SpaceX test-fires modern escape system for Dragon astronauts - CNET
The private space-exploration company's passenger capsule roars away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday in a test of its system for boosting a crew to safety in an emergency.
Snake's Returning to Smartphones but it Sounds Terrible
The Guardian reports that Snake, the game that spawned thousands of cases of repetitive strain injury when Nokia ruled the phone world, is making a comeback: Snake Rewind will be…
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Why Washington state is extinguishing medical marijuana
It's not illegal street pot that will disappear first.
Now THIS is how you cover a Taylor Swift song
Listen to Vance Joy's acoustic cover of Taylor Swift's "I Know Places.
Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
Sami, I quit my job and started a regimen of heavy travel (but haven’t sold everything off yet) in 2008 in an effort to find a reason to live and have enjoyed the time greatly at least most of the time anyway. There’s so much I can’t imagine never having done and new friends I’d have never met had I just ended things when I’d initially wanted to. That being said, I’m not completely certain of what the final outcome will be, but I’ve had a nice time trying to figure it out. I’ve had a vow with a friend where we’ve promised to call each other when the time might come that we cannot carry on any longer and I’ve definitely got the “what’s behind door number three” paranoia that we don’t know what awaits us on the other side, so there are definitely a lot of milestones that have to happen before I find myself tied to a millstone and dropped into the sea. I hold in my mind the haunting words of a survivor who’d jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge who’d said that he knew he’d made a mistake the moment he let go and is now happy as he can be, even now that he’s in worse physical shape than before he jumped. I believe they said that of those who survived the jump, most all had never attempted it again in the 2006 documentary, “The Bridge.” I still struggle every day but know that each day is closer to my ultimate and natural end anyway and am trying to be as grateful as I can and make the world a better place for those I love.
On Wednesdays, we celebrate all the teen girl movies
One YouTuber is paying homage to the 20th anniversary of 'Clueless' by making a montage of all the classic teen girl movies.
New Millennium Falcon drone is a bigger, better hunk of junk - CNET
Not fully satisfied with his first Millennium Falcon drone casing, French maker Olivier C is back with a new version of Han and Chewie's ship. It could easily do the Kessel Run in under 12 Parsecs.
8 ways you never knew you could masturbate
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iPhone 6 Plus leads phablet sales in US - CNET
The phablet that led the pack was Apple's iPhone 6 Plus . Equipped with a screen size of 5.5 inches, the 6 Plus took in 44 percent of all US phablet sales last quarter. To no surprise, screen size was cited as the No. 1 reason for choosing a phablet among 43 percent of iOS users and 47 percent of Android users.
TripMode Restricts Data Usage on OS X When You're on a Mobile Hotspot
When you connect to a hotspot, TripMode automatically starts restricting access to the internet with any apps you have open. You can customize which ones get access and which don’t. You can also monitor how much data they use, which is handy if you have a data cap on your hotspot. For example, you can make sure your timed CrashPlan sync doesn’t happen when you’re on a hotspot, or restrict Dropbox until you’re back on a normal Wi-Fi connection. You can also restrict apps manually, so it’s useful if you’re on public Wi-Fi or just trying to conserve a little battery life as well. There’s a free seven day trial of the app available on the developer’s site if you’d like to check it out for purchasing.
Dog follows shoppers around on digital billboards, looking for a new home - CNET
An ad agency teams up with a pet shelter in England to create a high-tech way to get a dog adopted.
Person of Interest Producers Talk Season 4's Big Finale and Saving the Machine - IGN
Nolan: The Machine never had the benefit of going to an ethics class. It probably taught itself ethics along the way and has struggled in making these very difficult decisions. It's now struggling with the reality that it may have made some mistakes long the way. I think it came back to this moment of fragility and said to Finch "Hey, you made me in the first f***in' place. If I've strayed too far from the mandate then there's no better judge of that then you. So maybe I shouldn't make it through this." And I think the moment we arrived at is one where Finch -- and I wish these episodes could be an hour long but they can't -- is very much struggling with "Yeah, I've had my doubts and yeah you may have lost your way a little bit, but you still deserve to exist." It's an argument he makes to Caleb, who made a cameo on this episode, back in "2πR" when he said that it was better to have existed than to not have existed. Right? And the world is definitely a better place with the Machine in it. And that's the resolution Finch comes to. Now what that's going to look like next season in terms of Finch having to make some difficult choices as to how he brings the Machine back into the world, that's a larger question.
PopSlate adds a second screen on the back of the iPhone 6
For those that are familiar with If That Then This (IFTT), a website that allows for “recipes” to be created that allow actions to be handled automatically when a certain element is fulfilled. If a news alert from your favorite source pops up, you can set it up to get automatically emailed to you, for instance. PopSlate has worked IFTT support into the case, and Mossberg was able to take an early peek at its capabilities. He said that it worked well enough, and it’s certainly an option for those that want to take the extra steps to get information presented on the display, but PopSlate won’t be truly helpful until it no longer has to rely on IFTT to share that information.
Attending my first Comic Con: Am I nerdy enough to fit in? - CNET
While I've always been a geek -- I wore out two sets of VHS tapes of the original "Star Wars" trilogy and went to my local comic book store several times a month as a kid -- I've never actually been to a con. That's despite growing up in Los Angeles, a quick dragon's ride away from the biggest comic convention in the world, Comic-Con International in San Diego, which draws about 130,000 attendees a year.
Learn to Make Amazing Apps w/ WatchKit for the New Apple Watch
Apple’s most anticipated release in years is right around the corner, and now is your shot to get your amazing apps on the market from day one. Mammoth Interactive is bringing you a comprehensive course on Apple’s new WatchKit software, to get you creating and publishing engaging apps.
5 Questions About Europe’s Digital Blueprint
Central to the EU’s plans are several major investigations that could curb the activities of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies. These include a “comprehensive assessment” of how online platforms–search engines, social media, price comparison sites and app stores—could be abusing their power over smaller firms. The investigation could lead to new regulations for Internet companies if the EU finds a problem. Antitrust regulators will also open a sweeping investigation into whether Internet commerce firms are violating antitrust laws by restricting cross-border trade. The inquiries follow sustained pressure from France and Germany to use EU competition rules and other regulations to target the business practices of large technology firms.
Windows 10 Ditches Patch Tuesday for Security's Sake
With roughly 50 million lines of code, Windows is bound to have some bugs, and some of those bugs are bound to affect security. When flaws are found, Microsoft issues patches as fast as possible, but those patches do no good if you fail to apply them. Even if you're diligent, Patch Tuesday comes just once a month, so a vulnerability discovered the day after Patch Tuesday won't be patched until the next Patch Tuesday rolls around. At Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson surprised his audience with the news that in Windows 10, Patch Tuesday will no longer exist (for consumers, anyway).
Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon | MIT Technology Review
Instead, the team say it is more likely that the spiders ingest the water along with the carbon-based materials and these are then incorporated into the fiber as it is spun. So the nanotubes and graphene end up in the central part of each fiber,e where they can have the biggest impact on its strength.
Apple's Beats Music deals under U.S. scrutiny: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's ( AAPL.O ) move to line up deals with record labels is under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as the iphone maker prepares to debut a new version of the Beats Music streaming service, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Meet The STEM Scouts: A New Kind Of Troop From The Boy Scouts Of America
Breanna Norman, 11, has been involved in the STEM Scouts for eight months. She's the target audience for the program—a curious kid who wants to be an engineer and fills out a non-school related math workbook in her free time. Some of her favorite projects have included the egg drop challenge (where you try to cushion an egg so that it survives a long fall) and an Alka-Seltzer rocket building activity. "The hands-on activities that you get to do are things you wouldn’t get to do in a sixth-grade science class," she says.
Apple releases guidelines for third-party watch band makers
By restricting what its partners can do, the company ensures a good experience for its customers. Apple knows that the customer experience is the most important thing. If a customer buys a third-party band for their $400 Apple Watch and has a bad time with it, they may (and likely will) blame Apple. And, even worse, they'll probably tell their friends about their crappy experience.
Pad Abort Test
Crew Dragon's first critical flight test, known as a Pad Abort Test, is expected to take place on Wednesday, May 6, from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the test is originating from the same launch pad we use for operational missions, this is not an operational flight. This will be the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary new launch abort system, and the odds of encountering delays or issues are high. Fortunately the test doesn’t need to be perfect to be valuable—our primary objective is to capture as much data as possible as the data captured here will be key in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017. More information about the test can be found at: http://www.spacex.com/news/2015/05/04...
Tesla sets a new record for selling its pricey cars
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And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity
This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.
Facebook's Sandberg emerges to speak at husband's memorial
STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, offering a personal tribute to him in a Silicon Valley memorial service and on her Facebook page.
Facebook and IBM Team Up to Supercharge Personalized Ads | WIRED
Online advertisers have long used browser cookies—small chunks of data stored on users’ computers—to create ads that “follow” users around on the web. But by tying Facebook’s advertising platform directly into its own, IBM hopes to make these ad campaigns easier to create and more effective. “These new capabilities will allow Facebook to deliver more relevant, more personalized experiences,” says Jay Henderson, a director of strategy for IBM commerce.
Oculus Rift Release Won’t Come Until 2016
One of the biggest names in virtual reality—Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset—won’t hit store shelves until after the holiday season.
Comcast to offer 4K set-top box this year - CNET
The cable and telecom giant today announced it would ship the new 4K-capable Xi4 box later this year, allowing more of its subscriber base to enjoy the company's "Xfinity in UHD" catalog of 4K titles. Currently the only way for subscribers to watch content from that catalog is via an app exclusive to Samsung 4K TVs .
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality
J: Absolutely. This gets to my last book about that stuff. To my mind, there are a few proposals that are on the table that are interesting. The one that I’ve been trying to push the hardest was the origin point for networking when it started — Ted Nelson’s idea of the universe of micropayments. The thing about micropayments is they have to be really universal or else there are only tiny pockets of people who get anything and everyone else gets frustrated and pissed off. It has to be big enough to really send some benefits around to everybody. That’s a hard gap to leap over to get to that point. Facebook has a very tough road to hoe here because they have no background in this stuff. Neither does Oculus. They are kind of starting from scratch, but I certainly wish them the very best success. What they can do is create a system where anybody who wants to can set up a super easy system for micropayments and then add to it. They might see this exploding economy that generates a lot of economic growth, a lot of profit, and a lot of distributed benefits for their users.
Reese Witherspoon wants to turn you into a southern belle
“I always say I’ve been around the world," she says. "I’ve been to Paris, lived in L.A., and have been making movies [in different locations] for over 20 years, but what I really love is all those traditions I grew up with. I always say to my stylist, ‘I can’t wear red to a wedding, and you don’t wear white and you can’t wear black.’ And she’s like, ‘Can you just give me the list of rules?’”
Zynga Narrows Focus, Will Cut 18 Percent of Staff
In an interview with Re/code , Pincus said the layoffs are aimed at “de-layering and de-cluttering the organization” and have come from corporate and central services, rather than game development. However, the company will exit the sports genre it entered last year and close the Orlando studio that developed the fantasy football-esque game NFL Showdown .
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Microsoft SQL Server stretches into the cloud
SQL Server 2016, a preview of which will be released around the middle of the year, will also encrypt all data by default, and has been integrated with the R statistical programming language, said T.K. Ranga Rengarajan, a Microsoft corporate vice president who leads engineering for the company’s database and big data businesses.
IBM's Watson supercomputer to speed up cancer care - BBC News
Speaking at an IBM event this week, the firm's chief executive Ginni Rometty made a bold prediction for the technology, saying: "in the future, every decision mankind makes, every decision, is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson and, as a result, our lives in this world are going to be better for it."
Millennials have shagged fewer people than their parents, study finds
The study, which looked at survey results from a nationally representative sample of 33,000 adults, controlled for age, thereby allowed researchers to compare generational attitudes and practices. In this case, millennials aren't simply reporting fewer partners because they're not as old as Gen Xers and Boomers.
App Annie Acquires Mobile Measurement Service Mobidia
By snapping up the other larger players in the app industry, App Annie is making it difficult for its competitors to catch up with its momentum. The company today has established itself as the leading app data powerhouse, with 90% of the top 100 publishers using its service, as well as over 400,000 mobile app professionals at 100,000 companies. Some of its bigger name customers include Electronic Arts, Google, LinkedIn, Line, Microsoft, Nexon, Nestle, Samsung, Tencent, Bandai Namco, Universal Studios and Dow Jones. Its customer base, when combined, accounts for nearly half of all app store revenue.
Home Depot wants to start accepting Apple Pay
The company doesn’t have a deal in place with Apple so don’t plan your iOS-enabled home renovation just yet. Nevertheless, it appears Home Depot does want to get a deal done with Apple at some point—it’s just not clear when that might be. The Home Depot also told Bloomberg it could add other mobile payment systems in addition to Apple Pay.
Sharp Embraces Roku TV With New Smart Sets
"We are pleased to offer Sharp smart TVs that run the Roku OS and provide customers with an easy and elegant way to enjoy their entertainment," Vishnu Rao, director of technology planning for Sharp Electronics, said in a statement. "We believe the benefits of the Roku platform combined with the superiority of the Sharp brand makes an appealing combination for consumers looking for a great smart TV experience."
This Is the New Farthest Galaxy in the Universe
The galaxy is thought to have formed when the Universe was extremely young—clearly the case given the Universe is only a bit older than the galaxy’s light, at 13.8 billion years old. The galaxy’s age was determined using the MOSFIRE instrument on the W.M. Keck Observatory’s 10-meter telescope, in Hawaii. In a press release, Pascal Oesch, one of the researchers, explained that“it has already built more than 15% of the mass of our own Milky Way today. But it had only 670 million years to do so. The universe was still very young then.” [ Yale ]
The World's Largest Companies
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One reason you can't stop snacking late at night - CNET
Researchers examined the brain activity of 15 healthy women through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, as participants looked at 360 pictures of different types of food during two separate sessions, one in the morning and the other in the evening. The subjects were shown pictures of healthier foods like fruits and vegetables and then higher-calorie fast foods. Naturally, their brains responded more to the foods they knew they probably shouldn't eat because, well, you don't need to be a scientist to know that ice cream always beats kale.
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Gizmodo - Everything Is Technology
A smart home is supposed to make your life easier. Doors open when you’re near, lights turn on when you walk by, TVs rise up on command and everything can be powered by a phone. This goofy ad by Dutch insurance company Central Beheer pokes fun of the convenience of smart homes by showing how it makes things stupid… » 5/06/15 10:33pm Yesterday 10:33pm
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Why 30 is not the new 20
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
We need to talk about an injustice
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Dissolve My Nobel Prize! Fast! (A True Story)
It must have been an excruciating afternoon. De Hevesy, in his autobiography, says because gold is "exceedingly unreactive and difficult to dissolve," it was slow going, but as the minutes ticked down, both medals were reduced to a colorless solution that turned faintly peach and then bright orange. By the time the Nazis arrived, both awards had liquefied inside a flask that was then stashed on a high laboratory shelf. Then, says science writer (and Radiolab contributor) Sam Kean, in his book The Disappearing Spoon :
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is on the Cover of Vanity Fair
But the magic of Star Wars isn’t all about the creatures; the best effect in the wildly popular new trailer (88 million views and counting!) may have been Harrison Ford, slipping seamlessly back into Han Solo’s classic slow grin. Abrams himself was surprised by the performance and said that Ford “was excited to get back in those shoes again, which was really interesting because I thought he hadn’t been a fan. I kept hearing those rumors when I was a kid.” Abrams did have one specific note for the veteran actor: “I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn’t want Han to be growly.” Whatever Abrams said must have worked because, as the director himself put it, “There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie.”
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
My daughter, Malala
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."
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The Administration says I’m wrong – that there’s nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises – but people like you can’t see the actual deal. For more than two years now, giant corporations have had an enormous amount of access to see the parts of the deal that might affect them and to give their views as negotiations progressed. But the doors stayed locked for the regular people whose jobs are on the line.
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10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier
It seems like a paradox that sad music would make you feel happier, but I find that to be true in my experience. My favorite songs that I sing and play on the guitar are "Four Strong Winds," "Crazy", "Cold, Cold Heart," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", "Early Morning Rain", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "The Boxer", "American Tune", and several others with a distinctly sad theme. I'm wondering if it's even more cathartic to sing a sad song rather than to just listen to it--or do both at the same time. Regardless, the pursuit of happiness is a fascinating topic, one that I've begun to blog about, myself. https://howtobehappyandhealthy.wordpress.com/
The 100 Best Android Apps of 2015
Ah, it's that time again. The snow has melted, the birds are beginning to wing and sing across the sky, and the whole world seems to burst with the knowledge that winter is over. At least, that's what I'm told. Here in PCMag's New York office, we haven't seen much of the sun, and it's barely above freezing. But even if it's still pretty miserable outside, that doesn't mean you can't spruce up your Android with some great new apps! And have we got new apps. This list covers everything you need, from comic books, to finance, to secure messaging services.
The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others
Within academic circles, the scientist Uri Alon (TED Talk: Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown ) is famous for breakthroughs on the boundary between physics and biology. But he is more widely acclaimed for a 2010 paper “ How to Build a Motivated Research Group .” (Scientists are closely akin to entrepreneurs in the sense that success hinges on identifying hard problems and solving them — often in a race against time.) Alon knows time is precious but he still devotes the first half hour of his weekly two-hour meeting to “nonscience”: birthdays, the news, the arts. This might appear to reduce the time for real science — but in the long term, Alon says, the gains from increased motivation more than make up for the losses. When the group moves on to discuss science, he assigns each member a different role — as imaginary referees or brainstormers — which helps to structure the constructive conflict within the lab. All of this, he says, builds the social connectedness on which every scientist will rely when they hit the difficulty and confusion that always accompany scientific breakthroughs.
The Unusual Habits Of 8 Famous Creative Minds
In his book Decoded , he writes about working hard on the streets as a teenage drug dealer, not having the time or resources to put pen to paper when rhymes would come to him. “So I created little corners in my head where I stored rhymes,” he wrote. Jay-Z believes the process of storing his creative bursts daily built up his memory “muscle,” and to this day he “writes” his lyrics and flow in his head before entering the recording booth.
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
Why people need poetry
"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.