into the underworld that opened up on the floor, it was like I was looking into, as my Microsoft HoloLens "mentor" put it, a world I didn't even know was there the whole time.

Twelve Tomorrows

Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate researcher in infrastructural futures at the University of Sheffield. He’s also a writer, science fiction critic, and essayist, as well as a persistent gadfly in the futurological ointment. He lives a stone’s throw from the site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a duplicitous cat and three guitars he can barely play.

The bridge between suicide and life

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.

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74 Julian Barnes: ‘Art doesn’t just capture the thrill of life ... sometimes it is that thrill’
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